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Friday night's $25,000 Pure Steel Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park brings together a quality field of up-and-coming harness racing pacers. The 12-horse field is comprised of pacers who qualified in heats run over the past three weeks at headquarters and Tuesday's random barrier draw shed no light on who would emerge as the winner. It's one of the most open races seen at GP in a long time, with nine of the twelve runners in with a realistic chance of taking home the spoils. The three heat winners - Americanbootscoota (Barrier 2), Livura (5) and Zach Maguire (9) - were all impressive in their respective victories but apart from Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot), Livura and Zach Maguire will have to contend with tricky draws. Red Hot Major lobbed the coveted pole and driver Aiden De Campo seems certain to use the horse's speed from the machine to attempt an all-the-way victory. This Gary Elson-trained five-year-old entire has been racing in solid form and punters would be wise to disregard his last-start fourth behind Frostyflyer when he just did too much work from a wide gate. Two starts prior Red Hot Major sprinted home the last 800m in a slick 54.7 to defeat Simply Susational in a 2185m race at Pinjarra and then he came to town, sprinted hard from a middle gate to take up the running and boxed on strongly to finish a close third in a heat of the Pure Steel (2130m) behind Livura and Overboard Again. Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr has a strong hand in the final with Zach Maguire, Harry Hoo (3), Overboard Again (11) and Campora (12). Overboard Again with two wins and a close second to his credit since returning from a spell, is poised to get a charmed run on the back of Americanbootscoota. The consistent Campora, two wins and four placings from his six starts since a spell, follows out stablemate Harry Hoo, himself a last-start all-the-way winner at headquarters and the impressive Zach Maguire, three wins from his three starts back since a break, completes the Hall juggernaut. Johnny Disco, from the stables of Ross Ashby, has been in good form with two wins and a second at his past four runs and is set to get a cushy run on the back of likely leader Red Hot Major. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will be keen to keep the breeze on his wife Debra's horse Americanbootscoota - a tough four-year-old gelding who appears to do his best work when parked. Ravenswood-based trainer Nathan Turvey has qualified two horses for the final - the consistent Livura, who he will drive, and former Kiwi pacer Dana Duke (4), to be reined by Ryan Warwick. It's certainly a quality line-up with many of these horses destined to become fast-class pacers in the future. Finding the winner will be no easy task, but punters can be assured that if they do find the winner then the odds will be tasty. Wayne Currall

Michael Ferguson, one of the State’s best young harness racing drivers, has no hesitation in declaring that four-year-old Americanbootscoota is on the doorstep of a highly successful career and he is confident of driving him to victory in the Book Your Next Function at Gloucester Park Westbred Pace on Friday night. Ferguson was full of praise for the gelding, trained at Boyanup by Dennis Roche, and said that he gave him “a really good feel” when he drove him for the first time in a 2100m event at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week. The Allamerican Ingot gelding began speedily from barrier four and burst to the front after 350m before going on to win from veteran pacer Shardons Rocket at a 1.56.9 rate over 2100m, with final quarters in 27.5sec. and 28.3sec. That was the gelding’s first start for three months. “He’s a really nice horse who has got good gate speed and should lead and prover hard to beat on Friday night. Ginger (Roche) said that he would improve with the first-up run. “I don’t think that anything will cross him, even though Extreme Dreams (barrier two) and Paid Twice (six) get out quickly. He’s definitely a horse on the way up and I’d say that if he keeps going the way he’s going, he will be set for the big four-year-old races later this year.” Ferguson has also been engaged to drive the Matt Scott-trained pair of Brookies Jet (race one) and Jaxon Fella (race five) and Gary Hall senior’s smart mare Delightful Jade in the Steelo’s Bistro Pace. “Brookies Jet probably will work forward from barrier four and sit outside Rycroft,” Ferguson said. “I think he is in career-best form and he was unlucky when held up and fourth behind Kurious two starts ago. I expect him to run a good race. “Jaxon Fella is going better than his form reads and is a good each-way chance.” Ken Casellas

