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Trafalgar pacer Bettor Biaggi scored a well earned maiden victory at the Yarra Valley harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon. Bettor Biaggi's trainer/driver, Tamie Frith, has certainly been patient with the horse, who scored win one at start 19. The Bettor's Delight four-year-old is unlucky not to have won previously, having recorded six seconds, two thirds and three fourths before winning on Monday. The horse led throughout from barrier one and was a well supported second favourite in betting with punters. Tamie is a past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre - she has trained and driven other winners before, and perhaps Bettor Biaggi will go on to win more races now that the horse has "found the line" for his initial victory. Kyle Galley

Jodi Quinlan produced a stellar drive and My Kiwi Mate did his bit with a scintillating run to take out the Colin and Heather Holloway 3YO Classic tonight Friday 22nd of May at Bray Raceway, Ballarat. The Craig Demmler-trained former New Zealand pacer went within 0.6 seconds of the track record held by Smoken Up and Abettorpunt over the mile, the three-year-old's winning time a brilliant 1:53.7. The tempo was breakneck early, Show Me The Bling challenging Jilliby Royal hard for the front and eventually finding it. But the early burn would prove detrimental to both the pacesetters, a 26.8secs first quarter setting things up for the backmarkers. The leader was able to ease the pace between the 1200-800m, clocking 30.6secs for the second split before the foot went down again up the back stretch (28.4secs third quarter). Victoria Derby winner and race favourite Menin Gate stalked the leaders before running to the front at the 600m for driver Chris Alford. Padrisimo and Kate Gath looked a chance off the back, looming up on the outside of Menin Gate and working into second before the fresh horse on the scene, My Kiwi Mate, peeled around three-wide to stake his claim. In the straight My Kiwi Mate chased down Menin Gate, the son of Bettors Delight/Classic Nymph sprinting home in 27.9secs to win by a short half-head. Jilliby Royal lifted himself off the canvas to run third, beaten 6m, a valiant performance, while filly Morton Plains hit the line hard for fourth and Padrisimo was close-up behind her in fifth. Show Me The Bling weakened out of the money to run sixth while Mister Wickham wasn’t himself and came in tailed off. Double for Team Tubbs Father/daughter team Alan and Amy Tubbs combined for a winning double at Ballarat. Impressive three-year-old Million Dollar Cam/Im Making Waves gelding Milliondollar Wave took out the Active Electrical Collingwood & Morwell Pace over 2200m in 1:58.1, holding off Starzzz Of Icon and Gavin Lang by 6.5m with a 21m margin back to Thanknbonnie in third. Team Tubbs backed it up in Race 7, the Nextra Wendouree Newsagency Pace over 1710m, four-year-old Artistic Fella/Marilyn Macray gelding Macterra Lad explosive in the straight to take the prize. From the wide alley Amy Tubbs took the gelding back to last early. Turning for home Macterra Lad was eased to the outside and once he hit top gear there was no stopping him, the $2.70 race second-favourite overpowering Citysneak (Glen Craven) and Hes Just Rusty (Kate Gath) for a head win in 1:57.4 (last quarter 28.2secs). Other winners were Lifes Tough (So Thats Life / Illawong Lily) for Brooke Sadler in the Active Electrical Bendigo & Moorabbin Pace Final in a rate of 1:57.4, Yeah Right (Whatagain / Belles N Roses) for Laura Crossland and David Moran in the Active Electrical Thomastown & Bayswater Claiming Pace in 1:58.8 over 2200m, Paris Pepperell (Armbro Variable / Pepperell Mistal) for David Van Ryn and Haydon Gray in the Gullock Plumbing Trot over 2200m in a rate of 2:02.2, Keayang Starzzz (Four Starzzz Shark / Sayaka) in the 2200m Active Electrical Distributors Pace in 2:01.2 for Marg Lee and Jason Lee, Jilliby Jagger (Grinfromeartoear / Jilliby Ruby) for Glen Craven in the P.F.D. Food Services Pace over 2200m in 1:57.9, and Vapar Grin (Grinfromeartoear / Armbro Affair) in the Active Electrical Geelong & Shepparton Pace over 1710m in 1:56.1 for Ashleigh Herbertson and Matthew Craven. VIDEO: Re-live the 2015 Colin and Heather Holloway 3YO Classic by Cody Winnell

National Trotguide’s Amanda Rando has looked at Saturday night’s harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle and believes there are a couple of good bets.  The quaddie looks an attractive option too with a $20,000 jackpot courtesy of the TAB.  The feature race is the sixth event, the $40,000 Gr.1 NSW Trotters Oaks with some very talented fillies engaged. Amanda’s best bet, Arboe will compete in race seven the Gr. 3 La Coocaracha.  The lightly raced Arboe is trained by Anton Golino and has already won three of her four race starts.  This will be her toughest test to date with strong opposition from Claudys Princess and Spidergirl. For more value Amanda suggests following the Kerryann Turner trained Stormont Czar in race three.  The son of Bettors Delight has won five of his last six starts with his only defeat in that period coming in the Gr. 2 Carousel.  Regular driver Robbie Morris will return to the sulky. BEST BET – Race 7 Number 4 Arboe NEXT BEST – Race 3 Number 5 Stormont Czar AMANDA’S JACKPOT QUADDIE –    Leg 1       2. Blazin N Cullen. 4. Bettor Bet Black, 8 Smolda Leg 2       4. My Tribeca, 7. My Arya, 8. Fiery Mountain Girl Leg 3       3. My Valerie, 4. Arboe, 9. Claudys Princess Leg 4       2. On Thunder Road, 3. Vincennes, 4. Supper Waltz Wilson Greg Hayes  

