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10/26 Winndevie Triumphs In Breeders Crown Filly Trot

Winndevie journeyed first-over and out-trotted her three-year-old filly foes to win her $657,895 divisional Breeders Crown championship on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Driver Brian Sears was aboard the Trond Smedshammer trainee and earned his 31st victory in Breeders Crown competition.

After a recall due to an out-of-place pylon, Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry (Simon Allard) fired off the gate from mid-field with Only Take Cash (Trevor Henry) leaving from post nine and clearing to command by the :26.2 first quarter mark. At that point, When Dovescry quickly moved back out for the retake with elimination winner The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) hot on her heels.

The Ice Dutchess touched down on the front approaching the :56.3 half-mile mark and she opened up a couple lengths on the way to three-quarters in 1:25.3 while Sears sent Winndevie after the front-striding filly.

The Ice Dutchess came under attack down the stretch with When Dovescry slipping past her on the inside and Winndevie surging by the outside to score the victory by three-quarters of a length in a career-best clocking of 1:53 flat. Only Take Cash was a pylon-skimming fourth.

Sent postward as the 3-2 favourite after a strong :26.1 closing effort to finish third in last week’s elimination, Winndevie returned $5 to win.

“There was a lot to like about her last week — she came flying home,” said Sears, who picked up the mount on Winndevie for the elimination. “I really didn’t race her too hard, but I was really happy with the way she raced and she drew a decent post [six] and I liked the way things were setting up early in the race so it worked out.

“She’s an honest filly and, like I said, she came home big last week, and she did the same tonight.”
The Credit Winner-Vida De Vie filly, a top contender in the New York Sire Stakes program, stepped up her game to win at the elite level for Smedshammer and Purple Haze Stables.

“I had eight [Breeders Crown wins] before and it’s been a few years but I’m so happy for Wanda [Polisseni of Purple Haze Stables], she deserves it more than anybody,” said Smedshammer.

“It’s a little bit unreal. We thought we had a chance. We knew we had a great filly and she had a great campaign in New York, but to pull it off on a night like this, that’s special.”

Winndevie now boasts a dozen wins on her resume and has hit the board in 20 of her 21 starts for nearly $870,000 in purses.





Goddess De Vie took the first of two splits for trotters thanks to her come-from-behind score for Team McNair.

The daughter of E L Titan-On Broadway De Vie got away fourth before making a first-over move on the on the way to the half. She worked her way to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then used a :28.1 closing panel to win by a head over 1-2 favourite Princesspartypants in 1:57.2.

Doug McNair mapped out the winning trip with the Gregg McNair trainee who is owned by Hall of Famer Ian Fleming of Londesborough, Ont. The win improved her record to 3-2-0 from nine attempts and the $8,500 payday pushed her career earnings over $40,000. She’ll look for the series sweep in next week’s final.




Coco Beach De Vie bounced back from a disappointing effort in Round 1 of the series for the tandem of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Daryl Roberts.

The daughter of Sunshine Beach-Beach Girl De Vie overcame early interference to win in rallying fashion over race favourite Saulsbrook Raven, who came up a mere half-length short in 1:54.4. Better Days Ahead closed from far back to finish third.

The filly, who is owned by Estate Of Walter W Parkinson, Ruth Ann Parkinson and Rachel Roberts, has manufactured a 2-1-0 record in the first nine starts of her career. She’s closing in on $30,000 in lifetime earnings.





Winndevie traveled to Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday to compete in Breeders Crown eliminations. For the third straight race Winndevie had to overcome post eight to qualify for the final. The three year old Credit Winner-Vida De Vie filly sat last most of the mile and things looked out of reach entering the stretch. When the field straightened for home driver Brian Sears put the hammer down and Winndevie flew home with a 26.1 last quarter for a third place finish and a spot in the $500,000 final.




Friday night witnessed an impressive performance for Shellie De Vie. Leaving from post three the four year old daughter of Bettors Delight-Beach Girl De Vie sat sixth to the quarter but was on the move down the backstretch. Coming first over she was fifth at the half and second at three quarters. Shellie was on top hitting the stretch and used a 27.4 last quarter to seal the victory in 1:51.3 pushing her career earnings over $105,000.


10/14 Goddess De Vie wins the 1st Harvest Series trotting division

Goddess De Vie was a popular winner in the first trotting division for Team McNair and owner Ian Fleming of Londesborough, Ont.

Doug McNair left for position from Post 8 and sat fifth on the outside early while Royal Peach led the group past the first-half fractions of :28.4 and :59.2. Mybella Angel came first-over in the backstretch and showed a short lead while racing past the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1. Goddess De Vie was second over and driving for McNair. Goddess De Vie then kicked home in :28.3 and shot up the inside to win by a length over Mybella Angel in 1:58.1.

Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, Goddess De Vie now boasts a 2-2-0 record from eight tries this season. The $8,500 payday boosted her overall cash stash to $33,746.




Making her first start since the NYSS final Winndevie visited the Meadowlands. Leaving from post eight with, trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer in the sulky, the three year old daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie sat patiently sixth to the half. She began to move and sat fourth by top of the stretch and came home in 28.1 to finish the mile in 1:53.3, a new lifetime mark. Winndevie has now banked $534,682 for owner Purple Haze Stable.



After a strong winning performance to start the month at Yonkers, Shellie De Vie came right back with a gutsy 1:53.4 score. With regular driver Gregory Merton in the bike the Bettors Delight – Beach Girl De Vie mare left sharply and followed the favorite. By three quarters it was a three horse race with Shellie sitting third but shook loose in the stretch to collar the leader for the win. The Paul Fusco trained mare is just shy of $100,000 lifetime.


9/24 Perth Angel De Vie wins 1st division of Keystone Classic

Perth Angel De Vie jogged to a convincing victory and life mark in Tuesday’s Keystone Classic for two-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadows.

Perth Angel De Vie hadn’t seen the front in her last six outings, but in the Keystone Classic she reached the point early with a bonus — the half in a ‘slowish’ :59 worked out by driver Bryce Brocklehurst.

“A cheap half like that definitely helped,” he said. “I felt pretty good about things then. As long as she felt good on the gate, I wanted her to be up close. I think that’s probably it for her this year.”

The daughter of Explosive Matter-Dream Angel prevailed in a life’s mark 1:56.4. She finished three and a half lengths better than Cocktails N Dreams.

Harold Brocklehurst conditions the winner for Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams.

Perth Angel De Vie



9/9 Coco Beach De Vie wins Grassroots division at Grand River

Jody Jamieson piloted Coco Beach De Vie to her 1:57 win in the second division for trainer Daryl Roberts and owners Walter and Ruth Ann Parkinson of Lucan and Rachel Roberts of Dorchester, ON. The win was the Sunshine Beach daughter’s first and Jamieson said she is finally delivering on the promise she showed when he drove her in qualifying action in June.

“Daryl has been really patient with her,” said Jamieson. “She was real quick in June and needed most of July to learn to handle the speed. Tonight she raced tough and rewarded Daryl for his patience.”




9/5 Winndevie proved a dominant 1:55 winner in her NYSS division

From post five, Winndevie had no issues through splits of :28.1, :58, 1:26.2 and 1:55, and the final margin was 4-1/2 lengths. Runner-up Sweet Chapter finished more than seven lengths ahead of Gobi Princess (Jordan Stratton).

For Winndevie, a Credit Winner filly owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was her fourth win in 10 seasonal tries.



Woodbine Mohawk Park was the site of Goddess De Vie getting her first win of 2019. The two year filly by EL Titan out of On Broadway De Vie was racing against a full field of two year olds. Leaving from post 7 the filly was able to get away quickly and settle into the two hole. Doug Mcnair had the filly sitting a perfect trip and came out at the top of the stretch. But it took a swift 27.2 last quarter to overcome the determined pacesetter, stopping the timer in 1:58.1.


8/8 Winndevie gets NYSS win at Vernon

Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) captured the $118,800 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday Aug. 8.  Winndevie ($15.40), who is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and is trained by Trond Smedshammer, was fourth at the halfway mark. She then went first-over heading around the last turn. She then joined Woodside Charm as they hit three-quarters. When they reached the stretch it was all Winndevie as she powered home to win in a lifetime best of 1:54. Winndevie is a filly by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie. It was her third win this season and her ninth career victory.


7/29 Vinny De Vie Breaks Maiden

Two year old Vinny De Vie broke through at Pocono for Burke Racing. With David Miller in the bike Vinny left from post 1 and sat third to the half. Making his move Miller pulled first over by three quarters and brushed home in a crisp 28.2 to finish the mile in 1:57f.


7/18 Perth Angel De Vie Wins a Stallion Stakes

Several divisions of the PA Stallion Stakes were held at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Trainer Harold Brocklhurst had his filly ready and Perth Angel De Vie did not disappoint. David Miller drove the Explosive Matter miss aggressively taking control from the start. Never really challenged Perth Angel cruised home in 1:57.3 with a 28.2 last quarter.


6/23 Winndevie wins NYSS at Buffalo Raceway

Winndevie (Bartlett) got revenge by squeaking out a nose victory over Quincy Blue Chip in 1:58.2 over the fast track, the first over her since capturing the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting crown at Yonkers Raceway back on September 22.
Winndevie was able to tuck into third place as the favored Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up respectable splits of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2. With a panel to trot, Winndevie swung to the outside and just got by for the nose victory in the shadow of the wire.
“That wasn’t the trip I really I wanted.,” Bartlett said of Winndevie. “I wanted to be on the back of Quincy Blue Chip but it worked out anyways.”
He went on to say, “We made a couple of equipment adjustments on her for this track. She got around that last turn really good and she loves to have a target. I thought we got the win but after seeing the photo, it was closer than I thought.”
Owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was the second win in five starts in 2019 for Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie). The triumph upped her seasonal earnings to $81,923 and $309,801 in her career.


