Enhance Your Mind

Six-in-a-row for daughter of Vintage Master

DOVER, Del.--- Streaking Enhance Your Mind stepped up in class to score a 1:51.3victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace while Vintage Babe lengthened her harness racing win streak to six-in-a-row over a sloppy track on Tuesday, Jan.17 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras had five wins. Vic Kirby drove the Delaware-sired Riggins-Enhance The Night six-year-old who loves the front end to an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in the week's top distaff event. Owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, Enhance Your Mind came into her own last season winning nearly $100,000 in purses. She won her third of 2017, fourth straight and seventh win in her last eight starts this meet, turning back seven rivals with a :27.1 final panel. Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) was a game second challenging the winner from the backstretch to late in the stretch. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. One race earlier, Yannick Gingras guided Vintage Babe home first for the sixth consecutive time to post a 1:52.2 decision in a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares contest. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Vintage Babe and co-owns with Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini the four-year-old daughter of Vintage Master-Bunkhouse Babe. Barbara's Shadow (Kirby), who has won her previous two races, finished second. Valuable Art (Callahan) was the show horse. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle five times, Corey Callahan had a triple. George Dennis, owner-trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables had two winners. FROST FREE HANOVER SEEKS 3RD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT Frost Free Hanover has used consecutive come-from-behind performances to win the last two Tuesday feature races and again is the one-to-beat in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs. So far this meet, Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover’s strong closing brushes for driver Vic Kirby, including three wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts. Previously, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Pat Berry in the bike, had consecutive feature race wins.  Uva Hanover is also razor sharp with two wins, a second and a third in his last four outing with Tony Morgan driving for owners Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. Corey Callahan pilots Mike Casalino’s veteran Tough Mac, who also has two feature trot wins this meet. The other starters are Ed Gannon’s hard-hitting Winbak Charles M with Yannick Gingras. Owner-trainer Antonino Buttitta’s Muscerene, with Allen Davis and Geore&Tina Dennis’ Uwantapieceofme (Dennis), from the rail, complete the starting lineup.  A $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 4&5-Year-olds leads the undercard. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) owned by Davis,  Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bobby Reeser, was a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 winner last Wednesday. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) has been a close-up second in his last two for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The nine-horse field includes Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s fast Go Byem (Jim Morand) was a game second last start. Owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Jonathan Roberts), Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve. Jim Moore’s steady Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.), Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Morgan), Mike Casalino’s newcomer Earl’s Speeder (Callahan) drew the rail with Gregg and Tom Morris’ Doggone Slots (Roger Plante )leaves from outside post 9  in second tier.  Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad          

Ryan Hryhorec

Ryan Hryhorec in trouble with stewards

In Race four at Victor Harbor on 26 December 2016, Ryan Hryhorec drove GETINBEHIND.  An incident occurred at the finish of the race while GETINBEHIND was racing to the outside of WINTERFEEL (J. Webster).  Further, after the race as both horses were pulling up in the back straight, another incident occurred.  Both of these incidents were the subject of a harness racing stewards inquiry. The evidence disclosed that after GETINBEHIND improved to the outside of WINTERFEEL near the 100 metres, WINTERFEEL shifted out approximately half a sulky width.  Just prior to the finish line, R. Hryhorec turned GETINBEHIND toward WINTERFEEL abruptly.  R. Hryhorec explained he was attempting to keep GETINBEHIND straight which would have forced J. Webster on WINTERFEEL to move way from GETINBEHIND, thereby ensuring a straight course.  Of concern to the stewards was that R. Hryhorec was in no position to dictate the racing line of WINTERFEEL and by attempting to make GETINBEHIND race straight, his actions were likely to endanger both persons and horses. In the back straight when both horses were pulling up after the race, R. Hryhorec has allowed GETINBEHIND to race up in close proximity to the sulky of WINTERFEEL.  R. Hryhorec pleaded guilty to charges under Rule 168(1)(e) and 168(1)(g) which read: 168.  (1)  A person shall not before, during or after a race drive in a manner which is in the opinion of the Stewards is:-                                       (e)  improper, or (g)  likely to endanger person or horse. The particulars of the charges being that R. Hryhorec has driven in an improper manner  by deliberately and intentionally steering GETINBEHIND toward WINTERFEEL, at the finish of the race and this action was likely to endanger person or horse.  Further, after the finish of the race, when GETINBEHIND was easing down and controllable, R. Hryhorec again directed GETINBEHIND toward Mr. Webster (WINTERFEEL), when in the opinion of the stewards there was no need to. In determining penalty, stewards took into account ·        previous penalties under the improper rule ·        R. Hryhorec’s guilty plea ·        that any suspension of drivers licence would result in a significant financial penalty ·        that R. Hryhorec’s actions did not alter the finishing positions of horses and no horse galloped or was contacted. ·        that it was an intentional act that served no purpose and could be dangerous In relation to charge 1, (driving in an improper manner and likely to endanger person or horse at the finish of the race), R. Hryhorec had his licence to drive in races suspended for 4 weeks. In relation to charge 2, (driving in an improper manner after the race), R. Hryhorec had his licence to drive in races suspended for 2 weeks. Stewards ordered that both suspensions be served concurrently which means R. Hryhorec serves a total suspension of 4 weeks.  This suspension will take effect from 17 January 2017.  Mr. Hryhorec was advised of his appeal rights. Barbara Scott CHAIR OF STEWARDS

Private Bronski is the latest winner for broodmare gem Bronski Gorgeous.

