Day At The Track
Lynnsanity

Tallis and Lynn land first harness racing win

They are Queenslanders through and through but sporting stars Gorden Tallis and Chris Lynn were quite happy to get their first harness racing win on New South Wales' soil. Tallis, a former Australian rugby league player, and Lynn, an Australian cricketer, are proud owners of the pacer Lynnsanity who won on debut at Bathurst last Sunday. The close friends were ecstatic with their colt's performance, living up to his $1.60 favouritism. "It was great to watch but as a punter I was a bit disappointed with his price," Lynn joked. "A win is a win and is doesn't matter if it is at home or away. "I'm up in Noosa for the Pink Stumps Day, a fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation, and I realised the race was coming up as I was driving so I pulled into the pub and watched 10 minutes of Sky Racing." And Lynn did not make it too obvious in his surroundings that he was a winning owner. "I was pretty quiet to be honest because I didn't want to let everyone know in the pub what was happening," he said. Named after the hashtag associated with Lynn, Lynnsanity the two-year-old pacer, is trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton who purchased the son of Mr Feelgood at the Ready2Run Sale. And at his first race appearance he rated the mile in 1:59.6. "We're very happy," Lynn said. "I also gave part of my share to my Mum and also Gorden Tallis who is a great friend of mine. "It's nice to enjoy the experience with a couple of your closer mates . . . that's what it's all about. "I can definitely see myself getting the harness racing bug. "I'm always keen to learn about a new product and it will be nice to get to a harness racing meeting soon." All it took was one email for Lynn and Tallis to become involved with the pacing version of Lynnsanity. "Shane (Tritton) emailed my manager saying he was naming a horse after me and when a share was offered I jumped at the opportunity," Lynn said. "I've owned a couple of greyhounds and always loved my horse racing and a punt. "It's also pretty cool to be recognised from another industry and if my status can help harness racing while increase the exposure of cricket, everyone is a winner." Lynnsanity is being aimed at the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown series and is also eligible for the New South Wales Breeders Challenge. AMANDA RANDO

Enhance Your Mind, harness racing

Enchance Your Mind winningest horse

DOVER, DE -- Enhance Your Mind became the winningest horse of the year scoring a 1:51.1 conquest in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Dover Downs. Driver Vic Kirby, starting from post 8, left and took the lead after a :26.4 opening panel, to take command the rest of the mile on the way to her fifth win in six races in 2017 for owner-trainer Bran Truitt. It was the five-year-old Riggins-Enhance The Night 's 13 career win upping her lifetime earnings to $152,490. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) closed strongly to finish second. Dublin Rose (Jonathan Roberts), last at the half came on to take show honors. Barbara's Shadow, with Vic Kirby piloting, pulled a mild surprise in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares Pace closing with a rush to catch Dismissal (Montrell Teague) at the wire for a head victory in 1:51.3 to end Dismissal's four straight win streak. Owned by trainer Leigh Raymer, Josh Parker and driver Kirby, the victory was the fourth in her last seven starts for the four-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Bababababarbarapan. In The Shadows (George Dennis) was third. Apple Bottom Jeans, a Delaware sired champion bred and owned by KDK Standardbreds and conditioned by Kevin Switzer, who stepped into stakes-and-open-competition last year to finish first or second in in 12 of 16 races and win nearly $185-thouand in purses, made her first start of the year a winning one. Montrell Teague led from the start and at the top of the lane stormed away from her eight opponents for an easy 1:52.4 success in an $11,500 pace for young females. Alone Hanover (Kirby) came on to take second in front of Use Your Noodle (Jim Morand). It was a night to remember for young driver Ed Waishes. In the first race, the 22-year-old drove Heather Minton's Misty Missy between horses late in the stretch to post his first career victory in his 16 lifetime starts. Vic Kirby drove four winners, Ross Wolfenden had a triple, Corey Callahan, trainers Leigh Rayman, Nick Callahan and owner Breakaway Racing had doubles Wind Of The North makes his seasonal debut facing Frost Free Hanover and Tough Choice in an eight horse field of top trotter in the $20,000 Open on Wednesday. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Harness racing

