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Saturday's Hanover Raceway card includes Ontario's second-ever monte/RUS race with pari-mutuel wagering. Seven women from Canada and Norway will compete in race three on the card. Among the competing trotters will be Radical Dreamer, a monte recent winner at Clinton Raceway in 2:04.4h. The five-year-old son of Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strenght is owned by Ron O'Neill of Cambridge and Doug Millard of Woodstock and will be ridden by Marit Valstad. He is a career winner of US$89,791 (sulky and monte) with 12 career victories and a record of 3, 1:58.4f. Race 3 - Hanover Raceway July 26, 2014 Trot, purse C$2,200 (EX, TR) RACING UNDER SADDLE (CANADIAN/NORWEGIAN CHALLENGE) Post time: 07:51 P.M. Horses Entered: 7 (Horse, Rider, Trainer, ML Odds) 1 Callie Magoo, G Berg, J Braid, 7/1 2 Radical Dreamer, M Valstad, R O'Neill, 9/5 3 King Trut, S Town, P Shepherd, 9/2 4 Charlie Tuna, B Kennedy, J Yake, 10/1 5 Tragically Shipp, A Aursand, L Watson, 3/1 6 Dayplanner, V Amundsen, J Walker, 2/1 7 Hetties Honey, A Humphris, M Macri, 7/2 Hanover Raceway will also play host to 'Wanna Drive?' on Saturday evening. Fans will get a chance to drive a racehorse around the Hanover oval between races thanks to the Hands On Horses Program. byThomas H. Hicks, for Monte America      

Three trotters from the sophomore class of 2010 have come online with their initial crops this year; Muscle Massive is standing at Hanover, Lucky Chucky at Winbak in New York and Holiday Road in Ontario. Pilgrim’s Taj is a fourth, but he only spent one year in Canada, after which he was relocated to Ohio and ultimately exported to Finland. That being the case, we’ll look at the first three. To this point restricted races have provided the only basis for judging them, but the open portion of the season commences this week with elimination rounds for the Peter Haughton and Merrie Annabelle at the Meadowlands as well as several splits of the Arden at The Meadows. Much of the focus has been on Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky, beneficiaries of generous state bred programs who finished one-two in the Hambletonion. The former was a $450,000 yearling who was lightly raced at two but managed to win the Hambletonion as well as the Dancer at three, while Chucky was a precocious freshman, showing wins in the Valley Victory, Matron, ISS and Bluegrass. He was the 3/2 favorite in the Hambletonion and appeared on his way to victory when 6/1 Muscle Massive, piloted by Ron Pierce, ruined his day. Regardless, Chucky did win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Colonial at three, and he earned more money than Muscle Massive both years. Both sold close to seventy yearlings last year, with Chucky’s brood averaging quite a bit more. Both have seen their stud fees fluctuate before their first crops hit the track. Muscle Massive started at $10,000, only to have his fee cut to $7,500 and $6,000 in successive years. Cantab Hall, Donato Hanover, Andover Hall and Explosive Matter all command higher fees than their younger stablemate at Hanover. Chucky, on the other hand, started at $7,500 in New York, was dropped to $5,000 during a year spent in Pennsylvania, and came back up to $7,500 when he returned to Winbak, where nineteen-year-old Muscles Yankee stands for $2,500 more. Muscle Massive has benefited from the success of his older brother, Muscle Mass, sire of O’Brien winner Riveting Rosie and the successful OSS colt Muscle Matters. Thus far Muscle Massive has given us some outstanding fillies. Gatka Hanover, a big rugged gal out of the Conway Hall mare Girlie Tough, from the Ron Burke barn, has left many wondering where her ceiling is. Gatka rolled through a couple of baby races and has now chalked up three wins in the PA Sire Stakes, one each at The Meadows, Pocono and Harrah’s. Matt Kakaley steered her to an effortless four length win in 1:57 in her latest. She leaves from the five for Matt K in Friday’s first Merrie Annabelle elimination. Gatka takes on Lucky Chucky’s daughter, Lock Down Lindy, who drew plenty of attention with a very strong first over win in a Merrie Annabelle Prep at the Meadowlands Friday for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. Another Muscle Massive star in the making is Jimmy Takter’s Speak To Me, an $80,000 Harness Breeders purchase by Myron Bell. She is also three-for three in the PA Sire Stakes and has trotted in 1:55. Last time out, in a $57,000 sire stakes division at Harrah’s, Speak To Me gapped