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Today at Bergsaker, Sweden was the Zoogins STL Gold, raced over 2140 meters autostart, for a purse to the winner of 150,000SEK. Elian Web (9g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall), off at 4.14/1, scored easily on the front end timed in 1.12.4kr, with Jorma Kontio at the lines. Melkko Katja trains this now winner 23 times in 59 starts for 6,275,867SEK earned. The 1.28/1 favorite Propulsion (9m Muscle Hill-Danae), handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden, was second in what was to be a prep for the Prix d’Amerique. He was clocked in 1.12.6kr after briefly challenging the leader on the final lap. He fell back, dropped to the pocket and trailed the winner home in the lane. 80/1 Narold Vox (11g Orlando Vici) was third for Mats Djuse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Dions Prayer (Like A Prayer) set a lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga.  Phil Fluet moved Dions Prayer out to the early lead in the $9,300 feature for New York Sired Trotters and the Andy Byler trainee powered away to win by more than five lengths in a career best 1:57.2. The race's 8-5 betting favorite on Thursday, Dions Prayer recorded her third win in ten seasonal tries. Deadhead Royalty (Don Sherman) closed for second while Kinda Naughty (John Stark Jr.) earned the show spot. It was one of two wins on the day for driver Phil Fluet who piloted his Mo Titos Blue Chip (Crazed) to victory on the afternoon card. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Louisville, KY --- For a horse that has yet to taste defeat this season Homicide Hunter sure has not received his fair share of ink. The gelded son from the first crop of Mr Cantab and the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer has mowed down his harness racing rivals with pinpoint accuracy on 12 occasions this season and seeks to extend his victorious ways on Saturday (Sept. 19) in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final at Hoosier Park after one of the most grueling contests he has performed in. “He fought back in that race,” said Curt Grummel, the horse’s conditioner, of his win in the Sept. 11 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. “The transformation this horse has made since last year is unbelievable. He showed how much courage he has by coming back on after he was passed. He really wants to win.” Homicide Hunter has constructed a season any trainer or owner would dream of. Owned and bred by Patrick Graham, the handsome gelding has morphed from a boy into a man after chasing Airman Batten around the Anderson, Ind., oval as a freshman. That campaign netted him $86,736 with a record of 10-3-2-3, which is certainly not shabby for a horse that needed to grow into himself, but in 2015 he has pushed his rival to the side and exceeded any expectations that were ever associated with him. The gelding is a perfect 12 for 12 this year, has earned just under $220,000, tied the track record at Hoosier Park for his age, sex and gait (1.53.4) and flown under the radar due to the presence of pacing sensation Freaky Feet Pete. Churita is another undefeated colleague Homicide Hunter must share the spotlight with, so only the Hoosier Park faithful may really know what this trotter has accomplished. In Saturday’s contest, Homicide Hunter is handicapped with the nine hole in the 13th race on the card, but is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line after defeating the talented Hominy Hill by a half-length on Sept. 11 in a $24,000 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. He will have the services of his regular pilot, John DeLong, for his mile. “Other trainers probably would not agree with me,” Grummel said. “But I just jog the heck out of him all the time between races and it seems to work for him. I have not changed a thing since the season started. All I do is listen to what John tells me and as long as he is happy with the horse, there is no reason to change anything we do with him.” Besides being a state champion and gliding through a season that will forever be memorable, Homicide Hunter is an absolute pet. He was a barn favorite long before he commenced this season’s campaign and everyone associated with him could not be more pleased with the world seeing what kind of horse they care for on a daily basis. “He was tough last year training,” Sis Arnold, Grummel’s assistant trainer, said. “He would jump at anything when you hooked him up to the jog cart and just do the opposite of everything you wanted him to do. But he has always been the teddy bear of the barn. You can do anything you want with him and