Workout Wonder

The $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted its first harness racing New York Stakes crowd of the season, the $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,125, $55,125 and $54,125, respectively, comprised the event, which honored the memory of the long-time popular horse owner (with family in attendance for winner's circle presentations). There's no way to sugar coat this...chalk players were accorded the chalk outline, as all three odds-on entities failed to deliver on their puny parimutuel promises. The opening event saw last season's frosh statebred champion, Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras)-at 1-20-jump it off in the second turn after making the lead. When the stone dust settled, it was 26-1 Royal Deceptor (Mickey McGivern, $55.50), pocketed from post position No. 3, nipping Mythology Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a nose in a life-best 1:58 (:29.1, :59.2, 1:28.3). Insomniac (Mark MacDonald) cut the mile and faded to third, beaten a neck. Crazy Wow finished fourth. For third choice Royal Deceptor, a son of RC Royalty trained by Cheryl McGivern for co-owners Charles Foster, Michael James and Michael Sentiwany Jr., it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $150, with the triple returned $614. "He was very good early last season, but they sort of caught up to him," Mickey McGivern said. "He's just a lunch pail sort of horse, keeps trying and keeps working." The second sire stakes grouping found 3-5 choice Habitat (Gingras), with a NYSS and Dexter Cup win already on his resume, also do the dance of the damned. His malfeasance occurred entering the first turn. That left Military Blue (Mike Simons) leading the gang (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.3) before his night was over. Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) took over from first-over, only to get snapped on the money by 31-1 proposition Workout Wonder (Dan Dube, $65.50). Leaving from post No. 4, the margin-another nose-was in 1:56.3, far and away a career-best effort. Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) was third, with Apostle's Creed (Brett Miller) fourth. Habitat was last among the seven. For fifth choice Workout Wonder, a Conway Hall colt co-owned by All Laid Out Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt, it was his first win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $234.50, the triple returned $743 and the superfecta paid $4,789. The evening's final NYSS event found 3-10 Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) carrying the water for the rank and file. He disposed of Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) after the one's early lead (:29.2, :58.2), then widened after a 1:28.2 three-quarters. "Maestro" had three lengths in and out of the final turn, only to get that run-down feeling from The Physician (George Brennan, $15.20). The latter, from post No. 5, whipped the former by a neck in a life-best 1:58.1, with Royal Lad (Simons) third. For The Physician, a Credit Winner gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $33.80, with the triple returning $107. With longshots ruling the night in the sire stakes-comprising 60 percent of the Pick 5 races, no one took down the pool. Thus, Friday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,675.35 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday nights (post times 7:10 PM), with Saturday offering a pair of $40,000 eliminations of the Art Rooney Pace. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, finals of both Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series division), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs (no live racing/evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive). Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including June 6 Belmont Stakes Frank Drucker

Dalton Bromac - Bleed tonight and stood down for thirty days

Dalton Bromac bleeds, out of the Jewels

The Christian Cullen FFA at tonights harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway may not have had a big field numbers wise but with the Harness Jewels just eight days away, several of the name runners were having their final blowout before the big day. Dalton Bromac was a warm favourite in front of Sky Major and Tiger Tara while Messini was let go at ten to one in the 1950 metres mobile. Dalton Bromac and Ricky May came out firing from barrier four but were hotly challenged and headed by Tiger Tara and Gerard O'Reilly who took up the lead with 1600 metres to go. Tiger Tara was really running in front and was joined in front at the 1000 metres by Messini and Mark Purdon. The speed was upped again passing the 800 metres and the two smart four year olds sizzled down the back straight and and carried the battle around the corner and up the home straight. About 50 metres from home Messini mastered Tiger Tara and held a half neck margin at the finish. Sky Major made ground stylishly from well off the pace for third, 1 3/4 lengths away with six lengths away to a very disappointing Dalton Bromac. The 1950 metres was paced in a very quick 2:19.2 in the cool and brisk conditions, a mile rate of 1:54.8 with closing sectionals of 54.8 and 27.4 Mark Purdon was pleased to have the son of Art Major back in the winners circle. " I am really pleased that he is back to his best. " He didn't handle the Auckland way round so you can disregard those runs" " The draw (14) in the Jewels makes it very hard but at least he is back to his best," Mark said. Geoff Dunn was thrilled with the run of Tiger Tara. "He showed real gate speed and fought on great so I couldn't be happier. "He is right where I want him heading into next week and he is right on target,"Geoff said. Barry Purdon was also very happy with Sky Major. " They have run home in 54.8 and he has made up a lot of ground." " He blew out at the 100 metres but that will top him off nicely for the Jewels," Barry said. Dalton Bromac was very disappointing by his own high standards and it soon became apparent why. Post race it was discovered that Dalton Bromac had bled and he has been stood down for thirty days as a result. Benny Hill was very philosophical after the race. "At least we still have a horse." "We will take him home and give him a break and get him ready for next season," Benny said. Messini sent out a very clear message tonight that he is right in the zone at the moment and not completely out of it on Jewels day even from barrier 14. Harnesslink Media  

Cobalt Chloride

The effects of cobalt - facts and figures

At the May 19 Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) meeting, discussion continued regarding a new study concerning the effects of cobalt on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses. Dr. James Robertson, consulting veterinarian, updated the OSRC on the progress of the OSRC/The Ohio State University (OSU) and Ohio Department of Agriculture's Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL)'s comprehensive cobalt research study, which focuses on what cobalt does to a horse's system and its potential effect on racehorses. Dr. Robertson said the most recent meeting of the cobalt research committee was held May 12, 2015 at The Ohio State University to discuss the study parameters. Dr. Beverly Byrum, Director of Laboratories for ATL, the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) and the Consumer Protection Lab, spoke in detail about the ATL, the official equine drug testing lab for the Ohio State Racing Commission. Dr. Byrum said the ATL currently tests post-race samples of equine urine and blood from all seven of Ohio's pari-mutuel racetracks and the 65 county fairs that conduct pari-mutuel wagering on harness racing, and that the ATL's objective is to protect horses through the detection of prohibitive substances and report their findings in a timely manner to the OSRC. "ATL is one of the premiere equine drug testing labs in the United States and is a Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) accredited lab," she declared. "ATL has one of the highest standards of technical competency in the US, and is one of only five labs in the United States to be approved by the RMTC." In 2014, Dr. Byrum explained, ATL partnered with The Ohio State University and initiated a post-doctorate degree for students to gain experience in laboratory testing, and added that the ATL regularly does interval, double-blind studies that speak to the quality management of ATL. "ATL is one of the few laboratories in the United States that has the equipment which is able to detect cobalt in both the blood and urine of equines," Dr. Byrum acknowledged. Of 15 equine testing laboratories nationwide, only five have the ability to test for cobalt. Soobeng Tan, ATL Director, submitted the 2014 ATL annual report to the OSRC, discussing testing procedures and results from 2014. Last year, Tan said, 6,764 equine urine samples, 9,222 equine blood samples and 5,163 TCO2 tests were performed, for a total of 21,149 total tests. As a result of these tests, 112 positives, including those taken at Ohio's county fairs, resulted (52 Thoroughbreds & 60 Standardbreds). In addition, 62 human urine samples were submitted to the lab, of which ten (16.1%) were positive (the most common drug being marijuana). In the equine sector, 71% of the 112 positives were either flunixin (Banamine) or phenylbutazone (Bute), a trend that had continued from 2013 of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications being the most dominant pharmacological group of drugs detected, with a total of 79 positives. In 2014 TCO2 testing was re-initiated by the ATL, resulting in seven TCO2 positives from 5,163 blood samples drawn. From 2007 through December 2013, TCO2 testing had been performed at each of Ohio's seven tracks prior to each race. The next OSRC monthly meeting will take place on June 23 at 10 am, 77 South High Street, 31st floor, Columbus, Ohio. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly A. Rinker The following is from  http://www.horsemansnotebook.com/  Cobalt Use In Racehorses February 11, 2015 RACING Drugs, horse health, Horse Welfare, horseracing In the horseracing world trainers are always looking for the magic bullet; something to give their horses an edge over competitors.  Cobalt appears be an addition to a long list of pharmaceuticals and nutriceuticals being used on racehorses for the purpose of performance enhancement. Cobalt occurs naturally in horses in very minute amounts.  The dietary requirement for cobalt is less than 0.05 ppm.  Cobalt is a component of Vitamin B-12.  B-12 is produced in the horse’s cecum and colon by microorganisms.  The amount of cobalt required by horses is easily reached through typical horse feeds. There have been no known cases of a deficiency of cobalt in horses or a deficiency of vitamin B-12.  There shouldn’t be any need to supplement a horse with cobalt for reasons of preventing a deficiency. Horse trainers are supplementing their horses with cobalt thinking it will increase the production of red blood cells making it another form of blood doping.  Whether it works or not is not known although veterinarians studying cobalt use don’t think it’s effective.  One of the big concerns is the negative side effects of overdosing horses with the mineral.  Heavy metals like cobalt can’t be broken down by the body and can accumulate to toxic amounts over time.  In humans overdoses produced organ damage, impaired thyroid activity, goiter formation and death. Another concern should be that trainers giving horses cobalt with the intent to enhance their performance are acting criminally.  Even if it the cobalt doesn’t enhance performance, it tells me there are trainers who will put just about anything into their horse’s bodies if there’s a chance it will enhance performance even when they don’t know what negative effects there could be to the horse’s health. Countries worldwide are testing for cobalt use in racehorse.  It is said that supplementing racehorses with cobalt has been around for the past couple of years.  Australia has reported cobalt showing up in horses above the 200 microgram threshold set by the Australian Racing Board.  Some states in the United States have been testing for cobalt since last year but there has been a problem setting a threshold.  The Emirates Racing Authority says it has been testing for cobalt since January 2014 and doesn’t feel there is a problem in the United Arab Emirates. In the United States, the New York Gaming Commission recently passed an amendment to the Thoroughbred out-of-competition testing rules that adds cobalt to the list of blood doping agents they are testing for.  Under its rules for harness racing the Gaming Commission already has a heavy penalty for testing above the current 25 ppb threshold.  Indiana has a ruling that penalizes trainers with horses testing over 25 ppb with up to a one year suspension. Some horsemen are worried that the 25 ppb threshold may cause them to be penalized for giving basic supplements that contain cobalt.  Dr. Rick Arthur , Equine Medical Director for the California Racing Board, determined the 25 ppb threshold was reasonable after doing a study on California Thoroughbreds where the average cobalt level was 1.8 ppb and the highest was 8.2 ppb.  Around the same time Dr. Arthur was studying horses to get a baseline for cobalt, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) collected samples, to retest for cobalt, from racing jurisdictions all over the country and in every jurisdiction there were horses that tested above 50 ppb.  Dr. Arthur said you couldn’t get those results without giving horses high levels of cobalt. Dr. Mary Scollay, the Equine Medical Director for Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, in her research on cobalt, said high doses caused profuse sweating, muscle trembling, aimless circling, horses dropping to their knees or collapsing.  Also, she noted changes in the blood she collected from the horses.  The blood in the samples didn’t clot like it should.  Dr. Scollay said that the test she had done on Kentucky racehorses showed a normal range for cobalt to be between 1 and 7 ppb even when given supplements with trace levels of cobalt. The Unites States Trotting Association disagrees with the 25 ppb threshold after doing its own study and says it should be 70 ppb.  The RMTC’s Scientific Advisory Committee hasn’t been able come to a consensus on a threshold for cobalt as yet. It’s concerned about penalizing a training for giving routine supplements and vitamins that may contain cobalt.  It’s hoped the committee will meet in March and by that time maybe it will be able to make a decision. Dr. Scollay said Kentucky is waiting for the RMTC to come up with a threshold before the State announces penalties for horses testing beyond the threshold.  California requires that Standardbreds testing above the 25 ppb be put on the vet’s list until cobalt is cleared from the horse’s system.  This can take time because the half-life for cobalt is one week.  Dr. Arthur plans to recommend the same rule apply to Thoroughbreds. I certainly hope all racing jurisdictions will set a threshold for cobalt not to exceed 25 ppb.  From what I have read even 25 ppb seems high.  I don’t think anyone knows the effect, on a horse’s health, that long-term ingestion of large doses of cobalt would have.   Related Articles: Cobalt, the Latest in Performances Enhancers?; 10 Year Suspensions for Cobalt Violations; More on Cobalt Use in Racehorses

