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It took an exciting stretch drive for Love You Bye (McArdle-Cam's Genious) to pick up her third win in the last four starts at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 harness racing feature on Thursday night.   Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) sat in mid-pack through the early stages of the race, as Seascape Hanover (Fern Paquet Jr.) set the early pace of 26.1 for the quarter and 54.4 for the half. It was at the half-mile mark that Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) rallied up on the outside to take the lead, which she held through the three-quarter mark in 1:22.3.   Ugly Betty was in front into mid-stretch, at which point Seascape Hanover came back up the inside and Love You Bye commenced to close down the outside. Love You Bye managed to beat Seascape Hanover home to win in 1:52.1.   The complete order of finish was: Love You Bye, Seascape Hanover, Ugly Betty, Park N Orchard, Table Games, Elleofnxample, Artic Byrd, and R U Ideal. Let's Go Higher had been a Judge's scratch. Love You Bye is owned by D. Jimmy Whittemore of Norway, Maine and trained by Dennis Whittemore.   Live racing resumes on Friday night with an exciting 10-race program featuring $340,000 Zweig Memorial with Hambletonian runner-up Nuncio and betting favorite Father Patrick making up a very strong entry for trainer Jimmy Takter.   Sebastian K will also be racing at Vernon on Friday night in the $236,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot and he will be facing 2013 Horse Of The Year, Bee A Magician, who takes on the boys. Post time for racing on Friday night at Vernon Downs in 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs     

The $10,000 Open Pace feature at Vernon Downs on Thursday night came down to a photo finish that was won by Seascape Hanover (Camluck-Skateboard) in a final time of 1:51.3.   The hard-luck runner-up was Ugly Betty (John Macdonald), who had led from the outset of the race. The fractions were fairly quick with a quarter of 26.1 seconds, the half covered in 55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Ugly Betty showed no signs of fatigue in the stretch though after setting that snappy pace.   Seascape Hanover (Aaron Byron) had a perfect trip In The Pocket behind the leader and tipped outside on the far turn. She managed to wear down Ugly Betty through the stretch and just got her nose on the wire in time for the victory.   Upfront Secret (Chris Lems) was first-over on the backstretch, but her rally stalled as the field reached the far turn. This forced Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.), who was second-over, three-wide. Asset Management still was able to close well enough to finish third. The complete order of finish was: Seascape Hanover, Ugly Betty, Asset Management, Table Games, Artic Byrd, Love You Bye, and Upfront Secret.   Seascape Hanover is owned by Tessa Roland of Grinnell, Iowa and Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. The trainer is Mario Dessureault. The win on Thursday night was the fourth win in the last five starts at Vernon Downs for Seascape Hanover.   Live racing at Vernon Downs will resume on Friday night with a 12-race program that includes two New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The purse for each division will be $59,100. The program also includes two New York Excelsior "A" Series races and three New York Excelsior "B" Series races. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

Canaka BF (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus-Spotlite Lobell) rallied late for Ulf Ohlsson to win today's Gr. I UET Masters Series European Mares Championship at Solvalla, Sweden worth 650,000SEK to winner. Canaka BF recorded her 18th career win in 64 starts now for earnings of 4,905,292SEK. Today's victory was her fifth 2014 win in ten outings. Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) was a very game second for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini with third to She Loves You FI (7f Love You-SJ's Shad Roe-SJ's Photo) and Bjorn Goop. Time was 1.11.7kr, a SWE record for the 2140 meters autostart distance. Jorma Kontio steered Absolute Newport quickly to the lead and repulsed a three wide early move by Prussia to seize command. Kontio parked Prussia all the way until Absolute Newport stopped, yielding the leading spot to Prussia and she nearly held on under aggressive Gubellini handling. Canaka BF rallied wide in the late going to win by three-quarter length with She Loves You FI a close third and the Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross ended fourth. On the card the Carolo Mins for three year-olds went to US-bred Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) and Ulf Ohlsson. The 1640 meter autostart test had ten starters with 100,000SEK to the winner and Fire To The Rain scored in 1.11.7kr to just defeat Explosive De Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) and trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. This pair easily bested third place finisher Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Riordan. Fire To the Rain won for the third time in six lifetime starts, now for earnings of 1,130,365SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

