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Record figures were achieved from 115 lots at the Gold Crown Yearling Sale at Bathurst last weekend. Sale organiser Graeme Board said it was the best sale he has been involved with. "I've been doing the sale at Bathurst for nearly 20 years and this is by far the best I have seen," said Board. "Everyone wanted to be a part of the action and the results are great for the future of harness racing." Yearling colt sales hit an average price of $9,000 while the fillies were close to the $7,000 mark. The sale turned over just shy of $1 million, a significant increase on 2013. The top price lot was a for Sportswriter-Sixteen Carat colt purchased by Emilio Rosati for $34,000, while Pat Bourke purchased a Courage Under Fire-Lombo Silhouette colt for $27,000. Bred by Laurie and Gwen Paton, the sale-topping colt is out of the 1:55.5 Menangle winner Sixteen Carat, a Blissfull Hall mare. Rosati also shelled $27,000 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Counterfeit Chic colt and $25,000 for the American Ideal-Superstar Lady filly, the top-priced filly at the sale. Other lots to fetch $20,000 or more were the Courage Under Fire-Pleasure Machine colt at $21,500 and the Rock N Roll Heaven-So Savvy colt and the Art Colony-Jillette colt both at $20,000. For a full list of results go to graemeboard.com                       Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 8580 5795 |M: 0411 627 113 |E: dwalker@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.hrnsw.com.au                  

Purchasers at next month’s Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale in Launceston will be eligible for a range of rich incentives should their purchase win as a two, three or four-year-old. All horses in the sale are eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. If a horse does not win at two and three a $2,000 bonus will be paid for their first win as a four-year-old or older. Tasbred win bonuses apply only to races conducted in Tasmania. A total of $280,000 is paid out to breeders and owners in the Tasbred Bonus scheme each year. Furthermore, yearlings presented at the sale will be eligible for a one off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. As an added incentive, all horses presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. The 2014 Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale will be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale has attracted 39 entries – all eligible for the Tasbred scheme – including youngsters by Art Major, Rocknroll Hanover, Shadow Play, Courage Under Fire, Mister Big, Elsu and Four Starzzz Shark. An additional entry is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Colony out of the New York Motoring mare Motoring Rivers, a half-sister to the Hobart Cup winner Purple Haze and a close relative of Miracle Mile hero Beautide. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com By Peter Wharton 

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 9 - It was a milestone night on Friday evening at Mohawk. After driver Jody Jamieson celebrated $100-million in career earnings as a driver in race two, trainer Casie Coleman notched her 2,000th win later on the card in race ten. Coleman’s Beat The Drum got under the wire first in a condition event for driver Scott Zeron in 1:53 to reach the 2,000 win plateau. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge, has been named Canada’s Trainer of the Year five times and has career earnings approaching $45 million as a trainer. “When I first came to Ontario, I never dreamed I’d win 1,000 races lifetime let alone 2,000 at my age,” Coleman said. “It’s pretty surreal to think that my team and I have accomplished this. It’s just a great feeling.” The 33-year-old’s top horses in recent years include North America Cup winner Sportswriter, Breeders Crown winner Betterthancheddar, Little Brown Jug winner Michaels Power, American Ideal, Art Colony, Idyllic and Moving Pictures, just to name a few. by Greg Gangle  

Winbak Farm's foaling season begins with the start of the new year. From January to June, Winbak Farm is expected to welcome close to 400 foals. The first to come is always highly anticipated by all of the employees and harness racing associates of the farm.

The Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal (1:48.2), who has shuttled between Canada and New South Wales and New Zealand for the last three years, is to stand his first harness racing season in Victoria at the Loddon Valley stud, Lockwood, near Bendigo, of one of Australia's leading studmasters John Campbell.

Winbak Farm is sad to announce the passing of Art Colony, p, 2, 1:51s ($762,840), owned by Tom Hill of Great Britain. With his first crop on the ground, the six-year-old harness racing stallion was in the middle of his second breeding season.

Winbak Farm of Ontario is proud to announce that its harness racing stallions on their 2012 roster have all arrived. Winbak Farm will be standing 11 stallions in 2012, including 5 millionaires. We are proud to welcome two new stallions to its lineup this year, along with welcoming back three pacing stallions returning from the southern hemisphere.

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