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CAMPBELLVILLE, October 10 - The annual Ontario Sired Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies squaring off. Sheer Talent rallied from off the pace to defeat nine rivals in the $16,000 first leg for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. The lead changed hands several times during the early stages of Monday's contest. Sports Leader, who was parked for three-eighths, finally cleared to the front ahead of Manhattan Play, the even-money favourite, and led the field by the half :56.4. Manhattan Play popped the pocket and circled back to command on the far turn to pace by three-quarters in 1:27. Sheer Talent, who got away eighth, got into the outer flow on the far turn and sat third-over, five lengths from the front turning for home. Daenerys Hanover, who was first up at three-quarters, pressed at Manhattan Play in the lane, while Sports Leader was also in the mix. However, Sheer Talent had the most pace of any filly in the lane and rocketed by on the far outside to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.2. Daenerys Hanover finished second, while Sports Leader finished half a length ahead of Manhattan Play for third. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Sheer Talent now has three wins in 10 starts this season. The rookie pacing filly was purchased for $20,000 at last year's Forest City Yearling Sale and has banked $29,700 in her first season for owner Robert Burgess. A $2 win ticket on Sheer Talent returned $8. In order to be eligible to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series, the two-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The rookie pacing fillies will meet up again next Monday (October 17) for round two. Autumn Series action continues Tuesday with two first round divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mark McKelvie

Nichols, N.Y. -- Owner-breeder Ina Madill's Andreios Kardia ($3.00) demonstrated great determination in the featured $10,000 Pacer of the Year Match Race on Saturday's (September 17) closing-night harness racing program at Tioga Downs, upending pacesetter Believe This Bob in a 1:50.1 mile.   The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding was eager to go on from race's outset, offering pressure to Believe This Bob through a :26.3 first quarter before settling into a tight pocket through the middle half. Mike Simons and Believe This Bob relaxed the terms through a :55.2 half mile, but were forced to accelerate as Aaron Byron switched Andreios Kardia back to the two-path with five-sixteenths to go. The two dueled through a :27.1 third quarter, and Andreios Kardia would emerge victorious in the final 150 yards, edging away from the game pacesetter by half a length while driven.   Jeff Byron trains 15-time winner Andreios Kardia, whose third consecutive top-level victory earned him 2016 Tioga Downs Pacer of the Year honors.   Aaron Byron and Mike Merton led all drivers with four wins apiece on the 11-race card.   Additionally, Trotter of the Year honors were bestowed upon Prairie Fortune, campaigned by owner Laurie Poulin, owner-trainer Mike Deters, and regular driver Jim Meittinis. Deters was also crowned the seasonal training champion, while Ontario-based Scott Coulter maintained a clear margin over Mike Simons to capture top driving honors.   Horseplayers and horsemen alike are advised to visit for updates on the ongoing casino expansion, as well as on the 2017 harness racing season.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. - Fresh off his dominant 1:49.4 win in last week's Open, Andreios Kardia ($6.30) made the most of a pocket trip to exact revenge on Believe This Bob in Saturday (September 10) evening's harness racing $13,500 Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs. Aaron Byron used Andreios Kardia aggressively from race's outset, working to push clear of Believe This Bob (Mike Simons) through a :26 first-quarter duel, only to yield control to Believe This Bob with a circuit to go. The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding found himself boxed through a :55.3 middle half, as Believe This Bob was forced to contend with the first-over JK Panache (Scott Coulter) up the far side. Andreios Kardia would find clearance off the far turn, vaulting out of the pocket as JK Panache faded and collaring Believe This Bob by half a length in a lifetime best 1:49.3. F Twenty Two (Corey Braden) saved ground throughout, passing tiring foes in upper stretch to take third. Jeffrey Byron trains 14-time winner Andreios Kardia for owner-breeder Ina Madill. In a $5,000 C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series event, Celebrity Stimulus and owner-driver David Glasser made every yard a winning one, repelling pressure from Dr Cal (Bob Hechkoff) and outlasting a three-wide charge from M T Ur Pockets (Hannah Miller) for a 1:58 triumph. Homer Hochstetler trains the 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding. Two programs remain on the 2016 season at Tioga Downs. Live racing will take place on Friday (September 16) and Saturday (September 17) of next week, with first post at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on both nights. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Andreios Kardia ($6.10) had no trouble overcoming his assigned post 9 in Monday (September 5) afternoon's featured $13,000 Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs, using a :54.4 back half to trounce his eight harness racing Labor Day rivals.   Andreios Kardia was among a host of early leavers, including All Stienam (Brandon Arsenault) and Flying Cowboy (Kyle DiBenedetto). Despite being forced to travel wide on the entirety of the first turn, the 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding achieved the lead through a :26.4 first quarter and would never look back. After driver Aaron Byron rated a brief second-quarter breather, Andreios Kardia used another :26.4 quarter to gain separation on his competition, ultimately drawing clear by 6-1/4 lengths to defeat the late-rallying Dee's Rocketman (Tyler Freese) and F Twenty Two (Corey Braden)--both of whom took advantage of chain-reaction interference in the second flight to make their late bids--in 1:49.4. trains 13-time winner Andreios Kardia for owner-breeder Ina Madill. Jeffrey Byron   Two weekends of racing remain in the 2016 season at Tioga Downs. The next program is scheduled for Friday (September 9) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

Chris Voak, fresh from landing the final winner of the 2015-16 harness racing season --- when he brought 20/1 outsider Manhattan Billy home with a spirited burst from sixth at the bell to beat the pacemaker Bellerkerrin in a C0 event on Tuesday night --- has high hopes of making a successful start to the new season by driving Naughty Maravu to victory in the NRL WA on The Way Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Voak his 119th driving success for the season and he finished fifth in the WA reinsmen’s premiership, behind Gary Hall jun., Chris Lewis, Nathan Turvey and Ryan Warwick. It was the fourth successive year that Voak had driven more than a hundred winners. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan engaged Voak after Hall was suspended for nine days for causing another runner to cover extra ground in a race at Bunbury last Saturday week. Hall was granted a stay of proceedings and he started his suspension after driving three winners at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Hall has driven the promising Naughty Maravu at the gelding’s past five starts for a win, two seconds, a third and a seventh placing. The Badlands Hanover gelding started from 10m in a 2503m event last Friday night. He settled in eighth position and was sixth at the bell before starting a three-wide move 650m from home and running on with great determination to be third, beaten a nose behind the dead-heaters Assassinator and Pay Me Cullen. At his previous outing, Naughty Maravu started from 10m before dashing to the front after 500m in the 3309m Marathon Handicap. He set a solid pace and finished second to Our Jericho. The final quarters were run in 28.3sec. and 27.8sec. Voak has enjoyed a good association with Naughty Maravu, having driven him to three wins and a third from eight drives. Naughty Maravu will continue his rivalry with Assassinator and Pay Me Cullen this week and those pacers, stablemates at Greg and Skye Bond’s training establishment in Forrestdale, will have many admirers. Assassinator (Ryan Warwick) and Pay Me Cullen (Ryan Bell) will share the 10m mark with Naughty Maravu, with the Bond team’s third runner, Bettor Offer (Colin Brown) starting off 20m with last-start winner Our Jericho (Chris Lewis). The Bond stable has 13 runners engaged at the meeting and the best of these appears to be Delightful Offer, who will be driven by Lauren Jones from the outside of the front line in the 2536m Maureen Clement Memorial Pace. Delightful Offer resumed after a ten-month absence last Friday week when he was restrained from barrier five and was ninth at the bell before charging home late, out five wide, to be a close-up, eye-catching fourth behind Ideal Justice. Ken Casellas

The $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings was the Featured event on the Sunday night harness racing program at Running Aces, and the ultra-sharp 5 year old gelding Dry Ice (by Badlands Hanover) posted another impressive win at the top level, with a 1:51.4 score charging home first from the pocket trip. The Steve Wiseman trainee was sent out sharply from post 7 by Wiseman, and the duo quickly secured the pocket behind Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) who also fired from post 6. Roland controlled the fractions with his 19-1 longshot, posting up 27.1, 56.0, and 1:23.3 before Dry Ice launched his attack from the pocket, pacing by the pace-setter to register a 2¼ length tally in 1:51.4, a new lifetime mark. Headsup Yankee and Roland held second, while OfficerNagentelman (Tim Maier) checked in third. It was the 19th lifetime win for Dry Ice ($4.20), and padded his career bankroll to $125,625 for his owners A Piece of The Action, LLC. Dakota Jack and Firedrake once again squared-off in another ding dong battle this night, and after trading blows throughout, Dakota