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Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

War Hero (Ken Warkentin-Miss Gibbons) powered past Ilovemymommy in the stretch to win the $10,000 featured Open I Trot at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   War Hero (Frank Davis) followed the live cover of Ilovemymommy (Jimmy Whittemore), who surged to the lead past the half-mile mark and maintained control to the top of the stretch.   It was there that War Hero moved alongside and started to surge past in the lane to win in a time of 1:53.4. Mr. Web Page (Roman Lopez) had set the early fractions of 26.4 for the quarter and 56 seconds for the half, but had to work hard to get the lead after being caught three-wide around the first turn.   This hard labor ended up costing him dearly later on as he faded to finish last. My Revenuer (John Macdonald) rallied from last up the backstretch to close strongly and finish second. The complete order of finish was: War Hero, My Revenuer, Lucid Thoughts, Ilovemymommy, A Penny Earned, Out Of The Hat, and Mr. Web Page.   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 2014 Miss Vernon Downs Pageant takes place on Saturday with a top prize of $1,500. Contestants will compete in casual wear, swimsuit, formal wear, and an interview segment. Post time for the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs in 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs    

Three trotters from the sophomore class of 2010 have come online with their initial crops this year; Muscle Massive is standing at Hanover, Lucky Chucky at Winbak in New York and Holiday Road in Ontario. Pilgrim’s Taj is a fourth, but he only spent one year in Canada, after which he was relocated to Ohio and ultimately exported to Finland. That being the case, we’ll look at the first three. To this point restricted races have provided the only basis for judging them, but the open portion of the season commences this week with elimination rounds for the Peter Haughton and Merrie Annabelle at the Meadowlands as well as several splits of the Arden at The Meadows. Much of the focus has been on Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky, beneficiaries of generous state bred programs who finished one-two in the Hambletonion. The former was a $450,000 yearling who was lightly raced at two but managed to win the Hambletonion as well as the Dancer at three, while Chucky was a precocious freshman, showing wins in the Valley Victory, Matron, ISS and Bluegrass. He was the 3/2 favorite in the Hambletonion and appeared on his way to victory when 6/1 Muscle Massive, piloted by Ron Pierce, ruined his day. Regardless, Chucky did win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Colonial at three, and he earned more money than Muscle Massive both years. Both sold close to seventy yearlings last year, with Chucky’s brood averaging quite a bit more. Both have seen their stud fees fluctuate before their first crops hit the track. Muscle Massive started at $10,000, only to have his fee cut to $7,500 and $6,000 in successive years. Cantab Hall, Donato Hanover, Andover Hall and Explosive Matter all command higher fees than their younger stablemate at Hanover. Chucky, on the other hand, started at $7,500 in New York, was dropped to $5,000 during a year spent in Pennsylvania, and came back up to $7,500 when he returned to Winbak, where nineteen-year-old Muscles Yankee stands for $2,500 more. Muscle Massive has benefited from the success of his older brother, Muscle Mass, sire of O’Brien winner Riveting Rosie and the successful OSS colt Muscle Matters. Thus far Muscle Massive has given us some outstanding fillies. Gatka Hanover, a big rugged gal out of the Conway Hall mare Girlie Tough, from the Ron Burke barn, has left many wondering where her ceiling is. Gatka rolled through a couple of baby races and has now chalked up three wins in the PA Sire Stakes, one each at The Meadows, Pocono and Harrah’s. Matt Kakaley steered her to an effortless four length win in 1:57 in her latest. She leaves from the five for Matt K in Friday’s first Merrie Annabelle elimination. Gatka takes on Lucky Chucky’s daughter, Lock Down Lindy, who drew plenty of attention with a very strong first over win in a Merrie Annabelle Prep at the Meadowlands Friday for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. Another Muscle Massive star in the making is Jimmy Takter’s Speak To Me, an $80,000 Harness Breeders purchase by Myron Bell. She is also three-for three in the PA Sire Stakes and has trotted in 1:55. Last time out, in a $57,000 sire stakes division at Harrah’s, Speak To Me gapped the field by ten on her way to an easy win at a stingy 1/5 price. Unfortunately this filly was not staked to the Merrie Annabelle and will be missing from the fray on Friday night. Blessings Counted is another talented filly by Muscle Massive. She was second to Speak To Me in a PASS race at The Meadows a couple of weeks ago and won a $57,000 race at Harrah’s in her latest start. She is not eligible to the Merrie Annabelle but is entered in a split of the Arden