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Unbeaten Partyon will improve into the Betterthancheddar @ Alabar Breeders Crown Final after her Semi-Final win, said harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon last night at Bendigo. After finishing 1.4m ahead of runner-up My Casino Belle in the first Semi-Final for the two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:58.5, Partyon was installed $1.75 fixed odds favourite with TAB.com.au for next Sunday’s Group 1 final at Tabcorp Park Melton. “She was quite casual actually. I think she will be better with the run under her belt and she was busy looking at everything with the new track and new surroundings,” Purdon said. “She’ll be spot on for the final.” VIDEO: MARK PURDON TALKS ABOUT PARTYON AFTER WINNING SEMI Partyon, by Bettor's Delight out of Beach Parade and unbeaten in four starts, began from barrier 11 last night at Lord’s Raceway but wasted little time getting into the race, Purdon pushing her forward to find the lead after 300 metres. Once in front there were very few moves made in the run and Partyon dictated terms before dashing up the straight with a 27.2 final quarter to hold off a valiant My Casino Belle for Brad Hewitt. But while Partyon, who won the 2YO Diamond at the New Zealand Harness Jewels meeting in June, is all the rage for the Final Victorians Petacular and Miss Graceland will be far from easy-beats next Sunday. Michael Stanley trained Petacular in particular has had a super season with eight wins – including victory in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final – from 10 starts for over $160,000 in stakes. MARKETS: TAB FIXED ODDS BREEDERS CROWN MARKETS Last night she was at the top of her game once again, taking out her Semi-Final by 4m over Emma Stewart trained Miss Graceland in 1:57.7. Driven by Chris Alford, Petacular overcame a barrier 11 draw, circling the field to assume control at the mile. VIDEO: PETACULAR GRABS ANOTHER WIN, THIS TIME IN SEMI-FINAL Miss Graceland, who started from barrier 13 last night, moved to second at the 500m before dropping on to Petacular’s back for a breather turning for home. Those two dashed right away from the rest of the field and the winner never looked in any serious danger, scoring by 4m with third-placed Miss Dangerfield coming in 23.9m behind the winner. Petacular, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Ideal Priority, drew poorly for the Final resulting in TAB.com.au putting her up as a $5 third favourite, with Miss Graceland drawing well in gate four for the Final opening at $3.50. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Casie Coleman has said previously that Betting Line is the best horse she's ever had. On Saturday, the colt gave the harness racing trainer another reason to believe it. Betting Line paced the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, romping to a four length win over Racing Hill in 1:47.2 in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Control The Moment finished third and Boston Red Rocks was fourth. It was Betting Line's ninth consecutive victory. His only loss this year, a second-place finish, came against older horses in his first race of the season. In the Battle of the Brandywine, Racing Hill led to the opening quarter in :26.1, with Control The Moment second and Betting Line third. Driver David Miller fired Betting Line to the front prior to the halfway point, reached in :53.4, and led comfortably to three-quarters in 1:20.1. Betting Line, the 1-2 favorite, was never threatened in the stretch and coasted to the wire. "I wasn't real happy at first with getting away third with Racing Hill up front," Coleman said. "I wasn't sure what Brett (Miller with Racing Hill) would do because that horse loves the front and wasn't sure he might take us more than he did when we came. But :53.4 is pretty good to the half. Betting Line is better off a helmet, but it worked out. "It's cold, it's windy; I was not expecting a mile like that tonight, that's for sure. I knew he was going to be really good, but with the way it's cooled off, I didn't think we would go a world record. He was extremely impressive." The previous world record of 1:47.3 was held by a former Coleman trainee, McWicked. The clocking also was established at Pocono, in the 2014 Hempt Memorial. "Honestly, with all the horses I've had, and I've said this for a while, I think Betting Line is the best one I've had," Coleman said. "McWicked was a really nice horse. (World champions) Sportswriter and Betterthancheddar were better than what Wicked was. But this horse is showing he's even better than them." Betting Line has won 15 of 22 career races and earned $1.38 million. The son of Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western is owned by Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. "He's always been a powerful colt," Coleman said. "He raced great all last season; he races like a gorilla every time he races pretty much. He went some tough trips as a 2-year-old, but he always gave everything he had right to the wire. Never once have I been disappointed with this horse." Betting Line Dr J Hanover, the impeccably-bred (Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect) $300,000 yearling, streaked to his fifth straight victory in taking the $200,000 Consolation I in 1:50.1, lowering his mark by over a second and a half. Scott Zeron sent the late-developing colt to the lead well before the 26.1 opener, then let quarter-mover JJ Flynn brush around him to the top in front of the stands, that one putting up middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23. Zeron had Dr J Hanover out and on the bit just past mid-turn to go after the pacesetter, with third-inside Safensound Hanover dipping down to the Pocono Pike as JJ Flynn backed off a bit, giving Dr J Hanover his biggest challenge. But the good Doctor, at 3-1 the third choice here, stayed strong to the wire, winning by a length, with JJ Flynn