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WILKES-BARRE, PA - Muscle Diamond launched three-wide down the backstretch and trotted a 27.3 third quarter to clear to the lead before the ¾, going on to win in 1:52.2 to take the $21,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night. Tyler Buter kept the son of Muscle Hill off of hotly-contested fractions, then launched him midbackstretch and had no further problems in the three length victory. Brett Bittle conditions the winner of $734,449 lifetime, and he is also a co-owner along with the Charles Kellers III and IV and also Dan Bittle. In the $17,500 the Crazed gelding Crazshana made the top handily, rated the half to 57, then sprinted home in 55.3 to be clear of his field at the end of the 1:52.3 mile. The Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained horse, who boosted his earnings to $101,450 this season and $437,849 lifetime, is owned by Bamond Racing LLC, and he also was part of a 17-winner weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday, including Philly) for driver George Napolitano Jr. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Harness racing trainer Marcus Melander admitted he was a bit nervous before the start of the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. As it turned out, he didn't need to be. In the seconds leading up to Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters, Melander, who conditions top-flight trotter Green Manalishi S, admitted he was battling butterflies before the field of 10 got underway. A three-length triumph, timed in a career-best 1:53.4, changed that trepidation to pure elation. "He was very good tonight as well," said Melander, of the horse that took one of two Wellwood eliminations last Saturday. "I'm very happy to win this race. I was a little nervous before the race, actually. I'm not normally like that. After that race last week, he was really impressive. I was just very happy that we could show them that he's as good as he was last week." Sent off as the 3-5 mutuel favourite, Green Manalishi S, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, got away third as Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras powered to the front as the trotters made their way into the first turn. After a quarter-mile in a tepid :28.2, Tetrick made the decision to go for the front after Union Forces, a 33-1 upset winner in the other Wellwood elimination, broke stride. With a confident Tetrick at the controls, Green Manalishi, who reached the half in :57.1, began to dash away from Swandre The Giant, who broke stride as the field turned for home. Easily keep his rivals at bay, the son of Muscle Hill, who won his Wellwood elim seven days ago, flexed his muscles down the lane, crossing the wire the easiest of winners. "That was really fun," said Tetrick. "First off, I just want to say it's a great honour to win the Wellwood race. A great family and proud to get to win this race. "I was going to go ahead and go," continued the veteran reinsman of his decision to push for the lead prior to the mid-way point. "I wanted to get through the first turn clear and safe. Down the backside, I let him trot. We got a good half and from there it was his race to win or lose." The longshot parade for second, third and fourth spots went to Smart As Hill (27-1), Okeanos (50-1) and Kings County (27-1), respectively. Green Manalishi S paid $3.30 for the win, combining with Smart As Hill for a $45.40 exactor. Okenaos capped a $378.80 triactor, while a $1 superfecta (Kings County) returned $2,876.45. Members of the Wellwood family were on hand to make the trophy presentation. It was the fourth win from six starts for the bay colt that had a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. "He's special," praised Tetrick. "He trots beautiful and he acts like an eight-year-old out there. He loves his work. Marcus and the crew have done a great job with him. He makes me look really good out there." Owned by Courant Inc. and bred Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Solne, Sweden, Green Manalishi S will now set his sights south of the border. "We'll ship him down to Lexington next week and he's going to race there one or two times," noted Melander. "We've got the Breeders Crown left and I think we have the Valedictory as well. But we'll take one race at a time. He's a very nice horse." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Even-money betting favourite The Ice Dutchess made every step a sure one on her way to victory in the $385,000 Peaceful Way final for two-year-old harness racing trotting filly on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jimmy Takter trainee won in 1:54.2, three open lengths ahead of her nearest rival, Evident Beauty (Dave Miller; 4/1). 