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Mr Leigh Sutton – Inquiry Conducted

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Thursday 9 August 2018 into licensed driver Mr Leigh Sutton recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Bathurst harness meeting on Sunday 29 July 2018. Mr Sutton pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Sutton’s driver’s licence was wholly suspended for a period of six months to commence from 29 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Sutton was also provided with an opportunity to have the suspension reduced to five months if he completed sessions with an alcohol counsellor approved by HRNSW. Mr Sutton was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork two weeks prior to the end of the relevant suspension period. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Sutton’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.095%; Mr Sutton’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts.   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

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Atlanta Vs Manchego in Casual Breeze showdown

MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 - Hambletonian champion Atlanta is set to return to action following her Hambletonian victory in this Friday's (August 24) $136,000 Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Rick Zeron trained three-year-old filly won't be able to ease back into competition, as she will dance with nine rivals, including Hambletonian Oaks champion Manchego. The Casual Breeze will be the first meeting of the season between Atlanta and Manchego, a matchup racing fans have been anxiously waiting to see. Atlanta has been enjoying well-earned relaxation since becoming the first filly in 22 years to capture the Hambletonian. The daughter of Chapter Seven had an adventurous Hambletonian experience, finishing second in the first-heat after setting unheard of fractions and then coming back to go coast to coast and win the $1 million final. Capturing the Hambletonian guarantees a trotter's place in history, but Atlanta's bounce back performance following her draining first-heat will go down as one of the most memorable performances in the history of the event. "She came out of the Hambletonian really good," said Zeron Monday evening ahead of the Casual Breeze draw. "She dove right into her feedbox the night we brought her back home from The Meadowlands. She's Atlanta, she just does her own thing and we just jogged her up for a week and gave her a little down time." The magnitude of winning the Hambletonian has been striking Zeron in stages and he expects it'll continue to sink in over time. "It's there, but it hasn't really sat me down in the chair yet. It's a big feat for the girls to beat the boys, so I was very happy about that." Atlanta returned to Zeron's Ontario barn on August 12 to prepare for a stretch of stakes action at Mohawk Park, beginning with Friday's Casual Breeze. "We trained her up pretty good last Saturday and we'll train her again on Wednesday morning," said Zeron. "I'll go with her myself and see how she is. We're expecting Atlanta to show up like she always does." The return to Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Park is full-circle for Atlanta, who's first stakes victory came nearly a year ago on August 31, 2017, kicking off a tremendous run that continues today. "I always saw something in her as a two-year-old," recalled Zeron. "Courtney Hanover was always better than (Atlanta) was, but as the year progressed Atlanta stepped over Courtney. "When she won the Champlain she was really good and then we sent her over to Vernon Downs and she won in 1:54 out of the eight-hole, mile in front, and that's when I said, 'She's got it now, she understands what she has to do.'" Atlanta's two-year-old season saw her win four of 10 starts and earn $135,075. Her sophomore campaign has been nearly perfect with six wins in seven starts and earnings of $703,234. The ownership group of Atlanta consists of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Zeron has the Elegantimage Stakes on September 15 as his next big target and isn't lacking opportunities to race Atlanta at Mohawk Park over the next four weeks. "We got the Casual Breeze, the week after the Simcoe and then the Elegantimage elimination and final," said Zeron. "We'll probably go week by week. I'll speak to Scott about it and we'll make a decision where will race her for four-weeks or we'll give her a week off in between." Atlanta will start from post-three in Friday's Casual Breeze, while Manchego has drawn post-eight. Zeron doesn't have any plans currently to face the boys again. This year's group of three-year-old trotting fillies has been deemed the deepest in years and many intriguing battles appear ahead for Atlanta, beginning with Friday's start against Manchego. "I don't think I have to go back against the boys," said Zeron. "She's beat the boys and won the holy grail. There is nothing bigger than the Hambletonian." Zeron has full confidence in Atlanta to continue her outstanding season. The veteran trainer is excited for the battles ahead and isn't worried about any outside noise. "I don't really criticize or comment or boast up on Atlanta or whatever it is. I just let Atlanta do her talking on the racetrack and everybody else in the newspapers." by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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Lazarus N headlines field for Pacing Derby

MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 - The Canadian debut of Lazarus N will have to wait until Saturday, September 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The entry box for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning with 10 older pacers entered, meaning eliminations will not be necessary this weekend. The star-studded group of 10 advance directly to the $600,000 final on September 1. 'The Wonder from Down Under' Lazarus N headlines the field for this year's Pacing Derby. The New Zealand-bred superstar will be making his second start on North American soil in Canada's oldest harness racing event. A six-year-old, Lazarus N was purchased earlier this year by Taylor Made Stallions and brought to North America to race for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Bettors Delight exited the Down Under racing scene with 35 wins in 45 starts, over $2.6 million in earnings and numerous awards. Lazarus N won his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the Dan Patch. While all eyes will be locked on Lazarus N in the Canadian Pacing Derby, the other nine pacers are well-accomplished and will be looking to spoil the party. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked has been cleaning up in the older pacer division and enters the Pacing Derby with six wins and over $672,000 earned in 10 starts. The seven-year-old champion recently surpassed $3 million in career earnings for owner S S G Stables. McWicked will be competing in his third Canadian Pacing Derby final. His best finish was a third in last year's event. Dave Menary trainee Sintra is back to defend his Pacing Derby title. The five-year-old gelding is just one for eight this season, but his lone victory did come in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Pepsi North America Cup night. Sintra is currently $964 shy of $1 million in career earnings for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. His win in last year's Pacing Derby is currently the richest victory of his career. Always loaded with talent, trainer Ron Burke, harness racing's all-time leading trainer, will send out a trio of starters in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Burke's triple-threat for the $600,000 event consists of All Bets Off (29 wins, $3.1 million), Filibuster Hanover (12 wins, $1.2 million) and Rockin Ron (33 wins, $1.5 million). All Bets Off will be racing in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The seven-year-old has finished fourth in each of the past two editions. Rockin Ron will be seeking redemption in this year's Pacing Derby. The five-year-old won his elimination last year before surrounding the lead in deep stretch and finishing second in the final. This year's Canadian Pacing Derby also includes Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained five-year-old set the Canadian record of 1:46.4 last June at Mohawk Park. Dr J Hanover has enjoyed recent success at the Milton oval, having posted two Preferred victories since July 28. Mohawk Park fan-favourite Nirvana Seelster is entered to race in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The Bill Budd trained seven-year-old finished fourth in last year's final and enters this year's edition just over $6,000 away from millionaire status. Split The House, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be making his Pacing Derby debut. The Chris Oakes trained six-year-old is a 13-time winner with more than $760,000 in career earnings. The field of 10 is completed by Western Fame, the second entrant from the Takter barn. The winner of more than $925,000 lifetime comes into the Pacing Derby off a 1:48.4 upset victory in last Sunday's Roll With Joe Stakes at Tioga Downs. Western Fame may not receive the bright lights like stablemate Lazarus, but the five-year-old has quietly scored five victories and earned nearly $200,000 this season. The field of 10 for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby has combined for 241 wins and $16,277,077 in earnings. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby joins the $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot for a stacked card on Saturday, September 1. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Here is the full field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in alphabetical order. All Bets Off Dr J Hanover Filibuster Hanover Lazarus N McWicked Nirvana Seelster Rockin Ron Sintra Split The House Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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Maple Leaf Trot eliminations set for Saturday

MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 – North America’s top older trotters will converge on Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (August 25) for the eliminations of the Maple Leaf Trot. A group of 16 ‘All-Star’ trotters have been split into a pair of eight-horse $40,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each division will advance to the $651,000 final on Saturday, September 1. Defending champion Hannelore Hanover is back with her eyes set on another memorable victory at Mohawk Park. The six-year-old World Champion is 11 for 12 lifetime at the Milton racetrack and is looking for her third-consecutive appearance in the Maple Leaf Trot final. Hannelore Hanover (PP5, Yannick Gingras) is entering Saturday’s second Maple Leaf Trot elimination in similar fashion to last year’s. The Ron Burke trained mare is currently on a two-race losing streak, which almost mirrors the three-consecutive losses she suffered prior to sweeping last year’s event. Regular driver Yannick Gingras will team up with the reigning Canadian and American Horse of the Year. Jeff Gillis trainee Will Take Charge (PP1, Tim Tetrick) has been red-hot and will line up in the same elimination as Hannelore Hanover. The five-year-old is eight for 16 this season and coming in off a dominating 1:51.2 victory in the Crawford Farms at Tioga Downs on August 12. Will Take Charge is nearing $400,000 in earnings this season and currently sits at $954,478 in career earnings. Hannelore Hanover won’t be the only mare lining up in Saturday’s second split. Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G (PP5, David Miller) will face the toughest test of her career. The winner of $2.3 million is three for seven this season and like Hannelore Hanover, sports an impressive record of six wins in seven starts at Mohawk Park. The first elimination is headlined by Marion Marauder (PP1, Scott Zeron), who has an opportunity to surpass $3 million in career earnings. The Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling trained five-year-old is just $4,798 away from the $3 million mark and would hit that milestone with a top-three finish in his elimination. Marion Marauder is currently posting another outstanding season, sporting a record of four wins and three runner-up finishes in seven starts for $316,494 earned. The 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion will be seeking redemption in this year’s Maple Leaf Trot after a rare disappointing effort in last year’s elimination saw him fail to make the final. Marion Marauder’s challengers in the first elimination include Emoticon Hanover (PP2, Bob McClure), Crazy Wow (PP3, David Miller), JL Cruze (PP7, Brett Miller) and Pinkman (PP8, TBA), all winners of over $1 million. Emoticon Hanover is the third of three mares competing in this year’s eliminations, double-millionaire Crazy Wow is making his debut for new trainer Marcus Melander, JL Cruze will be turning in his fourth start of the season and 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman will be making his first start at Mohawk Park since capturing the 2015 Canadian Trotting Classic. The eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot have been carded as Races 3 and 5. Elimination winners earn the right to select their post for the final. Post time for Saturday’s card is 7:10 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. Elimination #1 #1. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron/Mike Keeling) #2. Emoticon Hanover (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) #3. Crazy Wow (David Miller/Marcus Melander) #4. I Know My Chip (David Miller/Walter Haynes) #5. Dancer Hall (Sylvain Filion/Paul Reid) #6. Bills Man (David Miller/John Butenschoen) #7. JL Cruze (Brett Miller/Eric Ell) #8. Pinkman (TBA/Jimmy Takter) Elimination #2 #1. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick/Jeff Gillis) #2. Odds On Amethyst (Pat Hudon/Pat Hudon) #3. Warrawee Roo (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) #4. Guardian Angel As (Tim Tetrick/Anette Lorentzon) #5. Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) #6. Il Sogno Dream (TBA/Victor Puddy) #7. Ariana G (David Miller/Jimmy Takter) #8. Dunbar Hall (Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Dexter Dunn is only 28 years old, but his accomplishments as a harness racing driver belie his age. The New Zealand native, who arrived in the U.S. last week to spend the next several weeks (at least) competing in North America, won his first race a dozen years ago and has continued to accumulate victories at a record pace in his homeland. A native of Christchurch, Dunn led New Zealand's premiership in wins for 10 consecutive years from 2008 through 2017. During that span, he won at least 200 races on six occasions and twice finished with 199. He was the only New Zealand driver to win at least 200 races in a season prior to this year, when he saw his record of 229 victories toppled by friend Blair Orange. Orange finished 2017-18 with 232 wins, followed by Dunn with 213. Dunn already ranks fifth in New Zealand history with 2,225 wins. Tony Herlihy is No. 1 with 3,456. Dunn was the youngest driver to both 1,000 and 2,000 wins, and the youngest, at the age of 18, to win a Group 1 race in New Zealand. In 2015, Dunn represented his country in the World Driving Championship and drove off with the trophy. Harness racing is a family affair for the Dunns. Dexter's father, Robert, is among the top trainers in wins in New Zealand history, with 1,374, and last year set a career high for purses with $1.37 million while finishing second in victories in the premiership. Dexter's brother, John, also is an accomplished driver, with nearly 1,000 wins. He has finished in the premiership's top five each of the past six seasons. Dunn was invited to drive in the U.S. this summer by trainer Chris Ryder, a longtime family friend. Dunn drove in the States in 2011 as part of an extended visit that included participating in the U.S.-hosted World Driving Championship and in Canada in 2017, again in the WDC. He finished fourth both times. For his career in North America, Dunn has won nine of 141 races and $174,266 in purses. So far this visit, Dunn has raced at Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia. He drives again tonight at Yonkers and tomorrow at Philly. Dunn spoke recently with Ken Weingartner, the media relations manager for the U.S. Trotting Association, about his career, proudest moments, visiting the U.S. last year to play rugby, and another recent Stateside arrival, New Zealand-bred champion pacer Lazarus. KW: Your dad is an accomplished horseman, so how old were you when you started working with the horses? DD: When I was young, my dad stopped training for about four or five years, probably when I was about (ages) 6 to 11. So in that period, I really had nothing to do with horses. Then he started training again when I was about 11. When he first started back, he just had a couple horses. He got me out of school one day because he needed me to go with him to the beach, he was taking them to the beach, to work the horses. From that day on, I was back into it. From then on it was just horses, horses, horses. KW: Working the horses on the beach has to be pretty cool. DD: Yeah, it's nice. I think the horses enjoy it too. It's good for them. They walk in the water afterwards. KW: Is this what you've wanted to do from then on? DD: It gets in your blood. Once you get attached to horses it's pretty hard to get away from it. I left school when I was 16. We took some horses to Auckland for six weeks from Christchurch and then I got a job in Australia for three months and ended up staying there for another year. KW: How old were you when you started driving? DD: I was 17. My first win was in Australia. I spent six months driving over there and then came home. KW: Have you ever had another job? DD: I was a milk boy when I was a kid. (Laughs.) I would jump off the truck and deliver the milk bottles to the door. It was good after-school money. KW: What made you decide to come to the U.S. now? DD: I spent three months here seven years ago. The World Driving Championship was here and I came over two months before. I really enjoyed it. It's always been on my mind, but you get back home and you're busy most of the year and in your routine. Chris went home a few months ago for his niece's wedding and we started talking about it again. I woke up one day, I was on my way to qualifiers, and I decided I was going to come over. That was it. Why not? I'm not getting any younger. If I'm going to do it, now is probably the right time. KW: What is your plan? DD: I've got no set plan. I'll see how it goes. I want to do a little bit of looking around too. Like, I've never been to the Little Brown Jug. Whether I'm driving or not, I want to go and have a look at it. I want to work and do the driving, but it's a little bit of a break from racing at home too. There's no set plan when I'm going back. If I go home, it would probably have to be in mid-October. We'll see how things go. KW: Would you stay for the Breeders Crown? That's not until the end of October. DD: If I'm here until the Breeders Crown, I'm probably not going home. Our big meeting, we have New Zealand Cup Week, and that's the second week of November. That's our biggest week of the year, really. If I'm at the Breeders Crown, I'm missing Cup time. I'm pretty lucky. I've got all my supporters at home and then I come over here and Chris and (his wife) Nicola are looking after me, putting me on horses. It's a pretty lucky situation. Real lucky. KW: You've come over here, and I'm sure you want to show people what you can do, so is it difficult to be patient and not want to over-drive horses or anything like that? DD: It's probably a little bit hard, I think. You just have to let things happen. It's probably hard because I sort of haven't come over here unnoticed. But I don't worry too much about things like that. I try not to put too much pressure on myself; it's not the way I am. I knew coming over here it wasn't going to be easy. You can't come over and just expect to be driving good ones. But I was looking forward to it. I'm really looking forward to a new challenge, something different. You have the same routine day in and day out and this is almost like starting again. KW: What is the biggest challenge? DD: Knowing the horses. You have to study up. You can read the lines, but you don't really know much about the horses or the competition. You have to pick up on it pretty quick. But everyone over here is really good, they look after you. KW: Will you do more studying? DD: I've always been quite keen on studying the fields, but I'll probably do more. At home I know all the horses, so I could probably do a field a lot quicker than I could here. KW: Is the driving style here a lot different than home? DD: It's different, but the gap has closed a lot. Our racing at home, the times are just dropping readily. It's kind of that up-front tempo. It's hard to come from the back now. You used to be able to come from last and win a race, but now it's changed a lot. KW: How would you describe yourself as a driver? DD: It's hard to say. It's really horses for courses, I guess. Competitive is probably the top one. KW: Do you turn the page quickly or carry things with you? DD: When I was younger I was really hard on myself. I'd go home and think about a bad race and it would worry me. But over the years, it's completely gone. I think if you can't turn the page it's bad. The minute you scuff up, you know and everyone else knows, so you just turn the page and move on to the next race. You win the next one and it's forgotten about. KW: What are you most looking forward to over here? DD: The challenge. And I know a lot of people, I've met a lot of people over here from over the years, so it will be good to catch up with them. I just want to have a good time. KW: With all you've accomplished so far in your career, what are you most proud of? DD: I think my biggest achievement was in 2009. I won the Canterbury Sportsman of the Year. I beat a fella named Richie McCaw. He was the All Blacks (national team) captain for two World Cup wins. Probably on the top of the list of New Zealand heroes, he's it for playing