Gorgeous is a golden girl

What is a Blue Hen harness racing mare? “Blue hen mares produce high quality foals that will go on to produce high quality themselves.” That’s just one explanation. A number of mares quickly spring to mind but the mighty mare Scuse Me from New Zealand is the obvious right now in the southern hemisphere with her progeny dominating both in the sales ring plus on the racetrack. Looking locally, Queensland has produced a number of quality broodmares including Lefty, Ark Maree and French Flair among others. Lefty, a mare by Fake Left was recently inducted into the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame for her deeds in the breeding barn while the legacy of Ark Maree will continue to prosper for many years to come. French Flair has the honour of producing two millionaire performers in standout mares Miss Galvinator and Fleur De Lil. Well, there is now another member of the Queensland “Golden Girls” in the shape of Bronski Gorgeous. And just like Lefty, Bronski Gorgeous is a daughter of the incomparable Fake Left from the Land Grant mare Promise. On the racetrack, Bronski Gorgeous was a jet and won 23 races while being placed on another 42 occasions before retiring with more than $210,000 in stakes. Her biggest victory came via the 2004 4yo QBRED Triad Mares Final at Albion Park while she was also placed in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks behind star Sydney filly Ashlees Babe and Lara Croft. But her deeds in the breeding barn are most memorable. From 7 foals to race – 7 winners! The latest winner came yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park when Private Bronski obliterated her rivals in the Sure Duz Mosquito Candle Pace in a time of 1:55.0. Private Bronski is a four-year-old daughter of super sire Art Major and she now joins her full brothers in Major, General, Brigadier and Admiral as a winner through this golden cross. And all the ‘boys’ have been better than average. Major Bronski won 13 of his 24 starts and banked $94k before injury cut short his career, General Bronski won 17 from 63 starts ($160k), Brigadier Bronski won 18 of his 94 starts ($209k) while Admiral Bronski won 15 of his 61 starts ($169k). Breeze On Bronski (by Mcardle) and Sombronskisomwhere (by Somebeachsomewhere) are her other winners. Still to come is a two-year-old Mach Three filly which is named Bronski Mackenzie who is in work with Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham. Her latest progeny is an Art Major colt which is now a yearling. And the man behind Bronski Gorgeous is none other than the internationally experienced Stuart Hunter. Chris Barsby

Show Runner winning Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows

Show Runner grinds out win in feature

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2017 -- First over forever, a game Show Runner somehow found enough late to get by the leader and capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Show Runner was fourth past the three-eighths when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Medusa, who appeared to have the race under control following a 30 second-quarter breather. But the 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner kept advancing on the "good" surface and scored in 1:53.3. Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for second, a head back, while Medusa saved show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $394,431, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Dave Palone each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Martz Time completed the sweep of weekly $22,000 feature open race repeat harness racing winners on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at Miami Valley Raceway. Noone To Depend On duplicated her mares open pace victory on Friday night, Meadowbrook Thunder did likewise versus the best 'boys' in southwest Ohio on Saturday night, and Martz Time topped MVG's best trotters for the second straight time on Tuesday afternoon. With outside horses leaving aggressively in the top trot, driver Kayne Kauffman was unhurried with Martz Time and content to race near the back of the pack during the first three-quarters of the fray. When the field bunched up around the final turn Martz Time was forced to swing three wide before picking off horses one-by-one through the stretch. Shortly after passing his final foe, the winner cruised under the line in 1:56.1 to top fellow closer Rockinthepines (Andy Shetler) and Cimeronken (Kyle Ater). Pacesetter Insomniac (Brady Galliers) faded to fourth after cutting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Walter Haynes Jr. trains Martz Time for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. The 8-year-old gelding now sports 36 lifetime wins and $437,016 in earnings. Two divisions of $12,500 claiming mares went to post in first leg action of their "Claim To Fame" series. Ginger Tree Alexis (Tyler Smith) captured the first split in 1:53.1 over Transit Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Cenaltafirecracker (Chris Page). Caviart Scarlett (Mike Oosting) proved best in the second division, topping Geisha Girl N (Chris Page) and A Little Starstruk (John DeLong) in 1:53.1. A total of five of the 16 mares in the two contests were collared via the claim box by new owners. The $8000 male claiming pacers also opened their annual series in four full 10-horse divisions. Turbo Mach (Trace Tetrick) beat Dunside Art (Mike Oosting) and Sand Summerfield (Jeremy Smith) to the finish line in 1:54.2; Grantor Hanover (John DeLong) topped Perma Grin (Pierce Henry) and Pastapalooza (Jason Brewer) in 1:54; Mikes Hope (Trevor Smith) was a 1:55 victor over Peck Blue Chip (Jason Brewer) and Fantastic Rock (Trace Tetrick); and Status Quo (Tyler Smith) was a 1:56.1 upset winner in the final test over Holy Chip (Kyle Ater) and P L Inferno (Kayne Kauffman). A total of 14 of the 40 combatants were successfully claimed by new connections, most of whom will presumably enter the second leg when claiming tags grow by 25%. Gregg Keidel

