Day At The Track
Onesmartfella,Harness racing

Shirley trio fit and ready

By Jonny Turner   Trainer Brent Shirley heads to his home track happy with his horses and happy with the drivers he has drawn in Wednesday’s drivers’ series at Ascot Park. Shirley starts both Onesmartfella and Lala Land in the five-race competition dubbed a ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, which pits a team of leading male and female drivers against each other. In race 7, the fifth heat of the competition, Lala Land randomly drew Shirley’s number 1 stable reinsman Nathan Williamson. The four-year-old comes into the 2200m event after running second to Major Punter earlier this month. Shirley hopes the addition of sliding blinds to Lala Land’s gear can help him go one better. “He is looking really well and training really well.” “He is up on the bit and I think he has improved a bit since I gave him a bit of a let-up.” “It was a good run last time and he has got Nathan on, which is a big bonus.” “I have put the sliding blinds on him, so hopefully that will help a bit, too.” Onesmartfella comes into race 5 without being tested in his last start at Winton, when held up throughout the run home. With the success Shirley has had with Ricky May in the past, the trainer is hoping for a chance of luck on Wednesday. “I have had a great strike rate with Ricky over the years, he drove quite a few winners for my father.” “The horse has got a good draw and he has got pull down blinds on, so he should get every chance.” “He was very unlucky last time, the start before that he was disappointing, but I think he got away on us.” “He seems a lot sharper now.” Shirley will start Tac Mac in race 8, an event outside Wednesday’s drivers’ series, with Blair Orange in the sulky. The three-year-old comes into the Nugget graduation final after running down the track in a hotly contested race on Show Day at Addington. Tac Mac clashes with Ragazzo Mach, who has turned heads in his two career starts. Shirley knows what kind of challenge that is, but he is hopeful his filly can be competitive. “The trip to Christchurch did her the world of good, she seems really good since she got home.” “I have been really happy with her work.” “She probably can’t beat Ragazzo Mach, but if Blair can bit of respite during the run there is no reason she can’t go a good race.” Orange, May and Williamson are part of the ever-evolving Ascot Park drivers’ series that now pits a team of male drivers against a team of reinswomen. The trio will compete alongside John Morrison, Mark Hurrell and Brent Barclay. The women’s team is made up of Samantha Ottley, Sheree Tomlinson, Sarah O'Reilly, Kirstin Barclay, Ellie Barron and Kerryn Tomlinson.

Carter Dalgety,Harness racing

Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety

Super Star Down Under Mare wins first race in her American harness racing career. Bettors Heart N didn’t waste any time when getting back into the winners circle since relocating to the US to purse her racing career. Friday night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey was the night, where the daughter of Bettors Delight wore down race rivals late in the home stretch to pick up a win in the $16,000 pace. With Down Under blood running through every part of her body the mare is handled by Down Under trainer/driver combination in Nifty Norman and Dexter Dunn. She is also still partly owned by her New Zealand breeders the Bagrie Family. Bettors Heart N showed her real toughness late in the race when getting into clear air at the top of the straight but really rallying late to win in 1:50.3. Finishing a very gallant 2nd place was another Down Under Pacer in Tango Dancer N for Kelvin Harrison. Bettors Heart N made a name for herself Down Under when visiting Menangle Raceway in Sydney where she won the $200,000 Lady Ship Mile in 1:49.7. Following that win she raced the $1 million Miracle Mile against the boys but not placing. Her Down Under career stats stand at 9 wins and 11 placings for over $270,000 in prize money. An intriguing note of this race was that of the 8 trainers contesting in this race, 7 of those were Down Under trainers and those 7 finishing from 1st to 7th. There were also 3 Down Under drivers and 3 Down Under horses in the race. Dexter Dunn sends Harness racing Equine masterpiece out in style. Saturday night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey was the running of the TVG Finals. Being the last big event for top stakes horses of the year in the US. It was a large night for Down Unders Dexter Dunn, with three of his superstar horses having their last career start before pursuing a career in the breeding sector. Todd McCarthy, Nifty Norman and Chris Ryder had a night to remember also. First came freakish trotting mare Manchego who competed in the $320,000 TVG Open Trotting Mares Final. Settling 4th of the pack she angled first over just after the half to make her move and getting to the outside into the stretch with hardly any persuasion from Dunn the daughter of Muscle Hill made a mess of rivals to salute in 1:51.3. Shortly after the win one of the greatest Harness Racing trainers Jimmy Takter labelled her, “In my opinion best filly ever.”.  Next up for Dunn came the mare on a win streak Kissin In the Sand in the $150,000 TVG Open Pacing Mares Final. Coming off the gate Down Under mare Shartin N was the leader but Kissin In the Sand soon took over the lead and that was that, she kicked away up the straight to win in a new stakes record of 1:48.0. Now in the $371,900 Governors Cup for 2yo Pacing Colts and Geldings Nancy Takter and Dexter Dunn picked up their third big win of the night with Always A Miki, a son of first season sire Always B Miki who scored a very tough win in 1:50.2. Motoring for the 2yos.  To really top off he night the Down Under duo of Chris Ryder and Dexter Dunn took Bettors Wish out for his last race start and he was as fast as ever. Dunn taking the Bettors Delight Colt to the lead off the gate saying post-race, “we weren’t going to die wondering tonight”. From then running even splits until three quarter where he powered away to win in fitting fashion of 1:48.1.     A personal favourite of Dunns the big salute over the line was appropriate.  A huge victory came on the night for Down Under Duo in Noel Daley and Todd McCarthy. The pair teamed up with 2yo trotting filly Anoka Hanover to win the $451,800 Goldsmith Maid in 1:53.2. A huge win for the pair and driver Todd McCarthy’s biggest win since relocating to the US. Down Under trainer Nifty Norman also scored a large success on the night in the $398,650 Valley Victory for 2yo trotting colts and geldings with a son of Muscle Hill, Bee Forever. The win came in 1:54.0 in a close finish to the line.  On the big night of racing Down Under trainers and drivers won 8 of the 13 races.    Monday 16th November Northfield Park OH Elrama N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $5,500 Rycroft N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $5,500   Pompano Park FL Risk N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $3,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Somwherenbrookln N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $9,500 Hudsen A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $14,000 Globaldomination N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $18,000 Abraxas Blues A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $11,000   Tuesday 17th November Monticello Raceway NY Ohoka Johnny N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $7,200 Kenrick N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $6,200 Im A Director N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $6,700   Northfield Park OH Strawb’s Chippie N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $4,400   Saratoga Harness NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $5,200 Make A Statement A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $5,850 Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,850 Down Under First 4 – 2nd Miss Irish Rose A, 3rd Bontz N, 4th Glenferrie Blade A   Yonkers Raceway NY Mossdale Lottee N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $12,000 Donegalartchokin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $14,000 Demeter N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $17,000   Flamboro Downs CA Bettor Trix N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $10,500   Wednesday 18th November Dover Downs DE Western Secret A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $6,500   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Misty Memory N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $6,800 Its Mesmerise N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $10,000 Jossie James A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,800   The Meadows PA Dream Out Loud N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,500 Cocosfella A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,000   Thursday 19th November Dover Downs DE Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $6,500 Mister Ohanzee N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $6,500 Trojan Banner N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $8,000 Itsrockandroll A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $22,000   Monticello Raceway NY Alta Jerome N – Time: 1:58.4, Stake: $2,800   Plainridge Park MA Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $17,500 Mach Doro A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $9,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Seaswift Joy N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $20,000   Friday 20th November Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Bechers Brook A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $14,200   Meadowlands NJ Bettors Heart N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $16,000 Mighty Mr Sharkey N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $12,500 All American N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $10,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Kerford Road A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $11,000 War Dan A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $11,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA The Bandit Queen N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000   Saturday 21st November Cal Expo CA Dependlebury A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $4,600   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Majestic Player A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $21,500 Miss You N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $22,250   Meadowlands NJ Bracken Storm A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $15,000   Northfield Park OH American Empress N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $12,500   Scarborough Downs ME Holy Grail N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $4,400 The Bus A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $5,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Speed Man N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $30,000 Raukapuka Ruler N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $17,500 Tin Roof Raider A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $17,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Mongolian Hero N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $16,000   Sunday 22nd November Harrahs Philadelphia PA Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,000 Let It Ride N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $8,800 Sevens Hope A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $8,800   Northfield Park OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $7,200 Brigadierbronski A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $8,800     Click here for previous weeks articles     by Carter Dalgety  

