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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Real Lucky Day didn't need any real luck in making his harness racing pari-mutuel debut a winning one Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing for the first time in a betting race, a division of the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, Real Lucky Day and driver Stephane Brosseau teamed up to take the lead in the first race by the opening quarter mile and then held the rest of the field at bay in posting a two-length triumph in 2:03. It was the fastest mile by any two-year-old trotter this season at 3R. Trained by Yves Filion for owner/breeder R L Belanger of Laval, Quebec, Real Lucky Day is a colt sired by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare, Norway No Day and paid just $2.40 to win as the wagering favorite. Previous series winner, Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was second with Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) third. In the third race filly's division, it was Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube who stole the show as they left from post five, took command of the race and said goodbye to the rest of field as they went on to score in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 2:06.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with Taurus P V (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second win in the Future Stars Series for Joyce Lavec. The daughter of Mr Lavec from the Victory's Force mare, Sam Valley is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec and paid $3.90 to win. TRACK NOTES: All eyes will be on the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday morning for their special press conference for the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Pace for four-year-olds. Hosted by the Quebec Jockey Club, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races in all of North America for four-year-olds, the Prix D'Ete is expected to draw none other than the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, to race in Quebec this Sunday. Wiggle It Jiggleit leads all money winners this season with over $1 million already earned and more than $3 million lifetime for owner George Teague, Jr., driver Montrell Teague (George's son) and trainer Clyde Francis. From the Quebec Jockey Club

David Heffering said he will never forget the phone ringing late one night just before U.S. Thanksgiving in 1995. It was his brother Richard on the phone with a simple message: "Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas. Go pick up the horse" The horse was trotting stallion Mr Lavec, a horse that would prove to be a game- and life-changer for David and Tara Hills Stud of Port Perry, ON. The farm was in its infancy at that time and has grown to become one of the biggest Standardbred breeding operations in Canada home to such stallion stars as Kadabra, Mach Three and Sportswriter. "Mr Lavec was standing at Blue Chip Farms in New York," David said. "We needed a horse badly up in Canada and my brother bought out the lease on the horse after a whole day of negotiations with Mr. Kimelman." Trouble was, David had never trucked a horse up to Canada from the United States before and the trip was anything but smooth. Along with Mr Lavec, David brought back a tank loaded with Precious Bunny's frozen semen and some Christmas lights. "t claim the semen and I got in trouble and the truck and trailer and horse were impounded for nine hours. It was a simple misunderstanding," David said, adding that not claiming the Christmas lights also riled the border guards and caused the situation to snowball out of control. "We got the horse back to Canada finally on that day, but it took us awhile. I can sit back and laugh at it now, but at that time it wasn't that funny. I was in one of those rooms calling people; I used some of it as my bonding time with Mr Lavec, but the rest is history for us. We got him to the farm and Armstrongs called and came in and bought 10 per cent of the horse. They used all their breedings. It really helped put us on the map. "Mr Lavec was the first big time horse we had. He is this big, dark horse. A strong horse, gorgeous horse. He has French bloodlines in him. He was something different and we clicked. He never produced that Hambletonian winner, but Ontario was a good spot for him at the time because the (Ontario) Sires Stakes program was just starting to get rolling. I think we had 15 years of full books to that horse" Mr Lavec sired the winners of more than $41 million. He is now 25, in good health, and living in luxury at Tara Hills in their immaculate stallion barn and access to his own paddock. "He was syndicated and when wasn't worth paying his bills anymore, I basically bought the horse for $1," David said. "I said he would always have a place to live. He.s in great shape. He looks great. He's not ornery. He likes the kids when they go out. When they walk around the track, he comes right up to them. He just wants his head rubbed. He's a great horse. Who knows how long he will live, but you look at this horse and his feet are in great shape. He has no lameness issues." by Dave Briggs from Ontario Racing

