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The New Zealand Cup

New Zealand Cup and Dominion nominations

The $800,000 New Zealand Cup has received a total of 29 harness racing nominations while the Dominion received a total of 47. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Tuesday 14th November Alpha Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven Alta Orlando  by  Courage Under Fire Art Union  by Art Major Buster Brady  by Real Desire Captain Dolmio  by Grinfromeartoear Cash N Flow  by Mach Three Classie Brigade by Bettor's Delight Cullect A Guinness  by Gotta Go Cullect Dream About Me by Bettor's Delight Ears Burning by Grinfromeartoear Franco Cristiano  by Bettor's Delight Have Faith In Me  by Bettor's Delight Heaven Rocks by Rock N Roll Heaven Hug The Wind  by Bettor's Delight Imola  by Jereme's Jet Jack’s Legend  by Bettor's Delight Lazarus  by Bettor's Delight Max Phactor  by Art Major Maxim  by Bettor's Delight Moonrock by Rocknroll Hanover No Doctor Needed  by Mach Three Northview Hustler  by Bettor's Delight Piccadilly Princess by Bettor's Delight Robbie Burns  by Live Or Die Seel The Deal  by American Ideal Start Dreaming  by American Ideal Tiger Tara  by Bettor's Delight Titan Banner  by Art Major Waikiki Beach by Somebeachsomewhere Total: 29   2017 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Nominations New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Friday 17th November Aldebaran Eagle by Muscle Hill Amaretto Sun by Sundon Arya by Angus Hall BD Love by Love You Belles Son by Majestic Son Bordeaux by Love You Cyclone Jeter by Majestic Son Dark Horse by Bacardi Lindy Daryl Boko by Majestic Son De Vito by Sundon Destiny Jones by The Pres Djokovic by Sundon Doctor Bones by Monkey Bones Donegal Bettorgretch by Bettor's Delight Everybody Knows by Quite Easy Eyre I Come by Majestic Son Father Christmas by Love You Gee Up Neddy by Raffaello Ambrosia Golden Gate by Earl Great Things Happen by Love You Habibti Ivy by Love You Harriet Of Mot by Monarchy Hey Yo by Revenue Idle Monkey by Monkey Bones Kyvalley Blur by Chocolatier Lavros Jack by Bettor's Delight Lemond by Love You Lothario by Love You Marcoola by Sundon Missandei by Angus Hall Monbet by Love You Monty Python by Pegasus Spur My Tribeca by Goetmals Wood One Over Da Moon by Majestic Son Pegasus Dream by Pegasus Spur Poppymalda by  Armbro Invasion Prince Fearless by Majestic Son Sheemon by Monarchy Sol Invictus by Sundon Sundons Wish by Sundon Sunny Ruby by Sundon The Foot Tapper by Love You Tornado Valley by Skyvalley Valmagne by Sundon Wilma's Mate by Pegasus Spur Yagunnakissmeornot by Love You Zachary Binx by Sundon Total: 47   Courtney Clarke Media Executive | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

John DeLong steers Easy Ace to victory

DeLong celebrates 2,000 career wins

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 16, 2017 - Driver John DeLong recorded the 2,000th win of his career after he piloted Easy Ace to victory in a condition pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 16. The 1:55 victory marked the third win of the season for the three-year-old gelded son of United Ace-Slotto Queen and a career milestone for the 28-year-old Wisconsin native. Trained by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace was able to stage big rally late in the lane to track down his competitors and get the win by a head. Owned by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace now sports a career bankroll of $36,067. DeLong came into the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Wednesday just two wins away from his milestone. He also found the winner's circle with Becky's Giftedangel for trainer Casandra Uppal on the card before reaching 2,000. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore, along with members of DeLongs's family were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate John on win number 2,000," Moore noted. "I commend John on an outstanding career thus far; he is a great ambassador for our sport and a wonderful addition to our driving colony at Hoosier Park. We wish John continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career." Starting his driving career in at the Illinois fairs in 2005, DeLong was 19-years-old when he won the leading driving title at Running Aces in its inaugural season in 2008. Now at the age of 28, DeLong has over $15 million in career purse earnings. Last year in his just his second full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $4.2 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, doubling his stats from previous years. In addition to driving, DeLong works with the family's stable of horses including campaigning Indiana's three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Seventimesavirgin. DeLong is currently third on the 2017 leading driver standings at Hoosier Park with 133 trips to the winner's circle and over $1.3 in purse earnings. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 219 victories with Sam Widger in second with 198 winners. Emily Gaskin

Fourth Dimension

Action-packed night of New York Sire Stakes

Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven) won for the fourth consecutive time in as many starts as he set yet another harness racing track record on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Marcus Melander trainee scored on the engine in his division of the $54,500 New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters. Brian Sears piloted the superstar freshman who set the track record at Monticello before matching the mark at Yonkers for two year old trotting colts last week. On Wednesday, Fourth Dimension was the public's 1-9 betting favorite as he went coast to coast to complete his grand slam. The standout two year old added another track record to his resume though that mark wouldn't last long. The Tracy Brainard-trained My Lindy Winner (Credit Winner) got up in the final strides to prevail in 1:56.4 to become the fastest two year old trotter in track history. Jim Morrill Jr. worked out a cover trip for My Lindy Winner who prevailed for the first time in just two career starts. At the start of the evening, it was Trond Smedshammer's Perlucky (Lucky Chucky) who actually was the first one on the night to lower the previous track mark for freshmen when he trotted to a NYSS score in 1:57.1. Highlighted by a final half in 56.2, Perlucky broke his maiden in impressive fashion. His track record was then lowered twice in the following hours, a record that now belongs to My Lindy Winner after an action-packed night of New York Sire Stakes action at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Itsgoodtobequeen

