Dave Magee

Thanks for the wonderful memories Dave

When I heard the news that Dave Magee was retiring from driving after tonight’s Balmoral Park card I have to admit I was disappointed. Selfishly I didn’t want it to ever end for my all-time favorite driver. I’ve known Dave ever since he came up from Quad City Downs as a blond-haired youngster with a moustache (see picture) to old Sportsman’s Park where I was the track’s publicity director some 40-plus years ago Early on you could see Dave was going to be a good and successful    driver and as the years past he turned out to be a great one. At Sportsman’s there was a porch outside of the press box that sat on  the grandstand roof. It was a great view to watch the races. Well, maybe  not-so-much when the wind came out of the south and blew the  backstretch fumes straight at us. Going out pn that porch 10 times a night, five times a week, month after  month you could get a pretty good handle if a late-rusher was going to  catch the horse on the lead. That is except when the horse on the lead  was driven by Dave Magee. Nine out of 10 times when you thought  Dave was going to be caught . . . he wasn’t. The winning margin often wasn’t big but the end result was another win  for Dave. The Green Bay, Wisconsin native and long-time “Packer-Backer” had some kind of “magic” in those hands. Somehow Dave’s horses always seemed to hold on, many times barely, but they did. I’ve done countless interviews with the 2001 National Hall of Fame inductee and Dave has always been always a class act. He would always return your phone call. He would always take the time to answer your questions. The soft-spoken Magee would choose his words carefully—usually while chewing on a stick of gum—and Dave always had something meaningful to say. The more I thought about Dave’s decision to retire from driving to take the position as an associate judge at Hoosier Park, the more it made sense. Dave has accomplished just about everything he could on a race track. He was the 1994 National Driver of the Year. He’s won every major race in Illinois and many elsewhere. He captured dozens of driving titles in our state and he represented his country twice in the World Driving Tournament and won it in 1995. No driver has won Super Night championships. No one is even close to his American National winners. He’s had 36 straight seasons with $1 million in money won, 10 of $2 million-plus, 13 of $3 million plus and a quartet of $4 million seasons. Nevertheless, at the age of 61, the aches and pains have to be more frequent and more lingering than they were when Dave was a younger man (I can speak from experience on that matter). However it couldn’t have been an easy choice for Dave to make after spending over 40 years doing what he loved to do and now giving it all up and moving on to another challenge. So I called my old friend and asked. “No it wasn’t an easy decision,” Dave replied. “I’m melancholy about it. I’m somewhat worried and unsure. I’ve gone through all the emotions however it’s a family decision and we’ve decided it’s time for me to move on. “I’ve tossed the ideal of retiring around for the past couple of years. This offer came about in the last few weeks and actually I turned it done. But it wasn’t just my decision to make. It was a family decision and my wife Cathy approached me and thought we should talk about it. We found out there we were on the same page and if the offer was still open we would take a leap of faith and I’d take the job. “It was, so I did.” Dave has driven in close to 65,000 races and while he’s chalked up records that likely won’t ever be touched by another Illinois driver, there have been some instances where he’s gone down in a race with injuries that left him on the sidelines for several months, He broke a collarbone early on his career at Quad City and suffered another severe shoulder injury at Sportsman’s in 1983 on the same night Cam Fella shattered Albatross’ track record. “As far as getting hurt out there, that’s one thing you can’t think about. I’m sure however my family has. My wife and kids are well aware of my aches and pains and they are relieved that I’ve made this decision to end my driving career.” I told Dave I’m going to miss those conversations we would have every year about the young horses he was driving.” “Me too,” he answered. “Bringing along young horses is what I’ve enjoyed the most as I got older.” While those days are now over for the classy Mr. Magee, it’s a sure thing he’ll excel in his new job at Hoosier Park. Our loss in Illinois is Indiana’s gain. But maybe after a few years when he’s recognized as one of the best in his new endeavor we can steal him back and bring him home where he belongs. Until then, thanks for all those wonderful memories Dave. By Mike Paradise

Cinderella Man, harness racing

Cinderella Man to chase after world record in 2015

The career of Irish bred coloured pacing sensation Cinderella Man has been nothing short of stellar since he hit the track as a 3 year old back in May of 2014. Following a couple of placed efforts the son of Who Who Gives A Toss out of Wellfield Jet finally hit the target at the third time of asking in June, winning at Dublin venue Portmarnock in 2:00.8, a record in Europe for coloured pacers. The winning time demonstrated that Cinderella Man was no ordinary performer and connections started to dream about just how far they could go with the strikingly marked colt. Having finished off the season with another win, this time on the turf track Aberystwyth in Wales, he was brought back into training this January and hopes are high that his 4 year old campaign will bring more glory in the shape of his ultimate aim, the world record for a mile for coloured standardbred pacers. The record is currently held by White Fire who paced a mile rate of 1:58 in New Zealand almost a decade ago. With improvement expected from 3 to 4, Cinderella Man will be targeted all season at lowering this mark and into the history books as the fastest coloured pacer of all time. Cinderella Man is owned by the Boylan Brothers and his trainer and driver is the top reinsman Alan Wallace. So where does the colour come from in his breeding? It starts with his sire Who Who Gives a Toss (NZ).  Who Who Gives A Toss is by the skewbald stallion Wilkies Wonder out of top class producing New Zealand bay mare Philosophy. In addition to Who Who Gives A Toss, Philosophy also produced a New Zealand Derby victor and million dollar winner The Court Owl. Wilkies Wonder, born back in 1976 traces directly back to his dam White Christmas (1971) her dam Christmas Snow (1959) her dam Elegant (1951) preceded by her Snowflake (1943) and foundation mare Silk Stockings back in the 1930’s. All were skewbald in colour and this dynasty now forms, and is universally recognised, as the backbone of the most successful line of coloured pacers in the world. Who Who Gives A Toss, the sire of Cinderella Man was imported into Ireland at the turn of the millennium and so far there are currently over 65 registered foals by him in the British Isles. In 2010 Who Who Gives a Toss was bred to the grey mare Wellfield Jet and the resultant offspring born in 2011 was subsequently named Cinderella Man. On the dam side of Cinderella Man, Wellfield Jet is by US sire Jet Laag. The striking US bred grey paced 1:49 on a half mile track, a world record at the time whilst winning over $1 million dollars in his career on the track. Wellfield Jet is out of Upfrontnbustnloose a Western Hanover mare who was imported into the UK by Roy Sheedy of the Wellfield Stud in Wales whilst in foal to Jet Laag, hence the name – Wellfield Jet. Courtesy of the internet and via his very own Facebook page, word has spread of his achievements on the track sparking interest from mare owners worldwide. They were aware that he is likely be in high demand as a prospective stallion for those seeking something out of the ordinary. The connections spent the winter of 2014 subjecting him to the required quarantine regulations in order to officially and legally export frozen semen throughout the world for all purposes. Part owner Derek Boylan confirmed that demand has been phenomenal so far and has exceeded expectations with interest from the US and Canada right down to Australia and New Zealand where there is a core following for coloured or pinto pacers as they are more widely known. For those interested in seeing the phenomenon that is Cinderella Man, check out his Facebook page CinderellaMan Dublin. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com          

WDC thoughts, What can be brought to North America?

Watching the World Driving Championship (WDC) races from New South Wales, Australia, it has become clear; we are too provincial in our thinking in North America, unwilling to change to improve the product. Not that these suggestions will take care of things such as post time drag, the amount of time between races, and the integrity issues real and perceived, but we can make the racing more exciting to watch, less predictable, and increase wagering as people will be enticed by larger payoffs. For example, let's take a look at this race from the WDC at Penrith. No one can watch this race and say it wasn't exciting despite the length of the race. What did this race have that we don't have in the North America? 1. Added distance (2,125 meters equals 1.32 mile) 2. A second tier 3. A lot of movement throughout the race You probably are saying, well these WDC races feature some of the best drivers in the world, what about regular overnight racing? Well, let's look at another race from the same card at Penrith, a conditioned race for winners of 1 or 2 races at a country meet, with typical drivers racing. There may have been a little less movement, but more movement than we typically see in the States; horses are not strung out single file. You have horses racing three, four wide. By the time they head into the stretch, everyone is close, and in this case they all came flying at the wire. Penrith is a half mile oval, starting five across with five in the second row. Admittedly, when you start five across the horses in the back row have it easier to get involved than in the states where you typically start eight across. I would never suggest we put eight horses in the back tier on our smaller tracks, but what if we started six across upfront with six in the second row? Now a track like Menangle, a metropolitan track which is a 7/8th mile oval, starts them 10 across and doesn't have an official second tier but they have standing starts with horses being handicapped as far back as 70 meters (291 feet). I am not suggesting we move to standing starts but instead of having standing starts we can handicap races by moving horses to a second row even if we cut the number in the front row to even things out (say seven up front and five in the second row). Some will say it's a different style of racing in Australia. No doubt about it, a style necessitated by the varied distances of races; something which would develop here in time. The point is we can learn something from Australia and from the rest of the harness racing world. We just need to take the blinders off and look. by Allan Schott, for View From the Racetrack Grandstand.      

