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New Zealander Trevor Casey is enjoying a lot of success with his team of harness racing horses both sides of the Tasman. The popular owner has 30 horses including Australasia's best trotter Stent, leading two year olds Our Waikiki Beach and Lazarus and Saturday night's NSW Trotters Oaks winner My Arya. Saturday night's victory meant a lot to Casey as he bred the talented daughter of Angus Hall. "I did breed her and she's the only daughter that Belle Galleon (Stent's mother) has had and I certainly will be retaining her as a broodmare at the end of her career," said Casey. "I raised her right from day dot, watched her grow up, then saw her get broken in and have since watched her all the way through." Casey chose to target the New South Wales Trotters Oaks rather than the NZ Harness Jewels after a narrow defeat in the Menangle feature twelve months ago. "My Arya could have got into the Harness Jewels and she would have been a show but I wanted to win the NSW Oaks because I ran second last year with Daenerys Targaryen and I wanted to come back and have another go at it and we were successful." "We won't be coming back for the NSW Trotters Derby next week, the Victorian Oaks is the week after which means she would have to race four weeks in a row and I just don't think that's fair on her." While at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night Casey took the opportunity to speak with club officials about Stent returning to race on the 1400 metre track. "Stent will be back, I actually said to the team here tonight I'd like to see a mile race here for the open trotters again, I would really love to see the horse at Menangle over the mile again because I think he could go 1:52.0." My Arya's trainer Brent Lilley was excited with the victory and thought her manners took her a long way. "She's proved over here she's the best trotting filly at the moment but I thought the run of the second horse (My Tribeca) was great, My Arya has got manners but the gap between her and the rest is definitely closing," said Lilley. "In saying all that, we still wouldn't swap her for any of them, so after the Victorian Trotters Oaks she will head towards the Breeders Crown and then spell." Greg Hayes