51/1 longshot Angies Luckeylady (Trevor Henry) was a distant third. Evident Beauty cut the 27.1 opening quarter after four fillies' hopes were dashed in the early going. In rein to Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess made front easily by the 57.1 half, trotting past the early leader without a fight and taking command. She led by two lengths over Evident Beauty at the three-quarter pole, reached in 1:26.0, and sustained her reign right to the wire. A late effort from the other elimination winner, Sisters Promise, ended when she broke stride moving from fourth to third in the stretch. John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms of Vancouver, British Columbia owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 yearling purchase. Floren noted he bought the daughter of Muscle Hill after selling a Muscle Hill colt for the same price. "I said, 'she's the nicest filly in the sale, if I get her for $320,000, not a dollar more, I'll go for it' and that was my last bid," said Floren. "You look for these kind of horses your whole career. I've been in this sport for 30 years and you get one now and then. I always was patient and always was hopeful and now we have one and we're going to enjoy every step of the way." The Jim Doherty Memorial champion has rebounded strongly after consecutive early breaks and distanced finishes in both a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and a Champlain Stake division at Woodbine Mohawk Park last month. The Ice Dutchess is undefeated since the addition of trotting hobbles, which trainer Takter remarked upon from the winner's circle. "I think she will grow out of that...I think she will be better without that," said Takter, who feels The Ice Dutchess has another step to take. "I don't think she is quite ready...I don't feel that she's really there yet." Dr. Cal and Angie Stiller, the breeders and former owners of Canadian Hall of Fame trotter Peaceful Way (inducted 2008), presented the namesake stake's trophy to the winning connections. The Ice Dutchess paid $4 to win. by Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

Anders Strom didn't get Nagamori Hill for a song, but he renamed him after one. Purchased as a yearling for a Swedish auction-record 3 million kronor, approximately $365,000 U.S., the Swedish-bred colt's name was changed to Green Manalishi in tribute to the Peter Green-penned Fleetwood Mac song "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)," which was released in 1970. "I'm a big fan of the Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac tune as well as the cover that my favorite band Judas Priest made," Strom said in an email. "I had the name on my list for a long time once the right horse would show up. I like to name all horses born in the same year with the same beginning letter; this year it was the 'G' crop." So far Green Manalishi, owned by Strom's Courant Inc., has been grand. He has three wins and two second-place finishes in five races, earning $146,757. One of his setbacks was by a neck to Prospect Hill and the other came when he raced on the outside from post 10 in the Peter Haughton Memorial, which was won by Don't Let'em. Last week, the colt won his elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial by 4-3/4 lengths over Kings County in 1:54.4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He will start Saturday's C$400,000 final from post three with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Marcus Melander. What's impressed Strom? "About everything," he said. "He made a break in one of the qualifiers but there were good excuses for that. Otherwise he has done everything right and the mile he trotted in the Peter Haughton Memorial was out of this world from that number 10 spot. Oh, and I should not forget, he has a great psyche -- everyone just loves the horse's manners. "He is certainly one of the absolute most interesting colts for the future and I don't think I have had such a great prospect before. I really hope he can finish the season well and become a Hambletonian prospect next season." Green Manalishi is a son of Muscle Hill out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Naga Morich. His second dam, Dame Lavec, produced Raja Mirchi, who finished eighth in the 2009 Peter Haughton Memorial, but enjoyed success in Europe. All of which were contributing factors in Strom's interest in Green Manalishi as a yearling. "I liked the horse's conformation; he is really a fantastic-looking colt," Strom said. "But first and foremost he has the pedigree to become a superstar. He has the same maternal line as Raja Mirchi, who was a fantastic champion for Lutfi Kolgjini and now one of the most sought after stallions in Europe. With Muscle Hill as a sire, you could argue that Green Manalishi has the potential to become Raja 2.0!" The Wellwood Memorial is part of a card that also includes the second meeting between harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 Atlanta and No. 2 Manchego, in the C$340,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters plus the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters, C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, two eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers, and two eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers. Green Manalishi is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Wellwood. Union Forces, who won the event's other elimination in 1:55.3, is 6-1 from post four. He will be driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Domenico Cecere. Swandre The Giant, second to Union Forces last week, is the 2-1 second choice from post seven with Yannick Gingras at the lines for Jimmy Takter. "There are several good horses, perhaps even better," Strom said about this season's group of 2-year-old trotters. "I believe we will see a handful of horses that would have been a breakout No. 1 in any 'normal' crop." Strom hopes he has a couple of those horses in addition to Green Manalishi. Greenshoe has won two of four races, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, despite going off stride in all four starts. Gimpanzee, owned with Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, is 5-for-5 on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. "Greenshoe has perhaps shown the highest capacity so far, but he has also acted a bit immaturely," Strom said. "I think once he settles in he will be among the best in the crop. Gimpanzee is a less complicated horse. He has yet to race against top competition, but once he does it will be very interesting to see where he can rank among the other horses in this group. "I give credit to Courant's operational manager Sabine Kagebrandt for doing a great job to put these horses on the shortlist when we were working on the 2017 yearling purchases." Greenshoe, a son of Father Patrick out of Designed To Be, was purchased for $330,000 under the name Rifleman at the Lexington Selected Sale. Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, was bought for $170,000 under the name Army Of Monkeys at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "Greenshoe is a financial term that I came across when I worked with introducing one of my startups to the stock market," Strom said. "Gimpanzee was originally named Army Of Monkeys and we nicknamed him Monkey, so I simply had to come up with a fantasy name that could carry his nickname. Now that he is so good, the name is great!" Racing begins at 7:25 p.m. (EDT) with the Metro eliminations. The Peaceful Way follows as race three, the Wellwood race five, Canadian Trotting Classic race seven, and Elegantimage race 10. The She's A Great Lady elims are races six and eight. Complete entries can be found here. Following is the field in post-position order for the William Wellwood Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-White Tiger-Anthony MacDonald-Harry Poulton-10/1 2-Okeanos-Roger Mayotte-Roger Mayotte-12/1 3-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-9/5 4-Union Forces-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere-6/1 5-Hudson River-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-8/1 6-Smart As Hill-Bob McClure-Mike Keeling-15/1 7-Swandre The Giant-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2/1 8-Kings County-David Miller-Domenico Cecere-8/1 9-Southwind Avenger-Trevor Henry-R. Nifty Norman-15/1 10-While Your Up-Sylvain Filion-Clark Beelby-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA      

Dream Together came flying down the stretch to capture the fourth leg of the Miss Versatility ($40,000) on (Friday September 7). NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) passed Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. then took the pack to the half in in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1, Dream Together ($9.70) went three-wide around the last turn. Looking like she was shot out of a cannon she blew right by second place finisher NF Happenstance to win going away in 1:52.3. Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) was third best. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, she captured her third win in a row and fourth of the season. It was her 12th career victory. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) wins the Open Trot Handicap ($13,000). Warrawee Preferred ($16.00) charged right to the front and never looked back covering all of the fractions (:28.2, :58.0, 1:27.0, 1:56.1). Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, as he reached the top of the stretch the only race left was for second. That went to Zoraze (Mike Simons). Finishing third was Oh No Three O (Jeff Long). Warrrawee Preferred is a 7-year-old gelding by Federal Flex. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 37. Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) takes the Fillies and Mares Open Pace ($13,000). Heavenly Bet (Tom Jackson) took the lead just before the first quarter. She controlled all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.1, 1:23.1). Culinary Delight N ($7.30) followed patiently in the pocket. Owned and trained by Stalbaum, she popped out of the pocket in the stretch and zoomed by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0.. Heavenly Bet held on for second. Truth And Liberty (Mike SImons) charged late to finish third. Culinary Delight N is an 8-year-old mare by Lis Mara. It was her fifth win this season and her 19th career victory. Leading driver Mike Merton added three wins to his total on the night. He got his wins with Addie Rose ($11.60), Carson Hill ($6.20), and Lo Hold A Moonbean ($4.10) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A homebred in harness racing means that the horse was bred and is owned by the same person(s) and that in most cases the foal was never sent to any public auctions before it began racing. At the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday afternoon, each of the three divisions of the final round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, the race favorite is a homebred. The 26 youngsters entered on Sunday are seeking points to make it to their respective C$55,000 finals at H3R on Sunday, September 9. The two colt divisions take place in races two and three. Race two features the homebred Money Hill, who starts from post six for Hall of Fame trainer/driver Yves Filion. This son of Muscle Hill scored his first win last week for owner/breeder R L Belanger of Laval. Money Hill wired the field with ease for his first pari-mutuel win and prior to that he won a qualifying race at Mohawk Park in 2:00.3. Money Hill was bred to be a champion. His sire, Muscle Hill, is a world champion racing and sire. And Money Hill's dam is Norway No Day by Self Possessed, who many older fans may remember her dominance in the trotting ranks at the Hippodrome de Montreal where she earned C$330,000 before retiring. The third race is the second colt