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Last year's winner Neste Effe is the overwhelming favourite for this year's running of Finland's Prix d'Etain Royal one of three UET Masters Series races on Easter weekend, as the European spring-summer circuit hits the track running. The Group one event worth 110,000 euros has been brought forward a couple of weeks this year which surprisingly puts the race head to head with other big international races in France and Norway. Nesta Effe was supreme in the early part of last season, with wins in the opening two of the five Finnish international Group ones for elite aged horses. The Italian-bred stallion son of Sweden's Naglo followed up the win in the Prix d'Etain Royal, with a win in the FInlandia Ajo and a second in Norway's Oslo Grand Prix before a win in a heat of Sweden's Elitloppet highlighted a fine Spring programme. An unplaced effort when hampered for a run in the final heralded two further unplaced starts before being put aside until January when he prepared for an unsuccessful shot at the Prix d'Amerique with a warm up race in Florence Italy. Neste Effe fronted up in Turin in mid February to take out the Italian Group two Gran Premio Mario Locatelli before returning to France where he was unplaced in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse at his last start on March 9. None of the others in this field have been competing at this level and Holger Ehlert's handsome chestnut , who will be driven by usual pilot Roberto Vecchione will be at very short odds, being at less than even money in early markets. Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath's well-performed Quid Pro Quo has been a group one performer since a 2YO when he ran third in the only Group 1 for babies in Sweden, the tongue-twisting Uppfödningslöpning. He followed that up with a win in Italy's Group 1 Orise Mangelli for 3YOs and last year was the Swedish Group one Sprintermasteren final winner for 4YOs. The son of Yankee Glide has also had group one placings in Norway and Germany to prove that travel will not bother him, although just an early 5YO, it is age that might be against the rising star in an aged group one. B.W.L Champion is a veteran journeyman with 20 race wins capped off with a win in Norway's group two Radio Metro Cup last year, his only win in group company in seven seasons on the track. But the 9YO son of Pine Chip is a tough old campaigner and as followers of European trotting know, these guys can keep their speed well into their second decade. Ex-pat Finn Reijo Liljendahl who was Swedish legend Stig Johansson's right-hand man for 35 years until abruptly going out on his own last year at the age of 58 has the classy Monster Drive entered, and the son of Tap In has come in for a lot of support. Other local hopes will be on Jarno Kauhanen's Swedish Import Womanizer, a 10YO roan journeyman who is as tough as old boots And the Finns also have two other local stars in the race, including last season's Finnish TravDerby winner Quite an Avenger who has had two second this term and a former Finnish St Leger winner She Loves You who will have star Swedish driver Johnny Takter hooking up again. The group one winning mare who has won big races in Sweden and raced in France and returned to winning form last start after a long absence. PRIX D'ETAIN ROYAL Seinäjoki 19/04/14 GROUP 1 UET MASTERS SERIES Int 4-12 2100m  €110 000   1         Nesta Effe (h   Naglo - Etna Sec)  Dr:  Roberto Vecchione   Tr: Holger Ehlert     2100         2         Quite An Avenger (v   Quite Easy - Nobes Hanover)   Mika Forss  Dr:  Markku Nieminen     2100         3         Monster Drive (h   Thai Tanic - Kewpie)  Dr:  Per Lennartsson   Tr: Reijo Liljendahl     2100         4         Womanizer (v   Tap In - Sandra Nibs)   Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen  Tr:  Jarno Kauhanen     2100         5         She Loves You (s   Love You - Sj's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr:  Jörgen Westholm     2100         6         Surprise Lord (h   Classic Response - Beauty Bro)  Dr:  Iikka Nurmonen   Tr: Timo Hulkkonen     2100         7         Prussia (s   Ken Warkentin - Elvezia)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini Dr:   Tr: Pietro Gubellini     2100         8         Quid Pro Quo (h   Yankee Glide - Hostage)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth     2100         9         Pitch Command (v   Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Mia Kjellman     2100         10         B.W.L.Champion (v   Pine Chip - Lovely )  Dr: Ville Karhulahti   Tr: Petri Salmela     2100          by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 16, 2014 -- Sitting fifth at the half, Steppin Out launched a relentless uncovered move that carried her to her second straight series victory in Wednesday's Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Call Me A Winner and Glide By Shooting also took $17,500, second-leg divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. The series championship is set for Wednesday, April 23. Steppin Out trailed by 6 lengths before Dan Rawlings sent her after the leader, Hierarchy. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling put that one away and rolled to victory in 158.3, 3 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Glams K. Ideal Emma finished third. Chas Norris trains Steppin Out for Glat Kosher Racing. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Magic Wheel endured a demanding 27.4 opening panel and held off the stalking Mistress Valentine to defeat her by a neck in 1:54.3. Unefoisdansmavie rallied for show. Tony Hall piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Ws Balanced Wheel, who now boasts $540,620 in career earnings, for trainer Kris Hite and owner Tom Svrcek. Dave Palone drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

Solvato and reinsman/trainer Veijo Heiskanen took today's Olympiatravet trial #3, the V75-3 Gold event on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden. The import from the USA scored in 1.11.3kr over 2140 meters autostart to defeat nine rivals and earn 150,000SEK. It was the seventh lifetime win in 33 starts for the five year-old son of Donato Hanover. Other USA imports Kash's Cantab and Formula One ended second and third. April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Olympiatravet test 3 (final April 26), 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.3kr 1st Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver for owner Denco HB, USA. His first 2014 victory in four starts. 2nd Kash's Cantab, Bjorn Goop, USA 3rd Formula One, Orjan Kilhstrom, USA (recovered from early break) 4th Kaffir Face. Lutfi Kolgjini Solvato's victory set up the Olympiatravet field. Two horses qualified and one wildcard was handed out. "I'm very happy to be a part of Olympiatravet, especially at Aby as it by our home race track," said trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. The gold division and the Olympiatravet qualification race was the main event of Saturday's V75. The race included the biggest favorite of the day, Formula One, but he went off stride just in the beginning of the race. Instead we saw a fantastic performance by USA-born Solvato. He got to the lead 600 meters into the race and was unstoppable with a clar victory. Trainer Heiskanen said about the race: "This time I drove him with high speed directly from the start. He felt great and when he crossed the finishing line he could have had the same speed for a couple of hundred meters more. I hope he can perform like this many years to come." Behind Solvato, the Stig H Johansson trained and Bjorn Goop driven Kash's Cantab grabbed second and was invited to the Olympiatravet. Jon Walter Pedersen, sports director of Ãby and in charge of Olympiatravet, was at Eskilstuna and was pleased with the result. He gave away one more wildcard to Olympiatravet, saying "We have sent an invite to Brad de Veluwe and Tuomas Korvenoja has returned with a yes answer! We have one more wildcard to hand out and we're hoping to bring in a French horse." The line-up for Olympiatravet to-date is: Sanity and Harry Haythrow (from qualification race 1) Noras Bean and Mr Picolit (from qualification race 2) Solvato and Kash's Cantab (from qualification race 3) Yarrah Boko and Brad de Veluwe (wildcards) Olympiatravet final take place at Ãby on April 26. On the same Saturday card the six year-old Pine Chip son K.L.M. Buymethemoon won the Bronze Division in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Kenneth Haugstad was the pilot as they defeated the USA import Sandra Volo and Photoshop. April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Bronze Div. 110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.1kr 1st K.L.M. Buymethemoon (6m Pine Chip-K.L.M. See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover), Kenneth Haugstad up, 5/1, Norway, second win in three 2014 starts and now eight for 40 lifetime 2nd Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory), Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman, 2.3/1, imported from USA in 2012 3rd Photoshop, Jennifer Tillman up, 5.