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YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 17, 2017 - Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $8.70) gave nothing else a shot Friday night, easily winning the harness racing Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Bedroomconfessions threw down an early gauntlet, making the lead-from post position No. 7-before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, she zipped the modern way, finishing her foray with intervals of :55.4, 1:24 1:52.1. Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) yielded for the pocket and watched the winner get away as Bedroomconfessions opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a never-in-question length-and-a-quarter. Empress Deo was second, with a season-debuting 6-5 choice Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett), Regil Elektra (Jordan Stratton) and Bettor N Better (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Bedroomconfessions, a repeating 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (same combination as a week ago) paid $74.50, with the triple returning $189. Frank Drucker

McGill and Brian Carsey share ownership of Missile J, who they purchased for $115,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old male pacer has gone 3-for-3 for his new harness racing owners and trainer Scott DiDomenico, fueling optimism for a limited stakes schedule later this season. The purchase of Missile J, a stakes-winner in 2016, came two months after McGill and Carsey bought Breeders Crown runner-up Manhattan Beach for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale in Harrisburg. For McGill and Carsey, who frequently buy claimers and state-bred horses in their home state of Indiana, the two acquisitions represent a chance to compete on the Grand Circuit. "We'd like to, we're just going to see how it works," said the 54-year-old McGill, who runs a truck body and equipment business. "We wanted to try this and see how we do; just try to get our feet wet a little bit." Missile J, trained previously by Linda Toscano, won eight of 19 races last year and earned $313,902 for owners KJ Stables and Purple Haze Stables. His wins included the Art Rooney Pace and a track-record 1:53.1 triumph in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. A son of stallion American Ideal out of the mare Cantor's Daughter, Missile J was originally purchased as a yearling for $100,000 under the name Newsmaker Bluechip at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Missile J is a full brother to stakes-winner Brownsville Bomber and his family includes millionaire Cam Swifty and stakes-winner Lonesome Day. His 2016 campaign ended with an eighth-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes championship at Yonkers Raceway in late September. He qualified twice in the weeks prior to January's sale at the Meadowlands. "We're happy with him, that's for sure," McGill said. "I'm going to give all the credit to Scotty D. We weren't looking at him. We were a little bit afraid of him because he hadn't raced since September and he's in the January sale. He had a couple qualifiers, but that was going to be a lot of money for us to take a chance like that. But our trainer just insisted so we went ahead and went with his gut and so far it's worked out. Really, Scotty gets the credit on that one." DiDomenico said Missile J had "a ton of talent and raw speed that was hard to match." "He's going to dictate to us what he's ready for, but we're pretty optimistic right now," DiDomenico added. "It's great when you have owners who are willing to put up the money to buy horses and give you a chance. Brian and John have been very good about that." Manhattan Beach, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the world champion mare Benear, is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. Manhattan Beach won five of 27 races last year and earned $483,379 for previous trainer Ron Burke and the ownership group of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers. In his four starts for the largest purses on his schedule --- the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Pennsylvania Classic and Breeders Crown --- he never drew inside of post seven. "We liked the looks of him," McGill said. "He made ($483,379) last year and we thought he drew badly in a number of races. We just thought there was some potential there and maybe he would have a good year this year." Manhattan Beach will get a later start to his 2017 campaign because of surgery to remove chips from his hocks, but McGill is hoping the gelding will be ready to go in June and can compete in the Graduate Series. "We've got high hopes for Missile J, but we've still got a ways to go to see what he really is," McGill said. "With Beach, we see what he is, but after you do surgery you're hoping he comes back the same. So it's a little bit of a risk staking this year, but it should be easier next year when we know what we have. I'm already excited about it." McGill got started in harness racing nearly a decade ago through his truck business. "I put a truck together for a small town in northern Indiana and the street superintendent there was Ron Eash, who raced a little bit with his dad Wilbur Eash," McGill said. "When Ron would come down and check on his truck, I would always ask him a thousand questions on horses. He wanted to talk about his truck and I wanted to talk about horses. "He finally said why don't you come and talk to my dad and maybe you guys could go in partners on a horse together. We did, and it seemed to do all right and kind of set the hook for me." McGill and Carsey became partners about four years ago after being introduced by trainer Walter Haynes Jr. "Brian is a great partner to have," McGill said. "We really don't have any disagreements. For some reason we agree on mostly all the same things." In 2015, McGill and Carsey owned Indiana Sire Stakes champions Matrix Of Luck (2-year-old male pacers) and Martz Time (older male trotters). McGill said Matrix Of Luck's ISS championship victory was the highlight of his career as an owner. "But I'm really hoping to have some more thrills this year, especially after we paid our (February) stakes payments for Missile J and Manhattan Beach," McGill said. "I love the excitement," he added about harness racing. "To me, it's like when I had kids at home and they would play sports and you would go to the Friday night football and the excitement. I kind of get the same feeling watching the races and enjoy the challenge of trying to pick the next horse that I can claim and move up." Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 10, 2017- Harness racing favored Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $4.30) was first home from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bedroomconfessions watched as pole-assigned Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) was the lone leaver. The other lasses quickly demurred through soft early intervals of :28.2 and :57.1. Passing the intermission, Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) took out of third, giving the people's choice a lass to latch onto. Empress Deo maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, after buried alive a week ago, Bedroomconfessions had no issue finding an open lane here. She powered past the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2. Empress Deo held second, with Delightful Dragon, Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) and a pocketed Arielle Lynn (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Bedroomconfessions, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $6.80, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $22.80. Frank Drucker

