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Saturday morning qualifiers were held under sunny skies with a stiff wind from the west (into their faces in the homestretch) and featured the return to the races of several stakes types.   Archangel, winner of the 2012 Yonkers Trot in world record time, returned to the track after spending last season in the stud barn at Blue Chip Farms. He now resides in the Ron Burke barn and looked like he hadn't missed a day with a handy 1:56.3 win from off the pace for Yannick Gingras in the blustery conditions. Four year old Ma Chere Hall was second in her return for Jonas Czernyson's stable, who also sent out Mistery Woman in her seasonal debut.   Jonas sent out his powerful pair of aged mares, Maven and D'Orsay, in the next race and both went well in their debut. They finished second and third respectively behind Jimmy Takter's million dollar winning world record holder Uncle Peter who tripped the timer in 1:56.1 from off cover, the last quarter was 29.1 into a wind that had a field of green pacers coming home in 32- the very next race.   Shebestingin came back for a second trial and was a 1:54.3 winner after her 1:52.2 breeze last week. She took over from Brownsville Bomber past the quarter and set the rest of the fractions for Dave Miller and trainer Joe Holloway.   Holloway came right back with another winner in the Indiana sired sophomore Always B Miki, sired by Joe's classics winner Always A Virgin. Tim Tetrick picked up the drive when Yannick Gingras went with Rockin Amadeus for Takter (who broke before the start) and steered him to the 1:54.1/28.1 win. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands      

It was a case of oh so close last week at the V75 finals weekend at Solvalla. Archangel Am’s untimely gallop on the bend  in the fourth leg certainly didn’t help our V75 picks, turning what would have been a six- correct ticket to a five-correct consolation -however a $37 outsider and another roughie in the sixth (the other leg we missed) meant we were able to pick up $5.80 for our ticket. If you spent $5 you made a wee profit. For our single wagers Sahara Fairytale (2.06) and Sanity (3.43) also picked up two win dividends for us, or just under $11 back for our $14 outlay. This week it is to Jagersro and Vincennes we turn our attention to, as the racing heats up along with the spring sunshine in Europe. Good luck. V75-1 Silver division   2140m: I’m going for an anchor in this, the first leg of the V75. Lutfi Kolgjini has a star in the making with beautifully bred Olympic Kronos (4),  good enough win two races in Vincennes, France recently.  He can be excused his fourth placing last start after a tough trip from an awkward draw. Drawn well here, he gets to the lead and dominates, so an anchor for mine.  Selection  4 V75-2 Klass II  2140m: With the scratching of Sentosa, this looks like it is down to three horses, Angelo Am (5), Daytona (1) and Kandelaber (10), all last start winners. Sorted.  Selection  5-1-10 V75-3 L.C. Peterson-Broddas Minne (Gold)   2140m:  Our system unfortunately demands two stand alone anchors, and this week I can’t for the life of me see any of those in the lower ranks. So I’ve had to go for the gold and silver divisions and here I think Noras Bean (2) has been racing at another level to the others and, with a great draw,  should carry that form on here.  Selection  2 V75-4 4YO mares,   2140m: This 4YO mares race was the toughest on the card to get a line on. The ones with the form and good draws are Paduca Dream (3) and Ocean Dream (4), while Network Broline (8) and Alexandra Am (7) are last start winners but from wider on the gate. Fingers crossed in this one.   Selection  3-4-8-7 V75-5 Diamantstoet Elite mares  2140m: Britt Palema (2) has the form and the draw to deserve a short price in this, while Beverley Boko (11) of the handicap looks the one to keep safe as an alternate.    Selection  2 (11) V75-6 Klass I  2640m: Asterix Hornline (3) and Com Z (2) also have the form and the draw to make this race a two-horse one. I’m going for the  latter, the drive of Johnny Takter, for my single wager.   Selection  3 (2) V75-7 Bronze division  2140m: Twin’s Fairytale (3) with Johnny Takter on board will probably start favourite in this, but is no shoe-in with the likes of Viking America (4), Working on A Dream (7)  and Mellby Amiral (8) in the field. Falcon Halyred (11) has also been working his way into form in lower division races and may be in the mix here too if he can overcome the draw.  