Harness Racing South Australia

Stoush over fees leads to ban

The horse racing industry in South Australia has been dealt a blow with the sudden departure of harness racing from Globe Derby Park due to a stoush about meeting fees. In a statement issued last night, the Harness Racing SA (HRSA) board said it received a message from solicitors representing SA Harness Racing Club (SAHRC) that it could no longer hold race meetings at its track. The club claimed it was not being adequately compensated for the cost of running race meetings at the northern Adelaide track. It said the average cost of holding a meeting was $6,500 but HRSA was paying it only $2,800, meaning it incurred an average loss of $3,700 for every meet. SAHRC committee president Peter Downs said that with between 110 and 120 meetings a year, the club had been operating with losses of up to $500,000 a year. "We've been hosting a lot of race meetings here for a long time and making significant losses in doing so," he said. "We don't want what's unfair but we certainly need to be paid a more fair amount of money." But HRSA chief executive officer John Lewis said that as well as a $350,000 dollar per annum meeting fee, it also offered the club other financial incentives. "If you add all that up there's been significant financial offers in addition to the $350,000 we pay, so it's somewhat bewildering the decision the club has taken," he said. "So the board was forced to make an unprecedented decision to move race meetings because we're not permitted to race there. "That's what the letter from the lawyers makes very clear." The next meeting, the Southern Cross finals, has been relocated to Port Pirie this Saturday, with other meetings likely to held at Kapunda and Victor Habor. Horse trainer Ray Holberton said the club and HRSA must sort out their differences because the changes would be detrimental to the industry and cause problems for everyone involved in it. "It's a big thing because my horse is not a very good traveller," he said. "The owner is in his 80s. He rang me last night and said 'Ray, I can't go see my horse race at Port Pirie. It's too far away'. You can understand that, and that's a shame." Globe Derby Park has been SA's premier harness racing venue since the 1970s. Reprinted with permission of ABC Online - Check site here

Central New York Raceway Park

Work started on huge New York race park project

Hastings, N.Y. — Lots of dirt is moving at the planned site of a big motor and harness racing park that local officials hope will bring needed employment and development to this Oswego County town 22 miles north of Syracuse. For the past several months, crews have been clearing 200,000 cubic yards of topsoil and grading a 150-acre site between Route 11 and Interstate 81, about halfway between Brewerton and Central Square. The work marks the beginning of construction on racing entrepreneur Glenn Donnelly's Central New York Raceway Park after four years of planning. Donnelly said the complex will feature a 2.2-mile road course, a half-mile synthetic dirt oval track for harness and dirt car racing, a 56-bay NASCAR-style garage, a 15,000-seat grandstand, and a five-story "command center" with a 300-seat restaurant, VIP suites, a video production studio and offices. Donnelly, the founder of DIRT Motorsports, said he hopes to have the park's major feature, its 2.2-mile road course, ready for testing in October and open for leasing by car clubs starting in May of next year. He said he plans to start construction on the park's buildings in November. They will take six months to build. But even if the buildings take longer than that to complete, he said he still will be able to lease the road course to car clubs. The park's main source of revenue will be car clubs that lease the facility so their members can race their Corvettes, Porsches and other high-performance cars around the 2.2-mile road course. Donnelly, who recently took over management of Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, plans to use the planned half-mile oval track in Hastings for dirt racing events. He also is hoping to eventually use the dirt track for harness racing, but he'll need a state license for that. He has applied for the state's last harness racing license. If he gets it, he said he hopes to begin harness racing in November of 2016. In the winter, he plans to hold stud-car and snowmobile races on the dirt track. "Every day we're going to be open," said Donnelly. "We'll have events going on here constantly." He also is making plans to hold concerts at the dirt track, but he won't be able to do that or hold other events that would draw lots of spectators until he builds an access road from I-81 South. He is seeking permission from the state to run that road from what is now a closed rest area off the southbound lane of the highway. Donnelly said he is close to reaching an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in a portion of a wetland on the site. To compensate for the loss of the wetland, he said he will have to create a wetland of about 10 to 12 acres elsewhere in Oswego County. Donnelly estimates the park will cost about $50 million to build. The state has agreed to provide $2.75 million in grants for the project, and Donnelly is hoping to get the state to also pay for a bridge to carry traffic into the park from the northbound lanes of I-81. Town Supervisor Tony Bush said he is hoping the complex attracts other commercial development, such as restaurants, stores and a hotel, to Hastings, a mostly rural community with a population of 9,450 people. "We need growth and we need it bad," said Bush. "We must do something to keep people here." By Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com  Follow on Twitter  Reprinted with permission of Rick Moriarty and www.syracuse.com

Big Bad John

Some of the new pacing sires getting it done

Some of the new sires from the class of pacers born in 2008 have been experiencing early success in the various harness racing sire stakes programs in the US and Canada. Roll With Joe, who we looked at in a recent piece, is the top sire of two-year-old pacers in New York. Shadyshark Hanover is turning heads in Indiana. And Big Bad John and Big Jim are drawing attention to themselves in Ohio and Ontario, respectively.  Shadyshark Hanover was very fast; the full brother to Sharky Osborne, who brought $90,000 at Harrisburg, won the Holmes in a track record 1:47.3 over Hugadragon, Roll With Joe and Big Jim. That was the fastest race mile of the year for his class. However, this was his only open stakes win at three, and the Nassagaweya was his only open stakes win at two. Although he did set a track record for his class at Pocono in his freshman BC elimination. He won six time in 28 lifetime starts, primarily eliminations and consolations. One could compare him to his speedy paternal brother from the following crop, Hurrikane Kingcole, who, despite his vaunted speed, wears the Nassagaweya as his only open stakes win. The strapping son of Cam’s Card Shark stands for $3,000 in Indiana. His current class consists of 88 registered foals, a figure that will be cut in half next year. His top performer is the chestnut filly, Ginger Shark, who is four for four in the ISS, and crushed the field in Friday’s $75,000 final. Another Shadyshark filly, Shady Caroline, was second in that race. She has won twice and banked almost $40,000. The fillies are ahead of the colts right now. Shadyshark is tenth on the two-year-old earnings list, ahead of Dragon Again, Bettor’s Delight and Rock N Roll Heaven. And he ranks twelfth in average earnings per foal, ahead of Well Said and Rocknroll Hanover. With that crop reduction to 43 next year, let’s hope we don’t see the same break in momentum that has been evident this year with fellow Hoosier Always A Virgin.  Big Bad John, a smooth going $130,000 Lexington Selected purchase from the last crop of Western Hanover, won 7 of 9 relatively soft starts at two, including splits of the Bluegrass and ISS, and he took the Jug at three, when he won 11 times. He was no factor in division voting at two and got only six percent of the vote the following year. John raced in a $12,000 open at Pompano in January as a four-year-old in order to eclipse the million dollar mark in earnings. BBJ was higher on the pecking order than Shadyshark, but he was well below Roll With Joe, who earned $1.8 million and received 85% of the Dan Patch votes cast. Overall, Big Bad John, whose stud fee jumped $1,000 to $5,000 in 2015, ranks second only to SBSW on the earnings list, with 73 starters banking more than $500,000. He’s third in the average earnings per foal category, a testament to the regeneration of the Ohio program as well as his own promise as a stallion. Friday night Virgil Morgan’s colt, Primo Giovanni, won a $40,000 split of the OHSS at Northfield in 1:55.2. Saturday night the filly Big Bad Ashley engineered a very strong wire to wire win in 1:54.2 in another OHSS split at Scioto. And Queen Ann M made a three deep brush to the top into the last turn for Chris Page, after starting from the nine post, and won another split in 1:55 at odds of 3/5.  Big Jim scored more than 95% of the Dan Patch votes as a freshman after finishing up with dominating wins in the Breeders Crown and Governors Cup. He was viewed as a blossoming star as he entered his sophomore campaign. Unfortunately, this did not come to pass, as he earned more than $700,000 in an abbreviated ten race season, but had no open stakes wins.  Jim has been standing for $4,000 after opening at $5,000. He faces the same sort of momentum issues as his brethren: this crop consists of 73 foals, but next year there will only be 41. The median price for his yearlings was only $15,750: 40 averaged $24,000. The paternal brother of Rocknroll and American Ideal can obviously pump up those numbers over the next couple of months.  Monday night at Grand River his daughter Tempus Seelster won an elimination for the Battle Of The Belles in 1:56.1 as the second choice for Travis Henry. Another daughter, Bold Amoretto, from the millionaire Artsplace mare, Armbro Amoretto, was second in another split and made the final. And the black gelding Magnum J took a Battle Of Waterloo split. There will be two in the Belles final and one in the Waterloo.  A quick mention is also due another paternal brother of Big Jim, who is sending his first crop to the races in Ontario, Vintage Master. Tony Alagna’s filly, Thatsoveryverynice, set an OSS record when she crushed a field of her peers in 1:51.2 for Jody Jamieson recently at Mohawk. There are only 47 freshmen by double-millionaire Vintage Master, but they bear watching. Joe Fitzgerald

Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette

Courting success with Legal Lady

Caroline "Kitty" Gerry remembers the thrills she enjoyed watching Bruschette compete on the racetrack and she hopes to rekindle those feelings with a daughter of the stakes-winning trotting mare. Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette who Gerry bred and owns, is entered in Friday's second of three eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes (formerly Merrie Annabelle) for 2-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The top three finishers from each elimination plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $389,450 final on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Big M. Trained by Jan Johnson, who also conditioned Bruschette, Legal Lady will start her elimination from post two with Corey Callahan in the sulky. She is 15-1 on the morning line. Julie Miller-trained Womans Will, who will leave from post three with driver Andy Miller, is the 2-1 choice. Broadway Donna, from the stable of trainer Jim Campbell, is undefeated in four career races and the 4-5 favorite in the first elimination. Jimmy Takter's Kathy Parker, named in honor of the longtime editor and general manager of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, is the 5-2 favorite in the third division. Friday's card also features two eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. Ron Burke's Southwind Frank is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division and Takter-trained Bar Hopping is the 3-1 pick in the second. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $349,850 final on Hambletonian Day. Legal Lady, by stallion Deweycheatumnhowe, heads to the Doherty Memorial off a second-place finish in her career debut in a maiden race on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Legal Lady, who qualified four times prior to making her first purse start, finished a neck behind Jazebel De Vie in 1:58.3. "We haven't rushed her," said Gerry, a New York resident who is the wife of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Ebby Gerry Jr. "I'm against that and Jan is more that way also. He doesn't like to rush them, especially at (age) 2. "She keeps bringing down her times, which is good. (Success) just depends on a lot of things. We'll hope. I'm not going to be disappointed as long as she races well." Gerry owned Bruschette during her racing career, which ended with nine wins in 48 races and earnings of $302,383. Her top victory came in the 2008 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Bruschette rallied from seventh place in the final quarter-mile to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Brigham Dream in a career-best 1:53.1. "She was great," Gerry said. "I went down to the winner's circle and there was a mother and child there. The child gave me the flowers and I was crying. The little girl said to her mother, why is she crying? I got so emotional. That was a big day for me. That was the most thrilling moment." Gerry hopes for more thrills with Legal Lady, who is all lady in the barn and all business on the track. "I can pet her, I can rub her nose, I can give her carrots, and the minute she comes out of the stall and you start putting the harness on her she is ready to go," Gerry said, adding with a laugh, "Then you don't want to be petting her or anywhere near her. "I'm excited," she added. "My husband keeps saying that you can't get attached. Well, I'm already attached. I can't help it. I rode as a kid all the time and I love animals." Gerry, who is an accomplished artist, hopes Legal Lady can paint a winning picture on Friday night, but knows it is a difficult assignment. She also knows the filly could have a lengthy career ahead of her. "If she qualifies for the final it would be very exciting," Gerry said. "I don't want to get my hopes too high and get disappointed. But even if she doesn't qualify, there will be other races. She's only 2. I just hope she stays trotting and stays healthy and we'll see what happens." Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Doherty Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: Elimination 1 1. Broadway Donna, David Miller, Jim Campbell, 4-5 2. I'm Outstanding, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 3. Worldclass Hanover, Pat Lachance, Pat Lachance, 12-1 4. Hollywood Hill, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 5. Celebrity Eventsy, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 8-1 6. Southwind Adele, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 7. Everything N More, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 20-1 8. Do I, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 20-1 Elimination 2 1. Candle In The Wind, Jim Marohn Jr., Janice Connor, 20-1 2. Legal Lady, Corey Callahan, Jan Johnson, 15-1 3. Womans Will, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 2-1 4. Sharon's Luck, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 30-1 5. Gifted Lady, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 6. Miss Tezsla, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 7. Twice Is Right, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 8. Hot Curry, David Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 9. Silent Blessings, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 8-1 Elimination 3 1. New Leaf, Jim Marohn Jr., Tom Haughton, 20-1 2. Thankful Reward, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 5-1 3. Unau S, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 4. Kathy Parker, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 5. Jazebel De Vie, Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder, 12-1 6. Silvia, David Miller, Ron Burke, 6-1 7. Sunset Glider, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 3-1 8. Encore Gold, John Campbell, Charlie Norris, 4-1 9. Lindy's On Fire, Marcus Melander, Marcus Melander, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 29, 2015 - Jacqueline Ingrassia, affectionately known as Lady Jay, is about to break new ground. She and her harness racing and life partner for more than four decades, Frank Ingrassia, will be sending out their first Hambletonian Oaks starter on Saturday night, August 1, 2015 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Cocoacabana drew post two in the sixth race, the first of two $35,000 elimination races which will whittle down the 16 three-year-old trotting fillies to the 10 finalists who will face off in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final on August 8. "This will be our first Hambletonian Oaks starter," the 68-year-old Allentown, NJ resident explained. "Just to be in it is an honor. To make the final would be icing on the cake." The Ingrassias currently have nine horses in training at White Birch Farm, which is two miles from their home. Three of their trainees, including Cocoacabana, are owned with Peter and Ebby Gerry's Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY; one they own outright and five are for Dr. Donna Franchetti and her husband, Tom Doran. Ingrassia, a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Board of Directors, is also a District 12 representative of the United States Trotting Association. A versatile horsewoman, she is also involved with the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey. Born in Ipswich in Great Britain, she started driving in races in the United States in 1977. She became the first woman driver to win a Triple Crown race when she guided Goalfish to victory in the 2000 Yonkers Trot. She topped the 1,000-victory plateau in 2003. She was a 1999 inductee into the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame. Jacquie Ingrassia will be driving Cocoacabana in the Oaks Elimination if John Campbell opts for the Jimmy Takter-trained Wild Honey, also in the same division. She would be the first woman driver in the Oaks since it debuted in 1971. Cocoacabana is aptly named, being a daughter of Chocolatier-Beachcomber. She has two wins, one second and nine thirds in 21 career starts. This year she has been in-the-money in five of 11 starts, including her first two trips to the winner's circle. She has a bankroll of $40,444 and a mark of 1:53.3, taken in her last start on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Cocoacabana winning at The Meadowlands on the 12th of July "Cocoa had the usual two-year-old issues last year - sickness, sore knees, growth spurts," Ingrassia explained. "We felt she needed time to develop and, hopefully, she is over the worst. She is a Chocolatier and has very pronounced haunches, and also doesn't carry much weight. I'm told this is a trait with them." The Gerrys' Arden Homestead bred the filly in partnership with Tad Egloff's Vieux Carre Farm. "We really liked her at the sale," she said. "I bought her [for $32,000 at Harrisburg], and, subsequently, Peter and Ebby bought 50 percent from me." "We have four nice two-year-old filly trotters, all racing, including Twice a Night [Donato Hanover-Working Girl], whom we co-own with Arden Homestead Stable," Ingrassia noted. "She won a leg of the Stallion Series at Pocono last week and is turning out to be a nice filly. Hopefully, you will see us again in the Oaks next year [with her]. Hope springs eternal!" Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Hambletonian Oaks with listed drivers and trainers: 1 - Lady Winona by Credit Winner -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  2 - Cocoacabana by Chocolatier -John Campbell-Frank Ingrassia  3 - Lock Down Lindy by Lucky Chucky -Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna  4 - Smexi by Explosive Matter -Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter  5 - Bright Baby Blues by Andover Hall -David Miller-Bob Stewart  6 - Gatka Hanover by Muscle Massive -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke  7 - Wild Honey by Cantab Hall -John Campbell-Jimmy Takter  8 - Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter -Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver  Race 7 1 - Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill -Corey Callahan-Janice Connor  2 - Sarcy by Donato Hanover -Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter  3 - Speak To Me by Muscle Massive -Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  4 - Magic Marker by Andover Hall -David Miller-R. Nifty Norman  5 - Katniss by Credit Winner -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt  6 - Livininthefastlane by Donato Hanover -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  7 - Classical Annie by Andover Hall -Aaron Merriman-Jim Arledge Jr.  8 - Spirit To Win by Cantab Hall -Brett Miller-R. Dustin Jones By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Feeding a balanced diet then taking care of nutrient replacement after exercise is imperative to keep horses performing well at an upper level of performance. Don Kapper, shared his wealth of knowledge in equine nutrition and management in a recent visit to Canada. His talk at the University of Guelph discussed the importance of understanding gut function and nutrient absorption in order to understand the importance of nutrient replacement. Assessing body condition and topline evaluation scores were addressed as was the importance of providing good quality protein as a source of amino acids to avoid deficiencies that can negatively affect topline muscles, tendons, hooves and overall health. Last but not least, the role of electrolytes were discussed to avoid dehydration and keep athletes bouncing back into top form for the next day of competition. GUT FUNCTION "Horses are designed to be continuous grazers," explains Kapper. An 1100 pound horse will eat up to 18 hours a day consuming 2.0% to 2.5 % of their body weight per day in dry forage (22 to 28 lbs). While doing this, they will produce between 25 to 30 gallons of saliva, significantly reducing the chances of acid gut syndrome and improving nutrient absorption and over-all gut health. Horses only produce saliva when they chew, therefore, feeding forage ad-lib will increase the production of saliva - one of the best buffers for the horses' digestive system and the most effective way to reduce the chance of ulcers and impaction colic. Kapper brought home another benefit of continuous grazing by comparing the small intestine to sausage casing, "When it is full it is almost impossible to twist." Going without eating for several hours at a time can be a factor in colic resulting from a twisted intestine. The stomach of the horse is relatively small and food only stays there for around 15 minutes, where acids begin to break it down. Moving through the next 90 foot of small intestine, it takes between 30 - 90 minutes, therefore, it moves at a rate of one to three feet per minute. Now you can understand why horses seem to be hungry all the time. The small intestine is the primary absorption sight of amino acids, fatty acids, major and trace minerals and vitamins. Therefore, the quality of the forage and feeds fed to a horse is more important than the quality of the forage and feeds fed to ruminants (cattle, goats and sheep, etc.). Ruminants will break down the crude proteins and form needed amino acids in their rumen, then it travels into the small intestine for absorption to occur. In horses, all food goes into their stomach, then small intestine, and then into their fermentation vat (cecum) to be broken down. Unfortunately, their fermentation vat is AFTER it passes through the small intestine, the primary absorption sight for many nutrients. That is why ruminants will get more nutrients out of the same forage than a horse. The quality of ingredients, or the availability of the nutrients fed to horses, are far more important than the quality fed to all ruminants. The hind gut of the horse makes up 62% of their digestive system, which functions with a microbial population breaking down the fibre in forages by fermentation. Forage should make up 50% to 90% of a mature horses total diet. Therefore, knowledge of the nutrients in your forage is important so you can factor in what your horse may need in the way of concentrates and/or supplements to meet their needs every day. Kapper says, "If you don't know what nutrients are in your forage, you are guessing at what needs to be added. If you don't know what nutrients your horse needs every day - you are guessing at everything." He stressed, be an educated consumer, because economics come into play when you feed more than you need, but even more so, if your horse breaks down or becomes ill due to deficiencies in their diet. Kapper also reminded us that concentrates are never to exceed 50%, by weight, of the mature horse's total diet/day or exceed five pounds in one feeding/1,000 lbs of body weight. This is to avoid digestive upsets. Emphasis was put on good forage to meet the nutritional needs, optimize digestive health and improve the overall well-being of your horse. Ad-lib forage will also facilitate the best mental state. VISUAL ASSESSMENT Performance loss will occur before you see visual changes in your horse that may indicate an unbalanced diet. Visual changes that put up red flags include: loss of muscle over the topline, then a decline in hoof and hair quality and finally a loss of appetite and general unthrifty condition. Checking the horses Body Condition Score on a monthly basis provides a good visual indicator for achieving optimal calorie intake with the ideal being between five and six on a scale of one to nine (Body Condition Scoring link http://www.equineguelph.ca/news/index.php?content=408). However, it is possible to have a horse in ideal body weight and still be deficient in nutrients required to build and support the muscles necessary to perform athletic tasks. Muscle soreness and changes in saddle fit are early indicators of a diminishing topline. Topline Evaluation Scoring (TES) is graded from A to D, looking at the muscles on the horses back, loin and croup areas. Loss of muscle (muscle atrophy) is a solid indicator of an amino acid deficiency. Amino Acids are the building blocks that make up crude protein. Muscles contain 73% protein and the first limiting amino acid will determine how much 'all' of the other amino acids in their diet can be utilized. The easiest and first place to visualize a horse losing muscle mass, when a deficient amino acid diet is fed, is in their back area; the second is their loin; and third is their croup area. TOPLINE GRADES with DEFINITIONS: Grade A- The horse has 'ideal muscle development''. The back, loin and croup are full and well rounded. The topline muscles are well developed and blend smoothly into his ribs. The horse should be able to perform work requiring the use of all of these muscles. Grade B- The 'back area is concave' (sunken) between the vertebrae and the top of the ribs: 1. You may have trouble fitting this horse with a saddle. 