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US import Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with cagey Orjan Kihlstrom driving escaped the pocket late and rallied with a rapid speed burst between harness racing rivals to capture the 2016 Gr. I UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, with total purse in euros of €188,475, 1609 meters autostart, 10 entrants less scratching of Your Highness) for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet.  Off at even-money odds (PMU network and 1.39/1 on ATG) Propulsion now has a 2016 slate of 5-0-1 in seven starts for 3,621,713SEK earned this year and 4,404,296SEK for the career (31 starts with a 16-2-4 chart). Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) at 17/1 set the pace for Adrian Kolgjini and held second ahead of 1.7/1 Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) and Robin Bakker that rallied late off the final bend and ended third.  Post-race Bakker said he was very pleased with Robert Bi’s performance. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) rallied from back after a post 10 starting spot to be fourth for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. Propulsion was US-bred by F.V, Caldwell of Lexington KY and NJ based Bluestone Farms. The fractions set by Mosaique Face were honest and setup a record event (1.06.7kr after 500 meters; 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark and finish 1.08.9kr, or mile rate 1:50.86f). The second and third place finishers were clocked in 1.09kr. The race, held at Jagersro / Malmo SWE, began in 1970, and was won last year by Creatine (with Johnny Takter up) and in the past by two-time winners Commander Crowe, Lave Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Peach Corps, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. A big crowd was on hand for great racing on a beautiful evening at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

Ron Burke will get a final look at Southwind Frank prior to next week's Hambletonian Stakes when the 3-year-old trotter faces 10 harness racing rivals in Saturday's Reynolds Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Burke trained Southwind Frank, the top-ranked horse in Ken Warkentin's "Road to the Hambletonian" ratings, on Tuesday morning and was pleased with the colt's effort. The $1 million Hambletonian, also at the Meadowlands, is Aug. 6 and will be televised from 4-5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. "I was really happy with him," Burke said. "We changed his bridle the second trip, put a blinker hood on, and I thought he was more aggressive, which is what we're going for. Soundness-wise he was perfect. Blood-wise, everything's been good this week. I think he should be super sharp this week." The $53,488 Reynolds Memorial features six Hambletonian-eligible trotters: Southwind Frank, stablemate Southwind Flash, Tech Titan, Sliding Home, Honor Above All, and Desert Runner. Southwind Frank will start from post No. 11, which is in the trailing tier, in the 11-horse field. Southwind Frank has won four of five races this year, with his lone setback coming by a neck to Bar Hopping in his elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Southwind Frank's victories include the Beal final as well as the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 16 at the Meadowlands. The colt was not eligible to last weekend's Hambletonian prep, the $300,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs, which was won by Bar Hopping. "This was the plan all along," said Burke, who is among Southwind Frank's owners as part of the Southwind Frank Partners. "I didn't want to race (in the Zweig) and then have the week off; I'd rather race him the week before (the Hambletonian). And I didn't want to race him both weeks. "Plus (the Reynolds) is another Meadowlands race and not a ship. I want to give him the best opportunity to be as good as he can be on August 6." Last year, Southwind Frank won 11 of 12 races and earned $786,419. His wins included the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, and William Wellwood Memorial. In addition, his time of 1:52.2 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes set the world record for a 2-year-old male trotter. He received both the Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old male trotter. Southwind Frank, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, gives Burke a top Hambletonian contender for the second consecutive year. Last year, it was filly Mission Brief, who battled back issues before challenging the boys in the Hambletonian. She won her elimination and finished second to Pinkman in the final. "Compared to last year with Mission Brief when we were still putting together the pieces at this point, I think everything is coming together and hopefully we'll get through this week good, be sharp, and get a good draw (for the Hambletonian) and march on," Burke said. "He could race the way he was (prior to his equipment changes) but we want to have him as sharp as we possibly can. That's the whole goal. His best is good enough. We just have to have him at his best." Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 21, 2016 - In theory, it's an Open Handicap. For Resolve, it's also an audition. The millionaire trotter makes a rare Yonkers Raceway appearance Saturday night (July 23), remanded outside of his six harness racing rivals in the $45,000 Open Handicap. The weekly featured trot, going as the sixth of 12 races, brings arguably North America's best trotter to Westchester for the first time since the 2014 Yonkers Trot (second in elim, third [to Nuncio] in half-million-dollar final). It was Nancy Johansson training him then, it's Ake Svanstedt training and driving him now. The 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill is going to be 29 days removed from his last start, a down-the-road, 1:52.2 effort in the $200,000 Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. The time between works nights does not concern Svanstedt. "I'm not worried at all about he have some weeks off," Svanstedt answered in an e-mail 'questionnaire' with himself and assistant trainer Oskar Florhed. "It was (26 days) between his races in the Elitlopp (second in both elim and final) and (the Cutler). "He has trained well at home and Ake had him go faster this week, so he should be fine." While the winner's share of the 45-large would pay the bills for a while, Svanstedt has his eyes gazing at a much bigger prize, as in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot Oct. 15. "It's true," he said. "In this race, I'm going to show everyone that he can handle a half-mile track, so hopefully he can get a invite. "Maybe he will race in a similar (Open Handicap) race one more time before that." As far as any equipment changes, "Shoes this time on all four feet. Last race, he raced barefoot upfront, but he will be fine with that, no problem." The field for Saturday night's Open Handicap Trot (all post assigned)... 1-Money Maven (Andy Miller), 2-E R Ellie (Larry Stalbaum), 3-Muscle Up the Goal (Brian Sears), 4-Lady's Dude (George Brennan), 5-Undercover Strike (Tyler Buter), 6-Shake it Cerry (Dan Dube), 7-Resolve (Ake Svanstedt). Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On a harness racing program that saw four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for 2-year-olds, Every Way Out and Ariana G stood out as the dominant winners at the Meadowlands Friday night. Every Way Out won the colt and gelding pace by 4¾ lengths over Deo Galileo. Firefox Hanover was third. The son of If I Can Dream led at every call, cutting out fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.4, before sprinting home in :27.4 to record an easy 1:52.3 score for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Dylan Davis and owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro. As the 1-9 public choice, Every Way Out returned $2.10 to win and stayed perfect in three starts. "He's got a pretty big motor," said Tetrick. "Every time I asked him, there was plenty left." There was plenty left in Ariana G's tank as well, as the daughter of Muscle Hill rolled by 7 lengths over Evelyn in 1:53.4 for her second win in as many starts in the filly trot. Feed Your Head was third. The daughter of Muscle Hill, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, came uncovered around the far turn and blew her foes away as the 3-2 second choice, returning $5.00 to win for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfield. Checkmate Time, the 6-5 favorite, got jammed up at the three-eighths and went off stride, finishing far back. In the colt and gelding trot, What The Hill ($17.80) emerged victorious along the rail in deep stretch for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Ron Burke, scoring by a head over King On The Hill in 1:55.2. Fly On was third. Designated Drinker blew up the tote board in the filly pace, gunning down 1-5 favorite Livinginthedream in 1:55.2 to record a neck win for owner-trainer-driver Chris Lems at odds of 40-1, paying $82.40 to win. Wonderful World was third. Lems picked a great time to record his first career driving win at the Big M. "It could not have come at a better time," said Lems LITTLE EXTRAS: Jeff Gural's Little E LLC owned a half-dozen of the trotters in the NJSS finals. ... The fifth race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next program to $35,773.41. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $2,590,736, which represents an increase of $193,482 over the corresponding card from last year, which had 13 races. ... Saturday night's huge Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night program has an early post time of 6:30 p.m. In addition to a star-studded stakes slate, the card also features a mandatory payout of the late Jackpot Super High FIve, which has a carryover of $267,769. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands features a quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) freshman finals among fourteen live races on Friday, July 15.   The pacing colts come up first in race two and the road to the title goes through Every Way Out. An easy winner in both preliminary legs including a sharp 1:55 effort in his last, Every Way Out faces just five rivals for new connections this week.   Previous owner Aaron Lambert sold the colt between starts to the partnership of Howard Taylor, Abe Basen, Ed Gold and Tom Lazzaro and Dylan Davis takes over the conditioning. Tim Tetrick is the one constant, back in the bike from post six in the final.   The fourth race is composed of ten colt trotting prodigies seeking the state crown. Of the three prelim winners, both Hammer Time and Fly On paired a win with a third place finish for their dual efforts while New Jersey Viking had the week off after his leg one success.   Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt had New Jersey Viking ready to win in the first leg off a single qualifier. After letting the dust settle around the first turn, Svanstedt moved his charge to the front on the backstretch and the colt responded with a 27.2 end to a 1:55.4 mile. With his final berth secure, the son of Muscle Hill from Hall Of Wishes was held out of leg two.   New Jersey Viking has drawn post three on Friday. He carries the hopes of Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural via his nom de course Little E, LLC and his partners Knutsson Racing, familiar as the owners of the great Sebastian K.   The trotting fillies are a dynamic group of ten that will settle the issue of who's the fairest of them all, Garden State style, in the sixth race.   