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June 1, 2019 - Daniel Reden trainee Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) took today’s Norrbottens Store Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters, 1,000,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.10.8kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Stall Zet owns Propulsion, now with a 2-3-0 slate in eight 2017 starts for 3,773,250SEK for the year. His career late is 21-8-4 in 45 outings for 9,607,195SEK earned. The 1.6/1 favorite defeated Italy’s Oasis Bi (9m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) with Kim Eriksson up and In Vain Sund 5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) with Per Linderoth up, again for the Reden/Stall Zet team. Nadal Broline and Rocky Winner completed the top five. On the undercard was the Sven Ekonomi V75 Silver raced over 2140 meters autostart for 125,000SEK first prize. The 1.4/1 favorite Whitehouse Express (6m Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell) teamed with Orjan Kihlstom for Reden/Stall Zet, scored in 1.12.7kr. This pair defeated Officer CD (6g Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) with Robert Bergh the trainer/driver, and Catch The Cash (7f Gigant Neo-You Never Can Tell-Mr. Lucken). Another interesting winner this day was 32/1 Grand Ale (7g Love You-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) in the Jekob Top 7 Bronze Division raced over 1640 meters autostart for 110,000SEK to the winner. Hannu Hietanen teamed this one to defeat Annabelle Diamond and Nochebuena Face, timed in 1.12kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 2, 2017) - After winning an unprecedented three straight Hambletonian Oaks, how could harness racing Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter possibly top it? Her name is Ariana G. The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill might be even better than those three fillies after she left jaws dropped with a 1:51.1 stroll in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Long Tom, Every Way Out, and Misqued also won their $100,000 Sire Stakes finals on a warm, late spring evening. Yannick Gingras moved Ariana G to the lead past an opening quarter mile in :27.3. From there, Gingras was just a passenger through a Sire Stakes record final time that was just 2/5 of a second off the track record. She's coming back scary good," said Takter in the winner's circle after the race. "We still have 60 days to Hambletonian Day. Yannick said if he let her go she would have gone 49. Hopefully I haven't peaked her too soon. I would say at this point, she could be the most talented one I have developed." Two races later, Long Tom officially threw his hat into the Hambletonian picture with an impressive front-end score in 1:52.2 to win the $100,000 trotting colts division. King On The Hill won the place photo over 3/5 favorite What The Hill. Long Tom was a stakes winner last year at Lexington and is now 2-for-2 as a sophomore. With stablemate Enterprise, who is 3-for-3 in 2017, 25-year-old trainer Marcus Melander has a potent 1-2 punch on the road to the first Saturday in August. "Long Tom got sore after Lexington last year and then grew a lot over the winter," explained Melander, whose uncle Stefan won the Hambletonian in 2001 with Scarlet Knight. "I was only nine years old when Scarlet Knight won so I don't remember much, but hopefully I can get another Hambletonian for the family." Every Way Out completed his sweep of the pacing colts division with a five-length win in 1:52. The If I Can Dream gelding paid $2.10 for the third straight week. Tim Tetrick, who won four of the night's 11 races, piloted the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. The only Sire Stakes upset came in the 3-year-old pacing filly division when 1/5 favorite Colorful Jasmine faded to finish fourth while 7/2 second choice Misqued held off the late charge of Livinginthedream. Misqued was driven by Steve Smith for trainer John Balzer. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,420.245. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - What The Hill reinforced his standing as a big-time Hambletonian contender, reporting home a dominant harness racing winner as the New Jersey Sire Stakes took center stage with four second-leg events Friday night at the Meadowlands. The son of 2009 Hambo champ Muscle Hill won his NJSS dash for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot with ease to stay unbeaten in three starts this year. The Ron Burke trainee exploded clear of the field at the five-eighths and went on to a 4¾-length win in 1:53. King On The Hill was second with New Jersey Viking third. As the 1-9 public choice, he returned $2.20 to win. "He was a little bit rambunctious," said Burke. "He took off (at the five-eighths) on his own. He needs to do a little bit less of that. He needs to relax a little bit more. We're going to open his bridle up and (driver) David (Miller) will make more of a conscious effort (to calm him