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Toledo, OH — The ownership group of Tactical Landing (Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-Varenne) 2,Q1:56; 3,1:50.2 ($812,300) has made the bittersweet decision to retire him to stud duty as a result of an injury he sustained while harness racing. From the day he was born, through the time he sold as the second highest priced yearling for $800,0000 and throughout his racing career, the full brother to world champion Mission Brief 2,1:50.3; 3,1:50.2f ($1,599,587) has created a buzz within the industry. His unmatched regal pedigree, conformation, size, speed and appearance set him apart from all others. All the promise and anticipation surrounding Tactical Landing came together this year at three. In just his fourth start this year, he won a heat of the $1.2 million Hambletonian and finished a strong third in the final. After a victory in the Bluegrass Stakes, he set his lifetime mark of 1:50.2 easily winning a heat of the Kentucky Futurity. Tactical Landing finished up the year with spectacular performances in the Breeders Crown eliminations and $500,000 final and the $350,000 TVG Open Trot final, dominating the best trotters in North America. Jimmy Takter said it best about this generational trotter: “What a wonderful experience it was to work with this horse. He has everything that very few horses have…class, speed and strength. I have been here for 36 years and I cannot say that I have seen any better than him.” Tactical Landing’s pedigree is the finest in the world. He is a son of the greatest living trotting sire in the sport, Muscle Hill, and his Breeders Crown champion mother, Southwind Serena, is the daughter of arguably the greatest trotter of all time, Italy’s Varenne. Laura Young, Farm Manager at Southwind Farms, expressed their enthusiasm to stand Tactical Landing: “Our family at Southwind is honored to stand the most charismatic son of Muscle Hill. Tactical Landing has had a buzz about him since he was born. He is a very special horse. Southwind has always stood the best of the best. His royal pedigree, stellar conformation and unprecedented good looks will produce some outstanding and highly sought after foals. This is the son of Muscle Hill we’ve been waiting for!” Tactical Landing is currently being syndicated and a limited number of shares are now available for purchase. He will stand for an introductory service of $15,000. For more information on syndication shares contact R. Kevin Greenfield, Syndicate Manager, 419.346.0609; or email kgreenfield@gkflaw.com. from The Tactical Landing Stable & Southwind Farms

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 18, 2018-Dan Dube does not discriminate. He and Jack Vernon ($8.40) went the distance Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The previous evening, Dube and Gokudo Hanover wired 'em in the week's marquee pace. Back to 'Jack,' who won a several-horse harness racing scrum for the early lead, then gave nothing else a shot. The nine-horse feature (one came up ill) served as the opener of seven added-distance 'French' trots. From post position No. 4, Jack Vernon stuffed Gruden (Brian Sears) in behind, setting up shop before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. It was a :57.1 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before invading 3-2 favorite I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) made his second move. Wide early into a four-hole, I Know My Chip came first-up, but the bid was both brief and ineffective. Meanwhile, Jack Vernon was gone, widening past the 1:55.3 milepost and opening four lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished\ it off by 2¼ lengths, getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25. Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) offered late foot to wind up second, with Gruden, Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and Lord Cromwell (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors. I Know My Chip backpedaled to last. For second choice Jack Vernon, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill gelding owned by Mr. (Andy) Miller Stable and trained by Mrs. (Julie) Miller, it was his 10th win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66, the triple returned $466.50 and the superfecta paid $2,828. Technical difficulties resulted in the cancellation of the 'New York, New York Double' for Sunday afternoon. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 25th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

An excellent V75 card was the menu Saturday at Bjerke (NO) included the Big Noon (Gold division, 200,000 NOkr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.9/1 Global Trustworthy (5m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) scored for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.11.7kr as the winner bested internationally respected and 2.3/1 Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) that owner Goran Antonsen drove for trainer Daniel Reden. The 57.8/1 Deep Sea Dream (10g Offshore Dream-Nightlight-Super News) was third for Tom Erik Solberg. Probo OK was seventh and Donatomite and Spitcam Jubb were dq’s. On the undercard was the V7 Silver Flaata Elendom As (purse to the winner 150,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart) with that victory to The Last Ticket (7m Thai Tanic-One Way Ticket-Diamond Way) handled by Dag-Sveinung Dalen. Race time was 1.12.5kr. Vasterbo Exact (7g Racer Bourbon) was second for Thomas Uhrberg and third went to Gigant Invalley (8m Gigant Neo-Fachi-JR Broline). The four year olds mares contested the Axel Jensens Minelop (150,000NOkr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.13.3kr timed victory earned by Denmark’s 3.1/1 Carna Sensei (4f Prodigious-Line Sensei-Mr. Flirt) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Steen Juel. The 6.5/1 Normandie Royal (4f Orlando Vici-Lamitech Monique-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre, and third was 4.1/1 Tropicana As (4f Manofmanymissions-Tropical Breeze As-Striking Sahbra) that was steered by Carl Johan Jepsopn for trainer Jerry Riordan. The race record for this stake was set in 2016 by the Jerry Riordan trained and Christoffer Eriksson reined Treasure Kronos at 1.11.7kr. The day’s featured event was the Axel Jensens Minnelop (300,000NIOkr to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, ten starters), a race that began in 1944 and has been raced annually ever since exceot for 1994 and 1996. The stake record was set in 2015 by Buzz Mearas at 1.11.5kr with Adrian Kolgjini up. Ferrari BR won last year’s edition in 1.11kr for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. This year the winner was 3/1 Vainqueur RP (4m Infinitif-Global Affair-Broadway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Frode Hamre. He defeated 5.3/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-Shes Gone Again-SJs Caviar) that was piloted by Carl Johan Jepson for Courant AB and trainer Stefan Melander. 