The first race at Gloucester Park on Friday night has drawn together a handy harness racing field of 3yo’s and the Kim Prentice trained Our Black Diamonds looks well placed to take advantage of his best barrier draw yet. The son of Bettors Delight only made his debut in January of this year when taking out a 3yo MS Pace at Northam in great style despite beginning badly and breaking gait during the race. Prentice then gave punters an insight into what he thought of the gelding when at only his second start he elected to take on the likes of Beaudine Boaz and Kiwi Legend in a Derby prelude. After racing on the pegs for the duration Our Black Diamonds closed well to be beaten only 10m in a 1:54.9 mile rate. The horse was then knocked out of running in another WA Derby prelude, before Prentice took him back to Northam for further re-education. Despite a back row draw over the minimum 1780m journey he overcame a tough run to score impressively in 1:57.4. That earned him another trip to town and on face value he appeared quite disappointing when only 7th of 9 in a similar race here two weeks ago. He was forced to do a small amount of work early on that occasion before finding cover and not finishing the race off as strongly in a quick 1:55.1. He has drawn much better this Friday night and appears the likely leader, which would present him with his best opportunity yet to show his wares in town. The dangers appear likely to come from Mynameiskenny, Ima Connoisseur and Captain Oats. Mynameiskenny is from the astute John Oldroyd yard which has been enjoying a stellar run in recent times. Although resuming from a slight lay off, the son of Village Jolt was in terrific form before the break and he has drawn to advantage despite not having trialed in preparation for this event. Ima Connoisseur hasn’t drawn well once again but he will surely relish the drop back to racing his own age group, whilst Captain Oats has improved significantly since joining Justin Prentice and he remains a winning hope notwithstanding the worst barrier draw in the race. Tyrone Group Pace M3+ Star mare Libertybelle Midfrew will again be the star attraction at Gloucester Park this Friday Night as trainer Mike Reed continues her introduction to ‘fast class’. The rising 5yo daughter of Christian Cullen asserted her authority over a similar field at Gloucester Park on the 8th of May. On that occasion she drew perfectly in barrier one whereas this Friday she has drawn outside the back-line in eleven. She was able to handle a similarly tricky gate last Friday night in winning the WASBA Breeders Stakes where she drew barrier five over the sharp 1730m trip. Whilst on paper barrier five doesn’t look that precarious a starting position, Libertybelle Midfrew was drawn outside of a fast front-line and regular driver Mark Reed was forced to check out of the early speed battle. Reed was able to catch a trail home at the bell when Justin Prentice made his move on The Parade, and he will no doubt be looking to employ similar tactics here. Central to her chances will be the result of the early burn for the lead. Notabadexcuse has drawn perfectly outside of renowned sit and sprinter Danieljohn and he looks the most likely to set the pace. His recent form has been ‘below the required’, but it is worth noting that premier reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has jumped back aboard having not driven the horse in his past seven starts. Former kiwi Our Jimmy Johnstone is the other likely pacesetter in the event. The rising 7yo son of P Forty Seven was a 1:53.7 winner over this course and distance during the heats of the Nights Of Thunder series from the breeze, and Colin Brown appears likely to employ the same tactics here. ‘Jimmy’ is coming off a record breaking win at Pinjarra last start where he made light of the 70m handicap to score by a neck over Chevayo in a smashing 1:57.8 for the 2631SS. He now comes back to the minimum trip and you suspect connections will rely on fitness and stamina to outstay rivals on Friday night. Fremantle Cup placegetter Copagrin has come up with a useful barrier draw in eight. Driver Kyle Harper will be content to follow the pegs from the outset and hope that a strong pace can break the field up, ensuring he can find clear running late on. Pure Steel Qualifying Heat 3 Nights Of Thunder winner Soho Lennon resumes from a spell on Friday night looking to establish himself amongst the stars of the Gary Hall Snr stable. The rising 5yo son of Mach Three looked very progressive last campaign taking out nine wins from eighteen starts including the Group 2 $50,000 Nights Of Thunder Final defeating In The Perfect Storm and Machtu. As such he was nominated for the Fremantle Cup series, eventually making the consolation and finishing down the track. A win against moderate opposition followed that before his campaign was ended after running unplaced in the $25,000 Im Themightyquinn FFA. Soho Lennon has not trialed in preparation for Friday night’s race, however it is not unusual for the stable to produce them in this manner.  