With Restless Yankee and MacKenzie's Bliss tussling early, Kelly Hope's Stonebridge Master ($5.10) had a fast pace to close into, looping the field in the final quarter mile for a 1:51.2 triumph in the featured $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 Pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (April 12) evening. The eight-year-old Artsplace gelding was in no hurry early on, sitting well off a pressured :26.4 first quarter, and even having a 12-length deficit at race's midpoint, where JK Panache (Truman Gale) pushed past Restless Yankee (Chris Lems) to force a :55.2 half mile. Midway around the far turn, Aaron Byron angled Stonebridge Master off the pegs, and the Jordan Hope trainee's response was instant. Moving three-wide at the top of the stretch, Stonebridge Master gobbled up ground at will, taking over the lead in upper stretch, drawing clear to win by 3-1/4 lengths, and posting a solid :26.3 last quarter en route. Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) closed from far back to take second, while Moonlight Ransom (Jimmy Whittemore) rallied from last to finish third. by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Auditorial had a second and a pair of third place finishes in the qualifying legs of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series at Buffalo Raceway but he saved his best for the $22,750 finals Saturday night (April 5) and registered the mild upset in 1:57.4. The surprises then continued in the co-featured $10,500 Open Pace as Sand Savage ($16.00) posted a head win over the heavily-favored Running Book in a seasonal best of 1:55.1 over the fast track. Drew Monti, a 19-year-old provisional driver at Buffalo Raceway, enjoyed the night as he guided both Auditorial and Sand Savage to the victories in the co-features. In the Michael Scores finals, postponed from last week due to snow and poor track conditions, Auditorial ($13.60) got the perfect trip. He sat in second place from the start, following the pace-setting Enzo Seelster (John Cummings) who put up fractions of 28.2, 58.3 and 1:28. In the dash to the wire, Monti urged Auditorial through the inside passing lane and eventually wore down Enzo Seelster to score the 1/2 length decision. Catman (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) took the show position, finishing a mere length behind. Owned and trained by Daniel Mullet, Auditorial (Artsplace-Special Addition) is an 8-year-old gelding who has now earned $17,589 this season and $164,760 lifetime. It was his second win in 2014 and 17th of his career as well. In the Open, it was a two-horse breakaway as the pace-setting Running Book and pocket-sitting Sand Savage opened up an 11-length lead on the field by the three-quarter marker. In the stretch, the leg-weary Running Book drifted out badly while Monti kept Sand Savage on a straight course to the finish line and managed to win by a neck. Sand Savage (Allamerican Native-Sheer Hose) is owned by Robert Salzman and is conditioned by Rose Russo. It was the second win in 11 starts for the 7-year-old horse this year. It upped his winnings to $16,332 in 2014 and $340,184 lifetime. Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card set to begin at 5 p.m. The $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is the feature and is scheduled as the eighth race. For more information including upcoming schedule, promotions, replays, results and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2014 -- Imagine Hanover completed his sweep of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows by romping away with Friday's $27,750 championship and rolling up a combined, four-leg victory margin of 36-3/4 lengths. Also taking series championships were Partyatbartsplace -- who also swept his four legs -- Hierarchy and Stirling Bella. Brett Miller (Imagine Hanover, Hierarchy) and Aaron Merriman (Partyatbartsplace, Stirling Bella) logged a sweep of sorts by winning all four finals between them. Imagine Hanover hadn't been performing terribly well in overnights prior to the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. But the 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding put it all together for the Weaver. Del S. Miller, who trains Imagine Hanover for James Beluscak and Robert Carson, can't put his finger on any specific reason for the improvement. "I really think we might have started him before he was ready," Miller said. "He qualified super, then threw in two or three clunkers. He just came around and put four races together really well. I just hope it continues. They make you pull your hair out, these horses. You think you have them figured out, then they prove you wrong." In Friday's final, Imagine Hanover moved easily first over and triumphed in 1:54, 11-1/4 lengths better than 80-1 Gotta Luv Cash, with Spicey Victor third. Miller said he likely will give Imagine Hanover some time off before resuming his campaign at The Meadows. In the other championships: $28,500 Walter Russell Memorial Pace, 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings Partyatbartsplace rushed to the lead for trainer Chas Norris and owner Thumbs Up Stable and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Mattamerican to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Hickory Icon earned show. Much like Imagine Hanover, Partyatbartsplace entered his series off several poor outings, but Merriman said he remained confident in the abilities of the 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding. "I watched him race at Northfield a lot," Merriman said, "and truthfully, he really isn't as alert on the front; he kind of waits on them. But he's turning into a nice little racehorse. Chas has done a great job with him." $30,750 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot, 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares Shuffled to seventh and with no apparent racing room, Hierarchy found a seam late and won in a wild photo finish involving seven horses in 1:59. The rallying Mina was a hard-luck second, a head back, with Mystical Melody third. The win was especially gratifying for trainer Tim Twaddle, who purchased a piece of the 3-year-old Glidemaster-Mi Amiga filly after owner Karin Olsson Burgess bought her back at the Meadowlands sale. "She certainly had trot," Twaddle said. "Boy, the seas parted and we got through, thank goodness. She's in the next series here for 3-year-olds. From there on, we'll see how she develops." $28,500 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares Stirling Bella rushed to the pocket from post 8 and blew by the 1-2 favorite, Small Town Charmer, in the stretch to defeat her by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.3 and capture her third series leg. Fashion Katie completed the ticket. "I bought her to race, maybe put her in conditioned-claimers if she wasn't good enough," said Dave Zito, who trains the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fast Princess for Mervin Wengerd. "I didn't even think about the series -- she just made it under the earnings limit by about $300. I thought, let's give her a shot. She's not a real big filly, so you can't beat her up real hard leaving, but she has some speed, and she's nice to drive. "We'll give her a couple weeks off and just keep racing her."
