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Baseball fans in New York are familiar with the "Le Grand Orange," the nickname of popular former Mets star Rusty Staub. Now, nearly 30 years after Staub's retirement, racing fans in New York will get their first in-person look at "Le Grand Blonde," globe-trotting trotter Commander Crowe. Commander Crowe races Saturday night in the $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational at Yonkers Raceway. It will be Commander Crowe's first start on American soil. He has raced twice previously in North America, both in the Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third each time. An 11-year-old Swedish-born gelding, Commander Crowe has won 60 of 104 career races, earning $4.78 million. His earnings rank No. 5 among all trotters in history and his triumphs include the prestigious Elitlopp Invitational, which he captured in 2012. The International Trot Preview, to be contested at 1-1/4 miles with a field of eight horses, is the precursor to the return of the International Trot next year at Yonkers after a two-decade hiatus. Joining Commander Crowe in this season's event are Sebastian K, another star from Europe who this year became history's fastest trotter, and 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, the lone female in the field. Also in the race are Arch Madness, a multiple-stakes-winner of $4.25 million lifetime who finished second to Commander Crowe in the 2012 Elitlopp, and 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel. Rounding out the group are Obrigado, Natural Herbie, and Not Afraid. Commander Crowe will start the International Trot Preview from post No. 1 with Orjan Kihlstrom at the lines for trainer Fabrice Souloy. He enters the race off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Turilli in Rome on Oct. 5. In August, he raced three heats to win the Grade 1 Aby Stora Pris in Sweden. "We hope for the best," Souloy said. "For us, in Europe we know the track, we know what to do. But in America, we don't know so much. We don't know the track, we don't know which (post) is the best; it's a little new to us. If it's a race in France or Scandinavia, I could say, yes, that's good. We'll see." Souloy expects Commander Crowe to have no trouble negotiating the turns on Yonkers' half-mile oval. "The turns are not a problem for him," Souloy said. "He will not care about it." Commander Crowe arrived in central New Jersey on Saturday, following two days in quarantine, and will remain there in preparation for November's Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. Souloy hopes the extra time will help Commander Crowe get acclimated to racing in North America. In his previous trips to the Breeders Crown, the horse arrived just prior to the event. "We were disappointed, yes and no," Souloy said about Commander Crowe's previous Breeders Crown starts. "The season was so long for him; he started to race in March and he went all the season, so many transports, and I think when he got here he was a little down. I think in 2012 if he had come in June or July, he would have been much better than that. The trip was really tough. "In 2012, he had raced 14 times. He went to Norway, he went to Denmark, he went to Sweden; he went everywhere. It was a tough season. It is so difficult to keep him on the top until November." Commander Crowe, a chestnut gelding who didn't begin racing until late in his 3-year-old season and won the first 23 starts of his career, moved to Souloy's stable in 2010. He is owned by the Snogarps Gard ownership group of Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg and Joakim Wihlborg. He is a son of Juliano Star, out of the Mack Lobell-sired mare Somack. "For me, in 2012, the horse was fantastic," Souloy said. "He won everything in Europe. In 2013, he had so many problems, (including) an infection in the leg. This year, he has been really good. It is nice to be asked to come back here again because we feel the horse has come back really good." On Saturday, Commander Crowe will renew his rivalry with Sebastian K, who followed trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt to the U.S. last winter and has won eight of 11 races and $663,853 this season. On June 28, he won in 1:49 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to become the fastest trotter in history. "I am not surprised because he was so fast in Sweden," Souloy said. "Long distance, I think he is not his best. He is a real miler, really fast. It's not the same style (of racing here). In Europe, you get many attacks and you need to be really strong. For me, it is a horse for a mile. I am not surprised by his success." Souloy, like many fans, is looking forward to Commander Crowe's starts in the States. "It's nice for the sport," he said. "It's nice to have many good horses." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

A half-length loss in the Hambletonian Stakes prevents Nuncio from a chance at history, but the 3-year-old male trotter can add to his credentials with a win in Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The Yonkers Trot is the third jewel in harness racing's Trotting Triple Crown. Nuncio finished second to stablemate Trixton in the first leg, the Hambletonian, and defeated stablemate Father Patrick by 1-1/4 lengths in the second leg, the Kentucky Futurity. Nuncio, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by John Campbell, will start the eight-horse Yonkers Trot from post No. 2. The colt has won nine of 14 races this year, including his Yonkers Trot elimination last week, and earned $1.04 million for owner Stefan Melander's Stall TZ Inc. The most recent horse to win the Trotting Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The last horse to capture two jewels and finish second in the remaining leg