Jack would just out-kick Firedrake to the wire in 1:55.2 this evening, with a ½ length tally, delivering as the favorite and paying a $2.80 mutuel. Dakota Jack picked up his 6th win in 10 starts this year, with Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman aboard. Viva La Voracious (by Voracious Hanover) picked up her second impressive win in a row tonight, in a $4,500 conditioned pacing event for trainer Brady Jensen and Driver Jim Marino, she posted a 1 length score in 1:57.3 establishing a new lifetime mark with her 3rd lifetime win for owner Nancy Jenson. She paid $7.80 at the windows. Driver Steve Wiseman had another huge night at Running Aces, with a Grand Slam on the program, boosting his win total to 63 for the Running Aces season, despite having missed almost 2 weeks at the beginning of the meet due to a back injury, Wiseman has had another terrific summer here in Minnesota. Running Aces is now Racing 4 nights a week with Live racing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays going to post at 7:00 pm CDT, and Saturdays and Sundays offer a 6:00 pm CDT starting time. The .50 cent late Pick-4 Wager on Tuesday night is Guaranteed at $5,000.00. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Batavia, NY---After getting away fifth and chasing a stiff pace to the half, Who Says That ($11.00) followed live cover in a wily drive by harness racing driver Drew Monti to capture the $9,500 mares Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 10). My Tallia Ideal (Mike Caprio) left and got the lead in a speedy :27.1 first panel. But as soon as she settled in, Yes You Can (Todd Cummings) pulled and went right after her and in doing so, rang up a :55.2 half. Out of the third turn, My Tallia Ideal had pulled a full length ahead, but V'la Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) tipped three-deep around the now back-peddling Yes You Can and Who Says That pulled from fifth to follow that move. The three mares paced side-by-side around the far turn and into the stretch when Who Says That inflicted her will on the opponents and pulled away to a three-length victory in 1:54. It was the tenth win in 27 starts this year for Who Says That and it pushed her earnings total for 2016 to $44,162. The time of 1:54 was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old Badlands Hanover mare that is trained by Maria Rice for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Christopher Shambo and Jack Rice. Todd Cummings and Ray Fisher Jr. both scored driving triples and Drew Monti had a double. Trainers Tony Cummings and Maria Rice both sent two winners postward. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Thursday (Aug. 12) at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

JUNE 16, 2016 - Driver Sylvain Filion, the reigning Lampman Cup title holder, is off to another quick start in the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing program, padding his early season lead with a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Filion opened the program, which featured six $18,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with a sharp 1:51.4 win aboard Spirit Shadow. "I didn't know him at all," said Filion of the first-time OSS starter. "I know the trainer, he's a buddy of mine, Jacques Dupont, and he said he liked him. I just went with my feeling and he left the gate real good, and then we got covered up by the favourite and when I moved him down the lane he just exploded. That was a nice surprise, I didn't really expect that." Leaving from Post 8, Filion rolled Spirit Shadow to the front before the :27 opening quarter, but quickly picked up cover from Vegas Dream who led the field to the :56 half and 1:25 three-quarters. Able to slip out of the pocket in the stretch, Spirit Shadow laid down a :26.2 final quarter to claim the Grassroots trophy. Vegas Dream settled for second, with Chalk Player earning the third-place finisher's share. Unraced at two, the Shadow Play son now has four wins and two thirds in eight sophomore outings for Dupont and owner Denis Goyette of Laval, QC. Filion's second victory came in the third division with Xpert Bayama, who controlled the tempo en route to a 1:51.2 score over last year's Grassroots champion St Lads Moonwalk. Solo Story finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. "I thought he was a little flat last time he raced and Stephane (Larocque) told me he done some vet work on him and he was much better tonight," noted Filion, a three-time OSS driving champion. "I could feel in the post parade he was livelier, and he was way more aggressive, so I just turned him loose and he responded well." Also unraced at two, Xpert Bayama improved his record to three wins and one second in six starts for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The Up The Credit son took three full seconds off his personal best with Thursday's effort. Another three-time Lampman Cup winner, Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, also scored a Grassroots driving double at Mohawk on Thursday, guiding Continual Hanover to a win in the second division and Imsporty to victory in the fifth. Jamieson put Continual