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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2019 — Enjoying a bit of class relief, Art Of Norma moved impressively first over, made short work of the leader and captured Tuesday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Art Of Norma had been collecting checks, but no wins, against the track’s elite pacers, and the drop in class was just what the doctor ordered. When Brady Brown moved her down the backside, she easily overtook the leader, Our G G, and prevailed in 1:55, 1-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Ms Cheesman. Danikova Hanover finished third. Paul Kennedy trains Art Of Norma, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Up Front Norma who now boasts $124,261 in career earnings, and owns with Keith Pippi. In Tuesday’s other co-feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Matterlei extended her winning streak to three for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Jason Robinson. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $74,304.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $3,536.66 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Pascanas, Santa Fe, Argentina: Within the last few hours the so desired arrival of ART OFFICIAL to our country was finalized, becoming one of the most important imported additions in the history of the Argentine harness racing.    Standardbred breeders throughout South America have made many efforts to incorporate world-class genetics, which has now been achieved by the HARAS ALBION of the traditional family Diane, bringing the great North American stallion ART OFFICIAL to Santa Fe.   After negotiations led by one of the heads of the HARAS ALBION, we refer to Lawrence Diane, it was possible to materialize the arrival of ART OFFICIAL to our country, where he will have the most numerous mares in South America at his disposal, since they are more of 250 females that are part of the ALBION.   Art Official, remembered for being the only horse to defeat the world champion pacer SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE on the track in world record time for 3 Years in the mythical Meadowlands Pace in 1.47, added US $ 2,082,855 in prizes throughout his campaign. In addition to the aforementioned victory in the 2008 MEADOWLANDS PACE Final, he also won the CANE PACE at Freehold Raceway, one of jewels of the Pacing Triple Crown.   The Haras Albion has led the statistics in Argentina in races won for more than 50 years. In 2018 once again they were the winner, getting 380 victories leaving behind the Haras San Ramon and El Ceibo with 356 and 226 respectively.   This establishment is one of the most legendary of our country, started by Don Lorenzo Diane in 1945, then led by Aldo Washington Diane, who was also a leading national manager for several decades, and since the last years took the Aldo Diane (H), along with his wife Rosana Guarnieri and their children Aldo Diane (N) and Lawrence Diane.   ART OFFICIAL is the new addition but we can not forget the other great specimens that HARAS ALBION brought from the United States of America, such as MUMBO KING, CKS, WHATAPACER, NORBIE, who had sons ARGENTINE CHAMPIONS and many others exported to the USA, such as Albion King Espolon, Albion King Infinito, Albion What Puntual, Albion CKS Carkle. Their last two stallions, prior to the arrival of Art Official, are Stoneroll Jackson - who already had his first offspring on track - and it is expected that in 2021 the sons of Allstar Legend will run.   Art Official will begin its service season on July 1, 2019, and his children are expected to run in the 2023 season.   In Argentina, the start of the 2021, 2022, 2023 seasons is expected with great enthusiasm as we will see the children of CHASIN RACIN (Haras El Arroyo), PEDRO ISLAND (Haras La Leyenda), URGENT ACTION (Haras San Carlos), FINAL CURTAIN (Haras El Arroyo), ALLSTAR LEGEND (Haras Albion), MELMERBY BEACH (Haras San Ramon),and the already mentioned ART OFFICIAL on the track.   From these lines we congratulate and wish successes to the DIANE family and to their HARAS ALBION.   by German Barilari  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Fighting back when it looked as though she might be passed down the backside, McDazzle reasserted in the lane and captured her third straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic challenged McDazzle first over and got her head in front. But when Dave Palone asked McDazzle for more, the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen delivered it and downed the game Touchamatic by a length in 1:52.2. With her show finish in the Lightning Lane, Barley Nation vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. Ron Burke trains McDazzle, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $156,806, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