Vodka N Lindy shoots lightning lane to upset

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Vodka N Lindy stalked the 6-5 favorite, Treviso, from the pocket, then shot by her in the Lightning Lane to pull off the 6-1 harness racing upset in Wednesday's $142,654 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady took the other division in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Meadow Bright. Treviso was looking to complete a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs and had the lead into mid-stretch. But Vodka N Lindy knifed inside for David Miller and scored in 1:54.3, a length better than the rallying Cool Cates. Treviso saved show. "I planned to stay in the pocket and take our chances from there," Miller said. "She needed to be first or second to make the (PASS) final, and she has gate speed. So I thought if I could leave and follow Treviso, I probably would be first or second." George Ducharme trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy for George Ducharme Stable, Paul Fontaine, Jim Winske and Winters Racing Stable. Pennsylvania's freshman champion, Fine Tuned Lady had banked more than $523,000 lifetime entering the Meadow Bright and was expected to enjoy a cakewalk at 2-5. But she couldn't shake the pocket-sitting The Erm and was all out to defeat her by a head in 1:55.2. Crann Tara recovered from an early break to earn show. "She wasn't as good today," said Corey Callahan, who piloted the daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "She got it done, but she was flat. She's allowed to have that, I guess." $100,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Wednesday's card also featured a stallion series event for sophomore filly trotters, and it became a showcase for Itsgoodtobequeen, who scorched her division in a stake-record 1:53.4. The other splits went to Miss Da Line, Dressed To Impress, Mimosa Hanover and Aight Hanover. Mike Wilder fashioned a stake double (Itsgoodtobequeen, Mimosa Hanover) among his four wins on the 13-race card. Itsgoodtobequeen, who added Lasix before an overnight victory in her last outing, gobbled up the leader, Broadway Concert, with an uncovered backside brush and rolled on to defeat Leet Hanover by 2-1/2 lengths, with Broadway Concert third. Although the time erased Choose Happy's previous stake record of 1:54.3, it did not shock Doug Hamilton, who conditions the daughter of Muscle Massive-Ucalthisahoneymoon for Jon Erdner, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck. "It really didn't surprise me," Hamilton said. "She's been good since we got her on Lasix. She's eligible to everything in Pennsylvania, plus if she's good enough, she can go to the filly division of the Kentucky Futurity." Miss Da Line had been experiencing breaking problems and had a brief, unhappy fling with hopples. She shed them for Wednesday's stake and took nary a bad step for Tony Hall, powering first up and jogging to a 5-length victory over Princess Aurora in 1:55.2 Temple Ruins completed the ticket. "She was a little warm, but as the gate moved on, she seemed to calm down to where I could put her in a hole," Hall said. "The hopples aggravated her, so they took them off. She was perfect today." Ray Paver trains Miss Da Line, a homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, for Harry Horowitz and Iris Horowitz. Dressed To Impress hadn't won a stake all year, but the daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp moved smartly first over for Miller and prevailed easily in a career-best 1:55.2. EZ Passer, the 4-5 favorite, recovered from a break to finish second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Vegan Hanover third. "I've had luck with her -- good trips and all," Miller said. "Maybe you have to catch her on the right days. She raced today better than any time I've ever raced her. If you give her a good trip, she'll give you a good effort. You can't get too crazy with her." Tim Lancaster trains Dressed To Impress for Andrea Lee Racing Stables and Lakefield Gore. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, whose stirring duel last month in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids created one of the most memorable races in the 51 editions of the classic, lock horns in a $140,828 PA Sires Stake. They've drawn into the same division, which goes as race 4. Special post time Friday is 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC – James MacDonald, the representative of host country Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, added his sixth win of the tournament at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec Wednesday night to widen his lead in the contest, and the trip to the fifth and final venue, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island for racing Friday, looks more and more like a triumphant “home stretch” for the 31-year-old, for he is a native of the Island province, and he may be well receiving the driving crown at the place where it all started for him. Hippodrome 3R is appreciative of having the honor of hosting eleven of the world’s best drivers in their fourth stop on their five-stop West-to-East journey across Canada in the World Driving Championship, which is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference; Canada was selected as host in honor of the country’s 250th anniversary of being a home for horse racing. The standings going into the card: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 144 points           (five wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 130 points           (three wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     123.5 points       (three wins) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              97 points            (one win) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                   New Zealand      93 points Noel Baldacchino                                                 Malta                    90 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                89.5 points          (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                86 points             (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  83 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      69 points Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                68 points Here is a description of the four races at the Quebec half-mile oval, all contested at 1 1/16 miles: RACE ONE ($4000 pace): Dexter Dunn, James MacDonald, and Marcus Miller were all 2-1 in the betting, and those three drivers and their horses – respectively, Imagine Speed, Ninoscredit, and Maracasso --were 1-2-3 at the quarter, though Dunn and Imagine Speed had to pay a 27 price to get to the front. The field stayed in that order until a half-mile remained, when Gerhard Mayr moved Eataam Whosurboy first-over to challenge the leader, and with a strong move with 3/8 remaining Eataam Whosurboy got in gear and started a move that carried him to the lead nearing the far turn. The key to the race was the horse with the cover behind Eataam Whosurboy – who was nobody, which allowed Miller and Maracasso to get out behind him and then move after the new leader, with MacDonald and Ninoscredit pinned in as the two horses went by. Ninoscredit came on well in the stretch, but Maracasso had the jump on him and sustained to the wire, winning by a length in 2:06.1 over the 1 1/16 miles to give Marcus Miller his fourth win of the tournament. “I wasn’t sure if I’d get that kind of trip when we left the gate,” Miller noted after the race. “But I was able to get out behind the horse who went to the lead and could keep James (MacDonald) in. I was able to keep going and win, but MacDonald got out and finished second – he’s tough, driving very well now.” DRIVERS’ ORDER OF FINISH: Miller, MacDonald, Mayr, Dunn, Depuydt, Baldacchino, Goop, Graham, Purdon, Forss, Hoitomt. LEADER BOARD AFTER FIRST 3R RACE: MacDonald 157, Miller 141.5, Forss 132, Graham and Dunn 101. RACE TWO ($4600 trot): When you work out a second-over trip from post eleven – the third trailer – on a half-mile track, you know things are going your way – and you are making things go your way. Native son James MacDonald managed to work out a second-over trip with Federal Strike in this event, following Abundasass and driver Bjorn Goop. Both were out much of the 1 1/16-mile distance, but worked their way to the front spots down the backstretch the final time. It looked for a moment as if MacDonald might not get clearance – that pesky Marcus Miller again – but this time Miller’s horse backed off, and Federal Strike moved out and took it from there, going by Abundasass as the slight favorite and winning by 1 ¼ lengths, with the added-distance time of 2:08.1 declared a 3R track record, since the books and Standardbred Canada had no record of a race over the distance listed. “I can’t believe I worked out a trip like that,” a disbelieving/euphoric MacDonald said after the contest. “But I know the respect that Bjorn Goop has earned and is given in Sweden and Europe, and when I found a way I could follow him, I figured – I hoped that would be able to carry me up. He did and then my horse got his chance, and we won.” Asked if he felt in a commanding position by now, MacDonald put his game face back on and said, “Still have to grind it out – lots of great drivers out there.” DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: MacDonald, Goop, Forss, Miller, Mayr, Graham, Hoitomt, Dunn, Baldacchino, Purdon, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE TWO: MacDonald 175, Miller 149.5, Forss 142, Graham 107, Dunn 105. RACE THREE ($4200 pace): “The Finnish Lion,” Mika Forss, looked like everything was going his way. His pacer Shanghai B G, the slight 2-1 favorite, got away in the pocket behind a strong pacesetter in Jolt’s Prayer (Dexter Dunn), saw waves of challenger fell back, then looked to move his move on the far turn. “And my horse felt good.” And then his sulky broke. “My sulky seat started to break on me, and I had to hold on (to the sulky),” Forss noted after the race. Despite being driven literally one-handed (and perhaps accounting for his bearing out in the stretch), Shanghai B G was able to rally, and he was just up at the – well, finish line for the Finnish Lion, the 1 1/16 miles in 2:06.1. “That’s never happened to me in all of my career,” the veteran Forss noticed after the race, which provided his fourth victory of the tournament. It also boosted him back into second, a half-point ahead of Marcus Miller, who was on Forss’s back throughout but could do no more than keep his 24-1 shot going for third. MacDonald was in the parked tier and rallied for fifth. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Forss, Dunn, Miller, Mayr, MacDonald, Purdon, Hoitomt, Graham, Baldacchino, Goop, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE THREE: MacDonald 182, Forss 160, Miller 159.5, Dunn 118 (no wins but five seconds in the tournament), Graham 111. RACE FOUR ($4400 pace): Nobody wanted to leave anything anywhere but on the track for the last local race, and the field was stacked two- (or more-) deep the entire way. But Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, used the physics to his advantage: he and Tidewater Tomahawk drafted behind the pacesetting Danzig Moon in the pocket, then moved out,  was already past the former leader when he made a stretch break, and drew off, winning by 3¼ lengths over the favored Hard Rock, closing well to give defending champ Dexter Dunn his sixth second of a winless tournament, with that MacDonald guy from Canada working his way through with 23-1 shot Winoc Jimmy for third. It was the first win of the tournament for Baldacchino, and oddly Tidewater Tomahawk, who was the program choice, returned $16.30 to win. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Baldacchino, Dunn, MacDonald, Depuydt, Hoitomt, Forss, Goop, Purdon, Miller, Graham, Mayr. AFTER THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 192 points           (six wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 166 points           (four wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     162.5 points       (four wins) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                  New Zealand      131 points Noel Baldacchino                                              Malta                    120 points           (one win) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              113 points           (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                111 points           (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  109 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                108 points           (one win) Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                85 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      83.5 points FINISHING LINES – Also featured during the card was the draw for Sunday’s $200,000 Prix d’Ete, for the leading four-year-old pacers in North America. The entrants, with their post positions and listed drivers: 1, Sintra (Jody Jamieson); 2, Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube); 3, Awesomeness (driver TBA); 4, Roll Away Joe (Louis Philippe Roy); 5, Western Fame (Trevor Henry); 6, Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot); 7, Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy); 8, Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair). Bali went one of the fastest miles in Hippodrome 3R history when he won a $3800 pace in 1:53.1 for Team Auger, sprinting home in 56.1 under the guidance of the track’s leading driver, Stephane Brosseau … In a $4200 trot, the mare Lucky Promesses won her seventh straight start, here in 2:01.2 for breeder/trainer/driver Jerome Lombart. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Earlier this month, filly Ariana G gave harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter his fourth consecutive win in the Hambletonian Oaks. On Friday, she will take on eight male rivals and try to provide Takter with a fourth straight victory in the open division of the Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs. Ariana G is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $320,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters at Vernon. She will start from post five with driver Yannick Gingras as she attempts to become the first female since Moni Maker in 1996 to win an open division of the event. Takter's three most recent winners in the open division of the Zweig were colt Bar Hopping in 2016, gelding Pinkman in 2015 and colt Father Patrick in 2014. For her career, Ariana G has won 15 of 18 races and earned $1.2 million for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who also bred the filly. Her connections could have raced Ariana G in the Zweig's filly division, but opted for the open in part because of the difference in the purses. The filly race goes for $135,000. Ariana G's connections faced a similar decision earlier this month when they entered the filly in the Hambletonian Oaks, which is restricted to female competition, rather than the Hambletonian, which is open to all 3-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian, though, contests its eliminations and final on the same day, unlike the Oaks which holds eliminations a week prior to the final. "I think it is a good time to give it a try," Takter said about entering the Zweig's open division. "It's almost three times the purse and I think she's very compatible with these boys. And it's one race. The reason we didn't go into the Hambletonian was because it was two heats. "(In the Zweig) I think she is probably going to go off as the post time favorite. I think she is as good as them. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think so." Ariana G, who received the 2016 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter, beat male rivals in an elimination of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and finished third from post eight in the final on July 1 for her only setback in seven starts this season. She is the fastest 3-year-old female trotter this year, with a best win time of 1:51.1, and second-fastest 3-year-old trotter overall. Walner, a colt sidelined by injury, holds the top spot with a time of 1:50.2. Ariana G heads to the Zweig off her win by 4-3/4 lengths in the Hambletonian Oaks on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Her winning time, 1:51.2, was the second-fastest in the history of the race, which dates back to 1971. "We've just done some light training with her (since the Hambletonian Oaks) but she's feeling very, very good," said Takter, who has won the Oaks a record seven times in his career. "I'm very happy with how she feels. She's got a good (starting) spot, right in the middle." Ariana G's schedule following the Zweig is uncertain, but the filly is eligible to the Casual Breeze, Simcoe, and Elegantimage stakes at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack in the upcoming weeks. "We'll take it one race at a time," Takter said. "The Elegantimage is going to be the main target, that's the big one." Looking at the Zweig field, Beal Memorial winner Devious Man is the 7-2 second choice behind Ariana G and the Beal's second-place finisher, Long Tom, is next at 9-2. Devious Man was third-placed-second in the Hambletonian. In the Zweig filly division, Celebrity Ruth is the 5-2 morning-line favorite ahead of Feed Your Head (7-2) and Seventh Heaven (9-2). Celebrity Ruth, owned by White Birch Farm, has won four of nine races this year and never finished worse than second while competing primarily in races restricted to New York-bred horses. She is trained by Trond Smedshammer and will have Jason Bartlett as her driver. Following is the field for the $320,000 Zweig Memorial Open. It is the 10th race on Vernon's card Friday, with a 9:45 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. International Moni-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci-8/1 2. Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-6/1 3. Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 4. Money Macintosh-Jason Bartlett-Julie Miller-15/1 5. Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 6. Long Tom-Brett Miller-Marcus Melander-9/2 7. Devious Man-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-7/2 8. Another Chapter-Jim Morrill Jr.-Per Henriksen-12/1 9. Simply Volo-Jim Marohn Jr.-John Butenschoen-10/1   Following is the field for the $135,000 Zweig Memorial filly division. It is the ninth race on Vernon's card Friday, with a 9:25 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Chapter Too-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-12/1 2. Celebrity Ruth-Jason Bartlett-Trond Smedshammer-5/2 3. Evelyn-Andy Miller-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 4. Amber Ella-Jim Marohn Jr.-Linda Toscano-10/1 5. Feed Your Head-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-7/2 6. Glitzey Gal-Jim Morrill Jr.-R. Nifty Norman-8/1 7. Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-6/1 8. Sunshine Delight-Brett Miller-Staffan Lind-15/1 9. Seventh Heaven-Scott Zeron-Linda Toscano-9/2 Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Eight top four-year-old pacers in North America have entered the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete that will take place this Sunday, August 20, at the Hippodrome 3R. The post-position draw for the big race will be done live at H3R tonight (Wednesday)to in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. H3R is hosting tonight, the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship in races 5, 6, 7 & 8. Heading the Prix D'Ete horses is Sintra from the Dave Menary Barn. The son of Mach Three has won $222,000 this year and in his last start won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. The fastest of the horses entered is Dr J Hanover from the barn of Tony Alagna. Earlier this season he became the fastest Canadian winner of all-time with his 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk Raceway. Michael Vanderkept's Awesomeness comes into the race off a lifetime best 1:50 victory at Mohawk. Also entered off a lifetime best mile is local favorite Sports Authority in 1:52.4 at Rideau Carlton this past weekend. And the Jimmy Takter Stable has two top horses entered, Western Fame and Roll Away Joe. "What a great field we have for our Prix D'Ete race," said Claude Vevesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Top drivers and top horses will make for a superb race on Sunday." Here are the horses entered in alphabetical order: Awesomeness (TBA) Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) Lyons Synder (Daniel Dube) Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy) Sintra (Jody Jamieson) Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy) Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Bouliot) Western Fame (Trevor Henry) The entry box for the remainder of the 15-race card Sunday will be closed Thursday morning at 11:00 am. There will also be the third leg of the C$220,000 Future Star Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There is a special first race post time Sunday of 2:30 pm and the Prix D'Ete is scheduled to be raced at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Harness Racing This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Roll With Joe, Tompkins-Geers and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Aug. 18) at Vernon Downs with the $320,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $135,000 Zweig Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be a $70,000 consolation in the open division and a $28,220 consolation in the filly division. Saturday's (Aug. 19) Grand Circuit action will be led by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers, while Tioga Downs will host Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies. On Sunday (Aug. 20), Grand Circuit racing will continue at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.)  Roll With Joe for older pacers, a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares, and the Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: On an absolutely flawless Friday (Aug. 11) evening, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino possessed all the elements for a spectacular 24th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The crowd was enthusiastic, the weather was sheer perfection and a quality field of 10, half of which were world champions, was certain to provide the fans with an exhilarating contest. Check Six was ultimately the horse to fulfill that goal with a quarter-length victory over stablemate All Bets Off in 1:48.1 and stake his claim as the divisional leader. Rock N' Roll World closed with alacrity to reach the wire in third. After celebrating his win, Yannick Gingras, who guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere around the seven-eighths-mile Anderson oval, acknowledged he was not exactly overjoyed when the 4-year-old stallion's post position was selected earlier in the week. "I was not thrilled when I saw the draw sheet and we were in post nine," he said. "But you have to go out there, see how things work out on the track and then drive accordingly. He's had some back luck, but he's sharp right now so since the McKee ($224,400 Sam McKee Memorial on Aug. 5) maybe now his luck is changing." Gingras wasted no time putting Check Six into the race as he gunned him to the lead immediately after the wings folded on the gate. He was followed into the first turn by world champion Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) and Rock N' Roll World (John De Long), then tripped the timer for the first quarter-mile in a speedy :26. Shortly after the time flashed upon the board, Matt Kakaley decided All Bets Off should control the tempo and that duo seized command by the :54.2 half-mile pole. At that juncture Aaron Merriman had his own ideas on how the race should be conducted and moved Dealt A Winner first-over to gain second place, with Gingras content to sit in third until after the 1:21.1 three-quarters. As Dealt A Winner began to tire from his earlier efforts as the field entered the top of the stretch, All Bets Off began to place of bit of separation between himself and his rivals, with Rock N' Roll World and McWicked (David Miller) winding up for their drives to the wire. Just when it appeared All Bets Off was home free and would hold Check Six, Rock N' Roll World and McWicked at bay, Gingras ducked into the passing lane, strode by All Bets Off along the rail and collected the win for conditioner Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Aug. 12. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 620; 2. David Miller - 489; 3. Tim Tetrick - 423; 4. Scott Zeron - 310; 5. Jason Bartlett - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 560; 2. Jimmy Takter - 417; 3. Brian Brown - 245; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 161. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 155; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 127; 3. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 105.4; 5. J&T Silva Stables - 88. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Mohawk Racetrack will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers. Tioga Downs will offer the Crawford Farm Trot for older trotters, the Joie De Vie for older trotting mares, the Artiscape for older pacing mares and Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. Paul Ramlow

