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February 16, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (€120,000, 2700 meters, 7 starters) was an expected victory for 0.5/1 favorite Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet  -Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner, clocked in 1.13.2kr, now has 12 wins in 25 career starts for €818,740 earned for owner Ph. Dewulf. 5/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) was second for teamster Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. 34/1 Alesia d’Atout (5f Defo d’Aunou - New York Jet) landed third for Mathieu Mottier. Monday’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Cahors (€60,000, 18 European five year-olds, 2700 meters) and the 1.14.7kr winner was Italy’s Roxanne Bar (5f Exploit Caf - Guendalina Bar) at 13/1 for Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Catello Savarese. She rallied off the final bend to gain the lead and sustained her drive to the line. Favorite 1.7/1 odds Action Package (5f Opium - Loumana Flor) was second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders. Italy’s 24/1 Rosemary Gar (5f Donato Hanover - Allstar FC) was third for Mario Minopoli and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix de Bracieux (€56,000, 18 European starters) ended with victory by 3/1 Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne - Falnos Ballona) teamed by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Timed in 1.14.5kr the winner defeated a driving 8/1 King of the World (6m Magnificent Rodney - Queen of Hearts) with Michael Nimczyk up and third place 28/1 Viking du Pilet (6g Kuadro Wild - Indra du Pilet) handled by Franck Ouvrie. The initial engagement for Sunday’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Pris de Paris includes 26 and leading performers Timoko, Up And Quick and Roxane Griff. It looks to be a competitive group. UET Masters Series - Groupe I - International - Attelé - 400.000 € - 4.150 mètres (2.58 miles) - Grande piste Primes : 22 500 €, 12 500 €, 7 000 €, 4 000 €, 2 500 €, 1 000 €, 500 € Prix : 180 000 €, 100 000 €, 56 000 €, 32 000 €, 20 000 €, 8 000 €, 4 000 € Separately the excellent mare Prussia (6f Ken Warkentin - Elvezia-Pine Chip) was named Italy’s Trotter of the Year at ceremonies Sunday at Naples. The Pietro Gubellini trainee won the L’Etain Royal in Finland, the Gran Premio Turilli at Rome and the Gran Premio delle Nazioni at Naples. Thomas H. Hicks

East Rutherford, N.J. (December 12th) - Thanks to a work share agreement between Meadowlands Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, and Vernon Downs, some new harness racing voices will be heard describing the racing action at those facilities during the 2015 season. Effective January 2nd, Ken Warkentin will become the full-time announcer at Freehold Raceway. Warkentin will still remain an integral part of the Meadowlands broadcast team as well as sharing duties with longtime Meadowlands announcer and host Sam McKee. "We're excited to begin our 2015 racing season with an announcer of Ken's caliber," said Freehold Raceway General Manger Howard Bruno. "We think our patrons will enjoy having Ken call our races on a daily basis beginning in January. We're fortunate to be able to work out this arrangement with the Meadowlands." Vernon Downs patrons will hear a combination of race callers including James Witherite, Ken Warkentin and Director of Racing Scott Warren during the 2015 season. Witherite will also be back as the regular voice of Tioga Downs. "We're blessed to have several talented announcers on staff at the three facilities operated by Jeff Gural," said Meadowlands CEO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "Thanks to the work share agreements now in place, we can maximize opportunities and further utilize our talented line-up to help provide guests with top quality announcers at multiple facilities. We appreciate Freehold Raceway working with us and see it as a win-win for both organizations. At anytime during the upcoming year, you could hear Sam McKee, Ken Warkentin, Scott Warren, James Witherite, Darin Zoccali, or myself calling the races at any of our three properties." Both Freehold and Meadowlands begin their 2015 season on Friday, January 2nd. Vernon Downs is scheduled to open for live racing on April 10th. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