Charlie Runkle and Princess Phoenix won last night’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton for harness racing two-year-old trotters. Charlie Runkle (by Angus Hall out of Star Spangled Banner) took out the colts and geldings’ final for trainer Gary Quinlan and driver Chris Alford, while trainer David Aiken and reinsman son Josh combined with Princess Phoenix (by The Pres out of Dodo Rocket) to win the fillies’. From gate two Charlie Runkle showed gate speed from the 1720m start and easily found the pegs after polemarker Sundons Courage galloped away. Alford handed up to Aiken on Skyflyer and waited for his turn along the sprint lane, Charlie Runkle finishing fast for a 3.4-metre victory in a rate of 2:00.6. “(He) came out really well and got a bit keen being his first time under lights, but he was travelling well at the turn and once the sprint lane opened he got to it like an old pro,” Alford said. Race favourite Cruisin Around ran third after covering ground three wide with no cover. Princess Phoenix rated 2:03.7 for her win. At the 400m she was eased three-wide by Aiken but was still 15m off frontrunner Truscott Law, who had trotted opening quarters of 32.7, 31 and 30.3. Princess Phoenix sprinted sharply and went on to put her opposition away with apparent ease due to an impressive 400-metre burst. “She’s a fast filly. I said the other day she might be a pretty serious filly. And she’s confirmed that,” Josh Aiken said. Plenty of punters found both the Home Grown winners, each backed in late to $3.30. “I think the owners might have tipped a few into her on the way here,” Aiken quipped. Aiken explained Princess Phoenix had fired up during the warm-up but relaxed better when the mobile started to roll. “It’s very daunting for the babies to come here under the lights. She turned it on a bit during the preliminary but once they were scoring up she became a racehorse.” Truscott Law held down second while Maoris Got Muscle and reinsman Caleb Lewis finished third. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Both Maximuscle and track record hold Viva Bayama were impressive winners at the Hippodrome 3R in the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters Wednesday. There were four divisions, each racing for a purse of $6,500. There are three weeks of eliminations with the highest point earners returning on Sunday, June 14 for the $35,000 finals in their respective divisions. Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron had little trouble in capturing their division in the fourth rae. Charron needed only to send Maximuscle to the lead and never looked back. The four-year-old stallion by Angus Hall showed his heels to the field, cutting fractions of :29.1, 1:00 to the half and then turned it on by the three-quarters in 1:29.1, breezing home to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.4. Andovers Touch (Stephane Pouliot) tried coming first-over at the half mile marker and held on to be second with the pocket sitting George S (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the first start of the 2015 season for Maximuscle, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecrurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. The winner went off as the overwhelming race favorite at odds of 1/9 and paid just $2.10 to win. The first race, first division saw Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart sit a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetter SOS Masters Boy (Jocelyn Gendron) and then after a battle down the stretch, win by a neck in 2:02.3. SOS Robocop (Pascal Berube), after racing first-over, faded to be third. It was the first win in two starts this year for Somoli E, a four-year-old son of Mr Lavec, trained by Andreane Lapierre. He paid $4.50 to win. Viva Bayama and driver Denis St Pierre were able to race parked out first-over the entire mile and still was able grind it out in the fourth race first division for older mares. Canbec Kangourou (Jocelyn Gendron) left out of the gate and cut the mile as Pierre was content to race first-over. Viva Bayama finally cleared to the lead before the head of the stretch and then held off a fast closing Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.3. Canbec Kangourou faded in the stretch and finished third. It was the fifth win in eight starts this year for Viva Bayama. The four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass is trained by Sebastien Groux for owners Richard Dinelle and Andre St Laurent. She paid $4.40 to win. The sixth race second division was won by Ocean Mist Beauty and driver Stephane Brosseau. They cleared to the lead before the opening quarter, which saw the first four horses all try for the early lead, and Ocean Mist Beauty then led the rest of the one mile trot, winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Lucyll Bro (Stephane Gendron) sat the pocket-trip to be second with Sexy P V (Steeve Genis) third. The five-year-old mare by Kadabra posted her first win in five starts this year for owner/trainer Carl Duguay of Gatineau, QC. She paid 3.20 to win. Mario Charron ended the program with a driving triple on the card. Live racing resumes Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Post time is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Exciting filly Amarula has drawn to extend her unbeaten Australian record at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.   Successful at her five starts since crossing the Tasman, Amarula will begin from the pole in the New South Wales Trotters’ Oaks, with trainer Maree Caldow confident the youngster can continue her winning streak.   “She is in top shape and will be hard to beat again, especially from the draw,” Caldow said. “This is her biggest test for us, but everything she has done so far suggests she is up to the challenge.”   Kept fresh since her South Australia Trotters’ Derby triumph a fortnight ago, Amarula shapes as the early leader, but is expected to take a trial behind the raging favourite, My Arya, which will begin from gate seven.   My Arya is unbeaten from six Aussie starts this season, including a track record victory at Cranbourne last weekend.   “We will be out to make the most of the draw,” Caldow said. “Whether it is to try and lead all the way or take a trail is up to John (Caldow, driver) when the race unfolds.   “My Arya is clearly the one to beat despite her wide draw.”   In what is destined to be an all-Victorian finish, classy filly Endsino is also expected to make her presence felt.   Winner of two of her three starts this campaign, the Andy Gath-trained daughter of Angus hall is no stranger to Group One glory, having captured last season’s Vicbred Super Series Final at Melton.   Paul Courts

