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Father Patrick, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, makes his debut at age 3 in Wednesday's second division of the Historic-Dickerson Cup at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 8-5 morning line favorite, Father Patrick will have regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. Father Patrick, who finished last season with a nine-race win streak and captured 10 of 11 starts overall, trotted a world-record 1:52.1 mile at Pocono Downs in October. Father Patrick, who starts Wednesday from post three in a six-horse field, prepped for his first race by competing in two qualifiers at the Meadowlands, winning the second in 1:53. "He's good," Takter said. "He's coming into this race perfect. I'm really, really happy with how he looks. He's good mentally and physically. He just looks really good. I think the only thing (that can stop him) is himself in that race. It's a good start from him." Father Patrick ended last season by winning the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs. Afterward, Takter called the colt "the horse I've been waiting for." In addition to his world-record effort in his Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs last year, Father Patrick won his division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in a Canadian-record 1:54. Two weeks later, he lowered the mark when he won the $354,050 William Wellwood Memorial in 1:53.4. He also won the $280,500 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands -- by 10 lengths -- finishing in 1:54.1 over a track labeled "good" and missing the stakes record by one-fifth of a second. "Hopefully he can step up and be an outstanding horse," Takter said. "He really doesn't have to improve too much; he's trotting (1):52 speed. He's maturing, so he will be a stronger horse. Nature shapes them from 2 to 3. He doesn't have to improve much more than how nature improves him." Father Patrick is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. His full brother, Pastor Stephen, was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter in 2010 and won 10 of 22 lifetime races, earning $1.04 million, before seeing his career cut short by injury at age 3. The colt is not the only standout 3-year-old trotter in Takter's stable. Nuncio, who finished second to Father Patrick four times last season, started his 2014 campaign with a win in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 15. Lightly raced Trixton has opened eyes this season with two wins in three starts, including a 10-3/4 length triumph in 1:51.2 to win the Simpson Memorial on May 9 at the Meadowlands. Takter will keep the three away from each other for as long as possible on the road to August's Hambletonian Stakes. "You've got to," Takter said. "Nuncio and Patrick are Pennsylvania-bred and I only have the two of them and most likely there will be two divisions (of sire stakes) wherever they go so they don't have to face each other. The first time they're going to meet is in the Earl Beal (Memorial at Pocono Downs on June 28). "Trixton isn't staked to the Beal because he's not ready for the shorter tracks yet. He'll go to Canada for the Goodtimes up there (on June 14). That will be after the New Jersey Sire Stakes. He'll get a couple weeks off and then the Stanley Dancer is coming up for all of them." Joining Father Patrick in the second division of the Dickerson Cup are Marathon Man, Amped Up Hanover, Explosive Cash, Master Bedroom, and Shift Into Glide. The first division is Lighter Hanover, Dony Andreas, Mac Kemp, It Really Matters, and Auspicious Hanover. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO, May 12 – Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to issue a final reminder to owners/trainers that several stakes payments are due on or before Thursday, May 15, 2014 After a one-year absence, four two-year-old stakes events are returning to the Mohawk stakes calendar. ‪The Dream Maker and Whenuwishuponastar, for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, will return in July. ‪On the two-year-old trotting side, the Define The World (formerly Bridger) and Pure Ivory (formerly In Free) will also re-appear in August. Nominations are also due for a pair of sophomore events, the Summertime and Town Pro. ‪There are numerous sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, $685,000 Metro Stakes, etc. ‪Payments must also be kept up on the 2015 Champlain Stakes, Champlain Filly Stakes (for two-year-olds) along with the Simcoe Stakes, Simcoe Filly Stakes and WEG 2016 SBOA Stakes (Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association). The start of the 102-date Mohawk meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 22. To make an online payment, please click the following link: https://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Horsepeople/Standardbred/SBNominationForm.aspx To view the nomination form, please click the following link: http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Racing/Standardbred/Pages/StakesNominations.aspx ‪Envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, April 28 - After a one-year absence, four two-year-old stakes events ‬are returning to the Mohawk stakes calendar. ‪The Dream Maker and Whenuwishuponastar, for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, will return in July.‬   ‪On the two-year-old trotting side, the Define The World (formerly Bridger) and Pure Ivory (formerly In Free) will also re-appear in August.‬ Nominations are also due for a pair of sophomore events, the Summertime and Town Pro. ‪There are numerous sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, $685,000 Metro Stakes, etc. ‪Payments must also be kept up on the 2015 Champlain Stakes, Champlain Filly Stakes (for two-year-olds) along with the Simcoe Stakes, Simcoe Filly Stakes and WEG 2016 SBOA Stakes (Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association).‬ All nominations and sustaining payments are due on Thursday, May 15. The start of the 102-date Mohawk meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 22. ‪Envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.‬ ‪To make an online payment, please click the link below:‬  ‪ ‬ https://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Horsepeople/Standardbred/SBNominationForm.aspx ‪To view the nomination form, please click the link below:‬  ‪ http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Racing/Standardbred/Pages/StakesNominations.aspx by Greg Gangle, for WEG

