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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing fans were greeted with late morning snow showers and temperature just above freezing for the 40th and final day of the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R, but it did not deter fans from coming to the track for closing day. Driver Stephane Brosseau wasted little time in capturing the leading driver honors for the 2017 season. Going into the final race card, Brosseau held a five-win lead, 51 to 46, over rival Stephane Gendron, but after the second race pace, the lead for Brosseau grew. He took Soccer Hanover ($4.00) three-wide in the backstretch after being in eighth place at the half mile, then by the three-quarters they not only looped the field, but cleared to the lead before the top of the stretch for the easy win. Then Stephane Gendron came back with a win in the fifth race pace with Stronski ($11.80) but by this point on the race card, it was too late for Gendron to catch Brosseau. Brosseau won the driving title with 53 wins over 48 for Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard captured his first ever leading trainer title with 26 wins from his stable, six more than Yves Tessier (20). In the co-featured sixth race trot, Ice O Late and driver Sylvain Filion were game enough to go three-wide in the backstretch against first-over Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) and pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) and dug in through the stretch to win by a head in 2:01, paying $9.60 to win. R Rkadabra was second with Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for Ice O Late. The five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trainer by Luc Chouinard for owner Claude Surprenant of Farnham. In the eighth race co-featured pace, it was Arazi (Sylvain Lacaille) who cut the mile from the start, but it was the race favorite, Mister Big Top, who would have his photo taken in the winner's circle. With After Market (Carol Voyer) sitting the pocket trip, Arazi led the field and then at the half mile marker, Code Word (Pascal Berube) came first-over with Mister Big Top and Stephane Gendron second-over, but not for long, as they swept three-wide and blew by the field, winning with ease by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. It was the ninth win this year for Mister Big Top. The five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier, is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Four drivers each had two winners on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Francis Picard. Long shots continued at H3R Sunday as 33-1 Miss Sangria and driver Francis Picard upset the field with a 1:58.2 lifetime mark in the first race pace and paid $69.90 to win. While Lucky Promesses did not win today, she did conclude the race season as the winningest horse at H3R in 2017, scoring eight of her ten wins this year at her home track. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Batavia, NY---Heavy storms blew through western New York and provided less than desirable conditions, but an off-track and six harness racing foes couldn't keep BZ Glide from getting to the winner's circle in the $10,500 Open handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 4). Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) left with the gate and dropped in second behind Lutetium (Ron Beback Jr.) who was not about to give up the front. The race then proceeded from there in single-file order in :28.3 and :59.1. Pulling first-over at that point was Jim Dandy (Jim McNeight Jr.) who brought BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) in tow fourth. The outer flow was dull and Jim Dandy had trouble getting to the leader up the backside, but he finally drew alongside around the final bend. At the top of the stretch Lutetium and Jim Dandy were joined by three -across by Noble Legend who ducked in the passing lane. But the final blow came when BZ Glide, who had drafted second-over, tipped four-deep around Jim Dandy and out-trotted everyone down the lane, pulling away to an easy length victory in 2:00.1. BZ Glide ($4.00) registered his third win of the year and 33rd win of his career. The 8-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and is trained by Alana Caprio. In the $8,000 Open II trot, Striker Ace (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled first-over from fourth at the three-eighths and advanced to the lead by the three-quarters before opening up a three-length lead and trotting home handily to win by four in 1:58.3. Striker Ace ($25.60), who is now two for two at Batavia Downs, is owned by Finish Line Investors and John Mungillo, who also trains the winner. "Drivin" Drew Monti had a grand slam Friday winning with Doing Some Damage (1:57.1, $27.40), Tenor Duharas (2:01.1, $5.00), Button Fly (1:56.2, $33.20) and Rollovin (1:57.4, $6.40). Kevin Cummings also had a driving triple and Larry Stalbaum registered a double. Conditioner Rose Russo sent two sent two trainees to the winner's circle for photographs. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night with a guaranteed pool of $6,000 for the early Pick-5 which goes in races one through five. The carry-over pool for that wager is $3,281. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA---After competing successfully at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs last week, Cypress Point shipped up to Plainridge Park and continued his winning ways by taking the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 1). Cypress Point (Greg Merton) went right for the lead and opened up a two-length advantage when he got there. Without opposition, Merton then guided the 5-year-old trotter to the quarter in :27.4, the half in :57.4 and the three-quarters in 1:27 before Shorething Fashion (Mike Eaton) pulled alongside to offer a challenge. Those two proceeded to go stride for stride to the top of the lane before Cypress Point changed gears and trotted away to a three-length win in 1:55.2, just a tick off the lifetime he set last week. It was the third win of the year for Cypress Point ($3.20) and his owner Adam Friedland. The gelded son of Yankee Glide is trained by Dan Gill. In the co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot, Queen Adjala (Chris Long) took full advantage of an early position battle between Annie OK (Michael Stevenson), Dewey's Breeze (Ivan Davies) and L Dee's Yoyo Ma (Steve Nason) to go three-wide at the three-quarters and eventually win by two lengths in 1:56.2, blowing up the tote board at 20-1. Owned by the ADV Racing Stable LLC, Queen Adjala ($40.20) scored her third victory of the year for trainer Rob Harmon. Driver Chris Long had the natural hat trick in races eight, nine and ten while Jim Hardy scored a double for the day. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Aug. 3) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Wittemore) and Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil) each take a co-feature trot on Friday night (July 28) at Vernon Downs. Bloodstockshalltab (Cantab Hall) would explode out of the gate and put up fractions of :27.2, :58.0, 1:26.1, 1:54.3 to go gate-to-wire in the first of two featured trots. Owned and trained by leading trainer Dennis Wittemore, the 7 year-old would win by three lengths over second place finisher Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil). My Lucky Word (Truman Gale) finished third. Bloodstockshalltab ($3.60) would win the sixth time this season' Jersey Boy (Yankee Glide) would hang on to win the second trot feature. Gimme The Cash (Chris Lems) would lead to the first quarter in :27.3. Jersey Boy ($4.70)who is owned by John Orsaio and trained by John McNeil III, would take over from there on. He would fight off a late rush from Gimme The Cash (second) to win by a nose is 1:55.1. Parkhill Horton (Triman Gale) finished third. Jersey Boy won for the fifth time this year and for the 33rd time in his career. Chris Lems would win three to give him 60 wins on the season, to trail leading driver John MacDonald by six races. He would win with Chocalate Cream ($10.20), Taila ($3.70), and Dw's Revenge ($4.40). Vernon Downs returns with an eight race card on Saturday (July 29), starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne for Vernon Downs