Selection  3-4-7-8-11 R6 Prix Paul Leguerney Gr2 2850m: Precocious age group star Avila (11) has seemingly been caught by some of the others in the A-generation recently, and is not helped with a 25m handicap. The favourite is Atlessima (10), a talented mare from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable but I like the look of Alesia d'Atout (9) in this.  Selection  7 R8 Prix Phaeton Gr2 2850m: The big three in this field are  Aldo des Champs(9),  American Eagle (7) and Astor du Quenne (8) while Arlington Dream (1) and Adio Josselyn (5) are the two improvers. The Dubois family have a rich history in this event, and knowing that a win here is a big plus for a future stallion, I’m going for American Eagle to get his nose in front on the line for the savvy horseman Jean-Etienne Dubois.  Selection  9 R9  Prix Theophile Lallouet Gr2 UET Masters 2700m: Roxane Griff (11) is still the best mare in France and  under saddle she is just sensational. There are some very good horses in this field such as Quarry Bay (10) and Utoky (6), but Roxane Griff is great.  Selection  11 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 SINGLE WAGERS  $2  JAGERSRO Race 5  Olympic Kronos (4) Race 6  Angelo Am (5) Race 7  Noras Bean (2) Race 8  Paduca Dream (3) Race 9  Britt Palema (2) Race 10  Com Z (2) Race 11     Twin’s Fairytale (3) VINCENNES Race 6  American Eagle (7) Race 8  Alesia d'Atout (9) Race 9  Roxane Griff (11)

Well no one else had a clue either about Norwegian racing -no one picked the V75 which jackpots this week. Local horses won three of the seven races and Danish trainers picked up two. Stormsky, Solo Nolo and More Than Enough ticked our boxes but our bankers were from Wall Street and ran off with our money. If we had managed to guess that Pericle Bi or Foynland Image at odds of more than 45/1 would win we would have got $264.80 back and six winners got a massive $8949.20. But this week it is finals week at the biggest track in Sweden, Solvalla. We get a chance to do it all again. V75-1 Fristads Kansas (Klass I) Final. In a field of good in form horses, this looks to be between BBS Sugarlight (3) and Frozen (4) who is unbeaten for new Danish trainer Peter Jensen. Both have had three wins in a row this year and have drawn well. BBS Sugarlight has his usual partner, the in form Peter Untersteiner while the brilliant Johny Takter jumps on board Frozen for the final. Look the two to couple up. 2140m: Selection 3 (4) V75-2 Bronze division final Sahara Fairytale (4) has won a Klass 1 V75 final before and is looking to add a Bronze title to her resume. From the super Lutfi Kolgjini barn and has the speed to get to the front where "Ludde" likes to drive them. There are some tough performers in this who will make it tough for her like Rooibos (1) and Queasy (8), but we have to find a banker somewhere and Kolgjini has made enough money in this game to be one in real life. 2140m: Selection 4 V75-3 Olympiatravet qualifier (GrII) UET (Gold final) Now we're talking. The big guns are starting to get to the races as Spring breaks in Sweden. It is a great field for the Olympiatravet qualifier with the likes of the inform conqueror of the French, Sanity (3), who ran a surprising second to old warhorse Harry Haythrow (5) last start. Throw in former age-group stars who look like being real topliners Raja Mirchi (2) and Dreams Take Time (8), and there are four to put in the mix. 2140m: Selection 3-5-2-8 V75-4 V75-Klass II, final 2140m: Archangel Am (6) is a horse on the rise. A son of boomSwedish sire Going Kronos from the stable of Lutfi Kolgjini, has been super impressive in his last three wins and looks one headed for the higher ranks quickly. Drawn well, should get to the front and Kolgjini, a master at judging the pace, will do the rest. A banker for mine. Selection 6 V75-5 Diamantstoet final 2140m: Valkyria ROK (4) won impressively last week, leading from the front in the hands of Erik Adielsen, who will drive her again. Drawn to get a good chance to do the same again, she should win this. She will face competition for the front running role form Vacation Silvio (6) so she should be kept safe as an alternate just in case Thomas Uhrberg can get his regular drive across from the gate. Selection 4 (6) V75-6 Pixies lopp Elite mares1640m: With this week's retirement of Tamla Celeber, the elite division is missing a superstar, although the great daughter of Cantab Hall just as often took and beat the big boys as her own gender. Canaka BF (10) has five wins in six starts, with a sixth two starts back at Aby. Beatasine (3) is in great form with three wins in a rown while Muscles Yankee mare Dileva Kall (8) is a very good performer also and coming off a win last start. It is