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JUNE 24, 2019 - There were no surprises at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night as harness racing fan favourites Forbidden Trade and Southwind Avenger delivered impressive victories in the second Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt season. In the first $107,200 division driver Bob McClure eased favourite Forbidden Trade away from Post 1 and was content to watch from seventh as Cool Clifford and Dream Nation battled to a :27.1 opening quarter. The favourites were still sitting seventh when Dream Nation hit the half in :56.3 and, although in the outer lane, they remained in seventh as the pacesetter reached the three-quarters in 1:25. Once Forbidden Trade had a clear look at the wire however, the Kadabra colt shifted into another gear and reeled off a :26.3 final quarter, reaching the wire one and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:53.1. Pacesetter Dream Nation settled for second and Knight Angel completed the top three. "Well he's got a wicked turn of speed and he loves to chase them, so I was still pretty confident, he felt really good," McClure told Woodbine Mohawk Park's Jason Portuondo in the winner's circle. "I'd used him two, three times in the last couple weeks and, you know, it's a long year, I wanted to just try and save one move today, and his one move is pretty substantial. So I figured, the way they were getting out of there, he still had a shot at it." Elora resident McClure crafted the colt's second win of the season for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, Forbidden Trade came into Monday's test with a runner-up finish in the June 15 Goodtimes Final, a win in his Goodtimes elimination and a second in the Gold Series season opener under his belt. "I think you can see this year that he is better, you can do lots of things with him," said Blais. "I think he's more mature and more stronger and more sounder. He's a very nice horse you know; he's very handy and very smart, very, very smart." Blais said the colt is eligible to most of the major three-year-old trotting colt stakes, but noted that they are taking a pragmatic day-by-day approach to his schedule. "This year is a big year," Blais. "I know he's got a Gold at Rideau Carleton, (July) 21 I think, and after that we don't know if we are going to go to the Hambletonian or something like that; we go week by week." In the second division Southwind Avenger left well from Post 2 and driver Trevor Henry had the fan favourite on the front soon after the :28.2 opening quarter. Through the :57.4 half and 1:26.4 three-quarters Southwind Avenger never saw a challenger and when Henry asked for a little more in the stretch the E L Titan son opened up four lengths on the field, hitting the wire in a personal best 1:54.2. McClure steered Fingals Wave into second and Manatlas finished third. Arthur, ON resident Henry steers Southwind Avenger for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Monday's win was the gelding's second in Gold Series action this season and boosted his sophomore record to three wins and one second in five starts. "He's a pretty nice colt," said Henry from the winner's circle. "I think he'll be a great four-year-old, because he's immature really, like he's got a lot of filling out (to do), and he's a tall big horse. In time I think he'll be a really nice horse," Henry added. With two of five Gold Series events complete, Southwind Avenger currently leads the division point standings, with Forbidden Trade sitting second, the reverse order of how the pair finished in the season ending Super Final last fall. The talented duo will continue their rivalry in the next Gold event, which goes postward on July 21 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, June 27 with the second Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:10 pm and the pacing colts will battle in Races 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10. Complete results for Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0624wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Administration  

Successful Victorian horseman Michael Stanley has every reason to have an air of confidence as he prepares his harness racing stable stars for their next mission. Both Soho Burning Love (Auckland Reactor-Soho Bordeaux (Western Terror) and her stablemate Rackemup Tigerpie (Rock N Roll Heaven-Victoria Street (Albert Albert) have pulled up a treat after competing in their heats of the 4YO Vicbred Super Series at their Ballarat home track last Friday. "I'm really happy with them and can't wait for next Saturday nights semi-finals at Melton to come around," said Stanley, who has his stables at Burrumbeet. Bay mare Soho Burning Love, raced by well-known West Australian breeder-owner Robert Watson, did as she pleased to post an impressive win in the Mares' heats. "I guess she is just a typical Auckland Reactor progeny - she's all go and revels in racing. She just loves it and gives 100 percent every time," Stanley said. "She did hit the finish line with plenty in the tank, but to be honest she probably wasn't in the strongest of the four heats," he said. All the horses on the front row were far more lightly assessed than Soho Burning Love, an M3 class, and that was a factor in Stanley's assessment of the race. "I decided to circle early because I thought the lead would be up for grabs, and she felt great when I asked her to pick up the tempo over the last half (run in 56.3)," he said. "She is pretty well at her top for this series." After running a brilliant fourth in the Ladyship Mile G1 at Menangle on March 2, Stanley decided to ease up a little on the mare's workload. "We'd competed in four or five feature finals, so it was the perfect time to back-off a bit and get in a position to target further big races," he said. Two of her four runs this campaign have been wins. Apart from the recent Ballarat win, the other was in the Melton G3 Alabar Silver Chalice on June 8. Stanley is hoping to go one better than Soho Burning Love's effort in last year's Vicbred Super Series Three-Year-Old Final. "We finished second, but ran into a smart Emma Stewart pacer in Speak No Evil," he said. Rackemup Tigerpie, raced by Stanley's father Ian, went down narrowly at Ballarat to Three Summas (Kerryn Manning) in his Entires and Geldings Heat. "It was a pretty handy effort, so he's also in good form and prior to that he impressed me at Melton with a free-for-all win in solid time." The Stanley stable has been enjoying a great season with 51 wins and 52 placings from about 125 starters. At least a dozen of the wins have been metropolitan victories. "We do have the luxury of our number one client Rob Watson being big in the breeding side of the industry so we can keep turning them over. We are extremely lucky that we can do that," he said. "Most times we have a team of 20 horses, although this might drop down over the cold months. Then the numbers jump back up in spring with young ones coming through." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Many of harness racing’s brightest stars will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday for four Grand Circuit stakes races and strong supporting events on the $2,204,000 Sun Stakes Saturday 14-race card. Here is a look at the four races, put together with an open post position draw, along with the $75,000 consolations attached to three of them, plus the $75,000 Great Northeast Open Series trotting event. $500,000 Earl Beal 3-year-old Open Trot (race 12; no consolation) Only eight horses who qualified last week dropped in; Reign Of Honor, who dead-heated for fourth to earn a spot, did not drop in for the final. Reign Of Honor will note, probably with some relief, and the rest of the field will note with some alarm that the trotters from the Marcus Melander Stable who won the Beal eliminations, Green Manalishi S and Greenshoe, drew posts one and two, respectively. Greenshoe is the best of the embarrassment of divisional riches for Melander (which includes Gimpanzee, racing at Yonkers Tuesday) right now, undefeated in three seasonal starts, including a 1:50.2 win at The Meadowlands. The son of Father Patrick, owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, trotted his own last half in :54.4 in a 1:52.3 Beal elimination victory. Greenshoe may not have to flirt with his sire’s 1:50.2 world record in the division, but he seems to be still improving as he will go on Saturday from post two for driver Brian Sears. His stablemate Green Manalishi S actually won the faster Beal elimination, 1:52.1, but he came on late after a fast pace. Still, it was the seasonal debut for the Muscle Hill colt, owned by Courant Inc. He figures to be even better Saturday, and could maintain his record of never being worse than second lifetime (six wins, five seconds) as he goes from the rail for driver Tim Tetrick. $500,000 Ben Franklin FFA Pace (race 11; consolation in race five) Western Fame, the early-season sensation of the Levy Series at Yonkers, returned after a seven-week respite and immediately showed he hadn’t lost a thing, winning his Franklin elimination in 1:48.1 to tie sophomore Hempt elimination winner Proof as the fastest pacer on a five-eighth-mile track this year. The son of Western Ideal, trained by Pocono’s leading conditioner Rene Allard for Go Fast Stable, Steven Klunowski, B & I Stables, and Gil Short, has drawn post four for the Franklin, with Rene’s brother Simon driving. The other Franklin elimination saw McWicked, defending Horse of the Year and Franklin champion, as the favorite, and he did make the lead on the far turn, but then uncharacteristically tired a bit and finished third. The winner of $3,922,656 had raced only twice in the previous 42 days, and he may be more his usual resilient self this time out, with Brian Sears in the sulky for trainer Casie Coleman from post one. The winner of the McWicked elimination was the fast 4-year-old Lather Up, who set the pace then looked defeated on the turn, but came back to gain the victory. Post seven will be no help to the son of I’m Gorgeous, trainer Clyde Francis, or driver Montrell Teague. Consolation: Highalator, usually so tough at Pocono, had a very rough trip in his elimination and could not make the final; he seeks to right his ship from post five. Filibuster Hanover, who was photoed out of the final, has the advantage of the rail in the field of seven. $500,000 Max C. Hempt 3-year-old Male Pace (race 10; consolation in race eight) Proof showed a return to top form while winning his Hempt elimination in 1:48.1, tying with Western Fame as the fastest pacer on a five-eighth-mile track this season. The son of A Rocknroll Dance, trained by Brian Brown for Diamond Creek Racing, was right at the top of his class through much of 2018, and the sharp victory last week makes him the central figure in this race as he begins from post two for driver David Miller. The other two Hempt elimination winners were not very fortunate at the post draw. Shake That House drew post seven for trainer Chris Oakes and driver Brian Sears, while Captain Victorious will have to start just outside Shake That House for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Consolation: In terms of energy output last week, Escapetothebeach, who was parked through vicious fractions of :26, :53.2, and 1:21.1 and still missed by just over five lengths, has the rail and driver George Napolitano Jr. and there may be a fearsome price to be paid to get past this one. $300,000 James Lynch 3-year-old Filly Pace (race nine; consolation in race three) The Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut became the fastest 2-year-old of all-time with a 1:48.3 victory at Lexington, and last week she re-established herself as the leader of the sophomore filly class with a dominating :26 last quarter capping her 1:50.2 Lynch elimination win. The Ron Burke trainee, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, will certainly not get to set an unpressured pace here, but from post one Yannick Gingras has a good chance of working out a reasonable trip. The other elimination winners, both members of the Tony Alagna barn, went faster than Warrawee Ubeaut. Odds On St Lucie (1:49.4, post six, driver Dexter Dunn) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50, post nine, driver Andrew McCarthy) must be respected, as must another Alagna trainee, Treacherous Reign (post five, also with Dunn listed), who upset Warrawee Ubeaut in Toronto two weeks ago. Consolation: Trillions Hanover, photoed out of a Lynch final spot last week, will be a big factor from post four, as will Annie Hill, who closed in :26 last week but could not make the final, starting from just inside Trillions Hanover. $75,000 Great Northeast Open Series Trot (race six) Hannelore Hanover, 2017 Horse of the Year, has had one great start in 2019 (a 1:50.3 win at Woodbine Mohawk Park) and two sub-par ones; she looks to regain equilibrium in this contest starting from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. She will find a tough opponent in Rich And Miserable (post five, trainer Todd Buter, driver Tyler Buter), who has won six races in a row, four of them at Pocono, and the most recent two here in 1:51.3, fastest miles of the year on the trot here. First post for the tremendous Sun Stakes Saturday card (which will include an appearance by all-time great quarterback Dan Marino before the races) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Click here for the complete entries for the card. PHHA / Pocono  

YONKERS, N.Y. – Champion trotter Gimpanzee will bring his undefeated record to Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening (June 25) in a division of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The Dan Patch Award winning 2-year-old of 2018 will take to the track in a non-wagering split of the NYSS at approximately 6:10 p.m. Gimpanzee went 9-for-9 as a freshman, capturing victories in NYSS at Monticello, Tioga, Saratoga, Vernon, and two legs at Yonkers before scoring a 1:56.3 win in the $225,000 NYSS Final at the Hilltop September 22. The Chapter Seven son then posted consecutive 1:54.4 victories in the Breeders’ Crown Elimination and $600,000 Final at Pocono Downs October 19 and 27, respectively, to take divisional honors and give trainer Marcus Melander his first Breeders’ Crown win. “We turned him out after the Breeders’ Crown for a month, roughly. We brought him in early December and started training him,” Melander said. “He filled out very, very good. He didn’t grow so much, he’s not the biggest horse, but he filled out really nice. He definitely showed some speed now this year as well. He’s been having a lot of qualifiers and just one start so far, but I think he’s developed good.” Despite his impressive record on the racetrack and his Champion title, Gimpanzee keeps a low profile at Melander’s farm. However, one of Gimpanzee’s greatest assets is understanding when it’s time to race. “He’s very lazy. He’s like a 10-year-old gelding, he’s been like that his whole life,” Melander said. “He has no hurry at all. He’s a very nice horse to be around, but when he trains, you don’t think that he’s undefeated in 10 starts and made almost $700,000. You don’t feel that when you train him at home, but then he’s a totally different horse when he goes to the track. “When we train him down, he always feels good, he’s just lazy. But as soon as you bring him to the Meadowlands to train or qualify, he really knows what’s going on,” Melander continued. “I think that’s a good personality to have. He doesn’t get too excited at home, he does his work and he knows when it’s time to race.” Gimpanzee returned to the track April 27 in a Meadowlands trial, finishing fifth while individually timed in 1:58.3. He returned May 4 to win a qualifier in 1:55 and Melander pointed Gimpanzee to his first target, the Empire Breeders’ Classic eliminations at Vernon Downs. However, after only nine trotters declared for the $215,200 stakes, the race went straight to the final and Melander was forced to qualify Gimpanzee again May 18. “I just want to race him, but when he went to the Empire Breeders’ Classic, there was no eliminations needed for that race,” Melander said. “I didn’t plan that; I planned that he was going to race in there, so I maybe should have raced him at Vernon the week before in the Sire Stakes. Then the Sire Stakes went to Monticello and Buffalo and I didn’t want to bring him there.”  