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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Campbell put a little more distance between himself and the field Friday night as the leading harness racing driver in Meadowlands history steered four winners on the 11-race card. The Hall of Famer guided Mavens Way to victory in the lone New Jersey Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. After racing on the lead - and taking pressure virtually every step down the backside from Southwind Flash - the son of Muscle Hill held off the late-charging 6-5 favorite Jack Vernon to win by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:51.4 for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owners Svanstedt, Burroughs and the T L P Stable. Double L Lindy finished third. Sent to the gate as the second choice in the wagering, Mavens Way returned $9.80 to his backers. Campbell also scored with Batoutahill ($6.20 to win, 1:55.1) in a division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies, as well as with pair of conditioned pacers, Gweneeee J ($7.00, 1:50.1) and Danish Durango ($5.20, 1:52). CARRYOVER CONTINUES: The late 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, which has not once had had a single-ticket winner since the start of the current meeting on November 13 of last year, now has a carryover of $234,671.79 heading into the next program. ... Southwind Hope ($3.40, 1:54.1) won the other division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ... On Sunday morning, the Meadowlands will offer on-site wagering on races nine through 15 from Solvalla, Sweden. The ninth race is the first of two Elitlopp eliminations and has an estimated post time of 9:22 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

All systems appear to be go for early Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank, who marched to an easy 2½-length win in his first start as a 3-year-old in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing trotting colts and geldings Friday night at the Meadowlands. "He was Frank," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "He couldn't have been any better. It's what we expect from him." The son of Muscle Hill was unhurried early, and made his way to the top shortly after vacating the four hole at the three-eighths after an opening quarter of :27.4. Meeting little in the way of resistance, driver Yannick Gingras was able to relax his colt and cut moderate fractions of :57 and 1:25 before kicking home in :27.1 to win going away in a lifetime-best 1:52.1. Brooklyn Hill was second while Bar Hopping finished third. As the 1-9 public choice, Southwind Frank, who is now 12-for-13 lifetime, returned $2.20 to win for owners Southwind Frank Partners. Earlier on the card, All The Time ($2.10), a major Hambletonian Oaks contender, crushed seven overmatched foes by 7¼-lengths in a division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.2, a lifetime mark. Hillosophical was second with Southwind Pearl third. Once again, it was Gingras calling the shots, but this time it was with a Jimmy Takter trainee. The 2015 Breeders Crown champion has now won eight of 13 lifetime starts for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. STILL GROWING: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, which has not been hit the entire meeting, failed to have a single-ticket winner again, upping the carryover to $226,527.68 for the next card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,693,370. ... Rose Run Parker ($10.40) held off 3-5 favorite Obrigado to win the $25,000 open handicap trot in a lifetime-best 1:50.4. ... The Big M is back with live racing Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

The road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes resumes this weekend with a slew of harness racing, including the first appearance of the year by early-season Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank. And trainer Ron Burke, who conditions Southwind Frank, couldn't be happier. "I'm excited," Burke said. "I'm ready to get going. I'm glad he's racing. "You want to start seeing if he's as good as you think he is. If not, you want to know what you need to work on. But I'm hoping that right off the bat it's good and it just stays good. We just need a little luck and I think he'll take care of the rest. He trained down super and seems great." Southwind Frank, who finished his 2015 campaign with 10 consecutive victories, makes his seasonal debut in Friday's opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four in a 12-horse field and are the 7-5 morning line favorite. Other Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the race are Bar Hopping, Brooklyn Hill, Dominion Beach, Honor Above All, Jack Vernon, Metatron, Promise Delivered, Sigmund, and Southwind Flash. Last year, Southwind Frank won 11 of 12 races and earned $786,419. His wins included the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, and William Wellwood Memorial. In addition, his time of 1:52.2 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes set the world record for a 2-year-old male trotter. He received both the Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old male trotter. Southwind Frank was owned last year by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. This season he races for the Southwind Frank Partners, which includes the previously mentioned owners as well as Diamond Creek Racing. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, Southwind Frank was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale. His family includes Dan Patch Award winner Cayster as well as stakes-winners Giant Hit and Program Speed. Southwind Frank heads to the New Jersey Sire Stakes off a 1:54 qualifier win on May 14 at the Meadowlands. He finished second in an earlier qualifier, which came a week after being held out of qualifying because of a quarter crack. "Other than that everything has been picture perfect with him, totally uneventful," Burke said. "The quarter crack could have turned into an issue and it didn't. I think it's no longer a worry." This is the second consecutive year that Burke brings a top contender onto the Hambletonian trail. Last year, it was filly Mission Brief, who battled back woes before challenging the boys in the Hambletonian. She won her Hambletonian elimination and finished second to Pinkman in the final. "He's way more push-button than her," Burke said. "And so far we've had no issues. This colt just gets better and better. But honestly, with (Mission Brief), I was more emotionally involved than I am with him. She's my all-time favorite. The losses with her were horrible, the worst in the world. I like him, but I'm not as attached --- at least at this point --- as I was to her. Certain horses you just dig. You know, that's my horse. She's the one I like the most." During his 10-race win streak, Southwind Frank posted every victory by at least 1-1/4 lengths. Burke said it's hard at this point to determine where the colt's bottom is. "He did everything so easily last year and Yannick did such a nice job protecting him, not showing him off," Burke said. "I think there's a lot more there. He does things once in a while when he's training where you're like, 'What the heck?' You're reading the watch trying to figure out if what he did is possible. He might be something really special this year. "I'm just hoping he stays sound. I think the schedule we have set right now in our minds is perfect for him to be at his best when he hits (Hambletonian Day). If you win that, your whole year is made. That's the ultimate goal. Yannick doesn't have one, I don't have one, so it's very important to both of us." Other races on the road to the Hambletonian are Saturday's two Currier & Ives divisions at The Meadows and one New York Sire Stakes division at Vernon Downs. Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the first Currier & Ives division are Desert Runner, Hititoutofthepark, Iron Mine Bucky, and Steed. Hititoutofthepark is the 7-5 morning line favorite. The second division includes Hambletonian eligible Breedlove, Hollywood Highway, and Leggs Matter. At Vernon Downs, three Hambletonian-eligible trotters compete in the second of two New York Sire Stakes splits. They are Chukkar, Reve Royale, and The Perfect Lindy. For a "Hoof Beats" magazine feature on Southwind Frank, click here. Ken Weingartner      

