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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2019 -- Real Cool Cam had what you might call a fair-to-middlin' day in Saturday's $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Not only did he equal the world record 1:54.4 for freshman gelding trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, but he also extended his career unbeaten streak to six. The time matched that of Amigo Volo, who logged his record just one week ago at Harrah's Philadelphia. Ironically, Amigo Volo competed in Saturday's PASS, finishing second in a different split. Real Cool Sam's mile also is a track record for The Meadows and equaled the mark for the Florida Pro, as the stake is known. In the previous wins in his remarkable streak, Real Cool Sam never led at the quarter. The son of Muscle Hill-Cooler Schooner, whom owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms named to honor the late race caller Sam McKee, extended that streak as well, getting away third for David Miller before brushing to the point past the quarter. Real Cool Sam opened a daylight lead and, though King Alphonso was gaining at the wire, scored comfortably by 1-1/4 lengths. Hell Patrol finished third. His six straight wins have earned $248,134 for Real Cool Sam. "He looked very comfortable, and Dave said he raced very easily," said winning trainer Jim Campbell. "I'm very blessed to be able to train a horse like Sam. If I were sure he'd make the PASS final without going to the fourth leg, I'm not sure I'd go there. There have been a lot of winners, though, so I have to look into that. I'm trying not to get too many starts into him this year." Rome Pays Off and Gangster Hanover took the other Florida Pro splits, each in 1:55. Rome Pays Off quarter-poled to the top for Mattias Melander and held off Big Oil by 1/2 length, with Chestnut Hill third. " I felt in control all the time, but he's still a little immature," Melander said. "He really didn't know what he was doing up front, so I had to keep him on the bit all the time. He feels like he has it all." Marcus Melander conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Order By Wish, who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for SRF Stable. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Miller extended his big day In Saturday's subfeature, winning three of the four divisions with Town Victor, Beyond Kronos and Saxon -- the latter two for Campbell. Spring Roll captured the other split. Town Victor prevailed in 1:56.1, fastest of the stake, by saving his brush until the three-quarters and outdueling Loyal Fox Hanover to down him by 1/2 length, with Don Grigio third. It was the second PA Stallions victory for the Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding. "He was lucky today when a couple of the favorites made breaks," said Rich Gillock, who trains and owns the homebred with Barbara Richardson. "But I'd rather have some good luck for a change." Spring Roll rebounded from a near-disastrous outing when he had something other than racing on his mind. "He had the 9 hole last time and tried to duck out the draw gate," explained winning driver Aaron Merriman. "He made a break, but when he came back trotting, he was phenomenal. So I actually was very confident today. He was loaded, and he was well in hand." On Saturday, he found late racing room between horses and scored in 1:57.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Matter Of Focus. Libero Hanover earned show. Chris Beaver trains the son of Cantab Hall-Won Ton Hanover and owns with Robert McNerney, Bill Manes and Leo Fleming. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $164,002 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $1,501.28 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Headed by the undefeated Sister Sledge, the $181,105 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies will be held in three divisions during the twilight card on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There will also be five $20,000 Stallion Series divisions throughout the card. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors filly Sister Sledge may be named after the musical group who had a hit with the song "We Are Family," but Sister Sledge has been distancing herself from her competition "family," winning her four races by a cumulative 13¼ lengths. A two-time Sire Stakes winner, the faster of which came in 1:55.1 for the quickest time yet posted in her PaSS division, she is also the fastest freshman trotter of either sex on a 5/8-mile track with her 1:53.4 win in a Pennsylvania All-Stars win here at Pocono. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Sister Sledge will begin from post three in the tenth race second division for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Her two main competitors have drawn the two outermost posts in this field of seven: the Muscle Hill - Kadealia miss Sorella, a Sire Stakes and Arden Downs winner who starts from post six for trainer Staffan Lind and driver Tim Tetrick; and the Muscle Hill - Armbro Deja Vu filly Hello Tomorrow, coming off a 2-3 summary in the Doherty Memorial, beginning just to her right for trainer Per Engblom and driver David Miller. The eleventh race third division brings together three babies who have already won in the Sire Stakes: the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel distaff Queen Of The Hill, a double Sires winner starting from post five for trainer Per Engblom and driver Yannick Gingras; the Father Patrick - Demoiselle Hanover filly Sherry Lyns Lady, second in the Doherty final, beginning from post three for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick; and the Muscle Hill - Anonyme Hanover miss Aldabra Hanover, an 11-1 upsetter in her Sires win, who will start between these two rivals for trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy. Sans Defaut is the only previous Sire Stakes winner in the third race first division, and the daughter of Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy, also a PA All-Stars winner here, is sure to have many backers as she begins from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. Four of the five Stallion Series divisions contains a winner from the second StS preliminary leg: Perth Angie De Vie (race 4), Burberry (race 6), Heart N Soul Deo (race 7), and Rebecca Clark (race 9). The seventh race division also contains first round StS winner Path Of Totality. The fastest of the StS winners, Dune Hill (1:56.2), is also on the Monday Pocono card - but she is upgrading to Sire Stakes competition. The Monday twilight card at Pocono is set to begin at 4 p.m. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) off as the 5/10 favorite, rallied off third outer cover to easily win Saturday’s Aby Stora Pris. Purse was 390,000€ ($418,000 US) of this 3140 meters event with 12 contestants. Race time was 1.12.8kr. The mile rate of 1:57.1 is a world record over 1.95 miles on a5/8 mile track. To watch the race click here. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the Daniel Reden trained and Stall Zet owned class-master that now has life earnings of 2,859,958€ with today’s 195,000€ check. Propulsion was imported to Sweden in 2015 and his career slate is now an impressive 36-14-8 in 73 starts. He has four 2019 victories in eight starts this year. The 18/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty) was second handled by Ulf Ohlsson and third was 10/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) for Ulf Eriksson, teaming for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. 8/1 Reckless (9m Ready Cash) and 90/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe) completed the top five. Propulsion’s win today was his third in a race distributing 2 million Swedish crowns to the winner. Propulsion is automatically qualified for the Final of the UET Masters Series at Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris, the Prix d'Éte on September 7, in which Bold Eagle is already announced as a starter. Propulsion was bred in the USA by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington’s Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms LLC.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