Tropical Storm Bi (Yankee Glide) set a lifetime mark winning the Winners Over trot in 1:55 last week at Saratoga Raceway. On Wednesday night, the Tony Ciuffetelli-trained trotter was dismissed at odds of 5-1 as he looked to repeat with harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux in the sulky.  Devaux blasted Tropical Storm Bi off the car as the five year old flashed some uncharacteristic early speed. Fending off a few challengers along the way, Tropical Storm Bi stopped the timer in 1:57 to record his second of back-to-back jacks in the $12,500 feature. Mugshots Bro (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket and finished second while longshot Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) earned the show spot. Tropical Storm Bi returned $12.20 to win in his second consecutive victory. The win was one of four on the night for Devaux who is in the midst of a big month at the Spa. Aldrich piloted five winners on the Wednesday card. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a pair of heart-breaking losses to Empire Earl N the past two weeks, BZ Glide was able to turn the tables on him and capture the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 7) in a seasonal best 1:57.3 over the fast harness racing track.   BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was second best by just a nose and a half length to Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) in their last two encounters. But the favored BZ Glide ($3.40) was able to go gate-to-wire and get revenge on Empire Earl N by 1-1/2 lengths.   In drawing the two post, a rarity for BZ Glide, the 8-year-old gelding had no struggles in reaching the front end, putting up fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:28.4. Empire Earl N, who got away fifth in the field of five, was first over and was in a perfect striking position with a final stanza to trot.   But BZ Glide was sick of being a bridesmaid and put up a last quarter of 28.4 to comfortably turn back the mild challenge from Empire Earl N in the stretch drive. Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) took third place.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) has won two times in nine starts in 2017. The victory pushed his seasonal winnings to $16,700 and $220,297 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Larry Stalbaum padded his win total with three victories while Fisher Jr. also posted a triple.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

