Day At The Track
John McCarthy,Harness racing

Legend shows he's still got the touch!

He's been a champion of harness racing in Queensland and New South Wales, but proud father and grandfather John McCarthy would rather shun the spotlight if at all possible. Based at Cobbitty, about an hour southwest of Sydney, the multiple Group-winning horseman and his wife Narelle are more at home these days chatting about the deeds of their children Luke, Jodie, Andrew and Todd and seven grandchildren. But at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night, McCarthy senior showed just why he's so highly respected, not only as a trainer, but driver as well. He went home with a perfect 100 percent strike rate of three drives for three winners - all of them virtually ignored by punters and starting at double-figure odds. "I had a bit of luck along the way, getting the perfect trip with them, but the horses were good enough to do the rest," McCarthy said. "I'm not into records as such, but I do think that treble could well have been my first since shifting down from Queensland," he said. The popular horseman started the ball rolling with eight-year-old bay horse Lord Zin Zan (Bettors Delight-Zenola Starbuck (Christian Cullen) in the Resolv Soft Bait Pace. The pacer, prepared by McCarthy himself, started at 10/1 and rated 1.51-4. Darkershadeofpale (Changeover-Stella Franco (Badlands Hanover), trained by Craig Cross, was his second leg winner at 16/1 in the Advion Products Ladyship Pace. And McCarthy's third winner was Rays Choice (Four Starzzz Shark-The Coldstream (Courage Under Fire) in the $30,600 Group Three Garrards Paul Fitzpatrick Cup. McCarthy said he had no qualms whatsoever in usually being the number three driver choice behind his sons Luke and Todd, both superstars of the sport. "We usually sort it out. If Todd's there and Luke is available, they get the call-up first. Then it comes down to me. But that's okay," McCarthy said. The couple's other son Andrew is continuing on his merry winning way in the United States, which he has called home since 2007. After a chance meeting with successful US-based trainer Noel Daley, a then 21-year-old Andrew jumped at every opportunity that came his way and has since established himself as one of the best in the country. He is presently in Canada for the big Breeders Crown series, which culminates on Saturday with a $600,000 final. John McCarthy, a onetime butcher at Bathurst, started training horses in 1985. After combining the two for some time, he decided 10 years later to concentrate on training horses professionally. The decision to sell up his last butcher shop was an easy one, he says, as customers were drifting towards the convenience of supermarkets for their meat. A friend persuaded him to try training horses professionally in Queensland where there weren't too many big trainers. "We did it hard for a few years. I used to buy cheapies and try and turn them around, but we were lucky to get Trois Frere when we did," McCarthy said. Trois Frere (Fake Left-Margaret Tudor (Tudor Hanover), rated at his peak as Queensland's best horse, retired with 38 wins and 61 placings for $344,000. Former Gold Coast trainer Brad Connelly prepared the horse for 10 of these wins and the McCarthy stable the rest (from Dec '99-Dec 2004). Outside of his brilliant victories, the pacer also was runner-up in a $75,000 Albion Park Winter Cup and third in the 2002 Sydney Inter Dominion Final. "That was certainly our turning point in Queensland. We were then fortunate to get one good one after another and things did become a lot easier," McCarthy said. During a dominant next decade, the family produced such big names as Be Good Johnny, Slipnslide, Washakie, Cobbity Classic, Fleur De Lil, For A Reason, Mr Feelgood and others. John McCarthy has trained more than 2000 winners in his career, with feature events including the Miracle Mile, A.G Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup, WA Cup, Cranbourne Cup, Queensland Pacing Championship, Treuer Memorial, Cordina Sprint and the Trans-Tasman to his name. In the sulky, McCarthy is nearing 750 wins. John and Narelle stayed in Queensland for 17 years before relocating to Sydney. "To be honest, we'd probably still be in the Sunshine State, but our daughter Jodie is in Wollongong. She has three little boys under four and Luke has two girls, so we didn't want to be sitting up in Queensland missing out on all the fun with grandchildren," McCarthy said. "Andrew has two boys and we catch up with his family as much as possible," he said. "It's certainly been a lovely ride when I look back. There were times we had to keep plugging away and working hard, but we've been very lucky."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Star Galleria,Harness racing

Star Galleria out of the Cup

The northern challenge for the New Zealand Trotting Cup is down to one as the road to the great race gets a lot steeper. The most important trial for the Cup at Addington three weeks today, comes up at Ashburton next Monday when many of the big names clash for the first time this season. The Flying Stakes will pitch defending Cup champion Thefixer against this season’s favourite Spankem and Australian raiders Cruz Bromac and Our Uncle Sam, who was good enough to finish second in last season’s Inter Dominion final. But while that will thicken the plot leading into New Zealand’s biggest harness race, one horse who won’t be there is the northerner Star Galleria. Trainer Steven Reid has lost his on-going battle to get the speedster into the Cup and will instead stay home to concentrate on the Inter Dominions, which begin at Alexandra Park on November 29. “I have had three or four weeks where little things have set up back,” explains Reid. “The latest was a hoof abscess which has been cut out and while he will be back working this week, he has missed work that means he can’t race at Alexandra Park this Friday. “So I can’t have him fit enough for the Cup so the Inters become his main aim now.” That leaves Mach Shard as the only realistic Cup hope trained in the north. He starts in a $25,000 race at Alexandra Park this Friday before using the NZ Cup trial at Addington on November 6 as his final lead-up. Monday’s Ashburton meeting is a shaping as a crucial Cup week prep for not only the pacers but the trotters. The clash of the Cup favourites in the A$50,000 Flying Stakes will go a long way to determining outright favouritism because while Spankem still deserves that position he did peak after looking the winner at Addington last Friday. That was off a 30m handicap and on a sticky track, which he has shown in the past he doesn’t enjoy, and he has the luxury of starting off level terms for not only the Cup but almost every race for the rest of the season. While the Flying Stakes will have a huge impact on how punters view the Cup, the trotting races at Ashburton on Monday may tell a story of their own. Because new sensation Oscar Bonavena is being allowed to miss the Flying Mile to stick to an intermediate grade trot, suggesting he could also bypass the NZ Trotting Free-For-All on NZ Cup Day and be saved for the standing start of the Dominion three days later. Sundees Son, the other market dominator for the major trotting races during Cup week, is entered for Monday’s Flying Mile.   Michael Guerin

