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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 20, 2017 -- After a second-quarter breather, Medusa sprinted home in 55.1 to capture her second straight victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa retook the lead past the quarter, allowing Tony Hall to give her a leisurely 29.3 second panel. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical turned on the gas from there, downing the rallying Lakeisha Hall by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Spreester earned show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $441,012, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card.   by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

Bettor Rock On N (Bettor's Delight) came from well off the pace to secure the victory in the first feature of the 2017 harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on the year's opening day card. The Heidi Rohr trainee was sitting last, nearly a dozen lengths off of the lead at the half mile pole in Sunday's $12,000 Open Pace, but the patience of driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. paid off as the front end started to give way and Bettor Rock On N started to pick off horses one by one in the final quarter. A late surge at the wire secured the victory for the eight year old pacer who was a recent addition to the Rohr stable. Bettor Rock On N stopped the timer in 1:53.3 as he nosed out the favored E Z Noah (Billy Dobson) in the final stride. Paying $7.50 to win, Bettor Rock On N prevailed for the second time in '17 after securing a victory at Yonkers earlier in the month. E Z Noah had to settle for second while Roethblissberger (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in his local debut. The exacta and triple returned $24.60 and $96.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with another matinee that is scheduled to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 18, 2017) - Alberto Contador lowered his lifetime mark for the second straight week at the Meadowlands, winning the harness racing featured $15,000 conditioned pace in 1:49.4. Alberto Contador won last week at 14/1 in 1:50.1 and stepped up in class in his repeat bid. Brett Miller moved the New Zealand bred 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the front past the quarter in :26.4. Miller controlled the rest of the action from there, easily holding sway from Ontario Success by two lengths at the wire. Jet Airway was third while racing for purse money only with Barimah finishing fourth and rounding out the trifecta. Alberto Contador, named for the champion Spanish cyclist, has won 33 times in 138 career starts with earnings of $452,431. Four preliminary divisions of the Dash For the G-Notes series were contested. So Take That won the fastest division in 1:51.4 for Corey Callahan and Mike Watson. It was Watson's third training win of the weekend. Iminurblindspot, the 3-year-old full brother to world champion Shebestingin, broke his maiden in his third career start in a "non-winners of two" in 1:55.3. He is trained by Nifty Norman and owned by Enzed Racing Stable and William Switala. He was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. John Campbell, Corey Callahan, and Jim Marohn, Jr. each posted a driving double. Patti Harmon scored a training double. Total handle was $2,799,173 on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 9-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

Express Stride is the latest horse to beat the sub 1:50 mark down under with a dazzling 1:49.8 mile last Saturday night at the fastest harness racing track in the Southern Hemisphere, Tabcorp Park Menangle, just on the outskirts of Sydney in New South Wales. Express Stride was having his third start back on a new campaign winning all three races this time in to take his record to 24 starts, 9 wins, 6 seconds and 4 thirds for $191,790 in stakes with plenty more to come.  A Bettor's Delight horse from the top racemare Lauraella ($649,946) Express Stride is from the famed Black Watch family that has dominated the Yearling Sales in New Zealand for the last 30 years. This family is known as the Regina family. Express Stride winning in 1:49.8 There are a number of yearlings from the Regina family in the Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka next Monday the 20th of February. The Breckon Farms draft has several of note especially Lot 91 Zinny Mach a colt by Mach Three from a race winning Christian Cullen sister to the dam of Lauraella. This colt is the dam's second foal with the first foal being the now race winning three-year-old Laredo Torpedo who raced in last week;s Victoria Derby. Lot 91 – Zinny Mach (bay colt Mach Three / Zingara) Harnesslink Media            