Canadian harness racing driver James MacDonald propelled himself back to the top of the 2017 World Driving Championship standings, overtaking Finland's Mika Forss after winning two of Tuesday night's (August 15) five tournament races at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. MacDonald, who entered the third leg of the Championship in second place behind Forss, drew first blood in the evening’s first tournament event, reaching from the pocket with Shemars Lulu ($7.60) in 1:59 after stalking duelling leaders through the middle stages of the race.  He also teamed up with Walk The Plank ($5.20) in the night’s third Championship race, clearing, yielding, and pulling from a clear pocket on approach to the far turn before powering to a decisive 1:55.1 victory. In addition to his pair of wins, MacDonald notched a pair of minor placings, finishing second with Art Of The Deal behind James And Morgan in the night’s penultimate event, and saving third with Im The Man in the evening’s last race as Hetties Honey circled up from behind a contested pace to win. James And Morgan ($40.80) gave Norwegian Eirik Høitomt his first win of the Championship, drafting in the pocket behind MacDonald and 25-1 pacesetter Art Of The Deal before reaching up the pegs in 1:57. Hetties Honey ($15.90) took advantage of sustained pace pressure afore in the finale, circling three-wide up the far side to overtake a stalled Ken Kan Win and wear down co-favourite Waikiki Hanover (Marcus Miller, USA) for a 1:57.2 victory under Australian Shane Graham. Forss, who slipped from first to second in the standings, was first past the post with A Boy Named Suuzz in the evening’s second tournament race, but was disqualified behind Jansen Hanover ($28.20, Miller, USA) after committing a pylon violation on the second turn. MacDonald reclaimed command and opened up a 144-130 lead on Forss through the third leg of the five-city Championship, while American Miller closed the gap behind the top pair, with 123.5 points heading out of Ontario.  Graham (97) gained into fourth spot over defending champion Dexter Dunn (93) of New Zealand, followed by Noel Baldacchino (Malta), Høitomt, Björn Goop (Sweden), Gerhard Mayr (Austria), Mark Purdon (New Zealand), and Rik Depuydt (Belgium). The action shifts to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The top point-earner at the end of the five legs will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. 2017 World Driving Championship Leaderboard (after three of five legs) Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. James MacDonald (Canada) - 144 2. Mika Forss (Finland) - 130 3. Marcus Miller (United States) - 123.5 4. Shane Graham (Australia) - 97 5. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 93 6. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 90 7. Eirik Høitomt (Norway) - 89.5 8. Björn Goop (Sweden) - 86 9. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 83 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 69 11. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 68   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