Boyanup harness racing trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was philosophical when his smart mares Quite A Delight and Where Dreams Grow drew out wide at barrier eight in the second heat of the Fridgies Job The Johnson Pace and the Olive Farms Nice Drop Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He admitted that each mare faced a stern task, but he added that both had the ability to overcome the disadvantage of a wide barrier. Quite A Delight, a smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old by Bettor's Delight, simply does not know how to perform poorly, with her 18 starts producing nine wins, five second and two thirds. “She has taken Major Reality’s outside draw from last week,” Prentice said. “She tries her hardest every week.” Major Reality overcome the outside draw last week when she charged home from last at the bell to score an effortless victory over Am Opulent and Delightful Jade over 2130m last Friday night. Quite A Delight started this season in dazzling form with five wins in a row before finishing third to Major Reality, second to James Galleon and  a half-head second to The Parade at her next three outings.     Prentice said that Quite A Delight would have to be at the top of her game to win this week against several talented, in-form mares, including the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Deluxe Edition and Lady Willoughby, Sovereign Faith, Kiralin, Millwood Faith and Pay Me Quick. Justin Prentice Olivieri holds a strong hand with Deluxe Edition starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier and Lady Willoughby at No. 2. “Both mares have a good chance,” Olivieri said. “And fair dinkum I’m not sure who I lean towards. At this stage I can’t work out which one will lead. You can’t argue with Lady Willoughby’s form and you can’t disregard Deluxe Edition.” Lady Willoughby (Chris Voak) raced without cover early and then enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing strongly to win over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Easter Thursday. She dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 28.4sec. and beat Deluxe Edition, who finished boldly from seventh at the bell. Chris Lewis will again drive Deluxe Edition. Kiralin bounced back to her best form for Oldbury trainer Kim Prentice when she led and won from Sovereign Faith over 1780m at Northam on March 31. Sovereign Faith, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, raced in the breeze when a fighting second to Major Reality over 1684m at Pinjarra at her previous start. Pay Me Quick, trained and driven by Kristian Hawkins, ended a losing sequence of 21 when she set a fast pace and won easily from Eastwood Crystal and Millwood Faith at a 1.57.5 rate over 1780m at Northam on March 22. “She’s flying,” Hawkins declared. “But from barrier six I’ll be driving her patiently and for luck. She’s got an explosive turn of foot. Three starts before her win at Northam she raced in last place in a field of six at Gloucester Park and probably ran a 26.5sec. last quarter when an unlucky fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky over 2130m at Gloucester Park. If luck goes her way on Friday night she will be right in it.” WA-bred five-year-old Where Dreams Grow is in sound form, but will need luck from her wide draw on Friday night. “She’s come back (after a spell) really good, but it’s going to be tough from barrier eight over a mile,” Prentice said. Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) followed a good first-up second to James Galleon at Pinjarra with a strong-finishing fourth behind The Parade over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Gary Hall jun. said that Delightful Jade had winning prospects, despite drawing the outside barrier in Friday night’s 1730m sprint. “With All About Pink sure to be attempting to lead from barrier three and Mon Lillies and Giuliana Rancic possessing good gate speed, the race could be run upside down. And if it is, then Delightful Jade will come into contention. She went well enough when third to Major Reality and Am Opulent last week.” Justin Prentice, who also prepares Giuliana Rancic, said that he was hoping for an improved effort from the hard-pulling four-year-old. “I’ve tried a different bit on her this week and she’s been really good. So I have my fingers crossed that she will settle.” The Katja Warwick-trained Straittothehilton also has solid claims from the No. 4 barrier. She finished strongly when third behind Guns With Cows over 2130m last Friday night. That followed easy wins over 2130m on the same track at her two previous starts. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016

All Heart Gal stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. All Heart Gal was away first for Eric Ledford but yielded to Jaded Dream near the quarter. They raced that way until the stretch, when All Heart Gal knifed inside and drew off to down Jaded Dream by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54 over a "good" surface. Wiggle It Hanover rallied from last for show. Luis Porfilio trains the 8-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot-Nine Of Hearts, who now boasts $595,502 in career earnings, for Heritage Stables. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 15-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows features four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for 2-year-olds in addition to a $60,000 consolation race in each division. Overall, the card will offer more than $1.72 million in purses, making it one of the richest in track history. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak  