After a brief respite, harness racing action returned today at Paris-Vincennes and what a card it was! Four Gr. II events highlighted the excellent Monday program under sunny skies, a forerunner to the next Vincennes winter meet. The E120,000 purse Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen for European three year-olds over 2175 meters, went to well-regarded Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Aloisio. He scored in 1.13.4kr in the eight horse field at 3.6/1 odds over Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha) and Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. Black d'Avril and Franck Ouvrie was third ahead of favorite Brutus du Bailly with J-M Bazire aboard. Time was 1.13.4kr for the winner. Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val) took the E120,000 Gr. II Prix Jockey for five year-olds. 13 horses faced the starter going 2700 meters. The 10/1 winner was teamed by trainer/owner Eric Lambertz timed in 1.14.3kr off slow fractions (1.15.7kr at 1500; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500 meters to go mark). Second favorite at 1.9/1 was second place finisher Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Julie Fortuna) with Pierre Vercruysse up. Very Nice Marceaux was first to lead and then followed early speed before traffic trouble was encountered. When free in the lane, Very Nice Marceaux could not gain on the winner. Victoire ended third for Mathieu Mottier with Voltigeur de Myrt home fourth for Eric Raffin. The 1.8/1 favorite Vinci de l'Abbaye was a dq for reinsman J-M Bazire. The three year-old European females battled in the E120,000 Gr. II Prix Guy Deloison over 2175 meters with 12 starters. Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville) prevailed by a neck at 4.1/1 for teamster Mathieu Mottier in 1.12kr after fast early fractions (1.08.4kr at 1500; 1.09.9kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500 to go mark) set by 57/1 Swan Wise As (3f Varenne-Golden Variety) that faded to eighth when challenged. Favorite Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quisny de Montfort) was a solid second for Eric Raffin with Beauty Turgot and Franck Nivard third ahead of Bardane du Houlbut, fourth for R-C Larue. Well-regarded Sister Dany Bar and Be My Girl (both off at under 10.1) were disqualified for miscues. The monte Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard for E120,000 over 2175 meters was contested by 13 five year-olds. Valse de Reve (5m Mister President-Nouba Houba) was the winner at 12.3/1 for Camille Levesque as this pair defeated second choice Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol) and David Thomain. 3/2 favorite Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action) was a fast closing third for Nathalie Henry with Valdice de Mars fourth for Yohan Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.12kr after speedy fractions (1.09.3kr at 1500; 1.10.3kr at 1000; 1.11.6kr with 500 to go). Vision Intense was away toward the back and was slow to move toward the lead until late in the contest when Ms. Henry pulled the plugs and her great mare accelerated without bearing out. Off this effort she will likely be a factor in the winter. Thomas H. Hicks

Un Mec d'Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d'Aunou) won today's E150,000 Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix d'Europe, over 28765 meters, at Enghien-Soisy, gaining sweet victory after his July 29 disqualification in the Hugo Abergs Memorial. Trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined today by Franck Ouvrie, the 4/5 favorite emerged late along the pegs to secure his 16th win in 29 starts now for E911,780 earned. Veteran Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) battled bravely to be second for Eric Raffin with 28.5/1 Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee) third for Roberto Andreghetti. Quoumba de Guez and Reve de Beylev ended fourth and fifth in the top field. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The undercard was a good one at Enghien-Soisy with the Quinte+ Prix l'Union de la Presse Hippique going to Italy's Romanesque with trainer Marco Smorgon up. The four year-old son of Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos won at 25.4/1 for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. Purse was E85,000 and 15 Europeans contested this one with 7/10 favorite Athos des Elfes (4m Ganemede-Iazio du Bourg) a game second for Jan Van Eeckhaute (trainer/driver) and J-P Dubois' Tast Of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) was a good, competitive third at 33/1 odds. The special E10 million Quinte+ jackpot produced strong wagering (win/place handle alone was over E971,300) and an exact order payoff of E182,616 for a two euro wager. The Prix de l'Association National des Turfistes, a Gr. III E80,000 purse test over 2150 meters, drew 10 starters and the 1.14.1kr winner was Denmark's Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) handled by Robert Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Independence. The 9/10 favorite, now a 10 time winner for E241,126, defeated Germany's Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CIA) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Josef Franzl. Plutonio was third for Franck Ouvrie at the lines for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. Thomas H. Hicks

The Hambletonian weekend and two important Derby’s in Europe (Germany and Hungary) did not diminish excellent graded trotting action in France. Village Mystic and owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron took the Gr. II Prix de la Haye at Enghien in a driving finish, holding off veteran Swedishman with Franck Nivard up. The €120,000 purse was contested over 2875 meters by 13 International rivals and the winner scored in 1.15.2kr as the favorite. The victory, his 12th career score, increased his life earnings to €774,320. August 2, 2014 Enghien, Gr. II Prix de la Haye, €120,000 purse, 2875 meters, International 13 starters, 1.15.2kr Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.4/1 Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 3.5/1 Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up, 38/1 .................................................................................................... The Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier also went to a well-regarded, well-known performer in the Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash is owned by Frederic Sauque and she won for the ninth time, now with career earnings of €445,450. Veteran Joseph Verbeeck teamed the winner as even-money favorite. She is from the good producing Buvetier d’Aunou mare Ivre de Victoire. Italy’s Sceicco was second for Andrea Guzzinati in the one mile test timed in 1.11.6kr. August 3, 2014, Enghien, Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier, purse €85,000, European 10 starters, 1609 meters autostart, 1.11.6kr Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer, Fredric Sauque owner, 1.1 favorite Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta), Andrea Guzzinati trainer/driver for Ecurie Louisiana, 7.2/1, Italy Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avri), Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederik Prat, 12.8/1 ........................................................................................................... The European Prix de la Ville de Cannes was held at Cagnes sur mer and this €60,000 purse test over 2925 meters went to Tempo de Carless and teamster David Bekaert. The favorite was a length winner in 1.14.3kr over Sweden’s Ouch with Christophe Martens aboard. Italy’s Osiride Griff, a son of Varenne, ended third.. Cagnes sur mer, Prix de la Ville de Cannes, €60,000 purse, European 13 starters, 2925 meters, 1.14.3kr Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless), David Bekaert up for Ph. Mortagne. 1.6/1 Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough), Christophe Martens, 6.4/1, Sweden Osiride Griff (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), Nicolas Ensch, 24.8/1, Italy Thomas H. Hicks

Sedin brothers Ed You scored again today in the V75 Gold at Dannero over 2140 meters autostart in 1.13.4kr. The recent winner of the Hugo Abergs Memorial on disqualification needed no help today as he scored victory 23 in 59 starts earn 150,000SEK first money. Ariel Boko and Clear Sign trailed the winner to the line with well-regarded Sanity in the beaten field. The winner is a seven year-old gelded son of Love You from Lancia Brick by Super Arnie. August 9, 2014, Dannero, Gold Adelspriset, 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.4kr. Ed You (7g Love You - Lancia Brick - Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer / driver for Stall Sedin, his 23rd win in 59 starts for 3,370,685SEK earned. Ariel Boko (7f Lemon Dra - Exciting Kronos - Viking Kronos), Per Linderoth trainer / driver Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern - Atlas Nice Sun L - Spotlite Lobell), Henrik Svensson trainer / driver In Italy, at Garigliano, the three year-old fillies contested the Campionato for E77,000 over 2100 meters autostart. Smeralda Jet and Antonio De Nardo took this victory, her eighth in 13 career starts, in 1.15.1kr over 2100 meters autostart. The daughter of Gigant Neo is from the good producing Nevele Pride mare Ticket To Ride. Savannah Bi and Scintilla Caf trailed the winner. August 7, 2014, L'ippodromo del Garigliano, Campionato Feminile 3 Year-Olds, purse €77,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.15.1kr Smeralda Jet (3f Gigant Neo - Ticket To Ride - Nevele Pride - JJ's Springsong), Antonio Di Nardo up Savannah Bi (3f Ganymede - Dakota Bi - Toss Out-Personal Banner - Royal Prestige - Delmary Hanover), Federico Esposito Scintilla Caf (3f Pine Chip-Eveline Caf - Supergill-Once In A Lifetime - Speedy Crown - Bustle), D. Di Stefano The top-flight L'ippodromo del Garigliano card also included victories in the Campionati Consolation by Seibella Park (3f Varenne - Grandera Park-Supergill - Ladylove Lobell - Speedy Somolli) in 1.13.8kr over 1600 meters autostart, and a win in battery A of the Palio dei Communi Memorial by Oudry dei Veltri (6f Varenne - Pamela Stra - Ghendero) as she defeated the great, but aging, mare Linda di Casei (9f Uronomtro - Comtesse Ferm - Diamond Way). Thomas H. Hicks  

Top trotting occurred last weekend through yesterday at various venues in Sweden. The most prestigious event was the August 2nd Ego Boys Gold Division at Rattvik that resulted in victory for Beer Summit and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters to earn 150,000SEK first money. He earned his 11th win in 42 starts now with earnings of 3,900,064SEK, with five victories this year in ten outings. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight) was second for Robert Bergh. The same card showcased the Sommartstravet Final, a Gr. II UET Masters Series event for 300,000SEK first prize contested over 2140 meters turning start. Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) won in 1.12.9kr for Torbjorn Janssen and trainer Robert Bergh, his fourth win in six 2014 starts and he now has eight wins in 18 career appearances. Venkatesh (5g Varenne) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and former Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You) a rallying third after being handicapped 40 meters. The 10.3SEK million career winner was timed in 1.11.7kr and driven by trainer Bergh. Rattvik also included on their card the Silver Final for 125,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart. BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored in 1.09.9kr for Peter Untersteiner, his ninth 2014 win in 12 starts. The 110,000SEK first prize Bronze Final over 1640 meters autostart, went to Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Curtsy Hanover now has seven wins in 21 career starts as she defeated the Jorma Kontio driven Trixam (by Pearsall Hanover). The 100,000SEK first money Montesserie Final (monte) went to Bearable (7g Rite On Line-Armbro Kewpie-Speedy Crown) and Anna Ronning. They scored over 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.5kr, the winner's 11th win in 42 starts. Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) overcame a 20 meter handicap to end second for Siv Emilie Lovvold. Yesterday at Aby, Veijo Heiskanen scored a triple and Linda Allercrantz had a driving double with Jerry Riordan trainees. Heiskanen won with Neron Bigi (7m Power To Charm-Edea-Atlas Fighter L in 1.12.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 70,000SEK; Daryl Boko (4g Majestic Son-Insider Trade-Donerail) in 1.14.1kr over 2640 meters autostart for 60,000SEK first prize; and Fabuleux BR (3m SJ's Photo-Fantasia-Speedy Soma) in 1.15.8kr over 2140 meters autostart for 35,000SEK. Allercrantz and Riordan won with Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 60,000SEK and also with Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) in 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. This winner earned 30,000SEK and is owned by Holger Ehlert. The Aby card also included an Aby Stora Pris prep that went to October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember) in 1.13.2kr for Adrian Kolgjini. He earned 70,000SEK over the 2140 meters autostart course. His 11th lifetime win in 29 starts. At Solvalla, the Victory Tilly, worth 75,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart, went to Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) and driver Erik Adielsson. The pair were timed in 1.12.8kr. The Gay Noons for 100,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, went to Lord Flax (3m Love You-Lady de Villeneuve-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Frederik Soderberg. The well-bred mare D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) won a 40,000SEK first prize event over 1640 meters autostart in a quick 1.11kr. Roger Walmann trains the ten time winner in 17 starts. Also winning in 1.11kr over the same distance, in an aged event, was Bon Frecia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Jorma Kontio up. He narrowly defeated Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

