Wiggle It Jiggleit

Wiggle It Jiggleit moves to top of Poll

Freehold, NJ --- Wiggle It Jiggleit remained undefeated with a win Saturday in a division of the Indiana Sire Stakes and moved to No. 1 in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. The 3-year-old male pacer is perfect in eight starts this season and 9-for-9 lifetime. Father Patrick made his seasonal debut on Sunday, winning the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational by two lengths over Bee A Magician and debuts at No. 3 in the Top 10. His time of 1:52.1 equaled the Harrah’s Philadelphia track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter who was undefeated in her three previous races this year, dropped from first to second in the rankings. Last season’s Horse of the Year, JK She’salady, made her first trip to the races on Monday and won a division of the New York Sire Stakes. She is the only other newcomer in the Top 10, appearing at No. 8. JK She’salady is undefeated in 13 career starts. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 2 – 5/26/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (17) 3pg 8-8-0-0 $98,242 303 2 2 Bee A Magician (3) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $170,735 287 1 3 Father Patrick (13) 4th 1-1-0-0 $75,000 246 -- 4 All Bets Off 4ph 3-2-0-0 $102,328 135 3 5 Artspeak (1) 3pc 1-1-0-0 $10,000 129 5 6 Mission Brief 3tf 1-1-0-0 $12,500 93 9 7 JL Cruze 4tg 13-11-2-0 $155,513 81 6 8 JK She’salady 3pf 1-1-0-0 $15,525 79 -- 9 JK Endofanera (1) 4ph 1-1-0-0 $25,000 71 7 10 Domethatagain 6ph 10-3-2-0 $344,375 68 4 Also: Rockeyed Optimist (65); In The Arsenal (54); Pinkman (49); Wind Of The North (30); Totally Rusty (21); P H Supercam (19); Radar Contact (17); Habitat, Whom Shall I Fear (16); Great Vintage, Shake It Cerry (12); Classic Martine, Hurrikane Ali (11); Melady’s Monet (10); Art History, Modern Legend (9); Freaky Feet Pete (8); Sonofa Sizzle (7); Carolsideal, Doo Wop Hanover, Wakizashi Hanover, Yagonnakissmeornot (6); Bandolito, Ideal Cowboy, Take It Back Terry (5); Bourbon Bay (4); Doctor Butch, Physicallyinclined (3); Opulent Yankee, Stubborn Belle, Uncle Lasse (2); Let’s Drink On It, Split The House (1). Unbeaten Wiggle It Juggleit is looking more like harness racing’s next superstar. We check out his 1:49 world record performance at Harrington, winning by a humongous 14 lengths. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

In The Arsenal, harness racing

In the Arsenal - post 2 in $300,000 Art Rooney

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - In the Arsenal, already with a Yonkers Raceway open stakes wins to his credit, drew post position No. 2 for Saturday night's harness racing $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 25th edition of the Art Rooney, one of the sport's premier events for the 3-year-old male pacers, goes as the fourth of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, approximate post for Rooney 8:15 PM). Brian Sears drives In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing. The colt won the second of last weekend's two elimination races, defeating Rock N' Roll World by a head in 1:53.1. In the Arsenal has won eight of his 13 career races and $431,843, making him the richest of the octet the final. He first gained prominence last summer, winning the $125,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard, the Raceway's premier event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Last week's other elim winner, Sonofa Sizzle (1:52.1), wasn't as fortunate with the open draw. He landed behind the eight-ball with George Brennan picking up the assignment for trainer Josh Green. Sears drove the son of Life Sizzles a week ago. The field for the Rooney Pace... 1 - Rock N' World (Dan Dube), 2 - In the Arsenal (Brian Sears), 3 - Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 4 - National Seelster (Andy Miller), 5 - Betting Exchange (Dave Miller), 6 - Bet You (Brett Miller), 7 - Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), 8 - Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan). Note that In the Arsenal and Betting Exchange shall race as a common-ownership entry. Saturday night's undercard is led by the companion event, the $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approximate post 9 PM). The half-dozen lasses... 1 - Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton), 2 - Bedroomconfessions (Sears), 3 - Totally Rusty (Bartlett), 4 - Sassa Hanover (Gingras), 5 - Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick), 6 - Special Package (Brennan). Note Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty race as a (common-ownership) entry, with the latter of $15,000 supplemental entrant. Changes (if any) to these races are to be made Wednesday morning. Frank Drucker

