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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

Brian West has been preparing horses for the harness racing yearling sales longer than he would care to admit and knows that there are so many variables that can affect the result on the day. A lot of those variables are outside of his control so Brian just concentrates on presenting his stock in the best condition possible on the day. Mother nature plays her part with regards to the makeup of his draft and in that regard this year, Brian couldn't be happier. " This would be one of the nicest groups of yearlings I have had to sell for quite a while. "I couldn't be happier with them a month out and I am going into the sales with a fair bit of confidence," Brian said. It is never easy to get the preparers involved in the sales prep to agree on the "best " one in their draft but the Studholme team agreed on a top three from their prospective. Lot 462 - Undercurrent A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Undercurrent is the third foal from Under The Odds, a Bettors Delight daughter of champion racemare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,925). The first foal from Under The Odds is the smart Australian three year old The Odd Lover 1:56.1 ($43,720) who has won five from nine to date and looks to be a major player in the three year old classics in Western Australia this season. Brian has been really taken with the colt. " I just love his attitude when you dealing with him." "He is one of those horses that is with you 100%." "It doesn't hurt that he is such a great looking/moving horse as well," Brian said. Lot 267 - On The Rantan A son of Bettors Delight, On The Rantan is the fifth foal from the In The Pocket mare Funontherun 1:58.3 who already has the runs on the board. Funontherun has left three winners to date including On The Razzle 1:53.1 ($137,478) Ohoka Cooper 1:56.7 ($44,674) and last weeks super impressive debutant at Addington On The Town 1:57 All three winners are by Bettors Delight so On The Rantan has plenty to live up to. " This boy is different to Undercurrent in that he will boss you if you let him. " He is all colt and is fiercely determined." " He is a lovely bodied horse and the more you do with him the more you like him," Brian said. Lot 336 - Saint Laurent  A son of Bettors Delight, Saint Laurent is the second foal and first colt from the former brilliant racemare Lancome 1:54.9 ($461,278) who from a two year old to a four year old raced and won at the highest level in New Zealand. A descendant of the "Guest" family with which the late Jack Smolenski had so much success with especially at age group level, Saint Laurent is an out and out "Blue Blood" " I think this one does know who his parents are." " He has got that bit of arrogance about him that the good horses have." " He is a really athlectic individual to boot," Brian said.   All vendors with large drafts have a "sleeper" in their group which due to any number of factors are unlikely to make the money they should. It could be due to the sire being out of "fashion" or the mare having yet to leave a black type winner or a combination of reasons. Brian has no doubts which horse is his "sleeper" this year Lot 239 - He's Official A son of Art Official, He's Official is the first foal from the Bettors Delight mare Delightful Lover. Delightful Lover is a half sister to the smart filly Castellina Lover 1:55.3 while the grand-dam is Delizioso 1:56.6 who is a full sister to Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,925) Brian has noticed the response to the colt from the many trainers and owners previewing his draft at his Coes Ford property. " Being an Art Official means he probably wont be on the top of any buying lists but any one who has seen him parade has gone and had a second look after the parade. "He has a real presense about him and is a lovely type." " If he was a Bettors Delight or Art Major he would fetch big money on his looks," Brian said. With fifteen yearlings entered this year Brian and his staff have had their hands full keeping everything on track but going by the appearance of the yearlings when we visited yesterday, the Studholme Park crew are in for a very successful sale. Harnesslink Media 

