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Veteran Queensland harness racing trainer Bob Foster is deservedly proud that he's still a hands-on participant - doing it all except for race driving. Seventy-nine-year-old Bob takes care of breaking-in his horses along with the back breaking chore of shoeing. There's also deciding on the best feeding regime as well as all of the usual training and conditioning aspects. And while Bob has had some highlights in his long involvement in the sport - he's sure to long remember the day he raced his square-gaiter Makin Good (Mr Feelgood-Makin Life Easy (Life Sign) on a winter's day in July 2020 at Albion Park. The four-year-old bay gelding, bred to be a pacer, took out the $6810 Pryde's Easifeed Trotters Discretionary Handicap last Friday afternoon. The rank outsider paid a whopping $202.40 for a win on SuperTAB. Course commentator Chris Barsby commented after the event that Makin Good had "blown up the tote boards in a major upset". Makin Good is raced by Bob's daughter Judy in partnership with well-known and successful Queensland owner-breeder Doug Lyon - hence Makin Good's stable nickname, "Dougie". "When Doug sold his property, he had to get rid of his horses. He had one mare left in Makin Life Easy. We did a deal to race any of her foals as partners-and our part was to look after and care for her," Judy said. "She was in foal and Makin Good was born at our property. Dad broke him in-as a pacer. "Later on when Dad got a bit sick, a friend in Dayl March took him on. He rang us one day to say he was training the horse as a trotter! We raced him a few times late last year, but he was never on his best behavior. "Stephen Cini then had a go and won a race. He then lost form through bad barrier manners." Four months later Bob produced Makin Good back at the track. And although his numerical form in his next five outings didn't look that flash on paper, he often wasn't getting beaten by huge margins. After starting off the 30-metre handicap last Friday, young reinswoman Taleah McMullen, a rising star in the Sunshine State, got through the field in a big rush to land four back the pegs. The leading quartet had a gap on the other runners for the majority of the race. Going into the final corner, McMullen pulled wide to challenge First Offence, No Love About It and Soh Twisted. She quickly got to them and sailed on by to win by nearly four metres. "I forgot to have a bet on the horse because I was busy organizing a rally car event for the weekend. All my kids are into that and with the coronavirus, there's a lot of planning goes into it," Judy said. "But I'm thinking dad might have had a few dollars on him, fortunately," she said. Judy said her family had been involved in trots for as long as she could remember, and the horses are now prepared and raced from her property at Kalbar, 70 kilometres south-west of Brisbane. "When I was really young, I recall being dragged along to the meetings in my pyjamas and we've been in it ever since! Dad told me he thinks his previous winner was Jet Spot, probably eight years ago at the old Parklands track on the Gold Coast," she said. "I used to help dad with everything involving the horses. It was fun. But then three years ago I had a kidney transplant, so I don't do much at all now. I can't risk being hurt or I'd be in trouble. "Nowadays Dad only mucks around with one or two each year, usually ones we breed ourselves, and he jogs around a little track we have on our small acreage and fast works once a week at a friend's track nearby." Makin Good is the first and only foal produced by Makin Life Easy, a daughter of brilliant pacer Easy Duzit (by Fake Left). Raced by the Lyon family in the 2000s, Easy Duzit won 23 races with 33 placings for $122,000. "We've been told that Makin Good may be the only trotter produced by the pacing stallion Mr Feelgood," Judy said. "In the early days we actually paid up for the Q-Bred bonus for 'Dougie' as a pacer-but it turned out okay after we explained that he was later switched to being a trotter," Judy said. "I'm not sure where Dad plans to start Makin Good again. He was thinking of going to Marburg." And it would be fair to say that wherever the horse goes in the future, he probably won't ever start at triple-figure odds again.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Cash Lover's perfect preparation stretched to a fifth successive victory on Saturday night as she again stamped herself as one of the state's most promising trotters. Myrniong trainer Jess Tubbs has the daughter of Ready Cash airborne this time in and a dominant front-running success at Shepparton took her record to six wins from 12 career starts. Tubbs' husband Greg Sugars was at the controls and took the mare straight to the front where she was able to dictate terms over key rival C K Spur, who was forced to race on her outside for the 2190m trip. Cash Lover slipped clear of the field rounding the home turn and cruised in for an easy four-and-a-half metre triumph. "This prep she has sort of taken all before her and just got better with every run," Sugars said. "We tried to look after her for her first few runs as she was slowly stepping up in grade and (Saturday night) we had our main danger drawn to our outside, so we thought we better be a bit more positive and see if we could control things out in front. "We got good sectionals out in front, but she did it quite comfortably so I'm very pleased." Watch the video here. Sugars said there were no imminent major plans with the horse given the current regional racing structure, but hoped the Vicbred Super Series would be able to get up and going late in 2020. "We will just keep picking out races like this that are suitable and work our way through the grade," he said. "She is Vicbred, so if it eventuates that we can get that series up off the ground again, that's obviously where she will be aimed at later in the year." Bred by Yabby Dam Farms, Cash Lover is owned by Wayne Stewart, who bought the horse as a broodmare prospect and only decided to race her after she showed some ability in early training. The daughter of Lucky Love won one race during her first preparation and after galloping at her final start before a break in February, has gone on to score impressive wins in all five races this campaign. She has won at Melton, Ballarat (twice), Bendigo and now Shepparton to take her career prizemoney to over $30,000. It proved a good night at the office for Sugars, who backed up a race later with a superb winning drive aboard Kerryn Manning-trained Rupert Of Lincoln, who soared home from three-back the pegs to claim the Barastock Pace. Winning doubles also went the way of trainers Manning and David Miles and drivers Chris Alford and Jayden Barker. The brilliant return of David Moran's superstar Lochinvar Art stole the show on Saturday night, while Wobelee led and got the better of McLovin, and the long-odds win of Denis McIntyre-trained and Michael Bellman-driven Dot The Eye shocked many punters when he returned in excess of $90 in the last race of the evening.   HRV - Tim O'Connor