The Northern Dude was a repeat winner of the $12,500 Open Trot on Monday (December 1) at Northfield Park. Curran Racing, LLC of Red Hook, New York owns the five year-old. Trainer Jessica Millner enlisted the driving services of North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman. The Northern Dude (Ken Warkentin - LR Alleys Concern - King Conch) left alertly from post seven and led his competition at every call. He set fractions of :27.3, :57, 1:25.4 and 1:56.4 and was a full-length in front at the finish. Completing the race were Mythical Hall, Mama Made Me Blue, Jesse's Messenger, Catching Katie, Diamond Hunter, Mary's Darvin and Zorgwijk Heavenly. Monday's victory represents the third consecutive win for The Northern Dude, who now has seven wins in 26 starts this year, 15 career successes and a bankroll of $177,030. He was the heavy favorite and paid $3.60 to win. Major Belle was impressive in winning the evening's $12,500 Open Pace. Ron Burke trains the six year-old for Pennsylvania owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and New York connections of Cynthia Massari and Joseph Di Scala, Jr. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Major Belle (Art Major - Meghan's Belle - No Nukes) started from the far outside and was content in the back of the pack while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.3 and :54.4. Major Belle had moved into third at the 1:23.2 three-quarter pole and took the lead in the stretch and besting his competition by 2-lengths, in 1:53.2. Completing the race were Real Future, Top Of The Mark, Bettor's Choice, Midnight Dragon, Allamerican Pewter and Onhishonor Hanover. Mybrothergeorge was scratched. Monday's triumph was the seventh win in 28 starts this year for Major Belle. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $362,229. He returned $15.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Charlottetown, PE - Zip The Lip did it again. The trot star, co-owned by trainer Donald Sweet and Orville Willis of O'Leary, notched his 12th win of the season after capturing the trot feature in 2:07.1 over a sloppy track. Brian MacPhee waited patiently before diving into the passing lane with the son of Ken Warkentin to chase down the leaders and post back to back victories. Caliban Hanover was the runner up with the show ticket going to Diamond Mine. Carnivore and Kenny Arsenault claimed the top class in 2:03.4 for Valleygrove Farms, Kensington, The Marvyn Webster trainee came back to on to beat Forever Paradise with the Big Bite third. Track announcer Vance Cameron picked the 1-4-5 triactor in the pre-race interview. Jason Hughes had another big day with four winners. The "Blue Knight" started the afternoon program winning the first three races putting him back in the lead of the Charlottetown driver standings. The Hughes parade began with a catch-driving score aboard New School followed by a gate to wire romp with Virginonthebeach. Jersey Joe, trained by Deanna Clow, New Haven, battled back to catch the field to give the Stratford native the triple. The grand-slam came with C L La Rousse. For All We Know recorded her third win in a row taking the mares open in 2:04.2 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood. Her stable-mate General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) was second while A Fiesty X Ample (Mark Bradley) rallied late for a third place finish. Chappell and Walter Cheverie had driving doubles on the program. Astor pulls off upset in Red Shores Feature Charlottetown, PE - Astor, owned by the Foxyhall stable of Summerside, won the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park in an impressive 1:56.3. Driver Jason Hughes deployed front end tactics with the five-year-old pacer nd posted fractions of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:28.2. Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) was second with Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie) third. The 7-4-1 triactor paid $615.70. Osprey Strike, under the command of Paul Larrabee, and Dunmore Chance, with Jack Panting in the bike, won their trot assignments during the program. The annual Horse Person's Day is Saturday November 29th. Post time is 1pm. The afternoon features a driver's championship, second chance draws and prize giveaways. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip), with Pietro Gubellini aboard, impressively won the Gr. I UET Masters Series Gran Premio Nazioni today in an Italian record 1.11.8kr over 2100 meters autostart over the 1000 meter track at Napoli. Beanie MM was the previous record holder at 1.11.9kr taken in 2010. Prussia recorded her seventh classique victory in Italy and Finland. From the maternal family of Starglow Hanover, Prussia raced in the death seat for most of the contest before putting away the brave pacesetter Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet) at top stretch as that Enrico Bellei teamed veteran held on for third behind Pace del Rio (5m Varenne-Arbent d’Asolo-Ata Star L) and teamster Santo Mollo. Osasco di Ruggi (6m Varenne-Papaia Ral-Super Crown) was fourth for Roberto Vecchione. The joyful “Pippo” Gubellini tossed his whip away in the late stages and reached up to congratulate his winning mare that is improving steadily and might be a Prix d’Amerique hopeful in what promises to be a continuation of the changing of the trotting leaders in 2015. The undercard also showcased the Premiop Trafeo Laila Finale for €20,900 over 1600 meters, following two eliminations this day separately for males and females. Oudry dei Veltri (6f Varenne-Pamela Stra-Ghendero) took the finale in 1.11.9kr for G. Ruocco. She was third in the female elimination.  Paris Dany (5f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane) and Ranymede FAS (4m Ganymede-Alias di Jesolo-Royal Troubador) trailed the winner. Thomas H. Hicks

Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) surged three-wide down the backstretch and around the final bend to collar a game Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somark-Mack Lobell) and prevail by a length in track record time 1.10.9kr at the new Campanelle (Rome, Italy) 1000 meter track. This Gr. I UET Masters Series event carried a purse of €187,000 over the 1640 meters autostart right handed course. Roberto Andreghetti teamed the winner ahead of veteran Commander Crowe with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Louvre was a close up third for Federico Esposito with Orsia fourth for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Napoleon Bar was the first to the lead and held the front until mid-stretch after leaving Commander Crowe in the death seat. Commander Crowe had surged three-wide before the stands the first time but was parked by Napoleon Bar until he gained the lead mid-stretch but could not hold off the driving Prussia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

A trio of the best free-for-all pacers the Maritimes have to offer will do battle on Saturday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time for the 13-dash harness racing card is 6 p.m. A winner of the Governor's Plate in a track record 1:53, The Premiers Pace in 1:52.2 and a runner up to Wazzup Wazzup in the Founders Cup, D Gs Camme returns to his hometown oval from Post 5 on Saturday. After not recieving an invite to the invitational race at Northside Downs on Saturday, trainer Jackie Matheson elected to find a start in the Perferred ranks in his own back yard. A dominat force on this year's invitational circuit he will pick up the driving services of Ron Matheson for the first time since early July when the dup teamed up for Matheson's 1, 000 lifetime victory. He co-owns with Hal and Quentin Bevan along with Tom Clark. D Gs Camme will have to do battle with a pair of Jason Hughes trainees. One of the leading trainers among wins in Canada, Hughes will send out the duo of Astor, from Post 6 for Foxyhall Racing and Red Rock from Post 8 for Donald, Bryan, Steven and Melissa MacRae. Hughes has elected to drive Astor, while Gary Chappell gets the call on Red Rock in the Race 12 feature. The Open Trot is also on tap Saturday night with the early headlines going to Zip The Lip and driver Brian MacPhee. A front end winner in the Open last week for owners Orville Willis and Donald Sweet in 2:01, the six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin will have to do battle from Post 3 against rail horse Frill Seeker amd the outside charge Pleaure Girls. The older pacing mares will line up in the Open in Race 7 with top-end mares For All We Know, Stayoutofmyaffiar and General Luckypercy set to do battle. Race 13 features the Hurrah 4 Island Charities, Hurrah has drawn Post 4 and is listed as the morning line choice as he tries to raise as much funds for this month's recipent, the Toys For Tots campaign. Colt looks to continue winning ways A mainland invader will look to invade Red Shores Summerside on Sunday to keep his winning streak alive. Post-time is 1 p.m. American Island has been perfect since making his way back to the maritimes and he will look to extend his streak to three when he scores from Post 2 in the Race 11 feature. New Brunswick based trainer, driver Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John to try and keep his streak alive for owners Wayne MacRae and Ian Smith. Fresh off an impressive 1:56.3 score in his last outting, American Island will have his hands full on Sunday. He will go up against former Maritime stakes champion Forever Paradise, who looks to get back to his winning ways. Taken out of the race by the stopped leader last start, Forever Paradise seen his back-to-back victories erased. He gets Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell in the bike from Post 3. The event also includes the ultra conaistant, iron tough, Blu Meadow Willie from Post 5 for driver Walter Cheverie. The card at Red Shores Summerside will also feature the P.E.I Matinee Finals. Four classes will duke it out for top honours in their respective divisions. The Matinee finals will be contested after Races 2, 4 and 6. Bo Ford

Sweden’s Ed You benefitted from a masterful drive by Torbjorn Jansson to storm home past compatriot Mosaique Face to became the third winner of the Group 1 UET Trotting Masters Final (500,000 euros) at Denmark’s Charlottenlund racetrack. Three of the top four UET Masters’ Series ranked Swedish horses were in the field for the 2500m race including French-trained Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), in his very last start of stellar career in Europe before embarking on a swansong to the Untied States Indeed it was Fabrice Soulouy’s 11-year-old chestnut who began the fastest holding off Ed You (Love You) in the initial speed duel, the latter settling into the trail. Into the straight for the first time Europe’s highest ranked horse Timoko (Imoko) of France sprinted up from the back to try and outflank Commander Crowe, but was forced