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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (Aug. 6) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $16,000 Mares Open Pace, with a nice field of nine top level distaffers squaring off behind the gate. Delightfully Wild was a slight favorite in the wagering at 5-2, while last week's winner PV Miracle Mary was sent off at 3-1, and Pull The Shade was well supported at 7-2. Nick Roland sent Delightfully Wild right to the front from post five, flashing her customary early speed and posting a quick opening panel of :27.2, while Brady Jenson put Pull The Shade into play immediately and grabbed the pocket position. PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) left for position from post nine and was able to secure the fourth spot early. Delightfully Wild ($7.20) was able to control the tempo of the race, posting very solid middle fractions of :56, and 1:23.4 to keep her rivals in chase mode. PV Miracle Mary tried hard to get past the leader from first-over, but Delightfully Wild continued to pace strong on the lead, and dug in gamely when confronted late by pocket-sitter Pull The Shade who posted a strong inside charge to the line.  Delightfully Wild hit the wire first by a neck in a very sharp 1:52.2 mile, for her 30th career tally, and her sixth win of the season. Pull The Shade just missed the top prize, and PV Miracle Mary checked home in third. The winner is a 6 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight, she is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, and trained by Jessie Pacheco. A pair of two year old Open events were also featured on Tuesday's program, with Teachmehowtotory picking up her third career win in five starts in the $10,000 two year old Open Trot in 2:01.3 for owner Set The Pace Racing, and trainer/driver Nick Roland, and Bunkerhill Phil picking up his sixth win in a row in the $10,000 two year old Open Pace in 1:59 with Don Harmon in the bike for owner/trainer Gene Miller. Driver Nick Roland led the night with three winners, while Don Harmon and Steve Wiseman both picked up driving doubles on the Tuesday card. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 10 with first post at 6:00 pm (CT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces      

MILTON, ON - August 5, 2019 - Tall Dark Stranger stormed into Mohawk Park to deliver an impressive 1:51.1 victory in Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker Series. An overflow field of 11 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed in the second-leg of the three-week event. Round one winners Allywag Hanover and Captain Midnight sat out this week. Trainer Nancy Johansson rolled into town with a pair of freshmen, including $330,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase Tall Dark Stranger. The Bettors Delight colt won his season debut in 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands on July 26 and did not disappoint in his follow up race. Tall Dark Stranger and driver Yannick Gingras took their time in the early going after leaving from the middle of the gate and were a parked out fourth at the opening-quarter. The Johansson trainee powered ahead in the second-quarter and cleared to the top just before hitting the half in :55.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:24.2, Tall Dark Stranger sprinted home impressively in :26.4 to win easily by three-lengths. Hes Watching colt One For Julius raced well to finish second after surrendering the lead to the winner in the second-quarter. Captaintreacherous colt Captain Kirk rallied from sixth at three-quarters to finish third by pacing a :26.2 final-quarter. Tall Dark Stranger is the second foal out of O'Brien Award winner Precocious Beauty and is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. He is now two for two and has earned $14,000. A $2 win ticket on Tall Dark Stranger returned $2.50. The $50,000 Dream Maker Series final will take place next Monday evening (August 12). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series headlines the action. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Ocean City, MD - With storms approaching Ocean Downs hosted two Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for two year olds on Wednesday July 31. The $23,300 stake for trotting colts and geldings opened the racing card. Reinsman Russell Foster sent Yall Beneath Me (Googoo Gaagaa) from post five to the lead, leaving the rest of the field behind in the 1:59 mile, crossing the wire 22 lengths in front. Mr Herps (Lockkeeper) was second. Richard Hans is the owner, trainer and breeder. The freshman pacing fillies were up next with a purse of $27,500. The pocket sitting Chart Topper (Bettor’s Delight) charged down the stretch to win by a head over the fast closing Fire Me Up ( Rusty's All In) in 1: 59.1. Chart Topper is owned by Brian Gordon and Zippett Racing Stable, trained by Brett Pelling and driven by Jonathan Roberts. Stakes action continues on Sunday August 4 with the first round of Maryland Sire Stakes prelims for the freshman. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Development Fund

Havefaithinme N (Bettor's Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in harness racing career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled 'good' and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from off the pace. The millionaire eight year old toughed it out, though, and wore the leader Khun Ratha A (Larry Stalbaum) down before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 en route to his second win in as many starts in 2019. Khun Ratha A was a strong second while Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Havefaithinme N completed a Monday hat trick for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr who got his season off to a strong start behind the three-win afternoon. The race's favorite at odds of 2-1, Havefaithinme N paid $6.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $22.60 and $96, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon for the first of what will be regular Wednesday matinees on the schedule this year at Saratoga. There is a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000 on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March. The Pick Five now begins in race one on the card. Also, race 5 will feature a $25,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First post time for the matinee cards is set for 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 1, 2019 - Odds-on harness racing fave Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) methodically wore down one rival, then held off another Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 3, Betterb Chevron N saw Delishka N (Brent Holland) leapfrog around Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), paying a :26.4 opening quarter-mile privilege for the lead. Aldine Hanover (Jason Bartlett) also left, but backed away into a three-hole. It was a rated :30.2 second substation (:57.1 half) before Betterb Chevron N began her advance. She closed in moving toward the 1:25.4 three-quarters, putting Delishka N away early in the lane. Aldine Hanover found room too late, with Betterb Chevron N lasting by a half-length in 1:54. Delishka N saved the bottom of the ticket, with Amateur Hour (George Brennan) and Shez Sugarsweet A rounding out the payees. For Betterb Chevron N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her third win in as many seasonal/U-S starts. The exacta paid $10.20, the triple returned $27 and the superfecta paid $75. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Next week the harness racing shuttle stallions that are standing in New Zealand and Australia are about to leave for their cold North America stallion farms to begin the North American breeding season that starts on February the 15th. Stallions on this flight are Bettor's Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, He's Watching, Sportswriter, Always B Miki, Sunshine Beach, A Rocknroll Dance, What The Hill, Shadow Play, Betterthancheddar, Roll With Joe, Creatine, Betting Line, Well Said, Huntsville, Pet Rock. It is unbelievable how the stud business has changed over the last 10 years and to think that the biggest percentage of mares bred in New Zealand and Australia are now in foal to these shuttle stallions. In the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, 75 of the 145 yearlings on offer 75 are by these shuttle stallions on this flight. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes 109 of the 145 yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this sale, Muscle Hill, Muscle Mass, Love You, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Quaker Jet, the total is 132 of the 145 yearlings on offer. Down to the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Christchurch and the situation is similar. There are a total of 256 yearlings on offer at this sale. 125 of those yearlings are by shuttle stallions on the flight next week. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes that number increases to 175 of those yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this sale, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Captaintreacherous, Father Patrick, Love You, Master Glide, Muscle Hill, Muscle Mass, Orlando Vici, Quaker Jet, Sebastian K, Somebeachsomewhere, Trixton and Windsong Espoir, the total is 243 of the 256 yearlings on offer. Therefore 375 yearlings in this year's New Zealand Sale from the 401 entered are by shuttle stallions on this next week, previous shuttle stallions no longer shuttling and frozen semen imported into New Zealand. Now at the APG Sales in Australia the shuttle stallions are represented by 199 yearlings on offer from the shuttle stallions on the flight next week. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes 323 of the 691 yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this APG sale that number becomes 462 of the 691 yearlings on offer. Shuttle stallions and now frozen semen stallions progeny almost completely dominate the yearling sales this year. Bettor's Delight has the most numbers for sale in the yearling sales this year. He also has become the most fertile horse in the history of harness racing with having bred just over 8,000 mares to date throughout the world. Now at the age of 21 years Bettor's Delight has bred 2,610 mares in North America over the past 17 seasons that has resulted in 1,889 foals born to date. In New Zealand Bettor's Delight has bred 3,362 mares prior to this current season for 2,364 live foals to date. In Australia Bettor's Delight has bred 1,790 mares prior to this current season for 1,062 live foals to date. In the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, Breckon Farms have five outstanding Bettor's Delight colts on offer. Lot 23 - High Flying Harry Video Lot 23 - High Flying Harry This is the third foal from the Black Type Mach Three mare HIGH SOCIETY GAL (p.3, 1.57.7, 4 wins, $18,737), who is a sister to Group 3 placed (MY) CHACHINGCHACHING (p.2, 1.56.6, 1.51.6, 15 wins, $175,474), RING THE TILL(1.57.4, 6 wins, $31,085) and Group 1 placed Smart Fortune (1 win in as a 2yo in the first Young Guns Ht, $24,593). 2nd Dam is the race winner and Group 1 placed Affairs Of State, who is a half-sister to 5 winners and has produced 5 winners from 6 starters thus far and is the granddam of (HEZA) HEAD HONCHO (p.2, 1.55.8f, 1.53.7f, 5 wins, $58,371). 3rd Dam is Champion mare UNDER COVER LOVER, a Million Dollar earning international Group 1 winner, who is the dam of 6 winners incl Group 1 placed and Listed winner (MY) EXOTIC LOVER (1.59.5, 2 wins, $110,336), who in turn is the dam of Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed MATCH IN HEAVEN (p.2, 1.53.7, 1.50.9, 19 wins, $289,579).  This is the family of Million Dollar earner, Harness Jewels winner and 5-time Group 1 winner BETTOR COVER LOVER (1.53.8; 17 wins, $917,703), the Group 3 winner THE ODD LOVER (p.2, 1.56.1, 12 wins, $117,681), etc. Lot 58 - Pace N Pride Video Lot 58 - Pace N Pride This colt is a full-brother to NEVER SAY NEVER (1.50m, 18 wins, $236,728) and RUBY ROSE (p.3, 1.59.8, 1 win, $26,536) and a half-brother to THE THUG (1.59.7f, 4 wins, $34,343). From the Group 2 placed Christian Cullen mare MAID IN SPLENDOUR (p.3, 1.56.1, 4 wins, $61,825), who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed DIAMONDS N FUR (p.3, 1.59.8f, 1:54.5, 22 wins, $231,399), (KEAYANG) GLITZY GAL (p.3, 1.58.2, 1.57.5, 5 wins, $35,164), Sign In Gold (2.01.4, 12 wins, $61,352), Golden Delight (2.00.5, 7 wins, $45,210) and DIAMONDS N CASH (p.3, 1.59.6, 1.57.8f, 9 wins, $81,099). 