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Chester, PA - Guardian Angel As turned in a track-record performance in his $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series trotting event on Sunday (June 24) at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Caviart Ally sprung a 35-1 upset after stalking a pressured pace in the pacing mares division.   In the Open Trot, ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson's Guardian Angel As ($3.40) rode the pocket to a track-record 1:52 victory over Broadway Donna. Tim Tetrick used inside position to protect the pocket with the 4-year-old son of Archangel, yielding to Broadway Donna (David Miller) in a :26.4 first quarter before stalking middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.2. Locked in on the far turn, Guardian Angel As took aim in the open stretch and accelerated to collar Broadway Donna by half a length in deep stretch.   Sutton (Andy Miller) held third after his first-over bid weakened in the stretch, while Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) finished a non-threatening sixth.   Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel As, whose 1:52 mile was the fastest ever by a 4-year-old trotting entire at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the Mares Pace, Caviart Ally ($72.60) stormed up the pegs to upset a softened twos-on favorite Blue Moon Stride (Corey Callahan), runner-up to Shartin N in the Roses Are Red. Andy McCarthy pressed the pace up the pegs with the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight before yielding to Blue Moon Stride in a :26.4 first quarter.   After rating a :55.4 half, Blue Moon Stride felt intensifying pressure from the first-over Agent Q (George Napolitano Jr.) up the far side. After being headed by Agent Q, Blue Moon Stride battled back for a slim lead in upper stretch, but a fresh Caviart Ally emerged up the inside to win going away by 1-1/4 lengths. Skippin By (Brett Miller) emerged off cover to narrowly claim second over Blue Moon Stride.   Noel Daley trains 12-time winner Caviart Ally for Caviart Farms.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Icanflylikeanangel (Roman Lopez) was victorious in the featured trot ($7000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (May 25). Icanflylikeanangel ($4.20) forged to the front and went gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions (:27.1, :56.4, 1:25.3, 1:54.4). Owned by Joseph Hess and trained by Benny Eggers, he fought off a late charge by Cantad Kid (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Cantad Kid settled for second with Bob N Tony (Truman Gale) getting third money. Icanflylikeanangel is a 4-year-old gelding by Archangel. It was his second win of the season and he secured career victory number seven. All Charged Up (John MacDonald) wins the fillies and mares co-feature ($7,000). Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) put up all the early numbers (:26.4, :56.1, 1:24.3). All Charged Up ($2.50) went first over just before three-quarters. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, she blew right by at the top of the stretch and won in 1:52.1. Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) finished second best and Tiger Boudoir got third. All Charged Up is a 7-year-old mare by Ponder. She picked up her sixth win of 2018. It was the 38th win of her career. John MacDonald also won with Rockin Desire ($8.00) and Hammer Time ($2.90). Vernon Downs returns to live action with a 12 race card on Saturday (May 26) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

CHESTER, PA - The only mare in the field, the four-year-old Archangel distaff Celebrity Ruth, showed her heels to the field in the $18,000 feature on "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a new lifetime best of 1:53.3. David Miller sent Celebrity Ruth charging after the lead first-over down the backstretch, and the mare responded with a 26.4 individual back split to clear before the ¾ and open a sizable lead on the far turn. She maintained a 1 ¾ length margin at the wire over Watkins, who escaped a shuffle and came back on. Celebrity Ruth, unraced at two, now has a career record of 17-8-8-0-$427,613 for trainer Trond Smedshammer and White Birch Farm. Another four-year-old trotter went even faster, 1:53.1, in the $17,000 co-featured event, as Top Flight Angel made a successful 2018 bow, leading every pole to tally by 3 ¼ lengths. The product of Team Orange Crush - trainer Julie Miller and husband-driver Andy - equaled the lifetime mark he set in a preparatory qualifier here at Philly for the Legendary Standardbred Farm. On a day where favorites won the first six races (though one was a dead-heat), Izoh sent the chalkplayers scrambling for cover