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Mike Deters, harness racing

Trainer Mike Deters' first Crown trip is 'Ideal'

As trainer Mike Deters prepares for his first start in the Breeders Crown, he's got a good feeling about Ideal Feeling. Deters sends out Ideal Feeling in Saturday's first of three $25,000 eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The colt is out of the family of Hall of Famer Rainbow Blue and a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Zero Tolerance, who races Friday in an elimination of the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace. Ideal Feeling and driver Tim Tetrick start their elimination Saturday from post two in a field of seven. The field also includes Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover, Max C. Hempt Memorial champ Springsteen, and Carl Milstein Memorial winner Thinkbig Dreambig. The top-three finishers from each elim for the 3-year-old male pacers return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $527,500 final. "I'm pretty excited," said Deters, a Florida resident who is in the state's harness racing Hall of Fame and also operates a stable in upstate New York during the summers. "I think he will put in a very good effort. I think he can go with them. Is he an absolute contender? I think he has to have a trip to do it. I don't think he can do the heavy lifting, but he's shown where he can be highly competitive with them." Ideal Feeling, by American Ideal out of Feelinglikeastar, has won six of 18 races in 2018 and hit the board a total of 12 times for Deters and owner Rick Berks. His most recent five starts featured a three-race win streak, which included the consolation final of the New York Sire Stakes, before finishing fifth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and sixth in a division of the Tattersalls. In the Bluegrass he finished 1-3/4 lengths behind winner Stay Hungry. In the Tattersalls, he was a parked-out first in an opening quarter-mile of :26 and second through three-quarters in 1:20.1. "He'd never been three-quarters in 1:20 before and I think it was a little more than he could handle," Deters said. "Hopefully he'll come off of that with a good effort (Saturday). "He's only gone a couple shaky races all summer," Deters added about Ideal Feeling, who in his five most lucrative races this year never started inside of post six. "I would say post position had a lot to do with it. It wasn't really that he raced bad, he just really didn't have any luck. This is the first time we've had a favorable post position when we've had a chance to go for money, so hopefully it pays dividends." Ideal Feeling got a late start last year at age 2, debuting with a third-place finish at Vernon Downs in mid-October. He only raced three times last season, capping his brief campaign with a win in a conditioned class at The Meadowlands. "He had some issues early where we didn't know if he was even going to make the races," Deters said. "I got him straightened out and he qualified real well here at Pocono. At Vernon, he paced the back half in like 54 seconds and just raced tremendous. Right then we knew he was a pretty nice horse." Deters, who is stabled at Tioga Downs during the summer, is more than pleased with Ideal Feeling's development. "There is nothing not to like about him," said Deters, who has won four training titles at Tioga. "He's a big, good-looking, great gaited colt. He's got gate speed, he doesn't mind coming first up, he's great off a helmet, he's a perfect gentleman; he has no faults." The second elimination for 3-year-old male pacers includes Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice as well as Tattersalls division winner American History. The third elim finds returning Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry, whose victories this season include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes, plus North America Cup winner Lather Up (a supplemental entry for $62,500) and Tattersalls division winner Grand Teton. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

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HRNZ's response to the Messara report

OVERVIEW Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) supports the overall direction proposed by the Messara Review and the majority of the recommendations and sub-recommendations. We recognise that many of the recommendations and associated benefits will favourably impact on all three Codes. While the review primarily focused on the Thoroughbred Code, HRNZ stresses that Harness racing as an industry/sport is in a very similar position to Thoroughbred racing, especially with the financial and sustainability pressures currently facing it. There are six key recommendations that need change. These recommendations are not currently acceptable to HRNZ on grounds of equity, fairness and the long term financial sustainability of racing. In summary, these are as follows:  The Racing Industry Transitional Agency (RITA) is not needed: the objectives to implement the recommendations of the report and expedite change are best served through a Transitional New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB).  The proposed governance of Racing NZ favours the Thoroughbred Code. Given this body’s core strategic functions, a more balanced governance structure is required.  Code distribution should be 50% based on domestic Gross Betting Revenue (GBR), 25% on combined domestic and international GBR, and 25% based on Code contribution to the economy.  Funds released from the betting levy should be distributed on a GBR basis.  Race fields legislation needs to proceed urgently in line with the Messara recommended changes.  Outsourcing of wagering needs a full long-term economic, strategic and sustainability analysis of all options.  View the full submission here!   Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ)

A G’s White Socks,Harness racing

A Gs White Socks nearing full health again.

Harness racing stewards have today spoken with co-trainer Greg Hope regarding A G’s White Socks following its late scratching in the preliminary of the Methven Cup on Sunday the 14th of October.   Mr Hope reported the horse to have appeared lame in it’s right hind leg when warming up and so was withdrawn.   The gelding was further examined later that day and found to be suffering from some swelling to the sacroiliac joint which was found to be the cause of the lameness. Mr Hope reported that treatment was initiated and he has been pleased with the horses response and its subsequent track work.   He felt the horse was, as of today, very close to full health and with the time available before the Ashburton Flying Stakes on Monday was confident the horse will be fully recovered. AG’s White Socks remains stood down pending a Veterinary clearance.     Nick Ydgren Chief Stipendiary Steward Harness Racing

Chicago Bull,Harness racing

Chicago Bull arrives in NZ Thursday

Gary Hall is hoping a change of trainer can transform Chicago Bull from a Victoria Cup runner-up to a New Zealand Cup winner. The pride of Perth arrives in New Zealand on Thursday and is likely to stay a month with the $800,000 Cup at Addington on November 13 his main aim. Had Chicago Bull won the Victoria Cup at Melton last Saturday he could well have threatened for favouritism in New Zealand’s greatest harness race but he had to settle for a well-beaten second behind Tiger Tara, who is also bound for Addington but will race at Menangle this Saturday first. Hall’s usually unshakable confidence was initially dented by the Victoria Cup defeat. “I first glance I thought he was disappointing,” he admits. “But then when I analyzed it and the lead time was so slow, it was like sitting parked outside Tiger Tara over a mile. “You are not going to win doing that and obviously we didn’t. But at the top of the straight our fella was all done and he still fought on really well for second. “So he can still win the New Zealand Cup.” Not that Hall will have as much input as usual into Chicago Bull’s preparation with his son and regular driver Gary junior taking over the hands-on training for almost all the New Zealand campaign, albeit in an unofficial capacity. “Gary is going over with him this week and staying right through until after the New Zealand Cup, he won’t be coming back to drive here in Perth. “Gary actually did most of the training with Quinny (I’m Themightyquinn) when he raced in the Inter Dominion in Auckland in 2011, which we ended up winning after Smoken Up was disqualified.  “So he thinks he is the man for the job so I will only come over a few days before the Cup,” laughs Hall. Chicago Bull flies into Auckland in the hope the Auckland Trotting Club will hold the programmed open class race at Alexandra Park next Friday as his final lead-up to the Cup.  With Star Galleria already in the south and Northview Hustler and No Doctor Needed nominated for the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on Monday the northern open class stocks will be getting pretty thin by next week.  But Let’s Elope and Jacks Legend, who quinellaed last Friday’s Holmes D G, are likely to accept for next Friday along with a few others and the Auckland Trotting Club have been keen to support pre-NZ Cup open class racing in recent years so the race should get off the ground.  “That would be ideal for us because he needs the standing start practice, he has never been from one in a race,” says Hall.  “He has had a couple of trials over here from a stand but that is a lot diferent from a race.” Chicago Bull versus Jacks Legend is very much a spring treat for Alexandra Park regulars as they were both runner-ups to Lazarus at the highest level last season, Jacks Legend in the New Zealand Cup and Chicago Bull in the Inter Dominion.  The pair staying in the north for their final lead-up races also adds to the intrigue of an already fascinating New Zealand Cup, which in recent years has seen most of the top chances race each other and establish a clear pecking order before they get to Addington.  That won’t be the case this season because while some of the Cup favourites like Ultimate Machete and Dream About Me will head to Ashburton on Monday others like Star Galleria and Methven Cup winner Cruz Bromac will bypass that race, ensuring lots of varying formlines heading into the Cup.   Michael Guerin

