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The Meadows Racetrack hosted its first qualifiers for two-year-olds over the weekend, with eight groups of harness racing freshmen prepping for the upcoming stake season.   Many of the horses that took to the track are headed to the Pennsylvania Fairs, which get underway on June 12 at Wattsburg, PA.   The opening qualifier of the day proved to be the fastest of the session, with Bob Key's Dragon Strikes winning in 1:58.2. The colt, by Art Official out of the Dragon Again mare Dragon Flier K, won for trainer Rich Gillock and driver Tony Hall.   For video of Dragon Strikes' victory and all of the other qualifiers in the session       The fastest trotting mile was turned in by gelding Major Matter, a son of Explosive Matter-Tahiti Springs (Dream Vacation). Owner/trainer Rick Beinhauer was in the bike for the 2:01.3 win, with a final half of 1:00.   Underdog Hanover, owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Jim Reuther, was a 2:02.1 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. The Muscle Massive filly is out of the mare Up Front Pepe, by Andover Hall.   The top pacing filly of the morning was Unbeamlievable, a Moon Beam filly out of the mare DVC Iblievenangles (Life Sign). Driver Chris Shaw guided her to a come-from-behind win in 2:02.3 for owner Mason Shaw and trainer Jason Shaw.   Other winners were Grumpy Tom (Lear Jetta), 2:07.2 in a colt trot for Jason and Chris Shaw, pacing colt License To Steal (Western Terror) in 2:02.2 for trainer/driver Lester Smeal, trotting filly Kelsey Hanover (Muscle Massive), 2:05.4 for trainer Terry Altmeyer and driver Mike Wilder, and pacing filly Fernbrook Hanover (2:03) for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel.   Dozens more freshmen are expected to qualify this coming week. Jeff Zidek

All of a sudden, the barrier draw is crucial to the outcome of the harness racing Gr.2 $80,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series No.7 Final next Friday (June 5). Under the conditions of the series, preferential barrier preference is given to fillies that qualify for the rich final. And after the four heats were contested tonight (Wednesday), the fairer sex made a clean sweep following the victories of Charlyse, Covert Beauty, Shezabonnygem and Aussie Vista. A total of six fillies qualified for the final with the four remaining spots going to the boy’s. The opening heat went the way of the highly regarded first starter Charlyse for trainer/driver Darren Weeks who led throughout to score easily by a widening margin from Earl Jujon and Timmo Time in a mile rate of 2;00.9 for the 1780m. The Changeover – Gliding Atom filly rated the quickest time of the four heats staged. Heat two was taken out by race favourite Covert Beauty who gained control soon after the start before scoring comfortably from a game debutant in Bella Rippin and Wishitwasheaven in a time of 2;01.6 Prepared by Mark Dux and handled by Pete McMullen, the Art Official – Our Lillyfield filly has now won three of her four starts to date. In heat three, promising type Shezabonnygem was able to race to the early lead and dictate terms before racing clear over the concluding stages  to defeat Riverleigh Dolly and Ivan The Third in a time of 2;03.1. Trained and driven by Grant Dixon, the South Park Hanover – Bonny Willow filly broke maiden ranks with this victory. In the fourth and final heat, race favourite Mucho Macho Man couldn’t reel in speedy filly Aussie Vista who led throughout after starting from the ace draw in a time of 2;01.1 with first starter Leos Best catching the eye with his fast finishing third. Trained by Shane Sanderson, the Tintin In America – Terranora Vista Filly provided star young reinsman Pete McMullen with a double for the night. The final field is; (not in barrier draw order) Charlyse, Earl Jujon, Timmo Time, Covert Beauty, Bella Rippin, Shezabonnygem, Riverleigh Dolly, Aussie Vista, Mucho Macho Man and Leos Best. The barrier draw will be conducted next Tuesday (June 2). A total of 30 two-year-olds contested the heats which is almost a third of the yearling sale staged last year by Darren Ebert & Co. Auctioneers which left club officials thrilled. Racing Queensland

Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Shane Tritton has arrived in New Zealand ready to put the final touches on Salty Robyn in the lead up to Saturday's Harness Jewels. The son of Art Official was narrowly beaten in a workout last Saturday by the Mark Purdon trained Dream About Me with the final quarter clocked in a scintillating 25.6. Salty Robyn led from the start in the field of three with Mark Jones in the sulky and looked set for victory after dashing away turning for home but was grabbed late with the official margin between the first two runners just a half-head. "Salty Robyn has come through the hit-out really well, I think Saturday's run proves that he is back at the top of his game because he is as much better horse than he showed at Addington last start," said