down)." Burke is upbeat about what he is seeing with the Hambletonian a little more than two months away. "This horse, he seems to get better and better every time he gets behind the gate." What The Hill In other NJSS action, Every Way Out ($2.10 to win) scored in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.3 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dylan Davis; Colorful Jasmine ($2.60) took the 3-year-old filly pace by 3 lengths in 1:52.3 for Corey Callahan and Thomas Cancelliere while Ice Attraction ($17.20) was the only non-favorite to win a NJSS event on the card as she scored by 1½ lengths in 1:54.2 in the 3-year-old filly trot for Andrew McCarthy and Ake Svanstedt. Winter Harbor By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 26 - Trotting Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder made his return to harness racing Friday morning in qualifying action at Mohawk Racetrack. The now four-year-old son of Muscle Hill turned in a strong performance in his first qualifier of 2017 with a 1:56.1 victory over a track listed two-seconds "off" and still recovering from significant rainfall on Thursday. Roger Mayotte sat behind Marion Marauder for the qualifier. The star trotter floated out to the early lead and posted an opening-quarter of :30. Six-year-old trotter Maximuscle, who was parked on the first turn, rushed up to take command in the second-quarter, which allowed Marion Marauder to get a two-hole trip through the majority of the middle-half. Maximuscle reached the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:28.2, while Marion Marauder followed closely behind and was tipped out just before the third-marker. In the stretch, Marion Marauder displayed his impressive final-quarter abilities and trotted home with powerful strides in :27.3 to win by 16 lengths. Trained by the team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, Marion Marauder moves up to join the older ranks this season after winning 10 of 15 starts during his magical three-year-old season. The champion son of Muscle Hill carries career numbers of 11 wins, a mark of 1:51.3 and over $1.9 million earned into his four-year-old year for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Marion Marauder's four-year-old debut could come on home soil in next week's Graduate Series leg at Mohawk. The Triple Crown champion is eligible to the event restricted for four-year-olds.   Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Showing no rust after a six-month layoff, Resolve went parked for the final half-mile on the way to a determined win in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for harness racing trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. "He raced well," understated trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "He was a little bit lazy but he was strong." Indeed. Resolve ($3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite), who won four-of-13 a year ago while earning $1.2 million, was unhurried in the early going and got underway at the five-eighths after sitting fifth. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill went on a steady grind and got up to leader Crazy Wow's wheel nearing the head of the stretch. From there, Svanstedt's star pupil continued to gain steadily, forging to the front inside the sixteenth pole before going on to a 1-length win in 2:06.3 for the mile and an eighth distance. Crazy Wow held second with J L Cruze third. In the winner's circle, Svanstedt accepted an invitation for Resolve to participate in the May 28 Elitlopp at Solvalla, Sweden, a race in which he finished second a year ago. SINTRA-LATING!: Toronto invader Sintra destroyed five overmatched opponents in the first division of the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers. The gelded son of Mach Three sat in the five hole early before vacating the rail at the three-eighths, then sprinted up to engage leader Roll Away Joe. Sintra ($3.20 as the 3-5 public choice) then powered clear of the field on the way to a 6-length win in a lifetime-best 1:49.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer David Menary. Western Fame was second with Awesomeness third. "Hopefully, we are just getting started here," said Menary, who indicated Sintra will be seen next in the May 14 Confederation Cup. Check Six never had an anxious moment in the second Graduate division, winning in wire-to-wire fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The son of Somebeachsomewhere hit the quarter and half in tepid fractions of :27.4 and :55.4, respectively, which left plenty in the tank as the flow did not develop until the five-eighths. After stopping the clock in 1:23 at three-quarters, Check Six ($8.00) sprinted home in :26.3 to complete the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. Boston Red Rocks was a length back in second while 3-5 favorite Missile J, who had live cover approaching the top of the stretch, went evenly from there for third. "I was really happy with his effort," said Burke. "He's a very good horse. I don't know if he's a great horse but hopefully he's one of those that gets better with age." A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering totaled $2,805,426. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Ron Burke is unsure what to expect from Southwind Cobra. There is no question, the harness racing trainer says, the horse is talented. There remains question whether he will fulfill his potential. Southwind Cobra might give Burke and his fellow owners some indication on Saturday when he faces seven rivals in the $143,737 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters at Freehold Raceway. The Dexter Cup is the first Grand Circuit race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes. Four of the eight Dexter Cup finalists are eligible to the Hambletonian: Southwind Cobra, Another Chapter, Earl Variera, and Sir John F. Another Chapter won one of last weekend's two Dexter Cup eliminations. Lord Cromwell won the other. Southwind Cobra did not compete in the elims because Burke elected to take a bye, based on career earnings, to the final. "We thought at the beginning of last year he was our best 2-year-old," said Burke, who owns Southwind Cobra with Jack Piatt II, Larry Karr, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. "He was a disappointment. There were points where he would show some things, but then there were points where he would show nothing. It was inconsistency and a lack of, really, wanting to win. "It's wait-and-see with him. He has all the talent in the world. He just needs to put it together." Southwind Cobra is a son of Muscle Hill, the 2009 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year, out of the mare Caerphilly. He was purchased for $120,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes stakes-winner No Pan No Gain (the dam of Burke-trained millionaire Crazy Wow) and, more distantly, Hall of Famer Proximity. Last year Southwind Cobra won two of 13 races and earned $96,296. Both wins came on the Grand Circuit, in divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and Tompkins-Geers, and his mark of 1:53.3 was fifth best among all 2-year-old male trotters in 2016. But he went off stride in eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and Breeders Crown and failed to advance to any of those finals. Southwind Cobra has raced once this season, finishing third in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands on April 21. Burke was happy the Dexter Cup attracted a number of starters (17) that required one horse to take a bye so the group could be divided into two eight-horse eliminations on Freehold's half-mile oval. "I wanted the bye," said Burke, who won the 2015 Dexter Cup with Habitat. "I thought (Southwind Cobra's) first race was just all right. I wasn't thrilled with it. I was looking to give him a week off, but didn't think I would have the opportunity. Then when I got the bye it gave me a week to train him and get him ready. "I trained him (Wednesday) on the half-mile track at Gaitway. I wasn't sure how he would handle the half, but he got around it perfect. It didn't seem like it affected him at all. I look for him to be sharp hopefully." Southwind Cobra will start the Dexter Cup final from post No. 5. Elim winners Lord Cromwell will leave from post two and Another Chapter from post eight. Another Chapter, who broke his maiden with his elim victory, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Spider Blue Chip. Sir John F, who won at Freehold the week prior to finishing third in the Dexter Cup elimination captured by Another Chapter, is from the stable of four-time Dexter Cup winner Jimmy Takter. Sir John F, who drew post one, is a half-brother to Ontario star Emoticon Hanover, who finished second to Broadway Donna in last season's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. Earl Variera, winless in six career races, will start from post three for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, who won last year's Dexter Cup with Dante. Saturday's Freehold card also includes two $36,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Princess Aurora, a stakes-winner last season and runner-up to Ariana G in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, leads a group of three Hambletonian Oaks eligibles (with Pennys N Dimes and Sparkle Plenty) in the first division. Romancing Rachel and Winter Sweet Frost are the Oaks eligible in the second division. Following is the Dexter Cup field in post order with listed drivers and trainers. The Dexter is race 10, with a 3:30 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Sir John F - Donato Hanover - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 2 - Lord Cromwell - Chapter Seven - John Campbell-Ed Hart-9/2 3 - Earl Variera - Explosive Matter - Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 4 - Gustavo Fring - Explosive Matter - Eric Carlson-Gilbert Garcia-Herrera-9/2 5 - Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Joe Bongiorno-Ron Burke-4/1 6 - Southwind Cruze - Chapter Seven - Andy Miller-Julie Miller-9/2 7 - Arch Credit - Credit Winner - Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-25/1 8 - Another Chapter - Chapter Seven - Brian Sears-Mark Silva-12/1 Click here for Saturday's complete Freehold card. Ken Weingartner

