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"Forward" - that is how Singleton-based harness racing filly Takara Truffle will be driven in one of her biggest tests to date at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The three-year-old has only been beaten once in her career as she heads into the Group Three $31,800 Garrards Horse and Hound J L Raith Memorial. And trainer Aaron Goadsby does not want to leave any stone unturned as he plans to aim the daughter of American Ideal at even bigger races. "It's a very strong field but we will be going forward," Goadsby said. "This is the type of race she has been looking for and I'll be using it as a stepping stone to see if she is good enough to compete in the bigger races." With the New South Wales Oaks on February 25 earmarked, Goadsby realises the enormity of Saturday night's task, particularly racing against unbeaten horses and Group One winners. This includes the Mark Purdon-trained Partyon who is unbeaten in five starts and is the $2.40 second favourite with TAB Fixed Odds. The $1.90 favourite is Don't Think Twice, last season's Bathurst Gold Tiara winner, who has drawn in barrier one. "Mark Purdon's filly is one of the obvious dangers as she is unbeaten while the filly drawn the pole has good runs on the board as a two-year-old," Goadsby said. "It's going to be hard especially because my filly has drawn wide but she has done everything right since she has come over from New Zealand and keeps improving with every run." Takara Truffle will begin from barrier seven and is currently rated as a $10 third equal pick with Sparkling Tachyon. The only time Takara Truffle has tasted defeat in seven starts was at this track was against the boys in the Group Three Chokin Stakes. She was a fast-finishing fourth on that occasion, only beaten a metre-and-a-half in a mile rate of 1:53. **** SOME big names are making their racetrack returns at Menangle on Saturday night. This includes the Purdon-conditioned Our Waikiki Beach in race four. The Australian bred and part-owned gelding has only been beaten once in 24 starts and is first up since winning the Breeders Crown in August. Local hero Bling It On is also making an appearance in race five. The $1.2million earner is having his first start back since racing in the Inter Dominion series in Perth late last year. Bling It On is the $1.30 with TAB Fixed Odds for the event ahead of Clancys Fobwatch at $5. AMANDA RANDO

Oldbury harness racing horseman Kim Prentice knows what’s needed to win a TABtouch WA Pacing Cup after winning drives behind Baltic Eagle in 2003 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011--- and he gives brilliant four-year-old Soho Tribeca a great chance in the $450,000 Cup over 2936m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And this is despite the distinct disadvantage of drawing the outside (barrier three) on the back line. “Barrier 12 is not ideal, but over this long journey things could fall in our favour,” the 55-year-old Prentice said. “After the draw, it’s very hard to read how the race will be run and with Soho Tribeca sitting back and doing nothing could work in our favour. I was absolutely ecstatic at his run in the Fremantle Cup last Friday night when second to Chicago Bull. “And I’m even more happy this week. The son of American Ideal has trained on unbelievably well and I feel that he has benefitted immensely from last week’s run. I think he will run an incredible race. I hoppled him at Byford on Tuesday morning and he worked better than he has ever worked. His recovery has been brilliant and I’m extremely happy. ‘’Last week when Chicago Bull got the gap and put three lengths on us I thought I had no hope. I was just hoping he might be able to run second or third. But Soho Tribeca was hitting the line so well that 100 metres out I thought had him. Whether little Bully saw me coming and picked up the bit and got going again, I don’t know. “It’s an extra 400m in this week’s race and I know that my horse will run that on his ear.” Prentice declared that Soho Tribeca was, by far, the second-best pacer he has trained --- behind Baltic Eagle, who in 2003 won the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park and the Interdominion championship in Addington. “I honestly believe that Soho Tribeca has the potential to go all the way to the very, very top,” Prentice said. Last week Soho Tribeca was having his first start for four weeks --- since he raced three wide early, took the lead after 600m and went on to win the Golden Nugget Championship by just under two lengths from Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull. Prentice is convinced that the horse is even stronger and better now. Gloucester Park