Exciting New Zealand youngster My Arya continues to thrive on the Australian conditions. Sent across the Tasman to be prepared by Victorian harness racing horseman Brent Lilley, My Arya extended her Aussie winning streak to seven – including six wins this season.   Having competed on the mainland during the summer, My Arya returned to the Shaky Isles where she registered a placing from three starts.   Back with Lilley for the past fortnight, My Arya was triumphant in track record time at Cranbourne during the weekend.   “She went terrific,” Lilley declared. “Anthony Butt never had to move and said she was never out of second gear.   “To do it that easily and in record time is a super effort. She’s a very classy filly, which is going to be hard to beat in all the fillies’ race for the remainder of the season.”   Leading throughout from barrier six, My Arya cruised to a 12-and-a-half metre triumph from Glenferrie Burn, with Hush Your Majesty four-and-a-half.   “The draw wasn’t the best, but I knew she had class on her side,” Lilley said. “In the end she did it so easily, which was great to see.”   With the final 800 metres run in 58.5 seconds, the daughter of Angus Hall covered the mile in 1:58.5, slicing six-tenths of a second off Kyvalley Blur’s track record.   Set to give My Arya “a few easy days”, Lilley plans to take the three-year-old to Tabcorp Park Menangle for Saturday night’s New South Wales Trotters’ Oaks.   “She’ll have a few easy days given she’s done a bit of travelling to New Zealand and back, but we will head up the Hume with her for the Oaks on the weekend,” Lilley said.   “After that I’ll aim her at the Victoria Oaks before deciding on whether to put her in the Derby on Redwood Day.   “She also has the Breeders’ Crown at the end of the season, so I will make a decision on the Derby when the time comes.”           *** Paul Courts

Keith Pippi's Traverse Seelster ($3, Ross Wolfenden) was an impressive 1:55 winner in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Traverse Seelster seized control early from Spunky Jack in an opening quarter in 28.2 seconds. Traverse Seelster then led the field of five to a half-mile in 58 seconds and three-quarters in 1:27.1. The venerable 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding then drew off effortlessly in the stretch for a dominating score over Spunky Jack. Powerful Charger closed late for third. Trained by Josh Green, it was the first win in four 2015 starts for Traverse Seelster, who added to his healthy lifetime bankroll of nearly $640,000. The all aged track record holder for trotters, Traverse Seelster had been second in his previous three starts. Victor Kirby had four wins on the program. Allan Davis, Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden each had two wins. Matt Sparacino

J L Sadowsky's Tag Up And Go and harness racing driver Corey Callahan were victorious for the fourth straight time on Thursday at Harrah's Philly. The 5-year-old son of Angus Hall was coming off of upper conditioned-level wins at The Meadowlands, with the most recent score here at Harrah's Philadelphia in his last. Today's event was for Winner's Over $25,000 lifetime on the trot. The Bob Bresnahan trainee left the gate fast and led until the quarter pole, before yielding to Wheelsandthelegman (Andrew McCarthy). It stayed that way until the half and that's when Team Six (Marcus Miller) attacked first-over. As they made their way to the top of the stretch, the leader began to tire, but held up long enough for Tag Up And Go to maintain positive momentum for the stretch drive. Nearing the wire, Tag Up And Go pushed successfully up the passing lane for a one length victory over a game Team Six, while Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) closed with a ton to be third. The fractions were :27.1, :56, 1:24.1, 1:53.2. It was Tag Up And Go's sixteenth career win, and his eighth on the season of sixteen starts. He paid $3.40. In other notes, driver Corey Callahan had five wins on the day, while leading driver George Napolitano Jr. had three. Michael Bozich  

Blazin Benny (Angus Hall) lengthened his lead on Sunday as the winningest horse of the meet at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The claiming trotter scored his seventh local win of the season including six straight by going wire-to-wire with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Blazin Benny stepped up to the $15,000 claiming level for the first time of the year and had little difficultly cruising to a seasonal best- matching victory in 1:56.1. After competing at a high level at Freehold Raceway this winter, Blazin Benny now has recorded twelve wins in 2015. It was one of two scores on the day for leading trainer Melissa Beckwith who is off to a huge start to the ’15 campaign. Slugfest (Conway Hall) prevailed in the afternoon’s feature, scoring in 1:55.2 to match his own time as the fastest for any trotter at the Spa this season. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest for trainer Maureen Salino. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm.   Mike Sardella  

