Muscle Hill, Muscles Yankee's greatest son and the 2009 USA Horse of the Year, has made a spectacular start to his siring career. In his first season he left 81 foals, and of these he had 56 to the races half-way through their three-year-old season, and 40 were winners with 33 in 2:00 and 10 in 1:55. Last year's leading first-season sire, Muscle Hill's progeny has earned $2.24-million in stakes so far. Muscle Hill's first crop includes the richest and fastest three-year-old trotting colt in North America this year in Trixton (1:51.4) and the fastest three-year-old trotting filly, Heaven's Door (1:52). Trixton, who has won four of his five starts, and Heaven's Door, won their respective $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals at The Meadowlands last month, with the former equalling the race record in a 6-1/2 lengths romp and the latter setting a new race mark. In fact, Muscle Hill sired the trifecta in the New Jersey SS colts and geldings' Final. Another of Muscles Hill's first crop, Fastdownthehill, captured a division of the time-honoured Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway at its first start in 2014, while Odds On Amethyst, one of Muscle Hill's six $100,000 winners, won at The Meadowlands recently in 1:53.4, handing Trixton his sole defeat this year. Saturday Mornings, a two-year-old Muscle Hill filly, won at The Meadowlands qualifiers recently in 2:00.2 including a 28.4 seconds closing quarter. Muscle Hill's frozen semen in Australia and New Zealand is available from Stallions Australasia representatives Peter O'Rourke, David Shammall, Greg Ryan and Daren and Gayle Garrard. For further information log onto the website www.stallionsaustralasia.com. From Stallions Australasia
MANALAPAN, NJ - May 31, 2014 - Trotters Trixton and Heaven's Door, and pacers Doo Wop Hanover and Act Now captured the quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds, the featured events on Jerseyfest night, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Meadowlands. Even in a field of five, drawing the rail was the key to victory for 9/5 second choice Doo Wop Hanover in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the second race on card. John Campbell sent Doo Wop Hanover [$5.80] to the lead on the backstretch, relinquished the front to 2/5 favorite Western Vintage as they passed the half and drafted until they straightened out in the homestretch. Doo Wop Hanover, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, outsprinted Western Vintage [Western Ideal] to the wire in a lifetime best of 1:50 flat. The margin of victory was one-length. Beat The Drum [Tell All] was third by two lengths. There was no show wagering. "I think the difference was drawing the rail and getting away good, not using him hard," said Campbell. "I was able to follow Western Vintage into the lane. We beat a very good colt in Western Vintage. I think this colt earned the right to go to Toronto for the North America Cup." Trained by Steve Elliott, Doo Wop Hanover now has two wins and one second in three starts this year. The $52,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase has finished in-the-money in nine of 15 career starts, banking $137,013 for the partnership of Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, FL; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, RI. Trixton's six and a half-length victory was no surprise in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the third race. The 1/5 favorite romped with a 26.4 final quarter, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, matching the stakes record set by Manofmanymissions in 2011 and equaled by Smilin Eli in 2013. "He is so nice, a real pleasure to drive," said winning driver-trainer Jimmy Takter. "He's a [perfect] 10 in every category." Takter moved the Muscle Hill colt to the lead on the backstretch and opened up ground in the final eighth of a mile, leaving it to Martiniwithmuscle to edge out Lightning Force, both by Muscle Hill, for minor spoils. Takter indicated that Trixton [$2.40] would be heading to the Goodtimes in Ontario and not likely to meet his other two trotting standouts, Father Patrick and Nuncio, until the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 12 at the Meadowlands. Trixton, a $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, picked up his third straight win in four starts this year and now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 12 tries. He has now earned $144,583 for the partnership of Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. Last week, Heaven's Door was disqualified when she raced inside three pylons in the stretch. This week, the daughter of Muscle Hill was straight and true to the wire, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, the fourth race, in a stakes record 1:52 flat. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt guided the filly to a length and a half victory over Lady Suffolk winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee]. My Inspiration [Chocolatier] was third by six and a quarter lengths. Heaven's Door [$10.40] scored a wire-to-wire tally, picking up her first victory in her seventh career start and doubling her lifetime earnings to $100,255 for Mellby Gard Inc of Vero Beach, FL. Bred in Sweden by Winwintrotting AB, she was a $90,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. The 1:52 clocking eclipsed the 1:52.4 stakes record established by Passionate Glide in 2006. Tim Tetrick tested Act Now early and pushed her to the lead with a 26.4 first quarter and 54.3 half and extended that advantage in the stretch to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race, in 1:49.3. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Act Now, a daughter of Western Ideal, paid $4.20, finishing two lengths ahead of Sayitall BB [Tell All]. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four and three-quarter lengths. Act Now, a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Nikolas Drennan, posted her second straight win in her third start of the year. She now has five wins, one second and two thirds in 12 lifetime outings. She has banked $256,559 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Patrick O'Brien of New Hyde Park, NY. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ
MANALAPAN, NJ - May 23, 2014 - The truth is the weather was frightful, causing a 90 minute delay prior to the second race, but heavy showers did not deter 8/5 favorite Speak The Truth, who won the first of three second-round divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on Friday night, May 23, 2014 at the Meadowlands. Tim Tetrick, who piloted Speak The Truth, also won the third division, the 11th race, with 1-9 favorite Odds On Amethyst in a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for three-year-old trotting geldings of 1:53.4. Speak The Truth, a son of Muscle Hill-Tady's Comer, won his 2014 debut with a mile in 1:54.3 on a sloppy track, finishing two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dexter Cup winner Sumatra [Muscles Yankee] with Skates N Plates [Revenue] in third by three and a quarter lengths. The third-race co-feature for colts and geldings carried a purse of $21,500. The team behind trotting stars Market Share and Chapter Seven - driver Tetrick, trainer Linda Toscano and owner Richard Gutnick - were back in the winner's circle with Speak The Truth [$5.20], who had two wins and one second in his five starts at two. Speak The Truth sat fifth most of the race, was sent after the lead on the turn for home and tipped out four-wide in the stretch. A $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, Speak The Truth has earned $24,750. The half-brother to millionaire Hez Striking is eligible to the Hambletonian. Tetrick picked up his third driving tally of the night with Odds On Amethyst [Muscle Hill- Mystical Sunshine] in the $21,000 second colts and geldings division. Odds On Amethyst [$2.20] took the lead on the first turn and held on through fractions of 28, 56.2 and 1:25.2, where he opened up distance between himself and the pocket-sitting Resolve [Muscle Hill], who closed ground near the wire to narrow the margin to three-quarters of a length. King City [Muscle Hill] was third. Odds On Amethyst, also Hambletonian-eligible, trained by Chris Ryder, crossed the wire in 1:53.4, eclipsing the New Jersey Sire Stakes three-year-old trotting gelding record of 1:54.1 set by Green Day in 2007. It was Odds On Amethyst's second win in three starts this year and improved his record to four wins and two seconds in 13 career starts, banking $108,248 for Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA. In the $40,000 division for fillies, carded as the fifth race, winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee - Embeecee] posted a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 with driver Marcus Miller at the lines. The Julie Miller trainee, winner of the Lady Suffolk on May 2 at Freehold, chased 8/5 favorite Heaven's Door [Muscle Hill] into the stretch, getting up for a two and a half length victory over My Inspiration [Chocolatier], who nipped Heaven's Door for second place. Heaven's Door, driven by Ake Svanstedt, was third across the wire but was placed last by the judges for racing inside three pylons in the stretch, moving Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee] into third place. Cee Bee Yes, a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at two. She now has six wins, three seconds and two thirds from 14 career starts and has banked $237,057 for the ownership of Jason Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ. A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, fillies and colts, will be contested on May 31. Another Hambletonian eligible trotter earned a victory on tonight's card as Mister B's Way scored in 1:54.3 in a non-winners of 2 event despite being parked out to the half mile pole for driver Ron Pierce. The brother to Win Missy B and Winning Mister is a homebred for Robert Key. In the finale, the impressive Sandbetweenurtoes made it a perfect two for two on the season, scoring a decisive win in a very sharp 1:50.3, easily the fastest mile of the night. Rebuffed to the half-mile pole, Brett Miller guided is filly from the pocket to soar right past Up Front Elizabeth who cut sharp fractions of 26.4, 54 and 1:22 before finishing second to the odds-on favorite. Sandbetweenurtoes is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Saturday program features the second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for three year old colt and filly pacers as well as the second leg of the TVG Free For All Pacing Championship. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ and Meadowlands Media Department
The Meadowlands qualifiers on Saturday, May 10 got underway on a fast track at 60 degrees under skies clearing from an overnight fog with minimal wind. Trotting fillies started the day and the fastest freshman trotter ever, Cooler Schooner, made her seasonal debut for John Campbell. She appeared composed as she set easy fractions then tacked a 27.2 quarter on the end of a mile in 1:56. Lady Suffolk division winner Fastdownthehill impressed, follwing the winner around the track then making a mild gain in the fast final panel on her own for Jim Marshall III. Race two same group, same time with My Inspiration from the Smedshammer barn with Yannick Gingras aboard winning from just off the fractions in 1:56 / 28- over Moonlight In Miami. The Green Hornuts paired up to win the third event for trotting colts with Gingras steering his namesake to the first successful mile of his career in 1:55.4 and looked good doing it. The royally bred Muscerene, by Muscle Hill from Queen Serene, unraced at two, looked terrific for Trond Smedshammer closing to be second. Father Patrick made his second qualifying start in the next race and he looked great. He sat comfortably behind Well Built through moderate numbers before stepping off under his own power through a 27.4 final quarter, mile in 1:53 flat for Yannick. Race five and a pair of Muscle Hill colts, Royal Ice and Speak The Truth, flashed some talent in this one. Royal Ice was the winner for Smeds in 1:56.1 / 27.4 with Speak The Truth closing in nicely late for Tim Tetrick. After a short break in the action, play resumed with the unbeaten Perfect Alliance taking a 1:52.3 tour of the oval, getting in a little leg stretching in anticipation of the first Miss Versatility on May 19 at Woodbine. Gingras was along for today's ride. Bee A Magician raced next and won comfortably in 1:55.3 / 27.4 after drafting along behind the classy Celebrity Secret (who is returning to the races after a six year absence) through dawdling fractions. She's getting there. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands
May 5, 2014 - While early on in the contest, Bob Zanakis led all the handicappers this week and easily rolled to the front in HANA Harness' 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Thanks to a net profit of $953.85 for the week and an overall profit of $827.35 for the first four legs of the contest, Zanakis' leads over Barndon Valvo as he drops back to second place with an overall profit of $695. Out of 15 handicappers, seven were in the black. Gordon Waterstone kicked off the weekend's activity with a $540 profit on the second division of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway with a $40 Exacta Wheel topped with 1-9 Cee Bee Yes and 35-1 long shot Pinking of You in the runner up spot. After that, it was the Bob Zanakis show. On Saturday, Zanakis earned $408 on the Dexter Cup by earning $275 with a $25 Exacta partial wheel and $162.15 on a $.50 Superfecta play. Sunday night, the debut of the Grand Circuit racing at Miami Valley Raceway once again found Zanakis in front with a $490.20 profit followed by Mark McKelvie ($390), Brandon Valvo ($375), and Garnet Barnsdale ($322). Barnsdale earned $442 on a $65 Trifecta partial wheel in the Miami Valley Distaff Trot while McKelvie earned a profit of $196 on the Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Pace and $194 on the Distaff trot. First week leader Valvo earned $375 by betting $250 to win on Shebestingin in the Skip Noble Memorial. The standings at the end of the fourth leg of the contest are: As of May 4, 2014 - Leg 4 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Bob Zanakis $953.85 $827.35 1st 0 2nd Brandon Valvo $330.00 $695.00 $132.35 2nd 0 3rd Gordon Waterstone $538.00 $325.00 $502.35 3rd 0 4th Mark McKelvie $244.00 $265.00 $562.35 9th 0 5th Derick Giwner $254.00 $142.00 $685.35 7th 0 6th Brian McEvoy $70.00 $107.50 $719.85 4th 0 7th Earl Paulson $217.50 $67.50 $759.85 8th 0 8th Sally Hinckley ($108.40) ($113.40) $940.75 6th 0 9th Rusty Nash ($503.00) ($160.00) $987.35 5th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($65.50) ($250.70) $1,078.05 10th 0 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($168.00) ($343.00) $1,170.35 14th 0 12th Ann Stepien ($413.00) ($385.00) $1,212.35 11th 0 13th Dennis O'Hara ($292.00) ($491.00) $1,318.35 13th 0 14th Ray Cotolo ($439.00) ($541.00) $1,368.35 12th 0 15th Josi Verlingieri ($529.00) ($779.00) $1,606.35 15th 0 Five grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day. The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out resumes on Saturday evening, May 10, at the Meadowlands for the 1st leg of the TVG/Meadowlands Early Closing series. by Allan Schott, for HANA
Last week was OK but nothing to write home about with some chalk coming in and the big guns in the Levy not being able to hold up. But this is a new week and plenty of racing action across North America with “Roarin” Grand Circuit action featuring the Dexter Cup Trot, Miami Valley, Meadowlands and a superb Van Rose Memorial Pace at Pocono Downs. The action takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Good Luck! $33,075 3YO Filly Trot The Lady Suffolk Freehold Raceway 3rd race FRIDAY – It may be a short field of just five fillies but they all show good trotting lines. I am going with Fastdowntheghill. This daughter of Muscle Hill is making her pari-mutuel debut, qualified with a win at age 2 and was turned out, and in her two recent qualifiers showed great speed and comes into this race off an impressive 1:58 score. Use Bella’s Spunkin and Suegrabbitnrun in exotice plays. $33,075 3YO Filly Trot The Lady Suffolk Freehold Raceway 9th race FRIDAY – Provided that Cee Bee Yes can handle a half mile track this filly showed great speed in her two qualifying races, the fastest a 1:56.2 win at the Meadowlands. Super well bred she won $198,000 last year and looms over this field as the class of the race. Use Mistresswithmuscle and Glams K in exotic plays. $30,000 FFA Trot Meadowlands 11th race FRIDAY – What a great matchup with only Modern Family missing from the lineup. I am going to take a shot with the old man of the race, Arch Madness. He made me look good twice last year, is coming off strong qualifying wins and in short field may work it out late to steal the show against some great competition. Use Servuga and the entry of Not Afraid/Uncle Peter in exotic plays. $115,370 3YO Trot The Dexter Cup Freehold Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – It’s the start of season leading towards the Hambletonian. Last week Sarcastic Man was able to overcome outside post at 12-1 and upset the field so what’s stopping them from doing it again. Owner Robert Key and driver Ron Pierce have won this race before from this far out and can do it again. Use Sumatra and King City in exotic plays. $47,253 Pace John Simpson Memorial Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – In his last start of the 2013 season, JK Endofanera won the $534,000 Governor Cup in impressive fashion and off his two very strong qualifying wins I think he is ready to cut loose for Ron Burke Stable. Use entry of Ideal Cowboy/Moliere Hanover and Allstar Partner in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Pace Woodbine 8th race SATURDAY – After two very sharp qualifying wins, State Treasurer returns for 2014 looking to be in prime shape. He closed out 2013 with a win before being turned out and can surprise this field despite having to make his seasonal