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How would you like to win a set of $1,400US custom race bike wheels from Forward Motion Technologies, perhaps a full set of RazorHorse shoes, maybe a five gallon bucket of Lifeline Horse Supplement or a $100 Amazon gift card? These prizes, plus more - 13 in total - will be given away in Harnesslink’s month long Insider Access “Win The Wheels Contest” throughout October. All you have to do is sign-up for our fortnightly newsletter, Insider Access, by the end of October. It’s as simple as that (and be age 18 or older too). No fees, no charges, you can unsubscribe at any time (we suggest you at least wait until after the prizes are drawn), no hidden costs whatsoever, totally free to enter. Can’t make it any simpler than that! Insider Access is a great newsletter which keeps you informed on news and opinions in harness racing that you won’t get on any other website or magazine, even our own Harnesslink! Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing as you view the current issue of Insider Access.  “We are so pleased that some of our advertising sponsors have come on board for this special promotion,” said John Curtin, founder and CEO of Harnesslink. “I want to thank the people at Forward Motion Technologies, Lifeline Horse Supplement and RazorHorse for joining us and donating these great prizes. So take a moment to go on our site and check out the companies and see what prizes you might win.” At the end of October everyone who has signed up for the newsletter, even those who already get Insider Access, will be drawn at random. The first 12 names selected will win either the horse supplement or RazorHorse shoes and the 13th winner will get the set of sulky wheels, shipped to their residents, no matter what country you live in. A reminder that everyone who signs up must be age 18 or older in order to win. All winners will be notified via email and proof of age and proper mailing address will be verified. For the complete rules and regulations for the contest click here. Just click below to visit the three sponsors of “Win The Wheels Contest.” https://forwardmotiontechnologies.com/ http://horse.watchthemthrive.com/horses/elite/ http://www.razerhorse.com/

Billy Flynn's eighth win in a row

Billy Flynn puts unbeaten streak on line

Harness racing driver Brett Miller has suffered few anxious moments this season with undefeated 2-year-old male trotter Billy Flynn, but the minutes prior to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship were difficult to endure. Billy Flynn, in the midst of enjoying himself as the field warmed up for the race, accidentally took off his right front shoe. Miller tried to locate the shoe, but muddy track conditions that night made it impossible. So Miller brought Billy Flynn back to the paddock, where the blacksmith put on a random shoe moments before racing for $260,000. "I was sick to my stomach," said Miller, who is able to laugh now as he retells the story. "It felt like it took an hour. For him to go through all that and then go out and annihilate the field, it was pretty amazing." Billy Flynn won the race, held Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.2. He rallied from fourth place after three-quarters with a three-wide move around the final turn. "He races great on the front, but I think he's better from off the pace," Miller said. "When he's following horses and has a target to go after, he's unreal." Billy Flynn puts his 8-for-8 record on the line Friday in the third of five International Stallion Stakes divisions at The Red Mile in Lexington. Billy Flynn will start from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Staffan Lind. Last week, in his first start since the sire stakes championship, Billy Flynn won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4. "I thought he raced great," Miller said. "He felt as good as he's felt all year. He was a little wound up, a little more grabby than usual, but I think being at Lexington he was just feeling good." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Zeta Jones and was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. Owned by Bender Sweden Inc., the colt was purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to Mr Chicago, who was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "Staffan has done some kind of job training him, manners-wise," said Miller, who has driven Billy Flynn in all eight of his races, earning $312,057 in purses. "I know a lot of that, too, is the horse himself, but Staffan has done a great job with him. "He's like an older horse because you can do anything you want with him in a race. He's so handy. His manners are so good. And he gives 110 percent. When a horse is near him, he tries so hard to fight that horse off. So far, he has (fought them off)." Billy Flynn's International Stallion Stakes division includes stakes-winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow. Also part of the field is Canepa Hanover, a $300,000 yearling purchase who is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. "I'm realistic," Miller said. "I know there are some colts out there that he could have a tough time with. I love the colt, he's the best 2-year-old trotting colt I've ever sat behind, but he hasn't faced everybody. I'm sure he's going to get beat one day. "It's just been a fun ride so far, that's for sure." Stakes-winner French Laundry and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Wings Of Royalty are among the trotters in the first division of the International Stallion Stakes. Shoot The Thrill, who won a division of the Arden Downs, is in the second split. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to standout 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and a Bluegrass division winner last week, is in the fourth division. The fifth division finds Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM and Bluegrass division winner The Bank, plus Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to star 3-year-old male trotter Father Patrick. Friday's card at The Red Mile also includes three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

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Justice disillusioned with "powers to be"