Boom harness racing filly Whats Emma Got has more than a strong influx of interstate rivals against her heading into Saturday night’s South Australia Derby at Globe Derby. Aiming to break the stronghold raiders have on the time-honoured feature, Whats Emma Got also has to battle the weight of history. Locals have only captured the Derby once – Glengowan in 2011 – this century, with fillies boasting an even worse record. Only five members of the ‘fairer sex’ have claimed the classic since its inception in 1938 and it’s been almost two decades since the last filly won the prestigious event. Carol Dillon was the ground breaker in 1954. Medorina matched the feat the next year, with Pearl Queen (’57), Fiery Miss (’62) and No Frolicking (’96) completing the select sorority. Unbeaten from four starts this season, stretching her streak to 11, Whats Emma Got has proven she can beat the local ‘boys’ on several occasions for trainer Glenda Fuller. This weekend, however, is a step up in class, with highly-rated gelding, Jilliby Royal, leading the interstate charge. Successful at five of his six starts, while finishing second in the other, Jilliby Royal has drawn to lead throughout from the pole. The Glenn Craven-trained son of Art Official will have ample support from Taj Bromac from barrier two and Mach Doro, which will begin from gate seven. PAUL COURTS

The Joe Seekman Stable’s Let’s Drink On It, the winner of Balmoral Park’s Invitational two Saturdays ago, has a notable date Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He’ll compete in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Championship for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Let’s Drink On It was a close-up third in his elimination last weekend in New Jersey, finishing only one length behind the 1:50 winner Always B Maki for Seekman, a former Michigan horseman who now resides in Beecher, Illinois. The 50-year-old conditioner has been racing his horses both on the Chicago circuit and in Indiana.  Let’s Drink On It was timed in 1:50.1, rallying from seventh and last at the half-mile pole with last two quarters of :27.1 and :26.3 for his four-owner partnership that includes Joe’s wife Tina. Let’s Drink On It was the runner-up in both Maywood’s Windy City Pace and Little Brown Jug Final in Delaware, Ohio. ICF Star Belongs: Speaking of The Meadowlands, Al’s Hammered, the No. 1 aged Illinois bred pacer, had a strong debut at the New Jersey track, dropping only a head decision in the $30,000 A1 Free For All Pace. The second place finish put another $7,500 on Al’s Hammered card, his first start since his former Balmoral based owner and trainer Bob Phillips sold the 5-year-old ICF pacer to long-time Illinois horseman Harry Von Knoblauch, formerly of Beecher and now a Pennsylvania resident. Tim Tetrick raced Al’s Hammered out of the four-hole through fractions of 27.4, 54 flat and 1:21 by the pacesetting State Treasure to ended up seven and last but less than 3 lengths behind the 19-1 winner Asian. Al’s Hammered, who now races out of the barn of trainer Peter Tritton, went off as the 7-2 second choice behind the 6-5 sixth place finisher Clear Vision. Left Out to Dry: Through the years I’ve frequently categorized the 8-post at Maywood Park has its “dreaded 8-hole” and for good reason. It always produces a low-percentage of winners and 2014 has been no different with only a 5.7 winning percentage rate on the half-miler. Who would have thought that its sister track Balmoral Park with its one-mile oval would produce an even lower percentage winning post? Nevertheless, the 10-slot at the Crete, Illinois big track has been a graveyard for bettors and trainers and owners with horses coming out of that outside post. It’s supplying winning horses this year at a meager 4.6 per cent frequency. Both tracks are generating a higher than customary percentage of winning favorites. Balmoral is at 43 per cent, a lofty figure for a mile track while Maywood has a high-than-normal winning favorite clip of almost 47 per cent for a half-miler. Numbers Will Grow: The Balmoral Park horse colony will be getting much needed boost with the racing season over at Hoosier Park in near-by Indiana. Some of their drivers, including Illinois native veteran Sam Widger, are also expected to now compete on the local circuit. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Admitting he was pleasantly surprised with Jilliby Royal’s win at Melton last Friday, harness racing trainer Glen Craven has had to alter his plans slightly. While he always believed Jilliby Royal has his share of ability, Craven didn’t expect the gelding to beat his more fancied rivals. Based on his victory, Craven will aim slightly higher, beginning with the Sires’ Classic on Ballarat Cup night, December 13. “I went into the race knowing he would keep up, but I didn’t think he was good enough to win,” Craven said. “It was a step up in class and I was waiting to see if he could handle it. “He was travelling well on the corner and got home well…is was a bit of a surprise. “I will give him a bit of a freshen up now then have a look at the Sires’ Classic.” With Craven in the cart, Jilliby Royal