Checkmate Time is a slight favorite over Ariana G, based on her pair of leg wins over the latter's single successful appearance in the stakes.   Checkmate Time has been impressive right from the start and showed some grit last week battling her way past a stubborn Waffle Cone to get the 1:55 win. She seems to do her best work following and Scott Zeron has been assigned to sort out a winning trip by trainer Dennis Laterza for owner/breeder Roy Dobbins.   Ariana G is also a homebred, racing for the interests of Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. By Muscle Hill from Cantab It All, she's a sister and barn mate in the Jimmy Takter stable to Hambletonian Oaks contender All The Time who won this race last year. Ariana G was rated kindly in her leg one win by Yannick Gingras before sprinting home in 28 flat for the 1:58.2 record.   Pacing fillies will wrap the NJSS races in the eleventh race where Livingthedream will command respect from her eight female rivals. She won both legs at a jog, forwardly placed in each by driver Marcus Miller and has drawn the rail for Friday's race. Trainer Erv Miller bred and owns the If I Can Dream lass with partner Ron Michelon.   Post time on Friday is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night's racing at The Meadowlands centers on the second preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for freshmen pacers and trotters. There is a single $25,000 division for each group in advance of next week's $100,000 finals.   Colt trotters open the card and Hammer Time returns after having won a division of the first leg while the other winner, New Jersey Viking, sits this one out with his slot in the final secure. Hammer Time rolled up uncovered on favored What The Hill setting up a stretch-long battle that resulted in a 26.4 final quarter from Hammer Time for the 1:58.1 win. Dave Miller has the drive back on the Muscle Hill colt from post eight of ten this week for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Glat Kosher Racing.   The pacing colts number seven in the second race. Every Way Out was a convincing winner in leg one for owner-trainer Aaron Lambert who has enlisted Tim Tetrick to drive from the rail. Lambert did the driving last week from just off the pace and when asked for speed, Every Way Out tacked a 26.1 close on to his 1:55.4 score with something left.   Eleven freshman trotting fillies populate race three with one of last week's winners, Checkmate Time, returning while the other, Ariana G, stays home. Checkmate Time (Muscle Hill) was nothing short of sensational in the first leg rallying from well back with a 26.1 final quarter to nail a game Southwind Avanti on the wire for the 1:58.1 win. She'll begin from post nine on Friday with Scott Zeron back in the bike for owner Roy Dobbins and trainer Dennis Laterza.   One must wait until race eleven for the filly pacers where Livingthedream (If I Can Dream) will defend her turf, having won the first leg impressively in 1:54.4 for Marcus Miller. Marcus put the filly into play from post ten last week dropping in third after a leave, moving to the front by the half and finishing the mile with a shut-down 27.2 final quarter. Erv Miller trains the homebred for his interests as Erv Miller Racing along with long time patron Ron Michelon.   GSY Amateurs Racing Friday   After a week's absence, the GSY Amateur Driving Club returns with a competitive field set to go in race four. Keenan and owner-trainer-driver John Calabrese have met with great success in the series as the royally-bred veteran with career earnings of more than a half million dollars has won all three GSY races in which he's participated.   Feisty Love (David Glasser) will contest the issue from the inside while Spectator K (Hannah Miller) and Keystone Thomas (Bob Hechkoff) will engage from outside posts.   Enjoy Air-Conditioned Dining   The forecast is hot for the coming weekend, all the more reason to watch the action from one of The Meadowlands grandstand dining options. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department    

Nichols, N.Y. -- After his late push to the fore in last week's Open, Hititoutofthepark ($3.10) earned his third straight harness racing win in his $38,440 Arthur Tompkins Memorial Stakes division on Friday (July 1) evening at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons situated the 3-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling behind the live cover of Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) on the backstretch, towed closer to pacesetter Steed (Matt Kakaley) through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2 before making his three-wide push in the final 300 yards. Hititoutofthepark accelerated off the far turn, working clear in mid-stretch and accelerating to hold sway of the late-rallying Blownoutofthewater (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in 1:55.2. Steed, while collared after repelling his first-over rival, checked in third after his game front-trotting effort.   John Butenschoen trains 9-time winner Hititoutofthepark for the Give It a Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable.   Dominion Beach ($80.00) upset in his $38,940 Tompkins division, surging up late to collar the first-over odds-on favorite Cufflink Hanover in 1:54.2. Marcus Johansson drove the son of Muscle Hill for Courant AB and trainer Nancy Johansson.   In the two $27,690 Tompkins splits for fillies, Goosebump Hanover ($5.60, Morrill, 1:55.2) lunged to the fore off second-over spotting, and Celebrity Eventsy ($2.30, John Campbell, 1:54.4) edged clear of her foes handily after brushing to the fore with a circuit to go.   The Geers Stakes for 3-year-old pacers headline Monday (July 4) afternoon's program at Tioga, with $119,750 in aggregate purses on the line. Art Rooney winner Missile J (Tim Tetrick) headlines the $66,375 split for colts and geldings, carded as the fifth of nine races on the Independence Day program. Racing returns most immediately to Tioga on Saturday (July 2) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

