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Batavia, NY---With three horses scratched in an already short field, Fireyourguns had it pretty much his own way while winning the $9,500 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 25). Starting from post four in the four-horse field, Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) immediately went to the front and held the lead through fractions of :27.1, :56.4, 1:25.4 before holding off a late challenge from Unicorn Hanover (Dave McNeight III) to win in 1:54.2 by half a length. The winner paid $3.40. It was the 14th win of 2014 for the 5-year-old son of American Ideal and it boosted his annual earnings to $95,560 for owners Robert and Jennifer Lowe and Terrence McClory, who also trains the horse. Leading Downs driver Kevin Cummings had a driving double along with John Cummings Jr., Drew Monti and Jim McNeight. The next card of live racing at Batavia Downs will be held on Wednesday night (Oct. 29) with post time set at 6:35. Tim Bojarski

Woodlands Stud NZ Ltd is continuing its support of the Manawatu Harness Club (MHRC) by sponsoring the Bettor’s Delight Mile Series (fillies & mares) again throughout the 2014/15 season. The purpose of the series is to give owners the opportunity to obtain a sub-two minute mile rating for their filly or mare, thereby improving their breeding pedigree and encouraging them to breed in the future. There are five races in the series with the winning owners of each race receiving a voucher for 30% discount on either a Bettor’s Delight or American Ideal Service Fee plus a dress rug. The Stake for the first race is $8,500 and the club will endeavour to increase this further if the series is well supported by owners and trainers. The dates for this season are: Thursday October 23 Thursday November 27 Thursday February 19 Thursday March 26 Friday May 15 The fields are limited to 11 starters, with six on the front row and five on the second row behind the mobile gate on a preferential draw.  Last season’s races for the C1- C2 fillies and mares (3YO & older) over the 1609 metres resulted in sub two minute ratings by Chillysjustastrutter (1.57.6) on March 13 and Shestherealdeal (1.58.2) on May 16.  A further 12 horses crossed the line in under two minutes between the two races. Courtesy Of Woodlands Stud

In just his 3rd start for the stable, big American Ideal 4yr old Superintendent showed that he was progressing the right way with a narrow victory over a fast closing Franco Harrison. After missing away early on, he was allowed time to find his feet before being sent to the lead by John from the 1200m. Allowed to dictate things from there, he was forced to fight hard in the straight to just repulse a late challenge. Sold to Australia as a younger horse, he failed to realise his true ability from limited opportunities. As a last hope he was brought back to New Zealand and assigned to the tutelage of Robert and John, who quickly liked what they saw. A big rolling type, Superintendent appears well placed to add to this tally over the coming months.    In other races for the day, it was Graduate Under Fire that looked a next upper after being narrowly beaten after being denied a run in the straight. In a driving finish, Graduate Under Fire and Return To Sender were both narrowly held out by a game Tuxedo Max. Both will have plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks. Meanwhile in the day's feature the Methven Cup, Pure Power closed the curtain on what has been a very successful career, running an honest race before heading to the retirement paddock. The race was won by a much improved Franco Ledger, over last year's winner Jimmy Johnstone. Courtesy of Robert Dunn Racing     Check site here  

Freehold, NJ --- In The Arsenal was away from the races for seven weeks this summer because of illness, but the layoff might have turned into a blessing in disguise. During the recently completed Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile in Lexington, In The Arsenal won divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He won his Bluegrass split in a national season’s best 1:49.4 for a 2-year-old pacer and captured his International Stallion division by a length over Cartoon Daddy as previously unbeaten Artspeak went off stride in the stretch and finished third. On Sunday (Oct. 12), In The Arsenal faces another undefeated colt – Yankee Bounty – in the first of three Historic-Goshen Cup divisions at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In The Arsenal, who has won four of seven races, starts from post No. 2 with driver Brian Sears at the lines for trainer Kelvin Harrison. He is 8-5 on the morning line. Yankee Bounty, who is 8-for-8 this year, leaves from post four with Yannick Gingras driving for Ron Burke. He is 9-5. “I’ve never seen one get a nice break during their 2-year-old year where it doesn’t help,” Harrison said about In The Arsenal being sidelined. “He was really sick and missed quite a bit of time before we got him back nice and healthy. His first race at Lexington was a huge mile because he really hadn’t had a good run in him in a couple of months. It was a really good race.”  