Cranbury, NJ --- Been there, done that. It could be the slogan for Saturday's (Oct. 20) Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and older horses at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eleven former Breeders Crown champions will be in action Saturday, led by two-time winners Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G, and Pure Country. A 12th former champ -- McWicked, who claimed his trophy at age 3 in 2014 -- will advance directly to the Open Pace final because eliminations were unnecessary. Another winner from 2014, Pinkman, who was 2 when he captured his Crown, also is back for another try in the Open Trot. Completing the list of former champions are Broadway Donna, Call Me Queen Be, Emoticon Hanover, Fiftydallarbill, Manchego, Stay Hungry, and Youaremycandygirl. Ariana G, Broadway Donna, and Emoticon Hanover all are in the Mare Trot. The connections of trotting mare Hannelore Hanover opted to face the boys, as they did in 2017, in the Open Trot. The only other division with multiple previous champions is the Mare Pace, with Pure Country and Call Me Queen Be. Talent is not limited to past winners. Divisional money-leaders Atlanta, Courtly Choice, Crystal Fashion, Kissin In The Sand, Marion Marauder, and Shartin N also were among the 106 horses entered Tuesday for Saturday's eliminations. History's fastest trotter, Homicide Hunter, New Zealand's two-time Horse of the Year Lazarus N, and International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche add to the star power. Kissin In The Sand will not race Saturday. Her connections accepted a bye to advance directly to the final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also accepting a bye were the connections of Baron Remy. One elimination will be contested, with the top seven finishers from a nine-horse field joining Kissin In The Sand and Baron Remy. Eliminations for 2-year-olds were drawn Monday and will be raced Friday. A total of 177 horses entered the Breeders Crown. Last year, the number of entries was 166. Post time for Friday and Saturday is 7 p.m. (EDT). All finals, with purses totaling $6 million, will be Saturday (Oct. 27) at Pocono. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post positions one through five for the finals. The draw for the $421,000 Open Pace will be Tuesday. The eight-horse field for the final is All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Donttellmeagain, Filibuster Hanover, Lazarus N, McWicked, Rockin Ron, and Western Fame. Lazarus N was supplemented to the event for $50,000. Following is a look at Saturday's eliminations, which have purses of $25,000 apiece. 3-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING PACE Returning champion Stay Hungry leads a group of 20 horses. Stay Hungry will attempt to become the first male pacer since Artiscape in 1997 and 1998 to win a Breeders Crown at both ages 2 and 3. Stay Hungry's victories this year include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Also in the elims are Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice, North America Cup champion Lather Up (a $62,500 supplemental entry), Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover, Max C. Hempt Memorial champ Springsteen, Carl Milstein Memorial winner Thinkbig Dreambig, and Tattersalls division winners American History and Grand Teton. The top-three finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Thinkbig Dreambig-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 2-Ideal Feeling-Tim Tetrick-Michael Deters 3-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-Cinnamack-David Miller-Brian Brown 5-Nutcracker Sweet-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 6-Springsteen-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 7-Hitman Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Talbotcreekwhiskey-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Wes Delight-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes 3-American History-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 4-Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh 5-I'm A Big Deal-Brett Miller-Chris Ryder 6-Decoy-David Miller-Jimmy Takter 7-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke Elimination Three PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Shnitzledosomethin-David Miller-Dylan Davis 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 3-Grand Teton-Andrew McCarthy-Jimmy Takter 4-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 6-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Youaremycandygirl is the returning champion and will try to become the first female pacer since My Little Dragon in 2005 and 2006 to win a Breeders Crown at both ages 2 and 3. She won this year's Empire Breeders Classic and finished second to Kissin In The Sand in the James M. Lynch Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, and a division of the Glen Garnsey. The connections of Youaremycandygirl and Jugette winner Alexa's Power both turned down the seasonal-earnings-based bye that went to Courageous Lady winner Baron Remy. The top-seven finishers from the single elimination advance to the final. Single Elimination PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Youaremycandygirl-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2-Double A Mint-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-I'm Trigger Happy-Corey Callahan-Ross Croghan 4-Strong Opinion-Andrew McCarthy-Ron Burke 5-Alexa's Power-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 6-Percy Bluechip-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Solitary-Brett Miller-Nick Surick 8-Sidewalk Dancer-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes 9-Dance Blue-Andrew McCarthy-Nancy Johansson 3-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING TROT Fiftydallarbill is the returning champion and will try to become the first male trotter since Father Patrick in 2013 and 2014 to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. His wins this season include the Indiana Sire Stakes final. Also entered were Canadian Trotting Classic and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial winner Crystal Fashion, Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial winner Met's Hall, and Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner Six Pack. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 2-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Tactical Landing-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 4-Jula Downton-TBA-Susanne Kerwood 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Andrew Harris 6-Evaluate-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 7-Gemologist-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Cruising In Style-Anthony MacDonald-Andrew Harris 4-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 5-Fiftydallarbill-Brett Miller-Bill Crone 6-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Manchego is the returning champion and will try to join stablemate Ariana G (2016-17) on the list of female trotters to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. Her wins this year include the Hambletonian Oaks and Moni Maker Stakes. She is joined in this event by Hambletonian and Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Atlanta and Elegantimage winner Phaetosive. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Highland Dynamite-Simon Allard-Marty Fine 2-Looking For Zelda-Matt Kakaley-Norm Parker 3-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4-Courtney Hanover-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 5-Top Expectations-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6-Impinktoo-Brian Sears-Ron Burke 7-Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 4-Ciao Dolce-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 5-Supergirl Riley-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6-Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer OPEN TROT Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year, is the defending champion and will try to become the first repeat winner of the Open Trot since Fool's Goal in 2002 and 2003. She also would become the first mare to win the event twice and her three Breeders Crown trophies would tie her with Grades Singing and Mack Lobell for the second most for a trotter. Peace Corps holds the record with four. Hannelore Hanover's wins this year include the Armbro Flight and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. Homicide Hunter, who trotted his world-record 1:48.4 mile in winning the Allerage Open Trot at Red Mile, joins Hannelore Hanover in the event along with multiple-stakes-winner and 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, Will Take Charge, Cruzado Dela Noche, and Pinkman. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Guardian Angel As-Matt Kakaley-Anette Lorentzon 3-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 4-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 5-Pinkman-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Lindy The Great-David Miller-Domenico Cecere Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 2-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Dunbar Hall-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 4-Homicide Hunter-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 5-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Warrawee Roo-Dan Dube-Luc Blais MARE TROT Emoticon Hanover is the defending champion and will try to become the event's first repeat winner since Buck I St Pat in 2009 and 2010. Ariana G will try to become the first female trotter since Peace Corps (1988-89-90) to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2, 3 and 4. She would tie Grades Singing and Mack Lobell for the second-most trophies for a trotter. Peace Corps holds the record with four. Broadway Donna won her Breeders Crown in 2016 at age 3. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Emoticon Hanover-Dan Dube-Luc Blais 2-The Erm-Charlie Norris-Charlie Norris 3-Celebrity Ruth-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer 4-Charmed Life-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Royal Witch-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 7-Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dream Together-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Broadway Donna-David Miller-Jim Campbell 3-Barn Bella-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedhammer 4-NF Happenstance-Jack Parker Jr.-Carol Jamieson-Parker 5-Caprice Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 6-Pink Pistol-Tim Tetrick-Peter Shody MARE PACE Pure Country is the defending champion and will try to become first female pacer since Shelliscape in 2013 and 2014 to repeat as the event's winner. She also would join Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon as the only pacers to ever win three Crowns. Call Me Queen Be won her Breeders Crown in 2016 at the age of 3. Shartin N (a $31,250 supplemental entry) is the season's richest female pacer. Her wins include the Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Artiscape, and Blue Chip Matchmaker championship. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Newborn Sassy-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 2-Agent Q-David Miller-Chris Oakes 3-Divas Image-Joe Bongiorno-Jennifer Bongiorno 4-Carol's Z Tam-Brian Sears-Jamie Macomber 5-Lakeisha Hall-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6-Pure Country-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 7-Bettor's Up-Doug McNair-Scott McEneny 8-Call Me Queen Be-Eric Carlson-Ross Croghan Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Caviart Ally-Andrew McCarthy-Noel Daley 2-Nike Franco N-Matt Kakaley-Scott DiDomenico 3-Frost Damage Blues-Jody Jamieson-Kyle Caulfield 4-Tequila Monday-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 5-Twinkle-Scott Zeron-Ross Croghan 6-Blue Moon Stride-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder 7-Seventimesavirgin-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Nickerson 8-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 16, 2018-It's not surprising that International Trot Day brought with it some off-the-beaten path Yonkers Raceway looks. Accordingly, we asked the Raceway's three photographers from Saturday (Oct. 13th) afternoon-Katy Gazzini, Mike Lizzi and Jelena Gerga-to go through their handiwork and pick out some shots to share. 1-Brian Sears (in Courant colors, lessee of winner Cruzado Dela Noche) and Raceway president Tim Rooney with the International Trot trophy  2-The 10 International Trot drivers (upper [l-r], Alessandro Gocciadoro [Arazi Boko, Italy], Jason Bartlett [Up and Quick, France], Wim Paal [Ringostarr Treb, Italy], Yannick Gingras [Ariana G, U-S], Flemming Jensen [Slide So Easy, Denmark], Tim Tetrick [Will Take Charge, Canada], Goran Antonsen [Lionel, Norway], lower [l-r], Scott Zeron [Marion Marauder, Canada], Johan Untersteiner [Pastore Bob, Sweden], Brian Sears [Cruzado Dela Noche, Sweden]) Gazzini pix (note picture was with Bartlett and Sears in 'regular' colors)  3-The brothers Tim and Trace Tetrick, the latter in what was his first Westchester appearance since 2013 to drive Endeavor in the Dan Rooney Invitational  4-It was a different-looking Jason Bartlett warming up France's Up and Quick  5-The Harry Harvey Invitational Trot had grandson Shawn Harvey presenting to Warrawee Roo  6-The International Trot drivers and presiding judge George Karam had a pre-race 'rules of the road' meeting  7-Wim Paal speaking with Equidia's (French Horse Racing TV) Kristin Odegard  8-Apron was the place to be as race approached  9- Cruzado Dela Noche beats Lionel to win the Yonkers International Trot 10-Adam Strom with Cruzado Dela Noche by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Ben Yole continued his powerful defence of his Leading Trainers Title by preparing four of the eight winners on the programme at Devonport on Sunday. Ben’s winning run commenced in race two with Pushkin, despite being friendless in the betting. “It was three-way photo at the finish and I was probably the only person not worried about which way the result went because we trained all three but Pushkin (pictured – middle) has been a grand campaigner for us, he won four races last season and has already picked up two wins this season at odds of $18 and $51,” said Ben. “Troy (McDonald) has been driving well so it was no surprise to see him lead all the way with Giant Steps in the fifth race and collect his double and I’m sure punters were much happier as it was well supported ($3.10) to run favourite.” Monarkmac has gone close to winning on two occasions this season going down narrowly to Haleys Comet in Launceston and El Jays Monet in Hobart. “He’s a ten-year-old now and he found himself in the right race with the right draw and he was able to do the rest, Rohan (Hadley) rated him well and he had enough in hand to stave off stablemate No Apachemee which made a late charge after getting off the pegs turning for home,” said Ben. “The stable finished off with Im Barney Rubble, he’s just a machine, he won six races last year at ten years of age and has already nailed three from six this season, he won by over five metres and had them covered a long way out.” The Todd Rattray trained and driven six-yer-old Taurisi ($1.60) showed his class to come off the 30-metre handicap and score a runaway 5.1-metre win in the Discretionary over Karalta Dazzler and Poker Storm. Paul Ashwood trained the quinella in the Maxfield Drilling Pace for Mick Maxwell but not in the order most punters would have preferred with Krafty Boy ($4.80), driven by Rohan Hillier,  storming home over the top of popular pick Miracle Marcus ($2.00). Punters won the battle on the night with six favourites saluting including the Bianca Heenan prepared Mon Poppy Polly ($2.70) driven by Taylor Ford and the Melissa Maine-trained Better Go Go ($2.30) steered home by Gareth Rattray. Shane Yates

