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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 (http://bit.ly/1VhBLvg) or please contact us for a hard copy – (03) 5859 2201 or brett@alabar.com.au.  

As the new year begins, so does foaling season at Winbak Farm. This year the farm is expecting around 300 foals that will be eligible to rich stakes programs in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For the second year in a row, a filly was the first to be born. This year, the first to arrive was a Muscles Yankee filly out of the mare Call Me Hazel (sired by Call Toll Free), 1:57.2f ($57,916). She was born on January 17th. The filly is a half-sister to Delaware Stakes standouts, Starlit Eyes, 3, 1:58.3f ($149,680), The Felton Queen, 1:58.2f ($114,238), and Call Me Hal, 3, 1:58h -'14 ($90,627). Call Me Hazel is a half-sister to Scorpion Moon, 1:52.3s ($952,041). This filly is the first crop of Muscles Yankee foals to be eligible in the rich New York program. Second to arrive, 9 days later was a Vintage Master filly from the mare Santino's Rosa (sired by The Panderosa), p, 1:50.3 ($166,827). The filly was born on January 26th. Santino's Rosa is a full-sister to San Antony O, p, 1:52f ($348,996), and Yankees In Seven, p, 1:52.3h ($280,868). This filly will be Ontario-eligible. Vintage Master's first crop are now two and preparing for stakes action in 2015. The third to arrive was a Betterthancheddar filly from the mare Lilli Maid (sired by Christian Cullen). The filly was born on January 27th. This is the first year for North American foals from Betterthancheddar. His foals from the southern hemisphere are getting great reviews. Lilli Maid is a half-sister to Western Expression, p, 1:51.2f ($192,751), and Little Michael B, p, 1:50f ($169,477). This filly will be New York eligible. He is now standing at Winbak Farm of Ontario. The fourth to arrive was an Artiscape colt from Latin Liftoff (sired by Shotgun Scott) p, 3, Q1:57.4f. The colt was born on January 28th and is a half-brother to Battle of Waterloo Elimination Winner, Steady Warrior, p, 3, 1:52.1s -'14 ($144,156). Latin Liftoff is a half-sister to Spring Break, p, 3, 1:50.3z ($787,057). This colt will be New York-eligible. Those interested in learning more about Winbak Farm, including information about the stallions, should visit www.winbakfarm.com or call 410.885.3059. To see pictures of the foals born this year, be sure to follow Winbak Farm on Twitter or like their Facebook page. by Elizabeth Cheesman, for Winbak Farm

A new sale concept for harness racing broodmares and mixed stock had its first outing tonight and it didn't quite go to script. All up there were 73 broodmares and 18 mixed stock that went under the hammer this evening at Addington Raceway. There was a good crowd of over 100 people in the Blossom Lady lounge at Addington when the auction began but it was soon apparent that if the broodmare had a bit of age or had a hole in her pedigree then there was absolutely no interest from the buyers present. The passed in rate was very high with only 16 of the 73 broodmares changing hands on the night although the auctioneers were confident of doubling that number from post auction sales. Top price as expected was lot 2 which was the In The Pocket mare Zenola's Princess who was sold in foal to the  leading sire Art Major for $10,000.  The second best price was for lot 41 which was the Christian Cullen mare Stronecullen who was sold in foal to Shadow Play for $3,500 Lot 31, the Soky's Atom mare Bionic Reign who was not in foal made $3,000 as did lot 58, the Mach Three mare Triple Sec who was in foal to Betterthancheddar. Several mares were passed in when the last bid ended up with the vendor at the rerserve price and no more bids were forthcoming. Lot 20, Glenferrie Skipper was passed in for $10,000 while lot 50 Sun Goddess was also passed in at $7,000. Two other passings of note were lot 7, A Touch Of Sun who was not in foal and lot 44 Hayley Brogden who was in foal to Mach Three. Both made $6,000 on the night but went home with their vendors but negotiations are continuing. In the mixed stock side of the sale the trend was the same as with the broodmares with the two most keenly sought lots reaching $6,000 but on their vendors bid. Both times the auctioneer announced that one more bid would buy the horse involved but no further bids were made from the buyers bench. The two lots involved were lot 1, the American Ideal filly Miss Patriot and lot 2, the Sam Bourbon colt. While there were a lot of things they would do slightly differently in hindsight, The Canterbury Standardbred Breeders are to be congratulated for trying to bring a low cost sale option to the market to try to help the average breeder. With its low entry fee and no commission and no travel involved for the lots to be auctioned, the sale concept definitely has a future. What was sadly lacking today was a lot more quality lots but that was due in no small part to the uncertainty about how the sale would pan out for the vendors. Well bred stock sold well tonight and hopefully next year a much stronger draft will be catalogued. Harnesslink Media

TRAINER ANDREW HARRIS NOW ON HIS OWN