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 22, 2014 - Keep It Real made the final start of his racing career a winning one as he scored with driver Ross Leonard in the featured event, the $15,000 Polar Vortex pacing series final, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 22. Using a well-timed rally late in the lane, Keep It Real scored in a harness racing seasonal best time of 1:54.1 to score the second win of his 2014 campaign and final win of his career. Trained by Ross Leonard, the eight-year-old horse swept the Polar Vortex Pacing Series as he scored his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park. "He was a terrific horse to have in the barn," Leonard noted. "We wanted him to go out in a winning way and we had our eye on this series once we found out about it." "He is a classy horse, everything about him," he continued. "He was a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to drive. He is the type of horse you like to have in the barn and I'm glad to see him get the retirement he so very much deserves." Keep It Real will retire from the racing scene with 23 career victories from 75 starts, finishing on the board in 68% of his lifetime outings. While earning $562,615 throughout his career, Keep It Real established his lifetime mark of 1:49 as a four-year-old at Harrah's Philadelphia. The veteran pacer, who was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a foot injury, raced amongst the likes of champions Shark Gesture, Well Said, If I Can Dream and harness racing's richest pacer, Foiled Again, throughout his eight-year-career. Keep It Real also raced in some of harness racing's biggest races including the 2010 installment of Hoosier Park's signature race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational. A $45,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale, Keep It Real is a son of Real Artist. His mother, Magical Leah, was the 2002 New York Sire Stakes champion for 3-year-old filly pacers. His great-grandmother, Goddess Supreme, was the mother of Dignatarian, who won the 1984 Champlain Stakes and earned just shy of $1 million in his career. Currently owned by Gregory, Tracy and Taylor Samples of Indianapolis, Keep It Real will retire to stud duty for the 2014 breeding season in Indiana and remain in their care. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park      

Saturday's Kincsem Park featured Ezerjo DIJ went to the five year-old Love You mare Principessa Ovi with Mitja Slavic at the lines in Budapest, Hungary. She scored in 1.17kr over 1900 meters autostart on a rain soaked raceway. The Slovakia owned winner has been recently racing well in Italy where she was first and second in her two appearanced before the Kincsem Park victory. This one is from Goldy LB (11f Self Possessed-Rialba LB-Speedy Crown), the maternal family of Tarport Lady Ann, a daughter of legendary Lady Ann Reed. The Hungarian bred Orangyal (a daughter of Wall Street Banker) nosed out US import Andorra Gold, a Andover Hall daughter of Olympics, as this pair took second and third in hotly contested stretch battle. March 15, 2014 Kincsem Park, Ezerjo DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, 1.17kr 1st Principessa Ovi (5f Love Youi-Goldy LB), Mitja Slavic trainer/driver, Slavic I. owner (Slovakia) 2nd Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), Pal Vicen up 3rd Andorra Gold (6f Andover Hall-Olympics),Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver aboard 4th Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for Napsugar i. owner Prior weeks' Kincsem Park top trotting events went to Magic Diamond Way, Orinoco, Zavita Meerswal, Pretty Paper (by Credit Winner) and veteran Kiskarcsi. Kincsem Park, with its new French pari-mutuel partners, recently introduced its Pick Five Plus that is patterned after the Quinte+. The jackpot has now reached in excess of £30,000. Feature trotting results from February 22-March 8 are profiled below. March 8, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tavaszi Handicap, 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters, 8 starters; time 1.18.5kr 1st Magic Diamond Way (8m Francis Diamond-Erika), Laszlo Kolozsi driver/trainer, Gazza Kft owner 2nd Orient Boy (6m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), Sandor Varga 3rd Ors (6m Pickaflick-Celia), A. Denes March 8, 2014 Kincsem Park, Varga Henriett Emlekverseny, 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart,9 starters; time 1.16.5kr 1st Orinoco (6f P.S. Dimo-Uxor), L Veres trainer/driver, Rikko Flash Kft owner 2nd Jogging (11g Valley Guardian-Sportlady), Sandor Varga 3rd Noraville (7f Tony Oaks-Izaville), Istvan Papp aboard March 1, 2014 Kincsem Park, Margaret Glass DIJ, 500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap; 1.17kr 1st Zavita Meerswal (8f Good As Gold-Davidia Storm), Dora Kovacs trainer/driver, Drimwind 2011 Kft owner 2nd No Fear (7m Crown Sweep-Naughty Lobell), B. Juhasz 3rd Rosamundi (6f Chipmate-Kama Sutra), Cs. Lakatos