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Bettor's Delight five-year-old Never Say Never N claimed his 17th lifetime victory just before Christmas with harness racing driver Corey Callahan at the helm for trainer Dylan Davis at Dover Downs winning by two lengths in 1:52.1. His previous win was at Hoosier Park when taking a lifetime mark of 1:50 in August 2018. Never Say Never N was sold to North America by JC International in November 2016 and has been a good earner there making a tidy $229,728 to date. Before he was exported, Never Say Never N had only five starts in New Zealand for trainer Ken Barron, for one win at Ashburton over 2600 metres rating a 2.05.9 mile rate over the distance. When he arrived in North America Never Say Never N won his first five races in a row with the last of those five wins coming in the $61,800 Sagamore Hill Final at the half-mile oval of Yonkers Raceway in 1:54.2 which was a great effort for a new import from New Zealand. Never Say Never N is the first foal of the Group placed race winning mare Maid In Splendour who has produced three to the races for three winners to date. A full-sister to Never Say Never N was a recent winner for The Allstars stable at Addington called Ruby Rose. Another full-brother is entered in the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on the 18th of February 2019. Entered on behalf of The Breckon Farms draft as Lot 58 this colt is called Pace N Pride and is the fifth foal of Maid In Splendour. Pace N Pride is by Bettor's Delight, who needs no introduction as he is the dominant leading pacing stallion in the world right now, yes that is right he is the overall leading money winning sire in all four Countries, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. Bettor's Delight has bred over 7,500 mares in all Countries and he is heading towards $300 million in progeny earnings right now. Maid In Splendour Maid In Splendour is from the race winning and now great producing Holmes Hanover mare Diamonds N Gold, dam of ten winners to date including Diamonds N Furs 1:54.8f ($231,399). Diamonds N Gold is a half-sister to the super racehorse Desperate Comment ($1,033,065) who won many races including the 1996 $250,000 Victoria Cup seen here; Harnesslink Media

Bettor's Delight colt Smooth Deal was sensational in winning the first harness racing heat of the Breckon Farms Young Guns series at Alexandra Park tonight. Driven aggressively by trainer Mark Purdon the showy two-year-old headed forward off the mobile gate and finally made the lead with a lap to go. You could tell at the 400m Purdon had a handful of horse and when his major opposition and favourite Perfect Stride paced roughly at the turn the race was all but over and Smooth Deal cruised to the line still full of running.  The time for the mobile 1700m was 2-02.9 which equated to an impressive mile rate of 1-56.3 with the last 800m cut out in 56.5 and the final quarter in 27.1 seconds. Smooth Deal is by champion sire Bettor's Delight from the In The Pocket mare Linda Grace. Bred and sold by Woodlands Stud, Smooth Deal was a $230,000 yearling at last year's Australasian Classic Sale selling as Lot 57 and purchased by Jean Feiss and what a judge Jean Feiss is proving to be. Some years ago she went to six figures at an Australian sale - not usual then - to buy an Art Major colt. His name was Vincent. She topped the NZ sale two years ago paying over $200,000 for a colt known as Jesse Duke - a Group One winner as a two year old. The next year she came back and paid another top price $230,000 for the best colt in the sale, named Smooth Deal. Bettor's Delight showed once again how dominant he is as a sire with the first and third placing sired by him and the second placing was by Woodlands Stud new stallion Sweet Lou, but from a Bettor's Delight mare. Smooth Deal is the fourth foal and fourth winner (all by Bettor's Delight) from the In The Pocket mare Linda Grace, a super record for any mare and makes Linda Grace now, one of the best producing mares in New Zealand. Her first foal is the Group One winning race mare Linda Lovegrace (1:51.4 placed with earnings of $265,433) who incidentally has a first foal entered in the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019. Entered by Breckon Farms, this Somebeachsomewhere colt from Linda Lovegrace named Lovesomewhere, is sure to be a most sort after yearling. Somebeachsomewhere (now deceased) is one of the world's greatest producing sires. With only seven crops racing in North America he is rewriting the record book with outstanding numbers. He is already the sire of over $110 million in progeny earnings in North America with average earnings per live foal of an astounding $139,441. Yes that is right, every foal born of racing age has an average earning record of $139,441, simply hard to believe. Somebeachsomewhere (by Mach Three) is the current leading sire of three-year-olds in North America with progeny earnings of $8,643,963. The next best producing sire is American Ideal with earnings of $4,314,519. Somebeachsomewhere has double the earnings of the next best producing sire. Here is the list of leading