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The People have spoken!

The People have spoken!

The people have spoken. Trots Media’s Inter Dominion poll today asked  harness racing punters to rank the Inter Dominion runners in order to create 10-horse Grand Final field and the results were interesting. Breaking down the data, Good Form analyst Jason Bonnington then framed ‘The People’s Market’ based purely on the survey responses. What we ended up with was a Grand Final field as voted by the people and a market that when compared to TAB.com.au fixed odds prices presented potential value opportunities. “This market could look quite unbelievable at the end of the series if Lazarus loses because it’s pretty much telling you that you can back seven, eight other horses, steer clear of the $2.40 and you’re probably going to make money out of this,” Bonnington said. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE'S PODCAST On Lennytheshark, who the people’s market rated $4.50, Bonnington said “it’s unthinkable that he’s on the drift” with TAB.com.au taking on the reigning Miracle Mile champ and easing his price from $4.50 out to $5.50. “Many people will tell you he races better at Gloucester Park than anywhere else and he represents value according to the people’s market,” Bonnington added. Some of the key stats from today's survey (95 responded with their top 10 in order) are:  55.79% of people picked Lazarus to win 30.53% of people picked Lennytheshark to win 86.31% of people picked either Lazarus or Lennytheshark to win 6.32% of people picked Soho Tribeca to win 6 horses were placed on top (10 points) - Lazarus (53 times), Lennytheshark 29, Soho Tribeca 6, Chicago Bull and San Carlo 3, and Americanbootscoota 1 (Americanbootscoota was placed 18th of 29 in the people's rankings)  90 of the 95 people tipped Lazarus to finish top-three 82 of 95 tipped Lennytheshark to finish top-three 37 of 95 tipped Chicago Bull to finish top-three 43 of 95 tipped Soho Tribeca to finish top-three Shandale (99), Devendra (75), Motu Premier (72), Majordan (55) and Lets Chase The Dream (55) missed the People's Final Field but would be in the running for emergency positions Simply Susational ranked last with just 4 votes, with Vultan Tin and Tanaka Eagle just ahead on 5 votes The “People’s Market” for the Inter Dominion Grand Final is below (ranked in market order) 1: Lazarus $4 (881 votes) 2: Lennytheshark $4.50 (836 votes) 3: Chicago Bull $6  (610 votes) 4: Soho Tribeca $6.50 (597 votes) 5: Tiger Tara $8.50 (488 votes) 6: Have Faith In Me $11 (361 votes) 7: San Carlo $14  (294 votes) 8: Ohoka Punter  $34 (147 votes) 9: Mr Mojito  $34 (144 votes) 10: Major Crocker $34 (131 votes) How do you see it? Use the hashtags #Trots to have your say.  Check out the TAB.com.au Fixed Odds All-In Inter Dominion Market Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Devendra, harness racing

Devendra takes on stars on opening night

A young man and his horse, tonight, together take the biggest step of their harness racing careers. Devendra will compete on the opening night of the greatest harness racing Series in the Southern hemisphere, the $1.1 million dollar Inter-Dominion in Western Australia. Devendra has been there before, in 2015 he performed magnificently winning two heats of the Series at Gloucester Park before coming undone in the final. With the experience of his dual Inter-Dominion success as trainer-driver of the brilliant Beautide, James Rattray was in charge of Devendra's previous campaign. Two years on and the great 'Tassie hope' is back, the eight-year-old takes on the best pacers in the land, this time around with his trainer and regular driver Todd Rattray taking the reins. To the majority of the general public Todd has long lived in the shadow of brothers James and  Gareth, but since taking over operations of the Rattray Family stables he has truly arrived as star in his own right. Todd, the winner of the 2016/17 Tasmanian Driving premiership and leader again this season has completed his apprenticeship in the state's most successful stable of the past 20 years and is now battle-hardened for the enormous challenge ahead. The likes of champion Lazarus and Lennytheshark await the Tasmanian duo along with West Australian stars Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. Lazarus is the favourite for the Series, the champion has won his last eight starts, blitzing a class field in the New Zealand Cup in runaway style in the lead-up to the Championship and will clash with Devendra in heat one. Lennytheshark, the 2015 Inter champ at Gloucester Park has since added the Miracle Mile and Victoria Cup to its list of feature wins. Chicago Bull is the reigning  Fremantle and West Australian Pacing Cup winner while Soho Tribeca was placed in the Cups and turned the tables on Chicago Bull in the $200,000 Golden Nugget. In Heat One tonight at 22.04 (Tasmanian time) Devendra ($19) has drawn the pole, Soho Tribeca ($1.85) is alongside in two while the Mark Purdon superstar Lazarus ($2.25)  has drawn the car park in nine. By Shane Yates

