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When it comes to a preference in horses, Standardbred or Thoroughbred, Louis Baudron has only one. "My preference is they are good," Baudron said with a laugh. "When you have a good horse, I don't care if it's a trotter or a Thoroughbred. We try to find the good one." Baudron, a native of France and the 34-year-old grandson of renowned horseman Jean Pierre Dubois, has enjoyed success with both breeds during his career as a trainer, driver, and jockey. He has trained 560 harness racing winners and 151 on the Thoroughbred side. He has nearly 400 wins as a driver, including four Grade 1 events, and nearly 200 as a jockey. On Friday, he will drive for the first time in the Breeders Crown when he sits behind Cuatro De Julio in the first of two eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Cuatro De Julio, bred and owned by Dubois and trained by Marie Ortolan Bar, appears to fit Baudron's preference for a good horse. He has won nine of 13 races and his 1:51.3 mile in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 9 at Red Mile makes him the fastest of the 2-year-old male trotters entered in the Breeders Crown. Baudron drove Cuatro De Julio in the International Stallion, his first drive in the U.S. since appearing in the 2008 Hambletonian Oaks with Saorse. She finished second in her elimination and seventh in the final. "I bought her when she was a yearling, so that was really a lot of fun," Baudron said. "To be at the Hambletonian, it was a good time. It was a great experience." Baudron is hoping for another great experience in the Breeders Crown. Cuatro De Julio, who started his career on the Kentucky fair circuit and graduated to Grand Circuit stakes winner, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in his elimination. The top-five finishers from the seven-horse elimination advance to the $600,000 final Oct. 30 at Hoosier. Elimination winners draw for posts one through five. "He's sharp, he's fast, he's a very nice horse," Baudron said about Cuatro De Julio, a son of Trixton out of Clarabelle. "Sometimes he can be not so easy behind the gate, but he is strong. He's not just fast, he's strong. I think he is one of the best 2-year-olds in America. "I hope he qualifies well and then after that we hope for the best. I'm excited." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Woodstock, WV — Celebrity Farms’ Celebrity Rolex has dominated in all his harness racing outings at Shenandoah Downs.. The 4-year-old Trixton gelding, making just his fourth lifetime start, wired the field in a $4,000 conditioned race and won by 8-3/4 lengths on Friday (Oct. 2). He crossed the finish line in 1:57.2, one-fifth of a second faster than his previous best which he recorded a week ago. The Jennifer Sansone trainee has led every step of the way in all three starts. His margins of victory have been most impressive. He won by 17 lengths on opening day and then by 8-1/4 lengths last week. Fern Paquet Jr. has driven Celebrity Rolex in all three of his starts at Shenandoah Downs. Paging Doctor Teo has dominated too and has been in front nearly as often. The 5-year-old Calchips Brute gelding won by two lengths on Friday, 5-1/4 a week ago and 7-3/4 lengths on opening day. He finished in 1:58.3 today after a pair of 1:58.1 efforts. The Neal Ehrhart trainee has been in front at every panel through the run except on Friday, when he was momentarily second at the top of the stretch just one-quarter of a length behind Wesley Hanover. The trotter is owned by Virginia Erhardt and was driven by Billy Carter in all three wins at Shenandoah Downs. The fastest mile of the day was authored by Roger Hammer’s Artists Ruffles who won his 25th career race in 1:54.1. The 6-year-old Real Artist gelding came outside of Next Shot at the first marker, took control in the turn and never looked back. He crossed the finish line 3-1/2 lengths the best for his first win of 2020. Vicki Lynn Fair co-owns with Hammer, who drives and trains. Shenandoah Downs hosts the 23rd annual $363,575 Virginia Breeder’s Champions Day program Saturday (Oct. 3) beginning at 1 p.m. Races are streamed live at by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

