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Custom Cantab (David Miller) steals the $132,000 Joie De Vie open mare trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 11). At the start of the race Darling Mearas S (Brian Sears) went on a break and caused Manchego (Dexter Dunn) to go on a break as well. The big favorite Atlanta then got to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.0. Emoticon Hanover (Bob McClure) went in the pocket and followed Atlanta to a :55.0 half and a 1:23.1 third-quarter. Custom Cantab ($65.00), who is owned by trainer Christopher Beaver, Donald Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc., went first over just before three-quarters. She then would blow right by the tiring Atlanta to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Dream Together (Scott Zeron) finished second with Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) getting third money. Atlanta finished a disappointing sixth. Custom Cantab is a 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab. She won for the second time this season and now owns 17 career victories. Speeding Spur N (Brian Sears) charges late to capture the $148,000 Crawford Farms open trot. Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras) led to the first quarter in :27.4. Speeding Spur N ($18.60) went to the lead as they headed for the stands for the first time. Mission Accepted reclaimed the lead with five-eighths of a mile to go and led to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Speeding Spur N, who is owned by Woodlands Stud NZ Inc. and trained by Linda Toscano, popped out of the pocket as they reached the stretch. He looked like a rocket coming down the stretch and just squeaked by second place finisher Mission Accepted to win in a track record time for aged trotting horses of 1:52.4. Run Director (Sylvain Filion) was third best. Speeding Spur N is an 8-year-old horse by Pegasus Spur. It was win number two of the season and his 28th career victory. It was his first win in the United States. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) wins the $12,500 first elimination for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) featuring 3-year-old colts & geldings. Rollwithpapajoe (Dexter Dunn) got to the first quarter first in :27.0 and led to the half in :55.0. Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) went first-over on the back stretch and stuck a nose in front hitting three-quarters first in 1:22.1. Rollwithpapajoe reclaimed the lead as they reached the top of the stretch. Artie's Ideal ($24.80), who is owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Erv Miller, followed in the pocket and came out to go first-over. Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) then made a three-wide move. Artie's Ideal was too strong in deep stretch and held off second place finisher Buddy Hill to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.3. Covered Bridge (Wally Hennessey) finished third as World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) took fourth. All four qualified for the EBC final next Sunday (August 18). Rollwithpapajoe finished fifth and is the also eligible for the final. Artie's Ideal is 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was his first win this season. He now owns three career victories. Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) holds on to win the $12,500 second division. Hickfromfrenchlick ($4.30) charged to the front and led to a first quarter of :28.0. He controlled the pace hitting the half in :56.3. Major March (Jason Bartlett) went first-over just before Hickfromfrenchlick hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, and Thomas Spatorico, battled with Major March as they made the turn for home. Shake That House (Brian Sears) then found an opening on the inside but fell just short as Hickfromfrenchlick won in 1:51.4. Shake That House settled for second best. Major March held on for third. Respect Our Flag (Dexter Dunn) finished fourth with Chatelroll getting fifth place. All five qualified for the EBC Final. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was win number five this season and career victory number nine. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 16) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes) took today’s 10th leg of the Grand National du Trot at Graignes, France, covering 2700 meters in 1.15.9kr for reinsman/trainer J-M Bazire. The 3/5 favorite earned the winners’ share of the €90,000 purse for owner Laurent Ledue in this Gr. III event. United Back secured his 18th win, now for earnings of €289,430. Franck Nivard was second with Tenor de Legende (7g Carpe Diem-Nony Maker) as he could not overcome a 25 meter handicap. Sissi du Morin (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin) was third at 32/1 for Philippe Daugeard also covering 2725 meters. The undercard’s Prix de la Federation Nationale des Courses for €32,000 over 2700 meters drew 16 entrants in this European event with Titane Nordique (7m Victory Cruise-Ines Rolls-Siberien) the winner for teamster Sebastian Ernault. The Markku Vartiainen owned and trained Finish campaigner scored in 1.16.5kr at 1.4/1 odds. Tender and True (7m Coktail Jet-Go Along) was second for Julian Dubois with Norway’s Farmer’s Julia (7f Juliano Star-Frame Talk) third and Italy’s Maillot (8g Daguet Rapide-Schiffer OM) was fourth. At Solvalla two winners caught our interest. The ASVT Trottex for two year-olds for 110,000SEK to the winner went to M.T.Keepontrotting (2m Credit Winner-Mystical Michelle-Pine Chip) in 1.15.4kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Jorma Vallo owned colt scored in his first career start over the Kevin Oscarsson teamed Steel Muscle. Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) scored in 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart. Mercedes Balogh teamed the winner in this event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Food Money recorded his seventh win in 17 career starts for 1,335,000SEK earned. Several international veterans scored SWE victories last weekend. Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan) scored at Arjang on September 21 in a comeback effort to earn 30,000SEK first money. Stefan Soderqvist piloted the winner in his first start since April 26th. He is undefeated in four 2014 starts for owner Stall Asunden HB and now has 20 wins in 70 starts for earnings of 11,460,921SEK. The beaten field included Global Investment and Lord Capar. Noras Bean is recovering from what was reported earlier as a career ending injury. Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) scored at Solanget on September 20th in a Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner. The Robert Bergh trained and reined international star scored in 1.12.4kr over 2148 meters autostart. Nahar has 29 victories in 87 starts for career earnings of 10,510,598SEK for owner Stall Sedin. Bon Freccia and New Line trailed the winner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Seven three-year-old trotters were entered Tuesday morning for the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 13. With only seven horses entered, eliminations are not required for this year's edition of the 'Trotting Classic.' Headlining the group of seven is the Jimmy Takter trained duo of Father Patrick and Trixton. Father Patrick is coming into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a victory last Friday night in the $340,000 Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs. A son of Cantab Hall - Gala Dream, Father Patrick has won 17 of his 20 career starts, including capturing last year's William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk in a Track and Canadian record time of 1:53.4. Father Patrick was named last year's Two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year on both sides of the border and has earned $1,452,396 in his career. The other half of the Takter duo, Trixton, most recently won the $218,076 Simcoe Stakes last Saturday night at Mohawk. A son of Muscle Hill - Emilie Cas El, Trixton won this year's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on August 2. He also found success earlier this season at Mohawk when he won the $272,100 Goodtimes Stakes on June 14 in a Track and Canadian record clocking of 1:51.3. Trixton has 12 victories in 18 career starts for earnings of more than $960,000. Also joining the Takter duo in the rich final is Ontario Sires Stakes star Harper Blue Chip. Trained by Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip won this year's Canadian Breeders Championship and finished third in the Hambletonian. A son of Canadian Trotting Classic winner Majestic Son, Harper Blue Chip has visited the winner's circle eight times in his career for earnings of more than $547,000. The other four horses in this year's Canadian Trotting Classic field are Damfoolrmillionair, E L Titan, Il Sogno Dream and Muscle Matters. Established in 1976, the Canadian Trotting Classic has been won by many great trotters including, Joie de Vie, Giant Victory, Yankee Paco, Kadabra, Mr Muscleman, Windsongs Legacy, Donato Hanover, Deweycheatumnhowe and Muscle Hill. Also on Tuesday morning, 11 three-year-old trotting fillies were entered for this year's Elegantimage Stakes. Those 11 fillies will go directly to the $409,000 final on Canadian Trotting Classic night (September 13). Leading the group of fillies is Shake It Cerry, a winner of more than $1.2 million, from the Jimmy Takter barn. A daughter of Donato Hanover - Solveig, Shake It Cerry is coming off a victory in the $150,000 filly edition of the Zweig Memorial last Friday at Vernon Downs. Shake It Cerry has won 16 of 21 career starts and has won many notable stakes events, including the Del Miller Memorial back in July and last year's two-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown. Also highlighting the group of 11 is the Julie Miller trained Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover - Sheer Soul won a division of the $103,845 Simcoe Stakes last Friday night at Mohawk. Designed To Be has won three times and has never been worst than third in seven starts this season. She has seven career victories for earnings of more than $593,000 and has only missed board once in 15 career starts. Muscle Babe and Riveting Rosie are two of four Ontario sired fillies in the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Muscle Babe has won four times in 10 starts this season, including the $178,287 SBOA Stakes on May 31 at Mohawk. She has six wins in 18 career starts and career earnings exceeding $248,000. Riveting Rosie was last year's Two-year-old Filly Trotter of the Year in Canada. She only lost twice last season in eight starts and captured $374,000 Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk. Trained by John Bax, Riveting Rosie has not had nearly as much success this season, but recently picked up her first win of 2014 in a $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Grand River Raceway on August 13. Riveting Rosie has won seven times in 18 career starts for earnings of more than $550,000. Here is the full field for the $409,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday, September 13. Chivaree Hanover Demanding Sam Designed To Be Heavens Door Muscle Babe Riveting Rosie Scream And Shout Shake It Cerry Sweetie Hearts Tosca Vanity Matters Along with the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes finals on September 13, Mohawk will also have the finals for the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial and the $385,000 Peaceful Way. Also on that evening, Mohawk will be hosting customer appreciation night. Visit for more details in the coming days. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

