Day At The Track

Edenderry, Co Offaly, Ireland — The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is pleased to announce Jazmin Arnold as the 2020 guest driver at their harness racing weekend in August at Portmarnoch Raceway.. The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is pleased to announce Jazmin Arnold as the 2020 guest driver. Billings Series photo. Arnold is a third generation horsewoman, racing out of Ohio. She recently was named USHWA’s National Amateur Driver of the Year for 2019. She has a lifetime record of 71-27-12-5 and $64,217 in purses. “The OHHA is very proud and honored to have Jazmin invited to race at the Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend on August 15-16,” said Renee Mancino, Executive Director of the OHHA. “Her accomplishments last year were outstanding and she is off to a great start in 2020.” The VDM 2020 weekend will be all about the women this year. Along with Arnold, coordinators are currently working on adding an all women driver race to the weekend, and the The Bernie Kelly Memorial Mares FFA Pace has been added to the racing schedule. “This year, we lost a dear friend, Bernie Kelly. Bernie served as our racing secretary, organizer and fervent supporter,” said VDM chairman Derek Delaney. “We created the Bernie Kelly Memorial Mares FFA Pace in her honor. Bernie always encouraged us to keep evolving and as such we are thrilled to welcome Jazmin as our first female guest driver to be part of this weekend and this special memory for us.” Roger Huston, Brand Ambassador of OHHA and longtime VDM race caller, recently accompanied Arnold to the Dan Patch awards in Florida. He said, “I had the opportunity to announce a number of her wins last year at Delaware and Greenville, Ohio, The State Fair of West Virginia and The Meadows. There is no doubt in my mind that Jazmin will become one of the top women drivers in harness racing.” The Vincent Delaney Memorial will be held on Aug. 15-16 at Portmarnock Racecourse. Further information can be found on our website, vincentdelaneymemorial.com or on the VDM Facebook page. From the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee

WEST CORK, IE - The curtain came down on the 2020 Winter Road Racing Season in West Cork on Sunday at Baurnahulla, Drimoleague.   Matthew O'Reilly took the headlines with three winners and this gave him the Jockey of The Year award.   Brywins One Off a winner in Goleen set the ball rolling for O'Reilly. He led from the start and despite a late challenge from Ketucky Finale, he eventually had six lengths to spare.   Next up for O'Reilly was Diplomatist who is owned by his father Tadhg. Newtown Amber led to the opening turn but over shot the bale .This left Rhyds Dilemma in front but he was only "A sitting Duck" with Diplomatist taking over approaching the final turn and was never in danger and ran out a ten length winner.   Billycoan Colt gave O'Reilly his third win of the day. Coalford Bruce really put it up to the winner leading at both turning points and an upset looked in the making, but O'Reilly as he did in Goleen, set his charge alight in the final eighth of a mile and ran on to a five length winning margin.   This win gave Billcoan Colt the Horse of the Year title with five wins.   Only three runners faced the starter in the Top Grade Pace and Ghenghis Pride was sent to post at prohibitive odds. Rhyds Solution set the early fractions but Ghenghis Pride took it up to the first turn .Both runners shared the lead between the next two turns with Kestrels Dot Sammy just off the pace.   At the final turn Ghenghis Pride eased into the lead and was not for catching winning by six lengths from Rhyds Solution.   The winner was presented with the Nora McCarthy Cup and the Cup "was staying at home" as the winner is trained by Derry McCarthy, a son of the Late Nora McCarthy.   Great credit is due to the local committee who had to cancel the races on two previous occasions due to Storm Denis .   So the Winter season concludes and was a resounding success. We look forward to the start of the 2020 Summer season which kicks off in April.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Grade E Trot. 1st: Brywins One Off, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, A. Mc Carthy DIST 6L 8L Race 2: Grade D Trot. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Newtown Amber, T. O' Leary. DIST 10L DIST Race 3: Grade C / D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy. DIST 5L 10L Race 4: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Ghenghis Pride, T. Moloney 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Kestrelsdot Sammy, J. O' Driscoll. DIST 6L 2L  

