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Todays running of the Amberley Cup at the harness racing meeting at Rangiora Raceway looked to be a Hug The Wind benefit race. The Bettor's Delight gelding from the all conquering All Stars barn has $300,000 on his card and looked a class above his rivals on exposed form. The only question mark surrounding Hug The Wind was how would he handle the grass track which he was racing on for the first time. Tim Williams had Hug The Wind away well from the 20 metre mark but the speed up front from the start was electric and it took Hug The Wind nearly 600 metres to join the running line , four back on the outer. When Jerry Garcia took off around the field, Tim followed him around with Hug The Wind and sat outside the tear away pacemaker Thefriendlyassassin from the 1200 metres. Mastering Thefriendlyassassin on the corner, Hug The Wind looked the winner for a second before Seel The Deal and Ricky May started to make ground quickly from three back in the running line. Half way up the straight Seel The Deal went up to Hug The Wind and went straight on past to record a very impressive victory. Hug The Wind lost no admirers in finishing a close second while a very game Thefriendlyassassin held on for third after doing all the work in front in a fast run race. The 2600 metres from a stand on grass was cut out in a smart 3:20.2 with closing sectionals of 59.6 and 28.2. It was the son of American Ideal's sixth victory at just his tenth start and took his stake earnings over the $44,000 mark. Ricky May was impressed once again by his charge. " I really have a bit of time for this horse." " I had to slot in four back on the inner early on because Gerard (Thefriendlyassassin) was flying in front." "Soon as the pace eased slightly I came out and sat parked and got a good run on Jerry Garcia's back after he looped the field." "I was spotting Hug The Wind a few lengths on the corner but he has picked him up really easily in the end." "It is not very often that you run past the blue colours with the grey stars so that made the victory even better," Ricky said. When it was suggested to Ricky that Seel The Deal had become a grass track specialist in his short career to date and that he may not be as sharp on grit, Ricky was quick to disagree. " I think he will be just as good on the all weather track to be honest." " He is a very green horse at this stage of his career and has plenty to learn still." " He has shown me enough on the all weather to suggest he will be just as effective on it as he is on grass." " I think this horse has got a big future," Ricky said. Ricky May is never one to build up a horse unless he is genuinely impressed by him so don't dismiss the chances of Seel The Deal when he next steps onto an all weather track. Harnesslink Media  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 1, 2016...Cascata and Goldstar Raider were victorious in their respective divisions in the opening leg of the harness racing Midnite Hardy Late Closing Series at Pompano Park on Monday night. Cascata, an eight year-old gelded son of American Ideal, was last half way through the mile but rallied late with a :29 finale to nail the photo finish win in 1:52.2 for Dave Ingraham, subbing this night for owner-trainer-son Dustin Ingraham. Cascata's winning margin was a neck over Van Gundy Hanover (Rick Plano) with Bold Willie, cutting panels of :27; :55.1 and 1:22.3, third, just a nostril back in the picture. Mr Right Now was fourth after being prominent in the garden spot all the way while Mystical Valentine picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He's just a rugged war horse. He's got a lot of starts under his girth-almost 200" -actually 191-"so I don't use him too hard early hoping for a lively pace. We got it tonight going three-quarters in (1):22 and a piece and he picked up the marbles at the end. It was an ideal trip for him." Cascata now has 33 wins in his 191 career starts with earnings of $155,239. It was the initial victory for owner-trainer Dustin Ingraham since he claimed Cascata at the end of last year. As the longest chance in his field at 8 to 1, Cascata paid $19.00 to win. The second division went to Goldstar Raider, with Brad Kramer in the bike, scoring in his debut for new owner-trainer Mike Sweeney after a claim last week. This seven year-old gelded son of Rock On scored in a three horse photo-his winning margin a neck-over Beach Blast, who, in turn was a nose better than St Pete Star with the mile timed in 1:53.1. Fly Away, cutting sizzling panels of :26.1; :55.3 and 1:23.2, finished fourth while A Weekend was fifth in the field of seven. In winning for the 26th time in 99 lifetime starts, Goldstar Raider pushed his career bounty to $154,953. As the 3 to 1 third choice, Goldstar Raider paid $8.20 to win. Tuesday night's program features a pair of carryovers since both the fourth race Pentafecta and the Pick-5 went unscathed. The Pentafecta fourth for Tuesday's card has a carryover of $2,198 and has a guaranteed pool of $10,000 while the Pick-5, with its $3,948 carryover, has a $20,000 guaranteed pool.   40K POMPANO PICK-4 GUARANTEE FOR TUESDAY; SUPER HI-5 C/O OVER $75,000   With the 55 to 1 outsider Ashley's Desire capturing the Pompano Park finale on Monday night, the track's Pick-4 event went unsolved on Monday night with the $9,978 carryover the catalyst for a $40,000 Pick-4 guarantee on Tuesday night. The Pick-4 covers races six through nine.   