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CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Bettors Up, driven by Doug McNair, pulled off a 11-1 upset by a mere nose in the $440,000 Fan Hanover Final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. Bettors Up got away third while Agent Q and Al Mar Got A Fever battled for the early lead into the first turn. A parked out Agent Q stuck the front as they blasted by the quarter pole in :26.4. Bettors Up then made a quick rush to the lead before the :55.1 half. The 9-5 heavy favourite, Idyllic Beach, who was sitting fourth, was hoping to catch second-over cover so when Al Mar Got A Fever made a bid for the lead from third, the bettor's choice followed. Bettors Up remained the leader as they passed the three-quarter marker in 1:22.1. Agent Q, who was sitting second, was fed open racetrack and added pressure to Bettors Up. The pair dueled strides before the wire but Bettors Up poked a nose in front to score the victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Agent Q was second in the photo finish and Tequila Monday finished third. Idyllic Beach was advancing from fourth to third but broke stride momentarily, which resulted in her finishing fourth. "I thought (she held on)," said McNair. "I got my hopes up a little bit after and I kind of had to relax a bit. She is not a very big filly so I wasn't quite sure." "There wasn't a lot of leavers," he added. "I actually tried to get away in the two-hole behind Dave [Miller and Agent Q]. It didn't work out. But it actually worked out the right away for us. I had to revoke her back to the lead and she did the rest." The daughter of Bettor's Delight and Fresh Idea, who is trained by Scott McEneny, notched her second victory of the season and eighth career triumph. With the win, the filly lifts her career earnings to $456,499 for Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. "She had a good week," said trainer McEneny. "She drew well and she raced really tough last week so I was very happy with her race last week. Things worked out tonight." Bettors Up finished second her in her elimination behind Tequila Monday. Bettors Up paid $24.40, 10.40 and $4.80, combining with Agent Q ($10.40, $5.50) for a $280.40 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-5 (Tequila Monday, $2.60) triactor was worth $782.70, while a $1 superfecta [1-7-5-4 (Idyllic Beach)] returned $3,649.35. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 14 - Following a second-place finish to odds-on favourite Tequila Monday in an elimination for the Fan Hanover last week, Bettors Up, a Bettor's Delight filly from the Western Hanover mare Fresh Ideal, returns for the $440,000 final on Saturday's (June 17) North America Cup harness racing undercard. "She was a pretty good filly last year--she won in 1:51 in a division of Pennsylvania Sires [Stakes at The Meadows]," said Scott McEneny, who trains Bettors Up for owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny. Over 14 starts in her career, Bettors Up has won seven, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) and a division of the Eternal Camnation last year, compiling $227,749 in earnings. She has made four starts this year, improving from a seventh-place finish in her debut against conditioned mares on May 6 to a sharp 1:51.1 victory on June 2nd ahead of the Fan Hanover eliminations. "Coming back up here to Canada we had a tough spring to get them ready," McEneny said, "A lot of rain, so getting some fast miles in them was tough. She had a couple of starts under her belt, but then I put her on Lasix [May 26] and it seemed to help her. We had missed three weeks [after scratching sick from a Sires Stake], so she needed that race because she's not a really good trainer; she's really lazy. "She's not a very big filly, but she's filled out over the year. She doesn't wear very long hopples--she just has a big heart. We paid $15,000 for her and she has a good pedigree, but her biggest problem is her size." As a two-year-old, Bettors Up's only other stakes venture following PASS action was in the Three Diamonds at Woodbine Racetrack. She finished sixth in the final. "The final of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes was at Chester and she just didn't like that track," McEneny said. "When I raced her there the first time, she hit her knee real badly (because she never wore knee boots), and so I was fighting a bad knee the whole year. "Then we had six weeks off before any other stakes, and I think she just got a little stale; just wasn't sharp." Last Saturday, Bettors Up was sent to the front, attempting to wire the field in the second of two Fan Hanover eliminations before being caught in the final strides by Tequila Monday, who won by a length in 1:50.4. "I knew she'd be good because she likes to race tough. When she won in [1]:51, Doug McNair raced her first up," McEneny said. "I think she got a little lazy up front in the elimination, plus I thought we could've gotten the third-quarter to be a little slower; Scotty Zeron [driving Shes Watching] was coming kind of hard, so she went a big third-quarter but still came home in :27. I was pretty happy with her." Tequila Monday got the better of Bettors Up in their elimination, while Idyllic Beach took care of business in the other split. The elimination winners will likely be the favourites at post-time, but McEneny feels his filly, who will start from the rail, can be right with them and be a player. "That was a tough filly that beat her," McEneny said. "Some of the other fillies, like Idyllic Beach, we've beaten before, so I think she can go with them. It's going to come down to who gets the right trip and there are four, five, six good fillies in there. It's not going to be a cake walk for anybody." Here is the field for Saturday's $440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes. 1. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight (Doug McNair/Scott McEneny) 2. Al Mar Got A Fever by Third Straight (Trevor Henry/Mike Weller) 3. Shes Watching by Rocknroll Hanover (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 4. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere  (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5. Tequila Monday by American Ideal (Brian Sears/Chris Oakes) 6. Action Majesty  by Royal Mattjesty (Sylvain Filion/Gregg McNair) 7. Agent Q  by Western Terror (David Miller/Aaron Lambert) 8. Future Headlines by Sportswriter (Tim Tetrick/Colin Johnson) 9. Roaring To Go by Art Major (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 10. Dancing Shadows K  by Shadow Play (Randy Waples/Rod Boyd) Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2017 -- Looking for a sharp prep before tackling the best in her division, Brazuca found the right spot in Monday's Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where she rolled to victory in a harness racing stake-record 1:51.3. The $80,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Beach Club, Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double behind Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon. Brazuca earned just less than $90,000 at 2 and was beaten only 6-1/4 lengths in the Breeders Crown final. But Tom Cancelliere, who trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times for John Cancelliere, said he wanted to ease her back into a demanding schedule, which continues with the June 24 James Lynch Memorial eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "We wanted to start her out in a spot where she would be good and work her way up," he said. "She came back super this year, no problems at all. But it's such a long year. We'll be racing them all the way to November." On Monday, Brazuca had little trouble handling post 7, as she zipped to the lead for Corey Callahan and downed Traceuse Hanover by 3 lengths, with Stairwaytothestars third. The time erased the 1:52 mark jointly held by Icommandmyspirit and Keystone Riptide. Beach Club opened a 6-length lead at the top of the stretch but nearly lost it all to the late charge of Tori Hanover, who fell a head short. Bridge To Tomorrow finished third in the 1:53.2 mile. "I think she just waits a little bit on the point," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I would have preferred to follow, but when you're the favorite like that and you've got a chance to control the numbers, you take it. I really wasn't worried. I thought she was a winner at the sixteenth pole, I thought she was a winner at the wire. She's a big, lanky filly who shut down a little bit." Ron Burke conditions Beach Club, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sand Speed, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and Larry Karr. Sitting in the pocket with Sweetest Emotion, Tony Hall was pondering whether to angle outside or dive into the Lightning Lane when the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Sweet Paprika made the decision for him. "She got a little rammy in the middle of the last turn," Hall said, "so as long as I had the option, I figured I'd go outside. She dug all the way through the wire." Sweetest Emotion defeated the rallying Queen To Me by 3/4 lengths while early leader Freakonomics completed the ticket. Nifty Norman trains the winner for Pinske Stables, Enzed Racing Stable and Carter Pinske. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Shesasmokinlady shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:52.1 for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz. The 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol extended her career bankroll to $199,765. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) scored her first win in the local harness racing Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the seven year old Al Annunziata trainee in the $14,500 feature and wasted no time moving the 4-5 betting favorite out to the early lead. After sizzling through a first quarter in 27 seconds, Betabcool N got a big time second quarter breather before reaching the half in 57.1. Hounded by several rivals in the second half, Betabcool N held strong in the stretch and prevailed in 1:53.3. Last week's Open winner Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) came up second best on Friday while last week's runner-up So Nice (Stephane Bouchard) had to settle for third this week. Betabcool N was the first of three winners on the night for her connections as fellow distaffers Quick Draft A (Art Major) and Tracey's Desire (Real Desire) also scored victories for Aldrich and Annunziata. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a ten race card set to kick off at 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