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2014 -- Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato's Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for the Ron Burke stable. Steppin Out took a mark of 1:57.2 as a freshman but had been hampered by recent gaiting problems. Trainer Chas Norris equipped her with hopples Wednesday, and she flashed her old form, scoring in 1:58.2 for Dan Rawlings. Exclusive Photo was second, 1/2 length back, with Glide By Shooting third. Glat Kosher Racing campaigns Steppin Out, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling. In something of an oddity, Unefoisdansmavie raced in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap on the same card that featured the series named for her. Poetic as a win might have been for her, it was not to be, as she encountered a buzz saw named Daylon Miracle, who captured her sixth victory in her last seven starts. Aaron Merriman moved Daylon Miracle twice -- once for position from post 8, once on a relentless first-over mission that carried her past the leader, Magic Wheel. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel triumphed in 1:54.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Mistress Valentine. Magic Wheel saved show while the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie had to settle for fourth. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts $320,003 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder and Brian Zendt each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The second $20,000 leg of the Horse & Groom trotting series drew a dozen entries and went as the first and third races on the Friday night card. Bambino Glide took the opener in wire to wire fashion for Andy Miller to kick off the card on a pleasant spring evening, reducing his career record to 1:52.2 in the process. Miller sent the favored Bambino Glide to the top and set even fractions with second choice Hldontghttoyurdrms pocketed throughout in the abbreviated field. In the stretch Bambino Glide sprinted away from that rival under his own power to a two and a quarter length decision. Crosby's Clam Bake may have secured a final berth with his third place finish after being a judges scratch from the first leg. Julie Miller is the trainer and Kapiledo Singh and Shakoor's Racing Stable share ownership of the winner is will look for the series sweep as the likely favorite in next Saturday's $60,600 final. The second division saw Banker Volo prevail over Amigo Ranger in a photo. Amigo Ranger was a leg one winner in first over fashion and new driver Jimmy Morrill seized the opportunity afforded by the short field to steal easy fractions on the lead, aided by Ashes Cash and Explosive Action both going off stride before the half. Banker Volo sat the pocket throughout and tipped out head stretch for Marcus Miller to engage the leader. It took the length of the stretch, but Banker Volo did get his nose on the wire first in 1:55.2. Amigo Ranger was gallant in defeat and March Awareness rewarded the hunch players with the show dough. Erv Miller trains the talented Yankee Glide five year old for Mystical Marker Farms, Peggy Hood and Paymaq Racing. A series of upsets on the second-half of the card, included a 24-1 Team Orange Crush shocker in the 7th with Bambino Hall, ignited a massive Late Pick 4 payout of $14,209.80 from the pool of $66,901, yielding just four winning tickets. This marked the fourth time on the meet where the Late Pick 4 returned over $10,000 for the pool that has returned an average payout of over $8,000 so far in 2014. The Late Pick 4 returns Saturday with its customary $50,000 guaranteed pool. Featured on the Saturday program is the Final of The Winter Survivor Series and the second round of the Clyde Hirt. Post time is 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

