Day At The Track

One of Queensland’s top harness racing drivers has become the latest target of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s fight to clean up the industry. Mathew Neilson was yesterday charged with one count of match fixing, an offence carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years jail. “He’s the fifth person to be charged as a result of an investigation of match fixing and money laundering allegations in the harness code,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said. Neilson, 35, is known as one of the state’s most sought after freelance drivers, finishing third in the 2016/17 premiership. During that year, he drove horses that brought in more than $800,000 in prize money. The previous year he brought in more than $1 million. Harness racing driver Matthew Neilson has been charged with match fixing by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission. So far, for the 2017/18 season, horses driven by Neilson have won 21 races. Neilson was charged by officers from the Racing Crime Squad. He was released on watch-house bail and will front court on December 12. His harness racing licence was immediately suspended. Fellow driver Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to fixing two races, his lawyer telling a court last month that “everybody’s doing it”. Cockburn was warned off all tracks for life after pleading guilty to two counts of match fixing and one count of disclosing knowledge.   Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said the case into prominent racing identity Marshall Dobson was ongoing. In a separate case, harness racing identity Marshall Dobson was charged on October 31 under anti-money laundering and terrorism-financing laws with running a fake betting account worth millions. QRIC will allege the account was in operation for 10 years, and over one 16-month period, $1.77 million was moved through it. Major and Organised Crime Squad Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said their investigation was ongoing. “I would urge anyone with information about match fixing to come forward and contact police or Crime Stoppers.” Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000. by Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail  

November 18, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Menesek DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 3160 meters distance handicap) went to 10.3/1 Villam Ville (3g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Zsalek  Zsolt owns the winner. Vital RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) was second for Tibor Hajnal, ahead of 40 meter handicapped Urilany R (4f Maximus Lindy-Elegant Lady-Mill H) with Veljko Mazsity driving. Race time over the extended distance was 4:32.7, or 1.26.3kr. The solid card also included the Laszlo Torok Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with victory to the 1.3/1 favorite Victory Knick (5g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown. The recent import from Sweden is now trained and was reined by Emil Csordas. Race time was 1.20.1kr. Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) was second for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. Oldtimer Diamant (7g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third for Emese Vezer. Other winners were 4.3/1 Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) in the Jozsef Radoki Memorial (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Andras Gasper teamed the Balasz Juhasz trainee to a 1.19.7kr timed score over Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy) and Livi Kickoff (5f Sand Vic). T wo year olds contested the Ketevesek Versenye (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and 3.4/1 Zseneroz (2f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) scored for Gyorgy Horvath, driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz, timed in 1.26.1kr. This Kabala Menes Kft. bred filly bested Veritable Yankee (2m Yankee Mustang) and Zeffiri (2f Naglo). Plans continue for the exceptional annual Kincsem Park December 31 affair that featured a great racing, music, food and entertainment, before a gathering that usually numbers 10,000 irrespective of the winter weather. Thomas H. Hicks  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 20, 2017...Pompano Park played host to the FSBOA sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial Stakes on Sunday night with two year-olds in the harness racing spotlight seeking a share of over $60,000 in purses. I Rhoda Daley, Brian, Gold Star Diablo and Starcasim took home the major share of their respective events with the latter pulling off a major upset in the lone event on the pari-mutuel program. Starcasim, a two year-old daughter of Mysticism owned by Russ Guardino along with trainer Joe Sanzeri, got up in the final stride to edge past Prairie Easter, handled by Corey Braden, by a neck in 1:56.3 in the $16,050 Aylor division for pacing fillies. Prairie Foolish, with Jim Meittinis in the bike, rallied from an early miscue to finish third while Diamond Eyes was fourth. The 1 to 5 heavy favorite, Krinda, had an extraordinarily difficult journey and was only able to pick up the nickel in her quintet. At the outset, Prairie Easter, leaving from the advantageous post