Day At The Track
Bit Of A Legend N

Bit of a Legend N now with $1,939,521 banked

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his harness racing opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night (Aug. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In the hunt early from assigned post position No. 6, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quarter-mile. A rated, :29.1 next substation (:55.4 half) was going to make the people's preference tough to catch. Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) tried it from first- and second-over, respectively, as Bit of a Legend N found a 1:24.2 three-quarters. He widened to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held Caviart Luca at bay. The margin was measured three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3. Bakersfield (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach hit the line together for third, with Mach it So settling for the final pay envelope. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 17 '17 tries. The exacta paid $33.50, with the triple returning $89.50 (Bakersfield third) and $92 (Melmerby Beach third). Prior to the race, Tritton spoke of von Knoblauch, who passed away early this month at age 90. "Harry was a gentleman who enjoyed racing and not afraid to spend money to get good horses. His daughters want to keep the stable going, and I'm fortunate to train for them." Bit Of A Legend's official lifetime record is as follows; Down Under - 63 starts for 20 wins, 15 seconds and 4 thirds for $810,101 North America - 45 starts for 17 wins 10 seconds and 4 thirds for $1,101,920 Total - 108 starts for 37 wins, 25 seconds and 8 thirds for $1,939,521 Bit Of A Legend Yonkers offers up the sixth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

Percy Bluechip

Patience rewarded and tested in Gold event

AUGUST 19, 2017 - Two-year-old pacers were in the harness racing spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, competing in four Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions worth a total of $390,400. The two fastest divisions were clocked in 1:51.4, one by pacing colt Declan Seelster in his first lifetime start, and the other by pacing filly Percy Bluechip in her third straight Gold win. In the first pacing colt division, Declan Seelster and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON lined up at Post 6 and landed on the rail in seventh as Jimmy Freight took the field to a :27 opening quarter. Fan favourite Shadow Moon took command on the way to the :55.3 half and continued to lead at the 1:23.3 three-quarters, while Jamieson opted to keep Declan Seelster on the rail. In the stretch a sliver of racetrack opened up on the rail and, after some manoeuvering, Jamieson was able to squeeze Declan Seelster up the inside to a head victory over a duelling Shadow Moon and Jimmy Freight. "Putting him in there tonight, I really wished I could have had a maiden start into him. I just told Jody (Jamieson) not to sacrifice him, you know, put him in a spot where if he can win he can win, but it's an awful lot to ask," said trainer Dave Menary. "That qualifier (1:55.4 on August 8) was his very first time behind the gate. We did stretch him out a little bit the last three-quarters aiming for this, but you know there's a difference when they're down to the quarter in :27 or they're down to the quarter in :33." Declan Seelster's debut was a long-awaited one for the Cambridge resident and his partners Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Tim Purkiss of Port Coquitlam, BC. Menary had been impressed with the colt early in his education, but some growing pains in the spring caused the trainer to back off with the son of Big Jim and Demi Seelster, who was a $48,000 purchase out of last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale. "February-March he was definitely my favourite colt. He just did a lot of growing and his feet were really bothering him right when baby races were getting started," recalled Menary. "I backed off and worked on his feet, and actually I sent him to a friend of mine, Brian Lee, to go on the TheraPlate and swim for two weeks. Brian did a great job and that really helped him turn the corner. "And Frank O'Toole was a very good help with the horse, and Jeff Courchesne takes care of him and does a very good job, so just everybody working together," Menary continued. "I appreciate my partners' patience, everybody was getting a little antsy because I touted the colt so much, so early, and they're watching all our other colts out there racing and winning, and I kept telling them. 'It's gonna be okay, it's gonna be okay,' and tonight their patience was rewarded." Declan Seelster The patience of trainer Dr. Ian Moore and driver Trevor Henry was tested in the evening's last Gold division as Percy Bluechip arrived at Mohawk for her third start with a newfound level of aggression. "She was a handful warming up tonight, holy smokes," said Dr. Moore. "She took off right there on the track on me, like pretty well ran away with me tonight warming up, and I turned her to go the right way thinking that might help and that was worse, so I put ear plugs in her to race, she's never had them in in her life." The ear plugs did not help Henry in the post parade as Percy Bluechip once again tried to start the race early. With some assistance Henry was able to get the filly settled and the Arthur, ON resident kept her at a walk until the starter called the fillies to the gate. Fortunately, once the gate started to roll Percy Bluechip was all business and after getting away second from Post 2, Henry sent her after the lead just after the :28 quarter and she rolled through a :56.2 half and 1:24.1 three-quarters on the way to her third Gold Series win. Kendall Seelster finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Play The Bell was another length back in third. "I think she took a lot out of herself warming up tonight, she had to, it's impossible that she didn't," said Dr. Moore. "She's a very smart filly so I'm hoping that this is a phase she's going through and that she will eventually settle down and relax a bit, but at least she was good in the race, so that's good to know." Moore shares ownership of the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, ON, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The group, who offered up $110,000 to acquire the filly from the Forest City Yearling Sale, was hoping Percy Bluechip would make her open stake debut in the Eternal Camnation at Mohawk on August 26, but Moore is tempering expectations after Saturday's fractious outing. "We're hoping to go in the Eternal Camnation next week, but it doesn't give me much time to resolve some of that situation, to get her under control," said the Puslinch resident. "Hopefully I'll have a little bit of equipment on her to settle her a bit. I don't want to T her off, but I've got to do something." Percy Bluechip The other pacing filly Gold trophy went home with Lady Grande, who went gate-to-wire from Post 6, hitting the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Delaney R and Lady Ella in 1:52.3. Jonathan Drury of Guelph engineered the win for trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON and owners Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Lloyd Stone of Portland, Jerome Voldock of Arnprior and numbered company Ontario 1085195 of Gloucester, ON. The group purchased the daughter of Big Jim and Lady Latte out of last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale for $25,000 and Lady Grande has returned $97,992 from one win, four seconds and one third in seven starts. Lady Grande Hudson Phil captured the other pacing colt division, making a successful leap up from the Grassroots Series for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The son of Shanghai Phil and Hazel, in rein to newly crowned World Driving Champion James MacDonald of Guelph, also found racing room along the rail, sprinting from fifth at the top of the stretch to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.4. Favourite Evening Play was second and Taste Of History was third. Hudson Phil The two-year-old pacing fillies and colts return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Gold Series event, the fillies on Friday, Sept. 8 and the colts on Saturday, Sept. 9. Two-year-old pacing fillies will also be featured at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, August 24 as the Campbellville oval hosts the fourth Grassroots event for the novices, with a first race post time of 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