East Rutherford, NJ - The holiday weekend at The Meadowlands offers a look into racing's future with two-year-old stakes on Friday, July 1 then celebrates America's Independence on Saturday with a special 6:30 p.m. post time and a grand fireworks display immediately following the races.   The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for two-year-olds gets underway on Friday with six divisions of Garden State bred trotting and pacing hopefuls.   It's been said that it takes a Muscle Hill to beat a Muscle Hill. That claim becomes fact in the four divisions of freshman trots as all of the twenty five participants are the progeny of that top trotting sire.   A dozen colts were split into two $20,000 divisions carded as races three and four.   The $280,000 Lexington sale purchase Mountain Of Love has had a pair of Meadowlands baby races in preparation for his pari-mutuel debut in the third race. He's trotted in the 1:59 range with solid final fractions in each and leaves from post position four with driver Scott Zeron. Tony Alagna conditions the colt for his own interests as Alagna Racing with partners Crawford Racing, Mystical Marker Farms and In The Gym Partners.   The second division of colts finds Fly On also situated in post four. He has been successful in both of his preps, most recently streaking home in 27.3 for driver Andy Miller to finish out a 1:59.4 mile. Fly On was a $55,000 Lexington purchase by trainer Julie Miller on behalf of the Andy Miller Stable, Arden Homestead Stable and GTY Stable.   Trotting fillies open the Friday card with a field of six chasing the winner's share of the $20,000 purse. Checkmate Time (post four) has been very impressive in her morning trials, trotting sub 28 final quarters in each resulting in a pair of closing seconds before winning her most recent effort in 1:59.2. She is a homebred racing for the interests of Roy Dobbins, is trained by Dennis Laterza and Scott Zeron has the call on her as well.   Seven precocious trotting fillies will contest division two of the stake (race six). Ariana G has won both of her schooling races, trotting home in 27 and change in each the latest a 1:58.2 tally out of the pocket for Yannick Gingras. She's a Marvin Katz & Al Libfeld homebred trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter.   The pacing fillies and colts will race for a purse of $25,000 being just a single division for each. If I Can Dream boasts a like distinction to Muscle Hill on this gait as all of the pacers are by that Breeders Crown winning sire.   The colts number seven in race two with Aaron Lambert going old school as the owner, trainer and driver on his $12,000 Harrisburg bargain colt Every Way Out. He was an easy 1:59.2 winner at Gaitway Farms in his first outing, followed up by a useful fourth in preparation for Friday's stake.   Ten of the fairer sex throw down in race ten where trainer Erv Miller and Ron Michelon's homebred Livinginthedream has the most impressive credentials but must overcome the far outside post ten. She's paced home hard in each of her three prior efforts and has the talent, it's left to driver Marcus Miller to fashion the winning trip.   Last year's Cane Pace champ Dealt A Winner makes his seasonal debut on Saturday, facing a field of high-end condition types in the sixth race.   Saturday's early post time will result in the live races being concluded by around 10:15 p.m. with the Ben Franklin and Earl Beal finals shown on the giant infield screen before the fireworks begin at 10:30.   With Saturday's earlier-than-normal post time, the track's Pick Five guarantee will not be offered on the sequence which covers Races 1 - 5. In addition, the Late Pick Four wager's guarantee will be $40,000. The Late Pick Four covers Races 7 - 10. The Early Pick Four (Races 3 - 6) will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool. These changes will only be in effect on Saturday, July 2. From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Displaying no ill effects after being away from the races for almost a month, Resolve powered down the road to an easy 1-length win in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Final for harness racing trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The winner's last start came in the May 29 Elitlopp at Solvalla (Sweden) when the 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill finished second to Nuncio. "The horse was very good," said winning trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "He came back home (from Sweden) and it took him two weeks to get back to normal." Too bad for his foes. Resolve, the even-money favorite, was sent away fast from post seven and had the lead at the quarter in :27.1. Svanstedt did a masterful job of rating the second fraction, which was timed in a sleepy :30 as they hit the half in :57.1. Obrigado, the 2-1 second choice fresh off wins in the Maxie Lee and Hill Memorial, vacated the four hole at the seven-sixteenths and grinded his way into contention at three-quarters, which went in 1:25.4. Then Svanstedt hit the gas and Resolve responded with a final quarter of :26.3, leaving Obrigado behind while opening up a safe lead. Flanagan Memory, who went a third-over trip, closed well through the stretch to end up a no-threat second. Obrigado held third. Early-season sensation JL Cruze was fourth. Resolve trotted the mile in 1:52.2 and paid $4.20 to win for owner Hans G Enggren. HAIL THE QUEEN: Medusa won her second straight $25,000 Open Handicap Mares pace in determined wire-to-wire fashion for driver Brett Miller and trainer Andrew Federico Jr. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight went the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.2 and paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. STILL GROWING: The 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not have a single-ticket winner, increasing the carryover to $20,452.28, while the 11th race version of the wager, unhit since the beginning of the meeting in November, saw its carryover swell to $264,140.15. Both pots of gold will be up for grabs on the next program. ... Live racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

