Day At The Track
Nic Dewar

Young driver tragically killed in car accident

The Riverina and South West harness racing community is mourning the tragic loss of Nic Dewar. Dewar, 18, was killed in a car accident on Thursday night. He drove at Shepparton’s meeting earlier in the day, where he finished second on his only drive. Dewar, from Young, is the son of Wendy and Steve Dewar and grandson of trainer Peter Schiller.  Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny said Dewar would be dearly missed. Facebook message; It is with the greatest sadness that I advise of the tragic passing of young Nic Dewar in a car accident last night. The condolences of the entire harness racing fraternity are with Nic’s family and friends.  Rest In Peace young man you will be missed by so many a life with so much future cut far too short.  John Dumesny, Harness Racing New South Wales “The condolences of the entire harness racing fraternity are with Nic’s family and friends,” Dumesny said. “Rest in peace young man, you will be missed by so many. A life with so much future cut far too short.” Dewar started driving in November 2015 and enjoyed his first winner in December of that year on Fake Art at Dubbo. He drove 22 winners and 57 placegetters in his short career. As a mark of respect, drivers in Saturday night’s Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle will wear black armbands and Club Menangle will fly a flag at half-mast. Persons seeking counselling can contact the HRNSW Development and Support Program (DASP) which is a confidential counselling and advice service provided by HRNSW.   The phone number is (02) 9929 8515 or click here. By Matt Malone Reprinted with permission of The Cootamundra Herald

BB’s Harley

Foiled Again's 100th win has to wait

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 22, 2018—Foiled Again wound up in a Yonkers Raceway fourth-place dead-heat Thursday night (Feb. 22nd), adding few dollars to the retirement account but holding a 100th harness racing career win in abeyance. Sent off as the 13-10 favorite from post position No. 3 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, Foiled Again (George Brennan) found the easiest of pockets behind pole-sitting Kept Under Wraps A (Jordan Stratton). The brisk evening saw early intervals of:27.1 and :56.4 before BB’s Harley (Jim Marohn Jr.)—who made no attempt to secure an early-two-hole from post No. 2—moved from third.   BB’s Harley made steady advances toward the leader in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, with Heez Orl Black N (Jason Bartlett) working from second-over.   It was Kept Under Wraps A about to wear up his welcome off the final turn while BB’s Harley ($44.20) went by and edged away, winning by a length-and-a-three-quarters in 1:54.1. As for Foiled Again, he did slip off the cones from behind a tiring leader, but needed more late punch. Heez Orl Black N chased home his tow for second, with Twin B Speedo (Brent Holland) third. Foiled Again and Theartofconfusion A (Greg Merton) divided the final two envelopes in that ‘heater’ for fourth, beaten two lengths. Foiled Again’s $1,300 payday increased the career bankroll to a sport’s-best $7,572,178. It was the 14-year-old gelding’s 308th career purse start and his fourth try at reaching the triple-figure victory milestone. Win, lose or (appropriately) draw, Foiled Again was going to be a television star. New York’s WCBS-TV (Channel 2), in the persons of sports anchor Steve Overmyer and cameraman Brad Yurcisin, chronicled his work night for a future feature. More information regarding that as it becomes available.      A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (Feb. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,677.73 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 (for these 10-race cards, ordinarily it’s races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker  