debut from an outside post. Use Thinking Out Loud and In Commando in exotic plays. $50,000 Trot Van Rose Memorial Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – This is the class race of the weekend. Every single horse in this field could be made a case for if they win. Last year this division was the most exciting throughout the year and it is shaping up that way once again. I am going to go with Bandolito as last week he came first over after a slow half and was able to grind it out in a dramatic stretch drive finish. If he can get any live cover he has the ability to score once again. Dovuto Hanover and Dancin Yankee in exotic plays. $50,300 Pace Sam “Chip” Noble, III Memorial Miami Valley 8th race SUNDAY – What a befitting match-up in the inaugural honoring the great horsemen Chip Noble. Yagonnakissmeornot comes in as the top pacing mare in the country right now but I think that title will be short lived as I am going with Shebigstingin. World class mare is ready for action of her recent qualifiers and I am looking for her to cut loose with a big score. Use Yagonnakissmeornot and Jerseylicious in exotic plays. $60,000 Trot Miami Valley Distaff Miami Valley Raceway 9th race SUNDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of world champion trotting mare Maven and she looks prime and ready for action. She only beat Market Share in her last qualifier and looked good doing it. Class of the field will prevail once again. Use D’Orsay and Mistery Woman in exotic plays.
Fastdownthehill picked an ideal time to not only make her first harness racing pari-mutuel start, but also to score her first win in capturing a $33,075 division of the Lady Suffolk Trot at Freehold Raceway Friday. The three-year-old filly, driven by Jim Marshall, III, started from post two in the Grand Circuit event. Fastdownhill got away in second place early behind Suegrabbitnrun (Ray Schnittker) but after the first turn, Marshall sent the filly right to the lead at the opening quarter mile in :29.1. And from that point on it was “catch me if you can” as Fastdownthehill led the field past the half mile marker in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3 as no one could mount a challenge against her. Fastdownhill went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:01 with Suegrabbitnrun second and Bella’s Spunkin (Jim Meittinis) third. Sired by Muscle Hill, Fastdownhill is trained by Donna Marshall and is owned by Robert and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, PA and the T L P Stable of Kearny, NJ. She paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. In the $33,075 second division of the Lady Suffolk, Cee Bee Yes went off as the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite and she did not disappoint any of her backers. The daughter of Muscles Yankee, driven by Jason Barlett, rolled through fractions of :30.2; 1:01 and 1:31.1 before kicking in another gear and pulling away in the stretch to win by seven and one half open lengths in 2:00.3. Pinking Of You (Jim Marshall, III) was second with Mistresswithmuscle (David Miller) third. It was the first start this year for Cee Bee Yes, who is trained by Julie Miller and is owned by Jason Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ. As a two-year-old, Cee Bee Yes won four times with earnings of $198,000. This was her first start this year and she paid $2.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
This Week: Lady Suffolk and Dexter Cup, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J., John Simpson Memorial Stakes, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Chip Noble Memorial and Miami Valley Distaff, Miami Valley Raceway, Lebanon, Ohio. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Freehold this week features the $115,370 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 3) and two divisions in the $66,150 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters on Friday (May 2). Meadowlands Racetrack offers the $33,016 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (May 2) and the $47,253 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday (May 3). The Sunday (May 4) card at Miami Valley Raceway will feature the $50,000 (est.) Chip Noble Memorial for older pacing mares and the $50,000 (est.) Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit news: The Grand Circuit has chosen to support the initiative started by Jack Darling and will contribute to the fund created for sponsoring the television broadcast of the Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace in 2014. "Thanks to Hanover Shoe Farms and Winbak Farms, who have sponsored the Grand Circuit awards for the past two seasons, we are able to contribute to this important industry initiative," said Grand Circuit president John Campbell. The Meadowlands has set up a special account for industry participants and racing fans who have pledged support for the television broadcasts, which will air on the CBS Sports Network. Checks can be made out to and mailed to: Meadowlands Racetrack TV Fund, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073. Last time: The George Morton Levy Series for open pacers and Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for open pacing mares wrapped up this past weekend at Yonkers Raceway. Foiled Again was indeed foiled again for the second consecutive week in the $567,000 Levy Memorial final at Yonkers as P H Supercam and driver Jason Bartlett used the passing lane to get by the field to win in 1:52.3. P H Supercam is trained by PJ Fraley for Bamond Racing. As soon as the passing lane opened up in the stretch, P H Supercam was quick to drop in and make up ground as Foiled Again vainly fought to retain the lead. Apprentice Hanover made a hard charge down the lane to finish second, with Foiled Again holding for third. Somewherovrarainbow was the winner in the $371,400 Blue Chip Matchmaker in 1:52.3. When heavily favored Yagonnakissmeornot and driver Daniel Dube paced on to the early lead, Somewherovrarainbow and Brian Sears were right behind those two to the :27 first quarter and