Tim Tetrick recorded four wins for the second straight day as he drove Ideal Cowboy to his second consecutive $30,000 Preferred Handicap victory to highlight a strong harness racing program on a chilly Thursday, Dec. 15 at Dover Downs. With the racing officials giving a 2-second speed allowance due to the cold and strong winds, Ideal Cowboy was clocked in 1:50.2 to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Tim Tetrick raced the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for J&T Silva Stables and Bamond Racing to his eighth win of 2016. It was his second straight Dover feature, third in four weeks and fifth win in his last eight outings. Tetrick started for post 8 and got away sixth. The five-year-old worked his way on the backstretch and then circled the field at the top of the stretch before pulling off to victory. Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) in his first start in two months finished second in front of Dancin Yankee (Tony Morgan) third. Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) was fourth. In the $27,500 Delaware Special. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George&Tina Dennis Racing, is no more a secret to local fans. With George Dennis in the bike, the Allamerican Native-Secret Song horse, who finished second at 43-1 odds last week, set a lifetime mark of 1:50 beating Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) and Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) flor his fifth win of the season raising his seasonal earnings to $69,996 and 24,656 lifetime. Corey Callahan took Arque Hanover right to the lead and led the rest of 1:50.2 mile to win the $18,000 3&4-year-Old Open Handicap. Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stables own the four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover horse who won for the sixth time this campaign. He has banked $79,500 this year and $304,861 lifetime. Earlier Tetrick drove Bamond Racing's Flem N Em N home in 1:52.3 in a $15,500 Male pace. The 11-year-old Courage Under Fire-Equuos Franco gelding is a $769,005 career winner. Special T Rocks (Morand) was runner-up with Major Uptrend (Montrell Teague) the show horse. Enoch, an altered son of Panpacificflight-Kieanna's Angel, made it six-straight victories, with Tetrick at the controls in a $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Trained by Ron Burke, the Baldachino, Collura, Weaver Brucemi and Burke Racing Stable's gelding has not lost since late October. Enoch has now won $105,690 in this his first year of racing. Bad Gamer (Yannick Gingras) and Swapportunity (Jim Morand) finished second and third respectively. In addition to Tim Tetrick who won four races for the second straight day, Corey Callahan, is a three-time winner for the second day, George Dennis and owner George&Tina Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo of the Dennis Stable, Dylan Davis, Doug Lewis and Jeff Baymond Jr. and Baymond Stables had doubles, . Dover Downs is now dark through Christmas day as annually Delaware harness horsemen observe the yearly Holiday Break Week. Live racing resumes on Monday, Dec. 26. Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Ideal Cowboy took the lead early and never relinquished on the way to a 1:51 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Preferred pace while Little Ben won for the fourth time in his last five starts in the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs, on Thursday, Dec. 8. After finishing second by a neck last week, Tim Tetrick did not linger putting Ideal Cowboy into the lead and cut out all the fractions posting his seventh win of the year for trainer Jeff Bamond and owners J&T Silva and Bamond Racing. The win was the second in three weeks for the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding who has been 1,2,3 in half of his 25 starts this season while earning $141,640 in purses. Bettor's Edge and Yannick Gingras finished second in front of Sweet Beach driven by Montrell Teague. Dancin Yankee (Corey Callahan) was fourth. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben was back in the winner's circle for the 10th time in 2016 after Vic Kirby piloted a 1:51.3 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special. An altered son of Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Life, Little Ben has now won $152,064 this year. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George Dennis, closed strongly to finish second beaten a head. Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) was the show finisher. For the second Thursday in-a-row, 11-1 Soto, again a longshot, won the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Art Stafford Jr. Last week, it was a wire-to-wire win, this time coming from off the pace to Beat Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed along the passing lane, to the wire in 1:52. Rock N Roll World (Gingras) was the third-place finisher. Soto, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty recorded his 11th win of the campaign. Eric Ell trains the four-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. He has now won $121,745 this year. After being claimed for $17,500 at Pocono by Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, Rangers Sureshot scored his fourth consecutive victory, this time stepped up to the $30,000 ranks to record a lifetime fastest 1:52 victory in a $15,500 Male pace . The win by the Palone Ranger-Cadie's Sure Shot gelding was Yannick Gingras' second win of the day. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) and Feel Like A Fool (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. In a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old male pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Rockinonby gave Tony Morgan his second win holding off fast finishing Sentencing Memo by a head in 1:52.2. Trained by Willard Reynolds, the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding, Lew's Maverick (M. Teague) took third. Yannick Gingras drove three winners. Tim Tetrick, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainers Jeff Bamond, Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing had doubles Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays $17,500 Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Spreester won for the 13th time this year Monday at The Meadows when she turned back two determined harness racing challengers and captured the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Spreester retook the lead at the quarter pole for Aaron Merriman, then had to withstand the first-over bid of Shady Caroline. That accomplished, the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree blunted the charge of Medusa and prevailed in 1:53.2 over a "good" surface. Dime A Dance finished second, 1/2 length back, while Classic Carpet rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who now boasts $553,176 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

East Rutherford, N.J. - Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal looks to return to his winning ways in Saturday (December 3) evening's $17,500 pacing feature at The Meadowlands. The harness racing millionaire squares off against six rivals--including the red-hot Bullet Bob and recent Stateside arrival Uncle Lile A--in the night's second of 13 races. Despite a break at the start of his last race, the 4-year-old American Ideal entire proved strong in victory three back, using a first-over bid and a :26.2 closing quarter to defeat Boston Red Rocks and Quality Closer in 1:49.1, a mile which equaled his lifetime mark. Brett Miller drives the 15-time winner from post three in the field of seven. In the Arsenal's entrymate Dream Out Loud N arrives from Harrah's Philadelphia following a win over similar competition on Sunday. David Miller once again will drive the Darran Cassar trainee from post seven, and the pair have been installed as the 2-1 favored entry on the morning line. Bullet Bob has emerged as a sharp contender in recent weeks, and could serve as a likely pacesetter in the race from post six. The 32-time winner controlled the terms in this same event last week, only to be reeled in by pocket rival Mr Hasani N in the last 40 yards of a 1:50.3 mile. Corey Callahan drives the 4-1 third choice for trainer Mark Harder. Also of note in the field is Noel Daley trainee Uncle Lile A, who recently arrived in the United States after a lengthy campaign in Australia. Fellow Australian Andy McCarthy once again will drive the 8-year-old gelding following a sweep of the "Dash for the G-Notes" series in early November and a hard-closing third-place finish behind Dream Out Loud N in their recent Philadelphia matchup. The Saturday sub-feature is the culmination of the Jersey Strong series for $7,500 claiming pacers, with a full field of ten lining up for the night's 12th event. Esprit de Kayjay A is part of the 2-1 favored entry sent to post by trainer Mike Fiumenero after a second-place finish in his Freehold preliminary and a strong 1:53.4 win in his local preliminary last week. David Miller will drive the 60-time winner. As is standard, a combined $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools await players on the Saturday card, along with a pair of 20¢ Jackpot High Five opportunities. Post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Everybody loves a home town hero and they don’t come much more popular than Great Western harness racing gun Kerryn Manning, who could again have Stawell trots fans in raptures this Sunday. Manning’s name could be etched on the Gateway Security Stawell Pacing Cup for a fourth time this weekend with her talented six-year-old, Ideal Success, beautifully drawn for a rollicking romp. “He is a nice horse and the Cup should suit him down to the ground,” the trainer-driver said. In 2004 Manning drove The Good Guy to victory in the Cup for trainer and father, Peter Manning, and then was both trainer and driver when Henchman won in 2006. The father-daughter team then broke through again in 2015 when they won by a neck with $17-1 shot Narra Operative. For Manning, winner of more than 3500 races as a driver and almost 800 as a trainer, any chance to step out at her local track is an occasion to be savoured. “I just like to have a runner at Stawell and to have one in the cup is just that little bit extra special.” And in Ideal Success she has