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Lazarus and Mark Purdon,Harness racing

Lazarus Scoops 2018 HRA Awards

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) today announced the winners of their 2018 Horse of the Year Awards, with Lazarus taking out Harness Horse of the Year honours. It was a stunning year for Lazarus in Australia earning a million dollars and winning the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup double for trainer-driver Mark Purdon. In addition to the Harness Horse of the Year award, the New Zealand bred horse also took out the Australian Pacer of the Year and Aged Pacing Horse of Gelding of the Year awards. In another stellar season for Mark Purdon, his star two year old pacing filly, Our Princess Tiffany won the Australian Two Year Old Pacing Filly trophy after her three-for-three season in Australia culminating in a terrific Breeders Crown win. Premier Victorian trainer Emma Stewart dominated the juvenile pacing boys divisions, with colts Centenario and Poster Boy taking out the Two Year Old and Three Year Old Colts and Gelding Awards respectively. Great Southern Star champ Sparkling Success was the big trotting winner for John and Mary Meade as he won 2018 Australian Trotter of the Year and Aged Trotting Horse or Gelding of the Year, which is sure to be a thrill for the Meade’s after the horse’s untimely injury this month.  Star Yabby Dam Farms trotter, Always Ready was the most clear cut winner this year. In a season in which he was not once out of the placings from eight starts for trainer Anton Golino, Always Ready was the overwhelming victor in the Two Year Old Trotting Colts and Geldings division. The performance criteria for the HRA Awards is for performances by Australian trained horses, as well as for Australian performances of New Zealand trained horses. The full list of Australian Horse of the Year winners and their performances across all categories is attached: Lawn Derby Awards - Pacers Vancleve Awards - Trotters For more information, please contact Harness Racing Australia on 03 9227 3000.   Harness Racing Australia

Zlatan, harness racing

Zlatan wins 91st Derby del Trotto at Napoli

Today’s Trotting Derby and Oaks highlighted a superb day of harness racing at Napoli over its 1000 meter oval.  The prestigious featured 91st edition of the Derby del Trotto (purse 1,001,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) saw fast closing Zlatan (3m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi-Toss Out) score for Giampaolo Minnucci timed in 1.12.2kr. Ze’Maria (3m Muscle Hill-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) held gamely for second handled by Rene’ Legati and third was Zabul FI (3m Ganymede-Sala del Rio). Early pacesetter Zidane Grif went on a break and was a dq. The co-featured Oaks del Trotto (purse 253,000€, 1600 meters autostart, 12 three year old females) showcased the front stepping Zabriskie OK (3f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor) timed in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zealand As (3f Donato Hanover-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune) took second for Rene’ Legati and third went to Zona OK (3f Varenne-Erreuno OK-Supergill) with Roberto Vecchione up. Before the major tests was the GP Freccia d’Europa (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) for aged performers.  Super Star Reaf (7f Varenne-Fantastica Star-Lemon Dra) scored by a nose timed in 1.11.3kr for Davide DiStefano. The victory increased her career earnings to over 207,000€. Veteran Arazi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was second for Alessandro Gocciadoro after making a first up sustained bid that just missed. Sonic (7m Eldgrado Bi-Fiss) took third for Rene’ Legati. At Kincsem Park (Budapest) on Saturday was the featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with the 91/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (6m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) scoring in 1.20.1kr with Csaba Lakatos up. This Tibor Hajnal trainee overcame a 20 meter handicap to defeat Urjczz! (5m Maximus Lindy) and the 20 meter handicapped Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe) handled by Emese Vezer. Two year olds contested the Nyereylen Ketevesek (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to the good gaited 1.2/1 favorite Ann Bella M (2f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) with trainer Branislav Mukity aboard. Adolfina B (2f Vioxx SR-Ms Tova-Chip Chip Hooray) and Andika (2f Calypso Capar-Jolly Beauty) trained the winning filly. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Lazarus N,Harness racing

Lazraus can get better

The man with the best seat in the house says Lazraus can get better even after he downed many of North America’s best pacers again over the weekend. The former Kiwi pacing hero led throughout in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby to hold out his new arch rival McWicked in the Indiana race on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). In a near replay of his US debut four starts ago, Lazraus showed blistering gate speed and led and while he didn’t have much in reserve at the line he had done all the work early and into a strong wind down the back straight to stop the clock at 1:48.8 That victory takes Lazarus’s record to two wins and two seconds in four North American starts and while he is already beating the best free-for-allers up there, driver Yannick Gingras says Lazarus can go faster. And will need to. “After having a virus a few weeks ago I am sure he is still getting back to his best,” said Gingras. “He felt good but he can feel better still. He really is a very, very good horse.  “He looks like having some pretty regular racing coming up in the next six weeks and that should see him improve even more.”
 Lazarus is now being aimed at the US$150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby in Ohio on Friday night (Saturday NZ time), although Gingras was not sure whether a start there was certain.  But the six-year-old has already been transferred to Kentucky where he will be based not only for the Dayton Derby but the feature open class mile at the lightning fast Red Mile track on October 6.  While Lazarus was embellishing his reputation in the US the last horse to nearly beat him in New Zealand, Dream About Me, made a long-overdue return to the winner’s circle in the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru yesterday.  Former stablemate Dream About Me, who pushed Lazarus to a half neck in the Ashburton Flying Stakes last October, made the most of a lucky break turning for home in yesterday’s $30,000 free-for-all to grab leader A G’s White Socks right on the line.  Dream About Me hadn’t won a race since the Auckland Cup 21 months ago and those who took the $1.80 yesterday wouldn’t have been feeling comfortable when she was parked early.  But after securing the one-one at the bell she was able to dive into the trail at the top of the straight when the trailer stopped, gifting her the passing lane run and the win in the latest step toward the New Zealand Cup on November 13.   Michael Guerin