Hall Snr has a proven ability to produce them ‘race fit’ first up from a spell and the awkward barrier position arguably presents itself as more of a problem for backers of Soho Lennon. Former Victorian Must Be Nice has drawn gate 1 and it is likely connections will want to hold the front should he be quick enough. He is likely to be tested by Mein Guy, The Court Jester and/or Ohoka Squire in the early stages so Hall Jnr may be presented with an opportunity to work away from the pegline on Soho Lennon should he so desire. In any case, Must Be Nice has shown reasonable form since arriving in WA and would present as one of the main dangers to Soho Lennon, especially if he can hold the lead. He was an M0 winner at Melton before joining the stable of Debbie Padburg and his last start 11th of 12 can be dismissed as he hung in and broke on that occasion. He has since trialed to the stable’s satisfaction and ace reinsman Chris Voak will take the steer. McLoughlin Butchers Conditioned Pace M1+ Arguably the most interesting race of the night is the M1 or better standing start event where rising star Heez On Fire tackles the very classy Lovers Delight. Heez On Fire has been a ‘talking horse’ since his 2yo days but trainer Rod Oliver has plotted a slow and steady course with the son of Courage Under Fire. The rising 6yo has graced the track on just 29 occasions in what has been a very patient build up to fast class racing for the dual Group 2 winner. With his star pacer now assessed as an M4, Oliver has fewer options available and has had to resort to a standing start contest to continue on with the horse’s education and introduction to fast class racing. Blessed with a terrific turn of foot, Heez On Fire is certain to be one of the big players in the feature races over the coming months and continuing on towards November’s Inter Dominion Series. While Heez On Fire continues on his inevitable rise up the ranks, another horse is continuing to re-establish his reputation as one of the more talented horses in the state. A year younger than Heez On Fire, Lovers Delight made an immediate impression on WA race goers when debuting for Ross Oliveri back in 2011. Only 4 starts later he was running 3rd in the WA Derby, and he came back as a 4yo to further enhance his reputation by placing in both the McInerney Ford and the 4yo Championship. But after three more runs the horse was badly injured and not seen on a racetrack for 2 years. When he was seen again it was for a new trainer in Andrew De Campo. De Campo was able to coax a Group 3 success in the Harvey Cup out of the then 5yo but after a handful more wins the horse was back to the paddock. When he was again ready to resume it would be with another trainer – Stephen Reed. Reed has built a solid reputation with bad-legged horses and in Lovers Delight he has found a willing subject. The son of all conquering Bettors Delight has won 4 of 6 since joining his new mentor including wins in the $40,000 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park, and last start in the $30,000 Narrogin Cup defeating Our Jimmy Johnstone. Lovers Delight would seem to hold a small advantage over Heez On Fire this Friday night due to the fact that he is more experienced than his younger rival from this mode of start, and despite this they will start from the same mark of 20m. by Jason Lincoln

Tonight's harness racing meeting at Forbury Park in Dunedin saw Matthew Williamson continue in the same vein he was in last weekend when Matty drove four winners. Early in the programme Matthew got the beautifully bred son of Bettors Delight from the former top racemare in Tartan Lady in Tartan Troubles home in race three after he looked beaten half way up the straight. Matty thinks he could develop into a nice horse with time. " He has got the ability without question to win races." " The issue is how much he wants to put in." " He should of won a lot easier tonight but he does switch off at times," Matty said. Two races later Matty was at it again with the well supported Sage. Away well to lead in the 1200 metres sprint series, Sage skipped clear on the corner and held too many guns in the straight. Matty was confident that Sage would be hard to beat. " She has had a drop back and has been racing some really smart horses lately." " I thought she would be hard to roll over the 1200 metres if she held the front and that's how it worked out." " She is quite a nice mare and I don't think that will be her last win," Matty said. In just his second year in the open ranks Matty has already racked up 75 winners to date this season and currently sits fourth on the New Zealand drivers premiership. Matty is now firmly established in the upper echelon of New Zealand drivers. Harnesslink Media   