Thus, the Tuesday night program in South Florida will feature a Pick-5 guarantee of $20,000 and a Pentafecta fourth race guaranteed pool of $10,000 to go along with the lucrative Pick-4 guarantee.   Also the Super Hi-5 finale jackpot now stands at $75,733 going into the Tuesday night program.   Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Next month's Miracle Mile has had an injection of speed with connections confirming WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy will head to Sydney after the conclusion of his Victorian campaign. Harness racing driver Clint Hall is excited to be heading across to the eastern states to drive the son of American Ideal and believes Tabcorp Park Menangle would be a perfect track to unleash his top speed. "His recent mile record is pretty good and when he won a heat of the Inter Dominion at Bunbury he became WA's fastest pacer so with the right run I think he would be competitive in anything he contested," Hall said. "He will fly to Melbourne on Thursday week before getting ready for the Victoria and Hunter Cups and the only thing that will stop us going onto Sydney is poor form or bad health." My Hard Copy finished fourth behind Alta Christiano in the 2013 WA Derby and competed in the Golden Nugget as a four year old but was forced to undergo throat surgery last year after breathing difficulties. "I think the operation has taken him to the next level and he has really grown in confidence since then, we suspected there were some breathing problems and then one night I heard them in the warm-up. "It is hard to describe, I guess the best way to describe it is that he sounded like a vacuum cleaner that had something stuck in its pipe, you could hear him whistling." Three or four different operations were suggested but connections opted for the least intrusive - a tie-forward operation. "He went for a break in July last year and it was while he was off that he had the operation, it is something that you have to be aware of and something that you need to keep listening out for. "He did make the sound once or twice after he resumed but the more racing he has had since the operation, the better he has been." Hall has only driven at Menangle previously on one occasion when he drove Livingontheinterest in the 2014 Inter Dominion. The qualifiers for the 2016 Miracle Mile will be conducted at Menangle on Saturday February 13. Greg Hayes

The domination continues! The champion stables of legendary Perth trainer Gary Hall Snr have claimed their 10th Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup with My Hard Copy recording back to back victories in the state’s time honoured harness racing classic. My Hard Copy ($4.90), handled by Clint Hall, raced three wide solo over the concluding stages before edging past leader and favourite Devendra ($2.60) while the heavily fancied Beaudiene Boaz ($2.90) finished a close-up third in the 2936m feature. The victory provides Clint Hall with his third straight Cup success following victories with Hokonui Ben and My Hard Copy last year. For Hall Snr, My Hard Copy joins Im Themightquinn (2011/12/13) and The Falcon Strike (2002/04/05) as multiple Cup winners while other winners from the stable include Hokonui Ben (2014) and Tealsby Karita (2007). The all-conquering stable have now claimed the past six editions of the Cup. Such domination in major harness racing events is not uncommon with the John and Luke McCarthy stable holding a similar record in the Queensland Pacing Championship winning 8 of the past 11 editions of the sunshine state feature while ace Kiwi reinsman Ricky May has claimed the New Zealand Cup on 7 occasions. Entering tonight’s feature, the Hall stable were loaded with chances having 5 of the 11 starters but the inside draw for Devendra loomed as a potential stumbling block for the star stable. As expected, Devendra led comfortably from Lovers Delight who pushed forward quickly to race without cover leaving Beaudiene Boaz behind the leader while Run Oneover and My Hard Copy occupied handy positions in the moving line. With a steady speed being set up front, John Of Arc charged forward from his rearward position to look for a better spot before retreating as quickly as he went forward. The lead time was covered in 97.5 seconds. With minimal movement, Devendra and driver James Rattray continued to control the speed while rivals reluctantly sat off him and allowed him to dictate nicely. The first half of the final mile was covered in 30.9 and 29.6 seconds. As the field reached the bell lap, My Hard Copy angled wider and quickly moved up and worked the leaders for the first time. Heading down the back straight, Devendra led narrowly from Lovers Delight while My Hard Copy continued to apply strong pressure. Boom pacer Beaudiene Boaz and driver Gary Hall Jnr elected to move clear from the back of the leader and forced clear approaching the home turn. In the straight, Devendra led the way but was being overhauled by My Hard Copy while Beaudiene Boaz was closing out wider. At the line, My Hard Copy scored by a 1m from Devendra with a further 3m back to Beaudiene Boaz in third. The last half was covered in 27.3 and 28.2 seconds. The winning mile rate was 1:57.0 – a new race record since being switched to 2936m three years ago. “He’s a great little horse who has been absolutely