April 22, 2017 - 1.8/1 Tobin Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Zarnia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took Saturday’s Umaker V75 day harness racing featured Berth Johanssons Memorial (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Brixton Medical. Tobin Kronos is two for two in 2017 and 11 for 26 lifetime for 2,531,836SEK earned. 4.6/1 Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) earned second money for driver Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and for owner Courant AB. Third was 3.6/1 In Vain Sund (5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) reined by Erik Adielsson  for trainer Reden. On the undercard was the V75 Gold Olympiatravet Test#4 (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) scored victorious timed in 1.12.7kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Reden trainee for owner Stall Zet. Propulsion secured his first 2017 win in four starts and now has 20 wins in 41 career starts for 6,842,599SEK earned. 6/1 Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third was 43/1 Cool Keeper (7m Broadway Hall-Missys GoGo-Yankee Glide) trained by Leif Witasp and driven this day by Kenth Akerlund. Thomas H. Hicks

WILKES-BARRE PA - Maybe Hall of Fame harness racing horseman John Campbell might want to reconsider that July 1 career change he's talked about.   Set to become the president/CEO of the Hambletonian Society on the first of July, Campbell showed he still has plenty of sulky magic left at his command, sending Muscle Diamond right to the front in the $20,000 handicap trotting feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, backing off the half, then sprinting home to be a very easy winner over odds-on favorite Melady's Monet in 1:53.3.   Campbell had the winning son of Muscle Hill in high gear early and quickly made the top, forcing tucks while going to the quarter in 27.1. With no challengers looming, Campbell gave Muscle Diamond a huge breather on the front end in quarter two, hitting the half in 57.4, with Melady's Monet starting up uncovered. The favorite got to within just over a length of Muscle Diamond on the far turn after a 1:25.4 clocking at the ¾, but in the stretch Muscle Diamond sparkled with a 27.4 kicker, winning by 4 1/2 lengths. Melady's Monet claimed second, a length to the good of the pocketsitter Crazy About Pat.   Muscle Diamond would fit any definition of impeccably-bred, a Muscle Hill out of millionaire / world champion / divisional champion Windylane Hanover, and his career earnings of $662,899 have been achieved in but 31 starts - if trainer Brett Bittle can find the key to an extended campaign for the fast trotter, who was second in his Breeders Crown at two and then third at three, you'll hear much more from him and owners Brett and Dan Bittle and the Charles Kellers, III and IV.   The victory was #10,637 of Campbell's storied career; more importantly, his lifetime earnings are now at $299,366,442, and that number that begins with a "3" looming on the horizon does seem attainable.   The biggest purse race of the night for pacers was an $18,000 "nw 7 races or $70,000" contest, which went to the four-year-old gelding Dash Of Danger, who took a new mark of 1:52 for the hot connections of trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Marc Reynolds. Matt Kakaley rushed up down the backstretch with the sidewheeler, also with top-shelf breeding (a Western Terror half-brother to the $2M+-winning mare Glowing Report), paced on to a big lead late on the final turn, then held off the bold late rush of Shane Adam, who trailed most of the way, by a half-length.   PHHA / Pocono  

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino baulks at the thought of ranking his three-year-old trotting fillies, but he is categorical on one point. Dance Craze is his best. The Cardigan horseman dominated the heats of the Need for Speed Princess at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, finishing first and second in both. But it was the run of fourth placed Dance Craze in heat one that caught the eye most, the daughter of champion mare La Coocaracha and super sire Muscle Hill producing an enormous performance after missing the start. “It was a massive run,” Golino said. “A little bit of interference leading up to the gait was enough to put her off last night, which was unfortunate. “She is the best of them (my fillies) though. I think she can develop into a really, really good horse.” Dance Craze charged to the line behind stablemates Nieta and My Chimera, who ran 1-2, with Iona Spider for trainer Shane Hall and driver Jodi Quinlan winding up third after leading. Nieta rated 1:58.1 winning for Nathan Jack, finishing a head in front of My Chimera (Zac Phillips), the pair