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CHESTER, PA - The crowd settled on the right favorite in a well-matched, hard-to-handicap $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, as the Yankee Glide gelding Max held off a late charge by the mare Kenziesky Hanover by ¾ of a length in 1:54.3. Yannick Gingras hustled the winner away quickly and forced Kenziesky Hanover to tuck behind him, then yielded to the $900,000 winner Top Flight Angel past a :27.3 quarter. Top Flight Angel guided the field to the half in :57, then increased the tempo to 1:25.2 at the three-quarters, with Cruising In Style coming first-over and Kenziesky Hanover slipping out behind that one's cover. Through the stretch Max slipped up the inside and Kenziesky Hanover tipped wide, with both widely-separated foes giving their all, but Max took the advantage midlane and kept it to the wire. The Ron Burke trainee is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC along with Frank Baldachino. The heavy favorite Hill Of A Horse looked to be in good position nearing the far turn of the $17,000 co-featured trot, advancing second-over behind cover, but it certainly didn't hurt him when the leader, third-over, and fourth-over all made breaks on the final curve. The victorious altered son of Muscle Hill overhauled his cover, Mystical Wynn, by 2¼ lengths in 1:55.2, posting his tenth lifetime win in but 28 starts for driver Marcus Miller, trainer/father Erv Miller, and Andray Farms. Drivers Gingras and George Napolitano Jr. each won three times during the Thursday afternoon action. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Three horses won off of cover, all second-over trips, during the Wednesday afternoon harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Two of them were the feature races winners, and the other came in the last race as the only non-favorite of the day to emerge victorious. Muscle M Up, a winner a level higher when last at Philly, reunited with the local surroundings successfully in taking the $18,000 feature level trot. The son of Muscle Hill tucked fourth early, then followed the first-over horse at the half under the guidance of Andrew McCarthy. The winner went three-wide at the ¾ and proved much the best in the stretch, winning by 3¼ lengths over Mississippi Storm in 1:54.1 to boost his seasonal earnings over six figures for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and Knutsson Trotting Inc. In a $17,000 co-feature trot, the developing Chapter Seven sophomore colt Hatikvah also found the overland trip with cover to be the right path to victory, though he had to work pretty hard to get by a pulling pocketsitter IMF to win by a half length in 1:56.1 after a "+1" variant had been granted because of a strong wind. Matias Melander drove the promising youngster for trainer Marcus Melander and the ownership of Richard Gutnick, Thomas Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr., and Ted Gewertz. Philly favorite players had had things their way almost the entire card, with the first thirteen races going to the public choice - the longest such streak in recent (or not-so-recent) memory. But Kinda Lucky Lindy could not complete the favorite "sweep" - he went first-over against pacesetter Abbie's Celticlass, yet could do no better than third as Perfect Stick and driver George Napolitano Jr. swung wide off cover and got by Abbie's Celticlass by 2¾ lengths, with Kinda Lucky Lindy settling for third in the 1:55.3 mile. The winner, a Big Stick Lindy mare who paid $18.40, is trained by Anette Lorentzon for Yinson Quezada. Harrah's Philadelphia will be dark for live racing tomorrow, Thanksgiving; live racing will resume Friday at 12:25 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

EL Ideal and driver Andy Miller led from start to finish in capturing the $505,050 Valley Victory Trot final for two-year-old harness racing colts at the Meadowlands Saturday. Trained by Ake Svanstedt for EMP Invest Oy, it was the third straight win for the son of Muscle Hill. He paid $8.00 to win. Ready For Moni was second with Chestnut Hill third. Race favorite, Amigo Volo, broke stride at the start. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Warrawee Ubeaut and Beautiful Sin will make harness racing history Saturday when they become the first 3-year-old fillies to compete against mares in the TVG championships at The Meadowlands. Their connections hope they can add to their stories with victories in their respective races. Neither horse faces an easy assignment. Warrawee Ubeaut meets a field in the $175,000 Mare Pace that includes the sport's No. 1-ranked horse, Shartin N, and Breeders Crown winner Caviart Ally. Beautiful Sin takes on a group in the $175,000 Mare Trot that includes No. 8-ranked Atlanta, 2018 O'Brien Award winner Emoticon Hanover, and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. Warrawee Ubeaut, who saw an eight-race win streak snapped Nov. 14 in the Matron Stakes, and driver Yannick Gingras will start the Mare Pace from post four and are 4-1 on the morning line. Shartin N is the 9-5 favorite and Caviart Ally is 7-2. For the year, Warrawee Ubeaut has won 12 of 18 races, earned $937,170, and is ranked No. 4 in harness racing's Top 10 poll. Her victories include the Breeders Crown and Jugette. The Ron Burke trainee shares the world record for a 3-year-old filly pacer on a half-mile track (1:50.1) and last season became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history (1:48.3). She is a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories and owned by Burke Racing, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. "She's as fast as any horse I've trained," Burke said. "It's not a question of whether they're going to out-pace her, she can pace with anybody. It's going to be a question of getting the right trip to beat them because they are very good horses. There are a lot of horses that like to be on the front or near the front in that race. Something is going to have to give. "I don't think it's going to be like in the past where they lined up and sprinted home. I think you're going to see a race where there is constant movement. It depends where she ends up. There is going to be at least one person that is going to rightly say that they got a terrible trip because we're not all going to get a good trip. I'm anxious to see how that works out." Burke also trains Mare Pace entrants Youaremycandygirl and Reclamation. Beautiful Sin starts the Mare Trot from post three in a field of five and is 5-1 on the morning line. Trainer Ake Svanstedt will handle the driving. A daughter of Muscle Hill out of Sina, she is owned by S R F Stable. She has won two of 11 races this season, including the Kentucky Filly Futurity, which made her eligible to enter the TVG. "It's a tough race for her," Svanstedt said. "It's her first time against older mares but she is good and now she can race without shoes and I think she is much better without shoes. It's always tough for a 3-year-old to go against the mares but she's fast and she's a good horse. We'll see what she can do." Svanstedt also sends Darling Mearas S into the Mare Trot. Dexter Dunn will drive the 6-year-old mare from post five. She is 7-2 on the morning line. Atlanta, trained by Burke, is the 6-5 favorite in the Mare Trot. She won the preferred last week at The Meadowlands, her eighth win in 14 starts this year. "I was thrilled with her," Burke said. "She was as good as she's been all year, maybe even better. I look for her to come back and be very good this week." Hannelore Hanover, who has won 46 of 86 lifetime starts and $3.04 million, will retire following the TVG Mare Trot. Also retiring following their TVG starts will be trotter Six Pack and pacers McWicked, who was the 2018 Horse of the Year, and Courtly Choice. Burke, who recently topped $20 million in purses for the seventh consecutive year, has at least one starter in each TVG final and Fall Final Four, a total of 12 horses in all. Dorsoduro Hanover, a Dan Patch Award winner last season at 3, is 8-1 in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace. He finished fourth in the Potomac Pace in his most recent start but was beaten by only a length. "He's really been good the last few," Burke said. "Even in the Potomac, he had pace, he just couldn't get to the outside. I like his spot (post six); he's in a spot where he can be aggressive. I think we have a shot there." Burke's Sister Sledge is the 5-2 second choice behind Senorita Rita (2-1) in the $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters and his Cattlewash is the 4-1 second choice in the $401,850 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, where Papi Rob Hanover is the 3-5 favorite. "If Papi Rob wasn't in there I'd love my chances," Burke said. "But I think Papi Rob is significantly better than the rest of us, all of us. "Sister Sledge I think has got a great shot. She's been great all year." Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EST) Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

His arrival was delayed, but Southwind Fulton is ready for his first big dance. Southwind Fulton, who saw his season slowed by growth issues and throat surgery, will make his first stakes appearance on the Grand Circuit's final weekend when he competes in Saturday's $505,050 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The Lucas Wallin-trained colt has only three starts but won his past two races by a total of more than 14 lengths. "Of course, I would like to have three more starts in him before racing against these guys, but it is what it is," said Wallin, who trains Southwind Fulton for owner Mazza Racing Stables. "The other horses have more races and faster times, but I think if he can follow a horse, he should be OK. "It's tough to say (what his potential is) when he only has three starts, but I think he's a Grand Circuit horse next year. He doesn't have the fastest miles, but the way he won his two races was very good. He did both very easy. It's good for him to race against these kinds of horses one time before we turn him out. It is a good learning experience." Southwind Fulton will face a well-tested group led by Breeders Crown and Matron Stakes winner Amigo Volo. The 10-horse field also includes Rome Pays Off, a state-bred stakes winner in Pennsylvania who was runner-up in both the Breeders Crown and Peter Haughton Memorial, plus Kindergarten Classic Series champion EL Ideal and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Ready For Moni. Purchased for $95,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Sale, Southwind Fulton is a son of Muscle Hill out of Fillyanthrophy. His second dam (Filly At Bigs) and third dam (Mombasa) were both O'Brien Award winners. The family also includes stakes-winners Big Rigs and Miss Tezsla. "He's been good all the time," Wallin said. "We took him to the Meadowlands in May and he showed some speed already. But then he started to grow, and we had to take our time with him. When we started to bring him back to race, his throat started struggling. We had to take him to (Dr.) Patty