Grand Teton

Miller combo dominates freshman pacers

Lexington KY - The Red Mile hosted the first leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacers with two divisions of both colts and fillies racing for a purse of $30,000 and Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter came to play.   The first colt division was the evening's fourth race and Grand Teton lived up to his advance billing by steamrolling the field in the stretch for the Takter - Brett Miller combo to win going away in 1:52.4. Away mid-pack, Miller followed up third over with the 1-9 favorite as You Said It took the field into the final bend where Trajectory loomed up to challenge as they passed the three quarters in 1:25.4. When shown racetrack, Grand Teton found a faster gear and was by the field in a blink. Gone Again (Tyler Smith) rallied for second and Whos Better (Don Harmon) was a good third. The winner is a Diamond Creek homebred by first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance from their prolific producer Western Montana.   Fillies came up next in the fifth and Santa Rosa converted a ground saving trip by Brett Miller (his third consecutive win), closing up the inside for the win in 1:52.4. Post time favorite Let's Fall In Love set the fractions with token pressure from the parked out Angelou past a 56 half and 1:25.1 three panels before giving way to the closing wave. Fine Art (Tyler Smith) followed in second and Tipp City Hugh Beatty) rallied for third. Santa Rosa is a Brittany Farms homebred on both sides by Western Ideal from Art's Vintage and was winning for the first time in her fourth try. She is also a product of the Takter barn.   Brett Miller made it four and Takter three consecutive wins with heavy favorite Decoy lasting over the furious late rally of Key Advisor (Joe Bongiorno) in 1:52.4. Miller settled Decoy in fourth early as Key Advisor left to the top from post 7 then brushed the colt up to take over as they passed the half in 55.4. A 29.4 third quarter breather under token pressure was just what Decoy needed as he opened up three quick lengths off the turn and held safe to the wire. Tiffany Marie (Dan Shetler) was third. The winner is a son of top sire Somebeachsomewhere and was a $110,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase by Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joe Sbrocco.   Band Stand was a 1:51.4 winner in the final of the evening's stakes for driver Joe Bongiorno who was making his first foray to the Bluegrass. Joe pulled the filly first over against Dance Blue who took over going to the half in an attempt to complete the KYSS sweep for the Takter/Miller duo and Band Stand gradually ground that rival into submission through a testing 1:23.2 three quarters. Moving to a clear lead in the stretch Band Stand held safe right to the wire for the speedy record. Shakewhatmamagaveu (Tharps) was second just holding off the close of Pure Paradise and Tyler Smith. The winner is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Brad Grant who gave $40,000 for the A Rocknroll Dance filly in Lexington last fall.   Band Stand     Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds.   Nick Salvi  