What The Hill, Harness Racing

What The Hill set for $350,000 TVG

Ron Burke will send What The Hill to face older foes in Saturday's $350,000 TVG Series championship for male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the harness racing trainer is interested to see how the colt responds. What The Hill received an invitation to the TVG finale because of his win in October's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park. He is the third consecutive Breeders Crown 3-year-old champion to try the TVG, following Bar Hopping and The Bank. Bar Hopping finished fifth last year and The Bank was seventh in 2015. Joining What The Hill in this year's race are Lookslikeachpndale, Mambo Lindy, Pinkman, Crazy Wow, and Dayson. Crazy Wow and Dayson also are trained by Burke. According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Information and Research Department, What The Hill is trying to become the first 3-year-old male trotter in recent history to win against older foes in a series final worth at least $100,000 since Before He Cheats captured the $120,000 Chester Late Closing Series in 2007. The only other instance since 1992 of a 3-year-old trotter winning a race worth at least $100,000 against older horses came on the female side, when filly CR Kay Suzie defeated seven mares in the Breeders Crown at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I'm excited to try this," Burke said. "(What The Hill) loves the Meadowlands and it's a short field, which gives him options. It's something neat to try to see where he is and how much he has to improve for next year if he races." The Meadowlands on Saturday also hosts TVG Series championships for female trotters, male pacers and female pacers. In addition, the 13-race card includes the "Fall Final Four" stakes for 2-year-old trotters and pacers. Post time is 7:15 p.m. EST for the night's first race. What The Hill has won six times in his career at the Meadowlands. In his most recent appearance at the track, in August, he finished first in the Hambletonian but was disqualified for interfering with another horse in the stretch. On Saturday, the colt starts from post five with driver David Miller. "The best part is that he's very similar to me to Crazy Wow," Burke said. "That's who I most would compare him to; just how they move and their ability levels. I think right at this time they're very similar." What The Hill has won eight of 17 races this year and earned $774,928 for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. For his career, the son of Muscle Hill out of K T Cha Cha has won 11 of 31 races and $1.09 million. Two other of this year's Breeders Crown champions will meet in the $175,000 TVG Series final for trotting mares: Hannelore Hanover, who defeated male rivals in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, and Emoticon Hanover, who won the Breeders Crown Mare Trot. Completing the four-horse TVG field are Barn Doll and Caprice Hill. Hannelore Hanover, a 5-year-old mare who also beat the boys in the Maple Leaf Trot, has won nine of 16 races this season and earned $952,879. Emoticon Hanover, a 4-year-old, has won five of 12 starts this year and earned $385,666. Both hold world records, with Hannelore Hanover's mark of 1:49.2 the fastest in history for a female trotter and Emoticon Hanover's 1:50.2 the fastest in history for a female trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. "It's a short field but it's good horses," Burke said. "(Hannelore Hanover) will have to be sharp. She trained great last week, so hopefully she will be good." Burke stakes-winners All Bets Off and Check Six are among the seven horses in the $350,000 TVG Series championship for male pacers. Mach It So, who won this year's William R. Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, and stakes-winners McWicked and Dealt A Winner also are in the field. "All Bets Off, to me, needs to win this," Burke said. "If he wins it I think he's aged pacer of the year, so it's a big priority to try to win this race." The $175,000 TVG Series championship for female pacers includes 2016 winner Lady Shadow, this year's Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Pure Country and stakes-winners Nike Franco N, Blue Moon Stride, Darlinonthebeach, and Bedroomconfessions. Burke's night is not limited to TVG action. Among the remaining horses from his stable in action is Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing filly champion Youaremycandygirl in the $381,200 Three Diamonds. She will start from post 10 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. "I hate the draw, but she's a great horse," Burke said. "She will put herself in the right position. Yannick will figure something out from out there." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

large animal technical rescue

Large animal emergency rescue course

Guelph - ON The unfortunate disasters in Alberta, California, and Florida clearly show that many people were willing to go to great lengths to rescue their animals -- many risking serious personal injury or worse. When any disaster strikes, an "incident involving animals" can quickly become an "incident involving people who are trying to save the animals". The public has strong expectations when it comes to animal welfare and proper training for emergency rescue of large animals is a crucial element. First responders in Ontario now have an increased level of knowledge thanks to over 30 keen, hardy participants and an experienced team of trainers.   Presented by Equine Guelph and the Meaford Fire Department, Nov 17 - 19, their large animal rescue course covered many topics including animal behavior in stressful situations and how to keep handlers and first responders safe. Attention was also paid to keeping the people who own and care deeply about their animals out of harm's way. Major topics covered included best practices for large animal technical rescue, fire prevention plus personal safety and related animal behavior and care issues.   "We feel strongly that this training is of benefit for all fire departments to help their communities, and we are very proud of the strong relationship that Equine Guelph has developed with Chief Granahan and the Meaford Fire Department and Training Centre so that this training can be offered and developed, says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. "The facility at Meaford is excellent and we had a wonderful team of instructors and support crew."   Classic Towing made $1.25 million worth of equipment available for the course plus very experienced tow operators including the well-known Bubba Semple from the TV show Heavy Rescue 401. McKinnon Transport brought a livestock hauler. Allan McKinnon and Bubba Semple both took part in class presentations explaining the capabilities of their equipment and safety aspects of hauling animals.   "All large animal incidents regardless of cause or scope, present a risk of injury to responders," says course facilitator, Dr. Susan Raymond in her presentation on best practices. "Through proper training and the use of specialized rescue equipment we significantly mitigate these risks and improve the odds of a favorable outcome for both animals and responders. By keeping responders safe, we improve our capacity to keep animals safe."   Knowledge, practice and application was the goal attained over the 3-day course. After learning about the incident command system and the equipment they would be using, participants worked through "real-life" scenarios including a mud rescue and several different ways to perform drags, lifts and assists. The anatomy lessons made it clear that tails, legs and necks are not handles and thinking otherwise can produce dreadful or fatal results. Safe attachment methods for straps and support were explained by lead instructor Victor MacPherson,Adjala-Tosorontio District Fire Chief and the assistant instructors.   "The instructors were knowledgeable in their fields and it truly was one of the best courses I've ever attended," said Kris McCarthy, Toronto Mounted Police.   Participants came from Fire Departments in Chatsworth, Ramara, Burlington, Fort Erie, Rideau Lakes, Meaford, Searchmont as well as Mounted Police from Hamilton and Toronto and Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit. Students also included a veterinarian, veterinary technician and horse owners. The hands-on large animal rescue course certainly delivered realistic conditions that first responders might encounter including rain, snow and wind but the damp muddy conditions did not dampen anyone's enthusiasm to participate in the situations as teams worked together planning and executing safe rescue techniques.   "Equine Guelph has been hosting Large Animal Rescue workshops for four years and this is our second successful course held in Meaford," says Ecker. "We are pleased with the positive feedback and inquiries for more training coming from communities committed to proactive training to support the health and welfare of horses and livestock in Ontario."   Equine Guelph extends its thanks to Scott Granahan, Chief of Meaford Fire Department and the team of knowledgeable instructors for the incredible 3-days of training: Victor MacPherson, Susan Raymond, Beverley Sheremeto, Robert Nagle, Wendy McIsaac-Swackhamer, Katherine Hoffman and Chris Watson.   Stay tuned to EquineGuelph.ca for the next course offering announcement.   Equine Guelph, 50 McGilvray St, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada  