another 1-3/4 lengths back in third. Tony Alagna conditions the winner, improving greatly with every start, for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, John Cancelliere, and Dr J Partners. Nocturnal Bluechip was hustled out of the gate by driver Tim Tetrick, yielded to favored Spider Man Hanover to sit the pocket, then stormed up the famed Pocono Pike to be an easy winner in the $100,000 Battle of the Brandywine Consolation II in 1:51.2. After opening in 26, Spider Man Hanover got a relative breather on the lead, posting middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23, but he came up empty in the lane and Nocturnal Blue Chip stormed up the inside to win by 1-1/4 lengths. The 35-1 shot Inspiration View, four-wide headstretch and still sixth 100 feet out, was along for second, a half-length ahead of last year's PA Sire Stakes champion Ideal Jimmy, who also shot up the Pike. A son of Bettor's Delight, Nocturnal Bluechip was sent off as the 5-2 second choice and delivered his first victory of the season for trainer Mark Steacy, also co-owner with NLG Racing Stable. PHHA/Pocono also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - Harness racing's newest stars battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Grand Circuit action. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes put two-year-old pacers in the spotlight. Each event carried a total purse of $211,000 and saw two divisions contested. Many of the rookies battling in Saturday's stakes were preparing for next week's Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The Nassagaweya Stakes started off with a bang, as 60-1 longshot Rock This Way pulled off a stunning upset over eight other colts and geldings in the $106,250 first division. Bettors Dream was made the 1/5 heavy favourite, as the Scott McEneny trainee carried a perfect three for three record into the event. Driven by Doug McNair, the son of Bettor's Delight left hard and cleared to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.3. There was no breather for Bettors Dream in the second-quarter, as 30-1 shot Classic Pro was parked out and pressing the leader to the half in :53.4. McNair kept Classic Pro to the outside, as Bettors Dream continued to power along around the far turn and took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3. The big fractions set up well for those near the back to make a stretch bid, including Rock This Way and Mario Baillargeon. The 60-1 longshot got away last and was into the outer-flow around the final turn, but continued to sit ninth. In the stretch, Bettors Dream dug in to try and finish the job, but Rock This Way unleashed a :27.3 final-quarter to sweep by his rivals for the 1:51.3 victory. Bettors Dream was a game second, finishing 2½ lengths behind the winner. Classic Pro also showed grit and hung in to finish third. Trained by Ben Baillargeon, Rock This Way is owned and bred by Santo and Nunzio Vena. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was winless in four prior starts to Saturday, but Mario Baillargeon had plenty of confidence in the rookie after his start a week ago. "Last week he came his last three-quarters in 1:21.4," said Baillargeon. "He's been battling sickness, but he was our best colt all winter." Baillargeon noted many similarities between Rock This Way and another horse he had plenty of success with back in 2002. "I always told Ben (Baillargeon) that he reminds me of Totally Western. Totally Western was a great two-year-old and he acts exactly like him." Rock This Way, who is eligible to next week's Metro Pace eliminations, entered the Nassagaweya Stakes with just $700 earned, but exits with a bankroll of $53,825. He returned $140 to win. Rock This Way The second division of the Nassagaweya didn't feature a major upset, but saw a great three-horse finish. A field of eight clashed in the $104,750 second split. Macs Jackpot went off as the even-money favourite for new trainer Tony O'Sullivan, who also sent out Calvin K. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Macs Jackpot got away fourth, while Windsong Napoleon cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Calvin K quickly leapfrogged from second to first entering the backstretch and led the field by the half in :55.3. Filion was able to pick up cover around the final turn, as Macs Jackpot sat second-over. Meanwhile, Calvin K continued to motor along on the lead and had more than three-lengths on the field at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Calvin K had almost five-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go, but Macs Jackpot and Darlings Dragon, who was third-over on the final turn, both hit their best strides late to make it a wild finish. Macs Jackpot reached up in the final strides to score the 1:52 victory. Darlings Dragon finished second by a head, while Calvin K was beat a neck in third. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Macs Jackpot had been racing south of the border for trainer Jim Campbell and was sent up to O'Sullivan by owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder for the Nassagaweya and other stakes events. "We literally just got him this week," said O'Sullivan following the race. "I trained him a trip and he felt like he's a big powerful gelding and Jim had said that he was kind of going in the right direction, so all the credit goes to Jim Campbell." Macs Jackpot is the third foal out of Michelles Power, a winner of $1.3 million. He now has three wins in six starts and $79,569 earned. Macs Jackpot paid $4.10 to win. Macs Jackpot Over on the pacing filly side, the first $105,550 Eternal Camnation division saw Candlelight Dinner improve to four for four to start her career with a 1:52.2 score. The Casie Coleman trainee was unhurried off the wings of the gate by driver Jonathan Drury and patiently made her way towards the front. Parked by the opening-quarter in :27.4, Candlelight Dinner quickly grabbed command entering the