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Management at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania has updated their stallion fees for the 2016 breeding season.   A Rocknroll Dance: Originally standing for $6,000 for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and achieving full books both years, A Rocknroll Dance's stud fee is discounted to $5,000 for the 2016 season only. Excellent opportunity to have your own yearling by A Rocknroll Dance the same year his first crop foals hit the tracks as 3 year olds.   Father Patrick: Father Patrick will stand his 2016 season at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania and will be PA Breeders Fund elligible for the first time. The horse Jimmy Takter described as the "best horse I've ever trained," will stand for $20,000.   Sweet Lou: "The Great White Blaze" will return to Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania for his second Northern Hemisphere season and will stand for $7,500 in 2016. A fan favorite for his star power, and a breeder favorite for his fertility, we expect a full book, so please book early! Reservations are already flowing in.   Ponder: Arguably the most underrated Pennsylvania sire, Ponder just got more affordable! Ponder will stand for $3,500 in 2016.   From Diamond Creek Farm    

Diamond Creek Farm will host an Open House on Friday, July 10th, from 3pm-6pm at our farm in Wellsville, Pennsylvania.   We will be raffling 3 stud fees (one each for A Rocknroll Dance, Ponder, and Sweet Lou) to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.     RACHEL CLIFT  

The second of the annual All Aged harness racing sales was held in Christchurch today (May 29th) and there were bargins galore throughout most of the sale. A handful of mares attracted the attention of some of the commericial breeders and studs but in the main they were struggling to get anything like the service fee for the stallion that the mares were in foal to. The two top lots price wise amongst the broodmares both sold for $23,000. Lot 111 was Delizioso, a full sister to Under Cover Lover who was in foal to the first season sire, A Rocknroll Dance. Consigned by Graham Pearson who raced Under Cover Lover, Delizioso was purchased by Woodlands Stud. The other mare to make $23,000 was Lot 135, Shesachristian who won $123,534 on the racetrack and is in foal to Bettors Delight. Consigned by Trevor Casey, she was knocked down to well known Canterbury breeder Don Bates Trevor Casey was also the vendor of Lot 127, Pita Pocket who has left three nice winners to date and was in foal to Art Major. She was also knocked down to Don Bates for $22,000. The only other mare to make more than ten thousand in the sale ring was Lot 131, Royal Gem who is a grand-daughter of Tandias Courage. Consigned by Lincoln Farms, Royal Gem was sold in foal to Sir Lincoln and was purchased by Charlie Roberts for $14,000. Woodlands Stud brought Lot 119, the racewinning mare Kamwood Bluechip for $2,000 with a Tintin In America colt on her and promptly offered the colt for sale later in the day where he made $2600. Quite a few mares didn't even attract a bid from the gallery which must be really disheartening for the vendors. When it became the weanlings turn to go through the sales ring, again there was plenty of bargins to be had with a lot of the weanlings making nothing close to their service fee. The only weanling to make more than $10,000 was Lot 161 which was a half brother by Majestic Son to this season's handy three year old trotter in One Yankee Hall. The dam Leithe Ellen is a Muscles Yankee half sister to the outstanding squaregaiter The Fiery Ginga so the weanling has plenty going for him breeding wise. He was consigned by the Williams from Waimate and purchased by Ian Hood of Ashburton. The second best price was $9300 for Lot 170 which is a Christian Cullen three quarter sister to the brilliant Stunnin Cullin. Consigned by Paul Renwick of Christchurch, she was purchased by Brent and Sheree McIntyre of Macca Lodge.   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   101 Zest Philly B M Christian Cullen Zena Hanover Messrs. S. M. Elliffe Kaikohe & M. D. Habgood Auckland Not sold, Res $3,500     102 Ado's M C BL M Grant Our Wishes Sticky Two Step Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $500     103 Affectionate Lady B M Presidential Ball Love Me Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MR W G CAMERON CHCH $250 104 Be Bee Pat B M Brylin Boyz Go Pat Messrs. J. P. Hunter Dunedin & D. M. Stumbles Ranfurly Not sold     105 Enchanter Franco BR M Badlands Hanover Emily Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR W G CAMERON CHCH $200 106 Bizzie Girl B M In The Pocket True Lies Mr. D. W. McDonald Rangiora WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $2,000 107 Crush B M Bettor's Delight Magnificent Yield Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu Withdrawn     108 Exceptional Lass B M Rustler Hanover Rare Charm Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR KENNETH A DIXON as agent CHCH $300 109 Can't Teach That BL M Bettor's Delight Swinger Mr. K. R. Shadbolt Ladbrooks WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $1,500 110 Destiny In Motion B M In The Pocket L'Armour Messrs. I. M. & J. M. Taylor Halswell BEN WALDRON ASHBURTON $1,000 111 Delizioso B M In The Pocket Vain Franco Mr. G. J. Pearson Waipara WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $23,000 112 Freedom Reigns B M Live Or Die Mainland Reign Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $1,000     113 Divine B M Christian Cullen Soky's Sunday Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MRS