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Franck Anne teamed the improving Urac de Valong to victory in the Quinte+ Prix du Journal GENY Courses at Vincennes, defeating 17 rivals in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters. The European eligible event carried a €48,000 purse. It was a close battle for second with four contestants within a length. Ulk de Godisson and Staro Foot Loose ended second and third respectively. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was €3,390 excluding the €4.1 million jackpot. Replay of stretch drive. Race summary June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Journal Geny Courses, €48,000, European six year-olds, 18 starters, 2700 meters, Quinte+, 1.14.6kr Urac de Valfong (6g Membo King-Helenime), Franck Anne, 4.5/1 Ulk de Godisson (6g Obrillant-Deesse de Godisson), Franck Ouvrie, 8.2/1 Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease), Robin Bakker, 3.6/1 Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 12.7/1 Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran), Roberto Andreghetti, 20.5/1 ................................................................................................. The excellent card also showed victories by Freeman T. Porter (son of Korean, sire of Sebastian K, handled by trainer Conrad Lugaur), Altesse du Mirel (by Ready Cash and trained/reined by Pierre Vercruysse) and Vittel de Breval (Sebastian Ernault up on this son of Jag de Bellouet). Race summaries follow. June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hygica, €50,000, 2850 meters, European, 16 starters, 1.13.7kr Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 8.4/1 Tamisso (7g Nobody du Chene-Hastavissa), Cedrik Megissier, 5.9/1 Tabrouk de Payre (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre), J-Ph Monclin, 27.9/1 ................................................................................................ June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Sappho, €52,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.8kr Altesse du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), Pierre Vercruysse trainer/driver, 5.3/1 Aura des Racques (4f Coktail Jet-Ohana des Racques), Franck Nivard, 24.3/1 Aida d'Heripre (4f Prodigious-Norma d'Heripre), David Thomain up, 2,6/1 ............................................................................................ June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lydia, €54,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13kr Vittel de Breval (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), Sebastien Ernault trainer, driver , 7/10 favorite Vaisman (5m Memphis du Rib-Iula du Douetil), Franck Anne owner, trainer, driver, 3.9/1 Venosc de Mirel (5g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome), J-M Bazire, 12.3/1 Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday morning's Breakfast with the Babies at The Meadowlands was offered up on a perfect morning with mild temperatures and little wind.   Quick impressions were that the Jimmy Takter Stable has another powerful group of freshman trotters, his fellow Swede Ake Svanstedt is a quick study with pacers and Tony Alagna chose well last fall.   Jimmy opened with a trotting filly triple, winning the first with Tangerine Bi in 2:01.3. She is a Yankee Glide from Muscovite that he drove for the partnership of Christina Takter, Marvin Katz and John & Jim Fielding who gave $70,000 for her at Lexington. Takter Stable then took the second with Wild Honey in 2:00.1 leading all the way with Yannick Gingras driving for Christina, John & Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman over Sales Office Lillie and She's On Fire. She is also a Lexington Select graduate at $35,000.   Third race, same story with the sharp looking Donato Hanover x Southwind Allaire filly Sarcy exploding from the pocket for an effortless 1:58.4 win with Gingras driving for Takter over Rules Of The Road and Wordie Hanover. It was the second impressive morning appearance for the $37,000 Lexington buy, owned again by Christina Takter and the Fielding brothers. After his entry was scratched in the fourth race, Takter resumed winning in the fifth with the $80,000 Harrisburg buy Speak To Me impressing with a closing move into a 28.3 final quarter for the 2:00.3 win. Brittany Farms paid $80,000 for the first crop Muscle Massive filly out of Ms Naughty at Harrisburg. Encora and Iluvmyjimmychoos followed the winner under the wire.   Takter later sent out the Bettors Delight x Armbro Amoretto pacing colt Bet You to win the morning's fastest race as he closed to a 1:55.3 win with Yannick driving. In a race with plenty of pace and action, Bet You sprinted home in 27.1 for a clear win over pacesetter Elwell. He cost Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and J McClelland $75,000 at Lexington last fall.   Ake Svanstedt unveiled a sample of his first crop of yearlings trained in the US with a good showing. He won the sixth with Blue Muse, a Muscles Yankee filly from Upside Blue Chip he owns in partnership with her breeder, Jeff Gural's Little E LLC. She sat just behind the lead and trotted by in the stretch in 2:01.3 with a 29.2 final quarter. Svanstedt then unveiled a really talented SJ's Caviar x ENS Tag Session colt named Centurion ATM in race eight coming first over into a 1:33 three panels then drawing off to win in 2:00.3 under his own power. He cost Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting Inc. (the Sebastian K owners) $100,000 at Harrisburg and he looks like the goods. Elusive Action and Mercury Fashion followed the winner in.   Ake came back to win a pacing race with the Western Ideal x Bold Pink colt Badix Hanover in 1:57.1. He was a $30,000 Harrisburg yearling and is owned by Svanstedt.   Trotting colt Gifted Way closed up considerable ground willingly into a 28.3 final quarter to nip Amicus in 1:58.3 for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. This sharp looking Cantab Hall colt from rare Gift brought $170,000 at Lexington and is owned by Brittany Farms, Little E LLC, Joe Sbrocco and Deo Volente Farms in a Myron Bell partnership. Longcat Hanover looked good too. He won from behind for Nifty Norman and Dave Miller in 2:00.3 with a good last quarter. Pinske Stables and Enzed Racing gave $40,000 for this Muscle Massive colt from Likeavirgin Lindy.   The pacers started with a pair of nice Rocknroll Hanover fillies battling through a 26.3 final quarter with Smart Zone (Open Book Test) prevailing narrowly for Marcus and Erv Miller over Wicked Little Minx from the Svanstedt barn, the mile in 1:57.1. Paymaq Racing and D&M Trading gave $48,000 for her at Harrisburg.   She's Some Treasure is the full sister to Captaintreacherous and she flashed speed and grit in her 1:57.1 trial this morning. She was out past the quarter then cut the mile, sprinting home in 27.4 for Tetrick. She is trained in the Tony Alagna barn for breeder & owner White Birch Farms. Tony had a nice pair in the last race with Trading Up winning on the lead despite going greenly for Scott Zeron, holding off stable mate Robert Hill in 1:56.1 with 26.4 on the end. He's a Somebeach from Rita J owned by Alagna, Alber and Waxman, an $80,000 but at Harrisburg.   Racing tonight at 7:15 with the third edition of the Cameltonian headlining the card.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