After tuning up in another qualifier in 1:53.0 with a :27.1 final quarter, Gimpanzee traveled to Vernon for the Empire Breeders’ Classic. He relaxed in third 3 ¾ lengths behind Mt Viktor early before driver Brian Sears mounted a first-over challenge nearing the half. Gimpanzee inched closer to Mr Viktor around the final turn and took the lead straightening away. With Sears motionless in the bike, Gimpanzee extended his advantage to 3 ¼ lengths to win in 1:54.0 at odds of 1-20. “It was good. He had qualified good going into that race, but you don’t know; it’s horse racing,” Melander said. “He was very good that day. He raced off the pace and he won easily. Brian was happy with him and it was a good first start. “For him, (the trip) doesn’t matter, honestly,” Melander continued. “He loves his work, it doesn’t matter where he comes from. Of course, on those bigger tracks, it doesn’t matter where you come from, but those half-miles, it’s easier if you go to the lead.” Gimpanzee’s Empire Breeders’ Classic win extended the colt’s undefeated streak to 10 and boosted his earnings to $695,730 for Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. With Courant owning Melander’s other two top Hambletonian hopefuls, Greenshoe and Green Manalishi, who each won eliminations of the Beal at Pocono Downs June 22, Melander doesn’t feel extra pressure to keep Gimpanzee’s record perfect. “My other horses are really good. Greenshoe is super-fast, he’s maybe a better horse, or at least faster than (Gimpanzee),” Melander said. “We try to keep them apart as much as we can here in the beginning. They’ll race each other in a lot of races later in the fall, but if we can keep them separated in the beginning, that’s great. “If I raced (Gimpanzee) in New York all year, he’d probably stay undefeated, but I’m not going to do that because he is more than just a New York Sire Stakes horse,” Melander continued. “But we wanted to start him out there in the New York circuit and we’re going to race him against those other colts late summer. Maybe start with one race before the ‘Hambo’ and then we have all of those other races all fall.” The deciding factor in Melander’s choice to bring Gimpanzee to Yonkers Tuesday was NYSS points. The colt hasn’t started in any NYSS events yet this year after bypassing legs at Vernon, Monticello, and Buffalo and needs victories in the series to get into the rich Sire Stakes final this fall.  “It’s really important for Gimpanzee to get some points for the New York final in September,” Melander said. “They go for a lot of money and we haven’t raced in any Sire Stakes so far, so we need some points. Yonkers is a track he goes around very good, so that’s why we’re racing him there.” Gimpanzee tuned up with a 1:53.4 qualifier at the Meadowlands June 15. He will start from post six with Brian Sears in the bike and will face five rivals in his $54,833 spit of the NYSS Tuesday evening: Chip Chip Conway, Cavill Hanover, Kredit Karma, Big Money Honey, and Lucky Weekend. Melander is confident. “I don’t see why I shouldn’t be,” he said. “It’s horses that he beat before and should beat again. Of course, he got the six hole all the way out, but for him, it’s a field he should beat. I’m confident. He’s been training good since the qualifier. If everything is right and he doesn’t make a break or anything, he should have a good start in there.” Tuesday’s 12-race wagering card includes two other divisions of the NYSS. First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Minnesota Harness Racing's 2018 Champion freshman trotting gelding MD Magic is back in top form at Running Aces, and he picked up his second win of the year in six starts by capturing the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Trot on Sunday night (June 23).  MD Magic (Nick Roland) started from post ten in the second tier in a bulky field of ten sophomores, and got away fifth in the early stages, while Al-Mar Humdinger (Don Harmon) and Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) traded turns on the lead. The early fractions were honest (:29.2 and :58.4) and MD Magic was first to launch an outside bid - moving first up as they rounded for the backstretch.  MD Magic ($9.00) was pressuring Major Al-Mar at the top as they rounded the far turn and registered three-quarters in 1:29.2 and was clearly getting the best of his rival as they trotted through the lane, surging past to get 1 length clear at the wire in 2:00.1 for his eleventh career tally. Major Al-Mar was a clear second, with Al-Mar Humdinger checking in third.  MD Magic is a son of Braggart, out of the Striking Sahbra mare Magical Debut, and he has now earned $90,800 in seventeen career races for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. He was the top two year old male trotter last year and set a record in the Minnesota-Sired program with single-season earnings of $70,300.  The Sunday card was loaded with feature events, including the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, which went to 3 year old colt trotting sensation Bordogna (Trixton-Lima Playmate-Credit Winner) who now sports three wins in a row after a sharp looking rally from the back of the pack to sweep the field in 1:55.4. Bordogna ($4.20, Steve Wiseman) is owned by Rick and Mr. Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.  The $17,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings featured a very talented field of ten, and the return of 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace winner Nine Ways, who was highly regarded at the windows at 3-5 from post 8 and did not disappoint his backers. Nine Ways ($3.40, Dean Magee) blasted right to the lead and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:51.4 mile, for two wins in a row. Tim Maier trains the 5 year old gelding by Delmarvelous for owner Antonia Storer. Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) was a fast-closing second and King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was third.  The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 4 year olds & up Trot went to Bragginade ($19.00, Nick Roland) who is back in top form and trotted to a career best 1:57.4 victory for his first win of the year in five starts. The Braggart gelding was the freshman state champ two years ago and has now earned $90,009 for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC and trainer Nick Roland. Jenni King trainees French Eclipse and Whatevershesgot were second and third, respectively.  Drivers Dean Magee and Nick Roland shared top honors on the night, with three wins each.