Matt Anderson,harness racing

Harness racing star's 'fall from grace'

A harness racing star has admitted his actions were “despicable” when he choked and beat a woman who feared she was going to be killed. Matt Anderson, a former New Zealand representative and national premiership-winning harness racing driver, was sentenced to three months’ community detention and 12 months’ intensive supervision by the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday. The 28-year-old was found guilty of assault and intentionally impeding breathing by strangulation after a judge-alone trial in July. The assault happened at his home on February 2. He grabbed the victim around the neck and choked her, then threw her out of his house and locked the door to stop her from getting her car keys that were still inside. Read the full story click here   Mariné Lourens Stuff

Jack Trainor, Harness racing

Former Kiwi on hot streak

By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk     Former Kiwi reinsman Jack Trainor is being picked as one of the drivers to follow at Menangle today. Enjoying his best season by far, he has driven 126 winners. “This season has been extended so I guess my winners have been inflated a bit – normally we’d be into the next season by now but it has been a terrific run and I’m loving it,” Trainor told Harness Racing New South Wales media. Today he partners three of the seven favourites, including two highly-fancied David Thorn runners, including Red Reactor in race 4. “He’s been a great horse since he’s come over although he probably races best when he can be saved up for one run,” said Trainor. Red Reactor won seven from 38 in New Zealand for trainer Sean McCaffrey before heading across the Tasman in August. “But he does look the one to beat there, for sure. Let’s hope so.” The other favoured Thorn runner is Navua Star in race 6. “Navua Star has plenty of ability and early tactics might be the key in this race.” His first favourite for the day though will be for trainer Lisa Fitzpatrick. “Christmas Toyboy [Race 3] also went well last start. He should be able to lead again and he’ll go well. “He does have a mind of his own sometimes, this horse, but he’s still a pretty nice pacer and I reckon he’ll run first or second.” Trainor moved to New South Wales five years ago, and as well as driving winners has moved into training, with five horses in work at the Menangle Training Centre. As a 16-year-old he moved from Dunedin to Christchurch and had a 6 month stint at Graham & Paul Court’s before taking up a position at Cran Dalgety’s Kentuckiana Lodge. Trainor had 17 wins in just over two seasons of race driving in New Zealand, including 10 wins in his debut season. His first win was on Hip Hop Anvil in September of 2011. Now Trainor is sixth on the New South Wales premiership that’s being topped by heavyweights Luke McCarthy and Robert Morris, with stakes earnings of over a million dollars ($AUD 1,1,05,285). “I am happy with the way things are going here……Hopefully, this run rolls on into next season.”

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    It looked doubtful for a while but the Geraldine Trotting Club will hold a meeting at its home course this Saturday. Orari was initially omitted from the racing calendar, prompting the club to look at hosting one meeting at Methven, a fifty minute drive away. But the club got a reprieve and is determined to make the most of it, according to president Mark Weaver. The response has been encouraging with 222 nominations and the likelihood of 11 races. Now Weaver wants the weather to play ball – with early forecasts predicting 17 degrees and no rain.

By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk    Some people spend a lifetime waiting for a winner, a group of new owners at Manawatu literally waited minutes. They took “beginners luck” to a new level when Budvar Eyre raced clear at Manawatu last week. The five-year-old gelding capitalized on a perfect trip in the trail for David Butcher to get home by a length for owners, the Turbo 1 Syndicate. It was the syndicate’s debut as Budvar Eyre’s owner, and some of the members had literally only just joined. “Four of them signed up last Tuesday and an hour later the horse won,” says syndicate manager Brian Ahern, ”they thought this is awesome - on course it was like the Melbourne Cup!” There are 50 members in the syndicate with everyone paying $50 a month. It's a 12 month arrangement. “About 60 per cent are newbies to racing,” says Ahern. They come from all over New Zealand, even the Chatham Islands, some are work-mates or from the same golf club, many of them haven’t met each other or Brian the boss. Brian Ahern was brought up with racing – his father was long-standing commentator Doug Ahern – but he only got into the syndication side of things after he retired. “It’s a buzz, but it takes up a lot of time, there are registrations, bank accounts, APs, all sorts”. He’d spent his working life as a police officer and employment relations expert and is now also vice president of the Manawatu Harness Racing Club. Trained by Scott Dickson at Hunterville it was Budvar Eyre’s first win in 12 starts, after having three seconds and a third for Canterbury trainer Mike Brown. Two days later he was sixth on day 2 of the meeting. Budvar Eyre isn’t Turbo 1's only horse, it also leases Painted Lady. Trained by Stephen Doody the three-year-old was unplaced on debut last week. Ahern’s first foray into shared ownership was with the Captain Kirk Syndicate. It raced the horse of the same name which had two wins from 27 here before being a big winner in Perth and is now campaigning Greatest Showman, who has won two of his last three starts for Doody. At Manawatu last week Budvar Eyre won on the Tuesday, and Greatest Showman on the Thursday. Both banked $4950 for their wins, no matter the new syndicate members think this racing game’s easy.