Paddyproudfoot,Harness racing

Paddy impressive in Riverton Cup

Oreti Beach trainers Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis demonstrated their fine conditioning skills when they produced Paddyproudfoot to win fresh up in Sunday’s 2700 metre DT King Transport Limited Riverton Cup. “It’s not as if he’s had a big spell or anything. He’s only had a couple of weeks off and he’s been in light work,” said co-trainer Ellis. Paddyproudfoot had his head down when the tapes were released and initially was at least twenty lengths from the early leader Nota Bene Denario. “He normally goes away but Kirstin said he was just being a little bugger over that first 1000 metres.” Barclay remained patient as the lead changed when favourite Franco Santino took over with a lap to run. At that point Paddyproudfoot was starting to get keen and Barclay send him forward with 600 metres to run and he sprinted up three wide and three lengths from the leader. Barclay started to shake the reins at the gelding to keep him on the job and he came down the middle of the track with a strong staying run to beat a late run from Kilowatt Kid. Paddyproudfoot pricked his ears at the winning post with the winning margin three quarters of a length. Robyns Playboy was another three quarters of a length back in third. The winning time was a very respectable 3-22.6, 0.3 seconds outside Pulp Fiction’s race record of 3-22.3. “They’re not bad horses that he beat. When you look at the video the good ones (Robyns Playboy and Franco Santino) all started off the same mark. He ended up giving them all of a start.” The ten start gelding has flown under the radar a bit but yesterday’s win was his fifth in his short career. “The only time’s he hasn’t run in the money was at Blenheim when he was held up and had a wee gallop and when he galloped at Forbury when he was going to win. He’s ticking all the boxes at the moment anyway. Maybe next year we could be getting ready for November (New Zealand Cup).” He’s owned by long-time friends Peter and Julie Duffy and Brian and Rosemary Duggan. Paddyproudfoot was bred by the Duggans and is the first foal out of the Mach Three mare Beaudiene Brilliance which won two races. The mare’s next foal is a three year old Sportswriter filly named Lila Rose which is rated by her trainer Laura Pearson. “I’ve known Peter since I was 18 when I became his stock agent. We’ve raced horses for forty years”, said Brian. One of the better horses the pair has raced was Motu Elite Hanover which won seven races when trained by Tony Barron. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to Cup Week now,” quipped Ellis looking at the owner while celebrating in the President’s Room after the win. The mare’s next foal is a three year old Sportswriter filly named Lila Rose which is rated by her trainer Laura Pearson. The win was Ellis’s second in the Riverton Cup. He won with Eastwood Atom in 2001. As a driver Barclay won the race in 2005 driving Wingandaprayer.   Bruce Stewart

Ignatius,Harness racing

Rattray warming towards Auckland trip

DUAL Inter Dominion winner Jimmy Rattray is warming to the thought of being part of this year’s Auckland series. But it will be another couple of weeks before he makes the final call. The possibility of taking a couple of his former Tasmanian stars across to Auckland gained momentum when stable newcomer Harjeet won a Menangle trial yesterday (Monday). Stable star Ignatius returns to the trials at Menangle next Monday. “Both seem well, but I want to get a trial or two into them then make the decision on Auckland,” Rattray said. Harjeet, now six, raced 31 times for 17 wins and nine placings in Tasmania for Rattray’s brother, Todd, before being sent to NSW a couple of months back. His record is quite similar back in Tasmania to the mighty Beautide, who went to another level after being moved to Sydney where he won two Inter Dominion titles. “The family has always had a big opinion of this horse and he’s come-up well. It was good to get that trial into him,” Rattray said. Harjeet won the mile trial by 4.5m in 1min53.8sec and closed in splits of 55.3 and 27.4sec. “Ignatius is ready to trial as well, but I’ll wait until next week for him,” Rattray said. The Auckland Inter Dominion flavour stretched to yesterday’s (Monday) Bathurst trials where three contenders, Steve Turnbull’s Atomic Red and Courtsinsession as well as Amanda Turnbull’s Ellmers Image, clashed in the opening trial. It was another local, Misterfreeze, who won the 1730m trial in blazing 1min53.4sec mile rate by whisker over Ellmers Image with Courtsinession another head away third. Atomic Red was beaten just 4.7m in fourth spot. The mile rate was just one-second outside Mista Lombo’s track record. Steve Turnbull’s pair, Courtsinsession (gate 10) and Atomic Red (11), both returns from spells in the free-for-all at Menangle on Sunday.   By Adam Hamilton

