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LEXINGTON, KY-- Sent off the 1-5 favorite, Broadway Donna lost stride in her attempt to sweep by pacesetter Fad Finance, who won one of the three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.1 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. Trotting a quarter in :28.1 and a half in :56, Fad Finance led Unica Steed, Gracie Hanover, and Broadway Donna into the far turn. Broadway Donna progressed towards Fad Finance to match strides with her at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 before stalling in her bid in the stretch and losing stride. Gracie Hanover circled around Broadway Donna, lunging to take second while Fad Finance remained in control. Unica Steed finished third. Owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables, Fad Finance, by Credit Winner out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, won her tenth race in 21 starts, earning $306,556. She is trained and was driven by Trond Smedshammer and paid $12.00 to win. "I didn't know how much David [Miller on Broadway Donna] had left, so it certainly made me feel better when she jumped," Trond Smedshammer said. "Then Ake [Svanstedt on Gracie Hanover] came late, but my filly has felt good all day today. She gave a real good effort." "She can win in [1]:54 at Saratoga, so the big track doesn't really pick her up that much, but [The Red Mile]'s nice. I was able to pull her shoes off for the first time today. It's always nice over the clay here." Ginny Weasley circled by the 1-5 favorite Celebrity Eventsy and drew away to win her division of the Bluegrass in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Celebrity Eventsy grabbed the front from Ultimate Shopper and cleared through a :28.1 opening quarter. Ginny Weasley, trotting in third, was hesitant to pull first over, eventually committing to move outside after a :57 half mile, carrying with her Southwind Hope second over and Double Exposure third over. Ginny Weasley brushed by Celebrity Eventsy after a 1:26 third-quarter and kicked away from the field as Celebrity Eventsy faltered. Southwind Hope moved into second while Double Exposure came down the center of the track to take third. Winning her sixth race in 18 starts, Ginny Weasley, by Andover Hall out of the Donerail mare Donepunk, has earned $159,763 for owner Torp Trotting Inc. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and paid $9.00 to win. Losing the lead in the backstretch, Side Bet Hanover found room to trot up the pylons in the stretch to win the final division of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1. Side Bet Hanover led through a :28 first quarter before Gin And Lindy tipped first over from fifth and brushed to the lead after a :56 half. Into the far turn, Gin And Lindy held control as Womans Will advanced first over, keeping Side Bet Hanover in the pocket from third after they trotted three-quarters in 1:24. Gin And Lindy drifted off the rail into the stretch. Womans Will took the lead to her outside while Side Bet Hanover emerged up the pylons into second, soon sprinting past Womans Will to claim victory. Wildflower closed down the center of the track to finish third. Side Bet Hanover, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover, won her fifth race in 18 starts, earning $175,336 for owner Srf Stable. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $9.00 to win. "[Gin And Lindy] was starting to get a little leg weary in front of me and I had plenty of trot," Corey Callahan said. "I was hoping I could shake free because she was so good in her last start up in Canada [in the Elegantimage]; she didn't get any room, but she found room today and shot by very strong." "I'm sure she'll be back next Sunday and hopefully she'll give us a good run." By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Rock The Boat sprung out of the pocket to pull off an 18-1 upset in one of the five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Stakes for the harness racing two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, October 1 at The Red Mile. Sent the 3-5 favorite, Miso Fast pulled in front the Rock The Boat to take the lead off a :29 opening quarter. After a :57.3 half, Oh K Man edged first over, carrying Tuxedo Bay on his back, in pursuit of Miso Fast entering the far turn. He moved up into third off a 1:25.4 third quarter before faltering. Miso Fast held control until midway through the stretch, when Rock The Boat fanned off the pylons and charged down the center of the track. Mcthriller had room at the inside, and attempted to fly to the top, but Rock The Boat held him off to win in 1:53.3. Owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr Dana Parham, trained by Ross Croghan, and driven by Andy Miller, Rock The Baot, by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Badlands Hanover mare Tug River Princess, won his second race in five starts this season, earning $70,551. He paid $38.20 to win. Huntsville won his third race in a row as he won his division of the Bluegrass in 1:53 over Boogie Shuffle and Ocean Colony. Boogie Shuffle flew to the lead, setting a :28.4 first quarter while Bettor's Western paced into second, Huntsville into third, and Ocean Colony into fourth. Midway through the backstretch Huntsville tipped first over and cleared the lead before a :58 half. Ocean Colony was flushed first over into the far turn by Point Somewherelse and progressed up to Huntsville's wheel by three-quarters in 1:26.2. He drifted into the stretch as Huntsville extended his lead while Boogie Shuffle chased from the pocket, angling off the cones but failing to advance on Huntsville. Earning $260,484 for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker along with partners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steven Arnold, Huntsville, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, won his fourth race in seven starts this season. He was driven by Tim Tetrick and paid $3.80. Sweeping towards the top, R J P obtained the lead at the top of the stretch and advanced to a lifetime-best of 1:51.2, winning his division of the Bluegrass at 2-1. Windsong Napoleon circled by Odds On Delray to take the lead through a :27.4 opening quarter, soon resigning to Papiamento as he brushed to the lead before the half. Timed in :55.2, Papiamento led into the far turn as R J P began his first-over rush towards the top. Matching strides with Papiamento through a 1:24 third quarter, R J P took the lead and drew clear as Odds On Delray angled off the pylons and towards the center of the track to take second, while John Dally, having followed R J P's cover, closed to finish third. Owned by Dave and John Prushnok, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means, trained by Erv Miller, and driven by Marcus Miller, R J P, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Dragon's Lair mare Vysoke Tatry, won his second of nine races this year, earning $91,280. He paid $6.80. Blood Line won his division of the Bluegrass going wire to wire as the 6-5 favorite in 1:52.1. Blood Line led Manattack, Normandy Beach, and Western Hill through fractions of :28.3 and :56.3 before he began to extend his lead. By three-quarters in 1:25.2, he was three-lengths clear of Manattack pacing in second and Normandy Beach to his outside in third. Through the stretch, Blood Line gradually drew away as Normandy Beach took second and Western Hill grabbed third. Winning his second race in eight starts this year, Blood Line, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Blood Diamond, has earned $102,687 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller, he paid $4.40. Downbytheseaside took the lead midway around the first turn and remained in front to pace a 1:52 mile in his division of the Bluegrass over Eddard Hanover and Mac's Jackpot. Leading through fractions of :27.1 and :55.1, Downbytheseaside was unchallenged on the lead. Lindythefourteenth was flushed first over from sixth, having advanced towards second at three-quarters in 1:24.1. He faltered and Downbytheseaside drew off at the top of the stretch. Mac's Jackpot fanned off the pylons and towards the center of the track while Eddard Hanover sprinted up the pylons to claim second. Sent off the 1-5 favorite, Downbytheseaside, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Allamerican Native mare Sprig Hanover, won his fifth race in nine starts this year, amassing $206,956 in earnings for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Trained by Brian Brown and driven by David Miller, he paid $2.60. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Roaring To Go yielded for the pocket as Idyllic Beach, sent off the 1-9 favorite, commandeered control into the far turn, sitting before pulling outside into the stretch and pacing to a 1:50.4 victory in the first of four divisions for the $294,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, October 1 at The Red Mile.   Sprinting to the top heading into the first turn, Roaring To Go led through a :27.2 opening quarter, with Miss Jones sitting second and Idyllic Beach in third. Midway through the backstretch, Idyllic Beach moved first over and sprung to the lead through a :55.3 half. Jaye's A Lady tipped off the pylons around the far turn, but could not reach Idyllic Beach's wheel through a 1:24.1 third quarter.   Roaring To Go began to tip off the rail into the stretch. Slightly rough in stride, driver Brett Miller held a firm grip of her as she coasted by Idyllic Beach to win in a lifetime-best performance.   Winning her fifth race in 11 starts this year, Roaring To Go, by Art Major from the Western Ideal mare Lioness Hanover, has now earned $209,886 for owner Frank Chick. Trained by Kevin Lare, she returned $14.00 to win.   "Luck of the draw really wasn't in my favor; I was hoping to miss her [Idyllic Beach]," Kevin Lare said. "She had been racing in New York Sires Stakes and she is not a half-mile track specialist at all. I knew the big track would really help her."   "I keep swearing she needs a little bit more hobble," Lare said of Roaring To Go's gait issues. "It's hard to tell when you're basing off quarters in :26-and-a-piece on a half and :25-and-a-piece on the mile tracks. We're just trying to get through the year and we'll play with it more next year."   Taking the lead belatedly around the first turn, Loreenas Ruffian held off all challengers as she progressed to a 1:52 win in her Bluegrass division over a track downgraded to good.   Ella Christina cleared the lead before the first turn, forcing Loreenas Ruffian, having started from post one, to pull to the outside and take the lead before the quarter. Passing the quarter in :29.1, Loreenas Ruffian maintained control as Jenny's Terror, pulling outside from third, rushed first over heading to the half before losing stride after a :56.3 half mile. She remained in front through a 1:24.4 third quarter, holding command as Someomensomewhere took second and Ella Christina raced in third.   Sent off the 2-1 second choice, Loreenas Ruffian, by McArdle out of the Ruffstuff Baker mare She's A Ruff One, paid $6.60 to win. She won her fourth race in nine starts this year, earning $92,667 for owner-trainer-driver Charlie Norris along with partners Leonard Buckner and Rebecca Ewing.   Awash flew down the center of a sloppy track to win the third division of Bluegrass in 1:53.3 at 3-2.   Lady Juno led through a :29.1 opening quarter, losing the lead to Happy Hannah midway down the backstretch. Emily R Hanover, sitting restlessly in third, edged first over after a :57.2. Around the far turn, That's The Ticket grabbed her cover as well as Awash, who was positioned third over through a 1:26 third quarter.   Emily R Hanover stalled through the stretch while Happy Hannah held onto command. That's The Ticket moved three wide and Awash began a rush towards the center track, soon surpassing That's The Ticket heading to the wire. That's The Ticket finished second, while Happy Hannah, the 4-5 favorite, finished third.   Winning her second race in nine starts this year, Awash, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Jereme's Jet mare Apogee Hanover, has earned $128,503 for owner Bradley Grant. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron, she paid $5.00.   Fanning three wide into the stretch off a second-over trip, World Apart stormed down the center of the track to win the final Bluegrass division in 1:53.4 over Caviart Ally and Sky Fulla Star.   Caviart Ally left for the lead into the first turn, settling for second as Sky Fulla Star pulled alongside to brush to the top heading to the quarter. Timed in :28.4, Sky Fulla Star led briefly down the backstretch since Kiss Kiss, pulling first over from fourth, swept to the lead before the half, taking control in :57.   Gallic Sea moved first over into the final turn, providing cover to World Apart heading to three quarters. Kiss Kiss held control narrowly at three-quarters in 1:26 as Gallic Sea took a short lead. Caviart Ally and Sky Fulla Star found room at the rail to pace into contention while World Apart swung off cover to take the lead. Caviart Ally attempted to sprint by her at the inside, but ended up finishing second.   World Apart, by Art Major out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Polar Opposition, won her fourth race in nine starts this year, earning $100,272 this year for owners South Mountain Stables, Bay's Stable, Little E LLC, and Radio Racing Stable. Trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, she paid $8.00 to win.   Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, October 2 with three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass for trotting fillies, two divisions of the $163,500 Bluegrass for trotting colts, two divisions of the $147,000 Bluegrass for pacing fillies, and three divisions of the $173,900 Bluegrass for pacing colts. First race post is 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Overdraft Volo brushed past Fine Tuned Lady, sent off the 1-5 favorite, to pull off a 23-1 upset in the final of five divisions for the $298,000 Bluegrass stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile. Feed Your Head took the lead from Fine Tuned Lady through a :28.4 opening quarter before losing it to her heading to the half. Timed in :57.2, Fine Tuned Lady remained in control into the far turn, as Overdraft Volo moved first over from fifth and charged towards the lead. She moved into second after a 1:27.4 third quarter. Fine Tuned Lady clung to command at the top of the stretch, but Overdraft Volo soon edged passed and drew away to a two-length victory, with Fine Tuned Lady finishing second and Feed Your Head third in 1:55.2. Returning $49.20 to win, Overdraft Volo, by Yankee Glide from the Tagliabue mare Bank Of Newport, won her second start in seven this year, earning $47,097 for owners Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. She's trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller. Sweeping to the top after the half, Princess Aurora held control as she trotted a 1:54.3 mile to win her Bluegrass division as the 3-5 favorite. Temple Ruins took the lead from Evelyn after a :29 opening quarter, prompting Evelyn to pull from the pocket and take the lead. Princess Aurora stalked the two from third, eventually edging first over and rushing to the lead off a :57.2 half. Chezatter, sitting fifth for most of the mile, moved first over around the far turn. She moved into third while Princess Aurora passed three-quarters in 1:27.2. Princess Aurora extended her lead through the stretch, finishing in front of Chezatter and Evelyn. Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld own the filly by Cantab Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Vulcanize. Winning her third start in eight this season, she has earned $75,276. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $3.40 to win. "She's out of a really top mare," Marvin Katz said. "[Vulcanize] was a tough mare for us to get in foal, and she was the first filly we had from her, and we weren't going to lose the opportunity of that pedigree, so we were going to keep her." "She trained down with Jimmy's, and that's tough company training down with Jimmy's horses," Katz also said. "She wasn't at the front end of the class, but he liked her, and it seems that she's really getting better. Yannick seemed really pleased with her tonight, and Jimmy has been raving about her the last little while as well." "It was a bit of a rocky start," Gingras said. "Every time I drove her, some days she'd be running out a bit and some days she'd be running in. Her gait has always been good; her issues were maybe in her mind a little bit. It was all about getting her to be one-hundred percent, and she definitely is right now." Onda Su stalked dueling leaders before circling to the lead and coasting to a 1:55.4 victory over Myammie Drama and French Press. Future Secured led through a :28.4 first quarter. Grandma's Moni, the 6-5 favorite, was positioned fifth into the backstretch before pulling first over at three-eighths. Matching strides with Future Secured off a :57.2 half mile, Grandma's Moni was left parked into the far turn. She began to falter as Onda Su edged outside from fourth and rushed three wide passed three-quarters in 1:25.2. Onda Su powered by Future Secured in the stretch. French Press, sitting fourth for most of the mile, fanned towards the center of the track to take second, and was soon overtaken by Myammie Drama, flying from last and cutting into Onda Su's lead in the stretch. Onda Su, under a hand drive, was two-lengths clear of Myammie Drama at the line. Winning her third race in nine start this season, Onda Su, by Muscle Massive from the Andover Hall mare Upfront Ob's Janet, has now compiled $55,981 in earnings for owners Frederick and Shirley Schwartz and Onda Racing Stable LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $11.20. "She has run on me a couple of times and she ran on Dave [Miller] in some qualifiers," Corey Callahan said. "You kind of just have to hold onto her. Jim [Campbell] made sure to find me in the paddock and give me some good coaching pointers, and everything worked out." That's All Moni outsprinted Hillarmbro through the stretch to narrowly win her Bluegrass division in 1:54.4. Sianna Hanover moved to the lead off a :28.1 quarter, with Hillarmbro sitting second and That's All Moni third. After a :57 half, That's All Moni initiated a first-over bid, carrying Cool Cates on her back. That's All Moni soon met strides with Sianna Hanover at three-quarters in 1:26.3. Taking the lead midway through the stretch, That's All Moni was soon challenged by Hillarmbro, who slid up the pylons and attempted to take the lead. That's All Moni kept her nose in front, winning over Hillarmbro and Cool Cates. Paying $3.60 to win, That's All Moni, by Cantab Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, won her fourth race in eight starts this season, compiling $203,123 in earnings for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Tim Tetrick was in the bike. "She's got to be a little careful or she gets away by herself sometimes," Tim Tetrick said. "She starts to wander, ears up, and she was really coming hard at the top of the lane; she almost wanted to over-trot herself and I had to gather her up." Treviso drafted behind pacesetter and 1-5 favorite Broadway Idole and swung out of the pocket to take the lead and draw off to a two-length victory in 1:54.1. Southwind Avanti led through a :28.1 quarter before losing the lead to Broadway Idole after a :57.2 half. Southwind Avanti soon pulled first over, but stalled in her attempt to overtake Broadway Idole at three-quarters in 1:26. Faltering, Southwind Avanti made room for Treviso to pull out of the pocket. She was on equal terms with Broadway Idole midway through the stretch and eventually surpassed her. Effie Trinket closed to finish third. Owned by Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, and trained and driven by Charlie Norris, Treviso, by Muscle Massive from the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, won her fourth race in eight tries this year, earning $112,694. She paid $10.80. "A couple starts back Yannick [Gingras] and