As reported by the NZ Herald, William and Eva Darrah couldn't bear to live without each other - and, after 76 years of marriage, the couple died within hours of each other at their Thames home. Eva, 97, slipped away just after midnight on Thursday. Just 17 hours later William (Bill), 94, also passed away. Both died of natural causes. "Dad didn't want to live without her and she didn't want to live without him. They had said for years 'we want to go together'," said the couple's daughter Jan. "Dad knew he had lost Eva ... he just looked and held her." The couple said farewell to their house and beautiful garden - home to a newly-planted Dublin Bay Rose - for the last time on Saturday, when the hearse carrying their mahogany coffins briefly stopped outside on the way to the crematorium. Eva had recently planted the rose to replace a climbing rose that had died. "When she first came [to Thames] she put in a climbing rose ... it was beautiful and it died recently and she's had to replace it. We were all sad because she will never get to see the rose," said Jan. Bill and Eva had six children, 24 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. The couple met and fell in love in Tairua in about 1938. Eva was working at her parent's general store, the only store in Tairua at the time. Bill had just moved to the beach town from Hikutaia, near Thames, to work on the Cory-Wright farm, which involved delivering meat to local homes on his pushbike. By 1941 they were married, a milestone they celebrated at home in July this year with their 76th wedding anniversary. And, despite being unwell, Bill made it out of bed to share the special occasion with Eva. The couple spent much of their life together working on farms, which began with milking cows on Eva's family's farm - the Beach family farm - in Tairua. "When they first started [the milking] was all by hand. Mum worked alongside dad," said Jan. They took over Bill's father's dairy farm at Turua, just out of Thames, in 1942 where they stayed until their retirement in 1978. Bill and Eva then moved to Thames township where they have lived ever since. Bill's main interest became breeding and training trotting horses on a little block of land in Kopu, where he built his own track. He turned out a number of winners including Iwi Alex who won 10 races and just over $100,000 in purses. "He never stopped until three months ago," said Jan. "He went out every morning for his horses, his chooks, his pigs." The couple loved rugby and their family. They also loved their horses and enjoyed taking them to Cambridge and Alexandra Park in Auckland. When this became too much for Eva, she stayed at home and watched the races on TV. Right up until a week before she died, Eva would wake up with Bill at about 5.30am every day and go out in the dark on her walker to collect the New Zealand Herald from the letterbox. She spent her days tending to her garden and cooking recipes she found in the newspaper and magazines. "They always had a steady stream of people through the house. I think that is what has kept them going over the years too, the visitors. And there was always something in the cake tins," said Jan. "They were great at supporting other people. Their home was a central meeting place." Bill was heavily involved in the community, which included being a member of the Hauraki Plains District Council, founding member of the Turua fire brigade and a life member of the Thames Trotting Club. But on August 3, Eva collapsed at home from sheer exhaustion from nursing Bill, whose health was failing. She spent the day in hospital before returning home.  It was from that night onwards that family members started nursing the couple around the clock. A week later both Eva and Bill died.  "Dad was a perfect gentleman right until the end. Every time we did something he would say thank you," said Jan. As per the couple's wish, they have been privately cremated and will be laid to rest at the Totara Memorial Cemetery in Thames. Reprinted with the permission of New Zealand Herald

Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation are pleased to announce six recipients of this year’s Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships. The awards, totaling $17,000, are presented annually to the offspring of harness racing participants or to individuals themselves who are actively engaged in the sport.  David Snyder, CEO of International Sound and HTA’s Scholarship Committee Chair, emphasized the difficult task confronting the selection panel: “Twenty outstanding students applied, all of whom merited aid. We decided to add funds and expand the number of grants to six from the customary three. The need is so great that any measure of assistance helps in these times of spiraling tuition.”  Winners of 2017-18 Academic Year Awards  LYNDSAY HAGEMEYER, 25, Clarksville, OH, $5000. The daughter of Scott and Cindy Hagemeyer, she is in her first year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A 2015 cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Lyndsay earned a BA degree majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She made the Dean’s List 12 times at UC and was a Psychology Student of the Year. She is firm in her career goal of becoming an equine and large animal vet: “I chose OSU because I can remain active in Ohio harness racing and assist with the care of Standardbreds at the university’s hospital.” While taking a year off to work full time as assistant manager at the Hagemeyer Family Farm, Lyndsay remained heavily involved in her church, the Warren County Farm Bureau and the 4-H Horse Club. She also has been a dedicated volunteer for the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association the past two years as an ambassador to Equine Affair and the Ohio State Fair. SARAH BIRKHOLD, 23, Sarasota, FL, $5000. She, too, is in her first year of vet school at Lincoln Memorial College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate TN, located on the TN/VA/KY border in the Cumberland Gap. She is the daughter of George and Cindy Birkhold, and her family has owned, bred and raced Standardbreds for over 60 years. An Animal Sciences major and cum laude grad of the University of Florida last December, Sarah was active in extracurricular and mentoring roles. She was president of the Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen, Treasurer of Block and Bridle, an Equine Sciences teaching assistant and a leader in the campaign to prevent decoupling of racing and gaming at Florida’s racetracks. An ambitious sort with an entrepreneurial bent and plenty of experience working for herself and at parttime jobs, it did not take Sarah long to land a gig in Harrogate. “While searching for housing, I familiarized myself with the town and met the owner of the local Ewing Stockyard,” she wrote in her essay. “After talking for about an hour, he offered me a position to help him palpate cows before the weekend sale. I plan to help him as much as I can when I move so I can get as much experience as possible.”  MAJA BOWN, 20, West Orange, NJ, $2500. Maja is a Nutrition and Wellness major who will earn a BS degree at the University of New Hampshire next spring, after which she intends to stay a fifth year to complete a nursing degree in an accelerated program. She is a solid B+ student who has worked throughout high school and college as a groom, waitress and leasing assistant for a property management company. Her parents, John and Nancy Bown, were Standardbred trainers and caretakers who worked side-by-side in their stable at Saratoga and other East Coast harness tracks. In 2007 both died just six months apart. The pain of that experience helped spur her interest in nursing. “With both my parents being sick, my sister and I had a lot of great and not so great nurses to deal with,” she wrote. “I want to have a positive influence with patients and their families.” Maja’s affection for harness racing and fond memories of being with her parents at the barn remain undiminished. When home, she often goes to Gaitway Farm where her parents trained and where she assists every summer in the stable of Donna and Jim Marshall, who took Maja and her sister Jess into their home 10 years ago. She also volunteers annually for special events at Freehold Raceway, whose Director of Racing, Karen Fagliorone, had this to say in a letter of recommendation: “Maja was forced to mature and take on responsibilities much sooner than most children. I’ve been privileged to watch her grow into a strong, confident, hardworking young lady and could not think of a more deserving applicant.”  JACK BUMANN, 18, Woodhull, IL, $2500. Jack is a freshman, and member of the golf team, at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, having graduated as salutatorian in his high school class of 25. Just a partial list of his achievements there is staggering: class president grades 9-11, National Honor Society, four-year GPA 3.96, varsity letter track 9-11, varsity letter golf 9-12 (low scorer and MVP all four years and fifth of 142 in five states invitation-only Midwest Elite Golf Tournament), Marine Corps Senior Male Distinguished Athlete Award, IL H.S. Assoc. Concert Band Solo/Ensemble Awards 9-12, and Western IL U. Marching Band Champion Soloist 10. Mr. Bumann’s charitable endeavors are equally impressive. He initiated a proposed legislative change permitting an excused absence during school hours when a student plays Taps at the funerals of deceased veterans and active-duty armed services members, a community service he has performed numerous times. The bill was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 16, 2016, with Jack by his side. The accomplishment led to interviews and features on him in state-wide media, including NPR and the Chicago Tribune. No surprise, then, when he was selected for the 2016 “Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps Founder’s Award” given to the top high school senior volunteer nationwide. Jack is the son of Shannon and Christine Bumann. His maternal grandparents, Sam and Sandra Hodgett, raced Standardbreds for 37 years in Illinois and Iowa. Sam still drives the starting car at several county fairs and Jack goes with him to trumpet the Call to Post, another deed that he has performed for many fairs, including the State Fair in Springfield.  JESSICA HALLETT, 18, Margate, FL, $1000. Jessica is enrolled as a dual degree pre-law/pre-med major at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. A graduate of Deerfield Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Degree Program, she ranked 20th in her class of 545 with a weighted GPA of 5.3. She captained the varsity softball team, played soccer, ran cross country and was a member of the French, Science and National Honor Societies. For the last two years Jessica participated in the Broward Sherriff’s Office Explorer Post, which teaches young volunteers police and legal procedures as well as self-defense. Within six months of joining she was promoted to Sergeant and three months later to Lieutenant. Recently she joined the Sheriff’s Office Fire Cadet program which offers basic firefighter and paramedic skills. As the junior member of Team Hallett, the Standardbred stable consisting of parents John and Michelle and brother Jonathan, she has done it all around the barn and paddock. To attain her IB degree, Jessica had to complete a personal project that involved learning a new skill and documenting the process. She sought out a local artist who taught her how to airbrush and Jessica then parlayed her new skill into designing and painting signs, race bikes and helmets. Brian Sears and Wally Hennessey are among her clients. RAY COTOLO,18, Harrisburg, PA, $1000. Following four very productive years in which he amassed a cumulative GPA of 3.8, ranked 18th of 272 in his class and earned induction into the National Honor Society, Ray will be a freshman this fall at Elizabethtown College pursuing a BA. His major of Communication Studies builds upon his high school extracurricular experiences in Thespian Society Dramapalooza Shows, four years of Concert Band and regular stints on the Falcon Broadcast Channel. A precocious, inventive and extremely witty harness handicapper and commentator, young Cotolo has free-lanced for the Hambletonian Society (starting at age 10!), USTA, Twin Spires, US Racing, North American Harness Update and American Turf Monthly. “By 2011,” he explained in his essay, “I was itching to do more work within the industry, but also aware of the lack of positions for an 11-year-old writer and handicapper. That was when I started my own blog, The Racing Inquirer, where I wrote up recaps near minutes after races and offered handicapping advice ranging from Pick-4’s to contenders in the North America Cup.” In her recommendation letter, Moira Fanning, Director of Operations for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, extolled Ray’s character, work ethic and passion for harness racing: “Time and time again he has impressed me with his manners, maturity and grasp of any situation he is presented with. He shows up in a suit and tie and looks to fill in wherever needed and can usually do anything I ask him to do twice as fast as I can. His parents should be extremely proud of the young man they have raised.” Ray is the son of Kristen Cotolo and noted turf journalist Frank Cotolo. Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation have made 220 grants to 150 students since the scholarship fund’s inception in 1973. A total of $825,950 has been awarded. The program remains one of the cherished legacies of deceased double Hall of Famer Stan Bergstein, the longtime Executive Vice President of HTA, and International Sound founder Harold Snyder, who died in 2015. HTA Scholarship Committee members Tom Aldrich (Northfield Park), Charles Lockhart (Dover Downs), Chris McErlean (Penn Gaming), Rick Moore (Hoosier Park) and Jason Settlemoir (The Meadowlands) are deeply grateful for the continuing financial support of ISC CEO David Snyder and his family. Their generous endowments have enriched the sport and touched the lives of harness racing families over many decades. Harness Tracks Of America  