Champion young reinsman Dexter Dunn is the inaugural winner of the Greg Brodie Waikouaiti Drivers Challenge after leading Team ‘Youth’ to victory in the series dubbed the ‘Youth vs. Experienced Challenge’. After winning the first of the Invited Drivers Series races aboard Veecewah, Dunn (46 points) had a string of close-up finishes in the next four heats, which was enough to see him sneer individual victory by one point over ‘Experienced’ reinsman Maurice Mckendry (45 points), who enjoyed two comprehensive wins in what was his first ever trip to the Courage Under Fire Raceway. Samantha Ottley, who finished third on 40 points, as well as Craig Ferguson, and Australia’s Amanda Turball, were others who were big contributors towards the Youth’s points tally of 218, which saw them win easily over team ‘Experienced’, who accumulated a total of just 181 points. Team Youth were paying $2 to win the series on the New Zealand T.A.B, while Dexter Dunn was a $4.80 chance in the individual Challenge. Meanwhile, the connections of the Nathan Williamson trained Harry Mac have won themselves a free service fee to Betterthancheddar, a 1.6 million dollar earning son of Bettor’s Delight, after their gelding was a comprehensive winner of the C2 Discretionary Pace. The free service was kindly dominated by Alabar Stud, who were the main sponsors of today’s meeting. To view full results from the meeting and the Invited Drivers Series click here. By Mitchell Robertson

Trainer Bruce Negus, who has been the driving force behind tomorrow’s Youth Vs Experienced meeting at Waikouaiti , is excited about tomorrow’s concept and expects the series to bring in plenty of interest Australasian wide. “I’m not expecting a huge crowd on course but I am expecting plenty of off-course interest,” said the trainer, best known for his feats with Champion youngster Courage Under Fire. “It will be 10am in Australia when the meeting starts and there won’t be a lot else on for them to watch,” said Negus. “So having Lance Justice and Amanda Turnball over here should create plenty of Australian interest in the meeting.” Negus said that no driver looks to have a standout book on paper, so consistency will probably be the decider. “We are scoring the Series a bit differently than usual, with the winner of the race only getting a few more points than the reinsman that finishes fourth or fifth,” revealed Negus. “So it will probably take four of five good finishes to take the gold rather than say a couple of wins, two lasts, and a ninth.” Negus said that he expects the T.A.B to open various betting options on the series and T.A.B Bookmaker Stephen Richardson later confirmed that there would be two books opened – Youth or Experienced and Overall Winner. The age for the experienced reinsmen was set at 50 and over, while the youthful reinsman have to be 25 or under. The teams are as follows: Team Experience: Lance Justice (Aus), Allan Beck, Peter Ferguson, Tony Herlihy and Maurice Mckendry. Team Youth: Amanda Turnball (Aus), Zac Butcher, Samantha Ottley, Craig Ferguson, Dexter Dunn, and Matthew Williamson. All races in the series are penalty-free, while the winner of the eighth race will receive a free service fee to Betterthancheddar on top of the stake money courtesy of Alabar, who are sponsoring the meeting. “We are hugely grateful to Alabar and have had a piece of artwork done on Betterthancheddar which will be in the background of all the winning pictures,” said Negus. While Negus, who is the Vice-President of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club, has plenty on his hands with the series tomorrow, he also has a strong team of his own engaged to race. “Delightful Dash should win the first,” he said matter-of-factly. “And Highland Reign who is in the same race should finish in the money.” “Goodboy Tiger and Merilane are both in form trotters and love the grass, so they also have good chances.” Negus also said that his brother-in-law’s horse Martini could be worth a dollar at good odds, while Alexy, who he is driving himself in the Amatuer Drivers event, is in a similar boat. “Martini was going to demolish a good field before he galloped last start and Alexy can surprise at odds if he gets the right trip.” The track is currently in great condition and as long as there is no more rain, it should provide a tip-top racing surface. By Mitchell Robertson    

After joint consultation Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms and majority owner Jeff Snyder have decided to retire Cam's Card Shark from active stallion duty at Hanover. "The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled" Simpson said. "He has now reached the stage in life where it is both difficult and dangerous for him and those around him to mount the phantom mare or even to be collected using a live mare". Cam's Card Shark is a foal of 1991. As a two year old he was lightly campaigned under the guidance of trainer Micky McGivern. His wins at two included the Lou Babic Memorial and two New Jersey Sires Stakes. At 3, he was transferred to the Bill Robinson Stable. He was voted "Horse of the Year 1994". In addition he garnered both O'Brien and Nova awards for Horse of the Year. His wins at three include the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace, The North America Cup,  the Art Rooney Memorial, the Adios, the Messenger, the New Jersey Classic and the Miller Memorial. He was syndicated at the end of 1994 and retired with two and three year old earnings of $2,498,204.. He entered the stallion ranks at Hanover's New Jersey Farm in 1995. His stallion accomplishments are many and varied He has sired ten millionaires including five who have earned in excess of two million dollars. He is credited with three Little Brown Jug winners and two winners of The Meadowlands Pace.His most renowned performers have been Shark Gesture, Bettors Delight, Four Starzzz Shark, Royalflush Hanover, Holborn Hanover, Roll With Joe, Village Jolt and Million Dollar Cam. Of special note is that his son Bettors Delight is the fifth great stallion from a paternal line that follows from Meadow Skipper, through Most Happy Fella, to Cam Fella, to Cams Card Shark and now Bettors Delight. This is a feat unprecedented in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeding. Its quite possible that the line will be extended through his grandson Betterthancheddar. Snyder said that Cams Card Shark will live out his remaining days "which I hope will be many" at Hanover Shoe Farms. From Hanover Shoe Farms        