I got hooked up in the first turn and kind of jostled her a bit," Charlie Norris said. "And then last week, for the [Pennsylvania Sires Stakes] final, I had no idea [why she broke]. I just turned to the gate and she just started hopping up and down. Other than that, she has just been perfect all year." "I was happy to see Brett [Miller] come; I didn't want to be behind Marcus [Johansson]," Norris also said. "She'll come back next week for the International [Stallion Stakes] and if she races good again next week we'll go to the Breeders Crown," Norris also said. Live racing resumes Saturday, October 1 at The Red Mile with four divisions of the $294,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies and five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. First race post is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Harness racing owner Bob Tambur enjoys watching his horses compete, but even more than that he delights in simply watching them grow up. "I just have a love for raising these horses; I get a big kick out of it," said Tambur, a northeast Pennsylvania resident whose homebred Boogie Shuffle races out of the training stable of Mark Harder in Saturday's first of five Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male pacers at Lexington's Red Mile. "I tell Mark all the time, I get as big a kick out of breeding these horses as I do watching them race. I get a kick out of seeing how they turn out. It's more special when they do well, but I'm just so happy to be competitive." Boogie Shuffle has been competitive for Tambur's Fox Hollow Farm, with a total of six on-the-board finishes in eight starts and earnings of $72,633. He has one win and four second-place finishes, with three of the runner-up efforts coming on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit to Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, and Fear The Dragon. Huntsville went on to win the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, with Downbytheseaside second and Fear The Dragon third. Those three horses also are among the four fastest 2-year-old male pacers of the season; the other is Ocean Colony. Boogie Shuffle and driver Scott Zeron will see Huntsville, Fear The Dragon, and Ocean Colony in their seven-horse Bluegrass division Saturday. Huntsville, from the Ray Schnittker Stable, is the 2-1 morning line favorite while Boogie Shuffle is 6-1. The division features five horses with at least $69,000 in purses; no other division has more than two. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race with the top horses," Tambur said about Boogie Shuffle's difficult draw. "There are no breathers, not in today's world. I'd like to win them all, but that's not how it goes." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than 20 years ago and enjoyed success in the mid-1990s with stakes-winning female pacer Sweetgeorgiabrown. Other notable horses have included stakes-winner Sutter Hanover (in partnership) and hard-knocking homebred Bullet Bob, who has earned $359,095. Boogie Shuffle is a son of stallion Well Said out of Tambur's mare Ciela Hanover. Boogie Shuffle's 3-year-old full brother Senator Charlie has earned $77,690 for Fox Hollow Farm and a Well Said-Ciela Hanover yearling named Kaboom Pow will soon start preparing for his racing career. Ciela Hanover this year produced a Sweet Lou-sired filly named Sweet Anna Banana. "I have high hopes for the two on the ground, the filly and the colt," Tambur said. "The brother to Boogie is bigger at this stage. He's a good-looking colt. We hope he does well. We hope he's got the speed and the desire Boogie has. It's all about the heart." Tambur thought highly of Boogie Shuffle from the time he was born. "I saw that horse an hour after he was born and he was standing up and he was so correct," Tambur said. "From day one, he looked fabulous; from hour one. I always felt because of how correct he was that he was going to be a well-gaited horse." Boogie Shuffle heads to the Bluegrass off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Liberty Bell Series in which he encountered traffic trouble in the stretch. The colt's remaining stakes schedule includes the International Stallion, Breeders Crown, and Matron. "We're hopeful, but we know the competition is keen," Tambur said. "He is getting stronger and he's grown a little bit. We just hope he continues to get faster and get better. He's got a good motor, and he's got a good heart, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully he continues to do well." The favorites in the remaining four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old male pacers are, in race order, Erv Miller's R J P, Jimmy Takter's Blood Line, Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside, and Ron Burke's Miso Fast. There also are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers, headlined by Takter's She's A Great Lady champion Idyllic Beach. For Saturday's complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Shake It Off Lindy surged first over around the final turn to pass pacesetter Southwind Cobra, upsetting in one of the six $334,500 Bluegrass splits for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, September 29 in a lifetime best of 1:55 at The Red Mile. With Eburry Street and Sortie breaking before the first turn, Moonshiner Hanover inherited the lead, keeping Southwind Cobra parked while Shake It Off Lindy sat in the pocket. Rough-gaited clearing the lead, Southwind Cobra maintained his stride passing the quarter in :29.1, and was unchallenged through a :58.1 half. Sitting in third, Shake It Off Lindy pulled to the outside approaching the three-quarter pole and was up to Southwind Cobra's wheel within a matter of strides. Past the third-quarter in 1:27.3, Shake It Off Lindy had taken the lead, and was holding off Moonshiner Hanover splitting horses and Signal Hill coming down the center of the track. In front by a length, Shake It Off Lindy finished in front of Moonshiner Hanover and Southwind Cobra. The Frank Antonacci trainee won his second start in six tries this season, earning $45,250 this season. By Crazed out of the Love You mare Nashville Lindy, he is owned by K R Breeding LLC and was driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $29.60 to win. "He's been training down good and we didn't stake him too heavy," Antonacci said. "He was a $17,000 yearling that was part of my dad's experiment with the French mares. We gave him every chance he could possibly have to be a good horse, and he's showing a good turn of foot and he has a good head on him." "Anytime you're involved with these horses multiple generations; train the mare and train the father, it's definitely a little special," Antonacci also said. "He'll probably be back here next week," Antonacci also said. Brushing to the lead after the half, Long Tom maintained control as he advanced to a 1:55.2 win over Bill's Man and Equestrianconxtion. Bill's Man parked around the first turn and was forced to move to the lead, clearing in :28.3. Approaching the half, driver Tim Tetrick edged Long Tom, sitting in third, off the pylons and rushed towards Bill's Man through a :58 half. Shuffled to third, Equestrianconxtion moved first over midway through the final turn. Long Tom passed three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Bill's Man tried to weave out of the pocket and Equestrianconxtion hanged to his outside. The two struggled to approach Long Tom and couldn't get by, as Long Tom hit the line a half-length in front of Bill's Man and Equestrianconxtion in 1:55.2, a lifetime best. Owned by Amg Stable Oy, trained by Marcus Melander, and driven by Tim Tetrick, the colt by Muscle Hill from the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia scored his third win out of four tries this season, earning $46,875. Sent off the 2-5 favorite, he paid $2.80 to win. "When I was home in February, he told me 'I have a good horse I want to send over,'" Marcus Melander said. "A trainer in Sweden bought him at Harrisburg and he brought him overseas to Sweden. I was there for my visa, and I happened to go there for just a week and we talked. We sent him over as soon as possible, and he came to my barn at the end of March." "I thought he had potential after the first time he raced," Melander also said. "He had a little time off; trouble getting to the races and then he raced great at Freehold [in the $29,000 Harold Dancer Memorial] after a month off, and then he raced great again at the Meadowlands. After that, I decided to bring him down here and try him in the Grand Circuit." "We'll have to look at him after this race to see if he's good, but he'll probably be back here next week," Melander said. Snowstorm Hanover took the lead into the first turn and managed to hold command, trotting a 1:55.3 mile, a lifetime best, over Buckeye Boss and International Moni. Trotting the first quarter in :29 and the half in :59.2, Snowstorm Hanover was unchallenged on the lead. Buckeye Boss, sent off the even-money favorite, drafted from the pocket, Meme Hanover trotted third and International Moni sat fourth. Into the final turn, Buckeye Boss tipped outside attempting to sling to command, but Snowstorm Hanover began to accelerate at three-quarters in 1:28.3. Buckeye Boss challenged Snowstorm Hanover through the stretch. As Buckeye Boss advanced, Snowstorm Hanover steadfastly remained on the lead, staying about a half-length in front of Buckeye Boss at the wire. Returning $13.40 to win, Snowstorm Hanover, by Muscle Massive from the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, won her third race in eight starts this year, earning $86,869. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Peter Collura & Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Matt Kakaley. Waiting to pursue the lead until the top of the stretch, Fly On easily gained command midway through the stretch, besting Dunbar Hall and Southwind Woody in a 1:55 lifetime-best performance. Taking the lead through a :29.1 quarter, Fly On soon yielded to Southwind Woody brushing to the lead into the backstretch. He was unchallenged off a :57.1 half and was unchallenged up until the three-quarter pole, when Fly On inched towards the lead with Always A Good Time on his back. Fly On met strides with Southwind Woody at three-quarters in 1:27. Fly On drifted through the stretch, eventually sprinting clear of Southwind Woody clinging to second while Always A Good Time hanged in fourth and Dunbar Hall flew up the pylons from fourth, edging by Southwind Woody to claim second. Winning his sixth race in ten starts this year, Fly On, a Muscle Hill colt out of the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher, has now earned $88,747 this year. Owned by Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stable and Gaitway Stable, trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller, Fly On paid $2.60 to win. "He has been a model of consistency," Julie Miller said. "He didn't really like the track at Freehold that day on the half [in the Harold Dancer Memorial]... he didn't maneuver the track well; that's the only mishap he has had. We've been real pleased with him. He has willingness to go and we're pretty excited about him." "Julie Miller called me about a year ago, after she and Andy bought him, and said that they were looking for a partner," Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable said. "We have had such wonderful luck with the Miller's Stable." "There was one horse we didn't have any luck with," Gerry also said, "and that was because we kind of pressured them into buying him, and that was the brother of a good horse they bought from our consignment. We felt so guilty, but they have always been so kind to us. What fun it is to have an investment with the Miller family." Going wire to wire, New Jersey Viking finished in front of Muscles Jared and Explosive Ridge, trotting his Bluegrass division in 1:56.1. Holding an uncontested lead through a :28.3 quarter and :59 half, New Jersey Viking led Muscles Jared, who raced from the pocket, and What The Hill, who was sent off the 4-5 favorite. Fraser Ridge, caught on the outside since the start, gradually advanced towards the leader from first over, carrying Explosive Ridge on his tail. Fraser Ridge reached New Jersey Viking's wheel into the final turn. What The Hill tried to sprint off the pylons, but lost stride. Fraser Ridge began to falter, forcing Explosive Ridge three wide, chasing after New Jersey Viking in 1:27.4. In the stretch, New Jersey Viking held control while Muscles Jared dipped towards the cones and edged to the outside, attempting to slide to the lead, but New Jersey Viking held him off by about half a length. New Jersey Viking, by Muscle Hill out of the Broadway Hall mare Hall Of Wishes, won his fourth race in seven starts this year, earning $111,893 for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he paid $8.40 to win. Clearing control at the quarter, Dover Dan stayed in front as he trotted a lifetime-best 1:55 mile in the final Bluegrass division. Setting a :28.2 quarter, Dover Dan brushed by Soho Hanover to take the lead into the backstretch. Eternal Patrol trotted third in front of the 1-2 favorite King On The Hill in fourth. After a :57.1 half, King On The Hill led a two-wide charge into the far turn. King On The Hill reached Dover Dan's neck midway around the final turn, but Dover Dan accelerated toward a 1:27.1 third-quarter and drew separation at the top of the stretch. Soho Hanover attempted to sneak by at the pylons while King On The Hill faltered and Patton, riding his cover, tried to close down the center of the track. Dover Dan held off Soho Hanover, while Patton finished third. John Butenschoen trains the colt by Andover Hall out of the Royal Troubador mare Cr Kay Suzie. Winning four of eight starts this season, he has earned $108,579 for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Driven by Corey Callahan, he paid $8.40. "I think Corey [Callahan] and I were a little bit aggravated after our first two races," Butenschoen said. "They both raced well, but neither one really got a big shot to race. Bill's Man was second and tried to sneak up the wood there, and then Simply Volo had no shot; he had a horse on the long side of him the whole mile, so I think it was in Corey's mind that if we get beaten [to the lead], they're going to beat us." Live racing resumes on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile with five divisions of the $298,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies slated on the nine-race card. First race post is at 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

For the second time in recent weeks there has been harness racing action in both the Billings Series and the NAADA Trotting Series on the same day which is indicative of the growing popularity of amateur driving. On Thursday, (Sept 29) in Billings action at The Red Mile in Louisville, Ky., "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, after a stellar showing in the recently completed World Cup of Amateur Racing in Budapest, Hungary, added to her seasonal totals by reining Jack To Open to a 1:56.4 victory. Meanwhle, several hundred miles away at Yonkers Raceway in New York in the NAADA Trotting Series, Joe Lee scored a 1:59.2 victory with Four Starz Credit in their split while Bobby Krivelin was a 1:58.3 winner in his division behind P C's Wildcard. At The Red Mile "Hurricane Hannah" notched her 28th seasonal driving victory. After leaving strongly from the three-hole with Jack's To Open they took command before the first stanza which was trotted in :28.2. Being pressured by a parked-out Bold Strike, driven by Steve"You're Never Too" Oldford, both trotters were just heads apart at the half in :57.0. But when Bold Strike began to fade "Buffalo Bob" Davis hustled 80-1 shot Facing Justice up to challenge Jacks To Open and the two were just heads apart as they straightened for home. However, Miller's charge was game and held off Bold Strike by a length at the wire. Third place went to Rompaway Beau, driven by "Lawbook Larry" Farley. "Hannah said she loves coming to Lexington and it's a great place to race," trainer Nick Surick said. "She said she was a little nervous around last turn when Bob Davis flipped three wide with a strong challenge but 'Jack' dug in and got the job done for Hannah." Jack's To Open paid $3.20 for win. He's owned by his driver and the Nick Surick Stable and trained by Surick. Besides her 28 wins Hurricane Hannah has 20 seconds and six thirds for a .434UDR. Also on tap on Thursday night was the second leg of the NAADA Fall trotting Series in which Joe Lee took no prisoners in his division. He sent Four Starz Credit for the lead and after gaining command they remained nearly unchallenged from there to the wire. My horse raced great," Lee said after the race. "Alan (Schwartz with Linda Marie)) let me cut the mile and although I had some mild pressure to the half by John Kokinos and Cassa's Image, my horse scooted off to win pretty easily." At the finish Four Starz Credit was a solid five-length winner over I'm Fabulous, driven by John Turock. Cassa's Image held on for the show dough. Four Starz Credit is owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Tom Milici. Joe Lee, the locker room manager for the New York Yankees, notched his eighth seasonal driving victory and 18th of his fledgling driving career. The other non-betting trot saw Bobby Krivein hustle PC's Wildcard to the lead and once on top Krivelin played catch me if you can; and no one could, as the 7-year-old altered son of Sand Chaser trotted the final four furlongs in :58 en route to a three-length triumph over Signal Hill OK and driver Joe Faraldo. Third place went to Wygant Prince, handled by Paul Minore. PC's Wildcard is owned by the Joe P Racing Stable and trained by Dan Altman. For Krivelin, a three time national Amateur Driver of the Year, it was his 14th seasonal triumph and the 198th of his career. John Manzi          

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sophomore pacers and trotters compete on the first matinee harness racing program of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile on Sunday, October 2, with three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass for trotting fillies, two divisions of the $163,500 Bluegrass for trotting colts, two divisions of the $147,000 Bluegrass for pacing fillies, and three divisions of the $173,900 Bluegrass for pacing colts. The opening of the three Bluegrass splits for trotting fillies pins Celebrity Eventsy against Double Exposure. Starting from post one, Celebrity Eventsy, by Manofmanymissions from the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, exits a ninth-place effort in the $331,360 Elegantimage, which was the result of a parked first-over trip. Owned by Celebrity Farms and trained by Staffan Lind, the winner of eight out of twenty-one starts lifetime has earned $453,863. Double Exposure enters off a 1:55.2 qualifier at The Red Mile, and adds Lasix for the first time in her career. Her last pari-mutual start was in a $26,950 Elegantimage elimination, where she finished sixth, failing to make the final. She has won six races out of fifteen starts lifetime, earning $297,413 for owners Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman and trainer Tony Alagna. Freshman-sensation Broadway Donna, by Donato Hanover from the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, draws into the second division. Winning the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship in 1:53.4 in her most recent start, she earned her 12th win in 17 races, earning $800,894 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell, she starts from post one. Trond Smedshammer sends Fad Finance, by Credit Winner from the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, from post five in the second division. Her last race was in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final, where she finished fifth as the 3-5 favorite. Winning nine of 20 starts and earning $275,356, she races for owners Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables. Hambletonian Oaks-elimination winner Side Bet Hanover competes in the final trotting filly split. Since