to sit parked and then ended up in the one-one when Lutfi Kolgjini moved up with last year’s Swedish TravDerby winner Mosaïque Face(Classic Photo) a lap out. Commander Crowe kept up the tempo as Mosaïque Face applied the pressure and the two accelerated out of the turn of the back straight for the last time, with Prussia (Ken Warkentin) and Solvato (Donato Hanover) also sprinting hard three and four wide turning for home. Timoko found himself in a difficult position as these attacks occurred, unable to move out and and lost ground and momentum. In the home straight, Commander Crowe’s brave bid faded as Mosaique Face got to the front but Jansson found room to get Ed You off the fence, and used the kinder inside run to his advantage to get by Mosaïque Face with a irresistible burst. Canaka B.F. (Jobie Tempest) found room on the inside ahead of Commander Crowe to grab third just ahead of Timoko, who came on strongly with a stayer’s run for fourth. For Ed You, a late bloomer and controversial winner in July of the prestigious Hugo Abergs Memorial after Un Mec d'Héripré's disqualication, this was best result of his career. He is trained by the Swede Robert Bergh. In the supporting N.J. Kosters Memorial Fredrik Solberg’s BBS Sugarlight (Super Light) shot out of the gate to take a lead he never relinquished. From ther Peter Untersteiner took control of the race from the front with Amour Rapide (Love You) and top Swedish driver Johnny Takter in the bike settling into the trail. Untersteiner released the brakes off BBS Sugarlight at the top of the final bend and he responded superbly and cruised to the line with ease, covering the 1600m journey in a 1.12.0 kilometre rate (1.55.8MR). Flemming Jensen’s veteran warhorse O’Grady (SJ’s Photo) who had sat second-over for most of the race, charged home to nose out Amour Rapide for second money. The previous day at Vincennes, there were two national Group ones, the most prestigious races on the French calendar, with a placing from first to seventh enough to earn prestigious black type in France and coveted Classique status. In the Prix de l'Etoile, an intergenerational race over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2150m, which brings the cream of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old crops together in a handicap setting similar to weight for age racing, Brillantissime (Ready Cash) and Black d’Avril (Oceano Nox ) fought for the early lead, with the inside horse handing up to Brillantissime before the turn into the Joinville plain. Favourite Biche des Clos (Rolling d'Heripre ) moved up prominent outside Brillantissime up the hill and these two led the field down the sweeping turn and into the front straight. Biche des Clos poured on the pressure and Brillantissime could not respond, while Black D’Avril pulled out of the trail and once clear showed terrific acceleration to swoop past Biche des Clos and claim the coveted Group one. Former age group star Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore ) nabbed Brillantissime on the line for third place. The Prix d’Normandie, one of the top three monte races in the world, for 5YOs, is raced over 3000m for 240,000 euros and here it was Vittel de Brevol (Jag de Bellouet) who took control of the race down the straight for the first time, while hot favourite Vision Intense (Prodigious) got parked three wide and five back. At the top of the hill David Thomain pressed the go button on Vittel de Brevol and by the crossroads where the flat inside floodlit track joins the “grand piste” had slipped clear by seven lengths. Vittel de Brevol still had a handy lead into the straight and though Vision Intense tried desperately to close the gap, the line came up too quickly. Valse Castelets was a long way back third ahead of Viva Forest. The winner recorded a slick 1.13,9 (1.58.9MR) for the 3000m, just a little outside Prince Gede’s record 1.13.6 (1.58.4MR) which was set in 2009. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Sept 1, 2014 - Lorne House made an early move with Kendal Gustav and never looked back in the Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace at Dresden Raceway. House rolled the five-year-old Life Sign gelding just past the quarter poll and led every step of the way after that move pushing past the half in 57.1 and three quarters in 1:27 flat with a last quarter of 29.1 to win in 1:56.4. Kendal Gustav is owned by Tomas Broadhurst of London, Shirley Griffin of Thorndale and is trained by Scott McNiven of Putnam. J M Jet Set and Donnie Rankin Jr. closed hard to finish second by a head while Leafs And Wings and Chris Johnston finished third. The Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace wrapped up a very successful season at Dresden Raceway. Robert Sparling Jr took Schrader Hanover to the front and never looked back in the OLG Slots Trot. The seven-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding set fractions of 29.4, 1:00.2, 1:30.3 for a mile time of 1:59.2. Schrader Hanover is owned and trained by Karl McNaughton of Clinton. The handle today was $35,679. TRIPLE DOUBLE...Donnie Rankin Jr., Nick Steward and Lorne House all had driving doubles today...THE KING OF THE RING...Nick Steward claimed the dash crown at Dresden Raceway by picking up his 25th win of the season...JACKPOT!...the largest payout of the day was the 3-2-8 triactor combination in the eighth race that lit up the board at $418.70...GUSTOV GO...KENDAL GUSTOV was the fastest horse of the day winning in 1:56.4. by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway  