at The Meadows on Friday. Missive and Youth Gone Wild, both winners in the Stallion Series, will also race in the Arden. Jersey Strong, a talented filly with a win in the PA All Stars and a second in the PASS, isn’t entered at The Meadowlands or The Meadows on Friday. The top colt by Muscle Massive is Ake Svanstedt’s Lima Pride, who beat Jimmy Takter’s 1/9 favorite The Bank in a split of the Hickory Pride when The Bank went on a run at the three-quarters. Lima Pride, a $25,000 yearling purchase, was not nominated to the Peter Haughton. The priciest freshman trotter by any first crop stallion is Mr Lucky Luke, a $450,000 Lucky Chucky half- brother to Muscle Massive, Muscle Mass and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner, Thatsnotmyname. The Cancelliere brothers, of Detour Hanover fame, purchased him at Lexington in the fall. He has yet to make a pari-mutuel start; let’s hope he generates a better ROI than Detour has. As for the Lucky Chucky colts and fillies that have raced, there is no eye popping Gatka Hanover out there, but there are plenty of good ones. I already mentioned Merrie Annabelle candidate Lock Down Lindy, who possesses the same rugged demeanor as Gatka. She is a half-sister to 2006 HOY in Canada, Majestic Son. He has sired Harper Blue Chip, Murmur Hanover and Charmed Life. Ray Schnittker has Gabe The Bear Dean, a $105,000 Harness Breeders buy, who has an impressive wire-to wire five length win in the NYSS at Buffalo. Jonas Czernyson has a few Lucky Chucky youngsters in his barn and he’s high on all of them. At the end of June Hot Start, a half-sister to Religulous, won a $27,000 NYSS split at Vernon Downs for Corey Callahan. Next time out, at Tioga, she cut most of the mile from the outside post only to lose to paternal sister My Twisted Sister, from the Paul Kelley barn. Hot Start is entered in the second Merrie Annabelle elimination on Friday. Nunkeri is another very promising Lucky Chucky filly from the Czernyson barn. She finished second to the Muscle Hill filly Josie’s Joy at the Meadowlands the other night, race timed in 1:57.2 as the second choice. Nunkeri won her start previous to that one, a $28,000 NYSS division at Tioga. George Ducharme’s sharp looking Conway Hall filly, Concentration, pressured her all the way home in a 1:59.3 mile. On the male side Mal and Janet Burroughs’ Mambo Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harness Breeders buy, won a $28,000 split of the NYSS in 1:57.2 at Tioga last time out. Holiday Road, a $115,000 yearling who is a full brother to Ken Warkentin, was lightly raced, making only ten lifetime stars. While staying on the track was an issue, speed wasn’t; he won the Peter Haughton at two and a split of the Dancer at three. He opened his stallion career for $4,500 at Seelster Farms and now stands for $3,500. This week the Holiday Roads started to turn heads and earn respect at Mohawk as they performed admirably on the various OSS platforms. John Bax’s Hemi Seelster was long and tough winning a Grassroots division in 1:58.4 at 2/1. It was noteworthy that the gelding engaged in a head to head battle the length of the stretch with Pilgrim’s Joy, a son of first crop stallion Pilgrim’s Taj. Tony Alagna’s filly Gee O’Keeffe logged a very strong second in a $53,000 OSS Gold leg at Mohawk for Jody Jamieson, losing a length to the highly regarded Kadabra filly Juanita’s Fury. And Keith Jones’ gelding, It’s Huw You Know, was an upset Grassroots winner in 2:00.3 on Monday at 75/1, paying $159.60. And Ontheroad De Vie made a very impressive brush on the back as he came from the 10 post to finish second for Rick Zeron in a Grassroots leg. The Holiday Roads are looking good. Rock N Roll Heaven and Sportswriter are lighting it up in the freshman pacing division, but it’s expected that the trotters will take a little longer to get their bearings and hit their stride. Muscle Massive, Lucky Chucky and Holiday Road will all be prospering when they do. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

The Gr. I UET Masters Series International Prix St. Michel AJO is set for Sunday at Mikkeli (Finland). The scratch of Joke Face reduces the field to seven in this one mile test for a purse of €140,000. Prussia (by Ken Warkentin) and Pietro Gubellini have won here before in 2013 (the Prix d’Etain Royal) over the fast track where Varenne holds the record of 1.09.3kr set in 2002. Gubellini won this event last year with Owens Club. Jorma Kontio will pilot one of the favorites, Monster Drive, and other potential leading competitors include the Mika Forss teamed Reven d’Amour (by Revenue) and Beer Summit to be handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Sunday, July 20 - Mikkeli  Off time15:50 - St-Michel Ajo  €140,000 purse - 1609 meters autostart 1. Joke Face - scratched 2. Monster Drive, 8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover (Jorma Kontio)  3. Prussia, 5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip (Pietro Gubellini)  4. Surprise Lord, 8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer (Iikka Nurmonen)  5. She Loves You, 7f Love You-SJ’s Shad Roe-SJ’s Photo (Seppo Markkula)  6. Frido Super, 6m Love You-Empress Kemp-Super Bowl (Markku Nieminen)  7. Reven d'Amour, 9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie (Mika Forss)  8. Beer Summit, 5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl (Ulf Ohlsson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Larry Collmus, known as the "Voice of the Triple Crown" for NBC Sports will call the 11th race Friday Night at The Meadowlands. Collmus has been a fixture, narrating the thoroughbred racing landscape for over 25 years and will tackle the standardbreds Friday night.   "I'm looking forward to seeing The New Meadowlands for the first time after calling many thoroughbred races in the original facility. This will be my first harness call in about 20 years and it should be a lot of fun, so long as I don't screw it up!"   Prior to landing the announcers role in describing the greatest two minutes in sports, Collmus was a staple in the Garden State, calling the races at Monmouth Park in Oceanport New Jersey since 1994. It was there that he called his first Haskell Invitational, won by the immortal Holy Bull. Collmus' fans will be able to hear him call the Haskell again in 2014, this time for the national broadcast of the event on NBC.   In additional to calling the 11th race Friday night, Collmus will join Ken Warkentin as his In The Sulky Guest on The Meadowlands television show.   by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The toughest pacing mares East of Toronto will battle for top honours Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program. The race 11 Fillies and Mares Open has Bunny Mach and General Luckpercy fresh off victories in the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series Saturday in Summerside with a U.S. invader added into the mix. Bunny Mach is riding a two-race win streak from post 7 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. She will face off with Andro Madi (Dale Spence) with post 3 and General Luckypercy (Brian MacPhee) with post 4. For All We Know is a newcomer to Charlottetown with post 1 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The seven-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare boasts $154,703 in lifetime earnings and a mark of 1:53.1 at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and was racing a $12,500 claimer at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Also in the field of mares is JK Special (Walter Cheverie), Stayoutofmyaffair (Kenny Arsenault), Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) and Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee). A compact field of six Open trotters will compete in race 4 for a $1,850 purse. Four of the entrants have been winners in this class in the past few weeks, and classifier Gerard Smith has selected Zip The Lip as the morning line favorite from post 2. Brian MacPhee will drive the Ken Warkentin trotter for co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. He will get all he can handle from his competition, which includes Pleasure Girls (Cheverie), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass), Lyrical Lindy (Jason Hughes), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy) and Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd). The back-up pace has a very tough field of six competing for a $2,000 purse. Carnivore (Marc Campbell) is favored, fresh off a 1:55.1 victory Saturday night in Summerside, while his main challenges will come from Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson) and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

The Jimmy Takter trainer Corky won today's featured Solvallasseren IV event for four-year-olds at Solvalla. Erik Adielsson drove the talented son of Muscles Yankee to his second straight European victory (timed today in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart) after finishing fourth in his first try on May 11. Corby has raced barefoot in the wins. He now has nine career triumphs in 28 appearances. At Jagersro, Archangel AM won the Kraaft Derby Trial over 2640 meters in 1.15kr for Adrian Kolgjini. The four year-old son of Going Kronos posted his seventh career win. June 11, 2014 Solvalla: Solvallasseren IV, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SWK to winner, 1,11.6kr 1st Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson up, Jimmy W. Takter trainer, 28 career starts with 9-9-3 slate and 6,507,773SEK earned 2nd Carelin (4m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar), Kenneth Haugstad 3rd Charrua Forlan (4g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer), Hans-Owe Sundberg Other winners at Solvalla this day: Democrat (7g Pearsall Hanover-Suger Dream-Sugarcane Hanover), Daniel Olsson, 1.11.3kr in Kat ! at 1640 meters autostart, 70,000SEK to winner Acriter (5m Gentle Star-Putter Fri-Super Arnie), Jorgen Westholm in Kat 1 2149 meters autostart, 1.12.3kr for 70,000SEK first money Pleasure Kronos (5f Varenne-Speaks Volume-Striking Sahbra), Torbjorn Jansson, Kat 1 mares, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.1kr