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Royalty For Life cannot wear the crown, but that doesn't diminish trainer George Ducharme's enthusiasm for Sunday's $527,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old male trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. Royalty For Life captured the second piece, the Hambletonian, after Dewycolorintheline won the first, the Yonkers Trot. Royalty For Life was among 14 trotters entered in the 121st Futurity, so the field was divided into two seven-horse eliminations. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the same-day final. Unlike previous years when a horse had to win twice to be declared the champion, the winner of the final will receive the trophy regardless of his finish position in his elimination. In addition to the Kentucky Futurity, Sunday's card includes the Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters and the finals of the Allerage Farms Stakes for older male and female trotters and pacers. Royalty For Life, who has won six of 11 races and $1.21 million this year, drew post four in the first Futurity elimination and will be driven by Brian Sears. The rest of the division will line up with Creatine, Punxsutawney and Deadliest Catch inside of Royalty For Life and E L Rocket, Home Turf and Master Of Law to his outside. The second elim features in post-position order All Laid Out, Lauderdale, Wheeling N Dealin, Lindy's Tru Grit, Spider Blue Chip, Your So Vain and High Bridge. "To win the Futurity would be huge," Ducharme said. "When you're a kid getting into the sport, that's one of the races you dream about. This would be right behind the Hambletonian." Royalty For Life, a son of stallion RC Royalty out of the mare Bourbon 'N Grits, heads to the Futurity off a win in the $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. His other victories include the $360,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial and the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. "It's been quite the enjoyable ride," said Ducharme, who trains Royalty For Life for owners Al Ross, Ray Campbell Jr. and Paul Fontaine. "The colt acts good right now and I think the extra week of rest helped him. He trained really well." Ducharme was not concerned about Royalty For Life racing twice on the same day because the Futurity format is the same as the Hambletonian. "He's already proved he can handle it and I expect him to be good with it again," Ducharme said. Creatine, Spider Blue Chip and Your So Vain all won Bluegrass Stakes divisions last weekend at The Red Mile in preparation for the Futurity. Your So Vain has won four of nine races this year, including a division of the Simcoe Stakes, and finished second on three occasions, most recently in the Canadian Trotting Classic to Royalty For Life. The son of stallion Donato Hanover out of the mare Tennis Lover has earned $303,830 for owners Paul and Glenn Van Camp of Ontario. The colt will be driven by Tim Tetrick. The Van Camps are no strangers to successful trotters; Paul's father, Glenn, bred and co-owns 2011 Horse of the Year San Pail (who returned to action Sept. 30 after a 17-month layoff because of injury). "He's a wonderful horse to race," trainer Brad Maxwell said about Your So Vain. "He gives you a full effort every time he races and that's all you can ask of a horse. "It would be great for Mr. Van Camp to win this race, a real feather in the cap. This horse kind of filled in for San Pail while he was out. That would mean more to me than anything." World champion Frau Blucher and Bluegrass division winners Handover Belle and Ma Chere Hall lead the list of nine trotters in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. Like the race for the colts, the Filly Futurity features a first round followed by same-day final. Since only nine horses entered the race, the first race will determine post positions for the final. The field for the opening round in post-position order is Handover Belle, Frau Blucher, To Dream On, Perfect Alliance, Mistery Woman, Classic Martine, Ma Chere Hall, Time To Kill and Shared Past. In the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace, 4-year-old Pet Rock will try for his third world record in as many starts. Pet Rock, who drew post six, paced the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths-mile track (1:47.2) at Scioto Downs on Sept. 7 and the fastest ever on a half-mile track (1:48.1) at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio on Sept. 19. A Rocknroll Dance, who finished second in both those races, starts the Allerage from post three. The $172,200 Allerage Farms Open Trot features Arch Madness, who gave a world-record-equaling performance to win the Allerage elimination last weekend, as well as stakes winners Sevruga, My MVP, Mister Herbie, Market Share, Guccio and Wishing Stone. My MVP won last year's Kentucky Futurity. Rocklamation, coming off her win in the Milton Stakes, leads the field for the $81,000 Allerage Farms Fillies & Mares Pace. Stakes winners Camille and Drop The Ball also are in the eight-horse group. Maven, who won the Miss Versatility Stakes with a world-record 1:51.4 mile at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 19, headlines the $76,000 Allerage Farms Fillies & Mares Trot. Cedar Dove, who won the 2011 Kentucky Filly Futurity, also is in the eight-horse field, along with Muscle Hill winner D'Orsay and Check Me Out, who was voted the sport's best filly trotter at ages 2 and 3. Kentucky Futurity Elimination 1 1. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart; 2. Punxsutawney, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 3. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 4. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 5. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Home Turf, Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. Master Of Law, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci. Kentucky Futurity Elimination 2 1. All Laid Out, Yannick Gingras, Noel Daley; 2. Lauderdale, Dave Palone, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Wheeling N Dealin, Sylvain Filion, Dustin Jones; 4. Lindy's Tru Grit, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Your So Vain, Tim Tetrick, Brad Maxwell; 7. High Bridge, Gingras, Jimmy Takter. By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

