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May 9, 2015 - Today’s featured Speedy Foster DIJ (600,000HUf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to the Finish import Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keep Praise-Prakas) for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos for owners Drimwind Zoll Kft. and Stall Magic Square. The winner is undefeated in three HU starts after arriving from Helsinki, today going wire to wire timed in 1.14.7kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Imre Fazekas ahead of Masterpiece and teamster Lajos Marton. The winner’s sire is by American Winner from Keystone Impala-Speedy Crown-Ima Lula and the excellent maternal family includes Keystone Crown, Fancy Donut, Fancy Crown, Honor Donut and Honor Bright. The KP secondary feature was the Templar Handicap (500,000HUf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) took the win in a well-rated 1.19.1kr for Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver for owners Drimwind 2011 Kft. and Ari Pylvalainen. Polemic and Open were next to the line. At LaCroise Laroche (France) this day, Best Dream (4m Goetmals Wood-Harricana) took the Prix de la Cote d’Opale (€20,000 purse, 2825 meters, 12 starters) for owner/trainer Jean Baudron and teamster Joseph Verbeeck. The open lengths victor was clocked in 1.16.2kr. At the same venue Athos d’Urzy (5m Ganymede-Perle d’Urzy-Cygnus d’Odyssee) scored in 1.14.6kr to take the Prix de l’Artois (€22,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 13 entrants) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse. At Wolvega the Criterium des 4ans Pays Bas (€17,600 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Europort Pride in 1.13.81kr for Kurt Rueges. Express Rapide was second for driver Rick Ebinge. Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2014 -- Piercewave Hanover, who already owned the national season's record for 2-year-old gelding trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, lowered that mark with a facile front-end victory in 1:56.1 in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The $233,008 event, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Billy Flynn, Lima Pride and Walter White taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double with Piercewave Hanover and Walter White among his five wins on the 16-race card. Piercewave Hanover established the former mark in a July 15 PASS split at The Meadows, when he was ahead at every call. He duplicated that feat Tuesday, meaning that he never has been behind in his two-race career. Will the son of Donato Hanover-Passionate Glide be as effective off the trot? Palone thinks he will be. "Every time you ask on him, he's got more trot for you," Palone said. "I think he'll be even better chasing. He's very lethargic on the lead -- you have to talk to him the whole way. But he's always willing to give you more. The first time he has to track down a really good horse, he'll love it. Big future, I think." Explosive Drama was 1-1/2 lengths back in second, with Keystone Bodacious third. Chris Oakes trains Piercewave Hanover for Hauser Brothers Racing and J&T Silva Stables. Billy Flynn extended his career unbeaten streak to four when he jogged on the front end for Brett Miller in 1:56.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than My Cousin Vinnie. Bighandsbiggloves earned show. As is his custom, Billy Flynn bore out in the stretch, but Staffan Lind, who trains the son of Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones for Bender Sweden Inc., continues to regard that as a non-issue. "He still had the ear plugs in. This was easy for him today," Lind said. "He trots perfect. When we get on a big track, we'll gear him a little bit differently, and he'll be straight." Lima Pride atoned for a break in the Arden Downs when he vaulted to the lead for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt and triumphed in 1:57.2. Shoot The Thrill was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Pierre third. "I don't know why he broke last race," Svanstedt said, "but in his first race, he hit the sulky, and I thought he did the same last race. So today we had a higher and wider bike, and he didn't hit it." Top Ten Racing Stable owns Lima Pride, a son of Muscle Massive-Pacific Legacy who has captured both his PASS starts. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, converted claimer Boytown made it four straight with a 9-1, Lightning Lane victory for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Chelsey Wibert in a career-best 1:52.4. Tall Cotton finished second, 1/2 length back, while Better Caviar completed the ticket. The 5-year-old American Winner-P Town Girl gelding now boasts $254,658 in lifetime earnings. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday with a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2014 -- Boytown, a converted claimer taking his first shot in tougher company, made it look easy Tuesday at The Meadows by winning his third consecutive start in a $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Trainer Chelsey Wibert grabbed Boytown for her own account following his most recent victory in a $25,000 claimer and moved him up in class. He responded beautifully for Tony Hall, scoring at 9-1 from post 7 in 1:53.1, a career best. Although his margin of victory over Big And Little was officially a neck, he was geared down for most of the stretch. Redder Than Red finished third. The 5-year-old American Winner-P Town Girl gelding boosted his lifetime bankroll to $244,658. Dave Palone drove five winners and Hall three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) capped off an excellent racing day and weekend at Axevalla, today also an extra V75 wagering card. Johan Untersteiner drover the winner to a 1.13.7kr victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner,  who had quite a great day as he recorded five more wins within the V75. The 2640 meter autostart event was worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner in this StoChampiontet for four year-old females. Neona Princess recorded her 11th career win now for earnings of 2,267,360SEK. She has three wins and three second place finishes in eight 2014 starts. Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ's Caviar) was second for Johnny Takter in a close battle to the line. The outstanding card also featured victories by the following: M.T. Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver for Misty Trotting AB. Snabba Cash (4g Ready Cash0Scarlet Diablo-Pine Chip) in 1.14.kr over 2140 meters turning start to earn 110,000SEK for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Speediablo AB. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) in 1.13.2kr for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. He was a photo-finish winner for his fourth score in seven career appearances. Perfect Cash (4f Ready Cash-Icy Shadow-Starchip Enterprise) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.1kr in this StoChampiontet Consolation over 2140 meters autostart. The victory was worth 100,000SEK to owner KAK Forvaltning AB. Rigatoni (4f Deweycheatumnhowe-Canneloni-Mack Lobell) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann as they earned 100,000SEK for owner Team SHF-Easy. Rigatoni scored in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters turning start. Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner for owner Torn Roger. The winner scored in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart for her fourth win in eight starts in 2014, and this victory earned 100,000SEK. US-bred Proud Victory Rose (6m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner) also posted a victory today worth 50,000SEK to owner Victory Racing Stable and reinsman Hakan B. Johansson. He scored in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, his third 2014 win in five outings. Yesterday at Axevalla, the Silver Division (125,000SEK to the winner) over 1640 meters autostart, went to Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) in 1.11kr for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and owner Stall Ignarus. He scored his fifth 2014 win in eight starts and he's now 11 for 33 lifetime. US-bred Sandrngham Hanover was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp, this one is a seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover. The three year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell, Michelangelo As, won for Johnny Takter in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters turning start. This promising colt now has three wins and two seconds in six career starts, all in 2014. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel was the featured event on today's noon-day card at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000 euro purse drew a field of nine five-year-olds traveling 2175 meters. The hotly contested, hot-paced event went to Very Nice Marceaux, craftily reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent. The 4/1 odds winner took the inside path before escaping heavy traffic into the homestretch. There Vercruysse found a way out and once fee the son of Jag de Bellouet responded rapidly to just nip Voltigeur de Myrt and teamster Eric Raffin on the line, timed in 1.10.9kr. Favored Village Mystic led the field into the stretch and held third for Louis Baudron. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.10.9kr finish 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse up, trainer Gregory Laurent, 4/1 2nd Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois), Eric Raffin for trainer R. Donati, 6.3/1 3rd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.8/1 favorite 4th Valse Darling (5m Prodigious-Fly Darling), Julien Dubois up, 26.7/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Mme. D. Mottier, 9.2/1 The undercard was worth watching as well. Trainer Marco Smorgon sent Sister Dany Bar to the Prix d'Istres, a European eligible event for 65,000e. Anthony Barrier catch-drove the favored winner, a three year-old daughter of Love You from Red Hot Action by American Winner and a full sister to Le Dany Bar, a Smorgon trained winner of over US$667,000. Red Hot Action is a daughter of Crysta's Girl (Crysta's Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish). Video Chip is a full sister to Grand Circuit winning Bolla. Sister Dany Bar dispatched 13 rivals with her 1.15.4kr score as the favorite. June 7, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Istres, 65,000e, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500; 1.15.4kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas, Italy, 7/10 favorite, her sixth win for €79,398 2nd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuelle Allard trainer/driver, 59.3/1 3rd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 9.6/1 Jean-Michel Bazire enjoyed another fine day with wins handling Ave Avis and United Back, a pair he also trains. Ave Avis, a son of Kesaco Phedo scored in 1.14.2kr as 9/10 favorite, to easily defeat Arlington Dream and Amensito. Bazire's other winner, as the .5/1 favorite, was United Back in the 50,000e Prix de Villeneuve Sur-Lot. Summaries follow. June 7, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Prix du Dauphine, 58,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.16.3kr at 1500; 1.15.1kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Ave Avis (4m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis-Tenor de Baune), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite and easy winner, fifth win for 104,930e 2nd Arlington Dream (4m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire, 1.6/1 3rd Amensito (4m Love You-Carmensita), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trainer, 27.6/1 June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, 50,000e, European, 2700 meters, 18 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500; 1.13.6kr finish 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 0.5/1 favorite, 14th win for 206,630e 2nd New Way (7g Uronometro-Elsinor Princess), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens, 12.4/1, Italy 3rd Orient Horse (6m Abano As-Irma del Rio), Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 12.8/1, Italy The day's Quinte+ went to Global Manhattan handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The impressive winner led much of the way, was headed out of the final turn only to rally back for a length victory in 1.14.3kr. The son of Love You from Devilish Yankee by Yankee Glide earned his 21st career win for earnings now over 531,000e. Lobell Countess nailed down the second spot over a game Beckman that fought bravely from the death seat. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Quercy, 85,000e, European, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3.45 million Fractions: 1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500; 1.14.3kr finish Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Eric Raffin for Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Sharon AB, 6.9/1, 21st win for 531,455e 1st Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Dominik Locqueneux for Peter J. Strooper, 14.8/1 2nd Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, 2.3/1 3rd Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Pierre Vercruysse up for Vincent Lacroix, 26.7/1 4thMint Kronos (8m Love You-Zamia FC), Anthony Barrier, Fabrice Souloy trainer, 65.6/1 Lastly, the 65,000e Prix Gien went to Bold Eagle, a son of Ready Cash driven by Jean-Etienne Dubois, his owner/trainer. Bazire was second with pacesetter Brosses Troubadour as even-money choice among the punters. The winner is from a Love You-Hippodamia mare, with Hippodamia the dam of €100,000 plus winners Pancho Villa and Quai Bourbon. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Gien, 65,000e European, 2700 meters, 15 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 4.9/1, sixth win for 81,800e 2nd Brosses Troubadour (3m Showtime Bourbon-Houri de Malte), J-M Bazire up, 1/1 favorite 3rd Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin aboard, 25.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