"B" Track Beauty - On The Rail With Sydney Weaver

It is the place where dreams begin; it is the place where the top drivers and trainers of the future are born. It is the place where friends become family, and complete strangers become friends. This is the place where many trainers and drivers capture their first victories and dream of making it to the big leagues. These are the “B” tracks.  In the communities where these tracks are located, race nights are a time for family, friends, and neighbors to come together to laugh, enjoy each other’s company and create memories; and if they are lucky, maybe even cash a winning ticket or two. The people who race horses here, may not be racing for a million dollars, but to them, their horses are worth just that. Even though they may be racing in a claiming race, they are worth so much more to those that love them. For many fans, it is where they first experienced the thrill of betting and winning. For some owners like myself, it is where we got our first thrill of winning too.  Sometimes the trainer may have roles other than just a trainer. They may be the owner, as well as the driver, as well as the caretaker. In some rare cases, they have also bred the horse. I am going to share with you some of my favorite memories which were created at a “B” track.  There are many, and all of them mean something to me. Not every horse can race at an “A” track like Mohawk Raceway; that is precisely why there are “B” tracks. “B” tracks provide another place for horses to race and be successful. For example, Sydney Seelster (Pinky) liked the tight turns the smaller tracks have, in addition to the speed being a little more manageable for her. This was discovered after we tried racing her once at Mohawk Raceway and once at Woodbine, in both races she tried her very best, came fifth in one of those starts but she definitely raced more competitively on the “B” tracks. The majority of my experiences as an owner came from racing at Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, and Grand River Raceway- all “B” tracks. When Pinky won her first race for me on a Saturday afternoon, at Flamboro Downs, I felt like I had won a stakes race. I cried tears of joy. It is because of a “B” track my dream of being a winning owner came true. It is where my adventure with Pinky begins.  It is the place where I discovered the thrill of being an owner. Every track has their big day; their day to shine. It could be holding a stakes race or a track’s opening day for the season. This is one aspect of the sport which unites both “A” and “B” tracks. Whatever the occasion or event is, the ‘little’ tracks always make the occasion a big deal. I look forward to attending these special events and I do my best not to miss one.   Every year on the holiday Monday in August, Grand River Raceway, in Elora, hosts an annual event celebrating the harness racing industry in the province of Ontario. The day is called Industry Day. The day features the finals of the Battle of Waterloo for Ontario-sired colts and the Battle of the Belles for Ontario- sired fillies. The Industry Day of 2011 was my first time attending Industry Day. It is also the first time I recall going to another track other than Mohawk Raceway. Walking through the grandstand, I marveled at the new sights, it is a bee hive of activity. The atmosphere is lively and the passion is remarkable.  That day, driving stars Scott Zeron and Doug McNair were there to take pictures with fans, so I got mine taken with them. That was a highlight for me. The races were fast paced and action packed. The crowd was passionate and excited. There was clapping and cheering. The atmosphere was celebratory and made an impression on me. Many memories were made that day, and I will cherish them always. Since that Industry Day, I have attended every one. Like many people, going to Industry Day has become a tradition for me, and I look forward to going every summer. In the summer of 2012, I made the journey to Hanover Raceway for the Dream of Glory Stake and the fireworks which followed the races. It was time for me to experience another track. Hanover Raceway was a charming track. It was not fancy but that is what makes Hanover Raceway so special. The Dream of Glory may not be the most celebrated stakes race, but for fans in the small town of Hanover, they look forward to it every year. I was honored to be asked to present the trophy. After the races finished, everyone was anticipating the fireworks. The firework show was mesmerizing. To add to the colorful spectacle, snow-like flakes fell on me, they were ashes from the fireworks. In a strange way, it added charm to the night and was something unique, an experience I will always remember. Flamboro Downs holds the Confederation Cup and I look forward to going every year. It is a day where some of the best horses and drivers come to compete on the same track Pinky did. To think of it like that always makes me smile. I was given the signs which have the names of the horses in the Confederation Cup that are used when assigning post positions. I have the ones from 2015 and 2016 (with the exception of the winner, as that gets displayed). They are something I treasure. I have proudly displayed them in my room. My parents and I visit Flamboro Downs often. We go for dinner, to watch the exciting races and cheer on our friends who are racing. I always enjoy talking with the friendly staff. All levels of staff at Flamboro Downs always makes me feel special. Gary Guy is the announcer for Flamboro, as well as Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs. He is always sure to give me a shout out when he sees me sitting along the rail. I always feel so special when he does. I appreciate how he takes the time to do that. When Pinky won he always tried to play a song that mentioned pink as Pinky returned to the Winner’s Circle.  That made winning even more sweet. Every second-year Clinton Raceway holds an event which is like no other. Legendary drivers including Bill O’Donnell, Ron Waples, and Wally Hennessey, just to name a few, compete in one signature race. Although he did not drive, Keith Waples was also there. Hence, this day is called Legend's Day. The first time my parents and I went, every driver I wished good luck to in post parade won that race. My dad thought I was wearing horseshoes that day. After the Legend's Day race, all of the Legend's went to have a group photo taken.  I said hello to Wally Hennessey on his way to get his picture taken. He asked if I could watch his helmet and gloves. I agree and when he returned he gave his gloves and signed them. For the rest of the day, I wore those gloves with such pride. Later that afternoon it rained a lot. While we were taking cover [outside] from the rain, under an overhang at the end of the grandstand, we met a caretaker who had a horse in the last race on the card, we told her how ‘lucky’ I had been with telling drivers good luck. She told me “Trevor Henry is driving my horse is the last race, wish him good luck, and if we happen to win, come out for your picture”. Trevor Henry won that race. The rain was now teeming down. I raced through the rain to the winner’s circle. I was still wearing the gloves given to me by Wally Hennessey. I had to shield the signature from the rain, so the ink would not run. The drive home that afternoon was spent drying out.  I was drenched, but it added to the memories from that day. Today, those gloves have dried and are in a safe place for me to cherish. Two years later, I returned to Clinton Raceway for Legend's Day. I had the pleasure of interviewing a few of the legends for a story a friend was doing. He is a journalist and was unable to make it. That was an experience which I was honored to have. This past October I made four-hour journey to Leamington Raceway. My parents thought it would be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I sat in the backseat, with my iPod and snacks, and we were on the road bound for Leamington Raceway. It was my first time visiting Leamington Raceway.  I love to visit new tracks and meet new friends. My dad was excited to be going too because Leamington was one of the few tracks he had not visited either. Before long, we are driving through small towns and countryside, soon we arrived at Leamington Raceway. I stepped out of my car and I was greeted by smiling faces. Then I received an awesome surprise, I was speechless. It was a sign which read “Stop! Parking for Sydney Weaver”. I felt so special, like a celebrity. It was just a small gesture that made my day even more special. I have always believed it is the little things in life that take up the most room in our hearts. That is something "B" tracks have in common. They add little personal touches, that make you feel welcome. For example, at Grand River, when you walk in the front doors, you are greeted by a gentleman, whose name is Tom, in a top hat and tails. He is happy and always smiling. That warm welcome is so special and has a big impact. The grandstand at Leamington was packed with people of all ages, and lots of kids. Everyone was having a grand time. Lawn chairs lined the fence. The day was picture perfect  We met up with friends and watched a few races, before being invited to take a tour of the new paddock. While in the paddock I had the opportunity to meet the people who were instrumental in getting the new paddock built.    The lovely people of Leamington Raceway were kind and gave me a Leamington Raceway sweater and baseball cap. I helped with on track draws too. Overall it was a fun day, and the day passed quickly. Before I know it, my parents and I are on the road again.  This time headed for home. As we drove, we reminisce about the memories that were created. “B” tracks might not be as well-known as the major tracks, but we need to embrace and support them. “B” tracks make our industry what it is. They are the foundation of our industry.  It is because of the smaller tracks that major tracks are able to prosper.  “B” tracks provide strength and support which is vital to the success of our sport. That is the beauty of a “B” track. Sydney Weaver is 16 years old and resides in Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, groom's horses, jogs them on the track, owns both a Standardbred and a Thoroughbred racehorse and has already won major youth writing awards. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy and spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but has never let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals.