The Triple Crown

Numbers and more numbers for the Belmont

Three jockeys have won the Belmont twice in the new Millennium - John Velazquez, Edgar Prado and Mike Smith.   102 years between FILLIES winning the Belmont 1905 Tanya, 2007 Rags To Riches.   5 - Five Straight Belmonts for Woody Stephens-1982-1986 NONE before NONE after.   678 horses have lined up and started in the Kentucky Derby SINCE Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978.   1997-2009 "Sidewalks Of New York" the Theme song.   2010 "Empire State Of Mind.   2011-2015 "New York New York".   70-1 was the price on Sarava who ended Bob Bafferts's LAST Triple Crown bid-2002-with War Emblem.   Three-time eclipse winning jockey Braulio Baeza's hat trick - he won the Belmont three times on three DIFFERENT Surfaces. 1961 and 1969 at Belmont the second time on a revamped track-1963 at Aquedect.   Mike Tabor is the ONLY owner since 1986 to win the Belmont TWICE!  2007 Rags To Riches, 1995 Thunder Gulch.   6 of the last 7 Triple Crown winners were also the defending 2 YO CHAMPION - (Assault the only one who wasn't).   6 of the last 7 Triple Crown winners in harness racing - were NOT the 2 YO CHAMPION (Niatross the only one who was).   42 YEARS since the record of 2:24 set - Secretariat. His stablemate Riva Ridge also won the Belmont - the year before in 1972 - in 2:28 flat.   Count Fleet owns the SECOND Highest Belmont Margin of 25 lengths (Secretariat's 31 lengths in 1973 the standard).   May 16, 1979, 11 months AFTER Affirmed won the last Triple Crown, Gary Stevens won his FIRST ever race-for his father who trained.   The Highest ever BEYER NUMBER for a Belmont winner went to Easy Goer -1 22 in 1989 (Beyer established in 1987).   The Belmont was held at AQUEDUCT from 1963-1967 while the track was under restoration and renovation.   FIVE of the ELEVEN Triple Crown winners were chestnuts-including Affirmed and Secretariat.   1931 was the year the order was established for the Triple Crown.   120,139 came to see Smarty Jones in 2004 just miss in his attempt for the Triple Crown. It was to be his final career race - he wound up 8 for 9 with a second. All nine of his races were competed at DIFFERENT Distances.   37 and 25 - the two largest GAPS between Triple Crown winners. 1978-2015 ???? and 1948-1973.   Many would argue that Secretariat winning the 1973 Belmont by 31 lengths in a time that STILL stands as a North America Dirt record and the margin that STILL stands as the largest Grade One effort ever-you'd have thought THAT would be the cover of Sports Illustrated,THAT WEEK Right? WRONG! The cover featured George Foreman - who - by the way - did NOT fight that week or even in the last six months. Secretariat only made pages 9-13. Think somebody missed the boat here? (Don't anyone even THINK to say he'd been on the cover just recently - Jeremy Lin made it two STRAIGHT weeks a couple of years ago for the Knicks).   In 1977 - Jean Cruguet was an astounding 9 for 14 during the week at Belmont - but would not even chance riding on Thursday or Friday while awaiting Seattle Slews Belmont on Saturday - and his own Triple Crown try. SLEW would win it - and remains the only horse ever to make it through the Triple Crown UNDEFEATED! Seattle Slew is also the only one of the eleven Triple Crown winners to have sold at public auction - $17.500 - 90 seconds in the ring and into the record books.   Triple Crown wins - total 11 - Bob Baffert  12 - Jimmy Takter  14 D Wayne Lukas (Note that Jimmy Takter AND D Wayne Lukas have each won the Triple Crown -with two DIFFERENT horses - Takter last year and Lukas in 1995).   The Belmont Stakes was NOT held in 1911 and 1912.   Conquistador Cielo won the 1982 Belmont - the first of five in a ROW for Woody Stephens - on 4 DAYS REST! (METROPOLITAN MILE winner at Belmont on Memorial Day).   IF 10 or more enter and go to the gate for the 2015 Belmont - it marks the first time EVER that for seven STRAIGHT years, there has been a DOUBLE - digit sized field for the Belmont.   Chrysler offered their $5 Million bonus from 1988-1995 NO WINNERS; Visa then the same from 1996 - 2005 NO WINNERS.   It's been 35 YEARS since Harness Racing had a Triple Crown winner (Niatross) who was also the 2 YO champ; 37 years for thoroughbred racing (Affirmed 1978).   Bill Shoemaker won the Belmont 4 times in an 11 year span. 1957, 1969, 1962, 1967 (Also won it in 1975).   If the restriction to hold the crowd to 90,000 does hold this year, then the Belmont cannot have it's SIXTH 100,000 plus crowd in its history.   ***************** NEVER has a horse finished the Triple Crown - the Belmont-with larger than an 8 horse field!! ************************   Here are the field sizes for the Eleven Triple Crown winners: (Chronologically backwards) 5-8-5-8-7-3-4-8-5-4-3.   Affirmed and Secretariat each won in a five horse field.   The average sized field for the ELEVEN Triple Crown winners is 5.5 horses.   BUT - since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978, the average BELMONT FIELD SIZE has been 10.2 Horses!   The COMBINED 3 YO earnings of the 11 other Triple Crown winners in history is $4,708,701   Times Have changed dept? In 2008 Big Brown fell short in the Belmont and finished 6-7 career and never raced again. Smarty Jones got beat in the Belmont of 2004 for a career slate of 9 8-1-0 and he too never competed again. In 2012 - I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and scratched from the Belmont never to race again.   BUT - in 1941 - Whirlaway won the Triple Crown - raced 89 TIMES CAREER!, won the Kentucky Derby PREVIEW in addition to the Derby, and - get this - won an allowance race IN BETWEEN the Preakness and the Belmont - thus wrapping up the Triple Crown.   Let's hope there's some action in the Belmont this year - remember the Kentucky Derby had the top three finishers go 1-2-3 all the way - in an 18 horse field, none of the top three finishers was worse than third at any point! How rare was that? The LAST time that had happened was in 1915, when Regret won  -in a 16 horse field. 100 YEARS to be exact!   Robert Heyden

