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An Open Trot headed by Silverhill Volo; a Distaff Open Pace featuring Velocity McSweets and Delightfully Wild and a California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies are the main attractions on Saturday night's Cal Expo program. There will be 13 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 4:50 p.m. Silverhill Volo is a 10-year-old son of Muscle Hill who is owned, trained and driven by Chip Lackey. He comes into this assignment with 29 wins from his 141 starts, $174,000 in his bank account and a 1:55 1/5 lifetime standard. The veteran sidewheeler rattled off five straight victories to begin this meet, including the December 12 Joe Lighthill, then suffered his first defeat at this stand when he was parked the mile and had to settle for second behind Pridecrest on January 24. Silverhill Volo got his in his last start, however, as Lackey motored him right to the front from the outside slot in the field of six and guided him to a three-quarter length victory over his arch-rival. Pridecrest goes about his business for Chris Schick, with Kathie Plested the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen is back at the controls. He has over $342,000 in earnings and his 1:53 2/5 mark is the course standard here at Cal Expo. He overcame a layoff to upset Silverhill Volo two back, then left into the eventual pocket last time around and could not quite get to the Lackey protégé. Looking at the Filly and Mare Open Pace, Delightfully Wild is an 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight out of the Western Ideal mare Will Ride Hanover who carries the banner of Richard Morita and David Yamada, takes her lessons from Jessie Pacheco and will have Doug Chappell in the sulky. With Chappell taking over the driving two weeks ago, Delightfully Wild lived up to her name off the gate to rocket to the front, opened up a long lead at the half and then held safe by a length and three-quarters for the $36 upset in a sizzling 1:52 2/5 tour Major Al-mar takes command No doubt enjoying the fact that the streaking Silverhill Volo and course record-holder Pridescrest were absent from the line-up, Major Al-mar went out last week and posted a coast-to-coast victory with Cordarius Stewart at the helm. The 5-year-old trotting son of Money Talks goes about his business for Amy Fichtner and Vikki Pfeilsticker, is conditioned by Rick Bertrand and shaved two ticks off his lifetime standard with the 1:56 final clocking. While he has found the Open ranks a bit challenging, he was right at home last Sunday evening and Stewart motored right to the front, carved out the fractions without pressure and Major Al-mar was able to hold off the pocket-sitting Teachmehowtotry and favored Flameon for the one-length score. Five races later, it was once again the Bertrand barn taking bows as Catchmeinadream posted a $41 surprise with Luke Plano in the sulky. The 4-year-old mare, who is also owned by Bertrand, looked more like a 1-9 shot than a 19-1 chance as she romped home by six and a quarter lengths in a sparkling 1:54 4/5 mile. The odds were inflated due to the fact that River Lassena was 50 cents on the dollar in that affair on the strength of having won four of her last five outings coming into this affair. As things turned out, the long-fused distaffer was just too far back while doing her work from the outside post in the field of nine and had to settle for third. Considering the mile Catchmeinadream turned in, she wasn't going to lose this race no matter how well placed the favorite was in the early stages. Catchmeinadream's tally sparked a $2,153 payoff in the 20-cent Pick 5, once again pointing out how the reduced 16 percent takeout rate consistently results in sweet overlays. In addition to the 20-cent early and late Pick 5, the 16 percent takeout rate also applies to the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

World champion trotter Muscle Hill's trainer, Gregory Peck (Yes, the same name as the late, great, legendary actor) is our special guest on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show. Gregory Peck, trainer of the legendary Muscle Hill, who many consider the greatest trotter of all time (21 starts and 20 wins, earnings of 3.27 million & world record of 1:50.1).   Mr. Peck tells Freddie, Trade and Bob how he out bid trainer Chuck Sylvester by $5,000 at the Harrisburg sale to become Muscle Hill's winning bidder. As a top trainer, Greg gives his expert opinion on drugs in racing and his thoughts on the overuse of Lasix and much more. Listen to this powerful conversation on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show.   To listen to the show, click here.    by Fred Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show    

East Rutherford, NJ - Manchego made her final career start a winning one, capturing Saturday's (Nov. 21) $320,000 TVG Open Trot championship by 1-1/4 lengths over Atlanta in 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands. Lindy The Great finished third. Manchego, a 5-year-old mare, was retired in a ceremony in the winner's circle following the race. She ended her career with 33 wins in 56 career starts and $2.72 million in purses. Her victories included the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. Manchego is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years. She has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. In 2017, Manchego won all 12 of her starts and became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter in Breeders Crown history as well as the first unbeaten 2-year-old filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. With her Breeders Crown triumph last month, she joined Peace Corps and Grades Singing as the only female trotters with at least three trophies. Manchego, by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3, and Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. She is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing and was bred by Brittany Farms. "She's just a super mare," Nancy Takter said. "She's been great since the first moment that she ever set foot on the track. "When you get the call that you get to train a horse like Manchego, those calls probably aren't going to come very many times in my life, so I appreciate every moment that I had with her. She's just an unbelievable mare. She makes my job easy, she makes all of us look good around her, because she's just such a professional." On Saturday, Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn watched from fourth as Crystal Fashion led to the quarter in :28 and half in :57. As the field neared the final turn, Dunn moved with Manchego and gained the cover of Atlanta, who had been racing in second. Crystal Fashion remained on top at three-quarters, reached in 1:24.1, but in the stretch it was all Manchego, who came home in :27 for the victory.   "It's fitting that the first time she ever went behind the gate was at The Meadowlands and she gets to finish her career here with a win," Takter said. "She started her career with a win at The Meadowlands and she's going to end it the same way." Said Guariglia, "It feels wonderful. She almost made that look too easy. She's super sharp right now. I was a little nervous when they got to the half in :57; she probably hasn't seen that since she trained back in March. Win or lose, I was ready for the emotions tonight. But, obviously, it's great to win." Manchego, the slight even-money favorite over Atlanta, paid $4.00 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

CHESTER, PA - Developing younger horses were featured in a trio of $11,200 harness racing features at Harrah's Philadelphia during an afternoon where the track went from "good" to "fast" as the moisture in the surface was worked away. The fact that the track was still rated "good" for his race didn't bother the Western Ideal sophomore gelding Full Send at all, as he powered out of the pocket for driver Montrell Teague to easily catch pacesetting favorite Rockin The Blaze in 1:50.2 in the single pacing feature. One of the star performers in a tough three-year-old pacing colt division along the Pennsylvania Fair circuit this past year, Full Send set a new mark while taking his eighth win of the year for trainer Eli Scott Jr. and Chesapeake Equine Clinic Inc.   In the first of the two trotting headliners, held when the track was still "good", the Muscle Hill sophomore filly Zoe F raced off to a big lead down the backstretch and had open distance on her opponents to the wire while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:56.2 (taken over an "off" track at Pocono). Andrew McCarthy was in the sulky for trainer Francisco Del Cid, who is also the co-owner with Whiskey Trail Stables Inc. The track rating had been upgraded to "fast" by the time the other trotting headliner went to the gate. That race was taken by Andela, who made the lead, let the favored Bang Bang Boinga go to the lead before the half to trail behind her, then came out in the stretch to catch the pacesetter in 1:55.2, lowering her fastest clocking ever. The three-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, whose second dam is the champion CR Kay Suzie, was driven and is trained by Rod Allen, and owned by Rod Allen Inc. For the third straight day (all of which involved some moisture), the track was not kind to pacesetters. Tim Tetrick was the winningest driver of the day with four tallies, and none of his winners were closer than fourth or within three lengths of the lead at the three-quarters, usually the road to nowhere at Philly but lately a preferred route to the winners circle. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

The record-setting career of Manchego will come to an end Nov. 21 at The Meadowlands. Barry Guariglia, who owns the 5-year-old trotting mare, said her final start will be in the TVG Series championship, either in the Mare Trot or Open Trot. Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and earned $2.56 million. Her victories include the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. She is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years. She has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. In 2017, Manchego won all 12 of her starts and became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter in Breeders Crown history as well as the first unbeaten 2-year-old filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. With her Breeders Crown triumph two weeks ago, she joined Peace Corps and Grades Singing as the only female trotters with at least three trophies. Manchego was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3, and Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. Guariglia will keep Manchego, who is by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, as a broodmare. "For me, that (TVG) will be a rough one because it's been so wonderful, and I do like to race," Guariglia said. "It'll be a rough one, but the start of a new chapter for her. "She seems to be in good form, so hopefully we've got one more (win) in us." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Timonium, MD — David McDuffee purchased two of the five highest priced yearlings during Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, including sales topper Delilah Hanover for $440,000. Delilah Hanover, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Danielle Hanover, is from the family of Donato Hanover, the 2007 Horse of the Year, and a half-sister to Darlene Hanover, this year’s Jim Doherty Memorial winner. Delilah Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Nifty Norman will train the filly. “I thought she was just an absolute outstanding individual,” McDuffee said. “That’s my pick of the litter, so we had to stretch a little longer than we wanted to, but she’s pretty good.” In addition, McDuffee purchased Energetic Hanover, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Eloquent Grace, for $325,000. He is Eloquent Grace’s first foal and from the family of millionaires Ginger And Fred and Fred And Ginger. Energetic Hanover also was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Tippet, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Ilia, sold for $400,000 to Nancy Takter as agent. She is a full sister to Grand Circuit stakes winner Long Tom and a three-quarter sister to last week’s Breeders Crown runner-up In Range. Tippet was bred by Windsong Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “She’s a really nice filly, looks really athletic,” Takter said. “I like her size. She’s not too big, she’s like racy kind of size. She moves well and stands well, so hopefully she races well.” Also selling for $400,000 was Peyton Hanover, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Pennies From Above, to Jeff Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. She is from the family of Dan Patch and O’Brien awards winner Wheeling N Dealin. Peyton Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. “We thought she would go for less, but it ended up that we had to pay as much as we did,” Snyder said. “We decided that filly was the one we wanted. We thought because she sold early in the sale (Hip No. 9) she might not go quite that high, but we did the business we had to do, and we’re happy. She’s got residual value and we’re very happy with the purchase.” Completing the top five was Frozen Hanover, a pacing colt from the final crop of Somebeachsomewhere, who sold for $325,000 to Determination. Out of Fashion Ecstasy, Frozen Hanover is a full brother to millionaire Filibuster Hanover. His second dam, Galleria, was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner and her stakes-winning offspring include new Breeders Crown champ Sandbetweenmytoes. Frozen Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Determination also had two other purchases in the top 11, trotting colt Capulet (Walner-Tosca) for $235,000 and trotting filly Gyre Hanover (Father Patrick-Global Desire) for $225,000. Capulet’s family includes millionaire Guccio while Gyre Hanover is from the family of Glidemaster, the 2006 Horse of the Year. Capulet was bred by Steve Organ and consigned by Walnridge Farm. Gyre Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The opening session of the sale grossed $12.8 million and averaged $83,201 for 154 yearlings. Last year, the sale got off to a record start, grossing $19.2 million and averaging $113,976 for 169 horses. In 2018, the average was $93,541 and in 2017 it was $75,305. A total of 41 horses sold for at least $100,000, with 16 going for at least $200,000. “I think the sale was very strong,” Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. “I think the middle, especially, was encouraging. We didn’t have as much extreme ups and downs. I think the middle was stronger than it’s been for quite a while. “Obviously, there were some big sellers. Determination was especially active and we’re grateful for their participation. Mr. McDuffee as well. I think it’s been great. I should mention Nancy Takter for buying my own filly (Tippet). That was fun. “I think these are pretty good numbers.” Trotting fillies led in average, at $99,553 for 38 yearlings. Trotting colts averaged $60,622 for 37. Pacing fillies and colts were nearly identical, with fillies averaging $85,923 for 39 and colts averaging $85,900 for 40. Among trotting sires, Bar Hopping averaged $125,000 for three yearlings while Muscle Hill averaged $122,800 for 20. Among pacing sires, Bettor’s Delight averaged $152,500 for four while Somebeachsomewhere averaged $118,333 for nine. Captaintreacherous averaged $92,652 for 23, tops among pacing sires with double-digit sellers. The second day of the three-day yearling sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Wednesday. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner with Chris Tully

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Manchego became only the fourth trotter in harness racing history to win three Breeders Crown trophies by capturing Saturday's (Oct. 31) $300,000 Mare Trot in 1:52 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Dispatched as the 4-5 favorite, Manchego won by 3-1/4 lengths over Plunge Blue Chip. When Dovescry overcame a break at the start to rally for third. Manchego joined Peace Corps, Grades Singing and Mack Lobell as the only trotters with at least three Crowns. Peace Corps holds the Breeders Crown record with four titles; Grades Singing and Mack Lobell each had three. In Saturday's final, Felicityshagwell S went to the front followed by Plunge Blue Chip, Weslynn Quest, and Manchego. The top four remained in that order through a :27.3 opening quarter and :56 half. Entering the last turn, driver Dexter Dunn put Manchego on a first-over march. She was third to three-quarters in 1:24.2, and she briefly followed Plunge Blue Chip (Ãke Svanstedt) -- who pulled the pocket in the stretch -- before powering past her rivals for the victory. "It actually worked out good because I got on (Svanstedt's) helmet for a while; he sort of beat me into the stretch there," Dunn said. "Once I moved her off Ãke's helmet, she really exploded. "She's an amazing horse. She really did it easy. It was a good performance tonight. It's a pleasure to sit behind her." Manchego's previous Breeders Crown triumphs came at age 2 at Hoosier Park in 2017 and at age 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park last year. "It sure never gets old," said owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing. "She's an awesome mare. It's been a great ride." Manchego, a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, is trained by Nancy Takter. Manchego has won five of 12 races this year and 32 of 55 in her career, with earnings of $2.56 million. She was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego paid $3.80 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown  

Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has learned that 2016 Triple Crown winner and triple millionaire trotter Marion Marauder has been retired from racing. The decision was announced on Friday (Oct. 23) by his connections, trainers Paula Wellwood & Mike Keeling, and owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. "After consultation with some top equine veterinarians, we have accepted that he will not be able to compete at the elite level. We have also during this period of time explored the possibility of him standing stud, unfortunately his lack of fertility worsened with age and he his not able to breed. "He is a member of the family and will have a home for life. We have reached out to the Kentucky Horse Park in hopes that he may live out his days in their Stable of Champions, he certainly has earned it," said the connections. "It is not without some emotion we make this announcement but we have been so proud and thankful for his accomplishments. He truly is the Horse of a lifetime." With $3.5 million-plus in the bank -- more than any other active Standardbred -- and 21 trips to the winner's circle, Marion Marauder boasts the resume of a racehorse that few can match. He won the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity in 2016 to become just the ninth trotter to win trotting's Triple Crown. The son of Muscle Hill - Spellbound Hanover also won the Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial at three en route to a season that amassed more than $1.5 million in purses, topping the North American earnings charts for all trotters. As an older competitor, his stakes scores included the 2017 Graduate Final and the Hambletonian Maturity, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, 2018 John Cashman Memorial and the 2018 Caesars Trotting Classic. The majority of those wins came with regular driver Scott Zeron. Marion Marauder was also named the 2016 O'Brien Award winner for Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts/Geldings and 2016 USHWA Dan Patch Award winner for Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts before repeating that honour stateside as the 2017 USHWA Dan Patch Award winner for Older Trotting Horses. He retires with a mark of 1:50.2, taken this year at the age of seven, and sits as the eighth richest North American-based trotter in harness racing history. From Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider

Lima, OH - Royally-bred, multiple stakes winner MUSCLE DIAMOND 2,1:53.4; 3,1:53.2f; 1:50.1 ($834,424) has been retired from harness racing and will begin stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2021 breeding season. The fastest male trotter ever sired by the incomparable Muscle Hill, he is from the World Champion mare WINDYLANE HANOVER 3,1:53 ($1,155,231), and will stand for a stud fee of $4,000. A fast and ultra-consistent performer, Muscle Diamond was 55 times 1-2-3 in 70 lifetime starts with 20 wins. At age six, when he took his 1:50.1 record at The Meadowlands, he won 7 of his 13 seasonal starts, which also included the prestigious Vincennes Trot on Hambletonian Day, defeating some of the top trotters of the day like Pinkman and Obrigado. Throughout the first four years of his career, he was handled by the leading money-winning driver of all time, John Campbell. "Muscle diamond was a perfect horse to drive. He had a pure gait with a very high turn of speed," noted the Hall of Famer, and now President & CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "He raced at the highest level throughout his career and was very versatile with exceptional speed out of the gate." Earning an average of $119,203 per season in seven years on the track, he raced against the best stakes trotters in North America during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons. At 2, he won the International Stallion Stake at Lexington, and was second in both his elimination and the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final (by a head to Hambletonian winner Pinkman) at The Meadowlands. At 3, he went back to the Red Mile and captured the Bluegrass Stake, won numerous other stakes events around the Grand Circuit, and then capped off his sophomore season with a close third in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine. When the 2021 breeding season begins, Muscle Diamond will be the fastest trotter to stand in the state of Ohio. In fact, only two horses sired by Muscle Hill have ever trotted faster than Muscle Diamond, and they are both female. Yankeeland Partners (Charles E. Keller III, Charles E. Keller IV, Brett Bittle and Dan Bittle) selected Muscle Diamond as a Yearling, and have owned, trained and campaigned him ever since. Trainer Brett Bittle said, "We are excited to team up with Randy and Kim Haines and their Cool Winds Farm of Ohio to stand Muscle Diamond. We believe his exceptional breeding and talent on the track will be passed on to the next generation. He possessed unbelievable speed, stamina and athleticism ranking as one of the top 2-year-olds of his year." Yankeeland breeding manager Dan Bittle agreed, "Muscle Diamond has the breeding, ability, attitude and conformation to be an impact sire in the lucrative Ohio program. We are looking forward to breeding, purchasing and racing his sons and daughters in the Buckeye State." Coming full circle and impeccably bred, his dam Windylane Hanover won the 2002 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, was a World Champion, won $1.15 million and went on to be named the 2003 Dan Patch Older Trotting Mare of the Year. She was campaigned by none other than Brett Bittle and owned by the Kellers and Dan Bittle. Muscle Diamond will stand in 2021 for a stud fee of $4,000, with multiple mare discounts available. For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm  