the field by ten on her way to an easy win at a stingy 1/5 price. Unfortunately this filly was not staked to the Merrie Annabelle and will be missing from the fray on Friday night. Blessings Counted is another talented filly by Muscle Massive. She was second to Speak To Me in a PASS race at The Meadows a couple of weeks ago and won a $57,000 race at Harrah’s in her latest start. She is not eligible to the Merrie Annabelle but is entered in a split of the Arden at The Meadows on Friday. Missive and Youth Gone Wild, both winners in the Stallion Series, will also race in the Arden. Jersey Strong, a talented filly with a win in the PA All Stars and a second in the PASS, isn’t entered at The Meadowlands or The Meadows on Friday. The top colt by Muscle Massive is Ake Svanstedt’s Lima Pride, who beat Jimmy Takter’s 1/9 favorite The Bank in a split of the Hickory Pride when The Bank went on a run at the three-quarters. Lima Pride, a $25,000 yearling purchase, was not nominated to the Peter Haughton. The priciest freshman trotter by any first crop stallion is Mr Lucky Luke, a $450,000 Lucky Chucky half- brother to Muscle Massive, Muscle Mass and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner, Thatsnotmyname. The Cancelliere brothers, of Detour Hanover fame, purchased him at Lexington in the fall. He has yet to make a pari-mutuel start; let’s hope he generates a better ROI than Detour has. As for the Lucky Chucky colts and fillies that have raced, there is no eye popping Gatka Hanover out there, but there are plenty of good ones. I already mentioned Merrie Annabelle candidate Lock Down Lindy, who possesses the same rugged demeanor as Gatka. She is a half-sister to 2006 HOY in Canada, Majestic Son. He has sired Harper Blue Chip, Murmur Hanover and Charmed Life. Ray Schnittker has Gabe The Bear Dean, a $105,000 Harness Breeders buy, who has an impressive wire-to wire five length win in the NYSS at Buffalo. Jonas Czernyson has a few Lucky Chucky youngsters in his barn and he’s high on all of them. At the end of June Hot Start, a half-sister to Religulous, won a $27,000 NYSS split at Vernon Downs for Corey Callahan. Next time out, at Tioga, she cut most of the mile from the outside post only to lose to paternal sister My Twisted Sister, from the Paul Kelley barn. Hot Start is entered in the second Merrie Annabelle elimination on Friday. Nunkeri is another very promising Lucky Chucky filly from the Czernyson barn. She finished second to the Muscle Hill filly Josie’s Joy at the Meadowlands the other night, race timed in 1:57.2 as the second choice. Nunkeri won her start previous to that one, a $28,000 NYSS division at Tioga. George Ducharme’s sharp looking Conway Hall filly, Concentration, pressured her all the way home in a 1:59.3 mile. On the male side Mal and Janet Burroughs’ Mambo Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harness Breeders buy, won a $28,000 split of the NYSS in 1:57.2 at Tioga last time out. Holiday Road, a $115,000 yearling who is a full brother to Ken Warkentin, was lightly raced, making only ten lifetime stars. While staying on the track was an issue, speed wasn’t; he won the Peter Haughton at two and a split of the Dancer at three. He opened his stallion career for $4,500 at Seelster Farms and now stands for $3,500. This week the Holiday Roads started to turn heads and earn respect at Mohawk as they performed admirably on the various OSS platforms. John Bax’s Hemi Seelster was long and tough winning a Grassroots division in 1:58.4 at 2/1. It was noteworthy that the gelding engaged in a head to head battle the length of the stretch with Pilgrim’s Joy, a son of first crop stallion Pilgrim’s Taj. Tony Alagna’s filly Gee O’Keeffe logged a very strong second in a $53,000 OSS Gold leg at Mohawk for Jody Jamieson, losing a length to the highly regarded Kadabra filly Juanita’s Fury. And Keith Jones’ gelding, It’s Huw You Know, was an upset Grassroots winner in 2:00.3 on Monday at 75/1, paying $159.60. And Ontheroad De Vie made a very impressive brush on the back as he came from the 10 post to finish second for Rick Zeron in a Grassroots leg. The Holiday Roads are looking good. Rock N Roll Heaven and Sportswriter are lighting it up in the freshman pacing division, but it’s expected that the trotters will take a little longer to get their bearings and hit their stride. Muscle Massive, Lucky Chucky and Holiday Road will all be prospering when they do. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Melton trainer Ross Sugars' run of form continued on Sunday at the famous Redwood Carnival meeting at Maryborough. Sugars trained the winner of the 2690-metre Group 1 Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby, Illawong Helios, which overpowered hot favourites Claudys Princess and Our Twentyten in the last 200m. Ross said driver – and his son – Greg Sugars delivered a “10 out of 10” drive aboard Illawong Helios, finding the back of Claudys Princess early before tracking Our Twentyten off the back and peeling three-wide into the lane the final time. “They were all running on empty in the straight,” Ross Sugars said. “It was a very slow last quarter (32 seconds). It was the first go for all of them at that kind of distance and it was just a case of those at the front having done more work, which allowed us to be that little bit stronger in the straight. “Our filly keeps on trying and she just found the line a bit better because of the way the race was run. That was the difference.” Sugars said heading down the back the last time he started thinking his filly was capable of at least running a place. “I even thought ‘don’t tell me she’s going to win’,” he said. Sugars said Claudys Princess, which finished runner-up in the Derby 1.7m behind Illawong Helios, was still the best three-year-old filly in the business and said her run on Sunday was enormous. But it was Illawong Helios’s day, the daughter of Majestic Son breaking a run of three consecutive second-place finishes in the Oaks and two Vicbred Super Series races. Illawong Helios set a new race record with his winning mile rate of 2:01.6 eclipsing the mark set by Blitzthemcalder last year by 0.3secs. She will now head to the Breeders Crown. Illawong Helios paid $23 on the tote. Sugars, who said he was not a betting man, admitted if he was an odds watcher he'd have moved at that price. "She was an 8-1 to 10-1 chance, I thought. Those odds were enormous," he said. Another trotter from the Sugars stable, four-year-old mare Quite A Moment, also won on Redwood day, taking out the John Slack Memorial Trotters Handicap over 2190m. Quite A Moment recorded a 58-second last half to score by 1.9m over Lord Liam, last year’s three-year-old trotters’ Breeders Crown champion hitting her straps ahead of this year’s series. “She’s done a really good job in the last 12 months. She’ll have a run or two and then she’ll be back in the Breeders Crown for the four-year-olds’ race.” On Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton Sugars-trained Bettor Rock On made it five starts Down Under for five wins. The former New Zealander sat parked in the Yeomans Slate and Stone Winter Championship Final before sprinting up down the back in 27.8secs and skipping clear of early leader Essbee Doubleyou in a 28.4-second last quarter to win in a rate of 1:54.4. “He’s done the job and won five in a row,” Sugars said. “We’ll give him a break now and then prepare him for the new season and target some country cups. The Kilmore Cup (October 26) would be an aim. He’s a very good stand-start horse.” Sugars said the brilliant Youranut (Vicbred Super Series 4YO Final winner last year) was back in work and would resume racing in the next month or so. By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Filly Illawong Helios upstaged the two punters’ favourites Claudys Princess and Our Twentyten to take out the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby at Maryborough on Sunday. In front of a big crowd, Greg Sugars gave Illawong Helios, who is trained by Greg's father Ross Sugars, the perfect run in transit in the Group 1 race before overpowering star filly Claudys Princess and colt Our Twentyten in the home straight. It was a Derby for the ages, with pressure up front right from the start of the 2690m event. Claudys Princess (Gavin Lang) dashed to the lead at the bell before Chris Alford attacked aboard Our Twentyten down the back straight. All the while Sugars was biding his time with Illawong Helios and when they swung into the straight he popped out three-wide to stake his claim. The trio battled it out up the lane with Illawong Helios eventually prevailing victorious, the daughter of Majestic Son scoring by 1.7m over Claudys Princess, with Our Twentyten third another metre away. Asdenro’s run was valiant, the early leader battling on well despite the strong tempo throughout to finish fourth. One Over Da Moon over-raced early and weakened out to finish well back, while Imamenace had no luck whatsoever early and finished second-last. The mile rate for the Derby was 2:01.6. Illawong Helios