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Here is the first week of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Top Ten Poll of the best trotters and pacers in North America. Usually the first week is a very questionable collection of selections and this year is no different, the people who are invited to submit their Top Ten Poll are supposed to be extremely knowledgeable and follow the sport week after week throughout North America. In some cases they vote from their hearts and not from their knowledge. Thus you will see 1st place votes for Somwheroverarainbow and Maven, which is, in my opinion only, is totally ridiculous. That Yagonnakissmeornot and DW's NY Yank are not in the top ten are also a sin, that Modern Family is in 9th is ludicrous, but it's the first week and things will settle down in the coming weeks and the list will properly straighten out. Kudos to Ken Weingartner for compiling the Top Ten Poll, it is a lot of work and he does a fabulous job at it since its inception! By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 1 – 5/20/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (28) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 334 -- 2 Perfect Alliance (5) 4tm 10-10-0-0 $106,650 201 -- 3 Foiled Again 10pg 7-4-1-1 $180,540 190 -- 4 Somwherovrarainbow (1) 4pm 7-5-1-1 $266,750 164 -- 5 Dancin Yankee 6ph 14-8-3-1 $193,100 141 -- 6 P H Supercam 7pg 14-4-3-6 $397,620 128 -- 7 Trixton 3tc 3-2-1-0 $40,896 109 -- 8 Modern Family 5th 11-5-5-1 $141,150 98 -- 9 Maven (1) 5tm 1-1-0-0 $30,000 78 -- 10 Apprentice Hanover 4ph 11-6-4-1 $279,160 66 -- Also: Bee A Magician (60), Shake It Cerry (49), Market Share (43), Yagonnakissmeornot (37), Sweet Lou (24), Wake Up Peter (22), Shebestingin (17), DW’s NY Yank, Western Vintage (14), JK Endofanera (12), Classic Martine (11), Bandolito (10), Easy Again, Let’s Drink On It, Sumatra (9), Dovuto Hanover, Nuncio (8), JK Letitgo, Nitro Nittany, Sevruga (6), American In Paris, Captive Audience, Clear Vision, Rock N Roll Xample (5), Bettor’s Edge, Eighteen, Mach It So, State Treasurer, Tellitlikeitis, Uncle Peter (3), Cammikey, I Like My Boss, Sam Hill, Weeper (1). Compliled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

This Week: Historic Series, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; TVG FFA Pace, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Art Rooney and Lismore eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Betsy Ross and Maxie Lee Memorial, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at four locations this week. Action begins on Tuesday (May 20) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with two $34,712 divisions in the Historic-Ladyship for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The Wednesday (May 21) Pocono card features a pair of divisions in the $73,774 Historic-Dickerson Cup for 3-year-old male trotters. Pocono will also host Grand Circuit events on the weekend, with the $46,000 (est.) Historic-Pocono Cup for 3-year-old male pacers set for Saturday (May 24) and the $55,000 (est.) Historic-Coaching Club Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters on the Sunday (May 25) program. Meadowlands Racetrack will host some of the top free for all pacers in the sport on Saturday (May 24) in a $50,000 leg of the TVG FFA Pace, while on that same night Yonkers Raceway will hold $40,000 eliminations in the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old males and $20,000 eliminations in the Lismore for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Sunday afternoon (May 25), Harrah's Philadelphia will host the $250,000 (est.) Betsy Ross for older female pacers and the $250,000 (est.) Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Swedish champion Sebastian K added to his lore with another convincing win, this one the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final at The Meadowlands on May 17 in 1:50.2. Sebastian K was a 1:50.2 winner in the Cutler Memorial final. The Cutler was the first major test of the season for the Free For All trotters, promising a battle royal between last week's elimination winners Sebastian K and Market Share and record speed possibilities. However, that went awry when Market Share made an uncharacteristic break in the first turn. As the race began Modern Family was put into play early by David Miller, using his keen gate speed to clear to the front before the turn with Sebastian K protecting the rail for Ake Svanstedt and securing the pocket through the :27.1 opener. With Market Share out of contention, there was little movement as the field passed the half in :55.2. Approaching the final bend Sebastian K was flushed out, trotting alongside Modern Family and they raced as a team past the 1:22.4 three-quarters. By mid-stretch Sebastian K was edging by that rival on his way to a 1-1/2 length win in a stakes record 1:50.2. Modern Family held well to be second while Sevruga followed up close throughout and was third. The winner is raced by Swedish interests, trained by his driver Ake Svanstedt and owned by Knutsson Trotting. The Woodbine winter/spring meet came to an end on Monday evening (May 19), but not before the Toronto oval hosted the Miss Versatility Series for the continent's top older trotting mares. Perfect Alliance established a new world record for a 4-year-old mare as she got under the wire first in 1:51.2. Perfect Alliance, driven by Yannick Gingras, established a new world record for a 4-year-old mare as the trotting miss got under the wire first in 1:51.2. In doing so, the daughter of Credit Winner also set a new Canadian and track record in the process. Sent off as the 6-5 second choice, Gingras and Perfect Alliance led from start to finish through panels of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.4 en route to victory. Bee A Magician (Brian Sears), Horse of the Year in Canada and the U.S. last season, finished second as the 2-5 favorite. After going undefeated in 17 starts last season, the daughter of Kadabra tasted defeat for the first time since Oct. 12, 2012. D'Orsay (Sylvain Filion) finished third. Owned by Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger, Perfect Alliance increased her career earnings to $178,801. She remains a perfect 10-for-10 this season. Fresh off her world record performance at Pocono, 3-5 favorite Classic Martine and Tim Tetrick found the wire first in 1:52.2 in the other division. Tetrick guided the daughter of Classic Photo to command well before the opening station in :27.1. Heading towards the half, second-choice Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson) brushed to the front to lead past the midway point in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25. Turning for home, Charmed Life began to tire as Classic Martine angled to the outside and exploded to the lead en route to a comfortable score. Rockin With Dewey came on for second, over Upfrontluckycarol. Chris Oakes trains the 4-year-old old lass for his wife, Susan, along with co-owners Edwin Gold, Hauser Bros Racing Entertainment LLC and Conrad Zurich. Classic Martine remains a perfect three-for-three this season and has banked $580,024 in career earnings. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 246; 2. Tim Tetrick - 155; 3. George Brennan - 129.5; 4. Brian Sears - 87; 5. Jason Bartlett - 79. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 340.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 135; 3. Joe Holloway - 92; 4. Rene Allard - 70; 5. Jimmy Takter - 40. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 118.5; 2t. Burke Racing - 86.4; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 86.4; 4. Ted Gewertz - 34.75; 5. Brad Grant - 34.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place at four different racetracks next weekend. The Raceway at Western Fair District will host the Molson Pace on Friday (May 30); Yonkers Raceway offers the Art Rooney and Lismore finals on Saturday (May 31); Mohawk Racetrack hosts the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old male pacers on Saturday (May 31); and Tioga Downs will offer the Roll With Joe for open pacers on Sunday (June 1). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

May 18, 2014 – With the majority of the handicappers anticipating Market Share finishing in the money in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands, Market Share’s miscue allowed for some leap frogging  in leg six of HANA Harness’ 2014 Grand Circuit ‘Shoot-Out’ Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as DRF Harness’ editor Derick Giwner jumped from sixth place to the top of the standings as he had a net profit of $919.20 for the evening, resulting in an overall net profit of $1,005.20.  While Giwner’s results were impressive, Garnet Barnsdale had an even more impressive evening, as he zeroed in on the Laverne Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs.  As a result of his discipline, Barnsdale had a net profit of $1,045 for the night with an overall net profit of $452, moving from 12th place to 4th.  Last week’s leader Bob Zanakis was shut out and as a result, moved from 1st to 3rd. Specifically, Giwner managed to get to the top of the standings thanks to his $8 trifecta key with Sebastian K on top of five horses which netted him his $919.20 for the leg.  Barnsdale smoked them at Scioto by hitting a $40 trifecta with Camille on top of She’s Shocking with three horses in the show position for a profit of $916 as well as a $10 straight trifecta ticket with Igotafeelinfran in the show spot which netted $249.  Other wagers of note were Mark McKelvie’s $15 Exacta key in the Hill Memorial which netted him a $113.50 hit.  Earl Paulson doubled his money with a $75 win ticket on Camille in the Hill as did Brandon Valvo who wagered the full $250 on Sebastian K in the Cutler Memorial.  The standings after six legs of the contest are: As of May 17, 2014 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Derick Giwner $919.20 $1,005.20   6th 0 2nd Brandon Valvo $250.00 $705.00 $300.20 2nd 0 3rd Bob Zanakis ($250.00) $515.15 $490.05 1st 0 4th Garnet Barnsdale $1,045.00 $452.00 $553.20 12th 0 5th Mark McKelvie ($101.50) $323.50 $681.70 3rd 0 6th Brian McEvoy $45.00 $167.50 $837.70 5th 0 7th Earl Paulson $0.00 $127.50 $877.70 4th 0 8th Gordon Waterstone ($55.00) $30.00 $975.20 7th 0 9th Sally Hinckley ($220.00) ($141.40) $1,146.60 9th 0 10th Rusty Nash ($235.00) ($395.00) $1,400.20 10th 0 11th Ray Garnett ($196.50) ($597.20) $1,602.40 12th 0 12th Ann Stepien ($249.00) ($626.00) $1,631.20 11th 0 13th Ray Cotolo ($150.00) ($753.00) $1,758.20 13th 0 14th Josi Verlingieri ($155.00) ($897.60) $1,902.80 15th 0 15th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($981.00) $1,986.20 14th 0 Five grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day.     The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out continues Saturday evening, May 24, with another leg of the TVG FFA series. by Allan Schott, for HANA

It almost seems too easy for Sebastian K as the world champion trotter once again was able to grind his way to the lead and hold off all competitors as he captured the $175,000 final of the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands Saturday. Trained and driven to victory by Sweden’s Ake Svanstedt, it was nearly a complete repeat of his world record tying performance last week. The only difference was the time of the 1:50.2, one-fifth of a second slower than last week’s triumph. The seventh race feature got underway on a sour note as the 7/5 second choice in the race, Market Share, made a rare and very costly break at the start of the race for driver Tim Tetrick and was out of the event. The race had been built up as the “Clash of the Titans” between Sebastian K and Market Share but that match-up never emerged and will now be put off for a while until they meet up again. Sebastian K left from his rail position but it was a very quick Modern Family and driver David Miller at 14-1 odds that left from outside post nine and took command by the opening turn. They led the field to the first quarter in :27.1 and then to the half mile in :55.2 before the action began to heat up. It was at the half mile marker that Svanstedt pulled the ear plugs on Sebastian K and then moved his horse to the outside and started to grind their way first-over to challenge Modern Family. But Miller had his horse in high gear and he still led the field past the three-quarters in 1:22.4. Then as they started down the home stretch, Sebastian K proved to be too much for Modern Family and without using his whip, Ake Svanstedt just line drove his trotter to victory by one and one-half lengths. Modern Family held for second with Sevruga (Ron Pierce) third. It was a stakes record for Sebastian K who remains undefeated in 2014 with two straight wins. The Swedish born eight-year-old stallion by Korean had not raced prior to the past two weeks for eight months. A career winner of $2.4 million was bred and is owned by Knutsson Trotting of Vero Beach, FL. And once again, Sebastian K raced without any horse shoes. He likes to race barefoot and no one can argue with this performance. “He was fine racing barefoot again,” said second trainer Bijorn “Bernie” Noren. “He (Ake) has plenty of horse left at the end of the race. He just showed him the whip and he wanted to take off. He (Sabastian K) has a lot