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This Week: TVG FFA Series legs, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil their new grandstand this Saturday with a card featuring the final preliminary legs of the TVG series for older pacers and trotters. Eliminations were also scheduled in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, but will not be required. Those races will go directly to their lucrative finals on Nov. 30. On Sunday night (Nov. 24), Dover Downs will feature a $35,000 elimination in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. The top eight pacers in the nine horse elimination will advance to the $330,000 (est.) Progress Pace final on Dec. 1. Last time: Eight Matron Stakes finals were featured on the Sunday (Nov. 17) program at Dover Downs. The biggest night in Delaware harness racing history featured multiple track records in the Matron events with more than $1.32 million in purses at stake. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE5D8.AE518DC0] Among the horses setting a track record was 3-year-old filly pacer Shebestingin, who scored in 1:49.1, besting Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) to the wire in a final quarter of :27.4. Joe Holloway trains the Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle filly for Ted Gewertz, L&L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms. She won for the 11th time this season and has earned $554,876. Matt Kakaley moved All Bets Off into the lead after a :26.1 opening quarter and was never headed, collecting a 1:50 triumph in the $154,575 Matron 2-year-old colt pace final, breaking the former track mark of 1:50.4 shared by Heston Blue Chip and If I Can Dream. Ron Burke trains the winner for Frank Baldachino, Rosemary Shelswell, The Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing Stable. Nuncio knocked two seconds off Explosive Matter's freshman track mark of 1:55 with a powerful 1:53 decision in the $166,650 2-year-old male trot. John Campbell was at the controls as the Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle youngster record his fifth victory in nine starts. Scott Andrews conditions the winner for Stall TZ Inc. Maywood Park hosted four Grand Circuit stakes on their Friday night (Nov. 15) card and Word Power did all the talking in the Windy City Pace, coming up the inside lane to capture Maywood's premiere event in 1:51.4. Scott Zeron steered the 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Unraced at 2, Word Power pushed his career earnings to $375,804 in securing his seventh lifetime victory in 17 trips postward. Lucan Hanover picked up second-place money, while Apprentice Hanover held on for show honors. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,772; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,523; 3. David Miller - 1,123; 4. Brian Sears - 701.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 672.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,706.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,131.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 493.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 466; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 447.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 364.05; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host eight stakes, the TVG FFA Series finals for trotters and pacers; the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-olds; the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters; and the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover will host the final in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

The very first races using the new racetrack configuration in front of the brand new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment grandstand were the Thursday morning qualifiers. Eight races in total were highlighted by several stars of the season using the races as a prep for next week’s opening in the fantastic new facility.   The first qualifier was won by the accomplished older trotter Blacktuxwhitesocks, driven to a closing win from just off the pace over stable mate Bluff by his trainer Trond Smedshammer in 1:57-. The career winner of nearly $900,000 has been owned throughout his career by Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stable.   Trond came right back to win the second race with his champion trotter Arch Madness in a tightner for the upcoming TVG last leg on Opening Day, November 23 and the $500,000 Final a week later. The old boy has really found his best form lately, winning the Allerage Farms Open trot elimination at The Red Mile in a career record equaling 1:50.2 and then the final of that race a week later. He trotted along on a happy lead this morning through comfortable fractions tacking a :56 final half and 27.3 last quarter on his 1:54- win. He is the pride of owners Marc Goldberg and Barry Goldstein’s Willow Pond LLC.   The Kindergarten Trotting Classic final winner Southwind Spirit knocked the dust off with a 1:57.4 win, home in 28.2 for regular driver Yannick Gingras. He is one of the leading eligibles for the $430,000e Valley Victory for the Burke Stable, who owns him in partnership with Weaver & Bruscemi, LLC and Stable 45.   