Adore Me - Top pick for us even from barrier ten

Battle royal on the cards in Ladyship Mile

Harness racings big day on Sunday at Menangle features several great clashes and we thought we would preview them all this week with a runner by runner assessment First up is the Ladyship Mile. 1) Frith - Starts 40 -  Wins 30 - Seconds 6 -Thirds 2  -  Stakes $819,572 Frith is surprisingly only having her third lifetime start over a mile, all of which have been at Menangle with her best time to date being 1:53 We are not convinced the one draw suits her that much as say two or three as there is plenty of gate speed outside Frith and she may end up getting crossed at the start. She is a great stayer but hasn't had a run for a month so question marks remain about her race fitness but her class will take her a long way. One of Adore Me's two biggest  threats. 2) Pas Ultimate Delight - Starts - 41 - Wins 12 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $134,411 Has continued to improve since coming to Australia but this still looks a bit rich at this stage.  Does have a best time of 1:52.3 and from her draw of two we think Lauren will make a serious play for the front early but we are of the opinion Pas Ultimate Delight is better driven with a sit and we give her an outside first  four chance if she is driven like that. 3) Dynamite Denn Nee - Starts 90 - Wins 17 - Seconds 15 - Thirds 12 - Stakes $181,628  (2nd Emrg) Has been in good touch lately including a second to Frith two starts back so probably unlucky to be on the ballot but is unlikely to get a start. Rough first four player if she did. 4) Beauty Secret - Starts 54 - Wins 24 - Seconds - 9 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $ 393,451 Will come into barrier three if there are no scratchings and from there she is a real danger to the two favourites.  Has real gate speed if Gavin Lang wants to use it and can also run a big half if held up as she showed in the Robin Dundee on Miracle Mile night where she brushed home in 54 flat in front. Has the all round game to trouble the two favourites and with Gavin in the bike you just know he will give her the run that she needs. 5) Major Foxy Styx - Starts - 24 - Wins 11 - Seconds 4 - Thirds - 1  -  Stakes $197,830  Has built up a great record in Perth and stamped that form with a win in the Ladyship Cup at Melton on Hunter Cup night beating amongst others Beauty Secret.  However  she did get a dream run that night and even with the mercurial Luke McCarthy in the bike we can't see her winning the race on Sunday with the three favourites having a class edge but she is still a definite first four player for us. 6) Tact Hayleys Delight - Starts 72 - Wins 11 - Seconds 15 - Thirds - 6  -  Stakes $160,016 In career best form at the moment but from the draw we think she has a hard job to get some of this. We think she will have to go back from the draw and try to have one run at them late in the race but we can't see her rolling over the top of  the favourites and for us she is an outside place chance at best. 7) Laterron - Starts 82 - Wins 16 - Seconds 16 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $173,515 - ( 1st Emer ) Produced a great run when a handy fourth to Adore Me in the Brian Hancock Cup on Saturday night and her connections must feel slightly aggrieved to be on the ballot.  Laterron has beaten Elusive Chick home the last three times they have met and that combined with the run in the Brian Hancock Cup should have seen her make the field. Great place chance if she gains re-entry into the field. 8) Courageousnquick - Starts 42 - Wins 16 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $204,352 Quality mare who has just had two runs back from a spell but the draw has negated her biggest asset which is her blinding gate speed. We still think that Anthony Butt will press the go button early and if she happened to get the front she would present all kind of problems for Frith. Definite place chance if "Ants" can work his magic early 9) Rathmore Lady - Starts 76 - Wins 17 - Seconds 19 - Thirds 8  -  Stakes $147,976  On her day a very handy mare but is inconsistent and can throw the toys out of the cot every now and again. On her best behaviour she would be a rough first four chance but the draw and the quality of the field leads us to think she has a mountain to climb.  Not for us. 10) Pemberton Shard - Starts 55 - Wins 11 - Seconds 7 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $212 997 If there is a smokey in this years race then Pemberton Shard is it for us. A mile is maybe a touch short of her best but she is a super tough mare who needs the speed on and that's exactly what she will get on Sunday. Has struggled to cope with Adore Me in New Zealand but then again who hasn't  and has gone some great races in behind her in mares races. Dexter Dunn in the bike is a big plus and she is a big first four player for us. 11) Elusive Chick - Starts 57 - Wins 13 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $389,147 A high quality mare who was in good form earlier in the season but whose form has tapered off badly with her only placing in her last six starts a win in a five horse field just before Xmas. Throw in the draw for a mare who likes to race on the speed and we struggle to see her running in four. Not for us. 12) Adore Me - Starts 34 - Wins 25 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $1,503,429  A great racemare who has the same visitors draw as she had last year when she was beaten. The field this year is stronger in our opinion but Adore Me has gone to another level this season as well. This year the All Stars team have arrived earlier and given her a run leading into the race which is all a positive in our book. The change of driver took us by surprise a bit but Natalie has been in unbelievable form this season in New Zealand and the change is a plus not a minus in our view. Clear first pick for us even from the draw. Selections Adore Me is a clear first pick for us In the end we couldn't separate Frith and Beauty Secret for second even if logic said Frith Others to throw into multiples include Courageousnquick, Pemberton Shard, Major Foxy Styx and if you are going a bit wider Tact Hayleys Delight. Harnesslink Media