All Bets Off won Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, making him only the second horse to win both a Carl Milstein Memorial and a Battle of Lake Erie, two of the track's prestigious harness racing Grand Circuit events. Wiggle It Jiggleit accomplished the same feat. All Bets Off (Bettor's Delight - Armbro Penelope - Dexter Nukes) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable. He is trained by Ron Burke. Matt Kakaley had the winning drive. As the gate pulled away from the stellar Battle field, Luck Be Withyou and Aaron Merriman rushed to the front, setting wicked-fast fractions of :26, :52.4 and 1:20.3. "I figured the race would rock and roll early. I thought I should get away mid-pack and cross my fingers," said Kakaley. "The trip worked out perfectly for us." All Bets Off started from post four and made a three-wide bid late in the third panel to make the front and best his competition by 2¼-lengths, stopping the clock at 1:49.2. The time represents a new track record for five and up pacing horses. The former 1:50.4 mark was set in 2002 by Western Millennium and Walter Case, Jr. "All Bets Off is a special horse to me and has really helped further my career to a place I'm not sure it would be without him," offered Kakaley. "This win feels good." Saturday's win marks the 25th score for All Bets Off in 86 career races and increases his bankroll to $2,372,503. All Bets Off Ayers Ratliff  

World Champion Sire Bettor's Delight's needs little introduction to Australasian Breeders. His own success on the track saw him labelled a Champion. The results of his progeny throughout the harness world will see him immortalised in the history books of harness racing.  Bettor’s Delight will return to stand at Woodlands Stud as a very youthful 20 year-old in September after serving another full book in North America. The 2016/17 season saw Bettor’s Delight have his best fertility statistics and conception rates in recent years.  This year, Woodlands Stud will significantly decrease his book in both countries and increase his service fee to $25,000 + GST in New Zealand and $27,500 (inclusive of GST) in Australia. The standard Woodlands Stud discount structure will apply as per previous years.  Expressions of interest for Bettor’s Delight bookings already far exceed the number of services available. Woodlands Stud will select the mares that will receive bookings to ensure a fair distribution.  Those clients that are also supporting other Woodlands Stallions (American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur) in the 2017/18 Season, will be given priority access to Bettor’s Delight.  2017 Bettor’s Delight Booking Process  Your Woodlands Stud representatives Charlotte Mooney (in NZ) and Mark Hughes (in Australia) will require the names of the mares people are seeking to book to Bettor’s Delight by Monday 19th June. Woodlands Stud will then go through the list and issue the successful broodmare owners with Bettor’s Delight contracts by 1st July.  Those contracts must be signed and returned to Woodlands Stud by the 1 August 2017 to confirm the booking A waitlist will be created. If a booking becomes available those on the waitlist will be informed by their Woodlands Stud representative. In that situation a contract will be sent out to be signed and returned immediately.  2017/18 Woodlands Stud Service Fees: Bettor’s Delight: as above American Ideal: NZ $8000 + GST - AUS $8800 incl GST. Discounts can apply Sweet Lou: NZ $6000 + GST - AUS $6600 incl GST. Discounts can apply** **Return a signed Sweet Lou contract before 1st September 2017 & pay only NZ $4000 + GST or AU $4400 incl Pegasus Spur - $3000 + GST. Discounts can apply Highview Tommy - $2000 + GST Discounts can apply For more information on the Woodlands Stallions please contact your Woodlands Stud Representative:  New Zealand: Charlotte Mooney – 021 595 492 –  Australia: Mark Hughes – 0451 650 707 –

The Peter Tritton-trainee Bit Of A Legend N took no prisoners en route to capturing the harness racing 2017 edition of the $150,000 Molson Pace. The son of Bettor's Delight used rail advantage into the opening turn before releasing defending champ Evenin Of Pleasure and driver Sylvain Filion, before the quarter pole. Driver Jordan Stratton quickly marched the 36-time winner back to the lead before the opening panel in :26.3. Stratton and Bit Of A Legend N then led the field of eight past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Evenin Of Pleasure was stalking in the pocket as Night Pro (Bob McClure) began to fade allowing Clear Vision to make a three-wide bid for the lead. Down the stretch, Bit Of A Legend N was still in control and was able to fend off a last minute rally from Evenin Of Pleasure to secure the win in 1:51.3. Evenin Of Pleasure stayed for second, over Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald). "I knew the post one was the best spot to start from tonight and I wanted to take advantage of that," Stratton said in the winners circle. "I wanted to control the pace and I was happy to see Clear Vision not coming first-over at me. Down the stretch I felt pretty comfortable and we were rewarded. This is my first Molson Pace and hopefully it won't be the last. It was a great evening and a thrill to be here." Bit Of A Legend has banked $1,600,001 in his career for owner Harry Von Knoblauch. He paid $3.80 to win. Bit Of A Legend Greg Gangle  