a contender. The Kiwi joined her stable in February after 19 runs back home that yielded eight victories, all coming in his first nine races. In Manning’s hands the American Ideal gelding has again found that winning form, producing five victories from his eight starts on Australian soil, including the Ararat and Ouyen pacing cups. He returned from a spell at Tabcorp Park Melton on November 18 and, from a difficult second row draw, finished off well to run fourth amid a quality field. “He probably needed the run a bit and never really got into the race, but his times were about as good as anybody,” Manning said. “He didn’t get beaten all that far and he has tightened up since then.” The winner of that race was Young Modern from Emma Stewart’s all-conquering Smythes Creek stable and Ideal Success will not only have to turn the tables on him but also overcome Stewart’s other fancied runners Gumdrops and Metro Mike. Also looming are swooper Five Star Anvil and Im Corzin Terror, but Manning gives her hope every chance. “He has drawn quite well and should be able to hold a forward post,” she said. “Jiven Cullen is probably the early leader and is generally looking for a sit. I should be the first one there and should be a chance to lead depending on what they decide to do. From there (Ideal Success) should be right in it and a good chance. “I’ve won it a couple of times and it would be nice to repeat that performance, and he’s the type that could win it.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Stawell, Sunday 04 December 2016 Form guide for Stawell, Sunday 04 December 2016

A million-dollar winning six-year-old from north of the border has again proven Lennytheshark’s kryptonite after Luke McCarthy guided Bling It On to a second consecutive win over the reigningharness racing  Inter Dominion champion. Having clipped Lennytheshark at Tabcorp Park Melton in the Smoken Up Sprint, the John McCarthy-trained six-year-old was able to sit cold from a good draw and when David Aiken’s hope loomed at the final bend it was Bling It On who slotted through a gap and used his famed sprint. “He needs the right run and he got that run tonight and that’s how we drive him, if he can get a bit of luck we know that he will be right there in the finish,” Luke McCarthy said post-race. “The American Ideal stallion didn’t do a lot in the two weeks leading into the (first) heat, so that run would have done him good and he was still finding condition tonight so that run should have topped him off again.” Bling It On won the sixth Perth Inter Dominion heat by 2.7m from John Of Arc, who impressed again after sitting parked, while Waylade finished sharply from leader’s back to fill the placings, with Lennytheshark next best at Bunbury. The champion Four Starzzz Shark entire was set a lofty task, with driver Chris Alford keeping him at the rear of the field from the second row draw and waiting until the final 700m before inserting Lennytheshark into the race. After a 30.4 first quarter the pace quickened, with the final 1200m run in 1:23.2 culminating in a 27.3 final quarter that would put a Lennytheshark come-from-behind win out of the picture. With those times and the difficult draw front of mind, there was no panic in team Aiken post-race. “(Chris) was happy with his run, he just got a little too far back,” trainer David Aiken said. “He just thought if he would have made (an earlier move) he would have got parked out there three-wide.” Most importantly, the champ returned to his stable in good order and will be ready to have another crack at them in Friday’s final heat leading into the December 9 final. “He came back and pulled up very good. His heart rate was good, so he should be fine for Friday,” Aiken said. “He seems to love Gloucester Park. He gets up on the bit and travels good, so it’s all good, I said ‘he’s still good’ and Chris said, ‘yeah, he’s good’.” Bling It On - Princi Butchers Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 6 Hectorjayjay - TABtouch Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 5 Run Oneover NZ - Retravision Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 4 Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

A star-studded harness racing field of 12 will contest the group 1 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice sounded an ominous warning to his rivals when he predicted big things from Soho Tribeca. Soho Tribeca, a brilliant winner over 2130m in weaker company last Friday night, is awkwardly drawn at barrier five. But Prentice is going into battle full of confidence. Soho Tribeca, a former Victorian performer, is unbeaten at his first two runs for Prentice, leading all the way and winning from Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull over 2185m at a 1.56 rate at Pinjarra on November 7 and then giving a powerful display to win from Cut For An Ace and Ohoka Kentucky at a 1.55.3 rate last Friday night. Prentice restrained Soho Tribeca from the No. 4 barrier before sending the American Ideal stallion forward, three wide and