he loves attention. I don’t harness him and take care of him all the time like Francie (his caretaker) does, and she does a tremendous job, but he has always been a favorite of mine. “I’m not ashamed to say I cried all over his face holding him in the winner’s circle after his last race. For him to win parked like that and to come back after he was beaten, showed why we love him so much. There are just some horses you get attached to and he is it.” It seems natural to feel a connection with Homicide Hunter. His coat glistens, his stride is near perfection and he would snuggle up to anyone that has a cookie. This boy loves his food, his time in the field and his contact with his caretakers. He is the epitome of what transpires when you have a happy horse, with ability and the perfect conditions. “He possibly has five more starts for the year,” Grummel said. “I’m based at Balmoral Park so we will take him back home, as I’m from Illinois, for the winter and turn him out and then plan for next year depending on what he tells us.” Although it was never discussed how his connections would feel should Homicide Hunter not be in the winner’s circle on any of these five ensuing engagements, Arnold summed it up succinctly. “Every horse gets beat,” she said. “If he loses it does not matter. Look at what he has already done. He looks like a million bucks, he contends with whatever he has to deal with and you know he is always going to do the best he can. He’s Hunter and no one can take away the money he has earned or his record or who he is to be around. He has earned it and his personality is just who he is.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Scarborough, Maine (July 11, 2015) - Millionaire trotter, Pembroke Prayer doggedly tracked down an accomplished field to claim top harness racing honors in the $6000 Free For All trotting event at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/11), getting up in the final strides for the 1:59 clocking. With Heath Campbell in his customary driver's seat, the classy son of Like A Prayer - Super Earl scored the 65th win of his storied career to the delight of owner/breeder William Varney of Bangor, Maine. The win was the fourth of the season for the 11-year-old wunderkind who continues to show no mercy to his younger competitors. . Like a fine wine, Pembroke Prayer continues to excel with age. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Gary Evans and The Foulk Stable's Prayer Session, and harness racing driver Corey Callahan, picked up his third straight win at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (June 4). The 6-year-old gelding and eight others took the stage in the featured event, a trot for non-winners of $15,000 in their last five starts. Starting from post one, Prayer Session backed off the early trot, coming away fifth. The son of Like A Prayer floated out first over towards the leader Derby (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) shy of the half. These two were on even terms at the top of the stretch. They battled tooth and nail down to the finish, with Prayer Session winning by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:55. It was the twenty-fourth career win for the Trish Foulk trainee, and his seventh of the season. Five Towns (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $3.40. Michael Bozich

DOVER, Del. ---- Powerful Charger, piloted by Tim Tetrick, pulled a 10-1 upset in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday feature at Dover Downs on March 11. Tetrick finished with four wins. Wagering favorites, Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) and newcomer Sevruga (Andy Miller) finished off the board after Powerful Charger roared down the lane for his third win of the year in his last four starts. Tim Tetrick and Jim King own the seven-year-old altered son of Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry who set a lifetime best clocking of 1:53.4 winning for the 25th time upping his career earnings to $05,840. Baximum, in now usual style, closed well to take second-place honors with Allan Davis driving. Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby, after pushing the early fractions on the lead, held on for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan took the classy four-year-old mare Classic Belisima into the lead and never was headed in a 1:55.3 triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. John Cabot conditions the daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee who won for sixth time this meet for owner Bill Cantrell. Derby (Allan Davis) raced well finishing second in front of Striking Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Prayer Session dropped down from the Open Class and overpowered six foes in a 1:54.1 score in an $11,500 Conditioned trot. Corey Callahan was at the controls for the Like A Prayer - ENS Tag Session geldings third win of 2015 and 20th lifetime good for $594,011 in purses. Enrico AS (A. Davis) led early and held on for second for the third consecutive time. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. Carlo Poliseno steered 10-1 shot Oh Sweet Penelope, a four-year-old CR Excalibur - Oh Sweet Pea mare he owns and trains to a 1:57 win in an $11,000 4&5-Year-Old trot. It was her first win of the year. Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for second with Red Dress Baby (Vince Copeland) third. Tim Tetrick drove four winners, Corey Callahan, three, Trace Tetrick had two as did Tony Morgan and trainers Jim King and john Cabot and owner Bill Cantrell. Thursday at Dover Downs Mustang Art and Movie Idol, winners of the last two Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the nine starters this week going for a $26,000 purse on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art won last week's pacing feature while Movie Idol, after chalking up a 1:50 lifetime best two weeks ago. The sharp Just A Jolt has finished second in three of the last four Del. Specials. Vic Kirby will drive for owner Janet Hudson. The surprise horse of the top class this meet, Jebswesternshake, after stepping up from the claiming ranks won five races including two Specials for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Another local favorite, Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. The rest of the field is led Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror who made his first local start last week and has the services of Corey Callahan. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, is alongside. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray, an early meet standout, is reined by Eddie Davis Jr. An $18,000 and three $16.000 Opens head a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. This Sunday, March 15 is the last Sunday card of the season with post time at 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

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

Driver Jim Devaux scored a hat trick during the Sunday matinee at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Devaux piloted trotter Wind And A Prayer; and pacers Theseyesrcrying and Durable to the winners circle on a cloudy Sunday afternoon over a fast track.   Wind And A Prayer is owned by Roy Dobbins and trained by Andy Byler. The 5 year old Like A Prayer gelding turned in a winning time of 2:00.2.   by Dave Oxford for Saratoga Raceway  

   Balmoral Park will not only play host to some of the best horses in North America on Saturday Nov. 9th for the American National Stakes ,  but some of the sport’s leading reinsman will also be in Crete to steer the cream of the crop over the one-mile oval.      A pair of $200 million men—Hall of Famers John Campbell and Ron Pierce are slated to drive. This pair will reach half a billion combined in purse earnings—that’s right—HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, in 2014.       While many of Campbell’s accomplishments in the sport came when he was in his 30s and 40s, every single one of Pierce’s Triple Crown or Breeders Crown triumphs—41 total—have all come after his 35th birthday!  Pierce, who trailed Campbell for many years, surpassed $200 million in career earnings while competing at Lexington’s famed Red Mile this September.      Pierce is also the oldest driver to record a driving triple in Breeders Crown Finals, when he did so a few weeks ago at Pocono Downs, at age 57.  He was the first driver to win with a 2-year-old in 1:50, when he steered Badlands Hanover to a 1:50 clocking in the 1998 Breeders Crown at Colonial Downs.  He was also the only driver to defeat world champ Somebeachsomewhere, when he piloted Art Official to victory in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace.      Pierce is also the only driver to go five straight seasons winning either the Meadowlands Pace (2008, 2009, 2001) or the Hambletonian (2007, 2010)—two of the sport’s greatest events, and just missed becoming the only driver in history to win the Hambletonian from post ten in 2002 with Like A Prayer, who finished a neck back of the winning Chip Chip Hooray. Pierce also was the driver behind the sport’s last female Horse of the Year, Rainbow Blue (2004).      Campbell, 58, was the youngest person ever inducted into harness racing’ s Hall of Fame in 1990, and his dominance and presence in racing in untouchable, as he at the top of nearly every statistical list kept by the USTA.  