trailed the leader before sprinting to a three-metre win from $1.30 favourite, Menin Gate, which was gallant after facing the breeze. After setting the pace, Cosell was nine metres away third. Unbeaten from two starts, the three-year-old rated 1:57.7 for the 2240 metres, covering the last half in 57.4 seconds. Bred and owned by the Craven Family Group, Jilliby Royal is by Art Official from good producer, Boorcan Queen, which boasts six winners from eight starters. The family traces back to topliner such as Classic Garry, Newbold Penny, Provocative Lennytheshark, Led Suitcase, Penny Veejay, Blissfull Boy and Nolarama. “His dam has done a good job and she was sent to Art Official as there is a lot to like about him,” Craven said. “He’s by Art Major from a good broodmare and he beat Somebeachsomewhere.” PAUL COURTS

The best son of Art Major in Art Official has had a slowly start to his siring career down under but just lately they have started to pop up everywhere and yesterday's meeting at Riverton continued that trend. The debutante filly Drive The Dream from the Wayne Adams barn at Invercargill had looked ok at the local trials but was not seen as a winning chance by most punters. Drive The Dream only qualified on the tenth of October and punters took a wait and see approach with the filly to their detriment.. Away well from the stand from barrier nine at the 2200 metres start, Drive The Dream was parked for the first lap in showery and slushy conditions for driver Craig Ferguson before grabbing a trail behind the race favourite Courage To Fly with a lap to go. Following Courage To Fly everywhere, Dream To Drive peeled off his back at the 200 metres and swept on by for an emphatic first up win. Run on a slushy track in showery conditions, Dream To Drive paced the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:51.9 with closing sectionals of  59.6 and 30. A daughter of the Holmes Hanover mare Seldom Home, Drive The Dream is the second winner from the mare with the first one being the very talented Telemecanique 1:52.1 ($132,936) The win was a bit of a tonic for Wayne who is in hospital at the moment and he has a bit of time for the filly which he has had for a couple of months. " I brought her off Mark Jones for a syndicate down here and we are very happy we did. She had a couple of little issues and Mark thought the smaller stable would suit he said. " We have had the chiropractor to her and she has gets the massage treatment as well and she has really responded to it. "Craig really likes her and I think she has got a good future" he said Whilst neglected in the betting by most punters, Drive The Dream did go out 7/12 in order of favoritism yesterday so someone was awake to her potential.  Harnesslink Media  

Art Official, the biggest stake winning son of Art Major had his first winner in New Zealand last night when Grumpy Possum was successful at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park. A 3 year old filly from the Christian Cullen mare Panforte, Grumpy Possum broke through for her maiden win at just her third start and for the third time in her brief career she drew barrier eight. Trainer Brian Hughes was in a  jovial mood when asked about her run of bad draws. "I don't think someone upstairs likes us the way she keeps drawing eight" he said when talking to Harnesslink this morning. Brian has liked Grumpy Possum from early on in the piece but has taken his time with the leggy filly. "She qualified as a 2 year old but she was a tall gangly filly so we turned her out to give her time to fill out into her frame. "She showed plenty of speed at two but just needed to strengthen up" he said. Pushed out of the gate from barrier eight by driver Tony Herlihy, Grumpy Possum worked forward three wide early before finding the lead after 600 metres. Tony then immediately handed up to the second favourite Bettor Ace and Grumpy Possum got a lovely drag until they turned for home where she took the passing lane and scooted away for an easy win with Tony sitting quietly in the bike. Grumpy Possum paced the 2200 metres in 2:49.9 with closing sectionals of 59.1 and 29.1 Brian is not making any big plans as yet for the Art Official filly and will take it a race at a time at present. "She is a lovely pacer and a pleasure to do anything with. "She is just getting bettor with racing and I quite like her" he said Grumpy Possum is from the first New Zealand crop of the son of Art Major in Art Official. Art Official never won a race at two but from an early 3 year old he started to make his name and his stock in New Zealand look like doing the same. Eleven qualified at two last season but were put aside without racing in much the same way as Grumpy Possum and have started to show up at trials and workouts this season. The progress of the Art Officials will be watched with interest by breeders in New Zealand as Art Major is fully booked at $11,000 and Art Official, who is his best son only stands at $3,000. Harnesslink Media    