By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk     As if Dexter Dunn’s year couldn’t get much better – it has. At Meadowlands in New Jersey over the weekend the 10-time champion Kiwi driver won four of the eight stakes races, providing the dream finish for superstars Manchego, Kissin In The Sand and Bettors Wish in their last career starts. Always A Miki was the night’s other winner in the Governor’s Cup as champion trainer Nancy Takter provided three of Dunn’s winners, with expat Kiwi trainer Chris Ryder (Bettor’s Wish) the other. Manchego beat Atlanta by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51.3. The five-year-old mare, the sport’s fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020, finishes her racing days with a record of 33 wins from 56 starts, and $US2.72 in stakes. Kissin In The Sand’s final start was her seventh straight win and her 27th in 58 starts, with reigning horse of the year Shartin N fading late to finish third, with Sneaky Peaky grabbing second. Kissin In The Sand will now be bred to the season’s highest stakes earner Tall Dark Stranger. Bettor’s Wish is heading to the stallion paddock after winning his final race by nearly three lengths for Dunn and Ryder. It was win number 24. It will be his second stint at stud having served 58 mares before starting his four-year-old campaign. Dunn’s continued success all but ensures he will be named US Harness Writers’ Association Driver of the Year for the second year running. The 30 year old is the only driver in the US to have topped $US10m in stakes earnings for the year. In a year that seen him drive 354 wins so far, his tally currently stands at $US10.655m, well ahead of nearest rivals Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras.

YOU hope to leave a night like Breeders Crown having seen some potential superstars and that was certainly the case on Saturday night at Melton. The series was built to showcase the emerging young stars of the sport and, despite being COVID compromised like so many of our feature events this year, the Crown still delivered in spades. Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin had 20 runners across the 10-race card, won four of the finals and produced the two brightest stars in juvenile winners Ladies In Red and Major Moth. You could argue their four-year-old Hurricane Harley, who downed Lochinvar Art in track record-equalling time, and their unbeaten three-year-old trotter Cover Of Darkness rounded-out the top four performances of the night. But it was the filly Ladies In Red, a Mach Three half-sister to Our Little General, who left everyone in awe after doing all the work and stretching her unbeaten record to seven wins in the $300,000 2YO fillies’ final. Ladies In Red’s clash with star stablemate Tough Tilly, who looked a certain leader, was billed as THE showdown of the night and it delivered in spades. As hard as Tough Tilly tried in front, Ladies In Red had all the answers and overpowered her late to win by 2.4m in a brilliant 1min54.5sec mile rate for 2240m. “She’s some sort of filly,” driver David Moran said. “When I got outside the leader I wanted to eye-ball her and I was able to do it on my terms. It took some work to get past the leader, but my filly was still strong on the line. I think she’d have found more again if something had come at her.” Ladies In Red’s lethal combination of speed and strength have stamped her as one of the best juvenile fillies we’ve seen in Australia for many years. She capped a big night for Bill and Anne Anderson’s Lauriston Bloodstock, who also raced Hurricane Harley. As powerful as Ladies In Red was, stablemate Major Moth turned heads more for his sheer brilliance in arrogantly winning the $300,000 2YO colts and geldings finals for Stewart and Tonkin with Damian Wilson aboard. Major Moth had the run behind the leader, main danger and stablemate Act Now, but it was the ease with which he roared past the leader in a 26.5sec last quarter (Major Moth ran his in 26.2sec) which astounded onlookers. It marked a career high for Wilson, who has been in-and-out of the game and only had the drive on Major Moth through the 20 years of support and loyalty owner-breeder Len Parker has shown him. “All thanks to Len. We’ve had some good moments together with some nice horses, but this tops them all,” he said. Wilson’s previous biggest win was the 2009 Kilmore Cup on Ohoka Nevada. Cover Of Darkness led throughout to take his unbeaten record to six wins for Stewart/Tonkin and driver Jodi Quinlan in the $80,000 Group 1 3YO trotting colts and geldings finals. Despite his relative inexperience and scaring Quinlan pre-race by bucking and kicking in the warm-up, Cover Of Darkness led from gate two and never really looked in danger on his way to a two metres win in a 1min57sec mile rate for 2240m. “He’s sort of come from nowhere a bit to win this and when you considered he’s nowhere near as seasoned as most of these horses, he should just keep getting better as well,” Quinlan said. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ NSW trainer Paul Fitzpatrick added some interstate flavour to the Crown when his talented former Kiwi colt Zeuss Bromac led throughout to win the $200,000 3YO colts and geldings final. The son of Bettors Delight had to burn to hold the lead early then overraced throughout the middle stages for driver Kerryn Manning, but still ripped home in 54.7 and 27.2sec to win by five metres over Jilliby Nitro. Zeuss Bromac was Manning’s third Crown final win, following three-year-old trotter Djerriwarrh (2000) and three-year-old pacer Emmas Only (2004). “He got a bit keen after the early burn and I tried to bring him back to me without cutting off his wind. It was really only at the bell he settled better so he did a good job. He battled on really well,” Manning said. COVID meant Fitzpatrick couldn’t campaign the horse in the Victoria, so his good friends Noel and Ruth Shinn were caretaker trainers for the stint. It was a similar story, but more official with Watts Up Majestic’s win in the $100,000 2YO trotting colts and geldings finals. Rickie Alchin of Tough Monarch fame wouldn’t been in Victoria were it not for COVID, but sent the youngster to Chris Svanosio to train and drive for the Crown series. Svanosio drove Watts Up Majestic superbly and pounced late for a runaway win. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ IT wouldn’t be a Breeders Crown trotting series without the powerhouse Yabby Dams team snaring a big one. This time it was lightly-raced Quaker Jet filly Im Ready Jet who went back-to-back, adding the three-year-old fillies’ title to the two-year-old crown she won last year. It came thanks to an inspired Jason Lee drive, seizing the gaps and opportunities while others galloped and weaving through from an inside back row draw to take the lead.  ________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOT even all the experience and genius of Chris Alford would lift gifted but wayward three-year-old filly Sweet Louise to a fairytale win in her $200,000 Crown final. She’s just one of three horses trained by hobbyist Phil Chircop and raced by John Dorrington, who has owned horses for decades without winning a Group race. Sweet Louise worked to lead from the pole but raced greenly and switched on-and-off at times, eventually being out-dashed along the sprint lane by Greg Sugars aboard The Panthiest, who won by 1.7m in a 1min54.7sec mile rate for 2240m. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ THE night finished on a high for the Caldow family with wins in the last two races courtesy of Sangreal and No Win No Feed. Sangreal, raced, trained and bred by the Caldows, caused a huge upset when pick-up driver Daryl Douglas weaved through the field late in an incident-packed race to win by a neck as a $50.60 outsider. The race was over at the start for star Kiwi raider Mexicana when she galloped away from the pole and lost all hope. John Caldow then made the most of a pick-up drive on NSW raider No Win No Feed for Craig Cross when he blasted to the front and gave nothing else a chance in the $60,000 Group 2 Crown 4YO Mares’ final. Glamour former Kiwi mare Our Princess Tiffany moved around to sit parked, but never really looked a hope and just battled into third spot.   by Adam Hamilton