Our Little General

Barrier draws for Breeders Crown Finals

The 2017 TAB Breeders Crown barrier draws have been completed in front of a big harness racing crowd at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo. This weekend's Super Sunday will see eight Group 1 finals at Tabcorp Park Melton as the Race to Royalty draws to an electric finale. $190.000 IRT Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo colts & geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - The More Than Better NZ by Bettor's Delight from an In The Pocket mare - Luke McCarthy 2 - Solid As A Rock by Rocknroll Hanover from a Life Sign mare - John Caldow 3 - Our Little General by Mach Three from a Western Terror mare - Chris Alford 4 - Alabrock by Rocknroll Hanover from an Albert Albert mare - Christopher Shinn - Em 1 5 - Mista Lombo by Somebeachsomewhere from a Blissfull Hall mare - Emmett Brosnan 6 - Big Mach NZ by Mach Three from an Elsu mare - Nathan Jack 7 - Cruz NZ by American Ideal from a Dare You To mare - Gavin Lang ...........................................Second Row................................................ 8 - Stars Align by Art Major from a Albert Albert mare - Anthony Butt 9 - Wrappers Delight by Bettor's Delight from a Christen Cullen mare - Greg Sugars 10 - Motu Meteor NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Falcon Seelster mare - Kerryn Manning 11 - King Solomon NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Badlands Hanover mare - Anthony Butt 12 - Jilliby Kung Fu by Four Starzzz Shark from a Perfect Art mare - Glen Craven 13 - Rock Diamonds NZ by Rocknroll Hanover from a Bettor's Delight mare - Luke McCarthy   $190.000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Shezallapples by Sportswriter from a Fake Left mare - Jim Douglass 2 - Gilty Hanover by Rocknroll Hanover from a Courage Under Fire mare - Zac Phillips 3 - Petacular by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Ideal mare - Michael Stanley 4 - My Casino Belle NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Christian Cullen mare - Brad Hewitt 5 - Better Be Chevron NZ by Bettor's Delight from a In The Pocket mare - Luke McCarthy 6 - Perfect Look by Art Major from a Live Or Die mare - Sidney Van Den Brande 7 - Miss Graceland by Rocknroll Hanover from a Fake Left mare - Chris Alford ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - El Jays Mystery by Live Or Die from a Perfect Art mare - Anthony Butt 9 - Partyon NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Beach Towel mare - Luke McCarthy 10 - Lincolns Superstar NZ by Mach Three from a Beach Towel mare - Ashlee Grives Em 1  11 - Six Elements - by Art Major from a Classic Garry mare - David Miles 12 - Be Not Afraid by Courage Under Fire from a Lucky Camilla mare - Rodney Petroff 13 - Soho Angel by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - Michael Stanley   $285,000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo colts & geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - King Of Swing NZ by Rocknroll Hanover from a Artsplace mare - David Butcher 2 - Kasbah Kid by Art Major from a Western Terror mare - Greg Sugars 3 - Forte Courage by Courage Under Fire from a Aces N Sevens mare - Glen Craven 4 - Tam Major by Art Major from a Camluck mare - Rodney Petroff 5 - Braeview Bondi by Somebeachsomewhere from a Badlands Hanover mare - Josh Duggan 6 - Colt Thirty One by Mach Three from a Perfect Art mare - Grant Dixon 7 - Beltane by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - John Caldow ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Joe Nien by Shadow Play from a Art Major mare - Greg Sugars 9 - Poster Boy by Somebeachsomewhere from a Artsplace mare - Chris Alford 10 - Sicario by Somebeachsomewhere from a Bettor's Delight mare - Luke McCarthy 11 - Mister Moonlite NZ by Art Major from a Christian Cullen mare - Anthony Butt 12 - Seeuinnashville by Mach Three from Fake Left mare - Nathan Jack 13 - Tin Roof Raider by Mach Three from a Life Sign mare - Michael Bellman  Em 1   $285,000 Always B Miki Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Passions Delight by Bettor's Delight from a Modern Art mare - Gavin Lang 2 - Our Bettor Joy NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Road Machine mare - Gavin Lang 3 - Our Angel of Harlem NZ by Mach Three from a Bettor's Delight mare - Anthony Butt 4 - Red Charmer by Mr Feelgood from a Fake Left mare - Grant Dixon 5 - Amelias Courage by Courage Under Fire from a Art Major mare - Kerryn Manning 6 - Hows The Memory by Mach Three from a Troublemaker mare - Bill Trembath 7 - Angel Of Arts by Art Major from a Artiscape mare - Josh Aiken ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Goodtime Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven from a Village Jasper mare - Glen Craven 9 - Captured Delight by Bettor's Delight from a Million To One mare - Chris Voak Em 1 10 - My Sweetchilliphilly NZ by Betterthancheddar from a In The Pocket mare - Chris Geary 11 - Molly Kelly by Four Starzzz Shark from a Albert Albert mare - Chris Alford 12 - Nostra Beach by Somebeachsomewhere from a Fake Left mare - Mark Pitt 13 - Nostra Villa by Art Major from a Sands A Flyin mare - Chris Alford   $65,000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo Trotting Colts & Geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - Our Fast Forward by Skyvalley from a Dream Vacation mare - Chris Alford 2 - The Male Model NZ by Muscle Mass from a Sundon mare - Anthony Butt 3 - The Spanyen by Blissfull Hall from a Yentls Image mare - Jullian Attard Em 1 4 - Aldebaran Prince by Angus Hall from a Muscles Yankee mare - Lisa Miles 5 - Kheiron by Majestic Son from a Great Success mare - Chris Alford 6 - Clarkes Hill by Metropolitan from a Chiola Hanover mare - Chris Svanosio 7 - War Spirit NZ by Monarchy from a Gee Whiz 11 mare - Kath Gath ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Claudys Prince by Bacardi Lindy from a Wind Cries Maori mare 9 - Empire Bay by The Prez from a Monarchy mare - Greg Sugars 10 - Truscott Hall by Angus Hall from a SJ's Photo mare - Brad Angove ODM 11 - Mano De Dios by Great Success from a Keystone Salute mare - Anthony Butt ODM 12 - Hammers Law by Lawman from a Safely Kept mare - Gavin Lang ODM 13 - Jilliby Babavska by Sundon from a Continentalman mare ODM   $65,000 Yabby Dam Racing Breeders Crown Series  (3yo Trotting Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Hotjane Bling by Eilean Donon from a Muscles Yankee mare - Josh Aiken  2 - Chevron Express NZ by Muscle Mass from a Sundon mare - Anthony Butt 3 - Four Walls by Armbro Variable from a Ganymede mare - Matthew Craven 4 - Iona Spider by Yankee Spider from a Our Sir Vancelot mare - Chris Alford 5 - Dance Craze by Muscle Hill from a Safely Kept mare - Nathan Jack 6 - Breezin Around by Skyvalley from a Windsong's Legacy mare - Greg Sugars 7 - Hiding My Heart Fin by Like A Prayer from a Super Punk mare ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Une Belle Allure by Angus Hall from a Onyx Du Goutier mare - Zac Phillips 9 - Andyou by Majestic Son from a SJ's Photo mare - Kerryn Manning 10 - Skyeski by Angus Hall from a Wagon Appolo mare - Rodney Petroff 11 - Kinvara Sue by Yankee Spider from a Pegasus Spur mare - Jason Lee 12 - Downtown Miss by Majestic Son from a SJ's Photo mare - Ellen Tomey - ODM Em 1 13 - Bigonluck by Muscle Mass from a Malabar Maple mare - Alex Ashwood - ODM   $90,000 Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo Trotting Colts & Geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - Kyvalley Frank by Majestic Son from a Sundon mare - Anthony Butt 2 - Wobelee by Down Under Muscles from a Sundon mare - Chris Alford 3 - Smashthemcalder by Lucky Chucky from a Balanced Image mare - Anthony Butt 4 - One Muscle Hill NZ by Muscle Hill from a Earl mare - Gavin Lang 5 - Majestic Eyes by Majestic Son from a Maori's Idol mare - Ginger Gleeson 6 - Maziah by Bettor's Delight from a Our Sir Vancelot mare - John Caldow 7 - La Grange by Muscle Hill from a Safely Kept mare - Zac Phillips ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - More Shades Of Gold NZ by Majestic Son from a Evander's Gold mare - Nathan Jack 9 - Whizzbang Dan by Danny Bouchea from a Classic Adam mare - Christopher Shinn 10 - Imperial Whiz NZ by Imperial Count from a Gee Whiz 11 mare - Jim O'Sullivan 11 - Runaway Success by Great Success from a Ok Bye mare - Greg Sugars 12 - Bebubbalouie by Louey Louey Louey from a Keystone Salute mare -  Brett Shipway - ODM 13 - Tomahawk Phoenix by Angus Hall from a Sundon mare - Josh Aiken - ODM Em 1   $90,000 Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo Trotting Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Our Renezmae NZ by The Prez from a Lindy Lane mare - Anthony Butt 2 - Miss Kaikoura NZ by Majestic Son from a Dream Vacation mare - Alex Ashwood 3 - Princessa Ruth by Down Under Muscles from a Wagon Apollo mare - Josh Aiken 4 - Moonshine Linda by Majestic Son from a Sundon mare - Nathan Jack 5 - Louieville Lass by Louey Louey Louey from a Earl mare - Brett Shipway 6 - Moresuccess by Great Success from a Wagon Apollo mare - Greg Sugars 7 - Amour De Frere NZ by Love You from a Sundon mare - Zac Phillips ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Meadow Valley Sky by Skyvalley from a Wagon Apollo mare - Josh Duggan 9 - Hades Sky by Skyvalley from a The Wrath Of Pan mare - Tony Xiriha 10 - Fairytale Hall by Angus Hall from a CR Commando mare - Nathan Jack 11 - Aleppo Jewel by Angus Hall from a Safely Kept mare - Kerryn Manning 12 - Di Li by Louey Louey Louey from a Dr Ronerail mare -  Brett Shipway  Em 1 13 - Allthemoves by Muscles Yankee from a Sundon mare - Chris Alford Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Charlottetown, PEI -- On Saturday, August 19, the International Media Award winners were announced at the 25th edition of the harness racing World Trotting Conference, hosted in Charlottetown, PEI. Winners in eight categories were awarded at the closing ceremonies. Here is a complete list: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY France 'Waterworks', photographed by Jean Luc Lamaere BEST NEWS ARTICLE Australia 'Desperate attempt to save promising pacer', written by Paul Courts BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE Sweden 'The man from Finnskogen', written by Even Elvenes BEST VIDEO OR FILM (ONLINE INCLUDED) AD France Prix D'Amerique, produced by Le Trot TV BEST TELEVISION PROGRAM OR DOCUMENTARY Sweden The Ultimate Triumph, Produced by Kanal 75 AB; Producer: Lissi Gustafsson BEST POSTER Canada San Pail, Produced by Standardbred Canada. Art Director: Kathy Wade Vlaar. Graphic Designer: Andrea Bertucci BEST WEBSITE Sweden Travronden.se; Chief Editor: Joakim Svensson BEST SOCIAL MEDIA Australia - Scott Hamilton Media    

