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Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone ($2,359,150), who has served as a harness racing stallion in New Jersey and Ohio, enjoyed tremendous success Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) in Denmark as a stallion. The Danish Trotting Derby for 4-year-old trotters, raced at Charlottenlund in Copenhagen, was a big triumph for Wishing Stone, who not only was the sire of the first two horses past the post, Dumbo and Donatello Garbo, but is also the sire of fourth-place Diamant Østervang and fifth-place Diamondwind. From a crop of just 14 foals, Wishing Stone managed to have six sons qualify for the Derby and further, he had one mare in the Hoppe Derby, Doyouwishdiamond, who finished third. The judges had to call for a photo before it was announced that Dumbo, driven by his trainer Gordon Dahl, was the winner of the Derby. The Danish Trotting Derby is raced over 3,000 meters (1-7/8 miles) and the winner was timed in 1:59.3 (mile rate). The purse for the winner was $90,000. Wishing Stone is now standing at stud in Italy and has served 120 mares there plus 40 mares in Denmark in 2019. In the Netherlands the Dutch Derby, Derby J for 3-year-old trotters at Duindigt, was won by John King Boko (sired by Yankee Glide) with Hugo Langeweg Jr. in the bike. The race distance was 1-5/8 miles and the win time was 2:02.2 (mile rate). by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

Dumbo (4m Wishing Stone-Lipstick Jungle-Varenne) won today’s Dansk Trav Derby at Charlottenlund in Denmark to secure the 650,000Dkr first money, timed in 1.14.3kr over the 3000 meter autostart course. Trainer Gordon Dahl teamed with winner to his third career victory in 23 appearances, now for 1,168,070Dkr earned. He was off at 20.5/1 odds. The 10/1 Donatello Garbo (4m Wishing Stone-Ganya Garbo-Earthquake) was second for Rene Kjaer and third Was 5/1 Dortmund (4g Timoko) with trainer Marc Baek Niuelsen aboard. Diamant Ostenvang and Diamond Winds completed the top five. The 2.7/1 favorite Daytona was a dq. The Derby Consolation also was raced over 3000 meters autostart (purse 50,000kr) and it went to 1.13.8kr timed and 4.9/1 odds Da Vinci Peak (4g Gift Kronos-Nikaia-Prince Mystic) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Five Ohio Sires Stakes featured several harness racing track records set and tied on a cool Saturday evening, August 10 at Northfield Park. In the first of a trio of $40,000 OSS events, 1-9 favorite Lane Of Stone cruised easily to a 1:54 new track record triumph in front-stepping fashion for driver Jeff Nisonger and trainer Mark Winters, Sr., who conditions the son of Wishing Stone for owner Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY. "This is the kind of trotter everyone dreams about," Nisonger told interviewer and Northfield Racing Secretary Dave Bianconi. Lane Of Stone now has $279,393 in earnings from this latest victory, having previously won OSS legs one and three. In the second OSS test, a $50,000 race for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Queen Of the Pride sped to a front-end 1:51.4 clocking for driver Tony Hall, tying the Northfield Park track record for age and gait. Kevin Lare trains the McArdle lass for Frank Chick of Harrington, DE. "Kevin (trainer Lare) had to make some equipment changes and they were just enough to smooth her out," driver Hall related. "She was strong and solid tonight--just what we want to see going into the final." Queen Of The Pride pushed her career earnings to $510,579 with this latest win, the 12th of her career. Giggles And Dreams, the 6-5 choice, captured the second $50,000 OSS contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies for driver Shawn Barker II and trainers/owners Don and Mike Yeazel. "I named this filly after my son," Mike stated. "He used to dream and would giggle in his sleep." "I've waiting for 45 years to have a horse like this," Don added. Giggles And Dream grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back, pacing to a 1:51.2 triumph. The daughter of Nob Hill High upped her lifetime earnings to $168,695 with this, her seventh lifetime victory in 24 starts. Dylan The Great, with Chris Page at the lines, captured the second $40,000 OSS for 3-year-old trotting colts, coming from off the pace to nail the victory for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Burke Racing, L. Karr, J&TSilva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. This gelded son by Break The Bank K stayed off the pace until the late going before drawing off by six lengths in 1:53.2. Serenity Cruise picked up the victory in the third OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 with Tyler Smith in the sulky. The Uncle Peter gelding is trained and co-owned by Brent Davis along with the Hatfield Stables and Roy Davis, and sat behind the pace-setting Yes until late stretch before pulling and besting his rival by 2¼ lengths. Unraced at two, Serenity Cruise now has $68,000 earned this season from five wins in 11 starts. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Take A Wish has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' harness racing "Horse of the Year" for 2018. The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for NJ-sired or bred horses. Take A Wish, by Wishing Stone out of the SJ's Caviar mare Take A Taste, was the only horse to score double finals wins with victories in the finals of the Sire Stakes' Premier Division at the Meadowlands and the Standardbred Development Fund at Freehold Raceway. A winner of $87,395 in 2018 the three-year-old filly trotter was on the board in five out of the six Sire Stakes races that she entered. Regular driver Steve Smith handled Take A Wish in all her races this season. With a record of 1:55.2 which she took in winning the Premier Division final at The Meadowlands, Take A Wish is owned by Dawn Anderson and Mark Schullstrom of Colts Neck, New Jersey. Ms. Anderson also performs double duty as the trainer of the filly. She was bred by Rivers Stable of Flemington, NJ. Take A Wish's connections will be honored at the 62nd annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 26, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, New Jersey. For further information: Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830 Wishing Stone - The sire of Take A Wish winning against the best in Europe The 2012 Copenhagen Cup - Group 1 Wishing Stone seen here in the first heat of The Kentucky Futurity Wishing Stone seen here in the second heat of The Kentucky Futurity