6.1/1 Giveitgasandgo (4g Yabkee Glide-Mazda Hanover-Andiver Hall) was third for driver Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Hamre. 13/1 Snowstorn Hanover finished fourth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Harrisburg, PA — Bidders were active at Monday’s (Nov. 5) opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale from beginning to end, resulting in a 24.2 percent increase in the average purchase price compared to the first day in 2017. A total of 170 yearlings sold for a gross of $15.9 million and average of $93,541, up from $75,305 last year. Eight horses sold for at least $300,000 led by Muscle Hill-sired trotting filly Fifty Cent Piece, who was acquired for $500,000 by Lennart Agren’s SRF Stables. She was one of three horses to sell for at least $400,000, joined by Trixton-sired trotting filly Krickan ($415,000 to John Floren’s Coyote Wynd Farms) and Captaintreacherous-sired pacing colt Honorat Hanover ($400,000 to Myron Bell as agent for the Captain’s Court ownership group). Overall, 21 horses sold for at least $200,000 and 56 reached six figures. The totals for those two categories in 2017 were 11 and 42, respectively. Last year’s top sellers for the first day, Sheer Muscle and The Ice Dutchess, were $320,000. “It was a fantastic sale, top to bottom; trotters, pacers, colts, fillies,” Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. “I looked down preliminarily through the consignors and it looks like they all did well. Everyone I’ve talked to is very excited and pleased, so obviously I am too. “I was hoping to get (a day like this). There is always the possibility things won’t work out the way you hope, but we really felt we had a very strong catalogue and that this type of day was possible. We’re very happy the buyers recognized the strength of the entries and have bought a bunch of good horses.” Fifty Cent Piece, out of the mare Thatsnotmyname, is a half-sister to stakes-winner Basquiat and the family also includes 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive. She was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “It was great that we got her,” said agent Lina Alm, who bid on the filly for Agren. “I got a text from Lennart right before (the bidding closed) — $500,000. It was at the last moment. “We do the same thing every time we pick out horses. They have to have the pedigree, which she has obviously, and they also have to make a good video. We know the fact that some horses do not make good videos and still are good, but we like to see at least a tiny bit of what we want to have in a horse in the video. And then the last thing is me looking at them and feeling energy and (that they have good) conformation.” Agren’s other purchases on Monday included $335,000 Swiss House Onfire, a trotting colt by Muscle Hill out of Brooklyn from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce and stakes-winner Creamy Mimi. He also was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “He was by far the most athletic and most good-looking horse in the sale,” said agent Robert Lindstrom, who handled the bidding on Swiss House Onfire. “That was the colt we liked most.” The Trixton filly Krickan is out of Hall of Fame mare Solveig and a half-sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Shake It Cerry and international millionaire Uncle Lasse. She was bred by Solveig’s Breeders and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “I’m in the breeding business and you don’t get to buy out of that type of mare very often,” Floren said. “She’s a very nice filly as well. One of the nicest ones out of that mare from what (Jimmy Takter) just told me, and I think he’s trained them all. “I expected her to go for $400,000. I’m happy about this one. (The sale) is very strong.” The Captaintreacherous colt Honorat Hanover is out of the millionaire mare Hana Hanover and a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Hayden Hanover. The horse was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Bell also signed for $350,000 In Reality Hanover, a colt by Captaintreacherous out of It Was Fascination. He is a full brother to stakes-winner Captain Trevor. He also was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. “Whether they were (sired by Captaintreacherous) or not, we felt these were the two best colts that Hanover Shoe Farms had,” Bell said. “We were very fortunate to be able to buy them.” Captaintreacherous is the leading sire of 2-year-old pacers this year, with his first crop totaling $3.07 million in purses. His 21 yearlings that sold Monday in Harrisburg averaged $119,333, which was the best among pacing stallions. “When you get on stage, you better perform,” Bell said. “The Captain is under pressure because now everybody expects that every Captain out there is going to be a world champion, which we know cannot happen. But when you breed a good mare to Captain and they present themselves like these two colts, I think we have a fighting shot.” Muscle Hill led trotting stallions, with 14 yearlings selling for an average of $185,429. Father Patrick was not far behind, with seven horses averaging $182,143. Trotting colts led the first day with an average of $108,667 for 33 horses. Trotting fillies were next with $100,561 for 41 followed by pacing colts with $96,569 for 51 and pacing fillies with $72,622 for 45. The yearling portion of the sale resumes Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The final day for yearlings is Wednesday, also beginning at 10. “We hope for a strong day tomorrow and Wednesday,” Spears said. “We have a very good catalogue tomorrow