Munster businessman Tom Erceg and harness racing owner snapped up a wonderful bargain when he paid just $6000 for a Rich And Spoilt filly at the Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale in February 2013. The filly named Straittothehilton and raced by Erceg in partnership with Byford trainer Katja Warwick, boosted her earnings to $88,330 when she gave a dashing display to score an easy victory in the $100,000 group 1 NHP Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Straittothehilton, third favourite at 9/2, was driven in masterly fashion by Morgan Woodley and the win completed a double for Woodley and the Warwick family in the Westbred Classic. Former champion trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick, husband of Katja, prepared 14/1 chance Sweet Atomic when Woodley drove her to a thrilling victory in a three-way photo finish from Hermattjesty Mulan and Flirtalicious in the 2011 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies. Straittothehilton jumped straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier before Aiden De Campo sent 3/1 second fancy Delightful Jade (a winner at six of her seven starts) into the lead after 100m, leaving the heavily-supported 9/4 favourite Massive Attack in the breeze. After a leisurely lead time of 38.7sec. and a slow first quarter of 31.6sec., de Campo increased the tempo and Delightful Jade sprinted over the second section in 28.8sec. This was followed by a 29.2sec. quarter before Gary Hall jun. sent Massive Attack to the front 270m from home. Woodley had eased Straittothehilton off the pegs with about 600m to travel to follow the run of Massive Attack. Straittothehilton burst into the lead 100m from the post and won by two lengths from Massive Attack, who put up a tremendous performance to finish second. The final quarter was a modest 30.8sec. and Straittothehilton rated 2.01 over the 2130m journey. Soho New York (40/1) surged home from tenth at the bell to finish a further two lengths back in third place, in front of Sea Me Smile. Delightful Jade wilted to finish sixth. Katja Warwick has given Straittothehilton a splendid preparation and the filly went into the classic as the most experienced runner, with 13 starts under her belt. Straittothehilton, who has been driven by Woodley in all her starts, has now won three races and been placed eight times. Her dam Made of Dreams (by Parsons Den) raced 49 times for ten wins, 14 placings and $39,664. Made of Dreams is out of unraced Northern Lights mare Arctic Glow, whose five winners included Chazsalico (135 starts for 20 wins, 31 placings and $141,515). Amongst Royalty, a full-sister of Made of Dreams, won two group 1 and one group 2 classic as a two-year-old and retired with a record of 86 starts for 23 wins and 27 placings for earnings of $570,820. Arctic Glow's dam Broncroft Castle produced star pacer Mon Poppy Day, who amassed $318,558 from 20 wins and 16 placings from 50 starts. His wins included the WA and Tasmanian Derbies in 1996, the 1996 Golden Nugget, the 1997 Christmas Gift and the 1998 Mount Eden Mile. Straittothehilton also is related to former champion mares Under Cover Lover (70 starts for 21 wins, 22 placings and $864,923) and Bettor Cover Lover (39 starts for 19 wins, 14 placings and $1,026,427). Straittothehilton is the latest of the progeny of Rich And Spoilt to win juvenile classics. His previous classic winners include Silver Tail Adda, Shipwreck, Batavia Touchngo and Adda Cool Mil. Rich And Spoilt won the 1999 Pearl Classic, the State Sires Series Classic and Caduceus Club Classic in 2000 and finished a nose second to Seelster Sam in the Gold Nugget Championship in December 2000. Straittothehilton Erceg also purchased a colt for $9500 at the 2013 sales who is trained by Katja Warwick. The colt, named Out of the Shadow, won at his debut, at Harvey in January this year and again at Bunbury in February. Veteran lands first group 1 winner Veteran Bunbury trainer Bob Wood landed his first group 1 winner when Kyle Harper drove All Aussie Boy to an all-the-way victory in the $100,000 Clipsal Schneider Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. All Aussie Boy, equal second favourite at 13/4, made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier, but had to survive a spirited early challenge from 5/4 favourite Persistent Threat before setting the pace and holding on grimly to defeat 11/1 chance A Force In Action by a metre, with a length and a half back to 66/1 outside Captain Oats in third place. The 23-year-old Harper had some anxious moments in the final stages when All Aussie Boy began to shift up the track. The left-handed Harper then used the whip in his non-preferred right hand to prevent the colt from veering out. He responded gamely to Harper's urgings and just held out the fast-finishing A Force In Action, who had enjoyed an perfect trip behind the pacemaker until Mark Reed got him off the pegs approaching the home turn and brought the colt home with a strong three-wide burst. After the race the stewards fined Harper $200 for incorrect use of the whip in that he used more than a wrist and elbow action. Persistent Threat began speedily from the No. 2 barrier and Tom Buchanan made a spirited bid for the lead. Persistent Threat got almost a length and a half in front of All Aussie Boy, but just failed to muster sufficient speed to cross to the front, with Harper driving All Aussie Boy hard to retain the lead. Buchanan took hold of Persistent Threat after 200m and the gelding broke into a gallop. However, Buchanan quickly got Persistent Threat back into a pacing action. Morgan Woodley then dashed Thatlebe forward with a fast three-wide burst to move into the breeze after 550m. Then, after 600m, Colin Brown sent the 13/4 equal second fancy Isaiah Artois forward from the rear with a three-wide charge to assume the position outside the pacemaker. Persistent Threat then was sixth win the one-wide line. The first quarter was run in 31.8sec. before final sections in 29.9sec., 29.9sec. and 29.2sec. Buchanan eased Persistent Threat three wide approaching the 400m mark, but the gelding lacked sparkle and wilted to finish in eleventh position. Isaiah Artois was a gallant fourth. The winner rated 2.0.2 over the 2130m. All Aussie Boy looks like developing into the best pacer prepared by the 71-year-old Wood since he trained Pataz in the early 2000s. Pataz, who