HARRISBURG PA - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's leading and largest membership organization for harness racing industry communicators, is pleased to announce that a group of four Jeff Gural racing entities - Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, along with Winners Bayonne OTW - are partnering with the Lexington Select Yearling Sale and Winbak Farm in sponsoring a luncheon to be held Sunday, February 26, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, before the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park is held that evening.   The luncheon will begin at twelve noon, following the morning's annual Membership meeting at USHWA. Members of the organization taking part in the morning session will be attending, as will the sponsors of the luncheon and special guest Brian Sears, the newest Hall of Fame member. The recent electees to the Communicators Hall of Fame, Gordon Waterstone and Steven Wolf, already have "seats at the table" as former Presidents of USHWA.   Tim Bojarski, president of the Harness Writers Association, noted that "USHWA is honored to have the New Meadowlands and its off-track site, along with two major New York tracks in Tioga and Vernon, join together with one of the sport's premier auction companies, based in Kentucky, and one of the sport's elite breeding farms, headquartered in Maryland for this sponsorship effort.   "The fact that these diverse organizations, located in diverse areas, are combining in this sponsorship shows the 'win-win' attitude of these groups so necessary in this competitive entertainment market. We of USHWA are proud they have chosen to support us as we honor the best in our sport next month."   The Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park will be held as the culmination of the February 25-26 weekend when USHWA holds its annual business meetings. Further information about the Banquet and the weekend, including links for dinner tickets, Souvenir Journal advertising congratulating award-winners, and room reservations at special USHWA rates for Planet Hollywood, is available on the group's website, www.ushwa.org.   Jerry Connors  

Merchandiser 3, 1:53.4, by Muscle Hill, will stand at Stonewater Farms in Ancaster, Ontario for the 2017 breeding season. Merchandiser will stand for an introductory fee of $4,000 (CAD). His co-owner and trainer, Greg Peck, said, “Several Ontario breeders have told me they want to breed to a son of Muscle Hill in Ontario at an affordable price. When I showed them Merchandiser, they said ‘wow.’ He has a very desired commercial pedigree, great presence and conformation at an affordable price.” When asked to compare the son of Muscle Hill to his father (selected, trained and managed his entire racing career by Peck), he humbly responded “it’s like standing me alongside my U.S. Army ranger son. Merchandiser is the next generation. He’s bigger and stronger than his father was at the end of his three-year-old season. I am confident with those pluses he’ll be a success in Ontario.” Jennifer Jones, proprietor of Stonewater Farms Inc., said, “We have booked mares like Pure Ivory, an Ontario Sires graduate with earnings close to $1.5 million from Hunterton Farms, as well as Torre Mozza, from the boutique Ontario trotting operation Cool Creek Farm. This is a new venture for us. I’m confident our track record in mating and managing Performance Horses will be an asset to serve the needs of Standardbred breeders. I can see the Ontario program is the best in the industry. Merchandiser foals will be race in the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes.” Christy Markos, co-owner and stallion manager, has extensive experience in all aspects of Standardbred breeding duties, such as collection and shipping semen of new stallions. Merchandiser is a three-year-old son of Muscle Hill. He was bred by Brittany Farms and sold as a yearling for $100,000. His dam, Majestic Style is the youngest daughter of the prolific Keystone Profile, as well as her only daughter to foal a son of Muscle Hill. This is the immediate family of such great trotters as Passionate Glide, Muscle Massive and successful Ontario sire Muscle Mass. For further information, please call Christy Markos at 905-462-1960. From Stonewater Farms