M CARSON HELENSVILLE $2,200 114 Flying Nun C M Sundon Nun Du Plat Tobago Lodge West Melton Not sold, Res $3,500     115 Hershey Franco B M Falcon Seelster High Tops Hanover Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR W G CAMERON CHCH $300 116 Natural Iscape B M Artiscape Natural Holme Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $200 117 Harper B M Art Major Lils Dream Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch REGENCY WOOLS (NZ) LTD CHCH $2,000 118 Happy Golucky B M Cameleon Lumber Lie Mr. M. J. & Mrs. L. A. Dent Western Australia Not sold, Res $1,800     119 Kamwood Blue Chip B M Christian Cullen Kamwood Cameo Mr. A. K. Malcolm Ashburton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $2,000 120 J D Pat B M Sundon Go Pat Messrs. J. P. Hunter Dunedin & D. M. Stumbles Ranfurly MR N P STEWART AMBERLEY $400 121 La Luciola B M Badlands Hanover Pacific South Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton DL & VA MITCHELL CHCH $4,300 122 Kamaria B M Falcon Seelster Tamarind Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $500 123 Leryn Franco B M Lis Mara Lewinsky Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR G J CRABBE CHCH $300 124 Preside Over B M Presidential Ball Chevyover Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $200 125 Magic Flute B M Falcon Seelster Pipes Of Pan Mr. C. H. Stanbury Christchurch Not sold     126 Lets Appeal BR M Holmes Hanover Terrific Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR W G CAMERON CHCH $200 127 Pita Pocket B M In The Pocket Caps Off Mr. T. G. Casey Christchurch NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $22,000 128 Lils Dream B M Smooth Fella Miss Denover Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch GEOFFERY BARNES AUSTRALIA $3,200 129 Princess Of Diamonds B M Christian Cullen Glamour Dream Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel Withdrawn     130 Lonnie Franco B M Falcon Seelster Looks The Part Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $8,000 131 Royal Gem B M Christian Cullen Tania Tandias Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu MR CJ ROBERTS PAPAKURA $14,000 132 Mauresmo BR M Falcon Seelster Vicario Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR CJ ROBERTS PAPAKURA $6,000 133 Sharapova B M Armbro Operative Money Back Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch CHRIS WALSH   $2,750 134 Monkey Bay B M Mach Three Tuapeka Vale Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch Not sold, Res $15,000     135 Shesachristian BR M Christian Cullen Achy Breaky Heart Messrs. T. G. Casey S. Hausler A. Doherty & Mrs. K. Doherty Christchurch NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $23,000 136 Navigator Franco C M Live Or Die New Review Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold     137 Soleil D'or BR M In The Pocket Corbie Mr. S. R. & Mrs. C. J. Baucke Invercargill KJ HAYCOCK TUAKAU $2,600 138 Nicky's Delight B M Artsplace Nicky's Dream Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $7,000 139 Tamarind B M Panorama Rafiki Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch Not sold, Res $6,000     140 Nostalgic Franco B M Rustler Hanover No Time Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton BERYL PEARS CAMBRIDGE $1,000 141 Tarseal Queen B M Bettor's Delight Arden's Queen Lincoln Farms Limited Kumeu WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $500 142 Nicky's Girl B M Holmes Hanover Nicky Michele Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton I H HOOD ASHBURTON $4,200 143 Tiz Tough B M Falcon Seelster Tizaway Tiz Mr. P. S. Fry Upper Moutere P YOUNG ASHBURTON $800 144 Raza Sharp B M Mach Three Gretna's Girl Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton G & JF MCMASTER CHCH $1,600 145 Tricky Girl BR M Bettor's Delight Annie Jay Mr. D. W. McDonald Rangiora MR CJ ROBERTS PAPAKURA $10,000 146 Nicky's Power B M Falcon Seelster Nicky's Dream Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton WOODLANDS STUD (NZ) LTD TAKANINI $300 147 Una Bromac BL M Live Or Die Universal Kim Mr. T. G. Casey Christchurch NORWEGIAN WOOD BREEDING LTD LEESTON $8,000 148 Tarania Franco B M Live Or Die Tarantella Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold     149 Unnamed B F Changeover Affectionate Lady Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MR TJ & MRS AJ READMAN RANGIORA $600 150 Unnamed B F Changeover Arma Phoenix Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton G & MA SMITH ASHBURTON $2,000 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   151 Unnamed BR F Superfast Stuart Wheels Areagogo Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $1,500     152 Unnamed B C Changeover Azula Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR RG DICKSON WESTPORT $2,200 153 Unnamed BR C Lis Mara Baby Doll Rufus Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton P WAKELIN & S NOBLE OXFORD $300 154 Unnamed BR C Changeover Cassie's Medley Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton PETERHEAD FARM LIMITED ASHBURTON $7,700 155 Unnamed B C Changeover Champagne N Diamonds Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Withdrawn     156 Unnamed B C Superfast Stuart Ippica Ado Trouble Lodge Methven MR DM HANNA RANGIORA $1,200 157 Unnamed B C Changeover David's Anvil Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR SR BAUCKE INVERCARGILL $800 158 Unnamed B C Lis Mara Ella Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $2,300 159 Unnamed B C Lis Mara Exceptional Lass Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR D TAYLOR as agent CHCH $2,800 160 Unnamed B F