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Pachacuti extended his winning steak with an effortless harness racing victory in the $10,000 Governor's Cup over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night.. Pachacuti ($1.30 favourite) was unable to hold the lead from gate two and was crossed by Modern Ruler and heading down the back stretch the last time it looked for a moment that the favourite might not get out of the pocket. But the seven-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding's trainer-driver Todd Rattray somehow eased off the fence from behind the leader at the point of the home turn and once in the three-wide line the gelding powered home to score by over 10 metres from Hugo Play with Sapphire Swayze a closing third. Pachacuti is being aimed at the $40,000 Easter Cup on April 16 and his next outing will most likely be in an Easter Cup heat in Launceston on Friday week, March 31. Rattray was hauled into the stewards' room after the race and subsequently suspended for four race dates on a dangerous driving charge and it could mean missing out on driving Pachacuti in an Easter Cup heat. "I will be appealing the suspension and that's all I want to say about it," Rattray said. It was Pachacuti's sixth win in succession this year and given the way he toyed with his rivals at this latest outing he should be a major contender when he arrives at his grand final in the Easter Cup. "I am very happy with how he's going but I'm sure there is a fair bit of improvement in him between now and the Easter Cup. "He had a short let-up after his previous run so I reckon he definitely was in need of this run." Peter Staples

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 18, 2017) - Millenium Wheel made a winning Meadowlands debut last week as a 7/1 outsider. Making a double jump up in class tonight, the Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. trainee won again in the $18,000 featured pace as an 11/1 long shot. Andy Miller positioned Millenium Wheel in the pocket while Tyler Buter put The Rock on the front end through swift fractions of :26.4 and :55.1 for the half. After three quarters in 1:24.1, The Rock began to tire from those earlier efforts. Millenium Wheel was able to mount his rally up the pylons while Jacksrluckytoo and Chevals Clivesdale launched powerful rallies from the back of the six-horse field. Millenium Wheel held them off to win his second straight and 19th career race in 1:52. Even money favorite Jacksrluckytoo was second with Chevals Clivesdale third. Millenium Wheel is an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding shared in ownership by William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Hundertpfund and Miller teamed up to win again in the 11th race with Special T Rocks, another Dover invader. Special T Rocks won the 2012 Clyde Hirt Series final at the Meadowlands when trained by Daryl Bier. Marcus Miller led all drivers with three wins including a $56.80 upset in the nightcap with Ooh Bad Boy. Tyler and Amber Buter teamed up to win a pair of races with the Meadowlands-loving City Hall and Vorst. City Hall has won seven of his last eight Big M races dating back to last fall. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,570,693. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Herr Wins Seat in BetAmerica WHHC Final Ed Herr of Ocean, NJ, captured the March 18th BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The $100 Qualifier required contestants to place at least five $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races.  Herr had $30 to win on 26-1 #9 Ooh Bad Boy in Race 12.  He cashed for $852, earning him the $1,215 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the BetAmericaWorld Harness Handicapping Championship on April 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The top four contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $1,215 $852 Ed Herr 2 $675 $540 Joe Barre 3 $459 $211 Chris Simonetti 4 $351 $160 Mike Petruccelli  The BetAmerica WHHC is a one-day tournament [April 29, 2017], with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $800.  The BetAmerica WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the BetAmerica WHHC Entries for the first online Qualifier are now open, with an entry fee of $35. New accounts to BetAmerica are eligible for a $300 Sign Up Bonus. Hoosier Park, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Plainridge Racecourse, Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Buffalo Raceway have signed up to host BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifiers.  Registration deadline is 10 p.m., Friday April 28.   For the contest entry form and complete rules visit by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 17, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for high-end pacing mares began Friday night, with a trio of $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw odds-on choice Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $3.60) parlay a perfect pocket trip into a handy, 1:53 victory Winning the draw, Shesjustadelight N watched as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, along came American Girl (Tim Tetrick), who eschewed a three-hole only to get hung for her troubles by Empress Deo. It was a :55.2 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with American Girl eventually backing away. While that was transpiring, Shesjustadelight N was enjoying the show, awaiting her close-up. Empress Deo owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the fave was ready. Shesjustadelight N edged inside, defeating the Empress by a length-and-a-three-quarters. Change the Rulz N (Scott Zeron) rallied for third at 48-1, with 110-1 shot Quick Draft A (Mark MacDonald) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it.." For Shesjustadelight N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver & Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $109.50 "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said of his lass. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it." Friday night's second Matchmaker grouping saw another odds-on number, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) prevail, though not without some angst. Away third from post position No. 2, Mach it a Par quarter-moved around Bedroomconfessions (Zeron), taking over right a :28.1 first two furlongs, There were very soft fractions after that (:57.3, 1:26), with Betabcool N (MacDonald) trying it first-up from fourth. Mach it a Par owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, then was all out to hold off Bedroomconfession by a nose in 1:53.2. Betabcool N held for a credible third, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) ad Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) settling for the remainder. For Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.10, with the triple returning $16.20. The first round's final foray offered the fast female, as Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $8.40) lasted on the lead in a season's-best 1:52.4. From post No. 3, she hooved her way (:28.2, :57.1, 1:24.3). Regil Elektra had a length lead into the lane, then whipped a crisp rally of 22-1 Hidden Land by a half-length. Third went to a pocketed Lispatty (MacDonald), with a first-up Medusa (Kakaley) and Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) grabbing the minors. Nike Franco N (Tetrick), locally debuting as the 9-10 favorite, gapped second-over and wound up seventh. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her third win in six '17 starts. The exacta paid $133.50, with the triple returning $374. "The open draws are so big in these series, and both (Mach it a Par and Regil Elektra) had good posts, so I had to leave with them," Bartlett said. "Mach it a Par isn't a front-end sort of mare, but I thought she was good in the last quarter when she had to be. "Regil Elektra won the Open Handicap here last Friday when it was cold, and she was there again." The Matchmaker (as well as the Saturday night-beginning George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series) offer five preliminary rounds, leading to a finale, set for Saturday, Apr. 22nd . by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