He’s driven the winners of more than $3 million annually every year since 1982, except for 2011, when he drove the winners of $2.5 million.   He currently has $284 million in career purse earnings and 10,613 lifetime wins to his credit.      Campbell is the leading driver of Breeders Crown winners with 43 to his credit and has won six Hambletonians , three Hambletonian Oaks, six Kentucky Futurities, three Little Brown Jugs, and Sweden’s famed Elitloppe, among his endless list of accomplishments.       Campbell and Pierce are also the two winningest drivers in Breeders Crown history with 29 victories each, while Mike Lachance (also here tonight) is in third with 27 Breeders Crown titles to his credit.      Speaking of Breeders Crown triumphs, for the first time in history, the top five ranking North American drivers won every Breeders Crown Final contested this year, on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.  Pierce, Tim Tetrick, and Yannick Gingras each won three Crowns, while David Miller notched two Crowns and Brian Sears a single Crown.       With his lone 2013 Breeders Crown victory, Sears (also here tonight!) extended his streak of winning at least one Breeders Crown race now for 11 straight years.   John Campbell, no surprise, holds the record at 15 years (1984-1988).      Sears has nearly $150 million in purse earnings and was the first driver in history to earn more than $15 million in a single season (in 2005), the same year he drove Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to Horse of the Year titles, and the same year he set a world record for female pacers with My Little Dragon of 1:48.1.       Ten of Sears’ 24 Breeders Crown wins (all since 2003) have come with 3-year-old trotters (5 fillies & 5 colts each).  He has driven all of trainer Trond Smedshammer’s eight Breeders Crown winners, and is the only driver in history to have won the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks in the same year, twice—in 2009 and 2013.      Yannick Gingras (he’s here too!) had just one Breeders Crown victory prior to his start in the classic events in 2012.  That lone win, however, came with Southwind Serena in 2008 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot—when he steered her to win and return $102.80 on a two dollar ticket.  Gingras, 34, is nearly $7 million ahead of Campbell in career earnings at the same age.      Gingras also steered the 2012 American National 3-year-old Filly Trot winner Maven, to a 1:54.3 clocking here last year, and had multiple Am-Nat victories in 2011 when he piloted Princess Cruiser to win the 2-year-old Filly Pace in 1:56.1; Looking Hanover to win the Aged Trot in 1:56; and Foiled Again to win the Aged Pace in 1:51.4.      Mike Lachance, 62, who’ll be piloting Creatine tonight in the American National for 3-year-old colt trotters, just finished second with the colt at the Breeders Crown, and won the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile with the Bob Stewart-trained sophomore in September.       Lachance was the first driver to win six races on a day card and six races that same night, when he did so at Yonkers on June 23, 1987.  One year later, in 1988, he scored his 5,000th career victory at The Meadowlands, with Instrument Landing.      Lachance also became the first driver in history to win a Breeders Crown race at age 55 or older when he won three in 2006 at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto.  He won one Hambletonian (with Dream Victory in 1994) before going into the Hall of Fame in 1995, and three after going in (with Continentalvictory in 1996; Self Possessed in 1999 and Amigo Hall in 2003) and is the last driver to win the Hambletonian with a female, the aforementioned Continentalvictory.      Lachance has won eight American Nationals:  first in 1988 with Matt’s Scooter in 1:55.2 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; then in 1992 with Baltic Striker in 1:57.3 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot & with Imperfection in 1:59.3 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot & with Crouch in 1:54.4 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; in 1995 with Divine Victory in 1:57.2 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot; in 1999 with Self Possessed in 1:53 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; in 2004 with Cantab Hall in 1:55 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; and in 2009 with Lanson in 1:53.4 in the Aged Trot.      