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Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) scored a harness racing victory in the $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 13). Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Bluffton ($6.50) took over the lead as they reached the backstretch putting Bold Fresh to the pocket seat. Bluffton led to the half in :57.2 and to three-quarters in 1:27.0. Bluffton, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, led as they made the turn for home. He would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Multitaskr Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:56.0, Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) finished third. Bluffton is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win this season and 10th career victory. Aces And Eights (Dan Daley) captures $5,000 trot. Pittstop Emerald (Claude Huckabone III) fired out of the gate and led to the quarter in :27.0 and to the half in :57.2. Aces And Eights ($18.40) went first-over from third and flew right by to take control hitting three-quarters first in 1:25.3. Aces And Eights, who is owned by Jeffrey Epstein and trained by Daley, turned for home and cruised to a victory in 1:54.2. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) finished second with Sailer Eddie (Jennifer Lappe) getting third best. Aces And Eights is a 5-year-old gelding by RC Royalty. It was his third win this season. He now owns nine career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 14) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will play host to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for freshmen and sophomore harness racing pacers and trotters on Sunday (September 15). Purse for all eight NYSS races is $40,000. The 6-5 morning line favorite for the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting fillies is Gobi Princess (Jason Bartlett). The filly by Muscle Mass is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Anette Lorentzon. She has two wins this season including a win in the Continental Victory Stakes at the Meadowlands (August 2). In the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies the 6-5 morning line favorite is Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter). The filly by Art Major is owned by trainer Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. She is winless so far in 2019 but has three career wins including a lifetime best mark of 1:53.0 at Vernon as a freshman. The top choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen pacing colts & geldings is the Erv Miller trained Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover is owned by Ronald Michelon and Daniel Plouffe. He has a win, two seconds, and a third in seven career starts. The Chris Ryder trained entry of Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) and Turnthefrownaround (Joe Bongiorno) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Dragon Roll (Roll With Joe-Little Miss Dragon) is owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. She has a victory in five career starts. Turnthefrownaround (Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout) is owned by Craig Henderson. She won a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs for his lone career win. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings is the Erv Miller Trained Brady Bunch (Jason Bartlett). The gelding by Muscle Mass is owned by Mary Jane Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran. He has three wins and two second in five starts this season. The NYSS consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings features the 5-2 morning line favorite Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.). The gelding by American Ideal is trained by Jessica Okusko for owners David Smith and James Gianuzzi. He has three wins this season plus an impressive third place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga. The 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old colts & geldings is Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett). The colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. He has won his last seven races including a victory in the New York County Fair final his last time out. He is now 10 for 13 in his career. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) is the 5-2 morning line choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen trotting fillies. The filly by RC Royalty-Miss Fidget has two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in eight career starts. She is owned by trainer Starks Jr., David Smith, James and Daniel Gianuzzi. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 5, 2019 - It was the Sweet 16th and final downstate Empire visit of the season Thursday night (Sept. 5th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $161,500 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. All of 10 lasses entered, so a pair of $80,750 quintets comprised the event. The opener immediately had a different look when 1-10 favorite Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) jumped it off. That left pole-sitting Sensibility (Scott Zeron, $11.60) to her own devices, and she finished what she started (:28.4, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:56.2). Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) chased around the oval, missing a neck, with Pilgrim's Lass (Jim Marohn Jr.) third. For Sensibility, a daughter of Muscle Mass co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme, W J Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, it was his second win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $54.50, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered to the abbreviated number of starters. The second sire stakes event saw Winndevie (Bartlett, $2.30) get stung early by Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) before making the lead and drawing out. From post position No. 5, she had no issues (:28.1, :58, 1:26.2, 1:55), the final margin 4½ length. Sweet Chapter finished more than seven lengths ahead of Gobi Princess (Jordan Stratton). For Winndevie, a Credit Winner miss owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was her fourth win in 10 '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.40, again with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered due to insufficient participants. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 10, 2019--Funny thing about Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $2.70). Whenever he's invaded Yonkers Raceway, the end result is not a fair fight. Such was the case again Saturday night (Aug. 10th), when Six Pack drilled seven outclassed foes in the co-featured $46,000 Open Handicap Trot. Making short work an assigned eight-hole, Six Pack left around Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett), t hen made even shorter work of the teletimer. Never threatened at any point, he widened at every (:28, 57.2, 1:25, 1:53.1) point. The result was... a-matching the all-age trot track record, set by Svanstedt’s filly Plunge Blue Chip last September, and b- 6¼-length win over Lord Cromwell (Austin Siegelman), and c-a fifth consecutive win here, and d-the fastest local trot mile of the season, and e-a new track record for his weight class. For the record, New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third, with Eye ofa Tiger AS and Such an Angel (Eric Goodell) settling for the small change. Six Pack, a 4-year-old $1.5 million statebred son of Muscle Mass co-owned by his driver/trainer, Little E LLC, Knuttson Trotting. Stall Kalmer and Lars Berg, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts (career 17-for-30). The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $173 and the superfecta paid $1,122. Not lost on Svanstedt was throwing down a gauntlet in the hopes of getting an invitation to October's million-dollar International Trot. "We wanted to see him back on a short track and he handled it well," Svanstedt said. "He's not been lucky in a many of his races this season. That's the biggest difference in him as a 4-year-old. "The owners wanted to enter him (tonight). We're hoping he's asked to race in the International." The weekly $46,000 adult-table pace was won by a down-the-road Scott Rocks (Goodell, $4.80) in 1:51.3. The 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding went up and over $995,000 in career earnings after a 57th lifetime win. For his part, Goodell won four of the night's last seven races. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, N.Y. - Tristan Sjoberg distinctly recalls a trip to Ake Svanstedt's stable in March 2018 when he visited his 2- and 3-year-olds in training. Before he left the barn, Svanstedt pulled out Six Pack. The freshman New York Sire Stakes Champion the previous fall hadn't embarked on his sophomore season yet, but Sjoberg loved what he saw. "He brought Six Pack out and said, 'take one good look, take one mental picture of this horse here right now, because this is the perfect conformation of a horse. This is the perfect horse,' " Sjoberg remembered. Sjoberg watched Six Pack's 3-year-old harness racing campaign with interest and soon, the entire trotting world followed. He won the Empire Breeder's Classic Final, the Stanley Dancer, the Yonkers Trot, the Kentucky Futurity, and the Matron and finished second in the Beal and the TVG Open Trot against older horses. By year's end, Six Pack's earnings swelled to $1,358,290 for owners Svanstedt, Jeff Gural's Little E, and Stall Kalmar. Six Pack also secured the Dan Patch Award for champion 3-year-old male trotter. Sjoberg got the opportunity to join the group this season and bought in under his stable Knutsson Trotting. "Jeff being a close friend and partner of mine, (Six Pack) was my favorite horse of the 3-year-olds and I was given an opportunity to buy into the horse earlier this year," Sjoberg said. "I thought it was great, so I took a piece of him and I'm very happy with that." Saturday night (August 10), Six Pack will return to Yonkers Raceway in the $46,000 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post eight, the 4-year-old Muscle Mass son enters in the mist of a mixed season. Six Pack began his 2019 campaign with a 1:53.1 win in a $50,000 leg of the Graduate at the Meadowlands May 18. He was third to Crystal Fashion and Fiftydollarbill in the next leg June 8 and second to the latter rival in a third leg in a 1:50.2 mile June 21. Six Pack met Atlanta in the $250,000 Graduate Series Final July 6. He started from post nine and forged to the lead in a :54.2 half-mile, but lost to the Hambletonian winner by a neck while trotting 1:49.1 "I thought he was absolutely excellent considering where he was," Sjoberg said. "He wasn't meant to be 100 percent at that race. The Swedish trainers usually don't have them super ready at the beginning of the season, they do need a couple of tighteners and he is a big horse and we're expecting a long season. A lot of the big races are near the end of the season. "To beat Atlanta, you've got to get a good trip and you have to be 100 percent," Sjoberg continued. "He was probably 95 percent at the time. He wasn't quite enough and the form Atlanta was in was fantastic. It was a great race, one of my favorite races, even if we lost by a neck." Six Pack faced Atlanta and Crystal Fashion again the following week in the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity. Starting from post 11, Six Pack got away seventh and was interfered with late in the 9-furlong stakes, finishing third behind his two rivals. Three weeks later on Hambletonian Day, Six Pack blasted from post nine in the $280,000 Cashman, but was tracked down late by Crystal Fashion and Guardian Angel As. "Six Pack is a big horse, he takes a bit of time to get going, and I think it's been a good season so far. I wouldn't call it a great one yet," Sjoberg said. "He's come back strong, he's had a lot of tough races, and particularly a lot of bad posts. He's been stuck on the outside, had a trailing post, he was interfered with, so he really hasn't had a lot of racing luck this year." Sjoberg, present for the difficult loss on North American harness racing's biggest day, felt the :26.3 first quarter compromised Six Pack. He also conceded the three weeks between races heading into the Cashman may have been too much. "I thought the first quarter really took a bit of sting out of him because he had to leave so hard from post nine to get to the front," Sjoberg said. "On