Hogan and the throat seems to be good now, but he lost a month of training." Southwind Fulton heads to the Valley Victory off two qualifiers following his two conditioned wins in October at Harrah's Philadelphia. His most recent qualifier was Nov. 16, when he led for three-quarters of the mile before finishing fourth. He was timed in 1:55.3, with David Miller in the sulky. "He's an honest horse and normally has good stamina," Wallin said. "The last qualifier, Dave left a little with him and he got a little too grabby and went a :27.1 first quarter. We're going to try a couple of new things and see if we can calm him down. He's normally a very relaxed and calm horse. Dave asked him to go a little bit and he got a little too grabby. That's something we have to work on. But he should be fine." The Valley Victory is part of the Fall Final Four, with the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, Three Diamonds for 2-year-old female pacers, and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old female trotters. In addition, Saturday's Meadowlands card includes the TVG championships for pacers and trotters. Matron Stakes winner Papi Rob Hanover headlines the Governor's Cup. The Brett Pelling trainee has finished no worse than second in his past nine races, winning five. Multiple Grand Circuit winner Lyons Sentinel got a bye into the Three Diamonds final, where her foes include elimination winner JK First Lady and Kindergarten champ Marloe Hanover. Kindergarten champ Senorita Rita and Breeders Crown runner-up and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Sister Sledge lead the field in the Goldsmith Maid. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EST) Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Dover, DE — Breeders Crown winner Gimpanzee and Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry each added another Grand Circuit harness racing title to their respective résumés with victories in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs. Gimpanzee proved a powerful 1:51.1 winner in the Matron on Thursday at Dover Downs. Fotowon photo. In the $208,300 Matron for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Gimpanzee ($2.80) and Brian Sears sprinted to the early lead before yielding control to Chin Chin Hall (Dexter Dunn) at the completion of a :27 first quarter. The son of Chapter Seven was relegated to third as Don’t Let’em (Yannick Gingras) brushed aggressively from midfield to clear with a circuit to go, but angled first-over to attack soon after stalking a :54.4 half. On the backstretch, Gimpanzee sustained a strong attack on Don’t Let’em, taking charge effortlessly past three-quarters in 1:23 and drawing away at will for a 1:51.1 score. Chin Chin Hall emerged up the open stretch to take second, four lengths back, while Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) rallied off cover for third. Marcus Melander trains 17-time winner Gimpanzee for Courant Inc. and the S R F Stable. The $176,150 Matron for 3-year-old trotting fillies saw Simon Allard send Breeders Crown runner-up When Dovescry ($7.60) clear of Beautiful Sin (Åke Svanstedt) and Only Take Cash (Tim Tetrick) into the first turn before controlling splits of :27, :56.1 and 1:23.4. With three-sixteenths to go, When Dovescry faced a bid from Evident Beauty (David Miller), who circled stalled cover to challenge on the final turn. The daughter of Muscle Hill successfully held her ground, holding off a late stand-side rally from Only Take Cash by a half length in 1:52.2. Evident Beauty stayed on between fillies to maintain third. Rene Allard trains 10-time winner When Dovescry for the Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain. For recaps of the Matron 3-year-old paces, click here. For recaps of the Matron 2-year-old divisions, which were contested on Nov. 7, click here. From the USTA

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The winners of the three $15,000 featured races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card all continued recent winning form with harness racing victories as the favorites in their respective contests. The one with the highest winning rate lately is the Sir Lincoln pacing mare Lincoln's Girl N, who remained undefeated in three U.S. starts while taking a new mark of 1:54.2 despite racing over a "good +2" track, with the temperatures a biting 21 degrees and blowing snow in the infield. To say that driver George Napolitano Jr. was "sitting chilly" in the sulky late would be correct in two senses, as the Kiwi won by herself, taking her fourth straight race counting her Down Under departure event. Trainer Josh Green co-owns the promising distaff with Richard Lombardo and David Kryway. Napolitano came back to win the trotting section of the tri-features with the Muscle Hill sophomore colt Night Hall, who used the Pocono Pike to edge by Grapple Hanover in 1:56.1, giving him victories in three of his last four and five of his last six. Ã…ke Svanstedt conditions the developing three-year-old for owner Peter Wilhelmsen. In the feature division for male pacers, A Stud Named Sam continued the recent turnaround in his fortunes by catching Bring The Thunder in a clocking of 1:53.1 for driver Tyler Buter. Unraced at two and opening his career with thirteen straight defeats, the gelded son of A Stud Named Sue has now won five of his last six starts for trainer Dirk Simpson and the Dirk Simpson Stable Inc. The long-memoried fans who recalled that Western Alumni had won on Opening Night here in 37 degrees while paying $61.00 got a bonanza on Tuesday's second-to-last card of the year, as the pacer again paid boxcars in cold weather with a $63.80 upset for driver Tom Jackson and owner/trainer Eddie Williams. Western Alumni joined A Bettor Beach as the only two horses to pay $50+ to win twice at the meet. The 2019 seasonal finale on Saturday will find George Napolitano Jr. (a five-time winner Tuesday) recognized for being Pocono's top driver in terms of wins and UDR (his sixth straight year of doing that particular double), Rich And Miserable acclaimed as the local Trotter of the Year, and patrons getting a Fan Appreciation Night gift of a hooded sweatshirt as supplies and sizes last. First race for Saturday's yearly windup is at 7 p.m. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Darlinonthebeach, a 6-year-old harness racing pacing mare who earned $1.06 million on the racetrack and is in foal to Always B Miki, sold for $450,000 to Diamond Creek Farm on Thursday as part of the White Birch Farm broodmare dispersal at the Standardbred Horse Sale's mixed sale. New Jersey's White Birch Farm sold 30 broodmares at the sale, going for a total of $3.51 million. Darlinonthebeach led the group, followed by trotter Celebrity Ruth at $400,000. Rounding out White Birch's top five were pacer My Little Dragon and trotter Please Beehave, both for $230,000, and pacer Dragon's Tale for $200,000. All the White Birch horses were consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere, is carrying her first foal after a multiple Grand Circuit stakes-winning career. Her dam, Darlin's Delight, was a Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner. Celebrity Ruth, by Archangel out of Celebrity Obsesion, also enjoyed a stakes-winning career and is in foal to Muscle Hill with her first foal. The 5-year-old, signed for by Megan Velardo as agent, is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Housethatruthbuilt. My Little Dragon, a 16-year-old by Dragon Again out of My Little Pretty, was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner and three-time Breeders Crown champion. She is the dam of O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry and in foal to Captaintreacherous. She sold to Steve Stewart. Five-year-old Please Beehave (Muscle Hill-Beehive) is a half-sister to 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. She sold in foal to Chapter Seven to Ola Yoder. Dragon's Tale (Dragon Again-Born Storyteller) is the dam of stakes-winner Workin Ona Mystery. The 9-year-old sold in foal to Captaintreacherous, also to Yoder. Also selling in excess of $200,000 were trotting broodmares Secret Passion and Anikadabra. Secret Passion (Yankee Glide-Secret Magic) sold for $425,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. The 5-year-old is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner and world-record-holder Manchego and in foal to Kadabra with her first foal. She was consigned by Walnridge Farm and owned by Harbor Racing Stable. Five-year-old Anikadabra (Kadabra-Anikawiesahalee) sold in foal to Walner for $235,000 to Linda Stewart. She is from the family of O'Brien Award-winner Resolve. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and owned by Michael Pozefsky and Edward Wilson. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with its final mixed session beginning at 10 a.m. (EST). For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Harrisburg, PA — The Standardbred Horse Sale got off to a record start Monday (Nov. 4) at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex as the opening session set a record for average price and saw its gross increase by more than $3 million compared to 2018. Trotting filly Gangsta Rat (#45) was the day’s top seller, as the Muscle Hill daughter went for $550,000 to Ake Svanstedt on behalf of S R F Stable, and a total of 12 yearlings reached at least $300,000. The sale grossed $19.2 million for 169 horses, an increase of 20.7 percent from last year’s $15.9 million for 170 horses, and averaged $113,976, an increase of 21.8 percent compared to last year’s $93,541. Other top sellers Monday were trotting colt Take This Society for $475,000 to Diamond Creek Farm, trotting colt Glacier Hanover for $470,000 to Jeffrey Snyder, and trotting colt Spy Booth for $460,000 to agent Bryan Montgomery on behalf of a group of owners and trainer Per Engblom. Filly pacer Panda Hanover, purchased by Dana Parham, and filly trotter The Ice Countess, purchased by Tony Alagna, both sold for $400,000. The big numbers in Harrisburg follow a record-breaking Lexington Selected Sale in October, which included the sport’s first million-dollar yearlings. “It’s a fantastic sale so far,” Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. “I’m sure this (average) is an all-time record for us. “Lexington was fantastic, the economy hasn’t changed, people are feeling good. There’s a lot of good news in harness racing. There’s money in New Jersey, the Ohio program is coming up, there are new developments in Illinois and even in Nevada. Everything is good right now. “I had hoped we would do equally well, and we have.” Trotting fillies, trotting colts, and pacing colts all posted six-figure averages Monday. Trotting fillies led the way with a $154,848 average for 33 followed by trotting colts at $124,851 for 47 and pacing colts at $100,939 for 49. “People were here doing their homework on Saturday,” Spears said. “All the big-money people were looking very closely at horses. It wasn’t just a lot of last-minute lookers today. I got a lot of feedback all day about how