outsider time, and I'm going to throw in an old favourite, who is from Finland originally, is by the greatest stallion in Europe (Love You) and has one of my favourite drivers on board, in Johnny Takter. And she named after a favourite Beatles song of mine when I was a youngster. The stars line up for She Loves You (7). Selection 10-3-8-7 V75-7 Silver division final 2140m: We've been following Chapeau (10) for a while, and he will be in the mix here along with the consistent Claes Boko (3) and Lutfi Kolgjini's Orione Spin (1). I'm going to throw in two outsiders for our five selection race with the two most competive drivers in Sweden drawing good positions for their charges. Gigant Slugger (4) has Johnny Takter in the bike while Utlity Bus (5) has Bjorn Goop as a passenger. These guys are great at getting in longshots so lets hope they can do the same for us. Selection 10-3-1-4-5 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Solvalla. SINGLE WAGERS $2 SOLVALLA Race 5 Frozen (4) Race 6 Sahara Fairytale (4) Race 7 Sanity (3) Race 8 Archangel Am (6) Race 9 Valkyria ROK (4) Race 10 She Loves You (7) Race 11 Chapeau (10)

The weather’s improving in Europe, as Spring arrives and so are the fields, which makes handicapping a little more readable, if not easier. This week there are some nice races at Aby, and we can take heart from some close picks last week, although we did not strike the V75 at Farjestad we got four.  On our single wagers, our  two straight out wins (Archangel AM and Cali Maks) got our money back in Sweden, and our win on the brilliant Univers De Pan in France returned $5.80 for our $2 giving us a final return of $19.90 for our $16. There is nothing of note in France this week in one of the quietest weeks of the year. Good luck this week. V75-1 Silver division   1640m: Draw is all important in these sprint races, and although M.T. Harmony  (10) is a former Breeders Crown placegetter, I don’t like her gate position. Nothing But Class (1) has the pole, but if Claes Boko (5) can get to the front from the five spot, he will be hard to beat. Between these two for mine with 5 first choice. Selection  5 (1) V75-2 Larlingslopp  1640m:   We’ve been following Super Photogenic (3)  for a while, and he has been getting better and better and I think we should stick with him especially from this draw. He has two others inside of him Paramount (2) and Highspeed Call (1) which should be kept safe, so this is our three-way pick.  Selection  1-2-3 V75-3 Klass 1 2140m: Dante Boko (1) was very impressive in the Klass II and steps up here, although the switch in driver from Lutfi to son Adrian Kolgjini is a slight concern – his three wins in a row were with dad.  Still he is a class horse on the rise and should win if he gets the front, which he should do from the draw and is our anchor here. Selection  1 V75-4  Klass II   1640m:  Timo Nurmos looks like he has a nice horse here in Sensational Dream (4), a son of double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. He has only had 11 starts, but has won three of them, and placed second three times, including last start where he couldn’t  quite stay with the impressive Archangel AM who looks to be another star on the rise from the Kolgjini barn. He doesn’t face such a challenging prospect here, and from the four hole should get to the front and win this.  Danish trainer Christian Lindhardt, like several in his homeland usually races between Denmark and Norway, and brings his good ones to Sweden. For that reason it may pay to keep Maniaminmiami safe as an alternate after an impressive last start at Aby.  Selection  4 (6) V75-5 Diamantstoet (mares)  2140m: The mares race is a handicap affair with 13-win mare Hanna Banker (10)  the early favourite from the 20m mark. But this is wide open with Valkyria R.O.K. (1), Erica Hall (4) and Bedas Chip (14) the early tote selections – although in a loose field. For an outsider I’ve gone with Bjorn Goop’s drive Broadway’s Finest (9) – and I’m going to put her as my win wager too to try and sneak a nice divvie.  If you want to play safer go with 10.  Selection  10-1-4-14-9 V75-6 Gold division   2640m: This is a very good field, as the top liners start emerging from their winter break. Sanity (4) however has been working through,with the big boys in France, where he has been sensational. With the form he is showing, his superior big match fitness and from this draw, he should be able to account for this field, even of this quality. An anchor.  Selection 4 V75-7 Bronze division  2140m: Roobois (4) and On Hold (11)  look the two strongest here and should be the first two on the ticket, while Leonas Kaiser (1) has won two of his last three and has the pole position. But it’s time to find a nice couple of outsiders to sweeten the pot, and while Royal Dream (2) isn’t the horse of Prix d’Amerique fame, he does have Johnny Takter in the bike, and will pay juicy odds if he can make use of his good draw.  Selection  4-11-1-2 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Here are my win wagers for Aby .  SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Race 5  Claes Boko (5) Race 6  Super Photogenic (3)   Race 7  Dante Boko (1) Race 8  Sensational Dream (4) Race 9  Broadway’s Finest (9) Race 10  Sanity (4) Race 11     Roobois (4)

