Christen Me will be favourite for the 2015 New Zealand Cup

Cup and Dominion rankings - 7th October

Last week was a relatively quiet one for the New Zealand Cup and Dominion rankings. Just a few little moves this time will precede some potentially major changes following some big races this weekend in next week's edition of the harness racing rankings. In the NZ Cup movements this week the win of Ohoka Punter in the Spring Cup has seen him edge in front of fellow Aucklander Sky Major. Lancewood Lizzie, who was only narrowly beaten into second by Ohoka Punter sneaks up a spot to 11. Lewy Risk who won a lower-grade race at Addington last Friday jumped up one spot, ahead of Quick As A Trick who was one of the beaten brigade behind Lewy Risk. Two withdrawals came from the NZ Cup in the past week, both Jason Rulz and Mach Beauty won't be taking their part in the great race in 2015. In the Dominion rankings the only change saw Leanne's Boy move up three spots, from 30 to 27. The next rankings update will be released next Tuesday afternoon. If you require any further information on this, please do not hesitate to contact the Racing Department at HRNZ on 03) 964 1200 or Brian Rabbitt at Addington Raceway on 03) 338 9094. Click here for the New Zealand Cup rankings Click here for the Dominion rankings Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc  


Demand for NZ horses outstripping supply

The export of harness racing horses to Australia and North America from New Zealand has been with us since the industry was established in New Zealand in the 19th century. There have been ebbs and flows in demand but the export market has never seriously affected  the standard of the New Zealand harness racing scene for very long. However the present market conditions are a "perfect storm" for New Zealand and have the potential to have a serious downside for the local industry. Firstly the North Americans are back buying our horses bigtime. A combination of the large drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar verses the greenback  and a big rise in prize money due to slot machine revenue has reinvigorated the market from the North American end. I can't fill the orders I currently have for the North American market due to the lack of quality horses available Secondly the Australians are not buying the lower graded horses in the numbers they were due to the import fees but they are certainly picking the eyes out of the middle market. Thirdly, the foal crops in New Zealand are continuing to fall to the point that even without those exports, we are going to have serious problems maintaining the race date structure we have. Add it all together and the future for a lot of clubs in New Zealand trying to fill their race fields is  bleak to put it mildly. The obvious solution to the problem is to breed more horses but for the last decade or two, the opposite has been happening on the New Zealand breeding scene. The major New Zealand studs are trying to pick up some of the slack by increasing the number of mares they are breeding inhouse and selling the resultant foals on as weanlings or yearlings. Nevele R Stud in Christchurch is in the process of upgrading its broodmare band and will again breed a large number of horses for the local market. " We have started selling at the weanling sale in the autumn and are looking to do more of that in the future," Nikki Reed told Harnesslink this week Woodlands Stud has seen an opportunity in the marketplace with supply being unable to keep up with demand. Consequently they are going to breed up to 130 mares this year which is a significant rise from the 40 odd of previous years. " The economic fundamentals of the exercise taking into account all the costs involved including service fees are strong and we are confident of making a nice profit on the venture or we wouldn't be doing it," Andrew Grierson told Harnesslink this week. Alabar Bloodstock is also aware of the shortage of horses and is breeding slightly more this year for the local market. They cover their mares with the established sires like Art Major and Mach Three along with the newer boys on the block like He's Watching. " We couldn't be happier with the bookings to date, with Art Major and Mach Three nearly full and He's Watching heading that way as well." " I think breeders are aware that this is He's Watching first book of mares anywhere in the world and that has helped along with the fact he went 1:46.4." " We have been selling the weanlings for a while and this has worked out well for us," Graeme Henley said when speaking to Harnesslink. So the studs are making an effort to raise the number of foals they produce but at the end of the day we need to entice the average breeder with his one or two mares back into the breeding business. The shortage of horses is not just a New Zealand problem but is one that is affecting the harness racing industry worldwide. There is no sign on the horizon of that changing so the old hoary chestnut of "there never being a better time to breed" might actually apply in New Zealand in 2015. JC

