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WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2016 -- Medusa zipped to the front from post 6, held off the late charge of Set Me Up and scored in 1:50 -- fastest ever by an older mare at The Meadows -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Medusa suffered narrow losses in her two most recent outings when she stalked the leader from the pocket and couldn't find the Lightning Lane soon enough. On Monday, Tony Hall and the 5-year-old daughter of Better's Delight-Mythical assured that wouldn't happen again when they took control and downed the pocket-sitting Set Me Up by a neck. Spreester was third. The time erased the previous mark of 1:50.2 held jointly by Betterluvnexttime and Continual Velocity. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts $296,442 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Tom Pollock. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows          

Australia's sole Jewels representative My Kiwi Mate is a $7 chance to win the four-year-old Emerald at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday. The Craig Demmler-trained son of Bettors Delight warmed up for his grand final with an easy victory at Alexandra Park last Friday, outstaying his rivals with driver Tony Herlihy in the cart. “Our horse will probably have to go forward early but if he can get handy I am pretty sure Titan Banner will come and put some pressure on. So if we can be sitting with cover on a really hot speed, that is what will suit him best,” Demmler said. Field Marshall is a commanding $1.80 favourite with TAB.com.au for the Emerald. The annual Jewels Day sees horses race for $1.2 million in prizemoney. TAB.com.au has fixed odds markets available for all the finals and Sky Racing will show the first seven races on Jewels Day on Sky 1. Trots Media

Im Master Charlie and Our Jericho will both be looking to complete a hat-trick of wins when they meet in the Murray Downs Discretionary Handicap on Friday night. The Brennan Racing prepared Im Master Charlie, a standing start specialist, has won from a 40m handicap at his last two outings in Northam and will appreciate the front row draw this week. Driven patiently on May 5th, the Bettors Delight 6yo entire swamped the field with a dazzling burst of speed heading down the back straight for the last time and was engaged in a stride-for-stride battle with Casey Isabella in the run home to win by a nose. A fortnight later he was able to tack on to the field after a lap before making a three-wide move with 1000m to travel. He showed dour toughness to run past his rivals in the final quarter to record a 6.2m win. The Ross Olivieri prepared Our Jericho's past two wins were off 30 and 40m handicaps at Pinjarra and Bunbury. A lightning fast beginner, driver Chris Lewis was able to be dragged into the race and lobbed one-out-one-back before sprinting past Arising Eastern in the home stretch, winning by 1.8m in a mile-rate of 2:00.2 for the 2631m SS on May 9th. Twelve days later he was in Bunbury and after settling was able to make a smart mid-race move to lead the pack with 1200m left to travel. He was left alone for the remainder of the event and notched up a 2:00.9 victory by 7.2m to Buhn Lurt. Machs A Pearler is the only other last start victor in the 2503m SS event on Friday – he saluted in a 2100m mobile event at Bunbury on the 21st of May. Kristian Hawkins will be looking to get the son of Mach Three out better than the last time he stood at the barrier, with the horse being successful in leading all the way in 10 of his 12 career wins.  Scott Hamilton

Two big harness racing stables venture to Forbury Park tonight, each with a debut runner. The Barron/Orange team combine with 3yo Grinfromeartoear filly Sweet Alice, while she hasn’t been spectacular at the trials and workouts; her owners the Prospero No 1 Syndicate have been on fire lately. She draws a handy barrier in 4 and you would expect Orange to have her racing handy. Opened $3.50 FF Her main danger looks to be Baileys Rock for West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety. The 2yo Bettor’s Delight gelding won a trial at Addington on Monday and with the aid of Dexter Dunn he was opened at $1.95 FF by the NZ TAB. Suggested bet: Quinella 4 & 8 Race 3 becomes just a field of 7 with a few scratchings. Jerry Fitz (Opened $2.00 FF) has the form on the board and has drawn well in barrier 2. He has high gate speed and you would expect him to be out front, rolling over the 2200m trip for Matthew Williamson. It feels like the sort of race that the old boy Motu Speedy Star (Opened $9.50 FF) could pop up in. He’s on the verge of turning 12, but has put in some handy efforts lately. While Eja Patron ($5.50 FF) trials well but hasn’t been able to bring that form to the race track. If the real Eja Patron turned up it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the winners circle (It would certainly make this reporter a happy man!) Suggest bet: Trifecta – 2/3,6/3,4,6 Race6 throws up an even junior driver’s field but I think there is one worth having a decent crack at. Shards Halo ($6.50FF) was massive in defeat last start; she had no luck being 3 wide for most of the race but she never gave up the fight. Williamson sticks with her which is a good sign and even from a tricky back row draw she looks a great bet. Suggest bet: Shards Halo – Win Spirit Of Chronos shouldn’t be paying $21 FF, he galloped late last week when he had the race all but won. He’s tough to run down in front and that is where I expect Kim Butt to have the 9yo Western Terror gelding. Butt would have had the choice between him and the stablemate. Her staying on his guy has to be a push for punters. Beyond Belief ($2.10) looks the horse for quinella punters; the 4yo mare has been in great form and gets another nice draw to work with. Suggest bet: Quinella 2 & 5   Andrew Fitzgerald

