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Harness racing driver Trond Smedshammer and his horse Buen Camino will hope to finish Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters the same way they start it -- No. 1. Buen Camino drew post one for the Yonkers Trot and will try to use the advantageous starting position, from which horses win at a 20.3-percent rate at Yonkers, to upset powerful entries from the stables of trainers Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke. Buen Camino, who is trained by Smedshammer, is 6-1 on the morning line. Takter's entry of French Laundry, who drew post two, and Pinkman, from post seven, is the even-money favorite in the race. Burke's entry of Yonkers Trot elimination winners Habitat, from post five, and Crazy Wow, post six, is 6-5. The Yonkers Trot is the second leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman, who finished second to Crazy Wow in his elimination, won the first jewel, the Hambletonian Stakes, on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. It is the first time the Hambletonian winner is competing in the Yonkers Trot since Glidemaster capped the sport's most recent Trotting Triple Crown sweep by winning the event in 2006. The final leg of this year's Trotting Triple Crown is the Kentucky Futurity, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile in Lexington. In addition to the Yonkers Trot, Yonkers on Saturday hosts the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, which is the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner, who won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, will start the Messenger from post five with Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Mark Silva. Post time is 7:10 p.m. for the first race. The Yonkers Trot is race six, at 8:50 p.m. approximately, and the Messenger is race eight, at 9:30 p.m. approximately. Buen Camino finished third in his Yonkers Trot elimination, behind Crazy Wow and Pinkman. He also started from post No. 1 in the elimination. "The draw couldn't have been better," said Smedshammer, who won the Trotting Triple Crown with Windsong's Legacy in 2004. "Obviously, a couple of those horses (in the Yonkers Trot) have a little more power. He's going to have to get lucky with a trip, but he certainly can get a nice piece of it from the rail. "He'll have to be better than he was last week. I think he can be. I thought he was better in his last two starts than he was in the elimination. We'll see if we can get him on his toes a little more for the final. But it would be a little bit of a shocker if he could pull it off." Buen Camino, owned by Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables, entered his Yonkers Trot elimination off New York Sire Stakes victories at Yonkers and Saratoga. The triumphs followed a lengthy layoff because of sickness and ulcers. "It was a little bit of a rough time for him in midsummer, but he's bouncing back now," Smedshammer said. Buen Camino, a son of stallion Cash Hall out of the mare Baby Bella, has posted three wins, two second-place finishes and a third in seven races this season. His only off-the-board finish came on a big track, at Vernon, and his two runner-up efforts -- to Habitat and Workout Wonder -- were by a head and a nose, respectively. For his career, Buen Camino has won seven of 14 starts and finished among the top three a total of 12 times, earning $296,021 in the process. He was third in last year's New York Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters at Yonkers, behind Crazy Wow and Wings Of Royalty. He has three lifetime victories on Yonkers' half-mile oval. "I don't know if he can go with them on a big track; a small track, that's his advantage," Smedshammer said. "Anything can happen on any race on a half. At least I have a horse that's used to a half and is quick out of the gate and quick around the turns." Pinkman, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, heads to the Yonkers Trot with 14 career wins in 19 starts. He has earned $1.74 million lifetime, thanks in part to victories this year in the Hambletonian, Beal Memorial, and Zweig Memorial. His stablemate, French Laundry, has won 10 of 22 career races and earned $443,017. He was the 2014 Kindergarten Classic champion. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, brings a three-race win streak to the Yonkers Trot final. His victories this year include the Colonial and Empire Breeders Classic. He has won 11 of 21 lifetime races and earned $795,465. Habitat, who won this year's Dexter Cup and last year's Wellwood Memorial and Matron Stakes, has captured 13 of 26 career starts and earned $854,841. Following is the field in post order for the Yonkers Trot with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Buen Camino, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 6-1 2. French Laundry, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter, 1-1 3. Southwind Mozart, Daniel Dube, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 4. Billy Flynn, Jason Bartlett, Staffan Lind, 20-1 5. Habitat, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 6-5 6. Crazy Wow, George Brennan, Ron Burke, 6-5 7. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 1-1 8. Workout Wonder, Mark MacDonald, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

Locally based trotter Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty) scored a front running victory in one of the two top flight New York Sire Stakes races on Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga. Mickey McGivern pilots the sophomore Cheryl McGivern trainee and moved the three year old out to the early lead in his $79,687 division of the NY Sire Stakes for colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday. The public's third choice in the wagering at odds of 5-2 in the five horse field, Royal Deceptor felt only mild pressure after setting soft fractions on the front end before kicking away from his rivals in the stretch to win by four lengths in a career best 1:57. The talented trotter earned over $70,000 in eight starts as a freshman in 2014 and moved his seasonal bankroll to over $114,000 with Wednesday's front-running romp for owners Foster, Sentiwany and James. Buen Camino (Cash Hall) was the faster of the two stakes winners on the evening as Trond Smedshammer piloted his trainee to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:56. Buen Camino recorded his third win in six starts this year and did so while holding off the late challenge of rival Wings Of Royalty (Chris Lems) whose previous start took place in the $1 million Hambletonian on August 8th. Buen Camino earned the winner's share of the $81,187 purse for colt and gelding trotters in the NY Sire Stakes. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Melissa Simser

The harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway on Monday night hosted the $163,874 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event, honoring the memory of a popular New York Knickerbocker (and avid horseplayer), produced a pair of popular parimutuel winners, with members of the McGuire family making the presentations. The opening ($81,187) division was, in the words of driver Yannick Gingras, "a walk in the park" for Crazy Wow ($2.10). Leaving from post position No. 2, last season's statebred fresh champ stuffed second choice Apostle's Creed (Dan Dube) in behind, then waltzed through intervals of :28.3, :57.3, 1:27 and 1:56 The final margin was five lengths, with Maestro Blue Chip (Trond Smedshammer) closing for second and "Apostle" third. For Crazy Wow, a son of Crazed trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Our Horse Cents, JT45 and J&T Silva Stables & Deo Volente Farms, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.20, with triple wagering cancelled due to the short (five-horse) field. Monday night's second ($82,687) event saw Smedshammer and Buen Camino ($3.20) also run away and hide. In play from post No. 6, he worked around Royal Deceptor (Mickey McGivern), with subsections of :29.1, :59, 1:28.3 and 1:56.2. This margin was four lengths, with Home'n Dry (Brian Sears) snapping Royal Deceptor for second. For Buen Camino, a Cash Hall gelding trained by his driver for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC, he's now 2-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $27.20, with the triple returning $66.50. "He's been battling sickness for a while, but as long as he can stay away from Habitat and Crazy Wow, he can go with the rest of them," Smedshammer said. Frank Drucker

Nichols, N.Y. -- While a power outage forced the abandonment of the last eight races on Sunday (June 28) afternoon's 12-race harness racing program at Tioga Downs, the Purple Haze Stables, LLC's Buen Camino ($3.60, part of entry) was able to capture his $61,300 New York Sire Stakes event in advance of the mid-afternoon electrical issues.   The 3-year-old gelded son of Cash Hall and Baby Bella had no trouble clearing the front, passing Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) and Credit Creation (David Miller) to achieve the lead through a :27 initial quarter. After driver Jim Morrill, Jr. rated a :30.1 second quarter with the Trond Smedshammer trainee, Buen Camino responded to mild first-over pressure from Credit Creation, edging clear off the far turn and drawing off for a 2-1/2 length win over Wings of Royalty. The Physician (Daniel Dube) swung three-wide off stalling cover at the top of the stretch, rallying to take third.   Morrill won the previous race as well, taking a $12,000 Open Pace with Believe This Bob ($6.00) in 1:51.3.   Earlier in the card, War Hero ($12.80) sustained a middle move, holding off a late charge from Oh No Three O to take the $20,000 Normand Fluet Memorial Invitational Trot. Chris Lems settled the 7-year-old Ken Warkentin just off the pacesetters before brushing to the fore with just under a circuit to go, working clear of Spice It Up Lindy through a :57.3 first half. On the backstretch, War Hero braced for a first-over challenge from Oh No Three O, accelerating to three-quarters in 1:26.1 and ultimately holding sway by a length for a 1:56.1 triumph. Oh No Three O narrowly held second over Spice It Up Lindy, who was hard pressed for racing room through the final three-eighths of the mile.   Jessica Okusko trains War Hero for owner/breeder Howard Gill.   With respect to the abandoned races (5 through 12), all New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series events will result in an equal split of purse money and standings points among all entrants in each race. The Nichols True Value pacing series final (race 7) will carry over as already drawn to next Sunday (July 5) afternoon's card, but trainers are advised to contact the racing office with respect to driver nominations.   For punters who were live in the early pick three (ending in race 5), the 2-1-all combination (Believe This Bob in race 3, Buen Camino in race 4, and "all" in the canceled fifth race) returns $3.60 on the 50¢ base wager.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (July 3) evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Freehold, NJ --- El Diablo BR is getting thrown into the fire. A Norwegian-born son of Muscle Hill, El Diablo BR makes only his fourth career start Friday (May 15) when he faces six rivals in the second of two New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The field consists entirely of Hambletonian Stakes-eligible horses and includes stakes-winners Muscle Diamond and French Laundry. “That’s like the Hambletonian right from the get-go,” trainer Trond Smedshammer said. “I would have rather not found out this way what I’ve got, but that’s the way it is with the New Jersey Sire Stakes. “He showed some ability trotting in (1):55 and a piece as a 2-year-old and now in (1):54.4 this year. I know he’s going to trot in (1):52, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s good enough for the bigger stakes here. You see people qualifying in (1):52.” El Diablo BR was bred by Norway’s Bjorn Rishaug and is out of the stakes-winning mare Fiery Chip. Last year, the colt was limited to two starts because of sickness and soreness. He finished fifth in his debut, a preliminary division of the Kindergarten Series in which Habitat defeated The Bank by a neck, and was timed in 1:55.4. He then went off stride in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres Series at Freehold and Smedshammer decided to turn out the colt for the rest of the year. El Diablo BR came back this season and began his campaign with a second-place finish from post nine in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. The race was won by Soboro Hanover, who also is eligible to the Hambletonian. In addition to the Hambletonian, El Diablo BR’s stakes schedule includes the Goodtimes Stakes in June and Canadian Trotting Classic in September. “He trained good all winter,” Smedshammer said. “He’s been a little bit of a bully at the Meadowlands. He comes on the track and he wants to be a tough guy and kick and stuff like that. Hopefully by racing every week he’ll settle down and learn. He’s going to be going a few weeks in a row now and if he’s any good he’s got the Goodtimes right after. He’ll get plenty of races in the next five weeks, that’s for sure. “He’s also got stakes back there (in Norway). The Norwegian stakes competition level is like night and day compared to here. If he’s not good enough here, he’ll go back there.” El