The 2017 World Trotting Conference concluded with its official closing ceremony on Saturday, August 19, at the Delta Prince Edward, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The torch was passed from Canada to Sweden, where the Conference will be hosted in 2019. Standardbred Canada president and CEO, Dan Gall addressed the international delegates and observers. "We have identified through the committee work a distinct message of committing to be open, and a commitment to work together better than we have in the past," said Gall. "I have heard the need to be action-based and results-oriented as a priority for the International Trotting Association. We are working as a united front in the best interests of our sport, and the interests around the world are very similar. As champions and leaders of our sport, it's incumbent on us to take our sport forward in the future. "We must ask the customer how they want us to move forward. We need to listen to our customers, at our racetracks, in our paddocks and of course, our fans. By listening to them, our job is relatively easy." Prior to closing the conference, Gall thanked the efforts of delegates, management, staff, volunteers, and the province of Prince Edward Island. "Kent Oakes and his team at Red Shores have done a fantastic job," said Gall. "I can't believe the number of people that have told me how great it was to have hosted this event in Prince Edward Island. There is a great link between harness racing and the province of PEI. It is a model for all of us to aspire towards." International Trotting Association committees also presented their reports and recommendations during the ceremonies. Edward Rennell, of New Zealand (Constitution committee), discussed membership categories, the classification of countries participating at conferences, and early planning for future WTC and WDC sites. T.C. Lane, of the United States (Breeding committee), said that his committee looked at issues including data sharing; microchipping; moving toward wider use of electronic export certificates; and genomic research in Standardbreds. Ken Spicer, of New Zealand (Health and welfare committee), spoke about uniformity in penalty enforcement across ITA countries; sharing of international equine health and welfare statistics; and recognizing the whip as a welfare, rather than a performance, issue in the sport. Geoff Want, from Australia (Racing and wagering committee), said his committee focused on international growth of wagering markets for harness racing; addressing illegal wagering; and ensuring good relationships with government, including maintaining and providing appropriate data about the industry's value. Mike Tanner, of the United States (Marketing and business development committee), reported on his committee's discussion of quantifying worldwide impact; strengthening international communication, including social media; and comparative evaluation of horses and drivers worldwide. Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Canada's manager of industry marketing, shared her final assessments of the 2017 World Driving Championship. "With three plane trips and multiple bus trips, aside from putting on a great show, the drivers were great ambassadors for their countries and for harness racing," said Wade Vlaar. Next, the ITA's International Media Award winners were announced, with national representatives present accepting on behalf of their countries' top journalists, photographers, broadcasters, and new media. Canada formally handed over the World Trotting Conference and World Driving Championship to Sweden, the host of both events in two years. "It was great to be in Charlottetown for the World Trotting Conference," said Johan Lindberg, the Secretary General of Svensk Travsport (Swedish Trotting Association). "Old Home Week will be something I will always remember. In less than two years, we will go to Sweden. Like with the Gold Cup & Saucer, the event will coincide with the Elitloppet - one of the biggest events in our country." Sweden had generously deferred hosting the 2017 editions, in order to permit Canada to do so during the 250th anniversary of its first-ever horse race and "Canada 150" celebrations recognizing a century-and-a-half of existence as a nation.   Darryl Kaplan Manager, Industry Communications and Business Development Standardbred Canada Editor, Trot Magazine

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing trainer Maxime Velaye says he is on "Cloud 9" that his horse, Sports Authority, is in the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete race at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The energetic young trainer, who two years ago won his first training title at H3R, has really come of age with his stable and despite his horse being the long shot in the race, is happy just to be in it. "He is feeling great," Velaye said of Sports Authority. "I was very pleased he went a fast mile last week (winning at Rideau Carlton from start to finish in 1:52.4), so he will not be surprised on Sunday following a fast pace." A gelded son of Sportswriter from the Good New Scooter mare, Alcyon Semalu, a 100% producer from six foals, Sports Authority is a half-brother to the $436,000 winner, Style Semalu (p, 5, 1:51). Sports Authority is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and will start from post seven in the 14th race feature. "I am hoping he will do really well on Sunday." Velaye said. "He has shown the speed in the past. I just need him to do it for four quarter miles and I think he can do it. "I'm really on Cloud 9 right now," Velaye smiled. "It is an honor for me to compete against the best four-year-old's in the business. You always dream about being in a big race like the Prix D'Ete, but now it is no longer a dream but reality. I am proud to represent Trois-Rivieres because we are the local stable." It is a tall order that Velaye and Sports Authority are hoping to do well in the Prix D'Ete. The 2-1 race favorite, Sintra, comes to H3R with seven wins in ten starts and a record of 1:47.2 taken July 1. Just two weeks ago in his last start he won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. Other contenders include Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse ever in Canada with a record of 1:46.4, Awesomeness, who just won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:50 and then there is the local hometown favorite, Sports Authority, who drew outside in post seven for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. "I am hoping for a "wicked" first half mile," Velaye said as he gave his thoughts on how the race should go. "I'm guessing the #8 horse, Dr J Hanover, is not going to back off from such an outside post and he has shown good early speed in the past. "So, there is a good chance some of the inside horses will leave hard too," Velaye explained. "And if my horse can stay inside and save some ground, he can grab a piece of the pie in the stretch. Plus, I almost forgot, we will most certainly need a lot of luck too! "I remember Dan Dube had Duc D'Orleans in the Prix D'Ete in 2014 and he was the local favorite and long odds and Dan gave him a perfect drive that day and they finished second," Velaye recalled. "Maybe my horse can have the same kind of trip. I am confident that Pierre-Luc will give him the perfect drive." Velaye said he was too young to remember the glory days of the Prix D'Ete back at Blue Bonnet Raceway, "but I have seen many photos of the great horses that have won the race and the huge crowds that would come out to the races back then," Velaye said. "I am hoping that the race fans from all around Quebec and especially Trois-Rivieres," Velaye said. "will come out this Sunday and be cheering loud for us. We can most certainly use that energy to help us score an upset. Just like it would happen in the movies, anything can happen." Track Notes: None of the eight drivers in the big race have ever won the Prix D'Ete before. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight Prix D'Ete victory and Jimmy Takter won it in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. The special 15-race program starts at 2:30 pm. Also on the card are four divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with two colt and two filly divisions. Harness racing Hall of Famer, Michel "Mike" Lachance, is the Grand Marshal for this year's Prix D'Ete. He won the Prix D'Ete back to back with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989. Driver James MacDonald, fresh off capturing the World Driving Championship Friday night, will be at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, driving Awesomeness in the Prix D'Ete. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