DOVER, Del. --- Chipoffthewall overpowers rivals in one Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot while Elton J wins photo in other $20,000 second-leg prelim. Fashion Showdown scored an 18-1 surprise in the $21,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 17. For the fourth consecutive start in DSBF prelims, Chipoffthewall finished first, but three starts back, in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington, after finishing first by 9½-lengths, the Mr. Lavec-Off The wall gelding was disqualified for an early race interference and placed last. Tony Morgan drove the Syl King leased and trained winner to an untested 1:59.2 victory. Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up. Popcorn Machine (Jim Morand) was the show horse. The win was the fifth in 10 starts for the $51,440 winning juvenile. Carlo Poliseno and Jane Dunavant's Elton J left smartly from the outside to take the lead and led until the far turn when Policized (Brett Miller) rushed past to take over until late in the lane when Poliseno rallied the Dusty Winner-Cashmere gelding to overtake Policized for a 2:02.3 triumph. Chrome Master (Eddie Dennis) finished third. Fashion Showdown pulled an 18-1 upset in the distaff $21,000 Open Handicap. Odds-on favorite Lady Shadow (B. Miller) cut out the early fast pace and led until Ross Wolfenden shot Fashion Showdown past approaching the three-quarter pole and the opened up the rest of the 1:51 mile. Chris White owns the five-year-old Village Jolt-Catch The Show mare who scored her 11th victory in 27 starts this season. She has now won $122,735 this year. Lady Shadow held on for second with Hearts N Flowers (Allan Davis) third. Ross Wolfenden had Allan Davis reached the winner's circle three-times each. The last of the $20,000 DSBF prelims featuring freshmen filly pacers along with Tough Mac, Power Charger and last week's winner Spunky Jack head the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on the Wednesday card. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Marv Bachrad

June 20, 2015 - Harness racing trainer Imre Fazekas teamed veteran Ollyan nincs (7g Pickaflick-C’est la guerre) to a straight heat victory in the Dr. Jozsef Vecsekloy Memorial (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park on Saturday. Fazekas gained command early in both heats and led throughout with the times being 1.17.4kr and 1.16.4kr. Post positions in this classic are pre-drawn. Ollyan nincs is owned by Kaszas Gergo-Nauru Bt. and his pedigree traces back to Bill Shehan in Lexington. Pickaflick is a son of Mr. Lavec-Miss Photogenic-Crowning Point-Rose Bower-Florlis-Lovester and the dam C’est la guerre is by Kalle Pil-Arienne I.T.-Ideal du Gazeau-Rosie’s Girl, she by Super Bowl from Bert’s Gesture. The dam also produced the excellent mare Nana by Tony Oaks. Night Lady and teamster Tibor Hajnal finished 2-3, Nobody (Emil Csordas driving) was 3-5 and Orangyal (Csaba Lakatos up) was 4-2 in the heats. Friday evening Kincsem Park presented its twilight card featuring entertainment and racing (trots, gallop and greyhounds). Kisasszony with Laszlo Kolozsi aboard won the 200 meter sprinter trotting event and Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) win the first heat of the Cinnia Handicap (500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart, clockwise) in 1.19.6kr for Csaba Lakatos. The second heat was raced the next day and Andorra Gold won again, this time in 1.18.3kr. Replays follow: R2 Andorra Gold – heat 2 Cinnia Handicap R3 Ollyan nincs heat 1 Vecsekloy Memorial R7 Ollyan nincs heat 2 Vecsekloy Mamorial Kincsem Park is preparing for the July 3-5 weekend that includes a glorious food festival and the Trot and Gallop Derby races. Promotional activity is well underway for what promises to be great racing and great fun for the entire family. Promotional video Thomas H. Hicks    