On Thunder Road got back on track with an impressive harness racing win in the Group 1 feature race at Tabcorp Park Melton on Australian trotting's showcase night. Trained and driven by Darren Hancock, the six-year-old Bettor's Delight pacer-cum-trotter restored supporters' faith with  a 2.5m win in the $100,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix. “He’s a lovely horse,” Hancock said. “He went off the rails a little bit in big races, he looked like being good, but he just had a few littles issues. Overall he’s done a great job.” After a win in Ballarat’s E. B. Cochran Trotters Cup the summer looked to be at On Thunder Road’s feet before 10th placings in the V. L. Dullard Trotters Cup and Great Southern Star saw the brakes put on his campaign. A short freshen up was in order and On Thunder Road returned with a vengeance at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. “I’d like to thank (trainer) Wayne Potter, he’s done a lot with him,” Hancock said. “He helped me with him the last couple of weeks. (On Thunder Road) has just got better and better. He’s just so tough.” Sluggish away from gate three, On Thunder Road was led up three-wide, eventually sweeping straight past the breeze position to claim the lead from Clover Mac. Favourite Sunny Ruby settled one-out one-back behind Prince Fearless, who sat outside On Thunder Road as 59.3 seconds lapsed in the first two quarters. On Thunder Road maintained a strong pace through the third quarter (29.0) to spread the field and make it tough for the swoopers. Only Clover Mac, who Kate Gath dove down the sprint lane, threatened down the straight, with Sunny Ruby unable to make ground. On Thunder Road held all the cards and saluted by 2.5m to Clover Mac, with Daryl Boko running into third. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's stakes season continued Tuesday night, with five divisions beginning with the harness racing Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The series, named for Long Island estate of Theodore Roosevelt, is open to 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through this past Dec. 1st. Never Say Never N (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) made it 3-for-3 stateside with an off-the-pace, 1:55.2 victory in the opening, $20,000 division. From post position No. 5, he moved from fifth to the lead down the backside, opening a couple of lengths in the lane. He held off a cone-skimming Western Tyrant (Yannick Gingras) by a neck, with Bass Player (Jordan Stratton) a rallying third. For Never Say Never N, a 4-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by Thomas Lazzaro & Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Heidi Rohr, it was his fourth win in eight career starts. The exacta paid $12, with the triple returning $57.50. Canadian interloper Awesomeness (Scott Zeron, $2.10) was the second 1-20 proposition in as many nights, winning the night's final series event (from post No. 5) in a down-the-road 1:55. The 4-year-old Mach Three gelding, who invaded after beating up Woodbine's Snowshoe Series, defeated 43-1 Wishiwasagigolo (Stratton) by a couple of lengths for a fifth (consecutive) win in six seasonal starts. Rock Power (Bartlett) was third. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $47.80. The winner is owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Aaron Lambert. Tuesday night's other Sagamore Hill sojourns went to... --Prejudice,g,4 (by Western Terror); co-owners William Sartin,Mark Salerno/trainer Joseph DeCarlo/driver Stratton; (life-best) 1:53/$3.50; --Ideal Son,g,4 (by American Ideal); owner Howard Taylor/trainer Tom Fanning/driver Bartlett; 1:54.3/$7.50; --Artmagic,g,4 (by Art Major); owner Bamond Racing/trainer Jeffrey Bamond Jr./driver Brent Holland; (matches life-best) 1:54.1/$13.20. The opening-round hunch play, the Teddy Roosevelt-coined phrase Bully Pulpit, was a non-factor fifth in the fourth division.   Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY --- Typically calm and level-headed, harness racing driver Jordan Stratton isn't one to exaggerate or dramatize either a horse’s performance or his own. Instead, the 29-year-old reinsman is quick to deliver matter-of-fact outlooks on any situation. But ask about New Zealand import Bit Of A Legend, and he lights up. The winner of the 2016 George Morton Levy Series final, Bit Of A Legend made his first start of 2017 at Yonkers Raceway Feb. 18. Handicapped by post position eight, the son of Bettor's Delight trailed the field by 11 lengths after the quarter. Sticking to the pylons, Bit Of A Legend willingly advanced within 5-3/4 lengths of the lead at the three-quarters, but soon found himself jailed at the inside. A tug on the right line to navigate to clear-sailing with just a sixteenth to pace helped facilitate a :27 final panel. Bit Of A Legend, individually timed in 1:53.3, finished third, beaten 3-3/4 lengths. Man, he was awesome,” Stratton said, his voice possessing all of the excitement and satisfaction of a kid unwrapping his favorite gift on Christmas morning. “It's tough from Yonkers from the eight hole. I really never expected him to be third from there. He was way better than I expected.” Bit Of A Legend’s 2016 season, which saw him win 13 of 28 races and nearly double his career earnings to $1,389,536, concluded Nov. 11. To bridge the gap between seasons, trainer Peter Tritton prepped Bit Of A Legend for his seasonal debut with just one qualifier at Yonkers Feb. 11. “His qualifier was good, but Pete didn't really do much with him,” Stratton explained. “He's aiming for the Levy again. I thought he'd be a little short, but wow, the good horse just came out I guess.” Tritton expects Bit Of A Legend’s 2017 season to mirror last year’s campaign. The 8-year-old’s primary engagements will include the Levy Series and the Invitational Pace on International Trot Day while starts in Yonkers’ rich Open Handicaps will substitute other Grand Circuit events. “I haven't staked him again. I'm not a big fan of traveling everywhere. I'll race him here, probably race him very similarly to last year and he might go to stud at the end of the year,” Tritton explained. Last year Bit Of A Legend captured all five preliminary legs of the Levy Series, including a dead-heat victory with 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in the fifth leg. Tritton is confident as the first leg of this year’s series, set for March 18, nears. “I don't think Bit Of A Legend has lost any step and I hear Wiggle It Jiggleit isn't coming up, so I think he's got a great chance of winning the Levy again,” Tritton reasoned. “He's got a lot of toughness about him and keeps racing good every week. I'm just hoping to have luck in the series and that he stays healthy.” Bit Of A Legend won't be Tritton and Stratton’s only chance in the Levy Series. Another New Zealand import, Provocativeprince, has blossomed since arriving in the U.S. last fall. The 7-year-old by Grinfromeartoear out of the Village Jasper mare Catherine Zeta is three-for-four for Tritton as he continues to climb the class ladder. This week, he’ll tackle the $39,000 Preferred Handicap Pace from post seven, his toughest assignment yet. “He's a pretty nice horse,” Tritton remarked of Provocativeprince. “He's not supposed to be this good. Bit Of A Legend had a lot more credentials when he came, but we can only go on what he's doing.” Provocativeprince won six of 44 races in New Zealand and banked $55,382. After a winless final season in the Southern Hemisphere, the gelding has found his best stride at Yonkers. Most recently, he thrived while first-over as the 4-5 favorite in a $30,000 overnight, cruising to an easy win in 1:52.3 after trailing by 3-3/4 lengths past a :57.1 half. Stratton describes Provocativeprince’s closing kick as, “the only one that's come close so far (to Bit Of A Legend).” “I'm hoping he can make a little money and possibly get through to the final. I'm sure he's a better horse than Texican and he ran third in the final last year, so I've got high hopes for him,” Tritton said. “It’s just a matter of whether he can keep it up through a grueling series, but he's definitely got the ability, no doubt about that.” Provocativeprince is a 5-1 morning line chance in Saturday's Preferred Handicap while Blood Brother is the 2-1 favorite. Bit Of A Legend will start from post six in the $50,000 Open Handicap Pace as a 6-1 morning line. Caviar Luca and Somewhere In L A will start to Bit Of A Legend’s outside at odds of 9-2 and 2-1, respectively. First Class Horse, Lucan Hanover, Make Some Luck, Sports Bettor, and Roland N Rock complete the field. Saturday's 11-race card also features a $50,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $39,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. First post time is 7:10 p.m. Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

