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EAST RUTHERFORD, (April 18, 2015) - The Whata Baron series got underway Saturday night at The Meadowlands which featured a collection of thirteen talented harness racing pacers, split into two divisions. The first division for $22,500 was led by Rediscovery, the overwhelming 1/5 favorite in the field of six. As a three year old the son of Tell All, Rediscovery contested the Little Brown Jug and his four year old season began with a solid effort in the Sonsam series and a sharp win in the Sagamore at Yonkers. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Rediscovery was allowed to settle off the pace in the early stages, having only one horse beaten at the opening quarter. But Ideal Cowboy, fresh off the layoff was fired up and reached that quarter in 26-seconds. Sassy Hanover was the first horse to move and he made a sharp brush heading past the three-eighths pole, reaching the half-mile in 54-seconds. But at that point, Rediscovery was breathing down his neck and the favorite took over as the field moved into the far turn. Rediscovery paced the far turn in 26.4, reaching three quarters in an eye-opening 1:20.4 and turned for home with the advantage. Ideal Cowboy, the once leader who was shuffled back to third was guided back out and made his bid for the lead, trying to chase down the favorite. But he appeared to lean in several times and was unable to catch Rediscovery. JK Patriot, who saved ground throughout, shook free in the stretch and rallied well to finish third. For Rediscovery, the 1:49.2 mark was a lifetime best performance. Rediscovery is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver, Bruscemi and Collura. The second division featured Panchester United off his impressive victory one week ago.  He was sent off as the 3/2 favorite in the field of seven and would dictate the terms, leading the field through fractions of 26.4, 54.2 and 1:22.3.  A challenge would come on the far turn as Corey Callahan guided Bettorever from third to the outside and they would draw on even terms at the top of the stretch with Rock Out locked in the pocket behind the leader.  Lord Of Misrule was tracking the cover and loomed into contention as well.  They lined up three across the track nearing the wire, with Rock Out crying out for racing room as the field swarmed in on Panchester United, but his clearance would come too late as Bettorever was able to wear down the favorite and score a gritty win in 1:50.4.  Panchester United was just a nose behind in second while Rock Out was a hard-luck third. Bettorever is owned by Bamond Racing LLC and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr.  The 1:50.4 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the Bettor's Delight four year old gelding. The Spring Preview for pacers also commenced on Saturday night.  The first division for the maiden colts and geldings went to Edward Teach, a Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace-eligible Rocknroll Hanover colt in 1:52.1, giving Yannick Gingras a sweep of the early daily double. Edward teach made a first over bid, gained separation on the field and won convincingly.  Gratian Hanover rallied late to finish second with Devils Cut third.  The second division saw Rock Of The Ages, a Rocknroll Hanover son of the great Galleria, pull off the 9-1 upset with Andy Miller in the bike in 1:51.3.  Bobby The Greek, the prohibitive favorite was trip-compromised, forced three wide and could not catch the winner in the stretch, forced to settled for second with American Messenger third.  The Spring Preview for the sophomore pacers meeting the non-winners of two condition featured a match-up of Gokudo Hanover vs. Revenge Shark and the race did not disappoint as Gokudo Hanover cut the mile and turned for home with the lead and Revenge Shark made a menacing move on the turn to challenge the leader, but drifted slightly in the stretch and Gokudo Hanover was able to hold on for the win in 1:51.  Colorful Speech earned the show spot. On the filly side, the spotlight was on Gweneeee J, the sister to Heston Blue Chip.  For the second consecutive week, she had to do the work, grinding it out first over, this time chasing her stable-mate Lady Spartacus and for the second week in a row, she could not go by the leader.  Lady Spartacus earned her second victory of the season, holding off the favorite to win in 1:53.4. On the wagering-front, both Jackpot Super Hi-5 pools went unclaimed again, with the fifth race Jackpot climbing to $87,136 and the last race carryover growing to $58,172. Racing resumes on Friday at The Meadowlands, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

The big four year old feature the $100,000 Taylor Mile at tonights harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park was wide open after the barrier draw and trying to pick a winner was really hard. When the gate left, Maurice McKendry shot the son of Bettor's Delight Mossdale Conner to an early lead and applied the blowtorch right from the start. Dalton Bromac worked to the death from barrier eight before handing up to Border Control who found the death seat with 1000 metres to go. Sky Major improved three wide but Mark Purdon was not handing up the death seat and Sky Major was left out there for the rest of the race. Meanwhile Maurice continued to roll along in front with Mossdale Conner and was still traveling well as they turned for home. Pinching a couple of lengths as they turned for home, Mossdale Conner had enough in reserve to hold out a game Border Control by a length with Ohoka Punter flying home late for third in front of another big finisher in Tiger