Despite his disillusioned state, harness racing trainer Lance Justice has decided not to disappoint Smoken Up’s fans. Annoyed by the suspensions he received at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday night, Justice aired his frustrations on Facebook, during which time he stated he is no longer willing to promote the industry until the “powers to be...get in the real world”. Justice had previously agreed to take Smoken Up to Ballarat for Friday night’s Laser Electrical Lightning Mile. As the defending champion and track record holder, Smoken Up was set to lead the field onto the track for the $30,000 feature. A long time critic to what he believes is a lack of industry promotion, Justice cancelled Smoken Up’s appearance only to realise he was focusing his frustration in the wrong direction. Justice has often aired his believe the industry falls short in promoting its champions – both equine and human - unlike the thoroughbreds, which constantly pushes its stars into the limelight. “No more... I have decided I will not do anymore for harness racing, sorry Ballarat, Trigger and I won't be there,” Justice wrote. “After Friday night’s display by the powers to be I just can't be bothered anymore it’s hard enough to make ends meet without being told you are not allowed to drive for five weeks. “Have a look at the replays and tell me where anybody was interfered with or lost their chance to get the best result. He says to the powers to be “Get in the real world. I bet if I told you no pay for five weeks you would not be smiling.” Although he has since confirmed Smoken Up will make an appearance at Ballarat, Justice remains adamant a revamp of penalties is required in Victoria. “The stewards are too heavy handed,” Justice declared. “There is no defining difference between light, medium or heavy interference, and as such, it’s just bang...this is the sentence. “It’s mandatory sentencing gone mad. “Imagine we start pointing out the mistakes the stewards and staff make and say no pay. “HRV have done plenty wrong, but they don’t lose their wages.” Justice’s Facebook post received 215 likes and 63 comments of support, with four people sharing the post. Julija Brosnan’s remark echoed Justice’s opinion by posing the question: “How many professions do you know that penalise a misdemeanour by taking away a person’s livelihood?” Justice received three weeks for tightening when driving Im Barney Rubble two victory and two weeks for interference when partnering Machin Out to third behind Mark Dennis. Im Barney Rubble Machin Out The stewards’ report reads: Driver Lance Justice was found guilty of a charge under Rule 163(1)(a) which deals with causing interference in that shortly after the start he shifted Im Barney Rubble NZ down the track when not sufficiently clear of Asoka NZ (Alison Chisholm), tightening that gelding and causing it to shift down onto Cut For An Ace (Geoff Webster), that was tightened onto Alchemy NZ (Jason Hackett) and resulted in Onedin Hustler NZ (Greg Sugars) also being tightened, contacting the near-side wheel of Alchemy NZ and racing roughly. After considering submissions on penalty that included Mr Justice’s record, his driving frequency and the interference caused, Mr Justice had his license to drive in race suspended for a period of three weeks to commence at a time to be fixed. Driver Lance Justice was found guilty of a charge under Rule 163(1)(a) which deals with causing interference in that racing around the home turn he shifted Machin Out up the track when not clear of Artoc NZ (Chris Alford) causing that horse to be checked by its driver and The Baggy Green (Laura Crossland), which was racing to the outside of Artoc, to also be checked by its driver. After considering submissions on penalty that included Mr Justice’s offence record, driving frequency and the level of interference, Mr Justice had his license to drive in race suspended for a period of two weeks that was deemed to be cumulative to the suspension incurred in Race 5 and to commence at a time to be fixed. PAUL COURTS

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Racing resumes on Friday at The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - Grand Circuit harness racing resumes on Friday at The Red Mile with no fewer than eight two-year-old stakes on the eleven race card. The $382,600 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for colt trotters drew five divisions while the $253,000 filly pace split three ways.   The pacing fillies open the Friday matinee card in races one, three and five with the middle division looking the toughest on paper. That split features the Red Mile debut of undefeated World Champ JK She'salady for owner/breeders the 3 Brothers Stable of New York.   The Art Major filly from Presidential Lady has been just vicious thus far in her seven race career putting a few withering moves on the competition at Mohawk including the record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the $441,600 She's A Great Lady final. Her most recent was an easy score in a division of the Kentuckiana stakes at Hoosier Park.   Trained in the Nancy Johansson barn and driven by Yannick Gingras, JK She'salady will find a pretty talented field waiting for her on Friday.   Chief among the competition is the speedy Bettor Be Steppin, who won the other Kentuckiana split and further impressed last week here in Lexington with a forwardly placed 1:52 win, closing it out with a 26.3 final quarter under no pressure. She races for the Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz and is trained by Joe Holloway, who has long had a "way with the ladies".   The accomplished Bedroomconfessions also caught this division as did Hilary's Style and Heavenly Bride, both coming off excellent races in week one of the meet.   Two of the Bluegrass division winners from last week will meet in a division of the INSS carded as the day's tenth race. The Bank and Southwind Stryker square off for the top prize in the $76,100 contest. Both colts trotted in 1:53.4 in their respective Bluegrass start and both used a stalking trip to get the job done.   The Bank has a slight post advantage beginning from post two for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He rolled up second over, closing in 28 flat to win by a half-length. Bred by part owner Goran Falk he races for Falk and Christina Takter and has made just shy of $65,000 thus far.   Southwind Stryker (Muscle Hill x Soxeelady) was a winner for the very first time in the Bluegrass mile but is just shy of the $100,000 mark in earnings for the partnership of Millard, Van Camp, Taylor and trainer Brad Maxwell who gave $40,000 for him at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Driver Tim Tetrick gave him a good trip then said good things about the colt last week and has the return engagement this Friday.   It is by no means a two horse races as Haughton winner Centurion ATM and the highest priced yearling of 2013 Whom Shall I Fear (Father Patrick's little brother) are also a part of the talented field.   Friday post time is 1:00pm.   Nick Salvi