Ghengis Pride returned to winning ways when landing "The Causeway Classic" at Goleen.   Much hype had surrounded the renewal of "The Classic" and harness racing spectators were served up with a race befitting the name.   Rhyds Solution made the running and unlike previous days Ghengis Pride was up with the running early in the 2 mile contest .Not much changed during the race with the tempo rising heading to the Lisagriven turn.   Turning off the final turn Rhyds Solution was still in front .Coming over the bridge Ghengis Pride and Saunders Picasso closed in along with Kestrels Dots Sammy .The final two furlongs saw Ghengis Pride stay on the best to win bt tjree lengths with Saunders Picasso just holding off Kestrels Dot Sammy   Deidre Goggin on her local track had a brace of winners   The Spectacular Backdrop at The Causeway Track in Goleen      --David Shine Photo   In The opener Brywins One Off (third in Skibbereen) saw off a late challenge from Kentucky Finale to lad the spoils for the Goggin family who the leading lights behind the races in Goleen   Goggin secured her second winner aboard Newtown Amber who set a blistering pace and held on by a short head to beat favorite Diplomatist. She collected leading jockey for those two wins   Micheal Collins TD presents Jockey Of The Day to Deirdre Goggin    --David Shine Photo   Matthew O Reilly who looks certain to be leading rider for the season gave Billycoan Colt his fourth win of the campaign. The pair looked in trouble crossing the bridge but O Reilly was only playing with his rivals and won by five lengths ,Chris O Reilly trains the winner for Hallie Kelleher.   The Grade D produced an epic finish between Dreamfair I Say and Rhyds Dilemma with Jamie Hurley getting the photo finish by a short head on Dreamfair I Say who is trained by Hurley and owned by Liam O Brien from Schull.   Winning connections of Dreamfair I Say winner of The Grade D Pace at Goleen     --David Shine Photo   Great credit is due to the hard working Goleen Committee who were rewarded with fantastic racing on a bright Spring Day in front of a good crowd   After two cancellations due to weather Barnahulla will hope for third time lucky next Sunday   RESULTS   Race 1: Grade E Trot. The O Mearas Bar Cup 1st: Brywins One Off, D. Goggin 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, A Mc Carthy. DIST 3L 8L Race 2: Grade D Trot Div 1. The Twins Memorial Cup 1st: Newtown Amber, D. Goggin 2nd: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Splash The Cash, J. Hurley. DIST SH 12L Race 3: Grade D Trot Div 2. The Frank & Anna Goggin Memorial Cup 1st: Dreamfair I'd Say, J. Hurley 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Garths Sheragar, C. O' Driscoll DIST SH 4L Race 4: Grade C / D Trot. The Fastnet Bar Cup 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy. Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. The Lobster Pot Bar Cup 1st: Ghengis Pride, T. Moloney 2nd: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 3rd: Kestrelsdotsammy, J. O' Driscoll 4th: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary. DIST 3L 1/2L

Vincennes, France – Following the outside cover of Davidson Du Pont, harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and Face Time Bourbon weaved their way around horses and was able to post a two-length triumph to win the 100th Grand Prix d’Amerique race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. It was the 19th victory in just 22 career starts for Face Time Bourbon. The five-year-old son of two-time Prix d’Amerique winner, Ready Cash, is now harness racing newest international trotting star. The race began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead with horses racing three-wide for the first half mile of the 1.67-mile race (2,700 meters). Billie De Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini) held the early lead, then Excellent (Alexandre Abrivard) got to the front and Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) was able to drop into the two-hole along the rail. And all the while there was Davidson Du Pont and driver Franck Ouvire parked out first-over and not giving up an inch. Meanwhile, Goop and Face Time Bourbon were following their cover second over. Excellent then went off-stride and that allowed Looking Superb (David Thomain) a brief time on the lead, but as they finally reached the top of the stretch, Davidson Du Pont, parked the mile, was in the lead, but Goop moved down along the rail and passed them by with Face Time Bourbon for the victory in 1’11’50. Davidson