backstretch and it was lights out from there. The daughter of American Ideal posted middle-half panels of :56.4 and 1:25, before firing home in :27.2 to win at odds of 1-9. Happy Hannah finished a length and a half behind Candlelight Dinner in second, while Everyones Watching was third. Following the Eternal Camnation victory, Drury talked about the development of Candlelight Dinner. "She qualified like a real nice filly, did everything you asked of her and did it all on her own," said Drury, who noted he wanted to make things easy for the rookie Saturday. "I didn't want to push her to the front, I wanted to try and get there as easy as I could," Candlelight Dinner sold for $110,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $86,675 earned through four starts for owners Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Howard Taylor. With victories in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final and now the Eternal Camnation, Candlelight Dinner is expected to headline next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. Candlelight Dinner In the $105,550 second division, Bettors Up made a statement of her own with a 1:52.1 victory. The McEneny trained filly was returning to Mohawk after three starts in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where she posted two victories and a runner-up finish. Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Up and driver James MacDonald got away sixth before making a second-quarter brush to the lead. Once on top, the daughter of Bettors Delight posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Bettors Up fired home in :27.2 for a convincing 1:52.1 score. Fade, who got a two-hole trip, was second, while Manhattan Play was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny, Bettors Up now has five wins from six starts and earnings of $140,730. Following the race, Scott McEneny noted that his filly is not eligible to the Shes A Great Lady and next up will be a return to Pennsylvania. "She's got one more start at The Meadows and then she's got the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final." Bettors Up paid $3 to win. Bettors Up Many of these two-year-olds will return for their respective stakes eliminations next Saturday. The Grand Circuit continues at Mohawk on Friday evening (August 26), as three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in the Casual Breeze Stakes. Mark McKelvie

Brilliant Bettor's Delight three-year-old Chicago Bull has come back better than ever, according to champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and the harness racing gelding is poised to extend his winning sequence to eight by proving too good for his 11 rivals in the Fifth Leg Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He should win,” Hall declared. “His was a super run first-up at Bunbury last Saturday night when he ran a 55.6sec. last half and won, unextended. He just cruised in. “He is being set for the Golden Nugget and the McInerney Ford Classic in the summer, but I will not nominate him for the interdominion championship series.” Chicago Bull rated 1.56.1 when he set the pace and won by two lengths from Sky Art over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night when having his first start for four months. He gave further proof of his outstanding ability at his previous start when he sprinted home brilliantly to win the $200,000 WA Derby from Lets Chase The Dream last April. Chicago Bull will have to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line on Friday night. But this should prove no obstacle, even considering the strength of the opposition, which includes classy stablemates Overboard Again and Beaudiene Beaufighta, Banjup trainer Colin Brown’s speedy pair Franco Rayner and Just Bet On Black, the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Gaz Wannabet, Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri’s smart pair El Hombre and On My Oath and Kristian Hawkins’s speedy filly Mary Catherine. Hall said that the inexperienced Overboard Again had excellent potential. The American Ideal gelding scored an easy win at his second start in New Zealand last January before arriving in WA where he finished eleventh at his only start in the State, in a WA Derby prelude in early April. “He had no luck in his first preparation here,” Hall said. “He had a hard trial and a hard race and then I spelled him. He has come back reasonably good and should be improved by the run. “I was happy with Beaudiene Beaufighta’s run at Bunbury last Saturday night (when he dashed to an early lead and won easily from stablemate Our Magical Miracle in 1.54.1 over 1609m).” Greg Bond is pleased with Gaz Wannabet’s progress and despite the gelding’s awkward draw at No. 6 on the front line, he considers he is capable of a strong effort and being placed behind Chicago Bull. “The best that Gaz Wannabet was going to do last week was to run second to The Odd Lover --- and that’s what he did,” Bond said. Franco Rayner and Just Bet On Black revealed tremendous gate speed in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park last Friday week when they finished second and third, respectively, behind the frontrunning Galactic Star. Ken Casellas  

