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Last week showcased solid, competitive racing in France, Italy, Sweden and Hungary. Mid-week graded action at Paris-Vincennes highlighted the lead in to a superb racing weekend.  Africaine took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gondidec Wednesday for Jean-Etienne Dubois. The four-year-old daughter of Oiseau de Feur scored easily in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters. On Thursday, Paris-Vincennes conducted two more Gr. II events that went to Valdice de Mars in a monte test (Prix Legoux-Longpre) over 2850 meters. This five-year-old daughter of Lynx de Bellouet scored in 1.13.9kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The other Gr II event was the Prix Jules Thibault over 2700 meters that Athos des Elfes won for Joel Van Eeckhaute in 1.13.7kr. The four year-old son on Ganymede was a hard driving winner over Aladin d’Ecajeul. Summaries of these races are shown below. August 27, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Guy le Gonidec, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters, 1.13.6kr 1st Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene-Coktail Jet), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 1.1/1, fifth win in 23 outings for €292,820 earned 2nd Andalouse (4f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique), Tony Le Beller, 45.9/1 3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel), Mathieu Abrivard for Cedric Megissier, 5.5/1 4th Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Jos. Verbeeck up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 4.8/1 August 28, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Legoux-Longpre, 2850 meters monte, Gr. II €120,000 purse, ten starters, time 1.13.9kr 1st Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie-Beausejour II), Yohan Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Loic Groussard, 7.2/1, tenth career win for €543,820 2nd Valse de Reve (5f Mister President-Nouba Houba), Camille Levesque, 3.3/1 3rd Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard, 4.1/1 4th Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir, 17.1/1 August 28, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jules Thibault, 2700 meters, Gr. II €120,000 purse, 1.13.7kr 1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Iazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte), Joel Van Eeckhaute, 1.4/1 odds favorite, his eighth career win for €343,030 for owner J-P Goubert 2nd Aladin d’Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 3.1/1 3rd Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert), Franck Anne owner/trainer/driver, 9.2/1 In Cesena, Italy two preps for the Breeders Course Final took place on August 23. Tiffany Caf (2f Cantab Hall-Elaine Caf-Supergill) scored in 1.16.4kr over 1660 meters autostart for Bo Le Verde and Talish As (2f Daguet Rapide-Gaia dei Veltri-Remington Crown) was a 1.16.6kr winner over the same distance for Roberto Vecchione. Both races were contested over 1660 meters autostart for the two year-old olds. On August 22 at Solvalla Mister JP scored over 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.4kr by open lengths, for Bjorn Goop. The winner is now 2 for 2 for Ecurie Citrus (J-P Barjon). Mister JP is a two year-old son of Taurus Dream from Baghdad Dream by Yankee Glide. Jim Oscarsson was second this day with Mr. Perfect by Andover Hall. This group of lightly raced two year-olds will be back in action on September 6 at Jagersro for the Breeders Course Final. They will travel 1640 meters autostart for 450,000SEK purse. The field is shown below. Mister J.P. (B. Goop) Angelina (DK) (J. Juel) Fiona Stardust (NL)  (B. Crebas) Telecomando Ok (J. Kontio) Tunica (E. Adielsson) Partizan Face (L. Kolgjini) Mr Perfect (J. Oscarsson) Troja D’Asolo (Renè Legati) Talish As (W. Paal) Flyer Boshoeve (M. Schimd) The same day at Jagersro will be the European Championship for three year-olds, going 2140 meters for a 450,000SEK purse. The lineup follows. Expo Express (DE) (A. Mollema) Winston Sisa (DK) (S. Juul) Easytowin (J. Takter) Saphire Bi (O. Kihlstrom) Jontte Boy (FI) (J. Kontio) Da Vinci B.R (NO) (K. Haugstad) Kickans Girl (R. Pettersson) Othello Tilly (B. Goop) Ewald F. Boko (DE) )C. Lugauer) Sheava Vik (J. Untersteiner) Coolwater In (E. Adielsson) On Sunday at Kincsem Park the SLO invader Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Luna) took the 500,000HUfRecorder DIJ feature over 1960 meters turning start. Rene Hanzekovic, also trainer, piloted the winner perfectly gaining a pocket journey behind pacesetter Amazing Lobell (7f Incredible Crafts-US Companion) and reinsman Arpad Lakatos to score in 1.17.9kr over a deep racing surface. Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) ended third for Pal Vicen. Next Saturday, September 6, will be the prestigious Hungaria Prize and the Marschall Jozsef Memorial. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Norrvidden Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker SWE. Ten contestants sought the winners’ share of the €216,060 purse (1,000,000SEK to winner). Erik Adielsson teamed the winner to a 1.11.21kr victory, his 12th in 36 starts, now for earnings of 6,340,760SEK. Stall Galdiator owns the winner. Oasis Bi (6m by Toss Out) was second for Bjorn Goop and Canaka BF (7f by Jobie Tempest) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Up Date Hoss and Ed You finished fourth and fifth. The beaten field included former Elitloppet winner Nahar, Sanity and Juliano Rags. On the Bergsaker undercard, the Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) with Robert Bergh up. The win was Poker Kronos’ sixth in a row and he is 10 for 20 lifetime. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) resulted in victory by Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) in 1.12kr for Jorma Kontio, his 21st win in 50 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Donatomite rolled to the fastest winning time in Stallion Series action on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six $20,000 divisions of the Stallion series held for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot. Donatomite (Donato Hanover-Malvictorian), driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer, stayed unbeaten after three career races by winning his division by 6 ¼ lengths in an impressive 1:54:4. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: Tommy Bar (Cantab Hall-Spellyuptothebar), driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Bill Popfinger, in 1:58:2; Handover The Money (Andover Hall-CR Sister Suzie), driven and trained by Francisco Del Cid, in 1:59:1; Don't Mind Me (Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind), driven and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:56:2; Wimborne Hanover (Muscle Massive-Wherley), driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by William Daugherty Jr., in 1:57:1; and Finish Line (Yankee Glide-Calchips Finisher), driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer, in 1:57:4. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs    

Batavia, NY---After drawing outside in the top class the last two weeks, BZ Glide finally got some post relief and driver Mike Caprio took full advantage of it to capture the $9,500 Open trot at Batavia Downs. When the man said go, Typical New Yorker (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Second hand News (Kevin Cummings) immediately fired out to challenge rail rider Absolutely Certain (Ron Beback Jr.) who quickly rebuffed their rush. Second Hand News took a seat third and Typical New Yorker was hung out to dry as the bunch rounded the quarter in :28.2 and the half in :59 flat. At that point BZ Glide pulled from sixth and started up on the outside behind the tiring Typical New Yorker and was forced to tip three-deep at the five-eighths pole. Caprio and BZ Glide pulled alongside Absolutely Certain at the three-quarters in 1:28.2 and despite furious encouragement from Beback, went right by the pair in the turn. By the time they hit the top of the stretch, BZ Glide had cleared as was trotting home a winner in 1:57.2, which was a new seasonal mark for the gelded son of Yankee Glide. The winner paid $8.80. This was the fourth win in fourteen starts in 2014 for BZ Glide and it pushed his earnings to $37,345 for the year. BZ Glide is owned by his driver, Mike Caprio and trained by Alana Caprio. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 27) and will feature three divisions of the $106,901 New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Post time for the first race is 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Canaka BF (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus-Spotlite Lobell) rallied late for Ulf Ohlsson to win today's Gr. I UET Masters Series European Mares Championship at Solvalla, Sweden worth 650,000SEK to winner. Canaka BF recorded her 18th career win in 64 starts now for earnings of 4,905,292SEK. Today's victory was her fifth 2014 win in ten outings. Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) was a very game second for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini with third to She Loves You FI (7f Love You-SJ's Shad Roe-SJ's Photo) and Bjorn Goop. Time was 1.11.7kr, a SWE record for the 2140 meters autostart distance. Jorma Kontio steered Absolute Newport quickly to the lead and repulsed a three wide early move by Prussia to seize command. Kontio parked Prussia all the way until Absolute Newport stopped, yielding the leading spot to Prussia and she nearly held on under aggressive Gubellini handling. Canaka BF rallied wide in the late going to win by three-quarter length with She Loves You FI a close third and the Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross ended fourth. On the card the Carolo Mins for three year-olds went to US-bred Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) and Ulf Ohlsson. The 1640 meter autostart test had ten starters with 100,000SEK to the winner and Fire To The Rain scored in 1.11.7kr to just defeat Explosive De Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) and trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. This pair easily bested third place finisher Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Riordan. Fire To the Rain won for the third time in six lifetime starts, now for earnings of 1,130,365SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

