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Artful Way (Artistic Fella) scored in the Open Pace for the second time in the last three weeks on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer faded on the front end in last Saturday's installment of the $15,000 Open as the favorite after being used hard throughout. This week, driver Frank Coppola Jr. elected to sit the pocket with Artful Way who tracked JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) throughout the 1 1/16 mile feature. Artful Way popped the pocket turning for home and cruised past the race's front running favorite before stopping the timer in a dazzling 1:58.2 for the elongated distance after covering the mile in 1:51.2. JK Panache was the runner up for the second consecutive week in the feature while Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way paid $11.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $40.20 and $349.50, respectively. The win was one of two on the card for conditioner Jackie Rousse and one of three on the night for veteran reinsman Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Last Saturday night, Artful Way (Artistic Fella) blasted out to the early lead in the $15,000 Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Though the harness racing four year old flashed incredible turn of foot early in the 1 1/16 mile feature last week, Artful Way tired late before fading to a sixth place finish.   This week, the tune was much different for the Jackie Rousse-trained pacer. Frank Coppola Jr. once again powered Artful Way out early but eased him back before yielding to rival Spinarama (Austin Siegelman).   Spinarama got a big time second quarter breather but was hounded by the race's favorite JK Panache who was first over.   Dismissed at odds of 12-1, Spinarama turned back JK Panache but Artful Way got loose late and surged up the passing lane before hitting the wire first in 2:00 for the 1 1/16 mile.   Spinarama held second while E Z Noah (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot.   Artful Way returned $9.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $80.00 and $375.50, respectively.   Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Forbes will host a Carnival Of Cups meeting on Sunday afternoon and Toby Vautin is hoping to take out the harness racing feature event. Vautin has two runners in the $12,240 Forbes Services Memorial Club Final and both were impressive winners in the heats. Vautin will drive Playful Fella (Artistic Fella) while Casey Williams will partner Early Decision (Dawn Ofa New Day) with both horses set to start off the front row. "It was great to see Playful Fella finally win a race this time in, he has been a little bit frustrating for me and funnily enough I only nominated him for the heats so Early Decision had a travelling companion," Vautin said. "Playful Fella won a number of races early in his career and I decided to give him a good long break after a run at Menangle in January last year. I thought he had the makings of a nice horse and the break might take him to the next level but he has come back and he is not the same horse." Playful Fella defeated Tuapeka Glory in a heat but Vautin has nominated the Wendy Turnbull trained runner as the hardest to beat. "I was able to beat Tuapeka Glory in the heat but it has drawn barrier one this Sunday so it is the logical horse to beat. I'll be trying to get the front early and if I can't I'll race up on the pace because that's where he likes to be. "I actually think Early Decision is the better of my two chances, I'm driving Playful Fella because he can be a bit of a handful to drive." Early Decision has been plagued by bad barrier draws recently and that trend continued this weekend with the gelding set to start from barrier six. "I think he has drawn inside gate five once in his last fourteen or fifteen starts, he is the most honest horse you could find. He tries hard every start you give him and he'll just need a little bit of luck in the early stages. "I will be instructing Casey to come out on him early and look to slot in somewhere. The owners wanted to give Casey a chance to drive him because she helps out around the stable when she can, it was definitely the right thing to do." Early Decision won his heat by more than ten metres and Vautin is confident the gelding can win more races if he can get some luck with the barrier draws. "His luck will come, hopefully he gets the luck on Sunday. If I was to run first and second this weekend I reckon it would make my day a great one." Forbes will run seven races on Sunday with the first timed to begin at 1:20pm. Greg Hayes