VERNON, NY-- Sitting off a contested front, Yes Mickey snuck up the pylons to edge past harness racing 6-5 favorite Ariana G and upset at 34-1 in the $320,000 Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial on Friday, August 18 at Vernon Downs. Long Tom grabbed the front from Yes Mickey before a :26.4 first quarter. Ariana G, sitting third, edged outside and brushed to the lead off a :55.1 half. Devious Man, behind International Moni stalled first over, loomed wide and trotted towards Ariana G's wheel, pressuring the leader through a 1:23.3 third-quarter while Long Tom drifted off the rail, giving room to Yes Mickey. Yes Mickey gradually approached the leader up the inside, getting his nose in front within the final sixteenth and edging away to win by a neck over Ariana G in a lifetime-best effort of 1:51.4. Devious Man finished third and International Moni finished fourth. A three-year-old gelding by Muscle Hill from the Pine Chip mare My Favorite Chip, Yes Mickey won his second race in ten starts, earning $223,087 for owner Mellby Gard Inc. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he paid $71.00 to win. "He's a very nice trotter, but it has been hard for him to win races -- he always finishes second -- but today was the right race to win," Svanstedt said. "He was very good the whole race and when I [got] free on the inside, he did it easy." Yes Mickey Svanstedt completed a sweep of the Zweig finals when Evelyn shook loose off a pocket trip to win the $135,000 Filly Final in 1:54.1. Sitting behind a tempo of :27, :57, and 1:25.4 set by Feed Your Head and pressure from Sunshine Delight parked first-over, Evelyn managed to weave through the dueling leaders midway through the stretch to win by a length over Sunshine Delight, with Feed Your Head faltering to third and Glitzey Gal recovering from an early break to take fourth. Racing for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Borje Nasstrom, and Silva Stable 45, Evelyn won her fourth race in 20 starts, pushing her career earnings to $192,166. Driven by Andy Miller, she paid $16.00 to win. "I felt really good except I was a little claustrophobic looking for a little room," Andy Miller said. "She felt really good, I was just kind of waiting, biding my time to get a little room there, and when she got room, she took off." Evelyn New York-sired freshmen colt pacers competed on the undercard of the Zweig Memorial, competing in three $37,266 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) divisions as well as two splits of the Excelsior A and B Series. Lagging off a hot pace set by Courtly Choice, Hitman Hill struck around the far turn, brushing to a two-length lead over Keystone Tenacious and Topville Olympian rallying late in a 1:50.4 mile in the first NYSS division. Owned by Tom Hill and North Fork Racing Stable, trained by Chris Oakes, and driven by Brett Miller, he paid $12.80 to win. Casual Cool took the second NYSS split after taking the lead before the half, winning in 1:52.2 over Paprike Blue Chip and I Soar Him First. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Jason Bartlett, he paid $6.70 to win. Mr Profeta snagged the final NYSS division, sitting off a slow pace set by odds-on favorite Jimtastic and rallying to a 1:54 score over American Vision and My Delight. Owned by Anatolia Farm LLC, trained by Roland Mallar, and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $14.00. Rockapelo, by Rock N Roll Heaven from the Camluck mare Capelo Rose, won his division of the Excelsior A Series going wire to wire in 1:53.1, while Prophet Blue Chip, a gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Artsplace mare Weeping Wannabe, won off a pocket ride in 1:55.3 Rockapelo, owned by Enviro Stables LTD, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Jason Bartlett, paid $5.80 to win. Prophet Blue Chip, competing for trainer David Dziengiel with partners Robert Sholes and Edward Davis, was driven by Andy Miller and paid $16.80 to win. Brinks Job, by Roll With Joe from the American Ideal mare Exclamation, and Buckeys Brat, by Quick Pulse Mindale out of the Real Artist mare Artists Jewels, won their Excelsior B divisions going wire to wire, doing so in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Brinks Job, paying $3.60, races for owner Rick Berks, is trained Michael Deters, and was driven by Brett Miller. Buckeys Brat, returning $6.20, is owned by trainer Lawrence La Page and was driven by Jason Bartlett. Live racing at Vernon Downs resumes Saturday, August 19 with a 13-race program that kicks off at 6:45pmET. By Ray Cotolo, for Vernon Downs        

Charlottetown, PEI -- Canadian harness racing driver James MacDonald of Guelph, Ont. clinched the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC), and its $25,000 top prize Friday evening (August 18) at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, Prince Edward Island. In a night to remember, a capacity crowd witnessed the hometown triumph of MacDonald, the first-ever Canadian to claim the international title on home turf. MacDonald entered the fifth and final day of competition with a 26-point lead over Finland's Mika Forss. Without a win in the first three races to clinch the overall points lead, MacDonald sealed his claim to the WDC title in the night's final of four races by earning four points for an eighth-place finish with Instant Shadow. The Canadian reinsman amassed a total of 211 WDC tournament points, ultimately besting overall runner-up Forss, who completed his drives with an accumulated 193 points for second. Marcus Miller, from the United States, tallied 181.5 points to round out the top three WDC drivers.      The 31-year-old Prince Edward Island native returned to his home province as the only one of the 11 WDC contestants to have won at least one race at each track leading up to the final leg of the tournament. MacDonald won two of five heats at Century Downs in Alberta on Saturday (August 12), teaming up with Lucky Lucka and Barossa Blue Genes, before prevailing with Mystery Bet on Monday (August 14) at his current home base of Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He went on to double up again at Georgian Downs on Tuesday (August 15), reaching the winner's enclosure with Shemars Lulu and Walk The Plank, before earning his sixth WDC win at Québec's Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday (August 16) aboard Federal Strike.   Hosted by Standardbred Canada, the World Driving Championship is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference. The 2017 editions of the events coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.  MacDonald is now the fourth Canadian driver to win the World Driving Championship, the first to do so on Canadian soil. Hervé Filion won the inaugural edition in 1970; his nephew Sylvain Filion won in 1999; and Jody Jamieson won the 2001 and 2011 editions of the WDC. 2017 World Driving Championship Leaderboard (final) Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. James MacDonald (Canada) - 211 2. Mika Forss (Finland) - 193 3. Marcus Miller (United States) - 181.5 4. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 166 5. Björn Goop (Sweden) - 152 6. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 148 7. Eirik Høitomt (Norway) - 136 8. Shane Graham (Australia) - 135 8. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 135 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 124.5 11. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 107   A more detailed release will follow.   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2017 -- Perhaps Fear The Dragon heard through the grapevine that Huntsville was poised to avenge his defeat by 'Dragon' in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Perhaps he was still miffed by his tough loss last week to his harness racing stablemate, Downbytheseaside, in the Carl Milstein. Or perhaps he's just that good. Harness racing's top-rated horse made a strong case for that theory Friday at The Meadows when he put away Huntsville at the top of the stretch and scored in 1:50 in The Tarport Effrat, a $140,828 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A "wild" and spent Huntsville faded to fifth, beaten 3 lengths. The stirring Adios duel between Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, at the time the sport's No. 1- and No. 2-ranked horses, produced one of the most memorable renewals in the 51-year history of the classic. The rematch was much anticipated, with some giving the edge to Huntsville, who'd enjoyed a week off following his victory in the Cane Pace. But Huntsville was overanxious and sped through fractions of 26/54.3, resisting Tim Tetrick's efforts to rate him. "He was really wild today," Tetrick said. "I was trying to rate him, and he had different plans. I guess all those fast halves finally caught up to him." Fear The Dragon, meanwhile, was following the so-so first-over cover of long shot Some Attitude, making David Miller wonder if his cover would take him where he wanted to go. "It would have been nicer if he'd taken me a little further," Miller said. "But my horse overcame it. I flipped him three deep into the last turn, and he took off really strong." The son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon blew by the faltering Huntsville and defeated Perfectly Close by 1-1/2 lengths, with Blood Line third. "He raced great today," said winning trainer Brian Brown of Emerald Highlands Farm's homebred, who now boasts $1,263,201 in career earnings. "You saw him struggling past the quarter, but that's because Timmy was going so much. I think the horse is getting smarter, and he only does what he has to do." Fear The Dragon Both Fear The Dragon and Huntsville will race next in the PASS championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Ray Schnittker, Huntsville's trainer and co-owner, indicated the break would allow him to review his colt's rigging. "He looked like he was out of control," Schnittker said. "We'll change his rigging a little bit and see what happens. We have some time to play with it." In the other Tarport Effrat division, Filibuster Hanover served notice that he could be a force in late-season stakes when he roared to an off-the-pace victory in 1:50, 2 lengths better than Boogie Shuffle, with Q's Cruise third. The time was a lifetime best and fastest this year by a sophomore gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Filibuster Hanover signaled that he might be sitting on a big performance when he closed from 12th to fourth in the Cane Pace. "He got away last in that big Cane field and closed so well," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "He was awesome today. He did it so easy I never even pulled the plugs. If he can build on his last two starts, he could be one of the big players." Ron Burke trains Filibuster Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy who extended his career bankroll to $291,040, for Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala, Jr., J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Filibuster Hanover $60,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In Friday's co-feature, Donttellmeagain remained undefeated in seven stallion series starts over two seasons when he triumphed in 1:50.4, a tick off the stake mark. Hypothetical and Braley Hanover took the other splits. Tetrick enjoyed a stake double behind Donttellmeagain and Hypothetical. At 2, Donttellmeagain swept the four preliminary legs but missed the final due to illness. He skipped one leg this year but won the other three. On Friday, he moved to the front past the quarter pole and downed Jo Pa's Somebeach by 1-1/2 lengths while Mike's Z Tam earned show. The Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding extended his lifetime earnings to $189,960 with the win, which came after a month's layoff. "There was no place to race him," said Jim King, who trains the winner for Paton Racing Stables. "He's won too many races so he doesn't fit anything. So I would have had to race him with horses he's probably not competitive with." Donttellmeagain Hypothetical, who added a Cornell collar for the race, moved powerfully first over and won handily in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Southwind Yukon was 1-3/4 lengths back in second while Harry Terror earned show. Tetrick isn't sure the new equipment played a significant role. "I know he's had some times where he breathed differently, but he did pace in 1:49 with me earlier this year," Tetrick said. "He just wore them down pretty good. He has some speed, and he's a big, strong colt who can carry it pretty good." Braley Hanover tracked down the 2-5 Highalator and edged him by a nose in 1:53.4 for Miller and trainer Chris Ryder, who owns the Western Ideal-Brissonte Hanover gelding with Craig Henderson, Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. Cinnabar Dragon was third. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each with a $40,000 purse, on Sept. 2. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $100,000 stallion series stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

