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Villiam, a 3-year-old Swedish colt sired by Muscle Hill, won the Kriterium, raced over the 1-5/8th mile distance at Solvalla, Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) in a harness racing world record of 1:55.4f (mile rate), driven by Jorma Kontio. The Kriterium is the biggest race in Sweden for 3-year-old trotters and carried a purse for the winner of $244,000. However, in Sweden an owner can choose between a premium of $2,400, when his youngster qualifies, or double the prize money in some future big stakes races such as the Kriterium. The owner, breeder and trainer of Villiam, Timo Nurmos, forfeited the premium and therefore got twice the prize money -- $488,000. Add in a breeder’s premium of 30 percent ($146,000) and Nurmos' total winnings this Sunday was $634,000. Nurmos also owned and trained the dam of Villiam, Gold Strike, she by Striking Sahbra. Gold Strike took a mark of 1:54f and earned $236,000. Villiam, who is named after Nurmos' grandfather, is the first foal out of Gold Strike to hit the track. Villiam has raced seven times and won six races and has one second. The Oaks, with a purse for the winner of $171,000, was won by Candy la Marc, driven by Erik Adielsson. Candy La Marc enjoyed a pocket trip behind the favorite Dibaba, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, and found racing room just 100 yards before the finish line. She won the 1-5/16th mile event in 1:56.3f. Candy la Marc was bred, raised and is trained by Lars Marcussen from Denmark, who took the premium out for Candy la Marc when she was a 2-year-old. Candy la Marc is sired by Scarlet Knight and out of Oiseau, she by Andover Hall. Oiseau was bred by Russell C. Williams and is a full sister to Clerk Magistrate, who has been at stud in Sweden. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

LEXINGTON, KY-- Peter Haughton-winner You Know You Do will start from post one in the first of five divisions of the $366,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, presented by Hickory Lane Horse Farm and named for their stallion Uncle Peter, on the first day of the harness racing Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile Thursday, September 28. By Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare You Want Me, You Know You Do enters off a second-place finish in both the elimination and the $328,000 final of the William Wellwood Memorial. The $350,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase has earned $326,074 with four wins over eight starts this season, and competes for owners Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. Jimmy Takter trains and Yannick Gingras will drive.   Julie Miller sends Toast Of Lindy, a Cantab Hall colt from the Credit Winner mare Bellini Lindy, in the second division of the Bluegrass. An $80,000 Lexington-Select purchase by owners Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable, and Gaitway Stable, Toast Of Lindy starts from post four and will have Andy Miller in the sulky. He has won three races in seven starts this season, most recently winning a $26,275 split of the Keystone Classic, and has earned $104,693.   New York Sires Stakes (NYSS)-phenom Fourth Dimension matches up with Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) consolation champ Met's Hall and PASS champion Fashionwoodchopper in the third Bluegrass split. Fourth Dimension, a Chapter Seven colt out of Muscle Hill mare Corazon Blue Chip purchased for $200,000 at the Lexington-Select sale by Courant Inc., was undefeated in four starts before breaking in a $78,800 NYSS division at Yonkers Raceway, finishing sixth as the 1-5 favorite. Earning $81,750, Marcus Melander conditions Fourth Dimension, who will start from post three, and Brian Sears drives.   Met's Hall, off two wins since finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial, won the PASS Consolation by seven-and-a-quarter lengths, and followed that with a lifetime-best effort of 1:54.2 in a Kindergarten prelim at the Meadowlands. A winner of four races in six starts, the Cantab Hall colt from the Mutineer mare Met's Inn has earned $88,175 for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Millers Stables Inc. Julie Miller trains the $132,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and Andy Miller will drive from post seven.   A winner of three races in six starts, Fashionwoodchopper, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Woodshopper, will try for his fourth win in a row when he goes from post eight Thursday. Off a lifetime-best 1:56.1 in a Kindergarten prelim following his 38-1 upset in the $252,000 PASS Championship, the Jim Campbell-trained $100,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase competes for owner Fashion Farms LLC and will be driven by David Miller.   Jim Campbell also sends Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall gelding out of the Tagliabue mare Window Willow, for Fashion Farms LLC in the fourth division of the Bluegrass. A winner of two races in eight starts, the $100,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase has banked $93,942 this season mainly through the PASS program, finishing fourth in the $252,000 final. Tim Tetrick will drive.   