division and the homebred favorite is Cesar Duharas from post two for trainer/driver Stuart Sowerby. This son of Muscle Massive had an early win the Future Stars Series and has a record of 1:59.4. He has also been raced timed at Mohawk Park in 1:58.2. He was bred and is owned by Haras De L Estire of Dunham. From the Cantab Hall mare, Cleopatre Duharas, she was a 1:54.4 winner of more than C$164,000 on the racetrack. It would also be a special victory for Sowerby, as he is at 999 career driving wins and with a victory here would hit 1,000 win milestone. The lone filly division takes place in race six and featured is Kenogami Darling for driver Guy Gagnon. A winner in two of her four starts for trainer Dany Fontaine, Kenogami Darling scored an OSS Grassroots win at Mohawk in 1:59.2. Then she came to H3R for the second leg of the series and won that with ease and goes for her third straight win on Sunday for breeder Jean Francois Reid of Anjou, who co-owns the filly with Claude Reid of Jonquiere. She is sired by Justice Hall from the Ken Warkentin mare, Profound Wisdom, who did race, winning an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division in 1:57.3 at Mohawk before injuring herself. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Tioga Downs hosted the W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for freshman trotters and pacers on Sunday (August 26). Starita (David Miller) wins the first of two divisions of The Meda ($37,250) for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Starita ($2.80) pranced out to the lead and never looked back. She set down all the fractions (:28.3, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. she had a two length lead after three-quarters and turned on the after burners in the stretch to win going away by more than five lengths. Fashion Rachel (Corey Callahan) finished second with Cardinale (Andy Miller) taking third money. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. It was her second win in seven career starts. Unbeaten Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) took the second division of The Meda ($37,750). After leader Sabrina Deo (Corey Callahan) and follower Explosive Mel (Marcus Miller) each went on breaks, Cloud Nine Fashion ($2.10) led the group to the first quarter in :30.3. Southwind Percy (David Miller) took over the pocket. It was then a two horse race. Cloud Nine Fashion led to a half of 1:00.1 and to three-quarters in 1:28.1. South Percy put on the pressure around the final turn but when they reached the top of the stretch, Cloud Nine Fashion had a lot in the tank and won easily in 1:57.0. Southwind Percy settled for second best while Chardonnay Nay (Tom Jackson) finished third. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, she is now a perfect four for four in her young career. No Drama Please (Andy Miller) easily wins The Judge Moore ($69,300) for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings. No Drama Please ($8.70) charged straight to the front and never looked back. He hit all the stations first (:28.3, :58.0, 1:26.2, 1:56.0). The betting favorite Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) looked like he had a chance just before the three-quarter mark but he went on a break. No Drama Please then breezed home to get his first career victory by over two lengths in the end. Cheap Tricks (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished second. Sheena's Boy (Marcus Miller), who was racing for purse only was third. No Drama please is a colt by Trixton-Female Drama. Owned by Stoy Inc., and trained by Julie Miller. It was his first win in six starts. Zero Tolerence (David Miller) gets impressive win in The Lorraine ($56,300) featuring freshman pacing fillies. Zero Tolerence ($2.10) went to the front and led from gate-to-wire (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:53.2). She never let them get close in winning her fourth straight race. Prairie Westerngal (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished a distant second with Simone (Homer Hochstetler) getting third. Zero Tolerence is a filly by Heston Blue Chip-feelinglikeastar. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she won for the fifth time in six starts. It was an owner-trainer-driver double for them on the afternoon. Mangogh (Tim Tetrick) hangs on to win The Solicitor ($66,600) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Mangogh ($7.20) went to the front followed by Sweet Troy (Marcus Miller). He led them to the first quarter of :28.0 and then to a half of :56.0. One half of the betting favorite entry, Captain Panko went on a break at the halfway mark. Trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M&L Of Delaware LLC., and M&M Harness Racing LLC., Mangogh was pressured by Saronno (Andy Miller) as he hit the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3. As they were in the stretch, Sweet Troy finally was able to find racing room and charged at Mangogh in deep stretch but it was too late and Mangogh won in a career best time of 1:53.4. Sweet Troy settled for second. Sarrono ended up third best. Mangogh is a colt by Western Ideal-My Little Artist. It was his second win in six career starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