Cagnes sur mer conducted its final trotting card during the winter season at the seaside racetrack last evening. The featured Grand Prix de Vincennes went to Italy's Pablo di Jesolo and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The six year-old son of Daguet Rapide, from Armbro Judy by Speedy Crown, scored in 1.15.2kr over 2925 meters. He defeated the Italian mare No Man's Land teamed by trainer Pipo Gubellini. No Man's Land is entered to race against Mack Grace SM, Linda di Casei and others on March 16 at Padova. 6 17.35 - PR. GR.PR.PADOVANELLE C.NAZ. E 45.100 mt 1640   1 LINDA DI CASEI 1640 A.Gocciadoro 2 NO MAN'S LAND " P.Gubellini 3 NOBLE NORD FRO " A.Farolfi 4 I AM GRIF " M.Cheli 5 ORLEANS OM " G.Lombardo Jr 6 NAPOLEON BAR " E.Bellei 7 MACK GRACE SM " R.Andreghetti 8 PAPANDREU " V.P.Dell'Annunziata 9 PER AMORE GUAL " M.Barbini 10 PANCOTTINA BAR " Fr.Facci  March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Prix de Vincennes, International, £90,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr 1st Pablo di Jesolo (5m Daguet Rapide-Armbro Judy-Speedy Crown), Roberto Andreghetti up for G. Casillo trainer and owner Scuderia GMC, 16/1, Italy 2nd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-Aj's Baby Doll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, for owner Scuderia Gardesana, breeder J-Et. Dubois, 29/1, Italy 3rd Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illiria Bella), Anthony Barrier for J-P Marmion, 5.5/1 4th Conrads Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida), Erik Adielsson for Jorma Niskanen trainer, 11/1, Sweden 5th Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia), Frank Nivard up, 2.3/1 odds A co-feature on the Cagnes sur mer card, the Prix de Saint-Malo, went to Sweden's Jacky Glide as she scored in 1.15.4kr over 2925 meters. The daughter of Jag de Bellouet was handled by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Saint-Malo, European, 33,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.15.4kr 1st Jacky Glide (8f Jag de Bellouet-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4.4/1 odds, her 12th win for 205,674e, owner Thorsson and Adielsson AB, Sweden 2nd Ulysse de Curges (6g Gabor Star-Idole de Curgies), Christophe Martens up for Erik Prudhon trainer, 6/1 3rd Orechetto Jet (6m Supergill-Frutute Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mlle. Stephanie Catherine Lepetit, 2.5/1 odds, Italy In Belgium, Hippodrome Wallonie (Mons Ghlin) conducted an eight race evening program. Of interest was a win by Angel Dark in the Prix Chanly over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son on Look de Star scored in 1.14.6kr for driver Johanna Lindqvist, his first win in only two starts after qualifying at Grobois. The winner is trained by Anders Lindqvist, who is co-owner with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable in the USA. Early morning on Saturday the Australian Trotting Grand Prix took place at Melton and was simulcast on the PMU network. Win-place handle totaled over £80,000 and the win was recorded by New Zealand's Stent, a son of Dream Vacation, reined by Colin Defilippi. Two US bred players were in the field with Myhighexpectations, a son of Ken Warkentin, ending third. March 14, 2014, Melton, Australian Trotting Grand Prix, International, 72,590e, 2240 meters autostart 1st Stent NZ (6g Dream Vacation-Belle Galleon), Colin J. Defilippi trainer/driver, 4.6/1 odds 2nd Aleppo Midas AUS (7f Sundon-Insulated), K.E. Manning driver, Michelle Eastin trainer, 18.9/1 3rd Myhighexpectations USA (7m Ken Warkentin-Kovel-Garland Lobell), David Aiken trainer/driver Unplaced was Kyvalley Blur USA (6g Chocolatier-Duo Val Car), C. Lang driver, USA breeder M.C. Cone by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Anticipating Sunday's 1609 meters autostart (one mile) Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sprinters have emerged at Cagnes sur mer to contest mile distance events. Today three such races took place with two won by Italy's invaders Oronte di Cesato in 1.11.9kr in the Prix de Bologne and Onorio in the Prix de Pise timed in 1.11.7. The other sprinter race, the Prix de Naples, went to Quezio de Cayola in 1.13.2 as that veteran defeated a group of claimers in the Prix de Naples. March 7, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Bologne, 25,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.11.9kr (1:55.68) 1st Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran-Lurabo Blue), Roberto Andreghetti, 1.9/1 favorite, 20th career win for 93,815e lifetime earned, (Italy) 2nd Okay Dei Ronchi (6g From Above-Filu of Brown-Lemon Dra), Eduardo Baldi, 7.3/1, (Italy) 3rd Only One Glory (6m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar-Indro Park), Eduardo Moni, 30/1, (Italy) March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Naples, 16,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.13.2kr (1:57.83) 1st Quezio de Cayola (10g Cezio Josselyn-Deesse du Plessis-Sebrazac), Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer/owner Benjamin Goetz, 5.1/1, his 13th win for 318,348e in lifetime earnings. 