6/17 2yr old Vinny De Vie cracks his maiden

The Ron Burke trained Vinny De Vie was a recent winner at the Gaitway Farm 2yr old races. Matt Kakaly handled the son of Muscle Hill – So You De Vie. Sitting patiently the entire mile Vinny was tipped out at the head of the stretch to win in 1:59.4.


6/1 Billie Blue Continues to Roll

The tough trotting mare Billie Blue used a closing 28.0 second quarter to score for driver Anthony Napolitano. The recent 1:56f win pushes, the daughter of Conway Hall, career earnings to $150,000 for trainer Jake Huff.


6/4 `A 1:54.4 Score

The Downs at Pocono was the site of a new lifetime mark for Frankie Mullins. With Marcus Miller in the bike the Bruce Clarke trained trotter left quickly from post five to take the lead. On top at the quarter in a blistering 26.4 the son of Muscle Massive throttled down and was evenly rated the remainder of the race. Frankie Mullins pulled away in the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:54.4f.


5/28 THOR DE VIE IN 1:50

Saturday night at Woodbine Thor De Vie toured the oval to new lifetime mark. With Sylvain Filion in the bike Thor left from post six and was second at the quarter. The four year old was out and moving on the backstretch and took control by the half. Thor was in hand entering the stretch and finished the mile with a 27.3 final panel. Donald Lindsey trains the altered son of So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie.


5/18 Remarkable De Vie Takes Maryland Sire Stakes Final

Saturday night witnessed the best Maryland sired three year old trotters take to the Rosecroft oval. The $70,000 final saw homebred Remarkable De Vie scorch the track in 1:53.4f for a new lifetime best. Sitting third most of the mile, driver Tony Morgan let him loose before the stretch and powered home with a 27.4 final quarter. Syl King Jr trains Remarkable for owner Steven Mullen.


5/16 Lulu De Vie Makes it Two in a Row at Plainridge

After winning a week earlier in 1:55.2f Lulu De Vie came right back to take another one in 1:55.3f. Driver Shawn Gray left from post 4 and settled Lulu in fourth before tipping out approaching three quarters.  The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was on top turning for home and pulled away to win by four lengths. Jamie Gerard trains the mare for owner Barry Franklin.


5/7 Winndevie Starts Sire Stakes Season With a Win

Defending NYSS Filly champion Winndevie made her season debut in the first round of the NYSS three year old filly division at Yonkers. With trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer in the bike the filly left from post five and settled in the two. trip. On a track turned sloppy, just prior to the start, the daughter of Credit Winner managed to get past a stubborn pace setter to win in 1:59.1h. It was her eighth win innine lifetime starts for owner Purple Haze Stable.


5/6 Delilah De Vie Continues to Reign at Monticello

Delilah De Vie has been one of the top pacing mares at Monticello in recent years and the daughter of Art Major proved it Monday. Jim Taggart Jr left from post 5 and settled Delilah in for a perfect two hole trip. Top of the stretch she tipped out and finished the mile in 1:55.4h. Gary Messenger has trained the mare her entire racing career.


5/6 Back to Back for Bowdie De Vie

Fresh off his 1:56.2h victory the week prior, Bowdie De Vie returned to the winners circle with a 1:56.1h triumph. With Eric Goodell in the bike Bowdie was on top at the half and held off a late charge to win by a head. It was the fourth win of the year for the Jeff Hochstetler trained gelding.


4/28 Youcaniknow Wins at Pocono

Having recently posted a 1:51.3 mile at the Meadowlands, with a last quarter of 26.3, Youcaniknow took to Pocono Downs for another try. Leaving from post 9 the five year old managed to get away third for driver Matt Kakaley.  The Ake Svanstedt gelded son of Roll With Joe was out and moving at three quarterrts and on top entering the stretch. Digging in tough he held off a late charge to win by a neck in 1:53.4f


4/24 Lifetime Credit Gets first Win of the Season

The reigning NYSS Excelsior A two year champion was at Saratoga to take her first win of the season. With regular driver John Stark Jr in the bike the three year old daughter of Credit Winner led every step in a well measured 1:58.2h mile. Maureen Saling trains the filly for owner Robert Messing.


4/4 Beaches De Vie In 1:51.2f

Beaches De Vie took a new lifetime best with a win at Dover Downs for trainer Donald Brittingham. Beaches left from post 6 and driver Bret Brittingham had the son of Art Major sitting fourth but moving before the half. Second at three quarters he hit the stretch and pushed past the leader to win for the fourth time in 2019. The new record also brought his lifetime earning just below $200,000.


10/8 Chucky De Vie wins The Ayres Simpson Stake at Harrah`s Philadelphia

Chucky De Vie took a new lifetime mark of 1:55 in the Simpson Stake, with Eric Carlson in the bike. Carlson worked out a second-over trip from last, tipped wide at headstretch, and came his last quarter in :28 to win a four-across-the-track finish by a half-length with the Charlie De Vie colt for trainer Hermann Heitmann and the ownership of Joie De Vie Farm and Paul Nigito.


9/23 Joie de Vie winners at Saratoga in the Excelsior finals

Maureen Salino’s Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the 2-year-old filly trot final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the 2-year-old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears.

The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4.


9/23 Remarkable De Vie Takes a Division of The MDSS

Rosecroft Raceway played host to the Maryland Sire Stakes for 2yr old trotting colts. Remarkable De Vie started from post 6 and shot out to take control at the quarter. From there the son of Charlie De Vie, kept on the engine and was never headed en route to a 1:59.2f victoy for driver Allan Davis and trainer Syl King Jr. Next up will be the MDSS finals where Remarkable will be one of the favorites.


9/22 Winndevie Takes Home Trophy in NYSS Final

Yonkers Raceway hosted the NYSS Night of Champions and Joie De Vie bred Winndevie captured the two year old filly trot crown. Leaving from post 3, in the $225,000 final, “Winny” got off to a slow start sitting fourth at the first panel before starting to move. At the half she was sitting third,on the outside, stalking the leader. Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer had her second at three quarter pole and even at the top of the stretch before wearing down the pacesetter to win by a length in 1:58h. The win closed out her NY season with a record of 7-6-1 and earning of $227,878 for the Purple Haze Stable.


9/18 Strong Win For Billie Blue

The Joie De Vie bred Billie Blue put in a nice mile to win at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1f. Leaving from post 6 George Napolitano Jr had Billie outside early sitting second at the quarter. But she soon rolled on taking charge of the race. With a final panel in 28.4 the Conway Hall mare finished well within herself, increasing her career earnings to $122,566.


9/17 Thor De Vie Thunders On

Thor De Vie continues to impress with his third consecutive victory at Yonkers. This time in a $26,000 conditioned event Thor used the same strategy in his previous wins. Leaving from post 5 George Brennan launched the 3 yr old to an opening quarter of 27.3. He controlled the race from there and hitting the stretch he had to gamely fight off the challenge of betting favorite Odds On Delray. Thor won by a head in 1:52.2h for trainer Eddie Hart.


9/17 Shellie De Vie win at Yonkers

Now in the Richard Banca stable, Shellie De Vie raced an impressive mile Monday night. With Brian Sears in the bike, Shellie opened with a 27.3 quarter and never looked back. She carved out comfortable fractions en route to a 1:53.3h victory for owners Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro.


9/5 Excelsior Division to Thor De Vie

The NYSS for 3yr old pacers returned to Yonkers Raceway Wednesday night. Thor De Vie continued his winning ways with a dominant wire to wire performance. With Jason Bartlett in the sulky Thor opened up with a 27.3 first quarter and was in control from there. He used another 27.3 third quarter to pull away and cruise home to a 4 and half length win in 1:52.2h. Jim Graham trains the So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie colt.


8/28 Thor De Vie Takes an Excelsior Division at Yonkers

Thor De Vie took to the front and never looked back for a comfortable victory in an Excelsior A division at Yonkers Raceway. Jason Bartlett drove the So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie 3yr old, leaving quickly to wrestle control to an opening quarter of 27.1. From there he was on cruise control and the Eddie Hart trained gelding finished off the competition in 1:53.2. The win pushed his earnings over $100,000 and sits second in Excelsior A points.


8/23 Lifetime Credit Wins Fourth Excelsior Division

Vernon Downs was the site of the latest round of NYSS action for 2yr old trotting fillies. As she has done in three previous starts the Maureen Salino trained Lifetime Credit took control for an easy win. With John Stark Jr in the bike the Credit Winner – Mariah De Vie filly got every call winning wire to wire in 1:58. She now sits atop the point standings in the Excelsior A division and surpasses $40,000 in earnings this year.


8/13 Joie de Vie Triple at Yonkers Raceway

The first-season statebred lasses hit town Monday night (Aug. 13), plying Yonkers Raceway’s $157,000 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies.

Perfect plebe Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.40) made it five-for-five in the opening $52,000 event, putting away leading (:29.1, 1:00.3, 1:30.3) Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) late. Winndevie, from post position No. 3, then whipped that rival by a couple of lengths in 1:59. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick) was third.

Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie owned by Purple Haze Stable and trained by her driver, has won both of her local tries. The exacta paid $6.30, the triple returned $10.60 and the superfecta (Hot Chapter-Andy Miller) paid $23.80.

“I don’t know what else to say? She’s five-for-five,” Smedshammer.


- Mike Lizzi photo -


Joie De Vie’s second winner of the evening was Lifetime Credit By Credit Winner–Mariah De Vie. She went wire to wire in 2.00.0 for driver John Stark jr. It was her second straight Excelsior series triumph. Trainer Maureen Salino and owner Robert Messing.

In the 12th race of the evening, You can I know a gelded son of Roll with Joe–Pebblebeach De Vie rounded off the Joie De Vie trifecta, with a 1.52.4 three length victory for driver Daniel Dube and Trainer owner Ake Svanstedt.


8/3 Winndevie Stays Perfect In NY Sire Stakes

In the $35,866 first division of the NYSS, Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nipped Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive to remain undefeated in her career.

Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led the field through a first quarter of :30.1. Amal Hall then took control, leading the way to the half in 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2.

Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the midway mark and she took over second before the three-quarters.

Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to prevail in a lifetime-best of 1:58. Amal Hall had to settle for second with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third.

Winndevie is a two-year-old filly by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four-for-four in her young career, racing exclusively in NYSS thus far.

The second Joie De Vie graduate to win for the night was Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner – Mariah De Vie).  She won her Excelsior division by eight lengths in 1.57.3 for owner Robert Messing, trainer Maureen Salino.  John Stark JR driving.


7/3 Freshman filly festivities in NYSS Hugh Grant Trot

New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (July 3) with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $156,900 Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old fillies.

The opening division ($38,700) saw a sire stakes-repeating Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.30) grind Liquorstoreblues (Jason Bartlett) into submission early in the lane. From post position No. 3, she edged away by a couple of lengths (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.4, life-best 1:59.4). Hot Chapter (Andy Miller) extricated herself from the pocket to get second, with Liquorstoreblues fading to third. Somermusic’chapter (Dan Daley) was fourth, as the other two ladies misbehaved early.

Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, has now won both of her career starts. “She is really good, gets around a half perfectly and does everything right,” Smedshammer said, adding Winndevie is only statebred-staked this season.



6/25 NYSS & Excelsior wins at Monticello

The final Sire Stakes dash of the afternoon, Andy Miller floated away from the gate with heavy fav EV’s Girl, only to make a miscue going to the ¼ pole, Blue Prayer and Dan Daley inherited the lead, taking the pack to the quarter in 31.3. Winndevie made her move past the ¼ pole, took the lead and was never headed as she trotted alone by open length’s through fractions of 1:03.1, 1:33.4 to win by 2 in 2:02.3, trotting her last quarter in 28.3.  Winndevie (Credit Winner- Vida De Vie) is owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC.

Another Joie de Vie bred Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner – Mariah De Vie) won an excelsior division. She trotted the mile in 2:03.1 for driver John Stark Jr,  trainer Maureen Salino and owner Robert Messing.


6/24 Maryland Sire Stakes start at Ocean Downs

In race two for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, reinsman Russell Foster was content to put Chucky De Vie (Charlie De Vie) in the pocket behind rival What That Is (Cam’s Rocket). When the stretch duel was over Chucky De Vie pulled away by 1-1/2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:59.1 for co-owner–breeder Joie De Vie Farm, co-owner Paul Nigito and trainer Hermann Heitmann.


5/30 Maryland Sires Stakes finals at Rosecroft

In the non-wagering race before the start of the card, Callahan won with Chucky De Vie in the MDSS final colt division in 1:55.1.

All eyes were on What That Is, who had won seven straight and set a new standard for geldings along the way. Brian Burton hustled him to the front through a contested :27.4 opening quarter. As they turned for home it became a sprint between the new leader, Chucky De Vie, and his main rival of late, Uncle Ike (Frank Milby), who finished second. The eventual winner has overcome some soreness issues this year and gave his best at the perfect time. Hermann Heitmann conditions Chucky De Vie for the Joie De Vie Farm and Paul Nigito. The winner posted a lifetime best 1:55.1.


4/28 Vic’s Winner wins Dexter Cup elimination

Joie De Vie Farm and Winbak Farm’s Vic’s Winner took advantage of a pocket trip to nip On The Ropes by a neck in 1:57 in the $44,600 Dexter Cup elimination for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday at Freehold Raceway.

The Dexter Cup is the season’s first stakes race on the road to the Hambletonian, which is harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters. A total of 11 horses entered the Dexter Cup, one shy of the number necessary to divide the group into two elimination divisions. Therefore, three horses — Don, Maxus and Perlucky — received byes based on career earnings and advanced directly to the May 5 final at Freehold. Vic’s Winner was among the eight horses that competed Saturday for the remaining five spots in the Dexter Cup final.

Trained by Hermann Heitmann and driven by George Brennan, the son of Credit Winner-Victors Vicky took the lead at the opening quarter in :29.1 before yielding to On The Ropes (Ake Svanstedt) at the :58.2 half-mile marker. On The Ropes was still on top at the 1:28 three-quarter pole with Vic’s Winner now out and taking aim at the leader.

Vic’s Winner was just a nose back at the top of the stretch, then got up in the final strides for the neck triumph. Favored Lindy’s Big Bang (David Miller) wound up third, 1-1/4 lengths behind the winner. Fourth-place finisher Credicone (Trond Smedshammer) and fifth-place finisher Thrust Control (Tim Tetrick) also qualified for the May 5 final.

Vic’s Winner was winless in his first two career starts, but capped his 2017 campaign with back-to-back victories with Heitmann, who trained for Joie De Vie in the late 1990s and returned in August. This year, Vic’s Winner also has a second in a division of the Bobby Weiss Series and a first-place finish in a conditioned race. He has earned $45,860 lifetime.


2/5 Open Handicap to Marty De Vie

A cold night at Northfield Park saw Marty De Vie scorch the oval in the Open II Handicap Trot. Leaving from post 5 driver Jason Thompson was content to sit third to the quarter and half. Approaching three quarters he pulled and came first up seizing control by the head of the stretch. Marty came home with a comfortable two length victory in 1:55.4h. Erik Jaeck Jr. trains the son of Explosive Matter for owner John Kina.


1/27 Preferred to My Lucky Word

My Lucky Word was more than lucky in Saturdays Preferred Trot. Leaving from post four the mare fired for the lead to an opening 28.1 quarter but was parked out getting there. She relinquished the lead by the half and sat second approaching three quarters. Driver Steve Smith then pulled the pocket and was on top but outside at the three quarter pole. The daughter of Lucky Chucky dug in and gamely held on for the win in 1:58.3h. Chris Lakata trains the mare for Joie De Vie Farm.


1/23 Rufas De Vie Back on Track

Pompano Park was the site of Rufas De Vie’s return to racing. The Stephen Oldford trained gelding started from post 2 and immediately took the lead. Getting every call throughout the mile, Wally Hennessey had Rufas on cruise control for a four length victory in 1:55.3f. Rufas De Vie is owned by Oldford Racing of Michigan.


1/7 Moneycounts De Vie Starts the Year Off With Fireworks

As a new rolled in so did Moneycounts De Vie. The Mike Watson trained gelding was at Yonkers Sunday and saddled with post 10. Driver Matt Kakaley waited patiently through the mile and quarter event. “Money” was sixth to the quarter, fifth and outside at the half and on the move. By the three quarter pole the pair were sitting second and preparing for the grind to the finish. Moneycounts wore down the leader and came away with a length victory in 2:29.1h


12/14 Explosive Man is Just That

Owner/trainer Robert Krivelin brought Explosive Man to Harrah’s Philadelphia for the closing week and the trip was a winning one. Leaving from post two. Corey Callahan took “the man” back sitting comfortably fifth to the half. The pair then pulled and came first over with a quick third quarter to be second entering the stretch. The fast fractions took their toll on the field and Explosive Man powered through to the wire with a three length win in a swift 1:53.4f.


12/14 Money Adds Up For Moneycounts De Vie

Moneycounts De Vie returned to Harrah’s Philadelphia after a couple months racing successfully in Ohio. George Napolitano Jr was in the bike for the Mike Watson trained gelding. Moneycounts got away fourth to the quarter and third at the half. From there a first over move en sailed with the son of Andover Hall taking the lead at the three quarter pole. Staying strong in the stretch Moneycounts De Vie proved best to the wire with a three length victory in 1:55.4f.


12/13 Two in a Row For Explosive Zette

Explosive Zette passed through the Harrisburg sales ring in early November. And the purchase is already paying dividends for new trainer Jason Robinson. Two starts in the new stable has produced two wins at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She took her first win on 11/26 with a 1:56.2f score and came back the following week to win again in a season best 1:56f.


11/24 Explosive Man takes another at Harrah’s Philadelphia

After winning last week at Harrah’s, in 1:56f, Explosive Man returned to the Philadelphia oval and came away with another win. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. the altered son of Explosive Matter left sharply from the post seven sitting third at the quarter. But the the “Man” was on the move by the half sitting comfortably on a first over trip.A great stretch battle followed and Explosive Man wore down the pacesetter to win by a head in 1:55.3f. Robert Krivelin trains the horse for Hero Stables of NY.