2nd dam is the Holmes Hanover mare DIAMONDS N GOLD (1.56.5, 5 wins, $37,883) who is the dam of 10 to race for 10 winners and this is the family of 5-time Group 1 winner and Millionaire pacer DESPERATE COMMENT (1.55.7, 28 wins, $1,033,065), Group 1 placed SMARTEST REMARK (1.58.3, 10 wins, $93,197), CHANCE (1.52.5m, 17 wins, $154,858) and Group 1 winner BETTORS ICON (p.2, 2.00.3, 1 win at 2, $63,540). Lot 75 - Meetmeinsorrento Video Lot 75 - Meetmeinsorrento Lot 112 - Maybe Video Lot 112 - Maybe From a qualified Artsplace mare who is already the dam of a Black Type winner CRYSTAL SPARKLES (p.3, 1.58.4f, 1.56.9, 14 wins, $68,889) and Mathew James (p.3, 2.01, 1 start 1 win, $5,775) and who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl 3-time Group 1 & Group 2 winner and 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year who set a NZ Record LAURAELLA (p.2, 1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946), 3-time Group 1 placed THE MUSKEG EXPRESS (p.2, 1.59.4, 2 wins, $111,331), THE PACMAN (1.54, 21 wins, $157,058), ESTILO (p.3, 1.58.6, 1.54.1, 13 wins, $84,611) and SMILING STUNNER (p.3, 1.59.4, 1.53.6, 4 wins, $21,420). 2nd Dam BLACK MAIRE (p.3, 1.59.8, 4 wins, $39,981) is a Falcon Seelster mare who is the dam of 7 winners and is a half-sister to 6 winners, out of CORBIE (p.3, 1.57.2, 2 wins, $16,535) who is the dam of AGIOS NIKOLAOS(1.52.2m, 8 NZ wins, $192,178) and the dam of (IM) METICULOUS (p.2, 1.55.6, 10 wins, $109,067). Closely related to 2-time Group 1 placed EXPRESS STRIDE (1.49m, 14 wins $262,831) and Listed Classic winner ARMAZEM (1.54.7m, 11 wins, $84,640).  A strong Jewels performing family descending from BLACK WATCH. Lot 132 - Bettor Call Me Video Lot 132 - Bettor Call Me This is the first foal from a qualified Artsplace mare who is from the Group 1 placed DALE ELINOR (p.3, 1.59.8, TT 1.57.2, 4 wins, $60,985), who is a half-sister to PENTHOUSE PETE (1.54.2, 17 wins, $134,030). The 2nd dam DALE ELINOR is the graddam of Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed SHANDALE (p.3, 1.55.3, 1.53.7h, 14 wins, $305,028), (SO) BOBS YOUR UNCLE (1.59h, 4 wins, $22,885) and SHANDANCE (p.3, 1.56.5m, 6 wins, $39,086). 3rd dam is Group 1, 2-time Group 2 & Group 3 winner and 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year MEGAERA (p.2, 1.58.5, 1.56.8, 8 wins, $250,646), who is a half-sister to IL GUSTO (1.55, 3 NZ wins, $19,555), 2-time Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed REBA LORD (1.56, 17 wins, $367,385), Group 2 & Group 3 placed REBA NERO (2.00.4, 5 wins, $29,161), etc and is the granddam of Group 1 & 2 winner, Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final winner and Australian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year KATY PERRY (p.2, 1.57.8f, p.3, 1.53.6, 1.51.1, 23 wins, $517,733) and Group 3 & Listed winner CASH N FLOW (p.2, 1.58.1, 1.56.3, 12 wins, $175,541). Harnesslink Media

Statistics for harness racing do not always tell the real story as can be seen below by the huge gap on average earnings per foal born between two top stallions Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the New Zealand 2018/2019 breeding season. In New Zealand statistics clearly show that Bettor's Delight has a huge lead on money won for the past season for four-year-olds, $1,959,765 as against Art Major who had earnings of just $820,492 for the season. When broken down to numbers of foals born for each stallion the numbers show an entirely different result and one that shows who the leading performer was for each of these great stallions. When all said and done it is what the breeder is likely to get for each of his foals produced that count at the end of the day and those figures show a real distinction between these two stallions and others for that matter in New Zealand. Here is a list of the top seven stallions in New Zealand last season for average earnings per foal born based at the end of their four-year-old year record. 