Pacers came up in race four, with a couple of nice two year old colts sharpening up for the $500,000e Governor’s Cup. Arthur Blue Chip (Dave Miller) and Somestarsomewhere (Yannick Gingras) went right to the wire together in 1:53.3. Watching the pair of talented freshmen battle rekindled memories of watching their sires, Shadow Play and Somebeachsomewhere, square off in the 2008 Messenger Stakes.   Miller had Arthur on the lead through conservative numbers and Yannick wrestled his mount into a four hole before moving first over around the final bend. Both were willing through the sprint home.   Dr. Ian Moore trains Arthur Blue Chip, owned in partnership with RG McGroup and Serge Savard. Somestreetsomewhere is conditioned by Ron Burke for his own interests with Weaver & Bruscemi, M. Yanek and L Karr.   Freshman pacing fillies were next, Gingras and Miller battled to the wire again with JK Molly (Gingras/Burke for 3 Brother Stable) and Delightful Dragon (Miller for Noel Daley and the Adam Victor & Son Stable) in 1:55- /28. Those two debutantes are among the top candidates for the $400,00e Three Diamonds.   Western Vintage and JK Endofanera paced to the wire together in 1:54.2/28- in a tight finish between two more Governors Cup eligibles. Brian Sears had JK Endofanera forwardly placed throughout for Ron Burke, who trains the Art Major colt for the 3 Brothers Stables. Western Vintage was reserved off the pace and finished strong for Gingras. Perry Soderberg now has a partner in the good Western Ideal colt in Marvin Katz. Nancy Johansson is the trainer.   The next qualifiers will be on Monday evening with a scheduled post time of 6:00pm, the box for those will close at 10:00am tomorrow (Friday).  A preview of the new grandstand will be made available to horsemen with the evening qualifiers of Thursday, November 23, again at 6:00pm.   More information is available on the Meadowlands Racing& Entertainment website. by Nick Salvi for the Meadowlands  

Schedule of events: Maywood Park will host four Grand Circuit stakes events on Friday (Nov. 15). The card is led by the $177,000 Windy City for 3-year-old colt pacers and also features the $110,000 Galt for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $87,000 Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $73,000 Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover Downs will offer eight Matron Stakes finals on Sunday (Nov. 17). On the card will be the $166,650 final for 2-year-old colt trotters, the $164,250 final for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $160,388 final for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $154,575 final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $153,225 final for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $140,100 final for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $132,525 final for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $130,650 final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Last time: Eight American-National stakes were contested this past Saturday (Nov. 9) at Balmoral Park featuring many of the top stars in the sport. Below are some of the highlights of that excellent night of racing. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE04E.3AC960B0] Bee A Magician kept her perfect 2013 record unblemished as she stormed through the inside to win the $118,500 American-National 3-year-old filly trot in 1:55.2. The sophomore daughter of Kadabra-Beehive was driven handily by Brian Sears for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Bee A Magician posted her 16th seasonal victory. The win increased her 2013 earnings to $1,420,804 and her lifetime bankroll to $2,187,456. Captaintreacherous battled a game Lucan Hanover all the way to the wire, gutting out a 1:49 victory in the $256,000 American-National for 3-year-old colt pacers. Tim Tetrick steered the Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure to his 13th triumph in 15 starts this season, pushing his 2013 earnings to $2,055,033. Pet Rock stormed down the Balmoral Park stretch to win the $200,000 American-National Open Pace in a new track record clocking of 1:48.2 for driver David Miller. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty came flying late to overtake the hard-trying Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) by a head for owner Frank Bellino. Harnessed by trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., Pet Rock notched his sixth win of the season in 17 starts, and his 16th career triumph. He now has $972,820 in seasonal earnings and $1,984,204 in career earnings for his connections. Market Share wore down the leader Maven to win the $200,000 American-National Open Trot in a new track record of 1:52.1 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Linda Toscano trains the 4-year-old Revenue S-Classical Flirt horse, who last won his $600,000 Breeders Crown test at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. It was the 20th career victory for Market Share. The Matron Stakes eliminations were featured on a standout Sunday (Nov. 10) program at Dover Downs. Drivers John Campbell and Corey Callahan had two wins each while trainer Jimmy Takter also had a double. This Sunday (Nov. 17), the top eight finishers in each of the eight classes return for lucrative finals. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,760; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,502; 3. David Miller - 1,103; 4. Brian Sears - 699.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 662.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,694.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,111.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 488.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 461; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 437.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 385.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 363.55; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 258.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host legs of the TVG FFA Series for trotters and pacers, as well as eliminations for four 2-year-old stakes -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Dover will host eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Mystical Escapade was sent off as the heavy 1-4 favorite in the $8,500 Open Trot Friday night (Oct. 8) at Batavia Downs and the 4-year-old mare didn't disappoint as she scored neck victory over another mare, Fiorentina, in 1:57.4 over the fast track.  It was Mystical Escapade's third win in her last four starts in the Open Trot and it stamped her as a top contender for 'Trotter of the Year' at Batavia Downs. It looked like it was going to be a romp for Mystical Escapade (Greg Merton) as she took over the lead from Lutetium just before the three-quarter marker and looked like a sure-fire winner down the stretch. But Fiorentina (Ken Holliday) gobbled up ground late in the lane but came up a neck short as Mystical Escapade ($2.70) had just enough left in the tank. The pace-setting Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) held on for third. The victory was the eighth in 2013 for Mystical Escapade (Valley Victor-Armbro Orbital). She is owned by Empowered Racing and trained by Carl Smith. The win pushed her impressive seasonal total to $86,011 and $147,577 lifetime. The fifth race produced one of the biggest $2 win mutuel prices in Downs history when Extreme Balance with driver Jack Flanigen in the sulky was able to spring the major upset at odds of 168-1. The Jim Graham trainee returned $338 to win.  The racing resumes on Saturday night with a 12-race program on tap. The $8,500 Open Pace is set for the seventh race as What The Sheik is the 5-2 morning line choice with Ray Fisher Jr. scheduled to drive. For more information including upcoming promotions, race schedule, news and replays, click here      . by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

The North American Amateur Drivers Association Three-Track Trotting Series moved to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening, November 7 and over a racetrack rated good John Kokinos and Jerry Fielding emerged victorious in their respective splits. Kokinos not only held on to the point lead in the series but actually opened up daylight against his competitors when he guided Jennifer Lappe's Impressive Earl to a 2:03.2 victory. And in his first NAADA Trot start Fielding won a decision with Bill Mulligan's Lady Love Hanover in a time of 2:04.2. In his division Kokinos hustled his trotter to the lead and Impressive Earl was just that as the veteran Valley Victory gelding raced in front the entire way. Steve Oldford made a run at the leader nearing the halfway point with Habanero but they couldn't reach and by the final turn Impressive Earl trotted away and scored a two length triumph over Oldford's mount. Third place went to George's Vacation, driven by last year's National Amateur Driver of the Year, Bobby Krivelin. Fielding employed the same strategy with his victory when he sent Lady Love Hanover to the lead on the first turn and then played catch me if you can. Although there were challenges from Tremendous Hit (Bob Hechkoff) and Rodeo Red (Tony Berruso), Fielding and his trotting mare remained undaunted and they had two lengths on the field at the top of the lane. However, Lady Love Hanover tired a bit in the deep stretch and Monica Banca and Hardrockenjessica came from far back with a rush and darn near won it all, only falling short by a head at the finish. Verruso's Rodeo Red was third best some two lengths off the winner. Kokinos, with 30 points, is the series leader, followed by Banca (18) and Bob Davis (16).Fielding , Paul Minore, and Dave Yarock follow, each with 10 points. Alan Schwartz (9) and Bobby Krivelin (8) round out the top 8. The series moves on to Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon, November 15. John Manzi