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces with a twelve race program on Tuesday, June 25 - kicking off at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Euroa-based harness racing trainer-driver Cameron Maggs produced a nice winner on debut at Shepparton last Friday - and punters didn't let it get under their guard. Four-year-old mare Maddielea (Auckland Reactor-Allison June (Major In Art) was heavily supported into favoritism on fixed odds and the issue was never in doubt. Maggs sent Maddielea to the head of affairs in the $7000 Alabar Pace for C0 only pacers and looked to have things well under control from that point. The first split was 28.2, followed by a 31.4, and then the mare was allowed to stretch out in 28.3 and 29.6 to win by 15 metres in a sharp 1.57-5. Despite not being sighted at the trials for some time, the course commentator Brendan Delaney advised shortly before the start that the fixed odds that had been put up regarding Maddielea had been knocked down from $19 to $4. Betting then tightened to $3.50 and $3.20, with the eventual starting price $3.50. "The winner landed some big bets, and someone has their pockets full for the weekend, you would think!" Delaney quipped after the race. To watch the video replay of this race click here. Maddielea certainly looks a horse destined for a bright future and is expected to make it two wins in under a week as she has come up the top selection at Shepparton this Wednesday afternoon in the CO-C1 mares' event. The daughter of Auckland Reactor, who continues to stamp his mark as a quality sire, goes about her business in trade-like fashion. With a nice gait, she has some of her dad's renowned grit as well. Maddielea, raced by P.L and S.L Maggs, was bred by her trainer Cameron Maggs. She is out of an unraced mare in Allison June (Major In Art-Miss Nightowl (Our Sir Vancelot). The recent winner also has a three-year-old full brother, yet to be named. Miss Nightowl was only lightly raced with four wins and seven placings from 26 starts for earnings of $14,480. The mare was successful for Maggs at Wagga and Echuca, while Nathan Jack was the winning driver at Bendigo and Mildura. It was also a very good outcome for connections who also took home a lucrative first win VicBred bonus. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

STICKNEY, IL - As summer finally came to the Chicagoland area, the harness racing action was heating up on the racetrack as leg two action for the Night of Champions races took place this past weekend at Hawthorne. Three-year-old pacers were the focus on Saturday night while three-year-old trotters took center stage on Sunday night. A pair of divisions took place on Saturday as Illinois-bred fillies were the focus in the Plum Peachy while the boys battled in a pair of divisions of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial. Race two was the first division of the Plum Peachy as a field of seven was led by Fox Valley Lolo. Getting away quickly was Valar Morghulis as she made the lead while chased by Fox Valley Torrid through the opening quarter in :28.4. Things remained the same through a half in :58.4 as Valar Morghulis led the field into the turn. First to move was Fox Valley Halsey as she ranged up to contend while Valar Morghulis passed three quarters in 1:27.0. Into the lane, Fox Valley Torrid and Casey Leonard tipped out to challenge, taking over mid-stretch and opening up for the victory in 1:53.1. Valar Morghulis held second while Fox Valley Lolo rallied late to finish third. Fox Valley Torrid is owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Rodney Freese. Race three Saturday was the first division of leg two of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial as Meyer on Fire was sent away as the favorite. Leaving from the outside for the lead was Casey Leonard and Fox Valley Triton as he cleared The Bucket to pass the quarter in :28.3. Slowing things down on the backside, Fox Valley Triton led the field through the half in :59.1 as Meyer on Fire started to move from the back of the field. On the turn, Meyer on Fire moved alongside Fox Valley Triton as the duo covered three quarters in 1:26.3. In the lane, Fox Valley Triton repelled Meyer on Fire's bid, winning in 1:53.3. Meyer on Fire held second while The Bucket finished third. Fox Valley Triton is owned by Dandy Farms Racing, FT Racing Stable, and Peter Kouchis. The fifth on Saturday was the second division of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial as Maximus was favored with Kyle Wilfong driving. Making the lead was Maximus as he cruised through the quarter in :28.4 and the half in :58.4 as Coming Up chased. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Maximus maintained his lead, holding on to win in 1:55.0. Coming Up chased the entire way around to hold second while Smash N Sagebrush was third. Maximus is owned and trained by Ken Rucker. Race seven on Saturday was the second division of leg two of the Plum Peachy as Perch as favored with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Making the lead was Lilly Von Shtupp as Perch stalked through the quarter in :28.2. Unchanged were the positions after the half in :58.0. On the turn, Wilfong tipped Perch out as she rolled to the front through three quarters in 1:26.4. Roused in the lane, Perch opened up, winning while clear in 1:53.3. Lilly Von Shtupp held second while Brienne the beauty finished third. Perch is owned by Del Insko Training Stable, Jay and Susan Garrels and trained by Jay Garrels. While Saturday was a nice evening for racing, things turned for the worse on Sunday as the three-year-old trotters faced a sloppy racetrack. Two divisions of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot were contested for the boys while a field of nine lined up in the second leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial for the females. Race two on Sunday was the first division of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial as the field of seven was led by Louscardamon with Kyle Husted driving. Leaving for the lead was Swaneelou as he cruised through a quarter in :30.3. Moving to take over on the backside was the favorite as Louscardamon passed the half in :59.3. Maintaining his lead in the turn, Louscardamon covered three quarters in 1:29.4 and was asked by Husted to go in the lane. He responded well, opening up his lead to win clearly in 1:58.1. Swaneelou held second while longshot Super Betcha rallied to finish third. Louscardamon is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Steve Searle. Race five was the second division of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial with a competitive field of seven. Lourhianon went favored with Luke Plano in the bike. Breaking stride at the start was Trixie's Turbo which allowed Frontier Manard to set an easy pace through a quarter in :31.2 and half in 1:01.1 as Lourhianon chased. Into the turn, Lourhianon took over while Lousraptor followed closely behind through three quarters in 1:30.2. In the lane, Casey Leonard guided Lousraptor out as he rolled by the favorite and opened up, winning in 1:57.3. Lourhianon finished second while For Trots Sakes closed for third. Lousraptor is owned by Flacco Family Farms and trained by Roshun Trigg. Race eight was the second leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial with a field of nine led by Louzotic with Kyle Husted driving. Leaving for the lead was Heidi High from the inside as Louzotic moved early to challenge. Heidi High passed the quarter in :28.4 with the lead as the favorite chased. After a half in :59.2, Heidi High maintained her lead into the turn. Lou's Paramour started to move on the outside but Heidi High still held her lead through 1:29 for three quarters. In the lane, Heidi High was roused by Juan Franco as Louzotic tried hard but she couldn't go by. Heidi High held on to win in 1:56.1 over Louzotic. Skippymalou finished third. Heidi High is owned and trained by Charles Arthur. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. Jim Miller