Mark Purdon is warning punters Dream About Me is no certainty at the Harness Jewels. The winner of 14 races from just 15 starts has been crunched into $1.35 favouritism in the pre-barrier market for the three-year-old Diamond, following her almost unbelievable win in the Group I New Zealand Oaks on Saturday. Purdon, who co-trains the Bettor's Delight filly with Natalie Rasmussen, said the win was easily a career-best performance at Addington Raceway but believes the barrier draws will play a key role in the Group I Jewels on June 4. Dream About Me's form in the Oaks is leading to comparisons with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's 2014 New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Adore Me.  And if the winner of more than $750,000 in stakes does draw poorly, Purdon is rejecting speculation that she only has to line up to win. "I wouldn't say that over a mile at Cambridge. The draws will be crucial and the other two fillies (Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princes) are very good to so you wouldn't want to have too much bad luck," he said. Purdon and Rasmussen along with Dream About Me's owners will not be drawn into a decision on heading across the Tasman for the Breeders Crown until the Jewels are out of the way. "We'll probably make final decisions after the Jewels. "She's had a great season and there are the mares' races for next year so it will come down to whether we go that way (Breeders Crown) or set her for those mares' races here nest season," Purdon said. Dream About Me settled second to last in Saturday's Oaks from her second line draw but with around 1500m to run Purdon was on the move around the field, three wide without cover. It took the pair more than half a lap to get to the breeze in driving rain and windy conditions and Purdon admitted after the race he was questioning whether the filly had enough left in the tank to finish off the 2600m trip. "I thought it would come down to a dour sort of stayers' race and the last furlong would be down to the survival of the toughest and thankfully it turned out she was the toughest." Purdon was helped by the tiring Amazon Lily giving him the opportunity to duck into the trail behind leader Golden Goddess before taking an inside run to win by half a length. "She's just exceptional," Purdon said of Dream About Me. Golden Goddess is a $3.40 chance for the Jewels with the third All Stars stablemate Piccadilly Princess ($6) the only other runner in single figures. The All Stars stable trained the trifecta in the Sires Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings with More The Better again edging stablemate Pacing Major. More The Better is a $1.80 favourite for the two-year-old Emerald at the Harness Jewels with Pacing Major at $2.50. Titan Banner, a newcomer to the Purdon and Rasmussen stable, has moved into a $2.50 second favourite for the four-year-old Emerald following his upset win over Christen Me in the Winter Cup. Christen Me did start 20m behind Titan Banner, formerly trained by Graeme Anderson, and only went down by a neck. Field Marshal, who is recovering well following a bout of colic last Tuesday, remains Emerald favourite at $1.65.     Purdon and Rasmussen trained six of the 12 winners at Addington with Bettor Be Gold, The Manipulator and Heaven Rocks joining the three feature winners. Purdon drove five winners with Rasmussen picking up one. The All Stars stable then picked up a Group II placing at Menangle when High Gait finished second in the New South Wales Trotting Oaks on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Purdon's son Nathan picked up his first training win on Saturday night when Ohoka Punter, formerly trained by Tony Herlihy, won his the first start of his Queensland campaign. Mat Kermeen

Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $45,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps were brought to us by the letter B. Ladies First, with Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $3.50), who took a overnight rest stop and toyed with her six marquee trot rivals. From post No. 6 (in one notch after the inside number was scratched-sick), Bee a Magician paid a :27.4 price to secure the lead. One she paid that toll, the rest of the road was essentially a freebie (:57.4; 1:26.4; 1:54.1). Major Athens (Tyler Buter) pulled pocket early against the Queen, and all that did was cost him second. That went to Allerage Star (Dan Dube), with Major Athens, Luminosity (George Brennan) and Crazy About Pat (Jordan Stratton) grabbing the minor awards. Buen Camino (Jason Bartlett) was outrun in a mile that ended up being a track record for aged mares. For $3.8 million ma'am Bee a Magician, a 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (lifetime 44-for-68) The exacta paid $19.80, with the triple returning $64.50. Bee a Magician Then, there was Bit of a Legend N (Stratton, $3.50), who prevailed from an impossible locale in the weekly pacing feature. Last among the seven in a pokey race, he saw Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) seemingly dawdle (:27, :56.2, 1:24.4) with Outrageous Art (Bartlett) engaging first-up. Great Vintage owned a length lead into the lane, then began to get steppy and tire. In the interim, Bit of a Legend N was winding up front last and rallying down the middle of the oval. Sixth turning for home, he was a going-away winner, defeating Outrageous Art by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.1. Take it Back Terry (Brennan), Great Vintage and Moonliteonthebeach (Brent Holland) earned the smaller portions. For Levy champ Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, he's now 9-for-12 this season. The exacta paid $26.80, with the triple returning $84. Saturday's card also included a $40,000 elimination for the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds. Missile J (Sears, $2.10, part of entry) won the game of musical chairs--nine to eliminate one--in 1:53.2. The American Ideal gelding defeated Rodeo Rock (Dube) by a length-and-three-quarters, with the winner's entrymate, Artmagic (Brennan) third. Joining those three in next week's $300,000 final of the 26th Rooney are Manny, Yankee Artillery, No Shame Blue Chip, Tailgunner Hanover and Tap into Power. Autotune Hanover, last season's winner of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here, was devoid of pace this night and finished ninth. Next Saturday's Rooney is accompanied by the $100,000 Lismore Pace, which attracted six 3-year-old fillies. Both open draws take place Tuesday morning. Frank Drucker

​If anyone is planning on getting rich off the quinella in the 2-year-old Harness Racing Emerald it is officially time to find a plan B. All things being equal the TAB could pay out on More The Better and Pacing Major filling the two top spots at the Harness Jewels now - the only question being whether the latter can turn the tables on Saturday's Group I winner. Mark Purdon​ had to work hard but was able to get More The Better to lift and just hold off the challenge of stablemate Pacing Major, in the hands of training partner Natalie Rasmussen, to win the Sires Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings at Addington. More The Better, raced by Purdon, his father Roy Purdon and Sir David Levene, took his record to five wins from nine starts for more than $260,000 following his winning margin of a head. Rasmussen pushed Pacing Major up the passing lane and drew level but More The Better found another gear. "She was closing all the way up the straight and probably looked like she (Rasmussen) was going to win it with 100 (metres) to go but I felt like he (Pacing Major) probably just came to the end of his run," Purdon said. More The Better's time of 2:22.90 for the 1950m trip was more than notable given the rain and blustery conditions on an easy track that was downgraded to slushy immediately after the race. The Bettor's Delight colt was able to cross Pacing Major off the gate and lead for the duration of the trip. The pair surely have the quinella at the Harness Jewels in Cambridge on June 4 tied up between them. "There's not really a lot between them but More The Better is probably just a little but sharper and a little bit quicker out of the gate at this stage," Purdon said. The All Stars stable matched last week's effort of filling the trifecta in the Sales Series race. This week it was an impressive showing from King Solomon to run into third. Mongolian Storm's effort for fourth was encouraging but it is hard to see him troubling More The Better and Pacing Major at the Jewels. More The Better Meanwhile, Wilma's Mate showed just how much talent she has when winning the Listed Yearling Sales trotting final for the three-year-old's by two lengths in the hands of David Butt for trainer Paul Nairn. Wilma's Mate missed the start by two lengths but the filly's massive motor meant that was no problem and she looks the main danger to $1.40 favourite Marcoola in the three-year-old Ruby. Runner-up behind Wilma's Mate, He's Like The Wind will head to Oamaru on Sunday in a bid to qualify for the Jewels. The Gavin Smith-trained runner will most likely need to win to qualify. Smith confirmed He's Like The Wind's stablemate Great Things Happen will not head to the four-year-old Ruby and is likely to spell. Enghien​ made short work of his second-line draw to score an eye-catching three-and-a-half length win in the Group II Stakes Championship for two-year-trotters. His win means Greg and Nina Hope will have two runners in the yellow Jewels colours at Cambridge with Monbet​ a dominant favourite in the 4-year-old Ruby. Bookmakers were quick to move Enghien into 2-year-old Ruby favourite at $1.50 with Habibi Inta​ drifting back to $3.50 following his disappointing fourth. Wilma's Mate Mat Kermeen