on to the :55.4 half. Anndrovette was trying to work her way from off the pace to the lead by the three quarters (1:23.4), but Yagonnakissmeornot maintained her lead as the field turned for home. When the passing lane opened, Somewherovrarainbow was the first horse in it and each stride drew her closer to the lead. She got her nose in front a few strides from the wire for the victory in 1:52.3 over Yagonnakissmeornot and Krispy Apple, who split horses in the middle of the track to be third. The first Grand Circuit event of the season for 3-year-old filly pacers was captured by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Fiyonce, who won the $110,000 Courageous Lady on April 25 at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Josh Sutton, Fiyonce bested her competition by a head at the wire and was an upset winner, returning $48.60. Fiyonce started from post five and let her competition carve out the fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:25.1. She was last at the top of the stretch and moved from worst to first in a thrilling stretch drive, stopping the timer at 1:55.1. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 166; 2. George Brennan - 129.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 85; 4. Brian Sears - 67; 5. Daniel Dube - 60. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 280.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 130; 3. Joe Holloway - 72; 4. Rene Allard - 60; 5. Ben Wallace - 30.5. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 116; 2t. Burke Racing - 77.2; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.2; 4. Brad Grant - 34.5; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 23.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack, with the John Simpson Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters, the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, eliminations for the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters and a leg of the TVG FFA Series for open pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director
April 27, 2014 -While five handicappers have sprinted out to the positive side of the ledger, it is Brandon Valvo who has sprinted out to an early lead in the HANA Harness 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Valvo has a net profit of $365 for week one, followed right behind by Rusty Nash who is in second place with a net profit of $343. Both Valvo and Nash found themselves hitting the proverbial gold mine by casting a large portion of their lot on the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final, with both hitting the 3-4 Exacta of Somewherovrarainbow and Yagonnakissmeorwhat; Valvo had a $50 Exacta Box worth $270 while Nash had a $100 Exacta worth $540. In addition to the exacta plays, Valvo had a $100 win ticket on Somewherovrarainbow which paid $345. Other key hits from other handicappers in the contest were Ray Cotolo's $40 win ticket on PH Supercam ($128); Sally Hinkley's $50 Place ticket on Apprentice Hanover ($220); Mark McKelvie's $50 Win, Place ticket on Somewherovrarainbow ($153); Anne Stepien's $40 Win, Place wager on the Matchmaker winner ($204). The standings after the first week are as follows: As of April 26, 2014 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Brandon Valvo $365.00 $365.00 N/A 0 2nd Rusty Nash $343.00 $343.00 $22.00 N/A 0 3rd Brian McEvoy $37.50 $37.50 $327.50 N/A 0 4th Mark McKelvie $21.00 $21.00 $344.00 N/A 0 5th Ann Stepien $8.00 $8.00 $357.00 N/A 0 6th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($30.00) $395.00 N/A 0 7th Ray Cotolo ($102.00) ($102.00) $467.00 N/A 0 8th Derick Giwner ($112.00) ($112.00) $477.00 N/A 0 9th Bob Zanakis ($126.50) ($126.50) $491.50 N/A 0 10th Earl Paulson ($150.00) ($150.00) $515.00 N/A 0 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($175.00) ($175.00) $540.00 N/A 0 12th Ray Garnett ($185.20) ($185.20) $550.20 N/A 0 13th Dennis O'Hara ($199.00) ($199.00) $564.00 N/A 0 14th Gordon Waterstone ($213.00) ($213.00) $578.00 N/A 0 15th Josi Verlingieri ($250.00) ($250.00) $615.00 N/A 0 Five grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day. After this week's event, the contest heads down to central New Jersey for the Lady Suffolk (Friday, May 2) and the Dexter Cup (Saturday, May 3) at Freehold Raceway before the Grand Circuit heads to Miami Valley Racing for the first time on Sunday, May 4 for the Miami Valley Distaffs for trotting and pacing fillies. You may follow the contest in detail by checking out our website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott, for HANA
The Gr. III Prix Antigone for 110,000e today at Vincennes, France went to Italian invader Nene'Degli Ulivi and jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the sparkling 1.12.1kr (mile rate 1:56) time over 2850 meters (1-3/4 miles). Impressively the winner traveled an extra 25 meters in this distance handicap event. The seven year-old gelded son of Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli recorded his 24th career win for earnings of 445,086e. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner for owner Joe Cachia. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima to a soild second for trainer Mike Lenders. April 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Antigone, Gr. III, monte 110,000e, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.12.1kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia, breeder M,F. Cioccoloni, 2/1 odds, 24th career win. His second straight monte win in France and sixth monte win since September 11, 2013 with four at Paris Vincennes, two in Gr. III events, he traveled 2875 meters today 2nd Tolima (7f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer, 5.5/1, 2850 meters 3rd Veloce du Banney (5g Quaro-Jiva du Banney), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 3.3/1, 2850 odds Nene'Degli Ulivi comes from a superb maternal family that gave the sport Iza Bizi, Miralie Lobell (winner Coaching Club Trotting Oaks and third in Hambletonian Oaks), Well Cast, Money Hanover (third in the Stanley Dancer), Meadow Bright (winner of Lady Suffolk and Colonial), Meadow Matt (winner of Prix de la Cote d'Azur) and Meadow Farr (Coaching Club Trotting Oaks winner). The excellent Vincennes undercard included victories by As Dore (4m Coktail Jet) in the Prix Maginus for Dominik Locqueneux, United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree) for J-M Bazire in the Quinte+ Prix Huberta and Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash) for Jean-Etienne Dubois in the Prix Libussa. The day's Q+ jackpot reached 7.8 million euros. April 25, 2014 Paris Vinennes, Prix Maginus, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.14.9kr 1st As Dore (4m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant), Dominik Locqueneux up for Franck Leblanc trainer, 7.5/1, his sixth win for 145,670e lifetime. 