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North American drivers participating in Saturday's (Oct. 13) $1 million Yonkers International Trot face several challenges as they prepare for the event, most notably learning about their rivals -- and in some cases their own horse -- in addition to contemplating the best path to victory in a 10-horse field going 1-1/4 miles. "My deal is to know the competition the best I can and make decisions as it plays out," said Brian Sears, who is driving in the International Trot for the third time since its renewal in 2015 at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. Sears will be behind Cruzado Dela Noche, starting from post six, on Saturday. "My job is to learn some of these horses, which is what makes this race so difficult to win. You don't really know the competition as well as you'd like. As the race unfolds, you'll see things happen and you try to make decisions to put your horse in the best spot. But I think you have to be aggressive. You have to be as aggressive as you can get away with." Winners of the three most recent International Trots each accomplished the feat in different ways -- one of which no longer exists. In 2015, Norway's Papagayo E got a ground-saving trip behind leader Creatine and used the passing lane to earn the victory. The passing lane has since been eliminated at Yonkers. In 2016, U.S. representative Resolve led virtually from start to finish en route to his triumph. Last year, Italy's Twister Bi raced on the outside and methodically chased down leader Resolve before powering away to win by 5-1/2 lengths. Marion Marauder, who is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's race, finished second last year. He started from post No. 1 and got away in seventh place around the first turn. He will start again from post one on Saturday. "When I had the rail last year it was a learning experience," said Scott Zeron, who drives Marion Marauder. "I pushed him off the wings enough to get him well situated, but I had to have a lot of luck on my side as well with not being able to pull the right line and go to the outer flow. "It could end up like that again this year, but I know I have a horse that's capable of winning this race. I let him leave at his own comfort. It will be playing it by ear when I go off the wings. We'll see two steps off the gate where I'm going to get situated. Hopefully I have an opportunity to race him." Trotting races at the distance of 1-1/4 miles are nothing new at Yonkers and looking back at 37 such races on Sundays in July to September shows horses that were no worse than third at the half-mile point won nearly 84 percent of the time. Horses that led at the half won 18 times while horses that were second won seven and horses third won six. Posts one and six produced the most winners, with seven each, followed by post five with six. "It's a benefit," Zeron said about the extra experience of racing 1-1/4 miles at Yonkers. "The difference with this race compared to a regular Sunday is having 10 horses that all can win. There are no long shots. These are the best of the best." Jason Bartlett, who has won seven driving titles at Yonkers including the past four, is making his first appearance in the International Trot. He will drive France's Up And Quick, who counts the 2015 Prix d'Amerique among five career Group 1 wins in Europe. Up And Quick will start from post two. "I thought the draw was very good," Bartlett said. "It gives me options. I don't really know the horse, but I'll do a little homework on him and go from there. I've talked to Bjorn Goop who drove him three starts ago. I'll watch some replays on him. That's all I can really do. I'll get a feel for him going into the turn when I score him down and that's it. "I think the biggest part I've got to learn is a little bit about the competition, each horse in the race. It's the best trotters in the world, the best drivers; you can't really go in with a game plan. "For me, it's my first time in this race. Winning it would be very special to me being that it's my home track. I'm just thankful to have the opportunity. It's going to be an interesting race." Sears will be driving Sweden's Cruzado Dela Noche for the first time. Cruzado Dela Noche raced in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3, winning a division of the International Stallion Stakes and finishing third in the Peter Haughton Memorial. In Europe, his victories include the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup. "I just hope that he's on his toes and puts up a good race," Sears said. "(To win) would be a feather in your cap. It's one of the biggest races and it's very hard to get done. To be able to accomplish that would be quite a victory, no doubt." Yannick Gingras, with Ariana G, and Tim Tetrick, with Will Take Charge, are both making their second appearances in the International Trot and enter with horses they drive regularly. It will be the first time on a half-mile track for Ariana G, a two-time Dan Patch Award-winner who is the lone mare in the race. "She's very square gaited, she's two fingers to drive, so I don't see (the half) being any problem at all," Gingras said. "I think if anything it will work in her favor. She's got it all, honestly. She's got the speed, you can stop-and-go anytime you want, and she's great gaited. I keep saying about her being great gaited, I hope I don't jinx her. "She's just so smart," he added. "Maybe that's her best attribute. I think I've got as good a shot as anybody." Racing at Yonkers begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The International Trot is race No. 8 on the card and scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The day also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, featuring the fastest trotter in history, Homicide Hunter, plus the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace, featuring the continued rivalry between McWicked and New Zealand-bred Lazarus. Following is the field in post-position order for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-3/1 2-Up And Quick-Jason Bartlett-Antoine Lherete-10/1 3-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/1 4-Ringostarr Treb-Wim Paal-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5-Pastore Bob-Johan Untersteiner-Johan Untersteiner-8/1 6-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-12/1 7-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-6/1 8-Arazi Boko-Alessandro Gocciadoro-Alessandro Gocciadoro-15/1 9-Lionel-Goran Antonsen-Daniel Reden-10/1 10-Slide So Easy-Flemming Jensen-Flemming Jensen-15/1 * Lionel and Slide So Easy start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

YONKERS, N.Y. – Training wrapped up on a hot and humid morning Sunday at the Red Mile. There were few clouds to provide cover from the beaming sunshine; the old barns and trees in the backstretch providing a reprieve from the sweltering conditions.  Jimmy Takter brought a horse in off the track and returned to his barn around 10 a.m. Relaxed a day after sending Lazarus to a second-place finish in the Allerage Farms Open Pace and the morning before starting Manchego and Tactical Landing on the Kentucky Futurity Card, Takter joined assistant Per Engblom at a table on the patio at the end of his barn facing the racetrack.  Still in his black, white, and green driving colors, Takter sat back. Legs crossed and comfortable in the shade, he pulled up a replay on his phone of Great Vintage’s second-place effort in the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers the night before and smiled as he watched the 10-year-old battle with Bit Of A Legend in the stretch while pacing a 1:51.1 mile. “This is one of my favorite horses,” Takter said, his eyes glued to the screen. “To do what he’s done and still be going at 10 years old is amazing.” Although Takter’s Hall of Fame resume includes four Hambletonians, six Hambletonian Oaks, 33 Breeders Crowns, an Elitlopp and a Prix d’Amérique just to name a few, Takter still has items on his bucket list as the Grand Circuit season winds down in his final year of training. Namely, he has never won the International Trot. It’s a race he’s dreamed of winning since he started his career in Sweden.  “It was a race that I saw a lot before I even came here. The French horses came over and won. This was a classic, classic race. I’m really glad they brought it back. People love it,” Takter said. “This was long before I came over here that I knew about the race and then it unfortunately disappeared for a while and wasn’t on the radar. Now of course, we just have two $1 million races in the sport, the Hambletonian and this one. “It would mean a lot. I would be really, really excited,” he continued. “This is my last year of training and to end up winning, that’s another stripe on my shoulder. It would be something.” Takter has competed in the International Trot twice before. He trained and drove Whiteland Image to a sixth-place finish in the 1995 edition, the last before the race would be revived in 2015. Takter started Creatine in the Yonkers International Trot’s reappearance; the Andover Hall stallion returned from a European campaign to represent the United States, finishing third after setting the tempo. “Long, long time ago. I don’t even remember it to be honest with you. I don’t think my horse was any good that day. They used me in the last spot, they had an opening or whatever,” Takter said of his International debut with Whiteland Image. “That was the year Melander won, His Majesty. Then I raced Creatine three years ago. He was third, so it’s time to do it now.” This year, Takter will start Ariana G in the $1 million stakes. The 4-year-old mare will represent the United States for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. One of the last of the 10 competitors to be announced, Takter accepted the invitation from Yonkers Raceway race secretary Steve Starr just after her win in the Dayton Trotting Derby September 28. “I had it in the back of my head that it would be interesting to race her there,” Takter said. “I know she’s only 4 and you never know, but she showed she could compete against the aged horses. Especially now that she won at Dayton, I feel very good about it. “I talked to Steve before Dayton and I told him, I don’t want to go unless the filly is good,” Takter continued. “He actually called and invited me for the $250,000 (Harry Harvey Invitational), and I told him I’m not going to jeopardize the Breeders Crown for that race, but I’d do it for the International Trot. I waited to see how she raced at Dayton and when she won there, then I knew.” Ariana G entered the Dayton Trotting Derby off a third in the Maple Leaf Trot September 1 and a sixth in the Preferred at Mohawk September 11. She tipped three-wide off the turn in the $150,000 stakes, grinding down Guardian Angel AS and holding off Warrawee Roo to post a 1:52.1 victory and establish a new track record. “I thought she was going to race good, but we were a little bit nervous because we had sick horses up in Canada and she hadn’t raced good the start before, so we were really a little bit worried going into it that she wouldn’t be herself,” Takter admitted. “I think she was 90 percent and I think with this start in her, I think we’re going to be good.” Ariana G’s off-the-pace win in the Dayton Trotting Classic is the 26th of her 37-race career. Victories in the Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegant Image, the Breeders Crown at 2 and 3, the Graduate Final, and Hambletonian Maturity contributed to her $2.3 million bankroll.   “She’s been a World Champion from 2 years old and she’s just been phenomenal,” Takter remarked. “Every year, she just gets a little bit more mature. Now she’s a 4-year-old, she’s starting to look more professional, but she’s been a class horse from day one.” Despite her impressive record, Ariana G has never raced on a half-mile track and has never raced further than 9 furlongs. She will have to navigate the turns of Yonkers’ half-mile oval five times in the 1 ¼-mile International Trot.  Ariana G will face nine rivals in the Yonkers International Trot: Arazi Boko (Italy), Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden), Lionel (Norway), Marion Marauder (Canada), Pastore Bob (Sweden), Ringostarr Treb (Italy), Slide So Easy (Denmark), Up And Quick (France), and Will Take Charge (Canada). She drew post four and is a 5-1 morning line with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. “She’s never raced on a half-mile, but I don’t think it’s going to be an issue. She’s pretty handy,” Takter said. “I really don’t know the European horses too much. There’s a couple of horses who can really bust out of the gate good and I don’t know if they have the stamina. I think the two horses that are big contenders are ‘Ariana’ and Marion Marauder. Whoever gets the best trip is going to be close there. “I don’t think I want to see her do the dirty work too much,” he continued. “It’s a mile-and-a-quarter. If she’s sitting fourth or fifth with decent horses in front of her, maybe working out a second-over trip the last lap, would be the dream spot.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 13 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

New York, NY --- Marion Marauder, who finished second in last year's $1 million Yonkers International Trot, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's (Oct. 13) 40th edition of the invitational, which will be raced at 1-1/4 miles at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. The 5-year-old stallion, representing Canada, was made the top choice after getting post No. 1 on Tuesday at the event's draw and press conference at Manhattan's 21 Club. Scott Zeron will drive Marion Marauder for trainer Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder has won six of 10 races this year and finished no worse than second in any start. He heads to the International Trot off a win in the Caesars Trotting Classic on Sept. 21 at Hoosier Park. Other victories in 2018 include the John Cashman Memorial and Cleveland Trotting Classic. He was second in the Maple Leaf Trot and Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. "It beats the heck out of the seven or eight hole, that's for sure," said Mike Keeling, who shares the training duties on Marion Marauder with his wife, Paula Wellwood, about drawing the rail. "At least we won't be parked. "He loves three weeks between races and this works out perfectly from his last start. I think he's probably a touch better than he was for the Hoosier race. We're really pleased with him right now. As long as he's in good shape and the race sets up for him, we'll be fine. "I follow the Europeans a little bit. I know Lionel, I know Ringostarr Treb. The other horses I'm not so familiar with. We'll look at the program pages. We can only do what we can do, it's up to Scott to figure out the rest." For his career, Marion Marauder has won 20 of 48 races and earned $3.08 million for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. He was the 2016 Trotter of the Year after winning the Trotting Triple Crown and captured another Dan Patch Award in 2017 as best older male trotter. Marion Marauder has enjoyed success at Yonkers, with three wins and two seconds in five career starts. One of the victories came in the Yonkers Trot on his way to the Triple Crown. Ariana G, the U.S. representative and lone mare in the field of 10, drew post three and is 5-1 on the morning line. The International Trot has been won by a mare 11 times, most recently by Peace Corps in 1991. The International Trot was contested from 1959 through 1995 before being resurrected in 2015. A Dan Patch Award divisional champion at ages 2 and 3, the 4-year-old Ariana G has won five of 11 races this year and heads to the International Trot off a win over male rivals in the Dayton Trotting Derby on Sept. 28. Other victories this season include the Hambletonian Maturity and Graduate Series championship. She also won her elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot and finished third in the final. For her career, Ariana G has won 26 of 37 races and earned $2.36 million for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Yannick Gingras will drive the mare for trainer Jimmy Takter. "You have to be happy with the draw," said Gingras. "But I think most of the good horses got good spots too. It will be a tactical race, but we can't complain about where we'll start. "I think she's super sharp. She raced really good in Ohio in her last start. Jimmy skipped Lexington pointing toward this race. I think it was a smart move, no doubt. I think she's got as good a shot as anybody." Will Take Charge, a second Canadian representative as a late replacement for the Netherlands' Dreammoko, drew post seven and is 6-1. The Jeff Gillis-trained 5-year-old gelding, who will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky, has won nine of 21 races this year, including the Crawford Farms Open Trot and Maxie Lee Memorial, for owner Mac Nichol. For his career, he has won 21 of 71 starts and $848,116. Elitloppet winner Ringostarr Treb, one of two horses representing Italy, leads the international contingent. The 8-year-old stallion is trained by New England native Jerry Riordan, who conditioned last year's International Trot champion Twister Bi. Ringostarr Treb, who has won 30 of 86 career races and $1.57 million, will start from post four with driver Wilhelm "Wim" Paal and is 4-1. The stallion is owned by E.V.A.M. Racing. "I'm very happy about the post," Paal said. "It keeps me a little bit out of the traffic in the first turn. I can choose my own race. I think there are four or five horses that have a good shot in this race --- Marion Marauder, Up And Quick, Ariana G. For me, Lionel is a horse you should not underestimate because he shows his best at a mile-and-a-quarter and he is a classy horse. "I think the small track gives a big opportunity to the four (inside) horses. They are all good horses and were lucky in the draw." Up And Quick, who won the 2015 Prix d'Amerique, drew post two and is 10-1 with top Yonkers driver Jason Bartlett in the sulky for trainer Antoine