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Saturday's 89th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian Trot at The Meadowlands has drawn a field of eleven 3-year-old trotters going a mile in harness racing's most prestigious race. The Hambletonian is the opening leg of the Trotting Triple Crown which also includes the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity. Leading the field are Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton, all trained by Jimmy Takter, who is a two-time Hambletonian winner with Malabar Man (1997) and Muscle Massive (2010). Takter is looking to become the first trainer to sweep first, second and third in the modern era of the Hambletonian. Father Patrick is the 4-5 morning line favorite and will be driven by Yannick Gingras from post 10. Trixton is 7-2 and will start from post 7 with Takter driving and Nuncio is 9-2 with Hall of Fame driver John Campbell leaving from post 5. "At this point, I have three really good horses and they're racing scary good," Takter said. "I've got to keep them fresh and make sure nothing goes wrong. I have the three best horses, and I would be extremely disappointed if I don't win the Hambletonian this year. My goal is to win the Hambletonian. It's fun. The Hambletonian is the biggest race in our sport and something you work hard to win." Father Patrick, the 2013 Dan Patch award winning champion 2-year-old colt trotter, and is perfect this year in six starts for $510,931 in earnings and is ranked second in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Top Ten Poll. "He's the best horse I've ever developed," Takter said. "He's just different. He has all the things I like in a horse. He's a good sound horse. You can't find any fault with him. You can do anything you want with him. He's so handy. Patrick, to me, is the perfect horse." Owned by the Father Patrick Stable, the colt has wins this season in the Earl Beal Jr. at Pocono Downs and the Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. He has won 15 straight starts since losing to Nuncio in his second career effort. Overall, Father Patrick has banked $1,254,988 with 16 wins in 17 starts. Co-owned by the trainer's wife Christina, Trixton has six wins this year in eight starts for $283,855 in earnings. He was third to Father Patrick in the Dancer Memorial and is coming off a victory in a division of the Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands. Trixton, sixth in the harness poll, has career earnings of $337,542 with 10 wins in 16 starts. "He's the kind of horse with a big future as a 4-year-old. He's improving, getting more professional and very confident." the trainer/driver noted. Nuncio, owned by Stall TZ Inc., finished second to his stablemate in both the Earl Beal Jr. and Stanley Dancer Memorial, his only losses this year in seven starts. "I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "Jimmy trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way, and raced him that way, and he's started to figure it out. Nuncio, 10th in this week's poll, has earned $342,003 in 2014 and has 10 wins and seven seconds from 17 lifetime starts for $803,077. John Campbell has won the Hambletonian a record six times with the most recent victory coming with Glidemaster in 2006. The supporting events include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the companion event for trotting fillies; the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings; the $352,050 Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotting fillies; the $300,650 John Cashman, Jr. Memorial Free-For-All trot; the $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship; the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic for state bred 3-year-old pacers and the $177,750 Lady Liberty featuring Free-For-All pacing mares. The Hambletonian card has attracted international media interest, including live television coverage on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Here is the Hambletonian field in post position order: Note that Don Dorado starts from post 11, which is in the second tier. 1. Resolve, Corey Callahan, 20-1 2. JJ Alex, Francisco Del Cid, 50-1 3. Doncango, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 4. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, 12-1 5. Nuncio, John Campbell, 9-2 6. Royal Ice, Ron Pierce, 20-1 7. Trixton, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 8. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, 50-1 9. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, 12-1 10. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, 4-5 11. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, 20-1. The 89th Hambletonian has an approximate post time Saturday of 5:11 p.m. ET. (With files from the Meadowlands & UPI)  

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    

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

