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Who says racing fans won’t bet on 2 year old trotters, certainly no one from Monticello Raceway. Yesterday (July 25) racing fans , both on and off track, wagered over $785,000 on the card which featured eight races of freshmen trotting fillies in the $130,000 NY Sires Stakes and the $50,000 Excelsior Series. And two weeks earlier, with a betting card which featured 2-year-old trotting colts in Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series action, fans poured over $995,000 through the betting machines. Of the four $32,662 NYSS filly trots on Thursday (July 25) arguably the most impressive winner was Larry Dumain and Carlo Lattinelli’s L Dee’s Scripture who was driven to a 2:00.3 victory by Andy Miller in only the filly’s second lifetime start. Miller also won another division when he guided Annie’s List home first in a 2:02.4 clocking. A third split was won by Maud Blue Chip in 2:01.2 for Cat Manzi while the forth NYSS division saw Jason Bartlett catch-drove Ruby Ruby Who to a 2:02.1 triumph. Although all the winning fillies went outstanding miles, especially so early in their careers, L Dee’s Scripture ‘s victory stood out. Trained by Julie Miller and driven by hubby Andy, the daughter of Credit Winner-Graceful Way went wire to wire from the pole position trotting every quarter around 30 seconds and finishing 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Exotic Form , a daughter of Malabar Man-Form Fitting and driven by Dan Daley. L Dee’s Scripture won her first lifetime start at Tioga Downs o July 18 in 1:58.3 and her first race from behind the starting gate five days earlier Miller guided the filly to a 1:58.4 triumph at the Big M. “She’s a real nice filly and she does everything right,” Miller said of L Dee’s Scripture whom he said he had trained on a half mile track before starting her in the NY Sire Stakes. She paid $2.60 for win. As it turned out Miller won the very next race, another NYSS filly trot , with Annie’s List in a 2:02.4 clocking with a final stanza in :29.4. The daughter of Conway Hall-Annie’s Promise got away soft from the pole position and with a quarter pole move to the lead the ball game was over. Once on top Annie’s List breezed to an easy 1-1/2 length triumph over Winning Pursuit and daughter of Credit Winner-Victor’s Pursuit driven b y Jason Bartlett. “I was careful with her leaving out of there because she’s still green and learning ,” Miller said. When asked if this race was the one he really wanted to win,” he chuckled and replied “Yes it was, for my best owner”, referring to the filly who is owned by his wife Julie… and himself. When asked where he got the filly he broke out in a big smile and said,” We gave $2500 for her at Harrisburg last fall.” Annie’s List returned a $2.50 win mutuel. A third NYSS split saw Jason Bartlett guide Roy Dobbins’ Ruby Ruby Who to a 2:02.1 victory in the filly’s first lifetime start. Like the other winners Bartlett used the front-end route with the Turbonator-BJ’s Promise K filly to score a one- length over Lady And The Cash, a daughter of Cash Hall-Lady Berndt driven by John Campbell. Ruby Ruby Who paid $8.50 for win. Cat Manzi returned to the racetrack where he began his illustrious career and reined a winner in both the NYSS and the Excelsior Series. The Catman won a Sires Stakes trot with Maud Blue Chip, a daughter of Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor, in an impressive 2:01.2. After allowing Flyhawk Falina (Cash Hall-Nowerland Nanette) and driver Dan Daley to take command and cut the fractions Manzi waited to the homestretch to move Maud Blue Chip out to challenge and she picked up all the marbles when she trotted to the front and went on to score a 1-1/4 length victory over Daley’s filly. “She’s real tight and a smart filly,” Manzi said in the winners circle after the victory. “ Chuck (Sylvester- the filly’s trainer) doesn’t rush them and lets them come into their own.” Maud Blue Chip is owned by David Mc Duffee, Melvin Hartman and Little E LLC. She paid $7.40 for win. Manzi also won an Excelsior Series trot with Dr. Patty Hogan’s Conway Hall-So Wonderful filly, Trish in 2:05.1 for trainer Ed Lohmeyer. Andy Miller also won an Excelsior Series trot with Moon’s Twilight, a daughter of Cash Hall-Muscles Moonshine in 2:05.1 for owner Serge Beaumont. Brett Crawford also won an Excelsior split with his Credit Winner-Bibbidi Bobbidi filly, Julmyra in 2:05.3 He co-owns her with his wife Michelle. A final and most impressive victory in the afternoon’s Excelsior Series trots was the one turned in by Sweet Jessie T when Gates Brunet drove her to a 2:03 triumph with a 30 second last quarter. The daughter of Cash Hall-Rucoucou is owned by Ted Gewertz, Debra Brunet, and Jean Brunet. Sweet Jessie t paid $4.50 for win. John Manzi