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2014 ballot. A total of 36 horses and people, including 18 Standardbred racing candidates and 18 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year’s ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will declare the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 8. On the Standardbred ballots representing this year’s six voting categories are as follows: Male horse category, Blissfull Hall, J M Vangogh and Rocknroll Hanover In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown. Owned by Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, QC, this champion was trained by Ben Wallace with Ron Pierce as regular driver. A 31 race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before embarking on a successful career as a stallion. J M Vangogh, purchased as a yearling for $4,500 by Paul Chambers of Harrington, Delaware, made a remarkable recovery from an accident in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final as a two year old to earn $2.28 million in 206 starts over 8 seasons and the nickname “The Comeback Kid”. Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his race career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, ON; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC. Career highlights include victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three year olds, the Metro Pace and the North America Cup. He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. Female horse category: B Cor Tamara, Dreamfair Eternal and J Cs Nathalie Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000. Bred and owned by Peter Core of Dresden, ON, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall. Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.7 million. Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a career spanning seven years, 56 victories, including every stake event on the older pacing mare schedule, earning over $2.5 million and being named Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010. The daughter of Camluck was bred, raised and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON with Patrick Fletcher receiving training credit. As a broodmare, J Cs Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON -- pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal. Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3. Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010. The trainer-driver category: Yves Filion, William Gale, and Wally Hennessey. Yves Filion, 67 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.5 million in earnings. Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.4 million. Pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama each became millionaires with Filion responsible for both training and driving. William Gale, 65 of Woodstock, Ontario, was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons. During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. Wally Hennessey, 56, of Prince Edward Island, has more than 8,200 victories to his name and has banked earnings in excess of $55 million. In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown. In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Candidates in the builders’ category: Dr. Ted Clarke, John B. Ferguson and Robert Murphy. Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry. Highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth. Before Grand River, Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management. He was hired by Blue Bonnets in Montreal and after leaving hockey became the President of Windsor Raceway. He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, BC, one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, was known by his popular Red Star moniker. First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners. He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009. In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Outstanding Standardbreds: Albatross, Artsplace, and Happy Lady Albatross was voted US Harness Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million. As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million. Artsplace was the1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season. He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing. He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career which saw him race many times in Canada before becoming a world class sire. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, ON and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville. Though her race career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2. Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races. As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts. Communicators category selections: Harry Eisen, Bill Galvin and Frank Salive. The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario. As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press. Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old”, sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy. He was inducted into Western Fair’s Wall of Fame in 1980. As a publicist, promoter and author, Bill Galvin, a native of Arnprior, ON made a tremendous impact on horse racing in Canada. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring ice horse racing to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans. He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the health of horse racing during his career. Leamington, ON native Frank Salive was known for over 35 years as “The Voice” of Canadian harness racing. During his career it is estimated he called over 100,000 races, becoming a fan and industry favourite for his knowledgeable and informative calls and silky voice. Frank’s career as a track announcer began at Sudbury Downs in the late 70’s and continued at tracks throughout Ontario, includin fourteen years at Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment Group harness tracks and concluding at Pompano Park, Florida. Salive was also a regular writer for the Canadian Sportsman for several years. From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2014 -- Mogul Hanover and Partyatbartsplace each rolled to his third straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in the championship of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. That final, along with the championship legs of three other current Meadows' series, is set for Friday, March 28, first post 6:55 PM. Mogul Hanover spurted to the lead from post 7 for Dave Palone and thwarted the first-over challenge of Fly By Ry to triumph in a career-best 1: 53.4. Energy Shakes shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Mattamerican third. Paul Kennedy trains the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Mary Mattgalane gelding for Doug Ackerman. Partyatbartsplace quarter-poled to the lead for Aaron Merriman and was in command thereafter, downing Dragontattooteen by 3/4 lengths in 1:54. Hickory Little Red rallied for show. Chas Norris conditions Partyatbartsplace, a 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding, for Thumbs Up Stable. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger charged through the Lightning Lane to head Tamarind in 1:54.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Mike The Trader completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. With the victory, the 7-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Palone and Brett Miller each fashioned a triple. $15,000 Pick 5 on Wednesday On Wednesday, March 19, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. No one has correctly picked the Pick 5 for two consecutive programs, resulting in a carryover of $4,746.31 that prompted The Meadows to offer the “instant” guarantee. Minimum wager for the Pick 5, which spans Races 11 through 15, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fifth straight win Monday (March 17) in Northfield Park's opening race. The seven year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Hochstetler called upon Jason Merriman for the winning drive. Rose Run Logan started from post five and sat the pocket in the first half of the mile through fractions of :28.1 and :57.1. Merriman pulled in the backstretch, took the lead and never looked back, closing out the mile with fractions of 1:26.4 and 1:55.3. The mile clocking represents the trotter's new lifetime mark. Rose Run Logan posted a dominant 5-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Bookem (Josh Sutton). Monday's triumph was the 11 career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) and increased his lifetime earnings to $27,698. He was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win. In the evening's sixth race, Goodnite Goodluck captured the $9,500 Open Pace for owner Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. Trainer Andy Rickert enlisted the driving services of Aaron Merriman. Goodnite Goodluck (Bettor's Delight-Priority Overnite-Artsplace) started from the rail. He was in the garden spot through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.3. Merriman pulled into the passing lane and won by 1 Â¼-length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Lyons JosephJNR, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Western Churchill, T Red and Curator. Goodnite Goodluck now has 34 career successes. Monday's victory pushed his bankroll to $302,547. He paid a healthy $18.20 to win. Julians Caesar was a repeat winner of the $10,000 Open Trot in the evening's eighth race. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver. Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post eight and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:28. He took the lead in the stretch and won by a full length in 1:57.4 despite being parked the entire mile. Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Pembroke Snapshot, Hello Carlo, Sure Thing, Mary's Darvin, Mythical Hall and Easy Strength. Monday's triumph increased Julians Ceasar's lifetime win tally to 13 and his earnings to $250,172. Despite winning this race last week, he returned $13.40 to win.
WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2014 -- First over from before the half, Partyatbartsplace ground out his second straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Also capturing $15,000, second-leg splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings were Mogul Hanover, who won his second straight in the Russell, and KR's Power Surge, a 25-1 surprise. Partyatbartsplace was third when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Mattamerican. The pair dueled until mid-stretch, where Partyatbartsplace edged clear and downed Mattamerican by a length in a career-best 1:53.3. Dealin Dan rallied for show. Chas Norris trains Partyatbartsplace, a 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding, for Thumbs Up Stable. In the $20,000 Preferred Trot, converted claimer Call To Post powered to the lead past the quarter and was unassailable thereafter, scoring in 1:54, a lifetime mark. Early leader Bound For Fame was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Tamarind closed well for show. Doug Snyder piloted the 5-year-old Tom Ridge-Poster Princess gelding, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings, for trainer Dane Snyder and owner Danielle Snyder. Dave Palone and trainer Steve Schoeffel each enjoyed a triple on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2014 -- On the bench since Dec. 23, Dragon Tattooteen followed cover beautifully and pulled off a 15-1 upset in Tuesday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Partyatbartsplace and Mogul Hanover took the other $15,000 divisions of the Russell. The series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, geldings and horses honors the memory of the late Walter Russell, a Hall of Fame racing judge. Dragon Tattooteen was away sixth for Wilbur Yoder when he picked up the live cover of the 3-5 favorite, Fly By Ry. He roared by Fly By Ry in the lane to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Dealin Dan earned show. Rich Gillock trains Dragon Tattooteen, a 3-year-old son of Dragon Again-Tattootina, for Bob Key. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Run And Tell Pap snapped an uncharacteristic three-race losing streak by zipping through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:55 for Dave Palone. Rembrandt Spur finished second, 1/2 length back, while Austin's Jon Jon and TSM Photo Bugger dead-heated for show. Ron Burke trains Run And Tell Pap, a 7-year-old High Falls-Adele's Jade gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $459,301, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