US-expat trainer Jerry Riordan won two on Saturday's superb card at Aby, Sweden and recorded a second place finish. Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) took the Bertil Knutssons Trot over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.8kr. Johnny Takter drove this one for owner Lisa Riordan to earn 80,000SEK first money. The half-sister to retired international star Lisa America, also developed and campaigned by Riordan, was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL and this was her seventh career win in 18 starts, now for 370,135SEK. The time was also her lifetime best and she survived a four-horse photo to win over Britt Palema (5f Adams Hall-Rapidsland Glare-Southwind Pinnacle) with trainer/driver Fredrik Persson, Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory) and Orjan Kihlstrom and Pin Kronos (5f Cantab Hall-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) that was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Riordan also had a training win with Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Euro Classic Next Year for three-year-olds worth 50,000SEK to the winner. He scored in a photo timed in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart with Johan Untersteiner up. Lisa Riordan also owns this colt that was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL. Sylvester won for third time in nine starts. Fabuleux BR was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. As previously reported, Riordan's trainee Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) was second in a three-horse photo in a fast-class four year-old mares event timed in 1.13.6kr. This mare, also owned by Lisa Riordan, was handled by Linda Allercrantz. The race was won by My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop for Stall Kennys, her seventh win in16 tries and she earned 80,000SEK, with favored Backfire home third for Johnny Takter. The Aby card also showcased the Bronze Division Final for 200,000SEK to the winner, and it went to Royal Fighter (6m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) in gate to wire fashion over 2140 meters autostart. Jennifer Tillman drover the winner, trained by Per Eriksson, that was timed in 1.12.2kr to gain his 10th win in 46 starts. The winner is owned by Per Rodert and Christina Nilsson. The opener of the day was the Aby Stora Monte Pris for 100,000SEK to the victor. The contest over 1640 meters autostart had a competitive 10 horse field and the French veteran Organdi d'Or (12g Achille-Hovillara d'Or-Vroum d'Or) emerged with the win. He's trained by rider Sofia Aronsson and scored in 1.13.2kr by two lengths for his 20th career win in 124 starts, now with 3,665,792SEK earned. He's owned in France by Armand Turquet-Lepreux. Henke Diablo with Peter Jarven aboard and Nouvelle Pelle with Asa Svensson up were next to the line. US-bred Moon Dream was fourth for Siv Emilie Lovvold and Hitchcock was a dq for rider Malin Beras. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes for harness racing rookie trotting colts and geldings were the marquee events on Saturday night (August 16) at Georgian Downs. The first three races on the card were all Grassroots races, and driver Trevor Henry won all of them to get his night started off on the right foot. Henry won the opener with Kadabrasnewrecruit in 2:01.4. Racing over a surface left sloppy and two seconds off due to rain, Kadabrasnewrecruit came from well off-the-pace to gain the lead in the stretch and then stepped away to win by two and a half lengths over Angels Kid (Keith Oliver). Muscles All Over (Eddie Green) finished third. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont. owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, broke his maiden in his second attempt, and he has now earned $13,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Olympic Son then gave Henry the double, leading through panels of :30, 1:01.2, and 1:32.1 on his way to a four and three-quarter length victory in 2:02.1. Parkhill Lancelot (Steve Byron) crossed the finish line in second, but was off-stride in doing so, and following a judges’ inquiry, he was moved back to third, elevating original third-place finisher Covert Operative (Per Henriksen) to runner-up status. Paul Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his first win from three attempts and he has now put away $13,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Snapshot Springs overcame post nine to give Henry the hat trick. Snapshot Springs had command through splits of :29.4, 1:01.4, and 1:33.1 en route to a 2:03.1 triumph. Numbers Game (Kevin Sizer) came in second, beaten a length and a half by the winner, and Jayport All Muscle (Keith Oliver) nabbed third. The Striking Sahbra-Spring Photo gelding is owned and bred by trainer Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. The win was his second (consecutive) in five starts and lifted his earnings to $22,500. In other action, Mandeville now leads the Grassroots point standings for the group after a 2:01.3 tally in the fifth Grassroots flight with Scott Coulter driving. He also went all the way on the lead, clicking off fractions of :30.4, 1:02, and 1:31 before he trotting a :30.3 final kicker to prevail by one and a quarter lengths over Stormont Wizard (Oliver). Top Dollar (Byron) collected third. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ont. also co-owns the victorious Majestic Son gelding with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Mandeville, who has won three times in Grassroots competition and banked $31,500, was bred by Dr. John Brown of Granton, Ont. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Mandeville is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Paco mare My Charmer, making him a half-brother to Grassroots winner Momentous (Mr Lavec). Coulter also clicked in the Grassroots nightcap with Call Me Richard. Call Me Richard circled from third to first after the :30-second opening quarter, and after he reached the half in :59.1 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3, he romped to a 12 length decision in 2:01.3. Ontheroad De Vie (Robby Robinson) was next, followed by Concept (Oliver). Call Me Richard, who picked up his other career win in Grassroots action on July 12 at Georgian Downs, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ont. owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $23,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ont. and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The other Grassroots winner was El Diablo Hall and Keith Oliver, who led at the :29.4 opening quarter, the 1:00.2 half, and the 1:31 three-quarters in the fourth Grassroots race. He had a stern challenge from pocket-sitter Freddie (Trevor Henry) through the lane, but El Diablo Hall held sway, prevailing by a head in 2:00.4. Now Thats Scary (Wayne Henry) finished third. Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for Ontario owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston. Dale Hunter of London, Ont., the former head coach of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won six times from seven tries and banked $26,000. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. The next Grassroots event for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take place on September 6 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The gallant 11-year-old Commander Crowe took the prestigious Gr. I International Aby Stora Prix today in Sweden in a raceoff with the other heat winner Quid Pro Quo. The gelded son of Juliano Star-Somark-Mack Lobell recorded his 60th career victory in 102 starts, now for earnings of 32,010,516SEK, that is over US$4,669,000 at today's conversion rate. The race-off began with the Commander from post one (determined by coin flip), Orjan Kihlstrom up, and Quid Pro Quo electively started from post five to gain advantage from the banked track. Erik Adielsson hustled Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) to the front and set a reasonable pace. Then in front of the stands, and abundant cheering fans, Orjan Kihlstrom took a hard shot at the youthful leader but could not clear. Commander dropped behind his rival around the second turn and then again made a harder challenge for the lead on the backstretch. Despite heavy urging by Adielsson, Quid Pro Quo's desire was broken and the Commander surged past with 400 meters to go and opened a quick five lengths that he extended to ten bythe  top of stretch. Kihlstrom put the whip away and jogged to the line eased up in 1.12.1kr (1:56.01 mile rate) to pocket another 400,000SEK for Snopgarps Gard AB and trainer Fabrice Souloy, in what was a strategically superb match-race. Quid Pro Quo earned 100,000SEK for his raceoff effort and for the day he earned 700,000SEK. The Aby Stora Pris commenced in 1936 and has been raced each year since. Sebastian K won the 2012 and 2013 editions and that horse was lauded today with videos of his successes and free t-shirts for the fans. Rapide