By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 19 - A quartet of Canadian Breeders Championships for the nation's finest three-year-old pacers and trotters highlighted the undercard for Maple Leaf Trot night at Mohawk. Harper Blue Chip, with Sylvain Filion at the controls, turned in another top notch performance to win the $121,958 Canadian Breeders Championship for three-year-old colts and geldings trotters. After getting away in third, the son of Majestic Son - Winning Jonlin was sent to the lead approaching the half and never looked back winning by 3 ¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Muscle Matters, the early leader, finished second, while Jitterbug finished third by a nose over Entranced. Harper Blue Chip is trained by Mark Steacy for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable, David McDonald, David Reid and George Judson. Following the race, Howard Pearce, a member of the Landmark 6 Racing Sable, said it was a sweet victory. "It's a tough year to have a really nice horse like 'Harper' because of those three nice horses down south," said Pearce. "But he's proven that he is one of the best in Canada, so that's wonderful." Pearce also mentioned that it appears Harper Blue Chip will now head south to the Meadowlands to compete in the Hambletonian. The Breeders Championship victory was the second win in five starts this season for Harper Blue Chip and the fifth win of his career. His career earnings now jump more than $350,000. He paid $2.70 to win. White Becomes Her extended her win streak to four in winning the $118,090 Canadian Breeders Championship for the three-year-old filly trotters. Mario Baillargeon moved the daughter of Angus Hall - Pursuing Keagan from the two-hole to the lead in the second quarter. After posting a three-quarter time of 1:28.1, White Becomes Her trotted away from her rivals with a :28.3 last quarter to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:56.4. Margie finished in the place spot, while Mayberry trotted into third. White Becomes Her is trained by Ben Baillargeon for owner Vince Mastrangelon. The Breeders Championship was the fifth win in eight starts this season for White Becomes Her. Following the race, Mario Baillargeon said we haven't seen the best of her yet. "I don't think so, I can't wait to race her with the American fillies and get a trip," said Baillargeon. "She loves to follow a lot more than racing on the front, so I would like to get her on a helmet behind Shake It Cerry and see what happens in the lane." White Becomes Her now has six wins and earnings of over $210,000 in her career. She returned $3.30. Silverhill Shadow repelled all comers with a smart front-end pace to win the $122,028 Canadian Breeders Championship for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Chris Christoforou blasted off the gate to demand the lead from pocket-sitting Shadowbriand marking a quarter in :27 and a half in :56.2 through a persistent drizzle over a sloppy track. Sylain Filion made a menacing move first over into the turn with Victor Bayama, but Silverhill Shadow had another gear and stepped away to a dominant win in 1:51.2. A ground saving Shadowbriand, efficiently steered by Paul MacDonnell, stayed on determinedly to earn the place photo over Victory Bayama. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, the Shadow Play colt earned his fourth win of the campaign from six starts. The conditioner noted a very important similarity to his champion sire. "Heart and desire for sure," said Moore. "He's a big strong colt and he gives you all he's got every time out." A front-end trip was always in the cards for the quick Silverhill Shadow. "Chris was asking him to get the front going the first quarter, and I thought I had him warmed up pretty good, but he was great the last half-mile and that's where it counted," said Moore. He paid $5.80 to win. Brescia Seelster pulled off a 60-1 upset in the $122,343 Canadian Breeders Championship final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Sudoku brushed to the lead under urging from Jody Jamieson down the backstretch in :56.1, but it was an amped up My Secret Belle, piloted by Joe Hudon, who took over into the turn. My Secret Belle and Sudoku battled to mid-stretch before a closing cavalry of filly pacers converged with the outside rally of Brescia Seelster the winning move for Mario Baillargeon. Performing Art, a 40-1 long shot, stormed up the rail to earn place money keying boxcar payoffs. It was the fourth win in eight starts this season for Brescia Seelster, improving on a 1-4-1 record from 10 starts a year ago. "She was a little slow in maturing and Mario has been telling us all along as this horse gets older it'll be better," said co-owner Norman Keyes. Co-owned and trained by David Keyes, Brescia Seelster paid $138.70 to win. by Mark McKelvie and Keith McCalmont, for WEG

