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TORONTO, August 14 - It's been over four months since the launch of the Standardbred Alliance in Ontario on April 1 and wagering on Standardbred horse races at these tracks is already seeing a sharp increase compared to the same period last year.   From April 1 through August 9, "all-sources" wagering on Standardbred Alliance racing is $148,227,950, an encouraging 8.92 per cent rise over the $136,083,298 bet through the equivalent period in 2013.   The numbers are promising on a per race basis as well. Last year, an average of $57,347 was bet per race (2373 races). After April 1, in 2014, an average of $60,280 per race (2459 races) was recorded, also a strong 5.11 per cent increase. Number of races is up 3.6 per cent over last year.   "There's plenty of work to do, but so far the alliance concept is proving to accomplish what it had intended," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing at Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Chair of the Standardbred Alliance board. "It's helped to create some positive momentum for the industry, plus a platform for the core standardbred tracks to be partners in this new era. Racing fans are responding well at Mohawk and the other Alliance tracks under the new model with wagering up strongly both per race and overall."   Grand River Raceway, in Elora, is seeing double-digit wagering increases both per race and overall.   "We have experienced an increase in wagering of 16.56 per cent per race, leading to a 10.58 per cent rise overall on our live racing product," said Dr. Ted Clarke, General Manager of Grand River Raceway. "Total wagering on our Industry Day on August 4 was the highest since 2005. The positive wagering results and attendance indicate the fan base and interest are solid."   The Standardbred Alliance, led by Woodbine Entertainment Group, is a consortium of eight Ontario racetracks. Launched April 1, the members represent a three-tier racing hierarchy, 'Grass Roots' (Clinton, Hanover), 'Signature' (Flamboro, Georgian, Grand River and Western Fair) and 'Premier' (Mohawk and Woodbine).   The tracks have worked together to implement operational efficiencies, co-ordinate a year-round racing calendar, develop a program of racing that is attractive to foreign and domestic customers, and establish consistent purses.   The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is buoyed by the wagering rise through the early months of the Standardbred Alliance concept.   "We're glad to see wagering is up," said Sue Leslie, President of OHRIA. "Fans are continuing to embrace this wonderful sport and it's gaining new ones. The next step is to have racing fully integrated into the province's gaming strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the model."   Highlights of the season so far include State Treasurer's win at the Molson Pace at Western Fair, JK Endofanera's win in the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk, Shadows Wonder's victory in Clinton's Kin Pace, Go Daddy Go's score in the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River and Warrawee Promesse's tally in the Dream of Glory at Hanover.   The Georgian Downs meet is in full swing, with the Earl Rowe Memorial Cup Trot set for August 23, while the start of the final part of the 2014 Flamboro Downs meet is scheduled for September 2.   Several major stakes are set for the latter half of season on the WEG circuit, including the Metro Pace at Mohawk on August 30, the Canadian Trotting Classic on September 13, while the 'Fall Four' (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Governor's Cup and Valley Victory) is set for Woodbine on October 25.   by John Siscos, for WEG  

August 3, 2014: The 10HUf million, 100th edition of the Hungarian Trotting Derby today went to 7/2 odds second choice Szerelmes R with Balazs Juhasz aboard. The three year-old son of Wall Street Banker (full-brother to legendary Valley Victory that was campaigned in the US by the late Doug Ackerman) scored over 1900 meters autostart in 1.17.2kr by over six lengths. Szacharin (by Vanito, a son of Titan Way) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi with favored Speedy Boy (by Wall Street Banker) third for Veljko Mazsity. Dam of the winner is the excellent producer Viragos (by Surefire Lobell, a son of Speedy Crown-Starglow Hanover). Viragos has generated multiple winners throughout her broodmare career by Wall Street Banker, Tony Oaks, Baltic Bet, Valley Guardian, Endless Sands, and Witsend's Speedy. On the Kincsem Park card the secondary feature Pannonia DIJ (purse 1.8HUf million over 1800 meters autostart), for four year-old HU-breds, went to Royal Flesh, a son of Wall Street Banker-Tameways Sweet SL-Super Arnie) with Laszlo Marton up for AMMA Kft. He scored in 1.16.5kr over Paperboy and Palko. Tamesways Sweet L is from Tameway (Tamerlane-Airway) and this family has produced exceptionally well in Hungary. The Jozsef Sinka Memorial (purse 1.2HUf million, 1800 meters autostart), for aged open class trotters, went to red hot Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB-Indro Park) in 1.15.1kr by open lengths. The Italian bred veteran (maternal family of Starita Lobell) is trained and driven by Jozsef Sagaj for SLO owner Albert Hossman. The Tony Oaks sired Masterpiece and Night Lady were next on the line. This day in Germany (Mariendorf) showcased the €227,430 purse Deutsches Traber Derby over 1900 meters autostart. 12 starters took the challenge and trainer/driver Arnold J. Mollema prevailed with favored Expo Express (3m Expo Bi-Pine Spirit-Pine Chip) owned by Holland's Jacob Elzinga. He scored in 1.15.1kr over Ewald F. Boko (Super Arnie-Blackberry Hanover) and Conrad Lugauer with third to Ejton Attack (Gigant Neo-P'bird Mon Amie) with Bjorn Goop reining for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Thomas H. Hicks  

Track record holder Margarita Bi headlines the ninth race feature trot at the Hippodrome 3R as the five-year-old mare tries for her sixth win of the year. Trained by Tiffany Staley for driver/owner Denis St Pierre, Margarita Bi loves racing at the Hippodrome 3R and has not lost at the track the entire season. The daughter of Andover Hall from the Valley Victory mare Avona Bessi, trotted the fastest mile ever by a mare on June 14 with a 1:57.2 lifetime mark. She will start from post six against eight rivals, three of them are also mares. Margarita Bi is the 5/2 morning line favorite and has won four of her last six starts. Her main competition will come from Bel Gazou in post two. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, Bel Gazou was second in his last start despite being parked out first-over for the mile race. He has two wins this year in five starts for driver/trainer Martin Gingras, who also owns Bel Gazou. Other rivals are Beer Maggs (post 1), Erge Baboche (post 3) and Caroluzzo (post 5). From the Quebec Jockey Club

