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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:39 PM

Older Trotting Mares  

Cedar Dove, last year’s 3yo Breeders Crown champion and Dan Patch Award winner, has fallen off form recently as the beaten favorite in her last two.  The four-year-old daughter of Andover Hall faded to sixth in both the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs and the Muscle Hill at Vernon Downs.  She previously romped in the Ima Lula Final at the Big M and swept three legs of the Miss Versatility.   Action-Broadway, last year’s Crown runner-up to Frenchfrysnvinegar, was a game second to Cedar Dove from post eight in the Miss Versatility at the Meadowlands, finished second to upset winner Beatgoeson Hanover at Tioga, then got roughed up in the Muscle Hill at Vernon.  Beatgoeson Hanover rallied to repeat with a 1:54 upset in the Muscle Hill.  Armbro Flight winner and leading money winner in her division, Pembroke Heat Wave was third in the Miss Versatility leg at the Big M, third at Tioga and third, placed fourth in the Muscle Hill.  Last year’s Breeders Crown winner in this division, Frenchfrysnvinegar won the Ontario Masters and comes off an easy wire-to-wire win at Mohawk in 1:53.2.  Firstclassprincess was a solid second in the Ima Lula.  

  

Older Pacing Mares  

The Quebec bred sensation Rebeka Bayama prepped for the Milton eliminations this Saturday at Mohawk with a wire-to-wire win in 1:50.3 for Sylvain and Justin Filion.  The five-year-old by Leader Bayama finished a close second to Put On A Show in the 1:47.3 world record Lady Liberty, then powered past Drop The Ball in the Golden Girls in 1:49.  Put On A Show rebounded from an uncharacteristic break in the Golden Girls with two straight wins at Mohawk in 1:50.1 and 1:48.3 in the Spring of Hope Invitational, beating Anndrovette and Monkey On My Wheel.  That five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare became the fastest female of all-time with her upset in the Lady Liberty.  Anndrovette won last year’s Crown in a Woodbine track record of 1:48.4, and set a world record of 1:48.1 in the Roses Are Red at Mohawk on July 21.  She squares off against Rebeka Bayama on Saturday.  Drop The Ball, second to Monkey On My Wheel in last year’s 3yo Crown, comes into the Milton eliminations fresh off a world record of 1:48.4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, defeating Ginger And Fred and Higher And Higher.  The four-year-old by Western Terror won the Green With Envy Final, and finished second in the Golden Girls at the Big M.  Swinging Beauty caught fire in the Mares Open at Mohawk this Summer, and comes off a third to Rebeka Bayama going into the Milton eliminations.  The consistent Rocklamation drew into the same elimination as stablemate Ginger And Fred.   

   

Older Trotting Horses  

Chapter Seven fell a head short behind Hot Shot Blue Chip in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs for Tim Tetrick and Linda Toscano.  The son of Windsong’s Legacy reeled off back-to-back world records of 1:50.4 in his first two starts as a 4yo, winning the Titan Cup, lowered his mark to 1:50.1 in the Nat Ray, and also won the Maxie Lee in a stakes record of 1:52.1.  He was a close to second to Mister Herbie in the Maple Leaf Trot.  Mister Herbie upset San Pail in the Glory’s Comet, won the Cutler in 1:51.3 and was rebuffed by Chapter Seven in the Titan Cup.  The Ontario-bred son of Here Comes Herbie won the Frank Ryan Memorial in 1:54 and finished fourth in the Credit Winner.  Daylon Magician was third in the Nat Ray, took a mark of 1:51.1 in a Mohawk Open, made a break and finished fourth in the Frank Ryan Memorial.  Anders Bluestone was a game runner-up in the Maxie Lee.  Triple millionaire Arch Madness finished eighth in the Maple Leaf Trot, yet resurfaced with a strong third in the Credit Winner.  Hot Shot Blue Chip repeated in style by holding off Chapter Seven in the Credit Winner in a lifetime best of 1:51.2.  Windsong Geant was second in the Frank Ryan and has dominated the Preferred level at Mohawk.  Andover America was a Mohawk Open winner in 1:51.4 on August 20.  Coco Lindy won the Vincennes Trot at the Big M in 1:52.4.  Defending champion and Horse of the Year, San Pail has been shut down for the season after a recent comeback from injury.   

   

Older Pacing Horses  

Despite getting heavily pressured and fading to ninth in the Canadian Pacing Derby, Golden Receiver has carved out an amazing 7yo season.  The son of Village Jolt paced the fastest January mile ever, 1:48, when he was Horse of the Month and won the Presidential.  The Mark Harder trainee also captured the Spring Championship, Graduate, US Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial.  Betterthancheddar reeled off five straight, including the Ben Franklin, the Des Smith Classic and the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination before finishing a close second to Foiled Again in the final.  Foiled Again stopped a seven-race losing skid when he benefited from hot fractions and a great drive by Yannick Gingras to upset in the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:48.3.  That was his first win since the Molson Pace back on May 25, and last year’s Breeders Crown runner-up became the richest pacer in history at $4,376,994, passing Gallo Blue Chip. The eight-year-old son of Dragon Again, trained by Ron Burke, followed up with his 64th career win, a 1:49.1 score in a Pocono Downs Open over last year’s Breeders Crown winner Bettor Sweet and Blatantly GoodWe Will See, third in last year’s Crown, beat Betterthancheddar in the Mohawk Gold Cup, finished second in the Ben Franklin and the Haughton, but faded to eighth in the Canadian Pacing Derby.  Aracache Hanover was very consistent this season until his eighth in the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination, then he got cooked through a Mohawk record :52.2 half in the final.  Bettor Sweet is a disappointing 0 for 13 this season, yet was third in the Canadian Pacing Derby and second by a nose to Foiled Again in a Pocono Downs Open on September 8.   

  

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