The highly successful young sire He’s Watching has bounded to the forefront of this year’s rich Ontario Sires Stakes program. The American Ideal horse is in fourth position on the stakemoney list with $280,636, due mainly to the deeds of his brilliant three-year-old son Tattoo Artist, who captured his second $104,800 OSS Gold series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:49.2 last Saturday, and his outstanding daughter Rose Run Victoria, an OSS Gold champion. Tattoo Artist, the winner of his last four straight and a genuine candidate for the $1 million North America Cup in August, is on top of OSS leaderboards for both prizemoney and points, while Rose Run Victoria is second in her division. Tattoo Artist                                   --New Image Media Meanwhile, Watch My Beverage, a two-year-old gelding by He’s Watching, won a heat of the OSS Grassroots series in 1:54 at Woodbine Mohawk. Other North American three-year-old winners by He’s Watching last week included Ozzie Young (1:54), Retour Au Jeu (1:56), Lil Screamer (1:56.2), Kendall’s Cousin (1:56.4), Watch Me Boogie (1:57.8) and Up To Spec. Overall, He’s Watching’s first crop of three-year-olds have earned $358,709 this year from a foal crop of 77. He’s Watching is standing this season at Tipperary Equine stud, Young, of leading NSW studmaster Luke Primmer and has already attracted plenty of interest from broodmare owners.     Peter Wharton

Plainville, MA --- Manchego put on a display of devastating speed in a gate to wire victory in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) and set a new world record for aged trotting mares over a 5/8th's mile track when she tripped the timer in 1:49.3. Manchego broke her own world record of 1:50.1 set at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 2019. The time also smashed the all-age track trotting record at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the 2017 Spirit Trot. Dexter Dunn had Manchego revved up off the gate and shot right for the lead with Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) dropping in the pocket from post seven as the race passed the quarter in a blistering :25.2. The field remained in single file as Manchego marched to the half in :53.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21 with Atalanta in deliberate pursuit. As the pair trotted away from the field around the last turn, Gingras pulled Atlanta off the pylons to take her best shot at the leader. But as soon as she pulled, Manchego accelerated, opened up two lengths and proceeded to the wire under no urging at all to win wrapped-up by 2-1/2 lengths. Atlanta held on for second and Run Director (David Miller) closed fast to finish third.   It was the 31st career win for Manchego ($3.00) and it pushed her lifetime earnings to over $2,342,705. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic is owned by Black Horse Racing and is trained by Nancy Takter. One race earlier in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, Shartin N made herself right at home again at Plainridge as she broke the all-age track record that she set here just last year. Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point immediately as Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras) left from post four and followed closely with the two-hole trip. After the quick :26.2 quarter and with no pressure at all, Tetrick backed down the second panel to :28.1 and the race seemed well in control for him at that point. By the five-eighths, Gingras pulled Kissin In The Sand and tried to draw alongside Shartin N, but never got closer than a length around the far turn. Tetrick eased the lines a bit and gave Shartin N her head and the mare swelled up down the lane, opening up 2-1/4 lengths in a :27 flat last panel and won in 1:48.1. Stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) rallied late to finish second and 38-1 shot Philly Hanover (Dexter Dunn) completed the board.   The time was a new all-age track record at Plainridge Park which was set last year in this same stake by Shartin N when she cruised home in 1:49.1, and it was only one-fifth of a second off the world record of 1:48 for an aged pacing mare over a five-eighths mile track that is co-held by her and Somwherovrarainbow. This was the 44th career victory for Shartin N ($2.60) who has now earned $2,244,946 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick. The 7-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin is trained by Jim King Jr. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Rebecca East has undoubtedly experienced all the highs and lows of harness racing - and seemingly all in the past two months. The popular Western District trainer suffered serious injuries in an innocuous training incident in May - only days after she had landed her first-ever Victorian treble at Stawell. And last Wednesday she made her comeback to racing in the best possible way, with a win at her local Terang meeting with pacer Julius Shadow (Julius Caesar-Elsu Shadow (Elsu), driven by Michael Bellman (who has now driven 81 for the season, and on his way to another century). "The accident happened at home and I had just finished working a young one. When I turned him around to go back to the barn, he took fright and spun around quickly, tipping me out," Bec said. "I landed awkwardly on my left arm, and it turned out I cracked a rib and lacerated my spleen," she said. "At the time, I didn't think much of it and finished the rest of the work! It was such a minor accident but I well and truly come off second best." Bec said on a trip into town later in the day with her partner Kevin Brough she wasn't "feeling too flash" so she stayed in the car. "Later on way home we had lunch and I told Kevin I still wasn't feeling all that good, so we went to Portland for an X-ray - and I was put in a helicopter and flown to Melbourne." Bec would need to stay in Melbourne for four days but suffered another setback when she returned home. "A few days later I was up doing a little bit of walking and the spleen started bleeding again. So we went Portland and another helicopter ride to Melbourne where I stayed about nine days this time and contracted pneumonia when I was there." After another bout of recovery at home, more medical challenges were still to come. "I had some different pains and went in an ambulance back to Portland with a flare up of my spleen, as well as fluid on my chest. Then I was transferred to Warrnambool hospital and they drained three litres of fluid from my chest and spent five days there," she said. "But I think I'm definitely on the road to recovery now - tomorrow I've been home three weeks." Bec and Kevin have 14 horses in work and Brough and stable staff have been holding the fort for the past two months. "But it was great to finally be back to the races at Terang last Wednesday. It was my first meeting back and it was so good to get a winner and two thirds!" she said. "We were quite confident with Julius Shadow because he was a bit unlucky at Stawell at his previous start," she said. Julius Shadow with stablehand John Suters            (Terang HRC photo) "He has brilliant gate speed but hit the mobile and then was back in the field and got caught up in traffic. Leading up to that race he'd trialled very well about a week before." Bec said while she was happy to be improving, she would be taking things slowly. "I've still got to be careful and I'm not to do anything strenuous for at least three months. So all I'm virtually doing is mixing up feeds and other very light duties," she said. "I've definitely had plenty of worse falls - but this time it was just that I landed so awkwardly. It was the worst pain I've experienced in my life, and I've got a reasonably strong pain tolerance! "I definitely wouldn't want to go through all that ever again."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura www.newsalertpr.com.au