Hanover on the front just past the sharp :26.3 opening quarter put up by Filion and Azul Pool, but was immediately challenged by Baddestnbestest. Both Jamieson and Filion quickly circled out around the longshot leader, with Continual Hanover grabbing the rail by the :55.3 half. Azul Pool pressed hard through the 1:24.1 three-quarters, but Continual Hanover stayed game to secure the two length victory in 1:52.2. Tango Star sprinted home to be second, leaving Azul Pool to settle for third. "I really couldn't have driven Continual (Hanover) much worse in his first start of the year," admitted Jamieson. "I used him too many times and he still bailed me out with a great performance. I've always thought he is barely a notch lower than the Gold division." Jamieson steers Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON and piloted the colt to a Gold Series win and two Grassroots division wins last season. The Bettor's Delight son boosted his lifetime earnings to $117,400 with Thursday's win, his sixth in 13 lifetime starts. Staring from Post 1 with Imsporty in the fifth division, Jamieson settled the Sportswriter son on the rail early and waited until the final turn to take aim on the leaders. On top by just over three lengths at the three-quarter pole, Imsporty stayed game to the wire and earned his first Grassroots trophy with a 1:52.2 effort. Speedling and Daylight Rush completed the top three. "Imsporty is a super little guy," said Jamieson, who steers the gelding for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, and Thomas Kyron of Toronto. "He's always had lots of talent, but he just hasn't had a lot of luck. Hopefully this win tonight has ended that string of luck and started a new one." The other two Grassroots divisions went to New Talent and Piranha. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell steered New Talent to his first OSS win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The Mach Three son stopped the teletimer at 1:51.2, besting Derecho and Bad Gamer. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON used a come-from-behind strategy to guide Piranha to a 1:52 win for trainer Raymond Farmer and owner-breeder John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. The Badlands Hanover son reeled in Red Dog Saloon and B Fast Eddie with a :26.3 final quarter. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack on July 1 for their second Grassroots start. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval this week as the three-year-old pacing fillies kick off their Grassroots season on Friday, June 17. The fillies will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may have been an unseasonably cool Wednesday night (June 8) at Buffalo Raceway but Who Says That ($5.40) continued her red-hot streak with an decisive three length victory in the $9,500 Open Pace for the harness racing mares.   It was the second straight win for Who Says That (Drew Monti) and the fifth in her last six outings.   Ugly Betty (Kevin Cummings) took the lead and notched splits of 28.3, 58.2 and 1:28.0. While things looked like they might go Ugly Betty's way the entire mile, Who Says That emerged three-wide in the turn and gobbled up plenty of ground in the stretch to bury the field in 1:57.0. Ugly Betty finished in second with V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) taking third.   It was the eighth victory in 20 starts this season for Who Says That (Badlands Hanover-Powercorp), now a winner of $27,262 in 2016 and $54,456 lifetime. The 5-year-old mare is trained by Maria Rice and is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Chris Shambo and Jack Rice.   Todd Cummings had a five-bagger in the sulky, Monti tripled while Jim Morrill Jr. and David McNeight III all doubled. JD Perrin had a training 'hat-trick' and Richard Roth and Maria Rice added two apiece.   Racing continues on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Mohawk Racetrack’s 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) season got off to a rousing start on Saturday evening as harness racing fans were treated to a pair of thrilling miles by the three-year-old pacing fillies. The first $105,000 division lined up behind the gate in Race 2 and less than two minutes later Frank Cirillo was holding a trophy he has been trying to win for over a decade. “Finally, after 11 years; I’m losing my voice already; it’s been fantastic,” said an ebullient Cirillo from the winner’s circle after cheering Cracklin Rosie home. “It’s been one of our dreams to win an OSS Gold for the longest time and it finally happened.” When favourites Good Will Hanover and Thatsoveryverynice made early miscues, the first division was thrown wide open. Starting from Post 7, lightly regarded Cracklin Rosie and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, ON were sitting well back in sixth when Lady Marina hit the opening quarter in a sharp :25.3, but had rolled up the outside to draw within five lengths of the leaders by the :55.4 half. Continuing to roll along on the outside, Cracklin Rosie was just one-quarter length behind pacesetter Lay Lady Lay at the 1:24.2 three-quarters, and as her connections