Howard Taylor has enjoyed many memorable moments in harness racing, but nothing in his past might compare to the emotions he will feel this weekend. On Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia will present the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older pacers, an event named in honor of Taylor's late father. Jerome "Jerry" Taylor, a Philadelphia-based attorney who participated in harness racing for more than four decades, passed away in October 2013 at the age of 82. "This is probably my biggest honor in harness racing," said Taylor, who in addition to being an attorney himself has owned, trained and driven harness racing horses for more than 35 years. "Horses mean a lot to me, but they meant even more to him. He never, ever missed a race. He would go everywhere and he absolutely loved them. "I remember friends of his would get mad at him because he would never make plans to go anywhere until after the draw came out. You couldn't call him up to see what he was doing next weekend because he wanted to see if his horse got in to race. He knew what he was doing if the horse got in." Taylor developed his own passion for harness racing through his father, who bought his first horse in 1972. Jerry Taylor got into owning horses through a client who was a trainer and owned a number of successful horses over the years. Among the most notable was New Jersey Sire Stakes and Grand Circuit champion Devil's Adversary. He renamed a number of his horses to include "Devil" in the name because of the success of Handsome Devil a year prior to the arrival of Devil's Adversary in 1983. "That was his first really good horse," Taylor said about Handsome Devil. "He thought that was lucky, so the next year he named all his horses 'Devil.' He changed the names of all of them." Jerry Taylor, who raced at Liberty Bell and Brandywine Raceway for years, was known for his sense of humor. "He was a bit of a cutup," Taylor said. "He had more one-liners and things to make people laugh than anybody." The Jerry Taylor Invitational features an eight-horse field that includes Levy Memorial Pacing Series champion Domethatagain, who is the 2-1 morning line favorite, as well as 2014 Canadian Pacing Derby winner Modern Legend and millionaires Clear Vision and Dancin Yankee. "My father and I were very close," said Taylor, who is probably best known for owning three-time Dan Patch Award-winning female trotter Buck I St Pat. "I worked with him my whole life because when I worked with the horses when I was younger they were his horses. When I became a lawyer, I went to work for him and then I became a partner in the firm. I spent more time with my father than anybody. "I miss him terribly. It's going to be an emotional day, but I'm looking forward to it. I was touched when I found out they decided to name the race after him. No one loved racing more than my father." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Goshen, NY --The president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), Chris Tully, has appointed the 58-year-old Robert "Hollywood" Heyden to be the newest member of the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee to serve a six-year term. More than looking forward to the task, Heyden himself was elected to the Communicators Hall Of Fame in 2012. The 'Statistician to the Stars' exclaimed, "This is great. I follow everything closely and forget nothing. I have a real good idea who should and who shouldn't be a serious candidate to the Hall of Fame. But regardless, I think it is wonderful for people to be involved, to talk about it, to wonder, to speculate, to compare numbers with those that are in, etc." "The conversation that starts and ends with the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in Goshen is all good. I welcome anyone and everyone who has an opinion, a case, a say, anything concerning the Hall of Fame. I really do. But everyone has to remember THE most important thing--the HALL OF FAME is THE highest honor--and is ultra-special. Only the very elite merit consideration. Joe DiMaggio was voted baseballs greatest Living Player in 1969, yet he did NOT make the Baseball Hall Of Fame his first TWO years of eligibility." Heyden, a Rutgers 1978 Graduate and a Meadowlands employee for 27 years under the NJSEA, still does the TV show there, usually on Saturdays. "The Meadowlands has had a bigger role in shaping the industry than any other track in the past 35 years. Maybe any track ever. So if you have proven you can do it there, it matters--big time. Many have tried and went home. The survival of the fittest for sure. A huge part of the reason Campbell and O'Donnell went in together in 1990 is that they had shared the last 10 Meadowlands driving titles going into that year. Of course they were great anywhere, but many of their highlight moments were there." A big fan of the history of the sport, Heyden likes to quote Angela Lansbury when it comes to getting a bit older. "She said, 'there weren't many good things about getting older--but one was the fact that you then had this vast reservoir of knowledge from which to draw upon.'" Heyden is considering writing a book in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Meadowlands next September 1, (2016). He has a carload of goodies from all his years at the Big M, like the time..... (Heyden quotes): "2006 and 2007 were two years that George Foreman made it to the Hambletonian. Great guy, fun to be around-I think he was surprised at a couple of things when we chatted-I needed no notes or teleprompter (NEVER have) and was winging it, and then when I recited the name of the boxer he beat in the 1968 Mexico Olympics from memory (Ionas Chepulis)--we were tight from that point on." "In 1997--I had a lady friend of mine, Lee Gleckel, visiting at the track, she came by a couple of times a year. Chatting, the subject somehow came up as to her mother's favorite actor; Omar Sharif. Well-in those days, you never quite knew who MIGHT walk in the door next. 15 minutes later, Omar Sharif strides in, unannounced. I pull a bluff (knowing he was a gambler) and pretend I know him. It worked. 20-30 great minutes followed, and Lee to this day probably thinks I had the whole thing staged--I didn't." "In 2000-Mike Sheehan came in and told me to quick-get to Pegasus-Arnold Palmer is dining outside. So the hand-held camera guy and I go out, and I ask Mr. Palmer if he'll do it. He says OK. BUT--the camera is on the blink-so we have a five minute delay-I decide-on a moment's notice-to call Stanley Dancer-knowing he and Arnold were good friends, and find out a couple of things that Arnold is going to have NO IDEA I would know about. It worked, the interview was perfect" Robin Leach, Brendan Byrne, Telly Savalas, Jack Klugman, Sylvester Stallone, Barbara Feldon--these are just some of the names of those who would make it to the Meadowlands in its heyday. John Gotti too, Heyden recalls. Hollywood continues, "Mid-1990s or so. Sunday afternoon racing in March or so. I hear a commotion in the back near the betting machines, and Leon Hess and Wellington Mara are BOTH in the press box--and about to make a bet. The owner of the Jets and the owner of the Giants. I don't remember the name of the horse they bet, but I DO remember the amount--$2." From the United States Harness Writers Association    

May 20, 2015 - Philippe Daugeard’s slick gaited Univers de Pan has accepted an Elitloppet 2015 invitation. The 2014 Finlandia AJO winner was third in the 2015 edition after being trapped on the pegs throughout. He finished with much in reserve. Owned by Olivier Horvath, the seven year-old son of Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore has earned 13.4SEK million and has a speed mark of 1.10kr. The field now shows as follows with five starting slots remaining to be filled. Elitloppet 2015 Accepted Invitees Timoko - FR Maven - USA On Track Piraten - SWE Digital Ink - SWE Wind Of the North - USA BBS Sugarlight - NO Support Justice - N Nahar - SWE Voltigeur de Myrt - FR Magic Tonight - SWE Univers de Pan - FE Thomas H. Hicks