Harness racing trainer Ray Green always seems to have a smart two year old or two each season and has become known as one of the best two year old conditioners around. So when Ray tells you he has a bit of time for a juvenile, it pays to take notice. The two year old in question is Zach Maguire who lines up for his second lifetime start at Alexander Park on Friday night. A $34,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic yearling sale, Zach Maguire made a good fist of his debut when a close up third to the smart Sir Ritchie. Ray thinks he still has one or two little kinks to iron out with the Bettor's Delight colt. " He is not the finished product yet but he is getting better all the time." " The one attribute of his that I really like is his high speed" "He is a colt with a big future and being a Bettors Delight he should just get better and better with racing." " He's a keeper," Ray said. Ray was going to have two babies in tomorrow night but it looks like he may have to scratch his other runner, the Mach Three filly Tuapeka Sky. " She came out of the paddock lame so I will just have to get her checked out." " It is a shame because I have a lot of time for her." " She also has a lot of speed and I think will develop into a lovely three year old next season," Ray said. One thing that has changed at the Lincoln Farm setup recently has been a change in the stable driving arrangements. Ray was quick to dismiss any talk of bad blood in the change. " A lot of the new syndicates we have set up are requesting we put up some of the leading drivers and so to accommodate them we have made the change." At this point in the main we are using David and Zac Butcher," Ray said. Ray Green has a great record with young horses and this years crop headed by Killer Queen and company look sure to keep his name to the fore over the next twelve months. Harnesslink Media 

The heats of the 2015 Southland Golden Girls Series have been run culminating in a strong field of harness racing four-year-old and older mares heading to the final this Sunday at Winton.   The previous four heats held in Winton, Gore, Forbury Park and Invercargill in April and May attracted good fields with three of the four heats producing sub 1.58.0 winners. A great addition to their pedigree pages upon retirement.   At Winton, Leigh Major bred and owned by Bruce and Alistair Sinclair was the fastest mare home, earning a time of 1.56.4. The Art Major mare out of My Sharona also took out Heat 2 of the series at Gore in a time of 1.57.7. Well and truly securing her spot in the final.   Forbury Park was host for Heat 3 with Ask Me Mach delivering for breeder/owner and NZSBA member John Rennie. She whizzed home in 1.57.4 outperforming her rivals by four lengths. This was her second win and first sub 1.58.0 mile rate.   The last heat was held at Invercargill with Sicilian Secret the victor. Owned by the Georgeson family the Bettor’s Delight four-year-old held off a good field of mares winning by half a length and securing her spot in the final.    The field for the Southland Series Final is as follow:   For The Goodtimes    Pennyana   Flushing Meadows   Vera’s Delight   Beaudiene Clemintyne   Ask Me Mach   Sicilian Secret   Leigh Major   Kiwi Focus   Van Eva   Donnamach   To view the 2015 LeaderBoard visit www.harnessracing.co.nz/golden-girls-leaderboard-20154   Kiely Buttell   Executive Manager

Three invitationals headline a star-studded program of harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, each going for a purse of $150,000. The Jerry Taylor Invitational for colt and gelding pacers is race ten on the fourteen race program.   Jerry Taylor was a prominent horse owner for many years, owning horses like Devil's Adversary, Exotic Earl, Sunny Disposition, Mister Karamea, Sands A Flyin, among others.   George Morton Levy winner Domethatagain drew post three in the field of eight.   The son of Bettors Delight had a perfect trip behind defending champ PH Supercam before gunning him down in the stretch, pacing the mile in 1:51.1, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record at Yonkers.   Millionaire Dancin Yankee is making his ninth start of the season for Baron Racing and Richard Lombardo.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is looking to regain the form of last season, where he won eighteen of twenty-nine starts, highlighted by a world record performance (1:48.4) in the Gerrity Pace at Saratoga.   Two-time millionaire Clear Vision drew post seven in Sunday's event.   The multiple-stakes winner is looking for his first win of the season, finishing on the board in four straight starts against open competition for trainer Ron Burke.   