Gotta Go Cullen Freedom Reigns Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $500 161 Unnamed B C Majestic Son Leithe Ellen One Over Lodge Waimate I H HOOD ASHBURTON $15,000 162 Unnamed B F Changeover Hershey Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR KYLE CAMERON RANGIORA $500 163 Unnamed B C Changeover Honey Babe Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Withdrawn     164 Unnamed B F Changeover Joyful Holmes Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $5,000     165 Unnamed B F American Ideal Kurahaupo Legend Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton JOHNNIE BUTCHER PUKEKOHE $7,600 166 Unnamed B F Shadow Play Regal Banner Mr. D. M. Moore Templeton PAUL BIELBY CHCH $3,000 167 Unnamed B C McArdle La Matrone Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Withdrawn     168 Unnamed B F McArdle Last Port Of Call Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton SHUTKOWSKI P'SHIP BLENHEIM $8,700 169 Unnamed C C Live Or Die Leryn Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $2,200 170 Unnamed B F Christian Cullen Mauresmo Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton BD & SA MCINTYRE GORE $9,300 171 Unnamed B C Art Official Rachel's Cullen One Over Lodge Waimate Not sold, Res $4,000     172 Unnamed B C Christian Cullen Millenium Legend Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton DEAN BRAUN AUSTRALIA $6,700 173 Unnamed B C McArdle Monkey Bay Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch GARY BAMFORD   $3,200 174 Unnamed BR C Live Or Die Naples Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton DEAN BRAUN AUSTRALIA $1,300 175 Unnamed B C Live Or Die Neverland Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton SPRING HILL FARM DUNSANDEL $3,600 176 Unnamed B F Majestic Son Time Of Reckoning Mr. R. A. Butt Christchurch MR SCOTT G DICKSON MARTON $4,500 177 Unnamed C F Live Or Die Raza Sharp Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MR A J MCCORD CHCH $1,200 178 Unnamed B F McArdle Sally Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton R STUART WAKEFIELD $3,700 179 Unnamed B F Changeover Spred It Round Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $5,000     180 Unnamed B F Gotta Go Cullen Tarania Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton P WAKELIN & S NOBLE OXFORD $700 181 Mortician C C Monarchy Bred A Monster Ms. M. A. Caig Winton JASON L TEAZ OHAUPO $4,000 182 Zahara Zuri B C Santanna Blue Chip Zahara Bromac Messrs. C. A. D. A. & C. J. Vella NSW Withdrawn     183 Gotta Party Doll B F Gotta Go Cullect My Party Doll Ms. M. A. Caig Winton MR B WEAVER AMBERLEY $1,000 184 Bobby Short B C American Ideal Chanteur Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons MR DAVID BECKINGSALE S/BRED CHRISTCHURCH $800 185 Unnamed B C McArdle Affectionate Lady Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MR DAVID BECKINGSALE S/BRED CHRISTCHURCH $1,100 186 Pat The Monkey G C Monkey Bones Pat's Daughter Ms. M. A. Caig Winton WM & JA MCHUGH OAMARU $3,200 187 Unnamed BL C McArdle Lils Dream Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch RJ BUTT KAIAPOI $5,600 188 Hang On Suzie B F Great Success Suzie Castleton Ms. M. A. Caig Winton JULENE SILCOCK CHCH $600 189 Unnamed B F Monkey Bones Connie Goodin Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons MATT VAN DER COLK   $400 190 Unnamed B C McArdle Monkey Bay Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch MA & LA HEADS EDENDALE $4,100 191 Sweet Jeweliette B F Monarchy Under The Sun Ms. M. A. Caig Winton MD & LT ALFELD CHCH $3,500 192 Unnamed B F Santanna Blue Chip This Time Christian Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons Not sold     193 Bank Raider B G Falcon Seelster Fill The Purse Brosnan Standardbreds Syndicate Rangiora I H HOOD ASHBURTON $1,050 194 Unnamed B F Changeover Lils Dream Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch M SWAIN INVERCARGILL $2,400 195 Cam's Allure B F Gotta Go Cullen Charm Bracelet Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons Not sold     196 One Night Stand C M Love You Sheez Speedy Mr. C. P. & Mrs. M. B. Iggo Kaiapoi S L MCCAFFREY CAMBRIDGE $2,500 197 Unnamed BR C Sands A Flyin Monkey Bay Mrs. J. M. Sharples Christchurch SE & MA VALENTINE AUSTRALIA $5,200 198 Elite Magic B C Elsu Magic Marg Brosnan Standardbreds Syndicate Rangiora Not sold, Res $500     199 Exotic Desire B F Real Desire Exotic Maid Mr. W. G. Cameron Weedons B F BRICE CHCH $300 200 Art Of Imitation B F Art Official Navigator Franco Nevele R Stud Ltd Prebbleton MA & LA HEADS EDENDALE $700 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   201 Extreme Three B H Matt's Scooter All Included Mr. M. J. House West Melton Withdrawn     202 Hot Pants B M Majestic Son Dutch Annie Mr. T. G. Casey & Ms. N. C. Rasmussen Christchurch Withdrawn   Harnesslink Media        

Now it’s up to the harness racing public to decide who will win the $10,000 in yearling credits. Will it be Roy W. with his submission of Dance Revolution, or maybe Stacy C. with Set In Stone, or Lisa F. with Cuts Like A Knife? Two weeks ago, Diamond Creek Farm invited fans to submit names for the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at their farm, a filly out of Whetstone Hanover. The prize for the best name is  $10,000 in Diamond Creek yearling credits. The finalists have been chosen, and now it’s time for the voting to begin! With over 2,500 names submitted, Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm and designated chooser of the finalists, had his work cut out for him to narrow the list to only three. So many good names were entered, and the names ranged from cute to clever, pretty to fancy, from odd to outright hilarious. Diamond Creek wishes to thank everyone who participated! Your responses exceeded expectations. To vote for your favorite, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com. Each vote cast brings one contestant closer to the grand prize of $10,000 in yearling credits. Good luck to the finalists!   RACHEL CLIFT   Diamond Creek Farm, LLC Diamond Creek Equine, LLC  