Driver Trevor Henry was the star of the show on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway as he won five of the six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series events for two-year-old male trotters that were staged and added an overnight victory to give him a total of six triumphs on the ten-race program. Henry teamed up with trainer Paul Reid for a pair of his wins. That duo struck for the first time in the third division with Snapshot Springs, who led through fractions of :31, 1:04.1, and 1:34.4 on his way to a 2:04.3 victory, and they were back for another win photo after Olympic Son overcame an early break and a first-over trip to win the nightcap by half a length in 2:03.1. Snapshot Springs, a Striking Sahbra gelding, is a homebred for Rick and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. He has won half of his six starts this year, with all his victories coming in Grassroots company, and he has earned $31,500. He’s the eighth foal out of the S Js Photo mare Spring Photo ($246,089). Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his second win from four attempts, and he has now put away $22,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Henry also swept the early daily double, which was comprised of Grassroots races, with Rob Roy, who led at every call on his way to a 2:03.4 tally, and Kadabrasnewrecruit, who turned a first-over journey into a 2:01.2 score. Henry then bagged the fourth split with Call Me Richard in 2:02. Rob Roy is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Rob Roy, an Angus Hall colt, broke his maiden in his fourth try and pushed his bankroll to $10,550. Roy Roy, who was bred by Mike Sparks, fetched $5,500 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. He’s the first foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Callisto Blue Chip. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, is two-for-three in the win column, and he has now earned $22,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Call Me Richard, who picked up his third win in Grassroots action, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ontario, owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $32,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ontario, and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The only horse to stop Henry’s run was Parkhill Lancelot, who prevailed by a head in 2:02.4 in the fifth Grassroots tilt. Steve Byron drove the victorious Muscle Mass gelding for co-owner/breeder Parkhill Stud Farm of Peterborough, and co-owner Marshall Bax of Mississauga, Ontario. John Bax trains Parkhill Lancelot, who has won once from six trips behind the gate and earned $24,660. Parkhill Lancelot’s dam is Harlequin Seelster (Duke Of York), a three-time OSS winner in her racing career. This concluded the Ontario Sires Stakes season at Hanover Raceway and the regular season for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters in the Grassroots Series. The next time they compete will be in the Grassroots Semifinals on September 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts of Saturday night’s races at Hanover Raceway From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes for harness racing rookie trotting colts and geldings were the marquee events on Saturday night (August 16) at Georgian Downs. The first three races on the card were all Grassroots races, and driver Trevor Henry won all of them to get his night started off on the right foot. Henry won the opener with Kadabrasnewrecruit in 2:01.4. Racing over a surface left sloppy and two seconds off due to rain, Kadabrasnewrecruit came from well off-the-pace to gain the lead in the stretch and then stepped away to win by two and a half lengths over Angels Kid (Keith Oliver). Muscles All Over (Eddie Green) finished third. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont. owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, broke his maiden in his second attempt, and he has now earned $13,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Olympic Son then gave Henry the double, leading through panels of :30, 1:01.2, and 1:32.1 on his way to a four and three-quarter length victory in 2:02.1. Parkhill Lancelot (Steve Byron) crossed the finish line in second, but was off-stride in doing so, and following a judges’ inquiry, he was moved back to third, elevating original third-place finisher Covert Operative (Per Henriksen) to runner-up status. Paul Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his first win from three attempts and he has now put away $13,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Snapshot Springs overcame post nine to give Henry the hat trick. Snapshot Springs had command through splits of :29.4, 1:01.4, and 1:33.1 en route to a 2:03.1 triumph. Numbers Game (Kevin Sizer) came in second, beaten a length and a half by the winner, and Jayport All Muscle (Keith Oliver) nabbed third. The Striking Sahbra-Spring Photo gelding is owned and bred by trainer Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. The win was his second (consecutive) in five starts and lifted his earnings to $22,500. In other action, Mandeville now leads the Grassroots point standings for the group after a 2:01.3 tally in the fifth Grassroots flight with Scott Coulter driving. He also went all the way on the lead, clicking off fractions of :30.4, 1:02, and 1:31 before he trotting a :30.3 final kicker to prevail by one and a quarter lengths over Stormont Wizard (Oliver). Top Dollar (Byron) collected third. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ont. also co-owns the victorious Majestic Son gelding with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Mandeville, who has won three times in Grassroots competition and banked $31,500, was bred by Dr. John Brown of Granton, Ont. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Mandeville is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Paco mare My Charmer, making him a half-brother to Grassroots winner Momentous (Mr Lavec). Coulter also clicked in the Grassroots nightcap with Call Me Richard. Call Me Richard circled from third to first after the :30-second opening quarter, and after he reached the half in :59.1 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3, he romped to a 12 length decision in 2:01.3. Ontheroad De Vie (Robby Robinson) was next, followed by Concept (Oliver). Call Me Richard, who picked up his other career win in Grassroots action on July 12 at Georgian Downs, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ont. owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $23,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ont. and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The other Grassroots winner was El Diablo Hall and Keith Oliver, who led at the :29.4 opening quarter, the 1:00.2 half, and the 1:31 three-quarters in the fourth Grassroots race. He had a stern challenge from pocket-sitter Freddie (Trevor Henry) through the lane, but El Diablo Hall held sway, prevailing by a head in 2:00.4. Now Thats Scary (Wayne Henry) finished third. Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for Ontario owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston. Dale Hunter of London, Ont., the former head coach of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won six times from seven tries and banked $26,000. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. The next Grassroots event for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take place on September 6 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