There are eight last start harness racing winners going head-to-head in Saturday night's Cordina Chicken Farms Hondo Grattan Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle and surprisingly that does not include Our Waikiki Beach. Out of the 10 horses engaged, not including the emergencies who are actually both last start winners also, Our Waikiki Beach is one of two horses not to have graced the winners' circle last start. However, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained gelding is the favourite with TAB Fixed Odds at $1.85 after drawing barrier one. The second favourite is Salty Robyn at $2.40 with all other runners at double figure odds. The winner of this $50,000 Group Two will automatically qualify for the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire on February 11 and will join Soho Tribeca (Western Australia) and Chase The Dream (New Zealand) as qualified horses for that event. The Chariots Of Fire conditions allow for the winners of the Golden Nugget (WA), the Four and Five-Year-Old Futurity (NZ), the Four-Year-Old Bonanza (Victoria) as well as the Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios Stakes (Menangle) to automatically qualify for the Chariots Of Fire. The remainder of the field for the Chariots Of Fire will be selected only from horses that competed in the Paleface Adios and Hondo Grattan Stakes on overall finishing positions. Based on the presumption that all automatically qualified horses nominate for the Chariots Of Fire, the second and third-placed horses in the Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios Stakes will gain entry into the $200,000 feature. The winner of the 2017 Chariots Of Fire will be invited to contest the Ainsworth Miracle Mile on February 25, 2017. CLICK HERE for the TAB Fixed Odds on the Hondo Grattan Stakes   AMANDA RANDO

East Rutherford, NJ ---Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna signed the ticket for the sales topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, and it won't take the trainer much time to get familiar with the horse. Alagna purchased Dr J Hanover for $280,000. Dr J Hanover, a 4-year-old gelded pacer, spent his first two years in Alagna's stable, winning eight of 19 races and earning $326,773. The majority of Dr J Hanover's success came last year at Yonkers Raceway, where he won six times. On the Grand Circuit, he finished third in the Messenger Stakes, Little Brown Jug, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. In addition, Alagna bought 4-year-old pacing stallion American Passport for $135,000. American Passport also raced in Alagna's stable at ages 2 and 3, winning five of 27 races and earning $314,656. The two horses were sold as part of dissolving partnerships. "Some partners wanted out, some wanted to stay in; we'll wait until the dust settles and see who's staying in," Alagna said. "It will be new partnerships put together for both horses." One of the new partners on both horses will be Canada's Brad Grant. "Brad and I have had great luck," Alagna said. "He bought Wake Up Peter from me, he bought Sandbetweenurtoes, Revenge Shark, Witch Dali; he's had a great run with horses that we've had. These fit what Brad is looking for. They'll be nice horses for the 4-year-old year." Dr J Hanover, named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms, was purchased as a yearling under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare So Perfect and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Alagna will target the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers for Dr J Hanover's first test. "He's back training," Alagna said. "We gave him a nice proper break, so he'll be ready for the Levy if everything goes well. We'll play it by ear. If he's getting beat up in the Levy we won't continue and we'll get him freshened up and get him ready for the 4-year-old restricted races. "With the way the races are, and the money they're going for at Yonkers, and if you have a horse that's a half-mile track specialist, why not? Dr J Hanover got so good on the half, and that made him a horse. You normally don't find that. He learned to leave the gate fast." American Passport is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Star Of The Show. He sold as a yearling for $29,000 under the name Rose Run Rascal at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother is a half-sister to both Ideal Treasure, who is the dam of 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, and stakes-winner Ideal Matters. The family also includes world champion Hit Parade. "I like his speed," Grant said. "He's a very fast horse. I think he's got a lot of upside ahead of him. He's lightly raced. I really think he's got a lot of racing ahead of him." Grant purchased last year's top seller at the January sale, trotter Lindy's Tru Grit, for $125,000. He also purchased then 3-year-old Easy Lover Hanover, who capped last season by winning the Progress Pace, for $70,000. "Brad's already got Easy Lover (Hanover)," Alagna said. "He's got (multiple) opportunities to race for good money in the 4-year-old restricted (races). We'll do the right thing and get American Passport ready for the 4-year-old year. I'm not going to rush him to be ready for the Levy because I don't think he's ready to do that yet. But he's got a lot of upside. "There are a lot of 4-year-old restricted races and then by midseason hopefully he can step up. There's no (Horse of the Year) Always B Miki, no Racing Hill, no Betting Line. You take a lot of horses out of the mix, so he's got a shot to make some serious money." A total of eight horses sold for at least $100,000 at this year's sale, compared to two horses last year. Following Dr J Hanover on the list was 4-year-old pacing stallion Gerries Sport, who was purchased for $145,000 by trainer Josh Green as agent. Last year, Gerries Sport won five of 20 races and earned $187,978 while racing for trainer Richard Moreau. He finished second to Betting Line in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. Multiple-stakes-winner Katies Rocker, a 4-year-old gelded pacer with $405,069 in career purses, sold for $140,000 to Howard Taylor. The horse raced for trainer Jim Campbell at ages 2 and 3. In addition to the eight horses to top $100,000 this year, 4-year-old pacer Western Fame and 4-year-old trotter Lagerfeld were each hammered down for more than $200,000, but neither reached his reserve price. Cinamony, a 6-year-old mare pacer, was the top seller among the ladies, going for $90,000 to Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm. Mullen plans to breed the mare, who won 25 of 89 races and earned $532,404 in her career. Cinamony is a half-sister to stakes-winner Fear The Dragon and her second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Mattaroni. "She had a good record and she was racy looking," Mullen said. "Mattaroni is a pretty nice family." Below are the top sellers from Monday's sale. Horse--Sire-Dam--Buyer--Consignor--Price Dr J Hanover (4gp) - Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$280,000 Gerries Sport (4hp) - Mach Three-Perfect Sport-Josh Green, agent-Northwood Bloodstock-$145,000 Katies Rocker (4gp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Just Wait Kate-Howard Taylor-Peninsula Farm, agent-$140,000 American Passport (4hp) - American Ideal-Star Of The Show-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$135,000 Bentley Spur (5gt) - SJ's Caviar-Sweetie Spur-Richard Banca-Northwood Bloodstock-$135,000 Missile J (4gp) - American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter-Scott DiDomenico-Preferred Equine, agent-$115,000 Rodeo Romeo (5hp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Southwind Vanna-Chris Ryder, agent-Preferred Equine, agent-$110,000 Voracity (4gp) - Sportswriter-Lu Lu Q-Burke Racing-Preferred Equine, agent-$105,000 Cinamony (6mp) - Art Official-Armbro Cinnamon-Mark Mullen-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Latest Desire (7gp) - Real Desire-Latest Design-Virgil Morgan Jr.-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Bettor Rock On N (8gp) - Bettor's Delight-Jingle Belle Rock-William Hartt-Preferred Equine, agent-$85,000 Fine Diamond (4hp) - Rock N Roll Heaven-Yellow Diamond-S. Descheneaut-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Newcastle (5gt) - Cantab Hall-Blushed-Cad Gregory-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Elliesjet N (7mp) - Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose-Chad Foulk-Northwood Bloodstock-$70,000 Tipitina (7mp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly-Rene Allard-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 The Rock (5gp) - Sportswriter-Shy Ticket-Tyler Buter-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 Complete results of the sale are available at www.tattersallsredmile.com. Ken Weingartner