One of the most impressive performances on the Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces came in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it was Banker Volo ($3.20) who once again dominated the proceedings with a dazzling gate-to-wire performance, and another new all-age track record for trotters. Driver Luke Plano sent the superstar trotter right to the front from the outside 6 post, and they never looked back from there, widening the lead at every marker, and registering a 6½ length romp in 1:54.2, for the fastest trotting mile in the history of the track, a feat he also accomplished just 2 weeks ago. The ultra-sharp 8 year old stallion is by Yankee Glide, and is trained by Jenni King for owner Dan Roland, who again invited any interested fans to join in the winner’s circle celebration after the record mile, it made for a fantastic photo and it put a big smile on so many faces. Also featured on the night was the $11,000 Mares Open Pace, and Best of Jenna ($3.00) did not disappoint her fans as she posted another brilliant gate-to-wire Tally for her fifth straight victory at the top mares level at Running Aces. Tonight, Best of Jenna and Rick Magee brushed immediately to the lead from post 7 as usual, and controlled the affair, but faced a furious late charge from Shark Festival (Mooney Svendsen) in the homestretch, Best of Jenna responded gamely and fought to the wire to hold on by a neck in 1:53.3. The winner is trained by Rick Magee and is owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker, she remains a perfect 5-for-5 this season. The Minnesota-Sired 2 year old pacers made their debut this evening as well, and it was Aint No Uppy Girl (by Wind Me Up) who took the $8,000 Filly pace in 2:01.1 with Joe Casagranda driving for The Van Oterloo Stables and trainer David Flinn, the winning filly paid $6.00. The $8,000 colts & geldings pace went to Giggle Monster (by Wind Me Up), with a very sharp gate-to-wire showing in 1:58 with Dean Magee aboard for Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Denise Maier, and Giggle Monster paid $7.60. Firedrake, the 4 year old pacing gelding by Dragon Again, also turned in another razor-sharp dominating win in a very nice $6,500 conditioned pacing event as he turned in another new lifetime best mile in 1:52.2 for owner Jessica Johnson. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland waited for no one and sent the razor sharp pacer right to the lead, and they turned back a strong challenge from Fire On The Water (James Yoder) through the middle portions of the mile, forcing that rival to settle for second. Firedrake has now won 4 races in a row, and 5 of 6 starts this season. Nick Roland led all drivers this evening with another Grand Slam (4 wins) on the 12 race program, he has won 13 races over the last 3 nights of racing. James Yoder also had a big night, with 3 wins on the card. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, July 1 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $2,367.20. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

WASHINGTON, PA, June 27, 2017 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the first-over cover of Bessie, then overtook her in mid-stretch to capture her second straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Glidinthruparadise broke stride in three straight starts before righting the ship in her last outing, a conditioned event. On Tuesday, she looked more than comfortable with the track's distaff trotting elite, downing Bessie by a length for trainer/driver Brian Zendt in 1:54.4. Bags For All finished third. Lisa Dunn campaigns the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda, who extended her career bankroll to $122,753. Elsewhere on the card, Count On Cody became harness racing's fastest freshman colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track when he won at first asking in 2:00.3. Marty Wollam drove and trains the son of Full Count-Caviar Forthe Lady for Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

June 17, 2017 - The great Vivid Wise As (3m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took Saturday’s Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €187,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano over their 1050 meter oval. Enrico Bellei was the pilot for trainer Marco Smorgon. Allev. Della Serenissima SS bred the front-stepping winner of 10 of 11 career starts, and three for three this year, now for €260,821 earned. Timed in 1.12.7kr, the winner bested Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) driven by Pietro Gubellini and third went to Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) with Edouardo Baldi at the lines. This one was bred by the same farm as the winner. The undercard showcased the Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Valdivia (3f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The winner recorded her fifth career victory in 13 starts, as she defeated Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) and Vale Capar (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).  Scuderia Sant’Andrea SM bred the winning filly. Thomas H. Hicks

