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JK Patriot completed a training double for Sam Schillaci in the $7,490 featured pacing race on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard sat behind JK Patriot (Bettor's Delight) as he brushed to lead past the opening quarter and didn't look back before stopping the timer in 1:56. Earlier in the night, Bouchard piloted the Schillaci-trained Khan Blue Chip to a career best score of 1:56.1. Both JK Patriot and Khan Blue Chip had been squaring off against some of the track's top young horses in the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series in recent weeks. On Thursday, they comprised two-thirds of the driving triple for Bouchard on the night. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Saradella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Bruce Clarke has returned for another winter stay in California, bringing along his top trotter I Love New York and a dozen other assorted performers. You can say that Im hoping to rebuild, said Clarke, an accomplished driver/trainer who has driven over 2,900 winners in his career and recently went over the $12 million mark as a chauffeur. I Love New York is owned by Clarke along with longtime clients Jack Coffey and Patricia Waldeck and the 6-year-old Broadway Hall homebred is nearing $250,000 in earnings while sporting a 1:54 3/5 career standard that was established here last season. His most recent victory came in late August over the five-eighths Tioga Downs oval in the state hes named after and the dark-hued trotter has gone some big miles for Clarke since his introduction to the game. Im out here for the winter and its nice to get away from the cold, Bruce related. This wasnt the best of summers for the barn, because we had a lot of bad luck, but Ive got some young ones here that Ill be getting ready. The one thing missing from his arsenal this year would be some Sire Stakes performers, which has been a mainstay of the shedrow over the years, but Clarke still figures to make his presence felt during the course of this meeting. A reminder that there are now four wagers here that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6; the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap.    High Bet Hanover High Bet Hanover, who has fired nothing but bullets at this meet in five appearances, heads the cast for Sunday evenings featured Open III Pace for fillies and mares. An 11-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a first post of 4:45 Pacific. The headliner will go as the second race on the evening with a field of six set to face the starter. High Bet Hanover has recorded two victories and three seconds from her five starts at the stand for owner Kc C Cavalho, trainer Tim Brown and driver Luke Plano. Overall, she is going for her eighth snapshot on the season from 41 trips to the post. The 6-year-old Bettors Delight established a new lifetime mark three starts back when she captured the finale of the Annette Funicello Series on October 18 in 1:53 4/5. She came back to be the runner-up in a conditioned affair and then returned to her winning ways in her most recent tour. Sent off the even-money choice in that contest, High Bet Hanover sat a tracking trip for a half, then attacked to the final bend and went on to a two and three-quarter length score with Plano This time around, Director of Racing Robin Schadt has assigned the mare the outside post. Dont Hurry Love completed the exacta behind High Bet Hanover last week and will be looking to turn the tables. The 5-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway races for Ed Actkinson, takes her lessons from Bob Johnson and will be guided by Mooney Svendsen. She boasts $135,000 in earnings and a 1:54 1/5 career standard. Completing the cast are Free Girl, who gives the Brown barn two looks at the outcome; the Steve Wiseman-trained duo of Surprisingly Sweet and Razzle Be Dazzled; and Rag Doll, who hails from the Lino Pacheco barn and leaves from the inside slot. Mike Ratzky - Cal Expo Harness

One of two runners on Sunday at Wyndham could propel one of the nice guys in New Zealand harness racing in Cran Dalgety into that elite group who have trained 1000 winners. Two winners on Thursday at Rangiora took him to 999 winners and both his winners look to have a big future. Bettor Think Twice appreciated the drop back in class from Sires Stakes racing to a C0 fillies and mares race and won the race at the start when Dexter Dunn sent her forward and she missed all the mayhem when Quaint Glen broke after 200 metres. Taken to the front with 1300 metres to run by Dexter, Bettor Think Twice scooted over her last 400 metres in 28.2 for a comfortable 2 and1/2 length victory over the very unlucky Tintinara who was involved in the early skirmish. Bettor Think Twice is bred to be good as she is the first foal from the former smart 2 year old Rona Lorraine ($133,270) who is a half sister to none other than last years champion 3 year old filly, Venus Serena 1:52.1 ($664,886) A $78,000 dollar yearling purchase, yesterday's win took Bettor Think Twice's earnings to $24,461 with the promise of plenty more to come. The second winner that Cran produced yesterday was Bungalow Bill and he produced an outstanding performance to come from last at the 900 metres mark to get up and beat the smart 3 year old Smithy in a very quick 2:26.9 for the 2000 metres mobile. Dexter was at his very best as he saved ground on the corner by switching back to the inner after sweeping up wide down the back and that enabled Bungalow Bill to get up in the shadows of the post for a breathtaking win. Bungalow Bill also lacks nothing on the score of breeding being by Bettor's Delight from the smart racemare Strawberry Fields ($48,430) who is a half sister to the former outstanding juvenile Lennon 1:52 ($349,539). That was the second win for Bungalow Bill from just two starts and he looks very hard to roll in the $20,000 Graduation Final on Cup Day where he has drawn barrier two. Cran has two chances to crack the 1000 barrier at Wyndham on Sunday in Supriya and Margarita and both look huge winning chances. It is a shame in a way if it does happen at Wyndham as the man who has driven a big chunk of those winners in Dexter Dunn  will not be driving the Dalgety horses on Sunday. However one thing is a given. Cran's feat in training 1000 winners whenever it happens will be warmly received by his peers who hold the West Melton trainer in high regard.  Harnesslink Media    