reached an M7 mark in 2003, raced 66 times for 20 wins, 13 placings and $144,878 in stakes. All Aussie Boy has earned $78,345 from three wins and three placings from eight starts. He is by Allamerican Ingot and is out of Parsons Den mare Like Royalty, who was unplaced at her 12 starts, earning just $183 from her fourth placing in a two-year-old event at Gloucester Park in July 2005. All Aussie Boy is a half-brother to Paramedic, who notched his tenth victory when Harper drove him to an all-the-way win in a Pathway at Gloucester Park last month. All Aussie Boy Hall's tactics succeed with Our Arlington A bold move by Clint Hall to send Our Arlington forward from the awkward No. 4 barrier, instead of restraining him, paid handsome dividends when the New Zealand-bred six-year-old scored an upset win at 14/1 in the $25,000 LED Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was generally considered that Please Release Me would set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and Hall drove Our Arlington hard early, out three wide for the first 300m, before getting to the breeze. Two hundred metres later Our Arlington settled in the perfect one-out, one-back position when Dundee Three sustained a three-wide early burst to take up the position outside Please Release Me. After a reasonable lead time of 37.6sec., Please Release Me coasted through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.2sec. before he covered the next quarters in 29.3sec. and 28.3sec. Hall switched Our Arlington three wide with 300m to travel and the gelding finished full of running to hit the front 120m from the post. He held on to defeat the gallant Dundee Three (13/4) by one metre, with Please Release Me (11/4) a nose away in third place after a final quarter in 28.6sec. My Hard Copy, a well-supported 11/8 favourite, started from the inside of the back line and he got into the clear leaving the back straight the final time before finishing solidly, out wide, to be a head away in fourth place Our Arlington gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. his second success in the Past Presidents Cup. He was successful with The Falcon Strike in 2006. Our Arlington, by Washington VC, won twice from three starts as a three-year-old in New Zealand in March 2011 and 11 times in Victoria. His three wins from 15 WA starts have taken his record to 68 starts for 16 wins, 17 placings and stakes of $169,942. Voak's birthday surprise Chris Voak wasn't optimistic about his chances with eight drives at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he gave himself a pleasant birthday surprise when he drove 45/1 outsider Say It Now to a stirring victory in the 2130m Cable Joining Supplies Pace. Voak, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday, continues to drive winners every week and is a clear second behind Gary Hall jun. in the Statewide drivers' premiership table. Hall has 147 winners and Voak has had 951 drives in the 2013-14 season for 124 wins, 120 seconds and 94 thirds. Say It Now gave Voak his 43rd city success this season and he is in fifth place on the Metropolitan list behind Hall (99 wins), Chris Lewis (59), Colin Brown (57) and Morgan Woodley (45). Say It Now was a 7/4 chance the previous Friday night when Chris Lewis drove the noted frontrunner to a head victory over Bettor Party over 1730m. But punters disregarded his chances on Friday night when he rose in class and started from barrier two on the back line over a longer journey. Voak was driving the pacer for the first time. Polemarker Black Aquila was all the rage from the prized No. 1 barrier and was favourite at 10/9 on, with stablemates Vapour (11/4) and Notabadexcuse (11/1) next in betting. Michael Young got Black Aquila away smartly and the five-year-old set the pace, with Notabadexcuse (Micheal Ferguson) in the breeze and Love In The Dark sitting behind the pacemaker. Say It Now raced three back on the pegs and was eighth at the bell. Voak got Say It Now off the inside in the final circuit and the stallion charged home, out wide, to gain a last-stride victory by a neck from Notabadexcuse, who had taken the lead 80m from the post. Black Aquila was a wilting third. The final sections were covered in 28.5sec. and 29.5sec. and Say It Now rated 1.57.6. He has been an excellent moneyspinner for Hopeland trainer Kevin Charles and his son Kody, who bred the horse from Promising Gift, a mare gifted to them by breeder Tom Keating. Say It Now has earned $101,981 from 12 wins and 11 placings from 52 starts. Desirable Guy breaks through for first WA win New South Wales-bred five-year-old Desirable Guy completed a double for reinsman Colin Brown in the first two events at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he relished his pacemaking role to score an easy victory in the 2130m Bambach Cables Pathway Pace. Brown, who trains the gelding at Banjup, had won the opening event with the Dick Moore-trained Macintosh. Desirable Guy, second fancy at 3/1, jumped straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and Brown rated him perfectly to score by four metres from polemarker Justlikelindt, a 13/1 chance who trailed the leader all the way. A half-head away in third place was the 2/1 favourite Algranco Under Fire, who raced three wide early and then without cover. The win was Desirable Guy's first from seven WA starts and it ended a losing sequence of 13. He now boasts an enviable record of 70 starts for 15 wins and 22 placings for earnings of $105,388 and he looks capable of more city successes for owners Geoff and Ben Waters, John Galluccio, Grahame Searle and Paul