Harness racing driver Kirstin Barclay adopted a ‘catch me if you can’ approach in Sunday's feature trot at the annual Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park. Starting against higher assessed square gaiters, she made the most of her front line draw and took Somethings Burning straight to the lead where she stayed. “With the good one behind you, you had to make the head start count. It makes it harder for them to catch up,” she said. Throughout the 2700 metre handicap event she maintained a good margin over a chasing bunch and the closest the field got was at the finish when Robbie Royale ran home for second, two lengths behind Somethings Burning. “Up the back I thought she was starting to get a wee bit tired but the others had to do a wee bit to catch her. She was doing it easily enough at the end.” Somethings Burning’s time was 3-28.2. The track and Southland record for four year old and older mares of 3-26.7 is held by Dark Horse. The time however was a new race record erasing Father Christmas’s 2017 time of 3-29.0. When I spoke to Barclay on Wednesday she wasn’t talking up her chances against a strong field but her opinion changed the following day. “After I spoke to you her work was phenomenal. I thought if she stepped we’d make a show of it.” The Majestic Son mare generally doesn’t have a liking for the Ascot Park circuit. “She doesn’t trot Invercargill as well as she trots other tracks. She can get round the bends okay and then knock off in the straights but today it felt as though she could hold them all the way down.” Somethings Burning, currently under offer, is out of the one win Earl mare Fiery Filly which is a half-sister to twenty eight race winner The Fiery Ginga. “She’s a big rangy thing. She still needs to fill out. She was lovely to drive today.” Somethings Burning is owned by Julie Kilkelly and Kirstin Barclay and was bred by Julie’s husband Tom. Meanwhile Winton mare Rockabilly Blues, who’s heading for motherhood, won her fourth race at Ascot Park yesterday. The giant Rock N Roll Heaven mare bounced back after a disappointing run at the Harness Jewels to narrowly beat Bridesdale Robyn by half a head. Rockabilly Blues beating Bridesdale Robyn                        – Photo Bruce Stewart Her winning time of 2-40.8 was only 1.2 seconds outside of Royal Counsel’s track and Southland record of 2-39.6. It was the first of four winning drives for Nathan Williamson. In the re-run of Race Two Kickupyaheels was too strong for her rivals. The original race was abandoned after Pretty Azz broke, fell and dislodged driver Alex Milne who was knocked unconscious for a period. Milne was stood down for the rest of the day. Kickupyaheels, who’s  shown potential in her previous three starts finally nailed a maiden win. American Ideal mare Ideal Glacier also cleared maiden ranks when she won for junior driver Ellie Barron. It was the six year old mare’s tenth start. Ideal Glacier returning to the birdcage on the new rubber matting      – Photo Bruce Stewart Washington VC gelding Whata Razzle Dazzle came with a nice run down the middle of the track to win his fourth race. He’s trained at Tahakopa by Brian Norman and was driven by Blair Orange. Pembrook Playboy looks to have a good future in the southern three year old ranks. Trained and driven by Nathan Williamson the Bettor’s Delight colt capitalised on a nice trail behind pacemaker Hampton and won easily by a length and a quarter from Ashburton visitor Just Wondering. The Lyndon Bond trained Tweedledee improved on his fifth on debut when he proved too good in the Bill Keast Memorial Gold Chip Final. The Superfast Stuart four year old, driven by Nathan Williamson is owned by Bond’s father Jimmy who was one of Southland’s leading trainers and drivers in the 1980s. The diminutive See Ya Write was the fifteenth winner for The Test Syndicate. The syndicate is made up of old rugby mates who played for the Edendale Senior team. Des Baynes who trains the three year old was also in the team. See Ya Write winning for Blair Orange                         – Photo Bruce Stewart Other winners for the syndicate have been Galactic Star, Better Buy It, Don Sebastian and Poacher. Tairlaw Toll won the last race of the day giving Williamson his fourth winner. The Somebeachsomewhere five year old started off with Invercargill trainer Brent Shirley before returning to one of his co-breeders Brent McIntyre. He’s out of McIntyre’s ten win mare Bonnie Lass.  

In discussing his horse, Sister Sledge, trainer Ron Burke gave a simple but accurate assessment of Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly harness racing trot final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Moving forward, I think she's as good as any filly out there, but there are a couple real good ones," Burke said. "The 2-year-old trotting fillies are very solid - a bunch of them actually." This past Friday, Yannick Gingras showed just how deep the field is by driving horses to victory over undefeated opponents in both elimination races. Gingras guided Sister Sledge past previously perfect Hypnotic AM, a 1-5 favorite, in the first elim. He followed by driving Ms Savannah Belle to victory and keeping Ramona Hill out of the winner's circle for the first time. Hypnotic AM was second while Ramona Hill finished third. Gingras will drive Sister Sledge, a daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors, in the final. The horse, who drew the two-post, has eight wins and has hit the board in all 10 starts this year, winning C$308,852. She will go off right next to Hypnotic AM, who drew post one. A repeat of their exciting elimination battle would be interesting, as Gingras went outside in the homestretch to pass the favorite and win by 1-1/4 lengths. "When I got alongside of her I could tell I had more trot," Gingras said. "It was just a matter of getting to the wire. But I was definitely confident, throughout really. She's a nice filly. The other one is nice too, but I had all the confidence in the world in my filly. With the trip, I thought she would give her a really good run anyway." It was the first setback in eight starts for Hypnotic AM, who has won C$394,582 this season with Brian Sears in the sulky. "She raced good (in the elim)," trainer Marcus Melander said. "She got a little fresh on the lead and Brian had to hold her a little too much. Maybe we need to do some changes for this week, but I think she raced good. You always want to win so you know you're going to draw (post) one to five. She just got a little too fresh on the lead. It was just too much." Hypnotic AM had last raced Sept. 14 in winning the New York Sire Stakes championship. The Chapter Seven-Daydream AM S miss qualified in 1:54.2 in advance of her Crown elimination. "She was very good in her qualifier and I thought she was going to be ready," Melander said. "Maybe this will put her a little bit forward. I still think we have a great filly even if she got beat, and (Sister Sledge) is a good horse. I really like my horse and think she will have a big chance in the final. She gets over the ground so easy. She can do anything; race on any sized track, she's got speed, she's got stamina. She's got everything that a good horse has got to have." In the second elim, not winning proved costly for Ramona Hill, who drew post 10 in the final. Driven by Andy McCarthy, the Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy freshman lost for the first time in six starts. "I didn't think she was tracking as good as she has been, so we're going to make a couple of adjustments for the final, but she went a monster trip after Andy got her settled," said trainer Tony Alagna, whose filly has earned C$106,300 this year. "He tried to press out of there a little bit with her, but she wasn't as comfortable, so he just waited on her. She was parked the entire mile first over, so she went a huge mile just to be third. "We'll regroup, but we're very pleased with her. She's a filly we were very high on, but she was very immature and we didn't even know if we'd make it to the Breeders Crown with her at one stage. To be here, and to be in the final, speaks volumes to her quality. She just needed some time. As the year's gotten longer, she's gotten better. We gave her a nice break after the Kindergarten (leg on July 19) and that really seemed to help her. All those things helped her for sure." Winning for the fourth time in eight starts allowed Ms Savannah Belle to earn a post five Friday, setting up what could be a fierce final. As he did with Sister Sledge, Gingras rallied his horse down the homestretch. The filly has hit the board in seven races and won C$216,658 this year. "She was super down in Lexington; we only raced her the first week there, we skipped the second week just to aim her for this and I think she'll be even sharper (in the final)," trainer Per Engblom said of the daughter of Muscle Hill-Stubborn Belle. "I think my filly will do good. She hadn't raced in three weeks; she'll be a little sharper next week. "She's a darling. She's good every time. She had a couple (1:52 miles) in a row. I worried she might be a little short, but Yannick worked out the perfect trip for her, so it was no problem." Engblom has two horses in the final, as Shishito (Father Patrick-Yoga) will go off from the eight hole. "She was third in the first elimination and I think she'll step up and be a little better this week too," the trainer said. "She was very good. She was leaning in the turn a little bit so (driver Dexter Dunn) lost a little ground in the last turn, but then she finished really good in the stretch. We'll try to change her bridle up a little bit to keep her a little straighter. She's such an honest little filly, I just love her. She's nice." Rounding out the final are May Baby (post three), Dip Me Hanover (four), Wine Rack Hanover (six), Madame Sherry (seven) and Violet Stride (nine). Trainer Nifty Norman feels Wine Rack Hanover may be calming down at just the right time. "She's got a big motor, she's just had trouble with her manners all year," Norman said of the Kadabra-Winbak Maya miss. "But she's getting better and better all the time. She was really tough to hang on to; she was really hot. She's starting to work it out. She's got a great attitude. She never gives in. I'm pretty happy with her." Trainer Jim Campbell felt Madame Sherry, a daughter of Father Patrick-Celebrity Angel, "raced OK" in her elimination but echoed most everyone's thoughts about the final. "It's a tough group," Campbell said. "It's a real tough group. She's going to have to step her game up to be better for next week to get money in there, but she's got a chance to go for it, which is better than not being in it." Below is the field for the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Hypnotic AM-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 2-Sister Sledge-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-May Baby-James Yoder-James Yoder 4-Dip Me Hanover-David Miller-Linda Toscano 5-Ms Savannah Belle-TBA-Per Engblom 6-Wine Rack Hanover-Sylvain Filion-R. Nifty Norman 7-Madame Sherry-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 8-Shishito-Dexter Dunn-Per Engblom 9-Violet Stride-Tyler Buter-Mark Harder 10-Ramona Hill-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna By Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown

WILKES-BARRE PA - Tight Lines blew away a talented harness racing field in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, recording a 1:54.1 victory with a :56.3 back half despite 50o temperatures and a sloppy surface. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory was behind the innermost of the leavers and put foes in behind him to a :27.3 quarter, then got a :30 breather in the second stanza. From there the sprint was on, and the altered son of Yankee Glide was in complete control in the latter stages, winning by 4½ lengths over pocketsitter Joey Bats. Tight Lines has now won a third of his eighteen seasonal starts and has amassed $522,076 lifetime for Jeff Gregory Inc., Jesmeral Stable, and William Richardson. There was a trio of $17,000 co-features for younger horses trying to earn their way up the condition ladder. In the single trotting event, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Nextroundsonme got to the half in slow time even over the off going while on the lead, then stepped home in :57.1 to complete a 1:57.4 victory, defeating pocketsitting Conman Crown by 1½ lengths. George Napolitano Jr. drove the victorious three-year-old for trainer Jenny Melander and Belmar Racing And Breeding LLC. The first of the pacing co-features was for females, and Blue Ivy proved worthy of heavy mutuel backing with an easy 2½ length victory over two-holer Coral Bella in 1:53.1, coming her last half in :56.1 and her last quarter in :28 after moving to the lead past the quarter. The winner is a three-year-old Captaintreacherous miss who was driven by Tyler Buter for trainer Chris Oakes and the partnership of Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, and Chuck Pompey. In the division for male pacers, the sophomore Somebeachsomewhere gelding Quatrain Blue Chip moved to the lead in front of the stands, opened up a big lead with a :27.3 third quarter in the muck, and came home comfortably for a 1:53 triumph, 2¼ lengths to the good of JK Musicman. Trainer Chris Oakes completed a sweep of the pacing co-features with the three-year-old, who won a division of the Simpson Stakes at Philly three starts back, for owners Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay; the victory completed a driving triple for George Napolitano Jr., top among the sulkysitters on the night.   PHHA / Pocono

Justin Prentice-trained runners have dominated the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Awards function held on Sunday, 20 October. Four of the seven award categories were taken out by horses from Prentice’s Boyanup stables, headlined by Rocknroll Lincoln NZ who was named the open Horse of the Year. The Rocknroll Hanover USA gelding scored six wins and three placings from 12 starts in season 2018/19. Among the six wins were the WA Pacing Cup, Bunbury Cup and the Governor’s Cup. Major Martini’s wins in the Sales Classic and Westbred Classic were enough to see him take out the 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year. The Art Major USA gelding also finished runner-up in the Golden Slipper. Has No Fear’s WA Oaks win saw her named the 3YO Filly of the Year and was also the second straight year a Prentice-trained runner has taken out the category, following on from Our Major Mama NZ a year ago. Sun Of Anarchy NZ took out the Trotter of the Year to round out a big day for the Prentice stable. The Ross Olivieri-trained Double Expresso was named the 2YO Filly of the Year, having won seven of her nine starts including the Sales Classic and Westbred Classic for the fillies. Major Trojan NZ’s win in the WA Derby was enough to see him named the 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year. Maczaffair NZ’s consistent season, highlighted by a third placing in the WA Pacing Cup, saw her named the Aged Mare of the Year. Gary Hall Jnr produced another incredible season in the sulky and was named the Driver of the Year. An eighth WA Pacing Cup and a fifth WA Derby among the highlights of a season, which produced 194 winners. Training partnership Greg and Skye Bond took out the Trainer of the Year award with 183 winners. Wins in the 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget with Ana Malak NZ helped the powerful Bond stable to the award. Fresh from bringing up her 200th career win in the sulky, Jocelyn Young was named the Young Achiever of the Year. Young also drove 3YO Filly of the Year Has No Fear to win the WA Oaks. Bruce Jones was awarded Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Service to Industry for his work at the Harvey Districts Trotting Club spanning more than 35 years together with his wider contributions on behalf of country harness. Jones still serves on the Harness Racing Consultative Group, West Australian Country Harness Racing Association, Harness Racing Spider Fund and Harvey Recreation Ground Advisory Committee. “RWWA is honoured to be able to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our harness racing participants and Standardbreds during the 2018-19 season,” said Racing and Wagering Western Australia CEO, Richard Burt. “All of the award winners should be proud of their contributions and on behalf of RWWA I would like to thank them for their commitment to the Western Australian harness racing industry.” Award winners: Harness Racing Media Personality: Tim Walker Best Harness Racing Feature Story: Kind and Smart – The Trademarks of Crouch, by John Coffey Trainer of the Year: Greg and Skye Bond Driver of the Year: Gary Hall Jnr Young Achiever Award: Jocelyn Young RWWA Service Industry Award: Bruce Jones 2YO Filly of the Year: Double Expresso 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year: Major Martini 3YO Filly of the Year: Has No Fear 3YO Colt of Gelding of the Year: Major Trojan NZ Trotter of the Year: Sun of Anarchy NZ Aged Mare of the Year: Maczaffair NZ Horse of the Year: Rocknroll Lincoln NZ   RWWA

