News from Italy and Hungary highlights this report of weekend activity. Italy staged several graded events at Montegiorgio on Saturday and Modena on Sunday. Four-year-olds battled Saturday with Roger Prav (by Daguet Rapide) winning in a quick 1.12.5kr for Antonio Greppi in the €45,100 Grand Prix San Paolo. On Sunday the three year-olds took center stage with the €154,000 Tito Giovanardi Open going to the Holger Ehlert trained Sing Hallelujah (by SJs Caviar). The €55,000 Carlo Carriari for fillies went to the Dream Vacation sired Sweat OK with Tommaso Di Lorenzo at the lines. May 10, 2014 Montegiorgio, Premio Grand Prix San Paolo, €45,100, 1600 meters, 1.12.5kr 1st Roger Prav (4m Daguet Rapide-Fancy Prav-Sugarcane Hanover), Antonio Greppi up, eighth win in 42 starts 2nd Rosemary Gar (4f Donato Hanover-ASllstar FC-Indro Park), M. Minopoli Jr. up 3rd Ribot EK (4m Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way), G.L. Cicognani driving May 11, 2014 Modena, Gran Prix Tito Giovanardi, €154,000, 2060 meters, 1.14.5kr 1st Sing Hallelujah (3m SJs Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail), Roberto Vecchione up for Holger Ehlert trainer and breeder, and owner Walther Larsen, his fifth win in 10 career starts; victorious in a close photo 2nd Satchmo As (3m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori-Waikki Beach), Enrico Bellei aboard 3rd Swan Wise As (3f Varenne-Garden Variety-Tagliabue), A. Buzzitta up May 11, 2014 Modena, Grand Prix Carlo Cacciari, €55,000, 1600 meters, 1.15.6kr 1st Sweat OK (3f Dream Vacation-Zinbgara OK-Crowning Point), Tommaso Di Lorenzo up in a tight finish 2nd Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up 3rd Smeralda Jet (3f Gigant Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride), V.P. Dell’Annunziata aboard At Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Speedy Foster Handicap went to Tibor Hajnal’s Italian import Orifiamma Jet, an easy winner in 1.15.4kr over 1800 meters autostart. She is a half-sister to third place Smeralda Jet on Sunday at Modena in the Carlo Cacciari for fillies. May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, Speedy Foster Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 1.15.4kr, purse 500,000HUf 1st Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride), Tibor Hajnal up for Illetmeny Kft., 3.7/1 2nd Orinoco (6f P.S. Dimo-Uxor), L. Veres trainer/driver 3rd Alverna Quickly (7f Victory Party-Gypsy Garland), Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver Interesting winners on the Saturday card also included those sired by SJs Caviar and Wall Street Banker. May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, Half Pint Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 1.15.8kr, purse 330,000HUf 1st Stone Capes Judy (7f SJ’s Caviar-Kallasy), Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver, Csabika & Adrienn owners, 2.3/1 May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, UBUL DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 1.16.2kr, purse 380,000HUf 1st Royal Flesh (4m Wall Street Banker-Tameways Sweet L), L. Marton trainer/driver for AMMA Loverseny, Kft., 7.8/1 odds The prior weekend (May 3) a classic heat race, the Majusi Nagydij over 1960 meters distance handicap, went to the Wall Street Banker mare Orangyal in consecutive heats for trainer/driver Pal Vicen. Purse was 1.8HUf million. Nick Nolte took second placing with his 3-2 finish in the heats. May 3, 2013 Kincsem Park, Majusi Nagydij heat 1, 1960 meters distance handicap, total purse 1.8HUf million, 1.17.9kr 1st Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen trainer/driver, Bakonyko Kft. owner, 1960 meters, 7/1 2nd Pretty Paper (6m Credit Winner-Anticipation-Donwerail, Dora Kovacs up, 1980 meters, her third dam Les Celestes is the dam of Backstreet Guy 3rd Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szines Zno-Mill H), Sandor Varadi, 1960 meters May 3, 2014 Kincsem Park, Majusi Nagydij heat 2, 1960 meters distance handicap, 1.17.6kr 1st Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo- Endless Sands), Pal Vicen trainer/driver, Bakonyko Kft., owner, 1960 meters, 4.4/1 2nd Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szines Zno-Mill H), Sandor Varadi, 1960 meters 3rd Ollyan Nincs (6m Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre-Kalle Pil), Imre Fazekas, 1980 meters Final placings in two heat format – Orangyal, Nick Nolte, Ollyan nincs, Pretty Paper, Jackpot Star The companion feature that day, the 1.8HUf million Laszlo Fergy Memorial for three year-olds, went to Salt Lake City with veteran trainer/driver Imre Fazekas up for owner/breeder Pimri Bt. Fazekas has represented his country in past driver’s world championship competition. Two Wall Street Banker offspring, bred by legendary commercial breeder Kabela Menes Kft., took the next two spots. May 3, 2014 Kincsem Park, Laszlo Fergy Memorial, purse 1.8HUf million, 1960 meters distance handicap, 1.20.1kr 1st Salt Lake City (3m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian), Imre Fazekas trainer up, Pimri Bt. owner, 2.9/1 2nd Silver Lady (3f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady-Endless Sands), V. Mazsity up, breeder Kabela Menes Kft. 3rd Sebes (3m Wall Street Banker-Franciska-Witsend’s Speedy), L. Kolozsi up, breeder Kabela Menes Kft. Witsend’s Speedy is a son of Green Speed-Linda Lobell. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