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Prix de Paris draws 34 "in the box" for Sunday

A total of 34 upper level trotters have been engaged for Sunday’s Gr. I Prix de Paris, the third leg of the France Triple Crown, and raced over 4150 meters (just over 2.5 miles) for a purse of €400,000. The group, which will be finalized and narrowed on Thursday, includes Bold Eagle, Timoko, Up And Quick, Tiego d’Etang and Voltigeur de Myrt among the largest career money winners. J-M Bazire has named Belina Josselyn and Tornade du Digeon; Philippe Allaire entered Bird Parker and Traders; Daniel Reden named Wild Honey, Lionel, Propulsion, Call Me Keeper and Bold Eagle’s conditioner Sebastien Guarato also entered Valko Jenilat and Beau Gamin. The February 26 Paris-Vincennes program also includes the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters) and the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters). On February 23 will be the Gr. III International Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (purse €110,000, 2100 meters) and the Prix du Cantal (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, European eligibles). Trotting action on February 24-25 is at Enghien. More to follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Harnesslink’s award winning columnist, Sydney Weaver, is set to go on another world adventure starting this week. Last August it was Ireland and now she’s headed to Australia. Weaver, along with her parents, Lisa and Don, will be enjoying the trip of a lifetime down under, compliments of a host of sponsors making this “dream come true” for the Weaver’s. “I am truly blessed to be going on this trip,” Weaver said. “It’s the trip of a lifetime. It is hard to put into words my excitement, joy and gratitude. Being able to go to Australia is a dream come true!” The sports leading breeders, owners and trainers, many of whom met Sydney for the first time in Ireland, were enchanted by the young women’s enthusiasm for harness racing and her passion to achieve whatever goals she set for herself despite having Cerebral Palsy. Led by Alan Galloway of Alabar Farms, Sydney Weaver and family will be spending three weeks in Australia, sponsored in part by Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek Farm, A Rocknroll Dance Syndicate, Nevele R Stud, Blue Chip Farm, Pepper Tree Farm (Art Major’s owners), the owners of Auckland Reactor and Joe Bellino and the owners of Rock N Roll Heaven (Pepper Tree Farm and Alabar).  "Sydney is a very inspirational person," Said Alabar's Alan Galloway. "When I first met her in Ireland I was just blown away by her enthusiasm for Harness Racing. I just knew we had to help her come down to Australia. This trip will enable her and her parents, Don and Lisa, to see some of the best horses and racing in the World. We can't thank our fellow stallion owners enough for their support as well."  Once Sydney arrives in Sydney, the funs gets started right away as she will be attending the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle Park in New South Wales this Saturday, February 25. Her trip will also feature attending the APG Sydney Yearling Sales, the Lyn McPherson Memorial Night at Tabcorp Park Melton on March 11, tours of Alabar Farm, the training facilities of Andy Gath and Emma Stewart in Victoria, Aldebaran Park in Victoria plus getting to visit Tanya McDermott, who is the manager of Harness Racing Victoria’s HERO (Harness Education & Rehoming Opportunities) operations. “To think that soon I am leaving on a grand adventure still feels surreal.” Weaver explained. “I have so much to look forward to, but I am most looking forward to meeting new friends and getting to meet those who I have connected with on social media.” Of course, Sydney will be posting daily on her great adventure to Australia. By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

Hopes of finding missing harness racing horseman Shane Hayes alive are sadly fading. The popular 53-year-old who spent much of his adult life training and driving out of Kumeu, NZ, has been missing at sea since February 10. Family friend and spokesman Peter Smith said Hayes took his boat out over the Mangawhai Heads, north of Auckland, to test it for an upcoming fishing competition and has not been seen since. “There are a lot of people searching for him and we even have helicopters and a crop dusting plane from a local farmer involved,” said Smith. “But the family are realistic now. They are holding on to hope but everybody realises we may not see Shane again. “It is terribly sad but it may be a case of searching for a body now.” Hayes, who is married to Laureen and has two children, Harry and Jackie, is best known for his association with talented trotter Chiola Cola in the late 1990s. Along with his father Don they trained the giant trotter to win 17 races and he even campaigned in Scandinavia alongside champion mare Pride Of Petite. The Hayes were rarely without a good horse and had their share of success with pacers but were best known for their trotters through their association at stud with Great Evander. Shane moved out of harness racing full-time when the family moved from Kumeu a decade ago but still dabbled. He is an immensely popular figure in northern harness racing, a big man with a big smile and engaging conversationist. A Givealittle page has been set up to help fund the search for Shane and support the family through this tough time. by Michael Guerin

