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LEBANON, OH. - Majestic Player A certainly has enjoyed his first month of American harness racing. After a 'head' defeat in his first U.S. start on February 4, the 6-year-old Australian bred gelding has reeled off three consecutive impressive triumphs in Miami Valley Raceway's weekly Open Handicap Trot. With his 1:53.4 score on Tuesday (Feb. 25) he increased his earnings for the month to $41,250 for his new import owners Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. The son of Majestic Son, who banked less than $100,000 in three years of racing Down Under, has earned a well-deserved one week vacation from the racing wars at Miami Valley due to his three consecutive Open Handicap victories. He has adapted well to American racing under the astute handling of trainer Walter Haynes Jr. In the latest romp, Majestic Player A and driver Brett Miller marched directly to the front of the field and had no anxious moments while cruising through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :28.2 final panel. Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) got a desirous two-hole trip the entire way, but never could mount a serious threat to the winner. Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) was best of the rest in the seven horse field of top squaregaiters. A pair of first leg divisions of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series for trotters who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime also went postward on Tuesday. The first split went to B Threeseven (Sandy Beatty), who topped Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) by four lengths in 1:56.2. Stonebridge Symba (Miller) finished third. Beatty also trains the 5-year-old son of Chapter Seven for owner Ben Robards. Feel Invincible AS (Chris Page) copped the other division with a 1:57.2 gate-to-wire tally over Serene Hall (Miller) and Wrapped In Rubies (Smith). The Paver Memorial score gave Page his third success on the matinee program. Anette Lorentzon trains the 4-year-old Broadway Hall mare for the ACI Stuteri Ab Stable of Kentucky and their partner Johansson of Sweden. From Miami Valley Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - The final $17,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton harness racing meet was captured by Workinitonbroadway on Thursday (Dec. 26).   It was the son of Broadway Hall's first win in open company at Dayton and tenth victory of his sophomore campaign, pushing him over the $100,000 earnings plateau for his three-year-old season.   Driver Josh Sutton was content to get away sixth in the full nine horse field, but after witnessing a pedestrian :28.1 opening quarter, pulled first-over on the outside. Ranging up to third as the field passed the :57.2 halfway point, Sutton continued to inch closer during the third panel and got on even terms with co-favorite Walter White (Jeremy Smith) at the 1:25.1 three-quarters beam.   Despite the taxing journey, Workitonbroadway persevered through a :29.2 final quarter to secure a one length victory in 1:54.3. The triumph was the colt's sixth in his last seven starts and fourth in a row, lowering his lifetime best mark by two-fifths of a second.   Ron Burke trains the winner for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Workitonbroadway   Burke now sports 22 wins in 100 seasonal starts at Hollywood Dayton, good for fourth in the trainer standings behind only Virgil Morgan Jr., Dan Noble and Peter Redder. Kayne Kauffman and Charles Stewart are tied for fifth on the top conditioners list with 21 victories apiece.   The final two programs of Hollywood Dayton's 78-day meet are Friday (Dec. 27) and Saturday (Dec. 28) when 14-race cards will be presented starting at 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2019 -- Mac Deeno opened an insurmountable lead into the final turn and cruised to his second straight harness racing win in Wednesday's Holiday Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Mac Deeno was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent him on his way. The 6-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena forged ahead by 4 lengths at the top of the lane and won geared down by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Jailhouse Buckaroo was third-placed-second while Chuckie Me finished second but was placed back to third for a pylon violation. Tyler Stillings trains Mac Deeno, who now boasts $251,877 in career earnings, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Wednesday's program also featured the second leg of a Holiday Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mr Quaker taking his second consecutive series win for Hall and owner/trainer Sarah Andrews. The championships of both series are set for Monday, Dec. 30. Elsewhere on Wednesday's card, Windsong Leo plowed through his opponents -- and a sudden snow squall -- to collect his 14th win this year, a 1-length score in 1:51.3, in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Bettor Than Spring and Do Work Son completed the ticket. Dave Palone drove the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who pushed his career bankroll to $577,560, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Hall, who notched career win 6,000 Tuesday, finished with four victories on the 13-race card. Following a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday program on Dec. 26 that will feature a $105,000.