Dream About Me wins the Hannon

Top pacing mare Dream About Me has claimed victory in a nail-biting finish to the (Gr 3) Hannon Memorial at Oamaru yesterday. The All Stars trained Dream About Me who had been winless for the previous year and a half, got up to win the time honored event by a head at the line from the leader A G's Whitesocks, who fought gamely when headed. Captain Dolmio rushed home late for third a further head away in a thrilling three way finish. The 6yo Bettor's Delight mare ran the 2600m from a stand in 3-14.7 with a final 800m in 56.1 and a closing 400m in 27.3 seconds. Tim Williams who drove Dream About Me thought the mare was coming back to her best before the race. "She has been working well and at her best she would be too good for this field," he said confidently. Those were prophetic words from Williams who had a good day in the sulky. He also won two other races on the program, both trotters and both for trainers Craig and Aimee Edmonds. One of those was She Aint No Angel who finally got her act together after breaking at her previous few starts and also at the trials. The 5yo Love You mare trotted faultlessly and was way too good winning untouched by more than two lengths from a fast finishing Eden Creek. The other winner for Williams was Muscles Galore who also stepped up and beat a good field of trotters for the rating 60 and faster horses. Aided by a superb drive from Williams, Muscles Galore was buried back on the fence early but weaved through the traffic at the 600m before zooming up the inside in the straight to win easily. Hey Yo and Jack Harrington were second and Alderbeck caught the eye whistling home late from near last on the turn for driver Brad Williamson. TAB bookmakers reacted to the win of Dream About Me in the Hannon by dropping her price into $10 on the fixed odds futures market for the New Zealand Cup.   Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 22, 2018-What did we learn Saturday (Sept. 22nd) during Yonkers Raceway's hosting of the Empire State's richest night of racing, the 29th New York Night of Champions? The $1.8 million event-eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for freshmen and sophomores of both sexes and gaits-produced the expected, the unexpected and the 'it's a good thing no one was hurt." ACT I-The Expected Odds-on numbers Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $2.30), Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, $2.30), Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt, $2.20), Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick, $2.50) and Helpisontheway (Jim Morrill Jr., $3.50) delivered their short parimutuel promises. Winndevie grinded by leader Quincy Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), winning the Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:59. The latter led through intervals of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.4, but couldn't stall the first-over (from post position No. 2) foe, who prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Sensibility (Jordan Stratton) was third, with Amal Hall (Andy Miller) fourth. The daughter of Credit Winner, trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, is now 6-for-7 this season (3-for-3 here), with earnings of $227,858. The exacta paid $8.50, the triple returned $42.40 and the superfecta paid $108.50. Despite the win, Winndevie's 'date' did not seem impressed. "She wasn't at her best," Smedshammer said. "She's much better in the turns than she was tonight. Very bumpy. She won because no one else was there with her." Smedshammer said Winndevie was eligible to the Breeders Crown, but '"the way she was tonight, she's better off out in the field." Gimpanzee made it 7-for-7, winning the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot in 1:56.3...a track record for his weight class. From post No. 5, he was third at the :28.2 quarter-mile, then made the lead before a :58.2 intermission. He then finished it off, getting a 1:27.1 three-quarters before that new track standard. Gimpanzee defeated Thunder (Jason Bartlett) by a half-length, his narrowest margin of victory this season. Our White Knight (Miller) was third-some dozen lengths behind-with Horns for Three (Jim Maroon Jr.) fourth. Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven, saw the bankroll improve to $278,858 for co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $3.40, the triple returned $11.40 and the superfecta paid $94. "Very professional, very mature," Sears said, "He knows what he has to do and goes out there and does it." "I knew all along he'd be a good one, from when he was training down," trainer Marcus Melander said. "Just a good horse to be around." All-age track record-holder Plunge Blue Chip had nary more than a qualifier for money in the Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. From post No. 2-and one Svanstedt's five entrants in the race-she strolled early and lost 'em late (:29.2, :58.1, 1:26.3, 1:55.3). Plunge Blue Chip avenged last season's poor sire stakes finale effort, rolling home by seven lengths. Lima Novelty (Morrill Jr.) was the best of the rest, with Ciao Dolce (Miller) and Fury Road (Dan Dube) rounding out the gimmick finishers. Plunge Blue Chip, a Muscle Mass lass, has six wins, three seconds and thirds in 11 '18 tries ($485,101). She is co-owned by her driver/trainer Blue Chip Bloodstock, Little E LLC, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. Wisdom Tree was the best in her division coming in and coming out, easily winning the Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. From post No. 4, she worked around Newsday (Stratton), then had few issues (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2, 1:53.2). Wisdom Tree defeated Newsday by a length-and-a-half, with a first-up Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr.) third and Checkered Past (Bartlett) fourth. It was the 11th win in 14 seasonal starts ($387,351) for Wisdom Tree, a daughter of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Thomas Pollack & Jeff Cullipher and trained by Ed Hart. The exacta paid $9.10, the triple returned $22.40 and the superfecta paid $63.50. "I'm glad it's over," Hart said. "She's been racing on the front every start, probably because she's the best in there. We haven't put her in a lot of the open stakes since we wanted to stay in the sires, but she's eligible to one at Indiana (Hoosier), Northfield and the Matron (Dover), so she's not done yet." As for Helpisontheway, he was certainly helped by Yonkers Trot winner Six Pack being ineligible to the final (not enough prelim starts). So, after finished second to that in the Trot and a statebred event here, Helpisontheway had his way in the Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot). Away fourth from post No. 4, he watched Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) lead (:28, 57, 1:25.3) before that one was put away by 50-1 Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley). Helpisontheway was towed behind that live longshot, widening to win by 2¼ lengths. An out-the-mile The Veteran (Stratton) was second, with Purpose Blue Chip, who outraced hid odds, and Winning Shadow were respectively third and fourth. Helpisontheway, a Chapter Seven colt trained by Linda Toscano for co-owners Camelot & Bay's Stable and Little E LLC, has seven wins and four seconds in his 13 '18 tries ($467,775). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $15.40, the triple returned $188 and the superfecta paid $568. "Versatility," Toscano said. "He can leave and sit back the way he raced tonight. "Last season (1-for-8), he was immature. Some 2-year-olds just don't get it. The ability was there. He just needed to figure it out." ACT II-The Unexpected Reigning Deo (Morrill Jr., $42.20) closed from third-over, winning the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace in 1:54.4. From post No. 4, he watched as Hickfromfrenchlick (Tetrick) led through intervals of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.1. The Sheppard winner slugged it out with Melodie's Magic (Tyler Buter), who surprisingly did not leave from the pole. Deepest of all arrived Reigning Deo, who whipped 'Melodie' by a length-and-a-half. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was a pocket third, with Hickfromfenchlick fading to fourth. For fifth choice Reigning Deo, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by (breeder) Deo Volente Farms, (trainer) Brett Pelling and Brian Gordon, it was his third win in seven first-season starts ($193,712). The exacta paid $89, the triple returned $661 and the superfecta paid $2,355. "We wanted to go through the (sire stakes) program with him," Pelling said. "I mean, he's always carried himself well. We weren't planning to race him at Batavia (10 nights ago), but he was seventh in points, so we figured we needed to." They were correct, and rewarded. Moneyshot Hanover (Buter, $10) 'won the bob' over So Awesome (Tetrick) in the Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace. So Awesome was the first leader before giving up to St. Somewhere (George Brennan), That one laid down the law (:27.4, :56) before making an ugly break down the backside the second time. So Awesome then inherited the front of the fray, getting three-quarters in 1:24.4. She owned a length lead into the lane, but Moneyshot Hanover was able to tag her at the line. Third went to JK American Beauty (Sears), with Hurrikane Norakane (Dube) fourth. For third choice Moneyshot Hanover, a daughter of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost, she now 3-for-8 ($203,408) this season. The exacta paid $25.20, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta paid $750. "She's two fingers to drive," Buter said. "She was bumpy around the last turn, but she dug in ACT III-The 'It's a Good Thing No One Was Hurt' The outset of the night's final statebred event, the Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace, was the sort of stuff one can't unsee. Pole-sitting 6-5 favorite Springsteen (Sears) was off the gate at the start, then hung a dead right, perhaps the victim of some equipment issue. Equipment or not, he impeded those who did not leave, including Heavenly Sound (Marohn Jr.), Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald) and Twin B Tuffenuff (Brennan). Getting the worst of it was Ghost Dance (Morrill Jr.), who ended up locking wheels with Springsteen as both found their way to the back fence. That left three horses in contention, with Rockapelo (Bartlett, $11.40) moving from third down the backside the second time and taking over the lead. From post No. 4, he won by 4½ lengths in 1:53.1. My Delight (Brent Holland) was second, with Ostro Hanover (Dube) third and Heavenly Sound fourth. Neither two- nor four-legged creature involved in the incident seemed any worse for wear. For third choice Rockapelo, a Rock N Roll Heaven gelding trained by Toscano for owner Enviro Stables, it was his third win in 13 seasonal starts ($203,5452) and pushed Bartlett over the $100 million career earnings plateau. The exacta paid $82.50, the triple returned $482 and the superfecta paid $1,943. "I didn't see what happened, but I heard yelling and I know when you the inside and you go right, it's not a good thing," Bartlett said. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace and Trot were won by Great Vintage (MacDonald, $45.80) in 1:52.2, and Yes Mickey (Bartlett, $5.60) in 1:54.2. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Stag Party and driver David Miller put on a show to win the $890,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casie Coleman trained two-year-old harness racing pacing colt came first-up on the final turn from fourth and proceeded to turn the Metro final into a laugher by drawing away with ease in the lane for a 4¼ lengths victory in 1:50.4. "My horse was full of pace the whole way and around the last turn I had a pretty good feeling that he was going to go all the way," said Miller, who had never won the Metro before during his Hall of Fame career. "It's a great feeling, I can't explain it. I had been wanting to win this race a long time too." De Los Cielos Deo blasted from post-ten to claim the early-lead, posting a :27.1 opener. Race-favourite Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy angled out from sixth heading towards the half, flushing out Stag Party and Miller from fourth. After reaching the half in :55.4, De Los Cielos Deo faced final-turn pressure from Stag Party, while Captain Ahab was situated second-over. De Los Cielos Deo held a length advantage at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Stag Party powered by De Los Cielos Deo and stormed away to the blowout victory. Captain Ahab, who came into the Metro final undefeated, came up empty in the lane after getting the perfect trip and faded to finish ninth. Semi Tough finished second after a two-hole trip, while Shake That House and Lyons Night Hawk finished third and fourth, respectively. "My plan all along was to try and get Andy (McCarthy) in front of me," said Miller about his trip with Stag Party. "He wouldn't take the bait and he ended up following me second-over, which I wasn't happy about." A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party's dominating effort gives trainer Coleman her second Metro title to go with Sportswriter record performance in 2009. "From day one he's been real special," said Coleman of Stag Party. "He stressed me out a little bit the last couple of weeks. I don't think I've ever had a race where I honestly text the owners and said we might be scratching tonight and go on to win the final the next week." "His issues were all just colt soreness. I literally x-rayed this horse top to bottom two or three weeks in a row...I was ready to tell them we're shutting him down for the season and bringing him back as a three-year-old." A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party has now earned $642,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "We've had a lot of luck in this business and we've had a ton of fun and this one is really special because my thoroughbred partner Fred Hertrich actually bred the horse so it makes it extra special," said John Fielding after capturing his first Metro. "I've had horses with Casie for a couple years now and been absolutely thrilled with the job she does. Her and her team have done an amazing job and this colt is really special." Coleman is currently undecided on when Stag Party's next start will be but did note the Metro winner will be pointed towards the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and Breeders Crown. Stag Party paid $5.30 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Lady Ashlee Ann, this great 25 year-old harness racing mare produces the winner of the 2018 Little Brown Jug, Courtly Choice and he is her 15th life foal and 13th winner. Nothing makes me laugh more than when I hear from those so call "harness racing experts on breeding" (Stallion owners, professionals, stud masters and the so called pedigree buffs) sitting behind their computers making outlandish remarks about how to breed a champion, when in fact the majority do not know what they are talking about! None of us do when it comes to breeding! I believe that there is only one rule with breeding horses and that is "THERE IS NO RULE" One of the arguments you hear from a number of these people is that old mares are no good to breed from, that you must breed to young mares!  