International Trot connections

Norman happy with draw for Bee A Magician

New York, NY --- Following the draw for Saturday afternoon's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway, the phrase of the day is "Girl Power." Converting the expression into multiple languages might prove tricky, but it is unlikely Bee A Magician's prowess gets lost in translation for the world's harness racing fans. Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old mare who was North America's Horse of the Year in 2013, today drew post No. 5 and was made the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's International Trot, which returns to Yonkers after a 20-year hiatus. Bee A Magician, who will represent Canada in the invitational event, faces nine male rivals from five other countries in the race. Post time is 2 p.m. for Saturday's first race at Yonkers, with the International Trot set for 3:10 p.m. approximately. The winner of 41 of 61 career starts and $3.62 million, Bee A Magician will have Brian Sears in the sulky for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. Bee A Magician enters the International Trot, which will be contested at 1-1/4 miles rather than the traditional one-mile distance, off consecutive victories over the boys in the Maple Leaf Trot and Centaur Trotting Classic. She became the first mare to win the Centaur Trotting Classic in the six-year history of the event and the first female to win the Maple Leaf Trot since 2006. "I think we got a good spot," Norman said about the International Trot draw. "I said to Brian the other day that I thought we wanted to draw somewhere in the middle - three, four, or five would be perfect. I think there will be a lot of early speed and I don't know if you want to be involved in it." For her career, Bee A Magician has been among the top-three finishers in 55 of her 61 races. This season, she has won 10 of 14 starts and finished no worse than second while earning $888,545. "She's been good lately, so I don't see why she wouldn't be good again," Norman said. "She's facing tough competition, but she'll be fine." Bee A Magician has won three of four career races at Yonkers and set the track record of 1:54.3 for an older female trotter on Aug. 1 in winning the Open. The mare is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. "We have a little bit of a home-field advantage," Norman said. "I think I've got the best driver and we've been there before and not many of the others have. I don't know (the European horses). From what I gather, some of those horses can really leave good. But none of them have been to Yonkers before and that's a different kettle of fish." Creatine and Natural Herbie, the U.S. representatives in the International Trot, drew posts No. 1 and No. 7, respectively. Creatine was established as the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Natural Herbie, trained and driven by owner Verlin Yoder, won last year's International Trot Preview at Yonkers in a world-record 2:24.4 for 1-1/4 miles. He has won 27 of 63 lifetime races and earned $899,161. The 5-year-old gelding won his elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot and finished third in the final. He prepped for the International Trot with a 1:55.1 qualifier win on Sept. 30 at Hoosier Park, trotting his last quarter-mile in :26.3 to pull away from the field by 20-1/2 lengths. Creatine, a 5-year-old horse, has won 16 of 50 career races and earned $1.71 million. The winner of the 2013 Kentucky Futurity, Creatine has raced this year in Europe, where he posted two Grade 1 victories and finished second in the UET Masters Trot final on Sept. 13 in Belgium. Creatine, owned by the Lexington-based Big C Racing group, is trained by Jimmy Takter and will be driven by Takter's brother, Johnny. Timoko, an 8-year-old from France and the winner of the 2014 Elitloppet, drew post four for the International Trot. Timoko, who has two Grade 1 victories this year in Europe and finished third in the Prix d'Amerique, has captured 19 of 57 career starts and earned $3.72 million. Bjorn Goop will drive for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Sweden's Mosaique Face, the winner of the UET Masters Trot final and runner-up in this year's Elitloppet, drew post eight - the most outside spot - for the International Trot. The 6-year-old will be driven by trainer/owner Adrian Kolgjini. He has won 14 of 54 lifetime starts and earned $1.57 million. BBS Sugarlight, a 6-year-old from Norway, counts this year's Oslo Grand Prix and Olympic Trot among his 19 career wins. He will start the International Trot from post nine - the trailing spot behind Creatine - with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Fredrik Solberg. The earner of $827,607 in lifetime purses, BBS Sugarlight is owned by Knut Groenlie and Gunnar Jarlsen. Italy's Oasis Bi, who finished second in the Oslo Grand Prix, drew post 10 for trainer Stefan Pettersson and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The 7-year-old has earned $1.01 million in his career and is owned by Frackstad Lantbruks AB. On Track Piraten, a 7-year-old from Sweden with $1.31 million in lifetime earnings, drew post six. Erik Adielsson will drive for trainer Hans Stromberg and owners Stall CK HB and Stall Morkermasse. Papagayo E, a 5-year-old from Norway, will start the International Trot from post No. 2 for trainers Jan Waaler and Egil Stensrud and driver Ulf Ohlsson. He has earned $508,624 lifetime and is owned by Tom Andersen and Claes Sjolin. Five-year-old Rod Stewart, from Italy, drew post three. He finished second in this season's Grade 1 European Championship for 5-year-olds and is trained by Jerry Riordan, a Rhode Island native who has spent the past two decades in Europe. Enrico Bellei will drive the $467,260-earner for owner Graziano Ceccaroni. For more about the International Trot and its participants, please visit the event's special website here. Following is the field in post order for the International Trot with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Creatine, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 2. Papagayo E, Ulf Ohlsson, Jan Waaler, 5-1 3. Rod Stewart, Enrico Bellei, Jerry Riordan, 12-1 4. Timoko, Bjorn Goop, Richard Westerink, 6-1 5. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 3-1 6. On Track Piraten, Erik Adielsson, Hans Stromberg, 10-1 7. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder, 8-1 8. Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini, Adrian Kolgjini, 6-1 9. BBS Sugarlight, Johan Untersteiner, Fredrik Solberg, 6-1 10. Oasis Bi, Orjan Kihlstrom, Stefan Pettersson, 8-1 Note: BBS Sugarlight and Oasis Bi start from the second tier. Yonkers' historic half-mile oval last hosted the International Trot in 1995, that edition captured by Sweden's His Majesty. This will be the 37th edition of the International, which has been revived by raceway president and CEO Tim Rooney, and the one-million dollar purse equals the richest in Yonkers history. The International was inaugurated in 1959 at Roosevelt Raceway and moved to Yonkers by Rooney in 1988 when Roosevelt closed. Mares won five in a row and seven of eight International titles from 1967-74. The U.S. and France have dominated the International with 15 and 13 victories, respectively. Sweden is third with three, and Canada has captured a pair. Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands trotters each had one win in the International Trot. The 10 drivers in Saturday's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway have a combined total of 42,500 career dash wins, and this year alone have earned $30,166,353 in purses. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Wiggle It Jiggleit