three-year-old sires in North America for 2018 as at the 14th of December;                                                      Starters Sire in 2018 Money ==== ======== ===== SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 107 $8,643,963 AMERICAN IDEAL 84 $4,314,519 BETTORS DELIGHT 90 $3,838,824 SHADOW PLAY 83 $3,628,952 SPORTSWRITER 110 $3,409,798 MACH THREE 84 $3,292,133 ART MAJOR 78 $3,148,482 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 70 $2,861,999 WELL SAID 75 $2,423,241 A ROCKNROLL DANCE 56 $2,005,508 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 59 $1,974,872 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 35 $1,900,758 PET ROCK 74 $1,885,744 ROCKIN IMAGE 75 $1,821,298 DRAGON AGAIN 60 $1,683,899 IM GORGEOUS 15 $1,264,305 ROLL WITH JOE 48 $1,175,035 SO SURREAL 36 $1,045,256 MCARDLE 43 $1,019,792 BIG BAD JOHN 39 $916,737 For a full catalogue reference of this Somebeachsomewhere colt Lot 47 Lovesomewhere click here.  Her second foal is another Group placed mare called Gina Grace who has raced in three Countries, New Zealand and Australia and now in North America. Gina Grace paced a winning time of 1:51.8 in Australia and has won $320,825 to date still racing in North America. Her third foal is the gelding (He) Bettor Step Aside 1:54.5 ($59,000) Harnesslink Media   Smooth Deal winning the first two-year-old race in New Zealand for 2018/2019   BRECKON FARMS YOUNG GUNS SERIES (HEAT 1) MOBILE PACE, $23,500, 2YO, 1700m    (Qualifying Time: 2-13.4)   For 2-year-old pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Sex (fillies drawn inside colts and geldings) using the track grid. Refer series conditions. Video  Weather: Fine     Track: Fast      Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 8 Smooth Deal 8 fr 12,500.00 2/2 2-02.9   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 4 Double Or Nothing 4 fr 4,000.00 6/5 2-03.7 3.70 D J Butcher R W Green 3 1 Perfect Stride 1 fr 2,000.00 1/1 2-03.8 4.50 Z E Butcher R W Green 4 9 Mach Da Vinci 9 fr 1,500.00 3/3 2-03.9 4.90 J I Dickie P T Court 5 3 Prince Of Pleasure 3 fr 1,000.00 4/4 2-04.1 6.10 A G Herlihy MNZM A G Herlihy MNZM 6 6 Stavros The Terror 6 fr 500.00 7/7 2-04.6 8.40 J R Dunn P T Court 7 7 Sir Tiger 7 fr 500.00 8/8 2-04.6 8.40 A P T Poutama R W Green 8 10 Eagle Watch 10 fr 500.00 10/9 2-05.2 11.40 T W Mitchell M G Berger 9 2 Art Christian 2 fr 500.00 9/10 2-05.7 13.80 L G Hollis L G Hollis & S M Robertson 10 5 Jeremy Wells 5 fr 500.00 5/6 2-10.0 35.60 T M Williams J D Harrington $23,500.00         Divs: $3.40. $1.50. $2.70. $1.20. Quinella $24.20. Trifecta $107.10. TAB Double[races-3,4]:(1,8) $4.70. TAB Conc.:(1,4) $6.70. First4 $326.30. Margins: 3 3/4 lengths, 3/4 length, neck Times: Mile Rate: 1-56.3 Last 800m: 56.5 Last 400m: 27.1 Placed Horses:       Smooth Deal 2016 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Linda Grace   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd    Double Or Nothing 2016 2 B g Sweet Lou - Love A Gamble   (by Bettor's Delight)    Trainer: R W Green, Pukekohe    Owner: Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Ltd, R G Fleming, Mrs S B Fleming, N McAlister, R S Best    Breeder: Ms A Van Der Beek    Perfect Stride 2016 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Chicago Blues   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: R W Green, Pukekohe    Owner: E & M Stride Corp.    Breeder: F J Price,Mrs K V Price,F R Price,Mrs H L Price  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 8, 2018-Odds-on Weona Sizzler A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) made a successful first trip to the harness racing adult table Saturday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed-from post position No. 5---to Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, 56 and 1:24, Weona Sizzler A found room passing the three-quarters when a first-up Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) backed away. Gokudo Hanover owned a length lead into the lane, but could not stall his intruder. Weona Sizzler A rolled right by, widening to win by that length in a life-best 1:52.1. Gokudo Hanover saved second, with Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), Voracity (Tyler Buter) and Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Weona Sizzler A, a 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Harmon Racing) by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Seth Rosenberg Racing, it was his eighth win in 18 seasonal starts (five wins and three seconds in eight North American tries). The exacta paid $25.40, the triple returned $131.50 and the superfecta paid $646. There is no Sunday matinee this time around, the final one wrapping the season Dec. 16th, with first post the ever-popular TBA. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