HARRINGTON, DE - Valuable Art ($52.40, Jon Roberts) was a 1:54 harness racing winner in a upset at 25-1 in capturing the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Shesarocker set the fractions throughout as the 9-to-2 third public choice, but tired in the stretch after pressure from Valuable Art who held off Empress Deo and Apple Bottom Jeans for the win. Trained by Nick Callahan, it was the fourth win of the year for the 5-year-old Art Official mare. Valuable Art had a short stint of racing in the Burning Point series at the Meadowlands, where she was very competitive with a win and two second place finishes before a trio of starts in Pennsylvania. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Cams Valentino crossed the finish line faster than any other four year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when he won the $14,500 Open II in 1:49 on Monday (June 11). The clocking also tied the all-age track on Northfield Park's half-mile oval. The former four year-old gelding world record was held by Wiggle It Jiggleit (2016, Nfld, Montrell Teague) and the Northfield record was solely held by Scott Rocks (6, 1:49, Aaron Merriman). Arold, Drury, Kohut LLC owns Cams Valentino. Kent Sherman is his conditioner and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Cams Valentino (Art Official-Cam's Valentine-Cam Fella) started from post one. He left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :27, :54.2, 1:21.2 and 1:49, dominating his competition by 11 ½-lengths. Cams Valentino now has five wins in 16 starts this year. Monday's victory represents his 12th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $88,634. He was heavily favored and returned $2.20 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park $50,000 Ohio Sire Stake at Northfield When Tyler Smith steered Spunky Bottom Girl to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies on Monday night, June 11 at Northfield Park, it brought to fruition a long history of genetic luck for owner/breeder Ed Teefey.   “I bought the granddam of this filly, Princess Pan, 2, 2:01.1M  ($14,205) some ten years ago at the Meadowlands Sale,” said Teffey, a retired banker, harness announcer and auctioneer from Mount Sterling, IL.    “She was a daughter of Supergill who was in foal to Classic Photo. I was standing next to trainer Tony Alagna, who told me he had bid on her yearling the year before for $70,000.  I was just standing there and made one bid of $5,700 and she, and her unborn foal, were mine.”   The following year, Teefey christened Princess Pan’s eleventh foal, a filly, Princess Addie, named after his first granddaughter.  Princess Addie is a full sister to the $384,105-winning mare Firstclassprincess 6, 1:53; and a half-sister to the gelding Peaceful Prince (by Lindy Lane) 7, 1:56.2f ($228,909), among others.   “She really didn’t have a lot of talent and then she broke a sesamoid at three,” Teefey recalled. “But she comes from the family of Illinois champion Lady Ann Reed, who was a prolific mare some four decades ago. So, on the advice of Tony (Alagna) and Myron (Bell), I bred her to My MVP, who stands here in Ohio (at Sugar Valley Farm) in Delaware.”   The resulting foal was Spunky Bottom Girl, who, Teefey noted, is named after a bluegrass band in Teefey’s hometown.   “We raced her ten times last year as a 2-year-old in Illinois,” Teefey explained. “She did okay for us (earning $15,225).  Trainer Mike Brink had her then and I kind of thought she’d step up a bit this year and mature, and so we decided to race her mainly in Ohio.  Two friends—Dean Beachy and Carl Becker—suggested I leave her with (trainer) Brent Davis in Zanesville, so that’s what we did.”   Spunky Bottom Girl left the gate at 7-1 odds and sat quietly mid-pack, while 3-2 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 20-1 Alana’s Ways (Josh Sutton) slugged it out, taking the field of seven to a :28 first panel clocking. Around the final turn Spunky Bottom Girl moved three-wide, with 4-5 favorite Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) four-wide, with the former drawing off to win by two lengths in a career best 1:55.4.  Impinktoo held on for second, while Sesame nailed down show honors.   The win upped Spunky Bottom Girl’s career earnings to $57,215 and was her first win of her 3-year-old career. She now has four wins in 17 career starts, along with four second-place finishes.   