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The time honoured harness racing classic for two year olds, the Welcome Stakes is up for grabs on Friday night and we thought an in depth preview was in order. New Zealand Welcome Stakes 1) Arden's Choice - Starts: 3    Wins: 0    Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $9,550 Lovely filly who followed up two big runs leading into the Young Guns Fillies final at Alexandra Park by throwing her toys out in the big race with an early gallop. Ability not in question and while two or three of the colts may have her measure, she is more than capable of holding her own against most here. Trifecta and first four chance from the draw. 2) Classie Brigade - First Tote Start Beautifully bred son of Bettor's Delight from the former top racemare Trigirl Brigade 1:52.3 (pld) $143,711) who was a $60,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic sale at Karaka. Has been prominent at trials and workouts in Canterbury but yet to win one yet from four attempts. His last trial was his best effort though with a 4 1/2 length second to Waikiki Beach at Rangiora. A work in progress for us and not in this field at this stage. 3) Sophisticated Lady - Starts: 2    Wins: 0    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $4,668 Very good run on debut in Leonard Memorial when a smart second to Northern Velocity. Disappointing in the Caduceus Club Classic last Saturday at Invercargill but in her defence the track was very wet and she didn't look comfortable in it at anytime during the race. Still learning what the racing game is all about and at this stage we would prefer her in a fillies race rather than up against the colts here. 4) Waikiki Beach - Starts: 1    Wins: 1  Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $16,300  Outstanding debut at Invercargill in the $25,000 Kindergarten Stakes where he zipped the last 400 metres on a slushy track in 26.7  This big impressive looking son of Somebeachsomewhere was super impressive at last Wednesdays workouts at Rangiora and showed real speed off the gate which is a big plus here. The draw makes him the one to beat in our book but it won't be easy with Chase The Dream in here as well. Include in everything. 5) Vanquished - Starts: 1    Wins: 0  Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $1,150 Another well bred son of Bettors Delight who cost $26,000 at last years Premier sale at Christchurch. Has won a couple of workouts but not against the horses he faces here. His first up fourth in a field of five from barrier one was just ok and too many here  have the wood on him for us to see him as a major player. Not for us. 6) Ice Crusher - First Tote Start This smart looking son of Chistian Cullen cost $68,000 at last years Premier sale at Christchurch. Was looking sharp at trials and workouts in January after which he had a brief let up and he has come back in late March with a couple of tidy runs including a quiet third today at Rangiora. Has run time and looks a progressive type to us and appeals as a roughie to spike up those trifectas and first fours.  7) Motu Premier - Starts: 3    Wins: 0   Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $9,091 Lovely Bettors Delight colt who has gone three smart races in his career to date. Unlucky third in the Sapling Stakes after jumping a shadow on the corner which was followed by a run at Invercargill for second on a slushy track which he didn't seem to handle all that well. Last start third third to Chase The Dream was full of merit as he drew the widest in the small field and worked mid race as well. A must have for all combination takers. 8) Chase The Dream - Starts: 4    Wins: 4    Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $99,414 ($99,414) Unbeaten in four starts as a juvenile but that record is under threat here from his stablemate Waikiki Beach. Has great ringcraft which all the smart two year olds have and has an all round game being both quick and tough. You can't do anymore than win and being a Bettors Delight he won't give up his unbeaten streak without a real fight. But for the draw would have been first pick. Include in everything 9) MacKenzie - First Tote Start This daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343) was an $82,000 purchase at last years Australian Pacing Gold sale at Sydney. Has been very prominent at trials around Canterbury and is being aimed at the APG sales race series in Australia. Big strong filly who has shown the ability to work in her trials and workouts. Quiet trial win at Rangiora today but home in 27.1 and not out of her depth here but draw makes it hard. Include in first fours SELECTIONS  This really is an All Star barn benefit. The draw makes us lean towards Waikiki Beach who has looked special at trials and his one raceday start. The obvious danger is Chase The Dream and these two look the obvious quinella. Motu Premier is a clear third choice for us in front of Arden's Choice, Ice Crusher and MacKenzie who should fight out that fourth placing. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 20, 2015--In theory, spring sprung Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the snowy opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three compact, $40,000 fields of the some of the best Free-For-All harness racing mares went it at. Friday's first Matchmaker melange went to a grinding Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $6.10), who picked off pace-setting (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2) Charisma Hanover (George Brennan) in 1:55.1. Sitting fourth early from post position No. 3, slight wagering choice "Venus" wore down the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length. Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third. For season-debuting Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her 18th win in 44 career starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $83. The second Matchmaker event couldn't have been much easier for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.90). She sauntered through the snow (:29.3, :59.1, 1:28, 1:55.4), whipping a pocketed Camille (Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a very good, two-move third in her first start of the season. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $4.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $13.20. The final division, pared down to a barber shop (beauty shop?) quartet after defending series champ Somwherovrarainbow came up ill, saw Krispy Apple (Tetrick, $5) pass the rest of the field--all three of 'em--to win going away. Backing away early from post No. 2, Krispy Apple saw 7-5 fave Medusa (Brennan) work around Monkey on My Wheel (Bartlett), then put up intervals of :28.2, :58 of 1:26.4. It was Krispy Apple making her move around a tiring Strings (Dube) and steadily advancing toward the lead. With "Monkey" wandering out of the pocket, Krispy Apple went inside, defeating Medusa by a couple of lengths in 1:55.2. For second choice/season-debuting Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal trained by Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino, she's now 28-for-93 lifetime. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