In our prominant harness racing sire series we have reviewed American Ideal and Art Major so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Bettors Delight. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Cams Card Shark, he is out of the averagely bred Armbro Emerson mare in Classic Wish. But that is the only thing that is average about this mare. Taking a record of 1:52 on her way to earning $436,273 makes good reading but it is her record at stud which places her up with the all time brood mare greats. Apart from Bettors Delight p3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461) she has left Roll With Joe p3,1:48.2 ($1,799,250) now at stud, No Pan Intended p3,1:50.3 ($1,613,180) now sire of over $28,000,000 in stakes, and Classic Rocknroll p3,1:50.1h ($780,210). Her 10 winners to date have produced total stakes of $7,445,000 a massive effort for any brood mare in history. The other feature for Classic Wish is that her progeny at the sales have always sold for big money as the following list shows; 1998 Bettors Delight  by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 59)                      $65,000 1999 No Wishes by No Nukes (Harrisburg lot 186)                                        $100,000 2000 No Pan Intended by Pacific Fella (Tattersalls lot 50)                             $150,000 2001 Western Wish by Western Hanover (Tattersalls lot 40)                           $70,000 2002 Wishforall Fullhouse by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 229)         $310,000 2003 Classic Card Shark by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 119)            $240,000 2005 Classic Star by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 78)                            $130,000 2006 Regal Wish by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 82)                     $70,000 2007 Classic Rock Nroll by Rocknroll Hanover (Winbak Farm lot 60)            $180,000 2008 Roll With Joe by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 81)                 $100,000 2009 Rocknroll Wishes by Rocknroll Hanover (Harrisburg lot 112)                   $40,000 2011 Classics Greatwish by Somebeachsomewhere (Harrisburg lot 131)   $185,000 RACE RECORD - Started just twenty six times for 15 wins and 7 placings for $2,581,461 in stakes, racing just at two and three. Took a mark of 1:51.3s at two which he reduced to 1:49.4 at three. He won the $871,475 Breeders Crown as a  2yr old  and the $1,148,500 North American Cup and $348,867 Little Brown Jug as a 3yr old.  AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Very hard to do it justice really.There are too many crops to review individually but right from his first crop he has stamped himself as one of the all time greats. What has really set him apart from his competition is his ability to sire such great fillies and mares. His very first crop born in 2003 produced his richest performer the sensational mare Darlins Delight p4,1:49.1 ($3,024,304). He had 114 foals born that year,107 have raced for 92 winners and that crop has earned $16,327,315 to date. His second crop once again produced a mare that was his highest stake earner of the year, the champion mare Southwind Tempo 1:48.2 ($2,445,541) and to top that year off he produced another mare that made a million, Symphony In Motion 1:49 ($1,065,949). Besides those two mares he left two other millionaires that year in Kenneth J and Forensic Z Tam. Four millionaires from one crop - That is incredible. That crop has 111 foals for 95 winners of $21,000,000 to date. His third crop in 2005 produced just 87 foals but once again Bettors Delight showed just how good he is by producing the outstanding gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.2 ($2,816,287) his only $1 million plus winner from that crop. The 2006 crop had just the 89 foals for 75 winners of $12,398,000 in stakes with no millionaires to date. Then the 2007 crop produces his next millionaire in Hulas Z Tam 1:52.2h ($1,016,860) racing almost entirely in New York state. One must remember that New York State has the most money for racing any where in North America. Therefore there is a big advantage for stallions standing in New York State. The three stallions that we have profiled to date American Ideal, Art Major and Bettors Delight have all stood at stud in New York State and have completely dominated the breeding Industry in that state. After 10 seasons standing in New York State Bettors Delight was moved to stand in Canada in 2012 before moving again to stand in Pennsylvania in 2013. Never the less we move on to Bettors Delight 2008 crop and you will not believe it he does it again producing two millionaires, his best colt to date in Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and the champion 3yr old filly See You At Peelers who had just the 31 starts for 26 wins and $1,566,900 in stakes. That 2008 crop has 134 foals, 121 have raced for 99 winners for a total stakes of $13,635,886. The 2009 crop has no millionaires as yet but they are only 4yr olds and I am betting that two of them will be millionaires in the not to distant future as both Dynamic Youth 1:48.1 ($847,878) and Bettors Edge 1:49 ($756,301) are both top end racehorses and they finished 1st and 2nd in a feature race just last night at The Meadowlands (4th of January) with Bettors Edge winning this time round. His 2010 crop (3yr olds in 2013) has produced the outstanding Vegas Vacation and yes you guessed it, another millionaire at $1,071,788. The 2011 crop of 2yr olds by Bettors Delight has been by his standing a very average crop with his richest earner Delightful Dragon earning just $227,329 for the year. All in all Bettors Delight