With ideal weather and stakes competition, there were plenty of fast mile and hotly competitive racing at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon for the second preliminary round of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. The series features four preliminary rounds of competition, each division going for a purse of $7,500 with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 7 for the $65,000 finals in each of the four divisions for colts and fillies. The colts were the main stars on Sunday with the fastest mile of the day coming in the second race, the first division for three-year-old pacers. That’s when Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle, after enjoying a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lucky Bluejeans through quarters of :27, :55 and 1:23.2, popped the pocket at the three-quarters and went on to win by one length in 1:53.1. Bali (Marie Claude Auger) was second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) third. It was the third straight win and eighth victory in ten starts for Atomic Million AM. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam, trained, owned and bred by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC, just missed tying the track record for colt pacers by two fifths of a second. It was a case of switching tactics with the same results in the fourth race second colt pacer division. This week it was Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube who cut the mile with Hall Bro (Stephan Brosseau) taking the two-hole trip through the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.4 and that was when Brosseau took Hall Bro first over to press the pace to the three-quarters in 1:25.4. DJ Power (Stephane Gendron had come first-over and then ducked into the two-hole spot. As they started down the stretch, Jefferson Tare dug in and was able to hold off DJ Power but could not keep Hall Bro from scoring a head triumph in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and fourth victory this year for Hall Bro. The gelded son of Blissful Hall is trained by Antonio Valente for breeder/owner Fernand Brodeur of Laval, QC. He paid $7.40 to win despite being the betting favorite last week. In the lone three-year-old trotting filly division, Viva Bayama and driver/trainer Yves Filion made it two straight in the series with an impressive 2:04 victory. The daughter of Muscle Mass, bred and owned by the Filion’s Bayama Farms Inc. of Quebec, moved to the lead after the opening quarter mile and held off a game first-over Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) to win by one length. The pocket-sitting Lucyll Bro was third. It was the second win in four starts for Viva Bayama and a lifetime mark. She paid $2.90 to win. The trotting colts were featured in two divisions with Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron having little trouble leading from start to finish in 2:02 to win by one length over the pocket-sitting Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) with SOS Gasland (Pascal Berube) third. It was the fourth win in six starts this year for Maximuscle, a son of Angus Hall who is trained by Eric Valiquette for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. He paid $3.00 to win. The second division for colt trotters saw Bouffon P V and driver/trainer Yves St Jacques shoot out to the early lead and sting the 3/5 race favorite, Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Once on top, Somoli E was then challenged first-over by Monster Mass (Claude Larose, but Somoli E was up to the task and by the finish wire he won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Monster Mass was second with Horatio Drummond (Richard Velleux) third. Sired by Mr Lavec, it was the second straight win and fourth of the season of Somoli E, who paid $3.30 to win.  There were three divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. The first division saw Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre lead from gate to wire with ease in 1:57.3 by three and one-half lengths over Raiponce (Marie Claude Auger) and Astro Maggs (Denis Audet). It was the daughter of Santana Blue Chip’s second win this year for trainer Helen Filion. She paid $3.20 to win for owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC. The second division saw My American Tallia and driver Stephane Gendron take the lead away from Night Fall (Sylvain Lacalle) at the opening quarter mile and then lead the rest of the mile race, drawing away in the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths in 1:58.2. Night Fall was second with Bemmol Kalie (Melanie Plourde) third. Delirium and driver Stephane Gendron posted the fastest of the filly divisions in the ninth race, scoring by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1 over Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) with pacesetter Canaco Xenia (Sylvain Lacalle) third. Delirium benefited from a two-hole trip behind Canaco Xenia until the three-quarters when they came first-over, collared the leader on the final turn and then pulled away in the stretch. It was the second win this year for the daughter of Artistic Fella. Delirium paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite. She is owned and was bred by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening as the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to From the Quebec Jockey Club