Two-year-old trotting fillies sparred in four OSS Gold Series divisions Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and it was a night dominated by the favourites. Youre Majestic, who was sent off at odds of 1-2 in her $52,500 division, was a going away winner in 1:57.4 for driver Doug McNair. The daughter of Majestic Son-Youre Adorable rallied for her second win in as many tries. Allerage Star was next best, with third prize earned by Desis Dream. Tony O’Sullivan took over the training on the youngster following a private purchase by F Bellino And Sons LLC of Bronxville, New York. The rookie won her debut over Northfield Park’s half-mile oval in 1:58.1 for former trainer Ladarrius Whittaker.   To view the rest of this story click here.

This week excellent trotting action took place at Rattvik, Eskilstuna, Bollnas and Tingsryd. Victories of note went to US exports Lindys Jersey Boy and Mystic Illusion while trainer Jerry Riordan scored with the Varenne three year-old Sylvester America. The Ready Cash four year-old Ready After also secured a victory and veteran Montgomery Hill defeated a solid aged trotting field at Tingsryd for his 33rd career win. This Saturday promises to be exciting as Nahar, Ed You, Orecchietti and Mosaique Face square off in a Gr. II International UET Masters Series event named the Arjang Stora Sprinterslopp worth 600,000SEK to the winner. July 7, 2014 Rattvik SWE Winners Lindys Jersey Boy (5m Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou), Ulf Ohlsson up in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK first money. The winner now sports nine victories in 43 outings for 1,912,294SEK and his first in 2014. Chapeau and Time Machine trailed the winner Circles (5f Majestic Son-Merles Image-Balanced Image), Magnus Jakobsson trainer/driver in 1.12.4kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 35,000SEK. The winning mare now has nine wins in 30 tries for 2,783,398SEK as she defeated US-bred Lady Broadway for Jorma Kontio and Ready Steady Go for Kihlstrom. July 7, 2014 Eskilstuna SWE Winner Mystic Illusion (3f Muscles Yankee-Mystical Oaks-Donerail), Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann with this 2014 US import acquired from Jan Johnson. She recorded her fourth win, timed in 1.13.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, in just six career starts and her second straight victory in Europe. July 8, 2014 Bollnas SWE Winner Quality Questioned (5g Andover Hall-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for 25,000SEK first prize, his seventh win in 17 career starts for 554,000SEK. The winner, from a producing Hambletonian Oaks winner, defeated Beeboop Laday and Monas Inversote in a close battle. July 9, 2014 Tingsryd SWE Winners Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.13.4kr victory over 1609 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Italy registered Alpha de Vandel (4m Coktail Jet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.13.6kr over 1609 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. Second was the Allercrantz/Riordan/Riordan aptly named Riordan Kronos (5g Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson owner/trainer/driver, 1.11kr winner over 1609 meters autostart for 60,000SEK to winner, his 12th win in 52 starts for 1,287,025SEK Ready After (4m Ready Cash-Crowning Flower-Crowning Point), Johan Kjellman, 1.12.3kr winner over 1609 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner, Italy registered. Replay follows http://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20140709-tingsryd-v86?id=1 Montgomery Hill (10g SJ's Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic), Flemming Jensen, 1.10.2kr score over 1609 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to winner, Denmark, his 33rd win in 78 starts for 2,778,125SEK. The beaten field in order of finish was Truculent, I Won't Dance, Kaffir Face, Photo Sea, Rutger Raket, Livi Barcelona, Max Prix, Ldees Creditreport The upcoming weekend showcases top-level campaigners at Arjang in the Gr. II Stora Sprinterlopp. Nahar heads this group as he will battle with Orecchietti, Ed You, Digital Ink and an overall solid group. July 12, 2014 Arjang SWE Entries Arjangs Stora Sprinterlopp, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart Ed You, T. Jansson Oasis Bi, C. Svensson Mosaique Face, A. Kolgjini Democrat, P. Lennartsson Magic Tonight, J. Untersteiner Reven d'Amour, U. Ohlsson Mr. Picolit, E. Adielsson Orecchietti, O. Kihlstrom Nahar, R. Bergh Digital Ink, S. Melander Ed You and Digital Ink by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