After two successful years in the USA, the Oscarsson family has decided to return home to Sweden again. Their new home track will be the Åby, outside of Gothenburg. In the fall of 2011, Jim and Susanne Oscarsson sold their racehorses in Sweden and left their training base in Eskilstuna to start a new life with their two children on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with young horses they purchased at American sales. Career-wise, their move was a huge success. The Oscarsson-stable kicked off by winning the Peter Haughton Memorial with Aperfectyankee in 2012, a success which was followed by a fourth place in the Hambletonian earlier this summer. Another highlight this season was Nuncio’s second place in the Peter Haughton Memorial. ”We’ve been here for two years and a lot of has worked well," Jim Oscarsson said. "It’s been good times with very nice horses and many good owners, who I must thank. We had the possibility to increase our stable with many more nice horses at the auctions this fall, but sometimes you need to make a choice. The family has discussed it all and decided to return home." The Oscarsson’s are going to bring back around ten horses from the United States to compete with in Sweden and Åby. ”We will head home with the horses after the Breeders' Crown-finals, October 19th," Oscarsson explained. "We hope to have a few of our own qualified. Aperfectyankee and Nuncio both have many good races in Sweden next year, and there is a lot of money to race for at Åby Racetrack.” Reprinted from AGT Sweden at www02.atg.se

Saratoga kicked off the first Wednesday of the fall racing season with a 15 race card featuring 6 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year old trotting fillies. Exotic Form, with trainer/driver Dan Daley in the bike, captured race 13 in 200.3, to claim the winner’s share of the $53,775. purse. Owned by Winbak Farm, the 2 year old Malabar Man filly out of Form Fitting returned a whopping $41.00 to win, the largest payoff of the evenings NYSS races. Other NYSS winners were Sweet Jessie T, Trish and Ski To The Max all competing in the Excelsior Series; and Maud Blue Chip and Gammy’s Girl in the NYSS. Live racing continues Thursday evening with a post time of 6:45 PM. by Dave Oxford

As predicted US- bound Sebastian K, the number one horse on the UET Masters Series rankings, is the notable absentee of the first list of invitees for the UET Masters Series Final at Vincennes on Saturday. Sebastian K,  the winner of the inaugural UET Masters Series  final in Sweden last year, instead will be set for the Aby Stora Pris before departure to the U.S.. However the field is an absolute stellar one – one of the best fields ever assembled, with dual Prix’dAmerique winner  Ready Cash, rising superstar Timoko, world record breaking mare Save The Quick and the past two winners of the Elitloppet Commander Crowe and Nahar (the richest horse in Sweden this year) included in the field. Commander Crowe and Nahar, being geldings,  are ineligible for classic races like the Prix D’Amerique and this race is a rare opportunity to race classic horses such as Ready Cash. Also on the invitation list are some of the rising stars of French racing  including last year’s Criterium des 5 Ans winner The Best Madrik and Un Mec D’Heripre the beaten favourite in this year’s Criterium Des 5 Ans on the weekend. But  missing from the field will be this year’s winner of the Prix D’Amerique, Royal Dream. The number 4 ranked horse is preparing for a defence of the great French classic and his connections have chosen to bypass this €500,000 race. €225 000 is the first prize in the race  which will be restricted tomorrow to a final field of 16 horses so  five horses will be excluded from the field. Swedish trained horses  are  the entry list, Bagley, On Track Piraten, Nahar , Deuxieme Picsous and Sanity, Italy will be represented by Main Wise As and Finland by Brad De Veluwe.  UET Masters Series Final invitees (to be reduced to 16) Valentine du Gite (FRA) Bagley (SWE) On Track Piraten (SWE) Nahar (SWE) Deuxieme Picsous (SWE) Un Mec d’Heripre (FRA) Sanity (SWE) Roi Vert (FRA) Quinio du Relais (FRA) Paladin Bleu (FRA) Quinoa du Gers (FRA) Rêve de Beylev (FRA) Brad de Veluwe (FIN) Perlando (FRA) The Best Madrik (FRA) Save The Quick (FRA) Main Wise As (ITA) Roxane Griff (FRA) Timoko (FRA) Commander Crowe (SWE) Ready Cash (FRA) by David Sanders  