International trotters headlined today’s card at Les Sables d’Olonne with their Grand Prix for €50,000 going to Uhlan de Val reined by trainer Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli scored narrowly for his eighth career win, now for €815,390. The 1.7/1 favorite, a winner in 1.14.8kr over 2775 meters, held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol) with J-M Bazire at the lines for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. He’s a 27 time winner of almost €1.7 million. The day’s Quinte+ race of the day had a jackpot of €5.4 million. That race was the Gran Prix de Pontorson atHippodrome de la Mont-Saint Michel. 18 starters battled for the €35,000 purse over 2675 meters, and Sullighan scored in 1.14.4kr as the 1.7/1 favorite for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. JLC Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Jeloca. He’s an eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca-Terre de Sauoreuil and he defeated the Damien Bonne teamed Samourai Purple. Good racing has also taken place at various European venues this week. Today at Skelleftea, Juliano Rags (6m Juliano Star-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) took the 3140 meters feature worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Noralf Braekken teamed this winner to his 13th career victory now for earnings of 1,833,026SEK. The Norwegian entrant was timed in 1.14kr over the extended distance as he defeated Mellby Vargtass and Bo Eklof, with third to Denmark’s Bradley reined by Robert Bergh. On the same card Valnes Chilly took the co-feature, also with 100,000SEK first prize, as the six year-old mare by Fill V-Chilly Creek-Giant Chill scored over 2140 meters (turning start) in a good 1.12.9kr, her third 2014 victory. Yesterday at Jagersro (SWE) the featured Elitserien Final (100,000SEK to the winner) over 2140 meters autostart went o favored From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Dusty Stables. He scored in 1.15kr for his fourth career win in just seven starts. His dam Emotional Dust was a good one (1:56, US$195,683) and is from Web Dust (Sugarcane Hanover-US Sushi). On that card the co-featured mile autostart event for older trotters went to I Won’t Dance (8g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory). He scored in 1.11.4kr for Joakim Lofgren to record his 23rd career win in 78 starts for earnings of 6,435,387SEK. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen. Lofgren also scored with lightly raced Bella Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Stella Pride-Love You) in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters from the turning start. On July 14 at Beaumont de Lomagne (FR) trainer Vincent Martens won both of the top races. Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough-Malabar Man) took the €35,000 purse Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren in 1.14.8kr over 2550 meters. Christophe Martens reined the winner to his 13th career win as the 2.8/1 choice. The Menhammer Stuteri -bred winner defeated 61/1 longshot Renato Alstare. The monte Prix de Caen went to Martens conditioned United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Jesolo) as the even-money choice with Damien Bonne aboard  in 1.15.2kr over 2550 meters for a purse of €25,000. On July 13 at Amiens (FR) the Prix Vismie for €35,000 drew 16 European starters. Sweden’s Head Line (7g Rite On Line-Farapoli IT-Napoletano) scored for Anthony Duperche, driving for trainer Antonio Ripoll-Rigo. This pair overcame a 25 meter handicap to win timed in 1.16kr. The same day grass-turf experts (16 starters) contested the Saint Jean de Monts for €25,000 over 2625 meters. Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro) scored at 4.4/1 for J-P Monclin driving for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Ecurie Etoile NV  to earn his 11th win for €193,960 career earnings. Ulk Blue (6m Love You-Just Blue-Cygnus d’Odysse) ended second for Eric Raffin. At L’isle/Sorgue the Gran Pris de Trot de la Ville sur la Sorgue for €32,000, over 2650 meters, went to 3/1 odds Uppercut du Gui (6g Opus Viervil-Altesse du Maroif) reined by Stephane Cingland for Ecurie Franck Anne. He scored in 1.17.2kr for victory eight in his career. At Francheville (FR) J-P Dubois won with homebred Bella Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) in the Prix Vanika du Ruel over 2475 meters. Patrick Chevrier trains this one as she recorded the maiden win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Absolutely Certain left 'little doubt' in winning Friday night's $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway as he roared down the passing lane to post a stunning one length victory over Fiorentina in a seasonal best of 1:59.1. The victory was worth $38.00 to his faithful backers.   The betting board showed that the race was basically a wide-open event and the field of seven didn't disappoint. Fiorentina (Ray Fisher Jr.) took off and set the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.2 and 1:29.1.   The real race then came in the final quarter mile as four trotters began to swoop in on the front-stepping Fiorentina. Studio City, Im The Cashman and Escrow Blue Chip all had chances and made drives on the outside but came up short. Absolutely Certain (Jim McNeight), in the meantime, found the lightning lane just that. He was the quickest down the stretch and was able to trot past Fiorentina, who finished second. Im The Cashman (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Absolutely Certain (Malabar Man-River Runs Wild) is owned by Garry Martin and is trained by Sue Stockwell. It was the third victory of the season for the 6-year-old gelding, now a winner of $27,634 in 2014 and $105,725 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

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  