Yesterday we had a look at the trends in harness racing in North America with regards to how pacing sires were performing so far this year. Today we thought we would do the same thing with trotting stallions and how the charts are looking at this stage of the season. The list has a very familiar look to it with a lot of the sires near the top of the list having been around for a while. Kadabra continues to hold a prominent place on the list as he has for quite a few years and even though it is early days he has established a lead of close to $260,000. Angus Hall is another leading sire who is always prominent on these lists and he has continued that trend in the early part of this year. Cantab Hall is $200,000 plus back in third place with both Yankee Glide and Andover Hall close up in fourth and fifth place.  Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                        Sire                                                          Starters                                                  Money ====                                                        ========                                              ===== KADABRA                                                135                                                    $1,309,241   ANGUS HALL                                           118                                                    $1,050,390   CANTAB HALL                                          96                                                      $844,498   YANKEE GLIDE                                       101                                                     $723,239   ANDOVER HALL                                       93                                                      $703,594   The three year old trotters list is still very much in its infancy and it is hard to try to draw any conclusions due to the lack of runners at this stage of the season.   CR Commando holds a narrow lead at this stage of the season over the the son of Donerail in Political Briefing who stands in Delaware.   He only has ten live three year olds this season and only 95 live foals in his ten years at stud to date.   Muscles Yankee is going well as usual as is Yankee Glide but most of the heavy hitters are not far away and one feels this list will have a very different look about it after another month or two.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                      Sire                                                             Starters                                                      Money ====                                                           ========                                                 ===== CR COMMANDO                                              8                                                       $112,180   POLITICAL BRIEFING                                     4                                                         $95,160   MUSCLES YANKEE                                       10                                                        $92,422   YANKEE GLIDE                                             18                                                           $88,586   DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE                             15                                                        $87,890   Harnesslink Media  

Claiming trotter Hallucination (Angus Hall) extended his win streak to three on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the razor sharp gelding scored an impressive 1:57.2 victory. After prevailing in the $5,000 claimers two weeks ago, trainer Julianna Edwards moved Hallucination up to the $7,500 claiming level and the six year old has responded. On Friday, driver Jimmy Devaux put Hallucination on the front end and they drew away from the field around the final turn before scoring by eight and a half lengths. The race’s favorite Our Priority (Billy Dobson) had to settle for second while V I P (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Hallucination, who recorded his fastest victory last year while competing at Saratoga, now has three wins and a second in his four local starts in 2015. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post.     Mike Sardella 

WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2015 -- Anaffairtoremember worked out a cozy pocket trip, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Anaffairtoremember zipped to the lead but yielded to Cowgirl Hall after stinging her in a 27.4 opening panel. The 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman was fresher in the stretch, responding to Aaron Merriman's urging and downing Cowgirl Hall by 1/2 length in 1:56 on a "good" surface. Unefoisdansmavie raced well first over for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Anaffairtoremember, who now boasts $324,797 in career earnings. Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each piloted a pair of winners on the 14-race card. On Wednesday, March 25, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $40,000-guaranteed total pool for its harness racing Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Tuesday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a three-day carryover of $15,752.42. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday's program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

After failed attempts in 2012 and 2013 to contest the Great Southern Star highly-credentialed American squaregaiter Imperial Count will finally make his Australian harness racing debut at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. Raced by prominent owner Neven Botica, Imperial Count will debut for the David Aiken camp in the race named after Botica’s former champion, the Aldebaran Park Sundons Gift Trotters Free-for-All over 2240 metres. Imperial Count is a seven-year-old stallion by Angus Hall from Miss Imperial and boasts a rate of 1:53.2 in North America. The 17-time winner has had one start in the Southern Hemisphere, finishing last behind Sheemon in September 2014 when he bled and was stood down afterwards. Aiken has given the trotter three trials, but says he will most likely need the run. “His trials have been really good. We’ll see how he goes but he’ll need the racing,” Aiken said. “At home he works like a nice horse and he’s great to have around the place.” It was reported in October 2013 that Imperial Count could line up in the 2014 Great Southern Star after missing the 2013 series due to a “last-minute hiccup”. He stood at Lemon Tree Stud in Shepparton for a season before joining the Aiken camp at Avenel. Aiken’s latest stable acquisition will start from gate seven and gives the trainer two former Americans in the Group 3 trot, the other being My High Expectations, which will begin barrier 10. Master reinsman Gavin Lang will steer Imperial Count, with David to take the reins on My High Expectations. HRV Media