Hambletonian monte action was in full display tonight at the Meadowlands with two $5,000 divsiions. The first division went to Chinese Cuisine (5g Revenue S-Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) with Tina Duer up for Peninsula Farm and trainer Brett Bittle in a sharp 1:58.1, final quarter :29.3. Chinese Cuisine and Duer won with ease by four and three-quarter lengths. The winning connection scored decisively over Amoreena with Marielle Enberg in the irons. Muscolo finished third for Michelle Crawford. Ambro Doyle (Ashley Eldred) and Admirable Hanover (Jennifer Connor) earned the other checks. The second division went to the frontrunnerr Pointe Of Honour (7g Striking Sahbra-Garland Bonita-Garland Lobell)) ridden by Tara Hynes for trainer Frank Scamporino Jr. and owner James Datri. This pair scored in 1:59.1 by two and one-half lengths over Flowing James and Emma Pettersson with Flex The Muscle third for Ray Schnittker. Waldorf Hall (Jenny Melander) and Celebrity Playboy (Maria Andersson) also earned checks. Top point winners from the legs will be back on the Meadowlands oval during Hambletonian Day seeking the $25,000 purse in this Hambletonian Society managed monte event. Be there to applaud the participants and thank the sponsors and Meadowlands management for their direction and drive to make monte (under saddle) racing part of the American standardbred sport. by Thomas H. Hicks