This weekend we are straying from the norm and handicapping all the elimination races at Pocono Downs. They are some great races and, of course, next week’s finals will be superb for sure. Yes, on Friday is the $50,000 TVG Trot at the Meadowlands, but I feel its Sebastian K all the way even after being off for so long. But the action will be fast and furious at Pocono Downs Saturday night. Good Luck! $25,000 Trot Earl Beal Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 3rd race – Last week was a close call for Nuncio and he gets the call again in here again, but the margin could be a neck too as Datsyuk has been razor sharp this season. Use Datsyuk and Don Dorado in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace James Lynch Memorial 3YO Fillies Elims 4th race – If not for starting from the outside in post eight, Act Now would be a shoo-in against this field. She has won her last two starts impressively and has shown she can handle an outside post and has great closing speed. Use Weeper and Gallie Bythe Beach in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Earl Beal Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 5th race – Some say they were toying with the field last week, but Father Patrick just held on at the wire for a neck victory. Favorite for the Hambo needs to not cut it so close this week as the competition continues to improve. Father Patrick is unbeaten this year in three starts and should take another. Use Harper Blue Chip and Sumatra in exotic plays.  $20,000 Pace James Lynch Memorial 3YO Fillies Elims 6th race – Was no easy task picking a winner in here as field is very competitive. I am going with Allstar Rating as she draws the rail, has shown she can win from off the pace and has been close to the action every week. Use Beach Body and Fancy Desire in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Max Hempt Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 7th race – Despite costly break last week in NA Cup at Mohawk, Always B Miki should be able to rebound in here from good post position. Has tons of speed and ability, rested and once on the lead will not be caught. Use Limelight Beach and Bondi Hanover in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace James Lynch Memorial 3YO Fillies Elims 8th race - No can deny that Uffizi Hanover is now the queen of the 3YO pacing fillies after her easy victory in the Fan Hanover final last week. She has seemed to regain her winning form from last year and two starts back she showed she can win from and outside post too with an amazing :25.1 last quarter mile. Use Tyra and Also Encouraging in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Max Hempt Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 9th race – Looks to me that All Bets Off is the horse to beat with four wins and a second in his five starts this year and on all size tracks. This $7,000 yearling purchase has now won $387,000 lifetime and is headed to victory lane once again. Use Cammikey and Western Vintage in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Ben Franklin FFA Elims 10th race – This race could be as good as the final next week. I have to come back with Captaintreacherous after his super strong effort last week in 1:49.2 in his 2014 debut. Pacer of the Year last two seasons may not lose a single race this year. Use Foiled Again and Sunshine Beach in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Max Hempt Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 11th race – It was a toss-up between Bushwacker and McWicked and I am going with Bushwacker. He has been racing over this oval last two starts winning from both on and off the pace and has touted as the real thing. We will find out as McWicked is also a top competitor. Use McWicked and Somestarsomewhere in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Ben Franklin FFA Elims 12th race – Even with a couple of weeks off, Sweet Lou has really come back to form this year with three straight wins against the best pacers around and will take another in here. Use Bolt The Duer and Clear Vision in exotic plays.

It is as if he can toy with the field at any time as Sebastian K showed once again he is currently the most dominant trotter in the world, remaining unbeaten in 2014 with his third straight win. With trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt aboard, Sebastian K led from start to finish in winning the $50,000 TVG Free For All Trot Friday at the Meadowlands. Sebastian K was making his first start back after not racing for 33 days. The eight-year-old stallion by Korean from Sweden, left out of the starting gate like he was shot out of the cannon and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.3 with Archangel (Yannick Gingras) getting the two-hole trip with. Svanstedt then backed it down to the half in :56, almost daring anyone to try and come first-over and no one was biting. Then Market Share (Tim Tetrick) started to move first-over and grabbing the outside trip was Arch Madness (Trond Smedshammer) as they went by the three-quarters in 1:24.1. It was then that Ake Svanstedt led Sebastian K have his head and the world champion began to pull away from the field and cruise home to win by more than two open lengths in 1:50.3. His last quarter a speedy :26.2. Archangel was second with Market Share third. His time was just two-fifths of a second from his world record mile of 1:50.1 on May 10 and he becomes the first trotter ever to record three straight victories in under 1:51. And once again Sebastian K raced barefoot with no shoes on his hooves. “I think he is better with a few weeks between races,” said Ake Svanstedt. “He can leave pretty fast if I want him to.  He can do everything. I could have driven him faster if I knew how close we were to the record. He was not tired, we could go faster if I asked him to. Usually he waits for the others but today he was wanting to go. I think we will go for the world record. He is in very good form right now. His next race will be at Pocono Downs next week.” Owned by Khutsson Trotting, Inc. of Vero Beach, FL, Sebastian K posted his 29th career victory. He now has lifetime earnings of $2, 423,149. He paid $3.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