has produced millionaires in six of his nine crops to the races so far in a siring career in North America that one could only dream off. He has a stunning and outstanding record that would be hard to duplicate anywhere. US statistics Eligible to race - 973 Winners - 706 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 72% $1,000,000+ 10 Sub 1:50 - 45 Average earnings per starter - $126,831 Average earnings per eligible horse - $107,670 Total earnings to date - $104,762,708 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD -  It started with four small crops via frozen semen which totaled just 30 foals of which 21 were winners including such smart types as Emjayem Grand 1:49.6 ($420,157) Vegas Bound 1:52.5 ($334,589) and Roman Stride 1:53.7 ($261,513). His first crop via fresh semen in the 2007 / 2008 season was his biggest to date in Australia and numbered 117 foals of which 67 have been winners including such top liners as Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($939,208), Beautide 1:50.2 ($803,437), Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Suave Stuey Lombo 1:51.8 ($323,394) and Abettorpunt 1:54.9 ($306,255). His next three crops have produced just 216 live foals (80, 80 and 56) of which 111 have been winners including the outstanding Border Control 1:50.6, (a NZ record) with stakes of $405,558 in Australia and New Zealand combined, Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760), Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($243,188), Waldenburg 1:53.8 ($198,848 and Caesar Augustus 1:54.5 ($166,923). Has not done as well as his North American competitors as a sire of fillies and mares in Australia. Still he has left the brilliant Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Bellas Delight 1:54.8 ($376,035), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760) and Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688) to date. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 363 Winners - 197 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 54% $100,000 plus - 24  $1,000,000, plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $46,097 Average earnings per eligible horse - $33,636 Total earnings to date - $11,846,986 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Bettors Delight started breeding mares in New Zealand via frozen semen in 2003 with several small crops (13, 6, 25 and 7) which totaled just 51 foals. That group produced 24 winners including Highview Tommy ($1,021,904) and Bettors Strike ($890,201). He has four crops in NZ via fresh semen (261, 127, 243 and 117) and has been dominant from day one with his larger crops. His standouts include such horses as Gold Ace ($1,028,621), Bit Of A Legend ($640,178), Five Card Draw ($347,021) and Ohoka Punter ($478,402), Percy The Punter ($241,611), Texican ($282,707) and the unbeaten 3yr old this year in Tiger Tara ($132,200). Like in the US it is as a sire of fillies that he has excelled in NZ. Three champions in Bettor Cover Lover ($1,061,534), Carabella ($693,615) and the sensational Adore Me ($582,976) are all as durable as they are fast.  Other very good fillies are Dancing Diamonds ($343,276), Ardens Darlin ($245,829) and Donegals Delight ($205,428). Foals 3yr old and older - 799 Winners - 391 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 49% $100,000 plus - 29  (+26 in Australia) Total - 55 $1,000,000 plus - 3 Average earnings per starter - $32,214 Average earnings per eligible horse - $19,272 Total earnings to date - $15,398,520 POSITIVES - Has left great fillies and mares especially in the US and New Zealand. His progeny can run at two and carry on as older horses onto the Grand Circuit and are just very good race horses durable and good allrounders. He has a decent record as a percentage sire especially in the US. He is known for his great fertility and is still breeding huge crops even at the age of 16 years old in New Zealand and Australia. Not many stallions can keep producing millionaires year after year but that is what Bettors Delight has done. In 2013 Bettor's Delight was the leading money winning pacing stallion in the NY Sire Stakes program as well as the leading All age money winning stallion in North America. NEGATIVES - With such large numbers on the ground now world wide Bettors Delight has seen a drop off in his yearling sale prices in the US and no doubt the same will happen in Australia and New Zealand as he continues to breed large books of mares. Bettors Delight is just a little fellow and I mean real small in size and he leaves a lot of small foals which has not helped him at the yearling sales. Although he has left great fillies in the US and in New Zealand he has failed to leave any colt that was anywhere near as good as himself with his richest colts Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and Kenneth J 1:49.2 ($1,592,755) only just able to command enough respect to stand at stud anywhere in the world today. Now one must remember that he has ten crops in North America and eight crops in Australia and New Zealand with a staggering 2,135 foals that are now 3yrs old or older with total stake earnings of $132,008,214. With these huge numbers on the ground he has still failed to leave that very special colt, anywhere in the world to date.  OVERVIEW - Just an incredible racehorse sire anywhere he has stood at stud. Unbelievable ability to sire great fillies and mares sets him apart from all his competition. A tremendously fertile stallion and being from such a great brood mare and leaving such great fillies and mares bodes well for his future as a brood mare sire. Has to be a very big question mark over him ever being a sire of sires! With his richest colt to date, Betterthancheddar, standing at Alabar in New Zealand for the first time this 2013/2014 breeding season, one would hope that that he may fill a much needed void for this great son of Cams Card Shark.. OVERALL RATING - 9 / 10  JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major 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