Unbeaten Bettor's Delight filly Partyon, driven by Mark Purdon in the $31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night, did the unimaginable winning her first start back after a five-month spell and not only winning but smashing the harness racing three-year-old Australasian record in the process. After drawing two on the second row Partyon sat near the rear and came out at the top of the home straight to power home in a patient drive and record a stunning win. Partyon paced the 1609 metres in 1:51.3 with sectionals of 26.5, 29.1, 28.2 and 27.5. This broke the previous record of 1:52.4 set by another Purdon filly My Mackenzie in May of last year. Trained by the Allstars team Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen this was the sixth win and first as a three-year-old for Partyon from her only starts to date. As a two-year-old Partyon won the $150,000 Group 1 Harness Jewels Diamond, rating 1:55.5 for the mile at Cambridge in New Zealand and followed that up with two further starts in Australia at Tabcorp Park Melton, winning the $280,000 Group 1 Australasian Breeder's Crown for two-year-old fillies. In this race she rated a very good 1:54.4 mile-rate over 2240 metres. RA & JV YARNDLEY 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m Mark Purdon on Partyon winning the Alabar Breeders Crown Series 19 Partyon - 31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial Partyon was bred by Woodlands Stud and sold as a weanling at the 2014 Auckland weanling sale for $20,000. She is the second live foal of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. A real bargain to say the least as of this date Partyon has earnings of $256,675. Beach Parade has a current two-year-old full sister to Partyon called Lydia's Delight who was also sold as a weanling for $16,000 to a client of Jeff Dunn's stable at the 2015 weanling sale, once again bred by Woodlands Stud. This filly is already a bargain as Bettor's Delight will stand for $25,000 plus GST this next breeding season. For those looking to buy a top yearling at this year's sale there is a full brother to Partyon, yes a full brother by Bettor's Delight in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February the 20th selling as Lot 104 on behalf of Breckon Farms. We have attached a photo and video of this yearling called Kokomo Beach. Lot 104 – Kokomo Beach (brown colt Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade) 2017 Harnesslink Media.    