The 3 YO Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes started the evening with the non wagering filly trotters going for a purse of $28,900.    Explosive Attitude(Explosive Matter) and Kelsey's Commando(Cr Commando) renewed their rivalry from July only this time Kelsey's Commando was able to catch Explosive Attitude coming down the stretch, stopping the clock in 2:00.2 last quarter in :29.2. Victor Kirby drove and trained the filly for new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The wagering card started with the 3 YO filly pacers. Driver Tony Morgan sent Ain't No Maybe So(Nuclear Breeze) charging right to the front with a first quarter of:27.1. The Lundell entry of Valentina De Vie and Rosie De Vie sat second and third just waiting for the right moment. Jonathan Roberts pulled Valentina De Vie(Bettor's Delight) in the last turn quickly overtaking the leader winning in 1:55.3. Ain't No Maybe So held on for second and Rosie De Vie finished third. Valentina De Vie is owned by the Joie de Vie Farm.   After race 3 the Maryland Horse Industry Board presented Ocean Downs Racetrack with a Secretary's Citation from the State of Maryland in honor of the track's 65th Anniversary. MHIB also presented track owner William Rickman with a Secretary's Citation in honor of his many contributions to the harness racing industry over the year.   In the colt/gelding trot Kandy Korn(Cantab Hall) got away 6th but driver Frank Milby pulled before the half, working his way up to the leader Whichwayrightorleft near the ¾ pole. These two battled down the stretch with Kandy Korn crossing the wire in 1:59.4 for owners Bruce and Tanya Schadel.   The most exciting race of the night was the 3 YO colt/gelding pace. In usual fashion driver Corey Callahan sent Tom's Titan(Cam's Rocket) to the lead with new comer Kingofthejungle(Well Said) getting the pocket trip. At the head of the stretch Tony Morgan pulled Kingofthejungle and the two charged down the stretch head and head with Kingofthejungle winning by a head in 1:53.4 last quarter in :27.4. Desyllas Racing LLC , William Beck and Carol Rieken own and Brandon Simpson trains.   By Cheri Stambaugh  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 11, 2014 -- Ballare Hanover garnered her first harness rcing career stake victory by following cover and brushing through the slop late to score in 1:58.1, fastest division in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mariah De Vie and Silent Opera K taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double behind Ballare Hanover and Silent Opera K among his five wins on the 16-race card. Although Ballare Hanover had won four of 11 previous starts, she had come up short in stakes. That ended Monday when she used the first-over cover of Czech It Out to get into striking position, then erased a 2-length deficit in the lane to overtake the leader, Steppin Out, and down her by a neck. Donato's Dream was third. "If you can get her through the first quarter, she's pretty versatile; she can take the air," Hall said. "Adios Day, I got her to the gate a step too quick, and she ran, so I really had to feed her in. She started to shorten up late -- I was worried halfway down the stretch -- but it all worked out." Marcus Marashian trains Ballare Hanover, a daughter of Broadway Hall-Box Of Dreams, and owns with Michelle Amric, and Lou DiPaolo. Mariah De Vie's cover wasn't quite so accommodating. She and Dave Palone were following Nitro Nittany when the 1-5 favorite tired suddenly into the final turn, forcing Mariah De Vie wide prematurely. "I thought, 'I can't screw up this game plan -- just follow Nitro Nittany because she looks to be the best,'" Palone said. "I loved the game plan at the quarter, I loved it at the half. When my cover stalled, I didn't know if my filly could handle it. But she gave me a good fight, and I was happy with her." The daughter of Cantab Hall-Nordicdish persevered and prevailed in 1:58.4 for trainer Henrik Lundell and owner Joie de Vie farm. The pocket-sitting Westfiftyfirst was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Passing Jetta earned show. Silent Opera K wore down Outsourced Hanover in a stretch-long duel and edged her rival by a nose in 1:58.2. Super Swifty rallied for show. "We were racing her in bigger races, and she needed a little class relief," said Rich Gillock, who conditions the homebred daughter of Broadway Hall-American Frost for Bob Key. "Fortunately today, the mile was to her liking, and everything worked out. We'll try to pick some spots and do some good with her." Dan Rawlings and Palone each fashioned a three-bagger on the program. Tuesday's card features a $199,994 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters headlined by the stablemates Lifetime Pursuit, upset winner of the Hambletonian Oaks, and Shake It Cerry, last year's Dan Patch Award winner who has banked more than $1 million in her career. First post  is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for    