Marie Ortolan Bar can succinctly sum up the fairytale she is living with colt Cuatro De Julio, this season's fastest 2-year-old trotter thanks to his near harness racing world-record-equaling 1:51.4 mile two weeks ago, and winner of eight of 10 races as he heads to Sunday's $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes championship at the Red Mile. "It's a story about faith, love, and friendship," said Marie, who trains Cuatro De Julio. "He is a gift. It is a wonderful story." Cuatro De Julio arrived in Marie's life when she most needed a gift like him. The colt was bred by partner Jean Pierre Dubois' Dream With Me Stable and raised by Marie in Kentucky. She realized quickly he was different. She realized, too, he was a horse to change her life. For more than a decade, Marie battled a variety of debilitating health conditions, from blood disorders to a rare congenital heart defect known as Ebstein's anomaly. She nearly died on multiple occasions and was forced to give up training horses for the better part of eight years. She still worked with babies at Dubois' breeding farm, but her illnesses had taken a toll on her physically and mentally. "When you fall very sick, they fix one problem but then another one comes," Marie said. "It is not fun to be sick. Your spirit wants to go, but your body says no. I was so weak. One day you say enough." Marie's faith helped sustain her during this period. "If you do not have God in your life, you have nothing," she said. And on March 22, 2018, a colt by Trixton out of the Ready Cash mare Clarabelle arrived and renewed her strength and outlook. It was Cuatro De Julio, or Fourth of July, which is Dubois' birthday. "I would say when he was one month old, he was very special; very special, very smart," Marie said. "When he was four months, he would follow me everywhere. I would say, go play with your friends. But he followed me everywhere. He was the dominant one. He was always the first for everything. "The way he moved was not so beautiful, there were others more elegant, but what I loved was the shoulder, the neck, the bottom, and he was never sick. He was never weak. I told everybody, when he was seven months, I have a good horse. I told everybody that this one is special. If you meet Cuatro, you will fall in love." So special, Marie decided to get her trainer's license again. With the help of numerous friends, including Judi and Henry Lunsford and Lee and Al Eferstein, she began training Cuatro De Julio. "This horse gave her the thrill and happiness and the will to come back and train again," said Lee Eferstein, whose husband Al has become Cuatro De Julio's regular driver. "He brought all of that back for her. He is just so special for so many reasons." Said Marie, "You never train a horse alone. You train a good horse with good people around you, people who love the horse. Without Lee, I'm nothing. She gave me my confidence back. Without all the friends and advice, I'm nothing. Everybody helps. We are a team." Cuatro De Julio's career began on the Kentucky fairs circuit, where he won six of seven races including the season-end final at Lexington's Red Mile. His only loss came in his debut when Marie drove him at the Ballard County Fair. "That was a very bad idea," Marie said, laughing. "This horse is not easy. If you fight with this horse, you will lose." Following that first start, Al Eferstein, a veteran of the Kentucky fairs, took the seat behind Cuatro De Julio. After sweeping the remainder of their fair circuit starts, they tackled the Kentucky Sire Stakes. Cuatro De Julio won his first KYSS start, made a misstep in the second, and rebounded by nearly matching Walner's world record for a 2-year-old trotting colt on a mile track in the most recent. "People are always asking me, when are you going to put up a catch driver?" Marie said. "He goes very well with Al. We won eight races easy. When something works, why would you change?" Following the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship, Cuatro De Julio is eligible to the Grand Circuit races at Red Mile and the Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park. But there is no reason to look to the future. The present is a wonderful story as it is. "Working with horses is a passion," Marie said. "We all have a dream and we have to follow the dream, but there is a lot of sacrifice. The recompense now is Cuatro. This horse saved my life." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Red Mile and the Kentucky Sire Stakes finals are the first eight races. Following are the morning-line favorites in each final, in race order. Three-year-old male trotters, Beads, 1-1. Two-year-old filly pacers, Making Waves, 4-5. Two-year-old male pacers, Perfect Sting, 6-5. Three-year-old filly trotters, Hypnotic AM, 5-2. Three-year-old male pacers, Tall Dark Stranger, 4-5. Two-year-old filly trotters, Darlene Hanover, 5-2. Three-year-old filly pacers, Reflect With Me, 6-5. Two-year-old male trotters, Dancinginthedark M, 2-1. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Emerging, young trotting sire Trixton produced two important Stakes winners in North America on Friday (September 11) and has jumped to fifth position on the USA 3YO Sires' Premiership. Jula Trix Treasure, a three-year-old colt, came from midfield to win the $167,000 Simcoe Stake in 1:53.8 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Canada. It was his third win for the year and increased his bankroll to $160,827. Threefiftytwo (by Royalty For Life) was a close second. The Trixton three-year-old filly Common Sense S was an effortless winner of the $45,000 Garden State Trot in 1:55.4 at Freehold Raceway, New York. Cuatro De Julio, a two-year-old colt by Trixton, became the fastest two-year-old trotter in North America this year when he captured a $40,000 division of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at The Red Mile in 1:51.8 earlier in the week. The colt has won eight of his 10 starts so far. Trixton's progeny has earned almost $1.7 million to date this year. Brilliant Royalty For Life three-year-old filly Warrawee Vicky took out a $88,895 division of the Simcoe Stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a new lifetime mark of 1:54 last Friday night. She has won three of her six starts in 2020 for $111,776 in stakes.

The Hambletonian winner Trixton produced two sub 1:55 two-year-olds on the one day at Lexington’s Red Mile last weekend! Dutiful, a two-year-old filly, led in a Trixton quinella in a $40,000 division of the Kentucky Sire Stakes in 1:54.6, while the colt Cuatro De Julio won his $40,000 division in 1:54. Trixton has sired 15 two-year-old winners to date this year with nine inside 2:00. He is in fifth position on the three-year-old stakemoney list and has sired the winners of $1.2 million this year.

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoons harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot with a very talented field of nine square-gaited rivals and was headlined by four year old stallion Bordogna - who was looking to remain unbeaten in 2020 and looking to extend to an eight race winning streak. He was sent off as the public choice at 8-5 from post nine.   Driver Rick Magee sent Bordogna ($5.20) alertly from the outside and floated toward the front as Mandeville (Nick Roland) battled with Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) for the first leading call. Bordogna quickly settled the issue by seating them both in behind him as he took control just past the :28 second opening quarter.   Magee settled his charge down nicely on the lead and remained well in hand through the middle stages (:56.4 and 1:25.3) and had plenty left in the tank to stave off a late challenge by pocket-sitter Mandeville. Bordogna trotted home in :29.1 to stop the timer at 1:54.4 and score his eighth consecutive win, a streak that goes all the way back to September of 2019. Mandeville was a half a length back in second and Muscle Ave (Dean Magee) was one length further back in third.   The talented son of Trixton is now unbeaten in seven starts in 2020 and has won twenty career races in just thirty-six outings. He has now bankrolled $78,075. The winning owners are Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer, and the winning trainer is Justin Anfinson.   Pull The Shade (Nick Roland, $8.40) was ultra-game in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace to score her second straight win at the top level in 1:53.2 for owner Ferrell York and trainer Tim Maier. Alwaysalittlemore (Darrell Wright) was a sharp second at 41-1 and race-favorite Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) checked in third.   The Tuesday program also featured two-year-old action for both trotters and pacers. May Day Maggie (Rick Magee, $4.80) scored her first pari-mutuel win with a sharp one length tally from post nine in the $13,800 2-year-old "A" pace in 1:58.1, while the $9,200 "B" division went to Twilight Sunset (Rick Magee, $3.20) on lifetime debut, also in 1:58.1.   The 2-year-old trotting events went to Rush To The Bank (Darrell Wright, $7.80) in 2:03.4 in the $11,500 colts & geldings split, for two-in-a-row, while The Royal Queen (Rick Magee) extended to three-in-a-row in the $6,000 filly division, scoring a new career mark of 2:02.4 in the early non-wagering contest.   Driver Rick Magee led the program with a Grand Slam of four winners, while Nick Roland registered a double. Trainer Justin Anfinson completed a triple on the Tuesday card.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 1 with first post at 1:00 pm CDT and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $ 16,897.33.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