roared their encouragement she sprinted home in :27 to claim a half-length victory in 1:51.2. The win was Cracklin Rosie’s first in Ontario Sires Stakes competition and her first for Kleinburg resident Cirillo and his partners Aaron Waxman of Carlisle, ON, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Terri Lynn McNair of Guelph. Waxman, Cirillo and McNair bought into the Badlands Hanover daughter just two weeks ago, acquiring their share from trainer-breeder Luc Ouellette while Alber retained his ownership, and the group sent the filly to trainer James Ciaran Morrison of Harley, ON. “Aaron just absolutely loved the horse and said, ‘Frank, I think we have a really good Grassroots horse, but we’ll start her off in the Gold and see what happens,’ and she’s just turned out to be a fantastic acquisition,” said Cirillo. “She’s just been a dream come true.” Finishing behind Cracklin Rosie in the first division were Lay Lady Lay and Southwind Tango. Cracklin Rosie The second $105,000 division featured last season’s champion L A Delight, who was looking for a return to the winner’s circle after being upset by Good Will Hanover in the May 28 SBOA Final. Starting from Post 7, driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON sent L A Delight straight to the front and wasted no time sitting in the pocket when fan favourite Mayhem Seelster circled around to take control just after the :26.4 opening quarter. Waples looked completely confident in his charge through fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 and L A Delight cruised home a one length winner in 1:51.4. Bad As Leader and Mayhem Seelster finished in a tight battle for second and third. “She looked like a different filly this week,” said Al McIntosh, who shares ownership of L A Delight with trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “Maybe she just needed a race or two to get back in the groove. You can train and you can qualify and everything, but racing is racing.” The win was L A Delight’s thirteenth in 15 lifetime starts and it boosted her earnings to $783,201. And while Al McIntosh and his partners have a two-year-old full sister to the champion in the barn, the Leamington, ON resident was not about to make any predictions about her prospects in this year’s freshman OSS program. “I don’t get too high on them,” said the long-time owner and breeder. “This filly last year was the biggest surprise I’ve had in all the years I’ve been in business, because when she trained she was very lackadaisical and the day she saw the starting gate everything changed. So you never know.” L A Delight and Cracklin Rosie will look to defend their early season crowns when the sophomore pacing fillies return to Mohawk Racetrack for their second Gold Series start on July 9. Next up on the Campbellville oval’s OSS schedule is the Gold Series season debut for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Monday, June 13. L A Delight Ontario Racing   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: OSS Program Administration   Ontario Racing 10 Carlson Court, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M9W 6L2 416-213-1800

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Who Says That turned in a lifetime best of 1:55.3 on Wednesday night (June 1) and easily strolled away from Memumsnotnice to take the $8,200 featured pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway.   Sitting third behind the pace-setting Ugly Betty (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Memumsnotice (Ray Fisher Jr.), Who Says That came first over just past the three-quarter marker with Drew Monti in the sulky.   Turning for home, Who Says That ($11.60) zoomed past the faltering Ugly Betty and never looked back in notching the 1-1/2 length victory. Memumsnotnice got up in time for second while Ugly Betty had to settle for third.   Owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Chris Shambo, it was the seventh win in 19 starts in 2016 for Who Says That (Badlands Hanover-Powercorp). It was the first victory in just two starts at Buffalo Raceway for Who Says That, a winner now of $22,762 this season and $49,958 lifetime. Maria Rice handled the training duties.   Todd Cummings finished with a triple with Monti and Fisher Jr. having two each. JD Perrin and Rice scored training doubles.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race card slated at 5 p.m. There's a $2,020 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