five, left with alacrity to command right from the get-go with Starcasim away very well from post one and Krinda, appearing rough gaited, third but on the move forward as the leader reached the quarter in :28.3. With Krinda still pressing forward, an identical second panel in :28.3 left Prairie Easter and Krinda racing as a team halfway through the mile in :57.1. On the Pompano backside, Krinda, still rough gaited continued to press Prairie Easter with driver Sanzeri having to make a decision whether to move three wide or sit cozy along the inside past the third station in 1:26.2. He chose the latter and found room turning for home and began gnawing away at the leader, finally edging by in the final stride or two. In a post race interview, driver Joe Sanzeri related, "Well, this was a great time for Starcasim to break her maiden. "Wally's mare (Krinda) just wasn't herself and she obviously was the one to beat here. My filly left a bit more alertly than she usually does and I was in a great spot all the way. On the final turn, I knew I had to make a decision to wither sit tight or go around. I decided to sit tight hoping I could find some room. "Fortunately, for me anyhow, I had the opportunity to come out from the pocket and she responded. She's a game thing and I am very proud of her performance tonight! "Super Night," which is next Sunday at Pompano Park, "should be very interesting," he concluded. In garnering her maiden win, Starcasim more than doubled her earnings, which now stand at $14,230 on the strength of her 1-2-2 scorecard in eight career starts. Off as the 14 to 1 third choice in the betting, Starcasim paid $31.00 to win and, with the vast majority of the place pool wagered on Krinda, an even healthier $39.80 to place. Prairie Easter, off as the 5 to 2 second choice, paid $17.80 to place. There was no show betting. The Aylor Memorial festivities began with three non-wagering events, the first one going to I Rhoda Daley, capturing her $14,700 event for trotting fillies for Wally Hennessey in 2:05.1. The sharp daughter of Desperado Dan took command a couple of steps after the wings folded and carved up panels of :32.2, 1:04.1 and 1:35.3 before a :29.3 finale closed the door on a game Jennifer, driven by Dave Ingraham, who recovered from an early miscue to finish second. Ms Katie B was third for Gary Braden. Owned by Lee Clarke along with trainer Jason MacDougall, I Rhoda Daley now has 6 wins and 2 seconds in eight lifetime starts and earnings of $33,366. The $15,500 Aylor for juvenile trotting colts and geldings went to Brian, who wired his competitors for Wally Hennessey in 2:03 off of panels of :31, 1:02.2 and 1:32.1. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, owned by trainer Kim Sears along with husband Jay, held off a game Prairie Eclipse, with Mike Deters in the sulky, to score by a length--the latter recovering from a miscue leaving the port. Jiro Dangerous, driven by Mickey McNichol, enjoyed a trouble free mile to finish third while Captain Thomas and Treasure Chest were next in the field of five. Brian now has $30,404 in bounty on the strength of his 8-4-2-1 scorecard. The pacing colts and geldings were in the spotlight in the $15,500 Aylor Memorial and Dan Clements' Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, made an early sprint to the front and wired together panels of :28.3, :58 and 1:27 en route to a 1:55.3 win for Wally Hennessey. The Mike Deters trainee pulled away from the pocket sitting Silver Wings, driven by Corey Braden, to score by 4 1/2 lengths. Jay Jay was third for Dave Ingraham while Mister Special T finished fourth. Dontblevmejustwatch earned the minor award in this quintet. Gold Star Diablo stretched his winning streak to five with the win and now has 6 wins in 8 career starts to go along with a mark of 1:54.3f and $35,530 in bounty. The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace went to the New Zealand bred Mister Daytona, driven by trainer Mike Simons , in 1:51. The five year-old son of American Ideal, away third in his septet as Duc Dorleans (Wally Hennessey) sizzled opening panels of :26.3 and :55.1, made a bid from two lengths off the pace to the lead, pacing his backside quarter in :26.2. From there, Mister Daytona widened his margin through the lane to score by 3 1/2 lengths over the late-charging Sing For Me George (John MacDonald) with Duc Dorleans next. Rockntouch finished fourth while Hollywood Sign picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Owned by Albert Abdala III, Mister Daytona won for the 10th time this semester, pushing his 2017 earnings to $142,722. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Mister Daytona paid $4.40 to win. In the "better for the bettor department," Monday's program features four carryovers including the Pentafecta fourth ($3,179.03), Pick-5 ($2,504.33), Pick-6 ($1,624.79) and Super Hi-5 Finale ($13,743.92) Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Multiple Carryovers Highlight Pompano Monday Only two betting favorites emerged victorious on Sunday evening (Nov 19) at Pompano Park, leaving a slew of carryovers for patrons on Monday night's eight-race card. The 50-cent Pick 5 begins in the first race with a carryover of $2,504. Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an 'instant' guarantee of $7,500 on Monday night's total pool. Free PP's can be found at ustrotting.com. The pentafecta was also missed on Sunday, resulting in a $3,179 carryover. The pentafecta is held nightly on the fourth race, featuring a 20-cent minimum. The 50-cent Pick 6 will offer a $1,625 carryover in race three, with the jackpot hi-five carryover ballooning to $13,743 for the finale. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings with a first post of 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