The battle for the title for leading sire of 4 year olds for the 2013/2014 harness racing season in New Zealand was a one horse affair with Bettors Delight finishing just under a million dollars in front. While that was a comprehensive win, the issue of a much larger crop once again helped to cement in that dominance. As Mach Three proved in the 3 year old division, numbers are really important.  Bettors Delight as is the norm for this great sire produced a freakish mare in Adore Me who was the top earning 4 year old of either sex. His colts and geldings were a handy lot as well but not in the class of Adore Me. The overall numbers for Bettors Delight are outstanding which has been par for the course throughout his siring career. The only negative if you wanted to be picky was the continued lack of any sire prospects emerging from each crop. Bettors Delight can produce champion mares like no other sire but his colts and geldings while very talented are not in the champion class. His best colts and geldings were headed by Elios 1:55 ($149,762) Arden Rooney 1:55.4 ($121,462) and Give The Wink 1:58 ($62,216) The best mares were headed by Adore Me 1:52.4 ($355,658) The Fascinator 1:58.9 ($47,601) and Maloo 2:00.4 ($30,022) Foals - 234 Winners (Aust / NZ) 114 % Winners / Foals - 48.71 Stakes (NZ) $1,803,565 Mach Three finished second nearly a million dollars behind Bettors Delight and a big part of that was the lack of contribution from his mares. While there was plenty of them on the track, they were a touch disappointing overall Mach Three did have a string of very nice colts which were all good enough to go around in the major classics. His overall percentages were up there with Bettor's Delight. His colts/geldings were headed by Cyamach 1:58.8 ($56,584)  Fifth Edition 1:56.6 ($56,251) and Machs Gladiator 1:57.7 ($50,642). His mares were led by Russley Haste 1:59.8 ($36,238) along with Clarisa 1:59.9 ($20,283) and Channell Bromac 1:59.1 ($18,932). Foals - 163 Winners (Aust / NZ) 75 % Winners / Foals - 46.01 Stakes (NZ) $823,098 Third on the sires list was the champion sire Christian Cullen who had a quieter year than normal. Even in a quieter year Christian Cullen managed to produce two horses that look capable of winning Grand Circuit races. Franco Nelson 1:53.1 ($174,990) and Saveapatrol 1:56.9 ($98,127) both look to have huge futures in front of them going by their performances this season. His mares racing in New Zealand were a touch disappointing but that was due in no small way to the fact his best two mares from that crop in Delightful Christian 1:52.1 ($368,611) and Opulent 1:57.3 ($188,047) were racing in Australia. Foals - 122 Winners (Aust / NZ) - 46 % Winners / Foals - 37.70 Stakes - $583,148 The trotting division was as clear cut as the pacing division with Monarchy completely dominating this division. The three biggest earners in Sheemon 1:57 ($135,872) Prime Power 1:56.5 ($67,201) and Royal Aspirations 1:56.5 ($60,488) were all sons of the Balanced Image sire. Second nearly $400,000 behind Monarchy was his Roydon Lodge stablemate in the form of the evergreen Sundon while Love You and Monkey Bones were close up in third and fourth. The emergence of Monarchy from Sundon's shadow and the prominent showing by the likes of Love You and Monkey Bones are all positive signs for the trotting breed going forward. Harnesslink media

The battle for the title of leading 3 year old sire in New Zealand went on for most of the harness racing season between Mach Three, Bettor's Delight and Art Major. Mach Three grabbed an early advantage and although challenged by the other two sires throughout the season, he managed to stay in front and late in the season Mach Three broke away for a comfortable win. It was always going to be an interesting battle because for once Mach Three had more foals than Bettor's Delight and Art Major. This season's standings prove once and for all that numbers are critical and that there is very little if anything between these three great sires in Mach Three, Bettor's Delight and Art Major. Mach Three showed once again his ability to leave that champion with Venus Serena in outstanding form all season with her win in the Jewels truly memorable.  