Ever wonder what it would be like to browse Diamond Creek’s harness racing yearling consignment with an extra $10 grand in your back pocket? Name their first A Rocknroll Dance foal and find out!  Their first A Rocknroll Dance foal is a filly out of Whetstone Hanover. If you think you’ve got the cleverest, funniest, or sweetest name for her, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com and type in your suggestion. You can also submit your name by commenting or messaging Diamond Creek on Facebook, DiamondCreekFarmLLC, or Twitter, @DiamondCreekKY.  Don’t wait! Submission closes at 11:59pm this Saturday. Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm, will choose his 3 favorite names on Sunday. Voting opens on Monday, as soon as the USTA approves his finalists. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to participate in the voting to choose the winner of the $10,000 yearling credits. The finalist with the most votes on March 20th at 5pm wins! Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. You can check if your name is taken at http://pathway.ustrotting.com/search/. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Diamond Creek will try to let contestants know if their name was already submitted, but cannot guarantee all duplicates will be caught.  Thank you for playing!   RACHEL CLIFT  Administrative Director & Corporate Secretary  Diamond Creek Farm, LLC  

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

Name the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at Diamond Creek Farm and win $10,000 in yearling credits! Diamond Creek’s first A Rocknroll Dance foal, a filly out of Whetstone Hanover, arrived amid excitement and anticipation on Wednesday. She’s nameless, and soon to be famous.   Contestants can submit their name suggestions from now until March 14th. Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm, will choose his 3 favorite names, and on Monday, March 16th, voting will open. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to vote on their favorite. The name with the most votes on March 20th at 5pm wins!  “We’re hoping to put a spotlight on A Rocknroll Dance and his potential as a stallion, but I’m really looking forward to meeting the winner and seeing their excitement at having an extra $10 grand to spend at the sale,” says Bowden. To enter, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com/contest and type in your suggestion. You can also submit your name by commenting or messaging Diamond Creek on Facebook, DiamondCreekFarmLLC, or Twitter, @DiamondCreekKY, but contestants are cautioned: leave your contact info in case you win! Rules: All names must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 14th, and voting closes at 5pm on March 20th. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. You can check if your name is taken at http://pathway.ustrotting.com/search/. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Diamond Creek will try to let contestants know if their name was already submitted, but cannot guarantee all duplicates will be caught. The best thing to do is submit more than one name, and submit early! From Diamond Creek Farm

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has numerous breedings for harness racing stallions standing in various states. These breedings are being sold and not auctioned to protect the value of the stallions. Some stallions are Yankee Cruiser, So Sureal, Shark Gesture, Rocknroll Dance, Rock N Roll Heaven, McArdle, Lucky Chucky, Jurgen Hanover, Big Stick Lindy, Real Desire and many more. This is SRF's most important and consistent source of funding, which comes from yearly and lifetime breeding sales and donations. The revenue generated helps provide for the care, boarding, feeding, veterinary, farrier, dental, worming, rehabilitation and re-training of 198+ Standardbreds, 125 of which are permanently retired due to age and/or injury. This is SRF's 26th year as the only organization solely dedicated to the Standardbred breed, the only one of its kind also providing full care for horses when adoption is not possible, and following their welfare in every home diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds, and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. Breeding donations, and SRF's sale of such gifts make a substantial difference. To donate or purchase a breeding please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email accounting@srfmail.com. SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and gifts to SRF are tax-deductible. Tammy Hollock