With his regular reinsman Andy Miller sidelined following yesterday's racing accident, world champion trotter Sevruga did his best to lift Team Miller's spirits on Wednesday, scoring his second straight win at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trained by Andy's wife Julie and owned by KDM Stables Corp., Sevruga ($3) won his season's debut from post eight in 1:52.1 on April 2. The six-year-old SJs Caviar gelding overcame his assigned outside post once again in Wednesday's $30,000 Winners Over Handicap Trot for another victory. Subbing in for Andy, Corey Callahan rolled the multiple-stakes winner to the lead, clearing to command past the :27.4 quarter pole. They continued to front the eight-horse field through middle splits of :56 and 1:26.1 en route to the one and a half length victory in 1:55.3. Fox Valley As and Baximum came on for second and third. To read the rest of the story click here.
Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
In a pair of close calls, trotter Kashs Caviar and pacing mare Andro Madi captured the co-featured Preferred events on Wednesday's harness racing card at Flamboro Downs. Driver Robert Shepherd sent Kashs Caviar to the lead from post six in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Trot and carved out fractions of :29.4, 1:00.4 and 1:31 before holding off the pocket-sitting Out Of The Hat (J.R. Plante) to win by a nose in 2:03.1. Closing from the backfield, longshot Tornado Tim (Daniel O'Brian) finished one and a quarter lengths behind in third. The track was listed as 'good' with a two second variant and the temperature a chilly -14 degrees. Sent postward as the 5-2 second choice to Out Of The Hat, Kashs Caviar paid $7.40 to win. The seven-year-old son of SJs Caviar earned his second win in four starts since being claimed by trainer Craig Yates of Paris, Ont. and Marilyn Horner of Aurora, Ont. for $15,000 on Dec. 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. Wednesday's win was his 18th lifetime and lifted his earnings to $417,122. In the Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace, Andro Madi prevailed off a pocket trip while making her first start for new connections, trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Jonah Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. Favourite Mamasaids (Alfie Carroll) had the inside post advantage and led the field through intervals of :27.4, :58 and 1:27 with Posey Tina (Robert Shepherd) challenging. Those two eventually finished third in a dead-heat, just half a length behind the winner. When the field turned for home, J.R. Plante sent Andro Madi up the passing lane and she prevailed by a nose in 1:58.2 over longshot Stryking Dove (Bruce Richardson), who rallied home from second over. Andro Madi paid $7 to win as the 5-2 second choice. The six-year-old Shanghai Phil mare, who has 21 career wins and earnings just shy of the $100,000 mark, was claimed by Moase on Jan. 21 at Western Fair Raceway for $10,000. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Kashs Caviar pulled off a mild 8-1 upset in winning Flamboro Downs' featured $6,500 Preferred 3 Trot off the claim for trainer and co-owner Craig Yates on a frigid Thursday evening. With Robert Shepherd catch-driving, Kashs Caviar braved temperatures of 18 degrees below zero as he trotted off to a 2:01.1 victory over the 'good' track rated three seconds slow. Favourite Lakefield and Trevor Henry worked their way to the front of the eight-horse field into a :29-second opening quarter and proceeded to lead to the half in 1:00 flat. But Shepherd made his move aboard Kashs Caviar from sixth at the midway mark and took over command down the backstretch, reaching three-quarters in 1:30.3. The 8-1 fourth choice then drew off to win by more than four lengths in 2:01.1. Kashs Caviar paid $18.20 to win. Lakefield faded to fourth behind the late-charging Euro Classic (Per Henriksen) and Chewey (Bob McClure). The seven-year-old SJs Caviar gelding was claimed for $15,000 in his last start on Dec. 19 at Woodbine Racetrack by the Paris, Ont. based Yates and Marilyn Horner of Aurora, Ont. The 2011 Frank Ryan champion earned his 17th career win and lifted his bankroll to $411,072. Shepherd also won the following race with Bud Sinclair's four-year-old pacer Phil Your Boots ($5.90) to sweep the late Daily Double. To view Thursday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Thursday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
As part of their normal reduction policy at this time of year, Hanover Shoe Farms will be offering a group of broodmares and yearlings of 2014 for private sale online. The offering includes 13 broodmares all of which, other than one, are in foal to Pennsylvania eligible stallions. The stallions to which the mares are in foal to are Cams Card Shark, Dragon Again, Explosive Matter, Western Ideal and Yankee Cruiser. The 21 yearlings of 2014 are by Badlands Hanover, Dragon Again SJs Caviar, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. A listing of the horses together with their prices and other information may be found on the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com or at ongait.com. For further information please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717-637-8931. Submitted by Hanover Shoe Farms