those kind of days, no quarter is asked, no quarter is given. Nobody was letting anyone down to the rail. From post nine, there was just no hole to get to. He had to go to the front and I think that initially took the sting out of him. That whole first turn was a killer. "Three weeks in between races might not have been ideal from the Hambo Maturity to the Cashman," he continued. "In hindsight, maybe we should have thrown in one more race in between. I think that was a little on Ake's mind as well." With another three-week gap to Six Pack's next major target, the Maple Leaf Trot, Svanstedt aimed for a tightener and entered Six Pack in the local weekly trotting feature one week after Hambletonian Day. Besides the timing, Sjoberg also hopes Six Pack can make his case for a ticket to the $1 million Yonkers International Trot October 12. Atlanta has already accepted an invitation, and Sjoberg wants to see the rivalry continue. "The International Trot is one of the most absolutely important races for Swedish people. We don't even call it the International Trot, we call it the World Championship of harness racing, so that's really how important that race is for us Swedes," Sjoberg said. "I remember when I was at Roosevelt, I would get up early in the morning. It wasn't televised, but it would be on the radio. I would turn the radio on and listen to all those great races. I remember when one of my favorite horses won it (in 1987), Callit. Legolas, that was the first race he was beaten at when Ideal du Gazeau won. It's a very important race. "I'm super excited to have a horse that's in contention for this race," he continued. "I think with these kind of races, it's very important also to try and get not just the flag horses from abroad, but it's also important to look at the rivalries you have in North America at the time. You want to see those continue in the International Trot as well." Saturday's trotting feature also includes Eye Ofa Tiger As, who beat Will Take Charge last out July 27 and seeks a repeat win in the local Open Handicap from post seven. Weslynn Dancer's last Yonkers start resulted in an Open win and she returns after tries in the Armbro Flight, Cleveland Trotting Classic, and Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. She will start from post five. Tight Lines finished eighth in the Cashman and drew an advantageous post two dropping back into the Open. New Heaven, Cash Me Out, Lord Cromwell, and Such An Angel complete the lineup. Although Six Pack is likely to be a heavy favorite, Sjoberg isn't sure how the horse's trip will set up from the far outside post. Contrary to Six Pack's recent tactics, Sjoberg feels he is better off cover than on the lead. Six Pack's only loss at Yonkers from four starts came in a NYSS leg at 2 when he started from post eight. "I would love for him to get a helmet drive and get some cover and give the horse a breather and maybe attack with a quarter left to go. I would love some live cover, but whether that's possible or not, that's debatable," Sjoberg said. "Obviously from post eight, you either take him down immediately and hope you get good cover or you go to the front again. That's it," he continued. "There's some good horses there with Eye Ofa Tiger As, who's in the form of his life, and Weslynn Dancer, she's a very good mare. There's a couple of horses who are tough to beat on a half-mile track and know Yonkers. I think a lot will be decided in the first 50 yards." Saturday night's card also features the $46,000 Open Handicap Pace and $37,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY  

MILTON, ON - AUG. 9, 2019 - Two-year-old harness racing trotting fillies took centre stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday and for the second straight evening driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Ake Svanstedt struck Gold with a first-time Ontario Sires Stakes starter. On Thursday night Filion guided Svanstedt trainee Moon Bridge to victory in freshman trotting colt Gold Series action and on Friday the Milton resident teamed up with Winter Olympics. The fan favourites left smartly from Post 6 and settled into third as Jula Shes Magic rolled out to a :29.1 opening quarter. Feeling confident in Winter Olympics through the opening stages, Filion pointed her toward the front heading for the :58.3 half and the filly carried on unchallenged through the 1:27.4 three-quarters. Turning for home She Rocks Kemp shifted into high gear and started to reel in Winter Olympics, but the tempo setter had enough left in the tank to secure a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. She Rocks Kemp finished second and Jula Shes Magic was two more lengths back in third. "I was just being extra careful leaving the gate, I didn't want to get caught in a speed duel," said Filion. "I just waited until things settled down to re-move to the front, and from there she did the rest on her own." Both Winter Olympics and Moon Bridge made one start south of the border before shipping to Woodbine Mohawk Park for this week's Ontario Sires Stakes action. Sarah Svanstedt briefed Filion on the duo Thursday afternoon and the driver said both youngsters lived up to their advance billing. "She told me that they were pretty high on them, and I guess they were right," said Filion. "That's a very nice filly. Big and strong, and she can do everything right. She was a little green on the front end, but there was still lots left," he added. "She really impressed me the way she travels. She looks like she's walking out there and she's still going pretty fast." Wrightstown, NJ resident Ake Svanstedt also owns Winter Olympics, who is a daughter of Muscle Mass and Olympic Dreams. Intense Justice clocked the second fastest mile of the three Gold Series divisions Friday, touring the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in 1:56.4. The filly and regular reinsman Chris Christoforou got away third from Post 2 and watched heavy favourite Warrawee Vicky lead the field to a :28.3 opening quarter. Warrawee Vicky continued to lead at the :58.4 half, but Christoforou had circled around pocket sitter Jasmine Volo and dropped in behind the pacesetter, who reached the three-quarters in 1:27.3. In the stretch Christoforou angled out around Warrawee Vicky and