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 18, 2014 - A late afternoon summer storm failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 110 golfers who competed at the 19th Annual SBOANJ Golf Outing & Fundraiser on July 14, 2014 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. A total of 125 golfers and banquet attendees feasted on a prime rib dinner. Numerous door prizes were distributed along with presentations for golfing prowess. Best foursome honors went to Kunz Equine Team of Simon Spicer, Mike Seddon, Shannon Murphy and Johnny Pregman. The "most honest" foursome award went to Jim Hogan, Jesse Johnson, John Hynes and Frank VanWie. Longest drive-prizes went to Hannah Miller, who won Kindle Fire tablet, and Jeff Bamond Jr., who received a Boze Bluetooth speaker Closest to the Pin was Simon Spicer from of the Kunz Equine Team, who won a 32-inch HD TV. Putting contest honors - and $145 - went to Kelly Breen. Frank Lomangino won the drawing for a Track Trainer jog cart, which was donated by Allen Eggert of Pennsbury Enterprises. The 50-50 winner was Garrett Federico, whose share was $895. Sponsorships, key to the fund raising effort which benefits New Jersey's standardbred horsemen in need, were provided at several levels. The overall tournament sponsors were Shay Cowan of Katz/Pierz, and Thomas Cordovano and John Macri of the La Ferla Group. At the Gold Level, the donors were the Meadowlands Racetrack; Drucker, Math & Whitman CPAs; Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group/UBS Financial Services; Joie de Vie Farms and Rollermagic Roller Rinks. At the Silver Level, the donors were Showplace Farms, Gaitway Farms, Federico's Landscape Design, Santoro & Santoro [Dennis Dowd], Valley High Stables, Freehold Raceway, Eposimato Stable, Mark Ford Training Stable, Nick Salenetri, Aetna/Meritain Health, Hambletonian Society and Val D'Or Farms. At the Bronze Level, the donors are Advocacy Management Group, Network Security Group, New Jersey Community Bank, Chris Ryder and Nick Surick. Additional fundraising was accomplished through the donation of goods and services by Bluestone Farms, Deo Volente Farm, Gambler Ridge Golf Club, Ellen Harvey, Meadowbrook Industries, Makefield Highlands Golf Club, Northwood Bloodstock, Pennsbury Enterprises, Reynolds Hay & Straw/Tribute Equine Nutrition, Rick's Saddle Shop/Purina, Baker Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram and Newport Graphics. Dinner, lunch and competition awards were underwritten by Martin Scharf, Deo Volente Farm, Berman, Gara & Rutsky, Electric Battery Company, Network Security Group, Nick Surick, Marc and Marcia Goldberg and Green Acquisition Corp. Hole sponsors were Berman Gara & Rutsky, John and Paula Campbell, Drucker, Math & Whitman, Thomas J. Durkin/ Joseph Spadaro, Green Acquisition Corp, Joie de Vie Farms, Katz/Pierz, La Ferla Group, Meadowlands Racetrack, Andy Miller, Ervin Miller Stable, Network Security Group, Rollermagic Roller Rinks and Suydam Insurance Agency. The SBOANJ golf outing is co-chaired by SBOANJ directors Ed Razzetti and Bob Baggitt Sr. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Nahar took today's V75 Norbottens Stoprs Pris at Boden, a Gr. I UET Masters Series contest over 2140 meters autostart. The winner scored in 1.11.8kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin HB. Nahar is a nine-year-old gelded son of Love You from Mahonny Broline by Joie de Vie and the win today was his third in 2014 from five starts, and his 26th lifetime in 78 appearances, now for career earnings of 10,152,098SEK after earning one million SEK with the victory. Raja Mirchi (by Viking Kronos) , and teamster Adrian Kolgjini, was a close second timed equal to the winner with Beer Summit (by Cantab Hall) third for Ulf Ohlsson. The US entrant, and Jimmy W. Takter trained, Uncle Peter finished fifth. A large crowd witnessed the Robert Bergh-trained Nahar winning Norrbottens Stora Pris, with a thrilling battle in the lane with Raja Mirchi as the pair were as one before a reported 10,853 trotting fans at Boden. "I will look at the recap and admire the two horses for their great performances", trainer/driver Robert Bergh said after the contest. Nahar (4) nips Raja Mirchi (3) At the halfway mark Adrian Kolgjini attacked with the pre-race favorite Raja Mirchi and took the lead. Nahar (the 2013 winner of this race and the 2013 Elitloppet) and Robert Bergh were well back in the field. But, Nahar quickly reached the leader 800 meters from the line, and won the stretch-long duel. Bergh stated on interview "it felt good around the final turn, but I saw that Raja Mirchi also looked great. I thought that we should go all the way 200 meters to the finish, but Raja Mirchi fought well so I had to pull the ear plugs 100 meters left, which concluded the race." by Thomas H. Hicks, for      

Grand international mare Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) easily dispatched 10 rivals to win today's Gr. II £120,000 Prix Theophille Lallouet at Paris-Vincennes. Reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and owner Ecurie Griff, the 2014 Prix de Cornulier winner secured her 18th career victory for earnings of £2,303,118 over 2700 meters. The 9/10 favorite sat a comfortable second much of the way before moving to the front with 600 meters to go, leaving the field in the cinders. Rapide du Digeon, the Damien Bonne handled campaigner, held second with Remember Jihem third in the 1.13.5kr timed event. Quarry Bay was disqualified for an early miscue. Italy's Nene'Degi Ulivi was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. Three other graded events were on the card along with several supporting races of note. The Gr. II Prix Phaeton for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to 29/1 upsetter Athos Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte) with trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and now earnings of £157,680. Astor du Quenne was second for Eric Raffin (trainer Guarato) at 2/1 with 3/2 favorite Aldodes Champs third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to the good filly Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at the lines. The 2.7/1 winner scored in 1.15.2kr, with a strong final 1500 meters, for her third career win and £142,820 earnings. Ten rivals followed with 2.2/1 favorite Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) second with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Athena de Vandel ended third. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (three year-olds) for £60,000 went to Bijou de Spinelly for trainer/driver/owner Yves Dreux. The three-year-old son of Diamant Gede-Nana Loving Fair-In Love With You, won for the third time, increasing earnings to £80,300 in his young career. He scored at 5.2/1 odds by storming home to defeat favorite Buako des Angles and Franck Ouvrie in 1.13.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. Bioness was third for Julien Dubois at 9/1, a good effort for the son of Sam Bourbon. The Quinte+ (£6.8 million jackpot) was on the Paris-Vincennes card in the form of the Prix du Treport (£85,000, 2700 meters, European). Reinsman Christophe Martens confidently steered Italy's Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) to victory in 1.14.1kr to secure his 14th career win for £401,846. Vincent Martens trains the consistent winner, owned by Frans Delmote, as they humbled 13 rivals at 5.4/1 odds. Italy's Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) was second for trainer Marco Smorgon and teamster Pierre Vercruysse. Reine Helene, a daughter of Instant Gede, was third for Pierre Levesque with another Italy contestant, Moses Rob (a son of Ganymede), fourth for Andrea Guzzinati. The Prix d'Aubusson for £55,000 (2100 meters autostart) was also an exciting race with the win to 22/1 Red Red Red (6f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) reined, from off the pace, by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Red Red Red scored in 1.11.3kr for her eighth career win for £221,494 as she defeated Uvevering du Gite and Damien Bonne. That 65/1 outsider was placed second ahead of favorite Up The Green and J-M Bazire, that was second placed third. The pace was fast from the outset in this one as they reached the 1500 meters to go pole in 1.07.9kr. The pedigree of Red Red Red is of interest, she being by Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream (second dam Tableau by Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell) from a Meadow Gallant (Super Bowl-Quiet Elegance-Speedy Crown) mare. She's 29% French trotteur; 71% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

When you see Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, Communicators Hall of Famer and "King Of Statistics" for The Meadowlands and almost any other point, walking towards you with his head cocked at a slight but unmissable angle, you know you're about to be asked the hardest harness racing trivia question of your life. I saw Mr. Heyden at Dover Downs this past weekend, just before the annual meetings and Dan Patch Awards Banquet of the United States Harness Writers Association. He walked towards me, head at telling angle. I braced myself. "Jerryconnors, this year Shebestingin and Beeamagician both went faster than any of their three-year-old colt counterparts. When was thelasttime that thathappened?" (Bob's brain is always in hyperwarpdrive, and sometimes the words come out of his mouth as if frantically trying to keep up with the grey matter that had just produced them.) When defeated, honesty is best. "I don't know, Bob. I could do some research on the computer, but I don't think they have the entire history of season's leaders anywhere. But I'll take a look and let you know what I find." Walking back to my room, I realized again that the entire history of season's leaders probably wasn't online, but I did think of one thing that WOULD be online - the Trotting and Pacing Guide carries the lists of all the divisional champions from the beginning of such voting. (There are some advantages to once having been the editor of the "T and P," even if it was 28 years ago.) This would not perfectly answer Bob's question - just this past year, Shebestingin's 1:47 was the fastest in her division, but I Luv The Nitelife was voted the divisional crown - but it was all that I had. My research from those lists showed me that there were eight 3YO trotting filly champions whose quickest time had beaten their counterpart males - Bee A Magician of course, Housethatruthbuilt, Syrinx Hanover, Continentalvictory and C R Kay Suzie in successive years, Whiteland Janice, Peace Corps, and Fancy Crown, with two fillies equaling the male best. (The fillies were voted on separately from the colts beginning only in 1978 - something I sorta knew but had forgotten.) There were also two ties on the pacing side, and three years when the filly outpaced the colts outright. The amazing thing here is that the pacing feats happened in three consecutive years, 1981-1983, by Fan Hanover, Three Diamonds, and Turn The Tide, and the feat had not been duplicated in the last 31 campaigns on the sidewheeling side! If Heyden would allow me to substitute "divisional champions" for "season's leaders" (and hey, we were at Dover to honor divisional voting champions at the Dan Patch banquet, right?), I would have a challenging answer for him. See if you can