If only we knew it would be easy and the rich man would own the business. I have said many times that harness racing is the only business in the world that can make billionaires into millionaires! It is because the people with a lot of money think that money can buy success in breeding but that is not the case when it comes to breeding. No, breeding is not that easy! With the $436,560 Little Brown Jug just completed yesterday I checked to see how the winners were bred and what number foal each of the starters were. Here is that result and the oldest foals produced were the best performers; 1st - Courtly Choice 15th foal (by Art Major from Lady Ashlee Ann by Camtastic)  2nd - Dorsoduro Hanover 13th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Deer Valley Miss by Artsplace) 3rd - Lather Up 10th foal (by I'm Gorgeous from Pocket Comb by In The Pocket) 4th - Hayden Hanover 4th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Hana Hanover by Western Hanover) 5th - This Is The Plan 4th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Thats The Plan by Western Ideal) 6th - Done Well 2nd foal (by Well Said from Dagnabit Hanover by All American Native) 7th - Babes Dig Me 3rd foal (by Bettor's Delight from Western Babe by Western Hanover) 8th - Stay Hungary 5th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from My Little Dragon by Dragon Again) That was the final field but here are the other starters in The Little Brown Jug for interest; Nutcracker Sweet 10th foal (by Bettor's Delight from Sweet Future by Falcons Future) Hitman Hill 7th foal (by American Ideal from Fox Valley Shaker by Incredible Finale) Wes Delight 6th foal (by Bettor's Delight from Maid West by Western Hanover) Key Advisor 3rd foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Credit Rating by Western Honover) Decoy 1st foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Live Entertainment by Real Artist) Below is a great statistical article about  "Do young mares produce better race horses than old mares". This article was produced by Dr Mike Wilson of Canada a few years ago with help of Standardbred Canada. John Curtin Harnesslink Media   Dr Mike Wilson's article Over the years, a number of articles have been written on the relationship between birth order and racing success. All of the ones I have read have claimed that the first and second foals are more likely to be winners than are foals of older mares. None of the authors of these articles have taken into account the different numbers of horses in each of the different parities. (Parity is birth order; for example a first foal is first parity, a ninth foal is ninth parity etc). Finally after a lengthy article on this subject in an edition of Canada’s Standardbred Trot Magazine, I was prompted into doing that analysis myself. With the able assistance of Janet Cookson, of Standardbred Canada, I obtained the number of foals registered with Standardbred Canada and The United States Trotting Association for the years 1991 to 2001, and of these the number of winners, in each year, that had won more than $1,000,000, $500,000, or $100,000. These winners were related to birth order. The analysis was cut off at 2001 so that all horses had at least two years of racing. The raw data was then adjusted for each parity to 10,000 births so, if there were 20,000 first foals racing and among them, for example 2,000 winners, it would relate to 1,000 winners per 10,000. Similarly, if there were 2,000 tenth foals, in the same period, and only 200 winners, it would also be 1,000 per 10,000. In total, there were 158,357 foals registered in North America in the period of 1991 to 2001, consisting of 46,756 trotters and 111,601 pacers. Tables 1 and 2 show the numbers in each parity and the number of winners at three purse-earning levels. Indeed, as others have described, there is a fairly steep drop-off in the numbers of winners as parity increases. It might appear that a first or second foal has five or six times the likelihood of winning $500,000, than for example, a ninth or tenth foal. However, if you look at tables 3 and 4, which show the same date adjusted to 10,000 horses in each category, you will see that no such trend exists. In fact, a ninth or tenth parity foal, from either a trotting or pacing mare, is as likely to become a millionaire, as is a first or second foal. Similarly, no loss of performance potential exists in either gait for $500,000 or for $100,000 trotting winners. Older pacing mare progeny appear to produce approximately 2.5% fewer $100,000 earners per 10,000 foals than do those of young mares, however, a statistical analysis of this data (performed by Dr. Kate Dewey of the Department of population Medicine at the University of Guelph), indicates that the foals of older mares are as likely to be winners in each purse earning levels as the foals of early parities (p<0.05). I was astonished to see the very high early culling rate practiced by North American Standardbred breeders. Twenty percent of first parity mares do not produce a second foal, 15% do not produce a third foal and another 10% fail to produce a fourth foal. These culling decisions were all taken before the first foal had raced as a two-year-old! What would these data show if the 45% of culled mares had been kept in the breeding herd until they were in their ninth or tenth year parities? Why were they culled? Are older mares retained longer because those mares are superior by pedigree or by some other parameter? I intend to answer some of these questions in a later analysis. The belief that early foals are more successful than those of later parities has led to price difference for them at major yearling sales. Murray Brown, of Standardbred Horse Sales Co. in Harrisburg, PA., once told me that after the third parity, pacing yearlings (and to a lesser extent, trotters), drop off in price rapidly. From my analysis of the data, it would appear that buyers would be well advised to not automatically exclude yearlings from older broodmares! If older mares are at least as likely to produce big winners, as are younger mares, it begs the question as to whether there has been any genetic improvement in the ten years looked at in this study. The practice of breeding proven broodmares to new stallions and new broodmares to proven stallions is a breeding policy many currently follow. What would happen to the numbers if the policy were reversed? Could it be that older mares would look even better? In the meantime, this study clearly suggests that at yearling sale time, “Go for the old girls!” Table 1: Number of Pacing winners (1992-2001 North America)  by Birth Order and Earnings               Birth  Winners over Winners over Winners over  # of foals Order $1,000,000 $500,000 $100,000  registered 1st 24 116 2,448 23,779 2nd 25 17 1,830 19,067 3rd 15 84 1,437 15,733 4th 17 81 1,196 13,043 5th 14 45 898 10,760 6th 11 41 718 8,757 7th 5 24 574 7,076 8th 2 19 436 5,667 9th 6 21 317 4,391 10th 5 16 238 3,328 Total 124 564 10,092 111,601   Table 2: Number of Trotting winners (1992-2001 North America)  by Birth Order and Earnings               Birth  Winners over Winners over Winners over  # of foals Order $1,000,000 $500,000 $100,000  registered 1st 13 62 784 10,312 2nd 4 46 668 8,238 3rd 13 34 499 6,709 4th 10 29 369 5,509 5th 4 21 312 4,446 6th 3 10 235 3,495 7th 3 14 188 2,831 8th 3 13 173 2,216 9th 4 9 119 1,730 10th 1 5 81 1,270 Total 58 243 3,428 46,756   Table 3: Number of Pacing Winners (Adjusted per 10,000 foals)  By earnings and birth order                                     Earnings  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th  >$1,000,000 10 13 10 13 13 13 7 4 14 15 >$500,000 49 61 53 62 42 47 34 34 48 48 >$100,000 1029 960 913 917 835 820 811 769 721 715                         Table 4: Number of Trotting Winners (Adjusted per 10,000 foals)  By earnings and birth order                                     Earnings  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th  >$1,000,000 13 5 19 18 9 9 11 14 23 8 >$500,000 60 56 51 53 47 29 49 69 52 39 >$100,000 760 811 743 670 701 672 664 780 687 637                       By Mike Wilson Warrawee Farm