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak,  for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2019 -- Broadway Kabam retook the lead at the quarter and drew away steadily from there, collecting an easy harness racing victory in the slop for Aaron Merriman in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,300 Conditioned Trot. It was one of six victories for Merriman on the 13-race card, and they came for as many trainers: Nathan Bresnahan, Ron Burke, Spencer Kahrig, John Melsheimer, Peter Stratton and Fred Uber, Jr. Broadway Kabam released Jailhouse Buckaroo to the point, but once he retook, neither his rivals nor the off track bothered him. He prevailed in a career-best 1:55, 5-3/4 lengths better than Moni Justice, while Jailhouse Buckaroo saved show. Uber conditions the 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-Go Get Sarah for Jodi Martin, Kaylee Martin and Nicole Uber. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $1,353.71 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $3,529 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $6,558.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Five different Ohio-registered stallions were represented by the quintet of Ohio Sires Stakes winners on Monday, July 2, as 42 freshmen trotting colts and geldings lined up behind the Northfield Park starting gate.   Each division in Leg 1 of this OSS series carried a purse of $40,000 on a balmy summer evening at the Cleveland half-miler where rumbling clouds threatened but did not deliver.   In the first OSS division Homer Hall, a gelded son by Broadway Hall, took a solid, front-end journey with Ryan Stahl at the lines to nail down his third consecutive victory. A surprising 15-1 shot, Homer Hall was clocked in a career best 1:59.3, besting 15-1 rival Here Comes Moony (Tyler Smith) and 13-1 Yes (Anthony MacDonald) who got up for third.   Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall is conditioned and co-owned by Steve Carter, along with Jay Mossbarger and C P Gallagher. Previously, this youngster had scored triumphs at the Circleville and Ottawa county fairs, and his bankroll now stands at $23,559.   Homer Hall is the 11th foal out of the Armbro Iliad mare Cynthia Iliad 3, Q1:58.f ($219,824), and is a half-sibling to: Allthatnabagofchip (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:53.3 ($364,286); Hoorah Hoorah (by Chip Chip Hooray) 5, 1:56.3f ($74,605); and Jailbird Jesse (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:58.1f ($55,946), etc.   Driver Ryan Stahl was back in the winner's circle in the second OSS division, this time with Bosley, an altered son by Manofmanymissions, who was clocked in a snappy, front-stepping 1:59.2. Trained by Scott Cox for the Parent Racing Stable and G Peters, Bosley was sent off at 11-1, besting 9-5 favorite Cravin For Cash (Greg Grismore) by a length, with 2-1 Pattis Main Man (Kyle Ater) third.   Bred by Darwin and Ann E. Shaver, Bosley's financials now stand at $20,325. He is the first foal out of the unraced Chocolatier mare Nettie.   To no one's surprise, Oh So Pine captured the third OSS division impressively in 2:01.3 as the public's 1-2 favorite. Reined by Anthony MacDonald for Jason McGinnis, the brown son by Uncle Peter got a come-from-behind steer to notch his second career victory for Thestable Oh So Pine Group.   Sweet Dynamite got up the perfect trip behind the winner, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Oh So Pine, with Kenny Kidd in the sulky at odds of 30-1, with 7-2 Gallivant (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Oh So Pine is out of Pine Potion, an unraced daughter of world champion Pine Chip, and is a half-brother to: Bullet (by Windsong's Legacy) 5, 1:53.1s ($303,500) and At My Request (by Dejarmbro) 4, 1:56.1h ($68,316), among others.   TC's Best captured the fourth OSS division as the 3-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the helm, timed in confident 1:59. This Triumphant Caviar colt looked every bit the determined combatant for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver, and partners J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and Steven Zeehandelar, as he held off the 6-1 challenging Dylan The Great (Chris Page) by 1¾ lengths. Just A Passenger, an 80-1 longshot, nailed down show honors for driver Jeremy Indof.   TC's Best is the first foal out of the Andover Hall mare Curvature Hanover 3, 1:57.1f ($67,599).   In the final OSS division, it was a son of Wishing Stone who took home first place honors. Lane Of Stone, a 9-1 shot, stopped the clock in 1:59.3 for breeders/owners Harry & Iris Horowitz.   Jeff Nisonger was in the sulky behind the Mark Winters-trained youngster, who overtook the 60-1 leading Friggun Biggun (Anthony MacDonald) in the stretch to nail down his second career victory. Peter Trottintail (Tony Hall), a 25-1 longshot, was second, a quarter of a length behind the winner, while Friggun Biggun held on for third.   Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3 ($18,559) and is a half-brother to Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($21,255).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Tuesday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, with events for 2-year-old trotting fillies, and Wednesday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs, with 2-year-old pacing colt races.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - Lucky Promesses will be put to the toughest test of her career on Sunday when she tried for her tenth straight victory, moving up in class and taking on the best trotters at the Hippodrome 3R in the Invitational. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, is the winningest horse this season at H3R for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart. Seven of her nine wins have come at H3R and she will start Sunday from post two in the ninth race. She is one of two mares (Torches Angel post six) in the field against six male rivals. Trained by Andreane Lapierre, Lucky Promesses first started her win streak at H3R back on July 4 and has been flawless since then. She took her record at Rideau Carlton with an impressive 1:58.2 score and in her last three starts, all at H3R, has won by a total of 17 lengths. It will not be a "walk in the park" for Lucky Promesses Sunday. She is actually listed at odds of 7-1 due to the stellar field of opponents she faces. The race favorite at 5/2 is Unabating from post five for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. This nine-year-old gelded son of Broadway Hall is having another banner year for owner Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, sporting six wins and five second place finished in 15 starts already. In his last start he won the Invitational at H3R in 1:59.1. Also making a big jump in class is Capteur De Reve from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Last week Capteur De Reve captured the $C65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at H3R, leading from start to finish in 2:00.1 for trainer Maxime Velaya and the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the son of Muscle Mass. It was the second straight year that Capteur De Reve has won the Quebec-Bred Series Final, but the colt has never raced well from an outside post. He has three wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.1. Other contenders in the field include the hard-hitting Caroluzzo (post three), Federal Strike (post one), the "old man" of the field, Four Starz Speed (post seven), who won the Invitational two starts back and another promising three-year-old, Kinnder Dangerous (post four). Track Notes: Sunday's feature is the eighth race, the C$38,500 Lucien Bombardier Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The 5/2 favorite is Azure Seelster from post four. She has won three of her six starts and in her last outing, won from post 11 at Mohawk Raceway in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots with an impressive 1:54.4 triumph. The race is sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Plainville, MA---Black Broadway stepped out of the Open trot this week and the class relief was just the ticket as the classy mare returned to her winning ways, beating all harness racing male rivals in the $14,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 3). In a three-horse duel, Black Broadway (Mark Beckwith) outleft Trotalot (Chris Long) and Just Make Believe (Joe Di Stefano) and headed those two by the quarter in :27.3. When Just Make Believe finally tucked in second at the three-eighths pole, Trotalot immediately pulled from third and rushed for the lead past the half in :56.3. There was no rest for the weary as Namesmuscle (Mark Athearn) pulled at that point and put additional pressure on Trotalot who already used twice, responded well and met the challenge. Those two matched strides up the backside and around the last turn but Trotalot never yielded the lead. At the top of the stretch Money Mayweather (Wally Watson) tipped three-deep around Namesmuscle and now three horses were within a length of each other heading down the lane. Trotalot was keeping those two horses at bay but Black Broadway, who had gotten the trip behind all the action, snuck up the pylons and out-brushed everyone to wire to win by one-half length in 1:55. It was the sixth win in 12 starts in 2017 for Black Broadway ($3.40) whose earnings now total $55,230 for the year. The 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall is owned by Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh and is trained by Mike Eaton. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trot, Candy Lane (Mark Athearn) also beat an all-male field, including 1-9 favorite Tag Up And Go (Mark Beckwith), with a personal best effort going gate to wire in unfettered fashion to win by three-lengths in 1:55.