One of the bug bears with harness racing in New Zealand at the moment is small fields in some of our group races. The small field of six for Friday nights Flying Stakes for the three year olds is a good example of how some races are struggling to attract a full field of runners and today that field just got smaller with the defection of the very talented Kept Under Wraps. The Australian bred son of Bettors Delight has been a great earner in his short career to date, banking over $150,000  with his second to Follow The Stars in last seasons two year Australasian Breeders Crown final his best performance to date. Second in the Derby prelude in Auckland to Follow The Stars, Kept Under Wraps was not himself in the Great Northern Derby, over racing badly throughout the event which is something he has never done before. Now he has had to be put on the back burner for about three weeks after a minor quarter injury put him out of the Flying Stakes and New Zealand Derby contention  on Wednesday. "He has had a little problem with it but then aggravated the injury when we worked him this morning."  "You can carry on working them but I find that they are more than likely going to open it up again in fast work." "It would probably be two to three weeks before we do serious work with him again," Mark Purdon said. With the withdrawal of Kept Under Wraps, the Flying Stakes field is down to just five runners which must be really disappointing for the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club with the Derby so close. Harnesslink Media

Brittany Farms has added world champion Shebestingin, whose 1:47 victory in a $122,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial division in 2013 at The Red Mile is the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, to its broodmare band. Brittany has purchased the interest in the mare owned by L & L DeVisser and Ted Gewertz. Val d'Or Farms retains its ownership position in the mare. Shebestingin is by Bettor's Delight and is out of the Abercrombie mare Armbro Tussle. She will be bred to Captaintreacherous this spring. "This gives Brittany the fastest 3-year-old filly of all time and the former fastest 2-year-old filly of all time in American Jewel," said Brittany manager Art Zubrod in making the announcement. "Lee DeVisser told me he was thrilled that Shebestingin is going to Brittany because she will be given the best opportunity as a broodmare. Also, we've been partners with Val d'Or Farms for more than 20 years, so this is a great partnership." It was announced earlier in the week that Shebestingin had been retired from racing. Trained by Joe Holloway, the 5-year-old mare had finished second in an overnight on Friday, March 6, at the Meadowlands. She completes her racing career with 18 wins in 36 starts and $759,522 in earnings. Steven Wolf Director of North American and European Operations      