her 38-1 upset in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination, she has finished second in a $74,690 Casual Breeze division and fifth in the Elegantimage Final. A winner of four of 17 starts, the filly by Donato Hanover from the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover has earned $143,636 for owner Srf Stable. Trained by Jonas Czernyson, she starts from post two. Wildflower, off a 14-1 upset in the $118,574 Hudson Filly Trot, starts from post six against Side Bet Hanover. After her 1:56.1 performance in the Hudson Filly Trot, she qualified at Pocono Downs, winning by seven lengths in 1:58. Winning four of 16 starts lifetime, she has earned $225,507 for owner-trainer Ake Svanstedt along with partners Douglas Sipple and Mal & Janet Burroughs. The first of two Bluegrass divisions for trotting colts attracts Mavens Way, Sutton, and Lagerfeld. Mavens Way, finishing sixth to Sutton in a 1:51.4 mile against conditioned trotters at the Meadowlands, starts from post one. By Muscle Hill from the Andover Hall mare Doris Deo, he has earned $141,724 over 17 starts for owner-trainer Ake Svanstedt along with partners Mal & Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable, and Esa Hietakanagas. Sutton, who finished third at 48-1 in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, races from post four. Finishing fourth in the $500,000 Colonial Trot and breaking as the even-money favorite in an $80,095 Simcoe division, he will try for his sixth win in his career. By Donato Hanover, from the Muscles Yankee mare I Wanted Wings, Sutton has compiled $328,806 in earnings over 20 starts for trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jason & Douglas Allen. Exiting a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, Lagerfeld, by Yankee Glide from the Yankee Paco mare Southern Senorita, starts from post two. The Jimmy Takter trainee has struggled with gait issues most of the season, breaking in a $153,250 Stanley Dancer Memorial division and in the $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination. A winner of six in 26 starts, he has earned $602,603 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman. Bar Hopping, who was sent off as the even-money favorite in the Hambletonian, races in the other trotting colt division. Off a 1:53.1 victory in the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic, the Jimmy Takter trained son of Muscle Hill, from the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, starts from post three. Winning six of 22 starts, he has earned $808,188 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach will battle again when they race in the first Bluegrass division for pacing fillies. Exiting the $143,640 Jugette, Pure Country finished fourth in the final, while Darlinonthebeach scratched after finishing fifth in the first heat. Pure Country, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, has won 17 of 26 starts and earned $1,578,448 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. She'll race from post two. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, neighbors Pure Country from post three. A winner of 10 of 26 starts, she has earned $739,823 for owner White Birch Farm. Call Me Queen Be highlights the other pacing filly split. Finishing second as the 1-2 favorite after setting the pace in the Jugette Final, she draws post three. Defeating Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach in both the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and the first heat of the Jugette, they filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl has nine wins to her credit out of 25 starts, earning $752,384 for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr Dana Parham.   American Passport, who emerged into the stakes spotlight after winning a division of the International Stallion Stakes last fall, returns to The Red Mile. Drawing post four, he exits a ninth-place finish in the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy. Winning five of 24 starts, he has earned $283,691 for owners Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, Riverview Racing, and Jody Siamis.   The second Bluegrass division for pacing colts features Western Fame, who won at 10-1 in a $92,320 Little Brown Jug elimination. Drawing post six, the Western Ideal colt from the Artiscape mare Shyaway has won four of 21 starts, earning $287,006 for owner Brittany Farms and trainer Jimmy Takter.   Another Jug finalist, Big Top Hanover, starts from post two. Going off stride before the start, he finished sixth. A winner of five in 33 starts, the colt by Western Ideal from the Art Major mare Blind Ambition has earned $625,612 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jt 45 and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke.   The final Bluegrass division attracts Dr J Hanover, who enters off a third-place effort in the Little Brown Jug. Starting from post five, Tony Alagna trains the gelding by Somebeachsomwhere, out of the Western Ideal mare So Perfect. He has won eight of 15 starts, amassing $289,149 in earnings for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, John Cancelliere, and Dr J Partners.   Manhattan Beach, who finished fifth in the Little Brown Jug, races from post two. By Somebeachsomewhere from the Badlands Hanover mare Benear, the Ron Burke trainee has won five of 27 starts, which includes an elimination for the Adios Pace. Also finishing second in the $320,000 Cane Pace, he has earned $381,492 for owners Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers.   Sunday's 14-race card is set to start at 1:00pm, which will be the post time for the remaining dates in the Grand Circuit meet.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- The Saturday, October 1st harness racing program at The Red Mile will feature four divisions of the $294,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old pacing fillies and five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Idyllic Beach draws into the opening division of the Bluegrass for pacing fillies. Racing from post five, the filly by Somebeachsomewhere, from the American Ideal mare Idyllic, enters off a 1:52.2 performance at Hoosier Park as the 1-5 favorite in the $246,000 Kentuckiana Pace. Owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and Marvin Katz, and trained by Jimmy Takter, she has won six of eight starts this season, earning $449,132. Noel Daley sends Jenny's Terror in the second division. By Western Terror from the Beach Towel mare Beach Jenny, Jenny's Terror enters off two wins in Kindergarten Classic preliminaries, winning recently in 1:53.4 at 3-2. Owned by The Ok Corral, she has earned $12,800 over five starts this year, and will start from post two. Ella Christina also starts in the second division. Racing from post five, the Nancy Johansson-trainee enters off a 1:54.3 win at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in a $49,200 division of the Standardbred Stakes. Also owned by Nancy Johansson, the daughter of Western Ideal, from the Artiscape mare Arthroscopic, has won two of seven starts, earning $48,067. Division three gathers She's A Great Lady finalists Happy Hannah, That's The Ticket, and Awash. Recently winning a conditioned race at Mohawk Racetrack as the 1-5 favorite, Happy Hannah, by Well Said from the Village Jolt mare Hallie Gallie, will make her eighth start of the season. She has earned $54,479 over seven starts for owners Stan Klemencic, Hudson Standardbred Inc., and Hutt Racing Stable and trainer Mark Steacy. She races from post one. That's The Ticket, who upset her She's A Great Lady elimination in 1:52 at 58-1, starts from post three. By Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Art Account, the Chris Ryder trainee enters off a seventh-place effort at Mohawk in an $81,671 division of the Champlain. She has one win in eight starts this year, amassing $42,681 in earnings for owners Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. Awash, entering off a third-place effort at Hoosier Park in the Kentuckiana Stakes, will start from post five. Winning one race in eight starts, she has earned $91,503 this season for owner Bradley Grant. Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, from the Jereme's Jet mare Apogee Hanover. The final pacing filly split features Everyones Watching. Trained by Tony Alagna, the daughter of Artiscape, from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Burnett Blue Chip, enters off a 1:52.4 win at Mohawk in an $80,516 division of the Champlain Stakes. With that being her lone win in six outings this year, she has earned $79,941 for owners Riverview Racing, Deo Volente Farms, Crawford Farms Racing, and Steven Wienick. Kicking off the Bluegrass splits for pacing colts and geldings is a matchup between Huntsville, Ocean Colony, and Fear The Dragon. Huntsville, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, has finished better than second in every start this season. He enters off a win in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, where he bested Fear The Dragon in 1:51.1. Earning $227,484 over six starts this season, Huntsville will race from post three for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker along with partners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold. Fear The Dragon, a son of Dragon Again from the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, races from post seven. Trained by Brian Brown, he has finished better than third in every outing this season. He enters off a 1:50.4 win at Hoosier Park as the even-money favorite in the $140,000 Elevation Pace. Winning five of nine starts this year, he has earned $212,016 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. Jimmy Takter trains Ocean Colony, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare Amora Hanover. He finished second to Fear The Dragon in the Elevation Stakes and was fifth as the even-money favorite in the $508,970 Metro Pace final. Earning $91,383 over seven starts this year, Ocean Colony will race from post six for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. Division two