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) scored his first feature win of the season at Saratoga on Saturday night. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer always utilizes his early speed and did so in the $12,000 Winners Over with harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Dismissed at odds of 7-1, Titus Seelster wound up sitting the pocket to invader Outrageous Art (Artsplace) in the 1 1/16 mile Winners Over pace. Titus Seelster surged late and came on to win by a half length covering the 1 1/16 in 1:59.2. The race's favorite JK Panache (Bruce Aldrich Jr) toughed out a first over trip to finish second while Pappy's Pal (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Titus Seelster returned $17.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $59 and $351.50. The win was the first of what would be four on the night for the tandem of Coppola and Rousse who teamed up for a Saturday night grand slam. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Legion of Boom lowered the boom with a 42/1 harness racing upset in the Ontario Boys Series final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A compact field of six competed in the $45,000 final of the three week series event for Ontario sired four-year-olds. Headlining the group of six was a pair of Richard Moreau trainees. Cajon Lightning entered the final off a victory in leg one and a third in leg two, while Rafa looked to turn the tables after finishing second in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair left hard off the gate, but Rafa and Sylvain Filion also had the same strategy. McNair opted to drop in behind Rafa and take the two-hole trip. Rafa, who was 8/5, posted an opening-quarter of :27.1 and a half of :56. Outside challengers developed around the final turn with Mach Code first up and Cajon Lightning, the 4/5 favourite, second over. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24, Rafa led the field into the stretch looking for the gate-to-wire victory. In the stretch, McNair came off the pylons with Legion Of Boom and the 42/1 longshot grinded away at Rafa. Cajon Lightning also came charging with late speed and Half A Billion was flying from the back to make it a four-across finish. Legion Of Boom hit the wire first in 1:53.1 to win by a head over Cajon Lightning. Half A Billion finished a neck back in third, while Rafa was defeated by just a half a length, but finished fourth. A four-year-old son of Artistic Fella, Legion Of Boom had just one win in six starts this season entering the Ontario Boys final. He finished sixth in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom is co-owned by driver Doug McNair, who shares ownership of the gelding with Equus Standardbreds Inc. Gregg McNair is the conditioner of the four-year-old. Saturday's victory was the sixth career win for Legion Of Boom and it increases his career earnings to over $92,000. The clocking of 1:53.1 also established a new career mark for the son of Artistic Fella. Legion Of Boom paid $86.20 to win. Legion Of Boom In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Dreamy Fella paced home for his fifth straight win Wednesday (January 27) in Northfield Park's 12th race. The four year-old stallion is owned by Tessa Roland of Lackawanna, New York and trained by John Perrin. Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Dreamy Fella started from post four and made every pole a winning one through fractional times of :28.1, :58.1, 1:28.2 and 1:58.2. He never experienced an anxious moment in the mile and was 1¼-lengths ahead of his competition at the wire. Wednesday's triumph was the tenth career start for Dreamy Fella (Artistic Fella-Cerulean Dream-Dream Away). He raced in New York and Canada and was beaten in all of his first five races. However, he has excelled under Perrin's tutelage and remains undefeated over the Flying Turns. Wednesday's triumph increased Dreamy Fella's lifetime earnings to $9,590. He was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.40 to win. $2,829.90 Carryover Sparks $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Saturday’s (January 30) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,829.90. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Saturday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) prevailed in his first try in the local harness racing feature on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse-trained three year old won the Open Pace while competing in it for the first time since coming to town in October. After moving aggressively to the early lead in 26.3, Artful Way kept rolling along on the front end, clicking off middle half fractions of 55 and 1:23.1 en route to victory in 1:51.4. Invader Dynamic Youth (Billy Dobson) was the race's favorite and moved first over on Artful Way but didn't make much of an impact before fading late to a fourth place finish. Longshot Duel In The Sun (Cambest) came charging hard in the stretch to be the runner up in the final $18,000 Open Pace for 2015 while Theseyesrcrying (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on for third. Artful Way, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, was dismissed at odds of 10-1 while second place finisher Duel In The Sun went off at odds of 31-1. The exacta with the longshots returned $387.50 while the triple came back $2016. Saturday night served as closing night for the '15 racing season with live racing set to resume in March of 2016. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing trainer Jackie Rousse and driver Frank Coppola Jr. swept the co-features on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) went coast to coast in the $13,000 Winners Over pace while Artful Way (Artistic Fella) went start to finish in the $13,000 Winners of 5 but not more than 8 races lifetime pace on a comfortable December night in the Spa City. Titus Seelster pulled off a mild upset while going wire-to-wire in 1:52.4 at odds of 9-2 while Artful Way was the race's overwhelming favorite while backed to odds of 1-9. Both Rousse trainees are co-owned by Janie Martin and the Kellogg Racing Stables LLC. Rousse piled up three winners on the Saturday card as her Winter Blast also prevailed with Coppola in the sulky. With just one week of racing left in the 2015 season, it appears that Rousse and Coppola will both finish in second place in the trainer and driver standings, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

DAYTON, OH. - Locally-based Artistic Fusion bested invaders Rev Me Up and American Girl to capture the $10,500 Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (November 6). The four-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, trained and driven to victory by Kayne Kauffman, controlled the throttle throughout splits of :27, :56 and 1:24.1 before scurrying home in :28.4 to complete her 1:53 triumph. It was the eleventh seasonal victory for Artistic Fusion, owned by Mike Foote, and increased her 2015 bounty to $85,000 in 26 starts. Sent off at odds of over 5-1, the winner returned $13.40. Combined with runnerup Rev Me Up, who benefitted from a pocket ride throughout, the $2 exacta returned $55; while those that tacked American Girl, who got a second-over journey, onto the end of their $2 trifecta tickets were rewarded with a $395.20 return. From the Media Department at Dayton Raceway

Yearlings by many of the world’s greatest sires will go up for auction at the Shepparton Mixed Sale, to be held at the Shepparton Racing Complex on Sunday September 6.   The 18-strong yearling contingent features yearlings by 14 different sires headed up by champion sire Mach Three and leading trotting sire Majestic Son, as well as Modern Art, Shadow Play (3 lots), Artistic Fella, Jet Laag, Village Jolt (3 lots), Major In Art, Tell All and Mister Big.   Several exciting, young sires will be represented by their first crop and they include  USA 2YO of the Year Big Jim, the $1.6million winner Betterthancheddar, dual NZ Horse of the Year Auckland Reactor and NZ 2YO of the Year Smiling Shard.   The catalogue comprises youngsters out of 2:00 winning mares and 2:00 winner producers.   There’s colts out of the former 3YO Filly of the Year Yeronga Songbird, Melbourne winners Room With A View (1:56) and Our Favourite Girl, Got The Gold (6 wins) and Closetomyheart (Tr 2:04.2) and fillies from the USA Stakes winner Out Of Sight  1:52.4 ($200,142), the NSW Oaks placegetter Lahaini (1:57.5) and the Melton winner Kiss And Fly (1:58.4).   The sale also highlights half-sisters to   *The Youthful Stakes winner Vista Bella 1:57.9 ($110,021)   *The smart racemares Twirling ($105,707) and Golden Grinder 1:55.6 ($90,340)   * Half-brothers to the Moonee Valley winner Stormwarning, Boston Yankee (1:56.6) and The Lombo heat winner Rosemay.   For a catalogue or further information contact Shepparton Harness Racing Club manager Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email shepparton@hrv.org.au    Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au   Click on the News link. Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page.   Peter Wharton