for 70,000SEK first prize Iponema (3f Muscle Yankee-Beachcomber-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop for Stefan Melander, 1.16kr over 2140 meters autostart in three year-old filly event with 40,000SEK to winner Volstead (3m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Stefan Melander, 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart for three year-old males, 40,000SEK to winner June 11, 2014 Jagersro, Krafft Derby Trial 2014 for males, 2640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 9 starters, 1.15kr 1st Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole), Adrian Kolgjini up for Lutfi Kolgjini, seventh win in 13 career starts for owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and Stall Behall AB 2nd Amazing Man (4m Ken Warkentin-Fayette Broline-Pine Chip), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver 3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The next round of Scandinavian trotting classics occurs Saturday at Kouvola, Finland with the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix with a €150,000 purse (2100 meters autostart course). Last year’s winner Womanizer will battle 2014 Elitloppet winner Timoko (Bjorn Goop to drive) and 11-year-old champion Commander Crowe, a winner last weekend at Wolvega against weak competiton. Robin Bakker will team the Commander for trainer Fabrice Souloy.  Commander Crowe won this event in 2009 and 2012. Prussia, Italy’s Ken Warkentin mare that was sixth in the Elitloppet final, will be at the start for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Jag de Bellouet recorded that fastest time in 2006 at 1.11.1kr. Kymi Grand Prix - €150.000 – Gr. I UET Masters Series – 2100 meters autostart 1.            Up Date Hoss (Erik Adielsson) 2.            Bagley (Johnny Takter) 3.            Commander Crowe (Robin Bakker) 4.            Deuxieme Picsous (Peter Ingves) 5.            Amour d’Occagnes (Christopher Martens) 6.            Ed You (Mika Forss) 7.            Aaron de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) 8.            Prussia (Pietro Gubellini) 9.            Womanizer (Tommi Kylliäinen) 10.          Timoko  (Björn Goop) 1998-2013 winners of this top race in Finland, begun in 1998, are shown below. Year Winner Sex/Age Coutry Timekr Sire Driver Second Third 2013 Womanizer S H.9  Suède 1'12"2 Tap In Tommi Kylliäinen Hard Livin Caddie Comet 2012 Commander Crowe H.9  Suède 1'12" Juliano Star Christophe Martens Womanizer Maxwell Mayday 2011 Rapide Lebel H.6  France 1'12"8 Ginger Somolli Éric Raffin Lisa America Amour Ami 2010 Brioni M.7  Allemagne 1'12"7 Timberland Joakim Lövgren Oceano Nox Lisa America 2009 Commander Crowe H.6  Suède 1'13" Juliano Star Peter Ingves Marathon Man Oceano Nox 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun H.9  France 1'12"3 Bon Conseil Jean-Michel Bazire Going Kronos Arras 2007 Camilla Highness F.7  Suède 1'12"8 Super Arnie Peter Ingves Spring Ray Lupin de l'Odon 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"1 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Lass Zefyr Passionate Kemp 2005 Prime Prospect M.6  États-Unis 1'12"8 Primrose Lane Andrea Guzzinati Tag the Devil Cold Hard Wind 2004 Kart de Baudrairie H.5  France 1'13"2 Bridge Jean-Michel Bazire Tag the Devil Classico Merett 2003 Flambeau des Pins M.7  France 1'13"2 Quiton du Coral Mathieu Fribault E.V.Cane Noa Savoy 2002 Legendary Lover K. M.7  États-Unis 1'14" Armbro Goal Steen Juul Jam Pridem Général du Pommeau 2001 Exchequer M.9  France 1'13"5 Takima Ahti Antti-Roiko Com Hector Lanceur 2000 BWT Magic M.4  Finlande 1'14"9 Lançon Ahti Antti-Roiko Incognito Kemp The Bad Boy 1999 Défi d'Aunou M.8  France 1'14"9 Armbro Goal Jean-Étienne Dubois Meadowbranch Lou Louise Laukko 1998 Dryade des Bois F.7  France 1'14"6 Off Gy Jos Verbeeck Express First Call Me by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Officials have named four more starters to the 2014 Elitelopp lineup. There are four additional spots to be announced. The newcomers include Caballion (winner of Copenhagen Cup 2014 last weekend), Sanity, Prussia and Raja Mirchi. They are profiled below and join previously named Maven, Pascia'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Uncle Peter, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, Shaq Is Back and last year's winner Nahar. Caballion Nationality: Sweden (Caballion AB & Tony Mårtensson Invest AB) Trainer: Franck Leblanc Sex: male Åge/Pedigree: 8 Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick Earnings SEK: 5.640.029 kr Record: 1.09,2 Sanity Nationality: Sweden (Stall Sanity) Trainer: Malin Löfgren Sex: gelding Åge/Pedigree: 8 Love You - Flash Light - Mack Lobell Earnings SEK: 9.813.442 kronor Record: 1.09,2 Prussia Nationality: Italy (Scuderia Verner Srl) Trainer: Pietro Gubellini Sex: female Åge/Pedigree: 5 Ken Warkentin - Elvezia Earnings SEK: 2.228.424 kronor Record: 1.10,8 Raja Mirchi Nationality: Sweden (WHAP Trotting AB, m fl (Kolgjini L) Trainer: Lutfi Kolgjini Sex: male Åge: 7 Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec Earnings SEK: 8.158.824 