Crystal Fashion will be faced by Farsetti Hanover, runner-up to You Know You Do in the $360,650 Peter Haughton Memorial. A colt by Donato Hanover from the Cantab Hall mare Finesse Hanover, Farsetti Hanover, purchased for $27,000 at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale by Ervin Miller Stables, George Golemes, and David Prushnok, has won two races in nine starts this season, amassing $75,139 in earnings. He'll start from post two with Marcus Miller in the bike.   From post position nine, trainer Jimmy Takter sends Maxus, a Muscle Hill colt out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Gerri's Joy, in the final Bluegrass split. Racing for the interests of Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Inc., Maxus, a winner of two races in nine starts, enters off a third-place effort in the William Wellwood Memorial following a 1:56.2 lifetime-best performance in winning the elimination. Earning $125,836 so far this season, Tim Tetrick will drive.   Also out of the William Wellwood is Night Rhythm, a lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill out of the Andover Hall mare Tail Of Night. A winner of one race in four starts this season, the Frank Antonacci-trained colt for owners Lindy Farms Of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph will start from post two after finishing seventh in his William Wellwood elimination, having won a $75,104 Champlain division in 1:57.2 the week prior. Scott Zeron will drive the earner of $44,152 this season.   First race post for the kickoff to the Grand Circuit fortnight is 7:00pm EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

September 12, 2017 - Harness racing 9/10 favorite Clemenza AM (5g Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos) took the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri-Duran ay Beaumont de Lomanges (purse €40,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 14 european starters) scoring timed in 1.15.3kr for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Courant AB. The winner earned €18,000 and increased his career earnings to €121,918. 32/1 Twist Lie (10g Indu de Vive) was second overcoming a 25 meters penalty for Eric Audebert. Third was 2.9/1 Charmante Fierte (5f Quaro) for J. Ph. Monclin. Q+ payoffs and winning photo follow. Thomas H. Hicks  

A year ago, Yes Mickey might have caused his harness racing connections to cry out "Oh no Mickey" more often than his actual name. The trotter was an immature 2-year-old who started only once - and went off stride in the stretch. The outcome was not completely unexpected. He frequently made breaks when training and in two of his three qualifiers. Yes Mickey was gelded during the winter and, together with time to mature, came back to work this year a different horse. He has finished first or second in eight of nine races and earned $222,487 for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt and owner Mellby Gard Inc. On Saturday, Yes Mickey will compete in the first of two six-horse eliminations of the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. He was supplemented to the event for $30,000 following his upset victory in last week's Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs. Yes Mickey is 2-1 on the morning line, the second choice behind 9-5 favorite Devious Man from the stable of trainer Julie Miller. Guardian Angel As, trained by Anette Lorentzon, is the 8-5 choice in the second elimination. The top four finishers from each elimination return Sept. 2 for the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final. "He just needed time to grow up a little bit," Svanstedt said about Yes Mickey, who was lightly staked this year because of his previous issues. "He has raced good every time (this year). I like everything about him. He has a nice gait, long step. He is nice to drive." Yes Mickey is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare My Favorite Chip. He was purchased for $65,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-brother to millionaire Adrian Chip, who finished second to Donato Hanover in the 2007 Hambletonian and finished third in the 2007 Yonkers Trot. Last week, Yes Mickey won the Zweig by a quarter-length over filly Ariana G in a career-best 1:51.2. It was the gelding's second victory of the season and the winning time tied for the third fastest of the season by a 3-year-old trotter. Yes Mickey's trip to Yonkers' half-mile oval will be his first start of the year on a small track. "This is a hard track, but I hope he can race good," Svanstedt said. "I think he can handle the turns good. I don't think it is going to be a problem." Svanstedt also will send out New Jersey Viking in the second Yonkers Trot elimination. New Jersey Viking won five of 11 races last year and earned $146,138 for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC, but is winless in four starts this season. The colt, a son of Muscle Hill out of Hall Of Wishes, was slowed by a lung infection and missed more than two months of action. "I think he is on the way up," Svanstedt said. The Yonkers Trot is the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. The first jewel, the Hambletonian, went to Svanstedt-trained Perfect Spirit when What The Hill was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch. Neither Perfect Spirit nor What The Hill was eligible to the Yonkers Trot. Saturday's card at Yonkers also includes one nine-horse elimination of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers. The top eight finishers return Sept. 2 for the $500,000 final. The entry of Downbytheseaside and Blood Line is the 4-5 morning line favorite. Following are the complete fields in post order for the Yonkers Trot eliminations (with driver/trainer/morning line). Elimination One: 1. Enterprise (Tim Tetrick/Marcus Melander/3-1); 2. Another Chapter (Dan Dube/Per Henriksen/6-1); 3. Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke/10-1); 4. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt/Ake Svanstedt/2-1); 5. Devious Man (Andy Miller/Julie Miller/9-5); 6. Andy M (Jason Bartlett/Chris Beaver/12-1). Elimination Two: 1. Money Macintosh* (Andy Miller/Julie Miller/9-5); 2. DiOggi (Montrell Teague/Archie Kohr/9-2); 3. New Jersey Viking (Ake Svanstedt/Ake Svanstedt/6-1); 4. Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett/Anette Lorentzon/8-5); 5. Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson/Nancy Johansson/6-1); 6. Top Flight Angel* (Brian Sears/Julie Miller/9-5). * Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel racing as coupled entry. Following is the complete field in post order for the Messenger elimination (with driver/trainer/morning line). 1. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton/Tony Alagna/7-1); 2. Mac's Jackpot* (Jason Bartlett/Jim Campbell/9-1); 3. Downbytheseaside# (Brian Sears/Brian Brown/4-5); 4. Summer Side (Ray Schnittker/Ray Schnittker/7-1); 5. Blood Line# (Mark MacDonald/Jimmy Takter/4-5); 6. Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis/20-1); 7. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke/6-1); 8. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen/7-1); 9. Beyond Delight* (Dan Dube/Mark Silva/9-1). * Mac's Jackpot and Beyond Delight racing as coupled entry; Beyond Delight starts from the second tier. # Downbytheseaside and Blood Line racing as coupled entry. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

VERNON, NY-- Sitting off a contested front, Yes Mickey snuck up the pylons to edge past harness racing 6-5 favorite Ariana G and upset at 34-1 in the $320,000 Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial on Friday, August 18 at Vernon Downs. Long Tom grabbed the front from Yes Mickey before a :26.4 first quarter. Ariana G, sitting third, edged outside and brushed to the lead off a :55.1 half. Devious Man, behind International Moni stalled first over, loomed wide and trotted towards Ariana G's wheel, pressuring the leader through a 1:23.3 third-quarter while Long Tom drifted off the rail, giving room to Yes Mickey. Yes Mickey gradually approached the leader up the inside, getting his nose in front within the final sixteenth and edging away to win by a neck over Ariana G in a lifetime-best effort of 1:51.4. Devious Man finished third and International Moni finished fourth. A three-year-old gelding by Muscle Hill from the Pine Chip mare My Favorite Chip, Yes Mickey won his second race in ten starts, earning $223,087 for owner Mellby Gard Inc. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he paid $71.00 to win. "He's a very nice trotter, but it has been hard for him to win races -- he always finishes second -- but today was the right race to win," Svanstedt said. "He was very good the whole race and when I [got] free on the inside, he did it easy." Yes Mickey Svanstedt completed a sweep of the Zweig finals when Evelyn shook loose off a pocket trip to win the $135,000 Filly Final in 1:54.1. Sitting behind a tempo of :27, :57, and 1:25.4 set by Feed Your Head and pressure from Sunshine Delight parked first-over, Evelyn managed to weave through the dueling leaders midway through the stretch to win by a length over Sunshine Delight, with Feed Your Head faltering to third and Glitzey Gal recovering from an early break to take fourth. Racing for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Borje Nasstrom, and Silva Stable 45, Evelyn won her fourth race in 20 starts, pushing her career earnings to $192,166. Driven by Andy Miller, she paid $16.00 to win. "I felt really good except I was a little claustrophobic looking for a little room," Andy Miller said. "She felt really good, I was just kind of waiting, biding my time to get a little room there, and when she got room, she took off." Evelyn New York-sired freshmen colt pacers competed on the undercard of the Zweig Memorial, competing in three $37,266 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) divisions as well as two splits of the Excelsior A and B Series. Lagging off a hot pace set by Courtly Choice, Hitman Hill struck around the far turn, brushing to a two-length lead over Keystone Tenacious and Topville Olympian rallying late in a 1:50.4 mile in the first NYSS division. Owned by Tom Hill and North Fork Racing Stable, trained by Chris Oakes, and driven by Brett Miller, he paid $12.80 to win. Casual Cool took the second NYSS split after taking the lead before the half, winning in 1:52.2 over Paprike Blue Chip and I Soar Him First. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Jason Bartlett, he paid $6.70 to win. Mr Profeta snagged the final NYSS division, sitting off a slow pace set by odds-on favorite Jimtastic and rallying to a 1:54 score over American Vision and My Delight. Owned by Anatolia Farm LLC, trained by Roland Mallar, and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $14.00. Rockapelo, by Rock N Roll Heaven from the Camluck mare Capelo Rose, won his division of the Excelsior A Series going wire to wire in 1:53.1, while Prophet Blue Chip, a gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Artsplace mare Weeping Wannabe, won off a pocket ride in 1:55.3 Rockapelo, owned by Enviro Stables LTD, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Jason Bartlett, paid $5.80 to win. Prophet Blue Chip, competing for trainer David Dziengiel with partners Robert Sholes and Edward Davis, was driven by Andy Miller and paid $16.80 to win. Brinks Job, by Roll With Joe from the American Ideal mare Exclamation, and Buckeys Brat, by Quick Pulse Mindale out of the Real Artist mare Artists Jewels, won their Excelsior B divisions going wire to wire, doing so in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Brinks Job, paying $3.60, races for owner Rick Berks, is trained Michael Deters, and was driven by Brett Miller. Buckeys Brat, returning $6.20, is owned by trainer Lawrence La Page and was driven by Jason Bartlett. Live racing at Vernon Downs resumes Saturday, August 19 with a 13-race program that kicks off at 6:45pmET. By Ray Cotolo, for Vernon Downs        

Vernon , NY - Top filly trotter Ariana G has been entered to race against harness racing colts in the Open Main Event of the $320,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial (race 10) on Friday night at Vernon Downs.   Ariana G was considered for the Open division of the Hambletonian but her connections chose instead to race her in an elimination and final format against fillies in the Hambletonian Oaks.   Her competition will indeed be stout in the Zweig Memorial. Among the chief contenders are Devious Man coming in off a valiant second place effort in the Hambletonian final, Bill's Man who wound up fourth in that race, Hambo first heat winner International Moni and Stanley Dancer Memorial (div) winner Long Tom.   Ariana G's win in the Oaks pushed her career earning past the $1 million mark for breeder/owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Muscle Hill filly has won fifteen of eighteen career starts and six of seven this season, her only defeat coming in a third place finish against colts in June's Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono. Jimmy Takter trains and Yannick Gingras will drive from post position five.   Devious Man (PP #7) has been a model of consistency throughout his career for owners Stroy, Inc. and Andy Miller Stable. The best in New York last season, he has taken on both state-bred and Grand Circuit assignments with equal success with four wins and four seconds in as many starts this year. He also edged past $1 million in career earnings with his Hambo Day proceeds. Andy Miller will drive the Julie Miller trainee in the Zweig.   With Ariana G out of the mix, everybody in the $135,000 Zweig Filly trot (race 9) moves up one position.   Celebrity Ruth is the top money winner having collected more than $200,000 this season, largely in the NYSS program for owner White Birch Farm. Trond Smedshammer is the trainer and Jason Bartlett will drive starting from post position two.   Competition will come from a pair of Ake Svanstedt fillies who each won a division of the Duenna stake at The Meadowlands. Evelyn (PP #3) will get Andy Miller who drove her to the Duenna success back in the sulky for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E LLC, Borje Nasstrom and Silva Stable 45 while Ice Attraction leaves from post 7 for the trainer and his partners Doug Sipple Mal & Janet Borroughs and Little E.   There are also consolations for both the colt and filly Zweig and three divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts along with the accompanying Excel A & B races on an all-stakes card.   The races begin at 6:45 p.m. More information is available at the Vernon Downs website.   Nick Salvi    

August 5, 2017 - Today’s classic Eduard Winter German mare Derby (purse €103,802, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5.2/1 Motion Pure (3f Muscle Hill-Alma-Grimaldi-Premium Yankee-Joie de Vie) driven by legendary harness racing driver Heinz Wewering for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner/breeder Gestut Lasbek. 