It had been awhile since Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) recorded a win in the harness racing local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare won the feature three times early in the season but had gone winless in the Open since April 13th, albeit in limited tries, heading into Friday night's action. Betabcool N had a second and a third place finish in her two most recent starts in the Open and was dismissed at odds of 7-1 in a six-horse feature on Friday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. left a bit with Betabcool N but they wound up coming away third as the top two choices in the wagering came away one-two. Betabcool N made her move as the feature field made its way towards the three-quarter pole and the eight year old New Zealand-bred mare paced right past the leader. Longshot OK Jewel (Jimmy Devaux) came from well off the pace and tried to get to Betabcool N in the stretch but it was to no avail. Betabcool N's fourth Open win of the year came in 1:54.4. OK Jewel was the runner-up while Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. Betabcool N paid $16.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $185 and $395, respectively. Godinez has won the local Fillies and Mares Open seven times this season, three times with Sally Fletcher A and now four with Betabcool N. Godinez and Aldrich also teamed up for a victory in the $15,000 Winners Over for fillies and mares on Friday night as veteran distaffer Glenferrie Bronte N (Changeover) lived up to the hype at odds of 3-5 to give her connections a double on the night. With the earnings from her score, Glenferrie Bronte N moved her career bankroll to over the $300,000 mark. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA --- He hasn't been in North America long, but he's already turning heads. Undefeated in Maine and now in Massachusetts, Bettors Fire N has now strung four straight and remained peerless by taking the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing harness racing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 27). Leaving from post one, Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) grabbed an immediate lead and dictated the pace from there. After going unchallenged the first half in a leisurely :56, Bet You (Drew Campbell) made the first move past the half and got to within a length of the leader. After Cushing looked over his shoulder at on-comer, he let Bettors Fire N out a notch and his horse simply switched gears. Going by the three-quarters a gap began to show as Bettors Fire N was pacing with attitude. The lead increased around the far turn and into the stretch and with the whip tucked and the lines taught, Cushing sat silly while Bettors Fire N opened up a five length lead under a powerful stride to win in 1:52.3, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the 11th win of the year and 44th of his career for Bettors Fire N ($4.00) who now has $690,784 earned both domestic and International. The 10-year-old gelded son of Bettors Delight is owned by Kevin Sywyk, his driver Cushing and Frank Ranaldi and is trained by Heidi Gibbs. Bettors Fire N was purchased privately in New Zealand on September 18 of this year and made his first North American start on October 21 at Scarborough Downs. He had a stellar career in the Southern Hemisphere where he won two Banbury Cups, a heat of the Interdominion in 2016 and the Village Kid Sprint in 2017. This past January he raced against Lazarus N in the $300,000 Freemantle Pacing Cup. In the $12,000 undercard for upper-level conditioned pacers, Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) went gate to wire holding off the fast-closing pocket-sitter Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) to win his ninth of the year. Major Leaguer ($3.00) has now earned $75,640 in 2018 for his driving owner. Dennis Whittemore trains the winner. Shawn Gray, Drew Campbell and Nick Graffam all had driving doubles on the card. Plainridge Park will play Auld Lang Syne on Thursday afternoon as that is the last day of live racing for the 2018 season at the hub of harness racing in New England. Post time for that card is set for 1 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

CHESTER, PA - Gold Orchid N handled a stepup in class to keep her North American record perfect after five starts, winning a $14,500 high-level conditioned distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday in 1:52. Fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind the victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight, and they couldn't have enjoyed a better journey. Delightful Dragon grabbed the lead early and passed the ¼ in 27, but JK Jazzitup was soon on the go and took over the lead by the 56.1 half, with Terror At Night starting the outer tier uncovered and Gold Orchid N right behind her. After a battle on the front end resulted in a ¾ clocking of 1:23.4, Terror At Night had forged a short lead by headstretch, but Gold Orchid N still had plenty in the tank and went on to post a 1½-length victory over Terror At Night, with third-over Ella Christina coming on for third, another 1¼ lengths back. Mark Harder trains the "ceiling unlimited" mare for BAMQ LLC. Unusually for "Filly and Mare Friday" at Philly, the top purse event of the day was a trot, a $16,000 contest won by a male, as the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini equaled his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 over a track