A star-filled card graced Sweden’s Axevalla racecourse today (July 21) with the featured Final StoChampionatet going to Blended Scotch (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) for trainer/driver Per Linderoth. She covered the 2640 meters autostart in 1.13.2kr to earn 1,000,000SEK first money in this mares event for four year-olds. She recorded her third win in seven 2013 starts. Highly regarded Your Highness (4f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) finished a close second for Bjorn Goop and she now has six wins and two second place finishes in 10 starts this year. Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took third for Ake Svanstedt with Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) next for Johnny Takter. The consolation companion event was won by M.T. Harmony (3f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 100,000SEK first money with Peter Untersteiner the trainer/driver. Axevalla also hosted an aged mares Category I event for 100,000SWEK to the winner, that was Olivia Lavec  (7f Lindy Lane-Espri Lavec-Untra Ducal) for trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. She won for the fourth time in nine 2013 starts to increase career earnings to over 1.6 million SEK, scoring over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.4kr. The US bred True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) was second with Ulf Ohlsson aboard for Strefan Melander’s Stall TZ. Mermaid As (5f Broadway Hall-Superlou As-Super Bowl) was third for Peter Untersteiner with Britt Hudson, Drillbit As, last year’s US Breeders Crown winner Tamla Celeber and Don’t Wear PJ’s next across the line. There were four other 100,000SEK or more first money events on the card with winners being: Ivar Sanna (3m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters autostart. Jorma Kontio drove to secure 125,000SEK; Alfaz Del Pi (4m Angus Hall-Divamm-Supergill) earned 110,000SEK by winning the Stena Recyclings Priz in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter. He won for the fifth time in ten 2013 appearances; October Kronos (5m Varenne-NordinGoldNovember-Viking Kronos) won the Svenska Foder Priz worth 100,000SEK to the winner, scoring in 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart for Adrian Kolgjini; Angelo (5m Angus Hall-Sweet Cindy-Malabar Man) won 100,000SEK for a 1.12kr win over 1640 meters autostart for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. Crown’s Banker (10g Wall Street Banker-Crowns Jolie-Crown’s Cristy) finished second. This one has 23 wins in 63 lifetime starts for earnings over 1.6 million SEK Separately, the field has been set for the July 30 Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro over 1609 meters autostart: Horse (Trainer) Bagley (Conrad Lugauer) Brad de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) Commander Crowe (Fabrice Souloy) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Occhione Jet (Stig H Johansson) Owen's Club (Pietro Gubellini) Raja Mirchi (Lutfi Kolgjini) Sebastian K. (Åke Svanstedt) Shaq Is Back (Daniel Redén) The Best Madrik (Jean-Etienne Dubois) The last horse invited was the Stig H, Johansson trained Occhione Jet and on Tuesday Bagley earned an invite with his Jagersro win in 1.11.2kr over 1609 meters autostart. Conrad Lugauer conditions Bagley On Saturday July 20 at Axevalla the V-75 Gold Division went to Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.12.5kr over 2640 meters autostart. Ake Svanstedt is trainer/driver of this 20 time winner in 56 career starts. He earned 150,000SEK with this win over Stay the Night (6m Ride the Night-Stayslinger-Gunslinger Spur) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) for Hans R. Stromberg.  The beaten classy 11-horse field included Caballion, Harry Haythrow, Scouby Djob, Clear Sign and Iceland, a past Elitloppet winner. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Hazel Park, MI - Longwell and harness racing breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dan Shetler were able to grind out an impressive first-over victory against pacesetter Sir James (Mark Headworth) in capturing the $100,000 William C. Connors Memorial Saturday at Hazel Park.

Three divisions of NYSS for 3-year old trotting fillies will headline the twelve race card on Saturday night at Tioga Downs (Post 6:50pm).

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday June 5 - Horsham in the afternoon and Echuca at night.

Matthieu Abrivard, a leading international and French harness racing driver, was seriously injured in a pre-race accident Monday at Chartres.

Lislea Moran was first across the wire in the $6,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday, May 20, 2013.

El hipodromo de Son Pardo Majorque today hosted the 80th edition of the Gran Premi National. 16 three year-old Spain registered colts and fillies were at the autostart for this 2150 meter Gr. II event carrying a purse of 96,000 euro.

Talk about a photo finish! How about the four-horse finish in the $180,000 final of the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday night! Only a long nose separated first from fourth place and the photo finish camera could not even separate the battle for second place with a dead heat!

High Stakes Banker trotted home for his third straight win Wednesday (May 15) in Northfield Park's opening race.

Sebastian K (7m Korean-Gabriella K-Probe) won the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix (2100 meters, autostart, 1.5 million Norwegian krone) in start to finish fashion for Ake Svanstedt, defeating fast closing Nesta Effe (6m Naglo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) by a length. Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) finished fast from the back to be third for Orjan Kihlstrom.

The eighth and last next to last preliminary leg in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Charity Trotting Series saw New Jersey-native Brad Rathbone rein his veteran trotter Killer Whale to a wire to wire harness racing triumph at Freehold Raceway last Saturday afternoon(May 4).

Aby hosted seven divisions of the Euro Classic for harness racing four year-olds today Friday the 3rd of May at Aby, three divisions for fillies and four for males.

Elitloppet GM Tore Fryand has announced that another four invitations were issued and he now has a total of five acceptances and two pending:

Soleil du Fosse, a seven year-old son of Jag de Bellouet, won tonight's (April 12th) Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Prix Jamin carrying a purse of 110,000 euro.

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