Venus Serena 1:52.1($399,104) was the leading stake earner of either sex this season while other fillies to show up were Te Amo Bromac 1:55.8 ($40,416) and Rockn Ruby 1:57.7 ($39,118). The best colts were headed by Regulus 1:56.3 ($54,936)  No Doctor Needed 1:57.1 ($51,565) and Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($49,718) Even with his large crop, Mach Three's percentages were excellent once again. Foals - 152 Winners (Aust / NZ) 71 % Winners/Foals - 46.71 Stake Money - (NZ) $ 1,359,350 Bettor's Delight had another outstanding year but due to the smaller size of this years crop, he was brought back to the pack and had to fight hard to maintain his spot near the head of the sires table. If it hadn't been for the Australian bred Willow 1:56.3 ($110,265), Bettor's Delight would have slipped to third overall behind Mach Three and Art Major. Bettor's Delights best colt was the super consistent Tiger Tara 1:55.2 ($298,461) while others of note were Maxim 1:56.6 ($78,546) and Alleluia 1:58.2 ($57,982) His best filly was the speedy Lancewood Lizzie 1:57.9 ($59,949) while others to show up were Millie Sampson 1:56.1 ($54,245) and Snooki 1:55.8 ($42,460). Foals - 109 Winners (Aust/NZ) - 45 % Winners/Foals - 41.28 Stakes - (NZ) $1,126,070 Art Major had another outstanding year especially considering that he had the smallest crop of 3 year olds of the leading three sires. It was a toss up who was his best colt with both Isaiah 1:54.6 ($241,778) and Sky Major 1:52 ($158,422) having credible claims to the title while the next best was Major Bubbles 2:00.1 ($45,033) The Art Major fillies were ok but not as good as some recent crops.  The pick of them were Asoka 2:02.2 ($26,275)  Sweet Art 1:58.3 ($24,925) and Simply Stunning 2:02 ($21,286). Foals - 95 Winners (Aust/NZ) - 46 % Winners/Foals - 48.42 Stakes - (NZ) $1,044,423 There was a large gap back to the fourth placed sire in Christian Cullen but he did sire the brilliant Locharburn 1:56.4 ($256,067) and the outstanding filly Libertybelle Midfrew 1:56.1 ($166,112) (Aust/NZ) so he still has plenty to offer. American Ideal held his own without looking like challenging the top three and again showed that ability to leave a top filly with Ideal Belle 1:54 ($176,409) being unlucky to strike one as good as Venus Serena. One sire to show up down the sires list was Western Ideal who had a crop of 3 year olds which numbered just ten. From that crop of ten Western Ideal produced four very smart individuals headed by the brilliant filly Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($101,023)  Ideal Power 1:56.4 ($41,047)  Jango Fett 1:55.9 ($29,928) and Gentle Western 1:55 ($17,000) who looked the best of the four until hurt in a race smash which ended his season. The trotting division looked tight early on between Majestic Son and Love You but Majestic Son just ran away with the title when the classics rolled around. King Denny 2:00.1 ($162,753) was easily the best 3 year old colt while Majestic Time 1:58.6 ($56,725) was just as easily the best 3 year old filly His stock were clearly on top by seasons end with a gap of nearly $200,000 between first and second. Monarchy claimed second with Love You close up in third and these two sires along with Majestic Son appear to have established a break on the other trotting sires available in New Zealand.. Venus Serena Harnesslink media

As the harness racing season ends on the 31st of July in New Zealand, Harnesslink thought it was an appropriate time to review how all the leading sires and other sires on the improve performed in each age bracket. First up is the 2 year old division. Two stallions dominated this division this year with Bettor's Delight and Art Major competing for divisional honours. To be fair the playing field was tilted rather dramatically in Bettor's Delight's favour by the fact that Bettor's Delight had 230 two year olds eligible to race while Art Major only had 85. As has become the norm worldwide it was the fillies by Bettor's Delight which really lifted him on the sires list. His three biggest stake earners for the season in Joanne's Delight 1:56.8 ($134,094) Linda Lovegrace 1:57.7 ($127,789) and Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($117,872) are all fillies and the only fillies to earn in excess of $100,000 this season that were bred in New Zealand. Bettor's Delight best colts were headed by Hug The Wind 1:56.8 ($102,332) Express Stride 2:00.2 ($76,660) and Bettor Spirits 1:59.1 ($61,601) Foals - 230   New Zealand bred winners (Aus / NZ) - 30 % of winners to foals - 13.04 NZ stakes - $871,314 For a sire with just 85 two year olds eligible