was Mack Lobell in 1987. Takter has won the Yonkers Trot three times; Campbell has won twice. "John was very pleased with him (last week)," Takter said about Nuncio, who brings a three-race win streak to Yonkers. "He was very strong in the stretch. He's in great form. The horse is sharp." Nuncio has never finished worse than second in any of his 24 career starts, posting 14 victories while earning $1.50 million. Eight of Nuncio's 10 lifetime second-place finishes have come behind Father Patrick, who leads all harness racing horses in purses this season with $1.38 million. Takter did not enter Father Patrick in the Yonkers Trot. "That's very difficult, especially racing in all the major stakes," Takter said, referring to Nuncio finishing first or second in all his starts. "He's got a fantastic resume. He's a really hard worker. "Father Patrick, he's (Wayne) Gretzky or Michael Jordan. There's no effort. Nuncio really has to work at it to be what he is. The other one, he's just got it. But Nuncio has got a hell of an attitude; a great attitude." New York Sire Stakes champion Gural Hanover, who won the other Yonkers Trot elimination, starts from post No. 1 with Jim Morrill Jr. driving for trainer Ron Burke. Saturday's card at Yonkers also includes the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and the $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational, along with the $150,854 Lady Maud for 3-year-old female pacers and $124,590 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old female trotters. The Messenger is the third leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Takter's Lyonssomewhere won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and starts the Messenger from post No. 3. Limelight Beach, who won the second leg of the Crown, the Little Brown Jug, did not enter the Messenger. Lyonssomewhere went off stride while leading his elimination in the Little Brown Jug and failed to advance to the second heat. "He could have won the Jug if he didn't do whatever he did in the last turn," Takter said. "It was like the biggest shock of the year. If he won his elimination, he would have had a hell of a shot at it. It's the small details. You've got to click. That's why it's tough to win it." Luck Be Withyou, who won the Messenger elimination last week, starts from post five with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Chris Oakes. The field also includes multiple-stakes-winners McWicked and All Bets Off. The last horse to win the Pacing Triple Crown was No Pan Intended in 2003. Sebastian K, history's fastest trotter with a mark of 1:49, headlines the International Trot Preview, which also features European star Commander Crowe and 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, who is the only female trotter in the eight-horse event. Commander Crowe is making his first start in North America since the 2012 Breeders Crown. He will stay in the U.S. to compete in this year's Breeders Crown in November at the Meadowlands. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The top five in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll were unchanged from a week ago, although No. 3 JK She’salady added one first-place vote to her total following a win in her elimination for Saturday’s Three Diamonds. In the only other movement, Yonkers Trot elim winner Nuncio moved from seventh place to sixth, swapping places with Trixton. Sebastian K, who returns to action in Saturday’s International Trot Preview, remained No. 1, followed by Father Patrick, JK She’salady, Shake It Cerry, and Sweet Lou. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (22) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 324 1 2 Father Patrick (5) 3tc 14-11-2-0 $1,385,581 303 2 3 JK She’salady (8) 2pf 9-9-0-0 $432,150 255 3 4 Shake It Cerry 3tf 14-12-0-1 $803,436 210 4 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 179 5 6 Nuncio 3tc 14-9-5-0 $1,047,896 144 7 7 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 120 6 8 Artspeak 2pc 9-7-0-2 $490,760 86 8 9 Mission Brief 2tf 10-7-0-0 $324,440 82 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 14-9-2-1 $921,145 63 10 Also: Always B Miki (35), Lifetime Pursuit (29), He’s Watching (24), McWicked (22), Limelight Beach (9), Dancin Yankee, Yankee Bounty (8), In The Arsenal, Modern Family (5), Billy Flynn, Market Share (3), Act Now, Arch Madness (2), All Bets Off, Creatine, Freaky Feet Pete, Harper Blue Chip (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

If her recent results are any indication, The Show Returns has arrived. But harness racing owner Richard Young says the reason the filly was slow to find the spotlight had more to do with unfortunate luck than lack of performance. The Show Returns heads into Saturday's $424,000 Three Diamonds Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Woodbine off a neck win over Band Of Angels in 1:53.1 in their elimination division, giving the Chris Ryder-trainee three victories in a row. She will start the Three Diamonds from post No. 2, with Scott Zeron listed to drive. A daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place, The Show Returns is a full sister to previous Young female pacing star Put On A Show, who earned $2.4 million in her career and was the 2010 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old female pacer. The Show Returns, who was purchased for $180,000 under the name Hey There Delilah, at last year's Lexington Selected Sale, has won four of nine races and earned $98,738 for Richard and Joanne Young.  "We thought she was quite good from the get-go, so to speak, but she just had unfortunate situations," Richard Young said. "People are saying she kind of tailed off in the middle (of the year) but she didn't really tail off. Some things happened. It wasn't that she got bad; if she had gotten bad, I'd have turned her out." The Show Returns finished second by a half-length to Stacia Hanover in her debut in a preliminary round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, then finished a troubled-trip fifth in the final. She bounced back to win a round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack, then finished fifth-placed-fourth in the final.  After the race, The Show Returns was diagnosed with synchronous diaphragmatic flutter; spasms of the diaphragm in synchronization with the heartbeat more commonly called "the thumps."  The Show Returns was off-the-board in her next two races, but has been unbeaten since. Among her wins were the She's A Great Lady Consolation and a division of the Champlain Stakes, both in 1:52.  "She's a nice filly," said Young, who in addition to Put On A Show owned I Luv The Nitelife, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. "I don't know if she'll ever be as good as the other two; I think that's asking a lot. But she's competitive and she has good speed. "Anytime you have speed, you can get position. And when you get position, something (good) can happen. I like her." The Show Returns is Young's only racehorse at the current time. "If you look at her on the track, she's a peanut," Young said, laughing. "I don't generally buy peanuts, I like the bigger horse. But she was a June foal, so I thought she might grow. I don't think she's grown an inch. But she has speed, she has an ability to get position, and it looks like she will fight. I can always hope."  The Show Returns will face - for the first time - undefeated JK She'salady in the Three Diamonds. JK She'salady won her elimination on Saturday by one length over Solar Sister in 1:53.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson. The filly, who in August won the She's A Great Lady Stakes by four lengths in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1, is 9-for-9 this year.  "I've been touting 'Lady' for Pacer of the Year, and I think if she stays undefeated, she should be," Young said. "I don't know if very many people are going along with me, but the fact is she does have the best record out there. She's undefeated and she's won them all easily.  "Of course, I want to beat her and prove me wrong. I wouldn't bet my horse with your money, but that doesn't mean I can't hope that we beat her. I think she's untouchable right now, but I'm hoping that she's not. "I'm a little spoiled. In the last six years or so, I had the horse that was supposed to win. I have to get used to not being the best one. But she could in fact be the second-best one. That's OK, too." The Show Returns in her Three Diamonds Elimination The full field in post order for the Three Diamonds is 1  Happy Becky 2  The Show Returns 3  JK She'salady 4  Float On By 5  Solar Sister 6  Ideal Nuggets 7  Rock Her World 8  Band Of Angels 9  Zip Code Envy 10 Shakai Hanover. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

For much of his career, trotter Way Outta Here has driven trainer Noel Daley way outta his mind. But a strong performance in the Yonkers Trot could go a long way to smoothing things over. Way Outta Here competes in the first of two $40,000 Yonkers Trot eliminations Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. He is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line in his division, which features Kentucky Futurity winner and Hambletonian Stakes runner-up Nuncio. The Ron Burke-trained entry of New York Sire Stakes champion Gural Hanover and Hillustrious is the morning line choice in the second division. The top four finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final Oct. 25. Since the beginning of August, Way Outta Here has been mostly on his best behavior, winning four consecutive starts and five of his last six. His only loss came when he went off stride, which probably tips one off to Daley's frustration. All of Way Outta Here's defeats in 10 lifetime starts have come when the horse made a break. In fact, Way Outta Here has spent more time qualifying (11 times) than racing. "It's been very frustrating," Daley said, laughing. "But if he can get a piece of (the Yonkers Trot), I'll forgive him a few of his past indiscretions. If he gets a good piece of it, we'll call it square." Daley bred Way Outta Here, who is a son of stallion Broadway Hall out of the mare I'm A Pearl. Daley bought I'm A Pearl, who is from the same family as past-Daley star Mr Muscleman, with the intention of breeding her to another of the stable's former standouts, stallion Explosive Matter. Explosive Matter's book was already full the first year Daley owned I'm A Pearl, so he bred the mare to Broadway Hall. The following year, he was able to breed I'm A Pearl to Explosive Matter, but the mare passed away before giving birth. Although Daley's plan failed to produce an offspring of Explosive Matter, he ended up with a talented horse in Way Outta Here. The struggle has been finding a way to get Way Outta Here to focus, an issue that failed to improve even with gelding the horse. "He's always had ability, even at 2," Daley said. "He's a perfect gaited horse. It's a concentration thing with him. I had him paid up to a lot of (stakes) but he drove me nuts. He kept disappointing me." Daley was ready to throw in the towel when Tom Hampton, a blacksmith who also works for Daley, and caretaker Emma Pettersson asked to have a chance with Way Outta Here. Daley credits the duo for the horse's improvement. "Tom and Emma have actually taken over with him," Daley said. "They do everything with him. Emma has been riding him and that seems to have been the key." Way Outta Here, owned by Blair Blanchet-Hampton since the end of June, got his first win in decisive fashion on Aug. 1 in a maiden race at Harrah's Philadelphia. He won by 