Pompano Beach, FL...March 1, 2014...Maryann Plano's Premier, trained and driven by husband Rick Plano, pulled off a 19 to 1 shocker at Pompano Park on Saturday night, scoring a photo finish victory in the $10,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1. The 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Cruizin K C, driven by Mark O'Mara, was a neck back of the winner with the late charging Electric Lad and Jason Dillander teaming up for third at 37 to 1. McGreat finished fourth in the mile with Legal Dream, making his 2014 debut, fifth after a menacing move on the backside. Premier, the seven year-old altered son of Artsplace, primarily known for his successes in gate-to-wire fashion, again used his blistering early speed to take command as the gate's wings folded but, this time around, got some cover after a :27.2 opener as McGreat, driven by Kevin Wallis, took command shortly after that initial quarter and took the field through subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.4. During that third quarter with McGreat on top by a length and a half, Premier was cozily biding his time in the garden with Legal Dream On The Attack on the outside and Who's Your Maddy making a double-bubble move briefly putting Cruizin K C in a blindswitch and Electric Lad hugging the pylons in fifth. Turning for home, McGreat drifted out a bit allowing Premier the room he needed to rally with Cruizin K C widest of all and Electric Lad pinching on through the inside. In a dramatic finish, Premier, though now surrounded by challengers, eked out the narrow decision for his third win in seven starts this year--his bankroll now at $20,990 this year and $147,633 lifetime. It was his 31st lifetime win in his 99th career start. In a post race interview, driver Rick Plano said, "We got a great journey tonight, especially getting cover through some demanding fractions. He's a game one, alright. He tries every step of the mile. The only thing I am disappointed about is that I didn't bet $10 on him myself!" Not many patrons did as Premier was the second longest shot on the board and returned $40.80 to win, keying a trifecta that paid $1,002.00 for a $2 investment. With that result, Sunday night's Pick-5 begins with a carry-over, thus adding yet another dimension to the highly anticipated match between Bruce Ranger and Rick Plano in the second round of the $20,000 Championship Drivers Challenge. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
DOVER, Del.---- Trace Tetrick topped a five-win day guiding Artists Rally to a 1:52.1 victory on a windy and chilly Thursday, Feb 27 in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap at Dover Downs. Artists Rally left from post 1 and controlled all quarters en route to victory in the week's top pace, the $27,500 Del. Special. Ed Gannon Jr. owns and trains the Real Artist-Spunky Gal black gelding who won for the second time this year. Jeremy's Successor (Sean) Bier) finished second in front of Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Ice Scraper, driven by Roger Plante, and EZ Noah with Allan Davis, finished in a 1:52.3 deadhead for win in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap. Phyllis Copeland conditions Ice Scraper, a Yankee Skyscraper-Chilli Breezes gelding owned by Jim Behrendt. EZ Noah is a Western Terror-Her Majesty gelding trained by Josh Green for owner Baron Racing. Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N streaked along the passing lane to get up in 1:52. To win the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The win was one of two for Ross Wolfenden. Peter Tritton trains the Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche seven-year-old. Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand) was the place horse with Bad Man Sam (Kirby) the early leader finishing a close third. Ron Pierce was aboard Manhattan Rusty N, a 1:53.3 winner of the $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Wade Wyatt owns the Artsplace-Miss Matao N gelding trained by Joe Skowyra. The victory was the fourth in a row for Manhattan Rusty N, with three different owners due to being claimed three straight weeks. Adams Hanover ( ) was second with Hasty Western (A.Davis) the show horse. There were several $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces. In one Patron Racing and trainer Jim King's Sea Harrier was one of Tetrick's early wins. The Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Ingrid Bergrin gelding won for the fourth time in his last five outings recording a 1:53.4 triumph. Tetrick returned for another victory in a $14,500 pace for younger male horses steering John Dayton's Just A Jolt, sired by Village Jolt from Just Wait Kate, also conditioned by Jim King, for a 1:53.1 score. Lauren Allen owned and trained Cruising West, by Yankee Cruise-Best Western, was Ross Wolfenden's third trip to the winners circle thanks to a 1:54.3 win in a third $14,500 pace. The Delaware-bred Spinfiniti, owned by Howard Taylor, notched his sixth win in his last seven starts as Wolfenden drove a 1:56.1 victory. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna brown four-year-old finished second in his only none-win of the year. In addition to Trace Tetrick quintet of wins and Wolfenden's triple, trainer Bobby Myers, Josh Green along with Jim King had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.----. It was owner-trainer Bob Wilkelman's biggest win turning Paradise Lost into 'Paradise Found;' by winning the $20,000 Open Mares pace at Dover Downs. Paradise Lost overtook front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart in deep stretch while holding off fast-finishing Alexachase at the wire in 1:53.1, on Monday, Feb. 24 at Dover Downs. Winkelman has been training one or two horses for the past three decades, first at the late Brandywine Raceway, and more recently adding another horse or two. He has brought Paradise Lost from a rejected green pacer he bought to a hard-hitting female pacer. Ron Pierce had to use race favorite Jeremes Sweetheart hard leaving from the outside in a select field of distaff pacers before taking the lead at the quarter. Heading to the half-mile Paradise Lost was first to move and driver Ross Wolfenden drove up to challenge for the lead. The front-pacing duo raced side-by-side the rest of the mile until Wolfenden urged Paradise Lost to the front by a head. Meanwhile Bret Brittingham was hustling Alexachase four-wide around the last turn and closed with a rush to edge Jeremes Sweetheart by a head for second-place. Paradise Lost is a seven-year-old daughter of Artsplace-Loving Ideal and now has won her first of the year to go with a second and three thirds banking $24,450. In her career, she has 18 wins and $194,661 earnings. JK Letitgo recorded her fourth consecutive wins dominating the first of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over paces, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan posted his third win of the day. Evans, Spedden, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the Western Ideal-Getoutofmyway four-year-old. Air Miles Hanover (Vic Kirby) was runner-up. Make Magic (Trace Tetrick) closed strongly to finish third. In the other division, Howard and Josh Kaufman's Derek Delight, guided by Trace Tetrick, scored a convincing 1:54.4 victory for trainer John Cabot. The Bettor's Delight-Jen Bo Jenna five-year-old turned back Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague), closing along the passing lane, and Susan's Desire (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Callahan, who leads all drivers in wins during 2014, finished the card with four wins; Eddie Davis Jr. drove back-to-back winners for owners Norma Messick and trainer Tim Torbert. Allan Davis and Trace Tetrick also had a double. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Dover, DE --- It was the perfect ending to a perfect season for Bee A Magician. The female trotter on Sunday night was named 2013 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the Dan Patch Awards banquet at Dover Downs. Bee A Magician, who was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age 3 and earned a divisional record $1.54 million, bested pacers Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous for the honor. Bee A Magician became the first 3-year-old filly trotter to receive the Horse of the Year Award since Continentalvictory in 1996. She got 94 votes, followed by Foiled Again with 19 and Captaintreacherous with 16. In addition, Bee A Magician was named Trotter of the Year by a 120-vote margin over both Market Share and Royalty For Life, who received three votes apiece. Although Foiled Again received more support for Horse of the Year, Captaintreacherous got the nod for Pacer of the Year, 68-57. Captaintreacherous, who won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million last season as a 3-year-old, became the first horse to win back-to-back Pacer of the Year honors since Jenna's Beach Boy in 1995-96. He joined Niatross as the only horses to accomplish the feat at ages 2 and 3. Winners of divisional honors also were recognized at the banquet: Father Patrick (2-year-old male trotter), Shake It Cerry (2-year-old female trotter), He's Watching (2-year-old male pacer), Precocious Beauty (2-year-old female pacer), Royalty For Life (3-year-old male trotter), Bee A Magician (3-year-old female trotter), Captaintreacherous (3-year-old male pacer), I Luv The Nitelife (3-year-old female pacer), Market Share (older male trotter), Maven (older female trotter), Foiled Again (older male pacer) and Anndrovette (older female pacer). Bee A Magician, Father Patrick and Maven were unanimous picks for divisional titles. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, Market Share, and Anndrovette were repeat winners. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician's wins included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial. Her $1.54 million in purses were the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive divisional honors dating back to 1975. Captaintreacherous' wins last year included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group, he joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only horses to win the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. He's Watching was undefeated in eight starts last year, including the New York Sire Stakes championship, and equaled the world record of 1:52.2 for 2-year-old colt pacers on a half-mile track. He is owned by trainer David Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero and was driven primarily by Jim Morrill Jr. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life won seven of 14 starts and $1.27 million for trainer George Ducharme, driver Brian Sears, and owners Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr. and Paul Fontaine. He also won the Canadian Trotting Classic. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Market Share, who was a 4-year-old in 2013, also took divisional honors at age 3. Last year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Foiled Again, who last season at age 9 became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joined Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, Foiled Again won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Anndrovette also became a three-time divisional champion. She joined Eternal Camnation (2001-03) and Shady Daisy (1992-94) as the only older female pacers to accomplish the feat. Anndrovette won seven of 21 races and $558,201 for trainer P.J. Fraley, driver Tetrick and owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino. Her victories included the Roses Are Red Stakes. For complete vote totals, click here. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS HORSE OF THE YEAR TROTTER OF THE YEAR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician Kadabra – Beehive – Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard “Nifty” Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. PACER OF THE YEAR 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous Somebeachsomewhere – Worldly Treasure – Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders. Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He’s Watching American Ideal – Baberhood – Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty Art Major – Precious Beauty – Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She’s A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty – Bourbon ’N Grits – Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray “Chip” Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife Rocknroll Hanover – Lisjune – Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis “Andy” Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share Revenue S – Classical Flirt – Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven Glidemaster – M Stewart – American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra S.r.l. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King – Easy Miss – Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications U.S. Trotting Association
