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The connections of Swedish star Commander Crowe have officially accepted an invitation to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot for the third time and the chestnut champion will make his first star on U.S. soil this fall. Commander Crowe raced in the Breeders Crown Trot in 2011-2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third to San Pail and third to Chapter Seven in his respective events. Since moving to the stable of French trainer Fabrice Souloy in 2010, Commander Crowe, now 11, is still going strong. He earned a Breeders Crown invitation by winning the Aby Stora Pris, a Grade 1 event in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August. Owned by Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg) the gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell has won 60 races in 103 starts, for earnings of $4.7 million. "We are delighted to accept your kind invitation for our horse Commander Crowe in order to participate in this years Breeders Crown for older trotters," said Joakim Wihlborg via emial. "We are fully aware of the conditions and we are looking forward to be a part of the big event." The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Trainer Fabrice Souloy reports that Commander Crowe will arrive in the U.S. in mid-October. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot is one of 12 championship events worth a total of $5.6 million to be raced at The Meadowlands over the weekend of Friday, Nov.21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information visit www.themeadowlands.com or www.hambletonian.org    

Lexington, KY --- The Kentucky Horse Park will host a book signing for Standardbred Old Friends with author Ellen Harvey on Wednesday (Oct. 1) from 10 a.m.-12 noon. A collection of endearing stories on the lives of legendary Standardbred horses, this book is a collaboration with award-winning equine photographer Barbara Livingston, whose popular books Old Friends and More Old Friends, painted a sentimental portrait of champion racehorses long gone from the spotlight. Guests who purchase a copy of the book will receive half off admission to the park on Oct. 1 and the special all-Standardbred Hall of Champions Show at 1:15 p.m. organized for the occasion. A collection of Standardbred sulkies will also be put on display this day for guests to view, including a rare tandem sulky and a sulky used with Hall of Fame pacer Rambling Willie. Guests may pre-order the book through the park’s online gift shop, atwww.kyhorsepark.com/shop, or at 859.259.4234, to ensure they have a copy, or to have a copy held for them if they are unable to attend the event. The first 50 books pre-ordered will also be signed by the book’s photographer, Barbara Livingston. Books may be picked up anytime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 12, or shipping can be arranged. Standardbred Old Friends focuses on the distinctly American breed that evolved from a horse that carried the family to church, raced at the county fair and now competes world-wide at a trot and pace.  Standardbred Old Friends portrays 43 horses, ages 19 to 37, most of them millionaires with Hall of Fame membership, but some of more modest distinction -- occupied as show horses, in law enforcement or as hardworking, blue-collar performers. With Harvey telling the rich tales of horses from Sweden to Southern California, from Maine to Florida, Livingston has captured images of horses whose achievements are now decades past, but whose memories will last a lifetime.  Standardbred Old Friends looks at the lives of horses like the Kentucky Horse Park’s own champion Standardbred pacers, Staying Together and Western Dreamer. Staying Together was foaled in nearby Georgetown, and won 21 of 26 starts in 1993, setting a speed record, in one of harness racing’s most memorable seasons. Stanley, as he is known, is now blind due to an incurable eye disease, but he has been able to adapt due to his own tenaciousness and his handlers’ care of him. Western Dreamer, or Dreamer, is the park’s resident Triple Crown winner, winning pacing’s Triple Crown in 1997 and becoming the first gelding of any breed to win a Triple Crown. Born just three miles from the Kentucky Horse Park, Dreamer is the son of Western Hanover, one of the most influential Standardbred sires in history.  Other Standardbred horses featured in the book include North American and European superstar Mack Lobell, now 30, at his home along the shores of Lake Malaren in southern Sweden, 2004 Horse of the Year Cam’s Card Shark at historic Hanover Shoe Farm in central Pennsylvania, and mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie among the live oaks at their home in central Florida. For a video sample of the photos in the book and a look at the making ofStandardbred Old Friends, featuring 30-year-old champion Standardbred roadster Autobahn at Cane Run Farm in Kentucky, go to this link. The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 2. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12, and includes the next day free. Children 6 and under are always admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate; and the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” -- The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop. From the Kentucky Horse Park