2. The muscle atrophy in this area may cause back soreness when worked. 3. Soreness can negatively impact their attitude and performance. 4. The loin muscles are well developed and are the same height as the spinal processes, i.e. you cannot see or palpate the spinal processes. Grade C-The 'back and loin areas are both concave' (sunken) between the vertebrae and the ribs: 1. The 'spinal processes' in the loin area are higher than the muscles beside them and can easily be seen and palpated. 2. The atrophied muscles in the back and loin areas weaken the horse. 3. The length of time they are able to work and perform will be compromised, causing them to tire easily. 4. Muscling over the croup and hindquarters are well developed and rounded. Grade D- All three areas of the topline, including the back, loin and croup areas are concave (sunken): 1. The croup appears pointed at the top since the vertebrae and hip bones are higher than the muscles in-between them. 2. In severely affected horses, the width of their stifle is narrower than the width of their point of hip. 3. This horse will lack the strength and stamina to perform and the muscle atrophy will cause discomfort when worked. ROLE OF PROTEIN/AMINO ACIDS All 10 essential amino acids need to be provided to horses on a daily basis: arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine (involved in growth and development), methionine (for hoof and hair quality), phenylalanine, threonine (involved in tissue repair), tryptophan, and valine. There are also 12 non-essential amino acids that horses can create themselves in adequate amounts. In order for crude protein to be synthesized, all the 'essential' amino acids must be present in adequate amounts. If one amino acid runs out, it 'limits' protein synthesis for the rest of the amino acids. If you are feeding a grass hay, your first limiting amino acid is going to be Lysine. For alfalfa, the first limiting amino acid could be threonine or tryptophan. Knowing what 'type of forage' you are feeding is key to knowing what supplements you need to choose to complement your horse's diet. During the process of conditioning horses, muscles are torn down during exercise and need additional branch-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) replenished to repair and rebuild those muscles faster. Kapper draws the parallel of weight trainers reaching for their whey protein shake after a work-out. A horse can benefit greatly from having 4 - 10 ounces of branch-chain amino acids replaced within 45 minutes of a workout. Whey is the best quality protein (amino acid) source, followed by soybean. Research has also shown that a lack of amino acids in the diet can affect the utilization of minerals in the diet, potentially causing skeletal and soft tissue problems. To get an idea of their importance - take a look at the amino acid content in the following structures: Hair and hoof = 95% Muscle = 73% Tendon = 93% Bone = 30% Skin = 90% A shortage of 'one' essential amino acid will affect the quality and strength of all of the above. The first one you will 'see' is the one with the fastest turn-over. What the Hooves Can Tell You about the Diet THE ORDER OF NUTRIENTS FOUND INSIDE THE HORSES HOOF: 1. Protein/Amino Acids = 95 % 2. Fat/Oils = 3 % 3. Sulfur 4. Calcium 5. Zinc 6. Copper 7. Selenium 8. Carotene (Vitamin A) 9. Alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E) 10. Biotin (Recommend 15 mg/day/1,000 lb of body weight, for "sand" cracks in hooves) When 98% of the hoof is made up of the top two nutrients, begin working with those and work your way down the list for a systematic way to address hoof quality problems that may be nutrition related. Too many times we hear about individuals beginning with Number 10 and work their way up the list. Here are a few examples to help you begin 'problem solving': Slow growth can result from inadequate amino acids, while poor expansion and contraction, with cracking of the hoof wall, can result from inadequate oils in the hoof. A poor quality lamina (white line) can result from a low 'sulfur' containing amino acid diet, i.e. Methionine & Cysteine. In a calcium deficient diet the middle of the hoof wall can break down and crumble. Sand cracks in the outer service of the hoof wall can be an indicator of a lack of biotin. CALORIE SOURCES TO FUEL MUSCLE FUNCTION Choosing the right horse for the work you want to do is important right off the bat (genetics). Then you need to choose the right fuel for your horse's muscles to perform up to their genetic potential. Carbohydrates and Fats and Oils Soluble carbohydrates are the starches and sugars needed to provide the 'glycogen' for intense work. Kapper uses a quarter horse sprinter fueling its bulky 'fast twitch' muscles as an example. Glycogen produced from these carbohydrates are utilized when their heart rate exceeds 170 beats/minute, in anaerobic work. "The heart rate is the key to knowing what kind of fuel you should be using," says Kapper. Soluble carbohydrates are highest in cereal grain: oats, corn, barley, wheat... Fats and Oils - Kapper says the Arabian is a good example of a breed using long, lean 'slow twitch' muscles that burn fat rather than glycogen for fuel. Soybean, flax and fish oils are high in Omega 3's which have anti-inflammatory responses, as opposed to corn oil and sunflower oil which are high in Omega 6's which have pro-inflammatory responses. Vegetable oils can provide slow, long term energy needed for low to moderate intensity, aerobic work. Oils containing higher levels of Omega 3s' are recommended for this kind of work. Kapper then went on to explain that a portion of the muscles of the Thoroughbred and Warmblood can be trained to be 'fast or slow-twitch', depending on what 'fuel' you are feeding. Forage Digestibility Of course, it is important that your horse is able to get the most out of the bulk of its diet. Soft hay is more desirable for the performance horse because its nutrients will be higher and is easier to digest. Over mature hay is cut later, will have grown taller and have larger, courser stems. This hay will be higher in lignin, which makes it less palatable and lower in digestibility, i.e. quality. ROLE OF ELECTROLYTES Given correctly, the use of performance electrolytes can delay the onset of fatigue by over 22%. They can also reduce muscle cramping and improve the horse's ability to bounce back and perform at the same high level the next day. The amount of sweat produced in a workout will determine the amount of electrolytes which require replacing. The demands are highest during hot and humid weather. The heat stress index chart is an important calculation when determining the risk of dehydration. (link: http://www.equineguelph.ca/news/index.php?content=419) When correctly formulated, electrolytes will replace the ions lost in sweat. For performance purposes - the electrolyte should specify it is a "performance" electrolyte on the label. The ingredient dextrose should be present because it is essential to improve the absorption rate of all the ions. The amounts of sodium, potassium and chloride levels are usually provided in the labels ingredient list. Adding the amount of sodium and potassium together should come close to equaling the amount of chloride in the formula. When you compare the amount of these three ions, you will see that not all electrolytes on the market today are created equal! The higher quality electrolytes are palatable, while lower quality ones are bitter, salty and discourage consumption when top-dressed on feed or mixed in water. Before electrolytes can be absorbed they need to be broken down with water. Delivery of a powdered electrolyte in feed or water is acceptable as long as they can continue to drink water. If water is not available or the horse does not drink after administering dry electrolytes, the horse will take water from its body and put it into their digestive system to break the powder down. Mixing electrolytes in water will reduce the absorption time in the small intestine. All electrolytes are hydroscopic, which means if fed in powdered form and the horse does not drink water, they will dehydrate the horse. Paste electrolytes are to be avoided due to their 'short term affects'. They will lay in the gut and actually pull water from the horse's body, increasing dehydration, at the most critical time after exercise! This was proven and published by Equine Research Centre team of researchers, led by Dr. Mike Lindinger, a few years ago. Depending on how hard the horses are working, a 'performance electrolyte solution' can be made by mixing one ounce of powder per litre of water. Increase the number of litre's of this 'electrolyte solution' as the horses training intensifies and/or the 'Heat Stress Index' (HSI) increases. HSI is determined by adding the temperature (F or C) and the percent Humidity, together. 'Mild' HSI begins when the combination is <140 when using Humidity plus Temperature (F); or <90 when using Humidity plus Temperature (C); 'Moderate' HSI is between 140 - 160 (F) or 90 - 105 (C); 'Severe' HSI >160 (F) or >105 (C). (See chart provided on the link: http://www.equineguelph.ca/news/index.php?content=419) This 'electrolyte solution' should be given with-in 45 minutes after the horse's workout. When the humidity and temperature increase, causing the 'heat stress index' to climb to 'Moderate' to 'Severe', the number of litre's offered should increase according to their training level. One ounce/litre of water will provide the correct osmolarity for the fastest absorption and utilization by the horse. For example: for 'Moderate' Heat Stress Index: provide two litres for training level, four litres for moderate and six litres for intense training. In the cases of 'moderate' to 'intense' training levels, providing the 'electrolyte solution' will work much better than top dressing it on feed. More factors effecting dehydration can include: the trailer ride to the venue if it is a hot day, a decrease in water and food intake from the stresses of being in a new location or from the water tasting different. Add the workload of the day on top of that and you can have a severely dehydrated horse on your hands. Checking for dehydration can include the skin pinch test where the handler pinches the skin on the horses shoulder then checks that it flattens back down in one to one and a half seconds. The capillary refill test is another method, pressing on the horse's gums and seeing the colour return to pink in under one and a half seconds. (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crY8_dBzimw) SUMMARY Kapper encourages horse owners to be pro-active in their feeding programs. Know the 'ideal' body weight of your horse and what nutrients are in your forage. These nutrients will vary with the 'type' of forage (grass vs. legume) and its level of maturity (when it was cut). Knowledge of this will allow you to make informed decisions when choosing feed and/or balancers to make up the difference between what your horse is getting from its forage and what it needs. Be sure to read the 'purpose statement' on every feed tag and feed according to their 'Feeding Directions' in order to fulfill nutrient requirements. Always choose a feed that is tailored to the individual needs of the horse (size, breed, age, workload...) and feed according to the instructions. Kapper cautions, "Feeding less than recommended amounts/day, means you have chosen the wrong feed and it could result in nutritional deficiencies". Stay observant if performance declines and be quick to pick up on the visual clues that the diet may need balancing, i.e. loss of muscle over the topline, decline in hoof and hair quality, loss of appetite and loss of condition could all be indicators of amino acid deficiency and/or an unbalanced diet. For horses in moderate to intense training, giving amino acids and electrolytes with-in 45 minutes after workouts can replenish body reserves the fastest. Nutrition is the science of prevention. Understanding the role of nutrition and working with an equine nutritionist will put you on the road to optimal health and performance for your horse. To learn more about nutrition sign up for the Equine Guelph 12-week online course: Equine Nutrition http://www.equineguelph.ca/education/indiv_courses.php Bio: Don Kapper is a highly experienced equine nutritionist and a member of the Cargill Equine Enterprise Team. Don graduated from Ohio State University and achieved his credentials as a Professional Animal Scientist from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists in 1996 and has been a sought-after speaker for equine meetings in both the U.S. and Canada. He was a member of the "Performance Electrolyte Research" team at the University of Guelph and wrote the chapter on "Applied Nutrition" for the authoritative veterinary textbook: "Equine Internal Medicine", 2nd edition. Don also co-developed the "Equine Nutrition" course for the Equine Science Certificate program for Equine Guelph and has been a popular guest speaker in several Equine Guelph online courses, including the Equine Growth and Development, Exercise Physiology and Advanced Equine Nutrition.   Jackie Bellamy-Zions   Equine Guelph | 50 McGilvray St | Guelph | Ontario | N1G 2W1 | Canada

