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Monticello Raceway has been in on the ground floor ever since amateur driving returned to the spotlight in the early 1980's. And every year since then amateur harness racing kept growing and now is an integral part of the harness industry. One of amateur racings greatest proponents is, and has been, Monticello Raceway and over the years the track has offered events for sportsmen and sportswomen and has spawned some very talented professional drivers. After nearly four decades of competitive amateur racing, it wasn't until Thursday, June 11 in a leg of the Catskill Amateur Club series that the fastest mile ever driven by an amateur over the Mighty M double- oval happened. It was turned in by Joseph Lee when he guided pacer Partner to an easy 11- length romp in a time of 1:55.4 over the Hannah Miller-driven Rise Above It. Two lengths farther back in third place was Minnesota Hanover driven by Matt Zuccarello. "He warmed-up great and he was on the muscle the whole mile," Lee said after his romping victory with the son of Ponder. "He really went a great race today and I have to thank (trainer) Brandon Simpson for allowing me to drive him." In the real world Joseph Lee is the assistant equipment manager for the New York Yankees-yes the Bronx Bombers. "I've been driving in amateur races here at Monticello for the past few years and it was always hard to get away from the (Yankee) Stadium because it seemed the Yankees were playing every time I got a chance to drive. But with Monticello's amateur series races on Thursdays this year it gave me a great chance to enjoy driving because Thursdays happen to be off-days for the Yankees; or they are playing out of town." For Lee it was his second driving victory this season and his seventh from a limited amount of starts in an amateur career that began in 2010. Partner is owned by Barry Franklin and trained by Brandon Simpson. He paid $7.30 for win. Another amateur race, sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA), was also part of the Mighty M's afternoon's race card and in that pacing event Dave Yarock reined CSI What's My Name home first in a time of 2:00.2. "I had the pole (position) and when the race began I went for the lead ," Yarock related. "Joe Pennacchio (with Futuristic Bride) was parked out so I let him go as we neared the (first) quarter." After a :29.4 first stanza Futuristic Bide then led the field by the half in :59.4 with CSI What's My Name tucked in nicely in the two-hole. Up the backside, despite having made a break behind the gate, Hallanet and driver Paul Minore, had ranged alongside the leaders as the field headed by the three quarters. However, after spotting the field some eight lengths at the start and then making up all the ground needed to put him in back in the race, Minore's trotter was tired which allowed Yarock the move CSI What's My Name out to challenge when the field straightened for home. By mid-stretch CSI What's My Name had drawn even with Pennacchio's trotter and then went on to a 1-1/2 length triumph over Futuristic Bride. Hallanet faded but held on for the show money. The winner by Tagliabue, owned by Joel Golub and David Glasser, is trained by Jim Doherty, Jr. He paid $6.20 for win. For Dave Yarock, a financial planner by trade, his victory was his second of the season and 53rd in his career. John Manzi

February 11, 2015 - February 9 at Halmstad showed a victory by the Jerry Riordan trained Rare Wise As (5f Varenne - In Wise As - SJ’s Caviar), clocked in 1.13.5kr. Second dam is Garden Variety by Tagliabue. Lisa Riordan owns the winner, driven this day by Johnny Takter in the Hallands Lopp providing 35,000SEK to the winner. The distance was 1640 meters autostart and the winner recorded career victory number seven. Replay: http://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20150209-halmstad-dd?id=1 February 10 at Jagersro the half-brother of Commander Crowe, Master Crowe (5m Conway Hall - Somack - Mack Lobell, won for the fourth time in five career starts. Thomas Uhrberg drove the winner for owner/trainer Petri Puro. The victory was his second in two 2015 starts in this event clocked in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters voltstart. The winners’ purse share was 20,000SEK. Second dam is Somolli Ribb by Speedy Somolli. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbimCcegIxQ Thomas H. Hicks      