Whyte. Desirable Guy showed early promise and at Melton in May 2011 he finished fourth behind Mr Nickel, Magic Bliss and Soho Valencia in the $305,000 group 1 Australian Pacing Gold. By American stallion Real Desire, Desirable Guy is the first foal out of Atworthy Maid, who was unplaced at her four starts in Victoria as a two and three-year-old in 2005-06. Atworthy Maid's dam Crown Velvet produced five winners, including Velvets Bee gee (29 wins and $134,600) and Croesus (13 wins and $253,050). Am Opulent relishes frontrunning role Few mares in Western Australia possess the sparkling early speed of Am Opulent and when Ryan Warwick dashed the New Zealand-bred four-year-old straight to the front from the No. 3 barrier her 11 rivals faced an extremely difficult task in the $25,000 final of the Nexans Olex Lombardo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Warwick stole a march on the opposition when he got Am Opulent to relax and coast through the lead time in 38.2sec. and the first quarter of the final mile in 31.7sec. Warwick gave the mare more rein in the final 800m and she sped over the final quarters in 29sec. and 28.2sec. to win by one and a half lengths from 66/1 outsider Tis A Charmer, who enjoyed a good trail three back on the pegs. Polemarker Ace of Cards (22/1) trailed the leader for much of the way before finishing with a spirited burst. Selkie, the 2/1 favourite, was never in contention. Chris Lewis restrained her back to the rear from her wide barrier at No. 6 on the front line. She started a three-wide run approaching the bell, following Lucky Joy, But she floundered in the back straight and dropped back to finish in eleventh position. Am Opulent, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has earned $188,047 from 12 wins and 11 placings from 45 starts. She is related to Smart Son (41 wins and $347,805) and Vanderel (14 wins and $164,163). My Samantha Jane turns the tables Consistent filly My Samantha Jane turned the tables on The Parade when she gave a bold frontrunning display and carried too many guns in the final stages for her rival in the 2130m Sylvania Trader Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A fortnight earlier My Samantha Jane started from the inside of the back line and trailed the pacemaker Harper Grace before finishing a sound second to The Parade, who sustained a powerful burst from last to take the lead 250m from home. Under the preferential barrier draw conditions on Friday night, My Samantha Jane drew ideally at No. 2 on the front line and The Parade had the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line. My Samantha Jane was a strongly-supported 2/1 second fancy, with The Parade favourite at 6/4. Trainer Mike Reed, anxious to have My Samantha Jane's mind on the job from the outset, changed her gear, removing the Dolly Varden blinkers and replacing them with hood-type blinkers. This did the trick and the filly began like a shot. After first quarters of the final mile in 30.7sec. and 30.1sec., My Samantha Jane dashed over the final sections in 29.3sec. and 29.2sec. and she won by five metres from the gallant The Parade, rating 1.58.4. Polemarker Major Flirt finished third after trailing the pacemaker all the way. The Parade settled down in eleventh position before Justin Prentice dashed her forward with a fast three-wide burst after 700m. The filly moved into the breeze with 1050m to travel and she fought on with typical determination. My Samantha Jane, unplaced at her three starts in New Zealand, has had 16 starts in Western Australia for four wins and six placings and now has earned $44,620 in stakes. El Machine a winter cups prospect Bargain pacer El Machine graduated to an M5 mark with his stylish victory in the Hydraulic Energy Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and will be a valuable addition to open-class feature Cup events over the winter months. He was a 10/1 chance from the outside of the back line and made light of this disadvantage by unwinding a typical powerful finishing burst to easily defeat 3/1 second fancy Slick Chapel and Wrongly Accused (6/1), rating 1.57.4 over the 2130m trip. Last-start winner Real Hammer (5/1) began with his usual alacrity to burst straight to the front from the polemarker and 5/2 favourite Mighty Flying Thomas, with Wrongly Accused in the breeze. El Machine settled at the rear before his trainer Kade Howson started a three-wide move approaching the bell and appreciating a cart up behind Rodrigo. Real Hammer, who pulled hard, began to tire badly half-way down the back straight and Howson shot El Machine to the front 260m from home. Slick Chapel was tenth at the bell and following El Machine in the three-wide line. Gary Hall jun. switched him four wide with about 420m to travel and he finished powerfully to be second. Mighty Flying Thomas was hampered behind the fading Real hammer and even though Tom Buchanan was able to ease the gelding off the pegs, he was blocked for a clear passage in the final stages and finished eighth. The West Australian-bred El Machine, bought for a mere $5000 as a yearling by Howson and fellow trainer-reinsman Michael George, has earned $156,489 from 18 wins and 13 placings from 47 starts. Claimers the aim for Pride of Colorado Darling Downs trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi has high hopes that Pride of Colorado will follow in the footsteps of his half-brother Scram Jet and develop the reputation as a King of the Claimers. Scram Jet enjoyed racing in claimers in the twilight of his career and he was retired after winning ten times in that company and with a career