Kentuckiana Lodge filly Delightful Lana tried hard but wasn’t quite good enough to hold out the short-priced Allstars favourite in Fight For Glory in the $25,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Heat at Addington on Friday October 31. The two leading stables reps went head to head over the final lap. They had lengths on their rivals as the top two duelled it out in a 1:55.8 mile rate (1950m), showing no respite over their last 800m in 55s and final 400m in 27s. The winning time of 2:20.4 was fast but outside the NZ 3YO fillies mark of 2:19.1 (1:54.7) rate, set by last season’s age group champ Venus Serena in the G1 Nevele R Fillies Final on May 10. Delightful Lana held the inside running from the ace barrier, with Fight For Glory, after having no luck getting into the running line from the four gate into the first turn, forced to move up parked. The honours in this round went to Fight For Glory, the daughter of Art Major and the first foal from seven-win NZ mares record-holder Breath Of Life (2:39.8, 2200m), who did just enough to score by a head in the hands of co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen. She was first-up since her top 2YO filly season, but had trialled strongly for the Allstars barn in recent weeks. Fight For Glory won two of seven juvenile starts but was also placed four times and her worst run was a fourth in the Harness Jewels.. She was very good running a nose second from the second row to Joanne’s A Delight in the G1 $138,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Fillies Championship (1:55.4 rate, 1700m), and also a length second to Katy Perry in the Listed $146,250 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Fillies Final (1:56.7 rate, 1700m, both at Auckland in May. Fight For Glory wrapped up her 2YO racing with a close-up strong-finishing fourth behind stablemates Supersonic Miss and Linda Lovegrace, and the Nigel McGrath-trained Joanne’s A Delight, in the G1 Harness Jewels 2YO Fillies Diamond (1:54.1 mile) at Cambridge on May 31. Delighful Lana was a sound but luckless seventh in the Jewels (racetimed in 1:55.2), making ground after settling back on the inner. Fight For Glory and Delightful Lana drew out by 4 1/4 lengths in their Addington clash, with lightly-raced Mark Jones-trained Bettor’s Delight filly Twice The Delight, finishing on late from four back on the markers to grab third. The marker line was the place to be in such a fast run. BB’s Inspiration, three back on the inner, fought solidly for fourth, with Lightning Mach, having her first run in a feature fillies race, peaking inside the last 100m after having every chance in the trail behind Delightful Lana, to wind up fifth. Margarita, given the run of the race on outer behind Fight For Glory by Jeremy Markham, was unable to quicken on the fast speed in the run home, battling away to finish next. Bettor Think Twice, after being eased from her wide gate early, made a dab three wide down the back at the 600m, but couldn’t progress further over the fast final 800m. Courtesy Of Cran Dalgety Racing Stables - Check site here  

Harness racing 3 year olds in the North Island always have a hard road to the Sires Stakes Final at Addington on Cup day with few suitable races to get them race hardened for the big day. Hence it is no surprise that on Friday night at Alexandra Park we find the three leading North island hopes lining up in a C2-C6 pace over 2200 metres. First and foremost is Hughie Green who has been in exceptional form this season and is rated the North's best hope of taking home the silverware on Cup day. However South Auckland trainer Ray Green has two 3 year olds that he thinks are more than capable of holding their own in the Sires Stakes Final in the Bettor's Delight colt, Strike The Gold and the Mach Three colt, Chachingchaching. The pair ran the quinella in the Sires Stakes heat at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago and did it in the style of horses who are right at the top of their game. Strike The Gold had a head to spare on that occasion over Chachingchaching as they cut out the 1700 metres in a very fast 2:02.3, a mile rate of 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 27.4 It was a performance that suggested that the duo will be very competitive come the Final on Cup day. Ray is happy with both of them heading into Friday night. "They are both well enough heading into Friday night but in saying that the run will help to tighten both of them up looking towards the final,"  Ray told Harnesslink today. "We are up against Hughie Green on Friday night  but there is no point in ducking him so I'm looking forward to the race actually," he said. Safely through Friday night, Ray's pair of top 3 year olds will not head south until late in the piece. " They can both have a run at the trials after Friday night just to top them off for Addington. "The plan at this stage is to fly them down a couple of days before the final,"  he said. Ray Green has fashioned a great record in the Sires Stakes final in the last five years, winning it with Sir Lincoln and running fourth with Besotted while Hawkeye Bromac was unplaced last year. Ray knows what it takes to takes to win the Sires Stakes Final and in Chachingchaching and Strike The Gold he has two 3 year olds capable of doing just that. Harnesslink Media  