MILTON, JULY 25, 2020 - Tattoo Artist collected his second Gold Series and fourth straight victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, July 25 as the harness racing three-year-old pacing colts met for the second time in their Ontario Sires Stakes season. Lining up at Post 1 with Bob McClure in the race bike, Tattoo Artist took a brief spin in the pocket as Aneto led the field of six to a :26.4 opening quarter, but was soon heading for the front where he rang up a :54.2 half and 1:21.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch the fan favourite had to contend with a hard closing Beach Blanket Book, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:49.1. Indictable Hanover finished two lengths back in third. "I think that three weeks hurt him a bit," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, noting that Tattoo Artist had not raced since the Gold Series season opener on July 4. "I think that good horses have got to be trained or raced pretty well right to where they're going to go, or else if you don't and they have too big a gap there, they may struggle a little bit. And he certainly got a little tired on the end there tonight, which is uncharacteristic of him." Tattoo Artist and his peers face the same three week gap before the next Gold Series event, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Aug. 16, and the North America Cup eliminations are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. The North America Cup has been circled in red on Tattoo Artist's calendar for months, so Moore is a bit undecided about how the coming weeks will play out for the Hes Watching son. His preference would be to race the colt at Woodbine Mohawk Park in preparation for the North America Cup, but he also does not fancy putting the sophomore in against more experienced competition, which may see him make the trip to Rideau Carleton and head into the elimination on short rest. "I'll have to start looking somewhere and see what we come up with. I'm not taking him across the border anywhere, so we'll see if we can find something here for him," said the Cambridge, ON resident, who conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. "They don't want to train this time of year, they want to race now. Earlier on they're gung ho to train, and then once the racing starts they look forward to that, any competitive horse does, and he's a good competitive horse and he looks forward to it, so it's difficult. You want to keep their mind fresh and their body in good shape and ready to roll when it's time." Tattoo Artist The second $104,800 Gold division saw heavy favourite Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson land in fourth from Post 2 as Rhythm In Motion rolled out to a :26.3 quarter. Jamieson sent Beaumond Hanover to the front heading by the :54.2 half and the colt cruised through a 1:22.4 three-quarters and one to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:49.2. Rhythm In Motion stayed game for second and Springbridge Jim sprinted into third. "He caught the softer division, so I thought if everything goes right he should win it," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "It all worked out good. He (Jamieson) was just kind of sitting there chilly through the lane." The win was also Beaumond Hanover's second Gold Series win and fourth of the season. The Sportswriter son prepped for Saturday's test with a 1:49.4 win in a July 18 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but, like Moore, Darling is also considering his options heading toward the North America Cup. "It's just turned out, because of the situation this year, that the schedule isn't good, because you've got, like for my horse I've got a Gold at Rideau, which you hate to miss that, and then you've got the NA Cup, the elims and the final, then the week after is the Somebeachsomewhere, the week after that is the Simcoe, both good races, and then the week after that is another Gold, so it's just going to be tough to map out," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "If you're going to skip the NA Cup, then the schedule is just fine, but it's hard to skip the million dollar race." While Darling considers his options, Beaumond Hanover will maintain his usual routine, which Darling says has not varied much even as the racing season heats up. Beaumond Hanover "I try to train him light, but he's such a good trainer he seems to have to go a certain speed, or it's like he's done nothing," Darling explained. "I train him faster than I would another horse, but it's actually easier on him, he just needs to roll along. He just always feels good, always trains great. He's just a real pleasure to have around." Beaumond Hanover Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Tattoo Artist; Race 8 - Beaumond Hanover OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Sister Sledge threw her hat into the ring as a big-time contender in the August 8 Hambletonian Oaks with a dominant harness racing performance in one of three Tompkins Geers divisions at The Meadowlands Saturday night. In the second of two splits for 3-year-old filly trotters, driver Yannick Gingras was patient early with Sister Sledge, vacating the three-hole after the quarter and clearing the top at the half in :55.4. The daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors sailed home as much the best from there, hitting the wire in 1:51.2, lowering her previous lifetime best by one-and-four-fifth seconds. It was 4¾ lengths back to Ms Savannah Belle. Dubai Princess was third. The Ron Burke trainee, who paid $2.80 to win as the 2-5 public choice, upped her lifetime stats to 11 wins in 16 starts, good for earnings of $622,058. Sister Sledge Caviart Eva pulled off a big upset at odds of 30-1 in the first filly division, gunning down 2-5 favorite Next Level Stuff by a nose in 1:52.1, a lifetime best for the Trixton-Caviart Elle product, who was driven by Andy McCarthy for trainer Nancy Takter. Caviart Eva In the lone dash for colts and geldings, 10-1 chance Rome Pays Off (Muscle Hill-Order By Wish), driven by Mattias Melander for his brother Marcus, scored in a lifetime-best 1:52.3, possibly punching his ticket to take a shot in The Hambletonian. Play Trix On Me, the 3-2 favorite, was 2¾ lengths behind at the wire to finish second. Rome Pays Off BIG CARRYOVERS FRIDAY No winning tickets were sold in two of the track's popular multi-leg wagers, setting up a pair of carryovers sure to titillate players when racing resumes Friday night. Despite 4-5 favorite Caviart Rockland winning the final leg, no one held a winning ticket on the 20-cent Pick-5, which led to a carryover of $52,665. Big M management announced that a guaranteed pool of $150,000 will be offered next week for the wager with the low 15 percent takeout. The odds of the winners for the first four legs were 8-1, 10-1, 5-1 and 30-1. The pool total was $82,618, and those who had four out of five cashed in for $103.72. The 30-1 shot - Caviart Eva in the fourth race - was the key to both carryovers, as she began a 20-cent Pick-6 sequence that saw the following five winners score at odds of 4-5, 2-5, 10-1, 12-1 and 4-5. The Pick-6 pool, which totaled $21,226, will have a carryover of $13,524, with much more expected to be pumped through the windows next week. Those who went five for six got back $126.10. A LITTLE MORE Gingras led the driver's colony with four winners on the night. He and Dexter Dunn finished the weekend with five victories apiece and are tied for the top spot in the driver standings with 77 winners each. ... For a third straight time, wagering in the Late 50-cent Pick-4 exceeded the $100,000 mark, as $103,746 was put in play. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,767,603. ... Check out The Meadowlands Facebook page on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. as Jessica Otten will host the live post-position draw for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks eliminations, which take place Saturday night. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2020--Papi Rob Hanover blazed his way to the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in a world record 1:47.1, a world record for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths mile track. Also winning eliminations Saturday at The Meadows were The Greek Freak and Catch The Fire.   