Richly-talented harness racing four-year-old Delightful Offer has made a complete recovery from a damaged suspensory ligament and will reappear after a nine-month absence when he contests the Devils Lair Classic Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Greg Bond, who prepares the New Zealand-bred Bettor's Delight gelding in partnership with his wife Skye, said that Delightful Offer would be set for feature summer carnival events, including the rich interdominion championship series in November and December if he remained sound and regained the wonderful form which saw him win at nine of his 12 starts in Western Australia. “He’s been back in work a fair while and he’s fit and forward and ready to run a good race,” he said. “If he stands up I’ll probably nominate him for the big races. We’ll see what he does in the next month to six weeks and go from there.” Delightful Offer has been off the scene since finishing fourth behind Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz in a listed classic for four-year-olds at Pinjarra on November 9 last year. He had won at his six previous starts, including victory in the group 3 Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park when he finished second behind Another Vinnie after a torrid run in the breeze and then being severely checked 250m from home when his stablemate Condrieu broke in front. Later, Delightful Offer was awarded the race after Another Vinnie was disqualified. Delightful Offer, to be driven by Colin Brown, is unlikely to have things all his own way on Friday night when he will have to overcome the awkward drawn at No. 5 on the front line. The unfancied Bettor Party (who has a losing sequence of nine) runs his best races when he leads and Bronson Chabros is likely to attempt to take full advantage of the favourable No. 1 barrier by setting the pace. Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. holds a strong hand in the race, with Ideal Justice (a winner at nine of his 16 starts) and American Boy (a winner at 14 of his 19 starts) sure to be prominent. Gary Hall jun. will drive Ideal Justice from barrier two, with his elder brother Clint in the sulky behind American Boy, who faces a hard task from barrier nine. Hall sen. said that he was confident that Ideal Justice would run a big race, saying: “He’s getting better with every run.” Ideal Justice was far from disgraced last Friday night when he worked hard without cover and fought on gamely to finish third behind the pacemaker Northern Assassin. Bond said that it would be wise not to discount the prospects of his second string runner Ima Connoisseur, who has been placed at each of his past four starts. “He is racing very well and must be considered from the inside of the back line,” he said. Adding considerable spice to the race will be the return to racing of star mare Libertybelle Midfrew, an M9-class performer who will start out wide at barrier eight with Mark Reed in the sulky. This will be Libertybelle Midfrew’s first appearance since she finished last in the WA Pacing Cup last January. She is the winner of 16 races and $567,147 in prizemoney and she warmed up for her first-up assignment with a smart trial win at a 1.58.3 rate over 2150m at Byford on Sunday morning. She dashed over the final 400m in 27.9sec. and she was timed at 27.3sec. over the final quarter when second to Smo in a trial a week earlier. Ken Casellas

Shez Our Eye Candy has not raced for ten months, but Coolup harness racing trainer David Young is confident the filly will prove hard to beat when she starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Head of the Family Matua Special Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His confidence was boosted when he drove Shez Our Eye Candy to an all-the-way win in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. “She’s a bit green and didn’t like leading very much,” Young said. “I’ve changed the gear because she wants to get down the track. I had block blinkers on her in the trial and I think that the problem was that she couldn’t see the horses outside of her. “When the horse who was on her back pulled out and put three quarters of a length on her she got going and kicked back and won the trial. I’ve also put a Murphy blind on the near side to stop her from running down, and she’ll have a Dolly on the outside. These changes should sharpen her up.” Shez Our Eye Candy won the trial by a nose from Dai Ben De, rating 2.3.8, with a final quarter in 29sec. At her previous trial the previous Sunday she led early and then sat behind the pacemaker The Shadow Knows, who went on to win easily, with Shez Our Eye Candy a distant fourth in a field of four. “She hung down badly and lost her momentum,” Young said. “However, she still ran home in about 58sec. and now I hope her problem of hanging has been cured.” Young started this week in style when he produced Bush Chook in fine fettle for an easy all-the-way win at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. This ended the five-year-old’s losing sequence of 17. Shez Our Eye Candy was purchased for $4500 by John Hope at Rob Tomlinson’s dispersal sale about 11 or 12 weeks ago. The filly had four starts at Pinjarra as an early three-year-old last September and October, with her best effort a first-up third behind Jaxine Jones. She is well bred, being by champion sire Bettor's Delight and out of the Courage Under Fire mare Priscilla Rocks, who raced 31 times for eight wins and ten placings for earnings of $115,710. She finished a neck second to Silver Tail Adda in the group 1 Golden Slipper in July 2007 and was a close third behind Ruby Dazzler in the group 1 WA Oaks in 2008. The main dangers to Shez Our Eye Candy on Friday night are likely to be Gunna Get Lucky, Delightful Days, Parisian Partygirl and Melimac. Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred Bettor's Delight four-year-old Bungalow Bill was gallant in defeat when second to Mattjestic Star last Friday night and Greg Bond, who trains the harness racing gelding in partnership with his wife Skye, considers he will go one better and win the $20,500 The Seppelt Long Drive Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bungalow Bill, to be driven by Ryan Bell, has drawn perfectly at No. 1 in the 2130m event and Bond declared: “He’ll definitely hold up and lead and prove very hard to run down. I was very happy with his effort last week when he started from the outside in the field of nine over 1730m.” Bungalow Bill raced three wide in the early stages and then worked hard in the breeze outside Calais before taking a narrow lead 350m from home. He was overhauled 60m from the post by the fast-finishing Mattjestic Star, who rated 1.55.4. The lightly-raced