A superb harness racing program and superb fall weather made the Saturday Kincsem Park environment special, Three classic races took place, each with purses at 1.5Huf million or better.   Two- year olds took the stage first in the Ketevesek Nagydija (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the impressive 1.20.8kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 Bazsiville (2g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Stablemate Brilians BD (2f Brillantissime-Ici Love-Love You) was second teamed with Andrea Nagyvary. Third was Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) for Balazs Juhasz.   The winner is sired by Calypso Capar, a stakes winning son of Supergill, that has shown well with his progeny in Hungary.   Open trotters engaged in the Ropke DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with the 1.17.1kr score to 1.2/1 Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) handled by her trainer Veljko Mazsity. Ubu Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR-Helikan-Awesome Goal) was second for Lajos Marton with the third check earned by Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Own Child-Impossant Sund) and reinsman Csaba Lakatos.   Uran Lady   The classic continued with the Oszi Kanca DIJ (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap). The 3/2 favorite Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) earned the victory for Veljko Mazsity aboard. She defeated the 40 meter handicapped Zona (4f Offenbach Bigi-Kuma-Valley Guardian) with Emil Csordas up and the third finishing Ann Bella M (3f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) reined by Branislav Mukity.   Adriana Asti   Aged trotters battled in the featured Koztarcasagi DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) with the 1.17.8kr victory earned by 6.9/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) reined by Mitja Slavic to his fourth win in five 2019 starts in HU. The even-money favorite Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font- Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) was second for Veljko Mazsity, his second straight loss after a solid winning streak. 36.2/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) took third reined by Andrea Fazekas.     Thomas H. Hicks

It's full-steam ahead for Auckland with comeback hero Bling It On. All that’s changed is how trainers Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy plan to prepare for the Kiwi raid. In a surprise switch, McCarthy confirmed Bling It On would not race again before the opening round of Inter Dominion heats at Alexandra Park on November 29. That will mean seven weeks between races, given his last run was that record-smashing Victoria Cup win on October 12 at Melton. “Don’t worry, he’ll be fit enough for that opening night for sure,” McCarthy said. “He won’t be racing, but we’ll be working him two or three times at almost race speed, going the Auckland direction, at Menangle.” And the depth in Cross and McCarthy’s open-class stocks mean they certainly have the horses to ensure Bling It On has serious partners in those Menangle workouts. “We weighed everything up in those few days after the Victoria Cup and think this is the best option,” McCarthy said. “If he runs at Menangle, he’ll have to start from the outside, will probably get parked and have a gut-buster. Instead, we can do as much as need to with him in those workouts at Menangle and give him experience the Auckland direction at the same time.” McCarthy said Bling It On would return to work this week after “an easy 10 days” following his Victoria Cup win. “It was always the plan to give him a little freshen-up after the Victoria Cup because he’s been in work for six months for his comeback,” he said. “The freshen-up is ideal and then we’ll start getting serious with him again. “It’s so exciting to have him back and racing like this. He’s at least as good as he’s ever been, maybe even a little better.” McCarthy was thrilled to hear the numbers of Aussies slated to tackle the Auckland pacing series looked strong. “Isn’t it great Steve Turnbull’s taking three and Amanda’s taking one as well. That’s fantastic for the series,” he said. “It looks like we’ll have some good numbers and quality flying the flag over there.”   Adam Hamilton