2nd Quiet du Chene (10g Horse du Chene-Flo du Chene-Florestan), Yannick A. Briand up, 2/1 odds 3rd Sam Turgot (8m Look de Star-Kalinka d'Arbaz-Tarass Boulba), Lorenzo Baldi up, 82/1 4th Quoriace Stop (10m Horse du Chene-Herado Chene-Nobody de Retz), Jean-Christophe Sorel up for owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist, 54/1 March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Pise, 25,000e, females, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.11.7kr (1:55.40) 1st Onoria (6f Pine Chip-Noega-Ghendero), Andrea Forolfi up, 1.7/1, (Italy), her 22nd victory for 91,394e earnings 2nd Olivia di Casei (6f Love You-Zinia di Casei-Lemon Dra), 21/1, (Italy), Andrea Guzzinati up 3rd Orki Dea Dus (6f Conway Hall-Antartide Dus), Enrico Bellei up, 3.5/1, (Italy) 4th Open (6f Uronometro-Zufola), Dominik Locqueneux up, 20/1, (Italy) At Gelsenkirchen in the Prix de la Cote d'Azur, Robin Bakker piloted the Paul Hagoort trained Diamond to victory. The gelded son of Classic Photo, from the Yankee Glide mare Gala dei Bessi, scored in 1.14.9kr over 2000 meters autostart. The top three finishers represented Holland. March 7, 2014 Gelsenkirchen, Prix de la Cote d'Azur, 7,000e, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.14.9kr 1st Diamond (4g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort trainer, 2.5/1 (Holland), fourth career win for 12,200e 2nd Crazy Lover (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Kathleen Dragon-Super Way), Robbin Bot, 10/1 (Holland) 3rd Dream Well (4f Love You-Resi Bes), Rudolf Pools up, 11/1 (Holland) Gelsenkirchen, Germany by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a breeding to Guccio as part of our stallion breeding auction.  This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to be full and closed very shortly.   The world champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4,1:51.1f ($1,021,809) begins stud duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana.  He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season.    Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Guccio is a son of Yankee Glide and the $181,000 winner Southern Senorita. He showed talent early as a 2-year-old, taking a mark of 1:55.4 as a freshman and winning the Champlain. He became one of the top contenders of his generation as a 3-year-old and missed winning the $1.5 million Hambletonian by a neck. His 3-year-old record of 1:52.1 was earned via a victory in a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile and then as a 4-year-old in 2013 he trotted to his personal best of 1:51.1f, establishing a world record for 4-year-old trotters.   “Guccio is a very classy and beautiful horse and one of my personal favorites,” said Takter.   “He is a world champion and a perfect racehorse in every way.  It was our plan to race in Europe in 2014 had this opportunity for him to enter the stud not developed.  Indiana clearly has one of the most attractive regional programs and we do plan to breed to Guccio as I believe he has every quality to become an outstanding trotting sire.”   Income raised by the stallion auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted.    The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.   From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame  

Such trotting luminaries as Scarlet Knight and Commander Crowe have won the Gavle Stora Pris in past years, and even the likes of Prix d’Amerique winner Maharajah has  graced this field with his presence as recently as last year. But the cream of the Swedish elite have been plundering France over the past couple of months with the Lutfi Kolgjini-trained colt Olympic Kronos the latest to stick his hoof in the French cookie jar,  while On Track Piraten was second in the Prix de Plauteau de Gravelle on Thursday. Maharajah and Noras Bean won the two group one classics the Grand Prix d’Amerique and  Prix de France respectively while the likes of the Swedish trained Sanity, Global Manhattan and the ex-pat Beckman all winning big races in France this Winter Meeting. Back home Amaru Boko has looked to be finally fulfilling the potential he showed when winning the Group one E3 final over the likes of Duexieme Picsous, Kadett C.D. and Raja Mirchi in 2010. Then trained by Timo Nurmos, the stallion son of superstar French sire Coktail Jet   was third to Orecchietti and Wishing Stone in the Group one Sprintermasteren Final in 2011 and he has won at Gold Division level in the V75, including a win over Beanie M.M. in the Ego