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Bit of a Legend N, last season's winner of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, returned to the scene of his greatest harness racing triumph for a first 2017 sighting. The now-8-year-old was an even third in the fastest of four qualifiers Saturday night, pacing his mile in 1:55.4 (last quarter :27.2). "I was very pleased," regular driver Jordan Stratton said after his first appearance since last November. "I really didn't want to go that fast, but he seemed fine." Trainer Peter Tritton said he expected to have Bit of a Legend N in the parimutuel entry box next week "event though he's probably going to be assigned an outside post position." A season ago, the Down Under son of Bettor's Delight win 13 of his 28 starts with earnings of $723,850. The 2017 Levy Series begins here Saturday night, March 18th. Frank Drucker

A champion horse from Victoria’s west swept up the prized Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup with a gutsy run that delighted his proud harness racing connections. Flaming Flutter has gifted plenty of joy to owners Neil Richmond, Margaret Allen and Ron Anderson and they savoured that winning feeling again on Saturday, when their old boy found some of his finer form to beat off a tough field. “It just feels fantastic,” Mr Richmond said. “He’s been a great little horse for us. He’s now a seven-year-old, but I thought he looked really nice in the stall and I thought he’d run a really big race. “When he got caught three-wide I thought, ‘this is going to be tough now’, he just fought on well at the finish. It’s just fantastic.” Driver Greg Sugars showed patience in the run, leading Flaming Flutter forward from the wide draw and advancing three-wide before slotting in on the outside with about 2000m to go, while My Kiwi Mate advanced to the lead. Come the last 150m it was a race in two as Sugars set after Jodi Quinlan, gobbling up My Kiwi Mate’s lead to win by 2m in a 1:56.4 mile rate. “It’s a bit of a home town victory for a few of the connections and to have them here tonight just makes it all extra special,” Sugars said. “He’s just been a fantastic horse for connections and a great earner right throughout his career.” The win has the Bettor's Delight entire zeroing in on $700,000 in career prizemoney and reaffirms his return to form. Long a fighter, Flaming Flutter’s campaign had stuttered a little when he returned mid last year and a tilt at the 2016 Perth Inter Dominion didn’t reach the same heights of his previous dual placings. He stayed over in Perth and was soon back in the winners’ circle before returning to Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster. “His trip across to Western Australia has probably done him the world of good,” Sugars said. “He is a stallion and being in the one place for a long time, sometimes they need a bit of a wakeup call and a bit of a change up and I think the couple of runs he spent in Perth with Ross Oliveiri really did the trick. “He had him firing really well there towards the end of his Western Australia campaign and sent him back to Geoffrey in fantastic order. “It’s a big pat on the back for the job he’s done as well as Geoffrey and everyone out at Bannockburn. They do a wonderful job.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Chapter Seven’s book is full and closed for the 2017 harness racing breeding season. The second leading trotting stallion at Harrisburg in 2016, Chapter Seven’s first crop featured 2016 Breeders Crown winner and World Champion Walner (2, 1:51.3, $487K). We are grateful for the support of his breeders and shareholders. Bettor’s Delight Book Closed Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Bettor’s Delight book is full and closed for 2017. The world’s leading pacing sire, Bettor’s Delight’s progeny have banked over $200 million on the track. Sire of 2016 O’Brien Horse of The Year and Little Brown Jug Winner, Betting Line and 2016 O’Brien 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year and Jugette winner LA Delight, Bettor’s Delight is truly a living legend.

Few would have noticed that the Allstars team had a couple of starters at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night as the big night of harness racing was in Victoria with the $500,000 Hunter Cup, the $300,000 Great Southern Star and the $200,000 Victoria Derby were the races that all were engrossed in from both sides of the Tasman. While the Allstars team was not as dominate in Victoria as they were the previous week, winning with Lazarus only, it was left to Natalie Rasmussen to produce the goods looking after (Lets) Chase The Dream and Partyon at Tabcorp Park Menangle and she did not let the side down, winning with both horses. Lets Chase The Dream Partyon The Group 1 winning filly Partyon was having her seventh lifetime start and remains unbeaten with a 1:52.4 winning performance. At her previous start on the 14th of January, Partyon produced a record breaking 1:51.3 victory and this was at her first start back after a four and a half month spell.  