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season continued Tuesday afternoon, with the opening round of the annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, aka the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The series, for 3- and 4-year-old males who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered five, $12,500 events, with odds-on form holding in every race. The well-bet winners were... --Fort Knox,4 (by American Ideal); owner Little Bapa LLC/trainer Jennifer Sabot/driver George Brennan; 1:52.3/$3.70; --Roger Mach 'Em,g,4 (by American Ideal); owner Little Bapa LLC/trainer Sabot/driver Brian Sears; 1:54.4/$3.20; --JK Patriot,g,4 (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners Matthew Bencic,Sam Schillaci/trainer Linda Toscano/driver Tim Tetrick; 1:55.2/$2.60; --Major Uptrend,g,4 (by Somebeachsomewhere); owner Howard Taylor/trainer Ron Burke/driver Brennan; 1:53/$2.90; --Vance Bayama,4 (by Four Starzzz Shark); co-owners Michel Allard,Gerrie Tucker,Majs NY Inc,Kapildeo Singh/trainer Rene Allard/driver Dan Dube; 1:54.3/$3.30. After the Sagamore Hill events, the baton was passed to the "French" trots, with five oversized, added-distance races completing the card. Brennan swept the final two of those races, completing a four-win afternoon. Total handle for the dozen-race card was a season-high $1,014,980 (North American number only, overseas export figures not included). Note that since no one took down Tuesday's Pick 5, Thursday's gimmick offers a carryover of $3,178.11 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (first post 7:10 PM), then an Ides of March "French" Sunday matinee (first post 1:10 PM). It's the final Sunday live program until early November. Frank Drucker

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman were in shock this afternoon when the news came through that champion mare Adore Me had been retired. Just a week after her brilliant 1:47.7 performance at Menangle, the daughter of Bettors Delight has succumbed to an injury suffered in the Auckland Cup on Friday night. When she faulted and galloped for a few strides at the 450 metres, everyone feared the worst at first, but were relieved when the vet exam suggested just some minor filling in her near foreleg. However, an x-ray yesterday confirmed she had fractured the sesamoid in her near foreleg and the prognosis for her racing future was not good. The decision was made fairly quickly to take no risks with Adore Me and her retirement then became a formality. Part-owner Paul Kenny was very philosophcial when Harnesslink spoke to him this afternoon. " She has given us so much enjoyment and it is sad it has to end like this," Kenny said. " She injuried herself with 450 metres to go the other night and still picked herself up and only went under by a head. " Mark wasn't happy with her yesterday, so he had her x-rayed and we found the fracture. " We got a second opinion this morning and that verified the orgional diagnosis, so the decision was made there and then to retire her. " At least she doesn't have to have an operation this way " She will be just be boxed for two months." The five-year-old goes to the breeding barn as one of the best racemares produced anywhere in the world. Her time last Sunday was the quickest recorded on a 7/8th sized track and she belongs to a very small and select group of mares worldwide who have broken 1:48. The winner of 26 races from just 36 starts, with seven placings and stakes of $1,677,032, gives you an idea of the quality of the mare. But what will be the enduring memory for most harness racing enthusiasts in Australasia is her record 1:47.7 mile. It was a display of power and speed rarely seen south of the equator and will live in the memory of all those lucky enough to have witnessed it. Harnesslink Media Auckland Cup  The 1:47.7 mile at Menangle  