Wiggle It Jiggleit remains unanimous choice

Freehold, NJ --- It’s unanimous for the second consecutive week. Wiggle It Jiggleit is No. 1 on the harness racing Poll.. A 3-year-old gelding pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit received all 35 first-place votes in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. He was off this past week, following his dramatic win of the Little Brown Jug in straight heats at the Delaware County Fair. Wiggle It Jiggleit is followed in the rankings by 3-year-old filly trotter Mission Brief, a winner in her Bluegrass division last Saturday at The Red Mile, who moved up from third to second. Bee A Magician was idle and dropped from the No. 2 position, and remains 34 points ahead of Pinkman, who also was idle and remained fourth. Dayton Pacing Derby winner State Treasurer rounds out the top five. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 21 – 10/6/2015 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (35)  3pg 20-18-1-0 $1,769,520 350 1 2 Mission Brief 3tf 10-8-2-0 $764,992 276 3 3 Bee A Magician 5tm 14-10-4-0 $888,545 262 2 4 Pinkman 3tg 14-10-2-0 $1,486,965 228 4 5 State Treasurer 6ph 16-9-1-4 $857,607 195 5 6 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 16-10-3-2 $1,091,863 151 6 7 Southwind Frank 2tc 9-8-0-0 $450,319 108 7 8 Control The Moment 2pc 7-7-0-0 $331,757 93 8 9 L A Delight 2pf 11-10-0-1 $436,877 72 10 10 JL Cruze 4tg 21-16-2-0 $627,456 49 9 Also: Broadway Donna (43); Freaky Feet Pete (19); Caprice Hill (15); Crazy Wow, Habitat (11); In The Arsenal (6); Lost For Words, Pure Country (5); Always B Miki, Doo Wop Hanover, Physicallyinclined (4); Split The House, Travel Playlist (3); D’One, Toddler Tantrum, Wild Honey (2); Artspeak, Sassa Hanover (1). Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale opened its 2015 edition in record-setting style on Monday (Oct. 5), as the 98 harness racing yearlings sold for an average price of $109,531, a 4.4 percent increase over the auction’s previous record set in 2014. A total of 47 yearlings, nearly half of those walking through the ring, sold for at least $100,000, also representing a record for a single session for Lexington Selected, smashing the prior record of 39. Sale manager Randy Manges was ecstatic with the strong showing, stating that he was just hoping the sale would do as well as last year. There were understandable reasons for caution about prices, with a recent dip in the stock market, and the strong dollar against foreign currencies has made prices more costly for Canadian and European buyers. Encouragingly, Canadian and European buyers were active all night, signing for many of the highest-priced horses. Sharing honors as the sale toppers at $350,000 were a pair of trotting colts. The first of these was Federal Hill from the Brittany Farms consignment. By Muscle Hill out of Gala Dream, he is a half-brother to a pair of divisional champion millionaires, Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen. Mario Zuanetti’s Atlantic Trot purchased the colt as agent for Reima Kuisla. Live For Greatness, a Cantab Hall colt from Forever Graceful, a full sister to Muscle  Massive, also sold for the massive price of $350,000. Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom signed as agent for this colt from the Kentuckiana Farms consignment, which was acting as agent for breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. Next in price, and tops among trotting fillies at $310,000 was Julieann B, a Cantab Hall half-sister to Muscle Hill. Nancy Johansson signed as agent on behalf of the buyers Stall Courant AB. Winbak Farm consigned the filly. Rounding out the top five were another trotting colt, Mountain Of Love, by Muscle Hill, selling for $280,000 out of the Crawford Farms consignment, and the top pacer of the evening, the Art Major filly Evelix AM, hammered down at $275,000. This filly was in the Hunterton consignment. Both of these were purchased by Tony Alagna as agent. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Friday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Session One Averages Gait - Sex-Sold - Average Price - Total Price - Highest Price Pace - Colts - 25 - $96,000 - $2,400,000 - $230,000 Pace - Fillies - 24-$99,417 - $2,386,000 - $275,000 Trot - Colts - 33 - $121,485 - $4,009,000 - $350,000 Trot - Fillies - 16-$121,188 - $1,939,000 - $310,000 Session One Leaders  Yearling - Sire - Dam - Sex - Gait - Price - Buyer - Consignor Federal Hill - Muscle Hill - Gala Dream - C - T - $350,000 - Atlantic Trot, Agent For Reima Kuisla - Brittany Farms Live For Greatness - Cantab Hall - Forever Graceful - C - T - $350,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent- Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Julieann B - Cantab Hall - Yankee Blondie - F - T - $310,000 - Nancy Johansson, Agent For Stall Courant Ab - Winbak Farm Mountain Of Love - Muscle Hill - Somebody To Love - C - T - $280,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Crawford Farms Evelix Am - Art Major - Credit Rating - F - P - $275,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent Blue Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Rainbow Blue - F - P - $270,000 - Michele Crawford - Cameo Hills Beach Showoff - Somebeachsomewhere - Put On A Show - F - P - $250,000 - Richard Young - Northwood Bloodstock, Agent Signal Hill - Muscle Hill - Special Appeal - C - T - $250,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Brittany Farms Dream Together - Muscle Hill - Danae - F - T - $240,000 - Determination Stable - Cane Run Farm Hurricane Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Blazing Yankee - C - P - $230,000 - Determination Stable - Allamerican Harnessbreds Notable - Muscle Hill - Impressive Kemp - C - T - $220,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent Brand New Key - Cantab Hall - Bar Slide - C - T - $210,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Cane Run Farm Sheer Assault - Chapter Seven - Sheer Soul - C - T - $205,000 - Andy Miller Stable, Agent - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Major Account - Western Ideal - Cpa - C P - $200,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent For full results of the opening day of the sale click on this link. by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association  