In the second $50,000 OSS division, rivals California Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Non Smoker (Danny Noble) hit the finish line together, in a 1:56.2 dead-heat for the win.    Californian Love, a 17-1 shot trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Steve Zeehandelar, Marion Beachy and Moger-Delia Racing, is a Storming Norman lass bred by Beachy who has eight wins to her credit in 20 starts, with $96,752 in career earnings.  She was a solid fourth to Red Storm in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 4.   Non Smoker captured her OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 4 in 1:54 for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH.  Trained by Noble, the grey daughter by My MVP has a career bankroll of $76,601 from five wins in 12 starts.    Leaving the gate at 7-2, Non Smoker repelled challenges by 1-2 Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and 9-2 Red Storm (Aaron Merriman), before getting caught by California Love at the wire.  Red Storm held on for third, three-quarters of a length behind the two victresses.   by Kim RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

CHESTER PA - Petal To The Metal and harness racing trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo watched many contenders expend much energy in battling for command, then swung three-wide late on the far turn and went by everybody en route to a 1:55.3 victory in the $17,000 distaff conditioned pace feature Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The five-year-old daughter of Art Official was in fact the sixth different leader in the race (in a field of seven), but she was the leader when it counted most, winning by a length over race favorite Lifetime Trust, who edged Never Back Down for third. Chiodo Racing LLC owns the come-from-behind specialist. Driver Marcus Miller, the day after he brought home $39.60 and $60.80 winners and missed a head with a 43-1 shot at Pocono, got the 2018 local "longshot season" off to a flying start in the day's second race, rallying Invested In Lindy from just off a contested pace to post a head winner while lighting up the tote board with a $113.20 payoff for a $2 win ticket. The victory was one of two on the day for Miller, who is currently sixth in the driving standings at The Meadowlands, fifth at Pocono, and tied for third locally three days into the meet. Invested In Lindy's win came in a $16,000 co-feature for "nw 5 races," and the trotter stopped the timer of 1:58.1 for trainer Marc Mosher and owners Edward Hall and James Hall Jr. There was a companion "nw5" class for pacers, and it went to Machiavelli, the full brother to 1:46.4 pacer Dr J Hanover, who took a new mark of 1:52.1 for trainer Gareth Dowse and co-owners Glenn Golter and Abraham Basen. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

DAYTON, OH. - Its been a very exciting week for harness racing driver Travis Seekman, to say the least. His wife Desiree presented the 27-year-old reinsman with their first child, a healthy 8 pound 1 ounce baby girl they've named Raegyn, on Thursday morning; and Saturday night (Nov. 18) he won the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace with Let's Drink On It at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Despite persistent night-long rainfall and strong gusting winds, the 6-year-old son of Art Official, trained by "Grandpa" Joe Seekman and taken care of by "Grandma" Tina Seekman, overcame the dreaded 9-hole and swept to a convincing 2-1/4 length 1:54.1 score over the sloppy surface. Go Daddy Go (Randy Tharps) and Dreamfair Mesa (Josh Sutton) battled through the first quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3 before Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) ranged up to challenge the leaders at the 1:25.2 three-quarters with Let's Drink On It in tow in the outer flow. It was at that point that "Daddy" Seekman swung his charge three-wide and got the response he hoped for. "That wind was brutal on the last turn and I was out three wide, but Let's Drink On It raced big tonight and went a big mile," beamed Travis. "I'll have enough for my first load of diapers now," he laughed. Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman) and Dont Say Goodby (Trace Tetrick) were also near the back of the pack in the early going, but also responded well throughout the second half to garner runnerup and show finishes, respectively. Let's Drink On It has now scored 33 triumphs and pushed his lifetime earnings past $850,000 with the win. Gregg Keidel