WILKES-BARRE PA - First-time Pennsylvania Stallion Series starters won all four divisions of the third preliminary leg for harness racing two-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - with all four of the winners not assured of a Sire Stakes Championship, but close to "on the bubble" for the rich final to be held at Pocono on Labor Day. Matt Kakaley handled two of Tuesday's winners, including the fastest and the only non-maiden, the A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign miss Sidewalk Dancer, who won her third straight race while lowering her mark to 1:52.3. "Sidewalk" danced to control past the quarter and finished with 27.4 speed to be five lengths clear at the finish for trainer Chris Oakes and owners North Fork Racing Stable, Omar Beiler, and Dennis Coons. Kakaley's other Stallion Series success came behind the Bettor's Delight-Sanabellevalentine filly Belle's Delight, who moved to the lead at the ¾ and drew off by 5¾ lengths in 1:53.3. Belle's Delight, who was second in a division of the Arden Downs stake on Adios Day, is trained by Ron Burke for owner W J Donovan. Both Kakaley winners were mutuel favorites; the horse evaluated as second-best in her division, the Somebeachsomewhere-Shoobeedobeedo (try typing that three times quickly) filly Sandy's Beach, proved the best by two lengths despite going first-over to stop the timer at 1:52.4. David Miller, who had four wins on the card at press time, drove the Nifty Norman-trained filly for owner David McDuffee. The longest-priced of the four winners, She Said So ($17.60), also had the smallest win margin, a head, but her check will be the same no matter the margin of victory. The daughter of Well Said-Dreams Are Great was stepping quickly late to just catch favored pacesetter Krushed Apple in 1:54.4 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder, the latter also co-owner with Joseph Jannuzzelli, Deena Frost, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. The only double winner in the first two prelims, Cult Icon, sat out this dance, and obviously with four first-time series starters winning she is still the only filly with two wins. But she is not the pointleader: that distinction is shared by three fillies who had board finishes at Pocono to make their scorecards 3-1-1-1, worth 75 points: Real Fine, Round The Beach, and Some Renditions. And right now 40 points ties a horse for eighth and a shake to get in the 8-horse final; all of Tuesday's winners are tied for 11th - which should make the freshmen's final divisional prelim, August 23 at Philly, quite a spectacle. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2017 -- Iluvtomakemoney completed his sweep of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series four preliminary legs with a hard-fought victory in Tuesday's $60,000 leg at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Like Clockwork and No Easy Day taking the other splits. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each offering a $40,000 purse, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Hammered down to 3-5, Iluvtomakemoney was expected to make short work of the field. But his competitors had other ideas, as the Well Said-Symphony In Motion gelding found himself widest in a three-ply, 26.4 battle for the early lead. He reached the point for Tony Hall and held off the rallying Someboysomewhere by a neck in 1:54.3, with Dancinat Midland third. "He gets really grabby in a hole, so my instructions today were: do what you have to do to get to the front," Hall said. "I don't know why we had to do a quarter in 26.4 -- it got very confusing. I wasn't sure if he had enough left, but he toughed it out and got the job done." Mark Harder trains the homebred Iluvtomakemoney for Joseph Jannuzzelli. Like Clockwork extended his career unbeaten streak to four, including three stallion series victories, by quarter-poling to the lead for Mike Wilder and scoring easily in 1:53.3. Early leader Aleppo Hanover was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Dew A Little Dance earned show. Tim Twaddle trains the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. "He doesn't act like a 2-year-old," Wilder said. "Everything comes easy for him. He doesn't show much greenness. I keep pushing him to the lead to keep him out of trouble, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He has a quiet demeanor but a big motor." No Easy Day was dropping down from PA Sires Stake events; the class relief showed as he rocketed by four horses in the stretch to notch his maiden victory in 1:53.3 for Dan Charlino, trainer Ron Burke and owner Thomas Dillon. Beach Watch was 1-1/4 lengths back in second while Yupper completed the ticket. "Ronnie said he'd be really good, just race him from the back," Charlino said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wish All You Want. "He was kind of 'colty,' just kind of goofing around back there, until I popped the plugs. When I asked him to go, he shifted into a gear these colts don't have." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Jewels In Hock enjoyed escort service from her stablemate, Classical Annie, then blew by her in the lane to triumph in 1:54. Wilder drove for Burke and owner Crawford Farms Racing. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore extended her career bankroll to $512,955. It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of events for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $142,654 PA Sires Stake known as the Meadow Bright and a $100,000 stallion series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Fields are now set for the fifth leg of the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, which will take place on Friday, August 18 at Red Shores' Charlottetown Driving Park, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete Friday during what is the fifth and final leg of the competition. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The WDC kicked off with its first leg this past Saturday (August 12) at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. The United States' Marcus Miller had secured the early lead in the WDC standings after having driven a pair of opening-leg winners. The second leg of the WDC took place on Monday (August 14) at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario, where Finland's Mika Forss took over the lead in the standings courtesy of three straight victories. The third leg of the WDC will take place on Tuesday (August 15) at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ontario. The fourth leg of the WDC is scheduled for Wednesday (August 16) at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The Charlottetown Driving Park leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 3, 5, 7 and 10. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races. World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 3) Purse: $1,000 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Libbybeans - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 2 - Bignprecious - Mika Forss (Finland) 3 - R Es Nancy - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 4 - Ameriquel - James MacDonald (Canada) 5 - Jinglewriter - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 6 - Onehotvett - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 7 - Formidable - Shane Graham (Australia) 8 - Maudail Mac - Marcus Miller (USA) 9 - Johannahs Jet - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 10 - Whitesand Artist - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 11 - Jays Little Spark - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) World Driving Championship - Race 2 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 5) Purse: $1,000 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Saftic Seelster - Marcus Miller (USA) 2 - Elm Grove Kaptain - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 3 - Keep A Secret - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 4 - Dilans Mustang - Shane Graham (Australia) 5 - Go With It - James MacDonald (Canada) 6 - Grimsby - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 7 - Mr Pogge - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 8 - Putnams Force - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 9 - Choco Du Ruisseau - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 10 - Caughtfoolinaround - Mika Forss (Finland) 11 - Bo Butler - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 7) Purse: $1,200 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Pick N Scoop - James MacDonald (Canada) 2 - Royal Putnam - Marcus Miller (USA) 3 - Mybrothergeorge - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 4 - C J Bluefin - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 5 - Celebrate Your Bet - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6 - Kennairn Fame - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 7 - Rising Fella - Mika Forss (Finland) 8 - Miramonttogo - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 9 - Electric Syl - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 10 - Toad River - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 11 - Quick Mad - Shane Graham (Australia) World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 10) Purse: $1,600 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Bowyer Hanover - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 2 - Bonnys Mac - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 3 - Twin B Shadow - Marcus Miller (USA) 4 - All Turain - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 5 - Fly With Max - Mika Forss (Finland) 6 - Beach Fighter A - Shane Graham (Australia) 7 - Artners In Crime - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 8 - Painted Pony - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 9 - Instant Shadow - James MacDonald (Canada) 10 - P J Camdex - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 11 - Saulsbrook Quick - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) The Charlottetown Driving Park will be showcasing two cards (both afternoon and evening programs) of live racing on Friday. The WDC races will take place during the evening program, which carries a first-race post time of 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic). Friday night also features Lady Slipper Grassroots and Gold Divisions for three-year-old fillies, along with the James "Roach" MacGregor Gold Cup & Saucer Consolation. The defending champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. The World Driving Championship and the World Trotting Conference are both held every two years. The 2017 editions of the events coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