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover converted off a perfect second-over steer from driver Andrew McCarthy to win the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna trained two-year-old pacing filly got away fifth and was able to pick up cover at half, which led to her powering by rivals in the lane for a career-best 1:51.1 victory. "I wasn't even too concerned if I had to come third-over, I knew that her kick in the stretch would probably be good enough," said McCarthy. "It worked out great that I got a second-over trip and I couldn't ask for any better." Longshot Art Lecture blasted from the outside to the top and battled with a parked out Queen Of The Pride to a :27 opening-quarter. The outside challenger cleared to the top entering the backstretch and reached the half in a sensible :55.4. Sylph Hanover committed first-up from fourth going into the final turn, which allowed Tall Drink Hanover to get towed towards the lead. Queen Of The Pride maintained a lead of just over a length at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover shot off cover and powered home in :27 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Treacherous Reign, who is also trained by Alagna, and Prescient Beauty rallied from third and fourth-over, respectively, to finish in a Dead-Heat for second. Queen Of The Pride crossed the line fourth, while elimination winner Ideation Hanover was fifth. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover swept the elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady to improve her record to five wins in eight starts. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has now earned $406,392 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. "One of the rare occasions when normally it's $350,000 not $35,000 for us," said Katz of purchasing Tall Drink Hanover as a yearling. "There she was in the ring and nothing was going on for whatever reason. She was four or five from the end of the day at Harrisburg. We liked her and were able to buy her for $35,000 and it was a surprise to us." Tall Drink Hanover's victory gives McCarthy and Alagna there first Shes A Great Lady titles. A $2 win ticket on the Captaintreacherous filly returned $4.20. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