Cranbury, NJ --- With many divisions still in flux as to year-end honors, the connections of three of the top pacers in their respective groups each supplemented to their Breeder Crown event. The Breeders Crown Open events attracted the richest female pacer, 5-year-old mare Shartin N, whose 16 wins in 21 starts and bankroll of $820,861 made the $31,250 supplemental payment an easy decision for co-owners Richard Poillucci and Jo-Ann Looney-King. Jo-Ann's husband, Jimmy King Jr. trains the imported daughter of New Zealand stallion Tintin In America-Bagdarin. Another Down Under sensation, Lazarus N, was supplemented to the $400,000 Crown Open Pace to the tune of $50,000. The racing world has enjoyed heavyweight match ups featuring Lazarus N and McWicked, but Lazarus was scratched sick from their last meeting in Saturday's Dan Rooney Invitational by trainer Jimmy Taker to ensure he was in top form for the Crown. Lazarus N, owned by Taylor Made Stallions, has banked $400,245 in North America this year, with a two wins and three seconds in just five starts on this continent. Combined with his New Zealand earnings, he's made $689,861 for a hefty $3 million lifetime. Gary and Barbara Iles homebred sophomore pacing colt Lather Up emerged as the early season sensation, blasting a 1:48.1 mile in his North America Cup victory back in June. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up's consistent performance on the racetrack has resulted in a 14-11-0-1 slate and $768,612 in earnings. Regular entries for 3-year-old and up trotters and pacers are due by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Pocono Downs race office. Two-year-old entries closed at 9:00 a.m. Monday and you can see the fields here: http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=82909&zoneid=1 The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eliminations for all 2-year-old events will be raced on Friday [post time 7:00 p.m.] and eliminations for all 3-year-old and up events will be Saturday [post time 7:00 p.m.]. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. There will be an industry-wide low 15% takeout on all wagers on all three nights of Crown competition. The $6 million Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Saturday, October 27, with an early post time of 5:30 p.m. [EDT] For more information go to www.Hambowletonian.com by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Cranbury, NJ --- Warrawee Ubeaut, a filly who earlier this month became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in harness racing history, and divisional money-leaders Stag Party, The Ice Dutchess, Green Manalishi S, and Tall Drink Hanover were among the 71 freshmen entered Monday for the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eliminations for the 2-year-olds, which are necessary in all four divisions and will have purses of $25,000 apiece, are Friday at Pocono. Post time is 7 p.m. (EDT) for the card's first race. The top-three finishers from each of three eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters and 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will advance to their respective finals. The remaining divisions -- filly pacers and colt and gelding trotters -- both will have two eliminations. The top-four finishers from each of those eliminations plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings will advance to their respective finals. Elimination winners draw for post positions one through five for the finals. Breeders Crown entries for 3-year-olds and older horses are due by 9 a.m. Tuesday and eliminations will be Saturday. All finals, with purses totaling $6 million, are Saturday (Oct. 27) at Pocono. Ron Burke-trained Warrawee Ubeaut was among a deep group of 2-year-old pacing fillies entered in the Breeders Crown, along with She's A Great Lady Stakes-winner Tall Drink Hanover and sire stakes champions Beautyonthebeach (Kentucky), Money Shot Hanover (New York), Queen Of The Pride (Ohio), and Sylph Hanover (Pennsylvania). Tall Drink Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut, Beautyonthebeach, and Money Shot Hanover are in the second of the division's two eliminations. Warrawee Ubeaut won her division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 5 at Red Mile in 1:48.3, the first sub-1:49 mile in history for a 2-year-old pacer. For the season, the daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories has won six of nine races and $300,393. Her victories also include the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. She was among nine 2-year-olds entered by Burke. Tall Drink Hanover, by Captaintreacherous out of Take Into Account, brings a three-race win streak to the Breeders Crown. Her triumphs in addition to the She's A Great Lady include a division of the International Stallion. She is trained by Tony Alagna and has won six of nine races and $343,914. Stag Party, the richest 2-year-old in the sport with $514,368, has won six of nine races this season, including the Metro Pace. The son of Bettor's Delight out of My Lady Day, trained by Casie Coleman, is in the third of the three eliminations for the colt and gelding pacers. The elim also includes Workin Ona Mystery, who is unbeaten in five races for trainer Brian Brown. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Proof, also trained by Brown, is the richest horse in the second elimination and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final runner-up De Los Cielos Deo, trained by Burke, is richest in the first. Proof, a son of A Rocknroll Dance out of Ginger And Fred, has earned $285,935. De Los Cielos Deo, by Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, has earned $194,210. The Marcus Melander-trained duo of Green Manalishi S and Gimpanzee were among the 15 horses entered in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Green Manalishi S, by Muscle Hill out of Naga Morich, has won five of eight races and finished no worse than second this season. His victories include the William Wellwood Memorial and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, helping the colt to $366,307 in purses. New York Sire Stakes champion Gimpanzee, by Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, is undefeated in seven races, all on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He has banked $278,858. Also in the 2-year-old colt trot are Cantab Fashion, who has won five races in a row since going off stride in his August debut, and multiple-stakes-winner Kings County. Green Manalishi S, Kings County, and Cantab Fashion are in the second elimination while Gimpanzee is in the first. The Ice Dutchess leads a group of 20 filly trotters and competes in the third of three eliminations. Her wins this year include the Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. The Ice Dutchess, by Muscle Hill out of The Ice Queen, has won five of nine races and $412,290 to lead all 2-year-old trotters this season. She is trained by Jimmy Takter, who leads all trainers in Breeders Crown wins with 33. Also entered in the 2-year-old filly trot were Takter-trained Whispering Oaks, who won sire stakes championships in New Jersey and Kentucky, and Woodside Charm, who is unbeaten in five races for trainer-driver Verlin Yoder. Whispering Oaks, a winner of $264,844 by Father Patrick out of Vintage Oaks, is in the first elimination and Woodside Charm, who won the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, is in the second. She is by Chapter Seven out of Fireworks Hanover and has earned $209,158. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Elimination 1 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Champagne Jane-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Ma Was Right-Dexter Dunn-Noel Daley 3-Starita-David Miller-Joe Holloway 4-Special Honor-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Whispering Oaks-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Conway Kellyanne-Charlie Norris-Charlie Norris Elimination 2 (Race 4) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Miss You Kelly-Tim Tetrick-Bruce Lauer 2-Asiago-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Stella Jane-George Napolitano Jr.-John Butenschoen 4-Sonnet Grace-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-Woodside Charm-Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder 6-Golden Tricks-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 7-Princess Deo-Andrew McCarthy-Noel Daley Elimination 3 (Race 9) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Sette Deo-TBA-Benoit Baillargeon 2-Tommi Canu Hearme-Brett Miller-Dustin Jones 3-Fate Smiled-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-The Ice Dutchess-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Sister's Promise-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 6-Cloud Nine Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 7-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 2-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING PACE Elimination 1 (Race 5) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mangogh-Tim Tetrick-Bruce Saunders 2-De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Lyons Night Hawk-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 4-Air Force Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown 5-American Mercury-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 6-No Mas Amor-Matt Kakaley-Linda Toscano Elimination 2 (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2-Yacht Week-Christian Lind-Staffan Lind 3-Smooth Lou-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown 4-Captain Crunch-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson 5-Proof-David Miller-Brian Brown 6-Love Me Some Lou-Corey Callahan-Tom Cancelliere 7-Shake That House-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes Elimination 3 (Race 12) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Loutenant-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2-Captain Trevor-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 3-Sugar Factory-Corey Callahan-Tom Cancelliere 4-Blood Money-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Stag Party-David Miller-Casie Coleman 6-Lyons Johnnyjnr-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 7-Workin Ona Mystery-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 2-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING TROT Elimination 1 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Chin Chin Hall-Peter Wrenn-Melanie Wrenn 2-Steuben Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 3-Hudson River-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 4-Demon Onthe Hill-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 5-Union Forces-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere 6-Brady Bunch-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 7-Prospect Hill-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 8-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander Elimination 2 (Race 11) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Smart As Hill-Bob McClure-Paula Wellwood 2-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 3-Super Schissel-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 4-Kings County-David Miller-Domenico Cecere 5-Cantab Fashion-David Miller-Jim Campbell 6-Trix And Stones-Scott Zeron-Carl Jamieson 7-Mass Fortune K-Matt Kakaley-Charlie Norris 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 1 (Race 7) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Annie Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 2-Cruise-David Miller-Brian Brown 3-St Somewhere-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4-Queen Of The Pride-Tony Hall-Kevin Lare 5-Treacherous Reign-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 6-Sylph Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7-Sweet Lucy Lou-Andy Miller-Don Swick 8-Prescient Beauty-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair Elimination 2 (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Art Lecture-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 2-Tall Drink Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 3-Money Shot Hanover-Tyler Buter-Mark Harder 4-Beautyonthebeach-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 5-Renaissance Lady K-Brian Sears-Norm Parker 6-Zero Tolerance-David Miller-Joe Holloway 7-She's Allright-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 8-Warrawee Ubeaut-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