The Whitelock family from Palmerston North who are well known in New Zealand for producing a string of outstanding rugby players, also have a growing reputation in the harness racing industry with the family racing/breeding a string of elite level colts and fillies over recent times. One of their best performers in recent years was the outstanding Bettor's Delight filly Dancing Diamonds 1:57.8 who won nine races at two and three on her way to earning $343,276. She numbered the two and three year old PGG Sales Races among her victories. Her first foal, a colt by Rocknroll Hanover named Rock Diamonds is being sold at this years Australasian Classic Sale and is sure to attract strong interest from buyers. Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 ($2,754,038) needs no introduction as he has already left the winners of over $73,000,000 including such stars as Rocknroll Heaven 1:47.6 ($2,754,818) and A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.4 ($2,429,441) Dancing Diamonds is bred on the potent Bettor's Delight/In The Pocket cross, and has a brilliant pedigree to go with her race record. Her dam Asabella ($52,809) was a smart two and three year old herself  and aside from Dancing Diamonds has also produced Ohoka Bondy 1:53.6 ($388,148) and Code Red 1:55.1 ($132,639) This is the branch of the Rothschild 124 maternal family closely associated with Jim Dalgety who brought the fifth dam of Rock Diamonds in Bellajily back from North America in the early 1970s in foal to Most Happy Fella. Bellajily won a New Zealand Derby before going to America and Bellajily and her daughters left Jim Dalgety a string of top horses headed by the likes of Jovial Jeanie(9 wins), Happy Hazel 1:57.6 ($236,623) and Imagine That 1:57.1 ($415,289). Belajily was also a full sister to the brilliant racemare Van Glory whose daughters left us Undercover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,811) and Bettor Cover Lover 1:53.8 ($1,026,428) It has been a brilliant maternal family for well over 50 years and shows no signs of tapering off. If anything it appears to be going from strength to strength. Rock Diamonds has all the credentials to add yet further kudos to his brilliant maternal family. Harnesslink Media  

Name the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at Diamond Creek and win $10,000 in yearling credits! We are anxiously awaiting the first foal's arrival and will announce the mare's name and sex of the foal as soon as he/she arrives (expected in mid February). Contestants will submit names, Adam Bowden will choose his top three favorites, and the winner will be chosen by a public vote. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to participate in the voting. Please check our website (www.diamondcreekfarm.com), Facebook page, or A Rocknroll Dance's twitter @arocknrolldance for contest news and updates. We will post the submission form and contest dates as soon as we have a foal on the ground! RACHEL CLIFT  Administrative Director & Corporate Secretary  Diamond Creek Farm, LLC Diamond Creek Equine, LLC  151 Warrington Street Wellsville, PA  17365 Office (717) 638-7100 Fax (717) 638-7111 diamondcreek2@gmail.com www.diamondcreekfarm.com www.diamondcreekequine.com

With race favorites winning most of the stakes races at Mohawk Raceway Saturday night, Modern Legend was the shocker of the evening as he won the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 66-1 Saturday and paid $135.70 to win. The 1/5 betting favorite, Sweet Lou, saw his ten-race winning streak come to an abrupt halt in the race as he was on the lead coming down the stretch but faded to sixth place at the finish. The race began with Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) beating out Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) to the early lead but once they reached the opening quarter mile in :26, Gingras came right out with Foiled Again and took command. Then by the half mile in :53, Ron Pierce came charging up first-over with Sweet Lou and cleared with ease to control the pace. And just as Sweet Lou was on the lead, up came Clear Vision (Brett Miller) to challenge first-over and following their cover was the long shot Modern Legend and driver David Miller. Past the three-quarters in a blazing 1:20.1, Clear Vision was about to collar Sweet Lou as they started down the stretch and Foiled Again and Gingras were already trying to squeeze by on the inside as everyone sensed that Sweet Lou had had enough. But it was David Miller and Modern Legend who proved to be much the best as they tipped three-wide on the final turn and mowed everybody by, pulling away for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:47.2. Foiled Again was second with Clear Vision third. The time of the race tied the track, stakes and Canadian record with A Rocknroll Dance in 2013. It was a lifetime mark and the fourth win this year for Modern Legend. The six-year-old gelding by Modern Art was bred and is owned and trained by Dave Drew of Catharines, Ontario. “This is the only horse I have right now,” said Dave Drew, “I had as many as five this year but now down to just this one. This is a horse of a lifetime for me and this was a race of a lifetime. He has been racing for me on the Grand Circuit the last couple of years and always coming close and never really putting it all together. But tonight David Miller gave him a perfect drive and he was on his game. Just a super night for him. “He has always raced well but has had some outside posts earlier this season,” Drew said. “Had some tough trips, was interfered with but he has been racing well and it was just a matter of putting it all together at the right time and in the right race and he did that tonight. It was just a superb night for me and my family.” “It worked out great tonight,” said winning driver David Miller, “I know the horse Clear Vision and I figured if I can get on his back and follow him and he would take us to where we needed to be in the race. I was real surprised around the last turn as I still had a lot of horse coming to the stretch so I fanned him out and he did the rest. He raced tremendous. He beat some great horses tonight. Hats off to the horse. He’s been racing against them the past couple of years and it was great to see him get the job done.