Partyon now has a record of 7 starts for 7 wins and $265,075 in earnings. Partyon is by the sensational Bettor's Delight out of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade who is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Idle Franco. Partyon has a full brother for sale at the upcoming Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka on the 20th of February called Kokomo Beach and sells as Lot 104. What price this colt? Not only is he a full brother to Paryton he is also a full brother to (So) Ubettabelieveit (1.55.7, 4 wins 3 places $47,861) and these are the only two foals from Beach Parade three-year-old and older.   This is the family of Indigo Franco (1.54.2m, 21 wins $76,960), Group 1 placed Innocent Franco (1.58.4f, 11 wins 11 places $46,285), Glenferrie Blade (1.56.1f, 9 wins 10 places $66,485), Glenferrie College (1.53.6m, 13 wins 21 places $84,793) and 3-time Group 1 winner Franco Ice (1.55f, 20 wins 14 places $620,311). Lot 104 – Kokomo Beach (brown colt Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade) 2017 Harnesslink Media

The fact he’s there is something of a miracle, but with a nice harness racing draw Wrappers Delight is ready to make the most of his VHRSC Victoria Derby tilt. The fancied Geoff Webster-trained Bettor's Delight will line up from gate one in Saturday’s $200,000 three-year-old Group 1 feature, with qualification a feat in itself after Wrappers Delight was checked by The Defiant when entering the final turn in last week’s heat. “He went terrific actually, he got severely check around the last corner, all but galloped and lost about five or six metres,” Webster told RSN’s Inside Word. “I thought that’s it, we’re not going to get into the Derby. “He got going again and really hit the line strongly without worrying the leaders. (I was) quite happy with that. He’s a typical Bettors Delight, thrives on the hard work in racing, hopefully he’ll go even better again this week.” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW Wrappers Delight is listed as third favourite with at $9, behind only Vincent ($1.50) and Be Jacks Legend ($7), aided by the pole draw that could give him and driver Gavin Lang an armchair ride into the race or, if he gets double-crossed, prove a poisoned chalice. “It’s a little bit tricky, he’s got good gate speed in that he can hold his own but he’s not super quick,” Webster said. “I just hope Our Little General might be able to kick up and hold the rest of them and we might be able to slot in behind him, that might be our best scenario.” That would likely give Wrappers Delight last crack at them down the sprint lane, with Our Little General and Vincent likely to be on his outside. The latter was irresistible in his heat but drawing barrier eight, behind Wrappers Delight, has created an opening. “The fact that Vincent’s drawn where he has makes it awkward for him. It’s an interesting race, but what we saw last week Vincent’s the standout.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 04 February 2017 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 04 February 2017

After a string of runner-up finishes, the classy One And Only captured last week's harness racing Open Pace at Cal Expo in coast-to-coast fashion with Luke Plano, polishing off a 1:53 1/5 mile in the process. The 9-year-old son of Bettor's Delight, who is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and takes his lessons from Lino Pacheco, pushed his career bankroll over the $245,000 mark with the score. "It was great to see One get his win after so many second place finishes in 2016," Morita related. "We've been so spoiled with his many wins over the years. After shipping back from Pennsylvania, Lino asked us if he could race him a few times before we gave him a rest after his tough campaign back East. "One has a special place in our stable since he has made every one of his lifetime starts for us and Lino has a great time with him. After one of his recent training trips, Lino came off smiling and said 'You know what a Cadillac feels like? That's him!' He also says he can tell that One and Only knows he's home, because he just acts so happy around the barn. "He is a one of a kind horse for Dave and me, racing good horses all over the country. Lino has said you don't see many like him, such a fast racehorse with little in the way of physical problems and he's never raced on Lasix. He just races with hopples and an open bridle. We're also very fortunate that Luke drives him for us. They also have a special relationship as Luke knows him so well and gets the most out of him." There was a time a couple of years ago when One And Only went through a very trying period, but the