Last night’s Harness Racing Awards Dinner brought exciting news for junior drivers and cousins Nathan Dawson and Dannielle McMullen when they were announced winners of the 2018 Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achievers Award. The award comes with an unbelievable all-expenses paid trip to North America working and learning under the watchful eye of successful harness racing trainer and former Australian Ross Croghan. The trip will be an incredible learning curve for the youngsters and will include opportunities to visit the stables of prominent standardbred trainers such as Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke, touch base with ex-pats such as Andy McCarthy, Noel Daley and Chris Ryder to name but a few, visit renowned racetracks such as the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold as well as the possibility of securing a race drive. Young Achiever nominations were selected on a monthly basis throughout the season by a panel of industry experts. Other nominees included Trent Moffat, Hayden Barnes, Brittany Graham, Narissa McMullen, Isobel Ross, Mitchell Dawson, Alex Cain and Matt Elkins. Nathan Dawson was the obvious preference for the male award recipient given his unbelievable driving record in the 2017/2018 season and being nominated for the award on three occasions. He secured the Queensland Driver of the Year Premiership and was the only driver to land a double century of wins. Dawson’s career best month was in August where he landed 40 winners and 42 placings from 149 drives. In that month he drove four winners on two occasions, trebles on three occasions and recorded his 500th lifetime winner. “I hadn’t kept count of the winners that month, I just went out there and did my best. I had a really good season and it’s great to be rewarded for the hard work” Dawson stated. He was also selected to represent Queensland in the upcoming Australasian Young Drivers Championship held at Albion Park and Redcliffe in November. McMullen also enjoyed plenty of success last season finishing within the top 10 on the state drivers, metropolitan drivers and concession drivers premierships with 78 winners from 595 drives. Along with her sister Narissa, McMullen represented the state in the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Tasmania where she finished in 2nd place, as well as competing in the Reinswomen Invitational series at Globe Derby. Narissa was selected as last year’s Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achiever and ironically the sisters finished on the same number of wins last season. “I’m really looking forward to the trip, it’ll be a really great learning experience and I know it wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors Kevin and Kay Seymour”, said McMullen. While the trip details are yet to be confirmed it has been suggested that the drivers will set off in August next year and their trip will coincide with the one million dollar Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Albion Park Harness Racing  