Three trotters from the sophomore class of 2010 have come online with their initial crops this year; Muscle Massive is standing at Hanover, Lucky Chucky at Winbak in New York and Holiday Road in Ontario. Pilgrim’s Taj is a fourth, but he only spent one year in Canada, after which he was relocated to Ohio and ultimately exported to Finland. That being the case, we’ll look at the first three. To this point restricted races have provided the only basis for judging them, but the open portion of the season commences this week with elimination rounds for the Peter Haughton and Merrie Annabelle at the Meadowlands as well as several splits of the Arden at The Meadows. Much of the focus has been on Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky, beneficiaries of generous state bred programs who finished one-two in the Hambletonion. The former was a $450,000 yearling who was lightly raced at two but managed to win the Hambletonion as well as the Dancer at three, while Chucky was a precocious freshman, showing wins in the Valley Victory, Matron, ISS and Bluegrass. He was the 3/2 favorite in the Hambletonion and appeared on his way to victory when 6/1 Muscle Massive, piloted by Ron Pierce, ruined his day. Regardless, Chucky did win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Colonial at three, and he earned more money than Muscle Massive both years. Both sold close to seventy yearlings last year, with Chucky’s brood averaging quite a bit more. Both have seen their stud fees fluctuate before their first crops hit the track. Muscle Massive started at $10,000, only to have his fee cut to $7,500 and $6,000 in successive years. Cantab Hall, Donato Hanover, Andover Hall and Explosive Matter all command higher fees than their younger stablemate at Hanover. Chucky, on the other hand, started at $7,500 in New York, was dropped to $5,000 during a year spent in Pennsylvania, and came back up to $7,500 when he returned to Winbak, where nineteen-year-old Muscles Yankee stands for $2,500 more. Muscle Massive has benefited from the success of his older brother, Muscle Mass, sire of O’Brien winner Riveting Rosie and the successful OSS colt Muscle Matters. Thus far Muscle Massive has given us some outstanding fillies. Gatka Hanover, a big rugged gal out of the Conway Hall mare Girlie Tough, from the Ron Burke barn, has left many wondering where her ceiling is. Gatka rolled through a couple of baby races and has now chalked up three wins in the PA Sire Stakes, one each at The Meadows, Pocono and Harrah’s. Matt Kakaley steered her to an effortless four length win in 1:57 in her latest. She leaves from the five for Matt K in Friday’s first Merrie Annabelle elimination. Gatka takes on Lucky Chucky’s daughter, Lock Down Lindy, who drew plenty of attention with a very strong first over win in a Merrie Annabelle Prep at the Meadowlands Friday for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. Another Muscle Massive star in the making is Jimmy Takter’s Speak To Me, an $80,000 Harness Breeders purchase by Myron Bell. She is also three-for three in the PA Sire Stakes and has trotted in 1:55. Last time out, in a $57,000 sire stakes division at Harrah’s, Speak To Me gapped the field by ten on her way to an easy win at a stingy 1/5 price. Unfortunately this filly was not staked to the Merrie Annabelle and will be missing from the fray on Friday night. Blessings Counted is another talented filly by Muscle Massive. She was second to Speak To Me in a PASS race at The Meadows a couple of weeks ago and won a $57,000 race at Harrah’s in her latest start. She is not eligible to the Merrie Annabelle but is entered in a split of the Arden at The Meadows on Friday. Missive and Youth Gone Wild, both winners in the Stallion Series, will also race in the Arden. Jersey Strong, a talented filly with a win in the PA All Stars and a second in the PASS, isn’t entered at The Meadowlands or The Meadows on Friday. The top colt by Muscle Massive is Ake Svanstedt’s Lima Pride, who beat Jimmy Takter’s 1/9 favorite The Bank in a split of the Hickory Pride when The Bank went on a run at the three-quarters. Lima Pride, a $25,000 yearling purchase, was not nominated to the Peter Haughton. The priciest freshman trotter by any first crop stallion is Mr Lucky Luke, a $450,000 Lucky Chucky half- brother to Muscle Massive, Muscle Mass and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner, Thatsnotmyname. The Cancelliere brothers, of Detour Hanover fame, purchased him at Lexington in the fall. He has yet to make a pari-mutuel start; let’s hope he generates a better ROI than Detour has. As for the Lucky Chucky colts and fillies that have raced, there is no eye popping Gatka Hanover out there, but there are plenty of good ones. I already mentioned Merrie Annabelle candidate Lock Down Lindy, who possesses the same rugged demeanor as Gatka. She is a half-sister to 2006 HOY in Canada, Majestic Son. He has sired Harper Blue Chip, Murmur Hanover and Charmed Life. Ray Schnittker has Gabe The Bear Dean, a $105,000 Harness Breeders buy, who has an impressive wire-to wire five length win in the NYSS at Buffalo. Jonas Czernyson has a few Lucky Chucky youngsters in his barn and he’s high on all of them. At the end of June Hot Start, a half-sister to Religulous, won a $27,000 NYSS split at Vernon Downs for Corey Callahan. Next time out, at Tioga, she cut most of the mile from the outside post only to lose to paternal sister My Twisted Sister, from the Paul Kelley barn. Hot Start is entered in the second Merrie Annabelle elimination on Friday. Nunkeri is another very promising Lucky Chucky filly from the Czernyson barn. She finished second to the Muscle Hill filly Josie’s Joy at the Meadowlands the other night, race timed in 1:57.2 as the second choice. Nunkeri won her start previous to that one, a $28,000 NYSS division at Tioga. George Ducharme’s sharp looking Conway Hall filly, Concentration, pressured her all the way home in a 1:59.3 mile. On the male side Mal and Janet Burroughs’ Mambo Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harness Breeders buy, won a $28,000 split of the NYSS in 1:57.2 at Tioga last time out. Holiday Road, a $115,000 yearling who is a full brother to Ken Warkentin, was lightly raced, making only ten lifetime stars. While staying on the track was an issue, speed wasn’t; he won the Peter Haughton at two and a split of the Dancer at