London, May 23, 2017 -- The 2017 edition of the Molson Pace, slated for this Friday May 26 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will feature some of the harness racing sport's top free-for-all pacers. One of the new faces joining this year's field is Bit Of A Legend N, who will make his first trek to Canada for trainer Peter Tritton. The New Zealand-born son of Bettor's Delight will line up from the coveted rail with regular pilot Jordan Stratton in the bike. "The draw couldn't have worked out any better," Tritton said from his home base in Pine Bush, New York. "I think most trainers would want the rail and now it's up to the horse to deliver." Tritton, a native of Australia, has spent more than 15 years in the US and will also be making his first trip to Canada. "It's something I'm definitely looking forward to it," he said. "There have been a few times in the past I've meant to come, but it never worked out. My family and I are looking forward to the trip." The veteran conditioner, who races primarily at Yonkers, has found a strong niche for recruiting horses from Down Under (Australia & New Zealand) that fits his program in New York. Standout horses that have found their way in the Tritton barn include Moss Dale Connor N, Mackenzie N, Texican N and Sell A Bit N, just to name a few. "I've been very fortunate to have a great relationship with agent Peter Larkin for the past 35 years," Tritton said. "He recruits the horses and I'll go ahead and look them up with owner Harry Von Knoblauch. He knows the horses have to fit my program at Yonkers and we've had quite a bit of success over the years." Bit Of A Legend N is one horse that Tritton has become very fond of since arriving on North American soil a few seasons ago. The 35-time winner has more than $1.5 million earned lifetime and captured the 2016 final of the Levy against the best free-for-all pacers in North America on a half-mile track. He capped off last season with more than $723,000 earned. "I shouldn't say he was a pleasant surprise how good he turned out, because I knew he was very talented," he said. "I just didn't think he'd be this good. "He's so professional and very easy to drive," Tritton continued. "He's has just a pleasant horse and his manners are perfect. I can't fault him in any way." Tritton will once again be handing the driving assignment to young driver Jordan Stratton. The young reinsman will also be making his debut in the Molson Pace. "Jordan use to drive for me a little a few years ago and we had some luck," said Tritton. "I wanted a driver that would commit to driving all my horses, because I didn't like using different drivers every week. Jordan agreed and I think it has worked out well for everyone." Tritton admits it won't be an easy task on Friday. "I think it's an excellent looking field," he said. "I wouldn't say there is a standout and that should mean a great finish. We're looking forward to the experience in Canada." The field for this years Molson Pace will line up as follows: 1. Bit Of A Legend N ($1,525,011) - Jordan Stratton 2. Rockin In Heaven ($548,971) - Trevor Henry 3. Clear Vision ($2,703,859) - Brett Miller 4. Fool Me Once ($963,778) - Doug McNair 5. Evenin Of Pleasure ($773,857) - Sylvain Filion 6. Sunfire Blue Chip ($1,181,939) - Mark MacDonald 7. Rockin Ron ($665,988) - Matt Kakaley 8. Night Pro ($738,432) - Bob McClure Greg Blanchard

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Bettor's Delight gelding Barimah A, who last week lost a three-race winning streak when he drew an outside post, saw his pill shake turn upside-down this week - from "9" to "6" - and took advantage of the more favorable starting slot to regain his winning ways, posting a 1:50 victory in the $20,000 featured harness racing pace Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Though Barimah A did get a better post, his route to Victory Lane was by no means an easy one. Driver Pat Berry found a 4-tuck early with the winner, then had to come first-over on the favorite pacesetter Scott Rocks, really putting the pressure on the chalk by going his individual third split in 26.2. In the stretch it was the grinder who had more to the wire than the pacesetter winning by 1¼ lengths, with pocketsitter Book Binge another ¾ of a length back in third. Trainer Scott Di Domenico took over conditioning of Barimah A just over a month ago, and the horse is now 4-for-5 under his care for owners Brain Carsey, John Mcgill, and Adam Friedland. The pacer lowered his lifetime mark by 3/5 of a second in the rugged victory, and his time was just a tick off the seasonal Pocono standard, set by Orillia Joe two Saturdays ago. The trotting highlight of the Saturday card was a $16,500 conditioned event, and Skates N Plates, who had led at every call in his previous three starts only to give a little ground in the lane, was able to carry his speed wire-to-wire while equaling his personal best of 1:53.4. The hot trainer/driver combo of sulkysitter Anthony Napolitano (four wins on the card) and conditioner Andrew Harris (two triumphs) teamed up again here with the son of Revenue S, owned by Bob Key. A total of ten horses were claimed on Saturday's Pocono card, including five of the eight in an event with a base price of $15,000. Of Saturday's six claiming races, the winner was haltered in four of them. Trainers of top horses in the sport's glamour division, the three-year-old pacing colts, will have an eye on the featured $18,000 tenth race pace on Sunday night's Pocono card, as it features the return of Miso Fast, who was third in his Breeders Crown event last year behind the two freshmen generally thought of as at the head of their class, Downbytheseaside and Huntsville. Miso Fast returns to the races from post seven for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke off a 1:52.2 - 26.4 qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia. PHHA / Pocono

