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CHESTER, PA - Driver George Brennan, coming to Harrah's Philadelphia for a single drive on Wednesday afternoon, certainly picked the right horse for whom to make the journey, guiding the American Ideal mare Touchmatic to a new mark of 1:50, lowering her old standard by three full seconds, in taking the $17,000 featured pace for distaffs. Brennan moved Touchmatic out from fourth just past the half, and got the fast mare in gear quickly, pacing her personal third quarter in 26 flat to clear just past the ¾ pole and drawing off to a four length score. Kaitlyn N, undefeated in three prior North American starts, was shuffled when the lead changed hands and had to back out and then go wide, getting second ahead of favored Dr J's Kiss, who couldn't keep with the brushing winner. Touchmatic doesn't seem to mind going the raw journey - in the four wins she's posted in her last eight starts, all have come via the grinding route. Nik Drennan trains the winner of $160,097 for the partnership of Joseph Davino, Patrick O'Brien, Brad Shackman, and the Drennan Stable LLC. There were two $16,000 co-features on the card, and in the pacing sub-feature another fast time was put up by the Bettor's Delight gelding Fullback, who went gate-to-wire and lowered his mark by 2 2/5 seconds to 1:50.1. Tim Tetrick was in the sulky behind the winner of $128,675 for trainer Shaun Vallee, also co-owner with Alroy Chow and Stanley Sclar. In the co-feature for trotters, Sortie likely didn't mind dropping out of the Graduate Series, as the son of Explosive Matter posted a 1:55 victory while running his earnings to $206,822. Co-owner Noel Daley, formerly trainer of the fast horse, hadn't been able to break him of recent misbehavior patterns, so the horse went over to trainer Trond Smedshammer, who also drove the winner here for Daley, the Patricia Stable, John Fodera, and Joe Sbrocco. FINISHING LINES - The $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event here on Sunday brings together eight fast-class pacers, including Heaven Rocks A, second to Filibuster Hanover in the 1:48.2 Commodore Barry Invitational here this past Sunday, and Bettor Memories, who won a Great Northeast event on the same card in 1:49.3. From the PHHA/HARRAH'S

WILKES-BARRE PA - Top purse events on the Tuesday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were a trio of $15,000 events for "nw 4 races" company, two on the trot and one for male pacers. First up was a trotting field, from which Yuge came away with a new mark of 1:54.1. Tom Jackson moved the Muscle Mass gelding to command in front of the stands and stayed in control from there for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, co-owner with Dr. Patricia Hogan and Ed Lohmeyer Jr. The pacing event came between the two trots; the sidewheeling event was won by the American Ideal gelding A Farmboys Success, who went wire-to-wire while clocking a personal best of 1:52.2. Clear much of the last quarter, A Farmboys Success saw his lead diminish rapidly late as Happy Trio extricated himself from a bad shuffle and swept wide, but his late surge came up a neck shy against the victorious Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the second trot, the Muscle Massive mare Striking Volo completed a "sweep" of new lifetime marks in the features when she reported home first in 1:57.1. Anthony Napolitano got away last with the winner, but had her moving at the quarter and she gained with every stride thereafter, grinding to a confident neck win over Celebrity Apollo for trainer Jody Riedel and Super Mile LLC as the only successful favorite in the tri-features. Top contest for older performers was a $14,000 pace for mares, which saw Juslikeaqueen never see the rail, be three-wide at two points, and still come on to defeat deep-Pocono Pike-shooting Shady Stella by a neck in 1:51.3. Driver Simon Allard got a second-over trip behind a wild pace and was able to rally the daughter of Palone Ranger to post a gritty victory for trainer/owner Antonia Storer. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) captured the fillies and mares featured Open 2 Pace ($9000), on Friday (May 25) at Tioga Downs. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) went right to the lead and carried all the early fractions (:26.2, :55.4, 123.4). She was pressured by Ask Queenie (Jim Taggart Jr.) all the way around the final turn. Milky Way Rae ($10.00) watched all the action from the pocket seat. Owned by Fortunate One LLC., and trained by Tony Dinges, she would make her move after Ask Queenie went on a break. Milky Way Rae zoomed to the front and won in a career best time of 1:52.4. Super Soph (Jim Meittinis) came on late to finish second. Beyonces Rockn (Kyle DiBenedetto) took third. Milky Way Rae is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. She notched win number two of the season. It was her 18th career win. Aaron Byron and Mike Merton each won two on the night. They are tied for the leading driver standings with 11 wins a piece. Jim Taggart Jr. and Jim Meittinis also won two races on the night. They are tied for third in the standings with eight wins each. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with an eight race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 25, 2018-Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, $12.20), last season's Lismore Pace victress, found some near-anniversary symmetry Friday night (May 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 6, Tequila Monday saw a trio of leavers in the presence of Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell), Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett) and 1-2 choice Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton). It was Call Me Queen Be doing the early work, as in subsections of :26.2 and :55.4. Newborn Sassy, after finding an eight-seat, made her second move. She engaged the leader in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, with pole-assigned Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland) behind that one and Tequila Monday looking at it from third-over. In and out of the final turn, Newborn Sassy was about to win the battle, but lose the war. In a search of a third consecutive distaff derby, she put away Call Me Queen Be. However, Tequila Monday, who went wide down the backside, sustained her bid and edged way. She whipped Newborn Sassy by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:52. Third went to Call Me Queen Be, with Annabeth (Mark MacDonald) and Lady Shadow settling for the minors. For second choice Tequila Monday, a 4-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing Stable & Chuck Pompey and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was her first win in three seasonal starts (career earnings up and over $600,000). The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $180 and the superfecta paid $587. Yonkers' Saturday night (May 26th) program-the final one before hiatus-offers finals of the Art Rooney Pace (purse $300,000) and the companion event, the $111,444 Lismore (see how this all comes together). The races goes as No. 5 and 6 during the dozen-race card, with first post at 6:50 PM. 14th Lismore...1-Soliditary (Holland, 12-1), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube, 9-2), 3-Believe in Me (Sears, 9-1), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Bartlett, 8-5), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan, 6-1), 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick, 5-1), 7- Checkered Past (MacDonald, 20-1), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miller, 7-1) 28th Art Rooney Pace...(1-Minnie Vinnie, Tetrick, 6-1), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Brennan, 5-1), 3-Springsteen (Sears, 9-5), 4-Trump Nation (Bartlett, 3-1). 5-Jimtastic (Goodell, 20-1), 6-Major Authority (MacDonald, 20-1), 7- Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller, 10-1), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller, 7-1) After Saturday, live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 8th. by Frank Drucker, for Empire City@Yonkers  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Back in November at the Black Book Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, trainer Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord along with co-owner Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, were looking to buy a racehorse that was something special. That something special is named American Wiggle and Martin is certain that this horse will be the star of his stable in 2018. The purchase price was $55,000. "We saw how good he was in the New York Sire Stakes," Martin explained. "On the night of the $225,000 Final he raced super to finish third. I was also able to talk with Stephane Bouchard, who co-owned the horse and he told how good he really is and then we bought him." Now age four, American Wiggle has $106,000 in earnings and a record of 1:51 taken last year. Last week at the Hippodrome 3R, American Wiggle and driver Stephane Brosseau, were very strong from post eight, moving to second place in the backstretch and then coming on in the stretch to win by four lengths. American Wiggle is back at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, starting again from post eight in the eighth race co-feature pace. How did American Wiggle come out of the race last week? "He came out of the race just fine." Martin said. "With his races at Rideau Carleton under his belt, he was in perfect shape for last Sunday's race and will be again this Sunday. He is ready now to put in even a better performance. The eight post is not great through." Martin also has high hopes that American Wiggle will develop into the type of horse that could compete