John-Michael (6g Dream Vacation-Imatagtoo-Tagliabue) won Tuesday's $2,000 NY State Monte Fair Final at Trumansburg. Reined by Tara Hynes for trainer Michael Miller and owner Terry Miller, John-Michael scored in 2:09.1h over the Karen Isbell trained and ridden Truth In Action with My Irish Molly third for Jocelyn Lavigne in the field of six. At Georgian Downs, their pari-mutuel monte contest for C$3,200 went to a previous monte winner Radical Dreamer (5f Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strength) with Marit Valstad aboard for trainer and co-owner Ron O'Neill of Cambridge. Well-known breeder/owner Doug Millard of Woodstock is the other co-owner. Radical Dreamer scored in 2:00.4f by a head over Hettie's Honey with Tymal Oh So Nice home third in the nine horse field. C$9,540 was wagered on the monte contest including exactor, superfecta and triactor wagers. by Thomas H. Hicks  

The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series has been taking annual weekend treks to New England for many years now with races in Maine and in Massachusetts but this season the Scarborough Downs race slated on Saturday, June 28 was cancelled. Still a race went to post at Bangor Raceway in Maine on June 27 and at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts on June 29. At Bangor "Sir Philip" Bo Sowers, who mostly trains and lets others do the driving, donned his driving colors and romped to an oh-so-easy victory with Motown Dreamgirl in a time of 2:01.1. Obviously the best on paper the 8 year old Keystone Nordic mare was sent off as an odds on favorite and she lived up to her billing when she took command early and then made every pole a winning one en route to victory, her fifth of the year. Although Peter "Sycamore Ventures" Gerry had a two-hole trip with Cantabmyway they had all the needed keeping Maine Muscle and Tony "the Capo" Verruso from getting second money in the event. Both trotters finished approximately two lengths behind the winner. Motown Dreamgirl is also trained by Sowers and owned by Standard Ventures. She paid just $2.20 for win. With the Saturday race cancelled the action moved to Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass. on Sunday afternoon. Six trotters went to past there that day and again the odds on favorite CSI What's My Name trotted to victory. His winning time was 1:58.3. Driver Dave" Steady as" Yarock sent the 9-year-old Tagliabue gelding toward the front and looked for a spot along the pylons which he found after the quarter pole behind the pace-setter, Rodeo Red and driver "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo. After following Faraldo past the half and up the backside Yarock moved CSI What's My Name out to challenge and they trotted to the front as they went by three quarters. Once on the lead Yarock's trotter rebuffed a late charge from LF Topaz and driver by "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli to score a 1-1/4 length triumph. Rodeo Red faded and finished third. It was the fourth victory of the season for CSI What's My Name who's co-owned by Yarock, Dave Glasser and Joel Golub. The trotter returned a $3.60 win mutuel. On Saturday July 5 Billings action will be featured over Historic Track in the Cradle of the Trotter. by John Manzi, for the C.K.G.Billings Driving Series

The new Breeders Course European series for two and three year-old trotters began Sunday at Ippodromo di Agnano. Sixteen Italian three year-old  trotters competed in two eliminations. The fastest winner was Specialess driven by Andrea Vitagliano in an impressive 1:12.1kr over 1600 meters autostart. The second winner, Sugar Rey with Paolo Romanelli up, was timed in 1:12.5kr.  Four of top six finishers are by French sires with the other two by legendary Varenne. The two winners are qualified for the July 29 final (€120.000 guaranteed) final at Jägersro, Malmö. Should one or both winners refrain from participating in the final, the second place finisher(s) will be qualified. The breeders of all money-earning horses in the two eliminations will receive an extra 10% of the earnings in the race from Breeders Course funds. NAPOLI   Agnano – 5/8 mile track   08/06/14   5 16.45 - PR. BREEDERS COURSE E 16.500 mt 1600 - Trio   1° 6 SUGAR REY (3m Look de Star-Aurora Boreale-Indro  Park)   P.Romanelli 12.5           2° 3 SWAN WISE AS (3f Varenne-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) A.Buzzitta 12.6           3° 8 SHARON GAR (3f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) R.Vecchione 