Monticello, NY --- For the third time this season North America’s greatest harness racing traveling roadshow, the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series, has ventured to Canada, this time for races at Flamboro Downs on Sunday (Oct. 4) and at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday (Oct. 5). At Flamboro Downs, Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford visited the winner's circle again when he guided Grandprix Seelster to a front-end victory in a time of 2:01.3 and at Woodbine “Racin’ Jason” Sgrignuoli won with E L Rock in a swift 1:56.1. In his trot over Flamboro Downs’ double oval, Oldford hustled his trotter away from post four with hopes of finding a hole down along the pylons but when nothing materialized he kept Grandprix Seelster going forward. “When I couldn’t find a hole on the first turn I sent my horse to the lead and after we made the front he was on cruise control the rest of the mile,” Oldford related by telephone after the race. A soft early fraction of :31.1 helped Oldford on his quest for victory. Once on top his horse trotted nearly :30-second quarters the rest of the journey and cruised home an easy four length winner in 2:01.3 over Tymal Fireitup, driven by Jason Sgrignuoli. Despite making a break behind the starting gate, “Howie the Horse” Gelfand garnered the show dough with Winem. The race winner, an altered son of Federal Flex, owned by Glengate Farms, Goldfinger Stables and his trainer, Patrick Hunt, paid $11.60 for win. And for Oldford, an automobile manufacturers rep from Croswell, Mich., it was his 12th seasonal driving victory and the 109th of his amateur career. After a second place finish at Flamboro Downs “Racin’ Jason” emerged victorious at Woodbine, winning with E L Rock, which made the second time -- in just two chances -- that he won with the 7-year-old Yankee Glide gelding in Billings competition. He reined E L Rock to a Billings victory at Mohawk Racetrack in mid-September. After a soft start where he got away in fourth position, Sgrignuoli moved for the lead but he was rebuffed by “Bullet Bob” Davis who was up behind Blush And Crush. “I fell in fourth place in the early going and sat there until we passed the half. At that point I pulled my trotter and was looking for the front but Bob Davis wouldn’t let me go, so I tucked in behind him and in the stretch my horse out-trotted his and we won it by a length,” Sgrignuoli said via telephone. Blush And Crush finished second and Strong Hope was third for Howie Gelfand. E L Rock is owned by Mark Herlihy and Robert Lovett and trained by Herlihy. He returned a $5.90 win mutuel. For Sgrignuoli, an electrician by trade from Dorval, Quebec, it was only his eighth drive this year but his second victory and seventh in his career, which includes just 66 amateur drives since 2007. John Manzi

The second round of rankings for the harness racing  2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion has now been released. The full list of rankings is listed below: HORSE Winner Details 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking 18-Sep 2-Oct 19-Oct 26-Oct Beautide 2015 Inter Dominion Champion 1 1     Christen Me NZ Grand Circuit Champion 2 2     Lennytheshark   3 3     Philadelphia Man   4 4     Franco Ledger NZ   9 5     Flaming Flutter NZ   5 6     Avonnova   6 7     My Hard Copy NZ   8 8     Waylade NZ   10 9     For A Reason   7 10     Cold Major   11 11     Our Sky Major NZ   12 12     Easy On The Eye NZ   13 13     Five Star Anvil NZ   19 14     Mossdale Conner NZ   14 15     Blazin N Cullen NZ   15 16     Jason Rulz NZ   16 17     Bettors Fire NZ   18 18     Meadowbranch DJ IRE Anglo-Irish Series Winner 21 19     Mighty Flying Mac NZ   22 20     Mach Beauty   23 21     Suave Stuey Lombo   20 22     Machtu NZ   24 23     Modern Ruler   26 24     Libertybelle Midfrew NZ   27 25     Pacific Warrior NZ   25 26     Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ   29 27     Classic American NZ   31 28     Monifieth NZ   28 29     Majestic Major NZ   33 30     Northview Punter NZ   35 31     Tuxedo Tour   36 32     Dynamite Dude   32 33     Billies A Star NZ   37 34     Crusader Banner NZ   38 35     Lovers Delight NZ   40 36     Our Blackbird NZ   44 37     Devendra   34 38     Mach Alert NZ   41 39     Freyberg NZ   42 40     Alleluia NZ   46 41     Our Hi Jinx NZ   75 42     Copagrin   43 43     The Bucket List NZ   51 44     Red Salute   50 45     Little Boy Blue NZ   58 46     Erskine Range   47 47     Norvic Nightowl NZ   53 48     Lewy Risk NZ   54 49     Jivin Cullen NZ   55 50     Yayas Hot Spot NZ   56 51     Tuapeka Kahu NZ   57 52     Go West U Terror NZ   63 53     Ti Amo Franco   64 54     Major Crocker   61 55     Lets Elope NZ   62 56     Rocket Reign NZ   65 57     Our Major Mark NZ   66 58     El Machine   69 59     Leda McNally   70 60     Delightful Offer NZ   71 61     Jungle Jewel NZ   72 62     Condrieu NZ   73 63     Majestic Mach   74 64     Blue Pointer   67 65     Phoenix Warrior NZ   76 66     Smokey The Bandit   78 67     Northern Assassin   79 68     Am Opulent NZ   82 69     Pub Blitz   68 70     Pachacuti   83 71     Shannonsablast   84 72     Shardons Rocket NZ   80 73     Ohoka Squire NZ   87 74     Gaius Caesar NZ   91 75     Wrongly Accused   94 76     Lunar Tide NZ   86 77     Roger Ramjet NZ   96 78     Say It Now   97 79     Major Catastrophe   99 80     Back On Board NZ   98 81     Our Jerry Lee NZ   100 82     Tarsao   101 83     Must Be Nice   102 84     Glenferrie Rustler NZ   103 85     Bright Smiling Star NZ   105 86     Cyclone Mitch   106 87     Lombo Kotakinabalu   104 88                 WITHDRAWALS           John Of Arc NZ   17       Beaudiene Boaz NZ   30       Livingontheinterest NZ   39       Hokonui Ben NZ   45       Toretto NZ   48       Elegant Christian NZ   49       Our Arlington NZ   52       Vapour NZ   59       Uppy Son NZ   60       Cyamach NZ   77       Jungle Genie NZ   81       Soho Lennon   85       Ideal Justice NZ   88       Rycroft NZ   89       Kiwi Legend NZ   90       Burning NZ   92       Mighty Major NZ   93       Spectactular NZ   95       David Hercules           Chief Thundercloud NZ