After finishing second in the Elitlopp on May 29 at Sweden's Solvalla Raceway, Resolve is back on familiar ground and ready for his next challenge in Friday's $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for harness racing older trotters at the Meadowlands. Resolve faces six rivals in the Cutler. He will start from post seven, with trainer Ake Svanstedt also driving, and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Obrigado, whose wins this season include the Charlie Hill Memorial and Maxie Lee Memorial, is 5-2 and 2015 Dan Patch Award divisional champion JL Cruze is 7-2. "He was a little skinny when he came home, but he's eaten well and in a week or two he was normal again," said Svanstedt, who conditions the 5-year-old Resolve for owner Hans Enggren. "He trained good. Everything is normal. I like the way he feels." Resolve finished second to former U.S.-based star Nuncio in the Elitlopp. It has been 18 years since Moni Maker was the last U.S.-owned horse to win the Elitlopp, although Resolve joined Arch Madness and Mr Muscleman as recent U.S. runners-up in the prestigious invitational event. Arch Madness had back-to-back second-place finishes in 2012 and 2013 and Mr Muscleman was second in 2007. Svanstedt is in his third year of competing in North America. He was Sweden's Trainer of the Year five times and Driver of the Year on three occasions prior to moving his stable to the U.S. in the winter of 2013. During his career overseas, Svanstedt won many of the top races in Europe, including the Elitlopp twice. "It was fun to go back for the Elitlopp," Svanstedt said. "It was very nice. It seems a lot of people in America looked at the race too. That's good. A lot of people have given us congratulations." Resolve's earnings in the Elitlopp pushed his lifetime total to more than $1 million. The son of Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee has won 10 of 43 career starts and banked $1.07 million. Last year, Resolve won four of 13 races and hit the board a total of 12 times on his way to $700,938. His wins included the TVG Free For All Series championship and an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot. He finished second in the Maple Leaf Trot final, as well as the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Hambletonian Maturity. Resolve received the 2015 O'Brien Award for the best older male trotter to compete in Canada. The Cutler is Resolve's only stakes-level engagement until the John Cashman Jr. Memorial on Aug. 6 --- Hambletonian Day --- at the Meadowlands. In the meantime, Svanstedt will try to race Resolve at Yonkers Raceway in the hopes the horse receives an invitation to October's International Trot at The Hilltop. Svanstedt often races Resolve without shoes, but on Friday the stallion will race with shoes on his hind feet. "He can go fast with shoes too," Svanstedt said. Following is the field for the Cutler Memorial. Wind Of The North is the only one of the seven horses who competed in last year's Cutler, which was won by Bee A Magician. Wind Of The North finished second, two lengths back. Svanstedt won the 2014 Cutler with Sebastian K. The Cutler is race No. 7 on the Meadowlands' card, with a 9:15 p.m. approximate post time. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Crazy Wow - by Crazed - Tim Tetrick - Ron Burke - 6/1 2 - Gural Hanover - by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 12/1 3 - JL Cruze - by Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell - 7/2 4 - Obrigado - by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 5/2 5 - Flanagan Memory - by Kadabra -  Brett Miller - Rene Dion - 8/1 6 - Wind Of The North - by Cantab Hall -  David Miller - Daryl Bier - 10/1 7 - Resolve -  by Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 2/1 by Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18...Marion Marauder, driven by Scott Zeron, rallied off a perfect second-over trip to score the $268,000 Goodtimes final for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.   At odds of 8-1, the Michael Keeling trainee sat fifth past the first quarter in :27.4, as the parked-out 1-2 favourite, Dayson, battled with the early leader, Will Take Charge. Dayson was able to overtake Will Take Charge into the backstretch, but before Dayson marched past the half in :56.3, Tony Soprano was on the move from fourth. Marion Marauder tracked his cover. While Dayson and Tony Soprano duelled in the turn, the bettor's choice broke stride as they went by the three-quarter pole in 1:25. As the field of 10 turned for home, Marion Marauder fanned off cover and used a :27.2 final kick to trot past his rivals and take a new 1:52.4 lifetime mark by half a length. Will Take Charge finished second and Blenheim railed for third. "I was confident in him so I pushed him out of the gate and I was able to land a spot where I saw John [Campbell] floating on the outside with a really nice horse of [trainer Bob] McIntosh's," Zeron said regarding Tony Soprano. "So, I was happy to have that cover and finally be in the right spot-be within two lengths at the three-quarter pole, and he delivered." Marion Marauder notched his second victory of the season and third lifetime. With the win, the son Muscle Hill and Spellbound Hanover lifts his career earnings to $495,234 for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, of Stratford, and Devin Keeling, of Cambridge. Marion Marauder returned $18.40 to win. Mark McKelvie

Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) held gamely for Orjan Kihlstrom, harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet to win the Gr. I UET Masters Series Norbottens Stora Prix at Boden. The 2140 meter autostart test drew ten starters for the €190,629 purse. The winner was US-bred by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington and Bluestone Farm.  Propulsion left from post ten and followed in the outer while Ed You, Nimbus CD, Global Money and Rocky Winner were near the front early. At the halfway point Kihlstrom made a strong three-deep rush and made the front with ease. Down the backside the last time Johnny Takter took a three-wide challenge to Propulsion with veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and got alongside quickly as then the challengers fanned out in the lane. Propulsion held gamely for the 1.11.7kr score ahead of fast closing Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) and Ake Lindblom with 9.8/1 On Track Piraten a tough third. Numbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Jiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune), both at 6.2/1, finished fourth and fifth. Veteran Nahar went off-stride early. Propulsion now has a career slate of 15-2-4 in 30 starts for earnings of 3,404,296SEK. Earlier on the card the US-bred Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took the V75 Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner. Off at 8.7/1 the winner was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Second was 3.1/1 Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with driver Erik Adielsson up for Timo Nurmos. Third went to 28/1 Liberty Face (8g Viking Kronos-Armbro Deity-Self Possessed) with trainer Per Linderoth up. Thomas H. Hicks

The road to August's $1 million Hambletonian goes through Ontario on Saturday when 10 harness racing 3-year-old male trotters meet in the C$268,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Jimmy Takter, who has trained the last two Hambletonian winners, believes he's got another contender in Goodtimes finalist Bar Hopping. Bar Hopping finished second to Dayson in his Goodtimes elimination last Friday, losing by 1-3/4 lengths in a 1:53.2 mile. Dayson, who is not eligible to the Hambletonian, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the final; Bar Hopping is the 7-2 second choice. "I like the horse a lot," Takter said. "He's got the right gear. He just has to know that he's a good horse." A son of Muscle Hill out of the stakes-winning mare Cocktail Hour, the colt sold for $190,000 under the name Revenger at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Bar Hopping's full brother Martiniwithmuscle finished second to Trixton, Takter's 2014 Hambletonian champion, in the 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and his family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Jef's Spice. Last year, Bar Hopping won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished second to early-season Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank in the final. He finished second in divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes and was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial. Bar Hopping debuted this season with a third-place finish in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, racing on the outside for most of the mile and closing with a :26.3 last quarter-mile. He was fourth in the sire stakes final in his start prior to the Goodtimes eliminations. "He was definitely not as good the last two starts as he was the first start, but something has been going on with him and hopefully we can get him cleared up now," Takter said, adding the colt had scoped with mucous following last week's race. "He was exceptional through the elimination for the sire stakes when he was third after (Southwind) Frank, but he charged like a great horse." Bar Hopping, who has won one of 12 career races and earned $118,163 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, will start the Goodtimes from post No. 6 with driver Tim Tetrick. Dayson, a son of Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus who will start the Goodtimes from post No. 5 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke, won seven of eight races last year on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He became a member of the Burke Brigade in January and has won three of four starts this season. "I think he fits well with that (Goodtimes) group," Burke said about Dayson, who has earned $234,412 in his career. "It's not the best colts out there, but it's an even bunch. He's nice. He's a very good horse. I don't think he's quite as good as (Southwind) Frank, but he's right there behind him. He'll do well in the spots we put him in." Dayson is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith. Other Hambletonian eligible horses in the Goodtimes are Blenheim, Goin To The Limit, Honor Above All, Marion Marauder, and Tony Soprano. Dia Monde, who won the second of the two Goodtimes eliminations, is the 4-1 third choice in the final. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Lady Bar will start from post four with Randy Waples driving for trainer Thomas Durand. Dia Monde, who has won two of six lifetime starts, is owned by Durand, June Durand, and Allan Smith. Following is the field for the Goodtimes in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Blenheim by Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen - 10-1 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Michael Keeling - 6-1 3. Will Take Charge by Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax - 5-1 4. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Thomas Durand - 4-1 5. Dayson - by Conway Hall - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 2-1 6. Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 7-2 7. Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 20-1 8. Honor Above All by Muscles Yankee - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 20-1 9. Zagster by Muscle Mass - Trevor Henry - Shannon Henry - 20-1 10. Tony Soprano by Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh - 15-1  by Ken Weingartner