If it seems like a while since world champion trotter Sebastian K went to the racetrack, that's because it is. The No. 1-ranked harness racing horse in North America last appeared on May 17 when he won the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial in a stakes-record 1:50.2. His connections hoped to race last week in the third round of the TVG Free For All Series for older trotters, but the race failed to draw enough entries. So Sebastian K's return was delayed until Friday's $50,000 TVG leg. But gaps in Sebastian K's schedule are nothing new. After all, when he competed in the Cutler Memorial eliminations and final, it marked the first time he ever raced in consecutive weeks. "He's been off a month before and come back racing very good without training him too hard," said Bernie Noren, top assistant to Sebastian K's trainer-and-driver Ake Svanstedt. "We don't go on the round track, but we've been training regularly on the sand track and doing intervals. He's doing very good, training very well." Sebastian K is the 4-5 morning line favorite in Friday's race. He will leave from post five. The remainder of the field features DW's NY Yank, Archangel, Market Share, Arch Madness, Creatine, and Sevruga. Following the TVG Free For All Series start, Sebastian K is expected to head to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 28 for the $100,000 Mohegan Sun Invitational Trot. "It would have been nice to have gotten to race last week because then he would have had two weeks for the next race," Noren said. "He's going to race in the Pocono Invitational next Saturday. It would have been nice not to race two weeks in a row because he's going to have a busy schedule in July. But it is the schedule and he'll have eight days between the races." Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Sebastian K was the U.S. Trotting Association's Horse of the Month for May after winning his Cutler Memorial elimination in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 and capturing the Cutler final a week later. The Cutler elims and final counted as the first two rounds of the TVG Series. Those two starts were the beginning of Sebastian K's North American racing career. The 8-year-old trotter was Sweden's Horse of the Year in 2012 and has won 28 of 65 lifetime starts and earned $2.39 million. Svanstedt, Sweden's five-time Trainer of the Year and three-time Driver of the Year award winner, moved his stable to the U.S. late in 2013. Sebastian K has generated excitement on this side of the Atlantic and added depth to an already talented division of older trotters. "We're very happy that people are excited to see him and come forward and say it was nice to show up with a nice horse," Noren said. "I'm a big harness fan, always have been all my life, so to give harness racing a boost so that we can go forward with this sport that we love, it's a great thing to do. I know it's a lot of money to be a stallion, but everybody loves racing. We don't like to see good horses in the breeding shed too early." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Despite not having raced in weeks, Sebastian K remains #1 in the weekly harness racing Top Ten Poll.  Trixton, with his big score in the Goodtimes Final at Mohawk Raceway, moved ahead of Perfect Alliance to the number two spot while Perfect Alliance, who saw her 11-race win streak come to a close to Classic Martine in the Armbro Flight, get voted down to third place. JK Endofanera, who was not even in the top ten last week, jumped up to fifth place off his impressive win in the $1 million North America Cup final. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 5 – 6/17/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 341 1 2 Trixton (2) 3tc 6-5-1-0 $229,712 267 T4 3 Perfect Alliance (4) 4tm 12-11-1-0 $177,637 230 2 4 Sweet Lou 5ph 6-3-1-1 $148,500 194 3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 3-3-0-0 $89,931 146 6 6 JK Endofanera 3pc 5-4-0-1 $541,667 112 -- 7 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 10-6-3-1 $355,523 106 T4 8 Anndrovette 7pm 9-4-1-1 $362,437 95 -- 9 Modern Family 5th 12-6-5-1 $241,150 67 9 10 Market Share 5th 4-2-0-0 $145,000 66 7 Also: Foiled Again (59), Dancin Yankee (47), Shake It Cerry (39), Uffizi Hanover (33), Captaintreacherous (24), Classic Martine (23), P H Supercam (20), Maven (16), Tellitlikeitis (12), State Treasurer (8), Act Now (7), Apprentice Hanover, Cammikey, Table Talk (3), Let’s Drink On It (2), I Like My Boss, Sam Hill (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 4 – 6/10/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (28) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 343 1 2 Perfect Alliance (6) 4tm 11-11-0-0 $122,575 299 2 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 6-3-1-1 $148,500 177 5 T4 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 9-6-2-1 $287,213 168 3 T4 Trixton 3tc 5-4-1-0 $104,546 168 6 6 Father Patrick (1) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $53,781 126 8 7 Market Share 5th 4-2-0-0 $145,000 102 4 8 Foiled Again 10pg 8-4-1-2 $197,100 90 7 9 Modern Family 5th 12-6-5-1 $241,150 79 -- 10 Dancin Yankee 6ph 16-9-3-1 $212,640 61 9 Also: Shake It Cerry (56), State Treasurer (47), Anndrovette (36), P H Supercam (31), Maven (22), Apprentice Hanover, Tellitlikeitis (20), Yagonnakissmeornot (15), JK Endofanera (13), Bee A Magician (9), All Bets Off (7), Bandolito, McWicked (5), Act Now, Table Talk (4), Cammikey, Let's Drink On It, Lyonssomewhere, Precocious Beauty (3), Sam Hill, Tyra (2), I Like My Boss, Western Vintage (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Modern Family was his best Saturday in the $200,000 inaugural Charlie Hill Memorial FFA Trot at Scioto Downs as he led from start to finish over a field to top performers with total lifetime harness racing earnings of more than $10 million. Sent off as the 9/5 second choice in the race, Modern Family was driven for the very first time by Hall of Famer Dave Palone. They won the race by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:52.2, which set the track record for older horses and tied the all age trotting record. The tenth race feature saw Creatine (Mike Lachance) go out quickly to the early lead but on the move was Palone with Modern Family and they took command after the opening quarter mile in :27. Modern Family then led the field past the half mile marker in :56.4 as Arch Madness and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. moved first-over to challenge with DW’s NY Yank (Josh Sutton) following second-over and world record holder Market Share (Tim Tetrick), the betting favorite, third-over on the outside. The action really heated up after the three-quarters in 1:24.2 as DW’s NY Yank fanned three-wide and carried Market Share four-wide as they geared up for the stretch drive to try and beat Modern Family. But Modern Family and Palone would hear or see nothing of that as they skirted away from the field to win with ease over Archangel (Chris Page) with Creatine third. Market Share was a disappointing sixth place finisher. “Daryl (Bier) said he was a beautiful horse to drive,” Dave Palone said. “That he had plenty of gate speed and that was all we needed. I had never driven him before but I am a fan of the horse. I have seen him racing against Sebastian K and can see how great a horse he is. He has a really nice way of going. I was lucky enough to get a call from Daryl asking me to drive him. Daryl and I have been friends for over 25 years.  It’s just nice to do good for good people.” Trained and co-owned by Daryl Bier of Smyrna, DE with Charles Dombeck of Davie, FL and Richard Pollucci of North Easton, MA, it was the sixth win in twelve starts this year for Modern Family. The five-year-old stallion by Cantab Hall now sports earnings this year of $241,150. Modern Family paid $5.80 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