It was the field for the Kentucky Sires Stakes final, in which 8 of the 9 starters were sired by one horse, Deweycheatumnhowe, which triggered this comparison. In France this weekend, the Criterium Des 5 Ans had 17 runners and 17 different sires. And while both US sires were from the same sireline (Valley Victory-Speedy Crown-Peter Scott) the French field had three separate genuine outcross sirelines, the majority deriving from the standardbred line of Hambletonian, but there were also representatives of both the Godolphin (Une de Chelun (m Flash de Cosse) and Heir of Linne lines (Ulk Medoc (h Karikal)). Granted it is not a like for like, a restricted age group race for a championship age group race – but it was none-the-less a stark reminder of the vast differences between the trotting industries of France and the US. For while the United States has refined its breeding through commercially driven Sires Stakes type incentives, it has also narrowed its ability to outcross, and therefore provide the chances of heterosis which happened in France especially with the introduction of stallions such as Workaholic in the 1980s. That introduction has had a profound effect - indeed Workaholic was represented by a grandson Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee) and was one of four from the Speedy Crown lines in the race – including the winner Up And Quick by Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige) regarded in France as the strongest of the Franco-Americans from the 1980s open window. But they haven’t completely taken over, far from it in fact, because there were also representatives from both the US sirelines which were introduced in the 1930s, Sam Williams (another son of Peter Scott who had three representatives) and The Great McKinney (from the now almost defunct Hambletonian line of George Wilkes in the US). Indeed the Great McKinney provided the race favourite Un Mec d'Heripre (h Orlando Vici) who finished fifth – and who is already at stud and proving very popular, with what are regarded in France as state of the art bloodlines. The Peter Volo line was well represented too, but not altogether from purely US origins. Two of the runners were from the Victory Song line which came out of Italy to France through And Arifant who had two grandchildren in the race Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis) and Ulysse du Ravary (h Hugo du Bossis).Star’s Pride only mated with one French mare, the great mare Roquepine while on a visit to race in America. The offspring from that mating was not allowed to race in France but since he was purchased from his breeder Henri Levesque by the French National Stud (Haras Nationaux), Florestan was allowed to stand at stud. And he became a great sire and was represented in this race by two great-grandchildren including second favourite and third placegetter Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont) and the mare (Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael). Bonefish’s French son Viking’s Way had three representatives in the race including runner up Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet). There were also 16 maternal families involved in the race, four originating from the US including the double occurrence, these families were US, U402 – Kentucky (2), U326 - Laura Logan, U403 - Lady Pierce and U1456 – Edna. None of these families have surviving US trotting descendants.   The Criterium Des 3 Ans contestants details.   FUSCHIA (Godolphin(1)) Une de Chelun (m  Flash de Cosse - Malice d'Haufor)     Flash de Cosse-Tenor de Baune- Le Loir-Kerjacques-Fuschia-Godolphin   U402 – Kentucky   THE HEIR OF LINNE (Bartletts Childers(1)) Ulk Medoc (h Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet)        Karikal-Jiosco-Quo Vadis-James Watt-Phaeton-The Heir of Linne- Eclipse-Bartletts Childers E1025 – Melanie   HAMBLETONIAN (Flying Childers(1)) THE GREAT McKINNEY Un Mec d'Heripre (h Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling)          Orlando Vici-Quadrophenio-The Great McKinney-George Wilkes- Hambletonian   U326 - Laura Logan   PETER SCOTT (Sam Williams (3), Speedy Crown(4)) SAM WILLIAMS Un Amour d'Haufor (h Love You-Glamour d'Haufor)     Love You (FR)-Coktail Jet-Sam Williams-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian         E39 – Kairouan   Udine (m Coktail Jet- Idylle)   Coktail Jet C5 1995-Quouky Williams-Sam Williams-Peter Scott-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E8 - Fa Mi Sol (TheBest Madrik, Kiwi,Vanika De Ruel – Ovidius Naso (Prix D’Amerique 2x)   Un Nuage d'Osmoz (h Nuage Noir - L'Etoile d'Escrit )    Nuage Noir (3rd C5)-Cyrus Buissonay-Ura-Carioca II-Sam Williams-Peter Scott – Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E49 - L'Aigle Baie   SPEEDY CROWN (4)   Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee -Harmonie de Nieul)      Cygnus d'Odyssee (FR)- Workaholic (US)-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian    E24 - Fernande   Used to Me (h  Nuage de Lait-North Lane)       Nuage de Lait- Defi D’Aunou-Armbo Goal-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian    U403 - Lady Pierce      Up And Quick (h  Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre)           Buvetier d'Aunou-Royal Prestige-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot - PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian   E13 - Duegne   Unikaranes (m Montecatini -Pivoine des Hayes)         Montecatini (FR)-Defi D’Aunou-Armbo Goal-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian         U402 - Kentucky   PETER VOLO (Stars Pride (5), Victory Song (2)) STAR’S PRIDE FLORESTAN (2) Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael - Isaurie)   Dr: Richard Joly   Tr: Stephane Meunier Okapi De Fael-Gai Brillant-Florestan-Star’s Pride-Peter Volo-PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian         E4 - La Kapirat             Univers de Pan  (h Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore)              Kenya du Pont-Baccarat du Pont-Florestan-Star’s Pride- Peter Volo-PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian   U1456 – Edna   BONEFISH (3) Umoko (h  Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces)           Imoko U122 – Viking’s WayE112 – Bonefish U32  – Star’s Pride-Volomite-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E40 Osmonde   Uhlan du Val (h  Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful )    Islero De Bellouet-Viking's Way-Bonefish-Star's Pride-Peter Volo-PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian   E1012 - Amaranthe                     Up the Green (h  Espeyrac Sun - Nemenine)              Espeyrac Sun -Vikings Way- Bonefish-Stars Pride-Volomite- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E41 – Baillette   VICTORY SONG (2) Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis-Never So Great)        Infant du Bossis-And Arifant-Quick Song-Victory Song-Peter Volo- PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian         E6 - La Pille   Ulysse du Ravary (h  Hugo du Bossis - Epee)     Hugo du Bossis (Gr1 monte)-And Arifant-QuickSong-Victory Song-Volomite- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E77-Printaniere   By  Dave Sanders  

OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts have one last opportunity to qualify for the Grassroots post season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Two local colts, Northern Matador and Cabertoss, currently sit among the top 20 point earners after the first five regular season events. To extend their Ontario Sires Stakes season both colts need a victory over the Rideau Carleton oval on Thursday; only the top 10 point earners will advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Northern Matador has accumulated 67 points from one win, one fourth and three seventh-place finishes in Grassroots action and is currently ranked sixteenth. The Muscle Mass gelding will make his bid for a second victory from Post 5 in the first of four $18,000 divisions Thursday. From 10 sophomore starts the Mark Steacy trainee has two wins, one second and one third for earnings of $10,540. He posted a personal best 2:00.2 clocking at Rideau Carleton in a July 25 overnight event. Clarke Steacy of Gananoque, Landmark V Racing Stable of Kingston, Diane Bertrand of Edmonton, AB and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY share ownership of Northern Matador. From just three Grassroots starts, Cabertoss has one win and one fourth to his credit for 58 points and a number 18 ranking. William Murray Jr. of Mountain owns the Muscle Mass colt, and his father William Murray of Kingston trains. Cabertoss will start from Post 6 in Thursday’s eleventh race, and heads into the test off a second-place result in an overnight event at Rideau Carleton on Aug. 29. In 11 starts this season the colt has delivered two wins and two seconds for earnings of $11,838. The three-year-old trotting colts will be spotlighted in Races 2, 4, 8, and 11 on Rideau Carleton Raceway’s Thursday evening program, which gets under way at 6:30 pm. by Sandra Snyder  