CHESTER, PA - Both Hillexotic and Pat Matters were very impressive in taking the two top harness racing trots conducted on the Thursday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the $12,800 feature for classclimbing youngsters, the Muscle Hill sophomore gelding Hillexotic moved raw at the half and trotted his last half in :56.2 despite 39 days away from the races to win by 4¾ lengths in 1:55. Hillexotic, unraced at two, now has four wins in his last six outings and a $161,540 bankroll for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and Purple Haze Stables LLC.   In the $11,600 contest for fast-class trotters, the Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters also roared uncovered to the backstretch lead and won by 10½ lengths, with her time of 1:52.3 only three-fifths of a second off the Philly divisional track record co-held by Hannelore Hanover and Arabella's Cadet. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky for trainer Nifty Norman as the fast distaff raised her earnings to $284,472 for the Patricia Stable.   Dexter Dunn and Tim Tetrick, 1-2 in the 2020 moneywinning drivers standings, each had a triple on the Thursday Philly card. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Standardbred Canada has reported that Real Cool Sam, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner as top two-year-old male trotter, has been sidelined due to an injury and will not race again in 2020. "He's up at Fashion Farms right now," trainer Jim Campbell told the Red Mile's broadcast team. "We had to stop with him, he had an injury in his right hind. Everything's looking good for him to come back next year, and the Hambletonian Maturity will be one of the things on our list for next year." Coming into the 2020 season, Real Cool Sam won nine of his 10 starts as a two-year-old, with his only defeat coming in the $789,474 Breeders Crown final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Prior to, the Muscle Hill gelding out of former Campbell trainee Cooler Schooner won several Pennsylvania Sire Stakes prelims, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and the Peter Haughton Memorial. Much like his dam -- who still holds the world record for two-year-old trotting fillies on a five-eighths mile track -- Real Cool Sam set a world record in his final victory of his two-year-old season with a 1:52.1 win in a division of International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile. As a sophomore, Real Cool Sam was winless in two starts. He last raced on July 25 at The Meadowlands, finishing sixth in a division of the Geers. The gelding sports a lifetime summary of 9-0-0 in 12 career starts with $512,838 in earnings. From Standardbred Canada

LEXINGTON, KY --Ake Svanstedt trainee Southwind Tyrion strolled to the front from the pylon post and sped to a 1:51.1 victory, setting a world and stakes record in beating Walner's mark of 1:51.4 in the first of three divisions for the $258,800 Six Pack International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot--sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms--on Friday (Oct. 9) at The Red Mile. Svanstedt sent the Muscle Hill colt to the top while In Range secured the pocket and 4-5 favorite Venerate floated off the car into third. By the quarter in :27.4, Southwind Tyrion continued unchallenged to a :55.1 but faced pressure into the far turn as Venerate marched first over from third. But Venerate broke stride by three-quarters in 1:23.2, leaving Southwind Tyrion to his own devices through the stretch. In Range kept in contention but gave pursuit from second with Cricket Fashion finishing third. "My plan was to sit behind Venerate," said Svanstedt after the race, "but I pushed [Southwind Tyrion] a little when Tetrick [driving In Range] was coming and then he was a little grabby, so he was too fast for Venerate to come. He felt good the whole mile." Owned by S R F Stable, Knutsson Trotting, Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing, Southwind Tyrion won his fifth race from seven starts, earning $280,797. Southwind Farms LLC bred the $4.40 winner. Jean Pierre Dubois' grandson Louis Badron landed the drive on local startup Cuatro De Julio and kept all challengers at bay, taking the second division of the Six Pack in 1:51.3. Badron blasted Cuatro De Julio for the lead from post 5 and took the field by the quarter in :27.4 with Johan Palema sitting second and Delayed Hanover third. The field continued single file by a :55 half but began to tighten into the final turn as Cuatro De Julio trotted to three-quarters in 1:23.4. Delayed Hanover ranged first over towards the tempo setter heading for the stretch drive and dug into the Trixton colt's lead while drifting through the stretch. Cuatro De Julio responded to the challenge and held strong on the lead to the finish, nabbing his ninth win from 13 starts. Delayed Hanover settled for second with Jack Fire closing for third and Swingforthefences finishing fourth. "I got off a plane to drive this horse today," Badron said after the race. "[Marie Otolan Bar] just told me to 'do your best' and she did great work with the horse. He's so fast... he's so fast." Bred by Dream With Me Stable and owned by D Farm LLC, Cuatro De Julio has accrued $129,275 in earnings. Marie Ortolan Bar trains the $6.20 winner. With three horses going on a gallop early in the mile, Zenith Stride inherited a pocket trip and popped to a 1:53.2 victory in the final division of the Six Pack. Unwritten Chapter broke at the start as Locatelli left for the lead along with Moonstone S to the pylons, but Fly Light landed in the pocket after Moonstone S went on a gallop circling the first turn. Locatelli led to the quarter in :27.3 and broke loose on the lead before breaking stride moving up the backstretch. Fly Light overtook control to a :55.3 half with Zenith Stride positioned second. By three-quarters in 1:25, Fly Light held a diminishing lead into the stretch. Zenith Stride angled from the pocket and took aim at the leader, going by into the eighth pole chased by Sevenshadesofgrey splitting horses late but managing only to give chase for second. Magical Muscle Man took third while Fly Light faltered to fourth. "I think [he's just had] practice," said trainer Mark Harder, talking about the colt's improvement through the season. "Even training down as a young horse in the winter he'd do goofy things. On his day he'd do things great and trot nice--he'd always trot nice. We did some bloodwork [after last week] and we did find something that we could do to help him health wise. I don't know if he was 100 percent today, but he was better." Collecting his second win from eight starts, Zenith Stride has banked $204,825 for owners Emilio & Maria Rosati. Brian Sears drove the Fair Winds Farm Inc.