6.1/1 Charlotte Newport (3f Abano As-Color Schemes) was second for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Thomas Holtermann. Third went to 11/1 Tijuana Diamant (3f Dream Vacation-Cocola Diamant) for Jorgen Sjunnesson, driving for Wolfgang Nimczyk. Wewering, a career winner of well over 16,800 races, presented this weekend signed Wewering whips to Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Galvin, for inclusion in the Canadian and US Hall of Fames. Galvin presented to the German Hall of Fame a whip signed by Hans Fromming in 1975 while in a drivers’ championship in Canada. EDUARD WINTER Deutsches Stuten-Derby 2017 Dreier- und Viererwette / Prämienausspielung / DD-2 / V5-5 Dotierung: 103.802 Distanz: 1.900 mAutostartStartzeit: 17:10 Uhr 1. Motion Pure Heinz Wewering 1.900 m 1:14,1 52 2. Charlotte Newport Rudolf Haller 1.900 m 1:14,3 61 3. Tijuana Diamant Jörgen Sjunnesson 1.900 m 1:14,3 110 4. Himoko Greenwood Hugo Langeweg 1.900 m 1:14,3 76 5. Madonna ST Christoffer Eriksson 1.900 m 1:14,5 281 6. Hera F Boko Dion P. Tesselaar 1.900 m 1:14,7 327 7. Honesty Newport Michael Nimczyk 1.900 m 1:14,7 87 8. Hazel Newport Robbin Bot 1.900 m 1:14,9 509 … Alegra B Conrad Lugauer 1.900 m dis.r. 17 … Handsome Starlake Hugo W. Langeweg 1.900 m dis.r. 243         Below are published comments regarding Heinz Wewering, the consummate driver/trainer. At the age 67, Heinz Wewering, the trotting champion horseman, is still one of the candidates for victory at Derby week in Mariendorf Berlin. Retirement? Heinz Wewering may be 67, but the driver does not want to know anything about retirement. In his sport he still does not count as too old, especially in important races. Wewering uses classic equipment because it fits him. He completed almost 51,000 races in his career, of which he won 16,844 - more than any other driver in Germany, and second in the world. For years the German master had the world record for race wins, but he has since lost to the American Dave Palone. This experience is noticeable.  29 times in a row, from 1977 to 2005, he won the title of German trotter champion for the most victories in a season. Since then he has been called "the eternal gold helmet". 17,000 victory is the big remaining goal for Wewering. At the German Traber (Trot)-Derby in Mariendorf he has won eight times as a driver and once again as a trainer, most recently in 2010 with Unikum. He has many stories, yet he says “I still have a little time." In fact, the age limitation for the drivers was lifted a few years ago and Wewering can now continue driving beyond 70 years. "I drive as long as I'm healthy," he says. He wants to reach the mark of 17,000 victories. Heinz Wewering is a legend still in action. On the first three days of Derby week, Wewering was able to build his win total further. Twice he entered the winners-circle and now today the Filly Derby is another classic race win. Quite a career!!! Berlin Mariendorf  Thomas H. Hicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 -- Ake Svanstedt followed his win in the Hambletonian with a come-from-behind triumph with Ice Attraction in a $30,000 division of the Duenna Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies, the 14th race on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. She won by a nose in 1:53.1, with Glitzey Gal second and Broadway Concert third. Ice Attraction, a daughter of Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen, is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Douglas Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs LLC and Little E LLC. She has won two of nine races this year and five of 18 lifetime. She pushed her career earnings to $162,602. Ice Attraction, sent off at 9-1, paid $21.40, $9.40 and $3.80. Glitzey Gal paid $4.00 and $2.60. Broadway Concert paid $5.60. By Ken Weingartner    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – August 5, 2017 – Arianna G cemented her dominance of the trotting filly division. The 1-5 harness racing favorite Ariana G, with Yannick Gingras driving, cruised to a four and three quarters length victory over Magic Presto to capture the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the 12th race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Ariana G was moved  to the lead at the half-mile mark at 54.4 and then cruised to victory, the fourth time for the team of Takter and Gingras in the Oaks.  The mile was time in 1:51.2. Gingras was holding up four fingers to celebrate the win after crossing the finish line. It was Gingras’ fourth win on the card. “I was really concerned about Magic Presto and obviously you have to respect the competition,” said Gingras.  “When she got away on the first turn and I really didn’t want to be first over that long of the way, so I decided to do whatever I needed to do to get her to the front. It wasn’t the best move I think, but she is just a great horse and a great horse can overcome anything.” Arianna G’s full sister, All The Time, won the Oaks last year with a time of 1:52.1. The 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, the Muscle Hill filly has won 15-of-18 lifetime starts and this year has clocked sub 1:52 on four separate occasions. The Gingras/Takter combo has won four straight Hambletonian Oaks and Takter notched his seventh overall, which makes him the winningest trainer in Oaks history. “She did a tremendous mile. It was a tough opening, because she cut all the way to the front due to the high pace,” said Takter. “She is just in a class of her own.” Arianna G paid a modest $2.40, $2.10, and $2.10 . Magic Presto with Brain Sears finished second paying $3.00 and $2.40, and Dream Together with Daniel Dube finished third paying $2.60. Dream Baby Dream finished fourth. by Lou Monaco