three. He opened his stallion career for $4,500 at Seelster Farms and now stands for $3,500. This week the Holiday Roads started to turn heads and earn respect at Mohawk as they performed admirably on the various OSS platforms. John Bax’s Hemi Seelster was long and tough winning a Grassroots division in 1:58.4 at 2/1. It was noteworthy that the gelding engaged in a head to head battle the length of the stretch with Pilgrim’s Joy, a son of first crop stallion Pilgrim’s Taj. Tony Alagna’s filly Gee O’Keeffe logged a very strong second in a $53,000 OSS Gold leg at Mohawk for Jody Jamieson, losing a length to the highly regarded Kadabra filly Juanita’s Fury. And Keith Jones’ gelding, It’s Huw You Know, was an upset Grassroots winner in 2:00.3 on Monday at 75/1, paying $159.60. And Ontheroad De Vie made a very impressive brush on the back as he came from the 10 post to finish second for Rick Zeron in a Grassroots leg. The Holiday Roads are looking good. Rock N Roll Heaven and Sportswriter are lighting it up in the freshman pacing division, but it’s expected that the trotters will take a little longer to get their bearings and hit their stride. Muscle Massive, Lucky Chucky and Holiday Road will all be prospering when they do. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

International trotters headlined today’s card at Les Sables d’Olonne with their Grand Prix for €50,000 going to Uhlan de Val reined by trainer Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli scored narrowly for his eighth career win, now for €815,390. The 1.7/1 favorite, a winner in 1.14.8kr over 2775 meters, held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol) with J-M Bazire at the lines for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. He’s a 27 time winner of almost €1.7 million. The day’s Quinte+ race of the day had a jackpot of €5.4 million. That race was the Gran Prix de Pontorson atHippodrome de la Mont-Saint Michel. 18 starters battled for the €35,000 purse over 2675 meters, and Sullighan scored in 1.14.4kr as the 1.7/1 favorite for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. JLC Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Jeloca. He’s an eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca-Terre de Sauoreuil and he defeated the Damien Bonne teamed Samourai Purple. Good racing has also taken place at various European venues this week. Today at Skelleftea, Juliano Rags (6m Juliano Star-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) took the 3140 meters feature worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Noralf Braekken teamed this winner to his 13th career victory now for earnings of 1,833,026SEK. The Norwegian entrant was timed in 1.14kr over the extended distance as he defeated Mellby Vargtass and Bo Eklof, with third to Denmark’s Bradley reined by Robert Bergh. On the same card Valnes Chilly took the co-feature, also with 100,000SEK first prize, as the six year-old mare by Fill V-Chilly Creek-Giant Chill scored over 2140 meters (turning start) in a good 1.12.9kr, her third 2014 victory. Yesterday at Jagersro (SWE) the featured Elitserien Final (100,000SEK to the winner) over 2140 meters autostart went o favored From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Dusty Stables. He scored in 1.15kr for his fourth career win in just seven starts. His dam Emotional Dust was a good one (1:56, US$195,683) and is from Web Dust (Sugarcane Hanover-US Sushi). On that card the co-featured mile autostart event for older trotters went to I Won’t Dance (8g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory). He scored in 1.11.4kr for Joakim Lofgren to record his 23rd career win in 78 starts for earnings of 6,435,387SEK. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen. Lofgren also scored with lightly raced Bella Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Stella Pride-Love You) in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters from the turning start. On July 14 at Beaumont de Lomagne (FR) trainer Vincent Martens won both of the top races. Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough-Malabar Man) took the €35,000 purse Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren in 1.14.8kr over 2550 meters. Christophe Martens reined the winner to his 13th career win as the 2.8/1 choice. The Menhammer Stuteri -bred winner defeated 61/1 longshot Renato Alstare. The monte Prix de Caen went to Martens conditioned United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Jesolo) as the even-money choice with Damien Bonne aboard  in 1.15.2kr over 2550 meters for a purse of €25,000. On July 13 at Amiens (FR) the Prix Vismie for €35,000 drew 16 European starters. Sweden’s Head Line (7g Rite On Line-Farapoli IT-Napoletano) scored for Anthony Duperche, driving for trainer Antonio Ripoll-Rigo. This pair overcame a 25 meter handicap to win timed in 1.16kr. The same day grass-turf experts (16 starters) contested the Saint Jean de Monts for €25,000 over 2625 meters. Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro) scored at 4.4/1 for J-P Monclin driving for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Ecurie Etoile NV  to earn his 11th win for €193,960 career earnings. Ulk Blue (6m Love You-Just Blue-Cygnus d’Odysse) ended second for Eric Raffin. At L’isle/Sorgue the Gran Pris de Trot de la Ville sur la Sorgue for €32,000, over 2650 meters, went to 3/1 odds Uppercut du Gui (6g Opus Viervil-Altesse du Maroif) reined by Stephane Cingland for Ecurie Franck Anne. He scored in 1.17.2kr for victory eight in his career. At Francheville (FR) J-P Dubois won with homebred Bella Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) in the Prix Vanika du Ruel over 2475 meters. Patrick Chevrier trains this one as she recorded the maiden win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Kincsem Park's excellent Saturday card showcased the 2014 two year-old leaders, a marathon distance event for HU-bred five year-olds and the HU Derby Trial. The Derby is set for August 3rd. The two year-olds battled over 1800 meters for a purse of 1.1HUf million and the first HU crop of Ata Star L finished first and third. Trappolj!, an Ata Star L filly, took victory for Imre Dome in 1.22.1kr at 15/1 odds. Ata Star L is a son of Tibur-Ata Donna Y-Speedy Crown who stood in Sweden previously and is half-brother to Atlas Fighter L 1.56.4 ($1,193,038) by Quick Pay, Atlas Ace L1.55.1 ($650,718) by Napoletano and Atlas Rocket 1.58.3 ($305,675) by Pershing. Janos Szalay Memorial, two-year-olds, 1800 meters autostart, purse 1,100,000HUf, 1.22.1kr 1st Trappolj! (2f Ata Star L-Gyorsulj!