JULY 31, 2015 - Driver Randy Waples captured a pair of three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with horses trained by one of his harness racing heroes. "Growing up in this business, he's the guy that everybody always wants to drive for, so when you find yourself lucky enough to be driving for him it's a rush every time," said Waples of Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "I have my heroes in the business too, and being able to drive horses for a guy like that, it's a rush." Waples kicked off the Grassroots program with a win, steering Regal Sight to a 1:52.3 score from Post 6. The pair took control heading for the half and was never headed, sailing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Ace Of Clubs. The Fire Within was three lengths back in third. "He raced really well," said Waples. "He got a little hot behind the gate last week and made a break, but he was back to himself tonight." The win was the first this season for Regal Sight, who had posted one second and two thirds in the first three Grassroots events. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON bred and own the son of Stonebridge Regal and You See L A, who currently sits seventh in the division point race with 99. Regal Sight Waples and McIntosh recorded their second victory in the fourth Grassroots division, with the Milton, ON resident giving Artful Way a come-from-behind steer. Starting from Post 9, Waples eased Artful Way onto the rail in fifth and waited until the three-quarter marker to shift into the outer lane behind fan favourite Southwind Indy. Turning for home two and one-half lengths behind leader Feeling Cam Lucky, Waples shifted Artful Way into high gear and the gelding powered down the stretch to get a head in front of Feeling Cam Lucky and Southwind Indy in 1:51.3. "He's been drawing horrible lately. He's had a 10 and two nines his last three starts down here, so he hasn't really been able to get into the race. Tonight he had his nose right on the gate and when I looked over there looked like there was going to be a couple spots available, so it just really worked out good for him," said Waples of the Artistic Fella son. "Usually if you can get him in the middle somewhere he doesn't mind first over. He can grind away first over pretty good. He's win two or three times like that. "He can take a lot of air, he just seems not to get tired," added Waples. "He's got a big motor; a big motor and a big set of lungs." McIntosh bred and owns Artful Way, who was also a winner in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 2. In the other two Grassroots legs the gelding finished fifth and third, giving him a total of 117 points and sole ownership of fourth in the division standings with two regular season events remaining. Artful Way Bob Ben And John gave his connections a nice parting gift in the second Grassroots division. The Sportswriter gelding, who is entered in the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Aug. 1, scored his first win of 2015 with a 1:53.3 front-end triumph over Windsong Lord and Halton Hurricane. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton. Following the race Sorella took to Twitter to say farewell to the gelding: "Thanks for the memories Bob. Best of luck in your new home." Friday's win boosted Bob Ben And John into eighth in the point race, making him a more attractive acquisition for a new owner hoping to participate in the Grassroots post season. Bob Ben And John Sporting The Look also jumped up the standings with his victory in the third division. Another son of Sportswriter, Sporting The Look powered out of the pocket and past pacesetter Twin B Scandal to claim his second straight Grassroots win in a personal best 1:51.2. Mach Code rounded out the top three. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the victory for his father Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON and his partners 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Two wins and one eighth in Grassroots competition give Sporting The Look 101 points, putting him in sixth. Sporting The Look The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to the connections of His Boy Elroy, who also used come-from-behind tactics to secure the victory. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic urged His Boy Elroy down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over Sugarsam and Make Some Luck in a personal best 1:51.4. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. Through three Grassroots starts the colt now has one win, one second and one eighth-place result for a total of 76 points. His Boy Elroy The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack for the fifth Grassroots event of their season on August 21. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Tuesday, August 4 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

