Day At The Track
A down-the-road effort by odds-on Missile J

Foiled' foiled in first attempt at 100th

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 20, 2018 — Foiled Again has enjoyed any number of spectacular nights throughout his prolific, record-setting harness racing career. But at Yonkers Raceway Saturday (Jan. 20th) was not one of them. In his first attempt at a 100th career victory, Foiled Again threw in a dud. Harness racing richest-ever equine did not fire during Yonkers Raceway’s $20,000 first-race pace. Leaving from outside his six rivals, Foiled Again (George Brennan) found a seat fourth. The 14-year-old gelding then took out to race second-over behind Lachie Maguire N (Jason Bartlett). The tow didn’t help, but Foiled Again gapped it, anyway. He wound up sixth, beaten 7¼ lengths to winning favorite Quick Asa Trick N (Matt Kakaley, $5.10). Foiled Again, as the 2-1 third choice, was making his 305th career purse start, remaining in the same class a week after winning his 99th career race. His bankroll remains at $7,568,478. “Try it again next time,”  Brennan said.   Saturday night’s $30,000 winners-over pace was a down-the-road effort by odds-on Missile J (Dan Dube, $3.70). From post position No. 3 (in one notch after the pole-sitter scratched), Missile J stuffed Thisjetsabookin’ (Jordan Stratton) in behind, then rolled through intervals of :27.1, :56.1, 1:24.1 and 1:52.2…fastest local mile thus far this season. Thisjetsabookin’ chased, beaten a length-and-a-quarter, with Take it Back Terry (Brennan) third.   For Missile J, a 5-year-old American Ideal Hoosier co-owned by John McGill & Brian Carsey and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $38.20. Special Saturday props to trainer Darren Cassar, who sent out three winners during the dozen-race card.   Sunday’s (Jan. 21st) ‘French’ matinee offers both a ‘New York, New York Double’ (Aqueduct’s 3rd race, Yonkers 5th race) as well as a Pick 5 with a $2,986.47 carryover and a $10,000 guaranteed pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The ‘instant’ guarantee took effect after no one hit Saturday’s gimmick wager. First post Sunday is 11:30 AM. Frank Drucker

Manhattan Beach, harness racing

Tetrick wins seven on Saturday card

Lebanon, OH --- Best known as the winningest harness racing driver in Hoosier Park history, 31-year-old Trace Tetrick is also making his presence well known in the neighboring Buckeye State. After winning his first Ohio meet dash crown at Miami Valley Raceway in 2017, Tetrick has taken the five-eighths mile oval by storm again early in 2018, as he captured seven contests on Saturday (Jan. 20) at that facility. After capturing the $10,000 first prize in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley on Jan. 9, by virtue of winning the last three races in the contest, the green and gold clad reinsman has streaked to a substantial lead in the local dash derby through the first dozen days. Tetrick entered the evening seeking his fourth consecutive five-win program. Attaining that lofty goal by guiding Manhattan Beach to his second straight Open Pace victory wasn’t enough, however, as Trace was right back in the winner’s circle the next two races with Caviart Midnight and Hezabluechipboy N—his sixth and seventh scores of the night and 22nd in the last five days. Through the first dozen days of the 87-day meet, Tetrick has now notched 39 victories. Despite a slightly sticky surface due to a day-long thaw, Manhattan Beach made overcoming his assigned outside post position look easy. Parked out the entire :26.2 opening quarter, the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere played with the rest of the talented field once he got command shortly thereafter. Cruising through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.4, the winner opened a couple lengths lead by the head of the stretch and widened the margin to the wire in 1:51.4. Rock Out (Shawn Barker II) raced gamely to finish second ahead of My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton). Tetrick’s other winners came behind John Jay ($18.00), Hoosier Rikki ($4.80), Jackie Goldstein ($7.60) and Stamkos ($5.20). Finalists were also determined in the first of six varied Claim To Fame Series to complete the preliminary legs. Prince Clyde was the only multiple winner among the $20,000 male claiming pacers who competed in four divisions each of the last two Saturday nights. His $21,250 in series earnings lead the way and stamped him as the early favorite for the $35,000 championship next week. Others who qualified for the final were Cracker Pullet, Ideal Kiss, R Gauwitz Hanover, Mr Julian, Dovuto Hanover, Dalton Did It, MG Kid, Artistic Director and Chocolate Crackers. by Miami Valley Raceway 