The Hambletonian champion Trixton continues to churn out the winners in North America. The 3YO colt Jula Trix Treasure followed up his second placing in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final last week with a season’s record 1:51.4 success in a $44,150 Reynolds Memorial division at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 11). He came three-wide around the home turn with a 27.2 final quarter. The NY Sire Stakes winner Play Trix On Me was edged out in his $44,650 Reynolds division in 1:52, while the 2YO Trixton filly Presto won her $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes division in 1:57 on a sloppy track after starting from No. 11. Trixton is currently in second position on the US 3YO trotting sires’ premiership. In Australia, the Trixton 3YO filly Everysecondcounts notched her second success at Bendigo. Trixton has left five winners from six starters in Australia.   By Peter Wharton

Trixton produced the winners of both finals of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands on Friday night (July 3). Competing in the $160,000 final, Ab’sattitudexpress took full advantage of a box seat trail to score by 1-3/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4. The filly has won four of her six starts and $111,000 in stakes. Play Trix On Me, who started from the outside gate, settled down second last before storming home to win the $128,000 final in 1:53.6. A dual NYSS champion, the filly has won seven out of nine for $204,850. Brilliant Royalty For Life filly Warrawee Vicky, last year’s Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old points leader, returned to the winning list in a $73,067 division of the OSS Gold Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night (July 2). The filly led from go to whoa in 1:54.4. Trixton has jumped to the top of this year’s North American 3YO trotting sires’ premiership, while Royalty For Life is sixth. The Trixton two-year-old colt Utopia made an auspicious debut at Shepparton on Thursday (July 2), winning by an amazing 82.5 metres at a track record 2:02.6 rate. Bred by Nick Hooper and Paul Graydon, the colt is out of a Muscles Yankee mare, Gluteus Maximus, and thus carries a 3x2 cross to Muscles Yankee. Watch the replay here. Lucky Chucky took the siring honours at Albion Park on Friday night (July 3) with a winning double. Aurora, a three-year-old filly, won a heat of the Springboard Series to make it four on end, while The Reaper, a four-year-old gelding, overcame a 30 metre handicap to post win No. 6. To complete a big week, the Wishing Stone four-year-old Phoebe Onyx notched his fourth success at Addington, New Zealand on Friday night (July 3), carving out a last 800 in 58.7. Trixton, Royalty For Life, Lucky Chucky and Wishing Stone are members of the Stallions Australasia frozen semen roster.   By Peter Wharton

Delaware, OH — Kildare King, a 2-year-old trotting colt by Trixton-Exclusivity,  harness racing trained and driven by Chris Beaver, scored in 1:59.4h in a qualifying race Thursday (June 11) at Delaware. It was his first time ever behind the gate. by Thom Pye, for the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

April 24, 2020 - Four eliminations of the prestigious harness racing Queen Silvias took place this day at Aby, Sweden,  each offering a purse of 24,018€ and raced over the 2140 meter autostart course. The top three finishers of each elim advanced to the finale in May. Alaska Kronos (4f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) opened these races with a 1.13.5kr victory as the 7/10 favorite with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. 3.2/1 Sashay My Way (4f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) was next for Adrian Kolgjini. This one was bred in the USA by Millstream Inc. Third was 21/1 MBS Pretty Girl (4f Scarlet Knight). The finale lineup is shown below along with the race recaps of the other eliminations. Alaska Kronos Dontlooseallmoney (4f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) took her elim clocked in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and Stall Perfectum. This was her sixth career win in 20 starts and she was off at 2.9/1. The 1.9/1 favorite Diani Zet (4f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was second for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet team and 40/1 Schweppes (4f Muscle Hill-Swept To Victory-SJs Caviar) was third for Erik Adielsson. Dontlooseallmoney In the second of four elims, the 34/1 outsider Residual Thrust (4f Scarlet Knight-Vista d’Eronville-Offshore Dream) scored a narrow victory in 1.13.5kr with Erik Adielsson up for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. 