LATHAM, N.Y.- The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State is pleased to learn of the appointment of Peter Arrigenna by Governor Andrew Cuomo, to the Board of Trustees of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. The Fund promotes agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and administers the New York Sire Stakes program among its many activities. "On behalf of all our members, I congratulate Peter Arrigenna on his new post. We are thrilled to see a Standardbred owner and breeder, who has worked as hard in this business as Peter has, appointed to the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. It is always essential to have knowledgeable and experienced people at the helm of our state breeding program," said Betty Holt, Executive Director of Harness Horse Breeders. Arrigenna has served on the board of the Harness Horse Breeders for a decade, most recently in the position of Vice President. He will continue to serve in this elected post. Arrigenna, 58, has bred and raised his own stock for the Sire Stakes program for two decades, so he understands the up's and down's that breeders face, but this builder and horse trainer also understands the challenge of preparing a successful stable each season. In recent years he has become well known for his skill with trotters, sending out homebred NYSS champion trotting filly Tuesday's With Mom ($468,306) and also developing world champion and Yonkers Trot winner Archangel ($906,579) from his Piffard, N.Y.-based barn. "The breeders of the state look forward to continuing to work with Peter and the Breeding Fund on our shared goal to make the New York Sires Stakes the strongest breeding program in the country," said Holt. The Board of Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund's core mission is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research in New York. The Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior series races, and County Fair races. The Fund also provides assistance to county agriculture societies and contributes to the statewide 4-H program and to the Harry M. Zweig Fund for Equine Research.                       Harness Horse Breeders of New York State   400 Troy-Schenectady Road   Latham, New York 12110   Tel: 518-785-5858   Fax: 518-785-5848        

The feature event of the evening at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday was the $25,000 Harness Breeders (Vic) Tailamade Lombo, with victory going the way of former top line juvenile filly Shake It Mama. Now five years of age, Shake It Mama bred and raced by Heathcote’s David Sheppard, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Gavin Lang was sent forward from gate three to cross Fairest One Youare inside her running into the first turn, with stablemate Bettor Give It (gate six) also pressing forward to park in the open. Allowed to bowl along without any pressure being applied, Shake It Mama had plenty in reserve at the straight entrance, before coasting to victory 1.3 metres in advance of Fairest One Youare and Bettor Give It in a sizzling mile rate of 1-54.7. Running her last half mile in 55.6 and quarter in 27 dead, Shake It Mama recorded her 15th victory in 38 race appearances.. Eight year old Falcon Seelster/Sabrina Bromac entire Smudge Bromac notched up his 23rd victory at start number 128, when successful in the Yarra Valley Cup Day Claiming Pace over 1720 metres, returning a brilliant mile rate of 1-56.5. Trained by David Aiken at Avenel and driven by Nathan Jack, Smudge Bromac was immediately taken back to the rear from outside the front line, but enjoyed the electric tempo of the race set by a free running Mister Grizzly. Taken three wide in the final circuit, Smudge Bromac’s quality told on straightening as he strode clear to score by 2 metres in advance of the fast finishing Our Archangel out wide from four back the markers, with the ever reliable Washmepockets holding down third after racing in the