and a good catalogue Wednesday. I think there will be more strong days to come. The economy is good, people are feeling good; they’re having a lot of fun.” Day One Top 10 Hip–Sex–Gait–Name–Sire–Dam–Buyer–Consignor–Price 144-F-T-Fifty Cent Piece-Muscle Hill-Thatsnotmyname-SRF Stables-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$500,000 133-F-T-Krickan-Trixton-Solveig-Clark Beelby, agent-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$415,000 47-C-P-Honorat Hanover-Captaintreacherous-Hana Hanover-Myron Bell, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$400,000 170-F-T-Hello Tomorrow-Muscle Hill-Armbro Deja Vu-Marvin Katz, Brixton Medical, Bud Hatfield-Fair Winds Farm-$380,000 60-C-P-In Reality Hanover-Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination-Myron Bell, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$350,000 13-C-T-Swiss House Onfire-Muscle Hill-Brooklyn-Robert Lindstrom, agent-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$335,000 118-F-T-Quadrille Hanover-Father Patrick-Queen Of Grace-Jeff Snyder-Hanover Shoe Farms-$300,000 127-C-T-Shadrack Hanover-Muscle Hill-Shared Past-Elite Trotting, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$300,000 45-C-T-Gangster Hanover-Father Patrick-Global Desire-Ake Svanstedt-Hanover Shoe Farms-$275,000 145-F-T-Queentrix-Trixton-The Ice Queen-David McDuffee-Preferred Equine, agent-$260,000 To view the full results of the Monday session or the upcoming catalogue, please click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When it comes to the Meadowlands, Muscle Diamond is very much a horse for the course. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover thrashed five overmatched opponents in the Friday night feature at the mile oval, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Winning driver Andy McCarthy did not rush the 1-9 favorite to the top, opting instead to make his way steadily to the lead while racing on the outside at the three-eighths before hitting the half in :55.4. A sleepy :29.1 fraction followed as Pappy Go Go - seeking his third straight win - put up a fight from first over, but the Brett Bittle-trained Muscle Diamond rebuffed that challenge before hitting the wire 1¾ lengths in front of a fast-closing Tyson. Pappy Go Go held on for third. Muscle Diamond, who set his lifetime-best of 1:50.1 at the Big M in late June before taking the Vincennes on Hambletonian Day in 1:51, completed his mile Friday in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in three Meadowlands starts this year. He paid $2.20 to his backers in winning for the 17th time in 51 lifetime starts while upping his earnings to $755,199 for owners C. Keller III, C. Keller IV, E. Bittle and B. Bittle. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy had the hot hand all night, taking four races on the card. ... One lucky simulcast player at Pompano Park had a huge night. He or she was the only player to have all 10 winners in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $10,221. ... Six favorites hit the winner's circle on the 10-race card, and in two of the races where the public choice lost, the winner's odds were 6-5 (race four) and 2-1 (race eight). ... All-source handle on the program totaled $1,723,596. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Four finals of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds sit atop the marquee, with purses that total almost $900,000. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

Then 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) led throughout to score in Saturday evening’s Jagersro featured C.L. Mullers Memorial (Gr. II International, V75 Gold, purse 74,368€, 2640 meters autostart).  Orjan Kihlstrom piloted the Daniel Reden trainee that Stall Zet owns, to his eighth 2018 victory in 12 starts. His career earnings is 22,585.317SEK after the 400,000SEK first prize earned with this victory. Race time was 1.12.6kr. Propulsion now has 32 career wins in 63 starts. 11/1 Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was a pocket sitting second for trainer/driver Johan Unterste iner and 36/1 Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) took the third heck for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) took a run at the leader and held on for fourth ahead of Racing Mange The solid card also included the Final Breeders Course for 2018 Two Year Olds, with nine starters vying for 600,000SEK first prize in this 1640 meters autostart contest. Amelie Grif (2f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) scored in that event timed in  1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Ronald F. Nooteboom. Osoma (2f Trixton) took second for Peter Ingves and third was Hill Of Fame F (2m Muscle Hill) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Fourth was Goofy Sisu (2m Even Better Odds-Siren Hall-Striking Sahbra) driven by trainer Per Nordstrom. A small field of monte specialist battled in the Certego Stora Montepris 2018 and that went to 1.13.7kr timed Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne). Leo Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. Shogun DK and Nantucket chased the winner home. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Wilkes-Barre, PA - The $500,000 three-year-old Breeders Crown Filly Trot figured to be a battle among Atlanta, currently top-ranked in the sport's top ten poll, Manchego (seventh), and Phaetosive. However, longshot Lily Stride, at 31-1, had other ideas and pulled the upset in the $500,000 event, winning in 1:53.2. Lily Stride paid $65.40 to her backers. Plunge Blue Chip pressured favored Atlanta early, but she cleared to the lead at the 26.4 quarter. She was immediately pressured by Manchego, who was followed by Phaetosive in the outside flow. Atlanta posted fractions of 54.2 and 1:23.4 as Manchego tired and Phaetosive moved three-wide. Meanwhile, Plunge Blue Chip moved outside, opening up the passing lane for Lily Stride and Tim Tetrick, who posted his second consecutive Crown win on the evening. The win over the sloppy surface did not surprise driver Tim Tetrick, who said, "Ever since the first week of Lexington she's really been charging. She got taken out in the (Kentucky) Futurity Final, or she would have been second or third, and last week came home in 27.1. I thought she