Repelling a late challenge from Spice It Up Lindy, Twin B Spike Man ($3.10) proved a gutsy 1:54.4 winner in Saturday (August 30) evening's $15,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs, giving Mike Simons one of his four driving wins on the evening.   The seven-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding wasted no time achieving the lead, brushing clear of Spice It Up Lindy (Jim Meittinis) after a soft :29.2 first quarter and immediately accelerating through a :57 middle half. Now with Spice It Up Lindy in a tracking position, Twin B Spike Man entered the far turn with a 1-1/2 length advantage. Despite a late challenge in the final yards, Twin B Spike Man held sway for a one-length victory. Stitch in Time (Jim Taggart, Jr.) tracked the top pair the entire mile, checking in a non-threatening third.   Donald Eccleston and Albert Abdala, III co-own Twin B Spike Man with Simons. Gail Wrubel handles the training duties.   Simons was victorious on three other occasions through the evening, teaming up with Brookside Lily ($37.60, 1:58.2), Rock Star ($3.10, 1:53.2), and Current Image ($7.90, 1:58.2) to complete his grand slam.   Live racing returns on Monday (September 1) afternoon, with the 11-race card set for a 1:30 p.m. EDT start. The blockbuster Labor Day program features the 60th Cane Pace, the Shady Daisy, a preliminary Miss Versatility event, and the second half of the Vernon/Tioga Drivers' Championship.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs 

Goshen, NY--Few harness horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Crawford Farms of Durhamville, New York.   When top trotters Sebastian K and Market Share line up for this Friday's (August 29) $200,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon, they will score behind the bright red Crawford Farms starting car. And that is just the beginning of the Crawford's omnipresence. Driven by a passion for the sport, and a desire to help harness racing prosper, the Crawford's have sponsored this season's Meadowlands Pace, Kindergarten Classic and the aforementioned Crawford Farms Trot, formerly the Credit Winner. In addition to vast purse support, they have recently completed a state-of-the-art equine therapeutic spa, 40-stall barn, and a 6-gate horse exerciser at their central New York breeding & racing operation. Their hearts and minds are 'all-in' this game; for their farm and for the future of the Standardbred. Michelle and Albert Crawford have undoubtedly jumped-in with both feet, and provided a much-needed push to a somewhat hesitant industry. "We love this business," noted Albert, son of the late Jim Crawford who was the affable former president of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State. "My wife and I are committed to breeding top horses in New York State and supporting the industry in the process. We know that it is an uphill battle, but we are digging in for the long haul!" From the second-story Crawford Farms mural at The Meadowlands to the upcoming Red Mile Grand Circuit meet where the water trucks will bear the farm's iconic insignia, racing fans are constantly reminded of the dynamic duo's substantial commitment to the sport. Evident across multiple digital platforms, the Crawford's are very active on social media and have produced and broadcast several TV commercials. This weekend is no exception. With the $400,000 Zweig Trot also this Friday, renovations to the farm have reached a feverish pace this month in preparation for their inaugural Open House on Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. The team is eager to show the sport the fruits of their labor. "Our yearlings are ready and we hope to draw a large crowd of horse people for some food and refreshments while they evaluate our stock," exclaimed Michelle Crawford, who provides much of the spark in the engine around the farm. "My crew has really stepped up over these past few weeks to make this facility 'show ready' for the upcoming affair," the hostess added with a proud smile. The farm, which was founded in 1966 by Jim and Patricia Crawford, continues to be a family affair. The 100-acre nursery has continued to expand not only their footprint, but also their broodmare band. Last year Crawford Farm was the leading major consignor at the Morrisville Sale and will bring nine yearlings back to that venue on Sept. 21. In addition, they have ten yearlings consigned to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, including two selling on opening night, Sept. 30. While the yearlings were being videotaped, it was 'all hands on deck' and all feet had running shoes. Al, Michelle, Jim Jr., and even matriarch Pat participated in the 35th annual running of the babies. Albert stated, "This is the day we get to really see what we have. It's exciting, but a little nerve-racking too." When they are not prepping yearlings, Michelle and Al own and operate one of the most successful healthcare lending institutions in the nation, Bankers Healthcare Group. In fact, BHG was ranked as the 5th Fastest Growing Private Company by Inc. Formed in 1992 from a modest group of four finance experts, BHG now employs close to 200. It appears that growth and commitment are not just a mission statement, it is a Crawford way of life. by Chris Tully