LATHAM, N.Y.-New York breeders and owners have plenty to celebrate when they look back on 2013. State-bred horses excelled in national competition and topped the yearling sales. The state continued to attract exciting new stallion prospects and the state government guaranteed supplemental purse revenue, both signaling the future strength of racing in the Empire State.   On the track, New York-breds made a strong impression this year, led by Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. This son of RC Royalty also scored in the Stanley Dancer, Zweig Memorial and Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to eclipsing $1.6 million in career earnings.   A Breeders Crown title went home with Artiscape daughter Shelliscape when she scored in the most prestigious event for aged mare pacers on her way to more than $850,000 in lifetime earnings. In addition, New York Sire Stakes Champion He's Watching made sure everyone will be watching this undefeated colt when he returns next year after equaling a 1:52.2 world record for 2-year-old pacing colts on a half-mile track in his last of eight perfect starts in 2013. This son of American Ideal etched his name into the record books at Yonkers Raceway during the Night of Champions.   But New York also found success in the breeding shed. A total of 1,434 mares were bred this year, up slightly from 2012, to 60 registered stallions. New York-eligible yearlings led all states with the highest average price at both of the largest select yearling sales in the U.S., boasting a vigorous $48,097 average at the Lexington Selected sale and $39,664 in Harrisburg.   Nationally, three of the top five sires ranked by earnings of 2-year-old pacers were from New York (Art Major, American Ideal, Bettor's Delight) and three New York stallions were in the top ten list of 3-year- earnings (Credit Winner, RC Royalty, Crazed). On the list of national money winning sires of 2013, Bettor's Delight and Art Major ranked first and third, respectively, among pacers and Credit Winner and Conway Hall were fourth and ninth among all trotters.   The state also attracted several new stallions for the 2014 breeding season, notably Breeders Crown Champion and winner of $1.6 million, Betterthancheddar. Three trotting stallions will be relocating from other breeding programs, including Muscles Yankee, a proven sire whose progeny earned $5.7 million this year, is moving from Pennsylvania. He will be joined by Lucky Chucky, whose first crop of New York-eligible yearlings sold well this fall and is returning to the state after one year in Pennsylvania, and Muscle Mass, whose offspring earned $3 million this year and will be coming from Ontario. Pacer Rockincam will be retiring from the track after competing in the top open ranks in the country and collecting nearly $800,000 in career earnings.   With more than 200 Standardbred breeding farms in the state contributing to New York's agricultural economy, the state also made the move this year to guaranteed revenue from VLTs at the racetracks in the recently passed casino amendment to the state constitution. This means that purses for the New York Sire Stakes program and overnight purses will be preserved for the future with no less than current VLT contributions, providing security for breeders and horsemen.   In addition, Harness Horse Breeders of New York State is also excited to be working on a project with partners to bring a retirement and rehabilitation program for racehorses to New York in the near future. This program will help horse owners and breeders provide care and services for horses that are looking to retire or those transitioning to another career.   For more information on breeding and racing in New York State, or to pre-order a 2014 Stallion Directory, contact Harness Horse Breeders at 518-785-5858 or email info@hhbnys.org.   Submitted by Harness Breeders New York

As we have now reached the month of November, it’s time to start looking back on the season that was. While we still have some racing left to go, we would be remiss if out time ran out and we didn’t honor some of the best performers who have graced the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs stage in 2013. This week I’m proud to announce our 2013 Horses of the Year. Although I had a little bit of input, most of the work in terms of tracking the best performances and making the selections was done by our Racing Marketing Manager Jennifer Starr and Clerk of Course Terri Phalen. It’s a difficult job, because of the sheer amount of great horses we have seen at the Pocono oval this season. These are fine choices though, a quartet of horses who are representative of the exemplary racing product that MSP had to offer in 2013. The envelopes, please. PACER OF THE YEAR: DYNAMIC YOUTH This 4-year-old gelding from the Aaron Lambert barn has been a standout at Pocono for a while now, but his 2013 season was one to remember. He made just six starts at MSPD this season, all against top-flight competition, and won four of them. All four of his victories, with his regular Pocono driver Andrew McCarthy aboard, came in times of less than 1:50. Dynamic Youth delivered some especially eye-opening wins this year. In June, he won elimination for the Ben Franklin pace in a field that included superstar pacers Betterthancheddar, Clear Vision, and Golden Receiver. On October 5, his second of back-to-back wins in the Preferred pacing class came in a scorching time of 1:48:1, which matched a world record for 4-year-old geldings on the pace. No other horse