-Witsends Speedy), Imre Dome trainer/driver, 15.3/1 2nd Tartalosz (2m Com Muscle-Hurricaine-Excel Hanover), Laszlo Kolozsi 3rd Topmodell (2f Ata Star L-Elegant Lady-Mill H), Balazs Juhasz Paperboy took the 3000 meter Otevesek Nagydija in 1.19.1kr to earn the winners share of the 3HUf million purse. The victory by the five year-old for Veljko Mazsity continued the HU success by originally Doug Ackerman trained Wall Street Banker, the brother to Valley Victory (bred by new US Hall of Fame breeder William Weaver). Otevesek Nagydija, 3000 meters autostart, five year-olds, purse 3,000,000HUf, 1.19.1kr 1st Paperboy (5m Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands), Veljko Mazsity up, 5/1 odds 2nd Palko (5m Belami-Grace-Yankee Yankee), Dora Kovacs 3rd Philadelphia (5m Detroit-Gertrud-Rendfarok), Lajos Marton The Derby Trial for three year-olds over 1800 meters for 1.8HUf million, went to another Wall Street Banker son Szerelmes R and teamster Balazs Juhasz. The 14/1 outsider scored in 1.16.2kr to defeat Salihamidzic, another Wall Street Banker male. These two will certainly be worth watching at the August 3rd Derby. HU Derby Trial, 1800 meters autostart, three year-olds, purse 1,800,000HUf, 1.16.2kr 1st Szerelmes R (3m Wall Street Banker-Viragos-Surefire Lobell), Balazs Juhasz trainer/driver, owners Jodlis Kft and Mihaly Bacsa, 13.8/1 2nd Salihamidzic (3m Wall Street Banker-Helikon-Awesome Goal), Lajos Marton 3rd Szacharin (3f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian), Laszlo Kolozsi The weekly 500,000HUf open went to Nyires (by Tony Oaks) in 1.16.4kr over 1900 meters autostart. He defeated the Daguet Rapide mare Laluna Comtesse. Summary is shown below. Ugyvivo DIJ, 1900 meters autostart, purse 500,000HUf, 1.16.4kr 1st Nyires (7m Tony Oaks-Viragos-Surefire Lobell), Tibor Hajnal for Illetmeny Kft., 2.9/1 odds 2nd Laluna Comtesse (5f Daguet Rapide-La Comtessa-Super Arnie), Emese Vezer 3rd Ontario R (6m Wall Street Banker-Virginia-Endless Sands), A. Budai Other winners of interest in the Kincsem Park card of July 5 included Rosamundi (6f Chipmate-Kama Sutra) for Csaba Lakatos in 1.18.7kr over 2000 meters and Mellby Schwin (9f Supergill-Impish Hornline) for S. Turbucz in 1.17.1kr over 1800 meters. This weekend's open drew a competitive 10 horse field in the Landlord DIJ. Nick Nolte (by Tony Oaks) and Conway Boko (by Castleton Bass) are the likely favorites. July 12, 2014 Kincsem Park - Landlord DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 500,000HUf purse, 10 starters Orinoco, A. Szucs Amazing Lobell, A. Lakatos Rozsakert, B. juhasz Conway Boko, T. Hajnal Nick Nolte, S. Varadi Numero Uno, Gy. Horvath Jegyzono, Kornelia Fejer Carpe Diem, G. Karolyi Reine Fille, L. Kolozsi Royal Flesh, L. Marton by Thomas H. Hicks

Goshen, NY --- Owner-breeder William Weaver and driver David Miller, along with communicators John Pawlak and Carol Cramer, were the human guests of honor as 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame at ceremonies on the Museum lawn in Goshen, N.Y., on Sunday (July 6). The annual induction dinner followed a full day of activities that included racing at the neighboring Historic Track, including the annual Hall of Fame race, the grand opening of the Roosevelt Raceway exhibit and a cocktail reception in the William R. Haughton Memorial Hall. he Meadows and Little Brown Jug track announcer Roger Huston, who served as emcee, called fellow Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell to introduce the night’s first inductee. The former driver thanked Weaver for allowing him to drive Valley Victory and applauded him for his dedication to his horses. “Some of the old horses he raced, he still boards those horses and lets them live out their lives,” said O’Donnell. “He should be commended for that.” Weaver, who has enjoyed success with his Valley High Stable, said he didn’t expect this honor. “I’m humbled, happy and surprised to be here today,” said Weaver. “The last two years of my life, there have been some setbacks. I figured this was just someone throwing the screws in.” He thanked the Dancer and Duer families for training his horses over the years and acknowledged the big horse who got him to the Hall of Fame. “One of the main reasons that I’m here tonight is because I was the breeder of Valley Victory,” added Weaver. Huston’s superlative introduction of the next inductee highlighted a couple of his nicknames. “At the Meadowlands they call him Buckeye, but in Ohio he’s known as Purple Jesus,” said Huston before cueing the crowd to a resounding response of “Miller time” when he asked, “What time is it?” Miller can be a man of few words, but he was emotional as he talked about how important this honor is to him and the people who supported him along the way. “I think Roger said everything that I was going to say,” said Miller to open his acceptance speech. “I love horses and I love what I do. It’s more than I ever dreamed of.” He thanked his family for their support. “I definitely didn’t get here by myself,” added Miller. “I have the best family. I have to thank my wife Misty who does everything but drive the races.” The first communicator to be recognized spurred even greater emotion from everyone in attendance. John Pawlak, the USTA’s director of marketing known for his writing, broadcasting, announcing and editing of theTrotting and Pacing Guide, made his first industry, public appearance in a wheelchair since undergoing four surgeries for a brain tumor discovered last October. Well known for his humor, Pawlak used that talent to help his industry colleagues feel more at ease about his tribulations. “It was about the size of John Manzi’s head,” said Pawlak, referring to Monticello’s public relations man in describing his tumor. “The doctors told me it also had a moustache and toupee.” To conclude, Pawlak thanked many of the colleagues that he has assisted in his various roles at the USTA. “It is humbling and I have to thank all of the writers from USHWA for this honor,” said Pawlak. Former USTA employee Carol Cramer, known for her work as a long-time Grand Circuit steward and secretary as well as her involvement in the publishing of integral industry publications, especially the annual stakes guide, joined Pawlak in the Communicators Hall of Fame. “I love this industry with a passion,” said Cramer. “It was the joy of my life when I got to go work for the USTA and when I met Jim Harrison. We did the first Care and Training book.” She thanked the numerous race secretaries who attended to be a part of her induction. Also inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday were broodmare Hattie, 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover and 1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny. The horses Green Speed and Windsong's Legacy were inducted as Immortals of the Hall of Fame. by Dan Leary, for the USTA