This weekend the bulk of the racing action is at Mohawk Raceway both Friday and Saturday as they host the eliminations for five major stakes events headlined by the North America Cup for three-year-olds pacers. The big stakes event of the weekend is Saturday at Scioto Downs with the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial FFA Trot plus on Sunday Vernon Downs hosts two rich ($217,000/$215,00) finals of the Empire Breeders Classic. Good Luck! $35,000 Trot Armbro Flight elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 2nd race FRIDAY – Very tough to go against perfection, as in Perfect Alliance, who is perfect this year with ten straight wins. She is the first to have beaten Bee A Magician and should be able to lay over this field with her front end dominance. Use Ma Chere Hall and Rocking With Dewey in exotic plays. $35,000 Trot Armbro Flight elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 3rd race FRIDAY – She may have tasted defeat for the first time in over a year, but Bee A Magician is still the best there is and may not get beat again this year. She was a game second to Perfect Alliance in her first start back and now gets tested again but should prevail. Use Classic Martine and D’Orsay in exotic plays. $30,000 Trot Goodtimes elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 5th race FRIDAY – This is the tougher of the two divisions tonight but I think that Flyhawk El Durado will end up being the best in here. He easily handled his division of the NYSS last week with a sharp 1:55.1 triumph at Tioga Downs and now seems primed to cut loose in here. Use Verdi and Hitchin A Ride in exotic plays. $30,000 Trot Goodtimes elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 8th race FRIDAY – Here comes on of the dynamic Jimmy Taker’s three top Hambletonian prospects. Trixton has been nearly perfect this year with three wins in his four starts this year, including a sizzling 1:51.2 lifetime mark. Once he gets rolling he should not be beat. Use Speak The Truth and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Fan Hanover elims 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 1st race SATURDAY – With five return winners in this field there is no clear standout so I am going with Nat A Virgin. This filly was decent last year and is coming off a sharp win here last week in 1:50.3 with a final quarter mile in :26.3. All she really needs to do is repeat that effort to win again. Use Beach Gal and Uffizi Hanover in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Fan Hanover elims 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 2nd race SATURDAY – Here comes the Dan Patch winning two-year-old pacing filly of the year in 2013, Precocious Beauty. She started off the season with an easy win in the NYSS at Vernon Downs in 1:52.4 and should be ready to cut loose against this field. Use Lady Shadow and Major Dancer in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace N.A. Cup elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway  3rd race SATURDAY – Here is the first of three great preliminary round divisions. JK Endofaneara is undefeated in his three starts this year, can cut the mile of come from off the pace and is super razor sharp. He will be very tough to beat. Use Western Vintage and Limelight Beach in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace N.A. Cup elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 5th race SATURDAY – This is the toughest of the three divisions as a good case can be made for just about everyone in this field. I am going to go with Let’s Drink On It because last week he faced He’’s Watching and went first-over against him in a valiant second place finish. Same effort will make him a winner in here. Use Always B Miki and McWicked in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Rose Are Red elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 8th race SATURDAY – This will be a real slugfest as some top mares will be going to post in this first division. Some are worried that Shebestingin was not at her best in her last start. Well, horses, especially mares, can have off days and I think this was one of them so watch her warm up and then you will see how great she really is. World champion mare will make amends. Use Anndrovette and Drop the Ball in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace N.A. Cup elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Looks like He’s Watching is back into the swing of things after being choked down in first start in the Rooney elims. He came right back last week and smoked’em with a 1:49.3 romp and will most likely repeat that same effort tonight. Use Tellitlikeitis and Doo Wop Hanover in exotic plays. $200,000 Trot Charlie Hill Memorial Older Horses Scioto Downs 10th race SATURDAY – The older trotting ranks this year will be a sensational division. Tonight we have the return of $800,000 winner Creatine to the mix of outstanding squaregaiters but all eyes will be on the continuing world champion Market Share. With Sebastian K not yet in the traveling mood, Market Shares looms the horse to beat and rightly so. He made amends for his costly break two starts back with a world record effort last time out. Use Modern Family and Arch Madness in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Rose Are Red elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – Another world record holder heads this field as Somwherovrarainbow comes to Mohawk off her amazing 1:48 mile in her last start. She has been tops this year with six wins in eight starts for the Joe Holloway Stable and should be able to continue her winning ways. Use Camille and Moneky On My Wheel in exotic plays. $217,725 Trot Empire Breeders Classic 3YO Fillies Vernon Downs 6th race SUNDAY - Looks like it will pay big time for a couple of horses to be New York sired with these two rich stakes. The filly field is headlined by the Leigh Raymer entry of Avalicious/Winning Pursuit for the Crawford Farms. They have each won recent starts and provided winning Pursuit can mind her manners, can take this field. Use Glowngold and Annies List in exotic plays, $215,125 Trot Empire Breeders Classic 3YO Colts Vernon Downs 9th race SUNDAY - Tough to not like Expressive Action in here. Undefeated early on with two straight wins against this same company. Look for him to either cut the mile or come from off the pace and win once again. Use Karets and Cash For Gold in exotic plays.