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall. It was the fourth win of the year for Candy Lane ($15.20) and her owner Linwood Higgins. Gretchen Athearn trains the mare. Drivers Greg Merton and David Ingraham both had two wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 4) with post time for the first race set at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 14, 2017 -- Mac Deeno wore down the leader, Mike The Trader, with a sustained uncovered bid and went on to victory in Wednesday's harness racing feature, a $13,000 conditioned trot, at The Meadows. Mac Deeno was fifth by 5 lengths when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones. He collared Mike The Trader at the top of the lane and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths in a career-fastest 1:54.2. Classic Banker finished third. Rich Gillock trains Mac Deeno, a 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Dan Charlino and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2016 -- Black Broadway, a bargain acquisition due to an unsightly and potentially dangerous medical condition, justified her connections' faith in her when she pulled off a stunning 20-1 harness racing shocker in a stake-fastest and career best 1:53.1 in Friday's $159,433 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. The stake, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over three divisions, with Miss Tezsla and Lookin Sharp taking the other splits. Corey Callahan enjoyed a PASS double behind Black Broadway and Lookin Sharp. Black Broadway developed a hematoma at 2 and was sent back through the Meadowlands sale after a pair of qualifiers. There, trainer Michael Eaton purchased her for $9,000 for himself and co-owner Robert McHugh. "She won a qualifier in 1:59.1, so we thought we'd take a chance on her -- $10,000 was our limit," Eaton said. Although the daughter of Broadway Hall-Sly Fox was winless in 11 previous outings this year, she came first over near the three-quarters and overtook last year's divisional champion, Broadway Donna, defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths. Spicedbourbon girl was third. "I got excited when I saw Corey pull her," Eaton said. "I figured that meant she had enough trot. She gets better and better." Miss Tezsla also saved her brush for the stretch as she cruised past Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.3 for David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Miss Tezsla Stable. Goodtogo Hanover, who suffered her first defeat in 10 outings this year, shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Womans Will saved show. "Her last few starts show she's on the way up," said Takter of the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs. "I trained her mother -- she was a really good filly for me. That was a good mile tonight." Lookin Sharp worked out a pocket trip behind Kathy Parker, then blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.2, 2 lengths better than Haughty. Kathy Parker saved show. "She's definitely improved," Callahan said. "She won her first start here this year, then had a couple bad goes. But she's always shown a lot of talent, and today she got the right trip." John Butenschoen conditions Lookin Sharp, a daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp who extended her lifetime bankroll to $242,913, for William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware. $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters The sub-feature on Friday's card featured another upset, as South Side Hanover poured from the pocket to score at 12-1. Ameliosi captured the other $20,000 division. South Side Hanover released Glidinthruparadise to the lead early and enjoyed a pocket trip thereafter. Nevertheless, trainer/driver Todd Schadel wasn't sure the daughter of Cantab Hall-Sharise Seelster would have enough pop in the lane. "I know my filly has a big brush coming home," said Schadel, who owns the filly with Roger Hammer, "but I had to use her a good bit getting out of there. I thought the filly on the front end was the best in there. I would have been happy for second." But South Side Hanover had plenty, defeating Glidinthruparadise by a neck in a career-best 1:55. Keystone Taylor completed the ticket. Ameliosi made it look easy on the front end, triumphing in 1:55.3, a lifetime mark, for Yannick Gingras. Twill Be Done finished second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Casey T third. "She doesn't have a whole lot of stakes left; I'm not sure she'll make it to the final of the stallion series," said Jenny Melander, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Amelia Hall for John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. "Other than that, she doesn't have a whole lot." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2016 -- Fashion Winner launched his career in fine fashion Wednesday at The Meadows when he rolled to a front-end victory in a stake-fastest 1:58.1 in a $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event. The stake was contested over six divisions, with Common Parlance, Limerence, Almirola Hanover, Simply Volo and Wiagram Hanover also taking splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a pair of stake wins (Fashion Winner, Common Parlance), as did trainer John Butenschoen (Simply Volo, Wiagram Hanover). Fashion Winner prepped for his career debut with a pair of winning qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia. His pari-mutuel bow was no more taxing, as he vaulted to the lead for Palone and never faced a serious challenge. Di Oggi rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Michigan Hanover earned show. "He's a really, really nice horse," said Bennie Magliochetti, who owns and trains the Broadway Hall-Fun And Strokes gelding. "When Anthony Morgan qualified him, he told us how good the horse was. He won well within himself. His leg is a little crooked in front, but he's so nice. He only wears back boots -- that's it. No head poles, no nothin'." Common Parlance briefly was three wide while quarter-poling to the front, but that wasn't even a speed bump en route to his blowout victory in 1:59. Invested In Lindy was 9-3/4 lengths behind in second, with Always a Ladys Man third. "He has a great head on him, an extremely nice mouth," said Joseph Skowyra, who conditions the son of Crazed-Angevine for Wade Wyatt. "He's a gentleman through and through. We wanted to gauge his performance today, then make a decision about where he'll race next. We'd like to keep him in the stallion series, but it's a little enticing to go to the next step." Limerence looked so strong in his 6-1/2-length triumph in 1:59.4 that trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt already was talking about promoting him to tougher competition. "He has a good head -- that's important," he said. "He'll go to the Kindergarten and then the sires stakes." Brand New Key and Keep Truckin On completed the ticket. Svanstedt owns the son of Yankee Glide-Pleasing Lady with Christer Lovgren, Mal Burroughs, Janet Burroughs and Torbjorn Swahn. In the $22,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality pounced on the tiring leaders and pulled off a 19-1 upset for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn in 1:53.1. Tall Cotton was second, 3-1/4 lengths in arrears, with See The Wind third. The 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $319,132 in career earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Hickory Pride, a $192,004 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 5 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

PROSPECT PA - The Big Butler Fair opened a two-day stand as the second stop on the 2016 Pennsylvania fair circuit on Thursday, and the northwest Pennsylvania has never remotely seen a parade of two-year-old trotting speed as it did today, with track records for both sexes obliterated.   Butler traditionally races just before the Fourth Of July, so quick baby miles, especially from trotters, could not be expected - the old marks were 2:09.1 for colts and 2:08.2 for fillies. But we're glad nobody showed today's freshmen the record books before they raced.   The Broadway Hall gelding Toolbox Tuesday was the first recordbreaker to take to the track, and he left the old divisional Butler standard somewhere over by the Ohio line as he roared home in 2:05.3 - yes, 3 3/5 seconds faster than the male mark established by KT Tag I'm It in 2010. The fast freshman made quite an impression in breaking his maiden for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, who is also the co-owner with Vicki Fair.   (A thought should be spared here for the Great George Two gelding Gee Wizz George, who was victorious in another section of the baby colt trot for driver Leo Harvey, trainer Jean Rastetter, and owners Maryann and Richard Rastetter. His time of 2:07.3 would also have shattered the old Butler mark - if his race hadn't come one race after Toolbox Tuesday's.)   The fillies weren't about to miss out on the record action on the fine fairgrounds half-miler, and in the race after Gee Wizz George's, the Lucky Chucky filly Lovebeinglucky stopped the stopwatch in 2:05.4, leaving the old mark of 2:08.2, set by Trustworthy Gal in 2014, way up the stretch. Lovebeinglucky, trained and driven , and owned in partnership with his wife Regina, by Rick Beinhauer, continued Beinhauer's assault on the fair record book - in two stops he's had this mile, and he drove the three-year-old Major Matter, who's in at Butler tomorrow (Thursday) , to a 2:04 victory which equaled the fastest trot mile ever during Wattsburg's 2016 seasonal opener.   Roger Hammer also trained the fastest winning freshman pacer of the day - and his time too was 2:05.3, just like Hammer's trotter Toolbox Tuesday. The fast pacer was a filly, the Delmarvalous miss Marvalous B T, who was driven here by Steve Schoeffel for conditioner/owner/breeder Hammer.   FINISHING LINES - The three-year-olds take center stage on the Friday Butler card, with 12 races starting at 10 a.m. Major Matter is in the third ... Roger Huston said to tell everyone that he really likes the chances of the one horse in the first race at Butler on Friday.   By Jerry Connors, for the PA Fair Circuit   Apparently the photo of Toolbox Tuesday did not work out -- we apologize, and if we find a remedy, we'll send it along. Here's a photo of 2TF recordsetter Love Being Lucky.