Bungalow Bill (20 starts for nine wins and fiver placings) is one of three Bond runners in Friday night’s event, the others being Assassinator (barrier three) and Holy Grail (six). “Assassinator and Holy Grail will need luck, but are capable of being placed,” Bond said. Royal Mach, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Collie trainer David Hunter, appears Bungalow Bill’s chief rival from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Another Vinnie, a smart all-the-way winner last Friday night, should be prominent, despite starting from the outside of the front line. And Rycroft, trained by Mike Reed and a winner at two of his past three starts, will have admirers from the inside of the back line. The Bond camp also has good winning prospects with Ohoka Squire (Penfold Max Classic) and Risk (third heat of the Spring Into Summer Schrader Pace). Ohoka Squire ended a losing sequence of ten when Mitchell Miller drove him in fine style to score an impressive victory at a 1.54.8 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The seven-year-old sustained a powerful three-wide burst from the rear to hit the front 270m from home. He then drew away from the opposition. Ohoka Squire has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Miller is expected to make use of the gelding’s gate speed and attempt an all-the-way win over the 2130m journey. Before Tuesday night’s success, Ohoka Squire’s previous win was when he led from the No. 1 barrier and beat Znana and Major Dancer over 1730m at Gloucester Park last November. Risk will be handled by Ryan Bell from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night and the New Zealand-bred four-year-old looks hard to beat. He made a successful Australian debut when he began badly from 40m at Northam on Tuesday of last week and raced in the breeze in the middle stages before winning by a head from Tuapeka Kahu over 2560m. “He’s a nice type of horse who raced in good company in New Zealand --- in the Messenger, Taylor Mile and the Jewels --- against some good horses,” Bond said. “He has impressed us and won in good style, first-up at Northam. He was quite clear (of the opposition) on the corner. Ryan (Warwick) sat up on him and the horse took advantage of that and switched off a bit. That won’t happen again. I expect him to be pretty hard to beat on Friday night.” Ken Casellas

Betting Line with harness racing driver David Miller in the sulky, won the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in 1:51 on Saturday (August 13). He started from post two and sat third through a :25.4 opening quarter. Miller pulled first over in the second turn and pressed the leader, Mr Wiggle Pants, through fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.3. Betting line bobbled around the final turn, but sprinted away after regaining composure, and bested his competition by four lengths. "I was just riding along with him up the backstretch and he started bearing in on me around the turn," explained Miller. "He got pinched and threw in a step or two. He proved again tonight that he has a high turn of speed and he can carry it a long way." Saturday's win is Betting Line's eighth consecutive victory. His lone loss this year was a runner-up performance in his 2016 Mowawk Racetrack debut. Betting Line (Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western-Western Hanover) increased his career bankroll to $1,427,422 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Casie Coleman trains Betting line and was relieved her horse overcame many obstacles to win. "Tonight was the first time he was ever shipped a long way, it was his first time on a half and it was his first time leaving Canada," said Coleman. "I feel really good about how things turned out. I have to get his turns corrected before he goes to Delaware for the Jug, but he has all kinds of speed. He is just awesome." Completing the 2016 Milstein field were the filly Pure Country, Magnum J, Mr Wiggle Pants, Sintra, Duel Of Truth and Don'tcallmefrancis. Boston Red Rocks was scratched from the race. Leading up to the Milstein, the inaugural $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace was won by Dancin Yankee in 1:51.3. Dancin Yankee was driven by Brett Miller for trainer Josh Green and owners Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing. The Charna will be an annual event for four year old and up Ohio sired pacers. Ayers Ratliff

Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond and No. 1 stable driver Ryan Warwick are riding high after landing five winners from six starters at Northam on Tuesday night and harness racing punters would be well advised to follow the stable throughout the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The stable will have 11 runners (plus two emergencies) and it should produce the best bet of the night in up-and-coming New Zealand-bred six-year-old Char Do Neigh, who is in dazzling form and has the ability to overcome the wide barrier (No. 7) and prove too strong for his 11 rivals in the 2130m second heat of the Slater Gartrell Sports Schrader Pace. Char Do Neigh has been most impressive since arriving in WA from New Zealand and his first five starts in the State have produced four wins and a fighting second to the pacemaker Rub of the Green after racing wide early and then in the breeze. The Bettor's Delight gelding was not extended when he set the pace and won from Three Kings at a 1.56.8 rate over 2130m last Friday night. His chief rivals this week appear to be Ideal Justice (barrier six) and Northern Assassin (barrier one). Ideal Justice, a winner at nine of his 15 starts, reappeared after a ten-month absence at Gloucester Park last Friday night when he was the only runner off the back line and trailed the pacemaker Billies A Star before surging forward to get on terms with the leader 90m from the post. However, his fitness gave out slightly in the final stages of a 56.7sec. final 800m and he was a gallant