Tara. Mossdale Conner paced the 1700 metres in 1:58.1, a mile rate of 1:51.7 with closing sectionals of 55.4 and 28. The time was a new New Zealand record, taking 1.6 seconds off the previous record held by Gold Ace and every runner in tonights race went under the previous record. The first four home were all by siring sensation Bettor's Delight, Mossdale Connor, Border Control, Ohoka Punter and Tiger Tara. Trained at Woodend by Greg and Nina Hope, Mossdale Conner is usually driven by Ricky May but with Ricky committed to Dalton Bromac, Maurice McKendry picked up the drive in the Group 1. Maurice was all smiles post race. " I was lucky to pick up the drive because Ricky was committed to another horse." "Greg asked me to drive him at the trials last week and I was really impressed as he went 2:42 for 2200 metres and had plenty left at the finish." "Greg offered me the drive after the trial so that worked out good." " I just let him roll along in front and as I thought he would, he found plenty in the straight," Maurice said. The way he won tonight, Mossdale Conner comes right into calculations for the New Zealand Messenger next week. Note: Followers of the weekly ringaround on Harnesslink would have been laughing all the way to the bank tonight after Maurice McKendry gave out $20 shot Mossdale Conner as his bet of the week. Harnesslink Media      

Harness racings Nevele R Stud is delighted to announce that the recently retired Gold Ace will be joining the stallion ranks of the Prebbleton based farm this coming breeding season.   The richest Southern Hemisphere bred stallion by Bettor’s Delight (and his third highest Australasian stakes-winner overall behind Beautide and Adore Me), Gold Ace won 22 races, 16 at Group level, and more than $1.2 million in prize-money in a career that spanned six seasons.    A winner of the Yearling Sales Series Consolation at 2, it was as a 3-year-old that Gold Ace established himself as one of the best age group pacers of the past few decades, winning more than $500,000 in stakes and 10 of his 15 starts (placing in a further three), including the Sires Stakes Final, NZ Derby and Harness Jewels Emerald - a Group 1 classic race trifecta which is unmatched to date.     The Steven Reid trained NZ 3YO Pacer of the Year was also victorious that season in the Group 2 Elsu Classic and the Yearling Sales Series Open Pace, as well as dead-heating with arch rival Terror To Love, with whom he would have some epic battles over the years (for a score line of 7 wins apiece and a draw), in the Group 2 Flying Stakes.   At 4, Gold Ace targeted the rich Western Australian 4YO features, easily winning both the Group 1 Golden Nugget and the Group 2 WA 4YO Championship at his only two starts in the State, impressing leading WA trainer Gary Hall so much so that he offered connections $1 million to buy the brilliant son of Bettors Delight – comparing him favourably to stable star and one of the richest Southern Hemisphere pacers ever Im Themightyquinn.    That season also saw Gold Ace win the 4YO Superstars Championship and place in the Group 1 Easter Cup, Taylor Mile and Messenger Championship.    There were plenty more feature race wins at 5 and 6, with the handsome stallion taking out the Group 1 NZ Free-For-All in a track record 1:52.6 mile rate, the Group 2 Waikato Flying Mile in 1:53.3, the Group 3 Canterbury Classic, once again over Terror To Love, and when based at Belinda and Luke McCarthy's NSW stable the Group 1 Cranbourne Pacing Cup, Group 2 Shepparton and Kevin Newman Cups, as well as recording a terrific third to Christen Me in the 2013 Hunter Cup.   The current season has seen the durable pacer add a further two Group Race features to his impressive tally – winning the Founders Cup at Alexandra Park in a sensational 1,700m national record of 1:59.7 (the mile rate was an incredible 1:53.3!), along with the Summer Cup over the likes of NZ Trotting Cup runner up Franco Nelson. Gold Ace was also a superb second in 1:51.8 to Adore Me in the Group 2 Sky City Waikato Flying Mile in one of his last starts.    A stunning looking individual with flawless conformation Gold Ace possesses a pedigree to match his racetrack performance – being by Bettor’s Delight, a stallion that has rewritten the siring record books season after season, out of a winning In The Pocket mare who has also left the smart full siblings Gold Elite 1:57.3 ($70,037 6 wins) and Strike The Gold 1:55.8 ($63,221 4 wins).   The second dam Touch Of Gold (by Soky’s Atom) left numerous high class performers – Group 2 Elliot Futurity winner Seeking The Gold 1:50.4 ($252,458), Waikato Guineas winner Golden Son 1:54.8 ($86,585) and NZ Oaks place-getter Golden Charm 1:59.7 ($33,036) – the dam of Coppertone 1:50.4 ($119,076).   Gold Ace is from the same highly successful maternal family as Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793), Kiwi Ingenuity 1:52.1 ($523,200) and Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689).   His debut season fee has been set at $3,000 + GST (AU$3,300 incl GST) and he is included in both Nevele R's early bird and multiple mare discounts.   “Gold Ace ticks all the right boxes in terms of what we look for in a sire – he’s got performance, pedigree, impeccable looks and conformation, as well as an outstanding temperament and we’re really looking forward to his first season at stud; and expect him to be popular with breeders given that he’s not only the best performed local son of Bettor’s Delight but also an exceptional type” commented Nevele R Marketing Manager Nikki Reed.   For bookings and more information please visit www.nevelerstud.co.nz or contact the Nevele R office.