The barrier draw for the Group 1 New South Wales Derby has been conducted this morning at Harness Racing NSW. The Mark Purdon trio Vincent, Motu Meteor and Ultimate Machete have all drawn the front row while 2400m world record holder Atomic Red has drawn wide in barrier nine. See full field for the $200,000 classic that will take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night (February 25). RBD. 2400m. MS.         1--1r1  VINCENT, by Art Major - Mark Purdon 3C7 FT 2--312 OUR LITTLE GENERAL, by Mach Three - Chris Alford 3C1 FT 3--515  MAXENTIUS, by Mach Three - Blake Fitzpatrick 3C1 FT Em 1 4--214  HES MY MATE, by Passmaster Hanover - Mitchell Reese 3C2 FT 5--121 MOTU METEOR NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon 3C5 FT 6--213 OUR TRIPLE PLAY NZ, by Shadow Play - Brad Hewitt 3C1 FT 7--113 ULTIMATE MACHETE NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon 3C5 FT 8--432  ASTRIDE, by Somebeachsomewhere - Luke McCarthy 3C0 FT 9--s11  ATOMIC RED, by Rocknroll Hanover - Amanda Turnbull 3C2 FT 10--124  PRETTY HOT, by Courage Under Fire - Bernie Hewitt 3C1 FT ----------------------------------Second Row-------------------------- 11-553 WARDAN EXPRESS, by Art Major - Amanda Turnbull 3C1 FT 12--522  CONVICTION, by For A Reason - Amanda Turnbull 3C0 FT 13--114  REDBANK BLAZE, by Rocknroll Hanover - KerryAnn Turner 3C4 FT 14--s15  ROLL WITH ME, by Roll With Joe - Blake Fitzpatrick 3C1 FT ODM Em 2 AMANDA RANDO

The trial winners are continuing thick and fast for Auckland Reactor as his progeny start to get serious on the harness racing track. Ezy Ryder was impressive when winning his trial at Shepparton on Tuesday. Going straight to the front, the long striding two year old ran home in 58.2 to win by four lengths. At Bunbury on Wednesday night sons of Auckland Reactor won both two year old trials. Orphan Reactor rated a slick 2:00.2 while Gold River took out the educational trial. In New Zealand, Red Reactor was a two length winner at Cambridge last night. The Sean McCaffrey and Ross Paynter trained horse remains undefeated at trials/workouts. At Rangiora, Blue Blazer won his workout in impressive fashion. The promising two year old ran home in 57.8 and 28.2 to win by a neck. He is still learning his craft but is clearly showing he has ability. Five two year old trial/workout winners in the space of a few days is clearly a great sign for the future of Auckland Reactor as a stallion. Here is the trial of Ezy Rider winning at Shepparton Trials With the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales on next week it is worth noting that Auckland Reactor will be represented by 23 well bred yearlings including half relations to stakes winners such as Our Sixpence $613,997, Isaiah $589,667, Threepence $253,306, Hip Hop Anvil $267,274, Aztec Bromac $183,740, Selkie $92,831, etc. Don’t miss out on securing one of them as they could be a lot more expensive next year! Breckon Farms have one outstanding colt by Auckland Reactor at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale next Monday the 20th of February at Karaka. Lot 133 – Kid Granite (bay colt, Auckland Reactor / Georgia’s Jury) Kid Granite is the second foal from the Group 1 placed mare Georgia's Jury ($59,871) who is a half-sister to Raesawinner ($107,852) and Van Mara ($41,455). This is the family of Mister Livan ($96,985), Van Esteem ($59,211), Dominus (1.51m, 38 wins $262,461), Cumbria Warrior (24 wins 35 places $105,649), Bhagwan ($117,562) and multiple Group 2 & 3 winner and Group 1 placed Easy On The Eye (1.50.7m, 19 wins 23 places $517,860). Harnesslink Media

The barrier draw for the Group 1 Ladyship Mile has been conducted this morning at Harness Racing NSW. Defending champion Frith has drawn barrier two while top New Zealand mares Our Dream About Me and A Piccadilly Princess have drawn barriers nine and 10 respectively. See full field for the $200,000 feature that will take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night (February 25).             1--925 BETTORTHANSPECIAL, by Bettor's Delight - C13 M0 FT 2--3s3 FRITH, by Four Starzzz Shark - Luke McCarthy C29 M14 FT 3--211 ROCKER BAND NZ, by Rocknroll Hanover - Zac Butcher C10 M4 FT 4--8s2 AMERETTO, by Million Dollar Cam - Ashlee Grives C11 M2 FT 5--821 CYCLONE KATE NZ, by Mach Three - John McCarthy C10 M6 FT 6--134 MY LUCKY BELLE NZ, by Gotta Go Cullect - Chris Alford C6 M0 FT 7--524 DU VELLA NZ, by Courage Under Fire - Jim Douglass C8 M1 FT 8--674 MISTRESSOFILLUSION, by Jereme's Jet - Todd McCarthy C6 M1 FT 9--111 OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon C9 M4 FT 10--121 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ,  by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon C10 M4 FT -----------------------------------------------------------------Second Row----------------------------------------------------------------- 11--183 SALLY FLETCHER, by American Ideal - Gavin Fitzpatrick C8 M2 FT 12-257 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Pete McMullen C6 M2 FT Em 1 13--760 HELENS BONUS, by Grinfromeartoear - Blake Fitzpatrick C6 M1 FT Em 2 Amanda Rando  

