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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

Uncle Peter and reinsman Johnny Takter next face the harness racing starter Friday at Ostersund in the Gr. II International Jamtlands Store Pris, a UET Masters Series test with 750,000SEK to the winner. It's a well-balanced field and anyone has a chance. Mosaique Face and Oasis Bi (early favorite) could be a factor along with Digital Ink and On Track Piraten. Nahar (Torbjorn Jansson listed to drive) last made a miscue in defense of his 2013 Elitloppet victory and the Robert Bergh trainee is in this one along with stablemate Amaru Boko that Ulf Eriksson will drive. June 7, 2014 Ostersund, Jamtlands Stora Pris, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK to winner, 10 starters Uncle Peter, Johnny Takter Amaru Boko, Ulf Eriksson Nahar, Torbjorn Jansson Monster Drive, Ulf Ohlsson On Track Piraten, Jorma Kontio Kash's Cantab, Erik Adielsson Oasis Bi, Bjorn Goop Sanity, Kenneth Haugstad Digital Ink, Orjan Kihlstrom Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini Nahar Oasis Bi by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

It was announced over the weekend that American trotting star Corky will stay in Sweden for a couple of months. Today it was decided that Uncle Peter will also remain in Scandinavia. Uncle Peter has earned 7.8 million SEK during his career and is one of the top horses in the USA. In Scandinavia he hasn't showed full potential, finishing fifth place in the Copenhagen Cup and tiring in his Elitloppet elimination to fail qualifying for the final. Uncle Peter hopes to obtain a start in the Oslo Grand Prix. Uncle Peter will join Corky at Daniel Reden's Stable Zet where they will be trained by Tobias J. Gustafsson. Backfire (4f by Offshore Dream) and Poochai (4m Make It Happen) took tonight’s companion Gr. I International events at Aby. Gothenburg, the Drottning Silvias Pokal for four year-old mares and the Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal for four year-old males. Both carried a purse of €199,930 with the winners’ share being €99,970. Backfire scored in 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, driven by Johnny Takter for a two length victory from Air Frame and Bjorn Goop. Heavily supported D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) came from far back to be third. Summary and video replay link are shown below with official program that follows: http://abytravet.se/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/140528_aby_Web.pdf May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Drottning Silvia Pokal, Gr. I International, four year-old mares, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.6kr, purse €199,939 with €99,970 to winner 1st Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ’s Caviar), Johnny Takter, owner Linne Trav AB, 11/1 odds, her eighth win in 21 starts now for earnings of 2,384,350SEK 2nd Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo), Bjorn Goop up for trainer owner Stefan Melander and Stall TZ 3rd D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Kennys and trainer Roger Wahlman The four year-old males contest ended with 6.6/1 Poochai  scoring for Erik Adielsson in 1.11.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The son of Make It Happen (son of Conway Hall that successfully raced in the USA) rallied in the lighting lane for the win over Sir Ratzeputz and teamster Jorma Kontio. Poochai was first to lead and then settled in the pocket behind Boys Going In with Amazing Man in the death seat. Sir Ratzeputz was first to advance three wide. Poochai waited for the inside passing lane and rallied to victory. Rolex Bigi, and reinsman Anders Svanstedt, was third over and empty in the drive, ending eighth. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal, Gr. I International, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, purse €199,939 with €99.970 to winner (six places paid), 1.11.9kr 1st Poochai (4m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielson for trainer Svante Bath, owner Roxy Horses KB, 6.6/1 odds, his sixth win in 19 starts for earnings of 1,911,460SEK 2nd Sir Ratzeputz (4m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown), Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos trainer and owner Thors Trading AB 3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d’Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver The fast class event for older trotters was the Algot Scotts Minne. Magic Tonight set the track record of 1.09.3kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, taking advantage of the early fast pace set by I’m The Answer. Favored Solvato made a miscue early. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Algot Scotts Minne, purse €21,762, distance 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.09.3kr a track record 1st Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Wahlman, owner 2nd AB Svensk Reklamfinans, his 13th victory in 42 starts for 4,767,831SEK earned, off at 1.8/1 odds 3rd Obi Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve), Flemming Jensen trainer/driver 4th Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Jorgen Sjunnesson up for Flemming Jensen trainer I’m The Answer was the rapid pacesetter and faded to fifth, Solvato was offstride early and was last. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