Harness Racing amateur driver Sheryl Wigg has come a long way since nailing her first driving win at Cambridge Raceway 14 months ago. The 44-year-old Auckland horsewoman returns to the same track on Friday night to take on the country’s best in the New Zealand Amateur Driving Championships. Harness Racing Waikato will host two heats (races one and three) on Friday, while the Championships will be wrapped up with a further two heats at Ashburton Raceway on Sunday June 5. The Waimauku cat motelier, who is the partner of NZ Championship rival, Tim Vince, said she was experiencing her most successful season yet and was delighted to be competing in her first NZ Champs. “It’s a bit of an honour. I was rapt to qualify. It will be a great time, but anyone who knows me knows that I will be competing for one purpose – and that’s to win the New Zealand title. “Second will not be good enough,” Wigg said. Wigg will steer the Jay Abernethy-trained 12-year-old gelding, Our Southern Man (8) and the Wendy Ferguson trained 7-year-old mare, Chequeme Rosie (6). Both races are $6,000 events over the 2200m and 2700m mobiles respectively. “I’ve got two nice drives, but I think Our Southern Man in the first heat is my best chance,” Wigg said. Our Southern Man was a certainty beaten when breaking on this track when a win looked likely on May 5. Half of his 16 wins have been at Cambridge Raceway, including seven over the distance. “He has good gate speed and I will be looking to use his acceleration. Jay’s horses usually race near the front and I think I can get there from eight. “It all depends how the race pans out early but he’s a nice amateur horse. I was surprised by his mistake last time. I’ve never seen him do that before. I like his speed,” Wigg said. Meanwhile, Chequeme Rosie boats the quickest winning mile rate (2:01.3) in her race by some 1.3 seconds. She was a nice winner in lesser class at Manawatu last week, but is yet to record a win on the track or over the distance. “She has a slightly better draw and the Fergusons have her in good condition if her last start win is anything to go by. I am looking forward to driving the mare. I will be wanting as many points as I can get heading into Ashburton,” said Wigg. Wigg has driven three winners this season and five all-up. Her first win came behind the Vince trained With A Vengeance on March 15 last year. Then 10 months later, the former jockey (who rode two winners) and her sister Cheree created a world first when they became the first twins to quinella an amateur driving event. They created history on the Waipa Grass at Te Awamutu behind the Vince trained Celtic Warrior (Sheryl) and the Frank Phelan trained Speak Up (Cheree). Like Sheryl, Cheree won on her tote first drive that day. But Wigg knows if she’s going to win any New Zealand title then she’s going to have to get past current New Zealand champion and former World champion Gavin Cook. Cook has two nice drives – the best of them, the Graeme Rogerson trained On The Razzle, who is likely to start one of the favourites, despite drawing 11 (three on the second row) in the first heat. The 8-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight drops back in class, and loves the distance with nine of his 15 wins having come from behind the 2200m mobile. By Duane Ranger