kr Record: 1.10,5 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Friday nights at The Meadowlands customarily feature the top class mare pacers and the cream of the trotting crop. This was the course of events for the April 25 harness racing card with the mares up first in the second half of the Daily Double. The Sweetheart stakes winner from 2012, Jerseylicious opened her four year old season in style with a 1:51.2 win in a $22,500 B-1/A-2 on Friday night at The Meadowlands. A nine time winner while amassing nearly $300,000 as a sophomore, the Western Ideal mare cashed in on a perfect steer from Corey Callahan to score over Scandalous Hanover and Marty Party. Jerseylicious began her three year old season a perfect eight for eight and so far she is one for one in 2014. Wayne Givens trains Jerseylicious for Legacy Racing of Delaware and Pamela Curran. A strong field of trotters took the track for the $30,000 eleventh race feature. Modern Family came in with credentials that drew play enough from the punters to go off as the short 3-5 favorite and he did not disappoint. Tim Tetrick was designated to drive the Cantab Hall horse by trainer and part owner Daryl Bier and Tim landed a pocket trip behind Daylon Magician that proved to be the path to victory. Drafting along behind honest fractions led to a near track record 1:51.1 mile. Uncle Peter was a brave second in his first start as a five year old and Daylon Magician held third. Bier's partners are Charles Dombeck and Richard Poillucci. The whole gang is likely looking forward to the Arthur Cutler Memorial two weeks hence and beyond. The $25,000 Dash For The C Notes, a weekly staple during the spring racing season devised by Director of Racing Peter Koch, facilitated the C-2 trotters and March Awareness took home the top prize for Carolyn Brechler and John Rhodes, Jr of Ohio. Driver Scott Zeron put the Ken Warkentin gelding on the lead going to the half and held sway for a comfortable 1:54 win. Brookroad Knight took the place and For You Almost Free held on for the show after a first over trip. The Remmen stable conditions the winner. Racing returns on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M., featuring the first stake of the year as the grand circuit makes a stop at The Meadowlands for the three year old pacers in The Reynolds Stakes. Additionally, Saturdays Revived continues at Victory Nightclub with music from 92.3 Now's D.J. Toro. Doors at Victory open at 10:00 P.M. For more, check out playmeadowlands.com. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip), with Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver up, won today's Gr. I Prix d'Etain Royal at Seinjoki, Finland, an International UET Masters Series contest for 108,000e. The talented mare recorded her 14th win for career earnings of 226,073 efor owner Scuderia Verner Srl. Her victory, in race record time of 1.12.38kr over 2100 meters autostart, continued Italy's favorable results in Finland. Marlon OM won the 2012 edition for Gubellini and the 2013 contest went to Neste Effe. Prussia rolled three wide down the backstretch on the last lap to open a commanding advantage that she held to the line. Sweden's Quid Pro Quo ( 1.13.1kr ), the 2012 Mangelli winner of the last edition held in San Siro was second with Monster Drive ( 1.13.2kr ) third and Nesta Effe / Roberto Vecchione ) fourth in 1.13.2kr. Race summary and replay link are shown below. April 19, 2014 Seinajoki, Finland Prix d'Etain Royal-Seinjoki Ajo, 108,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.12.4kr 1st Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, 2.8/1 Italy, her 14th win for owner Scuderia Verner Srl 2nd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage), Erik Adielsson up, 13/1, Sweden 3rd Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie), Per Lennartson, 5.5/1, Sweden 4th Nesta Effe (7m Naglo-Etna Sec), Roberto Vecchione, 2/1, Italy 5th Quite An Avenger (5g Quite Easy-Nobes Hanover), Miika Forss, 22/1, USA by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Last year's winner Neste Effe is the overwhelming favourite for this year's running of Finland's Prix d'Etain Royal one of three UET Masters Series races on Easter weekend, as the European spring-summer circuit hits the track running. The Group one event worth 110,000 euros has been brought forward a couple of weeks this year which surprisingly puts the race head to head with other big international races in France and Norway. Nesta Effe was supreme in the early part of last season, with wins in the opening two of the five Finnish international Group ones for elite aged horses. The Italian-bred stallion son of Sweden's Naglo followed up the win in the Prix d'Etain Royal, with a win in the FInlandia Ajo and a second in Norway's Oslo Grand Prix before a win in a heat of Sweden's Elitloppet highlighted a fine Spring programme. An unplaced effort when hampered for a run in the final heralded two further unplaced starts before being put aside until January when he prepared for an unsuccessful shot at the Prix d'Amerique with a warm up race in Florence Italy. Neste Effe fronted up in Turin in mid February to take out the Italian Group two Gran Premio Mario Locatelli before returning to France where he was unplaced in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse at his last start on March 9. None of the others in this field have been competing at this level and Holger Ehlert's handsome chestnut , who will be driven by usual pilot Roberto Vecchione will be at very short odds, being at less than even money in early markets. Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath's well-performed Quid Pro Quo has been a group one performer since a 2YO when he ran third in the only Group 1 for babies in Sweden, the tongue-twisting Uppfödningslöpning. He followed that up with a win in Italy's Group 1 Orise Mangelli for 3YOs and last year was the Swedish Group one Sprintermasteren final winner for 4YOs. The son of Yankee Glide has also had group one placings in Norway and Germany to prove that travel will not bother him, although just an early 5YO, it is age that might be against the rising star in an aged group one. B.W.L Champion is a veteran journeyman with 20 race wins capped off with a win in Norway's group two Radio Metro Cup last year, his only win in group company in seven seasons on the track. But the 9YO son of Pine Chip is a tough old campaigner and as followers of European trotting know, these guys can keep their speed well into their second decade. Ex-pat Finn Reijo Liljendahl who was Swedish legend Stig Johansson's right-hand man for 35 years until abruptly going out on his own last year at the age of 58 has the classy Monster Drive entered, and the son of Tap In has come in for a lot of support. Other local hopes will be on Jarno Kauhanen's Swedish Import Womanizer, a 10YO roan journeyman who is as tough as old boots And the Finns also have two other local stars in the race, including last season's Finnish TravDerby winner Quite an Avenger who has had two second this term and a former Finnish St Leger winner She Loves You who will have star Swedish driver Johnny Takter hooking up again. The group one winning mare who has won big races in Sweden and raced in France and returned to winning form last start after a long absence. PRIX D'ETAIN ROYAL Seinäjoki 19/04/14 GROUP 1 UET MASTERS SERIES Int 4-12 2100m  €110 000   1         Nesta Effe (h   Naglo - Etna Sec)  Dr:  Roberto Vecchione   Tr: Holger Ehlert     2100         2         Quite An Avenger (v   Quite Easy - Nobes Hanover)   Mika Forss  Dr:  Markku Nieminen     2100         3         Monster Drive (h   Thai Tanic - Kewpie)  Dr:  Per Lennartsson   Tr: Reijo Liljendahl     2100         4         Womanizer (v   Tap In - Sandra Nibs)   Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen  Tr:  Jarno Kauhanen     2100         5         She Loves You (s   Love You - Sj's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr:  Jörgen Westholm     2100         6         Surprise Lord (h   Classic Response - Beauty Bro)  Dr:  Iikka Nurmonen   Tr: Timo Hulkkonen     2100         7         Prussia (s   Ken Warkentin - Elvezia)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini Dr:   Tr: Pietro Gubellini     2100         8         Quid Pro Quo (h   Yankee Glide - Hostage)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth     2100         9         Pitch Command (v   Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Mia Kjellman     2100         10         B.W.L.Champion (v   Pine Chip - Lovely )  Dr: Ville Karhulahti   Tr: Petri Salmela     2100          by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

Italy's top trotter Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) took today's £110,000 Gr. I Gran Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori at Torino Vinovo, Italy. Reinsman Roberto Andreghetti rated the front-end pace and held off onrushing Pascia'Lest and Enrico Bellei to secure the 1.11.8kr win over 1600 meters autostart. Owen CR took third for Pietro Gubellini after a pocket perfect journey. Next in line in the nine horse field were Oibambam Effe, Pace Del Rio and Marielles. The victory was the 22nd graded win for Mack Grace SM and 13th Group I score in his outstanding career. The excellent undercard saw victories recorded by Re Degli Dei (4m Conway Hall-Blitz-Sugarcane Hanover) in the Premio Le Mage Del Maes (£13,200, 2060 meters) for T. Di Lorenzo in 1.13.5kr and Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) in the Premio Le Delizie di Caffarel (£13,200, 1600 meters). She scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini, the winners' 12th career win and seventh in the past year in eight starts in Italy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Cagnes sur mer conducted its final trotting card during the winter season at the seaside racetrack last evening. The featured Grand Prix de Vincennes went to Italy's Pablo di Jesolo and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The six year-old son of Daguet Rapide, from Armbro Judy by Speedy Crown, scored in 1.15.2kr over 2925 meters. He defeated the Italian mare No Man's Land teamed by trainer Pipo Gubellini. No Man's Land is entered to race against Mack Grace SM, Linda di Casei and others on March 16 at Padova. 