What an exciting conveyance four year old Artistic Fella/Marilyn Macray gelding Macterra Lad is - chalking up his 8th harness racing victory in only 13 outings by taking the Dimension Homes Pace for C5 & C6 class over 1710 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Tuesday. Bred by former Harness Breeders (Vic) Secretary Ian Kitchin, Macterra Lad trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs for Mount Gambier owner Michael McQuade and driven by daughter Amy Tubbs has developed into the ultimate racehorse after being so green in the early part of his career. Starting from the pole, Macterra Lad showed plenty of speed as the mobile gate sped away, leading easily and from there on, the race became a procession. Kicking clear halfway up the running, Macterra Lad scored virtually untouched by 3.5 metres over Crazy Dave (gate two) which trailed, with No Bettertime (four wide home turn from last) 1.5 metres away in third place. The mile rate 1-56.4 (last half 56.6 – quarter 27.7. Macterra Lad should have no difficulty in going through the grades and is Cup class material. Consistent five year old Blissful Hall/Childers Elite gelding Masterofthurles finally cracked it for a win when successful in the Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop Pace for C1 class over 1710 metres. Trained in the Western District at Childers Cove by Ange McDowall, Masterofthurles driven by Matty Craven settled three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with Ducale Bromac (gate four) leading. Moving forward three wide in the final circuit, Masterofthurles was inconvenienced on straightening when Royal Icing after coming off the back of the leader ran all over the place like a drunken sailor, however after regaining his composure,  Masterofthurles out wide scored by a half head in a tricky finish from pole marker DoyouseewhatIsee along the markers from three back the inside. Khaleesi finish third from mid-field in the running line. The mile rate 1-56.1. Lightly raced, Masterofthurles registered his second victory in 23 race appearances and first since February last year at Stawell. The McDowall’s are related to the all conquering Craven family. When Shelbourne (Bendigo) trainer Larry Eastman’s team hit their straps they are worth following and Village Jolt/Sunrose Mary gelding Sunrose Village broke his maiden status at start number four when greeting the judge in the T J Coutts Electrical 3-Y-0 Pace over 2200 metres, much to the delight of Nyah owner/breeder Robert Dacey. Driven by Chris Alford, Sunrose Village led from gate three and was never out of second gear, coasting to the wire 3.1 metres in advance of Regal Ambition (three wide last lap from last) in a mile rate of 2-00.3. Chirpy Chuckles which followed the winner from the pole finished third. Huntly (Bendigo) trainer/driver Anthony Crossland’s in-form Love You/Sun Goddess four year old gelding Dieu De Lamour snared the G & D Air Conditioning and Mechanical Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2200 metres. Enjoying a sweet one/one passage after being crossed from the pole, Dieu De Lamour sprinted sharply to lead on the home turn, defying all challengers to gain the day by 1.3 metres from Alabamas Invasion (three back the markers) and Girls Go First (one/three) in a mile rate of 2-03.2. Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria Click here to read the Vicbred heats wrap from last night

Pompano Beach, FL...June 13, 2015...No Bad Dreams, given a picture perfect drive by Bruce Ranger, gave his harness racing competition a nightmare of sorts on Saturday night at Pompano Park, virtually wiring a classy field in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace in 1:52.1.   The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, earned his seventh win of the year in 11 starts, defeating Raji's Blue Line, handled by Ben McNeil, by a half length.   Northern Companion and driver Tom Sells teamed up to be third while Who's Your Maddy finished fourth. G P S Legacy made a miscue early on and picked up the nickel in the quintet.   No Bad Dreams, leaving from the advantageous five post, zipped out of the gate and joined Raji's Blue Line around the first turn with No Bad Dreams assuming the lead shortly thereafter and clocking an opening panel of :27.2.   With positions remaining stagnant through the next quarter, Ranger was able to rate his charge through a :29.4 panel, reaching the half in :57.1. On the backside, Ranger chirped once to No Bad Dreams and he was off on a :27.4 tangent and then sealed the deal with a :27.1 finale.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, Ben's horse (Raji's Blue Line) cut some hellish fractions so I was hoping he wouldn't try that again and opt for a two hold trip. Once I got to the half in :57 and change, I felt very confident that No Bad Dreams could go all the way from there. He's a very nice horse...VERY nice!"   In winning for the 10th time career-wise, No Bad Dreams pushed his lifetime earnings to $43,962--$29,310 this year in only 11 starts.   As the 2 to 5 favorite, No Bad Dreams rewarded his many followers with a $2.80 mutuel.   