Lebel, Lisa America and Torvald Palema won this race in 2011, 2010 and 2009. Race record before today's heats was 1.11.3kr set by Red Chili Pirat in 2006. Double winners of the Aby Stora Pris include some greats - Sebastian K. (2012, 2013), Gidde Palema (2003, 2005), Victory Tilly (2000, 2002), Zoogin (1995, 1996), Idéal du Gazeau (1981, 1982), Lyon (1970, 1972), Gelinotte (1956, 1957) and Iran Scott (1951, 1952). Ake Svanstedt has won the race six times as driver and Stig H. Johansson is a five-time winner. North American-bred winners have included Sea Cove and Prince Mystic. Roosevelt International competitors also won this classic, including 1960 Roosevelt winner Hairos II (Willem Geersen), Oscar RL (Henri Levesque), Roosevelt winner in 1981-1983 Ideal du Gazeau (Eugene Lefevre), 1990 Roosevelt victor Reve d'Udon, and Pluvier III (Gunnar Nordin), the Roosevelt winner in 1965. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) took heat one from post six with a decisive victory in 1.10.3kr. Owned by Stall Gladiator the winner recorded his first 2014 win in eight starts, now for career earnings for 5,040,760SEK. Erik Adielsson handled the winner that defeated Norway’s Juliano Rags reined by Noralf Braekken with Reven d’Amour third for Bjorn Goop. Commander Crowe left from post five but was unable to clear the front and raced without cover throughout for Orjan Kihlstrom. The Crowe faded to seventh. Joke Face made a miscue at the start.  The second heat was a surprise as Commander Crowe left hard again for Orjan Kihlstrom from post four, but this time he made the front with Quid Pro Quo in the pocket. Joke Face was first to move but was unable to get alongside the Commander as Kihlstrom rated the pace and accelerated  enough to win by a length from Quid Pro Quo with Juliano Rags third ahead of Solvato. Time for the 1640 meter autostart test was 1.10kr (1:52.63 mile rate). The victory for Commander Crowe was number 59 in 101 starts, now for earnings of 31,610,516. Snopgarps Gard AB owns the winner. The heat winners earned 400,000SEK for their victories. The undercard so far has produced interesting winners. Sylvester America scored in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for trainer Jerry Riordan and reinsman Johan Untersteiner. The Italian bred three year-old son of Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell recorded his fourth win in 10 starts for owner Lisa Riordan, and earned 50,000SEK first money. The Klass II Final for 200,000SEK to the winner went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. He scored in 1.12.6kr for his fifth win in seven 2014 appearances, and his fifth straight. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) also won on the card in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop in a narrow three-way photo over the Varenne mare Rare Wise As (Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan) and favorite Backfire was home third with Johnny Takter up. Another US import, Single Sock, finished fourth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) was an easy winner of today's TeleBolaget Grand Prix for 150,000SEK first prize at Orebro. Eleven contested this 2100 meter autostart event with the Stig H. Johansson trained recent US import scoring in 1.13.5kr for teamster Erik Adielsson. Corky is now owned by Stall Corkad and he posted his third 2014 victory in six starts and 10th in 30 career appearances, now with earnings of 6,757,773SEK. Jonesy was second for Tuomas Korvenoja with Finally Famous home third for Torbjorn Jansson. Peter Haughton winner Aperfectyankee was eighth for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. The undercard saw O'Grady take a fast-class event for 50,000SEK first money in 1.13.5kr for Flemming Jensen. Denmark's veteran eight year-old son of SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher recorded his 34th career win in 65 starts for 3,139,064SEK as he defeated Zlatan Blou with Jorma Kontio up and Classic Son handled by Peter Untersteiner. The Orebro card also saw First Visit (3f Muscle Hill-Falls For You-Yankee Glide) win for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters volt start, her first win in her first start. Two Italian imports also recorded impressive wins. Polar LB (5m Classic Photo-Electa LB-Supergill) scored over 1640 meters autostart for Bjorn Goop in 1.12.6kr, his ninth win in 36 tries. The Breeders Course for two year -olds, worth 70,000SEK to the winner, went to Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati up for trainer Holger Ehglert in 1.14.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. This was her second win in only two starts. Tunika was second for Erik Adielsson with Pasithea Face home third for Adrian Kolgjini. The Breeders Course final for two year-olds is September 9th at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