Hippodrome 3R Two-year-old pacing filly Alevala Hanover celebrated her first career win in a big way on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R for her local connections as she prevailed in the $31,600 Lucien Bombardier Stakes, which is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned by driver Marc Belanger and trainer Stephane Beaudoin, both of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Alevala Hanover overcame early interference from post eight and made up her double-digit deficit by the half-mile mark. She then held off race favourite Champagne Shower (Dennis St. Pierre), who was a riding a three-race win streak in Quebecoise Series action, to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. Third-place finisher C L Infinite (David Pilon) followed nearly 10 lengths behind. The Allamerican Native-Armbro Odessa filly now sports a career record reading 1-2-2 in six starts with earnings soaring to more than $20,000. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Hippodrome 3R. Inverness Raceway Junebugs Baby closed out Sunday afternoon's harness racing card at Inverness Raceway with a victory in the featured $1,500 Frank MacInnis Memorial Pace. Junebugs Baby watched as favourite J B Bolt and Macnamarra battled on top through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:29.4 in the ninth race before flying by in the stretch to win in 2:01.4. Art I Special came on for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind, while J B Bolt and Macnamarra settled for third and fourth respectively. The homebred son of Western Paradise was driven by Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnbull, who shares ownership with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate earned the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 16th lifetime. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. Holland Fair Outlaw I See Red wired a field of Open pacers in the $2,200 Murray Cumberland Memorial featured at Holland Fair on Sunday afternoon. Driver Ron Cullen steered Outlaw I See Red ($8.90) to the 2:02.3 two and three-quarter length victory with Playboy Killean (Dean Rey) and Outlaw Spider (Don Howlett) finishing second and third, respectively. Jodie Cullen trains the five-year-old Brandons Cowboy gelding for owners Derek and Fred Gilbert of Brandon, MB. The race was named in honour of horseman Murray Cumberland, who passed away in July 2012. The winning connections swept the late Daily Double with eight-year-old pacing mare Judges Discretion ($6.80), driven by Greg Manning, taking the finale. The Cullen combination paid $12.60. The Manitoba Great Western Fair circuit wraps up next weekend back in Miami with Saturday and Sunday live harness racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Holland Fair. Fraser Downs Open pacing mare Prairie Illusion returned to racing action on Sunday after four months off and found herself right back where she left off...in the Fraser Downs winner's circle. The four-year-old Mach Three mare won the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open back on May 3 in a career-best 1:52.4 and matched that mark in Sunday's feature event with another dominating score. Jim Marino, who won four races on the card, sent the favourite to the lead from post five and never looked back through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2 en route to the six and three-quarter length victory. The winning time was just two-fifths of a second off Furious Five's track record for aged pacing mares. Early trailers Phone Terror (Serge Masse) and Jans Rich Girl (Scott Knight) finished second and third. Prairie Illusion has now won all three of her starts since being claimed by trainer William Young in mid-April for $30,000. She is now six-for-12 this season and has yet to miss a paycheque throughout her four-year-old campaign. While Prairie Illusion missed the track record for her age and sex, the Fraser debuting Need You So Bad established one for two-year-old geldings with a 1:56.2 three length romp for trainer/driver Bill Davis. The son of American Ideal was two-fifths of a second faster than the former record-holder Nobody Can. The J J J Stables owns the Horizon Pace champion who is undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca  

The Auckland Trotting Club is pleased to be continuing their association with Dunstan Horse Feeds for the 2013/14 Season. Following on from the success of last season’s Dunstan Mares Series, which was for 1-3 win pacing mares, the Dunstan Mares Series has this year undergone some significant changes. The renamed Dunstan Speed Series will now include a series for both Trotting and Pacing Fillies and Mares. Each series will consist of two $10,000 heats and will lead into finals worth $14,999. All races will be run over 1700 metres and while preferential barrier draws will apply for heats both finals will be open draws. The winner of the first heat will be ineligible for heat two. Series Dates: Heat 1:  20th September Heat 2:  11th October Final:     18th October The team at Dunstan appreciate the support that has been shown to them by both Breeders and Trainers.  They look forward to continuing to work with their existing and new Standardbred clients to help them achieve optimum results for their young stock and racehorses, through sound nutritional advice and appropriate feeds for purpose.   Dunstan has an extensive range of complete feeds, concentrates and feed supplements including a quality blended oil, Dunstan Trifecta Oil.  Dunstan’s variety of products means feeding programmes can be developed for a range of horses and management systems. If you would like further detail or to discuss your individual requirements please contact: Gretel Webber on free Phone 0800 438678 or mobile  021 557 316. Full series conditions can be found in the programme for the 20th of September or by contacting the ATC racing office on 09 631 1163. DAVID BRANCH SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR Alexandra Park