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 - Resolve, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, won the $303,050 John Cashman Memorial for harness racing open trotters by four and a quarter lengths in a time of 2:04.2 for the mile and an eighth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. The mile time in the sixth race distance event was 1:50.1. Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, PA. The victory was the third in 18 starts for the year for earnings of $335,995 toward $2,544,429 for the career of the six-year -old son of Muscle Hill. . The 12- horse field was led to the first quarter by Resolve, who hit the first quarter 26.3, with Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) behind them. Those two led the field to the 55.1 half when Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) came up to challenge on the outside, just before the 1:22.3 three quarters, around the final turn, and took the second spot away from Crazy Wow. Resolve trotted away from the field in the homestretch for the win. Resolve returned $7.00, $4.00 and $3.80. Marion Marauder, paying $4.00, $3.00, was second and Lookslikeachpndale returned $14.20 in third with Daniel Dube driving. The first three home are all by Muscle Hill. "[Marion Marauder] was the horse to beat before the race," said Svanstadt. "But Resolve was good enough." Asked if Resolve was as good as Sebastian K, "Not yet, It's hard to beat [1]:49," he said. By Ellen Harvey

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 -- Pasithea Face S and Tim Tetrick won the $176,250 Dr. John Steele Memorial for harness racing trotting mares in 1:51.2 by two lengths for her first United States win on Saturday afternoon at The Meadowlands. Emoticom Hanover, driven by Daniel Dube, got to the lead in a time of 27.3 for the first quarter but were soon overtaken by Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who had the lead at the 54.4 half, before Pasithea Face S came up to challenge at about the five eighths mile mark. Those two trotted together around the final turn and in to the stretch, with Emoticom Hanover looking to squeeze up the rail. Pasithea Face trotted on to the wire with mild urging for the win by two lengths, paying $9.60, $6.00, $15.20. Caprice Hill ($15.60, $41.60] got up for second and Emoticom Hanover ($23.00) was third. "This horse is really strong, " said Anders Strom, who races the five-year-old mare under his stable name of Courant, Inc. "I thought she would do great by the mile track and so did her trainer, Lutfi Kolgini in Sweden. We are friends with Jimmy (trainer Takter), so of course this is a great option to come over and try to get a big record for her before she goes to the breeding barn." Pasithea Face races in the red and gold silks of her owner, designed for a simple reason, said Strom, "It's because my mom can't really find my horses in the race, so that's why we wear this color for the horse." "I got to drive her two weeks ago (in a second place finish in the Ms. Versatility) and I just loved her," said Tetrick. "It was her first start here and thought we'd go nice and easy with her and she trotted strong to the wire. She did her job today. Hannelore Hanover was the one to beat today. She didn't have the best day, but take nothing away from my mare, she was awesome." Odds on favorite Hannelore Hanover faded to fourth. Jimmy Takter trains this mare by Muscle Hill for owners Courant, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL Pasithea Face S By Ellen Harvey

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -August 5, 2017 - The 1-2 favorite Manchego added another win to her harness racing resume, winning by two and a quarter over a closing Phaetosive, to capture the 35th edition of the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, the fifth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. It was trainer Jimmy Takter's third win on the day and Manchego, driven by Yannick Gingras, improved her lifetime record to five straight wins in as many starts. It was Gingras' second straight win on the card and second Doherty win of his career, having won his first with Mission Brief in 2014. Manchego, the daughter of Muscle Hill, took control just prior to the half-mile mark and came home with a lifetime-best time of 1:52.4. She paid $3.00, $2.10, and $2.10 to her backers. Phaetosive, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, paid $2,60 and $2.20 for second. Lily Stride with Tim Tetrick at the lines, was third by six and a half lengths, paying $3.00. Vivacious Allie with David Miller driving finished fourth. "She is a really special girl. We liked her from the get go and she keeps developing and certainly has a very effective way of going and has a tremendous inner-strength that few horses have," said Takter, who recorded his fifth win in the Doherty, formerly named the Merrie Annabelle. Manchego by Lou Monaco