Commissioner delivers Report regarding the Special Inquiry into the late scratching of horses from the 2014 (Harness Racing) Ballarat Pacing Cup. The Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sal Perna, has delivered to the Minister for Racing and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), a Report on his Special Inquiry into the late scratching of six out of 10 horses from the Harness Racing Victoria Ballarat Pacing Cup on 13 December 2014.  The Inquiry was conducted at the request of both the Minister and HRV, seeking answers to specific questions regarding the circumstances of the late scratching of horses in the Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup (Race 7) following detection by Stewards of noncompliant (oversized width) US style sulkies that the Stewards' Panel prohibited from racing that evening.  The Commissioner's comprehensive investigation involved his use of 'Board of Inquiry' powers to compel attendance of witnesses, including HRV officials and racing industry participants, to answer questions under oath and produce documents.   The Commissioner’s report outlines his findings based on evidence obtained in the Inquiry and eight recommendations for both the harness industry and Government (set out in Attachment 1 below).  The Commissioner found that there was no evidence prior to the race meeting that non-compliant sulkies were being used in Victoria and therefore, it was reasonable for the Stewards to think that oversized sulkies would not be an issue at the race meeting. Nor did the Commissioner find evidence that the non-compliant sulkies were ordered by trainers or drivers to be manufactured contrary to the ‘Sulky Standards’ or that the sulkies were later modified to exceed the 'Sulky Standards'.  The decision of the Stewards' Panel was either questioned or challenged during the race meeting by both participants and HRV management, who entered the Stewards’ Room a number of times encouraging the Stewards to reconsider their decision. Despite these approaches, the Stewards' Panel maintained its decision, but afforded the participants the opportunity to swap sulkies.  The Commissioner determined that the Stewards' Panel took the correct course of action, in accordance with the Rules of Racing, in prohibiting the use of sulkies that breached the Rules.  Sal Perna RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER To contact the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner, call 8684 7776; fax 8684 7778; email enquiries@racingintegrity.vic.gov.au or contact the Racing Integrity Hotline on 1300 227 225. www.racingintegrity.vic.gov.au ATTACHMENT 1 Commissioner’s Findings The Commissioner made the following findings in his report: 1. HRV Stewards first became aware of a potential issue with oversized sulkies on Wednesday 10 December 2014, following advice from Harness Racing Australia (HRA) of a complaint regarding their possible use and requesting HRV Stewards to measure sulkies at future race meetings. 2. HRV Stewards had not been provided with any evidence prior to the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting on 13 December 2014 that noncompliant (oversized) sulkies were being used in Victoria and as such there was no reason for the Stewards to think that oversized sulkies would be an issue at the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting.    3. There was an industry assumption that the US-based manufacturer of the sulkies, the Australian sulky distributor, the sulky owners (HRV registered trainers and drivers) and the Stewards, would all ensure that the sulkies complied with the Rules of Racing and the ‘Sulky Standards’(i.e. a maximum width of 1300mm). However, what was identified, was that little, if any, compliance checking was conducted by any of those parties. 4. The UFO model sulky was approved for use in Australia by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) in October 2012 following an extensive testing program required. The UFO ‘Aussie Alien’ model sulky (a non-offset variation) was approved by HRA in July 2014 without similar testing. 5. The first known order of an ‘Aussie Alien’ in Victoria, later determined to be oversized, was 20 March 2014. That sulky was subsequently used in numerous races and until it was measured at the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting. 6. There is no evidence that the non-compliant sulkies were ordered by trainers or drivers to be manufactured contrary to the Sulky Standards or that the sulkies were later modified to exceed the 'Sulky Standards'. 7. Following HRV receipt of the HRA advice on 10 December 2014, regarding their potential use, the HRV Chairman of Stewards immediately directed the HRV 'Compliance Steward' to measure sulkies at future race meetings and report back to him. 8. Only one HRV Steward has dedicated ‘Compliance Steward’ responsibilities, including the checking of sulkies against the ‘Sulky Standards’. However, over time that Compliance Steward has performed most of his duties as a member of the Stewards’ Panel at race meetings. 9. The first race meeting at which the Compliance Steward was rostered following the HRA advice of 10 December 2014, was at Tabcorp Park, Melton on 11 December 2014. Whilst the Compliance Steward was rostered on the Stewards’ Panel, he nonetheless examined US-style sulkies. All measured sulkies complied with the Sulky Standards (1300mm width). 10. The first confirmation of the use of a non-compliant sulky was at the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting on 13 December 2014 when the Compliance Steward (while rostered on a Stewards' Panel) commenced measuring sulkies prior to Race 1 at approximately 6.30pm. The first UFO ‘Aussie Alien’ examined was measured at 1350mm, thereby exceeding the approved width of 1300mm in the ‘Sulky Standards’. The next two UFO ‘Aussie Aliens also measured at 1350mm. All three affected trainers/drivers were subject to a unanimous ruling of the Stewards that there was no discretion under the Rules of Racing and the ‘Sulky Standards’ to permit oversized sulkies to be used. The three affected trainers/drivers sourced replacement sulkies and took part in Race 1. 11. Prior to Race 2, six more sulkies were measured. Five were found to be compliant (including an ‘Aussie Alien’) but another ’Aussie Alien’ was found to be oversized (1350mm). 12. After Race 2 (7.00pm), a further four sulkies were measured, one of which, a ‘Dooza’ brand sulky, measured at 1325mm. 13. The Stewards' Panel issued no formal communication to participants or generally on the basis that their decision not to permit non-compliant sulkies would be common knowledge through participants talking to each other or seeing horses return to the ‘horse movement area’ to swap sulkies. 14. The decision of the Stewards' Panel continued to be either questioned or challenged during the race meeting by both participants and HRV management who entered the Stewards’ Room a number of times encouraging the Stewards to reconsider their decision. At one point HRV management advised the Stewards that they were considering overruling the Stewards' Panel. Despite these approaches, the Stewards' Panel maintained its decision, but afforded the participants the opportunity to swap sulkies. 15. As a result of the Stewards’ advice to trainers and drivers that the decision not to allow non-compliant sulkies would not be changed, at 8.53pm two trainers chose to withdraw their horses from the Pacing Cup due to start at 9.32pm. One trainer (Emma Stewart) had four runners in the Cup and the other (David Aiken) had two runners. Whilst the official records will indicate that these four horses were ‘scratched’, the fact is that they were ‘withdrawn’. As a consequence of the six ‘scratchings’, four horses were left to compete in the Group 1 Race. Both trainers, who had become aware of issues with oversized sulkies earlier that evening, cited a number of reasons why they would not, or could not, swap sulkies. 16. A total of 20 sulkies were checked on the evening of the Ballarat Pacing Cup race meeting. Seven were detected as non-compliant (oversized in width). Six were UFO ‘Aussie Aliens’ (1350mm) and one was a ‘Dooza’(1325mm). 18. Both legally and operationally, the Stewards could not have permitted the use of the oversized sulkies. The ‘Sulky Standard’ is clear and prescriptive and the relevant Rule allows for no discretion. Accordingly, the Stewards' Panel took the correct course of action, in accordance with the Rules of Racing, in prohibiting the use of sulkies that breached the Rules. 19. There was a lack of (timely) communication to participants by the Stewards and/or HRV management in relation to the Stewards’ detection of non-compliant sulkies and decision to prohibit same. 20. There is a lack of clarity and understanding of the Rules of Racing relevant to the powers of the Stewards and HRV as a ‘Controlling Body’.  Commissioner’s Recommendations The Commissioner has made the following eight Recommendations as a result of this Special Inquiry and Findings: Recommendation 1 - That HRV immediately restore the dedicated position of Compliance Steward. Recommendation 2 - That HRV introduce a training process that provides all Stewards with skills and knowledge in compliance. Recommendation 3 - That HRV introduce a requirement that Stewards’ Panels at all race meetings consist of a minimum of four Stewards, one of which is the dedicated compliance steward. Recommendation 4 - That HRV introduce a requirement that integrity officials, not only Stewards, but also others that come under the ‘General Manager Integrity’ organisational structure such as industry liaison/licensing and investigations, be required to maintain an official work diary. Recommendation 5 - That HRV amend the Rules of Racing to introduce the requirement that participants must advise of a change to their sulkies. Recommendation 6 - That HRV urge HRA to introduce a requirement that every new sulky that is purchased or obtained for use in Harness Racing, is, prior to its use in racing, subject to testing which includes measuring of the width of a sulky to ensure that the sulky conforms to the ‘Sulky Standard’. Recommendation 7 - That HRV commission a review of the Rules of Racing relating to Stewards’ powers and the powers of the controlling body with a view to eliminating lack of clarity and understanding. Recommendation 8 - That this Government reconsider my previous recommendation to amend the Racing Act 1958 to establish an independent body with responsibility for integrity across the three codes and remove such responsibility from the controlling bodies. (See Recommendation 11, 2012 Own Motion Inquiry into Race Fixing dated 23 January 2013). Paul Stevens Manager Integrity Operations          

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 20, 2015 - The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 20th harness racing program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park. Indiana's two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Churita, looked every the bit the part of a 2-5 favorite as she used a gate to wire effort to score her first victory of the season in 1:56.3. Driven by her regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita left aggressively from post 9 to dictate fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.1 before cruising home to a three length victory. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 9 of 11 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $273,225. The daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare captured the first seasonal outing of her sophomore campaign for owner, Jackie Porter. In the opening round of the stakes action, Swan's Grace and Ed Hensley pulled a slight 7-1 upset to score in 1:57.3. The victory was the first of the season for Swan's Grace and a lifetime best performance for the daughter of Swan For All-Red Rose Kosmos. Swan's Grace was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Herbies Wildflower and After All battled for early position through first half fractions of :27.4 and :58. Reigningblackswan and LeWayne Miller were parked for much of the mile but reached the leader's wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3. With much of the damage being done on the front, Hensley gave Swan's Grace the green light and the filly used a :28.2 final quarter to hold off a hard-charging Big Wheel and Tom Luther. Trained by Bobby Brower, Swan's Grace has now earned $38,756 lifetime for her owners and breeders, Jerry Graham and Mystical Marker Farms. Dirty Secret and Jay Cross followed suit in the next split of the stakes action to score in 1:56.3 at odds of 7-1. Recording a new lifetime mark, it was the third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park for the daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Fight. Leaving from post three, Dirty Secret settled along the rail in fifth while Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.4. Charlie Conrad had La Guida Pleasure pointed to the front and the duo took command just past the half in :58.1. J-S Maple and Sam Widger, sent off as the 1-2 favorite, were grinding it out first over and were engaging the leaders approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open but Dirty Secret was just beginning to find her best strides. Using a :28.4 final quarter, Dirty Secret dug in gamely to finish a head in front of Hannelore Hanover. Trained by Susan Askren, the three-year-old filly notched her third victory from four seasonal outings. Dirty Secret has now earned $35,589 lifetime for owners Susan Askren and Richard Keaton. In the final division, Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners rallied gamely to score in 1:57.4. It was the first win of the season for the daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Golda Plumsted as she also recorded a new lifetime mark. Using her customary late-charging tactics, Golden Big Stick sat patiently along the rail in seventh as Townline Momma and Sam Widger led through intervals of :27.4, :59, and 1:28.3. As the field turned for home, Golden Big Stick had her work cut out for her but she dug in gamely to reach the wire first in the final strides of the mile. Trained by Mike Hollenback, who co-owns the filly with William Cantrell, Golden Big Stick has now won four of 13 outings in her career while bankrolling $182,120 lifetime. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 21 with four divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Emily Gaskin