storming to the line together. “She showed a world of ability as a two-year-old and this time in has really learnt to settle. It’s a credit to Gavin (Lang) who drives for us in the trials. He’s really got her to settle and that’s helped her a lot,” Golino said of Nieta. “We’re very lucky Gavin is able to educate these horses for us in the trials and teach them to be racehorses. “Nathan said last night if anything Nieta was a bit lazy, which is good because she was not pulling. “My Chimera has surprised us a little bit. She tied up badly at Ballarat and didn’t want to go at all, really. Then, since winning at Charlton she hasn’t put a foot wrong.” Heat two was another Golino special with Une Belle Allure (Angus Hall-Glenferrie Unixa) producing a 1:56.9 rate first-up to overhaul impressive newbie Ima Bourbon Girl by 1.6m. Driven by Zac Phillips, who finished with a winning double after piloting Majestic Moves (Majestic Son-Kwik Kiss) home at big odds in the Aldebaran Park Handicap, Une Belle Allure looked every bit the beautiful mover as she boomed down the outside. Having just her second start, Ima Bourbon Girl (Sam Bourbon-Lough Neagh) led from gate four for Gavin Lang. Diz Luck finished third for trainer-driver Gavin Smith from the pole. The Group 1 IRT Need for Speed Princess Final will be run on Saturday night, March 11, part of a huge four Group 1 program. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Just how dominate was harness racing's trotting superstar stallion Muscle Hill in 2016?  That is the question Breeders throughout the world are asking and coming to terms with.  With the least number of foals eligible (145) to race Muscle Hill had over $3 million more in progeny earnings (on the all age trotters list) of any of the top ten stallions and remember that he only has four crops racing at the end of 2016. Muscle Hill was the leading money winning sire of all age trotters with $12,301,582. Here is the top 10 list;             MUSCLE HILL 145 $12,301,582 KADABRA 239 $9,471,828 CANTAB HALL 258 $8,436,386 ANDOVER HALL 189 $6,676,828 DONATO HANOVER 206 $6,591,028 CREDIT WINNER 195 $6,211,303 MUSCLE MASS 191 $6,027,205 YANKEE GLIDE 174 $5,099,322 CONWAY HALL 189 $4,448,526 EXPLOSIVE MATTER 167 $4,436,510 Muscle Hill was the leading money winning sire of three-year-old trotters with $6,464,264. Here is the top 10 list; MUSCLE HILL 53 $6,464,264 KADABRA 59 $3,030,257 DONATO HANOVER 63 $2,884,666 CREDIT WINNER 52 $2,434,661 CANTAB HALL 68 $2,261,404 ANDOVER HALL 56 $2,165,339 YANKEE GLIDE 44 $1,970,833 MUSCLE MASS 55 $1,833,874 MANOFMANYMISSIONS 46 $1,724,342 RC ROYALTY 46 $1,613,234 Muscle Hill had more than double the earnings of his nearest competitor as a sire of three-year-olds on the above list . Muscle Hill was the leading money winning sire of two-year-old trotters with $3,031,489. Here is the top 10 list; MUSCLE HILL 55 $3,031,489 CANTAB HALL 77 $2,477,304 CHAPTER SEVEN 49 $1,651,078 MUSCLE MASS 34 $1,382,991 CREDIT WINNER 54 $1,376,644 KADABRA 36 $1,344,074 MUSCLE MASSIVE 37 $1,171,769 EXPLOSIVE MATTER 60 $1,171,559 DEJARMBRO 64 $1,170,997 DONATO HANOVER 59 $1,147,813 Muscle Hill was the leading money winning sire by average earnings of three-year-old trotters. Here is the top 10 list; MUSCLE HILL 80 53 $6,464,264 $121,967 CASH HALL 17 12 $650,445 $54,203 KADABRA 101 59 $3,030,257 $51,360 AND AWAY WE GO 22 9 $445,927 $49,547 BANDS GOLD CHIP 20 2 $93,822 $46,911 CREDIT WINNER 73 52 $2,434,661 $46,820 CR COMMANDO 18 6 $279,996 $46,666 DONATO HANOVER 118 63 $2,884,666 $45,788 TRIUMPHANT CAVIAR 41 27 $1,230,554 $45,576 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE 69 34 $1,549,521 $45,574 The first row of numbers above are the number of eligible foals from each stallion followed by the numbers of starters.Muscle Hill is that far ahead of his competition that it is unreal for such a young stallion. It is almost impossible to get a breeding to Muscle Hill and that is the reason why. Muscle Hill was the leading money winning sire by average earnings of two-year-old trotters. Here is the top 10 list; MUSCLE HILL 105 55 $3,031,489 $55,117 MUSCLE MASS 56 34 $1,382,991 $40,676 KADABRA 76 36 $1,344,074 $37,335 CHAPTER SEVEN 84 49 $1,651,078 $33,695 CANTAB HALL 109 77 $2,477,304 $32,172 MUSCLE MASSIVE 62 37 $1,171,769 $31,669 BIG STICK LINDY 25 11 $345,541 $31,412 TRIUMPHANT CAVIAR 47 28 $874,355 $31,226 HOLIDAY ROAD 18 4 $110,050 $27,512 CREDIT WINNER 88 54 $1,376,644 $25,493 Traditionally the fourth crop of a sire is least commercial and least productive as the two-year-olds from the stallions first crop have not even started to race when the fourth crop is bred. But in Muscle Hill's case, it did not matter as he still topped this average earnings list. The facts on Muscle Hill above are as good as they get and rarely seen. This writer was at the 2007 Harrisburg Sale when lot 199, Muscle Hill came into the ring for sale. Greg Peck as agent was the final bidder at $55,000 which was well below the average of $64,000 for the 39 Muscles Yankee progeny that went through