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017-- You Know You Do overtook stablemate Samo Different Day in the stretch to win Saturday's $360,650 Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in 1:54.2, the fourth race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Samo Different Day held on for second in a photo over Farsetti Hanover. The margin of victory was two and a quarter lengths. You Know You Do, driven by Yannick Gingras, started a first-over bid on the backstretch against fraction-setting Samo Different Day, who led the field to the quarter in 28, half in 56.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.3, and was alongside the leader as the field exited the final turn. He won for the third time in four races for trainer Jimmy Takter. The colt was a $350,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and the partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. "We put together a group and went after him vigorously," Katz said. "We have 80 to 90 percent fillies, 10 percent colts. (But) he was very, very special. We'll look for colts here and there that we think could be exceptional. It's really a policy of pursuing excellence and we thought he could fit that category." You Know You Do, sent off as the 3-2 favorite, paid $5.00, $3.00 $3.00 to win. The Muscle Hill colt pushed his career earnings to $206,932. Samo Different Day returned $4.60, $3.20. Farsetti Hanover in third paid $8.40. You Know You Do By Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was a big-time harness racing performance by the defending Trotter of the Year. Driven by Scott Zeron, 1-5 favorite Marion Marauder chased down Cufflink Hanover by a head in 2:05.2 for the mile-and-an-eighth distance to capture the $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and in doing so, became the first horse in the fourth edition of the series to complete the Hambo-Hambo Maturity sweep. Zeron waited for his moment to go first over just after the three-quarter mile mark and powered his way to the finish line, outlasting Cufflink Hanover. Warrawee Roo finished third with Dayson fourth. "He's a grinder, I'm not worried about him getting weak at the end, that's for sure," said Zeron. "The way it unfolds, a mile and an eighth, a lot of people can do different things out there. Right now, he's at the best part of his game. It's hard to believe after the year he had last year. I don't mind coming first up, he loves looking at them, just going right on by them. This year, he's matured to pull away. (His desire to race) is even more as a 4-year-old. It makes my life so much easier." Marion Marauder paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Cufflink Hanover, with Corey Callahan driving, paid $7.40 and $4.60 to place with Warrawee Roo (Daniel Dube) paying $3.60 to show. It was the son of Muscle Hill's third win in four starts this season. He's won 14 of 32 lifetime and has earned over $2 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Last year, Marion Marauder swept the Triple Crown - the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity - on his way to being named Trotter of the Year. Marion Marauder By Lou Monaco, for the Hambletonian Society  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G rebounded from her only loss of the season - a tough-trip third against harness racing colts in the Beal - with a typically powerful performance in winning the first of two $125,250 divisions of the Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The daughter of Muscle Hill brushed to command at the three-eighths and appeared on her way to an easy win until a first-over challenge from Dream Baby Dream came as the field made its way around the far turn. Dream Baby Dream was right at the 1-9 favorite's throat at the eighth pole when Ariana G then found more and went on to a 1½-length score in 1:51.4. Magic Presto outkicked Dream Baby Dream for second. "She was excellent," said Marvin Katz, who owns the filly along with Al Libfeld. "I spoke to (winning driver) Yannick (Gingras) and he didn't even pop the ear plugs. She was strong all the way to the wire and we are just thrilled with her." Does this filly have another date with the boys in the Aug. 5 Hambletonian? "I don't know," said Katz. "Historically, it's not a good thing to do for fillies. I will say this: I'm not being overconfident, but I'm certain she can race with them." Ariana G, who is trained by Jimmy Takter, upped her lifetime mark to 13 wins in 16 starts, and returned $2.20 to win to her backers. Ariana G In the other Miller division, Overdraft Volo sat a perfect pocket trip and rolled by the pace-setting Feed Your Head to record a three quarters of a length win in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for Team Miller, driver Andy and trainer Julie. "I got away from the gate good and slid out (of the pocket) halfway down the lane and she did the rest," said Andy Miller of the daughter of Yankee Glide, who won for the sixth time in 13 lifetime starts for owners the Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. That's All Moni (the slight favorite) and Glitzey Gal, both sent to the gate at even-money, were too far back to menace after racing third- and fourth-over, respectively, as Feed Your Head was setting fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24. Glitzey Gal broke at the head of the stretch. Checkmate Time finished third. Overdraft Volo returned $16.20 to win as the 7-1 third choice in the wagering. Overdraft Volo By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

