The connections of Shanghai Phil announced on Thursday that the pacing stallion will be standing stud for the 2015 season in Quebec at SOS Stables. The stud fee for Shanghai Phil has been announced at $1,750, with a loyalty discount or multiple mare discount available at $1,500. From the 2013 & 2014 breeding seasons his foals will be eligible in Ontario. Shanghai Phil is the sire of winners of nearly $5 million with average earnings per starter of $49,392. Foals who are by a Quebec sire and a Quebec registered mare earn an impressive 20 per cent breeders award in eligible races (10 per cent more than with a sire from outside Quebec) plus a 35 per cent purse bonus to the owner when competing in Quebec bred series against all Quebec mare foals (versus 0). Mona Pagliericci stated: “Shanghai Phil is a very well mannered stallion, who is well conformed and very fertile; his offspring are also very well known and liked not only by the breeders but also by owners, trainers and drivers as well. Shanghai Phil produces racehorses! SOS Stables welcomes Shanghai Phil back home, and we hope that you will too; call and book your mares. Join us for the 2015 breeding season.” Please contact Mona Pagliericci or Francine Morrisette at 450-248-2209 to book your mare. From the SOS Stable
The Ontario Racing Commission on Monday, November 17, 2014 ordered an indefinite full suspension for harness racing trainer Corey Johnson and five of his horses scheduled to race Monday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto were scratched from competing. According to sources, one of Johnson’s horses tested positive for a TCO2 (blood gas or “milk shaking”) level higher than allowed in a horses natural system. It was also reported that this is a second time offence for Johnson. He also had horses scheduled to race at Woodbine this Thursday and they have been scratched from the program. The positive test results could not have come at a worse time as Johnson, 24, of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada, has two horses scheduled to race this weekend at the Meadowlands in the Breeders Crown Championship Finals. Volez Hanover is scheduled to race Friday in the $281,000 Breeders Crown for Older Pacing Mares and Traceur Hanover is in to go on Saturday in the $500,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts. While both Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario and the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey have had reciprocal agreements in the past concerning honoring suspensions of harness racing trainers, drivers and owners, this situation presents a unique scenario. As of press time of this story, the New Jersey Racing Commission has not called for the scratching of the two horses from Corey Johnson’s stable. Scratch time is at 9:00 am Wednesday morning at the Meadowlands. Because the horses were entered for the Breeders Crown races well in advance of the positive test result for Johnson, the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Meadowlands may have no choice but to allow the two horses to compete. That final decision will not be known until 9:00 am Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Corey Johnson has been having his greatest season as a trainer in 2014. The youngster first started officially training horses in 2010 and has amassed 339 wins from his stable and just over $5 million in purses won by his horses. In 2014 alone his horses have already earned over $2 million. According to the United States Trotting Association, Johnson had a post-race positive test back on March 29, 2014 for the presences of Pyrilamine, a Class 3 illegal drug and was given a 15-day suspension and a $500 fine that he has appealed. Attempts to contact Corey Johnson for a statement were unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
CAMPBELLVILLE, November 19 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that due to recent freezing temperatures, qualifiers for this Friday (November 21) at Mohawk Racetrack have been cancelled. Along with the cancellation of qualifiers, there will also be no training at Mohawk for the remainder of the week. The track will re-open for training on Monday morning (November 24) and qualifiers will resume next Friday (November 28). by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Subscribe using the below form and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at www.stallionsphere.com Name Email Subscribe This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Heinz Wewering & Dave Palone; two class acts - When harness driver Dave Palone scored his 16,754th career victory on Friday and surpassed Germany’s Heinz Wewering as the winningest driver in the history of the sport, it also brought to light two great people in our sport. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! - Whomever coined the phrase, “It all comes down to the Breeders Crown” never said it any better. The year-end major stakes weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands and once again many “yearend awards” in North America will be decided by the outcome of these races. AU: Incident at Melton - Harness Racing Victoria stewards have concluded their case into a post-race incident at Melton recently. NZ: Trackside Coverage - One of the real bugbears in watching harness racing in New Zealand is the coverage provided by Trackside. Most of the coverage is world class from pre-race interviews through to having knowledgeable commentators fronting each race meeting. NZ: The "Met Multiplier" - A lot of industry participants are only to keen to criticize the major clubs and their management over how they program and run their meetings but praise is a lot harder to find. Stallion Review – ART OFFICIAL - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Art Official p,1:47m ($2,085,185). Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).
Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
Three-time O’Brien Award winning driver Randy Waples has told Trot Insider that he will be taking a short break from the race bike, effective immediately, and he will not be at Woodbine this evening (Monday, November 17). Waples, who has driven his charges to 6,129 victories and over $118-million in purse earnings, is taking the brief hiatus to rest up and overcome a few minor ailments he has been battling. “I’ve just been run down as of late and have been fighting some small issues as well as some battles with the flu,” said Waples, who was crowned Canada’s top driver in 1998, 2001 and 2010. To view the rest of this story click here. Apple Pie Angel failed to win in the first seven starts of her career, but she’s been unstoppable ever since. The three-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Darling Angel toted a four-race winning streak into her Monday evening assignment at Woodbine Racetrack, and she pushed her magic number to five thanks to a 1:55.1 victory in the card’s curtain closer. Apple Pie Angel was hustled to the lead from Post 7 by driver Chris Christoforou, who carved out panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.3 with the filly before using a :30.3 closing quarter to seal the deal by three-quarters of a length over A Fearless Affair. Third prize went to Deuces For Charity. The winning time was 1:55.1 for Apple Pie Angel. To view the rest of this story click here. Preferred Pace at the Raceway to Lawmen Reign Lawmen Reign was treated to a second-over trip in Monday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and the pacer made the most of the opportunity. In rein to trainer Ross Battin, Lawmen Reign got away fourth before finding a friend to follow in the middle stages of the mile. Race favourite Apaches Cam, who supplied splits of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4, came under attack on the way to the half by first-over prompter Pacific Oak. The battle took its toll on both pacers, and it left the door wide-open for the tripped-out Lawmen Reign. When Battin pulled the trigger, Lawmen Reign unleashed a :29.2 closing kick to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Machness in 1:57.3. Taking home third prize was Pacific Oak. To view the rest of this story click here.