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    It’s been more than a decade since Jo Herbert saluted the judge, but her winning drive behind Blue Chip Delight at Motukarara Raceway on Sunday showed she hasn’t lost any of her talent. Blue Chip Delight made a solid start to sit midfield before Herbert asked him to improve three-wide down the back straight to sit outside leader Eastwood Isabella. They hit the lead at the top of the straight and didn’t relinquish their advantage, holding out the fast-finishing The Kaik to win by a neck, with a further head back to Bettor Believe It in third. Herbert was delighted to get the win after such a long hiatus. “It felt really good, it’s been a long time between drinks,” she said. “I was pleased with the horse, he went well.” A pioneer for female drivers in New Zealand, Herbert won 193 races in the cart before she was forced to step away from the game 10 years ago to look after her son Brooklyn. “At the time it was in the too hard basket, he wasn’t that well,” Herbert said. “It got too hard, so I just focused on him. He is 13 now so he is quite good at self-managing.” Herbert returned to the industry last year after the urgings of trainer Stephen Boyd and she landed her ideal job with current employers Colin and Julie DeFilippi, for whom she drove Blue Chip Delight on Sunday, earlier this year. “I was initially influenced by Stephen Boyd in getting me out there, that definitely helped,” Herbert said. “I now work for Colin and Julie, you couldn’t ask for nicer people. “When I was pregnant he ended up training my trotter. I kept working him right up until I was 30 weeks pregnant and then sent him to Colin. He has always been like my father in harness racing.” When Herbert heard the DeFilippi’s were looking for another worker, she said she was quick to get on the phone, even though she was on the other side of the world at the time. “When I heard he was looking for someone I was straight on the phone from Spain. We went over there for five weeks back in February,” she said. “We were quite lucky because two days after we got home Barcelona was in lockdown. We timed perfectly.” Herbert’s win on Sunday has brought her just six wins shy of 200 driving career wins, a mark she would have tried to attain 10 years ago had she known she was so close. “At the time when I stopped I hadn’t actually looked at that (career win tally),” Herbert said. “It was more that I had to do it (give up driving) because of my son. “If I had known back then that I was that close I wouldn’t have given it up quite so soon.” Herbert said DeFilippi has been trying to get her back in the cart for some time, but she has been happy working behind the scenes. “He has been trying to, but I have been quite happy just gearing up, it hasn’t fazed me,” she said. But with three horses in the field of the Country Feasts Pace (2170m) on Sunday, DeFilippi was able to twist Herbert’s arm into taking the drive behind Blue Chip Delight, and they were both rewarded. “It was great to get the win today, but I am just happy to be working for him,” Herbert said.

By Jonny Turner    It was hardly a nervous wait for Waikato reinsman Peter Ferguson when his 2000th driving win approached as Milliondollarmonkey coasted up the Oamaru straight to win on Saturday. Ferguson had time to decide how to celebrate the milestone victory when the Regan Todd trained trotter went to the line untested to win race 6 by more than two lengths. The reinsman eventually settled on a raise of his whip as he crossed to join just seven other drivers in the 2000-win club. The victory came more than 34 years after Ferguson set on his journey to become one of New Zealand’s most winning reinsman. The then junior driver drove Sobriety to victory to win a 3200m maiden event at a Te Awamutu Trotting Club meeting in 1986. Ferguson wasted no time in establishing his career, he then cemented himself as a star of the future by winning the group 1 Television NZ Mile behind Cinimod Junior in 1987, while still a junior licence holder. The reinsman then went on to win four consecutive national junior drivers’ premierships between the 1988 and 1991 seasons. Ferguson solidified himself as a premier open reinsman and soon started collecting more premier trophies. Of his 19 career group 1 wins, three came in the 1997 calendar year with star mare and Auckland Cup winner, Kate’s First. Another Auckland Cup win came in 2006 with Mi Muchacho. 23 years after his first Ferguson would win yet another Auckland Cup, but not in the harness code. After taking out his greyhound trainer’s licence and developing an excellent winning strike-rate, the reinsman prepared Silenci to win the Auckland Cup for greyhounds this year. Gold Ace was another key contributor to Ferguson’s big race haul in the sulky. The now-retired stallion won a treble of group 1 victories, including his win in the 2011 New Zealand Derby. While maintaining his position as a top-class reinsman over three decades, Ferguson won the New Zealand Drivers’ Premiership in both 2003 and 2007. Ferguson’s win last win in the championship saw him represent New Zealand in the World Drivers Championships in Norway. Ferguson ventured south to Saturday’s Family Feud Drivers’ competition at Oamaru, where he competed alongside his son, Dylan. The father and son finished second behind brothers Nathan and Matthew Williamson.