Kentuckiana Stallion Management is excited to announce that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.c. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2014 breeding season at Blue Chip Farms, located in Wallkill, New York. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Blue Chip Farms will manage his breeding career. With just two crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with a spectacular second season in 2013 as the current leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings. Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Motown Muscle ($445,979), Princess Lilly ($269,109), and Muscle Matters ($211,066), to name a few. Most impressive, however, is the impressive two-year-old Grand Circuit Champion Riveting Rosie ($452,618), winner of the Champlain Stakes, Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals. “We are extremely excited to bring Muscle Mass to the lucrative New York Program. He has proven with just two racing crops that he is a preeminent young stallion that has the potential to become a super-sire like his great father Muscles Yankee. He has passed on his tremendous speed and gait and his depth of pedigree has proven him to be a true Valley Victory line sire. We are confident that with the continued support of breeders throughout all of North American, Muscle Mass can become the go to son of Muscles Yankee and a perfect cross for the many Credit Winner, Conway Hall, and Cantab Hall mares to name a few,” says Tom Grossman, owner of Blue Chip Farms. “Although he has clearly earned the right to have his service fee bumped significantly based on his first two racing crops, we have worked closely with the team at Blue Chip to establish a real value play for breeders with the 2014 fee being set at $6,000. We have also created loyalty and multiple mares programs to reward breeders for their support. Based on early indications, we are confident that he will get a full book of quality mares,” says Bob Brady of Kentuckiana Stallion Management. Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start. He won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National. Muscle Mass hails from one of harness racings most prolific families. A Muscles Yankee son of Graceful Touch, 2, 1:56.1 ($161,983), a brilliant stakes winning two-year-old herself and a daughter of the sensational ill-fated Valley Victory racemare and producer Act of Grace, 3, 1:52.3 ($403,525). Before her tragic death, Act of Grace produced stakes winning Cobol, 3, 1:54.1 ($411,457) and Graceful Touch in only two foals. Submitted by Blue Chip Farms  

In the upcoming breeding season, Winbak Farm of New York will be welcoming two of the industry’s most distinguished trotting stallions.   “With the New York Sire Stakes program having the richest purses in North America, we are excited to announce the addition of Lucky Chucky and Muscles Yankee,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. “Both individuals were outstanding racehorses and have two of the best trotting pedigrees in the industry.”   Lucky Chucky, 2,1:55.1s; 3,1:50.4 ($2,099,973), will be standing his fourth season in 2014. His yearlings sold for an average of $53,214 at the 2013 Lexington Select Sale and were led by Mr Lucky Luke, who sold for $450,000.   “We are thrilled that Lucky Chucky will be rejoining our farm in New York, his offspring look athletic and will be starting to race in 2014,” said Bell.   Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2. ($1,424,938), is the sire of 12 Millionaires. A son of Valley Victory, his offspring include Mr Muscleman, 2, 1:59; 3, 1:53.3; 1:51.1s ($3,589,142) and 2009 Horse of The Year, Muscle Hill, 2, 1:53.3, 3, 1:50.1 ($3,273,342). His offspring have earned $82,548,387.   “Muscles Yankee has been a consistent sire of the best trotters in North America. His offspring have proven they are tough racehorses at any age and will be a force to be reckoned with in the New York Sire Stakes,” said Bell. “We appreciate the partnership with Perretti Farms and look forward to another successful year.”   For more information on either stallion visit www.winbakfarm.com or call 845.778.5421. Submitted by Winbak Farm

TORONTO, October 25 – Woodbine Racetrack will once again proudly host the ‘Fall Four’ stakes for two-year-olds in 2014, which includes the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor's Cup and Valley Victory for open competitors. With The Meadowlands Racetrack hosting the Breeders Crown in 2014, Woodbine Racetrack was asked to host the ‘Fall Four’ stakes at the Toronto oval. The quartet of Fall Four stakes races, which were launched at Garden State Park in the mid-1980s will be hosted by WEG for a sixth time. The races will be raced at Woodbine in late October during the Fall/Winter meet. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform racing fans and horsepeople that Woodbine’s Saturday night November 2 Standardbred program will have a special 7:55 p.m. first-race post time. The change in standardbred post time is due to Breeders’ Cup coverage and WEG's Saturday afternoon thoroughbred program. by Greg Gangle for WEG

The three-track, eight-leg trotting series sponsored by the North America Amateur Drivers Association kicked off at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, October 17. Relative newcomer to the amateur driving ranks, Dr. John Kokinos, scored his first pari-mutuel victory when he guided Impressive Earl to a 2:01 three length victory over Hardrockinjessica and driver Monica Banca. In a race marred by a driving infraction, Kokinos sent his trotter to the lead and remained on top the entire mile. On the clubhouse turn the second time around the racing was tight and there was interference which caused the trailing horses to scatter, but all remained unscathed . Banca and her trotter skirted the confusion as did Alan Schwartz, who worked his way between breaking horses to finish third with Two Shot Lead. It was the fourth victory of the year for the veteran Valley Victory gelding who is owned by his trainer, Jennifer Lappe. Impressive Earl was impressive to his backers when he returned a $13.20 win payoff. The NAADA series continues at the Mighty M on Thursday, Oct. 31 before moving on to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, November 7, and then to Freehold Raceway on Friday, November 15. A$14,000 Final at Yonkers Raceway on December 19 awaits the eight drivers who earn the most points in the eight preliminary legs. At the end of the series NAADA will make its annual donation to a worthy charity. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

