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The American bred and raced Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was a game 1.11.4kr timed winner of Saturday’s Boden, Sweden featured Gr, I International, UET Masters Series, Norrbottens Stora Pris with 1SEL million to the winner. The distance was 2140 meters autostart. Propulsion drew post 10 in a field of 9 (after post 1 Sorbet was scratched) and was away at the back, Driver Orjan Kihlstrom made an aggressive three wide move  after 600 meters and drew alongside then leading Nadal Broline that had taken the front from Arazi Boko.  Nadal’s driver Ulf Ohlsson refused to let Propulsion pass and the pair raced nose to nose until top of stretch when Nadal faded and Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) rallied three wide off the turn for Bjorn Goop. His charge was less than a length short while Arazi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) held third on the pegs for Jorma Kontio On the Boden undercard was the V75 Bronze that went to 8/1 Dice Man (5g SJs Caviar-International Red-International Chip) with Bjorn Goop up for Stall Courant AB and trainer Stefan Melander. Race time was 1.12.5kr over 1640 meters autostart with 125,000SEK to the winner. Mellby Dealer (6g Going Kronos) and Ebony Bond (7g Chocolatier) trailed the winner. The V75 Silver (2640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to the winner) was won by Qahar QC (7g Scipion du Goutier-Mumma QC-Enjoy Lavec) at 4/1 for driver Ulf Ohlsson, trainer Catarina Lundstrom and owner Fire-Talli of Finland. Don’t Mind Me (6m Andover Hall) and Linus Boy (6g Zola Boko) were second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms took place at The Meadowlands on a grand Saturday morning with clear skies, little breeze and temps in the mid-70's at 10am.   It turned out to be Father Patrick day as that first crop sire had five winners in the seven trotting races. an impressive showing indeed.   Trotting fillies opened the card with Whispering Oaks a 1:57.3 win, the second in a many appearances for the imposing $100,000 (LEX Select) Father Patrick filly. Yannick Gingras sat chilly with Whispering Oaks tight on the back of Frauline Blucher (Marcus Johansson) as that rival set moderate fractions, then tipped his charge as they turned home and she exploded by with a 28 flat final quarter.   Jimmy Takter trains the winner for Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine. Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband are the breeders.   Father Patrick got another credit when Devilish Delight won the second race in 1:58 / 28.4 for Andy McCarthy. She did it all on her own, setting comfortable fractions then sprinted home to easily hold Caviart Jenny (Johansson) and the rest of the field at bay. Tom Dillion paid $80,000 for Devilish Delight in Lexington last fall, buying from breeder Kentuckiana Farms. Jonas Czernyson trains.   Special Honor by, guess who, Father Patrick took the third for Andy Miller in 1:58.1 / 27.4. She converted a perfect trip, tracking Given (Gingras) until headstretch then ground past that stubborn rival as they neared the wire. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own Special Honor.   The fourth race this morning saw two talented, well-bred filly trotters square-off and it went as if scripted. The Muscle Hill x Sina lass Beautiful Sin (Gingras) wore down French Café (Andy Miller), another Father Patrick this one from Creamy Mimi, through a stretch-long battle to win in 1:56.4 / 28.1.   While Isolde (Dave Miller) was rank on the lead early through fast fractions, French Café followed in the pocket before gliding by that rival around the final bend with Beautiful Sin in close pursuit. In the stretch both fillies dug in gamely and it did take a photo to determine Beautiful Sin as the winner. Lennart Agrin paid $480,000 for Beautiful Sin at the Lexington sale last fall and she races under his SRF Stable banner for trainer Jimmy Takter. Jeff Gural and the Moon Goddesses bred and raised the winner.   Colt trotters came around in the 5th and Kredit Karma (David Miller) led all the way to win in 1:58.2 / 27.4 over Amico Mio B (Jordan Stratton). The winner was a $110,000 (LEX Select) Credit Winner bred by Steve Jones and Fair Winds Farm and now owned by Our Horse Cents Stable. Marcus Melander is the trainer.   Hudson River became yet another credit for Father Patrick when he won in 1:58.2 with trainer Jimmy Takter at the lines. Hudson River took the field by the 1:00.3 half, yielded to stablemate and eventual second place finisher Gerris Trix (Gingras) then trotted by that one in deep stretch for the score. Hudson River is a homebred racing for Christina Takter and Goran Falk.   Saving perhaps the best for last and making five winners on the day for Father Patrick was the highly regarded colt Greenshoe. He turned heads when he won in 1:55 with the greatest of ease two weeks ago and returned with another impressive win this morning, albeit a bit slower in 1:56.1 / 28.1 with Brian Sears driving for trainer Marcus Melander.   Greenshoe was pretty fresh scoring and anxious behind the gate but Sears was able to soothe him away with the good colt Don't Let'em (Gingras) landing on his back. Moderate fractions ensued with no real trotting done until midway through the stretch when Gingras moved Don't Let'em out to challenge and made a bit ground but couldn't threaten the winner. Anders Strom using his nom d'course of Courant, Inc bought the Greenshoe in Lexington last fall for $330,000 from breeders Libfeld and Katz.   JK American Beauty took the first pacing race in 1:56.1 for Tim Tetrick. She was just up over Wicked N Wonderful (Gingras) with Mollydooker going off stride when pacing fast at the wire. Nancy Johansson trains the American Ideal filly for owner/breeder 3 Brothers Stable.   Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube) was a 1:56.3 winner for trainer John Mc Dermott, Jr. Trapped until very late, when a seam appeared the Art Major filly shot through to nip Odds On Clearwater (Scott Zeron). Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investments and George Vierno own the $24,000 Harrisburg purchase who was bred by Twinbrook LTD.   Blood Money (Gingras), representing the first crop by Sweet Lou, took the 10th in 1:54.2 / 27 just holding off the furious late rally of Hurrikane Emperor (Dube). The homebred is now two for two for Takter and Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing.   The exact same connections came right back to win the last of the 2-year-old races with Blacklight in 1:56 / 27.2. Yannick held the Somebeachsomewhere colt from champion mare I Luv The Nitelife well back early then unleashed him in deep stretch to nail Waterway (Brett Miller) in the last step. Another good Diamond Creek homebred prospect in the Takter barn.   Hey Blondie took a handy qualifier in 1:53.2 for Andy McCarthy in a race where Tactical Landing set brisk fractions before rolling off stride as they turned home.   Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands highlighting the annual appearance by the Camel and Ostriches.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