second, just a neck from the winner. He is sure to be improved by the outing. Northern Assassin cannot be underestimated from the prized No. 1 barrier. The WA-bred six-year-old, trained in Busselton by Peter Bell, is a speedy beginner and noted frontrunner who could take plenty of catching. Ryan Bell, son of the trainer, will be in the sulky and he is sure to attempt an all-the-way victory. Northern Assassin’s recent form has been quite sound. His past six starts have produced one second (beaten a head by Lord Lombo after a very tough run over 1609m at Bunbury), two thirds and three fourths. Apart from Char Do Neigh, the Bonds have excellent prospects with last-start winners Ima Tragedy and Assassinator in race five, Phoenix Warrior (race seven), Bungalow Bill (eight) and Gaz Wannabet (nine). The Bond stable had six starts at Northam on Tuesday night and was successful with Kinda Black, Risk, Cerato, Messi and Stroganoff, all driven by Warwick. The camp was celebrating a tremendous milestone of training 200 winners in WA this season. This was achieved at Bunbury on Monday afternoon when Warwick was successful with 11/2 chance Pay Me Cullen, who overcame the back mark of 70m to finish boldly from eighth at the bell to beat the pacemaker and hot favourite James Coburn by a neck over 2503m. The Bonds now look set to take out the title as the State’s leading trainers this season. The stable has landed 205 winners and leads from Gary Hall sen. (183 winners) and Courtney Burch and Justin Prentice (each with 76 winners). Ken Casellas  

Todd Rattray produced a training-driving treble at the harness racing meetings at Luxbet Park Hobart, Tasmania, last Sunday night that included another impressive win by his unbeaten Bettor's Delight two-year-old Hafter. His other winners were Guesstamate in a C-1 and The Bettormack. Hafter is unbeaten from four starts but Rattray is confident the well-bred two-year-old gelding will be even better next season. "He has done all we've asked of him this season but we've always been of the opinion he will be a better three and four-year-old," Rattray said. "This was probably his best win because we sat back for the first bit of the race in the small field and when I asked him to sprint and get around them he ran to them quickly and when Christian (Salter)'s horse kicked up he had to do a bit of work to the front. "But in the end he won well so we'll go to a $10,000 race in Launceston next Sunday night, if it holds up, then tip him out for a spell." Guesstamate, a three-year-old filly by Rock n Roll Heaven and owned by long-time stable client Barry Stewart, had been placed five times before this maiden win. The Betttormack had been unplaced at his two previous starts in standing start races but back to a mobile start he was untroubled to score comfortably in a C4-C5 event over 1609 metres. "I think we'll definitely concentrate on mobile starts with The Bettormack but it might not be long before he heads off to Sydney to join my brother James' stable." Ricky Duggan also drove a treble at the meeting while Todd's older brother Gareth Rattray drove a double. Peter Staples

Promising 6yo gelding Bettor Buy It won his fourth race in impressive fashion at the Kurow harness racing meeting on Sunday. By boom sire Bettor’s Delight and a half brother to good horses Sweet Talking Man and Stylish Sweetheart, Bettor Buy It had looked the best horse in the race on paper and started a logical favorite. He was given a perfect run in the one by one by talented junior driver Rory Mcllwrick and was not pushed to beat home last start winner Mr Handleman while pacing a quick 56.2 seconds for his closing 800m. The win gave trainers Greg and Nina Hope a trifecta of wins for the day after first starter A G’s White Socks shot clear and held on earlier in the day and then later on My Amour just lasted to salute the judge in the C1 trot. Greg and Nina currently lead the 2016/2017 trainers premiership with three wins from six starters. The Kurow Cup was won by Stunin Dude after a good drive by Blair Orange. He began well from his 10m handicap and was quickly away from the fence and up challenging for the lead after 600m. After trailing Provocative Prince for the rest of the race Stunin Dude scooted up the passing lane and beat a handy field, most of whom struggled to make ground on a quick overall time of 3:17.5 for the standing start 2600m. Blair Orange currently shares the lead with Andre Poutama in the 2016/2017 drivers premiership with three wins. Bettor Buy It video   Stunin Dude video   Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 1 - Bettors Dream improved to three for three to start his harness racing career with an impressive 1:53.4 victory in the Dream Maker Series Final Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of eight two-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the $37,800 Dream Maker Final. Scott McEneny trainee Bettors Dream was a convincing winner in the opening leg and was made the heavy 1/5 favourite in Monday's final. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight did not race in the second leg. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Dream got away fifth Monday evening, while leg two winner Deadly Action blasted to the front from the outside to post an opening-quarter of :27.3. The lead didn't last long for the round two winner, as McNair made a big second-quarter move to the front with the favourite. Bettors Dream touched down on the lead just before the half and reached that panel in :58. After picking up the tempo around the final turn to reach the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1, the McEneny trainee charged home comfortably in :27.3 for another convincing victory. Deadly Action finished three-lengths back in second, while Beyond Delight was third. Bettors Dream is a graduated of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and was purchased for $45,000 last fall. He is owned by John Fielding, Domenic Chiaravalle and McEneny. The son of Bettor's Delight is eligible to several upcoming Grand Circuit events. McEneny noted following Monday's race that Bettors Dream will get a few weeks off before the Nassagaweya Stakes on Saturday, August 20. Bettors Dream joins an impressive list of past Dream Maker Series champions, including Big Jim, Thinking Out Loud and Control The Moment. A $2 win ticket on Bettors Dream returned $2.60. Bettors Dream No video supplied While the Dream Maker Series wrapped up Monday, the Pure Ivory Series kicked off with a field of eight rookie trotting fillies meeting up for the $14,000 first leg. Muscle Hill filly Dream Together came first up around the final turn and powered by in the lane for the 1:58.2 victory. The Luc Blais trainee was driven by Sylvain Filion, who got away fourth with the rookie trotting filly. The Erm, who was the public's choice, and driver Paul MacDonell cut the mile and led the field through panels of :29, :59.4 and 1:30 to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Dream Together was able to battle by the leader to score the maiden-breaking victory by three-quarters of a length. The Erm finished second, while Southwind Tesla was third. Dream Together was making her second career start Monday after finishing third in her debut a week ago. The Muscle Hill filly was purchased for $240,000 last fall at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec. Dream Together paid $5.80 to win. Dream Together The second leg of the Pure Ivory Series will take place next Monday (August 8). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Well-bred harness racing filly Nances Delight kept her unbeaten record intact when she led throughout to win a 2C0 event over 1680 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. With ace reinsman Gareth Rattray in the sulky the two-year-old showed brilliant gate speed to lead from gate three and once settled she set a solid tempo. Somethinsweetboutme ($23) settled on the leader's back while the well-backed El Jays Mystery ($2.50) strolled along in third spot but at the half-way mark Rattray slowed the tempo so the driver of El jays Mystery, John Walters, eased off the fence to allow his filly to face the breeze to ensure the leader didn't loaf for the last 800 metres. But the move was all in vain with Nances Delight ($2.10 favourite) strolling to an effortless win over El Jays Mystery with outsider Eternal Shadow a close-up third. The Melissa Mayne-trained filly clocked a mile rate of 2.02.3 and she covered her last 800 metres in 58.9 seconds. "We've been pleased with this filly from day one and she has already developed some nice habits. She has good gate speed and she can quicken well in a race," Rattray said. "She gives me the impression she will be a better three-year-old so hopefully she can go on with it next preparation." Peter Staples

Nichols, N.Y. -- Pop Cop ($4.10) prevailed as the even-money favorite in Sunday (July 31) afternoon's harness racing featured $9,000 Open 2 Pace at Tioga Downs, holding off an inside charge from Vangura to earn his second consecutive win at the level.   Leading driver Scott Coulter wasted no time with the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, sprinting clear of Meadowlands invader Always N the Money (Jim Marohn, Jr.) on approach to the first turn and completing the first half of the one-mile event in :55.1. Pop Cop subsequently turned aside a first-over challenge from Owosso Flash (Jim Meittinis) up the far side, accelerating to shake free by two lengths at head-stretch after rating a slightly slower :28.1 third sectional.   With Owosso Flash fading off the far turn and two lengths clearance on the field, Pop Cop appeared home free at the eighth pole. His lead started to slip away as Vangura (Corey Braden) found a seam to rally up the pegs in the final 150 yards. Ultimately, Pop Cop held Vangura a half-length at bay, posting a 1:51.4 mile time. Always N the Money found room to split rivals off the corner, chasing well to save third.   Trainer Tony Dinges co-owns 28-time winner Pop Cop with Enos Van Stanhope, III. For Coulter, the featured win was one of three on the 12-race card. The "Tan Tornado" also teamed up with Flying Cowboy ($6.20, 1:52.3) and Ulster Hanover ($3.30, 1:54).   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 5) evening, with the first race due off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

JULY 23, 2016 - Reigning division and North America Cup champion Betting Line captured his sixth straight harness racing victory in the second of two $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. Starting from Post 8 in a skirmish that also featured the number one and two point earners in the three-year-old pacing colt division, Magnum J and Sintra, Betting Line eased away from the starting gate and watched from sixth as Magnum J and Arsenic duelled to a :26.3 opening quarter. Magnum J was still in control at the :55.2 half, but Semi Automatic, Sintra and Betting Line had shifted into the outer lane and were threatening by the 1:22.1 three-quarters. Rolling off the turn driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph shifted Betting Line into overdrive and, in spite of a few wonky steps, the colt laid down a :26.4 final quarter to claim his sixth straight victory and second straight in Gold Series action. Sintra was three lengths back in second and Magnum J held on for third in the 1:50 mile. "We're not exactly sure what he did just quite yet," said trainer Casie Coleman of Betting Line's awkward stretch drive. "JD (Drury) said he couldn't have felt any better, he was just jogging, and he never spoke to him, just sitting there on him like a passenger and all of a sudden he just got all out of gear. "We don't see anything on the track, and I don't see any marks on him where he touched himself or nothing, and JD said once he gathered him out of it he was perfect and pulled up good," Coleman continued. "It's kind