Harness Racing

Kiwi stars coming to Ireland for Delaney Memorial

It was announced today by Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud that New Zealands top harness racing driver Dexter Dunn and one of New Zealands leading trainers in Cran Dalgety are both committed to coming to Ireland August 7-9 for the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend. Dexter Dunn is the 2015 World Driving Champion, which says it all for his ability on the racetrack and he drives for trainer Cran Dalgety’s Kentuckiana Lodge which is one of the leading stables in New Zealand. “What great news to get,” said Derek Delaney, “Last year we had Anthony Butt come over and drive and because he is in Australia now, he could not make it over again this year, so he contacted Dexter Dunn and Cran Dalgety and they jumped at the opportunity to come to Ireland.” The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is the richest stakes race in all of Ireland and the UK. It takes place at Portmarnock Raceway just on the outskirts of Dublin. The Delaney’s have developed the race into a three-day weekend event honoring the memory of their younger brother, Vincent, who tragically passed away in 2011. The weekend gets underway Friday, August 7 with a nearly sold out seminar and gala dinner dance, then Saturday’s card features the elimination races for Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers and Sunday’s card has major stakes races headed by the final of the Delaney Memorial and its consolation race. “In my family on my father’s side the Dunn’s are Scottish,” Dexter Dunn said, “but my Nana is a Fitzgerald and they are of Irish decent. “I've never been to Ireland, the UK or Europe before,” Dunn said. “I am looking forward to getting over there and experiencing what Ireland has to offer. The first time I really got a good understanding of racing in Ireland was when Michael O'Mahony came over from Ireland and worked for my father Robert. I heard about the Delaney Memorial weekend when Anthony Butt when over there to drive in it last year and told me what a brilliant time it was.”   “My family hails from Scotland,” Cran Dalgety said. “My brother-in-law is Anthony Butt, who came to Dublin last year and thought it was amazing. He recommended I come over and share the experience this year. I have never been to Ireland before. “I know it will be a great experience,” Cran said, “I am sure I won’t be there to train or drive and thus will be able to fully enjoy the experience. I will have my eyes and ears wide open and always looking for bigger and better ideas because we simply never stop learning.” For more information about the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend, go to their website at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf https://youtu.be/_qumqeXTlkM - Vincent Delaney Memorial Promo

Harness Racing at Mohawk Racetrack

$156,427.84 Jackpot Hi-5 hit Monday night

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 25 - A single winning ticket correctly selected the top five finishers in Monday night's final race at Mohawk Racetrack to score a massive $156,427.84 return on the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5. In Monday night's Jackpot Hi-5 race, Lancaster Park at odds of 8/1 reached the wire first to win by three-quarters of a length over The Fire Within at odds of 30/1. Following the race, The Fire Within was placed by the judges from second to sixth for causing interference in the stretch against Mac Raider. The official top five finishers from Monday's Jackpot Hi-5 race are as follows: 1. #7 Lancaster Park - 8/1 2. #1 Regal Sight - 22/1 3. #2 York Seelster - 25/1 4. #10 Pier Ho Temptation - 30/1 5. #3 Mac Raider - 2/1 A single ticket correctly selected the official top five finishers in order to hit the Jackpot Hi-5 and take home a payout of $156,427.84. The entire Jackpot Hi-5 pool and carryover is only paid out when there is a single winning ticket. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the Jackpot Hi-5 pool is paid out, while the other half is carried over to the following the card. The significant Jackpot Hi-5 carryover heading into Monday night had been growing for a month. The last time a single winning ticket hit the Jackpot Hi-5 was on Friday, April 24 for a payout of $93,203.57. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday evening's card. Mark McKelvie

Making her much-anticipated return to the races off her 2014 Horse of the Year campaign, the 3 Brothers Stables' JK She'salady ($2.10) sustained a first-over bid to beat seven New York Sire Stakes ($110,000 added total purse) foes as part of an all-stakes harness racing card on Monday (May 25) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   The 3-year-old daughter of Art Major and Presidential Lady was in no hurry through an initial :55.2 half mile, stalking from fourth as Single Me (Brett Miller) took command from Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) with a circuit to go. On the backstretch, Tim Tetrick moved the undefeated JK She'salady first-over, steadily closing in on Single Me through three-quarters in 1:22.3, working up to the lead at the top of the stretch. Off the corner, JK She'salady kicked clear by two lengths, kept to task in a 1:51.2 victory over Single Me and a stalking Divine Caroline (David Miller).   Nancy Johansson trains JK She'salady, who improved her career record to 13 wins in as many starts. JK She'salady The three other New York Sire Stakes winners on the afternoon were Bettorhaveanother ($2.50, Jim Morrill, Jr., 1:51), Bettor Be Steppin ($2.30, Corey Callahan, 1:51.2), and Rock Me Gently ($11.20, Scott Zeron, 1:52).   The Memorial Day program also featured the first leg of the new Graduate series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, with two $37,500 divisions carded on each gait. Both pacing divisions resulted in track records, as Doo Wop Hanover ($2.20) powered clear of his six rivals on the backstretch en route to a 1:47.4 score. The 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire drew off by 7-1/2 lengths after sustaining his middle move, keeping clear of Rock Out (Scott Zeron) and Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald), both of whom passed early pacesetter Lyonssomewhere (Andy Miller) after the latter tired from dictating a :53.4 half mile.   Hall-of-Fame driver John Campbell was in the bike for Doo Wop Hanover's mile, which knocked two fifths of a second over the previous all-age pacing record at Tioga. Steve Elliott trains Doo Wop Haover for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks.   Not even 40 minutes later, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.90) broke the track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings, turning aside Three of Clubs (Brian Sears) in a 1:48.1 Graduate win. Tim Tetrick drove the 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, pushing clear with a circuit to go before prevailing in an extended battle through the far turn. Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) stayed on well from the pocket to maintain third after pushing the pace early.   Another Elliott trainee, Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, the A and B Stable, and Joseph Battaglia.   Four-year-old trotters contested their Graduate divisions earlier in the afternoon, with distaffer Shake It Cerry ($2.90) beating the boys in the five-horse first division. After getting away at the back of the pack, the Donato Hanover mare steadily advanced to the front through a :55.2 half mile, opening up at will for a 1:52.4 score over Sumatra (David Miller) and Datsyuk (Charlie Norris). Trainer Jimmy Takter handled the driving duties aboard Shake It Cerry, who is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Likewise, Opulent Yankee ($6.20) drew clear of his rivals at head-stretch in the other Graduate division, edging clear of the late-rallying Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) and Resolve (Ã…ke Svanstedt) in a 1:52.3 triumph. Andy Miller drove the Muscles Yankee gelding for trainer Julie Miller and owners Little E, LLC, Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir, and David Stolz.   Tim Tetrick led all drivers on the card, registering a grand slam on the 13-race program.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (May 29) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. Horsemen are advised that this week's draw schedule provides for Friday's races to be drawn on Tuesday (May 26) morning, while the Sunday (May 31) and Monday (June 1) programs will be drawn on Wednesday (May 27) morning. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