This Week: Molson Pace, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontraio; Art Rooney and Lismore, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Somebeachsomewhere, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Roll With Joe, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at four locations this weekend. Action begins on Friday (May 30) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$150,000 Molson Pace for free for all pacers. In addition to the appearance of defending champion, State Treasurer, who will start from the rail, two-time winner Foiled Again drew the outside post seven in the eight-horse field and will be making his sixth appearance in London's signature race. Yonkers Raceway will host the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and the $124,744 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies) on Saturday (May 31). Elimination winners Stevensville and All Bets Off lead the field in the Art Rooney Pace, while the Lismore is led by Southwind Silence and Tyra, who captured last weekend's pair of eliminations. Also on Saturday, Mohawk Racetrack will host a trio of C$75,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. The Grand Circuit action concludes on Sunday (June 1) as Tioga Downs will host the $200,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for free for all pacers. Complete entries for the Yonkers and Tioga races can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair and Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Maxie Lee Memorial for trotters and the Betsy Ross for Market Share won the $250,000 Maxie Lee by two lengths over Sevruga in 1:50.2. The time established the record for history's fastest on a five-eighths-mile track, which previously was 1:50.3 and shared by Sevruga and Uncle Peter. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick settled into fourth place behind Sevruga, Arch Madness, and Daylon Magician in the early part of the race. Market Share moved into second place on the backstretch before challenging Sevruga for the top spot on the final turn. Sevruga finished second followed by DW's NY Yank and Arch Maness. "Nowadays, when you win a stakes race it's either a stakes record or a world record," trainer Linda Toscano said. "The horses are faster, the equipment is better; you just have to go (speed wise) where you have to go to win. These are good horses, all of them." Market Share, a 5-year-old who won for the second time in three starts this season, is owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. Gutnick, a Philadelphia native, won the 2012 Maxie Lee with Chapter Seven. Two races later on the card, Anndrovette and Tetrick won the $250,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers by two lengths over Rocklamation in 1:50.2. Anndrovette won the $250,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers by two lengths over Rocklamation in 1:50.2. Anndrovette took the lead from Monkey On My Wheel as the field headed to the halfway point and never looked back. Rocklamation made a late charge from the rear of the pack, but finished second. Jerseylicious was third, followed by Monkey On My Wheel. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Anndrovette paid $13.40 to win. Morning line favorite Shebestingin was scratched. It was Anndrovette's second win in seven starts this season and first since winning a leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway on April 4. She was fourth in the Matchmaker final on April 26. Anndrovette, who captured the 2011 Betsy Ross, is owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. The 7-year-old mare, a three-time Dan Patch Award winner, has won 37 of 95 career races and $2.77 million. She is trained by P.J. Fraley. 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 - 286; 2. Tim Tetrick - 225; 3. George Brennan - 144.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 113: 5. Brian Sears - 101. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 410.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 155; 3. Joe Holloway - 97; 4. Jimmy Takter - 95; 5. Julie Miller - 80. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 128.5; 2. Burke Racing - 96.85; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 94.35; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 40; 5. Brad Grant - 39.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at four different racetracks next weekend. The Meadows will host 3-year-old filly trotters with the Currier & Ives on Wednesday (June 4). Mohawk will feature three sets of eliminations for 3-year-olds, plus the Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red for older mares. The Goodtimes eliminations for colt trotters and the Armbro Flight eliminations for mare trotters will take place on Friday (June 6), while on Saturday (June 7) the track will host elims in the North America Cup (colt pacers), Fan Hanover (filly pacers) and Roses Are Red (mare pacers). Also on Saturday, Scioto Downs will host the Charlie Hill for free for all trotters and Balmoral Park will offer Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