Ohio native David Miller, 48, is the fourth leading money winning driver in the sport’s history and has nearly 11,000 career victories. He is the only driver in history with eleven, $10 million seasons and is the only driver to ever have a Triple Crown and Breeders Crown winner in the same season, in 2003 with No Pan Intended.  He won the first ever Breeders Crown million dollar event, with the mighty trotter Magician in 2000.      This year he’s steered his two fastest career drives: with Pet Rock and Shebestingin, who both paced in 1:47, and was elected into harness racing’s national Hall of Fame this year as well. He was named Driver of the Year in 2003 and is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug.  He is also one of only two drivers to have won the Jug and its sister event, the Jugette, the same year.  His ranks among the top five Breeders Crown winning reinsmen, with $8.5 million in Crown earnings.      Tim Tetrick needs no introduction to Illinois racing fans. This Prairie State native has 13 Breeders Crown wins under his belt with only a few weeks away from his 32nd birthday (Nov. 22).  This is the seventh straight year he’ll sit atop the national standings in earnings (only Billy Haughton has ever gone longer; eight years—from 1952 to 1959).    Tetrick has the distinction of being the youngest member of harness racing’s $100 million-earning club, and is the only driver to win a million dollar race on a half-mile track—when he steered Southwind Lynx to win the 2007 Rooney at Yonkers. He’s the only driver in history to win the Meadowlands Pace twice in his first four attempts and if Captaintreacherous is named Horse of the Year, it will be the first time in 28 years that a driver has won that award back to back with a trotter and then with a pacer (last year he was the driver on the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven).  Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell accomplished that feat in 1984 and 1985 with Fancy Crown and the great Nihilator.   by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Saturday night's Grand Prix Sale at Hamburg saw 59 yearlings presented from 63 cataloged, averaging 14,458 euro. Sale leaders included two Muscles Yankee colts (from the mares She’s A Flirt by Like A Prayer and Shae Boko by Pine Chip) both sold for  86,000 euro. An Andover Hall colt from the Donerail mare Blackberry Hanover was next at 82,000 euro. Sale topper listing is shown below as well as links to the pedigree pages and videos of the Muscles Yankee sired sale leaders Gross Proceeds  853,000 euro Average/Yearling  14,458 euro Sale Toppers: (price in euro) Hip 44 Flevo F Boko Hip 19 Flirt Fortuna Sunday’s superb trotting card at Hamburg features top class events that have drawn participants from throughout Europe. Grand Prix d’Hamburg – 2720 meters, 50,000 euro purse Quinio de Relais, S. Hardy Renommee d’Obret, M.A.Bovay Roxana de Barbrey, P. Vercruysse Roc de Montfort, Roland Hulskath Querios du Mirel, J. Lovgren Perlando, N. d’Haenens Quela Rive, Mme. A. F. Donati Solea Rivelliere, Ph. Daugeard Rani de Bassiere, A. Plard Sissi du Morin, S. Olivier Quelen des Landes, A. Marie Queva Tonnaville, B. Michardere Hamburg Grossier Preis Von Deutchland 2013, 2720 meters autostart, 200,000 euro purse Caen Oldecon, J. Deleeuw Quid Pro Quo, A. Svanstedt Crème Brulee, T. Korvenoja Dreams Take Time, Johnny Takter Dream Duo, V. Heiskanen Indigious, E. Adielsson Viking America, A. Bakker Batterthancheckers, M. Schmid Clint W. Boko, R. Bakker Cowboy Fanatic, R.T. DeVieger Call Me Hanover, P. Lennartson Lindo Eden, A.J. Mollema Dream Magic BE, J. Franzi Casanova, Roland Hulskath Hamburg – Hamburg Cup Elim 1, 1680 meters autostart, purse 10,000 euro) – Final 40,000 euro Baltimore As, Roland Hulskath Emblem, T. Kornav Strong Boy DE, J. Lovgren Aida Boko, R. Bakker Manalapan, A. Svanstedt Snob de Corday, P. Vercruysse Classic Grand Cru, Johnny Takter Aaron de Veluwe, T. Korvenoja Elim 2 Sancho du Glay, P. Vercruysse Grumettim J. Lovgren Unforgettable, A.J. Mollema Hollys Boy, M. Nimczyk Having Said That, Johnny Takter Photo  Sea, A. Svanstedt Bagley, C. Lugauer Let The Music Play, R. Bot by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Finland has punched above its weight for a long time in harness racing. Think of the great Commander Crowe, bred and originally owned and trained by Finn Petri Puro who has lived for many years in Halmstad Sweden, like many Finns do, to make a living out of the sport they love including until recently trainer Kari Lahdekorpi, from Huittenen, who was the champion Swedish trainer in 2007-8 and 2004 trainer of the year until his shock retirement this year. No one in Scandinavia has driven more winners then Swedish based Finn Jorma Kontio, while compatriot and