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, February 19, 2017..."February Madness" continued at Pompano Park on Sunday night (February 19) as the "fourth quarter" of the Italian-American Amateur competition was contested and it was Italy that captured the crown with an 87 to 81 victory over the American team consisting of members of the Florida Amateur Driving Club. The win was sealed when Italy's Ciro Ciccarelli earned a hard-fought win measuring a half- length with Y S Joe in 1:55.3 over Stronski, handled by yet another Italian visitor, Antonio Simioli. A Fool For Mark, driven by Shane Arsenault, was third, just another nose back, after a valiant effort carving out early panels of :28.2 and :56.3 before being encountered by Y S Joe around turn three, reached in 1:25.4. A Fool For Mark cut the corner turning for home to reclaim a short lead, but Y S Joe, parked every step of the route, was ultra-game in forging by and holding off the late surging Stronki. Orlando's Express, with Billy Muggleston in the bike, was fourth, 1 ¾ lengths away while College Major and Joe Pennacchio teamed up to claim the nickel in the octet. In a post-race interview Ciccarelli, through an interpreter, lamented, "This was the thrill of a lifetime for me. "I have never driven a pacer before and they are very fast--faster than I have ever been before. "This horse was outside the whole way and was very strong to the finish despite this. "This was a great experience for all of us from Italy and I want to thank Mr. Dein Spriggs and Mr. Joe Pennacchio for being such great hosts for us all." Ciccarelli led the Italian contingent with 29 points while Simioli had 28 for the winning team. While there were only four drivers from Italy competing, the U.S. team had 16 drivers from their Florida Amateur Driving Club on their roster with Dein Spriggs and Gary Barbere sharing top honors with 13 points each. Y S Joe, a chestnut five year-old horse by Mach Three trained by Fannie Saul-Beaulieu for owner Michel Daneault of Quebec, Canada, earned his first win of the year in seven starts. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Y S Joe paid $4.60 to win. Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace went, in a mild upset, to Drachan Hanover, driven by John MacDonald. This five year-old son of Jereme's jet, used his rail post to perfection by carding front end panels of :26.1; :54.4 and 1:22.3 before a :27.4 finale held off the late furious rally by Rocky's Z Tam, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., by a neck in 1:50.2. First Of Itskind, with Tom Jackson in the bike, closed fastest of all--:27.2--to finish third, two lengths away, while Mystic Desire finished fourth. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio, made a mild bid on the backstretch but could only manage to pick up the minor award in the septet of classy pacers. After the race, Mac Donald related, "he (Drachan Hanover) raced well last week after missing one and I thought he'd be tighter tonight so I sent him and let him do his thing. He's won before on the front end, so this mile didn't surprise me. He beat a very classy field. Trained by Marcel Barrieau for Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover won for the initial time this semester and 13th win lifetime in 56 starts, vaulting his earnings to $353,457. As the third choice at 4 to 1, Drachan Hanover paid $10.80 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to the 4 to 5 favorite Uncmprmising Z Tam, driven by Mike Simons, in a lifetime best performance of 1:50.2--his previous winning 1:50.2 mile being over the larger 7/8ths oval at Hoosier Park. The four year-old son of Shadyshark Hanover made a quarter move (:27.1) to the top and went on to post subsequent fractions of :54.4 and 1;22.1 before sprinting home untouched by two lengths over Fritzie Pic Up Man, handled by Kevin Wallis. King Of The Crop, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, rallied from last to finish third, 3 ¼ lengths back, while Pointsman and Heart Felt picked up the final two awards in this septet. Trained by Jamie Macomber for the Z Tam Stables, Uncmprmising Z Tam now sports a 3-2-0 scorecard in six starts this year, good for $18,975. The win--the 10th in only 36 career starts--vaulted him over the $250,000 mark in bounty--$251,163 to be precise. He paid $3.80 to win to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Monday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

The barrier draw for the Group 1 New South Wales Oaks has been conducted this morning at Harness Racing NSW. Early fancies Partyon and Petacular have both drawn the second row. See full field for the $200,000 classic that will take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night (February 25). RBD. 2400m. MS.           1--512                   TAKARA TRUFFLE NZ,  by American Ideal - Mitchell Reese 2--245                  SANNA CRUZA, by Art Major - Josh Aiken (C) 3--124                  ROYAL STORY, by Always A Virgin - Bernie Hewitt  4--237                  MISS AMI SLOY, by Art Major - Vincent Langdon Em 1 5--s22                    MISS GRACELAND, by Rocknroll Hanover -  Chris Alford  6--117                   SHARTIN NZ, by Tintin In America - Luke McCarthy  Em 2 7--475                  WESTERN JEWELS, by Always A Virgin - Adam Sanderson 8--334                  TAYLORS REASON, by For A Reason - Bernie Hewitt 9--s16                  SHEZALLAPPLES, by Sportswriter - Jim Douglass 10--213                DONT THINK TWICE, by Armbro Operative - Jason Grimson (C)  --------------------------Second Row---------------------- 11--111                 PARTYON NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon 12--353                 ELIZA DUSHKU NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Amanda Turnbull  13--226                 ANGEL IN WHITE NZ, by Santanna Blue Chip - Chris Geary (C) 14--211                 PETACULAR, by Somebeachsomewhere - Michael Stanley  Amanda Rando