Columbus, OH --- While most eyes and ears may be fastened upon what world champion Downbytheseaside will accomplish this season, harness racing trainer Brian Brown has two fillies prepared to step upon center stage in Friday’s (April 21) $40,000 James Hackett Memorial final at Miami Valley Raceway in Type A Grey and Glorious Intent. Each young lady is poised to make her presence known and seeks to have her own successful season. “Ronnie’s (Burke) filly (Rosemary Rose) is very, very tough,” said Brown. “Mike (Wilder, her driver) was just sitting on her last week and the whole field is quite good. I think Type A Grey is sharp right now, but Glorious Intent might need a race a two to tighten her up.” Type A Grey, a daughter of  Art Official-Just My Type, was purchased by Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm for $20,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. The striking filly has collected $109,022 from a record of 8-6-0-0 and was dominant in Ohio Sire Stakes company last year at age two, prior to experiencing some difficulties at the end of the season in the $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes final and a $60,900 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship series. She will leave from post position two with Chris Page in the sulky and is rated 7-2 on the morning line in the field of nine. “In those two races she tied up,” Brown said. “But she is doing very well right now and we have had no problems with her since. She is in very good form right now and training very well. As I said, this is a very tough field of fillies, but we think she should race well.” Not only will Type A Grey have to contend with the undefeated Rosemary Rose, who is a perfect six-for-for-six in her career and is the deserving early favorite at 5-2 (Mike Wilder, post six), she will have to compete against Rosa’s Touch (Ron Burke, Josh Sutton, post three, 9-2), Ohio Sire Stakes victress Zoe Ellasen (Ron Potter, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., post eight, 12-1), as well as her stablemate Glorious Intent (Kayne Kauffman, post four, 5-1). Glorious Intent, a daughter of No Pan Intended-Rock For Glory, competes as a homebred for Trogdon and enters this contest off a very solid triumph in last Friday’s eliminations. The filly, who is the result of four generations of breeding by Trogdon, demonstrated ability last year as a 2-year-old as an Ohio Sire Stakes winner, before encountering some issues of her own. She has banked $40,500 with a resume of 6-3-1-0, hails from a stalwart female family, just like Type A Grey and also happens to share the same color coat. Trogdon has an affinity for gray horses and Glorious Intent is the result of his passion for that particular shade. “Glorious Intent’s line has become my favorite “gray” foundation,” he said. “It started when I bought the Laag gray broodmare Faded Glory. I remembered her racing for Jack Darling and winning the American-National (1995). I bought her from the reject pile at Harrisburg after her first couple foals when she was still fairly young. She was not very big but very pretty and had great conformation and a nice head. “Faded Glory produced some nice foals for me, most of which I sold but I kept one beautiful gray The Panderosa filly, Bound For Glory. Bound For Glory was trained by Tony O'Sullivan in Ontario back in the day when I did all my racing at Mohawk. We loved her -- she gave everything she had -- and earned over $300,000 while finishing second in the (2005) Fan Hanover. “I would like to have had some more gray fillies from her mother but it wasn't to be. One morning I went to feed her group and Faded Glory was laying in the pine trees behind my house. I thought she was asleep and went over to rouse her; she was dead. I looked at her feet -- they were black -- as she was killed by lightning. That was the only time that has ever happened to me; sad day because I wanted more out of her.” Brown feels the problems Glorious Intent endured last season may be behind her. “She was cross-firing on us,” Brown said. “The time off (winter vacation) has seemed to help her, but I think she might need some time to catch up with the rest of the fillies in this field. They just have more racing experience than she does.” Trogdon also possesses another 3-year-old filly that Brown is conditioning with some talent, although unfortunately, she is a bay rather than a gray. “My remaining gray line is from a gray mare that I bought as a weanling at Harrisburg many years ago,” he said. “Soggy Dragon raced well for us and produced a powerful bay Allamerican Ingot filly Soggy Britches that raced very well for us. She is a 1:48 producer and we are racing her daughter Blazin Britches right now. She is not gray either, but is a fabulous looker and may end up being the fastest filly I ever had; she's a beast. She didn't stay sound at two so she lived most of the summer out in that field behind my house with Glorious Intent and Type A Grey; quite a field. “I turn my 2-year-old fillies out in that field because it has 100 well-spaced, 70-foot tall white pine shade trees that I planted as saplings 40 years ago. It’s the same field where poor Faded Glory met her demise.” For the complete field for the James Hackett Memorial final, click here.   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