11/12 No Drama De Vie wins MD Sire Stakes division

The 2 year old trotting colt No Drama De Vie journeyed to Rosecroft Raceway for the first round of the MD Sire Stakes. With Frank Milby in the bike “Drama” left from post five and wasted little time taking the lead with an opening quarter of 28.1. the son of Charlie De Vie had a one and half length lead at the half,  and then began to open up on the field. He was on top by seven lengths at three quarters and remained strong in the stretch finishing with a 15 length victory in 1:56.2f. Hermann Heitmann trains the gelding for the Joie De Farm of Jobstown, NJ and now waits for the 11/26 final.


10/21 NJ Development Fund Final to Thor De Vie

Freehold Raceway recently played host to the NJ Development Fund Finals. Thor De Vie took home the winners share of the $50,000 two year old colt pace. Leaving from post one Thor De Vie was able to catch a two hole trip behind the race favorite. Driver Gregory Merton was waiting for the right opportunity and when Thor hit the top of the stretch he exploded down the lane to win by four lengths in 1:54h. Jim Graham trains the So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie gelding for himself, Lee Winters, Paul Tandimayer and Guiseppe Micchia.


10/8 PA Fair Final To Cirrus De Vie

The Meadows played host to the 2017 PA Fair Finals crowning eight champions this past Saturday. Roger Hammer trained and drove Cirrus De Vie to victory in the two year colt pace. Leaving from post three, the son of Real Artist – Walk On The Beach, sat comfortably third to a quick 27.1 opening quarter. From here Hammer moved the colt and was on top at the half and continued driving. Cirrus had a length lead at the top of the stretch and held that advantage to the wire. Time of the mile was 1:55.2f which is a personal best and boosted Cirrus De Vie earnings, for his freshman campaign, to $41,700. Roger Hammer also owns the colt in partnership with Vicki Fair.


9/20 John Simpson Stake To Chillin It De Vie

The rapidly improving Chillin It De Vie traveled to Harrah’s Philadelphia to take on pacing fillies in the John Simpson Stakes. Leaving from post five driver Marcus Miller got her away cleanly getting and settled in for a comfortable trip. At the half others started moving and Chillin It got cover for a second over trip. Approaching three quarters the three year old Well Said filly was still sitting fourth but Miller pulled and launched a three wide move which had her second entering the stretch. She powered through the stretch to take the trophy for second consecutive win with a time of 1:52f.


9/19 Frankie Mullins the Best at Yonkers

Trainer Jenny Melander shipped Frankie Mullins for an overnight at Yonkers. With Eric Goodell driving Frankie left sharply and was sitting second at the quarter. Not to be parked for the mile the three year old son of Muscle Massive kept rolling and was on top before the half. Frankie never let up and was in total control cruising to a two and a half lengths on a sloppy track.


9/19 Another Win For Moneycounts De Vie

Leading driver Jason Merriman got the drive for Moneycounts De Vie and the pair were victorious Tuesday at Northfield Park. The Andover Hall gelding left slowly and came first up approaching the half. Sitting outside he slowly climbed to second by three quarters and cleared to be on top entering the stretch. “Money” poured it on to win by two and a quarter lengths in 1:57.2h. Kim Sloan trains the winner for Dynasty Racing of Michigan.



Fresh off his first career win at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Vic’s Winner traveled to Pocono Downs for a two year old overnight. Tom Jackson got the drive and he wasted no time putting Vic on top. With a snappy 27.4 opening quarter Vic’s Winner was on top and in control. Cruising through the fractions the two year old son of Credit Winner was never challenged and won handily in 1:58f. Hermann Heitmann trains the colt for Joie De Vie Farms and Winbak Farms.



Three year old Delilah De Vie has won three in a row and four of her last five at the Mighty M. Trainer Gary Messenger has the daughter of Art Major right and tight and dominating now. With usual pilot Jim Taggart Jr in the bike the filly controlled every step of the way and gamely fought off a late challenge from the pocket sitter to win by a head. The 1:56.4h victory matches her previous best over the half mile oval.


9/12 Two In A Row For Delilah De Vie

Delilah De Vie continues to excel at Monticello Raceway. Racing in the NYSS Excelsior B series the three year old filly left from post one and sat for the desirable two hole trip. Driver Jim Taggart Jr waited until the top of the stretch to battle for the lead. Using a final quarter of 28.4 the daughter of Art Major – Beach Girl De Vie wore down the pacesetter to win by a head. This was Delilah’s second win in a row and third victory in her last four starts for trainer Gary Messenger.


9/9 Big Win For Thor De Vie

Tioga Downs was the recent host of the NYSS for two year old pacing colts/geldings. Racing in the Excelsior A division Thor De Vie stepped up in a big way for trainer Jim Graham. Staring from post two driver Jim Devaux launched Thor to an opening quarter of 27.3 and never looked back. With the race favorite on his back Thor De Vie fought off a challenge to win by a length in 1:53.1f. The two year old gelding is from the first crop of So Surreal and from the mare Pebblebeach De Vie.


9/9 Chillin It De Vie Takes One at The Big M

Trainer Hermann Heitmann took the rapidly improving Chillin It De Vie to the Meadowlands and the three year old filly did not disappoint. Leaving from post seven she got away fifth and sat comfortably to the half. Approaching three quarters Jonathan Roberts pulled the daughter of Well Said and took the lead by the top of the stretch. With a 27.3 final panel Chillin It De Vie won convincingly in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3.


9/6 Vic’s Winner Impressive at Harrah’s Philadelphia

Two year old Vic’s Winner was at Harrah’s Philadelphia making only his third start. Leaving from the outside post 8, Andrew McCarthy hustled the colt to the lead and never looked back. With an evenly rated mile Vic’s Winner kept control of the race and used a last quarter of 28.4 to win comfortably. Time of the mile was 1:57.3f for his first lifetime win. Hermann Heitmann trains the son of Credit Winner for Joie De Vie Farm and Winbak Farm.



9/3 Maryland Race Fund Trot To Chucky De Vie

Ocean Downs was the site of the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund for two year old male trotters. Leaving from post 5 Chucky De Vie fired out to a quick 28.3 opening quarter. Driver Ross Wolfenden then slowed the pace but kept in control of the race. Chucky was never headed and was well within himself as he cruised home in hand for a two length victory in 2:00.1h. The homebred son of Charlie De Vie is trained by Chris Ryder for owner Joie De Vie Farms.


9/2 Cool Breeze De Vie Lives Up To His Name

Trainer Gary Messenger sent Cool Breeze De Vie to Tioga Downs and the son of Roll With Joe – Beach Girl De Vie didn’t disappoint. The four year old used a quick 27.1 opening panel to take control of the race. Driver Jim Taggart Jr kept Cool Breeze relaxed throughout the mile and finished strong to win by three lengths. The 1:53f time was the gelding’s fastest win of the season for owners Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger.


8/31 Excelsior Win For Rufas De Vie

 The NYSS for three year trotting colts and geldings made a recent stop at Saratoga Raceway. Rufas De Vie was dropping down into the Excelsior B division and the decision proved a success. Leaving from post 5 he got away cleanly and sat third until the half. The three year old, Dewycheatumnhowe – On Broadway De Vie gelding, then pulled and was on top at the three quarters. Rufas never looked backed and cruised to a three length win in 1:57.4h. Todd Buter trains Rufas De Vie for owners Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms and William and Carol Fuchs.


8/25 Big Mile For Chillin It De Vie

Friday, at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chillin It De Vie put in her best mile to date. Leaving from post 7 the Hermann Heitmann trained three year old filly left slowly sitting last to the half. She then pulled sitting third over and and made a three wide bid at three quarters. She wore down the leaders to take the mile in a lifetime best 1:53.3f The daughter of Well Said is owned by Joie De Farm and Winbak Farm.


8/22 Delilah De Vie Takes One at Monticello

Gary Messenger sent his talented three year old filly to Monticello Raceway for an overnight affair. Leaving from post 4 Jim Taggart Jr steered the the daughter of Art Major – Beach Girl De Vie through comfortable fractions. Delilah led every step of the way and cruised home in 1:56.4h in hand. Delilah De Vie is owned by Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger.


8/15 Two in a row for Youcaniknow

Fresh off a 1:51 winning mile Youcaniknow traveled to Yonkers Raceway to tackle the half mile oval. Leaving post two Youcaniknow fired out with Daniel Dube at the controls. The Roll With Joe – Pebblebeach De Vie gelding was on the outside as he reached the quarter in a quick 27.1. He led throughout the entire mile and held on for the win in 1:54.4h. Ake Svanstedt trains and owns the three year old.


8/12 Never Walk Alone Breaks Her Maiden

After racing in the tough NY Sires Stakes trainer Ben Wallace took his promising two year old filly to Georgian Downs. “Walker” left from post two and was parked to the opening quarter and then took over from there. Driver Scott Young kept the Art Major – Starofthesea De Vie filly relaxed to the head of the stretch. She dug in for the challenge and came away with 1:57.2f victory.


8/13 Freshman kick off Maryland Sires Stakes

The Ocean Downs crowd on Sunday watched the largest 2-year-old crop in many years hit the track with three splits for filly pacers and one for colt and gelding trotters.

The offspring from first-crop sire Charlie De Vie proved themselves in the colt/gelding trot finishing 1-2. Chucky De Vie gave Wolfenden his second stakes win one length ahead of Uncle Ike stopping the timer in 2:01.2 for owner-breeder Joie De Vie Farm and trainer Chris Ryder.