CHESTER, PA - Amigo Volo broke the harness racing world record for two-year-old trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track with a 1:54.4 victory, winning in one of four divisions of the $188,420 second preliminary round event in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes  at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday. Hall Of Famer driver David S. Miller, who won the last four races before taking off midcard for night stakes action, guided the altered son of Father Patrick - Margarita Momma to the lead near the :27.2 quarter, going past early leader EL Ideal, then put up middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26. EL Ideal moved out to challenge in the lane, but Amigo Volo had enough in reserve to stay a length clear of his rival for trainer Nifty Norman and owners David J. Miller and the Pinske Stables. The 1:54.4 clocking reduced by a click the previous record co-held by three horses, each of them getting their share of that record at a different Pennsylvania track: Correctamundo at The Meadows in 2009; Mississippi Storm at Harrah's in 2017; and White Tiger last year at Pocono. Miller and Norman teamed up for a second stakes success with the Muscle Hill colt Chestnut Hill in 1:56.2. Out of the $1.3M-winning mare Poof She's Gone and a $410,000 yearling investment for Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC, Chestnut Hill is beginning to show return on the big investment, following up a 1:56 win at The Meadowlands with this powerful victory, during which he rushed to the lead down the backstretch and drew off to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Chestnut Hill joins his stablemate Amigo Volo in sporting a 2 for 3 lifetime record. Muscle Hill picked up a second siring credit when Swiss House On Fire, another expensive yearling ($335,000, out of the mare Brooklyn and with two full brothers going 1:53.1 or better at two), came out of the pocket to get the stretch lead for trainer/driver Ã…ke Svanstedt and then held off Ontopofthehill by a length in 1:57.4, his maiden victory. The S R F Stable is the owner of the developing baby. The Explosive Matter - Fifty Shades colt Can't Say No controlled the throttle after an early move by driver Tim Tetrick, holding off King Alphonso by a length in a 1:56 victory in the other PaSS cut. Can't Say No now has won three of four, including a Pennsylvania All-Stars division, in his brief career for trainer Ray Schnittker, also co-owner with Steven Arnold, Arden Homestead Stable, and Fred Hertrich III. This group meets up again at The Meadows next Saturday and Pocono the Sunday after that before the top colts, along with their fellow freshman stars, return to Harrah's for the 2YO Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Day on Sunday, September 8. George Napolitano Jr. won three of the card's last four races to tie David Miller with four driving victories on the day. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

The Jean Pierre Dubois bred La Grace (3f Muscle Hill-Le Reve) took the Saturday Berlin Mariendorf featured Deutsches Stuteri Oaks (purse 82,775€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) as the 1.2/1 favorite. Michael Nimczyk teamed the winner for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk.  The 6/1 Rock My Dreams (3f Gustav Diamant-Nucedicocio Rex) was second for Josef Franzl, ahead of 12.6/1 outsider Jetway Fortuna (3f Donato Hanover-Saratoga Yankee). Race time was 1.13.4kr. The excellent Saturday program also showcased the Super Trot Cup (purse 70,000€, 2500 meters autostart) that went to 13.6/1 Fabio Bianco (Ufo Kievetshof-Waterlily Bochoeve) handled by Rob T. De Vlieger. Zefiro Dei Cedr (Wishing Stone-Ninfa Degli Dei) was second for Joakim Lovgren and third went to Pocahontas Diamant (Look de Star-Ianira Dei) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The Monte Derby (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart) saw 2/1 Zauni (g, Quite Easy-Nice Try Diamant) score for Ronja Walter for trainer Manfred Walter. Hambo Transs R was next with jockey Michelle Monster aboard for trainer Paul Hagoort. Third was O’Sunday with Stephanie Werder in the irons. Race time was a record 1.11.5kr. Earlier on the card was the Eduard Winter Deutsches Stuten Derby Finale B (10,000€ purse, 1900 meters, 12 starters) that went to 6.2/1 Marylan Monroe with Michael Nimczyk aboard. She bested Versailles Diamant and reinsman Robin Bakker and third finishing Jamaica Ferr that was piloted by Rob T. De Vlieger. Race time was 1.15.4kr. The August 3rd Auktion Berlin produced several well-received sale leaders: Leroy Scott (Trixton) 85,000€ to Leendert Gerrits Latina di Baia S (Trixton) 75,000€ to Stall Antonshof Obsession Bo (Muscle Hill) 65,000€ to Chelsea Srls Silvertail (Ready Cash) to Tramontom Srl The sale average was 19,677€ Berlin-Mariendorf, Berlintrab, Trotto.de, Auktion Berlin files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

East Rutherford, NJ -- Kapildeo Singh came to the Meadowlands as a kid, never imagining he might someday win one of the sport's top events. But he got to experience that feeling Saturday (Aug. 3) as When Dovescry, co-owned by Singh, captured the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at the Big M.   When Dovescry, driven by Simon Allard, won the Hambletonian Oaks by two lengths over previously unbeaten Millies Possesion in 1:50.2. Asiago finished third.   "To be here as one of the owners, it's just amazing," said Singh, a 48-year-old Yorktown Heights, N.Y., resident who owns When Dovescry with the Bruce Soulsby-led Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin and Lawrence Dumain. "It's just awesome. I came here as a kid, 10 years old as a fan. We were reading the program and I learned about the breeding of horses. It's a great game. I love it. This is the icing on the cake. To win the Hambo Oaks, it's the best feeling."   When Dovescry got away second behind 55-1 shot Southwind Casha, who went to the front in a :26.4 opening quarter mile. Allard guided When Dovescry to the front on the backstretch, hitting the half in :54.4, and then faced a first-over challenge from Millies Possesion as they reached three-quarters in 1:23.   Millies Possesion was unable to get to When Dovescry as Allard, clutching the last whip ever used by his late idol Herve Filion, crossed the finish line in front.   "It still had power for one more race," Allard said about the whip, which he was given for the one-time use by Filion's son Brandon. "When I stepped on the gas coming out of the last turn, I said, 'I've still got something.' That's really good."   Allard, who drove When Dovescry for his brother, trainer Rene Allard, said the Oaks triumph meant "everything."   "This is the best place for big races, with a big crowd, and that's what harness racing is supposed to be," Allard said. "It's just such a great feeling. Sometimes you win big races at other tracks where the crowd is not so big but here it is packed today. It's the best drivers and the best horses in the country, it's just everything.   "It makes me think when we started with a $500 horse. (When Dovescry) was a $200,000 yearling, that's the most expensive yearling we ever bought. We got lucky, she made it, and she is what she was supposed to be.   "It's very emotional today."   When Dovescry, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Cedar Dove, has won seven of 13 career races and earned $576,250. Her Oaks victory was her second in five races this season and followed a 1:51.3 score in her elimination last week.   "We babied her all year, ran her in some condition races, avoided some competition," Singh said. "We just let her out last week and Rene said she was awesome this week, had the best week of training. We knew we had the best horse this week. I just thank God for this day."   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