When harness racing driver David Miller headed from Ohio to the East Coast more than a decade ago, he thought it would be temporary. He was wrong. And it resulted in a permanent place among the sport's all-time greats. On Sunday, the 49-year-old Miller will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Miller has won more than 11,000 races in his ongoing career, ranking eighth among all North American drivers in history, and earned $180 million in purses, which is No. 4 all time. Also being inducted on Sunday is William Weaver, who bred influential trotting sire Valley Victory as well as several division champions. In addition, longtime U.S. Trotting Association Publicity Director John Pawlak and retired USTA Stakes Director Carol Cramer will be enshrined in the Communicators Hall of Fame. Horses being honored are Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny, Hattie, Green Speed, and Windsong's Legacy. "It means a lot to me," Miller said. "The biggest honor you can receive in your profession, I think, is for people to think of you that way. To be put in the Hall of Fame with people that I looked up to, it's very special. I feel privileged. I'm sure it will hit me more once I'm there. I haven't been too focused on it yet." Miller was voted Driver of the Year in 2003 when he led North America in purses and guided No Pan Intended to the Pacing Triple Crown. He has won a total of 11 Triple Crown races (combined pacing and trotting) and 14 Breeders Crown trophies. He is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug and one of only two drivers to capture the Little Brown Jug and its filly companion race, the Jugette, in the same year. He has won at least $10 million in purses 12 times, the most of any driver in history, and trails only Hall of Famers John Campbell, Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance in career earnings. Miller was already a star in his native Ohio when he headed to the East Coast in the late 1990s. He captured multiple driving titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the early 2000s and has been a force on the Grand Circuit ever since he made the move. "I came out at a time when things kind of clicked for me," Miller said. "I was driving a lot of good horses. I didn't plan on it. You can't. I was very fortunate to hook up with as many good trainers that I have over the years. "Hopefully it's not over yet." Miller, who was enshrined in the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, shows no signs of slowing down. Last weekend, he won the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial with McWicked in a world-record performance and two weeks earlier captured the $420,900 Fan Hanover Stakes with Uffizi Hanover. "I've gotten to drive a lot of great horses," Miller said. "It's more than I thought I would do. The sport has been good to me, that's for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Nuncio spent a lot of this past winter learning to use his natural talent in a more productive way, and it shows. The 3-year-old trotter, who is 3-1 from post two in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is undefeated in four starts in 2014 after a barn change following his 2-year-old season. New trainer Jimmy Takter concentrated on teaching the son of Andover Hall to conserve and use his speed judiciously and driver John Campbell said he's passing the course so far. Last year, Nuncio led at the half-mile point in eight of his 10 races. This year, he's been no better than third at the halfway point of any race and not seen the lead until the stretch. "I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "He just got so aggressive and so wound up at the end of last year that you just couldn't rate him at all. That was to his detriment in a couple races and it cost him winning. Jimmy trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way and raced him that way and he's started to figure it out, so I can be a little more aggressive with him at the gate. "He left a little bit last week and didn't get wound up. I'm very happy with his manners so far. He's been very relaxed and that's important because if they're worked up and you're fighting with them, you just take away energy. He's always been able to go; speed hasn't been an issue ever with him. It's more been just manageability." Nuncio won his Beal elimination last weekend by a half-length over Datsyuk in 1:52.2. His previous three wins this season all came in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Last year, he won five of 10 races and never finished worse than second on his way to $461,074. His earnings were third most among 2-year-old trotters, behind Takter-trained colt Father Patrick and Takter-trained filly Shake It Cerry. Four of Nuncio's second-place efforts were against Father Patrick, in the eliminations and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial and elims and final of the Breeders Crown. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes and a division of the Reynolds; he also was runner-up to Muscle Network in the Valley Victory. Father Patrick, who received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter, also won his Beal elimination last week. He drew post No. 8 for the final and is the 5-2 morning line favorite with driver Yannick Gingras. "I'd certainly rather have the two hole than outside, that is for sure, but once we get in to the race, everybody will know at the quarter whether it's good or bad," Campbell said. "But going in to the race, I'd rather be down inside." Father Patrick won his Beal elim by 2-1/4 lengths over Harper Blue Chip in 1:52.4. He is 4-for-4 this year and brings a 13-race win streak into the Beal final. Last year, Father Patrick won 10 of 11 races, including the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the Wellwood Memorial and the Peter Haughton Memorial. His only setback came against Nuncio in July. "This is the first time all year that he'll be asked to go," Gingras said. "He's more than ready after four easy starts." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications  