Charlottetown, PE - Balanchine will headline the Preferred Pace Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 13 dash event is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside will host an action packed Labour Day program on Monday with 13 races. Post time is 1pm. Balanchine, owned by Mike Pollard, Stratford and Joey Gallant, Charlottetown, drew post 7 in the evening's top class for driver Brodie MacPhee and the grounds leading trainer Jackie Matheson. The nine-year-old gelding, who is coming off a third place 1:53.2 performance, makes his 15 start this season and a trip to victory lane will mark his 50th lifetime win. Wild Dragon and Terry Gallant are listed at 3-1 on the morning line while Foxyhall Racing will send out two stable stars with Lucky Encounter, with Walter Cheverie driving, and Greatheart Hanover for Jason Hughes. The line-up also includes Forever Paradise, Windemere Express, Machinthesand and Pownal Bay Mustang. Dirt Track Momma takes her winning streak into the Fillies and Mares open in race 10. Trainer Jonah Moase has listed Kenny Arsenault to do the driving from post 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac has number four on top and is leaning on JK Special for the runner-up spot. "She's still about as steady as any mare in the region and the only thing that her halted her top three run last time was the seven hole," said MacIsaac. "She moves four spots to her left (post 3) so that should her right back in the thick of it." To check out Les's top picks go to www.redshores.ca Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside is ready to go with a 13 dash program Monday. Post time is 1pm with all the action be carried with the live broadcast at www.redshores.ca The traditional holiday program from the Prince County oval has King of Rock leading the charge in the top class for owners Barry, Trevor and Kevin Doyle of Earnscliffe. The son of Rocknroll Hanover is 10 for 25 in top three finishes this season and hasn't been worse than second in his last six starts. Brodie MacPhee gets the driving assignment from conditioner Darren Trainer. Every Day has drawn the rail for driver Brian Andrew and his owners William and Rachel Andrew while Bet the House leaves from post 2 for Walter Cheverie. Additional chart lines will be announced on Bet the House, who finished seventh after a break at the start on Thursday, and Creighton Hanover rallied for fourth on the same program. Mark Bradley gets the call to drive in this contest. Narragansett and Norris Rogers go into the event riding a two-race winning streak for Foxyhall Racing of Summerside and their trainer Dale Sobey. Ultimate Faith, who competed in the Spud Island Classic, and Cambest Kisser, owned by Donald and Stephan MacRae, Vernon Bridge, could also knock off the favorite for driver Jason Hughes. Rogers picks up another live drive in the afternoon back-up class when he handles Paphos for Donnie Milligan of Tyne Valley. The pacing veteran won by five lengths in his last start in 1:56.1. The Open trotters move to the historic oval on Monday with Zip the Lip landing on the cones for Brian MacPhee. MacPhee reached career win 1,700 Thursday in Charlottetown. Abundaspin, 5-2 odds, is listed as the one to beat as Harold Shepherd handles the teenager for owner Mikaela Lustic, Warren Grove. Caliban Hanover, owned by Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall, will try to spoil the party from post 7 for driver Ron Gass. For race programs, top picks from Jared Stretch or live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee A. Drake  

VERNON, NY – Sunday night’s race card at Vernon Downs, headlined by the opening round of the All-Star Drivers’ Championship and Zweig Memorial Trot, produced the track’s highest single-card wagering handle since 2009. The total handle, including on-track and off-track simulcast locations, totaled $313,690, the track’s highest figure since hosting the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions in September of 2009. It also represents a nearly 20% increase over last year’s Drivers’ Championship and Zweig Memorial Trot card. “We worked extremely hard to promote one of our signature nights of the season and we’re pleased to see how well-received it was by horseplayers nationwide,” said Scott Warren, Director of Racing. “By racing the card in the evening, we were able to get our simulcast signal distributed in California and a loaded on-track promotional schedule delivered the type of family-friendly event we strive to produce.” Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life cruised to victory in the $360,000 Zweig Memorial over a star-studded field of trotters and continued his magical season for Vernon Downs based trainer George Ducharme. Vernon Downs resumes racing with a four-day holiday schedule. Live racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:45 p.m. and a special Labor Day matinee on Monday starting at 1:15 p.m. by Justin Horowitz  

Mike Simons and In Your Room captured the $16,000 open trot on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Simons and In Your Room got away third from post position number three as Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) the 1-2 betting favorite cut through fractions of 27, 56, and 1:24.1. Around the final turn, Simons and In Your Room found themselves four lengths off the lead with Cold Certified controlling the race over a pocket sitting Fox Valley Smarty (Corey Braden). Down the stretch, Simons pulled In Your Room to the outside and she responded trotting a final quarter in 28.4 to get up for a length and three quarter victory in 1:53.4. The win was the sixth of the year in twenty seasonal starts for the 5-year old daughter of CR Excalibur – Chris Image for the Classico Stables and trainer Gail Wrubel. Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) hung on for second, while Fox Valley Smarty was third to round out the 3-5-6 trifecta good for $92.00. Fern Paquet Jr. recorded a driving triple on the night’s ten race card, while Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Corey Braden each posted doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 25th with a special post time of 1:00pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . by Dustin Ross  

Fox Valley Christo (Yankee Skyscraper) scored a convincing victory in the $6,420 featured race on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Brandon Simpson trained pacer, who was piloted by leading driver Billy Dobson, wasted no time moving out to the early lead. Fox Valley Christo saw his lead grow with every stride late in the mile before opening up in the stretch to win in 1:55.4. It was the fourth victory in twelve tries on the season for the sophomore pacer who followed up a second place finish in his local debut last week with the Wednesday romp. Here And Now (Stephane Bouchard) closed sharply for second behind the favored winner while longshot Bad As Bart (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella

Winter King with Jay Randall in the sulky, hits the wire in the eighth race at Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Tuesday Aug 20,2013. Owned by Thomas Finelli, Jay Randall and Dawn Randall, and trained by Jay Randall, the 3-year-old Riverboat King gelding posted a winning time of 1:56.4. The win was one of two for Jay Randall on Tuesday’s card. by Dave Oxford