Harness Racing This Week: Delvin Miller Adios final, Adioo Volo and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Hambletonian Oaks, Peter Haughton Memorial and Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations and TVG Opens, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit actions kicks off this Friday (July 31) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $60,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $60,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday (Aug. 1) card at The Meadows features the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios final and $50,000 Adios consolation for 3-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $125,000 Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, four divisions in the $80,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers, three divisions in the $71,170 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $65,142 Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt trotters and a single $65,000 division in the Arden Downs for 3-year-old filly trotters. Meadowlands Racetrack will offer three sets of elimination races this week, with all the finals slated for the Hambletonian card of Saturday (Aug. 8). On Friday, the Meadowlands will host three $20,000 eliminations in the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters and a pair of $20,000 eliminations in the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters. On Saturday the Big M program will feature two $35,000 eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Meadowlands will also offer $50,000 TVG Open races for both older pacers and trotters. Also on Saturday, Balmoral Park will contest Hanover Colt Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and pacers, along with Hanover Filly Stakes for freshman female trotters and pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: When Yannick Gingras makes an appearance at Vernon Downs, he has a strong tendency to be mightily successful on the racetrack. Such was the case this past Sunday (July 26) afternoon, when he swept the filly and colt divisions of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial stakes. Pinkman and Gingras found room up the inside to strike late from a pocket trip in the $370,000 Zweig event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Beginning from post seven as part of a four-horse Jimmy Takter-trained entry, Pinkman left strongly, stringing out Habitat (Brian Sears) in the early going before yielding to stablemate Canepa Hanover (Takter) after a :27.3 initial quarter. The gelded son of Explosive Matter and Margie Seelster drafted comfortably behind his stablemate through a :56.1 middle half, but was boxed at the apex of the far turn when Habitat attempted a first-over bid. With racing room at a premium in upper stretch, Pinkman found room up the inside, passing Canepa Hanover in the final sixteenth. He prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52, a stakes record. Canepa Hanover held second, while Workout Wonder (Daniel Dubé) rallied late to take third past Wings Of Royalty (Tim Tetrick). Pinkman stretched his career bankroll to $1,187,925 for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. In the $185,000 Zweig for 3-year-old trotting fillies, Gingras settled Mission Brief into the third spot out of her mid-pack post, tracking Wild Honey (John Campbell) and Magic Marker (Brian Sears) through a :27 initial quarter before brushing to the fore at the race's midpoint. Just as Wild Honey slackened through a :56.1 half-mile, Mission Brief charged past, opening up her lead to two lengths on the far turn. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Southwind Serena would hold that margin through a :55.3 final half, defeating Wild Honey in 1:51.4. Magic Marker stayed on to be third, while Gatka Hanover (Brett Miller) rallied mildly off cover to take fourth. Ron Burke trains Mission Brief for the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, the J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. Now a 12-time winner, Mission Brief has amassed $791,417 in career earnings. P H Supercam overcame a first-over journey to score in the seventh annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday (July 25). The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee drew post position four and after leaving to get away third, came first-over on the race's favorite Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the $260,000 free-for-all pace. Dancin Yankee, the Saratoga track record holder after winning the 2014 Gerrity in 1:48.4, returned to town to defend his title and came up just a neck shy of repeating. Jason Bartlett piloted P H Supercam, who wore down Dancin Yankee in the final strides to secure the win in 1:50.1, easily the fastest mile of the '15 campaign at the Spa. Dancin Yankee had to settle for second while longshot Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. The victory was the eighth in 17 seasonal tries for millionaire pacer P H Supercam, who is owned by his trainer. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 333; 2. Tim Tetrick - 313; 3. Brian Sears - 275; 4. David Miller - 259; 5. John Campbell - 218. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 430; 2. Jimmy Takter - 282; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 248; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 163. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 195.5; 2. Burke Racing - 107.5; 3. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 100; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 99.3; 5. Ray Schnittker - 74.9. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Tioga Downs. Meadowlands Racetrack will host ten Grand Circuit events, led by the $1 million Hambletonian, the first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Tioga Downs will race Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

When you think of Paleface Adios and Don’t Retreat you recall two of the greats of harness racing.    It’s fitting that both of these champion pacers from the seventies share pride of place with many other top notch interstate and local horses in race chronicles from years gone by as winners of Queensland’s Redcliffe Gold Cup. The $50,000 Redcliffe Gold Cup, to be raced at the Redcliffe Paceway on Saturday night, for the first time will be raced as a Group 2 event and has certainly come a long way in the 51 years since Fairy Armagh won the 1964 edition. It was a big year for Redcliffe that year with the Club staging Queensland’s first ever harness race for one thousand pounds. One of the big supporters of this race and the Redcliffe Club was the late Chicka Charlwood. Two of Charlwood’s best were 1976 Gold Cup winner Neena Again and River Ike, the winner in 1979. Clarrie Sweeney won the Cup with the great Roma Hanover in 1976, Kevin Robinson with Spike in 1974 and Brian Pelling with Thunder Imp in 1973. Down the years it’s been a provincial Cup that has been won by very good horses. In 1982 a dead heat was recorded for the first and only time with the Cup shared by Tolvan (Stewart Dickson) and Paka Star (Kevin Thomas) and in more recent times Redcliffe specialist Shipps Fire won for Julie Weidemann in 1996. This century the race has also captured a couple of stars -- Hexus and I Am Sam stand out. The Danny Gallagher-trained Hexus went back to back for Luke McCarthy in 2003 and 2004 and Natalie Rasmussen steered home the Bill Dixon trained I Am Sam in 2008. Roll forward to 2015 and there’s a chance that the finish of the 2014 Gold Cup could be replayed. Last year Grant Dixon’s Majestic Major defeated Forever Gold and Supreme Mach. That trio will again race in the Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup and are in great form. Also included in this year’s field is Grant Dixon's 2013 winner Only The Brave. The Dixon stable has five of the 13 horses in the field in the 2613 metre Discretionary Handicap with classy four-year-old Alleluia and Magical Mel, the first emergency, also drawn in the race. Alleluia will go from the front row in the stand start feature and is sure to be prominent from start to finish. Sharing the 10 metre back mark with defending champ Majestic Major is the race’s firepower, Forever Gold, Avonnova and Caesar Folly. The Darren Weeks trained Forever Gold is looking to take its earnings to over the $700,000 mark in this race. This month the outstanding mare took out the Group 3 Ladyship Stakes at Albion Park then beat all bar Philadelphia Man in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake on the Albion Park carnival feature night. Queensland’s current horse of the year, the free-legged Avonnova will also push his lifetime earnings over $700,000 with a victory. The Ian Gurney trained Avonnova won the Group 1 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park before finishing third behind Philadelphia Man and Forever Gold in the Blacks A Fake. Trainer Shannon Price and driver Brad Cowen team together with Caesars Folly. Like Majestic Major, who won last week’s Group 3 Patrons Purse at Redcliffe, Forever Gold and Avonnova, Caesars Folly is already proven on the Redcliffe track and wasn’t far away when sixth in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park at his last start. Redcliffe Club president Kerry Ebert said it’s a credit to everyone involved that this race is the race it is today and that, for the last couple of years, the Cup has featured as Queensland’s main event on a Saturday night. “It’s a great race and it deserves to be the main attraction on a Saturday night,” Ebert said. “A lot of good people have ensured it’s prominence including past president’s Austin McGuckin, who unfortunately passed away earlier this month and without the efforts of Chris Garrard and Brad Steele in the chair we may not have been able to elevate the race to the caliber of event it is now. “This is a super field that we have for the Cup this year, it’s a Group 2 race for the first time and the prizemoney is the best we have ever had, it’s hard to find a negative as we take the Club into the next fifty years of racing at Redcliffe.” by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 01 August 2015 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 01 August 2015