November 20, 2017 - The featured harness racing Prix Edmond Henry (monte, Gr, II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) went to even-money odds Traders (5m Ready Cash-Graziella) and his jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. This horse, that once bested Bold Eagle, is owned and trainer by Philippe Allaire. 8/1 Bilibili (6g Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was second ridden by Alexandre Abrivard for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Third was 20.6/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (6f Niky-Kuela Lumpur) and Camille Levesque for owner/breeder Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Traders, by this win, claims a bid to the lucrative Grand Prix de Cornulier the Sunday before the Prix d’Amerique, that carries a purse of €700,000 and is the richest monte event in the world. The Prix de Cornulier began in 1931 and has showcased legendary winners such as three time victors Jag de Bellouet. Kaiser Trot, Bellino II and well known double winners such as Roxane Grif. Tidalium Pelo, Tabriz, Dream With Me and others. The last five winners are shown below (Wikipedia file): Year Winner S/A Time Sire Jockey Trainer Owner Second Third 2017 Bellissima France F.6 1'13" Blue Dream Matthieu Abrivard Matthieu Abrivard Écurie Abrivard Tornade du Digeon Bilibili 2016 Scarlet Turgot F.10 1'12"9 Dahir de Prélong Alexandre Abrivard Yannick-Alain Briand Thérèse Hoste Astor du Quenne Attentionally 2015 Roxane Griff F.10 1'13"3 Ténor de Baune Éric Raffin Sébastien Guarato Écurie Griff Tiégo d'Étang Talicia Bella 2014 Roxane Griff F.9 1'12"3 Ténor de Baune Éric Raffin Sébastien Guarato Écurie Griff Tiégo d'Étang Saphir de Morge 2013 Singalo M.7 1'12"4 Goetmals Wood David Thomain Louis Baudron Louis Baudron Quarry Bay Scolie de Bassière   On the November 20 card at Vincennes was the Q+ Prix de Montignac-Chorente (purse €88,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) and 5/1 Balbir (6g Ganymede-Manzir) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie de Vieux Chene. 58.2/1 Quick Fix (8g From Above-Glued) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 2.3/1 Bakchich (6g Quopeck-Paux de Villeneuve) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer J.M. Legros. 32.1/1 Tell Me No Lies and 20.1/1 Anette du Mirel were fourth and fifth to the line. Also on the PV program was the Prix de Loudun (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 13 strarters) and the 1.16.5kr timed victory went to 1.3/1 Dark Night Love (4f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up. Thomas H. Hicks

November 22, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Q+ was at Mauquenchy in the 13th leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Victory went to 3/1 Aero King (7g Hooper-Quarmina du Hour) reined by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was 1.14.2kr and the top three home were not distance handicapped. 45.9/1 Vanderlov (8g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) took second for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas. 10.7/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) was third for Francois Levcanu/ 2.4/1 Classic Way (5m Prodigious) was fourth. This Tour de Trance des Trotteurs commenced March 8 and now after 13 legs Tiger Danover has 70 points, ahead of Violine Mourotaise with 56 and Ursa Major with 54 points. The final will be December 3 at Paris-Vincennes. This series brings upper level trotters to smaller markets throughout France. Yesterday (November 21) at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Ostarg (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 1.13.2kr timed, 22.3/1 odds, winner was Chica de Joudes (5f Jag de Ballouet-Queschua Love) reined by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. 3/2 favorite Comete des Vaux (5f Simngalo-Queen Marie Vaux) reined by Tony LeBeller for owner/trainer J.M. Legros. 12.7/1 Callas du Bouff (5f Look de Star) was third for David Thomain. Same evening, same venue, was the Prix Polyxo (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) and 4/5 favorite Fashion Queen (2f Pablo As-Pidelia) scored for Eric Raffin timed in 1.16.6kr. Philippe Allaire trains the filly, bred and owned by J.M. Tessier. Second for 9.9/1 Folie Prestance (2f Sam Bourbon-Quelle Prestance) for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel.18.2/1 Frigate Island (2f Timoko-Adneika) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&O Bronsman AB. Thomas H. Hicks  

Dover, DE ---  Downbytheseaside overcame post position nine to win the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination in 1:50.1 over harness racing stablemate Fear The Dragon on Wednesday night (Nov. 22) at Dover Downs. Chris Page drove the Brian Brown trainee to a thee length victory for his 13th win in 21 season's starts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has now banked $1.44 million in 2017. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon finished second and Geez Joe was third in the 11-horse contest. The top eight horses in the elimination will return for the $300,000 (est.) final on Thursday (Nov. 30). Click here for a complete chart of the race. USTA Communications Department 