The Meadowlands - Harness racing Breakfast With The Babies, Pace Day edition, began at 9:30 a.m. on a windless, muggy morning with the temperature at 72 degrees.   Making his first public appearance a winning one this morning was Tactical Landing, the colt trotter who gained notice when it took a bid of $800,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by his eponymous ownership group to buy him. Trainer Bobby Stewart has brought the physically imposing Muscle Hill brother to the great Mission Brief along purposefully with late season stakes the target and Hall of Famer Brian Sears handled him with care in his debut. The pair settled third early and sat in past the 1:32 three panels where Sears moved Tactical Landing to the outside, the colt responded by trotting strongly through the stretch in 28 seconds. Finishing second in a quality effort after setting all the fractions was Treasure Staff, who was catch driven by Jimmy Takter for trainer Ron Gurfein in an meld of Hall of Fame trotting minds. One can't help but wonder if Takter had any post-race advice for Gurf.   Trotting fillies kicked off the nine two-year-old races with Deschanel, a homebred Yankee Glide sister to D'Orsay and half-sister to International star Propulsion, winning in 1:58.2 for Dave Miller. Settled in third through the 1:29.3 three quarters, Deschanel rolled by Lindy On Tap (Domenico Cecere) when shown racetrack through the stretch. It made for a good day for her trainer Bobby Stewart who conditions the filly for Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms.   Aperfectruby won the second race in 1:58.3 converting a perfect trip from driver Scott Zeron for trainer Ron Burke. After a pair of unsuccessful tries at Harrah's the $65,000 Lexington Sale purchase by Burke, Melillo, Silva, Purnel, Libby, Weaver & Bruscemi looked safe today and edged by mile-cutter Glide Onin Sabrina (Jan Johnson) late.   Jimmy Marohn, Jr picked up the drive on Linda Toscano's Chapter Seven colt Helpisontheway and took advantage of the opportunity by mowing down the field from far back in a well-timed move. Southwind Camo (Scott Zeron) set the fractions as Maron sat patiently near the back waiting to launch Helpisontheway and when he did the colt responded beautifully through the 29.4 end to the 1:59.2 mile. Lindyinoverdrive also rallied well late for Domenico Cecere but couldn't stall the winner's bid. Toscano shares ownership of the colt as Camelot Farms with The Bay Stable.   Lindy's Big Bang (David Miller) and Make It a Double (Julie Miller) battled right to the wire in a 1:58.4 mile and could not be separated by the camera finishing in a dead heat for win. Both were in close attendance as Prince William (Zeron) cut the mile until head-stretch when Make It A Double went by from the pocket and Lindy's Big Bang closed up the inside for the tie. Lindy's Big Bang is trained by Nifty Norman for the partnership of Mel Hartman, Dave McDuffee and the driver who paid $70,000 for the Explosive Matter colt in Lexington last fall. Make It A Double ($80,000 LEX-SEL) is trained in the Julie Miller barn for Andy Miller Stable and Jason & Doug Allen.   Youaremycandygirl has the championship gene, being an American Ideal first foal of Sweet Lady Jane who is a Somebeachsomewhere sister to Sweet Lou and Bettor Sweet, enough that Bill Donovan ponied up a cool $150,000 for her at Harrisburg last fall. Bill placed her in the Burke barn and she's been flawless, save for an interference break in a NYSS at Vernon last week. In her first go over the Big M, Youaremycandygirl flaunted her speed with a 1:53.2 win pacing home in 27 flat for Joe Bongiorno. Band Stand (Sears) was in close attendance throughout and held well for second.   Takter drove the pacing filly Betterthanbrie to a 1:56 / 28 win, setting all the fractions then barely holding pocket sitter Odds On Stepahnie (Zeron) at bay. The winner is a homebred from the first crop of Betterthancheddar raised and raced by Christina Takter and John Fielding.   A pair of fast colts finished together in race eight where Bodega Bay finally made it through that pesky final turn pacing for Scott Zeron and finished his 1:54 mile with a 28.1 final quarter for the win. The winner is a Brittany Farms owned Vintage Master homebred from the fast Nikki Beach who has evidenced high speed in his previous starts, if trainer Tony Alagna has solved the puzzle he'll be heard from this summer. I'm A Big Deal (Sears) wove his way through traffic to be a closing second. That one was a high dollar buy for trainer Chris Ryder and shows great promise as well.   Takter closed out the baby races with a front running 1:55.4 win aboard Thinkbig Dreambig in that Bettors Delight colt's first start. He was driven out to hold off the close Pecorino (Sears) from the pocket in a 27.3 final quarter. Thinkbig Dreambig was a $180,000 Lexington but for Brixton Medical, Fielding, Anderberg and Falk.   QUALIFIERS   Princess Aurora (Takter) and International Money (Zeron) went to the wire in tandem with the Princess prevailing in 1:53.3, final quarter in 27.4 this morning. Connections for both have made Hambletonian Day on August 5 the target date for this pair.   Takter wrapped the day up by winning in 1:56 with his returning 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman. After a long layoff, Pinkman is in the midst a gradual return to top form.   Tonight is Meadowlands Pace night with the signature race of the "Championship Meet" and all that comes with it.   Post time is 6:30 p.m.   Nick Salvi

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