The Raceway in London has announced that four more starters have been confirmed for this year's harness racing Molson Pace which is now just over a week and a half away on Friday, May 27. Among them will be a pair of millionaire performers in All Bets Off and Sunfire Blue Chip. The former was an ultra impressive winner this past weekend at Pocono where he rallied from last to first to score in 1:50.2 over a sloppy track. The five-year-old son of Bettor's Delight, who was runner-up in last year's Molson, was never better according to pilot Matt Kakaley and will come into this year's event with just shy of $2 million in career earnings to his credit. Like All Bets Off, Sunfire Blue Chip has proven himself a premier half-mile performer over the course of his career for conditioner Jimmy Takter. The smooth-gaited pacer, who won the 2014 Prix D'Ete at Trois Rivieres in 1:50.3, boasts 21 career victories including a sparkling 1:51.4 tally two back at Yonkers Raceway. Bettor Rock On N will also make the trek north of the border for his trainer - Ontario native Andrew Harris. The son of Bettor's Delight raced very well in the recently-concluded Levy Series at Yonkers where he had a pair of runner-up finishes. He has won three of 10 races overall this season including a 1:52.1 victory on May 7 at Yonkers against Preferred company. The mystery horse in this year's event is Machtu N, fresh off a scintillating 1:50.4 score versus Preferred rivals this past Saturday night at Yonkers. The Nick Surick-trained son of Mach Three has had just three starts in North America so far and has shown extreme talent with final quarters in :27.2 or faster in all three outings over the New York half-miler. The impressive quartet will join three-time defending champion State Treasurer along with Evenin Of Pleasure and P H Super Cam in this year's $150,000 Molson. One more spot remains available and the race office will finalize that this week. Stay up to date by visiting www.molsonpace.com. The Raceway wishes to remind customers that with the return to an 11-race format this week there will be a change to the wagering menu. The early Pick-4 will now starts in race 4 while the early Super Hi-5 will now be offered in race 7. The Late Pick-4 starts in race 8 with the Late Super Hi-5 now offered in race 11. Live racing resumes tonight at The Raceway with first post at 6:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard

Bettor’s Delight set for a boom 2016/17 Season The early demand from both sides of the Tasman for Bettor’s Delight means there is only a handful of guaranteed services left for the 2016/17 season. With his progeny continuing to perform at the top of the game in Australasia and Internationally it comes as little surprise breeders wish to secure bookings to this sensational stallion. The stud is incredibly proud of the job Bettor’s Delight has done and is flattered by the support from our loyal clients. Those breeders who haven’t already been in contact with the Woodlands’ Sales Managers are advised to do so in the coming days before his book is closed. A waiting list will be formed for any cancellations. Priority will go to those who are supporting other resident stallions on the roster which include American Ideal, Sweet Lou. Pegasus Spur and Highview Tommy. For more information on the Woodlands’ Stallions or to place a booking please contact Mark or Charlotte on the numbers below. Mark Hughes - Australian Bookings markhughes@woodlandsstud.co.nz +61 451 650 707 Charlotte Mooney - New Zealand Bookings: charlotte@woodlandsstud.co.nz +64 21 595 492

An unlucky second on the first night, The Royal Garden was simply too good for a handy C2-C6 field yesterday at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club's second day. While drawn poorly on the second line, John Dunn was able to work the Mach Three 5yr old into the clear early and eventually found the front at the 1700m. Once there he was able to set a strong tempo and as the field turned for home, he showed a decent kick finding plenty in the run to the line to hold on from the trailing Princess Kate and a late finisher in Hudy Haxwell. The 2500m trip was run in 3.11.6, the last 800m in 58 and the last 400m in 28.3. After struggling for some time in stronger Canterbury fields, John sent The Royal Garden south to Forbury last month where he was a convincing winner over smart southerner Statham. On the back of that win he was confidently backed on Thursday, but after having little luck had to settle for second. Yesterday's win was his 7th from 31 starts and takes his stakes to just under the $50,000 mark. Meanwhile in the south, Highview Freddy completed a successful comeback to racing with a good win in yesterday's feature at Timaru. His win came at his 4th start back after an extended break from the track with injuries. He had built nicely towards this win with a good second first up and then a couple of runs in stronger fields. Highview Freddy stepped like a toff from the front, over the 2600m stand and was soon in front setting his own terms. While taken on early in the race, Dexter elected to stay in front and always looked to have the Bettor's Delight 4yr old travelling nicely. He was allowed some rein from the 500m and quickly put three lengths on the opposition. At the 200m he was a clear six lengths in front and while he tired slightly over the last 100m, he held on an easy winner by four and a half lengths in a smart 3.17.5 for the 2600m stand. Owned by Ian Dobson, Highview Freddy had shown his potential at three winning the three races, but then came his time on the sideline. Based on the manner of yesterday's win, he will be easy to place over the winter months. Michael Drury - Robert Dunn Trotting Stables