of a head scratcher for us, but he has had a tendency in the past, when he gets all by himself alone on the front he just kind of looks at stuff - that's why he wears that big shadow roll - but every once in a while he sees something. He did do it right at the wire in the Somebeachsomewhere, not near as bad as that tonight, but yeah, I wish we could, obviously, 110 per cent correct whatever that problem is, but we really don't know." Overall Coleman was very pleased with the way Betting Line raced in his first start since having a splint treated in early July. "I was really, really happy with the way he was steering tonight," said the Cambridge resident, who shares ownership of Betting Line with Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "That splint actually took me almost two weeks before I could even train him." The son of Bettor's Delight and Heathers Western will enjoy one more week of relative leisure before his schedule shifts into high gear. Following the fourth Gold Series Leg at Georgian Downs on August 7, Betting Line heads to Northfield Park for the August 13 Carl Milstein Memorial, followed by the Battle of Brandywine at Pocono Downs on August 20. The final Gold Leg goes postward Sept. 7 at Mohawk and the Campbellville oval also hosts the Simcoe Stake on Sept. 10, before Betting Line heads back to the U.S.A. for the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 22. "He gets pretty busy now, so I was glad to be able to give him a little bit of a break, in this little gap," said Coleman of the winner of $1,224,922. "He needed that time." Betting Line Betting Line will be joined in the Carl Milstein Memorial by his Ontario rival Sintra, who has also been invited to the August 13 event. "Instead of being a 'paid into' event, this year it's an invitational and Sintra's been invited to that, so that's going to fit pretty big on his radar," said trainer Dave Menary of the Mach Three colt he owns in partnership with Brad Gray of Dundas and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. While Sintra settled for his second runner-up finish behind Betting Line, his stablemate Nvestment Bluechip took home the Gold Series trophy from the first division. Starting from Post 5 driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat fired Nvestment Bluechip off the gate and reached the opening quarter in :26.3. The pair then settled in behind fan favourite Gerries Sport, who led the field to a :55 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters. Jamieson tipped Nvestment Bluechip out as the colts turned for home and the Shadow Play son was able to reel in the favourite and grab his first win of the season in a personal best equalling 1:51.1. Gerries Sport finished a neck back in second and Nocturnal Bluechip was three-quarters of a length back in third. "Tonight's, I think, a pick me up for the horse and our ownership group, and Jody and I," said Menary. "I mean he was supposed to be the star of the barn this year, where Sintra's had the limelight so far. "He come back so good, and maybe he got thrown to the wolves a little bit early," added the trainer. "He was in pretty tough, and he had the odd bad post, and nothing really lined up, but the money's in the bank, he's a good horse and hopefully this is a step in the right direction, that he's turned the corner." The win was the first in seven sophomore starts for Nvestment Bluechip, who won four of 11 outings at two, including three Gold Legs and his Champlain Stakes division, in addition to finishing second in the Super Final and third in the Breeders Crown. "He was just a good horse, he just did it week-in-week-out. He did it on the five-eighths, seven-eighths, he did it in the pocket, off the pace, locked in, on the front end," said Menary. "Now, there's so many good horses. When you're two you're able to win a little bit slower, you can get by with a few flaws and little bit of bad luck, but when you're three they can all go so fast, there's so many good horses, you can't get by with bad luck or flaws." Cambridge resident Menary shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Denis Breton of Welland and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Saturday's win boosted the colt's lifetime earnings to $452,303 and he will be looking to pad that total further when the three-year-old pacing colt titans gather for the fourth time on August 7 at Georgian Downs. Nvestment Bluechip The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Mohawk on Monday, July 25 with Gold Series action for the two-year-old trotting colts. The colts will make their second Gold Series appearance in Races 2, 3, and 8, with the Campbellville oval's first race rolling in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

Vernon, N.Y. -- Ellen McNeil's Looney Dune ($7.10) made all the pace in her 1:51 triumph over five harness racing rivals in Friday (July 22) evening's $7,500 Mares Miracle Mile Pace at Vernon Downs.   Ben McNeil wasted no time with the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, seizing control from Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) right from the outset before rating a :56 first half. On the far turn, Looney Dune accelerated, posting a :27 third quarter to evade a first-over challenge from Pancakes (Truman Gale). Despite Love Live Laugh's best efforts to keep pace from the pocket, Looney Dune edged clear to a two-length lead in upper stretch, holding that margin intact to the winning post. Runner-up Love Live Laugh was three farther lengths in advance of Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.), who made a belated push into third as the 2-1 favorite.   John McNeil, III trains Looney Dune, whose win was her second consecutive and third in four starts.   Chris Lems led all drivers with four wins on the 12-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 23) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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