6 17.35 - PR. GR.PR.PADOVANELLE C.NAZ. E 45.100 mt 1640   1 LINDA DI CASEI 1640 A.Gocciadoro 2 NO MAN'S LAND " P.Gubellini 3 NOBLE NORD FRO " A.Farolfi 4 I AM GRIF " M.Cheli 5 ORLEANS OM " G.Lombardo Jr 6 NAPOLEON BAR " E.Bellei 7 MACK GRACE SM " R.Andreghetti 8 PAPANDREU " V.P.Dell'Annunziata 9 PER AMORE GUAL " M.Barbini 10 PANCOTTINA BAR " Fr.Facci  March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Prix de Vincennes, International, £90,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr 1st Pablo di Jesolo (5m Daguet Rapide-Armbro Judy-Speedy Crown), Roberto Andreghetti up for G. Casillo trainer and owner Scuderia GMC, 16/1, Italy 2nd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-Aj's Baby Doll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, for owner Scuderia Gardesana, breeder J-Et. Dubois, 29/1, Italy 3rd Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illiria Bella), Anthony Barrier for J-P Marmion, 5.5/1 4th Conrads Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida), Erik Adielsson for Jorma Niskanen trainer, 11/1, Sweden 5th Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia), Frank Nivard up, 2.3/1 odds A co-feature on the Cagnes sur mer card, the Prix de Saint-Malo, went to Sweden's Jacky Glide as she scored in 1.15.4kr over 2925 meters. The daughter of Jag de Bellouet was handled by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Saint-Malo, European, 33,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.15.4kr 1st Jacky Glide (8f Jag de Bellouet-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4.4/1 odds, her 12th win for 205,674e, owner Thorsson and Adielsson AB, Sweden 2nd Ulysse de Curges (6g Gabor Star-Idole de Curgies), Christophe Martens up for Erik Prudhon trainer, 6/1 3rd Orechetto Jet (6m Supergill-Frutute Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mlle. Stephanie Catherine Lepetit, 2.5/1 odds, Italy In Belgium, Hippodrome Wallonie (Mons Ghlin) conducted an eight race evening program. Of interest was a win by Angel Dark in the Prix Chanly over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son on Look de Star scored in 1.14.6kr for driver Johanna Lindqvist, his first win in only two starts after qualifying at Grobois. The winner is trained by Anders Lindqvist, who is co-owner with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable in the USA. Early morning on Saturday the Australian Trotting Grand Prix took place at Melton and was simulcast on the PMU network. Win-place handle totaled over £80,000 and the win was recorded by New Zealand's Stent, a son of Dream Vacation, reined by Colin Defilippi. Two US bred players were in the field with Myhighexpectations, a son of Ken Warkentin, ending third. March 14, 2014, Melton, Australian Trotting Grand Prix, International, 72,590e, 2240 meters autostart 1st Stent NZ (6g Dream Vacation-Belle Galleon), Colin J. Defilippi trainer/driver, 4.6/1 odds 2nd Aleppo Midas AUS (7f Sundon-Insulated), K.E. Manning driver, Michelle Eastin trainer, 18.9/1 3rd Myhighexpectations USA (7m Ken Warkentin-Kovel-Garland Lobell), David Aiken trainer/driver Unplaced was Kyvalley Blur USA (6g Chocolatier-Duo Val Car), C. Lang driver, USA breeder M.C. Cone by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Miracle Matts and Cambest Kisser will knock heads in the Friday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 pm for the 12-dash affair that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the O'Brien Awards being held in Charlottetown. The $2,000 preferred pace lines up in race 9 with Miracle Matts drawing post 3 fresh off a 2:01 victory on a sloppy track in last week's feature event. Corey MacPherson drives the pacer for owner-trainer Blois MacPhail of Cornwall. Race analyst Les McIsaac has selected Cambest Kisser to take the top spot from the outside post 6 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. "He gets the outside post every week but it hasn't prevented him from finishing in the top three each and every start since the beginning of winter, and then some previous to that," McIsaac said of Cambest Kisser. "Top billing." Each race on the card is named in honour of a community with deep connections to Island harness racing, with the feature named the Town Of Montague Pace. Montague Owned and trained PC Shockwave has drawn the rail for owner Scott MacPhail, trainer Wade Sorrie and driver Brian MacPhee. Other entries include Le Fugueur (Marc Campbell), Blue Star Outlaw (Brodie MacPhee), and Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie). Race 4 will see the $1,600 Open Trot raced in honor of the community of Tyne Valley. Zip The Lip has post 2 in the compact field of five for driver Brian MacPhee, co-owner and trainer Donald Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. The six-year-old son of Ken Warkentin has not seen the winner's circle since Dec. 8, with a string of seconds and thirds since then but will look to change his luck with his best post in three months. His main