Super Imposed N, harness racing

Super Imposed N wins cavalry charge

DOVER, Del. --- Super Imposed N won a harness racing cavalry charge to the wire in 1:50.1 to win the $27,500 Preferred/Open pace at Dover Downs on a chilly, drizzling Thursday (2/2). Sweet Rock got up in 1:50.4 in a $14,000 Winners-Over while Tim Tetrick had a four bagger and Corey Callahan won three. Corey Calahan drove Dave Hamm and co-owner, trainer Mike Hall's Jereme's Jet-Madam Superior gelding to his third win in his last four 2018 races closing strongly to edge Sicily (Montrell Teague) in the photo with Christen Me N (Tetrick) third and pace-setter Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan) who led turning for home. For Sicily, it was the third consecutive close second-place finish and fourth time as runner-up this meet along with three fast wins in nine starts. Christen Me N shook free from being locked in and closed for third. In the prior race, Vic Kirby drove Sweet Rock between horses to post a 1:50.4 decision in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace. G.P.Calloway, Reggie hazard and legacy Racing own the Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding who won for the first time this year in his sixth outing. Little Ben (Tetrick) who took the early lead held on for second with Silver Fox J (Mike Cole) finishing a fast third. Penny For Nickel gelding who won for the first time this year in his sixth outing. Little Ben (Tetrick) who took the early lead held on for second with Silver Fox J (Mike Cole) finishing a fast third. Cyclone Kiwi N, the king of the meet's top claimers, did it again. With Corey Callahan at the controls, the Jereme's Jet-Another Kiwi gelding won for the sixth time for three different owners. Claimed in his previous three outings, this time Bruce Solebury is owner After taking the lead from outside post 8 in :26.4, Cyclone Kiwi N led the rest of the 1:52.2 mile with Hi Sir (Russell Foster) who took a shot at the leader on the final turn, finishing second. Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) was the show horse. Tetrick won his third of four races taking Dialamara to A !:52 triumph in his first start for owner-trainer Gary Ewing who claimed him last time out. The Lis Mara-Ladysai gelding won a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming pace. Ltsmakeawish (Ross Wolfenden) and Ideal Fashion (Morgan) were second and third respectively. Tetrick had four wins, Callahan, three. Trainers Wayne Givens, Josh Green and Dylan Davis had doubles. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Have Faith In Me,Harness racing

Hoping for a second training win in the Miracle Mile

Mark Purdon will be hoping for a second training win in the Miracle Mile on Saturday night and if it happens he will know it has been well earned. So will Natalie. Both could tell you how hard a race it is to win. Bloody hard!. Even by super race standards All Stars has one on the board thanks to HAVE FAITH IN ME driven by Natalie in his fabulous, record shattering  2016 victory over Lennythshark. But both Mark and Natalie have hard luck stories in other runnings of the race. BLACKS A FAKE posted two second placings for Natalie one by half a head. IL VICOLO was twice second also for Mark. The second time, when he went down to Iraklis in December 1996 they set a mile rate which was never bettered in the race while it was run over 1760m, which it was until 2009. JACK CADE trained and driven by Mark was second to Sokyola in 2003 and SMOLDA second to Lennytheshark last year when LAZARUS was third and WAIKIKI BEACH 4th.  That makes six second placings between Mark and Natalie so perhaps Natalie's strike rate won her the drive this year ! The race is also tougher for New Zealand horses to win than you may think especially given the number of superstar horses we have developed i n the last 20 years. Kiwi-trained horses have only won four Miles this century. Holmes D G won his second in 2000, Monkey King won the first mile race nine years later and Christen Me and Have Faith In Me have scored since. The other thing about the Miracle Mile- If you are an avid supporter of the Kiwis and you have heart problems-don't watch. Only one horse has won the race over the mile  by more than 2 metres. Which isn't very far. The last three have been won by short half heads (nose to us) or a head and that tradition looks like continuing on Saturday. Only one  of the mile races has not broken 1.51 and that was when Smoken UP easily beat Karloo Mick and Imamightyquinn back in 2011. There is no fear of a 1.51 mile this year with 1.47 under threat if we get the fireworks many are expecting,    Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables www.allstarsracingstables.com               

Cran Dalgety is going against his usual modus operandi with Pat's Delight at Alexandra Park in the last race tonight and that is a pretty strong tip for the three-year-old. The colt comes to Auckland for the first time with the Northern Derby in two weeks as his main target but after beating some serious mid-grade opponents at Addington last start he has to take on another bunch of tough older opponents again at Alexandra Park. Making it even trickier is Pat's Delight being drawn wide over 1700m in a small field but Dalgety has some soothing words for punters who want to bet against Pat's Delight. "Usually I would bring a horse north and race it next week and then into the Derby, that is my usual pre-Derby pattern," says Dalgety,   "But this horse is forward enough to take on older horses now, he is that ready," says Dalgety. "He is about 98 per cent right as we saw at Addington last week and even though he will improve with the outing at Alexandra Park because most Canterbury horses do, he is ready to go." With plenty of gate speed inside him and a rugged Auckland Cup fourth-placegetter in Northview Hustler outside him, Pat's Delight is probably going to be driven for one run. "But that was how he won last week and will have to be driven that way again but the small field helps." Punters will probably want $2 to make Pat's Delight value though as being even one spot too far back, or forward, can be a hard way to win a 1700m race where they could rate close to 1:54. Earlier in the night Dalgety kicks off his northern assault with Master Moonlite in race two, one of the two PGG Sales Graduate races for the three-year-olds. "I wanted to bring him up here at Christmas but he wasn't that tractable right-handed then," says Dalgety. "But he sneaks into this race and being $30,000 it is more or less his Derby final. "But he is still not perfect right-handed so punters should be a little bit careful." After tonight's meeting Dalgety heads to Menangle to enjoy tomorrow night's Miracle Mile meeting. It's a race he won just over three years ago with Christen Me. So does he think champion pacer Lazarus can overcome a terrible build-up to tomorrow night's $750,000 sprint. "When you look at a horse like Anything For Love, who wasn't rated one of the elites before last week, pace 1:48.7 in front you realise what a huge task Lazarus faces this week. "He is a champion but he might have to go 1:46 to win and I don't think he could do that." Michael Guerin