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Both Maximuscle and track record hold Viva Bayama were impressive winners at the Hippodrome 3R in the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters Wednesday. There were four divisions, each racing for a purse of $6,500. There are three weeks of eliminations with the highest point earners returning on Sunday, June 14 for the $35,000 finals in their respective divisions. Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron had little trouble in capturing their division in the fourth rae. Charron needed only to send Maximuscle to the lead and never looked back. The four-year-old stallion by Angus Hall showed his heels to the field, cutting fractions of :29.1, 1:00 to the half and then turned it on by the three-quarters in 1:29.1, breezing home to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.4. Andovers Touch (Stephane Pouliot) tried coming first-over at the half mile marker and held on to be second with the pocket sitting George S (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the first start of the 2015 season for Maximuscle, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecrurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. The winner went off as the overwhelming race favorite at odds of 1/9 and paid just $2.10 to win. The first race, first division saw Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart sit a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetter SOS Masters Boy (Jocelyn Gendron) and then after a battle down the stretch, win by a neck in 2:02.3. SOS Robocop (Pascal Berube), after racing first-over, faded to be third. It was the first win in two starts this year for Somoli E, a four-year-old son of Mr Lavec, trained by Andreane Lapierre. He paid $4.50 to win. Viva Bayama and driver Denis St Pierre were able to race parked out first-over the entire mile and still was able grind it out in the fourth race first division for older mares. Canbec Kangourou (Jocelyn Gendron) left out of the gate and cut the mile as Pierre was content to race first-over. Viva Bayama finally cleared to the lead before the head of the stretch and then held off a fast closing Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.3. Canbec Kangourou faded in the stretch and finished third. It was the fifth win in eight starts this year for Viva Bayama. The four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass is trained by Sebastien Groux for owners Richard Dinelle and Andre St Laurent. She paid $4.40 to win. The sixth race second division was won by Ocean Mist Beauty and driver Stephane Brosseau. They cleared to the lead before the opening quarter, which saw the first four horses all try for the early lead, and Ocean Mist Beauty then led the rest of the one mile trot, winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Lucyll Bro (Stephane Gendron) sat the pocket-trip to be second with Sexy P V (Steeve Genis) third. The five-year-old mare by Kadabra posted her first win in five starts this year for owner/trainer Carl Duguay of Gatineau, QC. She paid 3.20 to win. Mario Charron ended the program with a driving triple on the card. Live racing resumes Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Post time is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter looks at Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia and can't help but be impressed. "It's like a mini Elitloppet," Takter said, referring to the famed invitational in Sweden that brings together an international field of 16 trotters. "This would have been a top field in Elitloppet elimination, anyway. It's going to be a great race." Takter's Father Patrick - who on Sunday makes his debut as a 4-year-old - is among four trotters entered in the Maxie Lee with Dan Patch Awards on their resumes. The others are Bee A Magician, who was harness racing's 2013 Horse of the Year, Market Share, and Classic Martine. The race is part of a star-studded card that also features the $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers and the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. Father Patrick, who received Dan Patch Awards at both ages 2 and 3 and was the sport's top money-winner last season, drew post five with driver Yannick Gingras and is 7-2 on the morning line. He has won 22 of 28 career starts and earned $2.43 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal bow with three qualifiers. He was second to Melady's Monet in the first in 1:55, then won in 1:53.3 and 1:52. "Everything is much better than I expected," Takter said. "The horse had three qualifiers and he was stronger in every one of them. The last one was in (1):52 with the plugs left in; (Gingras) never really asked him anything. The horse is ready." In addition to getting ready for the racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. "It hasn't hurt him," Takter said. "He's going to breed three times this week. He's got a busy schedule, this guy. He doesn't seem to mind it. We've been fortunate that it hasn't been that hot. Sometimes when they've got to ship back and forth and breed, you just want to make sure their weight stays right." Bee A Magician, who on Saturday became the first female trotter to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and is No. 1 in the first Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, drew post three and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The 5-year-old mare is 3-for-3 this season, defeating male rivals in all of her starts. She won the Cutler in 1:51.2, which is the season's best time for any trotter. Her trainer, Nifty Norman, also is impressed with the Maxie Lee lineup. "I would say that's the best field she's met - maybe in her life," Norman said. "That's a really, really good field. I think we got probably the best draw out of that crew so we'll see how it shakes out. "You couldn't be more pleased with her," he added. "She's been fantastic every start and maybe got better each start. I'm thrilled." Classic Martine, who received last year's Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, got post seven and is 5-2. She has won two of three races this season, including the Miami Valley Distaff at Miami Valley Raceway in a track-record 1:52.2. Market Share, a Dan Patch Award honoree in 2012 and 2013, drew post four and is 8-1. "This is (Father Patrick's) first time racing against aged horses," Takter said. "Bee A Magician has really impressed me this year. She's a horse that's going to be tough to beat. But I feel optimistic. I think he can give her a run for the money. Classic Martine has been racing really good and you can't rule out Market Share with the class he has." Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 20-1 2. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 9-1 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 2-1 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-1 5. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 6. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott, 12-1 7. Classic Martine, George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes, 5-2 8. Bourbon Bay, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson, 15-1 Following is the field for the Jerry Taylor Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Doctor Butch, John Campbell, Linda Toscano, 6-1 2. Sapphire City, Mark MacDonald, Paul Blumenfeld, 20-1 3. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 2-1 4. Great Vintage, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 5. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 6. Dancin Yankee, Brett Miller, Josh Green, 15-1 7. Clear Vision, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1 8. Modern Legend, James MacDonald, David Drew, 6-1 Following is the field for the Betsy Ross Mare Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 7-1 3. Radar Contact, John Campbell, Noel Daley, 9-2 4. Jerseylicious, David Miller, Wayne Givens, 9-1 5. Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious, 20-1 6. Yagonnakissmeornot, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 9-5 7. Ooh Bad Shark, Allan Davis, William Wiggins, 12-1 8. For The Ladies N, Brian Sears, Peter Tritton, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

May 20, 2015 - Jos. Verbeeck reined the J-M Bazire trained Vinci de l’Abbaye (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) to victory in today’s fifth leg of the harness racing Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (€90,000 purse, 2825 meters distance handicap, 15 national starters). Timed in 1.14.4kr (off slow fractions) over the 2850 handicap distance, the winner scored at 9.8/1 as he rushed to the line with authority. Bazire was second with the winner’s stablemate Ave Axis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) at 2.7/1 over 2825 meters. Uvevering du Gile (7m Iton du Gite-Bauxite Docain) was third at 53/1 for P-Y Verva covering 2825 meters. Favorite Un Vert d’Ouest was fourth. This race was today’s Q+ with a €4.1 million jackpot. Total win-place handle on the event was over €917,000. The Prix d’Arras (€30,000 purse, monte, 2825 meters, 17 European starters) went to the fast closing, barefoot Paola Fks (5f Naglo-Etoile Bi) at 7.5/1 for Eric Raffin. Philippe Bengala trains this winner clocked in a quick 1.12.6kr, owned in Italy. 41/1 Holland invader Compleet Weil (6g Dream Vacation-Joan Jackson) for Alexis Garaadeau was second. Johan C. Bot trains this competitor for owner Wilderbeek. Urban de Bruyere (7g Himo Josselyn-Marylane de Fellou) was third at 6/1 for Francois Lagadeuc. Dellvann (8g Dell Ridge Image-Elusive Muse) took the Prix Henri Sion (€26,000 purse, 2825 meters, 16 European starters) for Francois Lecanu at 3.8/1 odds. Jorgen Westholm trains the winner for SWE owner Stall Stabil HB. 18/1 Soupir de Blary (9m Look de Star-Kassandre de Blary) was next for trainer/driver Antoine-Alain Barassin and owner Ecurie Franck Anne. Third was earned by Tsar de Grammont (8m Likeable River-Folies de Grammont) at 7/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Vincent Lacroix. At Marseille-Borely the Prix de la Motte d’Aigues (€20,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, nine entrants) went to 9.4/1 Classe d’Urzy (3f Saxo de Vandel-Tessa d’Urzy) with trainer Mikael Cormy up. The winner scored in 1.16.7kr to defeat 2.2/1 Caliita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained by Yves Boireau. The dam, by Love You-Etta Extra-Florestan, was a winner of over US$1.8 million and at age five third in Prix d’Amerique. Previously at age three and four she won the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoile, Prix Roquepine, Prix de Selection, Criterium Continental and Grand Prix de UET. Favorite 1.2/1 Cocomoko (3m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. This one is a full brother to Timoko, the 2014 Elitloppet victor. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness Racing This Week: Art Rooney eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Betsy Ross, Jerry Taylor and Maxie Lee Memorial, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and The Graduate first leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at three locations this week. Action begins on Saturday (May 23) as Yonkers Raceway will hold a pair of $40,000 eliminations in the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old males. On Sunday afternoon (May 24), Harrah’s Philadelphia will host the $150,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers, the $150,000 Jerry Taylor for older male pacers and the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters. Memorial Day Monday (May 25) at Tioga Downs will feature the $50,000 (est.) first leg of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and open trotters. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: While there is a long history of brilliant mares defeating the older horses at the Free For All trotting level in harness racing, it had never happened in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. That all changed on a rainy Saturday night (May 16) at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician, the overwhelming 4-5 favorite, did what had yet to be done as she emerged victorious, winning the $183,650 Cutler final in 1:51.2. She became the first mare in the 17-year history of the race to win the historic event. Driver Brian Sears put his mare on the front end at the half-mile marker and she coasted to an easy win by two lengths. Wind Of The North finished second with Melady’s Monet third. It was the same result as the week prior in the prep for the Cutler. Sears was very proud of Bee A Magician after the race. “She’s just such a pleasure,” said Sears. “Last year was tough for her, there was a lot of traveling and it was a long season. But right now, she is just really fresh and really sharp. It is hard to keep them this sharp all year long, but hopefully she keeps going forward.” Bee A Magician won for the 34th time in 50 lifetime starts and her lifetime earnings surpassed $2.86 million. She is trained by Nifty Norman for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. All Bets Off lived up to his 3-5 favorite status to win the $188,057 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers on Sunday night (May 17) at Flamboro Downs. Driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke, All Bets Off followed up his track record performance in last week’s elimination with a 1:51.3 front-end score in Sunday’s rich final. In the final quarter, All Bets Off put aside the first up bid of Ideal Cowboy and created separation on Limelight Beach to cruise home and score a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:51.3. Bettorever came from eighth at the three-quarter pole to finish second, while Big Boy Dreams finished third. Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy picked up the final two checks, as they finished fourth and fifth. A son of Bettor's Delight, All Bets Off now has two wins in three starts this season for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp. and the Estate of Rosemary J. Shelswell. The 4-year-old pacer picked up his 17th career win Sunday evening and pushed his bankroll to more than $1.2 million. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Daniel Dube – 145; 2. Yannick Gingras – 126; 3. Jason Bartlett – 123; 4. George Brennan – 92; 5. Brian Sears – 88. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 208; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. – 161; 3. Rene Allard – 125; 4. Mark Silva – 45; 5. Tony O’Sullivan – 32. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing – 144.5; 2. Burke Racing - 56.05; 3. Weaver Bruscemi – 53.55; 4. Allard Racing – 41.6; 5. Jeff Snyder – 35. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at two different racetracks next weekend. The Raceway at Western Fair District will host the Molson Pace on Friday (May 29) and Yonkers Raceway offers the Art Rooney and Lismore finals on Saturday (May 30). by Paul Ramlow, publicity director, The Grand Circuit 