ANDERSON, IN  - It was billed as Round Three of a budding rivalry between two superstar harness racing pacers in Lazarus N (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked (David Miller) and the contest lived up to every bit of the hype, as on Friday (Sept. 21) Lazarus N defeated a hard-charging McWicked by a neck in a scintillating edition of the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 1:48.4. "He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions Lazarus N for Taylor Made Farm. "We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park." Unlike his last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15 where Gingras drove Lazarus N rather conservatively after his second place finish to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1, the 6-year-old stallion was placed right on the lead prior to the first turn. Leading the field of nine through a first quarter in :26 and the half-mile in :55, Lazarus N looked very strong on the lead he maintained over Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. As Lazarus N hit the three-quarter pole in 1:23, McWicked was pacing comfortably in fifth place and when Western Fame moved first-over, he received a perfect second-over trip to commence his bid for victory. Around the final turn, the separation Lazarus N had placed between himself and the rest of the field began to vanish while McWicked swung to the outside to close with his customary power. As the wire loomed ever closer, McWicked was gaining on Lazarus N with every stride, but Lazarus N was determined and held off McWicked by a diminishing neck. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) used a :24.3 final quarter to finish third. "He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park," Gingras said. "He is definitely back to himself." Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, rewarded his backers with a payout of $4.40. McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Ed James, was the public's second selection at odds of 2-1, provided his supporters with $3.40. Donttellmeagain, (10-1) paid $4 for his third place finish. By Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, IN - It The sport's top harness racing trotters were showcased in the inaugural edition of the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during an action-packed 14-race card on Friday, September 21 and as expected, it was a true demonstration of sheer trotting talent. With regular pilot Scott Zeron in the bike, Trotting Triple Crown Champion Marion Marauder staged an incredible rally late in the lane and utilized the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage to get up in the final strides of the mile in 1:52.4. Handed the tough, outside post position nine, Marion Marauder was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in eighth. Using his customary early gate speed, Sam Widger had I Know My Chip pointed to the front to grab command just before the first quarter in :26.2. Opting out of a pocket trip, Yannick Gingras pointed Hannelore Hanover to the front and she quickly grabbed the lead just before the half to dictate fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2. Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were unable to find a seat along the rail and began their long first-over journey approaching the final turn. Homicide Hunter and David Miller quickly grabbed the cover and were well placed second-over while Marion Marauder followed suit and were poised to strike from third-over. Hannelore Hanover was able to put away Bridge To Jesse's and appeared to be up to the task but her biggest threats were still behind her. Homicide Hunter tipped from behind his tiring cover but it was Marion Marauder who was widest of all with a full head of steam. Utilizing a :26.2 final panel, Marion Marauder dug in gamely in the final strides to hold off a hard charging JL Cruze and Trace Tetrick. Homicide Hunter also rallied well late to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Marion Marauder returned $5.60 at the betting windows. "We never tell Scott how to drive, he knows this horse so well and always takes care of him," trainer Paula Wellwood noted in the winner's circle. "We don't worry about the trip much because he can take a lot of air; he's just a great horse." The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover won for the sixth time this season and for the 20th time in his career. With the win, Marion Marauder sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $3 million mark for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 23 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Although she did not assume command until the half-mile marker, the result of the $172,000 Moni Maker was never in much doubt as world champion Manchego (Yannick Gingras) collected the 19th victory of her career with ease on Friday (Sept. 21) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on spectacular stakes-laden car. "This is very meaningful for me as this race is named after one of the most wonderful mares I have trained," said Jimmy Takter, the filly's trainer. "But this filly is quite special too." Leaving from post position 10, Manchego and Gingras settled in fourth place trotting away from the gate and were content to follow Custom Cantab through a first quarter-mile in :27.3. Shortly before the field of 10 hit the half-mile pole, Gingras unleashed Manchego and the daughter of Muscle Hill went straight to the top, while Hey Blondie (Andrew McCarthy) settled into second with Custom Cantab (Peter Wrenn) dropping back to third. After a half-mile in :56.2, Manchego pulled away from her rivals to post a 1:25.2 three-quarter mark, then cruised through the lane to stop the clock in 1:53. Custom Cantab was second and Seviyorum was third. Manchego, who is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman, paid $2.20 as the 1-2 favorite. Custom Cantab (14-1) provided her supporters with $5 to place and Seviyorum (25-1) paid (25-1). Proof victorious in The Elevation Scott Zeron placed the 1-9 favorite, Proof, on the lead shortly before the half-mile marker and the 2-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred paced strongly to the finish to improve his record to a sparkling 7-5-2-0 in the $120,000 Elevation Stakes. Trained by Brian Brown and competing as a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing, Proof ($2.20) tripped the timer in 1:52. Loutenant (Matt Kakaley) was second ($4.80) with Pure Rock (John DeLong, $3.60) third. Warrawee Ubeaut, Woodside Charm Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winners With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the winner's circle after two consecutive losses with a statement triumph in the $207,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories used a pocket trip to pass Zero Tolerance (David Miller) in mid-stretch to boost her resume to 8-5-1-1 in her young career. Zero Tolerance ($2.10) was second and Pace Baby Pace (Matt Kakaley, $6) was third. Warrawee Ubeaut is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva Stables, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The final time was 1:51.3. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) remains a perfect five-for-five after a facile victory in her $236,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes in 1:55. Leaving from post position eight, Yoder, who also steered the filly, placed her immediately on the lead. From that juncture, it was clearly obvious the world champion daughter of Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover was the one to beat as she lead the field of nine around the Anderson oval with fractions of :27, :58.1 and 1:27.3. Owned by her trainer-driver, Woodside Charm paid $2.40. Special Honor (Andy Miller, $7) came home second, with Starita (David Miller, $2.20) in third. Always A Prince powerful in Jenna's Beach Boy After favorite Jimmy Freight (Louis-Philippe Roy) threw down a sizzling :25.2 first quarter-mile, it left the door wide open for any of his five rivals to spring the upset and track record holder Always A Prince (Trace Tetrick) was the one who proved up to the task in this $155,000 event. Sitting in third for until entering the homestretch, Always A Prince moved powerfully on the outside to reach the wire ahead of Shnitzledosomethin (David Miller) and a valiant Jimmy Freight in 1:48.4, which was the same final time Lazarus N recorded in his win later on the card. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Always a Prince paid $3.80 as the public's second choice while Schnitzeldosomethin provided $8 to those who supported him at the windows. Jimmy Freight paid $2.10. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 23 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino  

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2018 - The $890,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers headlines a $1.9 million harness racing card this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $590,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies and the $255,000 Milton Stakes for pacing mares will also take place on Saturday's stakes card. This year's Metro Pace purse of $890,000 will be the third-highest purse for a horse race in Canada during 2018, trailing only the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and $1 million Queen's Plate. The undefeated Captain Ahab (PP4) will be looking to repeat history for his trainer Tony Alagna and sire Captaintreacherous. The $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase is seven for seven and the looking to mimic his sire, who won the 2012 Metro Pace in a stakes-record equaling 1:49.2. Driver Andrew McCarthy will sit behind Captain Ahab, the 9/5 morning-line choice, searching for the biggest win of his career. The 32-year-old driver from Down Under has 2,092 wins and $35 million in career earnings. Captain Ahab captured his elimination last Saturday in 1:50.4 by rushing to the top in the second-quarter from fourth and pacing a :55.4 back-half (:28 final-quarter) to secure the victory. The Metro Pace has been the target for trainer Alagna with Captain Ahab, who arrived at Mohawk Park in late-July for the Dream Maker and will be making his sixth start at the Campbellville oval on Saturday. Trainer Casie Coleman will be searching for her second Metro title on Saturday with Bettors Delight colt Stag Party (PP3). A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party came first-up in his elimination and powered to a career-best 1:51 victory. The Ontario sired standout has won five of seven starts heading into the Metro. Coleman's first Metro victory came back in 2009 with Sportswriter, who established a new event record of 1:49.2. Driver David Miller, who earlier this week captured his fifth Little Brown Jug, will sit behind Stag Party and is seeking his first Metro title. Stag Party, a winner of $197,489, is owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. The $890,000 Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9. Saturday night could be a big night for the duo of McCarthy and Alagna, who also team up with 3-1 morning-line choice Tall Drink Hanover (PP4) in the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover paced home in :26.3 to win her elimination in a career-best 1:51.2. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling buy has won four of seven starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Alagna will send a power trio in the Shes A Great Lady, as Tall Drink Hanover joins Treacherous Reign (PP1, Yannick Gingras) and Odds On St Lucie (PP8, Brett Miller). Ideation Hanover is the other elimination winner in Saturday's final and will start from post-two for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Ideation Hanover converted off a two-hole trip for a 10-1 upset in 1:51.2. The $50,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has never missed the board in eight starts, reaching the winner's circle three-times. The Shes A Great Lady, featuring a field of nine, is carded as Race 5. Rookie pacers won't be the only stars Saturday, as a deep field of 10 pacing mares will duel in the $255,000 Milton Stakes. Sticking with the trend from the rookie events, McCarthy will drive another morning-line favourite in the Milton, sitting behind dominating elimination winner Caviart Ally (PP5). Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally went coast-to-coast in her elimination for a career-best 1:48.3 victory. The daughter of Bettors Delight is five for 13 this season and is inching towards $1 million in career earnings. The Milton final doesn't expect to be a walk in the park for Caviart Ally, as the field also includes stars Tequila Monday (PP2, B. Miller), Nike Franco N (PP3, Matt Kakaley), L A Delight (PP4, Randy Waples), Bettors Up (PP6, Doug McNair) and Pure Country (PP10, Gingras). The Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7. To download a free program for Saturday's $1.9 million card, click here. Post time for the Metro Pace card is 7:10 p.m. Track Suface and paddock closed Saturday Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track surface and paddock will not be open for training on Saturday morning (September 22). Only horses in retention for Saturday evening's stakes races will be permitted to use the track from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