Paris-Turf reported today that Commander Crowe could race in the September 14th UET Masters Series Final in Copenhagen and then may fly to New Jersey and the barn of trainer Trond Smedshammer. The 11-year-old chestnut son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell could then appear in three USA events, the Red Mile's Allerage, the Yonkers International and the Breeders Crown at the new Meadowlands. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Norway's Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) took today's Gr. I UET Masters Series Jubileumspokalen over 2140 meters autostart at Solvalla. The winner earned 1 million SEK (US$145,140) for the victory, his 17th in 24 career starts, now with earnings of 4,732,895SEK. Geir Vegard Gundersen trains the winner and he was the driver. The important victory was number five this year in eight outings. Winning time was 1.11.7kr (Varenne race record of 1.11.2kr in 2002). BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and Claes Boko ended third for Erik Adielsson teaming for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Stefan Melander's Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) was a fast closing fourth after encountering traffic trouble throughout from second tier post 11. John Campbell reined Standout. Magic Tonight was first to the lead with Beer Summit In The Pocket. BBS Sugarlight was first up early and then Time Machine went three wide to move alongside leader Magic Tonight. BBS Sugarlight was shuffled a bit and then made a three-wide charge late but could not hold off the eventual winner in what was a great contest with flying finish. Magic Tonight ended eighth, Beer Summit was tenth with Denmark's Stelton disqualified for a miscue. Support Justice may be one to watch in other upcoming classics. Replay of today's Support Justice victory may be seen here. Also video of Mack Lobell and John Campbell today at Solvalla follows. The Jubileumsspokalen began in 1977 and to date has produced three-time winners Zoogin and Gidde Palema. Pershing, Callit and Victory Tilly won this event twice. Stig H. Johansson has won this race as driver nine times followed by Ake Svanstedt with seven victories. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Video of Mack Lobell & John Campbell

Through the years fast miles have been the norm on the mile clay oval at Springfield. The fastest in a pari-mutuel race was eight years ago when My Boy David sped to a 1:47.4 clocking with Andy Miller in 2006. While many may remember My Boy David’s fastest mile in Springfield history that came in his Illinois State Fair Stake elimination race, most fans may not know that the 3-year-old Homer Hochstetler trainee didn’t go on to win that $50,000 Final four days later. Fox Valley Tribal, driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Bob Sanders, took the championships in 1:49 flat, a half-length ahead of Thisbigdogwilfight. My Boy David settled for third (1:49.2), beaten two lengths. My Boy David would bounce back to take the Dudley Hanover title at Du Quoin and the Pete Langley Memorial Championship on Super Night and would go on to compete into 2012 at the age of nine, amassing over $1.3 million for owner Shirley Le Vin of Barrington Hills. My Boy David winning at Balmoral The great Mack Lobell holds the Springfield record for a trotter when he motored to a 1:52.1 clocking with John Campbell in the 1987 George Alexander Memorial as a 3-year-old. The fastest mile ever paced on the Springfield big track came in a time trail in 1993 when Cambest (Bill O’Donnell) stopped the timer in a sizzling 1:46.1. The oldest Springfield track record goes back to the year 2000 when the Erv Miller Stable’s Incredible Tillie (Andy Miller) took the 3-year-old filly pace in 1:49.2 some 14 years ago. The newest track record belongs to PQ Three, another Erv Miller trainee.  Last year Mike Oosting drove PQ Three to a 1:50 flat victory in the 2-year-old colt pace championship, bettering the old mark by 2/5’s of a second shared by Hot N Sporty (2005) and Lucky’s Z Tam (2006). To view Archived Notes and Quotes click here     County Fair Report   EFFINGHAM COUNTY FAIR AT ALTAMONT   Tuesday Afternoon-1 pm FIRST: $1,125 2 and 3-Year-Old Pace: Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast) Perfectly Clear (Kyle Wilfong)                       2:00.2  Trainer: Bob Rittof. Owners: Angela Coleman and Bob Rittof. SECOND: $1,125 2 and 3-Year-Old Pace: Togetherforver (Michael Johnson)                  2:02.4 Trainer: Michael Johnson. Owner: Rhonda Manship. THIRD: $1,300 Open 3-Year-Old Trot: Morgans Majestic (Ladarrius Whitaker)         2:0.2 Trainer: Ladarrius Whitaker. Owner: Gloria Gillis. FOURTH: $1,300 Non-Winners of $7,500 LT Pace: Ava Destruction (Darla Martin)                      2:00.3 Trainer: Joan Brown. Owners: David and Joan Brown. FIFTH: $1,900 ICF Maidens Trot: At Risk (Darla Martin)                                    2:06.4 Trainer: Darla Martin Owner: Darla Martin. BOONE COUNTY FAIR AT BELVIDERE   Tuesday Afternoon-Noon FIRST: $3,575 NICA 2-Year-Old Filly Pace: Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Slow) Rockin Cassinova (Jay Garrels)                      2:15.1 Trainer: Jay Garrels/ Owners: William and Wm. Pat De Long. SECOND: $3,496 NICA 2-Year-Old Colt Pace: Miss Mascoutin (Robert Yohn)                      