The field also includes 2013 Art Rooney winner Doctor Butch (post 1), millionaire and Levy Consolation winner Sapphire City (post 2), Jimmy Takter trained pacer Great Vintage (post 4), Bamond Racing's Mach It So (Post 5), and 2014 Canadian Derby up setter Modern Legend (post 8).   The Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares is race eleven on the all-star program.   Multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner Anndrovette will be looking to add to her $3 million dollar bankroll.   Drawing post two for this event, the forty-two time winner, trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is looking to go back-to-back in the Betsy Ross.   She also won this event in 2011.   Yagonnakissmeornot drew post six.   The 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa is just shy of one million dollars in career earnings.   The Rene Allard trainee is coming into this race off back-to-back wins including a narrow win in the Chip Noble Pace at Miami Valley.   She finished a close second after setting the tempo in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers three starts back.   The field also includes Ron Burke trainee Sayitall BB (post 1), who had a tremendous season in 2014, thirty-time winner Radar Contact (post 3), Jerseylicious (post 4), Table Talk (post 5), who suffered a heart-breaking loss to Yagonnakissmeornot in the Chip Noble in Ohio, Ooh Bad Shark (post 7), and For The Ladies N (post 8).   The Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for trotters is race twelve on the program.   It features perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as superstar mare Bee A Magician squares off against the great Father Patrick.   Bee A Magician drew post three for the event, with wins against the boys in her first three starts of the season.   She is the only female to win the Cutler Memorial, which she did easily in her last start.   Approaching three million in career earnings, she looks to be in top form heading into this affair.   Jimmy Takter trainee Father Patrick (post 6) has qualified well at The Meadowlands in preparation for his 4-year-old season.   The multi stakes winner put an exclamation point on his unforgettable 2014 season, with a win in the Breeders Crown.   He is making his first start of the season.   The field also includes Lindy's Tru Grit (post 1), Ron Burke trainee Dw's NY Yank (post 2) who is making his 100th start of his career, three time millionaire Market Share (post 4), Meladay's Monet (post 6), millionaire Classic Martine (post 7), and Bourbon Bay (post 8).   Sunday will be Family Day at Harrah's Philadelphia.   There will be family friendly activities including prize giveaways and much more.   The Riverview Terrace will be open for lunch from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.    Michael Bozich

DUNDAS, May 17 - All Bets Off lived up to his 3/5 favourite status to win the $226,575 Confederation Cup for harness racing four-year-old pacers Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke, All Bets Off followed up his track record performance in last week's elimination with a 1:51.3 front-end score in Sunday's rich final. The Burke trainee got away in third and was parked through the opening-quarter, as stablemate Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras were the quickest off the gate to grab the lead. Ideal Cowboy and driver Tim Tetrick, who got away in second, appeared to be tipping out to challenge at Limelight Beach in the opening-quarter, but Tetrick opted to drop back inside and follow Limelight Beach by the first panel in :26.2. In the second-quarter, All Bets Off and Kakaley did not sit on the outside long and powered by the leader to take the lead as they field of nine paced into the stretch and by the half in :54.4. Tetrick tipped out from third with Ideal Cowboy, as the field paced by the grandstand, to challenge first up at the public's choice. However, Tetrick and his charge would only reach the wheel of All Bets Off, who turned up the tempo to post a three-quarter time of 1:22.3. In the final quarter, All Bets Off put aside the first up bid and created separation on Limelight Beach to cruise home and score a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:51.3. Bettorever came from eighth at the three-quarter pole to finish second, while Big Boy Dreams finished third. Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy picked up the final two cheques, as they finished fourth and fifth. Following the race, Kakaley talked about the action in the opening three-eighths of the mile. "I just kind of eased back a little bit going into the first turn and let Yannick (Gingras) make front and kind of let the dust settle," said Kakaley. "Then Timmy (Tetrick) popped the two-hole, so Yannick had to drive on a little bit more and it took me obviously a lot farther (to clear to the lead) than I wanted it to, but he's a really good horse and he showed that tonight." A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off now has two wins in three starts this season for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp and the Estate of Rosemary J Shelswell. The four-year-old pacer picked up his 17th career win Sunday evening and pushed his bankroll to over $1.2 million. All Bets Off has now been driven by Kakaley to 12 of his career victories, including triumphs in the 2013 Matron Stakes and last year's Art Rooney and Messenger Stakes. "I love driving him and it's been a fun ride," said Kakaley. "He's a good little horse." The biggest victories of his racing career have come on half-mile tracks, but Mickey Burke Jr., the assistant trainer for the Burke stable, believes that All Bets Off has the make up to be a solid racehorse over any track. "I think he'll be fine everywhere we take him," said Burke Jr. "He wants to win. He's got quickness, he carries his speed, he just wins races." A $2 win ticket on All Bets Off returned $3.40. The 2015 Confederation Cup was the 37th edition of Canada's signature half-mile race, but was the first to be contested by four-year-old pacers. Last held in 2012, the Confederation Cup was reintroduced this year with a new format. All Bets Off made history Sunday evening, as he became the first four-year-old Confederation Cup champion and joins an illustrious list of past winners, including On The Road Again, Jate Lobell and Somebeachsomewhere. Mark McKelvie

Harness racing trainer Chris Marino started three horses on Sunday's matinee card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and all he did was go three-for-three. Pacer Skype Hanover (Bettor's Delight) pulled off the upset on the front end as the claiming pacer prevailed at odds of 13-1. The first victory of the season for the pacer came in 1:56.3. Trotters Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi), an award winner at Saratoga last year among claiming trotters, scored a seasonal best 1:57 win while drawing away to score by almost five lengths. The Marino hat trick was completed by Striking Hurricane (Striking Sahbra). The four year old trotter prevailed for the third straight Sunday afternoon with near carbon copy victories, all coming on the front end and all while stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Austin Siegelman piloted all three Marino trainees to their Sunday scores. Marino surged into the top five in the local trainer standings behind the Sunday hat trick. Trainer Rene Allard also had a hat trick on the matinee card, winning with trotters Mack's Gold Band, Scottish Cross and Open Trotter Red Hot Herbie all of which were driven to their scores by Billy Dobson. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) became the first three-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the five year old harness racing mare went wire-to-wire. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained distaffer to a 1:54.3 victory in the $18,000 Friday feature. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Road Bet has now been first or second in five of her six starts in '15. Last week's Open winner It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner up to Road Bet on Friday while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Road Bet, who was the public's 6-5 betting favorite, won for the 17th time in 61 lifetime starts. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Whirily School and Showgun Thomas have taken out the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic two-year-old Finals at the harness arcing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.   Whirily School won the fillies’ final for trainer Emma Stewart and driver Greg Sugars as an odds-on favourite at $1.50, while Chris Alford combined with trainer Heath Redwood to take out the colts and geldings’ final with Showgun Thomas at $12 after race favourite Hellbewright galloped early and lost all chance.   Whirily School, by Courage Under Fire out of Mayhappen, found the front early from the 1720-metre start and controlled the race, jogging through a 32.7secs second quarter after an opening stanza of 29.9secs for a 62.2secs first half.   Greg Sugars had his rivals stacked up off the back after a third split of 30.7secs before the impressive young pacer extended and left his rivals paddling, dashing home in 27.4secs for a 3.3m win in a mile rate of 2:00.2.   New Romantics finished second after trailing the leader throughout from the pole, while Courageous Call moved to the breeze early and battled on for third just ahead of Swiftly Tothebeach.   Showgun Thomas, by Bettors Delight out of Forest Charm, won a roughhouse affair in the two-year-old boys’ division, Alford driving the polemarker through along the sprint lane from the leader’s back spot in the home stretch to edge out Pop The Cork (Anthony Butt) and Four Starzzz Forsa (John Justice) in a thriller.   The second horse had to survive a protest post-race from the third and fifth (That’s How Weroll) placegetters.   Showgun Thomas rated 1:57.0.