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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

Ryan Warwick, who has taken an early lead in the drivers’ premiership for the 2017-18 season, has given harness racing punters a strong lead by choosing to drive Idealindiamonds in preference to smart stablemates Messi and Bettor Not Bitter in the $25,000 Warwick final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Idealindiamonds (American Ideal), trained at Forrestdale by Skye Bond, has won at his first two appearances in Australia and has an imposing record of ten wins from 20 starts. The six-year-old will start from barrier four on the front line, with Messi at No. 1 and Bettor Not Bitter at No. 6. Colin Brown has been engaged to handle four-year-old Messi, a speedy beginner and talented frontrunner who is likely to take plenty of catching. Michael Blakemore will drive Bettor Not Bitter, a winner at ten of his 34 starts. Warwick, whose first 39 drives this season have produced 19 wins and ten placings, is likely to make use of the excellent early speed possessed by Idealindiamonds. Whether the stallion can outgun Messi and get to an early lead is problematic. However, Idealindiamonds is tough and is capable of working hard without cover, just as he did when a winner over Our Zak Whitby at Gloucester Park two starts ago. Chris Lewis has decided to stick with the Ed Dewar-trained Our Zak Whitby, with the drive behind consistent mare Sea Me Smile, trained by Lewis’s wife Debra going to Clint Hall. Our Zak Whitby is in top form and Lewis said that the four-year-old would still be a major player despite drawing the back line. Our Zak Whitby warmed up for this week’s feature event in grand style with a superb frontrunning performance last Friday night when he won by three lengths from Whozideawasthis. Lewis agreed that Our Zak Whitby was a brilliant frontrunner, but he said that a back-line draw would not prevent the horse from winning. “Starting from No. 2 on the back line is not too bad a draw,” he said. “He can produce a very good late sprint and he’s definitely not out of it.” Whozideawasthis, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is racing keenly and his nine WA starts have produced one win, six seconds, a third and a fourth. The seven-year-old will start from the inside of the back line and should gain an ideal run behind Messi. Livura finished strongly when third behind Our Zak Whitby and Whozideawasthis last week, but he faces a tougher test this week from the outside of the front line. Part-owner and trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey said that the wide barrier would make things extremely difficult for Livura, who has raced 64 times for 17 wins and 27 placings. The Andrew de Campo-trained Cest Lheure finished strongly to win from the pacemaker Sea Me Smile last Friday night. He fared poorly in the barrier draw and will start out wide at No. 8, with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky, replacing Aiden de Campo, who is in Melbourne. Ken Casellas

Youaremycandygirl went to the front and never looked back en route to a 40-1 harness racing stunner in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Ron Burke trained filly bested seven other two-year-old pacing fillies in a sizzling 1:50.4. Driver Louis Philippe Roy opted to blast the daughter of American Ideal out from post-eight and secured the front through a :26.4 opening-quarter. Kendall Seelster, the 4/5 favourite, left from the rail and got the two-hole trip. Youaremycandygirl rolled along through fractions of :55 and 1:23 to lead by a length and a half turning for home. The outer-flow developed at the half, but didn't advance right away, which stalled star filly Percy Blue Chip at the back. In the stretch, Youaremycandygirl showed plenty of determination and stormed home in :27.4 to score by a length and a quarter over Kendall Seelster. Come See The Show finished third, while Percy Blue Chip came from last to finish fourth. "Going into the last turn she did the same as the first turn and put in some bad steps and I couldn't let her go that much," said Roy following the race. "I had a lot of horse in the last turn and I said if I can just get her to go around the last turn she'll be hard to beat. "Behind the gate I was planning to race her from behind, but I changed my mind pretty quick because no one was leaving inside of me." Owned by W. Donovan, Youaremycandygirl did not enter Saturday's contest with the record of a 40-1 shot. The Burke trainee was three for five competing in New York Sires Stakes events. A $150,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Youaremycandygirl earnings soar to $331,545 following her victory Saturday. The combination of Roy and Burke has found success this season at Mohawk and the reinsman is grateful for the opportunity he's received from the sport's leading trainer. "I'm really thankful to him. I don't even know if I've ever talked to him, but he puts a lot of confidence in me and I really appreciate it. The whole team, his brother too, I really appreciate it." A $2 win ticket on Youaremycandygirl returned $82.70, $17.10 and $6.30. The $2 Exacta with Kendall Seelster ($2.90, $2.40) paid $178.00, while the $1 Trifecta including Come See The Show ($3.80) paid $510.80. The $1 Superfecta with Percy Blue Chip returned $1,582.05. Youaremycandygirl Mark McKelvie