12.9           4° 2 SABA DEL RONCO E.Bellei 13.0           0° 1 SKYLINE DANY V.P.Dell'Annunziata R.P.           0° 4 SIRENA D'ASOLO NON PARTENTE Rit.           0° 5 SANTINO CAM M.Guzzinati R.P.           0° 7 SWEAT OK NON PARTENTE Rit.           8 18.20 - PR. BREEDERS COURSE E 16.500 mt 1600 - Trio   1° 6 SPECIALESS (3m Ganymede-Enna Dra-Indro Park) And.Vitagliano 12.1           2° 3 SECRETARIAT (3m Ganymede-Venella Gius-Gin Gius) Ant.Velotti 12.2           3° 4 SAVANNAH BI (3f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) Fed.Esposito 12.4           4° 5 SHIRAZ ROC M.Racca 13.1           5° 1 SELENIO R.Vecchione 13.4           6° 2 STORM GAR Pl.D'Angelo 13.9           7° 7 SANTIAGO D'ETE M.Minopoli Jr 16.2           0° 8 SURPRISE EK D.Zanca R.P. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

David Yarock swept the two divisions of the CKG Billings Amateur Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Yarock, along with partners Joel Golub and David Glasser, claimed trotter CSI What's My Name (Tagliabue) a couple weeks back at Saratoga. As an eight-year-old last year, CSI What's My Name finished in a tie for Trotter of the Year at the Spa despite racing almost solely in claimers. Yarock piloted the gutsy trotter to a first-over victory in the Billings Trot on Sunday and stopped the timer in 1:58.1 as they bested front-running Mr Invincible and reinsman Tony Ciuffetelli. Coincidentally, it was Ciuffetelli who owned and trained CSI What's My Name in his award winning 2013 campaign. Yarock's other victory came behind his Nowerland Nathan (Sir Taurus) as they went wire-to-wire at odds of 10-1 in the $5,000 CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series. Nowerland Nathan's third victory of the year came in 2:00.2. Jim Doherty Jr. trains both CSI What's My Name and Nowerland Nathan for Yarock who enjoyed a driving double in the Billings Series. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The 2014 Elitauktion yearling sale in Sweden was completed tonight with 74 head sold from 90 cataloged. Total proceeds in USD was $1,747,087, an average of $23,609 at today's conversion rate. The top five that were hammered down at auction, all colts, were sired by Conway Hall (2), S.J.'s Caviar, Ready Cash and Yankee Glide. Maharajah offspring did not hit the toppers. USA trainer Jimmy Takter signed for hip 81, a Pastor Stephen filly from Sculturesque by Muscles Yankee. Second dam of that one is Head Hunter by Bonefish, she the dam of Bosphorous, a career winner of nearly four million SEK. The sale topper was Bourbon Rain, a March 30, 2013 colt by Conway Hall from Affinity by Victory Dream, she the dam of Photo Maxx (USD 591,342) by S.J.'s Photo, Hard Livin (SEK 4,992,570) by S.J.'s Caviar and the three year-old colt in 2013 Tumble Dust by Crazed. Tumble Dust has earned SEK 1,719,799 with 11 on the board finishes in 15 starts. Affinity, a $100,000 yearling at Kentucky Standardbred, is from Dormitory (Speedy Crown-Panty Raid) and the maternal family that produced Giant Victory, Bonefish, Uconn Don, Tagliabue, Elusive Desire and others. Fantastic!!! Consignor was Stuteri Dust. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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  

Hello Carlo and Kahoku dead heated in the $10,000 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Monday (March 3).  Hello Carlo is owned by Mario Caponi of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and trained by Larry Clabaugh.  Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.  Margaret Mancini of Colts Neck, New Jersey owns Kahoku.  Crist Hershberger trains and drove.   Both trotters came from the back as the fractions were perfect for closers.  The first half was :58 and the back half was trotted in 1:00.  Finishing behind the pair of winners were Sure Thing, Julians Caesar, Saintfrancis, Pembroke Snapshot, Mythical Hall and Talladega Hanover.    Monday’s triumph increased Hello Carlo’s (Carry The Message-Last Turn-Supergill) lifetime win tally to 54 and Kahoku’s (SJ’s Caviar-Tags Goal-Tagliabue) to 11.  Hello Carlo has now earned $264,868 and Kahoku has bankrolled $75,513.  Neither totter was the race favorite, Hello Carlo paid $5.80 to win and Kahoku returned $21.00.  In the evening’s ninth race, Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fourth straight win over Northfield’s Flying Turns.  The seven year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio.  