AUGUST 18, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the two-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Friday evening and the harness racing novices put on an impressive show in a trio of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions. The fillies jump started the evening and Apprentice M's effort had trainer Jonas Czernyson's heart beating a little quicker than normal as she toured the Mohawk oval on the front end. Starting from Post 5, Apprentice M was sitting fourth when Sorceress Seelster reached the opening quarter in :28.3, but driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON soon moved the fan favourite to the front and Apprentice M sailed through fractions of :59 and 1:28 on her way to a three-quarter length win in 1:57.2 Sorceress Seelster finished second and Miss Mimi was third. "I was hoping for a come from behind trip with her and not being in the lead, but she did it and she got the job done from there, so I'm very happy with that," said Czernyson, adding that his concern about her early move to the front was rooted in an equipment change made after her August 4 runner-up effort at The Meadowlands. "A green horse and the first time open bridle too, so it was a little like 'I don't know if this is going to work', but she got it done." The win was Apprentice M's first after a pair of runner-up finishes, the other coming in the July 25 Gold Leg at Mohawk. A Kadabra half-sister to $1.3 million winner Charmed Life, Apprentice M was an $85,000 yearling acquisition at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale by Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY and Czernyson had high expectations for her early in the training process. "She's done everything right from Day 1, pretty much, so I've been very pleased with her," said the New Jersey-based trainer. "She's kind of a nice going filly and pretty easy to get along with." Apprentice M The winner of the second $94,800 trotting filly division is also pretty easy to get along with, and just over an hour after her third straight Gold Series win Kadabra Queen was gobbling down her dinner and heading back outside to her paddock. "We're sitting here waiting for her to eat her dinner so I can turn her back out with her girlfriend and she'll go and spend the night outside tonight," said trainer Chad Milner. "She lived outside all winter, no blanket, the whole nine yards. I think she's maybe spent five nights in the barn this year." The natural life clearly suits the Kadabra daughter, who has not been worse than third in six starts through her freshman campaign. On Friday she and driver Scott Coulter of Brantford, ON went gate-to-wire from Post 4, rolling through fractions of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:27.2 on the way to a one length victory in a personal best 1:57.1. Northern Lightning and favourite Smoke And Mirrors finished second and third. "We're very happy with her, first time on the front end, wire-to-wire, real happy," said Milner, adding that he had considered making his own equipment change after the filly made a brief bobble at the start of an overnight event at Mohawk on August 4 that resulted in a third-place finish. "I was too scared to change anything," Milner admitted with a laugh. "I tried all week and I warmed her up in the (ear) plugs and she was fine, but I was like, you know what she's already won two Golds without them, I'm just going to leave them out." Owned by breeder Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville and Frank Monte of Markham, Kadabra Queen boosted her earnings to $150,900 with the win and stretched her lead out to 50 points in the two-year-old trotting filly division standings. Kadabra Queen In the $124,200 trotting colt Gold division, Perfetto got a steady steer from Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, who sat mid-pack with the fan favourite for much of the race, waiting until the stretch to ask the novice trotter for a second gear. Perfetto responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled him to a two and three-quarter length victory over Winning American in 1:57.3. Union Jack was well behind the leaders in third. "I think he's going to be a really nice colt. He's very green and he's a little goofy, as we saw last week when he kind of made a break," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "He's just a little unsettled yet, but Trevor did a fantastic job driving him, and kept him really quiet. You know, the main thing was just to get him round in one piece and try and teach him something, and he did that and got paid for doing it, so it worked out really good." Friday's outing was just Perfetto's second lifetime, he finished third in the August 1 Gold Leg at Mohawk, recovering from a bobble going to the half. The Majestic Son gelding, who was a $32,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, is owned by Norman's Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, NJ and his partners David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Joe Hansford of Foothill, AB. Perfetto The two-year-old trotting fillies and trotting colts will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Gold Series starts on Sept. 25 and 26 after a series of open stake events, starting with the Champlain Stakes on August 31 and Sept. 1. On Saturday the Campbellville oval will host the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies as they battle in their third Gold Series event. The pacing fillies will compete in Races 2 and 8, while the colts duel in Races 5 and 7. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Arguably Australasia’s three best pacers have nominated for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, with connections of Lazarus, Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark this week nominating for the $1.8M harness racing series. Trained by the champion New Zealand combination of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Lazarus was crowned Grand Circuit champion last season winning 12 races including the NZ and Victoria Cups. As reigning Grand Circuit Champion and with the retirement of 2016 winner Smolda, Lazarus will be ranked number one when rankings are released by RWWA’s Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart. The Purdon/Rasmussen stable have also nominated former boom pacer Have Faith In Me. Hectorjayjay, who won the last Grand Circuit race of the season in the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park in July, was favourite throughout the 2016 series, convincingly winning three heats before running second in the Grand Final to the Mark Purdon trained and driven Smolda. Lennytheshark dominated the 2015 Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, before being withdrawn on the eve of the 2016 Inter Dominion Grand Final. Interestingly, Lazarus is part-owned by the owners of the two previous Inter Dominion winners, in Phillip and Glenys Kennard (Smolda) and Kevin Riseley (Lennytheshark). From the locals, Kim Prentice has nominated the Retravision Golden Nugget and 4YO Vicbred Final Winner, Soho Tribeca as well as highly talented, but injury plagued The Odd Lover. Nominations for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion close with the offices of Racing and Wagering Western Australia by 4pm (WST) Friday, 8 September 2017. Conditions and nomination forms can be downloaded at www.perthinterdominion.com.au. The TABtouch Inter Dominion will commence with the first set of heats on Friday 24 November, before travelling to Bunbury for the second set of heats on Tuesday 28 November. The third set of heats returns to Gloucester Park on Friday 1 December and the $1.1M Grand Final will conducted on Friday 8 December. For further information regarding the series visit www.perthinterdominion.com.au. by Gloucester Park