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Back when harness racing was one of America’s top spectator sports, the goings-on at a horse-breeding farm and racetrack in the Midway was the stuff of front-page news. This was Kittsondale in the 1880s, a sprawling operation that stretched between University Avenue and today’s I-94, and from Pascal Street almost to Lexington Parkway, the western city limits of St. Paul at the time. Millionaire Norman Kittson had gradually withdrawn from his business activities and plunged into horse raising, purchasing the former St. Paul Driving Park (a term used in the day for race track) in 1881. (He also acquired Erdenheim, a similar but more substantial facility, near Philadelphia.) By the time Kittson took over, the St. Paul track was neglected and run down, but it had been a busy place in the 1870s and not just for horse racing. In seven of those years, it was the site of the Minnesota State Fair before the annual festival found a permanent home. Horace Greeley and President Rutherford B. Hayes were among the luminaries who appeared there. Recalled one old-timer of that 1878 appearance, “President Hayes spoke to the greatest crowd I ever saw packed together on the hottest day in my memory.” Kittson renamed the track Midway Park, but Kittsondale was the name associated with property he owned in the area and that was the name that stuck. It was an elegant facility, its stables built of wood and brick, with almost 100 stalls and sleeping quarters for trainers. The clubroom with a fireplace was well-suited for deal-making and wagering by horse owners. In a short time, Kittson acquired a stable-full of fine trotters, among them, a horse named Johnston, “King of the Turf,” for whom he paid $20,000, and Little Brown Jug, who ran the fastest heat in history to that point. There was also So-So, the dam of Oh-So, who won first place at the Chicago World’s Fair. But Kittsondale’s glory days didn’t last long. “If Commodore Kittson had been 20 years younger when he began to develop his grand idea of a breeding farm, we would have here today probably the finest one of the kind in the world,” a veteran horseman lamented. Instead, after only seven years of ownership, Kittson succumbed to an apparent heart attack while on a train returning to St. Paul. His heirs did not share his enthusiasm for horse breeding, and a month after Kittson’s death, his trotting stock of 42 horses was auctioned off. The same thing happened in Pennsylvania. King of all the harness racers was Minnesota’s own Dan Patch. In 1905, he set a record for the mile—1 minute, 55 ¼ seconds, that stood for 30 years. The terms of his will precluded the immediate sale of the Kittsondale land and a lessee staged weekly trotter races there in the 1890s. Kittsondale was also the site of bicycling events, trap shooting, track and field, and cricket and baseball games, until at least 1910. In 1898, the 14th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry camped there after returning home, having never gotten any farther than Georgia during the Spanish-American War. The property began to be converted to industrial use around 1900. A refrigerator manufacturer acquired the track property in 1903. The Twin City Motordome, a motorcycle-racing venue, opened at the west end of the former track in 1914. That same year, construction began on the Brown & Bigelow headquarters on University Avenue just east of Hamline Avenue. The stables had been built so solidly that they were repurposed a number of times over the years before finally being torn down in 1942 to make way for a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. Legend has it that the Turf Club, the venerable music bar just up University, was named in memory of Kittsondale. If so, that’s the only trace left. By Roger Bergerson Reprinted with permission of The Park Bugle

The first round of harness racing Inter Dominion heats have been drawn for Friday night at Gloucester Park. Heat One 1) Devendra  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Walton Hanover mare 2) Soho Tribeca  -  by American Ideal  from an Art Major mare 3) Simply Susational  -  by Elsu from a Perfect Art  mare 4) Run Oneover  -  by Changeover from a Presidential Ball mare 5) Code Black  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Falcon Seelster mare 6) Shandale  -  by Art Major from a Bettor’s Delight mare 7) Cut For An Ace  -  by Aces N Sevens from a Holmes Hanover mare 8) Mr Mojito  -  by Real Desire from a In The Pocket mare 9) Lazarus  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare Heat two 1) Majordan  -  by Art Major from a Vintner mare 2) Vultan Tin  -  by Dawn Ofa New Day from a Pacific Fella mare 3) Lennytheshark  -  by Four Starzzz Shark from a Albert Albert mare 4) Lets Chase The Dream  