Solid trotting took place during the past week at various European venues. Coverage below is of racing at Jagersro (SWE), Avenches (Switzerland), Mantorp (SWE), Kincsem Park (HU), Bologna (ITY) and Paris-Vincennes where Gr. III events were featured on June 3. The Prix Caecilia went to the rallying roan Meaulnes du Corta filly Arpent d'Ostal for J-Ph Mary. The same day the monte Prix Dido went to Buffalo de Beylev for Yohan Lebourgeois, winning as the 2/5 favorite should. On June 2 at Bologna, the Premio GP Republica went to Papandreu for Enrico Bellei. The five year-old son of Abano As scored in 1.12.7kr over 1660 meters autostart for winners' share of a purse of €45,100. Oncle Photo VL took the co-featured Invitational on that card and veteran classmaster Italiano won the Greyhound Invitational that same day at Follonica. On May 31 at Mantorp (SWE) the Ina Scots went to Remo Gas (four year-old son of Varenne) for teamster Erik Adielsson. The V75 Gold produced a victory for Porthos Amok (five year-old son of Orlando Vici) and Orjan Kihlstrom. At Kincsem Park, the featured Tony Oaks DIJ went impressively to Orangyal (six year-old daughter of Wall Street Banker) for reinsman Pal Vicen and at Avenches the Grand Prix 5Ans (Suisse) went to Playboy Wind (five year-old son of In Love With You) and trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal. On May 29 at Jagersro, the Jerry Riordan trained Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Gaerldan Lobell) recorded his first career victory in his third start for driver Linda Allerecrantz. Race summaries follow including reply of the Premio GP Republica. June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Caecilia, Gr. III, €80,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Arpent d'Ostal (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine), J-Ph Mary trainer/driver 24/1 2nd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariane), Damien Bonne up, 4.3/1 3rd Adio Josselyn (4m And Arifant-Queda Josselyn), J-M Bazire aboard, 3/2 favorite June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Persues, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters, monte, 1.14.1kr 1st Rescousse de Barb (9f L'As de Viretoute-Gaie Melodie), P-Y Verva, 27/1 2nd Quango (10g Joyau d'Amour-Belle Argence), Julien Raffestin up, 9/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence up, 3.3/1 June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III Prix Dido National Monte, 60,000e, 2200 meters, 7 starters, 1.15.6kr 1st Buffalo de Beylev (3m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Hubert Hardy trainer, 2/5 favorite 2nd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Natik des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up for Patrick Ploquin, 5/1 3rd Best de Marco (3m Gogo-Fille de Marco), Julien Raffestin up for J-F Senet trainer, 42/1 June 2, 2014, Bologna Italy, Premio GP Republica, 45,100e, 1660 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Papandreu (5m Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up 2nd Orsia (6f Angus Hall-Tiogre OM-Zebu), Allesandro Gocciadoro 3rd Le Vida Loca (9f Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon), Roberto Andreghetti Beaten field included Look MO, Oibambam Effe, Probo OP and Nesta Effe June 2, 2014 Bologna Italy, Premio Lorenzo Sisal Invitational, 11,000e, 1660 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.13kr 1st Oncle Photo VL (6g SJs Photo-Balalajaca SLM-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up 2nd Per Amore Gual (5f Varenne-Dalmatica Gual-Uronometro), Enrico Bellei driving 3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Allesandro Gocciadoro trainer/driver June 2, 1014 Follonica Italy, Prix Greyhound Invitational, 6,600e, 1600 meters, 7 starters, 1.12.3kr 1st Italiano (10g Goant Cat-Coming Up Cash-Baltic Speed-Casino Evil-Speedy Crown-Ah So), 30 wins in 93 starts for 779,782e in Italy, G. Casillo teaming 2nd Oblio Dei Venti (6m Yankee Slide-Belinda GIM-Lemon Dra), Man. Matteini up 3rd Proper Wise (5m Varenne-Flirt Alert-Valley Victory-Triangle Park-Mystic Park-Miss Flirt), L. Becchetti aboard May 31, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tony Oaks DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 500,000HUf purse, 1.15.6kr 1st Orangyl (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen, 4.7/1, 1.15.6kr 2nd Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Lune-Surry Lobell), Joze Sagaj, 3.3/1 3rd Nemesur (7m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady- Mill H), Veljko Mazsity, 2.5/1 May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Ina Scots, 300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13kr 1st Remo Gas (4m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out), Erik Adielsson, Italy, seventh win from 19 starts for 2,608,516SWEK 2nd Rosso Pomodoro (4m Donato Hanover-Unbelievable F-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter, Italy 3rd Carelin (4m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar), Kenneth Haugstad May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Gold Division, purse 320,500SEK, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Porthos Amok (5m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom, sixth win in 39 tries for 2,731,292SEK 2nd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Svante Bath trainer 3rd Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carme la Strom Line-Delvin Kosmos, Johnny Takter for Joham Lejon trainer May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Silver Division, purse 251,500SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.2kr 1st Octopus (7m Yankee Glide-Decapose-Cumin), Ulf Ohlsson up 2nd Vendi (9f Armbro Trick-Wizy Fly-Speedy Fly), Jorma Kontio driver 3rd Art On Line (7g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy), Mikko Aho up May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix de Zonza, €21,000, 2300 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.15.4kr 1st Bolero Love (3m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant), Nicolas Ensch up for Patrick Chevrier trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 7.8/1 odds, second career win for €28,350 2nd Bonjour (3m Rieussee-Queenie d'Urzy), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 2/1 3rd Bently de Raconis (3g Repeat Love-Bodomie0Podosis), David Vakaert up for Patrick Chevrie trainer and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 1.3/1 May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix d'Ajaccio, 24,000e, 3000 meters, 6 starters, 1.16.3kr 1st Vucain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 1/5 favoritge for owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lucuyer, 10th win for 166,450 euros 2nd  Viking d'Orion (5m Jag de Bellouet-Erfa du Vivier), Mikael Cormy up, 5.3/1 3rd Vipitano (5g Love You-Prune Rouge), Dylan Garcia up, 20/1 May 30, 2014 Avenches, Grand Prix des 5 Ans Suisse, 12,284e, 2400 meters, 10 starters 1st Playboy Wind (5m In Love With You-Kattanouga), Wilhelm Paal trainer/driver, Stall Allegra Racing 2nd Vattigo (5g Gros Grain-Julia du Martza) finished second. 3rd May 29, 2014 Jagersro, ICA Malmborgs, 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, 1.16.kr Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for Jerry Riordan trainer, first win in three starts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