Forest City Standardbred Sales and Standardbred Canada are proud to announce the dates for the 2nd Annual London Selected Yearling Sale are Saturday Oct. 13 and Sunday Oct. 14 beginning at noon each day. The 2017 sale enjoyed increases in average and gross. Harness Racing Update’s Dave Briggs said the “London Sale was beyond expectations”. 306 yearlings grossed $7,536,000 total for an average of $24,627. Combining the results of 2016 two sales shows 276 yearlings were sold for a total gross of $6,452,200. The 2016 average was $23,378. By that measure, this means the 2017 gross was up 16.8 per cent and the average was up 5.3 per cent compared to 2016. Popular sires such as Kadabra (5) averaged $46,400, Bettors Delight (11) $41,818, Sunshine Beach (34) $36,544, Mach Three (17) $34,059, Royalty For Life (21) $31,690, Sportswriter (36) $31,139, and Shadow Play (29) $24,931.  With the tremendous success of last year’s collaboration, the companies have decided to add an extra day on Monday October 15 to host a mixed sale; the London Mixed Horse Sale. The Yearling Preview days will be Thursday Oct. 11 and Friday Oct. 12 at the Metroland Media Agriplex at the Western Fair District in London, Ontario beginning at 9:00 am each day. Entries are now being accepted for both the London Selected Yearling Sale and the London Mixed Horse Sale – Applications can be downloaded from www.londonselectedyearlingsale.com . For more information or any questions please call Ann Straatman, sale manager or Kim Gilmour, administrative assistant at 519-319- 0650 or email: londonselected@quadro.net .  