trainer/driver February 22, 2014 Kincsem Park, SennyeyGeza Emlekverseny, 1.5 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters; race time 1.15.6kr 1st Pretty Paper (6f Credit Winner-Anticipation), A. Szucs, trainer Csaba Lakatos, owner Drimwind 2011 Kft 2nd Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C'est la Guerre), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver 3rd Night Lady (7f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady), Tibor Hajnal February 22, 2014 Kincsem Park, Globus DIJ, 500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 8 starters; 1.16.2kr 1st Kiskarcsi (10g Castelton Magic-Best Love), Istvan Papp up for Joseph Rutkai trainer, Prolongo Kft owner 2nd Zappadeo (7g Fast Photo-Chingola), H. Honemann (Austria) 3rd Nobody (7m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem), Emil Csordas At Farjestad (Sweden) on Saturday March 15, the Scuderia Bolgheri (Jean-Pierre Dubois) bred Ne Me Quitte Pas won for reinsman Carl Johan Jepson. The seven year-old lightly raced son of Daguet Rapide scored his ninth career win in 32 starts. He's from Continental Victory (US) 1993; 1:52.1a; $ 1,611,170; 29 19-3-1. At 2, Continental Victory was winner of Johnston Memorial, Kentucky Standardbred Sale Company, American-National, International Stallion Stake/Lexington Filly Stakes, Breeders' Crown, second in Goldsmith Maid, New Jersey Sire Stake. At 3, she won the World Trotting Derby, Hambletonian, American-National, Yonkers Trot, New Jersey Sire Stake, third in Stanley Dancer Trot. She sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1994 for 100,000 USD and produced several high-priced yearlings. 1999 Continentalman (US)        1:54.4a   $ 595,349           h, by Malabar Man (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2000 for 450,000 USD; 3,q1:57 in US 2000 Ball Field (US)                    h, by Pine Chip (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2001 for 300,000 USD; 3, 1:55.3s $46,066 in US 2003 Continental Dream (US) -                   m, by Garland Lobell (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2005 l'Arpege (IT)        1:56.4a   $ 19,011           h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2005 Larpege (US)                    h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)     At 2, third in Champlain Stakes Open.; 2, 1:58.2 $22,108 in North America 2006 Maradria (IT)           $ 0           m, by Love You (FR)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2007 Ne Me Quitte Pas (IT) 115  0.74     2:00.5v  1:57.4a   $ 57,406   24  7- 3- 3   (p)     h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2009 Universal Success (US)                    m, by Andover Hall (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     3, 1:58.3f $4,650 in US 2011 Continental Divide (US)                    h, by Muscle Hill (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)   Continental Victory also has a 2012 colt foal by Donato Hanover named Little Round Top. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Standardbred Canada has announced the winners of the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event, the annual Black Tie Gala was held in Charlottetown, PEI, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel and PEI Convention Centre. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. O’Brien was born in Alberton, PEI. Bee A Magician who was perfect in her 2013 season, was the unanimous choice in the Three-Year -Old Trotting Filly division and was also voted Canada’s Horse of The Year. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her races last season and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore campaign. The daughter of Hall of Fame sire Kadabra took a mark of 1:51 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The invincible filly’s stakes victories included the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Sylvain Filion successfully defended his Driver of The Year title. In 2013 he led all reinsmen in the nation in terms of purse earnings, as his mounts banked $6,111,736. Filion finished as the leading money-winning driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack. The resident of Milton, Ont. earned the Lampman Cup for the second straight year, as he topped the Ontario Sires Stakes standings for drivers. Filion celebrated his richest win of the season while steering Boomboom Ballykeel to a 10-1 upset victory in the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Richard Moreau was voted Trainer of The Year following an impressive season that saw his stable win 279 races and earn $3,623,805 in purses. The resident of Puslinch, Ont. earned training titles across Ontario at Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Woodbine Racetrack. Moreau topped the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The 2013 season marked the 14th consecutive year that his stable has surpassed the $1-million mark in purse earnings. Alberta’s Kelly Hoerdt won the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship. Hoerdt is a successful driver/trainer who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. The 2013 season was another productive year for Hoerdt, as he trained 82 winners and horses to $623,000, and drove 66 winners and horses that earned over $490,000. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in terms of earnings at Alberta Downs. His stable was led by sophomore pacing colt Premium Attaction, a multiple stakes winner that rattled off six wins in 11 races and over $111,000 Precocious Beauty was honoured as Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, $462,912 in purses and took a mark of 1:50.1 which tied a world record for a one-mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. The two-year-old pacing colt title went to Arthur Blue Chip, who scored six wins in 11 starts and bankrolled $400,120 for his connections. The son of Shadow Play took a mark of 1:51.2 in his Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk before being scratched ‘sick’ from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore in 2013 and added another O’Brien (Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year) to her trophy case. The talented filly boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner up finish in the American National. Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation took the hardware home as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of The Year. Vegas Vacation gave his connections the ride of a lifetime in 2013. Conditioned by Casie Coleman, the son of Bettors Delight put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 from 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses. He wheeled off victories in his first four races which included the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and an elimination of the Pepsi North America Cup. On September 19 he captured the Little Brown Jug in straight heats – both timed in 1:50. ‘Vegas’ finished his sophomore season with a win in the Matron Stakes to put his bankroll at just over $976,000. Anndrovette continued to dominate the pacing mare ranks in 2013, and, for the third consecutive year, was crowned Canada’s Older Pacing Mare of The Year. The daughter of Riverboat King was on the board in all but three of her 21 races. Some of her major wins included three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway along with the Roses Are Red and Breeders Crown eliminations. On July 20 at Mohawk Racetrack she captured the Roses Are Red final in a career best 1:48. The talented mare now has 35 lifetime wins and a career bankroll of almost $2.6 million. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again was voted Canada’s Older Pacing Horse of The Year. Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season, as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final, as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final for his third straight million-dollar campaign. He entered the year within reach of the all-time earnings record for pacers, and he managed to obliterate that mark by adding $1.4 million to his bank account while visiting 11 different racetracks along the way. He closed the season by sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at the Meadowlands. Riveting Rosie was the winner in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Riveting Rosie closed out her rookie campaign with six wins in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Her major victories included the Peaceful Way Final, her Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain Stakes. In the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, it was Father Patrick who took the O’Brien trophy. He topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Series. Flanagan Memory was voted Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year after a productive season which saw him win seven of 11 races and $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning his Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Maven was voted Canada’s Older Trotting Mare of The Year. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She added wins in the Miss Versatility Trotting Series, an elimination and final of the Armbro Flight, and the Allerage. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her bankroll. For the second consecutive year, Mister Herbie captured the title as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of The Year. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in stakes competition, including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067 in purses. Seelster Farms, of Lucan, Ont. was honoured as the Armstrong Breeder of The Year. In 2013, Seelster-bred horses scored 248 wins and $2.1 million in earnings. In the Future Star category, the winner of this first-time award was trainer/driver Travis Cullen. The 21-year-old Alberta-based horseman closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the final card of the meet while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. The complete list of winners follows. 2013 O’BRIEN AWARD WINNERS PACERS Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer - Precocious Beauty owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Arthur Blue Chip owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer - I Luv The Nitelife owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Vegas Vacation owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON Older Pacing Mare - Anndrovette owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Older Pacing Horse - Foiled Again owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL TROTTERS Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Riveting Rosie owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Father Patrick owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Bee A Magician owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Flanagan Memory owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Older Trotting Mare - Maven owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL Older Trotting Horse - Mister Herbie owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY PEOPLE AWARDS O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Armstrong Breeder of The Year Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON Driver of The Year Sylvain Filion, Milton, ON Trainer of The Year Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB STANDARDBRED CANADA MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Media