Ten solid veterans face the starter Sunday in the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix in Norway. The winner will earn 1.5 million norwegian kroners ($250,000 US) after covering the 2100 meters autostart course. The French will send three to battle with Solvato and Raja Mirchi (game performer in Elitloppet 2014). Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugeard lead the French entrants and Un Mec d'Heripre was an impressive winner in his last appearance plus he'll have Bjorn Goop at the lines. The leading money winner in the field is the old-campaigner Roi de Lupin, with over 13.8NOkr million earned for trainer Jean Paul Marmion. The lineup is summarized below and program is available at https://www.rikstoto.no/program/pdf/BJ_20140608_Baneprogram.pdf June 8, 20014 Bjerke, Oslo Grand Prix Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 1.5NOkr million to winner, 10 starters 1.SOLVATO, Veijo Heiskanen 2.JULIANO RAGS, Noralf P. Brackken 3.B.B.S. SUGARLIGHT, Peter Untersteiner 4.ORALI, Jeppe Juel 5.ROI DU LUPIN, Anthony Barrier 6.M F.X.ROYAL, Lars Anvar Kolle 7.RAJA MIRCHI, Jorma Kontio 8.SUPPORT JUSTICE, Geir Vegard Gundersen 9. UNIVERS DE PAN, Philippe Daugeard 10.UN MEC D'HERIPRE, Bjorn Goop The Sunday undercard at Bjerke is exceptional featuring the Elite for three-year olds (race 1) with Juniata Hanover at the start; the two heat and final Energima Cup (races 2, 3 and 7) includes Winmecredit, I'm The Answer, V.C Chocoholic and Broadway Legs. The Elite for four year-olds includes Denver, Single Sock, Alizea du Kastel and Tumble Dust; and the Europamatch with Mr. Chicago, Clint W. Boko, Nothing But Class and Stelton at the start. Former Hambletonian Oaks Winner Bold And Fresh is in race 12 for open class mares. Sebastian K took the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix edition in 1.12.8kr defeating Nesta Effe and Maharajah. Past winners of the classic, which began in 1966, are listed below. Year Horse Driver Country1 Winning time 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens  Sweden 1:11.5 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop  United States 1:11.5 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio  United States 1:11.7 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg J:r  Netherlands 1:14.3 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller  France 1:11.5 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westholm  Sweden 1:12.2 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson  France 1:13.2 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Norway 1:12.5 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:11.7 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.2 2002 Brads Photo Wim Paal  Italy 1:13.9 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel  France 1:12.1 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.0 1999 Ganymede Jean-Pierre Dubois  France 1:12.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck  Sweden 1:13.2 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:14.6 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.9 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop  Sweden 1:14.3 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck  Germany 1:14.6 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:14.1 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjaersgaard  Denmark 1:13.8 1989 Ourasi Michel-M. Gougeon  France 1:13.5 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen  United States 1:12.5 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:13.7 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:14.7 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel   Switzerland 1:16.0 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin  Denmark 1:16.3 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter  Sweden 1:15.6 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné  Sweden 1:18.9 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson  Sweden 1:16.3 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd  Sweden 1:17.1 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire  France 1:19.9 1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:17.0 1977 Race cancelled       1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:19.7 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström  Sweden 1:19.1 1974 Boett Sören Norberg  Sweden 1:21.0 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.6 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.1 1971 Unor Lars Axelsson  Sweden 1:19.5 1970 Race cancelled       1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.5 1968 Race cancelled       1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.6 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer  Norway 1:23.0 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 3 – 6/3/2014                                                   Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 343 1 2 Perfect Alliance (4) 4tm 10-10-0-0 $106,650 266 2 3 Somwherovrarainbow (1) 4pm 8-6-1-1 $279,250 229 3 4 Market Share 5th 3-2-0-0 $145,000 185 5 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 6-3-1-1 $148,500 172 7 6 Trixton 3tc 4-3-1-0 $90,896 134 9 7 Foiled Again 10pg 8-4-1-2 $197,100 102 4 8 Father Patrick (1) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $53,781 101 -- 9 Dancin Yankee 6ph 15-8-3-1 $204,140 70 6 10 P H Supercam 7pg 15-4-3-6 $397,620 47 8 Also: State Treasurer (43), Shake It Cerry (36), Modern Family (35), Maven (33), JK Endofanera (23), Apprentice Hanover (21), Bee A Magician (20), All Bets Off (12), Yagonnakissmeornot (6), Bandolito, He’s Watching, Nitro Nittany, Shebestingin (5), Precocious Beauty, Tellitlikeitis (4), Act Now, Nuncio (3), Classic Martine, Sam Hill, Uncle Peter (2), Anndrovette, I Like My Boss, Let’s Drink On It, Sevruga, Tyra, Wake Up Peter, Western Vintage (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