London, May 25, 2015 --The post position draw for this year’s  harness racing $150,000 Molson Pace was conducted earlier this evening at The Raceway in London during the pre-game show. Local CTV Sports Anchor, Brent Lale, joined the broadcast team in studio to perform the duties. Defending champion State Treasurer will start from the trailing post eight behind recent Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off who drew the coveted rail position. All Bets Off will be handled by Matt Kakaley while Chris Christoforou will once again be up behind State Treasurer. The remaining starters, along with drivers, in position order include; All Bets Off (p.p. 1, Matt Kakaley), Lucan Hanover (p.p. 2, Trevor Henry), P H Super Cam (p.p. 3, Jason Bartlett), Night Pro (p.p. 4, Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Evenin Of Pleasure (p.p. 5 Sylvain Filion), Duc Dorleans (p.p. 6, Daniel Dube)  Lets Drink On It (p.p. 7, Billy Davis Jr.) State Treasurer (p.p. 8, Chris Christoforou) The Molson Pace will go as the final race on this Friday night’s 12-race program at the London oval. The powerful undercard will feature Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions, a quartet of City of London Series finals and classes for Preferred pacers. For more details on this year’s event, visit www.molsonpace.com.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 25 – The connections of 47 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have made the final sustaining payment to remain eligible to the harness racing 2015 Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada’s richest harness race and will be contested on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. The NA Cup is also the richest event for three-year-old pacers in North America. The list of 47 remaining eligibles includes last year’s two-year-old champion Artspeak and the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit. Eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup will be held on Saturday, June 13 at Mohawk.   The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup will be the 32nd edition of Canada’s most prestigious harness race. The full list of the 47 sophomore pacing colts and geldings that remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup can be viewed below. ALLBEEF N NOBULL AMERICANPRIMETIME AMORA BEACH ARQUE HANOVER ARTSPEAK ASAP HANOVER BETTING EXCHANGE DEALT A WINNER DRACHAN HANOVER DUDE'S THE MAN EDWARD TEACH FIRST CLASS HORSE GALLIC BEACH GO DADDY GO GOOD FRIDAY THREE HARFO HANOVER HURRIKANE ALI IF YOU WANT FIRE IN THE ARSENAL JO PA'S WELL SAID JOE HILL LYONS AGAIN LYONS GEOFFJNR LYONS LEVI LEWIS MAXDADDY BLUE CHIP MITT JAGGER ONEISALONELYNUMBER PAPARAZZI HANOVER PENJI HANOVER PHYSICALLYINCLINED PIERCE HANOVER REVENGE SHARK REVEREND HANOVER RICH WISDOM ROCK N' ROLL WORLD ROCK THE NITE SICILY SOMWHEREONTHEBEACH SPLIT THE HOUSE STOVER THE SPY THE WAYFARING MAN TRACEUR HANOVER TRADING UP WAKIZASHI HANOVER WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT YANKEE BOUNTY Total Horses: 47 Total number of eligibles following each payment: February – 72 March – 63 April – 56 May - 47 Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred  