had such consistent success at the top levels at Pocono than this one, which is why Dynamic Youth is deserving of this outstanding honor. TROTTER OF THE YEAR: BEATGOESON HANOVER A 5-year-old mare trained by Nifty Norman, Beatgoeson Hanover served notice that she would special at Pocono this season with her very first start of the meet, a condition win back in April 27 that came in 1:52:1, matching a track record for aged trotting mares. She followed that up with a Preferred win the next week. When she returned to the Preferred trotting class at Pocono in August, she outdid herself with a winning mile of 1:51:4 with Tyler Buter in the bike, which broke not just her own track record but a world record for her age group on a 5/8-mile oval. Add in a respectable 5th place performance in the Breeders Crown finals and another easy Preferred win on October 26 and you can see why this mare gets the nod in this very competitive category. MARE OF THE YEAR: FEELING YOU The pride of the Amber Buter barn is without a doubt this gutty 6-year-old mare. Pocono has been just one of her stops this season and she has made the rounds to just about all of the best East Coast tracks. But it was her performance against the best distaff pacers at MSPD that earned her this award. In five starts in the Preferred Mares pacing class, which is the top of the heap for distaffers at Pocono, Feeling You, with Tyler Buter in the bike, won three times and finished a close second in the other two. Last Friday night may have been her signature victory. Following a disappointing 7th-place finish in the Breeders Crown, she won a Preferred Handicap over a field that included Rocklamation, who finished 2nd in the Breeders Crown, and Drop The Ball, the world record holder in the age group. That victory shows that Feeling You was as good as any pacing mare this season. CLAIMER OF THE YEAR: ST. PETE STAR This was probably the toughest category to choose, because there were many claimers who had dominant stretches in their respective divisions. St Pete Star gets the nod for the fact that he put together an impressive record and did so when he was either near or at the very top of the claiming ladder. Although he tailed off at the end of the season, St Pete Star, a 9-year-old stallion, had an awesome stretch from late April to the middle of August where he won eight of thirteen races and raised his claiming price from $15,000 to $25,000 in the process. He won for five different trainers in that span because he was a popular claiming commodity. At one point he won four in a row and six of seven, with a career-best victory of 1:49:2 in that span. All of those statistics tell you what anybody who saw St Pete Star at the peak of his powers this year would know: That he was the best of the best of the claimers at Pocono in 2013. Next week we’ll wrap up the season with our final article of the year. Until then, we’ll see at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs  

Just when you thought the quality of stallions in the Empire State couldn’t get better, four speedy sires have taken up residency here for the upcoming breeding season. Panther Hanover, Glidemaster, Betterthancheddar and Rockincam have put the competition on notice and are looking to make a name for themselves in this very competitive market.  Panther Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover-Panned Out 1:47.2 $367,877) became one of the fastest 3-year-old colts ever when he registered a 1:47.2 victory in the $275,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic. He battled a game Hurrikane Kingcole down the stretch in the hard fought win to record the fifth fastest mile ever recorded by a pacer of any age and the fastest time by a 3YO in 2012. He followed that up by taking the $257,571 Simcoe Stake, defeating the heavily favored A Rocknroll Dance and Michael’s Power. Panther Hanover then closed out the year by finishing second by a head in the Breeders Crown elimination before placing fifth in the final in a race that saw him parked out to the half in 53.4 before taking the lead. For the year he scored six wins in ten starts with two seconds and bankrolled $347,990 for his efforts. Panther Hanover will stand at Win Place and Show Farm in Champlain, New York for a fee of $3,000. (http://winplaceandshowfarm.com or call (518) 297-3506) In conjunction with Panther Hanover’s first season at stud, his owner Jim Carr is giving away a complimentary breeding to the promising young stallion through a promotion to be held at the Harrisburg Sale. To be eligible, those attending the sale are asked to go to the New York Sire Stake promotions table and fill out an entry blank. The drawing will be held on Thursday night, November 7 at 5 PM. 2006 trotting Triple Crown champion Glidemaster (Yankee Glide-Cressida Hanover 1:51.1 $1,968,023) has relocated to the Empire State and looks to continue his production of exceptional race horses to compete at the top level here. Glidemaster was a world champion 2-year-old, equaling Mack Lobell’s mark of 1:55.3 in only his second lifetime start. At 3 he won the $1.5 million Hambletonian, $117,903 Simcoe Stake, $526,000 Kentucky Futurity and the $728,930 Yonkers Trot. When he retired after that campaign, he was the highest single-season money winning trotter and fastest 3-year-old trotter of all time. This resulted in him being named the 2006 3-year-old trotting colt of the year and overall horse of the year by the United States Harness Writers Association and being awarded the 2006 HTA Nova Award as 3-year-old trotting colt of the year. Since entering the breeding ranks he has sired winners of $6.25 million as well as 10 performers in 1:55 including the millionaire mare Maven (1:51.4 $1,379,969) who is a two-time Breeders Crown champion and set multiple