On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was the upset winner of today’s V75 feature at Aby. Johnny Takter used the open stretch to rally for the win in 1.12.2kr over 2640 meters. The winner earned 600,000SEK for the score and increased his career earnings to over 4 million SEK. This was his 10th win in 45 starts for the victorious On Track Piraten and owner Stall Morkermasse. Yarrah Boko (8m Cocktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), a winner of almost 10 million SEK, was second for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) rallied to be third for driver Peter Untersteiner. The undercard included fast class action as well with important winners shown below: Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover) took the Silver Division worth 125,000SEK to the winner. He covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr for Jorma Konto to defeat Stormysky (5g Andover Hall-Not A Spacecase-Barbeque) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson. Baretta Boko (5g SJs Caviar-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell) won the Swedish Masters for Geldings in 1.13.4kr. Driven by Mattias Djuse, the winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Embassy Photo (5g SJs Photo-Persos Bellami-Embassy Lobell) was second for Oscar Nilsson. Dileva Kall (5f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell) won the Gr. II Swedish Masters for Mares to pick up 600,000SEK. She scored in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart for driver/trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Dileva Kall’s lifetime earnings reached over 5.9 million SEK with the win. Playing Tua (5f Gigfant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Thomas Ehrberg. The fastest event on the day was won by Zjanti River (7g Toss Out-Green Grove-Pine Chip) in 1.11.6kr for Ake Svanstedt. He scored over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to the winning connections. KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was second for Erik Adielsson with Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) third with Adrian Kolgjini up. Yesterday at Kalmar the Energusparloppet over 1640 meters (distance handicap) went to the Guida Italia Srl bred Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell). She scored in 1.12.3kr overcoming a 20 meter handicap. Jorgen Sjunnesson drover the winner who recorded her 26th lifetime win in 119 starts for earnings over 2.4 million SEK. On October 9 at Solvalla several solid wins were posted by US-sired offspring. Enya Boko (2f Broadway Hall-Victors Finesse-Valley Victor) scored in 1.14.7kr to earn 175,000 SEK in a Breeders Crown test over 1640 meters autostart. This young filly is undefeated in four starts for Per Lennartsson who also trains. Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-Ens Tag Session-Tagliabue) was second for Jorma Kontio. Delicious (4f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) recorded a 1.09.9kr win over 1640 meters autostart for Daniel Reden in a Klass II event worth 50,000SEK. Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec) won for the fifth time in six starts lifetime for Ake Svanstedt. The KB Capulus Horses owned colt scored in 1.13.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 75,000SEK. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) won in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to secure a 150,000SEK paycheck in the Solvallaserien VIII. Orjan Kihlstrom drove for trainer Roger Walmann. The Donato Hanover son Pojke Kronos was second with Gisela As (4f Infinitif) third. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Today (Wednesday) at Axevalla (SWE) Breeders Crown eligible events took place for three and four year-old males and females, each contested over 2140 meters autostart with 75,000SEK to the winner. Summary results are shown below: Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJs Caviar) won the three year-old filly contest in 1.14.7kr for Erik Adielsson, her third 2013 win in ten starts for seasonal earnings of 1,198,000SEK. Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane) was second for trainer Roger Walmann and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took the four year-old mares event in 1.14.7kr for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. This one scored her sixth 2013 win in 13 starts for 1,111,000SEK earned for the year. She narrowly defeated favored Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) and driver Johnny Takter. Fascination shows 2013 earnings of 1,648,250SEK for her 5-2-1 slate in nine appearances Poochai (3m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) took the three year-old male event in 1.15kr for Erik Adielsson, his first seasonal win in six starts. He easily defeated Darren Boko (3g Going Kronos-Lovely Kemp-Express Ride) and trainer/driver Markus Svedberg Twin’s Fairytale (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) scored in the four year-old male trot in 1.15.1kr for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt, over stablemate Charlie Palema (4g Gidde Palema-Frosts Dime-Tibur) with Ake Lindblom aboard The previous day Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) won at Mantorp in the Sikta Mot Stjarnorna Final for 200,000SEK to the winner. She emerged from the pocket in mid-stretch to score in 1.14.2kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Jeannette Hansen. Developed by Jerry Riordan, and bred by Guida Italia Srl, the filly won for the seventh time in 13 starts this year. The Riordan trained Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) was the pacesetter and ended