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When harness racing trainer Charlie Norris prepared to ask Treviso for her best effort in her Bluegrass Stakes division last week, the 2-year-old female trotter was ready. In fact, she didn't even really need to be asked. Treviso pulled out from behind leader Broadway Idole, driven by Brett Miller, in the stretch and trotted to a two-length win in 1:54.1 last Friday at Lexington's Red Mile. The time is the second-fastest of the season for a 2-year-old female trotter and the third-fastest clocking overall. "She was very good," said Norris, who trains and drives Treviso. "She came out of the hole pretty good. I tipped off Brett's shoulder there, and I actually didn't even pull her, she just came out on her own. She was ready to roll. She likes to race." Treviso has won four of eight races this year and earned $112,694 heading to this Friday's International Stallion Stakes at Lexington. Treviso competes in the first of four $63,750 divisions and will start from post seven in a seven-horse field. The division also includes Bluegrass division winner Thats All Moni. A daughter of stallion Muscle Massive out of the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, Treviso was purchased privately by Norris for owners Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris. Treviso's family includes former Quebec star Val Taurus as well as stakes-winner Valdonna and Foot Bowl, who won races in the U.S. and Europe and is the dam of stakes-winner Bruschette and second dam of stakes-winner Smokinmombo. "I like the Muscle Massives," Norris said. "They're a pain in the butt a lot of times, but they do have some go. "She looks good, she's just small. She's not a very big filly but she has a very efficient gait." Treviso won her debut, a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, and then posted a second-place finish followed by two wins on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. Her only blatant misstep this season came in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she went off stride behind the gate and finished seventh. "I don't know what the heck happened," Norris said. "She was just acting up, but that's not usually her at all." With a strong performance in the International Stallion, Treviso could punch her ticket to the upcoming Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands later this month. "As long as she's sound we'll probably give her a shot," Norris said. "She's really on top of her game now, I think." Multiple-stakes-winner Ariana G headlines the second division of the International Stallion Stakes while the third division includes Bluegrass division winners Onda Su and Overdraft Volo. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fine Tuned Lady, who has finished no worse than second in nine races, leads the final division. For Friday's complete of The Red Mile card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Harness racing owner Al Ross acquired Tetiana three years ago with an eye toward breeding the mare to his 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life. Muscles Jared has turned out to be a welcomed bonus as part of that purchase. Muscles Jared, a 2-year-old male trotter born five months after Ross bought Tetiana in foal to Muscle Massive, has won four of eight races this year and earned $103,816. All four of the gelding's victories have come since trainer George Ducharme added trotting hobbles following breaks in the horse's first two starts. On Thursday, Muscles Jared competes in the fourth of five $56,000 International Stallion Stakes divisions at Lexington's Red Mile. Muscles Jared and driver John Campbell head to the race off a second-place finish by a half-length to New Jersey Viking in a division of last week's Bluegrass Stakes. "From the time George started breaking this horse, he said we've got a real nice horse here," said Ross, who lives in South Dartmouth, Mass., and has a farm in nearby Westport. "He's been a different horse (with the trotting hobbles). He really hasn't gone a bad race since then. He's just a nice animal. "I expect big things from him next year; not that this season is over. This upcoming race will determine whether I go into the Breeders Crown. I'm pretty sure I will. He's got a lot of determination. I don't see why we wouldn't be going to the Breeders Crown because I expect him to race well again this week." Tetiana, by Kadabra, is from a family that includes O'Brien and Dan Patch award-winning Armbro Keepsake as well as Dan Patch Award winners Armbro Devona and Donerail. Ross, who bred Royalty For Life, purchased Tetiana for $8,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale after receiving input from Dean Hoffman, a former executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine and harness racing historian. "He has an excellent memory for bloodlines, and with me being involved in the game for just 15 odd years, I felt I needed some expert advice in matching the stallion to mares," Ross said. "He gave me his opinion and I liked what I saw. I liked her very much and bought her. "I'm just thrilled. She also has two more foals on the ground. The first was by RC Royalty and the second by Royalty For Life. They both are outstanding looking. I got lucky. I got her very cheap and I've wound up with a pretty nice producing broodmare." Muscles Jared is named after