LEBANON, OH. - The James K. Hackett Memorial Series, the traditional kickoff to the Ohio-sired stakes season, got underway Friday night (April 14) with three $12,500 elimination divisions of harness racing sophomore pacing fillies at Miami Valley Raceway. When the dust settled, 21 hopefuls were reduced to nine of the finest 3-year-old Buckeye fillies, who will return next Friday (April 21) for the $40,000 championship final. Three elimination heats of Hackett Memorial 'boys' will go postward Saturday night (April 15), hoping to earn berths in their $40,000 final on April 22. Type A Grey (Chris Page) used a pocket trip to the head of the stretch before shooting to the lead then holding off runnerup Full Body Shot (Mike Micallef) and Rosa's Touch (Mike Wilder) in 1:53.1. The even-money favorite won five of seven starts at age two and earned $102,772 for the Emerald Highlands Farm and trainer Brian Brown. A grey daughter of Art Official, Type A Grey paid $4.20. Undefeated Rosemary Rose (Mike Wilder) cruised through a relatively unchallenged mile in 1:53 to capture the second division. Rose Run Skyler (Derek Watiker) and Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) also hit the board and advanced to next week's final. The winning Foreclosure N lass is now six for six lifetime with a pair of Ohio Sires Stakes victories in July of 2016 before being put away for the year plus three straight condition race triumphs at The Meadows to start 2017. Rosemary Rose is conditioned by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and she returned $2.80 as the prohibitive favorite. A 1:55 mile was good enough for Glorious Intent (Chris Page) to top Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Won For Gigi (Peter Wrenn) and complete the nine-horse field for the $40,000 championship. The daughter of No Pan Intended is also owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm and trained by Brian Brown, giving the stable a powerful pair in the final. She banked $34,250 with two wins in just five starts as a freshman. She paid $5.20 to win. A $22,000 Open Mares Pace was also featured on the Friday night card with Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) lowering her lifetime to mark to 1:51.1. Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) and Aniston Seelster (Brady Galliers) followed the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal through the finish line. Jackie's Rocket, a diminutive mare with a big motor, has now won five times this season and increased her seasonal bankroll to just shy of $50,000 in a dozen starts, all at Miami Valley. Gregg Keidel

Remember Four Trumps, the former top flight Harness Racing New South Wales youngster who captured the NSW Sires Stakes and Simpson Sprint and then went to America where he lowered his mark to 1:50.2? Well, Lot 5 in the South Australian Yearling Sale at Globe Derby Park on this Sunday, February 12, is very closely related to the $760,000 winner. A fine, athletic looking filly by the Art Major horse Art Official, she is out of the 1:59.6 Globe Derby winner Ivanka, a daughter of Trump Casino, the sire of Four Trumps, and is the first foal of her dam. Ivanka’s dam, Pass The Time, ranks as a winning half-sister to the dam of Four Trumps and to the NSW Sires Stakes placegetter, being out of the multiple Harold Park winner My Kellibee (1:58.7). The good Harold Park and Albion Park winner Kellis Express 1:53.2 ($207,564) is another member of the same family. The filly is a product of the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace winner Art Official 1:47 ($2million), the sire of the flying Salty Robyn, the nominal favourite for the Chariots of Fire, and the Group placegetter Covert Beauty. The attractive youngster was bred on irrigated pastures in the Adelaide Hills by hobby horsewoman Danielle Helbers, who experienced her first success as an owner with Baby Bliss. She is also breeding from a Village Jasper mare, Jomeka, a member of the prized Larrakeyah Lady tribe. The filly is eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred and SA Sales Classic.  For details on the sale click here.  