following Ohoka Kentucky after a lap had been completed. Soho Tribeca eventually forged to the front at the bell and won by one and a half lengths. ”After a 28.4sec. second quarter and racing three wide in the middle stages, he’s going to run any time in the good races,” Prentice said. “He will improve on the run; I’ve been a bit easy on him since his Pinjarra win. I think he had something up his sleeve at the finish. Rob (owner Rob Watson) said that the horse always switched off in his races, but he didn’t switch off in this race. Hopefully, we’ve got him at a different fitness level. He could have kept going and it took me 400m to pull him up. “I rang Chris Alford and he said that he’s really good with a sit. If they’re running time and he’s sitting back, he can peel off a really quick quarter. I’ve honestly only had two better pacers –— and one (Baltic Eagle) won an interdominion championship and the other (Big Town Walton) finished fourth.” Adding considerable interest to the race will be the first appearance in Western Australia of the highly-rated New Zealand gelding Mr Mojito and the former Victorian performer Motu Gatecrasher. Mr Mojito, to be driven by his trainer Mark Purdon, will start from the inside of the back line and Motu Gatecrasher, a newcomer to Ross Olivieri’s stable, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and will be driven by star reinsman Chris Lewis. Mr Mojito has had only nine starts for seven wins and a second placing after a first-up failure. He rated 1.55.2 when he won easily from Captain Dolmio over 2600m at Addington on November 8. “It’s an awkward draw, but he’s a lovely horse who has climbed the ladder pretty quickly and at his latest start he was very good and the time they went was extra good,” Purdon said. Motu Gatecrasher has won at 11 of his 20 starts and is a noted frontrunner. He was a 10/1 on favourite at his latest start when he worked hard in the breeze all the way and finished second to Bad Boy Brad over 2150m at Bendigo on October 25. His past ten starts have produced eight wins and two seconds. Chicago Bull, last season’s WA Derby winner and a winner at 15 of his 25 starts, will lead the challenge of ace trainer Gary Hall sen., whose other runners Harry Hoo and King Lebron are in good form. Chicago Bull will start from the No. 6 barrier and should fight out the finish. He had a tough run without cover at his latest appearance when third behind Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice holds a strong hand in the $50,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Norms Daughter Classic over 2130m with Major Reality, Quite A Delight and The Parade. Prentice will drive Major Reality, winner of the WA Oaks in May 2015, who is favourably drawn at the No. 1 barrier. Prentice has engaged Gavin Lang to handle Quite A Delight (barrier eight) and Chris Alford for The Parade (inside of the back line). The all-conquering Dodolicious for the Bond stable, will be driven by Ryan Warwick and is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. She will be hard to beat. Ken Casellas

Oldbury horseman Kim Prentice is lavish in his praise of Soho Tribeca and declares that the talented young American Ideal stallion is spot on for harness racing four-year-old feature events at Gloucester Park in the coming weeks. Soho Tribeca will make his debut at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of eight in the $21,500 Check In With TABtouch Pace over 2130m. He should prove to be a star bet on the ten-event program after his splendid all-the-way victory over Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull in the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Prentice cleverly dictated the terms of that race in front and Soho Tribeca gave a sample of his class by sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 26.5sec. “I was very rapt with the horse, first-up, in the way he went about it,” Prentice said. “Over there (in Victoria) he used to pull and be a bit frantic. However, he drove absolutely beautifully and he has trained on great. “I knew he would run a really good race and he did just what I expected and now, knowing, hopefully, that he can relax like that, he doesn’t have to lead. He’s a real good stayer as well. I’ve changed quite a bit of gear. I’ve removed the head check, taken the Dollies off and put a different bit on him. “He’s the best horse I’ve ever had to handle, by far. For a stallion, he goes out into a paddock with a little pony and they play all day. Everything I get him to do, he does, and when he goes to the track he knows what he’s there for … and he can run.” Soho Tribeca was bred and is owned by West Australian Robert Watson, who sent him from Victoria to be trained by Prentice about seven weeks ago. The American Ideal horse has had 30 starts for ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds for earnings of $132,960. “After this week’s run we’ll be looking at the major events for four-year-olds,” Prentice said. “His main aim is the Golden Nugget (on December 9), but