rugby. He's a hero to me. To beat him in that was pretty special. Winning the World Driving Championship was cool too. That's right up there as well. KW: What do you most enjoy about the sport? DD: The people. I love the people. I've driven in six different countries now and everywhere you go you meet great people. You really do. I'd never had met these people in any other job. I probably wouldn't have gotten out of New Zealand. And then winning, of course. KW: Was it tough to see your record for wins (in a season) broken? DD: No. (Blair Orange) is one of my closest mates. It's OK. Change is good. I didn't mind. KW: Growing up, did you play other sports? DD: I played rugby my whole life. I was still playing last year. My team, the West Melton Warthogs, went to Aspen, Colorado, in September of last year and played in a rugby tournament there (Aspen Ruggerfest). That was really cool. That was probably the experience of a lifetime, going there and playing. And Aspen is a beautiful place. It's good to play rugby. It's a different group of people and you can get away from horses and horse talk for that little period of time. It's good to freshen up. I didn't play this year because I was busy. My body doesn't like it much when I play. You always wake up on a Sunday morning, it's a good hurt, but it's sore. Your body doesn't bounce back like it does when you're a teenager. KW: Well, it's great for us to see you come over here and drive. First Lazarus arrives, and now you. DD: I'm sure Lazarus will make more of an impression over here than I will. He's an awesome horse. I had to race against him a bunch of times, which stunk because he was so good. He was always so hard to get past. You might think you had him beat at the top of the stretch, but by the end of it he'd get away from you again. I don't think he's ever lost when he's been in front in his whole career. He is a champion horse. KW: Did you ever drive him? DD: No. I got to pet him once. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harness racing trainer Brett Edwards has forfeited more than $36,000 in cash seized in a raid by the armed defenders squad in 2013. The cash forfeited was part of the $72,000 the Ministry for Primary Industries seized in September of 2013 in an investigation dubbed "Operation Partridge", for a suspected fraud of the fish quota system. Edwards claimed $26,000 of the the cash was from having $1000 at $20.00(win) and $1000 at $6.00 (place) on a race horse he trained called Dauntless and the rest came from a returned house deposit and from selling golf balls and firewood. Edwards was sentenced to five months community detention and 100 hours community work after admitting his guilt to some of the charges in the investigation. For more detail in this case read the two linked reports by Phil Taylor in the NZ Herald. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12095828 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12106669 Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing trainer Stephen Hale has been fined $4500 for racing a horse with Cobalt in its system above the recommended levels. The horse in question is Matau Gem who finished second at the Timaru meeting on the 13 May 2018.. The horse has since been disqualified. Full details below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Information No. A6426 BETWEEN KYLIE ROCHELLE WILLIAMS, Racing Investigator for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND STEPHEN JOHN HALE of Christchurch, Licensed Trainer Respondent Date of Hearing: 12 August 2018 Venue: Rangiora Racecourse, Rangiora Judicial Committee: Mr SC Ching (Chair) Mr G Clapp (Member) Present: Mrs KR Williams, the Informant Mr SJ Hale, the Respondent Mr C DeFilippi, Licensed Trainer Date of Decision: 15 August 2018 RESERVED DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No. A6426 alleges that: On the 13 May 2018, Stephen John HALE, being the registered trainer of the standardbred MATAU GEM presented the horse to race in Race 3, the SOUTH FUELS BULK FUEL SPECIALISTS MOBILE PACE, at the Timaru Harness Racing Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Cobalt (greater than 100 micrograms per litre), in its system. This is in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004(1A) (3)(4). The Rules [2] Rule 1004 of the Rules of Harness Racing provides as follows: (1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (3) When a horse is presented to race in contravention of sub-rule (1A) or (2) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules (4) A breach of sub-rule (1A), (2), (3) or (3A) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the TCO2 level or prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. [3] Mrs Williams presented a letter signed by Mr M R Godber, General Manager of the RIU, pursuant to Rule 1108(2) authorising the filing of the information. The Plea [4] Mr Hale had signed the Statement by the Respondent at the foot of the information form indicating that he admitted the breach of the Rule. He confirmed this at the hearing. Agreed Summary of Facts [5] 1. The facts are as follows: MATAU GEM is a 5-year-old Brown mare and is trained by Mr Stephen John HALE. MATAU GEM is owned by Mrs M Morrison-Palmer, P B Palmer and Mrs H M Browne. MATAU GEM has raced 14 times for 3 seconds and 1 third and lifetime stakes of $7,260 as at 24 July 2018. 2. MATAU GEM was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Hale at the Timaru Harness Racing Club meeting on 13 May 2018. MATAU GEM was driven in Race 3, the SOUTHFUELS BULK FUEL SPECIALISTS MOBILE PACE by Mr D Dunn, finishing in second place winning a stake of $1,330. This stake has not been paid out. 3. Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that MATAU GEM be post-race swabbed. MATAU GEM provided a urine sample at 12.20pm in the presence of the trainer and Swabbing Steward Ms M Orr. The race was programmed to start at 12.00pm. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 133672. Mr Hale does not contest the taking of the sample. 4. On the 31st May 2018 the New Zealand Racing Laboratory reported that swab 133672 had a Cobalt screening level in excess of 100 micrograms per litre of urine. The sample was forwarded to Racing Analytical Services, Victoria, for confirmation. On 12 June 2018 Racing Analytical Services confirmed a level of 120 micrograms per litre. HRNZ set the level of 100 micrograms per litre of urine on 1 June 2017. 5. Racecourse Investigator Mrs Kylie Williams and Stipendiary Steward Mr Scott Wallis advised Mr Hale of the screened result on 2 June 2018. A number of samples were taken from the property for testing and a urine sample was taken from MATAU GEM. 6. Mr Hale could not offer an explanation for the elevated level of Cobalt in the urine sample taken from MATAU GEM. 7. The exhibit urine sample taken from MATAU GEM returned a level of 40 micrograms per litre. 8. Mr Hale advised that he had been feeding a multi mineral salt block that he was unaware contained Cobalt. This mineral salt block was in the horse’s feed bin with the horse eating it at will when stabled. 9. A sample of the multi mineral salt block was taken for testing which confirmed cobalt at a level of 60mg/kg. The packaging on the salt block clearly showed Cobalt as an ingredient at 65mg/kg. 10. Mr Hale did not make any enquiries regarding the amount of Cobalt in the mineral mix. 11. Dr Andrew Grierson, Chief Veterinary Advisor to HRNZ confirmed that there is enough Cobalt in a mineral salt block to return a positive and that there have been Cobalt positives in Australia from them. 12. Mr Hale has been training since 1986/87. Mr Hale has trained 31 winners. 13. Mr Hale has not previously been charged with a breach of the prohibited substance rule. Submissions of Informant on Penalty [6] 1. Mr Hale has pleaded guilty to a breach of Rules 1004(1A) (3) and (4) after presenting MATAU GEM at the races with a prohibited substance in its system, namely Cobalt at a level greater than 100mg/l, at the Timaru HRC meeting on the 13th May 2018. 2. The penalty provisions that apply in this case are outlined in Rule 1004(7). 1004(7) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. 3. The rules also require the mandatory disqualification of the horse: Rule 1004(8) states: Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2), or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years. Rule 1004D: Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested by it any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from that race. 4. Sentencing Principles - The four principles of sentencing can be summarised briefly ● Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his / her wrongdoing. They are not retributive in the sense that the punishment is disproportionate to the offence, but the offender must be met with a punishment. ● In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing like offences. ● A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the J.C.A for the type of behaviour in question. ● The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. The first three principles are particularly important here. 5. Relevant Precedents – In addition to the sentencing principles the Judicial Committee should have regard to the following precedents: RIU v G RICHARDSON & G PARKER - 13 July 2018 Subject: One charge of presenting horses with Cobalt level over the threshold - $6,000 fine. Level of: 198 RIU v G DIXON - 10 April 2018 Subject: One charge of presenting horses with Cobalt level over the threshold - $6,500 fine. Level of: 293 RIU v R BROSNAN - 13 February 2018 Subject: Three charges of presenting horses with Cobalt levels over the threshold - $19,200 fine. Levels of: 143, 136, 522 RIU v C DALGETY – 16 May 2017 Subject: Five charges of presenting horses with Cobalt levels over the threshold - $32,000 fine. Levels of: 245, 300, 250, >600, 584, (prohibited level was 200mg/l). 6. Aggravating Features – Mr Hale has a vast knowledge of feeding and supplementation in horses as part of his employment has been for a company selling supplements. Mr Hale failed to read the ingredients in the multivitamin salt block and seek professional advice when introducing a new product into his horses’ feeding regime. It is clearly stated on the packaging that it contained cobalt and the amount. By using a block that horses have access to without monitoring how much they consume is risky. Feed supplements are better given in measured proportions so the trainer is aware of exactly how much is consumed. There has been much publicity and discussion about Cobalt in both Harness Racing and Thoroughbred Racing. All Licence Holders should be aware to check when using any new feed or supplements. Mr Hale is well aware of Cobalt being a prohibited substance under the Rules and how positive swabs can be as a result of feeding supplements as he is employed by Mr C Dalgety. 7. Mitigating Factors – Mr Hale admits full liability as the trainer and admitted the breach at the first opportunity and has cooperated fully throughout the investigation. The low level returned by the horse, 120mg/L. The prohibited level was dropped from 200mg/L to 100mg/L by HRNZ on 1 June 2017. Mr Hale has been training for over 30 years and has trained 31 winners and has never breached this rule before. 