If there is a "formula" for harness racing success at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, it does NOT read: "Be last at the quarter, last at the half, and last at the three-quarters."   But nobody showed this "non-formula" to All Bets Off.   The son of Bettor's Delight, starting from the outside post eight in the $25,000 featured pace Saturday night at The Downs, got away last and was fourth-over in sloppy going, then circled a top-caliber field within 3/16 of a mile, going three-wide through the turn to the lead midstretch and pacing off by 2¼ lengths, with Matt Kakaley sitting calmly in the bike. Bigtown Hero, who last week won here in 1:48.1 for the fastest mile of the year in North America, raced well again, battling uncovered outside his 5-2 co-choice McArdle's Lightning and still going on for second, a length ahead of Melmerby Beach.   All Bets Off was 3-1 despite post eight and a three-week layoff since the Levy Final, having shown an affinity for the local surface by taking his mark of 1:48.3 here at three. He is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable along with Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and the Panhellenic Stable Corporation, who saw their talented pacer raise his lifetime bankroll to $1,806,334.   For Kakaley, the featured victory was his third of the night, two of which he guided for Burke; perennial Downs leader George Napolitano Jr. had even a hotter hand, with six trips to Victory Lane.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action for three-year-old state-sired horses will be featured at The Downs for the next three days, with three $30,000 divisions each night. Pacing colts have the spotlight Sunday, with pacing fillies following on Monday and trotting fillies highlighted on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Normal service has resumed. Dream About Me has improved her record to 13 wins from 14 starts with an emphatic return to form in the $140,000 Group I Nevele R fillies final at Addington on Saturday. ​If she wanted to make a statement that her first loss in 13 starts was just a small bump in the road, bouncing back with a Group I in national record time is a good way to do it. She reinstated her reputation as the best 3-year-old filly in the country when pacing the1950m in 2:18.10 to go under the national record of 2:18.2 set by The Orange Agent in the same race 12 months earlier. The time was exceptional given the blustery conditions at Addington. It was a dramatic return to form for Dream About Me following her first career defeat at Addington on April 29 when she was second behind stablemate Golden Goddess. The Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen-trained filly by Bettor's Delight out of Splendid Dreams is part of Charlie Roberts' high-class breeding operation at Woodlands Stud. She is raced by Roberts, his wife June and their daughter and son-in-law Mary and Paul Kenny. Even the usually reserved Purdon was all smiles as he heaped praise on the star filly.   In between the smiles and congratulations it was clear that Purdon and Rasmussen were over the moon to get the real Dream About Me back. Purdon confirmed Dream About Me will be back for another Group I start at Addington next week in the Group I New Zealand Oaks in her final start before the Harness Jewels. "It's hard to say there would be further improvement in her after that but I think she's definitely back to her old self," Purdon said. Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princess were far better than average when running into second and third to give the All Stars stable the trifecta but were one-and-a-half and three lengths behind Dream About Me. "The other two are very good fillies but she's just another level again," Rasmussen said. Purdon said it was a lack of race fitness that tripped her up in her first defeat when she was well beaten by Golden Goddess. "I wasn't rapt with her Monday but I was a lot happier (with her work) on Thursday," he said of Dream About Me. Fittingly Dream About Me joins a list of standout fillies to win the race with The Orange Agent, Venus Serena, Adore Me, O Baby and Carabella​ taking out the previous five editions. Dream About Me Mat Kermeen

The clash of two talented 2yo fillies highlights the Auckland Trotting Clubs meeting at Alexandra Park tomorrow night. Spanish Armada starts from barrier 3 in the $150,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2yo Fillies Final for the power Purdon/Rasmussen partnership. The Tab opening the Bettor’s Delight filly at $1.28 resembles how good the All Stars filly is. Already a multiple group winner, including the Young Guns, Sire Stakes and Caduceus Club Classic finals, Spanish Armada has earnt just over $200,000 in just the 6 life time starts. The All Star’s stable will line up another 4 runners in the Final, bringing their final number to 5 starters from the 7 fillies set to do battle. While it is now common to see the blue and sliver stars returning to the birdcage, Burnham trainer Mark Jones is looking to buck the trend. Jones will line up handy Bettor’s Delight filly Delightful Memphis, who has finished 2nd to Spanish Armada in 2 of the last 3 major races. While drawing out in barrier 5 with three All Star fillies inside her is not in her favour, she showed last week that with a tidy run, she has the point to point speed to upset favourite punters. Whoever wins tomorrow, the battle will continue at the Harness Jewels, where it is expected the 2yo section will be a highlight of a fantastic day of racing. Spanish Armada beats Delightful Memphis last start. Andrew Fitzgerald