Diablo BR will leave from post four with driver Tim Tetrick in his New Jersey Sire Stakes division. He is 6-1 on the morning line. Muscle Diamond, who finished second in last year’s Breeders Crown, is the 6-5 favorite followed by French Laundry at 2-1. The eight-horse first division -- also consisting entirely of Hambletonian-eligible trotters -- is led by last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, Guess Whos Back. The Nik Drennan-trained colt is making his seasonal debut and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. Canepa Hanover is the 2-1 second choice. Also debuting Friday is Mission Brief, who is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Year after year, owner Marc Goldberg would feel a sense of warmth cut through winter's chill as he anticipated the return of star trotter Arch Madness. But this year, and beyond, Goldberg will rely on memories. Arch Madness, who turned 11 on Jan. 1, will not return to the races. Goldberg said the Trond Smedshammer-trained gelding, whose career wins included a Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot and Oslo Grand Prix en route to $4.28 million in purses, has been retired. "It's so bittersweet, I can't tell you," said Goldberg, who owned Arch Madness with Barry Goldstein's Willow Pond LLC. "I have such a letdown right now. Trond would be bringing him in anytime now off his layoff to start to get him ready for the spring. But I don't think he can handle the top rung and I just didn't think it was fair to him to put him through that. "In my mind, it was time to do right by the horse and it was time to let him live out his life the way he's supposed to. I'm going to miss him immensely when they start racing. It's going to be a tough spring and summer to go through without him. But he gave us his heart and soul for eight years and it's time for him to relax and love life." Goldberg, Goldstein and Steven Shapiro bred Arch Madness, a son of Balanced Image out of the mare Armbro Archer. Arch Madness stood a little crooked as a young horse, but matured into a multiple-stakes-winner. He raced only twice at age 2, but made headlines the following season when he upset eventual Horse of the Year Donato Hanover in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters. "We bought the mare and for some reason I decided to breed her to Balanced Image at the end of his (stallion) career," Goldstein said. "Why, I don't recall; probably for all the wrong reasons. David Meirs raised the horse and did a wonderful job. But he wasn't really an attractive horse at all. I told Trond to just stick with him and we'd see what happens. We just got very lucky. "It was a wonderful experience and I met a lot of nice people as a result. We had a lot of fun." Arch Madness ranks No. 6 in earnings among all trotters in history, and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. He made a record seven appearances in the Breeders Crown and trotted a world-record 1:50.2 mile at age 7 - and equaled the mark at age 9. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2011 Titan Cup, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in Sweden's Elitloppet in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "There were so many high points to his career, it's hard to pick any one out," Goldstein said. "The Breeders Crown when he beat Donato (Hanover) was a highlight, and maybe the Oslo Grand Prix would also stick out. We were standing there and they're playing the national anthem, and I didn't know what to do with myself, so I started singing. Those would probably be my two high points." Said Goldberg, "The Maple Leaf Trot was really unbelievable. Just to see the look on Trond's face and how happy he was, I can still picture him running across the track. That was huge. Of course, beating Donato in the Breeders Crown was just amazing. Everyone thought the (elimination win) was a fluke and we came back and did it the exact same way. That was just great. "The durability of this horse, year after year, he was up to the challenge. There were new horses every year and he took them all on. He was an absolute warrior. That was his greatest attribute. He answered the bell for every single race against the best." Smedshammer agreed that Arch Madness' win in the Breeders Crown was among the most memorable, but said the horse's best performance came in winning the 2011 Titan Cup by eight lengths over Lucky Jim in 1:50.2. "He was vicious," Smedshammer said. "I've always said that was at least a (1):49 mile because the track was so deep that night. I would say that was his best race ever. The Allerage (in 2013) also was special. That was almost magical because we didn't expect it. "Every year he used to come up with a moment. Those Balanced Images are just iron-tough horses. He was always a fairly sound horse, he didn't have any major issues. I don't know what makes some horses last year after year. It's certainly inside of them. It's their mentality." Goldberg said Arch Madness' success was a team effort, from the time the horse was born through his final race. Among the many people Goldberg cited were driver Brian Sears, who guided Arch Madness to many of his biggest wins, Smedshammer and caretakers Maria Kristensen and Ida Nilsen. "He's got his demons, Arch," Goldberg said, laughing. "He's a crazy, crazy guy. Without Maria and Ida, he might have been really unmanageable. They adored him and did an unbelievable job with him. And he was managed very well. You have to give Trond the credit. He's a world-class horseman. "I can't thank people enough. There were so many people along the way that helped out." Arch Madness will stay in New Jersey for another week before heading to the farm of Mike Andrew in Maine, where he will be reunited with his old Smedshammer Stable buddy Likeabatoutahell. After the winter, Arch Madness will likely return to New Jersey so Goldberg can remain near the horse. "He gave me the memories of a lifetime," Goldberg said. "Whenever I'm down I just go on the computer and click on one of his races and bingo. "I was fortunate enough to say that I owned him. The experiences he afforded me and my family, you couldn't write a better script. I never thought anything like that would happen for me. It was a dream, an absolute dream. He took us for a great ride. I owe it all to him. "Trond said he checked in on Arch and he's loving life. That's the way we need it to be for the old man. "Now it's his time." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications        