Look no further than Lot 32 at this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in Auckland on the 20th of February. The only colt in this Sale by the International young harness racing stallion Wishing Stone, 1:51.2 with earnings of $2,359,150. Wishing Stone raced in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada and in the USA and raced against the best wherever he raced. He was a World Champion at three winning the Kentucky Futurity Elimination in 1:52.3 and the Final in 1:51.2. He won the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark at age five. Other stakes wins include Maxie Lee Memorial, and Cutler Memorial and was stakes placed in eliminations or finals of the Hambletonian, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Elitlopp in Solvalla, Sweden. Wishing Stone took world record performances on five-eighths and half-mile tracks which shows he was a great gaited trotter and that gives him a great chance to become a proven stallion for down under horsemen. Lot 32 is Goodman and it is the right name for a colt that has all the pedigree you need to make the top grade here in Australasia. Goodman is a the second foal and first colt from the unraced Pegasus Spur mare who is a half-sister to 6 winners including Galleons Sunset (T, 1.58.9f, 14 wins 9 places $315,200), The Ultimate Galleon (T, 2.3.6, 6 wins 2 places $62,554, 2006-07 2YO Trotter of the Year) and Kathy Galleon (T, 2.6, 3 wins $39,661, 2004-05 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year. The first foal, a 2yo filly by Muscle Hill called Star Of Oleysa is a recent impressive qualifier at Pukekohe.  Here is Star Of Oleysa's recent trial Goodman is the next foal and first colt. This colt is worth an extra special look by all potential buyers as he is a great looker, super well bred and has a real chance of making a top trotter with Wishing Stone as the Sire. This is a rare chance to invest in a potential super star. Lot 32 – Goodman (bay colt Wishing Stone / Olesya) 2017 Goodman is a part of the Breckon Farm draft at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. Harnesslink Media

Royalty For Life Tr 3, 1:51.6 ($1,620,166), the 2013 Hambletonian champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and USA 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year, will be available for breeders in Australia and New Zealand for the first time this year. He is a striking individual in every respect. The frozen semen of the exciting, young sire – he was foaled in 2010 – is available through Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd whose lineup includes former champion racehorse and now highly successful sire Muscle Hill and international trotting star Wishing Stone. Royalty For Life recently completed his first northern hemisphere season at the prestige Tara Hills Stud, Ontario where he was fully booked for a fee of $6,000. His service fee in Australia will be $4,950 incl. GST and in NZ $4,500 plus GST. Royalty For Life raced only at 2 and 3 years, compiling the excellent record of 14 wins and seven placings from 30 starts for $1,620,166 – an average of $54,000 per start! As a two-year-old he displayed tremendous early speed, winning seven and being four times placed from 14 starts. He captured the $328,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington in 1:54.4, five New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finished runner-up in both the elimination and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. Royalty For Life really came into his own as a three-year-old, winning seven of his 14 starts and a whopping $1,277,130 in stakes. His victories included the $1.2-million Hambletonian in straight heats of 1:52 and 1:52.2, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in a stakes record equalling 1:54.4, the $360,000 Zweig Memorial, the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:52 and an elimination of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity. Champion USA driver Brian Sears, who handled Royalty For Life in all his major triumphs was high in his praise for the horse “He’s a beautiful horse, he just covers the ground." "He lets you know when he’s good." "He’s just so talented," Brian said. Royalty For Life is a most interestingly bred horse. He is the richest son of the former top young trotter RC Royalty (Tr 3, 1:55.2), one of the best of the progeny left by the champion American sire Credit Winner (Tr 1:54). Sons of Credit Winner are now coming to the forefront as sires in America such as Chocolatier and Crazed. Bourbon N Grits, the dam of Royalty For Life, has left three winners from four foals, while the grand-dam, Texas Winner ($128,323), produced six winners from six foals and the third dam, Texas Starlette, nine winners from 14 foals. Royalty For Life is a Super Bowl line horse – that which produced the leading Australian trotting sire RC’s Dee Jay – from a prolific winning family of trotters, and boasts a 3x3 cross to American Winner and three strains of Super Bowl blood. He should prove an ideal outcross to the host of mares by Sundon, Earl, Armbro Invasion, Dream Vacation, Keystone Salute and others. For further information contact Stallions Australasia manager Peter O’Rourke on phone 0011 64 21 346 401. Peter Wharton