Every Queensland harness racing fan remembers the deeds of Be Good Johnny. In fact, most involved in harness racing know the name of Be Good Johnny. A dual Miracle Mile champion who amassed more than a million dollars during a highly decorated career from the stables of John McCarthy. He was a true modern day great. Now, there’s another pacer that carries a similar name that could be headed to sunny Queensland for the winter carnival features during the month of July at Albion Park. His name is Oh Jonny B Good. A New Zealand bred colt now based in the stables of outstanding couple Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack at their Shepparton base. The Mach Three – Maikona three-year-old created a huge impression when successful first-up at Bendigo on May 12 when he scored by an ever expanding margin and created a new track for 2150m with a mile rate of 1;54.9. In many ways, his speed that night brought back memories of Be Good Johnny. Now connections are looking at their feature race options. Oh Jonny B Good starts again this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Melton in the Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre Final but where he heads after that is unknown. But options seem endless. “We’re still in the mix with the New Zealand Jewels because he currently ranked 16th and if things fall our way, we would definitely head back because we already have Glenferrie Bronte and Just Cala heading over. If we don’t make the cut off, the Queensland Derby looms as a logical target for him.” Jack said. The Gr.1 $NZ150,000 KPMG Private Enterprise Emerald will be staged at Ashburton on Saturday May 30. The Queensland winter carnival offers plenty including the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby on July 18, the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Fly on July 4 and the Gr.3 $40,000 Gold Coast Derby on July 11. “It’s nice to have options and Queensland definitely makes strong appeal, I don’t think we could do both trips but it’s unlikely we’ll make the field for the Jewels in New Zealand so Queensland is looking likely at this stage. He’s got to hold his form because it won’t be easy up there. When he first arrived we weren’t overly impressed but as it turns out, he’s just a really bad track worker because he was excellent winning first-up and there should be further improvement to come from him. If New Zealand doesn’t eventuate, we’ll look at the E K Bray Country Clubs Cups series next before heading north to Brisbane. He’s a nice horse in the making and his form in New Zealand backs that up, he’s raced some of their best over there and performed well so we’re prepared to give him his chance.” Currently, Nathan Jack sits third on the Victorian Drivers Premiership with 146 victories while Amanda Turnbull is ranked fifth on the Victorian Trainers Premiership 53 winners. With Amanda still driving regularly in her home state of New South Wales for her father Steve, she is ranked second in the driver’s premiership with 89 winners. by Chris Barsby

Today's All aged harness racing sale at Karaka was like any sale really. Stock by sires who are proven and hot were in demand whereas stock by unproven or stallions yet to make their mark were traded at less than stud fee on many occasions. The biggest price among the broodmares was Trilby, an Artsplace mare who is very closely related to Chokin 1:56.2 ($1,801,685) and Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,426,765). Trilby was not in foal due to having foaled a nice Somebeachsomewhere colt in January which was part of the package offered and which sold for $26,000 to Brent Mangos acting as agent.  The top priced weanling colt was Lot 44 who was a full brother to the smart three year old this season in Bettor Spirits 1:53.8 ($136,234) and he was knocked down to the trainer of Bettor Spirits in Mike Berger of Morrinsville. The next best price was $35,000 paid by Lincoln Farms proprietor John Street for a colt by the stallion he owns, Sir Lincoln. A lovely type, he attracted spirited biding before John Street prevailed. The interesting part of his pedigree was that both the dam of Sir Lincoln and the dam of the colt were by Beach Towel and there was a close double up of Direct Scooter which has crossed so well with Beach Towel. The highest priced filly was offered by Alabar and was a daughter of leading sire Bettor's Delight from a full sister to Gotta Go Harmony 1:55.5 ($205,910) and Gotta Go Cullect 1:57 ($87,682) while the second dam was the great age group filly Elect To Live 1:55.5 ($577,992). She was sold for $28,000 to the Styx Stables of Christchurch who are long standing vendors at the yearling sales. Plenty of weanlings struggled to make their service fee but still found a home as both Alabar and Woodlands studs met the market. 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Carson Helensville Withdrawn     4 Trilby B M Artsplace Belmont Rose Cambridge Standardbred Stud Ltd Cambridge BRENT MANGOS AS AGENT KUMEU $26,000 5 Ca Cest Lamore B M Live Or Die Les Payzen Star Les Girls No.2 Syndicate Pukekohe CROON BLOODSTOCK AUCKLAND $7,000 6 Anam Cara BL M Presidential Ball Corbie Breckon Farms Ltd Ohaupo TOOKI RIGGS MANUKAU $600 7 Diamond Like B M Art Major Diamond Fleet Brogden Lodge Cambridge WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $2,100 8 Electrify B M Holmes Hanover Lumber Lie Chatsworth Lodge Ltd Auckland No bid     9 Janet Leigh Rose C M Sundon Miss Chiola Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR GEOFF PULLEN HENDERSON $1,500 10 Kurahaupo Charm B M Christian Cullen Kurahaupo Dream Old Ridge Services No. 4 Ltd Taupaki Not sold, Res $10,000     11 Letz Hope B M Pegasus Spur Early Surprise Longlands Syndicate Auckland MR H SEFONTE AUSTRALIA $2,200 12 Presidential Su B M Elsu Presidential Affair Mr. S. A. Ashworth Auckland Not sold, Res $3,000     13 Diamonds N Gold B M Holmes Hanover Tabella Bindy Breckon Farms Ltd Ohaupo MRS J BROSNAN PAPAKURA $2,200 14 Ultimate Art B M Art Major Princess Paua Cambridge Standardbred Stud Ltd Cambridge WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $3,700 15 Unnamed B F Big Jim Yes But Of Course Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa L & M HJALMARSSON WAIUKU $1,100 16 Unnamed B F Mach Three Zena Hanover Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa PETER BLANCHARD as agent HAMILTON $15,000 17 Unnamed B F American Ideal Whale Watcher Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon JEREMY YOUNG PUKEKOHE $6,500 18 Unnamed B F Auckland Reactor Amazing Luck Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $3,000     19 Unnamed BR C Mach Three Warm Soak Breckon Farms Ltd Ohaupo JB & JR DAVIES HAMILTON $13,000 20 Unnamed BR F Big Jim Art Ablaze Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold     21 Unnamed B C Bettor's Delight American Grace Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon ROSEDALE FARMING P'SHIP CHCH $16,000 22 Unnamed BR C Art Official Bella Valencia Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR D M MCKENDRY ASHBURTON $1,100 23 Unnamed B F Tintin In America Westerly Wind Mrs. V. M. & Mr. G. J. Syman Tauranga MR AP & MRS LM NEAL CAMBRIDGE $4,000 24 Unnamed B C Auckland Reactor Caballe Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $2,500 25 Unnamed B C American Ideal Aqualiner Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon MR WA FAUSETT PUKEKOHE $8,500 26 Unnamed BR C Mach Three Caps Off Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa DUNCRAIGEN LTD WYNDHAM $14,500 27 Unnamed B F Bettor's Delight Beach Parade Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon MR RL SANDFORD CHCH $16,000 28 Unnamed B C Betterthancheddar Chevyover Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa JOHNNIE BUTCHER KUMEU $7,000 29 Unnamed B C Art Official China Godess Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $2,000     30 Unnamed BR C Betterthancheddar Alberta Jewel Mrs. L. P. Wood Hunua STEVE GREEN *S/BRED* TUAKAU $3,000 31 Unnamed B F Big Jim Christian Bella Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR DA NEWTON ASHBURTON $4,000 32 