Day At The Track

Rock Hill, NY - Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the harness racing sport's most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the aftercare programs that are in constant need of revenue and supplies throughout the year. "There is always a shortage of essential feed and care at the many aftercare facilities around the country. We thought that it was important to show our continued support for the retired equine athletes and to help lead the charge in establishing a consistent revenue stream that will help offset the ever-growing number of horses that are in transition," noted Michelle Crawford. "These horses give us their all...we should all ensure that they can live out their remaining lives with dignity!" Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. The Crawford's have recognized this plight and have entered the following eleven stallion breedings in the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands: American Ideal (NY) p,3,1:47.4 ($786,055). World Champion. Sire of 63 in 1:50 and earners of over $111 million. Crazy Wow (KY) 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143). World Champion. Oldest foals are now yearlings. Now standing in Kentucky. Devious Man (NY)(3) 3,1:52.2 ($1,338,677). Oldest foals are now 2. Multiple stakes winner, second in Hambletonian. Racing Hill (OH)(2) p,3,1:48 ($1,727,692). From his first crop of racing age, sire of 10 in 1:55. Oldest foals are now 3. Roll With Joe (NY)(3) p,3,1:48.2 ($1,805,102). Sire of 17 in 1:50 and earners of over $26 million. Swandre The Giant (IN) 3,1:51.3 ($655.368). 2-time Indiana Super Final champion. First season at Stud. The full sale catalog is now available for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale and can be downloaded now at tattersallsredmile.com or on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   January 10, 2021 - by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms  

January 8, 2021 - Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujours), off at 4/10 odds, crushed her competition at Vincennes, to win the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix Emile Roiteau (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) to earn a Prix de Cornulier ticket. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Rada. Gladys won her fourth straight monte contests and this was her eighth career won now for 434,220€ earned. 8/1 All Wise As (5f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhelmsen. 74/1 Girly Beco (4f Tiego d’Etang-Verveine Gede) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Michel Bevier. 3.5/1 Good Luck Quick and 35/1 Gef de Play completed the top five. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...January 11, 2021...After an action packed Sunday featuring a $172,173 Pick-5 pool, Pompano Park will follow that up with twin $30,000 guaranteed pools in their two harness racing Pick-4 wagers during a 13 race extravaganza. The Sunday Pick-5, with a generous carryover of $24,000 plus attracted $148,147 in new wagering and, thanks to the heroics of 22 year-old Samuel King, 646 winning tickets resulted in a generous payday of $216.20 for a 50 cent ticket featuring three odds-on favorites, one 5 to 2 chance and one lone outsider at 13 to 1. Two of these odds-on favorites were piloted by 22 year-old Samuel King. who, with seven lifetime wins coming in to Sunday night, posted his first career driving double in a pair of Florida Amateur Driving events. First, King drove Windsun Hugo through a gate-to-wire win in 1:57.3 as the even-money favorite for Melissa Beckwith. who trains for the Jackie Greene Stable. Then, to complete the Pick-5, King handled the 1 to 2 chalk, Piercewave Hanover, perfectly and patiently to score by three lengths in 1:58. Melissa Beckwith also trains that nine year-old son of Donato Hanover for owner Jordan Derue. Not only was it a milestone win for Samuel King, it was also one for the winner, whose lifetime earnings eclipsed the $500,000 plateau--$500,763 to be precise. To close out the Sunday program, second choice Rural Art ($6.40), driven by Joe Sanzeri took top honors but nary a single ticket was sold on the 6-1-5-10-7 combination inn the Super Hi-5 jackpot, resulting in a carryover of $82,296.50 into Monday's 13 race extravaganza. The Monday program, indeed, features twin $30,000 guaranteed pools in the track's Pick-4 events--the first beginning in race six and the second taking place starting in race 10. Both feature 12% takeouts, the lowest in the industry. The card also features several feature events including the renewal of the Muscles For File-DG's Caviar rivalry in the Open Handicap Trot and Southwind Amazon trying for his 100th career win in the Open Pace. Free programs are available at the isle casino racing website. Posts time for the Monday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Harness racing fans, harnesslink community, we have some important and exciting news to share with you. The current iteration of our website is now over ten years old and while it has done it's job incredibly well, the time has come for an upgrade.  