much underbidders regretted not getting the horse of their choice in many cases today. “The trotters (were strong). If it was a nice trotter, it sold wonderfully. It’s been such a good thing here in America that the Swedes have become so interested in breeding over here, selling over here, buying and racing over here. “I think (Tuesday) will be very strong. There are a lot more horses on Tuesday that would have been Monday horses last year, so there are going to be some really nice yearlings available.” Gangsta Rat, by Muscle Hill out of Order By Wish, is a full sister to this season’s Earl Beal Jr. Memorial winner Marseille, also trained by Svanstedt. Gangsta Rat was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable. “He is a very nice horse,” said Svanstedt, who noted it was the highest-priced yearling he ever purchased. “His pedigree is very good, a good family on the mother’s side, and Muscle Hill. He had good conformation; everything was good. He had everything I like with a horse.”  Take This Society, by Muscle Hill out of Thatsnotmyname, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Basquiat from the family of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive. Like Gangsta Rat, he was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Order By Stable. “I love the fact the breeder was a big fan of the horse,” Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden said. “I think when the breeder is behind a horse like this, it makes buying a horse that much easier. Stefan is a great guy; he’s had great success and his families are hot. It’s hard not to think that this is the next big thing. “We want to take more prominent pieces in some of these horses before they become multi-million-dollar horses.” Glacier Hanover, by Father Patrick out of Global Desire, was the day’s penultimate horse to pass through the auction ring. The colt is from the family of 2006 U.S. Horse of the Year Glidemaster. He was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Jim Campbell will train the trotter for Snyder.  “I had him for 400, we got carried away, but let’s hope for the best,” Snyder said. “He’s a beautiful horse. The mare is a full sister to Glidemaster. Hopefully we’ll have luck. We got one other trotter (No Ball Games Rat for $300,000). This one and the other were our two favorite ones.” Spy Booth, the third of the top-four sellers consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Order By Stable, is by Muscle Hill out of Amour Heiress. He is a full brother to stakes-winner King Alphonso out of the family of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton. “He was big and strong, well built,” Engblom said. “We trained the mom with Jimmy (Takter) and the pedigree is great. His full brother is one of the best 2-year-olds out there. What’s not to like. “It was a little bit more than we wanted to pay but sometimes you’ve got to stretch a little bit to get the ones (you want). We did good in Lexington. This is the first one we’re getting today. We’ve been bidding on a couple other ones. You’ve got to get the ones you like; get quality horses, not just a lot of horses. We’ve been keeping our eye on him. He’s a nice colt.” Panda Hanover, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Panera Hanover, is a full sister to stakes-winner Papi Rob Hanover. She was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Parham will turn over the training duties to Alagna. Alagna also will train The Ice Countess, by Muscle Hill out of The Ice Queen for a group of owners. The filly is a full sister to stakes-winners Ice Attraction and The Ice Dutchess and her family includes Southwind Serena, the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Mission Brief and stakes-winner Tactical Landing. The Ice Countess was consigned by Preferred Equine and bred by Stephen Dey III and David Reid. “Dana is trying to buy top-end pacing fillies,” Alagna said. “He bought Panda Hanover and he bought the sister to Tall Drink Hanover (Takeway Hanover for $225,000), so that’s kind of what he’s doing. “(The Ice Countess) is a beautiful filly. She’s got so much residual (value) as a broodmare based on the fact she’s got Mission Brief on the second dam plus the two fillies that have already hit. There is so much upside for this filly either way. If she just does a little bit of something on the track her value is going to stay where it’s at. “I’ve been blessed every year. I’ve got great support; we buy great horses. But we work hard at it to try to find them too. We spend a lot of time looking, going to the farms. I’m very lucky to have people that support what we want to do.” The yearling portion of the sale resumes Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The final day for yearlings is Wednesday, also beginning at 10. To view the full results of the Monday session or the upcoming catalogue, please click here. For a video recap of the opening session, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Global Trustworthy (6m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) took today’s Solvalla featured Gr. II Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer and co-owner Timo Nurmos. Off at 4.1/1 the winner recorded his 10th career win in only 22 starts, now for 3,690,080SEK earned by the horse that has never started more than nine times in any year. The 12.9/1 Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall) was a close second for Torbjorn Jansson. Third was 43/1 Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) reined by trainer Robert Bergh for owner Stall TZ. 2.6/1 Milliondollarrhyme was fifth and 7.1/1 Milligans School was seventh in the good field.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink          

