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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his harness racing opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night (Aug. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In the hunt early from assigned post position No. 6, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quarter-mile. A rated, :29.1 next substation (:55.4 half) was going to make the people's preference tough to catch. Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) tried it from first- and second-over, respectively, as Bit of a Legend N found a 1:24.2 three-quarters. He widened to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held Caviart Luca at bay. The margin was measured three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3. Bakersfield (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach hit the line together for third, with Mach it So settling for the final pay envelope. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 17 '17 tries. The exacta paid $33.50, with the triple returning $89.50 (Bakersfield third) and $92 (Melmerby Beach third). Prior to the race, Tritton spoke of von Knoblauch, who passed away early this month at age 90. "Harry was a gentleman who enjoyed racing and not afraid to spend money to get good horses. His daughters want to keep the stable going, and I'm fortunate to train for them." Bit Of A Legend's official lifetime record is as follows; Down Under - 63 starts for 20 wins, 15 seconds and 4 thirds for $810,101 North America - 45 starts for 17 wins 10 seconds and 4 thirds for $1,101,920 Total - 108 starts for 37 wins, 25 seconds and 8 thirds for $1,939,521 Bit Of A Legend Yonkers offers up the sixth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

Arsenic (Bettor's Delight) has been a favorite of the betting public. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer had been the top choice of the bettors in six consecutive starts competing at four different harness racing tracks heading into his try in Saturday night's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Arsenic was once again the favorite on Saturday and would wind up first over in the $11,250 feature. Billy Dobson piloted the four year old pacer as he cruised past the leader before opening up a big lead. Arsenic prevailed by better than three lengths in a mile paced in 1:52.3. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson who holds a big lead in the local driver standings. The Arsenic victory was one of three on the night for Rohr whose Beachy Dream prevailed earlier in the night. Her Burkes Bandit scored in the evening's finale to complete the training triple. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 31 - Harness racing trainer Dave Menary was expected to win Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker at Mohawk Racetrack, but it was the least likely of his two starters to come through with the victory. Menary trainee Trump That was the overwhelming favourite in a field of five two-year-old pacing colts and geldings competing for $14,000. Trump That enjoyed a two-hole ride and took the lead in the stretch, but couldn't kick away from his rivals and got picked off by a charging Dragon Time and driver James MacDonald. Dragon Time sat fourth throughout the opening stages before hitting full flight in the stretch and getting up to win in 1:53. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight paced a :27.3 final-quarter to win by a half a length. Brackley Beach finished third, while Albergo Hanover was fourth. Webmaster Hanover showed the way until the top of the lane and posted fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:24.2. He faded back to finish fifth. Owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Larry Menary and Alan Alber, Dragon Time was a $50,000 purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Bettors Delight gelding now has two wins in four starts and $19,180 banked. Dragon Time paid $11.20 to win. Dragon Time The $39,800 Dream Maker Series final will take place next Monday (August 7). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A special post time of 6 p.m. is in effect due to the RCMP Musical Ride performance taking place during Tuesday's card. Mark McKelvie

Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight) was the runner-up in the 2016 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Peter Tritton-trained standout wound up second best to former harness racing Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. On Saturday night, Bit Of A Legend N was dismissed at odds of 15-1 as he took part in his second consecutive $260,000 Gerrity Pace. Driver Jordan Stratton sat patiently with the talented eight year old as a grueling pace was being set. There wasn't a dull moment throughout as top rivals were slugging it out from the word "go." The opening quarter went in 26.4 before the first half was clocked in 54.3. The field bunched up after three quarters in 1:21.2 and longshot Bit Of A Legend N powered up three wide around the final turn. From fifth at the head of the stretch to first at the wire, Bit Of A Legend stopped the timer in 1:50.3 exacting his revenge from last year's defeat in the Gerrity with an impressive win in the ninth annual installment of the race in honor of the former Chairman of the Board at Saratoga who passed away in 2005. 36-1 shot Mach It So (Dave Miller) came on for second while Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller) earned the show spot. Bit Of A Legend N returned $32.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $1,037 and $5,295, respectively. Bit Of A Legend N The fourteen race program featured a track record performance by Funknwaffles (American Ideal) in the NY Sire Stakes as he became the fastest three year old pacer in track history by prevailing in 1:50.4. Funknwaffles Also, the fastest trotting time and pacing time of the year were set on Saturday as Gural Hanover (Matt Kakaley) trotted to victory in 1:54 and Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller) scored in 1:49.2, the third fastest time in track history on what was a sensational night of racing at Saratoga. Luck Be Withyou Heaven's Gait - New York Sire Stakes Live racing continues on Tuesday evening featuring NY Sire Stakes action with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2017 -- Cult Icon used a decisive first-over move to carry her to victory in a stake-record 1:53.1 in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Real Fine and Dance For Kisses taking the other splits. Cult Icon was third down the backside when she targeted the leader, Ana Hanover, with a brush so powerful it took her driver, Tyler Smith, by surprise. "They told me she doesn't like to do a lot of work, but when I moved her, she went right on by," Smith said. "Off the turn I called on her, and she paced straight through the wire. I think she'll get even better. She really hadn't seen fractions like she saw today, and she paced right through them." Cult Icon held off Round The Beach by 3/4 lengths while Ana Hanover saved show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 established by Rusty's Bliss in 2013. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stable and Stately Gaits Stable. Real Fine had faced the starter four times, including baby races, and jumped it off on three occasions. But winning driver Dave Palone exonerated her from blame. "I always loved her attitude, and a lot of those mistakes really weren't her fault," Palone said. "She's a sweetheart of a filly; she tries real hard. I think she'll go nowhere but forward from here." In Monday's stake, Real Fine moved first over from third before heading back to the cones for a quick breather. She came on again in the lane and downed Come Get The Cash by 1/2 length in 1:55 with early leader Fine Art third. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall had to use Dance For Kisses twice -- once for an early seat from post 8, once when she challenged the leader three wide near the three-quarters -- but the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Thirsty For Kisses, responded beautifully, prevailing in 1:56. Some Renditions was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Pink It Up completed the ticket. "We had a 35-1 shot loose on the front end, so I wanted to make sure I was in the outer flow," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about that (being three wide), but she kept hold of the bit and kept marching forward." Justin Lebo trains Dance For Kisses for Crawford Farms Racing. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Sand Tart, a $159,852 PA Sites Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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 – charlotte@woodlandsstud.co.nz  Australia: Mark Hughes – 0451 650 707 – mark@woodlandsstud.co.nz

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  

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