The harness racing action moved to the trials at Rangiora yesterday after the huge day at Ashburton on Monday and saw a large batch of 2 year olds strut their stuff for the first time. The first of the 2 year old heats was for the fillies and all six runners were from the all conquering All Stars team. Arden's Choice by Panspacificflight did enough to grab the pacemaking Sophisticated Lady (Mach Three) in the last few metres but the whole six finished within a couple of lengths of each other in their first serious hitout. The overall time of 2:42.7 in the very windy conditions was what you would expect from a first up run and it should be upwards and onwards from here. The second of the 2 year old heats for colts and geldings saw a 3 year old added to the 5 runners in the form of Bettor Be Smooth and as you would expect he was too strong for the juveniles. Two All Stars runners in Chase The Dream (Bettor's Delight)  and Waikiki Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) closed in the straight but were still 1 1/4 and 2 1/2 lengths in arrears at the finish. However as the last 800 metres was cut out in a blistering 56.6 and 400 metres in 28.6, in less than ideal conditions, then both 2 year olds look to be very promising. In the third 2 year old heat which was also for colts and geldings, another of the All Stars team in Major Ben was very impressive. Slow to begin from the outside alley, Major Ben (Art Major) looped the field after 300 metres and was too strong afterwards winning by two lengths in the fastest time of the three heats of 2:37.2. with closing sectionals of 58.6 and 28.5 Stablemate Lazarus (Bettor's Delight) made ground late to grab second from Audi Hare (Mach Three) from the Michael House barn. Major Ben was easily the biggest of the 2 year olds on display yesterday but seems to have speed to match his size. There was plenty of talented horseflesh in some of the other heats yesterday and this is how we saw them. Isaiah looked very forward as he nabbed a game Venus Serena in his heat which was cut out in a 1:59.8 mile rate with smart sectionals in the conditions of 56.8 and 28.1 Both look ready to rumble come Cup week Itz Bettor To Win made ground well behind the first two for third and can't be far away from making his 3 year old debut. Ancient Moonlight and Cut Loose were very impressive in a C0 heat, clearing out a long way from home with only half a head separating them at the finish. The overall time of 2:30.7 was excellent in the conditions and both horses look to be early winners on that run. Ranfurly Rulz looked forward to resume when winning his heat in a 1:59.8 mile rate when the wind was at its worst and after he had done all the work in front. Princess Galleon trialed again like a trotter who is going to win one at short notice when she cleared out by five lengths in her heat. Webb Ellis and Highview Freddy were only separated by a half head in their heat and both look ready to win a maiden at short notice. Overall apart from the wind, it was a day that threw up several smart horses for racing around New Zealand Cup week Harnesslink Media

Colourful racecaller Mark McNamara described dramatic pacer Cody Singer as a “weirdo” after making hard work of winning his second race in six starts at Addington on Friday, October 24. “He’s a wierdo . . . in the nicest possible way,” was Mr McNamara’s summation after Cody Singer won the C1 Lindauer Lawn Cup Day Limited Tickets Available Mobile Pace. Mr McNamara was elaborating after his discription over the concluding stages when he said Cody Singer “turns on and off like a light switch.” Mr McNamara explained Cody Singer waits for others to come alongside him then goes again. Cody Singer, a massive Christian Cullen gelding with a motor to match his size, chooses to be eccentric. His two Addington wins have been far from conventional. They’ve been achieved in the most difficult fashion but the day ‘Cody’ learns to be an agreeable racehorse his opponents should be in for a severe spanking. He galloped off the unruly from a stand for his maiden win on October 10. He looped the field and looked like he was going to run fourth before hitting the go button and pulling away. His latest win came in similar circumstances. Trainer Cran Dalgety had reservations after Cody Singer drew the ace for the mobile start. The big horse was in trouble 100m after the start, tangling but soon settling at the tail of the field. Driver Dexter Dunn let the favourite roll impressively round the field four and five wide to take control with 1400m to run. However, the $2 favourite looked in danger of being run down with 100m to run, firstly by former stablemate Cracklin Rosie (trail), then Eastburn Mara (three back), along the markers. But after drifting out and balancing up, he had more to give when asked by Dexter, drawing away by three-quarters of a length. Cody Singer paced the mobile 2600m in 3:17.8 (2:02.4 mile rate), running his last 800 in 58.6s and final 400m in 27.9s. Considering his mid-race burn, it was a terrific win. Cody Singer was placed with a second warning over his mobile manners by stewards. His first came after his mobile race debut on September 5. He also became claustrophobic after being crossed drawing the one barrier there, galloping and being pulled up. Cody Singer, despite the drama that surrounds him, will have a big following if he draws anywhere but the inside for the $32,400 Graphite Developments Show Day Futurity Mobile Pace (2600m) on November 14. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety notched a winning double at Addington’s Labour Weekend meeting. He opened proceedings when hot $1.50 favourite Delightful Lana showing her class by coming out on top despite racing in the gale-force cool easterly breeze throughout the Cup Day - Only 18 Days To Go Mobile Mile. The promising 3YO Bettor’s Delight-Long Live Lana filly earned herself a 1:55.9 mile mark in the process. She was caught wide in the early rush from the four gate, pressing to the parked position with just over 1200m to run. Delightful Lana held the attentions of Betabcool, who tracked her on the outer, in the run home, holding by half a length, with Abbey Cullen, three back on the outer, finishing on wide for third, a further three-quarters of a length away. The winner breezed over the last 800m in 57.1s and 400m in 27.2s. She racked up her fourth win from eight starts for her Melbourne owners and is unbeaten in both spring 3YO starts. Resuming 3YO filly stablemates, Supriya (fourth) and Bettor Think Twice (fifth), were sound without luck in their respective engagements. Supriya worked hard from the nine gate three wide, surging to the front with 850m to run, then getting swamped over the last 100m. Bettor Think Twice tangled away first-up from the stand start, settling second last, and did well, making ground for fifth. Courtesy Cran Dalgety Racing  - Check site here        

Woodlands Stud NZ Ltd is continuing its support of the Manawatu Harness Club (MHRC) by sponsoring the Bettor’s Delight Mile Series (fillies & mares) again throughout the 2014/15 season. The purpose of the series is to give owners the opportunity to obtain a sub-two minute mile rating for their filly or mare, thereby improving their breeding pedigree and encouraging them to breed in the future. There are five races in the series with the winning owners of each race receiving a voucher for 30% discount on either a Bettor’s Delight or American Ideal Service Fee plus a dress rug. The Stake for the first race is $8,500 and the club will endeavour to increase this further if the series is well supported by owners and trainers. The dates for this season are: Thursday October 23 Thursday November 27 Thursday February 19 Thursday March 26 Friday May 15 The fields are limited to 11 starters, with six on the front row and five on the second row behind the mobile gate on a preferential draw.  Last season’s races for the C1- C2 fillies and mares (3YO & older) over the 1609 metres resulted in sub two minute ratings by Chillysjustastrutter (1.57.6) on March 13 and Shestherealdeal (1.58.2) on May 16.  A further 12 horses crossed the line in under two minutes between the two races. Courtesy Of Woodlands Stud

Progeny of former 2001 Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO filly champ Sparks A Flyin (1:52, US) won within hours on both sides of the Tasman on Friday night October 17, 2014. Smart colt Art Union took another stepping stone towards the $170,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on November 11 at Addington, while older half-brother Bettors Fire returned to winning form at Gloucester Park, Perth. The Cran Dalgety-trained Art Union justified his hot $1.40 favouritism in the C3-6 pace at Addington, but he didn’t dominate from the outset as many anticipated. Driver Dexter Dunn, from barrier three with the Art Major colt, elected not to race second favourite Mighty Major (ace) for the early lead, settling him into a perfect one-one trail. When a move from the back came a lap out, Dexter was on the move, letting Art Union stride past Mighty Major at the 900m. The favourite kept up another strong run to hold Mighty Major by a length in a 1:57 rate for the 1950m, quickening over his last 800m in 56.1s and final 400m in 26.8s. Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield’s home-bred stretched his record to seven wins from 12 starts for $83,403, and remains unbeaten in three 3YO appearances. Bettors Fire justified his $1.70 favouritism in the $17,500 Demon Adios Discretionary Handicap in Perth. The Cran Dalgety-trained Art Union justified his hot $1.40 favouritism in the C3-6 pace at Addington, but he didn’t dominate from the outset as many anticipated. Driver Dexter Dunn, from barrier three with the Art Major colt, elected not to race second favourite Mighty Major (ace) for the early lead, settling him into a perfect one-one trail. When a move from the back came a lap out, Dexter was on the move, letting Art Union stride past Mighty Major at the 900m. The favourite kept up another strong run to hold Mighty Major by a length in a 1:57 rate for the 1950m, quickening over his last 800m in 56.1s and final 400m in 26.8s. Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield’s home-bred stretched his record to seven wins from 12 starts for $83,403, and remains unbeaten in three 3YO appearances. Bettors Fire justified his $1.70 favouritism in the $17,500 Demon Adios Discretionary Handicap in Perth. Despite start off the 30m line in a Class D pace, Bettors Fire played the iron horse, moving up parked outside fellow ex-Kiwi Bartowski over the final lap for trainer-driver Kyle Harper. The 6YO Bettors Delight gelding was too strong from the home turn, holding out fellow NZ-breds, To Transcend and False Promise, in a 2:04 rate over the 2503m. He scored by 2.4 metres, the leaders running their last 800m in 56.6s and final 400m in 28.3. Bettors Fire, who lowered his best mile rate to 1:53.8 in Perth last term, lifted his career earnings past the $A244,000 mark with his 19th win from 45 starts. Safedra (1:56.3 mile rate, 1700m), a successful half-sister to Art Union and Bettors Fire, has returned to New Zealand after an Australian stint in recent months, where she added a further two wins to her tally. The 5YO daughter of Mach Three is to commence a breeding career this term. Safedra’s best racetrack efforts have been a second to Adore Me in the 2013 Group One New Zealand Oaks, and winner of the Group Two $40,000 Southland Oaks Final. She is the winner of eight and has been 13 times placed in 35 starts for $135,577. Safedra rated 1:56.3 in a 1700m heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series at Forbury, while she has rated 1:59.8 over 2600m to win at Addington, and 1:58.7 to win over 2400m at Ashburton. Sparks A Flyin’s first five foals have all been well above average. Earlier foals from the Sands A Flyin-Belle Glade mare were Diomedes (1:57.5, Aust), the winner of 12 in Australasia, and Empyrean (1:56.2), the winner of 10 and $121,302. Bungalow Bill, the first of two Cran Dalgety-trained winners at Addington on October 17, delivered narrowly but well to beat favourite Matty Groves by half a head in the Murney Family Trust & Mid Canty Catholic Parish Mobile Maiden Pace. Driver Dexter Dunn settled him handy on the outer, then was denied the front by Ask Me Mach when having a dash for the lead a lap out. Bungalow Bill, a 3YO Bettor’s Delight gelding and the first foal from four-win 1:58.6 mare Strawberry Fields (Presidential Ball-Penny Lane), lengthened out when asked inside the final 100m to stick his head out in a three-way finish, rating 1:58 (1950m). The leaders ran their last 800m in 59s and final 400m in 27.5s. Bungalow Bill is raced by Chrissie Dalgety with Small Car World principal Graham Beirne. Chrissie gained her second win of the weekend when Margarita led over the last 900m as a $1.40 favourite to win her C1-2 fillies & mares mile at Winton in 1:57.1. Margarita, a 3YO Bettor’s Delight-Holloway filly, was the sixth consecutive winning drive on the Wairio card on a wonderful day for catch driver Tim Williams. Tim was unable to make it seven in a row in the final race with Kentuckiana Lodge debutante Tenacious Bromac, but they did well to hold third after being pressured strongly mid-race for the front by favourite Lookofalegend in a 1:56.7 mile. Courtesy Cran Dalgety Racing Stables - Check site here  

The aptly-named Twice The Delight passed her first step toward a potential Southland Oaks target in the autumn with a tidy front-running debut win at Gore on Saturday, October 11. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Trelise (Holmes Hanover-Twice As Good) was sent out a dominating $1.60 favourite on the strength of an impressive recent Rangiora trial and was always in control. Overport Lodge trainer-driver Mark Jones, who brought up his sixth training win for the term, dictated the front end from the three gate. After having former stablemate Rockahula Arden for company over the last lap, was too good in the run home, winning by 1 1/4 lengths in a 2:00.4 rate (1700m). Mark was entrusted with Twice The Delight after she failed to attract a bid at the 2013 NZ Premier Yearling Sale. A cut to a leg a week from the sales distracted potential buyers. Southland breeders, Wyndham-based Bruce and Caroline Robertson, and Bathan and Jane Muir, of Edendale, decided to leave her with Mark and restructured her ownership. The Robertsons’ and the Muirs’, along with Bathan’s parents Ken and Jill, combined under the Matai Farms Limited banner. Other shares were taken by Bill and Pauline Bain, of Roxburgh; and Peter and Caroline Clulee, of Mosgiel. Twice The Delight, who continues to strengthen, has plenty going for her on breeding. She is a sister to three-win squaregaiter Bet Online, but hails from a big “black type” winning pacing family. Their four-win dam Trelise (1:58.7, 1700m) is a daughter of five-win Butler BG mare Twice As Good (1:56.5 m.r., 1700m). Trelise is a half-sister to the smart pacers, St Barts (1:57 m.r., 1950m, 15 wins & over $150,000), Waitfornoone (1:55.7 m.r., 1700m, 11 wins & $201,805), Fight Fire With Fire (1:56.7, seven wins & $151,656), Twice As Hot (1:59.6 m.r, 2200m, five wins & $50,537) and Mark Dennis (1:54.2, 25 wins & $A177,567). Two close relatives starred across the Tasman last weekend. Mark Dennis won first-up since transferring to the New South Wales team of Shane Tritton in the $A30,000 Group Three ffa at Menangle, NSW, on Saturday night, in a 1:57.4 rate over 2300m. Twice As Hot’s son Flaming Flutter (1:53.9, 15 wins & $A190,446) shone at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, on Friday night. The son of Bettor’s Delight and Twice As Hot was just outside Carribean Blaster’s Melton 2240m stand start track mark when taking out the Group Two $A50,505 City Of Melton Plate in a fast 1:57.6 rate. Twice The Delight’s third dam Princess Nandina (1:59.8) left top USA filly/mare Pacific (p2, 1:56.8 & p3, 1:53), the winner of 27 race for $871,550 including a Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies and Mistletoe Shalee Stakes Final. RUMERATION FOR LAST-PLACED GUGGENHEIM The connections of Gore maiden runnerup Rockahula Arden were ordered to pay  remuneration equivalent to the third-placed stake of $475 to the connections of last-placed Guggenheim under the discretion of new judicial rules. In a first-case scenario, it was established that Rockahula Arden (Dexter Dunn) had shifted out sharply when the removeable deafeners were released, despite the driver’s efforts to keep his horse straight, checking Guggenheim (Nathan Williamson, three wide). Trailing horses, Canasta and Neat N Petite, were also inconvenienced. The connections of Guggenheim sought a JCA ruling, which empowered the Judicial committee to order part, or all, of the stake monies payable if they were satisfied the interference denied the affected runner a chance to finish in a higher place. Courtesy Of Mark Jones Racing - Check site here    