Durham Park Stud today issued a media release informing of the sad passing of 2017 Australian harness racing three-year-old filly of the year, Petacular. Durham Park confirmed the Breeders Crown champion was euthanized after breaking a cannon bone while spelling in the paddock. Owner and breeder Bruce Edward was devastated. “It’s an absolute shame, but after discussions with the surgeons at Ballarat Veterinary Practice we decided it was unfair on the mare to put her through a complex operation and six to eight months of recovery in a box with expected complications for a low chance of recovery,” Mr Edward said. During her racing career Petacular won 19 races and had seven placings from 26 starts for earnings of $454,083, including Group 1 wins in the two-year-old Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final and the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies Final. She will also be remembered for her four brave second placings in Group 1 finals, including the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 3YO Fillies Final, the Victorian Oaks, the NSW Oaks and the 2YO Fillies Breeders Crown Final. Mr Edward said Petacular would have gone on to be “an important broodmare at Durham Park Stud”. Re-live Petacular's memorable 3YO Fillies Breeders Crown victory At trainer/driver Michael Stanley’s request Petacular was buried on his farm. The Stanley stable issued a statement today, which read: “It is with much regret and a tremendously heavy heart that I inform the racing industry of the tragic loss of our beautiful, brave mare Petacular (Bonnie). "Whilst spelling, she had a freak accident in the paddock. Petacular was dearly loved by all involved at the Stanley Stable and will be deeply missed, particularly  by Mick, who shared a very special bond with her, as did her best friend RoRo (Soho Angel). She was treated like the Queen and she knew herself that she was so special. "We would like to acknowledge Bruce Edward and the and the PETstock Racing Syndicate for entrusting her in our care. Every moment with Bonnie was a pleasure and we are privileged to have been a part of her life. Thank you for everything BonBon. RIP big girl”. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) extends sincere condolences to all involved with Petacular. Fans are continuing to send tributes to the filly on social media. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night at The Meadowlands is the penultimate stop on the 2017 Grand Circuit with over $2.6 million in purses distributed over the finals of the TVG Series for older horses and the Freshman Fall Final Four. The harness racing stars of the season will align over the eight races to make their case for divisional honors.   Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) has the $175,000 TVG Mare Trot to use as a final push for Horse Of The Year honors with her top two rivals, Ariana G and Manchego, already in the clubhouse. She'll face the late season sensation Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) who has seared through the second half of the season in the mare division while Hannelore raced open competition.   What The Hill (David Miller) accepted an invitation to race in the $350,000 TVG Open final as the sophomore Breeders Crown champ. A win against older would likely advance his position for the Dan Patch trophy for that division.   Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover and What The Hill for his own interests as Burke Racing and J&T Silva on both. Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino are partners on the Hannelore while Our Horse Cents Stable and Deo Volente Farms hold shares in What The Hill.   Youaremycandygirl could cement the pacing filly title for Burke, Gingras and owner Bill Donovan with a win in the $381,200 Three Diamonds stake while Stay Hungry could do the same in the colt pace for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman, trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair in the $411,700 Governors Cup.   The freshman colt trot leader is still unclear with several contenders to battle in the $464,650 Valley Victory. Fashionwoodchopper (D. Miller) is the PASS champ and won both weeks at The Red Mile for Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms, Wolfgang (Gingras) nipped Takter stable-mate Sam Different Day in the Matron for owners Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stable and Fair Island Farm while Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) won last week's elim and is the likely favorite for owner Courant, Inc.   The filly trot is a wide open affair, but the unbeaten Manchego wrapped up divisional honors early. Ake Svanstedt and Blue Chip Bloodstock's Plunge Blue Chip was vicious in the elimination and is the filly to beat in the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid.   The older pacers are still a puzzle and the contenders are assembled for the $350,000 TVG Pacing final. McWicked was just that in a qualifier last Saturday, dragging Brian Sears around the oval in 1:48.4 for Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable and will take some beating here.   The pacing mares are just as competitive, Pure Country (Mark MacDonald) could probably wrap divisional honors with a win here following her Breeders Crown success for Takter and Diamond Creek Racing.   Make your reservations for the big night in Pink, the track's terraced dining room at the track.   Post time is 7:15 p.m..   Nick Salvi