Columbus, OH --- Results of an intensive, United States Trotting Association-funded scientific study intended to ascertain the appropriate regulatory level for determining the excessive presence of the naturally-occurring substance cobalt were announced on Tuesday (Sept. 30). Based upon extensive research, the scientists have concluded that 70 parts per billion in blood is the appropriate regulatory threshold. The recommendation guards against false positives, while identifying those who are engaged in artificial administration with the intent to enhance a horse's performance. "I want to thank Doctors Maylin, McKeever and Malinowski for applying appropriate scientific principles and protocols to achieve a regulatory threshold that is both reasonable for the industry and efficacious in deterring those who would choose to violate it," said USTA President Phil Langley in praising the contingent's diligent efforts. "With substances that are a natural constituent of a horse like cobalt, there is always a fine line between catching the cheaters and protecting innocent horsemen from violation. These scientists worked hard to achieve a proper balance, which should serve as a guidepost for the rest of the industry," added Langley. The USTA Medication Advisory Committee will continue to study the overall effects of cobalt and other substances in the racehorse in greater detail. Research indicates that cobalt stimulates the production of erythropoietin (EPO) to produce red blood cells. Widespread abuse of cobalt by human athletes has been rumored for years, and its purported use in racehorses prompted the USTA to take a highly proactive approach in the prevention of its artificial administration for the purpose of illicit performance enhancement. In June, the USTA contracted with Dr. George Maylin of New York's Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College to determine at what level cobalt ceases being considered a naturally occurring substance and becomes a clear attempt at performance enhancement. His work was assisted by Director Dr. Karyn Malinowski and Associate Director Dr. Ken McKeever from the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Based upon the USTA's funding, Dr. Maylin was able to secure a long-term lease of a specialized state-of-the-art instrument required to conduct proper scientific analysis to determine the presence and levels of cobalt in samples. That new, unique equipment with unrivaled performance differentiates these results from any other scientific study on the artificial introduction of cobalt in horses. It is anticipated that the regulators in several jurisdictions will consider the suggested threshold when the supporting data is released. From the USTA Communications Department    

Columbus, OH --- Harness Racing Update is reporting that Hambletonian champion Trixton has been retired. Trainer/driver Jimmy Takter confirmed to HRU that the son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El, who last raced in the Canadian Trotting Classic, where he broke stride, has had some nagging problems that finally caught up with the colt. To read the full story, click here. Trixton - Hambletonian from the USTA Communications Department 

The connections of Swedish star Commander Crowe have officially accepted an invitation to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot for the third time and the chestnut champion will make his first star on U.S. soil this fall. Commander Crowe raced in the Breeders Crown Trot in 2011-2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third to San Pail and third to Chapter Seven in his respective events. Since moving to the stable of French trainer Fabrice Souloy in 2010, Commander Crowe, now 11, is still going strong. He earned a Breeders Crown invitation by winning the Aby Stora Pris, a Grade 1 event in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August. Owned by Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg) the gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell has won 60 races in 103 starts, for earnings of $4.7 million. "We are delighted to accept your kind invitation for our horse Commander Crowe in order to participate in this years Breeders Crown for older trotters," said Joakim Wihlborg via emial. "We are fully aware of the conditions and we are looking forward to be a part of the big event." The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Trainer Fabrice Souloy reports that Commander Crowe will arrive in the U.S. in mid-October. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot is one of 12 championship events worth a total of $5.6 million to be raced at The Meadowlands over the weekend of Friday, Nov.21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information visit www.themeadowlands.com or www.hambletonian.org    

