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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  

Harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola continued his good start to the 2015 season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday afternoon. Spagnola's Northern Secret (Angus Hall) prevailed in the opener on the twilight racing card that began at 4:00pm. Northern Secret put her local win streak on the line when she drew the outside post in the $8,300 trotting feature. Frank Coppola Jr pointed the four year old mare out to the early lead and they would never look back, scoring in 1:59.4. Spagnola won the season's first feature on Sunday's opening day program when defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year Road Bet cruised to victory in her first start of the season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

DOVER, Del.--- Newcomer Tag Up And Go enjoyed a perfect trip sitting second with Ron Pierce then used the passing lane en route to a 1:53.2 victory in the $18,000 Open trot on a misty Wednesday, March 4 at Dover Downs. Pierce went on to win five races. Tough Mac left smartly from the outside to get the early lead with a :26.3 opening panel with Tag Up And Go sitting right behind. Corey Callahan cut out the fractions with Tough Mac, a six-time feature trot winning this meet. Wind Of The North (Daryl Bier) made a big move on the backstretch from fifth to offer a challenge but shortened strides after turning for home and had to settle for fourth place. In the stretch Pierce hustled Tag Up And Go along the passing lane to get up in 1:53.2 for the Angus Hall - Tagapine gelding's third win this year. Bob Bresnahan trains the winner for J.L. Sadowsky. Tough Mac held on for second with fast finishing Baximum and Allan Davis, the show horse. The win was the 12th line time for Tag Up And Go, a winner of $202,465. Pierce and Ragazzo Dolce also teamed to win one of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over secondary co-features. Pierce again took advantage of racing behind leader Classic Belisima (Corey Callahan) until mid -stretch before pulling out and breezing to a 1:54.4 triumph. The win was the fourth in-a-row for the Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce gelding since arriving from Woodbine for new owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Derby (Daryl Bier) finished third. Ragazzo Dolce won for the sixth time in his career. The four-year-old has banded $69,115 lifetime. Earlier Pierce, drove another Bresnahan-conditioned trotter Fitness Craze, a Crazed-Aerobics gelding owned by Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo to a 1:54.4 victory in a $13,000 co-feature. Enrico AS (Davis) was second with Apparition (Carlo Poliseno) taking third. Tony Morgan rang up two win and now stands at 14,965 victories. Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and trainer Tim Crissman also had doubles. The $25,000 Delaware Special is the Thursday feature race. MUSTANG ART AMONG FOUR PREVIOUS WINNERS IN DEL. SPECIAL Mustang Art, Jebswesternshake, Papa Ray and Believe This Bob, all previous winners of $25,000 Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the eight starters this week on Thursday, March 5 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After two straight 'surprise' wins, Jebswesternshake, who had stepped up from the claiming ranks, raced well but had to settle for a third-place finish for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, is fresh from a win last time with Hall of Famer Ron Pierce in the bike. Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice. Trace Tetrick will drive. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray with Eddie Davis Jr. driving was the class of the race in late December and early January but did not fare well in late February. Among other starters, Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt, piloted by Vic Kirby, has been a major factor in all Del. Special's this meet, but ironically, though a favorite in most, has not won. He has been second four-times, and finished fourth twice. In the same category is Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist. Voted Horse of the Meet the last two seasons, the strong finishing eight-year-old has been inconsistent this meet. The other starters, Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror handled by Ron Pierce made his first local start last week and leaves from post 1. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand and driver Jonathan Roberts has been racing well and finished fourth last Thursday. An $18,000 and three $15,500 Opens and three $14,500 male paces for 4&5-year-old are featured on the strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that horse owner Bob Key has donated a breeding to Winning Mister, to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   The breeding has a value of $6,000.   "Bob Key has been a longtime supporter of racing at The Meadows and throughout the industry," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "The MSOA is very thankful of his donation to our scholarship program."   The auction is currently underway on the website OnGait.com. Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auction. The remainder is payable upon a live foal. The auction ends on March 16.   Winning Mister, a son of Angus Hall, earned over $1.1 million in his career and took a mark of 1:51.3. He is currently standing at Lindwood Farms in Greensburg, PA for a fee of $6,000.   The MSOA would like to remind breeders that a previously announced breeding to Western Ideal, donated by Hanover Shoe Farm, is also being offered by auction on OnGait.com. That auction ends (tomorrow) Monday, March 2 at 2PM Eastern.   Jeff Zidek