The holy grail of harness racing in Australasia has always been the Inter Dominion series until some brightspark changed the format three years ago and shifted the date. What we have been left with since then is a series that is a shadow of what it use to be and due to its timing it is devoid of most of the major players on the Grand Circuit in Australasia. The outstanding Beautide is back to defend his title against a field severely weakened by withdrawals or no shows. Still Beautide can only beat what is placed in front of him and barring accidents that is exactly what he will do tomorrow afternoon. So here is our runner by runner preview of the Inter-Dominion Grand Final. 1) Lennytheshark - Starts 33 - Wins 16 - Seconds 10 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $468,,550 A genuine Grand Circuit horse who has come back at five in great touch. From the draw he can make his own luck but hard to see how going to war with Beautide will help his winning chances. Second looks his for the taking from the draw but not if he gets sucked into a arm wrestle with Beautide. The likely winner if anything goes wrong with the hot favourite so include in all bets. 2) Blazin N Cullen - Starts - 55 - Wins 15 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 7  -  Stakes $199,672 Surprisingly given a wildcard even though he only ran fourth in the weakest heat in the series. Did run second in the Gold Coast Cup and fourth in the Queensland Pacing Championship but both fields only had two genuine Grand Circuit horses involved in For A Reason and Avonnova so hard to give those results any weight in our view. Too many here going better so not for us 3) Flaming Flutter - Starts - 47 - Wins 16 - Seconds 10 - Thirds 8  -  Stakes $267, 395 In our view Flaming Flutter is in career best form and has run some great races this campaign. Has been racing regularly since August but he seems to be thriving on the long campaign. Really good sixth in the Hunter Cup followed by second in his heat to Lennytheshark shows us that Flaming Flutter from his handy draw is ready to run the race of his life tomorrow. A definite trifecta and first four player for us. 4) Ultimate Art - Starts 44 - Wins 19 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $305,753 Won the supplementary heat which was the weakest heat in our view and only after getting every possible advantage during the running. He is very honest but too many here have the class edge in our view. Not for us 5) Beautide -  Starts 71 - Wins 43 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $1,562, 212 Just a class above this field. When right he only has two challengers on the Grand Circuit in Christen Me and Adore Me and with neither of them here this is his for the taking. Had a few issues leading into the Victoria Cup but heat win showed he was back to his best when he absolutely bolted in. Barring accidents Beautide just wins. 6) I'm Corzin Terror - Starts 66 - Wins 18 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $329,982 Ran tough third in the Melton heat but  still hasn't convinced us that he is a player here That was the first show of form for a few runs after a poor tenth in the Victoria Cup and an ok seventh in the Hunter Cup. Gavin Lang is a notable help in the bike but still only an outside first four chance for us. 7) Monifieth - Starts 59 - Wins 17 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 7  -  Stakes $249,363 Ran a good third to Beautide in his heat but was a fair way from the first two. Very competitive at the level just below the Grand Circuit but a few here would seem to have his measure in our view. Even though he is as honest as they come, we struggle to see him being a player in the final. Not for us. 8) Majestic Mach - Starts 49 - Wins 32 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $731, 354 Former outstanding two and three year old who has found the transition to the Grand Circuit a lot harder. Did go really well in his heat in Brisbane but we are convinced the reason for that was the manner in which he was driven. For once he was driven with a sit and as a result he rounded the race off really well. This track suits that style of racing but not convinced that is how he will be driven. Driven cold Majestic Mach is an outside trifecta and first four player 9) Terror To Love - Starts 73 - Wins 31 - Seconds 16 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $2,353,353 The enigma of the field in every sense. If the real Terror To Love fronted tomorrow then Beautide would have some serious competition. But he has a terrible record at Menangle for a horse of his ability and to make matters worse he appears to be several lengths off his best at the moment. A career worst run in the Hunter Cup followed by a battling third in his heat against horses he would normally beat easily tells us that he will struggle tomorrow. Not for us. 10) David Hercules - Starts 99 - Wins 37 - Seconds 17 - Thirds 15  -  Stakes $1,189,419 Old warhorse from the west who has had a new lease of life this season now I'm Themightyquinn is not around in Perth. Sound sixth in the Victoria Cup in his only start in the east this season although he did race three back on the inner the whole trip. Draw makes it really tough for him but has more ability than quite a few here. Track will suit but needs to be driven cold in our opinion to come into play for trifecta and first four players at big odds. 11) For A Reason - Starts 50 - Wins 27 - Seconds 9 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $1,046,240 One of only two horses in this field that we think could possibly trouble Beautide if the favourite was to strike big trouble during the running. He is a proven Grand Circuit performer and followed an unlucky seventh in the Victoria Cup with a good second to Beautide in his heat. Was clear of the rest of the chasing pack that night and from one on the second line he should get a very economical run on Lennytheshark's back. Goes his best races with one run at them and drawn to get just that run. Major player for quinella, trifecta and first four takers. 12) Easy On The Eye - Starts 58 - Wins 17 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 10  -  Stakes $433,250 Only run of any note for us in this campaign was his good run for third in the Hunter Cup over 3280 metres so distance shouldn't be a worry you would think. However did get a beautiful run that night three pegs and draw here makes his task a huge one In New Zealand he had a reputation as a sprinter and was favoured over trips a lot shorter  than tomorrows. Run over in his heat over 2400 metres and that confirmed to us that he will struggle to be a major player here. Not for us. 13) Avonnova - Starts 121 - Wins 41 - Seconds 23 - Thirds 12  -  Stakes $588,569 Very under rated horse who has hardly put a foot wrong all season except when Shane Graham  had a brain fart in the Miracle Mile and went crazy early. Second line draw means he can stay out of the early speed duels for once and that gives him a place chance in our view. Tough as teak and track and distance will suit down to the ground. Trifecta and first four player for us. 14) Teo Enteo - Starts 62 - Wins 18 - Seconds 14 - Thirds 7  -  Stakes $217,827 Has had just a passable season at best and just battled into fourth in his heat. Stronger field and poor draw makes this mission impossible for him. Best we can see him finishing is midfield so not for us. 15) Franco Ledger (1st Emerg) - Starts 74 - Wins 22 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $546,553 A combination of events led to him not getting one of the wildcard entries and it was nothing to do with the racing performances of Franco Ledger. It is a real shame because the track is perfect for his style of racing and he would have been a big trifecta and first four player in our opinion. If he somehow makes it into the race through a late scratching, then you need to include him in all your multis. 16) Wartime Sweetheart - Starts 135 - Wins 21 - Seconds 17 - Thirds 14  -  Stakes $268,376 Really hard to see her being competitive even if she did make it back into the field. Operates well at the level beneath the Grand Circuit but this is a bit rich for her. Not for us. SELECTIONS  Barring accidents Beautide appears to have a mortgage on the race. He made a real statement in his heat and looks yards better than the rest. Second is a toss up between Lennytheshark and For A Reason and we couldn't separate them. After that it gets real interesting and for trifectas and first fours we would include Flaming Flutter, David Hercules and Avonnova. For those wanting a wider coverage add in Im Corzin Terror and Majestic Mach. Harnesslink Media

We continue our previews of harness racings big day at Menangle Inter Dominion day on Sunday and this time the focus is on the three year olds in the New South Wales Derby.  New South Wales Derby 1) Hug The Wind - Starts 12 - Wins 5 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $202,234 One real classy three year old who has the draw to dominate this race. Won his heat from the death seat in what was his first run for seven weeks so natural improvement makes him very hard to beat. Has real gate speed as he showed at Auckland on New Year's eve and the all round game to take advantage of his draw. Natalie is driving in super touch at the moment so this combination looks terribly hard to beat. 2) Kilcullen - Starts 10 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $48,173 Kilcullen has been disappointing in the main when lined up against the better three year olds. Kilcullen was poor in his heat of the Victorian Derby from barrier two and although he death seated for the last round in his Derby heat last Saturday, the first three got away on him the last bit. Doesn't look to get off the gate at all in his races so two draw is not a big positive Not for us. 3) Art Union - Starts 21 - Wins 12 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $130,555 Was a touch down on his best in his heat last week in our opinion. At his best he would have won that heat from in front but was under pressure a fair way out. Does have an all round game and great trainer/driver combination in his corner so can turn it around. Hard to see him beating Hug The Wind but big chance to run the quinella and a must have for trifecta and first four takers. 4) Burnaholeinmypocket - Starts 9 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $29,252 (2nd Emerg) He had only had one run this season leading into his heat last Saturday night and he didn't do himself any favours by over racing badly through the first 800 metres. Never left the inner in getting home well for sixth in a fast run last quarter and hard to see how he could improve enough to be a player in this even if he made it back into the field from the ballot. Not for us. 5) Sluggem - Starts 6 - Wins 2 - Seconds 1 - Thirds  -  Stakes $15,898 Very inexperienced horse but does have a big future. Settled last in his heat and made ground stylishly late in the piece. Formerly with the All Star barn in New Zealand and showed plenty of ticker when winning for them at Auckland at Xmas time. Hasn't got the all round game yet to challenge a few here but will be running on. Outside first four player for us. 6) Lets Cut Loose - Starts 11 - Wins 2 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $18,854 He had nine starts in New Zealand before coming to Australia and none of them were in top three year old company which raises questions for us. He had the run of the race last week on Hug The Wind's back but couldn't stay with him in the straight after drawing barrier one which doesn't instill confidence either. Harder draw and field this week in the Derby means we struggle to see him as a major player. Not for us 7) Corporal Luna - Starts 15 - Wins 6 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $34,582 Built up a strong record in Queensland but was only ok in his Derby heat last Saturday night at Menangle. Didn't take advantage of his barrier draw of two and ended up four back on the inner and even though he ran home well in a quick last quarter, he was still a fair way from the winner. Stronger field and worst draw makes it mission impossible in our view. Not for us 8) Sporty Spook - Starts 17 - Wins 9 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $83,050 Showed blinding gate speed to lead from barrier nine last week but did badly check a horse coming across which the driver copped three weeks for. Fought on well when clear so plenty of merit in the run for us. Plenty of gate speed inside him in the Derby so not sure same strategy of burning the gate will work this week. First four chance if driven a bit more conservatively this week in our view. 9) Padrisimo - Starts 10 - Wins 6 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $75,505 High class colt who has not had the ideal preparation for a gruelling 2400 metres. His run in the heats last Saturday night was his first for nine weeks and only his third in eleven months which makes it very hard to see him being a major player here. Should have improved bigtime with the run but too many questions remain in our view. Not for us 10) Ideal For Real - Starts 9 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $52,185 Not the draw his connections would have been hoping for. Does pocess blinding speed if held up for one run as he showed in his Derby heat last Saturday night and in his heat of the Victorian Derby before that. Gavin Lang is just the man to get this American bred colt the run he needs but he is going to need Hug The Wind to have a run from hell to get him home over the top of that horse from barrier nine in our opinion. A winning chance and a must for quinella, trifecta and first four takers.  11) Aztec Bromac - Starts 8 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes If this horse had drawn better he would be a huge trifecta and first four player. Won his Victoria Derby heat beating Ideal For Real before being flattened in the final. Pushed Hug The Wind for a long way in his heat and was well clear of the pack in second. Draw makes it hard but we have a lot of time for this horse. Definite trifecta and first four player even from the draw. 12) Spare Me Days - Starts 14 - Wins 6 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $98,940 (1st Emerg) Picked a bad time in his Derby heat to run off on the last bend costing himself a couple of lengths which cost him his starting spot in the Derby. From the draw and on last weeks run, he would be up against it in our opinion if he did make it back into the field. Has a great overall record but not for us in this field  Selections Hard to go past Hug The Wind in one for us The danger is undoubtedly Ideal For Real This two look a wee bit better than the rest of the field on last weeks runs. The horses to make up the trifectas and first fours are Art Union, Sluggem, Sporty Spook and Aztec Bromac   Harnesslink Media    