“He worked beautifully at Byford this morning (Tuesday) and is a big chance in the first at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” declared eight-time WA premiership harness racing trainer Ross Olivieri when assessing Military Master’s prospects in the first heat of the 2130m Clipsal By Schneider Electric Westbred Pace. The five-year-old Bettor's Delight stallion, who has had 21 starts for six wins, seven seconds and a third, will begin from barrier two on the back line and is sure to meet stiff opposition, particularly from Mister Versace, Rich Yankee and Hindu Kumara. “He’s still waiting to get clear,” said Olivieri when referring to Military Master’s unlucky fifth behind Superimposed last Friday night when he started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in sixth position. At his previous outing, a fortnight earlier, Military Master began speedily from barrier seven, burst to the front after 250m and went on to win by a length from Mister Versace, who began from barrier eight and settled in last position before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst. “Drawing two on the back line is better than one on the back line,” Olivieri said. “However, it won’t be a walk in the park against some good horses.” Military Master will again be driven by Chris Lewis, fresh from a treble at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. It is significant that Lewis has chosen to drive Military Master ahead of the speedy Americanbootscoota, who is now being prepared by Lewis’s wife Debra. Americanbootscoota, a four-year-old who has won seven races, led and scored an easy 2185m trial win over Nicnak Paddy Wak at Pinjarra last Sunday week. The final quarters in the six-horse trial were 28.1sec. and 27.6sec. The gelding will be driven on Friday night by Clint Hall.  Mister Versace, a four-year-old by Bettors Delight and trained by Annie Belton, will be driven by Kim Prentice. The gelding ran on solidly from four back on the pegs at the bell to finish fourth behind Bettor Reward in the Manea Classic at Bunbury last Saturday week. He is in the best form of his fledgling career. Rich Yankee, to be driven from barrier six by Dylan Egerton-Green for Northam trainer Jesse Moore, will have many admirers after his dazzling performance over 2190m at Northam on Thursday of last week when he charged forward from eighth at the bell to race away to a six-length victory over Saleahs Command, rating 1.57.6. His 20 starts have produced nine wins, six seconds and one third placing. Byford trainer-reinsman Joe Suvaljko has five-year-old Hindu Kumara firing and stylish wins at his past two starts indicate more wins in store for the gelding. Ken Casellas