figure the difference in these two true statements: --In no year did both sophomore filly champions go faster than their male counterparts, and --In one year both sophomore colt champions did not go faster than their filly counterparts. If you look above, I didn't mention who the horses were in the "tied" situations: we've already established Turn The Tide was the faster pacing sophomore of 1983, and on the trotting side, colt champ Joie de Vie and filly counterpart Duenna both froze the timer in 1:56.3 in the quickest outings. So we have a "one-beat and one-tied" situation in 1983, falling in the middle - which is a great place for a trivia answer to locate itself, making it even more challenging. I reported my findings back to Heyden. "Notgoodenough," Bob answered, notunexpectedly. "I thought you could do better than that." And off he went to a mental galaxy far, far away from the rest of us - or else back to the table where he was sitting with Ellen Taylor; I couldn't tell which. Bob knows where to possibly get the answers: check places that have a full set of Trotting and Pacing Guides, like the USTA or the Hall of Fame, and see if they published season's leaders back as far as he needs; check with the Horseman and Fair World, which keeps a list of season's leaders, but might not update it after their Christmas issue; or ask sainted David Carr of the USTA to see if a few hundred keystrokes will be able to elicit the answer from the USTA archives. If not, the question will just become mental file card #3,574,826 in the amazing brain of Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, with a red note - "TOBECHECKEDLATER." ***** And then, lo and behold, on Sunday in the Dover paddock, I lucked into coming across one of the greatest pieces of trivia of all-time. Not 10 feet apart from each other were two gentlemen who are both members of a very, very exclusive club - they were both the leading dashwinning drivers at tracks that hosted just ONE season of harness racing! They accomplished their feats 15 years apart. And they both have the same initials! Anybody want to take a stab? (The answer to come - I PROMISE - in an upcoming column.) by Jerry Connors for

Today's Prix de Bourgogne undercard featured several excellent monte events. The Prix de Brioude for 60,000 euro over 2700 meters went to Linda Vercruysse' Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassic Aunou-Defi d'Aunou) in a front-stepping 1.14.1kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The winner scored her fifth career win, now with earnings of 196,820 euro for her NY born owner and trained by Pierre Vercruysse. She sports red-white-blue colors that also fit Transamerica's pedigree, being by the double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream with earning of over US$3.3 million (2002, Reve d'Udon-Enfilde-Tarass Boulba). Tarass Boulba is by Speedy Somolli and Enfilade's dam, Tableau (Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell-Speedy Crown-Somolli) directs to Somolli. Transamerica's pedigree further reflects franco-american blending as her dam was sired by Defi D'Aunou, by Armbro Goal from Nesmile, making him a half-brother to Buvetier d'Aunou (by Royal Prestige) and Extreme Aunou (by Baltic Speed). Nesmile is one of Europe's best producing mares and her daughter Amour d'Aunou produced Guilty of Love, dam of Love You, Repeat Love, Nice Love and In Dix Huit. Vincennes - Prix de Brioude (monte, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters)   1.14.1kr 1st Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassik Aunou-Defi d'Aunou), Yohan Lebourgeois up for owner Mme. Lynda Vercruysse and trainer Pierre Vercruysse, her fifth win for career earnings of 196,820 euro 2nd  Tonnerre de Retz (6g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan-Corot), P-Y Verva aboard 3rd  Tinosa du Chene (6f Nobody du Chane-Inosa du Chene-Jiosco), M. Mottier up The Sunday monte co-feature (Prix de Tarbes for 60,000 euro purse) went to Auria Vikland in 1.13.6kr over 2175 meters for three year-old females. She scored impressively for P-Y Verva and is a daughter of the fastest monte performer to date Prince de Montfort, still racing in Germany and northern European countries. J-P Dubois' A Nous Deux was second in this event with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Vincennes - Prix de Tarbes (60,000 euro purse, monte, female three year-olds, 2175 meters, 10 starters)   1.13.6kr 1st  Aurea Vikland (3f Prince de Montfort-Kethna de Monte-Vif Argent Ludois), P-Y Verva up, 5/1 odds, fourth career win for earnings of 84,550 euro 2nd   A Nous Deux (3f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry aboard for trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 3/1 odds 3rd  Aureness (3f Mercenaire-Ornaise de Morgane-Himo Josselyn), Francois Lagadeus up, 17/1 odds The 48,000 euro purse Prix de Cabrieres went to Ugolin de Chambre with Mathieu Mottier up. This one is by a son of Passionnant (by Florestan) from a Tenor de Baune (Prix d'Amerique winner with 33 wins in 47 career starts) dam and the winner scored impressively in 1.13.7kr with a powerful stretch run. Vincennes - Prix de Cabrieres (monte, males, 48,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 12 starters)  1.13.7kr 1st  Ugolin de Chambre (5g Ginger Somolli-L'Avayronnaise-Tenor de Baune), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Jacques Rajalu and owner Alain-Jean Dubois, 11/1 odds 2nd  Un Aller (5g Le Retour-Elmia-Origan Noir), O. Touvais up, 5/2 favorite 3rd  Ultra Or (5g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chene-Jain de Beval), Anthony Barrier up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie AB Trot, 38/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for   