Trainer John Cecchin and the Mark Austin Stables swept the Preferred 2 events featured on Sunday night's harness racing card at Flamboro Downs with Brocks Fortune and Machleen. Both pacers are owned by the Mark Austin Stables while Brocks Fortune is also co-owned by Noblock Racing Stable and breeder Robert Chapple. In the $11,000 Preferred 2 for male pacers, the Jonathan Drury-driven Brocks Fortune ($8.90) was a wire-to-wire winner over the track rated "good" in 1:54.4 with Intrigued Intended and Goldstar Badlands rounding out the top three finishers. In the $10,000 distaff division, Machleen ($10.20) closed up the passing lane off a pocket trip to defeat pacesetter After Alimony and the popular first over challenger, Russian Kisses, by half a length in 1:56.4 with James MacDonald at the lines. To view the rest of this story click here. Fraser Open to Beren Hanover Beren Hanover made a backstretch brush from third to first and scooted away from his Open rivals to win Fraser Downs' $10,500 afternoon feature race on Sunday. Beren Hanover watched the early action from third as Cowboy Caper and heavy favourite Thunder Noise traded turns on the front end. He then swept around the top two down the backstretch and drew away to win by nearly five lengths in 1:55 flat. Rock Allstar came on for second and Cowboy Caper finished third. Thunder Noise faded to seventh in the seven-horse field. To view the rest of this story click here.
The Badlands Hanover Syndicate, in conjunction with Winbak Farm of Canada, has announced that the proven sire Badlands Hanover, will remain in Ontario for the 2015 breeding season at a reduced fee of $3,500. "Ontario is still one of the best racing programs in North America", stated John Celii, Badlands Hanover Syndicate Manager. "Badlands has performed very well since moving to Canada and has become a leading Ontario sire including being the sire of 2014 two-year-old ONSS performers, Manny In Sports, p, 2, 1:53.4s ($115,014), and Ms Mac N Cheese, p, 2, 1:53.2s ($57,626)." "We are encouraged by some of the recent improvements to the ONSS programs", stated Larry Dysdale of Winbak Canada. "In addition, we believe that the 2014 Badlands yearlings sold were clearly the best group we have seen to date". Find more information on Badlands Hanover at www.winbakfarm.com. For breeding inquiries, contact Larry Drysdale at Winbak of Ontario, 905.838.2145, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. From Winbak Farm
Charlottetown, PE - For All We Know captured the open mares pace Sunday in a sparkling 1:58.1 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell engineered the winning trip placing the mare in the first over flow and then over-powered fraction setter Willow Warrior in the lane to record his third winner of the afternoon. For All We Know's stable-mate General Luckypercy was third. The back-up class went to The Big Bite and driver Mike Stevenson in a win photo over Rash B Havior (Walter Cheverie) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The Big Bite stopped the timer in 2:00 for owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisdell and Deborah Wilson. The pacer is trained by Thane Arsenault. Zip The Lip landed back in the winner's circle taking the open trot for driver Brian MacPhee in 2:02.4. MacPhee made a three-high move down the backstretch at the three-quarters to join the leaders and then drove off for his 11th victory of 2014 for trainer Don Sweet and his co-owner Orville Willis, O'Leary. Diamond Mine was runner up with Caliban Hanover finding racing room in the stretch to finish third. Drivers Vaughn Doyle, Marc Campbell and Corey MacPherson had driving doubles with trainers Thane Arsenault, Darren Trainor and Jackie Matheson posting two winners each for their stables. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
Truro Raceway has had to cancel its Sunday live card and qualifiers due to poor track conditions. A draw for the card on set for Thursday, Nov. 20, will be held on Monday, Nov. 17 with the box closing at 10:00 a.m.
All Turain switched up his tactics from his off-the-pace win last weekend at Summerside and cruised wire-to-wire in the $2,300 Preferred Pace featured on Saturday afternoon at Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Mike Stevenson sent race favourite All Turain ($3.10) to the lead from post four and led through fractions of :29, :59.2 and 1:29.1 en route to the 1:58.3 triumph over the "good" track. Astor finished two lengths behind in second while third prize went to Mcjestic. The five-year-old Tell All gelding earned his second straight win and 11th in 18 seasonal starts for local owner Lee Hicken and partner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Trevor Hicken trains the winner. To view the rest of this story click here. 50th career win for Waterside Lucky Eight-year-old pacing mare Waterside Lucky continued her current streak and made the 50th trip of her career to the winner's circle on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Waterside Lucky took the lead after the first quarter and drew off to a six and a quarter length victory in 2:01.3 in the afternoon's sixth race. The milestone win was also her fifth in a row and 14th this year. The Yankee Leader mare, a career winner of $153,775, was claimed two races into her current streak in Northside's Governors Pub & Eatery $1,500 Claiming Series on Oct. 25 from the Walter Walker barn. Greg Sparling has since been handling the training and driving duties for new owners Dennis MacNeil and Darrell MacAulay of Sydney, N.S. To view the rest of this story click here.