YONKERS, N.Y. – When Sabine Kagebrandt came to work as the Racing Manager for Anders Ström’s Stall Courant AB, she did so on one condition. Accustomed to working with and being around harness racing horses, the former groom of Prix d’Amérique winner Gigant Neo would take the office job if she could have one horse to look after in her spare time. “I started at the office, I did all this paperwork and stuff like that, but I’m used to working with horses. If I’m going to do all this paperwork, I need one horse,” Kagebrandt said.  Ström let Kagebrandt pick any horse in his barn. Out of about 60 trotters, she selected Cruzado Dela Noche. Then a stakes-winning 3-year-old with a penchant for making breaks, Kagebrandt saw something special in the bay son of Muscle Massive. “When I started to work there, the first trip I made was when Cruzado Dela Noche was third in the Peter Haughton and then we went to Lexington, so I followed him all the time. I knew I wanted to take that horse when he came home,” she said. “First of all, he was really cute, he had a nice attitude, and he had this charisma. When you’re around him, you just get happy because he gives so much to the people around him. I really fell in love with him. He’s such a nice horse.” Cruzado Dela Noche shipped to Sweden to compete in the country’s rich 4-year-old program. Kagebrandt developed a bond with the horse while he raced in Stefan Melander’s stable, winning the Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup, and the Group 2 Norrlands Grand Prix. He also placed third in the Group 1 Sprinter Mästaren Final. However, this June, Ström began pointing Cruzado Dela Noche toward a fall campaign in the United States with a focus on the $1 million Yonkers International Trot and the Breeders Crown Open Trot. Cruzado Dela Noche shipped stateside to trainer Marcus Melander and groom Mikaela Melander in August and prepared for the International with two qualifiers at Pocono Downs in September. Being away from Cruzado Dela Noche was difficult, but Kagebrandt lessened the parting with frequent visits. “I’ve been in the States a lot, so I’ve followed him here. When he came here, I was here. Then I came here for the qualifications, so I’ve been here a little bit,” Kagebrandt said. “He was really good. He got better every qualifier he did because he needed time to be a little more in form. We tried to do the same schedule when he should do the qualification like we made with him at home. We tried to do as much the same as at home as possible.” With just two qualifiers on his card and off a June layoff, Cruzado Dela Noche started as a 30-1 outsider in the Yonkers International Trot. Still, Kagebrandt felt confident in the 6-year-old stallion and in Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears.  “Always when you race him, you know he always has a chance because he’s so strong and he has a good head and a strong will to win. He never gives up, that I knew from the beginning,” Kagebrandt said. “When he had the six hole and the other good ones had inside, then I thought it could be a little tricky. I was very confident in the horse and Brian, because he knows this track like his own pocket.” While rivals Pastore Bob and Ringostarr Treb makes breaks in stride on the opening turn and Arazi Boko forged to the lead from post eight, Sears was patient with Cruzado Dela Noche. He raced in sixth 5 ½ lengths from the top and followed Lionel on the outside behind a :28.1 opening panel. Ariana G pulled the pocket on Arazi Boko around the second turn and made the lead at the top of the backstretch, but Marion Marauder quickly ranged up to assume command in a :57.1 half-mile. The move left Lionel uncovered in third and Cruzado Dela Noche got a perfect trip in his wake. Marion Marauder led through 6-furlongs in 1:27 and a mile in 1:55.3. With a quarter-mile to race, Lionel ratcheted up the pressure, advancing to put his white-blazoned nose in front entering the final turn. Sears tipped Cruzado Dela Noche three-wide and the trio charged around the bend on even terms. Watching the action unfold from a perch in the paddock, Kagebrandt’s heart began to race as she realized her horse had a chance. Lionel put away a spent Marion Marauder at the top of the stretch as driver Gøran Antonsen snuck a peek over his right shoulder to see Cruzado Dela Noche looming. Antonsen went to the whip right-handed and implored Lionel while his gaze darted frantically between the finish line and his opponent.  Sears let the lines hang loose in his left hand and went to the stick with his right. He timed the move perfectly and Cruzado Dela Noche surged at the wire to win by a head in 2:24.3. Up And Quick shook loose late to be third while Ariana G was fourth. “We won,” Kagebrandt said as a smile crept up on her face and she let out a satisfied laugh. “Actually, we didn’t see much of the stretch. First, we thought he was going to be third, but we thought, ‘that’s OK, third is really good in the International. That’s amazing.’ Then we thought he was going to be second. We were screaming and cheering. Then we realized he actually won. They didn’t announce at first it either, so we weren’t sure if he won or not, so it was totally crazy. It was really crazy. “It means very much. To bring him over and he handled the trip and everything, I think it’s amazing. It’s a really big race,” she said. Cruzado Dela Noche’s victory in the Yonkers International Trot improved his record to 15 wins from 56 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,202,771. Cruzado Dela Noche is Sweden’s fourth representative to win the International, joining Callit, Atas Fighter L., and His Majesty. With the International under his belt, Cruzado Dela Noche will head to the Breeders Crown next and Kagebrandt will be along for the ride. “This was the first race he did here. Now I think he’s starting to get in shape. It’s going to be really nice to go to Pocono,” she said. “I love him so much.” For more information on the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, visit www.internationaltrot.com.  by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

When harness racing 4yo Please Shuddup won at Saturdays Gore meeting, it capped off a commendable couple of days for his sire Auckland Reactor.   Well known for his deeds on the racetrack, Auckland Reactor is now making a name for himself as a Group 1 winning sire, headlined by his award winning son Chase Auckland.   Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata) swept all before him last season as a three-year-old winning eight of his nine raceday starts including the Great Northern Derby (Group 1), New Zealand Sire Stakes Final (Group 1), Elsu Alabar Classic (Group 2) and the New Zealand Yearling Sales Final (Listed).    He was named three year old of the year at the prestigious New Zealand harness racing awards and finished the season holding two New Zealand records, the 2700 metre mobile all-comers record of 3:16.8 and also the 1950 metre mobile all-comers record of 2:16.1   Although his season ended with an minor injury, Chase Auckland is now well healed and the striking four year old is back in full work hoping to be ready to race early in the new year or just before.   Chase Auckland - NZ Sire Stakes Final - New Zealand Record     Chase Auckland - The Great Northern Derby New Zealand Record     At Gore, the Murray Brown trained Please Shuddup (Auckland Reactor - Blah Blah Blah) was too good for his opposition, trailing early then jogging to the lead with 150m to go and winning as he liked without the removable deafeners being pulled.    Auckland Reactor picked up another milestone of sorts last Friday night when his daughter As Free As Air (Auckland Reactor - Cloud Cuckooland) won her first trotting race in the hands of driver Maurice Mckendry at Alexandra Park .   That win was Auckland Reactor's first trotting winner as a sire and it also gave Maurice Mckendry a total of six driving wins in the one night a feat he had accomplished only twice before.   As Free As Air     Amazingly the second of Mckendry's six wins on the night also came courtesy of the progeny of Auckland Reactor when Red Reactor (Auckland Reactor - Edernay) zipped home for an impressive win in quick time.   Mckendry who trains Red Reactor says the gelding is still improving and will be a better horse next year, a comment we have also heard being made by several trainers of Auckland Reactor bred pacers in both New Zealand and Australia.   Red Reactor     And then to top the week off Sergei (Auckland Reactor - Jane Of Eden - Strong Life) a gelding, won his third race in a row and fourth from his last six starts in NSW.   Sergei makes it three in a row     In New Zealand Auckland Reactor has had 21 individual winners to date and in Australia he has had even more with 32 winners already on the board.   That is a total of 53 winners with total stake earnings of $1,700,000 between both Countries.   He has had 96 qualifiers or starters in New Zealand and 80 in Australia to date.    He bred 76 mares in New Zealand and 112 in Australia for the past season.   In New Zealand Auckland Reactor finished third on the three-year-old sires list for the past season a great effort for his first crop to the races.   Leading HorsesSiresBroodmare Sires for the 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963  Season     Pacers OnlyTrotters OnlyCombined Gaits     All Ages2 year olds only3 year olds only4 year olds only5 years old and older 10/10/2018@11:18:32 Sires $Won ▾ Starters Foals Winners Starts Wins 2nds 3rds Bettor's Delight 2,320,600 93 195 62 806 135 126 94 Mach Three 747,078 64 117 49 489 77 51 58 Auckland Reactor 596,037 39 156 15 231 29 18 14   When you consider the great sires behind Auckland Reactor on this list such as Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, American Ideal and Christian Cullen, Auckland Reactor has performed exceptionally well and is assured a bright future. In Australia Auckland Reactor has had 80 starters to date with 32 winners including the top filly Soho Burning Love who is probably the most unlucky and underated filly in all of Australia.  Soho Burning Love (Auckland Reactor - Soho Bordeaux - Western Terror) has had 30 starts for $157,170 to date with a record of 1:52.6 over 1720 meters winning by 34 meters but the real story with this filly was the shocking amount of bad draws in all her starts against the best Group horses in Australia. I believe she only drew inside post 8 three times in her three-year-old starts. She has had mostly second row draws. She had 21 starts as a three-year-old for 6 wins 10 seconds 3 thirds a ffith and a 10th. She won a heat of the Bathurst Gold Bracelet (second in the Group 1 Final), second in the heat and final of Group 1 New South Wales Oaks, second in the Group 2 Vicbred Classic and she was third in the Group 1 Victoria Oaks. Soho Burning Love winning in a 1:52.6 mile rate over 1720 meters. Auckland Reactor had 9 two-year-old winners in Australia and $148,527 in earnings for the last season. He had  20 three-year-old winners earning $402,523 for that season. He had 4 additional stake placegetters. Besides Soho Burning Love in Australia, Auckland Reactor has sired the Group 1 winning Gold Reactor, De La Tourbie (third in the Group 1 Westbred Classic), Delightfulreacion (second in the Group 1 Westbred Classic) and You Ninety Two who finished second in the Group 1 Vicbred Classic. Harnesslink Media