Western Joe, harness racing

Western Joe crushes in Big M feature

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Western Joe is one of the top horses in harness racing right now, and Saturday night at the Meadowlands he completed his climb to the top of the Big M class ladder with a powerhouse win in the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. It only took two months for Western Joe to complete his meteoric rise. He impressed at the Big M on Nov. 18, taking a non-winners of $5,000 event in 1:51.1. The Chris Choate trainee then took on the likes of Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon in the Progress Pace at Dover Downs and performed credibly, finishing fifth in his elimination and fourth in the final. Since then, he's been on a roll back at the New Jersey mile oval. He had hit the board in four straight starts, winning two of them against high-range conditioned foes, before his Saturday night score, which was his most impressive yet. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal sprinted up to the top at the three-eighths and took care of things from there as driver Jim Marohn Jr. was able to rate the third fraction in :29.1, which left plenty of fuel in Western Joe's tank. A final quarter of :26.2 would leave Bettor's Edge, the 3-1 second choice who challenged at three-quarters, in the winner's wake, as Western Joe hit the wire in 1:50.4, 2 lengths in front of Alotbettor N. Tullow N was third. Western Joe returned $4.00 to win as the public choice, winning for the 11th time in 31 starts for owner Anthony J. Ruggeri. A LITTLE MORE: The final two races of the Big M's Pick 5 wager saw favorites win, but that didn't prevent the bettors from making a score. Those who had the winning combination of 9-5-2-9-5 were rewarded with a payout of $11,645.50 for a 50-cent bet. The key to the big hit was 33-1 chance Dr C's Z Tam, who scored in the wager's first leg. ... The 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 result saw one lucky simulcast player in Maine walk away with $18,404.80. ... Corey Callahan drove four winners on the card. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $75,102.54. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,700,774. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Jackpot Hi-5, harness racing

Jackpot Hi-5 hit for $56,495 Saturday

TORONTO, January 20, 2018 - A horseplayer wagering on Woodbine Racetrack through Western Fair hit the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 Saturday for a $56,495.71 score. Five-year-old pacer Fancourt and driver Randy Waples struck for an 8-1 upset in Saturday's final-race at the Toronto oval. The public's top-choice Blatantly Best finished second, but was followed in the top-five by a trio of longshots, including Shadow Place at 43-1. Horseplayers wagered $14,636 into the Hi-5 pool Saturday to join a carryover total of $44,054.34. The winning horseplayer, who was playing at Western Fair, wagered just $2.40 on Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5. The actual winning ticket cost $0.80 and was structured 1,2/1,2/7,8/,7,8/5. Below is the official top-five from Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5 race. 1st: #1 Fancourt (Randy Waples) 8-1 2nd: #2 Blatantly Best (Doug McNair) 3-2 3rd: #7 Shadow Place (Chris Christoforou) 43-1 4th: #8 Rockin In Heaven (Phil Hudon) 19-1 5th: #5 Aslan (Sylvain Filion) 8-1 The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. The wager features a $0.20 minimum wager and low 15 per cent takeout. The Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Monday's 10-race program. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

There are seventeen Mach Three yearlings in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on February the 12th. Six fillies and eleven colts go under the hammer at this harness racing Auction. Six of those yearlings are out of Group, stake winning or placed mares. Those mares are Racketeers Girl (Lot 1), Angela Jane (Lot 64), Fight Fire With Fire (Lot 131), Ohoka Moon (Lot 155), Samantha Q (Lot 10) and Western Starr (Lot 88). Mach Three needs no introduction, a great race horse and a super sire. He unfortunately died January 20th 2017 at Alabar Farms following a paddock accident. He had just turned 18. The stallion was officially inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. As a 2-year-old Mach Three won the $1.1 million Metro Pace at Woodbine in 1:51.4. The following year, Mach Three won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in a career best 1:49. Mach Three has a career record of 18 wins 4 seconds and 2 thirds in 27 starts and earnings of $2,376,700.  Mach Three winning The Meadowlands Pace Mach Three, a son of Matts Scooter out of the Abercrombie mare All Included, has produced 1,297 offspring in North America to date, with total progeny earnings  of $119 million. Mach Three’s progeny’s average earnings per starter is $119,640. Mach Three has produced 6 millionaires in North America to date. He has produced 354 horses that have earned $100,000 or more and 125 that made $250,000 plus. He has produced 502 horses that have gone 1:55 mile or better, 312 in 1:53 or faster and 37 in 1:50 or faster. Mach Three is the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere ($3.2 million, 1:46.4 world record) and now sensational sire throughout the world. Somebeachsomewhere led all divisions in North America in 2017 on the sire money winnings list, 2,3 and all-age divisions. Down Under, Mach Three has sired the winners of $19 million to date in New Zealand including the champion Auckland Reactor, and in Australia he is the sire of $19 million in progeny earnings as well.  The Group, stake winning or placed mares mentioned above Angela Jane and Fight Fire With Fire are the richest of the five mares that have Mach Three yearlings in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. Both yearlings are from the Breckon Farms draft. Angela Jane has a filly by Mach Three and Fight Fire With Fire has a colt. Angela Jane ($144,835) by Falcon Seelster won the Group 2 Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes among her wins and has produced four winners to date including the very good Steve McQueen ($221,602). Angela Jane winning the Group 2 Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes Lot 64 – Rock Me Baby (bay filly Mach Three / Angela Jane) Lot 64 – Rock Me Baby (bay filly Mach Three / Angela Jane) Fight Fire With Fire has a Mach Three colt in the Sale (Lot 131). She was a very good racemare winning $151,656. She was placed in several Group races including a second in the $138,000 Group 1 New Zealand Sire Stakes Final. Fight Fire With Fire is a half-sister to the dam of 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Elle Mac ($265,564) and is also a half-sister to the dam of Pacific Warrior ($313,443). She is also a half-sister to the dam of Flaming Flutter ($736,895). Fight Fire With Fire in the New Zealand Sire Stakes Final Lot 131 – Saul Good (bay colt Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire) Lot 131 – Saul Good (bay colt Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire) Mach Three stood his entire career at Tara Hills Stud in the northern hemisphere and Alabar in the southern hemisphere. His first foals hit the ground in 2004. He shuttled for 13 years straight. Harnesslink Media