Much-travelled harness racing trainer James Wanless landed his first winner in his new state when smart pacer Pub Blitz greeted the judge in the Laucke Mills Pace (1609m). Wanless, who hails from Queensland, has raced horses in New South Wales, had a stint in Victoria before deciding to relocate to South Australia. He also spent time working with Emma Stewart in Victoria. But his luck ran out after the win. “On the way home I had a flat tyre, damaged my mudguards and then had electrical issues with the headlights,” Wanless said. “It was a bit of a drama-tripped back but at least I had my first win in South Australia. “I think the racing here is good and hopefully this will be the first of a many winners,” Wanless said. “I have brought nine horses with me and plan to add another one in the next few weeks. “It suits me that there are generally at least two meetings a week at Globe Derby and coming to Port Pirie is no issue, especially after being based at Charlton in Victoria and all the travelling to other tracks.” Wanless said Pub Blitz was the mainstay of his team. “He’s a group one performer at his best and steps up when he is needed such as tonight.” A $2.40 chance, Pub Blitz scored a neck win from Dawn on Sunday ($18.40) with Star Brutus ($2.10 fav) a metre and a half away third. It was the 23rd win for the nine-year-old and took his stakes to $357,000. Wanless is from a famous Queensland family and his grandfather Merv trained the champion pacer Lucky Creed which won 24 races in a row and also the 1970 Miracle Mile at Harold Park. by Graham Fischer

Safe From Terror, surprise winner of the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship at 45-1, abandoned her ambush tactics and made short work of the field in a division of Monday's $69,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Somewhere Sweet captured the other division of the stake for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies. After her PASS triumph, Safe From Terror scored yet another upset with a late rally in the Nadia Lobell. In the Keystone Classic, however, Matt Kakaley switched gears and sent the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place to the front at the quarter pole. She prevailed in 1:53.3, 1/2 length better than her stablemate, Southwind Roulette, with Dobre Povedane third. "She was the best in there, so I didn't want to take any chances," Kakaley said. "She was very good -- that was easy for her. She's a sweetheart to drive. She'll do whatever you want." Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who won for the 11th time this year and pushed her career bankroll to $482,742, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. Somewhere Sweet triumphed in 1:51.1, just a tick off Weeper's stake record, but couldn't separate herself from the stalkers, forcing Aaron Merriman to get after her late. "She paced strong into the stretch," Merriman said, "but when I pulled the plugs, she actually kind of sat down. She maybe didn't want me to pull them." Somewhere Sweet downed Angel Or Terror by a length while Kays Dragon Lady earned show. Brian Brown conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sweet Work Of Art, who soared over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Miller's Stable. $91,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Kelsey's Keepsake and Smokinmombo each took a division of Monday's companion feature, a $91,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters. Kelsey's Keepsake was fourth down the backside when Joe Bongiorno sent her after the leader, Murderers Row. Despite competing off a sickness scratch, she blew by and drew off to win by 5 lengths in 1:55.2 for trainer Robert Bongiorno and owner Carly Roman. Avalon Hall was second with Kirsi Hanover third. "First over is her best game," Joe Bongiorno said. "We knew she had this race coming up, and once she scoped a little sick after she trained, we wanted to scratch her, get her healthy and get her ready for the stake." Smokinmombo hadn't won since Aug. 20, but she quarter-poled to the top for Merriman and scored in 1:55.3, 2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Matter Hatter. Global Ice completed the ticket. "She got a little rough on me in the Hambletonian Oaks and a few starts after that," said Chris Beaver, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. "I think it's straightened out, but she's not great on a big racetrack. She'll go to a couple stakes at Hoosier Park." In the $24,800 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Better Caviar took advantage of a backside shootout between Tamarind and Monte Cristo Spur and zipped by in the stretch to win in 1:55.1 for trainer/driver David Wade. Sixteen Mikes rallied for second, a neck back, while Monte Cristo Spur saved show. Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, William Peel III and Wade own the 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit, who now boasts $162,485 in career earnings. The Keystone Classic series concludes Tuesday at The Meadows with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings -- a $69,750 pace and an $89,800 trot. Headliner is millionaire Wakazashi Hanover, who currently ranks third among all Standardbreds in seasonal earnings. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Breeders Crown, harness racing's 12-race US $5.8 million divisional championship series, rolls into Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada on Sat., Oct. 24. Even as the final Grand Circuit week at Lexington's Red Mile gets underway, there are still several divisional titles up for grabs among harness racing's elite. It's decision week for foreign invitees to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot, supplements and eligible entries for the Crown races. Any invited foreign trotter must enter in advance of supplements and regular entries, on Monday, Oct. 12, by 10:30 a.m. at the Mohawk race office. Supplements are due and payable by noon on the same day, and are only accepted for the 3-Year-Old and Open Events. There is no supplemental provision for two-year-olds. Regular entries for all other horses kept eligible by the required sustaining payments in 2015 are due Tuesday, October 13, by 10:30 a.m. at the WEG race office at Mohawk Raceway. Eliminations, if necessary, will be raced on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17. For supplemental amounts and all conditions and details of the race, please call Moira Fanning at 609-371-2211 or Scott McKelvie at (905) 854-7805, or visit  