more races this year so we will give him a couple of weeks off and then come back to the Meadowlands. Then we may go to Canada with him and then come back to the Meadowlands.” Owner/breeder Michael Knutsson also commented on owning Sebastian K. “He is just awesome,” Knutsson said. “It is just fantastic to own a horse like this. Being our first time at the Meadowlands it is amazing. I think that he (Sebastian K) had more in him. He had a shot at the world record today but it didn’t work. But the time today is fantastic. I don’t think he has been better in his career then he is right now. He is in perfect form. Yannick Gingras was the driving star of the night, winning 7 of the 14 races contested, including the $30,000 Free For All Handicap Pace with Allstar Legend in a lifetime best effort of 1:48 for Ron Burke and owners Brittany Farms and John Cherveny. Total Handle on the 14-race program was $3,399,248, a 10-percent increase over the previous year. Additionally, on-track handle yielded a 26-percent increase. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Over a hundred runners, walkers and striders hit the Meadowlands Racetrack under partly sunny and breezy skies this afternoon in the 5th annual Stride For A Cure at the E. Rutherford oval.   The winning time of 19:39 was set by Mike Favocci of Hawthorne, NJ. The 24-year-old medical supply distributor broke from the start and never looked back to complete 3.1 mile course faster than the rest.   Several prominent people from inside the harness industry participated in the event, as well as several people with close ties to the Meadowlands. Director of Television/Announcer Sam McKee entered the event as did both his daughters, Lindsey and Melissa, who finished 1-2 respectively, in the women's group. Lindsey a former M1 publicity department employee, finished the race 2nd overall in just over 20 minutes.   Along the race route, Rudy Maag, long-time M1 stall man could be seen keeping pace with stakes administrator Andrea Caswell. Carrie Davies-Gooch from the Hambletonian Society made her second appearance in the event. Bob Boni, well-known horse sales agent and owner of Northwood Bloodstock was also keeping the pace.   Kids as young as four-years-old participated in the event, as well as adults in their 60s.   The event was founded by Meadowlands track photographer Michael Lisa and his wife, Annette, a breast cancer survivor. Runners and walkers, who paid a $25 entry fee which benefits the American Cancer Society, enjoyed their chance to trot around the racetrack before the horses take the stage for tonight's big card featuring the $175,000 Cutler Memorial. Billed as a 'Clash of the Titans' the race features a match-up between local hero Market Share and Swedish star Sebastian K.   by Chris Tully, for Harnesslink  

We have a great weekend of stakes and overnight action throughout North America. Saturday is chock full of top events that will take us to the Meadowlands for the $175,000 Cutler Memorial Final at the Meadowlands, plus NJSS action and a great FFA Pace. Earlier in the day it’s the debut of Shake It Cerry in the PASS at the Meadows and there is PASS 3YO Colt Pace action at Pocono Downs. Good Luck! $99,000 Trot PA Sire Stakes 3YO Filly The Meadows 8th race SATURDAY AFTERNOON – Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, Shake It Cerry, makes her 2014 debut in a tough situation going against a few decent other fillies, but she is in a total class class above this group and figures just float on out to the lead and wire the field. Use Take The Money and Harley Momma in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace The Laverne Hill Memorial Mares FFA Scioto Downs 7th race SATURDAY – This is not the field they were hoping for as it seems somewhat weak for such a nice purse this time of year yet most of those from the Matchmaker Series at Yonkers didn’t want to make the trip out west. Camille can outshine this group as she is the lone mare to come west after the Matchmaker Series. Only millionaires in the field, she can take the goose egg off the win column this year by laying over this group. Use Igottafeelinfran and Radar Contact in exotic plays. $38,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY – If not for P H Supercam being so razor sharp this season this would be a very competitive field. P H Supercam is on a three-race win streak and does not look like anyone can stop him now. Gets tested with first start from bad post in nearly two months. Use Heston Blue Chip and Statesman N in exotic plays. $175,000 Trot Arthur J. Cutler Memorial FFA Meadowlands 7th race SATURDAY – What a great lineup for this rich final. Every horse in this field has a legit shot at winning. But after his ultra impressive grind it out world record tying 1:50.1 mile last week you just gotta love Sebastian K. If driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt has gotten after his horse last week they would have shattered the world mark and maybe they will do it in here. Sebastian K is the real deal. Use Market Share and Modern Family in exotic plays. $66,763 Pace PA Sire Stakes 3YO Colts Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – There are four great divisions today but I think this is the toughest of them all. Four standouts that can win it. I’m going with Let’s Drink On It who was a stakes winner last season and he just romped by five at Hoosier Park in 1:50.1 last quarter mile in :26.3. That’s impressive. Use McWicked and Allstar Partner in exotic plays. $34,000 Pace Preferred Woodbine 10th  race SATURDAY – Strong field of top pacers do battle here and I like Apprentice Hanover. Has returned to stomping grounds from the Levy Series where he just got nipped at the wire in the S567,000 final. Rested and will make the most of starting from the rail. Use Lucan Hanover and Captive Audience in exotic play. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY – This will be a great race with plenty of action. Rockin Amadeus is on a roll, Allstar Legend is hot, Golden Receiver is the class of the field but Bandolito get a slim call in here off super strong miles at Pocono and Dover Downs. With any cover or first-over he can grind it out against these. Use Golden Receiver and Warrawee Needy in exotic plays. $50,500 Pace NJSS 3YO Colts Meadowlands 12th race SATURDAY – Big field with some top horses in it. The big question is which Western Vintage will show up. The one that can win going away or the one that will break stride and be distanced as we saw last week. I’m betting what ever happened last week was a fluke and he will rebound and make amends. Has too much class to lose in here. Use Doo Wop Hanover and Rock Out in exotic plays.