Excellence Awards program, established by Standardbred Canada in 2008, is aimed at honouring exceptional work that covers Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal. Outstanding Written Work Paul Delean ’Reaching Improbable Heights’ 'Reaching Improbable Heights', written by Paul Delean, was published in the December, 2012 issue of Trot Magazine. It tells the story of trotter Intimidate’s incredible journey from obscurity to harness racing’s biggest stage and the ride of a lifetime that two smalltime owners from Quebec are still pinching themselves over. Outstanding Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group North America Cup HD Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group’s North America Cup broadcast aired across Canada on The Score television network on Saturday, June 26, 2013. The one-hour special of the $1-million North America Cup was the first live high definition broadcast of a standardbred race in Canada. The show featured live race coverage of the main event, a feature on Marvin Katz (co-owner of eventual winner Captaintreacherous) and a profile of a very special racing fan – Sydney Weaver. The broadcast was a production of WEG’s broadcast department, produced by Rob Platts and directed by Kris Platts. Outstanding Photography Clive Cohen Clive Cohen captured the sunset behind trainer Rene Dion warming up Ocean Mist Beauty on September 19, 2013 at Mohawk Racetrack. The image was published on WEG’s Facebook page later that night. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

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

On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY   Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY   Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON   Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY   Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Trotters   Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON   Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI   Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON   Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL   Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY   People Awards   O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON   Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON   Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON   Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON   Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON

Maharajah continues his undeclared path to the Prix d'Amerique with a 2140m V75 gold division race in Aby on Saturday night. 'The Emperor' disappointed his legion of fans, and thousands of owners, last time out when he was Maharajaha well beaten favourite in the Gavle Stora Pris, but he was driven two deep for most of the 3100m journey, and actually went three-wide around Haraldinho to improve his position about halfway through the journey. That extra exertion proved a little too tough in this stage in Stefan Hultman's stable star's preparation, with the 3100m telling on his legs but his handlers will know that this is the sort of run he will need to post to have any chance of winning at Vincennes, where the French horses can go three wide, challenge to improve position and then kick in the straight. Vets gave him the all clear following the run, and the Travkompaniet owners will still be taking it one race at a time as they target the race they covet, the Prix d'Amerique, and this time over this trip he will once again be the punters' choice. His vanquisher in the Gavle Stora Pris was Stig H Johansson's Perfectly Enough, who starts again here. The former Swedish Breeders Crown 3YO winner went a terrific race, driven with cover all the way and then peeled wide from the 300m to unleash a final burst which proved irresistible to the pacesetter Winning Love. Perfectly Enough has a draw which looks like giving him a similar trip again, but the shorter distance may make it tougher to overhaul the horse which gets the lead. US import Solvato has been prominent in early markets and is certainly well-bred being by Donato Hanover from the fine racemare Solveig the winner of $622,714,a Champlain Stakes winner and runner-up in the 2YO Breeders Crown who took a record of 1.56. Like many top racemares though, she has not had the same success so far at stud. He has only won six times in 27 lifetime starts but has impressed his new trainer Veijo Heiskanen since he arrived and won a 4YO race at Kalmar two starts back. But it is a big ask for a 4YO to step up to the Swedish Elite level, even with his breeding. Flemming Jensen's Danish-bred stallion Obi Wan and Lutfi Kolgjini's Juggle Face who will have Johnny Takter on board, are the others with support in the market. Obi Wan, is a son of Ganymede who is one of those French sires who actually does better crossed with American mares than he seems to in his native France, having proven especially successful in Italy and Denmark - another such French sire is Juliano Star, the sire of Commander Crowe and rising stars like Juliano Rags but of seemingly of little consequence in his own country. Obi Wan, who started off his racing in Denmark in Ken Ecce's stable was no age-group star and has taken his time to go through the grades but has improved with age and won six of his 12 races this season. He has been rising through the grades, with a win in the Silverdivision final at Aby in May and now has a respecatable record of 16 wins and 11 placings from 46 starts. Kolgjini's Juggle Face is the same age but has raced thirty more times and could not be more different. His dam is an Armbro Goal half sister to Triton Sund, a winner of more than $2.3 million and a record of 1.52.2 and now at stud after a stellar career. A