International trotting star Wishing Stone, a winner of the Kentucky Futurity at three and the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark at age five, will be officially retired from harness racing and will stand stud. On Friday, Bob Marks of Deo Volente Farms and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm jointly made the announcement that Wishing Stone will stand at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio. Both Marks and McLead emphasized, “Wishing Stone’s world record performances on five-eighths and half-mile tracks make him a natural for the Buckeye State which at this time features exclusively five furlong and half-mile ovals. Given the fact that he raced sound from ages two through seven strongly suggests that his foals would be ideal for the Ohio racing circuit and beyond.” A winner of more than $2.3 million lifetime, Wishing Stone returned to the races this year at age seven after fulfilling stallion duty at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. He has been entered in the Breeders Crown for older trotters and will be retired following that event. By one of the great sire of sires, Conway Hall and from the productive Meadowbranch Magic, Wishing Stone won such stakes as the Kentucky Futurity, Copenhagen Cup, Maxie Lee Memorial, and Cutler Memorial and was stakes placed in eliminations or finals of the Hambletonian, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Elitlopp in Solvalla, Sweden. In addition, Wishing Stone was the New York Sires Stakes trotting champion during his two-year-old year. Wishing Stone’s stellar race career against some of the fiercest competition in both America and Europe earned him 24 lifetime wins. Wishing Stone will bring this international speed, performance and durability to Ohio for the 2015 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $4,500 and all foals will be eligible to the growing Ohio Sires Stakes program. Wishing Stone breaking Varenne's long standing World Record From Deo Volente Farms and Sugar Valley Farm

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Pennsylvania Championship night is always one to which we look forward at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. All summer long, we get to watch the best young pacers and trotters compete in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, and only the finest of those get to reach the finals. This year Pocono hosted the 2-year-old championships, four stakes races separated by gender and gait and each carrying a lofty purse of $260,000. For a little extra spice, the night also included a pair of $50,000 invitational races for older horses, one of which allowed us to honor a standout performer who was taken from us far too soon. That's a lot of action, so let's get right to the performances. ADIEU TO THE ALMOST SUMMER PACE Yes, summer is fading from us fast, but 4-year-old stallion Sunfire Blue Chip is just warming up. Up against a field that included seven-figure earners Golden Receiver and Bolt The Duer, Sunfire Blue Chip, with Yannick Gingras in the bike for Jimmy Takter, followed up three straight wins in New York with an overpowering performance on the front end for a 3 ½-length win in 1:49:3. 2-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP Gingras continued his big night with a win aboard Southwind Roulette, who came into the night with wins in four of her five lifetime races. She got a challenge in the stretch from her stablemate Kays Dragon Lady, who closed to within a half-length win at the line but couldn't get to Southwind Roulette. She came home in 1:52:3. Trainer Ron Burke produced the top three finishers in this division. 2-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP Wild Honey had swept the preliminary legs of his group, but the filly had never dealt with a post as far outside as her #7 hole on Saturday night. She had also never lost the lead in that winning streak like she did in the championship to an aggressive move by Speak To Me on the front stretch. Yet Gingras, this time teaming up with Takter, didn't panic and neither did his filly, who retook the lead on the final turn and trotted away to win by two lengths in 1:54:2. 2-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS CHAMPIONSHIP Billy Flynn, named after the character from the hit Broadway and movie musical Chicago, had flashed all that jazz in winning the first six starts of his career. He was only mid-pack early on in Saturday night's final, but once he kicked into gear for driver Brett Miller, there was no stopping him. Trained by Staffan Lind, Billy Flynn, who will looks the horse to beat in this division come Breeders Crown time, rolled away from his competitors to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:55:2. 2-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS CHAMPIONSHIP In the tightest race of the night, Yankee Bounty, unbeaten after six career starts for trainer Burke, faced pressure on the front end, leaving him vulnerable to pocket horse Tomy Terror. Tomy Terror actually briefly took the lead in the stretch, but Gingras, who else, somehow coaxed more out of Yankee Bounty in the final strides to surge past by his foe by a nose in 1:50:3, a new track record for two-year-old pacing geldings on a surface listed in good condition on a rainy night. THE MODERN FAMILY TROT Modern Family was an exceptional trotter who came up with big wins against elite competition at several tracks in his career, including some impressive victories at Pocono. Following a race in Canada this summer, he died suddenly, a great tragedy to not just those horsemen who took such wonderful care of him but also to those racing fans who were lucky enough to witness his talent and courage on the track. This standout trotter was honored on Saturday night with a race that lived up to his lofty standards. At the top of the stretch just about every horse in the top-notch field had a chance still to win. But Gingras, his magic touch on the night impeccable, managed to squeak Wishing Stone, a 7-year-old warrior from the Burke barn, through a small hole in between horses in the stretch for a rallying win of 1:52:4. It was a fitting, poignant end to a spectacular night of racing, one which the spectators, yours truly happily included, won't soon forget. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Sire Cantab Hall completed a Championship double, and another horse joined the select club of being a Sire Stakes “sweeper,” when Billy Flynn roared off cover to win in 1:55.2 in the off going for driver Brett Miller and trainer Staffan Lind. Billy Flynn raced atypically off the pace tonight, with Walter White on top at the 27.3 quarter, then yielding to Hurrikane Jonny K as that one put up middle splits of 57 and 1:26.1. Piercewave Hanover provided cover from first-over, and when Billy Flynn tipped off that cover, “he was great tonight – he felt great,” noted driver Miller, the colt not showing any of his previous bearing-out tendencies. Off-the-pace tactics proved best in this event, as Honor And Serve and Ralph R closing strongly for second and third, respectively. Billy Flynn joins Stormin Normand (2011) as the only freshman colt trotters to notch the “4+1” Sire Stakes  season. Bender Sweden Inc own the emerging star, who is now undefeated in seven starts. Billy Flynn and Yankee Bounty are both now seven for seven in their careers, and both completed Sire Stakes “4+1” sweeps. That’s where the similarities end. Whereas Billy Flynn came off the pace to win easily, Yankee Bounty made an early move to take the lead near the 55.1 half (Dragon Eddy had insisted on the early lead in an astounding 26 before yielding), then fought off a nose-to-nose challenge from Lost For Words by and past the 1:22.2 3/4s. Maybe it’s good Yankee Bounty had the practice in winning duels – because another one soon loomed in the Pocono Pike in the form of Tomy Terror. The two geldings battled on even terms much of the stretch, with Yankee Bounty showing great heart to put his nose over first in 1:50.3 – a Pocono track record for 2PG, and just a tick behind the stakes mark of One More Laugh, whom Yankee Terror now joins in the 2PC Sire Stakes sweeping ranks. The victory made Yannick Gingras a three-time PASS winner on the card, giving him 10 in his career and moving him to (a distant) second behind Dave Palone (34) on the career list. Two of those victories came for trainer Ron Burke, who recently engineered the new ownership combine of Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. The FFA trot was named the “Modern Family Trot” after the late Pocono-based world-class trotter, with Pocono-based trainer Daryl Bier and the horse’s connections on hand for winners circle ceremonies. Modern Family, always a game horse, would have admired the stretch tenacity of his frequent for Wishing Stone, who raced third on the rail and cleared “about three strides before the wire” according to his driver to edge out Not Afraid in 1:52.4 for Wishing Stone Syndicate. That driver, by the way, was Yannick Gingras, who along with trainer Ron Burke was in Pocono’s winners circle for the fifth time on the night. Wishing Stone also “saved” the 1-5 betting entry, as the more fancied horse, Market Share, made a break early.   From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association    

Well it was bound to happen but last week was the first time in five weeks that I did not have a winning weekend with my selections. Oh well, on to bigger and better this weekend! Tons and I mean tons of great racing action both sides of the border this weekend. We will be covering the PASS Championships at Pocono Downs plus some of the Simcoe and Champlain action at Mohawk then off to Harrah’s on Sunday for their excellent PASS Championship card. It’s amazing how some of these championship finals for state-bred trotters and pacers feature the top of the class in some great battle. Just a testimonial to how strong the Pennsylvania breeding program is. Good Luck! $123,120 Pace Champlain Stake 2YO Open Mohawk 4th race SATURDAY – While there is only one return winner in this field it is still very competitive. I’m going with Lyons Levi Lewis, who despite showing just one win in seven starts this year he has been racing against the best and is coming off a decent second place finish in the $667,000 Metro Pace last week. Use Thinkofagameplan and Freedomformysoul in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Open Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – Really nice field assembled here. I am going with the “old man” Golden Receiver as he has been on a roll as of late and still can show his heels to his younger rivals. Won last two starts against this group and can take another one. Use Sunfire Blue Chip and Mach It So in exotic plays. $260,000 Pace PASS Final 2YO Fillies Pocono Downs 9th race SATURDAY - With four wins and a third in only her five lifetime starts and a 1:51.4 lifetime mark two starts back right here at Pocono Downs, it’s tough to even think about going against Southwind Roulette. She is on a three-race win streak and has beaten most of these fillies already. Use Aria Hanover and Ginger Tree Alexis in exotic plays. $107,538 Pace Simcoe Stake 3YO Open Mohawk 11th race SATURDAY – After watching both Jet Airway and Melmerby Beach go at each other the last two weeks this was a tough call. But last week Melmerby Beach showed he can win in here and with any kind of live cover today he could score again. Use Jet Airway and Three of Clubs in exotic plays. $260,000 Trot PASS Final 2YO Fillies Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – When it comes to young trotters there is none better in the business than Jimmy Takter and he has a very good one here in Wild Honey. She is on a four-race winning streak, already has a record of 1:55 and always wins when she cuts the mile, four of five times this year. Use Speak To Me and Gatka Hanover in exotic plays. $260,000 Trot PASS Final 2YO Colts Pocono Downs 11th race SATURDAY – You cannot, of course, ignore perfection, and that’s Billy Flynn this season. The son of Cantab Hall is 6 for 6 for trainer Staffan Lind and has beaten everyone else in