flying during his summer campaign, maybe I’ve been under driving him in recent weeks given how he stuck it out tonight,” a jubilant Clint Hall beamed. “He travelled so well in the run and felt great coming off the back straight, there’s no doubt he’s in career best form.” He added. The American Ideal – Readallaboutit six-year-old entire has now pushed his prizemoney tally inside $900,000. It was his 22nd career victory from 66 lifetime starts. It was a feature-race running double for the Clinton-Gary combo – winning the $50,000 The West Australian Nights of Thunder Final. Hall steered Mohegan Sun to victory in an impressive mile-rate of 1:53.0. Full replay and post race interview with Clinton Hall HERE... The next leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit is the Gr.1 $400,000 Victoria Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton on January 30. by Chris Barsby

Former star harness racing juvenile Resurgent Spirit returned to his best at UBET Park Hobart last night to win a free-for-all over 2090 metres. Resurgent Spirit dug deep and kept grinding away after facing the breeze for the last 1200 metres and it was a desperate lunge right on the line that secured him the win over Remember Joe. Resurgent Spirit was ninth in the Hobart Pacing Cup as the $2.50 favourite and finished over 25 metres from the winner. But back to the 2090-metr trip and from a good draw the gelded son of American Ideal was able to recapture his best form. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding gives the impression he is getting better with racing so the Devonport and Easter Cups could both be back on the radar. Resurgent Spirit was an outstanding juvenile winning his first 13 races as a two and early three-year-old and he captured the feature 3YO event of the season in the Globe Derby Stakes. In recent times his form has waned through a niggling injury but Whitmore has been patient and given his stable star plenty of time to overcome the issue. Peter Staples

You had to feel really sorry for Harness Racing Waikato at Cambridge Raceway last night as their big night of the year was ruined by atrocious weather conditions. With some great fields carded throughout the night, the club had the potential to have  a huge night  but were thwarted to a big extent by heavy rain throughout the day. The $57,500 Waikato Flying Mile drew a really strong field even after a few scratchings but what seemed a very competitive race beforehand was turned into a procession soon after the start when the freakish mare The Orange Agent strode to the front and from then on completely dominated the contest. With driver Maurice McKendry merely lifting the reins in the home straight, The Orange Agent just ran away and hid by over three lengths in a smart time for the conditions of 1:56.3 with brilliant sectionals of 55.8 and 26.9 on the slushy track. Ohoka Punter looked more like his old self working home late for second in front of a game Franco Nelson who burnt the gate early Maurice couldn't contain his appreciation of the mares run post race. " She went super at the workouts last weekend and even better tonight. " Being wider on the track early helped her find the front in those conditions, but once there she was just absolutely jogging the rest of the race." " It was very heavy down on the inner but the track conditions didn't seem to affect her at all." " She was just doing it so easy on the corner I couldn't believe it," Maurice said. While trips across the Tasman have been mooted in some quarters this week, it now appears that The Orange Agent will stay closer to home at least in the short term. " This mare has never stopped improving from the day she started racing and I don't think she has stopped yet." "Patience is a virtue in this game and I think this mare has a huge future in front of her if we take our time with her," Maurice said. While a lot of Australian trainers will be glad to hear that The Orange Agent is not crossing the Tasman, a lot of New Zealand clubs will be just as thrilled to have this brilliant daughter of American Ideal racing at home. Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing driver Ricky May is never one to rate a horse unless he is very confident in its ability. When we were doing the Harnesslink ringaround prior to Christmas, Ricky had a lot of handy drives at Westport the first day but settled on Seel The Deal. He was adament that if you could just hold him up for one run, Seel The Deal had a blinding burst of speed which not many on the coast would be able to deal with. The first day just didn't pan out at all with Seel The Deal getting all the wrong breaks and ending up an unlucky fifth. Yesterday Ricky had Seel The Deal away well to trail the talented Idealindiamonds but then ended up three back when Living Legend took up the lead. Seel The Deal was still three back on the inner as they turned for home and his chances didn't look great but when Idealindiamonds which had moved into the passing lane ran out a touch, Ricky and Seel The Deal were through in an instant and but for a rough stride eighty metres out would have won by a lot more than three quarters of a length. Ricky had that told you so look on his face post race when speaking to Harnesslink. " If he can get a run like that, he has a devastating sprint" " I didn't think the gap was going to open at first but Idealindiamonds ran out a touch half way up the straight. " It was a tight gap and I was just about through when I had to check him off Idealindiamonds when he was really flying which is why he put that rough stride in. " Otherwise I think he would have won by several lengths the way he was going," Ricky said. The trainer Grant McStay has had a lot of luck with this family over a long time especially on the grass track circuits. The result of the race was a great advertisement for the Woodlands stallion American Ideal who produced the trifecta in Seel The Deal, Idealindiamonds and Star Of Dionysis. Harnesslink Media   