In the last couple of years in Australasia, the influence of Angus Hall on the trotting half of the harness racing industry has really come to the fore. This son of Garland Lobell has had a brilliant stud career in the Northern Hemisphere with stakes won to date totalling $77,583,707. First up down under we had his biggest stakes winning son in Majestic Son taking all before him in both Australia and New Zealand. In the current season in New Zealand, Majestic Son will win both the two and three year old sires premiership for trotters while in Australia he leads the two year old section and is a close second in the three year old section. This season Angus Hall himself has small crops of two year olds via frozen semen in both Australia and New Zealand and with the season drawing to a close, he has already established himself as sire to be reckoned with. In New Zealand Angus Hall has had 18 two year olds to represent him this season. Arya would be the pick of them winning three races and $36,788 and only missing the money once in seven starts when she was controversially disqualified from second in the Harness Jewels when placed in under 1:57. Arya is headed for the Breeders Crown and on her record to date, would have to be a serious player. Springbank Eden ($5,642) also won this season while the ultra-impressive trialist Petite One 2:01.9 makes her race debut on Friday night at Addington and will be very tough to hold out. The stablemate of Petite One in Alannah Hall 2:02.1 has also trialled up stylishly while Sansa Stark has also qualified. Angus Hall presently sits third on the New Zealand sires list for two year old trotters. In Australia he has a first crop of just 15 two year olds and four have started to date for two winners including the smart Endsino ($9,645) who finished a close up third in the Group Two Tatlow Stakes and the recent winner Elegant Angus ($4,932). Angus Hall presently sits fifth on the Australian sires list for two year old trotters. With Angus Hall doing so well and his son Majestic Son excelling at the same time, the influence of Angus Hall on the trotting breed down under looks set to grow even larger in the years to come. Harnesslink media

The 1:58.1 freshman filly harness racing trotting record set by Rose Run Keepsake and Steve Carter in 2008 was equaled on Tuesday (July 1) in Northfield Park's sixth race. First time starter, Youre're Majestic, appeared to be an unlikely candidate to equal a track record. The program showed her only line as a qualifier, trotting in 2:07.2. But when the horses crossed the finish, she was in front and no other two year-old filly has ever trotted the Flying Turns faster. Gloria Gillis of Mansfield, LA owns You're Majestic. Trainer, Ladarrius Whitaker called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. You're Majestic (Majestic Son-You're Adorable-Inquirer) started from post four. She sat in a stalking position and let her competition carve ambitious fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.2. Wrenn tipped her inside at the top of the stretch and You're Majestic responded like an experienced horse and bested her competition by ¼-length in 1:58.1. You're Majestic was the only freshman in the race and returned $27.40 to win. The win was one of six victories on the night for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (July 2) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,458.07. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.      Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Addington is delighted to announce that Australasia’s leading standardbred stud Alabar will be sponsoring Addington’s Seasonal Super Series in the 2014-15 season. The series will be known as the Alabar Super Series. Alabar have for some time been Australasia’s dominant standardbred stud and since they were founded in the foothills of Adelaide in 1950 their stallions have continued to be amongst the very best available. Their current stallion roster featuring the likes of Art Major, Mach Three and Majestic Son has sired the winners of over a staggering $197,000,000 in the southern hemisphere and their stallions have sired the winners of almost every major race in Australasia including Inter Dominion Finals, major Cups, Derbies, Oaks and Breeders Crown Finals. Graeme Henley Alabar NZ’s General Manager commented “Addington are to be applauded for the initiatives they are putting in place to bolster the opportunities ihttps://admin.harnesslink.com/news/manage?id=121256n a class that caters for our largest group of horses and owners. These finals will be the “Group Ones” for many. We’re pleased to be able to support them in a material way – they’re the lifeblood of our industry.” The Chairman of the Met, Barry Dent, said “The Club was delighted to have Alabar extending their proud business relationship with us by sponsoring these Series in the new season. It is a great fit. The first Alabar Series’ gives owners of pacers and trotters up to C2 at 3 May 2014 the opportunity to race for significantly enhanced stakes provided they race twice in our races between 10 May and 31 July 2014. It is now up to owners and trainers to support the Club.” The first Alabar Super Series will be held on 8 August with further dates to be announced during the 2014-15 season. Alabar NZ has an exciting book of Stallions for the upcoming breeding season. For more information please visit www.alabar.co.nz Full details for the Alabar Super Series in August can be viewed at www.addington.co.nz under Racing – Promotions and Incentives. Alternatively, please phone Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley of Addington’s Racing Department on 03 338-9094. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

High Blue continued his breakout season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. The Dan Hennessey-trained four-year-old made his local debut in April and has yet to finish worse than third. On Thursday night, High Blue (Majestic Son) moved aggressively to the lead before being met with the challenge of the race's even money favorite Powerful Valor (Austin Siegelman) at the half mile pole. These two dueled for a half mile while drawing away from their competition. High Blue and driver Wally Hennessey held on to win in 1:58 in the $6,500 trotting race. Owned by Paul and Patricia O'neil of Saratoga Springs, High Blue has now won four of eight tries since coming to town after pulling off the mild upset on Thursday night and has been worse than second only once. Powerful Valor finished a strong second while longshot Montana Skies (Brian Cross) finished a distant third. Live racing continues on Friday night featuring a pick five carryover of just shy of $1,400. First post time is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

Lex and Heather Williams now have two Homfield trophies sitting side-by-side in their living room. One of them was won by One Over Kenny in 2005 and the other by her son One Over Da Moon at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. “It’s pretty cool that he managed to win the same race his mother did,” said co-owner and breeder, Lex Williams, who travelled over to Australia to watch him race on Friday. “It definitely was a huge thrill,” he added. One Over Da Moon is being trained by Chris Lang during his Australian Campaign. Lang also did the driving on the three-year-old Majestic Son colt on Friday. “He is on a round trip and will return to Paul Nairn after the Australasian Breeders Crown,” advised Williams. One Over Da Moon was given a nice run in the one-one by Chris Lang, before coming three-wide around the final bend and powering away to win by 2.4 metres over Guiltless and Daenerys Targaryen , who also found the line well. Favourite Twentyten faded to finish last after racing parked outside the leader. “Chris Lang said he may be small but he doesn’t feel it when you are sitting behind him,” said Williams. Although Williams and wife Heather were at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday to soak up the atmosphere, he was extremely disappointed that the race wasn’t televised back in New Zealand. “There were three horses with Kiwi connections in the race, so I think it is absolutely disgraceful that the race wasn’t shown live,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson

High Blue (Majestic Son) continued his strong season on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Dan Hennessey-trained trotter hit the board in her first six starts this year before his Thursday try in the $6,500 feature. Wally Hennessey moved the sharp four-year-old first over and worn down the frontrunner before stopping the timer in 1:59.2 over a sloppy track for his third victory of the year. High Blue was the race's 2-1 second choice in the betting and was followed at the wire by the favored Stirling Cadet (Jim Devaux). Royal Max (John Stark Jr) held on for third. High Blue's owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil also got a winner later in the card with their claiming pacer Enee Weenie And Me with driver Bruce Aldrich Jr.in the sulky. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The rivalary between the leading trotting sires Love You and Majestic Son in age group harness racing in New Zealand has been intense all season. With the three year olds, it was close between the two until the classics came around and Majestic Son asserted himself and cleared out for huge win on the stakes won list with Love You fading to third late in the season. With the two year olds, it has been back and forth between the two sires all season. Both sires have produced quality individuals who at various points of the season have looked to have the wood on their opponents. Love You had 20 two year olds eligible to race this season and those to excell included Monbet ($66,145) ,Yugunnakissmeornot ($26,180), and BD Love ($18,459). Majestic Son had 22 two year olds eligible to race this season and those to excell included Prince Fearless ($57,956)  Wanna Play ($45,771) and Cyclone Emily ($6,461) So as of today Love You with $112,365 in stakes won has a small lead of just $1841 over Majestic Son whose stock have won $110,524. The only races left for the babies this season are the heats of the Australasian Breeders Crown and it is here that Majestic Son appears certain to win the two year old sires crown. All of his stakes winners are eligible whereas none of the Love You's are paid up. The Majestic Son filly Wanna Play is the only runner in a $5,000 heat at Addington tonight while there are two more heats in Auckland next week. So Majestic Son will notch up a notable siring achievement with both age group crowns in New Zealand. On balance there doesn't seem to be a lot between the two sires except in the matter of the service fees they charge. It is becoming harder and harder to justify a service fee of $10,000 for Love You when Majestic Son only stands for $5,000. Harnesslink media

A strong harness racing meeting Friday night at Port Pirie featuring a heat of the Breeders Crown 2yo fillies which has bought together the first two past the post in last weekend's ALABAR BOTRA Golden Nursery in Call Her Julie and the Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda.   The barrier draw once again favours Call Her Julie who is much travelled but has found her niche in South Australia having won her heat and final of the BOTRA Golden Nursery. Secret Agenda had every chance to run down Call Her Julie in that race and once again looks the main danger.   Major Crocker returns to SA coming off some very good form in Victoria and looks the one to beat, his main danger no doubt will come from Glenferrie Affair the last start Mildura Guineas winner who despite not appearing to comfortable, bolted in at Mildura by some 14 meters, it looks a race in two.   Smart three year old filly Dougs Courage returns to the track after a let up since taking out the SA Oaks and scoring her ninth win in the season looks the one in race 4 the Laucke Mills Pace. Tthe Courage Under Fire filly gets into the C0 event and even the inside of the back line should not stop her from making it 10 in a row.   South Australia also has couple of starters at Melton with Come On Frank drawing the back line in the FFA and his stable mate Lord Manaloo has the prime number one spot in race one. He has not started since finishing second Glenferrie Flash in the Victoria Harbour Cup in January but has trailled nicely at Globe Derby.   An eight event program at headquarters is the $10.000 3yo Trotters Classic Final on which Zahris Idol a daughter of Majestic Son is shooting for a hat trick, she has been in good form of late, her past two wins at this track in similar grade to this. She will take a power of beating again and her main danger is Waikare Aviator having finished runner up at her past two behind Zharis Idol.   On Monday's Queens Birthday Holiday the action heads to Strathalbyn for the running of the 2014 Mt Mooney Strathalbyn Pacing Cup, a standing start C5 and better event has drawn a full field of 12 plus an emergency Caribbean Crest  and if he steps from the pole looks the one to beat.   Gary Newton    

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