record of 172 starts for 24 wins, 42 placings and $235,076 in prizemoney. Pride of Colorado, a West Australian-bred seven-year-old by former star pacer Saab, has an M4 classification and Cortopassi considers he is not quite up to top class and he is planning a continuing career in claiming events. Pride of Colorado won his second claimer when Cortopassi drove him aggressively before he won the 2130m Scholz Electric Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pride of Colorado started from barrier six in a field of seven and was a firm 5/4 favourite. Cortopassi was keen to control the tempo of the race and he dashed Pride of Colorado forward in the early stages to race in the breeze, with 12-year-old Tee Pee Village (6/1) setting the pace. After an opening section of the final mile in a slow 31.3sec., Tee Pee Village ran the next quarters in 29.8sec., 28.7sec. and 28.8sec. However, he was unable to keep Pride of Colorado at bay, with the favourite forging to the front 80m from the post and winning by just over a length. Pride of Colorado, owned by Stephen Schmedje, has earned $148,967 from 17 wins and 18 placings from 81 starts. Northern Lights mare Lady Legacy, dam of Scram Jet and Pride of Colorado, won at five of her 23 starts in the mid-1990s. She is out of Fiscal Miss, a winner of 15 races and the mother of star performers Whitbys Miss Penny (50 starts for 32 wins, six placings and $568,289) and Ace of Whitby (79 starts for 29 wins, 21 placings and $317,247). Macintosh makes it eight from ten in WA Up-and-coming New Zealand-bred four-year-old Macintosh continued his rise to prominence when he overcame the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line with an impressive victory in the 2536m Apec Cables Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A week earlier Colin Brown brought Macintosh home with a powerful last-lap last-to-first effort. But on Friday night Brown made his move earlier. Polemarker What God Knows led for the first lap, during which he withstood a spirited challenge from Mr Nickel. Brown seized the initiate after a lap had been covered by sending Macintosh forward from the rear with a strong three-wide burst. Macintosh, favourite at 6/4, moved to the breeze 1300m from home and Brown was content to remain there until be shot the son of Mach Three to the front with 470m to travel. The third quarter of the final mile was covered in a brisk 28.3sec. and Macintosh sprinted the final section in 28.4sec. to win by just under a length from 11/4 second fancy Ohoka Kentucky, who sustained strong burst from the rear. Dearborn (12/1) followed the run of Ohoka Kentucky to finish an encouraging third. Macintosh, trained at Forrestdale by Dick Moore, looks set for many more wins. After winning at two of his ten starts in New Zealand the gelding has won eight times from ten starts in WA. by Ken Casellas  

She may be small, but Incredible Gambler packs a big kick in the stretch and has now posed for pictures following four of her last five trips to the post here at Cal Expo. The 8-year-old New Jersey-bred daughter of Allamerican Ingot who currently goes about her business for owner Clint Lugar and trainer Salvador Wenceslao, with Dave Siegel having guided her in three of those aforementioned four scores. Siegel has a long history with Incredible Gambler, having previously owned the mare, and theyve developed a great rapport over the years. Shes one of my favorite horses to drive, Siegel noted. I get along with her really well, and know her strengths and weaknesses as well as any other horse I drive. She comes ready to race every week and seems to really enjoy racing, though frankly she does not really like racing in the slop. Since she is a strong closer, she really likes the big track and the dirt surface suits her very well. She is small in stature, which makes for great visibility, really handy and two fingers to drive. The Lugar colorbearer, who sports a 1:54 career standard, recently went over the $100,000 earnings plateau. I was very happy that she returned to Cal Expo after her eastern journey and that Clint continues to give me the opportunity to drive her, Siegel added. Incredible Gambler is slated to suit up in Friday evenings ninth race with main man Siegel giving directions from the No. 4 post. She figures to make her presence felt once again when push comes to shove in the stretch. Sire Stakes, Distaff Open Pace on tap A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds and a Distaff Open Pace are on tap Friday night at Cal Expo, with Js Littlerockstar and Placer heading their respective stakes while Show Runner and Ladys Art square off in the co-feature. . A 14-race card is scheduled with first post set for 5:45 p.m. The Sire Stakes for the pacing fillies goes as the fourth on the program, while the race for the trotters is the sixth and the filly-mare Pace occupies the second spot on the program. Js Littlerockstar is a 3-year-old daughter of Little Steven out of the Pacific Fella mare Sweet Sakra Sue who is owned, trained, driven and bred by James Kennedy. After finishing second in her first two added-money outings this season, she earned a trophy in the most recent clash two weeks ago. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice in that affair, the bay miss rallied with second-over cover and ignited at crunch time to prevail by a length. She came her final quarter in :28 flat while stopping the timer in 1:58 that evening. De Valeria will attempt to make amends after finishing fourth that night after being shuffled as the odds-on choice. The Eugene Afentoulis colorbearer accounted for two of the previous three Sire Stakes for the division with trainer Luke Plano at the controls. Placer is eyeing his four stakes score in the race for the sophomore trotters. The homebred son of Panama Hanover races for the Desomer Stables Inc. with Steve Desomer handling the lines. In the last stakes gathering on March 14, Placer was parked to the lead at the half, took complete control of things from that point and came to the wire with two and three-quarter lengths to spare in a lifetime-best 2:00 1/5 clocking. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