The powerful Greg and Skye Bond harness racing stable appears to have a stranglehold on the $23,000 Retravision Online Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night with three of the ten runners, Galactic Star, Superimposed and Condrieu, the only last-start winners in the race. And the stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick has sent a strong message to punters by opting for Galactic Star, a brilliant four-year-old who has drawn perfectly at barrier one on the front line. Galactic Star was most impressive last Friday night when he started from 10m and raced in fifth position with a trail before unleashing a powerful burst to take the lead 70m from the post on his way to winning by more than a length from New World Order over 2503m. That gave the Bettor's Delight four-year-old a winning record of 50 per cent --- 15 wins from 30 starts --- to go with his seven seconds and three thirds. Warwick also drove Superimposed, a Jeremes Jet four-year-old, to a smart all-the-way victory over 2130m last Friday. That was the gelding’s tenth win from 34 starts. He will start from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night, with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Ryan Bell will drive seven-year-old Condrieu from barrier five on Friday night after guiding the gelding to an easy all-the-way victory from Franco Rayner over 2130m on Easter Thursday. Erskine Range, who showed a welcome return to form last Friday night when he set a solid pace and was overhauled in the final couple of strides by the fast-finishing Heez On Fire, faces a much tougher test this week from out wide at barrier No. 7 on the front line. The Bond stable also holds a strong hand in the $23,000 Retravision Your Fujitsu Specialist Pace over 2130m with Vanquished (Ryan Warwick) and Risk (Mitch Miller) drawn to be prominent. Four-year-old Vanquished has good prospects of leading from barrier two and five-year-old Risk is handily drawn at No. 4. They are sure to meet stiff opposition from the Michael Brennan-trained Billies A Star, who will be making his first appearance for six months. However, Billies A Star is at somewhat of a disadvantage from out wide at barrier No. 8. Brennan has given the New Zealand-bred six-year-old a solid preparation, including three sound trials at Pinjarra earlier this month. He won a 2185m trial by seven lengths from Downtoafineart last Sunday, with final quarters in 27.2sec. and 29.1sec. A week earlier Billies A Star set the pace and won a four-horse trial by seven lengths, with final sections in 28.4sec. and 28.3sec. Vanquished has been placed at his three starts since resuming from a spell and is ready to return to the winning list. He finished solidly from sixth at the bell to be third behind Condrieu over 2130m at his latest outing, on Easter Thursday. Risk is a most consistent performer, with 14 wins and 16 placings from 44 starts and he can never be underestimated. He raced without cover when a fighting third behind Livura at Bunbury last Saturday night. Ken Casellas

Reputation would suggest a party in Miami, Florida, is a not an uncommon occurrence and the champagne corks could well be popping again in 'The Magic City' come May 6. Miami residents Gordon Banks and Marc Hanover's investment in Victorian trots looks set to pay significant dividends this Australian Pacing Gold series, with the pair owning harness racing trainer Nicole Molander’s high-flying fillies. Passions Delight and Saphirique were both heat winners in the April 13 two-year-old fillies first series hit-out at Tabcorp Park Melton, form they will hope to extend in Friday night’s semi-finals. “It’s a really good series and something all trainers hope to get one going early enough to contest,” Molander said. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking to hold them together for such a long time from the heats to the semi-finals and finals, but they are both doing really well, so that makes life a bit easier.” Bred by Norwood’s Trevor and Christine Scadden, Saphirique was snapped up by Mr Banks and Mr Hanover at the 2016 APG sales, with the Bettor's Delight out of Sapphire Lil having cost $62,000 and already returned $10,490 in stakes from her three starts. The owners also bred Passions Delight, also a Bettor's Delight but out of Passions Promise, a winner of 12 of her 26 starts and more than $270,000 in stakes. It is talent that is translating on the track much to Molander’s relief, with Passions Delight having won three of her five starts and placed in the other two. “They both seemed like nice fillies leading into racing,” she said. “You always get a bit nervous, because you don’t know how that is going to measure up on race day, and having two going nicely is nerve wracking as well because you don’t get two good ones. I was just hoping our expectations would hold up.” And they have, although not always as expected. “At home I always thought that Passions Delight had more speed and would probably do better coming off other horses backs, and Saphirique the opposite – that she was tougher. “But the way they have been racing it has almost been the opposite, in particular Passions Delight showed real toughness when she held out Amelias Courage and kicked away.” The story continues to unfold at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Race programme for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 28 April 2017  