CHESTER PA - Driver Marcus Miller, who led the driver colony in his native Illinois before coming East and showing he can drive with the best sulkysmiths around, earned career victory #3000 by guiding the maiden trotter Boxing Gloves to a 1:59 victory Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The milestone victory wasn't an easy one for horse or driver, as the 6-5 race favorite had to come uncovered at the 3/8 and grinded away. But turning for home, the winning Muscle Hill colt seized the lead, and Marcus kept his ridgling's mind to business to the wire to score number 3000. The victory was probably all the sweeter because Marcus won for his father, trainer Erv Miller, who conditions the sophomore for Silver Linden Farms. The 2016 Rising Star Award winner from the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the 29-year-old certainly has talent running throughout his pedigree: in addition to dad Erv, Andy Miller is his uncle, and "Hurricane" Hannah Miller is his sister. Currently seventh in the standings among the all-star Philly drivers colony, Marcus's biggest career victory came in a 2016 Breeders Crown with Someomensomewhere. A look at the feature races of the day: Driver Victor Kirby has seen both sides of the harness racing game at Harrah's Philadelphia recently. In his last pari-mutuel start, Kirby's pacer had stumbled and fell near the half-mile pole; in his first betting start since that unceremonious event, Victor guided New Heaven wire-to-wire from the outside post eight to take a new mark of 1:54.2 in the $17,000 trotting feature Thursday. The son of Yankee Glide, trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills, dictated early fractions of 28.1 and 57.4, then was required to speed up as favored EI EI O stormed up uncovered, with those two nose-to-nose past the 1:25.2  marker at the three-quaters. Through the stretch New Heaven was under attack from every direction, from Pricelesspossesion in the passing lane to Casa Palmera not all that far removed from the outside fence, but he held with determination, winning by a half-length over EI EI O, with Pricelesspossesion third and Casa Palmera fourth, those two both within a neck of second. In the $14,500 co-feature, first-over Classic Belisima wore down pacesetter Sir John F, who had been hard-used to make the top, drawing away late to tally by 1½ lengths in 1:56. John Cabot trains the daughter of Crazed, who has now assembled a bankroll of $269,760 lifetime, for owner William Cantrell. From the PHHA/Chester Philadelphia

CHESTER PA – Driver Corey Callahan guided the swiftest winner on both the trot and the pace during a morning session for two-year-olds at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday. The filly Scirocco Donnahill became the first 2:00 trotter on a 5/8-mile track (as reported at press time) when she won in 1:59.2, setting all the pace and then tacking on a 29 last quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the Donato Hanover mare UF Tady’s Donato, who is a half-sister to $1M winner Hez Striking. On the pace, Sugar Factory also made every pole a winning one, hitting the half in 59.4 then scooting home in 55.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, 2/5 of the season’s record for baby colts. Tom Cancelliere trains the son of Sweet Lou-Cam Swifty, she a 1:50 pacer and million-dollar winner during her racetrack career. The Erv Miller stable had a particularly successful day in sending out four winners, with his son Marcus handling all four before shuffling off to Buffalo with a total of 2999 lifetime victories. Other stables who had multiple winners were those of John Butenschoen and Jake Leamon, each of whom had a pair. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - Manchego kept her place in the spotlight intact Tuesday night in one of four $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming the tuck-then-first-over trip to post a 1:52.4 victory. The undefeated daughter of Muscle Hill found herself in the middle of a quintet of strong leavers, and Yannick Gingras backed the winner of $917,188 into a midpack tuck, then started first-over on the second turn after Nixie Volo, who had been responsible for the early numbers of 27.1 and 56.3. Manchego started to gain the advantage at the 1:24.4 3/4s, but for a second the upset-minded had a thrill as Nixie Volo kept the champion out on the turn. But Manchego simply increased her distance consumption in her effortless way, coming home two lengths to the good of late-closing Top Expectations, with Nixie Volo another 1¼ lengths back in third. Manchego's 1:52.4 equaled her personal mark, achieved last year at both Mohawk and Lexington. Jimmy Takter had the filly in top shape after a 22-day racetrack layoff, getting her 14th win in succession without much of a sweat for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Manchego commanded so much of the crowd's respect, she drew almost $19,000 of the $22,000+ win/place/show pool, and the Exacta she headed with 43-1 Top Expectations second returned only $15.20 (the second choice was 23-1 behind the 1-9 shot). Then, the most marked of mutuel contrasts followed 18 minutes later, as the Explosive Matter filly Highland Dynamite made the most of a pocket trip behind pacesetter Bill's Lady, going up the Pocono Pike to catch that foe in 1:53.1 while returning $250.80 to win and combining with Bill's Lady, the 5-2 second choice, for a $4878.80 exacta. Simon Allard guided the Pierre Paradis-trained shocker, who reduced her mark 5 2/5 seconds while gaining into a 55.2 back half for the Highland Thoroughbred Farm. (The