Unnamed B F Bettor's Delight Christian Doll Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon EQUINE DEVELOPMENTS LTD KAIAPOI $12,500 33 Unnamed B F Betterthancheddar Classy Return Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR CHRIS MCDOWELL ROLLESTON $2,500 34 Unnamed B C American Ideal Classic Vicolo Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon KEITH HASLER TE AWAMUTU $7,500 35 Unnamed B C Shadow Play Cloneen Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa G SMALL PUKEKOHE $5,000 36 Unnamed BR F American Ideal Angies Daughter Croon Bloodstock Ltd Auckland Withdrawn     37 Unnamed B F Auckland Reactor Drums Of Time Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR SCOTT G DICKSON MARTON $1,100 38 Unnamed B C Sir Lincoln Finiamo Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon LINCOLN FARM KUMEU $35,000 39 Unnamed BR F Mach Three Erinyes Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR SCOTT G DICKSON MARTON $2,500 40 Unnamed BR C Big Jim Esha Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $5,000     41 Unnamed B F Bettor's Delight Huchi Mama Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon WADE CASTLE WAIUKU $7,000 42 Unnamed B C Auckland Reactor Gemside Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR T BEATON CHCH $6,000 43 Unnamed BR C Well Said Black And Royal Mrs. M. Carson Helensville LINCOLN FARM KUMEU $10,000 44 Unnamed B F Bettor's Delight Gotta Go Hype Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR AN RICH CHCH $28,000 45 Unnamed B F American Ideal La Vicola Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon JEREMY YOUNG PUKEKOHE $3,500 46 Unnamed B F Betterthancheddar Hip Pocket Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa ALAN HAIR PUKEKOHE $2,700 47 Unnamed B C American Ideal Lisconnie Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon MILLER YAUKHANA AUSTRALIA $1,000 48 Unnamed B F Big Jim Ides Of May Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $1,000     49 Unnamed B F Shadow Play Diamond Like Brogden Lodge Cambridge Not sold, Res $2,000     50 Unnamed B F Majestic Son Janet Leigh Rose Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $5,200                             51 Unnamed BR F American Ideal Lisdargan Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $6,500 52 Unnamed B C Majestic Son Just Tartan Around Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa ALDEBARAN LODGE PTY LTD AUSTRALIA $18,000 53 Unnamed BR C Betterthancheddar Luck Be A Lady Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa JOHNNIE BUTCHER KUMEU $3,000 54 Unnamed B C Bettor's Delight Marie's Legend Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon MR BRETT COTTERILL AUSTRALIA $7,500 55 Unnamed BR C Auckland Reactor Make It Hot Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $10,000     56 Unnamed B C Art Major Georgia Brooke Georgia Brooke Lodge Huntly Not sold, Res $54,000     57 Unnamed BR F Big Jim Mareta Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR SCOTT G DICKSON MARTON $1,000 58 Unnamed B F Bettor's Delight Pleasureseeker Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon Not sold, Res $12,000     59 Unnamed B C Mach Three Matavutu Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR B MANGOS PUKEKOHE $21,000 60 Unnamed B F American Ideal Pocket Conquest Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon LINCOLN FARM KUMEU $7,000 61 Unnamed B F Art Official Meg Morris Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa G SMALL PUKEKOHE $2,500 62 Unnamed B C Stunin Cullen Naughty Dancer Rosehaven Standardbreds Palmerston North Not sold, Res $4,500     63 Unnamed B F Majestic Son Mi Sierra Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa JOSHUA DICKIE PAPAKURA $4,000 64 Unnamed BR C Bettor's Delight Pocketmore Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon MANUORA TRUST LINCOLN $28,000 65 Unnamed B C Big Jim Nile Star Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa ALTA BREEDING CO LTD PUKEKOHE $8,000 66 Unnamed B C Big Jim Presidential Affair Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $9,000 67 Unnamed B C American Ideal Rosemary Grace Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon BRAEVIEW LTD GORE $9,500 68 Unnamed B C Mach Three Ragini Todi Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa ROSEDALE FARMING P'SHIP CHCH $6,500 69 Dianne Lorena B F Mach Three Precious Maiden Kamwood Lodge Pukekohe Withdrawn     70 Unnamed B C Big Jim Russian Gold Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR SR BAUCKE INVERCARGILL $2,000 71 Unnamed B C American Ideal Screen Idol Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon ATHERTON FARM LEESTON $3,000 72 Unnamed BR F Mach Three Russian Rose Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $8,000 73 Unnamed BR C Bettor's Delight Spirit Of Eros Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon M BERGER CAMBRIDGE $44,000 74 Unnamed B C Grinfromeartoear Saieda Spirit Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Withdrawn     75 Unnamed B F American Ideal Shoshana Hall Croon Bloodstock Ltd Auckland Withdrawn     76 Unnamed B F Art Official Sailors Sin Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $1,000     77 Unnamed BR F Mach Three Shazza's Dream Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR GAVIN SMITH KAIAPOI $13,000 78 Unnamed B F American Ideal Star Empress Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon Not sold, Res $6,000     79 Unnamed B F Grinfromeartoear Sheza Gem Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR KELVIN WILSON TE AWAMUTU $1,100 80 Unnamed B F American Ideal Sunny Beach Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon PD BLAKEMORE KUMEU $5,000 81 Unnamed B F Mach Three Star Of Tonight Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR B MANGOS PUKEKOHE $25,000 82 Unnamed B C Betterthancheddar Suzen Star Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa Not sold, Res $4,000     83 Unnamed B C Sir Lincoln Toast Of New York Mrs. M. Carson Helensville LINCOLN FARM KUMEU $10,000 84 Unnamed B F Mach Three Tapestry Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa MR RL SANDFORD CHCH $24,000 85 Unnamed B C Auckland Reactor Tirol's Sallance Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa ROSEDALE FARMING P'SHIP as age CHCH $7,000 86 Unnamed B F American Ideal True Delight Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Clevedon MICHAEL MUSCAT AUSTRALIA $8,000 87 Unnamed B F Art Official Toast Of The Ball Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa R STUART WAKEFIELD $2,500 88 Unnamed B F Auckland Reactor Tragically Hip Alabar (NZ) Ltd Waiau Pa ALAN HAIR PUKEKOHE $2,500 89 Sochi B C Bettor's Delight Warm Soak Breckon Farms Ltd Ohaupo P KERR KAIAPOI $7,500 90 Lancewood Dot Com B C Gotta Go Cullect Alberta Jewel Mrs. L. P. Wood Hunua STEVE GREEN TUAKAU $1,500 91 Lets Go Better B G Bettor's Delight Let's Go Party Hudson Rees Limited Te Awamutu Not sold, Res $8,000     92 Jivin' Jimima BL F Big Jim Naughty Dancer Rosehaven Standardbreds Palmerston North Not sold, Res $7,000     93 Chocolate Brownie B G Continentalman French Tarte Rogerson Bloodstock Hamilton MATT BRAY KUMEU $3,000 94 Apache Morris B G Gotta Go Cullect Highly Volatile Mr. S. A. Ashworth Auckland Not sold, Res $4,000     95 Pinup Pony B F Art Major Tarena Jay Breckon Farms Ltd Ohaupo D & R MICALLEF AUSTRALIA $7,700 96 Queen Of Glory B F Mach Three Reine Guinevere Mr. A. J. & Mrs. P. R. A. Parker Drury MR SCOTT G DICKSON MARTON $1,500 97 Lets Go Desire B F Real Desire Let's Go Party Hudson Rees Limited Te Awamutu Not sold, Res $2,000     98 She's Heavenly B F Rock N Roll Heaven Close Escape Messrs. W. R. Callaghan & R. W. Lansdown Pukekohe Paul Kenny PAPAKURA $1,500 99 Lambrusco B G Live Or Die Nemesis Choice Rogerson Bloodstock Hamilton Withdrawn     100 Tigers Lady BR F Elsu Tigerish Top Notch Lodge Pukekohe WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $5,000     Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price     203 Rangi Rangdu B G Badlands Hanover Super Scandy Mr. B. I. & Mrs. J. E. Candy Kaitaia Not sold   Harnesslink Media    