Due to a number of technological changes, our current website has started to experience several problems behind the scenes which need to be solved. This has also fortunately given us the chance to review our current design as website design has changed a lot over the last ten years.  Our new website will be coming sometime in the next few weeks and should bring with it a faster, cleaner, more modern design. We know that change is hard but we also hope that you will keep an open mind and enjoy our new look when it is launched. Here's to the next chapter! John and the Harnesslink team Here is a picture of our original Website dated 2002

YONKERS, N.Y. – Australian import Let It Ride will make his Yonkers Raceway debut in the featured $30,000 open handicap pace on Opening Night (Jan. 11). The move to the Hilltop comes after the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding took a Meadowlands preferred/open handicap in such style as to garner praise like, “he really amazed me,” from harness racing trainer Nifty Norman. In that start Jan. 2, driver Dexter Dunn slotted Let It Ride into seventh after starting from post nine as Harambe Deo ripped an opening quarter in :26.1. Let It Ride followed the second-over cover of Rock Diamonds and drew within 4 lengths of the lead as Harambe Deo blitzed a :53.2 half-mile. Dunn tipped Let It Ride three-deep at the midway point of the final turn and the pacer rocketed into contention.  Under a tight hold, Let It Ride angled into the stretch on even-terms with Harambe Deo. Dunn took a glimpse over his right shoulder and saw rival Hesa Kingslayer, who followed Let It Ride third-over, still 2 lengths behind and under urging. Dunn gave a few whip taps and pulled the plugs at the furlong marker. Let It Ride didn’t let up, extending through the finish line to cap the mile with a :26.1 final quarter and stopping the clock in 1:48.1, just one-fifth of a second of Golden Receiver’s record January mile at the Meadowlands in 2012. “You just don’t see an 8-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven come from Down Under and do this sort of thing,” Norman said. “I was hoping he was a winners over type of horse. He’d been a classy old horse, but he hadn’t been very good for a couple years. He trained down good, he qualified good, every start has been good. But his last race was unbelievable. He just seems like he’s getting better all the time, too.” Bred in New Zealand, Let It Ride won his first four starts at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club for trainer Tim Butt with Dunn in the sulky from Feb. 10, 2017 to March 31, 2017. Over the next year, Let It Ride went unplaced in four Group 1 races in his home country, but found better luck in Australia.  Let It Ride won six straight races at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Albion Park between May 26, 2018 and July 21, 2018, including a pair of Group 1 stakes in the AU$100,000 New South Wales Breeders Challenge Four-Year-Old Entires and Geldings Final, in which he paced the mile in 1:49.4, and the AU$200,540 Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship over 2,680 meters with Dunn driving.  After that Blacks A Fake win, which saw Let It Ride explode out of the pocket to win by 5 lengths, the brilliance seemed to fade. Let It Ride won just three of his next 27 starts through Sept. 26, 2020. Tim and Anthony Butt, longtime friends of Norman, thought the horse would benefit from Lasix and a deal was made to export the horse to the U.S. “Basically, I think putting him on Lasix turned him around,” Norman said. “We didn’t do a lot with him. His feet were a little sore, we changed his shoeing, put him on Lasix, and that was that. He’s such a good-winded horse. He must have a big set of lungs because he never seems to get tired. Nothing bothers him.” Let It Ride was cleared to the U.S. Oct. 5, 2020 and made an impression