One of the harness racing highlights for us at Menangle on Sunday's Inter Dominion Final day will be this years New South Wales Oaks which has drawn a really smart group of three year old fillies together. Form 700 New South Wales Oaks. 1) Delight Me - Starts 7 - Wins 6 - Seconds 1  -  Stakes $45,338 Already a big player before the draw, Delight Me is now the equal favourite in our view after drawing barrier one. Won her heat in the quickest time of the four held on Saturday night but did wander about a bit when clear in the last 100 metres which she won't want to do in the final Gavin Lang is a big plus on any horse and hard to see Delight Me anything but first or second on Sunday. 2) Rebel Diamond - Starts 16 - Wins 5 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $49,930 The surprise package of the heats coming from barrier nine for a great second to Delightful Lana in good time. Hard to see her beating two or three here but the draw and Anthony Butt make her a realistic first four player. 3) Whitershadeofpale - Starts 7 - Wins 4 - Seconds 0 - Thirds - 1  -  Stakes $22,775 (Emerg 1) Nice enough run in her heat on Saturday where she followed Dexter and Delightful Lana but didn't do enough for us to make her a real player if she did get manage to get back into the field. Not for us 4) Lovelist - Starts - 11 - Wins 6 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $52,922 One of the best runs in the heats in our opinion when she drew wide and worked to the death in the heat against Fight For Glory and only got beaten by Read About Lexy for second in the last ten metres. Has had her runs spaced out this season and should have derived some real benefit from last Saturdays run. Comes into barrier three and why it is hard to see her winning, she is a real first four chance.  5) BB's Inspiration - Starts 8 - Wins 2 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $13,251 Sat four back on the inner in her heat and did run on well but she was in by far the slowest heat of the four run on the night. If she did make it back into the field it is hard to see her playing a major part in proceedings. Not for us  6) Makes Every Scents - Starts 12 - Wins 6 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $101,240 Used from barrier 7 to lead on Saturday night but then threw out the anchors in front in what turned out to be the slowest heat of the four run. Sprinted home well but out on her feet the last bit and query about strength of heat. Tactial speed an advantage but appeals as a first four chance to us rather than a winning chance. 7) Butterfly Princess - Starts 23 - Wins 4 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $36,655 Showed speed to lead from barrier six, set a sharp pace and then fought on well after appearing gone on the corner. She did set up the fastest heat of the four on the night but had a really hard run in the process. We think that it was her grand final performance just making it out of the heats. Not for us. 8) Smooth Showgirl - Starts 14 - Wins 3 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $88,307 In her heat she dropped back to last from barrier nine and was still last at the 800 metres mark. She then got a lovely drag into the race via the three wide line and did finish the race off really well. Can't afford to get so far back this week as they won't come back to her like they did last week. Can't win on last weeks run but outside first four chance if she can stay handier. 9) Du Vella - Starts 12 - Wins 4 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $28,634 Big push for this filly from some pundits but we have yet to be fully convinced. She got a beautiful run  in her heat which was the weakest of the four in our opinion and even though the leader threw out the anchor at the 100 metres, Du Vella still only ran second. Two places further out this week at the barrier in a much stronger field means we can't see her winning this and only have her as a first four chance. 10) Delightful Lana - Starts 16 - Wins 8 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $101,724 Smart win in her heat but up against it from the draw this weekend but not completely out of it in our view. In her favour is the fact she can do work and still run those big sectionals at the end. Yet to be out of the money in ten starts at three in very strong fields so definite quinella and trifecta chance especially with one Dexter Dunn in the bike. 11) Fight For Glory - Starts 15 - Wins 6 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $217,317 Was the most impressive heat winner by a margin in our opinion but the draw has evened up the contest with Delight Me. Fight For Glory ran home in 54.9 on Saturday night and Natalie didn't even pull the ear plus or the sliding blinds so you would think there was still plenty in the tank. Appears to be right in the zone at the moment and has an all round game so the draw while bad won't stop her being super competitive. 12) Read About Lexy - Starts 17 - Wins 7 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $103,795 Not to sure what to make of her heat run, even now. Got a lovely run last Saturday and was well beaten by Fight For Glory but did fight doggedly for second. Take Fight For Glory out and she went fine so we think she is still a place prospect. Has only finished out of the first three once in seventeen starts so even from the ten hole has to be a first four player Selections A two horse war for us with Delight Me and Fight For Glory the two we couldn't separate. If anyone else is going to spoil the party and split these two in our view it will be Delightful Lana and after that there is a swag who you should consider for trifectas and first fours. We would include Rebel Diamond, Lovelist, Makes Every Scents, Du Vella and Read About Lexy Harnesslink Media

Harness racings big day at Menangle Inter Dominion Final day on Sunday is littered with great races all day and one of the hardest races to pick a winner in is the Chariots Of Fire. Here is our view of the race runner by runner Form 700 Chariots Of Fire 1) Mister Jay Cee - Starts - 30 - Wins 10 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 3  -  Stakes $86,850 In good form but a yard behind half a dozen horses here. Couldn't sprint with Our Sky Major in the Paleface Adios on Saturday night and hard to see how he can turn that around in a week. Not for us even from the draw. 2) Iam Mr Brightside - Starts - 31 - Wins 12 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 6  -  $135,615 Huge run in the Hondo Grattan behind Bling It On and Messini where he had no luck at all in the straight and flashed late for third after starting from barrier nine. Likes to follow speed and the quicker they go the better for him. At least three here better than him but right at the top of his game at the moment which makes him a trifecta and first four player. 3) Bling It On - Starts 43 - Wins 31 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $799,422 He is the favourite and he deserves to be so but he has quite a few runners snapping at his heels. Won the Hondo Grattan but not as dominant as he should have been given the run he got He has blinding speed coming off a horses back with one run at them and is best driven that way. Not quite as dominant when he has to work hard during the running and that makes him vunerable for us unless he gets the run to suit. 4) Alta Jerome - Starts 30 - Wins 11 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 5  -  $97,908 Has been thrown in the deepend since arriving from New Zealand and has been exposed a bit at times. He does have blinding gate speed and loves to lead but to much class in this field for him to be competitive if he trys to lead all the way here. We are not sure he would settle even if they did try to take a sit which put us off even more. Not a first four player for us. 5) Our Sky Major - Starts 35 - Wins 12 - Seconds 7 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $474,579 Very much like Bling It On in a lot of ways. He has a lethal sprint coming off a horses back with one run at them but not quite as good when he has to do work in the race. Loves Australia having only missed a place one in nine starts there and always in the best company. Bonus for punters is driver Zac Butcher is right in the zone at the moment. Definite winning chance 6) Isaiah - Starts 13 - Wins 13 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 9  -  Stakes $554,868 Of the three favourites for the race, Isaiah is the opposite to the other two main contenders in that he has an allround game. Not as lethal with one run at them as the other two but can work really hard in his races and make his own luck and still kick on at the finish. Has been in sublime form in New Zealand prior to heading to Sydney and Natalie is driving superbly at the moment so he ticks every box for us. Definite winning chance. 7) El Fuego - Starts 29 - Wins 10 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $92,573  (Emerg 2) Unlikely to get back into the field but would struggle even if he did in our view. His last two runs in the Hondo Grattan and the Paleface Adios have been just ok and this field is too rich if you are not at the top of your game and he's not. Not for us 8) Yankee Rockstar - Starts 18 - Wins 14 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  $111,920 The big question mark in the race for us. Only out of the money once in 18 starts but a lot of those runs were not against the quality he is facing here. He has been very competitive against Bling It On in the past. Stepped up last time but did draw one on that occasion and just held on but it was a quality field. Will he take the step up on Sunday is the big unknown. Not a winning chance for us but a must include for trifectas and first fours 9) All Eyes On Us - Starts 16 - Wins 8 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $148,660 Has only had six runs back from 15 months away from the track. Tracked Bling It On everywhere in the Hondo Grattan and couldn't take ground off him and although held up a touch in the Paleface Adios he didn't flatter once clear. Needed to draw close in to be a player for us and from barrier eight we can't see him playing a part. Not for us. 10) Messini - Starts 15 - Wins 15 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $271,916 This is a horse that if he had drawn better would have been right amongst it. Much bettor on the pace so worst possible draw for him but he will keep going when others are struggling. Great run in the Bonanza at Melton where he made up a huge amount of ground in a fast run race and then only went under by a neck to Bling It On in the Hondo Grattan after giving that horse the drag into the race. His only hope is that they go to war up front and if they do he is a chance to get some of it. 11) Alleluia - Starts 31 - Wins 9 - Seconds 10 - Thirds 3  -  Stakes $161,072  (Emerg 1 ) Going near enough in Queensland before coming to Sydney but his two runs since arriving have been below what he is capable of. First up he finished fifth in the Hondo Grattan before a very average eighth in the Paleface Adios. First ballot but if he did make it back into the field, we couldn't have him on form or draw. Not for us 12) Hector JayJay - Starts 34 - Wins 14 - Seconds - 7 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $118,787 On the surface his last two runs have been excellent with a close second to Yankee Rockstar at Melton in the 4 year old Bonanza and another close second to Sky Major in the Paleface Adios. However in both runs he got a great sit close to pace from inside draws and that ain't going to happen on Sunday. If he had drawn in the first two or three he would have been a trifecta and first four player but from out at ten we struggle to see him playing a major role in this race Selections Three horses for us look to an edge in class over the rest and we have had great trouble seperating them. In the end we went for Isaiah by the merest of margins over Bling It On and Our Sky Major who we couldn't seperate. The run each receives could well determine the outcome of the race there is so little between them. For trifectas and first fours we would add in Messini, Yankee Rockstar and Iam Mr Brightside Harnesslink Media