Louisville, KY --- She is enjoying her best harness racing season yet, will be gunning for her third consecutive triumph on Saturday (Dec. 26) at Northfield Park and has been a valued member of the Schillaci barn for four years, but when Sam and Jodi purchased Get Your Armor his dad was madder than a hornet. In fact, the transaction that procured her was one big, giant mistake. “My father had more than a few choice words for me,” said Sam Schillaci, the mare’s trainer/driver. “We bought her for $13,000 at the Harrisburg Sale and then found out we bought the wrong horse. What made matters even worse was when we got back to her stall to look at her she was completely toed-in on her front legs. It was not just a cosmetic thing, but a serious problem. Fortunately, Murray Brown was kind enough to allow us to put her through the sale again and my dad refused to take less than a $1,000 loss on her, so we bought her back for $12,000.” A daughter of American Ideal and the Nihilator mare Mystic Money, Get Your Armor is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $13,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Northfield Park on Saturday. The 5-year-old mare will have to contend with post position eight and eight rivals as she attempts to break the $100,000 mark for purse money earned in 2015. Schillaci, who recorded his 3,000th driving victory on May 4 over the same oval, will be holding the lines for her mile journey. “She really enjoys the speed of the races here at Northfield Park,” Schillaci said. “They go fast fractions in front early on and that is the way she likes to race. She tends to be hot and it is hard to hold her. At Northfield the pace suits her so that is not a problem. She generally does well here.” Get Your Armor sports a career record of 102-16-21-18, has collected $185,549 and paced her swiftest mile of 1:52.4 on Dec. 11. She has improved each year with $8,718 in the bank from six miles as a freshman, $22,514 from 23 starts as a sophomore, $58,822 from 32 voyages to the gate as a 4-year-old and $95,495 from 41 trips to the post this year. “After we bought her back and realized we were going to keep her I really started looking into her pedigree,” Schillaci said. “It is absolutely outstanding and full of class.” The Ohio native is referring to her dam, who made just shy of $140,000 during her days of competition, and her siblings. Get Your Armor is a half-sibling to Money Sign (Life Sign, $123,573), Mystic Art (Artsplace, $421,903) and Mystic Gold (Artsplace, $199,794). From the 12 foals Mystic Money has produced only three have not won a race, one of which died, and only two, including that foal, have no money on their card. Mystic Art and Mystic Gold cost $210,000 and $145,000, respectively, as yearlings. Racy Kathy, who is by Race Time, is Get Your Armor’s granddam and while she never made it to the races, she produced four $100,000 winners. Despite this mare’s defective conformation and tendency to always want her way, she has always performed like a horse with no physical flaws. “When we were training her down people would not want to jog next to her because they were afraid she would take them out,” Schillaci said. “That is how bad of a paddle she has to her stride. She is so pigeon-toed there has been no way to correct it. Even when you watch a head on view of her in her races, you can see how awful her stride looks. “It has never ever caused a problem for her though. She has not allowed it to. We have never had one problem physically with her and she has never caused us to have any vet bills. It’s really quite shocking for a horse that has that issue. I’ve never seen anything like her.” Although she will have paced 42 pari-mutuel trips this year, Schillaci has not determined when or if Get Your Armor will receive a break from racing. “She has literally raced for two years straight,” he said. “I’ve tried to give her a break and she’s never wanted one. She is really enjoying what she is doing right now and doesn’t want to stop. In fact, she lets us know she will have none of it. I know it’s unusual to race a horse for that long, but if time off is not what she wants to do, then she will continue to race. “There a lot of things about his mare that are unusual though. She has overcome so much adversity just to make the races, let alone make almost $200,000. We are very, very proud of what she has accomplished and look forward to see what she will continue to do. They always say classy horses can overcome anything that is thrown at them and this mare is a prime example of that.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