Western Australia racing's governing body has backed the long-term viability of the TAB after yesterday revealing an extra $10.3 million funding bonanza for the local industry. Racing and Wagering WA boss Richard Burt said a projected $60 million increase in TAB turnover this financial year had resulted in a $136.4 million distribution for the State's three racing codes - gallops, pacing and greyhounds - up from $126.1 million last year. The result comes after last week's State Government decision to put the TAB up for sale. Mr Burt also said the Government would get almost $43 million in turnover tax, about $2.5 million in payroll tax and the Department of Sport and Recreation would get funding of nearly $4.5 million. The Federal Government would also receive $29 million in GST, up $2 million on last year. He said the strong performance of the TAB had led to RWWA setting a $150 million distribution target by 2018-19. "It's been a huge performance this year and the business is trading quite nicely," Mr Burt said. "There has been a lot of growth in the wagering market even though the economy is so down and flat due to the drop-off in mining. Putting aside the politics, I think the business is in good hands and running well and we just want to continue the performance of that. It's an extremely positive outcome for the racing industry based on a solid TAB performance." Mr Burt said the financial result was $14 million better than expected, covering a $14 million infrastructure program at the Cannington greyhound track. It had been driven by stronger fixed-odds betting on sports and racing and increased competitiveness through mobile and digital wagering. RWWA will also spend $25 million on business running costs and about $17 million in grants and subsidies. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the distribution was "broadly in line" with the strategic development plan submitted by RWWA to the Government and included a one-off $1.8 million for harness racing to host this year's Inter Dominion Championships at Gloucester Park in November. "Consideration on annual distributions to the racing industry will form part of the due diligence process for any sale of the TAB," Mr Holt said. By Steve Butler Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

May 25, 2-15 - Some refer to Saturday’s Sweden Cup as the little Elite race and often it includes past and future harness racing Elitloppet players. Italian trotters are well represented and they have performed well in past Sweden Cups. Irving Rivarco and Owen's Club (which also holds the record of the Finale with 1.09.7kr) are the two Italian winners both led by Pietro Gubellini. In the first elimination Saturday Ringostarr Treb, trained byHolger Ehlert and driven by Wim Paal take their shot along with Olympic Kronos and Lufti Kolgjini. Second elimination includes Orione Spin and Kolgjini, Royal Blessed with Paal and Rod Stewart rained by Jerry Riordan. The elims also include well-regarded Reven d’Amour, that competed in a US Breeders Crown several years ago, and the J-P Dubois bred Nato Dream now owned by Stefan Melander. This year’s event has 20 starters aligned in two mile sprint eliminations, as shown below: Solvalla – 5-30-15 Saturday Sweden Cup 3a race 1  RINGOSTARR TREB* (IT) h 5 Paal Wilhelm (Ehl Ho) 1609 2  REVEN D'AMOUR h 10 Ohlsson Ulf (Lar FB) " 3  MAGICCARPETRIDE US* (US) h 9 Adielsson Erik (Ped An) " 4  OLYMPIC KRONOS (IT) h 7 Kolgjini Lutfi " 5  HIGHSPEED CALL v 7 Jansson Torbjörn (Pet Ni)a " 6  GOING FOR GOLD ZAZ h 7 Bergh Robert " 7  NOUVELLE PELLE v 12 Eriksson Kim (Joh Bo)a " 8  PRINCE TAGG h 9 Karlstedt Ralf " 9  DAVID SISU h 7 Takter Johnny (Sal Pe) " 10  DISCO A.E. h 7 Kihlström Örjan (Mel St) "   4a race 1  KASH'S CANTAB (US) h 7 Adielsson Erik (Joh SH) 1609  2  ORIONE SPIN (IT) v 7 Kolgjini Adrian (Kol Lu) " 3  VÄSTERBOONTHENEWS v 7 Ingves Peter (Pur Pe) " 4  NATO DREAM (US) h 6 Melander Stefan " 5  TABRIZ DU GITE* (FR) h 8 Thomain David (Lel Je) " 6  GOLDEN SID v 8 Jansson Torbjörn (Lin Bj) " 7  I SAW YOU v 10 Lindblom Åke " 8  MONSTER DRIVE h 9 Lövgren Joakim " 9  ROYAL BLESSED* (IT) h 5 Paal Wilhelm " 10  ROD STEWART* (IT) h 5 Eriksson Christoffer (Rio Je) "     Mosaique Face took the 2014 Sweden Cup and he may be a factor in the 2015 Elitloppet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCpTGmSedBY Thomas H. Hicks

Clinton -- Two years ago, James MacDonald was winning Clinton Raceways' annual harness racing drivers challenge heading into the final race when Trevor Henry pulled off a last second victory. MacDonald got his revenge a year ago, winning his first title with a decisive victory over Jody Jamieson. Henry was third. On Sunday, May 31, the trio, along with five other top reinsmen, will suit up against each other again as the 35th annual Drivers Challenge hits the track in support of the Clinton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. "Legions are having a tough time financially across the province. Every cause is a good one, but we think this will be a nice tie-in for us," said Clinton Raceway general manager Ian Fleming. Though it's a fun, relaxed atmosphere in which all proceeds of the day, including the drivers' fees, will go to the Legion, MacDonald said the drivers don't take the competition lightly. "Everyone's really competitive," he said. "You put a bunch of egos in together and one's a winner and you're going to get people trying pretty hard. There's no favours there, that's for sure." Henry, a finalist for the O'Brien Award for Canada's driver of the year in 2014, said pride is on the line. "It's always nice to have the bragging rights," Henry said, "But it's just a lot of fun. It's a good day out." The Drivers Challenge will pit Clinton's top three drivers of 2014 -- Henry, Ryan Holliday and Bruce Richardson-- against MacDonald, Jamieson, Doug McNair and Mike Saftic from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit and Canada's leading dash winner, Alfie Carroll, who turned 30 in early May, and is leading the nation with nearly 200 wins already in 2015. For the first time in its long history, the Drivers Challenge is being held at the beginning, rather than at the end of the season, to make room for the eighth edition of Clinton Raceway's biannual Legends Day classic that will close out the track's 16-race season on Sept. 6 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital. Henry, long the king of Ontario's smaller tracks and now a regular fixture on the WEG circuit, said he's a big fan of Clinton Raceway. "It's just good to go there and give back to the town of Clinton," Henry said. "They do a lot of good there. It's a good town and a nice track and a good spot." MacDonald said he likes making the trip to Clinton because the Drivers Challenge usually draws a huge crowd and, "the people there seem to appreciate it and they put on a good show." MacDonald currently ranks a close second on Canada's driver earnings list with over $1.35 million made in 2015. McNair is a close third ($1.23 million), following by Henry in fifth ($1.09 million), Jamieson in sixth ($980,000) and Carroll in eighth ($890,000). In the wins department, after Carroll, McNair currently ranks sixth in the nation with 90 wins, followed by MacDonald in seventh (88) and Henry tied for ninth (80). The eight reinsmen participating in the Drivers Challenge have more than 26,300 career wins between them and combined career earnings of around $300 million.     Jessica Carnochan