It is hard to remember any time in harness racing's history in New Zealand where one mare has had such an influence on the industry as Scuse Me. Her progeny and that of her daughters seem to have a strangle hold on the Cup and Classic races in New Zealand at present. Last night at Alexandra Park, Christen Me and Adore Me ran the quinella in the Auckland Cup while an hour prior to that her son Have Faith In Me had won the Derby. The success didn't stop there either with Christen Me's half sister Dream About Me bolting away with the $80,000 Delightful Lady Young Guns Final to round off a stellar night for Scuse Me and her descendants. The daughter of Bettor's Delight was the warm favourite for the Delightful Lady Classic off the back of two very impressive wins leading into tonights final and justified that favoritism with an emphatic win over her rivals. Her main danger was seen as her stablemate Arden's Choice but that all changed 200 metres after the start when Arden's Choice went into a wild gallop, losing all chance. Taken back off the gate by driver Tim Williams from barrier seven, Dream About Me was sent forward by Tim after 400 metres and grabbed the front with just over a lap to go. From there it became a bit of a procession as Dream About Me lifted the tempo down the back straight in 29.2 before brushing the last quarter in 27.9 as she ran away and hid from her rivals. At the finish she was five lengths to the good of a game Gamma Lady who was just as clearly second with the remainder three and a half lengths away headed by Poppy Maguire. Dream About Me was travelling that well in the over the concluding stages that Tim didn't even activate the removable deafeners. Speaking to Harnesslink earlier in the week, Tim was confident that Dream About Me would be very hard to beat and he made her his drive of the week in the drivers ringaround. He was full of praise for the filly post race. " She is really starting to work out what it is all about now." 'She was a lot happier and drove a lot straighter with the pole on this week," Tim said Tim had a few anxious moments at the start when Dream About Me seemed to be fighting her young driver. " She is still pretty green" " She wanted to go forward and I wanted to go back as several on the inside had kicked up" " She is still learning," Tim said. Dream About Me paced the 1700 metres in 2:02.9, a mile rate of 1:56.9 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 27.9. The way Dream About Me won last night stamps her as the filly they all have beat in the two year old division this season. Harnesslink Media  

All week the harness racing pundits looking at tonights Great Northern Derby at Alexandra Park agreed about one thing and that was that Have Faith In Me would be crossed early and would end up back on the inner and need luck from there. None of them however had asked his driver Tim Williams his opinion on weather Have Faith In Me would hold up from barrier one. When we asked Tim earlier in the week for some comments for a preview we were doing on the Derby, Tim was adament that he would hold the lead from barrier one. Tim said the addition of an undercheck had made Have Faith In Me a lot more tractable and he would only hand up to a horse he knew was a real chance to win the Derby. And that is exactly how it panned out tonight. The son of Bettor's Delight held the lead easily through the first 400 metres before handing up to his stablemate and hot favourite Follow The Stars shortly after. From there the race was down to a two horse affair with Follow The Stars keeping up a smart tempo in front as Kept Under Wraps over raced badly in the death seat and in doing so parked Robbie Burns three wide for most of the last mile which stopped any other moves from back in the field. Down the back straight Mark held Follow The Stars back to the field before letting him loose as they turned for home. But Tim tracked him with Have Faith In Me and then came off his back at the 150 metres mark to lodge his challenge. Slowly but surely he got up to Follow The Stars and nabbed him right on the line for a memorable victory. Hughie Green who followed Have Faith In Me through from three back on the inner was third but five lengths behind the first two and Art Union went his usual honest race in fourth. Have Faith In Me paced the 2700 metres in 3:18.7, a mile rate of 1:58.4 with closing sectionals of 56.6 and 27.4 Tim was not surprised that Have Faith In Me held the lead. " He is getting better all the time and I thought I would be able to hold the lead with him." "He is very competitive and wants to race horses early but is settling a lot better now." "I got a lovely run after that following Follow The Stars and I came out on his outer because he is not a horse you want to fight with." "It's better just to go with him," Tim said. Tim was still having to pinch himself with the run he has had this season since joining the All Star barn last August. " Twelve months ago I was living in Invercargill when Mark gave me a call." "I thought a mate was having me on at first." " It's all happened so quick but the last few months have been great, Tim said. Have Faith In Me has now won the Sires Stakes Final, PGG Sales Race and the Great Northern Derby in the last few months and looms as the horse they all have to beat at Addington in the New Zealand Derby. Harnesslink Media  