Boys Minne in August 2012. He followed that up with his biggest cheque as an open class horse a few weeks later when second to Sebastian K in the group one Sundsvall Open, a UET Masters Series race but his career stalled the next season with just one small win in 2013. But he returned after a four month break in 2014 in Robert Bergh’s stable and has looked a different horse, racking up three impressive wins in a row. Bergh seems to have found the key to the stallion and although he is attempting the three kilometre trip for the first time, should have the breeding to add the storied distance race to his CV. Montgomery Gel has won four of his last six races but has not won over this distance before, with a second and a third his best efforts  in seven attempts at the 3km staying race. Timo Nurmos usually has Jorma Kontio on board the son of jag de Bellouet but  has engaged top Swedish drive Bjorn Goop. The Swedish champ has driven the gelding nine times previously but the last time was in May last year and he has only won once, on his second drive on the horse in September 2009. Francais du Gull, another son of Jag de Bellouet, was third in this race last year and has the credentials to really test this field while Svante Bath’s Labero Broline (Pine Chip)and Ake Lindblom’s Winning Love (Love You) are also getting support in early markets.. GÄVLE STORA PRIS Gävle 2014-02-22   3140m 33,642 euros 1  Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren   Tr: Erik Lindegren              2 Trustworthy Ås (g   Dream Vacation - Keep the Word) Dr:   Henrik Svensson  Tr:  Henrik Svensson    3 My Golden (m   Adams Hall - Lady Wall Star) Dr:   Kajsa Frick   Tr: Leif Witasp            4 Tidied Accelerator (g   Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr:   Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander             5  Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural) Dr:   Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth             6  Yanantin Boko ( v   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko) Dr:   Olle Alsén   Tr: Olle Alsén    7  Winnng Love (h   Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr:   Åke Lindblom   Tr: Åke Lindblom               8   Amaru Boko (h   Coktail Jet - Sue Boko) Dr:   Robert Bergh   Tr: Robert Bergh              9    Kaka (h   November - Elegance Real) Dr:   Torbjörn Jansson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson            10  Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr:   Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson          11 Clear Sign (g   Smok'n Lantern - Atas Nice Sun L) Dr:.   Ulf Ohlsson   Tr: Henrik Svensson              12 Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina) Dr:   Björn Goop   Tr: Timo Nurmos     Dave Sanders

The World Champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4, 1:51.1f ($1,021,809) has been retired to study duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season and a limited number of shares in the stallion are available for purchase. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Guccio is a son of Yankee Glide and the $181,000 winner Southern Senorita. He showed talent early as a 2 year old, taking a mark of 1:55.4 as a freshman and winning the Champlain. He became one of the top contenders of his generation as a 3 year old and missed winning the $1.5 million Hambletonian by a mere neck. His 3-year-old record of 1:52.1 was earned via a victory in a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile and then as a 4 year old in 2013 he trotted to his personal best of 1:51.1f, establishing a new World Record for 4-year-old trotters. "Guccio is a very classy and beautiful horse and one of my personal favorites," said Takter. "He was an exceptional individual when we purchased him as a yearling and he proved to be everything we hoped for and more and we went back and bought his full brother last fall for over $100,000...he is a World Champion and a perfect racehorse in every way. It was our plan to race in Europe in 2014 had this opportunity for him to enter the stud not developed. Indiana clearly has one of the most attractive regional programs and we do plan to breed to Guccio as I believe he has every quality to become an outstanding trotting sire." For more information about purchasing shares, please contact Jeff Fought of Cornerstone Stock Farm at 260-463-1649 or Bob Boni of Northwood Bloodstock Agency at 201-863-2082. For booking information, contact Victory Hill Farm at 260-463-2442.        