Enigmatic harness racing pacer Condrieu, unplaced at his past eight starts, gets his chance to break through for a win when he starts from the favourable No. 2 barrier in the Clipsal and Schneider Electric Life Is On Us Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old is a noted frontrunner, having won at 11 of his 16 Australian victories after setting the pace. Therefore, there is little doubt that Ryan Warwick will attempt to steal a vital march on the opposition by charging to the front when the mobile barrier releases the field. Condrieu is a smart sprinter, having won twice over 1609m (in 1.51.5 and 1.52.4) at Menangle last year. The Bettor's Delight gelding  was a 50/1 chance when he was restrained at the start from barrier seven and fought on from ninth at the bell to finish seventh behind Our Jimmy Johnstone in the 2130m Governor’s Cup last Friday night.  The Colin Joss-trained Lagoon Stride has a losing sequence of 20 and has dropped back to an M1 classification. From the prized No. 1 barrier he gets an ideal chance to prove his worth. Red Salute, who trailed the pacemaking Our Jimmy Johnstone and ran home solidly to finish second to that pacer last week, has drawn out wide at barrier eight. However, trainer Ross Olivieri is quietly confident the eight-year-old will perform strongly. “Maybe the wheel is turning for him, but barrier eight is not great,” Olivieri said. “He’s on the improve after I changed his training around a bit. He might be known as a frontrunner, but he’s quite quick and can come from behind. There’s hardly a horse at Byford who can beat him on the track.” Lauren Jones is expected to send veteran Shardons Rocket forward from barrier seven in the early stages and the oldstager should be in the firing line all the way over the sprint trip. Ken Casellas