the auction that day. A friend of mine bought a share in Muscle Hill and he showed me his catalog which he had written across the page 11 different comments by all well known trainers at that time all condemning Muscle Hill as a potential purchase for various reasons. All had recommended NOT to buy the horse! Some of the comments were roach back, poor looker, never make a racehorse etc etc Well the rest is history, Muscle Hill started 21 times for 20 wins and $3,318,682 in earnings and is now the worlds greatest trotting sire in this writer's view. Muscle Hill with a stunning 1:50.1 victory in the $1.5 million Hambletonian. The two major sales down under that are about to start this coming week are the Ladbrokes APG Sale in Australia and the Sale Of Stars in New Zealand There is only one Muscle Hill yearling entered for sale between the two major sales this year and no doubt this yearling is the major attraction for all potential trotting buyers down under. It is Lot 13 called Legendary Lover a colt out of a half-sister to champion trotter, 10-time Group 1 winner and 4yo Trotter of the Year, dual NZ Trotter of the Year, NZ Harness Horse of the Year and Aust Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit (T, 1.55.5; 36 wins 7 places $1,445,774). This colt is in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on the 20th of February at Karaka in Auckland. This is the only Muscle Hill for sale at this years sales down under. Legendary Lover is the second foal and first colt from the race winning Love You mare Love Ya Doosie who is a half-sister to I Can Doosit and Sno's Big Boy. The second dam is the broodmare gem and dual Broodmare of the Year, Sheezadoosie (T, 2.4.2, 7 wins 5 places $48,632) the dam of 6 foals to race, 6 winners. Legendary Lover is your one shot at buying your next champion trotter.  Lot 13 – Legendary Lover (bay colt Muscle Hill / Love Ya Doosie) Harnesslink Media

Merchandiser 3, 1:53.4, by Muscle Hill, will stand at Stonewater Farms in Ancaster, Ontario for the 2017 breeding season. Merchandiser will stand for an introductory fee of $4,000 (CAD). His co-owner and trainer, Greg Peck, said, “Several Ontario breeders have told me they want to breed to a son of Muscle Hill in Ontario at an affordable price. When I showed them Merchandiser, they said ‘wow.’ He has a very desired commercial pedigree, great presence and conformation at an affordable price.” When asked to compare the son of Muscle Hill to his father (selected, trained and managed his entire racing career by Peck), he humbly responded “it’s like standing me alongside my U.S. Army ranger son. Merchandiser is the next generation. He’s bigger and stronger than his father was at the end of his three-year-old season. I am confident with those pluses he’ll be a success in Ontario.” Jennifer Jones, proprietor of Stonewater Farms Inc., said, “We have booked mares like Pure Ivory, an Ontario Sires graduate with earnings close to $1.5 million from Hunterton Farms, as well as Torre Mozza, from the boutique Ontario trotting operation Cool Creek Farm. This is a new venture for us. I’m confident our track record in mating and managing Performance Horses will be an asset to serve the needs of Standardbred breeders. I can see the Ontario program is the best in the industry. Merchandiser foals will be race in the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes.” Christy Markos, co-owner and stallion manager, has extensive experience in all aspects of Standardbred breeding duties, such as collection and shipping semen of new stallions. Merchandiser is a three-year-old son of Muscle Hill. He was bred by Brittany Farms and sold as a yearling for $100,000. His dam, Majestic Style is the youngest daughter of the prolific Keystone Profile, as well as her only daughter to foal a son of Muscle Hill. This is the immediate family of such great trotters as Passionate Glide, Muscle Massive and successful Ontario sire Muscle Mass. For further information, please call Christy Markos at 905-462-1960. From Stonewater Farms

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 13, 2017) - Harness racing's royally-bred Muscle Diamond justified his heavy favoritism to win the $18,000 trotting feature by two lengths on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The entire complexion of the race changed before it began when morning line favorite Crosbys Clam Bake was scratched sick. That left Muscle Diamond to inherit the favorite's role at 3-5 after futilely chasing Crosbys Clam Bake last week. John Campbell put the 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill - Windylane Hanover, by Lindy Lane on the front end through easy fractions of 29.1 and 57 for the first half before hitting three-quarters in 1:26 and kicking home in 28.3 to complete the mile in 1:54.3. Opulent Yankee chased all the way to be second with Anaffairtoremember rounding out the trifecta. "He was good enough tonight, but not as strong finishing as I had hoped he would be," said Campbell. Muscle Diamond finished second in the