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2015 -- Terror Of The Nite pulled the pocket down the backside but needed to survive a late challenge to capture his second straight in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Wok N Roll K and Big World Of Rock also took $12,000 splits in Tuesday's second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding pacers. Dave Palone teamed with trainer Ron Burke for a pair of Russell wins with Terror Of The Nite and Big World of Rock. Terror Of The Nite easily cleared to the lead when Palone moved him to the front, but Heavenly Knox was gaining ground on a sustained first-over bid. That tough journey in the slop took its tool on Heavenly Knox, and Terror Of The Nite prevailed by 1/2 length in 1:56. Well Bred earned show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura campaign Terror Of The Nite, a 4-year-old Western Terror - Her Odyssey gelding. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember opened a 4-length lead and held on late to down the onrushing Sweetie Hearts by a head in 1:57. Long shot Ajuama completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall - Val Lee Woman, who extended her career bankroll to $313,097, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Palone drove four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Last Sunday’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at Tabcorp Park Melton saw a 20 per cent spike in registered bidders. While the overall average price was down on previous years, $12,941 compared to $16,359 last year, APTS promoters said this was in partly due to only 40 lots passing through the ring. “We would expect that number to jump around a bit with only 40 lots going through,” Harness Racing Victoria’s Vaughn Lynch said. “We would have liked a higher average, but we understand there are several factors behind it dropping. “There was less competition than usual at the bottom end of the sale, meaning there were bargains for the astute buyer.” Lynch stated it was great to see more bidders than usual with “strong competition at the top end of the sale seeing several potential buyers going home disappointed”. The sale topper was a striking bay colt by Angus Hall out of unraced Muscles Yankee mare Bromac Aldebaran, which sold for $38,000. “He’s got good confirmation and a good pedigree,” said Richard Matthews, who made the successful bid. “I’ve had a bit more luck with the trotters over the years for whatever reason. I bought a broodmare from New Zealand, Invasions Pride. She didn’t race a long time but she threw a trotter called Let Me Thru, who ran second in an Inter Dominion when he was only a five-year-old. “The mare’s progeny have produced about $740,000 worth of stake winnings.” The second-highest priced purchase was Lot 15, a bay colt by the sire of the fastest two-year-old in history Muscle Hill, from Calder Fury, which went for $37,000. A sister to exciting mare Barefoot Sally (an impressive winner at Melton on Saturday night) went for $22,000, the filly by Bacardi Lindy – sire of Claudys Princess – out of Strapon. Scott’s Creek horseman Anthony O’Connor purchased two yearlings at the sale, Lot 20 a filly by Skyvalley from Maori Road for $5000 and Lot 31 Aldebaran Doc, a colt by Skyvalley from Aldebaran Deegan for $4000. “You can’t breed them for that price,” O’Connor said. “It’s worth rolling the dice at that price. “My son Nicholas and I wanted a trotter and we were looking for a filly, so to get into a good family of trotters is great. “The other one, I had a few mates who wanted to race one, so we’ll probably go quarter shares.” The APTS finished off a big weekend of Victorian trotting, which saw New Zealand star Stent win the $300,000 Group One Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star on Saturday night. “This is the third year for the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale and we’re looking