Interest in Lot 156 at next month's harness racing Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Melbourne is expected to increase following tonight's Ballarat Pacing Cup. While the colt was always going to attract some spirited bidding, the number of buyers looking to purchase the yearling is destined to grow. From Group Two winner Mendelico, the youngster is by top stallion Sportswriter. Mendelico is better-known as the dam of Heaven Rocks, which led throughout Ballarat's $100,000 Group One feature. With co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen in the cart, Heaven Rocks began quickly to find the front from the pole before accounting for Lennytheshark, which trailed the pacemeker from the inside of the second row. Shadow Sax suffered his first defeat for the season when eight metres away third. "He is such an electrifying horse when he puts his mind to it," Rasmussen said. "Because he can be erratic you've always got to be a little weary, but tonight he did well. "He got a little keen in the middle stages and took a bit to come back to me, but it was a good run overall." Also an APG purchase, Heaven Rocks rated a slick 1:55.9 over 2710 metres, taking his record to 12 wins and five placings from 25 starts for earnings of $419,818. To be given "a few light days", the son of Rock N Roll Heaven will then be aimed at the A G Hunter Cup at Melton on February 3. "The Hunter Cup will be his next race," Rasmussen said. "After that he will head up to Sydney for the Miracle Mile, which will really suit him. "He's such a quick horse, so a fast sprint down Menangle's long straight is something he will enjoy." Ballarat Pacing Cup APG Media