Aaron Merriman was the winning driver.              Rose Run Logan started from post six and led at every call through fractions of :29.1, :58.1, 1:27.1 and 1:56.2.  He was well in hand the entire mile and bested his closest competitor (Al Brown, Don McKirgan) by four lengths.             Monday’s triumph was the 10 career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) and increased his lifetime earnings to $24,598.  He was heavily favored and returned $2.40 to win. Western Churchill was an upset winner in the evenings $10,000 Open Pace for owner New York Thunder Stable of Washington, Pennsylvania.  Northfield Park’s leading trainer, Calvin Hollar is his conditioner and listed Greg Grismore to drive. Western Churchill (Western Ideal-The Mattican-Matt’s Scooter) started from the rail and sat the pocket through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.3.  Grismore pulled Western Churchill at the head of the stretch and was ¾-length in front at the finish in 1:54.2.  Completing the race were Shark Dressed Man, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Nathan Feelsgood, Curator, Lucky Jet and Stevie Diamonds.         Western Churchill now has 15 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $208,478. He paid $28.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cedarridgetag has been well traveled to say the least since November, making stops at Vernon Downs, Saratoga Raceway, Harrah's Philadelphia, Monticello Raceway and the Meadowlands.   This week's stop on his 'East Coast' tour was wind-swept Buffalo Raceway and it was well worth the trip as Cedarridgetag ($40.00) stunned the field in the $10,500 Open Trot Friday night (Jan. 24) with a 3-3/4 length victory over R A's Shakenbake in 2:01.3.   Studio City (Kevin Cummings) had set the tempo in the race with panels of 29.3, 1:00, and 1:31.3 but it was Cedarridgetag and driver Truman Gale who tipped three-wide past the three-quarter pole and blew past the pace-setter, cruising to the comfortable win down the stretch. A 30-second last quarter over the good track solidified Cedarridgetag's seventh career win.   R A's Shakenbake (Ron Beback Jr.) broke stride going down the backstretch the final time and looked out of it but he but managed to get back on gait and impressively closed to take the place position. Heavily-favored Southwind Warsaw also broke but couldn't recover in time to be a factor late.   Cedarridgetag (Tagliabue-T W Linda) is a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Scott West and Katie Currie. It was his second win in as many starts on the season and moved Cedarridgetag's 2014 earnings to $8,350.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night at 6:40 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

The eliminations for the Italian Trotting Derby have been moved from Rome’s Campannelle thoroughbred venue to Ippodromo di Agnano and highlight a terrific racing card on Saturday. Three Deby eliminations are scheduled, each over 2100 meters for a 22,000 euro purse. The lineups follow:   PREMIO G.P. 86° DERBY ITALIANO DEL TROTTO - BATTERIA A GRAN PREMIO Metri 2100 (GRUPPO I) € 22.000,00 - (7.820,00-3.740,00-2.040,00-1.020,00-680,00 ai proprietari; 920,00-440,00-240,00-120,00-80,00 agli allenatori;460,00-220,00-120,00-60,00-40,00 ai guidatori;4.000,00 agli allevatori)Iscritti 14 Ammontare Iscrizioni/Conferme/Partenti € 2.480,00 Maschi, indigeni, di 3 anni o femmine, indigene, di 3 anni . Nn 1 RAMBO ZS 2100 P.Gubellini Zanetti Walter T.Di Lorenzo 2 RE DEGLI DEI '' M.Baroncini Scud. Rocca Novella A.Farolfi 3 RE ITALIANO UR '' C.E.Hollmann Stecca Alessandro R.Vecchione 4 REMO GAS '' M.Smorgon Scud. Paper Moon A.Greppi 5 RUFOLI LUNG '' L.Fabbi Scud. Blue Moon Snc E.Baldi 6 ROI DE COEUR '' F.Cinotti Scud. Azzurra Nn 7 RADIO WISE '' P.Gubellini Cumana Group Srl R.Andreghetti 8 RAMADAN JET '' Vinc.Tufano Allev. Toniatti Sas A.Guzzinati 9 RADIEUX '' L.Kolgjini (E) (E) Lutfi Kolgjini Ab E.Bellei 10 RAZIONALE '' C.E.Hollmann Scud. Iav Stable E.Bot 11 RUE DU BAC '' E.Bot (E) Dream With Me Europe Ab - J.P. Dubois Gp.Minnucci 12 RONALDO SM '' D.Zanca Mondial Sports Srl IL CAVALLO N. 3 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI PREMIO G.P. 86° DERBY ITALIANO DEL TROTTO - BATTERIA B GRAN PREMIO Metri 2100 (GRUPPO I) € 22.000,00 - (7.820,00-3.740,00-2.040,00-1.020,00-680,00 ai proprietari;920,00-440,00-240,00-120,00-80,00 agli allenatori;460,00-220,00-120,00-60,00-40,00 ai guidatori;4.000,00 