to race, Art Major had a great year with runners in all the major races. The best colts were headed by Say My Name 1:57.9 ($87,673) Mighty Flying Major 1:58.4 ($60,156) and Art Union 1:58.4 ($56,853). The best fillies were headed by Fight For Glory 1:59.2 ($83,936) Unforgiving 1:57 ($45,263) and Art Critic 1:56.9 ($20,836) The elephant in the room for Art Major is of course Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($272,080) with the Australian bred 2 year old dominating the juvenile scene in New Zealand. Foals - 85   New Zealand bred winners (Aus / NZ) - 16 % of winners to foals - 18.82 NZ stakes - $528,121 The third place getter on the sires list is the elite sire Mach Three. With a crop of just 73, Mach Three was up against it but it still was not one of his best years.. Mach Three did produce Chachingchaching 1:56.6 ($52,600) and Cyclone Kate 1:55.5 ($32,070) but his best performer was another of the Mark Purdon Australian imports in Supersonic Miss 1:54.1 ($137,128) who has legitimate claims to the two year old filly of the year title. The fourth place getter was Courage Under Fire who from a very small crop of just 23 did manage to produce the biggest stake earning 2 year old in New Zealand last season in Alta Orlando 1:56.2 ($141,749). Another that did not have his best year was super sire Christian Cullen who sired just two winners from 72 foals which by his very high standards is not like him. However Christian Cullen looks to have a very smart colt in Bracken Ridge and several qualifiers that look way above average so his stats look like they will come right at three. The best of the first season sires by a margin was the son of In The Pocket in Changeover. In Aust / NZ Changeover had 13 individual winners and plenty of qualifiers, which bodes well for his future. In the trotting ranks it was a two horse war all season between Love You and Majestic Son. It wasn't settled until late in the season with Majestic Son claiming a narrow victory on paper but it was very hard to separate them really. Monbet ($66,145) and Yaugunnakissmeornot ($26,180) starred for Love You while Wanna Play ($50,771) and Prince Feerless ($57,956) were the headliners for Majestic Son. The newcomer Angus Hall made a big impression with his first crop, finishing third overall and siring the most individual winners with the smallest crop of any of the top three sires. Harnesslink media

It never takes long in harness racing for a horse to be forgotten when its not racing every week. People move on quickly and focus on what is racing. Habibti 1:56.5T ($283,007) falls squarely into that group as the forgotten superstar of trotting in Australasia. The daughter of Love You had an amazing 3 year old season last year in which she won The New Zealand Trotting Stakes (Group 1), New South Wales Derby (Group 1), New South Oaks (Group 1) and the Victorian Oaks (Group 1) amongst her nine wins. She accounted for Blitzthemcalder, Sheemon, Spidergirl and Royal Aspirations amonst others during the season. Coming back early as a 4 year old, Habibti jumped straight in the deep end and took on Australia's best trotters in Melbourne. The best win was undoubtedly in the Dullard Cup (Group One) where she accounted for Keystone Del, My High Expectations and Aleppo Midas amongst others. Returning to New Zealand, Habibti just started to show signs that all the racing and traveling was taking its toll on her. Trainer/ driver David Butt convinced the owners to miss all the rich plums on offer and give the mare a well deserved break with a view to her coming back bigger and better at five. Prior to that Habibti was served and conceived to top trotting sire Majestic Son and the embryo was transferred to a surrogate mare who is due to foal later in the year. After a lengthy spell Habibti returned to the Butt barn in early May and she is on track to return to the trials in September with a view to being ready for Cup week at Addington. Thought is being given to another embryo transfer early in the new season with Angus Hall and Andover Hall the main sires in consideration. To add further to Habibti's value as a future broodmare is the emergence of her full sister Habibti Ivy who was 11 seconds under the previous New Zealand record for 2400 meters from a stand when she qualified for trainer Paul Nairn in 3:09.5 at Ashburton on Tuesday 29th July. On that run, Habibti Ivy will be a serious player in the 3 year old classics next season. Meanwhile Habibti only needs to reproduce her early 4 year old form to once again become a serious contender in all the major trotting races next season. After looking after Habibti's welfare so well in the last twelve months, David Butt and the ownership group deserve to reap the rewards of their patience over the next twelve months with this outstanding mare. Harnesslink media      