long-time patron Timo Nurmos, is one of the top trainers in Sweden. Yet another Finn Tuomas Korvenoja is the breeder and owner of one of the rising superstars Brad de Veluwe, the European Derby winner last year, and runner up in the European Championship for five year-olds last week. Brad de Veluwe is by Andover Hall, himself owned by a Finn Erkki Laakkonen, although resident in the United States. Finland is also home to two champion US sires in Donerail and Like A Prayer, among others, and the rapid improvement of Finnish horses can be seen by the likes of She Loves You, who won the elite mares race at Solvalla on Elitloppet weekend last year. And on Sunday, the next crop of 3YOS will line up for the Finnish Trav Kriterium, where perhaps the next Brad de Veluwe will emerge triumphant, including his trainer Korvenoja who will present the promising Muscles Yankee colt Jonesy. Jonesy ran second to rising Italian star Rori Axe (Ready Cash) in the Group II Prix Emile Wendling at Vincennes two starts ago, beating the highly touted Jean Pierre Dubois Donato Hanover filly Tast Of Bourbon into third place. He was good enough to make the Group I E3 Final against the top Swedish 3YOs, where he was beaten into sixth place, following by one place last weekend’s Swedish Kriterium winner, Rokkakudo. He also has the fastest record in the field, 1.11.8 (1.55.2MR) which he acquired in Sweden. Brad de Veluwe’s sire Andover Hall is represented this year by Greenleaf Slim, who was one of the early favourites for the race and has won six of his nine starts, and he will be driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heuikki Korhonen. Nurmos will have Kontio (who has won this race five times, the first in 1979) aboard his Yankee Glide colt Zo Zo Hoss who has 4 wins from 8 starts in Sweden while he has another colt by dual Prix d’Amerique winning sire Offshore Dream in Dream Run who has had two wins from 4 starts in Sweden. Pekka Korpi, who first won a Finnish Kritierium with Guiding Star in 1981, has four entrants with Express Duo (Express Ride), who has won the most money in the field, and was second in the Ulf Thorensen Minnelop. Korpi also has Arctic Shot who is by Classic Photo, who sired the recent European Derby winner Mosaique Face, while he also has the filly Eden Duo by Orlando Vici who sired the European Championship for 5YOs winner Un Mec d’Heripre, while he also a colt by Finnish resident US sire Donerail in Good Dynamite. Markku Nieminen’s Kadabra colt Harmi's Frido has won 61,000 euros from eight wins in 15 starts, has a good draw at 2 and also has the third fastest record at 1.13.8kr (1.58.4MR). FINSKT TRAV KRITERIUM Teivo,  2013-10-05 Group I 3YOs  2600m   1  Big Headache (3g E L Mikko - Southwind Roselle) Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen Tr: Riikka Kosonen    2  Harmi's Frido (3c Kadabra - Glamour Jet) Dr: Markku Nieminen Tr: Markku Nieminen     3  Jonesy (3c Muscles Yankee - Ripley) Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja Tr: Tuomas Korvenoja     4  Greenleaf Slim (3c Andover Hall - Mabelese) Dr: Mika Forss  Tr: Heikki Korhonen    5  Express Duo (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Ari Moilanen Tr: Pekka Korpi    6  Good Dynamite (3c Donerail - Good Leasing) Dr: Kari Venäläinen Tr: Pekka Korpi    7  Arctic Shot (3c Classic Photo - Snowdeo Lynn) Dr: Antti Teivainen Tr: Pekka Korpi    8  Vice President (3g Oiseau de Feux - R.Sweet Hush) Dr: Peter Ingves Tr: Emma Bjerkås    9  Eden Duo (3f Orlando Vici - Irene Merett) Dr: Hannu-Pekka Korpi  Tr: Pekka Korpi    10  Zo Zo Hoss (3c Yankee Glide - Decadent Pagan) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Timo Nurmos    11  Moonlight Love (3f Love You - El Itsmadetoorder) Dr: Harri Koivunen Tr: Olli Lähtinen    12  Dream Run (3c Offshore Dream - Golden Harvest) Dr: Esa Holopainen Tr: Timo Nurmos   Dave Sanders for harnesslink

Scarborough, Maine ... Pembroke Prayer crossed over the $1-million mark in career earnings on Thursday afternoon (9-19) at the Farmington (Maine) Fair becoming the only horse ever bred in the state of Maine to achieve millionaire status. The nine-year-old son of Like A Prayer/Super Earl achieved the rarified status in style, mounting a determined stretch effort to overtake two-time State of Maine Trotter of the Year, Kerogen, in the final strides, claiming victory for the 52nd time in his storied career while stopping the clock in a respectable 1:59.4 in the $4000 fairground event. Owned in tandem by Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, NY and William Varney of Bangor, Me, Pembroke Prayer is currently housed in the Valerie Grondin Stable and was driven to victory on Thursday by Heath Campbell. He is best remembered in his native state for his upset win over world champion Enough Talk, in the 2010 edition of the $50,000 Joseph Ricci Memorial Trot at Scarborough Downs. by Michael Sweeney for New England USHWA  