In The Arsenal is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Ladyotra. He was bred by White Birch Farm, who bought back the colt for $7,500 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harrison attributed the price to In The Arsenal’s then-smallish size, as well as the fact he was the 14th foal out of the then-21-year-old Ladyotra. “I think that kind of determined his price at Harrisburg, because he was really small,” Harrison said. “But he had great conformation, he was well put together.” And during this summer’s respite, he matured physically. “He did grow a lot, no question,” Harrison said. “I was looking at him in the paddock the other day and thought he measured up pretty good to those other horses now. He’s a big-gaited horse too. Even if they’re a small horse, when they’re big gaited they always look bigger on the track.” Prior to his illness, In The Arsenal won two of four races, including the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace at Yonkers Raceway. One of his setbacks came when he started from post eight at Yonkers in a division of the New York Sire Stakes. Upon returning from his layoff, the colt started from post seven and went off-stride in the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, but since then has been perfect.  “The post position kind of sets it for you at Delaware,” Harrison said. “If you’re inside, you can kind of roll, but if you’re outside you’re kind of at the mercy of it. He was just a little fired up there.” In The Arsenal is eligible to the Matron Stakes and Breeders Crown in November. Harrison thinks the colt has all the tools to remain a top performer in the 2-year-old ranks. “He’s got a good shot at it,” Harrison said. “He’s nice and sound and he’s doing everything well. He’s a good colt.” In the second Historic-Goshen Cup division, International Stallion Stakes division winner Hall Of Terror is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Reynolds Stakes division winner Dragon Eddy is the 8-5 choice in the third division. There also will be two divisions of the Historic-Harriman Cup for 2-year-old male trotters on Sunday at Philly. Don’t Mind Me is the 9-5 favorite in the first division and Ralph R is the 8-5 favorite in the second split. In The Arsenal by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

The harness racing meeting at Cambridge last night (September25th) turned into a benefit night for leading South Auckland trainer/driver Brent Mangos.  Brent reined home four winners on the nine race card and what made it even more memorable for the top reinsman was the fact that he trained the four winners as well. The first of the quartet to put his foot in the winners enclosure was Vibhuti who after doing plenty mid race, run away and hid in the straight  for an easy win and Brent has a bit of time for the son of American Ideal. " He is quite a progressive horse and Cambridge suits him a lot better than Auckland as he has trouble getting around the last bend up there. I think he is getting more tractable with racing and has a bright future" he said when speaking to Harnesslink this morning.  The second winner came in the Te Awamutu Cup where Rockn Ruby made full use of a lovely trail behind the pacemaking Beyond The Silence to grab him in the shadows of the finishing post for her seventh lifetime win and Brent thinks that won't be the last win for the daughter of Mach Three " She is such a lovely mare to do anything with and is so consistent. That win last night took her over the $80,000 mark and I think she has got two or three wins in her yet" he said The third winner was another daughter of Mach Three in Molly O'Shea who in her first run for the season went straight to the front from barrier one and kept up a very steady clip and then scooted away from the 400 meters for an easy victory in a very smart 3:21.6 for the 2700 meters That was her third win from just ten starts and Brent thought there were more wins in store. "She just lacks a touch of high speed to be honest but she can really stay and thats how I drove her last night. I think theres another two or three wins in her as well" he said. The fourth winner was the debut runner Justforyou who is owned in Perth by Karnup Racing Pty Ltd who raced the champion mare Bettor Cover Lover from Brent's stable. A daughter of Christian Cullen, they purchased her out of the 2013 Australasian Classic Sale for the princely sum of $10,000 which must seem like a bargain after last nights win. Justforyou settled three back on the inner early and was only angled off  the inner by Brent as they turned for home from where she absolutely flew to win going away by an ever increasing 2 1/2 lengths in a performance that both surprised and impressed Brent. "She had only had a couple of trials and I didn't think she was ready to do that. She really impressed me last night and she looks to have a big future" he said. Brent Mangos has always been rated one of the best drivers in the industry in New Zealand and last nights quartet of winners was just a timely reminder of how good he is. Harnesslink Media                