January 20, 2018 - Today’s top harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes commenced with the Prix de Granville “PMU Paris Gare de Lyon” (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) and 1.13.3kr timed and 3.6/1 Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for owner J-M Rancoule. 12/1 Black Atout (7m Prodigious-La Lagune) was second for Mathieu Mottier driving for Franck Leblanc and Claude Guedj. 2.2/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) was third for Charles J. Bigeon, and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. The Quinte+ Prix de Brest (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to J-M Bazire teamed Bel Avis (7g Prodigious-Gloria Maris) timed in a rated 1.13.1kr. Wildenstein Stables owns the winner that Comte de Bellaigue bred. 6.1/1 Avenir de Blay (8g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) was second for owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller. 61/1 Venose de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome) and Yoann Lebourgeois was third ahead of 46/1 Apollon de Kacy and 83/1 Romanesque. The co-featured monte Prix de Pardieu (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters. 13 four year old female starters) was taken by 32/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious-Quayaya) handled by Mme. Delphine Beaufils-Ernault for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Sebastian Ernault. The winning jockey recorded her second 2018 win in three starts and 71st career victory. Race time was a quick 1.12.8kr with a quick final 675 meters (1.13.2kr at the 500 to go mark). 2.1/1 Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hamina) was a distant second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Nivard. 1.9/1 favorite Evidence Roc (4f Paris Haufor-Misfase du Boulay) was third for Emilie LeBeller ahead of 22/1 Etoile de Bruyere and 133/1 Ebony d’Ourville. Thomas H. Hicks  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 19, 2018—A well-out-of-it Annabeth (Brent Holland, $57) was fastest through the lane Friday night (Jan. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s high-condition harness racing $25,000 pacing feature for the ladies. Sitting chilly early from post position No. 7, Annabeth saw Best of Jenna (Dan Dube) make the first lead before yielding to just-over-even-money fave All About Madi (Jason Bartlett) ‘Madi’ led through intervals of :27.4 and :57.1 before Truth and Liberty (Greg Merton) was out and moving. The one towed 40-1 proposition Pretty Image (Eric Goodell) second-over and Annabeth (Brent Holland) third-over. All About Madi was a determined leader in and out of a 1:25.4 three-quarters, opening to a length entering the lane. However, she couldn’t stall the fresher femmes. Pretty Image went wider, Annabeth wider and a buried-to-fourth-over Motu Moonbeam N (Matt Kakaley) widest. Annabeth prevailed, whipping Pretty Image by three-quarters of a length in a season’s-best 1:55. Motu Moonbeam N was third, with All About Madi and Truth and Liberty settling for the remainder. Holland won three of the evening’s dozen races. For sixth choice Annabeth, a 7-year-old daughter of Shadow Play owned by Joseph Pisarski and trained by William Adamczyk, she’s won both of her seasonal starts. The exacta paid $909, the triple returned $2,280 and the superfecta paid $20,354 (base $2 payout). Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Billy Dobson finished second in the driver standings at Saratoga Raceway in 2017 and the 33-year-old proved Friday night at the Meadowlands that he is anything but a one-trick, half-mile track pony by guiding four winners over the mile oval on the 14-race harness racing card. Dobson got underway in the third race $10,000 claiming pace, scoring with Windsong Gorgeous in 1:53 at odds of 5-1. His second winner would come about 20 minutes later as Duluth took the fourth race conditioned trot in 1:55.2 as the 9-5 favorite. Long Story Short would bring Dobson's third victory after taking the ninth race conditioned trot in 1:56.4 at odds of 3-1 before A Jersey Contract completed the four-bagger by winning the 11th race conditioned trot in 1:55.3 at 7-2 on the tote board. Dobson picked up that drive when Bill Mann took off his late assignments after taking ill. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast bettor at Arlington (Ill.) Park raked the pot in the ninth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five, cashing a ticket worth $11,656.22. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, allowing the carryover to swell to $72.275.75. ... Anthony Napolitano and Brett Miller both recorded driving doubles. ... Total wagering on the card was $2,356,344. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