2nd Aloa de la Mortrie (4f Drag-Queen d'Acanthe), Anthony Barrier, 5.5/1 3rd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariare), Damien Bonne up, 49/1 April 25, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Huberta, 54,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, males, 1.13.9kr 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1, owner Laurent Leduc, his 11th win for 135,980e lifetime, traveled 2850 meters 2nd Tafaiko Sax (7g Nobilis Jiel-Nofaika), Mathieu Abrivard, 9/1, 2875 meters 3rd Toutubio (7g Grassano-Helene Gem), Damien Bonne, 3.3/1, 2875 meters April 25, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Libussa, 37,000e, 2200 meters, males, 14 starters, 1.15.7kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/breeder/trainer/drivetr, 6.3/1, fourth career win for 36,350e lifetime 2nd Baklov de Vandel (3m Love You-Kaluric de Vandel), Tony Le Beller up, 4/1 3rd Banco des Bordes (3m Memphis du Rib-Perle des Bordes), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 13/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; W.N. Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Dexter Cup elimination, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $567,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $371,400 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 26). Northfield Park on Friday night (April 25) will hold the $110,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. A field of six ladies will go to the post in the track’s 11th race. Meadowlands Racetrack’s first Grand Circuit event of the season will take place on Saturday night (April 26) with the $49,015 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers. Freehold Raceway will host on Saturday afternoon (April 26) a single $38,460 elimination for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters. The $115,370 Dexter Cup final will be held on Saturday (May 3). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway hosted the fifth and final preliminary round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Series this past weekend. A pair of $40,000 Matchmaker divisions went postward. Series points leader Yagonnakissmeornot (Daniel Dube) did nothing to diminish her reputation, winning the opening event with a solid, two-move effort. She tackled Scandalous Hanover just past the 1:25 three-quarters, taking a short lead into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot never relinquished the baton, winning by a length in 1:53.2. Camille closed inside for second, with Ramalama third. Monkey On My Wheel (Yannick Gingras) authored the 13-1 upset in the second Matchmaker split, going by a tiring favorite Somwherovrarainbow in mid-stretch. Monkey On My Wheel then held off 75-1 rank outsider Summertime Lea by a head in 1:53.2. Somwherovrarainbow had to settle for third, beaten three-quarters of a length. Foiled Again, harness racing’s richest-ever pacer, added nothing to his $6.1 million bankroll, winding up a non-factor sixth in the third and final $50,000 division of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series this past Saturday. Starting outside his six rivals, he and driver Yannick Gingras had Mach It So leave directly inside of him. Foiled Again -- his place in this week’s final already secure -- took back to last and never reached contention. Meanwhile, stablemate Easy Again (George Brennan) won by a couple of lengths. Mach It So was a solid, first-up second, with Mr Hasani N third. The evening’s other two Levy events were won by P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Dancin Yankee (Ron Pierce). The former, from post No. 6, left for a seat, wound up in a three-hole, then angled wide in and out of the final turn. He picked a dueling Clear Vision and Apprentice Hanover for the victory. The final margin was a length over Clear Vision in a life best-matching 1:51.1. As for Dancin Yankee, he negated his outside seven-hole at the start, rebuffed a quarter-move from Bettor’s Edge and finished it off in 1:51, matching Foiled Again’s effort a week ago as the fastest mile of the series. The margin was 1-1/4 lengths, with Bettor’s Edge second and Texican N third. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 136; 2. George Brennan – 119.5; 3. Tim Tetrick – 85; 4. Daniel Dube – 50; 5. Brian Sears- 45. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 240.5; 2. PJ Fraley – 108; 3. Rene Allard – 50; 4. Joe Holloway – 27; 5. Josh Green – 22. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing – 93.5; 2t. Burke Racing - 61.75; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi – 61.75; 4. Brad Grant – 22.5; 5. M1 Stable – 22.1. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack and Miami Valley Raceway. Freehold has the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters on Friday (May 2) and the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 3). Meadowlands Racetrack will host the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (May 2) and the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday (May 3). The first ever Grand Circuit races at Miami Valley Raceway, the Chip Noble Memorial for older pacing mares and the Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares, will take place on Sunday (May 4). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