An excellent card of trotting action graced the Orebro Sweden racecourse on Saturday that included two events worth 800,000SEK to the winning connections. The E3 Final (Gr. I International) for three year0old colts went to Tiberius F (3m Going Kronos-Peace Kronos-Sugarcane Hanover) in a quick 1.11.9kr over the 1609 meter autostart distance. Bjorn Goop did the teaming for owner Falkbolagen AB. He earned the 800,000SEK first money by winning for the first time in his career in 12 starts. The Denmark bred Crazed colt Tumble Dust (3m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johnny Takter and he now has a 6-2-2-1 slate in 2013 for earnings of 838,873SEK. Kanha (3m Super Arnie-Lady New Dawn-JR Broline) took the third spot for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The E3 Final of fillies (Gr. I International, 1609 meters autostart, 800,000SEK first prize) was won by Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet) in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She scored over Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJ’s Caviar) with Erik Adielsson up for owner Linne Trav HB. Roaring Drunk (3f Viking Kronos-Bourbon Eyes-Smokin Yankee) was third with Ake Svanstedt aboard for trainer Robert Bergh. Saturday’s Silver Final for 250,000SEK first money went to Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-My Nevele) for trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson in 1.12.5kr over 2100 meters autostart. The win was his 16th in 43 lifetime starts. No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering) took the second spot for Johnny Takter and Kaka A.T. (6m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui) finished third for Erik Adielsson. The Gold Express Gaxe (new Hall of Fame inductee) for free-for-all trotters included several starters in the upcoming Bergsaker featured event on August 24th, the Sundsvall Open. The Gold on Saturday offered 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Sanity (7g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) took the win for Johnny Taker in 1.12.3kr, his 25th victory in 58 career appearances for earnings approaching 6.3 million SEK. Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Peter Untersteiner with the Bjorn Goop handled Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) taking the third spot. Other upper class events on the Orebro card showcased the following winners: Twin’s Fairytail (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) in the Category II worth 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Ake Svanstedt was driver/trainer of the winner in 1.12.6kr; You Talking To Me (5g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec-Ata Star L) won the Category I event in 1.12.9kr, also worth 200,000SEK to the winning connections in this 2100 meter autostart course. Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of the winner; Le Mat (6g Juliano Star-La Concours-Super Arnie) won the Bronze Final worth 220,000SEK to the winner. He scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and it was his 15th career win in just 32 starts. The August 24th classic Sundsvall Open (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart) was drawn and features a competitive field on V75 Weekend at Bergsaker. Sundsvall Open – August 24 Bergsaker Friction, S. Melander Nahar, R. Bergh Sanity, Johnny Takter Raja Mirchi, E. Adielsson Sebastian K, A. Svanstedt Formula One, Jorma Kontio Save The Quick, B. Goop Shaq Is Back, D. Reden Panne de Moteur, Orjan Kihlstrom Monster Drive, Johan Untersteiner The history of the Sundsvall Open is rich in its past winners and we expect 2013 to continue the tradition.   Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Kr time 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson Stall Stand In 1.13,6 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund  Gunnars Kiosk i Piteå AB 1.13,5  1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Håkan Andersson i Sundsvall AB 1.14,6  1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof  Marquise de Moratalla  1.13,0  2000 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson  Stall Kalas  1.12,7  2001 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,2  2002 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,1  2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Stall Palema  1.13,5  2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander  Martin Jean Raymond  1.12,0  2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson  Jägersklass KB  1.12,7  2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann  Stall Zenith HB  1.12,5  2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson Fredrik B Larsson  Stall Geidermark AB  1.12,7  2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman  Yvonne & Olle Lindström  1.11,6  2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro  P.P.Travträning AB (P Puro)  1.12,1  2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan  Guida Italia SRL  1.12,2  2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini  Stabb Behåll AB & Lutfi Kolgjini AB  1.11,7  2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Knutsson Trotting AB  1.11,6    by Thomas H. Hicks  