The wonderful Queensland winter campaign for the ‘Birchip Boys’ could end on a high this weekend. Following the recent domination of stable star Menin Gate in the Queensland and Gold Coast Derby’s coupled with the fast finishing effort of classy filly Morton Plains in the Queensland Oaks, the 2015 stint in Brisbane has been filled with everlasting memories for trainer Larry Eastman and his loyal bunch of owners. But there is one remaining target in sunny Queensland for the crew from Birchip – the Gr.3 $30,000 Redcliffe Oaks this Saturday night. And victory with Morton Plains would cap a dream season. “It’s been unbelievable this season and it’s stuff you never dream of because you never think it will happen to you, I’d never trained a Group One before this season and now I’ve got five of them plus many other features this term. We’ve enjoyed it immensely and we’ve celebrated long and hard, I just hope it never ends.” Shelbourne based trainer Eastman said. While the Queensland campaign has been an extraordinary success, the season overall has been truly magnificent with feature race victories including the Victoria Derby plus a haul of Vicbred Super Series Finals through the deeds of Menin Gate, Morton Plains and Milly Perez. All four Gr.1 victories came at TABCORP Park, Melton. With Menin Gate now back in Victoria and being readied for the upcoming Australasian Breeders Crown series, Morton Plains has remained based in Brisbane and will start a clear favourite in the Oaks after landing the inside gate on the tight turning bayside track. “This filly is not eligible for the Breeders Crown and therefore, the Redcliffe Oaks seemed a logical target for her which will ultimately end her season. I’m so proud of the job this filly has done this season and I think she’s got one more good effort left in her. “Landing the inside gate is a major advantage at Redcliffe and it clearly takes some pressure off now, it takes all the guess work out of the race. Her effort in the Queensland Oaks against Fight For Glory was great and like many in the Queensland Derby, she had little or no chance considering the sectionals Pauly (Menin Gate) was running up front. “I gave her trial yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park and she went really well, she got trapped on the pegs but hit the line hard once clear and the splits were impressive. That hit-out will bring her on for Saturday night and I’m pleased with the way she’s come through it, she’s enjoying Queensland but who doesn’t because it’s a great place and we’ve got some really good friends up here.” Morton Plains finished a close-up fourth in the Victoria Oaks earlier this season. Last season, Eastman finished second in the Redcliffe Oaks with Milly Perez, the race was won by local filly Charming Allie. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 01 August 2015 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 01 August 2015

Redwood Day at Maryborough this Sunday is one of most keenly anticipated dates on the Australian harness racing calendar. Two trotting only meetings are being held on Friday and Sunday this week with the two Group 1 races on the Sunday being the highlights This year there is another strong contingent of Kiwi trotters involved but to say they have received the visitors draw is an understatement. There are three Kiwi trotters involved in the $50,500 Redwood Classic for two year olds but all of them have drawn in the carpark. The outstanding Muscles Yankee filly High Gait has drawn the best of the Kiwis at barrier 6 and she will probably move into barrier five if the emergency doesn't get a start. After her recent trial at Menangle where she broke 1:56 for the mile with ease, High Gait looks the one to beat post draw. The Paul Nairn trained Conon Bridge has copped the worst possible marble for a horse who can be a touch unruly, drawing one on the second line. Up till now the son of Raffaello Ambrosia has started from the unruly position in all his mobile starts and his draw on Sunday means the Nairn camp will be crossing their fingers through the first 100 metres. The third of the Kiwi runners in the two year old Redwood Classic is Missandei and the daughter of Angus Hall is right out in the carpark at five on the second line. Missandei won her only start since crossing the Tasman but the draw makes her task to beat High Gait again very difficult. The other Group 1 on Sunday is the $75,000 Victorian Derby and the outstanding New Zealand three year old Speeding Spur is another Kiwi to be handed a horror draw. Speeding Spur will start from six on the second line and will need all favours from out there to be a winning chance. Arya will start from barrier four so she instantly becomes a great each way chance while the top local Illawong Armstrong has also drawn the second line but his last win over Arya was outstanding and with any luck early he will be a big threat.. Harnesslink Media

After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The colt and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON fired away from Post 8 in the last $18,000 Grassroots division and reeled off fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:30.1 before fending off a late challenge from The Land Shark and sailing under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4. Sass was well behind the leaders in third. It was Willyorwonthe's first win since he turned heads with a 1:56.3 triumph in a two-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on July 2, and the effort caused owner-trainer Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON to breathe a small sigh of relief. "He raced very good the first start," said Megens of the colt's July 2 debut. "He had a few problems with food allergies so the vet, after the first race, suggested I treat him for the allergies and it kind of back-fired, he was allergic to the treatment." Willyorwonthe broke out in a rash, his throat was inflamed and he developed a cough in response to the allergy treatment. In his first two Ontario Sires Stakes appearances, at the Gold Series level on July 13 and 21, he finished seventh and fourth without the finishing kick he had shown Megens all winter. "He'd been good all along and I couldn't figure out what the heck went wrong with him," said Megens, who learned that 30 per cent of horses have an adverse reaction to the allergy treatment. "Hopefully we've got that under control now. He's not allergic to dust or nothing, it's just some foods." Following Willyorwonthe's reaction to the allergy treatment, Megens reverted to the simple diet he had been feeding the son of Angus Hall and Mikestory since he was a foal. "No more sweet feed or any of the mixed feeds." "He's allergic to corn and soy beans both, so it makes it hard to get a feed that don't contain them, so I put him on straight oats," said the horseman, who bred both Willyorwonthe and his dam, $246,254 winner Mikestory. "When I trained him down he was on straight oats and he always was good, and then I tried to get him a little better feed and it didn't work." If Willyorwonthe continues to regain his health Megens will send him to Georgian Downs for the fourth Grassroots event on August 4, and a positive result there may see the young trotter take another run at the Gold Series colts. "Hopefully he'll stay healthy for a while," said the horseman. "We'll see after the next race, if he races well next time we'll probably try him in the Gold again." Local trotter Holiday Bro also captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy on Tuesday. The son of Holiday Road and Armbro Xanadu circled out wide in the final quarter and sprinted down the stretch to a two length victory over favourite United BI and Muscle Time in 2:00.3 in the second division. "They were all hanging in the last turn, so I whipped out like 10-wide and let him trot," quipped Phil Hudon, who piloted Holiday Bro to the win for owner-trainer Ivan Gallant of Rockwood, ON. "I helped Ivan train him down and he's coming along nicely," added the Guelph, ON resident. "He's getting better every start and he's a quick learner." In his Grassroots debut, at Clinton Raceway on July 19, Holiday Bro finished second, so Tuesday's victory bumped his point tally to 75 and put him in fifth spot in the standings with three regular season events left on the two-year-old trotting colt calendar. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples won two Grassroots events, with Thee Desperado and Frankly Speaking. Starting from Post 5 in the first division, Thee Desperado recovered quickly from an early break in stride and then reeled in the leaders through the stretch to post a victory in his first lifetime start. Waples and the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of favourite Recreate and Romeo, stopping the teletimer at 1:58.3. Waples engineered the win for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Lightly rated Frankly Speaking also used a come-from-behind move to post his first victory in the fifth division. The Angus Hall son bested Asterix and Clone The Tone by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Waples piloted the colt for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Frank Spagnolo of Potsdam, NY and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, ON. Georgies Pockets kept a neck in front of UF Musclemass Star to record his second straight Grassroots victory in the fourth split. The Muscle Mass son and driver Steve Condren hit the wire in 1:58.3. Cool Creek Victory rounded out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren piloted the colt to his second win for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owners M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. Georgies Pockets now shares top spot in the division standings with United BI. Windsun Missile captured the other Grassroots division with a 2:00 clocking for trainer-driver Per Henriksen . The duo bested JLs Bad Moon Risin and Welland Seelster. Henriksen trains the Kadabra colt for Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, Asa Farm of Norwood, ON and Darryl Drain of Tweed, ON. The two-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August. 4, while their feminine peers arrive at Mohawk on Thursday evening for seven Grassroots divisions. The two-year-old trotting fillies are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 on the Thursday program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Wales, UK – The 25th anniversary of the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland featured a grand Silver Jubilee celebration of harness racing Tuesday with seven Championship Finals held at Tir Prince Raceway. Even Mother Nature helped in the celebration by clearing away the rain clouds by the early afternoon so by post time at 7 pm the skies were clear and the track was fast. The first Breeders Crown event was the two-year-old colt pace final and it started off with a bang as Meadowbranch Titus and driver John Richardson stuffed race favorite Miraculous (Patrick Kane, Jr.) into the two-hole after the two fought to the opening quarter in :29.1. Then Kane sent his top colt to the front before the half mile in 1:00.9 and then thought they might have been home free going to the three-quarters in 1:32.1. But no one told that to No Stoppin and driver William “Rock” Laider as they came first-over to nearly collar the race leader. As they came down the stretch, Miraculous was able to dig in again and hold off Meadownbranch Titus to win by a half-length in 2:03.5 with No Stoppin a close third. Sired by Arts Conquest and trained by Sally Teeboon, Miraculous is owned by S. Arnie Flower. Miraculous was named because her dam, Another Mattie, was supposedly infertile. Due to a large number of entries, the Breeders Crown Championshop final for two-year-old pacing fillies was divided into two divisions. The first division saw Gabriella Camden and driver Hugh Menzies go right to the front and never looked back, winning by three open lengths over Reeds Scarlet (Mick Lord) and Frisco Roller (Andrew Cairns) in 2:05.8. The daughter of Pro Bono Best is trained by Wm Hamish Muirhead and is owned by Patrick Anderson. In the second division, Jessie’s Conquest and driver/trainer/owner Marc Thomas Jones would not be denied a trip to victory to the winner’s circle as the led from start to finish in 2:05.1. The pocket sitting Meadowbranch Queen (John Richardson) tried coming after Jessie’s Conquest around the final turn but Jessie’’s Conquest just kicked in another gear to win with ease by two and one-half open lengths. The Breeders Crown three-year-old colt final was thought to be another easy triumph for the top colt Titanium and owner/driver Vicki Gill, but no one told that to J Ms Hallstar and driver Mick Lord. After an early battle for the lead, J Ms Hallstar was in control with Titanium sitting right on their back through fractions of :30.2, 1:02.3 and 1:32.7. Gill then pulled the pocket to mount their challenge coming down the stretch, but Titanium started to bear out and J Ms Hallstar held tight and soundly won by two and one-half lengths in 2:01.5. Titanium was second with Rhyds Gambler (Rock Laidler) third. Sired by Hasty Hall, J Ms Hallstar is trained by Sheelagh Lord and is owned by Jim Murdock.  That victory was just the start for the driver/trainer duo of Mick and Sheelagh Lord. In the very next race, Mick and Sheelagh Lord returned to the winner’s circle with Rhyds Art as he wired the field in the Breeders Crown final for four-year-old mares in 2:03.8. After a brief dogfight for the lead to the opening quarter mile with Wellfield Ruby (Sarah Allen), Rhyds Art then led the rest of the way, winning by four open lengths for the West Riding Partnership. Camden Claire (Andrew Cairns) with Wellfield Ruby third. The gustiest and fastest performance of the night came in the Breeders Crown Championship Final for four-year-olds. Rhyds Design and driver Alan Haythornthwaite tried for the early lead but was nearly denied by The Apprentice (Marc Thomas Jones) as they sped to the fast opening quarter of the night in :28.2. Once thought to be settle on the front end as the came to the half mile pole in :59.5, Rhyds Design was then faced with another challenge as Camden Tino (Gavin Murdock) started up first-over and began grinding their way towards to the front. By the three-quarter mile marker in 1:29.6, Camden Tino was still on the move despite being parked out since before the half mile. They were able to wear down Rhyds Design and then hold off a late charge by Imjustalittleguy (Richard Haythornthwaite) to win by a half-length in 2:00. Rhyds Design was third. Also trained by Gavin Murdock, Camden Tino is sired by Yankee Lariat and is owned by Eamon Crane. The most action of any of the Breeders Crown Championship races came in the last event of the night for three-year-old fillies. After a brief battle for the early lead, Madison Camden (Andrew Cairns) held control with Someone Like You (Alan Haythornthwaite) in the pocket and Intensity (Marc Thomas Jones) first-over at the opening quarter mile in :29.8. Then at the half mile in 1:01.8, it became an early cavalry charge as Shesgotanattitude and John Richardson did the unthinkable and came three-wide around the turn leading to the backstretch. But the move turned into a winning one as Shesgotanattitude cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:31.7. But three-wide moves were not done in the race yet. Meadowbranch Millie (Noel Ryan) also came three-wide with Frisco Frisk in the mix as they came down the stretch. Richardson was able to keep Shesgotanattitude game to the wire, winning by a half-length in 2:03.6 with Meadowbranch Millie second and Frisco Frisk third. “It was really a great night,” said David Wilson, Chairman of the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland. “We had a good crowd, great racing and no rain. What more could you ask for!” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