The Australian Pacing Gold harness racing sales moved to Sydney today and when the dust had settled there was a lot of happy faces among the vendors and APG staff.. The overall average shot up a huge 23% on last year at $28,265 and while it is still early days post sale, the clearance rate was good at nearly 84%. The top colt for the sale was Lot 377 which was by Art Major from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($ 542,343) and was knocked down to Jean Feiss for $130,000. Jean brought a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from Kept For Pleasure at last years Sydney APG sale. Named Mackenzie, she has been burning up the trial tracks in Canterbury in New Zealand recently for Mark Purdon and is reportedly on her way to Australia for the APG series. The top priced filly at the sale was lot 399, a Rock N Roll Heaven from the former champion racemare Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178) and she was knocked down to Pepper Tree Farm Breeding and Racing, also for $130,000.   Once again New Zealand buyers were out in force with Cran Dalgety outlaying $86,000 for Lot 306 and Mark Purdon who outlayed $90,000 for Lot 373 and $41,000 for Lot 414. The only other Kiwi buyer active on the day was Mark Jones who paid $45,000 for Lot 475.                                                           2014 Sale                                                               2015 Sale                                                    Overall average                              $22,979                                                                  $28,265 Colts average                                  $26,649                                                                  $32,942 Fillies average                                 $19,864                                                                 $22,077 Clearance rate                                 90.3%                                                                    83.89%   Sydney Sale Results Lot Sire Dam Sex Status Buyer Sales Price Reserve Make An Offer 282 Somebeachsomewhere Vertigal Filly Passed In   $25,000 $30,000 Make An Offer 283 Big Jim Vin Cere Gelding Passed In   $7,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 284 Courage Under Fire Vizzarri Filly Sold Bernie Hewitt $15,000     285 Rock N Roll Heaven Warrawee Flare CA Colt Sold Robert Brumm $26,000     286 Bettors Delight Weona Badgirl Colt Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $40,000     287 Badlands Hanover Weona Sassy Filly Sold Steve Johnson $16,000     288 Rocknroll Hanover Zenas Art NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 289 Art Major Zenolas Gift NZ Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $14,000     290 Rocknroll Hanover African Dancer Colt Passed In   $30,000 $66,000 Make An Offer 291 Mach Three Alashell Filly Sold Robert Watson $25,000     292 Mach Three All Eyes On Me Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $35,000     293 Courage Under Fire All Fire N Ice NZ Colt Withdrawn         294 Art Major Angel Rainbow Filly Sold Jarrod Alchin $4,000     295 Art Major Appealing Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $20,000     296 Rocknroll Hanover Arterial Way Filly Sold Calcidon & Marian Micallef $20,000     297 Four Starzzz Shark Artesian Babe Filly Sold PAUL MORGAN $9,000     298 Rock N Roll Heaven As It Is In Heaven Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $17,000     299 Mr Feelgood Athletic River Colt Sold Pooba Govender $10,000     300 Somebeachsomewhere Atworthy Maid Filly Sold Ted & Elione Morton $12,000   Make An Offer 301 Roll With Joe Baltic Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $37,500 $40,000 Make An Offer 302 Rock N Roll Heaven Baltic Wings NZ Colt Passed In   $12,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 303 Real Desire Beach Rendezvous Filly Passed In   $14,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 304 Rocknroll Hanover Beautiful Drive Colt Withdrawn         305 Changeover Behappysam NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     306 Somebeachsomewhere Bella Shine Colt Sold Cran Dalgety $86,000     307 Well Said Bendall Rose Colt Sold Andy Gath $35,000     308 Sportswriter Benevolent Filly Sold Robert Brumm $32,000     309 Somebeachsomewhere Betapic Filly Withdrawn         310 Rock N Roll Heaven Better Motoring NZ Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $20,000     311 Rock N Roll Heaven Bettorthanyou Colt Sold Meagan Lang $42,000     312 Somebeachsomewhere Blue Confession Filly Sold Marc Hanover & Gordon Banks $30,000     313 Mach Three Boldandbeautiful Filly Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $35,000     314 Art Major Bonnie Bay Castle Colt Sold Michael Muscat $55,000     315 Rock N Roll Heaven Bonnie Mahoney Filly Withdrawn         316 For A Reason Bovalai Colt Passed In   $7,500 $8,000 Make An Offer 317 Art Major Bullaroon Belle Colt Sold Ray Davis $13,000     318 Rocknroll Hanover Bye Rate Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     319 Courage Under Fire Bylong Bele Filly Passed In   $20,000 $50,000 Make An Offer 320 Mach Three Caribbean Sunset Colt Sold Reg Turner $18,000     321 Roll With Joe Cassino Woman NZ Filly Sold SHANNON HOFFMANN $10,000     322 Rocknroll Hanover Clontarf Lady Colt Sold Mick Lew $23,000     323 Art Major Crazy Pocket Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 324 Art Major Cruiser Franco NZ Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $63,000     325 Sportswriter Cunning Kate Filly Withdrawn         326 Somebeachsomewhere Dance of Life Colt Sold Glenn Holland $30,000     327 Courage Under Fire Daring Class Colt Sold We Us And Co $20,000     328 Mach Three Deadly Woman Colt Sold Maurice Mondolo $50,000     329 American Ideal Demi Plie Filly Passed In   $12,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 330 Rock N Roll Heaven Desperatehousewife Filly Sold Kriden Investments Pty Ltd $25,000     331 Courage Under Fire Duel Castle Colt Sold Larry Eastman $30,000     332 Art Major Dundrennan NZ Colt Withdrawn         333 Mach Three Elizabeth Kelly Filly Sold Ian Gurney $18,000     334 Somebeachsomewhere Eloquent Babe Colt Sold Jamie Kirk $50,000     335 Changeover Equus Franco NZ Filly Sold Nathan Jack $25,000     336 Mach Three Esther Jane Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $20,000     337 Mach Three Eutropia Colt Sold Liam O'Connor $60,000     338 Rock N Roll Heaven Faye Kelly Filly Sold Watson, Robert $21,000     339 Roll With Joe Final Patrol NZ Filly Sold Theo Papadopoulos $9,000     340 Somebeachsomewhere Flair For Life Filly Sold Belinda McCarthy $42,000     341 American Ideal For Dear Life Colt Sold Ian Gurney $62,000     342 Well Said Formalize Filly Sold Allen Parmenter $18,000     343 Rock N Roll Heaven Full Pleasure Colt Sold Colin Dixon $40,000     344 Rocknroll Hanover Gamblers Daughter Filly Passed In   $15,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 345 Rock N Roll Heaven Gee R We There Yet NZ Colt Sold Robert Watson $26,000     346 Bettors Delight Gemmia Filly Sold Michael Muscat $33,000     347 Mach Three Glenferrie Diva NZ Colt Sold Dean York $32,500     348 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Elect NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $50,000     349 Changeover Glenferrie Miss Colt Sold Barry Cooper $31,000     350 Rocknroll Hanover Gloria Lombo Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $20,000     351 Artsplace Go Right Babe Colt Sold Grant Fuller $24,000     352 Christian Cullen Gorgeous Guest NZ Filly Passed In   $17,500 $25,000 Make An Offer 353 Mach Three Halcyon Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $42,500     354 Art Major Hay Sharon Colt Sold Mark Purdon $22,000     355 Rocknroll Hanover Headline Franco NZ Colt Sold Daniel Cordina $17,500     356 Courage Under Fire Hidden Gem Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $27,000     357 Rock N Roll Heaven Holme Safely Colt Sold Mark Thompson $11,000     358 Modern Art Holy Gal Filly Sold KTC Bloodstock $16,000     359 Shadow Play Im Insatiable NZ Filly Sold Norm Jerrick $20,000     360 Rocknroll Hanover Glenferrie Inn Filly Sold Troy Mee $10,000     361 Rocknroll Hanover Into The Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $18,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 362 Art Major Intrude Filly Sold Geoff Webster $55,000     363 Big Jim Irish Luck NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $9,000     364 Major In Art Its Jetsetgo NZ Colt Sold David Brown $14,000     365 Art Major Itsoktobeclassy Filly Sold We Us And Co $12,000     366 Julius Caesar Ivana Franco NZ Colt Sold Michael Muscat $23,000     367 Always A Virgin Jamin Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     368 Art Official Jape NZ Filly Sold Kerry Hedges $4,000     369 Shadow Play Jilliby Deejay Filly Sold Grant Charlwood $16,000     370 Courage Under Fire Jordan Franco NZ Filly Sold Rod Drew $10,000     371 Rock N Roll Heaven Jovial Lass NZ Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 372 Mach Three Just Del Colt Sold Glenn Holland $45,000     373 Art Major Kalypso Colt Sold Mark Purdon $90,000     374 Mr Feelgood Kay Dee Hanover Filly Passed In   $13,000 $14,000 Make An Offer 375 Gotta Go Cullect Keep No Secrets Colt Sold David Druitt $6,000     376 Rock N Roll Heaven Keppel Bay Colt Sold Levarg Racing Group $46,000     377 Art Major Kept For Pleasure Colt Sold Jean Feiss $130,000     378 Roll With Joe Kirrilee Joy Colt Sold Shirley Bazley $24,000     379 Mach Three Kit Star NZ Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $21,000     380 Modern Art Kitty Maguire NZ Colt Withdrawn         381 Sportswriter La Bella Rufus NZ Filly Sold Josh Aiken $12,000     382 Stonebridge Regal La Litote Filly Sold Rayngold Pty Ltd $9,000     383 Well Said La Promesse Colt Sold Alix Khouiss $27,500     384 Somebeachsomewhere Lady Euthenia Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $75,000     385 Big Jim Lasnicks Lass Colt Withdrawn         386 Art Major Last Sundancer Filly Withdrawn         387 Rocknroll Hanover Leila Rainbow Filly Sold Matthew Harding $11,000     388 Rock N Roll Heaven Lets Thank Heaven Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $55,000     389 Roll With Joe Lifes Destiny Filly Withdrawn         390 Rock N Roll Heaven Lillydale Colt Sold Glenn Holland $25,000     391 Somebeachsomewhere Lincoln Room USA Colt Sold   $15,000     392 Rocknroll Hanover Lively Number Colt Sold Colin Watts $25,000     393 Rocknroll Hanover Lombo La Fe Fe Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $45,000     394 Village Jasper Lombo La Shelly Colt Sold Brett Cotterill $13,000     395 Mach Three Lourdes Filly Sold Lynda Mellsop $36,000     396 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Magic NZ Colt Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     397 Mach Three Magic Maddy Lombo Filly Sold Ray Sellwood $35,000     398 Bettors Delight Mainland Banner NZ Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $71,000     399 Rock N Roll Heaven Make Mine Cullen Filly Sold Pepper Tree Farm Breeding And Racing $130,000     400 Big Jim Marvellous Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $22,000     401 Always A Virgin Mateship Miss Colt Sold Bruce Andrews $9,000     402 Christian Cullen Meljoy Colt Sold Sytka Pty Ltd $48,000     403 Ifihadyourluck Meredith Castle Filly Sold Geoff Barnes $8,000     404 Roll With Joe Miss Hazel Colt Sold Blake Fitzpatrick $50,000     405 Rock N Roll Heaven Missflite Filly Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $13,000     406 Somebeachsomewhere Modern Day Colt Sold Matthew Harding $35,000     407 Rock N Roll Heaven Muscle Beach Colt Sold Daniel Hewitt $20,000     408 Rock N Roll Heaven My Exotic Lover NZ Colt Sold John Starr $40,000     409 Art Major My Pacific Rainbow Filly Sold Tim Hoskinson $12,000     410 Mach Three Natuzzi NZ Filly Sold Cindy Rixon $13,000     411 Roll With Joe Never More Colt Sold Matthew Harding $15,000     412 Modern Art New York Score NZ Colt Withdrawn         413 Art Major Next Flight Liz Filly Sold Douglas Johnston $30,000     414 Bettors Delight Nightshade Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Purdon $41,000     415 Rocknroll Hanover Noplacelikeholme Colt Sold Michael Moloney $17,000     416 Art Major Nothin Bettor Filly Sold Alex Smith $15,000     417 Courage Under Fire Nykea Jane Colt Sold Michael Muscat $9,000     418 Art Official Ocean Spur NZ Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $30,000     419 Mach Three Oh Eye See Filly Sold Jason Bussenschutt $50,000     420 Four Starzzz Shark Onassis Legacy Colt Sold Pooba Govender $13,000     421 Blissfull Hall Onedins Pocketgirl NZ Filly Passed In   $10,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 422 Julius Caesar Only In Dreams Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     423 Art Major Only When I Laugh NZ Colt Sold Geoff Webster $21,000     424 Rock N Roll Heaven Our Ice Ice Baby CA Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $30,000     425 For A Reason Our Suicide Blonde NZ Filly Withdrawn         426 Rock N Roll Heaven Parisian Melodee Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     427 Sportswriter Petousa Filly Sold Wayne Honan $20,000     428 Always A Virgin Platinum Sign Filly Withdrawn         429 Western Ideal Precious Delight CA Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $36,000     430 For A Reason Pretty Inpink Colt Sold Luke McCarthy $12,000     431 Somebeachsomewhere Protikori Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $19,000     432 Courage Under Fire Quiet Talker Colt Sold Marcus Panton $26,000     433 Changeover Racquel Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Thompson $22,000     434 Big Jim Red Hot Mumma Filly Sold Ann Tapp $23,000     435 Four Starzzz Shark Red River Swinger Filly Withdrawn         436 Rocknroll Hanover Regal Rainbow Filly Sold Robert Brumm $6,000     437 Somebeachsomewhere Reggae Miss Colt Sold Laspina Trabucco & Co Pty Ltd $50,000     438 Art Major Resolution Babe Colt Sold Mentally Stable Ltd $32,000     439 Somebeachsomewhere River Valley Romance NZ Filly Withdrawn         440 Rocknroll Hanover Roma Art Colt Sold Ray Davis $10,000     441 Mach Three Rosalind Colt Sold Athol Bennett $33,000     442 Rock N Roll Heaven Rosie Rose Colt Passed In   $18,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 443 Art Major Rossangel Gold Filly Passed In   $8,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 444 Artistic Fella Royale Albertina Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     445 Courage Under Fire Ruffle My Feathers Filly Sold Redbank Lodge Standardbreds $10,000     446 Bettors Delight Runaround Rhonda NZ Colt Sold John McCarthy $85,000     447 Rocknroll Hanover Safely Susan Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $18,000     448 Rock N Roll Heaven Salix Colt Sold Michael Formosa $26,000     449 Rock N Roll Heaven Same Action Filly Sold Barry Cooper $11,000     450 Sportswriter Sassy Street Filly Withdrawn         451 Mach Three Glenferrie Serenade NZ Filly Sold Robert Morris $12,000     452 Rock N Roll Heaven Serene Angel Filly Passed In   $12,000   Make An Offer 453 Roll With Joe Serene Star Filly Passed In   $10,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 454 Rocknroll Hanover Seshny Bromac NZ Colt Passed In   $21,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 455 Roll With Joe Shark Filly Sold Christie Rothwell $8,000     456 Somebeachsomewhere She Aint Fakin Colt Sold   $26,000     457 Rocknroll Hanover Shoutaloud Colt Sold R.E.D. Harness Racing Pty Ltd $47,000     458 Rocknroll Hanover Silver Tail Lady Filly Sold Rachel Weaver $17,000     459 Courage Under Fire Sky Rainbow Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     460 Mach Three Snug Harbor NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $45,000     461 Rocknroll Hanover Solataire Colt Sold Terry Cluse $50,000     462 Courage Under Fire Sounds Alive NZ Colt Sold Josh Powderly $11,000     463 Sportswriter Special Ball NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $27,000 Make An Offer 464 For A Reason Steda Dreams Colt Passed In   $6,000 $6,000 Make An Offer 465 Art Major Straight Left NZ Filly Sold Trevor O'Reilly $12,000     466 Sportswriter Strike Line Colt Sold Robert Brumm $28,000     467 Major In Art Sunopal Filly Passed In   $9,000 $12,000 Make An Offer 468 Bettors Delight Tactical Attraction NZ Colt Passed In   $22,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 469 Four Starzzz Shark Take a Hint NZ Colt Withdrawn         470 Courage Under Fire Talk Safely NZ Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $30,000     471 Mr Feelgood Tallaringa Drive Colt Withdrawn         472 Courage Under Fire Tears To Maple Colt Sold Andy Gath $18,000     473 Mach Three The Baggy Green Colt Sold Five Arrows Syndicate $30,000     474 Rock N Roll Heaven The Checkout Chic Colt Passed In   $17,500 $20,000 Make An Offer 475 Art Major The Crystal Star NZ Filly Sold Mark Jones Harness Racing Stable $45,000     476 Art Major The Kindly One Colt Sold Steve Thompson $44,000     477 Four Starzzz Shark The Magic Of Life Filly Withdrawn         478 Rock N Roll Heaven Timeltell Colt Withdrawn         479 Courage Under Fire To Die With Dignity NZ Colt Passed In   $14,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 480 Always A Virgin Touch Of Jerry Filly Passed In   $6,000 $7,000 Make An Offer 481 Roll With Joe Trudee Filly Sold Robert Brumm $20,000                                                 2015 Clearance Rate 83.89%             2015 Sales Average $28,265                               2015 Colts Clearance Rate 88.66%             2015 Colts Average $32,942                               2015 Fillies Clearance Rate 79.27%             2015 Fillies Average $22,077                                                 2014 Clearance Rate 89.74%             2014 Sales Average $23,000                               2014 Colts Clearance Rate 91.03%             2014 Colts Average $26,049                               2014 Fillies Clearance Rate 88.46%             2014 Fillies Average         $19,862  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands offered twin $30,000 Open harness racing features on a brisk late February Friday night.   Odds On Amethyst took the top class trot for the second time this season with a start to finish romp in 1:52 for Brett Miller. Miller set his charge away sharply from post eight and crossed over instantly. Odds On Amethyst set honest fractions, fought off a legitimate bid from Melady's Monet through a grueling 27.3 third panel then held sway for the win. B Yoyo sat a tight pocket throughout, menaced the winner late and held well for the place with DW's NY Yank surviving an adventurous trip from the far outside to be third in his first seasonal start. The winner returned $9.20 and the exacta a healthy $122.60. Jimmy Takter trains for Diamond Creek Racing.   The Open Mare Pace went to Inittowinafortune and Corey Callahan in an identical time of 1:52. Callahan fashioned an ideal second-over trip then rallied the mare late from just off the pace to track down Radar Contact after a stretch-long battle and prevail in a photo. Inittowinafortune returned $18.40 while winning her third straight for owner Mike Pagonas and trainer Mike Russo. It was Callahan's third winner of the night.   In wagering news, the Hi 5 Jackpot carried over in the fifth race at $37,167 and the last race Jackpot eclipsed $142,000 going into tomorrow night's program.   The Saturday card features three Winter Series finals among the thirteen races. Post time is 7:15 pm.   From The Meadowlands Media Relations Department  