Breeders Crown at two and third in the Breeders Crown at three before being sidelined for 13 months. "He has matured physically and has filled out," said Campbell. "He is taller and stronger. He was always good mentally when he was 2 and 3. He's being raced this winter so Brett can get a gauge on where to stake him this summer." Brett Bittle trains Muscle Diamond and shares ownership of the eight-time winner of $634,199 with Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, and Dan Bittle. For the second Friday in a row, Meadowlands newcomer Drew Monti scored a driving triple including $65.20 winner It's Chocolate Time in race 12. Total handle on the 13-race program was $3,070,537, up one percent over the corresponding date last year when 14 races were conducted. Marcello Spano and Nicolas Roussel each scored their first Meadowlands driving wins. Live racing continues Saturday night with a 13-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Harness racing 6-year-old Swedish mare D’One, winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown Mare Trot, has been sold as a broodmare at a public auction for $345,000. Two leading breeders from each side of the Atlantic, Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm and John Bootsman of Boko Stable of The Netherlands and Sweden, have bought the mare in company. The plan is to breed D’One in Europe in 2017 to the French stallion Ready Cash and register the foal in Sweden, while in 2018 she will go to Hunterton Farm to be bred to Muscle Hill. D’One, who actually was born and raised at Hunterton Farm, is by Donato Hanover and out of Giant Diablo, who both took marks of 1.50.1. D’One 5,1:51.3 has raced 38 times and besides winning the Breeders Crown, she won the Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill and Allerage Farm Mare Trot in the United States. In Sweden she is the winner of The Swedish Oaks and the final in Summer Meeting Mares. D’One has earnings of $1.26 million. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent 

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 23, 2016 -- Harness racing’s trotting colt Marion Marauder has been named the winner of the Secretary of Agriculture’s Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the year for 2016. Marion Marauder will be honored on January 29, 2017 at the 60th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1:00pm at O’Connor’s Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. Marion Marauder is one of only nine trotters in the history of harness racing to win the coveted Triple Crown. The son of Muscle Hill - Spellbound Hanover finished his three-year-old campaign with a lifetime mark of 1:51.3.  Capturing 11 wins, eight seconds and three thirds out of 15 starts, banking more than $1.5 million toward a career total of $1,766,518 for the ownership of Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin W Keeling.  The Paula Wellwood trainee was regularly driven by Scott Zeron. In addition to his Triple Crown feats of the $1 million Hambletonain at the Meadowlands, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers and the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity at the Red Mile; he also won the $209,040 Goodtimes at Mohawk and the $153,250 Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands. Bred by William G Mulligan he sold for $37,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale At two he raced 13 times with one win, and earning over $200,000. His sire, Muscle Hill was the 2009 New Jersey Standardbred of the Year. Tickets for the luncheon cost $45.00 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry PO Box 330, Trenton NJ 08625.  For further information call 609-984-4389 or email lynn.mathews@ag.stat.nj.us Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

MORRISVILLE, New York . . .The well bred and beautifully conformed Muscle Hill son Whataworkout has been retired to stand stud at Morrisville College Equine Institute in conjunction with his owner, Lindy Farms. Sold as a yearling for $155,000, Whataworkout is the first foal of Southwind Sofia, a half-sister to Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena ($388,224), the dam of $1.6 million winner Mission Brief. Whataworkout displayed talent during his limited racing career which saw him notch victories in the Valley Victory elimination and the Kindergarten Stake as a two-year-old. He only made two starts at three, which included a 1:54.3 victory at the Meadowlands. This year at four he earned his life mark of 1:52.4 winning at the Meadowlands after finishing second, by a neck, in a leg of the Graduate series at Tioga. His career was brought to a premature end due to a racing injury. A beautiful horse, Whataworkout’s sire is Muscle Hill who has very quickly become the leading trotting sire in North America. Whataworkout’s introductory fee will be $3,000. To book, or for further information, visit http://morrisvillesale.com/ , or please contact Erin Shantal, Institute Manager, at 315-684-6355 or logane@morrisville.edu.