was setting on a good race. I'm really surprised she paid 31-1. They all went to the outside and we took a shortcut, which I have been doing with her the last few starts. The track is holding up really well. The footing is good." Harder, who posted his first Breeders Crown win, said the filly's season is not over. "The monkey off my back is great. You know, I am really happy to do it with this filly because the group she hit this year are great, great fillies. I thought I had a great, great filly until I qualified her and these other ones started showing up and they are vicious, they're really tough. She's going to go down under and the owners will race her down there, which will be, you know, a feather in their cap, to race a Breeders Crown winner." Owned by Emilio and Maria Roasti of Condell Park, New South Wales, Australia, Lily Stride is a bay filly by Muscle Hill from the Donato Hanover mare Sterling Volo. Bred by Kentuckiana Farms and Jorgen Jahre, Jr., Lily Stride posted her 12th career victory as she claimed the John Simpson Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms, and pushed her career earnings over $700,000. by Keith Gisser, For The Breeders Crown

Wilkes-Barre, PA - The track at Mohegan Sun Pocono may have been sloppy but the effort from Tactical Landing was pretty neat as he took the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Trot in a speedy 1:52.1. Harness racing driver Brian Sears got Tactical Landing away second as Met's Hall took the field to the quarter in 27.1, but he cruised to the front en route to the 55.4 half mile marker. Tactical Landing hit three-quarters in 1:23.4 and drew off from Met's Hall and Crystal Fashion in the stretch, winning by open lengths. Met's Hall and Crystal Fashion were second and third, respectively. The presumptive favorite, Six Pack, was scratched from the race due to sickness. Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, who is retiring at the end of this season, trains Tactical Landing for the Tactical Landing Stable of Perrysburg, Ohio. An $800,000 yearling, the son of Muscle Hill from the Varenne mare Southwind Serena, was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables. He has now earned $644,300 in his career as he won for the eighth time. The win was the second Crown title of the night for driver Sears. Takter was pleased, but philosophical in the winner's circle. "This horse, he's been battling a lot of issues. I have trained a lot of great horses, but the way he carries himself in this weather, I know he's by far the best three-year-old out there. I know Six Pack is a good horse, and it's too bad he got sick, but he would not have a shot with this horse. This horse is a level above anything. This was number 34 (Breeders Crown win), and I was very nervous going into it. This is my last year so I'd like to get at least one Crown before I get out of here." In taking home the John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Brittany Farms, favored Tactical Landing paid $2.80 to win. by Keith Gisser, for The Breeders Crown

Trainer Paula Wellwood doesn't mind Smart As Hill's playful streak. His speed more than makes up for it. "He is improving," Wellwood said. "He's still very coltish. He does little colt things. He doesn't really have a care in the world, he's like that. But that's OK -- if they can go fast." "And," she added with a laugh, "he can do that." That speed has gotten Smart As Hill into Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters, where he drew post No. 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. All 12 Breeders Crown championships, with $6.4 million in total purses, will be raced Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Post time is 5:30 p.m. (EDT) for the first race. Smart As Hill, another in a long line of quality Muscle Hill offspring, out of Smarty Pants, has hit the board in all but one of his nine starts, taking three firsts, three seconds and two thirds for $105,491 in earnings. Owned by the Wellwood family's Dreamville Stable and Steve Organ, the horse was a surprise winner in his elimination, rallying from fifth in the stretch in a lifetime-best 1:53.4 to return $36.80. He was driven by Bob McClure, who had never participated in a Breeders Crown until last weekend. Bettors were surprised, but did Smart As Hill surprise Wellwood? "Yes. Yes he did," she said. "In the last turn I thought, uh oh, we're not too good. Then he got clear sailing. But he's done that before. He did that in the Wellwood too (finishing second). He was just a little far back but he was flying at the end." His effort in the elimination was typical of how the season has gone, as Smart As Hill continues to do the unexpected. "He's been a nice surprise," Wellwood said. "He always was a good training colt, but we didn't know he was going to come to this level. He's just an all-around nice horse. He's got a lot of good attributes -- size, strength, speed, all those things you need." The trainer noted that Smart As Hill was on the small side upon purchase, but had a rapid growth spurt that had to be accounted for. "It took a lot of months to get him to finally fill out and grow up," Wellwood said. "Once he did, he just got stronger and stronger. If you look at his lines, we raced him in (the Define The World Series) and brought him along very slowly. He's typical of what we do, where two or three weeks between races is not an issue. That's just how we're going to approach it." New York Sire Stakes champion Gimpanzee won the division's other elimination to remain unbeaten in eight career starts, and drew post five in the final. He overcame a four-week absence and the difficult tuck-then-first-over trip to finish in 1:54.4. Trainer Marcus Melander was not surprised at how his horse, who has earned $291,358 this year, handled the first-over situation with Brian Sears in the sulky. "He has a lot of stamina, he's a very strong horse," Melander said. "He can do a lot of work in the races. The eight hole (in the elimination) is never good, so that was a little concern because you never know what kind of trip you will get. But it worked out good." As it has all season. "I'm very happy with him," the trainer continued. "He's got a great attitude. He goes out there like an older horse. You can leave with him and then you can just sit