1st, Art Major - 70 foals                             (average earnings for each foal born is $11,721)     (Service Fee at time of breeding was $9,500) 2nd, Rock N Roll Heaven - 21 foals          (average earnings for each foal born is $11,182)    (Service Fee at time of breeding was $11,000) 3rd, Bettor's Delight - 235 foals                (average earnings for each foal born is $8,339)       (Service Fee at time of breeding was $12,500) 4th, Somebeachsomewhere - 55 foals     (average earnings for each foal born is $7,770)       (Service Fee at time of breeding was $12,500) 5th, Mach Three - 97 foals                         (average earnings for each foal born is $4,646)      (Service Fee at time of breeding was $11,000) 6th, Christian Cullen - 61 foals                  (average earnings for each foal born is $4,256)      (Service Fee at time of breeding was $12,000) 7th, American Ideal - 137 foals                  (average earnings for each foal born is $3,742)      (Service Fee at time of breeding was $7,000) Well, one thing these statistics have shown is that the New Zealand breeder has by far the least amount of money available to race for and how New Zealand breeders can ever afford the service fees on the stallions in today's market is beyond belief! There is just no money for a New Zealand breeder to race for! That is the reason that New Zealanders are ready sellers of horses, as that is the only way of them getting a return on the breeding costs they face annually. As can be seen above Art Major comes out on top in this earnings per foal born catagory and here are his top three outstanding performers and the feature races they won as four-year-olds; Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803) Star Galleria 1:53.9 ($307,045) Eamon Maguire 1:51.9 ($308,019)   Also listed below are the same statistics for the same sires as above in both Australia and North America. At this years inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, there are seven Art Major yearlings for sale entered by Breckon Farms that you should take notice off; Lot 42 - Magic Major (colt) This colt is a half-brother to three winners including Group 1 winner BURNAHOLEINMYPOCKET (p.2, 1.57, p.3, 1.52.1m, 21 wins, $251,813), (OUR) POSITANO (1.52.2, 12 wins, $99,473) and FLESHING (p.3, 1.57.9, 10 wins, $65,950) and is from a Christian Cullen mare. 2nd dam is the Group 3 winning and 4YO Pacing Mare of the Year FLASH ATOM (1.55h, 28 wins, $294,853) who is the dam of 2 winners, DONAVAN MAGUIRE (1.59.3h, 8 wins, $37,110) and Barney Maguire (2.00.7, 12 wins, $42,193) and a half-sister to WALTER (p.2, 1.59.8f, 9 wins, $33,002). Family of Group 2 winner and 3YO Trotter of the Year BELLAM (T.2, 2.5.6; 14 wins, $111,410), Group 2 winner ANVILANUNOIT (1.49.8m, 40 wins, $442,613), HOPPY’S FLING (1.54.4f, 59 wins, $169,449), ARMBRO COUNT(1.58.4f, 64 wins, $153,252) and 2-time Group 1 winner BRABHAM (1.56.8, 20 wins, 28 places $725,924) Lot 69 - The Major (colt) From the race-winning Christian Cullen mare PERFECT SENSATION (p.3, 2.00.5, 3 wins, $18,881) who is a full or half-sister to 8 winners from the prolific producing Vance Hanover mare RADIANT GUEST, the dam of VILLAGE HERO (p.3, 1.50.6m, 17 wins, $329,741), HE’S MY HERO (1.54.3h, 16 wins, $222,295), EXPLOSIVE ART (p.3, 1.59.1, 1.58.2h, 7 wins, $67,408), FAKE ROSE (1.57.8, 6 wins, $42,363), SECRET GUEST (1.58.3, 4 wins, $31,392), MANHATTAN MONTANA (p.3, 1.57.6f, 1 win, $6,625), etc. This colt is a half-brother to the winner Bettor Sensation (p.3, 2.04,2200m stand, 3 wins, $24,095). Closely related to OVERLAP (1.53.8m, 23 wins, $217,615), (MY) MUSTANG (1.55.5f, 11 wins, $45,786), MISS COSTALOT (p.2, 1.58.9m, 5 wins, $26,887), 7-time Group 1 winner HILARIOUS GUEST (1.57.3, 21 wins, $283,230), GOODTIME GUEST (1.58, 8 wins, $42,300), HILARIOUS LEIGH (1.58.3, 3 wins, $16,750), etc. Lot 85 - Imelda May (filly) The third foal from the Bettor’s Delight Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed filly ROZELSKI (p.3, 1.57.5, 6 wins, $179,718), with the first foal, a full-sister, racing as a 2YO.  The second foal, now a 2YO is also a full-sister and has been retained to race by a Breckon Farms Syndicate and is showing promise, being set to trial in January. 