Harness racing two-year-old pacing colts bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, the undefeated Reverend Hanover and the bargain yearling Drachan Hanover, captured both $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions tonight at Mohawk. The final division saw the lightly raced Reverend Hanover extend his unbeaten record to three with another impressive effort. In that split Mike Saftic and Seaforth were on top by the opening quarter in :26.1 but not for long as Chris Christoforou and Reverend Hanover quickly took over well before the :55.1 half. That colt opened up by the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and could not be caught down the stretch as he won handily in 1:51.4. Manny In Sports (Badlands Hanover) and Bob Ben And John (Sportswriter) were next across. A son of Sportswriter owned by West Wins Stables, Cambridge, Steve Calhoun, Chatham and Anthony Beaton, Waterdown, Ontario, Reverend Hanover has yet to taste defeat in his young career. This was the second OSS Gold win for the $24,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and upped his earnings to $93,000 in just three starts. His paddock mate from Hanover Shoe Farms, Drachan Hanover, took the other division which saw Fighttothefinish fight for the lead and get on top by the first quarter in :26.3. Steve Condren and Go Daddy Go took over well before the :54.3 half and were at the three-quarters in 1:23. Drachan Hanover, who’d been stalking first up, took over the lead as they headed down the stretch and was at the wire first in 1:51.4 for Rick Zeron. Moonwriter and Sportskeeper, both sons of Sportswriter, were next across. A mere $4,500 yearling purchase at Harrisburg last fall, Drachan Hanover has now earned $95,150 from seven starts this year for owners Lloyd MacLean and Ken Rankin of Nova Scotia and trainer Marcel Barrieau. The colt is from a full sister to Driven To Win ($991,000). Two $105,000 divisions for the rookie pacing fillies were also contested tonight. Capela drove out quickly from post six in the second and quickest division but I Wonder Why had collared her by the opening quarter in :27.1. I Wonder Why continued to lead at the half in :55.4 and the three-quarters in 1:24.4. In mid stretch James MacDonald found clearance from the pocket spot for Capela and that filly managed to haul down the pacesetter and trip the timer in 1:53.1. I Wonder Why (Ponder) was right there for second with Palette Tina (Allamerican Native) taking third. It was the first lifetime victory for Capela who had two seconds and two thirds heading into tonight’s contest. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owners Let It Ride Stable of Florida and RBH Ventures of New York, the Sportswriter filly is a half-sister to Machapelo ($593,000) and Resistance Futile ($277,000). The first division saw an upset when Sylvain Filion put Wrangler Magic on top and never looked back through splits of :26.4, :56.2, 1:25.2 and were home in 1:53.3. Aintsheasweetie took second while Solar Sister was third. The top three finishers are all daughters of Mach Three. Heavy favourite and leading point earner Sports Chic mounted a three wide rally in the final turn but tired and finished seventh. It was the second lifetime win in seven tries for Wrangler Magic owned by breeder Dr. Maurice Stewart of Alberta along with Tom Kyron of Toronto and Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms of Quebec. These were the final regular season Gold events for both divisions. The top performers will return for the Super Finals on October 11 back at the Campbellville oval. Results for tonight’s program may be viewed through Mohawk Results - September 30. Ontario Sire Stakes

The brilliant Muscle Hill filly Jolene Jolene equalled the world record for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on a mile track of 1:52.2 held by Mission Brief (also by Muscle Hill) when she captured an $84,250 division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Thursday (September 25). Jolene Jolene, who led from the half-way mark, made it four wins and three placings from eight starts and increased her stakes tally to $207,527. In fact, Muscle Hill is the sire of four of the fastest 12 two-year-olds in 2014 and four of the fastest 12 three-year-olds from his first two crops of 81 and 82 foals. Meanwhile, Southwind Stryker, a two-year-old Muscle Hill colt, won his $78,400 division of the Bluegrass Stakes on Friday (September 26) in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.8. Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief are the co-fastest juvenile trotters in 2014, while Southwind Stryker is the equal second fastest juvenile male trotter.  SS Poseidon, another Muscle Hill youngster, posted his second win in the $40,000 Harold Dancer Trot at Freehold on Thursday(September 25), while Odds On Amethyst, a Muscle Hill three-year-old gelding, earned a new speed badge of 1:52.2 winning at The Red Mile on Friday (September 27). Muscle Hill is currently ranked third on both the 2YO and 3YO Sire premierships and is the leading North American-based sire of two and three-year-olds available 'Down Under'. From only two crops of racing age Muscle Hill has produced 20 in the 1:55 list, 14 $100,000 winners and four world champions. Lucky Chucky, the Stallions Australasia studmate of Muscle Hill, is the second leading first-crop sire in 2014 and ninth on the overall two-year-old list ahead of great sires such as Andover Hall, Credit Winner, S J's Caviar and Muscles Yankee. An established 1:55 sire, Lucky Chucky's four fastest two-year-olds include two fillies and two colts and his richest include two fillies and three colts. Lucky Chucky has averaged 110 mares per season to date and this season he served 105 mares standing at Winbak Farm, New York for a fee of US$7,500.. Peter Wharton  

Harness racing’s excitement machine, Guaranteed, faces an arduous first-up task at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Returning from a 13-week break, Guaranteed is engaged in the popular Melton Plate for co-trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. Not only has the son of Artsplace drawn awkwardly in barrier six, the $50,505 feature has attracted a solid field of up-and-comers. Disappointed with the draw, Stewart remains positive Guaranteed can mark his comeback with a victory. “The draw isn’t the best, but that’s racing,” Stewart said. “From there, once the mobile pulls away, it’s all up to Gavin (Lang, driver). “Like all horses coming back from a spell, he is still fresh, but his work has been terrific and he has also trialled well. “We’ve got no doubt he will play a big role in the finish.” Citing Bettor Rock On as the main danger, Stewart believes Upanatom is the interesting runner, with Young Modern also to be treated with respect. Unbeaten from six Australian starts, Bettor Rock On will begin from the outside of the front line for astute mentor Ross Sugars. The classy son of Bettors Delight was a first-up winner at the same venue a fortnight ago. Prepared by Amanda Grieve, Upanatom is another former Kiwi which has made a splash since crossing the Tasman. Making a rapid transition through the country grades, the son of Christian Cullen has won eight of his nine Aussie starts. To begin from gate four, Upanatom finished second behind Glenferrie Ej in his first run from a five-week break at Geelong last Thursday. One of two Michael Stanley-trained runners, Young Modern has been in sensational form, winning his last five starts. By Modern Art, the gelding will be joined on the second line by his stablemate, Hilltop Hustler. “There are some very nice types in the field,” Stewart said. “Although the draw hasn’t been the best to him either, Bettor Rock On is the one to beat.” PAUL COURTS