first he will contest the McInerney Ford Classic on Friday of next week. I haven’t spoken to Robert yet about whether he should run in the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship on December 2. “Robert has always said that Soho Tribeca was a very immature horse. But since he’s been here he has muscled up and got a lot more solid.” Soho Tribeca is out of Tasmania mare Pixel Perfect, whose dam Amarillen’s first foal was Villagem, an outstanding pacer who was retired with a record of 109 starts for 25 wins and 27 placings for stakes of $626,585. His major wins included three group 1 events --- the Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old colts and geldings in June 2009, the Chariots of Fire at Menangle and the Australasian Breeders Crown for four-year-old horses at Melton in 2010. Soho Tribeca, named after Tribeca, a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York, looks superior to his seven rivals in Friday night’s race in which last-start winners Mighty Major and Commander Chapel will be strongly fancied to fill the minor placings. Prentice also has excellent prospects of winning the opening event on Friday night, the Westbred pace over 2130m, with four-year-old Mister Versace, who will start from the inside of the back line. Mister Versace, trained by Annie Belton, has resumed after a spell in excellent form and the Bettors Delight gelding impressed in winning at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Mister Versace sustained a strong burst from sixth (three wide) at the bell to take a narrow lead 300m from home and go on and win by a head from the gallant pacemaker Chelsea Royale. Mister Versace finished strongly when a head second to Our Magical Miracle over 1684m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Ken Casellas

Versatile harness racing mare Ideal Alice should appreciate a considerable drop in class and looks hard to beat in the Book Now for the TABtouch Interdominion Pace for mares over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old American Ideal mare, prepared by master trainer Gary Hall sen., will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line, but she has the ability to overcome this distinct disadvantage. Ideal Alice, who won at nine of her 21 starts last season, will be having her fourth start in her current campaign and she has impressed with solid displays at her past two outings --- when second to John of Arc and fourth behind Waylade. On October 28 she dashed to an early lead from barrier five and bowled along in front before sprinting the third quarter of the final mile in a sizzling 26.8sec. She wilted to finish second to John of Arc, but did well to beat home the third placegetter, Our Jimmy Johnstone. Then last Friday night she started from barrier five in the Brennan Memorial and she raced in sixth position, four back on the pegs, before finishing gamely to be a sound fourth behind TABtouch Interdominion hopes Waylade, Beaudiene Boaz and Delightful Offer. Her opposition this week in mares’ company is considerably weaker. Her chief rivals appear likely to be the Nathan Turvey-trained Hidden Bad, a winner at three of her past four starts, the Justin Prentice-trained Quite A Delight and the Hall-trained Delightful Jade. The Hall stable will also be fancied strongly in the second event (Harry Hoo), the seventh race (Cyamach) and the ninth event (Twoandahalf Tigers). Harry Hoo made a successful return to racing after a spell when he started from the outside barrier and charged home from ninth (three wide) at the bell to take the lead 140m from home before scoring an easy victory at a 1.54.4 rate over 1730m. That was his ninth victory from 29 starts and he looks hard to beat from barrier four on Friday night, with his chief rivals, VC Manoeuvre (No. 9) and Ohoka Darcy (eight) drawn out wide. Twoandahalf Tigers looks set to notch his eleventh win from 40 starts when he begins from the outside barrier (No. 8) in the Sports Daily Pace. He followed a good first-up second to Rycroft with a fighting third behind Commander Chapel and Lagoon Stride last Friday night after working hard without cover. Ken Casellas

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2016 -- Spreester retook the lead at the quarter and coasted home from there in Monday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare not listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Spreester zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Back on top, the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree scorched the back half in 55.4 en route to victory in 1:52.1. Aniston Seelster was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Best Of Jenna third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who now boasts $539,576 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