open throughout. Tough ex-Tasmanian 5-Y-0 Hugo Play showed his true staying prowess by taking out the $15,000 Tabcorp Park Melton Pace Final for M0 & M1 class over 2240 metres which qualified in the heats held a week earlier. Now in the care of Lance Justice in close proximity of the track, Hugo Play a gelded son of Jr Mint andToy Story was allowed to find his feet three wide after starting outside the front row, with stablemate Alchemy beginning at 100 miles an hour from the extreme draw to park outside the favourite Sals Mo which led from gate three. Once balanced, Hugo Play moved forward to join Sals Mo and once there, Lance made it quite clear that the pacemaker was not going to get it easy. Taking a narrow lead on the final bend, Hugo Play was very strong at the finish, defeating Alchemy which was given every chance on his back due to the “drive of the night” by Rod Petroff. Pole marker Mister Orion finished third after trailing the leader and using the sprint lane, while Sals Mo battled on to finish fourth. In quarters of 30.1, 29.3, 28.3 and 28.6, Hugo Play returned a mile rate of 1-56.5 for the journey. The margins a neck by 1.6 metres. Peter Manning’s exciting Elsu/Hanover Chic gelding Eliseos Falcon was once again ultra impressive in landing the Benstud Standardbreds 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 1-59. Raced by a group of dedicated harness followers Tony Prochilo, Ange Cammaroto, Rob Merola and Michael Taranto, Eliseos Falcon driven by Kerryn Manning was sent forward from outside the front row to park outside the last start Melton winner Woodlea Beau which was backed for plenty. Despite over racing at times, Eliseos Falcon surged to the front on straightening to score by 12.5 metres over Blackwarrior along the sprint lane after trailing the leader, with Countdown (one/one) third. It was Eliseos Falcon’s 3rd victory in 7 outings. On an entertaining night of racing, Chris Lang’s fully American bred 6-Y-0 Chocolatier/Duo Val Car gelding Kyvalley Blur chalked up victory number 13 when successful in the Prydes Easifeed Trotters Free For All over 1720 metres. Using the sprint lane off the back of the leader Cold Sister, Kyvalley Blur returned a mile rate of 1-58.7 in defeating Cold Sister and I See Icy Earl (one/one) a stablemate of the winner. David Aiken enjoyed a good night “at the office”, with 7-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Soky’s Sweetheart gelding Wartime Sweetheart winning her 19th race by taking out the Pace for M1 & M2 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Caroline Springs based Rhys Nicholson, Wartime Sweetheart from inside the second row was quickly away from the markers to possie mid-field in the moving line. Easing three wide to follow the favourite Jazz King in the final circuit, Wartime Sweetheart sprinted like a gazelle on straightening to blow his rivals away, scoring by 6.2 metres in a rate of 1-56.5 from Illawong Kath which used the sprint lane after trailing the weakening leader Because I Can, with The Phantom (one/one) third when first up since February.  By Len Baker  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 15, 2013--Quick Deal (George Brennan) dipped his hooves in ink and rewrote Yonkers Raceway's record book Tuesday night, becoming the fastest trotter in local history. Returning to Westchester for the first time since early this season, Quick Deal's big deal blew away the gang in the $19,000, sixth-race trot. Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 35-cents-on-the-dollar favorite, he made the lead around Political Desire (Mark MacDonald) right at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, a 57-second intermission and 1:25 three-quarters gave Quick Deal 8½ lengths turning for home. The final margin--over Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman)--was 11½ lengths in 1:53.3, with Political Desire third. The effort displaced a quartet of trotters--Blacktuxwhitesocks (Brennan), 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel (Jim Morrill Jr.), Super Manning (MacDonald) and Tall Cotton (Dan Dube)--whose previous 1:54.1 efforts adorned the archives. According to USTA records, Quick Deal also eclipsed Scorpion Moon's (1:54) aged gelding/half-mile oval world record, taken at Saratoga in 2010. For Quick Deal, a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Rossie Smith, he returned $2.70 for his fifth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $59.50. "I know he didn't have a whole lot of half-mile experience (a break the last he was here), and they just said to watch out with him going into the first turn," Brennan said. "Once I made the lead, the rest was simple. I've won a ton of Opens here, but obviously never that fast. "A sub-1:54 mile for a trotter here, that's something, but he felt very strong." Quick Deal's effort came within Tuesday's Pick 5, where a $13,000-plus double carryover and a $25,000 guaranteed pool spurred $37,306 of new money. The gimmick wager was hit (winning numbers 4-5-2-4-3 paid $1,648 for a 50-cent wager). 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 around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