Nice spring weather, an energetic crowd and excellent racing characterize this day annually at Bjerke racecourse and today is no exception. Action began with the three year-old elite over one-mile autostart for 150,000 krone to the winner. Favorite Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) took a close front-ending win for trainer/driver Frode Hamre timed in 1.12.4kr. This one was exported from US following last fall at Lexington and now has three wins in five 2014 starts. Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall) just missed for Ulf Ohlsson and Chocolate Day (3m Chocolatier-Day For Night) closed third for Vidar Hop. These also were US exports last year. Next up were the two eliminations of the Energima Cup, each 1609 meters autostart with 100,000 krone to the winner. The final will go as race seven for 200,000 krone to that winner. The first elimination went to Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) and driver/trainer Knud Monster in 1.11.7kr. This lookshot paid 29.54 for the rallying win, his second in 2014 in 10 starts, over US export I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders) and Vidar Hop with Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi) third for Jorma Kontio. The second elimination went to Broadway Legs (6m Broadway Hall-Classical Flirt) with trainer Frode Hamre at the lines. The half-brother to Market Share was a game, impressive winner on the front end in 1.11kr, his fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts after an eight for 21 record last year. Open (8m Sugarcane Hanover-Magna November) was second for Jeppe Juel with third to Cecena As (12m Ganymede-Rimini As) with Simen Bremseth Jessen aboard. The Kingsrod Trading Monte, a 1609 meter autostart event worth 75,000 krone to the winner, went easily to the Malin Beras teamed Hitchcock (8g Windsongs Legacy-Mystical Oaks), making his initial monte start, albeit Ms. Beras commented that he had trained exceptionally well under saddle. The Frode Hamre pupil recorded his second 2014 win in nine starts. Beras raced Hitchcock fourth in the pack until exploding around the last bend to the lead. Bullchip (8m Angus Hall-Daisy Chip) was second for Stephanie J. Werder and trainer Heidi Moen. Yesterday's action on the Grand Prix weekend produced several interesting events. I Love Paris (4f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) took home 200,000 krone, the winners' prize in the DNT Hoppechampionat. Lars Anvar Kolle scored in 1.16.1kr over 2600 meters to defeat Glad Hall T. (4f Boardwalk Hall-Glad Suit) and Bjorn Garberg. US-bred Peel And Stick (4g Donato Hanover-Reinvent-Malabar Man) won for Marius Hoitomt in 1.14.7kr over 2100 meters to record his second 2014 victory in seven starts. The win earned 30,000 krone for the Frode Hamre trainee. The Exclusive Designs 1609 meter autostart race went to Denmark's Sejr Gammessbaek (5m Great Challenger-Hera Gammelsbaek) in 1.12.3kr for Geir Mikkelsen. He earned 100,000 krone for the owners Stall Cognac and Bjorn Salte. This one is also a Frode Hamre trainee. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s excellent Paris-Vincennes card featured European eligible and Gr. III action for four-year-old males and females plus the Gr. II €120,000 Prix Kalmia for three year-old colts. Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) and favorite Duke of Greenwood scored victories and Athena de Vandel won the four year-old mares contest defeating favorite Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover). Coverage follows. The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (Gr. III European four year-old females, purse €80,000) went to Athena de Vandel and trainer/driver Cedric Megissier. The Prince Gede mare scored her sixth career victory in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters raising career earnings to €190,500. The fast closing favorite Tast of Bourbon (Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) just missed for Jean-Pierre Dubois after escaping traffic trouble too late in the contest. Her stablemate Alisma du Corta (by Love You) was a very competitive third for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains the Dubois pair. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Heraclite, Gr. III European, €80,000, females, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.6kr Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3.4/1, owner Ecurie La Tour de Vandel, sixth win for €190,500 earnings 1st Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, Jean Baudron trainer, Denmark, 1.3/1 favorite, first foal of dam she a winner of 21races for €1,538,050 and third in Prix d’Amerique 2nd Alisma du Corta (4f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way), Franck Nivard for Jean Baudron trainer, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, 20/1 3rd Rori Axe (4f Ready Cash-Gamire Grif-Kaisy Dream), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/2, Italy 4th Mustang’s Sally (4f Quick Wood-Star Groenhof-Malabar Man), Robin Bakker up for trainer P.J.P, Hagoort, 11/1, Germany The €80,000 Gr. III Prix Camilla for four year-old males went to favorite Duke of Greenwood (4, Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road). Peter J. Strooper trains the Germany bred campaigner and Hugo Langeweg Jr. engineered the front end victory, his fourth for earnings of €174,698. The 2700 meter course was covered in 1.15.3kr. Regio (by Varenne) and Romanesque (by Love You) trailed the winner home. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Camilla, Gr. III European males, €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Grounhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Peter J. Strooper trainer and M. Rothengatter owner, fourth win for €174,698, 1.2/1, Germany 2nd Regio (4m Varenne-Leopardia-Muscles Yankee), 9/2 odds, Robin Bakker for P.J.P Hagoort, Italy 3rd Romanesque (4m Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 29/1, Italy 4th Ah Quel Micha  (4m Rocklyn-Oceana du Phare-Vroum d’Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer, 6.5/1 5th Arpent d’Ostel (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine-Buvetier d’Aunou), J-Ph. Mary trainer/driver, 16/1 The Prix Kalmia, a Gr. II event for three-year-old colts over 2175 meters went to great gaited  Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) for teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. The owner/breeder is Frederic Saugue of this seven time winner of €318,950. He slipped through on the inside late to score a narrow win. Another Allaire pupil Boccador de Simm (by Rieussee) was a solid second for Pierre Vercruysse with third to favorite Brutus de Bailly (by Niky) and J-M Bazire. Purse was €120,000 and winning time was 1.13kr. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Kalmia Gr. II males, €120,000, 2175 meters, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou),  Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder F. Saugue, 2/1 odds, seventh win for €318,950 2nd Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussee-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse for Philippe Allaire, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly-Carnac), J-M Bazire, 1/1 favorite 4th Bolide du Gueron (3m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia-Jenko), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 42/1 5th Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise-Blue Dream), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver,  18/1 odds The Prix Firmament for aged European eligibles went to Sweden’s Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night) in 1.14.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Franck Nivard drove the winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner I.C. Equine AB. Moving On recorded her tenth win now for earnings of €179,966. Italy’s Plutonio (by Self Possessed) was second for Christophe Martens in this €56,000 event. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Firmament, European, €56,000m 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy, 7.5/1 odds, Sweden, owner I.C. Equine AB, tenth win for €179,966 2nd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out), Christophe Martens for trainer Ake Kristofferson, 4/1 odds, Italy 3rd Vertige d’Avril (5g Historien-Katia de Mai0Uhlan de Cocherel), M. Bezier up for Pascal A. Geslin 4th Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease-Conway Hall), Robin Bakker for trainer Arnold J. Mollema, 4.8/1, Sweden 5th Revenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill), Mathieu Mottier for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 25/1, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Absolutely Certain bobbled at the start of the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (April 25) but overcame the slight miscue and left little doubt who was the best at the finish line in registering a half-length victory over Heartsaregonnaroll.   When the starting gate swung open, Absolutely Certain broke stride momentarily but driver Drew Monti did a great job getting him back on gait and keeping him in race. Settling in fourth after the misstep, Absolutely Certain ($9.70) went first over just before the half and chased the pace-setting Heartsaregonnaroll (Kevin Cummings) from there.   In the stretch, Absolutely Certain showed plenty of trot and breezed past the leg-weary Heartsaregonnaroll while the lukewarm favorite Ramblin Rick (Greg Merton) took the show position. The final time was 2:02.4 over the sloppy track.   The victory was the first in 11 starts for Absolutely Certain (Malabar Man-River Runs Wild). He is owned by Garry Martin and trained by Sue Stockwell. The win pushed the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $13,782 in 2014 and $91,773 lifetime.   The racing continues on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card slated to begin at 6:40 p.m. The feature is the $10,500 Open Pace which is scheduled as the eighth race.   For more information including race results, replays, upcoming promotions news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday's Kincsem Park featured Ezerjo DIJ went to the five year-old Love You mare Principessa Ovi with Mitja Slavic at the lines in Budapest, Hungary. She scored in 1.17kr over 1900 meters autostart on a rain soaked raceway. The Slovakia owned winner has been recently racing well in Italy where she was first and second in her two appearanced before the Kincsem Park victory. This one is from Goldy LB (11f Self Possessed-Rialba LB-Speedy Crown), the maternal family of Tarport Lady Ann, a daughter of legendary Lady Ann Reed. The Hungarian bred Orangyal (a daughter of Wall Street Banker) nosed out US import Andorra Gold, a Andover Hall daughter of Olympics, as this pair took second and third in hotly contested stretch battle. March 15, 2014 Kincsem