YONKERS, N.Y. - New York's richest night of racing returns to Yonkers Raceway this Saturday with the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes "Night of Champions." Eight finals races featuring the best state-bred 2- and 3-year-olds will be contested for $225,000 purses each. Post time is 6:50 p.m., with the first NYSS Final scheduled as the second race of the card. A full list of entries can be found here. The star-studded evening features a number of familiar names and impressive resumes, including Plunge Blue Chip. The 3-year-old trotting filly holds the all-age track record at Yonkers with a 1:53.1 posted this season. She will be competing against last year's NYSS champion Lucky Ava in the sixth race. The other returning champion, Alexis Faith, will take on the 3-year-old filly pacers in race seven. This year's Yonkers Trot runner-up Helpisontheway is featured in the 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings division (Race 8) and Gimpanzee will look to extend his season long undefeated streak in the final for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters (Race 3). "New York-breds provided an exciting racing season this year, with track record performances across the state and Grand Circuit victories on the road, so we are guaranteed an exciting night of racing," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "We'd like to congratulate all the owners, trainers and drivers on another successful season, and thank our fans for their continued support." "The New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions highlights the best young horses bred in New York State and shows off our tremendous Standardbred breeding and racing program," said Richard A. Ball, Commissioner, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Trustee. "These races have great energy and truly should not be missed." Race sponsors for the event include New York-based breeders and institutions: Allerage Farms, Blue Chip Farms, Cameo Hills Farm, Crawford Farms, Morrisville College Equine Institute, and Winbak Farm. The New York Sire Stakes program promotes the breeding, buying, and racing of Standardbred horses in New York State, and is administered by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. It was the first program of is kind, featuring 2- and 3-year-old colts and fillies, and has become the model for state-bred racing programs in North America. The NYSS Consolation Finals will be held at Batavia Downs on Sept. 21. The finals for the NYSS Excelsior Series are scheduled for Sept. 23 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Earlier this month, the Fund announced that Batavia Downs will serve as host of the 2019 "Night of Champions." From the  Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund

Delaware, OH - Courtly Choice and David Miller rebounded from a potentially damaging break in the first heat and got up in the shadow of the wire in the second to win the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, Thursday evening at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of seven hanress racing pacers were sent on their way for the $436,560 final heat, the first elimination winner Lather Up (Montrell Teague) left from post two and outsprinted the second elimination winner Dorsoduro Hanover into the first turn and controlled the fractions of :27, :54 4/5 and 1:21 2/5. Coming down the lane for the final time, Lather Up looked like the champ, but weakened in the lane allowing Courtly Choice to win by a neck in a four horse photo finish in 1:49 4/5. In the final print, Dorsoduro Hanover rallied for second. Lather Up finished third and Hayden Hanover fourth. The three-year-old son of Art Major is trained by Blake MacIntosh and owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Piouffe and Touch Stone Farms. With his fifth Jug victory, David Miller joins William Haughton and Mike Lachance with the most driver titles. "The first heat he raced great, but I felt horrible," noted Miller. "The only way to make it better was to win." "He puts up a big fight. He's game. I give him a lot of credit." The second elimination was action packed from the start. Courtly Choice made a costly break in stride and was last in the field of six. Andy Miller sent Hayden Hanover to the early lead pass the quarter in :26 2/5. The "triple crown" contender, Stay Hungry (Doug McNair) took command before the half mile in :55. Miller sent Courtly Choice three wide down the backstretch and was in contention at the three-quarters in 1:22 4/5. As the field turned for home Stay Hungry stayed strong and crossed the line ¾ of a length ahead of the late charging Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Courtly Choice. To see the final heat race video click here. Before the connections made it to the winners circle, the 'inquiry' sign was posted for possible interference between Stay Hungry and Dorsoduro Hanover in the first turn. After a lengthy review, Dorsoduro Hanover (timed in 1:51) was placed the winner and Stay Hungry was disqualified and placed fourth. Courtly Choice and Hayden Hanover also qualified for the final. Stay Hungry was later scratched from the second heat. In the first $102,720 elimination, Lather Up protected his rail position and led the field of seven through the into the first turn and past the opening quarter in :27. Done Well was the first to challenge when Tim Tetrick came to the outside before the half in :55 3/5. This Is The Plan, who sat second for the entire mile, put forward a late effort, but Lather Up used a :26 4/5 last quarter to cross the line in 1:49 3/5. This Is The Plan was second, 1 ½ lengths back. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller) and Done Well finished third and fourth to advance to the final. Originally, Courtly Choice was ineligible for the 73rd LBJ, but his connections elected to pay the $45,000 supplemental entry fee after winning the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace Final on July 14. With the winner's share, Courtly Choice now sports $952,704 on his career earnings card. $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket I'm Your Captain (Andy Miller) used a four wide move around the final turn to defeat Hill Street (Yannick Gingras) and Maxus (Jimmy Takter) to take the Old Oaken Bucket in 1:55 2/5. The pacesetting Treasure Tee (Trevor Henry) faded to fourth. I'm You Captain is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing and trained by Julie Miller. The Muscle Hill colt has won four out his last seven starts. $107,000 Ms. Versatility Trot Final David Miller and Broadway Donna used a perfect second over trip and defeated NF Happenstance (Jack Parker, Jr.) by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53 1/5. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) was third, another two lengths behind. Broadway Donna is trained by Jim Campbell and has amassed $1.4 million for Fashion Farms. $40,418 Standardbred Colt Pace Workin Ona Mystery (Tim Tetrick) defeated stablemate Air Force Hanover (David Miller) in 1:50 3/5 to take the freshman colt pace. The field raced in post-position order through the first three quarters of the mile in :27, :54 3/5 and 1:22 2/5. Tetrick tipped the eventual winner off the rail and cruised home in :28 1/5 to establish a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in three career starts. The Captaintreacherous colt is conditioned by Brian Brown for Jim Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and the Wingfield Brothers. $48,218 Standardbred Colt Trot Prospect Hill (Andy Miller) took the lead as the field approached the half mile station and never looked back to win the $48,218 Standardbred by 2 ½ lengths over Final Claim (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 1/5. The son of Muscle Hill has won seven of nine seasonal starts for Stroy Inc. and trainer Julie Miller. $111,554 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Rockathon (David Miller) took the opening division in 1:52 over Slick Mick (Tim Tetrick) and Born To Be Bad (Andy Miller). Trainer Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley own the gelded son of Pet Rock who has pushed his career earnings to $338,615. The second $55,777 division went to the heavily favored Bounding Dragon and Dan Noble in 1:51. The winner went gate to wire for owners Alan Keith and Melanie Atley and trainer Mike Roth. The ultra-consistent Bounding Dragon has finished in the top two places eleven times this season. $133,906 Ohio Breeders Championship Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) went gate to wire to win the opening division in a stakes record 1:51 3/5. The Pet Rock gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Trainer Brian Brown returned to the winner's circle in the second $66,953 division with Dislocator (Chris Page). Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Internet Stable own the Big Bad John colt who defeated Seattle Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Authentic Hanover (Tyler Smith) in 1:54 4/5. $111,704 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Baron Remy (Chris Page) and McVenus (Trace Tetrick) took the two $55,852 divisions in 1:53 and 1:52 2/5 respectively. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Harness Racing New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Edward Rennell, has announced he is moving on after more than two decades in the role. Mr Rennell’s final day is 19 December 2018 and he will be active in the role until then. “It has been a privilege to lead Harness Racing New Zealand for the last 21 years,” Mr Rennell said. “It has been more than just a job. I have a real passion for the industry and a strong desire to see it thrive. “I want to thank the hard working staff of Harness Racing New Zealand and everyone in the harness community for their support over the years. “I will continue to work hard over the next few months to help guide the industry through what is a difficult time and leave the organisation in a strong position for my replacement,” Mr Rennell said. Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman, Ken Spicer, thanked Mr Rennell for his service. “Edward has been a passionate servant of the industry and we are very sad to see him go,” Mr Spicer said. “He has led the organisation extremely well and he will be tough to replace. “The Board wishes him well and is very pleased he will remain in the role until the end of the year,” Mr Spicer said. The Board will, in due course, begin a process of recruiting a new Chief Executive.    Harness Racing New Zealand