The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit stakes for 2-year old pacers took center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday night. Three divisions of freshmen filly pacers and three divisions of freshmen colt pacers were the co-featured events on the night's twelve race card. In the first $26,040 division of the night, the filly pacers showed off their stuff and Linda Toscano's JK Molly opened some eyes in her second lifetime start. Getting away in fifth from post position number five, Tetrick settled JK Molly in as Expose (David Miller) cut through fractions of 26.4 and 55. As the field headed down the backside, JK Molly was positioned second over as Dottie Major (Marcus Miller) tried a first over assault through a third quarter in 28 (1:23). Around the final turn Tetrick tipped JK Molly three high off fading cover and the 2-year old daughter of Art Major - Heather's Western responded by pacing away from the field to win by three. The mile of 1:52.2 eclipsed the previous track record that was held by Drop The Ball from 2010 of 1:52.4. Linda Toscano trains JK Molly for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, New York. Other division winners for the pacing fillies were: Anegada - Jim Morrill Jr. (1:55.1) and Ravinia Hanover - Yannick Gingras (1:54). On the colt side of the grand circuit stakes, it was a Linda Toscano sweep as she trained the winners of all of the 2-year old colt pacers, all for different owners. Posting the fastest mile of the hot and humid evening for the colt pacers, was Murder He Wrote, who stayed a perfect two for two in his young career. Tetrick quarter poled to the front by the quarter in 28.3 and then reeled off fractions of 57.4 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home a winner in 1:53.1. Toscano trains the 2-year old son of Kenneth J - Jk Dancing Queen for herself, as owner of the Camelot Stable Inc., of Freehold, NJ. Other division winners included: El Bloombito - Tim Tetrick (1:54) and Winds Of Change - Tim Tetrick (1:53.3). Sophomore trotters take to the track in the Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday night at Tioga. One division of ten colts race for $62,766 in the 8th races where trainer Noel Daley sends out a pair of Crazed prospects tabbed as the morning line choice. Crazy About Pat has matured into a top NYSS performer this season with four wins from eleven outings for just shy of $100,000 in seasonal bankroll for the Patricia Stable. His latest win was in a career best 1:54- in a sires stake at Vernon Downs. His regular pilot Cat Manzi will be in for the drive. Up Front And Crazy, out of Love's Caress, is slightly less accomplished but strung three overnight wins together in Canada for owners Up Front Racing, Tres Amigos Stable and the trainer. The fillies split two ways with a field of eight competing for $35,383 in each. Andie Sophia comes in off of a 1:55.3 win in the Grand Circuit Hudson Filly trot at Yonkers. The ultra-consistent Like A Prayer x Promising Deal lass has won four of nine lifetime starts for over a quarter million dollars in earnings career-wise. Trainer Rob Harmon has managed her beautifully and owns the filly in partnership with Comfortably Numb Stable and and A. Friedland. Manzi picks up the drive on Saturday. Division two features the speedy Classic Martine. This Classic Photo filly from Drinking Days has won six of nine starts this year for $112,083 in earnings and has really been sharp since moving into the Chris Oakes barn in early June, winning a pair of PA stakes in 1:53.1. The Hauser Bros, Susan Oakes and Conrad Zurich share ownership and top Tioga reinsman Jimmy Marohn, Jr has the drive. Post time on Saturday is 6:50pm. Dustin Ross

Andie Sophia and harness racing driver Larry Stalbaum lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $155,624 final of the Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-olds. Normally a Yonkers Trot companion event, the Hudson was all by itself this time around.

Lady Broadway was the overwhelming 1/5 favorite in the $155,624 final of the Hudson Filly Trot at Yonkers Raceway Saturday for harness racing three-year-old fillies but as the starting gate pulled away a case of stage fright sent the filly off-stride and out of the race.

Yonkers Raceway's upcoming calendar offers stakes from both the open and statebred sides of the menu.

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