Exceptionally-bred filly Makes Every Scents will be out to emulate amend a blemish on her mother’s record when she competes at Tabcorp Park Melton Saturday night. A member of the powerful Belinda McCarthy stable, Makes Every Scents is engaged in the Victoria Oaks. The youngster’s dam – Scent – finished third in the 1997 edition of the Blue Riband. Prepared by astute horseman Peter Walsh, Scent managed to capture the New South Wales Oaks. Second in her heat last weekend, Makes Every Scents has drawn awkwardly in barrier six, with McCarthy stating the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark “will need a bit of luck”. “We are very happy with her and she is in perfect condition for this,” McCarthy said. “It’s a tremendous Oaks, with so many wonderful fillies engaged. “The draw is a little tricky, but with a touch of luck and the right run she will be right in the finish. “She went well in her heat and her work has been terrific this week.” Ironically, Walsh prepares Makes Every Scents’ biggest danger, Delightful Lana. A strong winner of her qualifier, the daughter of Bettors Delight is expected to settle in, or close to, the lead from gate four. Following her southern trip, Makes Every Scents will return to New South Wales for a short spell before embarking on another feature race campaign. PAUL COURTS

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and The Trent Stohler Stable have announced "The Ultimate Name Game", a Twitter competition to name the final foal from the standout harness racing open pacing mare Ultimate Velocity p,3,1:53; 4,1:51.1 ($254,373). The contestant that submits the winning name will win a VIP Certificate to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino compliments of the connections of Ultimate Velocity. Ultimate Velocity tragically passed away following complications from surgery after delivering her second foal only one day earlier. Ultimate Velocity's second foal, sired by Bettor's Delight, arrived healthy and full of life on March 18, 2015. This competition will honor the legacy of his dam and her prolific racing career. Ultimate Velocity raced 33 times, resulting in 19 wins, four seconds, and two thirds. While she did earn victories in multiple stakes, she was most known for her gritty efforts in the open mare events on the Indiana racing circuit. Sired by Western Ideal, Ultimate Velocity's lifetime mark was only one fifth of a second off of the track record at the time. She was also race timed in 1:49.2. Bred by brothers Kenneth "Dave" Stohler and Merrill Stohler, Ultimate Velocity was the second filly from their homebred mare, Extreme Velocity p,4,1:50.3 ($856,070). Among the highlights on Extreme Velocity's resume was a victory in the $288,000 Breeders Crown for older pacing mares in 1998. "We thought this would be a fun, unique way to remember Ultimate (Velocity)," trainer, driver Trent Stohler noted. "She was a great mare so this foal is going to need a great name. I would like the name to include the word 'velocity' in some way, but I am looking forward to seeing all the names submitted." All are welcomed to enter the contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit their name suggestions from now until 11:59 p.m. on April 24 via Twitter. Using #NameGame, contestants will send their submissions to Trent Stohler on twitter, @TrentStohler. Stohler along with his father Dave will select their favorite name for the colt on Saturday, April 25. All names must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 24. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Emily Gaskin

With the new harness racing season well and truly under way now, we thought it was an appropriate time to have a look at any trends on the pacing siring charts in North America. Up to this point of the season it is clear from how he is preforming on both the overall sires list and the three year old list that the premature death of Rocknroll Hanover was a huge blow to the industry. His sons and daughters have started 2015 in great fashion with Rocknroll Hanover being a close second to Bettor's Delight on the overall list and currently running first on the three year old list. Mach Three is another sire to have made a good start to 2015 running a close third at present with a $850,000 gap back to Western Terror in fourth and Art Major rounding out the top five a further $240,000 back. Mach Three's son Somebeachsomewhere is currently a close sixth on the list and with his bigger crops coming on stream from this year on it would appear only a matter of time before he tops the overall sires chart. Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Pace (2015) - Top 5 Sires                             Sire                                                  Starters                                                 Money ====                                                ========                                             ===== BETTORS DELIGHT                          317                                                 $3,012,646   ROCKNROLL HANOVER                   268                                                 $2,964,641   MACH THREE                                   259                                                 $2,798,345   WESTERN TERROR                          231                                                 $1,951,740   ART MAJOR                                     196                                                 $1,712,369   The three year old list is headed by Rocknroll Hanover with Western Terror again in a prominent position on this chart in second place this time.   