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

Market Share became harness racing’s newest world record holder, becoming the fastest trotter ever to race on a five-eighths mile track in scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in capturing the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share surpassed the previous world mark of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Uncle Peter and Sevruga, both set in 2013. Sevruga was in the race today and finished second to Market Share. The Maxie Lee, named after the long time harness racing trainer from the Delaware Valley, started off with Sevruga and driver Ron Pierce taking the early lead away from Daylon Magician (Mark MacDonald) and Arch Madness (George Brennan) to the opening quarter in :26.1. Market Share got away in fourth place. Then after the half mile marker in :54.3, Tetrick sent Market Share after the leaders in the backstretch, settled briefly in second behind Sevruga at the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then came right out after the race leader on the final turn. Coming down the stretch, Tetrick and Market Share pulled away from Sevruga and scored with ease by two open lengths. Sevruga was second with DW’s NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) third. "I knew he was going to do it (win the race) but did not think he could do 1:50 here." Said co-owner Richard Gutnick.. This is such a special race for me because Maxie Lee was one of my mentors in racing. He taught me how to work with horses, job my first horse and to win this race in his memory is extra special." "He just looked fabulous," said co-owner Bill Augustine. "Down the backside he just gobbled up track, then turning for home he looked so strong. He is really at the top of his game. It was the second win in three starts this year for Market Share, who was last year’s Dan Patch award winner as the top older trotting horse in racing. The five-year-old stallion by Revenue S is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. He paid $2.60 to win as the betting favorite. In  the eighth race $30,000 Winners Over Pace, Heston Blue Chip was able to use the passing lane to edge Bettors Glass by a head in 1:50.3 in a close four-horse photo finish. Leaving from post eight, driver George Brennan was able to get third position with Heston Blue Chip as Emeritus Maximus (Ron Pierce) led the field. Besthetyet (George Napolitano, Jr.) had come first-over with Bettors Glass (Tim Tetrick) on their backs and in the backstretch Bestjetyet made a break. Bettors Glass then became the first-over horse but continued to challenge Emeritus Maximus as they started down the stretch. With the pocket-sitting Abelard Hanover tiring, Brennan was able to move Heston Blue Chip to the inside and secure the victory with Bettors Glass second, Emeritus Maximus third and a late closing Dedi’s Dragon (Matt Kakaley) fourth in the photo. Trained by Linda Toscano for owner Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY, it was the second win this year for Heston Blue Chip who paid $9.00 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Orjan Kihlstom teamed Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) to a nose victory in elimination two of the 2014 Elitloppet, timed in 1.08.9kr (1:50.86). That time equals Commander Crowe's Swedish record. The winner's dam was a Hambletonian Oaks winner. As anticipated Lutfi Kolgjini set the pace with Raja Mirchi (7m Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay) and almost hung on under heavy pressure. Although modestly rough gaited nearing the line he stayed together bravely to just miss. Kihlstrom had the winner well placed in the pocket throughout after David Miller vacated the three spot to sit in the death seat. Panne de Moteur looked beaten at top of stretch and when Kihlstrom pulled to attack the horse was briefly rough gaited and veered left. Kihlstom superbly steadied his charge and went on for the close win over Raja Mirchi. Delicious (by Cantab Hall) ended third for Daniel Reden with Pascia'Lest (by Varenne) fourth for Enrico Bellei after a ground saving journey. Juliano Rags (by Juliano Star) was fifth after causing a restart in this field's first attempt at the start. Uncle Peter backed through the field to be unplaced. by Thomas H. Hicks, 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.

TORONTO, May 23 - Racing fans will want to be up bright and early this Sunday morning to watch the prestigious Elitlopp from Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, Sweden, which will be available via simulcast on HPI.   The Elitlopp final is scheduled to go postward at approximately 11:30 a.m. (EST). HPI will also carry the eliminations, which will be contested earlier in the morning.   Common pool wagering is available to all HPI account holders through HorsePlayerInteractive.com.   North American hopes are pinned on Maven, who is trained by Jonas Czyernyson and driven by Yannick Gingras, and Uncle Peter, who is trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

Columbus, OH --- Racing fans looking to cheer on USA representatives Maven and Uncle Peter in Sweden’s Elitlopp on Sunday morning, May 25, can do so from home by accessing this link, Maharajah.se., to a Swedish site that is broadcasting the race live. There is a translate to English button on the site's home page. The Elitlopp can also be viewed and wagered on at The Meadowlands Racetrack, which will open its doors at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday for the simulcast from Sweden. Contested at Stockholm’s Solvalla Racecourse, The Elitlopp, is considered one of the most prestigious harness races in the world. Each year, 16 star equine athletes from around the globe are invited to Stockholm for the event. Two U.S. representatives got the invite for 2014. Top class U.S. trotters Maven, trained by Jonas Czernyson, and Uncle Peter of the Jimmy Takter Stable look to bring Elitlopp victory to the U.S. for the first time since the great Moni Maker’s win in 1998. Arch Madness gave strong performances in the Elitlopp in 2012 and 2013, but never won the race, finishing second both times. The first elimination race, featuring Maven and regular driver Yannick Gingras from post six will be contested at 8:55 a.m. (EDT). The second elimination, in which Uncle Peter will start from post three with David Miller, is slated for 9:22 a.m.  The top four horses from each race will then compete in the Elitlopp final, set to go off at 11:35 a.m. by Allison Conte, for the USTA