Canaka BF (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus-Spotlite Lobell) rallied late for Ulf Ohlsson to win today's Gr. I UET Masters Series European Mares Championship at Solvalla, Sweden worth 650,000SEK to winner. Canaka BF recorded her 18th career win in 64 starts now for earnings of 4,905,292SEK. Today's victory was her fifth 2014 win in ten outings. Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) was a very game second for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini with third to She Loves You FI (7f Love You-SJ's Shad Roe-SJ's Photo) and Bjorn Goop. Time was 1.11.7kr, a SWE record for the 2140 meters autostart distance. Jorma Kontio steered Absolute Newport quickly to the lead and repulsed a three wide early move by Prussia to seize command. Kontio parked Prussia all the way until Absolute Newport stopped, yielding the leading spot to Prussia and she nearly held on under aggressive Gubellini handling. Canaka BF rallied wide in the late going to win by three-quarter length with She Loves You FI a close third and the Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross ended fourth. On the card the Carolo Mins for three year-olds went to US-bred Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) and Ulf Ohlsson. The 1640 meter autostart test had ten starters with 100,000SEK to the winner and Fire To The Rain scored in 1.11.7kr to just defeat Explosive De Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) and trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. This pair easily bested third place finisher Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Riordan. Fire To the Rain won for the third time in six lifetime starts, now for earnings of 1,130,365SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sustaining a first-over push to wear down odds-on favorite Money On My Mind, Twin B Spike Man ($30.20) proved an upset winner in Saturday (August 16) evening's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot at Tioga Downs.   As expected, Jim Marohn, Jr. sent 1-5 favorite Money On My Mind to the fore, controlling a :56.4 first half mile before facing pressure into the far turn. After reaching three-quarters in 1:25.2, Money On My Mind found himself bracing for the oncoming onslaught of the first-over Twin B Spike Man, who pushed to the fore at head-stretch. With the favorite fading at the pegs, Twin B Spike Man was left to contend with a chasing Spice It Up Lindy (Jim Meittinis) in the final yards, holding sway for a half-length victory in 1:54.2. Stitch in Time (Brandon Simpson) stayed on well for third off a pocket trip.   Co-owner Mike Simons drove the seven-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding for trainer Gail Wrubel. Donald Eccleston and Albert Abdala, III also share ownership of Twin B Spike Man. The win was one of three on the night for Simons, who also teamed up with Highland Yankee (1:56.3) and Magglio (1:56.3).   Racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (August 17) afternoon, with non-wagering Tompkins-Geers action scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EDT. The eleven-race pari-mutuel card kicks off at 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

War Hero (Ken Warkentin-Miss Gibbons) emerged victorious from a three-horse stretch battle to score a harness racing victory in the feature $9,000 Open I trot on Friday night at Vernon Downs.   The complexion of the race changed immediately as A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) broke stride as the gate opened. He ended up trailing throughout. Surface Tension (Dan Daley) inherited the early lead and was quite tenacious in front, turning away an early challenge from Pop I (John Macdonald) and then holding Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) at bay until the field made the stretch.   War Hero (Frank Davis) followed the useful cover from Evil Urges and moved up while trotting three-wide in the lane, passing Evil Urges in deep stretch to get up and win in 1:54.2.   It was a minor upset as War Hero went off at 5-1 in the field of six, paying $12 to win. The fractions were 28 seconds for the quarter, 57.1 for the half, and 1:25.4 for three-quarters. The complete order of finish was: War Hero, Evil Urges, Surface Tension, Pop I, My Revenuer, and A Penny Earned.   War Hero is owned by Howard Gill of Pine Bush, New York and trained by Jessica Okusko.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 9-race program.   