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 79th Annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our harness racing website, www.theblackbook.com. Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 8, featuring 876 fabulous yearlings - 425 by Pennsylvania sires, 213 by New York sires, 178 by Ontario sires, 28 by New Jersey sires, 21 by Ohio sires, and 11 by Indiana sires. Yearlings by first year sires including Captaintreacherous (45), Sweet Lou (33), Trixton (20), Sunshine Beach (15), Royalty For Life (12), Father Patrick (8), Uncle Peter (3), Western Vintage (3), Heston Blue Chip (2), E L Titan (2), and Detour Hanover (2). Printed catalogs will be mailed September 15. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. Paul Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

YONKERS, N.Y. - Multiple stakes-winner Missile J returns to harness racing at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night after a brief freshening. Trainer Scott Di Domenico, who purchased Missile J out of the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale with owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, entered the pacer back in the $35,000 sub-featured 4-Year-Old Open Handicap. Off the 83-day layoff, but still with $76,380 on his card, the restricted pace is the ideal spot to bring the 15-time winner and $498,482 earner back. “This class is the race we bought him for in January. This is what our hope for him was when we bought him,” Di Domenico said. “Obviously, I don’t think anybody thought that it was going to go the way that it did with him getting on that kind of roll and competing at the level he did with the horses he was racing against. Fortunately it did. That was a great thrill for everybody involved.” After buying Missile J for $115,000, the son of American Ideal won his first four races for his new connections. He climbed the class ladder in each start and won the Open Pace at Dover Downs in a lifetime best 1:49.1 to cap his grand slam. Missile J then won three straight preliminary legs of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers. He paced 1:51.3 in two of those triumphs and posted two sub :27 final quarters on the half-mile track. Missile J’s last win came April 1 at Yonkers. Since then, he finished third in the Levy Final as the race’s even-money favorite, third in the Graduate Final, fourth in an Open Handicap Pace, and seventh in the Stafford Invitational at Harrah’s. His connections came together and decided to give the gelding some well-earned time off. “Racing that caliber of horses, going 1:51, :26 three weeks in a row at Yonkers, that’s very hard to hold up to. Five or six weeks in a row of that Levy series against that competition, they throw a lot of heat on you every week and it’s taxing,” Di Domenico said. “I’m not making any excuses on why he didn’t win the final or the next race or anything else. I just think it was a combination of getting raced fairly hard through the winter and raced at a very high level in the Levy. I just think he needed a break.” Di Domenico came to McGill and Carsey with his decision and they agreed. Despite having to bypass several Grand Circuit events, Missile J’s owners opted to be patient and let their star pacer recuperate from the winter and spring campaign. “When we sat down and talked about giving him a little break, they were very good about it. You always want to do good for people like that. They give me a lot of options to make decisions, which I enjoy and we work well together,” Di Domenico said. “They believe in the horse and they believe in the trainer’s decision to sit a horse of his caliber out. He was eligible to some Grand Circuit races for a lot of money. They knew he was out in the field and they watched those races from the sidelines and never said a word or complained about it ever. I’m appreciative of them for believing in my decision to give the horse a little break and I think he’ll repay them for it, I really do. “Horses don’t do what he did,” he continued. “He came home in some tough spots and mowed them down and I think he’s got a lot of future ahead of him.” After about 35 days off at New Jersey Equine, Missile J returned to Di Domenico’s barn in great shape. He had put on some weight and came back mentally sharp and with a great attitude. Di Domenico prepped Missile J for his first race off the bench with one qualifier at Harrah’s August 8. He finished second to Christen Me and paced 1:53.2 with a :27.1 final quarter. In his first start off the layoff, the race office assigned Missile J post eight. Brent Holland will drive the 9/2 morning line chance for the first time Saturday night. Di Domenico is expecting an off-the-pace trip. “He’s done everything that I’ve asked him to do. Everything really professionally,” the trainer said. “The outside at Yonkers is not a very easy thing to overcome. Hopefully he’ll get some pace ahead of him and he’ll have a shot to pick up some of the pieces and get paid.” Saturday’s 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace also includes last week’s winner, Ideal Jimmy. The son of Western Ideal drew post four and is the 7/2 second choice on the morning line. Jordan Stratton will drive again. St Lads Moonwalk finished third last week from post five and drew the same position this time. He is the 3-1 morning line favorite. Dakota Jack, Settlemoir, Mr D`s Dragon, Continual Hanover, and Western Dynasty complete the field. A $55,000 Open Handicap Pace featuring Bit Of A Legend and Somewhere In L A headlines Saturday’s card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. For entries for Saturday’s races, click here. Sunday at Yonkers A reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway’s matinee program this Sunday (Aug. 20th), with a 12:30 PM first post. It’s the sixth of eight consecutive Sundays. It’s a dozen-race, all-trot card, with races 2 (approx.. post time 12:50 PM) through 5 (2:20 PM) of the ‘French’ theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. The ‘New York, New York Double’ is also back this Sunday, including Saratoga’s 3rd race (post time 2:07 PM) and Yonkers’ 5th race (post time 2:20 PM). Program pages accompany this release. Final post for Sunday is scheduled for 4:50 PM. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Lexington, KY - The Red Mile hosted qualifying races at noon today after an hour postponement while the harness racing track recovered from last night's deluge. By then it was dry and kinda fast, maybe a little dull with moderate temperatures and no wind.   Two-year-old trotters opened the eight race card and Tactical Landing was a 1:56 winner for driver Charlie Norris. The big colt took over at the three-eighths, cruised past the half in 58:3 then opened up a long lead which he carried to the wire, trotting home in 28 seconds. He's the pride of the Tactical Landing Stable who gave a king's ransom of $800,000 for the full brother to champion filly Mission Brief last fall at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and turned him over to Bob Stewart to train. Prince William (Tony Alagna) was up on the wire to be second.   Jimmy Takter drove the A Rocknroll Dance homebred freshman colt Caviart Sundance to a 1:56.2 / 27.2 win for his daughter Nancy Johansson and owner Caviart Farms.   Takter came right back to win the third race with Quantum Kemp, the Muscle Hill x Emilie Cas El brother to Hambletonian winner Trixton, among other stars. The pair went along on an easy lead through the 58.2 half and 1:28.3 three quarters and finished under his own power in 1:57.2. Brixton Medical, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman own Quantum Kemp, a $200,000 Lexington yearling buy. Nala AS (Elliott Deaton) was second.   Odds On Stephanie, the 2-year-old full sister to Captaintreacherous was a 1:57.3 winner with trainer Tony (Golden Hands) Alagna doing the driving. The pair scooted home in 28.1 after setting all the fractions Badlilvelocity (Mark Evers) was a good second. Odds On Stephanie was a $230,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Dana Parham and races under his nom de course of Odds On Racing.   Lagerfeld made his first appearance of the season here at The Red Mile today and the 2016 Hambletonian finalist came home a 1:56 winner, trotting home in 27.2 for Takter. The career winner of over $666,000 looked sharp after having been away for nine months. Fusion Man (Trevor Smith) was second and Signal Hill (Alagna) a closing third.   Alagna qualified a nice pair of unraced 3-year-olds in the last two races.   First up was a pretty trotting filly named Chardonnay Hill who was an easy winner in 1:58.3. She's a Muscle Massive from Fortune Dream who was making her lifetime debut for owner Tom Hill.   In the very next race it was Americam Nation, an American Ideal colt from Docdor Cameo who was a closing third into a 27.2 final quarter of a 1:55.2 mile won by 2015 Kentucky Sires Stake final winner Tail Gunner Hall. Brittany Farms, Deo Volenet Farms, In The Gym Partners and Americam Art Stable have been waiting on this guy and he's finally there.   Live racing returns on Saturday with the KYSS 2-year-old pacers starting at 7:00 p.m.   Nick Salvi   For The Red Mile