asked Intense Justice for a burst of speed. The Justice Hall daughter responded and pulled away to a one and three-quarter length victory. Warrawee Vicky finished second, her first loss in five lifetime starts, and Wine Rack Hanover was third. "She showed me a lot of talent the first time I sat behind her," said Christoforou, who has driven the filly in all of her starts, beginning with a June 8 qualifier. "She has a great turn of foot and a very nice gait. She's a very good feeling filly and once the gate opens she's all business." Dany Fontaine of Terrebonne, QC trains Intense Justice for owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. Friday's win was the filly's second in Gold Series action this season and boosted her lifetime earnings to $103,182. The filly's elder brother Only For Justice is also a two-time Gold Series winner this season. "Dany does a fantastic job with her and all his horses, he's patient and a very intelligent horseman," said Christoforou, who makes his home in Campbellville, ON. "I'm very happy for her owner-breeder Mr. Bono. If you look at the numbers, he is an excellent judge of pedigree and has done a brilliant job with his breeding program. It's been an absolute pleasure to drive for them." The other $73,067 Gold Series division went to Sheer Energy, who went gate-to-wire from Post 6, stopping the clock at 1:58.1. Modern Mass was three and one-quarter lengths back in second and Th Present was two more lengths back in third. Guelph, ON resident Louis-Philippe Roy engineered the win for trainer George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA and owner W. J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. The filly, a half-sister to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, was the $187,000 sale topper at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and now has two wins to her credit through three starts. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Gold Series start on Sept. 24 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results from Friday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0809wbsbsn.dat. On Monday, Aug. 12 Woodbine Mohawk Park will host Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will square off in Races 2 and 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

SARNIA, ON - AUG. 8, 2019 - Ontario Sires Stakes excitement arrives at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday, Aug. 10 with five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing in their third Grassroots Leg. Zebs Flur made her debut in the Grassroots program, finishing third in the July 14 season opener at Georgian Downs, and then jumped up to the Gold Series for her second Ontario Sires Stakes start where she finished second over the Grand River Raceway half-mile on July 24. The filly returns to the Grassroots for her third provincial appearance and will start from Post 1 in the second $23,500 division. "She's surprised us, let's put it that way, for the price of her and where she came from," said Wyoming resident Don Allensen, who shares ownership of Zebs Flur with Bax Stable of Campbellville and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough, ON. The partners offered up $14,000 for the Muscle Mass daughter at last year's London Selected Yearling Sale. "She raced good the other night in Grand River (July 24), she come through the middle there and got second, so that was good." Regular reinsman Stephen Byron will steer Zebs Flur on Saturday, where she faces a tough field that includes division co-leader Canadian Titan from Post 3 and former Grassroots winner Highland Foxytrotr from Post 7. Like Zebs Flur, Highland Foxytrotr stepped up to the Gold Series for her second start and finished third behind the undefeated Warrawee Vicky. "I'm glad she drew the rail in Hiawatha," said Allensen, who will miss the filly's start at his local oval due to a prior commitment. "I think she's one that's just going to maybe surprise you if she gets the right trip and gets away good. She's got some step at the end." In addition to Zebs Flur, trainer John Bax will also send out Golden Gavel from Post 10 in the first division, Up And Trending from Post 6 in the fourth split and Need An Alibi from Post 4 in the last division. The two-year-old trotting fillies kick off Hiawatha Horse Park's Saturday evening program at 6:30 pm and will also showcase their skills in Races 2, 4, 7, and 8. Complete entries are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0810sarfn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $430,000C Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers gets underway this weekend at the Hippodrome 3R with seven divisions of competition. The series features three weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners in each division returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. The young trotters are first in the spotlight Friday evening with two divisions, one each for the fillies and colts. The fillies see action first in the third race. Muscle Beauty is the early favorite from post six for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau. This daughter of Muscle Mass, the only foal from the game raceway mare, Ocean Mist Beauty, already has a win in the Quebec Regional Fair last week at H3R. She is co-owned by Nadeau with Scott-Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De Richelieu. She will be taking on three daughters from the great racehorse, Wheeling N Dealin, the best of which is Persue Justice from post five for driver Daniel Laflamme and Miss Sofia (post two) for driver Stephane Gendron. The colts are in action in the sixth race where another foal of Wheeling N Dealin, Kenogami Coco, is the overwhelming favorite from post one. A half-brother to 2,1:59.2 winner Kenogami Darling, Kenogami is trained by Dany Fountaine and was bred by Jean Francois Reid, who co-owns the gelding with Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. He ships to Quebec from Mohawk Raceway, where he finished seventh, timed in 1:59.1, in the $108,000C Ontario Gold Cup. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Major Bay (post 5), a son of Amigo Hall, Babidibou (post six), sired by Royalty For Life and Indi (post three), a son of Val Taurus. Post time on Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. On Sunday there are four divisions (two for fillies and two for colts) of the Future Stars Series for the pacers. Standouts include undefeated Whitecookie (post one) in the third race for the colts. This son of Windfall Blue Chip has won twice in 1:58.2, and 1:58.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger. Another top colt is the Bettors Delight son, My Bettors Del (post five) in the sixth race. Although winless in three starts this season, he has been racing against the best in Ontario for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and Gestion Ham Audet, Inc. of Portneuf. My Bettors Del won a qualifier in 1:57 but just last week was second in a $23,500C Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division race-timed in 1:54.2. He will be taking on three recent winners, Kinnder Big Boss (post one), Eclat De Rire (post three) and Saloon Magic (post four). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Racing against the best trotters in Quebec, Seeyou Men proved to be the strong horse, grinding out an impressive win Friday at the Hippodrome 3R in the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. This was the second round of the series and featured just one large field of ten starters in the older horse division. Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion were the first on the lead around the first turn until Wildwild Men and trainer/driver Guy Gagnon came charging up on the outside to take the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28. Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau got away behind Kinnder Dangerous early. Then by the half mile marker in :58.2, Brosseau came first-over with Seeyou Men and started gaining ground by the three-quarters in 1:28.1 with Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover. As they came around the final turn, Maximuscle came into the picture for driver Steeve Genois, sweeping three-wide and into contention. Seeyou Men would have the final say as he had cleared to the lead coming down the stretch and then pulled away to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.2. It took the photo finish camera to declare the winner's full brother, Wildwild Men, as the second-place finisher, he was a nose ahead of Capteur De Reve in third place who was a nose ahead of Maximuscle in fourth place. Seeyou Men, trained by Daniel Martin, raced as an entry with his brother, Wildwild Men, both of whom were bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover and are co-owned with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. The entry paid $2.90 to win. In the third race division for the trotting mares, it was the race favorite, Lucky Promesse and driver Steeve Genois, leaving from the rail and going right to the top. Kascara Rosa and driver Stephane Brosseau grabbed the two-hole spot and sat patiently as Lucky Promesse's cut fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:29.3 to the three-quarters. Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) tried coming first-over in the backstretch but did not have the stamina to hang on the outside and faded back on the final turn. With Y S Suzanne fading as they started down the stretch, that was the cue as Brosseau came out with Kascara Rosa and started to challenge Lucky Promesses down the stretch, collaring the race lead and going on to win by a half length in 2:00.1. Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) was third. A nine-year-old mare by Kadabra, Kascara Rosa posted her fourth win on the year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Jean Dessureault of Candiac. She paid $7.70 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau had a driving double, winning both stakes and trainer Yves Tessier sent out two winners on Friday. The Ben Hur Cup II headlines Sunday's 10-race program with Ontario's Doug McNair taking on Quebec's Louis-Philippe Roy with a $3,000C cash prize to the winner of the 8-race competition. In addition, there will be three divisions of the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers as top horses Atomic Million AM taking on McKinney and for the mares, YS Tallia against Lit De Rose. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Friday evening the Quebec Jockey Club plays host to the second round of the $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series for older harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the eighth race co-feature, where the storyline is "A Tale of two brothers" as Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men, both full brothers, will race against each other. Last week in the opening round of the series, there were enough entrants to have two divisions, so the two brothers did not have to face each. Such is not the case this Friday as only ten horses were entered and thus one division. Both Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Seeyou Men is age 7 and Wildwild Men is the younger brother at age 6. They were both bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cryrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the two with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. While as youngsters, both horses were raced from the same stable of Isabelle Darveau and were driven by Robert Shepherd, now they are in different stables yet will race as an overwhelming entry on Friday. Both horses are prior Quebec-Bred Champions and Wildwild Men still holds the track record he set at age two. Seeyou Men has drawn post one and Wildwild Men drew post seven. Last week Seeyou Men was the fastest of the Quebec-Bred Series winners, trotting his mile in 1:59 after getting perfect live cover from Kinnder Dangerous. It was his second win this season for trainer Daniel Martin and driver Stephane Brosseau. Wildwild Men last week was able to leave from post six and never look back, winning with ease for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon by two and one quarter lengths in 2:00.1. That was his third triumph of the season. Other contenders in the race include Kinnder Dangerous (post 5), who two starts back won in 1:58.4, Holiday Party (post 6), Caroluzzo (post 9) and Maximuscle (post 3), who just qualified at H3R with a victory in 2:00. The