January 1, 2016 - Daniel Reden’s trainee Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) heads an 11 horse field in Saturday’s V75 Gold at Romme. Owned by Stall Zet, this winner of over 3.1SEK million will be driven by legendary Orjan Kihlstrom. Other 3SEK million plus winners in the group include Francais du Gull and David Sisu. Early favorite is Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide) trained and driven by Leif Witasp. This one has three wins in his last six outings and was six for 14 in 2015. January 2, 2015 V75 Gold – Romme, 2140 meters autostart, first prize 150,000SEK Cool Keeper, Leif Witasp Food Money, Jennifer Tiillman Francais du Gull, Erik Lindegren Luckycharm Hanover, Orjan Kihlstrom Nato Dream, Ulf Ohlsson On Hold, Magnus Jakobsson License Holder, Joni-Petteri Irri I Saw You, Ake Lindblom Save My Ashes, Benny Christensen Democrat, Torbjorn Jansson David Sisu, Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

December 12, 2015 - US-bred, Daniel Reden trained Delicious (by Cantab Hall) was scratched from Sunday’s Prix du Bourbonnais. The diminutive world-record holder mare was injured while being prepared at Grobois and is now less likely to participate in the Prix d’Amerique 2016. Trainer Reden was reported as saying he would not rule out returning to North America in the future. The scratching leaves the Gr. II Bourbonnais a wide-open affair with Un Mec d’Heripre, Village Mystic and the 25 meter handicapped trio of Up and Quick, Texas Charm and Tiego d’Etang among the leaders. Moses Rob and Olmo Holz represent Italy and Spain’s Trebol are in the field. The Gold Division V75 at Aby today (first prize 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 7.6/1 Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B.My Honey-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. 6.5/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) ended second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 7.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) for Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer Per K. Eriksson. At Aby today was the Euro Classic Next Year with 50,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. 2/1 Pajas Face (3m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) recorded this win for Johnny Takter. Lars Nilsson trains Pajas Face. 7.1/1 Sucre (3m Jacose-Super No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) was second for Christoffer Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist with third to 3.9/1 RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) that Orjan Kihlstrom drove for Roger Walmann, trainer. Back at Vincennes the Prix de Caimcale (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.15.1kr winner, 2.1/1 odds Cloane du Vivier (3f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Yves Lucuyer. 5/1 Ceyre de Bellouet (3f Quilien d’Islues-Tarifa de Bellouet) was second driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5.2/1 Cova Joselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn) ended third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Thomas H. Hicks

December 11, 2015 - Herve Soinneau teamed his owned/trained Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) to victory at 9/2 odds at Vincennes in the Quinte+ (jackpot €4.1 million jackpot) Prix de Genozac  (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters). Timed in 1.14.1kr the winner bested 4.4/1 Triton de Meunier (8g Camelia du Donjon-Ora de Meunier) and driver Franck Nivard with third to 10.4/1 Ultra du Gede (7g Memphis du Rib-Bayonne) and Olivier Raffin. At Cagnes sur mer the Prix Varenne (purse €42,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) went to Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch at 3.2/1 odds. Owned by Ecurie du Haras de L’Epinay the winner scored in 1.14.4kr for his 18th victory in 70 starts, now foe earnings in excess of €408,000. 12.3/1 Urial d’Harcouel (7m Tenor de Baune-Nelline d’Harcouel) was next for David Bekaert and third to 5/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) and Pierre Vercruysse. On Wednesday, December 9, major events took place at Bergsaker and Solvalla as both tracks were part of the V86 program. The Gr. II International Electroskandia at Bergsaker (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, three year-old fillies) went to favorite and Robert Bergh teamed Timbal (3f From Above-Clear as a Bell-Super Arnie). Tro Lo Lo (3f Pine Chip-Tra La La-Valley Victory) was second for Leif Witasp with Cayenne Ovel (3f From Above-Piova Kronos-Viking Kronos) third for Jorma Kontio. Fourth was Treasure Kronos (3f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) handled by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. Bred by Allev. Kronos this one is owned by north American based David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. At Bergsaker the Jason Montage for 60,000SEK to the winner of the 1640 meter autostart event, went to the Leif Witasp trained/driven Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) as that one defeated David Sisu (7m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner) handled by Jorma Kontio. Third was Labero Broline (7m Pine Chip-Armbro Natural-Speedy Crown) and teamster Daniel Wajersten. Two year-olds contested Solvalla’s Vinterfavoritem over 2140 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to winner. Undine (2f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) took this event for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Second was Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson with third to Detroit Rock Sisu (2m Scarlet Knight-Klara Sisu-Fleuron Perrine) and driver Tuomas Korvenoja. Thomas H. Hicks

October 3, 2015 - US-registered Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) took today’s V75 Gold worth 150,000SEK to the winner, clocked in 1.11.4kr. Trainer Leif Witasp piloted the winner to defeat Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) and third finishing Kaffir Face (8g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance DK-Lindy Lane), for his second consecutive victory. Other winners of interest on the card were Lohman (6g Andover Hall-Tim Jessica-Super Arnie) driven by Jan Norberg, Titan Lavec (4m Goetmals Wood-Kramer Bahama-Sugarcane Hanover), Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Officer CD (4g Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks

September 19, 2015 - Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood), the 3/5 favorite, took today’s Prix de Pionsat (purse €20,000, 2200 meters, 8 starters) at Vichy, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This winner recorded his second victory in as many appearances, clocked in 1.18.2kr. His dam, Ushusia Wood, is a daughter of Love You-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli. Daisy Chain is a great producing 1991 foal that has generated 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (US$1,208,145) and four more plus US$100,000 winners, Jackpot Dream, Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Third dam Kravotte produced US$459,557 winner Rainbow Runner. Finishing second today was 5/2 odds Dis Papaoutai (2m Goetmals Wood-Quemilia Pierji) owned by J-P Barjon, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by H. Langlois. Third was 6/1 Dame Denferst (2f Quilon du Chatelet-Pin Up du Chariot). 1 6 DADDY WOOD G. Gelormini 1.6 1'18''2 2nd 5 DIS PAPAOUTAI H. LANGLOIS 3.5 1'18''2 3rd 8 DAME DENFERT C. PETREMENT 7 1'19''2 4th 7 OF DIVINE ECROVILLE A. LAMY 16 1'19''5 5th 4 DIA DE LA BOATERIE B. RUET 29 1'19''5 6th 3 DARLING OF Solnan S. PELTIER 29 1'21''0 7th 2 DIVA OF LOVE F. JAMARD 38 1'21''6 8th 1 DON JUAN GERSOIS G. VIDAL 68 1'24''1 Spot   Horse Jockey Odds Redkm Also on the Vichy card was the €44,000 purse Prix Uranie contested over 2850 meters by 11 European starters. 28/1 Vertige de Chenu (6g Lynx de Bellouet-Neige de Chenu) took victory for owner/trainer Franck Pellerot and driver P. Pellerot by four lengths clocked in 1.16.4kr. 7/1 Sem Jafat (7g SJ’s Photo-Persilja) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Untersteiner Training AB. 45/1 Louisville As was third with fourth to SHT’s Playmate at 105/1 odds.Vertige de Chenu At Farjestad in Sweden today, the featured V75 Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. Thai Broadway was timed in 1.11.3kr to record his 18th career win in 55 starts for 4,192,395SEK earned. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for driver Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Jan Hellstadt with Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) home third for Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in victory for Lover Face (7g Love You-Ambra OK-Mr. Lavec) and driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Lover Face was timed in 1.12.2kr for his 14th victory in 59 starts and earnings of 1,331,800SEK. The winner’s first dam is from T Ball by Super Bowl-Bedell, she dam of Donerail and Gramola. Nitalar Bra Latin (5g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was next for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro with third to Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Jorma Kontio. Ja El Tomcat (6m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) ended fourth with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Karoline Krogh-Hanssen. This one is a half-brother to 2015 US trotting star JL Cruze. Viva Lover Wins Quinte+ at Vincennes The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Cleomede (€44,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) was at Paris-Vincennes this day and the 1.13.4kr timed winner was Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Cover). This 3.4/1 odds winner was teamed by Mathieu Mottier. 52/1 Tikva de Baylev (8f Sancho Panca-Jasmina du But) was second for J.G. Van Eeckhaute, ahead of 12.3/1 Ulula Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) that Tony Le Beller aboard.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 15 Viva Lover M. Mottier Ecurie D.M.Mottier D. Mottier 2ème 4 Tikva de Beylev J.-G. Van Eeckhaute J.-P. Sauvage C. Dreux 3ème 13 Ulula Bella T. Le Beller Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 14 Victoire de Lèvres F. Nivard Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 5ème 17 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2151   Ordre :       17.904,00€   Désordre :       149,20€   Bonus 4 :       67,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ Friday’s Prix Bruma (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to the 1.14kr winner Ahrima Turgot (5f Prodigious-Night Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire at 3.4/1 odds. 51/1 Anza du Carbonel (5f Lontzac-Lea Girl) with trainer Franck Blandin aboard was second. 132/1 outsider Alesia Lado (5f Maitre d’Atout-Aspara) was third. At Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Aquitania (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Dolce des Rioults (2f Jam Pridem-Judith des Rioults) reined by Joann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. She scored in 1.18.6kr. 7.6/1 odds Detoilesmie (3f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) with Franck Nivard up finished second with third to 2.5/1 Deesse Port (2f Uniclove-Mania Port) driven by Cl. Duvaldstin. Thierry Duvaldestin is owner/trainer of Deesse Port. Friday’s feature at Lyon La Soie was the Prix Lugdunum (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that resulted in a 1.15.8kr victory for 2.2/1 Ustar de Vandel (7g Look de Star-Deila de Vandel), owned by Ecurie des Charmes and reined by trainer J-< Bazire. 2.7/1 Uno Prior (7g Ispalion Jarzeen-Laliga Prior) was second with 11/1 Ugo d’Urzy (7g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) home third. At Romme (SWE), Cool Keeper (5g Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and trainer/driver Leif Witasp took a 2140 meter autostart event worth 75,000SEK to the winner. Cool Keeper scored in 1.13.1kr for his 14th victory in 36 outings now for 2,21SEK million earned. Vasterbo Fantast (5m Pine Chip-Pacsia LB-Supergill) was second with Jilly W. Andersson up for trainer Svante Bath. US-bred Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerry’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for driver/trainer Daniel Reden. Another contest at Romme was a 1640 meters autostart event also worth 75,000SEK to the winner. The 1.11.9kr victor was Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. This one vanquished Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Ballouet-Tantern Gull-Lindy Lane) reined by Erik Ludegren with third to Quick Master (11g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Claes Sjostrom driving. The race winner recorded career victory 20 in 93 starts for earnings of 2.06SEK million. Thomas H. Hicks

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