8. Conclusion – The Racing Integrity Unit seeks a penalty of a fine of $5,000. The JCA guidelines of 1st May 2015 detail a starting point of $8,000 for a first offence of presenting a horse with a drug in its system. This is Mr Hale’s first offence after many years of training. Mr Hale has to be given credit for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this enquiry and admitting the breach at the first opportunity however the onus is on trainers at all times to ensure that a horse in their care and control is completely drug free when presented at the races. We also seek the disqualification of MATAU GEM under Rule 1004(8). 9. The RIU are seeking costs of $77.63 for transcripts typed up as requested by Mr Hale. Respondents submissions on Penalty [7] Mr Hale gave lengthy submissions on Penalty as follows; He said that Mrs Williams is suggesting a fine of $5000 as penalty in his case, which he stated was very high compared to the four cases in the RIU’s Penalty submissions. The Richardson /Parker penalty of $6000 was with a reading of 198. He said his mare returned readings of 113 and 116 with the Australian Lab returning a reading of 120. He said, if you work out their fine per point, it calculates out to $61.22 per point. The Dickson case was a level of 293 and the fine being $6500 which works out to $33.67 per point. The Brosnan case, he said, worked out at $47.78 per point, with 3 positives and fine of $19,200. The Dalgety case with 5 positives and a $32,000 fine worked out to $46.48 per point. Mr Hale said that his highest reading was 120, only 10 over the 110 allowance, allowing for a margin of error. He said that if he was fined $5000, as suggested by the RIU, that would calculate out to $500 per point, which is 10 times higher per point than any of the penalties above. This, he said, seems very unfair. Mr Hale continued by stating a horse, on average, doing a bit of work like a show or race horse requires 60grams of salt per day. He said that each of these salt blocks have 2.5kgs in them which is 41 days of use by a horse. Mr Hale said he had no idea the horse was using that much of the salt block until after the positive when cleaning out the feed bins for all his horses. He spoke to Dominion Salt saying to them that a warning needed to be put on the packaging stating that if a horse over indulged in the salt block, a positive swab may follow. Mr Hale produced the packaging for the salt, mineral block which clearly stated its ingredients, one of them being Cobalt. Mr DeFilippi was called as a character witness and stated that this was not the first case where this has happened, and the only penalty imposed was loss of the stake, one being the S Walkinshaw case, 2 years ago. Mr DeFilippi stated that Mr Hale, in his opinion has done nothing wrong, he hasn’t made a mistake, he hasn’t been careless, he hasn’t slipped up, he has done nothing wrong. He has done nothing different to any other trainer in he country. He said that the salt block used was probably the most popular salt block on the market. Mr DeFilippi said he held Mr Hale in the highest regard and reiterated he had done no more with his horses in relation to the salt block than any other trainer in the country. Mrs Williams, in reply, stated that in that particular case, being the Walkinshaw case, the labelling on the packaging was incorrect and the amount was 100 times stronger than advertised on the box, a manufacturing error. She said in this case the mineral block sample was analysed and was analysed back with less cobalt than actually advertised on the box, so not manufacturer’s error. Mr Hale stated that he had found out how the salt blocks were produced which is in a 20-ton cycle. He said that the company had told him that no 2 x 20kg blocks are exactly the same, but are as humanly possible, using machinery to mix the ingredients. He said that if that was the case there was a possibility that the levels of cobalt could be at different levels, one may be at a level of 60 with another maybe a level of 80. Mr Hale stated that Cobalt stores up in a horse’s system and MATAU GEM could have been going through a lot more of the product due to her trialling and getting prepared to race. He said that after removing only the salt block from the mare’s preparation, her next reading was 2.1 which showed the salt block was probably the culprit. Mrs Williams added that the natural reading of cobalt in most horses is under 4. Mr Hale put forward a theory forward why his horse was over on the day. He said that the 2 sawdust urinals at Timaru were unusable as one was empty of sawdust with the other, the sawdust piled into a corner. He said his horses usually use the sawdust urinals on course once they arrive at the track. On this occasion MATAU GEM did not take advantage of the urinal and did not urinate prior to the race. This, he believed, concentrated the sample as normally this horse will urinate prior to it starting. In the swab box, he said, the mare gave only a strong, small sample but afterwards urinated heavily in the car park. Had the mare been able to urinate as she normally does in a horse urinal prior to starting, her reading on cobalt would have been lower, well under 100. Mr Hale objected to the RIU’s submission that he should have consulted a vet for advice in regard to the salt blocks due to the ingredients. Mr Hale also attempted to discuss another case where the trainer only got a warning for an elevated reading. He said that the RIU’s submission for a $5000 fine was ridiculous. He stated that he has already lost the owners stake, his percentages and did not charge training fees for the horse for 2 months while this case was being investigated. Mr Hale said he could not take a horse to the races for approximately 7 weeks while waiting for the tests on the salt blocks to come back. He said he is in a strange financial situation at the moment and here he is getting slammed possibly $5000 for a $3.50 salt block. Mr Hale said it has already cost him $3000 plus hundreds of toll calls and emails he has had to send and receive and costs to get the transcript of his interview. He said that he worked in the feed industry and this charge was an embarrassment to him, which could also cost him his job. Mr Hale produced 5 character references including a letter from Richard Turner, the vet who has been attending to Mr Hale’s horses over the past 2 years. Disqualification of the horse [8] Mrs Williams referred to Rule 1004D of the Rules of Harness Racing which provides: Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from the race. [9] Mrs Williams said that the place stake has not been paid out. Mrs Williams sought disqualification of MATAU GEM. [10] The Committee ordered that MATAU GEM be disqualified from Race 3, the Southfuels Bulk Fuel Specialists Mobile Pace, at the meeting of Timaru Harness racing Club held at Timaru on 13 May 2018, effective Monday 13 August 2018. As a consequence of the disqualification, the amended result for the Race is as follows: 1st - Firstjoy 2nd - With The Band 3rd - Reklaw’s Gem 4th - Trompeur 5th - She’s Outstanding 6th - Silent Shadow The Committee ordered that stakes for the Race be paid in accordance with that amended result. Reasons for Penalty [11] The relevant penalty Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides: Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. [12] The principal mitigating factors, to which the Committee has had regard in determining penalty, are Mr Hale’s early admission of the breach, his full cooperation and the way in which he has conducted himself throughout the enquiry. In addition, Mr Hale’s record in regard to this rule is excellent with this breach being his first, in over 30 years of training. [13] We find that Mr Hale’s character is not in question here and the support of other industry participants, including Mr DeFilippi, provided glowing oral and written references which this Committee have also taken into consideration. [14] Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring others from offending in a similar manner in the future. [15] Mr Hale’s submissions on what happened to MATAU GEM by over indulgence of the Mineral Salt Block, on the balance of probabilities, seems to be the only logical explanation for this positive result. However, it will probably never be established, to the degree of certainty required, that the Mineral Block was the culprit. [16] The Informant has not alleged that Mr Hale had deliberately administered the prohibited substance to MATAU GEM and the Committee has no basis for any finding that he did so. [17] Nevertheless, the Committee finds that Mr Hale was negligent to a degree in a number of respects, as submitted by Mrs Williams. Mr Hale has a vast knowledge of feeding and supplementation in horses as part of his employment. With this vast knowledge we find it implausible that he was not more vigilant with the supplements being given to his horses. We find that he was negligent to a degree in failing to read the ingredients on the packaging for the Mineral Salt Block where it clearly shows that it contains among other ingredients, Cobalt. By using a Mineral Block that horses have literally unlimited access to with a product that includes a prohibited substance, even at low levels, is risky to say the least. We have concluded that the above are aggravating factors to be taken into consideration. [18] The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point for a first breach of this rule with an $8,000 fine. We determined that this starting point of $8000 would be for a mid-range breach of the rule. This particular case, we concluded, was low range with the positive reading of Cobalt being 120, just over the limit. After consideration we adopted a starting point of $6000 for this breach. Whilst we have found there are some aspects of Mr Hale’s actions, are to a degree negligent, the need for an uplift for aggravating factors, we determined was not warranted. There are however, strong mitigating factors worthy of consideration, being Mr Hale’s early admission of the breach, his full cooperation throughout the investigation, in conjunction with his excellent record over the past 30 years and the high regard he holds within the industry as evidenced by his character references. For these factors, Mr Hale is deserved of a combined discount which we determined would be at 25%. This discount we set at $1500. [19] Having regard to all of the matters referred to above, the Committee is satisfied that a fine of $4,500 is an appropriate penalty in this case. We believe that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing. Penalty [20] Mr Hale is fined the sum of $4,500. Costs [21] Mrs Williams did seek the award of costs in favour of the Racing Integrity Unit being the cost of transcripts as requested by Mr Hales being $77.63, which is so awarded. [22] As this hearing was heard at a race meeting there was no order for costs to the JCA. SC Ching Chair   Harnesslink Media