Hightstown, NJ ---Given her background, it is no surprise L A Delight is something of a professional. And that delights her new harness racing trainer, Nancy Johansson. Johansson began working with the 5-year-old female pacer following her private purchase last month by Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek Racing. She was trained previously by Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh, earning $1.32 million and capturing divisional O’Brien Award honors in Canada at ages 2 and 3. “She’s a lovely mare to be around,” Johansson said. “She does her work. There’s nothing really out of the ordinary about her, which is extraordinary, I guess, in some kind of way. She knows exactly what she’s supposed to do.” L A Delight is a daughter of Bettor’s Delight out of stakes-winner West Of L A. She was bred by McIntosh, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., and is a half-sister to millionaire Somewhere In L A. Her family also includes 2012 North America Cup champion Thinking Out Loud and stakes-winning You See L A. She enters 2018 with 23 wins and 36 total top-three finishes in 47 career starts. Her victories include the 2015 She’s A Great Lady Stakes, the 2016 Jugette, and two Ontario Sire Stakes championships. “It’s a tough act to follow,” Johansson said with a laugh. L A Delight, who has won two qualifiers this month for Johansson, is being prepped for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, which begins March 16, at Yonkers Raceway. The six-week event concludes April 21 with a $125,000-added final. “She’s a little hard to gauge, because she’s one of those horses that does enough to win,” Johansson said. “But she was well in hand and not stressed at all by either qualifier. “The Matchmaker is a tough series. It’s a lot of weeks in a row and I want her peaking for the legs and final there, not for qualifiers. Hopefully with a little bit of racing she’ll find her form.” Johansson, a previous winner of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Rising Star Award, has enjoyed success with female pacers, most notably with 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady. Last year, Johansson set career highs for wins, with 36, and trainer’s rating, with a .310 mark. Among her top returnees from 2017 is 3-year-old filly pacer Kissin In The Sand, who won seven of 14 races last season including the Kindergarten Series championship and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. “She’s coming back nicely,” Johansson said. “She’s just training on the straight track right now, getting some conditioning into her. She’s always been a good-sized filly and she filled out a little bit during turnout. The time off was good for her. “She’s probably the fastest filly I’ve ever trained, like quick speed. She’s got high speed to her. If she could put it all together and mature a little bit and grow a little bit from last year, I think her speed can take her a long way this year.” Johansson’s stable also includes 17 2-year-olds. “I’d say overall that this is the best group I’ve ever had,” Johansson said. “We’ve had one or two standouts every year, but this year as a whole group, I’d say it’s probably the best. We have some nice trotters. We have a couple really nice Father Patrick-(sired) fillies that I like a lot and two Cantab Hall-(sired) fillies that are very nice.  “Hopefully they can do some damage on the track.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer-driver Josh Aiken. AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Aiken related to a urine sample taken from the horse ‘The Defiant’ at the Shepparton trial meeting on 29 August 2017. The definition of a ‘race’ within the AHRR includes an official trial. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that the analysis of the urine sample revealed it to contain the prohibited substances levamisole and aminorex. The Racing Science Centre (RSC) in Queensland confirmed these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample.  Mr Aiken pleaded guilty to the charge before submissions on penalty were heard from the HRV Stewards and Mr Aiken.  In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Aiken’s cooperation throughout the investigation and guilty plea at the earliest opportunity, his good record in the industry, the references he presented, his remorse and the steps already taken to ensure that he does not commit another similar offence. The HRV RAD Board also emphasised the purpose of the rules in relation to prohibited substances, the dangers associated with horses competing with these substances in their system and the substance in question not being registered for use in horses in Australia. Mr Aiken was subsequently fined $5000, of which $2000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘The Defiant’ be disqualified from Trial 3 at Shepparton on 29 August 2017. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Hugh Millar, Rod Osborne Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Victorian harness racing breeder Paul Humphreys no longer races Anything For Love, but the Shane and Lauren Tritton-trained speedster will always hold a special place in his heart. The passionate trots man bred Anything For Love and raced the pacer with trainer Leigh Miles before accepting an offer to transfer the horse to new connections in New South Wales. On Saturday night at Menangle the now five-year-old, who set a new career mark via a 1:48.7 win in last weekend’s Group 1 Allied Express Sprint,  will line up for his shot in the Grand Circuit $750,000 Miracle Mile. “I still get a huge thrill out of it,” Humphreys said. “It’s like watching one of your kids out there. The team (Shane and Lauren) have done an amazing job with him.” Anything For Love is out of a mare named The Perfect Mona, whose 14 racetrack appearances yielded a solitary win. In the breeding barn however success came more naturally to Mona, her first foal named Palais Du Louvre (by Safe And Sound). Raced by Humphreys, Palais Du Louvre won $165,201 in stakemoney via 18 wins and 24 minor placings from 88 starts. “We had so much fun with him,” Humphreys said. “When he ran fifth in the Breeders Crown Final (2011 as a four-year-old) he looked a chance at the home turn. That was a huge thrill. “He won a Breeders Crown Graduate on Breeders Crown Day in 2014, which was also fantastic and he was just a super horse.” Humphreys also raced the siblings of Palais Du Louvre, Trip Sevens (by Bettors Delight), who won three races and $18,800 from 29 starts, and Anything For Love before his move north. And he has three younger ones coming through with an unraced Safely Kept filly named Something Fast, a two-year-old Pet Rock rig called Dino Bellino and a yearling by superstar stallion Somebeachsomewhere. Asked about his approach to breeding Humphreys says his is more investigative than scientific. “I ask lots of questions… for Anything For Love I got on to a fella in New Zealand and we talked breeding for ages. He was really helpful. I went looking for a stallion and found Rock N Roll Heaven.” On his unraced progeny of The Perfect Mona: “Safely Kept is by Jate Lobell and Palais Du Louvre is by Safe And Sound. I couldn’t go to Safe And Sound, because he’d retired, so I went to Safely Kept instead. Alabar still had some frozen semen as he’d retired as a stallion too. I think there were three Safely Kept foals born that year (2013),” Humphries said. “I chose Pet Rock because he was a real brave bugger and had almost the same pedigree as Rock And Roll Heaven. Both were owned by Joe Bellino (in the USA). “And Somebeachsomewhere was the best going around they say, so I went to him (most recently). “I really enjoy the breeding side of things. It’s great fun. And my daughter Sarah loves the foals.” Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Young harness racing reinsman Stuart McDonald is hoping that history repeats itself and that he will cause an upset by driving an eight-year-old to victory in the $50,000 Governor’s Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. McDonald drove the Ross Olivieri eight-year-old Chief Thundercloud (13/4) to an all-the-way victory in the 2016 Governor’s Cup and on Friday night he will be in the sulky behind eight-year-old Ohoka Punter. Chief Thundercloud beat Dredlock Rockstar and the 6/4 favourite Cyamach, trained by Gary Hall Snr. Hall prepares champion Chicago Bull and Ohoka Punter and he considers that Ohoka Punter, from his favourable barrier of No. 3, is capable of running a bold race in front, with some chance of beating Chicago Bull, who will start a long odds-on fancy. Chicago Bull will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr and will start from barrier five. Last Friday night, Ohoka Punter, a 24/1 chance, race in fifth position, three back on the pegs, before finishing determinedly to be second, four lengths behind Chicago Bull in the RWWA Cup. Chicago Bull faced wide early before taking the lead after 650m. After moderate opening quarters of the final mile of 30.1sec. and 30.2sec., Chicago Bull sped over the final sections in 27.6sec. and 27.5sec. The Kyle Harper-trained and driven Bettors Fire will start from barrier four, in between Ohoka Punter and Chicago Bull. Bettors Fire is noted for his brilliant gate speed, but Hall Snr is confident Ohoka Punter has the necessary gate speed to burst to an early lead and withstand a possible challenge from Bettors Fire. “Ohoka Punter is as quick out as Bettors Fire and over 2130m we will try to lead with him,” Hall said. “He is racing in top form and will be hard to beat. He has been crying out to lead in a race and I think he will go well.” The Skye Bond-trained Our Jimmy Johnstone, a close second to Bettors Fire over 2130m last Friday week, will start from barrier six and will need all the breaks to win the Governor’s Cup for the second year in succession. Our Jimmy Johnstone also started from the No. 6 barrier in last year’s Cup when he set the pace and won by two lengths from outsider Red Salute. Ken Casellas