In the absence of the Scottish jewel in the crown, Musselburgh Fair Day Races, the Scottish Harness Racing Club committee stepped up to the plate to stage a showcase of harness racing at Corbiewood Stadium on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July.  Thanks to the sponsorship from the friends and family of the late Matt Turner and the family of the late Alex Thomson, the crowds at Corbiewood were able to enjoy a bumper 16-race meeting split across two days, with two finals each with a purse of £1420. The first win on Friday night belonged to William Greenhorn with Little Lyon Man, the home-bred full brother to the impressive Jack Swagger, who burst onto the scene two years ago this weekend at Musselburgh.  This was the first half of his driving double on the night, with his second coming in the third elimination partnering Corbiewood stalwart, Pantihistamine on behalf of Gary and Tony Allan.  This was a popular victory for the locally-trained campaigner, who has been luckless in his last 40 starts, but perseverance paid off and he returned to the winner’s circle after nearly three years in the wilderness. Tony Allan returned to the winner’s circle later in the evening but this time having steered Lyons Pass to victory himself in the first of the two C Class Drivers races, with an impressive time to boot.  The second of these races went to the sole winning lady driver of the weekend, Lauren Moran, partnering Coalford Feel Good to its first victory of the 2015 season, holding on by half a length from the up and coming young driver John Henry Nicholson and Daylon Flyer. Grant Cullen kick-started a weekend of wins in the Novice pace with the fastest time of the entire weekend on the family-trained Iliana, trained by his uncle Gavin Keith.  This followed up an impressive maiden win at Appleby earlier in the season.  Corbiewood specialists Ally and Stuart Mackenzie also started their weekend on the right foot with victory in the first elimination over the extended distance of 1 mile 3 furlongs, with their charge Styx N Stones returning to winning ways.  The second elimination belonged to locally-trained Camden Massino for the Alex Taylor/Les Donaldson stable, with William Drysdale in the bike. The English raiders were only able to steal one race from the Scots on the first day in the second of the maiden races over a mile, with Andrew Cairns and Western Gift maintaining a three quarter length lead over Wild Bill Hickok and John Smart as they passed the post. The night however belonged to York 4YO Champion Robhall having finished second in his elimination to Styx N Stones, the Hamish Muirhead-bred gelding won the Matt Turner Memorial Final over the extended distance (1m3f) in the hands of Hugh Menzies, and was a popular winner for owner Robert Craw who was gifted the horse for his 21st birthday. Day two saw the tables turn in favour of the English raiders, with top trainer/driver combination Alexis and William ‘Rocker’ Laidler taking four of the seven races, including the competitive Mares’ race.  The first victory for Team Laidler came in the saddle race, with Alexis donning her colours to guide the home-bred mare Merrington Motion to a comfortable victory over a mile and three, and reversed the placings from Appleby where the second-placed Coalford Sharp Cat and Charlene Collingwood came out on top.  Keen to not be outshone by his wife, Rocker immediately notched up a second win for the stable with another home-bred, Merrington Checkm8 in the first of the three eliminations, and secured a victory in the third elimination with Burning Dust who continues to improve with his new connections.  The fourth and final visit to the winner’s circle came in the hotly contested Mares’ event, with Desert Star beating course winners Sureamsomething and Live In Beauty. Stuart Mackenzie echoed the previous day with another winner for the stable, this time in the form of Starzapan in the second elimination.  Having qualified Evenwood Coolsting for the final (second behind Merrington Checkm8) Stuart had a big decision to make regarding his choice of drive in the feature event, eventually settling for Evenwood Coolsting who has shown good form at Corbiewood this season.  Fresh from his success in the Matt Turner Memorial Final, Hugh Menzies was keen to visit the winner’s circle again and achieved his goal when partnering Evenwood Sonofagun to victory in the Maiden & Novice pace, beating an impressive Mayrita who appears to have settled into her new home in Scotland following a change of stable. Rarely a meeting goes by at Corbiewood that Grant Cullen does not set foot in the winner’s circle and having settled for two yellow rosettes earlier in the day, he was hungry for a win and as such made good use of his pole position with the recently-purchased Reverend Run in the Alex Thomson Snr Memorial Rosebowl Final over a mile and three furlongs.  Heading through the mile in a well-calculated 2.11, he timed the race to perfection to hold off a late, and strong, challenge from Evenwood Coolsting and Stuart Mackenzie, with Heathers Girl and William Greenhorn securing third. The SHRC committee would like to thank the Thomson family and the friends and family of Corbiewood legend Matt Turner for their tremendous support in this feature meeting.  Thanks must also go to Vinney and his staff for providing refreshments in the café and bar late into both evenings, and also for organising entertainment for those celebrating.  Our thanks are also extended to the owners, trainers and drivers who took part, and to the spectators who made the atmosphere across the two days magical. The next meeting at Corbiewood is scheduled for Thursday 30th July, featuring the Stirling Infirmary Final. Results - Friday 24th July Race 1 (1 Mile) 1st Little Lyon Man (Soulofthematter-Lyons Kellie Ann) – W Greenhorn 2nd Beth Lily (The One Night Pan-Too Hot To Handle) – V Gill 3rd Betterthantherest (Dreamfair Vogel-Bettorbynine) – G Gilvear 7 Ran Time: 2.10.0 / Dist: 2L & 4L   Race 2 (1 Mile) 1st Iliana (Dream Work-Cherokee) – G Cullen 2nd Springhill Dustin (His Alibi-Onenightinpangkok) – A Cairns 3rd Regal Sensation (Stonebridge Regal-Western Sensation) – W Greenhorn 7 Ran Time: 2.04.55 / Dist: 6L & 6L   Race 3 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Styx N Stones (Daylon Alert-Styx Soprano) – S Mackenzie 2nd Robhall (Dreamfair Vogel-Yoko Hall) – H Menzies 3rd Vyrnwy Saddleapan (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) – G Cullen 6 Ran Time: 2.57.68 / Dist: 3/4L & Nose   Race 4 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) – W Drysdale 2nd Rhyds Solution (Hasty Hall-CPs Village Jigsaw) – W Laidler 3rd Coalford Chief (Coalford Laag-Life Sign’s Image) – A Cairns 7 Ran Time: 2.54.94 / Dist: 1 1/2L & 1 1/2L   Race 5 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Pantihistamine (The Panderosa-Panic Depressive) – W Greenhorn 2nd Mr Brightside (Dreamfair Vogel-Dillys Eyes On You) – G Gilvear 3rd No Regrets (Genghis Pan-Allamerican Bootie) – W Laidler 6 Ran Time: 2.56.8 / Dist: 2 1/2L & 3/4L   Race 6 (1 Mile) 1st Western Gift (The One Night Pan-Farewell Gift) – A Cairns 2nd Wild Bill Hickok (Daylon Alert-Dark Velvet) – J Smart 3rd Dreamaway Carrie (Net Pool Pricing-Dreamfair Carrie) – G Paterson 7 Ran Time: 2.10.21 / Dist: 3/4L & Neck   Race 7 (1 Mile) 1st Lyons Pass (Jimmy Long-Lyons Montana) – T Allan 2nd Ayr Confusion (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) – N McGregor 3rd Shes Some Deal (Make A Deal-Newtown Playmate) – H O’Neil Jr Jr 4 Ran Time: 2.05.18 / Dist: 11L & 10L   Race 8 (1 Mile) 1st Coalford Feel Good (Wolfdancer Mindale-Yankee Finley) – L Moran 2nd Daylon Flyer (Daylon Alert-Flyers Comet) – J H Nicholson 3rd Live In Toyboy (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) – K Cullen 5 Ran Time: 2.08.06 / Dist: 1/2L & 1L   Race 9 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Robhall (Dreamfair Vogel-Yoko Hall) – H Menzies 2nd Mr Brightside (Dreamfair Vogel-Dillys Eyes On You) – G Gilvear 3rd Rhyds Solution (Hasty Hall-CPs Village Jigsaw) – W Laidler 8 Ran Time: 2.53.64 / Dist: 1L & Short Head   Saturday 25th July   Race 1 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Merrington Motion (The Preacher Pan-What A Commotion) – A Laidler 2nd Coalford Sharp Cat (Allamerican Native-Life Sign’s Image) – C Collingwood 3rd Final Fantasy (Rogue Hall-Final Cover) – L Moran 4 Ran Time: 2.59.0 / Dist: 1 1/2L & 1 1/2L   Race 2 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Merrington Checkm8 (Check On Jack-Merrington Heights) – W Laidler 2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) – S Mackenzie 3rd Vyrnwy Sarah (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory – W Greenhorn 8 Ran Time: 2.55.27 / Dist: 1 1/2L & 1/2L   Race 3 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) – S Mackenzie 2nd Heathers Girl (JWs Best-Hurry Up Heather) – W Greenhorn 3rd Ayr Escape (Artiscape-Unforgotten) – W Laidler 5 Ran Time: 2.57.94 / Dist: 2L & 3/4L   Race 4 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Burning Dust (Backnthesaddleapan-Done N Dusted) – W Laidler 2nd West End Alf (The Cammissioner-Red Emilie) – W Greenhorn 3rd Playtime Howard (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) – G Cullen 5 Ran Time: 2.55.0 / Dist: 1 1/2L & 3L   Race 5 (1 Mile) 1st Evenwood Sonofagun (The Firepan-I’m The Last) – H Menzies 2nd Mayrita (The Firepan-Minerva) – W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Hall (Hasty Hall-Flyers Comet) – H O’Neil Jr Jr 8 Ran Time: 2.05.52 / Dist: 4L & 7L   Race 6 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Desert Star (Village Jasper-Stoneriggs Speed) – W Laidler 2nd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) – W Greenhorn 3rd Live In Beauty (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) – G Cullen 6 Ran Time: 2.54.6 / Dist: 3/4L & 3/4L   Race 7 (1 Mile 3 Furlongs) 1st Reverend Run (The Preacher Pan-Lyons Flum) – G Cullen 2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) – S Mackenzie 3rd Heathers Girl (JWs Best-Hurry Up Heather) – W Greenhorn 7 Ran Time: 2.58.66 / Dist: 3/4L & Neck Sarah Thomas