AUGUST 20, 2018 - Ontario's talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies were back in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, competing in six $19,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. All six winners delivered impressive performances, but none of them were more meaningful than the 1:53 effort turned in by third division winner Freya Seelster. Sent off as the fan favourites, the Sunshine Beach daughter and driver James MacDonald went gate-to-wire from Post 6, besting Free Exchange by three lengths. Whitehaven Beach was two more lengths back in third. "It was a very emotional win. She was purchased by Fred Haskell - a great person who I wish I would have known for a lot longer - along with other partners. Unfortunately, Fred passed away just before Freya qualified," explained trainer Mark Steacy. "His share has been carried on by his brother Guy. Fred would have been so excited to see her win." Freya Seelster won her first qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 17 and finished fourth in a second qualifier on July 24. In her race debut she was second by a head in a July 31 overnight event at the Campbellville oval, hitting the wire in 1:55, and then finished third in another overnight test on August 7, touring Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:53.2. "Freya trained down very nicely and probably resembles her dad the most of all his offspring," added Steacy, who trained the filly's sire Sunshine Beach throughout his $977,438-winning career. Off Monday's victory, the fastest of the six divisions, Freya Seelster may be looking at a move up to the Gold Series for the two remaining events, a decision the trainer will contemplate in cooperation with owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Shawn Steacy and Guy Haskell of Guelph, Ontario and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, Alberta. The fourth Grassroots event goes postward September 2 at Clinton Raceway and the fourth Gold event takes place at Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 28. Freya Seelster Several of the division's top fillies opted for Monday's Grassroots on the seven-eighths mile oval rather than the August 15 Gold Series event over Grand River Raceway's half-mile, including the first division winner Powerful Chris. Starting from Post 10 the Betterthancheddar daughter powered to the front and never looked back, cruising through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.4 on her way to a 1:53.3 victory. Aumydarlin was three and one-quarter lengths behind the heavy favourite in second, with Buckingham two more lengths back in third. "I was really happy with her. She was as good as ever," said driver Bob McClure. "She really did not get along with the half-mile track, so John (Pentland) thought an easy trip in the Grassroots was best and it worked out great." Powerful Chris tested the Grand River half-mile in the Battle of the Belles, finishing second by a neck in her July 30 elimination and a well-beaten fifth from the outside Post 8 in the August 6 final. Prior to that effort she had been undefeated, posting an eight and three-quarter length victory in the Grassroots season opener on July 10 and a personal best 1:52.1 triumph in the July 20 Gold event, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dorchester resident John Pentland trains Powerful Chris and shares ownership of the filly with Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and McClure's Syllabus Stable of Elora, Ontario. Powerful Chris The connections of Gold Series winners Springbridge Sassy and Deb also chose Monday's Grassroots event and went home with a green blanket. Springbridge Sassy and driver Doug McNair rolled up the outside in the fourth division and then rocketed down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:55.3. Twin B Friendly and Karans Choice finished second and third behind the heavy favourite. "She has explosive speed, but she's tricky sometimes on the turns," said McNair of Springbridge Sassy's appearance in the Grassroots. "She's very green still, but I'm excited about the rest of the year for her." McNair pilots the Sunshine Beach daughter for trainer Jim Ritchie and owner Paul Ritchie of Orangeville, Ontario. Through three starts she now has two wins and one second, including one Gold and one Grassroots victory. Springbridge Sassy Like Powerful Chris, Deb went gate-to-wire from Post 10 in the fifth division, pacing under the wire in 1:54.2. Loves Delight finished two and three-quarter lengths behind the favourite in second and Rue Hanover rounded out the top three. Randy Waples piloted Deb to the win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and owners Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. In six starts the Sportswriter daughter has tallied two wins, both in Gold Series action, and three thirds. Deb The other two divisions went to Soft Wind Hanover and Cinderella Delight. Soft Wind Hanover picked up her second Grassroots victory with a 1:55 front-end effort in the last division. In rein to Doug McNair the fan favourite paced home two and one-half lengths ahead of Erikas Shadow and Waltzing With Tina. Casie Coleman trains the Sportswriter daughter for her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham and Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. Soft Wind Hanover Cinderella Delight posted her first-ever victory in the second division, sailing along on the front end to a 1:54.1 score for driver Jody Jamieson. Saulsbrook Jessie and Sports Flix were one and one-half lengths back in second and third. Dave Menary conditions Bettors Delight daughter Cinderella Delight for Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Bruce Norris of Caledon East, Ontario. Cinderella Delight Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, September 1 with the fifth, and final, regular season Gold Series event for the three-year-old pacing colts. Post time for the Saturday, September 1 program is 7:10 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Three Brisbane harness racing participants have been charged with fraud after allegedly misusing banking services for tax avoidance purposes over several years. The charges are the result of an ongoing Queensland Racing Crime Squad investigation named Operation Oscar Swallowtail and are additional charges against two men and one woman previously charged with race fixing. It is alleged the 35-year-old man, 40-year-old woman and 66-year-old man used a bank account in one of their names for the purpose of tax avoidance. Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the ongoing investigation into alleged wrong doing in the harness racing industry was still continuing and these latest charges are as a result of that. The two men and woman from Brisbane have been issued with notices to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 24. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day. MyPolice Queensland Police News

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 20, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's entry box Monday afternoon (Aug. 20th) offered up 3-year-olds-four colts and four geldings-for the 64th Yonkers Trot. The entry box also found 11 3-year-olds-eight colts and three-geldings-for Messenger Stakes No. 63. Thus, the second jewels of their respective Triple Crown find the Trot as a 'one-dash-for-the-cash' event, while the Messenger has a pair of $40,000 eliminations races this Saturday night (Aug. 25th). Alphabetically, here are the entrants for Yonkers Trot No. 64... Helpisontheway (s) Lindsey's Pride (g) Lindy's Big Bang (g) Maxus Mississippi Storm (g) Six Pack The Veteran Tito The Messenger's elims go as the fifth and sixth races Saturday night, having drawn as such... First elim-1-Babes Dig Me (Jordan Stratton), 2-Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker), 3-JK Wildfire (g, Stratton also listed), 4-Topville Olympian (g, Brian Sears), 5-Nutcracker Sweet (Stratton also listed). Second elim-1-Springsteen (Dave Miller), 2- Winston (g, Corey Callahan), 3-Decoy (Mark MacDonald), 4-Jimmy Freight (s, Louis-Philippe Roy), 5-Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), 6-Kwik Talkin' (Stratton). Note 'g' signifies gelding, while 's' is a $30,000 supplemental entrant. Both finals--$500,000 each-are scheduled for a week from Saturday night, Sept. 1st. They are accompanied by the companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot (six entrants) and the $112,904 Lady Maud Pace (eight entrants). By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

With 12 days of the current season remaining, a question needs to be asked. Can Grant Dixon crack the 300 mark? As it stands, no trainer in Australian harness racing history has ever prepared more than 300 winners in a single season but that record is under immense pressure. Ironically, the current training record belongs to W.F Dixon, Grant’s father Bill, who prepared 299 winners during the 2010/11 season. But both Emma Stewart and Grant himself are rapidly closing in on that magical and somewhat mythical figure of 300, the Victorian based Stewart has trained 286 winners while Dixon has a tally of 284. Extraordinary numbers indeed. During the current term, harness fans and historians have witnessed champion reinsman Chris Alford break the record for most wins in a single season with his tally currently at 434 and still climbing. The previous mark belonged to Daryl Douglas at 388. Fair to say, the 2017/18 season has been a season of record breaking achievements. For Dixon, this current season will be his best as he will eclipse the mark he set last term when he prepared 286 winners. Since taking over from his father Bill at the commencement of the 2011/12 season, Grant has trained in excess over 200 winners every year since with figures of 265, 226, 260, 282, 246 and 286. During that time frame, Dixon has been the leading state trainer plus the leading trainer in the country! In fact, the Dixon name has sat atop of the National Premiership since the 2007/08 season. And during that reign, over 200 winners have been churned out each and every season. In the next 12 days, Dixon has 9 meetings in his home state while he will also compete at the Breeders Crown meeting at TABCORP Park, Melton this Saturday night. But he isn’t represented at tomorrow’s meeting at Albion Park while he has three runners engaged at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. And more are expected later this week. So, can he do it? Only time will tell but it’s quite remarkable given Queensland races only five times a week while the odd extra meeting is added here and there but most times the Dixon is not represented at those additional meetings. Many other states race seven days a week while at times, they stage 2 meetings per day. Bottom line, the Dixon numbers are very impressive. On nine occasions, he has prepared 5 or more winners at a meeting. And he’s achieved that feat on three occasions this season, twice at Albion Park (11/11/17 & 12/5/18) and once at Redcliffe (4/4/18). His best effort was 6 winners at a Gold Coast meeting back on June 14, 2013. The watch is on and time is ticking. Chris Barsby