She is one of Australasia’s fastest mares yet Arms Of An Angel will miss the Southern Hemisphere’s ultimate harness racing sprint test, the Miracle Mile, due to injury. The 1:49.5 performer has suffered a minor setback that is not career ending, however, has hampered her claims of aiming at another Miracle Mile, at least for now according to co-trainer Shane Tritton. “She looks as though she will have at least four to six months on the sideline by the way things are looking at the moment,” Tritton said. It was discovered Arms Of An Angel injured her knee following her last start that saw her finish sixth-placed and break gait during running. Connections have had many scans on the problem area to try and pinpoint exactly what the injury the five-year-old sustained. “We are still waiting on further results from the MRI scan she had the other day,” Tritton said. “The vet had a quick look and everything seems relatively good at this stage in that there doesn’t seem to appear to be any breaks or tears which we thought could have been a possibility.” Just last year, Arms Of An Angel went from racing in maiden class and quickly boomed into Grand Circuit company. She earned an invitation to last year’s Miracle Mile where she finished third-placed to Have Faith In Me after setting up the fast tempo in front when they clocked 1:48.5 – the fastest mile rate seen outside of North America. However, despite Arms Of An Angel’s chequered preparation, ‘Team Tritton’ still has a number of horses aimed at the Sky Racing Carnival Of Miracles that begins at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 11. This includes the mare Katy Perry, which is currently racing in foal to Art Major. “Katy Perry is still on track for the Ladyship Mile,” Tritton said. One of Tritton’s ‘big guns’ aimed at this Carnival is the Art Official four-year-0ld Salty Robyn that will be aimed at the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire. The gelding is unbeaten in his six starts this season. But Tritton has another rising star aimed at the $200,000 Group 1 in Anything For Love. The four-year-old had his first start for the stable at Menangle last week and won rating a career best 1:51.4. “He is a nice horse and works as good as any of my horses,” Tritton said. “He is a bit on the back foot compared to some of the other horses just having his first start back the other day but he will be ready for the Chariots.” Anything For Love is racing at Menangle on Tuesday. AMANDA RANDO

DAYTON PA - One track record was broken on sophomore Fair Sire Stakes day Sunday at the Dayton (PA) 2-day Sires event, but the harness racing record book just missed quite an onslaught - three marks, including the all-age track record for both the trot and the pace, survived by a single fifth of a second, and two were missed by two ticks.   It didn't take long past the 1 p.m. first post time before an alteration was needed in the Dayton records, as in the day's first race Waterview Hanover put up fractions of 30.2, 59.4, and 1:30.2 en route to a 2:01 final time, lowering the 2:02.4 standard for three-year-old trotting fillies set by Bessie in 2014, and also just missing Redder Than Red's all-age track trotting mark of 2:00.4 set in 2012. The daughter of Explosive Matter, a winner in her Fair Championship event at The Meadows last year, was driven by Steve Schoeffel for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty.   The track trot mark, and the record for sophomore colts (since that was Redder The Red's status in his 2012 record mile), came under joint assault later in the card, with another of Explosive Matter's offspring, the gelding Major Matter, trotting in 2:01.1, missing both the division and all-age marks by two-fifths of a second. Trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer shares with his wife Regina the ownership of Major Matter, who had already equaled the 2:04 all-age trot standard at Wattsburg.   The all-age pacing mark and the Dayton record for three-year-old colts also "stood the test of time," but just barely, as the Art Official colt Dragon Strikes blasted home in 27.4 to freeze the stopwatch at 1:58, just a shade shy J T Arturo's 1:57.4 mark, set in the distant past of 2002. Brady Brown handled the Mike Gillock trainee as Dragon Strikes is now unbeaten in two fair starts for owner Robert Key, handling Star Of Terror by four lengths - and all Star Of Terror has done recently is equal the Butler all-age mark of 2:00.2, then last week pace the fastest mile of the PA fair season at Gratz, 1:57.1.   Shawn Johnston added another winner Sunday to his career-highlight quintuple on Saturday to be the meet's leading driver, while Rick Beinhauer harnessed a pair of Victory Lane visitors each day to take the training title for the two-day stint.   Next stop of the PA Fair Circuit is at the Lycoming County oval in Hughesville, not far from Williamsport of Little League World Series fame, with action slated for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