Swedish Travderby and Breeders Crown winner Triton Sund went on to win several group ones such as Sweden's second biggest race, Olympiatravet and Denmark's biggest race, the Copenhagen Cup and even had a second placing in the Prix de Belgique and raced in the Prix d'Amerique. Juggle Face, who like Triton Sund is by Viking Kronos, won his first four starts as a 2YO, was second in the Breeders Crown at three and won the Solvalla Grand Prix at four. But he has not quite reached the heights of his illustrious relative, who was also trained for a time by Kolgjini although he has won 5.6 million SEK ($860K) and had group wins like the group two Orebro International and Eskilstuna FyraÃ¥ringstest. Gulddivisionen Aby 2013-12-14 289,000SEK 2140m 1 Obi-Wan (h Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen 2 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 3 Yanantin Boko (g Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko) Dr: Olle Alsén Tr: Olle Alsén 4 Rakas (h Victory Party - Tricky Woo Per Lennartsson) Dr: Tr: Per Lennartsson 5 Capello Bob (g Trade Balance - Yroflickan) Dr: Stefan Persson Tr: Stefan Persson 6 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 7 David Sisu (h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Petri Salmela 8 Maharajah (h Viking Kronos - Chili Khan) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Hultman 9 Oasis Bi (h Toss Out - Up Front Jm) Dr: Claes Svensson Tr: Stefan P Pettersson 10 J.T.'s Crown (h Buckaroo K. - Nadja Waltter ) Dr: Peter Ingves Tr: Glenn H Persson 11 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 12 Politiken (g Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn) Dr: Morten Friis Tr: John Friis by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Kentuckiana Stallion Management is excited to announce that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.c. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2014 breeding season at Blue Chip Farms, located in Wallkill, New York. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Blue Chip Farms will manage his breeding career. With just two crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with a spectacular second season in 2013 as the current leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings. Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Motown Muscle ($445,979), Princess Lilly ($269,109), and Muscle Matters ($211,066), to name a few. Most impressive, however, is the impressive two-year-old Grand Circuit Champion Riveting Rosie ($452,618), winner of the Champlain Stakes, Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals. “We are extremely excited to bring Muscle Mass to the lucrative New York Program. He has proven with just two racing crops that he is a preeminent young stallion that has the potential to become a super-sire like his great father Muscles Yankee. He has passed on his tremendous speed and gait and his depth of pedigree has proven him to be a true Valley Victory line sire. We are confident that with the continued support of breeders throughout all of North American, Muscle Mass can become the go to son of Muscles Yankee and a perfect cross for the many Credit Winner, Conway Hall, and Cantab Hall mares to name a few,” says Tom Grossman, owner of Blue Chip Farms. “Although he has clearly earned the right to have his service fee bumped significantly based on his first two racing crops, we have worked closely with the team at Blue Chip to establish a real value play for breeders with the 2014 fee being set at $6,000. We have also created loyalty and multiple mares programs to reward breeders for their support. Based on early indications, we are confident that he will get a full book of quality mares,” says Bob Brady of Kentuckiana Stallion Management. Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start. He won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National. Muscle Mass hails from one of harness racings most prolific families. A Muscles Yankee son of Graceful Touch, 2, 1:56.1 ($161,983), a brilliant stakes winning two-year-old herself and a daughter of the sensational ill-fated Valley Victory racemare and producer Act of Grace, 3, 1:52.3 ($403,525). Before her tragic death, Act of Grace produced stakes winning Cobol, 3, 1:54.1 ($411,457) and Graceful Touch in only two foals. Submitted by Blue Chip Farms  

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - During the month of November, Scarborough Downs (Maine) will be accepting bids on a breeding to pacer, BIG JIM (WESTERN IDEAL - BOLD PINK - BIG TOWNER), a donation generously made by Jim Carr of Seelster Farms of Ontario, Canada, where Big Jim is currently standing, to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last April. The winning bid money will be donated to the One Fund Boston. At the conclusion of his 2-year-old season, Big Jim had compiled a record of 6 wins, all paced in 1:51.1 or faster, 1 second and 2 thirds in just 10 starts, with seasonal earnings of $834,080.    At 3, Big Jim captured the $400,000 New Jersey Classic, an elimination of the Meadowlands Pace, and a division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes.  He finished an impressive second by a neck in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a fast closing third in the $1,500,000 North American Cup.  Retiring with earnings of $1,544,580, Big Jim compiled a record of 10 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds in 20 lifetime starts.  Winner of the 2010 O’Brien Award and the USHWA Dan Patch Award for Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, Big Jim dominated his competition in his freshman season.  His stakes victories include his World Record performance of 1:49.1 in the $709,000 Governors Cup, his 1:50.4 track and stakes record in the $600,000 Breeders Crown, just one-fifth of a second off the World Record for a five-eighths mile track, a stakes record of 1:51.1 in the Dream Maker Stakes Final, stakes records of 1:50.2 in both his Metro Stakes elimination and a division of the Champlain Stakes, as well as a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes in 1:51.1. Bidding starts at $2,500. (Breeding to Big Jim normally carries a fee of $5,000) Please mail bids in a sealed envelope, including your name, address, email, contact phone number and bid amount from November 1 to November 31, 2013, to: Mike Sweeney  