Tritton. "I was at Melton for the Queen Of The Pacific on Saturday night and flew directly from Melbourne and arrived in New Zealand on Sunday, I'll look after him for the rest of the week and Lauren (Panella) will fly in after driving at Newcastle on Thursday." Tritton believes Salty Robyn was a run short before his last start 7th in the New Zealand Sires Stakes. "On reflection he was underdone going into the Sires, I gave him an easy time of it when he first arrived in New Zealand and in hindsight I may have been too soft on him. "He will be spot on for Saturday, he has drawn well and he has good gate speed so he will be doing his normal thing and pushing forward at the start." The Purdon pair Chase The Dream and Lazarus will be the hardest to beat according to Tritton. "Chase The Dream has beaten us twice already, Lazarus was in the Sires Final and finished third so he has shown how good he is too. "Mark (Purdon) and Nat (Rasmussen) are the benchmark, they get the results and they will be extremely hard to beat." Tritton and Panella will return to Australia on Monday. "We will fly back on the Monday and the horses will fly over on the Tuesday, I've got two other horses racing at Ashburton on Sunday (No Potato and Lurah) as well so it is going to be a big weekend for us." Greg Hayes

There were three divisions of The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (May 21) each going for a purse of just over $71,000. In the first division, it was Miller's Stable's Somewhere Sweet (Dave Miller) scoring an impressive five length victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rolled right to the front, tripping the quarter beam in :27.1. After a rated second quarter of :29.1 (:56.2 half), the Brian Brown trainee began to draw away, getting the back half in :56.2, completing the mile in an in-hand 1:52.4. It was her fourth career win of eleven starts, and her third in the last four. Better Said (Tim Tetrick) was making her 2015 debut after going two for five in the win column as a two-year-old. She rallied on for second, while Moma's Got A Gun (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $6.60. The track was downgraded to good for the second division, in which trainer Brian Brown continued his winning ways with Serious Filly (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was taken off the early pace, but shifted into gear shy of the half. She mounted a persistent first-over bid, and was able to grind past pace-setter Aria Hanover (Brett Miller) to win by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:53.3. Imagine Dragon (Scott Zeron) shook loose late to close for second, while Doll Fins (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, Serious Filly remains undefeated in 2015, a perfect four for four. The winner paid $14.40. Trainer Brian Brown was looking for the sweep in Division three, as he sent out the heavy favorite Triple V Hanover (Dave Miller). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was taken off the early pace, but brushed hard towards the top after the quarter (:28), not clearing until the half (:56.2). The tough trip took its toll in the stretch, as Art's Jem (Tim Tetrick) closed fast up the inside to win, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Southwind Roulette (Yannick Gingras) finished second while Deli Beach (John Campbell) finished third. It was the third seasonal win in five starts for the daughter of Art Official, who is owned by CC Racing. The Joann Looney-King trainee paid $19.60 to win. Michael Bozich

DUNDAS, May 14 - Lets Drink On It can toast to an impressive harness racing 2015 so far, finishing no worse than second in four starts and neatly putting away his competition in the second Confederation Cup elimination at Flamboro Downs on Sunday. The Seekman family is no stranger to speed, having trained Art Official to a successful career with over $2 million in career earnings, and are now back in the fast lane with one of his offspring. "I honestly think he's (Lets Drink On It) a better horse than Art Official was," said trainer and owner Tina Seekman. "I can't take anything away from 'Art' though, but as far as determination, he definitely has given a lot more than what Art would have done." After suffering from a small setback as 2014 wrapped up, Lets Drink On It seems to have returned in fine form. "He trained down awesome this past season, he had a few little issues with a leg that he's had since he was a baby, but we got everything taken care of," said Seekman. "He seems like a more mature colt than he was last year. "He's gotten taller and a lot bigger from three to four, but as far as driving, I know he wasn't the easiest to drive sometimes. He could be just a bit squirrelly." The four-year-old came off an impressive win at HoosierPark in 1:51.4 by five lengths with a last quarter in 26.3 before heading to the Dundas, Ontario oval. Owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido Jr., Lets Drink On It looked to improve upon his last visit