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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his harness racing opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night (Aug. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In the hunt early from assigned post position No. 6, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quarter-mile. A rated, :29.1 next substation (:55.4 half) was going to make the people's preference tough to catch. Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) tried it from first- and second-over, respectively, as Bit of a Legend N found a 1:24.2 three-quarters. He widened to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held Caviart Luca at bay. The margin was measured three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3. Bakersfield (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach hit the line together for third, with Mach it So settling for the final pay envelope. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 17 '17 tries. The exacta paid $33.50, with the triple returning $89.50 (Bakersfield third) and $92 (Melmerby Beach third). Prior to the race, Tritton spoke of von Knoblauch, who passed away early this month at age 90. "Harry was a gentleman who enjoyed racing and not afraid to spend money to get good horses. His daughters want to keep the stable going, and I'm fortunate to train for them." Bit Of A Legend's official lifetime record is as follows; Down Under - 63 starts for 20 wins, 15 seconds and 4 thirds for $810,101 North America - 45 starts for 17 wins 10 seconds and 4 thirds for $1,101,920 Total - 108 starts for 37 wins, 25 seconds and 8 thirds for $1,939,521 Bit Of A Legend Yonkers offers up the sixth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker
JK Panache with harness racing driver Chris Lems at the controls, wins the Saturday night (August 19) featured pace at Vernon Downs. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) would lead them to the first quarter in :26.3. Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald) would then takeover hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. JK Panache (Art Major), who is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, would make a late bid to fly right by to win in 1:52.2. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would hang on for second best. Energy Shakes (Jimmy Whittemore) would finish third. JK Panache ($5.10) won for the sixth time this year. The 8 year-old gelding now has 52 lifetime wins. The best race of the night featured the top two drivers. John MacDonald and Dragon Fever (Dragon Again) battled Chris Lems (Somebeachsomewhere) all the way down the stretch. In the end Dragon Fever ($9.80) would win by a nose. Chris Lems would win two other races on the night. He would win with Golden Brit (American Ideal), going gate-to-wire, holding off a late charge by McDan (Josh Kinney). Golden Brit paid $15.80 for the win. His third win of the night came with Pramatic Life ($17.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 24) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs        
Batavia, NY---In a race that provided more moves than United Van Lines, Fireyourguns once again showed his local harness racing dominance as he won his third $10,000 Open Handicap victory at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 19). Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) left and tucked in behind last week's Open winner Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) by the eighth pole. But before they got to the quarter, Caprio decided to pull and take the lead himself and all that action only took :26.3 seconds. Despite the race proceeding at a crisp pace, the newly imported Australian Teo Enteo A (Larry Stalbaum) who had gotten away fourth, was already out and rolling at the three-eighths and grabbed the front by the half in :54.4. Teo Enteo A continued to motor along up the backside when Believe This Bob popped out from third and tried to push the issue. He got up to second on the outside and eventually drew even with the leader at the top of the stretch. But as those two continued to battle, Teo Enteo A tired and started to drift allowing the pocket-sitting Fireyourguns a clear path to the wire. Caprio raised the lines and drove hard and Fireyourguns did the rest, winning by a neck in 1:53.1. It was the fifth win in 11 starts this year for Fireyourguns ($3.00) and third win in as many starts at Batavia Downs. Now boasting $376,456 in lifetime earnings, Fireyourguns is owned by Jennifer and Robert Lowe and Terrence McClory, who also trains the winner. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) who hasn't left in the last four weeks, shot off the gate and took the lead then never looked back; winning by two-lengths in 1:54. Shady City ($7.80) captured his ninth win of the year for owner/trainer Larry Stalbaum. Driver Ray Fisher Jr. had three wins on the night. The guaranteed $5,000 USTA Strategic Wagering Pick-5 pool produced a $3,308.50 payout for the 4-1-6-4-7 combination. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 23) with post time at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  
Arsenic (Bettor's Delight) has been a favorite of the betting public. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer had been the top choice of the bettors in six consecutive starts competing at four different harness racing tracks heading into his try in Saturday night's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Arsenic was once again the favorite on Saturday and would wind up first over in the $11,250 feature. Billy Dobson piloted the four year old pacer as he cruised past the leader before opening up a big lead. Arsenic prevailed by better than three lengths in a mile paced in 1:52.3. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson who holds a big lead in the local driver standings. The Arsenic victory was one of three on the night for Rohr whose Beachy Dream prevailed earlier in the night. Her Burkes Bandit scored in the evening's finale to complete the training triple. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella
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