February 19, 2017 - A top flight harness racing program today at Paris-Vincennes included three groupe races led by the €200,000 Prix Comte de Montesson for three year-olds, but first the apprentice jockeys were on display in the monte Prix de Grenade (purse €50,000, 2175 meters, apprentice jockeys) that started the day’s action. 1.7/1 favorite Aida des Valoisien (7f Chef du Chatelet-Ida des Valois) scored, clocked in a quick 1.12.3kr, for Jean-Yann Ricart and trainer Eddy Castelleta. Four lengths back second was 7.8/1 Atout de Fontaine (7g Oxford du Rib-Mistina de Tragui) for Julien Balu, in the irons for breeder/owner/trainer Bruno Courault. Third went to 20.4/1 Aphrodite Child (7f Love You-New Orleans) for Honorin Guerot and trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Univaldi d’Aval (9g Vivaldi de Chenu-Kiss Me d’Aval) was victorious as 4/5 favorite in the Prix d’Aras (purse €45,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants – one scratch) for pilot J-M Bazire and trainer/owner Daniel Bethouart (picture below). Time was 1.14.3kr off even modest fractions. 29/1 Bazir Dimanche (9g Orlando Vici-Stora Mellosa) was second for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh. Third was 11.2/1 Queasy (8g Donato Hanover-Merinated Herring) reined by Bjron Goop for trainer Ronny Kuiper and Sweden’s owner Stall Tavkompaniet AB. 40/1 Alexia du Cherisay (7f Le Big Boss-Precious Thing) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie and fifth in this Quinte+ contest was the Jerry Riordan owned/trained 5.2/1 Radysin America (7f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) with Franck Nivard up. The exact order Q+ payoff (without jackpot) was €11,792 for a €2 wager. The Gr. III monte Prix du Pontavlle de Heussey (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) produced a well earned victory, clocked in 1.12kr (fractions 1.09.9kr at the 1500; 1.10.5kr with 1000 remaining; 1.11.6kr with 500 to go), for 13.5/1 Valse de Reve (8f Mister President-Nouba Houba) with Camille Levesque up for owner/trainer Alain Roussel. 20.2/1 Udayama (9f Echo-Lancia du Pont) was next for Guillaume Martin and owner/trainer Lois Gruossard. Third was 1.2/1 favorite Adelia de Melodie (7f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for David Thomain and the 3/2 second betting choice, Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib), took fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer J-M Bazire for Ecurie Charmes. The Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters – four year-olds) produced a blanket finish led by 9/2 invader from the north, Phantasm Soa (4m Cromwell-Ulver H), in rein to Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Olivier Raffin and Norway’s owner, Gudbrand ALM Skiaker. The 1.13.9kr timed winner closed stoutly to defeat 11.5/1 Discours Joyeux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelloe Copine) and Damien Bonne, for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. The 2.4/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (4m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur) and pilot Franck Ouvrie took third for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. Fractions throughout were modest. The featured Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse €200,000, 2700 meters. 14 three year-starters) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 6.9/1 Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Philippe Dewulf and he was bred by Pierre Julienne. 23.8/1 Eros du Chene (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulamova de Lou) was second for driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Julien LeMer is the trainer. 8.3/1 Estella Love (3f Love You-Shucca) rallied strongly for Franck Ouvrie to gain third for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, who bred this filly through Ecurie Dream With Me. Yves Boireau is the trainer. Elisone Mag and Eliseo were fourth and fifth. Well regarded Erminig d’Oliverie,Elea Madrik and Equinoxe was miscue dq’s. The Prix Finistere (purse €80,00, 2850 meters, 10 startes) went to 5.7/1 Cathy A Quira (5f Password-Quira des Jacquets) driven by Matthieu Abrivard and trained by Jarmo Niskanen, for breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. 10.4/1 Carla Love (5f Royal Lover-Queridade Vonnas) was second for J-M Bazire, ahead of 33.3/1 Crescendis (5f Querido de Blart-Libertatis) and driver J.F. Senet. This winner powered home in 1.13.9kr after the clocking at 500 meters remaining was 1.14.9kr. Later in the Vincennes card the $56,000 Prix de la Gacilly went to 1.14kr timed and 3/1 odds Basic (6f Sam Bourbon-Buwarienne) raced over 2850 meters by trainer/driver Bjorn Goop for Stall Ardvidssons AB. The coldbloods contested the Prix des Trotteurs “Sang-Froid” for €20,000 over 2100 meters autostart. The 1.24.5kr clocked winner was 10/1 Finnskog Fokus (10g Spiked-Silje Spretta) with Gunnar Astevoll at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

February 18, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) record an easy, and well-rated. front end harness racing victory tonight in the V75 Gold at Axevalla in Sweden. The Orjan Kihlstrom driven and Stefan Melander trained and owned (Stall TZ) champion was timed in 1.15.7kr (fractions: 1.17.3kr at first 500 meters; 1.18.3kr at the first 1000; 1.18.1kr at the 1500) over 2140 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize. Nuncio last raced September 18, 2016 at Bjerke. Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA bred Nuncio, the 1.07/1 favorite that bested 30.79/1 Bruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ussel-Speedy Soma) with Kenneth Haugstad up and 31.88/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for Johnny Takter. Winmecredit and Spring Erom were fourth and fifth. Nuncio’s career slate now stands at 38-12-2 in 52 starts for 27,723,230SEK earned. He is now 12 for 12 in 2016-17. This night Nuncio was eased to the front, faced a challenge deep in the last bend, and then drew off for a four length score. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) Thomas H. Hicks  