features Windsong Napoleon, who won a $30,800 Metro Pace elimination in 1:51.3 going wire to wire at 54-1. Finishing ninth in the final, the Carl Jamieson trainee rebounded to finish third in an $81,215 division of the Champlain Stakes. By Art Major from the Precious Bunny mare Bunny Dearest, he has won three out of ten starts this year, earning $70,635 for owners Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, and Douglas Good. He starts from post four. Rivaling Windsong Napoleon is Odds On Delray, who failed to make the Metro Pace final following a break at the start in his elimination. Going on to win the $38,500 consolation in 1:51.2, he has since finished third in a division of the Champlain Stakes and in the Elevation Stakes. Winning three times in eight starts, the son of Somebeachsomewhere, from the Dragon Again mare My Little Dragon, has earned $62,095 this season for owner Odds On Racing. Trained by Tony Alagna, Odds On Delray starts from post two. Tony Alagna sends Western Hill in the third division. Starting from post one, the Western Ideal colt from the Art Major mare Cosmo Blue Chip enters off a 1:54.3 qualifier at The Red Mile, as well as a 1:53 effort to win the $40,000 Stallion Series final at Pocono Downs. Owned by Tom Hill, he has won four of five starts this season, compiling $49,750 in earnings. Starting from post three in the third division is Blood Line. Sent off the favorite in his Metro Pace elimination, he went on to finish tenth in the final. Following that performance finishing second in a division of the Champlain and fifth in the Elevation, the Jimmy Takter trainee will go for his second win of the season. He has earned $69,687 over seven starts this season for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside highlights the fourth division. Exiting a 1:50 performance at the Delaware County Fairgrounds to win a $34,500 division of the Standardbred Stakes, the Brian Brown trainee will start from post seven. Winning four of eight starts this year, the Somebeachsomewhere colt from the Allamerican Native mare Sprig Hanover has earned $173,956 this season for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo. Against him from post one is Machiavelli, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare So Perfect. Finishing third and second respectively in his recent performances in the Kindergarten Classic preliminaries, he will try for his second win of the season. Trained by Joe Holloway, he has earned $16,622 this season for owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, and Rojan Stables. The final division features Miso Fast, by Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Sakura Hanover. Entering off a second-place finish at Yonkers Raceway in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, the Ron Burke trainee will start from post two. He has won five of eight starts this year, earning $174,231 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables. Brian Brown sends Mcthriller from post one. He enters off a six-length victory in 1:53.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in the $35,325 Ohio Breeders Championship, where he trailed the field by 13 lengths at the quarter. A winner of four in seven starts this season, he has earned $88,662 for owners Nr Holdings LLC, T L P Stable, and Howard Taylor. First race post for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen trotting fillies will race in the spotlight on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile, with five divisions of the $298,000 Bluegrass Stakes scheduled for the nine-race harness racing program. The first division draws six fillies. Chezatter, by Explosive Matter from the Malabar Man mare Chez Lucie, will start from post three for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Making her eighth start this season, she has already compiled $134,325 in earnings, including three wins, two seconds and one third. Her lone off-the-board finish was in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, where she broke at the start.   Chezatter's competition includes Princess Aurora, a Jimmy Takter-trainee exiting a 1:54.4 win in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Consolation, and Evelyn, entering off wins in a $29,190 Reynolds division and a conditioned race at Pocono Downs. They race from posts four and five respectively.   Division two attracts Grandma's Moni, by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare All Our Moni. Racing for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci, she will try to rebound off of breaks in a $23,100 Peaceful Way elimination and in her most recent qualifier. She'll start from post five.   French Press, also in division two, will make her tenth start of the season. Winless, she enters off a second-place finish in a $27,747 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. She has earned $27,274 this year for owner Black Horse Racing and trainer Nancy Johnansson. She'll race from post two.   Meeting up in the third division are That's All Moni, Can't I, and Hillarmbro. That's All Moni, a Jimmy Takter-trainee by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, recently finished second at Mohawk Racetrack in the $275,880 Peaceful Way Stakes. She has won three times in seven outings, earning $173,523 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. She'll start from post two.   Can't I, a Bob Stewart-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Buck I St Pat, has won four times in six starts and finished second twice. Amassing $205,752 in earnings for owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and Ron Fuller, she enters off a second-place finish at Hoosier Park in the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stakes. She races from post four.   Hillarmbro, a Trond Smedshammer-trainee by Muscle Hill out of the Dream Vacation mare Armbro Emma, ships from the Meadowlands, where she won three-races straight, including two preliminaries of the Kindergarten Classic. With three wins out of five starts, she has earned $17,050 for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She'll race from post six.   The fourth division lines seven trotting fillies behind the gate. Both Broadway Idole, starting from post two, and Heels On Wheels, racing from post four, exit Sires Stakes finals. Broadway Idole, by Broadway Hall from the Promising Catch mare Idole Normand, enters from a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, while Heels On Wheels ships in from a third-place effort in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final.   Broadway Idole races for owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell, and has earned $97,279 in eight starts this season. Heels On Wheels, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke, has earned $98,250 in nine starts.   Rounding out the program is the fifth division. Racing from post four is Fine Tuned Lady, by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Poster Princess. Owned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, the John Butenschoen-trainee has not finished worse than second in eight starts this year. She has earned $326,340 and enters the Bluegrass off wins in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and Kentuckiana Stakes.   First race post for the Friday, September 30 program is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile            

LEXINGTON, KY-- The annual Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile commences on Thursday, September 29 with six divisions of the $334,500 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Race four gathers six trotters for the first division. Long Tom, a Muscle Hill colt from the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia, starts from post one for owner Amg Stable Oy and trainer Marcus Melander. He enters off a lifetime-best 1:56.1 effort in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands.   Stormy Kromer also enters off a lifetime-best performance, drawing post six after a 1:58.4 win from first over as the favorite in the $37,547 Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fair. He's owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Wrenn Racing LLC, and Kales Co. LLC.   Division two features another field of six. Signal Hill, who finished seventh in the $266,000 William Wellwood final after a runner up finish in his elimination, competes against Moonshiner Hanover, who finished second in both the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $32,050 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair.   Moonshiner Hanover will start from post two for owner-trainer Christopher Beaver along with partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. Signal Hill races from post five for owners Brittany Farms, David Mc Duffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella.   International Moni headlines the third division, attempting to obtain the first win of his career. He ships in off a third-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial along with Mountain Of Love, who finished eighth following a break at the start. Winless in six starts, International Moni, by Love You out of Moni Maker, has amassed $43,165 in earnings for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci.   The fourth division collects seven trotters. Julie Miller sends Fly On from, by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher, from post four for his tenth start this season. Winning five of his nine starts and finishing third in his other four starts, he has earned $60,622 this season for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stables and Gaitway Stable.   Opposing Fly On is Lars Perry for trainer Jimmy Takter, entering off a break as the 8-5 favorite in a $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair. He'll race from post seven in pursuit of his first win of the season. He races for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Mellby Gard, and Hatfield Stables.   