A year on the sidelines failed to deter Muscle Diamond ($6.40), who advanced with live cover before striking the front in mid-stretch and holding sway in the evening's $18,000 top-level harness racing conditioned trot at The Meadowlands. John Campbell settled the 4-year-old Muscle Hill entire in mid-division as early pacesetter Aldebaran Eagle (Andy Miller) controlled early splits of :27.4 and :56.1 before sliding second-over behind Rock of Cashel (Corey Callahan) on the far turn. Muscle Diamond was towed into second through a :28.3 third quarter, advanced on his own accord to put away Rock of Cashel in mid-stretch, but he wasn't home free yet. A pair of late challengers emerged--Kelsey's Keepsake (Joe Bongiorno) from third-over and Classical Annie (Jim Marohn, Jr.) up the pegs from the pocket--yet Muscle Diamond kept them a neck and a half-length at bay respectively, prevailing in 1:53. Trainer Brett Bittle co-owns 7-time winner Muscle Diamond with Charles Keller, III, Charles Keller, IV, and E. Daniel Bittle. David Miller led all drivers with three wins on the 13-race program, while Brett Miller tallied another two after his Friday grand slam. Total betting turnover for the evening was $2,527,155. Carryovers yielded a large Pick 4 pool and a hefty payday for one player in Saturday (December 10) evening's Jackpot High 5 at The Meadowlands. The night's featured seventh race began a Late Pick 4 sequence that boasted a carryover of over $39,000, and players responded with $236,988 in new money. Similarly, a carryover of $57,161 and double-digit horses sweeping the top three positions prompted a $68,028.42 dividend in the closing race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 at The Big M. To Beach His Own ($29.20) keyed the 4-6-3-5-8 combination, which was held by a single player through the Oregon simulcast hub. Players and horsemen alike are advised that next week's racing schedule at The Meadowlands consists of live cards on Thursday (December 15) and Friday (December 16), with Saturday a dark day. Post time both evenings is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.  MEADOWLANDS JACKPOT SUPER HIGH FIVE HIT FOR $68,028.42 One lucky horseplayer will have plenty of extra dough for the holiday shopping season after taking down the Jackpot Super High Five wager at the Meadowlands for $68,028.42 The winning ticket was purchased through the Oregon Hub. The 20-cent wager requires a horseplayer to correctly select the top five finishers in order. The jackpot amount pays out only if there is a single winning ticket. Saturday’s winning wager featured a carryover of $57,161. The carryover has continued to build since September as no one had successfully taken down the jackpot. The winning sequence of 4-6-3-5-8 was led by 13-to-1 long shot To Beach His Own followed by 50/1 Twincreeks Jack, 65/1 Last Best Chance,  1/5 favorite Stimulus Plan, and 37/1 Makeoutlikeapandit. This is the second time in the past two weekends that one of the track’s two Jackpot Super High Fives have paid out the jackpot. The fifth race jackpot was paid out for $20,020 last weekend. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

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