Batavia, NY---After tasting defeat for the first time this year at Batavia Downs last week, Fireyourguns rebounded in a big way as he routed the best local pacers in the $10,500 Open Handicap harness racing feature on Saturday night (Sept. 2). After getting parked three-deep leaving for almost a quarter of a mile, Fireyourguns (Jim Morrill Jr.) finally cleared and took the front before the first bend and then never looked back from there. He was loose on the lead the whole journey, gapping the chasing Southwind Torque (Ray Fisher Jr.) by as much as three lengths as the trailers merely scrambled to keep up. When the race passed three-quarters in 1:23.3, Morrill was content with how things were going and merely fed some line, leaned back and watched as Fireyourguns took it home by himself to win by a comfortable two-lengths in 1:53. It was the 54th lifetime win in only 119 starts for Fireyourguns ($3.10) who now has $381,706 on his card. Robert and Jennifer Lowe own the 8-year-old gelded son of American Ideal in partnership with Terence Mc Clory who does the training. In the secondary featured $9,000 Open II pace, Focus Power (Drew Monti) led every step of the way, posting three quick :28 and change quarters before flying home in :27.3 to put away the field in 1:53 flat, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. The win was the sixth of the year for Focus Power ($5.80) who now has earned $68,845 in 2017. James Caradori owns the Shadow Play progeny and Darrin Monti trains him. Jim Morrill Jr. drove a grand slam on Saturday while Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Larry Stalbaum each had two winners during the night. Trainer Kim Asher also had two winners sent out from her barn. Racing resume at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Sept. 4) for the big Labor Day matinee program that features the annual driver's bicycle race.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 11, 2017 - A pocketed Jag Out (Brent Holland, $18.60) proved best Friday night (Aug. 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from post position No. 4, Jag Out made the first lead, then gave it up to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Freeze Out (Joe Bongiorno) moved first, from sixth. He then was relegated to a poor tow from just-over-even-money favorite Darlinonthebeach (Brian Sears). That one did nothing for the back markers as HP Sissy found a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Sissy' owned a length-and-a-half lead in the lane, but Jag Out moved out and moved by. The margin was a neck in a season's-best 1:53.2. Betabcool (George Brennan) offered good pace on both ends of the mile to grab second, with HP Sissy, Arielle Lynn (Eric Goodell) and Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. Darlinonthebeach wound up sixth. For sixth choice Jag Out, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned owned by (trainer) Nick Surick, J L Benson Stable and Bert Hochsprung, it was her fourth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85.50, the triple returned $601 and the superfecta paid a palindromic $2,552. Jag Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,485.47.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---Despite winning the distaff feature at Batavia Downs last week, Kruella was overlooked this week in lieu of two ship-in harness racing entries from Vernon Downs. But after a furious stretch drive late, Kruella sent the interlopers packing as she won the $9,500 fillies and mares Open pace at Batavia on Wednesday night (Aug. 2). The heavily favored Vernon invader Little Santamonica (Shawn McDonough) out-left Vernon cohort All Charged Up (Larry Stalbaum) off the gate and went right for the lead, rushing the girls to a :27.3 quarter. With the field standing pat behind her, McDonough backed the half off to :57.1 and it looked like everything was going their way. As the race went up the backstretch, All Charged Up pulled from second and was followed by Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Kruella (Kevin Cummings). The outer flow continued to advance around the turn and drew even with the front-runner at the top of the stretch. At that point Cummings tipped Kruella three-deep but was still three-lengths off the leader. With five horses spread across the track and all the drivers applying heavy urging, Kruella closed like a jet on the grandstand side and proved to be the best, winning by a length in 1:54.2. It was the third win in a row and of the year for Kruella ($14.60) who registered a new lifetime mark with the 1:54.2 clocking. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal and Villa Hanover is owned by Two Gals Stable LLC and is trained by Jineen Simone. In the $8,500 fillies and mares Open II, Jolt Of Jo (Dave McNeight III) got a perfect two-hole trip behind Voltina (John Cummings Jr.) before popping the pocket at the top of the lane and pacing away to a length victory in 1:54.4, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Jolt Of Jo ($26.60) if owned by R. Lewis Hauber and is trained by Jim Graham. Larry Stalbaum had a driving triple as Shawn McDonough won the last two races on the card. Trainer Kim Asher also had three wins on the night. With a silent auction, patron contributions and horsemen donating their win percentages from the night, the fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester was able to raise in excess of $9,500. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 4) with post time set at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 28, 2017--Yonkers Raceway Friday night (July 28th) offered up the $167,499 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-old fillies. A trio of equally-parsed ($55,833) six-horse fields comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the former publicity director of both Yonkers Raceway and NBC Sports. Any number of Cohen family and friends joined in for the winner's circle presentations, with just one public choice returning for the meet-and-greet. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller, $3.40) won the evening's final event in a night's-fastest 1:52.4. From the pole, she retook from Planet Rock (Dan Dube), then had few issues (:27.4, :57, 1:24.4). She owned a 2¼-length lead into the lane and a comfy length-and-a-quarter at the wire. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was a second-up second, with Artrageous (Jordan Stratton) a first-up third. For Roaring to Go, a daughter of Art Major owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.50, with the triple returning $33. One of the faster frosh a year ago (she crossed the line first in last season's final of the New York Sire Stakes, but was set down for a pylon violation), Roaring to Go has won eight of her 21 career starts. "She was sick in the (last season's) Breeders Crown, and she never really recovered," Miller said. "Before that, I thought she was as talented as anyone in her division.. "Tonight, she was very good...not quite the way she was last season, but close." Friday's opening NYSS event saw Clear Idea (Brennan, $13.80) stalk 1-10 fave Tequila Monday (Brian Sears), then pick her off in the passing lane by a desperate nose. Candlelight Dinner (Miller) was a charging third, beaten just three-quarters of a length. From post No. 2, Clear Idea saw Tequila Monday set unpressured intervals of :27, 56.1 and 1:25.1. She had a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, only to get snapped on the money in 1:53.1. For second choice Clear Idea, an American Ideal miss co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh and Hutt Racing, it was her seventh win (five consecutive, fourth in NYSS) in 13 '17 tries. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $121. The second statebred grouping saw the longest shots on the boards, 26-1 Gurl Band K (Dan Dube) and 15-1 Winsun Brooklyn (Pat Lachance), roll home first and second, respectively, in 1:56.1. The latter won the battle, dueling 3-5 pace-setter World Apart (Jason Bartlett) into submission after that one couldn't hold sway (:27.4, 57.4, 1:26.4) despite pokey fraction. A reserved--from post No. 3--Gurl Band K, a seasonal 0-fer entering the evening, was fifth in the stretch before winning by 2½ widening lengths. Marquesa Seelster (Stratton) was third as World Apart tired to fifth. For sixth choice Gurl Band K, a Rock N Roll Heaven homebred ma'am owned by Robert Key and trained by Andrew Harris, it was that first win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $402, with the triple returning $1,885. Friday night's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Betabcool (Bartlett, $9.80) in 1:52.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal) was the star of the New York Sire Stakes on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Ron Burke-trained filly was the pocket-sitter in her $40,425 division of the Sire Stakes for two year old pacing fillies. Driver Yannick Gingras was aggressive and popped the pocket on the favored leader heading to three quarters. It proved to be the winning move as Youaremycandygirl powered into a lead she would not relinquish. The freshman filly broke her maiden in 1:54.1, a time that was just a fifth of a second off the track record for two year old pacing fillies. Favorites scored stakes wins in the other three divisions as All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar) and Marcus Miller prevailed in 1:55 while Alexis Faith (American Ideal) gave Gingras a driving double scoring in 1:55.3 in her debut in the NY Sire Stakes. Odds-on favorite Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major) wrapped up the evening with a wire to wire win in 1:55 with Jim Marohn Jr. in the sulky. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Wednesday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Exciting Perth pacer Soho Tribeca is the latest addition to the Brisbane harness racing winter carnival. But it will be a hit/run mission for the Kim Prentice trained four-year-old. The Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake on July 15 at Albion Park has been penciled in as the sole target before returning home to the west. Currently based in Victoria, the American Ideal entire is competing for the Vicbred Super Series and scored a dominant victory last Friday night at Ballarat and will again take a power of beating in this week’s semi-final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Soho Tribeca has drawn the ace in Friday night’s event. “Rob (Watson – owner) and I have held talks about this race in Queensland and it fits into his schedule nicely, it’s programmed for a week after the Vicbred final but there’s still plenty of logistics to consider, we’ve got to get through this series first and remain in good order.” Prentice said. Since relocating to the stable of Prentice, Soho Tribeca has quickly elevated himself into one of the country’s premier pacers and that was evident earlier this season with a number of outstanding efforts. Soho Tribeca captured the Gr.1 $200,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park on December 9 before running two cracking races in the Gr.1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup and the Gr.1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup in January. He was second in the Fremantle Cup while third in the WA Pacing Cup; both events were won by Chicago Bull. “He’s racing in very strong form and he’s a very good horse, both of his runs following a break this campaign has been very good and hopefully he can do it again this weekend. “We’ve had good draws in both races to date in Melbourne so hopefully our luck hasn’t run out just yet. We need to look into a flight from Melbourne to Brisbane but he’s going home for another short let-up once he returns home before being set for the Inter Dominion later this year. “I know he’s good enough to compete with the very best and he’ll have to be when he starts in the Inter Dominion so this is a good opportunity for him. It’s one race at a time but plans are certainly in place.” Prentice is no stranger to good horses and Inter Dominion glory having prepared 2003 winner Baltic Eagle while taking several drives behind Im Themightyquinn throughout his career. But Prentice is yet to race at Albion Park, in fact, the only time he’s been trackside was during the 2001 Inter Dominion series as a spectator. Soho Tribeca is raced by his breeder, Robert Watson and has won 13 of his 37 starts to date while banking more than $360,000. The Albion Park winter carnival officially starts this weekend before reaching its climax on July 15. Chris Barsby

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Freeze Out (George Brennan, $13.60) did just that to her harness racing rivals Friday night (June 23rd), administering a beating in Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The field was pared to seven after Betabcool N was scratched-lame after the post parade. Away an early second from became post position No. 2, Freeze Out found herself third after last week's victress, I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley), two-moved to the lead. Settled though early intervals of :27.1 and :55.3, Freeze Out challenged and conquered down the backside the second time. She ground down 'Diamonds' well before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, slapping a half-dozen length on the lasses in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a wrapped-up three lengths in life-best 1:52. Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube) did get into second, with Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) third. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Hidden Land (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees, while the 9-10 fave I Said Diamonds walked home sixth. For fifth choice Freeze Out, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Ricky and Sean Bucci, it was her eighth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $199, the triple returned $991 and the superfecta paid $2,347. Freeze Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,660.17.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Veteran harness racing trainer Paul Hill reaffirmed his status as the king of the kids when he snared the feature two-year-old double at Luxbet Park Hobart in Tasmania last night. Hill prepared star filly Ideal Bliss to win his third consecutive Group 3 Evicus Stakes final and his handy colt Feelin Dusty led throughout to give Hill his second Dandy Patch from the past three editions. "I've been very fortunate to have had some very talented young horses in my care in recent years and I'm hoping this isn't the end of my good run," Hill said. "Ideal Bliss is a very good filly and I have no doubt she will develop into a very good three-year-old." "I also have a decent opinion of Feelin Dusty and when he drew gate two I rated him a top chance of winning even though the raps were big on Todd Rattray's horse (Izaha). "When Ricky (Duggan) was able to lead and not spend too much early on Feelin Dusty I was confident my horse would be very hard to beat and that's how it panned out." Ideal Bliss, owned and bred by Charlie and Connie Beadman, was sent out the $1.40 favourite despite drawing the inside of the second row. However, her driver Rohan Hillier snagged her out the back at the start to ensure he could find a spot in the one-out line while Inwil ($8) showed good speed to lead. Hillier sent Ideal Bliss  (American Ideal-Blissfull Grace) around the field at the bell and when he moved alongside the leader at the top of the home straight she forged clear but had to pull out all stops to fend off Inwil that made a late charge with Jeanette Barry a close-up third. Feelin Dusty ($2.30fav) showed brilliantly gate speed to easily hold the front in the Dandy Patch while Run Wick ($11) faced the breeze with Izaha ($2.40) on its back enjoying the one-out-one-back position. But a lap out and unhappy with the modest tempo Rattray sent Izaha up to face the breeze and put some pressure on the leader and they singled out to fight out the finish. Feelin Dusty responded when Duggan called on the gelded son Mr Feelgood for the big effort and he went on to score by over 10 metres from Izaha with Pezzamystic over 15 metres away third. Peter Staples

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fireyourguns had just two starts to begin his 2017 season and in both attempts, well, he fired blanks. But in Buffalo Raceway's $9,000 Open II Pace on Saturday night (June 10), Fireyourguns had a full arsenal and easily gunned down the harness racing field in 1:53.0 over the fast track.   With fifth and seventh place finishes to begin the year, Fireyourguns, who holds the Buffalo Raceway all-time track record of 1:52.0 set in 2015, never looked back in going gate-to-wire. He handily defeated Western Alumni by a comfortable 1-1/4 lengths.   Able to reach the lead off the starting gate, Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) set fractions of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:25.0. Those fractions were more than enough to take the starch out of the rest of the field in the stretch as Fireyourguns ($4.00) strolled to the victory. Western Alumni (Todd Cummings) took second with Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Ray Fisher Jr.) finishing in third.   It was the 49th win in 109 lifetime starts for the 8-year-old gelded Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover). Co-owned by trainer Terence McClory and Robert and Jennifer Lowe, Fireyourguns now has earned $351,556 lifetime.   Fisher Jr. and Beback Jr. each completed the night with three victories while Jim Morrill Jr. and Larry Stalbaum doubled. Trainers James Clouser Jr. and Maria Rice had triples.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with 12 races scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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