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Brian O’Meara is excited to have finally drawn a handy barrier with Voodoo Priestess. The five-year-old mare has drawn the ace barrier in the Country Feasts Pace (2710m) at Motukarara Raceway on Sunday and O’Meara believes she will give a good sight from that starting position. The daughter of Auckland Reactor has placed in two of her last three starts, including a fresh-up effort at Rangiora earlier this month, and O’Meara is hoping she can add a second career win to her tally this weekend. “I thought she ran great but she pulled too hard,” he said. “I put look-backs on her and she got a wee bit uptight and pulled, but she finished extremely well. “She is usually a good beginner. I swap between stands and mobiles but we have had no luck with the draws. We have drawn 10, 10, 14, and 15. “She is not a bad filly, she has just had no luck with the draws at all. Hopefully she will get her chance on Sunday with that draw.” Meanwhile, O’Meara is looking forward to resuming stablemate Di Caprio’s preparation after his pleasing fifth-placed result in the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) earlier this month. O’Meara was over the moon with the run, but like many others was ruing the start of the race. “I thought he went huge,” said O’Meara, whose last runner in the race was back in 1998 with race victor Christian Cullen. “It was just a shame they had the terrible start. We drew in behind Ray Green’s horse (Copy That) and he never begun at all, so that made it nearly impossible. “I thought if he had got a cosy run he would take all sorts of beating. But he ran tremendous sections. “I went to the races at Rangiora and it was amazing to hear the amount of people who said if he had just got away with the field they thought he would have won. “I have always said he is a great stayer and he would have proven it there.” Di Caprio will resume at Geraldine next week before O’Meara will start to look for loftier targets. “He will start at Geraldine next Saturday and if he goes well there he will go to the Green Mile. We will just have to work out a programme from there.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst segment where we preview all the harness meetings with tips and selections for all races. Harness racing hits Banks Peninsular today with a ten race program starting at 12:30pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a massive day of racing. The content and data on this page is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races tonight for Banks Peninsular. Banks Peninsular selections 22nd November 2020 Best bet:       R4 Huego Bos Best Value:   R7 The Kaik Race 1 Hang On Suzie good beginner who should land a handy spot early. Over the odds and can run top three.…… Aldebaran Floss has been in great form at workouts and trials and coming in fresh. Winning claims..… Go Marg better run last start and grass suits. Place claims at good odds……Royal Del galloped last start but previous form good and grass will suit. Top selection here Selections:  Royal Del (7),   Hang On Suzie (6),   Aldebaran Floss (5)   Go Marg (4)   Race 2 Kerala Star racing into form and bred to suit the grass surface . Can run top three here from the draw and top selection.……. Vesnina plenty of ability but manners a concern. Track will suit and winning claims here at nice odds …… Hey Tonight disappointing last start but better than that. Drawn ok and can run top three…… Cristiano Buccini getting fitter with racing and grass no problems. Has winning claims. Selections:  Kerala Star (5),  Vesnina (12),   Hey Tonight (11),   Cristiano Buccini (4)   Race 3 Captain Confetti has been ok the last couple and trainer does well here. Good winning claims….. Buckingham respect the stable on grass and gets an ok draw to work with. Good beginner and one of the leading chances in this field ….. It's A Laugh runs his best races on grass and not the worst in this field. Can run in the top three at big odds…. Nadira Franco grass suits and trialling ok. Place chances best…. Selections:   Captain Confetti (6),  Buckingham (5),   It's A Laugh (11),  Nadira Franco (12)   Race 4 Huego Bos good draw to work with and will head forward early. Should run top three ….. Serious Moonlite better draw and will go forward early with top driver booked. Can run top three in this field….. Sportscam has the game to beat a field like this and good fourth last start. Needed….. Bad Hombre running on last start and grass should suit. Can run top three here Selections:   Huego Bos (6),   Sportscam (10),   Serious Moonlite (5),   Bad Hombre (12)   Race 5 Mikemaro conditions suit here and he will try to lead with top driver on board. Good winning claims here.…. Sunny Bill disappointing last start but give another chance. Should be thereabouts and at good odds…… Sods Law tricky draw but looks to have the measure of most of this field on grass. Can win if handy in the run home..… Take After Me a bit in or out with form but has the ability and drawn wide. One for longer odds Selections:  Mikemaro (5),   Sunny Bill (10),   Sods Law (16),   Take After Me (11)   Race 6 Mad Lu Li has been running ok races at trials and had a freshen up. Hard to beat in this field if she can find the front early….. Better Fly running on ok last start and should appreciate the drop in grade. Will need luck but can run top three here  ….. Lilac Star bad draw but likes grass. Look for her to be running on late and can run top three…. Already Gone racing well without luck and will be finishing on if the pace is strong. Good place claims at good odds…. Selections:   Mad Lu Li (7),  Better Fly (8),   Already Gone (12),  Lilac Star (9)   Race 7 The Kaik has been running big races with no luck and grass and draw will suit. Hard to beat in this field if close enough on the home turn….. Blue Chip Delight ok on grass and good beginner. One of the leading chances at nice money  ….. Chal Be good second two starts ago and grass suits. Nice chance at good odds and can run top three…. Classy Kid getting back into top form and grass stats ok. Can run top three with manners…. Selections:   The Kaik (4),  Blue Chip Delight (5),   Chal Be (6),  Classy Kid (2)   Race 8 Playa Vista likely to head for the front and good fifth last start. Good winning claims on the grass surface….. Copperhead Rose grass specialist with a trainer change. Money for him early and should be a top three player here from the draw….. Razors Edge good on grass but tricky draw He will be finishing on if the pace is on all the way. Include…. Skippys Delight in good form and grass ok. One of the leading chances in this field….. Selections:   Playa Vista (4),   Razors Edge (9),   Copperhead Rose (8),   Skippys Delight (11)   Race 9 Justamollyarcher out of form but goes well on grass and drawn to race handy . Can run top three here from the draw at big odds.……. That's The Story plenty of ability but manners a concern. Track will suit and winning claims here at nice odds …… Chief Of Staff disappointing last start but better than that and loves the grass surface. Can run top three…… Kahress getting fitter with racing and drawn race handy. Winning claims if she races handy. Selections:  Kahress (9),   That's The Story (13),   Chief Of Staff (10),   Justamollyarcher (6)   Race 10 Little Gee good win last start and trialled well last week on grass. Good winning claims even from the tricky draw….. Swap Over grass specialist with no form but a good draw. Can upset at big odds….. Mordecai good on grass but tricky draw .He will be finishing on if the pace is on all the way. Include…. In Chevron We Trust in good form and grass ok. One of the leading chances in this field….. Selections:   In Chevron We Trust (11),   Little Gee (13),   Swap Over (3),   Mordecai  (12)   Harnesslink Media