this field already. Can score from on or off the helmet and continue winning ways. Use Piercewave Hanover and Honor And Serve in exotic plays. $260,000 Pace PASS Final 2YO Colts Pocono Downs 12th race SATURDAY – Here is one of the top colts in the nation. Yankee Bounty is undefeated in six starts but last week was really tested and still held on. Gets tested once again with big money on the line but should get the job done. Use Wakizashi Hanover and Tomy Terror in exotic plays. $50,000 Trot Open Pocono Downs 13th race SATURDAY – From a betting standpoint you just can’t go against the entry today of Wishing Stone and Market Share. May be separate trainers but both are world class trotters and should be able to handle this decent group. Use Sevruga and Arch Madness in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace PASS Consolation 3YO Fillies Harrah’s 7th race SUNDAY – Had to include this field even though it’s not a final, it’s still jammed with top fillies. Katie Said gets the nod as she has been razor sharp as of late with three wins in last four starts on the Grand Circuit including a lifetime best 1:49.2 clocking. Use Marathon Day and Tyra in exotic plays. $260,000 Trot PASS Final 3YO Fillies Harrah’s 9th race SUNDAY – Since her big score in the Hambletonian Oaks, Lifetime Pursuit has yet to lose either in the PASS or on the Grand Circuit. She is razor sharp for the Takter Stable and while this race is no cake-walk she should still be able to win off her recent form. Use Designed To Be and Take The Money in exotic plays. $260,000 Pace PASS Final 3YO Colts Harrah’s 10th race SUNDAY – What a great line-up for this final as nearly every horse has had a major score this year. McWicked is the horse to beat in here and rightly so off his championship season and he draws the rail to boot. He is most likely using this race as his final prep before heading out to the Little Brown Jug and thus will be all out for the rich purse. Use Somewhere In L A and Limelight Beach in exotic plays. $260,000 Trot PASS Final 3YO Colts Harrah’s 11th race SUNDAY – Despite his Hambletonian nightmare, Father Patrick has been nearly perfect his entire career. Last week he vented against same in Zweig Memorial and held the field at bay with an easy impressive score. He should be able to do the same inhere. Use Nuncio and Datsyuk in exotic plays. $260,000 Pace PASS Final 3YO Fillies Harrah’s 12th race SUNDAY – After her 20 length qualifying romp last week I have no doubt that Sandbetweenurtoes will leave from the rail in here and not look back and that no one will catch her. Undefeated filly is super and goes for her ninth straight win. Tough field but she has shown this season that she is one of the best in the nation. Use Allstar Rating and Weeper in exotic plays.      

The best of the best of this year’s Pennsylvania-sired harness racing two-year-old trotters and pacers will gather together this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for their $1,240,000 Championships Night program. The horses, in both the $260,000 finals and the $50,000 consolations, earned their way into these races by having the highest point totals based on finish position in four PA Sire Stakes preliminaries raced at the state’s tracks over the last two months. The four Championship events are slotted for races nine through twelve on Saturday’s 16-race card.  The stellar card also features the $50,000 Modern Family Open Trot, in honor of the late trotter trained by Daryl Bier, and featuring such star-power Wishing Stone; Arch Madness; Market Share; and Sevruga, along with four other heavy-hitters.  The $50,000 Adieu to the Almost Summer Pace will host the millionaire pacers Golden Receiver and Mach It So, who hit the finish line in a brilliant Dead Heat two weeks ago; millionaire Bolt The Duer; and Sunfire Blue Chip, headlining another star-studded field.  To kick off the Sire Stakes Championship Night, a special “Signings and Sightings” event will be held with Hall of Famer and former NY Giants Linebacker Lawrence Taylor on the Sky Bridge from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.  This is a wristband-only event, and fans may obtain their wristband starting at 1:00pm, which will be a limited amount.  Authorized photos only will be signed, and they will distributed at the event. The first 200 fans at 5:00pm can get the 50/50 deal; they pay $50, and receive a total of $100 in live racing vouchers.  Each $10 free voucher is good on a select Sire Stakes race or the Open Trot or Open Pace.  Post Time for the night is 6:30pm.  Racing continues at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday through November 22, and the track is dark the week of September 9-13 for the annual Oktoberfest celebration. JENNIFER STARR

WILKES-BARRE PA -The cream of the crop of this year's Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old trotters and pacers will gather together this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for their $1,240,000 Championships Night program. The horses,in both the $260,000 finals and the $50,000 consolations, earned their way into these races by having the highest pointtotals based on finish position in four PaSS preliminaries raced at the state's tracks over the last two months. The four Championship events are slotted for races nine through twelve on Saturday's 16-race card at Pocono; here's a look at them in the order they will be conducted: TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (stakes record - 1:51.1, Economy Terror, 2007) These fillies have been very competitive among themselves, as this is the only of the four divisions that will find no four-time prelim winner looking for a sweep in the Championship. (In fact, there has never been a "sweeper" in the 2PF class since a record of prelim points was started in 2002, a fact which will obviously stay intact in 2014; what's more, the prelim pointleader has not won the 2PF Championship since Lady Annie in 2007.) Aria Hanover (post two, driver Tim Tetrick listed) and Southwind Roulette (post five, Yannick Gingras) figure to be the focal points of attention after showing three wins and a third in their prelims to be tied for the top in this group. Southwind Roulette was third in her first PaSS start, then has taken her last three; among the conquered in her final prelim was ... Aria Hanover, who had won three straight going into that event. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (stakes record - 1:54.3, Sand Violent Blu, 2011, and Designed To Be, 2013) In contrast to their pacing counterparts, two 2TFs have swept their four prelims and their Championship: Coulantine in 2004, and Fashion Feline in 2009. And the leading pointwinner has won their Championship in each of the last three years (the stake speed setters with Frau Blucher in between). Looking to add herself the "sweeper" ranks is Wild Honey (post seven, Yannick Gingras). In keeping her record unblemished in the prelims last time out, Wild Honey defeated Gatka Hanover (post eight, Ron Pierce), who had also won her three prelims heretofore, by a half-length. Neither filly will particularly benefit from their outside post draw, making this shape up as a very tough affair. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS (stakes record - 1:54.3, Stormin Normand, 2011) In setting this division's speed mark, Stormin Normand also completed the "Sire Stakes sweep," the only 2TC to have accomplished the feat. Attempting to emulate the "Storm" will be Billy Flynn (post four, Brett Miller), 6 for 6 in his young career. But there are three two-time Sire Stakes prelim winners in this field - Honor And Serve, Lima Pride, and Piercewave Hanover - plus Walter White, a horse who came within a head of Billy Flynn two starts back, so no one is conceding the honors to the unbeaten horse going in. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS (stakes record - 1:50.2, One More Laugh, 2009) Like his colt counterpart on the trotting side, Stormin Normand, One More Laugh became his division's only sweeper when he set the stakes mark five years back. (The leading prelim pointleader has won the 2PC in three of the last five years, including Allstar Partner last year.) Probably set to draw the majority of the focus here is Yankee Bounty (post three, Yannick Gingras), who like Billy Flynn is both 6 for 6 lifetime and unbeaten in the Sires prelims. But also like Billy Flynn, Yankee Bounty had a horse who gave him a scare - Wazikashi Hanover came within a neck of an upset last time -- and again like Billy Flynn, Yankee Bounty faces three opponents with multiple PaSS prelim wins: McArdles Lightning (who had three) along with Dragon Eddy and Lost For Words (two each). THE UNDERCARD There will be $50,000 consolations for each of the four Sire Stakes divisions' horses who came up just shy in trying to earn themselves a place in the final. It does seem strange to call a contest an "undercard" event when the field of eight has combined earnings of $12,112,270, especially when the first three horses in the post parade have bankrolled $9,956,663 among them. But this is a special field, for a special race - the $50,000 Modern Family Trot, honoring the recently-deceased free-for-aller who was based with the Daryl Bier stable right at Pocono, and who was competitive with this national group the last two years. Those "first three horses," by the way, are Wishing Stone, Market Share, and Arch Madness, and when mixed with Sevruga and four other hard-hitters they should give a fit tribute to their fallen fellow competitor. There will also be a $50,000 Invitational Pace, the Adieu to the Almost Summer Pace (no doubt if this race were held in the western part of the state, it would be called the Adios to the Almost Summer Pace, but that's another story). Millionaires Golden Receiver and Bolt The Duer will draw attention here, along with two sharp four-year-olds on three-race winning streaks: Sunfire Blue Chip and Mach It So. The first of Saturday's 16 races is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (And of course on Sunday afternoon, the $1,240,000 PA Sire Stakes 3YO Championships Day will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia, likely to feature a few horse you may have heard of -- Father Patrick and Nuncio, McWicked and Smewhere In L A, Shake It Cerry, Sandbetweenurtoes, horses like that. The draw for those races is tomorrow [Wednesday].) From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association         

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 29, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Opens--a handicap for distaff pacers and a blind draw for all trotters who passed initiation--were won by rank outsider Campanile (Eric Carlson, $58.50) and Obrigado (Brent Holland, $11). An early bystander from post position No. 4, Campanile had much to watch. Last week's victress, Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) was in play, getting stung by pole assignee, the newly-sold Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett). No sooner did the just-above-even-money fave Robin Cruiser make the lead (:26.4 opening quarter-mile) than Monkey on My Wheel (Dan Dube) took her turn. Monkey on My Wheel found a :55.4 intermission and 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Montenegro (Greg Merton) offering a stern test first-up. Monkey on My Wheel opened to a length-and-a-quarter entering the lane, but was done soon after. Venus Delight closed deep in the passing lane, but it was Campanile-third-up--moving widest and fastest. Sixth in and out of the final turn, Campanile prevailed by a neck in 1:52.3. Robin Cruiser, Crazy on You (Holland) and Camille (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For Campanile, a 5-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended trained by Allan Johnson for owner Michael Casalino Jr., it was her seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $290.50, with the triple returning $789. The week's marquee trot saw upstate scourge