as soon as he arrived in Norman’s stable. Norman says Let It Ride is easy to be around, is a simple horse to train, and describes him as a gentleman. “He’s a grand looking horse. He’s a big, strong fellow. He’s got a great, big hind end on him and he’s in great shape,” Norman said. “He looks after himself really well. He’s got a good coat and always carries lots of weight. He’s a good-looking horse and good-natured, good to be around. He doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s a real nice horse.” Let It Ride was ready to qualify in short order and did so at Harrah’s Philadelphia Nov. 11, 2020 with assistant trainer Scott Petherick in the bike. Off a pocket trip, Let It Ride came home in :27.2 to post a 2-length win in 1:55.1. From there, Let It Ride ran up a five-race win streak culminating with that “amazing” Meadowlands win Jan. 2. Dunn drove in each pari-mutuel start. “Scotty qualified him and he said, ‘jeeze, this is the real deal. He’s strong as hell.’ Once we raced him a couple times – and we just raced him off the pace to see how he would be – Dexter came back and said, ‘this thing is a bull,’ ” Norman recalled. “I said, ‘it would be great if I could get him back to where he used to be.’ He said, ‘I think he’s there already. He feels better than he ever did when I drove him.’ I felt pretty good after he said that.” Let It Ride will start from an assigned post eight in his first start at Yonkers, which will also be his first race on a half-mile, or 800-meter, track. Let It Ride spent most of his time in Australia on the 1,400-meter oval at Tabcorp Park Menangle and got several starts over various tracks measuring approximately 1,000 meters.  Let It Ride got one start each over the 946-meter track at Cranbourne and the 931-meter track at Newcastle, which approximate the U.S. half-mile oval. In addition, Norman trains Let It Ride on the half. Norman opted to come to Yonkers before nominating Let It Ride to the Borgata Pacing Series, which closes Feb. 16, 2021. “We’ll see how he handles a half-mile track. I don’t think that will be a big challenge; I think he’ll get around it fine. We’ll just have to see how it goes,” Norman said. “I really wasn’t worried about what he drew, I just wanted to see how he’ll get around Yonkers. I don’t think he’ll be as well-suited to it, I think he’ll be better-suited to the big track, but I just wanted to see how he got around it before I pay him into the stakes races. “He’s a big horse, big hopple,” Norman continued. “He drives pretty good, but some horses just can’t find their speed on a half-mile track. But he seems to pace the turns really good wherever he goes. I don’t think he’ll have an issue.” With Dunn set to drive again, Let It Ride is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The competition includes Hesa Kingslayer, the Mike Deters trainee who finished second in this open handicap Dec. 12, 2020 and won a preferred handicap from post eight at Freehold Dec. 26, 2020 before finishing second to Let It Ride last out. Hesa Kingslayer and Jim Marohn, Jr. will start from post five and are 3-1 on the morning line. Ron Burke will send out Bettor Memories, who will start from the inside after scoring a 1:50.4 pocket-riding victory in the Meadows $16,200 open handicap Dec. 29, 2020. George Brennan will drive the 3-1 shot.  San Domino overcame post seven to score a 1:52.3, 4 1/2-length victory in this open handicap for trainer Deborah Daguet in his last start Dec. 12, 2020. He will start from post seven again tonight with Jason Bartlett set to drive.  Western Fame won two in a row in the local conditions in late November before getting parked the mile as the 7-5 favorite in his open debut for Shane Tritton. Jordan Stratton will look for a cleaner trip with the 8-year-old tonight. Tookadiveoffdipper and Raukapuka Ruler, third and fourth, respectively, in the invitational pace for Borgata Series eligibles Nov. 28, and Speed Man, 35-1 winner of this open Nov. 21, complete the lineup. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday through Friday with a first post time of 7:15 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.   By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Grove City, Ohio – Noah Kenneth Newman of Streetsboro, Ohio has been named the recipient of the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award.  Newman, a sophomore at Streetsboro High School, has taken advantage of his opportunity to work with his family’s horses in 2020.  