There was certainly no lack of excitement at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday for the start of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers. The action was fast and furious despite earlier rains that labeled the track in “good” condition. The series features four weeks of preliminary rounds for both colts and fillies in each class and then on Sunday, August 7 will be the $65,000 finals for each of the four divisions. The fastest action took place in both $7,500 opening round divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Jefferson Tare saw his six-race winning streak come to a close at the hands of Hall Bro. After leaving and grabbing the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 despite the “off track” conditions, Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube took command, but it was short lived as Stephane Brosseau came right back with the 4/5 race favorite Hall Bro. Those two held the field at bay as they sped past the half mile marker in :58.2. That was when Eveil Dun Champion (Mario Charron) came first-over to challenge to no avail. Then after the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Berube came back out with Jefferson Tare and in the stretch tried his best but could not collar Hall Bro until after the wire in 1:58, losing by a slim neck. Bad Magic (David Pilon) was third. It was the third win this year for Hall Bro, a gelded son of Blissful Hall, who is trained by Antonio Valente and was bred and is owned by Ferme Brodeur. Hall Bro paid $3.80 to win. The first division was the fastest mile of the day as Atomic Million AM and driver Sylvain Lacalle, despite making a break at the start of the race, came back to take command after the opening quarter mile and wired the field winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. No one was really able to challenge Atomic Million Am as My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sired by Million Dollar Cam, it was the seventh win in nine starts this year for Hall Bro, who was bred and is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. In the first division for trotting colts and geldings, Maximuscle saw his three-race winning streak come to a close as he could only manage a third place finish. The race was won by Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart and they led from start to finish and barely held off a super game first-over effort by Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) to win by a nose in 2:02.4. It was the third win this year and a lifetime mark for Somoli E, a son of Mr Lavec, who is trained by Andrea Lapierre. He went off at odds of 8-1 and paid $19.40 to win. The second division for trotting colts saw Monster Mass and driver Claude Larose lead from the start and score in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 2:05.1 over Jardinier (Marie Claude Auger) and De Pres Mirabel (Rosare Renald). The gelded son of Muscle Mass posted his third win this year for trainer Justin Blais, who is also the owner and co-breeder. He paid $4.30 to win. The highest payoff of the series preliminary rounds Sunday was set in the second division for pacing fillies as Ladylyonne and Stephane Brosseau came from third over at the top of the stretch to win by a neck in 2:00.4 over My American Tallia (Stephane Gendron) with Thrill Chaser (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sent off at odds of 24-1, Ladylyonne paid $51.70 to win in posting her maiden victory after 11 lifetime starts for trainer Dominc Gladu and co-owners Zephirin Lyonnais and Andre Grosso. The first division saw C L Infinite and trainer/driver David Pilon close from fifth place at the top of the stretch and draw off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Pacesetter Night Fall (Stephane Gendron) was second with Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) third. It was the first win in five starts on the year for the daughter of Artistic Fella who was bred and is owned by Ecuries Leblanc, Inc. She paid $7.70 to win. There was only one division of three-year-old trotting fillies with ten starters. Half of the field made breaks and after weaving her way around those horses, having started from post ten in the second tier, Viva Bayama blew away the entire field. Trained and driven by Yves Filion, once he had clearance in the backstretch the second time, they sprinted to the outside, looped the field and then drew off to win by ten and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.3. SOS Striking Monte (Francine Morrissette) was second with Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) third. It was the maiden victory in five lifetime starts for Viva Bayama, a daughter of Muscle Mass, who is owned and bred by the Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. She paid $3.20 to win. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, first race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at From the Quebec Jockey Club