agli allevatori)Iscritti 12 Ammontare Iscrizioni/Conferme/Partenti € 2.400,00 Maschi, indigeni, di 3 anni o femmine, indigene, di 3 anni . M.Smorgon 1 ROTARY OK 2100 M.Smorgon Varenne Futurity Srl Vp.Dell`Annunziata 2 ROMBO DI CANNONE '' Gior.D`Alessand. Sr Scud. Days Of Victory R.Andreghetti 3 RODIN INN RONCO '' H.Ehlert Malu` Sas R.Vecchione 4 RINGOSTARR TREB '' H.Ehlert Scarton Stable R.Bakker 5 ROBERT BI '' P.Hagoort Entrainement Hagoort Paul A.Greppi 6 ROGER PRAV '' C.Belladonna Lainate Nord Snc G.Lombardo Jr 7 RODEO DEI VENTI '' H.Ehlert Scud. Barbalbero Lor.Baldi 8 ROYAL BLESSED '' Lor.Baldi Vit Vit Snc P.Gubellini 9 REBY DI CELO '' P.Gubellini Scud. Fa.Li.An A.J.Mollema 10 ROCK ABOUT '' A.J.Mollema (E) Scud. Acqua Di Pietro A.Di Nardo 11 RUE VARENNE DANY '' Vinc.Tufano Scud. Esposito Srl E.Bellei 12 RAISE WISE AS '' J.Riordan Guida Italia Srl IL CAVALLO N. 10 CORRE SENZA FERRI IL CAVALLO N. 3 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI IL CAVALLO N. 5 CORRE SENZA FERRI POSTERIORI PREMIO G.P. 86° DERBY ITALIANO DEL TROTTO - BATTERIA C GRAN PREMIO Metri 2100 (GRUPPO I) € 22.000,00 - (7.820,00-3.740,00-2.040,00-1.020,00-680,00 ai proprietari;920,00-440,00-240,00-120,00-80,00 agli allenatori;460,00-220,00-120,00-60,00-40,00 ai guidatori;4.000,00 agli allevatori)Iscritti 13 Ammontare Iscrizioni/Conferme/Partenti € 2.440,00 Maschi, indigeni, di 3 anni o femmine, indigene, di 3 anni . Gp.Maisto 1 RUTY GRIF 2100 M.Smorgon Bivans Srl R.Vecchione 2 ROCKFELLER FONT '' H.Ehlert Scud. Orange Warriors Fed.Esposito 3 RED BARON '' E.Hansen Bondo Incolinx E.Bellei 4 ROD STEWART '' J.Riordan Scud. Virginia Trotto R.Andreghetti 5 ROSSELLA ROSS '' J.Riordan Scud. Francesco Rosselli Srl M.Smorgon 6 ROMANESQUE '' M.Smorgon Scud. Trotto Italia Sas R.Bakker 7 RIKI D`ASOLO '' A.J.Mollema (E) (E) Stable Why Not P.Gubellini 8 RODOLFO PARK '' U.Todisco No.Ma.Farm Srl R.Gallucci 9 RIBOT GAL '' M.Finetti Finetti Massimo Gp.Minnucci 10 ROCKY HALL SM '' D.Zanca Mondial Sports Srl Vp.Dell`Annunziata 11 RIO DI MAZVALL '' H.Ehlert Il Ranch Srl M.Minopoli Jr 12 RENOIR DANY '' M.Smorgon Varenne Futurity Srl IL CAVALLO N. 4 CORRE SENZA FERRI  IL CAVALLO N. 5 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI  I CAVALLI N. 2-3-7 CORRONO SENZA FERRI POSTERIORI    The Derby eliminations include several that caught my interest. In Batteria A are Re Italiano UR (3m Ganymede-Dark Lane SM-Park Avenue Joe), Rambo ZS (3m Guccione Jet-Deledda RL-Park Svenue Joe) and the Dubois owner Rue du Bac (3m Infinitif-ICI-Diamond Way). Batteria C includes the strong performing Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-SDelf Possessed), the Guida owned Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) and Rotary OK (3m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed). Elimination C hopefuls include Ruty Grif (3m Varenne-Correr By Pass-Donerail) along with two Jerry Riordan conditioned contenders, Rod Stewart  (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) and the filly Rosella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northenr Jewel-Garland Lobell). Also on the card are the Tinio Triossi over 2100 meters for a 209,000 euro purse, the Carena Filly (1600 meters, 55,000 euro purse) and the Royal Mares (1600 meters, 45,100 euro purse). The fields for those races are shown below: Gran Premio Tino Triossi -euro  209.000,00- Gr.  1 – females Europeean  4 anni. Meters 2.100 Pablo Di Jesolo  (G. Ruocco) Pacific Model (G. Trinchillo) Pioneer Gar (R. Vecchione) Dream Magic Be (Rud. Haller) Pick Kronos (Fed. Esposito) Princess Grif (R. Andreghetti) Prussia (P. Gubellini) Probo Op (E. Moni) Papandreu (E. Bellei) Perfect Step Lf (M. Minopoli jr) Paolo Om (G. Minnucci) Gran Premio Antonio Carena- € 55.000,00 – females European  4 anni. Metri 1.600 (Gr. II) Priscilla Zak (A. Di Nardo) Petra Axe (E. Bellei) Petra Inn Ronco (A. Gocciadoro) Paula Del Ronco (M.Minopoli jr) Peace Of Mind (A. Guzzinati) Pancottina Bar (A. Farolfi) Pearl Axe  (x) Panthea Club  (P. Gubellini) Pepevita (M. Smorgon) Per Amore Gual (R. Vecchione) Proud Wood  (A.J. Mollema) PREMIO G.P. ROYAL MARES - ALLEVAMENTO GARIGLIANO meters 1600 (Gr. II) € 45.100,00 - (16.031,00-7.667,00-4.182,00-2.091,00-1.394,00 ai proprietari; 1.886,00-902,00-492,00-246,00-164,00 agli allenatori;943,00-451,00-246,00-123,00-82,00 ai guidatori;8.200,00 agli allevatori). Femmine, indigene, di 4 anni ed oltre o femmine, estere, di 4 anni ed oltre. A.Guzzinati 1 OIBAMBAM