“And that’s another victory for the Emma Stewart stable..”. For some that line become something of a broken record during Alabar Vicbred Super Series pacing week and that was quite literally the case among Friday night’s four-year-old mares’ heats. Pistol Abbey lowered the age/class record at Ballarat’s Bray Raceway with her victory in the second heat, leading all-the-way and showing the sit-sprinter’s increasing versatility. “Her form of late’s been really really good,” reinsman David Moran told TrotsVision. “She sort of gives you the feeling and impression that she has toughened up a fair bit now, so I think she can do a bit of work in the run.” That was a big part of the lesson learned Friday night, when Pistol Abbey did a bit of work early to lead and then had highly-rated Major Occasion on her outside and stablemate Nostra Villa on her back. “With (Major Occasion) outside us, she’s just had a long trip to New Zealand and back, so if we were ever going to hold the top tonight was probably the perfect opportunity,” Moran said. “The last couple of starts she has given the impression, even though she has come from behind, that she has strengthened up a fair bit. “These sort of horses like her, they are lightly framed and a little bit smaller than a genuine top class mare so it just comes with time. She’s got that now and I think she’s become pretty versatile.” Pistol Abbey broke many a heart in the heat with a 27.3-second third quarter and then closed out in 27.6 seconds to win by 9.5m from Major Occasion, with Im Princess Gemma making great ground late to run into second. It made it two from two for Stewart in the mares’ heats after Frankincense won the opener, having led from gate four and produced a largely painless 8.1-metre win for reinsman Rodney Petroff. “She got it really easy, lead time was good, the first two quarters were good and when you run those last two sections it makes it hard for the ones trying to chase her down,” Petroff said. “She went through the mares series not long ago and each run she seemed to get better and the further the distance the better she got. If she draws well in the semis and happens to make the final she won’t be too far away.” Another improving all the time is Mick Stanley’s Soho Burning Love, the Auckland Reactor mare who was a terrific junior, finishing second in her three-year-old Vicbred Super Series final, and who has of late mixed it with the best of the mares. Stanley steered her from last to first early in Friday’s heat and got home in 28.4 and 27.9 for a comfortable 11-metre lead from Western Debt. He told TrotsVision whatever she does this season she should only improve on.  “She’s not a big mare, she probably hasn’t filled out in her body to her frame, she’s still a lean mare but that’s probably because she is highly strung. She is hard work around the stables and always gets herself fizzed up,” Stanley said. “I’m sure at some stage after the sires, when she gets a chance to let down over the spring, that she will really make a nice mare.”   Michael Howard HRV Trots Media

A tragic coincidence involving a promising north west Victorian pacer has dealt a devastating blow to one of the Mallee Reactor's most enthusiastic harness racing owner groups. In the space of eight days, the eight-member group of mates from the Ouyen region, suffered the untimely death of not only their star three-year-old Mallee Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket), but also his promising two-year-old half-sister Wonforthegirls (Village Jasper-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket). Mallee Reactor was broken in and prepared by astute Ouyen trainer Murray Jardine for eight wins and two placings from 10 starts before being transferred (on Jardine's recommendation) to Adam Kelly, at Toolern Vale. "They were two lovely horses and the owners' group, who are friends of mine, are just absolutely shattered," Jardine said. Wonforthegirls was a full sister to the syndicate's successful pacer Carload (11 wins, $94,000) (Village Jasper-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket) and had showed enormous promise in her early preparations with Jardine. "She was a late foal and she was a fiery little thing who took a little while to start putting it together, but at the same stage, she was better than either Mallee Reactor or Carload," Jardine said. "She was definitely going to win a lot of races, but we thought in mid-May she had done enough, and she still needed a bit of maturing, so I recommended to the owners that they turn her out for the winter. "I let her down for about a week, before they came and picked her up for her spell." Wonforthegirls was spelling on a property owned by one of the connections near Speed, but tragedy unfolded when they found the filly dead in the paddock on the Monday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend. The group was further devastated by the loss of Mallee Reactor eight days later. Mallee Reactor became the pin-up horse of the Northern region after bursting onto the scene as a two-year-old and winning his first five races in brilliant fashion. At his final start in the north west, Mallee Reactor was driven by Jardine's son Simon and ran second in the Guineas during the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival, behind Victorian rising star three-year-old Im Sir Blake. Simon had a good affinity with the horse, driving him to seven of his eight wins. To watch video of Mallee Reactor winning click on this link.  "Mallee Reactor was best-suited to do his future racing somewhere closer to Melton and nearer to a lot of the bigger tracks, because he was a terrible traveller - he'd get hot and sweaty just travelling 100 kilometres from Ouyen to Mildura, which was doing him no good," Jardine said. After his move south, the pacer finished third at his first start for Kelly at Ballarat in mid-May, then was given a short freshen-up. Mallee Reactor had trialled at Melton and Kelly was pleased with the run which was a leadup to his return to racing at Kilmore last Wednesday. On the Saturday prior, Kelly noticed the horse had a high temperature and called a vet, but Mallee Reactor could not be saved. "It's absolutely tragic for the boys because all of them just loved their horses and they were having the time of their lives in the sport," Jardine said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

JUNE 23, 2019 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting colts laid down some impressive miles in Grassroots action on Clinton Raceway's Legends Day program Sunday, capped off by a harness racing track record for Zorgwijk Tim. "He raced good, he got lucky though," said trainer Lyle MacArthur of Zorgwijk Tim's 1:58.1 record-setting effort. "He still went in 1:58.1, he went a real good mile, but it looked like he was just going to, probably, get a three and he ended up getting all the marbles so like I said, I like the thought of being lucky rather than good sometimes." After sitting fourth for much of the mile, watching Archway ring up fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.3, driver Robert Shepherd had just swung out from behind fan favourite Royale Elite and driver Jonathan Drury when Archway made a break and interfered with pocket-sitter Windsong Pioneer and Royale Elite. Zorgwijk Tim sailed past the leaders and was six and one-quarter lengths ahead of runner-ups Royale Elite and Windsong Pioneer at the wire. "I thought I was maybe going to be third, and it just worked out they hooked up and the next thing I was by them," said Flamborough, ON resident Shepherd. "He's a nice horse to drive and situations like that, it worked out for him because he's so nice to drive and he trots good. He's handy that way. He's a nice little horse, not a real big horse, but he's really good to deal with." The mile was a personal best for Zorgwijk Tim and lowered the former track record for three-year-old trotting colts over the Clinton Raceway half-mile by one and two-fifths of a second. "Going up the backstretch I thought, 'I've got to get out on Jonathan's (Drury) back,' and I went to move him out and I kind of asked him to catch right up to Jonathan and he was struggling a little to get to his back, so I knew they were moving along pretty good," said Shepherd. "Good mile for a trotter over Clinton, especially three-year-olds." It was also something of a redemptive effort for the Angus Hall colt, who made his own break in the June 5 Grassroots season opener at Grand River Raceway and was placed from fifth back to seventh. Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant, Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre and Anna Ruijs of Ancaster, ON share ownership of Zorwijk Tim, who boosted his sophomore earnings to $34,473 with his first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Before Zorgwijk Tim lowered the track record in the fourth division, Gold Edition matched the former mark with a 1:59.3 effort in the second $22,100 split. Starting from Post 6, driver Alfie Carroll hustled Gold Edition off the starting gate and the pair led the field through fractions of :30, 1:01.3 and 1:31 before sailing home to a one length victory over Encarnacion. Mr Choo was well back in third. "He's a nice horse. I even had him staked a little bit in the open stakes in the fall, but I don't know if he's that kind of horse," said trainer Blair Burgess. "I always thought he was a borderline Gold horse, and now we're racing Grassroots because he likes the half, he really loves the half, as you can see today. He loved Grand River and loved it here. He's handy on the turns; I think he trots the turns even better than the straightaways." The win was Gold Edition's second straight in Grassroots action this season and boosted the E L Titan son's sophomore bank roll to $38,048 for owners Stirling Fisher of Waterloo and Karin Olsson Burgess of Campbellville, ON. Red Hot Torch opened the Legends Day program with a 2:02 score in the first Grassroots division, getting a head in front of pacesetter King For Life. Mackjustice finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. Jonathan Drury piloted Angus Hall son Red Hot Torch to his first lifetime win for trainer Shawn Steacy and owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. Debt Collector went gate-to-wire in the third Grassroots division, hanging on for a half-length 2:01.3 victory over Titan M Up and Justice For Narnia. Travis Henry engineered the Holiday Road gelding's third straight win for trainer Keith Jones and owner Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Raising Royalty earned his second Grassroots win, and fifth in six sophomore starts, with a 2:01 effort in the last division. The Royalty For Life son and driver Sylvain Filion controlled the pace from start to finish and sailed under the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite LA Magic and The Great Farini. Stephen Bossence conditions Raising Royalty for Stephen Palermo of Etobicoke, ON. One race later the large crowd gathered along the rail for the Legends Day Trot and was treated to a thrilling finish by Hall of Fame drivers David Miller, Doug Brown, Trevor Ritchie, Steve Condren, Wally Hennessey, Dave Wall and Ron Waples. Miller and Dominum Deo would emerge the winners, getting a neck in front of Brown and Azucar with a 1:59.3 effort. Ritchie and Lets Leavem were just one-half length back in third. A large and enthusiastic crowd watches the Legends Day Trot at Clinton Raceway (AG Photography) Miller, making his second appearance at the biennial fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, engineered the victory for trainer Mary Paulic and owner Allan Kuepfer of Newton, ON. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their third Grassroots start Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 21, while Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 11 with Grassroots action for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Complete results for Sunday's program can be found at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0623clntnn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Reinsman Chris Alford created his own piece of harness racing history on the weekend, driving the winner of the Traralgon Pacing Cup for the sixth time.   Alford eclipsed the previous record for winning drives in the event of five held by Ted Demmler, when Sahara Tiger won the feature race at Warragul on Sunday afternoon.   Sahara Tiger overcame the inside second row draw of the mobile to win Sunday's race, with Alford getting the horse off the inside and into clear running, before sweeping past the field at the 600 metre mark and going on to record an easy win.   A three-year-old taking on older horses, Sahara Tiger became the first horse of his age to win the Traralgon Pacing Cup since Kotare Knight in 1979.   Sahara Tiger is trained by Gary and Debbie Quinlan at Drouin West, giving the stable their third win in the race, having won with Pinball and Sharazar when the event was staged at Traralgon.   Co-feature race on Sunday was the $10,000 Ken Miller Memorial Pace, won by Diamond Cullen for trainer Jodi Quinlan and driver Craig Demmler.   Family and friends of the late Ken Miller at the presentation of the Ken Miller Memorial race on Sunday                                                                                                                      --Matt Walker Photography   A good crowd attended Sunday's meeting in fine conditions. Warragul Harness Racing Club has another Sunday meeting scheduled for July 14.     Kyle Galley

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- For the second straight New York Sires Stakes card at Buffalo Raceway, it was an Excelsior A Series harness racing participant who stole the spotlight.   On Sunday (June 23), it was like a public workout for Amal Hall ($2.40) in the $15,000 Excelsior A division as she tied the Buffalo Raceway 3-year-old filly trotting record of 1:57, equaling the standard set in 2018 by Fury Road. She strolled to an easy 11 length victory over Southwind Tinker (Kevin Cummings).   Amal Hall also owns the 2-year-old filly trotting mark at Buffalo Raceway after putting up a 1:59 last season.   A surprised Jason Bartlett said of Amal Hall, "I didn't even realize it was a track record. I knew we were going fast and if I knew if we were close to the record, we would have went for it. She did it easy but the main thing is we got the win."   Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Gaitway Stable and the Dumain Haven Stable. Trained by Julie Miller, it was the first score for Amal Hall on the campaign and increased her winnings to $37,589 and $161,691 lifetime.   Winndevie has been chasing Quincy Blue Chip the past three races without much luck but she finally beat her top nemesis in the first $57,600 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters.     Winndevie (Bartlett) got revenge by squeaking out a nose victory over Quincy Blue Chip in 1:58.2 over the fast track, the first over her since capturing the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting crown at Yonkers Raceway back on September 22.   In the other leg, Sensibility ($7.40) cruised out to early command and never looked back in registering a length decision over Blue Ribbon Gal in 1:57.1, just a fifth off the track record for the sophomore filly trotters.   Winndevie was able to tuck into third place as the favored Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up respectable splits of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2. With a panel to trot, Winndevie swung to the outside and just got by for the nose victory in the shadow of the wire. Hanna Dreamgirl (Scott Zeron) took the show position.   "That wasn't the trip I really I wanted.," Bartlett said of Winndevie. "I wanted to be on the back of Quincy Blue Chip but it worked out anyways."   He went on to say, "We made a couple of equipment adjustments on her for this track. She got around that last turn really good and she loves to have a target. I thought we got the win but after seeing the photo, it was closer than I thought."   Owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was the second win in five starts in 2019 for Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie). The triumph upped her seasonal earnings to $81,923 and $309,801 in her career.   Sensibility was able to take early control off the starting gate and rolled to a comfortable 1-1/2 length victory over Blue Ribbon Gal (Morrill Jr.). The favored Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) took the show position.     "She's disappointed before on the front end but today was just a culmination of her good races recently," Zeron said of Sensibility. He added, "You have to capitalize on getting to the front end here at Buffalo Raceway. I didn't know what to expect but (trainer) George Ducharme said she was as good as she's ever been."   Co-owned by the George Ducharme Stable, W.J Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, it was the first win of the season in fifth attempts for Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation. The victory moved her 2019 bankroll to $104,594 and to $180,492 lifetime.   There were two other $15,000 events in the Excelsior A Series. The first race went to Minor Obsession (Scott Zeron) who guided her to a $6.80 decision in Ev's Girl (Bartlett). In the other division, Billy Davis Jr. sent Song Chapter to a $14.40 surprise in 1:59.   In the lone $6,700 Excelsior B Series bracket, Divine Wind (Bartlett) collared the pace-setting Barn Blaze (Davis Jr.) in mid stretch and took the $7.00 score in 2:00.3.   Bartlett and Drew Monti had each a productive Sunday afternoon by posting four victories while Zeron and David McNeight III had doubles. John Mungillo and Ducharme had training doubles.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. The 2-year-old filly trotters will take the spotlight in the New York Sire Stakes along with action in the Excelsior A and B series.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

TROIS RIVIERES QUE - The second annual Coupe Ben Hur, matching talented young harness racing drivers Doug McNair and "hometown hero" Louis Philippe Roy, produced an outstanding contest enjoyed by all concerned on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres, with McNair having a spectacular day but still edging out the tenacious Roy by only three points, 56-53. The Ben Hur tournament format (each driver must start once from each post once in the other races, and then can pick their own horses, plus the 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 pointsystem) helps to ensure close competition, but it's almost hard to believe that McNair could put up a 7-4-2-0-1 scoresheet and go into the last race with the morning line projection saying he should tie for the title. But Roy stayed near him through the competition with a 7-2-2-2-1 tally, and only four points behind "turning for home," but in the final race Roy finished third and McNair fourth, enabling the Ontarian to join Sylvain Filion as a Coupe Ben Hur winner, with Roy second, oh so close, for the second straight year. (Note neither driver finished worse than fourth in the eight-race competition.) McNair's quartet of wins at 3R was almost matched on the card by Roy's three, as LP won a race outside the competition, and neither driver put a hoof wrong the entire day, displaying their sulky craftsmanship and showing why they are two of the young stars of the game. The card also featured second round action in the Quebec-Plus series for province-bred pacers 4-years-old and older, aiming for spots in their $30,000 Championship races on July 14. Mares went in two $6500 sections to open the card, while the males had one $6500 divisions in this second prelim. YS Tallia, divisional Q-bred champion in 2017, recorded her second straight series victory as the heaviest of favorites, this week with Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky for trainer Michel Allard and owner Yves Sarrazin. Last week the Western Ideal mare YS Tallia went 1:54.3 for the fastest local mile of the year; Sunday, after an early move to the top, she lowered that clocking a tick to 1:54.2; still on her horizon, just a further tick away, is the divisional track record of 1:54.1--which is held by YS Tallia's full sister, My Tallia Ideal. In the second cut for the distaffs, the Big Jim mare Lune Bleu, second to YS Tallia in the first leg, took early control from the pole for driver Stephane Gendron, the track's winningest driver this year, then faced an outside challenge to the three-quarters from race favorite Miss Rockadali. That foe continued to press Lune Bleu through the lane, and then pocketsitter All You Can Dream entered the fray up the rail, but Lune Bleu persevered and won by a neck in 1:56.1, a lifetime best, for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner Guy Corbeil. The Q-bred series for older performers was before this year restricted to 2-5YOs; Atomic Million AM won his division in 2014 (3YO), 2015 (4YO), and 2016 (5YO), but his loss (fifth) as a 2YO prevented from being the only "sweeper." This year, with the change in age eligibility, the Million Dollar Cam gelding Atomic Million AM can become the first horse to win four Championships, and his second straight preliminary win came in 1:55.1 Sunday. This was a Coupe race, and Doug McNair blasted out in :26.4 with the winner, putting favored (by $10) McKinney and Roy in behind him. Controlling the pace from there, Atomic Million AM held off first a hard raw challenge by Majo Lou Beka, then a late charge from 2016 Quebec champion HP Patriote by a length for owner/trainer Alain Martin; McKinney (2014) stayed for third and completed a Trifecta of former champions. The big card also featured a $4500 preferred handicap event on each gait, both races counting in the Coupe. The trotting event was taken by the favored Angus Hall mare Talbotcreek Suzie, who went out right to the lead for McNair, then had her task made easier when early challenger Missionoftheheart broke at the start, leaving Rocky Boy and Roy in the pocket. Talbotcreek Suzie moderated the pace, then picked it up when the plucky Ice O Late pressured her the last half, winning in 2:00.1 by a half-length; Rocky Boy, who had a left rear bandage come unwrapped early in the race, was in tight between horses in early stretch and could do no better than third. Yves Tessier conditions the talented mare for owner Francois Morin. The preferred handicap pace was a capturing of the spirit of competition of the day. McNair got Rainbow Palace right to the lead; Roy got away midpack with cover with Hooter Shooter, then went three-wide before the ¼ up to uncovered position and fought with Hooter Shooter from the half onward. There was virtually no separation between the top two from off the third turn, with the rest of the field halfway back to Montreal; in the stretch battle between the two pairs, favored Hooter Shooter, despite the" impossible" trip, got the better of his rival by 1¼ lengths, the Badlands Hanover gelding winning for the third time, and second straight in this class, in 1:56.2 for trainer/owner Marc Andre Simoneau.   Club Jockey du Quebec

Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport-Quoda Jesselyn) was an 11/1 upset harness racing winner of today’s Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) at Paris-Vincennes.   The winner, handled by a jubilant PJ Pascual Lavanchy for trainer MX Mestre Suner, won his fifth in nine starts, now for 162,750€ in life earnings.   Ecurie Bruni owned this winner that defeated 4.3/1 Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   10/1 Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 odds Gassman d’Esse and 69/1 Gilmour were fourth and fifth. 3.1/1 General du Parc and 13/1 Greenpeace took the last two checks.     The first groupe test of the day was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with 17/1 IDS Boko (4g From Above-Celestial Boko) rallying for an upset victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Running Stable owns.   The victory increased IDS Boko’s life earnings to 133,308€. 1.6/1 favorite Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was a close second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 5/1 Zilath (4m Maharajah) with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines for owner SC Leonardo Srl.   IDS Boko The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) completed the day’s groupe contests. With Classic Connection a scratch, it was an open field and 2.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash- Divann) scored for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farms BVBS. Alcoy was timed in 1.12.7kr off soft fractions as he defeated 1.6/1 favorite Portland (5m Ganymede) teamed with trainer Bjorn Goop. 13/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas) took third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. 7.2/1 El Villagio (5m Love You) and 4.2/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) completed the top five. Fast class veterans contested the Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Grosbois. The 5.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (6m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) rallied on the pegs for victory timed in 1.11.7kr, with Gabriele Gelormini up for breeder/owner Franck Lemuet. It was the sixth career victory for the winner, in 47 starts, now for 351,130€ in life earnings. 1.7/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied to lead off the final bend and appeared for victory before bearing out mid stretch. Luc Roelens trains this brother to Traders for JPB Building BVBA and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. 2.2/1 Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) held third for Jean Michel Bazire. At the end of the card was the Prix de Nesles (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and this one went to the 1.10.9kr timed and 1.8/1 favorite Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This handsome, great gaited winning trotteur scored for the 13th time in his 62 race career, his third win in 2019. Azur’s life earnings increased to 281,910€ with this victory. The 5.4/1 Belle Louis Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) took second for breeder/owner/trainer/pilot Yves Dreux. Third was 189/1 Very First (10g Orlando Vici) with Julien Raffestein at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 23, 2019 - Today’s Q+ Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International, Quinte+ race) had harness racing champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup. Dijon was an early dq and that opened the door for a start to finish victory for Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethiu Rah Jet). Timed in 1.10.2kr, Bold Eagle, off at 2.1/1 and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owned by Pierre Pilarski, gamely prevailed by a quarter length over the stalking 1.2/1 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) teamed with trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 20/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) rallied for third reined by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 30/1 Orlando Jet (6g Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller and fifth was 18/1 Tessy d’Ete with Frnack Nivard up. Bold Eagle won for the 44th time in a 63 race career and he now has life earnings of 4,553,620€ with this his fourth consecutive Prix Rene Balliere victory. Bold Eagle This was the day’s Quinte+ race and a winning 2€ exact order ticket paid 4,539.20€ to 485 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,637,919€and the total of all pools on this race esxceeded 10,290,000€ Recent winners of the Rene Balliere are shown below Gala Tejy wins 170,000€, Gr. I Prix d’Essai Today’s exceptional card at Paris-Vincennes had three year old monte performers on stage in the Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters) and the 9/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) prevailed clocked in 1.13kr. P. Ph. Ploquin was in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and trainer Christophe Chalon. He scored for the fourth time in a 12 race career and increased his life earnings to 253,640€. Gala Tejy  Gala relentlessly pursued 9/2 Gangster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) reined by Benjamin Rochard for owner/trainer Damien Lecroq. 37/1 Gepsonnia (3f Sun Ceravin) was placed third on the dq of Gee. Romain Marty reined Gepsonnia for trainer Cyril Raimbaud. Fleche Bourbon upset winner of Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique The Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters, four year olds) was this day’s Vincennes feature race. Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) was a very impressive and easy winner with Alexandre Abrivard her jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Alexandre Abrivard She won for the eighth time in 13 career starts and raised her life earnings to 279,060€.  Fleche Bourbon 5.3/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) took second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 13/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons. Due to a dq the 104/1 outsider Forever Speed (4m Uriel Speed) was placed fourth and 32/1 Fiona Gendreenne was placed fifth. The 5/10 favorite Fado du Chene  and 30/1 Fawley Buissonay were two dq’s in this race. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Saturday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Three Year Old Minnesota-Sired Pace, which was split into two divisions. The $11,500 fillies division sported a field of seven sophomore distaffers, headlined by A Little Rusty (Gerald Longo) who was the clear favorite in the wagering (1-1) after turning in a very impressive victory last time out, winning by more than five lengths to post a maiden win in 1:56.2. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) was also getting plenty of attention, as she was the runner-up for divisional honors last season as a freshman filly pacer. The public sent her off as the 2-1 second choice, and she sped away from the gate from post one to take the lead and control the pace. The fractions were quite sensible with Trinitysfancyfilly leading the parade through the first three panels (:29, :59, and 1:28.1) while A Little Rusty had gotten away in third before launching a first-over attack going into the final turn, and The Boss' Wife (Nick Roland) was stalking in the pocket. Trinitysfancyfilly led them into the lane, and was game to the wire, but A Little Rusty had just enough momentum to forge past right on the money - getting up to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 for two wins in a row, with The Boss' Wife home in third. A Little Rusty ($4.00) is by The Village Rusty from the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Topless. The winner is owned and trained by Wendy Haberburg. Gerald Longo also won the $11,500 colts & geldings division with his own Fancy Schmacy gelding Stay Humble N Kind, delivering as the 2-1 second choice ($6.00) and picking up his second win in a row with a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 as he just out-kicked race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) to the wire in a thrilling finish. Completing a Hat-Trick on the program for Longo, was Bunkerhill Jill ($10.40) in the nightcap, pacing to a new career best of 1:54.2 for owner/trainer Gene Miller. One lucky patron was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 wager as the only ticket, taking down a Jackpot of $12,783.92. The winning sequence was 3-9-2-9-3 and the odds of those winners were: 4-5, 20-1, 9-2, 22-1, and 4-1. The Pick-5 Jackpot starts over on Sunday, June 23 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel and Racetrack

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