Mike Sinclair's Heavenly Bet ($2.50) was heavily bet before her decisive 1:54.4 triumph in the first round of the Gail's Diner Late Closing Series for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies, brushing and edging clear of her six foes on Saturday (May 7) evening at Tioga Downs.   Tioga newcomer Scott Coulter moved the 3-year-old Bettor's Delight filly to the fore after tracking a :27 first quarter, working clear of Ghost Runner (Tom Jackson) with a circuit to go. Heavenly Bet faced mild pressure from the first-over Seafood Linda (Jim Meittinis) through a :57.4 middle half, but edged clear off the far turn to a three-length victory. Stirling Electra (Corey Braden) was elevated to second after she was impeded by Seafood Linda--who ducked in abruptly before giving chase--off the far turn.   Ed Hart trainee Shesgotthebeat ($13.00, part of entry) took the other $7,500 Gail's Diner split, pouncing from the pocket to defeat Winners Over (Dan Clements) by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2 under Jim Meittinis.   A pair of $8,200 top-level conditioned events rounded out the Opening Night features, with B L Class Act ($5.10, John Cummings, Jr.) just wearing down Dragin the Wagon for a 1:56 score in the top trot, and Asset Management ($30.40, Fern Paquet, Jr.) holding sway after a demanding early pace to upset distaff pacers in 1:54.2.   John Cummings, Jr. and Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with two wins apiece on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 8), with the Mother's Day 13-race card due to commence at 1:30 p.m. EDT and full-card coverage on the Tioga Downs Racing Network to begin at 1:05 p.m.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Roulette is one of the simplest games to play at the casino. Punters can bet on red or black, or can place chips on a number hoping for greater odds. Menangle harness racing trainer Darren McCall has his fingers crossed and hopes the roulette ball drops on 24 black in the Newcastle Mile on Saturday. McCall's leading pacer Bettor Bet Black is aiming for career win 24 on Saturday night and he believes the odds are in his favour. "I'm amazed just how well Bettor Bet Black pulled up after his run in the Bulli Cup last week," McCall said. "I spent a number of years in North America with horses and I've also watched a lot of harness racing in my life and I can't remember horses breaking 25 seconds for a quarter before. Bettor Bet Black ran 24.8 for the first 400 metres last week and I remember looking across at the board during the race thinking that it must have been a mistake." Bettor Bet Black was entitled to stall a long way from home after burning through the first 400 metres but the veteran pacer fought tenaciously in the straight and held on for a credible sixth beaten less than ten metres. "He just got tired in the last 60 metres or so. I was so proud of him, he could have dropped right out but to his credit he stuck it out right to the line. "He was strutting around on Sunday morning like a two year old so it definitely didn't hurt him, if anything it may have actually helped him." McCall had been hoping to have Bettor Bet Black at his peak in the lead up to the Miracle Mile earlier in the year but small setbacks meant the son of Bettor's Delight was underdone going into the qualifiers. "He has had a few little things that have needed to be taken care of and therefore he didn't have the racing that I would have liked going into the Miracle Mile qualifier. He didn't disgrace himself in that and I've only recently been able to get some solid racing into him. "Bettor Bet Black is one of those horses that thrives on racing. He is a lazy trackworker and because of his hard going racing pattern it doesn't make sense to get too aggressive with him when working." Rival trainer Shane Tritton has publically commented Mach Beauty will not engage in an early speed duel with Bettor Bet Black in the Newcastle Mile. "I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of horses attempt to kick up inside Bettor Bet Black in the early stages because it makes sense that a great spot to be will be on my back because they know I'm going to take them halfway up the straight. "You know what was so scary about his first quarter last week? I only asked him to go when he got to the winning post the first time and I eased him down 80 metres before the quarter so it is scary to think he could have actually gone faster." McCall gives Bettor Bet Black a big chance of winning the Newcastle Mile. "You can see it in the horse's eye when he is at his peak and he is spot on right now, I think he has got a great chance of winning. Avonnova went 1:52.2 winning it in 2014 and I think they'll go something like that again this Saturday night." Greg Hayes

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