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 22, 2017 -- Barn Girl won her third straight race -- and 14th this year -- with a facile front-end harness racing score in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl zipped to the top from post 6 for Aaron Merriman and never permitted any effective outside flow to develop. She defeated the pocket-sitting Lady Ping by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over a "good" surface, with Panana Republic third. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who now has won $555,968 and 48.2 percent of her 85 career starts, for Renee Bercury. Merriman piloted four winners on the 12-race card while Jeremy Indof and trainer Dirk Simpson teamed for a pair of victories. HOLIDAY EVENT AT THE MEADOWS SATURDAY FEATURES WAGERING SEMINARS, CHILI COOK-OFF, TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION “A Day at the Races,” a holiday weekend special event at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino that features wagering seminars, a chili cook-off and an unique competition among CBS radio personalities, is set for Saturday, Nov. 25. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) are joint sponsors of the event. During seminars in Delvin’s Banquet Room at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM, The Meadows Director of Racing Kevin Decker and Meadows Live! co-host and race analyst Jeff Zidek will advise attendees — no matter their level of expertise — on the finer points of handicapping and wagering. Fans will enjoy an immediate opportunity to deploy that advice on Saturday’s live racing card, which begins at 1:05 PM. In addition, all seminar participants will receive a “swag bag” of goodies (while supplies last). Other festivities include: The 12:30 PM chili cook-off pitting The Meadows Executive Chef Lonnie Stephenson, The Meadows Food & Beverage Director Cory Scheppmann and the North Strabane Fire Department. (There’s no truth to the rumor that the firefighters will be on hand solely to cool off any excesses by Messrs. Stephenson and Scheppmann.) All participants may sample the chili and vote for their favorites. The unusual “CBS Radio Takeover,” in which Chris Mueller (93.7 The Fan), Wookie (Y108 Froggy) and Elista (Star 100.7) will compete in bowling, blackjack, harness race wagering and a match race; the latter goes at approximately 2:30 PM. Each of the three stations will broadcast live from The Meadows between 9 AM and 7 PM. While fun is the order of the day, the spirit of Thanksgiving won’t be forgotten, as “A Day At The Races” includes a collection for Toys for Tots. Each participant who brings in an unwrapped new toy will receive a $5 betting voucher. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Champion New Zealand harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon, deeply disappointed when his horse Mr Mojito, hot favourite at 10/9, sustained a flat sulky tyre soon after the start and raced at the rear before finishing 11th behind Chicago Bull in the McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park 12 months ago, has high hopes of make amends for that unfortunate setback by driving Ultimate Machete to victory in the $125,000 Group 1 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Yes Loans Classic replaces the McInerney Ford Classic, which has been a summer carnival feature event since 1996. Ultimate Machete, whose 21 starts have produced nine wins and ten placings for stakes of $574,905, will be a dominant favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m classic. The Bettors Delight stallion earned a trip to Perth after scoring a superb victory over the experienced top-flight pacer Tiger Tara in the $234,000 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington last Friday when he had a tough run in the breeze before surging past the pacemaker Tiger Tara 70m from the post and beating that pacer by a neck, rating 1.51.9 over 1950m, with final quarters in 27.9sec. and 26.9sec. The $234,000 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington last Friday Ultimate Machete was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, who described him as a “serious horse” who would love the style of West Australian racing. “He’s got good gate speed and can also sit out wide and run home strongly,” she said. “He just keeps on going and doesn’t lie down; getting into a dog fight is his go in life.” Ultimate Machete gave a sample of his class on his only previous visit to Australia, when he finished third in a heat of the New South Wales Derby at Menangle last February before finishing a 1m second to his brilliant stablemate Vincent in the 2400m final in which the final 400m was covered in a sizzling 25.5sec. Late last year Ultimate Machete’s wins included the Group 1 $156,000 Sires Stakes at Addington, the Group 2 Alabar Classic at Alexandra Park and a listed $195,000 classic at Alexandra Park when he dashed over the final 800m of the 2200m event in 55.5sec. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr have combined to win the McInerney Ford Classic five times, including the past three years, with Waylade, Beaudiene Boaz and Chicago Bull. They also won with The Falcon Strike in 2001. Hall Snr won the event, previously known as the Coca Cola Pace and 6PR Classic, as a reinsman with Love of Glory (whom he trained) in 1990, Valley Champ (1993) and Slick Vance in 1995. Hall Snr has two runners in Friday night’s classic --- Herrick Roosevelt (Hall Jnr) and Runrunjimmydunn (Michael Grantham) --- who are capable of fighting out the finish after starting from back-line draws. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is hoping for a powerful performance from Rocknroll Lincoln, who warmed up for the Group 1 event with an impressive all-the-way victory over Herrick Roosevelt and Wrappers Delight in a Golden Nugget prelude last Friday night. Rocknroll Lincoln will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line, with the Ross Olivieri-trained Wrappers Delight (Chris Voak) at No. 2. Prentice said that he has been a fan of Ultimate Machete and held the horse in high regard. “I’ve always watched him because he is a half-brother to my good mare Major Reality and I have always liked him,” he said. Major Reality has had all her 36 starts for Prentice in WA for 20 wins, nine placings and stakes of $389,239. Her victories have included the Group 3 Gold Bracelet as a two-year-old, the 2015 Group 1 WA Oaks, the Group 2 Empress Stakes, the Group 2 Norms Daughter Classic and the Group 3 Golden Girls Classic at Pinjarra. Prentice will drive Major Reality from barrier six in the $50,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Norms Daughter Classic on Friday night. He has engaged ace Victorian reinsman Chris Alford to handle his other runner, Quite A Delight, who should be prominent from barrier two on the front line. It is an outstanding field which includes the outstanding Victorian six-year-old mare Ameretto, who will be driven by her trainer Kerryn Manning from barrier seven. Ameretto is in dazzling form, with seven wins from her past eight starts, with her only defeat in this period coming two starts ago with a wonderful second to Lennytheshark in the Victoria Cup at Melton. She will take a power of beating at her WA debut. Among WA’s hopes in the race are the Hall-trained Ideal Alice, who is drawn to lead from the No. 1 barrier, the speedy Eden Franco (a winner at each of her past six starts), the impressive Skye Bond-trained Donegal Rundlescreek and the speedy New South Wales grey mare My Rona Gold, a dashing all-the-way winner over millionaire pacer Bling It On in a 1609m trial in 1.54.2 at Menangle on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