US import Beer Summit took today's Berth Johanssons Memorial at Umaker, Sweden for driver Ulf Ohlsson. The five-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.13.3kr over the 2140 meters autostart course to record his eighth career success. Blended Scotch and Quid Pro Quo trailed the winner. The race could produce an Elitloppet starter. Beer Summit joins an exceptional group of winner of this race including 2014 Prix d'Amerique victor Maharajah. On the same card another US import, Hard Livin, scored in the Gold Division for Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. The son of SJ's Caviar is a consistent upper level performer in Sweden and today he was victorious in 1.11.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance. May 10, 2014 Umaker SWE, Berth Johanssons Memorial, 200,000SWEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.3kr 1st Beer Summit (5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl), Ulf Ohlsson up, his eighth win in 35 outings for earnings of 3,242,011SEK 2nd Blended Scotch (5f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit), Per Linderoth the reinsman 3rd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson up on this winner of 11 in 28 starts for 4,374,707SEK PRIOR WINNERS 2013-04-27 David Sisu h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious Johnny Takter Petri Salmela 1.12,8a 2140 18.62 150 000 Panne de Moteur On Track Piraten 2012-04-28 Formula One h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of Erik Adielsson Stig H Johansson 1.12,4a 2140 1.78 200 000 Kadett C.D. Haraldinho 2011-04-30 Caballion h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick Fredrik B Larsson Henrik Larsson 1.12,6a 2140 6.00 200 000 Select Yankee Monster Drive 2010-04-24 Maharajah h Viking Kronos - Chili Khan Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 1.13,4a 2140 1.08 200 000 Calamara Donna Lord Capar May 10, 2014 Umaker SWE, Gold 200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 1.11.4kr 1st Hard Livin (7m SJ's Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream), Daniel Reden trainer/driver 2nd David Sisu (6m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner), Ulf Ohlsson up 3rd Trustworthy As (10g, Dream Vacation-Keep the Word-Nevele Pride), Henrik Svensson the driver by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Well Built looks to bounce back from going off stride in the Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold on April 26 when he faces 10 rivals in Friday's $51,543 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Part of a Chris Ryder-trained entry with Walk The Walk, Well Built is 7-2 on the morning line and will start from post No. 1 with driver John Campbell. The field also includes, in post order, Sarcastic Man, It Really Matters, Lukas Hall, Deweykeepumnwhy, Keystone Wasabi, Who Wants Soup, Hot Type, Flyhawk El Durado, Trixton, and (from the second tier) Walk The Walk. Trixton is the 5-2 morning line favorite from post 10. Last year, Well Built won a division of the Simpson and his elimination for the Matron Stakes. He is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who was the 2009 Horse of the Year, and his dam is Working Girl, who is a half-sister to stakes-winner Poster Pin Up. "He got jammed up in the Dexter," said Ryder, who owns Well Built with Robert Mondillo. "I was mortified about that. But he's fine; he's training fine. "I like the horse. He's got good speed. He doesn't usually make a break. I'm not going to say he's reliable - he was just unreliable - but he shouldn't have made a break. He had a horse alongside him and got a little anxious." Walk The Walk, owned by Ryder, Mondillo, Sidney Korn and Max Wernick, was unraced as a 2-year-old. The son of Muscle Hill-Letsjustalkaboutme has won two of four starts and $13,500 this season. "He's coming out of weaker company, but I like him," Ryder said. "He just didn't make it last year. He was ouchy last year, a big growthy horse. But here he is. I like the horse. He's alright. He might be a little understaked for what I think he might be, but we'll see. He's still immature. He'll be a good 4-year-old, I think." Ryder's Odds On Amethyst, owned by Diamond Creek Racing, is not eligible to the Simpson and is preparing for the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 16 at the Meadowlands. The gelding is a son of Muscle Hill out of the standout mare Mystical Sunshine, who was trained by Ryder during her racing career. "I'm really looking at the Hambletonian with that horse," Ryder said about stakes-winning Odds On Amethyst, who made his 2014 debut on May 2 by winning in 1:53.2. "I'm not going to say he's a top one, but he's got a shot. I think he's going to improve on his (1):53. I know he's going to have to, but I think he will. If he gets much better he's right there. "He's been a bit of a problem child. He's his own worst enemy," Ryder added. "The last two or three weeks he's improved. He's starting to realize he's a racehorse." Trixton, the Simpson favorite, finished second to Odds On Amethyst on May 2, also in his seasonal debut. Trixton is a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994. Trixton's family also includes past stars Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall. Flyhawk El Durado, trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, was the New York Sire Stakes champion last season and also captured a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. He finished third in the May 2 race that included Odds On Amethyst and Trixton. Sarcastic Man, bred and owned by Bob Key, won the Dexter Cup elimination on April 26 at Freehold Raceway. He finished fifth in the final after getting stuck outside for the entire mile from post eight. Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Gail Wrubel. Sarcastic Man is 4-1. Lukas Hall is owned by New Meadowlands Racing Chairman Jeff Gural and former New York Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet. His second dam is stakes-winner Mars Bar, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. Trained by Kevin McDermott, he won twice on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last season. Keystone Wasabi, owned by Peter Gerry's Kitefield Stable, last year won a Landmark Stakes for trainer Janice Connor and won twice on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. * * * Dexter Cup winner Sumatra will get the weekend off and then head to the New Jersey Sire Stakes. "It's early in the year and I just thought we'd point him toward the sire stakes," trainer Tom Fanning said. "Really, the Simpson was going to be my starting point with him, but when he was ready early, we put him in the Dexter; I thought that was a good start. He did well and we just want to keep him fresh and be good all year. "We're just looking long term." Sumatra fits a similar profile as Possessed Fashion, a now 4-year-old trotter for the Fanning Stable and owned by Joseph Smith, as is Sumatra. Possessed Fashion was an $87,000 purchase late in his 2-year-old season who made $230,780 as a 3-year-old. Fanning cited the success of keeping that horse calm and relaxed by frequent turnout with another gelding from his stable. He's not quite ready to try that strategy with Sumatra, who has won six of 13 races and $169,095 lifetime. "We just gelded (Sumatra) in December and he's really still kind of a tough guy," Fanning said. "He's not quite as ready to get along with others yet." He then laughed and joked, "If I could have a nice, big Belgian draft horse that could just put a thumping on him one day, then he'd be OK after that. That's what he needs." * * * Rockingcam Park is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Friday's Reynolds Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands. She starts from post No. 6 for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Starting inside of Rockingcam Park will be, from post one, McVita Bella, Blixtra, A La Notte Hanover, Gettingreadytoroll, and Fanticipation. To her outside are I Need Hotstuff, JK Molly, and Table Talk. Rockingcam Park won last week's four-horse Simpson Stakes, beating Ken Doll J by a nose in 1:53.2. It was her first start of 2014 after winning three of 10 races and $67,378 last year. "That was a nice win," Coyne said. "Last year was kind of a mixed bag. It's nice when you have a filly that you have a lot of hopes for, but she found herself in some unlucky spots and things didn't turn out the way we dreamed." Rockingcam Park finished second to Precocious Beauty in a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and was second in a division of the Reynolds. She went off stride in the She's A Great Lady Stakes and drew post nine in the Breeders Crown, where she finished seventh. She also made a break in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. "She's got big ability and a lot of upside," Coyne said. "She's a nervous filly, but if she gets herself where she's squared away, she has a lot of talent. A lot of it is just mental maturity." The filly is owned by Rockingcam Park Stable, Blair Corbeil, Erna Corbeil, and J&T Silva Stables. She is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, the 2005 Horse of the Year, out of the Camluck-sired mare Cameron D Art. She is a full sister to recent Clyde Hirt Series winner Avatartist. Her family also includes 2005 She's A Great Lady Stakes winner Little Miss K. "Blair has a passion for Camluck broodmares," Coyne said. "That's the reason we looked at her. She was nice sized and stood correct; I couldn't fault her. We liked what we saw and took a shot." * * * The $33,516 Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters attracted a field of three horses and will be contested as a non-wagering event at 6:50 p.m. Friday at the Meadowlands. Annies List makes her 2014 debut, racing this season out of the stable of trainer Amber Buter after spending last year with Julie Miller. Annies List, who starts from post two, was purchased for $2,500 as a yearling and earned $92,969 for then-owner Andy Miller Stable. She is now owned by Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. In 2013, Annies List won four of nine starts, including the $50,000 Fall Harvest for 2-year-old filly trotters at Yonkers Raceway and two legs of the New York Sire Stakes. Sweetie Hearts, owned by Bob Key, starts from post one for trainer Paul Reid. Sweetie Hearts, a homebred daughter of Angus Hall-Sweetheart K, has won four of 11 races and $56,505 in her career. Her family includes Key's 1993 Hambletonian winner American Winner. Thisgirlisonfire leaves from post three with driver/co-owner Jeff Gregory at the lines for trainer Linda Toscano. Gregory owns the filly with William Richardson. A daughter of Angus Hall-Back On Track, she will be looking for her first career win in her 10th start. She finished second in a division of the Reynolds last year. By Ken Weingartner and Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Two emerging three year-olds won today’s feature contests at Paris-Vincennes, both from outstanding pedigrees. Marco Smorgon’s trainee Sister Dany Bar took the Gr. III Prix Fana for fillies over 2700 meters for a purse of €65,000. Eleven starters faced the gate, including daughters of Donato Hanover and Cantab Hall. Anthony Barrier steered Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) to a rallying victory in 1.15.5kr, her fifth success for earnings of €50,168 for owner Scuderia 4 AB Srl. Off at 4/1 she defeated 23/1 outsider Bianca d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Gelina d’Atout-And Arifant) with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Third went to the Jerome Ruaults driven, Philippe Allaire trained Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You and fourth to Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee) handled by Robin Bakker. The €35,000 Prix Anahita for colts also covered 2700 meters. Twelve starters lined up and it proved to be an easy conquest for Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You) with catch-driver Roberto Andreghetti. This pair took the lead early, rated the pace, and sprinted home to win in 1.15.1kr, the last 500 meters in an impressive 1.10kr. That closing speed enabled Buvetier to draw clear from Bon Copain (3m Love You-Hetre Vert) handled by Eric Raffin and Beijing Pearl (3m Repeat Love-Lady Pearl-Blue Dream) third for trainer/driver R.C. Larue. The winner was bred by Ecurie D, is owned by Jean-Pierre Dubois, and trained by Patrick Chevrier. Buvetier won for the second time in four lifetime starts, now for earnings of €26,650. The winner was off at 9/2 odds. May 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Fama, Gr. III European females, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.16.3kr at 500, 1.15.5kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for Marco Smorgon, 4/1 odds, fifth win for €50,168 2nd Bianca d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Gelina d’Atout-And Arifant), Mathieu Mottier up, 2.3/1 3rd Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults for Philippe Allaire, 5/1 4th Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee), Robin Bakker up for P.J.P. Hagoort, 7/1 odds Sister Dany Bar is from the American Winner mare Red Hot Action (American