Jeremes Jet lies in third place just in front of Bettors Delight and last seasons leading two year old sire Sportswriter who have both been making rapid progress up the chart just lately.   The interesting sire close up to the established stars on the three year old list is the son of Art Major in Riggins 1:48.4 ($931,587) who currently sits seventh.   A son of the former outstanding racemare Towners Image 1:51.2 ($714,300), Riggins has just 22 three year old so there is real merit in his performance to date.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Pace (2015) - Top 5 Sires                                                                                       Sire                                                        Starters                                           Money ====                                                     ========                                        ===== ROCKNROLL HANOVER                        41                                            $321,882   WESTERN TERROR                               34                                            $273,165   JEREMES JET                                       33                                            $230,074   BETTORS DELIGHT                               39                                            $223,990   SPORTSWRITER                                   32                                            $196,389   Harnesslink Media

Grand campaigner Smoken Up loved the 1400-metre track at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  He won seven Group Ones on the circuit, including four Len Smith Miles, and as a result, the stabling complex was named in the gelding’s honour.  Dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide will attempt to win his sixth Group One race at Menangle when he competes in the Len Smith Mile on Sunday, April 26. Beautide returned to racing last Saturday night for the first time since winning last month’s Inter Dominion and battered his rivals in an impressive display.  The son of Bettors Delight covered the mile in 1:50.7, with trainer-driver James Rattray proud of his stable star, but understandably turned his attention towards the gelding’s next start. “That win should top him right off, he should be spot on for the Len Smith Mile next time out,” Rattray said. “He felt great on Saturday night. He’s right on top of his game even though he’s only had the one trial since the Inter Dominion. He has been working well and looks a treat.” Smoken Up’s seven top shelf triumphs at Menangle include two Miracle Miles, a Cordina Sprint and the four Len Smith Miles.  Beautide’s five victories consist of two Inter Dominions, a Miracle Mile, a Len Smith Mile and a Coca-Cola Sprint. “To train a horse that has won $2 million, two Inter Dominions, a Miracle Mile and another couple of Group Ones that the family bred is just amazing,” Rattray said. Rattray is still undecided on which direction he will go with Beautide after the Len Smith Mile. “I will consider all options with him after Sunday week, including Queensland,” Rattray said. “We’ll just get him ready for that and plan out a program afterwards.” “To defend his Inter Dominion title in Perth is the plan and I’m sort of half thinking about the New Zealand Cup too. “That’s an option, we’ll just see where we are at.” HRNSW Media

Kerryn Manning and Arden Rooney captured Cup No.4 this season as the former Kiwi gelding scored his seventh straight harness racing win in Saturday night’s Group 2 Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup. The brilliant son of leading sire Bettors Delight, who leads Art Major and Christian Cullen on the national top-20 sires table, ran to the lead inside the 1200m before coming right away for a 16.4-metre success in the 2600m, $50,275 feature. Manning piloted Arden Rooney, who started $1.60, an absolute treat – keeping him out of the early trouble when Hotasel galloped and unsettled the field – before dictating the second quarter (32.2secs) and then sprinting home in 56.4secs (28.5secs and 27.9secs third and fourth splits). The winner rated 1:58.6 – his mile rate second only to Safari's in 2007 in the race's record books. >> Arden Rooney takes out yet another cup Hotasel, driven by Simon Jardine, ran second from his pole draw at $43.20, hitting the line hard in the final 50m. His run was encouraging given he galloped early, while Major Crocker led from two before trailing Arden Rooney and battled on for third at odds of $7.20. Lets Elope ran fourth, Beachstar was brave in fifth and Uncle Wingnut was also courageous after a tough run to finish sixth. Of the beaten brigade Chilli Palmer had no luck in transit, working double-time in the run after getting caught wide around the galloping Hotasel early, while Franco Ledger was also inconvenienced early and failed to run on late. The Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas went to Glenferrie Bunter (Somebeachsomewhere/Laugh Out Loud) for trainer/driver Ryan Hryhorec, who took the colt to the lead early. The winner got away with a 31.3secs first quarter before pacing through the second split in 30.3secs. Glenferrie Bunter upped the tempo significantly down the back, racing well clear with a 28.3secs third stanza, and when he headed down the side it was game over for rivals – the South Australian pacer in a world of his own. Coming home with a 28.7secs final quarter (57secs last half) Glenferrie Bunter scored by 42.9 metres. It felt like an eternity waiting for the second horse to clock in, Big Shot Bob working home at $16 for Greg Sugars, with Riley James also