Remember the "Titan," if not for the remainder of this year, perhaps next season. E L Titan is heading to Lexington for Friday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and trainer Riina Rekila has high hopes for the lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill. Bred and owned by Erkki Laakkonen, the colt has won once in three starts and earned $27,414. He won his first start in 1:58 on Aug. 22 at Mohawk Racetrack and finished second to Father Patrick, who is the No. 4-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, in a division of the Champlain Stakes a week later. He enters the International Stallion off a troubled-trip third in a conditioned race on Sept. 16 at Mohawk. "We started a little later with him, which was the plan," said Rekila, who also drives E L Titan. "We wanted to save him a bit. He was a little sick in the spring, but that didn't really change anything for us. His first stakes wasn't until the Champlain, so we took our time. He felt so good sitting behind him that I didn't want to ruin him. "I have never pushed him. Everything he is doing, he is doing on his own and doing very easy. I don't usually train too fast. The main thing is to build a nice 3-year-old." E L Titan is out of the mare Courtney Hall, a stakes-winning full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. E L Titan is Courtney Hall's fourth foal and the previous three - E L Rock, Appomattox and E L Rocket - each earned at least $200,000. Appomattox, who leads the trio with $368,518, is racing in Sunday's Allerage Open Trot and E L Rocket is eligible to the Kentucky Futurity on the same day. Rekila trained E L Rocket before the 3-year-old colt was sold to Ron Burke in June. E L Rocket, who made only two starts as a 2-year-old, has won five of 16 races this year and finished second in a division of the Simcoe Stakes. He also raced in the Hambletonian, finishing fourth in his elimination and failing to advance to the final. "They have some things that are similar, but I think (E L Titan) is a much better horse," Rekila said. "E L Rocket was one of the fastest horses I've ever sat behind, but he was so big gaited that it was difficult for him to keep it together. "It seems like (Courtney Hall's foals) get better as they get older. That's why we're looking ahead for Titan." E L Titan is eligible to the Breeders Crown, but Rekila was undecided whether she would send the colt. The Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters are Oct. 11 and the final is Oct. 19. "We'll see how he does here and make a decision," Rekila said. "We were going to race last week (in the Bluegrass Stakes) but his white count was high so we skipped that. We'll go by how the horse feels. "If he races like he did in the Champlain, I think he is very competitive," she added. "He is very strong when you sit behind him and he has speed. I don't think he is mature yet; I think he is just doing it because he is talented." E L Titan races in the third of three International Stallion Stakes divisions. Bluegrass Stakes division winners Odds On Amethyst and Outburst also are among the 2-year-old male trotters racing Friday. Outburst, who won in a world-record 1:53.1 last week, is in the second International Stallion Stakes split; Odds On Amethyst is in the first. Friday's card also features three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, headlined by Precocious Beauty. The filly has won six of eight races and finished second in the other two. She has won five in a row, including three consecutive stakes. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Bob McIntosh will harness a total of six starters on Saturday’s $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack, including four of the top freshman trotters in the province. Two-year-old trotting colts Pasadena Star and Tyrone Haji finished first and third in their division, while trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Lenny Mac finished one-two. McIntosh says the trotters, all offspring of Kadabra, trained well this week and are ready for a serious run at their respective division titles. “We were real lucky this year to have four nice trotters,” says the Windsor resident, who sends out Pasadena Star and Tyrone Haji from Posts 2 and 3 in the first of the eight Grassroots Championships on Saturday. Pasadena Star finished fourth in the June 29 season opener at Kawartha Downs, but the gelding has not been bested in Grassroots action since. In addition to his four Grassroots victories, the homebred son of former Gold Series competitor Pasadena Princess ($202,019) also captured his division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk on Aug. 30 and finished third in a leg of the Gold Series at Georgian Downs on Aug. 17. “He’s a very nice colt. He’s really not done a thing wrong since the day we started with him,” says McIntosh, who bred and owns the gelding in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “He’s two fingers to drive; you can take him off or put him on the front end.” Stablemate Tyrone Haji was a winner in the Aug. 18 division at Clinton Raceway and finished second in his other four Grassroots