world records this year. Other top campaigners include Blue Porsche (1:54 $637,646), For You Almost Free (1:53 $309,139) and Punxsutawney (1:53.2 $295,453). Glidemaster will stand at Winbak Farm in Walden, New York for a fee of $4,000. (http://www.winbakfarm.com  or call (845) 778-5421) Betterthancheddar (Bettor’s Delight-Lady Ashlee Ann 1:48 $1,635,364) has the kind of versatility that any breeder can appreciate. He was quick off the gate and quick out of a hole and his world records on both a half and five-eighth’s mile tracks should prove to be a recipe for success for him in New York State where he will begin his stallion career. At 3, Betterthancheddar got extra sharp late in the year and creamed the competition in four major stakes. He won the $342,875 Cane Pace, both the elimination and final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown, the $225,000 American National and the $175,000 Windy City, which helped him bank $777,283 for the year. At 4 he won the final of the $500,000 Ben Franklin in a world record time of 1:48, the $174,735 Des Smith and the $216,500 Bobby Quillen in another world record time of 1:49.2. He had nine wins and two seconds in eleven starts with $799,936 in earnings and his efforts garnered him the 2012 O’Brien Award for aged pacing horses. Betterthancheddar will also stand at Winbak Farm in Walden, New York for a fee of $4,500. (http://www.winbakfarm.com  or call (845) 778-5421) Finally, career Open pacer Rockincam (Cambest-Migraine $795,237) brings a hard-hitting style to town for his first year in service. This working man’s horse made a living the hard way; he earned it in overnights from day one facing the toughest top-class pacers in the country for most of his career. His lifetime mark of 1:48.1 came at age 5 in the Graduate Pace elimination when he beat Golden Receiver and Foiled Again. He also won the $200,000 Dan Patch in 1:51.1 and the Winbak Pace in 1:50 flat. In 62 lifetime starts, he won 25 and banked a hefty $795,237. In those 62 starts, he paced 20 sub-1:50 miles, both in victory and defeat. He closed out his career in 2013 with three consecutive 1:48 and change miles. His speed and ability to compete over any size track is an attribute that should well serve his offspring. Rockincam will stand at Majestic View Farms (845-255-2357) in Gardiner, New York for a fee of $2,500.  Bred in New York to take on the world is not just a slogan, it’s a business model. The New York Sire Stakes is the nation’s oldest harness racing breeding program of its kind and continues to lead the industry by annually producing some of the finest standardbreds to circle a race track.  by Tim Bojarksi for Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

Mike & Diane Heenan of Trouble Lodge were sad to have to say goodbye to Brylin Boyz who was recently sold to Queensland. But, there is sun at the end of the rainbow for the Methven couple. “We have bought a new stallion,” said Mike Heenan. “But it was a sad day when Brylin left as he was a bit of a family pet.”  “We had him for about eight years and he was a lovely old horse.” Brylin Boyz sired a number of nice trotters during his time in New Zealand including Awesome Imace, Extasia, Feather’s Flight, Lanez Luck, Springfield Hero and Zealous Lady. But Heenan said that Shezoneoftheboyz was undoubtedly the best. “She could have been absolutely anything.” Heenan said when asked about the 2010 New Zealand Trotting Derby winner. “Brylin Boyz is going to be the only trotting sire in his area so he should get a few mares. They are really starting to get into their trotting over there.” Heenan’s new stallion is Superfast Stuart, who won 15 races and ran 31 places in 128 raceday starts in America. He earned $279,347 in his career and clocked a time of 1:54.2 “He was a very good racehorse, but it was his breeding that really got me.” “I started reading about his sire Kadabra, and became very fascinated in him.” “He was an absolute champion racehorse who has gone on to be a champion sire.” As a racehorse, Kadabra enjoyed incredible success, winning 25 of 36 lifetime starts for earnings in excess of $2.1 million. His wins included the Canadian Trotting Classic and the Breeders Crown. But, he missed out on racing in The Hambletonian through a missed payment. His progeny include current World-beating three-year-old filly Bee A Magician (1:51) who recently made it thirteen wins on end. Superfast Stuart’s dam, Great Expectations (Garland Lobell) was also no slouch notching up 10 wins and $209,824. Superfast Stuart will stand at a reduced fee of $1,250 plus GST. “We could have easily stood him for more but we understand the current breeding climate and we wanted to give him a chance of getting good numbers on the ground,” Heenan offered. “He will be a complete outcross to most of the mares here, so there will be plenty of options for him in that respect.” Superfast Stuart is set to touch down in New Zealand in mid-October. “He is booked on the same flight as Alabar’s Betterthancheddar, so they will both get off to a bit of a late start.” By Mitchell Robertson      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two divisions of eliminations were held in the 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway Monday. The fastest of the two splits went to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and James Koran's Clear Vision ($3.60, Brett Miller), who took the second division in a track record equaling time of 1:49.2. Trained by Ron Burke, the 7-year-old Western Hanover gelding cleared pacesetter Michael's Power approaching three-quarters and drew away on the field for a dominant performance. Heston Blue Chip finished second, while Escape the News was third. Dynamic Youth finished fourth to secure his place in next week's final. Clear Vision