hitting the line strongly for Michael Bellman at $15.10 in third. >> Re-live Glenferrie Bunter's enormous Mildura Guineas win Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang combined to take out the annual Mark Gurry & Associates Cup with four-year-old Art Major entire Major Secret, who defeated runner-up Sapphire Swayze by 4.9 metres. From the pole, Major Secret started $1.30 with the bookies and controlled the race with a winning mile rate of 1:59.9. Ryan Hryhorec took driving honours on Cup night with a winning double courtesy of the abovementioned Guineas triumph and victory on Franck Mercieca-trained Vee Rock – by Universal Rock out of Sands A Flyin Kiwi mare Annie Teaghan – in the Loddon Valley Stud Free-for-All at $13.80. Boris Devcic finished with a training double, Captain Under Fire (Courage Under Fire/Awakemecate) taking out the Mallee Bearings Pace at $6.40 and striking gelding Soho Jagger (Art Major/Chip And Gale) causing a boil-over in the Mildura Working Man’s Club Pace Final over 2190m, winning at $55.20. Other winners were Freds A Safari (by previous Mildura Cup winner and race record holder Safari out of Monaloo) in the DNR Logistics Pace, Barnbougle Jack in the Mildura Rural City Council Pace for Ken Tippett (the gelding by Gotta Go Cullect out of Phoebe Mae), Outback Hall (Blissful Hall out of Stoneridge Connie) for Damian Wilson and Tim Mortlock at $18 in the Sunraysia Daily Pace, and Bettors Delight/Morcheeba five-year-old Angus T Jones for Geoff Webster in the Zilzie Wines Pace. Art Major and Bettors Delight, like they’ve done on numerous prior occasions, shared the breeding honours on the night, each notching a winning double. The Mildura quaddie paid $328.80 (get full TAB results) by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Southlands harness racings Diamond Day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill today, dodged a bullet when the predicted heavy rain never materalised but the very strong winds forecast were present. The programme was opened by the $22,000 Diamond Creek two year old pace which featured the star All Stars juvenile Lazarus who didn't disappoint anyone with an outstanding performance. Last early from barrier seven in the small field, driver Tim Williams was content to sit there for the first 600 metres before launching Lazarus around the field and taking control from the early leader Three Ways and Shane Walkinshaw with 1200 metres to go. Dictatating the tempo from there, Tim was looked in the eye down the back by Envious with Dexter Dunn in the bike. Passing the 400 metres Tim gave Lazarus his head and the rest of the field were immediately in trouble. The further they went the bigger the gap became and at the finish Lazarus was out by 2 ½ lengths from a game Three Ways with the rest headed by the debutante Franco Rayner a further 7 ¾ lengths away in third. Lazarus paced the 2200 metres in the very windy conditions in 2:47 with the last 800 metres in 58.9 and 400 metres in 27.9. Tim Williams was impressed by the son of Bettors Delight. “ He did that really easily in the end.” “ I didn't want to lead in that wind but when they eased the pace near the mile, I thought it better to take luck out of the equation and lead. “ He was cruising on the corner and just did what he had to in the straight,” Tim said. Todays win was the fourth for Lazarus from just five starts as a two year old and took his earnings so far this season to $70,800. Lazarus looms as a major player in all the big two year classics coming up. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 10, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. As was the case in the third leg, a pair of small-but-select harness racing fields of five were bifurcated into $40,000 divisions. Pole-sitting favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $4.80), finished what she started in the first event, holding off a second-up Camille (George Brennan) in a season's-best 1:53.2. Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) was third. "Venus" seated all four of his foes early, forcing Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) into a two-hole. After cheapy opening intervals of :27.4 and :57.1, Monkey On My Wheel took out of third. That one threw down the gauntlet in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, while "Yagonnakissme" was losing ground in behind. Venue Delight maintained a short, half-length advantage entering the lane, then whipped a charging Camille by that same margin. Yagonnakissmeornot and a non-factor Coffee Addict (Matt Kakaley) completed the order. For Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in four seasonal starts (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was more of the same for series leader, odds-on choice Carolsideal (Dube, $2.80). The only perfect participant made it four wins in series succession, defeating Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) by a half-length in 1:53.2...same time as the opening division. Unhurried early from post position No. 2, "Carol" watched both Charisma Hanover (Brennan) and Fancy Desire (Kakaley) slug it out approaching a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Carolsideal then moved from third, securing the lead in Turn 2 and getting a 56-second intermission. Fancy Desire made her second move going toward the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Krispy Apple in behind. However, Carolsideal widened to 3½ lengths turning for home, holding sway to keep the roll going. Strings (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third, with Fancy Desire and Charisma Hanover completing the order. For Carolsideal a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 9-for-10 this season. The exacta paid $8.20, with Krispy Apple. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fourth round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Calvin B (Bettor’s Delight) pulled off the upset in the $8,300 featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening.   Brian Cross moved the 18-1 shot out to the early lead before yielding to the favorite approaching the quarter pole.   After getting shuffled back, Calvin B shook loose past three quarters and charged past his rivals to take command around the final turn before drawing away to score in 1:55.4.   Owned by John Smiel of Rutland, VT and trained by John Cross, Calvin B recorded his first victory of the season in the Winners of 2 but not more than 4 Pace and returned $35.60 to win.    Yonkers invader OK Galahad (Billy Dobson) finished second while Mister Skitter (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot.    Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post.   Mike Sardella

Young Queenslander Hayden Barnes is enjoying a breakout harness racing season. The promising horseman is racking up his best numbers to date, driving with skill and poise while making the most of his opportunities come raceday. In only his third season of race driving, Barnes has booted home 46 winners to date this season which includes victories in the recent Girls On Track Final at Albion Park behind Benazir Bhutto plus his triumph on foreign soil when successful aboard Millie Sampson at Alexandra Park, Auckland during the Australasian Young Guns Challenge last November. Barnes is currently ranked equal fourth on the concession driver’s premiership table behind outstanding talent Narissa McMullen who has driven 69 winners to date. This season, Barnes has taken 253 drives for 46 wins and 58 minor placings. On Saturday night, Barnes has been presented with a wonderful opportunity when he will partner in-form pacer Bettor Draw. The Bettors Delight gelding equaled the Albion Park 2138m track record with his stunning 1;54.0 victory after racing without cover on March 31. Reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova is the co-owner of the track record. “It’s a great thrill to be driving a horse like Bettor Draw, he’s clearly the best horse that I’ve driven to date and I’m thrilled that Narissa (McMullen – trainer) has put the faith in me.” Barnes said. Bettor Draw must overcome a second-line draw in the Fiery Tan Pace over the 1660m while in-form rivals Medal Of Honour, Mista Mara, The King Of Swing and Livinthehighlife have all drawn the front-line. Since being transferred to the care of McMullen, the seven-year-old gelding hasn’t missed a beat with placings in 9 of his 10 starts including a career best performance at Menangle in 1;51.9 three starts ago. “I think he looks well placed in this field and hopefully we can push forward and get fairly close to the action early, his form at the sprint trip reads very strong. “His winning effort last start was just unbelievable, he was a monster and I’m really looking forward to the challenge this weekend.” Barnes is also listed to drive Skippy Saddler (Race 1), Western Union (Race 3) and his own runner Donegal Under Fire (Race 5). He has trained 4 winners from 42 starters to date with his first winner coming with Alberts Flight last year while the other three winners all coming from Donegal Under Fire. Barnes is currently employed by Chantal Turpin after spending his early days with Darrel Graham. In fact, his first driving success came aboard the Graham trained Palazzo Las Vegas at Marburg on June 1, 2013. After 449 drives, Barnes has 69 lifetime wins while being placed on another 100 occasions. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 11 April 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 11 April 2015

With this years harness racing season moving into its eighth month, we thought it a good time to look at any trends in the sires charts in Australia. A quick look told us the overall sires list is little changed from the last few seasons with the same four sires once again holding sway. The leader once again is the champion sire in Bettor's Delight who holds an $800,000 lead over his arch rival Art Major with over a $2,000,000 gap back to Christian Cullen in third and another $500,000 back to Mach Three in fourth.  These four sires have been the leading quartet for a few years now and nothing has materialized in the last few seasons to suggest that is going to change any time soon. When you go to the three year old sires list the roles are reversed with Art Major holding a $150,000 lead over Bettors Delight with Sportswriter another $200,000 back in third with Somebeachsomewhere making up the top four another $80,000 back. With the leading two three year old sires in Art Major and Bettor's Delight having plenty of classic runners to represent them in the latter part of the season, the battle for three year old supremacy looks likely to be decided between these two champion sires. When you go to the two year old sires list, Art Major is once again at the head of the class followed closely by Courage Under Fire and then Rock N Roll Heaven and Rocknroll Hanover. The first season sire Rock N Roll Heaven has started to replicate his North American siring performance with five of his seven winners being fillies and he should get a further boost on that front when the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly MacKenzie lines up in the APG heat at Menangle on Saturday night. Courage Under Fire has always had the ability to throw up that outstanding youngster and he looks to have another ready made star in Don't Hold Back whose effortless win in a stunning 1:53.7 at Melton was the star turn amongst the juveniles so far this season in our opinion. As has been noted several times before, three of the four leading overall sires on the Australian sires list are based in New Zealand. It is to be hoped that one or two of the newer sires available to breeders that are based in Australia can come through in the next couple of years to challenge the Kiwi domination. Harnesslink Media 

Pearcedale father and daughter Bill and Simone Walker combined for their second Warragul Cup win on Easter Sunday with their harness racing star pacer Hectorjayjay. After Doolan Jack won the race in 2009, Hectorjayjay led throughout on Sunday, setting a track record mark on 1:59.8 for the first Cup run over the new distance of 2627 metres.   Aged just four the Dream Away gelding having only his thirty-seventh race start, Hectorjayjay held off all his rivals to score his sixteenth win.   It was only his second start at the Warragul Pacing Bowl - Hectorjayjay scored his maiden win on the circuit at age two.   Since then, he has worked his way through the classes and has raced against, and beaten many of, the best competitors in three seasons of racing.   The Walker family look set for some fun times ahead in future too with Hectorjayjay, winner of over $142,000 in stakes.   Owner Matthew McLellan accepted the gold cup from Frank Hone, representing race sponsor the Warragul Sporting and Social Club.   Trainer Bill Walker was clearly emotional at the trophy presentation - he hasn't enjoyed the best of health in recent times however Sunday's win will be a great boost for him.   The Walker stable have been great supporters of Warragul trotting for decades, and their win was a celebrated one among the local crowd.   Hectorjayjay     Feature race for the trotters on Sunday was the Eddie Evison Memorial Cup.   Sunset Invasion won the event. Accepting the Cup was Barry Garbutt - ironically he shod horses for the late Eddie Evison as a farrier in Gippsland many years ago.   Connections of Sunset Invasion were delighted with their victory - the Last Sunset six-year-old is a most consistent racehorse having recorded 14 wins and 16 placings from only 36 starts.   The Ken Miller Memorial Pace went to exciting four-year-old Kurahaupo Gambler, now a winner of three on end for Burrumbeet horseman Michael Stanley.   Undefeated since settling in Australia from New Zealand, the Bettor's Delight four-year-old looks set for greater success after his all-the-way win in Sunday's race.   All mobile start events on Sunday saw times which broke the magical two minute barrier - a first at Warragul and a credit to the track maintenance team.   Despite overcast weather conditions, attendance numbers were up slightly on last year at the Cup meeting.   Trotting returns to Warragul on Monday afternoon, May 4.   Kyle Galley

Rockin Wizard got his nose on the wire, literally in a thrilling photo finish in the $22,500 featured condition pace at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. With four horses across the track on the wire, Rockin Wizard just got to the wire in time, holding off the fast closing harness racing longshot, Fool Me Once, who was rallying up the pylons. Sweet Rock was launched to the lead and reached the opening quarter in 27.2, but on the backstretch David Miller guided Rockin Wizard to the outside and launched their bid for the lead, which they would claim shortly before the 55.4 half mile. The son of Rocknroll Hanover led the field around the far turn, with Sweet Rock in the pocket and Ontario Success advancing on the outside. Sweet Rock pulled pocket through three-quarters in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rockin Wizard was called on for everything he had, Sweet Rock was trying to get to the leader, Fool Me Once found room at the pylons and Smart Rokker rallied off cover. The four of them would race to the wire together, with Rockin Wizard gamely holding onto the lead and earning the victory in 1:51. The win was one of three on the program for David Miller. Rockin Wizard is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie Tucker and RBH Ventures Inc. Rockin Wizard That's My Opinion, the $350,000 yearling, made his first start of his four year old campaign a winning one, scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in non-winners of four company. Released at 5-1 in his comeback, the Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old showed good speed off the gate, securing a pocket position behind the speed of Murder He Wrote. Driver Scott Zeron was content to remain in a stalking position from the pocket with his four year old gelding throughout the mile, allowing Murder She Wrote to establish the early pace, posting fractions of 27.2, 54.4 and 1:22.4. Murder She Wrote carried That's My Opinion all the way into the stretch, when the first over bid from FF Bigshow stalled, allowing That's My Opinion to rip out of the pocket and wear the down the early leader to grab the victory. The win was the sixth for That's My Opinion who was sent out by trainer Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and Little E L.L.C. Windsong Gorgeous found the winners' circle for the fourth consecutive week. After back to back wins for the Virgil Morgan stable, 'Gorgeous picked up the victory for Mike Watson tonight, the eighth victory for the eight year old Rambaran