Lherete. The 10-year-old stallion, representing France, has won 16 of 74 career races and $2.81 million. He is owned by Ecurie Quick Star. Lionel, representing Norway, drew post nine in the second tier and is 10-1 with owner Goran Antonsen set to drive. The 8-year-old stallion, trained by Daniel Reden, won his Elitloppet elimination and finished fifth in the final. He has won 23 of 69 races and $1.67 million. The remaining International Trot participants are Italy's Arazi Boko, Sweden's Cruzado Dela Noche and Pastore Bob, and Denmark's Slide So Easy. For video of the post draw click here. Racing begins at 1 p.m. Saturday. The International Trot is race No. 8 on the card and scheduled for 3:40 p.m. Following is the field in post-position order for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-3/1 2-Up And Quick-Antoine Lherete-Jason Bartlett-10/1 3-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/1 4-Ringostarr Treb-Wilhelm Paal-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5-Pastore Bob-Johan Untersteiner-Johan Untersteiner-8/1 6-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-12/1 7-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-6/1 8-Arazi Boko-Alessandro Gocciadoro-Alessandro Gocciadoro-15/1 9-Lionel-Goran Antonsen-Daniel Reden-10/1 10-Slide So Easy-Flemming Jensen-Flemming Jensen-15/1 For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ron Burke-trained Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut decimated the world-record mark for two-year-old pacing fillies when winning the $61,250 Roll With Joe division of the International Stallion Stakes (ISS), all sponsored by Blue Chip Stallions, on Friday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile, pacing to the mile in 1:48.3. Her stablemate Youaremycandygirl held the previous mark of 1:50 set at The Red Mile last year. Beautyonthebeach seized control from post seven and fronted the field to a :27 opening quarter with Queen Of The Pride in second and Zero Tolerance in third. Yannick Gingras positioned Warrawee Ubeaut fifth and began her brush for the lead in the backstretch, clearing command following a :55.1 half. Warrawee Ubeaut kept her speed rolling to three-quarters as she passed three-quarters in 1:22. Queen Of The Pride paced into second as Zero Tolerance angled off the rail and also gave chase in third. Warrawee Ubeaut held firmly to the line and won by two-and-three-quarter lengths in the end. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Jerry & Thersa Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Warrawee Ubeaut won her sixth race from nine starts, earning $300,393. She paid $3.60 to win. Burke came back to win when St Somewhere posted a 1:50.4 victory in the $61,250 Shadow Play ISS division. Art Lecture left for the lead from post seven while Margret Hill took the pocket and St Somewhere pushed into third. Gingras slid off the rail and sent St Somewhere for the lead past the :28.1 opening quarter, clearing after a :55.4 half. The field tightened when St Somewhere cleared the lead. Margret Hill, from third, broke stride as Treacherous Reign and Prescient Beauty moved off the rail in pursuit of the pacesetter. St Somewhere remained in front as Treacherous Reign pressured her through three-quarters in 1:23.4 before parking into the stretch. Art Lecture shot through the pylons into second as St Somewhere paced steadfast on the lead. Prescient Beauty tipped off cover to take third while Treacherous Reign faded to fourth. Winning her fourth race in 11 starts, St Somewhere, a Ron Burke-trained filly by American Ideal, competes for Burke Racing Stable, Philip Collura, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stable, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The earner of $168,768 returned $8.20 to win. Tall Drink Hanover took the top past the quarter and strolled to a 1:50 victory in the $61,250 Bettor's Delight ISS split. The Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous filly marched towards early leader Sylph Hanover heading to the quarter. Timed in :28, Tall Drink Hanover swiftly slid to the lead and maintained her speed through the half in :55. Undefiable, positioned fourth, pulled first over moving into the final turn. She paced up to the leader's wheel by three-quarters in 1:23.1 but was turned away into the lane as Tall Drink Hanover sped into the stretch under a hand drive. Undefiable took second from Sylph Hanover in third while She's Allright, riding the rail, held fourth. Winning her sixth race from nine starts, Tall Drink Hanover has earned $343,914 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy drove the $3.20 winner. With 6-5 favorite Louphoria losing stride around the first turn, Annie Hill took control, yielded for the pocket and crept through the pylons late to win the $61,250 American Ideal ISS split in 1:51.4. Annie Hill took the lead before the quarter with Louphoria pacing in third before going on a gallop and Renaissance Lady K in fourth. By the opening panel in :27.2, Annie Hill soon backed for the pocket as Renaissance Lady K marched for command in the backstretch and cleared the top prior to a :55.3 half. Bestseller Hanover angled first over heading into the far turn and progressed into third by three-quarters in 1:24.1. Renaissance Lady K clung to the lead in the stretch as Annie Hill, locked in the pocket, waited for a seam to the inside of Bestseller Hanover. With a slight opening, Annie Hill inched through the inside and past Renaissance Lady K to claim victory. Cruise, trailing throughout, launched through the center of the track for third while Bestseller Hanover faded to fourth. Owned by Tom Hill, Annie Hill won her fourth race from seven starts, earning $64,919. Andrew McCarthy piloted the Captaintreacherous filly for trainer Chris Oakes and returned $6.80 to win. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 6 with Lazarus N headlining the program in the $179,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds. Five divisions of the $312,000 Captaintreacherous ISS Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, along with two divisions of the $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm and the $145,000 What The Hill Allerage Farms Trot sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, are also slated on the program. Racing gets underway for the 11-race matinee with first-race post time scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Sent the 6-5 second choice, Cantab Fashion got the jump on 3-5 favorite Green Manlishi S and outsprinted his competition to take the third of three divisions of the $275,600 Trixton International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by the Trixton Syndicate, on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Red Mile in 1:51.4 to collect his fifth-consecutive victory. The Jim Campbell-trained colt by Cantab Hall trotted into third while Battenberg swooped to the lead ahead of Union Forces getting the pocket. By the first quarter in :28.1, Cantab Fashion tipped off the rail and rushed to the front before accelerating the tempo to a :55.2 half. Green Manalishi S moved first over heading into the final turn and marched towards the leader's wheel heading to three-quarters. Past that marker in 1:24, Green Manalishi S continued to dig into Cantab Fashion in the stretch before the eventual winner entered another gear and edged to a length and a half victory at the wire. Union Forces held third from Battenberg fourth. Surpassing $100,000 in career earnings, Cantab Fashion competes for owner-breeder Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller drove the $4.60 winner. Pulling pocket past the quarter, the Domenico Cecere-trained Muscle Hill colt Kings County trotted fast fractions in progress to a 1:52.3 victory in the first division of the ISS. Hudson River took the lead towards the inside with Kings County tucking into second and Trix And Stones third. Following a :27.4 opening quarter driver David Miller angled Kings County off the cones and circled to the lead in the backstretch. Gaining separation and speeding clear, Kings County led Hudson River through a :55.2 half. Slowing the tempo to three-quarters, Kings County still held control as Hudson River gradually reeled in the leader and readied to pull off the rail passing three-quarters, timed in 1:24. Kings County turned into the stretch and remained extended to the line as Trix And Stones rallied three wide to take second ahead of Chin Chin Hall, off a rail trip, closing through the center for third. Kings County, competing for Lindy Farms of Connecticut, won his fourth race from nine starts, propelling his bankroll to $142,782. Sent the 3-2 favorite, he paid $5.00 to win. Super Schissel circled to the lead past the quarter and held command under a tight hold from driver Yannick Gingras to win the second ISS division in 1:54.3. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt by Uncle Peter moved for the lead through a :28.2 opening quarter and pocketed early pacesetter Brady Bunch heading into the backstretch. Odds-on favorite Demon Onthe Hill, racing fifth, pulled first over passing the half in :56.4 before flushing cover from Sheena's Boy heading into the final turn. Passing three-quarters in 1:26.4, Sheena's Boy went on a gallop and interfered with second-over Demon Onthe Hill turning into the stretch and left Super Schissel with an uncontested lead. Brady Bunch edged off the rail and gave pursuit along with Lindy's Crazy Hall towards the pylons and Demon Onthe Hill recouping ground towards the center. Super Schissel finished about a half length ahead of Brady Bunch cutting into his margin at the wire while Demon Onthe Hill edged Lindy's Crazy Hall in the photo for third. Owned by Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, Super Schissel won his third race from eight starts, collecting $107,500 in earnings. Jimmy Takter trains the $13.00 winner. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 5 with freshman pacing fillies competing in four divisions of the $245,000 ISS, all sponsored by Blue Chip Stallions, while freshman filly trotters race in five divisions of the $324,500 ISS, three of which are named for Walner and sponsored by the Walner Syndicate and two of which named for Muscle Hill and sponsored by Southwind Farms. The 12-race matinee gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