to Canadian soil in the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup where he experienced a tough trip, finishing eighth. Having banked in excess of $600,000 lifetime so far, he will look to extend his win streak to three with the Confederation Cup final. The May 10 card featured two nine-horse fields, with Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off sweeping the competition in the first elimination in a track record 1:50.4. Lets Drink On It rallied off cover, capturing his elimination in 1:51.4 but did so without his usual partner in the bike. Driven regularly by Tyler Smith, it was a surprise to fans trackside that local Billy Davis Jr. would be taking up the challenge. "Billy has got a name for himself up there, he handled the horse really good and it worked out perfectly on the track," said Smith, proud of the horse's effort regardless. "I wish I could have been there but I had trouble with my flight. I'll be watching on Sunday though, I texted Tina right after the win that he looked good and that I was happy for them." Seekman called Davis Jr. Sunday afternoon, explaining the predicament. As one of the top drivers at Flamboro Downs, she felt he would know the track best and that he would be the optimal choice. Understandably, he jumped at the chance. "It really came out of nowhere," said Davis. "I got the call around 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon and they told me Tyler Smith had some trouble travelling and they needed a driver. "I watched the horse in previous years; he was always in the mix and had a good kick. They gave me a play by play beforehand and explained how he should go. I warmed him up and got a feel for what he was like." Happy with the elimination drive, Seekman chose to remain with Davis going into the final. Affectionately known as "Drink", the colt emerged from the race in good spirits and in good health, setting high hopes for a promising effort on May 17. Unfortunately the luck of the draw did not seem to be in their favour this time around, with announcer Gary Guy selecting post position eight. "He doesn't leave a lot; he has never been a leaver when the gate folds so he likes to drop in where he goes," said Seekman. "He responds best if he can come with cover and as soon as he tipped him off from cover, the horse kicks in two more gears. If the race sets up, he'll be alright out there." As for Billy Davis Jr., he is confident the speed and talent shown in the elimination will shine through again in Sunday's final. "I didn't want to move him in the mile, but at the three-quarter mark he did it himself and was ready to go. He got up on the helmet and they were going big fractions. He had tons left in the tank, we coasted home. "He's the best horse I've ever driven and with the speed in this race, I think it could set up just right for him." Following the Confederation Cup, Lets Drink On It will be pointed to the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs on May 25. Confederation Cup Elimination   Mark McKelvie

All Bets Off and Lets Drink On It scored impressive victories Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Flamboro Downs in the eliminations for the Confederation Cup. A group of 16 four-year-old pacers were split into two $20,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Sunday's $226,575 Confederation Cup. The top four finishers from each elimination Sunday, plus one fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the final. In the first elimination, All Bets Off established a new Flamboro Downs track record with a dominant 1:50.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, All Bets Off sprinted off the wings of the gate to hook up with Three Of Clubs in an early battle for the front. After being parked past the opening-quarter in :26.2, All Bets Off overtook the lead and cruised by the midway point in :55.1. National Debt came first up from third to challenge the leader, but All Bets Off turned aside the pressure and began to extend his lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. All Bets Off paced away from his competition in the final-quarter to score a 3 ½ length victory in 1:50.4. Bettorever, who was seventh at three-quarter pole, was able to split his way between rivals on the final turn to finish second, while National Debt and Big Boy Dreams finished third and fourth, securing spots in the final. All Bets Off clocking of 1:50.4 set a new track record for an aged pacer, shaving a fifth of a second off of the previous mark of 1:51 set in 2007 by Rare Jewel. A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off is trained by Ron Burke for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp and the Estate of Rosemary J Shelswell. Last year's Messenger Stakes winner, All Bets Off elimination victory was his first in two starts this season. The Burke trainee now has 16 career victories and earnings of over $1.1 million. All Bets Off returned $3.80 to win. Lets Drink On It got a perfect second-over to trip to score an impressive five-length victory in the second elimination. Trained by Joe Seekman, Lets Drink On It was scheduled to be driven by Tyler Smith, but a late driver change saw Billy Davis Jr. pick up and make the most of a live drive. Lets Drink On It got away sixth in the early stages, as Limelight Beach hustled out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :26.1. Heading to the half, Davis moved Lets Drink On It to the outside and was able to pick up the cover of Ideal Cowboy, who came out from third to challenge first up. Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy went toe-to-toe by the half in :54.1 and three-quarter pole in 1:22.3, while Lets Drink On It sat comfortably second-over. Davis sent Lets Drink On It three-wide at the three-quarter pole to sweep around the leaders and the Seekman trainee responded by pacing off to an easy five-length victory in 1:51.4. Somewhere Fancy came on late to finish second, while Ideal Cowboy and Limelight Beach qualified for the final by finishing third and fourth, respectively. A son of Art Official, Lets Drink On It now has two wins in four starts to start his four-year-old season. He is owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido Jr. Sunday's elimination victory gives Lets Drink On It 15 career wins and pushes his bankroll over $630,000. A $2 win ticket on Lets Drink On It returned $10.70. A draw was held following the eliminations to determine which fifth-place finisher, Mattamerican or Nirvana Seelster, qualified for the final. Nirvana Seelster won the draw to qualify for the final, while Mattamerican will be the also eligible. The post position draw for the Confederation Cup final will take place Wednesday afternoon and will be broadcast live on CHCH News at Noon. The $226,575 Confederation Cup final will be contested next Sunday (May 17) evening. Post time for the Confederation Cup card at Flamboro Downs is 6 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Delaware OH resident Brian Brown is the defending harness racing training titleholder in the Jugette, having won last year with divisional champion Color's A Virgin - and he's giving every sign that he's looking to take his second straight come September 23.   In a 3PF Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows last week, Brown sent out winner Serious Filly along with second-place finishers Somewhere Sweet and Triple V Hanover.   So for Sunday's $128,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars divisional event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Brown decides to keep out Serious Filly but enter the other two - and those fillies accounted for half the four All-Stars divisions, with both handled for Brown by Hall of Famer David Miller, the all-time leading driver at Delaware.   First up was Somewhere Sweet, like her stablemate a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, whom Miller rallied from the pocket into a 55 back half to take a head decision over pacesetting Southwind Roulette, last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, in 1:52, a new mark, for Miller's Stable Inc. of Kentucky.   Then it was Triple V Hanover's turn, and that filly tucked, brushed to the lead by the 55 half, and went on to win by 1¼ lengths in 1:50.3, also a personal best and by far the fastest of the four All-Stars divisions.   King Mcnamara of FL and the Strollin Stable of OH, part of the partnership behind Brown's All-Star colt winner Rise Up Now last night, share ownership in the victorious miss with Buckeye Donald Robinson.   Doctor Terror, who made a break in the Sire Stakes last week, atoned this week from the outermost post seven in her cut, making the lead past the quarter and coming home in 55 to win by a neck over Storm Point, a Sires winner last week, while lowering her personal best to 1:52.3.   The daughter of Western Terror is owned by two Ontarians, trainer Blake Macintosh and Stuart Macintosh, and had another "Mac" in her corner --- driver Mark Macdonald.   In the other divisions Arts Jem, beaten a neck by Serious Filly last week, enjoyed the lack of Brown competition, rallying quickly deep in the Pocono Pike, two inside the pacesetter, to edge Macarena Mama, in the Pike to her right, in a mark of 1:52.1.   The Art Official miss stepped her personal back half in 54.3 to win for trainer Jim King Jr. and two Lincoln Staters, driver Tim Tetrick and the CC Racing LLC of Ray Kusinski.   Oh - and Serious Filly? She's in a tough overnight race at The Meadows on Tuesday, and has the outside post nine to boot. Good thing Brian Brown's UTR in Pennsylvania is currently .867 for the year.   Wednesday's feature at The Downs is a $30,000 Open handicap mares pace, placed conveniently 11 days before the $250,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at the PA Harness Horsemen Association's other track of representation, Harrah's Philadelphia.   Handicapped outside in the field of eight is Anndrovette, four-time defending Pacing Mare of the Year and last year's Betsy Ross winner; to her immediate inside is recent Chip Noble Pace winner Yagonnakissmeornot.     Jerry Connors

Wicked Business (Art Official) romped in the $8,300 featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The Mark Ford owned and trained four year old was a solid third on Saturday night at the Spa while coming from well off the pace. Bet down late as the race’s 1-9 favorite, Wicked Business moved out to the top in the first quarter on Thursday and opened up a commanding lead late while never facing an anxious moment en route to a dazzling victory clocked in 1:53.1. Billy Dobson, who started out the day in a tie atop the driver standings with Frank Coppola Jr, piloted Wicked Business to his seasonal best win, a score that came by seven and a half lengths in one of the fastest times of the local meet. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga beginning at 6:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Harness racing driver Tyler Smith says pacer Let's Drink On It has grown up and matured a good deal since last season. It's not unlike the way the 22-year-old driver describes himself, too. Smith and Let's Drink On It are getting ready for their first stakes engagement of 2015, the Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. A total of 16 horses entered the event, so two eliminations will be raced Sunday, with the top four finishers from each group advancing to the C$200,000-added final on May 17. Last year, the Joe Seekman-trained Let's Drink On It won eight of 25 races and earned $422,363 while providing Smith with his first regular Grand Circuit drives. The duo teamed to win a division of the Circle City Pace and eliminations for the Little Brown Jug and Delvin Miller Adios. They finished second in the Little Brown Jug final and a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. "It was unbelievable, especially as young as I was, to get to drive a colt like him," Smith said. "That's where everybody wants to be in their career, driving Grand Circuit horses like this. I've been very fortunate to get the opportunity at a young age. I've been very, very fortunate at a young age to drive good horses." Smith was the leading driver at Hoosier Park in 2013, the same year he became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 career wins, and finished second to Trace Tetrick in the Hoosier Park standings last season. Smith, a native of Washington Court House, Ohio, finished last year with 412 victories and a career-best $3.76 million in purse earnings. Racing regularly on the Grand Circuit was a learning experience. Last year, Smith drove in eight open stakes worth more than $200,000. In the previous five years of his career, Smith drove in a total of four open stakes worth more than $200,000 -- with all of those starts coming in Indiana. "It taught me a lot, getting the experience of racing in the big races, and getting the experience racing against those guys that are the best," said Smith, who has 1,695 lifetime wins. "I watch them night in and night out when I have a break, but to be able to drive against them, they're there for a reason. They're the best. "I still learn to this day, but I learned a lot last year. You have to take each race as it goes. When you go for a million dollars you know you're going for a million dollars, but you can't let the nerves and the pressure get to you. You have to treat it just like another race. Everybody wants everything to work out, but there are times it doesn't. You just can't beat yourself up over it, you have to learn from it and move on from it. "I feel like I've grown up and matured a lot as a driver. I feel like I'm ready for the big leagues." A day after the Confederation Cup eliminations, Smith will head to Monticello Raceway for the New York Sire Stakes to drive a 3-year-old male trotter named The Physician for trainer Anette Lorentzon. "I've got a couple New York Sire Stakes horses," Smith said. "I'm just ready for the stakes season to get back going. I'm going to try to travel some this year and hopefully it works out." Let's Drink On It is in the second of the two Confederation Cup eliminations. He will start from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Ron Burke's Limelight Beach, who won last year's Little Brown Jug, is the 8-5 favorite. He will start from post one with driver Yannick Gingras. The remainder of the field is Luck Be Withyou, Ideal Cowboy, Somewhere Fancy, Nirvana Seelster, Vance Bayama, and Melmerby Beach. So far this season, Let's Drink On It has one win and two second-place finishes in three starts. He enters his Confederation Cup elim off a 2-1/2 length victory over Night Pro in 1:50.1 in the Invitational at Hoosier Park. He paced his final quarter-mile in :26.3. "He's come back very good," Smith said. "He's definitely grown up and matured a lot more. Last year he could be a little funny here and there to drive, but this year he's been perfect to drive. He's definitely gotten a lot stronger. He was a good-looking colt anyway