In part one of the story on Trevor Henry, the winningest driver based in Canada in 2013 with 529 victories, we noted that he had won at ten different Ontario racetracks, and that over half his winners circle pictures came at London, a 200-mile (322km) round-trip from his base in Arthur, Ontario. That’s a lot of time trucking up and down Route 6 and then either Route 7 or down to the 401 and over to London (assuming missing possibly-treacherous back roads, especially in winter). So it seemed a natural question to ask Trevor what kind of music he likes, what accompanies him on these long sojourns to keep him from “white line fever.” “Oh, I like all kinds of music,” he replied. What type of music does he listen to most traveling to and from the tracks? The answer was like a thunderbolt from this down-to-earth workaday horseman. “I listen to Howard Stern all the time,” Trevor Henry replied. Shannon Henry verifies this fact, “You and I may never understand it, but in that truck Trevor listens to the Howard Stern channel 24/7.” Sirius-ly! Henry says he sees parallels between himself and the celebrated “shock-jock”: “You know, you come down to it, he’s just a guy like me, trying to do a job, trying to do it the best he can.” While threading through a thin hole to get a horse clearance is somewhat “less” than the Wallenda act of balancing good taste into the funny/absurd/obscene (depending on your view of Mr. Stern), there is a certain resemblance there, a man out in the public eye, doing not the easiest of jobs but trying to do it the best he can. Those long rides with Howard also helped Trevor name a 2012 foal who is being pointed for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. A frequent Sternism is “Hey now,” a synonym for “hello” (which Stern actually borrowed from Jeffrey Tambor’s character on the Larry Sanders [television] Show), and when the name was brought up by Trevor, it seemed natural (to Shannon) to change the name of a horse one letter in the first name to HAY NOW – which is how you’ll know him if he has Keystone State success in 2014. (The “him” in that sentence bothers Henry: “We were hoping for a filly so we could breed her on, but we got a colt, and now we’ll hope he’s a good racehorse.”) Hay Now himself is the result of a “breeding philosophy” not often seen these days, starting with the-then 15-year-old mare whose name is French for “maple taffy.” “We have a mare named Tire Derable, and we had been bred her for ten years in Ontario. She’s had some very good foals, including TJ’s Mr Lavec, who won close to $600,000 for us and is probably the best homebred I’ve driven. “I know trainer Paul Taylor, and Paul always seemed to have a couple of colts in the Ontario stakes for owner Bob Key,” a well-known breeder/owner from Pennsylvania. “It was through Paul that I had the connection to Mr. Key, and we decided to breed Tire Derable to his stallion American Winner,” the 1993 Hambletonian winner (and thus 21 when bred to the mare). It’s a little late in reproductive lifetimes for both father and mother, but they cross well – Super Bowl (American Winner’s sire) and Speedy Crown both make more than one appearance fairly “up close” on both sides of the pedigree – and so far the colt has shown good ability: in fact, Henry was moved to call the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes office just before the end of the year to make sure that Hay Now had been paid in as a yearling. “The next six months can produce almost anything,” Trevor notes, but he seems quietly confident that the baby is doing things right and could be almost any kind of horse. Especially if he was a Teddy Be Ready. “That’s the toughest horse I ever drove, as tough as nails,” Henry said of the former track record at Orangeville, 1:58.2h – which may not sound like much now, but at the time in 1985 only one HMT track record in Canada was faster, Sudbury’s 1:57.2h produced by the free-for-all millionaire Perfect Out. “He’d always dig in and do his best.” Whether Hay Now belongs in the Teddy Be Ready altitude, proves himself a good or competent Sire Stakes horse, or whatever, he seems likely to bring Henry “over the border” for a couple of trips, so that Americans can rightly see and know of this brown-and-gold-clad star who has shined almost exclusively in Ontario for many years. And should he reach a Pennsylvania winners circle? And a certain tall, curly-haired gentleman in shades is waiting to great the winner? “HAY NOW!”…. By Jerry Connors for