When 3-year-old filly harness racing pacers Kissin In The Sand, Youaremycandygirl, and Alexa's Power get together, the race has the potential to be memorable. And twice already this season, they've fulfilled that potential. The three fillies have met three times this year and finished 1-2-3 in each race. Their first encounter resulted in Kissin In The Sand's gutsy parked-out victory by a neck over Youaremycandygirl in the James M. Lynch Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The next was Kissin In The Sand's win by three lengths over Youaremycandygirl in the Mistletoe Shalee, at 1-1/8 miles, at The Meadowlands. Most recently, on the Aug. 4 Hambletonian Day card at the Big M, they finished three across the wire separated by a neck in the Shady Daisy Stakes at The Meadowlands. Youaremycandygirl won that encounter by a nose over Kissin In The Sand in a stakes- and track-record 1:48.2. Round four is Saturday at Lexington's Red Mile in the second of two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Stakes. "They're three exceptional fillies," said Jim Campbell, who trains Alexa's Power. "We're going to need our 'A' game. It's a very tough division, but at this time of the year you're going to race tough. It's just part of the game. She's an honest filly and she gives us a great effort every time we put her out there." Kissin In The Sand drew post No. 6 in the eight-horse field and is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Youaremycandygirl will start from post four and is the 2-1 second choice while Alexa's Power will start from post seven and is 3-1. "It's going to be an interesting matchup with me getting the middle of the three on the gate," said Scott Zeron, who drives Kissin In The Sand. "It's up to me because Kissin In The Sand is definitely as good as she's been all year. It will be interesting to see how it shapes up. We're in Lexington with a mile track and we're all going to get a fair shot." Kissin In The Sand leads all 3-year-old female pacers in purses with $673,620 thanks to nine wins and four second-place finishes in 13 starts. The Nancy Johansson-trained filly, owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables, has won five of her past six races, including the Bluegrass Stakes last weekend at Red Mile and over older foes in the fillies-and-mares preferred Sept. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She's gotten better every start this year," Zeron said. "It's pretty exciting. A few of the times she's done it the hard way, too. It's not like everyone lays down for us and we go slow fractions and then take off late. Even beating the open mares was impressive. Everything is pointing toward a good weekend." Alexa's Power is the second-richest 3-year-old filly pacer this season, with $429,891. She has won nine of 16 races for owners Jeff Snyder and Michael Snyder and finished off the board only once. Since the Shady Daisy, she has won four of five starts, including the Jugette in her most recent outing Sept. 19 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Tim Tetrick will drive the filly Saturday, as he has for all but one of her races this season. "She came out of the Jugette really good and she acts good," Campbell said. Youaremycandygirl, the 2017 Dan Patch Award-winner for best 2-year-old female pacer, has won six of 12 races this season and earned $367,921 for owner Bill Donovan. She won five times and finished second twice during a seven-race span from mid-June to mid-August. She heads to the Garnsey after going off stride in the Jugette. "We just had a bad thing at the Jugette, but everything will be all right with her," trainer Ron Burke said. "She had a little tie-up incident, that's all it was. We knew exactly what was wrong with her. I thought I had gotten through it, but I didn't. You try to do the best you can, but sometimes it doesn't work out. "She's seems like she's gotten herself turned around now." Last year at Red Mile, Youaremycandygirl became the fastest 2-year-old filly pacer in history with a 1:50 win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. In the first Garnsey division, New York Sire Stakes champion Wisdom Tree is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Saturday's card also includes the Allerage Farms Open Pace, which features another clash between New Zealand-bred star Lazarus, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, and McWicked (5-2) as well as Dayton Pacing Derby champ Donttellmeagain (4-1); the Allerage Farms Open Trot, with International Trot-bound Will Take Charge as the 2-1 choice; and five divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. For Saturday's complete entries at Red Mile, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

MIILTON, ON - September 25, 2018 - Hambletonian champion Atlanta battled heavy rain and older rivals to finish second in Tuesday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Four-year-old trotting mare Royal Witch delivered a top-notch effort in the rain to pull off a 12-1 upset victory in 1:56.1 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ben Baillargeon. Dunbar Hall fronted the field of six into the backstretch after being parked through a :28.4 opening-quarter, leading to the half in :58.4. Royal Witch came first-up from third for Gingras on the far turn and trotted around Dunbar Hall, who made a break strides before the three-quarter pole. Atlanta and trainer/driver Rick Zeron got away fourth and stayed inside on the far turn to sit fifth and just over three-lengths from the lead. After reaching three-quarters in 1:27.2, Royal Witch was able to seal the deal with a :28.4 final-quarter for her eighth win of the season. Atlanta and Zeron finished up well, making up ground in the lane and splitting late to edge B Yoyo for second. The margin of victory was a length and a quarter. A daughter of Kadabra, Royal Witch has now earned $109,300 in 17 starts this season and her 11th career victory pushes her to $224,793 in lifetime earnings for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin. Royal Witch's first-career Preferred victory saw her return $27.80 for a $2 win ticket. Hambletonian champion Atlanta was making her first start since finishing third in the $340,000 Elegantimage on September 15. The Zeron trained daughter of Chapter Seven is being towards the Kentucky Filly Futurity on October 7 at The Red Mile for her next start. Atlanta, who has won six of 10 starts this season, increased her seasonal earnings to $784,902 with her 10th 'on the board' finish of the season. Her career earnings currently sit at $919,977 for owners Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

The man with the best seat in the house says Lazraus can get better even after he downed many of North America’s best pacers again over the weekend. The former Kiwi pacing hero led throughout in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby to hold out his new arch rival McWicked in the Indiana race on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). In a near replay of his US debut four starts ago, Lazraus showed blistering gate speed and led and while he didn’t have much in reserve at the line he had done all the work early and into a strong wind down the back straight to stop the clock at 1:48.8 That victory takes Lazarus’s record to two wins and two seconds in four North American starts and while he is already beating the best free-for-allers up there, driver Yannick Gingras says Lazarus can go faster. And will need to. “After having a virus a few weeks ago I am sure he is still getting back to his best,” said Gingras. “He felt good but he can feel better still. He really is a very, very good horse.  “He looks like having some pretty regular racing coming up in the next six weeks and that should see him improve even more.”