Winner-Crysta’s Girl-Crysta’s Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish-Amity Hill), she also dam of La Dany Bar (1:56.2, $667,108) that Marco Smorgon successfully trained. The maternal family includes Shondi (1:57.5, $102,617), open and Grand Circuit performer JR’s Chip (1:57,2, $227,046 by Legend Hanover), Grand Circuit winning Bonefish son, Bolla (1:57.2, $302,616), Coaching Club Trotting Oaks winner AC’s Jennie, Walnut Hall Cup winner Rodney’s Best and the outstanding colt trotter and NY sire RC Royalty. Red Hot Action is 100% standardbred with a 13.7% inbreeding coefficient. Buvetier, the colt profiled below, is a pedigree contrast but with truly outstanding maternal family performance. May 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Anahita, €35,000, 2700 meters, males, 12 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You), Roberto Andreghetti up for Patrick Chevrier, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, Ecurie D breeder, 4.5/1 odds, second win for €26,650 2nd Bon Copain (3m Love You-Haie-Hetre Vert), Eric Raffin up for Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 6.5/1 3rd Beijing Pearl (3m Repeat Love-Lady Pearl-Blue Dream), R.C. Larue trainer/driver, 38/1 Buvetier is the second foal from the mare Rapide Aventure (Love You-Bahama-Quito de Talonay-Libyssa), she a winner of $293,330 with a 1:54.2 record, 56% French trotteur/44% standardbred with a 3.2% inbreeding coefficient. The second dam, Bahama, was a numerous graded event winner in Europe, she with earnings of $2,245,522 and a 1:56.1 record. Bahama is dam of Mercenaire (2:01.2, $179,316), Nouvelle Aventure (1:56.2, $362,506), Quelle Aventure (1:57.1, $440,366) and aforementioned Rapide Aventure. This maternal family also produced other European and north American performers including Reve d’Amerik (1:52.2, $474,784), La Star Dream (1:53.3, $325,631), Reve Avec Moi (1:56.4, $214,006), Intense America 1:54.4 (fastest two year-old I ever witnessed) and Belle Nana 1:54.4. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

When harness racing owner Bob Key was informed that Sarcastic Man drew post No. 8 for Saturday's $115,370 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway, a starting spot from which horses have won just 3.4 percent of 378 races at the half-mile oval, his reaction was as expected. "That's what you can call bad luck," Key said, laughing. Yet Key can look back through his own history in racing to find a reason for hope. In 1993, Key's American Winner started the Dexter Cup from post eight at Freehold and pulled out a neck win over Armbro Lexicon at odds of 51-1. American Winner went onto capture the million-dollar Hambletonian Stakes less than three months later. American Winner was driven by Ron Pierce. Sarcastic Man, who last weekend won the Dexter Cup elimination, will have Pierce in the sulky on Saturday. "Let's see if we can repeat it," Key said. "I like the way Ron is driving this horse, but he's going to have a tough time from (post eight). He's going to have to be Superman to win from there. "I just want to see him get a chance," he added. "I don't mind being first over and coming in last." Sarcastic Man, trained by Gail Wrubel, was bred by Key. The colt is a son of stallion Tom Ridge out of Key's mare Sass Away K. He has won three of 12 races this year and $46,926. He won the Dexter elim, from post seven, by 1-1/4 lengths over King City in 1:59.2. The Dexter Cup is the first major stakes test on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. If Sarcastic Man competes in the Hambletonian, he would be something of an oddity because of the number of starts he has made already. Last year, no horse entered the Hambletonian with more than 11 starts during his 3-year-old season; winner Royalty For Life entered with five. "Everyone now wants to point to the big race, but my attitude is that if a horse is ready, race him," Key said. "You never know what is going to happen (in the future)." Sarcastic Man is not Key's only Hambletonian hopeful. Key likes Skates N Plates, who last year won a division of the Simpson Stakes and finished second to Nuncio in the Matron Stakes, as well as Mister B's Way, who was unraced last year because of a fracture but qualified in 1:55.3 on April 15 at Spring Garden Ranch. Mister B's Way is a full brother to Key's female trotting star Win Missy B and half-brother to millionaire Winning Mister. "It would be unusual for a horse that never raced at (age) 2 to have a chance in the Hambo, but with his breeding I think we have a shot at it," Key said. As for now, though, Key is focused on Sarcastic Man. "I think we could have some fun with him this year," Key said. "He's a nice colt; I like him. It's going to be an interesting year." Following is the field in post order for the Dexter Cup, with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Sumatra, Brian Sears, Tom Fanning; 2. Derby, Jordan Stratton, Ray Schnittker; 3. Donato's Wish, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 4. King City, George Brennan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Sheer Action, Jeff Gregory, Ray Schnittker; 6. Dave Briggs, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter; 7. Consumer Rate, Daniel Dube, Rob Harmon; 8. Sarcastic Man, Ron Pierce, Gail Wrubel. Hambletonian eligible: Sumatra, King City, Dave Briggs, Sarcastic Man. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

After making a clean sweep of the Sire Stakes for his division at this meeting, the 4-year-old trotter Freedombird has added two more conditioned victories to the resume, including a dominating score at even-money with Luke Plano last weekend. "He's still a work in progress, but hes very game and all business when that gate starts rolling," trainer Gordie Graham related. "He likes to have a target, because when hes out in front he has a tendency to think his work is done. The key with trotters is to relax, and hes definitely getting there. Luke said when he moved with him the other night he only needed two fingers, which is a great sign. Hes late maturing and Im sure we havent seen his best yet. Freedombird is a son of Panama Hanover out of the diminutive Sacramento mare Kimmie Girl, an extremely popular performer who carried the banner of Walt and Patty Petersen. Like Freedombird, she retired with a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on her mantle. Gordie is an excellent trainer and Luke does a great job driving Freedombird, Patty related. This horse is very lucky to have them on his team. Patty reports that Kimmie Girl is at home right now and enjoying life. She has a 2-year-old filly named Pattycakepattycake by Claudius Augustus who is the process of being broken, Petersen informed. Shell come home during the break and be given some time to grow. She doesnt look a all like Kimmie, as she is very big but light on