Young Queensland harness racing trainer Ray Law is set for his first interstate adventure….and he can’t wait. Law will head south of the border next month to campaign his talented pair of former Kiwi pacers Ideal Tact and Chal Fire at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. A glazier by trade, Law prepares a small team with his partner Kelli Dawson at Wanora, west of Brisbane, with the pair boasting an excellent strike rate. Both Ideal Tact and Chal Fire attest to that fact. Ideal Tact, a speedy daughter of American Ideal, has won 11 races under Law’s guidance, while Chal Fire has proven to be an astute purchase winning five races. Both look set to expand on their already impressive records. “Both horses have been great for me and given me a great opportunity, but it’s now time to gain further experience and I’m really excited about heading to Sydney with them,” Law declared. “I’ve been planning this trip for some time now and we’re finally locked in and we will head south on October 7.” Ideal Tact scored a comfortable victory at Albion Park last week by leading throughout against her in 1:57.9, while Chal Fire tried gallantly when second behind Lucky Voodoo in 1:56.6. This weekend the stablemates will clash when they contest the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Pace at Albion Park. “Ideally I would’ve preferred to keep them separated, but I want them to continue with racing before we head south,” Law explained. “I’m even looking at starting them again next week before we head off on the Tuesday. Given the difference in our conditions compared to Sydney, it makes sense to head south and give it a shot because they both start as M0’s down there. “I was pleased with Ideal Tact last week because we’ve had our fair share of niggling issues with her since she arrived, but I think we’re winning that battle. That was the first time Kelli has driven her under race conditions and everything went to plan. “I’m confident she can go to Menangle and race well in a 1:51/52 speed. “I think Chal Fire is going as good as I can get him, his run last week was super and that backed up his effort the start before. He’s very tough and he’s genuine so I’m hoping he may be able to win two races at Menangle.” Both horses are raced by former Queensland Harness Racing Board Chairman Brad Steele in partnership with his broth Nick and good friend Brian Hewitt. CHRIS BARSBY

The Red Mile will play host to another powerful Grand Circuit card with eight divisions of the Bluegrass stakes drawn for Friday night. The Walnut Hall, LTD two-year-old colt trot required five races to accommodate the forty one entries and freshman filly pacers split three ways in the Crawford Farms.   All of the top trotting colts have been entered for the $393,000 Walnut Hall with Peter Haughton Memorial winner Centurion ATM, undefeated PASS champ Billy Flynn, William Wellwood Memorial winner Habitat, KYSS final winner Cinnabar Hall, American National winner Iron and the NYSS champ Crazy Wow sprinkled throughout the card.   The pacing fillies will race for a total of $287, 600 in the Crawford Farms and are evenly matched throughout the divisions. The last of the three (race 8) appears the deepest on paper with four fillies showing six-figure seasonal earnings thus far.   Bedroomconfessions has had a dreamy season thus far for Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Racing and trainer/owner Tony Alagna. The American Ideal homebred has a pair of wins, five runner-ups and $187, 733 in eight starts with her last two defeats coming at the hand of division leader JK Shesalady who is sitting this one out. Scott Zeron is her regular driver and is listed for Friday.   Bedroomconfessions won't miss her nemesis here but she'll have her hooves full with the likes of Shakai Hanover who has been impressive enough to warrant her recent sale to Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. She moves from the Carl Jamieson barn to Ross "Croc" Croghan now and leaves from post one with Jody Jamieson retaining the mount.   The field also includes a pair of high dollar earners from the Ron Burke barn in Kays Dragon Lady and Bettor N Better.   Friday's twelve race program gets underway at 7:00pm. The forecast is fine and if you enjoy the very best Grand Circuit racing has to offer, make plans to attend.   From the Red Mile press box