Superbly-bred harness racing filly Pick My Pocket arrived in Perth from New Zealand three weeks ago and is being set by owner Bob Fowler and trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice for the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 5. The daughter of champion sire Bettor's Delight will make her West Australian debut when she starts from the No. 5 barrier on the front line in the Happy Birthday Tanya Smeeth WA Oaks Prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice is unsure how well Pick My Pocket will perform at her first appearance in a race in Australia. “I have had her only a short time,” he said. “She’s a nice filly and I’ve had only one trial with her.” Pick My Pocket was not extended in finishing second to Jumping At Shadows in a 2100m trial at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Wednesday of last week. The winner rated 1.58.8 and the final quarters were run in 29.5sec. and 28.5sec. Pick My Pocket is out of In The Pocket mare La Filou, who raced only eight times in New Zealand for one win and one placings for stakes of $7315. La Filou is out of the remarkable broodmare Scuse Me, the dam of 12 winners, including Adore Me and Have Faith In Me. Adore Me raced only 36 times for 26 wins and seven placings for earnings of $1,677,032. She was successful in 12 group 1 events, including the New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 2014 and the Ladyship Mile in 1.47.7 and by a margin of six lengths at Menangle in March 2015.    Have Faith In Me has had 32 starts for 15 wins, eight placings and $1,446,592. His five group 1 wins include the Chariots of Fire at Menangle in February 2016 and the Miracle Mile in 1.47.5 when he defeated Lennytheshark. Pick My Pocket has had five starts in New Zealand for one win and a third placing, for earnings of $12,735. She won on debut over 2400m in a 14-horse field at Winton last December when she began speedily from barrier five and led after 250m before being restrained 300m later to trail the new pacemaker. She then raced three back on the pegs and took advantage of an inside passage to hit the front 120m from the post to win at a 1.58.2 rate. Her most recent appearance was at Addington on February 17 when she started from the outside in a field of five and was restrained to the rear and raced in fifth place in an Indian-file affair before fighting on gamely, three wide, to be fourth behind Spanish Armada, who dashed over the final two quarters in 28.5sec. and 27sec. The New Zealand-bred Maczaffair looks outstanding in Friday night’s race, especially after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. Maczaffair has won at eight of her 19 starts and is maintaining her splendid form for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. Apart from Pick My Pocket, Prentice has two other runners in Friday night’s race, Im Stylish (Tom Buchanan) and Lady Luca (Hayden Charles). Im Stylish has won at each of her past three starts, but is poorly drawn out wide at barrier eight. However, she is capable of doing plenty of work in a race and is sure to be prominent. In an Oaks prelude last Friday week, Im Stylish started from the back line and began a three-wide move after 450m to race without cover for much of the way before taking the lead 270m from home and defeating the fast-finishing Red Hot Roxy, who had enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaker Lady Luca. The consistent Red Hot Roxy (Gary Hall jun.) will start from the outside of the back line this week and should be finishing with plenty of gusto. Soho Angel (Kim Prentice) will start from the inside of the back line and is also capable of a spirited effort. Ken Casellas

Pachacuti  confirmed his status as Tasmania's best harness racing pacer when he came of the back mark of 40 metres to win the $40,000 Ranvet Easter Cup over 2569 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Despite starting off a back mark of 40 metres the gelded son of Bettor's Delight defied a tough run facing the breeze for the last 1500 metres to win and broke the track record for a standing start along the way. The Todd Rattray-trained gelding was forced to work hard early to tack onto the field but when his trainer-driver called on the gelding to improve he raced around the field to face the breeze outside of the leader Black Centurian. When Rattray called on his charge for supreme effort in the home straight he powered home to defeat outsiders Isaac ($51) and Remember Joe ($101). Pachacuti ($5.70) won seven races in succession before finishing fifth in his Easter Cup heat off 40 metres but armed with that run under his belt he delivered what Rattray described as a career-best effort. "This is the race I've always wanted to win and to do it with such a great horse is special," Rattray said. "I knew he was going really well and this week his trackwork was outstanding and he's taken that into the race tonight. "I'll wait a few days to see how he pulls up but I am confident I can take this horse away and win interstate." Pachacuti has won 32 of his 69 starts with 19 minor placings for over $300,000 in stakes. Isaac had a hard luck story as he was held up at a crucial stage over the final 300 metres and when he saw daylight half-way up the home straight he flashed home to be beaten two metres. Remember Joe ran the race of his life to grab third ahead of the race leader Black Centurian. Peter Staples