The All Star barn are always to the fore in any two year harness racing classic in New Zealand and the Young Guns series at Alexandra Park in Auckland has become a favourite early season target for the all conquering stable. They were represented in this years $100,000 final by two sons of Bettor's Delight in Lazarus and Chase The Dream who had both won their first two starts. Punters leaned towards Lazarus and Mark Purdon after they drew barrier one but not by much over Chase The Dream and Natalie Rasmussen from barrier five. Lazarus led early and stayed in front for the first 500 metres before Natalie sent Chase The Dream forward to assume control with 1100 to run. With no midrace pressure Natalie was able to get away with a couple of easier sectionals before brushing home the last 400 metres in 27.3 to hold her more favoured stablemate by a neck with the Robert Dunn trained Code Black running home well for third. Code Black did gallop early for a few strides so to run third was a run full of merit. Lazarus didn't help himself in the home straight by running about a touch early in the run home as well. The winning time of 2:02.7, a mile rate of 1:56.1, was just two tenths outside the New Zealand record for the distance held by Fly Like An Eagle and Five Card Draw. Natalie was full of praise for Chase The Dream post race. " He is still a bit green but he is a lovely wee horse." " He did a couple of things wrong early on tonight but once he found the front he was fine." "It is a race we target with our two year olds." " Mark deserves a lot of the credit as he does most of the early work with the babies," Natalie said. A $ 52,500 purchase out of last years New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch by Jean Feiss from Melbourne, Chase The Dream is the latest in a long list of winners the Feiss family have raced from the All Stars barn.  " Jean flew in today to watch him race tonight so it is just brilliant that he was able to win for her." " Jean and Bill have been such good clients over a long period so it's always nice to get a result like this," Natalie said. With the two year old races starting to really hot up from here on in, it is no surprise to see the All Stars runners coming to the fore. Harnesslink Media

Promising harness racing performer Barimah is certainly living up to his name and namesake. Successful at his five of his seven starts for trainer Tony Peacock, Barimah is the Ashanti word for ‘brave one’. Furthermore, the pacer is named in honour of Ghanaian-born triple world champion, Azumah Nelson, who showed a tremendous amount of guts, ability and bravery in the ‘square ring’. Nelson was given the title ‘Barimah’ by the Ashanti King at the height of his boxing career during the 1980s. Close friends with the former pugilist, Peacock stated he was waiting until he found “the right horse” before using the name in honour of Nelson. “I’ve used Azumah’s name in a couple of horses, but I was waiting for the right horse for this name,” Peacock said. “Meaning brave one, Barimah is an important title given to Azumah by the Ashanti King. “So with that in mind, I wanted to make sure any horse that carries this title had to have above-average ability. “I’m not saying Barimah the pacer is a superstar, but he’s better than average and will win his races.” Barimah continued his rise through the rankings with a stylish display at Charlton yesterday. Driven by talented reinsman Damian Wilson, the son of Bettors Delight led throughout to score by three-and-a-half metres from Teixeira, with The Ole Buckaroo a short half-head away third. “He’s done really well again,” Peacock said. “Once he got to the front I knew they were never going to run him down. “He is still only lightly-assessed and should get through the grades pretty quickly. “We will find out where is he at once he gets on a tougher mark, buy for now, he is doing a good job.” Peacock has no short term plans for the four-year-old, with the Vicbred Super Series the main target later in the season. “For now he will just keep working his way through the classes,” Peacock said. “I’ve got no doubt he is capable of winning a couple in town. “Further down the track I will put him in a heat of the Sires’ and see how he measures up.” PAUL COURTS