DOVER, Del. --- Temperatures in the 70s set the stage for fast races headed by Bettorhaveanother scoring the fastest clocking for a harness racing female pacer this year, 1:50.3, to win the $25,000 Mares Open at Dover Downs notching her third straight victory. Tony Morgan had three winning drives. Driver Tony Morgan enjoyed a perfect 2-over trip before streaking home to overtake Scandalicious (Jonathan Roberts) in deep stretch to post the Bettor's Delight-Katie My Girl six-year-old lifetime mark. Ron Burke trains the winner for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. She now has three wins after two seconds in five 2018 appearances while boasting $41,625 seasonal earnings. It was her 24th career win and lifted lifetime bankroll to $300,952. Scandalicious and Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) engaged in a head-to-heat duel for the lead with Sweet Bobbie leading at the quarter in :25.4 and :54.1 at the half. After a 1:22 three quarters, Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) began a challenge with Bettorhaveanother right behind. In a four-horse dash down the lane Morgan's effort was good enough for a three-quarter length triumph. Scandalicious was second with Valuable Art third. A 10-1 shot, Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Bad Lightning (Roberts) overtook front-pacing Stormtracker (Tim Tetrick) nearing the wire in 1:51.3 to win the $17,000 Mares sub-feature. The Badlands Hanover-Malocchio five-year-old won for the second time in-a-row and third in her last four outings. Roselily (Stafford Jr.) finished third. Corner Table was the longshot on the card. Off at 37-1, Stafford drove the Dragon Again-Macks Table mare now five to her first win of the year to a new lifetime record of 1:52.1 for owners Ed Gold and trainer Ben Stafford. Rollatown (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up with Shesarocker (Vic Kirby) the show horse. Tony Morgan had three winners, Jonathan Roberts, Art Stafford Jr. and Montrell Teague had two wins apiece. CHRISTEN N, STARZNHEAVEN JOIN MAJOR UPTREND IN $27,500 OPEN Major Uptrend, a sub-1:50 winner of his last two takes on two talented newcomers, Christen Me n and Starznheaven in the top race of the week, a $27,500 Preferred- Open/Handicap, on another standout 13-race program at Dover Downs, Thursday, Feb. 22. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A 1:49.4 winner two weeks ago and again wire-to-wire in 1:49 last Thursday, Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend and driver Tony Morgan return to meet Rich Polucci’s highly ranked Christen Me N, in his second start this year, with Tim Tetrick handling the reins and Starznheaven with Vic Kirby racing for Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Emond and Burke Racing, a winner of two Meadowlands features in 2018. Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s fast finishing Sicily and Montrell Teague is among the field of seven. A pair of $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicaps top the contentious undercard. In one, Dialamara makes his first start for Gary Ewing after being claimed two weeks ago. He meets Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway (Callahan), Bobby Glassmeyer’s Play The Field (Roberts); George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Imkeepnthisguy (Mike Cole)  and Ron Davis’ Ideal Fashion (Morgan) in a field of nine. In the other division, Cyclone Kiwi N (Callahan) also makes his initial start for new owner Bruce Soulsby, who claimed him in late January for $35,000 after his fifth straight victory. Arty Foster and Wanda May Saulsbury has been knocking in his last six outings. Crissy Bier and Joan Hamstead’s Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) is fresh from a victory last time out. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