Freehold, NJ --- Fred Hertrich III was disappointed Spirit To Win failed to sell at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, but the harness racing breeder-turned-owner of the 3-year-old trotting filly has been nothing but pleased with her performance on the racetrack. Spirit To Win, who in her most recent start defeated Mission Brief by a nose at 48-1 odds to capture the Delvin Miller Memorial, was among 16 horses entered Monday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The field was split into two eight-horse $35,000 eliminations Saturday at the Big M, with Spirit To Win drawing post eight in the second division. The top five finishers in each elimination advance to the Hambletonian Oaks final Aug 8. Posts for the final will be drawn Monday (Aug. 3), with elimination winners drawing for posts one through five while all other finalists are part of an open draw. Posts for the $1 million Hambletonian, open to 3-year-old trotters regardless of gender, also will be drawn that day. Stakes-winners Smokinmombo from the stable of trainer Chris Beaver and Wild Honey from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter are this year’s top money-earners in the first Oaks elimination. Spirit To Win’s division includes Julie Miller-trained stake-winner Livininthefastlane and Takter’s Sarcy. Spirit To Win is a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall and first foal out of the mare Celebrity Spirit, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award winners Master Lavec and Housethatruthbuilt. Spirit To Win, who saw her 2-year-old campaign abbreviated by a fractured pastern bone that required four months of stall rest, has won four of 10 races in her career, hitting the board a total of nine times, and earned $168,130. “We were kind of disappointed that we didn’t get her sold,” said Hertrich, who shares ownership of the filly with the Noblock Racing Stable of Ontario. “She was the first foal out of one of our mares and we thought she would bring substantially more than what ended up being the final bid on her ($35,000). We’re always happy to take fillies out of our good mares or our new mares. If we have to race them, we’ll race them. “She was such a good foal. You like the ones that never have a problem. We were more than happy to retain her at that number. She’s gone out and done very well.” Dustin Jones liked Spirit To Win as a yearling and approached Hertrich about training the filly. Hertrich sent Spirit To Win home with the Ontario-based conditioner. Last season, Spirit To Win won the Pure Ivory Series and finished second to Stubborn Belle in a division of the Champlain in a stakes-record 1:54.2 mile. “As a 2-year-old we were really high on her,” Jones said. “I expect her to race good (Saturday). She’s raced good every race this year. She came out of her last race good and I’m happy with the way she is right now.” Spirit To Win’s victory in the Delvin Miller Memorial was her first win in four starts this season. She finished second by a neck against older rivals in her seasonal debut and then was third by a neck in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. She entered the Miller off a third-place finish in another division of the PaSS, this time at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “If she had gotten through in the passing lane (at Pocono) I think she would have won,” Jones said. “At Philly, she just wasn’t handling the track good. But if she’s close, she always wants to pass another horse.” Her desire to pass horses was on display in the Miller, where Spirit To Win rallied from third place with a :26 final quarter-mile to nip Mission Brief at the wire. It was the first time in her career that Mission Brief was defeated in a start in which she did not go off stride. “She’s got an awful lot of ability, which everyone was able to see,” Hertrich said. “Now it’s just a case of going forward with that. Dustin seems to think we’re in a very good place. It should be a lot of fun. “When you can get a trotting filly that can finish in a mile in 26 (seconds) flat, that’s pretty special. She can kick to another gear and accelerate through the wire. It’s going to take a good filly to beat her. You better be able to come at the end of the mile or she’s going to come and get her.” Spirit To Win will not have to face Mission Brief in the Hambletonian Oaks. Mission Brief, who was last season’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old when she won in 1:50.3 at the Red Mile, will be entered in the Hambletonian. She will try to become the first female trotter to capture the grand prize since Continentalvictory in 1996. Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was making her first start in seven weeks in the Miller Memorial and rebounded from that setback with a 1:51.4 triumph Sunday in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot at Vernon Downs. “We all have watched Mission Brief,” Hertrich said. “The Burke team has done a great job getting her back. She was so good last year at 2 it was scary. If she keeps progressing she’s going to give the boys all they want. It’s great for the sport. “Kudos to Ron Burke and the other owners, they’ve done something great for the game. They understand this could be something special.” Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Hambletonian Oaks with listed drivers and trainers: Race 6-HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Lady Winona by Credit Winner -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  2-Cocoacabana by Chocolatier -John Campbell-Frank Ingrassia  3-Lock Down Lindy by Lucky Chucky -Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna  4-Smexi by Explosive Matter -Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter  5-Bright Baby Blues by Andover Hall -David Miller-Bob Stewart  6-Gatka Hanover by Muscle Massive -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke  7-Wild Honey by Cantab Hall -John Campbell-Jimmy Takter  8-Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter -Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver  Race 7-HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill -Corey Callahan-Janice Connor  2-Sarcy by Donato Hanover -Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter  3-Speak To Me by Muscle Massive -Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  4-Magic Marker by Andover Hall -David Miller-R. Nifty Norman  5-Katniss by Credit Winner -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt  6-Livininthefastlane by Donato Hanover -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  7-Classical Annie by Andover Hall -Aaron Merriman-Jim Arledge Jr.  8-Spirit To Win by Cantab Hall -Brett Miller-R. Dustin Jones Spirit To Win by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Mission Brief, fresh off her victory in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot, moved into the Top 10 in this week’s harness racing  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the top six horses in the rankings remained unchanged. Wiggle It Jiggleit, JL Cruze, and Bee A Magician did not race and held their spots at the top of the poll. Pinkman remained fourth following his victory in the Zweig Memorial Open, followed by idle Wakizashi Hanover and State Treasurer. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 11 –7/28/2015  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (25) 3pg 15-14-1-0 $961,092 330 1 2 JL Cruze (5) 4tg 18-16-2-0 $612,788 302 2 3 Bee A Magician (4) 5tm 8-7-1-0 $408,070 280 3 4 Pinkman 3tg 7-6-1-0 $620,965 219 4 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 10-6-2-1 $639,902 184 5 6 State Treasurer 6ph 9-4-1-2 $305,090 102 6 7 Mission Brief (1) 3tf 4-3-1-0 $200,347 90 -- 8 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 11-6-1-1 $258,326 83 7 9 Shake It Cerry 4tm 9-3-1-2 $196,733 64 8 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 9-5-1-1 $362,405 43 9 Also: Uncle Lasse (31); Barn Doll (19); Split The House (18); Freaky Feet Pete, P H Supercam (17); Lady Shadow, Rockeyed Optimist (16); Moonlit Dance (13); Spirit To Win (11); Father Patrick (9); Artspeak, Market Share (8); Anndrovette (6); Canepa Hanover, The Bank (4); Centurion ATM, Foiled Again, Luck Be Withyou, Ooh Bad Shark, Southwind Frank (3); All The Time, Betting Line, Daylon Magician, Dude’s The Man, Handover Belle, Pure Country (2); Churita, Cinamony, Mach It So, Melmerby Beach (1). Mission Brief winning The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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It seemed like a stroll in the park on an 86 degree summer night for Kellys Cross as she totally overpowered a solid field of Open II pacing mares in Wednesday night's (July 29) feature at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs. As the wings closed, the speedy Voltina (Jack Flanigen) bolted to the lead, but not before getting rimmed to the quarter by rail-rider Real Joy (Drew Monti) in 27.4. After she took, Real Joy came right back at her and the two continued to argue to the half. At that point, Downs defending driving champion, Kevin Cummings pulled Kellys Cross from third and circled the dispute as the girls passed the three-quarters. From there the pair opened up a six-length advantage and coasted home in 29.1 with the victory never in doubt. Kellys Cross tripped the timer in 1:55.1 and paid $11.40 to her backers. It was the fastest win time ever over a half-mile track for the 4-year-old Royal Mattjesty progeny. It was also the fifth win of the year for the mare that competes under the guidance of trainer John Mungillo for owner Frank Spagnolo. Drivers scoring doubles on the card included Jim McNeight (who registered the natural daily double in races one and two), Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Dave McNeight III. Batavia Downs also hosted its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, NY (bccr.org ). Each of the eleven races was sponsored by groups who made donations to the fund and presented blankets to the winners after each race. There was also a silent auction and raffle that was held during the night, with winners announced before the last race. The effort raised $5,200 that will go to BCCR to help find a cure and eradicate this scourge to women everywhere. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (July 31) night at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski
It's an exciting time of the year for harness racing fans at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. We're less than a month from our 50th Anniversary celebration week, which will include some amazing promotions and culminate in Super Stakes Saturday on August 22. Meanwhile this past week of racing action was contested under the hottest temperatures of the season and featured blistering times, wild finishes, and plenty of upsets. Let's take a look back at this crazy week by handing out the Weekly Awards.   PACER OF THE WEEK: CAPTIVE AUDIENCE This 5-year-old stallion from the barn of trainer Douglas Berkeley spent the first half of 2015 facing up against tough customers in Canada, winning just once in ten tries. When he arrived to take part in the eliminations for the Ben Franklin Pace in late June he seemed hopelessly overmatched against some of the best older pacers in the world. But he snuck into the final with a surprising third in the elimination, and then acquitted himself well in the final by finishing just 1 ½ lengths back of winner Luck Be Withyou. Instead of returning to Canada, he decided to stick around and test his mettle in the Pocono condition wars. His first attempt was a ringing success, as he handled a field of non-winners of $25,000 in the last five races in a career-best 1:48:4. He actually dropped down in class for his start Saturday night against the non-winners of $18,000 in the last five, but it may have been a tougher test because he was saddled with the outside #9 post. Instead of getting to the lead on the front stretch as he had in his previous victory, Captive Audience had to sit back early in fifth. He then was forced to go three-wide around tiring cover on the back stretch. Yet with the steady guidance of driver Andrew McCarthy, he overcame those obstacles, took the lead late, and came up for the win in 1:49:3. This stallion clearly likes it here at Pocono, and it should be fun to see just what he can do if he sticks around. Other top pacers this week include: American Truth (Matt Romano, Scott DiDomenico), a three-year-old filly who captured her second straight condition victory and third in her last four on Wednesday night, this one coming in a career-best 1:15:3. Priceless Edition (Anthony Napolitano, Pierre Paradis), who stayed as hot as the weather on Friday night with his fourth straight claiming handicap victory in 1:53:1. Versado (George Napolitano Jr., Nick Surick), whose condition win on Friday night in 1:52:1 gave him two wins in just five nights.   TROTTER OF THE WEEK: DEMONS N DIAMONDS Here is another case of a horse arriving at Pocono and taking an immediate liking to his new surroundings. Demons N Diamonds, a three-year-old filly trained by John McDermott, was winless in her first seven starts of the year when she came to Pocono on July 12 to face other distaff trotters in a non-winners of one condition. She won that race in gate-to-wire fashion, then really impressed the following week against the non-winners of two with a victory in a rapid 1:54, a new career-best. If you guessed that she moved up to the non-winners of three condition on Tuesday night, you've clearly been paying attention. She went off as the 3-1 second choice, as bettors made Meadowlands shipper Cutup Hanover the favorite. But it was Demons N Diamonds who hustled to the front end early. And it was Demons N Diamonds who was well-rated by driver Simon Allard, particularly during a :30:1 second quarter. Cutup Hanover ended up going off stride in her pursuit, while Demons N Diamonds held off a game charge from Celebrity Artemis by a half-length to win in 1:55:3. That's three in a row, all while moving up the ladder. Let's watch how high on that ladder she manages to ascend now that's she's found a favorable home base. Honorable mention on the trotting side includes: Smoother Ride (George Napolitano Jr., John McDermott), who easily won his second straight condition win on Tuesday night in 1:53:4. Proud Moment (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), the 10-year-old whose win against a competitive condition group on Saturday night came in 1:52:3. the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono. Canadian Wildcat (Mike Simons, Dawn Dellaporte), who battled his way to his second straight condition win on Wednesday night, scoring this time in 1:54.   LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: ENVIOUS HANOVER In Friday night's featured Open Handicap pace for mares, Marcus Miller rallied this former claimer to a win at 33-1, paying off $68.40 on a $2 win ticket.   DRIVER OF THE WEEK: KEVIN WALLIS The veteran driver continued his fine work with the long shots at Pocono, scoring a double on Friday night with both of his winning horses going off at 10-1.   TRAINER OF THE WEEK: NICK SURICK With a training double on Friday night and a single win on Sunday night, it was one of the finest weeks so far in 2015 at Pocono for the always-prolific Surick barn. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia
Purses will be on the rise for the final month of the 2015 harness racing season at Running Aces. Due primarily to improved business levels in the 80-table cardroom casino in 2015, purses in several key overnight classes were increased earlier in the summer and many classes are expected to see another boost in the very near future. The most noticeable increases, which will be effective from August 8 through September 6, will be seen in Minnesota-sired races for two and three year olds. Base purses for the final 14 scheduled preliminary legs for state-bred juvenile pacers and trotters will jump to $16,000 from the current $11,000 level. Closing day on September 12 will feature eight $20,000 State Championship races for two and three year olds, divided by sex and gait, in addition to three $10,000 championships for older Minn-breds. Rules require two-year-olds to make a minimum of three starts or at least 50% of their money starts at Running Aces; while three-year-olds must have made six starts or at least 50% of their money starts at Running Aces in order to qualify for the championship events. "Our members are excited by the progress that Running Aces has made in 2015." "The casino and simulcasting improvements implemented by new Running Aces CEO Taro Ito have increased the legislated purse contributions." "Our handle and attendance numbers are up and the relationship between management and our horsemen has never been better, " said Mark Corless, President of Minnesota Harness Racing Inc., the local horsemen's association. "Harness racing has a great future in Minnesota." "Our annual Standardbred sale will take place at noon on Thursday, September 10 at Simon Arena in Cannon Falls, where I expect yearling prices will positively reflect our improved situation." As soon as concrete July cardroom revenues are available, track officials and the local horsemen's track committee will meet to determine where additional overnight purse increases are warranted. Limited stall space is available on the grounds for the remainder of the Running Aces meet. Interested trainers can contact Director of Racing Gregg Keidel at: gkeidel@runaces.com or by calling 651-925-4532. Gregg Keidel
Hastings, N.Y. — Lots of dirt is moving at the planned site of a big motor and harness racing park that local officials hope will bring needed employment and development to this Oswego County town 22 miles north of Syracuse. For the past several months, crews have been clearing 200,000 cubic yards of topsoil and grading a 150-acre site between Route 11 and Interstate 81, about halfway between Brewerton and Central Square. The work marks the beginning of construction on racing entrepreneur Glenn Donnelly's Central New York Raceway Park after four years of planning. Donnelly said the complex will feature a 2.2-mile road course, a half-mile synthetic dirt oval track for harness and dirt car racing, a 56-bay NASCAR-style garage, a 15,000-seat grandstand, and a five-story "command center" with a 300-seat restaurant, VIP suites, a video production studio and offices. Donnelly, the founder of DIRT Motorsports, said he hopes to have the park's major feature, its 2.2-mile road course, ready for testing in October and open for leasing by car clubs starting in May of next year. He said he plans to start construction on the park's buildings in November. They will take six months to build. But even if the buildings take longer than that to complete, he said he still will be able to lease the road course to car clubs. The park's main source of revenue will be car clubs that lease the facility so their members can race their Corvettes, Porsches and other high-performance cars around the 2.2-mile road course. Donnelly, who recently took over management of Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, plans to use the planned half-mile oval track in Hastings for dirt racing events. He also is hoping to eventually use the dirt track for harness racing, but he'll need a state license for that. He has applied for the state's last harness racing license. If he gets it, he said he hopes to begin harness racing in November of 2016. In the winter, he plans to hold stud-car and snowmobile races on the dirt track. "Every day we're going to be open," said Donnelly. "We'll have events going on here constantly." He also is making plans to hold concerts at the dirt track, but he won't be able to do that or hold other events that would draw lots of spectators until he builds an access road from I-81 South. He is seeking permission from the state to run that road from what is now a closed rest area off the southbound lane of the highway. Donnelly said he is close to reaching an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in a portion of a wetland on the site. To compensate for the loss of the wetland, he said he will have to create a wetland of about 10 to 12 acres elsewhere in Oswego County. Donnelly estimates the park will cost about $50 million to build. The state has agreed to provide $2.75 million in grants for the project, and Donnelly is hoping to get the state to also pay for a bridge to carry traffic into the park from the northbound lanes of I-81. Town Supervisor Tony Bush said he is hoping the complex attracts other commercial development, such as restaurants, stores and a hotel, to Hastings, a mostly rural community with a population of 9,450 people. "We need growth and we need it bad," said Bush. "We must do something to keep people here." By Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com  Follow on Twitter  Reprinted with permission of Rick Moriarty and www.syracuse.com

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