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's success with ex-Australian pacers continued yesterday at Mt Harding racecourse when Cruz Bromac powered over the top of his rivals to win the Methven Cup by more than two lengths. The Falcon Seelster gelding was having his first start on the grass surface, a fact that did not worry his driver Natalie Rasmussen who commented on the All Stars website that the grass didn’t worry them because he is a good gaited horse. "He did scramble a bit early but that was probably getting used to the surface. "It was good to see him bouncing straight up with some form here. "We think he will probably go to the Kaikoura Cup. We have a huge week coming up and we expect to have 16 horses at Ashburton as well as some at Addington Friday and four at the trials on Wednesday," she said. Although the track was on the dead side the time for Cruze Bromac of 3-51.3 for the 3000m stand lowered the old track record held by Messini by nearly half a second, proving Cruz Bromac has what it takes to be a major force in the up-coming New Zealand Cup in November. The favourite for the race Star Galleria led for most of the way but weakened to only run third,while Forgotten Highway continued his good form and enhanced his Cup chances by running home well into second for driver Samantha Ottley.   Harnesslink Media

Louis-Philippe Roy won his first Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday and then won two more to lay emphatic claim to the Lampman Cup title as the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. A joyful group met the 28-year-old in the winner's circle after his first victory, as he guided two-year-old trotting filly HP Titania Runner to a narrow 1:57.4 score over Champagne Jane and favourite Presto Change O. "Those owners are maybe not the first ones, but among the first people that got me stake drives in Quebec," said Roy of owner-breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, Quebec. "So the fact that they put confidence in me and now they are kind of rewarded with that win, I am happy for them." Woodbine-Mohawk Park fans sent the division point leader off as the second choice from Post 5 and HP Titania Runner charged from seventh to first in the last quarter to secure the championship. The E L Titan daughter wrapped up her freshman season with a record of four wins in eight starts and earnings of $248,650. While his first victory paid tribute to the past, Roy's second Super Final win had him looking toward the future. The reinsman teamed up with Keystone Concrete to deliver a giant-slaying upset in the two-year-old pacing colt and gelding division, laying down a :26.3 final quarter to collar Bettors Wish and Metro Pace winner Stag Party in 1:52. All three colts are by sire Bettors Delight. "For a while I was saying to myself, 'I will be third' and I would have been happy with a third, but then I seen Stag Party get a little tired so I said, 'I will probably get there for second', but that horse -sometimes horses they'll fight until the last one to pass, they'll just get to their head and kind of hang on a little bit, but this one he just kept going and he even went by the last horse," said Roy. "He's a really nice horse. I can't wait, if I have the opportunity, to drive him again at three." Roy drove Keystone Concrete to his fifth win in seven starts for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, his wife Yolanda Fellows, and her co-owners Arpad Szabo of Bradford, Ontario and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta. The win boosted the colt's earnings to $214,850 and Szabo was already looking forward to spending his share. "Maybe I can buy some more yearlings now because I am going to the sale tomorrow to spend the money I made. It's not going to stay in my pocket very long," said Szabo with a laugh, adding that Keystone Concrete had been something of a Cinderella story for his owners. "I never thought he was going to make it this far. He started in the Grassroots and he wound up in the Gold, and win the Gold, and beat a horse like Stag Party." Roy's third Super Final victory was the perfect end to his 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season, coming with three-year-old pacing colt Jimmy Freight, who took him to open stake races across North America this summer. On Saturday night the pair battled harder than they had all season in the provincial program, using a late kick to nab stablemate and pacesetter Backstreet Shadow in the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:50.2. St Lads Neptune was awarded third-place when The Downtown Bus was placed back to fifth for causing interference. "I knew I was going to float, I didn't want to rush him to go in the lead," said Roy of his strategy from Post 9. "Last start he raced really good, and the start before he got, I think, a little bit tired of racing on the front, and I really wanted not to end the season that way, like end it on a good note. He's been so much dominant in the Ontario Sires Stakes this year that I think he deserved that win." The soon-to-be Guelph resident drives Jimmy Freight for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario. The Sportswriter son went undefeated through the Gold Series this season, winning four legs and the Super Final. His sophomore record stands at nine wins, four seconds and three thirds in 17 starts for earnings of $691,239. Three-year-old trotting colt point leader Run Director also wrapped up his season with a Super Final victory and owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, Ontario were delighted to be joined in the winner's circle by the colt's namesake, Rankin Cancer Run director Mary Ann Edwards. "He emailed me one day and said, 'Would you mind if I named a male horse after you?'" recalled Edwards. "So it was an honour to be here tonight for this and this man is unbelievable, it's unbelievable what he does in our community." "She keeps saying karma, you know you'll get repaid back, so I named the horse after her and he's done nothing but win," said Tom Rankin, who was certain the colt was going to finish second at the head of the stretch. After a breather behind pacesetter Stormont Ventnor around the final turn, Run Director and driver Sylvain Filion powered down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:54.2 Stormont Ventnor settled for second and Jula Downton was well back in third. Guelph resident Ben Baillargeon conditions the Kadabra colt for the Rankins. Three-year-old pacing filly Percy Bluechip repeated as Super Final champion, going gate-to-wire in 1:52 for driver Yannick Gingras. Kendall Seelster and Quints Dream finished one length back in second and third. "I wanted to race her on the front, I really did," said Gingras of the Shadow Play daughter. "That was the game plan." The New Jersey-based reinsman drove Percy Bluechip to the win for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA, Purnel And Libby LLC of Delray Beach, FL and Donald Emond of Taunton, MA. Gingras picked up a second Super Final victory with two-year-old pacing filly Summer Charm, who scored a 1:52.3 upset over division point leader Better Single and Quebec Blue Chip. Dave Menary trains the Bettors Delight daughter for Thomas Dillon of Anson, ME. Kadabra daughter Smoke And Mirrors kicked off the $1.8 million night with 1:55.