-bred Muscle Hill colt who paid $12.40 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 10) with a total seven divisions of International Stallion Stakes--three for the $299,100 Betting Line Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and four for the $304,000 International Moni Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Racing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Trotters commanded the spotlight during the third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Muscle Hill colt Knockout Lindy commanded a top bid of $172,000 to lead the 180 yearlings to pass through the sales ring on Wednesday evening (Oct. 7). The triple-eligible Knockout Lindy (hip 477) — who is eligible to stakes programs in New Jersey, Kentucky and Massachusetts — sold to Kenneth Jacobs for $172,000 from the Preferred Equine consignment on behalf of Lindy Farms. He is the fourth foal from Kinda Crazy Lindy, and a half-brother to Kinda Lucky Lindy, who has earned over $250,000 to date in his racing career. Walner colt Play Fiercely (hip 392), who is eligible to both the New Jersey and Kentucky stakes programs, sold for $160,000 to Marcus Melander, who served as an agent for Courant Inc. The second foal of former Pennsylvania standout Womans Will was bred by Ontarians Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz and was part of a strong consignment from Kentuckiana Farms. The highest-grossing pacers on the session were the Brittany Farms-raised American Classic (hip 391), who attracted a $120,000 bid from Wallace Standardbreds of Puslinch, Ont., and Spring Haven Farm's Bettor Dance (hip 470), for whom John Cancelliere paid an identical amount. Of the 10 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000, Åke Svanstedt purchased three of them, including California Gold (hip 417), a Muscle Hill colt who sold for $120,000; Bur Bun (hip 422), a son of Googoo Gaagaa who sold for $105,000; and Southwind Frank filly Totality (hip 364), who was jointly the highest-grossing filly on the session at $100,000 and is out of Buckette winner Miss Tezsla. In all, the 180 yearlings grossed $6,497,000 and yielded an average price of $36,094, representing a drop from $7,656,000 in aggregate receipts (-15.1 per cent) and a per-yearling average of $44,254 (-18.4 per cent) from the 173 yearlings sold at last year's third Lexington session. Thus far, 479 yearlings have passed through the Lexington sales ring this week and over $32.9 million has changed hands. For complete sale results, click here. From Standardbred Canada

Lexington, KY — Monday’s (Oct. 5) opening night of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale might have lacked last year’s big bangs, but it still provided plenty of fireworks at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. A year ago, the first night saw the sport’s first million-dollar yearlings, Maverick and Damien, pass through the ring, which helped propel the sale to session records of $18.2 million in gross sales and $154,288 in average for 118 horses sold. Monday’s numbers dipped from those lofty levels but were better than the two years prior to 2019. Monday night’s gross was $15.2 million and the average was $129,127 for 118 horses sold. The gross was down 16.3 percent from 2019 but up 18.1 percent from $12.9 million for 102 horses in 2018 and 43.2 percent for 93 horses in 2017. The average was down 16.3 percent from 2019 but up 2.1 percent from $126,471 in 2018 and 12.9 percent from $114,344 in 2017. “I thought it was a very good sale overall and it should set the tone for the rest of the week,” said sale co-manager Randy Manges. “Everyone that brought horses to sell here were pleased and so were the buyers. “Although a lot of the people that normally are here were not, which certainly can be understood, there was a good crowd, and we had a lot of bidding online. We did not sell many horses online but there were a lot of bids. We should have the numbers for that (Tuesday) and I look forward to seeing them.” Trotting filly Kadena, from the first crop of stallion Walner out of two-time Dan Patch Award winner Mission Brief, grabbed the headlines as the night’s top seller, going for $725,000 to trainer Marcus Melander as agent for Anders Strom’s Courant Inc. The price set a record for any yearling filly sold at auction, surpassing the $625,000 for pacer Laugh A Day in 1983 and $600,000 for trotter Ineffable in 2019. Kadena was bred by Mission Brief Stable and consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency. “That was exciting,” Melander said. “We knew she was going to be expensive. She’s a nice filly with a great pedigree. She has a great body, great conformation, stands correct, which is very important. She has everything a good horse should have. I’m very happy to train her. For Anders it’s good too. He’s already thinking about breeding her to Greenshoe when she’s done racing. Now I just have to do a good job in between.” Melander, as agent, also got trotting colt No Ball Games for $340,000. No Ball Games, by Muscle Hill out of Amour Heiress, is a full brother to stakes winner King Alphonso. The family also includes 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton. No Ball Games was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “He’s a nice horse, great family,” Melander said. “He was one of my favorite colts in the sale. I’m happy to