Harness racing is a hard business at the best of times but when horses are removed from one stable and shifted to another, there is always a bit of ill feeling involved regardless of how well  it is handled. Last November the Robert Dunn stable went really close to winning another New Zealand Cup when Franco Nelson missed by the barest of margins from holding out Adore Me. Another top run in the New Zealand FFA cemented Franco Nelson's arrival as a genuine grand circuit horse. Unfortunately foot issues then played havoc with the star pacers season and as a result he has missed most of the big races since that great week in November. Owners Clive, Sharon and Rona McKay recently made the decision to move the son of Christian Cullen to the Michael House barn. " The main reason we moved Franco Nelson to Michael's is that there is a vet on the property full time to help with Franco Nelson's foot problems" "We knew Robert would be upset by the decision but we have to do what we think is best for the horse." "Robert and John have been very good to us which made the decision even harder," Rona McKay told Harnesslink this afternoon. Robert Dunn was philosophical about losing the stable star. " I was pretty upset at the time although I don't blame Clive or Rona." " Franco Nelson does have a lot of ongoing issues but we thought we were getting on top of them. " After all the work we put into the horse, it is disappointing to lose the horse like this," Robert said.  The open class ranks are a bit thin at the moment and Franco Nelson would be a welcome sight back on the racetrack. Harnesslink Media

May 24, 2015 - Today’s featured harness racing action in France took place at various rural venues with one on the turf. The Prix Bernigaud (€34,000 purse, 2625 meters distance handicapped, 15 European starters) went to 15/1 Triton de Meunier (8g Camelia du Donjon-Ora de Meaunier) that overcame a 25 meter penalty to score in 1.17.1kr over 2650 meter distance. J-I Verrier teamed and trains and owns the winner. Uncle Oaks (7g Le Big Boss-Ile d’Or) was second for Th. Issautier at 5/1 with third to 4/1 Scarlet de l-Iton (9f Ideal d’Iton-Hermine de l’Iton) with trainer Thierry Collaud up. 6/1 Going As (7g Pink Diamond-Go Lucky) was fourth for Germany’s owner Stall Germanian and Stall Rubin. At Avignon the turf masters were at the start in the Prix du Chateau de Segries (€45,000 purse, 2650 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters). Barefoot Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) and reinsman Daniel Bekaert overcame a 25 meter penalty to score in 1.18.1kr at 2/1 over his 2675 meter distance. 11/1 Verdict d’Honneur (6g Prodigious-Ploace d’Honneur) was second ahead of 50 meter penalized 87/1 Ramses des Charmes (10g Kiss Francis-Hydra de l’Epinay). Laurent Simon trains the first and third place finishers. At Solvalla today the two Elitloppet 2015 eliminations were drawn as shown below. 1a Elimination Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard) Support Justice (Geir Vegard Gundersen) Vincennes (Örjan Kihlström) Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) Ustinof du Vivier (Mattieu Abrivard) Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillman) Nuncio (Stefan Melander) Wind Of The North (Dave Palone) 2a Elimination B.B.S.Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Bret Boko (Ari Moilanen) Maven (Johnny Takter) Magic Tonight (Örjan Kihlström) On Track Piraten (Erik Adielsson) Timoko (Björn Goop) Voltigeur de Myrt (Gabrielle Gelormini)   Univers de Pan drew post one in the opener and he was full of trot and blocked in the Finlandia AJO. Fast front-runner Mosaique Face (1:09) Saturday in Sweden drew the advantageous post four for Lutfi Kolgjini. Four year-old Nuncio and trainer/driver Stefan Melander drew post seven with US invader Wind Of The North at post eight for sulky-sitter Dave Palone, the American driver who has just passed the 17,000 victories. Per Eriksson’s Royal Fighter drew post six for driver Jennifer Tillman. Elimination two has Timoko and Bjorn Goop scoring from post seven with Nahar and Robert Bergh from post two.Finlandia AJO pacesetting winner Bret Boko goes from post three and Maven starts from post four for Johnny Taker and trainer Jimmy Takter, today an easy winner in the US with Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial, defeating pocket-sitting Bee A Magician. Thomas H. Hicks