After a very active day at Karaka yesterday, John Street of Lincoln Farms was at it again at today’s New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, purchasing a handful of yearlings including the sales topper. Described by Street as an absolute standout, he secured lot 124, Beaudiene Beaufighta, for $140,000. The pricey colt is a son of Bettor’s Delight out of top producer Beaudiene Babe, making him a half-brother to Harness Jewels winner Beaudiene Bad Babe. He is also a half-brother to capable nine win pacer Guns N Roses and a close relation of the very good Beaudiene Christian (11 wins), who was recently retired. Beaudiene Beaufighta was sold by Dawn and Dave Kennedy of Otautau. The other $100,000 plus lots were Bettor Think Quick, a Bettor’s Delight filly out of Rona Lorraine, who is a Group One winning half-sister to star filly Venus Serena, and Twinkle Bromac, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of an Artsplace daughter of Tandias Courage. Bettor Think Quick was slammed down to the bid of Rosslands Stud for $105,000, while Twinkle Bromac caught the eye of brilliant judge Mark Purdon, and was secured by him for $100,000 Kerry Hoggart of Rosslands Stud also purchased a grouse Bettor’s Delight half-brother to Georgetown for $87,500. Other Bettor’s Delight colts to sell well included Franco Christiano, Better Than The Best, and G I Joe, while Christian Cullen colt Alpha Styx also fetched top dollar. Franco Christiano was sold to Mr Neumann of ‘Tyre General’ fame, who purchased the colt for $92,500, while Better Than The Best ($75,000) and G I Joe ($82,000) were purchased by the Kennards and the Butterworths, and are both likely to find themselves in the barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. However, Mark’s brother Barry got one back on him with the well related Christian Cullen colt Alta Styx, buying him for $87,500. The other $80,000 plus colt of the sale was Highview Joey, a Rock N Roll Heaven half-brother to Highview Tommy, who was knocked down to the bid of Cran Dalgety. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day was Paramount Faith, a Pegasus Spur full-sister to Paramount Geegee and talented two-year-old Paramount Dream. He was purchased by Ian Dobson and will be trained by Colin & Julie DeFilippi. Today’s average was $25,191, with a clearance rate of 77%. However, that clearance rate is expected to rise when selling commences tomorrow. To view full results from the first day of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening night of harness racing at Pompano Park, named the "Winter Capital of Harness Racing" by its founder, innovator and leader Frederick Van Lennep and his original management team. Built on a large 300 acre plus parcel that today is occupied by Wal-Mart and a host of commercial enterprises (on what was the mile track and training center), and across Racetrack Rd. by the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, the structure and its storied past, are best recalled by remembering Van Lennep, who passed away in June 1987. The Sun-Sentinel's remarks about Van Lennep are shown below: "He was 100 percent class," said Hall of Fame driver Stanley Dancer. "It wasn`t just that he had a nice word for everybody. He always had time for you. And he was a generous man. There was nothing he wouldn`t do to help anyone." Dancer, though, remembered a time he helped Van Lennep after putting his friend though a little bit of worry. "I had a horse in 1975 named Bonefish that I wanted to sell for a stallion," said Dancer, who served with Van Lennep on the board of directors of the United States Trotting Association. "Mr. Van Lennep told me he wanted to buy it. I told him it would cost him $1 million. He said fine and the deal was completed that fast." "I came back and drove that horse for him later that year in the Hambletonian. It was a four-heat race, and we finished ninth in the first heat. In the second heat, we finished third. We finally won the last two heats to win the race, but not after we got everybody worried." Van Lennep, who headed Castleton Inc., one of the leading standardbred breeding operations in the country, was best known as an innovator in the harness industry. What many people did not realize was that Van Lennep, who was born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1911, was an innovator in other areas as well. "Few people knew that my father had a very impressive physics background," said Hector Van Lennep, a retired general manager at Pompano. "After he graduated from Princeton (1933), he invented a motor that became the basis for the Sperry gyroscope. He was a firm believer in solid fuel propellants long before there was a fuel shortage, and he developed a process to freeze-dry coffee and citrus juice for soldiers fighting in Korea. He was always an innovator." Van Lennep did not become involved in the horse industry until he married his first wife Celeste McNeal. "My mother was quite an equestrian; in fact, she was the first woman to get a thoroughbred trainer`s license," Hector Van Lennep said. "My father was more or less dragged into the business, but he quickly loved it. He became a `gentleman driver` for a lot of amateur races, and he became more in love with the industry." Van Lennep opened Pompano Park in 1964, and doggedly kept the track open though it lost money in its first few seasons. His efforts did not go unnoticed, as he was voted to the Hall of Fame of the Trotter in Goshen, N.Y., in 1975. "His death is a deep, deep loss to the racing industry," said William E. Simon, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, who was a partner of Van Lennep`s in Pompano Park and in the ownership of several horses. "I first met him in 1977, and I have never known a finer man. He brought so much class and integrity to the industry. There is no way to gauge how much he`ll be missed." One of Van Lennep`s major concerns was the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Last September, the university established a $1 million endowed professorship in Van Lennep`s name in hopes of luring top scientists to the center. Simon donated $250,000 toward the endowment. "My father had a lot of favorite horses," said Hector Van Lennep. ":He loved Speedy Scot because he won the Triple Crown. He watched that horse grow and win the Triple Crown and it was very special to him." "But there was another horse named Worthy Boy. Every time he saw my father, he would talk to him. It never failed. As soon as he saw father, this loud whinny would come out. He just had a special affinity toward my father. A lot of people did, too." Pompano Park, under the leadership of Van Lennep and later John Cashman, Jr., was at the forefront of harness racing's best competition. It hosted the Breeders' Crown, in whole or part, from 1984-1993, producing some of the series' best performances by its best equine stars. Pacing events that I recall vividly are Bay's Fella that won the 1990 Open Pace for Paul Macdonell in a huge upset, Call For Rain in 1987 for trainer/driver Clint Galbraith in the Three Year-Old Colt pace, Miss Easy in the 1991 Three Year-Old Filly pace and Bruce Nickells' four-timer in the Two Year-Old Filly pace with Central Park West, Miss Easy, Hazleton Kay and Immortality. Legendary Artsplace took the 1990 Two Year-Old Colt pace for the late great trainer Gene Riegle. On the trotting side, the Breeders' Crown