Batavia, NY---Lightly regarded Burton Blue Chip and harness racing driver Lee Dahn took full advantage of the rail to position themselves for a perfect trip en route to victory in the Saturday night (Sept. 20) Open pace feature at Batavia Downs. Burton Blue Chip ($16.20) took the field to a peppy :27.3 first quarter before Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) gained the lead at that station after being parked-out from the start. With the 8 on top, the rest of the field then marched in post-position order until the clubhouse turn when an outer flow developed with Rock N Roll Legend (Kevin Cummings) and Big Unit (Mike Whelan). When the group passed the three-quarters in 1:25.4, it started to get crowded up front. Fireyourguns was still on the lead with Rock N Roll Legend outside and Big Unit tipped three-deep. But Burton Blue Chip was lying in wait behind the leader since the quarter. At the head of the stretch the rail opened up and rewarded the patient Burton Blue Chip with a straight line to the wire and a one-length triumph in 1:55.2. What The Sheik (Dave McNeight III) closed from last to be second and Cactus Jack (Shawn McDonough) was third.   It was the sixth win in 28 starts for the 5-year-old American Ideal gelding and boosted his 2014 earnings to $39,710. The 1:55.2 clocking tied his lifetime mark set earlier this year. Burton Blue Chip is owned by Lee and Larry Dahn and is trained by Lee Dahn. Driver Kevin Cummings registered another grand slam Saturday with Precise Accusation ($6.50), Freaky Flyer ($6.20), Most Happy Rider ($6.80) and Golden Star Spike ($5.00). Drivers Ron Beback Jr. and Mike Whelan also scored driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Tuesday night at 6:35.  Tim Bojarski

Bigtown Hero set a new world record for aged harness racing geldings on the pace in a Preferred Handicap victory on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #4 in a field of seven as the 8-5 second choice, Bigtown Hero (American Ideal-Art Account), a 6-year-old gelding from the Rene Allard barn, burned his way to the early lead. Driver Ron Pierce decided to cut the gelding loose, creating unforgiving fractions of 26:3, 53:3, and 1:19:4 and a huge lead. In the stretch, Bigtown Hero started to slow slightly, allowing for wild closing rallies by second-place Aslan and third-place Dancin Yankee, the 4-5 favorite, that came up a half-length short of the winner. The winning time of 1:47:3 shattered the mark of 1:48 for aged geldings on a 5/8-mile oval, which was set by Foiled Again in June of 2013 at Pocono and then matched a week later at the track by Abelard Hanover. Bigtown Hero, owned by Allard Racing Inc. and Yves Sarrazin, was fresh off an Open Handicap win at Yonkers and now has 9 wins in 27 2014 races. It was his 24th career victory, pushing his lifetime earnings to $187,823. Earlier in the night at Pocono in a $25,000 Preferred trot, Sevruga (S J's Caviar-Stunning Lindsey), a 6-year-old gelding from the Kevin Carr, scored his first win since the spring by flashing early speed that held up in the final strides. The 3-5 favorite in a field of six, Sevruga, with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike, led at every pole and dug deep late to hold off Wind Of The North by a nose in 1:52:1. Not Afraid finished third. Jim Beviglia

After winning the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio this past Thursday for the first time in his career, one would think that harness racing driver Yannick Gingras could breathe a sigh of accomplishment and perhaps relief from his hectic schedule. Nah, he's not, in fact he is at Hoosier Park Saturday night for their Super Night program and then on Sunday it's off to the Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. "Lately it never ends," Yannick Gingras said. "One big stakes race program after another, but I love it." Coming to Trois-Rivieres and racing at the Hippodrome 3R is home to native son Yannick Gingras as it also is to fellow driver Daniel Dube. And with a homecoming both drivers are in demand and Dube has drives in nine of the ten races and Gingras in five of the ten races. "It is always fun to come back to Quebec to race but then again for $200,000 makes it even better," Gingras said. "It's going to be a great time. They have some good horses coming to compete and it should be a great day for the track and the fans. "They (3R) has done such a great job bringing back harness racing in Quebec," Gringras said. "They have been getting great publicity and renewed interest in the sport and that is very good. Hopefully they will build on this race and racing will grow." The main reason Yannick Gingras is coming back home to race is because he is the driver of Sunfire Blue Chip, who is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The son of American Ideal comes to Quebec on a four-race winning streak for trainer Jimmy Takter and co-owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R.A. W. Equine. In his last start at Pocono Downs in a $50,000 Open, Yannick and Sunfire Chip Chip teamed up for a lifetime mark of 1:49.2. The only problem is that the Hippodrome 3R is a half mile track and Sunfire Blue Chip drew the far outside post 8. "I think I have the sharpest horse in the race," Gingras said. "He has won his last four starts and is coming into the race in great form. I know the track at Hippodrome 3R and it is a tough task from the 8-hole. But I know the horse is sharp and we will give it our all. I am not coming home to Quebec just to go around the track twice. "If I was not in the race with Sunfire," Gingras