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, April 16, 2016...Sing For Me George, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, scoring a gate-to-wire harness racing win in 1:50.4.   The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, rocketed through an opening quarter in :26.2 and then went on to card panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before a :27.2 sprint home sealed the deal by 3¼ lengths over the only mare in the field, OK Heavenly, handled by Wally Hennessey. Maxdaddy Blue Chip, with Mickey McNichol in the bike, rallied for third, just a neck further back while Rock On Moe, last in the sextet for the majority of the mile, finished fourth. Heart Felt was fifth after a mild first over bid on the backside while Arsenal, prominent in the garden spot for the first five-eighths of the mile, finished sixth.   In a post-race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "The key was the start and having the five post helped tremendously because that post has won around 25% of the races here.   "I thought that if I could make the top early, I'd have a chance to control the race and my horse (Sing For Me George) like to get into it early.   "The opening quarter probably dissuaded anyone from an early challenge so I was able to grab a hold a bit through the half and really not too much developed on the backside.   "I chirped at him once at the top of the lane and he responded like a good horse does.   "He went a heckuva mile."   Coming into the action with nary a win in seven starts but with a pair of seconds and five third place finishes, Sing For Me George earned his initial win of the season for trainer Paul Bernardo, who trains for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr.   Sing For Me George now has 23 career wins in 129 lifetime starts and $433,636 to go along with his mark of 1:50.2 as a five year-old at The Meadowlands.   Off as one of the 8 to 5 co-favorites, Sing For Me George paid $5.20 to win.   In other Easter night action, the 12 year-old trotting warrior I'll Tell You What, also driven by Kevin Wallis, scored the 61st win of his storied career measuring 298 starts when he wired his seven foes in a conditioned trot in 1:56.   The gelded son of Lockkeeper clicked off panels of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.3 before coasting home unscathed in :30.2 to win by 6¾.   Trained by Deb Clayton for owner Janet Mathely, I'll Tell You What now owns a 61-55-57 scorecard and earnings of $423,540 to go along with his 1:53.2 mark set seven seasons ago over the 1¼ mile Colonial Downs oval.   I'll Tell You What paid $3.40 to win.   Yet another altered son of Lockkeeper, PC's Alleyway, scored for Wallis to kick off the Easter night festivities, also winning a conditioned trot.   This four year-old, trained by Mike Sweeney, who co-owns with Jeff Lemmer, held on to win in 1:57.4 for his 2nd consecutive win and ninth score lifetime to send his career bounty to $71,637 in 48 starts.   Off at 1 to 2, PC's Alleyway paid $3.00 to his multitude of followers.   Racing continues on Monday night with the $10,000 Open Trot being the feature.   In that event, Boli is listed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite as that five year-old gelded son of Kadabra looks to bounce back from a fourth place finish in last week's event after starting from the outside seven post and never able to join the fray. Wally Hennessey is expected back in the sulky back of Boli.   Commentary, Pocket Trip, Tater Twister, Sailer Eddie and Prairie Fortune complete the talented sextet.   Monday's Pick-4 pool is guaranteed at $10,000 as part of the U.S.T.A. Strategic Wagering Program.   There is also a carryover in the track's Pick-6, conducted on races 3 through 8.   Pompano Parks Super Hi-5 finale has a carryover going into Monday night of $78,904.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

She has a commanding record but it is fair to say six-year-old harness racing mare Bettor Downunder is really only now starting to show her full potential. The Bettor's Delight mare notched her 11th win last night in the Group 3 Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup with Michael Stanley in the sulky, and her trainer, Wayne Ronan, is eyeing bigger fish in coming weeks. A series of mares’ features at Tabcorp Park Melton, unofficially referred to as ‘the mares’ Triple Crown’, culminates in the $100,000 Group 1 Benstud Queen of the Pacific on May 20. That is Bettor Downunder’s short-term Grand Final. “She showed against A Piccadilly Princess in January (that she was up with the best mares in the country),” Ronan said after last night’s win around the 811-metre Ararat circuit in a rate of 1:58.8 for the 2195m trip. “(But) I’ll be honest,” Ronan added. “The way she’s gone this time in, even Michael made the quote last week, if the mare last week turned up to that