Park, Ezerjo DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, 1.17kr 1st Principessa Ovi (5f Love Youi-Goldy LB), Mitja Slavic trainer/driver, Slavic I. owner (Slovakia) 2nd Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), Pal Vicen up 3rd Andorra Gold (6f Andover Hall-Olympics),Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver aboard 4th Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for Napsugar i. owner Prior weeks' Kincsem Park top trotting events went to Magic Diamond Way, Orinoco, Zavita Meerswal, Pretty Paper (by Credit Winner) and veteran Kiskarcsi. Kincsem Park, with its new French pari-mutuel partners, recently introduced its Pick Five Plus that is patterned after the Quinte+. The jackpot has now reached in excess of £30,000. Feature trotting results from February 22-March 8 are profiled below. March 8, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tavaszi Handicap, 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters, 8 starters; time 1.18.5kr 1st Magic Diamond Way (8m Francis Diamond-Erika), Laszlo Kolozsi driver/trainer, Gazza Kft owner 2nd Orient Boy (6m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), Sandor Varga 3rd Ors (6m Pickaflick-Celia), A. Denes March 8, 2014 Kincsem Park, Varga Henriett Emlekverseny, 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart,9 starters; time 1.16.5kr 1st Orinoco (6f P.S. Dimo-Uxor), L Veres trainer/driver, Rikko Flash Kft owner 2nd Jogging (11g Valley Guardian-Sportlady), Sandor Varga 3rd Noraville (7f Tony Oaks-Izaville), Istvan Papp aboard March 1, 2014 Kincsem Park, Margaret Glass DIJ, 500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap; 1.17kr 1st Zavita Meerswal (8f Good As Gold-Davidia Storm), Dora Kovacs trainer/driver, Drimwind 2011 Kft owner 2nd No Fear (7m Crown Sweep-Naughty Lobell), B. Juhasz 3rd Rosamundi (6f Chipmate-Kama Sutra), Cs. Lakatos trainer/driver February 22, 2014 Kincsem Park, SennyeyGeza Emlekverseny, 1.5 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters; race time 1.15.6kr 1st Pretty Paper (6f Credit Winner-Anticipation), A. Szucs, trainer Csaba Lakatos, owner Drimwind 2011 Kft 2nd Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C'est la Guerre), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver 3rd Night Lady (7f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady), Tibor Hajnal February 22, 2014 Kincsem Park, Globus DIJ, 500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 8 starters; 1.16.2kr 1st Kiskarcsi (10g Castelton Magic-Best Love), Istvan Papp up for Joseph Rutkai trainer, Prolongo Kft owner 2nd Zappadeo (7g Fast Photo-Chingola), H. Honemann (Austria) 3rd Nobody (7m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem), Emil Csordas At Farjestad (Sweden) on Saturday March 15, the Scuderia Bolgheri (Jean-Pierre Dubois) bred Ne Me Quitte Pas won for reinsman Carl Johan Jepson. The seven year-old lightly raced son of Daguet Rapide scored his ninth career win in 32 starts. He's from Continental Victory (US) 1993; 1:52.1a; $ 1,611,170; 29 19-3-1. At 2, Continental Victory was winner of Johnston Memorial, Kentucky Standardbred Sale Company, American-National, International Stallion Stake/Lexington Filly Stakes, Breeders' Crown, second in Goldsmith Maid, New Jersey Sire Stake. At 3, she won the World Trotting Derby, Hambletonian, American-National, Yonkers Trot, New Jersey Sire Stake, third in Stanley Dancer Trot. She sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1994 for 100,000 USD and produced several high-priced yearlings. 1999 Continentalman (US)        1:54.4a   $ 595,349           h, by Malabar Man (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2000 for 450,000 USD; 3,q1:57 in US 2000 Ball Field (US)                    h, by Pine Chip (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2001 for 300,000 USD; 3, 1:55.3s $46,066 in US 2003 Continental Dream (US) -                   m, by Garland Lobell (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2005 l'Arpege (IT)        1:56.4a   $ 19,011           h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2005 Larpege (US)                    h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)     At 2, third in Champlain Stakes Open.; 2, 1:58.2 $22,108 in North America 2006 Maradria (IT)           $ 0           m, by Love You (FR)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2007 Ne Me Quitte Pas (IT) 115  0.74     2:00.5v  1:57.4a   $ 57,406   24  7- 3- 3   (p)     h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2009 Universal Success (US)                    m, by Andover Hall (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     3, 1:58.3f $4,650 in US 2011 Continental Divide (US)                    h, by Muscle Hill (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)   Continental Victory also has a 2012 colt foal by Donato Hanover named Little Round Top. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