From afar, he might not appear the easiest to love. But it didn't take him long to steal Ida Nilsen's heart. Archie is just that way. For the last five years, Nilsen has been the caretaker of world renowned trotter Arch Madness, aka Archie, in the stable of trainer Trond Smedshammer. On Saturday night, Nilsen and Arch Madness went to the races together for the final time. On Monday, Nilsen said an emotional goodbye. Nilsen's work visa expires this week and the 29-year-old native of Norway returned to her homeland Tuesday. She was undecided if she would remain there or come back to the U.S. sometime in the future. "I don't know what I'm going to do," Nilsen said Monday afternoon. "I'm just going to go home and see what kinds of opportunities are thrown at me." Her opportunity to work and travel with Arch Madness, she added, was "truly a fairytale." Nilsen arrived at Smedshammer's stable seven years ago after deciding to leave Norway when friend Maria Kristensen - Arch Madness' previous caretaker - told her how much she enjoyed working in the States. "I always wanted to come here and when she told me how great it was I made up my mind," Nilsen said. "It was the best decision I ever made." When Kristensen left the stable in 2009, Nilsen took over as Arch Madness' caretaker. But it wasn't love at first sight. "I didn't really care much for him because I saw him in the barn with Maria and he was very spoiled," Nilsen said, adding with a laugh, "Kind of like the way he is with me now - and everyone else probably sees it, but now I don't see it. "It didn't take me long before I fell in love with him. It's just the way he is. When he lets you get close to him, he's got a great personality. There's just no one like him. To everyone else, he just seems like an old grump, but he is very great, not only on the racetrack, but to be around in the barn as a horse. "He knows people. He's very smart like that. The way he acts when he sees me, I fell in love with that." Arch Madness won his first start, an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot, with Nilsen by his side and finished second in the Maple Leaf Trot final. During their ensuing time together, Nilsen saw Arch Madness win numerous races, but none more emotional than his triumph in the 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. Smedshammer, also from Norway, was unable to travel home for the race because of paperwork delays for his visa. "It was a lot of pressure to race a horse in that race," Nilsen said. "Everyone dreams of racing in that race, and I got to race in it - and we won it. Then I cried. I cried until after the winner's circle. "To bring a horse like him to my home country, that was really very special. Everyone expected us to do well, and he did great." For his career, Arch Madness has won 36 races and $4.28 million in purses for owners Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC. The gelded son of Balanced Image-Armbro Archer ranks No. 6 in earnings among all trotters in history, and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in Sweden's Elitloppet in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "Not everyone gets the chance to take care of a horse like this," Nilsen said. "I was really lucky. Thanks to him, I've seen so much and been to so many places. "To see how special it is for Trond and the owners, and the way other people love him, is great. I love reading the comments on his Facebook page and seeing that people care about him too. He deserves that. He hasn't been the best one every year, but he's showed up for so many years. They don't do that, the other ones. He's just a really great horse and I love that people love him for it and see him that way." But probably no one sees him the same way as Nilsen. As she prepared for Arch Madness' start in last weekend's TVG Free For All Series Championship for trotters at the Meadowlands, she posted the following on her own Facebook page: "All fairytales have an ending, and this is ours! On our way to the Meadowlands for our last race together! Thank you for everything Arch, you have given me the time of my life and I have so many great memories. You will always be the love of my life and my everything." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Harrisburg, PA --- Trond Smedshammer bought only two horses during Monday's opening round of the Standardbred Horse Sale, but came away with more than a handful in the second session. Smedshammer on Tuesday purchased eight yearlings at the sale, with one being tied for eighth highest in price. "The ones that I really wanted yesterday just went too high," Smedshammer said. "There were more horses today, and more opportunities. I'm not a big fan of buying those $200,000 ones. There were a couple yesterday that I wish I would have gotten that went for that kind of money, but you've got to try to keep it down a little bit." Smedshammer was not alone in increasing his productivity Tuesday. Trainer Ake Svanstedt signed for seven horses in the second session, including the day's sales topper, colt trotter Gotalottacredit, who sold for $225,000. He had three in the top 20 after not having any of the top sellers Monday. "We were active yesterday, but we didn't get the horses," said Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, who is Svanstedt's assistant. "We put a price on them and they went a little higher than we wanted. We got outbid on the expensive one (Brooklyn Hill at $390,000) and a couple other ones." A total of 314 horses sold Tuesday for an average of $36,748, a 7.5 percent decrease from the $39,710 average for 298 yearlings sold in the second session of 2013. The 2014 average is nearly identical to 2012, when 307 horses sold for an average of $36,821. Through two days, a total of 535 horses were sold at an average of $46,748, a drop of 7.3 percent from the average of $50,426 for 516 yearlings in 2013. Compared to 2012, this year's sale is up 5.8 percent. But this year's averages in Harrisburg have been perplexing when put against the recently completed Lexington Selected Sale, which enjoyed a 10.6 percent increase compared to 2013. "(Today) was consistent with yesterday," Standardbred Horse Sale President Pete Spears said. "You'd have to ask the (buyers). There are some folks that normally buy a little heavier that haven't bought as heavily and I can't really explain that. "Trying to explain the difference between here and Lexington, I think we would have to dig down a lot deeper than I'm able to do right now." Two sessions remain for the yearlings, Wednesday and Thursday, at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. "I just don't have a read on this. I really don't," Spears said. "It looked like people had done an extraordinary amount of homework and it really seemed like there were a lot of people who just simply needed animals. If that analysis still holds true, there are only two more days to do it. That's a very simplistic argument, I think, but we can all hope that's