DOVER, Del.--- After breaking stride while on the move last week, Bettor And Bold was at his best on Tuesday, March 3, closing with a big rush to win the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming / Handicap over a 'sloppy' track at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan racked up a four-win day to give him 220 on the 79th day of the meet. Race favorite Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) left from post 8 but could not get past Button Fly (Toby Lynch) until finding room nearing the half mile. Bettor And Bold raced in mid-pack, and then with a blanket of horses turned down the lane. Trace Tetrick took Bettor And Bold to the outside and blew past his rivals for a 1:54.1 victory, equaling his lifetime best clocking The win was the second in his last four starts for the Bettor's Delight - Impertinent gelding, trained by Jim King for owners Tim Tetrick and CC Racing. UF Dragons Cruiser (Allan Davis), the leader in mid-stretch, finished second. PL Hoofhearted (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Just Bettor, who has earned a check in all eight of his 2015 races, was fourth. Corey Callahan had a four win day while Trace Tetrick and Allan Davis had three winners. Jonathan Roberts, Tony Morgan and trainer Kathleen Brewer made two trips to the winners circle. For Morgan, his pair of wins gives him 14,977 in his career. Tough Mac, Tirade Hanover and Wind of The North tangle in the Wednesday $18,000 Open trot feature.] Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Last year's harness racing Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) started out her season in style on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The Kyle Spagnola-trained mare made the early lead in the $18,000 co-featured Fillies and Mares Open and would not look back. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Road Bet as she sped through a 27.1 opening quarter and lasted on the lead.   Road Bet held off the challenge from the pocket sitting favorite as Campanile (Austin Siegelman) had to settle for second while Goddess's Rosa (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot.   Road Bet was dismissed at odds of 4-1 and led an exacta that returned $17.60. The trifecta came back $80 in the six horse co-feature.   The $18,000 Open Trot was won by Banco Solo (Dobson) who nosed out the 1-5 public choice Zooming (Tyler Buter) at the wire.   Banco Solo returned $16.80 to win in the five horse co-feature. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr had a big day on the matinee card as he piloted four winners. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday with a 4:00pm first post. Twilight racing is new this season and will take place on every Thursday throughout the spring. Melissa Simser

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

She has long been the Queen of New Zealand harness racing, but given her performance at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago, Adore Me may well be the best pacing mare in the world. Not only did the Mark Purdon - trained wonder embarrass a strong field in the prestigious Ladyship Mile, she did so in Australasian record time – after racing in the ‘death seat’. Driven by Natalie Rasmussen, Adore Me covered the 1609-metre sprint in a breathtaking 1:47.7. Becoming the first member of the ‘fairer sex’ to better the magical 1:50 mark, the daughter of Bettors Delight slashed eight-tenths of a second off Smoken Up’s Southern Hemisphere stance. Smoken Up became the first pacer on this side of the equator to break 1:50 when he stopped the clock at 1:48.5 at Menangle in April 2011. Before Adore Me’s record run, Baby Bling held the mares’ crown with her 1:50.5 performance in April 2013 when triumphant in the Miracle Mile…also at Menangle. Shebestingin – also a daughter of Bettors Delight – is the world's fastest pacing female thanks to her 1:47 effort at Lexington in 2013. Put On A Show, by Rocknroll Hanover, is the quickest mare after covering the mile in 1:47.6. As for Adore Me’s moment of glory, she covered the last half in a scintillating 53.7 seconds to score by 18-and-a-half metres from Beauty Secret, with Laterron four metres away third. Adore Me will return to the Shaky Isles this week, with Purdon is expected to decide on an Auckland Cup start within the next couple of days. The Auckland Cup is scheduled to be run on Friday. Adore Me’s success was the third leg of a treble for Rasmussen from the first four races on the program. Capturing a Drivers’ Invitational event with Ive Gottalife, Rasmussen and Purdon also combined to annex the New South Wales Oaks with Fight For Glory. PAUL COURTS