The 2014 stakes season at Tioga Downs kicks off tonight (May 23), as a pair of $62,400 New York Sire Stakes races showcase top three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the state.   The first division is carded as race 3 on the nine-race card, with Martin Scharf's Flyhawk El Durado installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite. Mark MacDonald drives the son of Conway Hall, who prevailed as the two-year-old trotting champion on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year, holding off Credit Fashion to take the winner's share of the $225,000 final at Yonkers. Wayne Chrebet and Little E, LLC's Lukas Hall also contests the first division, coming in off a runner-up performance to Trixton in the $51,543 Simpson at the Meadowlands. Jim Morrill, Jr. handles the driving duties.   John Grasso's Expressive Action headlines the second division, which goes as race 6. Another son of Conway Hall, Expressive Action was a late-gaining fifth in the Valley Victory last November at the Meadowlands, ending a five-race freshman campaign against national stakes competition.   Mike Simons handles the driving duties on the 5-2 morning line favorite. Ann-Mari Daley and JLRL, LLC's Daley Lovin will line up as the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, dueling with Flyhawk El Durado in last year's two-year-old NYSS final before fading late. Trainer Dan Daley handles the driving duties.   Post time for the Friday nine-race card is 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

UNCLE PETER LEADS RACE, FADES TO FIFTH

This morning's qualifying race feature at the Meadowlands was another hanress racing monster match up pitting 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician against last year's aged trotting horse of the year Market Share.   This week the gloves came off with Market Share. Driver Tim Tetrick sent him right to the front and won off by himself in 1:52.4 with the last half in 54.4 and final quarter in 27.1 on his own. Bee A Magician was making her first start back since winning the Moni Maker last fall and Brian Sears held her in fourth most of the mile then let her trot through the stretch, finishing third in a useful effort.   The first race was a 3YO filly trot and Lifetime Pursuit led all the way after leaving from post ten to win in 1:54.2 finishing the mile with a pair of 28 second quarters. She was in hand for Yannick Gingras throughout, looking sharp. She is trained by Jimmy Takter (as is second place finisher Scream And Shout) and owned by Brittany Farms.   Race two saw 2013 Valley Victory winner Muscle Network (racing without trotting hopples) lead all the way for Dave Miller only to go off stride in the last 100 yards of the 1:54.4 mile. Skates N Plates followed him willingly and was ultimately was beaten a length or so. Nuncio was reserved well off the fractions and closed boldly into the 28 second final quarter in a visually impressive display.   Propulsion, a son of Muscle Hill and the dam Danae that raced only in qualifiers at two, was the third race winner for Mike Lachance in 1:56.1. He was the beneficiary of another late breaker, Green Hornut, who had set the fractions before he went off-stride in the final eighth.   Pacers took the track for race four and Bakersfield was the winner, besting a group of sophomore colts in 1:53, last quarter 27.1 in hand to Ron Pierce from the Takter barn. El Bloombito cut the mile and held for second.   Doo Wop Hanover won the fifth in convincing fashion for John Campbell in 1:51.2 / 26.3. He sat a pocket until the three quarters, ripped out and sailed by. Capital Account was a good second and Dancin Yankee a flying third.   Three year old filly pacers were up next and Tony Alagna's Sandbetweenurtoes looked strong winning in 1:54.2 / 27- for Tim Tetrick. Lotsa Matzah was second, It Was Fascination and She's Dangerous finished in tandem a closing third and fourth.   Derby simulcast goes on all day here at The Meadowlands with a large crowd expected. Live racing resumes at 7:15pm.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands were conducted over a track that was dry but dulled by overnight rain with spring-like temperatures and a steady 10-15 mph breeze from the west (against the wind in the homestretch).   The first race for 3YO filly trotters and Lifetime Pursuit led virtually all the way to win in 1:58.4 / 28.4 for Yannick Gingras. She is one of fourteen programmed to qualify this morning from the Jimmy Takter stable. Brittany Farms bred and owns the Cantab Hall filly who made $270k and took a record of 1:52.3 as quietly as could be facing the deepest group of trotting fillies in memory last season.   The queen of that crop, Shake It Cerry was up next and she held off a challenge on both sides to win in 1:58 /29 for Ron Pierce. Takter conditions her for Solveig's Racing Partners. Highest Peak and Scream And Shout threaten the winner in solid efforts.   Takter swept the early pick three (which would have paid around $8) with Trixton, and he was really powerful today for Jimmy. Martiniwithmuscle left from post ten and set fractions through the 1:29.2 three panels when Takter edged Trixon from the pocket and rolled on by under no urging in 1:57.2. The highest priced trotting yearling of 2012 at $360,000 was a striking but at times immature looking baby last season that has clearly grown into a man. Nuncio, also now a Takter trainee, was quite settled in his soph debut sitting comfortably in third for John Campbell and offering a mild close.   The fifth race for 3yo colt trotters looked like a Hambo elimination. Father Patrick made his debut here for Takter and caught a loaded field with the headstrong Odds On Amethyst dragging Tim Tetrick through hot numbers of 27.4, 56, and 1:24.3 with Father Patrick guided into an early tuck third by Gingras. Odds On Amethyst was well clear into the stretch and held for the 1:54.1 win though visibly tiring in a solid effort. Father Patrick was shown racetrack only in the last eighth, closing willingly to be second in a purposeful mile. Valley Victory stake winner Muscle Network made his first appearance, was taken back with willing trot late in what amounted to a charted workout.   