The hotly contested Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden for 1SEK million first prize, was decided by the judges in favor of Ed You, the seven year-old gelded son of Love You. Robert Bergh is trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB (also owner of Nahar) as Ed You closed on the outside to nip Occhione Jet on the line. Ed You won for the 22nd time in 58 career starts. Actual winner Un Mec d'Heripre, handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy, was disqualified for interference against Magic Tonight and Johan Untersteiner in mid-stretch. The pacesetter was Truculent and Johnny Takter as they parked out veteran Commander Crowe and his teamster Robin Bakker. Un Mec d'Heripre followed the Commander, his Fabrice Souloy trained stablemate, as the veteran eventually put away Truculent at top of stretch and appeared toward a popular victory until flattening out in the final 100 yards. The whole field seized the moment and Un Mec d'Heripre left second on the outer behind the tiring Commander Crowe and moved to the lead scoring easily by a length. Ed You and Occhione Jet flashed up on the outside to be second and third. Judges immediately signaled inquiry and then disqualified Un Mer d'Heripre alleging that he forced out, affecting Magic Tonight . Well regarded Orecchietti make a miscue early and was disqualified. Summary follows for the V75-6 event: Hugo Abergs Memorial Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to winner, 1.10.1kr, winner by disqualification of Un Mec d'Heripre for interference in stretch 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB, 22nd win in 58 for 3,220,685SEK 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop Today was an historical day in European trotting racing. Jägersro (Malma) hosted the initial Breeders Course Final, this with ten three year-old open trotters racing for 550,000SEK first money. The international field included five Italian-breds, three Swedish-bred, one French and one Finnish horses. The contestants are trained in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland, and owned in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Holland and Finland. Winter's Iceman, a three year-old gelded son of Love You, owned in Finland, took the prize for teamster Jorma Kontio timed in 1.11.6kr over the 1609 meter autostart course. Italy's Spartan Kronos ended second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. That son of Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos was a 2013 import from Germany. The Jerry Riordan trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined, Conway Hall filly Saphire Bi was third for Italian owner Maurizio Cavezzzali with From Dust To Dawn home fourth. Race summary follows: Premio Going Kronos, Final Breeders Course for three year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 550,000SEK to winner (€60,000), 1.11.6kr 1st Winter's Iceman (3g Love You-Catch The Lady-Running Sea), Jorma Kontio up, third career win in 12 starts for 776,501SEK 2nd Spartan Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for Jerry Riordan trainer 4th From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), Johnny Takter Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream, wired a solid field to win the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer at Jagersro, defeating heavily favored Corky and Erik Adielsson in making his first start for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Tumble Dust was quick away from post one for Bjorn Goop in this V75-4 event and parked Corky (4m Muscles Yankee) throughout, holding that one safe by a neck in 1.10.5kr over the 1609 meters autostart course. He secured 200,000SEK first money for Stall Tumble Boys and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Tumble Dust is model of consistency as he scored victory five in 21 career starts, with five times second and six thirds, for earnings of 2,264,059SEK. The Conway Hall son Tycoon Conway Hall was third for Steen Juul. Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner Fractions: first 500 meters 1.08.9kr; 1.10.7 at 1000 meters, finish 1.10.5kr (1:53.43) 1st Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Bjorn Goop, Tomas Malmqvist trainer, fifth career win in 21 starts for 2,264,059SEK for owner Stall Tumble Boys, career slate now 5-5-6 in those 21 appearances 2nd Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson, Stig H. Johansson trainer 3rd Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill), Steen Juul up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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