When Covid-19 shut down schools and high school athletics, Newman began helping at the barn. “He would wake up at 5:30 and begin work at the barn,” said his grandmother Melinda Bailey.  “His dad thought he would waver, but during the year he only became more determined.” Newman has been jogging horses since he was ten and he is enjoying the experience of working with his dad and grandfather.  “I enjoy being out of the house and working with the horses,” said Newman.  “I like training horses and getting more experience.”  Newman said he is not sure about his future but knows horses will be a part of it.  “I know I would like to drive at some point in the future.” In addition to working with the horses, Newman is active in other sports including baseball, football, and golf.  The award, in its 20th year, is named for Terry Holton, a 2005 inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame.  Holton of Newark, Ohio, was the winner of over 1,700 races in his career.  He overcame many obstacles in his life, the biggest may have been overcoming pancreatic cancer. The Terry Holton Youth Award is awarded to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who has actively participated in harness racing during 2020 as a driver, trainer, groom, breeder, race office/publicity assistant, track maintenance crew or has provided outstanding service to harness racing.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

By Jonny Turner    Laver showed his toughness in more ways than one when running to a stunning track record breaking victory in the Nelson Pine Industries Classic on Sunday. Sitting parked for much of the mile (1609m) feature was not enough to stop the Geoff and James Dunn trained pacer from producing the toughest of victories and stopping the clock in a jaw-dropping 1.51.9 time. As tough as that sounds, the four-year-old’s trip outside of a game leader and runner-up in Spellbound may not be the grittiest aspect of his win. Because the almighty victory came just two days after Laver served up a mammoth performance when missing away in the 3000m Nelson Cup, before catching the field and working around to again sit parked and finishing less than half a length from the winner, Kruizr. For that run not to have even the slightest impact on his pacer and for him to then produce such a brilliant mile effort on Sunday was testament to Laver’s toughness, Geoff Dunn said. “It is unreal, after that hard run on the first day he ate and drunk like you wouldn’t believe.” “I thought that might knock him, but I was pretty happy with the way he was before he went into [Sunday’s] race.” “I think it is their ability, if they are tough enough they will handle it.” “We have thought hard runs have knocked him before, but if he was ever going to get knocked it was going to be today.” With one of New Zealand’s fastest mile times to his name and his rating climbing into the 70s, Laver looks to be on a one-way path to open class. The high pressure of top level racing looks made for the four-year-old if he can keep progressing there. “The way he can run on the speed you would think he would handle it,” Dunn said. “But you never know, the top grade is the top grade.” “But he can run the times obviously and the only times he looks like an average horse is when he goes too slow.” “When he has been at Motukarara on the grass, he doesn’t wear earplugs, and Gerard [O’Reilly] reckons there is not enough noise out there and he can’t get him motivated.” “And the only time he looks average is when he gets out-sprinted.” Should he make open class, Laver will have got there in much different circumstances to his dam, Venus Serena. A group 1 winner as a two-year-old, the classy mare basically stepped in to top company as soon as she hit the track. Laver went about his early racing more steadily, taking 18 months to win his second race. But as time has gone on and his record has become more impressive, he shows more of his dam’s star qualities. “He is starting to get that way because he is getting bigger,” Dunn said. “She always had a monstrous back end and had a powerful size and he is starting to develop the same way.” “As he has got older he has started to get stronger.” The Dunn camp does not have any set plans for Laver following his outstanding win but plan to give him a quiet few days this week. “We will just take it as it comes and just see what race comes up next in his grade.” “His rating is getting a bit higher now.” “But we will give him a few days off after this to make sure he gets through it alright.”