Joining the three winners in the Aug. 1 final are Later Dudes, Chief Mate, No Lou Zing, Sweet Truth, Capt Midnight and Elver Hanover. Connections of the elimination winners will choose their post positions Tuesday, with their order of selection determined by random draw. All other post positions will be randomly drawn.   The Adios Day card is a blockbuster, featuring two Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios as well as Pennsylvania Sires Stake and PA Stallion Series action.   The Meadowlands Pace runner-up, Papi Rob Hanover was comfortably in front after quarter-poling to the point for David Miller following Captain Barbossa's unrealistic 25.3 opening panel. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover reached three-quarters in 1:20.3, but he wasn't done yet, clicking off the final panel in 26.3. Sweet Truth was second-placed third,10-1/2 lengths back, while No Lou Zing was elevated to second.       Brett Pelling, who trains Papi Rob Hanover for David McDuffee, said he wasn't concerned that the swift mile might leave him short next week.   "He came out of the Meadowlands Pace great, and he proves he needs to race. He just needs more racing," Pelling said. "Every race has been better than the one before, so he's on the right track.   "Could he bounce off that? He's a big, strong horse. Nothing's ever knocked him around yet, so he'll be fine."   The time knocked a tick from Betting Line's previous world record. In addition, the mile is the fastest ever paced at The Meadows, lowering Bolt The Duer's former standard of 1:47.4.   Catch The Fire endured a demanding opening panel--26.2 while wide--and held on gamely to score in a career best 1:49.3 for Mike Wilder, trainer John Ackley and owner CT Stables.Capt Midnight was a head back in second, with Elver Hanover third.       "He could have been fourth or fifth in the Meadowlands Pace final, but we got hung up at the top of the lane," Wilder said. "When you're going miles in 1:47, you can't get stopped. Today I wanted to make my own luck. He showed up like he always does."   After a brief skirmish for the lead, The Greek Freak controlled the mile and earned his berth in the final with a 1:49.4 win, fastest of his career and his fourth straight victory. His job was made a touch easier by the break of the pocket-sitting Sandbetweenmytoes as the field straightened for home. Later Dudes was second, beaten 1/2 length, while Chief Mate completed the ticket.       "He's getting better every start," said winning driver Matt Kakaley."He was really, really good again today. We got an easy second quarter. That's what we wanted to do, save some for next week. I'm really happy with him and looking forward to next week."   Ron Burke conditions the Captaintreacherous-Thirty X gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Piatt Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   By Evan Pattak, for the MSOA        

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2020 -- Saturday's Adios eliminations sub-card at The Meadows also featured a pair of harness racing stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- a $188,682 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. There was action aplenty, as a stake record was matched and a Dan Patch Award winner got off the 2020 schneid. The highlights: PASS -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers After suffering two tough beats to start the year, last year's divisional champ Lyons Sentinel scored impressively in a career-best 1.49:2. Sitting behind swift fractions, she moved first up for Tim Tetrick and downed Alexis's Beach by 2-1/4 lengths, with Rocknificent third.   "She could definitely have three wins already, but today she got the better trip," Tetrick said. "She's ready to go beat somebody for sure." Jim King conditions the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $910,553, for Threelyonsracing. Party Girl Hill didn't race at 2, but she's started her sophomore campaign with a flourish -- four victories without a loss, including Saturday's triumph in 1:49.1 for Dexter Dunn. That equaled the mark Big McDeal established in 2012.   "She's always had good speed, nice manners -- an easy keeper. She always struck us as having class even before we raced her," said Chris Ryder, who trains Tom Hill's homebred daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap. "At 2, she had a broken P1, a bone between the ankle and the foot in the hind leg. It's not unusual for horses, and they heal up, no problem." JK First Lady finished second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Baby Your the Best third. PA Stallions Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Going Gone Hanover earned stake honors with her 1:51.4 win while Dream Dancing provided the tote board pyrotechnics, upsetting at 49-1 for Chris Shaw and trainer Mitchell York, who owns the Rocknroll Dance-Clearly Foxy filly with David Brickell. In her win, Going Gone Hanover retook the lead for Mike Wilder and wasn't threatened from there, defeating a rallying Anthem by 3-1/2 lengths. Wingding Hanover completed the ticket. "I got to drive her last week and kind of got away in a bad spot with her," Wilder said. "I either wanted to get a two-hole trip or try her on the lead today because she raced so good last week first over. Boy, did she ever show up." Brett Bittle trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Go On BB for Yankeeland Partners. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 15-race card features an $18,729.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                 The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is a nonproft oganization that represents the interests of approximately 700 Standardbred trainers, drivers, caretakers and owners at The Meadows. In addition to providing horses to race at The Meadows, MSOA administers such member-centric services as health insurance and retirement programs for horsemen and horsewomen.     P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347   724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 • msoa@themsoa.com                                                                

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claudi P V and owner/trainer/driver Serge Nadeau of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu tipped three-wide on the final turn of the third race trot and came charging down the stretch at odds of 47-1 in winning at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. R Rkadabra (Marc Lemay) cut the early fractions with Stonebridge Alert (Steeven Genois) dogging them from the start. When Stonebridge Alert was parked out against a determined R Rkadabra, Nadeau took advantage of the speed duel, tipping Claudi P V second over and then three-wide after the three-quarter mile marker. Despite being parked out three-wide on the final turn, Claudi P V kept her momentum going and pulled away at the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths over Stonebridge Alert with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. The time of the one-mile race was 2:00.3, a lifetime mark for Claudi P V. She is a four-year-old mare by Holiday Road and was bred by Scott-Marcel Brouillard, who co-owns the horse with Nadeau. Across the board Claudi VP paid $96.60, $42.10 and $11.90. It was the highest win payout this season at the Hippodrome 3R and Claudi P V's first win in three starts this year. Serge Nadeau make it a training double in the very next race for two-year-old pacers. His Windfall Blue Chip filly, Nikita Sena, made her