the case." Smedshammer, for one, was surprised by the numbers. "I think (the sale) is strong," he said. "I know it was down a little bit (Monday) but it certainly didn't feel that way because it was difficult to buy." Gotalottacredit was the only horse to sell for at least $200,000 during the second session this year, compared to three horses to reach that level in 2013. But a total of 15 horses sold for at least $100,000, an increase of one compared to last year. A son of Credit Winner out of the mare Valotta, Gotalottacredit's family includes 1999 O'Brien Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter Uhadadream. "He was a very good looking colt," said Noren, indicating the horse was purchased for Mellby Gard. "The conformation was perfect. He looked like a real colt." Filly trotter Explosive Lynn was the day's second-highest seller, at $140,000, and went to trainer Jimmy Takter. Explosive Lynn, a daughter of Explosive Matter-U Wanna Lindy, is a three-quarter-sister to Takter-trained Wild Honey, who has won eight of nine races this season at age 2. Wild Honey is the fastest 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track in history, with a time of 1:55.2. "I was happy to get her," Takter said. "Wild Honey is a very, very good horse. The only drawback is she could have been a little bigger and this filly is a good sized filly. Does she have the same determination as her sister? We'll find out." Autotune Hanover, a colt whose family includes millionaire Aracache Hanover, was the top-priced pacer, selling for $120,000. A son of Art Major out of the mare Anderosa Hanover, he was purchased by Mark Harder. DAY 2 - TOP 20 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Price 455-C-T-Gotalottacredit-Credit Winner-Valotta-Ake Svanstedt-$225,000 454-F-T-Explosive Lynn-Explosive Matter-U Wanna Lindy-Jimmy Takter-$140,000 268-C-T-Cantabs Cash-Cantab Hall-Four Starz Dlh-Courant AB/Knutsson Trotting-$135,000 348-C-T-Colonel Cantab-Cantab Hall-Missys Mission-Staffan Lind-$130,000 484-C-P-Autotune Hanover-Art Major-Anderosa Hanover-Mark Harder-$120,000 353-F-T-Mind Meld-Donato Hanover-Myth-Jack De Jong, agent-$112,000 537-C-P-Twin B George-Roll With Joe-Chatelaine-Jeff Snyder-$110,000 248-C-P-Easy Lover Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Easy Go Go-Myron Bell, agent-$100,000 269-C-T-Free Willy Hanover-Credit Winner-Free Spirit-Trond Smedshammer-$100,000 271-C-T-Can We Have Fun-Cantab Hall-Fun For Us-Ake Svanstedt, agent-$100,000 281-C-P-Dash Of Danger-Western Terror-Grand Lady-Marvin Rounick-$100,000 461-C-P-Newsmaker Bluechip-American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter-Ken Jacobs-$100,000 465-C-T-The Royal Harry-RC Royalty-Wilsonator-Harry Pozetsky, agent-$100,000 479-F-T-Candy Lane-Cantab Hall-Almond Joy-Ake Svanstedt/Mellby Gard-$100,000 518-C-P-Western Dynasty-Western Ideal-Caitlin Q-Robert Mondillo-$100,000 340-C-P-Nocturnal Bluechip-Bettor's Delight-Mcarts N Crafts-Mark Steacy-$97,000 505-F-T-Noblesse Blue Chip-Credit Winner-Reven Crown-Eugene Kurzrok-$92,000 277-F-T-Athena's Mission-Manofmanymissions-Goddess Of War-Marvin Chantler-$90,000 311-C-P-Try That Beach-Somebeachsomewhere-Katie My Girl-Jimmy Takter-$90,000 517-F-P-Bluecollar Hanover-Bettor's Delight-But I Like It-Myron Bell, agent-$90,000 by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 19, 2014--Yonkers Raceway has announced the octet of world-class trotters for this Saturday night's (Oct. 25th) International Trot Preview. The race, at one-and-one-quarter miles for a purse of $250,000, is a precursor to next season's return--after a two-decade hiatus--of the International Trot. The eight on the gate for the Preview are (alphabetically) Archangel, Arch Madness, reigning Harness Horse of the Year Bee a Magician, Commander Crowe, Market Share, Natural Herbie, Not Afraid and Sebastian K. the world's fastest trotter. Here's a quick cheat sheet... ARCHANGEL--A 5-year-old statebred son of Credit Winner with more than $1.1 million on account, he's the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner (track-record for 3YO colts [1:54.1]). After a year in the breeding shed, he returned for new trainer Ron Burke and took a life-best 1:50 effort earlier this season. Archangel is co-owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm (Alan Hainsworth) and Clare Semer. ARCH MADNESS--The 10-year-old Balanced Image gelding is a millionaire four times over for co-owners Marc Goldberg & Willow Pond LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Arch Madness served notice that he's back in business this past Friday night, with an 11-length romp in a track-record 2:00.3 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. BEE A MAGICIAN--2013's Harness Horse of the Year on the strength of a perfect 17-for-17 season, this 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra is defending the honor of the fairer sex here. Thrice a winner (with six seconds) in a dozen starts this season, Bee A Magician's lone local appearance was an effortless track-record (4YO mares) 1:55 in Open event in late August. The lass, a career $2.5 million earner, is trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. COMMANDER CROWE--One of Europe's preeminent trotters, the 11-year-old Juliano Star gelding joins Arch Madness in the $4 million earnings club. His 60 career victories include the Elitlopp in 2012 and, more recently, Sweden's Ã…by Stora Pris invitational. This is his U.S. debut and third North American start, the first two of a pair of thirds in Breeders Crowns (2011 & '12). "Commander" is trained by Fabrice Souloy for owner Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg). MARKET SHARE--This 5-year-old son of Revenue S is approaching $3.5 million in lifetime loot. His resume includes wins in a pair of seven-figure events, the 2012 Hambletonian and that season's Canadian Trotting Derby. A season ago, it was the Breeders Crown. Maple Leaf Trot and TVG Free-For-All and American-National. In 2014, the Maxie Lee (Harrah's Philly) has been his biggest win to date. Market Share's lone local appearance was a third-place effort (to Archangel) in the 2012 Yonkers Trot. Linda Toscano trains for co-owners Richard Gutnick, Bill Augustine and T L P Stable. NATURAL HERBIE--A 4-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding has gone from being the scourge of Indiana to one of North America's best trotters. A .500 hitter (11-for-22) this season and a shade better (23-for-45, $624,851) for his career, "Herbie" whipped Invitational class horses in the Vincennes (Meadowlands, life-best 1:51.4) and Noble Memorial (Scioto) for owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder. NOT AFRAID--If there's not a law that says a high-end trotting event can't