Celebrity Eventsy has turned a good number of her races into memorable occasions and trainer Staffan Lind hopes the 2-year-old female trotter continues to step out in style when she competes in the first of four International Stallion Stakes divisions Wednesday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile in Lexington. The International Stallion Stakes splits for 2-year-old female trotters kick off a busy week at The Red Mile, which also hosts five International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters on Thursday, International Stallion Stakes divisions for male and female 2-year-old pacers on Friday, and a stakes-filled card on Saturday highlighted by the Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old male trotters. Celebrity Eventsy is the 7-5 morning line favorite in her International Stallion Stakes division on Wednesday, with Brett Miller driving. A daughter of Manofmanymissions out of the mare Little Ms Queenie, Celebrity Eventsy has posted three wins and four second-place finishes in eight races. She heads to the International Stallion off a victory in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last week at The Red Mile. "She's a tough filly," Lind said. "She has a mind of her own, but she's using it very well on the racetrack. I think anytime you have a filly that wants to go forward at all times, that's a good thing. She can go high speed and she can do it effortlessly. She has a great gait." Celebrity Eventsy is owned by Sam Stathis' Celebrity Farms. Stathis bought the filly privately in January from Caviart Farms, which had purchased broodmare Little Ms Queenie in foal to Manofmanymissions for $10,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. The winner of $167,212 so far this season, Celebrity Eventsy has posted victories in three of her most recent four races. Her only setback during that span was a second-place finish to Caprice Hill in the Peaceful Way final on Sept. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. Her only off-the-board finish this year came in the final of the Jim Doherty Memorial on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Meadowlands. Celebrity Eventsy went off stride from post one at the start, which Lind attributed to being distracted by photographers at the rail. "She looks at everything," Lind said. "But other than that time, she's never made a break ever." Following the International Stallion Stakes, Celebrity Eventsy will be pointed toward the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Eliminations for the 2-year-old female trotters will be Oct. 16 and the final is Oct. 24. "We're going to take it one start at a time, but for right now that's the plan," Lind said. The favorites in the three remaining International Stallion Stakes on Wednesday all hail from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. Haughty (Donato Hanover-Letsjustalkaboutme), a perfect 5-for-5 this year and half-sister to stakes-winner Aldebaran Eagle, is the 6-5 morning line choice in the second division. Sunset Glider (Cantab Hall-Highland Glider), the Kentucky Stallion Management winner, is 2-1 in the third division. Kathy Parker (Andover Hall-Mallelujah), runner-up in the Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, is the 9-5 pick in the fourth division. Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for the 2-year-old male trotters is highlighted by the appearance of Southwind Frank (Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy), who has won eight of nine races this season including the Peter Haughton Memorial and William Wellwood Memorial stakes. Complete entries for the Lexington cards can be found at this link. Ken Weingartner

October 3, 2015 - US-registered Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) took today’s V75 Gold worth 150,000SEK to the winner, clocked in 1.11.4kr. Trainer Leif Witasp piloted the winner to defeat Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) and third finishing Kaffir Face (8g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance DK-Lindy Lane), for his second consecutive victory. Other winners of interest on the card were Lohman (6g Andover Hall-Tim Jessica-Super Arnie) driven by Jan Norberg, Titan Lavec (4m Goetmals Wood-Kramer Bahama-Sugarcane Hanover), Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Officer CD (4g Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks

October 3, 2015 - Today’s two year-old featured Ketevesek Nagydija (purse 2Huf million, 1800 meters autostart) went to impressive harness racing 2yr old Undercover (2f What A Man-Gesa-Rentfonok) with Pal Vicen up for Prolongo Kft and trainer Joseph Rutkai. The winner scored in 1.19.8kr to defeat Ujrazz! (2m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsulj!-Witsends Speedy) with Sandor Varga aboard and Universal Boy (2m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) with Balazs Juhasz driving. The winner’s sire What A Man is a 2001 son of Conway Hall-Kirin Lobell that won over 2SEK million and took a 1.11.6kr record. He later raced in HU at the highest Kincsem Park level. Kirin Lobell is a daughter of Speedy Crown by the classy free-for-all mare Killbuck Mary, a winner of over US$517,000. The 1.5Huf million Oszi Kanca DIJ (1960 meters turning start handicap by distance) went to .5/1 favorite Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keys Praise-Prakas) with trainer Csaba Lakatos aboard for owners Drimwind 2011 and Stable Main Square. This winner scored in 1.15.8kr for her sixth victory in her last eight starts. Night Lady (8f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) was second for Sandor Varadi and trainer Tibor Hajnal with Topaz Lady (3f Ata Star L-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) third for driver Laszlo Kolozsi. The first two horse to the line overcame 60 meter handicaps.  On the undercard M.T. Hitchiti (6f Super Photo Kosmos-Harlekins Lady-Lindy’s Crown) won the 360,000Huf million Bajnok Handicap timed in 1.18.6kr over favorite Rosamundi (7f Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown). The Disco DIK over 1900 meters autostart went to the 1.17.3kr winner Rocket Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Ordog Hegeduse (7g Medic Hanover-Dillam-Magnas) was second for Ferenc Nagy II, also trainer. Thomas H. Hicks    