Four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman trotters were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (August 14), each going for a purse of over $65,000. In the first division, the wagering public backed Tick Tok Tag (Broadway Hall-Tags Schooner) who was coming off two narrow defeats against similar at The Meadows. Off the gate, it was the Erv Miller trainee Ralph R (Muscle Massive-Aiken For Clay) going for the lead, but he quickly yielded to the favorite at the quarter, which went in :29 seconds flat. There was no change in position until the top of the stretch, when Ralph R emerged out of the pocket, and was able to out duel Tick Tok Tag in the late stages, winning by a nose, in a time of 1:57.2. Divisionist (Andover Hall-Only Lonely) finished third. Ralph R is owned by The Ervin Miller Stables and Paymaq Racing, trained by Erv Miller, and was driven by Marcus Miller. In Division two, undefeated Piercewave Hanover (Donato Hanover-Passionate Glide) was the one to beat, sent off as the public choice. As the wings closed, the favorite sprinted right out for the lead, with the Ake Svanstedt charge Colbert (Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva) securing the pocket spot, by the quarter in :28 seconds. After rating a :31 second quarter, Piercewave Hanover felt pressure from a first-over Honor And Serve (Donato Hanover-Honorable Daughter). As they turned for home, the two were on even terms, with Honor And Serve grinding to victory, stopping the clock in 1:57. Piercewave Hanover finished second, while Explosive Drama (Explosive Matter-Phillycityhall) rallied for third. In the third division, it was James Bafia and Eugene White's Shoot The Thrill (Explosive Matter-Fancy N Diamonds) picking up the victory. At the start, it was Special Action (Yankee Glide-Special Appeal) moving out for the lead, with Lima Pride (Muscle Massive-Pacific Legacy) In The Pocket, by a quarter in :29.1. The leader rated a :32.1 second quarter, before Ake Svanstedt vacated the pocket with Lima Pride. They battled for the lead until the top of the stretch, where Special Action made a break, allowing driver Tony Hall to split foes with Shoot The Thrill, springing the mild upset in 1:59.1. Lima Pride was second, while Chef Lee (Cantab Hall-Summer Savory) finished third. Shoot The Thrill is trained by Dirk Simpson. In the fourth and final division, the wagering was evenly split between unbeaten Billy Flynn (Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones) and Walter White (Cantab Hall-Muscaloosa). At the start, Billy Flynn and Walter White left in tandem for the lead, with Billy Flynn eventually re-taking after a quarter in 28.3. After a rated :30.2 second quarter, the leader faced a first-over challenge from Vintage Hall (Cantab Hall-Sweet Vintage) but was able to put him away just past three-quarters. Into the stretch, Billy Flynn squared off with Walter White, who attacked up the open stretch. They hit the line together, with the narrow win going to Billy Flynn in 1:57.4. Billy Flynn is owned by Bender Sweden Inc, trained by Steffan Lind, and was driven by Brett Miller. Wicker Hanover (Explosive Matter-Won An Done) finished third. Mike Bozich

Keystone Wallace (Yankee Glide) dominated his competitors in the $6,500 featured race on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Dan Hennessey-trained trotter won in the same class last month but was a beaten favorite in his prior start before going off as the race's 5-2 second choice on Wednesday. Reinsman Wally Hennessey moved Keystone Wallace first over at the half and overpowered the race's favorite before running off to a double digit length lead and stopping the timer in 1:59.1 over the sloppy Spa oval. Longshot The Duke Of Conway (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed to finish second while Stirling Accord (Yankee Glide) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Thursday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Top trotting occurred last weekend through yesterday at various venues in Sweden. The most prestigious event was the August 2nd Ego Boys Gold Division at Rattvik that resulted in victory for Beer Summit and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters to earn 150,000SEK first money. He earned his 11th win in 42 starts now with earnings of 3,900,064SEK, with five victories this year in ten outings. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight) was second for Robert Bergh. The same card showcased the Sommartstravet Final, a Gr. II UET Masters Series event for 300,000SEK first prize contested over 2140 meters turning start. Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) won in 1.12.9kr for Torbjorn Janssen and trainer Robert Bergh, his fourth win in six 2014 starts and he now has eight wins in 18 career appearances. Venkatesh (5g Varenne) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and former Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You) a rallying third after being handicapped 40 meters. The 10.3SEK million career winner was timed in 1.11.7kr and driven by trainer Bergh. Rattvik also included on their card the Silver Final for 125,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart. BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored in 1.09.9kr for Peter Untersteiner, his ninth 2014 win in 12 starts. The 110,000SEK first prize Bronze Final over 1640 meters autostart, went to Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Curtsy Hanover now has seven wins in 21 career starts as she defeated the Jorma Kontio driven Trixam (by Pearsall Hanover). The 100,000SEK first money Montesserie Final (monte) went to Bearable (7g Rite On Line-Armbro Kewpie-Speedy Crown) and Anna Ronning. They scored over 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.5kr, the winner's 11th win in 42 starts. Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) overcame a 20 meter handicap to end second for Siv Emilie Lovvold. Yesterday at Aby, Veijo Heiskanen scored a triple and Linda Allercrantz had a driving double with Jerry Riordan trainees. Heiskanen won with Neron Bigi (7m Power To Charm-Edea-Atlas Fighter L in 1.12.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 70,000SEK; Daryl Boko (4g Majestic Son-Insider Trade-Donerail) in 1.14.1kr over 2640 meters autostart for 60,000SEK first prize; and Fabuleux BR (3m SJ's Photo-Fantasia-Speedy Soma) in 1.15.8kr over 2140 meters autostart for 35,000SEK. Allercrantz and Riordan won with Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 60,000SEK and also with Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) in 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. This winner earned 30,000SEK and is owned by Holger Ehlert. The Aby card also included an Aby Stora Pris prep that went to October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember) in 1.13.2kr for Adrian Kolgjini. He earned 70,000SEK over the 2140 meters autostart course. His 11th lifetime win in 29 starts. At Solvalla, the Victory Tilly, worth 75,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart, went to Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) and driver Erik Adielsson. The pair were timed in 1.12.8kr. The Gay Noons for 100,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, went to Lord Flax (3m Love You-Lady de Villeneuve-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Frederik Soderberg. The well-bred mare D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) won a 40,000SEK first prize event over 1640 meters autostart in a quick 1.11kr. Roger Walmann trains the ten time winner in 17 starts. Also winning in 1.11kr over the same distance, in an aged event, was Bon Frecia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Jorma Kontio up. He narrowly defeated Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

After last night's cancellation due to poor weather conditions, the horses went back to work today only to be greeted by more rain and a track rated "good". But that didn't keep BZ Glide from going worst to first in the Open trotting feature on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 3). As soon as the gate pulled away from the six-horse field, I'm The Cash Man (Drew Monti) crossed over from post two and had the lead before they hit the turn. The remainder of the field followed in drawn order until just before the half when Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) pulled first over from third to challenge the leader. By the time the group passed the half in 59.4 and headed to the three-quarters, a full outer flow had developed when Serious George (Jack Flanigen) and 1-2 betting favorite BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) came out to join the fray. At the top of the final turn, Serious George tipped three-deep and BZ Glide fanned four-wide as they motored towards the payoff. It was at that point that BZ Glide appeared to have a gas pedal as he easily sped away from the pack to win by a widening two-length margin. The betting choice paid $3.10 for the win. The victory timed in 1:59.1 was the third of the year for BZ Glide and brought his seasonal earnings up to $32,120. The 5-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer is both owned and trained by his driver, Mike Caprio. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had four winners on the card and that effort put him in a tie with Aaron Merriman for the North American dash-winning driver title with 453 victories each. Wrenn won with Bailey's Magic ($5.90), Launching Tonight ($13.00), Ol' Man River ($7.50) and Four Starz Credit ($3.00). Live racing resumes on Wednesday evening at Batavia Downs with a 6:35 post time. Also please remember that all Back to the Track activities originally scheduled for last night (Aug. 2) have been moved to next Saturday (Aug. 9) do to the weather related cancellation. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The final edition of Breakfast With The Babies for the 2014 season began with Hambletonian favorite Father Patrick getting in some prep work in advance of next Saturday's big dance. His performance did nothing to encourage any Hambo fence-riders that may have been considering buying a $15,000 ticket to that dance. Yannick Gingras gave him a tour of the oval in 1:52 flat, back half in :54.4, last quarter :26.2 about as easy as it could be done. It looks like "All systems go" for team Father Patrick. Last year's champion three year old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife made her return to the races this morning in winning fashion for owners Richard and Joanne Young. She has been nursed back to the races by trainer Chris Ryder after her season ending injury last fall and she looked sound and happy in her 2014 debut. Driver Tim Tetrick settled the mare in third through a slow 57.2 half, moved her on the last turn to a stretch lead then flashed her grit by refusing to yield to the late challenge of Bakersfield with a 27.1 close to the 1:53.2 mile. A pair of Meadowlands Pace finalists teed it up in the last race of the day and Lyonssomewhere got the best of JK Endofanera here by sprinting home in 26.2 on the end of a 1:51.1 mile. Trainer Jimmy Takter put the speedy colt on the lead through friendly fractions and had enough to rebuff JK Endofanera's close. So far as the freshmen, Habitat, a speedy Conway Hall colt that had made a pair of breaks in NYSS action recently, impressed with an effortless 1:55.3 / 27.1 win with Yannick Gingras aboard. Ron Burke trains colt for himself and partners Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable. The group paid $50,000 for Habitat at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Trond Smedshammer won a couple this morning, the first with a nice Yankee Glide out of Calchips Finisher named Finish Line. He sat a pocket to first timer Sugarmakesmecrazy and Ake Svanstedt, nailing that one in the final strides of the 1:58.1 / 28.1 mile.He was a $50,000 Lexington buy for Trond's American Viking Stable, Diane Giuliano and Purple Haze. Trond came right back with the Andover Hall x Chez Belle filly Chezando, closing ground into a 28.4 final quarter for the 2:00.4 score. She cost Purple Haze and Michael Parisi $70,000 at Lexington last fall. The last of the baby trots fittingly saw Jimmy Takter win in 2:00.1 with French Laundry, a good Muscles Yankee colt who won a NJSS event in 1:56 a few weeks ago. He just held off the impressive closing rush of the $175,000 Cantab Hall colt Colbert who was making his very first start for Svanstedt. Pacers came around in the tenth race and ASAP Hanover won for the third time in morning trials, this one in 1:52.4 with Tim Tetrick driving. Linda Toscano trains the $150,000 Lexington sale colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Allamerican Coed for John Mehlenbacher. He has impressed and improved in each of his three outings. This time Tetrick put him on the lead and sprinted home in 26.4 in hand. Penji Hanover paced home hard to be second. Trainer Tony Alagna had a good day beginning with the eleventh where a pair of his pacing fillies went to the wire together with Cashaway tracking down Martinique in the final strides to get the 1:54.1 win. Cashaway was second in the recently contested NJSS final for Tim Tetrick, who drove the Western Ideal x CPA $105,000 Lexington sale grad today for owners Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Artspeak got some work in this morning, leading all the way and drawing off late in 1:53.2 over the pocket sitting Stover. The winner also hails from the Alagna barn with Scott Zeron doing the driving for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick). Racing manager Myron Bell bought the Western Ideal colt from The Art Museum for $100,000 in Lexington on their behalf and it certainly looks as though they've got a good one here. A Plus completed the Alagna natural hat trick by winning in 1:54.1 / 27.3 with Zeron aboard. She's an American Ideal filly out of the Brittany broodmare Has An Attitude that Tony bought for himself with partners In The Gym, Massey and Sbrocco for $60,000 in Kentucky. Better Said was a good second here with a late move for Toscano and Tetrick. Ed Hart's nice Cam's card Shark colt Dealt A Winner prevented an Alagna-slam when he held safe over Tony's closing Rock On The Hill in 1:54.2 for Brian Sears. Jeff Snyder owns the winner, a $35,000 Harrisburg bargain buy last fall. Live racing resumes at 7:15 this evening with the John Cashman Memorial eliminations headlining the thirteen race card. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

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