USA import Johny Rock impressed his co-trainer Graham Court in his first public appearance since touching down in New Zealand. “He got out of the gate really good and just got piped on the post by a smart mare in Helena Jet,” enthused Court. “He should take plenty of improvement out of that trial and he will trial again before racing,” he added. Court said that while it will take some time for the four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover to adapt to New Zealand racing, Johny Rock is a very quick learner. “In America it is just handlebars down from the get-go, so he has got to learn to come back to you in the middle stages, before really kicking strongly again in the home straight,” explained Court. Court said that he is still yet to decide when and where the 1:48 pacer will kick off his New Zealand career. “It will depend on how he performs in his next trial, but at this stage I couldn’t be happier with him,” confirmed Court. “He has really high speed and is just going to be a tremendous stayer. He has all the attributes of a real top-liner.” Court said that while it is far too early to try and compare Johny Rock to a horse like ‘Terror’, his trackwork would indicate that he is the second best that Court has ever trained. Johny Rock was driven by co-trainer Paul Court in his first public appearance, but Graham confirmed that the man that has steered Terror To Love to victory in the last two New Zealand Cups, Ricky May, would be the entire’s regular driver. Meanwhile, Terror To Love will resume in the $50,000 Northern Southland Cup tomorrow, where he will face the stiff task of giving rising star Arden Rooney a 25 metre head start.   Johny Rock fact file: *25 starts – 9 wins – 7 seconds – 1 third *Stakes: $494,805 NZ *New Zealand assessment – C5 *As a two-year-old Johny Rock raced on 10 occasions for four wins and four placings, earning $151,241. His most important success was the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadowlands. *Johny Rock is out of Soggy Britches (1:50.4), a $200,000 winning daughter of the Woodrow Wilson winner Allamerican Ingot (1:50.6) *Johny Rock finished second to World Champion Captaintreacherous in a heat of the Metro Pace *Johny Rock was formerly trained by John Butenschoen and driven by Andy Miller *He had his last start in the USA in an elimination of the Little Brown Jug, where he finished an unlucky sixth. *He is a striking individual who stands at 15.3 hands  By Mitchell Robertson

It may have said 27-1 on the board, but Incredible Gambler looked more like an odds-on favorite last week as she took aim on the leaders at the head of the stretch and won going away with Dave Siegel in the sulky. She attempts an encore in Saturday night's 10th race. Incredible Gambler, a 7-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot, currently carries the banner of Clint Lugar and hails from the Lino Pacheco barn. Making her first start since late August at Vernon Downs and sporting a qualifier with the comment "under wraps", she was ready to rock and roll off the bench. While Siegel was merely the passenger for the latest victory, he has a successful history with Incredible Gambler that also includes posing for pictures as the owner of this hard-hitting distaffer. "I claimed her back in April of last year," Siegel explained. "I owned her for a little over a year, though she was claimed a couple of times in between. Matias Ruiz trained her and she was about as reliable a performer as there can be. "I have won with her 11 times, and I think except for one race where she broke, she got a check in something like 25 consecutive races. Clint purchased her from me at the end of the last meet and she raced very well in Minnesota for Luke Plano, but did not seem to like the track at Vernon Downs as much as she does the Cal Expo oval." Incredible Gambler, who went over the $90,000 earnings plateau with her most recent appearance for Team Lugar/Pacheco/Siegel, can pretty much get the job done from any position in the race, but does have a preference. " While she can race any which way, she likes coming off the pace the best, so with our shorter fields and wide turns, she is really well suited for Sacramento," Siegel said. " I was really excited when Clint asked me to drive her, especially when we have some really good drivers here. I guess he saw how I had done with her and gave me the nod. " She qualified super, and I was just hoping for a good, off the pace trip with her in her first outing after the trip west. But the front went fast enough, and she was her old self coming from the back. It's really nice to be reunited and I hope I can continue to do well with her." It's Getting Hairy, Phantom Dan square off Saturday night's 13-race program is headed by an Open Pace that finds It's Getting Hairy and Phantom Dan in a rematch, with the former going from the outside while Phantom Dan gets some serious relief as he moves from the demanding 10 slot to the No. 5 post for this assignment. Since running into serious traffic problems and