get him.” Bonanza, a half-brother to 2019 Trotter of the Year Greenshoe and last year’s $1.1-million yearling buy Maverick, sold for $600,000 to trainer Nancy Takter as agent. The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Designed To Be. Bonanza was bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. “He’s a really nice individual, great pedigree,” Takter said. “I know that he’s been raised right. It’s like a home run working with (the breeders and consignor). “And then there’s Maverick. He trained down great and Tony (Alagna) and everyone just love him. He probably got sick and it could have slowed him down a little bit but I’m sure Tony will figure it out. He’ll show he’s everything everyone also thought he was.” Trotting filly Monkey Queen, by Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, sold for $450,000 to Lindy Farms and M&M Racing. She is a full sister to Gimpanzee, who received the 2018 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter and has earned $2.43 million in his career to date, as well as multiple stakes winner Iteration. Monkey Queen was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. Andy Miller Stable Inc. purchased two $400,000 sons of Muscle Hill. Knights Guard, out of O’Brien Award winner Stubborn Belle, is a full brother to 2019 Kentucky Sire Stakes champion filly Ms Savannah Belle. He was bred by Al Libfeld and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. Trunk Bay, out of stakes-winner Sunshine Delight, is from the family of two-time Dan Patch Award winner Passionate Glide. He was bred by James Wilhite Jr. and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. “Right when I got the catalog these horses jumped off the page at me because of how much I liked their pedigrees,” trainer Julie Miller said. “Then when we went to Kentuckiana, they just both stood out. I’m just fortunate it worked out in my favor and I’m bringing them home.” Andy Miller Stable Inc. also purchased trotting filly Cash Machine Girl, by Muscle Hill out of stakes winner Brooklyn, for $300,000. She is a full sister to stake winners Brooklyn Hill and Kings County. She was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “I think the top horses went for the prices they would have always brought (even during COVID-19),” Julie Miller said. “I think it was a really good night for buyers and sellers. Fortunately, things have started to straighten out. New Jersey received their appropriation, New York is back up and running and Pennsylvania is strong. The Ontario program is phenomenal. So, we can buy horses because they have places to go.” The top selling pacer was filly Lightnier, by Captaintreacherous out of Mythical. She sold for $375,000 to trainer Dave Menary as agent and is a half-sister to millionaire Medusa and O’Brien Award winner Alicorn. She was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. Muscle Hill led trotting sires with $4.81 million in gross and $192,400 in average for 25 horses sold. Walner was second in gross with $2.64 million and in average with $155,294 for 17 horses. Captaintreacherous led pacing sires with $1.52 million in gross for 12 horses. American Ideal topped the average with $133,750 for four horses, followed by Captaintreacherous at $126,667, and Huntsville at $125,000 for seven horses. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

LEXINGTON, KY-- Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill leads the Alagna Armada's charge on Sunday (Oct. 4) at The Red Mile, where the champion harness racing filly will race in the final of a total 12 divisions of Bluegrass Stakes. Ramona Hill, conditioned by The Red Mile's leading trainer Tony Alagna, will start from post 7 in the third of three divisions of the $209,600 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by the Bar Hopping Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm. The Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy filly enters the race the 8-5 morning line favorite and on a six-race win streak with 12 wins overall from 14 starts and $1.3 million banked. Regular pilot Andrew McCarthy will have the reins as she competes against Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Crucial, who starts from post 5 for trainer Ron Burke and driver David Miller. The opening division of the Bar Hopping sees Nancy Takter trainee Panem finally shake away from the top fillies of the division. Finishing third in the Hambletonian Oaks, the Father Patrick filly has since taken residency at the Lexington oval competing in Kentucky Sires Stakes and finishing second in the $250,000 final. Dexter Dunn will steer the three-time winner with over $300,000 earned from post 3 against Sans Defaut, who enters off a win in the $83,800 Old Oaken Bucket, and New York Sires Stakes star Love A Good Story. Hambletonian Oaks champ Sorella returns stateside in the second Bar Hopping division following a third-place finish in the $266,000 Elegantimage at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Yannick Gingras drives the Muscle Hill filly for trainer Nancy Takter as she matches up with Elegantimage runner-up Sister Sledge--starting from post 7 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Tim Tetrick--and Oaks runner-up Hypnotic AM--starting from post 5 for trainer Marcus Melander and driver Brian Sears. Alagna sends Captain Kirk in the opening Bluegrass Stakes division on the day, the first of three splits for the $203,800 Captaintreacherous Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace--sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. Sired by the star Alagna pupil and the stake's namesake, Captain Kirk enters off a third-place finish to Tall Dark Stranger in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final. Joe Bongiorno drives the only horse to beat Tall Dark Stranger this year from post 4 against Little Brown Jug-heat winner Sandbetweenmytoes and Jug runner-up Cattlewash. Capt Midnight later goes for Alagna in the second Captaintreacherous