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Faithful fans of The Meadowlands product produced another huge night of harness racing action at mile oval, as for a third consecutive Saturday betting topped the $3.6-million mark. All-source wagering on the 15-race card totaled $3,646,603. Just like one week ago (Jan. 2), a big first race guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 pool set the tone for the night. The wager carried not only a $100,000 pool promise but had a $25,000 seed as well, which was provided by track management and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey. In the end, the total P5 pool represented $195,759 of the $411,664 bet overall in the opener. Play was steady all night long, as three times single-race totals exceeded the $300,000 mark. The track's Pick-4s were predictably popular with players, as a total of $180,909 was pushed through the windows on the two wagers. Over the last three Saturdays, betting has totaled $11,927,330, an average per card of $3,975,776. NO REGULAR JOE Grizzled veteran Western Joe used a quick brush to grab the top before the half and flaunted his back class from there, crushing his foes in the featured $19,000 high-end conditioned pace. The 7-year-old gelding by Western Ideal-Ante Fay, who is trained by Chris Choate, stopped the clock in 1:50 with Dave Miller driving to win for the 30th time from 97 career starts. His earnings now stand at $712,908. As the 2-5 favorite, he returned $2.80 to his backers. Paduka N was 3¼ lengths back to finish second. Rockin The Aces was third. Western Joe   THAT'S EIGHT, MATE Driver Todd McCarthy capped a superb weekend with four winners on the card. The 27-year-old recent Australian transplant, who also won four times Friday night, was the key to the 20-cent Pick-5 payoff of $25,057, winning three times during the sequence, including a score at 29-1 with Effronte A in the fourth race. THAT'S A HALF-DOZEN, COUSIN Dave Miller matched McCarthy by winning four times Saturday after recording a driving double Friday. Fans of "The Buckeye" will have to do without the Hall of Famers talents for a while, as Miller is now heading to Florida for the winter. He plans to do some driving at Pompano Park. A LITTLE MORE There was something for everybody during the races, as seven favorites clicked during the night while four winners were sent to the gate at odds of 11-1 or more. Marcus Miller guided two of those, scoring at 11-1 and 39-1. Three of those long shots scored in the 12th, 13th and 14th races, leading to a $1 Pick-3 that returned $2,858.00. ... Free past performances for every race of every Meadowlands card are available at playmeadowlands.com. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a second straight night, harness racing driver Todd McCarthy had the hot hand, and for a second straight week, action in The Meadowlands' 20-cent Pick-5 was huge. The combination led to a giant payday for a handful of sharp players. Unlike seven days ago (Jan. 2), when the total Pick-5 pool of $360,948 was divvied up many ways as three favorites (two odds-on choices) scored during the sequence leading to a payoff of $343.74, members of the "Todd Squad" cashed in for big balloons this time around. Saturday night, the pool was $195,759 including a $25,000 seed put up by the track and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey, and those who had all five winners walked away with $25,057.52. McCarthy, who won four times on the Friday card, scored on Saturday in the second race with 9-1 shot Pokerface Bluechip. He made the day of those who hit the bet when he guided 29-1 chance Effronte A to the winner's circle in the fourth before winning his third race of the sequence with 2-1 favorite Somebaddude in the fifth-race payoff leg. Winner's odds for the sequence - that included a pair of post-time public choices - were 7-1, 9-1, 6-5, 29-1 and 2-1. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

LEBANON, OH. - G D Western Joe (Chris Page) pulled a mild harness racing upset over Stars Align N (Dan Noble) in Miami Valley's Saturday (Jan. 9) $22,500 Open Pace. The six-year-old son of Real Desire triumphed twice and was runnerup twice in his last four starts at Hollywood Dayton Raceway and continued his torrid pace of impressive performances in his first effort at Miami Valley. Page fired his charge from the 8-hole behind the starting gate, forcing his prime adversary, Stars Align N, who started from the nine slot, to round the first turn on the outside before letting him clear to the front nearing the :26.4 first quarter beam. A pocket ride from there to the head of the stretch bravened GD Western Joe for a final attempt to get by the favorite. GD Western Joe cooperated and surged to the lead just steps from the finish, clocked in 1:52.2. The victor is part of the Burke Brigade and has now scored 26 lifetime wins from 97 starts, with earnings over one-half million dollars. G D Western Joe Five divisions of Claim To Fame races for $20,000 male pacers also were featured on the Saturday program. Winners were Dubious Claim (Josh Sutton, 1:53.3, $61.60), Windsun Gotham (Jeremy Smith, 1:54.3, $18.20), Absolut Rocks (Dan Noble, 1:54.2, $5.80), Townline Flight (Sutton, 1:53, $25) and Jet Rock (Noble, 1:51.4, $11.20). A total of ten horses were claimed out of the five divisions, although none of the five winners were among them. Miami Valley races on Sunday afternoon's with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Gregg Keidel