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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted its first harness racing New York Stakes crowd of the season, the $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,125, $55,125 and $54,125, respectively, comprised the event, which honored the memory of the long-time popular horse owner (with family in attendance for winner's circle presentations). There's no way to sugar coat this...chalk players were accorded the chalk outline, as all three odds-on entities failed to deliver on their puny parimutuel promises. The opening event saw last season's frosh statebred champion, Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras)-at 1-20-jump it off in the second turn after making the lead. When the stone dust settled, it was 26-1 Royal Deceptor (Mickey McGivern, $55.50), pocketed from post position No. 3, nipping Mythology Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a nose in a life-best 1:58 (:29.1, :59.2, 1:28.3). Insomniac (Mark MacDonald) cut the mile and faded to third, beaten a neck. Crazy Wow finished fourth. For third choice Royal Deceptor, a son of RC Royalty trained by Cheryl McGivern for co-owners Charles Foster, Michael James and Michael Sentiwany Jr., it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $150, with the triple returned $614. "He was very good early last season, but they sort of caught up to him," Mickey McGivern said. "He's just a lunch pail sort of horse, keeps trying and keeps working." The second sire stakes grouping found 3-5 choice Habitat (Gingras), with a NYSS and Dexter Cup win already on his resume, also do the dance of the damned. His malfeasance occurred entering the first turn. That left Military Blue (Mike Simons) leading the gang (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.3) before his night was over. Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) took over from first-over, only to get snapped on the money by 31-1 proposition Workout Wonder (Dan Dube, $65.50). Leaving from post No. 4, the margin-another nose-was in 1:56.3, far and away a career-best effort. Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) was third, with Apostle's Creed (Brett Miller) fourth. Habitat was last among the seven. For fifth choice Workout Wonder, a Conway Hall colt co-owned by All Laid Out Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt, it was his first win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $234.50, the triple returned $743 and the superfecta paid $4,789. The evening's final NYSS event found 3-10 Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) carrying the water for the rank and file. He disposed of Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) after the one's early lead (:29.2, :58.2), then widened after a 1:28.2 three-quarters. "Maestro" had three lengths in and out of the final turn, only to get that run-down feeling from The Physician (George Brennan, $15.20). The latter, from post No. 5, whipped the former by a neck in a life-best 1:58.1, with Royal Lad (Simons) third. For The Physician, a Credit Winner gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $33.80, with the triple returning $107. With longshots ruling the night in the sire stakes-comprising 60 percent of the Pick 5 races, no one took down the pool. Thus, Friday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,675.35 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday nights (post times 7:10 PM), with Saturday offering a pair of $40,000 eliminations of the Art Rooney Pace. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, finals of both Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series division), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs (no live racing/evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive). Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including June 6 Belmont Stakes Frank Drucker
At the May 19 Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) meeting, discussion continued regarding a new study concerning the effects of cobalt on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses. Dr. James Robertson, consulting veterinarian, updated the OSRC on the progress of the OSRC/The Ohio State University (OSU) and Ohio Department of Agriculture's Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL)'s comprehensive cobalt research study, which focuses on what cobalt does to a horse's system and its potential effect on racehorses. Dr. Robertson said the most recent meeting of the cobalt research committee was held May 12, 2015 at The Ohio State University to discuss the study parameters. Dr. Beverly Byrum, Director of Laboratories for ATL, the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) and the Consumer Protection Lab, spoke in detail about the ATL, the official equine drug testing lab for the Ohio State Racing Commission. Dr. Byrum said the ATL currently tests post-race samples of equine urine and blood from all seven of Ohio's pari-mutuel racetracks and the 65 county fairs that conduct pari-mutuel wagering on harness racing, and that the ATL's objective is to protect horses through the detection of prohibitive substances and report their findings in a timely manner to the OSRC. "ATL is one of the premiere equine drug testing labs in the United States and is a Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) accredited lab," she declared. "ATL has one of the highest standards of technical competency in the US, and is one of only five labs in the United States to be approved by the RMTC." In 2014, Dr. Byrum explained, ATL partnered with The Ohio State University and initiated a post-doctorate degree for students to gain experience in laboratory testing, and added that the ATL regularly does interval, double-blind studies that speak to the quality management of ATL. "ATL is one of the few laboratories in the United States that has the equipment which is able to detect cobalt in both the blood and urine of equines," Dr. Byrum acknowledged. Of 15 equine testing laboratories nationwide, only five have the ability to test for cobalt. Soobeng Tan, ATL Director, submitted the 2014 ATL annual report to the OSRC, discussing testing procedures and results from 2014. Last year, Tan said, 6,764 equine urine samples, 9,222 equine blood samples and 5,163 TCO2 tests were performed, for a total of 21,149 total tests. As a result of these tests, 112 positives, including those taken at Ohio's county fairs, resulted (52 Thoroughbreds & 60 Standardbreds). In addition, 62 human urine samples were submitted to the lab, of which ten (16.1%) were positive (the most common drug being marijuana). In the equine sector, 71% of the 112 positives were either flunixin (Banamine) or phenylbutazone (Bute), a trend that had continued from 2013 of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications being the most dominant pharmacological group of drugs detected, with a total of 79 positives. In 2014 TCO2 testing was re-initiated by the ATL, resulting in seven TCO2 positives from 5,163 blood samples drawn. From 2007 through December 2013, TCO2 testing had been performed at each of Ohio's seven tracks prior to each race. The next OSRC monthly meeting will take place on June 23 at 10 am, 77 South High Street, 31st floor, Columbus, Ohio. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly A. Rinker The following is from  http://www.horsemansnotebook.com/  Cobalt Use In Racehorses February 11, 2015 RACING Drugs, horse health, Horse Welfare, horseracing In the horseracing world trainers are always looking for the magic bullet; something to give their horses an edge over competitors.  Cobalt appears be an addition to a long list of pharmaceuticals and nutriceuticals being used on racehorses for the purpose of performance enhancement. Cobalt occurs naturally in horses in very minute amounts.  The dietary requirement for cobalt is less than 0.05 ppm.  Cobalt is a component of Vitamin B-12.  B-12 is produced in the horse’s cecum and colon by microorganisms.  The amount of cobalt required by horses is easily reached through typical horse feeds. There have been no known cases of a deficiency of cobalt in horses or a deficiency of vitamin B-12.  There shouldn’t be any need to supplement a horse with cobalt for reasons of preventing a deficiency. Horse trainers are supplementing their horses with cobalt thinking it will increase the production of red blood cells making it another form of blood doping.  Whether it works or not is not known although veterinarians studying cobalt use don’t think it’s effective.  One of the big concerns is the negative side effects of overdosing horses with the mineral.  Heavy metals like cobalt can’t be broken down by the body and can accumulate to toxic amounts over time.  In humans overdoses produced organ damage, impaired thyroid activity, goiter formation and death. Another concern should be that trainers giving horses cobalt with the intent to enhance their performance are acting criminally.  Even if it the cobalt doesn’t enhance performance, it tells me there are trainers who will put just about anything into their horse’s bodies if there’s a chance it will enhance performance even when they don’t know what negative effects there could be to the horse’s health. Countries worldwide are testing for cobalt use in racehorse.  It is said that supplementing racehorses with cobalt has been around for the past couple of years.  Australia has reported cobalt showing up in horses above the 200 microgram threshold set by the Australian Racing Board.  Some states in the United States have been testing for cobalt since last year but there has been a problem setting a threshold.  The Emirates Racing Authority says it has been testing for cobalt since January 2014 and doesn’t feel there is a problem in the United Arab Emirates. In the United States, the New York Gaming Commission recently passed an amendment to the Thoroughbred out-of-competition testing rules that adds cobalt to the list of blood doping agents they are testing for.  Under its rules for harness racing the Gaming Commission already has a heavy penalty for testing above the current 25 ppb threshold.  Indiana has a ruling that penalizes trainers with horses testing over 25 ppb with up to a one year suspension. Some horsemen are worried that the 25 ppb threshold may cause them to be penalized for giving basic supplements that contain cobalt.  Dr. Rick Arthur , Equine Medical Director for the California Racing Board, determined the 25 ppb threshold was reasonable after doing a study on California Thoroughbreds where the average cobalt level was 1.8 ppb and the highest was 8.2 ppb.  Around the same time Dr. Arthur was studying horses to get a baseline for cobalt, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) collected samples, to retest for cobalt, from racing jurisdictions all over the country and in every jurisdiction there were horses that tested above 50 ppb.  Dr. Arthur said you couldn’t get those results without giving horses high levels of cobalt. Dr. Mary Scollay, the Equine Medical Director for Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, in her research on cobalt, said high doses caused profuse sweating, muscle trembling, aimless circling, horses dropping to their knees or collapsing.  Also, she noted changes in the blood she collected from the horses.  The blood in the samples didn’t clot like it should.  Dr. Scollay said that the test she had done on Kentucky racehorses showed a normal range for cobalt to be between 1 and 7 ppb even when given supplements with trace levels of cobalt. The Unites States Trotting Association disagrees with the 25 ppb threshold after doing its own study and says it should be 70 ppb.  The RMTC’s Scientific Advisory Committee hasn’t been able come to a consensus on a threshold for cobalt as yet. It’s concerned about penalizing a training for giving routine supplements and vitamins that may contain cobalt.  It’s hoped the committee will meet in March and by that time maybe it will be able to make a decision. Dr. Scollay said Kentucky is waiting for the RMTC to come up with a threshold before the State announces penalties for horses testing beyond the threshold.  California requires that Standardbreds testing above the 25 ppb be put on the vet’s list until cobalt is cleared from the horse’s system.  This can take time because the half-life for cobalt is one week.  Dr. Arthur plans to recommend the same rule apply to Thoroughbreds. I certainly hope all racing jurisdictions will set a threshold for cobalt not to exceed 25 ppb.  From what I have read even 25 ppb seems high.  I don’t think anyone knows the effect, on a horse’s health, that long-term ingestion of large doses of cobalt would have.   Related Articles: Cobalt, the Latest in Performances Enhancers?; 10 Year Suspensions for Cobalt Violations; More on Cobalt Use in Racehorses
Harness racing drivers Hannah Miller and Bob Hechkoff each won their respective divisions in two NAADA Trotting events at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, May 21. Hannah scored behind Pembroke Snapshot in 2:00.4 while Hechkoff was victorious with Saint Patty's Doll in a 2:01.4 clocking. In their split hot-handed Hannah gunned Pembroke Snapshot for the lead from the eight-hole but had to settle in the cat-bird seat behind Dave Yarock who got away quicker with Nautilus De Vie. When they passed the first stanza Nautilus De Vie tripped the timer at :28.4 and from there Yarock and Miller raced one- two until they headed for home. In the stretch Pembroke Snapshot proved to be the stronger horse and he trotted on to a one- length triumph over Nautilus De Vie. Peter Gerry finished third with Candid Man. "When we rounded the final turn I was ready to use the passing lane but my horse drifted out so I let him and when we straightened for home I was confident that we would be the best," Miller said. As the trotters navigated through the lane Miller sat calmly as Pembroke Snapshot overtook the leader to scored his third seasonal triumph. Asked why she sat relatively still in the sulky Miller quickly replied;" He (Pembroke Snapshot) doesn't like to be hit with the whip and he gives all he has without it." Owned by the Nick Surick Stable and the JL Benson Stable, the winner returned a $3.40 win mutuel. In the other division Hechkoff used the front end route to notch a head victory with Saint Patty's Doll holding off a hard charging Samswinner, driven by Joseph Lee, for a neck triumph. Confronted by road trouble throughout the mile Hannah Miller finished third with Rev It Now. In a rare occasion in an amateur race the winner was claimed for $18,000 by the Rob Harmon Stable. However, Hechkoff remained philosophical after losing his mare. "I was looking for a trotter to race in the amateur races and bought her at Pompano Park a few weeks ago," he said. "I hated to lose her so quickly but that's the game. You know there's a lot of guys buying horses for the amateur races and we help fill races on the betting cards of the tracks at which we race." Hechkoff's RHB Ventures was the owner of record and Kyle Spagnola was the mare's trainer. She paid $4.40 for win. An amateur race from the Catskill Amateur Club also graced the Mighty M's Thursday racing card. Hannah Miller and Rise Above It were the easy winners but a driving infraction caused them to be placed out of the money. Minnesota Hanover, driven by Matt Zuccarello, ended- up with first money in that pacing contest. John Manzi for NAADA
Bruce Aldrich Jr. was the star of the Thursday harness racing program at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Aldrich scored six wins on the twilight race card highlighted by the third consecutive victory for pacer Romeo Lover (Western Paradise). Trainer Don Sherman acquired the four year old three weeks ago and has now gone three-for-three with him. Romeo Lover, the race's 1-9 favorite on Thursday, wound up getting parked the mile but withstood the wide journey to prevail in 1:57.2. Aldrich completed his grand slam early in the card by scoring wins in three consecutive races before going on to win from post eight with claiming trotter Princess Crown (Elegant Man) and with pacer Whata Bizness (Sportsmaster) in the finale. Aldrich vaulted into second in the driver standings after beginning the day four back of Billy Dobson as they chase leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  
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