15-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1 with driver David Miller. He made a misstep in his next start, but won his next three races, all in conditioned classes, by a total of 11-1/4 lengths, including a career-best 1:53.3 victory at Philly. He heads to the Yonkers Trot elims off a 2-1/4 length win in a division of the Keystone Classic on Sept. 30 at The Meadows. "I was a little pie-in-the-sky putting him in (the Yonkers Trot), but that was the last thing we had left," Daley said. "Dave said he had more in the tank. It was worth a shot. "If he wants to do it, he's got enough talent. He's not going to beat Nuncio, but if he picks up a piece in there we'll be happy. If we can't get through (the elimination) then we don't belong in the final. But he has enough ability to go with everyone other than Nuncio." As for Way Outta Here's future, Daley is optimistic. "He might just get better, it's not like he's been raced a lot," Daley said. "He's basically a racehorse now. If he keeps behaving himself, he could whack away a living." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Trainer Brian Brown has no problem articulating his feelings about Lost For Words. "As a racehorse, he just does everything the way you want it done," said Brown, who is preparing the 2-year-old male pacer for the Governor's Cup eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday. "He's just a nice little horse that never disappoints you. "Those kinds are nice to have, but hard to get." Lost For Words brings a three-race win streak to his Governor's Cup elim. He competes in the first of the two divisions, starting from post six with driver Doug McNair. The elim also includes stakes-winners Lyons Levi Lewis, Go Daddy Go, and Traceur Hanover. Another Brown trainee, Talking Points, is in the second elim, where the spotlight will be on Metro Pace champion Artspeak. Talking Points is winless in nine races, but has earned $72,811. Woodbine also hosts two eliminations for the Valley Victory Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters on Saturday. The top five finishers in all the elims advance to the finals of the Fall Four Stakes on Oct. 25. For the year, Lost For Words has won five of nine starts and earned $186,337 for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. His most recent three races were victories in the Standardbred Stakes and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. "That little guy has raced good almost every start, he just had a couple tough trips here and there," Brown said. "Otherwise that colt has raced perfect every week." Lost For Words has finished off the board only twice. The first time came in his debut, from post eight at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The second also was at Pocono Downs, when he was stuck on the outside the entire mile from post seven in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He has not lost since. "I think it says a lot about the horse's courage and his desire to be a racehorse, to get roughed up and come right back and race as good as he can," Brown said. "And he wasn't all out in any of those (most recent) races. He just has a great attitude. You can do whatever you want with him." Lost For Words is a son of stallion Well Said out of the stakes-winning mare Thou Shalt Not. He was purchased for $50,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes 1998 Breeders Crown champion Juliet's Fate. "I generally look at every Pennsylvania horse in the book and pick out the ones I want to look at," Brown said. "His pedigree looked fine and when I went and looked at him, I just fell in love with him. He wasn't a tall horse, but he had an extra little bit of length to him. At that time, when he was a yearling, he was a nice, thick, stout horse. He's just a good looking horse with a good pedigree. "The best thing about him is that he's either improved as the year went on, or he hasn't lost anything where some of the others are starting to tail off. But he's been great the last month. He still feels good, he's still out there playing when he jogs. I trained him (Tuesday) and he was great. I expect him to be OK." Talking Points finished third in the Standardbred Stakes and earned checks in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. Another son of Well Said, out of the mare Bikini Bottom, he is owned by Country Club Acres, AWS Stables, William Robinson and Milton Leeman. "He's banged around and gotten checks in most of his starts," Brown said. "He's just a nice horse. He's getting to be a little bit of a bully. He probably needs to be a gelding. He gets a little too grabby and a little hard to handle, so he does wind up on the front some. "We're going to try to rig him so they can handle him and come from behind hopefully. Get him to calm down a little bit." Lost For Words and Talking Points both are eligible to the Breeders Crown in November. "As long as Lost races well, he will go," Brown said. "Talking Points would probably have to be really good the next two weeks for him to go." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communciations  