EFFE 1600 S.Carro Scud. Leonardo Srl R.Vecchione 2 ORSIA '' D.Di Stefano Agnello Monja Paola Maria E.Bellei 3 PARINAZ '' H.Ehlert Malu` Sas G.Lo Verde 4 NOVARICA '' D.Di Stefano Scud. Zabacor E.Baldi 5 OLIVIASS '' F.Cinotti Baldi Group Srl G.Lombardo Jr 6 ORLEANS OM '' L.Colletti Scud. Bellosguardo A.Di Nardo 7 OCCHIATA JET '' Vinc.Tufano Pine Chip Srl A.Gocciadoro 8 LINDA DI CASEI '' A.Gocciadoro Morzenti Ubaldo Gp.Maisto 9 MURUROA AS '' Gp.Maisto Bivans Srl R.Palomba 10 LA VIDA LOCA '' D.Di Stefano Cascio Leonardo Gp.Minnucci 11 OLONA OK '' D.Zanca Mondial Sports Srl G.Riccio 12 OLD GIRL PAR '' G.Riccio Russo Maria Vp.Dell`Annunziata 13 ORCHIDEA REAL '' A.Chiaro Scud. Cassino Sport M.Minopoli Jr 14 PARIS DANY '' Team Minopoli Srl Scud. Team Minopoli Srl I CAVALLI N. 5-6-9 CORRONO SENZA FERRI IL CAVALLO N. 3 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI The prospects for victory include a number of well-bred contestants. In the Tino Triossi watch for Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) and Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra). Veteran Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) is one worth watching in the well matched Royal Mares. This Alessandro Giccoadoro trained and reined mare has been one of Europe’s best over an extended period. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com           

Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-ENS Tag Session-Tagliabue) won today's Breeders Crown event for two year-old fillies at Aby SWE. Jorma Kontio drove the winner for owner Boko Stable Holland to the 1.14.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 175,000SEK and it was her second victory in three starts with the other appearance producing a second place finish. Side By Side (2f Jacose-Mixed Doubles-From Above) was second for Tommy Karlstedt and Without Hesitation (2f Super Arnie-Music Fiveone-Meadow Road) was across the line third for Kenneth Haugstad. The secondary feature was the Euro Classic Next Year for three year-olds going 2140 meters autostart, with 40,000SEK to the winner. Jerry Riordan trained Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) took the victory in 1.15kr for Kenneth Haugstad over Darling Boko (3f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) with Johnny Takter aboard. Rive Gauche (3f Infinitif-Triller Oaks-Speedy Crown) was third for Erwin Bott, trainer/driver for owner J-P Dubois' Dream With Me Europe AB. Tagliabue had a superb day as broodmare sire. The Fashion Farms stallion, who was first bred in 1997, sired the dams of Eunice Boko, Raise Wise As and Darling Boko. ENS Tag Session has been a terrific producer, she being dam f Triumphant Caviar (4, 1:51.4s and $796,794), Prayer Session (3, 1:53.2 with $541,742 earned), Theatrical Session (3, 1:55.3f, 119,623) and Tactical Caviar (5, 1:53,3s, $88,265). Another foal was acquired as a yearling by Russian interests and became the first trotter to win under 2:00 at Moscow's Hippodrome. Garden Variety, herself with a record of 3, 1:57 and $73,840, is a 100% European producer including In Wise As (1:56,2, $296,782), Mind Wise As (1:58.3, $106,119) and the aforementioned Raise Wise As that may be the best of this group. Favor Baby 2, 1:59.4 shows Darling Boko (1:59.3, $22,825) as her first foal of racing age with 2011 and 2012 foals to follow, both colts, by Chocolatier and Yankee Glide. Tagliabue has certainly been a touchdown scorer as broodmare sire and we expect more to follow. Thomas H. Hicks

CSI What’s My Name recorded the fastest win of the two C K G Billings Amateur Trot races on the Monday card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Owner-trainer Tony Ciuffetelli sat patiently in the pocket with CSI What’s My Name (Tagliabue) before pouncing in the stretch to record the win in 2:01. It was the tenth victory of the season for the eight year old trotter and the first for Ciuffetelli in the sulky. Chris Shambo piloted home George’s Vacation (Dream Vacation) in the afternoon’s other Billings race. George’s Vacation cruised to a front running victory in 2:01.4 as the public’s odds-on favorite in the betting. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

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    