other galloping reference of the night came in race four, where the winner was named Justified.) Southwind Angelica came out before the ¾ to challenge pacesetting favorite Basquiat and wore her down late in their division, posting a neck victory while taking a new mark of 1:54.2. Another daughter of Muscle Hill, the winner stepped her own back fractions in 55.4 - 27.4 in taking the decision for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Jonas Czernyson, and owner Thomas Dillon. The final All-Stars contest was taken by the Donato Hanover filly Live Laugh Love, who gained solidly from third midrace to take the lead in early stretch and win by herself in 1:54.3. The Nifty Norman trainee, a Sire Stakes winner and then second to Manchego in her two previous starts, ran her record to 4-for-5 in 2018, with earnings of $117,227 lifetime for Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. *************** In other important news, George Napolitano Jr., the all-time leading horseman in Pocono Downs history, goes so fast that a mere pencil cannot stay with him - it took a check of the USTA computer to show that in Monday's 12th race, his victory with Myidealson N was the 9000th of his top-notch career. "George Nap" becomes the 21st North American-based driver to get to 9000 wins, and ranks #12 among active drivers. The leading driver in North America in 2010 with 753 visits to Victory Lane, Napolitano has won a mind-boggling 29 titles at Pocono - 11 driving win titles (including the last six, and he leads the colony right now), 9 UDR championships (including the last five), and five training win titles. He has also won nine titles "down the Turnpike" at Harrah's Philadelphia - six for sulky victories and three for UDR. George will have his entire family to the track on Saturday night, where he will join with them to be honored in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winners Circle for this milestone triumph. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Nichols, NY - The eyes of the harness racing world shift to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon when that New York venue hosts the third and last preliminary leg of the $1 million Graduate series for 4-year-olds and the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt pacers.   The Graduate drew a strong response at the entry box, resulting in three $50,000 divisions of pacers and a pair of trotting races.   Trotters are up first, races 3 and five both sporting user friendly six horse fields.   Yes Mickey has been tabbed as the favorite in the third. The Muscle Hill gelding was third in leg #1, suffered traffic woes in the bulky 12 horse field at Mohawk in the second leg and gets Andy McCarthy to drive for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owner Melby Gard at Tioga.   Top Flight Angel, winner of the Yonkers Trot last season, is a slight morning line choice in division two. He was a good third in last week's leg and has drawn the advantageous rail position for Team Miller, driver Andy and trainer Julie who look after the son of Archangel for Legendary Standardbred Farm.   Ron Burke holds a very strong hand in the Graduate pacing events with a total of five going post ward over the three division of seven horses each.   The current scourge of the open ranks, Filibuster Hanover kicks it off for the "Burke Brigade in race 7. He's won all four of his 2018 starts including the 1st Graduate leg at The Meadowlands. He will begin from post six with Yannick Gingras driving for Ron Burke and partners Joe DiScala, J&T Silva Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.   The second division, race 9 includes a pair of contenders from the Burke barn but the favorite's role interestingly goes to a former Burke horse, Miso Fast, who now races out of the Virgil Morgan, Jr barn. Despite a remarkably poor run at the post position draw thus far in 2018, Miso Fast has weathered that storm and captured his division of leg two in Canada. Tim Tetrick has the assignment from post 5 on Sunday as the 9-5 choice from Winchester Baye Acres of Ohio.   The tenth race, Graduate pace number three, is a very contentious one. Maroma Beach (Gingras) won a Graduate division last week for Burke, Highalator (David Miller) equaled the fastest mile in all of racing with a 1:48.1 score in a Meadowlands overnight for trainer / owner Jenny Bier and her partner Charlie Dombeck and Donttellmeagain (Tetrick) looks for his second score in the series for trainer Jimmy King and Paton Racing Stable.   The NYSS split into four very contentious $40,000 divisions as races 4, 6 & 8.   The beautiful new Tioga Downs hotel offers a resort feel that was not previously available as well as packages for a spa, stay, golf trifecta that has been designed especially for horsemen. Call (607) 699-3900 to make your reservation for a few days of bliss.   Post time for the big Sunday card is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Undefeated trotting filly sensation Manchego returns to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this coming Tuesday night (June 12), racing in one of four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars series event. Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman, went 12-for-12 during her freshman campaign, of course earning divisional honors and bankrolling $873,948. Manchego made her 2018 bow at Pocono on May 21, winning a division of a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contest in hand, and she is again expected to be the overwhelming favorite from post seven for driver Yannick Gingras. Nixie Volo, recent winner of a Currier and Ives Filly division and a PA Sires contest on the same card as Manchego, draws in against her here, but is stuck with the outside post nine for driver Corey Callahan. The filly who gave Manchego her hardest battle in 2017, the Explosive Matter miss Phaetosive, may be the choice in another division despite also having to overcome the outside nine-hole. Trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer for Purple Haze Stables LLC, Phaetosive was second, beaten only ¾ of a length in the Peaceful Way final last year at Mohawk, and in her 2018 bow she came her back fractions in 54.1 - 26.2 while coming from eighth to miss only two lengths at The Meadowlands. Two Pennsylvania Sires winners, What A Knockout (post one, driver Tim Tetrick) and Piranha