said, "I would have to go with either Lucan Hanover or Mach It So. Lucan is really good on a half mile and has been sharp lately and Mach It So can close so strong. I know he won last month at Yonkers so he can handle a half mile track. "It would be great to see the local favorite do well," Gingras said of Duc D'Orleans, "but he has a tough task ahead of him. He knows this track better than anyone else having raced on it before but he is facing some tough horses he had not gone against before. "I think it will be a great race for bringing back the Prix D'Ete," Gingras said. "I only hope that the weather is good so everyone will come and enjoy it." From the Ontario Jockey Club   Steven Wolf   Director of North American and European Operations  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the 25th edition of the New York Harness Racing Night of Champions. The $1.8 million event--richest night of racing in the state--offered eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Once again, each race was sponsored by a prominent Empire State breeding farm. Despite Mother Nature sticking her nose in--rain throughout first half of card and delays due to track maintenance-the state's best were summarily saluted. Here's the chronological compendium... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot - Slight second choice Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, $4.40) was the best coming in and best going out, winning (from post position No. 5) by five lengths in a soggy 2:00.4. Nunkeri (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Betcha (Jim Morrill Jr.) a recovering third after a break. Concentration (Brian Sears), also at 6-5 but the tepid favorite, broke early, though came back to finish fourth. For Barn Doll, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her seventh win in nine seasonal starts (3-for-3 here). The exacta paid $44, with the triple returning $192.50. "She just knows what she's doing, a total pro," Gregory said. "I wasn't worried about her coming up sick (in her last scheduled NYSS start, because Steve said it wasn't that bad and she had trained well. I'm hoping she keeps it going next season as a 3-year-old.. Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace - As expected, the 11-10 choice, pole-sitting Spreester (Jason Bartlett) cut the mile, but she was no match for the lass on her back, It Was Fascination (Brett Miller, $6), from post 2, ducked inside and won by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:57.2. Table Talk (Matt Kakaley) was a first-up third. For "Fascination," a daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Tony Alagna, Riverview Racing and Bay's Stable, it was her fourth win in 13 '14 tries. The exacta paid $12.20, the triple returned $38.60 and the superfecta (Major Dancer [Sears] was fourth) paid $85.50. "I've never driven her before, but I watched her replays and thought if she was close enough, she'd have a chance," Miller said. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace - The three-headed, Ron Burke-trained monster in Band of Angels (George Brennan), Sassa Hanover (Morrill Jr.) and Bettor N Better (Kakaley) were considered so potent, they were barred from all wagering. The finished fourth, fifth and eight (last). It was just-over even-money Mosquito Blue Chip (John Campbell, $4.10)-seventh at the three-quarters from post No. 6-furiously closing to snap Bossers Joy (Bartlett) by a nose on the money in 1:56. Heavenly Bride (Sears) was a from-last third. "Sassa" led to the lane before tiring to fifth. For "Mosquito," a Bettor's Delight lass co-owned by (trainer) Paul Jessop, Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio, she's now 4-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $18.60, with no triple wagering due to the limited number of wagering interests. "I thought Jason (Bartlett, driving Bossers Joy) had lost me around the last turn, but in the straightaway, my filly just kept going," Campbell said. "She's a lot calmer than when I baby-raced her, maybe a bit too calm, but she was strong at the finish." Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot - Last season's champ is now this season's champ. Odds-on Market Rally (Morrill Jr., $2.40, part of entry) put a whuppin' on her outclassed foes. From post No. 6, she had open-length lead seemingly from the post parade. Up 10 at the half, she coasted home by 5¾ lengths in 1:58. Second went to Cutup Hanover (Gregory), Glowngold (Sears, part of another entry) third. For Market Rally, a daughter of Cash Hall co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bu7rscemi and Panhellenic Stabler, it was her seventh win in 10 '14 efforts. The exacta paid $31.60, with tbe triple returning $82. Market Rally is 6-for-6 here in her career. Morrisville College Equine Institute 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot - Odds-on Crazy Wow ($3.80) and driver Dan Rawlings are each a perfect 2-for-2 locally, winning the draw and leading at every pylon in 2:00.1. Wings of Royalty (Sears) was a first-up second-beaten 3½ lengths-with Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) third. For Crazy Wow, a son of Crazed owned by Joseph Hess and trained by Dan O'Mara, he's now 4-for-7 in his first season. The exacta paid $15.80, with the triple returning $34.80. "I really didn't care where I was leaving the gate, as long as he left trotting," Rawlings said. "I saw too many horses 'blow up' earlier and I wanted to make sure he didn't. The fact that I was able to get a breather made me happy." Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace - Odds-on All Bets Off (Kakaley, $2.30, part of entry) beat down his overmatched foes. From post No. 5, he took no prisoners, going down the road by four lengths in 1:54. Stay Up Late (MacDonald) was a first-up second, with Western Conquest (Brent Holland) third. For Art Rooney Pace winner All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (with Frank Baldachinio, Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell) by trainer Burke, he's now 9-for-12 this season (career earning nearing $830,000) for an original $7,000 yearling purchase). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.60. "He's just better than these horses," Kakaley said. "Ronnie has had him good all season. There wasn't much to it tonight." Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace  - Driver and trainer teamed up again, this time with Cartoon Daddy ($15.40), though not before surviving an inquiry. Away third from post No. 6, he extricated himself from the cones just before Oneisalonelynumber (Bartlett) came to him on the outside. That move placed Cartoon Daddy second-over behind Berkley, before grabbing that rival and winning by a couple of lengths in 1:55. Betting Exchange (Sears), as the 3-2 choice, crossed the line, but was set down to seventh for impeding Oneisalonelynumber soon after Cartoon Daddy was acquitted for possibly doing the same thing. Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance) and a tiring early leader Americanprimetime (Morrill Jr.) were advanced to third and fourth, respectively. For fourth choice Cartoon Daddy, a Aert Major frosh trained by Burke for himself (as Burke Racing) and Joe DiScala Jr., it was his fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $125.50, the triple returned $681 and the superfecta paid $1,526 Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot - Defending champ Flyhawk El Durado (MacDonald) led to the lane, only to make a bad break and take any suspense out of his meeting with Gural Hanover (Morrill Jr., $2.90, part of entry). The latter, never out of range from post No. 2, then had the race all to himself. He defeated Zoey De Vie (Sears) by 4¾ lengths, with Daley Lovin' (Dan Daley) third. "El Durado" recovered to finish fourth. For Gural Hanover, a Crazed gelding co-owned by trainer Burke, Little E and Panhellenic Stables, it was his eight consecutive (sire stakes) win and his ninth win in 11 '14 tries. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $187.50. . Saturday's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by Bigtown Hero (Kakaley, $17) in 1:53.2 The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The C0 pace for 3 year olds and older at the Oamaru Harness Racing clubs meeting today (September 14th) drew three horses with a reputation for being above average pacers. Cran Dalgety lined up the talented Christian Cullen gelding Cody Singer who is big on ability but still lacks a touch of ringcraft. Kevin Court lined up Smokin Bird, a daughter of Bettor's Delight who had won her only start at two but is still classed as a maiden as she starts her 3 year old season. The third of the fancied horses was Tas Man Bromac, a son of American Ideal who had also won his only start at two and races out of the barn of Nathan Williamson. The public made Smokin Bird a warm favourite but there was plenty of support for Cody Singer and Tas Man Bromac as well. Smokin Bird got away first and grabbed an early lead with Tas Man Bromac settling fourth on the inner and Cody Singer last after missing away for a few strides. It stayed that way until Dexter Dunn moved Cody Singer around the field to sit parked at the 1600 meters mark and Nathan Williamson came off the inner with Tas Man Bromac and slotted into the one by one. Then Dexter decided he wanted the front with Cody Singer but Matthew Williamson on Smokin Bird didnt want to hand up and they went to war for the next 600 meters. By the time they reached the 800 meters mark, Cody Singer had dropped in on Smokin Bird's back which left Tas Man Bromac parked out. Thats how they stayed until they turned for home where Nathan shot Tas Man Bromac clear for an easy and impressive win. Smokin Bird stuck on gamely for second after being mauled mid race while Cody Singer ended up fifth but only four and half lengths from the winner. Tas Man Bromac paced the 2600 meters from a stand in a very smart 3:19.2 with closing sectionals of 57.8 and 28.5 Tas Man Bromac is the second foal of the imported North American McArdle mare Tasmcmanian who is a half sister to five in 1:55 including Arts Conquest 1:50 ($880,576) and Lifeoftheparty 1:54 ($151,365) Shy Devil, the dam of Tasmcmanian went 1:53.3 and earned $169,185 on the track and is a half sister to the talented Gamma Ray 1:52.1 ($467,504) and XLR Ray Shun King 1:52.1 ($207,210). Tasmcmarian is closely related to two outstanding mares in Naughty But Nice 1:54 ($1,062,197) and Leah Almahurst 1:52.3 ($1,053,201) Tas Man Bromac lived up to his pedigree today with a performance that suggested he had many wins left in front of him. Harnesslink Media    