DOVER, Del. ---,.PT Stable's Laughing Matters proved the best for the second straight week recording a 1:53 victory in the $20,000-$25,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap Allowance over a "good" track on Thursday, Dec. 17. It was the last day of harness racing until Monday, Dec. 28 as Delaware horsemen have a hiatus from racing during the annual Christmas Holiday Break week at Dover Downs. With meet leading driver Corey Callahan handling the reins, the 5-ydear-old altered son of American Ideal-Liamatters rolled away from the outside to get the early lead and the Doug Lewsi trainee was never was headed scoring his sixth win of the year. He has now won $48,735 in 2015 and $125,509 lifetime. Militia Man (Tyler 'Davis) ermerged from the pack behind to close for second-place honors. Jackson Brady (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Russell Foster enjoyed his biggest day at the track piloting three winners. Jonathan Roberts drove the longest shot on the card, trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's Ring Leda home at 24-1 odds. George Dennis continued a red-hot week driving 13 winners during the week, by sweeping both ends of the daily double. Corey Callahan notched two more wins to bring his meet total to 64 for 27 days of racing. Racing now takes off for the Christmas Holiday break from Dec. 18 through Dec. 27. Live racing resumes on Monday, Dec. 28 with an outstanding 15-race card featuring a $30,000 Preferred and a $27,500 Delaware Special as headliners. Marv Bachrad        

DOVER, Del. --- It was more like a Spring Day with late misty drizzle at Dover Downs where four horses won 1:50 or faster. Ironically, the top purse $27,500 Delaware Special was not one of them. Just A Jolt registered his 10th win the year needing only a 1:51 performance with harness racing driver Vic Kirby holding the reins. Yannick Gingras had a big day with five winning drives. Just A Jolt won his second Del. Special in-a-row upping his seasonal bankroll to $167,930 for owner Janet Hudson. The five-year-old altered son of Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate trained by Jim King left from outside post 7 in the feature and finally took the lead after the half then cruised to victory. The only contest was for second where Don't Ya Know edged Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) for second. Rocknroll Jewel led off the fast day with a 1:49.1 triumph, the fastest win of George Dennis' career, in the 1st race a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewel eight-year-old gelding for owner Tom Lazarro. Raritan Bay (Allan Davis) closed strongly for second in front of Giant Sculpture (Yannick Gingras). Gingras' later guided Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots home, also in 1:49.1 to win a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the Shanghai Phil-Tassagh gelding's 14th success of the season and fourth win in his last five starts for trainer Andy Harris. Snap To It A (Brett Miller) was runner-up. Mister Truth (Ross Wolfenden) was third best. The next fastest clocking came when Gingras driving Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound to a 1:50 victory in a $12000 Male pace. Eridanus N (Wolfenden) was second in front of Papa Ray (Alan Davis). Earlier Gingras struck again steering Journeyman to a 1:50.1 conquest in an $18,000 Open for young horses. Ron Burke trains the American Ideal-Cosmic Journey four-year-old owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing. Roland N Rock (Morgan) closed for second with Bad Boy Matt (A. Davis) third. Bill Emmons' Good Luck, a Four Starzzz Shark-Ms Mirabelle four-0year-old, was Gingras' fifth win of the day, a 1:51.4 score over Atta Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) and I Belong With You (Callahan) in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year0Old pace. Pinearosa, a The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber homebred of Gloria Myers and Carter Racing Stable, trained by Bobby Myers with Ton Morgan driving, chalked up a 1:51.4 win in another $15,500 even for young male horses. Twin B Stingray (Kirby) was the place finisher. Rip N Rock (B.Miller) collected third. Along with Gingras' five bagger, George Dennis and the Brittingham family, owner Elizabeth, trainer Don and driver Brett Brittingham, had two wins on the program. Shine N Shimmer seeks her second straight facing eight rivals in the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday feature race. DOVER DOWNS’ CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE The traditional Christmas Holiday Break Week at Dover Downs features no live racing Dec.19 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Again this season, there is no live racing on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Racing will resume on Sunday, Jan. 3 with post time at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in January and February 2016. Weekday post time is 4:30 p.m.