A son of Auckland Reactor who should be familiar to regular readers of the Alabar website and social media channels scored an impressive win at the Bendigo trials earlier last week. You Ninety Two faced the breeze the entire trip and despite doing all the work he hit the line hard to win. He cut out the final half and quarter in 60.4 and 29.9. You Ninety Two should be familiar to Alabar readers as he was one of the award winners in the Auckland Reactor Foal Photo competition back in 2014. As you can see in the picture he was a great looking foal. Bred by Peter Salathiel, Your Ninety Two is out of the Elsu mare Numismatic. While unraced Numismatic is a half sister to five winners including the very good mares Giggling Girl $136,219 and Aye Tee Em $117,865. Being out of an Elsu mare, You Ninety Two is bred on the successful Direct Scooter line / Falcon Seelster line cross and also of interest is that he carries a 3 x 4 cross to Soky's Atom. On speaking to Peter Salathiel today he informed us that he is really pleased with You Ninety Two as the Bendigo trial last week was the first time he had taken the horse to any workout or trial and what he did winning that trial parked out was on his sheer ability. Peter says You Ninety Two is not a big horse but is well put together. You Ninety Two went around again on Sunday just gone at Bendigo trials against all ages and ran a very good closing third without any pressure. The mile rate was a very good 1:58.7 over 1650 metres, last mile in 1:58.4 and You Ninety Two was making good ground up over the final stages and was the first two-year-old home. Peter was so impressed with the run that he is planning to start You Ninety Two on the 28th of January at Ballarat in a $10,000 two-year-old race. How did You Ninety Two get his name? Well Peter told us that You Ninety Two is the name of Uranium. 92 is the number of Uranium on the periodic table of Elements. This is real interesting as You Ninety Two's grandmother is called Atomic Fusion and Auckland Reactor's mother is called Atomic Lass. You Ninety Two

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2017 -- Believeinthespirit followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to pull off a 28-1 harness racing shocker in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Believeinthespirit was sixth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano swung him into the cover flow behind the first-over Gokudo Hanover. The 6-year-old Art Major-Spirit Of The West gelding roared past Gokudo Hanover in mid-stretch and held off the rallying Kingofthejungle to prevail by a neck in 1:52.2. Easy Again closed well for show. Mike Dowdall trains Believeinthespirit, who extended his career bankroll to $190,367, for Keith Pippi. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, while Aaron Merriman enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

January 16, 2017 - Five starting spots remain for harness racing's 2017 Prix d’Amerique. The earned invitations to date are listed below. Sweden’s trainer Daniel Reden has three on the list (Lionel, Call Me Keeper and Wild Honey) that will line up against favorite Bold Eagle. 1- Anna Mix – 1st Prix de Bretagne (Gr.II) 2- Propulsion – 2nd Prix de Bretagne (Gr.II) 3- Princess Grif – 3rd Prix de Bretagne (Gr.II) 4- Bold Eagle – 1st Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr.II) 5- Lionel – 2nd Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr.II) 6- Voltigeur de Myrt – 3rd Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr.II) 7- Belina Josselyn – 1st du Ténor de Baune (Gr.II) 8- Treasure Kronos – 1st Critérium Continental (Gr.I) 9- Timoko – 2nd Prix de Bourgogne (Gr.II) 10- Booster Winner – 3rd Prix de Bourgogne (Gr.II) 11- Briac Dark – 1st Prix de Belgique (G.II) 12- Call Me Keeper – 2nd Prix de Belgique (G.II) 13- Wild Honey – 3rd Prix de Belgique (G.II) Thomas H. Hicks

January 16, 2017 - 15/1 Verveine du Mont was victorious in today’s Gr. III Prix de Roubaix (purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Mlle. Audrey Laroche was in the irons for Ecurie AB Trot and harness racing  trainer Franck Blandin. The winner scored timed in 1.12.7kr to defeat 10.6/1 A Mery de Chahains (7f Password-Nuit de Plainville) and jockey Florian Prioul for owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier. Third was 75/1 Ardelot (7g Hello Barbes-Kora de Montfort) with Mlle. Lolita Balay aboard. The co-featured Prix de Brionne (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) this day went to 3.1/1 Afghan Barbes (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes), racing barefoot, for driver Ch.J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and owner Andre Francis Bigeon. 6.9/1 Bily de Gueriniere (6g Prodigious-Haldane) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and for breeder/owner Pierre Gypteau. 7/1 Sylvester America (6g Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) raced close-up throughout and ended third for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Jerry Riordan. 18.6/1 Spirit Real closed quickly from far back to be fourth for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Riordan. Time Machine (8g Super Arnie-Union Highness) was fifth at 109/1 for Dominik Locqueneux and owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm. Thomas H. Hicks