pari-mutuel debut a winning effort in a romp. She led from the start for driver Steeven Genois, scoring an eight and three-quarter length triumph in 2:04.2. She paid just $2.10 to win for owner/breeders Nadeau and Scott-Yannick Corriveau of Quebec City. The eighth race was the Ladies Driver Challenge Pace with eight-woman drivers and the contest began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead. Driver Lena Ouellet left with Adamncam and would not let anyone pass her by as Fortune Fella (Caroline Maheux) was first-over and Old Fashioned Gal (Guylaine Gagnon) was parked out three-wide past the opening first quarter mile in :28.2. Still parked out three-wide around the second turn, Fortune Fella broke stride and carried Fortune Fella way wide and out of the race. Adamncam was alone on the lead past the half mile in :59. Then in the backstretch the race favorite Open Water with driver Johanne Letourneau came charging first-over and blew by Adamncam and Heaven For Sure (Gabrielle St Onge) by the three-quarters in 1:30 and then was home free, winning by two lengths in 2:00.3. Heaven For Sure was second with Angelo Benjo (Jessica Turenne) third. For winning driver Johanne Letourneau of St Edouard De Lotbin, it was her first victory ever at H3R. She had not driven in a race since 2008. A 12-year-old gelded son of Artiscape, it was the second win this year for Open Water. He is trained by Sylvain Fontaine and paid $3.40 to win. Track Notes: Live harness racing continues at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with an eight-race program starting at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the third race Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace where Y C Easy (post 3) will try again for an upset victory like she did last week at 6-1 odds. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Plainville, MA --- When the Grand Circuit makes its midsummer stop in Massachusetts on Sunday (July 26), the top three aged mares currently competing in the sport, all who are multi-million dollar winners, will be on hand to compete in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge Park. The much anticipated third round of the year between Atalanta and Manchego will take place in the Spirit and little separates the two coming into the race after each claiming one win in head-to-head competition. In their first meeting in the $40,000 Ms. Versatility at the Meadowlands on June 19, Atlanta and Manchego got away third and fifth respectively before Yannick Gingras pulled Atlanta and Dexter Dunn followed with Manchego. Atlanta cleared past the quarter and Manchego took control from her by the half. The pair remained one-two until they hit the stretch when Gingras tipped Atlanta and methodically gained ground on Manchego as both drivers heavily urged their mounts. When they hit the wire they were side by side and it took a photo to separate them by a nose, with Manchego getting the nod in 1:50 flat. The win time is the fastest trotting mile of the year to this point. The second meeting came two weeks later on July 4 in the $170,900 Cutler Memorial, also at M1. Atlanta and Manchego both gunned the gate and sprinted away in tandem from the field of 11 to a very hot first quarter of :25.4. Manchego was finally able to clear at that point but Atalanta was right on her back. Chin Chin Hall (Brian Sears) engaged Manchego past the half and pushed her through a 1:23.1 third quarter and around the far turn. Atlanta, who was sitting in the pocket, was able to get out at the top of the lane and tip three-deep turning for home. Atlanta drew even with Manchego in deep stretch and eventually was able to run her down at the wire to win by only 1/2 length in 1:50.1. That time is the second fastest trotting mile of the year (tied with Guardian Angel As). Despite this marquee match up, the 2020 Spirit Trot field has other very strong competitors who can definitely have an effect on the outcome of the race, making this a very bettable event. Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) has yet to win this year but has suffered bad luck in the draws with two consecutive eight holes, forcing him into two hellacious overland trips. However he has still performed outstanding despite those disadvantages, finishing second and third in those races. In the Cutler he was beaten only 1-1/4 lengths by Atalanta and Manchego after being parked out the entire mile. Manchego's stablemate Eurobond (Tim Tetrick) is coming off a powerful 1:51.2 win at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 5 and seems to be peaking at the right time for this race. He has a lifetime best outing of 1:50.1 last year at the Meadowlands and clearly has the ability to contend with these. Joey Bats (Andrew McCarthy) could be a big sleeper here after finishing only 2-3/4 lengths behind the favorites in the Cutler. He had a favorable draw (post one) and McCarthy has already pulled an upset in this stake when he followed fast fractions and snuck up the inside to win 2017 Spirit with JL Cruze at 60-1. Shartin N will make her second trip to the Commonwealth to defend her crown after she won the inaugural Barton in 2019. In that race, Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point and went gate to wire, uncontested and under a strong hold to win in 1:49.1, smashing the all time Plainridge track record. This year Shartin N started out winning two straight and taking an early season's mark of 1:50 at Dover Downs before being sidelined with a foot injury. After 18 days off she returned to the Meadowlands on July 18 in the $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial and put in a huge effort, falling short by only a neck. In a first-over trip engaging the front running Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras), Shartin N took the lead in mid-stretch but tired in the final strides to finish second behind Major Occasion (Dexter Dunn) who rallied gamely up the pylons. With that start under her belt, she remains the horse to beat on Sunday and Tetrick will have her on her toes. Kissin In The Sand was pushed extremely hard every step of the mile in that Haughton start and still tired only late. In her first outing of 2020 she scorched the Meadowlands, going gate to wire in a lifetime best 1:47.4, which is also the fastest pacing mile of the year to date. Shartin N's stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) won back-to-back races in 1:48.4 and 1:48.1 before finishing third in the Haughton, right between the two morning line favorites. This mare has paced home in :25.4 three times this year and will be in a position to upset. Another mare to watch is Trillions Hanover (George Brennan) who has also exhibited great closing speed. With four solid races in her last four starts, there is not much separating her from the favorites at the end of the day with a favorable trip. Kissin In The Sand, Soho Burning Love A and Trillions Hanover will give Shartin N all she can handle in this very short, six-horse field. The all-time track record on the trot at Plainridge Park is 1:51.3 set by JL Cruze and 1:49.1 on the pace by Shartin N. Both marks look to be under assault on Sunday. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. Post time for the Clara Barton Pace is 3:20 p.m. and the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is 3:40 p.m. Lasix schedule for Plainridge Park Sunday With the early 2 p.m. post time at Plainrdige Park on Sunday (July 26), horsemen are reminded that the Lasix schedule remains the same as other race days. Lasix horses must be on the grounds four hours before post time of their respective race and non-Lasix horses must be on the grounds three hours before post time of their respective race. Stall assignments will be available when you check in. Also please remember that the barn area will open at 8 a.m.  by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - They might have taken different paths to get there, but Altar and Southwind Tyrion both found their way to the harness racing winner's circle in a pair of $160,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals at The Meadowlands Friday night. Altar, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Swan Hot Mama, led at every call in taking the 2-year-old filly trot for driver Dave Miller and trainer Per Engblom. After heading to the gate as the 4-5 public choice, Miller urged Altar to the top and never surrendered the lead in a thoroughly dominant performance, hitting the wire 2¾ lengths in front of Material Girl in a lifetime-best equaling 1:54.4. Presto finished third. "I actually wanted to get out of there and get on Yannick's [Gingras, driving Presto] back," said Miller. "I thought that would be better. She finished real strong." After hitting the half in a rated :58, Altar accelerated and opened up 2½ on the field at three-quarters and had no anxious moments from there. "Not particularly," said Miller when asked if he intentionally sped clear of the field. "She was so relaxed, I did chirp to her on the far turn, and she did everything on her own from there."   Altar returned $3.60 to her backers, and now has two wins in three lifetime starts, good for earnings of $92,500 for owners Diamond Creek Racing. In the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, the Ake Svanstedt trained and driven Southwind Tyrion stayed perfect in two lifetime outings after scoring in a lifetime-best 1:54 coming from off the pace. The son of Muscle Hill-Taylor Jean was pushed wide into the first turn and took back to mid-pack before emerging from the five-hole approaching the half, flushing cover from Mon Amour, who was looking for a three-race Sire Stakes sweep. Miller and Heartbreak Hill were sailing along on the lead at three-quarters but brought little from there. After tipping off his cover, Southwind Tyrion exploded home in :27 to record a 3-length win over Locatelli, who did well from post 10 as the 2-1 favorite. Spy Booth grabbed the show dough. Southwind Tyrion, who returned $16.40 as the fifth choice in the wagering, now has earnings of $92,500 for owners S R F Stable and Ake Svanstedt Inc. STAYING PERFECT: A pair of $96,000 NJSS Finals for 2-year-old pacers were contested before the betting card, with both winners completing three-race sweeps after taking both of their respective preliminary legs. First up was Anna Jeans (Great Vintage-Early Go Hanover), who won the filly event in 2:05.2 for driver Jason Thompson and trainer John Urbanski. Fika Time (a Sunfire Blue Chip-Raiders Favorite gelding) stopped the clock in a lifetime-best 1:55.4 in the division for colts and geldings for Tim Tetrick and Chase Vandervort. There were also a pair of New Jersey Breeders Maturity events for 4-year-old pacers, the first of which - for horses and geldings - went to Hurrikane Emperor in 1:50. The son of Hurrikane Kingcole-Hurrikane Schmumma, the fastest horse in the sport this year by virtue of his 1:47 clocking in the Graduate on July 11, was piloted by Mark MacDonald for John McDermott. A Beach Cowgirl (Somebeachsomewhere-Limestone Cowgirl) established her lifetime best of 1:50 in holding off JK American Beauty by a half-length for Dexter Dunn and Annie Stoebe in the division for mares. A LITTLE MORE: 2016 Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder won the overnight feature - a high-end conditioned trot - in a lifetime-best 1:50.2. ... Miller led all drivers with four wins on the card. ... Betting surpassed the $2.5-million mark for the 29th time in 35 Big M programs this year, as a total of $2,759,620 was pushed through the windows, including $100,394 of action in the 50-cent Late Pick-4. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

MILTON, JULY 24, 2020 - Delightful Terror kicked off the second leg of the three-year-old pacing colt harness racing Grassroots Series in impressive fashion on Friday, July 24, circling Woodbine Mohawk Park in a personal best 1:49.3. In rein to Louis-Philippe Roy, Delightful Terror got away sixth from Post 7, tucking in behind fan favourite Bettorbuckleup as Messier Seelster led the field of nine to a sharp :25.2 opening quarter. Taking over the lead, Sunshine List maintained the brisk tempo through the :53.1 half while Delightful Terror started to advance up the outer lane behind Bettorbuckleup. Bettorbuckleup had a head in front of Sunshine List at the 1:22 three-quarters, but when Roy asked Delightful Terror for another gear the colt unleashed his trademark finishing kick and sprinted home to a two and one-quarter length victory. Bettorbuckleup settled for third and Bettor In Cash also closed well to be third. "He was great tonight. I knew he was sitting on a big effort, because he has been racing well against tougher competition," said trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford. "A hot pace to chase helped, but he put in a very good effort." The win was the first of the sophomore campaign for Delightful Terror, who finished third to Bettorbuckleup in the June 27 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Bettors Delight son, who was also a Grassroots winner at two, is owned by Shelly and Robert MacMillan of Waterloo, breeder Doug Millard Farms of Woodstock and Vivian Bell of St. Thomas, ON. Delightful Terror The win was the first of three for Roy on the Grassroots program. The Guelph resident was back in the winner's circle after the second and sixth divisions. In the second split the reinsman put heavy favourite Twin B Frenchtoast on the front from Post 2 and never looked back, rolling through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24 on the way to a 1:51.2 victory. Delightful Terror's stablemate Truffle Dog was three and one-half lengths back second and My Bettors Del completed the top three. Richard Moreau conditions Twin B Frenchtoast for William Wood of Denton, MD, William Dittmar, Jr. of Langhorne, PA, Stephen Iaquinta of Havertown, PA and Toby Rekoon of Westfield, NJ. Friday's victory was the Sunshine Beach colt's fourth of 2020 and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Twin B Frenchtoast Roy completed the Grassroots hat trick with a front end effort aboard YS Mathis in the last $23,150 division. The pair took control heading by the :27.1 quarter, rang up a :56 half and a 1:23.2 three-quarters, and then held off Sundown Kid and fan favourite Mayhem Hanover in the stretch for a neck victory in 1:51. Puslinch resident Moreau also trains Sportswriter son YS Mathis for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. YS Mathis, a two-time winner at the Gold Series level as a two-year-old, earned his first win of the sophomore season in the June 27 Grassroots event. YS Mathis "All three are good Grassroots horses. They're really nice colts. It shows how deep the three-year-old pacing colt division is this year. I couldn't tell you which one of the three is the best right now," said Roy of his Grassroots winners. "This division will probably bring us a nice competitive race when it comes time for the Finals." Driver Jody Jamieson recorded a Grassroots driving double, guiding Sports Obsession and Cold Creek Cabo to wins in the fourth and fifth divisions. Sports Obsession, also a Gold Series competitor at two, went gate-to-wire from Post 6, hitting the wire in a personal best 1:51.3. Bettor At Hightide finished four and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite and Illbewatchingu was third. "He's sort of a hard luck three-year-old," said Jamieson, whose