Thursday night harness racing is back at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a new post time for the 2016 season. The first of 11 dashes will get underway at 6:30 PM at the capital oval with a newcomer gaining some respect in the race 8 featured event. A compact field of five will line up in the top event with Ok Galahad commanding rail control for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and new owners Robi Hughes of Stratford and Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The five-year-old son of Badlands Hanover had been racing at Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Ohio, showing miles in 1:54-1:55 for his previous connections and commands a 1:53 record taken last year at the half-mile oval at Saratoga Raceway in New York. His Island debut will have him face off with a heavyweight in post 2 starter Idealic Life with Charlottetown's leading driver Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Perry, Robin and Luke Burke and Kent Livingston. Idealic Life strung together seven victories at the end of the winter meet in Charlottetown but has yet to visit the winner's circle since racing commenced in April but his last three starts were on-the-board finishes in the preferred ranks. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Idealic Life to hit the wire first but places Ok Galahad as a real threat in second place. "He's been kept out of the winners circle since the meet opened," MacIsaac said of Idealic Life, "But he gets some class relief tonight and an ideal post after being stuck on the outside for his past two. Beware." Other entries include Rash B Havior (Michael Peters), My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The top trotters on the East Coast line up in race 4 on the card for a $1,800 purse. Wedgewood will look to build on his victory last week in the Open Trot in his Charlottetown debut with Chappell at the lines from post 7 for owner-trainer Glenn Claybourne of Charlottetown. Holy Molie Maggie has post 5 and is the morning line favourite for MacPherson and owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell, after being a dominant force in this class in 2015. Other entries include Kims Pjs (Lenny Myers), Phantom Beau (Mark Bradley), Howmacs Pride (Gordie Hennessey), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Tyne Valley (Marc Campbell) and Neal (Brian Andrew). The evening back-up pace is in race 10 with Cabo Pan Lucas favoured off the rail for driver Vincent Poulton, co-owner and trainer Gary Poulton and co-owner Alan Walker, all of Charlottetown. His competition in the $1,700 event is pegged as post 6 starter Howmac Missy (Campbell), and Strident Hanover (Chappell) from post 5. For race programs, top picks or live race broadcast go to   By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Seventy six lots will be on offer at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale on Sunday April 24th and there promises to be a horse for every budget. Wrappers Delight has stamped himself as one of Australia’s best two year olds with two victories in as many starts to date including his last start win in a heat of the APG 2yo C&G Series. You will be able to purchase his mother, Charlotte Church, in foal to leading sire Mach Three at the sale. Another of the highlights will be Golden Showgirl 1:55.9 in foal to Art Major. The resultant foal will be a full sibling to the Group One winner Smooth Showgirl 1:52.3 - $210,149. Bruce Edward will be selling six lots including mares by Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover Art Major, Holmes Hanover and Badlands Hanover. Three of his mares will be sold with foals at foot. Jim Connolly will be selling three mares by the leading sires Pine Chip and Skyvalley. Included among these is a half sister to Australian Two and Three Year Old Trotter of the Year Kyvalley Road. Jack Munnerly has one entry and she is a half sister to the Group One winner Secret Desire and in foal to new season sire Heston Blue Chip. There will also be 20 weanlings on offer and these are by such stallions as Art Major, Mach Three, Shadow Play, ,Auckland Reactor Betterthancheddar as well as the first crop stallions Alta Christiano and Caribbean Blaster. This is a sale not to be missed. The sale will be held at Alabar Farm and begins at 1pm. The catalogue can be viewed online ( or please contact us for a hard copy – (03) 5859 2201 or  

Bad Boy Matt with harness racing driver Mark MacDonald in the sulky, lasted-barely-from first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Spectating early from post position No. 5, "Matt" saw 3-10 favorite Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) and fresh parimutuel Lasix Roland N Rock (Dan Dube) both leave inside of him. "Roland" was able to get away cheap enough (28-flat opening quarter-mile, :56.4 intermission) before Bad Boy Matt moved to challenge from fifth. Roland N Rock continued to lead in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters. Despite the seemingly-comfy fractions, "Roland" was foldin' off the final turn. This did nothing for the cause of a trapped-in Bit of a Legend N as Bad Boy Matt opened some daylight early in the lane. Bit of a Legend N finally saw the passing lane closed relentlessly, but ran out of racetrack. Bad Boy Matt's nose was at the line first in 1:53. A season-debuting Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett) was a fast-moving third, with Dream Out Loud N (George Brennan) and Justified (Eric Abbatiello) rounded out the payees. Roland N Rock faded to seventh. For third choice Bad Boy Matt, a 6-year-old Badlands Hanover co-owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware & Reginald Hazzard II and trained by Wayne Givens, it was his third win in a nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $37.80, with the triple returning $303.50. Saturday night also saw the season's fastest mile(s), a pair of 1:51.3 efforts by Lunar Tide N (Shaun Vallee) and Mattamerican (Bartlett). Also, when 28-1 Keystone Honor (Brennan, $59.50), 35-1 Aberdeen Hanover (Pat Lachance) and 9-1 Life Up Front (Stratton) crossed the line 1-2-3 in the 11th race, it resulted in a $12,299 triple, richest locally thus far in 2016. The Raceway's live season continues with a "French" Sunday afternoon (first post 1:10 PM). Frank Drucker