The Racing Under Saddle series will also continue on Saturday, as six horses will go to the gate in the second leg. The featured pari-mutuel race will be the seventh race with a purse of $6,500. The morning line choice is Axiom Hanover, who will be driven by Chris Lems.   Post time on Saturday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Friday night Red Shores Charlottetown will play host to the second leg PEI Trotting Series sponsored by the PEIHRIA. The 12-dash card gets under way at 7 p.m. Fresh off tying the overall track trotting record last week at Red Shores Summerside in the first leg of the PEI Trotting Series, Frill Seeker will look to bring that form into Race 9. The six-year-old Angus Hall gelding is two for three since arriving on red soil, his only mishap came in his only start at the capital city oval in Charlottetown, where he made a miscue behind the gate and never made it into the race. The post 6 starter is owned by the Ebbsfleet Stables, Kenny Arsenault handles the driving and training duties. Zip The Lip has been installed as morning line choice for owners Orville Willis and Donnie Sweet, Sweet does the training duties on the Ken Warkentin gelding who has finished in the top 3, nine out of 12 starts this season. The ageless wonder Abundaspin has drawn the rail for trainer - driver Harold Shepherd. The 14-year-old has 13 top three finishes this season, including six victories. Diamond Mine, Majian Dillon, Who Took That and Caliban Hanover complete the competition. Race 6 will play host to the other division. Last weeks other winner Pleasure Girls has been saddled with the outside post 7 for veteran trainer - driver Ronnie Gass. Owned by Shelley Gass the daughter of Dr Ronerail returned to the races from the breeding shed earlier this year. The mother of three was a winner in 2:01 in leg one. Newcomer Beer Maggs draws into post 1. The Quebec invader was not entered into the first leg of the trotting series. Charles Gaudreault has taken his stable to Charlottetown for Old Home Week and brought the six-year-old daughter of Have A Beer with him. She comes in off of a third place finish in her last outing, trotting a mile in 1:58.2. Last weeks odds on favourite to upset Frill Seeker, Mopey Corey has drawn post 4 in Race 6. He made his first start on P.E.I. last week and finished second for owner Amanda Riley and trainer Tommy Riley. Corey MacPherson will reunite with his namesake for the second time. Mopey Corey was named by Islander Anthony Macdonald. He named the horse after MacPherson, who was working for MacDonald at the time in Ontario, the horse and drivers had similar characteristics. Saulsbrook Balance, I Aint No Lady, Lyrical Lindy and Saulsbrook Fork round out the field. The Blair Kelly Memorial goes in Race 10 and it could have a very fitting end. J V S Ring is listed as the morning line favourite for owners Joey Gallant and Mike Pollard. The seven-year-old son of Cammibest is trained by Jackie Matheson, Marc Campbell will drive. Kelly had many horses stabled at the Matheson stable over the last number of years. He raised many yearlings under the Rivervue name, including Rivervue Skye, Rivervue Sandy and Rivervue Comet. In the evening feature, Race 12. A pair of win streaks will be laid on the line. Lyndale Royal comes into the event on a three race win-streak including his last victory in the Kelti Burnet memorial, Dale Spence will drive for owner - trainer Jonah Moase. Post 6 starter Leading Camdidate will look to stop Lyndale Royal's streak at three and extend his own to three. He has picked up back-to-back victories for Campbell, this week Mike Stevenson will drive. By Bo Ford

Charlottetown PE- Leading Camdidate and driver Marc Campbell were mighty happy to draw in off of the also eligible list Thursday night at Red Shores'. They drew into the feature event after the late scratch of the three-horse I D K. Fresh off a going away victory in his last start, Leading Camdidate made a bold first over move approaching the half and held on for the victory in 1:56.1, for owner Jeff Holmes and trainer John Holmes. Oakrock Almighty was flying on the end of it to nail the place prize and Beckenbauer was third. On Glenn Taylor Memorial night, grandson Corey MacPherson did his late grandfather proud. Picking up two victories on the card with Trustmeonemoretime and veteran pacer Life Savior. Worth Remembering and young gun Jack Panting made every call a winning one in the Glenn Taylor Memorial Pace. He fired the six-year-old Ken Warkentin pacer off of the gate in :28.3, and didn't take his foot off of the gas pedal. Laying down fractions of :58.2, 1:27.4, stopping the tele timer in 1:58 for owner Steven Sorrie. Juraez Cyclone picked up his first lifetime victory in the evenings trot class. The three-year-old Broadway Hall colt was a going away winner in 2:05.2 for co-owners John Breau and Paul Morrison. Racing returns to Red Shores' Charlottetown Saturday night at 6 p.m. featuring the first leg of the Spud Island Classic for Open Mares. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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