last year, but he's filled out a lot more. He's definitely filled into his 4-year-old self." Let's Drink On It, a son of former Seekman star Art Official out of the mare Letmedowneasy, is owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt, and Vincent Boido Jr. He has won 14 of 40 career races and earned $617,089. The first Confederation Cup elimination has National Debt, leaving from post one with Chris Christoforou at the lines for trainer Rob Fellows, as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Bettorever, with Corey Callahan driving for Jeff Bamond Jr., is the 5-2 second choice, starting from post four. The remainder of the field is Three Of Clubs, P L Hellcat, All Bets Off, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel, and Mattamerican. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 2, 2015 - Penn used a decisive front, running effort to find the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the $21,000 Invitational Trot on Saturday, May 2. Once again dismissed at the betting windows, Penn pulled a mild harness racing upset to score at odds of 10-1 in 1:53.4 with Darrell Wright in the sulky. The Bobby Brower trainee fired from the wings of the gate from the outside post nine to reach the front through an opening panel in :27.0. Martz Time and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip while the betting favorite, Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder, were parked to the outside for much of the mile. Penn dictated fractions of :57.1 and 1:25.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Lady Blitz and James Yoder were the first to apply pressure to the leaders as they began their first-over journey approaching the final turn with Natural Herbie in tow. Just as Lady Blitz reached the leader's wheel, Penn found another gear. Using a :28 final panel, Penn coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish three lengths to the good. Allie Labrook and Dan Shelter staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Martz Time held on for third. Penn returned $22.60 to his backers at the betting window. With the victory, Penn scored his second seasonal victory from just three starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 21st career victory and has now earned $134,434 for owner, Barkley Counts. On the pacing side of things, Let's Drink On It took advantage of a pocket trip to score his first win of the season in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, in 1:50.1. Guided by Tyler Smith, the Joe Seekman trainee dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off the heavily favored, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn. Let's Drink On It secured a pocket seat behind the pacesetter Ice Scraper and Trace Tetrick through an opening panel in :27. The field remained in single file line down the backside as Ice Scraper continued to call the shots through :55.4 and 1:23.1 fractions. ItrustYou and Ricky Macomber Jr. began the first-over attack approaching the final turn and Night Pro tabbed the cover. Ice Scraper continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but Let's Drink On It loomed large in the pocket. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Let's Drink On It exploded from the pocket to finish two lengths in front of Night Pro. Ice Scraper held on gamely to round out the trifecta. With the win, Let's Drink On It notched his first victory of the season from three outings. The four-year-old son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy has now amassed $617,089 for owners T. Seekman, L. Bond, H. Hewitt, and V. Boido Jr. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 5 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2015 -- PC's Vixen followed live cover and used it effectively to capture Friday's $17,500 second leg of the Do Me Honor Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The second leg was contested in a single division, with all eight participants eligible for the championship on Friday, April 24. First post that day is 6:55 PM. PC's Vixen endured a nightmarish trip in the opening leg, when she was parked the entire mile and intermittently rough gaited. But she moved confidently from fifth down the backside for Eric Goodell to pick up the cover of Somewhere Fameous. The daughter of Art Official-R Burning Desire had plenty left in the lane, scoring in a career-best 1:55.2. Opening-leg winner One Over Par was second, a neck back, while Dobre Povedane rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains the homebred PC's Vixen for Paint Creek Farms. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness Racing New Zealand has made the first invite to an Australian horse for this years Harness Jewels at Ashburton. Salty Robyn, a two year old colt by Art Official in the Shane Tritton barn has impressed  in a short Australian career to date since being purchased out of Andrew Armour's barn late last year. At just his second lifetime start in the Sapling Stakes at Menangle, Salty Robyn went under by a short half head to star two year old Bettermatch in a smart 1:53.6. Next up he won in 1:53.9 before turning in an outstanding performance to win the $50,000 Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial in 1:53.9 after an early gallop saw him settle well back in the field before he just rushed past them in the straight for a breathtaking win. The winner of $44,600 from his four lifetime starts, the colt looks like he will be well suited by the 1400 metres track at Ashburton for the Harness Jewels.  Trainer Shane Tritton had been planning a New Zealand campaign even before he received the Harness Jewels invitation. " It is something we were looking at because he is not paid up for any of the big stakes races here in Australia." " He will be in New Zealand for the Sires Stakes heat at Addington on April 23rd and then hopefully onwards to the final." " Ashburton should really suit him and the Jewels invite makes the trip very worthwhile." " He feels like an older horse when you sit behind him and I think he will be very competitive in New Zealand," Shane said. Getting Australian horses involved with the Harness Jewels has been on the radar for Harness Racing New Zealand for the last year or so and they must be happy to already have one confirmed runner for this years event. $40,000 Sapling Stakes Menangle, Salty Robyn  Salty Robyn winning at Menangle in 1:53.9 Salty Robyn winning again at Menangle 1:53.9   Harnesslink Media  

Wicked Business (Art Official) showed early speed on Thursday evening and won the $8,300 harness racing featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Austin Siegelman catch drove Wicked Business for trainer Mark Ford after the four year old had posted back to back third place finishes in his previous two starts. Siegelman found some early speed on Thursday from the young pacer and they never faced an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. The race's second choice in the betting, Wicked Business bested favored Glory Beach (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and Calvin B (Brian Cross) who earned the show spot. The victory was one of four on the card for Siegelman, last year's up-and-coming driver award winner at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing breeders are never slow to pick up the trends about new sires and these days are pretty quick to abandon any stallion who they think is not delivering on the track. The numbers of mares served by some of our newer sires this year are way down on what they served just twelve months ago and are due no doubt to the lack of winners these stallions are producing. The first one we are going to review is Art Official who dropped this season to just 17 mares after covering 72 last season. His oldest crop are three year olds and numbers 49 horses of which nineteen have qualified but just five have won a race. His second crop are two year olds this year and that crop numbers 80 horses and have produced one smart horse in Salty Robyn 1:53.9 ($ 44,600) who has been burning up Menagle in the last two months. His Australian offspring are doing a good job with small numbers which makes the New Zealand situation harder to understand.  Overall Art Official has been a little disappointing and unless his stock have a big next six months it is hard to see him coming back to Australasia next season. Tintin In America is another sire whose numbers fell away this year even though his oldest crop are only two year olds. That first crop numbers only 32 horses but to date has only had three qualifiers which is disappointing. It is way to early to make any decision about him as a sire but he only served 13 mares this year which means the breeders have taken a wait and see approach. Tintin In America badly needs four or five of those two year olds to salute the judge and create some momentum before the next breeding season or his days as a sire might be numbered. The former champion pacer Elsu is another stallion to get the cold shoulder from breeders. This is a stallion who has produced over 250 winners of over $12,733,000 to date in Australasia alone yet breeders have deserted him. This year he served just six mares in New Zealand and his future may lie in Australia where his stock have won over $8,424,000 and where he has left most of his winners. Gotta Go Cullect is another stallion to get the cold shoulder from breeders after being given every chance in his initial seasons at stud. In his first four years he served over 100 mares every year but this fell away bigtime this season with him attracting just 18 mares. At present he has 222 three year olds and older in New Zealand and to date he has sired just 30 winners so his days may be numbered in New Zealand. Lis Mara was an interesting one for us in that his numbers are not that bad overall. He has 175 horses three year old or older and so far has produced 49 winners and a further 37 that have qualified. Their main problem is like their sire they are better