2:25.1 Trainer: Robert Yohn. Owners: Philips Krogman and Robert Yohn. THIRD: $6,039 NICA 2-Year-Old Trot: New Achiever (Orval Bronkhorse)                 2:21.3 Trainer: Orval Bronkhorse. Owner: Orval Bronkhorst. FOURTH: $3,300 ICF 4-Year-Olds and Up Trot: Fall Creek Bandit (John Roberts)                   2:13 Trainer: Don Brown. Owners: Don and Vicky Brown. FIFTH: 1,000 Non-Winners of $1,500 Trot: Foxiesbandofgold (Robert Yohn)                  2:14.4 Trainer: Robert Yohn. Owner: Richard Thompson. SIXTH: PACE, 2 and 3-Year-Old Pace: Elusive Return (Gary Rath)                            2:11.1 Trainer: Gary Rath. Owners: Gary and Kathryn Rath. WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR AT MARION     Tuesday Afternoon: 1 pm FIRST: $5,852 ECS 3-Year-Old Pace: Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast) Cypress Hill Rose (Clay Simpson)                  1:59.2 Trainer: Donald James. Owner: Donald James. SECOND: $5,752 ECS 3-Year-Old Trot: Battleshoe King (Clay Simpson)                    2:04.3 Trainer: Clay Simpson. Owners: Buddy and Clay Simpson. THIRD: $800 Non-Winners of $3,500 LT Trot: Hoosier Jared (Cleon Woods)                         2:03.4 Trainer: Cleon Woods. Owner: Cleon Woods. FOURTH: $800 Free For All Pace: Smoke Rings (Larry Ward)                             2:00.3 Trainer: Larry Ward. Owner: Larry Ward. FIFTH: $6,700 ICF 4-Year-Old and Up Trot: Hong Kong Kwyne (Dennis Gardner)           2:04.4 Trainer: Dennis Gardner. Owner: George Knackmuhs. By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

The July 29th edition of the Hugo Abergs Memorial is set and includes prior multiple winner Commander Crowe and  rivals Magic Tonight (bred by Canadians Libfeld and Katz), Un Mer d'Heripre and Oasis Bi. This famous international event, contested over 1609 meters, started in 1970, has a rich history with many US-bred winners including Peace Corps (a two-time winner), Sea Cove, Kosar, Mack Lobell, Pershing, Citation and others. Two-time winners, in addition to those noted above, include Lavec Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. With good weather they expect a competitive and fast race over the 1000 meter course at Jagersro (Malmo, SWE) as the combatants seek the winners' share of the 1.75SEK million purse in this Gr. I International test. Horse-Trainer (Driver) Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini (also driver) Truculent - Lars I Nilsson (Johnny Takter) Orecchietti - Stefan Hultman (Örjan Kihlström) Magic Tonight - Roger Walmann (Johan Untersteiner) Un Mec d’Heripre - Fabrice Souloy (Franck Nivard) Commander Crowe - Fabrice Souloy (Robin Bakker) Ed You - Robert Bergh (also driver) Oasis Bi - Stefan P Pettersson (Björn Goop) Occhione Jet - Stig H Johansson (Erik Adielsson) Mr Picolit - Raoul Engblom (Torbjörn Jansson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) capped off an excellent racing day and weekend at Axevalla, today also an extra V75 wagering card. Johan Untersteiner drover the winner to a 1.13.7kr victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner,  who had quite a great day as he recorded five more wins within the V75. The 2640 meter autostart event was worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner in this StoChampiontet for four year-old females. Neona Princess recorded her 11th career win now for earnings of 2,267,360SEK. She has three wins and three second place finishes in eight 2014 starts. Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ's Caviar) was second for Johnny Takter in a close battle to the line. The outstanding card also featured victories by the following: M.T. Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver for Misty Trotting AB. Snabba Cash (4g Ready Cash0Scarlet Diablo-Pine Chip) in 1.14.kr over 2140 meters turning start to earn 110,000SEK for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Speediablo AB. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) in 1.13.2kr for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. He was a photo-finish winner for his fourth score in seven career appearances. Perfect Cash (4f Ready Cash-Icy Shadow-Starchip Enterprise) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.1kr in this StoChampiontet Consolation over 2140 meters autostart. The victory was worth 100,000SEK to owner KAK Forvaltning AB. Rigatoni (4f Deweycheatumnhowe-Canneloni-Mack Lobell) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann as they earned 100,000SEK for owner Team SHF-Easy. Rigatoni scored in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters turning start. Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner for owner Torn Roger. The winner scored in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart for her fourth win in eight starts in 2014, and this victory earned 100,000SEK. US-bred Proud Victory Rose (6m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner) also posted a victory today worth 50,000SEK to owner Victory Racing Stable and reinsman Hakan B. Johansson. He scored in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, his third 2014 win in five outings. Yesterday at Axevalla, the Silver Division (125,000SEK to the winner) over 1640 meters autostart, went to Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) in 1.11kr for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and owner Stall Ignarus. He scored his fifth 2014 win in eight starts and he's now 11 for 33 lifetime. US-bred Sandrngham Hanover was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp, this one is a seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover. The three year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell, Michelangelo As, won for Johnny Takter in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters turning start. This promising colt now has three wins and two seconds in six career starts, all in 2014. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) took today’s Gr. I International €140,000 purse Prix Saint Michel, contested over 1609 meters (one mile) at the fast Mikkeli Finland racetrack. The race was a UET Masters Series event. Seven starters battled in this one after the scratch of Joke Face. Prussia and She Loves You were out early, disqualified for miscues. Monster Drive gained the front early for Jorma Kontio and controlled the pace until top of stretch when second over Reven d’Amour rallied wide to win comfortably in 1.10.3kr (1:53.1 mile time). The Swedish registered trotter was driven by Mika Forss for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson and owner Stall Harriet. The winner now has 21 career wins in 77 starts for €700,629 earned. The victory cements a solid 2014 comeback for Reven d’Amour and also for the Larsson family who suffered a 2014 Copenhagen Cup reported disqualification of Caballion for a banned substance in Denmark. Caballion was trained for that race by Franck Leblanc. Finland’s Surprise Lord (8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) finished second today for IIkka Normonen driving for Mme. K. Kindsberg trainer. Another Finland trotter Super Frido (6m Love You-Empress Kemp) closed for third for trainer/driver Markku Nieminen. Monster Drive faded to fourth with USA’s Beer Summit fifth. The card today at Mikkeli also showcased wins by Vesuvio As (8m Windsong’s Legacy-Remini As-Mack Lobell), Dance Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Dancing Trout-Dancer’s Victory) and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem). By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The author of Standardbred Old Friends, a coffee table book featuring the work of renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston, will sell and sign copies of the book on Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, Delaware, on Thursday, July 24. The 216 page book features 150 photos and author Ellen Harvey's stories of 43 horses of great achievement, long gone from the spotlight, but still cherished and well cared for in the twilight of their lives. For a video about the making of the book, click here. The signing will benefit Horse Lovers United (HLU), a Delmarva group that places Standardbreds and other horses in to second careers and adoptive homes after their racing days are over. HLU placed one of the horses featured in the book, Dust Devil, who is now 24 years old and living on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harvey will be signing at the M & T Grandstand from 3 p.m. to the close of racing that evening; the book is $30, with a portion of proceeds going to help HLU care for and place horses in need of homes. To learn more about Standardbred Old Friends, which features high profile horses like Mack Lobell, Cam's Card Shark, Winky's Gill, Staying Together, Western Dreamer and the late Moni Maker, Matt's Scooter and Giant Victory, "like" Standardbred Old Friends Book on Facebook. For more information on Horses Lovers United, go to www.horseloversunited.com. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Veteran Mack Grace SM recorded another victory in Italy today as he won the GP Citta'di Treviso over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was £45,100 in this event for aged campaigners. Roberto Andreghetti was the pilot as the winner battled with Orsia early in the contest before putting her away (she ended third) and also second place Perkins Grif. The eight year-old winning son of CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal recorded his 50th career win in 95 outings for career earnings of £1,484,962, In the past twelve months the classy campaigner was been victorious 16 times in 19 starts for £633,012 and he now has over 30 wins in Grand Premio races and their eliminations. 6 GR.PR.CITTA' DI TREVISO E 45.100 mt 1609 - Trio   1° 3 MACK GRACE SM R.Andreghetti 11.7 2° 5 PERKINS GRIF A.Farolfi 11.9 3° 1 ORSIA A.Gocciadoro 11.9 4° 2 LA VIDA LOCA T.Di Lorenzo 12.0 5° 6 ISAAK BI A.Raspante 12.2 6° 7 PRIDE WISE AS A.Greppi 12.6 0° 4 NO MAN'S LAND P.Gubellini rc 0° 8 PAPALLA G.Lombardo Jr   On Saturday high-class racing took place at Halmstad SWE. Winners of interest included Orecchietti (by From Above) in the Gold Division for aged trotters as he scored for Orjan Kihlstom. Air Frame (by Scarlet Knight) won what may be referred to as the Swedish Oaks for four year-old mares. See below. Alibabba J (7g Paparazzy-Goldwell-Diamond Way), Asa Svensson up, 1.12.7kr, 40,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart monte Recation (6f Dream Vacation-Alexia Hammering-Smasher), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.10.7kr, 100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart. Bold And Fresh was second as the former Hambo Oaks