her feet and fleet of foot with a lot of spring in her step. Sounds like another nice trotter could be coming down the line. El Azteca puts streak on line in Open Trot El Azteca, who went over the $100,000 mark in earnings while registering his fourth straight victory two weeks ago, heads the cast set for Saturday nights featured $5,500 Open Handicap Trot at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. A 5-year-old son of Panama Hanover, El Azteca is owned, trained and was bred by Marco Rios and will have Luke Plano in the sulky. For the second straight time, he will be asked to get the job done from the demanding No. 10 post position this weekend. The razor-sharp performer won an Open Pace at 22-1 in June at Hoosier Park in a sparkling 1:55 with Scott Cisco at the controls, but then went to the sidelines until mid-January, when he returned with an easy win in an Open Handicap here with Tyler Smith driving. Luke Plano took over two weeks later and it was a curtain call for the Rios charge. El Azteca was then assigned that.10 post for his most recent tour on February 21 and was up to the task as the 1-2 choice. Plano dropped in early with the trotter, made a big move past the half and after opening five lengths in midstretch, came to the wire with a length and a half on Franks Best that evening. Owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson sends out the main threats in the uncoupled pair of Inside Broadway with James Kennedy giving directions and Franks Best with Mooney Svendsen at the controls. They are also half-brothers, both being out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. Franks Best was 3-5 when facing his stablemate last week, but it was Inside Broadway who got the barn bragging rights. He went right to the front for Kennedy and won easily, while Franks Best had too much work to do from last and had to settle for second money. Looking for an upset are Sharpshootennorris, who has the inside slot and Steve Wiseman guiding; High Dollar for Tim Maier; and Hellogottagobuhbye, who gives the Maier barn two looks at the outcome. The 14-race card will begin at 5:45 p.m. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness      

In part one of the story on Trevor Henry, the winningest driver based in Canada in 2013 with 529 victories, we noted that he had won at ten different Ontario racetracks, and that over half his winners circle pictures came at London, a 200-mile (322km) round-trip from his base in Arthur, Ontario. That’s a lot of time trucking up and down Route 6 and then either Route 7 or down to the 401 and over to London (assuming missing possibly-treacherous back roads, especially in winter). So it seemed a natural question to ask Trevor what kind of music he likes, what accompanies him on these long sojourns to keep him from “white line fever.” “Oh, I like all kinds of music,” he replied. What type of music does he listen to most traveling to and from the tracks? The answer was like a thunderbolt from this down-to-earth workaday horseman. “I listen to Howard Stern all the time,” Trevor Henry replied. Shannon Henry verifies this fact, “You and I may never understand it, but in that truck Trevor listens to the Howard Stern channel 24/7.” Sirius-ly! Henry says he sees parallels between himself and the celebrated “shock-jock”: “You know, you come down to it, he’s just a guy like me, trying to do a job, trying to do it the best he can.” While threading through a thin hole to get a horse clearance is somewhat “less” than the Wallenda act of balancing good taste into the funny/absurd/obscene (depending on your view of Mr. Stern), there is a certain resemblance there, a man out in the public eye, doing not the easiest of jobs but trying to do it the best he can. Those long rides with Howard also helped Trevor name a 2012 foal who is being pointed for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. A frequent Sternism is “Hey now,” a synonym for “hello” (which Stern actually borrowed from Jeffrey Tambor’s character on the Larry Sanders [television] Show), and when the name was brought up by Trevor, it seemed natural (to Shannon) to change the name of a horse one letter in the first name to HAY NOW – which is how you’ll know him if he has Keystone State success in 2014. (The “him” in that sentence bothers Henry: “We were hoping for a filly so we could breed her on, but we got a colt, and now we’ll hope he’s a good racehorse.”) Hay Now himself is the result of a “breeding philosophy” not often seen these days, starting with the-then 15-year-old mare whose name is French for “maple taffy.” “We have a mare named Tire Derable, and we had been bred her for ten years in Ontario. She’s had some very good foals, including TJ’s Mr Lavec, who won close to $600,000 for us and is probably the best homebred I’ve driven. “I know trainer Paul Taylor, and Paul always seemed to have a couple of colts in the Ontario stakes for owner Bob Key,” a well-known breeder/owner from Pennsylvania. “It was through Paul that I had the connection to Mr. Key, and we decided to breed Tire Derable to his stallion American Winner,” the 1993 Hambletonian winner (and thus 21 when bred to the mare). It’s a little late in reproductive lifetimes for both father and mother, but they cross well – Super Bowl (American Winner’s sire) and Speedy Crown both make more than one appearance fairly “up close” on both sides of the pedigree – and so far the colt has shown good ability: in fact, Henry was moved to call the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes office just before the end of the year to make sure that Hay Now had been paid in as a yearling. “The next six months can produce almost anything,” Trevor notes, but he seems quietly confident that the baby is doing things right and could be almost any kind of horse. Especially if he was a Teddy Be Ready. “That’s the toughest horse I ever drove, as tough as nails,” Henry said of the former track record at Orangeville, 1:58.2h – which may not sound like much now, but at the time in 1985 only one HMT track record in Canada was faster, Sudbury’s 1:57.2h produced by the free-for-all millionaire Perfect Out. “He’d always dig in and do his best.” Whether Hay Now belongs in the Teddy Be Ready altitude, proves himself a good or competent Sire Stakes horse, or whatever, he seems likely to bring Henry “over the border” for a couple of trips, so that Americans can rightly see and know of this brown-and-gold-clad star who has shined almost exclusively in Ontario for many years. And should he reach a Pennsylvania winners circle? And a certain tall, curly-haired gentleman in shades is waiting to great the winner? “HAY NOW!”…. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan) won today's Gold Division on the V75 card at Aby and may earn a Prix d'Amerique try once again. The veteran scored in 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters for driver Stefan Soderkvist and owner Stall Asunden AB to earn 150,000SEK first money. He recorded his 17th career win in 67 starts and increased career earnings to 9.65 million SEK. Noras Bean raced in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique ending unplaced timed in 1.13kr over the 2700 meters. He has made only five starts since including today's victory over BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust) handled by Bjorn Goop and Montgomery Hill (10g SJ's Photo-Funny Hall-Mr. Vic) with Johnny Takter aboard. US exports Solvato and I'm The Answer finished 10th and 11th. Noras Bean last won on June 29th last year before today's solid effort. Other winners at Aby today included Moonshine Muscles (5f Muscles Yankee-Daliance-Andover Hall) in 1.14.3kr over 1640 meters for Peter Ingves and Nelson di Quattro (7g Ganymede-Jade Groenhof-Napoletano) with Madelen Beras up in 1.15.6kr over 2140 meters in a monte event. Nougat As (6g Striking Sahbra-Noblesse As-Mack Lobell) won the Silver Division worth 125,000SEK to the winner. He scored in 1.13.8kr for Johnny Takter. Fortune Again (5f Andover Hall-Fortuna Dream-American Winner) also won at Aby to earn 100,000SEK. She scored in 1.16kr over 2140 meters for owner ACL Stuteri, trainer Roger Walmann and reinsman Torbjorn Jansson. Yesterday at Romme, Dance Photo (10f SJs Photo-Dancing Trout-Dancers Victory) won in 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters for Ulf Ohlsson. The 2007 US export is owned by Sisyfos Breeders AB. At Solvalla, Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee) won in 1.14.7kr over 2140 meters for Johan Untersteiner. This one was a late fall 2013 import from the US by Stall Keeper. She recorded her second 2014 victory and fifth of her career. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

An Open Trot headed by stablemates Inside Broadway and Franks Best and a trio of $10,000 California Sire Stakes share the marquee Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo. A 15-race card is on tap with first post set at 5:20. The Open Trot goes as the eighth race on the evening, the Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies occupies the sixth spot while the other two stakes will be decided as non-betting events prior to the regular program. Inside Broadway started off the new year in winning fashion by capturing the top dance for the trotting set on January 3 for her owner/breeder/trainer Bob Johnson and regular pilot James Kennedy. He made a huge move down the backside to go from fifth to first and came home powerfully to seal the deal in a 1:58 flat performance. Franks Best is also owned, trained and was bred by Johnson and is a half-brother to Inside Broadway with both being out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. An earner of over $185,000 with a 1:56 2/5 career standard, the 7-year-old has several Invite wins at the meet and will once again be guided by Mooney Svendsen. Rounding out the field are Bet It All from the rail for Steve Wiseman; Rich Dessert with trainer Tim Maier in the sulky; El Azteca, to be guided by Tyler Smith; and Axel with Dave Siegel at the controls. The Sire Stakes for the sophomore pacing fillies will give that group their first added-money opportunity at the meeting. Trainer Junior Wilkinson will send out an uncoupled pair in Brewski, who has the inside slot with Tyler Smith; and Clara Bea with Chip Lackey at the helm. They will be challenged by Js Littlerockstar, Merlot, De Valeria and Perfect Pitch. The other two Sire Stakes are for the trotting set. Kimmie Girls offspring Freedombird looks to add another trophy to the mantle for trainer Gordie Graham and pilot Luke Plano in the 4-year-old affair, while Ahh Panama is among the major players in the 3-year-old contest. by Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Donato Hanover and Precious Bunny.   The other nominees were Fool's Goal, Real Desire and S J's Photo.   Also entering the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2014 will be broodmare Hattie, having met the required criteria for induction (see below).   Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny and Hattie will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 6th, 2014. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2014 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330.   Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria:   They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada).   Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.   BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner.   The 2014 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEEs   Donato Hanover (Nominated as Racehorse) 3,1:50.1 ($2,998,777) Bay Horse, 2004 (Andover Hall - D Train - Donerail)   2007 Hambletonian Stake winner and Horse of the Year Donato Hanover was the first trotter in history to earn more than $2 million in a single season. Foaled on May 3, 2004, he raced in 2006-2007 and never finished off the board, compiling a career record of 22-19-1-2. He is currently the fourth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time.   In 2006, two-year-old Donato Hanover finished third in his career debut, but would win his remaining 8 starts. The freshman earned $662,587 and was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Major victories included the Peter Haughton Memorial (in a stakes record 1:55) and Breeders Crown.   As a three-year-old in 2007, Donato Hanover would extend his winning streak to 19, remaining undefeated until his last 2 races in November. Major victories that year included the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Hambletonian Stake, World Trotting Derby, Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity. Donato Hanover earned $2,336,190 that year, and became the first trotter in the history of the sport to surpass career earnings of $2.5 million during his three-year-old season. He broke the single-season moneywinning record for a trotter by well over $400,000 and was voted 2007 Horse of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Donato Hanover held the record for the fastest trotting mile on a mile track (1:50.1) and co-owned the record for fastest two-heat trotting race on a mile track (3:41.2).   As a sire, Donato Hanover has produced winners of over $12.6 million, including 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown winner Check Me Out 3,1:51.2 ($1,903,795).   Precious Bunny (Nominated as Racehorse) p,3,1:49.4 ($2,281,142) Bay Horse, 1988 (Cam Fella - Bunny's Wish - B.G's Bunny)   1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny was foaled on May 6, 1988. At the time of his retirement, he ranked as the number one single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time (currently ranked ninth) and the fifth-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. Precious Bunny raced from 1990-1991 and had a lifetime record of 39-21-5-4.   