Delightful Lana justified her short $1.60 win quote with a bonus maiden run at Timaru on Sunday October 12 with trainer Cran Dalgety saying she’ll need to keep going up a notch for the autumn 3YO features. “She will need to improve a wee bit for the classics,” was Cran’s appraisal. Delightful Lana was good enough to post a NZ 2YO mobile 2600m fillies record of 3:14.6 when she last raced at the Phar Lap Raceway in May. That was the second of two wins from six 2YO starts, but with the NZ handicapping concessions, returned to maiden status to begin her 3YO racing. “She’s good enough to win her handicap races pretty quickly,” he said. Delightful Lana wasn’t disgraced behind the best 2YO fillies on offer when shipped north for two end of season fillies classics. She ran fifth, after an overland trip, to stablemate Katy Perry in the Listed $146,250 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2YO Fillies Pace, and after going back from the five gate in the $150,000 Harness Jewels Diamond, battled on late for seventh as Supersonic Miss ran a supersonic NZ record of 1:54.1 (1609m) to beat Linda Lovegrace and Joanne’s A Delight. Her stamina was to the fore when returning to the maiden grade at Timaru on Sunday, being left parked from the nine gate on a solid clip. The big daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Long Live Lana stretched out well when the tempo stepped up nearing the quarter pole and she was a bit too good for trailer Armazem and Stopandstare. She won by 1 1/4 lengths in a handy 2:27 (2000m), a 1:58.2 mile rate, with the leaders running their last 800m in 57.4s and final 400m in 28.3s. Spirit of Art hold the NZ fillies mark for the distance at 2:24.9. Delightful Lana is co-raced by Melbourne interests, the BFJ Bloodstock Trust (managed by Brendan James), along with wife, Anne. She changed hands at last year’s NZ Premier Yearling Sale, after initially being passed in for $19,000, with a reserve of $26,000. Delightful Lana is bred to be above average, being the first foal from the In The Pocket mare Long Live Lana, who won twice at three, rating 2:01.2 (mobile 2600m). Her fourth dam is 2009 NZ Broodmare Excellency Award winner Coo Doo, who left 11 individual winners including big winners Palestine (18 wins incl. Wellington Cup) and Barbara Del (nine wins incl. NZ Welcome Stakes). Coo Doo is also the grand-dam of smart pacers Ruthless (nine NZ wins), Cock Robin (1:52, US) and Derby (11 NZ wins), and great grand-dam of smart filly English Elegance (five NZ wins including a Northern Oaks, 1:53.2, US), herself the dam of five individual sub 2:00 winners. English Elegance is now the dam of smart West Australian Elegant Christian (1:56.1), the winner of 12 and over $A140,000 for the Gary Hall sen stable. Entrancing, the third dam of Delightful Lana, became the grand-dam of big North American winner Long Live America (p3, 1:55, 34 USA wins $230,960) and smart NZ pacer Tennis Ball (12 wins, 1:56.3 mile rate, 1950m). The Kentuckiana Lodge stable had to settle for second with their other maiden starter on Sunday in Uaintseennothinyet, who fought well from three back on the markers behind short-priced winner Holy Grail. * Meanwhile trainer Cran Dalgety was satisfied with Christen Me’s game third behind favourite Terror To Love, and runnerup Franco Nelson, in the Group Two $40,000 Canterbury Classic at Addington on Friday. Christen Me was left parked in the cool conditions on a fast clip. After going clear turning for home, he was swamped late by the fast finishers in a near record 3:11.6 for the stand start 2600m. The top pacers will have another pre-NZ Cup clash in the Ashburton Flying Stakes on Monday, October 27. Courtesy Of Cran Dalgety Racing   Check site here    

Katy Perry, voted Australian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year after feature wins in both the $A297,000 Australasian Breeders Crown and $A50,505 Garrards Tatlow Stakes, is back in work at Kentuckiana Lodge. The precocious daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Karen Donna had five weeks out after going unbeaten in four Victorian starts, culminating in her big Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final at Melton on August 24. “She had a week off in Australia before coming home, which was helpful,” said trainer Cran Dalgety. “I would have liked her to have given her a longer break, but there are three nice races for her at Auckland in December.” Preceeding the Group One $150,000 Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final at Auckland on December 31 is the Group Two $75,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship Stakes, also at Alexandra Park, on December 19. There is also a lead-in race beginning the Auckland carnival. “She’s looking fantastic. She’s really grunted up and bulked up over the rear end,” Cran said. Last term in NZ, Katy Perry won the Listed $146,250 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Fillies Final, and was the runnerup to Linda Lovegrace in the Group One $113,406 Woodlands Stud/Caduceus Club 2YO Fillies Classic, both at Auckland in May. Her 2YO successes earned connections $367,603 from seven wins and two seconds in 10 starts. Theoretically, a faster Katy Perry should return this term, wearing two less straps. The Kentuckiana Lodge mentor had to race her with spreaders in the Breeders Crown, a legacy of her shock fall in the preliminary before the Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Cambridge