Fury (post two, David Miller) will square off in another All-Stars section against Bill's Lady (post six, Corey Callahan), coming off a win in a Currier and Ives Filly division. The other division of Tuesday's stake is headlined by two recent PA Stallion Series winners, Perfect Image (post five, Charlie Norris) and Pembroke Mystery (post seven, Tim Tetrick). From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Manalapan, NJ --- Julie Miller could smile after watching a group of her 2-year-old pacers and trotters qualify for the first time Monday (June 4) at Gaitway Farm. "I think we had one hiccup and everything else went OK," said Miller, who sent out 14 horses in the day's 11 races for 2-year-olds. "You can't complain. I wanted them to be behind the gate, be handy, do what you ask them to do; all of them were really nice in that respect. That made us happy. "When they all have a good experience you're just really happy with the day." Two-year-olds from the stable of trainer Ron Burke dominated the entries, with 33. All totaled, Miller and Burke sent out 47 of the 55 rookies that competed during the day. Action was delayed from starting for more than an hour because of heavy rain that fell overnight and into the early morning. "Luckily, Gaitway got the track ready to go and we got it accomplished today," Miller said. Miller's winners were female trotters French Cafe (Father Patrick-Creamy Mimi) in 1:58.4, Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindys Lullaby) in 1:58.4, and Special Honor (Father Patrick-Honor Thy Daughter) in 1:58.3 along with male trotters Soul Strong (Father Patrick-Sheer Soul) in 1:57.4 and Prospect Hill (Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp) in 1:58.3. French Cafe, a half-sister to stakes-winner French Laundry, is owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Ev's Girl, the first foal out of Lindys Lullaby, is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC. Special Honor, whose second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Honorable Daughter, is owned by breeders Brittany Farms, Katz and Libfeld. Soul Strong, a half-brother to stakes-winner Designed To Be, is owned by Stable Why Not while Prospect Hill, the first foal out of Louise Kemp, is owned by Stroy Inc. Burke's winners were male pacers De Los Cielos Deo (Captaintreacherous-Lisjune) in 1:56.4 and World On Edge (Roll With Joe-Inanotherworld) in 1:55 along with female pacer Sylph Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan) in 1:57. De Los Cielos Deo, a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. World On Edge, whose family includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty, is owned by Burke Racing, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Adriano Sorella. Sylph Hanover, a half-sister to stakes-winner Shakai Hanover, is owned by Burke Racing, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli. In addition, Burke's female pacer Sweet Chrome (Sweet Lou-Camille) finished second by a nose in 1:55.1 to 3-year-old female pacer Ideal Life. Two of the qualifiers for the 2-year-olds included one 3-year-old; the other was won by 3-year-old female pacer I Will Do It, with Shawn Vallee's 2-year-old Devious Delight (Bettor's Delight-In A Whisper) second in 1:59. "Overall, I wasn't happy with mine as a group," Burke said. "There were a couple highlights, but overall I would say they were just average at best. I don't know if the track was off, or it was just the first time out. De Los Cielos Deo, Sylph Hanover, World On Edge; they looked good and finished alertly. I'm looking for horses that don't look tired at the wire. We'll see." The remaining qualifier for the 2-year-olds was won by Joe Holloway-trained male pacer Union Station (Somebeachsomewhere-Hit The Curb) in 1:57.3. The colt, whose family includes New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Lookinforadventure, is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. "He went fine," Holloway said. "I didn't think we were going to get to go today. At 5 o'clock this morning it was still raining. The track crew did a good job. "I was happy. He's been training down good. I took four to the Meadowlands on Saturday, and don't have enough help to take more, so we had a couple here. It's good that we can do it here, but I like shipping them and giving them the whole experience, being in the paddock and everything; it's just like training them here. But it's good for them. Hopefully we'll go on from here." Complete charts for all the qualifying races can be found at this link. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

East Rutherford, NJ  - The 2018 edition of Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB), sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms, kicked off on a perfect Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The skies were clear, the breeze slight and the temperature a comfortable 75 degrees. As has been the case since BWTB began, Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter sent out the first winner of the season. This year it was the highest priced yearling of the 2017 sales season at $480,000 (Lex Select), Beautiful Sin. In a short field of four, Yannick Gingras settled Beautiful Sin in second early as Isolde (Mattias Melander) took the field by the quarter in 29, then brushed her to the front by the 58.4 half. After a rated 30 second third split Gingras let the filly roll a bit through a 28.3 final quarter and she widened out to win by more than six lengths in 1:57.2. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable owns Beautiful Sin (by Muscle Hill from Sina, bred by The Moon Goddesses, Paula Gural and Monica Bencal) and if this morning's performance is any indication, she was a bargain. The Takter / Gingras duo came right back in race 2 with Whispering Oaks and the filly becomes the very first winner for first crop sire Father Patrick. She led all the way, closing out her 1:58 mile with a 29 flat final quarter and won well within herself over Starita (David Miller), by another eagerly anticipated first crop sire in Trixton, who broke early and recovered nicely to be second. Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine, Inc paid $100,000 (Lex Select) to breeders Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband for Whispering Oaks last fall. When Greenshoe, the $330,000 (Lex Select) Father Patrick colt from world champion Designed To Be, cruised around the oval in 1:55 / 27.3 looking like he was jogging and eliciting "Wows" from the veteran observers and various experts in attendance this morning the young sire's legend was begun. Trainer / driver Marcus Melander let Greenshoe go right to the top from post four though even fractions with Hudson River (another Father Patrick colt driven by Takter) following closely by the 1:27.2 three panels. When Melander gave his colt the "green light" he accelerated while continuing to move easily and put some air between himself and his closest rival. It was a very good 1:55. Anders Strom owns Greenshoe via his nom de course of Courant, Inc and was bred by Katz and Libfeld. This year's freshman trotters are a particularly precocious lot as in the very next race Jimmy Takter exposed a lovely Muscle Hill colt named Don't Let Him with a start to finish 1:55 mile, home in 27.4. He was tracked throughout by Gimpanzee (Melander) who made a menacing move in the stretch but could not head Takter's colt. Don't Let Him is a Brittany bred, was sold for $80,000 (Lex Select) and is owned by that nursery along with Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. The highest priced yearling ever sold in Sweden at $325,000 (USD) is here in the US racing for Courant, Inc and the Muscle Hill colt Green Manalishi S was a winner at first asking for Mattias Melander in 1:57. Taking the lead just past the quarter, Green Manalishi cruised through easy numbers then dug in nicely when Gerris Trix (Takter) ranged up alongside mid-stretch with a28.4 end to the mile. Colt pacers took the stage with the sixth race with first crop sires Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou both represented. Ray Schnittker put his "Captain" colt Latissimus Hanover on the lead and set a fair pace through a 1:26.2 three quarters. Following in the pocket was Jimmy Takter (who else) with his Sweet Lou x Blood Diamond colt Blood Money, fanning out as they straightened up and ground past by a length through the 27.2 end to the 1:53.4 mile. Zero Tolerance (D. Miller) split that pair to be second. Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm bred and owns the colt as Diamond Creek Racing. Diamond Creek came right back with another imposing homebred in Blacklight, trained by Takter and driven by Gingras who was a 1:56.2 winner. He's a big colt by Somebeachsomewhere from the champion mare I Luv The Nitelife and handled the assignment like a veteran. Qualifying pacers picked up with the eighth race where a very good older horse, Delta Winner, held off a very good 3 year-old in Stay Hungry. In what amounted to a match race, Brett Miller cut the mile with Delta Winner while Doug McNair sat pocketed with Stay Hungry and when they crossed the wire in 1:49.1 after a 26.3 stretch duel it was Delta the winner. Mark Silva trains for Jeff Snyder. Fourth Dimension is right at the top of the Road To The Hambletonian and he looked the part today, winning a hard fought stretch battle over the good 4 year-old mare Dream Baby Dream (David Miller) in 1:53.3 / 27.1 for Brian Sears. Fourth Dimension closed out a nice day for the Melander barn and moves on to the sophomore classics for owner Courant, Inc. Charts are available on the Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands begins at 7:15pm with the Jerseyfest Food Truck Mash-up leading the promotions. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

WILKES-BARRE PA - If you're looking to evaluate the quality of the three-year-old trotting colts competing in three divisions of the $171,290 second preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, you can look at what the timer showed at the end of the first division - 1:51.4, the fastest trotting mile of the year in North America on a 5/8-mile track, posted by the Andover Hall colt Evaluate to lower his mark by over three seconds. Driver Corey Callahan kept Evaluate in third behind a contested pace (27.3, 55.4), then moved him uncovered 5/8 to challenge favored Captain Morgan, who had finished ahead of Evaluate in the first round of the Sire Stakes. But Evaluate proved strong in the stretch despite the raw overland journey, going by by 1 /4 lengths as he ran his lifetime record to 6-3-3-0 for trainer Marcus Melander and Stall TZ Inc. Callahan won a second Sire Stakes division as Whats The Word ran his record to 3-for-3 with trotting hopples and 2-for-2 in 2018 Sire Stakes races while recording a personal best of 1:53.2. The Cantab Hall gelding brushed to command in front of the stands, then came home in 56.1-27.4 to be well clear at the wire for trainer Janice Connor, also co-owner with the Arden Homestead Stable. The third winner in Sires competition is probably the best-known of the three, the Muscle Hill colt and 2017 Peter Haughton winner You Know You Do, who also posted a lifetime record of 1:53.2. The $350,000 yearling, making his seasonal debut after earning almost $375G at two, brushed to the lead under the wire the first time for driver Yannick Gingras, then stepped home in 56.2 on his own, hinting at being on the edge of another fine season for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Howard Taylor, the Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and Mkatz Alibfeld Sgoldband. In the featured pace for older horses, worth $21,500, Lawrencetown Beach was involved in a searing half, yet still had enough to rally out of the pocket to nose out closing Maxdaddy Blue Chip in 1:49 - a new mark which also equals the fastest mile of the year in North America on a 5/8-mile track (a great night for the speedy Pocono surface). After leaving in a 26.2 quarter then pushing a foe to a 53.2 half, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding sat patiently in the pocket past the 1:20.4 ¾ pole, came out at headstretch and paced to the lead, then just photoed the charging Maxdaddy Blue Chip for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and Phil Collura. And it wouldn't be Saturday night without a mention of Walks Of Life, who reclaimed the clear title as winningest harness horse in North America this year with his 13th triumph of 2018 (coming clear of the remarkable 14YO mare Quicksilvercandy A, who had tied him with her twelfth win on the year Wednesday at Buffalo). The fast and game Walks Of Life, an altered son of Western Ideal, took a new mark of 1:50.4 as he ran