veteran recovered and is back winning races. "He got very sick after shipping east in 2015," Morita explained. "We have to thank Lou Pena, who helped us connect with our east coast trainers, Jennifer Sabot and Matias Ruiz. Lou called us right away, got him shipped to the clinic, and made sure he got aggressive treatment immediately. As you know, respiratory infections can end a horse's racing career." Distaff Open, Grundy Prep atop marquee A Filly and Mare Open Pace headed by Shark Festival; the Jim Grundy Trot Prep and a California Sire Stakes for 4-year-old trotters headline the Friday night action at Cal Expo. Watch and Wager LLC will present a 13-race card with first post set for 5:55 p.m. The Distaff Open will be the third race; the Grundy Prep goes as the fourth event and the Sire Stakes will be a non-betting affair prior to the regular program. Shark Festival is a 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play who is owned by Medinah Racing and Scot Ehrlich, hails from the Kathleen Plested barn and will have Mooney Svendsen at the controls. She has a powerful stretch kick and is gunning for her third straight victory. Looking at the Grundy, Delta Breezeoflodi is a 4-year-old daughter of Little Steven and the Spicy Charlie mare Magna Kay who is owned by Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, is conditioned by Girard and will have Luke Plano in the sulky. The bay miss has two wins and two seconds from her last four trips to the post, including a victory in the opening leg of the Gary Budahn Trot two weeks ago. She made the winning move at the half in that affair and went on to a length and a half-score over a "good" track. Wheeled back in last week's Budahn Final, Delta Breezeoflodi was sent off the 5-2 second choice. She made a powerful brush to command down the backside, showed the way to the stretch with a clear advantage but was unable to hold safe over a hard-charging Talkin Tootsie and had to settle for the place money. Completing the field for the Grundy Prep are Helen Noel, JK Journey, Broadway Jose, Every Day Hanover, Swift Cougar, Hatfield and McCoy and Manley Stanley. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 28, 2017) - Vegas Vacation, the 2013 Little Brown Jug champion, returned to the harness racing winner's circle for the first time since the end of the 2013 season on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Vegas Vacation was making the sixth start of his most recent comeback on Saturday night in a $13,000 conditioned pace after missing 16 months due to a soft tissue injury. Jim Marohn, Jr., who won four races on the card, put the 7-year-old millionaire Bettor's Delight gelding on the front end through a 55.1 half mile and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Vegas Vacation opened up four lengths at the top of the stretch and cruised to victory as the 1/5 favorite in 1:50.2. It is his first win since November 17, 2013 when he won The Matron at Dover Downs. "I was thrilled with him," said trainer Andrew Harris. "I think that's the first time in his career he cut a mile. So to me that shows he's back. It took four starts to get him race ready but now he seems keen, alert, and very happy to do his work." Harris added that this win confirms to him that Vegas Vacation could have some stakes engagements this season. "I think I'll talk with the crew, but I would imagine he may get staked up some," explained Harris. "As for the Levy Series, I believe he's come back good enough to get the nomination but it's up to the owners. He owes them nothing and nothing is expected of him going forward. Whatever he tells us to do, we'll listen." Hillbilly Hanover moved past the $900,000 mark in career earnings with third win in his last four starts in the $15,000 featured pace. Hillbilly Hanover, one of three winners on Saturday night for Brett Miller, held off the late charge of millionaire Alexie Mattosie. Total handle on the 13-race program was $3,028,082 - the third time this year that total handle surpassed the $3 million mark. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 9-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