UET Trotting Masters won in previous years by Sebastian K and Ready Cash, will race the 2014 Final September 14 in Charlottenlund, Denmark. Participants will include the top 12 in the standings and the French stallion Timoko has jumped to the lead after the Elitloppet victory. Italian champion Mack Grace Sm, for the third time GP Lotteria winner, ranks second in points with the " Queen " of monte, Roxane Griff, and Univers de Pan next in line. 1. Timoko points 3650 2. Mack Grace Sm p. 3300 3. Roxane Griff p.2175 4. Univers de Pan p. 2100 5. Panne de Moteur p. 2000 6. Commander Crowe p.2000 7. Save The Quick p.1600 8. Sanity p.1550 9. Up And Quick p.1500 10. Napoleon Bar p.1500 11. Pascia' Lest p.1400 12. Owen Cr p.1300 13. Maharajah p.1250 14. Tiego d'Etang p.1150 15. Ready Cash p.1100 On Friday evening another UET Masters Series event will take place, this one at Paris-Vincennes. The Gr. II Prix Chambon P has attracted ten starters that will travel 2850 meters for a purse of 120,000e. Italian hopefuls Olmo Holz and Oropuro Bar are good prospects against a group of veteran French trotters that are below the very top of the aged class. This group includes, however, international competitors Uhlan du Val, Quinoa du Gers and Reve de Beylev. Off-time 19.55 : Prix Chambon P European Trotting Masters Series 2014 Groupe II Course Internationale 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.850 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. - Recul de 25 m. à 1.129.000. Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé. Légende : Déferré = . Déferré postérieur = . Déferré antérieur = . Ferré = . 1 OROPURO BARM. SMORGON 2a2a5a1a8a5a7a136a2a1'11"2(Vinc.) (LOVE YOU - UBATUBA OAKS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie 4 A.B. SAS (ITY) - Entraineur : M. SMORGON -  2850 -  2 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 1a5a1a2a1a0a130aDa5a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE (BEL) - Entraineur : V. MARTENS - 2850 -  3 RU DE L'AIROUP. LEVESQUE 4a0a0a9a5a8a3a135a4a1'11"5(Vinc.) (CYGNUS D'ODYSSEE - COUR D'INTHEVILLE) - Propriétaire : A. BESNARD - Entraineur : P. MARTIN -  2850 -  4 UNE FILLE D'AMOURD. THOMAIN 3a6a1a3a8a1a2a7a3a131'11"2(Vinc.) (INFANT DU BOSSIS - NEVER SO GREAT) - Propriétaire : C. RAIMBAUD - Entraineur : C. RAIMBAUD -  2850 -  5 UHLAN DU VALC. MEGISSIER 5a2a8a5a6a4a132a1a3a1'10"5(Vinc.) (ISLERO DE BELLOUET - INDIANA BEAUTIFUL) - Propriétaire : J.P. MEGISSIER - Entraineur : C. MEGISSIER - 850 -  6 RAPIDE DU DIGEOND. BONNE 3m2a2m1a2m4m6a1m2m131'11"8(Vinc.) (URFIST DES PRES - GERVEINE BARBES) - Propriétaire : J.Y. ROZE - Entraineur : TH. RAFFEGEAU -  2850 -  7 ROXANA DE BARBRAYP. VERCRUYSSE 8a7a4a0a0a5a130a0a4a1'12"2(homol) (SPEED CLAYETTOIS - IRIANE DES ENCLOS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI -  2850 -  8 SEVERINOCH. BIGEON Da0a0a0a6a0a138aRa121'11"6(Vinc.) (GOBERNADOR - KATIA DE TILLARD) - Propriétaire : David Michel BONNE - Entraineur : CH. BIGEON -  2850 -  9 QUINOA DU GERSF. NIVARD 8a1a6a4a6a7a4m8a0a131'10"6(homol) (GANYMEDE - TARGA DU CHALANGE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie LE TREMONT - Entraineur : F. SOULOY -  2850 -  10 REVE DE BEYLEVE. RAFFIN 3a8a2a0a8a130a0m7a7a1'09"5(homol) (FORTUNA FANT - HELOISE POTERIE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie du Haras de L'EPINAY - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - 2850 -  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com            

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 2 – 5/27/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (30) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 345 1 2 Perfect Alliance (4) 4tm 10-10-0-0 $106,650 238 2 3 Somwherovrarainbow (1) 4pm 8-6-1-1 $279,250 226 4 4 Foiled Again 10pg 7-4-1-1 $180,540 158 3 5 Market Share 5th 3-2-0-0 $145,000 154 -- 6 Dancin Yankee 6ph 14-8-3-1 $193,100 121 5 7 Sweet Lou 5ph 5-2-1-1 $68,500 92 -- 8 P H Supercam 7pg 14-4-3-6 $397,620 89 6 9 Trixton 3tc 3-2-1-0 $40,896 77 7 10 Modern Family 5th 11-5-5-1 $141,150 71 8 Also: Apprentice Hanover (56), Father Patrick, Maven, Shake It Cerry (46), Bee A Magician (29), JK Endofanera (17), Yagonnakissmeornot (15), Wake Up Peter (11), Shebestingin (9), Sumatra (8), Classic Martine, DW’s NY Yank, Sevruga (6), Bandolito, Easy Again, Nitro Nittany, Western Vintage (5), Nuncio, State Treasurer (4), Dovuto Hanover, Let’s Drink On It, Mach It So (3), Anndrovette, Bettor’s Edge, Clear Vision, Rompaway Galaxy, Sam Hill, Tellitlikeitis, Uncle Peter (2), I Like My Boss, Seventh Secret (1). Compilied by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

We are visiting today with harness racing trainer Julie Miller.   Julie Miller is one of harness racing's racing leading trainers. She is currently ranked sixth in trainer earnings for the year with close to a million dollar in earnings, $975,100. Her stable of trotters is one of harness racing's best, if not the best. She has an amazing UTRS rating of 0.404. Julie could be on her way to her best year of training ever.   Perfect Alliance trained by Julie Miller, set a world record trotting a mile at Woodbine in 151.2 last week. Perfect Alliance is now the fastest older mare in harness racing history. She defeated last year's Horse Of The Year, Bee A Magician, who tasted defeat for the first time in more than a year.   Perfect Alliance is currently unbeaten in ten starts and is ranked second in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Miller has a stable of outstanding stakes trotters in Cee Bee Yes, Take The Money, Designed To Be, Bambino Glide, Green Hornet, and Sevruga. Her distinguished filly pacer, Katie Said, recently won a division of the Historic Series-Ladyship Stakes at Pocono Downs in 151.2.   One-On-One is done exclusively for Harnesslink.com by Brian McEvoy   HLINK: You have an outstanding stable of horses this year. Is this your best crop of horses ever?   JM: Everything is going great so far. I am really please by the ones who came back from two to three. Designed To Be won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Servuga was third in the Cutler Stakes to Sebastian K. I thought that was excellent by him. He has had his aches and pains. I am really proud of him.   HLINK: Let's start with new world record holder Perfect Alliance. How did she come out of the race? What did you think of her world record performance?   JM: She came out of the race really well. She is home all tucked away in her stall. We are tickled to death. What else can you expect from a horse. She had a first quarter in 26.3 and came home in 27. You can't ask anymore from a trotter. It was her first step up to the big ranks. She responded incredibly.   Hlink: Your next race is the Armbro Flight at Mohawk. She will be facing a tough task in facing Maven, Bee A Magician and Classic Martine.   JM: It always surprises me that when I am interviewed that they mention only one horse I will be facing. There are five or six outstanding horses in these races. It is going to be in the draw or the trip who wins. It is going to be an outstanding race for the fans. She might get a qualifier before the Armbro Flight or just go up there to race.   