 Lazarus is now being aimed at the US$150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby in Ohio on Friday night (Saturday NZ time), although Gingras was not sure whether a start there was certain.  But the six-year-old has already been transferred to Kentucky where he will be based not only for the Dayton Derby but the feature open class mile at the lightning fast Red Mile track on October 6.  While Lazarus was embellishing his reputation in the US the last horse to nearly beat him in New Zealand, Dream About Me, made a long-overdue return to the winner’s circle in the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru yesterday.  Former stablemate Dream About Me, who pushed Lazarus to a half neck in the Ashburton Flying Stakes last October, made the most of a lucky break turning for home in yesterday’s $30,000 free-for-all to grab leader A G’s White Socks right on the line.  Dream About Me hadn’t won a race since the Auckland Cup 21 months ago and those who took the $1.80 yesterday wouldn’t have been feeling comfortable when she was parked early.  But after securing the one-one at the bell she was able to dive into the trail at the top of the straight when the trailer stopped, gifting her the passing lane run and the win in the latest step toward the New Zealand Cup on November 13.   Michael Guerin

ANDERSON, IN  - It was billed as Round Three of a budding rivalry between two superstar harness racing pacers in Lazarus N (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked (David Miller) and the contest lived up to every bit of the hype, as on Friday (Sept. 21) Lazarus N defeated a hard-charging McWicked by a neck in a scintillating edition of the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 1:48.4. "He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions Lazarus N for Taylor Made Farm. "We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park." Unlike his last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15 where Gingras drove Lazarus N rather conservatively after his second place finish to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1, the 6-year-old stallion was placed right on the lead prior to the first turn. Leading the field of nine through a first quarter in :26 and the half-mile in :55, Lazarus N looked very strong on the lead he maintained over Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. As Lazarus N hit the three-quarter pole in 1:23, McWicked was pacing comfortably in fifth place and when Western Fame moved first-over, he received a perfect second-over trip to commence his bid for victory. Around the final turn, the separation Lazarus N had placed between himself and the rest of the field began to vanish while McWicked swung to the outside to close with his customary power. As the wire loomed ever closer, McWicked was gaining on Lazarus N with every stride, but Lazarus N was determined and held off McWicked by a diminishing neck. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) used a :24.3 final quarter to finish third. "He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park," Gingras said. "He is definitely back to himself." Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, rewarded his backers with a payout of $4.40. McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Ed James, was the public's second selection at odds of 2-1, provided his supporters with $3.40. Donttellmeagain, (10-1) paid $4 for his third place finish. By Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, IN - Although she did not assume command until the half-mile marker, the result of the $172,000 Moni Maker was never in much doubt as world champion Manchego (Yannick Gingras) collected the 19th victory of her career with ease on Friday (Sept. 21) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on spectacular stakes-laden car. "This is very meaningful for me as this race is named after one of the most wonderful mares I have trained," said Jimmy Takter, the filly's trainer. "But this filly is quite special too." Leaving from post position 10, Manchego and Gingras settled in fourth place trotting away from the gate and were content to follow Custom Cantab through a first quarter-mile in :27.3. Shortly before the field of 10 hit the half-mile pole, Gingras unleashed Manchego and the daughter of Muscle Hill went straight to the top, while Hey Blondie (Andrew McCarthy) settled into second with Custom Cantab (Peter Wrenn) dropping back to third. After a half-mile in :56.2, Manchego pulled away from her rivals to post a 1:25.2 three-quarter mark, then cruised through the lane to stop the clock in 1:53. Custom Cantab was second and Seviyorum was third. Manchego, who is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman, paid $2.20 as the 1-2 favorite. Custom Cantab (14-1) provided her supporters with $5 to place and Seviyorum (25-1) paid (25-1). Proof victorious in The Elevation Scott Zeron placed the 1-9 favorite, Proof, on the lead shortly before the half-mile marker and the 2-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred paced strongly to the finish to improve his record to a sparkling 7-5-2-0 in the $120,000 Elevation Stakes. Trained by Brian Brown and competing as a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing, Proof ($2.20) tripped the timer in 1:52. Loutenant (Matt Kakaley) was second ($4.80) with Pure Rock (John DeLong, $3.60) third. Warrawee Ubeaut, Woodside Charm Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winners With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the winner's circle after two consecutive losses with a statement triumph in the $207,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories used a pocket trip to pass Zero Tolerance (David Miller) in mid-stretch to boost her resume to 8-5-1-1 in her young career. Zero Tolerance ($2.10) was second and Pace Baby Pace (Matt Kakaley, $6) was third. Warrawee Ubeaut is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva Stables, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The final time was 1:51.3. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) remains a perfect five-for-five after a facile victory in her $236,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes in 1:55. Leaving from post position eight, Yoder, who also steered the filly, placed her immediately on the lead. From that juncture, it was clearly obvious the world champion daughter of Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover was the one to beat as she lead the field of nine around the Anderson oval with fractions of :27, :58.1 and 1:27.3. Owned by her trainer-driver, Woodside Charm paid $2.40. Special Honor (Andy Miller, $7) came home second, with Starita (David Miller, $2.20) in third. Always A Prince powerful in Jenna's Beach Boy After favorite Jimmy Freight (Louis-Philippe Roy) threw down a sizzling :25.2 first quarter-mile, it left the door wide open for any of his five rivals to spring the upset and track record holder Always A Prince (Trace Tetrick) was the one who proved up to the task in this $155,000 event. Sitting in third for until entering the homestretch, Always A Prince moved powerfully on the outside to reach the wire ahead of Shnitzledosomethin (David Miller) and a valiant Jimmy Freight in 1:48.4, which was the same final time Lazarus N recorded in his win later on the card. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Always a Prince paid $3.80 as the public's second choice while Schnitzeldosomethin provided $8 to those who supported him at the windows. Jimmy Freight paid $2.10. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 23 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino  