police officer Jared White, whose wife Jackie runs the breeding operation at Ross' farm. "Jared helps at the farm too," Ross said. "He's a very muscular type and when the baby was born I said we were going to name him Muscles Jared." Among Muscles Jared's four wins are three victories in preliminary rounds of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, including a track-record triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia. Muscles Jared finished fourth, beaten two lengths, in the sire stakes championship on Sept. 11 and then received time off until the Bluegrass. Ross said the respite gave Muscles Jared an opportunity to regain some weight he lost while traveling during the hot summer months. "It did him a world of good," Ross said. "I was really happy with him last week. He got locked in a bit at the top of the stretch and didn't have a chance to get out and get in full stride. Once he did, he was picking the winner up with every stride, I thought. I think he'll be even better this week. "I really like the way that he and Campbell get along," Ross added. "From the time we put Campbell on him, it was like a well-fitting glove. They understand each other. Whenever Campbell asks him to go, he goes. He's got a real nice burst of speed when you ask him for it and he can race either way." Another horse Ross expects to see improve is Patton, whom he shares in ownership with Ducharme and Paul Fontaine. Patton has won three of nine races this year and earned $23,673. He races in the second International Stallion division, where the field includes Bluegrass winner Snowstorm Hanover. Last week, Patton (Conway Hall-Penny Dream) finished third in his Bluegrass division. "I was happier with the way Patton raced than Muscles, because we've had so many problems with Patton, whether it be post positions or having a few foot problems here and there," Ross said. "Every time George thought he had him straightened out, something else would pop up. "If he improves off that last race, he could also be very tough this week." The first International Stallion division features New Jersey Viking. Other Bluegrass winners returning this week are Long Tom (third International Stallion division), Dover Dan (fourth division), and Fly On and Shake It Off Lindy (fifth division). For Thursday's complete Red Mile card, click here. Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing two-year-olds were featured on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, contesting four $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships, having earned their way in after gathering the most points among the group ranking just slightly below their "A"-list Sire Stakes brethren.   The Muscle Massive gelding Two AM waited for the smoke from a 27.1 quarter to clear, then rushed to the lead in front of the clubhouse, posted middle splits of 57 and 1:26.1, and went on to take the final for trotting males in 1:55.2 - a stakes record, a new mark, only a tick off the track record, and only 2/5 behind Correctamundo's seven-year-old divisional world record for age, sex, and gait. Longshot Almirola Hanover found a seam inside and was along for second, 4½ lengths behind; #1 pointwinner and 4-5 favorite Backstage Pass, coming off three straight Stallion Series scores, made two early moves to the lead, yielded to the winner, and fell a neck short of holding second.   Andrew McCarthy had sulky duty behind the quickly-developing, fast freshman - this was his fourth win in his last five starts - for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership combine of Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and William and Carol Fuhs. The 2-1 second choice boosted his bankroll to $53,535 after only six career starts.   Trixie Dust made a sweeping move nearing the final turn to get to make a first-over challenge of leading EZ Passer, then proved an easy passer herself by going by that rival for a 3½ length victory in a personal best of 1:56.2, with All Set Lets Go rallying from second-last at the ¾ for a distant third. Second choice Explosive Legacy went right to the lead, with favored Electric Lemonade right behind her, and put down hot fractions of 27.2 and 56.3, then surrendered the lead while EZ Passer came calling before the 1:25.4 3/4s - but in the end it was "Trixie" who left them all in the red clay Dust.   The daughter of Winning Mister, owned in partnership by trainer Richard Gillock and breeder Paula Sokol, was handled by David Miller, who added this triumph to the three Sire Stakes Championships he won over the weekend. Trixie Dust, the 6-1 third choice, now has career earnings of $53,997.   The chalk won both of the Stallion Series Championships for pacers, with Western Hill defeating the colts in 1:53 and Brazuca triumphing over the fillies in 1:53.4.   Western Hill was up first, and the son of Western Ideal, trainer by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill, was also first-up in winning. He tucked fourth behind an early battle for supremacy that resulted in an initial clocking of 26.2, and he was already on the grind well before the 55.3 half. Western Hill cleared to the top with somewhat surprising ease well before the 1:24.1 3/4s, and despite spinning out of the far turn a bit wide, he was able to stay clear in the lane, winning by two lengths over second-over Maconupwiththedragon, with third-over Classy Dragon another ¾ of a length behind - the inner tier collapsed and was shuffled in the wake of Western Hill getting by the pacesetting Ponderingjacksfame.   