TORONTO, January 19, 2018 - Winter Series harness racing action continued Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with four divisions of the Snowshoe Series for three and four-year-old pacers. A total of 32 pacers competed over four $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week series. Abbeydorney and driver James MacDonald captured the first division at odds of 9/2. Trained by Scott Friend, Abbeydorney was hustled from an outside starting spot and would settle into the early two-hole behind My Teen Idol, who posted a :27.1 opener. Lyons William, the 4/5 favourite, made a second-quarter move from third to first and led the field through middle-half panels of :56.2 and 1:25.1. However, Lyons William would hit a wall at the head of the lane and My Teen Idol was able to pop the pocket and grab the lead. The lead would be short-lived for My Teen Idol, as MacDonald was able to squeeze through a tight spot and provide Abbeydorney with clear room to surge by and score a four-length victory. My Teen Idol crossed the finish line second, while Fitbid Luck crossed third and Lyons William fourth. The final results for the opening division would see several changes following a pair of reviews by the AGCO Judges. My Teen Idol was deemed to have broken equipment before the start and therefore was a full pari-mutuel refund. The connections of the three-year-old pacer still receive the purse money for finishing second. Meanwhile, race-favourite Lyons William went inside several pylons in the stretch and was disqualified from fourth to seventh. Race-winner Abbeydorney is now one for three in 2018 to follow up a three-year-old season that saw him win three of 22 starts. The four-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven has now banked $44,272 for owners Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Abbeydorney paid $10.50 to win. Abbeydorney The second division featured an intriguing matchup between Jack Darling trained three-year-old Burn Out Hanover, who was seeking a fourth straight win, and Dean Nixon trained four-year-old Artofficial Flavor, who holds a mark of 1:51.4 and a victory over tougher competition. Friday's division went to the three-year-old, as Burn Out Hanover went coast to coast at odds of 9/5. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Burn Out Hanover left from the outside and was able to secure the lead ahead of even-money favourite Artofficial Flavor and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2. The top-two choices would sit one-two throughout the middle-half, where Jamieson was able to get sensible fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.4. Burn Out Hanover began to create separation at three-quarters and never gave any rivals a chance en route to a length score in 1:56.2. Young Man Matt finished second, while Shagnwiththedragon was third. Artofficial Flavor got poor-gaited early in the stretch and made a break, which caused him to finish fourth. A gelded son of Well Said, Burn Out Hanover capped off his rookie season with a pair of victories and has now matched those victories with two more in 2018. The sophomore pacer is now seven for 16 in his career and has banked $63,810 for owner-trainer Darling. Burn Out Hanover paid $5.90 to win. Burn Out Hanover Tremendous Play and Mario Baillargeon were able to split rivals in the lane to take the third division at odds of 10-1. Leaving from post-seven, Tremendous Play was put in play and paced to the early lead, while forcing Gillys Boy, the post-eight starter, to work hard to clear for the lead after a :27 opening-quarter. The positions at the front went unchanged by the half in :55.3, before In Spades, the 2/5 favourite, began advancing first-up from fourth to draw up near Gillys Boy at three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Baillargeon tipped off the back of Gillys Boy and was able to split through that rival and new leader In Spades to bust through and win by a length. In Spades settled for second, while Casimir Quasimodo was third and Gillys Boy fourth. A four-year-old Shadow Play gelding, Tremendous Play is now one for three to start the new season after going two for 22 in 2017. The Ben Baillargeon trainee has three wins and $84,295 in career earnings for owner Claude Gendreau Stb Inc. Tremendous Play paid $22.20 to win. Tremendous Play JK Pridenjoy wrapped up the Snowshoe first leg with a 1:55.3 victory as the 1/2 choice. Driven by Doug McNair, JK Pridenjoy got away third, while Hurrikane Kingkong led narrowly over a parked Montys Play at the opening-quarter in :28.2. Montys Play cleared to command, but handed it over in the second-quarter to a moving JK Pridenjoy. The public's top choice posted fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.2 before pacing home in :28.1 to win by half a length over Gerardo. Carolina Magic was third, while Hurrikane Kingkong was fourth. A four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, JK Pridenjoy arrived at Woodbine on short-rest after racing Monday at Yonkers. The Nick Surick trainee, who raced in last month's Valedictory Series, is now two for three in 2018 to improve off a one for eight three-year-old season. Owned by Nick Surick Stable LLC and JL Benson Stables Inc, JK Pridenjoy has career numbers of four wins and $46,167 earned. He paid $3 to win Friday. JK Pridenjoy Three and four-year-old pacers, who were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017, were eligible for nomination to the Snowshoe Series. Round two of the Snowshoe will take place next Friday (January 26) with the final scheduled for Friday, February 2. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie        