In addition to the Legends of Trot on Wednesday evening at Solvalla, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 11,000 fans also enjoyed a top summer card of trotting. The Jubileumspokelen, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event over  2140 meters autostart for 1 million SEK first money, went to the well-bred Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) in 1.11.58kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman. He’s owned by Travkompaniet, a public company with 6,000 shareholders. Jalopy was a Hambletonian Oaks winner in the U.S. for trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Jeff Gregory. Jubileumspokelen, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 1 million SEK first money 1st - Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Stefan Hultman, 1.11.6kr winning time 2nd - Occhione Jet (5m Pine Chip-Estella Jet), Erik Adielsson/trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd - Johnny B. Kemp, Johan Untersteiner Also at  Solvalla was the C. Th Erkssons Memorial (2640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money). 1st - On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Daniel Olsson  1.12.4kr winning time 2nd - Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal), Lutfi Kolgjini 3rd - Caddie Comet (9g Pine Chip-Fatgima Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Jorma Kontio The feature race of the day was the European Mares Championship ( Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK first money). French invader Save The Quick stole the show in record time of 1.10.88kr for the distance on a 5/8 mile track. Bjorn Goop drove for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1st - Save The Quick, Bjorn Goop/Franck Leblanc 2nd - Dileva Kall, Daniel Reden, also trainer 3rd - Princess Griff, Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Fabrice Souloy Well regarded Prussia ended  11th and Linda di Casei ninth for these Italian registered trotters. The Lindahls race at Solvalla (1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) also produced a quick winner in Rosemary Gar. She scored in 1.11.4kr. 1st - Rosemary Gar (3f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC-Indro Park), Erik Adielsson 2nd - Rodin (3m Love You-Eva Kant Gianfi-Lemon Dra), Alessandro Gocciardoro 3rd - Massive Babe (3f Muscle Mass-Andover Babe-Andover Hall), Mika Forss Two other excellent events rounded out the Solvalla card as summarized below: Queen L/XL Byggs Lopp, 1649 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money 1st - Recation, Hans-Owe Sundberg, 1.11.2kr 2nd - Britt Hudson, Peter Ingves 1.11.2kr 3rd - O.U. Glide, Johnny Takter, 1.11.3kr Sandes Lopp, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1st - Chelsea Boko, Jorma Kontio 1.12kr 2nd - Digital Ink, Stefan Melander 3rd - For Pleasure As, Conrad Lugauer Thursday at Aby trainer Jerry Riordan scored another win with the well-bred and well-regarded prospect Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue). Kenneth Haugstad drove the winner to a 1.14.2kr victory in this 1640 meter autostart event for 25,000SEK first prize. Olimin (3g Olimede-Speedy Linda-Nordin Hanover) took the second spot for Fredrik Persson. A category II race, for 35,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart, was an easy win for Onirique (5g Andover Hall-Zeta di Jesolo-Buvetier d’Aunou) and driver Erwin Bot. He was victorious in 1.12.4kr, his best showing since moving in from Italy and before that in North America. by Thomas H. Hicks  

It has been 17 years since the Hambletonian Trot was raced in heats on the same day. Since that time only the Little Brown Jug and the Kentucky Futurity have been the major stakes that require a Standardbred to have to race twice or more on the same day. In the 1996 Hambletonian, it was the filly that showed her heels to the colts as Continentalvictory won the Hambo in straight heats of 1:52.1 and then came back in the final to win in 1:52.4. Her times both individual and combined broke all the Hambletonian record books that first Saturday in August. There are 23 three-year-olds that have entered this Saturday’s Hambletonian and ten of them will return for the final heat. It will be their first time ever racing twice in one day. What does it take to prepare a Standardbred to race twice in one day? What is done between heats to get them ready to go another big mile? The only people who can really answer those questions are the trainers who have achieved that pinnacle in our sport, so we asked them! Trainer Ron Gurfein won the 1994 Hambletonian with Victory Dream and then came back in 1996 to win it again with