Western Hill, who is now 5-4-1-0 lifetime, was driven by Brett Miller, the end to quite a three days for the popular pilot, which was indirectly facilitated by the "other purple Miller," David. Brett got the catch-drive behind Always B Miki when that one tied the world record 1:47 at Scioto on Saturday, then won a Stallion Series Championship on both Sunday and Monday, the victory with Western Hill tying him for the all-time lead among Stallion Series drivers with his sixth Championship victory. For about 18 minutes.   And then Dave Palone, whom Brett Miller had just tied, guided the Bettor's Delight filly Brazuca to a 1¼ score in 1:53.4 after an exciting contest, and in the process reclaimed sole possession of the #1 slot among StS sulkysitters, with seven successes.   Palone initially tucked behind She's So Marvalous, who used her pole position to maximum advantage, then found himself third after Emily R Hanover went to the lead well after a 27.1 opener, and with the outer tier forming behind him, Palone had no choice but to go first-over with Brazuca nearing the 56.3 half. And the talented filly took it from there, g-r-i-n-d-i-n-g her way while pacing her own third split in 27 to be a half-length behind at the 5/8, a neck behind at the 11/16, and nose-to-nose with the leader at the 1:24 ¾ pole. Brazuca gained the advantage inch by inch from the game Emily R Hanover, defeating her by 1¼ lengths, with Traceuse Hanover coming up the Pocono Pike to be third, another 1½ lengths behind the winner, who ran her record to 6-3-2-0 for Team Cancelliere - trainer Tom and owner John.   Pocono will now be dark until a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, as the track holds its annual and popular Oktoberfest celebration.   PHHA / Pocono

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2016 -- Snowstorm Hanover matched the stake record when he stormed through the slop and scored in 1:56 in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake action at The Meadows. The $192,004 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over six divisions, with Affair Of Honor, Dover Dan, Don Dream, Lucky Matter and Moonshiner Hanover also taking splits. Trainer Chris Beaver (Lucky Matter, Moonshiner Hanover) enjoyed a stake double while Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick (Affair Of Honor, Dover Dan) teamed for a pair of Hickory Pride victories. Snowstorm Hanover had little trouble with the off going, zipping to the front for Dave Palone and defeating Stealth Hanover by 3-1/2 lengths, with Andy M third. The time equaled Stormin Normand's Hickory Pride record established in 2011. Palone, who previously piloted the son of Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover in two qualifying wins, said the big performance was no surprise to him. "He's acted like a really good colt all along," Palone said. "There's no bottom to him. Today over that racetrack, that's an incredible mile." Ron Burke trains Snowstorm Hanover for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A full brother to millionaire and top stallion Explosive Matter, Affair Of Honor raced greenly through the stretch but still held off Box Of Luck by a head in 1:58. Muscle Ville earned show. "He kind of ran out a little bit, looked a little bit lost, but he's starting to figure it out," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen of the son of Cantab Hall-Fireworks Hanover, a $90,000 yearling acquisition. "He has a bunch of ability and speed, but he might be one who takes a little longer to put everything together." Dover Dan saved ground for most of the mile, then exploded out of the final turn and downed You Can't Habit by 1/2 length in 1:58.3. Muay Hanover completed the ticket. "I had to just get him through the turn at the half," Callahan said. "If I could have been first up, I think he'd have won a lot easier. But I didn't want to move with him in either turn. He's still trying to find his gait." In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foiled Again, richest horse in harness racing history, showed he still has plenty of pop at age 12 when he cruised to a front-end victory in 1:51.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Techtor Hanover. Aimo Hanover earned show. The Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding soared over $7.4 million in career earnings for trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old filly trotters on tap for Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $53,411.   In the fastest of the three divisions (1:54.3), Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz's Womans Will (Marcus Miller) scored the minor upset over Pennsylvania State Champion and heavy favorite Broadway Donna (Dave Miller). The daughter of Donato Hanover got to the front end, but yielded to the favorite just beyond the quarter.   She maintained her pocket position until the top of the stretch, when she tipped wide and won the sprint home by a head. Kathy Parker (Yannick Gingras) was third. It was the sixth win for Womans Will (first of the season). The victory put her over the $450,000 mark in career earnings. She is trained by Julie Miller.   