recorded his 22nd career win and surpassed $1.55 million in career earnings. The mark equaled the track record set by 2012 Quillen champion Betterthancheddar. "The Burkes' have done a great job with this horse," said an elated Miller. "I think he's as sharp as he's ever been." Clear Vision's stablemate, Foiled Again ($2.80, Yannick Gingras), in pursuit of his 3rd Quillen victory, took the 2nd division with a 1:49.4 triumph. The 9-year-old Dragon Again gelding made the lead quickly from post five and strolled through fractions of 27.2, 55.3, 1:23.1 before scorching home in 26.3 for an easy win over Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Mel Mara. Foiled Again notched his 71st lifetime win and boosted his career earnings to more than $5.3 million, further eclipsing his status as the sport's richest pacer of all-time. The top four finishers from each division will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on Monday September 16. In the overnight feature, Doug Lewis-trained Mojo Terror ($3.60, Tim Tetrick) registered his fourth consecutive win in the $19,000 Open. Victor Kirby had a driving triple.  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway will get underway with two divisions in the elimination round on Monday September 9. A total of 11 horses enters this year's event, which was won by Betterthancheddar in a track record time of 1:49.2 in 2013. The top four finishers from the two divisions, will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on September 16. Two-time Quillen champion Foiled Again heads the first division, which is scheduled as the seventh race on the program. Harness racing's richest pacer of all-time, Foiled Again will start from post five in a five horse field and will be challenged by stablemate Atochia, Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Dynamic Youth. The second division (ninth race) features three millionaires, Linda Toscano-trained Heston Blue Chip, Ron Burke-trained Clear Vision, and Casie Coleman-conditioned Michael's Power. Hometown favorite Malak Uswaad N is the only horse in the field with a win over the track, after a sharp 1:52.3 triumph on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair.   Ron Burke-trained Escape the News, and Tony Alagna-trained Mel Mara complete the second division. Final driver changes and morning line odds will be available at scratch time Wednesday at noon. The race is named in honor of the late long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a racetrack regular and always looked out for the best interest of horsemen. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at various organizations, including Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino  

A family of champion Standardbred racehorses and breeding stock, owned by Joe Thomson of Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City (Cecil County), will be presented with the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s (MHIB) August Touch of Class Award on Thursday, August 15, during the evening race card at the Casino at Ocean Downs in Berlin. In addition, two harness racing drivers, Corey Callahan and Frank Milby, both Maryland natives, will receive Secretary Citations, presented by Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, for their 3,000th and 1,500th career wins, respectively. The four Standardbred Touch of Class honorees are all owned by Winbak Farm and all related in some fashion. They are: • The broodmare Lady Ashlee Ann and the stallion Bettor’s Delight, who were installed in the Living Harness Horse Hall of Fame on July 7, in Goshen, NY. • Betterthancheddar, a son of Lady Ashlee Ann (another Winbak-owned horse) who was named Canadian Champion Pacer in 2013. • The late Classic Wish, another Winbak Hall of Fame honoree, who is the dam of Bettor’s Delight. This is the second Touch of Class Award for Winbak, one of the nation’s leading Standardbred farms, which was honored in March 2012 for their champion colt Roll With Joe. What: Presentation of the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s August Touch of Class Awards Who: Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, MHIB Chairman Jim Steele, Winbak Farm Owner Joe Thompson, and harness drivers Corey Callahan and Frank Milby When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Where: In the winner’s circle at The Casino at Ocean Downs in Berlin. MHIB established the Touch of Class Awards in 2011 to honor Maryland horses and people who achieve national and international recognition. For more information, contact MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord at 410-841-5798 or ross.peddicord@maryland.gov

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 9 - It was a milestone night on Friday evening at Mohawk. After driver Jody Jamieson celebrated $100-million in career earnings as a driver in race two, trainer Casie Coleman notched her 2,000th win later on the card in race ten. Coleman’s Beat The Drum got under the wire first in a condition event for driver Scott Zeron in 1:53 to reach the 2,000 win plateau. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge, has been named Canada’s Trainer of the Year five times and has career earnings approaching $45 million as a trainer. “When I first came to Ontario, I never dreamed I’d win 1,000 races lifetime let alone 2,000 at my age,” Coleman said. “It’s pretty surreal to think that my team and I have accomplished this. It’s just a great feeling.” The 33-year-old’s top horses in recent years include North America Cup winner Sportswriter, Breeders Crown winner Betterthancheddar, Little Brown Jug winner Michaels Power, American Ideal, Art Colony, Idyllic and Moving Pictures, just to name a few. by Greg Gangle  

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