with a pocket rocket rally over pacesetter Classic Belisima in 1:54.2, the Crazed gelding's fastest ever, while returning $104.60 for a $2 ticket. Another wife-and-husband team, driver Jackie and trainer Frank Ingrassia, got the job done with Izoh, whom Jackie co-owns with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) has a New York Sire Stakes win on his resume in 2017 and the harness racing three year old added another victory to his card on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Benny Eggers trainee was the odds-on betting favorite in the $10,250 feature for New York Sired trotters and moved out to an easy lead with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The sophomore high-stepper had little difficulty cruising to a coast-to-coast win in 1:57.2 on the matinee program. Mind Your Manners (Mickey McGivern), also fresh off a try in the NYSS competition, sat the pocket and finished second in the feature while longshot Cash Bonus (Alek Chartrand) earned the show spot. Icanflylikeanangel has now tallied earnings of over $63,000 this season by way of five wins and five second place finishes. The victory was one of two for Aldrich on a day that saw reinsman Jimmy Devaux tally five winners. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

What a difference a week makes for Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett). The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings were on hand for three divisions on Friday night (August 11) at Tioga Downs. Less than a week ago Guardian Angel As (Archangel) was racing in the Hambletonian and was interfered with and caused to go off stride. The judges ruled that What The Hill caused the interference and was disqualified after finishing first Stick With Me Kid (Chirs Lems) would get the lead and head into the first quarter in :27.1. Guardian Angel As ($2.40) would go first over from third and take the lead just before the clubhouse turn. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, the 3 year-old colt would control all the fractions after that :56.3, 1:25.3, 1:54.1, getting a lifetime best mile. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) would take a run at him but Guardian Angel was too strong and won the second division of the NYSS ($39,200) and looked much the best, winning for the sixth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Stick With Me Kid hung on for second with Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) getting third. The first division ($39,900) went to Seven And Seven (Thomas Durand). The 3 year-old colt by Chapter Seven was in the Hambletonian eliminations last Saturday finishing eighth in 1:53.1. Eye Of A Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) would lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Seven And Seven ($10.20) would be parked first over before taking the lead just before the half. Durand trains the colt and owns with June Durand and Allen Smith. He would hold off Eye Of A Tiger As (second) in the stretch to win in a lifetime best and first time as a sophomore in 1:54.1. Texican (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. In the final division, Long shot Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) would charge late in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) looked poised to win when the colt went off stride in the stretch. Money Macintosh (Credit WInner) would finish third and placed fifth for failure to obey the breaking rule. Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) who is owned by Joseph Hess and trained by D Benny Eggers, may have won anyway because he looked like he was flying in deep stretch, paid a whopping $37.60 for the win. Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) would come on late to finish second. Meetmeinthemiddle would finish fourth but placed third. Tioga Downs returns to live action Saturday (8-12) with a nine race card starting at 6:50. Also between live races is the "Fourth Annual World Spiedie Eating Contest" featuring Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Columbus, OH --- When he first became acquainted with the then yearling colt, Paul Kelley definitely wanted to bring him home. Yet he swiftly banished such reveries from his mind, for he knew Such An Angel was a harness racing horse with a price tag that would bust his budget. After all the son of Credit Winner-Michelle’s Angel was a full brother to world champion and Yonkers Trot winner Archangel and last year’s Empire Breeders Classic victor Dante. He simply could not afford him, but on this occasion, Kelley’s dream became a reality. “I was talking with Sam Caruso, the horse’s co-owner, and he asked me if I liked this colt,” said Kelley. “Of course I told him yes. I thought he was an