WEST CORK, Ireland - Jamie Hurley took the riding honors riding a first and last race double IB Tweedy in the opener and Maithi Buachaill in the finale of the Grade A trot at the annual Ballygurteen road trotting races on Sunday. Maithi Buachaill was looking for his third win on the bounce in the Grade A. Here he locked horns with his old rival Rhyds Ponder, who has finished second to him in their previous two outings . As always Deirdre Goggin set the fractions on Rhyds Ponder leading at the three turning points but Hurley did not let his arch rival get too far away and overtook her with three furlongs to go. Rhyds Ponder to his credit, battled back but Maithi Buachaill was not for catching and eventually had four lengths to spare. IB Tweedy had earlier impressed in the Novice. Here Hurley sent the winner to the front after two furlongs and never looked in any danger of defeat and will race in Grade E the next time out. Saunders Paris has swept all before her in her two previous outings and despite the step up to Grade D, this daughter of Play With a Full Deck continued to impress, making light work of her five rivals to record a six length rompn .Deirdre Goggin was in the plate and "Paris" is owned and trained by her father Micheal. Tactician Du Lys also remains undefeated this term.This imposing French bred trotter made his debut in the Grade B a winning one. When Favorite Democrat made a mess of the opening turn and was pulled up, this left Rhyds Artist with a commanding lead nearing the final turning point.  "Cool Hands" Timmy O'Leary had cut the advantage on the leader and coming off the sand at the last turn swept to the front to win by eight lengths. Already the talk has started of Tactician Du Lys taking on the big boys in the Grade A . The large partisan local crowd roared on Hillside Mustang to victory in the Grade E Race. Owned by the five strong Cuigear Racing syndicate, this son of Harmony P was given the office by Jason O'Reilly to lead home Big Jim by five lengths. David Brickley's season has been slow by his terms, but he got the ball rolling with a win on Meadowbranch Kiki in the Grade C, who had a titanic battle with race favorite Lakeview Walter eventually getting up to win by a head . The next meeting is the annual Memorial Day in Skibbereen on Jan 29th by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS NOVICE (Donal McCarthy Memorial Cup) 1.One For The Road Syn IB TWEEDY J Hurley 2. D McCarthy ON THE OTHER SIDE Marie Moloney 3. McCarthy/ Daly SHANES INCOME Grade E (Denis Dullea Memorial Cup) 1. Cuigear Racing HILLSIDE MUSTANG J O'Reilly 2. G Kane BIG JIM T O'Leary 3. C Brickley MILLERS BOY Owner Grade D (Jeremiah Keohane Memorial Cup) 1. M Goggin SAUNDERS PARIS Deirdre Goggin 2. R Joyce BEAUTYS HARMONY M O'Reilly 3.H Bennett WELLFIELD DAMIAN Marie Moloney Grade C (William O Donovan Memorial Cup) 1. Shanahan / Brickley MEADOWBRANCH KIKI D Brickley 2. R Joyce LAKEVIEW WALTER M O'Reilly 3. P Manning SPRINGHILL JAZZ Deirdre Goggin Grade B (Sean McCarthy Memorial Cup) 1. G Kane TACTICIAN DU LYS T O'Leary 2. L O Brien RHYDS ARTIST Grade A (Paddy Keohane Memorial Cup) 1. Hegarty / Hurley MAITHI BUACHAILL J Hurley 2. N Forbes RHYDS PONDER Deirdre Goggin 3. N Forbes MOUNTAIN DEW LAD J O'Reilly                                                          