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A recall did not hamper the groove of EL Ideal as the late-blooming Ake Svanstedt trainee cruised to a 1:53.1 harness racing victory in the $251,460 Kindergarten Classic Colt and Gelding Trot Final--sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm--on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Meadowlands.   Beyond Kronos, sent at odds of 69-1, blasted from post 8 to the front while Sky Castles also showed speed but began to gallop rounding the first turn. Even-money favorite EL Ideal, away second, soon circled to the front passing a :27.1 opening quarter and continued unchallenged to a :56.2 half before a Melander flow crept forward.   Back Of The Neck, trained by Marcus Melander, marched first over to pressure EL Ideal with stablemate Maesteraemon in tow. EL Ideal maintained control through three-quarters in 1:24.4 and edged away from his competition in progress to a 1:53.1 victory. Beyond Kronos clung to second as Chestnut Hill rolled from the backfield for third and Maesteraemon circumvented his tiring stablemate for fourth.   "He's very good and does a great job with the horses he's got and it's always fun to drive for him," driver Andy Miller said of driving for Svanstedt after the race.   When asked about what changed in EL Ideal late in the season, Miller said the colt has "Just a lot of maturity. Ake's done a great job bringing him along slow and getting him ready at the right time. He was a little more keyed up after [the recall] but then once he got to the front he was settled down and was really good."   EL Ideal, a two-year-old colt by Muscle Hill owned by Emp Invest Oy, won his third race from nine starts and has earned $276,437. He paid $4.00 to win.   Trainer Linda Toscano claimed the top two spots in the $251,020 Kindergarten Classic Filly Trot Final--sponsored by Svanstedt Stable--with 1-2 favorite Senorita Rita winning in a career-best mile of 1:53.2 over stablemate Dip Me Hanover.   Senorita Rita and driver Scott Zeron                                                                      --Lisa photo   Driver Scott Zeron sent Senorita Rita for the lead as Hall Of Am S protected position from the pylon post and Dip Me Hanover secured a spot from post 10 in third circling the first turn. Trotting the first quarter in :27.4, Senorita Rita held an uncontested lead to a :56.3 half and past three-quarters in 1:25.1.   Creature Of Habit mounted a mild first-over bid around the final turn but lost ground through the stretch, leaving room for Hall Of Am S to vacate pocket and challenge the leader late. However Senorita Rita kept her lead intact while Hall Of Am S lost stride nearing the finish, giving Dip Me Hanover second while Creature Of Habit took third via placing. Hall Of Am S, with a lapped-on break finishing third, was disqualified to fourth.   "Tonight I let her see what we can do and down the lane asked her and she maintained her speed right to the wire," Zeron said after the race. "She's really a sensational horse. Linda's been patient with her all year. I've been on the front end but that's just because she's so easy to drive and I just want to stay out of trouble, but she's versatile. I'm excited for next year and maybe she'll have a little bit more left this year.   With five victories from seven starts, Senorita Rita has banked $190,710 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Though she started her career late, Toscano left open the possibility of sending her two-year-old Chapter Seven filly deeper into the Grand Circuit with the Goldsmith Maid coming up at the Meadowlands.   "I think they either have or they don't, and she has it," Toscano said after the race. "I believe she's a quality filly--I've believed all along she's a quality filly. If she comes out of this race well, that's where she'll be going.   Senorita Rita paid $3.00 to win.   By Ray Cotolo, for the Meadowlands      

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn put on a  harness racing show in capturing the $325,000 (US) Breeders Crown for Open Mares on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a scintillating 1:51 mile. The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill won for the fifth straight time in the process as the 1-2 betting choice. Plunge Blue Chip and Ice Attraction left inside Manchego and the early skirmish saw Plunge Blue Chip take control with two-time Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover settling in second after leaving from the outside post. Dunn positioned Manchego in third and after a :26 1/5 quarter cut out by Plunge Blue Chip he sent her to the front. Manchego had control and looked a picture setting the tempo with fractions of :55 3/5 and 1:23 4/5 and upon turning for home the Nancy Johansson-trained mare hit high gear and left Plunge Blue Chip gasping for air. The rest chased in futility as Dunn checked the rear-view mirror and let her mare kick home in an impressive :27 1/5 final quarter. Emoticon Hanover would rally late for the place spot ahead of Plunge Blue Chip. Weslynn Dancer and Hannelore Hanover hit the wire together in a dead-heat for fourth. It was Manchego's seventh win in 15 starts this year for owner Black Horse Racing and the victory boost her career bankroll above the $2 million mark. Bred by Brittany Farms Manchego returned $3.10 as the public choice. "She's just exploded the last half of the season," said Dunn following the victory. "She felt great once again tonight." It was the second Breeders Crown victory for Manchego who captured the juvenile filly trot in 2017 at Hoosier Park.   