on May 31. “She ended up with a big mark on the inside knob of the knee, which she just touched and made it worse.” “Thats all good now and this time in we’ll get rid of the spreaders. She’ll have less weight to carry anyway.” The Kentuckiana Lodge trainer has a strong support cast of 3Y0 fillies this term. “Its funny how its just fallen that way,” he said. Delightful Lana, who set a NZ mobile 2600m 2YO fillies record of 3:14.6 at Timaru in May and won twice in six juvenile starts, returned to the trials last Monday. Bettor Think Twice, from the same family as Venus Serena and also good enough to race in the Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond, won once and was twice placed in eight juvenile starts. “She has improved a bit, which she has needed to do, as she was there last term, without being dominant,” Cran said. Lightning Mach, who won back-to-back Forbury starts in April-May from just four 2YO starts, and Supriya, who won once in four 2YO filly starts, are also likely to advance further this term. Then there’s diminuitive but speedy Margarita, who only began racing in July and has quickly won three from five, including a 1:57.9 Addington mile last week. “She has to keep improving to get up to the better ones but she hasn’t hit a brick wall yet,” said Cran, who trains her for wife, Chrissie. Margarita has been withdrawn from Rangiora on Sunday. She was transferred to the stand start 2600m C1 pace after her nominated mobile race was deleted. Courtesy Of Cran Dalgety Racing - Check site here

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2014 -- Visible Gold pulled the pocket around the final turn and brushed through the stretch to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10.000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold stalked the leader, Shock It To 'Em, for most of the mile before Dave Palone asked him for pace in the lane. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding responded by opening up and prevailing in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface. The first-over Bigrisk was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Camcruiser Hanover rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who has won 23 races over the past two seasons and $333,444 in his career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. On the 15-race card, Palone drove six winners, each for a different trainer: Burke, Roy Mac Davis, Chris Oakes, Mike Palone, Jimmie Ritter, Jr., Kent Sherman. Live racing continues Saturday when The Meadows offers a special card featuring eight Pennsylvania Fairs championships, each with a purse of $25,000. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The harness racing gypsy Gold Ace has arrived back home where it all began as he prepares to remind New Zealand racegoers what they have been missing. The seven year old entire by Bettors Delight arrived at Steven Reid's stable yesterday after spending the last 12 months racing out of the Luke McCarthy stable. The "Reidman" was happy with the last 12 months. " Gold Ace won the $100,000 Cranbourne Cup, $50,000 Shepparton Cup and ran third in the $400,000 Hunter Cup earning over $200,000 in the process so its been a good 12 months" he said "His couple of runs at the start of this campaign were below par and had Luke scratching his head so we thought we would bring him back to New Zealand and race him here," Reid told Harnesslink today. Gold Ace has done an outstanding job right from day one and goes into his seven year old season as the winner of 20 races and $1,128,709 in stakes and Steven is confident more wins are in store. "Luke has sent him back in terrific order and we have already mapped out a tentative program for him starting with the Free For All during Cup week". "We will give him a run from behind the mobile at the Cup trials and that will tell us weather we start in the Junior Free For All on Cup Day or weather we resume in the Group 1 Free For All on Show Day" he said "We wouldn't have looked at the race if it was still over a mile but with it reverting back to 1950 metres that makes the draw no where near as important"he said.  Gold Ace might be back at his home base at Pukekohe but he is certainly a different horse to the one they are used to according to Reid. "He is has been very colty since he stepped off the float and you have to watch yourself around him now. We will race him this season and then with his record he deserves a chance to prove himself as a sire next year" he said. Arguably the quickest horse off the gate in New Zealand before his spell in Australia, Gold Ace will add further interest to the open class races in New Zealand this season. Harnesslink Media 

The breeders involved in harness racing in Australasia have access in 2014 to the leading sires in the world but just three North American sires continue to dominate our breeding scene at the moment and they are Art Major, Bettor's Delight and Mach Three. Australia Art Major stands in Australia and is completely dominant on the stakes money charts in that country due in no small part to the large numerical advantage he holds over his two main opponents. The charts below show quite clearly the advantage he has.  