in the Hippodrome 3R's premier race, the $200,000 Prix D'Ete on August 19. "If he continues to develop as he has been," Martin said, "We will enter him in the Prix D'Ete. If he can draw a good post and depending on the competition, he could do well in there. You never know. He has been good on a half mile track and that can make a lot of difference." What does Martin like best about American Wiggle? "I really like his confirmation," Martin said. "He is built like a racehorse should be. I also like that he is calm, relaxed and quiet both off and on the track and that when you do ask him for speed, he gives it to you." Martin has 15 horses in his stable and he feels that American Wiggle is the best of all of them. After his race on Sunday at H3R, Martin said he will be taking him to Toronto to race at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans at H3R could see him back in action before the Prix D'Ete. Martin is anxious to see how he will be on the big track. Now for this Sunday, American Wiggle and Brosseau face some new competition in the top racehorse National Debt, who starts from post seven for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Last week at Rideau Carleton, National Debt, a $400,000 career winner, came from off the pace to score in 1:53.2. Other contenders include DJ Power (post six) and the entry from trainer Isabelle Bineti of Washington Hanover (post two) and Highpoint Chip (post 5). There is also a co-featured Invitational-Handicap Trot featuring last weeks return winner, Torches Angel. She starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau and was an easy winner last week over a sloppy track. Her main rivals include Holiday Party (post seven), Rocky Boy (post three) and Four Starz Speed (post six). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - American Wiggle, in his debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Opening Day Sunday, gave notice to his 29 competitors in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete later this season that he is ready for action with an impressive score in the Invitational-Handicapped Pace. Mother Nature was not cooperative as constant rains made the track sloppy with a three-second allowance. It was the sixth opening day at H3R for the Quebec Jockey Club that purchased the track in 2012. The grounds were first developed for horse racing back in 1830. The seventh race co-feature pace saw D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) determined to take the early lead but was parked out by El Torero (Denis Audet) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then Ninoscredit and driver Maxim Gaudreault tried coming first-over against D J Power to no avail as they passed the half mile marker in :58.4. As they came off that turn was when driver Stephane Brosseau moved to the outside with American Wiggle and the complexion of the race changed. Brosseau moved three-wide with American Wiggle and by the three-quarters in 1:28.3, they were able to get a minor breather behind pacesetter D J Power. Then on the final turn, Brosseau came out again with American Wiggle to challenge D J Power and they blew by them in the stretch to win going away by four lengths in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track. El Torero was third. It was the first start of the year first start ever at the Hippodrome 3R for American Wiggle. The four-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. American Wiggle paid $4.20 to win. For defending leading driver from last year, Stephane Brosseau, the eighth race Invitational-Handicapped Trot capped the afternoon as he won it with a tough Torches Angel in 2:03. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy that led the field early on, tripping the opening quarter teletimer in :29.1 with Torches Angel following his cover. Then Brosseau came first-over after the half mile in 1:01 with Rocky Boy (Marc Bellanger) following their second-over cover. Torches Angel was able to clear to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:32.2 but Rocky Boy kept the pressure on around the final turn and in the stretch until Torches Angel kicked in another gear and won with ease by two lengths. Rocky Boy was second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) finished third. For Torches Angel, one of only two mares in the field against holder horses, it was third win this year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville, QC, paying $4.10 to win. The victory was the third winner on the day for Stephane Brosseau, who led all drivers on the wet afternoon. Track Notes: The first race pace saw Machin A Trick and driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's top driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, lead from start to finish over the sloppy track, digging in throughout the stretch to win by a neck over race favorite Fortune Fella in 2:01.2 and paid $5.80 to win. Trainer Manon Lamothel was the only trainer to send out two winners on the day, both driven by Daniel LaFlamme. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Live racing resumes next Sunday, May 6, first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the finishing touches being done in removing the passing lane, adding a new HDTV broadcasting system, a new food catering company, a revamped website and new post times, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track is ready to begin its live race season on Sunday. The track will race 40 live dates this Spring, Summer and Fall, primarily on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings (starting May 29) and one special Thursday night race program on August 9. The new post time for Sunday's will be 12:50 pm and Tuesday evenings (plus the one Thursday card) will be 6:30 pm. Race fans can get a free program for the Hippodrome 3R race cards at www.quebecjockeyclub.com and wagering on the program can be done via most online wagering websites. There are nine races scheduled for opening day, including both an Invitational-Handicapped Pace and Trot. The leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, and leading trainer, Francis Richard, from last season will both be in action Sunday, looking to defend their titles. The seventh race co-feature top pace has nine starters headlined by the morning line favorite at 5-2, American Wiggle (post 8), who is eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on August 19. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, American Wiggle is a gelded four-year-old son of American Ideal with a record of 1:51 taken at Vernon Downs last year. In his first two starts of the year he has raced in the top class at Rideau Carlton with little success but was race timed last week in 1:53.4. Second choice is Highpoint Chip, a local favorite and eight-time winner last year for trainer Isabelle Bineti. He will be driven by Pascal Berube from post seven and was impressive in both his qualifying wins at H3R. Other contenders include Mister Big Top (post two), D J Power (post five) and Glass Shadow (post nine). Bineti also trains the favorite in the eighth race co-feature trot as Holiday Party heads the field from post seven and will be driven by Berube. This five-year-old gelding by Holiday Road has but one victory last year for the Groupe Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf but has come back stronger in 2018. Racing at Woodbine, Holiday Road took his lifetime mark back in February with a 1:55.2 triumph. Starting alongside in post six is one of the toughest trotting mares in Quebec, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Yves Tessier. The eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall has a win, second and third in her last three starts at Rideau Carlton, the victory a 1:58.2 score. Looking for the upset victory will be Rocky Boy (post one), R Rkadabra (post four) and Tuscans Memory (post two). Track Notes: Mother Nature is not cooperating with opening day Sunday. Weather forecast is for 80% chance of rain throughout the day. A total of 30 four-year-old pacers have remained eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, including Little Brown Jug winner, Filibuster Hanover and Breeders Crown winner, Bekhams Z Tam. The final nomination payment is due on May 15. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The numbers make sense! That's our boy 'American Ideal'. A dominant dual hemisphere harness racing sire, the son of Western Ideal is a gun sire on both sides of the equator. With career progeny earnings nearing $90,000 million, American Ideal is easily one of the 'big boys' in the stallion shed. He leaves precocious juvenile speed, blue riband 3yo performers and grand circuit performers - the complete package! American Ideal is currently the leading dollar average sire in Australia for the 2017/18 season, he sits 3rd on the New Zealand Sires list and has been the best stallion in New York the past two seasons and was a dominant performer in the USA 2&3yo ranks in the 2017 season. He is the sire of ten millionaires - three of those in Australia - Bling It On, My Hard Copy and Soho Tribeca. Woodlands Stud is proud to offer 22 weanlings by 'American Ideal' on Friday June 1st at Karaka at the annual PGG Wrightson weanling sale. We have catalogued 12 colts and 10 fillies from some of New Zealand's leading families. Some very good judges have pin hooked weanlings from our draft in recent years and have gone on to good pay days at the yearling sales and on the race track. With Woodlands Stud bred and raised weanlings you have a very big head start. Our progeny are well reared and handled by a very good team led by stud master Tony Grayling. Information regarding the sale is available on our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.  