gelding already this season. He was claimed once again for $35,000 and will return the Morgan barn once again. On the track, 'Gorgeous was a one-horse show, going right to the top, leading through fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:24 before turning for home and accelerating once again when Ballinrobe came out of the pocket to challenge the leader. But Windsong Gorgeous promptly dismissed Ballinrobe and then fended off the late rally of Panchester United to win in 1:51.1. Windsong Gorgeous got his picture taken with owners Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy tonight. You Bet Your Glass rebounded in the $10,000 Claiming Dash for the "G" Notes Final, scoring a victory out of the pocket for Corey Callahan, who had a big night winning five races on the program. The win was timed in 1:51. Trained by Robert Breshnahan Jr. for Lee Cotroneo, the twelve-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding scored his third victory of the season and made amends for his defeat as an overwhelming favorite the week before. You Bet Your Glass The fifth race Super Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, with the carryover pool now at $71,506 and the last race carryover is now $35,827. Racing returns on Friday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 3 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, $50,000 divisions featured 30 of the best harness racing Free-For-Allers, with last season's winner emerging as this season's target. Odds-on P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $3.20), from post position No. 2, outsprinted Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) in the first event, winning out of the pocket by a half-length in 1:51.2 (early intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2). It was four lengths back to 104-1 McErlean (Tyler Buter) in third. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-3 in this series). The exacta paid $9.70, with the triple returning $216. The mile was a season's-best effort. "Ideally, you want to win while at the same time, not use the horse very hard," Bartlett said. "I've been fortunate with him thus far." The second event was a sharp, first-up effort from veteran statebred Domethatagain (Dan Dube, $24). Sitting a chilly fourth from post No. 4, the 11-1 proposition engaged 3-5 choice Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) after that one laid down the law through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25. Domethatagain, despite drifting wide through the final turn and early in the lane, put away the leader. He then defeated a pocketed Sapphire City (Bartlett) by a half-length in 1:53.2. National Debt (Eric Carlson) was a second-over third, with Bettor's Edge fading to fourth. For fourth choice Domethatagain, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, it was his first board finish in four '15 tries. The exacta paid exacta paid $84.50, with triple returning $529 Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by a draw-winning/pocket-protecting Fat Man's Alley (Bartlett, $13.40) in 1:53.4, Stinging 13-10 choice Foiled Again (Gingras), he then released harness racing's richest-ever horse after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission before Polak A (Brian Sears)-a winner in his first two series/stateside tries, moved from third. The two slugged it out passing a 1:25.2 three-quarters, but neither was going to be around when it counted. Foiled Again was done off the final turn, but not before carrying Fat Man's Alley where he needed to go. It was "Fat Man" whipping a two-move Michael's Power (Dube) by a length, with Texican N (Carlson) a ground-saving third and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) fourth. Foiled Again faded to fifth, while Polak A wound up seventh. For fourth choice Fat Man's Alley, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79, the triple returning $626 and the superfecta paid $2,043. As for Foiled Again, "He just wasn't himself," Gingras said. "When Polak A came up alongside, he didn't grab the bit and fight the way he always does. I'm sure (trainer) Ronnie (Burke) can figure it out. He's bounced back from these efforts before. I've learned never to count him out. "Hopefully, we see the real Foiled Again next week." The evening's final series event saw Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $7.60), prevail from the two-hole in a season's-best 1:51.2....and matching P H Supercam for fastest local effort of 2015. Leaving from post No. 2, "Terry" beat a first-up Beach Memories (Dube) by a neck. Third went to 11-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), who tired on the lead (:26.4, :55.3, 1:23.1). Heez Orl Black N (catch-driver Gingras) was fourth. Ironically, the winner was trained by Burke, as was the runner-up-2-for-2 in the series coming in-before that one's exodus (to trainer Scott DiDomenico). For second choice Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his third win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $46.40, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $1,027. Series standings, through third leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2-Beach Memories (200), 3t-Michael's Power (175), 3t-Polak A (175), 5-Fat Man's Alley (150), 6-Sapphire City (137), 7-Domethatagain (135), 8-Bettor's Edge (133). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,529.90 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (none Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

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