67/1 Gobi Princess (4f Muscle Mass-Mrs D-Chocolatier) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh and 3.9/1 Grande Diva Sisu (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) took the third ticket to the finale for Per Nordstrom, also her trainer. Residual Thrust The last elim went to 20/1 Tonique (4f Love You-Revenique-Revenue) timed in 1.13.0kr with trainer Ake Lindbom at the lines for owner Bjorn Wedenberg. The 4/10 favorite Ganga Bae (4f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Stefan Melander. Stall Courant AB owns this one. Third was7.9/1 Mahma Lane (4f Maharajah-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Tonique Earlier on the card was the three-year old Euro Classic Next Year (purse 12,367€, 2140 meters autostart, five starters). The easy winner was 2.49/1 Thai Sansa (3f Muscle Hill-Toffifee D-Great Challenger) for trainer Bo Westergaard timed in 1.14.1kr. Chiffchaff (3f From Above-Swinging Single-Going Kronos) was next for Erik Adielsson. The day’s Quinte+ was the Coin Perdue for mares (purse 8,108€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) and 1.9/1 Alhambra Mail (4f Nad Al Sheba-Foira SM Spin-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.14.2kr. Southwind Queen (4f Muscle Hill-Sensual Hall-Garland Lobell) was second for Peter Ingves. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was 26,525,60€. This morning the grande trotting mare Lisa America (15f Varenne-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream-Donnina), bred in Italy and a career winner of 1.445,676€, died this morning while giving birth to a Ready Cash foal that was also lost. At time of her death Lisa America was owned by SRF Stable. Lisa was bred by Guida Italia Srl and raced by the late Lou Guida and trainer Jerry Riordan throughout her career. She had a 22-7-9 slate in 65 career starts with her last appearance being in the 2012 Prix d’Amerique when she was injured in the final bend. She won the Prix de Milan, Grand Prix d’Europa and many other fast class events in France, Italy and elsewhere in Europe while taking a 1.10.1kr record. Her maternal family includes Joie de Vie, that was an exceptional trotter in the USA at age three (winner of Canadian Trotting Classic, Currier And Ives, Dexter Cup, Stanley Dancer Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Colonial Trot, Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby); as well her first dam’s other offspring such as Guida America, OK America, Radysin America and Top Gun America. She left many fond memories for her race fans and her connections. Lisa America   Thomas H. Hicks

Breedings to Trixton, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Courtly Choice, Jimmy Freight, JK Endofanera and Racing Hill are among the 75+ offered in the 22nd Annual New Vocations Stallion Auction that is currently in progress via Visit to view breedings and bid until 2:00 p.m. Thursday Feb 6. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 p.m. cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - December 7, 2019 - The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting harness racing fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Just past the quarter Andrew McCarthy moved is filly Princess Deo to the front to take the lead from Lucius Vorenus, while Evident Beauty and David Miller waited to make their move after the half-mile marker. David Miller and Evident Beauty eased their way around the last turn, and the two fillies hooked up in the lane battling to the dead heat for the win. The NJSS horse of the year Evident Beauty is trained by Richard (Nifty) Norman and owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and R A W Equine Inc. The Trixton filly has notched win number 13 and $805,301 in lifetime earnings. Bred by White Birch Farms in Allentown, NJ, Evident Beauty has put together a noteworthy 3-year-old campaign. The other winner in this dead heat Princess Deo is trained by Noel Daley for owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also sired by Trixton, but she was bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC. Princess Deo captured her fifth win and boosted her lifetime earnings to $405,974. This was the first year for the SBOANJ 3-year-old sired trot race, it is planned to return next year for 3 and 4-year-olds. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Harrisburg, PA -- Donttellmeagain, a 5-year-old male harness racing pacer with $779,011 in lifetime earnings, was the top seller at Friday's final session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $400,000 by Jon Paton. The gelding was one of six horses to sell for at least $250,000 during the second day of the auction's mixed sale. Donttellmeagain, by Dragon Again out of Donttellmewhattodo, has won 19 of 46 career races and finished among the top three a total of 37 times. He won last year's Graduate Series championship and Dayton Pacing Derby. This year, he was a dead-heat second by a nose to McWicked in the Jim Ewart Memorial and third in the Roll With Joe. The Jim King Jr.