Pompano Park opened its 2015-2016 126 night harness racing season on Sunday night with Wally Hennessey, Oho Diamond and Audrey's Dream providing the "fireworks" on a magnificent 80 degree evening. Driver Wally Hennessey, coming into the action with 8,818 lifetime wins during his Hall of Fame career, added seven more of them on opening night, including six in a row encompassing races three through eight. Hennessey began his winning evening in the non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes for two year-old trotting fillies by guiding Kevin Kelly's Gold Star Briana, a daughter of Basil, to a handy win in 2:05.2 in her first purse start.  Two other non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes were also contested with Dave Myrick's Proud Joe T scoring for Rob Hoffman in his racing debut for juvenile colts and geldings in 2:08.1 and Prairie Fortune annihilating his foes in the sophomore event for colts and geldings in 1:57.3--this son of Arapa Victory driven by trainer and co-owner Mike Deters on behalf of co-owner Laurie Poulin. The only other Sunshine State Stakes contested was on the card with Livy M, a three year-old daughter of Proud Bushy, scoring a handy five length win for Wally Hennessey on behalf of trainer Deters, who is part of the Deters, Morosini, Fritz and Fritz consortium--the time of 2:00 being a new lifetime mark. As the overwhelming 1 to 10 favorite, Livy M paid $2.20 to her many backers and was the start of a rare consecutive streak stretching through race eight. In the next race, Hennessey guided Goldstar Classic to an upset ($47.60) win for the foursome of Rzepka, Kelly, Connors and Giorlando. Dan Hennessey trains this five year old son of Classic Photo, covering the mile in gate-to-wire fashion timed in 1:56.3.  Hennessey used the same strategy in the fifth race for trainer Bill Kapinos, when he guided Jay and Melissa Appleblatt's Tim Whiskers ($11.80) to a game win in 1:55.1. In race six, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi ($3.60) were the beneficiaries of Hennessey hot hands with a photo finish win in 1:55. Verdi took the lead right at the :28.1 opener and led the rest of the journey, scoring by a head for his 10th win of the year. In the next race--the seventh--Hennessey got the garden trip with Di It For Annie ($10.00) and scored in 1:59--the beneficiaries being Denis Goyette and co-owner-trainer Normand Dessureault. Hennessey then completed his "six-pack" with Pacing Pretty Stable's Bold Willie ($6.80), enjoying a picture perfect journey to score a handy win measuring 2 1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. Hennessey also played a key role in the ninth race, the $10,000 Open Trot, won, in track record time, by the four year-old mare Oho Diamond in 1:53.3, a new track standard, eclipsing the near 25 year-old mark of 1:54.2, set by the great Peace Corps back on November  2, 1990. Hennessey drove Count Speed in that one and pressured the winner from the final turn on home before finishing fourth. For Oho Diamond ($3.80), driven by Mike Micallef for owner Dan Clements and trainer Renaldo Morales III, it was her 11th win of the year in 21 starts, sending her yearly bounty to $88,333, by far the most successful campaign of her career. After that event, driver Micallef said, "Renaldo said she'd be good tonight and can gulp a lot of air, so I brushed her early and she made the top easily and, when she felt that little pressure around the final bend, she just pulled away all by herself." In the $10,000 Open Pace, Audrey's Dream ($6.00), co-owned by driver Ed and trainer Ashleigh Hensley, took advantage of the draw (post one) to win an early battle for supremacy and go on to wire the competition with a 1:52.2-:55 mile. The classy seven year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover won for the third time this semester and 24th lifetime to send his lifetime bounty to $346,127. After the event, driver Hensley said, "With such a short field--five--I thought it be best if I tried to control the pace and, when I got over to the half in :57 and a apiece, I was very confident in this horse's ability to get us home. And my confidence was justified tonight." The next racing night is Tuesday with a 7:30 post time and a $5,000 guarantee on the Pompano Park Pick-5, which begins on race one. There is also a carry-over in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, which is contested on the last race--the 10th--on the card. John Berry  

The first of October traditionally marks the start of the earthworks season for the New Zealand construction and development sectors, and no more apparent is this than at Auckland’s iconic Alexandra Park the home of harness racing in the North Island of New Zealand. Those travelling along Auckland’s busy Green Lane West will see diggers and mountains of dirt in part of the Auckland Trotting Club’s former car-park. This work marks the beginning of construction on the first apartment building for Alexandra Park’s ambitious new urban village development, with residents moving in from 2017. Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding says over the coming three months Canam Construction diggers will move approximately 30,000m3 (cubic metres) of dirt and about 2,500m3 of basalt rock to make way for piling, underground car-parking and residential storage. As well as containing 118 beautifully-appointed apartments, the first building will have 2,500 sqm of ground-floor retail including a new gourmet supermarket concept for Auckland which will soon to be announced. “For Alexandra Park having the diggers move in is a great milestone given this year we’re also celebrating 125 years of being Auckland’s home of harness racing. This exciting transformation and new urban village will sustain and secure the Auckland Trotting Club’s future. We can’t wait,” says Ms Dowding. The on-site apartment display suite is open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling 0800-275-484 or visiting