losing all chance in his local debut, It's Getting Hairy has posted back-to-back impressive victories for Tim and Denise Maier. The 4-year-old son of Relentless Yankee was haltered from a $6,000 claimer in August at Running Aces and set his 1:52 3/5 mark 10 days later over that track. He is looking for his ninth win on the year from 21 appearances. It's Getting Hairy came from last to prove a powerful winner in a conditioned affair on November 2, was scratched from his next scheduled outing and then got to the job done at the top rung in his most recent tour. Sitting next-to-last until the final bend, he swung out to take aim on the leaders turning for home and rolled by for the two and a quarter-length score. Phantom Dan kicked off the meet with three straight victories, but could not overcome the assigned 10 post last time and faltered. James Kennedy drives, trains and co-owns the 5-year-old son of Little Steven with Jennifer Burns and he could easily rebound now that he isn't doing his work from that testing slot. The bay performer was unbeatable here between October 26 and November 9, with the last two scores coming at this Open level. In fact, he was not beaten to a pole in those outings, twice hitting the wire in 1:54 2/5 twice and clocking a 1:55 mile in the other. His 1:53 1/5 lifetime standard was established over this layout earlier in the season. One And Only has been knocking on the door with two seconds and a third since returning from Vernon Downs in New York, where he set his 1:52 4/5 mark this summer. Richard Morita and David Yamada own, Lino Pacheco trains and Luke Plano will once again handle the lines. Completing the field are Giant Sculpture, who has the cozy rail slot with trainer Gene Vallandingham in the sulky; the Gretchen Smith-trained Steuben Jumpnjack, to be guided by Steve Wiseman; and Split Ticket, who gives the Pacheco barn two looks at the outcome with Chip Lackey at the controls. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

Weanlings by the well credentialled sires Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Tell All and Skyvalley will go up for auction at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. A total of 27 yearlings have been nominated including four by both Major In Art and Santanna Blue Chip and two by Shadow Play and Art Official. The offering includes a half-brother by Grinfromeartoear to the Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton, a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, Shadow Play and Major In Art fillies both closely related to Rocknrolla. There’s yearling colts and fillies from the families of ‘black type’ performers Alta Christiano, Saint Flash, Hilarious Guest, Her Sparky Self, Gotanedge, Six Oclock Rock and Newsbreaker. The sale also features broodmares in-foal to leading sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Roll With Joe, Mister Big and Grinfromeartoear. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au by Peter Wharton

Ninety-five nominations have been received for the 2013 Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, which will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty  Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca.   The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hardcopy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au   A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Major In Art (4 lots), Santanna Blue Chip (4), Shadow Play (2), Allamerican Ingot (2), Art Official, Grinfromeartoear and Tell All.   Broodmares are in foal to highly credentialled stallions including Mach Three, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play, Sportswriter, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Live Or Die, Four Starzzz Shark, Grinfromeartoear and Mister Big.   Among the broodmare contingent are the Group or Listed winning racemares Uncork, Libra Jaccka, Glacier Bay, Kims Fantasy and Speedy Naomi.   The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am.   By Peter Wharton

All Heart Gal yielded the lead to Magic Starlight early but brushed by her rival in the Lightning Lane to capture Saturday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:51.2.

Harness racing owners Aldo Cortopassi and Francesca Minniti are more than happy that a recent deal to sell Franco Renegade to American interests for $35,000 fell through and now they are looking forward to the New Zealand-bred gelding winning further feature events after he had unwound a powerful finishing burst to score an upset victory in the $25,000 Retravision Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Lightly-raced five-year-old Livingontheinterest gave further convincing proof that he will be a leading harness racing candidate for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup next summer when he gave another dazzling display to beat Hokonui Ben and Ima Rocket Star in the 2130m Quality Produce Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Double Dribble and Jonathan Drury captured Monday evenings featured $5,200 condition pacing event for trainer Joe Agostino.

Miss Two Punch captured the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for the second straight week in the eighth race on Friday (June 14) at harness racing's Northfield Park. She is owned by Tracy Root and Kathleen Doubrava-Root of Macedonia, Ohio.

Miss Two Punch captured the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for owners Tracy Root and Kathleen Doubrava-Root of Macedonia, Ohio in the ninth race on Friday (June 7) at Northfield Park.

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