-trained pacer was owned by Paton Racing Stables. He was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Starita, a Grand Circuit-winning 3-year-old trotting filly, was the day's second-highest seller, going for $360,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. She was one of three fillies to reach at least $300,000. Starita, by Trixton out of Morningstar, has won six of 29 career races and $307,696. Her second dam is two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide and her family also includes Hambletonian Oaks winner Marita's Victory. She was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, and trained by Joe Holloway. O'Brien Award-winner Percy Bluechip, also purchased by Hanover Shoe Farms, sold for $340,000. The 4-year-old pacing mare, by Shadow Play out of Advantest, has won 12 of 40 career races and $874,267. She was a Breeders Crown winner at 3 and a two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion. She is full sister to O'Brien Award winner Arthur Blue Chip and half-sister to millionaire Kenneth J. She was consigned by Preferred Equine, owned most recently by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Purnel & Libby, and Donald Emond, and trained by Ron Burke. Quincy Blue Chip, a 3-year-old trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Sirenuse, sold for $300,000 to Steve Stewart. She has won 12 of 23 career races, including this year's Empire Breeders Classic and New York Sire Stakes final, and $675,430. She was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock, owned most recently by Barbara Boese, James Boese, and Richard Banca, and trained by Banca. Two female pacers reached $250,000 - Medusa and Lu's Illusion. Medusa, an 8-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight out of Mythical, was purchased by Erika Sergent. Medusa has won 40 of 160 career races and $1 million. She was consigned by Fox Den Farm, owned most recently by Randy Bendis and Pollack Racing, and trained by Bendis. Lu's Illusion, a 3-year-old filly by Sweet Lou out of Artistic Vision, sold to Fair Winds Farm. She is a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven as well as multimillionaire Clear Vision. Lu's Illusion, who has won five of 17 career races, was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Determination, and trained by Luc Blais. The two-day mixed sale portion of the auction saw a total of 663 horses and stallion shares sell for $27 million, an average of $40,756. Last year, the mixed sale saw a total of 619 horses and stallion shares sell for $18.2 million, an average of $29,498. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA         Ken Weingartner   Media Relations Manager   U.S. Trotting Association      

LEXINGTON, KY--Violet Stride strung out 1-2 favorite Love A Good Story past the half before yielding for the pocket and shooting out into the stretch to pull a 16-1 upset in the first Muscle Hill harness racing division of the $290,200 International Stallion Stake for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, Oct. 4 at The Red Mile. Driver Tyler Buter sent the Mark Harder-trained Trixton filly to the front with Queso Fresco pushing for the pocket heading to a :28 first quarter. Love A Good Story, racing fourth, angled from the pegs up the backstretch but worked to clear command from Violet Stride passing a :55.2 half. Queso Fresco faltered entering the final turn, forcing the backfield to tip wide and recoup lost ground while Love A Good Story and Violet Stride led by a wide margin through three-quarters in 1:24. Buter popped Violet Stride from the pocket straightening for the finish and slid past Love A Good Story to win while Crucial kicked down the center of the track for third. "She's been good all along, I wouldn't say it's the track that's done it," Harder said after the race. "She hasn't had a lot of chances in races and today she got given a real-good chance. We will now [go to the Breeders Crown] for sure." Returning $35.60 to win, Violet Stride collected her third win from nine starts, earning $96,790 for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre Jr. bred the $280,000 Lexington yearling purchase. Ramona Hill remained unbeaten when holding off a late charge from pocket-sitter Sister Sledge in the first Walner