outings. McIntosh shares ownership of the gelding with breeder Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and is expecting continued improvement from the long-legged youngster. “He’s a nice big colt and he’s got some talent,” notes McIntosh, a seven time winner of the Johnston Cup as the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. “He trained good on Wednesday and I expect he’ll race good. We made a little bridle change, opened him up a bit.” Randy Waples will pilot Pasadena Star and Steve Condren will steer Tyrone Haji in the second race and the Milton residents will also be in the race bikes behind trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Lenny Mac. Chelseas Chance put together a regular season record of four wins and one second in five Grassroots starts for McIntosh and C S X Stables. The division point leader and Waples will start from Post 8 on Saturday and McIntosh is expecting her to be in the hunt. “She trained extremely well on Wednesday,” says the trainer. “She’s got a really high burst of speed. She can go as fast as a hoppled pacer for an eighth of a mile.” While Chelseas Chance has impressive tactical speed, McIntosh says the other half of his trotting filly entry is more of an endurance athlete. “She’s a nice size filly, she’s great gaited and she can go the distance. The more they move along the better she is,” says the Hall of Fame horseman of Lenny Mac. “She has a good set of lungs on her.” Lenny Mac posted three wins, one second and one fourth in her five regular season starts to finish 42 points behind her stablemate. McIntosh shares ownership of the filly with Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken and Condren will send her after a share of the $50,000 purse from Post 1 in Race 5. In addition to his impressive contingent of trotters, McIntosh will also have a starter in the two-year-old pacing colt and three-year-old pacing filly Championships. Rather Swell and Randy Waples take on a talented group of freshman pacing colts from Post 1 in the fourth race. In five regular season starts the Western Maverick son delivered one win, two seconds and two thirds to finish sixth in the point race. “He tries very hard; he’s had a couple of issues,” says McIntosh, who owns Rather Swell with Dave Boyle. “I think he’ll be a Gold colt next year.” Western Empress will wrap up the evening for the McIntosh stable, making her bid for the sophomore pacing filly crown from Post 3 in the sixth race. In four Grassroots starts the filly, also by Western Maverick, posted two wins and two thirds for McIntosh, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington and Larry Pollard of Harrow. “She has a super drive to her, a heart to her,” says McIntosh. “I look for her to race good Saturday.” Waples guided the filly to her 1:51.3 personal best over the Mohawk oval in an Aug. 23 overnight contest and the pair will be looking to match that on Saturday. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program is 7:25 pm and the Grassroots Championships will be featured in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning                   Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 – Father Patrick, who captured the Peter Haughton Memorial earlier this year, set a new stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:54 in his division of the Champlain Stakes. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, Father Patrick has now won five of six starts in his young career. Gingras marched the son of Cantab Hall to the front before the opening quarter in :28, before allowing Il Sogno Dream (David Miller) to the front. Father Patrick quickly regained the lead before the mid-way point in :56.2 and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:25.3, before dashing away from his rivals under a comfortable steer to win by open lengths. E L Titan (Riina Rekila) finished second with Deweykeepumnwhy (Jody Jamieson) grabbing third prize. Father Patrick’s 1:54 effort was just two-fifths off the world record set by the great Muscle Hill. Owned by Father Patrick Stable, Father Patrick now has $247,348 in lifetime earnings. He paid $2.40 to win. Two other $90,531 Champlain Stakes divisions took place with Pasadena Star and Harper Blue Chip finding the winner’s circle. Hall of fame conditioner Bob McIntosh teamed up with Randy Waples in the first divisions as Pasadena Star found the wire first in 1:57.1. The talented son of Kadabra came from off-the-speed through panels of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.2, before wearing down post time favourite Massacaia (Sylvain Filion) in deep stretch to score the win. O Narutac Perfetto (Billy Davis, Jr.) rallied to finish third. Pasadena Star now has crafted a 4-0-1 record from six starts this season along with $72,173 for McIntosh and co-owner C S X Stables. He paid $10.20 to win as the second choice. In the second division, Harper Blue Chip defeated his eight rivals in 1:56 at odds of 3-1. The son of Majestic Son was quickest to the front before the opening station in :28.2, but allowed longshot Derby (Mario Baillargeon) to clear to the position of command. Harper Blue Chip quickly regained control to lead past the mid-way point in :58 and the three-quarter pole 1:27.1 before dashing away from favourite Damfoolrmillionair (Randy Waples) in deep stretch to win by three and a quarter lengths. Raise The Curtain (Paul MacDonell) finished third. Trained and co-owned by Mark Steacy along with Landmark 6 Racing Stable, David Reid and David McDonald, Harper Blue Chip increased his bankroll to $55,633. The young trotter now has a 2-1-0 record from five starts this season. He paid $8.10 to win. Videos of all races attached. Greg Gangle

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