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DOVER, Del.--- Streaking Enhance Your Mind stepped up in class to score a 1:51.3victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace while Vintage Babe lengthened her harness racing win streak to six-in-a-row over a sloppy track on Tuesday, Jan.17 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras had five wins. Vic Kirby drove the Delaware-sired Riggins-Enhance The Night six-year-old who loves the front end to an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in the week's top distaff event. Owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, Enhance Your Mind came into her own last season winning nearly $100,000 in purses. She won her third of 2017, fourth straight and seventh win in her last eight starts this meet, turning back seven rivals with a :27.1 final panel. Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) was a game second challenging the winner from the backstretch to late in the stretch. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. One race earlier, Yannick Gingras guided Vintage Babe home first for the sixth consecutive time to post a 1:52.2 decision in a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares contest. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Vintage Babe and co-owns with Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini the four-year-old daughter of Vintage Master-Bunkhouse Babe. Barbara's Shadow (Kirby), who has won her previous two races, finished second. Valuable Art (Callahan) was the show horse. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle five times, Corey Callahan had a triple. George Dennis, owner-trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables had two winners. FROST FREE HANOVER SEEKS 3RD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT Frost Free Hanover has used consecutive come-from-behind performances to win the last two Tuesday feature races and again is the one-to-beat in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs. So far this meet, Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover’s strong closing brushes for driver Vic Kirby, including three wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts. Previously, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Pat Berry in the bike, had consecutive feature race wins.  Uva Hanover is also razor sharp with two wins, a second and a third in his last four outing with Tony Morgan driving for owners Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. Corey Callahan pilots Mike Casalino’s veteran Tough Mac, who also has two feature trot wins this meet. The other starters are Ed Gannon’s hard-hitting Winbak Charles M with Yannick Gingras. Owner-trainer Antonino Buttitta’s Muscerene, with Allen Davis and Geore&Tina Dennis’ Uwantapieceofme (Dennis), from the rail, complete the starting lineup.  A $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 4&5-Year-olds leads the undercard. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) owned by Davis,  Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bobby Reeser, was a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 winner last Wednesday. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) has been a close-up second in his last two for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The nine-horse field includes Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s fast Go Byem (Jim Morand) was a game second last start. Owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Jonathan Roberts), Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve. Jim Moore’s steady Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.), Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Morgan), Mike Casalino’s newcomer Earl’s Speeder (Callahan) drew the rail with Gregg and Tom Morris’ Doggone Slots (Roger Plante )leaves from outside post 9  in second tier.  Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad          
Pompano Beach, FL...January 17, 2017...Rockn Stien, a recent purchase by the M T Pockets Stables and Wrenn Racing, made his harness racing debut for his new owners at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (January 17) and promptly took top honors in that track's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.2. The five year-old gelded son of Valley Victor, handled superbly by Peter Wrenn, had to go to "Plan B" early on before pinning a one length defeat on the pacesetting Diamond Dagger, driven by Jason Dillander. Massacaia, making his first start for Jason Robinson after a three month respite from the racing wars, rallied for show honors for Ricky Macomber, Jr. while She's All In, prominent throughout, finished fourth. Gold Savage picked up the nickel in the septet. DC Flashback was next while Tater Twister, looking for his fourth straight win, completed the order of finish after finding himself on the outside looking in through lively first half panels. At the outset, it was a cavalry charge as the Hummer Starting Gate fled the scene with She's All In (post 2), Gold Savage (4), Diamond Dagger (5), Rockn Stien (6) and Tater Twister (7) all left with alacrity with Gold Savage and Rockn Stien taking back and letting the others sort it out. By the time they reached the opening marker--:27--Diamond Dagger had wrestled the lead from She's All In with Tater Twister hung out to dry like wet laundry. At the half in :55.2, Gold Savage had to share the fourth spot with Rockn Stien, who tilted out on turn two to begin his drive forward. On the backside, Rockn Stien was on a first up binge to reach second as Diamond Dagger took the field past the third station in 1:24. In the lane, Diamond Dagger and Rockn Stien were in a fierce battle with Rockn Stien edging to the front a sixteenth from home for the win. After the event, driver Peter Wrenn related, "we just got this one recently and I really didn't know what to expect in his first start back. "He did qualify well and my plan was to get him off the gate and try and land in a good spot up close. But, when they leaving on both sides of me, I had to go to 'plan B' and take back. "He went a very brave trip going first up and he finished nicely...and in a new mark, too. I am very pleased, as you can imagine." The win was number 10 in Rockn Stien's career vaulting his lifetime bankroll over the $150,000 plateau--$151,865 to be precise. Off at the even-money tote-board favorite, Rockn Stien returned a win mutual of $4.20. Wrenn, by the way, now has amassed 9,794 career wins. Racing continues on Wednesday with Miss Mady and OK Heavenly the morning line favorites in the $11,000 Mares Open Pace. Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Wednesday Pick-4, conducted on races 5 through 8. by John Berry for Pompano Park              
Longshot harness racing bettors were ecstatic while the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's 10th race on Tuesday (January 17) when #8 Arrow rocketed from the back to win at odds of 60-1. Growth Opportunities, LLC of North Canton, Ohio owns the five year-old pacer. Dean Santantonio trains Arrow and called upon Sam Schillaci for the winning drive. Tuesday's triumph was Arrow's first win this year in three starts and represents his eighth lifetime score. Arrow was followed across the wire by #6 Village Jackson (2-1), #2 Battle Call (2-1) and #4 Moreland Flash (50-1). Arrow returned $123.00 to win; the 8-6 Exacta paid $502.00; the 8-6-2 Trifecta returned $1,831.60; and the 8-6-2-4 20¢ Superfecta paid $695.65. Arrow's win came as the third leg of the evening's $1 Pick 4 which returned a whopping $13,854.50. Although his horse was scratched from race 10 and did not compete against the evening's richest winner, driver Jason Merriman made six trips to the winner's circle on Tuesday's 15-race program. Jason 's triumphs were with Lion Image ($17.20) in race one, Talladega Hanover ($5.80) in race three, Urlacker ($18.80) in race five, Wheres The Clicker ($6.60) in race seven, High Blue ($10.60) in race nine and Albert A' Scootin ($12.20) in race 13. Merriman won his first race in 2003, a $4,900 condition event in 1:59.3, at Pompano Park aboard I C U Talkin. Since breaking his maiden, Jason has scored 2,236 more times with purse earnings approaching $11 million. Ayers Ratlif
WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2017 -- First over forever, a game Show Runner somehow found enough late to get by the leader and capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Show Runner was fourth past the three-eighths when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Medusa, who appeared to have the race under control following a 30 second-quarter breather. But the 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner kept advancing on the "good" surface and scored in 1:53.3. Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for second, a head back, while Medusa saved show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $394,431, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Dave Palone each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
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