In the first division (Race 3), it was Hot Curry (Tim Tetrick) getting the job done. The daughter of Muscle Massive came from off the trot today, using a strong first-over brush to overpower the leader before three quarters. She won going away. It was the fifth victory of the season for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi, and Lawrence Karr. Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras) finished second, while Pink Pistol (Jim Marohn Jr) rallied strong for third. 1:56.1 was the clocking.   The third and final division was taken by Double Exposure (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Donato Hanover used a live outer flow to her advantage, drafting behind the first-over Windowshopper (Ake Svanstedt), who faded to finish fifth. Double Exposure won her division by one length, stopping the clock in 1:55.4. Miss Tezsla (Brett Miller) was second, while Ultimate Shopper (George Brennan) finished third. It was the Tony Alagna trainee's fifth win in seven career starts, and her first of the season. She is owned by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman.   Harrah's Philadelphia will race live on Monday, July 4th, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

Celebrity Bugatti put himself into the driver's seat of Bobby Weiss Series action for harness racing trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, running his record to 3-for-3 in the series while posting the fastest clocking among the $15,000 third leg prelims, 1:54.3.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. had the Muscle Massive stallion in front at every call and felt no pressure at all, with a 27.3 opener and a 57.4 back half that left him 3¼ lengths clear at the finish. Chris Oakes has taken over local care of the speedy trotter for owners Herman Hagerman, Johnny Yoder, and Dan Rawlings.   Two other horses besides Celebrity Bugatti had won in each of the first two legs, but Steed did not enter the third leg, and Dominus Hanover, 1-10* in the betting, finished worse than second for the first time in 11 seasonal starts when he came up third in Taxed To The Max's 1:56.2 victory. Dominus had a soft 59.1 lead to the half, but he didn't have the necessary 57.1 sprint home, as the Yankee Glide four-year-old gelding Taxed To The Max slid up the Pocono Pike from the pocket, grabbed command, then held off Explosive Leggs late for trainer Neal Ehrhart and owners Keystone Trotters LLC while lowering his mark by 2 2/5 seconds.   "Max"'s driver was Anthony Napolitano, who fashioned seven winners (to brother George's six) on Saturday here, yet still often gets away at high prices - despite a Weiss second last week, "Max" paid $18.20 to win, joining other recent "A Nap" winners who paid $20.80 in another race tonight, $26.20 and $20.80 in his two wins last night, and $69.80 among his seven Saturday winners, only one of which was favored! (Not to mention his $197.00 tally a week ago Sunday!)   The other Weiss winner Monday, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy, lowered his speed badge by an even greater margin - 4 1/5 seconds - as he parlayed a pocket trip to a neck victory over Apostles Creed in 1:55.2. Driver Jim Marshall III, trainer Donna Marshall, and owner George Beck saw their developing three-year-old put himself in a good position to make May 9's Weiss Championship for this group, as he now has two seconds and a win in series competition.   Something will have to give in the fifth race division of the fourth and final preliminary leg of Weiss action for female trotters Tuesday night. South Side Hanover (post one, trainer/driver Todd Schadel) and Stirling Debutant (Anthony Napolitano driving for trainer Christie Collins from post six) are both 3-for-3 so far in the series, and whoever takes the Tuesday contest will stamp herself as the one to beat in the $30,000 Championship a week from Tuesday. Races 3 and 4 Tuesday are also part of the distaff Weiss action.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Celebrity Bugatti, Dominus Hanover, and Steed all were repeat winners in the four $15,000 divisions of the second preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Celebrity Bugatti posting the fastest clocking at 1:53.2.   Matt Kakaley led all drivers with five winners on the night.   Celebrity Bugatti, a four-year-old son of Muscle Massive, was the only two-time winner who had to face off against another first leg Weiss winner, Sweet Royalty, and though "Bugatti" had a post edge over "Royalty" (PP3 vs. PP6), and both had gone the same time last week (1:55.2), the crowd backed Sweet Royalty to 3-5 favoritism, holding Celebrity Bugatti at 8-5.   Celebrity Bugatti was content to let his archrival brush past him after a 28 opener and hang up middle splits of 56.4 and 1:25.1, but when crunch time came George Napolitano Jr. pulled the pocket with the Johnny Yoder-trained stallion and sailed by the chalk to win by 1¼ lengths. Yoder also shares ownership in the winner, who dropped his lifetime mark by two full seconds, with Herman Hagerman and Dan Rawlings.   Dominus Hanover is now 2 for 2 in the Weiss, 2 for 2 for trainer Amber Buter, and a 7-time winner with three seconds in 10 seasonal starts, which is why the crowd backed him to 1-10 favoritism, but the heavy favorite was taxed to the max by the horse Taxed To The Max, who was rallying into a 57 back half to make life tough for Dominus.   