The trotting revolution is well and truly under way in Australia and the annual Australasian Premier Trotting Sale is proving a treasure trove for purists. Headed by the talented Endsino, graduates of the first two APTS sales in 2013 and 2014 are impressing on racetracks across the nation. Endsino won a two-year-old fillies’ heat and the Group One Final of the Vicbred and also captured a Breeders’ Crown heat. By Angus Hall from Redwood Classic winning broodmare Jauriol, Endsino is one of many luminous success stories from APTS sales, with other fruitful graduates including Livin The Life (three wins), Gus An Maori (two wins), Breeders’ Crown heat winners Shared Interest (second in the Group One Final) and Naked Majesty, the Breeders’ Crown runner-up Meadow Valley Road and recent Melton winner Hush Your Majesty. This year’s APTS is scheduled for March 8, the day after the Great Southern Star at Tabcorp Park Melton. A feature of this year’s APTS will be the high percentage of race-winning or winner-producing mares with progeny in the catalogue. Of the 46 lots, 23 are from race-winning mares and 18 are from winning producers. The APTS is a key plank of HRV’s strategic plan to improve the quality of the trotting breed and facilitate growth in this section of the business. Given the global nature of the trotting an important factor in the overall growth of harness racing in Victoria is the expansion of the gait for the benefit of all participants in Victoria. In 2015, the industry will benefit from 50 races being wagered on in France, showcasing the ever-improving quality of our product to the major European market. For a copy of the APTS catalogue visit Harness Racing Victoria during office hours, email ahavelberg@hrv.org.au or visit www.austrottingsale.com.au HRV Media

Harness racing enthusiasts in Australasia who have been around a wee while will have no trouble remembering the champion racemare Pride Of Petite. The pint size mare by Royal Prestige was a major player in all the big trotting races during the mid 1990s and by the time of her retirement had won 35 races in Australasia from Dominion Handicaps to Inter - Dominion Finals and even qualified for the Elitloop final in Sweden. Herself a daughter of a champion racemare in Petite Evander who won 48 races in New Zealand and North America, Pride Of Petite has done a fine job at stud without being able to leave one as good as herself. The best of her progeny was undoubtedly Petite Sunset who ran second in the Trotting Oaks and earned $115,070 on the track. Purchased by well known and successful breeders Lex and Heather Williams from Waimate in South Canterbury, Petite Sunset first produced a Monarchy filly which as Petite Royal has already won a race from the Robbie Holmes barn. It was while foaling her second foal to Angus Hall that Petite Sunset died and Heather  Williams thought they might lose the foal as well. "We lost the mare and we thought we would lose her"  "She was bottle reared and we called her Lucky-lucky to be alive" Heather said. Retained by the Williams, the aptly named Petite One was placed with the powerful Purdon/ Rasmussen barn and she didn't take long to display a touch of class. Debuting at Addington in July last year as a late 2 year old, Petite One did plenty of work but was still too strong for her maiden rivals. Put aside straight afterwards, Petite One reappeared at Auckland in early December and in four starts at Alexandra Park during last month she has clocked up two wins and two placings and looked better with every run. Her latest run on New Years Eve was evidence that this is a filly of real class. Racing over 2700 metres for the first time, Petite One was a touch slow early and settled three back on the inner early before angling into the one out one back position with 1600 metres to go. There she stayed until the 500 metres mark where driver Mark Purdon sent her after the pacemaking Al Bundy and she grabbed him late in the race for an impressive win. Petite One trotted the 2700 metres in 3:29.5 from a stand which was a new New Zealand record for a 3 year old trotting filly. Just as impressive were her closing sectionals of 58.4 and 27.9 Mark Purdon was more than pleased by the performance of the daughter of  Angus Hall.. "She will go home now. She has done a wonderful job up here" Mark said. While it is early in her career to be making comparisons with her illustrious close relation Pride Of Petite, Petite One is very similar in many respects and her progress will be closely followed by many enthusiasts who remember her grand - dam. Harnesslink Media  

Charlottetown, PE – The draw is complete and the story lines emerge as the horses get ready to compete in a 15 dash race program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30pm with all the action being carried by Bell Aliant at www.redshores.ca Frill Seeker, a seven-year-old trotter owned by Sport PEI Hall of Fame member Don McDougall of the Ebbsfleet Stable, Stratford, Ontario, a stable name in honor of his summer home here on the Island, will try to extend his winning streak to three in a row when he goes behind the gate in race 5 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. The son of Angus Hall seems to be flashing some of that form from the hot days of summer when he shaved one-fifth of a second off the track record for older trotters in July at Red Shores Summerside. The forcast this weekend calls for sunny periods and minus 9. It won’t be an easy task for Frill Seeker to pull off the top spot with heavy weights Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and JK Hustler (Walter Cheverie) also listed as triactor candidates. The field is deep with talent and includes from the rail out Money Show, I Ain’t No Lady, Pleasure Girls and JK Queen. The feature puts Mach It Big (Marc Campbell) up against Astor (Jason Hughes) as one of the most anticipated show-downs of the afternoon. The pair battled it out last week with Mach It Big, who sports back to back wins, coming out on top for owner Mickael Lustic, Cornwall and trainer Jonah Moase. Astor, owned by Foxyhall racing of Summerside, PE, faded late in the stretch in that match-up after demanding to lead the race. The line-up also includes Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Forever Paradise (Gary Chappell), Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Some of the other highlights on the card include Beckenbauer being established as the morning line favorite (5-2 odds) in the Earl Campbell 70th birthday pace in race 6, Woodmere No Fool and Stonebridge Wish go for their respective hat-tricks while veteran pacer Life Savior tries to notch his 50th lifetime victory for owner Darla MacEachern, Kensington, PE. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Six figure yearlings at the yearly sales have become common place in the last few years but six figure sums for trotting bred yearlings are still a bit of a rarity at harness racing sales. One of the biggest sales prices for a trotting bred yearling ever seen in New Zealand was that paid for the royally bred colt yesterday Eden. By the brilliant North American super sire Angus Hall, Springfield Eden was the second foal of the four win Sundon mare, Landora's Special who was a daughter of the brilliant racemare Landora's Pride ($426,857). Two half sisters to Landora's Special had made the maternal family the hottest in Australasia. First Landora's Gift produced the outstanding trotter Sundon's Gift ($1,275,264) while another half sister Invasions Pride left Let Me Thru ($453,945) The first foal from Landora's Special is the very promising Eyre I Come who judging by his super win on Cup Day in November is headed for the top. So all in all everything pointed to Springfield Eden being a star and hence why he made $127,500. Things started out promisingly enough when he finished fourth in the first couple of 2 year old trots in Canterbury behind the likes of Monbet, Ayra and Wanna Play. That was quickly followed by an easy win against the older horses at Waikouaiti but from there the wheels fell off with two unplaced runs in the 2 year old classics after early mistakes. Springbank Eden had started his 3 year old season the same way, blowing the standing start in both his early season races at Winton and Wairio. Yesterday at the Omakau Raceway in Central Otago, Springfield Eden had one thing in his favour - the race was from behind the mobile. Sent forward from barrier four by driver Matthew Williamson, Springfield Eden set a solid tempo right from the start and it was obvious a long way out that he had the field in trouble. And thats how it turned out with Matthew hardly moving in the cart as Springfield Eden went to the line a comfortable two length winner. Springfield Eden trotted the 2000 metres from the mobile in 2:33.4, a mile rate of 2:03.4 with closing sectionals of 59.9 and 30.2. Matthew thought it was the mobile that made all the difference yesterday. "He hadn't looked like stepping at his first two starts but he has always been good behind the mobile" "He has real good speed off the gate which is a plus," Matthew told Harnesslink this morning. Matthew thought that Springfield Eden still had a few issues to sort out before any thoughts of taking on the best 3 year olds were entertained. " We are still having issues with his gait but he is getting better." "There is no doubting the ability but you have to be doing everything 100% when you are taking on the best and he is not there yet. " He is as good a looking horse as you would see and lovely to do anything with so he is worth waiting for," Matthew said. The win continued Matthew's good run over the holiday period with him having racked up four wins and numerous placings since the Gore meeting on Boxing day. Harnesslink Media  