8/8 Strong Finish For Valentina De Vie

Valentina De Vie used her patented late surge to win recently at Mohegan Pocono Downs. With Andrew McCarthy in the sulky Valentina left slowly, but soon started her overland route past the quarter. Coming first up by the half the pacing mare sat second by the top of the stretch. From here she wore down the pacesetter and prevailed by a head in 1:52.4f. Hermann Heitmann trains her for Joie De Vie Farms.



The long journey to Pocono Downs turned into a fast trip around the track. Leaving from post seven Youcaniknow settled in fourth biding his time to the three quarters. Coming off the final turn the three year old Roll With Joe gelding, from Pebblebeach De Vie, fanned out wide and powered through a 27 second final panel to win in 1:51.2f.  Andrew McCarthy drove the winner for owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt.


7/17 Chillin It De Vie Takes One at Pocono Downs

Three year old pacing filly Chillin It De Vie visited Pocono Downs Monday and came away with a win. With Anthony Napolitano driving the Well Said lass was sitting 6th before making a first over bid. Sitting fourth at the three quarter pole, and still on the outside, Chillin It seized control by the top of the stretch and cruised home for the 1:54.1f mile. Chris Ryder trains the filly for Joie De Vie Farms and Winbak Farms.


7/17 Moneycounts De Vie Makes Quick Work

Monday saw Moneycounts De Vie take a fast trot at Northfield Park. The son of Andover Hall got away second but yielded to third at the half. Approaching three quarters “Money” was out and moving and back in second by the stretch and trotted through the lane for the win in 1:56.0h Ronnie Wrenn Jr drove the horse for trainer Kim Sloan.


7/16 Excelsior A Division to Never Walk Alone

Two year old pacing fillies invaded Buffalo Raceway for the NYSS and Excelsior series. Joie De Vie Farms bred filly Never Walk Alone broke her maiden in only her second lifetime start. Chris Lems drove the daughter of Art Major/ Starofthesea De Vie and was burdened with the seven hole. She got away cleanly and sat seventh at the quarter and then started a first over bid. By the stretch she sat fourth and paced home for a length victory in 2:00h. Ben Wallace trains and owns the talented filly.



7/14 Funknpancakes one at The Meadowlands

Joie De Vie Farm bred Funknpancakes made his second career start a winner. Leaving from post 7 Corey Callahan drove, the 2yr old son of RC Royalty, to a first over trip never seeing the rail until the stretch. He powered through a closing panel of 27.2 to win by a neck in 1:56.3. John Butenschoen trains the colt for Crawford Farms. Also finishing third, beaten just a length, was Joie De Vie Farms and Winbak Farms, Vic’s Winner a 2yr old son of Credit winner.


7/11 Frankie Mullins Impressive

Frankie Mullins made his recent trip to Pocono a winning one. With George Napolitano Jr in the sulky the three year gelding fired out to an opening quarter of 27.3. Setting the pace through the half Frankie was second at three quarter pole but retook control entering the stretch. Hanging tough he prevailed to the wire in a new life time best 1:55.2. Joie De Vie Farms bred the son of Muscle Massive.


7/6 Seeking Nirvana Again at Harrah’s Philadelphia

It has been two months since Seeking Nirvana won three in a row at Freehold Raceway but she appears to have regained her winning form. Leaving from the rail, with driver Corey Callahan, she held the rail around the first turn before settling in for a two hole trip. Just past the half the favorite came first up and took the lead. Approaching the three quarter pole Nirvana pulled out and swept past the leader and held gamely for the victory in 1:53.4. Herman Heitmann trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for Joie De Vie Farms.


6/28 Bowdie De Vie in 1:54.4f

Leading driver Aaron Merriman drove Bowdie De Vie to a season best win at the Meadows. Sitting a comfortable two hole trip, the Jeff Hockstetler trained son of Angus Hall popped a 28.3 final panel for the victory.


6/27 Chucky De Vie wins 2yr Old Qualifier

The homebred son of Joie De Vie Farms owned Charlie De Vie, made his second qualifying start a winner. The gate to wire mile was in a comfortable 2:00.3 for trainer/driver Chris Ryder. The Maryland eligible trotting colt will now get ready for the Sire Stakes and Development Fund schedule.


6/23 Marty De Vie Wins at the Meadowlands

With Tyler Buter in the sulky, Marty De Vie took a first over trip and cruised a final quarter of 28.3 for his first Meadowlands victory. The winning time of 1:54.2 is a new record for the Amber Buter trained four year old trotter.


6/16 New Record For Billie Blue

With regular driver Chris Lems in the bike Billie Blue went gate to wire at Vernon Downs for a new life time mark of 1:55.4. The George Ducharme trained three year old Conway Hall filly now has earnings of just under $50,000.


6/6 Moneycounts De Vie Wins At Northfield

Jason Merriman gave Moneycounts De Vie a pocket trip and stormed home in the stretch to win in 1:56.4. Charles Downing trains the four year old son of Andover Hall, who now has over $130,000 in life time earnings.


5/29 Joie De Vie Farms bred Frankie Mullins Wins at Pocono

The three year old Muscle Massive gelding, Frankie Mullins, got his first win of the season after several near misses. Driven by George Napolitano Jr Frankie fired out from post seven to take the lead with a 27.4 opening quarter. Sitting second the rest of the mile and he pulled the pocket at the top of the stretch and cruised home in 1:56.4f.


5/29 Rufas De Vie Starts The Season With a Win

Trainer Todd Buter took Rufas De Vie to Vernon Downs for his first start of 2017. Starting in the NYSS Excelsior series and driven by Jason Bartlett, the Dewycheatumnhowe three year old trotter got a perfect trip and came home in a crisp 28.1 for the victory.


5/13 Billie Blue Makes Her First Start A Winning One

Billie was making her first start of the season for trainer George Ducharme and she didn’t disappoint. Racing at Vernon Downs and leaving from post six driver Chris Lems waited patiently until the stretch and let her trot to a head victory in 1:56.1.


4/8 Seeking Nirvana Wins Third in a Row at Freehold Raceway

After winning her last two starts, Seeking Nirvana moved up in class and continued her strong season with her third straight win. Driver Jim Marohn Jr left from post three and came first up to the half and took control. She was never challenged in route a four length victory in 1:56.4h. Taylor Gower trains the five year old pacing mare for Joie De Vie Farms.


3/24 Two in a row for Boots N Chains

Joie De Vie Farms owned Boots N Chains took his second straight trotting victory at Freehold Raceway for trainer Herman Heitmann. With Jim Marohn Jr in the sulky the five year old stallion traveled gate to wire for an easy two length win.


3/22 Sandy De Vie Makes it Three in a Row

Three straight wins for Sandy De Vie after a wire to wire victory for trainer Gerry Sarama. The four year old daughter of Mach Three was driven by Jim Morrill Jr and had no issues holding off the field down the stretch.


3/11 Marty De Vie win at The Meadows

With Dan Rawlings in the bike Marty De Vie returned to his winning ways with a 1:58f score at the Meadows. Making a three wide move at the three quarter pole, Driver Dan Rawlings unleashed the gelding who charged home for the score. Dirk Simpson trains the 4yr old son of Explosive Matter.



Beaches De Vie made a Yonkers Raceway journey a victorious one. Trainer Pat Lachance handled the driving duties and the pair sat sixth to the half before coming second over to the three quarters. From there the Art Major-Starofthesea De Vie colt put it in high gear to clear the early leaders and win by a head in a new record of 1:53.4h. Pat Lachance owns the three year old along with M & M Racing of NY.



Joie De Vie Farms’ That Woman Hanover visited Tioga Downs and her victory gave the owner two wins in two days. Leaving from post three, driver David Miller hustled the Western Ideal mare to the front controlling the mile every step. With no serious challenger That Woman cruised to a length victory in 1:52.1f.



Valentina De Vie travelled to Rosecroft Raceway for a winners over event and made the long trip worthwhile. With Trainer Henrik Lundell in the sulky Valentina left from post six and moved to the outside after the leader posted a 26.2 first quarter. Coming first over the rest of the mile the five year old Bettor’s Delight daughter was still outside when she seized control of the race and drew off in the stretch to win by three lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4f.



Tioga Downs was the site for a strong outing from Cool Breeze De Vie. Racing in a conditioned event, the Roll With Joe – Beach Girl De Vie gelding sat comfortably fourth to the quarter. The Gary Messenger trained three year old came first over to the half and sat second after a 27.1 third quarter and powered home in the stretch for a two length win in 1:53.4f. Jim Taggart Jr drove the winner for owners Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger.            



Yonkers Raceway hosted the NYSS Excelsior series and Credevie posted an impressive win for the Purple Haze Stable. Leaving from post two, Jim Morrill Jr guided the son of Credit Winner – Fleur De Vie third to the quarter and then seized control at the half. From there he drew away fron the field to a six length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3h. The Trond Smedshammer gelding has now banked over $114,000.



After a fourth place finish in the Helen Smith Memorial Jazebel De Vie headed back to Freehold Raceway for the opening round of the NJ Green Acres for thee year old trotting fillies. With Jim Marohn Jr in the bike, Jazabel left little doubt who was the best this day. She left sharply taking command immediately and never looked back. She controlled the tempo and finished well for a two length victory. Henrik Lundell trains the homebred daughter of Muscles Yankee – Fan Favourite.



Trainer Gary Messenger brought Delilah De Vie to Yonkers Raceway for a NYSS Excelsior B Series race. The two year old daughter of Art Major – Beach Girl De Vie did not disappoint with a comfortable length victory for driver Jason Bartlett. Delilah got away second and sat there to the half where she made her move to take control. She was on top by the three quarter pole and cruised to victory with a 28.3 final quarter.