A dashing frontrunning harness racing performance by Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra on Monday was a convincing indication that the American Ideal stallion will be a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on December 9. Soho Tribeca, having his first start in Western Australia and his first for trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice, was a 2/1 second favourite for the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra and he gave a sample of his class when he set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in a dazzling 26.5sec. to win by a metre from Franco Rayner (who had trailed him throughout). The brilliant Chicago Bull, early warm favourite for the Golden Nugget, worked hard in the breeze and battled on grandly to finish 2m away in third place. Soho Tribeca’s 30 starts for WA owner-breeder Rob Watson have produced ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds. Another Golden Nugget hope Mr Mojito notched his seventh win from eight starts when he settled in ninth position, surged forward to the breeze at the bell and cruised to the front 70m from the finish to win, untouched, from Captain Doimio at a 1.55.2 rate over 2600m at Addington on Tuesday. The Real Desire four-year-old was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, who trains the gelding in partnership with Mark Purdon. The Purdon-Rasmussen combination won six of the 12 events on Tuesday, including the $765,000 New Zealand Cup, a stand over 3200m with champion four-year-old Lazarus, the even-money favourite. Lazarus, driven by Purdon, coasted to victory by ten lengths over Tiger Tara, with Titan Banner third and Smolda fourth. Smolda, a leading candidate for the TABtouch interdominion championship in Perth next month, led briefly in the first circuit and then trailed the pacemaker Lazarus. He had every chance and battled on doggedly into fourth place. Highly-ranked stablemate Have Faith In Me (driven by Rasmussen) disappointed in finishing thirteenth and the Robert Dunn-trained Franco Nelson, ranked No. 5 for the Inters, finished sixth. Have Faith In Me raced at the rear before starting a three-wide run approaching the bell. He moved into fourth place 700m from home, but then galloped hopelessly and dropped back in the field of 15.     Ken Casellas

Harrisburg, PA --- Harness racing owner Ken Jacobs was a bit weary at the end of Tuesday's nearly nine-hour session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, but he was satisfied with the outcome. Jacobs purchased six horses during day two of the sale, including the session's highest-priced yearling, American Ideal-sired pacing colt Casual Cool for $165,000. Jacobs also bought American Ideal-sired filly Prospect Blue Chip ($55,000) and Chapter Seven-sired trotters Purple Iron ($100,000), Petrovic Blue Chip ($95,000), Seven Karats ($75,000) and Comesevencomeleven ($50,000). "They were all very expensive; I have good taste," Jacobs joked after his $540,000 spending spree. "I'm tired, it was a long day, but I'm very happy with it. I planned my work and I worked my plan and my plan worked perfectly. I got all the horses I wanted to get." After a strong opening session, the Standardbred Horse Sale continued to show gains compared to last year. A total of 479 horses sold for an average of $53,322 through two days this year compared to 650 horses selling for an average of $39,396 in 2015. Monday's opening session was 41 percent better than last year while the two-day average is 35 percent better. The two-day average also is 14 percent better than 2014 ($46,748) and up nearly 6 percent from 2013 ($50,426). "We're very happy," Standardbred Horse Sales Company President and CEO Pete Spears said. "We think the sale continued very strong after a fantastic sale yesterday. There was still a great deal of enthusiasm. We had a number of $100,000 horses. I still had many people coming up to me saying they hadn't been able to buy yet, they'd been shut out. We're very optimistic that tomorrow will be strong as well." Although the sale failed to see a horse sell in excess of $200,000 on the second day --- a level that was topped on the second day in recent years --- there were a total of 19 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000. "To be honest, if we sold any for $200,000 today they were misplaced because we wanted those kinds of horses the first day," Spears said. "The bottom line is right now we're very, very happy. We have momentum going into tomorrow and a lot of people still need to buy." Casual Cool is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Sight To See. Second dam Grand Lady is the dam of O'Brien Award winner Glowing Report as well as stakes-winners Perfect Union and Must See. "I liked everything about him," Jacobs said. "His video was unbelievable, his conformation, his family. I knew he was going to be high priced because the video was fantastic, so everyone else liked him. I tried to destroy the video but I couldn't. They wouldn't let me." Jacobs, who has enjoyed success with pacers in the past and recently began purchasing trotters, returned to sire Chapter Seven when looking at trotters in Harrisburg. Last year, Jacobs bought Chapter Seven-sired Walner, who