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The powerful Clevedon combination of Barry Purdon and Zac Butcher won the major training and driving honours - while Purdon trained 3-year-olds also won two age-group titles at the 2014 A Rocknroll Dance North Island Harness Racing awards ceremony at Alexandra Park last night. More than 300 people flocked to the Tasman Room to watch the 21 awards handed out. Fifty nine-year-old Purdon won the Veterinary Associates Equine and Farm North Island Trainer of the Year, while 23-year-old Butcher won the IRT North Island Driver of the Year. Their age group stars Sky Major and Ideal Belle won the Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock North Island 3yo Colt/Gelding and Filly of the Year awards respectively. Purdon trained Pembrook Benny, Sky Major, Maxim and Ideal Belle to Group One victories in 2013-2014. Butcher also drove the Ray Green trained Beaudiene Boaz in the Harness Jewels 2yo Emerald Final at Cambridge Raceway. Pembrook Benny won the NZ Free-For-All at Addington on November 15. Sky Major cleaned up the 3yo Emerald Jewels Final at Cambridge on May 31. Ideal Belle also won the New Zealand Oaks at Addington on May 16. Maxim nailed the Victoria Derby at Melton on February 8. Sky Major was second. The same two horses also produced the quinella in Group One Sires Stakes 2yo Final the season before. “You are only as good as the team around you. This is an honour. We had a very good season and I’m grateful to all my staff for that,” Purdon said. Purdon trained 39 winners from 199 starters last season and amassed $953,433 in stakes. Butcher saluted the judge 72 times from his 551 drives. He banked $1.23m in purses. “I drive to win and night’s like this are a real bonus. I’m very proud to have won this award because there are so many good drivers out there. “I am lucky to be part of a very strong stable. Barry is a legendary trainer,” Butcher said. In other highlights Maurice McKendry won the Sir Lincoln at Lincoln Farms NI Achievement Award, while Richard and Julija Brosnan won the night’s most prestigious (and final) award of the evening – the A Rocknroll Dance Alabar Nevele Stud NI Award for Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing. Adore Me’s victories in the Group One $100,000 Queen Of Hearts Pace and the Group Three $30,000 Northern Breeders Stakes assured her the Auckland Trotting Club’s Aged Pace Of the Year title. The Charlie Roberts co-owned and bred champ also won the Caduceus Club’s NI Filly/Mare of the Year. In fact Roberts himself collected two awards winning the Garrards Horse and Hound NI Owner of the Year, and the Hygain NI Breeder of the Year 2014 A ROCKNROLL DANCE NORTH ISLAND HARNESS RACING AWARDS - WINNERS Glen Elgin Farm North Island Groom of the Year - Amanda Kiddie Dunstan North Island Amateur Driver of the Year -John Kriechbaumer Magness Video Ltd / Vid-Com LtdNorth Island Licence to Train /Owner – Trainer of the Year - Andrew Grant Mitavite North Island Junior Driver of the Year - Sailesh Abernethy PGG Wrightson North Island 2 year old Colt or Gelding of the Year - Beaudiene Boaz                       PGG Wrightson North Island 2 year old Filly of the Year - Linda Lovegrace Breckon Farms North Island 2 year old Trotter of the Year - Yagunnakissmeornot Breckon Farms North Island 3 year old Trotter of the Year - Mum’s Pride Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock North Island 3 year old Colt or Gelding of the Year - Sky Major Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock North Island 3 year old Filly of the Year - Ideal Belle               Garrards Horse and Hound North Island Owner of the Year - Charles Roberts Caduceus Club North Island Filly / Mare of the year - Adore Me                                Hygain North Island Breeder of the Year - Charles Roberts IRT North Island Driver of the Year -  Zac Butcher Veterinary Associates Equine and Farm North Island Trainer of the Year - Barry Purdon Equine Veterinary Services  North Island Broodmare of the Year - Scuse Me                North Island Stallion of the Year - Bettor’s Delight                                       Harness Racing New Zealand North Island Trotter of the Year - Irish Whisper                          Auckland Trotting Club North Island Aged Pacer of the Year - Adore Me                                Sir Lincoln at Lincoln Farms North Island Racing Achievement Award - Maurice McKendry A Rocknroll Dance/Alabar/Nevele R Stud North Island Award for Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing - Richard and Julija Brosnan Courtesy Duane Ranger - Harness Racing New Zealand

This Week: Canadian Pacing Derby final, Metro final, She's A Great Lady final, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Zweig Memorial, Zweig Memorial Filly and Crawford Farms Trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; and Cane Pace, Shady Daisy and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Aug. 28) at Mohawk Racetrack with three divisions in the C$253,114 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Aug. 29) card at Mohawk features two divisions in the C$249,242 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the C$209,189 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. The big Saturday (Aug. 30) program is highlighted by the C$667,000 Metro final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the C$634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final for open pacers, the C$480,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, the C$218,076 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$207,689 