In harness racing, a pretty horse doesn't always mean a fast horse. However, in the case of Type A Grey, pretty does mean fast. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Official stormed to a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 victory in her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday night, July 3 at Northfield Park for driver Chris Page in her pari-mutuel debut. Trained by Brian Brown for Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Type A Grey lead through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to sweep under the wire unchallenged. Owner Bruce Trogden purchased the lanky filly as a yearling at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $20,000. "I liked her pedigree," Bruce said. "She comes from a strong, old maternal family. The fact that she was grey was a plus because I really like grey horses and have purchased many of them over the years. When I saw her in the flesh I was surprised she was as good looking as her pedigree suggested." "Bruce bought her after I had already gone home," Brian admitted. "She's a very sound, sensible filly and one of those that you can jog all day long. In fact, if you don't take a whip out there with you to jog, you will be out there all day long. "She's kind of lazy in that regard, and really didn't show a lot of spunk until her last two training sessions and then she just kind of put it all together. Having Chris (driver Page) handle her is an added bonus because he really takes care of these young horses and babies them along. Sometimes I have to ask him not to baby them so much and to get after them a little bit, but Chris is one of those who is always thinking of the horse and their early education." A total of 14 Ohio Sires Stakes events were contested at Northfield on July 3, and a complete recap will be forthcoming. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

Harness Racing trainer/driver Bob Butt may have won the feature at Phar Lap on Sunday but his second win of the day was the most satisfying. Butt topped off a big weekend by winning the Timaru Winter Cup when driving Easy Rider to victory for his parents David and Catherine Butt who train the winner of four races at their Woodend Beach base. However, Hall Of Fame's win in the last race, a c1 pace, gave Butt a race-to-race driving double but more importantly a training win of his own. An eight length winner on debut at Addington in October, Half Of Fame went to Alexandra Park for the Christmas carnival but was never able to show his best.  "I took him up north and he got really crook so I had to give him a long spell," Butt said. The Rocknroll Hanover three-year-old was a one and three quarter length winner in a c1 pace on Sunday - his first start since December 18. Sunday's win was a major relief for Butt as the talented pacer returned to form. Butt said Hall Of Fame is likely to have one or two more starts before being sent for a spell in preparation for a cup week campaign. Easy Rider was quick away from the front tape in the Timaru Winter Cup and Butt drove him hard to beat Well Armed to the lead but with just over a lap to run he give it away when Blair Orange sent Highview Freddy, who started off 20m, forward. "Highview Freddy's always better in front so I knew if I could hold the lead he would be coming around at some point." Easy Rider was then able to sit in the trail until he was let loose up the passing lane. "He's just that sort of horse, if he gets that perfect run he's always dangerous," Butt said.  Easy Rider, raced by Tony McGrath, beat home Highview Freddy by a head with a further length back to Well Armed. The Art Official four-year-old made it back-to-back victories after winning a c1-c2 junior drivers race at Rangiora in the hands of Matt Anderson on June 19. Hall Of Fame's win was Butt's second training win over the weekend with Matatoki winning a c1-c2 trot at Addington on Thursday night to give him a 100 per cent success rate with just the two runners being lined up. Matatoki was Butt's third driving win at Addington with earlier wins coming in Breeders Crown heats behind the Paul Nairn-trained pair of Conon Bridge and Wilma's Mate. Matatoki is likely to have another start before also being spelled for cup week. Matt Kermeen