East Rutherford, NJ -- Real Cool Sam iced the field in Saturday's (Aug. 3) $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, beating Rome Pays Off by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands for his fifth victory in as many starts. Expectations was third.   Real Cool Sam's time was a track record and equaled the world record for a 2-year-old gelded trotter.   Real Cool Sam, the 1-2 favorite, took his time getting to the front in the Haughton. Rome Pays Off was the early leader, but saw Synergy take the top spot prior to the half. Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller were fifth at the half and followed the first-over cover of Expectations around the final turn before drawing off in the stretch.   Fashion Farms bred and owns Real Cool Sam, a son of Muscle Hill out of Cooler Schooner, trained by Jim Campbell. He has earned $216,998 this season. The horse was named in honor of late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and broadcaster Sam McKee by Fashion Farms' owner Jules Siegel, who credited McKee with keeping him cool during nervous moments prior to his horses racing.   "He was a real good friend of mine," Siegel said. "He used to come down to the apron and watch me walking around as nervous as I was.   "I really appreciated what Sam did. I realize he did things for a lot of people, but to me it was a very personal thing. I know other people have done the same thing (naming horses in McKee's honor), but for me it was something special."   In the $310,700 James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old female trotters, Hypnotic AM remained undefeated with a two-length win over Sherry Lyns Lady in 1:53. Hello Tomorrow finished third.   Hypnotic AM, bred and owned by Anders Strom's Courant Inc., is 4-for-4. She is trained by Marcus Melander and was driven to victory by Brian Sears.   The 2-5 favorite Hypnotic AM was fourth through the first half of the race, which saw Hello Tomorrow led to the first quarter before yielding to Crucial at the midpoint. Sears moved with Hypnotic AM and was alongside Crucial at three-quarters before kicking home to victory.   "It's a fantastic group of fillies this year, and for her to win first-over like that in 1:53 is fantastic," Strom said.   Hypnotic AM, by Chapter Seven out of Daydream AM S, has earned $196,932.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

CHESTER, PA - The Muscle Hill sophomore colt Demon Onthe Hill trotted to a new mark of 1:54.3 victory in the $16,000 featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, perhaps a good sign for trainer Marcus Melander as he heads into the Hambletonian on Saturday. Tim Tetrick, posting another five winners on the day, settled the winner of $155,405 in third as Klutzy set the pace, with favored Nextroundsonme in the pocket. Demon Onthe Hill was sent outside late on the backstretch to go after the leader after Nextroundsonme started to gap (he eventually broke), and the "Demon" finished briskly to leave Klutzy 3 3/4 lengths behind him late. Vicky Trotting Inc. may find themselves with a promising trotter finally headed in the right direction. The imperially-bred son of Muscle Hill and Moni Maker (her last foal), the four-year-old American Moni, finally gained his maiden victory with a 1:55.4 effort. A winner in a Lexington qualifier in 1:54.2 last season, American Moni was put on the lead by driver Andy Miller, stringing the field out, looked in a bit of peril around the far turn when the freshman Yankee Glide colt Hell Patrol tightened in then moved out to challenge, but then regained full control when the baby jumped it off turning for home. This was the first start for American Moni since teaming with trainer Julie Miller for Moni Maker Stable. Another well-bred winner was the Somebeachsomewhere freshman pacing gelding Super Mac, who overcame the outside post eight with an engine victory in 1:53.2, last half :56.1, for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim Campbell. Super Mac is out of Michelle's Power, a talented continuation in a long string of racing/breeding champions for this freshman's owner, Jeffrey Snyder. From the PHHA/Harrah's Racetrack

Three harness racing trotting winners on two continents in one day. That was the remarkable achievement of progeny from Yabby Dam Farms’ former Australasian Grand Circuit champion mare La Coocaracha this week. First out of the blocks at Bendigo was La Coocaracha son Mataderos, a 3YO Dream Vacation colt who was driven by Yabby Dam Racing’s Finnish track driver Anti Ruokenon in his first ever Australian race start. Trained by Anton Golino, and rated in front to perfection by Ruokenon, Mataderos cleared out to win by 8.5m to record his first win in impressive fashion, and also give the young Finn the perfect start to his Australian race driving career. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. The Golino stable’s star Dance Craze was the next up for La Coocaracha, competing in the first heat of the Lynn McPherson Breed for Speed Gold Series after her stunning win in the Great Southern Star. Glen Craven patiently drove the 5YO mare at the back of the field before unleashing a brilliant burst of speed in the home straight to claim the victory, the mare’s 16th in 26 starts. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. And then as the day turned night at the famous Yonkers track in North America, La Grange A won impressively in 1.56.3 on his American debut in a $20,000 conditioned event. Despite the dreaded eight pole, driver Yannick Gingras using his charge’s gate speed to get to the lead early and proved too strong for this conditioned field. La Grange, was sold in December through JC International’s John Curtin to Renee Spahr, and is a full brother to Dance Craze being a son of Muscle Hill out of La Coocaracha.  Like his two siblings, he was bred by Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs in Cardigan, Victoria and was a Group 2 winner during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons in Australia.  A November 2014 foal, La Grange is still a 4-year-old by Australian time, but is a 5-year-old in the U.S. because of the different breeding calendars and has now won seven of his 23 career races.     “He’s a nice horse,” trainer Per Engblom, told the US Trotting Association website prior to the race.  “From the way he feels when we’re training, that he’s a very strong horse. He can take a lot of air. He’s very clean gaited; I just hope he’s fast enough. He’s more of a grinder than a speed horse, but I think he’s OK.” Engblom’s feelings as it turned out were spot on.  “Hopefully we can get him into the Meadowlands in a class where he fits so we can get started there. He’s basically missing his 4-year-old year, so it’s going to be a big transition. We’ll see how he handles it. He was maybe a notch below the best ones Down Under, but he’s a real good horse. La Grange Is yet another product of the blossoming Australian trotting breeding program, which is now showing that it can produce trotters that can be competitive on the international stage, a path that has been successfully blazed by Down Under pacers for several years. Last year, another Muscle Hill colt Aldebaranwalkabout won two races, including a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, for owner and breeder Duncan McPherson’s Aldebaran Park Inc. Engblom also told the US Trotting website will point La Grange toward several upcoming series for older trotters and also made the stallion eligible to some stakes races. “I don’t know if he’s going to be ready for the early stakes, but by this fall I wouldn’t be surprised if he is,” Engblom said. “He’s got a series at Pocono, then we’ll see. We’ll see if he develops. He’s a big horse, so I think he’s going to be better with age. I think he’ll be OK.” Back at Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs in Australia, La Coocaracha is proving to be every bit the champion in the broodmare paddock as she was on the track.  She is also the dam of former Group one winner Reine Danzante (now in foal to Muscle Mass) while  a yearling colt by Andover Hall is breaking in beautifully and she also has a lovely filly by French sire Quaker Jet. Meanwhile La Coocaracha’s  9-win daughter La Biscuit is also the dam of a Group one winner in Royal Treat. The results are also in line with Yabby Dam Farms/Haras des Trotteurs mission to breed world class trotters while also continuing fellow breeder Duncan McPherson’s long stated ambition to internationalise trotting. Note: Yearling buyers should take notice of Lot 8, at the APTS Sale in Melbourne on March the 10th, a Dream Vacation colt from Meridith Castle, a half-sister to La Coocaracha, who has already produced Iona Grinner a trotting winner of over $217,000 and has a time of 1:55.1.   Harnesslink Media  

Dozens of harness racing pacers hailing from either Australia or New Zealand will compete at Yonkers Raceway in the next several days, which is a common occurrence. Less ordinary is the appearance of a trotter from Down Under, but that will be the case Thursday (Feb. 21) when Australian-bred La Grange makes his North American debut for trainer Per Engblom. La Grange, owned by Renee Spahr, is a son of Muscle Hill out of La Coocaracha. He was bred by Yabby Dam Farms in Australia and was a Group 2 winner during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons Down Under. Born in November 2014, he would be a 4-year-old back home, but is considered a 5-year-old in the U.S. because of the different breeding calendars. The stallion, who has won six of 22 career races and earned $68,723, drew post eight in Yonkers' sixth race, a $20,000 conditioned event, on Thursday and is 20-1 on the morning line with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Four-year-old Seven Iron, a stakes-winner at age 2, is the 9-5 favorite from post one. "He's a nice horse," said Engblom, who welcomed La Grange to his stable in December. "I've seen in replays from Down Under, and from the way he feels when we're training, that he's a very strong horse. He can take a lot of air. He's very clean gaited; I just hope he's fast enough. He's more of a grinder than a speed horse, but I think he's OK." La Grange qualified twice at the Meadowlands ahead of Thursday's debut. He finished second, timed in 1:58, behind In Secret with Engblom driving and more recently won in 1:59 with Gingras in the bike. Engblom hoped to race La Grange last week at the Meadowlands, but the class did not fill. Rather than send the horse against open-level trotters, Engblom opted for the conditioned event at Yonkers. "There he can race in a class where he belongs," Engblom said. "Hopefully we can get him into the Meadowlands in a class where he fits so we can get started there. He's basically missing his 4-year-old year, so it's going to be a big transition. We'll see how he handles it. He was maybe a notch below the best ones Down Under, but he's a real good horse. La Grange will not be the first Australian-born son of Muscle Hill to compete in North America. Last year, colt Aldebaranwalkabout won two races, including a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, for owner Aldebaran Park Inc. and trainer Jonas Czernyson. Engblom will point La Grange toward several upcoming series for older trotters and also made the stallion eligible to some stakes races. "I don't know if he's going to be ready for the early stakes, but by this fall I wouldn't be surprised if he is," Engblom said. "He's got a series at Pocono, then we'll see. We'll see if he develops. He's a big horse, so I think he's going to be better with age. I think he'll be OK." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Silverhill Volo is feeling awfully good these days, coming off back-to-back scores in the Open Trot over something other than a firm surface. The 8-year-old son of Muscle Hill is owned, trained and driven by Chip Lackey and has accounted for the last two clashes at the head of the class for the trotting set, one over a sloppy track and the other over a course labelled good. "I've had him a little over two years," Lackey noted. "He's bred to be a good one. He's by Muscle Hill, his dam won the Hambletonian Oaks and he brought $170,000 as a yearling." Things didn't get off to the smoothest of starts when Chip bought the gelding back in November of 2016, but he's been a solid performer in the interim. "When I first brought him to Cal Expo from the Midwest, he had a real bad fever, but eventually he recovered and he's been a solid trotter for us. "One of the things that used to make my stomach churn is when we would turn to come to the gate and he would switch from the pace to the trot," Lackey informed. "It wasn't always smooth, but eventually it wasn't a problem. "Because of that, I was able to lighten him up front, which has allowed me to leave with him and gives us more options in the early part of the race." And what about his prowess on off tracks? "He's a strong horse. I think when the track gets tiring, it takes less of a toll on him and that's why he does so well." Lackey also related that Silverhill Volo has a secret weapon, something you won't see in the pedigree or past performances. "That would be his caretaker Fern Wald. She deserves a ton of credit for what this horse has been able to do here." Duly noted, Chip. Distaff Open Pace, Goudreau Prep featured A $6,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace that brings out Brighten Your Life and the Shelly Goudreau Prep are the main events on Saturday evening's Cal Expo program. Watch and Wager LLC will present 11 races, with the Open going as the third race and the Goudreau Prep occupying the seventh-race slot, and things get under way at 6:10 p.m. Brighten Your Life is a 6-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture out of the Falcon Seelster mare Our Inheritance who is owned, trained and driven by Nate Sobey. She came into last week's top dance for the pacing fillies and mares having finished second in six straight outings, including the Alan Horowitz Final, but returned to her winning ways with a huge effort over the sloppy going. Leaving from the outside post, Brighten Your Life brushed to command for Sobey with a big move before the half, took complete control of things from that point and came home with four and half-lengths to spare. The Kathie Plested shedrow will be strongly represented with Outrageiousdelightn and Dancingonthesand in the line-up. Steve Wiseman will chauffeur the former and Mooney Svendsen has the assignment behind Dancingonthesand. Rounding out the cast for the Open are Misspanderosajones, who will have the services of Dean Magee; and Lookslikewemadeit, who leaves from the cozy rail slot with James Kennedy guiding. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Champion Victorian harness racing driver Chris Alford admits he had his fingers crossed when he travelled to Maryborough on Thursday to drive exciting first-starter Kyvalley Chief. The three-year-old colt (Muscle Hill-Love Ya Doosie (Love You), raced by KPC Racing, had shown some Jekyll and Hyde tendencies at the trials – a touch unpredictable, but brilliant on his best behaviour. “There’s no doubting his ability – when he decides to put his best foot forward, he does it effortlessly,” Alford said. Punters sent Kyvalley Chief out as a $3 chance with the Gavin Lang-trained and driven Classy Spirit assuming favouritism at $2.10. With several of the youngsters not bringing their best manners and breaking at the start to cause interference, HRV starter Doug Gretgrix, officiating at his final meeting after 21 years, had no option but to call the first attempt of the race a false start. “I was a bit lucky because Kyvalley Chief was in a cranky mood. He galloped in the score-up, wouldn’t trot properly and was trying to go sideways, so I did have my hands full,” Alford said. “Without doubt, had they gone I’d have been 200 metres behind them. “But fortunately, in the second attempt he went up like a complete gentleman and we trotted to the lead.  He went fantastic.” Kyvalley Chief won by 19 metres from Classy Spirit, with a massive 51 metres back to Zarem in third spot with quarters of 30.8, 31.4, 29.5 and 31.3 for a rate of 2.03. “It was annoying that he played up the first time, but thankfully he made amends time and went similar to his Bendigo trial four days earlier.  He was on his best behaviour there and won in a jog and in a pretty handy time.” Alford said Kyvalley Chief, despite having a handful of trials and heaps of education, was probably still “a big immature boy”. “He’s certainly a work in progress, but he’s got heaps of raw ability so hopefully it will all come together for him soon.” To watch a video replay click here. Kyvalley Chief was bred by Breckon Farms, who have a full brother to Kyvalley Chief at this year's inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland, on the 18th of February. He is Lot 53, Doosie Do by Muscle Hill from Love Ya Doosie. For the catalogue pedigree click here. Doosie Do From the race winning Love You mare Love Ya Doosie (T, 2.7.5, 2 wins, $12,375) who is a half-sister to champion trotter, 9-time Group 1 winner and 4YO Trotter of the Year, Trotter of the Year (twice), Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit (T, 1.55.5; 36 wins, $1,445,774,), Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed Sno's Big Boy (T, 1.58.4, 15 wins, $215,309), Heezadoo Early (T, 2.06.9, 5 wins, $46,866) and Yankeedoosie (T.3, 2.05.2, 4 wins, $43,999). Second dam is the broodmare gem and dual Broodmare of the Year sheezadoosie (T, 2.04.2, 7 wins, $48,632) who is the dam of 6 foals to race, 6 winners and the granddam of the promising Forget The Price Tag (T, 2.04.9, 2700m, 2 wins & 2 placings from just 6 starts, $21,703). From the family of Golden Blend (T, 1.55, 33 wins, $294,630), Group 2 winner Aldebaran Ay M (T, 1.58.8, 9 wins, $72,419), Group 1 placed Aldebaran Southland (T, 2.00.1, 12 wins $67,332), Breena Almahurst, Brighton Lobell, Noble Hustle, American Hustle, Hardesty, Noble Traveller etc Kyvalley Chief was the first leg of a winning treble for master reinsman Alford at the Maryborough meeting. He followed with victories in the 4yo and older trot with Flash Kyvalley (Skyvalley-Cashel Dagha (Pine Chip) and a heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Country Series with Bettor Be Sorry (Bettors Delight-Whos Sorry Now (Western Ideal). Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Harness racing stallion Muscle Hill has been a sensation from the time he set foot on the race track. He continues to break record after record and with the 2018 yearling sales complete in North America, you have to wonder what more can a stallion do? At the 2018 Lexington Selected Yearling Sales there was 48 yearlings sold by Muscle Hill for an average of $121,000 for a total of $5,808,000. At the Harrisburg Sales 16 yearlings by Muscle Hill sold for an average of $178,938 for a total of $2,863,008. A total of 64 yearlings by Muscle Hill sold for a total of $8,671,008 with an average of $135,484 over the two sales. From his first five crops to the races three-year-olds and over Muscle Hill has produced 259 winners from 439 foals eligible, nine millionaires, thirteen with earnings of more than $750,000, twenty-one $500,000 plus winners, thirty-three $250,000 winners, ninety-eight $100,000 plus winners with 56 trotting in 1:53 or better and with total earnings of $47,334,500 to date. That works out to be $107,823 average earnings for all foals eligible to race. This is a stunning record that will be very hard to surpass. Muscle Hill is probably the greatest producing stallion in history. With only those five crops racing he has already produced stallions, Trixton and E L Titan that are already proven producers of two-year-olds in 2018. Muscle Hill is the pinnacle of breeding, a trotting sire that has it all, a great race record, a great siring record and this is all with just the five crops three-year-old and older racing. God knows where Muscle Hill will end up with many crops to come. He is still a very young stallion, just 12 years old. Muscle Hill is fully booked out every year in North America and to be able to buy a breeding to this champion stallion you have to pay at least US$40 to US$50,000 if you are lucky enough to find one that is available to buy. New Zealand and Australian buyers have an great chance of buying a Muscle Hill yearling at the inaugural New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka in February 2019, it is a chance of a life time for serious trotting buyers.  