with him two fingers and he never gets overanxious. His technique is amazing. If you look at those half-mile tracks in New York, he just lays down in the turns like a car. I like everything about him. He's just a very nice horse." The son of Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, Gimpanzee served notice of his abilities with a track-record 1:55.4 win in a New York Sires Stakes event at Saratoga's half-mile track July 31. "If you go (1):55 at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, it's a special horse," Melander said. "Of course, like always, the New York horses don't get as much credit as the other ones. But I've been feeling he's a very nice horse. He just does it very easy out there. He's very strong, he's got a lot of speed, he's got a great attitude, and he's been fresh and sound all year." Gimpanzee is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. "He feels very sharp," Melander said. "I'm very confident in my horse. The final will be tougher, of course, but I'm very confident in him." Melander has a second horse in the final with Green Manalishi S, a Swedish-bred colt that Anders Strom purchased for a Swedish auction-record 3 million kroner ($265,000 U.S.). Named after a Fleetwood Mac song, Green Manalishi S has five firsts and four seconds in his nine starts, earning $372,557. Tim Tetrick drove him to a second behind Smart As Hill in his elimination. "He was very good," Melander said. "I was very happy with him. He was a little grabby, so we went a little fast on the backside there, but I was very happy with him." He hopes to be just as happy on Saturday. "I think he will be much sharper (this) week," Melander said. "He had some sickness problem when he got home from Lexington, so I was very happy with how he raced. We could have drawn a little better (post eight for the final). But he's a very good horse. It will make things more difficult, of course, but he's good enough to win anyway." For Saturday's complete card, click here. Following is the draw for the Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Hudson River-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 2-Chin Chin Hall-Peter Wrenn-Melanie Wrenn 3-Prospect Hill-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 4-Smart As Hill-Bob McClure-Paula Wellwood 5-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 6-Super Schissel-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 7-Trix And Stones-Scott Zeron-Carl Jamieson 8-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 9-Kings County-Brian Sears-Domenico Cecere by Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown

CHESTER, PA -Jack Vernon had to overcome the tough first-over journey in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, but the fast Muscle Hill gelding not only did so, but came within a fifth of his lifetime best in stopping the timer in 1:53.2. Race favorite Tyson took command early, then submitted to a brushing move to control the pace by New Jersey Viking past the 27.3 opener. The new leader got a breather to the half in 57, but then Jack Vernon got underway under Andy Miller's handling, getting even with the pacesetter near the 1:24.4 ¾ pole, edging away on the turn, then withstanding the late comeback bid of Tyson by a half length. The victory was the third in a row for the Julie Miller trainee, who now has earnings of $191,248 for the Andy Miller Stable Inc. A pair of $14,500 diamondgaited events were also conducted on the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Philly. In the first, the Andover Hall mare Casa Palmera regained her winning ways, able to outclose Zlatan and Band's Houdini to win in 1:54 for her sixth win in 15 starts during 2018. George Napolitano Jr. handled sulky duties for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, who shares ownership with Dr. Patricia Hogan. Napolitano's trip in the other $14,500 event was much more adventurous -- you don't see a line like this too often: PP2 / x2oo / 3o / 2o / 2|1 / 4|2T. But such was the fate of the Napolitano-driven favorite Yuge, who broke on the lead late on the first turn, then recovered and pressured pacesetting second choice Crazy About Pat, who refused to surrender the lead under Eric Carlson's handling en route to a 1:55.1 triumph. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains and owns the veteran Crazed gelding, who in winning for the 36th time in his career boosted his earnings to $818,510. Tim Tetrick drove four winners on the Thursday card, cutting Napolitano's lead to 192-184 at the top of the Harrah's driver standings. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Hill mare Ice Attraction reeled into a fast pace late in the mile and slid clear of competition in progress to a 1:50.1 harness racing world-record victory in the $72,000 Libfeld & Katz Breeding Partnership Allerage Farms Mare Trot, sponsored by Al Libfeld & Marvin Katz, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at The Red Mile. Positioned sixth to the quarter, Ice Attraction sat off a :27.2 opening quarter set by Royal Witch asserting herself to the lead over Checkmate Time showing speed but settling into second. Broadway Donna, the 4-5 favorite, pulled from third entering the backstretch and circled to the top heading to a :55 half. Caprice Hill, from fourth, tipped first over heading into the far turn carrying Dream Baby Dream second over and Charmed Life third over. Dream Baby Dream broke stride, placing Charmed Life second over and Ice Attraction, shuffled to last in the pack, had room to angle third over. Caprice Hill and Broadway Donna drew away from the field to three-quarters as they matched strides in 1:23. Svanstedt fired Ice Attraction to the center of the track turning into the stretch. Caprice Hill continued to dig into Broadway Donna and inherited the lead midstretch when the favorite began to gallop. Ice Attraction continued to roll widest of all and swept to the front late in the mile to win. Caprice Hill held second from Charmed Life closing for third. Broadway Donna, finishing fourth, was disqualified to sixth for violating the breaking rule, placing Royal Witch fourth. "Last year [winning the Kentucky Filly Futurity] was a real shock. This year was just a nice suprirse," co-owner Jeff Gural said. "She's been racing good but she's had bad luck--she's just been shuffled too far back. And of course with a seven-horse race and a horse breaking that makes it a lot easier." Winning her second race in 13 starts this season and her 11th in 42 overall, Ice Attraction has accrued $613,500 for owners Ake Svanstedt, Douglas Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs and Little E LLC. She paid $22.80 to win. The 1:50.1 mile lowers the previous world record for four-year-old trotting mares on a mile track of 1:50.2 set by Ariana G at the Meadowlands this year. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile          