forward to being able to build on it further in coming years,” Lynch said. 2015 AUSTRALASIAN PREMIER TROTTING SALE RESULTS Lot 1: Colt by Lawman out of Speedy Naomi – Withdrawn Lot 2: Filly by Eilean Donon out of Kyvalley Bling – $9000 to Chris Lang Jr Lot 3: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Arnikas Pride – Passed In Lot 4: Colt by Angus Hall out of Bromac Aldebaran - $38,000 to Gatto Pty Ltd Lot 5: Filly by Skyvalley out of Countessa Hest – $7000 to Glenn Conroy Lot 6: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Catchya Kasey – Passed In Lot 7: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Cruzenthepacific - $6000 to Terence Howard Lot 8: Colt by Angus Hall out of Maoris Dream - $30,000 to Ian Hunter Lot 9: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Stand On Me - $10,000 to Maree Caldow Lot 10: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Spring Fly – Passed In Lot 11: Filly by Skyvalley out of Sundons Babe – $7000 to Greg Scott Lot 12: Colt by Angus Hall out of Poignant – $30,000 to Maree Caldow Lot 13: Filly by Skyvalley out of Maori Lindy – $4000 to Glenn Conroy Lot 14: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Maori Moments – $5000 to Joe Pace Lot 15: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Calder Fury – $37,000 to Jim Connelly’s KPC Racing Lot 16: Filly by Angus Hall out of Aldebaran Maori – $18,000 to Blundell Family Trust Lot 17: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Maori Missile – Withdrawn Lot 18: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Docmelfi – $10,000 to Jayne Davies Lot 19: Colt by Metropolitan out of Countess Angela – $5000 to Greg and Denise Muir Lot 20: Filly by Skyvalley out of Maori Road – $5000 to Anthony O’Connor Lot 21: Colt by Kyvalley Blur out of Kyvalley Kitty – Passed In Lot 22: Colt by Muscle Mass out of Queens Rhapsody – $10,000 to Brent Lilley Lot 23: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Honey – $4000 to Russell Commens Lot 24: Colt by Muscle Mass out of Icantremember – Withdrawn Lot 25: Colt by Sundon out of La Tonneralla – $15,000 to Paddy Lee Lot 26: Colt by Muscles Yankee out of Elusive Charm – $32,000 to Don Smith Lot 27: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaranfavourite – $9000 to Brent Lilley Lot 28: Filly by Angus Hall out of Flaming Action – $9000 to B Cabria Lot 29: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of A Poem Kept – $11,000 to John Murdoch Lot 30: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Modern Maori – Withdrawn Lot 31: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Deegan – $4000 to Anthony O’Connor Lot 32: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Positive Logic – $8000 to Michael Scandolera Lot 33: Filly by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Chloe – Withdrawn Lot 34: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Charlotte Galleon – $7000 to Steven Hall Lot 35: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Strapon – $22,000 to WJ and MD Cameron Lot 36: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Breeze – $22,000 to David Scott Lot 37: Colt by Armbro Variable out of Gladys Emanuel – $8500 to Mario Azzopardi Lot 38: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Revenue – $5000 to Blake Fitzpatrick Lot 39: Colt by Armbro Invasion out of Im Mumbo Jumbo – Passed In Lot 40: Colt by Pegasus Spur out of Lets Be Happy – $25,000 to Michael Taranto Lot 41: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Hall – Withdrawn Lot 42: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse – Passed In Lot 43: Colt by Tennotrump out of Mystic Jewel – $9000 to Tubbs/Sugars Lot 44: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Seek And Destroy – $6500 to S Hayes Lot 45: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Sunset – $8000 to Chris Lang Jr Lot 46: Colt by Fling It out of Keyfield – $4000 to Olivia Berg By Cody Winnell 