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please Norte: Dover Downs’ current draw schedule is: Draw Date                               Race Date Tuesday, Dec. 15        for Monday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Tuesday, Dec. 29 Thursday, Dec. 17               for Wednesday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 28       for Sunday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 29      for Monday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Dec. 30 for Tuesday, Jan. 5 Sunday, Jan. 3   for Wednesday, Jan. 6 Monday, Jan. 4         for Thursday, Jan. 7 Please Note: Draw Schedule For 5 Racing Day in Jan. and Feb. Tuesday for Sunday Wednesday for Monday Thursday for Tuesday Sunday for Wednesday Monday for Thursday $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT   Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- The feature race wasn't 'No Laughing Matters,' because Matters did win the top race on the Thursday, Dec. 10 harness racing program at Dover Downs. Framed Art wins fastest on card in 1:50. Claimed two starts back by PT Stable, Laughing Matters rushed away from post 7 and was not approachable the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to win the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming/Handicap pace. Corey Callahan drove for trainer Doug Lewis as the 5-Year-Old altered son of American Ideal-Liamatters won for the fifth time this campaign. PL Hoofhearted (Marcus Miller), the race favorite, chased the winner home to finish second. Jackson Brady (Ross Wolfenden) rallied late for show honors. Framed Art, a 5-year-old son of Artiscape-Lo Gophobia reduced his lifetime record to 1:50 as Art Stafford Jr. wheeled him around the track for his fifth win of the year. Owned by Art and trainer Andrew Stafford, Framed Art won for the second straight start lifting his career earnings to $432,316. The oldest racehorse at the track, 14-year-old Albert Chief nears the end of his racing days but still has it. The Albert Albert-Rea Bromac owned by Art Brewer was at his best wiring a good field of Delaware $5,000 claimers in 1:53.3 holding off Coastal Storm (Callahan), second, and Itsgottabemyway (RogerPlante), a close third, with a :29.1 final panel for his 20th win of the year and 68th lifetime. The Kathleen Brewer trained veteran won for the third time in four starts and fourth in his last six. He has earned $615,141 in his career. The winningest horse at the met, Tina Clark's Jingle Bell Rocker, is in the holiday spirit chalking up his fourth win in-a-row with Ross Wolfenden at the controls in a 1:53.2 decision to win a 3,4&5-Year-Old $10,000 Claiming Allowance. It was his 16th triumph of 2015. Allan Davis, who had three winners, led off the card driving both ends of the daily double. Ross Wolfenden also had two wins as did trainer Les Givens. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Monday, when racing resumes at 4:30 p.m., Just A Jolt rejoins the $27,500 Delaware Special to battle last week's winner Captive Audience. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---  Shine N Shimmer took the front early and then out battled several challenges on the way to a 1:51.3 triumph I n the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Dover Downs. Reined by perennial meet leader, Corey Callahan, Howard Taylor’s five-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Sheer Hose trained by Doug Lewis held off Valerya (George Dennis) attacking on the outside on the backstretch then a passing lane brush from fast-finishing Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) in the lane to win by a head in 1:51.3, her second win in her last three starts. Duneside Chella (Marcus Miller) was third.  While recording her fourth win in her last six outings and 11th victory of the season Shine N Shimmer brought her seasonal bankroll to $143,785 and $425,569 lifetime.    Girlofyourdreams and Lady Beth won the co-sub-feature $15,000 distaff paces. Montrell Teague guided stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams home in 1:53.4 to win the first of two divisions. The Bettor’s Delight –JK Majorette sophomo9re owned by The Wiz Kids Stable has four wins in her last six races while earning $63,710. Who Dat Heather (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) the third finisher.  A head proved the victory distance as Lady Beth got the win 1:54.3 besting Hardscrabble Tilly in a stretch duel. Lorie and trainer Paul Davis own the three-year-old Kenneth J-Lady Major bay who posted victory #7 this year and won $52,751 in purses. Melanies Sharkette (M.Miller) was the show filly. George Dennis drove three winners, Allan Davis, Montrell Teague and trainer Robin Callahan had doubles. Ashes Cash seeks second straight Open Last week's winner Leigh Raymer, owned and trained Ashes Cash, a winner of three of his previous five races heads a strong harness racing field of eight in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 9. First post is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan will again be in the bike in the week's top trot. R&H Ventures, a regular at both Pocono Downs and more recently racing in Chester, is now in the Jim King barn with Vic Kirby driving. Mike Casalino's well named Tough Mac with Jonathan Roberts driving leaves from post 8 with Hemi Seelster reined by Brett Miller to his left for Carl Atley, Bob :LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo. Both Barbara Boese and Joe Skowyra's Prayer Session and Callam Racing's Spunky Jack with Roger Plante have been racing well. LA Express Stable's Pocket Trip steps up after a wire-to-wire win last time out John Ducharme's-homebred Wartech drew the rail and makes his first start since last July. There are two sub-feature trots. LA Express' Five Towns (Callahan) won last week and two of three in a $12,000 trot meeting E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters homebred I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) from post 1 wjth Nick McGill and Brian Carsey's Lou Man (Kirby), Eric Foster's fast finishing Stirling Charisma (Tony Morgan) and Charlene Long's Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) heading the opposition. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing's impressive sophomore Go Byem (Jim Morand) is the one to catch in an $11,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. Marv Bachrad