That win, incidentally, proved to be a "double" for trainer Aubin and the Boddie's, as their Abreathofreshart captured the opener on the Saturday card in a conditioned pace in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. This four year-old son of Artistic Fella also wired his foes, using a :27.4 finale to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths on Histoire Eternelle, handled by Dan Harvey. Zavan was third for Andy Santeramo after applying some pressure on the leader around the final turn.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Abreathofreshart paid $3.40 to win.   The track also hosted the Chris Valkanoff Memorial Pace, honoring one of the most respected owners at the track who passed away some months ago.   Ranger also won that one, too, guiding Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile's Freeneasy Hanover to his 25th lifetime win--2nd this year--in 1:51.2.   The Jim Mc Donald trainee, a seven year-old son of Western Ideal, also was a gate to wire winner, clocking panels of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1 along the way for the win measuring nearly four lengths.   He, too, was the overwhelming favorite--1 to 5 on the board--and returned $2.60 to win.   After the event, the vast number of friends and family gathered in the winner's circle celebrating Mr. Valkanoff's life.   Racing continues Wednesday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

McTiny's Hope and Artful Impulse were victorious in their respective $9,700 trotting and pacing feature events hosted by Pompano Park on Wednesday night. Mc Tiny's Hope, flawlessly handled by Ben McNeil and fresh off a wire-to-wire 1:54.1 win in her "Winner's Over Trot" a week ago, used the exact same strategy this night, zipping to the front in the early stages of the mile before clocking soft early panels of :28.4 and :58 before really getting down to business with a :27.4 third quarter and :28.4 finale to pin a 2 1/2 length defeat on On The Tab (Bruce Ranger) in 1:54.3. Gold Savage (Mickey McNichol), away third in the early going, stayed in that position the entire route, finding himself 3 1/2 lengths away on the line with My Revenuer and Tug River Dylan net in the sextet. In a post race interview, driver Ben Mc Neil said, "Prior to this race tonight, this mare's two best performances were on the front end, so I decided not to tinker with success and sent her again. When we got away with that rated half, I felt really confident she could go all the way. All I did was whistle at her entering the backside and off she went on her own. This was a pretty solid group of horses in here, so I am very proud of her performance tonight." Trained by brother Jack Mc Neil III for Ellen Mc Neil, this seven year-old daughter of CR Excalibur won for the fifth time this season--26th lifetime--to send her seasonal bounty to $39,996, surpassing her earnings for all of last season in 32 starts. She's banked $148,770 lifetime to go along with a Meadowlands mark of 1:53.3. As the 2 to 5 favorite, Mc Tiny's Hope returned $2.80 to win. In the companion event for pacing mares, Artful Impulse, superbly handled by Andy Santeramo, wired her foes in 1:53.3, holding off the late surging Goldstar Rockette (Mickey Mc Nichol) by three parts of a length with the fast closing Mach Me Not (Bruce Ranger) third. Taylor B Swift and Keystone Christa picked up the final two awards in the septet. Artful Impulse, trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Twenty Four Carrot Racing stable, was on the engine from her outside eight post when the gate opened and briefly engaged Taylor B Swift for the lead before securing it around the opening turn and clocking an initial quarter timed in :27.3. In the lane the first go-around, driver Rob Hoffman sent his charge, Lady Ideal, on the prowl but that strategy backfired as Artful Impulse kept her at bay through a :56.2 half. Nary a challenge developed as Santeramo blitzed his way through a :28.1 third panel, turning for home with a comfortable lead and securing it all the way home with a :29 finale. After the race, Santeramo related, "She (Artful Impulse) seems to do her best work on or near the front, so I sent her winging and she responded like she usually does. When I saw Rob's mare (Lady Ideal) coming after me, it was a little too late to yield, so I just kept on truckin'. This is a quality mare that is trained by a great trainer, so I thought she'd have enough left to get home...and she did!" The win was number four of the semester for the four year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, sending her 2015 earnings to $29,875 and $120,120 lifetime. As second choice in the betting, Artful Impulse paid $9.20 to win, keying a 8-4-7--2-3 Super Hi-5 payout of $304.44 to multiple winners for their 20 cent investment. The Super Hi-5 carryover into the next racing program, Saturday, is $4,134.22. The training win for Mc Donald was one of four on the night as Dominum Deo ($3.20-Ranger) took the "Winner's Over" 2 trot in 1:55.4, American Superman ($8.00-Ranger) grabbed a conditioned Trot and The Muscler ($9.00-Andy Santeramo) reported home first in a conditioned-optional claiming trot. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 with a Winner's Over Pace sharing the spotlight with three events featuring the visiting amateur drivers from Spain. John Berry 