You can access the entire harness racing catalogue through the APG Logo at the bottom of this page - below is a sampling of the outstanding colts and fillies available by Empire's  exceptional stallions, including the lots from the first crop of Heston Blue Chip yearlings. Some of the key lots offered by canny breeders include #313 a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner and producing broodmare Espeshlimade Lombo; #328 a son of a sister to Bling It On & Baby Bling - and of course a grandson of the multiple Broodmare of the Year, Alldatglittersisgold; #401 a daughter of the brilliant Tailamade Lombo; #424 a brother to Runaway Red ($332,000), Atomic Red ($180,000) and Power Of Red ($120,000); and #277 the first foal from a Bettor's Delight sister to Magic Operative (multiple Group 1, $432,000) Download each of these yearlings' pedigrees by clicking their lot number, and review the stallion by clicking on his name. Lot 292 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Art Major mare) Lot 306 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Art Major mare) Lot 328 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from McArdle mare) Lot 389 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 358 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 424 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Armbro Operative mare) Lot 437 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 384 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Western Terror mare) Lot 401 - WELL SAID filly (from Kenneth J mare) Lot 269 - WELL SAID filly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 305 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Stature mare) Lot 362 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK filly (from Badlands Hanover mare) Lot 354 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Grinfromeartoear mare) Other Empire Sired Lots Lot 392 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 423 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Christian Cullen mare) Lot 398 - ROCKNROLL HANOVER filly (from Art Major mare) Lot 441 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Grinfromeartoear mare) Lot 307 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Presidential Ball mare) Lot 313 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Troublemaker mare) Lot 383 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Albert Albert mare) Lot 391 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Art Major mare) Lot 427 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREfilly (from Grinfromeartoear mare) Lot 436 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Jereme's Jet mare) Lot 316 - WELL SAID colt (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 319 - MODERN ART filly (from Four Starzzz Shark mare) Lot 302 - WESTERN TERROR filly (from Troublemaker mare) Lot 347 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Art Major mare) Lot 321 - PET ROCK filly (from Four Starzzz Shark mare) Lot 333 - PET ROCK colt (from River Khan mare) Other Empire Sired Lots Lot 327 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Fake Left mare) Lot 385 - FOUR STARZZZ SHARK colt (from Village Jasper mare) Lot 412 - WESTERN TERROR colt (from Riverboat King mare) Lot 357 - WELL SAID colt (from Jeremy Lobell mare) Lot 267 - PET ROCK filly (from Village Jasper mare) Lot 372 - HESTON BLUE CHIP colt (from OK Bye mare) Lot 277 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 310 - HESTON BLUE CHIP filly (from Bettor's Delight mare) Lot 352 - SOMEBEACHSOMEWHEREcolt (from Bettor's Delight mare)       Click the APG Logo to see the full Melbourne catalogue and all the pedigrees. Best of luck to all consignors - we genuinely appreciate your ongoing support!