February 18, 2017 - Trainer Emil Csordas teamed veteran, and 9/1 odds, Milliondollar Lex (11m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) to a 1.17.5kr timed harness racing victory in today’s featured Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The Sun Systems Kft and Laura Pekker owned winner, pictured on this cold late afternoon, bested 10/1 Rinette Streamline (10f Kashner Hanover-Keys Praise-Prakas) and driver Csaba Lakatos and 19.2/1 Orderly (10f Yankee Glide-Dearest Darling-Ultra Decal) reined by trainer Attila Budai. Other action in the program included the several interesting winners: Szacharin (6f Vanito-Inzulin) for trainer/driver Istvan Papp and Gyolai Racing Kft. in the 600,000Huf purse Globus DIJ raced over 1900 meters autostart, timed in 1.19.9kr; Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina) in the 400,000Huf purse Erika DIJ (1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.20.7kr for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and owner Airzoom d.o.o; Rosamundi (9f Chipmate-Kama Sutra) for co-owner/driver Jozsef Karai and trainer Csaba Lakatos, timed in 1.21.6kr winning the 360,000Huf Mother’s Song Handicap raced over 1800 meters autostart. Next weekend Kincsem Park will zone in, as will most of Europe, on the Gr. I International Grand Prix de France, the final leg of the Triple Crown of France, as part of their simulcast offering. Thomas H. Hicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 18, 2017) - Alberto Contador lowered his lifetime mark for the second straight week at the Meadowlands, winning the harness racing featured $15,000 conditioned pace in 1:49.4. Alberto Contador won last week at 14/1 in 1:50.1 and stepped up in class in his repeat bid. Brett Miller moved the New Zealand bred 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the front past the quarter in :26.4. Miller controlled the rest of the action from there, easily holding sway from Ontario Success by two lengths at the wire. Jet Airway was third while racing for purse money only with Barimah finishing fourth and rounding out the trifecta. Alberto Contador, named for the champion Spanish cyclist, has won 33 times in 138 career starts with earnings of $452,431. Four preliminary divisions of the Dash For the G-Notes series were contested. So Take That won the fastest division in 1:51.4 for Corey Callahan and Mike Watson. It was Watson's third training win of the weekend. Iminurblindspot, the 3-year-old full brother to world champion Shebestingin, broke his maiden in his third career start in a "non-winners of two" in 1:55.3. He is trained by Nifty Norman and owned by Enzed Racing Stable and William Switala. He was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. John Campbell, Corey Callahan, and Jim Marohn, Jr. each posted a driving double. Patti Harmon scored a training double. Total handle was $2,799,173 on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 9-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