Owner Robert Watson claimed his biggest harness racing victory last night at Gloucester Park in the Group One $450,000 TabTouch WA Pacing Cup with his outstanding horse, Soho Tribeca. The son of American Ideal who won the Group 1 Golden Nugget last year has been a real force in all the big races this year including the Inter Dominion Final. Driver Kim Prentice and Soho Tribeca was caught wide early and eventually led and once there controlled the race over the extreme distance of 2936 metres and won very easily in a mile-rate of 1:56.9 for the distance. Trained by Bryan Cousins (as regular trainer Kim Prentice is on a Stay In Proceedings) Soho Tribeca has the grand record of 50 starts for 19 wins 16 seconds and 5 thirds for $882,613 in earnings. Soho Tribeca is the fourth foal and fourth winner from the outstanding mare Pixel Perfect by Art Major from the Fake Left mare Amarillen. Besides Soho Tribeca, Pixel Perfect is the dam of the Mach Three geldings Perfect Mach 14 wins ($125,338) and Birdy Mach 22 wins ($206,221), as well as the exceptional and fast young mare Carlas Pixel 12 wins 1:51.9 ($141,470). Pixel Perfect four foals are all racing at the moment and are all recent winners but none bigger than Soho Tribeca. Soho Tribeca

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 12, 2018 — Odds-on Sally Fletcher A (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) was saved by the wire Friday night (Jan. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s first-of-the-season harness racing $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The auto-drawn field of seven traversed the rain and the wind and the fog, with Sally Fletcher A—from post position No. 2—wanting no part of an early seat. The people’s preference worked around polester Scandalicious (Matt Kakaley), making the lead just after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.4 intermission when Best of Jenna (Dan Dube) took out of third. She was chugging along toward a 1:25 three-quarters, never getting that close to the leader. Sally Fletcher A owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but she wasn’t out of the wet woods. Scandalicious edged from the pocket, while a ground-saving Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) moved crisply along the cones.  However, Sally Fletcher A did get the line when she needed it, nipping Sell a Bit N by a head in 1:55. Scandalicious was photoed for second, while Sassa Hanover (George Brennan) and Truth and Liberty (Greg Merton) rounded out the payees.  For Sally Fletcher A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable and trained by Al Annunziata, her local and 2018 debut was a fifth win in six North American tries. The exacta paid $26.20, with the triple returning $90. Friday’s Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover in excess of $15,000 ($15,113.25, to be exact) and a $40,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $44,637 of fresh lettuce. After new-money takeout, an approximate pool of $48,591 was divvied up. The winning combination of 1-2-3-1-1 returned $759 for each correct half-a-buck wager. Frank Drucker

When we talking about generational speed we are referring to the stallions that break world records and produce progeny that break world records. For example American Ideal was the first three-year-old in the world to break 1:48 going 1:47.4 and he sired He's Watching 1:46.4 the equal fastest three-year-old in history. American Ideal is the sire of 9 millionaires in North America (2 in Australia) to date including the mares; American Jewel 1:48.2s ($1,834,823) Idylic 1:50f ($1,301,865) Romantic Moment 1:50.1f ($1,077,352) Bedroomconfessions 1:48.4s ($1,068,778) And boys; Heston Blue Chip 1:48f ($1,779,373) Sunfire Blue Chip 1:48.3f ($1,301,865) Great Vintage 1:49.1f ($1,173,033) He's Watching 1:46.4 ($1,129,215) In The Arsenal 1:49.1 ($1,056,803) He is the sire of 581 winners, 204 with earnings of over $100,000, 36 in 1:50 or bettor with total earnings to date of just on $73,000,000. In New Zealand his progeny have earnings of over $6,000,000 including the brilliant mare The Orange Agent ($746,423), Ideal Scott ($875,711), Besotted ($255,744), Democrat Party ($254,688), Ideal Belle ($204,316) and Luisanabelle Midfrew ($225,107). In Australia he has produced progeny earnings of a little under $8,000,000 to date including the two outstanding millionaires Bling It On ($1,591,077) and Hard Copy ($1,011,550) and Soho Tribeca ($588,609). My Hard Copy won last night's Fremantle Cup beating Champion Lazarus at the post. American Ideal is ranked as New York’s number one money-winning pacing sire again in 2017. He was also second in North America, behind only Somebeachsomewhere, in both two and three-year-old earnings and in total number of stakes winners. His 2017 sale yearlings were led by