Division five features Peter Haughton champion What The Hill. Sent off the 9-5 favorite in the William Wellwood Memorial, he broke into the last turn, finishing sixth. Winning three of eight starts this season, he has compiled $236,378 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms.   What The Hill races from post six against New Jersey Viking, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee who has won three of six starts this year including a $55,780 division of the Reynolds at Tioga Downs and the $29,000 Harold Dancer Memorial, as well as Muscles Jared, a George Ducharme-trained son of Muscle Massive who has won four of seven starts this year and exits the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship off a fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite. New Jersey Viking and Muscles Jared start from posts four and two respectively.   Capping the card and Bluegrass splits is a field of seven highlighted by the Jimmy Takter-trainee King On The Hill. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Viking Kronos mare Lantern Kronos enters from a fourth-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial. Earning $86,963 over nine starts this year and two wins, coming in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and a preliminary for the Kindergarten, King On The Hill will start from post one for owners Christina Takter, Goran Falk, Goran Andberg, and Hatfield Stables.   Thursday's program is the first of four Grand Circuit cards this week. Friday's card, September 30, will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. The program on Saturday, October 1 will include divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, and Sunday's card will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for three-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits.   First race post for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday's cards is 7:00pm. Sunday's card begins the matinee post time of 1:00pm, which will carry through the remainder of the meeting.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) - Harness racing owners selling Kentucky-bred yearlings this fall have a distinct advantage: increased purses and opportunities to race in multiple jurisdictions’ sire stakes programs. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s (KHRC) Sire Stakes Advisory Panel recommends increased purses for the 2017 Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) and Kentucky county fair circuit.  2017 will be the first year that two-year-olds that were bred under the new lucrative dual eligibility program will race.  Under the new program, resulting foals will be eligible not only for the KYSS program, but also other state programs as well. The KHRC is expected to approve the new purse structures before the end of the year. “It was great to receive input from the harness racing community as a whole.   Everyone was engaged in this process and we are all looking forward to a successful 2017 racing season,” said Advisory Panel Chairman Kenneth A. Jackson. The dual eligibility program began with the 2014 breeding season. Horses are eligible to the KYSS if the horse is out of a mare, even if sired by an out-of-state stallion that resided in Kentucky during the year of conception for 180 consecutive days or by a stallion that stood in Kentucky for that breeding season.   The resulting foals will be eligible for nomination to the KYSS.  In addition to the change in eligibility, the funding has increased largely due to the pari-mutuel tax on historical horse racing, which is now offered at The Red Mile. 2017 two-year-old KYSS Purse Structure: ·        All purses guaranteed ·        Three legs -- $30,000 per race ·        Final -- $250,000  The Advisory Panel also approved funding of up to $250,000 to the Kentucky County Fair Circuit to be used for purses at the seven county fairs and the finals which take place in late July at The Red Mile in Lexington.  Two-year-olds racing in the fairs must meet the same Kentucky-bred requirements as the KYSS.  Kentucky County Fairs Purse Structure ·        $5,000 per fair race, regardless if it splits and a $15,000 final for each two-year-old division. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is a culmination of a month-long series of preliminary races, with the biggest money earners getting a chance to compete in one of the richest finals in North America. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is funded by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund (KSDF) and the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KSBIF). Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

The Red Mile played host to the $1.4 million Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) Super Night on Sunday, and seven different stallions were represented in the eight $175,000 finals for harness racing 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sexes. There were two repeat winners from a year ago as 3-year-olds Barryscourt and Lakeisha Hall were able to successfully defend their titles. Both sent off the betting favorite in their respective races, Barryscourt won the KYSS final for male trotters with a 1:56.2 effort, while Lakeisha Hall captured the KYSS final for filly pacers in 1:54.2. Barryscourt got away third with driver Josh Sutton, who waited until the final turn to tip the daughter of Northern Kid to the outside. Barryscourt took control from leader Con Air Hall turning for home and drew clear to a two-length victory over his rival. Fetchit was third for John Cummings Jr. Bred by Peninsula Farm, Barryscourt is owned by trainer Bobby Brower in partnership with Mystical Marker Farms, Victory Hill Farm and Benjamin Graber. The win was Barryscourt's third in a row in four starts this year, bringing his seasonal earnings to $93,004. Dave Palone was parked early with Lakeisha Hall before finding a spot on the rail as Ronnie Wrenn Jr. protected the lead with Bellatricks, but he was able to angle his way off the pylons in the last turn to rally to a 1:54.2 victory, edging past the leader nearing the wire. Tawni Hall was third for Trace Tetrick. Bred by Walnut Hall Ltd., the winning daughter of Third Straight is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A winner of four in a row, Lakeisha Hall now has seasonal earnings of $124,925. In the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers, second-choice Cracker Cam and driver Tetrick edged favorite Best To Hurst and Tyler Smith by a head in 1:52.4. Finishing third was the Chris Page-driven Thirdstraight Shot. Cracker Cam led at every call as he was able to hold off the late rally by Best To Hurst. A gelded son of Cambest, Cracker Cam was bred by Russell Peavyhouse and owned by Peavyhouse Stables. Bill Cottongim trains Cracker Cam, who posted a career-best effort in the KYSS final. The win was his second in 10 starts this year, pushing his earnings to $102,620. Driver Wrenn, celebrating his 30th birthday on Sunday, directed Cash In My Genes to a 1:57.4 victory in the KYSS final for sophomore filly trotters. Wrenn got away fourth with Cash In My Genes but moved his charge to the front before half and never looked back, scoring by two lengths as the 2-5 favorite over 71-1 longshot Dazzling Rose and Jimmy Stiltner II. Cash In My Genes' stablemate, Golden Genes Cash, was third for Mickey Pryor. A homebred of The Broken Brokers, Cash In My Genes is a daughter of Groton Hall trained by Lee Newcomer. The win was her fourth of the year in 11 starts, increasing his earnings to $100,800. In the 2-year-old finals, Sheas Victory sprung a 40-1 shocker in the race for filly trotters. Taking full advantage of a break at the start by 1-9 favorite Mystic Stella, who had easily won the opening two legs of the KYSS, Sheas Victory got up at the wire for driver Pryor to win by a head over the Smith-driven Cassandra As by a head in 2:01.2, with Almondy As third for driver Page. Sheas Victory had finished fourth to Mystic Stella in the opening two legs, but she was able to post a career-best effort on Sunday while besting the favorite by 1 ½ lengths. Bred by Diane Dotson, owned by Candra Foley and trained by Russell Newman, Sheas Victory is a daughter of Bet I Strike. There was also a big surprise in the final for 2-year-old male trotters as overwhelming favorite He's On A Mission and driver Charlie Conrad had to settle for second behind the 10-1 Starlight As and driver Smith in 2:02. Stanford was third for Cummings. One week after finishing 34¼ lengths behind He's On A Mission in leg two, Starlight As broke his maiden in his third career attempt. A son of Allstar Hall, Starlight As is owned by breeder ACL Stuteri Ab in partnership with Kjell Johansson. Anette Lorentzon is the trainer. In The Dark and driver Tetrick won the KYSS final for freshman filly pacers in 1:55.1. The daughter of Cambest bested runner-up Al-mar-got A Fever and driver Page by one length, with Peekaboo Love and Kayne Kauffman third. Jack Gray Jr. trains the winning daughter of Cambest for owner Jim Avritt. Bred by Steve Stewart and Rick Rader, In The Dark is now a four-time winner in 2016, with earnings of $101,150. V Power moved from third to first in the stretch to win the KYSS final for first-year male trotters in 1:55.4. Al Eferstein drove V Power, who bested Mt. Sterling Mafia and Cummings by 2¾ lengths. Kirsch was third for Tom Jackson. V Power is a homebred daughter of Prince Chablis for trainer Donna Gilson-Eferstein. The win was the fifth of the year in eight starts for V Power, increasing his earnings to $104,,930. (KYSS) Kentucky Sires Stakes