Chester, PA --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has seen his share of great trotters over the years and he thinks Father Patrick is among them. The 4-year-old Father Patrick, who was a division champion at ages 2 and 3, made his 4-year-old debut a winning one by capturing Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters by two lengths over Bee A Magician in 1:52.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lindy's Tru Grit finished third. Father Patrick's time equaled the track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. "If everything stays perfect I think he's going to be very dominant," said Takter, whose past stars include Horse of the Year Award winners Moni Maker and Malabar Man. "I really do. I've been around greatness, and I think he's going to be a horse people talk about for many, many years." Father Patrick has won 23 of 29 career races and earned $2.51 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. Takter also visited the winner's circle following the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers, which was won by his Great Vintage by three-quarters of a length over Dancin Yankee in 1:50.2. Mach It So finished third. Radar Contact won the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by a neck over Anndrovette, who won last year's race. Ooh Bad Shark was third. The Maxie Lee field featured a deep group of trotters, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician as well as division champions Classic Martine and Market Share, who won last year's edition of the event. Father Patrick and Bee A Magician were among four horses to go for the lead on the first turn and Father Patrick got to the front before the group neared the second turn. The opening quarter was :27.1, followed by a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Bee A Magician tried to launch a challenge coming off the final turn, but Father Patrick yielded no ground. "He did it so easy too," winning driver Yannick Gingras said. "The earplugs are still in; I never really called on him. I let him trot the last eighth (of a mile). "Bee A Magician got the right trip, but with those kinds of fractions maybe I got a little bit of a jump on her. But she's a great horse and I was definitely worried around the turn when Brian (Sears) pulled because I knew she would give me a run. But he just showed what kind of horse he is." A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal debut by qualifying three times, with his final effort being a 1:52 victory at the Meadowlands on May 16. "Last week we wanted to get him a race but weren't able to, so I treated that (qualifier) as a race," Gingras said. "We went decent fractions and he stretched his legs out a little. I knew he was about as ready as he could be. He's not in peak, peak form yet, but he was good enough to win today." In addition to preparing for his racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. He made three trips to the breeding farm in the week leading up to the Maxie Lee. "It's individual," Takter said about whether breeding and racing could work for all horses. "I know horses that won't go at all; when you start breeding them they lose total interest in racing. In his case, it hasn't been negative. So far so good." Great Vintage also has done stud duty, but after he bred just a handful of mares this year Takter decided it was better to give him a chance again on the racetrack. Great Vintage had been "retired" after suffering a ligament injury last August. A 7-year-old son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Vintage, Great Vintage is 2-for-2 this season. He has won 28 of 95 career races and earned $793,108. "He came back very happy," Takter said. "He got hurt in the fall last year, so I thought he was done. But he came back sounder and better. He was a really good 2-year-old, but he got hurt in the paddock when he was turned out so he didn't come back good as a 3-year-old. He had a bad injury on the knee. "He raced good (in the two years) after that. He's a good horse. He's a brother to ($2.1-million-earner) Vintage Master, so he's got a license to play. He's a tough horse." Takter trains Great Vintage for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Goran Falk. In the Betsy Ross, Radar Contact went to the front in the opening quarter-mile and never looked back, holding off multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette at the wire. A 7-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway out of the mare Topville Cyberwave, Radar Contact has won six of 16 races this year and finished worse than second only twice. For her career, she has 31 victories in 97 starts and $877,006 in purses. Radar Contact is trained by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Pompano Beach, FL...May 23, 2015...Johnny Grippa teamed up with harness racing driver Bruce Ranger to score a handy win measuring 2 1/2 lengths in Pompano Park's $8,500 "Winner's Over" handicap pace on Saturday night in 1:51.4. The seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark led at every junction in the mile, clocking fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3 before exploding home in :26.1 to pin the defeat on stablemate Hillybilly, handled by Ben McNeil, with Northern Companion, with Tom Sells handling the lines, third. Shamderock and Who's Your Maddy picked up the final awards in the quintet. At the outset, Johnny Grippa was sent right to the front from his advantageous post five with Northern Companion, one slot in, also on the engine early and settling in the garden spot with Shamderock, Who's Your Maddy and Hillybilly completing the order through the early going and over to the half. On the backside, driver McNeil sent Hillybilly winging from the back of the pack and, with no interruptions, brushed up into second around the final turn. In the lane, Johnny Grippa was doing some serious brushing of his own, scorching the last panel to seal the deal. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger, having just celebrated lifetime win number 8,888 just last Wednesday, smiled and said, "Well, that's the first of my 'next' 8,888." He continued, "This is just a hard hitting, solid performer. He loves to be in the thick of the action from the get-go and the five post here is the perfect spot to do so. He was sharp last week finishing second and he was sharp again tonight with the 'soft' fractions helping him the middle half of the mile." Trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, Johnny Grippa won for the fifth time this year in 18 starts, good for $40,600 so far in 2015. Lifetime, Johnny Grippa now owns 42 wins with career earnings of $194,170. As the 1 to 5 chalk on the tote-board, Johnny Grippa paid $2.40 to win. Also of interest on the Saturday night card was the winning debut of Bring On The Beach, a three year-old full brother to the great Somebeachsomewhere, Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Mardon Stables, Paradox Farm and Dan MacIssac, Bring On The Beach scored for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.4, holding off the late surging pair of Marion and Motorcity Pawnstar in the process. Bring On The Beach was away cautiously in this, his first career outing before brushing from third around the opening turn and taking the lead right at the first marker in :29. He then proceeded through panels of :57.4 and 1:26 before holding on to score by three-parts-of-a-length on the strength of his :28.4 finale. Unraced at two--sans a Mohawk qualifier in which he made a miscue early--Bring On The Beach came into the action off of a 1:56.4 qualifying win three weeks ago. After the win, Hennessey said, "He's a nice colt, no doubt about that...but he's got about 40 lengths to make up to catch his brother...$3,000,000, too. He's got some talent. I hope he goes half as far as his brother!" As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Bring On The Beach paid $3.80 to win to his many followers. Racing continues on Wednesday night with first post tabbed at 7:30 p.m. Correction: In our last report, it was erroniously stated that the handle for last Wednesday's program was a record $1,381,817. While the single race handle of $1,299,038 proved to be a record, the aforementioned total handle was not a record as $1,435,549 was wagered on Isle of Capri night in 2003 and $1,403,907 was the total handle on Isle of Capril night in 2000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