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 5) The Bucket List  -  by Christian Cullen from an Artsplace mare 6) Ohoka Punter  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 7) Tiger Tara  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Dream Away mare 8) Our Jimmy Johnstone  -   by P Forty Seven from a Falcon Seelster mare 9) Motu Premier  -  by Bettor’s Delight from an In The Pocket mare Heat three 1) Egodan  -  by Sportswriter from a Armbro Operative mare 2) Chicago Bull  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 3) Jambiani  -  by Safari from a Vestalba Rainbow mare 4) Americanbootscoota  -  by Allamerican Ingot from a Parsons Den mare 5) Have Faith In Me  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a B G’s Bunny mare 6) San Carlo  -  by Mach Three from a Classic Garry mare 7) Galactic Star  -  by Bettor’s Delight from a Christian Cullen mare 8) Tanaka Eagle  -  by Elsu from a Badlands Hanover mare 9) Yayas Hot Spot  -  by Jeremes Jet from an In The Pocket mare 10) Major Crocker  -  by Art Major from a D M Dillinger mare For all the other details click on this link. Harnesslink Media

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) that O-desmethylvenlafaxine has been detected in the urine sample taken from MAORISFAVOURITESUN following its win in race 7, the FOWLER HOMES TROTTERS MOBILE (2300 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 7 October 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr D. Aiken has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Aiken, HRNSW Stewards have determined that Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 would not be invoked at this time. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that MAORISFAVOURITESUN, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an Inquiry or investigation.    For further information on this matter please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au   O-desmethylvenlafaxine

Brent MacGrath told Harness Racing Update on Saturday that Somebeachsomewhere has begun chemotherapy to battle cancer and is being treated by Dr. Rodney Belgrave an internal medicine specialist at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ. MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the 12-year-old Hall of Fame pacer and leading stallion, said the good news in a scary diagnosis is the cancer was caught early and the tumor, which has been removed, was quite small. An issue with colic and the decision by Hanover Shoes Farms’ farm manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky to send Somebeachsomewhere to the equine hospital to get thoroughly checked allowed veterinary surgeons to find the cancer early, MacGrath said. To read the full article on Harness Racing Update click on this link.  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 19, 2017—Odds-on Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $3.50) slapped the harness racing boys silly again Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s windy $40,000 Open Trot. With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile, the late-morning opener First-up a week ago, Charmed Life was in play early here. From post position No. 5, she found front well before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Lookslikeachpndale (Dan Dube), who left directly outside of the lass, was hard-used just to cram into the pocket. Once Charmed Life made the lead, there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense. She finished off her pre-noon rounds (:58.2, 1:27.3, 1:56.3), with only minimal outside grief from Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett).  That one moved from fifth and challenged to the final turn before backing away. The margin was a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn and three-quarters of a length at the wire. ‘Chpndale’ easily saved second, while DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan) Buen Camino (Brian Sears) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) were relegated to the minors.   For Charmed Life, a 7-year-old millionairess daughter of Majestic Son co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $81.50. The scheduled ‘New York, New York Double’ was cancelled after Aqueduct scrapped its card. Sunday matinees, along with the weather-permitting ‘New York, New York Double,’ return Nov. 26th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

Huntington Station, NY - Freddie Hudson and Bobby Rahner have been invited to have a book signing at the prestigious and world famous Book Revue, that is located in Huntington, New York. At the signing they will speak and sign copies of their newly released book, “Momentous Racing To Glory”. The scheduled date of the event is Tuesday November 28, at 7 PM.   Their book tells the story of Momentous, a pacer that was considered dangerous and unmanageable. He had put many people in the hospital and at one time, had killed his groom. Bobby Rahner would take the horse over and campaign him on the New York racing circuit for 8 years. The horse, because of his reputation and on track antics, brought out many fans.   