MILTON, ON - August 24, 2018 - Hambletonian Oaks champion Manchego delivered a stunning 1:51.4 stakes record performance to defeat Hambletonian champion Atlanta in Friday's $136,000 Casual Breeze at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The superstar fillies were squaring off for the first time in 2018 and went off as co-favourites at odds of 4/5 in a field of 10. Manchego and driver Yannick Gingras left strong from post-eight, while Atlanta and driver Scott Zeron showed their usual early speed from post-three. Driver Trevor Henry decided to mix things by firing longshot Smoke And Mirrors towards the lead and kept Manchego out going around the first turn, as Zeron took back to settle third. The Jimmy Takter trained Manchego cleared to the top just strides after leading by three-quarters of a length at the opening-quarter in :27.3. The Hambletonian Oaks champion continued to trot strong for the next eighth of a mile before Gingras tapped the breaks to grab a comfortable :28.4 second-quarter. Atlanta was angled from the three-hole heading into the far turn, while Gingras and Manchego began to ramp up the tempo. Smoke And Mirrors gapped in the two-hole, which allowed Zeron to drop in with Atlanta and power up for the stretch battle. Manchego reached three-quarters in 1:24.1 with a length and a half lead on Atlanta. In the stretch, Manchego continued her powerful ways and didn't allow Atlanta to get any closer than her wheel. The Takter trainee trotted a :27.3 final-quarter to defeat Atlanta by a length and three-quarters in a Canadian record equaling 1:51.4. Friday's matchup between Manchego and Atlanta was months in the making. Manchego entered the season as the top filly after an undefeated rookie campaign. Atlanta made an immediate impact to start her sophomore season and eventually successfully took on the boys in the Hambletonian, while Manchego beat the fillies in the Oaks. "Everybody was talking about Atlanta and rightfully so, she's a great filly too, but I never lost confidence in mine and all along I thought I had the best filly," said Gingras following the victory. "It's just one matchup...they'll meet up again many times, but my filly was super strong tonight." Sorceress Seelster, who sat fourth most of the mile, finished 11 lengths back in third, while Blonde Magic was 12 lengths behind the winner in fourth. Gingras noted in the winner's circle that the race didn't play out like he imagined but didn't think the outcome would've been any different with opposite trips. "I thought I would maybe get away second behind him, but of course when I was able to grab the lead I was happy about that. I think either way, at least tonight, even if he cut the mile I'd had beat him anyway." A daughter of Muscle Hill, Manchego improved to 18 wins and over $1.4 million earned in 21 career starts for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. She has now won six of nine this season and remains undefeated in three starts at Mohawk Park. Rick Zeron trainee Atlanta suffered just her second loss in eight starts this season. The Chapter Seven filly's only prior defeat was a second in the first heat of the Hambletonian, which she followed up with an impressive victory in the final. Manchego and Atlanta are both eligible to next Friday's Simcoe Stakes, which is followed by the Elegantimage Stakes eliminations on September 8. Competing in all three events would mean four consecutive weeks of racing, leaving a strong possibility one or both could skip next week's event. A $2 win ticket on Manchego returned $3.60. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Nassagaweya Stakes and Eternal Camnation Stakes headline an outstanding 13-race program. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was trotters' night at the Hippodrome 3R with five of the ten races devoted to divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. In the sixth race, first division of the Breeders Cup for colts, it was 11-1 Bubble D Morgan and driver/trainer Denis Filion who surprised the field with the upset victory. Sir Chopin (Simon Delisle) at 4/5 odds, was first on the lead with Bubble D Morgan getting the pocket seat, but Sir Chopin went off-stride and Bubble D Morgan not only inherited the lead, but opened up on the field, leading by as much as 15 lengths in the backstretch and winning by 10 and one-half lengths in 2:02.1. Johnnys Revenge (David Pilon) was second with Sombre (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the maiden victory for Bubble D Morgan. The colt by Charlie B Morgan, was unraced at age two and it was his first win in seven starts this year. He was bred and is owned by Robert Delay of Rawdon and paid $24.70 to win. The eighth race second colt division saw Nobodynojustice and driver Guy Gagnon able to lead from start to finish and hold of a late charge from Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) who was first-over in the backstretch, to win by a long neck in 2:02.1. SG Goliath King (Sylvain Grenier) was third as his two-race win streak came to a close. Sired by Justice Hall, it was the second win this year for Nobodynojustice, who is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. Nobodynojustice paid $7.10 to win. In the third race Breeders Cup division for three-year-old trotting fillies, it was Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoler who were the only one to stay on stride and that was enough to win it all in 2:04.1. The 1/9 race favorite, Montanaalaska (Guy Gagnon) broke at the start and was never able to catch the field. Precieuse CC was able to out trot Stand For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) to the opening quarter mile and those two held a 20 length lead over the rest of the field. Then after the three-quarter mile marker, Brosseau came to the outside with Stand For Justice and collared Precieuse CC as they started down