But Dominus Hanover, owned by Lawrence Crawford and giving Muscle Massive a siring double, found enough to be a half-length clear on the money in a lifetime best 1:55, with George Napolitano Jr. doubling up in Monday Weiss action, here just ahead of his brother Anthony behind the 32-1 Taxed To The Max.   That time of 1:55 was matched by Steed as he won his second straight Weiss start - but while that time was the fastest of the first leg's four divisions, tonight it was the co-slowest clocking.   But the T L P Stable, D'Elegance Stable IX, Vito Cucci, and Carmen Iannacone will find their pursecheck worth $7500 no matter what the time, and they will be proud of the way their sophomore Muscle Hill gelding raced, making two hard moves and finally wresting control late in a length tally while equaling his mark for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Richard Johnson.   Dominion Beach had missed just a half-length to Steed in the first Weiss leg, which was his 2016 bow, and the Muscle Hill colt showed development in his second start back, making the engine after the quarter and blitzing home in 56 - 27.3 to win by five lengths in 1:53.4, lowering his mark by just over two seconds. Marcus Johansson guided the promising sophomore for trainer/wife Nancy and owners Courant A B.   The Saturday through Tuesday racing week at Pocono "concludes" tomorrow with three third-round divisions of the Weiss Series action for female trotters. South Side Hanover and Stirling Debutant, drawn in separately, will be looking for their third straight win in the Weiss Tuesday.   From the PHHA  

Celebrity Bugatti rolled to his second straight series victory in Tuesday's third leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Marty De Vie captured the other $15,000 third-leg split in the event for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. Celebrity Bugatti was away second for Dan Rawlings, but after a sluggish 29.4 opening quarter, Rawlings thought the point might be a better place for the 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Dover Miss. Celebrity Bugatti had little trouble holding the lead, scoring in 1:58.2 over a "good" surface. Cantad Kid was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with the first-over Explosive Leggs third. Johnny Yoder trains Celebrity Bugatti and owns with Herman Hagerman and Rawlings. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie rebounded from a pair of subpar efforts to triumph for Jim Pantaleano in 1:55.3 Princess Pablano raced well first over but fell a nose short, while early leader Cowgirl Hall saw her three-race winning streak snapped when she finished third. Rick Clapper conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who extended her career bankroll to $215,464, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

With all the shuttle and frozen semen stallions available to New Zealand breeders these days, it should come as no surprise that the odd jewel seems to slip through the net and fail to find a spot in the ultra competitive harness racing stallion market. One example that stands out for us in the trotting stallion market is Muscle Mass 1:53.4 ($229,000). Unbeaten in seven starts at two, Muscle Mass took his lifetime mark at just his second lifetime start but was lightly tried at three due to injury issues.   With the ability he had showed at two and the fact his full brother Muscle Massive was becoming a star at the same time, Muscle Mass was given an opportunity at stud and he has grabbed it with both hands. Muscle Mass is bred to be well above average being a son of the great Muscles Yankee from the smart Pine Chip mare in Graceful Touch 1:56.1 ($192,001) who has also produced the brilliant Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) and Thatsnotmyname 1:55 ($340,730) The grand dam of Muscle Mass is the talented Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) who only left two live foals in Graceful Touch and her full brother Cabol 1:54 ($417,457). A sign of the strength of the maternal family is that Cabol made $290,000 at auction. Available to New Zealand breeders in 2009-2010 via frozen semen, Muscle Mass served just 14 mares which resulted in just five live foals which are now five year olds to New Zealand time. One of those died at three, leaving just four live foals and all of them were fillies but that didn't stop them making their mark down under. All four have won to date and they have not been one win wonders as you see below. * K D Muscles ($58,667)                                              * Zhenya ($50,137) * Mass Invasion ($30,862)                                           * Schleck ($16,489) Due to the great results of that small crop, Muscle Mass was offered once again to New Zealand breeders in the 2012-2013 season via fresh semen this time and served a reasonable book of 71 mares which produced 55 live foals which are now two year olds. Several are already showing up around the country at trials and workouts and in tonights two year old non tote trot at Addington, Muscle Mass has three of the six runners. Winnie McGoogan from the Phil Williamson barn is held in high regard by the stable while the Roddy Butt trained Custodian impressed behind Regal Love at Rangiora recently. However after that second season here, Muscle Mass has once again been left on the shelf in North America which is a real shame going by his results up there as Muscle Mass continues to rise further up the sires charts with every crop. His progeny have now earned over $13,577,000 with 33 $100,000 winners and 22 in 1:55 and through all of that, his service fee has crept up to the point that it now stands at $7,500 in the present season. Without doubt this is a sire we should have been seeing a lot more of in the Southern Hemisphere and lets hope next season the deal can be done that makes that happen. Harnesslink Media