We are visiting today with three time harness racing trainer of the year Jimmy Takter.   This past year Jimmy had three Breeders Crown winners, Father Patrick ( two-year old colt trotter), Shake It Cerry ( two-year old filly trotter), and Ulffizi Hanover ( two-year old filly pacer). His past accomplishments include more than 70 million in earnings and more than 1,200 victories for his stable. He has won the Hambletonian twice, with Muscle Massive and Malabar Man, and trained back-to back Horse of the Year Moni Maker. We caught up with him as he got off the training track at his impressive farm in East Windsor, New Jersey.   One-On-One is done exclusively for Harnesslink.com by Brian McEvoy.   HLINK: Tell us about your impressive farm and training facility in East Windsor, New Jersey and what you are focusing on at this time of the year.   JT: Right now I am concentrating on the babies we just recently bought. We have 70 horses and of those are 40 new babies. We have over 100 acres, a 5/8 mile track, a 3/4 mile straight track, and a 2 mile jogging track.   HLINK: You had an incredible year of racing. What are your thoughts on this past year of racing?   JT: It was a very good year with close to 8 million. I didn't have those three olds that I had the year before. I was actually aiming for around 6 million, so doing 8 million was very good.   HLINK: You had two Breeders Crown winning trotters in Shake It Cerry and Father Patrick. Ron Pierce has said that Shake It Cerry is the best two-year- old filly trotter he has ever driven. How good was she this year? What are your plans for her next year?   JT: She had a fantastic year. She is one of a kind. She had one bad start in Indiana. She trotted 1:51 and a piece at Pocono. This year was one of the best group of two-year-old trotting fillies I have ever seen. She is just a top horse. I have to see the stakes schedule when it comes out. I will schedule her for all the big races.   HLINK: Would you race her against the boys in the Hambo?   JT: I don't thinks so. If it is a shallow group of three year olds, which I don't think it will be. Then it is a possibility, but probably not.   HLINK: Your two-year-old trotter, Father Patrick, destroyed the competition this year. Yannick Gingras said " He can go so fast it's scary". He will be the early favorite for the Hambletonian. Give us the lowdown on Father Patrick.   JT: He had a perfect season. He is one of the most gifted horses I have ever been around. He is the best two-year-old I have ever had. He is one of the better two-year-olds I ever seen in the 30 years I have been here. He is very consistent and has a flawless gait. He has been a very sound horse, which is a big plus. I am going to lay out the right schedule for him. The goal is to win the Hambletonian.   HLINK: Let's talk about your two outstanding two-year-old fillies in Uffizi Hanover and Ali Blue.   JT: Ali Blue has been a horse that has been hampered by bad posts and bad luck all year. When she had a good post as in her last race,she came up in bad form and finished third. She had a good year. She can step it up and compete at the highest level next year and be a top horse. Uffizi was coming on at the end of the year. She was sitting on top of a top performance. It was a surprise to me that she won the Breeders Crown. I am excited about her. She can compete at the highest level next year.   HLINK: You had both Guccio and Uncle Peter in the ultra competitive older trot division. You have stated that Uncle Peter is a notch better than Guccio.   JT: They established themselves very well in the age group. I think both of those horses will have a chance to step it up next year. Uncle Peter is a little bit more handy. You can use him a little more at the start and get better position. That is the big difference. Guccio has to depend upon what kind of pace it is. Things like that make it a handicap for him.   HLINK: Trixton was the highest priced trotting yearling sold at auction last year at $360,000. He had an up and down year. How do you see his development?   JT: I think he is going to do quite well. He was battling some issues all year. We finally found out he had a hairline fracture of the sesamoid. We took care of that. I think he is going to be good to go next year and be a contender for all the big races.   HLINK: Rockin Amedeus had a bit of a disappointing year after winning the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old. What happened with him this year? Will he be shut down and race again next year?   JT: It looks like he might end up as a stallion in Ohio next year   HLINK: You were very active at both the Harrisburg and Lexington sales. You had the sales topper at Lexington in Custom Fit for a high bid of $475,000. He is the full brother to Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen. Were you surprised by how high the bidding got?   JT: The horse was a absolutely gorgeous horse. I was actually afraid that I might have to go higher than that. The same group of people that own Father Patrick wanted this horse. I am so glad I got him and he is a very nice colt.   HLINK: At Harrisburg you bought Canepa Hanover for $300,000. He is the half brother to Breeders Crown winner Glidemaster.   JT: He is also a very nice colt. I am also so happy to get him. He is a beautiful horse with a great gait. He shows a lot of promise at this point.   HLINK: Tell us about some of your other purchases.   JT: It is so early to tell which horses will be really good. They have been just jogging a little bit. I am so pleased with the purchases. This is the best group of purchased horses that I have ever had. This is a group of great potential horses, especially the two -year- old trotting colts. They are very, very, strong this year. There is one horse that I did not pay that much for that is out of a Costa Rica sister. I really like this horse that I bought at Harrisburg. I though he would go much higher. I got him for a reasonable amount. I think his name is Murray Hanover. MY wife is in charge of naming the horses.   