While  Craig Kennett was doing the winning business in Auckland with trotter Valmayne, harness racing trainer Josh Kennett was at the other end of the country at the Winton Raceway winning with Veneto.    It was the junior driver and training licenseholder's first win in the south since he moved to Ryal Bush where he's stable foreman for Nathan Williamson.   Veneto is a Badlands Hanover mare and was a sales purchase on the second day of the 2013 Sale of the Stars.     "I liked her in the ring and she was an affordable sort of a horse that I got for two and a half thousand dollars." "She's been fun to muck around with." "She paced as a three year old and I won a race with her which was good." When she came back in she seemed to enjoy trotting so I just put trotting shoes on her and she trotted good so I thought I'd keep at it," said Josh.   She qualified at Ascot Park in December and today was her fifth start in a trotting race.     "She has improved after a ten day let up after her last race." "She has been working pretty good for a maiden trotter and I thought she'd be a good chance with the right sort of run today."   From barrier one she began well.    "She didn't have enough speed to trail but three back on the fence was okay," Josh sais.   The winning margin was three quarters of a length with Rydgemont Milly running second. Veneto Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness Racing  -  Check site here

The harness racing series finals of The Count B and Miss Vera Bars were in the spotlight Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers competed in the $42,200 The Count B final, while a field of eight three-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $41,600 Ontario Girls final. All eyes were on Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn, who aimed for a series sweep in The Count B Final, and the sophomore lived up to the hype. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn, the 2/5 favourite, sprinted off the wings of the gate from post-eight. Gotti and Trevor Henry also left hard and dueled by the opening-quarter with War N Munn in :26.1. War N Munn cleared to the front midway around the first turn and Drury was able to catch a second-quarter breather, as the favourite paced by the half in :56. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, War N Munn said goodbye to his challengers and sprinted home comfortably in :28 to win by an impressive 7½ lengths in 1:52.4. Gotti help his position to finish second, while New Standard rallied from near the back to finish third at odds of 50/1. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey. The sophomore pacing colt shipped into the barn of conditioner Auciello from trainer Kerin Warner for the start of The Count B series. War N Munn is now three for three in 2016 and sports a career record of five wins in 12 starts. The Count B final victory established a new career-mark for the three-year-old and pushes his career earnings over $81,000. War N Munn paid $2.90 to win. War N Munn Preliminary leg winners Cracklin Rosie and Bad As Leader headlined the Miss VeraBars final. Cracklin Rosie, the 8/5 favourite, got away sixth for driver Phil Hudon, while Bad As Leader, the 2/1 second choice, was placed closer in third by driver Trevor Henry. Arizona Seelster cut out an opening-quarter of :27.2 and also led the field by the half in :57.1. Henry opted to pull from third nearing the half and quickly cleared to the front with Bad As Leader before the final turn. Meanwhile, Cracklin Rosie was moving up on the outside in mid-pack, but was pushed out three-wide and took the long way around the final turn. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:25.2, Bad As Leader would not surrender the lead and paced home strongly to win the Miss VeraBars final by a length and a half in 1:53.4. Im In Luv finished second, while Windsun Glory grabbed third. Cracklin Rosie was just nosed out for fourth by Party In Rome. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Bad As Leader is trained by Victor Puddy for owners Bill Manes and William Cripps. The sophomore pacing filly now has four wins in six attempts this season and six victories in ten career starts. The MissVeraBars final victory pushes Bad As Leader's career earnings to over $69,000. She paid $6.70 to win. Bad As Leader Both series carried the same conditions, as Non-Winners of Three Races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015 were eligible to The Count B and Miss VeraBars. Winter series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the final of the Ontario Girls and second leg of the Ontario Boys. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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