Cranbury, NJ... March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Saturday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, March 17. Changes to the March 15 payment schedule include an increase in the Breeders Crown future eligibility payment from $350 to $500 and the first of three payments for a pair of $100,000 (est.) open events for both gaits at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. The Hambletonian Society services 137 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The website Hambletonian.org contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. All forms are available on the web site and are PDF fillable. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information are now available online, as well as eligibility lists for races that had a final payment on Feb. 15, 2014. For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. Listed below are the stakes with payments for all ages due March 15. Delvin Miller Adios (and Adioo Volo Filly Division) Arden Downs Stakes Ben Franklin Breeders Crown Cane Pace (and Shady Daisy) Carl Erskine (was Oliver Trot) 3-year-olds Centaur Trotting Classic FFA (was Pride in Progress) Circle City 3-year-olds Cleveland Classic (and Courageous Lady) Currier & Ives Trot (and Filly Trot) Dayton Derby 4 & Older Dexter Cup (and Lady Suffolk Trot) Earl Beal Jr Memorial Trot The Elevation 2-year-old Pacing Colts Fox Stake Hambletonian (and Hambletonian Oaks) Max Hempt Memorial (and James M. Lynch Filly Division) Historic Series Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA ( was Indiana Pacing) Hoosier Stakes The Horseman Ralph Wilfong (for 2YO Trotters) Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Keystone Classics 2-year-olds Keystone Classics 3-year-olds Landmark Stakes Madison County 2-year-olds (was Circle City) Matron Series (3YOs) Matron Series (2YOs) Messenger Stake (and Lady Maud) Carl Milstein Memorial 3-year-olds Miami Valley Distaff 4 & Older Monument Circle 3-year-olds PA All Stars 2 & 3-year-olds Progress Pace W. N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes Art Rooney Pace (and Lismore Filly Division) John Simpson Memorial Colt & Filly Stakes Tompkins Memorial & Geers Stakes Yonkers Trot Yonkers Trot by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society
Consistent Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) led virtually all the way to win today's 200,000e UET Masters Series Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur mer by a comfortable three lengths. Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard teamed the favored (1.9/1 odds) winner alertly off the gate and secured the top spot when well supported Triode de Felliere went off stride in battling for the lead shortly after the start. Once on the lead Daugeard rated the pace and his 13 other rivals were unable to serve a strong challenge. Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10kr over the 1609 meter autostart course (one mile in 1:52.63). That time equaled the third fasted in race history (Varenne 1.09.6kr in 2002; Kesaco Phedo 1.09.9kr in 2004 and 1.10kr by Santa Rosa France in 2012). Italy's Pascia'Lest, with Andrea Guzzinati aboard, took the pocket and eventually ended second when he out battled the game mare Vanika du Ruel, who survived an outside journey for Franck Anne to hold third. Italy's Nesta Effe was never in the hunt and finished unplaced. Univers de Pan's victory was his 17th in a solid career and put his earnings at 1,037,530 euros. He's owned by Olivier Horvath and today secured his first Gr. I score. Univers de Pan enjoyed a good winter meet at Paris-Vincennes where he was second in the Grand Prix de France, Prix de la Marne and Prix de Belgique. He was also fifth in the Prix de Selection. Being age six, look for this one to be a factor in future Gr. I races in France and throughout Europe. He proved today that he can leave, rate and sprint home in sprinter distance contests. His pedigree is 73% French trotteur, 27% Standardbred and with a 3.8% inbreeding coefficient. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur (Grand Criterium Nice-Martin), 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters, purse 200,000e, Gr. I International UET Masters Series 1.10kr (1:52.63) 1st Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver for owner Olivier Horvath, 1.9/1 odds, his 17th career win 2nd Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Andrea Guzzinati up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci, 18/1, (Italy) 3rd Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Frank Anne driver/trainer, 8.8/1 odds, earning now â‚¬1,015,350 4th Aisle Stand (7f Scarlet Knight-Twisterella-Super Arnie), 116/1 odds, Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, (Sweden) 5th Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil-Neron Grandchamp), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 14/1 odds, career earnings now â‚¬1,155,569 Note that Pascia'Lest represents significant American pedigree as his dam, Superiors Sun, is a daughter of Superiors Crown (Speedy Crown-Superior Sweep-Hickory Pride). Superior Sweep won the Old Oaken Bucket, the Lady Suffolk and Kentucky Futurity. Replay of today's Gr. I event can be seen using the link below: http://www.harnesslink.com/International/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