Hlink: What are the plans for the rest of the year with Perfect Alliance?   JM: I don't plan that far ahead. I race from race to race. I just look at the next target. I don't put the cart before the horse.   Hlink: You have a full stable of outstanding trotters this year. I am going to name them and maybe you can tell me a little about each one. The first one is Cee Bee Yes.   JM: She was in a short field of horses in her last start. She had the five hole and there was a horrible wind up the backside. She was at the mercy of a thirty two second quarter. She was gapped out turning for home but came home in 26.4. It is a full field this week. I hope we get good positioning. I have high hope for her. She won in the New Jersey Sire Stakes last year.   Hlink: Let's talk about Take The Money. She finished second to Shake It Cerry in her last start.   JM: She was super with a great effort. There was some slow fractions. We sprinted home and we couldn't get the momentum. Shake It Cerry is the number one horse that everyone is talking about. Finishing second to her says it all.   Hlink: What about Designed To Be?   JM: She is awesome. She has her own world record from last year. She is healthy and i am pointing her toward her next start in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Pocono Downs.   Hlink: Tell us about Bambino Glide.   JM: He is coming off a great second in the SOA Final at Yonkers. He is in this Friday at Yonkers. He needs a race. I could have qualified him but decided to put him in. He is a nice four year trotter and I expect big things from him.   Hlink: What is happening with the lightly raced trotter Green Hornut?   JM: He is what Andy and I call our project horse. He was sent to me because he was not minding his manners. He is still on the fence.I hope I got him straightend out. He had a good qualifier. His last race was in the rain and it got congested. He made a break. I hope I have him on his way to success in the New York Sire Stakes.   Hlink: Sevruga was nice third to Sebastian K in the Cutler.   JM: How can you complain when you are third to Sebastian K and Modern Family. He is just a nice war horse. How can you complain about a horse who trots in 1:51 and a piece.   Hlink: I know you also have pacers in your stable, but you seem to specialize in training trotters. What do you attribute that to?   JM: I don't think I specialize in trotters. We just had Katie Said who paced in 151.2 at Pocono. It is just that my clientele want trotters. I get what they want. If someone comes along and says they wanted me to buy a pacer I would do that too (laughter). It just that I am stocked up on trotters now.   Hlink: Let's talk about Katie Said. I had talked to Andy about Katie Said about a month ago. He said that she had some issues. Marcus said he drove her like a trotter the other night. What is the story about Katie Said?   JM: Andy knows my horses inside and out. This is a new challenge for me and my stable. I have to rely 100% on catch drivers. It's hard getting your message across on how you want your horse driven. Marcus was able to qualifier her and get a feel for her. He did what I exactly said in driving her like she is a trotter. She responded and it worked out. She might race next in non-winners of three and then go in the next Pennsylvania Sire Stakes race. She is staked pretty good this year.   Hlink: The trotters this year are going at incredible fast times. Records are dropping left and right. What do you attribute these amazing fast times to?   JM: The Standardbred is getting better all the time. The conformation, breeding and pedigree is better. Our training methods are better. I am just so proud that our sport is evolving. The other breeds are pretty stagnant, Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds. It is nice that we are getting better all the time.   Hlink: How fast do you think the trotters will go this year?   JM: I don't like that kind of question. I just want to go fast enough to win. I don't care if it is 1:49 or 1:52. I just want to be in the hunt and be successful.   Hlink: Ake Svanstedt has burst upon the training scene from Sweden. He seems to have some unique training methods. What do you think of this?   JM: I am not really familiar with him yet. I have not met him. I do not know his training methods. I really don't have a comment about that. His horse Sebastian K was brilliant the other night. I don't know his background. I guess he has a private farm out here and stays pretty secluded. It is great for racing as we have more competition and more races.   Hlink: Can you tell us about the unfortunate accident that Andy had? Where were you and how did you find out about it?   JM: I was actually on spring break with my two kids. I was out at dinner with the kids. I said to my son that Bambino Glide is about to race and would you put it on the ipad so we can watch it. I saw a ton of messages on my phone. I knew something happened as there were a ton of messages from people at Yonkers. I immediately called and that is how I found out. I got a flight the next morning and was on my way back home.   Hlink: I am sure you are being asked a million times, but how is he doing now?   JM: it is just a long road to recovery. We are lucky he was 100% healthy and athletic before the accident. On May 28th, he goes for his next appointment. We are hoping for good news. It is a six month process. His mental state has just been amazing. He had to go from going 100 miles an hour to just laying in bed to stabilize his back. I am very proud of him. The other great thing is he comes out and watches the horse train and gives me suggestions. He is still right here helping me do everything. I am really lucky.   Hlink: How are your two-year-olds coming along in their training so far? What can we look forward to this year?   JM: I like to keep my cards close to my vest. There are some I have high hopes for. When you are training out here all by yourself they all look amazing. We will know more when they go to the first qualifiers and face competition. I am very optimistic.   Hlink: I am sure there are a couple that look like they will be very good. I am sure one has caught a twinkle in you eye. Can you give me a couple of names.   JM: No I can't (laughter). I am going to keep everything under wraps. We will have them in the baby races soon at Gaitway. You will have to come out and see them.   Hlink: Was Lucky Jim the best horse you ever had?   JM: Yes he was. We had him for two seasons, 2009 and 2010. He won 1.5 million and every major stake race except the Maple Leaf Trot.   