February 21, 2018 - Today’s Pick5 featured Prix de Noirmoutier (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) at Enghien went to the 23/1 outsider Ducato Bourbon (5m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) that returned to winning ways timed in 1.15.1kr for harness racing driver Adrien Lamy. Franck Leblanc trains Ducato for Ecurie Siray. His breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin. 6.1/1 Doctuer d’Erable (5g Ganymede-Rue d’Erable) was a close second for David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain, ahead of 1.4/1 favorite Desperado (5m Kesaco Phedo-Sirella) handled by J-M Bazire who trains for Mlle. Megali Moureaux. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 400 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m European Trotting Masters Series 2018 Course Internationale   Engaged are below with trainer: Captain Sparrow, Luc Roelens Diablo du Noyer, Wm. Bigeon Vebezia de Mai, F. Blot-Cariot Apollon de Kacy, J. Westholm Cash Gamble, P. Billard Call Me Keeper, D. Reden Best Of Jets, J.M. Beaudouin Briac Dark, Th. Duvaldestin Carat Williams, S. Guarato Ave Avis, J-M Bazire Bilibili, L.C. Abrivard Django Riff, P. Allaire Akim du Cap Vert, F. Anne Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire Bird Parker, P. Allaire Thomas H. Hicks    

February 21, 2018 - 12/1 Agora du Goutier (f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix du Chesnay at Paris-Vincennes (purse €88,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 18 starters). Race time was 1.13.6kr for the Franck Nivard driven trainer of David Cherbonnel and owner Yves Faucheux. 2.8/1 Venosc de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) was timed in 1.13kr as he overcame a distance penalty to just miss on the line driven by Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Mme. Serverine Raimond. 18/ Baraka de Bellou (7f Prodigious) was third for Gabriele Gelormini with fourth to 3/2 favorite Bauloise Haufor (7f Kool du Caux) and Charles J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 22/1 Ulysse Maria (10g Nuage de Lait) completed the top five with Pierre Vercruysse aboard. Wednesday’s Prix de Cahors (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 2.1/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (5f Roc Meslois-Trois Etoiles Gede) driven by Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Alexandre Pillon. 7.5/1 Unar Bi (5f Toss Out-Navarra Bi) with Rick Ebbinge up was second and 14/1 Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombre Winner) took third for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen. Thomas H. Hicks  