Tony Barron doesn't mind getting hand me downs from his brother Ken.   He's been a source of regular winners and the latest Might Flying Deal now raced by the MCC Syndicate (Makerewa Country Cup) is a good example of Southland trainers getting good results from horses that may struggle in the top league in Canterbury.   "Steve Thompson and Grant Dickey bought him at the yearling sales paying $46,000 for this one." "They get to a stage as three year olds that if they're not going to measure up to the Sire Stakes and Derby type horses they flick them on," said trainer Tony Barron.   The American Ideal three year old was bred by Heather and Lex Williams. He's out of the In The Pocket mare Fleet's Pocket whose winners have been Flying Pocketland (7 NZ wins and 14 Australian wins), Mighty Flying Thomas (6 NZ wins and 12 Australian wins), Flying McPocket (6 Australian wins), Flying Mrs Williams (2 wins), Mighty Flying Mac (12 wins), Mighty Flying Major (6 wins) and Mighty Pocketlands (4 Australian wins).    As far as Mighty Flying Deal is concerned Tony says he just happened to be in the right place at the right time.   "I was up at Ken's and in the right place at the right time." "He went average at Ashburton." "They went quick but he didn't go that good. Ken said to me the boys will flick this fella on so we came to an arrangement and got him straight down here." He had his first run at Invercargill (6th behind Galactic Star) and I wasn't too disappointed." "He probably should have run second but he did get a fair old check up the straight. " "We put the pull downs on him today and it made all the difference."   Both Fleet's Pocket and her daughter Flying Mrs Williams have yearlings in next years Sale of the Stars. Fleet's Pocket has Mighty Flying Pocket (Rocknroll Hanover - Black colt) while Flying Mrs Williams has Flying Mister Deal (American Ideal - Black colt). Lex Williams and Gina Tomlinson are preparing both.   Barron says Mighty Flying Deal is easy to get on with and has settled in well to his Southland environment.    "He's a lovely horse to have around. The only thing I did with him was to lead the two year old around in the middle of the week."   The win was the result of a positive drive by Dexter Dunn. The margin was two and a half lengths.    Meanwhile the most tightly accessed horse in the stable Regal Ideal was also bought from the same source. He is also by American Ideal and was owned by Thompson and Dickey.   He was bought by a group of primarly based Southland owners in March 2015 after having three starts for Ken Barron.   He has gone on to win six races from just seventeen starts. His last start was not a success though. Finishing thirteenth was a bit of a mystery to Barron but he puts it down to running with an undercheck.    "We were having trouble getting him away (from the stand)." "I was talking to Robert Dunn a few years ago when we were having trouble getting Phoenix Warrior away and he suggested an undercheck." "I put an undercheck on Regal Ideal and he just resented it the whole way round." "Just hated it. He's going the The Tin Shed Cup (at Balfour trials) on Sunday." If he doesn't step away he'll be restricted to mobiles. If he does we'll tick away in the Country Cups series."     Barron also won the main handicap race of the day when McCovey Cove, helped by a great start, won the Steve Gooding Mariner Handicap Pace.  Bruce Stewart Reproduced with permission of Southland Harness Racing   --   Check site here    

An Open II Pace for fillies and mares featuring Young American and an Open III Pace headed by Cowboy Cold share the spotlight at Cal Expo on Sunday night. There will be 12 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a 5 p.m. first post. Young American comes into the distaff feature having captured three of her last four starts. A 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal, she is owned by Jennifer Petrelli and Raynor Marsland, hails from Marissa Tyler and will once again be guided by Frank Petrelli while leaving from the outside slot in the field of nine. Her first two decisions came in conditioned company on November 7 and 22, with the latter score resulting in a 1:53 1/5 final clocking that equaled the mark she established two years ago. Young American stepped up to this Open II level for last weeks assignment and was able to continue her winning ways as the 3-1 second choice. Petrelli sat back with the mare for the opening half, made a powerful move on the final bend and prevailed by a length and a half over favored Winsun T Bird, who will again be among her rivals. Cowboy Cold is getting relief in the Open III for the males and should have his share of supporters. A son of Cheyenne Rei, he goes about his business for Kc C Carvalho with Luke Plano reining and training. Cowboy Cold, who set his lifetime standard of 1:52 2/5 this summer at Running Aces, started off the meet here with a powerful coast-to-coast score on October 24 while taking the measure of the top