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a guy who didn't arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing's toughest driver colony. The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winning four times on the Friday night card at The Meadowlands. The five-time driving champion at Australia's Menangle Racetrack finished second at the recently concluded Fall Big M Meeting, ending up just four winners behind leading pilot Dexter Dunn, the native New Zealander who won 46 races. Break The Deal got McCarthy's big Friday off to a good start in the opener, taking a low-end fillies and mares pace in 1:52.4 as the 8-5 favorite for trainer Tom Shay before recording three more victories with non-chalks. The Double Deuce raced uncovered around the far turn on the way to taking the fourth race, a low-end conditioned distaff pace, for trainer Nancy Takter as the 5-1 third choice in 1:53.1 before another 5-1 chance, the Noel Daley-trained Darkrshadeofpale N, won the fifth race mid-range fillies and mares pace in 1:51.4 as the fourth choice in the betting. The "Todd Squad" were smiling once again at the conclusion of race eight, when Godspell Hall tipped off perfect cover to score as the 9-2 third choice in a mid-range conditioned trot in 1:53.2 for trainer Nifty Norman. Darkrshadeofpale N JOEY UPSETS IN FEATURE: Driver Dave Miller put 13-1 long shot Joey on the front early, and the 6-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide-Jodi's Jayme went all the way to take the featured $19,000 high-end conditioned trot in 1:53.1. Seeking his third consecutive win, 4-5 favorite Some Chapter used a huge brush down the backside to challenge the eventual winner, but flattened out on the far turn before coming back to battle Joey through the stretch, only to come up a neck short in a superb try. A LITTLE MORE: Dexter Dunn guided three winners on the card while Dave Miller had a pair. ... The Julie Miller-trained, Andy Miller-driven Get Legs stayed perfect in five lifetime starts after winning the 11th race non-winners of three trot in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. ... All-source handle totaled $2,804,088. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. when the first race 20-cent Pick-5 kicks off. The Meadowlands and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey have teamed up to seed the pool with $25,000. The wager sports a $100,000 guaranteed pool. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Ray Green felt a sense of relief as he watched his pride and joy Copy That take out the Group 2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile (1609m) at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night. The exciting pacer has been luckless in his last few starts, but he was finally dealt a good hand in Friday’s feature and he didn’t disappoint. Driver Maurice McKendry launched the son of American Ideal off the gate from his handy draw of three to take an early lead. McKendry kept a solid tempo throughout and Copy That was able to open up turning for home and hold off the late challenge of Self Assured to win by 1-1/2 lengths, in a time of 1:53.2. Green said he was relieved to get the win after a series of placings. “We have had no luck in his last few races. He has gone well in each of them but has had no luck,” he said. “Tonight he showed he is right up there with them.” Green took plenty of confidence into the race, with his main rivals Spankem and Self Assured drawing wide. “On paper I couldn’t see how they could beat him. As it turned out that is the way it was,” he said. “The draw was good and all the stars were aligned.” Green was philosophical about Copt That’s previous runs and he is now looking forward to further campaigns with his star pacer. “It is always frustrating, but that is horse racing. You can’t have everything going your way all of the time,” he said. “It was a relief to see him not encounter any hurdles and show what he can do.” Copy That will now head for a brief spell before Green decides what his next targets will be. “He won’t be heading over to Australia, COVID-19 has put a stop to that,” Green said. “He can do all of those races next year anyway, so he doesn’t have to go over. “He will go for a short spell and we will go from there.” Earlier on the card Majestic Man signed off his New Zealand campaign in style before he heads across the Tasman for some Group One targets. The Phil Williamson-trained gelding was backed into $1.20 favouritism for the Group 3 Les Harrison Transport Cambridge Flying Stakes (1700m), and duly delivered for punters, winning by three-quarters of a length over Temporale. He will now fly to Victoria on January 20 in preparation for the Dullard Cup later this month.

