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TORONTO, January 14 - Bad As Leader was a repeat winner, while a pair of fresh faces visited the harness racing winner's circle in Thursday's second leg of the Blizzard Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $17,000 Blizzard Series divisions for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mare were contested under light snow conditions. Bad As Leader was confidently driven by Trevor Henry to a 1:54.3 victory in the first division. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Bad As Leader got away seventh and last for Henry, while Nadia Can Go and Mattjestic Tempo did the early heavy lifting on the front-end. Bad As Leader was able to pick up the cover of Tilikum at the half to sit second-over around the final turn. The public's choice was a little less than three-lengths from the front, as Mattjestic Tempo took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4. In the stretch, Bad As Leader came off cover and surged to the lead, but Tilikum made the favourite work for it and paced with her right to the wire. Bad As Leader hit the line first for a three-quarter length victory over Tilikum. Nadia Can Go finished third, but was placed back to fifth for causing interference while making a break entering the final turn. Barbaras Shadow was vaulted from fourth to third due to the disqualification. Trained by Victor Puddy, Bad As Leader is now two for two in the Blizzard Series and 2016, while her career record now sits at four wins from six starts. The three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover increased her career earnings to over $34,000 with the win. Bad As Leader paid $2.40 to win. Bad As Leader A week after finishing second, Double Olives was able to change her luck and score a half-length victory in the second division at odds of 3/2. Driven by Mike Saftic, Double Olives found an early spot in third, while Twin B Sweetheart rejected the two-hole trip and circled to the lead ahead of Shesagamemajor at the opening-quarter in :28. CampsBay made a powerful second-quarter move to the lead from sixth for Rick Zeron to post a half of :57. Saftic brought Double Olives to the outside from fourth around the final turn and found himself behind a pocket-pulling Twin B Sweetheart at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Double Olives edged off the back of Twin B Sweetheart and paced by to win in 1:54. Twin B Sweetheart finished second, while Camps Bay held on for third. A four-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall, Double Olives picked up her sixth career victory with her first win of 2016 Thursday night. Dave Matson trains the winner of over $50,000 for owners John Taylor and Jeffrey Ruch. Double Olives matched her career mark with Thursday's victory. She paid $5 to win. Double Olives In the final division, Cracklin Rosie was also able to flip the script at odds of 3/1 and score a victory after finishing second last week. Driven by Phil Hudon, Cracklin Rosie showed early speed to charge by Amazing Control, the 1/2 favourite, and grab command heading into the first turn. Jody Jamieson was not content to sit in the two-hole with the favourite and quickly circled back to the lead in the second-quarter. Amazing Control, a leg one winner, posted middle panels of :58 and 1:27.2, which set up a final-quarter sprint between the two favourites. In the lane, Cracklin Rosie came to the outside and was able to power by Amazing Control to defeat her by a length in 1:54.1. Naughty Lady B finished third in a photograph against Black Widow Baby. Cracklin Rosie paced a :26.3 final-quarter to secure her maiden-breaking victory Thursday night. Trained by Luc Ouellette, the three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover entered Thursday's contest with a pair of second place finishes in six career starts. Cracklin Rosie is owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated, Anita Ouellette and Alan Alber. The sophomore pacing filly now has career earnings of over $21,000. The Ouellette trainee paid $8.30 to win. Cracklin Rosie In order to be eligible to the Blizzard Series, the pacing fillies and mares had to be non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Bad As Leader will have an opportunity to sweep the Blizzard Series in next Friday's (January 22) $45,200 final. Winter series action continues Friday night with the second leg of the Snowshoe Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Rays Rayzer is quickly becoming the delight of longshot players here at Cal Expo, rattling off back-to-back harness racing victories at 22-1 and 15-1 for the team of owner/trained Edwin Quevedo and driver Tony Succarotte. An 11-year-old pacing son of Blisfull Hall, Rays Rayzer was the key to a $12,000 Pick 5 payoff two weeks ago, then combined with another long priced horse in KG Cody to spark a nearly $8,500 return for the 20-cent Super Hi-Five with his most recent heroics. While hes doing his work at the lower level these days, Rays Rayzer has some past class in his corner. He has a 1:53 4/5 mark and last weeks score puts his lifetime bankroll at just shy of $170,000. Ive had him for about three years now and hes a very easy horse to train, Quevedo related. In his races, he just likes to sit back and come at the end. Going into his November 28 outing, there wasnt much for bettors to grasp onto as the veteran pacer had finished a well-beaten ninth in his previous two starts, but Edwin knew the reason why he had been so lackluster in those miles. We did some blood work and found out he was suffering from anemia, his mentor explained. We treated him and he came back to where he should be. The result is those back-to-back scores while igniting the toteboard under excellent come-from-behind handling from his new best friend Succarotte. This horse likes to sit back early and then come at the end, Quevedo said. Hes feeling very good right now. Lieutenant Steve eyes repeat in contentious feature Handicappers have their work cut in Sundays pacing main event at Cal Expo, with last weeks winning Lieutenant Steve stepping up to face the likes of Cowboy Cold and One and Only. There is a 12-race card on Sunday and things get underway at 5:05 p.m. The feature will go as the tenth race on the evening with a full field of 10 set to face the starter. Lieutenant Steve is a 7-year-old son of Look Sharp out of the Big Towner mare Brandilu Hanover who races for A Piece Of The Action LLC with Gene Vallandingham the trainer and Chip Lackey in the sulky. The Vallandingham representative comes into this assignment with $132,000 in his bank account and a 1:51 1/5, which was established over the seven-eights Hoosier Park layout. After knocking on the door in several of his previous tries, Lieutenant Steve put it all together in his most recent appearance while doing his work at a slightly lower level. Sent off the 4-5 choice with Lackey at the controls, he was out and moving second-over on the final bend, then flew past the leaders to prevail by three and a half-lengths. Cowboy Cold and One And Only are both getting class relief and will have their share of backers. The former goes for driver/trainer Luke Plano, while One And Only hails from the Lino Pacheco barn with James Kennedy giving directions. A reminder there are two wagers here that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

No Pan Intended, the last of the ten Pacing Triple Crown winners, is headed off to Ireland to continue his breeding career. His North American stint in that capacity has been unremarkable. Let’s hope the fifteen-year-old son of Pacific Fella finds the Emerald Isle more to his liking. That got me to thinking about the fact that most of the nine complete Triple Crown winners have come up short in the harness racing breeding shed. No Pan Intended, who won the Triple Crown in 2003, drew 201 mares the following year, resulting in 133 registered foals, but demand dwindled to the point where he only attracted 11 mares in 2014. All told he averaged 30 foals per year for his career in NA. The nine-year-old slugger Alexie Mattosie is his only millionaire. He won the Presidential and the William Haughton in 2011, but has done it the hard way for the most part. Lennon Blue Chip, from his first crop, is about $50,000 from being a millionaire, but aside from a couple of OSS Gold legs it’s been a long slog. Nebupanezzar, from crop number two, did win the Governor’s Cup, along with a couple of Gold legs, and he also ended his career about $50,000 short of a million. No Pan Intended’s performance as a broodmare sire has been negligible.  The Cambest colt Blissful Hall won the Triple Crown four years earlier. He sired a half dozen crops here before being sent to Australia. Camelot Hall, from his first crop, won the Metro and Nassagaweya, and the following year Shanghai Phil, the sire of Duc Dorleans, won the Bluegrass, ISS and Champlain. And Armbro Dancer and Marnie Hall met with some success against the older mares. Nat A Virgin, Play It Again Sam and Witch Dali are a few of his broodmare credits. Western Dreamer, an incomplete son of Western Hanover, won the Triple Crown two years earlier, in 1999. We have to go back fourteen years to 1983 for the next winner, Meadow Skipper’s richest offspring, the Canadian hall of famer, Ralph Hanover. There are plenty of examples of stallions who don’t come close to reproducing themselves at stud, but Ralph certainly stands out in that group. He bred 200 mares in each of his first two seasons, producing 126 and 104 foals, respectively, but he was down to five by 1996, when he finished his career in Ontario. He produced handsome individuals like himself, but most of them were simply too slow. Some believed that Ralph beat up on a weak group, but the checkmarks were all in place for a successful breeding career. It just didn’t happen. The great Niatross preceded Ralph. He won three years earlier, in 1980, then retired as the fastest and richest pacer ever. His first crop of 148 contained the great Nihilator, who won 35 of 38 starts and earned a world record $3.2 million; Pace and Messenger winner, Pershing Square; and two and three-year-old division champ Semalu D’Amour. And crop number two, which numbered 200, contained his second consecutive freshman champ, Barberry Spur, as well as Smartest Remark, Caressable and Masquerade. Niatross was subsequently moved to New York, where the bottom fell out of his siring career. Whether the move was a contributing factor to the drop off is up for debate. He started out at $35,000, but was standing for $2,000 in New Jersey by 1999. His broodmare credits include, Electric Slide, Bonnie And Clyde, Stand Forever and Gothic Dream. We go back a decade for the next Triple Crown winner, and we finally hit the jackpot with Most Happy Fella, one of the greatest sires to ever roam the earth. He died tragically at 17 and only left us 13 crops, but he dazzled us with his accomplishments. His first crop contained Silk Stockings and Tarport Hap; Oil Burner, the sire of No Nukes and grandsire of Western Hanover, was in his second; Happy Motoring, who gave us OTRA, came along in 1976, and the great Cam Fella three years later. And Most Happy Fella’s daughters gave us Laughs, Armbro Emerson, Ramblin Storm, Mystical Maddy, Topnotcher, Nobleland Sam, Sweet Reflection and Armbro Dallas. The Poplar Byrd colt Rum Customer won two years earlier. After a handful of failed crops in NA, he was shipped to New Zealand. Two years earlier, in 1966, Romeo Hanover won the Triple Crown. The hall of famer won his division three times and lost only once at three. The fact that his richest performer was the dual gaited Speedy Romeo says it all. He stood at Pine Hollow Stud, the same farm where Niatross saw his siring career go to pieces 17 years later. Romeo’s prowess on the track did not translate to his progeny. His daughter Last Wish was the second dam of Precious Bunny. That’s about it. He was relocated to Australia in 1978. Bret Hanover was the second Triple Crown winner, and like all the rest, with the exception of MHF, the three-time Horse of the Year failed to match his excellence on the track with his performance as a stallion. He experienced plenty of success, especially early on, and he was a prolific sire, but that great son eluded him. Strike Out, a division winner at two and three, was probably his most accomplished son, but fertility issues kept him from carrying on the line. Storm Damage, who fought the good fight against Niatross and Tyler B, was another. The Adios line running through Bret endures through world champion Warm Breeze’s grandson McArdle. The Meadow Skipper line helped do him in on the one hand, but it also allowed him to flourish as a broodmare sire. Among his credits: Fan Hanover, Nihilator, Cam Fella, Barberry Spur, Town Pro, Jaguar Spur, Ball And Chain, Three Diamonds, Miss Easy, Naughty But Nice, Delinquent Account, Armbro Feather and Sonsam. And the first Triple Crown winner was Adios Butler, the greatest pacer of his era, who paced a world record 1:54.3 in a time trial as a four-year-old. He was voted Horse of the Year at three and four. His level of success as a sire was very modest. Realization winner Adios Waverly, Honest Story and El Patron were three of his best. And his daughters were inconsequential as broodmares. Does the fact that the Pacing Triple Crown has for all but Blissful Hall and No Pan Intended taken place on three half mile tracks help explain the lack of production in the breeding realm? After all, the trotters get two of three on big tracks. Regardless, some of the better stallions simply didn’t win the Triple Crown. Cam Fella won the Cane and Messenger, as a supplemental entry in both, but he wasn’t staked to the Jug. Western Hanover won the Cane and Messenger but was a nose short against Fake Left in the Jug. Artsplace was parked the mile and finished ninth in the Messenger. He didn’t race in the other two legs. Albatross won the Cane and Messenger, but was beaten by Nansemond in the Jug. Abercrombie won the Messenger, finished eighth in the Jug and won his Cane elimination. I guess it all comes back to that.    by Joe FitzGerald for Harnesslink Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Batavia, NY---Lucky Nadotremblay was pushed every step of the way Saturday night (Dec. 5), but the harness racing  performance of a lifetime got him across first in the $10,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs. Leaving from post one, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) was immediately greeted by Adversary Seelster (Ron Beback Jr.) and Jokerman (Jim McNeight) as the race rounded the first turn. The treble cavalry charge ferociously continued up the backside and to the quarter in :27.1 before Jokerman pulled off from three-high and dropped in second-over behind Adversary Seelster. Adversary Seelster continued to pace side by side with Lucky Nadotremblay past the half in :56 but started to do the backstroke by the three-quarters in 1:24.4. At that station Cobble Beach (Dave McNeight III) who had been tracking from fifth, tipped three-wide around the fading competition to move alongside Lucky Nadotremblay which started a two-horse competition that pulled away from the field. Cobble Beach inched closer and closer but Lucky Nadotremblay refused to lose and hung on to win by a neck in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark for the victor. It was the eighth win of the year for Lucky Nadotremblay ($7.20) and it boosted his 2015 earnings to $65,320 for owners Paul Viele and Ronald Louis Viele. Alex Giuliani trains the 5-year-old son of Blissful Hall. Veteran reinsman Jack Flanigen put on a show, winning five races on the card that included the first four straight events. He scored with Big Dutch ($2.60), Bondy N ($2.10), Boots N Bourbon ($4.90), China Dream ($7.00) and Keystone Dalton ($2.50). Dave McNeight III won three and Ron Beback Jr. scored a double. James Clouser Jr. had a training hat-trick while Jim Graham and Maria Rice conditioned two winners each. The final week of racing kicks off on Wednesday night (Dec. 9) with post time set for 6:15 p.m. The meet is down to the final three nights of live racing for 2015. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Champion harness racing driver Pete McMullen scored a treble of wins at Albion Park yesterday but his performance was overshadowed by his younger sister Narissa McMullen reaching the 100 win milestone for a second consecutive season. Pete steered a race to race trotting double on Thumbs Up Jerry and Ode to Success then won the Rising Stars Championship Heat on Floyd Mayweather while Narissa saved the best for last and took family bragging rights, taking out the meeting closer on her father John’s horse Blessed Is The Boy. Making a one act affair of the Virginia Pace Mile (1660m), Blissful Hall five-year-old gelding Blessed Is The Boy scored by 7.4 metres from Chevals Diamond and Smiling High. It was the 10th career win for Blessed Is The Boy and career best mile in 1.58.4. Narissa was at her brilliant best and displayed the top form that she has shown also season with a tremendous strike rate over the last 12 months. Her strike is particularly impressive when the win and place form are considered together. Narissa has had 867 drives winning 100 races, placing 209 times and finishing fourth 96 times which means that she was a top four finisher 47% of the time and has a UDRS of 0.2231, her best in five seasons of race driving. 20-year-old Narissa's total stakes winnings so far for 2014/15 are $650,562. Last season Narissa drove 139 winners from 1064 drives and failed by just four wins to reach the ton in 2012/13. Narissa joins Shane Graham (249 wins), Grant Dixon (213 wins), Pete McMullen (170 wins) and Gary Whittaker (106 wins) as the only Queenslanders to reach the century of driving victories this season. She is also the State’s number one female driver, ranks fifth on the overall state premiership, fourth on the state’s metropolitan premiership and first on the state concession driver’s premiership. In another high point for the year, Narissa also won a half share in the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship. She dead-heated for the award with NSW’s Robbie Morris. For her share of the prize Narissa received a $10,000 travel study voucher. Narissa is also a contender for Queensland’s 2015 Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Young Achiever Award winning a monthly nomination in October last year. David Aldred

Make it four in a row for Fall Bliss as he quick stepped to a 1:58.3 win for owner/ trainer and driver Dr. Mitchell Downey on a beautiful Thursday night at New Brunswick's capital city at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway.   Downey was aggressive with the son of Blissful Hall early as he was fired off the gate and led at every marker to preserve the win.    He flashed a final half-mile of :58.3 as he toiled with his rivals en route to a six-length triumph.   Also on the seven-dash program American Terror came from off the pace to win for driver Ed Harvey in an equal effort of 1:58.3.   This may set up a clash of the titans of sorts this coming Thursday should the duo meet up in the top-class.   Harvey's pacer has won three straight in the weekly top-class.   Racing will continue on Thursday evening as Horse Racing New Brunswick hosts live racing on July 30th at 6:30 P.M.   Scott Waddell

Racing returns to picturesque Fredericton Raceway on Thursday as Horse Racing New Brunswick presents a seven-dash program that kicks off at 6:30 P.M.   One of the highlights of the night will be Fall Bliss and owner/ trainer/ driver Dr. Mitch Downey as they seek their fourth consecutive victory at the capital city half-mile track.   Downey will pilot the seven-year-old son of Blissful Hall in race four on the program. He sports a lifetime mark of 1:50.3f taken over a five-eights mile track. Since arriving in New Brunswick, the pacer is a perfect three-for three.   American Terror leads the way in the $ 1000 main event as Ed Harvey will be looking for his third straight consecutive win with the pacer. He is closing in on $ 30,000 in seasonal earnings.   Post time is slated for 6:30 P.M and as always there is free admission, free parking, contests and a 50/50 draw being held that evening.   Horse racing at it's very best this Thursday night at Fredericton Raceway!   Scott Waddell

 D GS Camme looks ready for harness racing prime time. The harness racing pacer, who was making only his third start of 2015, wired the top class in a dazzling 1:54.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and ownership group of Tom Clark, Quentin, Hal Bevan and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, PE. It was an impressive performance given he raced with broken equipment after the tire blew on the race bike. Big Surf (Marc Campbell) applied some pressure down the backstretch on route to the third panel but he settled for second while Si Semalu (Jason Hughes) was third. Expect to see this line up go head to head in Governor's Plate elimination action in Summerside next Sunday. In other action, Ramblinglily is three for three in 2015 when she won the open mares feature in 1:56.1 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. For All We Know (Gary Chappell) was second with Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) third. Osprey Impact (Paul Larrabee) recorded another victory in her trot assignment while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) took top honors in the open trot in 2:00.1. Barrieau had a driving double on the 12 dash card. The wager was $48,860. Lee Drake

Will it be the "Camme" before the storm or could it be "Surf's Up" at Red Shores on Saturday night. A harness racing rivalry in the making begins in the Saturday night Preferred 1 pace when D Gs Camme and Big Surf line up behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate side by side. The 2015 Cecil Ladner Memorial winner Big Surf has drawn post 2 for the Burkie By The Bay Stable and Perry Burke. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has taken P.E.I by storm winning three of his four starts this year, including two clockings in 1:53 and change. Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Marc Campbell will handle the driving duties for trainer Trevor Hicken. The rivalry will be born when D Gs Camme makes his third start of 2015 on Saturday night fresh off a 1:54 victory just one week ago, the defending Governor's Plate Champ is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall is trained by Charlottetown's best Jackie Matheson, and will reunite with the Mainland invader the "Maritime Magicman" Gilles Barrieau from post 1. Si Semalu, newcomer Fortune Playboy and All Turain complete the compact field of five. Rambling Lily will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the 2015 season when she lines up against seven other rivals in the Race 11 Open Mares. 'Lily' has drawn into post 6 for owners Allan Jones and Norm Leger, Jones does the training and Walter Cheverie will do the driving. Other contenders include For All We Know, Dirt Track Momma and Willow Warrior. The Open Trot goes in Race 3 with the Queen of the Trot Pleasure Girls absent this week it leaves the door open for a new winner this week. Three-entry Holy Molie Magie makes her third start on red soil and after back-to-back second place finishes to Pleaure Girls she will look to return to the winners enclosure for owner trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Cheverie. The field includes Parkhill Jugernaut, Frill Seeker and Caliban Hanover. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. Machinthesand searches for three-peat Five pacers will line up behind the Sherry's Heating Service starting gate in the Race 10 feature on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. The morning line choice will be Machinthesand as he looks to pick up his third victory in seven days when he scores from Post 5. Owned by Noonan Holdings LTD, Russell and Karen Noonan, the Hughie Murphy trainee comes off a Canada Day victory in 1:55. On Sunday he will reunite with driver Norris Rogers. The compact field of five includes Eagle Jolt, fresh off a 1:57 score in Charlottetown, Oh To Be Me, Carrera Angel and Outside The Wire. Machinthesand winning on the 28th June The Race 11 'Go Home Pace' will see the veteran 10-year-old gelding Life Savior put his three race win streak on the line as he makes the jump from the $4000 claimer into the $5000 ranks. Owned by Darla MacEachern and trained by father Duane the winner of 55 races lifetime has back-to-back victories in 1:58.1, he will get the services of Red Shores Summerside's leading driver Corey MacPherson. The 11-dash card is set for a 1 p.m. post. Don't miss a second of the action with the live racing broadcast at redshores.ca By Bo Ford

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of seven pacers will line up in the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and six of them will have their hooves full trying to beat D Gs Camme. First race post time is 6 pm for the 13-dash card. The race 12 feature has a purse of $2,400 with race favorite D Gs Camme drawing post 5 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Ron Matheson, Tom Clark and Quentin and Hal Bevan of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall was one of the top pacers on the Eastern Seaboard in 2014, as he pocketed $41,725 in purse money racing in the Maritimes. He made his first start of the season last Saturday in the Cecil Ladner Memorial final in Charlottetown and went a tremendous trip for being the lone horse in the field coming off a long layoff. The Matheson trainee got away fifth in the five-horse field and moved out past the half to unleash a 55.2 final half, finishing second in 1:53 to race winner Big Surf. With a start under his belt, and Big Surf absent, it is D Gs Camme's race to lose and race analyst Les MacIsaac agrees. "That was some back half he put up last week and what is more impressive is that it was his first start in eight months," MacIsaac said. "He can only be tighter after that which is a scary thought for his opposition." His main opposition will come from his 2014 arch rival, All Turain, from post 6 with Corey MacPherson in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. Other entries include Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes), Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton), Waterside Light (Hilliard Graves), Narragansett (Mark Bradley) and J Rs Hurricane (Gary Chappell). The top mares in Eastern Canada go head-to-head in race 9 in the $2,250 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Ramblinglily (Walter Cheverie) is the morning line choice off her 1:55.4 victory last Sunday in Summerside, with For All We Know (Gary Chappell) and Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell) pegged as her main opposition. Pleasure Girls (MacPherson) puts a two-race win streak on the line in the race 5 $1,850 Open Trot in a field that includes Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Holy Molie Maggie (Cheverie) as the next choices. Race 3 will see Parkhill Juggernaut make his East Coast debut for driver MacPhee, trainer Ambyr Campbell and owners Ambrose Laybolt and Michael Bailey of Morell. The five-year-old son of Ken Warkentin boasts a mark of 1:59 over a half-mile track and $58,058 in career earnings. He was claimed April 26 for $6,500 from Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario. The future stars of racing will make their debuts Saturday morning at Red Shores Charlottetown with nine-dashes of two-year-old baby-races slated for 11:30 am. Machinthesand favored in Summerside feature A tight knit field of five will go bridle-to-bridle Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with first race post time at 1 pm for the 11-dash card. Machinthesand is the morning line choice for driver Norris Rogers, trainer Hughie Murphy and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd and Russell and Karen Noonan. The six-year-old son of Mach Three has drawn post 5 in the group with his main opposition looking to come from the ultra-consistent pair of Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Carrera Angel (Rocky Schurman) from posts 3 and 4, respectively. Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) has the rail in the $1,800 contest while American Captain (Mike Campbell) will leave from post 2. Deviliciously Good will look to remain undefeated on race 6 on the program and she has a good post position to help make it happen. The three-year-old Art Major filly has been unbeaten in two Summerside starts since being purchased in the January sale in New Jersey. She has the services of Mark Bradley for trainer Garth Cole and owner Blaine Thibeau of Kensington. She will face her biggest test to date Sunday, facing aged geldings like morning line favorite Mr Pogge (Mike McGuigan) and Bad Date (Jason Hughes). The race 9 afternoon back-up pace has Tyber Champ favored to bring home to lion's share of the $1,600 purse for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Frank Banks and owners Ron Neill of Charlottetown and Kent Livingston of Cornwall. The post two starter will face five rivals including Lucky Encounter (Rogers) and Athletic Putnam (Cheverie), who is riding a two-race win streak. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Somebody forgot to tell Instant Riches he wasn't in the harness racing featured or even co-featured race at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 6).   But Instant Riches ($6.50) didn't care and stole the headlines anyways with a 1:54.3 victory in a $8,800 conditioned/optional claiming event which set a new Buffalo Raceway mark for 4-year-old colt pacers, breaking the old standard of 1:54.4 established in 2006 by Moonstrosity.   After watching Mr. Perserverance hit the opening panel in 27.3, driver Jack Flanigen sent Instant Riches ($6.50) to the lead. They enjoyed the uneventful remaining three-quarter mile trip in front, scoring a 3/4-length advantage over Mr. Perservance (Shawn Gray), tripping the timer in a new record of 1:54.3. Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn) finished in third.   Owned by Eric Prevost and trained by JD Perrin, Instant Riches (Whitefish Falls-Boops) has nine wins on the season in 19 attempts, earning $35,910 in 2015 and $59,960 lifetime.   It may have been a slow opening half-mile produced by Lucky Nadotremblay but the 5-year-old horse sure put on the after burners in the payoff half in scoring surprising gate-to-wire 1-1/2 length victory over Unicorn Hanover in the $10,500 Open Pace.   Starting from the rail, driver Shawn McDonough and Lucky Nadotremblay had absolutely no challengers for the lead as the field of six neatly dropped to the inside in numerical order. Setting fractions of 29.1 and 58.1 to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay started to pick up the tempo the second time around.   The final half mile was a game of catch me if you can that Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.00) won. Posting a final split of 56.3, the five challengers had no answer and wre left to battle for the minor spoils. Lucky Nadotremblay held off Unicorn Hanover (Jack Flanigen) while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   Co-owned by Paul and Ronald Viele and trained by Alex Guiliani, Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissfull Hall-Periella Hanover) has five wins this year and $36,869 in the bank.   In the co-featured $9,500 Open II Pace, Peenie (Kevin Cummings) set sail from the rail and coasted to a popular $4.00 victory over Sand Savage in 1:55.0 over the fast track.   With two horses breaking stride behind the starting gate, Charliesandjimmys and Junior Pride, Peenie had no problem charging to the top from the pylons. Setting fractions of 29.0, 58.0 and 1:26.3, Peenie (Kevin Cummings) had no trouble in holding off any emerging late threats.   Co-owned by trainer John Mungillo and the Decker's Corner Stable, the 10-year-old gelded Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cross) has reached the winner's circle four times in 2015, earning $30,485 and increased his impressive lifetime earnings to $662,574.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 12-race program slated. It is the first Sunday matinee of the season.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Strathlachlan Andy and Bobs Farm trainer Geoff Harding will hit the road this weekend for Sunday's Carnival Of Cups harness racing meeting at Cootamundra. The son of Blissfull Hall does all of his fast work on Birubi Beach but will travel more than 1180 kilometres on his return trip to the Riverina this weekend. "All of my horses do their fast work at the beach, they can jog at home and I take the babies to the track but the majority of the time they are on the sand," said Harding. "Strathlachlan Andy is a good traveller so the long trip to Cootamundra won't worry him and I will leave on Saturday so it will give us plenty of time to get there for Sunday." Strathlachlan Andy will compete in Cootamundra's South West Fuel Centre Wattle Time Cup, the feature event on the eight race programme. The five year old has won seven of his last nine starts and despite drawing the back row does look hard to beat. "There is no doubt that he is getting stronger and he has been driven more aggressively this season but he is still a better horse when he is sat up. "James (Harding) is going to drive him again on Sunday, he has got a good record on him." Harding spent some time in America when James headed across to work for a leading trainer. "When James was in the USA I went over and spent some time watching Jimmy Takter and how he trains and I have brought back some of the ideas and I think it has made an improvement to my team. "I'm working eight at the moment and there are a couple of young ones there as well so there is enough to keep me busy." Harding is mindful that Strathlachlan Andy has had a long preparation and is considering a spell. "I'll see how he pulls up after Sunday but he is still only assessed M0 so I might take him to Queensland for a couple of races before giving him a break. "I can then bring him up again and concentrate on racing him at Menangle in M0 races next preparation." Stathlachlan Andy is looking to win his fourth Carnival Of Cups event for the season after winning at Tamworth, Narrabri and Armidale and is well placed to be crowned the leading horse for the series and win his owner a further $5,000. The South West Fuel Centre Wattle Time Cup is race seven and is scheduled to begin at 3:44pm. Greg Hayes

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Driver Drew Monti let Rockstar Temper and Thisoneandonemore watch their competition do the dirty work but they each reaped the benefits in the end to highlight the featured harness racing events at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 16th).   Rockstar Temper took the $10,500 Open Pace with a 3/4-length win over Jokerman in a seasonal best 1:54.4 while in the $9,500 Open II Pace, Thisoneandonemore got up in the shadow of the wire to notch the victory in 1:55.2.   The victories by Rockstar Temper and Thisoneandonemore allowed Monti to sweep the early daily double, which returned $22.60. Monti finished the night with four trips to the winner's circle.   In the opener, Jokerman (Jack Flanigen) set sail from the rail and posted fractions of 29.2, 58.0 and 1:27.0. Rockstar Temper ($5.20) sat the pocket and tipped out to collar the pace-setting Jokerman. Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) was along for third.   It was the third win in 12 starts this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper). The 7-year-old is owned by James Carll Caradon and trained by Darrin Monti. The gelding has earned $32,600 this year and $321,913 lifetime.   It was almost an instant replay of the first race in the back half of the early double as Thisoneandonemore ($11.80) sat in the garden spot behind the front-stepping Lucky Nadotremblay Shawn McDonough). This time, instead of tipping to the outside, Monti used the passing lane with the Blissful Hall gelding to win by a neck.   Lucky Nadotrembley was a 'tough luck' second while Charliesandjimmys (Kevin Cummings) rallied for third place.   Thisoneandonemore is owned by David Miller and is conditioned by Ryan Shafer. The 6-year-old gelding, fresh off two wins and a second at Northfield, has now won four times in 2015 tries, earning $21,013.   McNeight, Cummings, Shawn Gray and Ron Beback Jr. all had driving doubles on the program.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race card set for 5 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Peter Gadsby and Brian Lockwood were great mates, they raced Double Identity and enjoyed some great highs with the Miracle Mile winner. While the pair remained good friends, they pursued other harness racing interests several years ago. However, early last year they decided to go into partnership with trainer Harry Martin again with an unraced son of Blissfull Hall. Gadsby named him Double Event and he won three races in his first season of racing. Tragedy struck on November 24 last year when Brian Lockwood passed away suddenly, but Double Event still races on in the colours that Double Identity made famous, yellow with dark blue hooped sleeves. The five year old resumes from a short break on Thursday night at Penrith in the first heat of the Carousel and Gadsby is hoping he can win again in memory of his good friend. "I've experienced some great thrills in harness racing with my horses but some of the times my wife Wendy and I spent with Brian and his wife Shirley were unforgettable," Gadsby said. "We had just started racing horses together again and reliving the good old days with Double (Identity) when he passed away unexpectedly, it was terrible." Double Event has won three races already this year and has continued to improve with an impressive last start victory over My General Lee. "Harry has always had an opinion of him, but he has just thrived on racing at Menangle and his last start win was very good because he rated 1:52.7 in winning." "I'm hoping that Double Event wins a good race in memory of Brian, and the Carousel definitely fits into that category, first though he has to qualify for the final by winning on Thursday night." Gadsby won the Carousel in 2005 with Smooth Crusa. "He was a nice horse and after winning the Carousel in May of 2005 he was raced in the Tasmanian Inter Dominion less than twelve months later." "The Carousel is a race that is won by nice horses that's for sure." Monifieth (2013), Gold King (2002), Sailors Corner (1999), Warwick Lad (1998) and Highview Ana (1996) are all former winners of the Gr. 2 event. Greg Hayes