competition will come from the Harold Shepherd trained and driven Abundaspin, who won the event the last week and will look for a repeat. Shepherd will be rooting for son Patrick to win the first ever Future Star award Saturday night at the O'Brien Awards at the Delta Prince Edward and P.E.I. Convention Centre. Other entries in the Open trot include Wonderous Hanover (Mike McGuigan), Buckling Banbury (MacPherson), and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Other races on the card will honour the communities of Tignish, Alberton, O'Leary, Summerside, Kensington, Cornwall/North River, Charlottetown, Pinette, and Souris. The final dash of the winter meet will honour the historic rural tracks of Kinkora, St. Peter's and New Annan. After Friday, racing returns to Charlottetown on Saturday, April 26. Besides the Friday card of racing and the Saturday night awards gala, the O'Brien Awards weekend will feature the sold out Island Kitchen Party Friday night at 9 pm, and a fan forum with some of the best in Canadian racing Saturday morning at 10 am at Red Shores Charlottetown. by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

The Ballarat Trotting Club’s feature harness racing event for the season – the $175,00 (Group 1) Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup for M0 class over 2710 metres, was held at Bray Raceway in front of a enthusiastic crowd on Saturday January 25 – the victor being five year old Art Major / Shes Innocent entire Restrepo for Smythes Creek co-trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. Favourite backers gasped with horror at the start when Keayang Cullen began with a wing on every foot from gate five to cross the heavily supported Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups winner The Gold Ace who tried to muster from the pole. Despite Luke McCarthy trying to came away from the inside to tackle the leader, Lance Justice drove tight with the crowd favourite Smoken Up (gate four) to hold him in a pocket, before crossing to take over entering the front straight on the first occasion. This shuffled The Gold Ace to three back the markers, with Abettorpunt after following The Gold Ace being relegated to five back along the markers. The race changed complexion two laps out with Caribbean Blaster coming away from the markers, as did The Gold Ace who moved to face the breeze, while Christen Me was also sent forward to park in the open along the back straight approaching the bell. Racing for the bell, it was Smoken Up leading from Keayang Cullen, Christen Me in the open being followed by Caribbean Blaster, with Abettorpund moving to three back on the inside. At this stage Gavin Lang eased Restrepo from mid-field in the running line to improve three wide. There was more drama approaching the home turn, when Smoken Up shifted away from the inside allowing Keayang Cullen to gain an inside run forcing Christen Me three wide and Restrepo four wide. Smoken Up then rolled back to the markers on the final bend checking Keayang Cullen, with Christen Me taking over and Restrepo giving chase, with both The Gold Ace and Caribbean Blaster revved up to make ground. Kicking clear on turning, Christen Me looked all over a winner, however a vigorous Gavin Lang hammered Restrepo to the wire, gaining the day in a thrilling finish by a half head from Christen Me, with Caribbean Blaster a half head away in third place. Smoken Up finished fourth with Keayang Cullen fifth and Abettorpunt again having no luck in finishing sixth. Following the race, a protest by Glen Craven (Keayang Cullen) against Smoken Up for interference on the home turn was upheld. With quarters of 29.5, 31.3, 28.2 and 28.1 for the last mile, Restrepo returned a mile rate of 1-56.8, taking .5 of a second off Stunin Cullen’s record set in 2011. Other highlights of the evening were The Pure Steel, a Discretionary Handicapped event for M0 class over 2710 metres and two heats of the Australasian Trotting Championship for TM0 or better class over the same distance. Last year’s A.G. Hunter Cup victor seven year old Mach Three / Dancing On Winds gelding Mah Sish showed he was on target again for next week’s big race when successful over Im Corzin Terror and Jadahson in 2-00.4, leading for the majority of the journey. Heat one of the Australasian Trotters Championship was taken out by six year old Earl / Cinders gelding I See Icy Earl for squaregaiting whiz Chris Lang and reinsman Greg Sugars. Given a sweet passage one/one for most of the journey, I See Icy Earl bloused the hot favourite Blitzthemcalder right on the wire by a nose in a tricky finish, with ever reliable mare Cold Sister third. The mile rate 2-03.4. Heat two went the way of David Aiken’s in-form Ken Warkentin / Kovel rig My High Expectation who blitzed his rivals after a slow beginning in a rate of 2-03.6, defeating the backmarker Mister Zion which raced outside him for the last half of the journey, with Empire Earl third. The $50,000 Final will be held at Melton next Saturday. Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

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