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 8, 2021 -- Wild Wild Western made the top with an uncovered move and found the wire just in time in Friday's $16,200 harness racing Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western was third when Tony Hall sent him after the leader, Macadoodledoo. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra cleared handily but was pressured late by Carolina Beach in the Lightning Lane. Wild Wild Western downed that rival by a neck in 1:51.3 while long shot The Wall rallied for show. Norm Parker trains the winner, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $269,229, for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Wild Wild Western Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a trio of rich carryovers: $4,254.49 in the Pick 5 (race 8); $3,068.87 in the final-race Super Hi-5; $2,792.64 in the Early Pick 4 (race 4). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

The 37-year-old harness racing stallion Waikiki Beach has died in Italy. He is best known as the sire of the top trotter Varenne. In Italy, Waikiki Beach sired 1.219 foals between 1990-2010. Waikiki Beach was bred by Wilrose Farms Inc. and Lana Lobell Farms of New Jersey Inc. He was sired by Speedy Somolli and was the first foal from Hula Lobell, she by Super Bowl. Under the name Hawaii Lobell, he sold for $16,000 as a yearling. Chuck Sylvester campaigned Waikiki Beach in the United States and as a 2-year-old he won the American-National and a division of the Matron Stake. As a 3-year-old, he finished third in the Kentucky Futurity and later that year was sold to Italian owners. Waikiki Beach took a mark of 1:56.1 and had earnings of $344,004. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

Mississauga, ON — Trot Insider has learned that harness racing three-time Breeders Crown winner Manchego is being aimed for a return to the races in 2021. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Secret Magic won six of her 13 starts last season, including her third Breeders Crown title and a jaw-dropping 1:49.3 performance in the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. While she was initially slated to retire after the Nov. 21 TVG Open at The Meadowlands, the Nancy Takter trainee will return to training for a 6-year-old campaign after banking $599,451 last season. “After Gimpanzee and others retired, Nancy talked me into bringing her back as she stopped in great shape,” owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing told Trot Insider. “We’ll see how it goes!” To read the complete story on the Standardbred Canada website, click here. from Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The preferred pace lines up again Saturday afternoon with a familiar face returning to the harness racing fray at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash Saturday program has a 12:30 P.M. start time and Rose Run Quest is home to take on P.E.I.'s best in race 13 of the day. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, the former Governor's Plate champion will return to the Gilles Barrieau stable after a short stint in Ontario. The 49-time winner has post 2 in the $2,900 preferred pace at 6-1 morning line odds after going down to defeat in all three of his Ontario starts. Screen Test is the top choice from post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Ronnie Gass, riding a two-race win streak at this level into this week's contest. Chocolate Swirl (To be driven by Jason Hughes) has post 3 after winning both of his East Coast tries from the red hot Jennifer Doyle barn. Revenant also has a two-race win streak and will start from post 5 for trainer-driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Screen Test on top of his tickets. "Screen Test blasted off the wings last week and made every call a winning one scoring in 1:56.4," MacPhee said. "He's assigned post six this week and we'll see what Corey does but if they fire home in 28.1 again he could triple up." Also in the preferred field are Winter Blast (Ken Murphy) and Burn Out Hanover (David Dowling). Woodmere Chella leads the way in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open for a $2,900 pot for driver MacPherson and trainer Gass. Starting from post 1, the Valleygrove Farms owned mare was a runner-up in her return to Island racing to Dreamfair Zenfire, who is not entered this week. Roselily makes her East Coast debut from post 5 in that class for trainer-driver Merner and owner Robin Burke of Brackley. The seven-year-old daughter of Big Jim has been racing the claiming ranks ay Yonkers Raceway in New York and has won 17 times in her career for $211,109 in purse money. Race 5 is the Chef Of The Year - Andrew Smith pace with Pacific Delight the morning line favourite from post 9 for driver Barrieau and trainer Ron Matheson fresh off a win in 2:00 in her return to Island racing after racing the Ontario circuit. Smith, Red Shores executive chef, was recently named the 2019 chef of the year by the PEI Association of Chefs and Cooks. Watch all the action live at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores