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Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J. Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's a lot of hope and promise on Wednesday night (July 1) at Buffalo Raceway as many of the 2-year-old filly pacers kick off their careers in three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes worth $36,566 each.   Of the 21 filly pacers entered, only four have had a pari-mutuel start. The remaining 17 have had a couple of 'baby' races or qualifiers but that's it. With the hours of preparation in getting them to the races now completed, it's time for the ladies to strut their stuff. And for those who are successful, they will find a large paycheck awaiting them at the finish line along with some happy owners, trainers and drivers.   The Sire Stakes will go off as the second, third and fifth races on the solid 12-race program that is scheduled for 5 p.m.   With nine records either broken or tied at Buffalo Raceway this season, the freshmen fillies will be taking dead aim on 1:56.3 standard set in 2011 by Silk Purse and tied in 2012 by Summertime Lea.   The sire Roll With Joe has nine off-spring entered in the stakes event while Art Major follows with five, Rock N Roll Heaven four and American Ideal three.   The first event features a field of six who not have a pari-mutuel start between them. Gotmyredressontnit gets the early nod at 5-2 after putting in a 1:55.3 time in a baby race at Pocono Downs over a sloppy track on June 19. Jason Bartlett gets the call aboard the Janice Connor-trained Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) and will start from the six post.   Rockin Date, a $47,000 purchase from the Lexington Sales last year, is the second choice at 3-1 with Sire Stakes leading driver Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Starting from the five hole, Rockin Date (Art Major-Rockin Beauty) is trained by Ron Burke and finished in fourth place behind Gotmyredressontnit in her last prep. Morrill Jr. has 13 victories this season on the Sire Stakes circuit and nearly $450,000 in purse earnings.   The second leg is a wide open affair with a field of seven heading to the post. Angels Rockn Pink is 3-1 morning line choice with John MacDonald to be in the sulky. Arriving from Vernon Downs for trainer Homer Hostetler, Angels Rockn Pink was impressive in winning her two qualifiers at Vernon. She last won by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 back on June 19.   Soft Idea, a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales, draws the six post for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Scott Zeron. Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) went 1:58.4 in her last tuneup, winning by 2-1/2 lengths.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings gets the call on Vino And Formaggio off the rail. Sitting at 4-1 on the line, Vino And Formaggio (Art Major-Pasta LaVista) has gone wire-to-wire in her two qualifying victories at the Meadows.   The final division features Encore Deo, a $100,000 buy at Lexington. The Burke-trained Encore Deo, coupled with Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance), starts from the five post and gets the services of Cummings. Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven-Docdor Cameo) hopes to start earning her keep begin what could be an solid career.   The main danger to the Burke entry could be Ghost Runner (Art Major-Spirit Of The West). She gets the pylons for trainer/driver Tom Jackson and is the 5-1 second pick. She finished sixth at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1 in her last appearance.   The card also will feature a pair of Excelsior 'A' Series races and a race in the Excelsior 'B' Series.   Also on tap on the stellar card includes the $10,500 Open Trot, the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, and the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open II Pace.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 27, 2015--If your favorite harness racing driver is Dan Dube and your favorite number is four, congratulations and go collect. Dube went "four-th" Saturday night, winning both halves of Yonkers Raceway's soggy $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Great Vintage ($6.20) had nary an anxious moment in the weekly pacing feature, working around a returning P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and strolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2 and 1:53.2. Great Vintage whipped 19-10 choice P H Supercam--out four weeks prior to this start--by a couple of lengths. Texican N (Eric Carlson) was a three-hole third, with Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton) and a tough-trip All Bets Off (George Brennan) settling for the remainder. For second choice Great Vintage, a 7-year-old son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and a pair of Gorans (Anderberg and Falk) it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $62.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice Daylon Miracle--in one notch after an inside scratch--duplicate the down-the-road (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27, 1:56.4) MO of Great Vintage. Daylon Miracle held off a second move of outside assignee Luminosity (Brennan) by a length-and-a-half, with Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), Rock of Cashel (Eric Goodell) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) rounding out the payees. For Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur owned (as Allard Racing) and trained by Rene Allard, it was her eighth win in 14 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.20, the triple returned $47.80 and the superfecta paid $165.50. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

We are about to enter the absolute peak of the harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Next week's schedule includes the eliminations for Sun Stakes Saturday, which this year happens to fall on the Fourth of July. That's followed closely by a round of Pennsylvania All Stars races, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action, and then, on August 22nd, our 50th anniversary celebration. While we take a deep breath in preparation for all this wild, high-stakes action, let's hand out the Weekly Awards for the excellent week of racing gone by. PACER OF THE WEEK: BIG TOWN HERO Can a horse have confidence? Does it even comprehend the concept? Skeptics might say no, but they should consider the example of Bigtown Hero, a 7-year-old gelding from the Rene Allard barn. He came up huge in 2014, winning 10 races, including a 1:47:3 mile at Pocono that was a world record for aged geldings. Yet he couldn't find his stride in his first five starts of the year, hitting the board just once, albeit against excellent competition. On May 30th, he headed to Saratoga Harness in New York and faced a mid-level condition field at the odd distance of 1 1/16 miles and picked up an easy win as a heavy favorite. That seemed to fire him up, as did a return to Pocono, because on June 13, he obliterated the non-winners of 13,000 in the last five starts in 1:48:2. On Saturday night, he stepped up to the non-winners of $18,500 the last five races and it was more of the same. With Simon Allard in the bike, Bigtown Hero left early, quickly retook the lead on the first turn after briefly losing it, and then keeping the field at bay to triumph by 1½ lengths, again tripping the timer in 1:48:2. This coming week the American Ideal gelding will take a huge step up into the Ben Franklin eliminations. If his recent hot streak is a result of a spike in confidence, we'll find out then just how far that confidence can take him. Other top pacers this week include: Scott Rocks (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), who followed up a victory at Northfield with a win in Saturday night's featured Open Handicap pace in 1:50:1 in the slop; Million Miles (Andrew McCarthy, Delvy Llopez), a 3-year-old who churned out his third straight condition win on Tuesday night, this one in 1:52:3; and Janie Bay (Jim Marohn Jr., Rob Harmon), a mare who took several steps up the condition ladder but still scored her second straight victory on Wednesday night in 1:51:1. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SAILER EDDIE This 5-year-old Cantab Hall gelding trained by Jean Drolet faced off against some of the toughest condition trotters on the grounds early in the Pocono meet but had little success to show for it. After several drops in class, he finally found a group he could handle on June 16, beating the non-winners of 6,100 in the last five races from a pocket seat in 1:53:1, which was a new career mark. Building off of that fine performance, Sailer Eddie moved up in class on Tuesday night to face the non-winners of 8,750 in the last five races. While you could write the previous victory off in part to the fine trip, this time around the gelding looked like he intended to prove his qualifications as a top trotter. Driver Anthony Napolitano sent him to the outside on the first turn to take over the lead from Fire In The Cell by the time they straightened out on the front stretch. From there, Sailer Eddie set some nasty fractions without ever seeming the worse for wear. In the stretch he kicked away from his pursuers to win by a comfortable three lengths in an impressive 1:52:2. Not only did that reset the career mark for this suddenly red-hot trotter, it was also the fastest trotting time posted at Pocono this past week. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who chalked up a victory on Saturday night in the week's highest condition pace in 1:53:2; Phantom Photo (Matt Kakaley, Dean Eckley), who pounced from the pocket on Wednesday night to win his second straight condition trot, this one coming in a career-best 1:53:2; and Murmur Hanover (Scott Zeron, Benoit Baillargeon), who shipped in off a win at Mohawk and scored a condition victory on Wednesday night in a quick 1:52:3, a new career-best. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: GIA DIAMOND When the 1-9 favorite struggled late in condition pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday night, this American Ideal filly with Simon Allard driving took advantage and won at 55-1, paying off $115.20 for a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MARCUS MILLER Miller continues to deliver bang for the buck; none of his three winners on Sunday night were favored, while one (Defiance) came in at 17-1. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: STEVE SALERNO Salerno has long been a productive trainer at Pocono, and he continues to do damage this year, as evidenced by his picking up two wins and a place from his three starters on Tuesday night. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia      

Linda Toscano trainee El Bloombito (Marcus Miller) picked up his third straight win in the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday (June 21). It was a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts or non-winners of 9 pari-mutuel races or $90,000 lifetime. The 4-year-old son of American Ideal got away sixth off a fast first-quarter (:26.1) set by lukewarm favorite Mr Husani N (Jim Pantaleano). The pace remained contested, as Ron Coyne trainee National Debt (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) brushed up to clear by the half, which was timed in :54.2. That's when El Bloombito made his move. He used a quick burst to take the lead at the three-quarter pole (1:21.3). He maintained a two length lead to the finish, equaling a lifetime's best performance of 1:50. Bettor's Glass (Andrew McCarthy) rallied for place, while Grab Your Keys closed for the show spot. It was the 9th career win for El Bloombito ($7.00), who is owned by Stake Your Claim Stables, the Camelot Stables, and Fred Wallace. Winning driver Marcus Miller had three wins on the card. George Napolitano Jr. and Andrew McCarthy each had four wins on the Father's Day program. Michael Bozich

Harness racing driver Clinton Hall continues to show week in week out what a talented reinsman he is and last night at Bunbury he was at it again with a peach of a drive on My Hard Copy. The West Australian Pacing Cup winner was having his first run back since January and had drawn awkwardly at barrier five on the second line over the mile which saw punters let him go out at odds of seven to one. Clint never hustled him early and he settled second last in the running line before hooking on to Jimmy Johnstone's back when Colin Brown sent that horse forward three wide with a lap to travel. My Hard Copy got a lovely trail into the race and only peeled four wide on the point of the turn and flew down the outside to claim the stablemate Crusader Banner in the shadows of the post for a stylish victory. Jimmy Johnstone stuck on gamely for third in front of a slightly disappointing Our Major Mark who trailed Crusader Banner the whole trip. My Hard Copy paced the mile in 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 56.1 and 27.3 Last nights win was the 19th for the son of American Ideal and took his earnings over the $460,000 mark. Clinton is not as busy on racenight as some of the more prominent drivers but he has still chalked up 44 metropolitan wins this season and with a UDR of .3330 it is a wonder why he is not seen more in the bike on racenight. Harnesslink Media

Every week Harnesslink does a ringaround of 20-25 harness racing drivers throughout the country to get their best drives for the weekend for our readers. Someone who has been on board from the start of the ringaround is South Auckland reinsman Scott Phelan. We have noted before that Scott's weekly tips are never far away and he did the job again tonight on the American Ideal two year old colt, Ideal Roman. Scott has been telling us for a while that he has a bit of time for Ideal Roman and tonight you could see why. Scott sent Ideal Roman out of the gate in a hurry from barrier two but he couldn't head Bettor Love Me and Brent Mangos from barrier one and Scott eased Ideal Roman into the trail. " Mango" kept the tempo solid with Bettor Love Me and had them struggling across the top apart from Ideal Roman in the trail. As soon as the passing lane became available,Scott angled Ideal Roman into it and he shot away for a comfortable victory over a game Bettor Love Me with Apassionato and David Butcher finishing on into third. The 1700 metres was cut out in a very sharp 2:04.1, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with smart closing sectionals of 56.2 and 28.1. Scott was all smiles on returning to the birdcage. " He is a really nice wee horse and should do a good job over the next few months.": " Racing has really improved him and I don't think he has stopped winning yet." " it wouldn't surprise me if he strung a couple together now that he has won one," Scott said. We don't want to put the jinx on Scott but his ringaround selection each week is well worth following in our view. Harnesslink Media   

The high class harness racing three year old Chachingchaching has been sold for a large six figure offer and will do his future racing in Australia. The son of Mach Three has really come into his own recently and was starting to put together the record his trainer Ray Green always thought he was capable of. A change of driver part way through the season helped the cause with David Butcher striking up a good relationship with the colt. An outstanding fifth in the Harness Jewels from barrier eight followed by an effortless win at Alexandra Park solicited an attractive offer from Australia and Ray came to accept the money was too good to say no to. " I talked to the owners and told them it was a great offer and there isn't a lot for four year olds in New Zealand so in my opinion they should sell him." " I'm sorry to see him go because he is the best horse in the stable but you have to do your best by your owners and that is what I have done here," Ray said. A winner of seven races and $114,304 as a two and three year old in New Zealand, Chachingchaching has been purchased by Paul Boug and is heading to Sydney. Ray has got some lovely horses coming through to help fill the gap left by the departure of Chachinchaching headed by this seasons smart two year old filly Killer Queen 1:54.2pl ($51,100) who was placed in the Harness Jewels while Ray has a bit of time for the Bettors Delight two year old Zach Maguire. " He is a nice horse who is improving all the time." " At this stage I am still toying with taking him to the Breeders Crown," Ray said. As is normal with the Lincoln Farm setup, they purchased a lot of yearlings at this years round of sales to go with their home breds and are presently working their way through breaking them all in. Ray has been particularly impressed with three fillies to date. " The fillies look really smart to be honest." " I have a full sister to Sir Lincoln who I really like and and fillies by Vintage Master and American Ideal that have impressed as well," Ray said. The Lincoln Farm operation has been a constant in the age group classics in the last ten years and look to have plenty of ammunition for next seasons juvenile races. Harnesslink Media 

The richest ever son of harness racing super sire American Ideal is standing for the first time ever in the Southern Hemisphere at Empire Stallions. Sensational USA 3-Year-Old Pacer of the Year and Breeders Crown Champion Heston Blue Chip 2,1:50.4; 3,1:48 ($1,781,881) has been issued an international passport  and is headed to Empire Stallions in Victoria to stand the upcoming 2015/16 breeding season. Heston Blue Chip defeated the best of his generation while winning 34 times and banking over $1.8 in earnings. He set 9 track and stakes records while competing on the Grand Circuit and in the highly competitive New York Sires Stakes at 2 & 3. As a two-year-old, Heston Blue Chip won 11 of 13 starts with 2 second place finishes while earning $375,650. His most prestigious win at 2 was the $177,275 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs which he won by three-quarters of a length in a brilliant 1:50.4. That time set the stakes record, equaled the track record and was one-fifth of a second off the world record for two-year-old colt pacers on a five-eighths mile track. Other Grand Circuit wins at 2 included the John Simpson Memorial at Vernon Downs and the Tompkins Geers Stakes where he equaled the stakes record with a 1:52 effort. Also at 2, Heston was a standout in the New York Sires Stakes arena winning 7 Sire Stakes events at 6 different tracks including the $175,000 2YO New York Sires Stakes Championship with a track record 1:53.3 performance at Saratoga Raceway. Heston Blue Chip was New York’s 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Heston Blue Chip returned at 3 to take the harness racing world by storm. The defining moment of this stellar 3-year-old season was his victory in both the elimination and Final of the $555,000 3YO Breeders Crown. Heston Blue Chip went off as the favourite in both events and did not disappoint winning the 1:50.3 elimination over Sweet Lou and A Rocknroll Dance. In a great stretch run duel in the Final, Heston Blue Chip prevailed over Sweet Lou and Bettors Edge to win in 1:49.2.   It was an absolute romp for Heston Blue Chip in the Progress Pace elimination where he defeated Thinking Out Loud and Sweet Lou by more than 5 metres in 1:49.3. Heston Blue Chip was untouchable in the $270,000 Final reaching the opening quarter in a slick :25.2 – the fastest quarter ever recorded at Dover Downs. He rolled on by the half in :54 and stopped the clock in a Stakes Record 1:49 again over Bettors Edge and Sweet Lou.   In addition, Heston Blue Chip won the Historic Stakes at Tioga in a 1:49.2 track record for 3-year-old colts and swept the $270,000 Empire Breeders Classic with a 1:50.4 win in the elimination and set yet another track record with a sizzling 1:48.4 performance in the Final.   Heston Blue Chip again dominated in the New York Sire Stakes program winning 4 events. These victories were a $113,413 leg at Yonkers, a $66,848 leg also at Yonkers, a leg at Monticello Raceway in 1:52.4 with a :26.3 last quarter and a leg at Tioga Downs when he equaled his own 1:49.2 track standard.   Heston Blue Chips final start at 3 was a memorable win in the Final of the $176,663 Matron Stakes. He demonstrated his great turn of foot when he paced the fastest mile in Dover Downs’ history winning in a sizzling 1:48 over the 5/8ths mile oval. Heston Blue Chip also won eliminations for The Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace and the Jersey Cup.   Heston Blue Chip tallied up 14 wins and 2 placings from 18 starts while earning over $1 Million that season at 3 on his way to being awarded tops honours. Heston Blue Chip was voted the USA 3YO Colt Pacer of the Year in a crop that included Sweet Lou and A Rocknroll Dance.   Heston Blue Chip was a nine-time Open, Preferred, FFA and Invitational Winner at The Meadowlands, Yonkers, Tioga, Saratoga and Harrah’s Philadelphia at 4 & 5. He established a new track record at Tioga Downs for 4-year-old pacing stallions with a 1:49.2 victory. Heston Blue Chip was retired to commence his stallion duties and is standing his first season at Winbak Farms in New York in 2015.   Heston Blue Chip was trained by Linda Toscano, the all-time leading trainer at The Meadowlands and the first woman to ever train a Hambletonian winner. “He was clearly the best New York Sires Stakes colt at two and three setting multiple track records on all sized tracks. In his Breeders Crown win, Heston Blue Chip beat the best of the best including Sweet Lou. If that isn’t enough, he’s one of the kindest, nicest and happiest horses I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He’s a great-gaited individual who wore no boots and a 63” hobble. "He’s a special horse,” Toscano said. Tim Tetrick who recently visited Australia & New Zealand to compete in the World Driving Championship was Heston Blue Chips regular driver. “I really enjoyed racing Heston Blue Chip”, said Tetrick. “From the first time I raced him in a baby race at 2, I knew he was extremely talented,” Tetrick continued. “He is a beautiful animal, big, strong and athletic on his feet and could leave the gate lightning fast." "He had a great attitude and a will to win and that usually transfers to a stallion’s offspring." "If his offspring have his attitude and desire, they will be great colts and fillies,” Tim said. Heston Blue Chip represents one of the world’s hottest sire lines today – his sire American Ideal is by super sire Western Ideal. From his first 5 North American crops to race, American Ideal is already the sire of 201 in 1:55, 19 in 1:50 or faster, 100 winners of $100,000+ and over $35.4 Million in progeny earnings. With his $1.7 million in race earnings, Heston Blue Chip is his sire’s richest son. In the Southern Hemisphere, American Ideal is the sire of 370 winners with earnings of over $6.5 million from 5 crops to race. His top Australian performers include multiple GR1 Winner & Breeders Crown Champion Bling It On 1:51 ($829,422) and the 2015 GR1 NSW Derby Winner Ideal For Real 1:55.8 ($172,185). Heston Blue Chip hails from one of the sport’s best maternal families. He is the first foal out of the unraced Cams Card Shark mare Shot Togo Bluechip. His full brother is 2013 Adios Winner Sunfire Blue Chip ($917,374) and their half-sister sold at Harrisburg last year for $160,000. His second dam, CC’s Saleofcentury by Real Artist is a full sister to Just Wait Kate 1:54.4 ($387,931), Kiss Me Kate 1:51.3 ($283,839) and the $1.4 million winner Kikikatie 1:50.3, dam of Rockin Image 1:48.2 ($901,756) by Rocknroll Hanover, Time To Roll 1:49.3 ($781,249) by Rocknroll Hanover, Rockin Amadeus 1:48.4 ($728,392) by Rocknroll Hanover and Tellitlikeitis 1:48.4 ($490,695) by Well Said. This is the immediate family of Camluck, North America’s  leading pacing sire for many years. “Heston Blue Chip is a wonderful addition our stallion roster this season” said David James, owner of Empire Stallions. “He is American Ideal’s first and only son to stand at stud in the southern hemisphere and with the current success of the Western Ideal sire line down under, Heston is a great new option for breeders. He is just a magnificent looking dark bay stallion with a fluid gait, outstanding conformation and excellent fertility. "His credentials speak for themselves.” Heston Blue Chip will stand for a very attractive fee of $5,500 including GST and discounts apply. His progeny will be Vicbred eligible as well as eligible to the Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and the NSW Breeders Challenge. Courtesy of Empire Stallions

After working clear from his assigned outside post position, Fireyourguns ($2.90) held sway for his fifth win in as many starts this year, staving off a late-charging Bettorsluckystreak for a 1:50.2 victory in Sunday (June 14) afternoon's $14,000 Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs. The 6-year-old American Ideal gelding floated forward before pushing clear of That'll Be the Rei (Jim Marohn, Jr.) on the first turn, clicking off a :26.2 first quarter before maintaining the strong pace through a subsequent :55 middle half. On the far turn, Unlocked (Brandon Simpson) offered a mild first-over bid, but was outkicked off the turn by a three-wide Bettorsluckystreak (Jim Taggart, Jr.). The 19-1 outsider proved the greatest peril for Fireyourguns, who saw his lead diminish past mid-stretch. Aaron Byron called upon Fireyourguns for everything he could offer in the final yards, with the pair prevailing by a scant half length. Bettorsluckystreak chased gamely to finish second, while That'll Be the Rei held third from his pocket trip.   Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.   Two $12,500 first-round divisions of the Nichols True Value late-closing series for pacers took place on the 11-race card as well, with Idealbeach Hanover ($7.70, Brandson Simpson) holding sway for a 1:51.1 win in the first division by a measured 1-1/4 lengths over Respectable Dream (Jim Meittinis) and Big City Jewel (Mike Simons). Jeneral Patton ($3.80, Marohn) proved unwavering in the second division, fighting back to heavy pressure from Let's Foal Around (John Cummings, Jr.) on the far turn to prevail by 1-1/4 lengths as well. Gokudo Hanover (Tom Jackson) hooked three-wide from the pocket to take second, while Let's Foal Around faded to third in the final 70 yards.   Taggart led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race card, while Byron and Marohn each tallied two victories.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (June 19) evening, with first post slated for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13...The finest three-year-old pacers in harness racing battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of $50,000 eliminations for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles, who finished fourth to Well Said in the 2009 Cup, thus kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11 for 11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the owner, busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Wiggle It Jiggleit has hardly been breathed on in his 11 romps, his smallest margin of victory being one and one-half lengths. "Yes, that's exactly how I wanted it (a soft second quarter)," said Teague. "I didn't want to go another (1) :48 or anything like that. We'll wait till next week for that when the money's down. I took him off the gate just in case but I timed the gate perfectly and he stormed out of there like it was nothing. I hope he continues to do it (answer the call) and I'm having fun doing it with him." There's a lot of similarities between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mr Wiggles, said owner Teague, who also campaigned the sire. "The other horse (Mr Wiggles) doesn't get the recognition he deserves," said Teague. "He won a couple of major races. But this horse is the best horse I've ever trained by far. Very intelligent, speed. I've never trained one as fast as him." Teague also trained (along with sister Brenda) and co-owned Total Truth, who won the 2006 Pepsi North America Cup. Last month, Wiggle It Jiggleit set a world record of 1:49 for a half-mile track when winning by over 14 lengths on May 11 at HarringtonPark in Delaware. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10, $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with Arque Hanover ($8.10) for a $16.80 (5-3) exactor. A 5-3-6 (Yankee Bounty) triactor was worth $83.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-3-6-4 (Hurrikane Ali)] came back $172.20. Wiggle It Jiggleit Following the impressive first elim win by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:49.2, it was heavily-favoured In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did. But just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who once again finished a troubled second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers May 30, has taken 10 of 15 overall and will come into the Cup with earnings of over $600,000. "He did in the hard way," said trainer Kelvin Harrison. "He come first up. He was a safe winner. I think the biggest thing about him this year is he's a whole lot smarter than he was last year. When we started him up last year, he was hard to stop. Now he'll race smart. He's very athletic. He's grown a lot actually. He was really small early. He's come through it in good shape. Wasn't that hard a race for him and seems nice and fresh when he came back. So hopefully we'll be okay. He's got wild speed, he's got it all." Sears has won two Pepsi North America Cups...in 2005 with Rocknroll Hanover and last year with JK Endofanera. In The Arsenal paid $3.90, $2.70 and $2.70, combining with Penji Hanover ($8, $6.20) for a $31.30 (7-2) exactor. A 7-2-3 (Good Friday Three, $11.30) triactor returned a solid $608.40, while a $1 Superfecta [7-2-3-6 (Revenge Shark)] was worth $1,509.40. In The Arsenal Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a one and three-quarter length win over the 1-5 choice, Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year, prior to the elim, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Owned by Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia and trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's two-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. "I was very confident coming in," said Tetrick, who steered Captaintreacherous to victory in the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup. "I knew Artspeak was a great horse and he'd be tough to beat. But I had a lot of confidence in my horse. He's been good all along. He's had some tough trips that haven't always worked out. But he's always right there. He's always on the ticket. He likes to finish. "My horse was really grabbing on (around the final turn) and Artspeak was kind of struggling. I just let him rip. He circled them and he paced to the wire really strong. I'm really happy with the horse. He's coming into the race (next Saturday's final) great. The connections are doing a great job. Give us the right trip and I think he can go with just about anything out there." Rock N Roll World took the field through an opening quarter in :26.3 before Betting Exchange grabbed command (:54.2 for the half, 1:22.4 for three-quarters), as Artspeak lingered in fifth and Wakizashi Hanover sixth, until turning for home. Wakizashi Hanover paid $15.80, $4 and $3, combining with Artspeak ($2.30, $2.10) for a $37.10 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-2 (Betting Exchange, $3.60) triactor was worth $190.40, while a $1 Superfecta [1-7-2-5 (Split The House)] returned $283.80. Wakizashi Hanover The top three finishers in each $50,000 elimination qualified for the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final, along with one fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Hurrikane Ali). More importantly, each winner earned his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn on Tuesday. Here is the field, in alphabetical order, for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven Artspeak by Western Ideal Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight Good Friday Three by Mach Three Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover In The Arsenal by American Ideal Penji Hanover by Art Major Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again AE: Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover Jeff Timson for WEG Communications

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Sand Savage played the old give-and-go with Mr. Perserverance and kept right on going to the winner's circle in the harness racing featured $10,500 Open I-II pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 13).   The victory kept a torrid streak going for the 8-year-old Sand Savage (Allamerican Native-Sheer Hose). In his last seven starts, he has five wins and a pair of narrow second place finishes.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) managed to get to the top from the three post but that it was short-lived as the rail-sitting Sand Savage took command before the quarter pole. Setting splits of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.0, Sand Savage awaited the cavalry charge in the stretch.   While it looked like it might develop, driver Jim McNeight kept Sand Savage on task and held off Mr. Perserverance and Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings), who finished in second and third respectively. The margin of victory was a length in a time of 1:54.3.   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Randy and Robert Roth, Sand Savage has now earned $41,383 in 2015 and $399,667 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn) used a late kick in the stretch to pull the $25.80 stunner in a career best of 1:54.2.   It seemed like it was going to be a three-horse battle to the finish line between Big Bossman, Peenie and Ponyta Boy. But a rousing drive to the wire by Burton Blue Chip on the far outside made it a four-horse contest. It turned into a blanket finish with Burton Blue Chip a head in front in the photo while Peenie (Cummings) and Big Bossman (Gray) ended up in a dead heat for second.   Burton Blue Chip (American Ideal-Crickets Can Talk) is co-owned by trainer Lee Dahn and Larry Dahn. It was the second win of the season for the 6-year-old gelding, now a winner of $16,698 and $97,304 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race card set to begin at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

It is quickly coming around to that point of the New Zealand harness racing season where we start to hand out the gongs for best performed in each age group and gait divisions. Harnesslink thought we would do a review of each of the categories with our view on where the contenders sit. This is the 3 year old fillies review 1) The Orange Agent - 2015 Season:    13 starts,    10 wins,    1 seconds,    0 thirds,    Lt $326,398 As the season's record shows this was one very special filly. Some of her wins of the daughter of American Ideal during the year were nothing short of sensational . Her Northern Oaks win where she made a stellar field of fillies look second rate coupled with her New Zealand record win in the Nevele R Fillies Final where she never looked out of second gear were moments to saviour. And then to top it off The Orange Agent throws in a Harness Jewels win where she was attacked through the first half in 55.4 but still had enough in the tank to get home in 55.7 with a closing quarter in 25.6 and had the audacity to prick her ears with 50 metres to go. As good a three year old filly as New Zealand has produced.  2) Fight For Glory - 2015 Season:    13 starts,    7 wins,    4 seconds,    0 thirds,    Lt $395,989 You have to feel for Fight For Glory who has had a great season herself but ran into a filly just a touch better in The Orange Agent. Head to head during the season it was 3-2 in favour of The Orange Agent so there wasn't much between them but there was a gap. Of the four big three 3 year old fillies races during the season, Fight For Glory won one while her nemesis won three. Fight For Glory was dominant in Australia against their best in the New South Wales Oaks and the daughter of Art Major may yet get her rewards for a stellar season when the Australian awards are handed out as she is headed back there for late season races. These two stood out from a stellar crop of fillies of the likes of Start Dreaming, Linda Lovegrace, Supersonic Miss and Democrat Party  Each of these fillies produced runs during the season which were outstanding but they couldn't consistently reach the level of The Orange Agent or Fight For Glory.  Selection for 3 year Filly Of The Year - The Orange Agent Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

There would have been celebrations galore for Bolinda’s Alford family at Cranbourne on Tuesday, when Alison Alford (wife of Chris) trained her first winner after obtaining her harness racing licence only a few weeks back - the horse in question being American Ideal/Karamea Mietta gelding Spinners Boy in the Decron Horse Care Pace for Three Year Olds 3C0 & 3C1 class over 2080 metres. Given a lovely trip one/one from gate six by Chris with Awesome Cullect inside him leading, Spinners Boy was eased three wide approaching the home turn and finished his race off well to register a 1.6 metre margin on the wire  ahead of Yackandandah which followed the winner throughout, with Abetta Tiny Dancer holding down third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-02.4. It was a joyous occasion for the family as apart from Chris driving the winner, Spinners Boy is raced by daughter Katie and son Sam. Frankston trainer George Batsakis who prepares his team out of Bill Galea’s Rockbank stable, brought up victory number five from nineteen outings with reliable three year old Art Major/Run To Live gelding Captain Bronzie by taking the Hygain Feeds Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres at Cranbourne on Wednesday. Driven by the most travelled reinsman in the state – Ararat’s Michael Bellman, Captain Bronzie (gate four) strode past Melton Little Max inside him shortly after the start and after a relatively easy time ay the head of affairs, kicked away on the finalbend with the race safely in his keeping, scoring by 8.1 metres in advance of Melton Little Max and Richly Deserved (one/one – three wide last lap) in a mile rate of 2-02.1. Long Forest husband and wife – Andy & Kate Gath were successful with exceptional Bettor’s Delight/Le Tricky colt Padrisimo, a prohibitive $1.10 favourite  in the Condo’s Horse Transport Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres, but not before giving his supporters a scare. Leading out from gate two, Kate surprisingly elected to hand over the running to $12.80 chance Just For Laughs (gate five), giving Padrisimo the run of the race. Not perturbed at any stage, Kate drove Padrisimo through along the sprint lane to record a runaway 2.9 metre victory over the pacemaker in a rate of 2-02, with Sahara Bedouin third after racing in the open. Raced by Sydneysider Rob Nalder a strong supporter of the Gath stable, Padrisimo has faced the starter on 15 occasions for eight wins and 3 placings. Melton’s Beau Tindale combined with in-form Melton based reinsman Anthony Butt to land the poggaharness.com Claiming Pace over 2080 metres with much travelled eight year old Courage Under Fire/Brahma Gold gelding Shanhai Knight in a rate of 2-00.7. Starting from the pole, Shanghai Knight who’s last win had been at Hobart in August last year, led throughout to defy all challengers, defeating Mister Manhattan (one/two) and a death-seating Liston. All three placegetters have had various trainers since first gracing the track. Four year old Yankee Spider/Apollo Ann mare Celtic Rose was an impressive victor of the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2110 metres for Bolinda trainer/driver Chris Alford. First up from a short break (her last outing being April 18), Celtic Rose was able to overcome a 30 metre backmark and in doing so, brought up four wins in succession. Settling at the tail of the field, with the hot favourite Jimbo Johnson beginning safely to possie one/one as the polemarker Soh Filthy Rich leading for Michael Langdon,  Alford caught Anthony Butt napping in the last lap as he sooled Celtic Rose forward to put the favourite in a pocket. Finishing best, Celtic Rose scored by 4.1 metres over Soh Filthy Rich which gave plenty of cheek, with Alabamas Invasion holding down third after racing in the open. Jimbo Johnson galloped approaching the home turn when being extricated into the clear. Metropolitan/Armbro Sunshine four year old mare Lucky Metro has found a new lease of life, bringing up three wins in a row when successful in the Blue Hills Rise Pace for C2 class over 2080 metres in a mile rate of 2-01.4. Trained at the Melton property of Ken Tippet by Doug Adams, Lucky Metro driven once again by Charlie Borg was given a sweet passage one/one from gate four after lobbing outside the speedy pole line leader Blacks A Beauty. Gaining cover at the expense of the favourite C C Chevron at the bell which had made a forward move from last, Lucky Metro pounced on straightening to gain the day by 1.2 metres from Somedreamsomewhere (gate two) which followed her throughout. C C Chevron first up since February was a neck away in third place. Andy and Kate Gath finished the night with a stable double after Gowan Brae, a four year old Jeremes Jet/Millpac Maid entire raced by millionaire developer Greg Brodie, greeted the judge in the ADE Turf Equipment Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2080 metres. Given an easy time from gate three trailing the pacemaker Jean Baptiste (gate four) one of two runners from the Lance Justice camp, Gown Brae finished bast along the sprint lane to prevail by two metres over Clancys Fobwatch (four wide home turn from five back the markers at the bell), with Aloha Don Ho third after racing in the open from the bell. The mile rate 2-02. The highlight of the night was heat three of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Sires Series for 2-Y-0 Colts & Geldings over 2080 metres which saw NSW colt Born To Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover/Aston Villa) victorious in a pedestrian 2-02.7 for Belinda McCarthy and Nathan Jack. Read more about Born To Rocknroll's win Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria

Stylish New Zealand-bred harness racing four-year-old Classic American will reappear after a spell when he contests the Sootha Nerves And Stress Handicap over 2500m at Bunbury on Friday night. He won brilliantly at each of his most recent four starts, at Gloucester Park in January and early February, but faces a serious first-up test in his first appearance in a stand and against three outstanding in-form standing-start specialists Chief Thundercloud, My Good Deed and Dardy Delight, as well as talented up-and-coming four-year-old Hugh Victor. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. produced Classic American in a standing-start trial over 2550m at Byford on Sunday morning when the stallion started smoothly off the 10m mark and was sent to the front by Clint Hall after 600m. After modest opening sections of the final mile in 32.3sec. and 31.6sec., Classic American dashed over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.2sec. to win, untouched, by three lengths from Braeview Bomber, rating 2.2.8. Classic American will start from the 10m line in Friday night's event and Gary Hall jun. is sure to send him forward in the early stages in a bid to gain an advantage over fellow-10m runners Chief Thundercloud and Dardy Delight and My Good Deed, who will start off the 20m mark. The son of American Ideal has already amassed $183,000 in prizemoney from 13 wins and five placings from 27 starts. His most recent four successive wins in 2130m mobiles included the $50,000 group 2 features the San Simeon Classic and Binshaw Classic. However, he is most unlikely to get things all his own way on Friday night. Hugh Victor, trained at Serpentine by Stephanie Smith, is favourably drawn at No. 2 on the front line. He has won six times this season and looks set for a strong effort at his second appearance in a stand. After an impressive Byford trial win in a stand he made his debut in a stand at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. He was shuffled back to six back on the pegs at the bell before finishing solidly to be third behind Perfect Mach and My Good Deed. My Good Deed, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, improved his West Australian record to 12 starts (all in stands) for eight wins and four seconds when he began from 10m, dashed to an early lead, set the pace (with middle quarters in identical 27.7sec.) and held on to win from the fast-finishing Dynamite Dudette. The Ross Olivieri-trained Chief Thundercloud also excels in stands. He has had 18 starts in WA for five wins (all stands), seven seconds and two thirds. He started off 10m and settled in sixth position before going to the front after a lap and finishing a head second to the talented The Bucket List over 2500m at Bunbury last Friday night. The Justin Prentice-trained Dardy Delight is in splendid form and has won three stands from his past five starts. He will have many admirers in what should be a spirited betting affair. Lovers Delight has a chance to reverse result At Bunbury last Friday week Lovers Delight was swamped in the closing stages and had to be content with a second placing to Our Blackbird in the 2100m Retravision Pace. On Friday night this week the two Bettors Delight seven-year-olds will clash again in the 2100m $22,500 KA Cleans And Flushes Pace. The New Zealand-bred geldings are in top form and should again fight out the finish. Under the preferential barrier draw conditions Lovers Delight will start from the outside of the back line, with Our Blackbird on his immediate inside. When they last met, Our Blackbird (Stuart McDonald) enjoyed a perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position, with Lovers Delight (Chris Lewis) racing in eighth place in the one-wide line. Lewis started a three-wide burst with about 700m to travel and Lovers Delight took the lead 250m from the post, but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Our Blackbird. The final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. and the Ross Olivieri-trained Our Blackbird rated 1.57.6. Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed started Lovers Delight in a 2569m mobile last Friday night and the gelding impressed when he raced without cover before sprinting over the final 800m in 56.3sec. to defeat Tuakepa Kahu and the pacemaker The Parade. Lovers Delight should be improved by his run last Friday night and gets a good chance to make amends for his defeat at the hands of Our Blackbird. This Time Dylan, having his fourth start after a spell for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan, is ready to produce his best and is capable of testing Lovers Delight and Our Blackbird. Soho Jackman, trained by Gary Hall sen., also will have admirers at his second outing after a spell. The lightly-raced five-year-old resumed racing at Pinjarra on Tuesday of last week and enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before winning narrowly from Our Major Mark. Avalon Bromac looks the goods Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Avalon Bromac is poised to complete a hat-trick of wins by proving too speedy for his 11 opponents in the 2100m Neutra Syrup Pathway Pace at Bunbury on Friday night. When the Santanna Blue Chip gelding, trained by Gary Hall sen., drew the prized No. 1 barrier the prospects of his rivals diminished. In-form seven-year-old Twelve Bells possesses good gate speed and is a smart frontrunner. But it is difficult to imagine him being able to cross to the lead from the No. 4 barrier. Avalon Bromac led from barrier two and won from Play With Fire over 2130m at Gloucester Park two starts ago and then started from barrier four at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he surrendered the early lead, sat behind the pacemaker and finished boldly to win convincingly from Mullinaghata Lad over 2185m at a 1.57.9 rate. His chief rival could be the Aldo Cortopassi-trained Braeview Bomber, who will start from barrier four on the back line. The four-year-old, who has won at seven of his 34 starts, will be having his first start for just over four months. He has worked strongly in Byford trials on the past two Sunday mornings. Braeview Bomber finished solidly from third at the bell to be second behind Classic American in a field of four in a 2550m stand trial on Sunday morning. He was seventh early and fifth at the bell before finishing powerfully to win a 2150m mobile trial the previous week, rating 1.58.3 after sprinting the final 400m in 28.3sec. by Ken Casellas

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