Lexington, KY --- For the second consecutive year, session No. 2 of the Lexington Selected Sale produced a new No. 1. And this year it did it twice as reported by the USTA. Bellareina Dolce, by Muscle Hill out of stakes-winner Bella Dolce, had supplanted the $360,000 paid during Tuesday’s opening session for pacing colt Treasure Trove. Lina Alm signed for Bellareina Dolce as agent for owner Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable.Chestnut Hill, a trotting colt by Muscle Hill out of Dan Patch Award-winner Poof She’s Gone, sold for $410,000 on Wednesday night (Oct. 3) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion to Richard “Nifty” Norman as agent. The price established Chestnut Hill as the event’s top seller, surpassing the $400,000 for trotting filly Bellareina Dolce earlier in the second session. Last year, filly trotter Beautiful Sin sold for $480,000 during the second session to become the event’s top seller. Wednesday’s second session, which ended at midnight, continued the 2018 sale’s strong start. The second session saw 163 yearlings sell for a total of $13.65 million, a record for single-day gross. The average of $83,748 was a record for a second session and an 8.9-percent increase from last year’s previous-record average of $76,873. Through two days, the five-day sale grossed $26.55 million for 265 horses. The average of $100,192 was a 10.4-percent increase from last year’s average of $90,757. A total of 110 horses sold for at least $100,000 in the two sessions, already breaking the record of 103 for the entire 2017 sale. Chestnut Hill is the fourth foal out of Poof She’s Gone. Norman trained Poof She’s Gone during her racing career and also trained two of her previous foals, He’s Gone and Poof Of Credit. Chestnut Hill was bred by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee and consigned by Peninsula Farm as agent. McDuffee also bred Bellareina Dolce, who is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. McDuffee was among the breeders of Bella Dolce, by Kadabra, and raced the filly during her career. He also co-owned Pizza Dolce during her racing career. Marcus Melander will train Bellareina Dolce for Agren. “I bought Deepdish (a winner in Europe by Muscle Hill out of Pizza Dolce) six years ago and I love the filly and the family -- now with Kadabra in the maternal line,” Agren said. Of the remaining seven yearlings to sell for at least $200,000 on Wednesday, four were purchased by Ken Jacobs. Jacobs bought Seven Links, a trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Lindys Head Nurse, for $285,000; American Lindy, a pacing colt by American Ideal out of Think Pink, for $245,000; Realdeal Blue Chip, a trotting colt by Chapter Seven out of Southwind Catlin, for $205,000; and trotting filly Seventh Wonder, by Chapter Seven out of L Dees Maggie, for $200,000. “I wanted to get the ones I really liked, and unfortunately they were high,” Jacobs said. “But everybody liked the same ones, so you’re going to pay more money for them. I’m very happy. Those were the four I was going to try to get and I got them. I had to pay more than I hoped, but that’s part of the game.” Linda Toscano will train American Lindy, whose family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Big Jim, and Seven Links. George Ducharme will train Realdeal Blue Chip, who is a half-brother to millionaire Spider Blue Chip, and Seventh Wonder. Seven Links was the third-highest seller Wednesday and American Lindy was fifth. Sandwiched between them was trotting colt Father Jonathon, by Father Patrick out of Sleep Tight My Luv, who sold for $275,000 with agent Jim Glass signing for the purchase. Father Jonathon’s family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. Among sires with multiple yearlings sold during the two sessions, trotter Muscle Hill led with an average of $132,310 for 42 horses. Pacer Bettor's Delight was second with an average of $116,333 for nine horses followed by pacer Somebeachsomewhere with $111,500 for 24 and trotter Father Patrick with $110,063 for 32. Trotter Chapter Seven averaged $104,313 for 16 and pacer Captaintreacherous averaged $102,690 for 42. The yearling sale continues through Saturday, with each session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER, PA - Deep Impact and Impacter, half-brothers out of the Yankee Glide mare Glide Power, may have close genetic backgrounds, but the routes they took in winning the twin $14,500 featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday couldn't have been more different. The Donato Hanover five-year-old gelding Deep Impact was first to race, and driver George Napolitano Jr. pointed the classdropper right to the front, getting the quarter in 27.3, then resting to a 58.2 half before reigniting the speed. Deep Impact reached the ¾ in 1:26.1 en route to a 1:55 victory, three lengths clear at the finish, for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the Van Camp Trotting Corporation. A year younger than his half-brother, Impacter had no straight shot on the lead to Victory Lane. Trainer/driver Vince Copeland tucked the altered son of Muscle Hill third in a 27 opener, kept him in past a 56.2 half, then backed him out to third-over position well before the 1:25.2 ¾ clocking. When the horses in front of him didn't gain quickly through the turn, Copeland sent Impacter four-wide into the lane, and he got to the wire first in 1:55.4, ¾ of a length ahead of Shady Mccoy, for owner David D. Miller. The Friday card at Philly will be an evening one, starting at 6:30 p.m. After the usual Sunday action beginning at 2:05 p.m., there will be a special live card on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 at 12:25 p.m., with over $200,000 in stakes action in the John Simpson Sr. series, with three-year-old colts of both gaits each contesting three divisions. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