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5 million) was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed harness racing  victory to 8.7/1 Xea Venus (8f Charmy Skeeter-Kea Lobell) with trainer Bjorn Goop up for German owner Stall A&S 2003. 8/1 Vedette des Landes (7f New des Landes-Delia du Houlbet) was second for Sebastien Hardy, also trainer, and owner Michel Hardy. Third was earned by 16/1 Primula Brazza’ (7f Oiseau de Feux-Erbarosu Brazza’) with Pierre Levesque piloting this Italian invader.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Xea Venus AUT B. Goop Stall A & S 2003 B. Goop 2ème 10 Vedette des Landes S. Hardy Mic. Hardy S. Hardy 3ème 4 Primula Brazza ITY P. Levesque Scuderia Dell'Acquario S. Carro 4ème 8 Adrienne du Citrus A. Abrivard Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon L.-C. Abrivard 5ème 13 Ultra Amsterdam A. Laurent Ecurie Alain Laurent A. Laurent  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2425   Ordre :       16.090,00€   Désordre :       321,80€   Bonus 4 :       30,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       15,00€   Bonus 3 :       10,00€   Also on the fine card was the Prix Adalberta (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the winner was 1.9/1 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) driven by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Ecurie TH&V Weber-Berchtold of Germany. The winner’s dam is a daughter of King Conch-Lamitech Pedro-Sugarcane Hanover and she was registered in Italy. Spartan Kronos covered the course clocked in 1.14.7kr. 1.2/1 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Pax de Villeneuve) was second for Tony Le Beller and trainer J-M Legros. Third was 92/1 outsider Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for driver Matthieu Mottier. The Prix Mimas (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a close finish with the winner timed in 1.15.5kr, that one being 12/1 Chance (4f Ready Cash-Ramruma) driven by trainer Franck Anne for owner Julien Raffestin. 16/1 Clef de Fa (4f Flueron Perrine-Rivendell) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard while third went to a rallying 8/1 Civelle du Caseu (4f Kool du Caux-Darling du Caieu) with Franck Nivard at the lines. The Prix Cygnus (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) this evening went to 1.13.4kr timed and 21/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 5.4/1 Balledonia (5f Romandi-Noonlight Charms) was next to the line for J-Ph Monclin with 2.3/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) home third with teamster Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner D.M. Mottier. The June 11 Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes is a dandy, as shown below: Prix de Gien, Gr. III, 3yo males, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, eight starters Prix de Ploermel, European, purse €70,000, 2700 meters monte, 12 starters Q+ Prix du Quercy, European, purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters Prix d’Istres, Gr. III, 3yo females, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters VINCENNES - PRIX LOUIS JARIEL PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Course 5 Groupe II 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.175 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 54.000. S N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Barrio Josselyn     M 5 j.m. bazire j.m. bazire 2175 3a6a2a0a5a9a 227 610 €   2 Baltic Charm     M 5 e. raffin s. guarato 2175 2a4a1a3a1a2a 298 150 €   3 Beau Gamin     M 5 d. bonne s. guarato 2175 9a2a(15)5a4a 349 040 €   4 Briac Dark     M 5 f. anne f. anne 2175 7a1aDa(15)2a 368 130 €   5 Black d'Avril     M 5 f. prat frederic prat 2175 0a8a0a5aDa5a 473 570 €   6 Bolero Love     M 5 g. gelormini s. guarato 2175 2a2a1aDa2a2a 477 780 €   7 Bird Parker     M 5 j.ph. monclin ph. allaire 2175 1a1aDa4a5a7a 974 880 €   8 Billie de Montfort     F 5 d. thomain s. guarato 2175 0a4a0a2a6a4a 1 190 860 €   9 Bold Eagle     M 5 f. nivard s. guarato 2175 2a1a1a1a(15) 1 781 800 €   The June 12 card at Bjerko NO is also outstanding featuring the Gr. I VG Oslo Grand Prix over 2100 meters autostart worth 1.5million NorwegianKr first money and other top action: Attelé - 302 212 € - 2100m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart VG OSLO GRAND PRIX Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 302.212. - Attelé. - 2.100 mètres. 157.950, 78.975, 39.488, 13.689, 7.898, 4.212. Pour 3 à 12 ans inclus. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Mosaique Face     M 7 l. kolgjini l. kolgjini 2100 0a4a0a1a0a 1 290 913 €   2 Support Justice     M 7 g.v. gunderse g.v. gunderse 2100 2a1a6a0aDa 842 074 €   3 Un Mec D'heripre     M 8 f. nivard f. souloy 2100 3a1a2a1a3a 1 296 525 €   4 Your Highness     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 2100 1a1a1a1a1a 760 871 €   5 Papagayo E.     