Ron Burke believes Sayitall BB is his best 3-year-old female pacer, which is why he kept her off the racetrack for more than three months during the summer. Sayitall BB, who has won 11 of 16 races and finished worse than third only once in her career, was lightly staked this season. Rather than race the filly against older horses, Burke decided to wait for better opportunities in the fall. Last week, Sayitall BB returned from hiatus to win the $28,000 American-National Stakes Consolation by 2-1/2 lengths over stablemate Southwind Silence in 1:51.3 at Balmoral Park. It was her first appearance since being supplemented to the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial and finishing second by a head to Fancy Desire on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. On Friday night, Sayitall BB competes in the first of two $37,600 divisions of the Cinderella Stakes at Maywood Park. She will start from post five with Tim Tetrick at the lines. "There was no reason for me to race a 3-year-old against open mares," said Burke, who owns Sayitall BB with Weaver Bruscemi LLC. "She had these last couple stakes at the end (of the year) here so I gave her a break and just came back. She's my best 3-year-old filly hands down. I'm hoping she can finish up the year strong now. "She's my best chance at having a real top 4- or 5-year-old." Burke purchased Sayitall BB last October after the filly won her debut by 4-1/2 lengths in 2:00.4 at Lebanon Raceway. She went 4-for-4 the rest of the year in conditioned races at The Meadows. She continued racing into 2014, winning a leg of January's Blizzard Series at Woodbine and finishing sixth in the final. She enjoyed a rest until April, then went back to work, winning a preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finishing second to Act Now in the championship. Sayitall BB won a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia before heading to the Lynch, where she finished third in her elimination and second in the final. A daughter of stallion Tell All and mare Challo B B, Sayitall BB is a half-sister to million-dollar-earner Go On BB, who also raced for the Burke Stable. Burke on Sunday broke his own record for purses in a season, now at $22.25 million, and the depth of his stable helped make it easier to be patient with Sayitall BB. Stakes-winner Allstar Rating has earned $179,160 and Southwind Silence $128,915 this year to go with Sayitall BB's $167,660. "It is a luxury that we have here," Burke said. "We can do the right thing by them and not worry about it because somebody else will usually pick up the pace. We can be patient with them." Sayitall BB's stakes schedule still includes the upcoming Circle City and, if all goes well, she could be supplemented to the Breeders Crown in November. Burke's night at Maywood isn't limited to Sayitall BB. He also sends out Big Boy Dreams in the $180,000 Windy City Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. The colt starts from post three with Tetrick driving. To his inside are American-National Stakes runner-up Somewhere In L A and Let's Drink On It, who in September won a heat of the Little Brown Jug. "Even though he's a real big horse, I think he's more of a half-mile (racetrack) horse," Burke said. "Timmy's driven him before and done well with him, so I like this spot here. The three that look like the better horses all drew 1-2-3, so how they get shuffled out leaving is going to be a big thing on how we end up finishing." Big Boy Dreams, who is making his third start for Burke after spending the early part of the season in New York in the stable of Tracy Brainard, has won three of nine races this year and earned $78,495. Last year, the son of If I Can Dream-Stefani Blue Chip won five of 10 starts and finished second to He's Watching in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He is owned by Dominick Rosato. In his first start with Burke, Big Boy Dreams finished third behind Burke's Limelight Beach and He's Watching in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. Last week, he won the $25,000 American-National Consolation by four lengths in 1:50.1. Burke-trainee JK Endofanera, whose wins include the North America Cup and American-National Stakes, is the second-richest 3-year-old pacer this year, with $921,145. Limelight Beach, whose wins include the Little Brown Jug, has banked $524,118, good for sixth place in the division. "I don't know if (Big Boy Dreams) can go with the top four or five, but he's getting better, so we'll see," Burke said. "We've had Limelight and JK for a while, so we know what they are. With him, we don't really have a great idea what his top level is." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

With the record for purses in the bank and 11 weeks remaining on the calendar, trainer Ron Burke is now left to contemplate how much his stable can increase its earnings before the end of the year. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer to eclipse $20 million in a season -- finishing the campaign with $22.23 million, moved $9,333 beyond that figure this year thanks to earning $11,750 at Yonkers Raceway on Monday night. His stable broke last year's mark when pacer Rockstar Temper won the sixth race. "It's neat because coming into this year I thought we might not be able to reach that," Burke said. "Now to reach it this early, you wonder how far you can go. The next mark is 25 (million dollars). There's not a ton of stakes races left, but there's enough that if we can put together a run, maybe we could do 25." Last year, Burke's horses won 25 races worth at least $100,000. This season, the "Burke Brigade" has captured 38 races worth at least $100,000. Among those victories were 3-year-old pacer JK Endofanera in the North America Cup, 5-year-old pacer Sweet Lou in the Ben Franklin Pace and William R. Haughton Memorial, 3-year-old pacer Limelight Beach in the Little Brown Jug, and 2-year-old trotter Mission Brief in the Merrie Annabelle. He also won four New York Sire Stakes championships, plus two sire stakes crowns each in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and one in New Jersey. "Ohio is probably some of the reason, there's been a rebirth there and that gave us a chance to race a little bit more, and the Meadowlands was stronger this year, so that probably helps a little bit," Burke said. "And we have way more stakes horses than we've had in the past. We went with a lot more young horses. That's one area where I thought we were set up better because