Delray Beach, FL – Thoroughbred Racing Association executive vice-president, Chris Scherf, kicked off the 22nd annual International Simulcasting Conference Monday afternoon at the Delray Beach Marriott. The conference is held by the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA) and Harness Tracks of America (HTA). Scherf reminisced to start off the conference remarking on how amazing it has been that the first conference was held 22 years ago in 1993 and concluded his opening remarks by promising that this would be the only conference this year that would not talk about the Lasix debate. The first presentation featured “Components of High Definition Delivery to Market” and on the panel were Dan Silver, Director of Television & Interactive Platforms for the New York Racing Association (TRA); Todd Roberts, President/CEO of Roberts Communications Network and Pressident of Racetrack Television Network and Drew Shubeck, Vice President of Racetrack Television Network. Dan Silver kicked it off showing the crowd of 200 plus attendees the need of High Definition (HD) on all three of their New York tracks or else you are sending out a lousy signal. That NYRA has spent $1.2 million on revamping their entire system and all cameras to HD and how great the show has become. He explained how NYRA now features an announcer for every race in Spanish and that all NYRA Reward Members can get the signal in not only HD but their choice of English or Spanish. They have also developed a mobile phone app and that signal is also super clear in HD. Todd Roberts talked about that since RTN started out in 2002, it has invested $35 million over the past 13 years in improving the product for racing. This included two brand new HD trucks at a cost of $1.2 million. These trucks broadcast direct to internet connections and distributors, no fibers, no 3T lines, it goes direct and that everyone will be switching over soon. All the big tracks have made the move and the HD system has three times the bandwith so nearly no delays or glitches with live signals as happens on the regular internet. So far the Meadowlands, Mohawk Raceway, The Red Mile and Woodbine has HD. It comes through the Dish Network with on-demand service. RTN will be selling it in packages just like the other professional sports do (NFL Sunday Ticket and NBA Season Pass). There is also a non-wagering package for locations that cannot have pari-mutuel wagering. The cost is not cheap but the difference is major and with a transfer or splicing device, like Roko, for $50 to $100 fans and bring their race signals to their television screen and it will be in perfect HD. The presentation was done by Chris Dobbins, Vice-President of Business Development for InCompass Solutions. He spoke about the June 2105 Pan American Conference that will be held in New York City and feature the growth of racing and simulcasting from South America and throughout Europe and the United Kingdom and encouraged everyone to mark it down in their calendars. The last presentation for opening day was Keith Chamblin, the Senior Vice President of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and he spoke about the using handicapping tournaments to attract horseplayers. He spoke on how the NTRA national handicapping tournament has drawn in money people who like to play. He presented interesting statistics from last year that showed that 48.3% of people that enter the tournaments have a college degree, average $377 per day in real play; that 57% have owned a race horse and they play up to 5 tournaments year. Chamblin spoke on how they are attracting new players into the National Handicapping Tournament. “To them it’s like solving a puzzle and we have the game for them,” Chamblin said. “These are baby boomers,” Chamblin said “and at this rate next year’s prize will be $2.5 million and everyone should have a satellite host tournament in their area and send a representative to Las Vegas for the final. It is a great promotion and in most cases, depending on the rules in your state, you can make a profit running it.” Tuesday is a full session starting at 9 am with an awards luncheon and then continuing with presentations through 4:30 pm. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden.   He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 80s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway.   Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "To have a horse in this race means the world to my brother and I," said Sjoberg, who is part owner of Sebastian K., the world record holder for trotting a mile. "Our father would be proud."   The International Trot, with all its pageantry and worldwide participation will return in 2015 to Yonkers after last being run in 1995.   "As for the sport, I think the reinstatement of the race is very good for harness racing in the United States," Sjoberg said. "When the race was cancelled (in 1988) I think the sport in North America lost a bit of its soul and became more isolated. It is important to have overseas horses compete in the United States as it is brings fresh ideas and keeps the interest up when international marauders come to race in North America.   "One of the main problems in the last 10 years or so has been the focus on retiring successful horses too quickly and the lack of international races on American soil," Sjoberg said. "I hope with the reinstatement of the International Trot, or the World Championship as we call the race in Sweden, and the implementation of the "Gural rule" (keeping horses racing into their 4-year-old season) should revitalize the sport."   Sebastian K or "Sebbe" as he's known around the barn, has won eight of 10 starts since coming to the United States from Sweden and appears to be one of the top choices in the estimated $250,000 International Trot Preview.   On June 28 at Pocono Downs, Sebastian K, an 8-year-old trotter, set the world record for trotting the fastest mile in harness racing, when he stopped the clock in 1:49 in the $100,000 Sun Invitational. "He's an amazing horse," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. "He's a phenomenal animal."   In 2012, Sebastian K was named Sweden's Horse of the Year and having started his career in Sweden, Sebastian K, races barefoot, with no shoes unlike many of his American counterparts.   "Most horses over there race without shoes," Noren said. "I think it makes them go a little faster. You must have a good surface to race barefoot on or it could sting the horse's foot. Yonkers has a very good surface. We try to race him every time without shoes because he doesn't like to wear them."   In Sebastian K's last start, the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Sept. 20, the 8-year-old faded to seventh, finishing off the board for the first time since coming to North America.   "We put down his lackluster performance to dehydration and the thunderstorm that rolled in," said Sjoberg, who noted that Sebastian K scoped clean after the race. "He does not like high humidity." The International Trot Preview is also expected to attract Market Share, Bee a Magician and Archangel and is part of a strong evening of racing from the Old Hilltop featuring the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot.   Yonkers Raceway will keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all-trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe beginning at 11 a.m.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