As a two-year-old in 1990, Precious Bunny had 14 starts, winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finishing the season with a record of 1:57.2 and $63,920 in earnings.   In 1991, three-year-old Precious Bunny won 20 of 25 starts, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace (setting the stakes record in the second fastest race mile in harness racing history and fastest mile ever under the lights), Art Rooney Pace (stakes record), Adios (tying the stakes record and the world record for fastest mile by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track, and setting the world record for a second heat by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track - 1:50.4), Little Brown Jug (in straight heats with an electrifying start in the first), Cleveland Classic (stakes record), NJSS final and Windy City Pace.   With his Cleveland Classic victory, Precious Bunny became only the second Standardbred to earn over $2 million in a single season (Immortal Beach Towel 1990). He was the first to win two $1 million races in one season (North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace). Precious Bunny was voted Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt and Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.   As a sire, Precious Bunny has sired North American winners of over $50 million, with 181 in 1:55, 141 $100,000 winners and three millionaires, including 2001 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Bunny Lake. Precious Bunny was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.   HATTIE (Broodmare) p,2,1:55.3 ($266,623) Bay Mare, 1992 (Abercrombie - Albaquel - Albatross)   Sired by 1978 Horse of the Year Abercrombie, pacer Hattie was bred by Richard Staley and was foaled on February 9, 1992 in Wallkill, New York. Hattie raced from 1994-1996 and compiled a record of 57-8-13-17 with earnings of $266,623. Her major career victories included a division of the 1994 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington, and a second-place finish in the 1994 Breeders Crown.   The progeny that qualified Hattie for the Hall of Fame are 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover p,5,1:46.4 ($2,070,648); 2006 Western Canada Pacing Derby winner Hyperion Hanover p,6,1:49.1s ($1,156,789) and Hillbilly Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($592,218).   To date, Hattie has produced six fillies and seven colts, with thirteen starters and earnings of over $5,313,000. She is currently performing her broodmare duties for Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania.   (USTA statistics as of January 2014)   Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame                    

Two divisions of the opening leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series and an Open Trot featuring stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway get the marquee treatment Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap with first post set for 5:55 p.m. The action continues Saturday evening with the finale of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series and a filly/mare Invitational Pace holding the spotlight. Franks Best and Inside Broadway are not only both owned, bred and trained by Bob Johnson, but are half-brothers as they are out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. Franks Best is a 6-year-old by Armbro Scribe, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old with Broadway Hall being the sire. Franks Best comes into this assignment with $184,000 in his bank account and a 1:56 2/5 mark that was established at Running Aces last year. He has posed for snapshots following three of his last five appearances at this meet, romping home by five and a half-lengths at most recent asking with regular pilot Mooney Svendsen. Inside Broadway had his win streak snapped last time when asked to do his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. He had rattled off three straight impressive victories coming into that mile with James Kennedy at the controls, including a dead-heat with his half-brother in the November 29 Invitational. Axle is looking to make amends after finishing second as the 3-5 favorite in that last clash at the head of the division. The 4-year-old son of Hard Rock is conditioned by George Reider, who also co-owns with driver Dave Siegel, Bob Thronson and Greg Robinson. He has a victory and two runner-up finishes from his last three trips to the post here. Looking at the two divisions of the Budahn, High Dollar comes into the series having posed for pictures following three of his last four starts for owner Kent Fox and driver/trainer Tim Maier. Silverlode is also a nice fit under these conditions with a race under the belt for Vickie and Steve Desomer. BEGINNING THIS WEEK, THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE HAS BEEN RAISED TO $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Just Plum Lucky sports caring connections While Just Plum Lucky has been a little too comfortable with the minor placings over the last couple of seasons, with 20 runner-up finishes to go with her seven victories, Richard and Marlene Thomas homebred comes to play each and every week and does sport two snapshots at the meeting. Trained by George Reider and handled by the 20-year-old phenom Tyler Smith in her last two appearances, the dark-hued daughter of Power Of Art was unable to match strides with Lust in the lane but did keep to her task to complete the exacta as the public choice at most recent asking. Shes a gem consistency, but she is the bridesmaid an awful lot, Reider said. If l was going to have a family horse, she fits the bill. Rick to Marlene really like her, and it shows since they lost the horse once and claimed her back.. She definitely has her share of problems, but my assistant trainer Kim Hines knows her like a book it and really takes care of her and we love having her in the barn. Reider was around during the Western Harness Racing days at Hollywood Park and like many people is saddened by the closing of that track, even though they havent had the trotters and pacers there for decades. I have so many memories, George said. I got the chance to watch Niatross and I was really impressed by Direct Scooter. Steve Desomer also had a little trotter named Dante Jay who was so much fun to watch week in and week out. Watching Shelly Goudreau drive was something, and hearing Robin Burns call those races was really special. There was so much excitement in the stands with the big crowds and movie stars, and thats the way I like to remember Hollywood Park. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness  

Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

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