May 23, 2015 - Harness racing Elitloppet officials today rounded out next Sunday’s 16-horse lineup (two eliminations of eight each) with the addition of Royal Fighter, Vincennes and Bret Boko. The full field is shown below. Timoko (FR) Maven (USA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Wind Of The North (USA) B.B.S.Sugarlight (NO) Support Justice (NO) Nahar (SWE) – a past winner of this classic Voltigeur de Myrt (FR) Magic Tonight (SWE) Univers de Pan (FR) Nuncio (SWE) Ustinof du Vivier (FR) Mosaique Face (SWE) Royal Fighter (SWE) Vincennes (FR) Bret Boko (FI) Trainer Per Eriksson’s Royal Fighter earned his ticket a week ago with a win in what was then the fastest clocking in Europe in 2015. The seven year-old son of Varenne has earned only 1.6SEK million in a relatively lackluster career that has shown flashes of brilliance. The SWE bred mare Vincennes has been a solidly consistent performer at high levels this Spring. The seven year-old daughter of Spotlite Lobell has earned 6.1SEK million and is a closer. Bret Boko was the final invitee off his impressive gate to wire victory in the Finlandia AJO. The son of Yankee Glide has earned over 3.1SEK million and has gate speed to be a factor. The 2015 Elitloppet field is a competitive one and should provide intense action. It’s a combination of proven veterans and outsiders that recently have provided fast victories. Be there for a great classic at Solvalla and Elitloppet weekend. Thomas H. Hicks