Following a successful cameo appearance, promising harness racing youngster Spinners Boy is heading to the paddock. Brought back in work purely for the Empire Stallions Home Grown series, Spinners Boy accomplished his mission by capturing tonight’s Group Two Final at Tabcorp Park Melton at his second run from a spell. Spinners Boy was first-up in his heat when fourth behind Another Broadway before annexing the rich decider in impressive style. Pleased with the gelding’s performances, trainer Chris Alford will give Spinners Boy “four to six weeks off” before targeting features such as the Victoria Derby and Empire Vicbred Super Series. “He will go back to the paddock again now,” Alford said. “I’ll give him four to six weeks off, then bring him up slowly. “He’s only had three starts and has already shown he is above average. That said, I don’t want to push him. “If he is forward enough when the Derby comes around I will put him in a heat, otherwise we’ll just wait for the Sires’ a little further down the track. “We’ve taken our time with him so far, so no need to change that now.” With Alford in the sulky, Spinners Boy was lucky to avoid early trouble from his second row draw to settle towards the tail of the field as Abitgoingonhere led while being pressured by Shadow Of Fortune. Angled three-wide leaving the back straight, the son of American Ideal quickly sprinted to the lead before cruising to a soft eight-and-a-half metre win from Midnitedelite, with Upwardly a nose away third. “I thought he would go really well despite the draw,” Alford said. “Although well beaten in his heat he still went well considering he was first-up. “For a few days earlier in the week he was a bit flat, but he came good as the week progressed and was pretty sharp tonight.” Rating 1:56.6 for the 1720 metres, Spinners Boy covered the last half in 58.9 seconds to take his earnings to just over $35,000 for owners Katie and Sam – Alford’s kids! “I don’t think I’ve ever had better owners,” Alford said. “Win, lose or draw, the ‘sling’ is the same…a hug and kiss from both of them!” PAUL COURTS

The Thursday night $8,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs had a tough field of five that was led by morning-line favorite Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore), but when all was said and done, the winner was Asset Management (Western Hanover-Serious Comfort) in a time of 1:53.   Love You Bye had set the early pace through a quarter of 27.2 and a half of 56.1 before Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) grabbed the lead on the backstretch and led past three-quarters in 1:23.1. Ugly Betty actually led into the stretch before the closers came calling.   Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.) had to go four-wide when the field hit the top of the stretch, but had momentum built up as the field reached deep stretch. She surged past longshot Ubettorbeturlife (Chris Lems), who had taken the lead shortly before the wire, and was up in the nick of time for a win. Love You Bye had actually been relegated to last before re-rallying up the inside to get third.   The complete order of finish was: Asset Management, Ubettorbeturlife, Love You Bye, Ugly Betty, and Seascape Hanover.   Asset Management is owned by J&M Racing of Finksburg, Maryland. The trainer is Alexandra Berube.   Asset Management was just one of three winners for driver Fern Paquet Jr. on the Thursday night program. He also won the seventh race with Fresh Squeezed (American Ideal-Squeeze Me) and the tenth race with Grand Majorette (Art Major-Grandiose Gal).   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs with a 12-race program. The seventh race is the $10,000 feature, an Open I Trot. The 5-2 morning-line favorite is Evil Urges with Jimmy Whittemore slated to drive. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