When people look at the harness racing sires list in North America you would think that they all race under the one flag but of course we know that is not the truth. Canada is fiercely independent and standardbred breeders in Canada are no different so we thought we would do a review of the performance of Canadian based stallions and their influence on harness racing in Canada and beyond.  The leading sire on the all age pacing sires list in 2014 that stands in Canada was Matt's Scooter son, Mach Three who headed off the perenial top dog in Canada in Camluck. This two were head and shoulders above the competition as the siring chart below shows. Canadian all age pacing sires list for 2014 Stallion Name                     Money won                                               Wins                                             MACH THREE                     $11,458,141                                             1181 CAMLUCK                            $7,159,237                                                 964 JEREMES JET                     $4,232,278                                                 453 BADLANDS HANOVER     $3,484,110                                                 423 SHADOW PLAY                   $3,055,528                                                 230 NO PAN INTENDED           $2,808,131                                                  331 MILLION DOLLAR CAM     $2,616,398                                                 335 SPORTSWRITER                $2,475,204                                                    78 STONEBRIDGE REGAL     $2,379,050                                                 344 MODERN ART                     $2,323,643                                                  274 The overall record of both Camluck who is now 28 years old and Mach Three who is 16 are outstanding and would hold their own anywhere in the world. Camluck   -    Winners   -     $100,000 Winners   -     Millionaires   -     Sub 1:50         Total Stakes                             1596                      592                                  28                       62                $217,969,096   Mach Three  - Winners   -  100,000 Winners   -  Millionaires   -  Sub 1:50         Total Stakes                                619                      211                        2                        21               $106,923,082                                                                                                                              (Worldwide)                                                                                                                                                  So it looks at the moment as if Mach Three and Camluck have a jump on the competition but two young sires are lining up to challenge them in Shadow Play and Sportswriter. Shadow Play finished fifth on the list even though he only had two and three year olds to represent him while Sportswriter finished eighth with just his two year olds to represent him. If they can maintain that early momentum from their initial crops then they have every chance of toppling the leading duo in the next two or three years The table above does have a very "Australasian" look about it with eight of the ten sires on the list having stood down under at some point of their career. The trotting sires list is again dominated by a couple of well estalished elite level sires in Kadabra and Angus Hall. The emergence of Muscle Mass as a leading sire will be bitter sweet for Canadian breeders as he has since relocated to Blue Chip Farms in New York.  Canadian all age trotting sires list for 2014 Stallion Name                                 Money                                        Wins   KADABRA                                     $7,239,806                                   542 ANGUS HALL                              $5,582,473                                    613 MUSCLE MASS                           $3,885,863                                   285 MAJESTIC SON                           $2,773,259                                   184 KEN WARKENTIN                       $1,930,438                                   252 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE      $1,907,078                                     85 STRIKING SAHBRA                    $1,814,017                                   207 AMIGO HALL                               $1,648,308                                    178 FEDERAL FLEX                             $947,671                                      92 DUKE OF YORK                             $914,302                                    133 The overall records of both Kadabra who is 16 years old and Angus Hall who is 19 years old are both outstanding as the figures show. Kadabra    -    Winners    -    $100,000 Winners    -    Millionaires    -    Sub 1:53    -    Total Stakes                              399                         141                                3                             15                 $51,015,193    Angus Hall  -  Winners    -    $100,000 Winners    -    Millionaires    -    Sub 1:53    -    Total Stakes                               746                        231                                6                              14                $87,008,509   With Muscle Mass no longer standing in Canada, the two established siring greats don't have any real challengers on the horizon which is never healthy long term. The 2015 season has started well for the Canadian based sires in the first nine weeks of the season with Mach Three leading the all aged sires list in North America with Camluck holding down seventh spot while on the trotting sires list for North America, Kadabra and Angus Hall are first and second at the moment. However the Canadian breeding industry really needs one of the new boys on the scene to step up big time in the next twelve months because the old guard can't go on forever. All in all the Canadian breeding industry continues to have a major impact on harness racing around the globe but it is in need of some renewal or that influence will start to wane. Harnesslink Media 

Trainer Rene Allard and driver Billy Dobson swept the co-features on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Allard's Dancehall Mistress (Angus Hall) went last to first to secure the victory in the $18,000 Open Trot in 1:56. The Yonkers invader sat patiently early on but flew late to record her first win of the season. Her stablemate Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa) made her seasonal debut on Sunday after a sensational 2014 campaign in which she made more than a half million dollars. Like Dancehall Mistress, Yagonnakissmeornot was assigned the outside post in her half of the Sunday co-feature and had to go last to first in order to secure the victory. She did so while pacing to victory in 1:54.2. Allard and Dobson not only swept both halves of the double feature but piled up four winners on the card. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a 4:00pm first post. Enjoy Happy Hour every Thursday from 4-7pm featuring $1 hot dogs and draft beers. Mike Sardella  

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