Harness racing fans could witness the first sub-1:50 trotting race on a mile track Saturday at the Meadowlands, but if not then, it is probably just a matter of time. Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters features a speedy group of 10 horses, including newly minted world champion Sebastian K. The former Swedish star won his Cutler elimination last week, which was his North American debut, in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1. But the field also includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, who captured his Cutler elimination in 1:50.3, and Arch Madness, who holds the world record of 1:50.2 for an older gelding trotter on a mile oval. All totaled, the Cutler Memorial features six trotters to win in 1:51 or less at some point in their careers. Sevruga has a lifetime-best mark of 1:50.3, which he accomplished on a five-eighths-mile track while setting a world record. Intimidate and Modern Family each has a career-best time of 1:51. "It's going to be a good race," said Tim Tetrick, who drives Market Share for trainer Linda Toscano. "If it sets up right, someone could set the world record. There's got to be some speed up front; I don't think one horse can do it by himself. It will be a chess match in the middle of the race, but people will be putting horses in play. "These horses are fresh and happy and sprinting home good. There are five or six that can trot a quarter in 26 (seconds) on the end of it. Who knows how fast we can go." Elimination winners Sebastian K, who was Sweden's Horse of the Year in 2012, and Market Share have attracted much of the pre-race attention and were essentially made co-favorites for the Cutler. Market Share is 8-5 on the morning line; Sebastian K is 9-5. But any number of horses is capable of winning the Cutler. Sevruga won last year's race and Arch Madness, a 10-year-old who has earned $4.15 million in his career, captured the 2010 edition. Intimidate has a Breeders Crown triumph to his credit, Archangel won the 2012 Yonkers Trot, and Modern Family won last year's Meadowlands Maturity. "Everybody makes it seem like it's a two-horse race, but I think it's far from a two-horse race," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Archangel for trainer Ron Burke. "You have a lot of depth in this field. Sebastian K is definitely very fast, but the trip did set up for him (in his elimination). We Will See what he can do this week. "They have to go fast, but (Sebastian K and Market Share) might hook up, too. There are 10 horses in the race and I think they can do 1:51 or better. A lot of these horses are super sharp and my horse is only going to keep improving. We need a little luck at this point, but I don't think it's impossible." The top five finishers in Sebastian K's Cutler elim all trotted 1:51 or less, marking the second time in history that five trotters went that fast in the same race. The other occurrence came in Arch Madness' 1:50.2 win at Lexington's Red Mile in September. "If the fractions are right (they could go faster than 1:50)," said Bernie Noren, the assistant to Sebastian K's trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "Of course it's a harder competition; you've got 10 good horses. It's all about the fractions; somebody has to put up the fractions to the half. "With this group (of older trotters) I'm a hundred percent sure we're going to see not one, but maybe a couple, under (1):50 this year." John Campbell, who drives Possessed Fashion for trainer Tom Fanning, was not surprised by the 8-year-old Sebastian K's performance in his debut. "I knew going in to the race that he was an excellent horse," said Campbell, who won the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden with Mack Lobell in 1988. "When you have a horse that races at that top level over in Europe like he has for the last couple years, they're excellent horses. I wasn't that surprised that he won or was that impressive because I have so much respect for what those top free-for-allers do over in Europe and how grueling it is over there. "(Sebastian K) is definitely the horse to beat, but he's going to have to be at his best or somebody will beat him. At this level, if you're not at your very best, you're not going to win. "I think we're going to see someone trot under 1:50 in the very near future, whether it's Saturday or shortly after that. I think it will happen this year, and I think there's a good chance it will happen more than once." Following is the field in post order for the Cutler Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-5; 2. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-5; 3. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 8-1; 4. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 15-1; 5. Intimidate, Vincent Ginsburg, Luc Blais, 10-1; 6. Undercover Strike, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 30-1; 7. Arch Madness, George Brennan, Trond Smedshammer, 8-1; 8. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning, 50-1; 9. Modern Family, David Miller, Daryl Bier, 6-1; 10. DW's NY Yank, Mike Lachance, Ron Burke, 30-1. by Ken Weingardner, for Harness Racing Communications

Today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix des Ducs de Normandie went to the legendary veteran trotter Roi de Lupin for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to victory in 1.12.7kr over 2450 meters. He earned his 26th career win and the winner’s share of the €150,000 purse raised lifetime earnings to €1,636,450. Swedishman and Reve de Beylev followed the winner home in a good field that also included Turbo Jet, Uhlan du Val, Tiego d’Etang and other upper-class “trotteurs”. Summary follows. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, €150,000, 16 starters over 2450 meters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ jackpot €8.75 million 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer/owner/breeder J-P Marmion, his 26th win for €1,636,450, 2.3/1 odds 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, 4/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 28/1 4th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d’Amour-Elite d’Atout), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 20/1 5th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 7/1 Beaten field included 3.8/1 Tiego d’Etang, Quinoa du Gers, Axelle Dark, Valse Darling, Sam Gibus, Valse Castelets, Talicia Bella. The Caen undercard, conducted on this perfect May day before a huge gathering, featured graded monte action. Four year-old Love You stallion Airport took the Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere with a €120,000 purse. The winner was handled by Eric Raffin and scored in 1.13.7kr by open lengths for trainer Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes. The favorite winner boosted his lifetime earnings to over €197,000. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Henri Balliere, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up for Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes, 1.5/1 favorite, his fifth win for €197,400 2nd Albertains (4m Power Jet-Nymphe de Feugeres), Julien Raffestan up for J-E Senet, 41/1 3rd Athos du Roc (4m Odeisis de Vandel-Herbe des Brouets), Franck Nivard up for trainer D-J Brault, 14/1 The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs for €150,000 went to the “jazzman”, Bird Parker with Yohan Lebourgeois up. Phillipe Allaire trains the winner for Elisabeth Allaire, as he crushed his foes to score in 1.13.8kr. Career earnings of this one are now just short of €262,000. Bird Parker has favorably responded to the switch to monte competition as his last three monte starts have been exceptional. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteur/Prix Jeux Equestres Mondiaux, Gr. I monte, €150,000, 14 starters, 2450 meters, 1.13.8kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, breeder M.C. Toulorge, 1.1/1 odds, his third win for €261,980 2nd Barbar des Brouets (3m Giant Cat-Pin Up des Brouets), Philippe Masschaele up, 9/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy aboard, 64/1 Aged monte campaigners, 19 of them in fact, battled in the €65,000 Prix du Calvados ov2nd er 2450 meters. Uppercut de Manche took the inside route to victory for Damien Bonne, in the irons for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, to score in 1.13.8kr to pick up his 11th lifetime win, now with earnings of €240,450. He was the even money favorite and defeated the 13/1 Tun Winner, a son of Kaisy Dream that stood one season in North America. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix du Calvados, European monte, €65,000, 2450 meters, 19 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 1/1 odds, 11th career win for €240,450 2nd Tun Winner (7g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere), S-E Pasquier up, 13/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence, 33/1 Good three year-olds took to the sulky in the €36,000 Prix de la Touques over 2200 meters autostart. The Ready Cash sired Bold Eagle took this one impressively for Jean-Etienne Dubois as the 4/5 favorite. He recoded victory five in a brief career with the win over Black Gold, a son of Sam Bourbon and now trained by Franck Leblanc after being recently acquired at public auction. May 14, 2014, Caen, Prix de la Touques, three year-olds, €36,000, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.15kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean Etienne Dubois, driver/trainer/owner/breeder, 4/5 favorite, fifth win for €52,550 2nd Black Gold (3m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), G. Delacour trainer/driver On the May 13 evening card at Paris-Vincennes three year-olds did battle with J-M Bazire winning both the female and male contests with Babylone Seven and Bandit Charentais. Summaries follow: May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Murzim, €42,000, 2700 meters for females, 9 starters, 1.17.3kr 1st Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Faux-Nyala), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 7/10 favorite 3rd Balva Miontaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Eric Raffin up, 46/1 4th Belle d’Hommeur (3f Password-Place l’Honneur), Julien Dubois trainer/dri ver, 8/1 May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hesperia, €36,000 for males, 2200 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am), J-M Bazire up for J-M Baudouin, 9/10 favorite 2nd Bambino du Mont (3m Quitus de Mexique-Porta Mag), Pierre Vercruysse up for A-P Schmitt trainer, 50/1 3rd Bazooka Nep (3m Quatre Juillet-Star de Gautiers), Damien Bonne for Sebastian Guarato trainer, 20/1 Of other interesting note the veteran 11 year-old Commander Crowe makes his first 2014 start on May 17 at Wolvega. 1 Oaks de Villeneuve, L.G.M. De Groote 2 Lobell Countess, M.F. Rothengatter 3 Commander Crowe, R. Bakker 4 Sage de Bresles, H.W. Langeweg jr. 5 Quito de Roche, J.H. Schwarma 6 Picardo, C. De Groote 7 Attrape Moi, C.F. Kamminga 8  Andriy Fortuna, P.J. Strooper UET Masters Series point leaders were also announced. The final will be in September in Copenhagen. Elitloppet starter Timoko ranks second with other last weekend winners Univers de Pan and Roxane Griff near the top. 1 ITALIE MACK GRACE SM(M 8) 3300 2 FRANCE TIMOKO(M 7) 3050 3 FRANCE ROXANE GRIFF(F 9) 2275 4 FRANCE UNIVERS DE PAN (M 6) 2100 5 SUEDE COMMANDER CROWE(H 11) 2000 6 SUEDE NAHAR(H 9) 1900 7 FRANCE UP AND QUICK(M 6) 1650 8 FRANCE SAVE THE QUICK(F 8) 1600 9 SUEDE SANITY(H 8) 1550 10 ITALIE NAPOLEON BAR(M 7) 1500 11 SUEDE PANNE DE MOTEUR(M 6) 1400 12 FRANCE TEXAS CHARM(M 7) 1275 13 SUEDE MAHARAJAH(M 9) 1250 14 ITALIE PASCIA'LEST(M 5) 1200 15 FRANCE TIEGO D'ETANG(M 7) 1150 16 ITALIE OWEN CR(M 6) 1150 17 FRANCE READY CASH(M 9) 1100 – retired or is he ? 18 SUEDE SEBASTIAN K.(M 8) 1050 – now in USA 19 FRANCE THE BEST MADRIK(M 7) 1025 - retired 20 SUEDE DEUXIEME PICSOUS(M 7) 1000 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Most everyone involved in harness racing is still talking about last Saturday’s USA debut of European trotting star Sebastian K and his world record tying performance at the Meadowlands Racetrack. This Saturday the career winner of $2,310,649 and 27 races will be put to the test once again against many of the best older trotters in North America as Sebastian K heads the $175,000 final of the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot. What’s the secret behind this world class eight-year-old stallion by Korean? What magic does trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt has that has made this exceptional racehorse so great? One of the secrets that is actually not a secret but not known to many is that Sebastian K races without wearing horse shoes. He goes barefoot and judging from all the talk in the harness racing world after his amazing mile last week, quite a few trainers in North America will start paying close to attention to what Ake Svanstedt does. Ake does not speak English very well and through his second trainer, Bijorn “Bernie” Noren, Harnesslink was able to get some special insight into the unique training methods and racing tactics that Ake uses. “For many years we have been racing him (Sebastian K) barefoot,” Noren explained. “He is much better without shoes. We have a man from Holland, Pascal Harbors, who is here in the USA and now that we are up north he takes care of his feet and shoes if we need them.  Pascal is an excellent blacksmith.” Horses have been living in the wild for tens of thousands of years. First evidence of domestication was discovered in Central Asia dating back to 4,500 BC. The first horse feet coverings, the predecessor to horse shoes, was discovered in use by early Roman’s who would affix strap-on, solid-bottomed boots to their horses feet to travel over rough terrain and they were called “hippo sandals.” The first iron shoes with nail holes were found in an Etruscan tomb dated around 400 B.C. For years and years “natural blacksmiths” and many horse people have advocated that horses, with proper diet and hoof care, will perform better without wearing shoes. “Ake trained this winter after coming to the USA in Vero Beach, Florida,” Noren explained, “And Ake likes the racetrack there. It is sandy and deep. Ake likes to train his horses for muscle, not speed.  It builds up their strength and then the speed comes.  