winner is racing better Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover), Peter Untersteiner aboard, 1.10.5kr over 1609 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ's Photo), Per Lennartsson up, 1.10.9kr over1609 meters autostart, The Sprinter Masters Mares Final (four year-olds) with 541,596SEK to winner Orecchietti (7m From Abover-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner of this Gold Division, that recorded his 19th victory in 37 outings for 4,352,860SEK and his fourth straight win (two in 2014). Solvato and Monster Drive ended next in line Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop up, 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart in the ECT Next Year event with 75,000SEK to the winner, her ninth career win in 16 starts for 1,175,426SEK By Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Goshen, NY - If you have ever been the caretaker, trainer or owner of a horse that had a special gift of speed and talent--then you recognize it when you see it.   If you have ever shared a unique bond with that almost "human" horse--then you have experienced that indescribable feeling.   If you have ever wondered what ever happened to that horse that provided you with some of the biggest thrills of your life--then you know that inescapable wonder.   It's all in here. Every picture and every page contains yet another one of those stories.   Standardbred Old Friends is as unique a book as the equine characters it chronicles. Historical in nature, existential in substance.   From Hall of Fame trotters to Horse of the Year pacers--dozens of them. Each with their own legacy, each with their own people that loved them. Each story more inspiring than the next. The authors visited Mack Lobell in Sweden and Miss Easy in Hanover. From California to Maine and from Florida to Kentucky, they traveled far and wide to meet and greet horses big and small.   With such an expansive distance between these stone-dust heroes, compiling this compendium of athletes was a feat as remarkable as the authors themselves. The photographer, Barbara Livingston, is a multiple Eclipse award-winning legend who has captured some of the most iconic equine images of our generation. She partnered with Ellen Harvey, who left no stone unturned in her quest to reveal some of the most touching accounts of the bond between animal and person, as well as between two stablemates.   Together they tell the stories of 43 horses that have left the racetrack long ago, yet still have loyal fans and followers. Like the story of 25-year-old Staying Together who is living out his days at the Kentucky Horse Park. Despite his blindness, the 1993 Horse of the Year continues to serve as a goodwill ambassador. The pictures are breathtaking with stories to match.   The account of Flat Foot Fluzy and her friend Keystone Wallis give credence to the notion that horses are gregarious creatures. Or the California pacers who have happily pulled a carriage after they quit pulling a sulky in the 90s. Or the New Jersey-bred colt that became a Saratoga police horse for an encore. Or the mother/daughter reunion that had an unexpected surprise.   So many great horses, and how they are surrounded by the people who love them. Some reunited, some returned home, all with dignity.   by Chris Tully for Harnesslink.com              

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Acclaimed equine photographer Barbara Livingston will be at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. on Friday, July 4 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about and sign her latest book, Standardbred Old Friends. She will also sign at adjacent Historic Track starting at 1 p.m., when racing begins. The book, with 150 photos and stories about most of the living Hall of Fame Standardbreds over age 20, is the third in her Old Friends series of coffee table books about high profile horses, now in the twilight of their lives. The 216 page book also includes photos and stories, by Ellen Harvey, of some hard working blue collar horses, now enjoying a new career or retirement. Standardbred Old Friends is the culmination of a year of traveling from Sweden to southern California and Maine to Florida to capture images of the featured horses at their homes. The lush birch forest of southern Sweden surrounds Hambletonian-winning trotter Mack Lobell at home, while blue collar ex-racehorses Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover are seen strolling through tide pools at Maine's Popham Beach State Park. Mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie are depicted beneath the live oaks of their central Florida home. The oldest horse in the book, 37-year-old Waco Hanover, was photographed in an early winter snowfall in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. Livingston, who is chief photographer for the Daily Racing Form, has twice won the Eclipse Award for her Thoroughbred racing photography. Her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal. The book retails for $30. The museum is at 240 Main Street in Goshen and admission is always free. There is racing on July 4 at adjacent Historic Track at 1 p.m., adults $5 (includes program) and children under 12 are free.   Those who cannot attend the signing can purchase the book at www.harnessmuseum.com or by calling 845-294-6330.          