You all know Caribbean Blaster is a fantastic harness racing competitor which is a four-time Group One winner. You know he is by leading stallion Bettor’s Delight from one of Australasia’s hottest maternal families. And you know he is a truly magnificent looking stallion with exceptional conformation. What you may not be aware of is that if you breed your mare to Caribbean Blaster this season his owners will rebate the cost of registering and freeze branding your foal in 2015 anywhere in Australia! Furthermore, the generosity is not limited to one foal per customer – it is available for as many Caribbean Blaster foals as you breed. It should also be noted the offer is in addition to Harness Racing New South Wales’ Colonial Stallion Rebate of $500 for making the Breeders Challenge series sustaining payments. Owners of local mares only need to register their foal with HRNSW to claim the colonial stallions rebate, while for interstate mares simply tear off the slip on the bottom of the Service Certificate and send into HRNSW - it will cost $275, but you will receive $500 back from HRNSW! This all means that a service to Caribbean Blaster will not cost you as much as you think. Caribbean Blaster’s service fee after a 20 per cent discount (if you qualify) is $2200 (incl GST) minus the HRNSW Colonial Stallion Rebate of $500 & less $185 registration costs brings the cost down to $1515 (incl GST)! In Victoria your Caribbean Blaster foal will cost as little as $1660 (incl GST). It all adds up to a great deal! To book your mare into Caribbean Blaster please contact Alabar on (03) 5859 2201 or visit our website – www.alabar.com.au.

Boom harness racing star Lennytheshark is back in work. Spelled as the result of a “niggling leg problem”, Lennytheshark will be taken along slowly with the prospect of a December return. Spending 11 months on the sidelines after damaging his offside front tendon, Lennytheshark returned last May to win his six starts for new trainer David Aiken. Following his Vicbred Super Series success, the son of Four Starzzz Shark was sent back to the paddock due to soreness in his nearside front leg. “He had a niggling leg problem, which we could have pushed on with, but we had his long term future in mind,” Aiken said. “It could have become a lot worse, so the choice of sending him to the paddock was easy. “A lot of work was put into getting him to get him back from the tendon injury, so keeping him sound will always be the priority.” Lennytheshark is in light work with Patrick Ryan, private trainer of owner Kevin Riseley, and is due to return to Aiken’s property by the end of October. Should all go according to plan, the five-year-old will be targeted at Victoria Cup in January, followed by the Inter Dominion heats in February. “Patrick is working him up at Kevin’s place and he will come to me when he is just about ready to trial,” Aiken said. “I’m not quite sure when he will be back at the races, but it will probably be around Christmas time. “The Victoria Cup and the Inter Dominion are the aim with him at this stage.” PAUL COURTS

Todays C8 and faster heat at the Rangiora harness racing trials was only a five horse affair but it was a heat full of class The heats were run on a fine day but with a bitterly cold wind blowing. Christen Me was the headline act along with Adore Me, Hands Christian, Fly Like An Eagle and Pass Them By. Fly Like An Eagle did just that at the start, scooting out to an early lead with Pass Them By, Adore Me, Hands Christian and Christen Me all racing in single file behind the leader. Passing the 900 metres mark, Tim Williams upped the pace in front with Fly Like An Eagle. Mark Purdon was the first to move at the 700 metres mark when he moved Adore Me out into the running line and Hands Christian and Natalie Rasmussen were quickly onto her back with Christen Me and Dexter Dunn biding his time at the rear. As they turned for home Adore Me gradually began to wear down Fly Like An Eagle and was then immediately attacked by Hands Christian. As these two looked like they would fight out the finish, Christen Me suddenly joined in and grabbed Adore Me for a narrow but impressive victory with Hands Christian another neck away in third. Fly Like An Eagle and Pass Them By finished in line right behind the first three. The 2600 metres from a stand was covered in 3:20.7 with the last 800 metres off the front covered in a super quick 54.6 and the last 400 metres in 27.5 Christen Me was three lengths last at the 800 and was privately timed to run that section in 53.4 with his closing 400 metres in 26.9 and what was more impressive was he seemed to do it with something in reserve. The All Stars team were happy with all of their runners. HANDS CHRISTIAN (Natalie)  "No a good run. He got a bit relaxed for a bit and I had to give him a smack on the rear to keep him up to it but they ran home in fast time and he is on target" she said ADORE ME (Mark)  "I was happy how she went. She is ready to run next week on that, he said  FLY LIKE AN EAGLE (Tim) "I didn't expect to be in front but he shot out so well that was where we finished up. He just blew out the last bit (last 800m in 54.6) and will be better for the run" said Tim "We will probably give Fly Like An Eagle another workout, maybe on Saturday before he goes to the races" Mark said. With his performance today, Christen Me sent a clear message that he is right on track for the second Tuesday in November and cemented his position as the major threat to Terror To Love's quest for four New Zealand Cups. Harnesslink Media  