this season has won seven of eight races including the Breeders Crown and trotted a world-record 1:51.3. "I don't know if I can get another (Walner) but I'll try," Jacobs said. "It's hard to duplicate that, but I'll try to do whatever I can to try to find another one." Uvie Hanover, a trotting filly by Kadabra out of the mare Upfront OB's Janet, was the day's top-selling trotter, going for $150,000 to Serge Godin's Determination stable. Uvie Hanover's 2-year-old half-sister Onda Su won a Bluegrass Stakes division this season. "She is a high caliber filly," said Luc Blais, who will train the filly. "Her conformation was very good. I liked everything about her. She looks like a very strong filly. She is beautiful, beautiful. That's why we like her." Pacing yearlings from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Sweet Lou sold for $150,000 on back-to-back trips to the auction ring. Nutcracker Sweet, a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Sweet Future, was the first one through and was purchased by agent Bjorn "Bernie" Noren. Sweet Future is the dam of Sweet Lou as well as two-time Breeders Crown champion Bettor Sweet, who like Nutcracker Sweet was sired by Bettor's Delight. Next up was Youaremycandygirl, whose second dam is Sweet Future. Youaremycandygirl is a daughter of American Ideal out of the mare Sweet Lady Jane. She was purchased by Bill Donovan. Muscle Hill-sired yearlings continue to top the trotting averages, with 20 horses selling for an average of $156,150. Chapter Seven is next with 14 horses averaging $70,000 followed by Cantab Hall with 33 horses averaging $69,697. Somebeachsomewhere-sired yearlings lead the pacing averages, with 58 horses selling for an average of $76,241. American Ideal was second, with 26 horses going for an average of $59,615. The Standardbred Horse Sale resumes at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. It is the final session of yearling offerings, with the two-day mixed sale starting Thursday. Day Two Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 221-C-P-Casual Cool-American Ideal-Sight To See-Ken Jacobs-Fair Winds Farm-$165,000 252-C-P-Nutcracker Sweet-Bettor's Delight-Sweet Future-Bjorn Noren, agent-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$150,000 253-F-P-Youaremycandygirl-American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane-Bill Donovan-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$150,000 491-F-T-Uvie Hanover-Kadabra-Upfront Ob's Janet-Determination-Hanover Shoe Farms-$150,000 412-C-P-P Livi Blue Chip-American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker-Richard Hill-Blue Chip Farms, agent-$145,000 304-C-T-Spee Club-Cantab Hall-Almond Joy-Eugene Kurzrok-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$135,000 232-C-P-Somestory Hanover-Well Said-Someheartsomewhere-Jimmy Takter, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$120,000 383-F-T-Sweet On You-Kadabra-Dynamite Honey-Reijo Liljendahl-Peninsula Farm, agent-$120,000 310-C-P-Shadow Of Lindy-Shadow Play-Antoinette Hanover-Jack Darling-Preferred Equine Mkt., agent-$110,000 285-F-P-Rich Tradition-Somebeachsomewhere-Classical Yankee-Chris Oakes-All American Harnessbreds-$105,000 394-F-T-Eunice-Chapter Seven-Filly At Bigs-Chris Oakes-Preferred Equine Mkt., agent-$105,000 For full results click here. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2016 -- Spreester retook the lead past the quarter and rolled to her second straight harness racing victory -- and 11th this year -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Spreester grabbed the early lead for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Spreester powered back to the front, put away the first-over Show Runner and prevailed in 1:53.1. Aniston Seelster held second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Show Runner saved show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree who lifted her career bankroll to $524,576, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card while Trainer Kris Hite and owner Wendy Ross teamed for three victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Star Tasmania harness racing pacer Resurgent Spirit delivered a sensational performance to win an open discretionary handicap over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding started off the sole back mark of 30 metres and while he settled last and was still in that spot when the field entered the home straight the last time he somehow found a way to win. When driver James Austin called on Resurgent Spirit for the supreme effort in the home straight the six-year-old gelding laid his ears back and charged home to win narrowly from dead-heaters Major Callum and Chief Destroyer. "The way he had been working at home on the training track I knew he'd be able to deliver that sort of performance," Whitmore said. Resurgent Spirit (American Ideal-Resurgent Star) will be aimed at the $40,000 Tasmania Cup to be run in Hobart in late December. Peter Staples

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