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WASHINGTON, PA, May 26, 2015 -- TSM Photo Bugger stalked the dueling leaders from the pocket, then zipped through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:53. While Tamarind and Classicality battled throughout the final quarter, TSM Photo Bugger awaited his chance in the Lightning Lane. The 8-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding had just enough to edge Tamarind by a nose, with Classicality a close-up third. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $514,241 in lifetime earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple.. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 -- Favored Winter Blues (Brian Sears, $3.80, part of entry) and bombardier McEver (Mark MacDonald, $91.50) earned the spiffy blankets Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing final in the "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series. In play early from post position No. 4 in the $69,000 finale for the boys, Winter Blues worked around Auckland Flyer (Eric Carlson), with a :27.2 opening quarter-mile and :56.2 intermission. Ideal Carver (Dan Dube) tried it from fourth towards the 1:24 three-quarters as Winter Blues owned a length-and-three-quarter lead in and out of the final turn. When a $20,000 claimer paces a life-best 1:51.3, he's gonna be tough, and Winter Blues was just that. He held sway over Ideal Carver by three-quarters of a length, with Auckland Flyer third. Someplace Special (Tyler Buter) and Digital Z Tam (George Brennan) came away with the remainder. For Winter Blues, a 10-year-old Astreos gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was his fourth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.40, with the triple returning $36.80. "Just an honest horse who raced very well," Sears said, though he was admittedly stumped when asked how many career marks he's put on 10-year-olds. Tuesday afternoon's $59,000 finale of the 'JND' for the ladies was won by that cone-skimming McEver as the longest shot on the board. ` Leaving from post No. 7 (in one notch after a defection), McEver had no choice but to watch the floor show taking place many lengths in front of her. It was pole-sitting Mikeleh (Dube) refusing to give up the baton, seating a reluctant 1-5 choice (part of entry) Grace Seelster (Brennan) and throwing down the gauntlet (:26.3, :55.4). First-up was Derek Delight (Sears), "Grace's" partner, but she couldn't sustain a bid toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. So, Mikeleh owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. Grace Seelster took another shot, but she wasn't the problem. The problem was McEver, who saved every inch of ground, closed relentlessly (:27.4 individual final quarter) and actually won going away. The margin over Mikeleh was a length in a season's-best 1:53. Shawnee Dancer (Scott Zeron) rallied for third, with Grace Seelster and My Ideal Hanover (Buter) rounding out the payees. "I'd rather be lucky than good any day," MacDonald said. "Turning for home, I was hoping to get third, but she kicked it in and Danny's filly and mine were going in opposite directions. His came back to us and mine just took off." For McEver, a 7-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Susan Oakes and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her fifth win in 14 '15 tries. The exacta paid $453, with the triple returning $4,784. The winner paid $116 to place, with show wagering barred. Frank Drucker
Freehold, NJ --- Wiggle It Jiggleit remained undefeated with a win Saturday in a division of the Indiana Sire Stakes and moved to No. 1 in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. The 3-year-old male pacer is perfect in eight starts this season and 9-for-9 lifetime. Father Patrick made his seasonal debut on Sunday, winning the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational by two lengths over Bee A Magician and debuts at No. 3 in the Top 10. His time of 1:52.1 equaled the Harrah’s Philadelphia track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter who was undefeated in her three previous races this year, dropped from first to second in the rankings. Last season’s Horse of the Year, JK She’salady, made her first trip to the races on Monday and won a division of the New York Sire Stakes. She is the only other newcomer in the Top 10, appearing at No. 8. JK She’salady is undefeated in 13 career starts. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 2 – 5/26/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (17) 3pg 8-8-0-0 $98,242 303 2 2 Bee A Magician (3) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $170,735 287 1 3 Father Patrick (13) 4th 1-1-0-0 $75,000 246 -- 4 All Bets Off 4ph 3-2-0-0 $102,328 135 3 5 Artspeak (1) 3pc 1-1-0-0 $10,000 129 5 6 Mission Brief 3tf 1-1-0-0 $12,500 93 9 7 JL Cruze 4tg 13-11-2-0 $155,513 81 6 8 JK She’salady 3pf 1-1-0-0 $15,525 79 -- 9 JK Endofanera (1) 4ph 1-1-0-0 $25,000 71 7 10 Domethatagain 6ph 10-3-2-0 $344,375 68 4 Also: Rockeyed Optimist (65); In The Arsenal (54); Pinkman (49); Wind Of The North (30); Totally Rusty (21); P H Supercam (19); Radar Contact (17); Habitat, Whom Shall I Fear (16); Great Vintage, Shake It Cerry (12); Classic Martine, Hurrikane Ali (11); Melady’s Monet (10); Art History, Modern Legend (9); Freaky Feet Pete (8); Sonofa Sizzle (7); Carolsideal, Doo Wop Hanover, Wakizashi Hanover, Yagonnakissmeornot (6); Bandolito, Ideal Cowboy, Take It Back Terry (5); Bourbon Bay (4); Doctor Butch, Physicallyinclined (3); Opulent Yankee, Stubborn Belle, Uncle Lasse (2); Let’s Drink On It, Split The House (1). Unbeaten Wiggle It Juggleit is looking more like harness racing’s next superstar. We check out his 1:49 world record performance at Harrington, winning by a humongous 14 lengths. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - In the Arsenal, already with a Yonkers Raceway open stakes wins to his credit, drew post position No. 2 for Saturday night's harness racing $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 25th edition of the Art Rooney, one of the sport's premier events for the 3-year-old male pacers, goes as the fourth of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, approximate post for Rooney 8:15 PM). Brian Sears drives In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing. The colt won the second of last weekend's two elimination races, defeating Rock N' Roll World by a head in 1:53.1. In the Arsenal has won eight of his 13 career races and $431,843, making him the richest of the octet the final. He first gained prominence last summer, winning the $125,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard, the Raceway's premier event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Last week's other elim winner, Sonofa Sizzle (1:52.1), wasn't as fortunate with the open draw. He landed behind the eight-ball with George Brennan picking up the assignment for trainer Josh Green. Sears drove the son of Life Sizzles a week ago. The field for the Rooney Pace... 1 - Rock N' World (Dan Dube), 2 - In the Arsenal (Brian Sears), 3 - Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 4 - National Seelster (Andy Miller), 5 - Betting Exchange (Dave Miller), 6 - Bet You (Brett Miller), 7 - Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), 8 - Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan). Note that In the Arsenal and Betting Exchange shall race as a common-ownership entry. Saturday night's undercard is led by the companion event, the $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approximate post 9 PM). The half-dozen lasses... 1 - Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton), 2 - Bedroomconfessions (Sears), 3 - Totally Rusty (Bartlett), 4 - Sassa Hanover (Gingras), 5 - Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick), 6 - Special Package (Brennan). Note Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty race as a (common-ownership) entry, with the latter of $15,000 supplemental entrant. Changes (if any) to these races are to be made Wednesday morning. Frank Drucker
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