A busy stakes-filled night of action was contested on Sunday, October 13th as the Crete plant welcomed Grand Circuit action back to town. On tap was a pair of $27,950 splits for two-year-old filly trotters while their male counterparts slugged it out later in the night for a $46,700 jackpot. In the first Hanover split for the freshman trotting fillies Bobby Brower and Mystical Marker Farms Petticoat Affair had no trouble living up to her favored status as she cruised to a 4 ¾ -length triumph in 1:57.1 with Brad Hanners at the controls. Sweeping from fifth to first on the backside after watching Dancing Dynamite (Dean Magee) cruise through an opening quarter in 28.2, the daughter of Valley Victor—Katie Hall was in complete control of the proceedings as she rolled through middle splits of 58.0 & 1:27.3. With plenty still in reserve the Bobby Brower trained miss trotted home in 29.3 while continuing to put daylight between herself and her five rivals to notch her fifth win in eight starts this year. Dancing Dynamite held on for second while Fox Valley Lotus (John Roberts), who made a break leaving the gate, rallied to finish third. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite Petticoat Affair returned $3.60, $2.40 & $2.40 while upping her career bankroll to $185,124. In the second division the Brower-trained, Hanners-driven connection clicked again as Victory Hill Farms and Bobby Brower’s Pray With Me demolished six rivals by seven-lengths in 1:58.4. After saving ground in third while Dress For Success (Dale Hiteman) carved out leisurely splits of 30.0 & 1:00.1, Hanners set the daughter of Broadway Hall—Hail Mary Hanover on a mission for the lead heading into the final bend.  Effortlessly sweeping past her foes on the turn, the Brower trained miss was in front by a length and starting to leave her rivals in her wake as she stepped by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:29.4.  Leaving no doubt as to who was the best in this group Pray With Me trotted home in 29.0 to post her third win in eight lifetime starts. Simply Class (Joe Putnam) finished second while Pinking Of You (Casey Leonard) was third. Bet as though defeat was out of the question Pray With Me returned $2.40, $2.20 & $2.10 while upping her bankroll to $64,026. A field of nine two-year-old trotting colts was sent postward for the $46,700 Hanover and when all was said and done it was last week’s Lincoln Land Stake winner Photo Surprised who emerged victorious as he trotted to a one- length victory in a career best of 1:57.4 for driver Mike Oosting. Gamely “toughing it out” first over as Nino Marino (Dean Magee) put up splits of 28.2 & 58.1 the Nelson Willis trainee swept past his rivals on the far turn and began to draw away from the field as he rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.1. Continuing in full stride as he headed for the wire the state-bred son of Powerful Emotion—Gloria Wyoming was straight and strong as he continued his late season surge with his third win in eight career starts. Big Bad Bob (Dale Hiteman) rallied late to finish second while Explosive Cash (Casey Leonard) was third. Fresh off that win in the biggest event of the year for diagonally gaited Prairie State freshmen the Jerry Graham owned gelding returned just $3.80, $2.40 & $2.10 while running his career bankroll up to $76,725. State-bred pacing fillies were also in action on the busy Sunday night card as a field of eight youngsters squared off in a $12,000 Betzotic Stake. In a re-match of the Violet Stake at Maywood Park last week, Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly once again proved best as she reported home with a three-quarter-length triumph in 1:54.1 with Mike Oosting at the controls. Content to bide her time in the middle of the pack as Mae Flynn (Ryan Anderson) put up splits of 28.3, 57.2 & 1:26.1 Oosting maneuvered his charge into a live outer flow as the field moved around the final turn. Tipping three and then four wide from her third over position, the Nelson Willis trained miss then uncorked a blistering 27.0 final quarter to blow right by her rivals for her fifth win in 12 lifetime starts. Fox Valley Amanda (Dale Hiteman) came up with a solid effort to finish second while Fox Valley Shiver (Todd Warren) was third. With the win the daughter of Lexington Legend—Waggle sports a record of 5-1-3 in 12 career starts with earnings of $50,895.  David Baum