By Garrick Knight Life has gone on for Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis, even after the most bitter of blows. It’s horse training 101 – even after losing your best horse to injury, you still have to get up and train the rest of the team. Luckily for Barclay and Ellis after the injury setback to U May Cullect, their remaining squad is pretty decent, evidenced by their pair of wins at Ascot Park on Sunday with Paddyproudfoot and Somethings Burning. Paddyproudfoot’s story is not dissimilar to U May Cullect’s in that he too has overcome a couple of significant setbacks in his career. Yesterday’s win in the $15,000 Riverton Cup was the realisation of the faith Barclay has always had in him and the patience she has shown. “It was gutting to lose U May Cullect but the season’s not over, it’s only just starting,” she told HRNZ. “I’ve always had a really high opinion of Paddyproudfoot – he’s got really high speed and can stay a bit too. “Throw in his standing start manners and he should make a tidy, wee country cups horse this season.” He debuted with big raps as a three-year-old this time two years ago, ultimately running second. But he wouldn’t be seen again at the races for a full year. “He got a really bad virus after that first race as a three-year-old and just could never shake it. “He kept getting crook all the time so he chucked him out.” Resuming this time last year, he ran second to Mighty Flying Art at Winton before injury struck, this time a hairline fracture in a pastern. Thankfully it wasn’t season-ending and he bounced back in the autumn to win four races, including two on a trip north to Canterbury and the Tasman region. Now it’s full steam ahead and Barclay and Ellis are considering their options, which could include another trip north. “There is a race for him at Addington on Show Day, a standing start that we had him ear-marked for. “Whether we carry on to that will be something Tank and I discuss in the coming days.” The wheels have come off a planned stable strike on Cup week through U May Cullect’s injury and the sale last week of the stable’s best trotter, Wee Man Trouble, to Queensland interests. He was scratched from his engagement at Ascot Park on Sunday in the day’s feature trot, but that didn’t stop the stable from winning the race. With a 30-metre head start on all-bar-one of her opponents, Barclay seized the opportunity to make a race of it with improving two-win mare, Somethings Burning. Well clear of the field, which included Group 1 performers Majestic Man, Monty Python and Dark Horse, for most of the race, she was never reeled in. The daring steer completed not just a training, but a driving double for Barclay, who also bred and co-owns the daughter of Majestic Son with Julie Kilkelly. “Julie and I bred her; she was my first foray in to breeding. “The dam is a half-sister to The Fiery Ginga and every foal she’s left looks like being pretty decent. “The next one, Smokin Bandar, has a stack of ability but keeps going sore and then the three-year-old out of her also has a fair bit of ability.” Barclay was quietly confident heading in to the race after some excellent training mid-week. “Her work was quite phenomenal up the beach this week.” Completing a good day for Barclay and Ellis were the placings by Betterthanbrie, Hampton and Undercover Mac but that doesn’t quite take away the pain of not being in the country’s biggest race in three weeks’ time. “It’s heart-breaking, you know. “You walk him (U May Cullect) out of the box and he’s sound as a bell, the tendon injury doesn’t show at all. “It looks unreal, but the scans tell a different story.” Treatment plans are being discussed at present but the most likely option is a stem cell transplant. “We are doing our homework on that now and talking to the vets about a treatment plan.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing trotter Sultan D'Or and driver Sylvain Lacaille rocked the tote board at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, winning the sixth race trot at odds of 135-1. It was the highest win payoff, $272.10 to win, $79.40 to place and $15.10 to show across the board, in the eight-year history of H3R since its revival from bankruptcy by the Quebec Jockey Club. The prior record win payoff was $204.50 by Classic Mondiale (Pierre Luc Roy) in 2016. The sixth race saw Sultan D'Or and Lacaille get away in sixth place from post eight until the field reached the backstretch when Lacaille moved Sultan D'Or to the outside, found live cover and then tipped three-wide, looping the field. Then on the final turn, Sultan D'Or was first-over against race leader Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet), and they worn him down by the finish wire with Sultan D'Or winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Mr Logan Mirox was second with SOS Turbo (Tyler Jones) third. It was the fifth win this year for Sultan D'Or. The ten-year-old gelded son of Newtown is owned and trained by Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Rivieres. Sultan D'Or never started in a harness race until he was eight years old. It took until the fifth race on Sunday before harness racing driver Pascal Berube did not win a race. Why? Because Berube did not have a drive in the fifth race. The Portneuf-Station resident was at his best in winning the first four races on the program, especially the third race featured Preferred Pace with Hooter Shooter. The short field of just five starters in the third race Preferred Pace saw Surf Report (Tyler Jones) go right to the lead with race favorite Maracasso (Carol Voyer) leaving but then taking a tuck behind Surf Report to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Voyer then pulled the pocket and came first-over against Surf Report by the half mile marker in :56. The action heated up as Maracasso could not pass by Surf Report as Berube moved second-over with Hooter Shooter. By the three-quarters in 1:25.1, Voyer cleared to the lead with Maracasso but now had to contend with Hooter Shooter and Berube on the final turn. Hooter Shooter had a full head of steam and collared Maracasso as they came down the stretch and hung game to win by a half length in 1:55. Maracasso was second with Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the ninth win this year for Hooter Shooter. Sire by Badlands Hanover, the six-year-old gelding is owned and trained by Marc Andre Simoneau of Trois-Rivieres and paid $6.00 to win. Berube was not done yet on the afternoon card as he won the ninth race with Bemmo Image ($5.10), making it five wins on the program. Track Notes: Trainer Marc Andre Simoneau sent out two winners from his stable to lead all trainers. Live racing resumes next Sunday, October 27 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, free race program and to view the H3R live via the internet, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