DOVER, Del.---- Modern Family disposed of five rivals en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $20,000 over a "good" track on Wednesday, Feb. 5 feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a driving four-bagger but the spotlight belonged to the USHWA 2013 Driver of the Year, Tim Tetrick, who returned to racing following his recent hip surgery and won two races on the program. Daryl Bier guided Modern Family into the lead at the quarter and led throughout the mile posting his 14 career victory in 39 starts and $283,822 in purses. Bier, Charles Dombeck and Rich Poillucci own the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva horse. Allan Davis driving Enrico AS closed quickly on the outside to take second while veteran Green Day and Vic Kirby hustled along the passing lane for a close-up third. Trace Tetrick drove two winners and his second came in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot behind Jersey Boy, a Yankee Glide-Atlanta Games gelding, a 1:56.2 winner. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) came within a head of the winner to finish second. Baximum (Bier) closed for third. Powerful Charger (Tim Tetrick) was fourth. Jersey Boy is trained by Ed Gannon for Dom Costanzo, Yannick Gingras and Dawn Gannon. It was his first win of 2014 in four starts. 11-1 Amiga Valley got up for Montrell Teague's second winning drive. Trained by Brian Wessells for Mike Mammes, the Amigo Hall-Crysta's Chip mare closed along the passing lane to edge Royal Malinda (Ross Wolfenden) in 1:56 to win a $12,500 conditioned trot. Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) was the show horses. After driving Haulin Laser to third-place in a $9,000 trot won by brother Trace, after Tim Tetrick reined Powerful Charger to a fourth, Tetrick said, "I was a little rusty, but it won't take long to get back. Tim last raced in December before hip surgery. $30,000 feature Thursday A pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam. lead the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special headline events on another strong program, Feb. 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last Thursday, Dancin Yankee and Chris Page stepped up to win the week’s top pace, his third winner in a row for Baron Racing. Starting from post 8, William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises’ Special Forces became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week in January will be driven by the sport and meet’s leading driver Corey Callahan. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N finished second for Ross Wolfenden while Special Forces had to settle for third after a long overland journey. Adventure Bound, driven by Ron Pierce for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has been close all meet long but hasn’t registered a feature-race win since early December. Howard Taylor’s recently acquired GD Airliner has a win, second and a third in his last three outings. Jonathan Roberts will drive him from the rail with JLRL’s Rock On Moe, handled by George Dennis, alongside. Completing the lineup are Ken Duffy, Mystical Marker Farms, Shim and Paymaq racing’s A Cool Card with Trace Tetrick and Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford Jr. A pair of recent $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap winners, Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Daryl Bier) and Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, leave from outside posts in the co-feature. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) gets a better post this week. The program favorite is J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page), a second-place finisher last week after two consecutive Open wins. The rest of the competitive field is made up by Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby), and Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick). Ken Wood and Minisink Farms’ Just Bettor, last week’s winner, lead nine to post in the $18,000 Open, four $15,000 Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the 15-race program.  by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