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly division, hitting the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Superlative and Illusioneesta. Trevor Henry crafted the win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Forbidden Trade claimed the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding crown with a 1:56.2 triumph over Southwind Avenger and Only For Justice. Bob McClure drove the Kadabra colt to the win for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec. "When you got a season like that you want to win the final," said Blais, who trained the colt to a division leading four regular season victories. "That's a lot of pressure believe me, but it is an amazing feeling." From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Scarborough, Maine - October 13, 2018 .... Festival of Champions Day, a showcase for the Maine Sire Stakes Championship Round started out cold and wet on Saturday (10/13) but quickly heated up and the sun finally made an appearance half way through the harness racing program. The large crowd at Scarborough Downs was treated to a live band along with many giveaways. The first of Eight Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes races, the $89.007 three year old colt & gelding final trot, was won by the 20 year old driver that is affectionately called "Matty Ice" guiding Mouthpiece into the winners circle. Matt Athearn steered the 3 year old son of Noble Venture-Beluga to a wire to wire performance in a time of 2:02.4 on a track rated as good. The heavily favored entry was on the lead at the quarter, parked to the outside, but when he cleared it was all over as he stormed home with a 5¾ length victory, that could have been a lot more. William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine owns the winner and the entry mate He'salittlenoble, who couldn't keep his footing heading to three quarters and broke, but still managed to finish third. The trainer for Mouthpiece was as happy as happy could be and smothered her driver/son with hugs and kisses. Next the $89,278 three year old filly trotting final took center stage with all eyes pinned on favorite June Carter Cast who was having a near perfect season with 11 wins in 12 starts. Pembroke Dancer with driver Nicholas Graffam had the benefit of the rail though and used it to his advantage to pull off the minor upset. Trainer and the drivers' father, Mike Graffam, credits the victory to the early scrum between Pembroke Dancer and June Carter Cast. The daughter of Cr Power Glide-Spring Laughter stretched out June Carter Cast in an opening quarter of 29.4. Pembroke Dancer picked up the fight again at the three quarter pole and from there went on to a four length victory in a time of 2:06.3 for the Ben, Bill and Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. Two year old fillies, racing for $56,454 went to post in their respective final with the leading point earner JustCallMe Bets going off as the favorite. JustCallMe Bets grabbed the lead but had company all away around the seaside oval. Cominrightatyou and driver Ron Cushing hampered the favorite throughout the mile and managed a very game second but the outside route was costly. It was the daughter of Deuce Seelster- Guard The Rose, Moonlightandroses and driver David Ingraham that took home the big prize as Ingraham traveled on the outside following Cominrightatyou and picked up the pieces in the stretch with a four length victory for Canadian owner Clark Bustard of Elmwood, New Brunswick and trainer David White. Moonlightandroses won her fifth race in eight starts timed in 2:06.4. The $56,437 two year old fillies trot final saw Lady Victoria, the daughter of Victor Blue Chip-AJ's Baby, wait out a long photo as she and Buena Vita Bebe and Ron Cushing, who attacked on the inside, were noses apart at the wire. Cushing came back to the winners circle but the photo ultimately gave the win to Lady Victoria. Trainer/Driver Ivan Davies started from post eight and after a couple of missteps by the competition found himself grabbing the lead by the quarter with Lady Victoria. Lady Victoria had enough at the wire to hold on recording her seventh win in nine starts for owner Stephan Hall of Newport, Maine in a time of 2:08.4. The other half of the Davies/Hall Entry, Victor's Secret, finished fourth. The combination of driver Drew Campbell and trainer Jim Dunn captured the $15,000 Fillies and Mare Free For All Pace in 2:01.1 with Western Stepp. Campbell who charged from the back of the pack to record a head victory said in the winners circle that the track was heavy and was fortunate that he managed to get the victory. With the knowledge of the track being heavy Drew Campbell tried a different strategy in the $89, 311 three year pacing fillies final. Campbell left with Gonna Hear Me Rohr, the daughter of Western Maverick-Heather K and settled in behind pacesetter Saratoga Liz who was driven by long time veteran Bruce Ranger, who hasn't raced since 2015. Campbell at the three quarter pole tipped and went by Saratoga Liz and coasted home a 13 length winner in 2:01.4 for owner Bradford Veilleux of Greene, Maine and trainer Jim Dunn. Owners Thomas Dillon of Anson, Maine and Walter Hight of Skowhegan, Maine have teamed up year after year and have owned some of the best racehorses that Maine has offered. Ally Way Cast is another outstanding trotter for this pair and one that Tom Dillon said in the winners circle was one of the best that the team has ever owned. In a very uneventful win, Ally Way Cast, son of Current Cast-Ally-Gal Ridge, easily won the $56,426 two-year-old trotting final in a leisurely 2:06.2, ten lengths the best. Dillon credited his success to driver veteran reinsman Gary Mosher and the Maine stalwart trainer Donald Richards. The $56,460 two year old colt and gelding pacing final saw driver David Ingraham and trainer David White team up for another over the road victory. Bait A Hook from post position eight, saw Ingraham take the son of Deuce Seelster-Josie Plumstead to the outside going past the half and from there he grinded past the competition winning in a time of 2:01.2. When asked in the winners circle about his luck from the outside post positions Ingraham stated that the luck wasn't with him on the draw but he managed to overcome the poor positions. The win with Bait A Hook was the second stakes victory of the day for owner Clark Bustard of Elmwood, New Brunswick Canada. The $15,000 Free For All Trot was won in the same fashion that David Ingraham had demonstrated all day. From post position seven, Ingraham had BJ Anthony out and going at the half and he crossed the wire 11½ length victor in 2:02.2 for owner/trainer Dustin Ingraham. The final of the eight Breeders Stakes races saw the three year old pacing colts go to post battling for a purse of $89,321. Race favorite Pembroke Pharoah got away slow and had problems breaking as the field headed towards three quarters. The outside flow was active and Stormyweatherahead came like a thunderbolt with driver Matt Athearn guiding the son of Luckcamotion-Wolf Creek Cupid into the winners circle finishing off a day that the young driver will never forget. Stormyweatherahead won in a time of 2:00.3, seven lengths the best. Matty Ice, the son of Mark & Gretchen Athearn, started his racing career in 2014, and is now the sports newest millionaire with his driving purses now totaling 1,004,673. Stormyweatherahead is trained by Marc Tardif for owner Leighton Property of Waterboro, Maine. With the Maine Sire Stakes season now concluded, racing action in the PineTreeState will be controlled by the overnight ranks, with live racing action continuing at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday afternoon through December 9th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By William Ellis for Scarborough Downs and the New England Harness Writers Association