race he’s certain she would have beaten A Piccadilly Princess.” “Now, you can sit her up, you pull the plugs and she’ll let go. The last two weeks have shown that with Mick sitting in the death and when he pulls the plugs you see there’s something there.” Stanley was full of praise for Ronan. “All credit to Wayne, he’s done a great job with her,” he said. “The Queen of the Pacific will be her target and she will acquit herself well. “Tonight we were able to control the race (from the breeze) and I was able to pinch a good break on Milly Perez when we needed to.” Stanley sent Bettor Downunder to the front approaching the final bend while Milly Perez ran wide to launch her customary final dash from back in the field. Despite Milly Perez savaging the line, Bettor Downunder had pinched the race-winning break and scored by 1.8m. “He drove her sensational,” Ronan said of Stanley’s steer. “He burnt them on the bend.” For Ronan, who trains at Glen Park and whose profession as a chiropractor sees him travelling away from home regularly, the training of Bettor Downunder is a family affair. “My son Connor, he’s 17, I go to Queensland fortnightly for work so he works the horses while I’m away. It’s great to have confidence where you can say, 'can you work a horse in 3.20 or 4.30' and he’ll be within 0.2 of a second,” he said. “My daughter Teanna helps out too, so it’s satisfying that it’s a family thing. Dad’s virtually given me the run of the roost with the breeding and what stallions to go to. He’s always saying ‘when are we going to get money out of it?’ Now it’s good to see we’re reaping the rewards. It’s great.” Bettor Downunder has come a long way since being the mare who would either win by a huge space or break connections’ hearts with misbehaviour bringing her undone. Ronan says he is thankful Gordon Rothacker Medal recipient Carl O’Dwyer has been able to assist in shoeing Bettor Downunder, which has turned things around. “She’s a little bit offset in the front knees. When she was hitting the ground she was putting all the pressure on the inside heels, so I took her over to Carl’s and we got her reshod and left the heel off the ground and put a pad under. She seems a lot more comfortable now,” he said. “I’m glad he took my phone call.” Ronan is hopeful that Bettor Downunder’s bad luck is well and truly a thing of the past. “It’s a great thrill. I’m breeding to try and sell horses … and to get her back and get her up and running and showing her true potential is just fantastic.” Milly Perez finished second, picking up two points in the Trots Country Championship, which left her shy of ladder leader Im Corzin Terror. It means Im Corzin Terror, from the Dean Braun stable, will pocket the $25,000 Trots Country Cups championship regardless of his finishing position in today’s Warragul Pacing Cup. Beach Boy Adios finished third from fourth-placed Perspective at Ararat, with local Jivin Cullen in fifth place. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Leppington harness racing trainer Kevin Pizzuto is eyeing off all the big races with his latest Kiwi purchase, Tiger Tara before a stud career beckons. The six-year-old ‘black bullet’ has been killing his rivals in no uncertain terms and is set to continue the trend in tonight’s Group 2 Renshaw Cup at Penrith. The son of top stallion Bettor's Delight has the $50,000 time-honoured feature at his mercy following his recent speed blitz performances and will start favourite. Tiger Tara has been breaking the clock in winning four of his past five starts with sustained speed over various distances. He ran 1:49.8 winning a mile race at Menangle before going close to Smolda’s 2525m track record in winning a lead-up to the Renshaw Cup at Penrith last week. He then stepped out at Menangle last Saturday night and scored easily in 1:50.7. “He has certainly turned the corner,’’ said Pizzuto who is one of the most successful trainers in NSW with his production line of Kiwi imports. “I’m not scared of backing my horses up. I have them pretty fit.” “He’s pulled up enormous after his last win. There are some nice horses in the Cup but he should make his own luck tonight,’’ Pizzuto tipped. The trainer was referring to the stallion’s usual tactics of making a move at some stage from barrier 10 and put them to the sword over the staying trip. A dual Group 1 winning three-year-old before graduating to the top ranks in New Zealand, Tiger Tara has taken time to adjust to Pizzuto’s training methods. “He wasn’t right when we tried to get him in the Miracle Mile,’ Pizzuto said. “I train them differently (to the Kiwis) and it has taken time for him to adjust. We also had a few minor issues. The ins and outs of fixing his gear.” “He has done a huge job now and will have a break after tonight and then come back for the Len Smith Mile.’’ “We will look at the Brisbane Carnival after that and then Inter-Dominion in November, but it will be one step at a time, ’’ he added. Pizzuto bought Tiger Tara after he was placed behind Lazarus in the NZ Cup and the NZ FFA in November. “When he came up for sale I told my daughter Courtney I wanted him, mainly for breeding,’’ he said. “So I bought him in a syndicate with my wife Tanya, Courtney and her boyfriend Mikey Hawli.’’ “He’ll stand at stud after his racing career is over.” By Paul Micallef Harness Racing Media Centre

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