Getting behind a microphone can be intimidating. But for 15-year-old Nathan Bain, calling out harness racing to hundreds at the Leamington Raceway is a dream come true. It all started when he was 12 years old and would watch longtime Windsor Raceway and Leamington Raceway announcer Marty Adler work his magic on the microphone. He loved to hear the energy and excitement in his voice as Adler kept the audience on the edge of their seats during each race. At home, Bain would watch races on television and practice. At the track, he’d practise calling the race during the replay. One day, he finally got the courage to ask Adler if he could give it a try. “I think when I started I was one of the youngest in Canada,” he said. “I was a little nervous, but excited too. I had been practising with a program and a television all the time. “I didn’t think I’d get the chance and have been doing it ever since. It’s fun and really exciting.” That was three years ago and now Bain is the backup announcer in Leamington. The Grade 10 at Belle River high school loves calling the races, but admits it does take some preparation work. “You’ve really got to know all the horses names and memorize them,” he said. “When the race starts you have to keep your eye on the track the whole time while talking about who’s leading or making a move.” Bain’s interest the harness racing industry began when Windsor Raceway closed in 2012. A group that included his grandfather — County Warden and Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain — and his parents, Lynnette and Dave Bain, fought for years in an effort to save the sport in Windsor and Essex County. His grandfather has been involved in the industry for close to 50 years. So when the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association rebranded the Leamington Raceway, the younger Bain helped get the grounds ready for the season in Leamington which runs every Sunday from August until October. He took over the social media platforms posting pictures, horse selections for races and just stirring up excitement about the Leamington Raceway on the Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The number of followers started to grow and last Sunday they had close to 1,500 people at the track. “Social media, I believe, is really helping to save racing,” he said. “In fact a lot of people are following the racing and my picks on social media in the last couple of years. In fact, the followers are increasing constantly and people are retweeting a lot of our stuff.” Bain is no stranger to the Leamington track and he said some of the regular patons look for him each Sunday. He helps them with their picks and answers questions about the horses. He also volunteers as the emcee and will often grab the microphone and talk about some of his weekly racing picks. “I also help people bet if they are new to racing,” he said. “They come up to me and say they don’t know what horse to pick. I’ll tell them what horse I like and why. My selections are usually pretty good.” Bain monitors all the different tracks and the horses, so he usually has a good handle on who’s running well. He’s been asked to guest announce at the track in Pompano Beach, Fla., Flamboro Downs in Hamilton and he’s been invited to Grand River Raceway in Elora. “I announce one or two races and it’s kind of cool at those tracks because (are) simulcasting, which is heard all over the world,” he said. “So people can watch it on the television — I was a lot more nervous doing it that way, but I do pretty well.” Bain hopes to be invited to call races at Mohawk Raceway in Milton and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. In his eyes announcing at those races would be the big times. “I really want a future in this industry,” said Bain, who now owns his own horse, a three-year-old filly named Big Bad Carly. His family has four horses in the stables. “So I really need to help this industry and make sure it’s going to stay around for a long time.” By Kelly Steele, Windsor Star Reprinted with permission of The Windsor Star