The TAB Breeders Crown series – Australasia’s premier futurity – will conclude with an exciting crescendo this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. And while this year’s champs will be crowned, it is likely we’ll see the next handful of industry megastars step up and put their names in lights. The winner of the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings’ final is sure to become an idol of the future, such is the depth of talent involved this year. Ignatius is a $3 favourite right now at TAB.com.au with his powerful antagonist Poster Boy marginally ahead of Ride High on the second line of betting at $4.2 versus $4.5. By virtue of the plum gate one barrier draw Brisbane star Colt Thirty One is $5 and Konan – drawn to follow the pride of the sunshine state in eight – is the same price. Trainer Emma Stewart continued her superb season at Bendigo on Saturday night by winning six of eight TAB Breeders Crown Semi-Finals. Stewart’s winners were Pistol Abbey and Speak No Evil in the 3YO fillies, Ride High and Poster Boy in the 3YO colts and geldings, and Centenario and Hurricane Harley in the 2YO colts and geldings. Meanwhile, how about Mark Purdon’s comment that Our Princess Tiffany was “as good as any two-year-old we’ve ever had”? The daughter of Art Major has won eight from eight and will be super short odds onSaturday night in the final. But there’s potential for an upset via Kualoa, who produced a stellar effort in the Semi-Final to finish 5.7m behind the perfect Purdon filly at the weekend. Read more here   Cody Winnell Trots Media

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2018 - The deadline for supplements to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot was Monday morning and the Woodbine Race Office received payments from the connections of Lazarus N and Dancer Hall. A $40,000 payment was required to supplement to the Canadian Pacing Derby or Maple Leaf Trot. "The Wonder from Down Under" Lazarus N will be making his second start on North American soil in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The six-year-old stallion won his U.S. debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the $325,000 Dan Patch. Earlier this year, Lazarus N was purchased by Taylor Made Stallion and brought to North America with eyes on the top races for older pacers and a potential World Record. The son of Bettors Delight, out of Christian Cullen mare Bethany, dominated the racing scene Down Under, winning 35 of 45 starts and earning $2.6 million prior to being purchased. Lazarus N races for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Dancer Hall has been a breakout star this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and now the four-year-old will get the opportunity to take on the sport's best in the Maple Leaf Trot. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dancer Hall has won seven of his last 10 starts heading into the Maple Leaf Trot. His most recent victory was 4 3/4 lengths score in the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs. The Paul Reid trainee has been starring in the Woodbine Preferred this summer, having posted four wins and three runner-up finishes in seven Preferred starts. Dancer Hall is eight for 13 this season with $173,500 earned for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa. His career numbers currently sit at 16 wins and $273,150 earned. Entries for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot are due Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. If necessary, eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 25) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Courtly Choice (David Miller) won the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($272,025) in a track record for 3-year-old colts of 1:48.3. It was just one of many big races at Tioga Down on Sunday afternoon (August 19). Courtly Choice ($2.80) would pass Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) and lead to the first quarter in :26.4. He guided them to the half in :54.4, with a pretty sharp :28 second quarter. As they reached the backstretch, the second choice in the betting, American History (Yannick Gingras) went first-over from third and applied pressure. Courtly Choice led them to three-quarters in 1:21.1, using a :26,2 backside quarter. As they rolled around the far turn the race was still up for grabs. As they reached the top of the stretch, Miller asked for more and he responded winning it easily in 1:48.3. American History had to settle for second best on the day, Real Surreal (Cory Callahan) came up to get third money. Courtly Choice is a 3-year-colt by Art Major. Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. The winner of the Meadowlands Pace, won for the eight time in eleven starts this season. It was career win number 10. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) too sweet for the field in the EBC final ($270,425) for sophomore pacing fillies. Youaremycandy ($2.20) went to the lead going to a first quarter of :27.3 and taking them to a :56.3 halfway mark. I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) was still close as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.2. Owned by William Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, Youaremycandygirl found another gear and left them all in her dust gliding home and hitting the mile in 1:50.4. Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.) came up and finished second. I'm Trigger Happy settled for third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her sixth win this season and the 15th victory of her career. In the most exciting race of the day, Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy) charges late to shock the field in Roll With Joe open pace for a purse of $143,000. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) went to the front leading them to a first quarter in :26.4 and the half in :54.4. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) went first over to engage Rockin Ron on the back stretch. They hit the three-quarter mark at 1:21.1. The two raced as a tandem all the way around the final turn. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) went three-wide at the top of the stretch. Western Fame ($32.20) came from last at the top of the stretch going four wide. Owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, he flew down the stretch and just got by Dealt A Winner to win in a lifetime best of 1:48.4. Dealt A Winner settled for second best losing by just a head. Rockin Ron held on to finish third. Western Fame is a 5-year-old horse by Western Ideal. It was his fifth win this year and the 15th time he has stepped into the winner's circle in his career. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) wins the Artscape ($161,000) open mares pace. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) took them to a first quarter in :26.2. Shartin N ($3.30) went first-over from fourth and took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she put up all the rest of the fractions (:54.2, 1:22.2, 1:50.0). Caviart Ally came out the pocket to put up a late challenge but had to settle for second money. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) took third place. Shartin N is a 5-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 14th win in 18 starts this season. She now owns 21 career victories. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) wins the first division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000) in leg #3. Ice Attraction ($3.40) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:53.2). Owned by Little E LLC, D. Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs and trainer Ake Svanstedt, she was followed by pocket sitter Pink Pistol (Tim Tetrick). Pink Pistol popped the pocket and gave everything she had but fell just short to finish second. Barn Bella (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Ice Attraction is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. It was her first win this season and her 10th career victory. Broadway Donna (David Miller) easy winner in the second division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000). Broadway Donna ($2.90) went to the front and led the field gate-to-wire (:27.1, :56.4, 1:24.2, 1:52.1). Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she shook off the late pressure by second place finisher NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) to secure the win. Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Broadway Donna is a 5-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win this year and her 21st career victory. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24). It starts Corntastic weekend with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time the horse ever raced on a half mile track, it was the first-time driver Ricky Macomber ever came to Quebec, the same goes for the trainer, his wife Jamie Macomber. None of these new situations hampered 9-1 Beckhams Z Tam, who scored an upset victory in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The tenth race harness racing feature saw Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philip Roy) go to the early lead with stablemate Eddard Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place. But on the move on the outside from the start was driver Trevor Henry with Blood Line and as they could not find a place to duck in, they went after Filibuster Hanover to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Ricky Macomber was then able to slip out and came up second-over behind Blood Line with Beckhams Z Tam and Western Joe (Doug McNair) was third-over on the outside as the field sped to the half mile marker in :54.1. Then things got a little crazy in the backstretch as Macomber moved Beckhams Z Tam three-wide and was not only able to clear by Blood Line, but also pass by Filibuster Hanover to take the lead past three-quarters in 1:23.2. As they started down the stretch, 15-1 American Wiggle and driver Guy Gagnon were able to close in on Beckhams Z Tam, but it was too little too late as the winner scored by one and one-half lengths in 1:52.1. Filibuster Hanover was third. "When we found room and got into second-over position going to the half mile," Said driver Ricky Macomber. "I felt pretty confident, I knew we could make that big move in the backstretch." Beckhams Z Tam is a four-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin. This was his second win of the season for trainer Jamie Macomber and the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. He paid $21.10 to win. "After we got second over position," Macomber explained. "I waited until the backside and then flipped three-deep and continued on going. "My wife had more confidence in racing him on a half mile track than I did." Macomber admitted. "Now after the race I feel pretty good about it." "He (Beckhams Z Tam) made the ship so well from Indiana to Quebec," trainer Jamie Macomber said. "He has eaten all his food, drank more water than I have ever seen him do and that made me feel confident and that he was in good shape. "I did warm him up pretty hard," Macomber added. "I was really mad with myself for doing it, but he responded well. I also need to thank Ron Burke, as he was the one last winter who convinced me to enter Beckhams Z Tam in the Prix D'Ete." In the third race, the colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Play Jet Ray was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite for driver Guy Gagnon and the son of Shadow Play raced like it. Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) shot to the lead from post five, but just as he cleared to the lead, out came Gagnon with Play Jet Ray, taking command at the quarter mile in :28. He then held the field at bay, cutting fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 before cruising home to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Kinnder Jackson was second with D Gs Onceuponatime (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the sixth win this year for Play Jet Ray, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and is owned by Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and paid just $2.10 to win. In the ninth race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series it was Lit De Rose and catch-driver Trevor Henry going wire-to-wire against their nine rivals. Starting from post two, Henry beat out All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) to the early lead, a costing speed duel in :26.4 to the opening quarter mile. Once settled in, Lit De Rose cut the mile to the half in :57 and the three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Brosseau came back out after the leaders again at the top of the stretch. But Henry was able to find a little speed from Lit De Rose, who held off All You Can Dream to win by a half length in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy (Louis Philippe Roy) was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Leader Bayama and her second win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $5.00 to win. Track Notes: Driver Louis Philippe Roy was in his usual prime form and led all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. Live racing resumes at H3R Tuesday night with five trotting stakes events. There will be three divisions of the third round of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old's and two divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Post time Tuesday evening is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2018 -- Nearly scratched after tying up Monday, Phaetosive turned in a gritty first-over performance that carried her to victory in Tuesday's $165,038 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over two divisions, with Miss Jubilee Hill taking the other split. Following her second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks, Phaetosive was recovering nicely. Trond Smedshammer, who trains and drives the daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton, reported over the weekend that she was training well. That all changed Monday morning. "She tied up pretty bad," Smedshammer said. "She was supposed to come here yesterday afternoon, but I decided to get her loosened up and turn her out in the paddock until midnight. We put her on the truck at 4 AM and shipped up. "If she didn't feel normal warming up, I planned to scratch her. She felt okay, but she wasn't herself in the race. It's a big relief right now. I think I aged two years in one day." Even at less than full strength, Phaetosive engaged Hey Blondie down the backside and finally lunged ahead of the game leader at the wire, defeating her by a neck in 1:54 over a "good" surface. The victory lifted her career bankroll north of $500,000 and propelled Phaetosive into the $252,000 PASS championship Sept. 2 at Pocono. Even with a win Tuesday, Miss Jubilee Hill couldn't reach the final; she hadn't garnered a PASS point all season. But the daughter of Muscle Hill-Miss Majestic earned a fat check and a lot of respect when she followed the live cover of 2-5 favorite Seviyorum and blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.1 for Tim Tetrick and owner/trainer Mark Steacy. Megadolce rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Seviyorum saved show. "They said she's a little goofy behind the gate, and she was -- she seems claustrophobic and changes her gait," Tetrick said. "But I got to follow good cover, and she cleared and held off the others." $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Tuesday's card also featured three divisions of this event, with wins going to Bella Glos, Follow Streak and Worldly Hanover. Bella Glos was the fastest winner, collecting a front-end victory in1:55.3, 1/2 length better than the fast-closing Msnaughtyashill. Front Circle rallied for show. "I just wanted to keep her out of trouble, not do anything too quick," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I thought I had the best horse. When she was able to get her own numbers, I never thought she was in any trouble at any time." Jimmy Takter trains Bella Glos, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Global Desire, for Black Horse Racing. Follow Streak attacked Mighty Macko first over, cleared near the three-quarters and went on to a comfortable 3/4-length victory over Perfect Image in 1:56.2. First Class Act completed the ticket. "She seems a little better when she's chasing horses. She likes to pass them," said Andy Miller, who piloted the daughter of Donato Hanover-Streak -- now a $100,000 performer -- for trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable and Lawrence Dumain. "She has a couple other stakes for PA breds, but I'm not sure where we'll go after the stallion series final." Worldly Hanover gave Bryce Brocklehurst his first career stakes victory when she moved smartly down the backside and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Fish Is Fish to defeat her by a neck in 1:59.2. Rainbowinthewest rallied for show. "I thought she was competitive in here," Brocklehurst said. "She doesn't have a lot of gate speed, but she has a lot of kick on the end of it. She'll keep racing here, maybe go to a couple fairs." Harold Brocklehurst conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Wherley for Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Divas Image made it two straight -- and four of the last five -- with a front-end triumph for Tetrick, trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Joe Bongiorno, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro and J&T Silva Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $518,917. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday with a pair of events for sophomore colt and gelding trotters -- the Hickory Smoke, a $167,288 PASS, and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. Reaching the Hambletonian is gratifying. Winning your Hambletonian elimination and going off the favorite in the final is a major thrill. Getting parked every step in that final — and still losing by only 1-1/4 lengths — is the pits. That’s what Crystal Fashion, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms endured. Yet they’ve climbed out of the pit and regrouped, and they’ll lead the field in Wednesday’s Hickory Smoke, a $167,288 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, at The Meadows. Crystal Fashion leaves from the rail in the first race, with Tim Tetrick aboard. Wednesday’s card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Campbell didn’t allow himself the luxury of time off following the bitter Hambletonian defeat. “When you win the first heat, you’re all pumped up and hoping for the best,” he says. “It’s all very exciting to be in that race, and when you win one of the divisions, it gets you fired up. But we’ve continued to race at a number of tracks. This is the time of year you want to be busy.” Crystal Fashion, however, did enjoy a breather. “I didn’t think two heats would bother him, but he was obviously much better in the first heat that he was in the second. We gave him lots of time to come back from it. He seems good now, and he doesn’t require a lot of training. “We could have gone to the Zweig with him, but Jules and I decided to give him an extra few days and get some points for the sires stake final.” The Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, who has banked $645,252 for Fashion Farms, currently is tied for third in PASS points. With only five others in the Top 15 in the Hickory Smoke, Crystal Fashion seems a likely finalist. Campbell also will send out Muscle M Up (race 4, post 6, Tetrick), a Muscle Hill-Fashion Athena colt making his PASS debut. “Early on, we thought he was our best 2-year-old,” Campbell says. “”But there’s a dark cloud over him. At first he was more immature than anything else. Then he bled. Then he got sick a couple times. He’s had a good week, but he doesn’t have a lot of racing under his belt.” by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows
Plainville, MA --- Seventimesavirgin was the Indiana Sire Stake 3-year-old pacing filly champion in 2016, amassing $411,200 in earnings during her sophomore year. She also competed in the 2017 Breeders Crown for aged mare pacers against the likes of Pure Country, Lady Shadow and Bedroom Confessions and has been a rock-solid Invitational mare her entire adult career. On Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 21) she left the state of Indiana for the first time since the first pari-mutuel start of her 2-year-old season to visit Plainridge Park and win the $16,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over pace as the 1-9 favorite. Several ladies dictated this race starting with Empty Gesture (Chris Long) who had the lead at the quarter in :27.1 before yielding it to Watts Was I Drinkn (Mike Stevenson) at the half in :56, after the latter made a pull-and-go move in front of the stands. She looked strong on the point but the one who followed her second-over would write the headline today. Seventimesavirgin (Greg Merton), who had been following Watts Was I Drinkn, was now on the rim and by the five-eighths pole, had gotten a nose in front of the leader. Seventimesavirgin cleared by three-quarters and when she did, she continued to pace away from the field. Under a non-urgent hand-drive by Merton, Seventimesavirgin turned into the stretch and cruised home to a three-length victory in 1:51.3. A 5-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin, Seventimesavirgin ($2.20) registered her 26th win in 54 lifetime starts and now has earned $618,890 for owner Jesse De Long. Jim Nickerson trains the winner. Greg Merton led all drivers on Tuesday with three wins on the card. There was no winner of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta again on Tuesday and as a result, there will be a $4,108 carry-over pool for that wager in the sixth race on Thursday (Aug. 23) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  