The $289,000 Bluegrass stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile, going on Thursday, Oct. 1, was split into four divisions when 25 horses dropped into the box. The first of three $72,000 divisions goes as the third race on the program. Julie Miller-trained Milligan's School headlines the six-horse field off a 1:57.2 qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia. Owned by Stroy Inc., the son of Yankee Glide has three wins to his credit, including an elimination of the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and a division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs. Jimmy Takter's Earn And Burn is also a major contender, with his resume consisting of $65,551 in earnings, a second in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination, and a third in the Peter Haughton final. Earn And Burn is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Brixton Medical Ab. Kindergarten series star Hollywood Highway leads the second split, entering off of wins in both prelims of the series held at Lexington. Trained by Staffan Lind, the Muscle Massive colt has hit the board in three of four starts, with $14,000 banked. Jimmy Takter sends a Kindergarten contender in Honor Above All, who has hit the board in the Kindergarten preliminaries but is still seeking his maiden win. He's owned by Order By Stables. Winner of the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld highlights the third division, owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. He has entered the winners' circle twice this season in seven starts, with the other occasion being in a $36,030 sires stakes division. Another state-bred star will line up on the gate with Kanthaka. Third in the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes, the Triumphant Caviar colt won six legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes leading into the final, accumulating $135,054 this season. He was more recently fourth in a $35,061 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. He's owned by trainer Christopher Beaver in partnership with Wilbur Stoll Lang. The final round goes for $73,000 and features a septet of trotters. It also features the return of Jimmy Takter-trainee Bar Hopping, who enters off a 1:57 qualifier at The Red Mile. Owned by Christina Takter, Hattfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, he has one win this season, coming in a preliminary of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands. He makes his first pari-mutuel start since scratching sick from a division of the Reynolds in late August. He was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial after finishing second in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and in the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final. He'll be competing against improving trotters Celebrity Pilatus, who enters off a fourth in a $50,000 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio, and Ake Svanstedt's Dupree, who finished third in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final. The quartet of Bluegrass stakes holds the spotlight for Thursday's program, which consists of 10 races and kicks off at 7:00pm. Ray Cotolo

Lexington, KY - The Kindergarten Trotting series continued on Thursday evening at The Red Mile.   The colt divisions began the evening with Mavens Way scoring a $37.20 upset for young Oskar Florhed taking a nice record of 1:55.3 in the process. The son of Muscle Hill from Doris Deo sat close up early then wore down Dominion Beach in the shadow of the wire for the win. He is trained by Ake Svanstedt for his own interests along with partners al & Janet Burroughs and TLP Stable.   Charlie Norris worked out a perfect pocket trip for Cloud Nine Hanover in the next division for a huge $54.40 upset after favored Southwind Flash broke on the final bend. Charlie trains the son of Muscle Massive who was winning for the first time on behalf of his wife Carrie, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. Celebrity Express rallied from well back for the place.   Hollywood Highway struck a blow for favoritism winning right back for Dave Palone in a new record of 1:55.2 in the third and last colt split. He's another by Muscle Massive who has found his best form here on the clay for trainer Staffan Lind. Marvin Katz and Al Goldband share the ownership.   Palone won the very next race with Haughty, who has clearly been the class of the Kindergarten filly races in Lexington. Jimmy Takter conditions the winner and had the second place finisher as well in Hollywood Hill. Haughty was well within herself tonight in a measured 1:55.4 tally. She races for the ownership group of Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Howie Okusko, Jr steered Sweet Ashley T to yet another upset in the last of the Kindergarten races returning $38.60 to her small legion of backers. The Conway Hall filly took a 1:56 record in the process for trainer Homer Hochstetler who owns her with South Of The Tracks Racing.   The Kindergarten goes on hiatus until leg five set for October 23 at Vernon Downs with the finals the next week.   Red Mile racing resumes on Saturday before going dark for week. The Grand Circuit kicks off on Wednesday, September 30 racing at 7pm through Saturday, October 3 then matinee racing the following Wednesday through Saturday.   Find all the info you'll need on all things Red Mile on the website.   Nick Salvi