Timoko, with Bjorn Goop up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, won today’s €150,000 Gr. I UET Masters Series Kymi Grand Prix at Kuovolo Finland. The 2014 Elitloppet winner, bred in France, overcame a second tier start and a death seat overland journey to rally by a head over very game pacesetter Commander Crowe, in rein to Robin Bakker. Timoko scored for the 23rd time in his career and his earnings have now reached €2,664,690, for the 9/10 favorite. Commander Crowe was second choice in the wagering at 3.3/1 with 50/1 longshot, pocket sitting Up-Date Hoss a close third on the line for Ari Moilanen and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Time for the 2100 meter autostart distance was 1.13kr with dynamic final 500 meters. June 14, 2014 Kuovolo Finland – Kymi Grand Prix €150,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1,13.kr Fractions: 1.09.5kr first 500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 1500; 1.13kr finish 1st Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant), Bjorn Goop up for Richard Westerink, 9/10 favorite, 23rdwin for €2,664,690 2nd Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell), Robin Bakker up for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 3.3/1 3rd Up-Date Hoss (8m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride), Ari Moilanen up for Stig H. Johansson at 50/1 Ed You and Amour d’Occagnes finished fourth-fifth respectively. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Uncle Peter and Johnny Takter next face the starting gate on June 14 in the Gr. I UET Master Series’ Norbottens Stora Pris. The group will contest 2140 meters for 1 million krowns. The field includes Raja Mirchi and Nahar, last years’ winner and the 2013 Elitloppet champion. This event began in 1954 and was named the Top of Europe Trot through 2006. Winners from 2007-2013 are shown below with Digger Crown the fastest at 1.12kr in 2007. Norrbottens Stora Pris- kr.1.000.000- Gr.1 – UET Masters Series 1.            Amaru Boko (Torbjörn Jansson) 2.            Occhione Jet (Björn Goop) 3.            Raja Mirchi (Adrian Kolgjni) 4.            Nahar (Robert Bergh) 5.            Porthos Amok (Örjan Kihlström) 6.            New Line (Jorma Kontio) 7.            Beer Summit (Ulf Ohlsson) 8.            Quid Pro Quo (Erik Adielsson) 9.            Uncle Peter (Johnny Takter) 10.          Muskelmann G.T. (John Östman) Norrbottens Stora Pris Past Winners 2007-2013 Year Winner Driver Odds Time Kr Second Third 2013 Nahar Robert Bergh 2,37 1.12,1 You Bet Hornline Sanity 2012 Sanity Johnny Takter 1,68 1.11,6 Nahar Noras Bean 2011 Yarrah Boko Ulf Ohlsson 1,24 1.13,0 Wellino Boko Noras Bean 2010 Torvald Palema Åke Svanstedt 1,28 1.13,9 Marshland S.J's Photocopy 2009 Global Glide Åke Svanstedt 4,76 1.12,1 Scarlets Aino Intoxicated 2008 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson 4,75 1.12,4 Digger Crown Glen Kronos 2007 Digger Crown Erik Adielsson 3,69 1.12,0 Giant Superman Super Light Illustrious winners, prior to the race being renamed, include Malabar Circle As (Malabar Man-Eternal Circle-Mack Lobell) in 2005; Remington Crown (Lord Of All-Ecco Git-Pay Dirt) in 1998 and Scandal Play (Super Play-Tameway-Tamerlane) in 1997, the latter from the family of Proximity via fifth dam Agnes Worthy. All were career earners in excess of US$1.8 million. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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