Solea Rivellaire, the seven year-old daughter of Calife des Noves, won Saturday’s  120,000 euro purse Gr. II Gran Prix de la Toussaint at Hippdrome Wallonie. Philippe Daugeard is trainer driver of the 1.13.71kr winner over 2300 meters autostart, now with earnings over 520,000 euro lifetime. Veteran mare Roxana de Barbray was second for Domink Locqueneux with the Daugeard trainer Sissi de Morin third for driver Sebastien Olivier. Gran Prix de la Toussaint (Gr. II Finale 120,000 euro purse, 2300 meters autostart) October 27, 2013 Hippodrome de Wallonia (Mons, Ghlin) 1. Solea Rivelliere (7f Calife des Noves-Heloa Rivelliere-Pelops) 1.13.71kr, Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver, J.C. Lucas owner 2. Roxana de Barbray (8f Speed Calettois-Iriane des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), Dominik Locqueneux 3. Sissi du Morin (7f Grassano-Haltise du Morin-Off Guy), Sebastian Olivier, Philippe Daugeard trainer 4. Perlando and Renommee d’Obret finished 4-5 Replay can be viewed using the following link: At Charlottenlund (DK) on Sunday two upper level events were held on the Halloween celebration card. My Happiness, a Credit Winner daughter, captured the mares trot in 1.13.1kr forBo Westergard (Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold and Fresh was in the beaten field) and Montgomery Hill won the Gr. II UET Master Series N.J. Koster Memorial. The gelded son of SJs Photo scored in 1.13kr over 2,000 meters for Flemming Jensen. October 27, 2013 Charlottenlund 2000 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1. My Happiness EP (NO) (5f Credit Winner-US Francesca-Coktail Jet), Bo Westergard 1.13.1kr 2. Playing Tua  (5f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown), Thomas Uhrberg, 1.13.2kr 3. Pearl Axe  (5f Love You-Griffe du Chef-Muscles Yankee), Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Jerry Riordan, 1.13.7kr 4. Viva Le Vida  (4f Quaro-Perriere-Defi d’Aunou), Erwin Bott, 1.13.9kr Krafft N.J. Koster Memorial, Gr. II UET Masters Series 3-12 Year Olds Open 2000 meters autostart, 200,000 euro to winner 1. Montgomery Hill (DK) (9g SJs Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic), Flemming Jensen, 1.13kr 2. Freeman T. Porter  (6m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer, 1.13.1kr 3. Hitchcock  (7g Kadabra-Garbo Tilly-VIP Tilly), J. Sjunnesson, 1.13.2kr Saturday’s Kincsem Park feature went to the Lea Babic owned, Joze Sagai trained and driven, Meggy. The well regarded mare is a daughter of Scurry Lobell. She scored easily over runner-up Nick Nolte, a son of the successful sire and Hambletonian starter Tony Oaks. October26, 2013 Kincsem Park Zala Szepe DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 500,000HUF purse 1. Meggy (7f Scurry Lobell-Meri Lobell), Joze Sagai trainer/driver, Lea Babic owner, 1.15.7kr 2. Nick Nolte (6m Tony Oaks-Szineszno), Sandor Varadi up 3. Nemesur (6m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady), Veljko Mazsity driving Meggy’s sire, Scurry Lobell, is a son of Joie de Vie-Shotgun Wedding-Nevele Pride, the maternal family of Exciting Speed and Expression by Thomas H. Hicks for  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 17, 2013 – Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, made it a series sweep with her fourth victory in a row in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K continued her dominance of the trotting fillies division with a nine-length tally over Connie Keeper [by Muscles Yankee], the perpetual bridesmaid.  It was 23 ¾ lengths to Ninety Five Janet [by Muscles Yankee] in third. Vida De Vie, trained by Chris Ryder and driven by Daniel Dube, trotted the mile in 1:59.3, picking up her fifth win with one second and three thirds in 19 starts this year.  Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 15 of 30 starts. Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie pushed her career bankroll to $108,816 with the winner’s share. Green Acres Finals for 2YO pacers is Saturday Two-year-old pacers will be in the spotlight on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Freehold Raceway in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals for colts and fillies. Seven fillies will face off in the third race where Ideal Helen, teamed by Andy Miller for trainer Erv Miller, has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite from post five. Colts and geldings face off in the sixth race.  The linesmaker has given the rail horse, Card Shock, the slight 5-2 preference over Rock Absorber at 7-2 from post five. Ideal Helen, a daughter of Western Ideal, had a four-race winning streak snapped last week in the third leg of the Green Acres, finishing third behind Cut A Deal [by Rocknroll Hanover] and Tech Trade [Western Ideal].  Still, she comes into the final as the richest of the fillies with $101,270 in earnings and a record of six wins, two seconds and one third in 12 starts.  Ideal Helen is owned by her breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL. Card Shock, by Cam’s Card Shark, drew the rail with Daniel Dube driving for trainer Ed Hart.  The colt is seeking his first win after collecting a second and two thirds in four starts.  Card Shock races in the name of Jeffrey and Michael Snyder of New York City, and Robert Unice of Elizabeth, NJ. Rock Absorber, by Rocknroll Hanover, has two wins and a second in the three preliminary legs of Green Acres competition.  Overall, he has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts.  