his 2018 scorecard to 19-13-5-1-$79,222, and changed hands for the tenth straight start via claim. Driver George Napolitano Jr. (a six-time winner on the night) and trainer Hunter Oakes, the hottest team at Pocono, along with owner Northfork Racing Stable, were the winning connections behind the durable sidewheeler Saturday - in his next start, he'll have his third segment with Team Allard during this session of "roller-coaster claimer." From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Chester, PA - The $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia is one of the main pitstops of talented older trotters, and this year is certainly no exception. This year's race is highlighted by Triple Crown Winner and 2017 Aged Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder. The 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill was impressive on seasonl debut over the suburban Philly oval, stopping the clock in 1:52.1 in a Great Northeast Series Event. The Paula Wellwood trainee is up to $2.5 million plus in career earnings, with 15 wins in 39 career starts. Top contenders include twice millionaire and defending Maxie Lee Champion Crazy Wow, and Mac Nichol's Will Take Charge. Crazy Wow, 6-year-old son of Crazed, is looking for his second win of the season after coming off of a disappointing 5th place finish last week in a Great Northeast Series Event. He did battle to a :54.1 half mile, before ceding ground the final quarter of a mile. The Ron Burke trainee has 21 wins in 62 career starts. The Jeff Gillis trained Will Take Charge has been solid in 10 starts this season, with 5 resulting in wins, and a near-miss second to Harness Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in the Cutler Memorial at The Meadowlands. He won last week in a Great Northeast Series event despite breaking at the start. Two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna took care of business in her seasonal debut. The 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover came off of a pair of good qualifiers against Hannelore Hanover, winning her debut in 1:51.4 in a Preferred Handicap at The Meadowlands. The Jim Campbell trainee is hoping to rebound after a one win season as a 4-year-old. Other contenders include Blair and Erna Corbeil's Rubber Duck, star Indiana trotter I Know My Chip, Canadian invader Warrawee Roo, and the Andy Miller charge Tuonoblu Rex. Post Time on Sunday, May 27th at Harrah's Philadelphia is 12:40 PM Eastern. Patrons are encouraged to bring the family for a fun filled afternoon which will include clowns, face painters, balloon animals, and much more. There will be food and beverage specials on the patio. ACTION AT HARRAH'S TODAY Dr J’s Kiss, knocking on the door with seconds in her last two starts, sprung an 11-1 upset in the $17,000 featured pace for mares Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:52.3. David Miller locked to have the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere in good position, second-over behind favored Obvious Blue Chip, but by mid-backstretch it was apparent that the chalk would not have enough in her seasonal bow, forcing Miller to send his filly three-wide to reach two-wide uncovered status by the far turn. Through the stretch Dr J’s Kiss proved the strongest, winning by ¾ of a length over pocketsitting Windy Sport, a 66-1 proposition who came up the inside to nip pacesetting Moments Of Joy for the deuce. A five-time winner in thirteen seasonal starts last year, Dr J’s Kiss needed until this, her tenth start of 2018, to finally break through to Victory Lane. Trainer Joe Pavia Jr. co-owns the winner with Steven Held and the namesake inspiration of the horse, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. David Miller had four wins on the Wednesday card; the father-son/trainer-driver combination of Erv and Marcus Miller teamed for three victories. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Chester

Muscle Hill was purchased by Greg Peck for $55,000 at the Harrisburg Yearling Sales in 2007. He showed great promise as a harness racing 2-year-old winning the Peter Haughton Memorial and 2008 Breeders Crown 2 Year Old Colt Trot. He went on to win $817,301 and eight of nine races and was named the United States 2-Year-Old-Colt Trotter of the Year. In 2009 he went on to win all of his races as a 3-year-old, including the Hambletonian, the Canadian Trotting Classic, the American-National, the World Trotting Derby, the Kentucky Futurity and the Breeders Crown. In The Hambletonian he won in 1:50.1 which was a stakes record and tied the fastest time for a trotter of any age at The Meadowlands. He won by six lengths, the largest winning margin in The Hambletonian since Mack Lobell in 1987. At the end of 2009 he retired to stud with career prize money of $3,273,342, and having won the last 20 of the 21 races in which he competed. The $2,456,041 that he won in 2009 was a record for a single season for either a trotter or a pacer. He was voted United States Harness Horse Of The Year for 2009, the first time a trotter had won the award for an undefeated season.  He never came close to defeat in his twenty wins which were all by a margin of at least one length. If you had forgotten how good this horse was well we will refresh your mind with an example of what Muscle Hill did in The Hambletonian. 2009 Hambletonian Final - Muscle Hill Now, not only was he a great race horse but Muscle Hill has leaped ahead of all his competition in the stallion ranks with an incredible once in a generation siring performance that will be hard to match for many years to come. Just look at these facts; His first crop of foals that hit the racetrack were 6-year-olds in 2017. They total 77 eligible to race (61 have raced) and they have earned to date a staggering $8,703,335. 18 of them have won over $100,000. Average earnings per eligible live foal is $113,030 as at the end of 2017. They include the sensational Resolve 1:50.4 ($2,749,545) who is now retired to stud at a Fee of $7,500, the Hambletonian winner Trixton T3,1:50.3 ($988,696) now retired to stud at a Fee of $12,000 and EL Titan 1:51.2 ($726,344) now retired to stud standing at a Fee of $6,000. His second crop of foals that hit the racetrack were 5-year-olds in 2017. They also total 77 eligible to race (54 have raced) and they have earned to date a massive $7,913,986 to the end of 2017. 