A new sale concept for harness racing broodmares and mixed stock had its first outing tonight and it didn't quite go to script. All up there were 73 broodmares and 18 mixed stock that went under the hammer this evening at Addington Raceway. There was a good crowd of over 100 people in the Blossom Lady lounge at Addington when the auction began but it was soon apparent that if the broodmare had a bit of age or had a hole in her pedigree then there was absolutely no interest from the buyers present. The passed in rate was very high with only 16 of the 73 broodmares changing hands on the night although the auctioneers were confident of doubling that number from post auction sales. Top price as expected was lot 2 which was the In The Pocket mare Zenola's Princess who was sold in foal to the  leading sire Art Major for $10,000.  The second best price was for lot 41 which was the Christian Cullen mare Stronecullen who was sold in foal to Shadow Play for $3,500 Lot 31, the Soky's Atom mare Bionic Reign who was not in foal made $3,000 as did lot 58, the Mach Three mare Triple Sec who was in foal to Betterthancheddar. Several mares were passed in when the last bid ended up with the vendor at the rerserve price and no more bids were forthcoming. Lot 20, Glenferrie Skipper was passed in for $10,000 while lot 50 Sun Goddess was also passed in at $7,000. Two other passings of note were lot 7, A Touch Of Sun who was not in foal and lot 44 Hayley Brogden who was in foal to Mach Three. Both made $6,000 on the night but went home with their vendors but negotiations are continuing. In the mixed stock side of the sale the trend was the same as with the broodmares with the two most keenly sought lots reaching $6,000 but on their vendors bid. Both times the auctioneer announced that one more bid would buy the horse involved but no further bids were made from the buyers bench. The two lots involved were lot 1, the American Ideal filly Miss Patriot and lot 2, the Sam Bourbon colt. While there were a lot of things they would do slightly differently in hindsight, The Canterbury Standardbred Breeders are to be congratulated for trying to bring a low cost sale option to the market to try to help the average breeder. With its low entry fee and no commission and no travel involved for the lots to be auctioned, the sale concept definitely has a future. What was sadly lacking today was a lot more quality lots but that was due in no small part to the uncertainty about how the sale would pan out for the vendors. Well bred stock sold well tonight and hopefully next year a much stronger draft will be catalogued. Harnesslink Media

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Sire Cantab Hall completed a Championship double, and another horse joined the select club of being a Sire Stakes “sweeper,” when Billy Flynn roared off cover to win in 1:55.2 in the off going for driver Brett Miller and trainer Staffan Lind. Billy Flynn raced atypically off the pace tonight, with Walter White on top at the 27.3 quarter, then yielding to Hurrikane Jonny K as that one put up middle splits of 57 and 1:26.1. Piercewave Hanover provided cover from first-over, and when Billy Flynn tipped off that cover, “he was great tonight – he felt great,” noted driver Miller, the colt not showing any of his previous bearing-out tendencies. Off-the-pace tactics proved best in this event, as Honor And Serve and Ralph R closing strongly for second and third, respectively. Billy Flynn joins Stormin Normand (2011) as the only freshman colt trotters to notch the “4+1” Sire Stakes  season. Bender Sweden Inc own the emerging star, who is now undefeated in seven starts. Billy Flynn and Yankee Bounty are both now seven for seven in their careers, and both completed Sire Stakes “4+1” sweeps. That’s where the similarities end. Whereas Billy Flynn came off the pace to win easily, Yankee Bounty made an early move to take the lead near the 55.1 half (Dragon Eddy had insisted on the early lead in an astounding 26 before yielding), then fought off a nose-to-nose challenge from Lost For Words by and past the 1:22.2 3/4s. Maybe it’s good Yankee Bounty had the practice in winning duels – because another one soon loomed in the Pocono Pike in the form of Tomy Terror. The two geldings battled on even terms much of the stretch, with Yankee Bounty showing great heart to put his nose over first in 1:50.3 – a Pocono track record for 2PG, and just a tick behind the stakes mark of One More Laugh, whom Yankee Terror now joins in the 2PC Sire Stakes sweeping ranks. The victory made Yannick Gingras a three-time PASS winner on the card, giving him 10 in his career and moving him to (a distant) second behind Dave Palone (34) on the career list. Two of those victories came for trainer Ron Burke, who recently engineered the new ownership combine of Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. The FFA trot was named the “Modern Family Trot” after the late Pocono-based world-class trotter, with Pocono-based trainer Daryl Bier and the horse’s connections on hand for winners circle ceremonies. Modern Family, always a game horse, would have admired the stretch tenacity of his frequent for Wishing Stone, who raced third on the rail and cleared “about three strides before the wire” according to his driver to edge out Not Afraid in 1:52.4 for Wishing Stone Syndicate. That driver, by the way, was Yannick Gingras, who along with trainer Ron Burke was in Pocono’s winners circle for the fifth time on the night. Wishing Stone also “saved” the 1-5 betting entry, as the more fancied horse, Market Share, made a break early.   From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association    

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