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rain and the 'lightning' lane proved to be a perfect combination for Susie's Delight ($4.60) at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 1) as she got the win in the harness racing featured $8,200 pace for the mares in 1:58.4.   With Missevil set fractions of 30.0, 59.4 and 1:29.2, pacers fanned out four wide. With five ladies having a realistic chance, it was just a matter of who had the best closing kick and would get the photo opportunity.   Drafting behind the pace-setting Missevil, Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) dropped down in the passing lane and rolled her way to a 1-1/2 length decision over Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum). Missevil (Drew Monti) hung on for third place.   Susie's Delight had a final panel of 28.3 which was more than enough to hold off the wall of pacers that followed behind.   Owned by the Swift Racing Stable and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the first victory of the year for Susie's Delight (Bettor's Delight-Shezaflamintower). The win upped the 7-year-old mare's earnings to $9,306 in 2017 and $137,360 lifetime.   Stalbaum, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, put up a four-bagger while Fisher Jr. finished the night with a triple. Kevin Cummings had a pair of victories including a $112.00 win aboard Kesons Silhouette.   Trainer Kimberly Asher added to her win total with four more victories.   Buffalo Raceway had its highest handle of the season with a total of over $363,000.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 12 races set to go to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

There are few sights more stirring than two great harness racing horses going head-to-head in a battle royale. And that was the case in the Group One $200,000 Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park at Club Menangle tonight when champion pair A Piccadilly Princess (Natalie Rasmussen) and Frith (Luke McCarthy) fought out a thrilling finish to this elite mares’ sprint. At the end A Piccadilly Princess stuck out her nose right on the line to beat the gallant Frith by a nose, with the winner rating 1:50.4 for the mile. Racegoers knew they were in for something special when the pair cleared out from their rivals on the home turn and settled down for a soul-stirring run to the line. Blake Fitzpatrick brought Bettorthenspecial with a strong finish to grab third but all honours were with the first two horses as A Piccadilly Princess’ earnings soared above the half-million dollar mark with her win. “She’s such a terrific little horse, there’s not much of her but she tries her heart out,” said leading reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen who took the reins for the Mark Purdon stables she co-runs with the ace New Zealand mentor. “My horse always gives you everything she’s got but I have to give a lot of credit to Frith as well, she never stopped trying – and they’re two great horses, that’s for sure.” A Piccadilly Princess is by Bettor's Delight from the Holmes Hanover mare Hyde Park Royal. A Piccadilly Princess’ win gave the stable the first two Group Ones of the night after their earlier win in the NSW Oaks with Partyon. . . . and the Purdon express rolled on – with some of their best prospects still to come. Amanda Zammit

Not that he needed any incentive, but the sight of his 90-year-old father Roy striding through the gates of Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight signalled the start of a big night for champion harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon. A little over an hour later Purdon landed the first Group One of the evening, the HQ Insurance NSW Oaks, with a masterful drive to score with his latest 'female' stable star in Partyon. Caught behind the leader, Takara Truffle for most of the race, it was always going to be a case of simply being given a chance to get a crack at her rivals in the straight for Partyon ($2.50) to be the one to beat. Still Purdon remained patient and turning for home extricated his filly from the pocket behind the leader coming wide on the track as the $2.40 favourite Petacular (Michael Stanley) made a dash for home. "I was a bit anxious turning for home, I'll admit," said Purdon afterwards. "But once she [Partyon] got a crack at them she was just too good on the night. "She's done a great job for us since joining the stable, this filly and she's now remained unbeaten." Partyon rated 1:56.2 for her last mile to defeat Petacular and outsider Eliza Dushku (Amanda Turnbull) who zoomed home along the pegs to just hold out Shezallapples for third. Partyon is by Bettor's Delight from the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. Partyon has now won $397,000 from her nine lifetime starts. Purdon was quickly off the podium to chase more Group One glory in later races. Amanda Zammit

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

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

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

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

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

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