The classy 1.1/1 harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) won today’s Graf Kalman Hunyady Gedenkrennen at the historic Krieau racetrack in Vienna, Austria, a track that opened in 1878 (the Central Moscow Hippodrome opened in 1834).   The purse was 25,000€ and the distance was 2600 meters autostart.   Eight horses contested this one and Orlando Jet with trainer Rudolf Haller aboard for Team Neuhof, circled the field on the first lap and drew away from his rivals in the final bend. Race time was 1.14.3kr and the victory increased Orlando Jet’s life earnings to 383,251€. Jagaro Mo (9m Look de Star-Joy of Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and Raphael Venus (8g Charmy Skeeter-Riganda) was third for Hubert Brandstatter Jr. Cash Back Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Galietta Broline) and Lord Brodde (6g Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) completed the top five.   Watch the Race Replay here!   Orlando Jet put on an impressive show and looks ready to play at the Vincennes winter meet.       Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing breeders awards boost for Yankee Rockstar   The Rocknroll Hanover horse Yankee Rockstar, who is standing his second season at Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic, received a terrific boost to his stocks from the 2018/19 Harness Breeders Victoria Awards.   Yankee Rockstar’s dam, Aston Villa USA, was named the Victorian Pacing Broodmare of the Year, while his half-brother, Poster Boy, received the Aged Pacing Entire/Gelding of the Year award.   Aston Villa USA left three starters during the closing season and all were winners – two at Group level. Poster Boy won four of his five starts and $302,800 in stakes including the Group 1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire and the Group 1 $100,000 Victorian 4YO Bonanza, Born To Rocknroll won seven out of nine including the Group 2 $60,000 Breeders Crown Graduate Free-for-all, and the three-year-old Zoliver won three times.   Yankee Rockstar’s first Victorian-bred foals are starting to hit the ground and are really looking the part.   Strong interest in Mel Mara   Our world champion American import Mel Mara arrived in great condition and has settled in well to his new environment at Northern Rivers. The millionaire dollar earner has received widespread interest from broodmare owners with nearly 50 bookings from all States and New Zealand.   Mel Mara, who took a record of 1:47, defeating the two fastest horses of all-time in Always B Miki and McWicked, was rated as one of America’s best free-for-allers in the last decade.   Possessed of blinding speed, Mel Mara paced two winning miles inside 1:48 and was race-timed in faster than 1:48 on five occasions.   A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2009, Mel Mara is the fastest performed son of former champion pacer Lis Mara (1:47.6), and as a  representative of the famed Cam Fella sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of a winning family that has produced top racehorses and leading sires.   American Ideal – winners everywhere!   American Ideal, who is standing this season at Northern Rivers Equine, cemented his status as one of the world’s premier sires with feature race winners in three different countries last month.   Bling It On, the richest and fastest Australian-born progeny of American Ideal, made a triumphant return to the racetrack with a career-best 1:50.2 effort in a Group 3 at Menangle and a track record-breaking win in the Group 1 $250,000 Victoria Cup at Melton. He now boasts $1.8 million in stake earnings.   Brilliant three-year-old Soho Hamilton, who streeted his rivals in the Group 2 $50,000 Vicbred Home Grown Classic at Melton, the four-year-old Bletchley Park, a runaway winner of a Group 3 at Gloucester Park, and Cruz NZ, who downed a top field in the Preux Chevalier Free-for-all at Melton, were other recent feature winners sired by American Ideal.   In New Zealand, the American Ideal gelding Triple Eight put an exclamation mark on his career with successes from long handicap marks in the Spring Cup and The Holmes DG at Alexandra Park, Auckland.   While in North America, American Ideal left feature race winners in the three-year-old American Mercury, who won a division of the $267,400 Bluegrass Stakes in 1:49.6 at The Red Mile, and the four-year-old American History, winner of the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial 1:49.6 at Harrington.   American Ideal is currently third on the American All Aged sire list, fourth on the two-year- old list and fifth in the three-year-old premiership. His stock has earned a remarkable $US13 million to date this year.   Colin Godden in tune   Nanneella hobby trainer Colin Godden, a long-time client of Northern Rivers Equine, is enjoying success with his small team.   The ultra-consistent Lights And Music won at Echuca and Maryborough in September and at Shepparton in October in 1:56.7 and is racing in great heart. The grand old warrior has now won 28 races and $166,485 in prizemoney.   Blazing Orion, a stablemate of Lights And Music, has resumed from a spell and looks set to add to the six successes he has achieved under Godden’s tutelage.   Boost for yearling sale   The Northern Rivers Equine consignment to next year’s Australian Pacing Gold and Australasian Premier Trotting yearlings will be easily our largest and most impressive so far.   The draft includes an Art Major half-brother to the Breeders Crown champion Hurricane Harley 1:52.7 ($321,590) and Mango Stride (1:50.9), who both won on the same night at Melton and Menangle respectively.   Their dam, Sugarland, is a half-sister to the Australian 3YO of the Year Maffioso and four others in 2:00 or better including recent winner Iona Diamond.   New foalings   Foalings at Northern Rivers Equine so far this season:   Filly: Miss Laura Jane-Sweet Lou Filly: Left In Paris-Well Said Filly: Dancing With Daisy-Betting Line Colt: Electric Storm-Yankee Rockstar Filly: Lady Bellisimo-Bettor’s Delight Colt: Glenferrie Shuffle-Betting Line Filly: Queen Of Pop-Well Said Filly: Smooth Hayley-Art Major Colt: Rosie Oreilly-Betting Line Colt: Jazz Opera-Bettor’s Delight Filly: Divorce Time-Yankee Rockstar Colt: Yankee Showgirl-Captaintreacherous Colt: Apache Speed-Sebastian K Colt: La Toneralla-Used To Me Colt: Beach Box -Yankee Rockstar Filly: That Thing Of Yours-Majestic Son Filly: Smooth Felicity-Art Major    

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn completed a night to remember Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park by capturing both 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Breeders Crown eliminations for a six-win night. A group of 15 sophomore pacing colts were split into two $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (October 26) $600,000 final. Sent the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Wish sat second to a :27.1 opening quarter set by Cant Beach That, who yielded command as Southwind Ozzi marched to the top from third moving to the backstretch. Southwind Ozzi took the field by the half in :56.3 while Dunn angled Bettors Wish first over from third moving to the final turn. Bettors Wish drew alongside Southwind Ozzi passing three-quarters in 1:24.2 and powered past entering the stretch. Through the lane Bettors Wish expanded his lead on Southwind Ozzi as he clung to second in the 1:51 mile with Covered Bridge, De Los Cielos Deo and Bronx Seelster rounding the finalists. "You can't help but love him," Dunn said of Bettors Wish after the race. "He's such a cool horse. He's had a great year and I think tonight was probably the best he's actually felt post parading and that. I've given him some pretty hard runs too the poor wee fella and he just keeps bouncing back. It's a credit to Chris [Ryder] and the team for the job they do--he's just sublime." Collecting his 12th win from 16 starts this season and his 17th from 28 overall, Bettors Wish has amassed over $1.7 million in earnings for owners Chris Ryder, Bella Racing Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners. "Coming into this week [he] had two good weeks in Kentucky and after that I thought 'Well, it's my job that he's not messed up this week,'" Ryder said after the race. "I just kept my fingers crossed for another week. It's been a great year...I just love having him; he's a beautiful horse. We actually had a bit of a hiccup with a foot this week but it came right and he's an easy keeper." Bettors Wish returned $3.00 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. Dancin Lou darted through a seam at the pylons and past tiring leaders to take the first Breeders Crown elimination. Stag Party pushed for the front heading to the first turn while 4-5 favourite Captain Crunch sat second to a :26.1 first quarter. Captain Crunch soon circled to the lead entering the backstretch while Century Farroh raced anxiously from third before angling off the pegs and brushing to command. Past the half in :55.4, Century Farroh faced first-over pressure from Air Force Hanover circling the final turn. Captain Crunch fanned three wide through a gap in cover passing three-quarters in 1:23.2 and slid past the dueling and drifting leaders into the stretch. Dancin Lou stuck towards the pylons and had a straight shot to the front in the final eighth, hitting the finish in 1:50.1. "[The trip] worked out pretty good really," Dunn said after the race. "There was a bit of action in that race. He was really good last out at Lexington but he was better tonight. We took our shot, took a bit of luck and he got around the inside there and really exploded." Owned by David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd., Dancin Lou won his 11th race from 27 starts, earning $284,756. Tahnee Camilleri conditions the Sweet Lou colt who advances to the final along with Best In Show, Captain Crunch, Fixed Idea and Semi Tough. "That was a really good field tonight--I'm just so proud of that little colt," said Camilleri, who made the decision to try Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown after his win at Lexington two weeks ago. "I'm very thankful it's panned out so far with the owners. I haven't come from a racing background and it's just been a uphill struggle to get recognized. To have a horse like this is great for my career and I'm very thankful the owners gave me a shot." Dancin Lou paid $12.20 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. Post positions for the $600,000 final will be drawn on Tuesday at a press conference. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through five. From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society  