Cessena (Italy) hosted yesterday’s Superfrustino driver’s contest with Antonio Greppi prevailing in a race-off between the top three point winners from a series of  six events on the card. Pierre Vercruysse (France) was the point leader from earlier races, with 26, that included two victories. Other elimination winners were Enrico Bellei with two and one each for Antonio Di Nardo and Antonio Greppi. Six race point winners: Pierre Vercruysse 26 Enrico Bellei  25 Antonio Greppi 22 Antonio Di Nardo 16 Roberto Andreghetti 11 Lorenzo Besana 9 Pietro Gubellini 7 Antonio Esposito 90 6 Giuseppe Lombardo jr 5 Vincenzo Luingo 5 The top three point winners picked their mounts for the race-off and Greppi selected Orfeo Jet who traveled 1700 meters. The Vercruysse driven Gauguin Ans was second (he covered 1680 meters) with Bellei finishing third with Gin Cast (1660 meters). Replay of the race-off can be seen clicking here Superfrustino winners, past and 2013, now include: 1995 Gubellini Edoardo 1996 Maisto Giuseppe Pietro 1997 Bellei Enrico 1998 Baldi Lorenzo 1999 Bazire Jean M. 2000 Bechicchi Luciano 2001 Gubellini Pietro 2002 Ciulla Fabrizio 2003 Gubellini-Minnucci 2004 Guzzinati Andrea 2005 Gubellini Pietro 2006 Gocciadoro Alessandro 2007 Bellei Enrico 2008 Vecchione Roberto 2009 Bellei Enrico 2010 Roberto Vecchione 2011 Alessandro Gocciadoro 2012 Roberto Andreghetti 2013 Antonio Greppi By Thomas H. Hicks  

CLINTON, ON — Legends Day at Clinton Raceway always features a group of harness racing’s most revered drivers and trainers, but fans attending this year’s edition on Sunday, Aug. 18 may also catch a glimpse of several former stars from the National Hockey League. Brothers Dave, Dale and Mark Hunter, best known for their careers with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues, respectively, will be on hand to watch two-year-old trotting colt Strike It Big battle in the Grassroots event featured on the Legends Day program. And while Strike It Big has shown some promise in the early stages of his career, the novice trotter was not solely responsible for the gathering of the Hunter clan. “My grand-daughter is getting married on Saturday, Carol’s daughter,” explains Richard “Dick” Hunter, who, along with son Dale and neighbour Randy Clark, comprise Chasin The Dream Stable of Petrolia and share ownership of Strike It Big with Alvinston resident Rick Podolinsky and Dave Hudson of Dallas, TX. Having the colt racing the day after the wedding was a stroke of luck Hunter was willing to take advantage of, however, and the family has arranged a bus to pick them up at their Oil Springs homestead Sunday morning and deliver them to Clinton for the trotter’s fifth lifetime start. “It just hit perfect, didn’t it,” says Hunter, noting that the bus will hold 40. “We’ll see how we do.” Strike It Big will battle for a share of the $18,000 Grassroots purse from Post 8 in the seventh race on Sunday. The Striking Sahbra son started his season at the Gold Series level, but after failing to hit the board in two attempts trainer Dan Creighton opted to drop the youngster down to the Grassroots level. The strategy paid off as Strike It Big recorded his first win in his Grassroots debut at Georgian Downs on July 30. In the Aug. 8 test at Mohawk Racetrack the trotter finished fifth, closing hard after getting away at the back of the 10-horse field. 'He’s a very nice colt. Like others, he’s had his struggles, but he’s learning,” says Strathroy resident Creighton. “We have hopes for him to be a nice horse. He’s definitely shown some ability.” A $21,000 purchase out of the Forest City Yearling Sale last fall, Strike It Big initially caught Dick Hunter’s eye because of his conformation, but it was the colt’s number in the sale that sealed the deal. “I was going by his stall and the owner was there, and another guy who was helping him. I got talking to the owner and he said, ‘This is quite a colt’,” recalls Hunter. “’He said, ‘This is quite a colt,’ and I looked up and I said, ‘That’s number 99, well I hope he’s as good as Wayne Gretzky was.” Should Strike It Big find success at Clinton on Sunday, it would cap off an exceptional week for the Hunter family. In addition to the much anticipated wedding, last weekend Dale and Mark Hunter returned to London from the Czech Republic sporting gold medals from the Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament where Dale served as the national team’s head coach and Mark as the general manager, the same roles they perform with the OHL’s London Knights. “How he gets around Clinton, we don’t know, but hopefully he makes a good account of himself,” says trainer Creighton of Strike It Big’s prospects. “Hopefully there will be a big crowd of Hunters up there. I know that Dick, he enjoys the horses because it does get the family together.” No matter how the young trotter performs, or how many family members are on hand to cheer him home, Hunter is confident the busload from Oil Springs will enjoy Clinton Raceway’s biennial Legends Day celebration. “Ian (Fleming) does a heck of a job up there,” says the longtime owner. In addition to the five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts (Races 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8), Clinton Raceway General Manager Ian Fleming and his staff have a full slate of Legends Day activities planned for fans, including an opportunity to meet 12 of harness racing’s legendary reinsmen. The event gets under way at 1:30 pm and full details are available at http://www.clintonraceway.com/page/legends. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0818clntnn.dat by Sandra Snyder  

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