It’s a knockout. The triumphant performance of New Zealand pacer Lazarus in tonight’s (Saturday) Gr.1 $400,000 Eynesbury Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton had to be seen to be believed after he embarrassed his rivals in the 2240m harness racing feature. It was eerily similar to his New Zealand Cup thrashing back in November when successful by an ever expanding margin. The brilliant pacer joins only Sinbad Bay and Holmes DG as winners of the Victoria Cup as a four-year-old. Starting as a clear favourite after landing gate six, Lazarus ($1.50 fav) pushed hard from the gate and found a forward position early before Purdon allowed the Bettor's Delight entire to stride freely down the back straight on the first occasion to take the lead from Major Crocker with a mile left to travel. The lead time was covered in 44.2 seconds. With Mach Doro galloping wildly at release point and then Hectorjayjay also making a rare error, the race took on a completely different look in comparison to most speed maps. Many thought the race was over once Lazarus found the front. Lazarus travelled strongly in front and covered the first half of the final mile in splits of 30 and 28.6 seconds. Bling It On worked clear from the inside and moved around the outside while Allblack Stride also made a mid-race move before Hectorjayjay charged around to sit parked over the final lap. At this point, rivals were chasing in vain. Entering the back straight, Lazarus powered along in front leaving rivals starting to feel the pinch while others jostled for better positions. The third quarter was covered in 27.4 seconds. At the top of the home straight, Purdon lifted the reins and his star pupil left his rivals tapping out as he inflicted more pain with a scintillating final sectional. He finished off his rivals with a 26.4 final split. Lazarus defeated Major Crocker ($81.80) by 12m while Bling It On ($14.20) grabbed third a further 7.7m away. The final mile was clocked in 1:52.4. The race time was 2:36.6 – a mile rate of 1:52.5 which easily eclipsed the previous race record of Smoken Up who set a mark of 1:53.4 when successful in 2011. It also smashed the track record which previously belonged to All Eyes On Us at 1:53.2. “He’s a very special horse, perhaps the greatest I’ve ever trained.” Purdon stated immediately after the race. Lararus, Victoria Cup 2017 The victory was his third in the event following previous victories with Young Rufus (2003) and Brabham (1998 – trainer). The winning effort also elevates Lazarus to a clear lead in the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit with 200 points following his victories in both the New Zealand and Victoria Cups; his stablemates Smolda (120) and Our Dream About Me (100) are next. Perth pacer Chicago Bull has also amassed 100 points. Only two legs of the APG Grand Circuit remain this season. Next week, the Gr.1 $500,000 Del Re National Hunter Cup takes place; the 2700m mobile event will be staged at Melton. Chris Barsby

Lazarus’ dominant victory in the Eynesbury Victoria Cup reinforced his star-studded status and capped a remarkable night for harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon, who registered a fifth win on the trot. The 12m win in the $400,000 Group 1 feature prompted Purdon, not one for grand statements, to share that Lazarus just might be the greatest horse he had ever trained. Purdon had reason to be chuffed after Lazarus’ win topped an incredible winning streak and has him seemingly set for further glory on Saturday’s Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup night. “I feel good. It’s been a great night,” Purdon said. “Unbelievable, you don’t expect to come here and win them all and to do it is a great feeling.” Purdon claimed two VHRSC Victoria Derby heats, including with Vincent who put in a Lazarus like performance, won the The SEW Eurodrive Pure Steel with Have Faith In Me and then drove Sunny Ruby to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs V L Dullard Trotters Cup. But all the success would have been soured had Lazarus not sealed the deal in the night’s showcase race, and it was a win that never seemed in doubt. Lazarus showed gate speed to match the fast starters inside him, Major Crocker and Tact Tate, and so was able to glide across and then claim the front at the time of his choosing. Lazarus’ biggest threat, Hectorjayjay, had plenty of room to advance from the back row after Major Crocker’s blistering start, but a check with Cruz Bromac saw Hectorjayjay break and plummet to the rear of the field. It as good as put paid to Josh and David Aiken’s challenger and enabled Purdon to run free up front. “You can’t afford to get checked in this sort of race, it’s tough to overcome that against a good horse like this,” Purdon said. “Luckily (Lazarus) got out of the gate good and into a good spot before I decided to take the front.” After a 44.2 lead time Lazarus set 30-second and 28.6-second first and second quarters, the latter after Bling It On loomed into the breeze and then gifted that place to trailing Hectorjayjay. Aiken's was a brave attempt to put the second favourite back into the race, but Lazarus’ 27.4 third quarter and 26.4 final quarter put him into a class of his own, winning by 12m from Major Crocker, who ran an outstanding second and finished some 7.7m clear of third-placed Bling It On. But, in the end there was only one, Lazarus, the four-year-old Bettor's Delight entire out of Bethany for owners Glenys and Phil Kennard, Trevor Casey and Kevin Riseley. “He’s a special horse,” Purdon said. “I said that to the owners as a three-year-old. Smolda got beaten in a free-and-all and I told the owners that Lazarus would have won that, and he was only three at the time.” Smolda will get his turn next week in the $500,000 Group 1 Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup, when he will take on old foe David Aiken. Purdon’s enormous Summer Of Glory could continue to blaze on February 4 with Lazarus to be an almost unbackable favourite in the Edgell Sidewinders 4YO Bonanza and Vincent likewise in the VHRSC Victoria Derby. Lararus, Victoria Cup 2017  Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

