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May 20, 2017 - US harness racing export Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) captured the HKH Prins Daniels (400,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) in a rousing finish for driver Tommi Kylliainen, trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club-Finland. The Wonder was timed in 1.10kr and recorded his eighth career win in 37 starts for 2,779,556SEK earned. Off at 12/1 the happy winner(s) bested Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) at 4/1 and 43/1 Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), the latter trained by Jerry Riordan. The winning Workout Wonder last raced in the USA in April 2016 when then trained by Noel Daley. He’ll likely have earned an Elitloppet start. Workout Wonder The confirmed Elite starters per Elitloppet 2017 website are: Bold Eagle, Timoko, Propulsion, Up and Quick, Resolve, DD’s Hitman, Dante Boko, Elian Web, Spring Erom, Cruzado Dela Noche  Takethem. Thomas H. Hicks

Reasinforpleasin (Conway Hall) put in a harness racing career best effort in the Thursday co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Spagnola trainee picked up second over cover approaching the half in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters and charged hard in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:58.1 to lower his lifetime mark. Reasinforpleasin enjoyed success as a freshman two years ago and also did well in 2016 as a sophomore despite having only started nine times. On a scorching hot Thursday afternoon in the Spa city, the four year old trotter recorded his second win in seven seasonal tries with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky. Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) came on late to be the runner-up while longshot Thanks For Playin (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Steve La Belle's Kinda Naughty (Conway Hall) prevailed in the other co-feature going coast-to-coast in 1:59 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

The New York Sire Stakes champion among freshman harness racing fillies last year, Barn Bella (Conway Hall) has picked up right where she left off. The Steven Pratt-trained filly went six-for-nine as a two year old in 2016 including a victory in the Two Year Old Filly Final on the $225,000 Night of Champions last season and moved her record to two-for-two in '17 on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Barn Bella was the public's 1-5 betting favorite in her second start back this year and looked every bit the part on Thursday. Coming off a win in which she prevailed in 1:57.4, Barn Bella romped in 1:56.2 this week, dominating her rivals for a nearly ten length victory in the $9,000 co-feature for New York Sired trotters. While regularly piloted in the NY Sire Stakes by Jeff Gregory, Claude Huckabone Jr. has sat behind Barn Bella in both of her wins thus far in 2017. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