a $170,000 colt in Lexington. American Ideal’s World Champion 2017 two-year-old daughter Youaremycandygirl p,2,1:50 ($943,115) tacked an exclamation point onto a remarkable season as she drew off to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Pace Final at Hoosier Park. (Watch Race). The Bill Donovan-owned filly, purchased last fall at Harrisburg for $150,000 from the Concord Stud Farm, agent consignment, has now posted nine wins in eleven career starts. She is both the fastest and richest of her division, giving her a clear path to year-end divisional honours. In addition to her wins in the Breeders Crown elimination and final, she paced to a 1:50 world record victory in the Red Mile’s International Stallion Stakes and a 1:50.4 score in the $500,000 She’s A Great Lady at Mohawk. American Ideal is by Western Ideal from a good race winning Matts Scooter daughter of the super race mare and world champion Three Diamonds. Western Ideal is a sire of sires including Rocknroll Hanover, Always A Virgin, Vintage Master, Artspeak and Big Jim. American Ideal is one of his best proven sons. American Ideal RACE RECORD - Won four of seven at two but was no star earning just $29,800 and going 1:55.2f. At three he really shone through, winning ten of twenty-two with stakes of $855,928 and taking his lifetime mark and a world record at that time of 1:47:4m at The Red Mile, Lexington  He was noted for his great gait and for having blinding speed. American Ideal in world record 1:47.4 (2005) A son of American Ideal, He's Watching in a world record 1:46.4 Breckon Farms have three outstanding yearling colts by American Ideal in this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, on the 12th of February.  They are; Lot 22 – Joshua Richard (brown colt American Ideal / Taylor Kate) The 4th foal and 2nd colt from a qualified Artsplace mare who is already the dam of a black type winner in Crystal Sparkles and who is a half-sister to 5 winners including 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year Lauraella. Lot 22 – Joshua Richard (brown colt American Ideal / Taylor Kate)   Lot 34 – Mr Cornelius (bay colt American Ideal / Toast To Cullen) This colt is from the Christian Cullen mare Toast To Cullen who is a half-sister to 6 winners and the dam of 4 foals to race for 4 winners. Lot 34 – Mr Cornelius (bay colt American Ideal / Toast To Cullen) Lot 156 – Hotfoot It (bay colt American Ideal / Hothooves) From the Bettor’s Delight mare Hothooves who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Cincinnati Kid (26 wins, $499,495) and is closely related to 6-time Group 1 winner and 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year, 4yo Pacing Mare of the Year, Older Pacing Mare of the Year 'The Orange Agent'. Lot 156 – Hotfoot It (bay colt American Ideal / Hothooves) To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Harnesslink Media

Illegal Immigrant produced one of the best efforts harness racing seen on the Hobart circuit this season when he powered his way to an impressive win in a C1 final over 2090 metres on Friday night. With his trainer-owner Troy Hillier in the sulky, the gelded son of American Ideal was set a task when Hillier eased him three-wide at the bell to make his run but he was left stranded and without cover to the homer straight. But the lightly raced five-year-old was up to the task and made it look easy as he cruised alongside the leaders The Aussie and Buster William and went on to defeat Buster William by over five metres with The Aussie seven metres astern. Hillier purchased the gelding from New Zealand for an undisclosed sum but he said the two recent wins had helped pay for well over half the outlay. "I haven't picked out any races in particular for this horse but I know one thing for sure, he's very good," Hillier said. Illegal Immigrant has had 22 starts for five wins and four minor placings but if Hillier's assessment is correct there are a lot more wins in store. Peter Staples

Soho Tribeca headed the qualifiers for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion final after the three rounds of harness racing heats wound up at Gloucester Park last night. Soho Tribeca was bred by Perth businessman Robert Watson and should the son of American Ideal win the final he will become the 99th Perth winner bred by Watson. Tomorrow morning Father Brian Glasheen will officiate at the time honoured Inter Dominion Mass which he will conduct at Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral and getting under way at 9:30am and all are welcome. Known as The Pacing Priest Father Glasheen will carry out the blessing of the silks in endeavouring to impart some additional luck for participants in the $1.1 million final. Father Glasheen in one of four Catholic priests to have bred a standardbred winner in Western Australia since trotting began in Perth in 1910. The other three are Father O'Donnell (1920's), Father Reidy (1920's) and Father Kelleher from Queensland (1930's). Father Glasheen has only ever missed seeing one Inter Dominion Grand Final in the past 30 or so years and that was in 1992 when other commitments forced him to miss the final won by the Kim Prentice trained and driven Baltic Eagle. Father Glasheen will miss this coming Friday’s Grand Final due to his having to be in Victoria for a wedding on the Saturday. One can only wonder if the Kim Prentice trained and driven Soho Tribeca is therefore the omen bet for the 2017 Inter Dominion final. Alan Parker  