Yannick Gingras, the leading driver in earnings in North America for the past four years, will represent the United States in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden from May 24-31 next year. Conducted since 1970, the World Driving Championship brings together the world's best harness drivers for an exciting, international competition. "First of all, it's a great honor to be asked," said Gingras who will be making his first WDC appearance. "Only one person can represent the United States and I'm very humble and proud. "I'm looking forward to going to Sweden because I have made good relationships there over the years and have some great friends," added Gingras. "I'll get to spend a couple of weeks there during a beautiful time of the year. The timing and location make the whole package perfect." Gingras is currently the second-leading driver in purses earned this year with more than $7.6 million. For his career, he's on the verge of reaching 40,000 starts, 7,000 wins and $165 million in earnings. "Yannick has been an elite, big race driver for the past several years as demonstrated by his being the top money-winner for the last four years in a row," said USTA President Russell Williams in making the announcement of his selection of Gingras. "He is a fan favorite, is always very good with the media and he will be an excellent representative both on and off the track." Gingras, who turned 39 on Aug. 4, has a long list of career highlights. He was named the Driver of the Year last year and in 2014, when he had a career high $17.3 million in earnings. In 2003, he received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He has been among the Top 10 drivers in earnings for the past 12 years and has been in the top five in each of the past eight seasons. His $164.9 million in career earnings rank eighth all-time and fifth among active drivers. Gingras is the regular driver of 2017 Horse of the Year Award winner Hannelore Hanover. In 2017, Gingras' top wins included the Maple Leaf Trot with Hannelore Hanover, four Breeders Crown finals (with Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G, Manchego, and Youaremycandygirl) and the Little Brown Jug with Filibuster Hanover. Gingras has won 20 Breeders Crown trophies in his career. Also among his many accomplishments, Gingras is known for his association with pacer Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history with $7.59 million in lifetime earnings. With Gingras in the sulky, Foiled Again got career win No. 100 on July 8 at Harrah's Philadelphia and joined Hall of Famer Rambling Willie as the only pacers with at least 100 wins and more than $2 million in purses in the past 40 years. From the USTA Communications Department    

The combination of the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super day and the inaugural Fayette County Fair brought out a large crowd to The Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16. While several music acts performed on two stages, including rising star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, eight $250,000 KYSS finals highlighted the 10-race card that also included a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The revamped KYSS program was in full evidence on Sunday as seven different stallions were represented in the winner's circle, with the only two-time winner being Yankee Glide, who was just retired from active stud duty at the age of 24 by the Lexington-based Kentuckiana Farms. The first KYSS final was for 2-year-old male trotters and it appeared odds-on favorite Don't Let'em, who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, was on his way to victory as the field of 10 came out of the last turn. But Don't Let'em suddenly went on a break, which paved the way for the two-hole sitting Forecast to take advantage and score a 1:53.4 victory. Shake N Bake (Tim Tetrick finished a length behind in second and just ahead of show finisher Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn). Corey Callahan was in the sulky for trainer John Butenschoen behind Forecast, who won for the fifth time in nine starts while posting a career best. A $70,000 yearling purchase and owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Forecast now has career earnings of $186,650. The son of Cantab Hall was bred by Diamond Creek Farm. Callahan and Butenschoen teamed up for a second KYSS champion with the 3-year-old filly trotter Nixie Volo, who redeemed herself after making a break in last year's final. Leaving from post 8, Nixie Volo was parked the entire mile but was still able to hold onto the lead she finally secured in deep stretch to win in a career-best 1:51.1. Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) was a head back in second, with Live Laugh Love (David Miller) third. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Nixie Volo was a $22,000 yearling purchase and now owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing and the University of Kentucky football team's offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. With her fourth win of the year Nixie Volo boosted her seasonal earnings to $215,486 and career total to $286,786. She was bred by Jorgen Jahre Jr. Beautyonthebeach swept her way through the trio of 2-year-old filly pace preliminaries and she had no problems in the final as she cruised to a 1:51 victory. Doug McNair was in the sulky as Beautyonthebeach quarter-pole moved to the front where she led the rest of the way to win by two lengths over Margret Hill (Miller) with Summer Charm (Matt Kakaley) third. Trained by Gregg McNair, Beautyonthebeach is a Jim Avritt Sr.-homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the standout mare Precocious Beauty. The was her fifth in eight starts and equaled her career mark set in the second KYSS leg. Her earnings now stand at $181,343. Whispering Oaks sprung a 16-1 upset in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Whispering Oaks left fast from post eight, but after taking the lead soon yielded to heavy favorite Taylor Swiftly. That odds-on choice held the lead turning for home but in deep stretch gave way to Whispering Oaks, who crossed the wire in 1:54. Ma Was Right (Dunn) was able to get up for second late, just ahead of Taylor Swiftly (Scott Zeron). A daughter of Father Patrick, Whispering Oaks is a $100,000 yearling purchase of Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the win was Whispering Oaks' third of the year and came after three consecutive second-place finishes in the KYSS prelims. Her career-best effort increased her earnings to $124,574. Whispering Oaks was bred by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. While the remnants of Hurricane Florence slowly made their way into the Bluegrass on Sunday, it was Hurrikane Emperor who captured the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Already the winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, Hurrikane Emperor became a two-state champ with a 1:49.3 victory for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Joh McDermott Jr. Hurrikane Emperor led at every call to best the pocket-sitting Blood Money (Gingras) by a head, with favorite Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) third. A son of Hurrikane Kingcole, Hurrikane Emperor was bred and is owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. The win was his sixth in eight starts, bringing her earnings to $214,400. The $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers went to favorite Dance Blue and driver Andy McCarthy in 1:51.1. Defending divisional champ Band Stand (Doug McNair), who went off at odds of 68-1 on the toteboard, finished a neck behind in second, with Cabowabocuttie (Zeron) third. Winless last year at two, Dance Blue won for the sixth time in 12 starts this year, bringing her career earnings to $241,880. A $50,000 yearling purchase from breeders Steve Stewart and Julie and Charles "Cotton" Nash, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Katz, Goldband and Goran Anderberg Eurobond outgamed Tactical Landing in the stretch to capture the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. With Wolfgang (Gingras) on the lead and Tactical Landing and trainer-driver Takter first-over, driver David Miller waited patiently along the inside. In deep stretch Miller found room with Eurobond and he was able to urge his charge to the wire a head in front of Tactical Landing in 1:51.3. Classichap (Callahan) rallied for third as Wolfang tired to fourth. A son of French stallion Love You, Eurobond is owned by breeder Lindy Farms of Conn. In partnership with Robert Rudolph. The win was just his second in a dozen starts this year and lowered his previous mark by more than two seconds. Domenico Cecere trains Eurobond, who increased his earnings to $152,900. The rich program was capped off by a 1:48.1 victory by American History in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers. Driven by Gingras for trainer Tony Alagna, American History used a final quarter of :26.1 to get past leader Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton) in deep stretch to win by one length. Grant Teton (McCarthy) was third. A son of American Ideal, American History was a $150,000 yearling purchase and now owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. The win was the seventh of the year for American History, who earlier this year posted a 1:47 victory at the Meadowlands. The effort boosted American History's earnings to $472,285. Two $50,000 KYSS consolations opened up the card. The 2-year-old filly trot consolation went to Mother Teresa in 1:55.2 for driver Zeron and trainer Cecere. The daughter of Father Patrick is a homebred of KR Breeding. The consolation for freshman male pacers went to Waterway, who won in 1:50.