Trainer George Ducharme traveled to Vernon Downs with his good two year old trotter Billie Blue and the Conway Hall – Lightfoot lass didn’t disappoint. With usual driver Chris Lems in the bike the talented filly led every step of the mile and pulled away to win by four lengths in a season best 1:56. Billie Blue has now banked $30,750 this season for owners George Ducharme Stables, Paul Fontaine and Charles Iannazzo.



Batavia Downs was host to the NYSS for three year old trotting colts and Credevie delivered another victory. Racing, in the Excelsior A division for trainer Trond Smedshammer the Credit Winner – Fleur De Vie gelding left briskly and reached the quarter pole on top. From there he got every call in route to a wire to wire win for driver Jim Morrill Jr. Credevie increased his earnings to over $107,000 for the Purple Haze Stables of NY.


8/17 – Billie Blue wins her third in a row

The 2 yr old trotting filly, Billie Blue had a successful visit to Yonkers Raceway. Starting in a NYSS Excelsior Division the Conway Hall – Lightfoot filly won her third race in a row for Driver Chris Lems. Leaving from post 4 the talented filly controlled the contest leading every step with a comfortable wire to wire effort. George Ducharme trains Billie who now has three wins in five lifetime starts.


8/12 – Rufas De Vie Breaks His Maiden

Yonkers Raceway hosted the NYSS on Friday and Rufas De Vie made it a worthwhile trip for trainer Todd Buter. Leaving from post 3 the 2yr old Dewycheatumnhowe – On Broadway De Vie gelding, made his move past the half. Coming first up to the three quarter pole, Rufas took the lead in the stretch for a comfortable victory in 2:00h for driver Tyler Buter.


8/7 – New Record For Bowdie De Vie

Bowdie De Vie, who recently moved down from Canada, got his first win in the US for trainer Tate Lewis Jr. With Jim Marohn Jr in the sulky, Bowdie De Vie left briskly and settled in third to the half. Coming first over to the three quarter pole the 4 yr old Angus Hall – Ava gelding, powered through the stretch to win by two and a half lengths in 1:54.4f.


8/6 – Big Effort From Delilah De Vie

On Saturday Delilah De Vie visited Vernon Downs to compete in the NYSS Excelsior series. Leaving comfortably the 2yr old filly seized control at the half cruised to victory in a new lifetime best 1:55.4. Chris Lems drove the, Art Major – Beach Girl De Vie, filly for trainer Gary Messenger.


8/5 – Billie Blue Takes Another One

The George Ducharme trained filly Billie Blue traveled to Tioga Downs Friday to race in the NYSS Excelsior A series. She responded in commanding fashion going wire to wire, stopping the timer in 2:00f. Never really challenged, Chris Lems drove the Conway Hall – Lightfoot 2yr old filly to an easy win.


8/2 – Credevie wins at Yonkers

Credevie exits the NYSS circuit to enter a conditioned event at Yonkers. The son of Credit Winner–Fleur De Vie raced the 1 ¼ , for the first time and prevailed in 2:31. The Trond Smedshammer trained 3 year old gelding was driven by George Brennan and now has banked in excess of $95,000.


7/30 – Cool Breeze De Vie is just that in victory

After competing in the NYSS, Cool Breeze De Vie took a break and entered a conditioned event. The Gary Messenger trained gelding responded with an easy 4 length victory at Tioga Downs over a sloppy track. Leaving from post 4 the son of Roll With Joe came first over to seize control at the top of the stretch and jog home for the victory.


7/25 – Billie Blue breaks her maiden at Batavia

The two year old Conway Hall filly Billie Blue won for the first time, taking a NYSS Excelsior A series at Batavia. Driven by Chris Lems, the George Ducharme trained miss left from post 1 and came first over and powered by the pace setter to prevail at the wire.


7/11 – Beaches De Vie scores at Yonkers

Dropping into the the NYSS Excelsior A series Beaches De Vie paced an easy victory over the Yonkers half mile oval in 1:56.2h. Leaving from post 4, Beaches fired out and controlled the fractions the entire mile to cruise to an easy victory for trainer/driver Pat Lachance.


Jazebel De Vie wins at The Big M 6/17

Fresh off an impressive performance in the NJSS final Jazebel De Vie, left the gate sharply and got the first call at the quarter pole before settling in for a two hole trip. With David Miller in the sulky the three year old daughter of Muscles Yankee sat patiently until the top of the stretch and passed the pacesetter and held on to a neck victory in a new lifetime best, 1:55.1.


Marty De Vie fastest in PA Stallion Series 6/13 (USTA) site

Fastest winner was Marty De Vie, an altered son of Explosive Matter (who had a siring triple), who was moved to the lead by the track’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., past the quarter and went on to win in 1:54.4 for trainer Todd Buter and co-owners Lynette and Tyler Buter, James Marion and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Marty De Vie has won three straight, and he has crossed the wire first in four straight outings, but in his first Stallion Series effort he made a late break and was placed second for a lapped-on break. He has been unbeatable ever since.


Aries De Vie first two year winner in 2016

6/10 Aries De Vie , a two year old daughter of Credit Winner – Ava was victorious in her first qualifier at Vernon Downs. With trainer/driver Gates Brunet in the bike, Aries got the first call at the quarter pole and led every step of race finishing in 2:02.3, last quarter 29.4.

Also on the day Chris Lems drove Billie Blue a daughter of Conway Hall – Lightfoot to a second place finisher in her first qualifier. The George Ducharme trained filly led by the half but was caught at the wire, trotting the mile in 2:02.2.


Two Joie De Vie breds win at Solvalla

Volocity De Vie was tops among 7 competitors in the V3-2 trot. The four year old Yankee Glide horse was driven by Jorma Konito for trainer Stefan Melander. In an earlier event Lavidaloca De Vie won the V3-1 trot and the three old daughter of Crazed was driven by trainer/driver Stefan Melander.


6/3 – Jazebel De Vie finishes third in NJSS Final

Jazebel De Vie found room in deep stretch to burst through and finish a strong third in the NJSS Final for three year old trotting fillies.  Driven by David Miller “Jezzy” left quickly and was able to sit third on the rail by the quarter. By the three quarter pole the field began to form a tight bunch and Muscles Yankee – Fan Favourite filly looked trapped. With less than an eighth to go she saw daylight an shot through to take the show spot, trotting 1:54.4.

That Woman Hanover paced her fastest mile of 2016 winning Friday night in 1:50.3. With Corey Callahan in the sulky That Woman wrestled control at the half and cruised to victory with a 27.2 final quarter. The Henrik Lundell trained mare boosted her lifetime winning to $184,574.


5/31 – Boots N Chains takes his first trip to the winners circle in 2016

Rosecroft Raceway was the site of Boots N Chains first 2016 win. Making only his second start of the season the four year old son of Yankee Glide was in total control as he breezed to  victory for trainer/driver Henrik Lundell. The winning time was a sharp 1:54.4


5/29 – Seeking Nirvana lowers her record in victory

With her first win of 2016, Seeking Nirvana cruised to a seven length victory at Rosecroft Raceway. The winning time of 1:51.3f was a new lifetime mark for the 4ry old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere. Tim Offut drove for trainer Henrik Lundell  as the mare increased her career earnings to over $144,000.


5/15 – Valaentina De Vie in career best

Saturday night at Rosecroft was a good outing for Valentina De Vie as she led gate to wire in a new lifetime best 1:52.1f. Never tested the five year old daughter of Bettors Delight was driven by her trainer Henrik Lundell.


4/17 – Clear View Hanover back to her winning ways

A trip to Rosecroft was all Clear View Hanover needed to return to the winners circle. With trainer/driver Henrik Lundell in control the mare cruised wire to wire in 1:51.2f and increased her lifetime earnings to $227,989.


4/5 – That Woman Hanover wins at Pocono

That Woman Hanover got her first win of 2016 with an easy two length victory in 1:53.1f. The five year old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took control at the half for driver George Napolitano Jr and was never headed the rest of the mile, finishing in hand.


3/20 – Valentina De Vie pulls off impressive victory

Valentina De Vie left quickly but could not make the rail and was parked out to the quarter. Sitting first over the rest of the mile she dug in gamely to collar the pacesetter, before the wire, earning a hard fought victory in 1:54.1f


2/26 – Clear View Hanover wins her third in four starts

Tim Tetrick and Clear View Hanover are a winning pair.  Racing at the Meadowlands the seven year old daughter of Western Ideal left sharply and was in control the entire mile, stopping the timer in 1:51.4. This was the third win in four starts for the dynamic duo. The mare is trained by Henrick Lundell for Joie De Vie Farm.



On Monday 8/10 Moneycounts De Vie got his second win of the season with a 1:58.1f tally in a conditioned event. Leaving from post, 2 the Andover Hall colt took control of the race by the half and made the victory look easy while lowering his life mark by a full second. Dan Rawlings drove the colt for trainer Dirk Simpson.



The Mark Harder trained Joe Larry N Curly won for the third time in NYSS action on 8/9 at Batavia Downs. Taking control by the half the Roll With Joe colt cruised to a 1:56.2h victory. The Joie De Vie Farm bred colt was followed by another farm bred, Beaches De Vie for driver/trainer Pat Lachance.