20 of this crop have won over $100,000. Average earnings per eligible live foal is $102,799 as at the end of 2017. This crop includes the triple world record holding mare Mission Brief T3, 1:50.2 ($1,657,399), Muscle Diamond 1:52.3 ($721,609) and Pasithea Face S 1:50.4f ($$591,473). His third crop of foals that raced in 2017 were 4-year-olds. They total 80 eligible to race (65 have raced). Traditionally the third crop of any stallion is his least performing crop but with Muscle Hill he has defied the odds and it is his best performing crop to date. It has already produced four millionaires to date, Marion Marauder 1:51.2 ($2,678,708), Southwind Frank T3,1:52.1 ($2,115,999), Bar Hopping T3,1;51.4 ($1,385,293) and All The Time T3,1:52.1 ($1,026,356). This crop has an incredible average earnings per eligible live foal of $141,357. His fourth crop of foals were 3-year-olds in 2017. They total 100 eligible to race (76 have raced). It is hard to believe that this crop produced the champion filly Ariana G T3, 1:51.3 ($1,982,422) and the champion colt What The Hill T3,1:51.4s ($1,345,999). There were 18 individual $100,000 plus winners in this crop, just 3-year-olds. As at the end of 2017 this crop had amassed $9,251,661 in earnings. They have a per eligible live foal earnings of $92,517. His fifth crop of foals were 2-year-olds in 2017 and they total 104. Wait for it.......68 raced and 34 won including the unbeaten champion 2-year-old Filly of the Year, Manchego T2,1:52.4s ($910,348) 12 starts 12 wins. Here are some North American statistics for Muscle Hill in 2017. Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Trot (2017) Starters Sire in 2017 Money ==== ======== ===== MUSCLE HILL 62 $6,218,732 CHAPTER SEVEN 61 $2,879,952 CREDIT WINNER 52 $2,814,367 CANTAB HALL 74 $2,653,968 KADABRA 51 $2,380,633 ANDOVER HALL 35 $2,198,920 MUSCLE MASSIVE 45 $2,111,906 DONATO HANOVER 61 $1,805,030 MUSCLE MASS 40 $1,798,634 ARCHANGEL 22 $1,600,980 Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Trot (2017) Starters Sire in 2017 Money ==== ======== ===== MUSCLE HILL 174 $12,660,237 CANTAB HALL 283 $9,949,419 KADABRA 203 $8,374,352 MUSCLE MASS 197 $6,680,817 DONATO HANOVER 210 $6,407,925 CREDIT WINNER 187 $6,014,403 SWAN FOR ALL 134 $5,683,126 ANDOVER HALL 162 $5,199,436 CHAPTER SEVEN 100 $4,887,541 CRAZED 132 $4,594,372 Top ten money earners from Muscle Hill's North American two-year-olds in 2017 MANCHEGO (f) SECRET MAGIC 1:52.4s MOH S $910,398 YOU KNOW YOU DO (c) YOU WANT ME 1:54.2m M M $401,704 LILY STRIDE (f) STERLING VOLO 1:55.2m LEX M $256,867 MAXUS (c) GERRIS JOY 1:54m LEX M $173,485 NIGHT RHYTHM (c) TAIL OF NIGHT 1:55m LEX M $90,620 FRONT CIRCLE (f) SHEENA HALL Q,1:56.1m LEX M $80,152 VIVACIOUS ALLIE (f) KD GIRL 1:55f MEA F $73,228 MSNAUGHTYASHILL (f) MSNAUGHTYBUTNICE 1:56s HOP S $70,519 QUALITY KEMP (c) IMPRESSIVE KEMP 1:54.3m LEX M $67,962 GARNET (c) A PERFECT GEM 1:58.1f PCD F $59,271 Do you need any more convincing that Muscle Hill is the greatest trotting stallion on the planet right now? Down Under, Muscle Hill has only a handful of mares bred to date with crops of around twenty each year coming on stream from this year onwards as 2-year-olds. These foals are starting to appear in the New Zealand and Australian yearling sales. At this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on the 12th of February there are six yearlings by Muscle Hill entered, four colts and two fillies. Breckon Farms have three Muscle Hill yearlings entered; Lot 123 – Cheeky Babe (bay filly Muscle Hill / Factor The Odds) Cheeky Babe is the first foal from its dam who is a half-sister to the New Zealand record holder Prince Fearless 1:55 ($185,517). Lot 127 – Triple Treat (bay colt Muscle Hill / Fear Factor) Triple Treat is a half-brother to the New Zealand record holder Prince Fearless 1:55 ($185,517) and is from a Sundon mare that was 2005-06 2-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year. This pedigree is choked up with blinding speed. Sundon has always produced blind speed in his progeny and coupled with the world's hottest stallion Muscle Hill argurs well for the racing career of this yearling. Lot 160 - Heezadoosie (brown colt Muscle Hill / Love Ya Doosie) This yearling represents two of the greatest stallions in the world today, a Muscle Hill colt from a race wining Love You mare that is a half-sister to two top trotters including the champion million dollar plus earner and 9-time Group 1 winner I Can Doosit 1:55.5, 30 wins. Heezadoosie is his dams second live foal, the first one is a current 2-year-old. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Art Major hits $170,000,000 in earnings  

December 31, 2017 - Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae) with Orjan Kihlstom up for harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet was a conclusive length plus winner at 4.9/1 odds timed in 1.10.5kr in today’s Quinte+ Grand Prix de Bourgogne (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters less two scratched – Uza Josselyn and Akim du Cap Vert; Anna M, Goop driving for injured Vercruysse).  The 5/10 favorite Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied wide and late for Franck Nivard (trainer Sebastien Guarato; owner Pierre Pilarski) for second with 43/1 Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) and driver Matthieu Abrivard third and getting a Prix d’Amerique ticket. Thierry Duvaldestin trains Briac Dark for Ecurie Guy Barou. 33/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore) and 150/1 Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill) completed the Quinte+ top five.  Belina Josselyn and forwardly place Anna Mix were sixth and seventh for the final checks.  Lionel, Booster Winner, Bird Parker, and Ringostarr Treb were eighth through 11th. Driver Kihlstom left strongly with Propulsion and raced at or near the front all the way in quick fractions with Anna Mix alongside for the middle half of the event. Propulsion gained an open advantage on his rivals off the final turn and wide rallying Bold Eagle could not reach. Bold Eagle raced third in the outer much of the way and cleared late for his run in the five wide path. Briac Dark, who led at one time and was well-placed throughout, held gamely for third. Fractions were quick and steady (1.07.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.1 at the 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500 meters remaining). The Q+ exact order payoff was €62,702 for a €2 wager. Replay video here.  The Prix d’Amerique qualifiers post Bourgogne are: 1. Doria Desbois 2. Readly Express 3. Valko Jenilat 4. Billie de Montfort 5. Charly du Noyer 6. Bird Parker 7. Bold Eagle 8. Ringostarr Treb 9  Propulsion 10 Briac Dark Next chances to qualify are shown below: 11-13 Top three in Prix de Belgique (if already qualified next highest adjusted earnings prevail) 14-18 based on adjusted earnings (career earnings plus allowances based on age: 4-year-olds get an allowance or bonus of 30 % of their career earnings; 5-year-olds receive a bonus of 20 % of the their career earnings; 6-year-olds receive 10 % of the their career earnings; seven year olds and up receive no bonus allowance. Thomas H. Hicks

Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, OH has partnered with Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., Lexington, KY, and Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farms, Lexington, KY, to purchase the 2017 Dan Patch award winning 'Three Year Old Colt Trotter of the Year', What The Hill, 2, 1:54.4, 3, 1:51.4 ($1,263,864.00) (Muscle Hill-KT Cha Cha-Angus Hall), who will stand the harness racing 2018 breeding season in Ohio at Hickory Lane Farm. “We are thrilled to have the privilege of partnering with Taylor Made and Hunterton Farm, two of the most well-known and respected names in the horse racing industry.” Stated R. Kevin Greenfield, President, Hickory Lane Farm. Trained by Ronald Burke throughout his career and driven by David Miller for his previous owners Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, LLC, and Deo Volente Farms, LLC, What The Hill was the top performing three year old colt trotter this year winning numerous prestigious races including the $527,500.00 elimination and final Breeder’s Crown; the $684,000.00 (Can.) Canadian Trotting Classic in stakes record time, 1:51.4; an elimination heat of The Kentucky Futurity; and, the $350,000.00 TVG Series Championship defeating aged trotters in 1:51.4. At two, he won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship and the $294,450.00 Peter Haughton Memorial Final. In a dramatic twist of fate this year, What The Hill crossed the finish line first in the $1,000,000.00 final of the Hambletonian Stake only to be disqualified by a controversial judges decision that is presently under appeal. What The Hill is being syndicated and shares are now available for purchase under very attractive terms. He will stand at a service fee of $7,000.00 and it is expected that his book will fill quickly. For more information regarding purchase of shares or bookings contact Hickory Lane Farm c/o Ashley Stickel, Office Manager or Brad Wallace, Farm Manager at ashley@hickorylanefarm.com ph: 419-422-3004; fax: 419-425-2999; website: www.hickorylanefarm.com. Hickory Lane Farm, Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., and Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm. 2017 Hambletonian Trotting Stakes 2009 Hambletonian Final - Muscle Hill Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot – What The Hill What The Hill - Canadian trotting classic

ANDERSON, Ind. - Manchego became the first undefeated 2-year-old female trotter to win a Breeders Crown, capturing Friday night's $600,000 harness racing final by 4¼ lengths over Seviyorum in 1:54.4 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park. Phaetosive finished third. Manchego improved to 12-for-12 with the victory for trainer Jimmy Takter, who increased his record for Breeders Crown wins to 31. Takter has won this race five of the last six years. Yannick Gingras, Manchego's driver, has won 17 Breeders Crown finals. S M S Princess, Manchego and Phaetosive battled three wide through the first turn, with S M S Princess holding the early lead before yielding to Manchego as they reached the first quarter in :27.2. Manchengo kept Phaetosive to her outside up the backstretch before Phaetosive took the lead in a :55.4 half. On the final turn, Manchego made her move to claim the lead for good and powered past Phaetosive near the top of the stretch on her way to her historic win. Manchego is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. Fielding has won 13 Breeders Crown trophies while Liverman has won six and Guariglia two. A daughter of Muscle Hill out of the mare Secret Magic, Manchego has earned $873,948 this year. She was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Manchego By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

Villiam, a 3-year-old Swedish colt sired by Muscle Hill, won the Kriterium, raced over the 1-5/8th mile distance at Solvalla, Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) in a harness racing world record of 1:55.4f (mile rate), driven by Jorma Kontio. The Kriterium is the biggest race in Sweden for 3-year-old trotters and carried a purse for the winner of $244,000. However, in Sweden an owner can choose between a premium of $2,400, when his youngster qualifies, or double the prize money in some future big stakes races such as the Kriterium. The owner, breeder and trainer of Villiam, Timo Nurmos, forfeited the premium and therefore got twice the prize money -- $488,000. Add in a breeder’s premium of 30 percent ($146,000) and Nurmos' total winnings this Sunday was $634,000. Nurmos also owned and trained the dam of Villiam, Gold Strike, she by Striking Sahbra. Gold Strike took a mark of 1:54f and earned $236,000. Villiam, who is named after Nurmos' grandfather, is the first foal out of Gold Strike to hit the track. Villiam has raced seven times and won six races and has one second. The Oaks, with a purse for the winner of $171,000, was won by Candy la Marc, driven by Erik Adielsson. Candy La Marc enjoyed a pocket trip behind the favorite Dibaba, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, and found racing room just 100 yards before the finish line. She won the 1-5/16th mile event in 1:56.3f. Candy la Marc was bred, raised and is trained by Lars Marcussen from Denmark, who took the premium out for Candy la Marc when she was a 2-year-old. Candy la Marc is sired by Scarlet Knight and out of Oiseau, she by Andover Hall. Oiseau was bred by Russell C. Williams and is a full sister to Clerk Magistrate, who has been at stud in Sweden. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

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