Art Major   4 year olds - 167                   3 year olds - 129                   2 year olds - 153  Bettors Delight                    4 year olds - 56                    3 year olds - 84                    2 year olds - 74 Mach Three                    4 year olds - 53                    3 year olds - 33                    2 year olds - 49 As you can see Art Major has a huge advantage and thats what you see every time you go to the track. You see Art Majors everywhere and that reinforces the message that he is on top. But the big numbers are only important if the stallion can deliver elite level racehorses and Art Major can do that in spades as he has shown over many years. New Zealand Skip across the Tasman to the home of both Bettors Delight and Mach Three and you get a completely different picture, again entirely due to foal numbers. Bettors Delight is completely dominant there on the stake money won list due in the main to huge books which have given him huge foal numbers most years. He is extremely fertile and has the added bonus of being a great filly sire as well The charts below show that huge advantage Bettors Delight has numbers wise over Art Major and Mach Three. Bettors Delight                   4 year olds - 117                   3 year olds - 234                   2 year olds - 220 Art Major                   4 years old - 98                   3 year olds - 87                   2 year olds - 49 Mach Three                   4 year olds - 160                   3 year olds - 77                   2 year olds - 94 Last years three year old season in New Zealand was different from normal in so much as Mach Three had more foals than either Bettors Delight or Art Major for the first time in living memory. The result was that Mach Three won the 3 year olds stake money list  quite comfortably from Bettors Delight and Art Major which proves once again that foal numbers do matter when it comes to winning sire premierships Now plenty of sires are trying to break the dominance of the big three and the latest is Sportswriter. He met the first requirement for all new stallions trying to dislodge the top three in that he had the largest crop of 2 year olds with 155 of any sire in Australia last season and he did leave 33 winners from his first crop. But when it came to the big money races, the Art Majors and Bettors Delights scooped up most of the money. So a good start for Sportswriter but not up with the big boys yet. Another stallion who has been given a big chance to join the big boys in Australia is Shadow Play who served a huge book of 295 mares last season in Australia and a further 80 in New Zealand on the back of a great first season in North America. His first crop of two year olds in Australasia were good last season without being brilliant so the jury is still out as to weather he can challenge the big three. Rock N Roll Heaven served a book of 215 mares in his first year at stud in Australia and a further 52 in New Zealand so his first crop which are two year olds in the current season will be watched with great interest. His North American results in the super tough New York Sires Stakes have been very good so the signs so far are positive. Auckland Reactor is another stallion who has been handed an opportunity to join the big three serving 212 mares in New Zealand and 182 in Australia in his first season at stud. With that number of mares, Auckland Reactor needs to make a big slash right from the start or else he will be discarded quickly. As it stands the big three continue to dominate but one thing is very clear. To compete with the Art Majors, Bettors Delights and Mach Threes is never going to be easy as they are world class sires who perform in both hemispheres. For any new sire to challenge the dominance of the three established top sires, he needs a book of mares of a comparable size and quality to what they regularly serve or he is really going to struggle. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing returned to the grass at Motukarara today (September 28th) and it was notable for junior driver Jessica Young driving a double on the day. Jessica is no novice driver having already chalked up 15 wins and 64 placings prior to today's meeting but today was the first time she had driven a double in her career. The first of the winners was Jessica's favourite horse Roxy Bromac who is trained at West Melton by her father, Paul Young. Settling last from her wide draw, Jessica hooked on to the three wide train at the 1200 metres mark and got a lovely drag into the race before peeling out at the 300 metres  and storming home for a stylish win. It was the daughter of Bettors Delight's seventh lifetime win and took her earnings to $52,629 but Jessica thinks she is not to far away from the broodmare paddock. " She is getting on a real tough mark now and once the grass track circuit is over we may just retire her" she told Harnesslink this evening. "Roxy loves the grass and while she is no better on grass than she is on the grit , she doesn't lose any speed on the grass which is a big plus" "She is actually a terrible pacer but is such a lovely mare to do anything with and is very honest" she said. The second of Jessica's winners today was the Sands A Flyin mare Maybe Flyin who is trained by Ray Needham at Hilderthorpe. Away well from barrier one, Jessica slotted Maybe Flyin into the trail behind the front running Natural Courage and got a lovely run the whole trip. Bursting through along the inner at the 200 metres mark, Maybe Flyin scooted away for an easy win. Jessica has driven for Ray Needham before and was glad to repay the faith he had shown in her. "Ray wasn't going to come here originally but after Maybe Flyin ran a close second at Methven last weekend he had a change of heart and I am glad he did."  "I have driven her for Ray before and she has a sharp sprint if given one run at them" she said The wins have come at a good time for Jessica who along with her family has just moved to a property on the Old West Road at West Melton. The wins were a timely reminder to Canterbury trainers of what a talented young driver Jessica is.  Harnesslink Media        

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