The Kindergarten Classic series came to to the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile in Kentucky on Thursday night with a mixed bag results-wise.   Fillies began the stakes with Jimmy Takter steering the unbeaten Donato Hanover lass Haughty to an as easy as can be 1:54.1 win.   Takter moved Haughty to the front on the backstretch and widened at will in a very impressive outing. Southwind Adele was second and Sweet Ashley T third.   The winner is owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband who paid $80,000 at the Lexington Select sale last fall.   Jan Johnson steered I'm Volo to a 1:58 win for owner and breeder Jorgen Jahre at 17-1 in the second division.   Johnson put the Yankee Glide filly in play early, accepted cover then angled out late to rally past Earn Your Wings and Coco Truffles late.   The tote board exploded in the first of two colt divisions when Dave Palone and Hollywood Highway closed from well back to win in 1:56.1 at odds of 43-1.   With 1-9 favorite Jack Vernon eliminated by a break in the final turn, Palone found clear sailing wide from last and guided the Muscle Massive colt to his first victory for trainer Staffan Lind and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who have $50,000 for this fella at the Lexington yearling sale and had a pretty good night.   Sigmund came second and Mavens Way third.   Palone completed a driving triple on the night with a front end score aboard Southwind Flash in 1:55.2 for trainer Ronnie Burke.   The striking Muscle Hill colt took to the clay beautifully for his first win in six outings.   Honor Above All went beautifully in his very first career start tracking the winner and actually gaining late for driver Nicolas Roussel with Brownie Hanover third.   The winner is another Lexington Select sale grad costing Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt lll $85,000 last fall.   Racing returns to The Red Mile on Saturday and the Kindergarten returns for leg four next Thursday.   Nick Salvi

MEADVILLE PA -- Three-year-olds were featured during the final two days of the four-day harness racing meet at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town, with pacing colts Royaltyhasarrived and R N Nate keeping up their winning ways.   First up was the Nuclear Breeze gelding R N Nate, who ran his fair record to 8-7-1-0 with the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.3, for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. In the very next event, Royaltyhasarrived, an altered son of Western Terror, upped his 2015 fair numbers to 9-8-1-0 by winning just a tick slower for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn. The luck of the draw has kept these two apart so far this summer; when they get in together, there won't be a space up against the fence in paddock and barn areas.   The only way to do better than having one loss on the fair circuit is having NO losses on the fair circuit, and the Quik Pulse Mindale filly Betterthanrevenge is now 7 for 7 on the state twicearounds. She won here in 2:05 for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst and the Thomson Sisters Racing Stable.   In Wednesday's trotting action, Wimborne Hanover and Simeon continued their winning ways. Wimborne, who won last year's Fair Championship for this division, ran his fair record this year to 8 wins in 10 starts when the Muscle Massive gelding reported home first in 2:07.1 for driver Brady Brown, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. But the defending champ knows he has a tough rival in the Andover Hall gelding Simeon, yet to taste defeat at the fairs after winning his fifth start in 2:06 for driver Aaron Johnston, subbing for trainer Dave Wade; Wade also co-owns the winner with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade.   In case you missed our earlier report, the star performer of the meet was the Great George Two freshman trotting filly A Little Laid Back, who won in 2:04.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer Monday. Not only did she obliterate the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies -- her time is faster than any 2YO trotter has ever gone at Meadville, and her clocking eclipsed not only the freshman trotting colts' best effort but also both divisions of THREE-year-old trotters, in addition to being quicker than the best mile of the freshman PACING fillies!   Hammer won nine races over the four days to raise his seasonal lead in the sulky to 59, 13 ahead of Chris Shaw; 8 training triumphs moved him up to 56 for the circuit's year, 21 ahead of Chris's brother Jason.   