Owner Robert Watson claimed his biggest harness racing victory last night at Gloucester Park in the Group One $450,000 TabTouch WA Pacing Cup with his outstanding horse, Soho Tribeca. The son of American Ideal who won the Group 1 Golden Nugget last year has been a real force in all the big races this year including the Inter Dominion Final. Driver Kim Prentice and Soho Tribeca was caught wide early and eventually led and once there controlled the race over the extreme distance of 2936 metres and won very easily in a mile-rate of 1:56.9 for the distance. Trained by Bryan Cousins (as regular trainer Kim Prentice is on a Stay In Proceedings) Soho Tribeca has the grand record of 50 starts for 19 wins 16 seconds and 5 thirds for $882,613 in earnings. Soho Tribeca is the fourth foal and fourth winner from the outstanding mare Pixel Perfect by Art Major from the Fake Left mare Amarillen. Besides Soho Tribeca, Pixel Perfect is the dam of the Mach Three geldings Perfect Mach 14 wins ($125,338) and Birdy Mach 22 wins ($206,221), as well as the exceptional and fast young mare Carlas Pixel 12 wins 1:51.9 ($141,470). Pixel Perfect four foals are all racing at the moment and are all recent winners but none bigger than Soho Tribeca. Soho Tribeca

January 19, 2018 - Sunday marks the date of the 2018 Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International monte, purse €700,000, 2700 meters) at Paris-Vincennes, with 18 qualified starters including Bilibili (€936,300 earned), Bellisima France (€1,015,330), Attentionally (€941,350) plus Traders, Canadian d’Am, Athena de Vandel, Udayama, Best of Jets and the Joel Hallais trained Cyprien des Bordes. This monte classic began in 1931 and has been raced each year since except 1940-41. The race time record was established in 2012 by Franck Leblanc trained Quif de Villeneuve (by Coktail Jet) ridden by jockey Yoann Lebourgeois clocked in 1.12kr. The last seven winners, all timed in 1.13.3kr or better, were Bellisima France, Scarlet Turgot, Roxane Grif (twice), Singalo, Quif de Villeneuve and Olga du Biwetz. Jockey Michel Marcel Gougeon has posted seven wins and trainer Joel Hallais has eight. The race three time winners are Jag de Bellouet, Kaiser Trot, Bellino II, Gardon and Souarus. Its’ quite an event, unrivaled world wide. Be there for the next step in monte history. Dorus Well Wins Prix de Beaucourt at Vincennes Today’s featured Pick 5 Prix de Beaucourt at Paris-Vincennes (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 50/1 odds Dorus Well (5g Gogo-Parama) reined by Bjorn Goop for breeder/owner/trainer Antonius Wilderbeek. 3.6/1 Dudu du Noyer (5g Real de Lou-Samarcande) and driver Franck Nivard for trainer Sylvain Roger took the second spot. Lightly raced three year old fillies also battled at Vincennes in the Prix d’Ableiges (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters). 5.8/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Agneska) prevailed in 1.18.9kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner P&D Bronsman AB. 6.3/1 Folie de Houelle (3f Voltigeur de Myrtg) was next for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. 26/1 Fenomena Desbois (3f Nice Love) took third for Yann Lorin. At Wolvega this day was the Grand Prix Willem H. Geersen (purse €9900, 2100, nine starters) and the 1.15.5kr winner was 2/5 favorite Titanium Gar (6g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) driven by trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Stal Arend. 7.7/1 Freeway Fortuna (6f Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee-Yankee Glide) was second for driver Joseph Verbeeck and owner/trainer Accen Schoonderwoerd. 35/1 Ennyus Boko (7g Virgill Boko-Vanencia Boko) was third for owner/trainer/driver Mme. Caroline Aalbers. Tomorrow the action turns to Vincennes that hosts the Q+ Gr. III Prix de Brest for €120,000 the Gr. II Prix de Pardieu also for €120,000 and several other upper class races, the Prix City Paris Gare and the monte Prix City de Cannes, Thomas H. HIcks  

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the States Harness Writers Associations' president, Steven Wolf, has announced the Hall of Fame inductees for 2018 and the annual award winners for the 2017 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association's 27th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Royal Fiesta Catering Ballroom in Deerfield Beach. Elected to the chapter's Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are owner, trainer and driver, Dan Daley of Vero Beach, trainer/driver Warren Harp of Bell, and renowned second trainer, Odell Thompson, of Lauderdale Lakes. Elected to the Communicators Corner of the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame is renowned author, owner and publicist Victoria Howard, of Boca Raton. The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers goes for the second time to trainer Kim Sears of Osteen. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, goes for the first time to trainer-driver Jason MacDougall of Astor. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport goes to Elizabeth Hennessey Schaut of Pompano Beach. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport goes to Kathy Breedlove of Pompano Beach. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizes an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year is amateur driving champion Dein Spriggs of Jupiter. The Peter Haughton Award, which goes to an upcoming young driver at the Pompano Park meet goes to James "JD" Yoder of Bell. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2017 goes for the first time to Marianne and Maggie Audley of Gold Star Farm in Bell. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to FSBOA President and amateur driver Joe Pennacchio of Delray Beach. The Florida USHWA Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime trainer/driver Tom Merriman of Delray Beach and caretaker, racetrack maintenance man, Emmitt Davis of Pompano Beach. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year's winner is Joanie Uszak from the Mike Murphy Stable, who has been grooming horses for nearly 60 years. Tickets are $80 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:30 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. There is free parking at Royal Fiesta Catering, located in the Cove off Hillsboro Blvd at 1680 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757 or email stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter USHWA

Alabar is thrilled to announce that they’ve completed an agreement with Blue Chip Farms and the Art Major Syndicate that will allow Art Major to permanently stay in Australia. He will no longer shuttle back to North America. Alabar believe this is in the best interests of Art Major and will hopefully, not only prolong his career at stud, but will also give him the best chance of a well-deserved, long and enjoyable retirement. Art Major is now nineteen years old and, while be is hale and hearty, the decision to alleviate him of the need to shuttle for back-to-back stud seasons is a pre-emptive one made with his welfare at heart. As many will know, Art Major did have a health issue this season - but this was not age-related and is now completely resolved. Art Major staying in Australia will also allow a window of time to freeze semen from him. Starting his Southern Hemisphere career with Pepper Tree Farm in 2005 before shifting to Alabar in 2008, Art Major has enhanced the breed and the lives of so many people. Breeders, yearling sales preparers, vendors and purchasers, owners, trainers, drivers and racegoers have all benefited from one of the most commercial and successful sires of all-time. The sire of the winners of over $170 million to date, Art Major continues to raise the bar. His current star, Vincent may well be the greatest downunder horse he’s sired in his illustrious career so far. With Art Major now staying in Australia, we look forward to many more great moments with a horse that means so much to us and to so many of our clients and friends. Harnesslink Media  