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ANDERSON, Ind.-August 16, 2017 - Driver John DeLong recorded the 2,000th win of his career after he piloted Easy Ace to victory in a condition pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 16. The 1:55 victory marked the third win of the season for the three-year-old gelded son of United Ace-Slotto Queen and a career milestone for the 28-year-old Wisconsin native. Trained by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace was able to stage big rally late in the lane to track down his competitors and get the win by a head. Owned by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace now sports a career bankroll of $36,067. DeLong came into the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Wednesday just two wins away from his milestone. He also found the winner's circle with Becky's Giftedangel for trainer Casandra Uppal on the card before reaching 2,000. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore, along with members of DeLongs's family were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate John on win number 2,000," Moore noted. "I commend John on an outstanding career thus far; he is a great ambassador for our sport and a wonderful addition to our driving colony at Hoosier Park. We wish John continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career." Starting his driving career in at the Illinois fairs in 2005, DeLong was 19-years-old when he won the leading driving title at Running Aces in its inaugural season in 2008. Now at the age of 28, DeLong has over $15 million in career purse earnings. Last year in his just his second full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $4.2 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, doubling his stats from previous years. In addition to driving, DeLong works with the family's stable of horses including campaigning Indiana's three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Seventimesavirgin. DeLong is currently third on the 2017 leading driver standings at Hoosier Park with 133 trips to the winner's circle and over $1.3 in purse earnings. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 219 victories with Sam Widger in second with 198 winners. Emily Gaskin
LEWISBURG WV - The third day of the four-day State Fair of West Virginia harness racing meet at the fairgrounds in this city in the southeast part of the state saw a familiar name - Ammon Hershberger - and a new name for 2017 - Ryan Malone - both record driving doubles on the Wednesday card, including a feature win for each on the two gaits. The Victory Sam mare Bettys Sam was victorious in the day's $1600 featured trot after finishing third behind her stablemate under the Ammon Hershberger shedrow, War Chief, on Monday. She posted a 2:05 victory for her owner, trainer, and driver - the training win his fourth at the meet for the lead in that category, and the sulky success his sixth, also leading the local colony. Earlier, Hershberger had made it two victories in two days with the Camluck gelding Red Carpet Dude, Wednesday in 2:02.2 for owner/trainer Jamie Coffy. Ryan Malone has done well in previous campaigns at the Lewisburg oval, and Team Malone, consisting of Ryan and trainer Wendell, got on the scoreboard in their first start at this year's meet, winning in the fastest time of the day, 2:01.2, with the Real Desire gelding Lightning Desire, who has won in less than 2:00 in each of the 11 years he has raced. Ryan and Wendell share ownership of the veteran. Later, trainer Herman Hagerman tapped Ryan to catch-drive Springhouse Mojo in the $1600 featured pace, and the Panspacificflight gelding was victorious in 2:03.2 for owner Greg Malta. Driver Jeff Lieberman and trainer Jimmy Viars put themselves into second place with one day to go in the meet, combining with the freshman Badlands Hanover gelding Lemonaideshine, who made his career debut a winning one in 2:05.1 for owner Susan Viars. Lieberman and Viars now each have three wins at the meet. On the Thursday getaway card, the Mountaineer Free For All Pace for $3000, and $2000 events for three-year-old pacers and free for all trotters, should ensure fast miles, especially if the sun is shining when the first race takes to the track at 1 p.m. Jerry Connors
Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven) won for the fourth consecutive time in as many starts as he set yet another harness racing track record on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Marcus Melander trainee scored on the engine in his division of the $54,500 New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters. Brian Sears piloted the superstar freshman who set the track record at Monticello before matching the mark at Yonkers for two year old trotting colts last week. On Wednesday, Fourth Dimension was the public's 1-9 betting favorite as he went coast to coast to complete his grand slam. The standout two year old added another track record to his resume though that mark wouldn't last long. The Tracy Brainard-trained My Lindy Winner (Credit Winner) got up in the final strides to prevail in 1:56.4 to become the fastest two year old trotter in track history. Jim Morrill Jr. worked out a cover trip for My Lindy Winner who prevailed for the first time in just two career starts. At the start of the evening, it was Trond Smedshammer's Perlucky (Lucky Chucky) who actually was the first one on the night to lower the previous track mark for freshmen when he trotted to a NYSS score in 1:57.1. Highlighted by a final half in 56.2, Perlucky broke his maiden in impressive fashion. His track record was then lowered twice in the following hours, a record that now belongs to My Lindy Winner after an action-packed night of New York Sire Stakes action at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella
Batavia, NY---The Canadian owned, central New York based All Charged Up has been plying her trade in western New York for three-weeks now and on Wednesday evening (Aug. 16), she just captured her second straight $9,000 mares harness racing Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs. All Charged Up (John MacDonald) left, but yielded to Little Santamonica (Larry Stalbaum) who wanted the front and got her way. From there she did all the heavy lifting, setting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.1. At that station MacDonald started to roll All Charged Up to the outside and the mare paced right around the leader. She had command before they hit the stretch and then paced away to an easy five-length victory in 1:53.1, which was only one-fifth of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares (Xenia Hanover 1:53, 2013). It was the 25th lifetime win for All Charged Up ($4.40) and it pushed her career earnings total to $236,532 for owner J P Stables. The 6-year-old daughter of Ponder is trained by "The Prime Minister" John MacDonald. MacDonald doubled his fun by winning the co-featured $8,000 Mares Open II pace with Drea's Good Powow. Getting a similar two-hole trip, Drea's Good Powow sat behind Voltina (Kevin Cummings) until the top of the stretch when he pulled her and paced right by to win by a length in 1:55.2. It was the second win in three starts for Drea's Good Powow ($3.80) and the second win of the night for owner J P Stables and trainer/driver MacDonald. The biggest win mutual of the meet so far was realized in the eighth race on the card. Ray Fisher Jr. took advantage of a fast :55.3 half and swooped the field from worst to first with Canthelpbutwin at 54-1. When the dust had settled from the tote board being blown up, the win price displayed was $101.50 for a $2 wager. That prompted a $2 "7-2" Exacta that paid $1,129, a $2 "7-2-all" Trifecta that paid $1,646 and a $1 "7-2-all-all" Superfecta that returned $464.50. John MacDonald wasn't the only horseman to capture two driving and training wins on the night. Shawn McDonough and Larry Stalbaum also attained the same achievement. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday with post time at 6 p.m. The early Pick-5 on Friday starts with a $1,500 pool and goes as races one through five.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  
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