2nd dam is HIGHVIEW HAZEL (1.57.5, 2 wins, $15,705) who is the dam of 3 winners and a full-sister to HIGHVIEW FELLA (1.51.8, 34 wins, $365,701) and a half-sister to HIGHVIEW MYSTERY (1.59.7, 2 wins, $12,525). Family of TRIKALA (1.51.7m, 23 wins, $172,030), MICHAEL THOMAS (T, 1.59.9m, 12 wins, $105,360), FOUR JESTERS (1.58, 3 wins, $23,620), Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed HIGHVIEW ANA (1.56.7h, 17 wins, $153,062), HIGHVIEW SIGN (1.57.9, 13 wins, $47,764), etc Lot 91 - Passion And Power (filly) This is the first foal from the black type race winning Bettor’s Delight mare SEM’S DELIGHT (1.57, 2 wins, $46,076) who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl Group 1 winner and Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final winner GLENFERRIE SHUFFLE (p.2, 1.57.3m, 13 wins, $279,839), Listed race winner and Group 2 & 3 placed JIVIN CULLEN (1.54m, 14 wins, $190,713), NZ Record setter JOSHUA MAC (p.3, 1.59.4, 10 wins, $96,712) and HOTINTHECITYTONITE(1.58.8, 2 wins, $15,658). 2nd dam is the Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed (OUR) HOT SHOE SHUFFLE (p.2, 1.58, 14 wins, $295,011) who is a full-sister to IWASBORNTOBOOGY (1.50.4m, 31 wins $282,306). Family of Group 1 placed DELIGHTFUL JAZZ (p.2, 1.59.2, 1 2YO win, $45,090), MAJOR HIPPIE (p.3, 1.57.5, 2 wins, $14,240), DRUMS OF TIME (1.58.6, 3 wins, $13,895), LORD BERNDON (1.58.6, 7 wins, $35,113), LEFTAMILLION (p.3, 1.58.1, 31 wins, $181,327), VANYANA (p.3, 1.57.7, 14 wins, $107,250), ARTYANA (p.3, 1.59, 3 wins, $6,704), GARFUNKEL (1.59.4, 3 wins, $7,915), TUONO (1.57.1, 5 wins, $16,166), CHAMPAGNE BLUES(1.57.8, 8 wins, $27,280), BIANCA TANG (p.3, 1.57.4, 1.56.2f, 14 wins, $52,588), etc. Lot 101 - Starlito (colt) This colt is a full-brother to 2-time Group 2 & 2-time Group 3 winner, Group 1 placed and NZ Record holder STAR GALLERIA (p.3, 1.56.3, 1.53.9, 12 wins, $264,545) and STAR OF VAN GOGH (p.2, 1.56.7, 1 win at 2, $22,050) and a half-brother to NIGHT OF THE STARS (p.2, 1.58.6, p.3, 1.55.5m, 9 wins, $114,983) and NZ Record setter STAR OF VENUS (TT 1.53, 2 wins, $20,098). From the unraced Tuapeka Knight mare STARLITNIGHT who is the dam of 5 foals to race for 5 winners and is a half-sister to 5-time Group 1 winner STARS AND STRIPES (p.3, 1.57.8, 1.51.2f, 40 wins, $796,519) and the Group 1 & 2-time Group 2 winner and 2YO Pacer of the Year LIGHT AND SOUND (p.2, 1.55.8, 1.50.4m, 38 wins, $559,550). Closely related to STAR OF DIONYSIS (1.53.6m, 12 wins, $118,449), VEGA STAR (p.3, 1.56.5f, 1.52.2m, 15 wins, $87,508), STAR OF MEMPHIS (p.3, 1.55.8, 1.52.9m, 12 wins, $79,840), CAVIAR STAR (p.3, 1.57.3h, 5 wins, $30,553), Group 1 & Listed winner and NZ Record holder SPIRIT OF ZEUS (p.3, 1.57.8, 11 wins, $243,472), etc. Lot 117 - Sargent Best (colt) This colt is a full-brother to dual NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Heat winner VASARI (p.2, 1.55.4, 11 wins, $111,949) and NZ Sires Stakes 2YOF Heat winner FANTASIZE (p.2, 1.58.9, 1 win, $22,144) and a half-brother to NOLESSTHANPERFECT (p.3, 1.57.1f, 1 win, $11,577). 2nd dam is the black type Soky’s Atom mare CICCIO STAR (p.3, 1.58.4, 5 wins, $102,499) who has produced 9 to race that have all won incl Group 1 placed MAJOR STAR (1.52.3m, 16 wins, $212,228), DANA DUKE (1.55.8h, 11 wins, $129,115), ZENTHURA (1.56.5, 16 wins, $117,705), Group 2 winner IDANCEDALLNIGHT (p.2, 1.59.3, 6 wins, $103,656) and CONQUISTARE (1.55.9, 13 wins, $73,755). Family of WALTZING WITH CULLEN (p.3, 1.54.5m, 1.51.7, 21 wins, $235,031), NUREYEV (1.55.3, 13 wins, $108,653), Group 1 placed NKETIA (1.52.4, 41 wins, $394,035), Group 1 winner FAKE SPIRIT (p.2, 1.59.8, 5 wins, $193,665), Group 1 & 3-time Group 3 winner CHILLI PALMER (1.51.5, 14 wins, $290,983) and JINNI’S FANTASY(1.51.8, 59 wins, $443,273). Lot 142 - Town Echo (filly) The first foal from the race winning Bettor’s Delight mare CORDELIA (p.3, 2.01.5, 2 wins, $11,592) who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl BLACK MAIRE (p.3, 1.59.8, 4 wins, $39,981), (OUR) BAGGER VANCE (1.59, 8 wins, $54,820), 2-time Group 2 placed and Wellington Cup winner AGIOS NIKOLAOS (1.52.2m, 8 NZ wins, $192,179), VINGT COEUR(1.59.6f, 17 wins, $82,196) and ZINGARA (p.3, 1.57.6, 5 wins, $57,573) who is the dam of ZINNY MACH (1.57.5, 2 wins, $18,110). This filly is closely related to 3-time Group 1 & Group 2 winner, Harness Jewels 2YO Fillies Diamond winner and 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year