While he won’t try to reach quite as high with Aimforthemoon, harness racing trainer David Aiken will chase several major targets with the promising youngster. A well-bred trotter, Aimforthemoon has been set for features such as the various Derbys and Vicbred Super Series. “He is capable of competing in the main races this season, but he will have to improve as he goes along,” Aiken said. “He’s only had a handful of starts and is still a little green, but the ability is there. “If he progresses as expected as he keeps racing, then I’ll have a look at the Derbys.” Driven by leading reinsman Chris Alford at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday night, Aimforthemoon broke his maiden in the Group One Empire Stallions Home Grown Classic. Caught there-wide from barrier six, the gelding worked to the lead as Illawong Cognac was eased to take a trail. Forced to dig deep during the latter stages, Aimforthemoon staved off a determined Bad Boy Leroy to score by a head, with Well Deserved nine metres away third. “He got close at the end, but he showed plenty of fight,” Aiken said. “Like I said, he still has to improve with experience, but the ability is there.” Covering the last half in 60.2 seconds, the three-year-old rated 2:03 for the 1720 metres, taking his record to a win and a placing from five starts for earnings of $30,313. Bred and owned by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park, Aimforthemoon is by Angus Hall from former top filly, Right Interest. Successful in the 2006 Breeders’ Crown, Right Interest also captured the Hankook Tyres Plate and Darrell Alexander Memorial. From broodmare gem Late Withdrawal, Right Interest is a half-sister to Group One winners National Interest and Magic Interest. PAUL COURTS

Two of the best bred trotters in Australasian harness racing registered impressive wins at Bendigo last night. Gus An Maori scored for talented young horseman Caleb Lewis, while Alex The Great was triumphant for astute trainer Peter Hornsby. In what shapes as sensational news for ‘purists’, the two are set to clash at Melton next week. After dominating the Home Grown Classic heats, the duo will head towards the $50,000 Final on December 20. Driven by Matthew Craven, Gus An Maori enjoyed the perfect one-one trail before accounting for the well-bred Aimforthemoon and Bad Boy Leroy. Covering the last half in 60 seconds, the three-year-old rated 2:00.9 for the 1650 metres, taking his record to two wins from three starts. By Angus Hall, the colt is from Inter Dominion winning mare, Sumthingaboutmaori. A member of the all-conquering ‘Maori’ clan, Sumthingaboutmaori was also successful in the Group Ones Grand Prix and South Australia Trotters’ Cup. Also by Angus Hall, Aimforthemoon is from Group One winning youngster, Right Interest. Alex The Great then captured the following qualifier by rating 2:03.8 with Stacey Towers in the sulky. After racing in the ‘death seat’, the gelding proved too strong for Lively Laughter and Well Deserved. By Great Success, Alex The Great is from arguably the best trotting filly produced on this side of the equator – Zesta. Also bred and owned by Hornsby, Zesta won 13 of her 17 starts, with three placings also to her credit. Unbeaten from nine starts as a three-year-old, Zesta captured the Breeders’ Crown and Victoria Trotters’ Derby against the ‘boys as well as the Victoria Trotters’ Oaks, where the beaten brigade included Sumthingaboutmaori. While Sumthingaboutmaori went on to win the Inter Dominion two years later, sadly Zesta’s career was cut short. Zesta had three starts as a four-year-old – all wins – before being retired as a result of a hole in her superficial flexor tendon. PAUL COURTS

Batavia, NY---After taking the top mares trot just seven days ago, Fiorentina came right back and forced her hand again while winning the $9,000 Batavia Downs harness racing feature on Friday night (Dec. 5). At the start of the race as Fiorentina (Kevin Cummings) was going to the front, Iza Bella (Shawn McDonough) made a break and scattered the field. So when Fiorentina hit the quarter in :28.4, the five horses behind her were spread out 12 lengths apart. As the race progressed with Fiorentina calling the shots, the group tightened up behind her and by the three-quarter pole, the five were double-decked and within three lengths of each other. But they were arguing for minor spoils as Fiorentina was trotting with desire and was not about to be denied. The 5-year-old Angus Hall mare won in 1:59.3 by two and one-half lengths. Dayplanner (Dave McNeight III) was second and Iza Bella recovered from her break to finish third. It was the seventh win in 22 starts this year for Fiorentina ($5.30) and it raised her earnings total to $49,380 for owners Frank Lamacchia and Guy Polillo. John Mungillo trains the winner. Drivers Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III all scored driving doubles on the night. The 2014 Batavia Downs meet has come down to its final 24 races and the action begins on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 12:15 when the first half of a closing day double-header kicks off. The nightcap begins at 6:35 and both cards feature 12 races. The Pick-6 carryover in $9,034 and it will be paid out tomorrow.   Tim Bojarski

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