Continentalvictory. “My secret,” Gurfein said, “is to do absolutely nothing! The secret to heat racing is unless your horse finished third or fourth in the first heat and you want to change its shoes or lower its head a little, fine, but then do nothing else. Our Standardbreds are built for heat racing. They are born to race heats, we have bred them for it. We train them sometimes three heats just to prepare for a race later that week. We warm them up with a good mile and then bring them back to race hard for a purse. They do this week in and week out so there is nothing special to try and train for in advance. “For the time between the first heat and the final,” Gurfein said, “You treat them as if you just warmed them up for a race. You strip and clean their equipment, give them a good bath, something to drink, let them pee, walk them a little and get them ready to race again. It’s as simple as that. Trainer Per Eriksson won the Hambletonian in 1991 with Giant Victory and then came right back in 1992 to win it again with Alf Palema. “For Giant Victory we did try something I had not done before,” Eriksson explained. “After he raced in the Historic Cup (I believe), we waited an hour and got permission to train him a hard mile. I wanted to see how he would come up going two strong miles before the Hambletonian. He did well in the second trip and then he was great in the Hambletonian so I guess that training trip did not hurt him. “But I did not try that again with another horse,” Eriksson said, “Not with either Alf Palema or King Conch the next year. They were already racing hard miles and I felt it was not necessary to push them so hard until they had to do it in the Hambletonian. “After the first heat with Giant Victory and also the following year, between heats I was most concerned that the horses get as much water as they can. They lose so much when racing in the hot weather and between bathing and cooling out we made sure they had plenty of fluids. “In 1992 King Conch was the best trotter in my stable,” Eriksson said. “Alf Palema was good but as part of an entry with King Conch they were the betting favorites. If not Alf Palema would be been 15-1 or better. So after the first heat I figured we needed to do something to help him (Alf Palema) out and I decided to pull off his shoes. He was wearing aluminum queen’s plate behind and half inch half round up front. I know that pulling his shoes gave him the extra second of speed that helped him win it. After that King Conch did not race so well but Alf Palema went on to win the Zweig Trot and the World Trotting Derby.” Trainer Jim Campbell won the 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue. “There was only one major change we did with Tagliabue right before the Hambletonian, Campbell explained, “We changed his shoes. We switched him from steel to aluminum. I wanted him to have as light a shoe as possible. No excess weight on his feet and legs having to race at least twice in one day. “Other than that we really did not change his training routine because he was going two heats.” Campbell said. “After his first heat we did the normal prepping as if he was going trips,” Campbell recalled. “with one exception. It was really hot and humid that day so after the first heat we took him to the back of the paddock right away and for around 15 to 20 minutes we had a hose and ran cold water down his neck and back. I wanted to cool him off as fast as possible. He was really hot from the first heat and to this day I know that running the hose on him helped a lot in having him ready to race again in the second heat.” Trainer Osvaldo Formia won the 1990 Hambletonian with Harmonious. “I was training Harmonious at White Birch Farm in New Jersey,” Formia recalled. “And they had a long strip for training horses in intervals. I liked that idea and used to train him six trips on the strip. Then as we got closer to the Hambletonian I pushed him up to 8 trips a day. Other than that we really did not change any equipment nor any other part of his routine. “After we won the first heat,” Formia said, “we did nothing special with him. We treated him like he was just training his normal two trips before a race. We made sure to cool him off as best possible. I remember always looking at my watch because if it was going to be more than one hour before he would race again then I might have done something else.” by Steve Wolf  

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