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Plainville, MA --- The third leg of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-old competitors was conducted at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 21) and all four harness racing divisional winners were charted gate to wire winners. Three of the four races were non-betting and held prior to the track's regular post time. In the $38,500 trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) grabbed the lead by the :28.3 quarter and settled on the pylons by a gapped margin. After hitting the half in :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:27, driver Jimmy Whittemore guided Simple Kaos home in :28.3 and won by three-lengths in 1:55.3. Simple Kaos remained perfect in the MASS, winning his third straight event and now showing $76,070 earned for owners the George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson. Ducharme trains Simple Kaos and Larson was the breeder. The $38,700 pace for 3-year-old fillies was no contest as Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) took command at the start and never looked back. Jim Hardy had Karan's Choice on top by a comfortable 2-1/2 length lead at three-quarters in 1:26.3, extended that to five-lengths at the top of the stretch and then blew it wide open at the wire, winning by 11-lengths in 1:55.4. It was the third straight MASS win and seventh tally overall in 2019 for Karan's Choice who boosted her earnings to $79,624 for owner/breeder Al Ross. Jim Hardy also trains the winner. The $37,800 filly trot provided somewhat of a surprise as Mother Teresa (Father Patrick-Highscore Kemp) grabbed the lead for driver Drew Monti and kept everyone seated through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before turning for home and turning back the winner of the first two legs and current stake record holder, Crystalline (Shawn Gray), to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56. It was the first win of the year for Mother Teresa and it increased her earnings to $46,173 as a result. K R Breeding bred and owns Mother Teresa and Domenico Cecere trains the filly. The most competitive race of the day was the $39,900 3-year-old colt and gelding pace where Levi (Pet Rock-Beam Of Joy) overcame constant pressure during the mile to win in a display of intestinal fortitude and heart. Levi (Scott Renz) took the lead but had Good Heavens (Ivan Davies) at his side by the quarter, pushing the pace in :27.2. The two paced side by side past the half and to the five-eighths pole where CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) tipped three-wide and by the three-quarters, and took over for the fading Good Heavens. Now being pushed again, Levi momentarily gave way at the head of the stretch where CBF Bantam took a short lead. But Levi swelled up and came back strong under animated urging from Renz to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. It was the first MASS win for Levi ($7.20) who now boasts $62,979 in earnings this year for owner/breeder Stephen Richard. With all the preliminary legs in the books for both 2 and 3-year-old eligibles, the $800,000 (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stake finals are next and will be held on Sunday (Oct. 28) at Plainridge Park. For updated points and information heading into those finals, please log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website at By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  
WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 21, 2019 -- Party At The Banks matched the harness racing track record of 1:52.3 for older mares as she moved powerfully first over and drew off late in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. One of two mares in the field, Party At The Banks found a seat fourth from post 8 before Dave Palone sent her on her way. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As quickly overpowered the leader, Whats The Word, and defeated Donatover by 4-1/2 lengths. Barn Girl, the other mare in the race, earned show. The time equaled the mark established by Cowgirl Hall in 2014. Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who lifted her career bankroll to $312,173, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $4,578.35 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association
HARRINGTON, Del. - Michael Horn and Alexander Rice Jr.'s Allwillworkout ($26, Jon Roberts) was a 1:52.1 winner in the $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Western Terror gelding made an aggressive first-over move and quickly opened up a four-length lead on the field near the three-quarters. Dialamara, at 77-to-1, closed ground late for second and Little Ben outkicked Highland Beach Boy for third. Trained by Rice, Allwillworkout notched his sixth win of the season and 22nd of his career. After the 6th race, George Leager's Slick Tony was presented with horse of the meet honors, as voted on by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Trained by Leager, the 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion had 8 wins in 14 starts at the meet, and banked nearly $100,000, the most of any overnight horse at the meet. He was driven throughout the season by Russell Foster. Tony Morgan had three wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Roberts each had a double. While Art Stafford Jr. has an insurmountable lead in the driver standings, the training title is still up for grabs as reigning champ Joe Columbo maintains a three win lead over Mike Hall with two nights remaining. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      
DAYTON, OH. - Diversity was the name of the harness racing game at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday (Oct. 21) afternoon as twelve different drivers visited the winner's circle on the 14 race matinee program. In addition to the plethora of winning drivers, there was a full range of mutuel payoffs as patrons had a difficult time determining which horses and which drivers would do well over the damp track due to intermittent showers. The only multiple winning reinsman was Trevor Smith who captured three of the last four races with One Of The Few (1:56.4, $63.80 to win), John Mac (1:53.4, $9.20) and Time To Casper (1:56.1, $3.60). The other winners were Sausalito Hanover (1:56.1, $18.60, Brady Galliers), Prince Of Art (1:55.2, $31.20, Jack Franklin), Rev It Up Man (1:56.3, $8.40, Ammon Hershberger), Friday Meeting (1:57.1,$3.00, Beau Brown), Fixthedeficit (1:55.2, $18.20, Alex Hawk), Rock N Jo Z (1:55.2,$8.20, Tyler Smith), Spoileronthebeach (1:53.3, $4.80, Brett Miller), Chips Cash (1:58.4, $47.60, Kayne Kauffman), Desireforthewin (1:54.3, $20.20, Chad Clark), E R Vincent (1:54.4, $6.40, Jeremy Smith) and Smash (1:54, $57.00, Jason Beattie). From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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