who set a NZ Record LAURAELLA (p.2, 1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946), 3-time Group 1 placed THE MUSKEG EXPRESS (p.2, 1.59.4, 2 wins, $111,331), THE PACMAN (1.54, 21 wins, $157,058), ESTILO (p.3, 1.58.6, 1.54.1, 13 wins, $84,611) and SMILING STUNNER (p.3, 1.59.4, 1.53.6, 4 wins, $21,420). Family of 2-time Group 1 placed EXPRESS STRIDE (1.49m, 14 wins $262,831) and Listed Classic winner ARMAZEM (1.54.7m, 11 wins, $84,640), SAZZASOPHIE (p.3, 1.58.5, 3 wins, $22,513), CRYSTAL SPARKLES (p.3, 1.58.4, 1.56.9, 14 wins, $68,889), DELIGHT MY SOUL (1.55.8, 7 wins, $83,762), RAPTORS FLIGHT (p.3, 1.59.5, 1.58.1, 5 wins, $71,378), etc.  A strong Jewels performing family descending directly from BLACK WATCH. Now lets take a look at what the statistics show in Australia for the top seven stallions for the same catagory of end of season earning four-year-olds. 1st, Mach Three - 77 foals -                          (average earnings for each foal born is $35,644) 2nd, Somebeachsomewhere - 113 foals      (average earnings for each foal born is $31,812) 3rd, Bettor's Delight - 82 foals -                    (average earnings for each foal born is $29,624) 4th, Art Major - 157 foals -                             (average earnings for each foal born is $22,902) 5th, Rock N Roll Heaven - 134 foals -           (average earnings for each foal born is $13,762) 6th, American Ideal - 21 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $12,174) 7th, Christian Cullen - 6 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $5,596) Now lets take a look at what the statistics show in North America for the top seven stallions for the same catagory of end of season earning four-year-olds. 1st, Somebeachsomewhere - 131 foals -       (average earnings for each foal born is $137,764) 2nd, American Ideal - 112 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $82,192) 3rd, Bettor's Delight - 134 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $80,616) 4th, Mach Three - 107 foals -                            (average earnings for each foal born is $59,975) 5th, Rock N Roll Heaven - 116 foals -              (average earnings for each foal born is $50,339) 6th, Art Major - 108 foals -                                (average earnings for each foal born is $50,119) 7th, Christian Cullen - NA -                               (average earnings for each foal born is NA) Just for interest sake lets combine the three Countries to see what the statistics show. 1st, Somebeachsomewhere - 299 foals -         (average earnings for each foal born is $73,810) 2nd, Bettor's Delight - 451 foals -                     (average earnings for each foal born is $57,636) 3rd, American Ideal - 270 foals -                       (average earnings for each foal born is $36,940) 4th, Mach Three - 281 foals -                             (average earnings for each foal born is $34,208) 5th, Art Major - 335 foals -                                 (average earnings for each foal born is $30,536) 6th, Rock N Roll Heaven - 271 foals -               (average earnings for each foal born is $29,218) 7th, Christian Cullen - 67 foals -                        (average earnings for each foal born is NA) The statistics show that in New Zealand Art Major stands out as number one, in Australia it is the now deceased Mach Three that stood out and in North America Somebeachsomewhere is number one. There is no doubt that breeding a horse in Australia or North America is a huge advantage over the New Zealand breeder as the statictics show they get a far better chance of making a dollar per foal born. Overall you can say that clearly Bettor's Delight still stands out as the most dominant stallion and is always in the top three statistically throughout the world of harness racing today. So should we measuring our leading sires the historical way, namely by total money won, when the sire with the most progeny racing goes to the top of the list, or should it be as these statistics show, be shown on average earning per foal, or would it even be by average earnings per starter? Harnesslink Media    

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

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