Banker Volo went to the gate for just the third time in 2017 on the Saturday night Harness Racing program at Running Aces , headlining the $10,000 Open Handicap , and he put together a dazzling performance to lower both his own previous track mark for older trotting stallions (1:55.2 last July) and the overall track standard of 1:54.4 (by Celebrity Hercules in 2013) as he hi-stepped the Minnesota oval in a swift 1:54.3 this evening. Starting from his assigned outside post in the talented six pack, he bolted to the front of the field and from there, frankly the rest of the field could only watch him do his thing. Driver Luke Plano had him fired up for the quarter (27.4) and was able to throttle the speed through the second panel (57.1) before turning on the afterburners and posting 1:24.4 at three quarters, then coasting home to easily post the new track mark. Banker Volo paid just $2.80 as the public’s overwhelming choice no doubt based on his current form and his 23 lifetime wins and $298,013 career bankroll. He is by Yankee Glide, and is owned by Daniel Roland and trained by Jenni King. Also on the program, the $8,000 3 year old open trot was contested, and Tap My Feet ($7.80) took the bow in the winner’s circle after posting his 2nd win in a row, and lowering his mark by over 4 seconds to 2:00 in the process. Tap My Feet is by Broadway Hall, and is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice. Trainer/Driver Rick Magee sent him quickly off the gate from post 8 in the 9 horse affair, where they secured the pocket position before sweeping to the lead just past the ¼ pole. From there Tap My Feet was never in doubt and is now a perfect 2-for-2 on the season. The Charlie Hare Trotting Series also got underway , with two divisions going to post in the first leg. In the first division it was odds-on favorite Lettinthenightroll ($3.00) with Luke Plano aboard for Jenni King in an eye-opening 1:56.2, and then Americas Game ($10.20) topped the field in the second division with Dean Magee driving for trainer Rick Bertrand owner Glen Wilson, with a new lifetime record of 1:57.3 The next card of Live Harness Racing at running Aces goes to post on Sunday, June 4th at 6:00 pm CT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide ($10.20) made it a joyous celebration of his 100th career start on Friday night (May 26) with a neck victory over Jim Dandy in Buffalo Raceway's harness racing featured $10,000 Open Trot in 2:00.0 over the good track.   It was the 31st time in his career that the 8-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) has found the winner's circle. The victory was the first in three tries this season for BZ Glide, now a winner of $208,597 lifetime.   The favored Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) set the fractions of 28.2, 59.0 and 1:29.4 in the main event and brought BZ Glide in tow.   At the top of the lane, Kahoku bid everyone a good night while BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was anxiously waiting to drop into the passing lane and trotted first to the line. Jim Dandy (Jim McNeight Jr.) made a serious attempt to collar BZ Glide late but ran out of real estate and finished just a neck behind. Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show spot.   BZ Glide is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and is trained by Alana Caprio.   Morrill completed the night with four victories while trainers Maria Rice and Gerry Sarama registered doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - "It ain't a fit night out for man or beast." Such were the words of W. C. Fields many decades ago, repeated Tuesday evening (Apr. 25th) before, during and after the $100,000 harness racing final of Yonkers Raceway's YR/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. The all-card wind-driven rain didn't deter one man (Jeff Gregory) and one beast (Tight Lines, $2.40), who made short work of their rivals over the gooey going. The race wasn't officially over after the draw, but even those that weren't behind the eight-ball were in fact behind the eight-ball. From the pylons, Tight Lines deferred to a couple of early leavers before taking over from Golden Son (Jason Bartlett) From there, the only entrant to sweep all three preliminary legs hydroplaned his way to happiness (:28.1, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:56.1). The final margin was 3¼ lengths over Pridecrest (Dave Miller), with Golden Son third. The minors went to Hillosophical (Tyler Buter) and Ameliosi (Yannick Gingras), while an out-the-mile Triumphant's Chip (Dan Dube), Windsong Magic (Brian Sears) and Steed (Joe Bongiorno) completed the order. For Tight Lines, a 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, is was his fifth win (all at odds-on) in as many seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.20, the triple returned $45.40 and the superfecta paid $290.50. "The weather didn't play a part in my strategy." Gregory said. "I figured a few of the others would take a shot leaving and I wasn't going to stand mine on his head in the first turn. I thought I'd be able to get to the front at some point. "I paid him into some stakes for 4-year-olds, including the Graduate and Hambletonian Maturity," Gregory said. "He's going to have to step up his game to go with those trotters. If not, he stays here (Yonkers)." As per the conditions of the series, a $10,000 bonus was awarded to the winner by the SOA of New York. A $35,000 series consolation was won by Showmeyourguns (Jordan Stratton, $2.40, part of entry) in 1:58.2. Frank Drucker

April 16, 2017 - Veteran campaigner Nidal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) won the Romme Sunday harness racing featured V75 Gold Olympiatravet Elimination (purse 150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.8kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl and Finish owner Onket Invest. The Olympia Trot final is April 29 at Aby. The 8.7/1 odds winner defeated 1.8/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) driven by Orjan Kihlstom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. 3.2/1 D.D.’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) took third for Johnny Takter. 17/1 Rocky Winner (9m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) and 15/1 Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) were the fourth and fifth horses to the line. Nadal Broline now has 16 career wins in just 27 starts for 2,220,500SEK earned.   Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2017 -- Valley Of Sin quarter-poled to the lead and hung tough late to score in 1:55.4, fastest this year by an older harness racing stallion on a five-eighths-mile track, in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Valley Of Sin was third when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent him to the point. The 1-1 favorite needed some encouragement late, but he held off Trustworthy Kid, who was racing off a four-month layoff, by a length. The first-over Nothinbutanallstar earned show. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, a 7-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling who extended his career bankroll to $267,659. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