the stretch, but then broke stride, giving the victory to Precieuse CC who won by six and one-half lengths. Stand For Justice was second with Lady Glide (Jerome Lombart) was third. A daughter of Angus Hall, it was the first win in five starts this year for Precieuse CC. She is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi and paid $16.50 to win. The ninth race Future Stars colt division, Hall of Famer Yves Filion and Money Hill took the lead away from Mister Sky (Francis Picard) after the opening quarter mile and then held the field at bay the rest of the one-mile race, winning by three and three-quarter lengths in 2:04. El Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with the pocket-sitting Mister Sky third. It was the second start and maiden victory for Money Hill, a colt by Muscle Hill, trained by Yves Filion and bred and owned by R L Belanger of Laval. Money Hill paid $5.90 to win. In the two-year-old Future Stars Series for fillies, it was the 1/9 favorite Kenogami Darling and driver Guy Gagnon who was able to lead the field from start to finish in 2:03.2. My Lady Hall (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with Claudi P V (Pascal Berube) third. Kinderunbelievable and driver Justin Filion, made it a race as they came first-over on the final turn and nearly collared Kengami Darling at the top of the stretch, but then went off-stride. Kengrami Darling went on to win by three and one-quarter lengths. For Kengami Darling, a daughter of Justice Hall, it was her second straight win for trainer Dany Fontaine and breeder Jean Francois Reid of Anjou, who co-owns the horse with Claude Reid of Jonquiere. She paid $2.30 to win. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two sons of Muscle Hill who have won all three of their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminaries look to complete a sweep of the prelims, as the fourth and final preliminary of the Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts goes gateward in three divisions during the Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Prospect Hill, who is out of the mare Louise Kemp, actually has a four-race stakes win streak going, as he won a Pennsylvania All-Stars event here at Pocono prior to his three Sire Stakes triumphs. Two obstacles for Prospect Hill to overcome for the wife/husband team of trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller are the outside post six and the presence of Green Manalishi S, making his first Sire Stakes start but not uncredentialed, showing a PA All-Stars win and a second in the Peter Haughton Final from the outside post ten. Demon Onthe Hill was treated more kindly in the positional draw, as he will begin from post two for driver Brian Sears and trainer Marcus Melander. Demon Onthe Hill, out of the mare Sabrina Hall, faces a worthy challenger in Osterc, who will be starting from just outside him after taking his last two starts in the Sire Stakes. The other Sunday Sire Stakes section has previous PaSS winners White Tiger and Mass Fortune K, plus two horses who won in the All-Stars competition earlier here, Fashion Possessed and Gerry. On Monday night at Pocono, there will be six divisions of the final preliminary of the Stallion Series competition for this group. No horse has won more than two of the three prelims to date; one of the StS divisions features two of them, Cantab Ed and Crossfit, taking on Kings Country, who won his only Stallion Series start, and Ntl Guard Hanover, a winner in the third prelim, in the most competitive of the groupings. After these races, the pointstandings will be completed, and those who are to go to The Meadows on Saturday, September 1 for Sire Stakes Championship Day, and those who are to go to Harrah's Philadelphia on Monday, September 3 for Stallion Series Championship Day, will have earned their eligibility rankings. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - August 16, 2018 - The Pure Ivory and Define The World Series resumed Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second-leg of each event saw a single $14,000 divisions with six competitors. The Pure Ivory for fillies did not feature round one winner Dark As A Pocket, while Smart As Hill was attempting to repeat his first-leg score. Mark Steacy trainee Minor Obsession was a front-end winner in her Pure Ivory Series debut. The daughter of Muscle Mass and driver James MacDonald floated away before trotting on to secure the front entering the first-turn. Minor Obsession hung up fractions of :29.4, 1:02.1 and 1:32.2 before stepping home in :28 for a 2:00.2 victory. Grimmie Hanover finished a length and a quarter back in second, while Angel For Life was third. A $17,500 Goshen Yearling Sale purchase, Minor Obsession picked up her first-career victory in her third start Thursday. The Steacy trainee finished second in her debut on July 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park before finishing sixth in a New York Sires Stakes leg on August 3 at Tioga Downs. Minor Obsession pushes her earnings to $10,500 for owners Mark Steacy and Salt Hill Farm Limited. She paid $5.10 to win. Smart As Hill may have won the first leg of the Define The World, but the Mike Keeling trainee didn't receive much respect at the windows and went off at odds of 10/1. Royal Rob entered Thursday's second leg undefeated in two starts, which included an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division score. The Bob McIntosh trainee was the talk of the toteboard at 1/5, but unfortunately for his connections made a break after the start. Steuben