We are not talking racehorse here we are talking producing stallion. Is Bettor's Delight the greatest harness racing stallion in the world? The answer has to be a resounding YES! As a racehorse Bettor's Delight started twenty-six times for 15 wins and 7 placings for $2,581,461 in stakes, racing just at two (1999) and three (2000). He took a mark of 1:51.3s at two that he reduced to 1:49.4 at three. He won the $871,475 Breeders Crown as a two-year-old and the $1,148,500 North American Cup and the $348,867 Little Brown Jug as a three-year-old. Bettor's Delight is by the great sire Cam's Card Shark p3, 1:50 ($2,498,204) by Cam Fella from the BG's Bunny mare Jefs Magic Trick.  Bettor's Delight is out of the Armbro Emerson (Abercrombie) mare in Classic Wish. Taking a time trial record of 1:52 on her way to earning $436,273 makes good reading but it is her record at stud which places her up with the all-time brood mare greats. Classic Wish has produced 3 millionaires. Apart from Bettor's Delight p3, 1:49.4 ($2,581,461) she has left the full brother Roll With Joe p3, 1:48.2 ($1,799,250) and No Pan Intended p3,1:50.3 ($1,613,180). Classic Wish has another son called Classic Card Shark, another full brother to Bettor's Delight and Roll With Joe . The 10 winners that Classic Wish has produced to date have total stake earnings of $7,510,186 a massive effort for any broodmare in history. But it is as a stallion that Bettor's Delight shattered the record books with an incredible feat.  For the first time in history a stallion has led the overall money won list in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand at the same time and for several years and that stallion is Bettor's Delight. Bettor's Delight has led the overall money winnings sires list in the USA and Canada for the 2013, 2014 and the 2015 seasons and in Australia for the 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and in New Zealand for the 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and the 2015/2016 seasons.  Bettor's Delight has progeny earnings of over $240,000,000 worldwide to date, an extraordinary amount. Bettor's Delight has bred 29 millionaires to date world-wide. Four of those have earnings of over $2 million, two mares and two boys with the richest being the mare Darlin's Delight that has won $3,024,304. Bettor's Delight has produced five in sub 1:48, three in North America and two in Australia. In North America they are Shebestingin p3, 1:47m ($760,038), Betting Line p3, 1:47.2f ($1,831,942) and Bettor Sweet 1:47.2m ($2,816,687). In Australia they are Adore Me 1:47.7 ($1,677,032) and the full brother Have Faith In Me 1:47.5 ($1,381,274).  His record at producing outstanding fillies and mares is second to none. His overall record, longevity and ability to produce such outstanding fillies and mares marks Bettor's Delight as the all-time greatest Standardbred stallion produced anywhere in the World. Bettor's Delight is already making an impact on the broodmares Sire's list. Total earnings for progeny from broodmares by Bettor's Delight are at this moment just over $22,000,000. The two richest progeny are the Australian bred Our Waikiki Beach 1:50.3m ($796,169) 26 starts 23 wins and 1 second and the North American bred Darlinonthebeach p3, 1:48.4f ($722,915).  Australasian's latest star is the four-year-old Lazarus 1:52.4 ($1,523,214) 24 starts for 20 wins and he is by Bettor's Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare. Besides Lazarus this cross, Bettor's Delight over a Christian Cullen mare, is responsible for the likes of Highview Tommy ($1,021,904), Ohoka Punter ($964,016), Chicago Bull ($871,329), Spanish Armada ($450,000), Chase The Dream, No Doctor Needed, Rocker Band, Brilliant Strike, Burnaholeinmypocket, Golden Goddess etc etc. There are four fillies by Bettor's Delight out of Christian Cullen mares in the Breckon Farm's draft at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on the 20th of February in Auckland. They are;  Lot 9, Sassy Tart, from the Christian Cullen mare Kelly Maguire. Sassy Tart is a full-sister to 2 winners, the Group 1 winning Burnaholeinmypocket (1.52.1m, 12 wins & 8 places $146,549) and Fleshing p3,1:57.9 ($33,292) to date. Sassy Tart