John Ducharme has enjoyed a varied career in harness racing, from attorney to racetrack presiding judge, to breeder, trainer, driver, and owner. And as he approaches his 90th birthday, in March, he considers himself fortunate. "When you get the chance to live out your passion," Ducharme said, "it doesn't get any better than that." Right now, it doesn't get any better than the ride Ducharme is on with 7-year-old male trotter Valley Of Sin. Ducharme bought Valley Of Sin privately in October 2015 with the idea of breeding him to his small band of broodmares, but has put those plans on hold after watching the horse's successful return from injury. Last year, Valley Of Sin won eight of 28 races and earned $87,240. The son of Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover was at his best as the year came to an end, capturing four of his final five starts of 2016, all at The Meadows. On Saturday, he is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $22,000 Preferred Handicap at The Meadows, leaving from post No. 9 with trainer-driver Wilbur Yoder. For his career, Valley Of Sin has won 18 of 48 races and earned $256,899. He has won six of nine races lifetime at The Meadows, finishing worse than second only once. "He's a nice horse," Ducharme said of Valley Of Sin, who at age 3 was a multiple winner on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit and also won the Townsend Ackerman at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "When he was young and sound, he raced well wherever he was." Ducharme is no stranger to success with trotters. He bred, trained and co-owned 1995 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt champion Abundance (who also won a Hambletonian heat before finishing second to Tagliabue in the final); bred, trained and owned stakes-winner High Tech (a Breeders Crown runner-up in 1999); and trained 1975 Elitlopp runner-up Quick Work and 1982 Canadian Trotting Classic runner-up Crowntron. When Ducharme watched Valley Of Sin win a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in a track-record 1:52.3 at The Meadows in 2013, he decided to keep an eye on the horse. Unfortunately, Valley Of Sin suffered a suspensory injury and was limited to only four starts (three wins and a second) in the ensuing two years. "I saw that (sire stakes) race and thought he was the best I'd seen in a while," Ducharme said. "I followed his career because I thought I might like to buy him, and I finally did. I was going to breed him to a few of my mares, but he seemed to be sound, so while we were waiting to breed him we decided to see how he would hold up in training. Wilbur has done a great job with him. He's showing the type of horse that he was, and is." Said Yoder, "I like everything about him. The minute he walked in the door, he was just a nice horse. You can do whatever you want with him. He's got a lot of speed and he's got a lot of manners. He handles nice, he's quiet, he does his work, his ears are always up; he's just hap py to be a racehorse." For now, Valley Of Sin, who is a ridgling, will remain a racehorse. Ducharme has 10 mares, but wants to keep Valley Of Sin "in racing mode" as long as the horse is healthy. "I'm an older man, so I enjoy having him race," Ducharme said, laughing. "Of course, racing horses is race to race. I think he's capable of racing at the top level and I'd like to maybe give him that opportunity (this year) on a limited basis. It's a management issue, but hope is eternal. "We're just enjoying this," he added. "It's been a good ride." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications/USTA

December 26, 2016 - Vivid Wise As (2m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) scored an impressive front-trotting 1.14.7kr victory in today’s Gran Premio Allevatori (purse €187,000) at Capannelle Roma’s 1000 meter harness racing track. Enrico Bellei teamed the open-lengths winner over the 2100 meter autostart course. Second was Vessillo As (2m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) driven by Edoardo Baldi and third was Vampire Dany (2m Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The Filly Division (purse €66,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.2kr clocked Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) for Antonio DiNardo. A length off in second was Villa Santina Jet (2f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) for driver V.P. DellAnnunziata and third place was Victoria Luis (2f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco-Lemon Dra). The aged performers met in the classic Gala Internazione del Trotto (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart). The very impressive 1.12.8kr timed victory went to Trendy OK (4f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. She literally wide circled the field in the last turn and motored clear in late stretch to defeat Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) with Roberto Andreghetti up. Third home was Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra). Positano d’Ete and Divisionist were fourth and fifth respectively as pacesetter Pascia’Lest was eighth after fading badly in the lane. Thomas H. Hicks

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