we had more young horses to start with. "But it gets to the point where we're racing against ourselves a lot of times. It's the law of diminishing returns. Sometimes we have four in a race; we can only win that race once. That's one thing we're trying to get away from and spread out to different areas a little more. We want to try to get away from racing so many times against ourselves." Burke, who leads the purse standings for trainers by more than $12 million, has won 887 of 4,164 races this year. Last season, Burke started 4,494 horses and won a record 1,090 races. "That's another thing, I didn't think we could ever start 5,000 horses, and we're going to be close," Burke said. "That's incredible when you figure it's like 13 a day, every day. That means if you start none today, you've got to start 26 tomorrow. But that's just how big it's gotten." Burke, who turns 45 on Thursday, has won a record 5,482 races and $117 million in his career. He took over the Burke Stable from his father, Mickey, on a fulltime basis in 2009 and was named Trainer of the Year in 2011 and 2013 by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. His Burke Racing Stable also was honored, with its partners, as Owner of the Year in 2013. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Freehold, NJ --- Ron Burke brings 16 horses to Balmoral Park for Saturday’s (Oct. 11) American-National Stakes card and could leave with the most single-year purse earnings of any harness racing trainer in history. Burke established the record of $22.2 million last year and entered Friday with $21.6 million. Saturday’s card at Balmoral features eight American-National Stakes for trotters and pacers and purses in excess of $1.3 million. “I really thought [breaking the earnings record] would be the hardest thing for us to do,” said Burke, who last year became the first trainer to win 1,000 races in a season and has 872 victories this year. “But we got off to such a good strong start this year, better than even normal, and that made a lot of difference. “If everything keeps going like its going we should be alright.” Leading the “Burke Brigade” Saturday is Foiled Again, who is the morning line favorite in the $179,000 American-National for older pacers. The 10-year-old Foiled Again is the richest horse in North American harness racing history, with $6.6 million in purses. Foiled Again is one of four Burke horses in the field, along with Bettor’s Edge, Clear Vision and Ultimate Beachboy. Burke’s JK Endofanera, who in June won the North America Cup, is the favorite in the $227,000 American-National for 3-year-old male pacers. Burke also has four horses in this race, with Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, At Press Time and Somesizesomestyle joining JK Endofanera. Other top contenders for Burke are Wishing Stone and Archangel in the $166,300 American-National for older trotters and Well Hello There in the $61,150 American-National for 2-year-old female pacers. Trainer Jimmy Takter, who is second to Burke with $9.83 million in purses this year, has the favorite in the $203,000 American-National for 3-year-old male trotters, Father Patrick, as well as the $150,000 division for 3-year-old female trotters, Shake It Cerry. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- In The Arsenal was away from the races for seven weeks this summer because of illness, but the layoff might have turned into a blessing in disguise. During the recently completed Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile in Lexington, In The Arsenal won divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He won his Bluegrass split in a national season’s best 1:49.4 for a 2-year-old pacer and captured his International Stallion division by a length over Cartoon Daddy as previously unbeaten Artspeak went off stride in the stretch and finished third. On Sunday (Oct. 12), In The Arsenal faces another undefeated colt – Yankee Bounty – in the first of three Historic-Goshen Cup divisions at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In The Arsenal, who has won four of seven races, starts from post No. 2 with driver Brian Sears at the lines for trainer Kelvin Harrison. He is 8-5 on the morning line. Yankee Bounty, who is 8-for-8 this year, leaves from post four with Yannick Gingras driving for Ron Burke. He is 9-5. “I’ve never seen one get a nice break during their 2-year-old year where it doesn’t help,” Harrison said about In The Arsenal being sidelined. “He was really sick and missed quite a bit of time before we got him back nice and healthy. His first race at Lexington was a huge mile because he really hadn’t had a good run in him in a couple of months. It was a really good race.”  In The Arsenal is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Ladyotra. He was bred by White Birch Farm, who bought back the colt for $7,500 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harrison attributed the price to In The Arsenal’s then-smallish size, as well as the fact he was the 14th foal out of the then-21-year-old Ladyotra. “I think that kind of determined his price at Harrisburg, because he was really small,” Harrison said. “But he had great conformation, he was well put together.” And during this summer’s respite, he matured physically. “He did grow a lot, no question,” Harrison said. “I was looking at him in the paddock the other day and thought he measured up pretty good to those other horses now. He’s a big-gaited horse too. Even if they’re a small horse, when they’re big gaited they always look bigger on the track.” Prior to his illness, In The Arsenal won two of four races, including the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace at Yonkers Raceway. One of his setbacks came when he started from post eight at Yonkers in a division of the New York Sire Stakes. Upon returning from his layoff, the colt started from post seven and went off-stride in the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, but since then has been perfect.  “The post position kind of sets it for you at Delaware,” Harrison said. “If you’re inside, you can kind of roll, but if you’re outside you’re kind of at the mercy of it. He was just a little fired up there.” In The Arsenal is eligible to the Matron Stakes and Breeders Crown in November. Harrison thinks the colt has all the tools to remain a top performer in the 2-year-old ranks. “He’s got a good shot at it,” Harrison said. “He’s nice and sound and he’s doing everything well. He’s a good colt.” In the second Historic-Goshen Cup division, International Stallion Stakes division winner Hall Of Terror is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Reynolds Stakes division winner Dragon Eddy is the 8-5 choice in the third division. There also will be two divisions of the Historic-Harriman Cup for 2-year-old male trotters on Sunday at Philly. Don’t Mind Me is the 9-5 favorite in the first division and Ralph R is the 8-5 favorite in the second split. In The Arsenal by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

The 56th annual awards banquet of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will be on Sunday, November 16 at the Fountains at the Wallkill Golf Club on Sands Road in Circleville, NY. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m with dinner to follow. Honorees are Ted Gewertz, Crawford Farms, Ken Weingartner, Jason Settlemoir, George Casale and Geri Schwarz. The evening will break from the usual format of presenting awards early, to a friendly roast of longtime master of ceremonies and banquet chairman John Manzi. Manzi also has been the eyes of the Monticello Raceway, heading the public relations team for so many years that his name is synonymous with the track. The roast should be quite a lot of fun. (He also is host of the Bop Shop Radio Show that coincidentally is celebrating its 31st anniversary today, October 10. Tune in from 8 p.m. to midnight on WVOS-FM.) Manzi is co-chairing the banquet this year with Chris Tully, president of the national USHWA, and Shawn Wiles, second vice president. The banquet will continue the tradition of donating the profits from the printed journal with congratulatory ads and messages. Recipients are the Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, two separate entities although next door to each other in Goshen. Tickets are $65 per person and to place a congratulatory ad in the awards journal please call the raceway at 794-4100, ext. 455. From the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA

Freehold, NJ --- White Bliss, the rare all-white Standardbred in the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt, made his first trip to the track Thursday (Oct. 9), finishing fourth in a qualifier at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 2-year-old colt pacer was timed in 1:58.1 with Svanstedt driving. White Bliss is a son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. The colt was purchased for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., which is brothers Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg of trotter Sebastian K fame, along with Asa Sjoberg. Following the qualifier, Tristan Sjoberg said via his Twitter account that it was “a good experience” for White Bliss. He said the horse will qualify again next week at Pocono Downs and “hopefully start one or two weeks later.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Always B Miki and He's Watching on Saturday will appear in the same race for the first time since the Meadowlands Pace in July, and Joe Hurley is looking forward to their next round. Hurley bred and co-owns Always B Miki, who finished second to He's Watching in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside - three to four wide at times - the entire way. He's Watching won the race with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance. The two horses meet Saturday in the first of two $218,300 Tattersalls Pace divisions for 3-year-old male pacers at The Red Mile in Lexington. Always B Miki, trained by Joe Holloway, starts from post No. 1 with driver David Miller. He's Watching, trained by Dave Menary, starts from post four with Tim Tetrick at the lines. "I've already got it planned out in my mind, but Dave Miller will probably do something entirely different than what I would do," Hurley said. "They'll be 1-2 going to the top of the stretch, and then we'll see. Miki's on top, Tetrick's in the two hole. Then we'll see who can turn it on, and Miki never stops." Always B Miki, named after Hurley's wife, comes into the Tattersalls off a career-best 1:47.4 win last weekend in his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He won by 6-1/4 lengths over Melmerby Beach, pulling away thanks to a :25.3 final quarter-mile. No horse came home faster that day. "I thought it was consistent with everything he's done that nobody's noticed because it's in Indiana," Hurley said, referring to Always B Miki having spent the time since the Meadowlands Pace at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing there in hand. He's a monster." Always B Miki has won eight of 15 races this year and finished worse than second only three times. He has earned $432,332 for Hurley and fellow owners Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. Since the Meadowlands Pace, the colt has raced six times, winning five. In those victories, no horse was nearer than 4-1/2 lengths of Always B Miki at the wire. Hurley, who races as Roll The Dice Stable, bred Always B Miki's father and mother. His sire, Always A Virgin, won more than $1 million in his career for Hurley, Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. His