From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 25 - Leaving from the farther-most post 10, Andrew McCarthy made two big moves with harness racing trotter Ramona Hill to easily win the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday (October 25) over favorite Hypnotic AM by 2 ½ lengths in 153.2. McCarthy wasted no time as the field left the gate, firing Ramona Hill to the top confidently with Sister Sledge directly behind her, followed by Ms Savannah Belle and Hypnotic AM, cutting the first quarter in :27. Keeping the field chasing, Ramona Hill, at 14-1, drew away a few lengths, getting to the half in :56 when Brian Sears charged first over with Hypnotic AM to get the lead. May Baby inherited the first-over spot while Tim Tetrick kept Ms Savannah Belle third on the inside. Hypnotic AM cut the three-quarters mark in a fiery 1:23.4 but it did not take long for McCarthy to pull from second and easily take over Hypnotic AM's lead. Ramona Hill shot away from the field to win in 1:53.2. Sister Sledge (Yannick Gingras) closed on Hypnotic AM to take second. Madame Sherry (Matt Kakaley) finished in fourth at 99-1. Tony Alagna trains Ramona Hill for owners Bradley Grant and Robert Leblanc and as bred by Crawford Farms. "She's so talented and she was so slick tonight," said McCarthy. "Leaving from the 10 hole I said I'm going to step her out to the front and I was not surprised she could leave so quickly." Co-owner Robert Leblanc, in the Breeders Crown winners circle for the first time, said, "When we got the 10 hole we were still positive, we thought she could still get it. We think she is just goint to get better." Romana Hill (Muscle Hill--Lock Down Lindy) paid $31.80 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

In discussing his horse, Sister Sledge, trainer Ron Burke gave a simple but accurate assessment of Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly harness racing trot final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Moving forward, I think she's as good as any filly out there, but there are a couple real good ones," Burke said. "The 2-year-old trotting fillies are very solid - a bunch of them actually." This past Friday, Yannick Gingras showed just how deep the field is by driving horses to victory over undefeated opponents in both elimination races. Gingras guided Sister Sledge past previously perfect Hypnotic AM, a 1-5 favorite, in the first elim. He followed by driving Ms Savannah Belle to victory and keeping Ramona Hill out of the winner's circle for the first time. Hypnotic AM was second while Ramona Hill finished third. Gingras will drive Sister Sledge, a daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors, in the final. The horse, who drew the two-post, has eight wins and has hit the board in all 10 starts this year, winning C$308,852. She will go off right next to Hypnotic AM, who drew post one. A repeat of their exciting elimination battle would be interesting, as Gingras went outside in the homestretch to pass the favorite and win by 1-1/4 lengths. "When I got alongside of her I could tell I had more trot," Gingras said. "It was just a matter of getting to the wire. But I was definitely confident, throughout really. She's a nice filly. The other one is nice too, but I had all the confidence in the world in my filly. With the trip, I thought she would give her a really good run anyway." It was the first setback in eight starts for Hypnotic AM, who has won C$394,582 this season with Brian Sears in the sulky. "She raced good (in the elim)," trainer Marcus Melander said. "She got a little fresh on the lead and Brian had to hold her a little too much. Maybe we need to do some changes for this week, but I think she raced good. You always want to win so you know you're going to draw (post) one to five. She just got a little too fresh on the lead. It was just too much." Hypnotic AM had last raced Sept. 14 in winning the New York Sire Stakes championship. The Chapter Seven-Daydream AM S miss qualified in 1:54.2 in advance of her Crown elimination. "She was very good in her qualifier and I thought she was going to be ready," Melander said. "Maybe this will put her a little bit forward. I still think we have a great filly even if she got beat, and (Sister Sledge) is a good horse. I really like my horse and think she will have a big chance in the final. She gets over the ground so easy. She can do anything; race on any sized track, she's got speed, she's got stamina. She's got everything that a good horse has got to have." In the second elim, not winning proved costly for Ramona Hill, who drew post 10 in the final. Driven by Andy McCarthy, the Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy freshman lost for the first time in six starts. "I didn't think she was tracking as good as she has been, so we're going to make a couple of adjustments for the final, but she went a monster trip after Andy got her settled," said trainer Tony Alagna, whose filly has earned C$106,300 this year. "He tried to press out of there a little bit with her, but she wasn't as comfortable, so he just waited on her. She was parked the entire mile first over, so she went a huge mile just to be third. "We'll regroup, but we're very pleased with her. She's a filly we were very high on, but she was very immature and we didn't even know