In the early part of next week, there will be concurrent PA fair racing on Tuesday and Wednesday: at the Indiana County Fair in the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart, and at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Truemass Volo and Love Matters both became two-time winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with victories within the four divisions of the $251,780 third preliminary leg event on Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   First to record the double was the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo colt Truemass Volo, who set the pace then held off Sliding Off to his inside and Milligan's School to his outside in taking a new mark of 1:56.2 under the guidance of Tim Tetrick. Truemass Volo now has three consecutive wins after making breaks in his first two outings, peaking at a good time for trainer Doug Hamliton and owners John Erdner and Martin Garey.   The Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love colt Love Matters went in the race immediately after Truemass Volo's, and he is now undefeated in five lifetime starts (and two PaSS races; he skipped a leg), here lowering his mark to 1:55.2 while triumphing for driver Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. is the co-owner along with Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman.   The two first-time PaSS winners both paid off at better than 20-1, and one of them put up the fastest clocking of all. That would be the colt Iron Mine Bucky, giving Explosive Matter a siring double (his dam is My Foolish Dream) and lowering his mark to 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis moved the winner, who has now taken half his six lifetime starts, first-over on the second turn, and "Bucky" threw a 28 uncovered third quarter to clear to the lead and win nicely for trainer Colby Hubble and Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The Cantab Hall-Likeavirgin Lindy colt Landjack Hanover did get a little help on the way to his maiden victory, and given the luck he knew what to do and tripped the timer in 1:57.1 under the guidance of Corey Callahan. Landjack Hanover was third-inside at the ¾, but first pocketsitting Alexander Hanover jumped midturn and went to the infield, and then Desert Runner, still with about a 2½-length lead in midstretch, unfortunately lived up to the second half of his name, with Landjack Hanover there to pick up the pieces for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Jerry Graham, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono      

Mr Right went to the top of the standings among Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old colt trotters when he won the fastest of seven divisions in the $140,000 third preliminary round in 1:56.3, a personal best, in Tuesday night action at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Victor Kirby and the Donato Hanover-Hey Mister colt had to overcome a first-over trip, but the talented youngster came his own last half in 57.4 to run his series record to 3-2-1-0, the best of all the babies, for trainer Leigh Raymer, who is also co-owner with Stephen Moss and Harold and Helene Solomon.   The only horse to beat Mr Right in the Stallion Series is Cufflink Hanover, who won in the first leg, skipped the second to try the deeper waters of the Sire Stakes, and came back to the Stallion ranks Tuesday and won in 1:57.4 wire-to-wire.   The gelded son of Andover Hall-Savoire Faire, possibly named after the pet turtles in the movie Rocky, is owned by driver David Miller and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc of trainer Nifty Norman.   Besides Mr Right and Cufflink Hanover, Twin B Ammunition added his name to the list of two-time Stallion winners by reducing his mark to 1:58.4.   TNT Rusty, the only double winner in the first two Stallion legs, was on the lead turning for home but made a break, opening the door for the Explosive Matter-Anklets Aweigh gelding to get the decision for trainer Bennie Magliochetti, having a career season, and owner Mahlon Martin.   It's hard to believe that it has been 42 years since the filly Starlark Hanover set a world record at Pocono en route to being named 2YO Trotter of the Year (no colt/filly separate voting then), but trainer/driver Dave Wade is still going strong, as he showed by putting a 1:56.4 maiden mark on the Lear Jetta-Ponytail Xpress gelding Nathaniel in another cut.   The baby led at every call for the ownership of Wade, Jerry Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, and William Peel III, also his breeders.   The only siring double of the night went to SJ's Caviar, as two altered sons of his stepped home first: Skeezix, out of Queen Of Angels, who broke his maiden in 1:59 for driver Kevin Wallis, trainer Rollie Mallar, and owner/breeder Michael Andrew, and Petrossian As (out of Elegant Dame), who was second in his debut, a Stallion leg, but showed no signs of not having raced since that event 34 days ago with a 1:58 triumph for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri Ab.   The final division winner had even less experience than Petrossian, but the Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie colt Pilgrims Tide followed up on two winning qualifiers by winning at first asking in 1:57.4 for "The Trot Man" of Pocono, driver Mike Simons, trainer Scott Andrews, and owners Edward W. Andrews and Edward W. Andrews III.   The Sire Stakes counterparts to these freshmen will contest their third preliminary Wednesday, with $251,780 on the line in four divisions.   The second leg saw no horse as a repeat winner from the first.   Jerry Connors

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