Plans were thrown into utter chaos on Tuesday afternoon. Hardly ideal when approaching a harness racing Gr.1 $100,000 feature which is scheduled for later in the week, but somethings can’t be avoided. This is the situation that the Dux family is now facing on Saturday night when talented type Covert Beauty starts in the QBRED Triad 3yo Fillies Final at Albion Park. Because late on Tuesday afternoon, Mark Dux was involved in a nasty fall which left him unconscious after copping the backwash of an incident which he simply couldn’t avoid. Wrong place, wrong time. After being kept in the Royal Brisbane hospital overnight, the news got worse when he learned that his filly has drawn the second-line in Saturday’s feature and a new driver is obviously required. “It wasn’t the best of days on Tuesday; I have no recollection of the fall itself which is probably a good thing because it wasn’t a pleasant experience. We’ve engaged Mathew Neilson to handle the filly, we thought about giving my daughter (Madi) the opportunity because she does a lot of work with this filly but thought it was a bit much given what’s unfolded this week.” Dux said. Despite a tricky second-line draw, the Art Official filly still rates among the leading chances because of her trademark finishing burst which she has displayed on numerous occasions this term. Covert Beauty scored a stylish victory last week at Albion Park when charging down the outside, her preparation has been timed to perfection and Dux is confident her biggest payday is very close. “As we know, the draws are everything in racing nowadays and while it’s disappointing we have to overcome a second-line draw, I know she is clearly one of the best fillies in this field. Her record is very good but with a little more luck in some of these other features she has contested; it could easily be a lot better. “I’m very happy with where she is at going into this final, her win last week was very good and she’s trained on well since. I think we’ll know our fate early, if we get a quick lead time we know we’re in with a shot but if we don’t get it, it’s mathematically impossible. “The Dixon fillies (Get In The Groove & Cherish The Moment) loom as the toughest to beat with their front-line draws plus their form is very solid. It should be a good race and hopefully we get a genuine tempo which will give everyone a chance.” Dux will be sitting on the sidelines for the next fortnight owing to his concussion but he’ll be trackside on Saturday night cheering loudly for his filly. Covert Beauty is raced by her breeder, Stephen Dux, older brother of Mark. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

Luck goes a long way in harness racing. And Mark Dux is hoping he has a little on his side when he lines up in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic 3yo Fillies Final at Albion Park on Friday night with his talented prospect Covert Beauty. So far, luck has deserted them both. Following the barrier draw earlier this week, Dux has been in a dilemma about which path to navigate with his classy filly. “It’s probably the only draw I didn’t want with her, its nasty and gives you very little room to move but we can’t change it now so we have to deal with it. Getting a good draw is so crucial in today’s racing, you only have to look at results to realise that.” Dux said. While the draw has taken some of the gloss of the feature event for Dux, he can’t hide his enthusiasm about his pupil. The homebred Art Official – Our Lillyfield filly has returned in sparkling form this season and has finished no further back than fourth in her 8 starts to date this campaign which includes a career best performance at Albion Park three starts ago in 1:54.3. Covert Beauty enters Friday’s feature as an easy last start winner at Redcliffe where she came off the pace before scoring decisively. The leading stables of Grant Dixon loom as the biggest threat to Covert Beauty with Reds Jet Star, Cherish The Moment, Charms On A Roll and Get In The Groove all sporting the familiar black and white checks. “Obviously Grant’s stable will be the toughest to beat, both Cherish The Moment and Get In The Groove are high quality fillies but I think my filly can feature with some normal luck. Tactically, it will be an interesting race because there are some fast beginners drawn off the front-line which could open things up. “My filly is versatile and she’s sensible, we probably need a genuine speed being set because of our draw but if we get it, I think we can play a hand in the finish. I like the way she has come up this campaign and she’s trained on well since her latest victory. “Another bonus with my filly is the distance, she likes the longer races and with her turn of foot, it can be a dangerous combination. It all comes down to luck and if we get it, we’ll be in the mix for sure.” Covert Beauty is raced by Mark’s older brother, Stephen. The QBRED Breeders Classic 3yo Fillies Final is scheduled as race 4 at 6.54pm. by Chris Barsby Fields for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 01 April 2016 Form guide for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 01 April 2016

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