M 6 u. ohlsson j.k. waaler 2100 3a3a3a1a5a 784 517 €   6 B.B.S.Sugarlight     H 7 p. unterstein f. solberg 2100 0a4a1a3a2a 734 363 €   7 Lionel (nor)     M 6 g. antonsen f. souloy 2100 0aDa1a1aDa 801 716 €   8 Victory Bonsai     M 5 m. forss h. korhonen 2100 3a1a1a3a2a 106 642 €   9 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2100 1a2a1a1a1a 2 324 728 €   10 Volstead A     M 5 j. kontio s. melander 2100 0a1a0a2a2a 316 158 €   The other excellent Bjerke contests on Sunday are: Kingsrod Monte, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr to winner Energima Cup elim 1, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Energima Cup elim 2, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Flacata, 3 year olds, 1609 meters autostart, 150,000Nokr first prize Hydespe Stayerlop, 3140 meters distance handicap, 200,000 Nokr first prize Energima Cup Final, 1609 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr to winner FinTack Mares, 1609 meters autostart, 175,000Nokr first prize Europamatch, four and five year-olds, 2100 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr first prize Gjensidige four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000Nokr first prize Oslo GP, 3-12 year olds, 2100 meters autostart, 1,500,000Nokr first prize The two Energima Cup elims attracted some skilled trotters such as Ringostarr Treb, Tycoon Conway Hall, Allaballakaitoz, Ja El Tomcat, Rod Stewart and Hillustrious. Be there for superb trotting action this weekend. Thomas H. Hicks

Evelyn Harms teamed Southwind Alice (5f Muscle Hill-Accountability-Pine Chip) to victory Saturday evening at Kawartha Downs to kick off the 2016 harness racing monte season in North America. The winning pair were clocked in 2:01f in the C$4,000 purse pari-mutuel contest and the trainer is Dave Dowling for owner Allan Neal. Off at 3.25/1 odds they defeated last years’ top performing Santo Domingo (9g Amigo Hall-Victory Lady-Garland Lobell) with Marit Valstad up for trainer Mike Guitard as 1.55/1 favorite and third finishing Massive Muscles (5g Muscle Mass-Flirting Lavec-Mr. Lavec) ridden by Karoline Nielsen for trainer Julie Walker. Scheduled Ontario events next up include June 19 at Clinton, July 1 at Dresden and July 16 at Georgian Downs. The 2015 season wrapped up on October 31 with a C$10,000 final at Flamboro. Santo Domingo scored in that one timed in 1:59.3h for Marit Valstad. Earlier on September 26, a C$10,000 event at Mohawk went to Santo Domingo timed in a seven-eighths mile track North American record 1:56.4s with Philippe Masschaele aboard. Tragically Shipp (9g by Shipps Speed) posted back to back wins for Nathalie Elliott on September 12 at Hiawatha timed in 2:02f in a C$3,000 test and August 29 at Georgian Downs in a C$5,000 event timed in 1:59.4f. Watch for monte action throughout North America in 2016. Thomas H. Hicks Monteamerica.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Heavy harness racing favorites were sent to the gate in four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and when the dust cleared, the results for chalk players were clearly mixed. Southwind Frank continued his march toward the Hambletonian with an easy win in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. The son of Muscle Hill went the mile in 1:52.3 for trainer Ron Burke, upping his lifetime record to 13 wins in 14 starts. As the 2-5 favorite, Southwind Frank returned $2.80 to win for driver Yannick Gingras and finished 2 lengths in front of Brooklyn Hill. Mavens Way was third. "Frank's pretty good right now," understated Burke in the winner's circle. Blue Moon Stride crushed her 3-year-old filly pacing foes for a third straight week, winning in 1:51.2 by 2¾ lengths over JK Fannie. Rocknroll Vision was third. Sent off at 1-9, Blue Moon Stride paid $2.20 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Mark Harder. She's now seven-for-17 lifetime. Unfortunately, things did not go as well for Boston Red Rocks and All The Time. Boston Red Rocks had the lead turning for home in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace but could not hold off a determined Katies Rocker, who prevailed by a neck over the 1-9 favorite despite racing first-over for the final three-eighths of a mile. Ideal Rocky was third. Katies Rocker paced the mile in 1:50.3 and returned $12.60 to win for driver David Miller and trainer Jim Campbell. In the 3-year-old filly trot, 1-5 choice All The Time provided live cover for eventual winner Southwind Hope, who stormed home to win by 1¼ lengths in 1:54.2. All The Time held second while Jazebel De Vie was third. Southwind Hope paid $25.40 to win for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller. Mel Mara was sensational winning in 1:47 flat beating Always Be Miki to equal the world record for a four-year-old stallion. MARVELOUS MEL Mel Mara bullied a talented field of open handicap pacers, and in the process, missed the all-time race-mile record by just a fifth of a second when the son of Lis Mara stopped the clock in 1:47, equaling State Treasurer's world-record for an older pacing stallion on a mile track. Always B Miki, the 3-5 favorite, was no match for the winner after racing first-over most of the way. Mel Mara returned $6.80 to win for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis. CARRRYING ON The two Jackpot Super High Five wagers offered at the Big M have carryovers that are, in one case, good, and in the other, incredible. The 5th race JSH5 carryover now stands at $12,789.86, while the 12th race version of the wager now has $246,843.80 waiting in the pool for the next program. BIG TURNOUT FOR JERSEY FEST  The return of the Big M's Jersey Fest Food Truck Mash-Up brought a crowd of 14,101 out to the track. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,883,028. ... The Meadowlands returns with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little  

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