HLINK: What are your impressions of the new Meadowlands and how it will help racing?   JT: I am really pleased with the job they done. It looks like they have all the material. Now we just gotta bring the crowd there and let them start betting. There is a whole process they have to go thru. They have to teach people to start getting exciting about going to the races again. They have plenty of new bars, restaurants, and entertainment. They have to keep it up. Hopefully the people will come back. We have to take care of the customers who come to the races. We can't just expect them to show up.   HLINK: The industry is putting a little more emphasis on racing horses as they get a little older. The Meadowlands has just added a $ 400,000 type Hambletonian trot for 4-year-old male trotters. What are your thoughts on this trend?   JT: You see great horses like Captaintreacherous. He had two very tough seasons. I think horses only have so many good miles in them. If you are racing a horse as hard as we do as a two-year-old and then again as a three-year-old, it is tough. Forcing people to continue racing as a four-year old, I am against that. That is no guarantee how good Captaintreacherous will come back. Those people should have to right to stand him at stud if they choose to. You take a horse like Heston Blue Chip who only made $80,000 this year. That is a sign that it is very difficult to establish themselves as a 4-year-old. Unless they are going to have a strictly 4-Year- old races for these horses and I don't think the industry can afford it. We were very fortunate with Guccio, Uncle Peter and Market Share as there was a generation change for those aged horses. Thrond's horse was basically the only one that was left. There was a bunch of beat up trotters. Those horses came in very nice. It is tough for the pacers. I think you take a 3 year-old pacer that is turning 4 and they are going to have a helluva time facing this competition.   HLINK: The racing in Ohio is going to be a big factor in the future with the opening of all the Racinos. How do you see your participation in Ohio racing?   JT: I think it is a big possibility. They are starting to accumulate some stallions now.. They need to upgrade the breeding material. They will get it done. The purses will eventually climb up. Hopefully they will get it close to Pennsylvania, which would be great. When the money comes a stable like us will show up. I haven't purchased any Ohio breds yet.   HLINK: You have some great owners in John Fielding, Marvin Katz, the Solveigs Group, and others. Tell us about your relationship with your owners.   JT: The owners I have now are the best in the sport. I don't have one single bad owner. It is just a pleasure to work for them. They are very understanding and have been in the game a long time. They know it is bad days and good days. They are all good friends of mine. I have a very good group of people behind me.   HLINK: Your wife Christina is also a owner for you. Is she tough on you?   JT: No she is not really. She is my biggest supporter. She handles everything in the operation and billing. She makes sure everybody is paid and is running the show. She has a tough job actually.   HLINK: How do you decide which drivers to put on your horses? You have used many including Tim Tetrick, David Miller, Ron Pierce, Yannick Gingras and others. You also at times drive yourself.   JT: I make all the calls. I never let the owners get involved with that. I know all my horses and all the players. I try to find the most suitable driver for that horse. But sometimes I have a horse that is a little bit green. I know my horses better than those guys. I am a half decent driver and when they are established and are ready for them to play with, I can turn them over to these guys.   HLINK: You have had success with the trotters and pacers.. Who do you think is easier to train?   JT: The pacers are maybe a little bit easier game. The pacers are a little more sensitive. You have to play more mental game with the pacers. You have to make sure they don't get crushed too early. Pacers can get crushed early easier than a trotter does.   HLINK: You have won most every stakes race, Hambo, Breeders Crown, Elitelope, etc. What races have you not won that you have your eye on?   JT: All these big races are nice to win. There are a couple of them left to win. The North American Cup and the Meadowlands Pace I have been second in. They are basically the only two big races I have not won. Of course I am much more supportive in the trotting industry. I have better bred trotters than pacers. Sooner or later I will grab those races in the future.   HLINK: It is a little slower time of the year in harness racing. Are you planning a break or some vacation time?   JT: We have not made any plans yet. Most likely we will try to get away somewhere. I will look at the weather. When it look like it is going to change we will get away for a few days.   By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com                        