LEXINGTON, KY--Looking to remain undefeated in seven starts, Jim Campbell-trainee Cloud Nine Fashion races from post three in the fifth of five divisions for the $324,500 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for two-year-old filly trotters at The Red Mile on Friday, Oct. 5. Four divisions of the $245,000 ISS for two-year-old filly pacers also highlights the program, with Joe Holloway's Heston Blue Chip filly Zero Tolerance, winning seven races from nine starts this year, racing in the second division. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC, Cloud Nine Fashion continued her unbeaten streak with a 1:55.3 length victory from post 10 in her division of the Bluegrass last week. The earner of nearly $100,000 in earnings contests against The Ice Dutchess, who comes into the ISS red-hot with a three-race win streak on the line. The Muscle Hill filly, owned by Coyote Wynd Farms, also has wins in the $296,450 Peaceful Way Stakes and $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on her resume as well as nearly $400,000 in earnings. Tim Tetrick picks up the drive on Cloud Nine Fashion this week as David Miller sided with the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven filly Hanna Dreamgirl. The Ice Dutchess will have her usual pilot Yannick Gingras in behind. Opening the frosh trots as well as the card, Princess Deo starts from post three off a 1:55.1 rail-trip victory in her division of the Bluegrass. Owned by trainer Noel Daley along with Deo Volente Farms LLC and John Fodera, the filly by Trixton has two wins from eight starts and $72,106 in earnings. Andrew McCarthy will drive. Doherty Memorial elimination-winners Special Honor and Starita meet in the second (ISS) division. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Special Honor enters of an off-the-pace second-place effort as the favorite in her division of the Bluegrass. A winner of two races from seven starts and over $100,000 in earnings, Andy Miller will drive the filly by Father Patrick from post three. Trained by Joe Holloway, Starita has three wins from 10 starts and $129,223 in earnings for owners Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The filly by Trixton finished second to The Ice Dutchess in her division of the Bluegrass, timed in 1:54.4, and starts from post five this week with David Miller in the bike. Winning her Bluegrass split in 1:54.4 as the even-money favorite, Richard "Nifty" Norman-trainee Evident Beauty returns to the track in the third ISS division. Competing for Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc., the filly by Trixton has two wins from six starts and $146,332 on her card. She races from post five with David Miller at the reins. Kentucky Sires Stakes-champ Whispering Oaks enters the fourth ISS split off a fourth-place finish to Cloud Nine Fashion in the Bluegrass. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Father Patrick has accrued $232,094 in earnings for owners Brixton Medical Inc., Herb Liverman and R A W Equine Inc. in just 10 starts this season, three of which she won. Yannick Gingras will sit in the bike from post five. Zero Tolerance races from post six in the second division of the filly pace. Earning $241,291 for owners Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, she charged through the stretch with a :26.2 final quarter to win her Bluegrass division by less than a length in 1:51, a lifetime best. Regular-driver David Miller will have the controls. Beating Zero Tolerance in the $207,000 Kentuckiana Filly Pace at Hoosier Park, Warrawee Ubeaut returns to compete against the Holloway trainee. Trained by Ron Burke, the Sweet Lou filly has five wins from eight starts and $269,768 in earnings for owner Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras will drive from post two. Trainer Brett Bittle tries his filly Darn Tootn Hanover against Grand Circuit competition this week as the Sweet Lou filly jumps from late-closing action at The Red Mile into the first ISS division. Adding Lasix in her last start, Darn Tootn Hanover broke her maiden in a late-closing split with a three-quarter length 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan sits in the bike from post five for owners Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, (E. Bittle) and Brett Bittle. Prescient Beauty and St Somewhere, finishing one-two in their Bluegrass split, compete against each other once more in the third split of ISS. A homebred for James Avritt Sr., Prescient Beauty kicked off cover to catch speedster St Somewhere by a length in 1:51.1 as the odds-on favorite. The Gregg McNair trainee, with four wins from nine starts, has earned $178,537 and will have Doug McNair driving from post one. St Somewhere, a Ron Burke-trained filly by American Ideal, rushed to the lead from post nine and quickened the tempo before being outsprinted in the stretch to finish second in her rebound mile. She lost her previous start, the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, as the even-money favorite after making a break before three-quarters. A winner of three races from 10 starts, St Somewhere has earned $138,143 for owners Burke Racing Stable & Philip Collura, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras will drive from post three. She's A Great Lady-winner Tall Drink Hanover enters the final division of the filly pace off her 1:51.1 victory in the $454,300 Grand Circuit event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna-trained filly by Captaintreacherous has not missed the board in eight starts--winning five--and earning $313,289 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy sits in the bike and will start from post seven. The ISS action Friday features a variety of sponsored events with three divisions of the Walner filly trot sponsored by the Walner Syndicate and two of the Muscle Hill sponsored by Southwind Farms. Blue Chip Stallions sponsors all four divisions of the filly pace, naming a division for American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play and Bettor's Delight. The 12-race matinee Friday gets underway with first-race post scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--The fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile begins on Thursday, Sept. 27 with four divisions of the $343,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot highlighting the nine-race program. Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em tries to rebound off two last-place efforts when he starts from post four in the $86,000 first division, carded as the third race on the program.   The Jimmy Takter-trained colt by Muscle Hill has struggled with his gait in three of his four starts over the Lexington oval and more recently broke stride around the final turn in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) final.   Owned by Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman, the winner of four races in eight starts and $238,117 in earnings will have Jimmy Takter sit in the bike. Marcus Melander-trainee Green Manalishi S, runner-up to Don't Let'em in the Peter Haughton Memorial, enters the $85,000 second division off a 1:53.4 lifetime-best victory in the $308,000 William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Finishing no worse than second in all six starts of his career, the Muscle Hill colt has banked over $300,000 in earnings so far for owner Courant Inc and will start from post one with Tim Tetrick driving. Forecast faces his first Grand Circuit test in the $86,000 third division of Bluegrass following his 1:53.4 one-length victory in the $250,000 KYSS final. Owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, the John Butenschoen-trained colt by Muscle Hill has five wins from nine starts this season and $186,650 earned. Corey Callahan will sit behind from post three. Union Forces, pulling a 33-1 upset in an elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial, competes against Forecast from post six for trainer Domenico Cecere and driver Scott Zeron. The colt by Cantab Hall galloped heading to the half in the Wellwood final and finished eighth--his first off-the-board finish in his career. Winning three races from five starts, Union Forces has collected $40,957 in earnings for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Robert Rudolph, David Anderson and John Fielding. Cecere also sends Kings County, driven by Scott Zeron, from post seven in the $86,000 final division off a fourth-place finish in the Wellwood Memorial. The Muscle Hill colt, owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, contests against Cantab Fashion, a Cantab Hall colt trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms LLC, and Prospect Hill, a colt by Muscle Hill trained by Julie Miller for owner Stroy Inc. Cantab Fashion, starting from post three with driver David Miller, enters off a three-race win streak, winning by a combined 22 lengths in his last three outings. His most recent win, a lifetime best, came in a division of the Kindergarten Classic at Tioga Downs timed in 1:54.2. Prospect Hill, a winner of seven races in nine starts, has accrued over $180,000 in earnings and enters off victories in a $30,833 division of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows and a $48,218 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair. Andy Miller steers the colt from post two. The nine-race card, which also features a $3,000 division of the Billings Amateur Drivers and three late closing events for two-year-old trotting fillies, starts at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- Im Your Captain converted a lengthy quarter-pole move to victory in 1:53.4, fastest in Monday's $78,698 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double taking the other divisions. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller made it a double, indeed, with Im Your Captain and Make It A Double. Im Your Captain entered the Keystone Classic off a victory in the Old Oaken Bucket at Delaware, and Miller drove him as if he were the best, launching that quarter-pole move from fourth. "I thought he was as good as anything in there," Miller said, "and I just didn't want to rush him out of the gate and make a mistake. So I just moved him up the front side, and he did the rest. He finished with his earplugs in and kind of coasted. I just kept him to his task." The son of Muscle Hill-Frisky Strike drew off late to down Jackie's Jim by 3-3/4 lengths, with Meadowbranch Ricky third. Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing campaign Im Your Captain, who boosted his career bankroll to $128,373. Mississippi Storm also entered the Keystone Classic off a strong performance -- a victory in a Liberty Bell split -- and he had little trouble muscling to the early lead and scoring in 1:54.2, a life mark. The pocket-sitting Mr Contestant was second, 2 lengths back, while Rich And Miserable rallied for show. "I'd never driven him before, so I didn't know what to expect," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "He was very handy. I kicked out the plugs at the head of the stretch, and he still had plenty left. I was happily surprised." Ton Fanning conditions the Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding, who now has banked $153,908 for Joseph Smith. Make It A Double stretched out 3-5 favorite Scirocco Rob before yielding to the pocket. That might have been the decisive move, as the Donato Hanover-Dodger Blues gelding overtook Scirocco Rob near the wire and defeated him by a length in 1:54.3. Stonebridge Gamble completed the ticket. "I was stuck between horses, and I wanted a two-hole trip, so I kept going," Miller said. "I had to use my horse and make the favorite work a little to get where I wanted to be. The horse trotted good late." Make It A Double lifted his lifetime earnings to $94,011 for Andy Miller Stable, Jason Allen and Douglas Allen. Miller indicated Im Your Captain and Make It A Double would be pointed to the Simpson for their final starts this year. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality zipped to the front from post 8 and collected a comfortable 2-1/2-length victory in 1:55.1 for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding won for the 50th time in his career and extended his career bankroll to $647,812. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a $75,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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