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing veteran Peenie found out if at first you don't first succeed, try, try again. After starting three times off the rail in his last four starts, Peenie attempted to go wire-to-wire in each start but couldn't complete the task.   But Saturday night (March 21) in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway, driver Kevin Cummings gave Peenie another chance on the front end and he passed the test with a length victory over Giant Sculpture in 1:57 over the sloppy track.   Peter Pumpkineater briefly took the lead in the race to the opening quarter pole, but Peenie wasted no time in re-taking and reaching the half in a brisk 57.4. The closers were in perfect position to challenge in the stretch but Peenie showed no quit and posted the win over Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray). Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   It was the first victory in eight tries this season for Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) and the 50th of his career. Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelding has now earned $12,470 in 2015 and $644,849 lifetime.   In the $8,800 conditioned sub featured pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) used a slick move between the opening quarter and the half to take the lead and never looked back to score a 1-1/4 length decision over Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.2.   Sitting in third approaching the top of the stretch the first time, Lucky Nadotremblay was able to slip thorugh along the inside as King Otra (Drew Monti) and American Bull (Cummings) battled three-wide.   Taking over the lead to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the lane and was in cruise control to the finish. Bakken used a late kick to take second while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   The victory was the third in nine starts this season for Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissful Hall-Periella Hanover). Owned by the Nickel City Ranch Stable, the 5-year-old horse is trained by Ron Van Wagoner. The win upped his 2015 bankroll to $15,488 and $77,977 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including race replays, the latest news, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Harness racing trainer Owen Martin says seven-year-old Farmersntradies doesn’t owe him anything and whether the gelding ever gets back to his best or not doesn’t really matter. A previous Vicbred Super Series two-year-old heat winner, Farmersntradies (by Blissfull Hall out of Karamea Vedette) is also a three-time Menangle winner. But niggling health issues have scuppered the pacer time and again in his races, his Concongella (near Stawell in Victoria's west) trainer declaring the chestnut “too smart”. “As soon as he feels something coming on he doesn’t put in at all,” Martin, a former farmer and miner, said. “When you come to the 400 and the acid is right on, he doesn’t let down straightaway. And when he does they’re already long gone.” Farmersntradies hasn’t registered a race win since July 21, 2012, in Sydney with then trainer/driver Blake Fitzpatrick. Martin had sent his stable star to New South Wales where he hit a purple patch, winning three straight races across a four-week period – including two $22,000 events. “His last two runs with Blake he went shocking so I brought him home and he had some health issues," Martin said. “It’s been a fair job trying to turn it around.” But despite finishing sixth of 11 at Horsham last time out at odds of $112, Martin was pleased with his charge’s effort to be beaten only 7.7 metres by Hilltop Hustler, who it meets in Sunday’s Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup. Hilltop Hustler will line up behind the 20-metre tape in the 2612-metre, $14,905 race, while Farmersntradies has the ace draw for Martin’s reinsman son-in-law, Michael Sullivan. Farmersntradies found the line well at Horsham and still seemingly had something under the hood as the field went past the post. “I think he’s sort of working his way back into form,” Martin said.“But I don’t think he’ll ever get back to his best form. I think I can get him back a bit closer to his best but I won’t knock him around; he’s been a fantastic horse to his owners.” Farmersntradies ran third in last year's Boort Pacing Cup behind winner and eventual Inter Dominion Grand Final placegetter, Flaming Flutter. Martin, whose daughter Anna is married to Sullivan, said the young reinsman was a great help at the stables and he was the reason the veteran trainer was still in the game. “Without him I probably wouldn’t still be doing it,” he said. “He loves the horses and he gets along good with Farmersntradies.” Eleven runners are engaged for Sunday’s Boort Pacing Cup, Cam Before The Storm, Turnpike Cruiser, Mista Styx, Smo, Gollahman, Ya Bowen Delight and Seven And A Half all joining Farmersntradies from scratch. Road To Rock and Hilltop Hustler will both start from 20m, while Narra Operative is the backmarker off 30m. The Haras Des Trotteurs Boort Trotters Cup sees a nine-horse field race over 2612m from the stand, with Sunset Invasion and Looks A Moral both off 10m, and Waikare Sun, Rumbustious, Wildenstein, Paris Pepperell, Cillas Earl, Theywannacallmesue and Gidah all off the front mark. The Boort Pacing Cup program kicks off at 1.18pm. HRV’s successful Trot Selfies competition will be run on the day, patrons invited to post their selfie to facebook.com/trotselfies for a chance to win $1000 thanks to the TAB. Watch Farmersntradies finish third to Flaming Flutter at Boort last year. By Cody Winnell  

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