In the Breckon Farms draft there are four outstanding, brilliantly bred Muscle Hill colts for sale by this amazing sire. They are the only colts for sale by Muscle Hill in the entire New Zealand sales this coming year. Lot 53 - Doosie Doo Doosie Do is from the race winning Love You mare Love Ya Doosie ( 2 wins, $12,375)  who is a half-sister to champion trotter, nine time Group 1 winner and 4yo Trotter of the Year, Trotter of the Year (twice), Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit  (T, 1.55.5; 36 wins, $1,445,774,), Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed Sno’s Big Boy (15 wins, $215,309),  Heezadoo Early ( 5 wins, $46,866) and Yankeedoosie ((4 wins, $43,999). Doosie Do’s second dam is the broodmare gem and dual Broodmare of the Year Sheezadoosie (7 wins, $48,632) who is the dam of 6 foals to race, 6 winners and the grand-dam of the promising Forget The Price Tag, two wins & t placings from just 6 starts to date. Lot 80 - Regal Attire Regal Attire is out of the Malabar Man broodmare gem Regal Volo (5 wins, $25,231), the dam of five foals to race for five winners, including four black type performers. This colt is a three-quarter brother in blood to four time Group 1 and Group 2 and 3 winner, Breeders Crown 2yof Trot Final winner, New Zealand and Australian two-year-old and three-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year, who set a New Zealand record High Gait (16 wins, $342,474) and two time Group 1 and three time Group 2 winner, double Breeders Crown Champion and Australian 3yo Trotter of the Year (Our) Twentyten (17 wins, $337,666), and a half-brother to Alannah Hall (6 wins, $38,928), three time Group 1 and Group 2 placed (Our) Regal Love ( 3 wins, $58,192) and a full-brother to Group 2 placed Girls On Film (3 wins, $32,708). The second dam of Regal Attire is Royal Jewel (12 wins, $218,343) is the dam of four winners including Winning Crystal (15 wins, $63,228) and One Chip (4 wins $8581), exported to Italy and dam of Il Capo Atc ( Italy winner l/e e43,187) and the family of Diamond Goal (T.3, 1.53.2m, 17 wins, $586,074). Lot 127 - Mr Muscle Mr Muscle is the first foal from the black type race winning Angus Hall mare Alannah ( 6 wins, $38,928) who is a half-sister to two time Group 1 and three time Group 2 winner, double Breeders Crown Champion and Australian three-year-old Trotter of the Year (Our) Twentyten (17 wins, $337,666)  four time Group 1 and Group 2 and 3 winner, Breeders Crown 2yof Trot Final winner, New Zealand and Australian two-year-old and three-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year, who set a NZ Record, High Gait (16 wins, $342,474, three time Group 1 and Group 2 placed (Our) Regal Love (3 wins, $58,192) and Group 2 placed Girls On Film (3 wins, $32,708). The second dam of Mr Muscle is the Malabar Man broodmare gem Regal Love (5 wins, $31,190), the dam of five foals to race for five winners including four black type performers. Lot 137 - I See Fire I See Fire is a  three-quarter brother in blood to Group 3 placed Sertorius (5 wins, $59,198) and a half-brother to Popcorn Sutton (1 win, $8,480), from a half-sister to five winners including Group 3 winner and two time Group 1 placed Sunny Elegant (14 wins $102,331). The second dam of I See Fire is the two time Group 1 winner, Rowe Cup, Dominion and the New Zealand National Trot winner and 4yo Trotting Mare of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Harness Horse of the Year Merinai (19 wins, $244,155) who is the dam of six foals to race for six winners. For the record here is an up date on Muscle Hill's Pedigree The first dam of Muscle Hill is the race winning daughter of the American Winner mare Yankee Blondie. Yankee Blondie was a minor winner of just $8,434 with a three-year-old record of 1:59.4f. Yankee Blondie is the dam of nine foals, for six winners. They are Muscle Hill 1:50.1 ($3,318,682), Diesel Don 1:55.3 ($247,117) who was exported to Finland, Manfromnantucket 1:57 ($152,857), Upfront Yankee 1:56.2 ($40,623), Winbak Blondie 1:57.4 ($16,545) and Eddiction ($14,420) who was exported to Sweden. Yankee Blondie is also the dam of the unraced Pine Chip mare Mets Rival who has produced five winners to date. They are Mets Inn 1:56.4 ($200,313) who is the dam of sensational 2018 three-year-old Mets Hall 1:51.2m ($1,349,176) and Mets Life ($31,880), Commando Queen ($124,941) dam of Order By Commander 1:55.1s ($184,763) and Winbak Maya 1:55.4 ($31,730) dam of three winners to date including a 2018 two-year-old The second dam of Muscle Hill is the Hickory Pride mare Yankee Bambi. From 16 foals she has produced 11 winners including the Speedy Crown stallion T V Yankee 1:56 ($572,024). T V Yankee is the sire of 136 race winners of $6,084,358 to date. Yankee Bambi is also the dam of the following good winners Yankee Yankee ($272,638), Yankee Bravado ($158,552), N Y Yankee ($125,080), Yankee Pinstripe ($73,799) and Elegant Yankee ($39,366). The last mentioned Elegant Yankee is the dam of Friendly Lover ($36,566) who has produced the good horse Good Friend 1:54.4f ($322,108) Yankee Bambi has left three unraced daughters that have produced well. They are Yankee Meme, who is the grand dam of Yankee Becall 1:57.1f ($106,328) who was exported to Sweden, Yankee Kitten who was also exported to Sweden left Kentucky Yankee 1:55.3 ($181,478) and Bashful Yankee who is the dam of Bamboo Yankee 1:54.2f ($379,797) and Yankee Benson 1:58f ($57,931) The third dam of Muscle Hill is the outstanding producer Yankee Duchess who was by Duke Of Lullwater. Yankee Duchess left 17 foals, 8 of those were winners. But it was not the winners that have made Yankee Duchess prolific. It was the three great mares by Hickory Pride that she left. Yankee Duchess produced five daughters by Hickory Pride and three of those daughters have become the grand dams of three super sires. Those three daughters of Yankee Duchess are Yankee Bambi, Yankee Scottie and Yankee Flight. Yankee Bambi, as detailed above is the grand-dam of Muscle Hill T,3, 1:50.1 ($3,266,835). Yankee Scottie is the grand-dam of Windsongs Legacy 1:53 ($1,921,088) and Yankee Flight is the grand-dam of Yankee Glide 1:55.1 ($506,904) It is interesting to note that these three mares and Yankee Duchess the dam of the three mares, have all produced between 15 and 17 foals each. Muscle Hill was from the third daughter of Yankee Bambi. Windsongs Legacy was from the eighth daughter of Yankee Scottie and Yankee Glide was foal number twelve from a daughter of Yankee Flight. Windsongs Legacy 1:53 ($1,921,088) was by Conway Hall and was the first foal of his dam Yankee Windsong. She left four foals for four winners. Windsongs Legacy bred 250 foals from just four crops before his untimely death but still produced 108 winners of $16,777,363. His progeny have averaged $67,109 per live foal and $109,656 per starter. Windsongs Legacy has produced two outstanding sons in Lucky Chucky 1:50.4 ($2,119,958) born in 2007 and Chapter Seven 1:50.1 ($1,952,853) born in 2008. Lucky Chucky has 120 race winners to date with earnings of $8,611,933 and Chapter Seven has become a siring sensation in 2018 with siring the top two-year-old colt and filly and also siring the 2018 Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta 1:50.3 ($1,171,477) Yankee Glide 1:55.1 ($506,904) was by the immortal Valley Victory and was the seventh of thirteen foals of his dam Gratis Yankee and he was the only one of any note. He was a great winner himself but his real claim to fame is his progeny. He has become a great sire. Yankee Glide has produced 1,419 foals eligible to race, 1036 raced, 737 winners of $97,146,785 in stakes to date. Yankee Glide has produced 10 millionaires including the great mare Passionate Glide 1:52.2 ($2,131,377) and the great racehorse and now stallion Glidemaster 1:51.1 ($2,038,575) to mention just the top two. COMMENT From a breeding point of view you could say that Muscle Hill has ticked all the right boxes. He is by one of the all-time great sires in Muscles Yankee and is from a prolific producing dam family of stallions, such as Yankee Glide, Windsongs Legacy, Glidemaster, T V Yankee, and now Muscle Hill. No need to say no more, this is just a tremendous family and I believe that it will produce many more champions in the future Muscle Hill was sold as a yearling in 2007 at the Harrisburg Sale as Hip# 199 for $55,000. Interesting to note here that I have seen a catalogue reference page of Muscle Hill by one of the