Chicago Bull’s win in last night’s Freemantle Cup in West Australia elevated him on a number of fronts. He’s a diminutive wee champ. He won by 5.7 metres over another Southern Bred Southern Reared horse Galactic Star, and the win was his sixtieth. Chicago Bull is now the second highest race winner in the history of Southland Harness Racing, with only champion Cardigan Bay ahead of him at 80 lifetime wins. Themightyquinn (58 wins) still holds the record for the highest stake earning horse to come out of the province, having won $5,520,066. “He’s (Chicago Bull) exceeded everyone’s expectations. Just the way he tries so hard in every race. He’s so consistent and never lets anyone down,” said Katrina Price who bred Chicago Bull with her husband John and his parents Roger and Helen Price of Winton. It was Chicago Bull’s fifth Group One and second Freemantle Cup and his stake earnings are fast heading towards a quarter of a million. All his wins bar one, have been at Gloucester Park. He also becomes his sire Bettor’s Delight’s second biggest Australian stake earner with only Lazarus ahead of him with $4,423,391. Adore Me is third on the list with $1,677,032. Price says Chicago Bull may now be aimed at The Hunter Cup in February after he runs in the WA Pacing Cup early next month. Chicago Bull as a two year old at Winton Chicago Bull is out of the Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues. “She’s having a forty two day scan on Monday so hopefully there’s a little baby sister there.” The Prices have a full-brother to Chicago Bull named Chicago Bear going to next year’s sale. “He’s got rock star good looks whereas poor little Chicago Bull missed out on all that. He’s pretty determined and was really tough to break in but he’s onside now. He loves people and is very social. If he has that determination out on the racetrack he’ll do alright.” Katrina and John recently purchased American Ideal mare Hartofdixie that won six races for Barry Purdon. She’s out of a half-sister to Maxim which won twelve races including the 2014 Victoria Derby. Hartofdixie’s third dam is Scuse Me, New Zealand Broodmare of the Year in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. “We’re preparing her yearling colt by Bettor’s Delight and he’s going to go through the sale.” Katrina is also preparing four yearlings for Tuapeka Lodge, including Tuapeka Dan, the first foal out of Bonnie Joan – the winner of ten races and just over $200,000. He’s by Bettor’s Delight. Also in the draft is a Bettor’s Delight colt out of five win Art Major mare Break Dance, named Point Break. “They’re coming down on Tuesday. It’ll be a pretty nice draft. I’ve also got two of Dave Kennedy’s trotters. There’s a bit of everything this year and with eight yearlings we’re going to be pretty busy.”   by Bruce Stewart

The days of consolation races look over for Luke John. And that means stepping up against the best three-year-olds around for the Christmas carnival at Alexandra Park next month. The son of Mach Three made it three wins in his last four starts with his most professional victory yet against older rivals at Alexandra Park on Friday night. He worked to the lead early for Tony Herlihy and had an in-form pacer in Jack Ryan covered around the home bend and won like a horse heading places. That means stepping into the big time, something he only just missed three starts ago. Luke John was an emergency for the Sales Series Pace, the delayed two-year-old version, won by Krug in September but won the consolation that night instead. Now as a horse set to be rated in the 60s band the days of consolations are over and that suits Shane Robertson, who not only owns a share in Luke John but trains him in partnership with Logan Hollis. “That is his big goal now, the three-year-old Sales Series Final on New Years Eve,” says Robertson. “He can head there via the Alabar Classic a couple of weeks earlier so he is up against the best ones now.” Robertson and his fellow owners have had some tasty offers for Luke John but he remains with them and their timing may well prove to be ideal. While races like the Sales Series and Alabar are always tough to win they may lack some of the biggest names this season after the delayed and elongated two-year-old divisions so exactly who of the Canterbury stars makes it north is still unsure. Regardless of what happens in December, Luke John looks to have a good future because staying looks more his forte so it would surprise to see him not in at least of the Derbys in the second half of the season. Whether he is the stable star for Robertson and Hollis will be a good battle in itself over the summer as they have Christianshavtime back at the workout on Saturday and he looks an open class horse in the making. “We think he will make his way there but maybe not next month,” says Robertson. “We we aren’t aiming him at the Auckland Cup this year, but those sort of races will be the plan all going well next season.”
 One horse who looks certain to be in that Auckland Cup is South Coast Arden, who made it three wins from four starters this season winning Friday’s main race off a 25m handicap. He was sent on a searching mid-race run by trainer-driver Brent Mangos and held out Dina Brown late, pacing 3:22 for the 2700m amended. With his only defeat this term having comes at the hooves of Copy That, South Coast Arden could take plenty of catching for any horses chasing him off handicaps over the Christmas carnival. The night’s other feature went to Sertorius in the main trot, making it back to back wins after sitting parked and outstaying stablemate Tricky Ric.   By Michael Guerin

Welcome to the Harness Analyst segment where we preview all the harness meetings with tips and selections for all races. Harness racing hits Oamaru today with a nine race program starting at 12:20pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a massive day of racing. The content and data on this page is provided for informational purposes only  Check below the video for our selections for all of the races tonight for Oamaru. Oamaru selections 21st November 2020 Best Bet:  R9  Champagneandwine Best Value: R2  Prince Ranier   Race 1 Iron Woman  good beginner who should land a handy spot early. Over the odds and can run top three.…… Missmollygoodgolly another good beginner coming in fresh. Good at trials and can win..… Falcon's Monarch better run last start and top driver booked. Winning claims……Jeremy Wells disappointing the last couple but grass should suit. Place chances Selections:  Iron Woman  (5),   Missmollygoodgolly (2),   Falcon's Monarch (4)   Jeremy Wells (8)   Race 2 Prince Ranier racing into form and has trialled well on grass . Can run top three here from the draw and top selection.……. Line A Love plenty of ability but manners a concern. Track will suit and winning claims here at nice odds …… Sacred Mountain disappointing last start after a gallop but better than that. Drawn ok with top driver booked and can run top three…… Dudes Star getting fitter with racing and drawn to trail. Has winning claims. Selections:  Prince Ranier (5),   Line A Love (3),   Dudes Star (1),   Sacred Mountain (7)   Race 3 Not Over impressive sectionals at recent trials. Wins this on that performance….. Friendly Eyre respect the stable on grass and gets an ok draw to work with. One of the leading chances in this field at good odds ….. Silent Shadow runs his best races on grass and not the worst in this field. Can run in the top three…. Santeria nice draw to get a run through early and not the worst in this field. Place chances best…. Selections:   Not Over (3),  Friendly Eyre (6),   Silent Shadow (4),  Santeria (11)   Race 4 Playboy's Brother good draw to work with and will head forward early. Could upset at big odds ….. Superfast Lad better draw and will go forward early. Can run top three in this field….. Valley Star has the game to beat a field like this and good fourth last start. Needed….. Clyde running on last start and seems reliable at the start. Can run top three here Selections:   Valley Star (13),   Clyde (3),   Superfast Lad (4),   Playboy's Brother (5)   Race 5 Paul's Verdict conditions suit here and he will try to lead. Good winning claims here.…. Pete's Dash disappointing last start but give another chance. Should be thereabouts and at good odds…… Highland Reign tricky draw but looks to have the measure of most of this field on ability. Can win with gaps in the run home..… Szybka Lane a bit in or out with form but has the ability and drawn wide. One for longer odds Selections:  Paul's Verdict (1),   Pete's Dash (2),   Highland Reign (10),   Szybka Lane (8)   Race 6 Milliondollarmonkey has been running ok races at trials and had a freshen up. Hard to beat in this field if he can find the front early….. Tequila Sunset running on ok last start and should appreciate the inside draw. Will need luck but can run top three here  ….. Grand Princess good draw and good beginner. Look for her to be near the lead and can run top three…. Franco Josiah getting back into top form and manners the only concern. Can win if he trots all the way…. Selections:   Franco Josiah (5),  Grand Princess (3),   Tequila Sunset (2),  Milliondollarmonkey (8)   Race 7 Hurricane Banner has been running big races with no luck and grass and draw will suit. Hard to beat in this field if close enough on the home turn….. Hells Shadow ok on grass and has gate speed. One of the leading chances at nice money  ….. Superstar Legend good second last start and good gate speed if they use it. Look for her to be near the front in the running and can run top three…. Markham Eyre getting back into top form and grass stats ok. Can run top three with manners…. Selections:   Hurricane Banner (11),  Superstar Legend (8),   Hells Shadow (4),  Markham Eyre (7)   Race 8 Ultimate Sassenach likely to head for the front and can win again. Good winning claims….. Chiller Bay has been running good races and should be a top three player here from the draw….. Essence Of Easton  good on grass and drawn to get a cosy run on the fence. Include…. Georgie Zukov runs the odd good race but place chances best here from the draw….. Selections:   Ultimate Sassenach (4),   Chiller Bay (10),   Georgie Zukov (9),   Essence Of Easton  (1)   Race 9 Champagneandwine out of form but goes well on grass and drawn to race handy . Can run top three here from the draw and top selection.……. Helluva plenty of ability but manners a concern. Track will suit and winning claims here at nice odds …… Sister's Delight disappointing last few starts but better than that and loves the grass surface. Can run top three…… Pine Cone getting fitter with racing and drawn to trail. Place claims best. Selections:  Champagneandwine  (1),   Sister's Delight (9),   Pine Cone (2),   Helluva  (7)   Harnesslink Media

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By Jonny Turner   Trainer Brent Shirley heads to his home track happy with his horses and happy with the drivers he has drawn in Wednesday’s drivers’ series at Ascot Park. Shirley starts both Onesmartfella and Lala Land in the five-race competition dubbed a ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, which pits a team of leading male and female drivers against each other. In race 7, the fifth heat of the competition, Lala Land randomly drew Shirley’s number 1 stable reinsman Nathan Williamson. The four-year-old comes into the 2200m event after running second to Major Punter earlier this month. Shirley hopes the addition of sliding blinds to Lala Land’s gear can help him go one better. “He is looking really well and training really well.” “He is up on the bit and I think he has improved a bit since I gave him a bit of a let-up.” “It was a good run last time and he has got Nathan on, which is a big bonus.” “I have put the sliding blinds on him, so hopefully that will help a bit, too.” Onesmartfella comes into race 5 without being tested in his last start at Winton, when held up throughout the run home. With the success Shirley has had with Ricky May in the past, the trainer is hoping for a chance of luck on Wednesday. “I have had a great strike rate with Ricky over the years, he drove quite a few winners for my father.” “The horse has got a good draw and he has got pull down blinds on, so he should get every chance.” “He was very unlucky last time, the start before that he was disappointing, but I think he got away on us.” “He seems a lot sharper now.” Shirley will start Tac Mac in race 8, an event outside Wednesday’s drivers’ series, with Blair Orange in the sulky. The three-year-old comes into the Nugget graduation final after running down the track in a hotly contested race on Show Day at Addington. Tac Mac clashes with Ragazzo Mach, who has turned heads in his two career starts. Shirley knows what kind of challenge that is, but he is hopeful his filly can be competitive. “The trip to Christchurch did her the world of good, she seems really good since she got home.” “I have been really happy with her work.” “She probably can’t beat Ragazzo Mach, but if Blair can bit of respite during the run there is no reason she can’t go a good race.” Orange, May and Williamson are part of the ever-evolving Ascot Park drivers’ series that now pits a team of male drivers against a team of reinswomen. The trio will compete alongside John Morrison, Mark Hurrell and Brent Barclay. The women’s team is made up of Samantha Ottley, Sheree Tomlinson, Sarah O'Reilly, Kirstin Barclay, Ellie Barron and Kerryn Tomlinson.
Super Star Down Under Mare wins first race in her American harness racing career. Bettors Heart N didn’t waste any time when getting back into the winners circle since relocating to the US to purse her racing career. Friday night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey was the night, where the daughter of Bettors Delight wore down race rivals late in the home stretch to pick up a win in the $16,000 pace. With Down Under blood running through every part of her body the mare is handled by Down Under trainer/driver combination in Nifty Norman and Dexter Dunn. She is also still partly owned by her New Zealand breeders the Bagrie Family. Bettors Heart N showed her real toughness late in the race when getting into clear air at the top of the straight but really rallying late to win in 1:50.3. Finishing a very gallant 2nd place was another Down Under Pacer in Tango Dancer N for Kelvin Harrison. Bettors Heart N made a name for herself Down Under when visiting Menangle Raceway in Sydney where she won the $200,000 Lady Ship Mile in 1:49.7. Following that win she raced the $1 million Miracle Mile against the boys but not placing. Her Down Under career stats stand at 9 wins and 11 placings for over $270,000 in prize money. An intriguing note of this race was that of the 8 trainers contesting in this race, 7 of those were Down Under trainers and those 7 finishing from 1st to 7th. There were also 3 Down Under drivers and 3 Down Under horses in the race. Dexter Dunn sends Harness racing Equine masterpiece out in style. Saturday night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey was the running of the TVG Finals. Being the last big event for top stakes horses of the year in the US. It was a large night for Down Unders Dexter Dunn, with three of his superstar horses having their last career start before pursuing a career in the breeding sector. Todd McCarthy, Nifty Norman and Chris Ryder had a night to remember also. First came freakish trotting mare Manchego who competed in the $320,000 TVG Open Trotting Mares Final. Settling 4th of the pack she angled first over just after the half to make her move and getting to the outside into the stretch with hardly any persuasion from Dunn the daughter of Muscle Hill made a mess of rivals to salute in 1:51.3. Shortly after the win one of the greatest Harness Racing trainers Jimmy Takter labelled her, “In my opinion best filly ever.”.  Next up for Dunn came the mare on a win streak Kissin In the Sand in the $150,000 TVG Open Pacing Mares Final. Coming off the gate Down Under mare Shartin N was the leader but Kissin In the Sand soon took over the lead and that was that, she kicked away up the straight to win in a new stakes record of 1:48.0. Now in the $371,900 Governors Cup for 2yo Pacing Colts and Geldings Nancy Takter and Dexter Dunn picked up their third big win of the night with Always A Miki, a son of first season sire Always B Miki who scored a very tough win in 1:50.2. Motoring for the 2yos.  To really top off he night the Down Under duo of Chris Ryder and Dexter Dunn took Bettors Wish out for his last race start and he was as fast as ever. Dunn taking the Bettors Delight Colt to the lead off the gate saying post-race, “we weren’t going to die wondering tonight”. From then running even splits until three quarter where he powered away to win in fitting fashion of 1:48.1.     A personal favourite of Dunns the big salute over the line was appropriate.  A huge victory came on the night for Down Under Duo in Noel Daley and Todd McCarthy. The pair teamed up with 2yo trotting filly Anoka Hanover to win the $451,800 Goldsmith Maid in 1:53.2. A huge win for the pair and driver Todd McCarthy’s biggest win since relocating to the US. Down Under trainer Nifty Norman also scored a large success on the night in the $398,650 Valley Victory for 2yo trotting colts and geldings with a son of Muscle Hill, Bee Forever. The win came in 1:54.0 in a close finish to the line.  On the big night of racing Down Under trainers and drivers won 8 of the 13 races.    Monday 16th November Northfield Park OH Elrama N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $5,500 Rycroft N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $5,500   Pompano Park FL Risk N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $3,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Somwherenbrookln N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $9,500 Hudsen A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $14,000 Globaldomination N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $18,000 Abraxas Blues A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $11,000   Tuesday 17th November Monticello Raceway NY Ohoka Johnny N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $7,200 Kenrick N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $6,200 Im A Director N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $6,700   Northfield Park OH Strawb’s Chippie N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $4,400   Saratoga Harness NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $5,200 Make A Statement A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $5,850 Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,850 Down Under First 4 – 2nd Miss Irish Rose A, 3rd Bontz N, 4th Glenferrie Blade A   Yonkers Raceway NY Mossdale Lottee N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $12,000 Donegalartchokin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $14,000 Demeter N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $17,000   Flamboro Downs CA Bettor Trix N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $10,500   Wednesday 18th November Dover Downs DE Western Secret A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $6,500   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Misty Memory N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $6,800 Its Mesmerise N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $10,000 Jossie James A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,800   The Meadows PA Dream Out Loud N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,500 Cocosfella A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,000   Thursday 19th November Dover Downs DE Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $6,500 Mister Ohanzee N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $6,500 Trojan Banner N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $8,000 Itsrockandroll A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $22,000   Monticello Raceway NY Alta Jerome N – Time: 1:58.4, Stake: $2,800   Plainridge Park MA Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $17,500 Mach Doro A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $9,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Seaswift Joy N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $20,000   Friday 20th November Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Bechers Brook A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $14,200   Meadowlands NJ Bettors Heart N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $16,000 Mighty Mr Sharkey N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $12,500 All American N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $10,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Kerford Road A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $11,000 War Dan A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $11,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA The Bandit Queen N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000   Saturday 21st November Cal Expo CA Dependlebury A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $4,600   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Majestic Player A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $21,500 Miss You N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $22,250   Meadowlands NJ Bracken Storm A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $15,000   Northfield Park OH American Empress N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $12,500   Scarborough Downs ME Holy Grail N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $4,400 The Bus A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $5,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Speed Man N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $30,000 Raukapuka Ruler N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $17,500 Tin Roof Raider A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $17,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Mongolian Hero N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $16,000   Sunday 22nd November Harrahs Philadelphia PA Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,000 Let It Ride N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $8,800 Sevens Hope A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $8,800   Northfield Park OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $7,200 Brigadierbronski A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $8,800     Click here for previous weeks articles     by Carter Dalgety  
A harness racing star has admitted his actions were “despicable” when he choked and beat a woman who feared she was going to be killed. Matt Anderson, a former New Zealand representative and national premiership-winning harness racing driver, was sentenced to three months’ community detention and 12 months’ intensive supervision by the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday. The 28-year-old was found guilty of assault and intentionally impeding breathing by strangulation after a judge-alone trial in July. The assault happened at his home on February 2. He grabbed the victim around the neck and choked her, then threw her out of his house and locked the door to stop her from getting her car keys that were still inside. Read the full story click here   Mariné Lourens Stuff
By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk     Former Kiwi reinsman Jack Trainor is being picked as one of the drivers to follow at Menangle today. Enjoying his best season by far, he has driven 126 winners. “This season has been extended so I guess my winners have been inflated a bit – normally we’d be into the next season by now but it has been a terrific run and I’m loving it,” Trainor told Harness Racing New South Wales media. Today he partners three of the seven favourites, including two highly-fancied David Thorn runners, including Red Reactor in race 4. “He’s been a great horse since he’s come over although he probably races best when he can be saved up for one run,” said Trainor. Red Reactor won seven from 38 in New Zealand for trainer Sean McCaffrey before heading across the Tasman in August. “But he does look the one to beat there, for sure. Let’s hope so.” The other favoured Thorn runner is Navua Star in race 6. “Navua Star has plenty of ability and early tactics might be the key in this race.” His first favourite for the day though will be for trainer Lisa Fitzpatrick. “Christmas Toyboy [Race 3] also went well last start. He should be able to lead again and he’ll go well. “He does have a mind of his own sometimes, this horse, but he’s still a pretty nice pacer and I reckon he’ll run first or second.” Trainor moved to New South Wales five years ago, and as well as driving winners has moved into training, with five horses in work at the Menangle Training Centre. As a 16-year-old he moved from Dunedin to Christchurch and had a 6 month stint at Graham & Paul Court’s before taking up a position at Cran Dalgety’s Kentuckiana Lodge. Trainor had 17 wins in just over two seasons of race driving in New Zealand, including 10 wins in his debut season. His first win was on Hip Hop Anvil in September of 2011. Now Trainor is sixth on the New South Wales premiership that’s being topped by heavyweights Luke McCarthy and Robert Morris, with stakes earnings of over a million dollars ($AUD 1,1,05,285). “I am happy with the way things are going here……Hopefully, this run rolls on into next season.”
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