extremely nice horse, but I knew he would go far too high for me to ever get him. That’s when Sam said he wanted him and I told him there was no way that colt would go for under $200,000 at the Lexington Sale. Well, he bid on him and got him for $110,000. I don’t know how it happened, but it sure was a bargain. Then after Sam bought him Wanda Polisseni came in on him too.” Such An Angel will attempt to make his sophomore debut a victorious one, when he and Brian Sears leave from post six in a field of seven at Vernon Downs on Monday (May 29) in a $39,900 New York Sire Stakes engagement. His task, however, will not be a simple one as the field includes Dexter Cup winner Lord Cromwell (Jason Bartlett, post three), last year's NYSS freshman champion Devious Man (Andy Miller, post four) and the talented Another Chapter (Scott Zeron, post one). “I really like how he came back from the winter,” Kelley said. “He looks great and we are really looking forward to this season with him.” Purchased from the aforementioned 2015 edition of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Such An Angel is the fourth foal from his prolific dam, who collected $436,921 from her racing career. Her dam is 1991 Dan Patch Award winner Almost An Angel. With that type of heritage, the colt obviously had some significant expectations to live up to, which Kelley feels he has done exceedingly well as he banked $145,695 as a freshman, equaled Saratoga’s track record of 1:57.4 in only his fourth start and was third in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. “Unfortunately he should have more money on his card, but around the end of August and beginning of September we started having some problems with him, as he was battling allergies,” Kelley said. “He was not sick, but after he came out of the Sire Stakes final and the race down in Lexington (fifth place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes) he did not scope clean. “We were working on him, but it’s hard to fight allergies because it has so much to do with environmental conditions and the weather. He was never completely sick, but it limited his ability to have that final kick at the end of his races. In both the final and in Lexington he had to come first-over and he just did not have that extra push to get him by.” Steered in eight of his trips to the post by John Campbell and the other two contests by his co-owner Caruso, Such An Angel compiled a record of 10-4-1-1 and captured four of his first five races. With the exception of his appearance in the Bluegrass State, the colt competed exclusively in New York Sire Stakes company. The plan for the colt this year is to send him to other events than those within the confines of the Empire State. “He is Hambletonian eligible, but we have two more months before we can think about that,” Kelley said. “He is eligible to all the big stakes races and I think he deserves a chance to prove himself on the Grand Circuit. He’s really big-gaited and although he can get around very well over a half-mile track, I think he will love the bigger tracks. We would love to be at The Meadowlands with him on Aug. 5, but we will just let the horse tell us what he wants to do. He will have the opportunities to do and we are very excited about him.” There is another horse in Kelley’s barn that he is quite enthused to return to racing in defending Dan Patch Award and world champion Obrigado. The 7-year-old trotting superstar will make his second qualifying appearance on Saturday at The Meadowlands. He won his first qualifier at Vernon Downs on May 19 in 1:58.1. “We missed the Cutler and will be missing the Maxie Lee with him, but that was by design,” Kelley said. “We were taking our time with him and would have had to rush him to get him ready. It wasn’t that he needed extra time as he came back looking great and looks great now. In fact, he seems like he’s more than ready to get himself back in the game, but it’s a long year and last year he seemed to get a little tired in the fall, although he did come back and win the TVG final. “What also helped was that other race being added in Massachusetts at Plainridge that gave us one more thing to point towards a bit later on so we can take our time with him and pick and choose our spots. We are bringing him to Scioto again for the Charlie Hill on June 10 and I am really looking forward to racing him again this year. He seems ready to go and as good as ever.” ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date – Track – Event – First – Second – Third May 6 – Freehold – Dexter Cup – Lord Cromwell – Gustavo Fring – Southwind Cobra May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – Long Tom – Yes Mickey – Deacon Tony May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – What The Hill – Southwind Cobra – New Jersey Viking May 20 – The Meadows – PASS – Sortie – Giveitgasandgo – High Glider May 20 – The Meadows – PASS – Andy M – Gustavo Fring – Stealth Hanover May 20 – The Meadows – PASS – Common Parlance – Brown Bear – Brand New Key Hambletonian eligible in bold by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Winbak Farm of Ontario introduces millionaire Archangel, 2, 1:58.2s; 3, 1:53.1s; 1:50 -'14 ($1,140,946), to its winning stallion lineup for 2015. "We are very excited to add Archangel, who has a stakes-winning race record and has a World Champion pedigree, to the lineup," said Larry Drysdale, Winbak of Ontario Manager. "His offspring will be potentially eligible to the lucrative Ontario Sire Stakes program, that competed for 15.9 Million in 2014." Archangel was a tough racehorse from the beginning of his racing career. At 2, Archangel won 2 New York Sire Stakes divisions and New York State Fair. He finished second in the Breeders Crown elimination, John Simpson Memorial, 3 New York Sire Stakes divisions and the New York Sire Stakes Final. At 3, Archangel won the Empire Breeders Classic elimination and Final, KY Futurity, NY State Fair, 5 New York Sire Stakes divisions and the Yonkers Trot Final. When Archangel won the Yonkers Trot, he set a World Record of 1:54.1. The mile was a World Record for 3-year-olds on a half-mile track, a track record for the same division, the fastest Yonkers Trot ever raced and a tie for the all-age trotting track record. With his win in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Batavia Downs, he shattered the all-age track record by winning in 1:54.3. The previous record had been 1:56 and had stood since 1993. Archangel was second in his Hambletonian elimination and New York Sire Stakes prep race. After breeding a select group of mares in 2013, Archangel returned to the races to set a World Record and new lifetime mark of 1:50, tying him with Sebastian K for the fastest trotter ever on a mile track, while winning the John Cashman Memorial elimination in September. He also was second in the Charlie Hill Memorial and Crawford Farms Trot. During his career, Archangel was able to win on a 1/2-mile track, 5/8-mile track, 7/8 mile track and mile track while competing against the best trotters in North America including Market Share and Sebastian K. In addition to his winning performance record, Archangel also boasts an impressive pedigree. He is the fastest & second richest son of Credit Winner. He is the first foal out of Michelle's Angel, 3, 1:54 ($436,921). Michelle's Angel is an Andover Hall daughter of Almost An Angel, 3, 1:56 ($498,577). Archangel was also a $120,000 yearling. "Archangel's pedigree makes him a great cross for mares from the Valley Victory line, including Donerail, Lindy Lane and Muscles Yankee," said Drysdale. "Balanced Image, Mr. Lavec and Kadabra mares will also match very well with Archangel." Archangel will stand for $4,500 in 2015. For more information visit www.winbakfarm.com or contact Larry Drysdale at Winbak Farm of Ontario, 905-838-2145 or email winbakcanada@bellnet.ca.   From Winbak Farm of Ontario

Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden.   He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 80s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway.   Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "To have a horse in this race means the world to my brother and I," said Sjoberg, who is part owner of Sebastian K., the world record holder for trotting a mile. "Our father would be proud."   The International Trot, with all its pageantry and worldwide participation will return in 2015 to Yonkers after last being run in 1995.   "As for the sport, I think the reinstatement of the race is very good for harness racing in the United States," Sjoberg said. "When the race was cancelled (in 1988) I think the sport in North America lost a bit of its soul and became more isolated. It is important to have overseas horses compete in the United States as it is brings fresh ideas and keeps the interest up when international marauders come to race in North America.   "One of the main problems in the last 10 years or so has been the focus on retiring successful horses too quickly and the lack of international races on American soil," Sjoberg said. "I hope with the reinstatement of the International Trot, or the World Championship as we call the race in Sweden, and the implementation of the "Gural rule" (keeping horses racing into their 4-year-old season) should revitalize the sport."   Sebastian K or "Sebbe" as he's known around the barn, has won eight of 10 starts since coming to the United States from Sweden and appears to be one of the top choices in the estimated $250,000 International Trot Preview.   On June 28 at Pocono Downs, Sebastian K, an 8-year-old trotter, set the world record for trotting the fastest mile in harness racing, when he stopped the clock in 1:49 in the $100,000 Sun Invitational. "He's an amazing horse," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. "He's a phenomenal animal."   In 2012, Sebastian K was named Sweden's Horse of the Year and having started his career in Sweden, Sebastian K, races barefoot, with no shoes unlike many of his American counterparts.   "Most horses over there race without shoes," Noren said. "I think it makes them go a little faster. You must have a good surface to race barefoot on or it could sting the horse's foot. Yonkers has a very good surface. We try to race him every time without shoes because he doesn't like to wear them."   In Sebastian K's last start, the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Sept. 20, the 8-year-old faded to seventh, finishing off the board for the first time since coming to North America.   "We put down his lackluster performance to dehydration and the thunderstorm that rolled in," said Sjoberg, who noted that Sebastian K scoped clean after the race. "He does not like high humidity." The International Trot Preview is also expected to attract Market Share, Bee a Magician and Archangel and is part of a strong evening of racing from the Old Hilltop featuring the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot.   Yonkers Raceway will keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all-trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe beginning at 11 a.m.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

It's been almost 20 years since the International Trot was last run at Yonkers Raceway, but it's back and may be better than ever before.   With a probable field including world record holder Sebastian K, along with the 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share, the 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel, the 37th running of the $250,000 International Trot will be a must race to see at Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "The timing seems right to bring it back," said Bob Galterio, the vice president and chief operating officer of Yonkers. "This year, with so many good American trotters and a couple from overseas the time just seems to be right."   When last run in 1995, it was Sweden's His Majesty who took the International Trot over S.J.'s Photo and Panifesto, both American trotters, and this year Sweden looks well represented by Sebastian K. "Of course it means a lot," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer Ake Svanstedt for Sweden's Sebastian K. "It's a big event for Europeans and it should be a big race getting all the good trotters together from overseas."   His Majesty - 1995 International Trot   Linda Toscano, trainer of Market Share, grew up at Roosevelt Raceway, where the International Trot was conducted from its inception in 1959 until 1988.   "I come from Roosevelt and one of the highlights I looked forward to was seeing the other horses coming from the other countries to compete in the International," Toscano said. "I think it's a real cool thing that they revived it."   The International Trot will be run along with the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot that evening, making for a super night of racing at the Old Hilltop.   "We're very excited about that evening," Galterio said. "It should be a great night of racing and we're looking forward to it."   · Yonkers Raceway hopes to keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe starting with an 11 a.m. first post.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

Orjan Kihlstrom directed Poochai to victory in today's Krafft Swedish Derby at Jagersro, a Gr. I National event with 2,000,000SEK to the winner. The four-year-old son of Make It Happen-In Viro Veritas-Express Ride scored in 1.12.3kr over 2640 meters autostart for his ninth win in 25 starts, now for earnings of 4,246,800SEK. Svante Bath trains the winner and Roxy Horses AB is the owner. Ivar Sanna (by Super Arnie) was second for Thomas Uhrberg in the close photo for win. Vasterbo Fantast was third for Erik Adielsson, who drove this son of Mr. Pine Chip, also trained by Svante Bath. The winner had previously won at the Gr. I level in the Konung Gustaf Aby V's Pokal in May. Driver Kihlstrom won this event in 2009 aboard Maharajah. Favorite Archangel AM was disqualified today for being offstride. The Gr. I National Krafft Filly Derby, worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner, went to Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline). The favorite winner was driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner as she scored in 1.13.1kr over the 