Cranbury, NJ... The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 137 stake events at 16 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on August 2 and the $5 million Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, on November 21 and 22, is fast approaching. Because of the federal holiday on Monday, payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 18, per USTA rule 12, section 4. A host of new stakes in Ohio will be administered by the Hambletonian Society, including the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park for three-year-old colt pacers, and a pair of open events for both gaits at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing and Hollywood at Dayton Raceway. The inaugural $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity for four-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands is new on the stakes calendar this year and the four Historic races for sophomores are moving to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Yonkers Raceway has guaranteed purses of $500,000 each for their Triple Crown events of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and the Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old colt trotters. The Hambletonian Society services 137 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The web site, Hambletonian.org, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. Races with February 15 payments due: • Delvin Miller Adios and Adioo Volo Filly • Arden Downs • Ben Franklin Free For All • Breeders Crown • Cane Pace and Shady Daisy • Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters (was Oliver Trot) • Centaur Trotting Classic FFA (was Pride in Progress) • Circle City 3-year-olds • Cleveland Classic and Courageous Lady • Currier & Ives Trot and Filly Trot • Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk Trot • Earl Beal Jr Memorial Trot • Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks • Hambletonian Maturity • Max Hempt Memorial & James M. Lynch Filly Division • Historic Series • Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (was Indiana Pacing Derby) • The Horseman • Kentuckiana Stallion Management Pace for 2YO Fillies • Kentuckiana Stallion Management Trot for 2YO Fillies • Keystone Classics 3-year-olds • Landmark Stakes • Matron Series 3-year-olds • Messenger Stake & Lady Maud • Miami Valley Distaff Pace for Mares • Miami Valley Distaff Trot for Mares • Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers • Monument Circle 3-year-olds • PA All Stars 3-year-olds • Progress Pace • W. N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes • Art Rooney Pace & Lismore Filly Pace • John Simpson Memorial Colt & Filly Stakes • Tompkins Memorial & Geers Stake • Yonkers Trot & Lady Suffolk Filly Trot by Moira Fanning for Hambletonian Society
Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) scored a rallying victory in today's fourth "B", the 120,000 euro purse Prix de Belgique over 2850 meters turning start, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters. Strategically handled by Pierre Vercruysse, Yarrah Boko scored in 1.14.4kr and repeated his performance of winning this event a year ago. Trond Anderssen trains the winner for owner Jan Erik Anderssen. Holland's Boko Stables bred the winner, now with 36 career wins for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro. Vercruysse left alertly with Yarrah Boko to take the lead and then yielded to race in third on the inside until top of the long Paris-Vincennes lane. Blocked briefly, the pair escaped and moved three wide to wear down the leaders. Yarrah Boko did not start in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique due to injury and then returned to racing on July 14 with three straight wins. He last raced October 26 at Jagersro finishing third in the C.L. Mullers Memorial Several competitors also raced well today including the six year-old youngster Univers de Pan, the race favorite, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik both of which finished strongly after overcoming 25 meter handicaps. Vanika du Ruel, the speedy five year-old mare handled by Franck Anne, made a strong push at the leaders around the last bend to get into contention before fading to seventh. A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the excellent racing card with the Prix de Belgique being today's Quinte+ race of the day. Dam of the winner, Big Blue Kitten (1997, Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor-Meadow Road) took a 3, 2:00.4h record at Freehold and at three won the Lady Suffolk and in Sweden the Elitsto. She was bred by UK and NBA basketball legend Sam Bowie and sold November 10, 2001 to Boko Stables. The $80,000 yearling at Kentucky Select Sale thus disappeared from USTA records. She has produced six foals in Europe, five winners, six money winners including Yarrah Boko, Wolf Boko (by Lemon Dra), Zola Boko (by Goetmals Wood), Aristocrat Boko )by From Above), Boa Boko (by Express It) and Nostradamos Face (by Varenne). January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Belgique, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters 1.14.4kr Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish 1st Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Pierre Vercruysse up for Trond Anderssen trainer, owner Jan Erik Anderssen and breeder Boko Stables, his 36th career win for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro, off at 5.8/1, winner of this "B" event last year in 1.13.3kr, injured and non-starter in Prix d'Amerique, returned to racing July 14, 2013 and posted three straight wins, last started October 26 finishing third in C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro 2nd Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudiere), Philippe Daugeard up at 1.8/1 favorite 3rd Soleil du Fosse (8m Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Posse-Neric Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin up at 9/1 4th Save The Quick (8f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchess-Blue Dream), J-M Bazire up at 26/1 for Ecurie Quick and trainer Franck Leblanc, finished well 5th Roxana de Barbray (9f Speed Clayettois-Iriana des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), Eric Raffin up at 14/1 6th The Best Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois up, raced superbly overcoming 25 meter handicap by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Although she had a little luck in her last start, a victory in a $40,900 division of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway on May 3, Vida De Vie, unlike four of her opponents, managed to remain flat for the entire mile and improved her harness racing record to 3-1-1-0 with $21,650 in the bank.