that had been rerated to "sloppy" after a hard rain about an hour earlier. Mr Houdini worked out a pocket trip, but looked like he wouldn't shake free in enough time to catch Girl Talk, who had swept wide off cover to the midstretch lead. "Houdini" and driver Brett Miller escaped from the box in just enough time to produce a surge that got him home first by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. There's no question that trainer Mike Dowdall and driver Brett Miller are the "go-to" team at Philly for longshot tallies, as they clicked again in the first race with Cinder Rita ($79.40) - the fourth time at the meet the pair have produced a $50+ winner. Dowdall's quartet of bombers puts him far ahead of other conditioners - no other trainer has more than one! - while Miller's seventh overall $50+ horse ties him for the meet lead with Eric Carlson in that category. Race one also went to the top in longshot production - a longshot led the card for the sixth time in the meet, breaking a tie with races six and ten. (In case you were wondering, races five and fourteen have yet to see a $50+ win payoff.) Tim Tetrick won four races Friday, reducing George Napolitano Jr.'s lead in the seasonlong driving standings to 218-213. Cat Manzi won the first dashwinning drivers title at Philly, and since then it has either been Napolitano (six times, including the last four) or Tetrick (five times) on top. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

On Friday (November 2) it was announced that star New Zealand harness racing pacer Lazarus will stand stud in 2019. The announcement was jointly made by the stallion's owner, Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. The "Wonder from Down Under" will stand in New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms. The richest pacing stallion in Australasian harness racing history, Lazarus (Bettors Delight-Bethany) had a record of 2-3-0 in six North American starts. He retires with a lifetime summary of 37-8-4 from 51 starts and more than $3.1 million in earnings.   Further details as to stud fee and syndication information will be announced as they become available.

CHESTER, PA - Driver Eric Carlson had the hot hands at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, sweeping the featured paces for distaffs for trainers with whom he had combined for a victory earlier on the card. In a $16,000 conditioned pace, Carlson and the Bettor's Delight sophomore filly Dark Force worked out a two-hole trip, rallied up the inside to a midstretch lead, and then held off a late charge by 53-1 shot Thrillonthebeach to be a half-length good on the money in 1:54.2. Ross Croghan is the conditioner of the victorious three-year-old for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. In a $14,500 conditioned pace, the McArdle filly Lispatty ran her lifetime win ratio to 25% (24 for 96) and pushed her earnings to $625,265 with a 2½ length win in 1:52.1. Carlson let the early speed sort itself out, then sent Lispatty to the lead under the wire the first time around; from there she had little trouble, marching home in 28 to be safely clear for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - At Harrah's Philadelphia, "Trix" isn't for kids - but she might be for the Open mares class soon, as the Bettor's Delight mare Bettor Trix N remained undefeated in four North American starts after a 1:53.2 triumph in the $17,000 distaff featured pace Wednesday. Driver Tim Tetrick, a three-time winner on the day, sent Bettor Trix N to the lead just past the 27.4 quarter, then got a rest of 57.2 to the half before the sophomore miss Mink Pink ranged alongside to challenge. Mink Pink got by Bettor Trix N before the 1:24.3 3/4s, but Tetrick kept the Kiwi import's mind on her game, and she rallied in the stretch to catch Mink Pink for a 1½ length victory. Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and owners Donna Pollucci and Jo Ann Looney King do know a thing or two about imported New Zealand mares, as they are all part of Team Shartin N as well. There were three $16,000 co-featured events on the card - one for male pacers, and two for trotters. In the pace, Macadoodledoo, who has been performing well against stakes company, quarter-moved to command and posted a 1:52.4 victory for driver George Napolitano Jr. (coming off 15 wins in four cards at Pocono), trainer Mark Silva, and owner Jeffrey Snyder. He's Electric was second behind the winning son of Somebeachsomewhere, two lengths back; another neck behind was Talbotcreekwhiskey, who is in a Breeders Crown elimination in the 3PC category on Saturday. Talbotcreekwhiskey's shedrow neighbor in the barn of trainer Luc Blais, the Cantab Hall filly Ex Hanover, had more success over the Philly oval, taking the first division of the trot co-feature while lowering her mark to 1:55.3. Daniel Dube had to go first-over with the sophomore, but she was determined in the stretch and defeated Armageddon Seelster by a half-length for the Determination ownership entity. In the second trot, the Muscle Massive three-year-old gelding Meadowbranch Ricky made the lead at the quarter for driver Tony Morgan, then withstood a long first-over bid from Fashion Forever to be a 2¼ length winner, lowering his lifetime mark by a fifth by hitting the wire in 1:54.3. Jenny Melander conditions the winenr for owner Hans Enggren. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Lachie Maguire N (Bettor's Delight) returned to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday with two second-place finishes to his credit in his last two starts. The harness racing Jose Godinez trainee was the runner-up in his most recent try at Yonkers after finishing second in his previous start in the Saratoga Open. On Saturday, Lachie Maguire N powered out to the early lead with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky but gave way to JK Panache (Shawn Gray) approaching the opening quarter. JK Panache, who was riding a two-race win streak as he returned to the local feature on Saturday, clicked off a first half in 56.1 without facing a challenge. With the 4-5 betting favorite Lachie Maguire N riding his coattails, JK Panache checked in at three quarters in 1:23.3. Aldrich popped the pocket turning for home and Lachie Maguire N got the better of JK Panache in a mile clocked in 1:51.4. The win in the $18,000 Open was victory number six on the year for Lachie Maguire N. JK Panache was the runner-up while Deetzy came on to finish third. The exacta in the feature paid $17.60 while the triple came back $54.50. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

It's been nearly 23 years since Jim Avritt Sr. bought Dominique Semalu to serve as a broodmare, but Avritt is reminded regularly about the impact she's had on his life. "If I hadn't been lucky enough to buy her, no one would have heard of me in this business," Avritt said. "I sold a lot of high-priced yearlings out of her and kept a bunch of her daughters and they've all been tremendous producers. It was the luckiest day of my life." Dominique Semalu's impact is apparent this week in Lexington. On Tuesday night, Avritt sold pacer Tall Dark Stranger for $330,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. The colt, a son of Bettor's Delight, is the second foal out of Avritt's homebred star Precocious Beauty, a Dan Patch Award-winner whose granddam is Dominique Semalu. Precocious Beauty's first foal, now 2-year-old filly Beautyonthebeach, is a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion and races Friday in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Red Mile. In addition, Precocious Beauty's full sister, Prescient Beauty, also races in a division of the International Stallion. She won a Bluegrass Stakes division last week and finished a dead-heat second in the She's A Great Lady Stakes. Prescient Beauty and Precocious Beauty are out of Precious Beauty, whose other foals included Dan Patch Award-winner Sportswriter. Beautyonthebeach and Prescient Beauty, both trained by Gregg McNair and driven by Doug McNair, are being pointed toward the Breeders Crown and Three Diamonds Stakes following their races on Friday. "After Precocious, I didn't know if I'd ever get back to that level again," Avritt said. "Now I'm fortunate enough to have Prescient Beauty and Beautyonthebeach, so I'm enjoying it to say the least. There's not much difference between these two fillies. They're tremendous fillies. I'm tickled to death." Beautyonthebeach has won five of nine races, never finished off the board, and earned $192,227. Prescient Beauty has won four of nine races, finished off the board only once, and earned $178,537. Both fillies share a love of bananas, but otherwise have different personalities. "Prescient Beauty is a little more uptight; she can get a little upset in the paddock and warming up," Avritt said. "Beautyonthebeach, sometimes you think she's going to sleep. If you let her put her head on your shoulder, she'll just stand there all night." Beautyonthebeach competes in the second of four International Stallion divisions and is 4-1 on the morning line, third choice behind 5-2 Warrawee Ubeaut and 3-1 Zero Tolerance. Warrawee Ubeaut heads to the race off a win in the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, where Zero Tolerance finished second. Zero Tolerance rebounded to win a Bluegrass division last week. Prescient Beauty is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the third of the four International Stallion divisions. As for the sale of Tall Dark Stranger, the price was the second highest of the opening night of the Lexington Selected Sale, topped by only the $360,000 spent on Treasure Trove, a full brother to two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. "I never get my expectations too high so I'm not disappointed, but a lot of people in the know were talking between $200,000 and $300,000," said Avritt, who lives in Lebanon, Ky., about 65 miles southwest of Lexington. "He was a gorgeous colt, an absolutely gorgeous colt. Everything just fell into place." For Friday's complete Red Mile entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Stag Party and driver David Miller put on a show to win the $890,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casie Coleman trained two-year-old harness