is also a full brother to the promising three-year-old Positano who has had four starts to date for three placings at Auckland. They are the first three foals that Kelly Maguire has had. She has a Mach Three two-year-old and then there is Sassy Tart. Sassy Tart's second dam is the 1995-96 'four-year-old mare of the year' Flash Atom  ($216,293), winner of the Group 3 North Island Breeder's Stake plus 21 wins in the USA. . Lot 18, Miss Cleverclogs, from the Christian Cullen mare Maid In Splendour. Miss Cleverclogs is the third foal from the Group 2 placed Maid In Splendor (1.56.1, 4 wins 8 places $61,825). The first foal Never Say Never is also a full brother to Miss Cleverclogs. He was sold to North America for good money and is about to start racing at any time. The second foal of the dam is a two-year-old by Mach Three. Miss Cleverclog's dam is from a very good race winning half sister to the top pacer Desperate Comment. (1.55.7m, 28 wins 19 places $1,033,065). Lot 75, My Kiwi Lass, from the Christian Cullen mare Toast To Cullen Toast To Cullen was unraced and she is a half-sister to 6 winners and is the dam of 4 foals to race for 4 winners including Group 3 placed Nimble Jack (1.53m, 12 wins 36 places $94,144), Kenrick (1.59, 4 wins 10 places $52,844), Doubleodeano (1.58.3, 4 wins 6 places $42,372) and Bubbaloobah (1.56.8f, .5 wins 12 places $28,048). This is the family of dual Group 1 winner and 2yo Pacer of the Year Tight Connection (1.56.6; 18 wins 10 places $473,835), Bury My Heart (1.59.2, 13 wins 14 places $105,758), Group 1 & 2 winner Texican (1.50.2f, 24 wins $618,380) and Fake The Moment (1.51.8m, USA, 22 wins $230,186). Lot 108, Sayalittleprayer, from the Christian Cullen mare Bella Anvil Sayalittleprayer is from the race winning mare Bella Anvil who is a full or half-sister to 7 winners, 6 black type performers. They include Anvils Revival  (1.57.7, 27 wins 30 places $162,051), Tempest Anvil (1.52m, 9 wins $91,600), Anvil On Fire  (1.55.8, 9 wins 4 places $81,862), the Group 2 placed West Coast Anvil (1.58.9, 5 wins 4 places $69,047), the Group 3 winner Anvils A Christian (1.58.3f, 14 wins 4 places $56,345) and Waihemo Anvil (1.59.2, 2 wins 6 places $15,847). Sayalittleprayer's sceond dam is the Group 1 placed Waihemo Rainship (1.58.2 PL, 8 wins 15 places $99,270). Sayalittleprayer is the second foal from her dam, the first foal is a full sister that is a current two-year-old. Harnesslink Media  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 24, 2017 -- Last in the field of six at the three-quarters, Medusa unleashed a three-wide blitz that carried her to a harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa was following sluggish cover when Tony Hall decided to show her racetrack. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical quickly looped the field and engaged the leader, Show Runner, defeating her by 1/2 length in 1:54.2 over a sloppy surface. Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts $416,352 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Talented Tasmanian-owned and bred harness racing seven-year-old pacer Pachacuti confirmed he is back to his best with a resounding win in the $25,000  Devonport Cup over 3020 metres at the Devonport Showground last night. Pachacuti ($5.30) started off the back mark of 30 metres but the Todd Rattray-trained and driven gelding made light of the task to score by six metres from Black Centurian ($21) with Poker Storm ($72) the same margin astern. Rattray settled Pachacuti (Bettor's Delight-Tirols Ziray) near the rear after he stepped away safely from the standing start but after only travelling a lap Rattray eased his charge out three-wide to make what was a wining move. Pachacuti worked hard to face the breeze but soon after he forged to the lead while the other back marker Major Ruler that had worked three-wide on the back of Pachacuti, was left to face the breeze. As the field entered the back straight the last time Rattray upped the tempo and slipped six metres clear while Major Ruler started to wilt and dropped back through the field which led to Rohan Hillier, the driver of Im Barney Rubble, being dislodged from the sulky as a result of a couple of horses trying to avoid Major Ruler. "The way he went I'd say he's back to his best," Rattray said. "He had to do a bit of work early to get outside of the leader and he did a terrific job to finish off like he did. "He was very strong at the finish which was the most pleasing aspect of the win." Pachacuti spent some time in the care of James Rattray's (Todd's older brother) Menangle stable last year but Todd is hoping to keep the horse in his care. "There's a Melbourne campaign in this horse now that he's back to his best so I'm hoping James keeps his eyes off him for the time being."   Peter Staples

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