a good second for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. This one shows a 6-2-3 slate in 11 starts for 2013 earnings of 862,504SEK. Rufoli Lung (3m Pine Chip-Charmante Lung-Park Avenue Joe) was third for Juhani Partanen. The Mantorp co-feature for 100,000SEK first money went to Flash Oak (4g Super Arnie-Cara Bobs Crown-Wesgate Crown) for trainer/driver Oskar Svanberg. He was timed in 1.12.7kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance, scoring for the fourth time in 11 starts this year. This past weekend the Hungarian Trotting Association hosted their annual yearling sale. 31 head went through the ring with the sale topper being the Kabela Menes Kft. bred and raised Trotting Boy (Maximus Lindy-Jeans Lady) for US$8,039. Kabela Menes also sold the next four highest priced yearlings by stallions Ata Star L, and Maximus Lindy, each from solid producing HU mares. On the racing front Kincsem Park hosted a fine Saturday card including the 1.9 million HUf Ketevesek Nagydija. Szimfonia (2f Medic Hanover-Dallam) took the victory over 1800 meters autostart for owner Her-Lo Racing Kft. The co-featured Oszi Hanca Dij for 1.5 million HUf went to Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-Augusta Bi) in 1.17kr over 1960 meters. The winner overcame a 40 meter distance handicap, traveling 2000 meters from trainer Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft. and Dejan Bacic. Veteran classic winning mare Nana (by Tony Oaks) was third in her final start for trainer Imre Fazekas and amateur driver Andrea Nagyvary, timed in 1.16.9kr over 2020 meters. The weekly Open (Disco Dij) produced another win by Vic Attack (10g Hans Boshoeve-Iris Attack) in 1.18.3kr in the 500,000HUf purse event over 1960 meters. Landlord and Vamos Kemp finished next in line. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
HUGHESVILLE PA After her Silky Sullivan-like finish following early interference brought three-year-old trotting filly Monroe County victory at Gratz Fair this past Sunday, during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for sophomores Wednesday afternoon at the Lycoming County Fair Monroe took the shortest way home on the lead en route to a 2:02.3 rewriting of the Hughesville ovals divisional track record. Driver Aaron Johnston, who had two victories on the day, had the Glidemaster filly on top in a few steps, rated her half to 1:02.2, then sprinted her home in 1:00.1-29.3 to reduce the local a/s/g standard of 2:03.2, set by Victory Starburst ten years to the day previously. Monroe County is now five for five at the fairs for trainer John McMullen, co-owner with Michelle McMullen. Another track record was equaled in the days first race, a division of the three-year-old colt trot but you never would have given a new speed standard a thought after the first quarter was clicked in 33. Pacesetter Bsmaximummoonbeam trotted his middle half in 1:00.4, but then had to face powerful pocksitter Prince Lauxmont, and at the end of the 29 last quarter it was the Prince who was crowned the winner, his 2:02.4 time equaling the standard first posted by Bob And Bobby 364 days earlier. Wayne Long started his training/driving double with Prince Lauxmont, and he co-owns the altered son of Supernatural, now the winner of three straight, with Joyce Lineweaver. Keystone twicearound fans are now anticipating a clash between Prince Lauxmont and Roe Is Me in the 3TC ranks after Roe, a gelded son of SJs Caviar (two siring credits), won his sixth straight and joined Monroe County with an unblemished streak of five fair outings. Driver Winston Lauxmont and his horse could have gone faster than his 2:05 final clocking, but that means more left in the tank for trainer Eileen Lineweaver, co-owner with Bill Kreutzer. A 2:00 mile was rung up in the faster cut of the 3PC races, with Skylites Finale expertly piloted by trainer Steve Schoeffel to a seasonal best of 1:59.2. The Allamerican Native gelding gained from the pocket in a 58.1 back four furlongs to win for driver Schoeffel (three on the day), trainer Schoeffel (two on the day), and owners Virginia Schoeffel (also doubling), co-breeder Mike Callipare, Lori Callipare, and Ryan Zidek. And lastly, a cheer for the Empire Earth gelding Hay The Bushwhacker, who broke his maiden in a division of a Quaker State trot and gave 79-years-young owner-trainer-driver-groom Sam Miller his first sulky visit to Victory Lane in nearly four years. Asked afterwards if winning made the ride home go any faster, the goateed Miller thought a second, then said, I dont know if the ride goes any faster, but you sure do have a smile on your face all the way home. FINISHING LINES: Sire Western Terror had the other "double" on the day Freshmen take the track for 17 races on the Thursday card at Hughesville, which starts at noon. For the young uns confused by the earlier Silky Sullivan reference: Silky Sullivan was a stakes-caliber thoroughbred of the late 50s who routinely fell far behind early, then made seemingly-impossible late moves that usually got him there or thereabouts at the wire. He is also noted for probably being the pioneer of using a split-screen in sports television: racing broadcasts would keep its main picture on the pack, but had a small insert in a corner of Silky Sullivan, showing the seemingly-insurmountable task (way) ahead of him. (Vince McMahon is the father of the overhead camera now so widely-used in the NFL, but thats another story for another day .)