Du Pont held for the second place with the mare, Belina Josselyn (Jean-Michel Bazire), last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, finishing third. Bold Eagle was never in the hunt and finished 10th in the field of 18 starters. Ringostarr Treb, making his final start before going to the stud barn, make a break and finished last. Trained by Sebastien Guarato, Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SLR. It was his sixth straight win. He went off at odds of 4.9-1 odds. Before the Prix d’Amerique race, everyone at the track was treated to an unbelievable show on the racetrack celebrating American soldiers coming to help France in World War I. The crowds were so packed that is was impossible to try and get on the track apron to watch the show. Luckily for most, it was broadcast on all three jumbo screens in the infield. It was a presentation that left many speechless, amazed and proud to be part of this special day’s events. On the track were the following: 100 children dressed in driver colors with helmets 100 Horse costume parade and dance 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles parade, each with an American Flag 100 cheerleaders in USA outfits carrying Prix d’Amerique and American Flags Introduction of the 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique race, each driver came through the throngs of crowds, holding the hand of a child dressed in USA colors. Drivers giving Hi-Fives to fans, posing for selfies and then were escorted off the track on two-seater Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Before the Prix d’Amerique race there was an outstanding performance of horsemanship by the French Royal Lancers. They performed precision riding with both lances and sabers while their special band played. There was also a very strong undercard at Vincennes with seven Graded Stakes. Total purses for the day was over 1.6 million euros. Major sponsors of this year’s Prix d’Amerique included Case IH Agriculture, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Lalique, RMC Sports Talk Radio, Gras Savoye, Lenotre Paris, FRM (Medicale), 20 Minutes and Printemps Nation. 100,000€ Prix Harley-Davidson This Groupe II stake was monte (racing under saddle) going 2700 meters (1.67 miles). It was a standing start and once the word go was given, jockey Mathie Mottier came charging from the far outside with Fame Music to take a commanding six length lead. As the field settled down, Flicka De Blary and jockey Camille Levesque went on the outside and had to settle for a pocket trip behind Fame Music as those two held a five-length lead over the field. Then as they came around the final turn, Fame Music went off-stride and was pulled to the inside of the track. That left Flicka De Blary and Levesque all alone in the lead and they held that lead through the stretch to win by six open lengths in 1”14’10. Flicka De Blary is a five-year-old mare by Sam Bourbon. She is trained by Thomas Levesque for the Levesque Stable. Flicka De Blary was the 2-1 favorite. 100,000€ Prix Case This Groupe II stake was another monte event but longer in distance at 2,850 meters (1.77 miles). The race belonged to Emir De Robomard and jockey Julien Raffestin who took the early lead away from Aribo Mix (Guillaume Martin) and then led the field nearly the entire race. As they charged down the stretch, Canan Prior and jockey Aurelien Desmarres kept gaining ground and collared Emir De Robomard at the wire to win by a half-length in 1’13’80. It was the 21st win for the eight-year-old son of Sancho Panca, who is owned and trained by Sylvain Desmarres. He went off at odds of 4-1. 100,000€ Prix RMC Sports Talk Another Grade II stake, only this race went behind the starting gate with 14 starters. Gotland (Eric Raffin) was first to leave the cut the mile until halfway through the race when Green Grass (Mathieu Mottier) came first-over, giving live cover to Gu D’Heripre (Franck Nivard). Then in a classic stretch drive to the wire, Gu D’Heripre was able to hold off a late charge by the race favorite, Gunilla D’Atout (Bjorn Goop), to win by a neck in 1’11’60. For Gu D’Heripre, a four-year-old son of Coktail Jet, it was a lifetime mark for trainer Philippe Billard and the D’Heripre Stable. He was the second choice in the race at odds of 4-1. TRACK NOTES: John Campbell, President and CEO of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Society has been in Paris this week for the big race and was overheard saying that plans are in the works for Bold Eagle to come back to America and race. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink