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Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued with its second session on Wednesday (Oct. 2), posting healthy increases of 10 percent in total sales and 7.6 percent in average prices over the comparable session a year ago. Through two sessions, the average sale price is running four percent ahead of the value in 2012. Cantab Hall continued his tremendous showing as his yearlings claimed the top three spots for the session. Leading the way at $175,000 was the colt Higher Ground, out of $146,000 winning mare Domestic Diva. That makes him a full brother to Modern Family, a winner in 1:51 this year and more than $265,000 lifetime. Bjorn Noren signed as agent for this colt coming from the Kentuckiana Farms consignment. Following closely behind in price at $170,000 was Gifted Way, out of Rare Gift, a three-quarter sister to 1996 Horse of the Year Continentalvictory. Tony Alagna cast the winning bid for this colt from Brittany Farms. The Cantab Hall filly Flyangelfly De Vie moved into the third spot when she sold for $160,000. The always-active Jimmy Takter made this one of his 10 purchases on the night, to accompany the nine he acquired in the previous evening’s sale session. The filly is a daughter of Dream Angel, who is both a winner of more than $229,000 and a half-sister to Dream Vacation. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. consigned the filly as agent for breeder Joie De Vie Farm. Takter was the most active buyer for the night, but just barely, as Ake Svanstedt signed for eight elite yearlings on Wednesday. Svanstedt, Sweden’s leading trainer, is making the move to the U.S. this year and will be looking to compete with Takter on the track as well as the sales ring. First crop pacing sire Rock N Roll Heaven continues to impress, and contributed the highest-priced pacer for the session, the filly Kisses From Heaven, selling for $150,000. Her dam, Kissing Bandit, a stakes winner of more than $230,000, is a half sister to millionaire Pacific Fella and the $764,000 winning Pacific Renegade. Alan Katz bought the filly out of the Preferred Equine marketing consignment. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the second session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the second session: Session 2       Group -  No. Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts     -33  -$1,915,000 -$58,030-$120,000-$50,000-4 Pacing Fillies    -43  -$2,135,000 -$49,651-$150,000-$42,000-4 Trotting Colts     -37 -$2,296,000  -$61,514-$175,000-$50,000-6 Trotting Fillies    -45 -$1,986,000  -$44,067-$160,000-$40,000-2 Total-158-$8,332,000-$52,734 -$175,000-$50,000-16 Sale through two sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts   -61-$4,377,000-$71,754-$150,000-$75,000-17 Pacing Fillies  -65-$3,740,000-$57,538-$180,000-$50,000-10 Trotting Colts  -68-$5,527,000-$81,279-$475,000-$60,000-17 Trotting Fillies -69-$3,752,000-$54,377-$260,000-$45,000-8 Total-263-$17,396,000-$66,144-$475,000-$50,000-52 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Holy Ground-Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva-C-T-$175,000-Bjorn Noren, Agent Giifted Way-Cantab Hall-Rare Gift-C-T-$170,000-Tony Alagna Flyangelfly De Vie-Cantab Hall-Dream Angel-F-T-$160,000-Jimmy Takter, Agent Kisses From Heaven-Rock N Roll Heaven-Kissing Bandit-F-P-$150,000-Alan Katz Jake Blue Chip-Art Major-Sprig Hanover-C-P-$120,000-Dan W. Smith Give Me The Credit-Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-F-T-$120,000-Lars Palm, Agent Billy Flynn-Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-C-T-$120,000-Staffan Lind by David Carr for USTA

Freehold, NJ – September 26, 2013 – Certified Ideal breezed to a three-length victory, extending her winning streak to three, in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final, the featured seventh race on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Six three-year-old pacing fillies went postward; My Tallia Ideal was scratched sick. Jim Pantaleano put Certified Ideal [$2.20] on the lead, and she performed like an odds on favorite, defeating Light of Day [Rocknroll Hanover] by three and Get The Look [Cam’s Card Shark] by seven and a quarter. Trained by Ross Croghan, Certified Ideal is a daughter of Western Ideal and races for her owner-breeders, Arthur Rudolph and the Rudolph Stables of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Bernard Owen of Boynton Beach, FL. The mile was timed in 1:56.3. Certified Ideal now has five wins, one second and one third in 11 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 20 career starts, banking $69,029. Prior to the betting card, Vida De Vie, a three-year-old trotting filly, scored a six and three-quarter length victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres.  The Muscles Yankee filly, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Chris Ryder, trotted the mile in 1:59.1, defeating Connie Keeper [Muscles Yankee].  It was 27 ½ lengths to Queen of More [Chocolatier] in third. Owned and bred by Joie De Vie Farm LLC of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie now has three wins, one second and three thirds in 17 starts this year and six wins, three second and four thirds in 29 starts lifetime with earnings in excess of $90,000. Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 19, 2013 – Daniel Dube was the winning driver in a pair of non-wagering New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. In the first $7,000 division, restricted to three-year-old trotting fillies, Dube guided Vida De Vie to a 13 ¼ -length victory over Connie Keeper. It was 17 ½ back to Ninety Five Janet in third. All three are by Muscles Yankee. Vida De Vie, trained by Chris Ryder, posted a 2-minute mile in her winning effort. She improved her career record to five wins, three seconds and four thirds from 28 starts, banking $88,616 for owner-breeder Joie de Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ. Dube teamed My Tallia Ideal by Western Ideal to victory in the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies. My Tallia Ideal paced the mile in 1:55.3, finishing two lengths ahead of Get The Look by Cam’s Card Shark. Air Miles Hanover by Western Ideal was third by seven and three-quarters. Scott DiDomenico trains My Tallia Ideal for Quebec-based owner-breeders Gestion Mario Audet Inc. and Yves Sarrazin. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

The sophomore trotting fillies will strut their stuff at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (August 15) in the $160,000 New York Sire Stakes and they will be joined by other 3-year-old fillies who'll compete for over $64,000 in the Excelsior Series. The Sire Stakes divisions will each go for purses in excess of $53,000 while each of the Excelsior Series splits is worth $12,700. Although she's not invincible, Lola De Vie figures to be the odds on favorite in her $53,383 NYSS division. Already this year the daughter of Credit Winner- Fan Favourite has won six times in nine tries including the $ 237,600Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Down on June9 in a 1:55.2 clocking. Owned by the Joie de Vie Farm and trained by Chris Ryder, Lola De Vie already has $249,039 on her card and she'll have Jimmy Morrill, Jr. in the sulky when she leaves from the five hole. But trouble may be loom in the presence of Alphadoodle, also a Credit Winner filly but out of Ella Minnow Pea. She sports a 1:57.1 triumph over the half-mile track at Yonkers Raceway on July 8. With over $76,000 bankrolled this year the mostly Canadian-owned filly will be driven by Stephane Bouchard and start from the pole position. Steve and Nancy Pratt's , Barn Babe, is the early line favorite in her $53,383 division. This daughter of Cash Hall-My Baby's Momma won a NYSS split at Batavia Downs in 1:58.1 and owns a sophomore record of 1:54.2 which she earned at Tioga Downs also in Sire Stakes action. John Cummings Jr. will handle the driving chores and they'll start from the pylon position. Perhaps the stiffest competition will be supplied by the Dan Daley-driven Royal Malinda who'll leave from the three-hole. This RC Royalty-Linda Mac filly has been on the board nine times in 13 starts with the fastest of her two victories a 1:55.2 effort at Vernon Downs on July 19. She is owned by Ann Mari Daley, the Purple Haze Stable and Richard Lombardo. A third NYSS split for a $52,383 purse, has Long Island Tea as the 5-2 early favorite. The daughter of Credit Winner- Tea Muscles comes into the contest off a 1:54.4 win at Vernon Downs on August 2. Unraced at two, Paul Kelley trains the filly who has won six of 10 races this year and purses in excess of $61,000 for owner Steve Stewart. However, the Cat Manzi- driven Wygant Lady has won a NYSS trot at Yonkers Raceway in 1:56.1 July 8 and figures to be a formidable foe from the two- hole. The daughter of Credit Winner-Rose Street Angel has already earned over $102,000 for owners Taylor Gower and Alan Stull. And though she is yet to return to her freshman form, the now Linda Toscano-trained Lady Riviera has only had four starts this year without a victory. Last season she won four of nine and earned over $129,000. Toscano will hand the lines to Jimmy Morrill, Jr. when the filly starts from post four. The NYSS splits will be races one, five and eight on the card while the Excelsior divisions will go as races four, six, nine, 11 and 12. The 14 race program will get underway at 12:50pm.   by John Manzi  