The fine Jerry Riordan trained filly Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) won today’s Elitserien Final at Jagersro in 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart. Her winning effort was worth 150,000SEK first money. Driven by Johnny Takter, the winner defeated K.A. Olila (3f Upfront Larry-Darna Corleone-Super Arnie) with Jan Johansson aboard and Rue du Bac (3f Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) took third for trainer/driver Erwin Bott. On the same card the 60,000SEK first money Abergs Nasta went to veteran Bagley (8g Bartali Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) in 1.11.2kr for trainer/driver Conrad Lugaur. He nosed out Neo Holmsminde (8m Valley Sentry-Devils Lady-Little Devil) handled by Steen Juul with third going to Looney Toones (8m Ganymede-Defi de la Roche-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro in this featured aged event. Today at Eskilstuna, the 2013 US exported Fortune Again (4f Andover Hall-Fortuna Dream-American Winner) triumphed for Johan Untersteiner in 1.15.3kr over 2149 meters voltstart. She earned 25,000SEK first prize for owner ACL Stuteri AB and trainer Roger Walman, scoring her third win this year in six appearances. It was also reported (by Gaet) today that the comeback of Rapide Lebel has been unsuccessful and that he will likely be retired. A career winner of over 1.8 million euro, Rapide Lebel last earned a victory over a year ago in the Prix de Washington at Enghien and will long be remembered for a gallant second place finish to San Pail in the US Breeders’ Crown. He raced successfully to sulky and under saddle (monte). On July 15 at Rattvik, Ruby Ransom (7m CR Commando-Dreamlands Trophy-Armbro Goal) scored a quick 1.12.4kr win for Bill Svedlund to earn 25,000SEK. He defeated Jasper Lane with Jennifer Tillman up. The same day at Halmstad showcased a victory by Abba de Lou (3f Going Kronos-Sierra de Lou-Biesolo) for Johnny Takter. She scored in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 25,000SEK. The well regarded Riodan trained, Kenneth Haugstad reined Rare Wise As (3f Varenne-In Wise As-SJs Caviar) finished second. Also at Halmstad Jumble As (5f Tagliabue-Judy As-Mack Lobell) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr. She earned 30,000SEK by defeating Nesmil Hanover and Unleash Face. by Thomas H. Hicks
GRATZ PA - Distanced at the three quater pole. Up by a neck at the wire, with the driver sitting chilly.
GRATZ PA – It’s usually not a good sign when you drive an hour to see fairgrounds racing and you have your windshield wipers on almost the entire way there.
Sevruga matched the fastest time ever trotted on a 5/8-mile oval with a romping win in a Preferred trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday night. The race carried a purse of $25,000.
Grand Circuit Week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs wrapped up with 12 Pennsylanvania All Stars races on a steamy harness racing Saturday night.
Continuing to bounce back remarkably after Thursday's rainout, the twicearound oval at the Big Butler Fair yielded its fastest mile of the week in Quaker State Stakes action Saturday -- a 2:03.1 victory to Royal Native in a division of the Quaker 3YO pace (Quakers are not split by sex).
The first harness racing horse to earn a check in North America on Friday, Jungle Of Terror, also became the first three-time winner on the Pennsylvania fair circuit this year when he won the 9 a.m. opener at the Big Butler Fair this morning.