Tuesday trots in Victoria were held at the harness arcing meeting at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley and Long Forest trainer Andy Gath produced a nice Art Major/Our Southern Rose colt by the name of Battle Born to land the Saddleworld Shepparton 2-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres when having his first start at the races.   Driven by wife Kate, Battle Born from gate six was taken back to the rear of the field, with polemarker Herehecomes retaining the lead and the well supported favourite Emiliana (Nathan Jack) going forward from outside the front line to park in the open giving another first starter Anything For Love one/one cover.   Despite making the final bend four wide, Battle Born ran home stylishly to record a runaway 1.4 metre victory over Anything For Love and Herehecomes in a mile rate of 2-01.1.   Aucklander Mark Burley who has seen a fair bit of Australia’s east coast recently having campaigned in NSW and now in Victoria, was successful in taking the DPR Insurance Brokers Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2190 metres with a filly by the name of Little Miss Zigzag who is to start in the Victoria Trotters Oaks at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday.   Settling three back in the moving line from gate two on the second row, the daughter of Love You and Meander With Earl was sent forward shortly after the start to stride past the leader Illawong Sunny (gate six) which had crossed Aldebaran Hest (gate four).   Travelling beautifully, Little Miss Zigzag gave her rivals the slip on the home turn to register an easy 8.9 metre victory in advance of a death-seating Im Havinaball and Illawaong Sunny, returning a mile rate of 2-04.5.   Popular Huntly (Bendigo) trainer Barry Quigley combined with Chris Alford aboard six year old Mach Three/Janoela Star mare Sukovia to greet the judge in the Betta Home Living Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres.   Taking advantage of a mares concession, Sukovia led most the way from gate three to defeat the hot favourite Glory Daze (gate five) by a neck which raced in the open from the bell after a poor beginning, with polemarker Sailors Sweetheart 6.6 metres away after leading out and taking a trail. The mile rate 2-00.2.   Avenel duo David and Josh Aiken have a great record at their home track and four year old Somebeachsomewhere/Arty Alice mare Beach Shack raced by Brendan James’ BFJ Bloodstock Trust brought up two wins in succession when victorious in the Neatline Homes Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2190 metres.   Racing outside the pacemaker Party Boy inside her, Beach Shack (gate four) prevailed by a nose in a tricky finish over the leader in a mile rate of 1-59.8. Holdonsu (three back the markers) finished 1.8 metres away in third place.   The Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for Four Year Old Entires and Geldings (Heat 1) went the way of Bacchus Marsh trainer Alan Tubbs’ potential top liner Macterra Lad in a rate of 1-59.4.   Driven by daughter Amy, Macterra Lad a gelded son of Artistic Fella and Marilyn Macray raced outside the pacemaker Bryce Copper all of the way from gate five to outstay his rivals and score by a nose in advance of the heavily supported Young Modern and Sketch Me (one/three).   Macterra Lad bred by Ian Kitchin and raced by Mount Gambier’s Michael McQuade brought up his 7th success in 12 race appearances.   The Empire Stllions Vicbred Super Series for Three Year Old Fillies (Heat 1) was taken out by quality Sportswriter/Benelise filly Niki No No, much to the delight of locally based Benstud Standardbreds.   Trained at Bolinda by Kari Males and driven by regular reinsman Greg Sugars (the state’s leading driver), Niki No No wasn’t involved in the early speed from outside the front row, easing to possie three back in the moving line.   Urged forward three wide approaching the bell, the Victoria Oaks winner was surprisingly able to slide past the leader Come Cullect (gate three) which had crossed Glenferrie Baby (gate four) and proceeded to lead for the rest of the journey, accounting for Soho Tokyo (one/two – three wide home turn) and Glenferrie Baby in a rate of 2-01.2.   