Older trotters took the track next and Corky was another winner from the Takter barn. Jimmy drove the four-year-old in his third qualifier and sat the pocket behind Fico, tipped as they straightened up and went by under his own power. D'Orsay sat in comfortably throughout and gained late for second. Swedish champion Sebastian K, a stunning individual on the track, followed along and had trot in the stretch under no urging from Swedish trainer Ake Svanstedt who was making his first appearance at The Meadowlands this morning.   After a warm up break in the action, one of the day's marquee match ups, a battle of the sexes pitting Market Share against Maven came around. On this day Maven struck a blow for equality with a 1:54- win over her male rival. Yannick sent her right to the top and sailed along through the 1:25.2 three panels with Market Share on his back. Tetrick never tipped Market Share, had a clear shot up the inside but did not gain while maintaining a comfortable hold with Maven under confident handling and well within herself.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Rotary OK (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) took his elimination (1.11.7kr over 1600 meters autostart) and race-off (1.13.2kr over 1600 meters) of the Premio Campili today at Napoli, Italy to earn a wildcard spot in the Grand Prix Lotteria di Agnano in twelve days. The well-bred youngster was reined and trained by Marco Smorgon as the pair defeated veteran La Vida Loca (9m Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon) that took his elimination in 1.11.9kr for Bo LoVerde. Purse of the three rounds was 13,200e. In the final, La Vida Loca led from the start in an even pace and then was engaged by Rotary OK with 600 meters remaining. The pair battled nose to nose until just before the line when the winner rolled on for a length score in front of the very enthusiastic crowd reported at 12,000 that hopes to revive horse racing there. La Vida Loca is likely to start in the Lotteria Consolation on May 4th. Pedigrees of the race-off battlers are worthy of note. First dam Miss Possessed is 100% from her first three foals including today's winner plus Magic Tonight, a recent fast winner in SWE, and Complete Control. Second dam of the winner is Ms Vic (Valley Victory-Higher Love) and it's the family of many stalwarts such as Lookout Victory, Possess The Magic, Magic Swan, Nights Jazz, Swan Image, Mystical Ann, Swan For All and Lindys Jersey Boy, just to name a few. Magic The family of La Vida Loca is a solid one also, with his dam being Diasia (Arndon-Calypso Lobell-Speedy Somolli-Cami Almahurst). Also today at Momarken (Norway), the US import Winmecredit (Credit Winner-Lamitech Dancing-Valley Victory) easily handled a veteran field in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart for reinsman Frode Hamre. He earned 15,000NOkr for the victory over Garland Kronos (Viking Kronos-Treccia Kramer-Speedy Somolli-Kramer de Capo-Allen Hanover) with Per Oleg Midtfjeld up. Another US import V.C. Chocoholic ended third for Thor Borg and the beaten field contained US imports Frameable, Priority Photo, Fraternity Party and Hard Cider. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. Below is our second spring training prospects review. We will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) within a week. Here we go for Dreams #2 with a few from the Sylvester, Kelley, Grant and Czernyson barns: #36 Air Lindy (2ft Lucky Chucky-M-Benedicta Jet-Donerail) - Charles Sylvester. Half- sister to Citation Lindy (3, 1:54.4f, $326,584) and Westside Lindy (5, 1:54.2f, $165,416). Light on her feet! #22 A List Lindy (2ft Lucky Chucky-Lindy's Leading Lady-Credit Winner) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of unraced dam; first foal Mr. Lindy (2, q1:59.4 in 2013) #142 Ruby Knight (2ct Lucky Chucky-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) - Charles Sylvester. This one a half-brother to Hambletonian winner and important European sire Scarlet Knight 3,1:53.4 ($1,951,740) and Mohammed Mali 5, 1:53.4 ($316,981). The dam is a daughter of Crown Thy Good by Speedy Crown. #107 Image Of Luck (2ct Lucky Chucky-Imageofasweetgirl-Striking Sahbra) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she with record of 3.1:58.2h ($123,280) and producer of two winners at age two. #142 Ruby Knight (inside), #107 Image Of Luck (middle), #22 A List Lindy (outside) #175 Wheels A Smokin (2ft Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) - Charles Sylvester. Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (2, 1:55s, $811,226), Sugar Wheeler (3,1:55.3s, $356,163) and Wheels (5,1:54.3, $133,274). #44 Captain Crown (2ct Lucky Chucky-Sharon Crown-Speedy Crown) - Charles Sylvester. Eighth foal of George Miller's broodmare Sharon Crown 5q,1:56.4 ($224,571) she the dam of Caviar Crown 3,1:53.1f ($268,035), Lady Crown 4,1:55.3s ($146,701), and Crown Rules 5,1:57.3f ($135,575) plus two other sub 1:59 performers from six live foals of racing age. #43 Amare Deo (2ft Lucky Chucky-Cherished Victory-Valley Victory) - Charles Sylvester. Half-sister to Stand Guard (5, 1:53.1f, $590,499). Carmenooch (2ft Credit Winner-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) - Paul Kelley. Sixth foal of dam she with record of 3,1:57.3s ($201,230) and dam of with in 1:55 of better including Corky 3,1:52.4f ($895,865), Go Go Red Marty 4,1:53.3S ($256,378) and Duded Up 3,1:55s ($78,069), Good looker! Bistrobistro Taj (2ft Pilgrims Taj-Freda Hall-Angus Hall) -Fred Grant. Second foal of Freda Hall, an unraced daughter of Lexus Bel by Balanced Image Afterimage (2ft Andover Hall-Angelique Hanover-Pine Chip) - Fred Grant. Ninth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Almost An Angel by Crowning Point. Angelique has produced four winners, three with records of 1:59 or better including Spiro de Vie 3,1:54.2f ($67,180) and Markz Moose 3,1:55.1f ($48,695) #6 About To Bee (2ft Explosive Matter-Beehive-Balanced Image) - Lindy Farms. Half-sister to Hambletonian Oaks and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes winner Bee A Magician (3, 1:51, $2,313,956).Third foal of the dam. Nice filly! #7 Back To Back Lindy (2ft Cantab Hall-Back To Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Lindy Farms. Third foal of the dam. #36 Malala (2ft Yankee Glide-No Pictures Please-SJ's Photo) - Jonas Czernyson. First foal of dam, she with record of 2,q2:04.3f ($6,991). Second dam Miss Garland 5,2:00f ($91,356) is the dam of Vivid Photo 4,1:50.2z ($3,273,387), Goodlookngirl 4,q1:59.4 ($154,088), Celebrity Shark 6,1:56.4f ($139,528) and three other sub-1:58 record performers from 11 foals, 10 of racing age. by Thomas H. Hicks from Sunshine Meadows  

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