New Zealand superstar Lazarus, the raging hot harness racing favourite to win the $1.1 million final of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park and with a remarkable winning record of 86 per cent, is facing the serious possibility of being beaten in the opening heat on Friday night. Lazarus, undefeated at his past eight starts and fresh from his devastating victory in the New Zealand Cup at Addington earlier this month, has drawn the outside in the field of nine in the 2130m heat and prominent West Australian breeder and owner Rob Watson is bubbling with confidence that his outstanding five-year-old Soho Tribeca will prove the master of Lazarus. “Soho Tribeca has drawn barrier two and the draw is certainly in our favour,” he said. “Our aim will be to lead.” Watson revealed that Soho Tribeca had worked brilliantly last Saturday morning, saying that the big, powerful stallion had recorded a sensational time, leaving trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice buoyant and extremely bullish about the horse’s prospects, not only on the first night of the series, but in the rich final over 2936m. “Soho Tribeca recorded some amazing sectionals on Saturday and has pulled up in great shape and is ready to go,” he said. “Kim couldn’t be happier, and I don’t think he can sleep at night; he’s so excited.” Asked to compare Soho Tribeca with Lazarus, Watson said: “I really don’t know, to be honest. They have never raced against each other. I know that our horse is capable of some amazing things, but I’m sure Lazarus is as well. So, I guess it’s hard to line them up, but the barrier draws are in our favour. “There is going to be a bit of speed from Devendra (the polemarker). But I think we should land in front and the only problem then could be Run Oneover, regarding what he does at the start.” Run Oneover, trained by Gary Hall Snr, bounced back to his best form last Friday night when he started from barrier five and dashed to the front after 400m before going on to win comfortably from Mysta Magical Mach, rating 1.54.1 over 1730m. However, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said that it was his early intention not to bustle Run Oneover at the start from the No. 4 barrier. Ace Christchurch trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon is disappointed that his champion has drawn the outside barrier but punters will be unwise to underestimate the brilliant pacer who has amassed $2,652,139 from 31 wins and five placings from 36 starts. Soho Tribeca is overdue for a change of fortune after having been narrowly beaten into second place at each of his past three starts, losing by a head to Shandale over 2130m, by a head to Chicago Bull over 1730m and by a short half-head to Chicago Bull over 2536m. Soho Tribeca, who made most of the running to win the Group 1 Vicbred Classic for four-year-old stallions and geldings at Melton early in July this year, also showed his class when he won the Golden Nugget from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull at Gloucester Park last December. Watson declared that Soho Tribeca had improved considerably since his Nugget success. “He’s far better now and has become a stronger horse,” he said. “He’s an amazing animal, big and strong and is improving all the time.” A win by Soho Tribeca would complete a remarkable hat-trick for Watson, whose two previous Inter Dominion runners at Gloucester Park have been Faking It (2004) and Auckland Reactor in 2012 (as a member of a syndicate). Faking It, trained by Gary Hall Snr and driven by Gary Hall Jnr, won the first heat on the opening night, beating Double Identity, driven by Prentice. Then, in 2012, Auckland Reactor, driven by Anthony Butt, won the first heat on the opening night. Neither Faking It nor Auckland Reactor was placed in the final. Now Watson would dearly love to win the first heat of this year’s Inters series and then go on and triumph in the rich final. Ken Casellas

The 1st Annual Team Allard Yearling Giveaway is in the books, as they say! Rene Allard became the 2017 leading harness racing trainer in both wins and UTRS% at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and to celebrate, Team Allard gave away lots of free stuff! Dave Erickson was the lucky Grand Prize winner and he won 5% of a yearling with Team Allard. That’s right, no gimmicks, no purchase fees, no expenses or bills….His only hardship is to pick either My Sweet Memory (A Sweet Lou filly) or Bettor’s Account (A Bettor’s Delight Colt), the two yearlings selected to choose from. We won’t put any pressure on Dave just yet to select, as he probably will want to research their pedigrees, scan pictures, watch some of the replays of their sires winning Grand Circuit races and setting world records! There were also 8 Consolation prizes offered up to anyone who signed up, including a set of Tim Tetrick Racing colors; New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Gift Bag; Team Allard custom winter jacket; Brian Sears Hall of Fame Memorabilia, and much more!  All winner’s names will be available at TeamAllard.com. The bottom line is that Dave Erickson has never owned a horse...and now he does. He lives in Niagara Falls, and is within driving distance to a lot of racetracks. It’s never too late to get involved in harness racing and now Dave has a reason to bring all of his friends and family to the racetrack and learn all about the sport! In an interview after accepting his award, Rene was excited about the Yearling Giveaway, and looking forward to doing it again next year.  “It gives everybody a chance to get part of it, and we like to give back to the sport we love,” he said.  About his 2017 Leading Trainer award, he was equally emotional, accepting with his parents and brother, Simon Allard at his side, along with members of Team Allard.  “Growing up, I dreamed about racing horses, never mind getting those kind of trophies.”.  He praised his team, saying it is much more than Rene Allard contributing to his award. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono closes out their 2017 season on Saturday, November 25th.  The Breeders Crown returns October, 2018.   Jennifer Starr with Team Allard