May 9, 2017 - Franck Nivard teamed Victoria Luis (3f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco) to an easy harness racing victory in the featured Gr. III Prix Fama (purse €66,000, 2700 meters, nine European starters) at Paris Vincennes. Salvatire Minopoli trains the winning filly for Allenamento Team Minopoli. Race time was 1.16.6kr off rated fractions. Everglades (3f Rodrigo Jet-Penang) was second for Thomas Levesque, also trainer, for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque. Third was Elite du Ruel (3f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and breeder/owner Annick Bazin. Fourth was Elusive Feeling (3f Goetmals Wood-Quechua de Charue) for J-M Bazire. The Ready Cash daughters Elegantissime and Encore Plus were fifth and seventh. Thomas H. Hicks  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After making two starts at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland to begin his 2017 campaign, Studio City had a successful return to familiar harness racing territory, that being Buffalo Raceway on Friday evening (April 21) and captured the featured $8,200 trot with a length victory over Noble Legend in 1:59.2.   Studio City, who had five wins on the Western New York circuit in 2016, made two uneventful starts at Rosecroft earlier this month before shuffling off to Buffalo.   It was a mad scramble for the lead in the early going as Kahoku, Noble Legend and Studio City battled for command.   Noble Legend won the dash to the quarter pole, parking out Kahoku along the way while Studio City ($7.70) tucked into the pocket. With fractions of 28.4, 57.4 and 1:29.0, the race eventually boiled down to that trio who pulled away from the pack.   Studio City (Larry Stalbaum) rolled to the lead from the passing lane while a stubborn Noble Legend (John Cummings Jr.) settled for second and a tiring Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) hung on for third.   Co-owned by Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison and trained by Lisa Lederhouse, the 8-year-old gelded Studio City (Conway Hall-Yagot Prestige) has now earned $5,660 in his young 2017 season and $274,370 lifetime.   David McNeight III swept the mid daily double with Mr Bricks ($64.50) and Hunter Valley ($85.50) to produce a massive $1433.00 payoff. The big bombs also created a $1712 carryover in the Pick-5 going into Saturday night's 11-race program which begins at 6 p.m.   Larry Stalbaum had a triple with Drew Monti, Jim Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. all doubling in the bike. Trainers Kim Asher and Darrin Monti each had a pair of winners.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Reasinforpleasin (Conway Hall) prevailed in the $9,630 harness racing co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The Dave Spagnola-trained trotter followed up a solid two year old campaign with a strong three year old season in 2016 despite being lightly raced. Reasinforpleasin scored four wins in nine starts in '16 and secured his first victory of the year on Thursday in a race for New York sired trotters. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the Spagnola trainee and after situating him third in the early going came first over with the public's 1-2 betting favorite. Reasinforpleasin wore down the front-running Thanks For Playin (Dan Cappello Jr) before stopping the timer in 1:59.1. Thanks For Playin held second while longshot Wygant Angel (Alek Chartrand) earned the show spot. Trainer John Podres' Red Cash (Cash Hall) set a lifetime mark in the other half of the co-feature on Thursday behind a three-wide score that came in a career best 1:58.3 with Mark Whitcroft in the sulky. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) continued his winter dominance on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Maureen Salino trainee scored another victory in the Open Trot. Reduced to a five-horse field after a scratch, the $12,000 harness racing feature saw Slugfest make the early lead and never look back. Jay Randall has been the regular driver behind the two-time Trotter of the Year at the Spa and confidently piloted the race's 4-5 favorite on Sunday as Slugfest coasted to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:58.1. Pocket sitter Lucid Thoughts (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner-up while Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. In three tries in the local Open this winter, Slugfest has two wins and a second. His victory was the second on the afternoon for his owners Tom Vassilou and Nick Tallarico whose A Jersey Contract (Lucky Chucky) prevailed earlier in the day for Salino and Randall. For the eight year old Slugfest, it was career win number 37. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2017 -- Joyful exploded past the leader with an uncovered backside brush and went on to capture his division in Tuesday's opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. DD's Comet, a harness racing seven-race maiden entering the day, took the other $12,500 division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a trainer/driver who was a fixture at The Meadows and on the Pennsylvania Fairs circuit. Joyful was third when Naquel Harvey sent him after Bourdain on the front. He cleared easily and drew off to prevail in 1:59.3 over a sloppy surface. Bourdain saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Claire And Kenny rallied for show. Doug Hamilton trains and owns the 4-year-old Conway Hall-Joy To The World gelding. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie made it three straight when she survived a demanding opening quarter and poured it on late to score in 1:56.3, 3/4 lengths better than Barn Girl. Classic Belisima earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $289,360, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Amour Angus is regarded as one of the greatest trotting mares ever bred if not the greatest! Amour Angus is by Magna Force from Kenwood Scamper by Texas from Lindys Speedy Lady by Speed Count from Brendina Hanover by Hoot Mon. Thats it, if that means anything to any of you harness racing pedigree fanatics. This great standardbred mare is responsible for changing the breed world-wide producing three sons that are all full brothers and they have impacted the breed profoundly. These three sons are all by Garland Lobell. They are; Angus Hall is now the sire of over $95,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Conway Hall is now the sire of over $80,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Andover Hall is now the sire of over $72,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Amour Angus also produced a full sister to the above three stallions called Emilie Cas El the dam of Trixton who won the Hambletonian and is standing at stud. Trixton was syndicated for huge money before serving a full book of mares in his first crop.. Andover Hall was the two-year-old trotting colt of the year in North America and has proven to be a great sire and now a great sire of sires leaving from his first crop the great Donato Hanover t3,1:50.1 ($3,058,058) himself the sre of over $36,000,000 in progeny earnings from his six crops old enough to race to date. Andover Hall has not only produced Donato Hanover as a $3 million plus earner but his other great son racing in Europe, Nuncio has earnings of over $3 million as well and Nuncio was just named Sweden's 'Horse Of The Year' for 2016. Andover Hall has also left Creatine another great International star that has won over $2 million and is now standing at stud. Andover Hall was made avaliable to New Zealand breeders for the first time by frozen semen two years ago and the resultant 24 live foals are now yearlings and two of those foals are in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka next Monday the 20th of February. What will they fetch? They should be really sort after with Andover Hall producing some of the richest and finest progeny of any trotting stallion in the world today. Lot 87 – Meantobe (bay colt, Andover Hall - Yankeedoosie) This colt Meantobe is the second  foal from the race winning Muscles Yankee mare Yankeedoosie ( $43,999) who is a full-sister to I Can Doosit ($1,445,774) and Group 3 winner Sno’s Big Boy ($215,309).The second dam is the broodmare gem Sheezadoosie ( $48,632) the dam of 6 to race for 6 winners. Lot 120 – Whatuhot (bay colt Andover Hall / Broadband) Whatuhot is the first foal from the Muscles Yankee mare Broadband ($4,529) who is a full-sister to the Group 3 placed Cyberspace ($27,106). The third Dam is Inda Bank ( $126,410) who is the dam of 7 winners including Yogi Johnson  ($66,681), the Group 1 winner Frozen Funds ($55,049) and The Almighty Johnson ($78,517 to date). Harnesslink Media          