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Chester, PA --- Cutting back to a flat mile after a failed three-wide push in the ten-furlong Great Northeast Series final on Sept. 2, Shartin N ($3.80) reasserted herself as one of the top harness racing pacing mares in the continent with an easy 1:51.2 score over sloppy going in Sunday's (Sept. 23) featured $25,000 winners-over distaff at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Despite being assigned the outside post 7, the 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America had no trouble getting involved from the start, floating into third on the first turn under Tim Tetrick handling before brushing clear of Bettorhaveanother (Tony Morgan) just beyond a :27.4 first quarter. Shartin N continued on to control middle splits of :56.1 and 1:23.3 before accelerating away from first-over challenger Delishka N (Art Stafford Jr.) off the home turn.   In the end, Shartin N worked 3-3/4 lengths clear of her six foes in earning her 22nd career tally. Bettorhaveanother dug in from the pocket to hold second over Delishka N.   Shartin N, whose wins in the Betsy Ross, Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty and Artiscape are among the highlights of her illustrious 2018 campaign, is trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and JoAnn Looney-King.   Multiple players correctly selected the top five finishers in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5, resulting in a $2,027.19 carryover to Wednesday's (Sept. 26) program. The 20-cent wager occurs in the fifth race on each card at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Post time Wednesday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia
There were eight Finals of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series contested on the Sunday harness racing matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two trainers each won two of the Finals that went for purses of $55,000. Chris Oakes emerged victorious in two of the afternoon's co-features as his trainees prevailed in the Excelsior Final for three year old pacing fillies and two year old pacing colts. Oakes' Special Kay Deo (American Ideal) drew the rail and the sophomore filly was piloted by Tyler Buter. Special Kay Deo pulled off the mild upset when she parlayed her pocket ride to victory in 1:53.2, the fastest clocking for any of Sunday's Excelsior winners. Oakes' Cal (American Ideal) also sat the pocket before prevailing on Sunday as the two year old gelding scored in 1:54.3 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Erv Miller trained two of the Excelsior Final winners as his Michando (Muscle Mass) pulled off the matinee's biggest upset. Marcus Miller piloted the three year old trotting filly who was dismissed at odds of 39-1. Michando was yet another to spring the pocket en route to a Sunday Excelsior score, stopping the timer in 1:57.1. Miller's Heavens Challenge (Rock N Roll Heaven) scored the win in the two year old filly pace Final as Jim Morrill Jr. sat behind the freshman as she prevailed in 1:54.4 while upsetting at odds of 9-1. Maureen Salino's Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the two year old filly trot Final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the two year old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears. The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4. The three year old colt and gelding trot went the way of Nows The Moment (Credit Winner) who overcame a slow start before scoring in 1:57 with Shane Taggart in the sulky. The Allison Mac Donald trainee's win was his seventh on the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway
WILKES-BARRE, PA - In a six-horse featured trot where four of the contestants were with a head at the wire, the Donato Hall gelding Boffin proved most photogenic to take the $21,500 Sunday headliner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:53.4. Anthony Napolitano sent Crazshana around Elysium Lindy and driver Matt Kakaley before the 26.4 quarter, then got a breather to the 56.3 as Anthony's brother George started up uncovered with Boffin. Boffin and Crazshana, both 7-5 choices under the guidance of the Napolitanos, were virtually inseparable from the 5/8 on, through and past the 1:24.2 ¾ into the stretch, where they were joined by Elysium Lindy and third-in ABC Muscles Boy, both hustling up the inside. At the finish Boffin got a head up on the next threesome, who were noses apart and gave the judges some work before declaring Elysium Lindy second, Crazshana third, and ABC Muscles Boy fourth. For Boffin, the win drove his victory rate to 50% for 12 starts this year and gave him his 46th lifetime victory, with career earnings of $532,237. Anette Lorentzon conditions the game trotter, and she co-owns him with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. (And the other two starters? Tyson was second-over, gapped his cover a bit, then closed to be a half-length off at the wire for fifth; Deep Impact, who got away sixth from the outside post and was last at every call, was beaten two lengths, timed in 1:54.1 - and despite that was no richer re-entering the paddock than when he left it.) From the PHHA/Pocono Downs
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 22, 2018-What did we learn Saturday (Sept. 22nd) during Yonkers Raceway's hosting of the Empire State's richest night of racing, the 29th New York Night of Champions? The $1.8 million event-eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for freshmen and sophomores of both sexes and gaits-produced the expected, the unexpected and the 'it's a good thing no one was hurt." ACT I-The Expected Odds-on numbers Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $2.30), Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, $2.30), Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt, $2.20), Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick, $2.50) and Helpisontheway (Jim Morrill Jr., $3.50) delivered their short parimutuel promises. Winndevie grinded by leader Quincy Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), winning the Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:59. The latter led through intervals of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.4, but couldn't stall the first-over (from post position No. 2) foe, who prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Sensibility (Jordan Stratton) was third, with Amal Hall (Andy Miller) fourth. The daughter of Credit Winner, trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, is now 6-for-7 this season (3-for-3 here), with earnings of $227,858. The exacta paid $8.50, the triple returned $42.40 and the superfecta paid $108.50. Despite the win, Winndevie's 'date' did not seem impressed. "She wasn't at her best," Smedshammer said. "She's much better in the turns than she was tonight. Very bumpy. She won because no one else was there with her." Smedshammer said Winndevie was eligible to the Breeders Crown, but '"the way she was tonight, she's better off out in the field." Gimpanzee made it 7-for-7, winning the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot in 1:56.3...a track record for his weight class. From post No. 5, he was third at the :28.2 quarter-mile, then made the lead before a :58.2 intermission. He then finished it off, getting a 1:27.1 three-quarters before that new track standard. Gimpanzee defeated Thunder (Jason Bartlett) by a half-length, his narrowest margin of victory this season. Our White Knight (Miller) was third-some dozen lengths behind-with Horns for Three (Jim Maroon Jr.) fourth. Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven, saw the bankroll improve to $278,858 for co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $3.40, the triple returned $11.40 and the superfecta paid $94. "Very professional, very mature," Sears said, "He knows what he has to do and goes out there and does it." "I knew all along he'd be a good one, from when he was training down," trainer Marcus Melander said. "Just a good horse to be around." All-age track record-holder Plunge Blue Chip had nary more than a qualifier for money in the Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. From post No. 2-and one Svanstedt's five entrants in the race-she strolled early and lost 'em late (:29.2, :58.1, 1:26.3, 1:55.3). Plunge Blue Chip avenged last season's poor sire stakes finale effort, rolling home by seven lengths. Lima Novelty (Morrill Jr.) was the best of the rest, with Ciao Dolce (Miller) and Fury Road (Dan Dube) rounding out the gimmick finishers. Plunge Blue Chip, a Muscle Mass lass, has six wins, three seconds and thirds in 11 '18 tries ($485,101). She is co-owned by her driver/trainer Blue Chip Bloodstock, Little E LLC, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. Wisdom Tree was the best in her division coming in and coming out, easily winning the Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. From post No. 4, she worked around Newsday (Stratton), then had few issues (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2, 1:53.2). Wisdom Tree defeated Newsday by a length-and-a-half, with a first-up Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr.) third and Checkered Past (Bartlett) fourth. It was the 11th win in 14 seasonal starts ($387,351) for Wisdom Tree, a daughter of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Thomas Pollack & Jeff Cullipher and trained by Ed Hart. The exacta paid $9.10, the triple returned $22.40 and the superfecta paid $63.50. "I'm glad it's over," Hart said. "She's been racing on the front every start, probably because she's the best in there. We haven't put her in a lot of the open stakes since we wanted to stay in the sires, but she's eligible to one at Indiana (Hoosier), Northfield and the Matron (Dover), so she's not done yet." As for Helpisontheway, he was certainly helped by Yonkers Trot winner Six Pack being ineligible to the final (not enough prelim starts). So, after finished second to that in the Trot and a statebred event here, Helpisontheway had his way in the Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot). Away fourth from post No. 4, he watched Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) lead (:28, 57, 1:25.3) before that one was put away by 50-1 Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley). Helpisontheway was towed behind that live longshot, widening to win by 2¼ lengths. An out-the-mile The Veteran (Stratton) was second, with Purpose Blue Chip, who outraced hid odds, and Winning Shadow were respectively third and fourth. Helpisontheway, a Chapter Seven colt trained by Linda Toscano for co-owners Camelot & Bay's Stable and Little E LLC, has seven wins and four seconds in his 13 '18 tries ($467,775). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $15.40, the triple returned $188 and the superfecta paid $568. "Versatility," Toscano said. "He can leave and sit back the way he raced tonight. "Last season (1-for-8), he was immature. Some 2-year-olds just don't get it. The ability was there. He just needed to figure it out." ACT II-The Unexpected Reigning Deo (Morrill Jr., $42.20) closed from third-over, winning the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace in 1:54.4. From post No. 4, he watched as Hickfromfrenchlick (Tetrick) led through intervals of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.1. The Sheppard winner slugged it out with Melodie's Magic (Tyler Buter), who surprisingly did not leave from the pole. Deepest of all arrived Reigning Deo, who whipped 'Melodie' by a length-and-a-half. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was a pocket third, with Hickfromfenchlick fading to fourth. For fifth choice Reigning Deo, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by (breeder) Deo Volente Farms, (trainer) Brett Pelling and Brian Gordon, it was his third win in seven first-season starts ($193,712). The exacta paid $89, the triple returned $661 and the superfecta paid $2,355. "We wanted to go through the (sire stakes) program with him," Pelling said. "I mean, he's always carried himself well. We weren't planning to race him at Batavia (10 nights ago), but he was seventh in points, so we figured we needed to." They were correct, and rewarded. Moneyshot Hanover (Buter, $10) 'won the bob' over So Awesome (Tetrick) in the Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace. So Awesome was the first leader before giving up to St. Somewhere (George Brennan), That one laid down the law (:27.4, :56) before making an ugly break down the backside the second time. So Awesome then inherited the front of the fray, getting three-quarters in 1:24.4. She owned a length lead into the lane, but Moneyshot Hanover was able to tag her at the line. Third went to JK American Beauty (Sears), with Hurrikane Norakane (Dube) fourth. For third choice Moneyshot Hanover, a daughter of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost, she now 3-for-8 ($203,408) this season. The exacta paid $25.20, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta paid $750. "She's two fingers to drive," Buter said. "She was bumpy around the last turn, but she dug in ACT III-The 'It's a Good Thing No One Was Hurt' The outset of the night's final statebred event, the Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace, was the sort of stuff one can't unsee. Pole-sitting 6-5 favorite Springsteen (Sears) was off the gate at the start, then hung a dead right, perhaps the victim of some equipment issue. Equipment or not, he impeded those who did not leave, including Heavenly Sound (Marohn Jr.), Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald) and Twin B Tuffenuff (Brennan). Getting the worst of it was Ghost Dance (Morrill Jr.), who ended up locking wheels with Springsteen as both found their way to the back fence. That left three horses in contention, with Rockapelo (Bartlett, $11.40) moving from third down the backside the second time and taking over the lead. From post No. 4, he won by 4½ lengths in 1:53.1. My Delight (Brent Holland) was second, with Ostro Hanover (Dube) third and Heavenly Sound fourth. Neither two- nor four-legged creature involved in the incident seemed any worse for wear. For third choice Rockapelo, a Rock N Roll Heaven gelding trained by Toscano for owner Enviro Stables, it was his third win in 13 seasonal starts ($203,5452) and pushed Bartlett over the $100 million career earnings plateau. The exacta paid $82.50, the triple returned $482 and the superfecta paid $1,943. "I didn't see what happened, but I heard yelling and I know when you the inside and you go right, it's not a good thing," Bartlett said. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace and Trot were won by Great Vintage (MacDonald, $45.80) in 1:52.2, and Yes Mickey (Bartlett, $5.60) in 1:54.2. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
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