be held without a representative of Jimmy Takter present, perhaps there ought to be. This 5-year-old S J's Caviar gelding is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg. He's a six-time winner each of the last two seasons with career earnings in excess of $400,000. Not Afraid defeated Arch Madness in a Pocono Preferred event earlier this month. However, this is certainly a step up the social circle from the crowd Not Afraid saw the last time he was here, going winless in five tries against overnighters in the first half of 2013. SEBASTIAN K--When your business card reads "World's Fastest Trotter," do you need any other references? The 8-year-old son of Korean, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Knutsson Trotting (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg), has taken the continent by storm in 2014. Eight wins and two seconds in 11 starts ($663,853), with his stunning 1:49 effort in a late June Pocono Invitational rewriting all the record books. A pair of stakes wins at the Meadowlands and one a Vernon are also included. His European prowess unquestioned (nearly $2.3 million in earnings), Sebastian K, as well as Commander Crowe, add to the tremendous list of overseas horses who have, ahem, "taken their talents to Westchester." This Saturday night's (Oct. 25) five stakes finals...$500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 International Trot Preview, $150,854 Lady Maud and $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot shall be "open drawn" Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Last weekend I was on a pretty good roll and ended up picking 12 winners out of 14 races and turned a $2 per race win wager into a $16.00 profit for the weekend! This weekend we have so much great racing throughout North America we can’t cover it all. Mohawk’s has the richest purses but Yonkers and Balmoral have their “Super Nights” Sire Stakes finals and in toll there are millions in purse money to be given away Saturday. Good Luck! $225,000 Pace Final NYSS 3YO Fillies Yonkers Raceway 3rd race SATURDAY – I tried a few times to find anyone in this race that can beat Spreester. But I couldn’t. She has been sensational having won six of her last eight starts and the two losses were by a head and neck. She can win from on and off the pace. Use Table Talk and Major Dancer in exotic plays. $385,000 Trot Final Peaceful Way 2YO Fillies Mohawk 3rd race SATURDAY – It is going to be hit or miss with Mission Brief once again. Superb filly is lightning fast but a bit erratic. If she minds her manners she wires the field. If she breaks she is totally out of it. My money is that she stays flat and sets a track record! Use Jolene Jolene and Stubborn Belle in exotic plays. $225,000 Trot Final NYSS 2YO Colts Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY – With just six career starts, Buen Camino has been outstanding for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer with four wins, last three straight and has found new life on the front end. Can wire the field even from post 6. Use Crazy Wow and Wings Of Royalty in exotic plays. $390,000 Trot Final William Wellwood Memorial Mohawk 5th race SATURDAY – This could end up being a very competitive race. I like Uncle Lassie as he shows awesome front end speed and thus he should be able to go right to the lead and not look back. But some others in here could prevent him from getting away with it. Use Habitat and Alderbaran Eagle in exotic plays. $162,000 Pace Final ISS 2YO Fillies Balmoral Park 4th race SATURDAY – Mr. Leland’s Filly may be on a five-race win streak but I have a feeling that Sportsmuffler could bring an end to that. He has been super sharp in her last two starts including 1 :54.3 triumph that if repeated could make her a lot richer after this race. Use Mr. Leland’s Filly and Lex in exotic plays. $225,000 Pace Final NYSS 2YO Colts Yonkers Raceway 8th race SATURDAY – Just in his last two starts Betting Exchange has shown me enough. He wins from on and off the pace impressively. Can handle a half mile oval and I think for the big bucks in here he can wire the field tonight. Use Southwind Masimo and Cartoon Daddy in exotic plays. $409,000 Trot Final Elegant Image 3YO Fillies Mohawk 7th race SATURDAY – She may have not been right in her only two losses this year so Shake It Cerry is back to her winning ways and should be able to either get the jump on the field early or bide her time, work her way to the front and win once again for the Jimmy Takter Stable. Use Designed To Be and Sweetie Hearts in exotic plays. $225,000 Trot Final NYSS 3YO Colts Yonkers Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Boy oh boy will this be a great showdown race. Flyhawk El Durado vs Gural Hanover. Both are superb trotters this season and if they finish in a dead heat that would be too cool. I have to give the edge and my vote in here to Gural Hanover as he has now won his last eight starts, wiring the field most times and is part of an entry with Lukas Hall, but it was a coin toss to pick one over the other. Use Flyhawk El Durado and Daley Lovin in exotic plays. $682,000 Trot Canadian Trotting Classic 3YO Colts Mohawk 9th race SATURDAY – I was one of the only ones to say that on a big track that Trixton can beat Father Patrick and I was right on Hambletonian Day and I think I will be right again in here. Two great horses will go at it but right now I like Trixton to beat his stable mate. Use Father Patrick and Harper Blue Chip in exotics. $145,000 Pace Final ISS 3YO Colts Balmoral Park 9th race SATURDAY – Erv Miller’s Unlocked has been super game with his four straight wins, all in stakes events. Grinds his way to the top in most cases by the opening quarter mile and has yet to be caught in a month. Use Fox Valley Deuce and Sleazeburgernfries in exotic plays. $186,000 Pace Final ISS 2YO Colts Balmoral Park 14th race SATURDAY – Very good match up in this Super Night finale. I ended up going with Lucpark and he has the great Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee in the sulky and that can make a difference. He has won last two starts both by a neck after getting perfect trips and Magee can work his magic once again. Use Earndawg and Rockin Cassinova in exotic plays. $220,000 Pace Final Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway 8th race MONDAY - We will one day see trainer Ron Burke have every starter in a stakes race from his barn? We nearly did in here as he has five of the eight in the final from his stable. I am going with the class of the field, Foiled Again. He nearly won this last year and off his excellent 1:51.3 score in his elim last week he seems prime with the rail to wire the field once again. Use Clear Vision and Easy Again in exotic plays.