with a bit of age and people are not prepared to wait these days. From a high of 90 mares, Lis Mara dropped to just 7 mares this season and there would have to be real doubts that he would shuttle next year. Finally the trotting sire The Pres is another stallion to suffer a big drop off in demand from breeders after a slow start to his siring career. His oldest crop are just three year olds and number 38 horses and to date he has had just two winners as well as a further four qualifiers. From a high of 80 mares bred in 2013, The Pres slipped to just 13 mares this season and like all the others here badly needs a few flagbearers. It is very early for a trotting sire to be condemned but the breeders patience these days seems to wear out very quickly with any sire not performing immediately. What the above list shows is how hard it is to get a foot on the stallion ladder and once there how difficult it is to stay there. Harnesslink Media

WHAT threatened to turn into a horror night for Shane Tritton - Lauren Panella team took a turn for the better when outstanding youngster Salty Robyn captured tonight's $51,000 Tabcorp Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Panella endured something of a horror night when two of her earlier drives had galloped out of the mobile. And when Salty Robyn skipped for a few strides, Panella's huge band of followers must have had their hearts in their mouths. Still Salty Robyn settled quickly after the tardy beginning and came with a withering burst to score an impressive win in the time-honoured feature for two-year-olds. The son of Art Official rated 1:53.9 to beat Machamillion, Redbank Lenny and Boobalaga Road showing he is definitely a horse of the future. "We always knew we had something special on our hands with this fellow and watching some of the two-year-olds go 1:55 and 1:54 in races we knew he would need to be if he was going to beat them," said trainer Shane Tritton. "Thankfully he settled down after that early break and showed how good he is. "Plan A wasn't to gallop, that's for sure. Thankfully Plan B worked and Lauren did well to get him into the race with a good drive." An hour or so later, Tritton was lamenting another galloper when the well-backed Alabama Shakes galloped, losing all chance in the Best In Beds Pink Bonnet. The two-year-old fillies' classic went to lightly-raced Abettorrose, raced by the NSW Harness Racing Club for a different charity every time she goes around. Trained by KerryAnn Turner and driven by Robert Morris, the daughter of Bettors Delight fought off all challengers in the straight to score a strong win in 1:56.4, beating Art Mistress and Shes Bettor by a head. Abettorrose        

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Jeremy Smith reached the coveted 1000 wins plateau on Thursday night at Miami Valley Raceway when he guided Eternalexpectation to a 1:58.2 score. The milestone victory for the red and white clad 35-year-old harness racing reinsman came in a conditioned claiming event for non-winners of two races at odds of 14-1, familiar circumstances for Smith-who rarely sits behind betting favorites, but who quietly goes about his business and often gets the job done. It was Jeremy's first time sitting behind Eternalexpectation, owned and trained by Mike Polhamus, but he got the most from the four-year-old Art Official mare despite strong winds and frigid 22 degree temperatures. Smith won his first ever drive at his hometown Washington Court House, Ohio county fair in 2002. Following that score behind trotter Carry A Rose, however, he failed to reach the winner's circle again that year in 21 more tries. After winning just three and six races in his second and third seasons, respectively, Jeremy's career began to blossom in 2005 with 37 victories. He has steadily improved his statistics in the decade since culminating in his best year to date, 2014, when he triumphed 174 times. Horses he has driven to date have earned just shy of $3-1/2 million. Smith was a star pitcher on his Miami Trace High School baseball team, but spent many weekend mornings at the barn of trainer Alvin Long during that period. "My Grandpa had horses with Mr. Long at the local fairgrounds," Jeremy relates, "and I have to say Alvin was my mentor in the business. I probably could have gone on to college and played baseball, but I was more interested in learning the horse business from the ground up and getting my driver's license." It didn't take Smith long to get started on the road to 2,000 wins as he finished first two races later with another longshot, Trouble Hanover, who went off at 11-1 and paced an impressive 1:55.2 mile in a $6500 claiming race. "I was glad to get that 1000th one out of the way," said Jeremy, "because I was definitely feeling the pressure mounting as I got closer to it. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and get on with what I hope will be a long career including a lot more wins." Gregg Keidel

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