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Alagna. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was bred by Brittany Farms and is owned by Alagna & Begley Stable, Santo Barbera, David Silverman and Joseph Barbera. Three KYSS consolations were held on Saturday night. Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass) won the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:54.3 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman; Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover) won the 2-year-old male trot in 1:55.4 for trainer-driver Brian Connor, who shares ownership with Janice Connor, Arden Homestead Stable and Caroline Gerry; and Cruise (Sweet Lou) won the 2-year-old male pace in 1:52.4 for driver Christian Lind, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes  

Youaremycandygirl, winner of fifteen of 22 career races, headlines a field of eight filly pacers in the $230,700 Jugette on Wednesday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. The fillies will race one heat to determine the Jugette champion. The daughter of American Ideal owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 2/5 and has earned $1,263,536. The Ron Burke trainee will leave from post #3 and will be piloted by Yannick Gingras for owner W. J. Donovan. She was the 207 Breeders Crown champion and in 2018 won the $270,425 Empire Breeders Classic and the $96,600 Shady Daisy. The main challenge to Youaremycandygirl should come from Alexa's Power from post #5. The Somebeachsomewhere lass has earned $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The ultra-consistent Alexa's Power has finished on the board in 11 straight races and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. Post time for the Wednesday card at the Delaware County Fair will be 11:00 AM. The simulcast program will start at 10:30 AM. Post positions for the $230,700 Jugette PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Strong Opinion (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 2. Sansovina Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 3. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. E Dee's Well Said (Jim Pantaleano/Christen Pantaleano) 5. Alexa's Power (Trace Tetrick/Jim Campbell) 6. Sidewalk Dancer (Scott Zeron/Chris Oakes) 7. Solitary (Brett Miller/Nick Surick) 8. Aldine Hanover (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) by Jau Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Even-money betting favourite The Ice Dutchess made every step a sure one on her way to victory in the $385,000 Peaceful Way final for two-year-old harness racing trotting filly on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jimmy Takter trainee won in 1:54.2, three open lengths ahead of her nearest rival, Evident Beauty (Dave Miller; 4/1). 51/1 longshot Angies Luckeylady (Trevor Henry) was a distant third. Evident Beauty cut the 27.1 opening quarter after four fillies' hopes were dashed in the early going. In rein to Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess made front easily by the 57.1 half, trotting past the early leader without a fight and taking command. She led by two lengths over Evident Beauty at the three-quarter pole, reached in 1:26.0, and sustained her reign right to the wire. A late effort from the other elimination winner, Sisters Promise, ended when she broke stride moving from fourth to third in the stretch. John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms of Vancouver, British Columbia owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 yearling purchase. Floren noted he bought the daughter of Muscle Hill after selling a Muscle Hill colt for the same price. "I said, 'she's the nicest filly in the sale, if I get her for $320,000, not a dollar more, I'll go for it' and that was my last bid," said Floren. "You look for these kind of horses your whole career. I've been in this sport for 30 years and you get one now and then. I always was patient and always was hopeful and now we have one and we're going to enjoy every step of the way." The Jim Doherty Memorial champion has rebounded strongly after consecutive early breaks and distanced finishes in both a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and a Champlain Stake division at Woodbine Mohawk Park last month. The Ice Dutchess is undefeated since the addition of trotting hobbles, which trainer Takter remarked upon from the winner's circle. "I think she will grow out of that...I think she will be better without that," said Takter, who feels The Ice Dutchess has another step to take. "I don't think she is quite ready...I don't feel that she's really there yet." Dr. Cal and Angie Stiller, the breeders and former owners of Canadian Hall of Fame trotter Peaceful Way (inducted 2008), presented the namesake stake's trophy to the winning connections. The Ice Dutchess paid $4 to win. by Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 8, 2018 - Rookie trotters had their moment in the spotlight Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Each event required two $30,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers in each split advancing to next Saturday's (September 15) rich finals. Green Manalishi S posted a personal best 1:54.4 while making his Canadian debut in the first elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. Trained by Marcus Melander and perfectly handled by Tim Tetrick, Green Manalishi S found the point with little effort as CT Conabra went off stride into the first turn allowing the Muscle Hill colt to notch an opening quarter in :28.2. Green Manalishi S cruised through splits of :57.4 and 1:26.2 under no pressure from a chasing Hudson River who showed some energy late in the final turn, but a smooth moving Green Manalishi S easily powered away from the field with Kings County chasing in vain and the late trot of Smart As Hill providing little threat. "It looked very good. It was three weeks ago that he raced last time and he looked beautiful out there," said Melander. With three wins from five starts, the Melander charge has proven to be a successful purchase. "He was bought in Sweden as a yearling in August of last year. We shipped him over here in September or October and since we broke him, we've had him," noted Melander. With wins already in the All-Stars at Pocono Downs and the Kindergarten Classic at The Meadowlands, as well as a strong second behind Dont Letem in the Peter Haughton Memorial when hampered with an outside post, Melander was pleased to see his charge find an easier path on this night. "He was very good in the Peter Haughton. He was parked the entire mile. He has a lot of speed and a lot of stamina, so he can do whatever he wants," said Melander. "It was very good that he could be on the lead today. He had a tough trip in the Haughton." Green Manalishi S, bred by Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Sweden, paid $3.60 to win. Union Forces wrestled the lead away from Swandre The Giant late in the lane to post a shocking 33-1 upset in the second elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. The previously undefeated Swandre The Giant, sent to post as the prohibitive 1/5 mutuel favourite, was purchased privately and making his first start for trainer Jimmy Takter and new owners Diamond Creek Racing, J and T Silva Stables LLC and Howard