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action will take place at Vernon Downs on Friday night (Aug. 29) with the $340,000 Zweig Memorial main event and $60,000 consolation for 3-year-old male trotters, the $150,000 Zweig Memorial Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters. On Monday (Sept. 1), Tioga Downs will host a trio of Grand Circuit events, led by the $437,325 Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Tioga will also feature the $125,000 (est.) Shady Daisy for 3-year-old filly pacers and the $40,000 (est.) fourth leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday night with eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Metro Pace and the She's A Great Lady. Sweet Lou was a 1:48.1 winner in his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination. Leaving no doubt as to his current superiority, Sweet Lou powered his way to victory in the first Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in preparation for this week's Canadian Pacing Derby final. With Ron Pierce simply a passenger, Sweet Lou, the prohibitive 1-9 choice, was initially tucked in third as Thinking Out Loud clocked the first quarter in a blistering :25, before blowing by the leader and taking the field to the half in :53.3. After opening a couple of lengths on his pursuers while reaching three-quarters in 1:22, Sweet Lou easily prevailed by one length in a stretch drive over the determined veteran Foiled Again, the world's richest pacer, and Domethatagain in 1:48.1. It was Sweet Lou's 10th consecutive win of the year on a 2014 resume which includes victories in the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, U.S. Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs. Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou, a 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, has banked more than $3 million, but has enjoyed more success this year than in past seasons, including his 2-year-old campaign in 2011 when he won 10 of 12 starts, capped by the Breeders Crown, and was named divisional champion. Clear Vision, with Brett Miller, nailed stablemate Bettor's Edge at the wire to take the second elimination. The top two finishers are both trained by Ron Burke. Bettor's Edge, the even money choice, had things all his own way for all but the final strides, cutting out leisurely fractions of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.3. But somehow Clear Vision, who finished second by a nose to A Rocknroll Dance in last year's Canadian Pacing Derby, came flying late from last for the nose win in a three-horse photo in 1:50.3. State Treasurer finished a neck behind the winner in third. It was only the fourth win in 19 starts this year for the 8-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover, but by doing so, he went over the $2 million mark in career earnings with his 27th lifetime victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 826; 2. Tim Tetrick - 514; 3. Ron Pierce - 396.5; 4. David Miller - 369.5; 5. Brian Sears - 245. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,171.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 569; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 199; 5. Julie Miller - 180. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 258.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 231.1; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 162; 4. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 5. Robert Key - 125. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Tioga Downs and Mohawk Racetrack. Tioga will host the Reynolds Memorial events for 2-year-old trotters. Mohawk will offer the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers, Champlain Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage for 3-year-olds and William Wellwood and Peaceful Way for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Nevele R Stud, one of Australasia's leading Standardbred Stud farms, is pleased to announce that Michael Taylor has joined the harness racing company as the new Australian Sales and Booking Co-ordinator. Michael brings to the role a vast amount of industry knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism. He is a leading sponsor of trotting races in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia through his company Taylor Made Travel, and is also both an owner and breeder himself. His cites his 19-win mare Miss Adelade winning both the Queensland Trotter and Trotting Mare of the Year titles in 2010 as his highlight to date as an owner, and as a sponsor Arizona Blue's win over the colts in the Taylor Made Travel  NSW  Trotters Derby rates highly. Based in New South Wales, Michael will be responsible for assisting breeders with their bookings, taking  semen orders throughout the season and facilitating the distribution of frozen semen throughout Australia. "We're very much looking forward to Michael taking up the role as we believe he will be an integral part in providing our Australian clients with an exceptional level of customer service" stated Marketing and Sales Manager Nikki Reed. Michael joins Nevele R at an exciting time for the company, with Nevele R partnering with Alabar in an industry first to bring the beautifully credentialled $2.4 million winning son of Rocknroll Hanover, A Rocknroll Dance down-under this season. A Meadowlands Pace winner and the first two-year-old ever to record multiple sub 1:50 wins, A Rocknroll Dance has proven incredibly popular with breeders and is close to having his Australian book closed. The coming breeding season also sees the addition of the champion North American trotting sire Andover Hall to the Stud's frozen semen ranks. Andover Hall has been a sensation from the day his stock hit the tracks - with his remarkable first crop featuring the champion trotters Donato Hanover and Pampered Princess, along with Hambletonian runner up Adrian Chip and Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae. Michael looks forward to discussing Nevele R's stallions and services with breeders, and welcomes enquires. His contact details are: P: 02 4346 1781 M: 0410 565 244 F: 02 9045 0542 E: mxt1225@hotmail.com  