Slugfest (Conway Hall) scored in the harness racing season's final feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The track's Trotter of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 didn't have quite the same kind of year in '16 but the Maureen Salino trainee was still a solid threat this season. In Sunday's $18,000 Open Trot, Slugfest was guided first over by his regular driver Jay Randall and cruised by his rivals to secure an open length victory in 1:58.1 over the sloppy going. The favorite Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) won the place photo while a well-beaten second as Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish third. It was the sixth win of the year for the seven year old Slugfest who paid $10.70 to win. Frank Coppola Jr. wrapped up his eleventh driving title at Saratoga while Melissa Beckwith was the top trainer for the fourth time as the 2016 racing season concluded on Sunday at the Spa. Live racing will return on Sunday February 19th with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Vampire Dany (2m Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) impressively won Wednesday’s harness racing Gran Criterium Finale at Milan’s 1050 meter track (purse €187,000, 1650 meters autostart), a six length score timed in 1.13.7kr for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. Volturina Jet (2f Ken Warkentin-Eterea-Indro park) was a distant second for V.P. Dell’Annunziata and Vincero Gar was third for Pietro Gubellini. The winner now has six wins in seven career starts, and is one to watch in the future. The Gran Criterium Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.14kr clocked Vanesia EK (2f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) for reinsman Gubellini.  Vanatta (2f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man) took second for Roberto Vecchione, this one from the first crop of Pacia’Lest, and third went to Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).   Thomas H. Hicks    

November 26, 2016 - Harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) at 1.6/1 took Saturday’s Gr. II International Konung Carl XVI at Solvalla, timed in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart with a front-end performance. The Hans R. Stromberg trainee was driven by Johnny Takter for Stall Morkermasse. The winner earned 250,000SEK with the victory. 5/1 Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimees Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third went to 13/1 Thai Broadway (7m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Explosive de Vie finished sixth and Coldtown was scratched. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq939ODZP0s The day’s feature was the Solvalla Grand Prix (Gr. II International, 2140 meters autostart. 400,000SEK to winner). 11/1 Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was victorious timed in 1.13.2kr for Tommi Kylliainen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen, rallying wide off the final bend to score easily. Fractions were modest (1.12.7kr after 500 meters, 1.12.9kr at the 1000 completed mark, 1.13kr at 1500 post). 13/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yankee-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, ahead of 29/1 Globalsatisfaction (4m Kadabra-Glide Path-Yankee Glide). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this Timo Nurmos trainee. Wild Honey finished fourth. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yy6la7x-kg Other fast class events at Solvalla were as follows: Grabber Silver Final (220,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) to 4/1 Carabinieri (5m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.6kr; Finn-Tack Klass II (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 9/1 Island Life (5g Pine Chip-Gossip-The Onion) in 1.14.7kr for driver Erik Adielsson. Peter G. Norman trains this one for Stall H&T Kompaniet; Top Seven Klass I Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 3/1 Aron Palema (4g Symphonic Hanover-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema) for trainer Par Hedberg and reinsman Johnny Takter, timed in 1.14.2kr; Lyle & Scott Mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters voltstart) that 69/1 Okrkide CD (5f Mythical Lindy-Floating Market-Kosar) won in 1.14.7kr with Torbjorn Jansson driving. The owner/trainer is Cathrin Bergstrom. Pandora Face (4f Muscle Hill-Concher-Pine Chip) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

After a very competitive year the top nine harness racing drivers with the most points in the western region of the seven- month CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series convened at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, November 12 for the $10,000 regional final and when the judges declared the trotting contest official "Tiny Tim" Miller and Vaya Con Dios romped to an easy three-length triumph in a 1:57.2 clocking. It marked the second time this season that Miller has driven the 6-year old Conway Hall gelding to victory in Billings action. After starting from the two-hole Miller worked out a picture perfect journey en route to victory. When the wings of the gate folded Miler settled his charge down along the pylons and was in third position at the first stanza in :28.1 as Ned "the Insurance Agent" Hodkinson had Mutinyonthebounty on the lead. Despite Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg's TK's Jelly Belly pressuring Hodkinson's trotter on the outside still Mutinyonthebounty got first call as the field sped by the halfway point in :58. After putting away TK's Jelly Belly Mutinyonthebounty appeared to be in complete control as he trotted by the third quarter in 1:27.2.. However, when the field headed for home company began to arrive with the presence of Upfront Chip Daddy (Michelle "the Belle"Ruvola) and Vaya Con Dios. Both the aforementioned trotted by Mutinyonthebounty in the deep stretch but it was "Tiny Tim's" Vaya Con Dios-- who had a two-hole journey all the way-- who rallied to victory. Upfront Chip Daddy finished second while Mutinyonthebouny faded and finished third. Vaya Con Dios, owned by JMF Racing and trained by JD Wengerd, was sent off the betting favorite in the race and returned a $4.00 win payoff. For Tim Miller it was fifth driving victory this season in just 17 trips to post, and the 40th of his amateur racing career which began in 2001. Tomorrow evening (Nov. 13) at Pocono Downs the Billings final in the east region will be contested. Then the following Sunday the Delvin Miller Gold and Silver Cup Champions will be presented at Harrah's Chester Downs. by John Manzi for the Billings Amateur Driving Series

October 30, 2016 - Today’s Grand Premio Anact Finale for colt and fillies (each with a purse of €100,100. Distance 100 meters autostart) produced reported record timed winners for these harness racing contests. The colt division went to 1.13kr timed Vivid Wise As (2m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall-Down Goes Debbie-Andover Hall) with Marco Smorgon driving. The five length winner scored his fifth win in six seasonal starts. Driver Smorgon took the winner from the back and circled up to gain the pocket with 500 meters to go. The pair then exploded to the lead and drew clear. Varden Baba (2m From Above-Nenya Baba-Varenne) was second and third was the Pippo Gubellini teamed Vitruvio (2m Andrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu). The filly division was timed in 1.13.kr for the post four winning Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill-Foxy’N Rowdy-Rowdy Yankee) with Antonio Di Nardo teaming. Vanesia EK (2f Explot Café-Nike EF-Varenne) was a fast closing second for Pietro Gubellini and third was Vanatta (2f Pascia’Lest-Classic You-Malabar Man-Nina toy Eden-Arnie Almahurst) handles by Roberto Vecchione Thomas H. Hicks  

Vernon, NY -- Margaret and Amy Butler's J A T O ($3.80) seized control of the terms early and never looked back on his way to a third consecutive victory in Friday (September 23) evening's featured $10,500 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems put the 4-year-old Conway Hall gelding in play from the outset, pushing clear of My Lucky Word (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Gimme the Cash (Claude Huckabone, III) through a :28.3 first quarter before easing the tempo on the backstretch.   With five-sixteenths of the mile to go, 22-1 longshot Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) mounted a first-over challenge, working to within a length of J A T O at the completion of a :58.4 middle half but leveling off at head-stretch. J A T O maintained control comfortably while hand-driven through the straight, keeping Oh No Three O a length at bay for a 1:55.2 score.   Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) showed mild staying power off second-over cover to save third on debut from Tioga.   Howard Okusko trains J A T O, who remains undefeated at Vernon Downs by way of his 31st career triumph.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 24) evening, with the first of 13 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs Racing

Vernon, N.Y. -- Harness racing favorites prevailed in all three New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 2) evening, with Barn Bella's ($3.50) 1:55.3 mile proving most impressive of any.   The daughter of Conway Hall and Bravissima sprinted clear at the outset of her $36,566 event, posting a :28.3 initial quarter before pulling back the pace and rebuffing a middle move from Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) through a :58.4 middle half. In similar fashion, Barn Bella would subsequently sprint off from an upper-stretch challenge from Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci), using a :28.1 closing sectional to put 3-1/4 lengths on runner-up Mamora Bay, while fading third-place finisher Maewegonow ultimately checked in twelve lengths in arrears. Jeff Gregory once again drove Barn Bella for trainer Steven Pratt, who shares ownership with Nancy Pratt and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables, LLC.   Flyhawk Charm ($4.60) controlled nearly all the terms in her $35,866 Sire Stakes event, which ended up a virtual match race when all of her rivals save Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) broke stride in the early stages. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe and Final Time set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:28.1 before she was headed by Nightflix Hanover in upper stretch. No less, despite decelerating late, Flyhawk Charm fought back and eked out a three-quarter length victory in 2:00.3. Chris Lems was aboard for co-owner/trainer Joseph Flynn and co-owner Edward Flynn.   Amber Ella ($4.10) was the other Sire Stakes winner on the evening, capturing her $36,566 division from off the pace. The daughter of Chapter Seven and Blushed latched onto the cover of Sunshine Delight (Chris Lems) through a 1:00.1 middle half, using a second-over trip before kicking to the fore in upper stretch. Amber Ella drew off by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1 in rein to John Campbell as the pace collapsed. Heels On Wheels (Matt Kakaley) saved second from the pocket, while the first-over Sunshine Delight was an engulfed third. Linda Toscano trains Amber Ella for the Enviro Stables, Ltd. and Camelot Stable, Inc.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 3) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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