American guys go after the speed. We want our horses strong. “We are now training him at Ake’s farm that he bought in New Jersey called Legend Farm,” Noren said, “The track there is very similar to the one in Florida. We keep building up his strength and it is easy on his feet too. A hard track will sting his feet and that is no good. “In Sweden you have to tell the officials before the races that your horse will not wear shoes,” Noren said. “I told this to the officials at the Meadowlands Saturday but I don’t think they do announcements like that.” In Sweden, as in many European countries, you must report to the officials if you intend on racing your horse without shoes. In France they have the stiffest rules as you must declare six days before you race whether or not your horse will wear shoes or go barefoot and after that you cannot change back. The rules are different throughout the harness racing world. This week at Caen, France, a feature race showed that 14 of the 19 horses entered were racing without shoes. “We were going to put shoes on him if it has rained more at the Meadowlands on Saturday. If it is going to be a hard track then we put shoes on him. You must have a good track surface to race barefoot on or else it stings the horse’s feet badly. That is why we like training in Florida,” Noren explained. “Deeper track is better on their feet. They don’t have to pound their feet so much but they get a lot of muscle by going in the deeper sandy track. We will try and race him every time without shoes. He does not like to wear shoes.” A perfect example of racing barefooted and improving was when Alf Palema won the 1992 Hambletonian from the Per Eriksson Stable. After his first elimination division they ended up pulling his shoes off and he came on to win the final in the second heat by a head over stable mate and betting favorite, King Conch. This Saturday, Sebastian K drew the rail in the $175,000 Cutler Final. In all likely hood he will be the wagering favorite and according to Noren, is feeling pretty good after his big mile last week. “He (Sebastian K) was feeling real good after his race,” Noren said.  “He was pretty calm and quiet after his race on Saturday but come Sunday he was in his paddock running around, rolling, eating hay and grass.  We will work him Tuesday and Wednesday and then he will be ready to race in the final on Saturday.” When asked about the announcement Monday about the other European world champion trotter from France, Ready Cash, coming to race in the United States this summer, Bernie Noren replied. “It will be very good for racing when he comes over, Bernie said, “then the people will see how good Sebastian K really is when he beats him in world record time. “People have asked why we only went so fast, just 1:56, in the qualifier race,” Noren said, “and then on Saturday he sets a world record and goes almost six seconds faster. We have him in perfect shape already. Why do we have to go so fast in a qualifying race where there is no money. He went fine in the qualifier. We did not want to go so fast for no reason.  “Qualifying horses is so over rated,” Noren said. “There is no money and you risk so much in going so fast and it costs money to the owners to ship to the track and in fact you are wasting a race on the horse. I can’t believe how some people here in America will qualify a horse two and three times before it races. Overseas there are no 30 or 45 day rule for re-qualifying. In France once a horse is qualified it is good for a year. Throughout Europe each country has different rules but for the most part horses do not have to always show qualifying lines as they are grouped in their conditions by money won over has fast they went in the last 30 days. “I must credit the trackmen at the Meadowlands for they did an excellent job on Saturday,” Noren said. ” We were ready to put the shoes on Sebastian K  Saturday but Ake went on the track and came back and said it was in excellent shape and do not put shoes on him.  I wish more tracks would take better care of their racing surface like they do at the Meadowlands. It seems that many tracks never put enough water on the track. Tracks dry out and constantly need water to maintain a good racing surface.  If not, horses can get hurt racing on too hard a track.” If Ake Svanstedt and Bijorn “Bernie” Noren continue to set world marks with Sebastian K then their “strange” ways of training and racing their horses will soon enough become the norm here in North America. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Sebastian K will return to the races a little quicker than usual, but doing things quickly might be the trotter's style. A week after winning his North American debut in 1:50.1 to equal history's fastest trotting race on a one-mile track, Sebastian K will start from post No. 1 in Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. "Sebastian K never raced back-to-back weeks, he always had like two weeks between the races, so that's the only question mark," said Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, assistant to Sebastian K's trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, about the Swedish-born star's previous schedule in Europe. "But when we trained him (Wednesday) he was very smooth and Ake is very happy with how he came out of the race. He'll get two days off in the paddock and we'll race him Saturday." Sebastian K, an 8-year-old sent off at 5-1 odds, won his Cutler elim by 1-1/4 lengths over Modern Family, who set the early fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1. Sebastian K trotted his final quarter-mile in :27 to lead Modern Family, Intimidate, Archangel, and DW's NY Yank to the wire and advance to the Cutler final. Market Share, who was last season's Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter, won the other Cutler elim in 1:50.3. Market Share, who also was making his seasonal debut, trotted his final quarter-mile in :26.4 to overcome runner-up Arch Madness by one length. Undercover Strike, Sevruga, and Possessed Fashion also reached the final. "We knew our horse was ready to race," Noren said. "Ake had him qualify very good and he knew he was going to do a good race, but he was surprised by the time too. He didn't expect him to go that fast right off the bat. He won and he won with some power left in the lines. He was not all out in that mile. "Of course (the final is) a harder competition; you've got 10 good horses. You've got Market Share and he's a tough horse, a game horse. You've got Arch Madness and I think he did a tremendous race too. It will be a good race." Sebastian K, by the stallion Korean out of the mare Gabriella K, has won 27 of 64 career races and $2.31 million for owner Knutsson Trotting. He raced last weekend without shoes, which is more common in Europe, as he equaled a world record already shared by Donato Hanover, Muscle Hill, Giant Diablo, Lucky Jim and Chapter Seven. "He always raced without shoes in Sweden," Noren said. "He's a different horse without shoes. Of course, you have to look at the racetrack; the racetrack cannot be hard. You cannot race on a hard racetrack without shoes. Ake warmed the horse up and felt the track was very good, the track crew did a very good job to get a nice cushion, so he decided to race him without shoes. "If the track is OK, every time he races he's going to race barefoot." Sebastian K will get time off following the Cutler as he will not compete in the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational on May 25 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "The schedule we have planned out, we plan to race him at the Meadowlands," Noren said. "We like to support (New Meadowlands Racing Chairman) Jeff Gural and all they do for the harness racing and the racetrack at the Meadowlands is probably the best too with the kind of speed they have up there." Following is the field in post order for the Cutler Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 2. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 3. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller; 4. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Intimidate, Ron Pierce, Luc Blais; 6. Undercover Strike, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 7. Arch Madness, George Brennan, Trond Smedshammer; 8. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning; 9. Modern Family, David Miller, Daryl Bier; 10. DW's NY Yank, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