“He’s not just a frontrunner; he’s just as good as a sit-sprinter,” declared a buoyant harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice when expounding the versatility of his star pacer Soho Tribeca. So, Prentice is far from fazed that Soho Tribeca (American Ideal) has drawn the outside barrier (No. 9) in the Retravision eighth heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Over the 2536m journey, we’ll try to get an easy run as possible if that’s in the breeze or sitting up,” he said. Prentice said that Soho Tribeca had not been extended in winning heats over 2130m and 2100m on the first two nights of the rich series. “I haven’t released the ear plugs yet, and, hopefully, I won’t have to pull them until the final,” he said. Soho Tribeca, an effortless winner by almost four lengths over New Zealand superstar Lazarus on the opening night of the carnival at Gloucester Park last Friday night, maintained his superb form when he began speedily from barrier six and took the lead after 350m on his way to strolling to victory over Devendra and Chicago Bull at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Tuesday night. Soho Tribeca rated 1.55.2 over the 2100m, the slowest of the three heat winners at Bunbury, but Prentice said that it would be wise for punters to disregard that fact when assessing the five-year-old’s prospects in the eighth heat and in the $1.1 million final over the long trip of 2936m. Soho Tribeca had the luxury of running the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 31.3sec. and 28.8sec. before final quarters of 28.4sec. and a sizzling 26.2sec. “If I had let him go earlier, he would have run a lot quicker,” Prentice said. “Once we got to the front and Voaky (Chris Voak) came around with Vultan Tin to sit at our wheel and with Bully (Chicago Bull) three back on the fence, we just wanted to go as slow as we could. “Soho Tribeca did become quite keen coming into the bell. And down the back he wanted to rock n roll like I did on Friday night, to make Lazarus chase. He was pulling pretty hard, but we didn’t have to go until we turned for home. If I had got running down the back, he would have put a bit of space on his rivals. I was just trying to do the right thing by him and give him a real easy heat.” There is likely to be a keen battle for the early lead between speedy beginners San Carlo (barrier one) and Devendra (three) in Friday night’s heat. San Carlo showed his liking for leading when he set the pace for Rebecca Bartley and won the 2690m Maryborough Gold Cup from My Field Marshal three starts ago. He showed good gate speed and plenty of zip when a well-beaten third behind Tiger Tara and Lazarus in the sixth heat in Bunbury on Tuesday night. Devendra (Todd Rattray) led from barrier one in the fifth heat in Bunbury and led for the first 350m before trailing the pacemaker Soho Tribeca and fighting on gamely to be second to Soho Tribeca. Veteran Lennytheshark will start out wide at barrier seven in Friday night’s eighth heat after his shock defeat at 5/2 on in the fourth heat in Bunbury when he wilted in the home straight to finish third behind Galactic Star and Yayas Hot Spot. Ace Victorian reinsman Chris Alford said that Lennytheshark could be excused for a rare below-par performance and that he was confident the eight-year-old would bounce back with a strong performance on Friday night. Soho Tribeca, Inter Dominion Heat One 2017 Soho Tribeca, Inter Dominion Heat Five 2017 Ken Casellas

ANDERSON, Ind. - Youaremycandygirl, the heavy 2-5 public choice off a strong elimination score last week, won the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace by 4½ lengths at Hoosier Park Friday night. The time for the mile was 1:53.2 over a sloppy harness racing track. Yannick Gingras drove the filly for trainer Ron Burke. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) was in total control from start to finish. She cut the first quarter in :27.1, passing a quick-leaving Rainbow Room, who sat second through a :56.3 half and three-quarters in 1:25.2. Around the last turn, Youaremycandygirl drew clear of a quick-closing Majorsspeciallady, who paced past Rainbow Room to get second. Firestorm came late for fourth. Birnam Wood Farms bred Youaremycandygirl for owner W.J. Donovan. She paid $2.80 to win. Youaremycandygirl By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