Kyle DiBenedetto drives the colt for trainer and co-owner Robert Horowitz.  The field for the fillies final, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds:  Odds On Magic, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Clyde Oglesby Jr., 8-1; Tech Trade, Western Ideal, Jim Pantaleano, Tim Crissman, 9-2; Cut A Deal, Rocknroll Hanover, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 5-1; Seaside Gal, Western Ideal, Pat Lachance, Christopher Freck, 6-1; Ideal Helen, Western Ideal, Andy Miller, Erv Miller, 7-2; Fanticipation, Rocknroll Hanover, Jim Marshall III, Chuck Sylvester, 5-1 and My Caroline, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Jacob Hartline, 10-1. The field for the colts final, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: Card Shock, Cam’s Card Shock, Daniel Dube, Edward Hart, 5-2; Cheyenne Seeber, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Robert Siegelman, 5-1; Useful Hanover, Western Ideal, Harry Landy, Blake MacIntosh, 9-2; Nubble Light, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Nifty Norman, 6-1; Rock Absorber, Rocknroll Hanover, by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 16, 2013 – Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, puts her streak on the line in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K has won her last three straight for a combined 27 ½ lengths. Trained by Chris Ryder, the filly will be in the hands of Daniel Dube, leaving from post four in the field of five. Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie has finished in-the-money in eight of 18 starts this year, banking $54,187 toward a career total of $96,316.  The Green Acres Final will be a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. The field, from the rail out with sire, driver and trainer: Connie Keeper, Muscles Yankee, Jim Marshall III, Christopher Freck; Ninety Five Janet, Muscles Yankee, Steve Smith, Karen Garland; Tax Revenue, Revenue, Arthur Giambrone, Arthur Giambrone; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder and Queen Of More, Chocolatier, Mike Simons, Gail Wrubel. By Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 10, 2013 – Chocolate Day and Muscle On In turned in winning performances in New Jersey Futurities for two-year-old trotters on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. In the third race, Chocolate Day battled Choco Sun, prevailing for a length and a half victory in the $14,500 division.  It was three and a half lengths to Hot Type in third.  All three are sons of Chocolatier. Chocolate Day [$3.40], driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:02.2, picking up his fourth win with six seconds and one third in 14 starts. The trotter has earned $42,601 for the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ and Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY. Harold Dancer winner Muscle On It added the New Jersey Futurity to his credits with a wire-to-wire half-length victory in the first split, a non-wagering race with a purse of $14,000.  The mile was timed in 2:00.2 Daniel Dube drove the son of Muscle Hill for trainer Chris Ryder.  Skates N Plates was second and Angels Ransom was three-quarters of a length back in third.  Both are sons of Revenue. Muscle On In has earned $59,665 for co-owner Ryder and his partners Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Dube and Ryder also combined to win a $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies with Vida De Vie in the first of two non-wagering events, in 2:00.4  Vida De Vie, owned and bred by Joie De Vie Farm LLC of Jobstown, NJ, completed a sweep of the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres.  Connie Keeper was second and Ninety Five Janet was third, 23 ½ lengths back.  All three are daughters of Muscles Yankee. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

Orecchietti (6m From Above-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), with Orjan Kihlstom aboard, raced first up in the “death seat” before taking the lead at head of the stretch to win in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters. The V75 Gold victory was worth 150,000SEK to the winner that is owned by Travkompaniets Stall AB, also owner of Maharajah, and trained by Stefan Hultman. Orecchietti recorded his 15th victory in 32 lifetime starts for life earnings of over 3.95 million SEK. Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), 2013 The Elitloppet winner with career earnings of over 9 million SEK, followed Orecchietti in a perfect second over spot for Robert Bergh before making a three wide surge halfway through the final turn. Nahar drew dead-even with Orecchietti before the winner inched away in the late stages. Update Hoss (7m Classic Response-Celebrfation Ride-Express Ride) closed late down the middle to be third, driven by Erik Adielsson. The US import Pastor Stephen (5m Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec) finished ninth for Daniel Reden, timed in 1.12.9kr. He was making his second 2013 start. Pastor Stephen, a career winner of 7.2 million SEK, last started in North America in September 2011. The Bergsaker co-featured Silver Division went to Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) in 1.10.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh trained and driven pupil earned 125,000SEK first money as he defeated Robin Ru (8g Gidde Palema-Ritzy As-Beseiged) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard. Pacesetter Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) ended third for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. by Thomas H. Hicks for    

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