Invergordon trainer Stuart Govers and local concessional reinsman Riley Fortin are proving to be a formidable combination and once again joined forces to land the Shepparton BMW Pace for C2 class over 1690 metres with improving five year old Blissful Hall/Cheryls Fancy gelding Ramblenroller in a mile rate of 1-56.8.   Starting from the extreme draw, Ramblenroller raced by father Max ran home strongly from a mid-field passage to gain the day by 1.5 metres from a death-seating Lagoon Beach (gate five), with Calcavado running on late out wide to finish third.   Lockington breeder/owner/trainer Shane Pangrazio combined with Avenel based Mark Pitt to snare the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres with Safari/Wahini Elle 4-Y-0 mare Safari Beach in a mile rate of 2-00.8.   Trapped wide from outside the front line, Pitt had no option but to go back at the start and settle at the tail of the field.   Trailing home both Pushinupdaisies and Miss Tanami three wide in the final circuit, Safari Beach finished best to blouse Miss Tanami by a head right on the wire.   The pacemaker Highly Persuasive was 4.5 metres away in third place after having every possible chance.   Len Baker

JUNE 2, 2015 – Everything came together for three-year-old pacing gelding Maracasso at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the John Williamson trainee earned his first ever harness racing victory in an $18,000 Grassroots division. After sitting third through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2, Maracasso burst out of the pack in the stretch and reeled in pacesetter Mac Raider to earn the nose victory in 1:53. “The horse needed a trip and he got lucky enough to get one,” said driver Jody Jamieson after the race. “If you’re going to break your maiden, it’s better to be in a stake race than anywhere else.” Trainer Williamson of Waterdown and Daniel Haist of Ridgeville share ownership of Maracasso and Jamieson was pleased to engineer the win for the longtime partners. “They’ve both been in the business, both partners, for a long, long time. They’ve had moderate success, but maybe this horse is their OSS horse for the year,” said the driver. Maracasso made two starts in the Grassroots program last season, finishing third and sixth, and the Lis Mara son had two sophomore starts under his belt heading into Tuesday’s contest. “I actually raced him last year, and he was really immature,” noted Moffat resident Jamieson. “He’s still fairly immature, but he definitely got the right division and he raced well.” Maracasso bested fan favourite Mac Raider, owned by Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg, and Regal Sight in the fourth of seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The first division was captured by Mr Carrotts and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, who circled the Mohawk Racetrack oval in 1:52.2 for trainer Murray Brethour and owner-breeder Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton. The win was the first of the season for the Mach Three gelding, but his fifth straight top three result. Sportswriter son Windsong Lightning stepped to the quickest victory of the seven Grassroots divisions, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:51.3. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the win for trainer David Menary of Cambridge and owners Terry De Matteo of Stoney Creek, and Mark Searles and 648885 Ontario Limited of Caledonia. Milton resident Randy Waples piloted Artful Way to a 1:51.4 score in the third split for trainer, owner and breeder Bob McIntosh of Windsor. The Artistic Fella son edged out favourite Naturescape to score his second straight victory. Mach Code earned his first win of the season in the seventh race, cruising home a five length winner in rein to Guelph resident Doug McNair. The leading Ontario Sires Stakes reinsman in 2014, McNair steered Mach Code to the 1:52.2 win for trainer Jeffrey Thomson, who shares ownership of the Mach Three – Early Dismissal homebred with Lori Thomson of Chesley. Driver Mario Baillargeon of Acton captured the last two divisions, guiding Tell All son Myhoneytellsall to a 1:53 win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus and owner-breeders M & S Racing Stable Inc. of Rockwood, and then returning to the winner’s circle with HP Bushido Dragjet. Owned by breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer’s Cliff, QC, HP Bushido Dragjet is trained by Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood. The Jeremes Jet son earned the head victory over favourite York Seelster in a clocking of 1:53.3. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on June 21, while Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening. Post time for both events is 7:25 pm.  

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