Taylor. However, the Domenico Cecere conditioned Union Forces, recently third in the Champlain after a pair of easy scores to start his career south of the border, proved to be a worthy adversary for owners Lindy Farms, Robert Rudolph, David Anderson and John Fielding. A talented field of rookie trotters went topsy turvy early as Trix And Stones went offstride and Gerry followed suit into the opening turn as Scott Zeron sent Union Forces to an uncontested lead through an opening quarter in :27.4. Yannick Gingras sent Swandre The Giant to challenge the leader down the backstretch and swept to the point to mark the half in :57.3 as While Your Up, White Tiger, and Royal Rob chased from a distance. Swandre The Giant continued to lead into the final turn with While Your Up making his move allowing White Tiger to follow his cover as three-quarters ticked by in 1:27.2. A precarious lead for the heavy favourite tumbled as upset-minded Union Forces put a strangle hold on Swandre The Giant to reign victorious in 1:55.3. "To me, it's not a surprise. I know he's 33-1 but I know the horse and it's no surprise," said Cecere. "He's a classy horse. Great horse, great gait, great head and it was perfect. Perfect trip. When I saw him in the two-hole I said, 'they're going to be careful'." Cecere is cautiously optimistic after the second elimination score noting that first elim winner Green Manalishi S looked strong. "He's a great horse and was great tonight. He took off good," said Cecere of Green Manalishi S. Union Forces, bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of New York, paid $68.90 to win. Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess got back on track with a 1:55.4 score in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Muscle Hill was making her first start under the lights with trotting hopples following back-to-back breaks. Driven by Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess circled from second to first heading up to the half and never looked back. She posted fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.2 before trotting home in :28.2 for the victory. "Just a matter of keeping her on stride and getting around the track and she was well-behaved tonight," said Gingras. "(Hopples) definitely make her a little safer...it's definitely a plus, but the way she was tonight she could've done it without." Evident Beauty finished second, beat a length and three-quarters, while Presto Change O was third. The top-five was completed by Angies Luckeylady and Hp Titania Runner. The Ice Dutchess improved to three for six with her elimination victory and will have an opportunity next week to make a significant add to her impressive bankroll of $204,790. Coyote Wynd Farms owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. She paid $3.10 to win. Father Patrick filly Sisters Promise powered to a 1:55.4 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Sisters Promise came first-up from fourth on the far turn to battle with Susy, who posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Sisters Promise muscled by Susy and trotted home in :29.1 to defeat her rival by a length and a half. Speed Titan finished third, while Tommi Canu Hearme was fourth. The final spot in next week's final was secured by Teddys Littleangel. Sisters Promise turned the tables Saturday, as she finished second to Susy in last week's Champlain Stakes. "Last week we just got away too far back," said Tetrick about the previous meeting. "We were an easy second last week and today (Susy) had to leave and remove and got a half of :57 and from there I thought I had a good shot." Trained by Linda Toscano, Sisters Promise picked up her second in four starts. She is owned by Brittany Farms and has now earned $42,216. A $2 win ticket on Sisters Promise returned $8.30. The draws for the $385,000 Peaceful Way and $400,000 Wellwood Memorial finals took place following Saturday's elimination. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $340,000 Elegantimage were also drawn Saturday. The fields for each final are listed below. $385,000 Peaceful Way #1 Presto Change O #2 Susy #3 The Ice Dutchess #4 Sisters Promise #5 Evident Beauty #6 Angies Luckeylady #7 Teddys Littleangel #8 Tommi Canu Hearme #9 Speed Titan #10 HP Titania Runner AE: Fraulein Blucher $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial #1 White Tiger #2 Okeanos #3 Green Manalishi S #4 Union Forces #5 Hudson River #6 Smart As Hill #7 Swandre The Giant #8 Kings County #9 Southwind Avenger #10 While Your Up AE: CT Conabra $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic #1 Missle Hill #2 Mets Hall #3 You Know You Do #4 For A Dreamer #5 Lawmaker #6 Alarm Detector #7 Run Director #8 Fiftydallarbill #9 Winning American #10 Crystal Fashion #11 Zephyr Kronos $340,000 Elegantimage #1 Phaetosive #2 Manchego #3 Alloveragain #4 Blonde Magic #5 Jordan Blue Chip #6 Atlanta #7 Sneeker Hanover From Woodbine Communications

Lexington, KY - The third and final Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) preliminaries for 2-year-old trotters is set for Thursday night, Sept. 6, at The Red Mile, with the last KYSS leg for 2-year-old pacers scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 8. Post time each night is 7 p.m. The $30,000 races give the freshmen set a final chance to earn enough points to advance to the $2 million KYSS finals program on Sunday, Sept. 16. The top 10 point earners in each division will race for a purse of $250,000 on the card that is the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair. Super Schissel, who swept both his preliminaries for colt trotters, will aim for a sweep when he starts from post 8 in the first of two KYSS divisions (Race 1) on Thursday night. Super Schissel is sandwiched on the starting gate between fellow prelim winners Forecast and Don't Let'em, the latter a stablemate of Super Schissel in the barn of trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter will drive Super Schissel while Yannick Gingras will be in the sulky behind Don't Let'em, who early last month captured the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. On the filly trotting side, Taylor Swiftly has been nothing but trouble for her rivals as she swept her way to wins in the opening two KYSS rounds. She'll start from post 7 in the last of three divisions on Thursday night (Race 5) with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Domenico Cecere. Lindy Pearl, who was a 24-1 upset winner in round two with Zeron aboard for Cecere, will line up in post 4 in the first division (Race 2), joined by post 7 starter French Cafe, the Team Miller filly who won a round-one division. On Saturday night, Captain Trevor, who is aiming for a KYSS sweep, and Can't Beach That, will line up side by side respectively in posts 6 and 7 in the second of three pacing colt divisions (Race 3). Andy McCarthy drives the Tony Alagna-trained Captain Trevor while Peter Wrenn directs the Nifty Norman-conditioned Can't Beach That. Hurrikane Emperor, who has a first and second in the opening two KYSS rounds, starts from post 5 in the first division (Race 1) with Daniel Dube driving for trainer John McDermott Jr. Blood Money and Magic Joe Lindy, who also have a first and second in the KYSS prelims, will square off in the third division (Race 5). McCarthy drives the Takter-trained Blood Money from post 2, with Dube in the sulky behind the Cecere-trained Magic Joe Lindy from post 4. Beautyonthebeach, who is eyeing a sweep of the KYSS for filly pacers, will start from post 7 in the first of two divisions (Race 2) with McCarthy driving for trainer Gregg McNair. Round-two winner Edge Of Eternity will line up in post 4 in that split for driver Cameron McCown and trainer Brian Brown. With only a few exceptions, nearly all of the participants in the first two KYSS legs will be in action on Thursday and Saturday, but there are also a few newcomers. With 50 points rewarded for a victory, the newbies still have a chance to earn a spot in the rich finals. The up-to-date point standings for each division can be viewed by clicking here. The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes     Gordon Waterstone   The Horseman And Fair World  

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