Coming into 2015 Explosive Man was a handsome colt who never raced. After several qualifiers the 3 year old Explosive Matter – Toni’s Wink colt was ready to go on 8/1. With Tim Tetrick driving, Explosive Man lived up to his name winning his first lifetime start in an eye opening 1:53.1! Robert Krivelin trains the colt for the Heros Stable of NY.



The Dirk Simpson trained Moneycounts De Vie won for the first time in the PA Stallion Series at Harrah’s Philadelphia on 7/22. The 2 year old Andover Hall – Nordicdish colt has been close before but this time sealed the deal with a 1:59.1f victory.



Jazebel De Vie won for the first time on 7/17 at the Meadowlands. The 2 year old Muscles Yankee – Fan Favourite filly left from the 9 hole and had little trouble taking command by the half mile marker. Trotting well through the stretch she won by a comfortable length in 1:58.3 for trainer Chris Ryder.



On 7/17 That Woman Hanover lit up the Meadowlands Track with a sparkling 1:50 mile. Leading every step of the contest she fought off a hard charging Caviart Shelly to win for the third time in 2015. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Henrik Lundell and lowered her lifetime record while increasing her career earning to over $167,000 for Joie De Vie Farms.



Joe Larry N Curly made his second start in NYSS action on 7/17 at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post 4, the 2 year old colt wrestled control of the race at the half and came home strong for a 1:53.1f score. He is now two for two in NYSS races.



The two year old son of Credit Winner – Fleur De Vie won his first race on 7/13 in NYSS action. Leaving from outside post 7, Credevie worked his way through the mile, for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, before striking in the stretch for the victory. The 2:00.3h time for the mile was the fastest of all NYSS divisions.



On 6/29 Joie De Vie bred, Joe Larry N Curly made his first start in the NYSS a winning one. The 2 year old son of Roll With Joe led every step of the way and stopped the timer in 1:56h. Mark Harder trains the colt for Joe Jannuzzelli, Dawn Colucci and Mark Harder.



With Jim Marohn Jr in the bike, Valentina lowered her lifetime record at Mohegan Sun Pocono on 5/6. Leaving from post 5 the 4 year old daughter of Bettors Delight raced tough throughout the mile to win in 1:52.4f. Valentina De Vie’s lifetime earnings are now just shy of $100,000 for trainer Henrik Lundell.


ZOEY DE VIE IN 1:54.4f

Zoey De Vie took a new lifetime mark at Mohegan Sun Pocono on 5/2.The 4 year old son of Conway Hall – Paul’s Wink had total control of the race and cruised to victory for driver Mark MacDonald. Trained by Paul Kelly, Zoey has now banked over $222,000 lifetime.



Rosie De Vie made the long trip to Tioga Downs a winning one. The 4 year old daughter of Western Ideal – Smart Dialing won her first race of the year in a crisp 1:55.1f, for a new lifetime mark. She was driven by trainer Henrik Lundell.


That Woman Hanover scores at the Meadowlands

On a cold Friday night That Woman Hanover was making only her second start for Joie De Vie Farms. Leaving from post 9 the 3 yr old Somebeachsomewhere filly was forced wide around the first turn before driver Ron Pierce moved to the outer tier and launched the filly. Seizing control at the half That Woman drew off and cruised to victory, winning by 5 lengths, in a new record of 1:50.2. This was also the fastest mile on the Meadowlands card. The recent purchase from the Harrisburg mixed sale is trained by Henrik Lundell.


Lola De Vie Retired

The 4 yr. old daughter of Credit Winner – Fan Favourite recently retired sporting a lifetime record of 1:53.4 and earnings of $409,523. The 12 time winner was trained throughout her career by Chris Ryder and plans are to breed her to Cantab Hall in 2015.


Explosive De Vie victorious in Sweden

Explosive De Vie (Explosive Matter – Ava) won the “Sikta Mot Stjarnorna’s” (Aim for the Stars) Final at Mantorp Race Course, for driver, trainer and owner Jim Oscarsson. Explosive has now exceeded $125 000 in lifetime earnings, he is sporting a nice 1.55 record on 5/8th’s mile track.


Prince De Vie tops Lexington selected sale at $400,000

The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale commenced on 9/30 and it didn’t take long for the fireworks to start. Prince De Vie, a Cantab Hall colt from the mare Dream Angel, entered the ring as hip #5. With an opening bid of $200,000 the crowd became quiet as the biding moved swiftly to $400,000. At the fall of the hammer Myron Bell had purchased the colt and plans to send him to the Tony Alagna stable. The following evening Curious De Vie was purchased by Robert Bergh, of Sweden, for $160,000 and plans are for the Credit Winner – So You De Vie colt to train and race in the states.


Valentina De Vie wins again

Valentina De Vie returned to Rosecroft for her first race, on the oval, since winning the MD Development Fund Final. The return was another winner for Joie De Vie trainer-driver Henrik Lundell. Valentina had no trouble with the competition winning in 1:54.1 and increasing her 2014 bankroll to $41,217.


Zoey De Vie finishes second in $225,000 NYSS Final

The 3yr. old NYSS trot final was contested at Yonkers on 9/13 and Zoey De Vie put on a great effort to take home place honors. Trained by Heidi Rohr for owners John and Jesse De Long, the Conway Hall – Paul’s Wink colt closed out his stakes season with $176,403 in earnings.


Rosie De Vie and Clear View Hanover score at Rosecroft

Rosie De Vie got her first win of 2014 on 9/13 at Rosecroft Raceway. Rosie was in control the whole mile for trainer-driver Henrik Lundell to stop the timer in 1:55.4. Joie De Vie owned Clear View Hanover cruised to victory just three days later, again with trainer-driver Henrik Lundell in the bike. Her winning time of 1:52.1 was just two fifths off the track record and increased her lifetime earnings to $169,052.


September 3 – Joie De Vie bred sets Swedish record

Explosive De Vie (Explosive Matter – Ava) won in a record setting fashion at Eskilstuna race course. The record was for Three year old imported geldings over the distance 1 5/8′s. Explosive trotted the distance in 1.14.5 (km rating) 2.00 mile rating. He is trained, driven and owned by Jim Oscarsson and family.


Joie De Vie bred Hurrikane Jonny K takes PASS Division

Hurrikane Jonny K took a $63,058 division of the PASS at Mohegan Sun Pocono on 8/27. Leaving from post 2 the, Andover Hall – Lavieenrose de Vie, colt got away third and received an excellent drive by George Napolitano Jr. Entering the stretch it looked like Jonny may not get clear, but he was able to drift out and exploded mid-stretch to nail the victory in 1:56.2. The win boosted his seasonal earnings to $56,900 for trainer John McDermott.


Joie De Vie bred Fly Angel Fly takes another stake

2 yr. old trotting filly Fly Angel Fly won her second PA Stallion Stakes on 8/20 at The Meadows. With Dave Palone aboard Fly Angel Fly sat second to the opening quarter and then took over the race. Leading every step and drawing off to a 10 length victory in 1:56.3. This gives the Cantab Hall filly 2 wins in three lifetime starts for trainer Jimmy Takter. Also on the card, I’m Yelling Timber, another Joie de Vie bred filly, was third in her division trotting the mile in 1:58 for trainer Dirk Simpson.


Maryland Race Fund to Valentina De Vie

The $32,750 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund for 3 yr old pacing fillies was contested at Ocean Downs 8/14. The event proved to be no contest for Valentina De Vie who waited patiently throughout the mile and exploded off the final turn to win, going away, by 4 lengths. She stopped the timer in 1:55.3 for driver Jonathan Roberts. The win pushed Valentina’s lifetime earning over $70,000. Rosie De Vie, part of the Henrik Lundell trained entry, raced well taking home the show spot for Joie De Vie Farms.


Joie De Vie breds win Stallion Series legs

On 8/12, The PA Stallion Series for 2 yr old trotting fillies invaded Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fly Angel Fly broke her maiden in her second lifetime start winning the $20,000 event, wire to wire in 2:01. The Cantab Hall – Dream Angel filly is trained and driven by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Later in the evening, I’m Yelling Timber put in a strong mile winning her division in 1.59.3. Driven by Tyler Buter, the Explosive Matter – Velma K lass, won for the first time and is trained by Brandon Simpson.


Mariah De Vie wins again

Mariah De Vie returned to the winners circle for third time this year. Racing at The Meadows in The $20,000 PA Stallion Series for 3 yr old trotting fillies, Mariah cruised to victory in 1.58:4 over a sloppy track on 8/11. Piloted by Dave Palone, the Henrik Lundell trained filly raised her seasonal bankroll to $38,460 and secured a spot in the $50,000 Stallion Series Final.


Zoey De Vie second in NYSS at Yonkers

On 7/24 the NYSS moved to Yonkers for the 3yr old trotting colts. Zoey De Vie, who already has 2 wins and 2 seconds heading into action, raced a strong mile being beat by only a length while trotting the mile in 1:55.4. The finish increases his seasonal earnings to $92,925 pushing over $101,000 lifetime. The 3yr old Conway Hall – Pauls Wink colt is trained by Heidi Rohr and piloted by Jim Morrill.


Yakekty Hanover wins again

Yakekty Hanover won for the second time this season. The 3yr old daughter of Andover travelled to Tioga Downs Hall on Saturday 7/19. With a nice drive by Jim Meittinis, the filly waited patiently for a spot to move. Entering the stretch she had her moment and responded quickly for an easy length victory.