Emerging top international trotting star Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) won today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie at Hippdrome Wallonie/Mons (Belgium). The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event produced an exciting and unpredictably close finish as the winner, driven by veteran Joseph Verbeeck for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, held off fast closing Reve de Beylev (8m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for Ecurie du Haras and trainer Sebastien Guarto. Deuxieme Picsous (6m In Love With You-Carmela Strimline) ended third for Johan Untersteiner. The winner traveled the 2300 meter course in 1.13.1kr to secure the winners share of the 150,000 euro purse. Verbeeck hustled Timoko to a quick lead off the car as heavy favorite Ready Cash took the pocket spot, where he stayed throughout. Verbeeck carefully rated the pace leaving several pursuers in the death seat. Ready Cash was unable to escape and just off the last bend broke and ran the length of the stretch on the inside. Timoko drifted out slightly and barely held off Reve de Beylev in the drive. The Grand Prix produced a large crowd of fans at Mons/Ghlin as the fans packed the facility and surrounded the outside racetrack fence. Yesterday at Skelleftea (SWE) top racing was on the agenda and 2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar won the featured Stig Lindmarks Pris over 3140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. Trainer Robert Bergh drove the winner to an easy 1.14.6kr score for owned Stall Sedin HB. Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) now has 24 victories in 69 career starts for earnings in excess of 9 million SEK. Bergh also scored in a 2140 meter event for 100,000SEK first prize with Bradley (4m Love You-Boria-Supergill) in 1.14kr. The lightly raced colt won for the eighth time in 22 starts. Four other 100,000SEK first money events were on the card for warmbloods, with the winners being: Sundsvik Saigon (7m Diamond Circle-VG Glory Girl-Recourse) for John Ostman in 1.12.7kr; 2140 meters autostart for 125,000SEK first money in a Silver Division contest, his 19th win in 48 lifetime starts; Oracle Kronos (5g Kadabra-Gala Aas-Pine Chip) for Ulf Ohlsson in 1.11.5kr; 1640 meters for 110,000SEK to the winner in a Bronze Division event, the winners’ 12th score in 22 career starts; ZagrosBoko (7g Viking Kronos-Namarra Boko-Viking’s Way) in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart in a 100,000SEK first prize Klass I event. Ulf Ohlsson drove the winner to his 10th victory in 47 career appearances; Pompano (5g From Above-Flying Fish-Smokin Yankee) took a Klass II event over 2640 meters for 100,000 first money. Petter Lundberg drove the winner to his fifth win in 15 starts, scoring in 1.15.7kr. The coldblood feature for 150,000SEK to the winner went to veteran Hallsta Lotus (13m Jarvsofaks-Hallsta Malibu-Mosater) for Ulf Ohlsson. He covered 1640 meters autostart in 1.20.5kr to prevail in a photo over Faksen JR (11h Jarvsofaks-Tummelisa-Elding) and trainer Jan Ove Olsen. The winner now has 71 career wins (42%) in 170 starts for earnings of 9,273,785SEK. He’s a solid seven for 15 in 2013. The second place finisher is also a good performer, with 34 wins in 108 outings for earnings of over 3.88 million SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing driver Jean-Pierre Dubois scored a double yesterday at Marseille-Borely, continuing his remarkable driving return in France.

Nahar (4g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) trained and driven by Robert Bergh won the 2013 harness racing Elitloppet Final in 1.10.1kr, earning the winners' purse share of 3 million SEK.

Favored Sebastian K (7m Korean-Gabriella K-Probe) easily won Elitloppet 2013 second elimination in 1.11.2kr for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, defeating Nahar (8m Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) trained and driven by Robert Bergh with Brad de Veluwe (5m Andover Hall-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee) third for Tuomas Korvenoja.

Triode de Felliere (Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) with Jean-Michel Bazire driving won the featured 100,000 euro Prix du Luxembourg for owner and harness racing trainer J.P. Marmion, covering the 2100 meter distance in a mile rate of 1:54.88.

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