On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was the upset winner of today’s V75 feature at Aby. Johnny Takter used the open stretch to rally for the win in 1.12.2kr over 2640 meters. The winner earned 600,000SEK for the score and increased his career earnings to over 4 million SEK. This was his 10th win in 45 starts for the victorious On Track Piraten and owner Stall Morkermasse. Yarrah Boko (8m Cocktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), a winner of almost 10 million SEK, was second for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) rallied to be third for driver Peter Untersteiner. The undercard included fast class action as well with important winners shown below: Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover) took the Silver Division worth 125,000SEK to the winner. He covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr for Jorma Konto to defeat Stormysky (5g Andover Hall-Not A Spacecase-Barbeque) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson. Baretta Boko (5g SJs Caviar-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell) won the Swedish Masters for Geldings in 1.13.4kr. Driven by Mattias Djuse, the winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Embassy Photo (5g SJs Photo-Persos Bellami-Embassy Lobell) was second for Oscar Nilsson. Dileva Kall (5f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell) won the Gr. II Swedish Masters for Mares to pick up 600,000SEK. She scored in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart for driver/trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Dileva Kall’s lifetime earnings reached over 5.9 million SEK with the win. Playing Tua (5f Gigfant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Thomas Ehrberg. The fastest event on the day was won by Zjanti River (7g Toss Out-Green Grove-Pine Chip) in 1.11.6kr for Ake Svanstedt. He scored over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to the winning connections. KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was second for Erik Adielsson with Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) third with Adrian Kolgjini up. Yesterday at Kalmar the Energusparloppet over 1640 meters (distance handicap) went to the Guida Italia Srl bred Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell). She scored in 1.12.3kr overcoming a 20 meter handicap. Jorgen Sjunnesson drover the winner who recorded her 26th lifetime win in 119 starts for earnings over 2.4 million SEK. On October 9 at Solvalla several solid wins were posted by US-sired offspring. Enya Boko (2f Broadway Hall-Victors Finesse-Valley Victor) scored in 1.14.7kr to earn 175,000 SEK in a Breeders Crown test over 1640 meters autostart. This young filly is undefeated in four starts for Per Lennartsson who also trains. Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-Ens Tag Session-Tagliabue) was second for Jorma Kontio. Delicious (4f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) recorded a 1.09.9kr win over 1640 meters autostart for Daniel Reden in a Klass II event worth 50,000SEK. Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec) won for the fifth time in six starts lifetime for Ake Svanstedt. The KB Capulus Horses owned colt scored in 1.13.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 75,000SEK. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) won in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to secure a 150,000SEK paycheck in the Solvallaserien VIII. Orjan Kihlstrom drove for trainer Roger Walmann. The Donato Hanover son Pojke Kronos was second with Gisela As (4f Infinitif) third. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- An outside starting position and breaking horses that scattered the field. Not a good recipe for a track record. But those were two major obstacles Mystical Escapade overcame in establishing a new track record for aged trotting mares at Batavia Downs Friday night (Oct. 11) in winning the $8,500 Open Trot in 1:56.3 over the fast track. It beat the old mark of 1:57 set by Cowgirl Hall earlier this season. It was the seventh track record either tied or broken at Batavia Downs in 2013. The trip was definitely an adventure for Mystical Escapade and Batavia Downs' leading driver Shawn McDonough. After starting from the seven hole in the eight horse field, Mystical Escapade found herself in sixth place, 14 lengths from the lead at the quarter-mile pole, as she had to avoid the breaking trotters Glorious Winner and Serious George. But it was full-steam ahead from there for the lone mare in the field. Still eight lengths behind the pace-setting Lutetium at the half, Mystical Escapade ($13.80) went first over and used a monster move down the backstretch and quickly found herself with a two-length lead at the top of the stretch. She coasted through the lane and notched the 2-1/4 length over runner up Lutetium (Ron Beback Jr.) while the hard-charging BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) finished third. Besides breaking the track record, it was also a lifetime mark for the 4-year-old Mystical Escapade (Valley Victor-Armbro Orbital). Her previous best was a 1:56.4 at Saratoga earlier this season. Mystical Escapade now has six victories in 25 starts in 2013, pushing her bankroll to $78,471 and $139,077 lifetime. She is owned by the Empowered Racing Stable and trained by Carl Smith. In addition to taking the Friday night feature leading reinsman Shawn McDonough got home longshots Pacific Fury ($68.50), Spacehill ($49.80), Majestic Duke ($18.40) and Charmschooldropout ($8.60) while provisional driver Drew Monti scored a double. Racing action returns on Saturday night at Batavia Downs with a 13-race program on tap. The feature will be the seventh race when a field of seven head to the post in the the $8,500 Open Pace. Fireyourguns, fresh off a third place finish in last week's $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace, was assigned the seven post but is still tabbed the 5-2 morning line favorite with Mike Caprio in the bike. First post is 6:30 p.m. There will also be the Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-4 which starts in the third race. It's part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and program pages for the sequence are available free at the USTA website. For more information including race replays, upcoming promotions, news and statistics, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

Freehold, NJ --- Bill Parcells once said “You are what your record says you are.” So when trainer Steve Elliott says Exodus Hanover “is what he is,” it could echo that notion. Exodus Hanover, who is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters, has won six of eight races this season. His victories include divisions of the Arden Downs, Historic-Harriman Cup and Reynolds stakes. So what is he? “He’s a nice colt,” Elliott said. “How good he is, we don’t know. You never know until you get in with the good ones. But he’s done everything we’ve wanted him to do.” Exodus Hanover is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Exotic Destination, whose victories included the 2007 Filly World Trotting Derby. The colt was purchased for $42,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by the Angelo Frassetto Estate, Kenneth Klein, Old Block Stables and Elliott. The same group, minus Elliott, is among the owners of Exodus Hanover’s half-brother Etruscan Hanover, who has won two of nine career starts but been troubled by making breaks. Etruscan Hanover was trained by Elliott until June. “(Etruscan Hanover) had a lot of talent, but no sense,” Elliott said. “He was a very fast colt, just very stupid, but it showed that the family had speed. This one seems to have the manners his brother didn’t have. I don’t know that this one has his speed yet, but he’s a pretty nice colt.” Exodus Hanover went off stride in his first start when he was taken to the back of the field from post seven at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In Elliott’s words, “He got mad and made a break.” In his seven races since then, Exodus Hanover has had the lead by the first quarter on five occasions. He has led at the halfway point in all seven. His only blemish during that span was a third-place finish in a division of the sire stakes at Philly in August. “After (he made that break) we kind of let him do what he wants to do and he’s been good,” Elliott said. “When he was third he came up a little bit sick after the race. I’m not making excuses for him because he still trotted in (1):56.1, but he was sick. We got him over it and he’s been pretty good for us.” Exodus Hanover is eligible to the Bluegrass Stakes on Sept. 27 at Lexington’s Red Mile, the Breeders Crown in mid-October at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the Valley Victory in late November at the Meadowlands. Where he goes remains fluid. “We’re trying to pick our spots,” Elliott said. “I try to limit the 2-year-old starts because you want to have a 3-year-old. I’m not sure I’m going to go to Lexington. I might just give him a start here before the Breeders Crown. It’s all up in the air. We’ve got to get through Sunday first.” On Sunday, Exodus Hanover starts from post three with Andy Miller driving. “We drew a good spot,” Elliott said. “There are some nice horses in there. You’ve got to get lucky and be on your game. He’s handy and he’s got manners. With 2-year-old trotters that can change at any minute, but so far it’s been pretty good. He just does everything right.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

Quite An Avenger (4g Quite Easy-Nobes Hanover-Prakas), with trainer Markku Nieminen driving, held off Venice (4f Quite Easy-Vivace-Express Ride), handled by Mika Forss, to win today's 221,000 euro, 2600 meter, Suuri Suomalainen Derby test for four year-olds at Vermo Racecourse (Helsinki, Finland). The winner, a son of young and successful sire Quite Easy, was timed in 1.13.73kr in the victory, his sixth in nine 2013 appearances. Quite Easy (Andover Hall-Marita's Victory-Valley Victory) was a $125,000 yearling at 2005 Harrisburg Sale and winner, at age two, of the Champlain and the International Stallion Stake. Cherry Chapstick (4f Orlando Vici-Summer Sisu-Victor Victor) took the third spot in the twelve horse field with Pearls For Girls (4f Striking Sahbra-Ussania Boko-SJs Photo) landing fourth. Brad de Veluve won the 2012 edition of the Derby which began in 1970. Thomas H. Hicks  