buyers that show a list of leading trainers comments written on the page prior to sale that showed these leading trainers thoughts that Muscle Hill was not a very good prospect on type. All the comments shown were negative comments. Point here is that I believe every buyer at a sale is equal. No one formula works all the time. You just cannot tell which horse is going to be the fastest at the yearling stage. Nobody can in my opinion. RACE RECORD Muscle Hill trotted a world record equalling mile as a three-year-old in 1:50.1 and won 20 of 21 lifetime starts for stakes of $3,318,682. Muscle Hill now has seven crops racing and full details are below. North American Stallion Record Muscle Hill started his stud career in sensational fashion. From his first crop to the races he has produced the outstanding Resolve 1:50.4 ($2,749,545) the O'Brien Older Trotting Horse Of The Year in 2015 and exported to Sweden in 2017, the Hambletonian winner and now proven two-year-old sire Trixton 1:50.3 ($968,696) who finished third on the money winning sires list with his first crop, E L Titan 1:51.2f ($726,344) also now a proven sire of two-year-olds in 2018 with his first crop of just 24 foals finishing tenth on the money winning list overall but on the average earnings list E L Titan finished fourth, a great result as he stood in Canada. Muscle Hill - North American Statistics First crop of 82 foals from 139 bred resulted in 47 colts and 35 fillies. Eligible to race - 77 Winners - 46 $1,000,000+ - 1 $750,000+ - 2 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 6 $100,000+ - 18 Sub 1:53 - 9 Average earnings per starter $160,977 Average earnings per eligible horse - $114,984 Total earnings to date $8,853,738 ......................................................... Muscle Hill hit the headlines again with his second crop producing the sensational world champion filly Mission Brief 1:50.2f (27 starts for 19 wins with $1,657,399 in earnings), Muscle Diamond 1:50.1 ($810,706) and Pasithea Face S 1:50.4f ($591,473). Second crop of 83 foals from 139 bred resulted in 46 colts and 37 fillies. Eligible to race - 77 Winners - 42 $1,000,000+ - 1 $750,000+ - 2 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 7 $100,000+ - 20 Sub 1:53 - 11 Average earnings per starter $155,337 Average earnings per eligible horse - $106,920 Total earnings to date $8,232,852 ......................................................... Muscle Hill hit the headlines again with his third crop which has produced an unbelievable four millionaires. They are Marion Marauder 1:51.2 ($3,322,177) now standing at Hanover Shoe Farms, Southwind Frank 1:52.1 ($2,115,999) now standing at stud at Diamond Creek Farm, Bar Hopping 1:51.4 ($1,385,293) standing at Hanover Shoe Farms as well and the very good mare All The Time 1:52.1 ($1,026,356) Third crop of 80 foals from 130 bred resulted in 42 colts and 38 fillies. Eligible to race - 80 Winners - 52 $1,000,000+ - 4 $750,000+ - 4 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 7 $100,000+ - 23 Sub 1:53 - 7 Average earnings per starter $197,816 Average earnings per eligible horse - $153,307 Total earnings to date $12,264,582 ......................................................... Muscle Hill did it again with his fourth crop which has produced another three millionaires. They are the sensational filly Ariana G 1:50.2 ($2,600,995) and the Hambletonian winner (Then disqualified) What The Hill 1:51.4s ($1,345,999) now standing at stud. Fourth crop of 106 foals from 140 bred resulted in 58 colts and 48 fillies. Eligible to race - 101 Winners - 59 $1,000,000+ - 2 $750,000+ - 3 $500,000+ - 5 $250,000+ - 9 $100,000+ - 25 Sub 1:53 - 12 Average earnings per starter $158,421 Average earnings per eligible horse - $111,365 Total earnings to date $11,247,873 ......................................................... Muscle Hill did it again with his fifth crop producing another filly millionaire Manchego 1:50 ($1,609,480) who was unbeaten as a two-year-old 12 for 12. He also produced the outstanding late season sensation Tactical Landing 1:50.2 ($812,300) and now to stand at stud in 2019. Fifth crop of 105 foals from 141 bred resulted in 62 colts and 43 fillies. Eligible to race - 104 Winners - 60 $1,000,000+ - 1 $750,000+ - 2 $500,000+ - 4 $250,000+ - 4 $100,000+ - 12 Sub 1:53 - 12 Average earnings per starter $87,473 Average earnings per eligible horse - $64,764 Total earnings to date $6,735,455 From his first five crops to the races three-year-olds and over Muscle Hill has produced 259 winners from 439 foals eligible, nine millionaires, thirteen with earnings of more than $750,000, twenty-one $500,000 plus winners, thirty-three $250,000 winners, ninety-eight $100,000 plus winners with 56 trotting in 1:53 or better and total earnings of $47,334,500. That works out to be $107,823 average earnings for all foals eligible to race. This is a stunning record that will be very hard to surpass. Muscle Hill is probably the greatest producing stallion in history. With only those five crops racing he has already produced Stallions, Trixton and E L Titan that are already proven producers of two-year-olds in 2018. Muscle Hill is the pinnacle of breeding, a trotting sire that has it all, a great race record, a great siring record and this is all with just the five crops three-year-old and older racing. God knows where Muscle Hill will end up with still many crops to come. He is still a very young stallion, just 12 years old. What a future Muscle Hill has. Australian Stallion Statistics Muscle Hill has bred by frozen semen a total of 81 mares that have three-year-olds or older progeny to date. He has produced 19 starters for 15 winners with total earnings of $725,681. That is a good average per starter of $38,194. His two best progeny are the fillies Glenferrie Burn 1:55.5 ($234,430) and the rising star Dance Craze 1:56.9 ($180,240) 14 wins from 21 starts. His next best is the good three-year-old from last season La Grange ($91,540) a recent export to North America. New Zealand Stallion Statistics Muscle Hill has bred 67 mares in New Zealand all by frozen semen that have produced 46 live foals that are three-year-old or older. He has had 24 starters for 15 winners of $386,669 to date the best of which is Luby Lou ($94,000), One Muscle Hill ($57,637) and Kings Landing ($35,060) Europe We have no statistical data on progeny bred in Europe for this review although we know that the exported Propulsion has been a very good horse there. Muscle Hill, who raced only as a two and three-year-old, is the champion trotter of his era. Possessed of brilliant speed, great stamina and a magnificent flowing gait, Muscle Hill became the idol of all American trotting fans. Beaten at his debut, Muscle Hill won the last 20 of the 21 races he contested, setting two world records and a string of stakes and track records. His average winning margin was four lengths! As a two-year-old he won eight of his nine starts for $817,301 including the $700,000 Breeders Crown in a world record 1:53.6, $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes and the Simpson Memorial and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. He took his record of 1:50.1 at three years, winning the $1,520,333 Hambletonian at The Meadowlands by six lengths. He also captured the $617,880 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, $540,000 World Trotting Derby, $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity, netting $2,501,381, a season's record for a trotter or pacer. Undefeated in 12 starts at 3, Muscle Hill was the unanimous choice for Horse of the Year and 3YO Trotter of the Year in both USA and Canada. The fastest son of thrice premier sire and champion sire of sires Muscles Yankee 3, 1:52.2, Muscle Hill belongs to a family replete with champion trotters. Harnesslink Media  