The news is good for fans of harness racing champion pacer Lazarus - not so good for his rivals. The Inter Dominion champion has thrilled trainer Mark Purdon with how he has recovered from the hoof problems that threatened to ruin his $1.5 million summer and says he is confident the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup is back on the agenda. Lazarus threw feature race markets into chaos when Purdon revealed on Sunday the great pacer was tender in his hooves after a jaw-dropping second in last Friday night’s Fremantle Cup, when he was three-wide throughout the race. Initially Purdon was concerned the problem could keep Lazarus off the training track for a few weeks and cost him valuable fitness heading toward the $500,000 A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton on February 3 and the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle three weeks later. But, after just three days off, Lazarus has shown enormous improvement and Purdon was able to jog him in Perth this morning. “I was never going to be sure how long it would take until I had a few days with him but he has improved a lot,” said Purdon. “I was able to get him back jogging today and I am now far more confident he will get to the Hunter Cup and then Menangle for the prelude and hopefully the Miracle Mile. So I’d expect to be in both of those.” That will see Lazarus firmly at the head of markets for both races after most bookmakers suspended markets on the two great races when news of his problems broke. He will, however, miss Friday night’s West Australian Cup as will stablemate Ultimate Machete. The four-year-old was also foot sore after finishing fourth in the Fremantle Cup and Purdon says he will now be set for the Chariots Of Fire in Sydney on February 10. In their absence former Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me (barrier four) will be the New Zealand rep in the West Australian Cup. Michael Guerin