With smart and calculated drives by Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach won the prestigious Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio Thursday in straight heats. In order to win the Little Brown Jug a horse must win two heats on one day to be declared the winner. Both Let’s Drink On It and Limelight Beach won their elimination divisions and earned posts two and one respectively in the final and they both made the most of their post positions. Gingras left quickly with Limelight Beach with Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) dropping right in behind him in second place. They went to the half mile marker in an easy :57 and then the action started to begin. Somewhere In L A and driver Brett Miller came first-over and gave outside cover to Beat The Drum but it was McWicked and driver David Miller in sixth place on the outside who had the crowd on their feet as they tried to loop the field three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:23. Then on the final turn for home, Gingras looked behind him, saw Let’s Drink On It right on his helmet and backed his horse up so that when they started down the stretch, Tyler Smith would have no room to get loose with Let’s Drink on it and the tactic worked perfectly. Once starting down the stretch, Gingras urged his horse home and they won by one and one-half lengths in 1:50.4. Let’s Drink On It could find no room and was a strong second with Somewhere In L A third. Oddly, today was the first time this year after 12 starts that Limelight Beach had won a race and then to cap it off winning the Little Brown Jug in straight heats. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, Limelight Beach is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $4.00 to win. They had purchased Limelight Beach earlier this season and prior owners, Charles Wingfield and his brother, stayed on as co-owners. “We just had too much fun with his last year,” said Charles Wingfield, “And we stayed through this race right here. It’s amazing. I can’t believe it.” “I had two great horses to drive in the Jug today,” Yannick Gingras said. “People asked me who I liked better and I said Lyonssomewhere over Limelight Beach, but this horse came up huge today. He went two big heats today.” “We kinda got lucky in the first heat,” Gingras said, “but in the second heat he was tremendous, he was scary. I was looking at the program and I know there was not a lot of speed in the race and my horse the people had to respect his speed. Tyler’s (Smith) horse got out of the gate better than I thought. I kept my horse moving along. I did not want to go slow and he put in an awesome performance. Let’s Drink On It takes first heat of Jug Harness racing driver and 21-year-old local native, Tyler Smith, took Let’s Drink On It three-wide in the backstretch and was able to grind it out to win the $103,600 first heat of the Little Brown Jug. The race began with Lyonssomewhere (Yannick Gingras) shooting right to the lead from the start of the race with At Press Time (Matt Kakaley) grabbing the pocket seat. They raced that way past the opening quarter in :26.4. Then going to the half mile marker in an easy :54.4, Beat The Drum (Ron Pierce) came first-over to challenge and following his cover on the outside was Let’s Drink On It and Tyler Smith. Once they hit the backstretch, Smith moved three-wide with Let’s Drink On It and after the three-quarters in 1:23, had cleared past Beat The Drum and was coming after pacesetter Lyonssomewhere. Then half way around the final turn, Let’s Drink On It had collared Lyonssomewhere when Gingras’s horse went off-stride and had to be pulled off to the inside as Let’s Drink On It shied to the outside and Matt Kakaley with At Press Time just avoided Lyonssomewhere. Let’s Drink On It was able to regroup right away and Tyler Smith urged him on home to win by one and one-half lengths over At Press Time with Beat The Drum third and also making the final was On Golden Ponder (John Campbell) in fourth place. Let’s Drink On It covered the one mile race in 1:51 and at odds of 3-1 paid $8.80 to win. “He was good today,” Smith said, this horse ain’t got a real lot of gate speed. The way it lined up I figured I would be third or fourth and have to come first-over. But luckily Ron (Pierce) came out first and we were able to get a little cover until the backside. I was able to crossover by the last turn, but Yannick’s (Gringras) horse, I