BATAVIA, N.Y. ---When you talk about Sunday afternoon's New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old colt trotters at Batavia Downs, it's not about the quantity but the quality of horses that will line up behind the starting gate. There will be just two divisions of $65,220 each of the Sire Stakes, but it will bring together 15 top three-year-old colt and gelding trotters along with some big-name drivers to Batavia Downs. There will also be five divisions of the Excelsior Series, including a non-betting affair set for 12:50 p.m., just before the regular 1:15 p.m. post. Drivers expected in town again will include Hall-of-Famer Cat Manzi, Jim Morrill Jr., Per Henriksen, John Stark Jr., Stephane Bouchard and Jeff Gregory. The first $65,220 division of the Sire Stakes will be the fifth race with Crazy About Pat and Tirade Hanover headlining the field of seven. Crazy About Pat (5-2) has won his last two races in the Sires Stakes, posting a 1:57.3 at Saratoga and a 1:56 at Yonkers. Driver Cat Manzi will start Crazy About Pat, a son of Crazed, from the seven post and will want to set the pace which has proven to be successful recently. A winner six times in 14 starts, Crazy About Pat has earned $200,995 this season and has surely matured and developed since 2012 when he had just four show finishes in eight starts and just $21,222 in earnings. The main threat should come from the rail where Tirade Hanover (9-5) and driver Jim Morrill Jr. will start. In going 1:55.4 in a victorious effort at Saratoga on August 6, Tirade Hanover, an altered son of Crazed, was nearly seven lengths off the lead at the half, but trotted home to win easily by 3-1/4 lengths. He has won $277,161 in his career and had a great 2012 campaign, winning seven times in 11 appearances for $193,999 in winnings.  It should be a classic battle where Crazy About Pat will play 'catch me if you can' with Tirade Hanover, who should come charging with a late kick. The fans are in for a treat in the eighth race, the second $65,220 division of the Sire Stakes. That's where E L Rocket will be, fresh off a fourth place finish in 1:52.4 in a Hambletonian Stakes elimination at the Meadowlands. He will highlight the field of eight as the heavy 3-5 favorite from post five. E L Rocket, by Credit Winner, has won five of 11 races and amassed $108,625 this season. He will be driven by local favorite Jim Morrill Jr. and is conditioned by Ron Burke, far and away North America's leading trainer. Burke has 659 wins this season and nearly $12 million in earnings. To prove Burke's dominance, Rene Allard is a distant second with 294 victories, a 365-win difference. E L Rocket has had a four-race win streak earlier in the year and posted marks of 1:53.1 at Vernon Downs and a 1:55.1 at Yonkers, all in Sire Stakes events. Modest Prince, (3-1) has been camera shy this season, winning just once in 10 starts. But Modest Prince, however, has earned $146,895 this year thanks to being in the money nine out of 10 times. He's also been saddled with some brutal post positions the past three appearances. The rail could be just what Modest Prince, a son of Rc Royalty, and driver Jeff Gregory need to find the winner's circle. The three-year-colt trotting mark was set last season of 1:54.3 by Archangel. It also set the all-time track record trotting mark at Batavia Downs. With great conditions expected, it's a time that could be challenged. There will also be four $12,700 Excelsior Series races sprinkled in among the 13-race card, along with the $7,000 Open II Trot and $8,500 Open Trot. The program could be considered the best thus far this season. A big crowd is expected as besides the outstanding card and nice weather, it's Dollar Days with $1 Sahlen's Hot Dogs, sodas and draft beer. For more information on the track, including schedule, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to by Brian J. Mazurek  

Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., welcomes harness racing world champion Archangel to its stallion ranks in 2013.

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