Obrigado-which, as pointed out by track announcer/U-N interpreter John Hernan, translates to "thank you" in Portuguese-prevail from second-over. After Tober (Bartlett) and Lorenzo Dream (Jeff Gregory) led the way (:27.2, :57.1), Tober regained and found a 1:26.1 three-quarters. He had a 2¼-length lead turning for home, having disposed of both a stopping "Lorenzo" and an uncovered DW's NY Yank (Brennan). However, Obrigado-gradually advancing from post No. 5-snapped the leader late, winning by a neck in 1:55.3. Third went to Bingo Queen (Eric Goodell), with tepid 19-10 choice Somebody AS (Dube) and "DW" settling for the minor awards. For Obrigado, a 4-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, he's now 7-for-16 this season (28-for-39 lifetime). The exacta paid $44.20, with the triple returning $216.50. Friday's undercard saw the 7-year-old double millionaire Wishing Stone (Brennan, $3.70) beat up his rivals, setting a set track record for aged trotting horses (1:54.2). He (nearly a year ago to the day) and Archangel shared the old standard at a tick slower. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

It has been very hard lately to take the smile off the faces of Peter O'Rourke and David Shammall as the sires associated with their harness racing venture Stallions Australasia have been having such a golden run in North America. Muscle Hill and Lucky Chucky have both had big years so far and their new addition Wishing Stone only adds to the quality available to trotting breeders down under this season. Set up by David and Peter in 2013, Stallions Australasia was formed to fill a gap they saw in the sires market in Australasia for quality trotting stallions. Most of the top North American pacing sires shuttle to Australasia every season but few of the elite trotting sires were available to breeders. Deciding to target the elite horses just starting out in the siring ranks, Stallions Australasia quickly acquired the semen rights to both Muscle Hill and Lucky Chucky. This year they have added another champion going to stud in Wishing Stone. So we thought it was an appropriate time to do a bit of homework on the three sires that they are making available to breeders this season. Muscle Hill 1:50.1 ($3,273,342)  This son of Muscles Yankee is rated by many pundits as the greatest age group trotter to have ever raced in North America and his record supports that. He faced the starter 21 times for 20 wins and a second in a stellar career. Beaten on debut at two, Muscle Hill won his next 20 races before his retirement to stud. Amongst those wins were the $700,000 Breeders Crown at two in 1:53.3 while at three he won the $1,520,000 Hambletonian by six lengths in 1:50.2 -  $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in 1:53.1 - $617,000 Breeders Crown in 1:54 - $540,000 World Trotting Derby in 1:52.3 and the $384,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.1. All up at three, Muscle Hill earned $2,456,041 which is a record for money won in a season by either a pacer or a trotter. Now his stud record is starting to resemble his racing record with his first crop half way through their three year old season. He currently sits third on the North American 3 year old sires list and has already sired a Hambletonian winner from this first crop with the brilliant Trixton1:50.3 $(852,838) taking out the time honoured classic last weekend. Other notable winners from this first crop include Southwind Spirit 1:54.1 ($370,295) and Muscle Network 1:53.2 ($314,350) to name just two. The second crop are two year olds this season and have started in great fashion with the outstanding filly Mission Brief 1:52.2 ($255,775) winning the $352,000 Merrie Annibeelle on Hambletonian day while another Muscle Hill filly in Jolene Jolene 1:54 pl ($94,812) finished second. Muscle Hill is presently first on the two year old sires list in North America. Lucky Chucky 1:50.4 ($2,099,973) This son of Windsongs Legacy was an outstanding two and three year old on the track, being crowned horse of the year at both two and three. His sire Windsong's Legacy, a son of Conway Hall only stood for four seasons before his untimely demise. Apart from Lucky Chucky the other one of his sons to really make his mark is world record holder Chapter Seven 1:50.1 ($1,954,966) Lucky Chucky won the $450,000 Valley Victory at two in 1:56 in his nine wins at that age but that was only a pipe opener to a great three year old year. Lucky Chucky won the $1,000,000 Canadian Classic in 1:52.2 - $500,000 Colonial Final in 1:53 and was an unlucky second in the $1,500,000 Hambletonian Final won by Massive Muscle 1:51 ($1,239,138) in 1:51 When retired to stud Lucky Chucky had faced the starter 23 times for 14 wins and 7 ploacings for $2,099,973 in stakes. His first crop hit the track this season in North America and though it is early in the season, Lucky Chucky has made a fine start as a sire. With the season just getting into full swing he is already the sire of such promising trotters as Gabe The Bear Dean 1:58.3 (H) ($56,186)  Lock Down Lindy 1:55 ($63,076) and Mambo Blue Chip 1:57.2 ($50,236). Lucky Chucky currently sits seventh on the North American Sires list for two year olds, ahead of such talented sires as Cantab Hall and Kadabra. Wishing Stone 1:51.2 ($2,255,603) The richest and fastest son of the great Conway Hall is available to breeders for the first time this season. His best wins at two were in the $84,600 Bluegraass Stakes in 1:55 and the $71,200 International Stallion Stakes in 1:55.3. At three Wishing Stone won the $237,000 Matron Final in 1:53.2 and the $200,00 Kentucky Futurity over Lucky Chucky in 1:51.2. Notable placings were his second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:52.4 and his third in the $1,500,000 Hambletonian behind Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky in 1:51.4 Racing in Europe at four and five, his best wins were in the $250,000 Copenhagen Cup 2000 meters in a 1:54.4 mile rate and the $200,000 Grand Prix Du Sud Quest over 2600 meters. Back to North America last season, the Wishing Stone's best win was in the $250,000 Maxi Lee in 1:52, defeating Uncle Peter 1:50.3 ($1,250,515) Wishing Stone goes to stud with a record of 75 starts for 22 wins and 17 placings for $2,255,603 in stakes with a best time of 1:51.1 He should appeal to down under breeders with his winning performances over 2000 and 2600 meters.  Everything considered, Stallions Australasia have a great line up of sires who are making the headlines now, not last year like some sires. Harnesslink media  