got its Florida start in 1984 when Baltic Speed took the Three Year-Old Colt trot for Jan Nordin, starting off a European impact on the trotting divisions. Other three year-old winners at Pompano included legendary Chuck Sylvester trainees Mack Lobell and Pine Chip and not so legendary Esquire Spur, Embassy Lobell (trained by Jerry Riordan), Giant Victory (trained by Per Eriksson) and Baltic Striker. Mack Lobell also won the Two Year-Old Breeders' Crown at Pompano in 1986 and was followed by Valley Victory in 1988 and then Royal Troubador (trained and driven by Ocala's Carl Allen), Crysta's Best (trainer/driver Dick Richarson, Jr.), Eriksson's King Conch and Giant Chill and trainer Raz MacKenzie's Wesgate Crown in 1993. Two Year-Old filly winners at Pompano included the Tom Haughton trainer Peace Corps, Eriksson's Delphi's Lobell, Soren Nordin's Jean Bi, Chuck Sylvester trained Armbro Keepsake and Winky's Goal and Gleam, owned by Mal Burroughs who won the Hambletonian Oaks driving this filly. Peace Corp returned to Pompano to capture the Breeders' Crown at age three for trainer Tom Haughton and as an aged mare in 1990 for then trainer/driver Stig H. Johansson in 1:54.2f., a time mark that was not lowered until 2004 and that on a mile track. Other memorable Three Year-Old Filly Breeders' Crown winners at Pompano included Sylvester's Armbro Devona, Armbro Fling, Me Maggie (Jan Johnson trained, Berndt Lindstedt driven), Twelve Speed, Imperfection (1992 winner trained by Ron Gurfein) and Expressway Hanover. And in the Aged Open category, who can forget the 1990 score in 1:55f by No Sex Please, the son of Brisco Hanover bred by Earl Lennox, trained by Ron Waples, Jr. and reined by Ron Waples (he won the same event two years later at Mohawk). Pompano Park enjoyed a fine run at the top of standardbred racings' leaderboard and remains in-action today with its attractive 126 race-day fall-winter-spring meet, simulcasting and as host to the Florida Breeders' Stakes program. Many Grand Circuit two year-olds are developed annually on the five-eighths mile raceway and South Florida also attracts a host of well-bred hopefuls at the Sunshine Meadows and South Florida Trotting Center facilities with trainers including those who won the early Breeders' Crown events at Pompano. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal, Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire and Mach Three so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Western Terror. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - A real blue blood which ever way you look at it. By the champion sire in Western Hanover, he is from the good Artsplace race mare in Arterra 1:53.2 ($161,976). She is a full sister to the outstanding racehorse and now sire in Artiscape 1:49.3z ($1,469,461) and Strike A Balance 1:55.4 ($121,428) dam of the outstanding Strike An Attitude 1:48.4 ($1,008,898). Apart from Western Terror, Anterra has also produced the brilliant If I Can Dream 1:49.4 ($2,038,153). The grand dam is none other than the brilliant race mare (41 wins) and broodmare in Delinquent Account 1:51.4 ($1,038,997). RACE RECORD - Western Terror faced the starter just 34 times in his career for the creditable record of 10 wins and 12 placings for stake earnings of $1,289,422. As a 2yo he only had two wins from ten starts and a best winning time of a rather pedestrian 1:54.2, but he went supersonic at three, taking a mark of 1:48.3. He took a few starts as a 3yo before hitting form for trainer Scott Forbes. In his fourth start as a 3yo and in the first division of the North American Cup Western Terror won in 1:51 beating a New Zealand import in Village Hero N. He finished fourth in the final to Mantacular ($1,318,096). He was then transferred to the Brett Pelling stable and it took him another six starts before he won another race and that was a dead-heat (with Timesareachanging) in the Cane Pace final at Freehold in 1:52.3. It should be noted that the worlds fastest horse Holborn Hanover 1:46.4 ($2,164,802) finished fourth, some distance behind Western Terror in this race the Cane Pace Final. He then went on to win a heat of The Little Brown Jug (Second in the final), The Bluegrass stakes and then he took his record of 1:48.3 in The Tattersalls at The Red Mile (In that race Western Terror once again beat Holborn Hanover). He then went on to win The Breeders Crown Final and The Windy City Pace. He retired at the end of his 3yo career. AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Due in large part to the massive support he received from his now infamous owner David Brooks when he went to stud, Western Terror served big books of mares starting in the 2005 season in Ontario, Canada with 190 mares served. He then stood another year in Canada serving 158 mares. In 2007 Western Terror was moved to New York to stand where he served his smallest ever book of 106 mares (Still a good number) before moving again to Pennsylvania where he has served books of 140, 248, 188, 145, and 152 in 2012. With these numbers served he was given the best start any stallion could have possibly have had. It paid off as he got the desired results. What immediately stands out when looking at his stud record is what a great filly sire he has been. His five top earners are millionaires and are all fillies. Interestingly all have won more than their sire did on the track. They are headed by the brilliant Western Silk 1:50.1s (($1,729,708), Economy Terror 1:49 ($1,589,139), Shacked Up 1:49.4 ($1,466,978), Yellow Diamond 1:49.4 ($1,387,013) and Drop The Ball 1:48.2 ($1,309,174). His best colt to date is his other millionaire in Up the Credit 1:48.3 ($1,293,408) winner of the North American Cup. Up The Credit is being given his chance at stud. US statistics Eligible to race 3yr old and older - 679 Winners - 396 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 58% $100,000 plus - 103 $1,000,000 plus - 6 Sub 1:50 - 18 Average earnings per starter - $82,710 Average earnings per eligible horse - $54,047 Total earnings to date - $42,264,737 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Was available to Australian breeders for just three years starting in the 2006/2007 season producing just 53, 67 and 62 foals (182) for Alabar. He was brought back to Australia for the current season by Empire. It will be interesting to see what numbers he serves this year. His first three crops are now 5, 6 and 7yos in Australia. In his first crop he left Lovable Larrikin 1:53.7 ($141,468) and Terrifying 1:55.3 ($129,067). His second crop produced the good fillies Vertigal 1:55.8 ($317,380) and Arch On Fire 1:56.6 ($130,532). He also left One Eyed Terror 1:56.3 ($148,689), Lightning Joy ($128,875) and Blazing Terror 1:56.5 ($122,119). His 2008 crop produced Terror Time 1:55.1 ($221,760) and Western Rockstar 1:57.3 ($119,385). Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 182 Winners - 89 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 9 $1,000,000 plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $35,359 Average earnings per eligible horse - $22,731 Total earnings to date - $4,137,060 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Was also only available to NZ breeders for the same three years as in Australia. In that time he produced 169 live foals in New Zealand for 73 winners with the standout being the champion entire Terror To Love 1:51 ($1,970,936) who in November became only the third horse in history to win three New Zealand Cups in a row. However he is the only one of those 169 foals to win over $100,000 in New Zealand with his next biggest earners being Chechnya at $53,000 and Corzin Terror at $35,000. (NOTE: When you take the stake earnings of Terror To Love $1,970,936 off his stakes earned in NZ it leaves a total of just $514,056 earned by his other 168 foals an average of just $3,059)). One has to take into consideration that he produced two horses in New Zealand that were big winners in Australia and they are the Miracle Mlle winner and tremendous mare Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($801,178) and good open class horse Terrorway 1:52.6 ($385,709). New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 169 Starters - 88 Winners - 73 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 43% $100,000 plus - 1 (8 in Australia) $1,000,000 plus - 1 Average earnings per starter - $28,238 Average earnings per eligible horse - $14,704 Total earnings to date - $2,484,992 POSITIVES - A proven filly sire who has left a top filly or mare in Canada, the US and in New Zealand (racing in Australia). He has left several horses who have won more than he did on the track which is always desirable in a sire. Can leave that exceptional horse which can dominate his rivals on the track. NEGATIVES - If you don't get the exceptional one which 99% of breeders don't you are left in the main with an average performer. He has a creditable North American record but his Australasian record is not so hot. In North American he is still behind on just about every indicator when compared against the likes of Bettors Delight, Art Major, and company. OVERVIEW - The stud stats in the two hemispheres are like chalk and cheese. While he has a creditable but not exceptional record in North America, his Australasian stats are way short of the necessary standard required to be a genuine top stallion for Australasian breeders. With the standard of stallions available increasing every season, Western Terror may already be past his use by date for most Breeders. OVERALL RATING 5/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire A Stallion review - Mach Three Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them. (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia) And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled
Pompano Beach, FL...January 19, 2014...Prairie Jaguar, back in action at Pompano Park after a weeks respite from the racing wars, ran his victory streak to six on Saturday night with another brilliant performance--this one timed in 1:50.2--in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace. The Florida bred gelded son of Spy Hard took the lead a few steps out of the gate, brushed to a four length lead by the :26.2 opener, and proceeded to clock subsequent panels of :55 and 1:22.2 before coasting home an easy winner by 5 1/4 lengths. Northern Companion, handled by Dave Ingraham, finished second after giving futile chase from three-eighths out to the wire. Thebestofjoel, with Ed Hensley handling the lines, finished third, 7 1/2 lengths away while Eastend Eddie finished fourth. Southern Sport picked up the nickel in the quintette. The winner, nominated--but not entered--in a $10,000 claiming series at Pompano Park weeks earlier, has become the talk of the track after winning miles in 1:50.4, 1:51.4, 1:50, 1:49 and 1:50 before last night's triumph. In a post race interview, driver Jason Dillander said, "...actually, he left the gate a trifle lazier than usual but, just a few strides out, he really accelerated and opened daylight in the blink of an eye. He's unbelievably sharp right now. He's able to be rated, as he was in the second quarter and then he accelerates, as he did on his own on the backside. He' certainly is a different horse than he was in Canada." Trainer Mike Deters said, "He's become a happy horse...that's been the whole key to his success. His attitude is great, his caretaker, Tracey O'Leary, has done a remarkable job with him and we're riding the high tide right now. This is a sport that can produce the highest of highs and lowest of lows so we're enjoying this ride while it lasts." O'Leary, by the way, was honored by the Florida Chapter of USHWA on Saturday night as "Caretaker of the Month," an award created by the Chapter in appreciation for the efforts of caretakers at the track whose horses have achieved considerable success during each month. Prairie Jaguar, co-owned by trainer Deters along with Laurie Poulin, has banked $67,222 over his career measuring 68 starts--$25,000 of that earned during the past six weeks. As the 1 to 2 favorite on the tote-board, Prairie Jaguar returned $3.00 to win. The Open "2" Pace, worth $8,500, went to Premier, owned by Maryann Plano and driven to victory by trainer-husband Rick Plano. The seven year-old altered son of Artsplace, claimed for $10,000 just two weeks ago, left sharply to take an early lead, was out-brushed during a :27 opener by Gentleman Friend (Wally Hennessey), recaptured the top spot a few steps later and carded fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4 before reporting home 1 1/4 lengths to the good of the fast closing Electric Lad (Jason Dillander). Gentleman Friend did finish third while Rick's Sign finished fourth. Military Stratcom finished fastest of all to pick up the minors. With the win, Premier's 30th lifetime, he vaulted over the $140,000 in lifetime bounty an "won himself out" after being haltered just two starts ago. As the 9 to 5 favorite on the board, Premier paid $5.80 to win. The $7,500 Open "3" Pace went to Shane Arsenaault's Lyon's Johnny, who made a bold quarter move to the top and went on to score in 1:52.3 for Wally Hennessey. The six year-old son of Mach Three held off Just Fred (George Napolitano, Jr.) by three parts of a length with No Monkeys Allowed third. Restless Yankee and Beignet also earned checks in the septet. Lyon's Johnny earned his 16th lifetime victory to send his lifetime bankroll to $165,309. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park