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Pacing For The Cure is proud to offer three (3) stud fees through the OnGait.com online auction. The harness racing auction is running now until Thursday evening February 23. A Rocknroll Dance –– Standing in Pennsylvania (Thank you for your donation Diamond Creek Farm) He paced in 149’1 at 2 and 148’1 at 3 and 147’2 at 4. He dominated the track with his grit, toughness and heart. At 2, he equaled the world record and was the richest 2-year old that year. He was the first pacer in harness racing history to win three consecutive races in sub 1:48. Breed to him this year before his first crop hits the track in 2017. Delmarvalous –– His first year Standing in Delaware (Thank you for your donation Badlands Racing and George Teague Stable) He is the fastest son of Badlands Hanover who was very successful as a top sire in Delaware. He paced in 152’3 at 2 and 148’3 at 3 which brings plenty of raw speed to the lucrative Delaware Sire Stakes program. Perfect opportunity to breed your mare to a stallion in a new Sire Stakes program. Woodstock –– Standing in Ohio (Thank you for your donation Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm) He had early speed at 2 with a mark of 152’4. With this 2 year old speed and stud fee price point he offers a great value to you to breed your mare for the lucrative Ohio Sire Stakes program. Pacing For The Cure is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to INSPIRE others to join our cause, create HOPE for MS survivors, and BELIEVE that a cure will be found. Pacing For The Cure raises funds to support MS survivor’s medical equipment needs and the necessary cutting edge research by MSRI to find a cure.  
Pompano Beach, FL...February 21, 2017...Although the stormy weather isn't expected until Wednesday, Massive Lightning struck again on Tuesday night (February 21) at Pompano Park in the form of a harness racing lifetime best 1:54 performance.   The five year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive, trained and driven by Mickey McNichol for the Fred Monteleone Stable, went a brave first over journey to score by 1¼ lengths over Explosive Muscles, teamed up with Dave Ingraham. Swan Handicap, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., was next, 3½ lengths away, with Modern Mercury next. Tater Twister, leading through the first three stations clocked in :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4, respectively, finished fifth in the field of nine.   Massive Lightning, beginning from post five, was unhurried early and away fifth but was out and going prior to the second turn and churning forward, reaching the saddle pad of the leader at the third station and grinding home in front thereafter.   After the event, driver McNichol lauded his charge saying, "this horse (Massive Lightning) is not afraid to gulp air, that's for sure. He went another big mile. I try and give them a chance to win and, sometimes, they do. Tonight, we was at his best and I think that's a lifetime mark for him." (It is.)   Massive Lightning is now three-for-eight this year with earnings of $23,650. He's banked $113,893 lifetime.   The winner was the 7 to 5 favorite on the Pompano Park tote-board and paid $4.80 to win.   In the $10,000 co-featured trot, My Revenuer, driven by Bryce Fenn, collared the heavily favored Southwind Stryker in mid-stretch and then went on to score a one length victory in 1:56.2 over the late charging Bad Angel (Tom Jackson) with Southwind Stryker (Wally Hennessey) another nose back in third. M T Ur Pockets, beginning from the outside post eight, rallied to be fourth while McKenzie's Star, last at the stretch call, picked up the nickel in the octet.   In that event, it was Uriel (George Napolitano, Jr.) carving the early panels of :27.2, :57 and 1:25.4 before finally yielding to the grinding Southwind Stryker, who was away fifth then setting sail on a grind forward three-eighths into the mile with My Revenuer following that live cover.   Southwind Stryker took command, seemingly with authority, turning for home but could not withstand My Revenuer's explosive brush home.   For My Revenuer, owned and trained by Tom Petri, it was his fourth success of the year in seven starts, pushing his 2017 bounty to $17,955. This nine year-old altered son of Revenue S now has career earnings of $248,514.   He rewarded his faithful with a win mutual of $18.00 as the fourth choice on the board.   Racing continues on Wednesday night with the stage set for a very competitive Open Pace for Mares.   Wild Wanda and Godiva Seelster are set to do battle with Jets Are On, Pertty Music, Gweneeee J and Goldstar Rockette in the second race on the card.   A Pick-6 carryover also awaits with first post set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park
DOVER, DE -- Enhance Your Mind became the winningest horse of the year scoring a 1:51.1 conquest in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Dover Downs. Driver Vic Kirby, starting from post 8, left and took the lead after a :26.4 opening panel, to take command the rest of the mile on the way to her fifth win in six races in 2017 for owner-trainer Bran Truitt. It was the five-year-old Riggins-Enhance The Night 's 13 career win upping her lifetime earnings to $152,490. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) closed strongly to finish second. Dublin Rose (Jonathan Roberts), last at the half came on to take show honors. Barbara's Shadow, with Vic Kirby piloting, pulled a mild surprise in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares Pace closing with a rush to catch Dismissal (Montrell Teague) at the wire for a head victory in 1:51.3 to end Dismissal's four straight win streak. Owned by trainer Leigh Raymer, Josh Parker and driver Kirby, the victory was the fourth in her last seven starts for the four-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Bababababarbarapan. In The Shadows (George Dennis) was third. Apple Bottom Jeans, a Delaware sired champion bred and owned by KDK Standardbreds and conditioned by Kevin Switzer, who stepped into stakes-and-open-competition last year to finish first or second in in 12 of 16 races and win nearly $185-thouand in purses, made her first start of the year a winning one. Montrell Teague led from the start and at the top of the lane stormed away from her eight opponents for an easy 1:52.4 success in an $11,500 pace for young females. Alone Hanover (Kirby) came on to take second in front of Use Your Noodle (Jim Morand). It was a night to remember for young driver Ed Waishes. In the first race, the 22-year-old drove Heather Minton's Misty Missy between horses late in the stretch to post his first career victory in his 16 lifetime starts. Vic Kirby drove four winners, Ross Wolfenden had a triple, Corey Callahan, trainers Leigh Rayman, Nick Callahan and owner Breakaway Racing had doubles Wind Of The North makes his seasonal debut facing Frost Free Hanover and Tough Choice in an eight horse field of top trotter in the $20,000 Open on Wednesday. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
LEBANON, OH. - It hasn't taken long for Penn to return to his consistently sharp form. The open trotter is now two-for-two at Miami Valley Raceway. following a 3-1/2 month layoff. after copping the weekly $22,000 feature on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 21) over a rain-induced sloppy track. Driver Jason Brewer was content to get away fourth as Boffin (Chris Page) lead the classy field to the quarter-mile marker in :28.4 and then Don't Rush (Dan Noble) did rush to the lead prior to the :56.4 midway point. Penn launched a strong first-over bid during the third split and stuck his head in front at the 1:25.3 three-quarter station. A :29.2 closing panel was enough to hold off a fast-closing runnerup Walter White (John DeLong) with Don't Rush garnering the show dough. It was the 37th lifetime win in just 87 starts for the 7-year-old son of Master Glide, who is owned by Barkley Counts of Tennessee. Bobby Brower trains the career winner of $328,573, who returned $3.80 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A pair of penultimate third round elimination heats of a four week Survivor Series for $5000 claiming horse and gelding pacers were also presented on Tuesday, with the top five finishers from each slated to return for a lucrative $20,000 championship tilt on Feb. 28. In the first elimination, favored Mosh Pit (Kayne Kauffman) successfully employed the "quarter move" to clear to the front and then lead his adversaries the rest of the route to a 1:55.2 triumph. Owned and trained by Deborah Swartz, the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding started the series with a place finish and has now reeled off two consecutive wins to establish himself as one of the favorites in next Tuesday's ultimate showdown. Others punching tickets into the final were Ricky Tidwell (Simon Allard), Munndutch (Jeremy Smith), Rock Of Luck (Andy Shetler) and Wilbur's Z Tam (Jason Beattie). Amasa Al (Randy Tharps) captured the second elim with a 1:55.1 triumph over Shakerattlenrock (Brady Galliers), Hay Goodlooking (Greg Grismore), Volo (Simon Allard) and Jagger Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman). The 11-year-old gelding, who also scored a runnerup finish and two wins in the eliminations, will be racing for new connections as Chris Choros claimed Amasa Al for $7200 for the Jeff Brewer Stable. He has changed hands after each of the three preliminary weeks and was owned and trained by Robert Cook for this victory. From the Press Box at Miami Valley
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