don’t know if I could have beaten him but we were gonna take a good crack at him. “I am happy to win,” Smith said, “and to be in the big race. It would mean the world to me to win this race. I would give back all the races I have won just to win the Jug.” Sired by Art Official, Let’s Drink On It is trained by Joe Seekman and is owned by Tina Seekman, L. Bond, H. Hewitt and V. Boido, Jr. Limelight Beach takes second Jug elimination Limelight Beach picked the perfect spot to win his first race of the 2014 season in 13 tries, capturing the $103,600 second heat of the Little Brown Jug. Given a masterful drive by Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach was able to sit and draft in second place behind pacesetter and 3/5 favorite McWicked and driver David Miller. They went in Indian-style to the opening quarter in :27 and then easy half mile in :55.2 before the action began to heat up. Somewhere In L A and driver Brett Miller came first-over with He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) following the outside flow to the three-quarters in 1:22.4. Then Somewhere In L A and McWicked were ready to lock horses down the stretch but it was Gingras with Limelight Beach, pulling off the rail, sweeping three-wide and looping both horse to win by a half length in 1:51. Somewhere In L A was second with McWicked third and Sometimes Said (John Campbell) fourth and making it to the Jug second heat. Trained by Ron Burke, Limelight Beach is sired by Somebeachsomewhere and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $12.00 to win. “Everyone is supporting trainer Brian Brown this week,” trainer Ron Burke said, “and we are just reaping the rewards from his work as we got this colt from him. Horse was good today. We knew he was better than the other colt we have in. Having the other horse (At Press Time) in the final too is great. Yannick (Gingras) thinks we can get to the lead easy. We have won two Jugette’s and hopefully we can finally win the Jug.” By Steve Wolf, for

As one of last season's top 4yr olds with his five wins incuding the 4yr old Emerald on Jewels day, Franco Nelson looks sure to be one to follow over the comimg weeks. He had his first public run for the new season at the Rangiora's workouts on Wednesday and put paid to a moderate C1 and faster field over the 2600m, coming home his last 800m in 57.6 and 400m in 28.7. John was very pleased with his charge. "Yea he went really good mate. Very happy! We'll give him a trial next week and then reassess. He's a chance to run in the Avon City Ford (26 September), but otherwise the classic a couple of weeks later." In terms of the other fast class pacers in the stable, there has been some mixed news. "Elios has had a setback and has gone out. He'll probably not be back racing now until December." Pure Power and Jivin Cullen both raced in the Maurice Holmes Vase last Friday and were a bit disappointing. "I did go pretty hard with Jivin Cullen, but he was still entitled to go better than he did."  "Pure Power had a bit of an off night and we are hoping for better this week in the Hannon." Both will carry on in their push for places in the 2014 cup field.   Some of last seasons younger brigade are also getting close to race day. "Say My Name has really filled out now and looks superb. He ran a nice second at the Rangiora workouts. We will most likely go to the Forbury Sires Stakes heat with him." Robbie Burns who impressed first up last season and stable newcomer Little Grin are both getting close to workouts and trials and can be expected to be seen in the next couple of weeks. The "babies" had an early season run on Wednesday as well, with Sales purchase Code Black (Bettor's Delight - Chritian Watch) getting the big tick from John. "He came out of the gate well and travelled good throughout. He took the passing lane good and went to the line full of running." "He can have a short break now and then he'll be back. We'll be targeting the Young Guns with him for sure." The Art Official colt Ruffalo went a pleasing run in the same workout. Courtesy Robert Dunn Racing      Click here to visit site      