Hanover, who got nailed at the wire by Smart As Hill in round one, went off as the 3/1 second-choice. The Luc Blais trainee made a break at three-quarters when moving on the outside from fourth. Meanwhile, Smart As Hill and driver Roger Mayotte enjoyed a perfect two-hole trip behind Cesar Duharas, who posted fractions of :30, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4. Mayotte angled Smart As Hill from the two-hole just before three-quarters and proceeded to trot by the leader and go on to a 1:59 victory. Blazing Trail finished a length back in second, while Cesar Duharas was third. A son of Muscle Hill, Smart As Hill improved to two for four with his second leg score and will now have an opportunity at a series sweep. The Keeling trainee was a $70,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. Smart As Hill has earned $19,180 in four starts for owners Dreamville Stable and Harbor Racing Stable LLC. He paid $23.30 to win. The finals of the Pure Ivory and Define The World will take place next Thursday (August 23). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Monday evening’s Sweden International Yearling Sale at Wenngarn Castle produced exciting bidding and an average of 424,204SEK (41,448 euro) for 88 yearlings and stallion shares sold. There were 101 numbers presented for sale including seven stallion shares (Father Patrick 2, Creatine, Donato Hanover, Trixton and Muscle Hill). The top seven sellers are shown below (six yearlings and one share) with two yearlings each by Maharajah and Muscle Hill. The yearling co-leaders were the colts Habrik Am (Bold Eagle-Tamela Celeber-Cantab Hall) and Heffner Am (Muscle Hill-She Loves You-Love You), both selling for 1.6SEK million. Tamela Celeber was a world class trotting mare in Europe and the USA. Sale catalog link: https://yearlingsale.se/katalog/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 11, 2018 -- Thanks to the luck of the draw, Prospect Hill and Demon Onthe Hill never have met in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes competition. Now, with one preliminary leg remaining, the two are on the road to a heavyweight clash in the championship, as each won his third straight PASS split Saturday at The Meadows. The $181,388 event for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over three divisions, with Osterc taking the other split. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a PASS double behind Demon Onthe hill and Osterc. The $252,000 final is set for Sept. 1 at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-5, Prospect Hill had to duel for the early lead harder than winning driver Andy Miller might have liked, reaching the point in 28.4. But the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp was unchallenged thereafter, drawing off to down Flippen Creek by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. White Tiger rallied following a poor start for show. "Most of his races, he's been on the front -- not that he has to be," Miller said. "I'm sure somewhere along the line, he'll have to follow and come off cover, which is fine for him. He's pretty sharp right now, and for where he's at, where pretty happy with him." Julie Miller trains Prospect Hill, a $130,000 yearling acquisition who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Stroy Inc. Also a 1-5 favorite, Demon Onthe Hill let the air out of the balloon early, waltzing to the half in 59 before coasting home in 1:56.3. The pocket-sitting Klutzy was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Fashion Possessed completed the ticket. "My approach was like it is for every other race," said Gingras, who was driving Demon Onthe Hill for the first time. "I just wanted to see how the race would go. He got to the front easy and won from there. They didn't challenge him early, but he's a nice horse and would have won either way." Marcus Melander trains the son of Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall, a $125,000 yearling purchase, for Vicky Trotting Inc. At the top of the lane, Gingras was beginning to regret his decision to stay inside with Osterc. "I thought it was too late. I thought I got beat actually," he said. "There was plenty of opportunity to pull, but I thought I was following a good horse." But the son of Cantab Hall Oh Oh Hereshecomes roared through the Lightning Lane to edge the first-over Stonebridge Symba by a head in 1:57.4, with early leader Mass Fortune K third. Jimmy Takter conditions Osterc for Christina Takter and Goran Falk. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Glidinthruparadise, the longest shot on the board at 15-1, moved relentlessly without cover to pull off the upset in 1:55.3 for Brian Zendt, trainer Ed Zubkoff, Jr. and owner Brookside Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $207,123. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was up in the final stride to gain a scant nose score for Orjan Kihlstrom over Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) reined by Jorma Kontio in the Avy Stora Pris in Sweden. The winner, a Daniel Reden harness racing trainee for Stall Zet and bred in the USA by Caldwell and Bluestone Farm, recorded his sixth 2018 victory in 10 starts and 30th for the career in 61 starts for 20,105.317SEK earned. He gained 2,000,000SEK today. Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop driving. The total purse was 401,600 in euros. The 2.26/1 Propulsion was first away from post one in the 3140 meter autostart classic, a UET Masters Series event. He yielded quickly to Ready Express from post four and driver Kontio controlled the race thereafter until Propulsion began his charge as top of the lane. The pair battled to the wire with Kihlstom urging Propulsion to victory. After a first 500 meters in 1.09.5kr the pace was rated thereafter (1.12.9kr at 1000 meters completed, 1.14.5kr at 1500, 1.14.5kr at 2000, and 1.13.2kr at the finish).  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - Dream Baby Dream is exceptionally-bred - she is a Muscle Hill ¾ sister to the top 2YO filly Sonnet Grace, and her granddam is the great CR Kay Suzie - and her breeding potential was made manifest at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon when she won the $17,000 featured trot in 1:53.2. Andrew McCarthy had Dream Baby Dream in the middle of a three-abreast charge into the first turn, with Magic Night to her left and favored Make It A Double to her right, and when the chalk broke her task became much easier. The winner passed Magic Night before the 27.2 quarter, rolled down the road with middle numbers of 56.1 and 1:24.3, and won by two lengths over Impacter, who had gotten a tuck behind the winner after a first-over move but could not go with her late. Dream Baby Dream has now win half of her six seasonal starts for trainer Brett Pelling and Wiesman Farms LLC, and she pushed her career bankroll to $216,596. In one of two $14,500 co-featured trots, the Credit Winner mare Lovely Lynnly rebounded from a break in her latest race, sitting the two-hole behind favorite Winneress then going by that one easily in the last quarter to stop the timer in 1:54.1 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Jake Leamon, and the ownership of Hutt Racing Stable, Lynnly Stable, and Joseph Battaglia. In the other co-feature, Wisenheimer sat the pocket trip behind Turn The Paige, charged up the inside to challenge in the lane and came up just shy in 1:54.2, but Turn The Paige bore in through the lane putting Wisenheimer into tight quarters, and thus Wisenheimer was placed first over the offending rival. Corey Callahan was in the sulky behind the victorious Jenny Melander trainee-lessee. Also noteworthy: Sylvesteramerica IT got his first Stateside win for expatriate Jerry Riordan and wife Lisa and their Riordan Stables AB, pointed down the road by David Miller and setting blistering fractions of 27.1, 55.4, and 1:24 en route to a 1:53 triumph. Bob Baggitt Jr. has been handling the local conditioning of the Varenne gelding. And Phaetosive's full baby brother Explosivematter lowered his record to 1:57.4 as he raised his career standings to 3-2-1-0. Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacing colts will command the spotlight at Harrah's Philadelphia this weekend, with three divisions of the third preliminary for each grouping. On Friday, the Stallion Series horses will be competing, while in Sunday's Sire Stakes Grand Teton, Done Well, and Hayden Hanover have been tabbed as the morning line favorites. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2018 -- After an inauspicious career debut -- he broke stride as the 1-2 favorite in a PA All-Stars split -- Demon Onthe Hill has righted the ship, winning two straight PA Sires Stakes divisions. On Saturday at The Meadows, he'll try to extend that streak to three in the Florida Pro, a $181,388 PASS that goes as races 1, 3 and 4. Demon Onthe Hill leaves from post 3 in the first race with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Post time is 1:05 PM. Vicky Trotting, Inc. gave $125,000 at auction for the son of Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall, a price that the colt's trainer, Marcus Melander, indicates was not unexpected. "He was a good-looking horse with a great video," Melander says. "The only disadvantage: he was pretty small then and still is. When it says Muscle Hill, they always get a little more expensive." Melander absolves Demon Onthe Hill of blame for that break in his career opener. "He would have won, but he got stuck in a knee boot and almost fell." His initial PASS victory was a ground-saving affair at The Meadows, but his win in the following leg at Harrah's Philadelphia was impressive. He wore down the leaders on the outside and drew off late, scoring in 1:55.4. That earned him a share of the national season's record for freshman trotters on a five-eighths-mile track. "It looked like he had something left in the tank," says Melander, who notes that Demon Onthe Hill is eligible to most of the important late-season stakes. "His size doesn't seem to matter. He grows on the track. I think he's the real deal." Melander also sends out Expedition (race 4, post 4, Dave Palone), who, at $230,000, was an even more expensive Muscle Hill yearling than Demon Onthe Hill. He's earned checks but no wins in his two PASS outings. "He's still a little green and doesn't know what's happening out there," Melander says. "Demon Onthe Hill might be a little better, but once he starts to understand what racing's all about, he'll be a nice horse, too." AMG Stable campaigns Expedition. Saturday's card also features a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- and a $1,073.80 jackpot in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). The series of "Rockiin' on the Rail" live concerts continues, with The Stickers performing on the apron at the conclusion of the races. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer paddock tours, stating gate rides and a "Pick the Winners" contest, with a $50 voucher up for grabs. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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