wife Stephanie Jamieson trains the Sportswriter son for Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. "He's big and strong, but he just couldn't go with the Gold colts this year. The Grassroots helped tonight as he got it his own way and jogged, really." Sports Obsession In the fifth division Jamieson left smartly with Cold Creek Cabo from Post 4 and led the field to a :26.4 quarter, then yielded to fan favourite Mack, content to sit in the pocket through a :55.2 half and a 1:23.3 three-quarters. In the stretch Jamieson gave the Dali gelding a clear look at the finish and Cold Creek Cabo kicked home to a one-half length win in 1:51.4. Mack settled for second and Day Delight was third. "He just got a great trip and turned it into a win," said Moffat resident Jamieson. "He's a real green colt, but he knows where the wire is." The win was Cold Creek Cabo's first, in just his fifth lifetime start. William Slack trains the youngster for breeder Daniel Walker and Debora Stokes of Grafton, ON. Cold Creek Cabo The other division went to The Wild Card and driver Doug McNair who went gate-to-wire in 1:52.2 for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. Gonnahaveonemore and Lous Delight finished three and one-half lengths back in second and third. The win was The Wild Card's second in Grassroots action, putting him in a tie for top spot in the division point standings with YS Mathis. The next opportunity for the three-year-old pacing colts to pad their Grassroots point tally comes August 16 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The Wild Card Complete results for Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. On Saturday evening (July 25) the three-year-old pacing colts will square off in Gold Series action at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The talented pacers will battle in Races 2 and 8 on the program, which gets underway at 7 pm. Video: Race 1 - Delightful Terror; Race 2 - Twin B Frenchtoast; Race 4 - The Wild Card; Race 6 - Sports Obsession; Race 8 - Cold Creek Cabo; Race 9 - YS Mathis OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 24, 2020 -- Reflect With Me ventured to Harrah's Hoosier Park for the first time in her illustrious harness racing career and made her Hoosier Park debut a winning on Friday, July 24 as she captured the featured event of the evening, the $100,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in an eye-catching 1:48.2, Reflect With Me destroyed the previous track record for three-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park, established a new lifetime mark and also recorded the season's fastest time for a three-year-old pacing filly with the win. The mile also marked the second consecutive night a national season's record was established at Harrah's Hoosier Park. With regular pilot Andrew McCarthy in the sulky, Reflect With Me left just enough from post four to grab a pocket seat behind Priceless and Brandon Bates who left alertly from post five. Priceless appeared relaxed on the front as she dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :55. As the field approached the final turn, Trace Tetrick had Lady Lou out and attacking from first-over and the pace began to quicken with a three-quarter clocking in 1:21.4. Priceless was able to put away Lady Lou but Reflect With Me was winding up in the pocket. McCarthy found late racing room and the top two fillies were matching strides down the lane. Using a: 26.1 final quarter, Reflect With Me was able to stick a head in front of a very game Priceless to get the win. Genie Rockwell and Marlin Fry utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. Sent off at odds of 1-5, Reflect With Me returned $2.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "I respect Priceless a lot and knew we wanted to stay close to her," McCarthy noted after the victory. "I was hoping for room in the stretch. This filly is so speedy; she'll sit you back in your seat when you ask her to go." "She's got extreme speed," he continued. "She just wants to win." With the win, the 2019 Breeders Crown winner remains undefeated in three starts to kick-off her sophomore campaign. For her career, Reflect With Me has won eight of 14 races, missed the board only once, and amassed $625,122. Trained by Tony Alagna, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Remember When is owned in partnership by Brittany Farms LLC and Bradley Grant. Brittany Farms also bred the filly. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 25 with a 14-race card featuring two $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff    

By Jonny Turner    After eight years, Taitlyn Hanara made a perfect return to Addington to help her share the lead with Sheree Tomlinson midway through New Zealand Junior Driver’s Championship on Friday night. Hanara made a perfect start to the first three heats of the competition at Addington when flying down the centre of the track to win behind Franco Riot. Though it was her first official race day drive at the Canterbury track, it was not the North Island team member’s first success there. “The last race I won at Addington would have been at 2012 in the Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup,” Hanara said. “So, it was always a goal to come back and win a big race.” “Franco Riot was my first race day drive there and to get the win made it even better.” Patient tactics, tracking I’m Jimmy James and Ben Hope, lead to Hanara’s victory in heat one. “We followed Ben out of the gate and he didn’t really go forward, so we just sat back and did our own thing.” “She was just travelling the whole way.” “When Ben moved out three-wide I thought we might as well have a crack and she flew home really good down the outside.” Franco Riot scored by three-quarters of a length over Tomlinson’s drive, Motoring Major. John Morrison picked up the points for third in heat one with Spicy Girl Bequi. Hanara next picked up minimal points when eighth with Carnegie Hall in heat two. The race was won with another patient drive, this time by Kerryn Tomlinson behind Aladdin Sane. Alicia Harrison was runner-up with Jimmy Carter and Sheree Tomlinson again picked up points when third with The Player. Henara sat out heat three, but that was not all bad for her. Firstly, she picked up the mandatory seven points for not having a drive. Secondly, she watched on as her North Island teammate Nathan Delany won with Glacier Coaster. Thirdly, Hanara drives the Bruce Negus trained winner in heat 4 of the competition at Addington on Sunday. The reinswoman had some light-hearted words for Delany following his win. “She should be a good chance on Sunday, hopefully my teammate hasn’t taken too much out of her,” Hanara quipped. Sarah O’Reilly went agonisingly close in heat two, finishing second by a nose with Stick Man. Luke Whittaker took third points with Adam Patron. At the completion on Friday night’s first three heats Hanara and Sheree Tomlinson were the joint leaders with 29 points. Kerryn Tomlinson and Delany finished night one tied for third on 27 points. The South Island team held the slighted of leads with 145 points, ahead of the North Island’s 144 points, going in to Sunday’s final three heats. Three more heats of the New Zealand Junior Driver’s Championship will be held at Addington on Sunday.   