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing can be cruel at times as John Dunn well knows. The stable star two year old Code Black has been short on luck the whole season and having to start in the Sires Stakes consolation tonight at Addington (May 15th) instead of the big dance later in the night just about summed up the son of Bettors Delight's season. Code Black was a top third in the Young Guns final in early March but needed a break after that series which meant he only got one shot at a sires stakes heat in which he was very unlucky not to finish a lot closer than sixth. So even though he is more than capable of holding his own against the very best going around, tonight Code Black started in the $17,000 Sires Stakes consolation. Drawing barrier eight tonight meant John took Code Black off the gate and he settled last in the running line. Approaching the 1400 metres mark John sent Code Black forward and he worked to the death seat outside the leader Ice Crusher with 1000 metres to go. John applied some more pressure as they turned for home and Code Black burst clear before having to withstand a late challenge from the hot favourite Cash N Flow and Mark Purdon but he still had half a length to spare when the winning post came up. Sparkling Delight and Gerard O'Reilly battled on well for third. Code Black paced the 1950 metres in 2:25.6 with closing sectionals of 59.1 and 27.9 which was good going in the slushy conditions. John Dunn was happy the horse had showed everyone what he was capable of. " He went huge in the Sales race last week running on from well back on a 26.6 quarter. " If we had had some luck in our Sires Stakes heat he would have been in the final and not the consolation." "I am really glad for the owners who buy one every year at the sales so they deserve a good result like this." John is resigned to losing Code Black as he is under offer and will be vetted tomorrow. " The money is good but not as much as you would think but it is so hard to win those big age group races so the sale makes sense," John said. Code Black was one of the few two year olds around this season who was capable of mixing with the All Stars runners so his sale won't help age group racing in Canterbury. Harnesslink Media    

All Bets Off and Lets Drink On It scored impressive victories Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Flamboro Downs in the eliminations for the Confederation Cup. A group of 16 four-year-old pacers were split into two $20,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Sunday's $226,575 Confederation Cup. The top four finishers from each elimination Sunday, plus one fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the final. In the first elimination, All Bets Off established a new Flamboro Downs track record with a dominant 1:50.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, All Bets Off sprinted off the wings of the gate to hook up with Three Of Clubs in an early battle for the front. After being parked past the opening-quarter in :26.2, All Bets Off overtook the lead and cruised by the midway point in :55.1. National Debt came first up from third to challenge the leader, but All Bets Off turned aside the pressure and began to extend his lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. All Bets Off paced away from his competition in the final-quarter to score a 3 ½ length victory in 1:50.4. Bettorever, who was seventh at three-quarter pole, was able to split his way between rivals on the final turn to finish second, while National Debt and Big Boy Dreams finished third and fourth, securing spots in the final. All Bets Off clocking of 1:50.4 set a new track record for an aged pacer, shaving a fifth of a second off of the previous mark of 1:51 set in 2007 by Rare Jewel. A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off is trained by Ron Burke for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp and the Estate of Rosemary J Shelswell. Last year's Messenger Stakes winner, All Bets Off elimination victory was his first in two starts this season. The Burke trainee now has 16 career victories and earnings of over $1.1 million. All Bets Off returned $3.80 to win. Lets Drink On It got a perfect second-over to trip to score an impressive five-length victory in the second elimination. Trained by Joe Seekman, Lets Drink On It was scheduled to be driven by Tyler Smith, but a late driver change saw Billy Davis Jr. pick up and make the most of a live drive. Lets Drink On It got away sixth in the early stages, as Limelight Beach hustled out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :26.1. Heading to the half, Davis moved Lets Drink On It to the outside and was able to pick up the cover of Ideal Cowboy, who came out from third to challenge first up. Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy went toe-to-toe by the half in :54.1 and three-quarter pole in 1:22.3, while Lets Drink On It sat comfortably second-over. Davis sent Lets Drink On It three-wide at the three-quarter pole to sweep around the leaders and the Seekman trainee responded by pacing off to an easy five-length victory in 1:51.4. Somewhere Fancy came on late to finish second, while Ideal Cowboy and Limelight Beach qualified for the final by finishing third and fourth, respectively. A son of Art Official, Lets Drink On It now has two wins in four starts to start his four-year-old season. He is owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido Jr. Sunday's elimination victory gives Lets Drink On It 15 career wins and pushes his bankroll over $630,000. A $2 win ticket on Lets Drink On It returned $10.70. A draw was held following the eliminations to determine which fifth-place finisher, Mattamerican or Nirvana Seelster, qualified for the final. Nirvana Seelster won the draw to qualify for the final, while Mattamerican will be the also eligible. The post position draw for the Confederation Cup final will take place Wednesday afternoon and will be broadcast live on CHCH News at Noon. The $226,575 Confederation Cup final will be contested next Sunday (May 17) evening. Post time for the Confederation Cup card at Flamboro Downs is 6 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The harness racing pundits were unsure pre race who was the most likely winner of this years $200,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Pace with several runners having their supporters. The All star barn had four runners involved and all had solid support on the tote with Lazarus the best supported of those due to his front row draw of six. Motu Premier and Tim Williams led from barrier two before handing up to Lazarus and Mark Purdon after 400 metres.  Art Form and David Butcher went forward from barrier eight to sit parked giving Shandale and Maurice McKendry the one by one. Going past the 900 metres, Maurice hooked Shandale out three wide but as soon as he did the speed went on up front and Shandale was left out there for the rest of the race. Lazarus brushed down the back in 28.8 before Mark Purdon really upped the ante with a last 400 metres in 26.8 to cruise home a comfortable victory by 2 1/4 lengths over a very game Shandale who kept coming in the straight to just nose out Motu Premier for second. Like a lot of the All Star barn , Lazarus is a son of Bettors Delight and was purchased out of last years New Zealand Premier yearling sale at Christchurch for $75,000 Lazarus paced the 1950 metres in 2:21.2, a mile rate of 1:56.5 with closing sectionals of 55.6 and 26.8. Mark Purdon was pleased with todays run. " He has gone really well today and was still going strong at the finish." " This has been his main aim all season so its good to get him here in such good form." " We have a big opinion of him and think he will make a really nice three year old," Mark said. Lazarus is owned by Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey and K J Riseley and was bred by G Chin and Studholme Bloodstock Limited. He is the second foal and first colt out of the Christian Cullen mare Spirit Of Beth. Lazarus has now had the six lifetime starts for five wins and a second for $178,050 in earnings. You couldn't take the smile off Maurice McKendry's face post race. " Shandale has gone super and I was rapt with his performance." " He is still pretty inexperienced and got a bit lost when I pulled him out but he has fought on really well. " The good thing is I think there is still a fair bit of improvement left in him going forward," Maurice said. With the New Zealand Sires Stakes and Harness Jewels still to come, we are in for some very exciting racing over the next three weeks. Harnesslink Media    

One of Australia’s fastest pacers is on the market. Boasting three of the five fastest miles in Australia during the past year, Suave Stuey Lombo is for sale according to trainer Shane Tritton. Tritton believes the pacer is the perfect candidate for American-style racing, with the weak Aussie dollar the ideal time to sell the son of Bettor’s Delight. A multiple Group One winner, Suave Stuey Lombo has stopped the clock in 1:49.6 under race conditions and has trialled in 1:49.2. The seven-year-old also has a pair of 1:50.1 wins to his credit. “The Aussie dollar isn’t holding up that well against the US dollar at the moment, so it’s a good time to sell to American,” Tritton said. “A horse like Suave Stuey Lombo will love the mile racing there and can win $100,000 every year, so he would do a good job over there.” Should Suave Stuey Lombo remain in his stable, Tritton believes the gelding can add to his impressive list of feature wins. “He is having a good spell now, but we will be looking at the majors with him next time in,” Tritton said. “He is far from a spent force and can still win at the top level. “The owners are probably thinking if they can get good money for him they can reinvest and try to find that next generation horse. “He is a very nice, quick horse and can do a good job both here and in America.” PAUL COURTS

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