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How would you like to win a set of $1,400US custom race bike wheels from Forward Motion Technologies, perhaps a full set of RazorHorse shoes, maybe a five gallon bucket of Lifeline Horse Supplement or a $100 Amazon gift card? These prizes, plus more - 13 in total - will be given away in Harnesslink’s month long Insider Access “Win The Wheels Contest” throughout October. All you have to do is sign-up for our fortnightly newsletter, Insider Access, by the end of October. It’s as simple as that (and be age 18 or older too). No fees, no charges, you can unsubscribe at any time (we suggest you at least wait until after the prizes are drawn), no hidden costs whatsoever, totally free to enter. Can’t make it any simpler than that! Insider Access is a great newsletter which keeps you informed on news and opinions in harness racing that you won’t get on any other website or magazine, even our own Harnesslink! Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing as you view the current issue of Insider Access.  “We are so pleased that some of our advertising sponsors have come on board for this special promotion,” said John Curtin, founder and CEO of Harnesslink. “I want to thank the people at Forward Motion Technologies, Lifeline Horse Supplement and RazorHorse for joining us and donating these great prizes. So take a moment to go on our site and check out the companies and see what prizes you might win.” At the end of October everyone who has signed up for the newsletter, even those who already get Insider Access, will be drawn at random. The first 12 names selected will win either the horse supplement or RazorHorse shoes and the 13th winner will get the set of sulky wheels, shipped to their residents, no matter what country you live in. A reminder that everyone who signs up must be age 18 or older in order to win. All winners will be notified via email and proof of age and proper mailing address will be verified. For the complete rules and regulations for the contest click here. Just click below to visit the three sponsors of “Win The Wheels Contest.” https://forwardmotiontechnologies.com/ http://horse.watchthemthrive.com/horses/elite/ http://www.razerhorse.com/
"Racing Under Saddle" Exhibition, T-Shirt Giveaway & Driver's Bicycle Race Highlight "Back to the Track" Promotion Sunday October 5 at Colonial Downs. (NEW KENT, VA --- 9/30/14) ---- Colonial Downs will host a "Back to the Track" promotion Sunday October 5th that features a "racing under saddle" exhibition race, t-shirt giveaway, harness driver's bicycle race, and bingo games that are based on race results. Member tracks of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) each are holding a "Back to the Track" event in 2014 and Colonial Downs has a list of events Sunday geared to fans of all ages. The first ever "racing under saddle" exhibition race at Colonial will be a non-betting event but will offer $3,000 in prize money. This is a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing that is popular in Europe. A field of five female harness trainers will sit atop their respective trotters instead of in the sulky, and will compete 1 ¼ miles around Colonial's entire oval, encountering both turns over the country's largest harness track. This exhibition will be held after the third harness race at approximately 1:45 PM. Six of Colonial's harness drivers will sit on top of two wheels in another non-betting competition later in the card, but their hardware features handlebars and pedals versus the shafts and aerodynamic aspects of a sulky. The first ever Agee's bicycle race will be contested at the distance of one-quarter mile after the seventh harness race, and the bikes will be given away via prize drawings as soon as the race is over. All fans will receive a free harness racing bingo card on Sunday and compete for $500 in prize money. Winning spaces on the bingo cards will be determined by race results, and the first five participants to complete an "X" on their card will win $100 each. The first 400 adults will also receive a free "Back to the Track" t-shirt and after each race, the winning driver will give distribute children's tees via a t-shirt toss. Other events include drawings for unique rides in the starter's car and winner's circle presentations, live music with the York River Concert Band, magic and juggling courtesy of Jonathan Austin, and a kids foot race on the track after the last harness race. Colonial Downs offers a Sunday $18 Family 'n Friends 4-Pack special, where four attendees can get admission, programs, tip sheets, hot dogs and soft drinks for $18 when they present a 4-Pack coupon which is available at colonialdowns.com. Gates open at 12:30 PM and racing starts at 1:00 PM. Darrell Wood
Kentucky native Randy Jerrell is enjoying his best season as a harness racing driver and wouldn’t mind adding to the fun with a win behind Armatrading in Thursday’s International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Armatrading, trained by Ken Oscarsson, has won two of eight starts this season, including the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old female trotters. Last week, she finished fourth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. On Thursday, Armatrading competes in the first of four International Stallion Stakes divisions. She will start from post five in an eight-filly field that includes recent Keystone Classic division winner Kelsey’s Keepsake and Bluegrass Stakes division runner-up Wiclet Hanover. Although Armatrading is winless in three starts since her sire stakes triumph, with sixth- and third-place finishes in the Kindergarten Series in addition to the Bluegrass, Jerrell likes what he’s seen from the filly. “She’s been improving every week,” Jerrell said. “In the Kindergarten the first week, I couldn’t get out with her. She was wanting out around that turn terrible bad and we couldn’t get a clear shot until after we straightened up. She trotted home good that night, but we didn’t get a check. “In the next leg of the Kindergarten, she raced real good and trotted faster, and last week she trotted even faster. When I pulled her, it felt like she was going to trot right up beside the leader. Then they took off and sprinted home. But I thought she raced