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Although classics occurred in Finland and Denmark, action in France was worthy of note beyond the impressive monte victory by Roxane Griff, the “grande dame” of trotting. On Friday evening at Vincennes  the Quinte+ Prix Leo (jackpot €8.5 million) went to favored Tellemont Haufor, a son of Ganymede, with C-J Bigeon aboard, timed in 1.12.9kr over 2100 meters autostart. Global Midnight was second for Christophe Martens, she being a daughter of Ganymede (1994 Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco), a multiple classic winner (Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique) of US$1,029,493, May 9, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leo, European €55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ jackpot €8.5 million, 1.12.9kr 1st Tellemont Haufor (7f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor), C-J Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 2/1 2nd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up, 6/1, Sweden 3rd Speedy d’Ivray (8g Hermes du Buisson-Gamme d’Ivray), Mathieu Mottier up, 31/1 4th Noir d’ete (7m Ganymede-Ecsenza d’ete), Eric Raffin, 22/1 5th Sancho du Parc (8g Notti Ped d’Ombree-Boucheka), Pierre Levesque, 19/1 The same day at Toulouse produced a victory for Tintin d’Ecouves in their featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for €32,000 over 2950 meters. The seven year-old son of Lucky d’Hilly covered the marathon-like distance in 1.15.5kr for trainer/driver Vincent Jarry. Favored Freeman T. Porter was fourth for Conrad Lugauer, he being a son of Korean, the sire of Sebastian K. Korean is a 1998 son of Dahir de Prelong from Calmness by Robespierre. Second dam is Pavesca Hanover (Super Bowl-Estovie-Prince des Veys). Korean was a winner of US$705,689 including the prestigious Criterium Continental and Criterium des 4Ans. May 9, 2014 Toulouse, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran, European, purse €32,000, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Tintin d’Ecouves (7m Lucky d’Hilly-Oasis de la Besle), Vincent Jarry trainer/driver, 5.7/1 2nd Scud Quick (8g And Arifant-Diane d’Aussy), Richard-William Denechere up, 90/1 3rd Uk Medoc (6m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet), Franck Corbineau up, 11/1 4th Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 1.8/1 Saturday May 10 showcased more top flight action. Vincennes hosted the Gr. III Prix du Gatinais for European contestants over 2700 meters. 17 starters fought for the €85,000 purse. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €8.55 million. Over €1.4 million was wagered on win and place alone on this race. Italy’s Olmo Holz took the victory with jubilant Belgium reinsman Christophe Martens aboard. The veteran equine campaigner, a son of Uronometro, increased his career earnings to €450,096. Italy’s Oropuro Bar and Sweden’s Global Manhattan trailed the winner across the line. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Gatinais, Gr. III European, purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €8.55 million Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, owner Frans Delmonte, Italy, 15th career win for €450,096 2nd Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon driver/trainer, 5.3/1, Italy 3rd Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Franck Nivard up, Sweden 4th Twist de Caillons (7m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons), Eric Raffin, 13/1 5th Used To Me (6m Nuage de Lait-North Lane), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 11/1 The Prix de Mamers also interested me on the afternoon card, as Blue Grass scored for Jerome Ruaults. The Ready Cash three year-old filly is trained by Philippe Allaire as she defeated an inexperienced but talented group in the €35,000 contest over 2700 meters timed in 1.15.5kr. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mamers, female three year-olds, €35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha), Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2.8/1 2nd Bagheera Pride (3f Love You-Genoa’s Pride), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer at 10/1 3rd Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Jole), Dominik Locqueneux driving, 12/1 4th Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon), trainer Patrick Chevrier up for J-P Dubois, 42/1 Five year-old males contested the €40,000 Prix de Dreux over 2100 meters autostart in the rain. Vintage Dream took this victory in 1.13.4kr for Julien Dubois and owner  Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The gelded son of Passwrod-Ida Bourbon, conditioned by Philippe Moulin, rallied off a fast pace to win by a length over the Love You sired Vivaldi. May 10, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dreux for five year-old males, €40,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.13.4kr 1st Vintage Dream (5g Password-Isa Bourbon-Buvetier d’Aunou), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, 7.8/1 2nd Vivaldi (5m Love You-Kermesse), Jacques Bruneau up, 12/1 3rd Viborg (5m Mercenaire-Ocanelle), P-Y Verva up, 3.5/1      

Now it’s a fact! In a story released today by Karsten Bonsdort for http://www.ustrotting.com the French champion trotter Ready Cash will join the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter later this summer and is destined to race at The Red Mile in September.       It had earlier been rumored that Ready Cash was going to race and breed in the United States, but when owner Pierre Allaire learned that his stallion had to be quarantined, he changed his mind. However, after watching the powerful performance by Sebastian K this past Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Allaire made a new decision and now it’s final. Ready Cash will go to the United States and the main goal is to try to beat Enough Talk's world record of 1:49.3. The French agent and photographer Gerard Forni talked to Jimmy Takter on Sunday afternoon at Charlottenlund Racetrack in Copenhagen about the travel arrangements for French trotting’s most winning horse. Ready Cash has not raced since the Prix de France in February, where he went off stride and was disqualified. He has been at stud, but has trained all the time and is fit and ready to race soon. The 9-year-old Ready Cash has a mark of 1:53.1 and earnings of $5.9 million.