In the absence of two Swedish millionaire hotshots in Rolling Stones (8 wins in a row) who  sensationally broke in his heat and Vasterbo Loveboat, a 10 win colt who also missed qualification, the Travkriterium (4 million SEK) is now a wide open affair. There certainly doesn’t look like any Maharajah, Mr Lavec, Remington Crown or Zoogin in this lineup for one of the feature races of the Swedish season raced over 2640m on the Solvalla track. A strong case could be made for Henrik Hoffman’s colt Final Oak (Make it Happen)  who has won his last three in a row to make it six wins and two placings from 12 starts. He was a hot favourite in his heat and covered the 2640m in under 2 minute time. He will have Erik Adielsson  on board this week as Jorma Kontio is engaged to drive his usual employer Timo Nurmos’ colt Jens Patrik. A son of dual Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream, Jens Patrik is just a 2 win horse, with his heat win just his second but it was the second fastest of the night, a tidy 1.14.1 (1.59.1MR)  for the 2640m  journey. His driver Kontio, will be going for his third win in the event. Nurmos also has  Sir Ratzeputz (Love You) who will be driven by Åke Svanstedt in the field but he has only won three minor races so far and the heat place getter has a horror draw   Alkalizer Am  has only had five starts but you can’t fault the form of  Olimede  gelding who is trained and driven by Marcus Lindgren. He has won his last four on the trot and his Swedish bred dam Alltid V.G. was very good in this age group with a win in the Coccinelles and second placings in the E3 Langa, Guldstoet and at 4 seconds in the Stochampionet and Breeders Crown.   Perhaps in the absence of true star power, his credentials shine a little brighter. Veijo Heiskanen trained and drove  Amazing Man (Ken Warkentin) to the fastest time in the heats at a very slick 1.13.5 (1.58.1MR) for the 2640m. He now has four minor wins in 11 starts and isn’t the worst. Fredrik Persson trains  Boys Going In (Going Kronos) who has won five of nine including a win in the Going Kronos Mile on July 30 in Jagersro in 1.56 which earned him a 300,000SEK pay day. His driver will be Johnny Takter  who will be looking to emulate his brother Jimmy, who won the race in 1994 with Mr Lavec. Rokkakudo (Varenne) is a product of the giant Menhammar Stud and his win in the heat was his best performance so far, and just his second in 16 starts although he was third in the E3 heats and fifth in the final. Anna Forssell  trains the colt who will be driven by  Ulf Ohlsson. The ace draw went to Nimbus C.D. (Mythical Lindy) is trained by Per Nordström at Jagersro and has had five wins in just eight starts but the win in the kriterium heats was his biggest. The gelding is however the half brother to European Derby and Breeders Crown winner Kadett C.D who actually finished eighth in this race. Stefan Hultman has trained three winners of this race and he his entry Ruhuna Tea (Viking Kronos)  was a hot favourite when going down in that heat  and is also from the Menhammar Stud champion factory, and has a pretty smart record with 2 wins and 4 seconds from just 8 starts to date.  He is out of Victory Dream mare Dimbula who was third in the Group II Ulf Thorensens Minneslop and from the good family of Hambletonian winner Duenna.   He also has five time Travkriterium winning driver  Örjan Kihlström  in the cart. Roger Walmann’s  Carelin (Super Arnie )  has won three minor races while Bjorn Goop’s B.B. Tigger has only had three starts, but has won two of them. Who knows, in this field they could surprise. SVENSKT TRAV-KRITERIUM Solvalla 2640 (G1) Nat 3YOs  €470,000 1         Nimbus C.D. (v   Mythical Lindy - Kiss of Life)  Dr: Per Nordström Tr: Per Nordström 2         Final Oak (3c   Make it Happen - Cara Bobs Crown)  Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr: Henrik Hoffman            3         Rokkakudo( h   Varenne - Ikebana)  Dr: Ulf Ohlsson  Tr: Anna Forssell       4         Amazing Man (h   Ken Warkentin - Fayette Broline)  Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr:  Veijo Heiskanen       5         Jens Patrik (h   Offshore Dream - Ebba Britta)  Dr: Jorma Kontio  Tr: Timo Nurmos       6         Boys Going In (h   Going Kronos - Namura)  Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr: Fredrik Persson          7         Attack Diablo (h   Blue York Yankee - Chanson d'Inverne)  Dr: Peter Ingves  Tr: Peter Ingves  8         Ruhuna Tea (h   Viking Kronos - Dimbula)  Dr: Örjan Kihlström  Tr: Stefan Hultman            9         Alkalizer Am (v   Olimede - Alltid V.G.)  Dr: Marcus Lindgren Tr:  Marcus Lindgren           10      Sir Ratzeputz (h   Love You - Celebrate)  Dr: Åke Svanstedt  Tr: Timo Nurmos           11      Carelin (h   Super Arnie - Carte Blanche)  Dr: Johan Untersteiner  Tr: Roger Walmann          12      B.B.Tigger (h   Going Kronos - Tigger)  Dr: Björn Goop Tr:  Björn Goop        Dave Sanders  