Harness racing driver Chris Voak sat behind Soho Tribeca (American Ideal) for the first time when the star five-year-old worked with two other pacers at Byford on Tuesday morning and he was left in awe at the stallion’s amazing talent. Voak will now drive Soho Tribeca in the Matt McDermott Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the Kim Prentice-trained pacer will start his spring and summer campaign with the main focus on the rich TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. Voak has leapt at the opportunity to drive Soho Tribeca after Prentice was suspended recently for causing interference in a race. He has driven only twice for the Prentice stable when seventh with Soho Angel behind Rock Diamonds in the Caduceus Club Classic in February this year and when successful with Abraxas Blues at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon this week.  “I’ve had the experience of driving some outstanding horses of the calibre of Crombie, Dasher VC and Ima Spicey Lombo, and Soho Tribeca is one of the best horses I’ve sat behind,” Voak said. “We went even pace for a mile in the workout this morning (Tuesday) and then got home with a solid last half. I sat last and pulled out with a lap to go and won from The Odd Lover. We went under 55sec. for the last half and I haven’t driven a horse who can drop fractions like he can so easily. “Honestly, I haven’t driven one on the track who has done that and has felt like that. Kim told me that after he had driven Soho Tribeca to win the Golden Nugget last year that he’s the best horse he has trained, ahead of Baltic Eagle. I haven’t yet had the chance to speak to Kim to see how he wants me to drive the horse on Friday night. “What impressed me with Soho Tribeca was the ease in which he did it, and how much power he had. I haven’t had the opportunity to drive a horse of his capability in a race. I think he is the type of horse who in a good race will make his own luck. I’ve always had to drive horses who have had to rely on luck but this one is one who has the power to make his own luck.” Soho Tribeca, bred and owned by Rob Watson, faces the distinct disadvantage on Friday night of starting from the outside (No. 9) on the front line but he has the ability to overcome the wide barrier. He has not appeared since he raced wide early and then set the pace before winning the Group 1 Vicbred Four-Year-Old Classic for entires and geldings at Melton on July 8. He was in dazzling form in Perth last summer when he won the Golden Nugget from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull before finishing second to Chicago Bull in the Fremantle Cup and third to the same pacer in the WA Pacing Cup. His chief rivals on Friday night are likely to be Itz Bettor To Win, Ideal Tyson and Bronze Seeker. Itz Bettor To Win is a highly-promising six-year-old who has had only 29 starts for 11 wins and seven seconds. He will be having his first start in Western Australia and will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier three on the front line. He is being set for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series. “I have had him in my stable for five to six weeks and I expect him to run first or second on Friday night,” Olivieri said. He’s a big, strong horse whose major assets are his strength and speed. He is a serious horse and he will improve on whatever he does this week. “He’s got a win over in the Franklin Cup in New Zealand, beating top horses like Smolda, Have Faith In Me and Ohoka Punter.” Itz Bettor To Win raced 18 times in New Zealand for eight wins and three placings and his 11 starts in Victoria produced three wins and four placings. As a three-year-old Itz Bettor To Win won a 2700m stand at Alexandra Park, beating horses of the calibre of Border Control, Smolda and Have Faith In Me. Two months earlier, he won the Group 2 Alabar Classic, rating 1.55.9 over 2200m. As a four-year-old, he won the Franklin Cup, a 2700m stand, beating home Mossdale Conner, Have Faith In Me, Ohoka Punter and Smolda. Ideal Tyson, who gave a powerful frontrunning display to win from Mach Time and Bronze Seeker over 2130m last Friday night, faces a sterner test this week from out wide at barrier seven. He will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, who replaces Aiden de Campo, who will be in Melbourne preparing to watch the AFL grand final between Richmond and The Adelaide Crows on Saturday. The Peter Anderson-trained Bronze Seeker will be driven by Deni Roberts from the No. 1 barrier and the versatile nine-year-old should be prominent throughout the race. Ken Casellas

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