Dexter Dunn is only 28 years old, but his accomplishments as a harness racing driver belie his age. The New Zealand native, who arrived in the U.S. last week to spend the next several weeks (at least) competing in North America, won his first race a dozen years ago and has continued to accumulate victories at a record pace in his homeland. A native of Christchurch, Dunn led New Zealand's premiership in wins for 10 consecutive years from 2008 through 2017. During that span, he won at least 200 races on six occasions and twice finished with 199. He was the only New Zealand driver to win at least 200 races in a season prior to this year, when he saw his record of 229 victories toppled by friend Blair Orange. Orange finished 2017-18 with 232 wins, followed by Dunn with 213. Dunn already ranks fifth in New Zealand history with 2,225 wins. Tony Herlihy is No. 1 with 3,456. Dunn was the youngest driver to both 1,000 and 2,000 wins, and the youngest, at the age of 18, to win a Group 1 race in New Zealand. In 2015, Dunn represented his country in the World Driving Championship and drove off with the trophy. Harness racing is a family affair for the Dunns. Dexter's father, Robert, is among the top trainers in wins in New Zealand history, with 1,374, and last year set a career high for purses with $1.37 million while finishing second in victories in the premiership. Dexter's brother, John, also is an accomplished driver, with nearly 1,000 wins. He has finished in the premiership's top five each of the past six seasons. Dunn was invited to drive in the U.S. this summer by trainer Chris Ryder, a longtime family friend. Dunn drove in the States in 2011 as part of an extended visit that included participating in the U.S.-hosted World Driving Championship and in Canada in 2017, again in the WDC. He finished fourth both times. For his career in North America, Dunn has won nine of 141 races and $174,266 in purses. So far this visit, Dunn has raced at Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia. He drives again tonight at Yonkers and tomorrow at Philly. Dunn spoke recently with Ken Weingartner, the media relations manager for the U.S. Trotting Association, about his career, proudest moments, visiting the U.S. last year to play rugby, and another recent Stateside arrival, New Zealand-bred champion pacer Lazarus. KW: Your dad is an accomplished horseman, so how old were you when you started working with the horses? DD: When I was young, my dad stopped training for about four or five years, probably when I was about (ages) 6 to 11. So in that period, I really had nothing to do with horses. Then he started training again when I was about 11. When he first started back, he just had a couple horses. He got me out of school one day because he needed me to go with him to the beach, he was taking them to the beach, to work the horses. From that day on, I was back into it. From then on it was just horses, horses, horses. KW: Working the horses on the beach has to be pretty cool. DD: Yeah, it's nice. I think the horses enjoy it too. It's good for them. They walk in the water afterwards. KW: Is this what you've wanted to do from then on? DD: It gets in your blood. Once you get attached to horses it's pretty hard to get away from it. I left school when I was 16. We took some horses to Auckland for six weeks from Christchurch and then I got a job in Australia for three months and ended up staying there for another year. KW: How old were you when you started driving? DD: I was 17. My first win was in Australia. I spent six months driving over there and then came home. KW: Have you ever had another job? DD: I was a milk boy when I was a kid. (Laughs.) I would jump off the truck and deliver the milk bottles to the door. It was good after-school money. KW: What made you decide to come to the U.S. now? DD: I spent three months here seven years ago. The World Driving Championship was here and I came over two months before. I really enjoyed it. It's always been on my mind, but you get back home and you're busy most of the year and in your routine. Chris went home a few months ago for his niece's wedding and we started talking about it again. I woke up one day, I was on my way to qualifiers, and I decided I was going to come over. That was it. Why not? I'm not getting any younger. If I'm going to do it, now is probably the right time. KW: What is your plan? DD: I've got no set plan. I'll see how it goes. I want to do a little bit of looking around too. Like, I've never been to the Little Brown Jug. Whether I'm driving or not, I want to go and have a look at it. I want to work and do the driving, but it's a little bit of a break from racing at home too. There's no set plan when I'm going back. If I go home, it would probably have to be in mid-October. We'll see how things go. KW: Would you stay for the Breeders Crown? That's not until the end of October. DD: If I'm here until the Breeders Crown, I'm probably not going home. Our big meeting, we have New Zealand Cup Week, and that's the second week of November. That's our biggest week of the year, really. If I'm at the Breeders Crown, I'm missing Cup time. I'm pretty lucky. I've got all my supporters at home and then I come over here and Chris and (his wife) Nicola are looking after me, putting me on horses. It's a pretty lucky situation. Real lucky. KW: You've come over here, and I'm sure you want to show people what you can do, so is it difficult to be patient and not want to over-drive horses or anything like that? DD: It's probably a little bit hard, I think. You just have to let things happen. It's probably hard because I sort of haven't come over here unnoticed. But I don't worry too much about things like that. I try not to put too much pressure on myself; it's not the way I am. I knew coming over here it wasn't going to be easy. You can't come over and just expect to be driving good ones. But I was looking forward to it. I'm really looking forward to a new challenge, something different. You have the same routine day in and day out and this is almost like starting again. KW: What is the biggest challenge? DD: Knowing the horses. You have to study up. You can read the lines, but you don't really know much about the horses or the competition. You have to pick up on it pretty quick. But everyone over here is really good, they look after you. KW: Will you do more studying? DD: I've always been quite keen on studying the fields, but I'll probably do more. At home I know all the horses, so I could probably do a field a lot quicker than I could here. KW: Is the driving style here a lot different than home? DD: It's different, but the gap has closed a lot. Our racing at home, the times are just dropping readily. It's kind of that up-front tempo. It's hard to come from the back now. You used to be able to come from last and win a race, but now it's changed a lot. KW: How would you describe yourself as a driver? DD: It's hard to say. It's really horses for courses, I guess. Competitive is probably the top one. KW: Do you turn the page quickly or carry things with you? DD: When I was younger I was really hard on myself. I'd go home and think about a bad race and it would worry me. But over the years, it's completely gone. I think if you can't turn the page it's bad. The minute you scuff up, you know and everyone else knows, so you just turn the page and move on to the next race. You win the next one and it's forgotten about. KW: What are you most looking forward to over here? DD: The challenge. And I know a lot of people, I've met a lot of people over here from over the years, so it will be good to catch up with them. I just want to have a good time. KW: With all you've accomplished so far in your career, what are you most proud of? DD: I think my biggest achievement was in 2009. I won the Canterbury Sportsman of the Year. I beat a fella named Richie McCaw. He was the All Blacks (national team) captain for two World Cup wins. Probably on the top of the list of New Zealand heroes, he's it for playing rugby. He's a hero to me. To beat him in that was pretty special. Winning the World Driving Championship was cool too. That's right up there as well. KW: What do you most enjoy about the sport? DD: The people. I love the people. I've driven in six different countries now and everywhere you go you meet great people. You really do. I'd never had met these people in any other job. I probably wouldn't have gotten out of New Zealand. And then winning, of course. KW: Was it tough to see your record for wins (in a season) broken? DD: No. (Blair Orange) is one of my closest mates. It's OK. Change is good. I didn't mind. KW: Growing up, did you play other sports? DD: I played rugby my whole life. I was still playing last year. My team, the West Melton Warthogs, went to Aspen, Colorado, in September of last year and played in a rugby tournament there (Aspen Ruggerfest). That was really cool. That was probably the experience of a lifetime, going there and playing. And Aspen is a beautiful place. It's good to play rugby. It's a different group of people and you can get away from horses and horse talk for that little period of time. It's good to freshen up. I didn't play this year because I was busy. My body doesn't like it much when I play. You always wake up on a Sunday morning, it's a good hurt, but it's sore. Your body doesn't bounce back like it does when you're a teenager. KW: Well, it's great for us to see you come over here and drive. First Lazarus arrives, and now you. DD: I'm sure Lazarus will make more of an impression over here than I will. He's an awesome horse. I had to race against him a bunch of times, which stunk because he was so good. He was always so hard to get past. You might think you had him beat at the top of the stretch, but by the end of it he'd get away from you again. I don't think he's ever lost when he's been in front in his whole career. He is a champion horse. KW: Did you ever drive him? DD: No. I got to pet him once. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA
Monticello, NY - On Tuesday afternoon August 21, Jim DeVaux could do no wrong, winning 6 of the harness racing cards 10 races at Monticello Raceway. Devaux wasted no time in the first race as he steered Thergoesmyvacation for the first win of the day (2:00.2 - $3.20) for co-owner and trainer Robert Petitto. He was off the board in the second race but came right back in the next race and won the next 3 races in succession, starting off with Panedictine (1:54.4 - $16.40) followed by Fly To The Angels (1:58.2 - $20.20) and then Sammy B Happy (1:56.1 - $4.30), the 4-year-old gelding is owned by David Yarock and is trained by Dawn Devaux. Devaux's fifth win came aboard Rude Boy who paced his mile in 1:55.2 and returned $6.80 to win. The 6 pack was secured with O Jonnie in race 9, the 3-year-old Muscle Yankee colt started from the rail to win in (2:00.3 -$16.40) for his 2nd win of the season for trainer Joe Moeykens. The Dolores Basilone - Jim DeVaux combo accounted for 3 wins. An interesting breeding anomaly took place on the day, as the prolific mare HF's Gal (Cumin) had 2 of her offspring race on the card and both were winners. Her 11-year-old daughter Thergoesmyvacation and her 3-year-old son O Jonnie were both driven by DeVaux. HF'S Gal has been very good to owner/breeders Robert Petitto and Sharon Stanton over the years, the Cumin mare continues to throw productive, hard hitting consistent trotters. After picking up the half a dozen wins for the day, DeVaux overtook Austin Siegelman for 3rd place for leading dash wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  
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