Leaderboard: Taitlyn Hanara 29 Sheree Tomlinson 29 Nathan Delany 27 Kerryn Tomlinson 27 John Morrison 26 Alicia Harrison 25 Sarah O’Reilly 25 Luke Whittaker 24 Fergus Schumacher 22 Mark Hurrell 20 Ben Hope 18 Dylan Ferguson 17   South Island Team 145 North Island Team 144   Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Trenton, NJ – Karl-Johan Blank has built a business empire in Europe and is now looking to create a harness racing legacy in the United States. The 57-year-old is owner and CEO of Jula Holding AB, which features a highly successful chain of 103 department stores throughout Sweden, Norway and Poland. He has also started or purchased numerous other companies over the years, including real estate and financial institutions, hotels, and Hööks, which has 53 stores selling equestrian accessories in northern Europe. At age 10, Karl-Johan’s parents began with trotting horses on their small farm named Jultorp, which became the inspiration for the company’s business moniker. In 2008, Blank met Tommy B. Andersson, a respected trainer/horseman who hailed from the same area of Sweden. The two went in on the first horse Blank ever purchased and an ownership career blossomed. “After that I bought some horses almost every year; more like a hobby,” Blank said. Since Andersson had years of experience in America, it was only natural the duo gravitated to the States. Then it became more than a hobby. “I decided in 2018 to go to the Lexington Sale and the Red Mile,” Blank said. “That had been my dream and goal for a long time, but I was always busy with my purchasing work at the hardware fairs at that time of year. “Together with Tommy I bought four horses and one more in Harrisburg. This time they were horses that I really liked, with very good pedigree and at a little bit higher level.” Included in that group was the Susanne Kerwood-trained Jula Shes Magic, who won the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final for 2-year-old filly trotters. In fact, “all five were racing as 2-year-olds and did OK.” Another of those was a colt trotter Jula Trix Treasure – most of Blank’s horses are named after his business – who has his final Hambletonian prep in Saturday’s $89,100 Tompkins-Geers Stakes at The Meadowlands. Jula Trix Treasure, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind 2-1 Real Cool Sam. A half-brother to millionaire Uncle Peter, Jula Trix Treasure won a division of the Reynolds Memorial on July 11 and finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship one start earlier. The son of Trixton-Victory Treasure sold for $145,000 under the name Trixton’s Treasure at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale. “I really liked the pedigree on the horse especially with the mother producing a horse like the fantastic Uncle Peter,” Blank said. “I also really liked the way he moved with his star-like charisma. He was a very good-looking horse. I liked the size and Tommy B could not find anything wrong with him.” Last year, while trained by Per Engblom, the colt had two wins and two thirds in five starts, earning $15,685. “We realized last year that he was not an early horse because of his size so we gave him a lot time with Per,” Blank said. After winter training in Florida with Andersson at Sunshine Meadows, Svanstedt began training Jula Trix Treasure in April. “I have had horses with Ake over the years and thought that he would fit in very well with Ake’s good training and driving methods,” Blank said. “We thought that he should be better and better with every race but of course you never know. So far, it’s been very positive, and I am very happy with what he has done.” In four starts this year, Jula Trix Treasure has two wins, a second and a third, and $69,575. The plan is to enter him in the Hambletonian, but Blank and Svanstedt will make the final decision after Saturday’s race. Eliminations for the Hambletonian, the sport’s premier race for 3-year-old trotters, will be Aug. 1 at The Meadowlands and the final is Aug. 8. “I hope he will be one of the best (Saturday), and that it’s a fast race because he’s always strong in the finish,” Blank said. If the horse does enter the Hambletonian, how might he stack up against the sport’s best 3-year-old trotters? The owner won’t predict a win but thinks Jula Trix Treasure can be among the leaders. “There are some very good horses, but he is getting better and better for every start,” Blank said. “He is strong and tough. I think he can be a (contender).” Jula Trix Treasure is one of nine horses in the U.S. now owned by Blank, who is building himself up in harness racing the same way he did in the business world. Following the oil crisis in 1979 his father, Lars-Göran Blank, founded Jula Industri AB in the family barn to produce a device that was a combined log saw and log splitter. The idea came from his grandfather, Otto, who made circular saws to produce firewood for gas cars during World War II. The business name evolved from farm’s Jultorp title. Lars-Göran’s wife, Irene, was also part of the operation and 16-year-old Karl-Johan would work there after school as the device began selling well. Before there was ever Amazon or eBay, the Blanks expanded their business by selling accessories to their invention to farmers in small, mail-order leaflets. Karl-Johan eventually began working for his dad fulltime. “The business expanded fast with a bigger catalog, so in 1984 we started Jula Mail Order AB and had some very good years,” Blank said. Father and son became co-owners in the early 1990s, building a chain of DIY stores and changing the name to Jula AB. Rapid expansion of the stores began in 1995 and, a year later, G&K Blanks real estate firm was established. Business sky-rocketed from there. The Blanks won Sweden’s Businessman of the Year award in 2005 and purchased a company plane one year later. The Jula Hotel was inaugurated in 2007 and the company went international in 2008. Lars-Göran passed away in 2014 and Karl-Johan became owner under the title Jula Holding AB. While still maintaining its department store empire, the company has diversified into numerous fields in creating a billion-dollar business. On the company website, Blank says “Different business areas have developed and created new business opportunities as the business has grown. Some of these have developed into independent companies that are now part of the Jula Holding Group. With this arrangement we see excellent opportunities for the businesses to support each other.” As Blank’s professional operation expands, so too, does his Standardbred world. After his 2018 foray at Lexington, he followed up by purchasing five more horses in Lexington and Harrisburg last year. Four of them qualified, giving Blank nine horses that are actively racing. Seven of them have, or will, race this week at Yonkers, Mohawk and the Meadowlands. Karl-Johan also owns eight horses in Sweden and breeds in his homeland “on a hobby level.” “There have been some really good times,” he said. “I had a part in Good As Gold; he won the (1995) Swedish Derby and was the best colt in Sweden at 3 and 4 years old. I also owed his son, Filled Gold, that won the Danish Kriterium.” He is hoping for some more good times in America, and is happy with his arrangement with Andersson, who trains the horses at Sunshine Meadows from sale until the end of April. Blank becomes an interested observer during that period. “I like to spend a couple of weeks in Florida then, to take time to watch the training and be with the horses,” Blank said. “After April we like to place the horses with the best trainers that we think will be good for the horses. After the season some of the horses go back to Tommy for winter training. I am very happy with the way it’s working out just now.” Saturday’s card at The Meadowlands also includes two Tompkins-Geers divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters. Next Level Stuff is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the first, Sister Sledge is the 7-5 favorite in the second. For complete entries, click here. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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