The Book Revue is a sought after venue for many of the world’s best-selling authors and celebrities. This will be Hudson's second signing there. Other authors who have signed their books at the Book Revue include Presidents’ Trump, Carter, and Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Mitt Romney, Andy Cohen, Dick Francis, Al Roker, Jane Fonda, Yogi Berra, Christie Brinkley, Joe Torre, William Shatner, Lauren Bacall, Mary Higgins Clark, Joan Rivers and hundreds more.   Long Island’s number one newspaper, Newsday, with a weekly print and digital audience of 1.3 million will be publishing an article about the authors and the upcoming book signing.   Century 21, American Homes of Westbury, NY, will be sponsoring the wine, cheese and refreshments for the attendees. Century 21's Westbury office is owned by former harness driver, Joe Ricco, who is also the step-dad of current driver, George Brennan.   Anyone who cannot attend the signing can order a signed copy directly from the Book Revue by calling them at 631 271-1442. The book is also available worldwide at Amazon and through bookstores nationwide. 10% of the books royalties will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   by Fred Hudson

November 19, 2017 - Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) held gamely and scored in today’s harness racing Gr. II Grand Prix de Bretagne (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, International) timed in 1.13.2kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. The 1.1/1 favorite defeated peg hugging stablemate 12.6/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) with David Thomain driving for owner Philippe Dauphin and trainer Guarato. 21.9/1 Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. These top three earned qualification for the Prix d’Amerique in late January. 5.3/1 second choice Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) was fourth for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, ahead for fifth finishing 66.1/1 outsider Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with owner/trainer Pietro Gubellini up. Belina Josselyn finished ninth racing with shoes and UIza Josselyn was tenth. Bold Eagle was a late scratch. Fractions were conservative (1.14.1kr with 1500 meters remaining, 1.14.4kr at the 1000, 1.13.8kr with 500 to go). A sizeable crowd was on hand at Paris-Vincennes this day for a superb racing program. Thomas H. Hicks

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The annual Champions Gala, honoring the top horsemen and women and the leading horses of the 2017 harness racing season in Quebec, was held Saturday, November 18 at the Hippodrome 3R. The event was sold out well in advance. There were numerous special awards honoring the top men and women in harness racing this past season plus the crowning of the champion horses in stakes races and overnight events. A great time was had by all as track announcer Guy Lafontaine was again superb as the evenings Emcee along with his associate, Daniel Delise. Female Groom of the Year Award went to Joanie Leonard, a member of the Maxime Velaye Team Stable. She was very present throughout the summer to paddocks for the horses of the team. This young woman is very good at her business, efficient and competent. Male Groom of the Year is Maxim Dubuc, a member of the Simon Delisle Team. Highly visible at the paddock in virtually every program, you will see him working on one or more horses with speed, efficiency and skill. A sure bet that Simon Delisle relies on this man. A 4th Star Award went to Sylvain Fontaine. The 4th Star is awarded to a person from the business of harness racing that we do not often talk about, which often goes under the radar, but which is no less deserving. The honor goes to Fontaine, a driver, trainer, busy at the paddock on race days. Rarely one word higher than the other, he does well what he has to do and positions his horses well in the race without brutalizing them. Nicknamed "Balou" for friends, his friends in the paddock cannot be counted anymore. A 4th Star Award went to driver Steeven Genois. He is never discouraged, despite sometimes long periods without a trip to the winner's circle. With the confidence of some trainers helping, he persevered and finally earned his share of victories. With the support of his wife Melanie, Steeven finally sees better days dawning on the horizon. The Excellence Media Award was presented to Carole Dumont for the launch and production of the program "On Track" presented on Videotron as part of the Ma TV series. Carole gives all his heart and all his expertise in the realization of this series of broadcasts that were intended to open to a wide audience the doors of an unknown universe, harness racing. The show was hailed by the industry and the general public. A must see. Trotter of the Year, Lucky Promesses, owned, bred and driven by Jerome Lombart, trained by Andreane Lapierre. Her record at H3R was absolutely sensational. It reads: 22 starts (8-1-0) $ 20,832, record of 1.58.2 taken at Rideau. At home it was 2.00.4. She has had nine straight wins, including Bedford and Rideau. Hats off to Jerome Lombart, who with his patience brought the mare to this high level of performance. The Pacer of the Year, Rainbow Palace, owned and driven by Francis Picard, trained by Dominique Picard, bought for C$7,500 at the Forest City Auction, this daughter of Royal Mattjesty had a year of dreams in 2017 while producing only at home, Her record with us: 21 starts (7-2-5) C$24,102, and especially a record of 1.54.3. Owner of the Year, Kevin Maguire. New category introduced this year. Who other than Kevin Maguire to illustrate the investment in time, money in the industry, which gave him a little this year by crowning his mare Magestic M, winner of the Breeders Cup. A great success that Kevin had in 2017. Previous years have not always been rewarded like this one. Our man nevertheless continued to devote himself to his passion. His statistics at H3R also impressive in 2017, under a record of 75 starts (11-14-8) and C$94,094 in earnings. Trainer of the Year, Francis Richard. New generation, new approach, great talent and extremely friendly personality, a big plus for the industry from the contribution of Francis this year. And the number of owners who trust him is a testament to his talent and expertise. A well-deserved title under a record of 109 (26-16-11) C$142,139. Driver of the Year, Stephane Brosseau. Another outstanding ambassador for the industry. 2017 was the year of the great return to the summit, that of the recognition of many trainers in his talent out of the ordinary to drive with skill the young horses. A combination of events and people will have allowed Stephane to experience a dream year, in a job he loves. His record: 277 (53-55-44) C$297,817, average URS of .355. Personality of the Year, Claude Hamel. HP here, HP there, the HP of Claude Hamel the breeder is now known throughout Canada. The man has given a lot to the industry in recent decades. With his wife Celine Paquin, he has set up a farm which they can be rightly proud. This year again, the HP horses have shone, the most beautiful flagship being so far, the incredible HP Sissy, winner here and in the USA at the highest levels at Yonkers Raceway. And we're not talking about the many horses that Claude is associated with in Ontario, and they too race at the highest level. The Special Achievement Award was presented to François Carignan, the Director of Operations at H3R. The Quebec Jockey Club paid tribute to the man who has worked the Trois-Rivières racecourse throughout the region and in Quebec over the last fifty years. To speak about François is to talk about his passion for the racetrack, the races, the horses and the customers with whom he has developed great relationships over the years, a complicity that is rarely seen. It was a superb way to close a very successful gala. The fifth annual since the revival of the industry by the Quebec Jockey Club. 2017 Champion Horses 2-year-old Filly Trotter Precious CC (Angus Hall - Marion Chocolate - Chocolatier) 2:03.3 Owner: Marie-Andrée Cornoyer Breeder: Raymond Larose Trainer-driver: Claude Beausoleil 2-year-old Colt Trotter Ganymede Lavec (Ganymede - Promising Lavec - Mr Lavec) 2.07 Owner and breeder: Jerome Lombart Trainer: Andrene Lapierre Driver: Jerome Lombart 2- year- old Filly Pacer Rose Bed (Bayama Leader - Intense - Shanghai Phil) 2:02 Owner-breeder: Guy Corbeil Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 2-year-old Colt Pacer Stock (Sportswriter - Whycantiforgetyou - The Panderosa) 1:57 Proprietors: Sotirios Anastasopoulos, Gaetan Bono Breeder: Sotirios Anastasopoulos Trainer: Dany Fontaine Driver: Stephane Brosseau 3-year-old Filly Trotter Magestic M (The Majestic Son - Striking Sybil - Striking Sahbra) 2.03.1 Owner - Breeder: Kevin Maguire Trainer: Kevin Maguire Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy 3-year-old Colt Trotter Dream Sensor (Muscle Mass - Nobility - Monte Hall) 2.00.1 Owner-Breeder: Provocative Stable Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Filly Pacer YS Tallia (Western Ideal - Tallinn Bolero - Arts Conquest) 1.58.4 Owner - breeder: Yves Sarrazin Trainer: Michel Allard Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Colt Pacer Wildriverbumblebee (Sportswriter - Alcor Semalu - Mach Three) 1.59.1 Breeder owner: Dr. John Bradbury Coach: Francis Richard Driver: Stephane Brosseau Older Mare Trotter Artemis Duharas (Andover Hall - Athena Duharas - Victory Force) 2.03.1 Owner - breeder: Haras De l'Estrie Trainer: Manon Levasseur Driver: Raymond Gingras Older Horse Trotter Wildwild Men (Muscle Mass - Seeyouinthecircle - Angus Hall) 1.59.1 Owner: Catheline Pelletier Breeder: Chantal Gravel Coach: Isabelle Darveau Driver: Rob Shepherd Older Mare Pacer HP Sissy (Up The Credit - Monica Blue Chip - Cams Card Shark) 1.55 Owner - breeder: Claude Hamel Trainer: Jean Tourigny Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy Older Horse Pacer Half Billion (Sportswriter - Racey Date - Western Hanover) 1.52.2 Proprietors: Michel Letarte, Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire, Corey Giles Breeder: Hudson Standardbred Trainer: Francis Richard Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy New Track Record Windsun Cheyenne Trainer and owner, Gina Bragagnolo Driver: Stéphane Brosseau 1½ mile, 2.58.1, August 27th, 5th race By Daniel Delisle for the Quebec Jockey Club  