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As trainer Mike Deters prepares for his first start in the Breeders Crown, he's got a good feeling about Ideal Feeling. Deters sends out Ideal Feeling in Saturday's first of three $25,000 eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The colt is out of the family of Hall of Famer Rainbow Blue and a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Zero Tolerance, who races Friday in an elimination of the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace. Ideal Feeling and driver Tim Tetrick start their elimination Saturday from post two in a field of seven. The field also includes Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover, Max C. Hempt Memorial champ Springsteen, and Carl Milstein Memorial winner Thinkbig Dreambig. The top-three finishers from each elim for the 3-year-old male pacers return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $527,500 final. "I'm pretty excited," said Deters, a Florida resident who is in the state's harness racing Hall of Fame and also operates a stable in upstate New York during the summers. "I think he will put in a very good effort. I think he can go with them. Is he an absolute contender? I think he has to have a trip to do it. I don't think he can do the heavy lifting, but he's shown where he can be highly competitive with them." Ideal Feeling, by American Ideal out of Feelinglikeastar, has won six of 18 races in 2018 and hit the board a total of 12 times for Deters and owner Rick Berks. His most recent five starts featured a three-race win streak, which included the consolation final of the New York Sire Stakes, before finishing fifth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and sixth in a division of the Tattersalls. In the Bluegrass he finished 1-3/4 lengths behind winner Stay Hungry. In the Tattersalls, he was a parked-out first in an opening quarter-mile of :26 and second through three-quarters in 1:20.1. "He'd never been three-quarters in 1:20 before and I think it was a little more than he could handle," Deters said. "Hopefully he'll come off of that with a good effort (Saturday). "He's only gone a couple shaky races all summer," Deters added about Ideal Feeling, who in his five most lucrative races this year never started inside of post six. "I would say post position had a lot to do with it. It wasn't really that he raced bad, he just really didn't have any luck. This is the first time we've had a favorable post position when we've had a chance to go for money, so hopefully it pays dividends." Ideal Feeling got a late start last year at age 2, debuting with a third-place finish at Vernon Downs in mid-October. He only raced three times last season, capping his brief campaign with a win in a conditioned class at The Meadowlands. "He had some issues early where we didn't know if he was even going to make the races," Deters said. "I got him straightened out and he qualified real well here at Pocono. At Vernon, he paced the back half in like 54 seconds and just raced tremendous. Right then we knew he was a pretty nice horse." Deters, who is stabled at Tioga Downs during the summer, is more than pleased with Ideal Feeling's development. "There is nothing not to like about him," said Deters, who has won four training titles at Tioga. "He's a big, good-looking, great gaited colt. He's got gate speed, he doesn't mind coming first up, he's great off a helmet, he's a perfect gentleman; he has no faults." The second elimination for 3-year-old male pacers includes Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice as well as Tattersalls division winner American History. The third elim finds returning Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry, whose victories this season include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes, plus North America Cup winner Lather Up (a supplemental entry for $62,500) and Tattersalls division winner Grand Teton. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown
This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa; The Pegasus, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Friday (Oct. 19) and Saturday (Oct. 20) for Breeders Crown eliminations in 11 divisions. Eliminations will not be required for the open pace. The Friday card features a trio of $25,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt pace and 2-year-old filly trot and two $25,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old filly pace and 2-year-old colt trot. The Saturday card has a total of 14 eliminations, with each carrying a purse of $25,000. The 3-year-old colt pace will split three ways, while the 3-year-old filly pace has a lone elimination. There will be two eliminations in the 3-year-old colt and filly trot, mare pace and trot, and open trot. On Friday night at Hoosier Park, there will be nine divisions of The Pegasus for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The $80,100 filly trot will be contested in three divisions, while the $85,500 colt trot, the $73,500 colt pace and the $68,100 filly pace will each have two divisions. The Meadowlands on Friday night will host another leg of The Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be two divisions each in the colt pace, colt trot, filly pace and filly trot. Each race has a purse of $10,000. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Brian Sears and Sweden's 30-1 out-the-whole-way Cruzado Dela Noche stalked, then snapped, Norway's Lionel (Goran Antonsen) at the wire Saturday afternoon (Oct. 13), winning the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino. Cruzado Dela Noche was a winner in the Yonkers International Trot. The 1-1/4 mile 40th International began with 10 world-class trotters representing seven countries. It ended in the first turn for 7-5 favorite Ringsostarr Treb (Wim Paal) of Italy and Sweden's Pastore Bob (John Untersteiner) after both made breaks trying to leave. After that merriment, Italy's Arazi Boko (Alessandro Gocciadoro) made the first lead, working around the lone American and lone lass Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. The U.S. miss then played leapfrog, retaking from Arazi Boko before Canada's Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) -- out early from the cones -- made the lead. It was a :57.1 half with triple-millionaire Marion Marauder doing his thing and Lionel now first-up, having moved from fifth. He took it to Marion Marauder from the 1:27 three-quarters to the 1:55.3 mile. Meanwhile, Cruzado Dela Noche, who from post position No. 6 advanced to be second-over, went three-deep early. It was Lionel putting away Marion Marauder soon after the final turn, needing only to hold off the horse he towed. Despite racing his eyeballs out, Lionel could not stall Cruzado Dela Noche, who prevailed by a head in 2:24.3 at a $62.50 win mutuel. France's Up And Quick (Jason Bartlett) knifed through to grab third -- beaten 1-3/4 lengths -- with Ariana G and Marion Marauder rounding out the payees. For Cruzado Dela Noche, a 6-year-old son of Muscle Massive leased by Anders Strom's Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts. Cruzado Dela Noche, who spent his first two racing seasons in North America before being exported, is Sweden's sixth International Trot winner. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,299.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,267; 3. David Miller - 1,056.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 629; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 550.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,047.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,023; 3. Tony Alagna - 603.5; 4. Jim Campbell - 420; 5. Julie Miller - 409. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 313; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 226.2; 3. Diamond Creek Racing - 211.2; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 209.7; 5. Marvin Katz - 206. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with Breeders Crown finals in all 12 categories (2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters and older horse and mare pacers and trotters). Hoosier Park will host Circle City divisions for 3-year-olds and Madison County divisions for 2-year-olds. In addition, The Meadowlands will host another leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
East Rutherford, NJ - A field of eight trotters will be competing in the $3,000 RUS MidAtlantic Trot at Meadowlands Gaming & Entertainment Saturday night, October 20, 2018. Post time for the non-wagering racing under saddle event will be 7:00pm, prior to the first wagering event on the card. Four of the eight horses figure to be competing for the major spoils in this miler with a fifth horse providing a little foreign intrigue. Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran; post position six) comes into the race with a 5-2-3-0 record for the season for owner/trainer/rider Engerran. The nine-year-old altered son of Classic Photo was the winner of the RUS New York Fair Final at Monticello Raceway in early September, crossing the line in a 2:02.4 romp. Most recently, Funny Photo has a pair of second place finishes at Batavia and Saratoga. A year off from RUS must have been what the doctor ordered for No Recess (Sietske Dijhkof; post seven) as the nine-year-old son of Rich Boy has scored two speedy victories over the upstate New York half mile ovals. At the end of September, No Recess scored a 2:02.1 victory at Batavia while this past weekend, the gelding made an early break yet went on to win by four lengths at Saratoga in 2:02.2. The question is will No Recess be able to take advantage of the mile oval to set a new lifetime mark in victory? Kyle Spagnola is the trainer. Normally, Hyway Marcus (Sasha Moczulski, post eight) would be the automatic selection on the RUS MidAtlantic circuit but he is meeting some speedy types here, so the outcome is far from certain. The seven-year-old Gut Instinct gelding suffered a rare miscue at Saratoga in his last start getting caught in close quarters. Marcus was able to recover and get within a length of the leader at the three-quarter pole but being parked out after the break took its toll and resulted in his tiring to finish third. Despite post position eight, he figures to be in the thick of things for his owner/trainer/driver. One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett, post five) comes into the race with a question mark but can step up and be a factor. The lone mare in the race shows a couple of breaks of late and in her last start, Hartnett lost her irons at the start of the race requiring the horse to pull up before the finish. Despite this, the mare stayed flat before being pulled up. An early season qualifier of 2:02.1 over a sloppy Vernon Downs oval shows 'Trudy' belongs in the race and can be competitive should she manage to stay out of trouble. Wesley Miller trains OTF for owner/rider Hartnett. A French-bred horse making his American debut under saddle? This is the case with Atout De Fontaine (Sofia Zingale; post position four), an eight-year-old gelding by Oxford Du Rib - Mistina De Traqui by Quebir De Chenu. ADF came to the United States to take part in the France-America series at Yonkers but he made it abundantly clear he didn't care for the American game. However, a 2:05.2 victory in a Rosecroft qualifier for trainer/rider Zingale would suggest a return to the saddle is what is needed for Fontaine who has a 1:56 mile rate mark in monte racing in Europe. He is a wild card in this event. Other starters in the race (from post one out) are Keenan (Maria Buchanan) who is making his first start under saddle in 2018 and Credit Blues (Stephanie Jacobs) who is making his first lifetime start off a 2:06.3 qualifying effort at Ocean Downs in early August. Another first timer is Puddin N Pie (Vanessa Karlewicz) who makes his debut off a second-place finish in a Rosecroft qualifier. By RUS MidAtlantic
Cream Ridge, NJ - 10/17/2018 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) invites all to our Craft Beer & Wine Tasting ~ Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at our farm location 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ.   Come sample craft beers and wine while meeting a great selection of horses looking for their forever homes. Many will be shown under saddle, both Western and English disciplines, with our trainer and volunteers.   More than 65 horses are available and staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding adoption, fostering, the organization, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and information regarding horse sponsorship.   If you have any questions or need more information please contact us via email at SRFAdoption@gmail.com or call the office at (609) 738-3255. Visit our website at www.AdoptaHorse.org for adoption applications and to view some of the horses available for adoption that will be on site. Visit our Facebook page the morning of the event to check for any weather related date changes.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundations      
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