pacers on the grounds. The Plano trainee has had his problems in three subsequent starts, but this drop in class could do wonders for his outlook as he returns after having skipped a week. He leaves from the No. 7 post in a field of nine. Pick 4 and Pick 5 offer great wagering value If youre looking for a little extra bang for your buck, check out the 50-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4 at Cal Expo, which both come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. The Pick 5 is always on the first five races of the evening and this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout, while the 20-cent Pick 4 is made up of the final four races and comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. A good example of the value offered by these low takeout wagers would be last Saturday nights Pick 5, which saw the favorites having a tough time of things. As a result, the Pick 5 returned a juicy $12,023 for half a buck. Had the payoff been calculated with the normal takeout rate for that wager, the return would still have been nice at $10,734.60, but thats a difference of nearly $1,300. The key to this bonanza came in the second race of the night courtesy of the 11-year-old gelding Rays Rayzer, who is owned and trained by Edwin Quevado and had the services of Tony Succarotte. By far the longest shot in the field at 22-1 off a couple of less than stellar efforts, Rays Rayzer dug down for some of that back class in the stretch and flew home to prevail by a length and a half. Putting that winner together with Shake Your Cancan at 7-1, At Last at 3-1, Real Attitude at 6-5 (second choice) and Young American at 3-1 resulted in the very nice payday. Jump right into that Pick 4 and Pick 5 pool here at Cal Expo, the water is fine. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

This years version of harness racings holy grail, the Inter-Dominion went bush in Perth tonight when the second round of heats were held at Bunbury. On the quick back up from Friday night, the second round of heats were over the mile and the field for the first of the heats really didn't have any of the big players from Friday nights action. Only one of the ten runners had run first four on the first night and that was Our Blackbird but he had drawn poorly on the second line and was not fancied by the punters. Mach Beauty from barrier three was the public elect but he had had a brutal run on the first night and questions remained about how he would perform on the quick backup. As predicted Mach Beauty led easily early on for Amanda Turnbull and set a cracking pace in front. Franco Ledger and Anthony Butt settled in the trail from barrier one while Major Crocker and Greg Sugars worked to the death seat from barrier six. With the speed on up front there was no mid race moves and it took to the 400 metres mark before the runs began to come. Turning for home Mach Beauty was starting to go up and down on the one spot and was quickly claimed by Major Crocker with Franco Ledger chasing him hard after clearing Mach Beauty. Half way up the straight , My Hard Copy and Clinton Hall appeared wider out on the track from three back in the running line and went sailing on by for an impressive win. Major Crocker fought on gamely for second in front of a slightly disappointing Franco Ledger who had his chance in third.  A very disappointing eighth on Friday night when expected to go very well, My Hard Copy got his series back on track tonight much to the relief of his driver Clint Hall. " To be honest I am just very relieved to have won the race." " To come from off the pace when they are running time like that is a big effort." " I was never going to come out before the turn as he is best with one run at them." "I couldn't be prouder of the horse and what he did tonight," Clint said. The win by My Hard Copy was his twenty first career victory and took his earnings over the $500,000 mark. What made the win even more impressive was the mile was cut out in a new track record of 1:51.6 with closing sectionals of 55.4 and 27.2 After tonights win, the son of American Ideal has to take the form he showed at Bunbury back to Gloucester Park on Friday night. If he does that, he will become a legitimate grand final contender. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 28, 2015-Odds-on favorite Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. Remanded outside his seven foes, Ideal Cowboy had a reasonably-simple path to the lead. He worked around Texican N (Eric Carlson) and Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) just before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, a somnambulant :56.2 half before the leader upped the tempo. A 1:24.1 three-quarters with Aslan (Brian Sears) taking his shot first-ever and Ideal Cowboy owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, with Bigtown Hero edging from the pocket and Texican N darting inside, Ideal Cowboy needed some reminders. He did get the line when in time, a 1:52.1 nose in front of Bigtown Hero and a head ahead of Texican N. Aslan and The Real One (Pat Lachance) completed the cashers. For Ideal Cowboy, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables, it was his ninth win in 24 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $17.60, the triple paid $160.50 and the superfecta paid $530. Frank Drucker

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