The best of racing in the Bluegrass State was on display Sunday night at The Mile as the historic track hosted the $2 million Kentucky Super Night with eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the program. Included among the large crowd at The Red Mile was Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. Six different stallions were represented among the eight championship winners, with only Deweycheatumnhowe and Ponder having double winners. It was a big night for Alan and Meg Leavitt's Walnut Hall Ltd. as the Lexington farm bred and own a pair of KYSS final winners in the 2-year-old gelding trotter Sorrento Hall and the 3-year-old filly trotter Ma Chere Hall. Sorrento Hall broke her maiden in her fourth career start with a 1:59 effort for driver Mike Lachance. The son of Groton Hall-SB Fuchias Image dropped in third from post 9 and then moved to the lead around the final turn, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Samburu and Trace Tetrick, with Scacco Matto and Jeff Nisonger third. Fred Grant trains Sorrento Hall, who came into the race with just $5,550 in earnings but leaves $125,000 richer with the winner's share of the purse. Ma Chere Hall had no problems in capturing her $250,000 final with a career-best 1:52.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan. Rockin With Dewey and Lachance finished second, with Little Bitty Lies and Tim Tetrick third. Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall for Walnut Hall Ltd. and partners Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. Ma Chere Hall was a three-time winner in 2012, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, and she is now five for nine this year as she increased her career earnings to $351,408. It was also a big night for Master Of Law, who had no problems with post 10 in the KYSS final for 3- year-old male trotters as he cruised to a 1:52.4 triumph for driver Scott Zeron. Lauderdale and driver Callahan finished second, with Dewey Luvs Britt and Kevin Oscarsson third to complete the Deweycheatumnhowe-sired trifecta. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic, Master Of Law posted his fifth straight victory as Zeron go away third and then made a move to the front approaching the half, taking control and never looking back as he scored a career mark. Trained by Frank Antonacci and owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor & Son Stable, Master Of Law is headed next to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk, according to driver Zeron. Bandolito stretched his winning streak to nine in what trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier was his last start of the year in the rich final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Although Bier had been driving the son of Ponder-Sody's Home Brew, he turned the lines over to Tim Tetrick on Sunday and the decision paid off with a 1:49.4 victory. Duel In The Sun and Callahan finished second, with Phenomenon and Lachance third. Bier shares ownership of Bandolito with his brother, Tommy, and Charles Dombeck. Unraced at two, Bandolito finished third in his career debut but hasn't been beaten since as he increased his earnings to $188,940. Gov. Beshear presented the trophy for the KYSS final for 2-year-old colt pacers and it was the connections of Last Best Chance who were celebrating in the winner's circle. The race got off on a bad note for the heavily-favored On Golden Ponder, who made a break for driver Lachance, but that paved the way for Tim Tetrick to go on to post the 1:56.2 victory with Last Best Chance. Proceed To Party and Tyler Smith was three-quarters of a length behind in second, with Up N At It and Doug McNair third. Trained by David Nelson, Last Best Chance is a son of Cambest-Pinehurst Lady. The win was his second in four starts and came after a pair of third-place finishes behind On Golden Ponder in the KYSS preliminaries. He boosted his earnings to $133,250 with the career-best victory. Things went much better for Lachance in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers as he directed Somethinincredible to a 1:55.3 victory, besting runner-up Salsa Star and Randy Tharps by 8 1/2 lengths, with Magical Bestern and Jimmy Stiltner II third. Sent off the 1-9 favorite after two easy wins in the KYSS opening rounds, Somethinincredible is a daughter of Ponder-Breathdefying trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Dave Boyle. The win was a career best as she boosted her earnings to $161,825. "She's a pretty good filly," said Lachance. "It's easy to say she could be a Grand Circuit filly, but I think she could be. She's beautiful and good gaited." Petticoat Affair and driver Brad Hanners romped to a 7 1/4-length win in 1:56.4 in the final for 2- year-old filly trotters. KJ Brenda and Lachance were second, with Dress For Success and Callahan third. Bobby Brower trains and co-owns the daughter of Valley Victor-Katie Hall with Mystical Marker Farms. The career-best win was Petticoat Affair's fourth in a row in six career starts, increasing her earnings to $160,063. KZ Beach Girl was a 1:53.2 winner in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers with Chris Page driving for trainer Steve Carter. So Nice and Peter Wrenn were second, with Diligent Prospect and Callahan third. A daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy-Artical, KZ Beach Girl is owned by Peggy and Steve Cater, Chuck Grubbs and RB Reid. The win was her fifth of the year and a career best, increasing her earnings to $220,825.  

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