2140 meter autostart course. She recorded her 13th win in 23 outings, now for earnings of 3,367,30SEK for owner HB Ybena, also breeder. Favorite D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with Darling Boko (4f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) third for Ulf Ohlsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The “barefoot wonder” did it again as Sebastian K was able to lead from start to finish and set a harness racing track record for older horses with his 1:53 triumph at Vernon Downs Friday in the $236,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot. Leaving like he was shot out of a rocket, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt has Sebastian K on the lead just moments after leaving the starting gate. Also leaving and securing the two-hold trip behind him was Archangel and driver Yannick Gingras as they sped to the opening quarter mile in an easy :28.1. Then in typical fashion, Svanstedt backed off Sebastian K to the half mile marker in :57.3 with Archangel right on their backs. It was then that Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick began to move up first-over and following their outside flow was Quick Deal (Matt Kakaley). When they passed the three-quarters in 1:26.3, Market Share was still gaining ground on the leaders and as they started down the stretch Archangel looked as if he had plenty of trot but no place to go as he was locked in behind Sebastian K with Market Share on the outside. Then in the stretch, Svanstedt let Sevastian K have his head and the world champion trotters pulled away from the group and went on to win with ease by two open lengths. Archangel was second with Market Share third. His 1:53 clocking tied the track record for older trotters that was first set in 2013 by For You Almost Free. “It was a great race,” said Bjorn “Bernie” Noren, second trainer for Ake Svanstedt, “He got an easy first half and a pretty good second half. It was an easy race for him tonight. During the off time he does what he always does. He trains twice a week intervals on the sand track and then go in the paddock the rest of the week. “It is such a great experience to have a good horse like him,” Noren said. “It is good to bring a top horse like Sebastian K here and that the fans really appreciate him. He has so many fans now and that is great for harness racing. We need that in our sport. “His next race will be at Hoosier Park on September 20 and then he will go to Lexington,” Noren said. Then we will go to Yonkers for their new International Trot and then maybe if all is OK we will supplement him to the Breeders Crown.” For Sebastian K it was his third straight win and eighth victory in nine outings here in the USA. His only loss was by a neck. The eight-year-old son of Korean was bred and is owned by Knutsson Trotting, Inc. of Vero Beach, FL. Sebastian K paid $2.30 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 29, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Opens--a handicap for distaff pacers and a blind draw for all trotters who passed initiation--were won by rank outsider Campanile (Eric Carlson, $58.50) and Obrigado (Brent Holland, $11). An early bystander from post position No. 4, Campanile had much to watch. Last week's victress, Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) was in play, getting stung by pole assignee, the newly-sold Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett). No sooner did the just-above-even-money fave Robin Cruiser make the lead (:26.4 opening quarter-mile) than Monkey on My Wheel (Dan Dube) took her turn. Monkey on My Wheel found a :55.4 intermission and 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Montenegro (Greg Merton) offering a stern test first-up. Monkey on My Wheel opened to a length-and-a-quarter entering the lane, but was done soon after. Venus Delight closed deep in the passing lane, but it was Campanile-third-up--moving widest and fastest. Sixth in and out of the final turn, Campanile prevailed by a neck in 1:52.3. Robin Cruiser, Crazy on You (Holland) and Camille (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For Campanile, a 5-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended trained by Allan Johnson for owner Michael Casalino Jr., it was her seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $290.50, with the triple returning $789. The week's marquee trot saw upstate scourge Obrigado-which, as pointed out by track announcer/U-N interpreter John Hernan, translates to "thank you" in Portuguese-prevail from second-over. After Tober (Bartlett) and Lorenzo Dream (Jeff Gregory) led the way (:27.2, :57.1), Tober regained and found a 1:26.1 three-quarters. He had a 2¼-length lead turning for home, having disposed of both a stopping "Lorenzo" and an uncovered DW's NY Yank (Brennan). However, Obrigado-gradually advancing from post No. 5-snapped the leader late, winning by a neck in 1:55.3. Third went to Bingo Queen (Eric Goodell), with tepid 19-10 choice Somebody AS (Dube) and "DW" settling for the minor awards. For Obrigado, a 4-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, he's now 7-for-16 this season (28-for-39 lifetime). The exacta paid $44.20, with the triple returning $216.50. Friday's undercard saw the 7-year-old double millionaire Wishing Stone (Brennan, $3.70) beat up his rivals, setting a set track record for aged trotting horses (1:54.2). He (nearly a year ago to the day) and Archangel shared the old standard at a tick slower. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Trainer Nifty Norman might not be expecting his star mare Bee A Magician to beat the sport’s top male trotters in Friday’s $236,000 Crawford Farms Open at Vernon Downs, but he’s not shying from the challenge, either. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, will face nine male rivals in the Crawford. The field includes world champion Sebastian K, who was Sweden’s Horse of the Year in 2012 and is harness racing’s No. 1-ranked horse this season, plus major stakes-winners Archangel, Intimidate, Market Share, Mister Herbie, and Spider Blue Chip. “I’m not intimidated,” Norman said. “We’ve got to do it at some point, anyway, and I think she seems really good right now. I don’t expect to win, but I expect her to be good. She looks fantastic, nice and sound.” Bee A Magician, a 4-year-old mare who was undefeated in 17 races last season, has won two of eight starts this year and finished second on five occasions. She enters the Crawford off a track-record 1:55 victory over the boys in the open on Aug. 22 at Yonkers Raceway. “That had some bearing on our decision, although that was not the same quality field,” Norman said. “But I liked the way she raced there. “Basically, we’ve got to race and it was either against the mares for $40,000 (in Monday’s Miss Versatility Series leg at Tioga Downs) or the boys for $240,000. Getting a piece of $240,000 is better than winning for $40,000. We figured we’d give it a shot. “Plus Classic Martine is racing as good as anybody right now. It’s not like facing the mares was going to be easy.” Prior to the win in the Yonkers open, Bee A Magician finished second twice to Classic Martine in the Ima Lula Series at the Meadowlands. Classic Martine captured the final by a neck in 1:51.1, equaling Bee A Magician’s world-record time for a 4-year-old female trotter. Three of Bee A Magician’s second-place finishes this year came in miles of 1:51.2 or faster. Another came in the Hambletonian Maturity, contested at 1-1/8 mile, against 4-year-old male rivals. “I haven’t been disappointed with her at all this year,” said Norman, who trains Bee A Magician for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. “I’ve thought she’s gone some great trips. “People keep asking what’s wrong with her because she’s not winning every race. I didn’t expect her to. It’s tough at this age (4). This year is really a learning curve to see how she handles the step up. It’s more to help plan for next year.” Bee A Magician, who has won 29 of 38 races and $2.49 million, will start the Crawford from post three with regular driver Brian Sears. Sebastian K, who has won seven of eight races this year, his first season in North America, starts from post five for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. He is the fastest trotter in history thanks to his 1:49 win in the Sun Invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 28. Intimidate is the only horse to defeat Sebastian K this year, winning the Maple Leaf Trot by a nose. Intimidate, who starts from post eight, won last year’s edition of the Crawford, then called the Credit Winner. Market Share, who has won 24 of 49 races and $3.43 million in his career, was last season’s Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter and the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. He will start Friday from the trailing position, post 10. “It’s a very good field, that’s for sure,” Norman said. “(Bee A Magician) has got a good spot. There’s lots of speed in there, and if she winds up getting a good enough trip, she should be good enough to get a piece.” The field for the Crawford in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 2. Spider Blue Chip, Corey Callahan, Chuck Sylvester; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Flanagan Memory, Brett Miller, Rene Dion; 5. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 6. Master Of Law, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 7. Mister Herbie, Brian Sears, Jeff Gillis; 8. Intimidate, Ron Pierce, Luc Blais; 9. Quick Deal, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 10. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano. Spider Blue Chip and Bee A Magician will race as an entry. Market Share will start from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 15 – 8/26/2014                                              Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (28) 8th 8-7-1-0 $502,603 342 1 2 Sweet Lou (7) 5ph 13-10-1-1 $934,700 321 2 3 Trixton 3tc 9-7-1-1 $786,917 256 3 4 He’s Watching 3pc 8-5-1-1 $692,247 239 4 5 Father Patrick 3tc 8-6-1-0 $530,001 183 5 6 McWicked 3pc 11-7-3-0 $728,271 124 6 7 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 8-8-0-0 $248,598 102 7 8 JK Endofanera 3pc 10-6-2-1 $660,709 62 8 9 Nuncio 3tc 8-5-3-0 $563,351 52 10 10 Mission Brief 2tf 6-4-0-0 $255,775 50 9 Also: Dancin Yankee (32), Classic Martine (31), Shake It Cerry (25), Lifetime Pursuit (24), Artspeak (19), Yankee Bounty (17), JK She’salady (9), Market Share (8), Modern Family (7), Rocklamation (6), Somewhere In L A (5), Centurion ATM, Sometimes Said (3), Archangel, I Like My Boss (2), All Bets Off (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Three-year-old filly pacer Sandbetweenurtoes improved to 8-for-8 this season and moved from No. 10 to seventh in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sandbetweenurtoes won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and was the only horse in the Top 10 to improve its position from last week. The top six remained unchanged, with older male trotter Sebastian K holding onto the No. 1 spot, followed by older male pacer Sweet Lou. Sebastian K, who was idle, and Sweet Lou, who won the Dan Patch Invitational, were the only horses receiving first-place votes, with Sweet Lou adding two to his total from last week. Trotters Father Patrick and Trixton were next in the poll, followed by Empire Breeders Classic winner He’s Watching. McWicked, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, was sixth. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 13 – 8/12/2014                                              Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 8-7-1-0 $502,603 343 1 2 Sweet Lou (6) 5ph 12-9-1-1 $916,500 312 2 3 Father Patrick 3tc 7-6-0-0 $520,992 245 3 4 Trixton 3tc 9-7-1-1 $786,917 244 4 5 He’s Watching 3pc 8-5-1-1 $692,247 220 5 6 McWicked 3pc 10-7-2-0 $654,271 157 6 7 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 8-8-0-0 $248,598 82 T10 8 Nuncio 3tc 8-5-3-0 $563,351 62 8 9 Mission Brief 2tf 5-4-0-0 $255,775 57 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 9-5-2-1 $633,673 52 7 Also: Shake It Cerry (35), Classic Martine (34), Rocklamation (15), Centurion ATM, Lifetime Pursuit, Yankee Bounty (9), Artspeak, Market Share (8), Modern Family (7), Intimidate (5), Archangel (4), Dancin Yankee, Somewhere In L A (3), I Like My Boss, Sometimes Said (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Sweet Lou moved nearer to No. 1 Sebastian K and Trixton pulled into a near dead heat with stablemate Father Patrick in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sebastian K remained in the top spot coming off his world-record-equaling win in last week’s John Cashman Jr. Memorial while Sweet Lou, who won the U.S. Pacing Championship, swapped places with Father Patrick to take over the second slot. Hambletonian winner Trixton vaulted from sixth to fourth, just one point behind Father Patrick. Mission Brief, who equaled the world record in winning the Merrie Annabelle Stakes, and Ima Lula Series winner Classic Martine, who also equaled a world record, joined the Top 10. Mission Brief is ninth while Classic Martine is tied with Sandbetweenurtoes for the final spot. Shake It Cerry dropped out of the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 12 – 8/5/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (31) 8th 8-7-1-0 $502,603 344 1 2 Sweet Lou (4) 5ph 11-8-1-1 $791,500 307 3 3 Father Patrick 3tc 7-6-0-0 $520,992 240 2 4 Trixton 3tc 9-7-1-1 $786,917 239 6 5 He’s Watching 3pc 7-4-1-1 $564,485 207 4 6 McWicked 3pc 9-6-2-0 $618,830 156 5 7 JK Endofanera 3pc 8-5-1-1 $569,792 59 8 8 Nuncio 3tc 8-5-3-0 $563,351 56 10 9 Mission Brief 2tf 5-4-0-0 $255,775 49 -- T10 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 7-7-0-0 $211,157 47 9 T10 Classic Martine 4tm 9-7-0-1 $221,732 47 -- Also: Shake It Cerry (38), Dancin Yankee (37), Rocklamation (18), Centurion ATM (14), Market Share (12), Archangel (11), Intimidate, Lifetime Pursuit (10), Artspeak, Modern Family (7), Yankee Bounty (6), Perfect Alliance (2), Bee A Magician, I Like My Boss (1). Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications Courtesy of the U.S. Trotting Association

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