The Red Mile hosts Kentucky Super Night on Sunday, Aug. 21, with total purses of $1.4 million offered. The harness racing program features eight Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 -and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes, with each contest worth $175,000. The historic racetrack in Lexington will soon mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its new gaming parlor that houses 902 Historical Racing machines as well as a remodeled simulcasting area. Last year's Kentucky Super Night was dominated by winning favorites and with two preliminary rounds are already in the books and several dominating performances, it could lead to a repeat night of bettors' choices reaching the winner's circle. There was no more dominant a winner in the early rounds than He's On A Mission, who looks to be an overwhelming favorite to capture the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Driven by Charlie Conrad for trainer and co-owner Stacey Ruddick, the son of Groton Hall has cakewalked to two victories, scoring by six lengths in round one and then romping to an 18½ length score in round two. He's On A Mission starts from the outside post 6 in Race 12. Favored in the five-horse final for 2-year-old filly trotters is Mystic Stella, who had no problems in her first two KYSS starts with wins by 6¾ and 9¼ lengths, respectively. Tom Jackson drives the daughter of Groton Hall for trainer Pete Foley from post 4 in Race 3. Prelim winners In The Dark (Cambest) and Al-Mar-Got A Fever (Third Straight) are favored in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers (Race 6), while Kirsch (Cambest) and V Power (Prince Chablis) appear the ones to beat in the KYSS final for 2-year-old male pacers (Race 4). A trio of 3 year olds are back to defend their KYSS titles of a year ago. The group includes Erica America (Northern Kid), who starts from post 1 in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly trotters (Race 2) after finishing 5p8 and second in her preliminaries. Erica America will take on the likes of leg winners Cash In My Genes (Groton Hall) and Sea Shore (Tsunami Ranger). After two impressive victories in the opening two rounds, Barryscourt looks primed to defend his title in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. The son of Northern Kid will be driven by Josh Sutton for trainer Bobby Brower in Race 7. Lakeisha Hall, who is also two-for-two in the early legs, is the likely favorite in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers (Race 11) starting from post 5, but the Dave Palone-driven, Ron Burke-trained daughter of Third Straight will have to contend with two-time runner-up Bellatricks (Third Straight) who starts from post 1 for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. A new divisional champ is sure to be crowned in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers, with the contenders headed by Best To Hurst (Cambest) and Cracker Cam (Cambest), who traded one-two finishes in the first two legs. Post time for the first race on Sunday is 7 p.m. (EDT) and admission is free. The Red Mile will also offer a Pick 4 on races 7-10, with a $10,000 guaranteed pool. Kentucky Sires Stakes  

Lexington, KY --- On Sunday (Aug. 14) evening, eight $15,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes events were contested at Red Mile. With divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits, these races were the second preliminary leg of the series which culminates in lucrative harness racing finals worth a total of $1.4 million on Sunday (Aug. 21.). Although there were some familiar faces in the field, such as defending champions Barryscourt and Lakeisha Hall, as well as last year’s runner-up in the freshman final, Cracker Cam, there were two youngsters that stole this evening’s show that could very well develop into future stars in He’s On A Mission and Mystic Stella. He’s On A Mission, a son of Groton Hall-Lisas Mission kicked off the card, which was held over a surface that absorbed a considerable amount of rain earlier in the day, with a facile triumph in 2:02.1 for pilot Charlie Conrad and conditioner Stacey Ruddick. Co-owned by Ruddick and Denise Dennis, the 2-year-old trotting gelding went straight to the lead and was never threatened by his four other rivals in what was a rather leisurely journey over the red clay oval. The prohibitive 1-9 favorite captured his second consecutive victory and the second win of his young career in his fourth start, all of which have been in Lexington. Stanford (Master Glide-Fortuna) and Father Julio (Tequila Spur-Cherry Tree Sara) were second and third. It cannot be denied He’s On A Mission won with considerable ease, but Mystic Stellar served notice she could be a superstar in the making. The daughter of Groton Hall-Mia Stellina trotted immediately to the lead in the fourth race and nearly dragged reinsman Tom Jackson out of the bike with her willingness to separate herself from the rest of the field. Before she even hit the first turn she was more than five lengths in front and after the first quarter-mile clock lit up with her fractional time of :27.3 Mystic Stella was already 14 lengths ahead of her rivals. Without any encouragement from her driver, the filly continued to pour it on and although her final margin of victory was 9-1/4 lengths she was wrapped up through the stretch. Trained by Peter Foley and owned by All Star Racing, Mystic Stella trotted her mile in 1:57.4, a new lifetime mark and was the 1-9 public selection. This win, the second of her career, now sets her record at 4-2-1-0 and as track announcer Gabe Prewitt said, “It is like this filly is on another planet.” Cassandra As (Allstar Hall-Cassie Aas and Almondy As (Allstar Hall-Marabou As) were second and third. The 2-year-old colt and filly pace winners were V Power (Prince Chablis-Tm’s Go Go Scooter) and Al-mar-got-A Fever (Third Straight-Cheatin’ Hall). Both winners came from off the pace after turning for home to secure their spots in next week’s final with V Power being sent to post at odds of 14-1, while his filly counterpart was 3-2. In the sophomore events, both defending champions completed their task to add another Kentucky title to their resumes. Barryscourt (Northern Kid-Katie Hall), owned by Mystical Marker Farms, Benjamin Graber, Bobby Brower and Victory Hill Farm, powered home to hit the wire in 1:55.3. Conditioned by Brower and steered by Josh Sutton, the trotting gelding appears to be poised to capture next week’s race, as the time Sunday night was a new speed standard and the trotter’s second win, to go along with a third, from three starts in 2016. Con Air Hall and Fetchit were second and third. Lakeisha Hall did not allow Barryscourt to be the sole champion from last year to cruise into the finials. The daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, battled to the wire in the eighth race to just hold off Bellatricks by a head in 1:53.3, equaling her lifetime best. Moonshine Bliss was third. Guided by Dave Palone, Lakeisha Hall will enter the $175,000 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a lifetime record of 12-8-2-0 and paced her swiftest mile last year in this very series. The biggest surprise of the night was when Sea Shore won her contest for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Tsunami Ranger-Baywatch, who is owned by Benjamin Graber and Bobby Brower, pressured favorite Barrys Gift nearly three-quarters of the journey to the finish line and then strode home with purpose to clearly prove the best over Erica America and Golden Genes Cash. With Brower picking up the lines in addition to his training duties, Sea Shore’s win in the second race was the first in her four-race career. For that reason, she was sent off at 33-1 odds and paid $69.20 to win. Cracker Cam was the exact opposite of Sea Shore in the 3-year-old colt pacing event as he was expected to win. The son of Cambest-Nasty As Can Be, who is owned by Peavyhouse Stables and trained by Bill Cottongim was the heavy favorite in race six. He was the public selection to take the championship last year and just missed. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Cracker Cam enjoyed a perfect pocket trip, slingshot to the lead at the top of the stretch and was well within himself all the way to the wire. The final time of 1:53.2 was a new career best. Best To Hurst and Thirdstraight Shot were second and third. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

LEXINGTON, KY-- Yannick Gingras made his move with the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman into the far turn, powering by Crazy Wow under a hand drive to win the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.2 on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.   The first quarter was set by The Bank, going :27 with Crazy Wow in the pocket and Pinkman tracking in third. Crazy Wow circled by The Bank and set a :54 half before Pinkman was given his marching orders from third, French Laundry on his back. He came alongside Crazy Wow through a 1:23 third quarter before edging to the lead at the top of the stretch. French Laundry angled to the inside for room, while Crescent Fashion and Muscle Diamond stormed from the back into the minor positions. With the reins in the air, Yannick Gingras sat still in the sulky as Pinkman crossed the wire in 1:51.2 over Crescent Fashion, French Laundry, and Muscle Diamond.   A winner of 17 in 23 starts lifetime and earnings of over $2,250,000, Pinkman, the Explosive Matter gelding out of the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster returned $6.20 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman.   "He surely is game," Yannick Gingras said. "He puts in a one-hundred percent effort, even at Yonkers [in the Yonkers Trot]; he didn't like the track, but it wasn't like he wasn't trying. He's a winner and he wants to get it done."   "I've thanked them [the owners] many times on that," Gingras also said regarding his continuation in the position as regular driver on Pinkman. "That's something you don't see very often, probably never really, that somebody wins the Hambletonian and then he puts the driver back on the horse that won it. I'm very thankful."   "He's just a fantastic horse," Jimmy Takter said. "I'm so proud of him."   "I've got great staff and good people behind me," Takter also said regarding driving in the Filly Futurity and the Kentucky Futurity, as well as training four in the Filly Futurity and five in the Futurity. "I've got great owners, and they make it a heck of a lot easier."   "That's his next stop," Takter also said regarding the Breeders Crown.     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile      

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