well and Kenny was pleased with her.” Armatrading won the sire stakes championship in 2:00 over a sloppy track at The Red Mile on Aug. 31. In her three losses since then, she’s been timed in 1:57.1, 1:56 and 1:55.1. Jerrell expects the International Stallion Stakes to be her last start of the year because she failed to earn enough points for the Kindergarten Series final. Bred and owned by Mario Zuanetti’s Atlantic Trot Inc., Amatrading is a daughter of stallion Groton Hall out of the mare Silver Thatch. She is a half-sister to 2012 Kindergarten Series champion Banco Solo. “She’s nice to drive,” Jerrell said. “She gets a little fussy in the post parade when you get ready to turn her (to the starting gate). She gets to shaking her head, but once she gets to rolling, she’s nice. You don’t ever have to worry about her. I think she’s got a lot of potential.” A win with Armatrading would be the biggest open stakes victory of Jerrell’s career. In addition to winning this year’s sire stakes with Armatrading, he won a Kentucky Sire Stakes title with Ohmybelle in 2012. This season, the 52-year-old Jerrell has won 56 races and a career-best $329,200 in purses. No one has won more races so far at The Red Mile this year, and he was the top driver at Bluegrass Downs for the second consecutive year. He also was a top driver on the county fair circuit. Kentucky Sire Stakes championship night was the highlight of the season so far. In addition to winning with Armatrading, Jerrell trained 2-year-old filly pacing winner Cielle and drove third-place finisher Mama’s Home in the same division. He also drove 3-year-old colt trotter runner-up Scacco Matto for Oscarsson and 2-year-old colt trotter fourth-place finisher Joburg for trainer Bob Stewart. “Good owners, good horses (are the key),” said Jerrell, who also has 32 wins and $217,468 as a trainer this year. “I’m very blessed.” The second International Stallion Stakes division features world champion stakes-winner Mission Brief, who will look to rebound from going off stride in the Peaceful Way Stakes on Sept. 13 at Mohawk. Bluegrass division winner Bee The Queen and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winner Livininthefastlane lead the third division while Bluegrass winner Lilu Hanover and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Nunkeri are in the fourth. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  
Harness racing driver Brett Miller has suffered few anxious moments this season with undefeated 2-year-old male trotter Billy Flynn, but the minutes prior to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship were difficult to endure. Billy Flynn, in the midst of enjoying himself as the field warmed up for the race, accidentally took off his right front shoe. Miller tried to locate the shoe, but muddy track conditions that night made it impossible. So Miller brought Billy Flynn back to the paddock, where the blacksmith put on a random shoe moments before racing for $260,000. "I was sick to my stomach," said Miller, who is able to laugh now as he retells the story. "It felt like it took an hour. For him to go through all that and then go out and annihilate the field, it was pretty amazing." Billy Flynn won the race, held Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.2. He rallied from fourth place after three-quarters with a three-wide move around the final turn. "He races great on the front, but I think he's better from off the pace," Miller said. "When he's following horses and has a target to go after, he's unreal." Billy Flynn puts his 8-for-8 record on the line Friday in the third of five International Stallion Stakes divisions at The Red Mile in Lexington. Billy Flynn will start from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Staffan Lind. Last week, in his first start since the sire stakes championship, Billy Flynn won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4. "I thought he raced great," Miller said. "He felt as good as he's felt all year. He was a little wound up, a little more grabby than usual, but I think being at Lexington he was just feeling good." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Zeta Jones and was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. Owned by Bender Sweden Inc., the colt was purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to Mr Chicago, who was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "Staffan has done some kind of job training him, manners-wise," said Miller, who has driven Billy Flynn in all eight of his races, earning $312,057 in purses. "I know a lot of that, too, is the horse himself, but Staffan has done a great job with him. "He's like an older horse because you can do anything you want with him in a race. He's so handy. His manners are so good. And he gives 110 percent. When a horse is near him, he tries so hard to fight that horse off. So far, he has (fought them off)." Billy Flynn's International Stallion Stakes division includes stakes-winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow. Also part of the field is Canepa Hanover, a $300,000 yearling purchase who is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. "I'm realistic," Miller said. "I know there are some colts out there that he could have a tough time with. I love the colt, he's the best 2-year-old trotting colt I've ever sat behind, but he hasn't faced everybody. I'm sure he's going to get beat one day. "It's just been a fun ride so far, that's for sure." Stakes-winner French Laundry and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Wings Of Royalty are among the trotters in the first division of the International Stallion Stakes. Shoot The Thrill, who won a division of the Arden Downs, is in the second split. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to standout 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and a Bluegrass division winner last week, is in the fourth division. The fifth division finds Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM and Bluegrass division winner The Bank, plus Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to star 3-year-old male trotter Father Patrick. Friday's card at The Red Mile also includes three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA
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