YORK PA - The York County Fair, in the southcentral county of Pennsylvania which once was home to the Capital City of the United States of the same name, didn't host any Presidents during its two days of harness racing on Monday and Tuesday. But it was the third-to-last stop of the local fair circuit this year, did crown two more divisional pointstandings champions, bringing the year's total to three - the first, of course, being the Princess of all North American freshmen. Tropical Terror ran her remarkable record to 15-14-1-0 on Monday, "two-year-old day," by capturing the faster of the two Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes divisions in 2:02.1. The campaigners of the Western Terror filly, Team Shaw - driver Chris; Chris's brother, trainer Jason; and Jason's son, owner Mason - may have enjoyed this one a little more, because their filly defeated her one conqueror, second-place finisher Keystone I Wish, although to the credit of the place horse she narrowed the other's advantage from 11 lengths at the quarter to 2½ at the wire. Tropical Terror, the winningest freshman in all of North America, had clinched her divisional title, and the blanket in the stable's colors presented at the fair banquet associated with the USTA District meeting (the Shaws' will be their blue and white), three stops ago at Wattsburg. Surprisingly, the second-winningest 2YO on the continent, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, has not yet clinched the colt section, despite posting his 12th win of the year, and eighth in succession, in 2:04, three races before Tropical Terror. And that's because a 2YO with 11 victories, Marshmallow Pulse, is also a PA fair regular, and in fact won the fastest of the division's three PaFSS cuts with a 2:03 mile the race after Nippy. Oh - did we mention that Nippy and the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Marshmallow Pulse are also members of the Team Shaw stronghouse? Among the "Terror," Nippy (15-12-3-0), and "Pulse" (14-11-3-0), the trio have an awesome record of 44-37-7-0 - unheard-of consistency for babies, especially on the sometimes rough-n-tumble county fair circuit. Among the three, they have bankrolled $90,081 this summer for the college scholarship fund of owner Mason Shaw - which he won't need until 2030, as he is currently "also a two-year-old." The first of the two other horses to clinch a divisional pointstandings title raced in the very first contest of the meet - Police Navidad, an altered freshman son of Muscle Massive who assured his mathematical clinch in the division with his ninth seasonal triumph, putting him one off the North American victory lead among all baby squaregaiters. The gold and blue blanket will be going to trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel for owner/mom Virginia, owner/wife Kathy, and Lander Stables LLC. The third already-assured blanket will be of dark green and white with black edging, as the three-year-old Art Official gelding Mister Chaos clinched his crown by winning in 2:00.2 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and D And P Racing LLC, with Chris Shaw the sulky deputy here. Ironically, that was not the fastest mile of the meet, as 15 minutes later the Real Artist gelding Ruffled Up won in even time for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Mister Chaos is now poised to attempt to become something not achieved since the fair circuit pointstandings' historical records were preserved starting in 2002: the first horse to win both his pointstandings blanket and the Championship Final at age two and three. There are two more fair stops to make - Gratz this weekend (Sept. 14-15) and Bloomsburg (Sept. 18-19) -- before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse with a chance to do the "double double," the Western Terror filly La Fiesta, does currently have a slight lead in her pointstandings, but she'll need her "A" game to handle a pacing miss who, along with Nippy, has the PaFSS's longest current win skein at 8, TSM Soul Sister, a McArdle filly who also won at York for driver Todd Cummings, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Fom the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

Dubbo Harness Racing Club has announced the line-up for its stallion service auction. Thanks to the generosity of some of New South Wales’, Victoria’s and New Zealand’s leading breeding establishments, the club has secured services to several outstanding stallions. On offer are Shadyshark Hanover thanks to Goodtime Lodge, Art Official or Auckland Reactor courtesy of Alabar, Live Or Die and Mcardle from Nevele R Stud, Robin Hood via Yirribee and American Ideal, which resides at Woodlands Stud. All money raised goes directly into prizemoney, which has seen events such as the club’s flagship feature - Red Ochre Mares’ Classic – elevated to Group status. The tender opens on Monday, September 9 and closes at 5pm on Monday, September 16, 2014. Bids can be placed via the club’s site and clicking on ‘Trading Ring’ or by contacting Brett Wrigley on 0407 995 930 and Lester Hoy on 0457 647 919. The club has extended a “huge thank you” to the studs for their generosity, which is a driving force behind the growth of the local industry. PAUL COURTS

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