The Alabar News is out and about and it can also be read online. A must read for all breeders and sales buyers, It contains plenty of interesting information, including interviews with leading trainers Mark Purdon and Robert Dunn, as well as a look at Anne and Bill Anderson’s Lauriston Bloodstock. Alabar’s new star stallions A Rocknroll Dance and Alta Christiano are also profiled. To read the Alabar News please click here: http://bit.ly/1k6YaFw

Bathurst Harness Racing Club has attempted in recent times to extend its identity and appeal beyond that well-established Gold Crown brand, with feature meetings aimed at local parish groups, rugby league clubs and the like.  Last Wednesday’s fixture included a Harness Breeders NSW – sponsored “Go Girlfriend Series” heat, but when former Bathurst, and now N.Z. based, commentator Mark McNamara got up to a bit of mischief, by paying for naming rights for a fillies race on the card, the meeting then became, unofficially, Girlfriends Night at the Trots.   Toby Inwood Is Looking For A Girlfriend Three Year Old Fillies Pace, named as a stir against a likeable young driver who works for the family of McNamara’s good mate Jason Turnbull, remarkably finished in a dead-heat, with good sport Inwood more than happy to celebrate with a pair of four-legged fillies following the event.  Santastic Princess ($14.30, Mickael Muscat for father Bill) and Shes So Foxy (($2.00 favourite, John O’Shea for Lester Hewitt) provided a perfect result and perfect names for such an event, relegating Artista Lombo to third, ahead of other interesting monikers like Modern Admirer, Pretty ideal and Hells A Coming. The shared win was the second leg of a double for the Muscat stable. They took out the opening race, a C1 sprint, with recent stable arrival Just Read My Mind NZ ($5.80), sitting in the running line and enjoying the strong tempo which produced a 2:00 mile rate. Front-running pair Written In Red and Prince Raymac fought on well to fill the minors.  On the other side of the McNamara “gee-up” came the “official” girlfriend event, the HBNSW Go Girlfriend Series heat, for C1-C3 Mares.    Highview Aria NZ ($12.70) gave Steve Turnbull the first leg of a training double, when Amanda brought it with a well-timed run from the one-one, with a narrow margin back to Our Miss Kathryn NZ, which led the three-wide train over the final lap. Both qualify for the $20,000 Tabcorp Park Menangle final this Saturday.  Ben Settree, representing HBNSW at the presentation, spoke about the merit of a series such as this which provides increased opportunities for fillies and mares to compete against their own sex. So say all of us!  Other winners from the meeting were: Burra Sullivan ($2.60 favourite, Nathan Hurst) , leading all the way in a 2130 metres C3-C4, the fourth win this season for the Armbro Operative four-year-old. The 58.3 last half was the quickest on a very cold night, and the placegetters were Packnplenty and  Skewbridge Road.  Kenny Cracker ($3.20 favourite, Michael Day Jr), impressive in sitting outside the lead in a 3C0 sprint in its first run for the Kevin Powderly stable from Young. Leader Flightee Deedee and Tulhurst  Stacey, which trailed the winner, filled the minor placings. This race was named for the Bathurst HRC Stallion Tender. It remains open till August 29, and provides the opportunity to secure services to leading sires Art Major and Mach Three, and exciting newcomer A Rocknroll Dance, at well below the advertised service fee, if in fact services remain available.  Boundtobewild, the longshot of the night at $17.90 for Anthony Winnell and trainer Peter Reid, produced a very strong finish when clear of the markers to run out an easy winner of a 2C0-2C1  Fillies sprint, from fellow pegs-runners Asitshouldbe and Mah Koo Loo Queen.  Having just her fourth race start, the winner is still very green but clearly has lots of raw ability. With a name like hers, she might be just the ticket if Toby Inwood is still without a girlfriend this time next season!  Bevendale Boy ($2.20 favourite, Sam Hewitt for father David, and owner Daniel Hewitt) , most impressive in working to the death in a 2130 metres 2C0 event, from where the son of Art Official controlled the race and ran out a narrow but soft winner, from last-start winner The Only Child and Gentleman Red.  This was his first win at start eleven, but he’s been racing well against much stronger company, and is likely to tackle the Breeders Challenge regional series in coming weeks.    Polished Rocks ($2.20 favourite, Steve Turnbull), the second leg of his training double, when he sat outside leader and runner-up Sweet Ava NZ in C0 sprint, to record his third successive win.  Three nights later, he raced in the $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle, finishing just behind the placegetters over the testing 2400 metres , to further shake off his former reputation as just a speedy type.  Bathurst race each Wednesday throughout July.    By Terry Neil  T 61 2 6333 5000  F 61 2 6331 4397  E contact@goldcrown.com.au 

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