A great horse enjoyed his crowning moment when Bling It On mowed down the best in harness racing to claim a barnstorming Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup. Too often the bridesmaid on the open-age Grand Circuit, the John McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven speedster was positioned perfectly, having allowed Lennytheshark and Smolda to trade haymakers and when his moment came he was in a class of his own. “It’s special,” Luke McCarthy said. “As a young person in harness racing you grow up watching all the great horses and the good drivers and you see Anthony Butt and Chris Alford and all of them guys who have had such good records in the race and you just aspire to win these sort of races. “We’ve been lucky enough to have some good horses and to win the Hunter Cup is a really special time.” It was a result well enjoyed, including by part-owner Sammy Kilgour, whose late mother, Kaye, played a lead role in the champ’s breeding. “It’s so great, mum was definitely looking down on us and she would be so proud,” Ms Kilgour said. From gate five, Bling It On gradually worked forward, with McCarthy three-wide for some time before taking the lead from Yayas Hot Spot, and then favourite Smolda made his move. “The draw was so important, we had the draw on Lenny and Smolda to be in front of them for once and put ourselves in a good spot,” McCarthy said. “I would have been happy to stay in front of them, (Bling It On’s) a really good leader, but when Mark (Purdon) come (with Smolda) he come pretty hard and I knew it was going to be pretty serious from then on, I didn’t really have a choice but to sit on him and it worked out really well.” While Bling It On sat parked, Lennytheshark joined Smolda at the head of the field at the bell, and they followed the 29.7 first quarter with a 29.3 second quarter. And then they stepped on the gas, pouring on a 27.5 third quarter in a last lap war. While others battled to stay in touch, Bling It On didn’t miss a step and when the sprint lane opened he had plenty left, blazing to a 6m win from Yayas Hot Spot with Lennytheshark finishing third, 11.4m back. “I was jogging,” McCarthy said. “He was just travelling so well. In the running he didn’t have to burn early, we knew he would come that last half. “Around the (last) corner he was just travelling so well and we got into the sprint lane and he went really well.” A 27.8 last quarter sealed the deal for the American Ideal six-year-old out of Aldatglitterzisgold. “He had his first start on the 30th of January at Bankstown and he won and I knew we had something special that day,” McCarthy said. “To be racing at this level now, he’s come right through as a two, three, four and five-year-old and now he’s won a Hunter Cup, (which) brings his earnings to well over one and a half million. “This is why we are in the industry, why we get out of bed and work the horses every day, it’s just because of horses like this.” Bling It On's record is now 74 starts 42 wins 10 seconds and 7 thirds for $1,573,331 in stakes.   Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

New Zealand-bred harness racing stallion Mister Daytona boasts an outstanding winning record of 74 per cent and he has excellent prospects of continuing on his merry way by overcoming the outside barrier (No. 9) and winning the $25,000 Mike Lang Im Themightyquinn final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The four-year-old continues to improve under the care of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who have given the horse plenty of time to mature. He has had 19 starts (five as a three-year-old and 14 as a four-year-old). His education has included travelling far and wide and he has already won on six tracks --- Gloucester Park (five), Bunbury (three), Pinjarra (two), Kalgoorlie (two) and one each at Northam and Albany. Rarely has he had the luxury of an ideal barrier and many of his wins have come after he has worked hard three wide and then in the breeze. He is by outstanding American sire American Ideal, but there is little to enthuse over when studying his pedigree. He is the first foal out of Chara, who was unplaced at her only three starts. Chara’s dam Rebecca’s Knight raced 13 times for one win --- when she rated 2.12.5 in scoring by a head in a 2000m C0 event at her debut on the grass track at Westport in December 1992. Mister Daytona started from the back line in a 2258m event in Albany last Saturday night when he started a three-wide move 650m after the start and then without cover before hitting the front 450m from home and winning by almost two lengths from Ohoka Squire. At Gloucester Park 11 days before that he raced three wide for much of the 2130m journey before dashing away to win by three lengths from Argyle Red at a 1.57 rate. The Bonds, who prepared Galactic Galleon for his victory in the Im Themightyquinn final two years ago, hold a powerful hand in this year’s final. Their other runners are Mighty Major (Nathan Turvey), Pay Me Cullen (Chris Lewis) and Robyns Raider (Ryan Bell). Mighty Major is favourably drawn at No. 1 on the front line, but he faces a stern test after he set the pace before wilting to eighth behind Mister Daytona at his most recent outing. Pay Me Cullen, a revitalised ten-year-old, looks sure to be prominent from barrier two. He gave a bold frontrunning display to score an easy win over The Real Nadal and Soho Wonder in a qualifying heat last Friday night when he sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.7sec. Robyns Raider, a seven-year-old on the comeback trail, caught the eye in a qualifying heat when he raced in sixth position and charged home along the inside to finish second to Shirlz Sensation. Ken Casellas

"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

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