Pompano Beach, FL...November 22, 2017...Thanksgiving is Thursday but the feast for harness racing horsemen is Sunday at Pompano Park as the FSBOA sponsored Breeders Stakes Finals takes place with over $420,000 up for grabs in their eight championship finals for two and three year-old Florida breds. The action begins with five non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 with I Rhoda Daley seeking to continue her dominance in the $49,750 event for juvenile trotting fillies. This daughter of Desperado Don has won six of eight starts this semester under the guidance of trainer Jason MacDougall, who co-owns with Lee Clarke. I Rhoda Daley is expected to have the driving services of Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Her two opponents in the rich final are Ms Katie B and Jennifer, the latter having beaten I Rhoda Daley on two occasions this fall. The $53,500 Breeders Stakes Final for two year-old trotting colts and geldings follows with Jay and Kim Sears' Brian, named after Jay's Hall of Fame son, after his fourth straight win in his class. The gelded son of Proud Bushy will likely have to deal with Prairie Eclipse, still a maiden although he has been second to Brian on several occasions during this fall season. The two year-old Final goes for $53,000 and features Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo is looking to extend his current winning skein to six to go along with a sharp 1:54.3 mark set earlier in the month at Pompano Park. Silver Wings, who has a pair of wins in Florida Stakes action this fall, is expected to provide the main competition in this event, along with Jay Jay, who hasn't been worse than third in his eight career starts. In the $53,100 final for three year-old trotting fillies, Atlantic Crest, last year's juvenile champion in her class, looks to repeat this year and has been untouchable in her five starts this year at Pompano Park for owner-trainer-driver Sergio Corona. This daughter of Crest has been a dominant winner in each of her starts and owns a 1:55.2 mark to go along with a bankroll of $102,386 coming into Super Night. The final non-wagering events pits last year's champion, I'm Done, against Azzaro, with this rivalry turning into a slugfest through a grueling "16 rounds." Each has eight wins and eight seconds in their 16 encounters and are, thus far, in a "dead-heat" for Horse of the Year honors. I'm Done is trained by Jim McDonald for owner Troy Basista and will have John MacDonald in his bike while Azzaro, trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with husband Jay, will have Wally Hennessey handling the lines. The $54,500 Breeders Stake Final for three year-old pacing colts and geldings is the first of three events on the pari-mutuel card and kicks off the early daily double. Prairie Panther, the splendid altered son of Royel Millennium, expected to garner the most attention off of a six race winning streak at Pompano Park this fall. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Panther comes off a very sharp 1:54.3 performance, capped off by a :27 sprint home. Jim Meittinis is expected back in the sulky and will have to contend with Maybe Ned, Fifth Son, Gold Star Bugsy and Gold Star Spider along the way. The juvenile pacing fillies, carded as race three, will shoot for a share of $53,800 and is expected to be highly competitive as Krinda, who had been somewhat dominant until last week, locks horse with Starcasim and Prairie Easter, who were one-two and noses apart last week as Krinda appeared rough gaited the entire route while racing on the outside. Krinda, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds, will have Wally Hennessey in the bike for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears. Starcasim, yet another daughter of Mysticism, is owned by Russ Guardino along with trainer-driver Joe Sanzeri. Prairie Easter will have Corey Braden handling her lines for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler. The sophomore pacing fillies will be vying for a share of a $55,400 purse with Tay Tay M, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Cowgirl seemingly coming in with the best credentials. Tay Tay M made her Pompano Park fall debut a winning one in 1:55.1 for Wally Hennessey, This daughter of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, comes into the action with the fastest mark of the group--1:53.4 over the Pocono Downs slick oval. Gold Star Aurora, a daughter of Rock On, trained by Maggie Audley for her "mom," Marianne, looks to retain the crown she won last year and has never been off the board in 15 starts--11 of which are wins. James (J.D.) Yoder will drive. Prairie Cowgirl, a slick daughter of Royel Millennium co-owned by trainer Deters along with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, has been 1-2-3 in 19 of 20 career starts and has drawn the rail in this event for Jim Meittinis. The Super Night program also features a very classy quintet going post-ward in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace. Panocchio, Mister Daytona, Bestinthebusiness, Sing For Me George and Drachan Hanover comprise the field, which features the lifetime winners of almost $2,000,000. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is set for 7:20 with the non-wagering events pegged to get underway at 6:00 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that a National Driving Championship (NDC) will be hosted in 2018 and the winner will have the opportunity to join 2017 Harness Racing World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden. Standardbred Canada hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August and MacDonald's victory earned him an automatic invitation to the 2019 event in which he will become the representative for the International Trotting Association. Canada was invited to send a second driver to the 2019 event and Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors accepted the invitation. For the 2017 WDC, New Zealand also opted to send a second driver, Mark Purdon, along with the 2015 defending World Driving Champion, Dexter Dunn. "This is a great opportunity for another one of our top drivers to represent Canada on the international stage," said Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada. "We had such positive feedback and outstanding wagering results with the field of 11 drivers for the 2017 event that we felt it made sense for us to support the 2019 WDC by sending that 11th competitor." In 2018, a regional driving championship will be hosted in each of Standardbred Canada's four regions, and the top two drivers from each of those events will have the opportunity to compete in the National event. All championships are one-day events, consisting of eight races with drivers earning points based on their official finishing position. A Request For Proposals for host tracks will be issued later this week and track hosts will be announced in early January.   Kathy Wade Vlaar Manager, Industry Marketing Standardbred Canada