dam, Artstopper, was unraced but is a half-sister to stakes-winner Cheyenne Rei and also produced $714,154-earner Yagonnakissmeornot. The family also includes stakes-winners Ain't No Stopn Him and Lon Todd Hanover. "Virgin was terrific, but Miki is incredibly terrific fantastic," Hurley said. "He's absolutely the best horse I've had. I think everybody (in the ownership group) agrees this is the best ever. "His stride is just incredible. He's had very bad luck with some things that have happened, either by nature or by fate. Now he's getting a chance to show himself and he's just absolutely fantastic." Always B Miki's schedule following the Tattersalls includes the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and the Circle City at Hoosier Park. He could be supplemented to the Matron Stakes and is likely to be supplemented to the Breeders Crown. "I'm looking forward to taking on the best and proving that he is the best," Hurley said. "Hopefully we end up on top at the end of the year." In the Tattersalls Pace second division, North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who handed Always B Miki his only loss in his last six starts, takes on a field that includes Little Brown Jug runner-up Let's Drink On It. There also are two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The first division is headlined by stakes-winners Uffizi Hanover and Gettingreadytoroll, both from the stable of Jimmy Takter, and New York Sire Stakes champion It Was Fascination. In the second division, the top five finishers in a Bluegrass Stakes division last week - Gallie Bythe Beach, Act Now, Beach Gal, Ali Blue, and Allstar Rating - meet again. Action for 2-year-olds includes four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for male pacers, where Artspeak puts his perfect 7-for-7 record on the line in the third of the splits. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Harness racing driver Brett Miller has suffered few anxious moments this season with undefeated 2-year-old male trotter Billy Flynn, but the minutes prior to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship were difficult to endure. Billy Flynn, in the midst of enjoying himself as the field warmed up for the race, accidentally took off his right front shoe. Miller tried to locate the shoe, but muddy track conditions that night made it impossible. So Miller brought Billy Flynn back to the paddock, where the blacksmith put on a random shoe moments before racing for $260,000. "I was sick to my stomach," said Miller, who is able to laugh now as he retells the story. "It felt like it took an hour. For him to go through all that and then go out and annihilate the field, it was pretty amazing." Billy Flynn won the race, held Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.2. He rallied from fourth place after three-quarters with a three-wide move around the final turn. "He races great on the front, but I think he's better from off the pace," Miller said. "When he's following horses and has a target to go after, he's unreal." Billy Flynn puts his 8-for-8 record on the line Friday in the third of five International Stallion Stakes divisions at The Red Mile in Lexington. Billy Flynn will start from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Staffan Lind. Last week, in his first start since the sire stakes championship, Billy Flynn won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4. "I thought he raced great," Miller said. "He felt as good as he's felt all year. He was a little wound up, a little more grabby than usual, but I think being at Lexington he was just feeling good." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Zeta Jones and was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. Owned by Bender Sweden Inc., the colt was purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to Mr Chicago, who was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "Staffan has done some kind of job training him, manners-wise," said Miller, who has driven Billy Flynn in all eight of his races, earning $312,057 in purses. "I know a lot of that, too, is the horse himself, but Staffan has done a great job with him. "He's like an older horse because you can do anything you want with him in a race. He's so handy. His manners are so good. And he gives 110 percent. When a horse is near him, he tries so hard to fight that horse off. So far, he has (fought them off)." Billy Flynn's International Stallion Stakes division includes stakes-winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow. Also part of the field is Canepa Hanover, a $300,000 yearling purchase who is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. "I'm realistic," Miller said. "I know there are some colts out there that he could have a tough time with. I love the colt, he's the best 2-year-old trotting colt I've ever sat behind, but he hasn't faced everybody. I'm sure he's going to get beat one day. "It's just been a fun ride so far, that's for sure." Stakes-winner French Laundry and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Wings Of Royalty are among the trotters in the first division of the International Stallion Stakes. Shoot The Thrill, who won a division of the Arden Downs, is in the second split. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to standout 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and a Bluegrass division winner last week, is in the fourth division. The fifth division finds Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM and Bluegrass division winner The Bank, plus Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to star 3-year-old male trotter Father Patrick. Friday's card at The Red Mile also includes three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

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