Top pacer Beautide has joined an elite harness racing fraternity thanks to his scintillating victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago. The James Rattray - trained gelding trounced his rivals to successfully defend the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion title he won last year. Reminiscent of his first victory in the time-honoured Championship, Beautide worked in the ‘death seat’ before sprinting clear along the home straight to score by 14 metres from Flaming Flutter. After filling the minor placing last year, For A Reason was third again for trainer Belinda McCarthy. Despite being reshod just before the beginning of the $750,000 Group One, Beautide rated a brilliant 1:55.8 for the 3009-metre marathon, with this time just three-tenths of a second outside the track record he established during last year’s Inter Dominon. "It wasn’t ideal, he threw a shoe, he was feeling above himself, but that’s the way we like to race him,” Rattray said. “After the way he won his heat, I was confident we’d go well today. “This horse looks to be labouring until you ask him to go.” Beautide’s latest triumph – his 44th from 72 starts – makes him just the sixth champion to retain his title. Former super star Hondo Grattan was the ground breaker in 1973 and ’74, with his second victory coming in one of the most action-packed Finals on all-time. A fall soon after the start saw half the field knocked out of contention before Hondo Grattan achieved immortality on the tight Gloucester Park circuit. Dour stayer Gammalite followed suit in 1983 and ’84 before being joined by Our Sir Vancelot in 1997, ’98 and ’99, Blacks A Fake in 2006, ’07 and ’08 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011, ’12 and ’13. Former warhorse, Captain Sandy, is the only dual Inter Dominion winner, having scored in 1950 and 1953. As for Beautide, the locally-trained son of Bettors Delight will be given a short break before tackling next month’s Len Smith Mile. Beautide won last season’s edition of the Group One sprint in 1:53.1. The seven-year-old will then spend an extended stint in a paddock before being readied for the Perth Inter Dominion in December. “The $1.3million prizemoney is a tremendous incentive and the three-week carnival will also suit Beau as it gives me time to prepare him for each heat and the Final,” Rattray said. PAUL COURTS

The final heat for the two year old fillies in harness racing's Young Gun Series was held tonight at Alexandra Park  and it was no surprise when the two fillies from the All Star barn fought out a close finish with the resulted evenly shared. Dream About Me and Arden's Choice ran the quinella in the $25,000 Sires Stakes heat at Timaru when they were both on debut and they did it again tonight with Dream About Me again grabbing the win although the margin over  Arden's Choice was only a nose this time. The race turned into a bit of a melee early when both the well supported Nek Time and Goodlookingbabe galloped when disputing the lead after 300 metres which resulted in quite a few of the runners being checked. When the dust settled Gamma Lady and Josh Dickie were left in front with Dream About Me with Tim Williams in the bike parked on her wheel. Natalie Rasmussen set Arden's Choice alight at the 900 metres mark and she quickly made it to the death seat giving Dream About Me a lovely sit in the one by one. Those three went clear at the 400 metres and as they turned for home Ardens Choice worked to the front but was immediately challenged by Dream About Me who had cut the corner and snuck up the passing lane to save ground. There was nothing between them all the way up the straight but at the line Dream About Me was a nose to the good of Arden's Choice with a further 2 3/4 lengths back to Gamma Lady in third. The 1700 metres was cut out in 2:05, a mile rate of 1:58.3 with closing sectionals of 57.4 and 27.6 The runs of the first two were both full of merit and which ever one draws better in the $80,000 Final of the Young Guns next week probably deserves favouritism. Dream About Me did get her head around several times during the running and will benefit next week after her first run right handed. Dream About Me is an out and out "blue blood' being a  Bettor's Delight half sister to the champion Christen Me. Her dam of course is a half sister to Adore Me so it just doesn't get any better than that. Driver Tim Williams was happy enough with the run of Dream About Me. " She is still very green and has a lot to learn." " It was her first run right handed and she should benefit immensely from the experience." " Taking the passing lane helped her round the last bend and I was just lucky it worked out," Tim said. The All Stars pair look a class above the fillies to have raced in the series to date and appear the logical quinella in next weeks final. Harnesslink Media  

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