We have been on a roll as of late with winning weekends the last two weeks. I am confident we can make it three straight winning weeks and never have to leave the Meadowlands. It’s their closing weekend and that mean’s Hambletonian Day, one of the best days of racing in the sport of harness racing this Saturday, headlined of course by the Hambletonian Trot. The card is jamming with top stakes action. The only problem is something we have no control over and that is Mother Nature. I handicapped based on a fast track so here’s hoping the rain either ends early or does not stop until late in the day. Good Luck! $52,000 Trot Ima Lula Final 4YO Mares Meadowlands 1st race SATURDAY – With a serious case of seconditis after her championship season last year, we keep hoping for Bee A Magician to return to her unbeaten form of 2013 but it just isn’t happening. Perhaps they will change tactics here and go back to racing her off the pace and that she will be able take this field. Use Classic Martine and Ma Chere Hall in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Miss New Jersey 3YO Fillies Meadowlands 3rd race SATURDAY – Seems that trainer Jimmy Takter may have solved the previous breaking problems of Gettingreadytoroll off her lifetime mark last week in 1:49.3 and that she is settled down to keeping her mind on business. Repeat of last winning effort will bring home the bacon in here. Use Act Now and Bliztra in exotic plays. $225,000 Pace New Jersey Classic 3YO Colts Meadowlands 4th race SATURDAY – Western Vintage has had a rough 3YO season after many thought he would be one of the leaders in this division after his great two-year-old season. Seems he has not lived up to expectations but should go off the favorite here after decent qualifying win. I’m going with Doo Wop Hanover. He has had good success when not racing against the best in the country, drew well for this and could get the dream two-hole trip to score off of. Use Western Vintage and Bushwacker in exotic plays. $257,700 Pace FFA US Pacing Championship Meadowlands 5th race SATURDAY – Too tough to even consider going against the best pacer in the sport. Sweet Lou is on a seven-race winning streak, last four in less than 1:48 and he is just a pacing machine. He is facing a strong field but he has beaten all of them before and can do it again. Use Captaintreacherous and State Treasurer in exotic plays. $352,050 Trot Merrie Annabelle 2YO Filly Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – This will be an interesting matchup as both Mission Brief and Gatka Hanover have yet to meet and both are hot fillies that race on the front end. Mission Brief gets the call with her blinding early speed but you never know how Gatka Hanover will handle getting a two-hole trip. Use Gatka Hanover and Lock Down Lindy in exotic plays. $355,500 Trot Peter Haughton 2YO Colt Final Meadowlands 7th race SATURDAY – It’s interesting that in this final there are four return winners of the ten starters. Ake Svanstedt’s Centurion ATM showed he is the horse to beat after coming off the pace in his elimination race last week and strolling to a 1:54.2 win in just his third lifetime start. Repeat of that mile will make him an easy winner once again. Use Canepa Hanover and Guess Who’s Back in exotic plays. $75,000 Trot FFA Vincennes Invitational Meadowlands 10th race SATURDAY – All the talk was that after Master Of Law won his qualifying race that he was on his way to taking on the best in the country. He lived up to performance with a 1:52 win last time out and now gets really tested against a good field and having to start from post nine. Use Wishing Stone and D’Orsay in exotic plays. $300,650 Trot John Cashman Memorial FFA Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY – Whether it rains or not I think Sebastian K and Ake Svanstedt are too tough to get caught again at the wire. No one can out leave him and unless every horse in the field tries to go first-over against him, he has too much stamina to not hold them off. Use Uncle Peter and Market Share in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Hambletonian Oaks 3YO Fillies Meadowlands 12th race – Last week in prep race, Ron Pierce and Shake It Cerry held Designed To Be and Brian Sears at bay and were able to win. Now Shake It Cerry starts from second tier in post 11 and won’t be able to dictate early fractions to anyone. I still think that Shake It Cerry will “shake it loose” somehow and find a different way to beat Designed To Be once again. Use Designed To Be and Lifetime Pursuit in exotic plays. $1,066,125 Trot Hambletonian Final 3YO Colts Meadowlands 13th race SATURDAY – Trainer Jimmy Takter has his heart set on finishing one, two, three in harness racing’s most prestigious race and he very well should get what wants as he has the best colts in racing. Father Patrick needs to just overcome starting from post ten as he is seconds faster than the rest of the field. Use Trixton and Nuncio in exotic plays. $177,750 Pace Lady Liberty Final Older Mares Meadowlands 14th race SATURDAY – Was super impressed with the three moves Drop The Ball made for driver Corey Callahan last week in winning elimination race. She will need that gusty performance once again to win the final as Rocklamation will be in the hunt this week. Drop The Ball gets the slim call in here. Use Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow in exotic plays.

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