division. Another sired by Captaintreacherous, Capt Midnight nears $500,000 in earnings after finishing third in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug, but then scratching from the final. Andrew McCarthy will drive from post 1 against world champion and Ohio Sires Stakes-star Elver Hanover, Grand Circuit-upstart Warrawee Vital and Kentucky Sires Stakes runner-up Fortify. Tall Dark Stranger leads the final division of the Captaintreacherous as the 3-2 morning line favorite. The millionaire son of Bettors Delight has only lost twice in 18 starts and accrued $1.7 million in earnings from wins including in the Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace and North America Cup. Yannick Gingras drives the colt from post 1 for trainer Nancy Takter as they face Captain Barbossa, starting from post 6 for trainer Tony Alagna fresh off a win in the Little Brown Jug. Per Engblom trainee Beads looks to continue his trail of improvement in the first of three divisions for the $211,700 Greenshoe Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by the Greenshoe Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. The Archangel colt was aimed earlier in the year for the Hambletonian but failed to make the final. Once adding Lasix on Hambletonian Day, the Archangel colt has yet to lose and will carry a five-race win streak into Sunday with Brian Sears at the helm from post 5. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champ Amigo Volo returns to the site of his coming-out in the second Greenshoe division. Last year, the Father Patrick gelding shipped to Lexington and won his division of Bluegrass by seven lengths and the next week, despite making a break in the race, won in a division of International Stallion Stakes. The Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee parlayed those performances into a win in the Breeders Crown and has since also finished fourth from post 10 in the Hambletonian and won the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. Dexter Dunn drives the near millionaire from post 7. Norman later sends Chestnut Hill, off a 60-1 upset in the Canadian Trotting Classic, in the final division of the Greenshoe. The Muscle Hill colt had, prior to his Grand Circuit victory, strolled to a 1:53.2 win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation. David Miller gets the reins back as Chestnut Hill starts from post 5 in a field which includes an Ake Svanstedt-trained trio: Gangster Hanover from post 1, Coventry Hall from post 6 and Jula Trix Treasure from post 8. Alagna sends a pair in the first of three divisions of the $236,600 American Ideal Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management. Reflect With Me, a daughter of Captaintreacherous, enters the 2-1 morning line favorite off a second-place finish in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final to Baby Your The Best--who starts from post 1. Andrew McCarthy again drives the filly while her stablemate, New York Sires Stakes champ Hen Party, starts from post 3 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Sail By steps up into Grand Circuit company for trainer Tony Alagna in the second American Ideal division off a 1:50.4 romp in the Kentucky Commonwealth Final. Andrew McCarthy will drive the Captaintreacherous filly from post 8 as she competes against the likely favorite in the race Party Girl Hill, who enters undefeated in 11 starts and off a victory in the Jugette. Dexter Dunn drives the 2-1 morning line choice for trainer Chris Ryder. Runner-up to Party Girl Hill in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, JK First Lady will start from post 2 in the final division of the American Ideal. The Nancy Takter trainee, out of former pupil JK Shesalady, enters off a 1:49.1 victory in an overnight race at the Meadowlands in the middle of September. Yannick Gingras drives the Western Ideal filly against a field including Alagna trainee Lady Lou from post 5, Jugette runner-up New Year from post 6 and Linda Toscano trainee Rocknificent from post 7. The stakes-laden 15-race card gets underway with first-race post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

Today’s Deutsches Traber Derby at Berlin Mariendorf in Germany (purse 200,050€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 4.4/1 Wild West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stabke Why Not. This was his second 2020 victory in six starts and raised his lifetime earnings to 135,811€. 11/1 Straight Flush (3m Pastor Stephen-Pantsnsox Diamant) took second for Michael Nimczyk and owner Ulrich Mommert. 6.5/1 Toto Borosso (3m Ready Cash-Bibi Borosso) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Gold Cap BR (3m Prodigious-Baccara BR) was fourth for Cees F. Kamminga. The 5/10 favorite Keytothehill was a miscue dq along with Cunningham and Venture Capital. Wild West Diamant Wild West Diamant  On the undercard was the Traber-Derby B Finale (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) and Body N Soul (3m Maharajah-Reve d’Amour) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Mike Lenders for Stall Soulmate. Winnetou Diamant (3m Conway Hall) was next for the Bakker/Hagoort team and Knock On Wood (3g Expo Bi) was third for Jaap van Rijn. Body N Soul Yesterday was the annual Derby Auktion Berlin. The catalog, videos and results follow. There were 84 lots sold. The sale topper was hip 9, Lauria Inferior S (f, Muscle Hill-Linda di Casei-Uronometro), that brought 100,000€. Her first dam was a great racemare that won 841,937€ in her exceptional career and now the dam of Axl Rose, a winner of 576,935€. Laura Inferior S   Other sale leaders included hip 10, Hurricane (m, Father Patrick-Scully’s Girl-Muscle Hill-Scully FBI), for a 90,000€ winning bid. Hip 54, Matt A Fortuna (m, Southwind Franck-Freeway Fortuna-Conway Hall) was next at 65,000€., Berlin Marienndorf files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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