If Sherman and Mr. Peabody dialed up the WABAC Machine to the summer of 1993, they would have found Giant Force winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing International Trot. As a 4-year-old back then, Giant Force, driven by John Patterson Jr., traversed the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:27. That local aged group standard lasted for nearly 23 years....until Tuesday afternoon. Crescent Fashion (co-owner/trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt) turned what appeared to be a mismatch on paper into an unfair fight on the track. As the 2-5 favorite, Crescent Fashion ($2.90) won the day's first "French" trot by 4¾ lengths in 2:25.4. The stakes-winning son of Muscle Hill, who earned more than $300,000 as a sophomore, made his seasonal debut in this non-winners of six parimutuels (or $60,000) lifetime event and made his rivals pay. The new track record was one of the few gauntlets not thrown down by Jason Bartlett, who, from 11 drives, won half of the day's dozen races. Frank Drucker

Favored Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall won todays Finlandia AJO (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, purse €110,000, 10 starters) at Vermo (Helsinki Finland) for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. The victory, at odds of 1.1/1 on the ATG network, set a new Vermo track record of 1.10.2kr (mile rate 1:52.95) over the 1609 meter (one mile) autostart course. 15/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) set the pace for driver/trainer Steen Juul and gamely held second. Anna Mix (6f Ludo du Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) ralled late and wide at 3.8/1 odds for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc to end third after getting away from the mobile last from past two. She is notoriously slow off the car and today was no exception. Nothing But Class was fourth for Peter Untersteinerand fifth went to Ringostar Treb with Wim Paal up. Volstead was off-stride before the start and Shadow Woodland miscued during the contest. Previous race record was 1.10.6kr in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene and in 2014 the winner Univers de Pan scored in 1.10.7kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT - April 18 - Following a 13-length blow out win last week, Donicus continued his winning streak in the second leg of the Tie Silk Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 16 three-year-old trotters were split into two $16,000 second leg divisions. The Eddie Green trainee Donicus had many eyes on him following a massive victory in last week's opening round and the chestnut colt didn't disappoint. Trotting out from post-eight, Donicus pushed forward for trainer/driver Green looking for the lead. Several other trotters also had eyes set on a front-end spot, which kept Donicus three-wide around the first-turn. Entering the backstretch, the Green trainee cleared to the front and said good night to his rivals. Donicus posted fractions of :58.4 and 1:28 before trotting home in :29.1 for a 2 ¼ lengths victory. Pukka finished second, while Summajestic was third. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Donicus improved his 2016 record to seven wins in nine starts with Monday's victory. The sophomore trotting colt now has $53,520 earned this season for owner Mona Racette. Donicus now sports career numbers of eight wins in 12 starts and career earnings of $62,680. He paid $2.50 to win. In the first division, Merchandiser reached the finish line just in time for his second career victory. A son of Muscle Hill, Merchandiser was scratched from last week's first leg and instead turned in a sharp 1:56.3 qualifier last Thursday. Trainer/driver Greg Peck had eyes on the front-end Monday and pushed the sophomore trotter towards the lead rounding the first turn. Merchandiser had to do some trotting on the outside, but eventually cleared to the front comfortably after trotting by three-eighths. The Peck trainee posted fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.4 to lead the field by close to three-lengths entering the stretch. Merchandiser maintained a decent lead for the majority of the lane, but Blenheim and driver Chris Christoforou came flying late to make things interesting. Despite the late challenge, Merchandiser found the wire first to win by a head in a career-best 1:55.3. Blenheim and P C Foreign Affair rounded out the top-three finishers. Merchandiser now has two wins in five starts this season for owners Peck, Christy Markos and Robert Burgess. His career bankroll now sits at $15,000 after six career starts. Merchandiser paid $4.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk, the three-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. Donicus will now have a chance at a Tie Silk Series sweep in next Monday's (April 25) $32,200 final. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT - April 14 - Hills Angel, Wanaka and Windsong Magic scored first leg victories in Thursday night's Celias Counsel Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 24 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into three $16,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week event. Hills Angel made a second-quarter move to the lead and never looked back en route to a 2:01.3 victory in the first division. The John Bax trainee got away fourth heading into the first turn for driver Paul MacDonell. Trotting into a stiff backstretch wind, Hills Angel moved from fourth to first to lead by the half in 1:02.3. After a third-quarter of :31, Hills Angel was able to sprint home and hold off her rivals to win by half a length in 2:01.3. True Muscle finished second, while Dottie was third. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Hills Angel was making her 2016 debut after winning once in 10 starts as a rookie. She is owned by Bax Stable-Glengate Farms. Hills Angel increased her career earnings to $32,820 with the victory. She paid $3.80. The second division was a showdown between Flowers N Song, the 3/5 favourite, and Wanaka, the 3/2 second-choice. Wanaka got away second, but was quickly circled to the lead at the opening-quarter by driver Trevor Henry. The public's second-choice took the field by the half in :59.3, while Flowers N Song began to charge up from fourth for driver Doug McNair. Flowers N Song surged up to overtake the lead from Wanaka and post a three-quarter time of 1:28.1. In the stretch, Henry angled his charge off the back of Flowers N Songs and Wanaka sprinted by to win by 4 ½ lengths in 1:56.4. Flowers N Song had to settle for second, while P L Jill was third. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Wanaka now has four wins in nine starts this season for trainer Shannon Henry. The sophomore trotting filly is owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. Wanaka surpassed $50,000 in career earnings with Thursday's victory. She paid $5 to win. In the third division, Bax trainees were front and centre again with a one-two finish. Bax pupil Miami Magic was put on the front by driver Steve Byron, while stablemate Windsong Magic and driver MacDonell followed closely behind in second. The Bax trainees switched positions heading to the half and that would be the final front-end move. Windsong Magic put up middle-fractions of :59 and 1:29.3, before trotting home in :28.2 to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:58. Miami Magic finished second, while Smash Hit was third. A daughter of Kadabra, Windsong Magic improved her 2016 record to four wins in seven starts with Thursday's victory. The sophomore trotting filly, who was unraced at two, is owned by Kristine Green and Paulette Loyens. Windsong Magic lowered her career-mark by two-fifths of a second with the victory and pushed her bankroll to $29,240. She paid $3.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. The second leg will take place next Thursday (April 21). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

At Farjestad on Friday the Folke Hjalmarssons for 100,000SEK (US$11,873) to the winner (2140 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Trinity Zet and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Off at 6.3/1 this five year-old daughter of SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall is trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. She recorded victory in her first 2016 appearance and her sixth lifetime in 25 starts. Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed was second for trainer/driver Veljo Heiskanen and third went to Star di Poggio (5f Conway Hall-Glory de Poggio-Viking Kronos) and driver Kenneth Haugstad. On the same card, the featured Prins Carl Philips Jubileumspokal (1640 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to the winner, ten starters) went to US import Propulsion at 1.9/1 odds for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden also trains this one for Stall Zet, as Propulsion secured his first 2016 victory in his initial start. He won three times in Europe after winning twice at the Meadowlands in July 2015. The five year-old son of Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall now has 12 wins in 25 career starts for earnings of 1,032,583SEK. Je t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) for driver Ulf Ohlsson. The Friday evening Quinte+ (jackpot €3.75 million) at Paris-Vincennes was the €52,000 purse Prix Maia over 2850 meters with 18 mares at the start. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 33/1 outside Violine Mourotaise (7f Le Retour-Mourotaise) with Matthieu Abrivard teaming. 2.9/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) was second for Eric Raffin and 23/1 Victoire de Levres (7f Lontzac-Eve Liria) ended third for Franck Nivard, ahead of the 3/2 favorite Akayama (6f Prodigious-Hirosaka) and David Thomain. Three year-old females also battled on Friday evening in the Prix Alcyone (purse €36,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) on the petite piste. The 1.16.3kr timed victory went to 9/10 favorite Dobra Droga (3f Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) with Franck Nivard aboard. Fabrice Souloy trains the Hodij Coatings BV owned trotter. 6.2/1 Deesse Port (3f Uniclove-Maria Port) rallied up to be second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and 24/1 Danseuse For Ever (3f Rodrigo Jet-Union du Plaisir) held third for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks

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