Clearview Hanover in 1:50.2

Clearview Hanover returned to the winners circle in spectacular fashion Friday, 7/18, at the Meadowlands. With John Campbell driving she took control of the race early and led every step of the way while hanging tough in the stretch. The 1:50.2 mark is a new record for the daughter of Western Ideal. The previous week Clearview was beaten by only a head in 1:49.2


Lola De Vie in 1:53.4

On Friday 7/11, at the Meadowlands, Lola De Vie won in impressive fashion, stopping the clock in 1:53.4 for a new lifetime mark. The 4yr old daughter of Credit Winner got her second win on the year and pushed her career earnings to $400,000.


Valentina De Vie 3rd in NYSS

NYSS for 3yr old pacing fillies invaded Monticello Raceway Friday June 6th. Valentina De Vie fresh off a narrow miss in her last start left smartly, but found herself outside at the quarter pole. The Bettors Delight filly tried to make the top, but was parked the entire remainder of the race. Valentina showed her determination to hold on for the show spot.


Marco De Vie in Somebeachsomewhere Stake

Marco De Vie finished third in the first division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stake Saturday at the Mohawk Raceway. Racing against two of the top rated colts of 2014, Marco had to come first over to move into contention. The long trip on the outside took a toll and Marco held gamely for third. The Ben Wallace trained 3yr old colt will now head to the Ontario Sire Stakes.


Lola De Vie wins in record time

Lola De Vie won Friday 5/30, at the Meadowlands in a new record time of 1:54.2. This eclipses her previous best by over one second. She brushed to the lead early and then yielded to get a two hole trip. At the ¾ pole she was back to third and trapped along the rail, but a little day light, in deep stretch, allowed her to explode and draw clear of the field. Lola now has banked $390,000 lifetime racing from the Chris Ryder stable.


Valentina De Vie 2nd in first NYSS action

Valentina De Vie headed to Vernon Downs Friday, 5/30, for her first NY Sire Stakes action. Leaving from post position 6, Valentina got away 7th in heavy traffic. She sat in the back of the field through fast fractions and was sitting 8th at the ¾ pole. At the top of the stretch Valentina then unleashed a wicked brush and closed for 2nd in a tight finish churning a 27.3 final quarter. The Henrik Lundell trained fill will continue in NYSS action throughout the summer.


Mariah De Vie and Epic Tale post victories

Mariah De Vie made her first start of 2014 a winner. Racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia Mariah win a division of the PA Stallion Series. Her 1.58.3f win is her first stakes win and a life time record. She was driven by Jim Meittinis.

Epic Tale returned to the winners circle from a two month layoff. Stopping the timer in 155.3f in a sharp effort for Ron Pierce. Both horses are trained by Henrik Lundell.


April 14 – Marco De Vie starts off the year with a bang

After winter layoff Marco De Vie made his first start of 2014 a winning one. Leaving from post one Marco led every step of the way and stopping the timer in 1:54.3. The home bred son of Camluck is trained by Ben Wallace and will be racing in most of the Canadian stakes throughout the year.


April 11 – Lola De Vie returns to the winners circle

After a very successful 2013 campaign that saw her win over $330,000, Lola De Vie won her first race of 2014 equaling her life mark of 1:55.3. The 4 yr old daughter of Credit Winner – Fan Favourite is trained by Chris Ryder for Joie De Vie Farms, LLC and now has lifetime earnings over $386,000.


February 15 2014 – Joie De Vie Farms adds 40 acres

To accommodate the growing horse population Joie De Vie has purchased 40 adjoining acres. This land will be developed over the year adding pasture and sheds to the training/ breeding operation.


November 10 2013 – Joie De Vie Farms enjoyed record yearling sales in 2013

With a strong Kentucky Select consignment the group was led by Flyangelfly De Vie who was purchased by the Jimmy Takter Stable for $160,000. Besides the Kentucky Select Sale, yearlings were sold at the Canadian Classic and Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA. We want to thank everyone who inspected and bid on our horses and wish everyone best of luck in 2014.


October 14 2013 – Marco De Vie wins 1:54.2 at Woodbine

After several close finishes and racing against the best Ontario 2 yr. old pacers Marco De Vie breaks his maiden. The win also closes out the season for the son of Camluck – Free Miles. In 10 starts as a 2 yr old Marco banked $62,734. Marco is owned by Joie De Vie Farms and trained by Ben Wallace.


Vida De Vie dominates $25,000 NJSS-GA final

Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, made it a series sweep with her fourth victory in a row in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes–Green Acres final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (Oct. 17) at Freehold Raceway.

The daughter of Muscles Yankee–Velma K continued her dominance of the trotting fillies division with a nine length tally over Connie Keeper (by Muscles Yankee), the perpetual bridesmaid. It was 23-3/4 lengths to Ninety Five Janet (by Muscles Yankee) in third.

Vida De Vie, trained by Chris Ryder and driven by Daniel Dube, trotted the mile in 1:59.3, picking up her fifth win with one second and three thirds in 19 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished in the money in 15 of 30 starts.

Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, N.J., Vida De Vie pushed her career bankroll to $108,816 with the winner’s share.


Lola de Vie, Marco de Vie and Valentina de Vie in Sire Stakes Finals

Lola de Vie, the richest 3yr old trotting filly on the circuit will be looking for her 8th win on the season, Saturday 9/28, at Yonkers Raceway. The Chris Ryder trained filly will be leaving from post 5 with Brian Sears in the bike. The $225,000 final for NY three year old trotting fillies is carded as race 5.

Marco de Vie earned his way into Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the last two sire stakes starts. The 2yr old Camluck colt will be looking for his first win of the season when he goes postward Saturday 9/28, at Mohawk Raceway in the $200,000 8th race. Billy Davis Jr. gets the drive from the Ben Wallace stable.

Monday, 9/30, Valentina de Vie will in Monticello racing in the NY Excelsior Final for two year old pacing fillies. Jim Marohn Jr will handle the reins in the 11th race. The Henrik Lundell trained filly has three wins on the season from only 8 starts and looks to add to her growing list of stakes victories.


Joie de Vie fillies do it again

After Rosie de Vie and Valentina de Vie swept the Maryland Standardbred Fund July 15 they were back in action Monday Aug. 12. Joie De Vie Farm and Guidetti Racing LLC’s 2-year-old pacing filly Rosie De Vie (Western Ideal-Smart Dialing) loves her beach time and took a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3 in the $12,025 first division for her class. This was her second win at the Ocean oval for trainer Henrik Lundell and driver Corey Callahan.

In the $12,025 third division for filly pacers, Corey Callahan blasted Valentina De Vie (Bettor’s Delight-Flibbertigibbet) out of the gate and never looked back, crossing the wire in 1:56.4, equalling the stakes record for owner Joie De Vie Farms and giving trainer Henrik Lundell his second win of the night.


Kumbaya de Vie wins PASS 2yoct at Meadows July 12

Kumbaya De Vie might not have needed help to win, but he got it anyway when the three top choices in his division broke stride. The son of Yankee Glide-Reinvent gobbled up the galloping Paparazzi late to record his first career victory for Charlie Norris in 2:00.3. Despite the break, Paparazzi maintained place, 1-3/4 lengths in arrears, while Tom Deere completed the ticket.

“It’s definitely better to be lucky than good sometimes,” said Henrik Lundell, who conditions the $50,000 yearling acquisition for Joie De Vie Farm. “He’s very green still, but he has ability. You still have to hold him the whole mile. He’s not staked to the Peter Haughton —he’s not fast enough for that — but he’s staked to most things.”


Lola de Vie continues to roll in NYSS

Lola De Vie dispensed with longshot leader See At Office (Trond Smedshammer) early in the lane, then went on to whip Bouncing Bax (Jason Bartlett) by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:58.3 at Yonkers July 8. Third went to Royal Malinda (Dan Daley). For “Lola,” a Credit winner homebred miss owned by Joie De Vie Farm, it was her sixth win (fourth consecutive, including the $237.600 final of the Empire Breeders Classic) in eight seasonal efforts.


Sundance Bayama won RUS at Poconos in 2:00.3 on June 29

Sundance Bayama won his first under saddle race ridden by Helene Gregory.



Article in Horseman – Lola de Vie Storming through NY

The 3-year-old trotting filly Lola de Vie has four wins in six starts this season, with three stakes triumphs and $161,498 in earnings through June 16. She won the Lady Suffolk in early May, then the $237,600 Empire Breeders Classic on June 9 before snagging a New York Sires Stakes on June 16 at Buffalo Raceway. But don’t expect to see her outside New York.

“She’s been a mild surprise,” said Chris Ryder, who trains the filly bred and owned by Antoinette Nigito’s Joie de Vie Farm. She’s not the fastest thing in the world, but she’s game.”

Lola de Vie, a daughter of Credit Winner – Fan Favourite 3, 1:56.3 ($450.387). Lola de Vie is the third foal of Fan Favourite, who won Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals at both ages two and three. A daughter of Angus Hall, Fan Favourite’s 2011 foal by Muscle Hill died, but she has a yearling by Muscle Hill.



Lola De Vie won the Empire Breeders Classic final

Lola De Vie used a fast closing spurt in the final furlong to out-stride three determined rivals and capture the $237,600 Empire Breeders Classic final for 3-year-old filly trotters with a career-best 1:55.3 performance at Vernon Downs Sunday, June 9.

Read the article on USTA here


Joie De Vie fillies sweep Lady Suffolk

Friday May 3, Lola De Vie and Vida De Vie bred and owned by New Jersey’s Joie De Vie Farm, both trained by Chris Ryder, swept the two divisions of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway.

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