older mares do battle in the third race where last week's opening round winner, Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle, drew the far outside and will have to start from post eight. Last week the six-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir started from post three and led from start to finish in 2:00.2 for her first win on the year for co-owners Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. Her main rival will be Lucky Promesses, who drew the rail for driver Steeve Genois and trainer Francis Richard. Last week she was able to get the live cover from Eau Naturelle, but was unable to close the deal in the stretch and finished second. Ben Hur Cup II Sunday: The Ben Hur Cup II takes place Sunday at H3R with Ontario's Doug McNair taking on Quebec's Louis-Philippe Roy. There are 10 races on the program and races 3 to 10 will be the Ben Hur Cup II plus a winner-take-all cash prize of $3,000C. The point system for the competition is (8 for a 1st, 7 for a 2nd, 6 for 3rd, etc.). There will be a special meet and greet with McNair and Roy starting at 12:00 noon and then a welcome presentation after the 2nd race. If you go by the morning line odds, McNair has a slight edge over Roy, but as everyone knows you never know what will happen on the track. Post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series got underway for four-year-old and older harness racing trotters and two full brothers, Seeyou Men and his younger brother, Wildwild Men, both won their respective opening round divisions at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The Quebec-Bred Series is for older trotters and pacers with three weeks of preliminary action and then $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The first division for older trotters was the first race on the program and saw Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion go right to the front from post two with rival Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs after Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) made a costly early break. Kinnder Dangerous led the field around the second turn and coming past the stands he was unchallenged until 1/5 race favorite Seeyou Men came first-over and started to press towards the lead at the half mile in :59.4. Around the turn and heading down the backstretch, Seeyou Men and Brosseau could not pass Kinnder Dangerous and those two were head and head at the three-quarters in 1:29. On the final turn it looked like Filion had Kinnder Dangerous on the lead for good but Seeyou Men was not done yet, Brosseau asked his horse for me and it dug in and came on to win by a long neck over Kinnder Dangerous with the pocket-sitting Capteur De Reve grabbing third place. The one-mile trot went in 1:59. Kinnder Dangerous was found guilty of skipping over three pylons on the final turn and was placed sixth as Capteur De Rene was placed second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was placed third. It was the second win this year for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Daniel Martin, bred and co-owned by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass paid $2.60 to win. In the sixth race second division, it was Wildwild Men and driver/trainer Guy Gagnon grinding it out past Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. They raced that way past the half mile in :59.1 and it was then that SG Goliath King and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first over and pressed the leader to the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Then after the final turn, Wildwild Men put away SG Goliath King and easily held off Caroluzzo in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. Caroluzzo was second with SG Goliath King third. Race favorite Maximuscle was unable to make it to the starting gate and never was able to catch the field. For track record holder Wildwild Men, it was his third win this season and it made for a stakes double for breeder and co-owner Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, as they also have Seeyou Men. Wildwild Men paid $4.40 to win. The lone Quebec-Bred Series for the trotting mares took place in the third race where EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle were able to lead from start to finish. Outkicking Montanaalaska (Stephane Brosseau) to gain the early lead, Delisle was challenged right away by Precieuse CC and driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :29. Precieuse CC looked to clear to the lead and then went off-stride and was out of the race. Precieuse CC was content on the front end to the half mile marker in 1:00 when a dogfight was looming as Lucky Promesses (Steeve Genois) came first-over in the backstretch and those two hooked up past the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then as they started down the stretch EAU Naturelle was the strong horse, winning by one length in 2:00.3. Lucky Promesses held for second with Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the first win in six starts this year for Precieuse CC, a four-year-old mare by Angus Hall who is owned by Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. She paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau, Marie Claude Auger and Carol Voyer each had driving doubles Friday. Carol Voyer also had a training double. In the second race pace, Sylvain Gagnon drove Northern Trophy to a 1:59 triumph at odds of 23-1, resulting in the highest payoff of the race meet at $49.80. On Sunday it will be the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers with four divisions, two for mares and two for horses. Headlining the fields are Atomic Million AM, Sports Authority, Stock, Chaleurs Fantasy, Beach Runner AM, McKinny and YS Tallia. Post time is 1:00 pm. For a free program for Sunday's race card or any general information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Capteur De Reve begins his 2019 season Friday night at Hippodrome 3R as one of the main attractions in the Preferred-Handicap Trot feature. The five-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass starts from post one in the eighth race feature for trainer Maxime Velaye and the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the champion trotter. Capteur De Reve is seeking to become the first horse ever to win four consecutive Quebec Champions when he begins in the Quebec-Bred series that gets underway at H3R next week on Friday, June 14. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition and then a $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14. The only other horse that could also win four Quebec-Series Champions is the pacer, Wildriverbumblebee. In preparing for the racing season, Capteur De Reve competed in two qualifying races at H3R, winning last week in 2:01.1 with an 18 ¾ length romp. Stephane Gendron, H3R's leading driver, will be in the sulky. "We got a lot of snow this winter, too much snow," said trainer Maxime Velaye. "He (Capteur De Reve) did have a lot of time off from last season and he actually lost a little bit of weight during the winter. He was kind of "overweight" at the end of last season. Maybe that was one of the reasons he did not finish the year that well," Velaye laughed. A career winner of $206,000C, Capteur Du Reve has Velaye smiling this year. "I know this is going to sound a bit cocky," Velaye said. "But I think considering how well he has done the past three years, that Capteur De Reve will have an outstanding season. He has been training very strong this spring and is so easy going at the farm and I know he is in much better shape than last year." That is saying a lot as Capteur De Reve starts off his 2019 season racing against some formidable foes. Rival Kinnder Dangerous from last year, was assigned the eight post on Friday after he nosed out Missionoftheheart last start with a super impressive 1:58.4 triumph in his first start of the season. Kinnder Dangerous is driven by Justin Filion for trainer/owner/breeder Denitza Petrova. Missionoftheheart is also entered (post 6) and last Sunday scored a 2:01 triumph on a sloppy track and the prior start was second by a nose to Kinnder Dangerous. Then there is Holiday Party in post seven and two starts back he won in this class in 2:00. "I really think he can handle this field," Velaye added. "But all the other horses in the race already have a couple of starts and his last real race was back in November 2018. So, I wish for him to get a nice trip and finish his mile strong for Stephane Gendron and maybe we might see him in the winner's circle." Currently, Velaye has 13 horses in his stable and he hopes that we will see all of them racing at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Velaye was the leading trainer three years ago at H3R, but since then he has watched Francis Richard rise to the top and lead all trainers the last two years. "I hope I can come back and win the training title this year," Velaye added, "But I know my friend Francis Richard has got more horses than I do and he has some really nice ones too. So, he is going to be tough to beat again. The only thing I can do is try my best and see how it goes." Post time for the Friday 10-race program begins at 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Management at Kentuckiana Farms has announced the stallion fees for their two stallions in 2019. Muscle Mass will stand in Ontario at Tara Hills Stud for a fee of $10,000 US.  2018 has been an incredible year for Muscle Mass led by multiple stakes winners Six Pack and Plunge Blue Chip.  His offspring set or equaled nine track or World Records in a single season.  Among his many 2018 accomplishments, Muscle Mass is the 2nd leading North American sire of 3YO trotters with earnings of over $3.75M, 3rd in Sire Standings for All Age Trotters with earnings of $6.75M and overall leading sire of 3YO trotters in NY with earnings of $$1,286,623. Swan for All will stand in Indiana at Victory Hill Farm for a fee of $6,000 US.  Swan for All, the leading sire of trotters in Indiana, has 2YO earnings in 2018 of over $1.7M and overall earnings of over $4.6M.  Swan for All’s exciting 2018 was led by Swandre The Giant, Fiftydallarbill and the great Hannelore Hanover ($2,791,638). For more information please contact Bob Brady 502-863-3070 rmbrady@kentuckianafarms.com or Ken Jackson 859-335-0928       kjackson@kentuckianafarms.com From Kentuckiana Farms

CHESTER, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere mare Dr J's Kiss, sixth at the ¾ pole, swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and went right on by in taking the $17,000 featured distaff pace on Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52.4. Driver Simon Allard, guiding the Joe Pavia Jr. trainee for the first time, followed third-over in a 27.1 backstretch flow that took its toll on both pacesetting favorite Jewels Forreal and first-over Dolphin Island, then swung three-wide behind second-over Rob Them Blind in the middle of the far turn and wider yet off the final curve. Rob Them Blind made the lead in the stretch but couldn't withstand the late rush of Dr J's Kiss, as she won by a length while breaking the six-figure barrier in lifetime earnings for co-owners Pavia, Steven Held, and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Yuge, three-wide most of the first bend and not on top until coming off that bend, maintained control through the rest of the mile to win the day's $16,000 top trot in 1:55.3. Yuge raised his lifetime bankroll to $127,969 for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, co-owner with Ed Lohmeyer Jr. and Dr. Patty Hogan, completing a win for veterinarians in both the Wednesday Philly features. As for driver George Napolitano Jr., the win was one of three on the day for him, including the card's only two favorites - in the first race and the last race. Racing resumes tomorrow at 12:25 p.m., but Philly's Friday card will begin at 6:30 p.m. After the usual Sunday action beginning at 2:05 p.m., there will be a special live card on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 at 12:25 p.m., with over $200,000 in stakes action in the John Simpson Sr. series, with three-year-old colts of both gaits each contesting three divisions. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The John Simpson Sr. stakes series, honoring the late Hall of Fame horseman and executive, got underway at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with two-year-old harness racing filly action, with over $190,000 in combined purses for three divisions of pacers and two of trotters. In the first pace, the Well Said- Lady's Portrait filly Renaissance Lady K was sent to the front by driver George Napolitano Jr. before the 27.3 quarter, then the pair got to the half in 56.3. Favored Philly Hanover launched uncovered from fourth at that point, and made some headway before the leader got to the ¾ in 1:24.1; the chalk then continued to reduce the margin through the stretch, but Renaissance Lady K held gamely to post a neck decision while lowering her mark four seconds to 1:52.1. Norm Parker trains the winner for veteran owner Robert Key. In the other sidewheeling division, Rockn Philly, who did not have a good outing upon returning to her "home track" for a Liberty Bell contest last week, definitely brought her "A" game today while winning in 1:53.4. Victor Kirby sent the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Philadelphia to the lead after the 27.4, rested to the half in 57.2, and then powered home in 56.2 - 27.4 while unthreatened, boosting her earnings to $118.038 for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of CC Racing LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. Turning to the trotters: The "Trot Man," driver Mike Simons, showed he knows 5/8-mile track geometry in the first section, going out from the rail with Pilgrims Lass against two outside leavers, forcing one to tuck before letting favored Navarone Hanover go past the 28.2 quarter, and then racing in the golden seat through middle splits of 58.3 and 1:27.4. As first-over Big Weezy grinded to a short lead headstretch, Simons ducked to the inside, and gradually his Muscle Mass - Goodtimesstarthere filly erased Big Weezy's narrow advantage and got to the wire a neck to the good in a personal best of 1:57.1. Pilgrims Lass has now won two straight for trainer Scott Andrews and owner Edward Andrews. The Donato Hanover - Glide About miss American Kosmos, 3-for-4 lifetime and the 1-9 favorite of the crowd, found herself having to take a two-hole trip behind determined 38-1 shot Sigilwig, who set fractions of 28.4, 58.3, and 1:27.3 in their cut. At the ¾ pole driver George Brennan eased American Kosmos to the outside, and she trotted nicely down the center of the track to win in 1:57.1, at the wire a length ahead of Meadowbranch Vicki, with the gallant Sigilwig holding for third. Julie Miller trains the quick filly, whose only loss came when she made a break, for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow. Stella Jane, looped early and out well past the 28.2 quarter before getting the lead, went on with fractions of 58.4 and 1:27.3, then had enough to withstand the horse that parked her early, Southwind Percy, by a neck in 1:57 after a stretch battle in the last division. George Napolitano Jr., getting a stakes win on both gaits, guided the daughter of Crazed - Naughty Nana for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Crawford Farms Racing. FINISHING LINES - With a carryover from yesterday in the Pick 4 pool, this afternoon's quad-win bet drew a lot of attention, with its 50-cent minimum and 15% takeout. Horses paying $7.60, $13.00, and $2.20 in the first three legs didn't really hint at a mega-payoff, but when $64.60 winner Inner Peace nosed out favorite He's Gone in the bet's final contest, a 50-cent ticket was worth $7441.90. (Had the favorite held, the payoff still would have been a generous $676.50.) From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Batavia, NY --- The sixth of eight stops by the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs this year occurs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 29) when 10 top Empire State-bred 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will compete in two divisions for the $116,000 of prize money available for distribution. The NYSS events go as race one and seven. There are also two Excelsior "A" contests that go in race two and five. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. The first $58,000 division is a wide open affair with little separating the field. Cruising In Style (Muscle Mass-Sos Respect) has yet to win a NYSS race but has raced well in other events this year. He has a win at Yonkers in 1:55.1 (which is his lifetime mark) in June and finished a respectable fourth at the Meadowlands in the $50,000 Drazin Stake on Hambo day in 1:51.4 after cutting the mile. He is the top money winner in this division and should be able to leave in here, should they so desire. Jim Morrill Jr. is up for the second straight start for trainer Andrew Harris and has been made the morning line favorite at 2-1 from post five. Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass-Northern Flare) finally draws inside after eight straight weeks of outside posts, On The Ropes (Chapter Seven-Rs Giggles) looks to improve off three straight third place finishes in NYSS action and Voss Volo (Credit Winner-Silver Springs) has the fastest seasonal mark of these but looks to get back the consistency he displayed earlier this year. The second $58,000 split has I'm The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) listed as the 9-5 favorite and he comes in streaking. I'm The Muscle started the year racing overnights at Rideau Carlton before transferring to the stable of Rene Allard in mid-July. Since then he has won four straight races including two Excel "A" events before taking a lifetime mark of 1:55.2 at Yonkers in his last outing. However this will be the first time this gelding has faced the top level NYSS competition, but he still figures to be a formidable foe. Jason Bartlett is in town to drive and will start from post one. Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) has earned $116,466 this year on the strength of two NYSS victories but has also finished second in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final and the Empire Breeders Cup consolation. Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl) hasn't missed a check all year before getting parked out in his last start, fading late and Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip) has two NYSS wins this year and seems versatile enough to leave or sit. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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