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A 15-year-old pacer nicknamed “Sneakers” stole the show during last night’s harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. Veteran gelding Mister Douglas was victorious in the Schweppes Claiming Pace over 1720 metres for trainer-driver Joanne Justice, in what is his 34th win from 291 starts. Making his 9th appearance at the venue, the son of Albert Albert upstaged Livin It Lovin It by a half-head in a mile rate of 1:57.6. Justice said she is “absolutely rapt” with the gelding’s win. “He’s a great horse. He likes the wet and he loves working and racing,” Justice said. “He has been going good, he just needed to find the right race.” Paying $38.30 on the tote, Mister Douglas settled two-back along the pegs from the pole as Four Grinners led. Mister Douglas hit the front inside the final 50 metres before staving off Livin It Lovin It. “He’s got the white socks on his hinds and he’s light on his feet,” Justice said when asked how Mister Douglas got his stable name. Interestingly, Justice also had an association with Mister Douglas’s mother, which she drove to win the Nyah Necklace in 1991. Mister Douglas debuted on April 13, 2003, when scoring at Bendigo. He won several races at Moonee Valley before the home of Victorian metropolitan trotting moved to Melton where Mister Douglas has won eight races. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the veteran He broke down after 80 starts and experts told Justice at the time he probably wouldn’t race again. “But I walked him and swam him,” Justice said, eventually the trainer getting the gelding back on his feet and back on track.  “We’ll just keep working and racing with him until he doesn’t want to anymore. “I’m sure this is his last season. I am hoping to get to 300 starts.” HRV Media

Veteran gelding Thundering Bay survived a long first over journey to take the $6,500 Winners Over Handicapped Pace featured on Sunday night's harness racing card at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Thundering Bay ($8.70) advanced first over to wear down free-legged pacesetter Zambuca Gass and the pylon-skimming If I Remember in a three-across finish. The time of the mile was 1:54.3 with Thundering Bay prevailing by a quarter length. If I Remember edged by Zambucha Gass for the runner-up honours. Darcy Clancy trains and drives the 11-year-old son of Albert Albert, who earned his 21st lifetime win for owner/breeder Walter Clancy of Odessa, Ont. The victory was Thundering Bay's third in his last five starts and pushed his career bankroll to $134,591. To view the rest of this story click here.

Cam's Fool, a royally-bred son of Cam's Card Shark and who stands at Allwood Stud near Perth, was represented by his first winner from his first starter when the two-year-old filly Sea Me Smile emerged successful at Pinjarra on Monday (May 5). After racing midfield in the running line, the filly joined the three-wide train in the back straight and, switched four deep on the home turn, stormed home down the outside to win in a three-way photo. The mile rate for the 1684 metres was 2:00. She covered the last 800 in a blazing 56.7 seconds! The filly is trained by Debbie Lewis, who also part-owns her, and was driven by her husband, Chris. Sea Me Smile is the second foal of the multiple Gloucester Park winner Rylee Jo 1:59.4 ($53,222), an Albert Albert mare. Cam's Fool, a winner of $825,917, was the winner of 24 races including the Oliver Wendell Holmes and eliminations of the Cane Pace and Messenger Stake. He ranks as a half-brother to the USA 2YO of the Year, Breeders Crown champion and successful sire I Am A Fool ($1.1-million), A Fool For Mark (1:49.6) and the Stakes-winning filly Kissed By A Fool. Cam's Fool only had eight foals from his first crop and two have qualified and one is now a winner. A two-year-old filly by Cam's Fool named Our Thumbellina won an education trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. by Peter Wharton  

PL Dragon was the winner of $6,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park’s third race on Monday, August 19, 2013. Steven Price of East Moline, Illinois owns the six-year-old pacer. Trainer Ryan Angus called upon Aaron Merriman to drive the gelding. PL Dragon (Dragon Again-Go Wilma Go-Albert Albert) started from the rail and led at every call through blistering fractions of :26.4, :55.2, 1:23.3 and 1:51.3. PL Dragon easily handled his competition and was 2 ¼-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Goodnite Goodluck, Kiasma, Ramember, Chase The Sun, I Ride Western and Moreland Flash. Lite Me Up was scratched. Monday’s triumph increased PL Dragon’s lifetime win tally to 21 and his career earnings to $201,322. He was heavily favored and returned $2.20 to win. Victory Is Coming captured the $6,000 Open Trot for owners Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Aamon Hershberger is the six year-old mare’s trainer and pilot. Victory Is Coming (Victory Sam-Norse Comer-Overcomer) started from post eight and sat mid-pack through fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:26. Hershberger asked her to trot in the stretch and she responded. Victory Is Coming stopped the clock in 1:56, besting her competition by 2 ¼-lenths. Completing the race were Lady Rev, Norma’s Rose, Don’t Blink, Lookslikefire, Arianna Hall, Church St Boom R, Rockin H Winnie and Triple G. Victory Is Coming now has six wins in 2013 and 34 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed her career bankroll to $383,145. She paid $5.60 to win.

An Ontario invader will face off with the best harness racing pacing mares in the region in her first local test Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park.

Harness racing broodmare gem Ooh's N Aah's, p, 1:51.1s ($1,139,429), has been retired from her broodmare career. The 21 year old daughter of Albert Albert was a successful racehorse turned remarkable broodmare.

Despite a slow start Have A Bender prevailed in the 2013 West End Port Pirie Cup on Saturday night, the Bad Bert 6 year old started a $3.50 favourite held on to beat Shanghai Knight, who took the lead in the middle stages, by a half neck in a mile rate of 2.01.3 from the standing start.

Custers Last Stand paced home for his third straight win Monday (March 18) in Northfield Park's thirteenth race.

Corey Callahan, the leading dash-win driver in North American in early 2013 and Dover Downs leader won six races on the Tuesday, Feb. 26 program on an off track and his track runner-up Ross Wolfenden added four wins himself to dominated the 15 race card.

Yonkers Raceway's harness racing pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-features--an Open Handicap for everyone's-allowed trotters and an Open for distaff pacers--were won by Fuel Cell (Brian Sears, $15) and Queen of Royalty (Brent Holland, $42.60)

Champion Bolinda harness racing reinsman Chris Alford snared a quartet of winners at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday, including a rare treble of all three heats of the VHRSC Victoria Derby.

Northern Companion, a rags-to-riches harness racing star in 2012, will be honored by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association on Wednesday (Dec. 12) as the November Horse of the Month at the Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park.

With most quality horses having a break from racing, September/October is the time when the 'Claiming' races take pride of place in Melbourne - the lower grade 'Battle Of The Claimers' (price not exceeding $12,000) in early September, followed by the higher priced 'Claiming Masters' ($10,000 - $50,000) a few weeks later.

It was a Purdon trifecta to the finish of the Art Major Group One Breeders Crown $176,000 Final for 3yo pacing fillies at melton today (Sunday August 19), but not the way punters would have hoped, when Barry Purdon's Cheer The Lady ($19.50) defeated her more fancied harness racing rivals.

Ferrari Sena overcame post 10, went coast-to-coast and pulled off a 30-1 harness racing shocker in her $20,000 opening-round division of the Girls' Night Out Pacing Series on Friday evening at Mohawk.

Fourteen harness racing two-year-olds took to the track on Friday morning (May 25) at The Meadows in qualifying events, and a Magical Mike filly became the first local youngster to break the 2:00 mark.

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