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

The 2014 edition of the Elitloppet is a well-matched group in the two eliminations drawn today. The USA domiciled entrants are in separate divisions with Maven from pp6 in the first and Uncle Peter (David Miller listed to drive) from pp3 in the second group. Maven will battle last year's winner Nahar (Robert Bergh trained and driven) and four Europeans currently racing well, Shaq Is Back, Prussia, Timoko (with new reinsman Bjorn Goop up - victorious in their last outing) and yesterday's impressive winner and final invitee Truculent. Uncle Peter appears to have drawn the easier group albeit often rough-gaited Caballion was a winner in his last outing. Panne de Moteur and Delicious (USA developed by Ron Gurfein) are consistent performers and on a given day Raja Mirchi and Pascia'Lest can show up with a solid effort. Elimination A 1. Shaq Is Back - Daniel Reden SWE 2. Prussia - Pietro Gubellini ITY 3. Timoko - Bjorn Goop FR 4. Digital Ink - Ãrjan Kihlstrem SWE 5. Reven d'Amour - Erik Adielsson SWE 6. Maven - Yannick Gingras USA 7. Truculent - Johnny Takter SWE 8. Nahar - Robert Bergh SWE Elimination B 1. Delicious U.S. - Daniel Rede©n SWE 2. Panne de Moteur - Ãrjan Kihlstrem SWE 3. Uncle Peter - David Miller USA 4. Raja Mirchi - Lutfi Kolgjini SWE 5. Sanity - Erik Adielsson SWE 6. Caballion - Bjorn Goop SWE 7. Juliano Rags - Noralf Braekken NO 8. Pascia' Lest - Enrico Bellei ITY by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Provided that Truculent (7m Revenue-Heaven Tonight-Victory Dream) accepts to auto-invite to the Elite race that he earned today with a Gr. II UET Masters Series win at Gavle, the Elitloppet 2014 field looks to be complete following announcement by officials of three other acceptances. They are Digital Ink, Juliano Rags and Delicious (USA bred mare developed by Ron Gurfein), as profiled below. Truculent is a US import, now with a record of 1.09.5kr and earnings of 1,920,594SEK (20 wins in 36 career starts) for Lars-I Nilsson trainer. River Ridge Farm was the breeder.Digital Ink Nationality: Sweden (Stall T.Z., Stefan Melander) Trainer: Stefan Melander Ãge / Sex: 5 male Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres Earnings SEK: 3.383.300 kronor Record KR: 1.10,6 Nationality: Norway (Stall Juliano) Trainer: Noralf Braekken Ãge / Sex: 6g Juliano Star - Julia Rags Earnings SEK: 1.833.026 kronor Record KR 1.11,0 Nationality: Sweden(Stall Zet) Trainer: Daniel Reden Ãge / Sex: 5 female Cantab Hall - Ipsara L.B. Earnings SEK: 2.366.572 kronor Record KR 1.09,9 The full field lineup is shown below (USA bred noted). This group appears to be competitively well-matched. The USA owned and trained Maven and Uncle Peter would seem to have a good chance for victory. Maven (USA) Pascia'Lest Panne de Moteur Uncle Peter (USA) Timoko Reven d'Amour Shaq Is Back (USA) Nahar Caballion Sanity Prussia Raja Mirchi Digital Ink Juliano Rags Delicious (USA) Truculent (USA) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Officials have named four more starters to the 2014 Elitelopp lineup. There are four additional spots to be announced. The newcomers include Caballion (winner of Copenhagen Cup 2014 last weekend), Sanity, Prussia and Raja Mirchi. They are profiled below and join previously named Maven, Pascia'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Uncle Peter, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, Shaq Is Back and last year's winner Nahar. Caballion Nationality: Sweden (Caballion AB & Tony Mårtensson Invest AB) Trainer: Franck Leblanc Sex: male Åge/Pedigree: 8 Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick Earnings SEK: 5.640.029 kr Record: 1.09,2 Sanity Nationality: Sweden (Stall Sanity) Trainer: Malin Löfgren Sex: gelding Åge/Pedigree: 8 Love You - Flash Light - Mack Lobell Earnings SEK: 9.813.442 kronor Record: 1.09,2 Prussia Nationality: Italy (Scuderia Verner Srl) Trainer: Pietro Gubellini Sex: female Åge/Pedigree: 5 Ken Warkentin - Elvezia Earnings SEK: 2.228.424 kronor Record: 1.10,8 Raja Mirchi Nationality: Sweden (WHAP Trotting AB, m fl (Kolgjini L) Trainer: Lutfi Kolgjini Sex: male Åge: 7 Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec Earnings SEK: 8.158.824 kr Record: 1.10,5 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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