split. Sister Sledge slid from the pylon post towards the top heading to the first turn as Ramona Hill unhurriedly progressed towards the top from post 8 moving to a :27.4 first quarter. Ramona Hill continued to lead under minimal pressure through a :55.3 half and three-quarters in 1:24.4 before scooting to a three-length lead as Sister Sledge threw some bad steps when edging from the pocket. Sister Sledge soon hit her best stride and closed ground on Ramona Hill nearing the wire but finished a neck shy of the winner. Shishito, stalking the top two, took third. "Around March [or] April when [Tony Alagna] was training her down [that] he said she's very talented," said Albert Crawford, co-owner of Ramona Hill through Crawford Farms Racing. "When he qualified her--I think it was a [1]:55, [1]:56 [mile] with a big last quarter--he said she's a special filly." Winning all five of her starts, Ramona Hill has earned $112,400 for breeder Crawford Farms, which co-owns the Muscle Hill filly as Crawford Farms Racing with Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners. Tony Alagna conditions the $3.80 winner and Andrew McCarthy sat in the bike. Runner-up to Ramona Hill in the Bluegrass, Madame Sherry prevailed as the 8-5 second choice in the second division of the Muscle Hill. Queen Of The Hill kicked for the front from post 7 while Heaven ducked for the pocket and Madame Sherry raced third to a :28.4 first quarter. Driver Tim Tetrick then angled Madame Sherry from third and swept the Jim Campbell trainee to the top before a :56.2 half. Common Sense S, sent the 6-5 favorite, pulled first over from fifth moving to the final turn. She slowly advanced towards the leader obtained cover passing three-quarters in 1:25.4 as Queen Of The Hill vacated pocket for the stretch drive. Madame Sherry drifted slightly from the cones through the lane, leaving a slim seam for Heaven to slip through nearing the finish. However Madame Sherry held off Heaven, winning by a head in 1:54.1 with Queen Of The Hill third. A Kentuckiana Farms LLC-bred filly by Father Patrick, Madame Sherry won her second race from six starts, earning $89,773 for owner Coyote Wynd Farms. She paid $5.20 to win. Sherry Lyns Lady lunged off cover to take the second division of the Walner. Sent the 6-5 favorite, Sherry Lyns Lady raced fourth to a :28.3 opening quarter as the other 6-5 choice Senorita Rita headed the helm into the backstretch. Panem, caught wide around the first turn, continued to race uncovered while stalled wide of Sherry Lyns Lady through a :56.1 half. Panem backtracked moving into the final turn while Senorita Rita raced unpressured past three-quarters in 1:25. Dune Hill, sitting the pocket, floated wide as Sherry Lyns Lady angled wider into the stretch. Senorita Rita clung to control through the lane but got outkicked by Sherry Lyns Lady in the final sixteenth and settled for second. Rebecca Clark, at 46-1, skimmed the pylons to snag third. "Hats off to [Coyote Wynd Farms] because they did all the homework in selecting these two fillies," Campbell said after the race, "and I was just blessed enough to be the one that gets to train them. Sometimes we get fooled... I told John [Floren of Coyote Wynd Farms] the other night 'I gave you all good training reports--I'm just glad [the horses] backed it up because it doesn't always work that way. We always say that when you go baby race the first couple of starts it pretty much tells the truth and these fillies lived up to that. Giving Jim Campbell a training double, Sherry Lyns Lady also races for the Coyote Wynd Farms. The Steve Stewart and Timot Stable Inc.-bred Father Patrick filly collected her third victory from 10 starts and bankrolled $310,554. Tim Tetrick drove the $4.40 winner. "She was sitting good--Timmy [Tetrick] knows her because he drove her from the very beginning in her baby races," Campbell also said of the race. "He just angled her out and she did the rest. Down by the wire, she was trotting strong." Each division of the Muscle Hill International Stallion Stakes was sponsored by Southwind Farms while each division of the Walner was sponsored by the Walner Syndicate. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile Saturday, Oct. 5 with four divisions of the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts (sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms), the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial (sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms) for sophomore pacing fillies, the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace (sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds) and the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Trot (sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural). Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile Lexington, Ky----For many years the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile always made available a race for amateur drivers and this season was no exception. Today (Oct. 4) a 7-horse field was sent to post at 12:30pm prior to the betting card getting underway and when the judges hung the official sign, the veteran trotter, Inukchuk Chuck, once again showed his heels to the field when Kiara Morgan guided the 6-year-old gelding to a 1:56.2 triumph, his fourth consecutive victory since September 26; two were at Delaware, Ohio followed by two now at the Red Mile and all four wins came at the hands of lady drivers. Hannah Miller won the Delaware trots and now Kiara Morgan has made it two-in-a-row here at Lexington After starting from post six Ms Morgan sent Inukchuk Chuck toward the front but settled in the three- hole as Ms Miller and Jacks To Open challenged Fairground Drama (Richard Roach) for the lead which she obtained before the halfway point. But as Hannah's trotter settled on top she had to contend with Ms Morgan's charge who began to rally. and when he did, Inukchuk Chuck took command and survived a late charge from Utopia and driver Steve Oldford to notch his ninth seasonal triumph. Third place went to Security Guard who was driven by Dein Spriggs.. The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick. by John Manzi, for amateur driving everywhere

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 20, 2019-- Sometimes, there's an unexpected daily double, as in a harness racing track record that went unoticed and glorious photographic evidence to accentuate it. Thursday night (Sept. 19th), the 3-year-old trotting gelding Sheena's Boy (George Brennan, $2.50) trotted away in 1:54.4, setting a Yonkers Raceway track standard for the weight class. The five-length romp in the $16,000, fourth race so inspired 'Sheena' that the hairs on the back of his neck stood up, as the Mike Lizzi photo attests. Sheena's Boy, a gelded son of Trixton, is trained by Ake Svanstedt for co-owners S R F Stable and Knuttson Trotting. The win was his fourth in a dozen seasonal starts. In his previous start, Sheena's Boy was sitting a loose Yonkers Trot pocket to runaway Gimpanzee before breaking, crossing the line fourth but placed sixth while race-timed in 1:54.4. The previous local standard for 3-year-old trotting geldings was 1:55, set by Crazy About Pat (Eric Goodell) in September of 2013. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2019 - Evident Beauty overcame a post-ten starting spot to score a 9/1 upset victory in Saturday night's Elegantimage harness racing stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee capitalized off a great steer from driver David Miller to rally from third-over at the head of the lane for a 1:53 victory in the $376,000 event for three-year-old trotting fillies.   "I thought I better got forward with her some and it actually worked out great," said Miller. "They were working pretty hard up front and I felt pretty good in the last turn."   Evident Beauty left from post-ten and got away seventh, while an early lead shuffle settled with The Ice Dutchess leading the field up to the half in :55.3. When Dovescry came first up on the far turn, providing cover for Only Take Cash and Evident Beauty.   The three-quarter time popped up 1:24.1 with The Ice Dutchess surrendering the lead to the outside pressure.   When Dovescry moved to the lead momentarily, but Only Take Cash muscled by her with victory in her sights. However, Evident Beauty was full of the most trot and powered by on the far outside for a half-length victory. Only Take Cash was second, while When Dovescry was third and Princess Deo fourth.   Evident Beauty   Evident Beauty made a costly break in last week's Simcoe Stakes and entered the Elegantimage with miscues in two of her last four starts. Miller noted a solution the connections came up with that may have played a role in the victory.   "We really can't figure out why she's doing that, but we watched her Hambletonian Oaks replay and last week's and every time I pull the ear plugs she takes off running," explained Miller. "Tonight they didn't put a string on there."   A daughter of Trixton, Evident Beauty improved to six for 11 on the season with her ninth career victory. She now has $753,463 earned for owners Mel Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc.   Evident Beauty paid $21.40 to win.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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