Hlink: How is it training for Jason Settlemoir and Jeff Gural?   JM: Oh my gosh, they are amazing. They pay their bills on time. I call and text them a couple times a month. They let me do my job. This is why they are so successful.   Hlink: Your racing is all based around New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and their sire stakes programs. With the expansion of slots in Ohio is there any chance you will pick up some Ohio bred horses?   JM: I like being based in New Jersey. My kids are still in school. I have got plenty to do here. It is great for our Standardbred economy. I don't have any plans for Ohio or Indiana bred horses.   HLINK: Drugs are always a hot topic in the harness racing business. What can harness racing do better. How can we make the bettor feel safer when betting on the horses?   JM: It is disappointing that this is one of the major things talked about in our sport. People have to have integrity and do the right thing. We need regulations and guidelines. Trainers need to be aware of what is black and white and is allowed and what is not. There is always one bad apple. People generally do the right thing. I think most trainers medicate their horses right and follow the guidelines. It is unfortunate that the one eyesore gets the headlines. The racing commissions have to do the right thing and govern the sport.   By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com

What a great weekend of racing we have in store with major events world-wide. This weekend we will be at Sovalla, Sweden for the Elitloppet, and Harrah’s Philadelphia for the Maxi Lee and Betsy Ross all on Sunday, then Saturday night it’s the Meadowlands, Yonkers, Pocono Downs and the opening of Mohawk Raceway! Good Luck! $36,162 Pace Historic Series 3YO Colts Pocono Downs 5th race SATURDAY – With just eight lifetime starts in two years, JK Endofanera is making up for lost time with five wins. He returned for 2014 with a 1:59.4 debut mile last out and a repeat of that effort will make him a winner in here for sure. Use Mattamerican and Bakersfield in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace TVG Free-For-All Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – Well matched field is overshadowed by Ron Burke’s three-horse entry. But once again I am going back with Bolt The Duer. He may have needed his first start and world champion and redeem himself with his first win of the year. Use the entry of Clear Vision/Bettor’s Edge/Sweet Lou and Warrawee Needy in exotic plays. $38,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 7th race SATURDAY – With a change of venue to a half mile track and a new driver to shake things up, Dynamic Youth put in a strong first-over effort last week and came away with a good victory. I think off that effort he can handle hike in class and win again and pay another good price (8-1 last week). Use Easy Again and Digital Z Tam in exotic plays. $36,912 Pace Historic Series 3YO Colts Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – For the first time in his career, Fire In The Belly did not hit the board last week in rough go in PASS. Now he draws the rail, still in tough but I feel he will rebound with a strong effort and surprise this field. Use Capital Account and Seventh Secret in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Art Rooney 3YO Prelim Yonkers Raceway  9th race SATURDAY – It’s the long awaited 2014 debut of He’s Watching, the Dan Patch 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year last year. Undefeated and looking pretty sharp in his two qualifying races, He’s Watching zoomed around Yonkers oval last year and looks primed to take this one for fun. Use Forty Five Red and Unlocked in exotic plays. $34,000 Pace Preferred Mohawk Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – I am always hunting for a good priced horse to score with and I think I found one here. Resistance Futile was pretty good last year and trainer Blair Burgess usually has them ready to cut loose right out of the box. Off last qualifier this one has every chance to upset the field with expected live cover. Use Captive Audience and State Treasurer in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Art Rooney 3YO Prelim Yonkers Raceway  11th race SATURDAY – With Gingras away in Sweden, Matt Kakaley has been enjoying great success driving for the Ron Burke Stable and should fair very well in here with All Bets Off. In short field of just five starters and has the ability to win either from on or off the pace. Use Maxi Bon and Thereisapaceforus in exotic plays. $600,000 Trot Elitloppet, Solvalla Racetrack, Sweden SUNDAY MORNING (USA 8:50 AM) The Elitloppet is Europe’s equivalent of the Hambletonian for older horses. The race features two elimination rounds with the first four official finishers returning for the final. There are two USA horses entered and I think both of them have a great shot at winning. They are, of course, Maven and Uncle Peter. Maven was a superior mare and has the speed and ability to beat her male rivals. Uncle Peter is also a high class trotter and being that this race is a European sprint at just one mile distance, I think both horses will do extremely well and one of them will even come back and win the final in the second heat! $30,000 Pace Winners Over $25,000 Harrah’s Philadelphia 8th race SUNDAY – Good competitive group will make this a great race. I look for an upset in here as the Burke Stable is razor sharp and Matt Kakaley enjoying all the big drives he is getting with Yannick Gingras in Sweden. Dedi’s Dragon is coming a big win last start and is in perfect spot to steak another one. Last week he scored at nearly 6-1. Use Abelard Hanover and Emeritus Maximus in exotic plays. $250,000 Trot Maxie Lee Memorial Harrah’s Philadelphia  10th race SUNDAY – Super strong field despite no Sebastian K or Modern Family. Going to have to give Market Share his due in hoping the breaking problem is taken care of and he returns to his former self. $3 million plus winner has a great season ahead of him starting here. Use DW’s NY Yank and Sevruga in exotic plays. $250,000 Pace Betsy Ross Mares Invitational Harrah’s  12th race SUNDAY – With her great gate speed and ability to grind it out first over if necessary, Shebestingin should be the best in here. She can overcome starting from post eight and once in command should hold off everyone else. Use Drop The Ball and Yagonnakissmeornot in exotic plays.

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