Hightstown, NJ --- Trace Tetrick will head to Orlando this weekend to receive harness racing’s Rising Star Award, and even if he stops off at a nearby theme park it will be difficult to top the ride he enjoyed in 2017. Tetrick, a 31-year-old driver who grew up in Illinois and now calls Indiana home, set career highs with 569 wins and $6.81 million in purses. He cracked North America’s top 10 in victories for the first time, finishing fourth, and was No. 11 in North America for earnings, another lifetime best. Interestingly, nine of the drivers ahead of him on the money list were former Rising Star Award winners, including his older brother, Tim. The award, presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, recognizes early career achievement for a driver or trainer age 35 or younger. Tetrick, who has won 4,443 races and $45 million in purses lifetime, will receive his trophy during Sunday’s Dan Patch Award banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. “It’s a great privilege to be honored in that category and to be invited to be a part of that event,” Tetrick said. “It was probably my best year overall. The highlight, I’d say, was the Breeders Crown. To be in the Breeders Crown again and get a couple wins was great.” Tetrick won Breeders Crown finals with Blazin Britches (3-Year-Old Filly Pace) and Fiftydallarbill (2-Year-Old Colt Trot). He also captured three Indiana Sire Stakes championships, two Kentucky Sire Stakes championships, and one Ohio Sire Stakes championship. In those eight victories, Tetrick drove the favorite only once. “I guess it was being in the right spots at the right time, being lucky,” Tetrick said. “Everybody is looking to beat the favorites. When you’re not the favorite, you can kind of run under the radar. But whether you’re the favorite or not, you’re just trying to put your horse in the best possible spot to make money. If things work out to where you get all of it, that’s even better.” Tetrick was the regular driver of Blazin Britches, who will receive the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer. The filly was trained by Brian Brown, who will receive the Trainer of the Year Award, and owned by Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm, which will get the Owner of the Year trophy. Tetrick, Brown and Trogdon also won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship together last year with Always Bet De Grey and enjoyed success previously with Color’s A Virgin, who received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer in 2014. “Brian and Bruce Trogdon have been very good to me and things have worked out,” Tetrick said. “It’s great to have the opportunity with those guys.” Another honoree at Sunday’s Dan Patch Awards banquet will be Hoosier Park, which will receive the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. Hoosier Park, which is Tetrick’s home track, hosted the Breeders Crown last year to rave reviews from horsemen and fans. “I thought they did a great job,” said Tetrick, who has won six driving titles at Hoosier Park. “They put forth a lot of effort and they tried to put on a good show. That’s all you can ask. But I think that everyone that came for it had a great time. They loved it. We had a little bad weather the one day, but there’s nothing you can do about that. The racing was still good; the track was still fair. I thought they did a very good job and everyone was happy. “It also allowed so many people to see the event that never had the opportunity to go to the Breeders Crown; not only new people, but people from the Midwest that have been in the business for years. I think it was great for people to be able to come and see the Grand Circuit-type horses here.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 22, 2018—Foiled Again wound up in a Yonkers Raceway fourth-place dead-heat Thursday night (Feb. 22nd), adding few dollars to the retirement account but holding a 100th harness racing career win in abeyance. Sent off as the 13-10 favorite from post position No. 3 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, Foiled Again (George Brennan) found the easiest of pockets behind pole-sitting Kept Under Wraps A (Jordan Stratton). The brisk evening saw early intervals of:27.1 and :56.4 before BB’s Harley (Jim Marohn Jr.)—who made no attempt to secure an early-two-hole from post No. 2—moved from third.   BB’s Harley made steady advances toward the leader in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, with Heez Orl Black N (Jason Bartlett) working from second-over.   It was Kept Under Wraps A about to wear up his welcome off the final turn while BB’s Harley ($44.20) went by and edged away, winning by a length-and-a-three-quarters in 1:54.1. As for Foiled Again, he did slip off the cones from behind a tiring leader, but needed more late punch. Heez Orl Black N chased home his tow for second, with Twin B Speedo (Brent Holland) third. Foiled Again and Theartofconfusion A (Greg Merton) divided the final two envelopes in that ‘heater’ for fourth, beaten two lengths. Foiled Again’s $1,300 payday increased the career bankroll to a sport’s-best $7,572,178. It was the 14-year-old gelding’s 308th career purse start and his fourth try at reaching the triple-figure victory milestone. Win, lose or (appropriately) draw, Foiled Again was going to be a television star. New York’s WCBS-TV (Channel 2), in the persons of sports anchor Steve Overmyer and cameraman Brad Yurcisin, chronicled his work night for a future feature. More information regarding that as it becomes available.      A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (Feb. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,677.73 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 (for these 10-race cards, ordinarily it’s races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker  
Thursday afternoon brought about the first installment of the Fillies and Mares Open for the 2018 harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Seven distaffers squared off for a purse of $12,000 through the snowflakes that fell throughout the matinee card. The Heidi Rohr-trained Tempus Seelster (Big Jim) was the even money favorite in the feature and driver Billy Dobson perched the five year old in the pocket spot in the early going. Longshot Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) cut the mile at odds of 17-1 but when Tempus Seelster popped the pocket after pacing 5/8 of a mile tracking the upset-minded leader, she meant business. Tempus Seelster cruised to the Open victory, stopping the timer in 1:56.1 over a track labeled 'good.' Mydelight Bluechip held second while Media Queen N (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The exacta and triple in the race, led by the even money favorite, paid $35.60 and $114, respectively. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is pleased to announce that a breeding to the leading Canadian trotting sire Kadabra has been donated to support its efforts to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. Mrs. Isabelle Vartanian donated the breeding in memory of her husband Norman that passed away in September. Norman was avidly involved in the harness racing industry for many years. The breeding will be offered at in an open-ended auction via OnGait.com from 8:00 a.m. Tues. Feb.27 through 12:00 noon Wed. Feb. 28. The purchaser owes a refundable 10% deposit with the balance due to New Vocations with a live foal. Interested parties are encouraged to bid only for a mare that is a good breeding candidate and is not already booked. New Vocations reserves the right to void the purchase if the mare is over 18, has been barren two consecutive years or is due after May 5. FMI contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020 or dot@horseadoption.com Dot Morgan
After last Saturday's snow storm caused the Big M to cancel the WHHC Qualifier after three races, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has rescheduled the $400 Super Qualifier for Saturday, March 3. Four seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com are up for grabs. The qualifier has a $400 total fee ($200 entry plus a $200 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $20 Win, Place, Show or WPS wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats Saturday, April 7, 2018 - $100 Last Chance contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats DerbyWars.com is hosting a WHHC Mega-Qualifier on Saturday, February 24 with five seats up for grabs. On Saturday, March 3 TVG/4NJBets is hosting an online qualifier for customers. The contest includes 3 seats into the WHHC Final plus travel expenses. Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24. Tioga Downs has set qualifiers for March 3rd and 17th and Vernon Downs has qualifiers on March 10th and 24th with four people in total qualifying for the WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com Final. Additional qualifiers from partner outlets will be announced in the coming weeks. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015.  
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