November 19, 2017 - Harness racing Groupe action began this day with the Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge (purse €120,000. 2700 meters) and 16/1 Easy des Racques (3m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) scored timed in 1.14.4kr for driver J.Ph. Monclin. 3/5 favorite Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) was second for pilot Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. 3.6/1 Express Jet (3m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) rallied to gain third for driver/trainer Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale. The Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (purse €130,000, 2700 meters) and the 1.14kr timed winner was 3/10 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) with Mathieu Mottier up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 27.3/1 Exotic Destination (3f Love You-Quiromantica) was a fast rallying second for Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this one for breeder/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 28.7/1 Estelada de Font (3f Orateur-Quibala Street) and trainer/driver Emmanuelle Allard finished third. Fractions were even. The Prix de Cosse le Vivien (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters), a solid conditioned event, went to 1.12.3kr timed and 7/10 favorite Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Marie) with J-M Bazire up for legendary Wildenstein Stables Ltd Ireland. 12.5/1 Blues d’Ourville (6g Password-Pursuit of Charm) and 10.8/1 Blue Story (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) were second and third. The Gr. III Prix de Bossy Saint Leger (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, European), the last of the day’s groupe events, went to 51.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) reined by trainer Sylvain Roger for breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Race time was 1.12kr off quick and steady fractions. 4.7/1 Tessy d’Ete (5f Ganymede-Love me Tender) held second closely for J-M Bazire, trainer Philippe Billard and Scuderia Eurocolor Srl. Third was 6.5/1 Comtesse du Chene (5f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) with David Thomain up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Thomas H. Hicks  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 18, 2017) - Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race harness racing card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination. Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week's $381,200 final. "Kissin raced great and was well in hand," said Johansson. "The ear plugs were never pulled. We're happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they're both on their game." Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc. Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week's final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter. Also on the card tonight, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before next Saturday's finals. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3. "When Darlin is on her "A" game I don't think many can go with her," said Johansson. "It's just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn't get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she'll get over the million-dollar mark next week." The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88. Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. The card features the Fall Final Four and four TVG Free For All Finals with total purses in excess of $2 million. Justin Horowitz

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - Si Semalu became the harness racing newest member of the quarter-million-dollar club when he won the $20,500 featured pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono, plowing through "sloppy +2" conditions to post a 1:52.3 triumph. Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the Modern Art gelding to command in front of the stands and held sway the rest of the mile, although needing every bit of a 56.1 last mile to hold off a stubborn first-over challenger in Andrieos Kardia, who finally came up a neck short. Bruce Clarke trains the winner of $253,926 for owner John Coffey The Mach Three gelding Archangel Three sat a great pocket trip, came clear along the inside, went to the lead, and then held off good closing bursts from Ginger Tree Crash and Phil Your Boots to take down a $17,000 co-featured pace. Matt Kakaley, who had four sulky victories at press time, got the winner of $118,504 home in 1:53 in the messy conditions for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stables LLC. Archangel Blue Chip was second choice in his event to the great local favorite Luck Be Withyou, who set all the pace but couldn't make his lead stand up in the drive in his 89th and final career start. The son of Western Ideal, usually handled by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Chris Oakes and owners John Craig and Northfork Racing Stable, will now begin a new career as a stud at Maple Lane Farm, Grabil IN, after being the living definition of the term "Horse for the course," as this graphic shows: LIFETIME 89-28-15-5  $1,454,166 POCONO 31-17-7-1  $760,230 --won his Breeders Crown elim and final at age 2 here --won his Franklin elim and final at age 4 here --took his lifetime mark of 1:47.4 in winning his Franklin Consolation here at 5 --won in 1:50 or better each of his five racing years here   Balmoral, Batavia, Dayton, Dover, Flamboro, Harrington, 58-11-8-4-$693,936 Hoosier, Meadowlands, Mohawk, Northfield, Philly, Pompano, Saratoga, Scioto, Tioga, Yonkers PHHA / Pocono