Toledo, OH — The ownership group of Tactical Landing (Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-Varenne) 2,Q1:56; 3,1:50.2 ($812,300) has made the bittersweet decision to retire him to stud duty as a result of an injury he sustained while harness racing. From the day he was born, through the time he sold as the second highest priced yearling for $800,0000 and throughout his racing career, the full brother to world champion Mission Brief 2,1:50.3; 3,1:50.2f ($1,599,587) has created a buzz within the industry. His unmatched regal pedigree, conformation, size, speed and appearance set him apart from all others. All the promise and anticipation surrounding Tactical Landing came together this year at three. In just his fourth start this year, he won a heat of the $1.2 million Hambletonian and finished a strong third in the final. After a victory in the Bluegrass Stakes, he set his lifetime mark of 1:50.2 easily winning a heat of the Kentucky Futurity. Tactical Landing finished up the year with spectacular performances in the Breeders Crown eliminations and $500,000 final and the $350,000 TVG Open Trot final, dominating the best trotters in North America. Jimmy Takter said it best about this generational trotter: “What a wonderful experience it was to work with this horse. He has everything that very few horses have…class, speed and strength. I have been here for 36 years and I cannot say that I have seen any better than him.” Tactical Landing’s pedigree is the finest in the world. He is a son of the greatest living trotting sire in the sport, Muscle Hill, and his Breeders Crown champion mother, Southwind Serena, is the daughter of arguably the greatest trotter of all time, Italy’s Varenne. Laura Young, Farm Manager at Southwind Farms, expressed their enthusiasm to stand Tactical Landing: “Our family at Southwind is honored to stand the most charismatic son of Muscle Hill. Tactical Landing has had a buzz about him since he was born. He is a very special horse. Southwind has always stood the best of the best. His royal pedigree, stellar conformation and unprecedented good looks will produce some outstanding and highly sought after foals. This is the son of Muscle Hill we’ve been waiting for!” Tactical Landing is currently being syndicated and a limited number of shares are now available for purchase. He will stand for an introductory service of $15,000. For more information on syndication shares contact R. Kevin Greenfield, Syndicate Manager, 419.346.0609; or email kgreenfield@gkflaw.com. from The Tactical Landing Stable & Southwind Farms

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 18, 2018-Dan Dube does not discriminate. He and Jack Vernon ($8.40) went the distance Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The previous evening, Dube and Gokudo Hanover wired 'em in the week's marquee pace. Back to 'Jack,' who won a several-horse harness racing scrum for the early lead, then gave nothing else a shot. The nine-horse feature (one came up ill) served as the opener of seven added-distance 'French' trots. From post position No. 4, Jack Vernon stuffed Gruden (Brian Sears) in behind, setting up shop before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. It was a :57.1 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before invading 3-2 favorite I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) made his second move. Wide early into a four-hole, I Know My Chip came first-up, but the bid was both brief and ineffective. Meanwhile, Jack Vernon was gone, widening past the 1:55.3 milepost and opening four lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished\ it off by 2¼ lengths, getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25. Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) offered late foot to wind up second, with Gruden, Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and Lord Cromwell (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors. I Know My Chip backpedaled to last. For second choice Jack Vernon, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill gelding owned by Mr. (Andy) Miller Stable and trained by Mrs. (Julie) Miller, it was his 10th win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66, the triple returned $466.50 and the superfecta paid $2,828. Technical difficulties resulted in the cancellation of the 'New York, New York Double' for Sunday afternoon. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 25th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

An excellent V75 card was the menu Saturday at Bjerke (NO) included the Big Noon (Gold division, 200,000 NOkr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.9/1 Global Trustworthy (5m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) scored for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.11.7kr as the winner bested internationally respected and 2.3/1 Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) that owner Goran Antonsen drove for trainer Daniel Reden. The 57.8/1 Deep Sea Dream (10g Offshore Dream-Nightlight-Super News) was third for Tom Erik Solberg. Probo OK was seventh and Donatomite and Spitcam Jubb were dq’s. On the undercard was the V7 Silver Flaata Elendom As (purse to the winner 150,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart) with that victory to The Last Ticket (7m Thai Tanic-One Way Ticket-Diamond Way) handled by Dag-Sveinung Dalen. Race time was 1.12.5kr. Vasterbo Exact (7g Racer Bourbon) was second for Thomas Uhrberg and third went to Gigant Invalley (8m Gigant Neo-Fachi-JR Broline). The four year olds mares contested the Axel Jensens Minelop (150,000NOkr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.13.3kr timed victory earned by Denmark’s 3.1/1 Carna Sensei (4f Prodigious-Line Sensei-Mr. Flirt) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Steen Juel. The 6.5/1 Normandie Royal (4f Orlando Vici-Lamitech Monique-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre, and third was 4.1/1 Tropicana As (4f Manofmanymissions-Tropical Breeze As-Striking Sahbra) that was steered by Carl Johan Jepsopn for trainer Jerry Riordan. The race record for this stake was set in 2016 by the Jerry Riordan trained and Christoffer Eriksson reined Treasure Kronos at 1.11.7kr. The day’s featured event was the Axel Jensens Minnelop (300,000NIOkr to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, ten starters), a race that began in 1944 and has been raced annually ever since exceot for 1994 and 1996. The stake record was set in 2015 by Buzz Mearas at 1.11.5kr with Adrian Kolgjini up. Ferrari BR won last year’s edition in 1.11kr for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. This year the winner was 3/1 Vainqueur RP (4m Infinitif-Global Affair-Broadway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Frode Hamre. He defeated 5.3/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-Shes Gone Again-SJs Caviar) that was piloted by Carl Johan Jepson for Courant AB and trainer Stefan Melander. 6.1/1 Giveitgasandgo (4g Yabkee Glide-Mazda Hanover-Andiver Hall) was third for driver Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Hamre. 13/1 Snowstorn Hanover finished fourth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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