racing pacing colt came first-up on the final turn from fourth and proceeded to turn the Metro final into a laugher by drawing away with ease in the lane for a 4¼ lengths victory in 1:50.4. "My horse was full of pace the whole way and around the last turn I had a pretty good feeling that he was going to go all the way," said Miller, who had never won the Metro before during his Hall of Fame career. "It's a great feeling, I can't explain it. I had been wanting to win this race a long time too." De Los Cielos Deo blasted from post-ten to claim the early-lead, posting a :27.1 opener. Race-favourite Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy angled out from sixth heading towards the half, flushing out Stag Party and Miller from fourth. After reaching the half in :55.4, De Los Cielos Deo faced final-turn pressure from Stag Party, while Captain Ahab was situated second-over. De Los Cielos Deo held a length advantage at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Stag Party powered by De Los Cielos Deo and stormed away to the blowout victory. Captain Ahab, who came into the Metro final undefeated, came up empty in the lane after getting the perfect trip and faded to finish ninth. Semi Tough finished second after a two-hole trip, while Shake That House and Lyons Night Hawk finished third and fourth, respectively. "My plan all along was to try and get Andy (McCarthy) in front of me," said Miller about his trip with Stag Party. "He wouldn't take the bait and he ended up following me second-over, which I wasn't happy about." A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party's dominating effort gives trainer Coleman her second Metro title to go with Sportswriter record performance in 2009. "From day one he's been real special," said Coleman of Stag Party. "He stressed me out a little bit the last couple of weeks. I don't think I've ever had a race where I honestly text the owners and said we might be scratching tonight and go on to win the final the next week." "His issues were all just colt soreness. I literally x-rayed this horse top to bottom two or three weeks in a row...I was ready to tell them we're shutting him down for the season and bringing him back as a three-year-old." A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party has now earned $642,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "We've had a lot of luck in this business and we've had a ton of fun and this one is really special because my thoroughbred partner Fred Hertrich actually bred the horse so it makes it extra special," said John Fielding after capturing his first Metro. "I've had horses with Casie for a couple years now and been absolutely thrilled with the job she does. Her and her team have done an amazing job and this colt is really special." Coleman is currently undecided on when Stag Party's next start will be but did note the Metro winner will be pointed towards the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and Breeders Crown. Stag Party paid $5.30 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Cavairt Ally delivered another dominating performance to win the $255,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four-year-old pacing mare and driver Andrew McCarthy made a backstretch move to the lead from fourth and pulled away in the stretch for a three-length victory in 1:51.2. "I really had to leave hard to get away third and then I worked her pretty hard down the backside get the front," said McCarthy. "I chased her on the last turn a little bit to get the engines revving and she did respond, she perked right up and responded." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally entered the Milton final off a stunning career-best 1:48.3 victory in her elimination and made no mistakes Saturday to best a deep field of older pacing mares. Twinkle charged from the rail to grab the first-lead, posting a sharp :26 opening-quarter. Caviart Ally came to the outside before three-eighths and didn't clear to the top until strides before the half, which was reached in :54.3. Caviart Ally faced no pressure in the third-quarter, as first-up challenger Tequila Monday only advanced a single spot after angling out from fourth. The three-quarter pole was reached in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Caviart Ally said goodbye to her rivals and cruised home in :28.3 for the victory. Bettors Up finished second in a tight place-photo with Pure Country. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally's sixth win of the season and 15th overall pushed her over $1 million in career earnings for owners Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. "We are so super proud, she's just a great mare," said Clarence Chaffee, who owns Caviart Farms with his wife, Judy. "She was really good last fall winning the Jugette and then this spring she got sick and it took a while to get her going and back on track, but boy she has really come on now." A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $2.90. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Lifetime Trust worked out a perfect second-over trip for driver George Brennan, in for an afternoon's harness racing work at Harrah's Philadelphia, then tipped wide and proceeded on to an in-hand 1:53 win in the $17,000 feature for distaff pacers on Wednesday at the suburban Philadelphia oval. The winner of $168,415 was away fourth for Brennan as race favorite Reign On Me took over the lead from Big City Betty nearing the 27.4 quarter. Just before the 56.2 half, Brunhilda moved first-over from third, with the winner right on her bumper through the 1:24 3/4s and around the turn before being tipped wide by Brennan. The final margin was only a length over Big City Betty, Reign On Me, and Brunhilda, noses apart in that order at the wire, but the victory was measured from midstretch as Lifetime Trust won for trainer Richard Ringler and the Ringler Stable LLC. Thursday at Harrah's, two-year-old fillies on both gaits will contest three $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series. Many of the entrants are well-known to area fans, who have seen them in Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action throughout the summer, both live and via simulcast. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Captain Ahab and Stag Party punched their ticket to next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final with impressive harness racing victories in Saturday evening's eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace final a perfect seven for seven after winning his elimination in 1:50.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab got away fourth in a field of eight and watched Captain Crunch cut an opening-quarter of :26.3. McCarthy sent 'Ahab' after the lead in the second-quarter, clearing to the top at a :55 half. Captain Ahab paced his third-quarter in :27.4 with first-up pressure from Lyons Night Hawk and the six for seven De Los Cielos Deo sitting second-over. In the stretch, Captain Ahab finished his mile with a :28 final-quarter to secure the victory. De Los Cielos Deo paced into second, getting to the leader's wheel at the wire. Goldberg finished third, while Lyons Night Hawk was fourth. The final ticket to next week's final was grabbed by Better Up. Captain Ahab established a new career-mark with the 1:50.4 victory and has now earned $137,616 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. "I kicked the ear-plugs out tonight and made him pace in the stretch because I've got so much respect for Burke's colt (De Los Cielos Deo)," said McCarthy following the victory. "I was getting flushed early, so I went ahead and put him on the front and he was fine about it." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace undefeated and as the likely favourite. The Alagna trainee has collected five of his seven wins at Mohawk Park. McCarthy is confident heading into the final, but not overlooking any of his opponents. "It's not going to be easy. I've got a lot of respect for the other colts, so we just got to figure out the trip and hopefully it works out for us." A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.50. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party rebounded from a second-place finish in the Champlain for an impressive 1:51 victory in the first Metro elimination. Driven by David Miller, Stag Party took his time in the beginning, getting away sixth in the field of nine. Cruise Captain, who defeated Stag Party in the Champlain, posted a :27.1 opening-quarter before surrendering the lead in the second-quarter. Shake That House moved third to first entering the backstretch, but was followed by Semi Tough, who overtook the top spot and led by the half in :55.4. Miller angled Stag Party to the outside at the half and the Coleman trainee charged first-up to draw within half a length of Semi Tough at three-quarters in 1:24. In the stretch, Semi Tough dug in gamely in an attempt to hold off Stag Party, but the Coleman student muscled by in deep stretch to win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:51. Semi Tough held second, while Shake That House was third. The top-five was completed by Lyons Johnnyjnr and Buddy Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party now has five wins in seven starts and has earned $197,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "Casie told me he just wasn't right health wise (last week) and she got him good in a week and he went a big trip tonight," said Miller when asked about the rebound victory. "She does a great job conditioning horses and getting them ready." Stag Party was purchased as a yearling for $125,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on the Coleman trainee returned $3.90. The post-positions for next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final were drawn following the eliminations. Captain Ahab and Stag Party earned their connections the right to select their post. Here is the field for the September 22 rich final. 1. Better Up 2. Semi Tough 3. Stag Party 4. Captain Ahab 5. Shake That House 6. Buddy Hill 7. Goldberg 8. Lyons Night Hawk 9. Lyons Johnnyjnr 10. De Los Cielos Deo AE: Captain Crunch by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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