Name the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at Diamond Creek Farm and win $10,000 in yearling credits! Diamond Creek’s first A Rocknroll Dance foal, a filly out of Whetstone Hanover, arrived amid excitement and anticipation on Wednesday. She’s nameless, and soon to be famous.   Contestants can submit their name suggestions from now until March 14th. Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm, will choose his 3 favorite names, and on Monday, March 16th, voting will open. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to vote on their favorite. The name with the most votes on March 20th at 5pm wins!  “We’re hoping to put a spotlight on A Rocknroll Dance and his potential as a stallion, but I’m really looking forward to meeting the winner and seeing their excitement at having an extra $10 grand to spend at the sale,” says Bowden. To enter, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com/contest and type in your suggestion. You can also submit your name by commenting or messaging Diamond Creek on Facebook, DiamondCreekFarmLLC, or Twitter, @DiamondCreekKY, but contestants are cautioned: leave your contact info in case you win! Rules: All names must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 14th, and voting closes at 5pm on March 20th. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. You can check if your name is taken at http://pathway.ustrotting.com/search/. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Diamond Creek will try to let contestants know if their name was already submitted, but cannot guarantee all duplicates will be caught. The best thing to do is submit more than one name, and submit early! From Diamond Creek Farm

All week the harness racing pundits previewing the Great Northern Oaks had predicted that Classical Art from barrier one would lead and control the race with the favourite The Orange Agent unlikely to get the lead off her. No one obviously told Maurice McKendry on The Orange Agent because he did exactly what everyone said couldn't be done. Maurice worked her forward from barrier four and grabbed the lead from Classical Art inside the first 200 metres and that effectively was race over. Allowed to get away with a couple of easier mid race sections, Maurice applied the pressure from a fair way out and then blew them away with a last half in 55.1 and quarter in 27.4 to cruise home home by five lengths in a new New Zealand record of 3:18.8 for the 2700 metres mobile. When talking to Harnesslink during the week, Maurice said contrary to what a lot of people thought, The Orange Agent could really leave the gate and he thought he would go forward. The daughter of American Ideal has been a revelation this season with her win tonight her seventh from just nine starts with her only unplaced run coming in the Sires Stakes Final for fillies on New Years eve when pushed out four wide by Democrat Party with a lap to go. The inexperienced Start Dreaming provided a minor highlight of the race by running home well for second to give American Ideal the quinella with Supersonic Miss holding on for third after sitting parked for the last 1200 metres and Classical Art disappointing in running fourth after having the run of the race. Maurice was pretty philosophical about the win post race. " I got the lead pretty easily really and there was no real pressure so I was pretty confident during the running that she would be tough to beat." " When you run home in front in 55 it makes it pretty hard for those behind you." " She knocked off a bit the last 100 metres when she was out on her own but she won with a bit in hand". " I like winning those Group 1 races because the extra money keeps the bank manager happy," Maurice said with a bit of a chuckle. Maurice thought that The Orange Agent would now head south to Addington. " The plan at the moment is to head south now for the New Zealand Oaks and Nevele R Fillies Final in early May," Maurice said. With a combination of a filly as talented as The Orange Agent and a driver right at the top of his game like Maurice McKendry, then you need to look no further for the favourite for the remaining fillies classics this season. Harnesslink Media  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 26, 2015- Dan Dube, Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver thus far in 2015, won his 8,000th career race Thursday night. The milestone victory was a wire-to-wire performance with outsider Clem ($22.60) in the $14,500, eighth-race pace. From post position No. 7, the 6-year-old gelding held sway a half-length in 1:56. Dube, who entered the evening needing a pair of wins for the plateau, immediately halved that number when Upfrontwhosurlady ($16.60)-in her first purse try since mid-September-was a loose cover victress in the $9,000, pacing opener (1:55.4). He then finished second, second, fifth, fifth and fifth in next five drives before earning his required-by-law congratulatory sign. "I don't really look at (the numbers)," the 45-year-old Quebec native said a couple of days ago. "I don't put any pressure on myself. I'm happy the season has gone well so far." Dube, approaching $95 million in career purses, is best known as the primary driver for two Harness Horses of the Year, Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday (post times at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The Carnival of Cups rolls into Albury on Saturday night and Junee harness racing trainer Trevor White is hoping Hollywood Sign can continue on his winning way in the feature event – the Albury Cup.  Hollywood Sign has been in career best form since resuming, but White admits the gelding will have to keep on improving given the depth of the race. “I’ve been really happy with the way he has been going, but this is going to be his biggest test because it is open class and is over the 2570 metres,” White said. “I’ve won a couple of Wagga Cups, a Temora Cup and a Leeton Cup, but the Albury Cup is a race I haven’t been able to win. “I have gone close a couple of times, so hopefully that changes on Saturday night.” The son of Life Sign has won at Leeton, Temora, Junee and Canberra this preparation and White believes his last spell has been the key to his improvement. “Hollywood Sign has always had his fair share of ability, but he did have a good spell last time and I think that really strengthened him up,” White said. “If he races well on Saturday night then I will target the Wagga Cup and then he will have to travel back to Sydney and have a crack at the metropolitan races. “He has run a couple of good races at Menangle before, but he has just been pipped a couple of times down that long straight.” White will take several team members to the provincial meeting, including three-year-old filly Official Jasper. “Yeah she will go around in the String Of Pearls,” White said. “She is a nice filly, but I thought she may have finished her race off a bit better last week in a heat of the New South Wales Oaks.” “In saying that, it was her first go at Menangle and also her first go at the 2400 metres, so I’m expecting a better run on Saturday night despite the tough draw.” HRNSW Media