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Paul and Patricia O'Neil's ultra consistent mare, Godiva Seelster, given perfect "middle-half" rating by Wally Hennessey, used a :27.1 finale to hold Just A Bee (Mike Micallef) safe in 1:53 in the $10,000 Open pace for mares at the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park on Tuesday night.    The winning margin was a half length and stretched the mare's streak of getting purse checks to 67 over a three year span.   The five year-old daughter of Cambest won for the 11th time this semester in 21 starts to push her lifetime bankroll over the $200,000 mark--$$201,592 to be exact.   Togetherforever (Ed Hensley) finished third--five lengths away--while Mach It A Par and Jets Are On picked up the final awards in the octet.   Sprinting as the gate opened, Godiva Seelster took command immediately from her seven post and Just A Bee, leaving from the outside eight post, left right along with her and settled into thee garden spot before the first turn.   After a :27 opener, Godiva Seelster rambled to the half in :56.4 and three quarters in 1:25.4 before sprinting home in :27.1 to secure the victory.   After the win, driver Hennessey remarked, "I've said this before...this is a mare who knows how to take care of herself and it's amazing she has stayed sharp for so long. She is amazing, no doubt about that!"   Trained by Dan Hennessey, Godiva Seelster paid $3.40 as the tote-board 3 to 5 favorite.   Hennessey had another huge night after his opening night winning spree numbering seven--six of those in a row. On Tuesday, he had five more victories, including a natural "hat trick" on races five, six and seven.   Besides Godiva Seelster, Hennessey won the non-betting Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacers with Caesar's Forum, upsetting the highly vaunted Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) with a wire-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:55.   Trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Amante Standardbreds, the son of Six Of Diamonds left alertly from the rail and avoided confusion in the first turn when Drake made a miscue which scattered the field early on.   Again, superb rating--:29, :58.3 and 1:27--made the difference as Owosso Flash closed fastest of all but ran out of racetrack late.   Gold Star Roger (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Fonzie finished fourth. Stutz was awarded the nickel.   The win pushed Caesar's Forum's earnings $36,144 with the bulk of the Florida Stakes season looming ahead.   Hennessey's other wins were with Mach The Kasbah ($9.20) and The Muscler ($9.20), providing the "cookie" part of the Oreo sandwiched around Godiva Seelster.   The claimer No Shenanigans ($4.80) capped the Hennessey night, with his victory total at 12 after the first two programs.   Hennessey shared the spotlight with trainer driver Mike Deters, who hopped in the bike to handle a pair of two year-olds making their respective debuts in the other Sunshine State Stakes.   Deters guided Jason Mac Dougall's Conman's Dream, a son of Best Connection, to a sparkling 2:00.4-:27.4 win over Danza (Corey Braden) and R Chism (Mike Micallef). ICU Diamond T and Gold Star Peter also earned their initial paychecks in that event.   He followed that a few minutes later by piloting Prairie Sweetheart to a convincing 1:58.1--56.2-:28 victory in the companion Sunshine State Stake for the juvenile fillies. Diamond Lily (Micallef) finished second over Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte).   Goldstar Lovebug and Jaycie Jaycie also earned their first paychecks, as well.   On the pari-mutuel program, Davita, aided by the scratches of her two main rivals, scored a win measuring nearly 10 lengths for Corey Braden in 1:56.2.   Gold Star Sonata (Walter Ross, Jr.) was second followed by Gold Star Charming (Mickey Mc Nichol). Arties Diamond Gal picked up the remaining award in the quartet.   Davita, off at 1 to 20, paid the minimum $2.10 to win.   Racing resumes on Sunday night with Open pacers and Open trotters expected to be in the limelight with a growing carryover in the popular Super Hi-5 beginning to gather interest.   John Berry 
The first leg of action for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted a 14-race Tuesday program at Harrington Raceway. Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner's Hail To The Master ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) won the first division in 1:56.1 for trainer/co-owner Dorothy Conner. The Rustler Hanover gelding improved to 3-for-4 in his young career with a powerful win from off the pace as the betting favorite. Winbak Farm's All Artist ($4, George Dennis) captured the second division in 1:56.4. Trained by Jeff Fout, the Roddy's Bags Again gelding notched his second straight win, dismissing his rivals with a strong finishing presence. The final DSBF split went to Willard Hall and Brian Wright's Sizz Matty ($4.40, George Dennis) who was a pocket-positioned winner in 1:59. Trained by Brian Wright, the Life Sizzles colt earned his third career win in five starts. It was one of three wins on the program for Dennis who joined Allan Davis with a driving triple. Art Stafford Jr., Victor Kirby each had a double. Matt Sparacino  
Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll. While he's used to racing for richer purses, trainer Joann Looney-King said the owners of the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding -- the principals of Tri County Stable -- deliberately picked the Keystone Classic for his final Breeders Crown prep. "This was what we did instead of qualifying -- $34,000 is better than nothing," she said. "The owners stuck with their schedule. He's done enough traveling. He's still 3, and we want him to last a while longer." In the Keystone Classic, Wakizashi Hanover controlled the mile for Tim Tetrick and scored in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of My Hero Ron. Allbeef N Nobull earned show. With the victory, Wakizashi Hanover soared over $1.2 million in career earnings. "He looked good -- never popped the plugs," Looney-King said. "He's been putting in steps lately, but today he looked on his game. So we're ready." Yankee Bounty also prevailed on the front end, but he needed a late wake-up call from Yannick Gingras to complete the job. "It wasn't so much that he was tired, but he got a little lonely on the front," Gingras said. "He was by himself a long way and wanted some company." The pocket-sitting Badiou Hanover was second, beaten a head, while Cooperstown rallied for show. The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, is having an unusual year, with $282,140 in earnings but only two victories. Gingras, for one, isn't disappointed. "He's raced good against a good crop of 3-year-olds," Gingras said. "He's been there all along. Not many wins, but the bottom line is the last column. That's what matters."   $89,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Chef Lee and Colbert each captured a division of Tuesday's companion feature, an $89,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Chef Lee inherited the front when the leader, Mesmerized, broke stride near the quarter pole, and he made the most of it, digging in late to score in 1:54.4 -- matching his lifetime best -- for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Norm Parker. Don't Mind Me was second, a head back, with Suit And Tie third. "The lead was where I wanted to be, although Mike always likes to take it easy on the horse," Parker said. "I know he fights hard on the front end." The late Rex Parker, longtime Standardbred owner, bequeathed Chef Lee to his nephew Norm, and the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding has been the gift that keeps on giving, pushing his career bankroll to $192,614 . Parker said his final start this year will be in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Colbert had little trouble disposing of his competition, grabbing the lead early for Tetrick and rolling to victory in 1:54.4, fastest of his career. The first-over New Castle was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Boots N Chains completed the ticket. "I drove him for the first time his last race, and he got locked in and pretty grabby," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I could race him again and draw a spot where I could cut it. I thought he'd go a pretty big mile, and he did." Ake Svanstedt conditions Colbert, a son of Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting. In the $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Barn Girl -- recently acquired privately for Burke by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- returned instant dividends when she shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 3 lengths in 1:54.1, with Whata Donato third. The 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $199,716 in career earnings. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Wilder enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak
Plenty of great wagering options await racing fans at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday (Oct 7) at The Red Mile, as racing transitions to a 1 p.m. post for the final week of Grand Circuit action. No one had Saturday night's 20-Cent Super Hi-Five, leaving a $6,548 Carryover into Wednesday afternoon's 10th race finale. The 10th race features an eleven-horse field and appears to be a wide open affair. Track officials, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program, have placed a $30,000 guarantee on Wednesday's Super Hi-Five. The Pick 4 will continue to feature a $10,000 guarantee each afternoon. The Pick 4 covers races 7 - 10, and features a $1 minimum. Grand Circuit racing continues each afternoon through Saturday, October 10th, which will feature the $600,000 Kentucky Futurity, third leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Also included on the closing day card will be the $600,000 Tattersalls Pace, the $350,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $300,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial. First post each afternoon is 1 p.m. Gabe Prewitt

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