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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 20, 2018 — Foiled Again has enjoyed any number of spectacular nights throughout his prolific, record-setting harness racing career. But at Yonkers Raceway Saturday (Jan. 20th) was not one of them. In his first attempt at a 100th career victory, Foiled Again threw in a dud. Harness racing richest-ever equine did not fire during Yonkers Raceway’s $20,000 first-race pace. Leaving from outside his six rivals, Foiled Again (George Brennan) found a seat fourth. The 14-year-old gelding then took out to race second-over behind Lachie Maguire N (Jason Bartlett). The tow didn’t help, but Foiled Again gapped it, anyway. He wound up sixth, beaten 7¼ lengths to winning favorite Quick Asa Trick N (Matt Kakaley, $5.10). Foiled Again, as the 2-1 third choice, was making his 305th career purse start, remaining in the same class a week after winning his 99th career race. His bankroll remains at $7,568,478. “Try it again next time,”  Brennan said.   Saturday night’s $30,000 winners-over pace was a down-the-road effort by odds-on Missile J (Dan Dube, $3.70). From post position No. 3 (in one notch after the pole-sitter scratched), Missile J stuffed Thisjetsabookin’ (Jordan Stratton) in behind, then rolled through intervals of :27.1, :56.1, 1:24.1 and 1:52.2…fastest local mile thus far this season. Thisjetsabookin’ chased, beaten a length-and-a-quarter, with Take it Back Terry (Brennan) third.   For Missile J, a 5-year-old American Ideal Hoosier co-owned by John McGill & Brian Carsey and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $38.20. Special Saturday props to trainer Darren Cassar, who sent out three winners during the dozen-race card.   Sunday’s (Jan. 21st) ‘French’ matinee offers both a ‘New York, New York Double’ (Aqueduct’s 3rd race, Yonkers 5th race) as well as a Pick 5 with a $2,986.47 carryover and a $10,000 guaranteed pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The ‘instant’ guarantee took effect after no one hit Saturday’s gimmick wager. First post Sunday is 11:30 AM. Frank Drucker
Lebanon, OH --- Best known as the winningest harness racing driver in Hoosier Park history, 31-year-old Trace Tetrick is also making his presence well known in the neighboring Buckeye State. After winning his first Ohio meet dash crown at Miami Valley Raceway in 2017, Tetrick has taken the five-eighths mile oval by storm again early in 2018, as he captured seven contests on Saturday (Jan. 20) at that facility. After capturing the $10,000 first prize in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley on Jan. 9, by virtue of winning the last three races in the contest, the green and gold clad reinsman has streaked to a substantial lead in the local dash derby through the first dozen days. Tetrick entered the evening seeking his fourth consecutive five-win program. Attaining that lofty goal by guiding Manhattan Beach to his second straight Open Pace victory wasn’t enough, however, as Trace was right back in the winner’s circle the next two races with Caviart Midnight and Hezabluechipboy N—his sixth and seventh scores of the night and 22nd in the last five days. Through the first dozen days of the 87-day meet, Tetrick has now notched 39 victories. Despite a slightly sticky surface due to a day-long thaw, Manhattan Beach made overcoming his assigned outside post position look easy. Parked out the entire :26.2 opening quarter, the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere played with the rest of the talented field once he got command shortly thereafter. Cruising through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.4, the winner opened a couple lengths lead by the head of the stretch and widened the margin to the wire in 1:51.4. Rock Out (Shawn Barker II) raced gamely to finish second ahead of My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton). Tetrick’s other winners came behind John Jay ($18.00), Hoosier Rikki ($4.80), Jackie Goldstein ($7.60) and Stamkos ($5.20). Finalists were also determined in the first of six varied Claim To Fame Series to complete the preliminary legs. Prince Clyde was the only multiple winner among the $20,000 male claiming pacers who competed in four divisions each of the last two Saturday nights. His $21,250 in series earnings lead the way and stamped him as the early favorite for the $35,000 championship next week. Others who qualified for the final were Cracker Pullet, Ideal Kiss, R Gauwitz Hanover, Mr Julian, Dovuto Hanover, Dalton Did It, MG Kid, Artistic Director and Chocolate Crackers. by Miami Valley Raceway 
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Western Joe is one of the top horses in harness racing right now, and Saturday night at the Meadowlands he completed his climb to the top of the Big M class ladder with a powerhouse win in the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. It only took two months for Western Joe to complete his meteoric rise. He impressed at the Big M on Nov. 18, taking a non-winners of $5,000 event in 1:51.1. The Chris Choate trainee then took on the likes of Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon in the Progress Pace at Dover Downs and performed credibly, finishing fifth in his elimination and fourth in the final. Since then, he's been on a roll back at the New Jersey mile oval. He had hit the board in four straight starts, winning two of them against high-range conditioned foes, before his Saturday night score, which was his most impressive yet. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal sprinted up to the top at the three-eighths and took care of things from there as driver Jim Marohn Jr. was able to rate the third fraction in :29.1, which left plenty of fuel in Western Joe's tank. A final quarter of :26.2 would leave Bettor's Edge, the 3-1 second choice who challenged at three-quarters, in the winner's wake, as Western Joe hit the wire in 1:50.4, 2 lengths in front of Alotbettor N. Tullow N was third. Western Joe returned $4.00 to win as the public choice, winning for the 11th time in 31 starts for owner Anthony J. Ruggeri. A LITTLE MORE: The final two races of the Big M's Pick 5 wager saw favorites win, but that didn't prevent the bettors from making a score. Those who had the winning combination of 9-5-2-9-5 were rewarded with a payout of $11,645.50 for a 50-cent bet. The key to the big hit was 33-1 chance Dr C's Z Tam, who scored in the wager's first leg. ... The 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 result saw one lucky simulcast player in Maine walk away with $18,404.80. ... Corey Callahan drove four winners on the card. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $75,102.54. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,700,774. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was 'girl power' as Lenny Mac beat the boys in the $9,500 Open Trot while Itsonlyrocknroll A showed who the 'man' was in the $9,500 Open Pace to highlight Buffalo Raceway's harness racing card on Saturday (Jan. 20).   Also in the spotlight was driver Shawn Gray. After posting a four-bagger on Wednesday night, he remained on fire with a five-win evening. Trainer James Clouser impressed as well on the 13-race program as he sent four to the winner's circle.   In the opener over the good track, Lenny Mac (Gray) followed the tempo-setting Empire Earl N through the opening half mile of action in 1:01.1. Lenny Mac, the lone mare in the race, had enough of that position and slipped to the outside to slowly cut into the lead.   The always business-like Lenny Mac ($6.10) kept her head down and chugged her way past the faltering Empire Earl N in the stretch. At the wire, she was a head in front, holding off a late charge by Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 2:00.3. Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) finished in third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by Clouser Jr., Lenny Mac (Kadabra-Lend A Hand) is a 7-year-old mare that has earned $242,240 in her career.   The co-featured Open Pace saw Itsonlyrocknroll A wait patiently for the passing lane then cruise on by Heaven Rocks in 1:56.0.   Gray sent Heaven Rocks right to the front off the gate and put up splits of 29.0, 58.4 and 1:27.3. But the front end journey went to waste.   With a final panel to pace, Itsonlyrocknroll A (Stalbaum) sat in the garden spot and had plenty left in the tank to overtake Heaven Rocks (Gray) by a length. P L Jackson (Mike Micallef) took the show spot.   Itsonlyrocknroll A (Million Dollar Cam-Boldandbeautiful) is a 7-year-old gelding who is owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher. It was the second victory in as many starts in 2018 for Itsonlyrocknroll A, now a winner of $7,700 this season and $258,705 lifetime.   Stalbaum and Drew Monti each had two victories in the bike while Asher had a training double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
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