if we'd make it to the Breeders Crown with her at one stage. To be here, and to be in the final, speaks volumes to her quality. She just needed some time. As the year's gotten longer, she's gotten better. We gave her a nice break after the Kindergarten (leg on July 19) and that really seemed to help her. All those things helped her for sure." Winning for the fourth time in eight starts allowed Ms Savannah Belle to earn a post five Friday, setting up what could be a fierce final. As he did with Sister Sledge, Gingras rallied his horse down the homestretch. The filly has hit the board in seven races and won C$216,658 this year. "She was super down in Lexington; we only raced her the first week there, we skipped the second week just to aim her for this and I think she'll be even sharper (in the final)," trainer Per Engblom said of the daughter of Muscle Hill-Stubborn Belle. "I think my filly will do good. She hadn't raced in three weeks; she'll be a little sharper next week. "She's a darling. She's good every time. She had a couple (1:52 miles) in a row. I worried she might be a little short, but Yannick worked out the perfect trip for her, so it was no problem." Engblom has two horses in the final, as Shishito (Father Patrick-Yoga) will go off from the eight hole. "She was third in the first elimination and I think she'll step up and be a little better this week too," the trainer said. "She was very good. She was leaning in the turn a little bit so (driver Dexter Dunn) lost a little ground in the last turn, but then she finished really good in the stretch. We'll try to change her bridle up a little bit to keep her a little straighter. She's such an honest little filly, I just love her. She's nice." Rounding out the final are May Baby (post three), Dip Me Hanover (four), Wine Rack Hanover (six), Madame Sherry (seven) and Violet Stride (nine). Trainer Nifty Norman feels Wine Rack Hanover may be calming down at just the right time. "She's got a big motor, she's just had trouble with her manners all year," Norman said of the Kadabra-Winbak Maya miss. "But she's getting better and better all the time. She was really tough to hang on to; she was really hot. She's starting to work it out. She's got a great attitude. She never gives in. I'm pretty happy with her." Trainer Jim Campbell felt Madame Sherry, a daughter of Father Patrick-Celebrity Angel, "raced OK" in her elimination but echoed most everyone's thoughts about the final. "It's a tough group," Campbell said. "It's a real tough group. She's going to have to step her game up to be better for next week to get money in there, but she's got a chance to go for it, which is better than not being in it." Below is the field for the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Hypnotic AM-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 2-Sister Sledge-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-May Baby-James Yoder-James Yoder 4-Dip Me Hanover-David Miller-Linda Toscano 5-Ms Savannah Belle-TBA-Per Engblom 6-Wine Rack Hanover-Sylvain Filion-R. Nifty Norman 7-Madame Sherry-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 8-Shishito-Dexter Dunn-Per Engblom 9-Violet Stride-Tyler Buter-Mark Harder 10-Ramona Hill-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna By Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown

Action videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Standardbred Horse Sales in Harrisburg (November  4-65) are now available on the Southwind Farms website. Click Here. The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colts and fillies by first crop sire Betting Line, leading Ontario stallion Sportswriter, as well as trotting sires Muscle Hill and Donato Hanover. Yearlings are available for inspection at the farm. For an appointment please call Farm Manager Laura Young at the farm (609)737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at 917-930-2709. From Southwind Farms

Chester, PA -- Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Muscle M Up ($5.80) strode straight to the front and never looked back in Sunday's (Oct. 13) $25,000 winners-over harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, posting a 1:52.3 win with plenty in reserve. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt put the 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill in play from the outset of the one-mile race, clearing Theresademoninme (Yannick Gingras) easily through a :27 first quarter before rating a :56.1 half. Up the backstretch, Muscle M Up started to edge away, extending his lead to two lengths past three-quarters in 1:24.   Muscle M Up remained unchallenged to the winning post, keeping a late bid from Scirocco Rob (Dexter Dunn) 1-1/2 lengths at bay, while Theresademoninme checked in a one-paced third. The win was the fifth on the season for Muscle M Up and the ninth of his career. In the sub-featured event of the afternoon, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, American Boy N ($4.60) pushed out of the pocket with three-eighths to go and overtook pacesetter Lyons Steel en route to a 1:50.2 score. Andy McCarthy drove the 8-year-old American Ideal gelding for trainer Michael Marx Jr. and the Windermere Stable LLC. Two carryovers will greet punters on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 16): a $5,881.60 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5, and a $2,228.02 carryover in the Pick-4, which begins in race seven. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media  

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