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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            

Baileys Magic, a six-year-old Kadabra gelding, out of the Berndt Hanover mare Lexus Bailey, won the $9,000 featured trot in 2:01.3, for harness racing owners Super Mile LLC of Blasdell, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (March 22). It was the second win this season in ten attempts for Baileys Magic.

Baileys Magic, a five-year-old Kadabra gelding, out of the Berndt Hanover mare Lexus Bailey, won the $10,000 Open Trot in 1:59.3, for harness racing owner Super Mile LLC, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 8).

Baileys Magic and Escrow Blue Chip, shared top harness racing honors Friday night (May 25) both winning a $8,200 featured Trot race, leaving from the pylons.

Baileys Magic, a five-year-old Kadabra gelding, out of the Berndt Hanover mare Lexus Bailey, won the $10,000 Open Trot in 1:59.4, for harness racing owner Super Mile LLC, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (May 18). It was the eighth win this season, in sixteen attempts, for Baileys Magic.

Harness racing World Champion trotting mare 'Beat The Wheel' died today at Hanover Shoe Farms. The cause of death was kidney failure which led to a breakdown of her vital organs.

Rideau Carleton Raceway harness racing fans were treated to eight outstanding battles by the province's top trotters and pacers on Sunday evening, as the Ottawa oval hosted the $800,000 Grassroots Championship.

After qualifying all four of his two-year-old starters for their respective Grassroots Finals on Friday, harness racing trainer Mark Steacy added a pair of three-year-olds to the trailer load he will ship back to Rideau Carleton Raceway next Sunday for the $800,000 Championship event.

Harness racing Grassroots division leader Stonebridge Diva fought her way to a flawless record in regular season action with a narrow victory at Georgian Downs on Friday evening.

Friday night's three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Georgian Downs is a make or break affair for a number of youngsters hoping to make a last minute leap into the post season. Among the harness racing hopefuls is local filly Windsong Felicity, who is ranked twenty-third in the division standings with a total of 62 points.

Brad Forward and Bob McIntosh, the leading hrness racing driver and trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, teamed up for a pair of Grassroots victories at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. In the second of six $24,000 Grassroots events, Forward and three-year-old trotting colt Berndt Energy got away fourth from Post 3 and sat in the middle of the pack though the :27.2 opening quarter and :57 half.

John Rier has been excited about the prospect of racing an offspring of his mare Hetties Charm since he purchased her as a yearling, but the Kitchener resident has been forced to moderate his harness racing enthusiasm due to the temperament bestowed on her first-born, two-year-old trotting colt Charmbo Tie, who makes his third Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on Friday.

Donald Wilcox purchased Dangerous Man last fall, and for six months the Midland resident thought he had an absolute dud on his hands. Fortunately, Dangerous Man turned things around this spring, and the three-year-old trotting gelding will make his harness racing Grassroots debut at Georgian Downs on Tuesday.

Kawartha Downs rolls out the red carpet for the province's talented three-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday night, playing host to six $24,000 Grassroots divisions. Local filly Parkhill Fantasia will be looking to add a few more points to her collection from Post 6 in the third $24,000 division, and co-owner John Houston is looking forward to watching her try.

Magical Debut revived her floundering sophomore career on Saturday afternoon with a 2:03.2 Grassroots victory over a soggy Woodstock's Harness Racing oval rated one second slower than normal.

When Oaklea Rico races, owner Jocelyne Menard likes to be in the grandstand, so the Chelmsford resident is delighted that the three-year-old trotter's second Grassroots start will occur on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Sudbury Downs. "I can't miss a race; it's not acceptable," says Menard with a laugh.

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