Fayco Filly and Brad Hanners found enough daylight in the stretch and sprinted past the pacesetting Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page) to win the featured $42,176 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-old filly pacers on the opening day card at the Delaware County Fair. When the gates wings folded the field quickly sat in post-position order. Kyle Ater sent the heavily favored Shakin Friskie to challenge Crown Time Keeper past the half in 1:00 4/5 and three quarters in 1:30 1/5. The pocket sitting Fayco Filly found room and won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:59 2/5. The daughter of Dave Panlone is conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr. for Martial Property LLC and Ackley Racing Stable, both of Washington Court House, Ohio. In the first $21,088 division of the freshman filly pace, Kyle Ater drove Rosy Fire to an open length victory in 1:58 4/5. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by B. M. Schwartz, Lee Bean and S. R. Montemarano and trained by Mark Winters, Sr. In the Billings Amateur Trot, Bud Hatfield scored for the record breaking sixth time at the Delaware County Fair. Hatfield and Brother Gus took the early lead and he held off the late charge of Thomas Williams and D W's Perky Joe in 2:00 4/5. Hatfield owns Brother Gus who won for the third time in 2013. In the first Billings division, Larry Farley guided Rewrite The Rules to victory in 2:03 1/5. Farley owns the 10 year-old gelded son of Mr Lavec who won for the 37th time in 203 career starts. In the Tim Fouts Memorial Final for amateur drivers, Dillon Cox and Sharp Shuttle came from off the pace to score in 1:59. The race features the top drivers from various driving clubs from across the US. Cox represented the Mid-Western Amateur Drivers Association. The Delaware County Fair will race again on Tuesday, September 17 with a post time of 12:00 Noon. The 13-race card will feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 with a 15% takeout. The pick 4 will start with race 10 and past performance lines are available at by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug  

The Pres is underway as a sire, having left four individual juvenile winners in America during the last month. Now based permanently in New Zealand, the popular stallion served one small book of mares in the States before he was imported here three seasons ago; these horses are now 2-year-olds by American standards, and they've wasted no time putting their sire on the map. The Pres has had only eight starters in the U.S. to date, but already half of them have won and two others have been placed – tipping their sire over the $50,000 mark in earnings. First to greet the judge was the Charles Taylor-trained and drivenSpartan Presence, a colt out of the Lindy Lane mare Vega Blue Chip whowon at Hastings in Michigan on July 14. Next to salute was Hetties Commander, a colt out of Hetties Dream (by Dream Of Glory) who is trained by Michel Rivest and driven by David Boughton; he won at Georgian Downs in Ontario at the end of July. Following in the footsteps of these two sons were two daughters, who incidentally are his fastest thus far – The Pres Child is a filly out of the Mr Lavec mare Crowchild, who Walter Haynes trained and drove to win in 2:00.4 at Hoosier Park in Indiana on August 14; then the very next day, filly Nickange Two won a $50,000 Leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Series at Rideau Carleton in Ontario for trainer Wayne Lee and driver Trevor Ritchie. The latter is out of the Wesgate Crown mare Goingonby, and trotted to victory in 2:00.8.    

Four of broodmare Sahalee's offspring have earned more than $100,000 for owner-breeder Edward Wilson, and the Seagrave resident will be assessing Jamandra's potential when the two-year-old trotting filly makes her Grassroots debut at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, July 6.

Harness racing driver Jean-Pierre Dubois scored a double yesterday at Marseille-Borely, continuing his remarkable driving return in France.

Dontyouforgetit is small in size, but races big. A 3-year-old colt trotter who last season trotted the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old on a half-mile track, Dontyouforgetit begins his 2013 harness racing campaign in Saturday afternoon's $139,600 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway.

Hour Lavec, a seven-year-old Mr Lavec gelding, won the $11,000 featured trot in 2:01, for owners Finish Line Investors, of Rochester NY, and John Paul Cummings, Jr., of Williamsville NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (April 19), over a sloppy harness racing track.

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