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Officials named Nahar to start in the 2014 Elitloppet to defend his 2013 title against Maven, Pascia'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Uncle Peter, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, and Shaq Is Back. Eight additional contestants have yet to be named. Nahar blossomed last year after being acquired in spring 2012 by hockey playing brothers Henrik and Daniel Seden. They placed the horse with conditioner Robert Bergh and the historical stayer became enlightened with speed. The then seven year-old was second to Sanity in the Norbotten Pris and won a V75 test at Bollnas. He won twice that winter (2013-2013) in France before earning an Elitloppet start with a 1.09.7kr win at Gavle. He finished a good second to Sebastian K in his Elitloppet elimination and then won the final easily in 1.10.1kr defeating Arch Madness and Timoko. Nahar Nationality: Sweden (Stall Sedin HB) Trainer: Robert Bergh Åge/Sex: 9 g Love You – Mahonny Broline Earnings: 9.117.098 kronor KR record: 1.09,7 Later in the season after several disappointing and off-stride appearances, Nahar was put away and a comeback prepared for, leading to the 2014 Elitloppet. In related news trainer Thierry Duvaldestin reports that Pascia’Lest is expected to be fine for the Elitloppet after a disappointing sixth in the Lotteria first elimination. The trainer blamed a long journey to Naples and the track surface. He expects the Solvalla track to be more suitable and will fly his horse from Belgium to Stockholm. Thomas H. Hicks  

Univers de Pan (FR), with harness racing trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard aboard, took the first over path to win today’s prestigious Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Helsinki. The 1609 meter autostart test rewarded €110,000 to the winner, he the 1.75/1 favorite on the Fintoto network.  Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10.7kr, second fastest in the rich history of the classic. Oasis Bi was second for Claes Svensson at 14.2/1 with Prussia third for Pietro Gubellini at 6.87/1 (she raced first over initially before being covered by the winner that raced in the death seat), this pair noses apart for second on the line and a length off Univers de Pan. Sweden’s Sanity ended fourth for Johnny Taker. The defending 2013 winner Nesta Effe finished sixth. Recently imported Blue Porsche was never a factor and broke in the stretch as did local favorite Air Gunner. Univers de Pan, pictured below, is a handsome, superbly gaited six year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de al Vaudere that is owned by Olivier Horvath. Today’s victory was his 18th in a career that now has produced lifetime earnings of €1,197,530. Sij. Hevonen Ohjastaja Matka:Rata Aika Palkinto Kerroin 1 6   Univers de Pan* (FR) Philippe Daugeard 1609:6 10,7a 110000 € 2,75 2 2   Oasis Bi* (IT) Claes Svensson 1609:2 10,8a 45000 € 15,22 3 8   Prussia* (IT) Pietro Gubellini 1609:8 10,8a 20000 € 7,87 4 4   Sanity* (SE) Johnny Takter 1609:4 10,9a 10000 € 3,73 5 1   Juliano Rags* (NO) Noralf Braekken 1609:1 11,0a 5000 € 28,67 6 3   Nesta Effe* (IT) Roberto Vecchione 1609:3 11,2a   9,12 7 9   Paladin Bleu* (FR) Joseph Verbeeck 1609:9 11,3a   91,98 8 5   Quite An Avenger Markku Nieminen 1609:5 11,7a   72,17 hpl 7   Blue Porsche (US) Iikka Nurmonen 1609:7 -a   40,95 hpl 10   Air Gunner Kari Rosimo 1609:10 -a   17,38 Click Helsinki race 10 for replay. http://tototv.icareus.com/web/guest/archive Prior ten winner of the Finlandia AJO are listed below Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 The undercard featured several fine events as well. The Glenn Kosmos Memorial for four year-olds, contested over 1609 meters autostart for €21,500 purse, went to Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) in 1.10.8 (1:53.9) for reinsman Pietro Gubellini. The Patrick Chevrier trainee was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Alizia du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalinda jet) was second for Johnny Takter and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett) was third for Pekka Korpi. Other winners on the card were Le Cupole (7m Gentle Star-Molly Hebre) for teamster Hanni Torvinen in the 3100 meter John Deere Gator. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr for the score for a purse of €22,000. The three year-olds battled in the Jurodia Butzow Pris for €21,500 over 2100 meters autostart. Thomas Korvenoja reined the winning Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) in their 1.13.9kr score. The card started with the Prix Finlandia Monte (€6,000, 2100 meters) going to Testa Rossa Pat (7f Offshore Dream-Namorosa-Corot) ) with Philippe Masschaele up in 1.14kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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