TORONTO, February 26 - A few weeks off didn't bother Nippy W Hanover as she was razor-sharp in winning the harness racing $41,200 Miss Vera Bars series final Thursday night at Woodbine. Originally set for two preliminary legs and a final, Mother Nature caused the second-leg of the Miss Vera Bars to be cancelled twice, forcing officials to scrap the second-leg and send the series directly to a final Thursday night. All nine three-year-old pacing fillies that competed in the first leg on February 5 returned for the final. Maplelea, the winner of leg one, took most of the support at the windows and was sent off as the 4/5 favourite. However, she would have to settle for second-best, as Nippy W Hanover got the job done in 1:57.1. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Nippy W Hanover got away in second from her rail starting spot. Down the backstretch, Baillargeon opted to circle around to the lead and never looked back. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:28 with Maplelea first up at her wheel, Nippy W Hanover turned aside the favourite's challenge in the lane and paced home in :29.1 to win by 2 ½ lengths. Wake N Bake closed well to finish third, while Docs Hollywood took fourth. A daughter of American Ideal, Nippy W Hanover is trained by Blair Burgess for owners Karin Olsson Burgess and Mac Nichol. The sophomore pacing filly finished second in the first leg after winning her 2015 debut the week before. The series final victory improves Nippy W Hanover's career record to four wins from 12 starts and earnings exceeding $50,000. A $2 win ticket on Nippy W Hanover returned $6.90. Nippy W Hanover In order to be eligible to the Miss Vera Bars series, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Mark McKelvie

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When I heard the news that Dave Magee was retiring from driving after tonight’s Balmoral Park card I have to admit I was disappointed. Selfishly I didn’t want it to ever end for my all-time favorite driver. I’ve known Dave ever since he came up from Quad City Downs as a blond-haired youngster with a moustache (see picture) to old Sportsman’s Park where I was the track’s publicity director some 40-plus years ago Early on you could see Dave was going to be a good and successful    driver and as the years past he turned out to be a great one. At Sportsman’s there was a porch outside of the press box that sat on  the grandstand roof. It was a great view to watch the races. Well, maybe  not-so-much when the wind came out of the south and blew the  backstretch fumes straight at us. Going out pn that porch 10 times a night, five times a week, month after  month you could get a pretty good handle if a late-rusher was going to  catch the horse on the lead. That is except when the horse on the lead  was driven by Dave Magee. Nine out of 10 times when you thought  Dave was going to be caught . . . he wasn’t. The winning margin often wasn’t big but the end result was another win  for Dave. The Green Bay, Wisconsin native and long-time “Packer-Backer” had some kind of “magic” in those hands. Somehow Dave’s horses always seemed to hold on, many times barely, but they did. I’ve done countless interviews with the 2001 National Hall of Fame inductee and Dave has always been always a class act. He would always return your phone call. He would always take the time to answer your questions. The soft-spoken Magee would choose his words carefully—usually while chewing on a stick of gum—and Dave always had something meaningful to say. The more I thought about Dave’s decision to retire from driving to take the position as an associate judge at Hoosier Park, the more it made sense. Dave has accomplished just about everything he could on a race track. He was the 1994 National Driver of the Year. He’s won every major race in Illinois and many elsewhere. He captured dozens of driving titles in our state and he represented his country twice in the World Driving Tournament and won it in 1995. No driver has won Super Night championships. No one is even close to his American National winners. He’s had 36 straight seasons with $1 million in money won, 10 of $2 million-plus, 13 of $3 million plus and a quartet of $4 million seasons. Nevertheless, at the age of 61, the aches and pains have to be more frequent and more lingering than they were when Dave was a younger man (I can speak from experience on that matter). However it couldn’t have been an easy choice for Dave to make after spending over 40 years doing what he loved to do and now giving it all up and moving on to another challenge. So I called my old friend and asked. “No it wasn’t an easy decision,” Dave replied. “I’m melancholy about it. I’m somewhat worried and unsure. I’ve gone through all the emotions however it’s a family decision and we’ve decided it’s time for me to move on. “I’ve tossed the ideal of retiring around for the past couple of years. This offer came about in the last few weeks and actually I turned it done. But it wasn’t just my decision to make. It was a family decision and my wife Cathy approached me and thought we should talk about it. We found out there we were on the same page and if the offer was still open we would take a leap of faith and I’d take the job. “It was, so I did.” Dave has driven in close to 65,000 races and while he’s chalked up records that likely won’t ever be touched by another Illinois driver, there have been some instances where he’s gone down in a race with injuries that left him on the sidelines for several months, He broke a collarbone early on his career at Quad City and suffered another severe shoulder injury at Sportsman’s in 1983 on the same night Cam Fella shattered Albatross’ track record. “As far as getting hurt out there, that’s one thing you can’t think about. I’m sure however my family has. My wife and kids are well aware of my aches and pains and they are relieved that I’ve made this decision to end my driving career.” I told Dave I’m going to miss those conversations we would have every year about the young horses he was driving.” “Me too,” he answered. “Bringing along young horses is what I’ve enjoyed the most as I got older.” While those days are now over for the classy Mr. Magee, it’s a sure thing he’ll excel in his new job at Hoosier Park. Our loss in Illinois is Indiana’s gain. But maybe after a few years when he’s recognized as one of the best in his new endeavor we can steal him back and bring him home where he belongs. Until then, thanks for all those wonderful memories Dave. By Mike Paradise
Watching the World Driving Championship (WDC) races from New South Wales, Australia, it has become clear; we are too provincial in our thinking in North America, unwilling to change to improve the product. Not that these suggestions will take care of things such as post time drag, the amount of time between races, and the integrity issues real and perceived, but we can make the racing more exciting to watch, less predictable, and increase wagering as people will be enticed by larger payoffs. For example, let's take a look at this race from the WDC at Penrith. No one can watch this race and say it wasn't exciting despite the length of the race. What did this race have that we don't have in the North America? 1. Added distance (2,125 meters equals 1.32 mile) 2. A second tier 3. A lot of movement throughout the race You probably are saying, well these WDC races feature some of the best drivers in the world, what about regular overnight racing? Well, let's look at another race from the same card at Penrith, a conditioned race for winners of 1 or 2 races at a country meet, with typical drivers racing. There may have been a little less movement, but more movement than we typically see in the States; horses are not strung out single file. You have horses racing three, four wide. By the time they head into the stretch, everyone is close, and in this case they all came flying at the wire. Penrith is a half mile oval, starting five across with five in the second row. Admittedly, when you start five across the horses in the back row have it easier to get involved than in the states where you typically start eight across. I would never suggest we put eight horses in the back tier on our smaller tracks, but what if we started six across upfront with six in the second row? Now a track like Menangle, a metropolitan track which is a 7/8th mile oval, starts them 10 across and doesn't have an official second tier but they have standing starts with horses being handicapped as far back as 70 meters (291 feet). I am not suggesting we move to standing starts but instead of having standing starts we can handicap races by moving horses to a second row even if we cut the number in the front row to even things out (say seven up front and five in the second row). Some will say it's a different style of racing in Australia. No doubt about it, a style necessitated by the varied distances of races; something which would develop here in time. The point is we can learn something from Australia and from the rest of the harness racing world. We just need to take the blinders off and look. by Allan Schott, for View From the Racetrack Grandstand.      
East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands offered twin $30,000 Open harness racing features on a brisk late February Friday night.   Odds On Amethyst took the top class trot for the second time this season with a start to finish romp in 1:52 for Brett Miller. Miller set his charge away sharply from post eight and crossed over instantly. Odds On Amethyst set honest fractions, fought off a legitimate bid from Melady's Monet through a grueling 27.3 third panel then held sway for the win. B Yoyo sat a tight pocket throughout, menaced the winner late and held well for the place with DW's NY Yank surviving an adventurous trip from the far outside to be third in his first seasonal start. The winner returned $9.20 and the exacta a healthy $122.60. Jimmy Takter trains for Diamond Creek Racing.   The Open Mare Pace went to Inittowinafortune and Corey Callahan in an identical time of 1:52. Callahan fashioned an ideal second-over trip then rallied the mare late from just off the pace to track down Radar Contact after a stretch-long battle and prevail in a photo. Inittowinafortune returned $18.40 while winning her third straight for owner Mike Pagonas and trainer Mike Russo. It was Callahan's third winner of the night.   In wagering news, the Hi 5 Jackpot carried over in the fifth race at $37,167 and the last race Jackpot eclipsed $142,000 going into tomorrow night's program.   The Saturday card features three Winter Series finals among the thirteen races. Post time is 7:15 pm.   From The Meadowlands Media Relations Department  
WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 27, 2015 -- Mike Wilder continued his hot streak Friday at The Meadows, winning six times -- including five straight -- on the 12-race harness racing card. It was the second time this week he won as many as five races on a single program. On Friday, Wilder swept races 2-6, then added a win in race 11 for good measure. Two of Wilder's victories were for trainer Ron Burke while he notched one win each for conditioners Dan Altmeyer, Jim Arledge, Jr., Kris Rickert and Tyler Stillings. In Friday's feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Preferred Handicap Pace, Macharoundtheclock abandoned her customary closing style, roared to the early lead for Eric Ledford and scored an easy front-end victory in 1:53.4. Do Me Honor finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Certified Ideal third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three -Summers Soul who now boasts $415,202 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a three-bagger on Friday's program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
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