Leg two of the SHHA Claiming Series for trotters took place on Friday night at Saratoga as horses competed for points towards next weekend's marathon final. Donttellmywife (Malabar Man) jogged for the second consecutive week in the series as Bruce Aldrich Jr.put the 1-9 favorite on the lead in the early stages of the mile and a quarter long trot. Donttellmywife cruised to a win of almost ten lengths in 2:30.2 for the longer distance. Claimed out of leg one of the series by conditioner Andy Sardella, Donttellmywife won for the eleventh time in nineteen seasonal tries. The series' favorite was claimed back on Friday night by trainer Melissa Beckwith who will send him out in next weekend's $10,000+ Final to be contested at a distance of a mile and a half. Psyched (Jay Randall) won the other division of the second leg of the series after outclosing the favorite Stormont O My (Shawn Gray) in the stretch to prevail for his new connections. Trainer Jody Weidman will bring Psyched into next weekend's series final as one of only four horses to record wins in the SHHA Claiming Series legs. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach) was a rallying upset winner of today’s (Monday's) Gran Premio Della Nazioni (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 308,000 euro purse) at Turin Italy. Driven by Roberto Andreghetti for FR trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Mme. S. Galanti, the veteran mare scored in 1.13.7kr over favored Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) handled by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) was a fast closing third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Naploean Bar and Probo OP finished fourth and fifth respectively in the nine horse field. Well regarded Owen’s Club, with Pietro Gubellini up, set the pace until the final turn before fading to seventh. He parked Timoko throughout when it appeared Timoko took a bad step and lost ground early in the contest when making an effort to gain the front. Driver Verbeeck took back, steadied his charge and was content to sit on the outside until late in the contest when he took an inside route that was not enough to hold off the charging Marielles. The card’s co-feature was the Gr. II UET Masters Series’ Premio Coppa di Milano raced over 1600 meters autostart with two eliminations worth 15,400 euro purse leading to the 55,000 euro final. The first elim went to Pellegrino Jet (4m Pine Chip-Liberte) reined by Roberto Andreghetti to the 1.12.5kr win over Owen CR (5m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra) and Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica Sim-Lemon Dra). Elimination two produced a 1.14kr score for No Man’s Land (6f Coktail Jet-AJs Baby Doll-Donerail) handled by trainer Pietro Gubellini for Ecurie Gardesana. She defeated Indy Kronos (9g Malabar Man-Twiggy FC-Speedy Somolli) and Maestrale Spin (7m Lindy Lane-Princess Godiva-Ideal du Gazeau). The final was taken by the Gubellini trained and reined No Man’s Land in 1.12.8kr in a blanket finish over Owen CR and Iper Roc (9m Lemon Dra-Banner Roc-Crowning Point). by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The South Australian heats of the  Alderbaran Park National Monte Championship at Betezy Park Globe Derby are coming up  on Saturday 23rd November (Italian Cup night).   HRSA will conduct mobile Monte Trials over the next two Sundays at Betezy Park Globe Derby to assist trainers and riders prepare for the spectral  of Monte Racing later this month. The heat on Novemberr 23rd will be  from the mobile barrier, over 1800m and there will a single front row of 8 runners. Trotters that have qualified behind the mobile are approved to start in the Monte Mobile; provided they are approved for Monte events, that is they have trialled or raced previously.   The first two placegetters qualify for the Final of the series to be held at Melton on December 14th, Victoria Cup night   Italian Cup prizemoney boost.   On the November 23rd meeting the main event will be the Italian Cup and the SA Harness Racing Club and HRSA have been working closely to return the Cup meeting to a higher profile event.   As part of this effort, the prizemoney for the feature event has been increased to $10,000, with support coming from The Safety Hub. The main race will now be known as The Safety Hub Italian Cup. Former Central District & Hawthorn champion, John Platten and Clinton Zerella from The Safety Hub have agreed to get behind the meeting.   Part of this support will include a race in honour of Clinton’s father Robert Zerella. Robert is a former president of the SAHRC and was also a great supporter of the Central Districts FC. Robert passed away recently; he was one of the original instigators of the Italian Cup race meeting.   The Italian Cup will be a C7 and better event from behind the mobile over 1800 meters.   Camp moves in on Globe Derby Park.   Mildura trainer Shayne Camp has nominated a team for Saturday night at Betezy Park Globe Derby with two runners in the main event the C6 and better Davidson Earthmovers Pace over 1800 meters, both Maastricht and Jamies Boy both coming off good runs in Victoria at their most recent runs.   Maastricht is coming off a third at Melton to Jazz King in the Vicbred Platinum and Jamies Boy who has two duck eggs next to his name but that was in the Nyah and Maryborough Cups.   However the Camp pair wont have it to themselves with Mark Dennis who has won two races and a third since moving to SA, the former top liner Malabar Man and the up and coming Harrison Maguire who has drawn the convenient pole position.   Gary Newton    

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