East Rutherford, NJ --- Emeritus Maximus, who was purchased for $248,000, was the sales topper Monday at the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls. Kevin McDermott bought the 4-year-old male pacer for brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. “He’s Roman, so I had to get him,” John Cancelliere said, laughing. “We’re from the same peninsula.” Emeritus Maximus was among three horses to sell for more than $200,000. Five-year-old male trotter Appomattox sold for $240,000 to Finland’s Reima Kuisla, with trainer Liisa Vatanen signing the ticket, and 4-year-old male pacer Wake Up Peter went for $210,000 to trainer Ray Remmen. A total of 17 horses sold for at least $80,000. Emeritus Maximus is a son of stallionRocknroll Hanover out of the mare Eternity’s Delight. He has won six of 35 career races and earned $292,305. His most recent victory was Jan. 18 at the Meadowlands, where he won by six lengths in 1:50.2. Last year, he won five times and banked $245,397 out of the stable of trainer Tony Alagna. He won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and an elimination for the Hempt Memorial. He finished second to Lucan Hanover in the New Jersey Classic and was third in the Matron Stakes. “We talked to a bunch of people and we kind of liked him, so we went for him,” Cancelliere said. “He’s got to race against some of the best horses out there; it’s as tough as it’s going to get. You’ve got some killers floating around out there (in the older pacer division) and he’s still a babe in the woods. But you always have high hopes.” Alagna’s stable also raced Wake Up Peter last season. A son of Rocknroll Hanoverout of the mare Lovely Lady, Wake Up Peter earned $307,091 despite going winless in 19 starts. No 3-year-old pacer in history has ever earned as much money while failing to win a race. For his career, Wake Up Peter has won three of 29 starts and earned $604,821. Last year, he was third in the North America Cup, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. “We liked the other horse better, Emeritus Maximus, but we couldn’t get him,” Remmen said. “We took a shot at this one. He fits some late closers here at the Meadowlands; maybe we can get a little money back. I think he’ll make a solid racehorse. “He doesn’t really match up with the good ones, we know that. But he’s solid. He raced against those good ones all year and he never really got his heart broken. A lot of horses would have called it off and said they were tired of chasing those horses, but he didn’t. He kept chasing them.” Appomattox, who won seven of 45 lifetime races and $407,858 out of the stable of Frank Antonacci, was the top selling trotter. He finished second to My MVP in the 2012 Kentucky Futurity final and was second to Market Share in that same year’s American-National. He is a son of Yankee Glide out of the mare Courtney Hall. Appomattox’s mother is a full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. “He’s just a gorgeous, good-looking, all-around nice horse,” Vatanen said. “He’s going to stay here for now and eventually he’ll probably be going overseas. He’s very well bred, he’s beautiful, and he stands good. There’s nothing bad to say about him.” Vatanen, who previously worked for trainerTrond Smedshammer and has been on her own for two years, didn’t expect Appomattox to go for such a high price. “We thought maybe $200,000, but (Kuisla) really wanted him. He’s got some nice horses at home, but he wants to own a very nice one over here. He’ll have a little bit of a break and we’ll go from there.” Breeder Steve Jones bought 5-year-old female pacer Big McDeal for $125,000. A daughter of McArdle out of the mare Ideal Gal, Big McDeal won 11 of 56 career starts and earned $818,544. As a 2-year-old, she won the Champlain Stakes and a division of the International Stallion Stakes by a head over American Jewel in a world record 1:50.2 at The Red Mile. At 3, she won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in a world record 1:49.1 at The Meadows. She finished second to Economy Terror in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Big McDeal is a half-sister to 2010 Empire Breeders Classic winner Galimony and her second dam, Before Sunrise, won the 1996 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. “She’s done racing,” Jones said about Big McDeal. “I’m going to send her to the farm and probably breed her to Somebeachsomewhere, but I haven’t really decided on that yet. “I’m just happy to get her. You never know what she’s going to do as a broodmare, but her mother has had three fillies that were all very nice fillies. She’s got everything going for her, in my opinion. She’s got great pedigree, great conformation, great racetrack performance. I don’t really know anything she doesn’t have.” Other horses to sell for at least $100,000 were female pacer Yagonnakissmeornot, male trotter Toss Cartwright and male pacer Sparky Mark. A total of 234 horses were sold for $5.97 million, bringing an average of $25,519. Those numbers were better than in 2013 when 206 horses brought $4.54 million and an average of $22,085. Pacing males topped the sale for the second straight year as 97 head sold for an average of $29,754. In 2013, 71 pacing males sold for an average of $29,341. To see all the results from Monday's sale, click here. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

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