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Ron Burke will send What The Hill to face older foes in Saturday's $350,000 TVG Series championship for male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the harness racing trainer is interested to see how the colt responds. What The Hill received an invitation to the TVG finale because of his win in October's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park. He is the third consecutive Breeders Crown 3-year-old champion to try the TVG, following Bar Hopping and The Bank. Bar Hopping finished fifth last year and The Bank was seventh in 2015. Joining What The Hill in this year's race are Lookslikeachpndale, Mambo Lindy, Pinkman, Crazy Wow, and Dayson. Crazy Wow and Dayson also are trained by Burke. According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Information and Research Department, What The Hill is trying to become the first 3-year-old male trotter in recent history to win against older foes in a series final worth at least $100,000 since Before He Cheats captured the $120,000 Chester Late Closing Series in 2007. The only other instance since 1992 of a 3-year-old trotter winning a race worth at least $100,000 against older horses came on the female side, when filly CR Kay Suzie defeated seven mares in the Breeders Crown at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I'm excited to try this," Burke said. "(What The Hill) loves the Meadowlands and it's a short field, which gives him options. It's something neat to try to see where he is and how much he has to improve for next year if he races." The Meadowlands on Saturday also hosts TVG Series championships for female trotters, male pacers and female pacers. In addition, the 13-race card includes the "Fall Final Four" stakes for 2-year-old trotters and pacers. Post time is 7:15 p.m. EST for the night's first race. What The Hill has won six times in his career at the Meadowlands. In his most recent appearance at the track, in August, he finished first in the Hambletonian but was disqualified for interfering with another horse in the stretch. On Saturday, the colt starts from post five with driver David Miller. "The best part is that he's very similar to me to Crazy Wow," Burke said. "That's who I most would compare him to; just how they move and their ability levels. I think right at this time they're very similar." What The Hill has won eight of 17 races this year and earned $774,928 for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. For his career, the son of Muscle Hill out of K T Cha Cha has won 11 of 31 races and $1.09 million. Two other of this year's Breeders Crown champions will meet in the $175,000 TVG Series final for trotting mares: Hannelore Hanover, who defeated male rivals in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, and Emoticon Hanover, who won the Breeders Crown Mare Trot. Completing the four-horse TVG field are Barn Doll and Caprice Hill. Hannelore Hanover, a 5-year-old mare who also beat the boys in the Maple Leaf Trot, has won nine of 16 races this season and earned $952,879. Emoticon Hanover, a 4-year-old, has won five of 12 starts this year and earned $385,666. Both hold world records, with Hannelore Hanover's mark of 1:49.2 the fastest in history for a female trotter and Emoticon Hanover's 1:50.2 the fastest in history for a female trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. "It's a short field but it's good horses," Burke said. "(Hannelore Hanover) will have to be sharp. She trained great last week, so hopefully she will be good." Burke stakes-winners All Bets Off and Check Six are among the seven horses in the $350,000 TVG Series championship for male pacers. Mach It So, who won this year's William R. Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, and stakes-winners McWicked and Dealt A Winner also are in the field. "All Bets Off, to me, needs to win this," Burke said. "If he wins it I think he's aged pacer of the year, so it's a big priority to try to win this race." The $175,000 TVG Series championship for female pacers includes 2016 winner Lady Shadow, this year's Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Pure Country and stakes-winners Nike Franco N, Blue Moon Stride, Darlinonthebeach, and Bedroomconfessions. Burke's night is not limited to TVG action. Among the remaining horses from his stable in action is Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing filly champion Youaremycandygirl in the $381,200 Three Diamonds. She will start from post 10 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. "I hate the draw, but she's a great horse," Burke said. "She will put herself in the right position. Yannick will figure something out from out there." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Ken Weingartner
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Pompano Beach, FL...November 23, 2017...Rockn Stien, made his fall debut at Pompano Park a winning one by wiring a classy group of Open trotters for harness racing driver Peter Wrenn. The five year-old gelded son of Valley Victor, trained by Melanie Wren for Wrenn Racing and the M T Pockets Stables, pushed the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and proceeded through panels of :28, :57.4 and 1:25.2 before a :29.1 finale held the late charging Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, by 1 1/4 lengths. Prairie Fortune, driven by Jim Meittinis, finished third, two lengths away while Railee Workable and My Revenuer earned the minor awards in the classy septet. Rockn Stien, who has a 1:53.1 mark set earlier this year over South Florida's five-eighths mile oval, had been making appearances at several midwestern tracks throughout the summer and early fall before traveling south to tackle the best here. At the outset, Rockn Stien, leaving from post six, and Boli, one notch farther out, got in a heated battle with Rockn Stien refusing to yield making take a seat in the garden spot with Railee Workable, My Revenuer, Born To Thrive and Prairie Fortune next--the only distant trainer being Sooo Handsome, who made a miscue leaving. Halfway through the mile, Born To Thrive was the first to pull with Prairie Fortune following second over and inching forward, as well. Around the final bend with Born To Thrive at the throat of Rockn Stien, the former went up in the air leaving Boli some room to roam and Prairie Fortune widest of all. But Rockn Stien was in no danger in the final yards and went on to a comfortable victory--his eighth of the year in 26 starts. After the race, driven Peter Wrenn, rapidly approaching 10,000 career wins, said, "I had no other choice but to leave out of there with him since I didn't think it was a good idea to spot Wally's horse (Boli) or Prairie Fortune too many lengths. "We are pretty equally matched here so, if I didn't take the opportunity to leave in a field that seemed to have a lot of closers, I'd be spotting them six-seven lengths--and "Rock" is not that much better than those. "He grabbed the bit early and was eager to go tonight and I didn't want to stifle him in any way. "On the backside, we got some pressure from Johnny Mac (MacDonald) but things got a lot better for me when his horse broke. He went a great mile after being off a week." Rockn Stien has earned $68,880 this semester and $214,745 on the strength of a 17-15-8 scorecard in 68 career starts. As the slight 9 to 5 favorite, Rockn Stien paid $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with Pompano Park hosting Super Night featuring the top two and three year-old Florida breds shooting for a share of over $420,000 in purses. The 16 race card features five non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the 11 race pari-mutuel program beginning at 7:20 p.m. The Sunday night card also features a Super Hi-5 carryover of $21,578. by John Berry for Pompano Park              
Dover, DE ---  Downbytheseaside overcame post position nine to win the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination in 1:50.1 over harness racing stablemate Fear The Dragon on Wednesday night (Nov. 22) at Dover Downs. Chris Page drove the Brian Brown trainee to a thee length victory for his 13th win in 21 season's starts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has now banked $1.44 million in 2017. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon finished second and Geez Joe was third in the 11-horse contest. The top eight horses in the elimination will return for the $300,000 (est.) final on Thursday (Nov. 30). Click here for a complete chart of the race. USTA Communications Department 
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