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2014 - Trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer fired Skates N Plates off the gate and was never headed, winning the $55,000 Charles I. Smith Trot, the seventh race on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Charles I. Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Skates N Plates, who is by Revenue, was tested by 1-2 favorite Hillustrious both in the first quarter and again in the homestretch, but repelled the son of Muscle Hill both times for a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. It was four lengths to Angels Ransom [Revenue] in third. Skates N Plates [$19.40] picked up his third win with a second and a third in 13 starts in 2014. Owned and bred by Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA, he has banked $87,703 this year and $162,541 for his career. The stakes record for the Smith of 1:55.4 was set in 2010 by Flex The Muscle [Muscles Yankee]. In the co-featured $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, carded as the third race, Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee-Marla Bar] was a three-quarter -length winner over Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in 2:02.2. Contraire [Muscles Yankee] was third by a length. Model Behavior, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Robert Baggitt Jr., is owned by her breeder, Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ. She now has two wins in five starts. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ                  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 11, 2014 - Trainer Chris Ryder sends out a pair of Muscle Hill colts, rated the 9-5 morning line favorites in the $55,000 Charles I. Smith Trot, the seventh race on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Charles I. Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ryder will sit behind Well Built, leaving from post two, while Gregory Merton will be at the lines of Muscle On It from the rail. Well Built was second in the $60,000 Zweig at Vernon Downs in his last outing on August 29 and brings a record of three wins, two seconds and one third from 15 starts this year, earning $52,350 toward a career total of $156,047 for Ryder and co-owner Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH. Ryder and Mondillo share ownership of Muscle On In with Max Wernick of New City, NY. Muscle On In will be making his third start of the year and looking for his first check of 2014. At two, he won four of 12 starts and banked $62,566. Hillustrious, also by Muscle Hill, leaves from outside post seven with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. He is listed at 2-1 in the morning line with four wins, two seconds and a third in 10 starts this year, adding nearly $50,000 toward total earnings of more than $72,000 for the partnership of Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ; Rivers Stable Inc. of East Windsor, NJ and TLP Stable of Kearny, NJ. The stakes record for the Smith of 1:55.4 was set in 2010 by Flex The Muscle [Muscles Yankee]. The field for the $55,000 Charles I. Smith with betting number, post number, sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: 1-1-Muscle On It-Muscle Hill-Gregory Merton-Chris Ryder-9-5 1A-2-Well Built-Muscle Hill-Chris Ryder-Chris Ryder-9-5 2-3-Skates N Plates-Revenue-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-5-1 3-4-Opulent Yankee-Muscles Yankee-Ake Svanstedt-AkeSvantedt-6-1 4-5-Choco Sun-Chocolatier-Jim Meittinis-Orjan Torstensson-12-1 5-6-Angels Ransom-Revenue-George Brennan-Roland Mallar-7-1 6-7-Hillustrious-Muscle Hill-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2-1 Sharing the Friday card is a $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, carded as the third race. Demons N Diamonds by Muscle Hill, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by John McDermott Jr., is the 8-5 morning line favorite from post five in the field of seven fillies, four of whom are by Muscles Yankee and two by Muscle Hill. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Post positions have been drawn for the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The $1.8 million event, richest night of harness racing in the state, offers eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Once again, each race is sponsored by a prominent Empire State breeding farm. Some hot-off-the-overnight-sheet tidbits from each of the races, which go as races two through nine on the 13-race card ($10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5, 50-cent base wager races 5 through 9)... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (2nd race)-Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, head number 5, post 5) led the lasses with six wins in eight seasonal tries ($95,287) and 2-for-2 here, but was scratched sick from her last scheduled start. Pig Hunt (Brennan, HN 4, post 3) also won both of her local tries, while Concentration (Brian Sears, HN2, post 1) enters with three win in her last four work nights. All three lasses mentioned are daughters of Conway Hall. Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (3rd race)-Spreester (Jason Bartlett, post 1) won both the division during the summer and the draw for the final. The Kimberley Zabielski-owned homebred daughter of American Ideal does seem to enjoy her craft, as in 6-for-14 this season ($134,330) and a career 14-for-24. It Was Fascination (Brett Miller, post 2) has been open stakes-placed, while Ken Doll J (Sears, post 4) authored a 40-1 upset in her latest at Batavia. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (4th race)-A three-headed Ron Burke-trained monster in Band of Angels (Brennan, HN 1, post 1), Sassa Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr., HN 1A, post 2) and Bettor N Better (Matt Kakaley, HN 1B, post 3) had the pills perform perfectly. They're a combined 16-for-21 this season-occupying the first three places in the standings-with earnings in excess of $330,000. "Angels" and "Sassa" are daughters of Rock N Roll Heaven, while "B n B" is a Bettor's Delight lass. Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot (5th race)-Market Rally (Morrill Jr., HN 2A, post 6) was last season's statebred champ, and, after being sold to Burke and Associates, has continued her excellent form. The Cash Hall lass has run roughshod over her foes, winning six of her last seven tries...the only blemish being an early Batavia bobble. She's 5-for-5 here in her career, accounting for half of her career (10-for-21, $544,716) win resume. Morrisville College Equine Institute 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot (6th race)-Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer, post 6), a Cash Hall gelding, has rattled off three consecutive wins ($125,338). Crazy Wow (Dan Rawlings, post 1) needed a win here and some help to get the last place at the table, while Insomniac (Bartlett, post 8) also enjoyed a six-figure summer. Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace (7th race)-All Bets Off (Kakaley, HN 1A, post 6), with a pair of open-company wins (Art Rooney Pace, Milstein Memorial) on his holster, has hit the board in all 11 tries this season (8 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, $530,425). Stay Up Late (Mark MacDonald, HN 5, post 5) has won his last couple of NYSS events, and could be best of others. Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace (8th race)-Any number of these have mastered freshman orientation, including points leader Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance, post 1)-4-for-5 thus far-Americanprimetime (Tyler Buter, post 5) and Cartoon Daddy (Kakaley, post 6), who has won thrice in four Westchester effort. Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot (9th race)-Defending champ Flyhawk El Durado (MacDonald, HN 2, post 1), who enters with six wins in 13 '14 tries ($292,711), has won his last four versus statebreds. He features wild speed to take advantage of the pylons, while the gelding Gural Hanover (Morrill Jr., HN 1, post 2) is 8-for-10 ($274,413) has strung together seven (NYSS) wins in succession entering this race. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Paris-Turf reported today that Commander Crowe could race in the September 14th UET Masters Series Final in Copenhagen and then may fly to New Jersey and the barn of trainer Trond Smedshammer. The 11-year-old chestnut son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell could then appear in three USA events, the Red Mile's Allerage, the Yonkers International and the Breeders Crown at the new Meadowlands. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 5, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted its final statebred division of the season, the $198,999 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. It's the last chance for these freshmen to qualify for the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, held here next Saturday (Sept. 13). Three divisions - worth $66,733, $65,533 and $66,733, respectively -- made up the event, which honored the memory of the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. Many of "Tootie's" family, including his wife, Bunny, and friends were on hand for winner's circle presentations. Friday's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters and distaff pacers, were won by Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter, $4.90) in 1:54.1, and Venus Delight (Bartlett, $6.10) in 1:51.3. The latter matched Rocklamation's track record for a 4-year-old pacing mare. First division-Second choice Insomniac (Jason Bartlett, $7.20), from post position No. 4 and from start to finish (:30.1, 1:00.2; 1:29.3; 1:58.3). Crazshana (Trond Smedshammer) was a first-up second, beaten a couple of lengths, with Credit Creation (Mark MacDonald) third. Mambo Blue Chip (Jeff Gregory) broke In The Pocket as the 6-5 choice. For Insomniac, a Crazed gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley and William Weaver III, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.20, with the triple returning $121.50. "I wanted him to finish better than he has, and he did that tonight," Bartlett said. Second division-Second choice Crazy Wow (Dan Rawlings, $8) gave both himself and his driver a successful local debut. From post No. 2, he led at every pylon (:30, 1:00.2, 1:30, 1:58.2). Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) chased from a loose pocket-beaten 2½ lengths-with even-money fave Sugarmakesmecrazy (Ake Svanstedt) a non-threatening third. For Crazy Wow, a son of Crazed owned by Joseph Hess and trained by Dan O'Mara, it was his third win in six '14 tries. The exacta paid $23.80, with the triple returning $56.50. "Dan (O'Mara) said he had a good trotter and asked me drive him," Rawlings said. "He showed high speed, then broke, but he showed me enough that I told Dan 'Wherever he goes, I'm going.' "He's had some rigging issues, but Benny Eggers, who has the horse here, figured it out. He deserves a lot of the credit." Third division-Pole-sitting (and odds-on) Buen Camino (Smedshammer, $2.30) fooled very few, going the distance (:29.4; 1:00, 1:30.3; 1:59.1). Royal Lad (MacDonald) challenged in and out of the final turn before missing a length, while 111-1 shot Pier Ho Exotic (John Cunning Jr.) was a good, two-move third. For Buen Camino, a Crazed gelding trained by his driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, he's 2-for-2 here and 4-for-6 overall, having won his last three (NYSS) starts. The exacta paid $23.80, with the triple returning $230. "What's impressed me about him is his speed," Smedshammer said. "Speed wins races. Ideally, you don't want to have a young horse on the front every race, but we drew inside and figured it was the best place to be." The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

Harness racing two year old colt and gelding trotters were in town on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to take part in the New York Sire Stakes. Three divisions of the $53,500+ stakes races for freshman trotters highlighted the card with Trond Smedshammer's Buen Camino (Cash Hall) leading the way as the fastest among stakes winners. Buen Camino was the favorite in his four horse division of the Sire Stakes after three rivals were scratched. Coming off of a convincing, career best win in 1:58 at Batavia, Buen Camino moved out to the early lead in his local debut and battled major danger Home'n Dry (Wally Hennessey) throughout the final quarter before that one made a break late in the stretch and was subsequently disqualified from second. Buen Camino was the fastest of the three winners in the 'big time' stakes races by almost two seconds. Favored Sugarmakesmecrazy (Crazed) held on to win for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt in 2:02.3 and Andy Ray (Crazed) pulled off an upset for reinsman Steve Smith and trainer Erv Miller with his victory in 2:01 while dismissed at odds of 17-1 in the other two big stakes races on the card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

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