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After a successful 25-year run as the The Raceway at Western Fair District's signature race, the Molson Pace, will have a new name in 2018. Introducing The Camluck Classic, a $150,000 Invitational Pace, featuring the best older harness racing horses in North America. It will make its debut on a new date this year - Saturday, May 26 at the London half-mile oval. The new race name is a tribute to the late world champion pacer who went on to become the most prolific stallion in Canadian harness racing history. The Raceway is very excited to announce our new title sponsor for the biggest night of racing in London - Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario. "We thank Molson for what has been a wonderful partnership for a quarter century," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "But change is inevitable and this marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for this race and for racing in this part of the province. Camluck helped put this area on the harness racing map and we think it's fitting that the race be renamed in his honour." Camluck hit the race track in the early 1990's under the tutelage of trainer Bob McIntosh and compiled an excellent record at ages two and three for McIntosh, who was part of the New Destiny Stable that co-owned the pacer along with Al McIntosh. At age four, he competed as one third of the powerful McIntosh-trained trio that also included triple millionaire Artsplace and the $1.4 million winner Odds Against. Camluck concluded his career on the race track with 26 wins from 69 starts and just over $1 million in purse winnings. However, it was in the breeding shed where the handsome son of Cam Fella would truly make his mark and, in the process, he raised the bar for the Standardbred breeding industry in Canada. Camluck sired close to 2,400 foals with more than 2,000 of those making it to the races. "When he first went to stud I was cautiously optimistic," recalls McIntosh. "He was a tough race horse and had great conformation but sons of Cam Fella hadn't really hit as sires to that point. I took a shot and bred about 18 mares that first year and it all turned out pretty well. I'd have to say he's one of the greatest pacing stallions ever." His offspring combined for earnings in excess of $235 million and included 635 $100,000 winners and 28 winners of $1 million or more. "To have this race named after him is very special to myself and the entire group associated with the horse. As a kid, London was the track I came to most with my dad and I have a lot of fond memories over the years. I've watched this race grow and was even fortunate enough to win it so this is definitely a big deal, said McIntosh." Ann Straatman of Seelster Farms in Lucan, home of Camluck for more than 20 years, shares the sentiment of the entire group. "We are delighted to have him immortalized in the prestigious Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which is our home track and thrilled to be be the Presenting Sponsor," she said. "Camluck's legacy will live on for generations through his sons and daughters and having this race named in his honour will now add to that legacy." The Raceway's signature night of racing got its start in 1972 and was sponsored by Labatt until 1992 when Molson took over sponsorship. "This race is almost 50 years old now and it's amazing to look back to watch its evolution,' said Blanchard. "It has become more than a race, it is also a terrific event we look forward to enhancing in the future. We are very proud to host a race of this stature and are fortunate to have attracted some of very best in the sport who have produced some of the most memorable and exciting races in recent years" Additional Event details will be available in the coming weeks at Greg Blanchard

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2017 -- Southwind Amazon endured a hotly contested 26.3 opening quarter and had plenty left late en route to a 10-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon picked up valuable cover when Lincolnjames retook the lead, and he blew by that rival in the lane to triumph in 1:51.4 for Dan Rawlings. Atta Boy Dan shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a length, while Lincolnjames saved show. Paul Holzman trains Southwind Amazon, a 7-year-old Camluck-Artoonist gelding who now boasts $523,697 in career earnings, for Ameer Najor. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Michael's Power, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2012, has been retired, co-owner Michael Snyder said Monday. The 8-year-old harness racing gelding last competed in September 2016. A son of stallion Camluck out of the mare Michelle's Jackpot, Michael's Power was bred and co-owned by Snyder's father, Jeff. The horse won 37 of 98 career races and earned $1.90 million. In 2012, Michael's Power captured 14 of 20 starts on his way to O'Brien Awards in Canada for best 3-year-old male pacer and Horse of the Year. His most memorable victory came in the 2012 Little Brown Jug in Ohio, where he defeated Sweet Lou by 1-3/4 lengths to give trainer Casie Coleman her first Jug triumph. Additionally, then 23-year-old Scott Zeron became the youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug. "That was my favorite race," Michael Snyder said. "It was very exciting. He put all his effort into winning. He tried his heart out." In addition to winning the Little Brown Jug, Michael's Power won the Confederation Cup, Upper Canada Cup and Ontario Sire Stakes championship in 2012. Michael's Power, who was named after Michael Snyder, was preparing to return to the races this season in an attempt to reach $2 million in lifetime purses. The decision to retire the horse came after it was determined it might risk his long-term health. "We wanted to take care of him," Snyder said. "We wanted to make sure he could be a hundred percent sound to be a riding horse in the future. He's the sweetest, friendliest horse." Michael's Power is a full-brother to millionaire Michelle's Power and his second dam, Jef's Magic Trick, is the mother of 1994 Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark. Jeff Snyder also owned Cam's Card Shark. Ken Weingartner

Pompano Beach, FL...Tuesday, April 25, 2017...Spilling The Beans, who took a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in Open 3 competition at Pompano Park last week, stepped up a notch to claim the top prize in the $9,500 Open Pace for harness racing Mares on Tuesday night, leading every step of the mile clocked in 1:52.3. Handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, the five year-old daughter of Camluck posted panels of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed the deal by 1½ lengths over the late charging Metro Glide, driven by Tony Kerwood. Miss Dollar Mam and John MacDonald teamed up to be third, two lengths away, while the photo finish camera couldn't separate Sue's Night Out and Goldstar Rockette, who tied for fourth in the septet. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis related, "She was sharp last week and just as sharp this time around, too. "She was alert leaving and the quick opening quarter probably deterred any other horse from an early move, so I was able to gather her up in the second quarter to give her a slight breather. "On the backside, she kind of picked up the pace herself when she heard another horse coming (Sue's Night Out) but, once we cut the corner turning for home, she drew clear. "I did give her a couple of taps mid-stretch to keep her mind on business and she was strong right to the end." Trained by Dan Morrissey for owner George Robinson, Spilling The Beans won for the third time in only five starts this semester, good for $11,975. Lifetime, the mare has 15 wins in 68 career starts with her bounty vaulting over the $60,000 plateau--$60,258 to be precise. As the even money choice on the tote-board, Spilling The Beans returned $4.00 to her multitude of followers. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 was conquered on Tuesday night, one program before the mandatory payout was scheduled. One lucky patron had the only 20 cent winning ticket on the 1-2-3-10-9 combination, good for $110,680.24. Racing continues on Sunday night as the South Florida track moves to a two night per week schedule with next week's schedule featuring programs on Sunday and Tuesday followed by a Sunday and Wednesday schedule for the remainder of the meet, which concludes May 31. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 27, 2017 - You just have to admire someone who was in a sow barn by day and a Yonkers Raceway harness racing winner's circle by night. "She's the best horse we've ever had," owner Jeffrey Williamson said after not-quite-death-and-taxes Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton, $2.70) easily disposed of her seven rivals in Monday's (March 27th) final of the $61,000 Petticoat Pacing Series. The series was open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec.1 and pretty much closed once 'Mary' strutted her stuff. After hat-tricking her three Petticoat prelims, Cousin Mary won the draw for the final. Yielding early to St. Kitts (Jason Bartlett), the people's choice took over eight before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, is was quite simple (:57.2, 1:25.4, 1:54.3) after putting away a first-over bid from Vintage Babe (Yannick Gingras). The margin, a length-and-a-half entering the lane, was 2¾ lengths at the wire. St. Kitts was second, with a closing A Crafty Lady (Dan Dube) third. Vintage Babe and Real Diva (George Brennan) settled for the minors, while Northern Soiree (Matt Kakaley), Rei's Star Cross (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) rounded out the order. For Cousin Mary, a 4-year-old daughter of Camluck owned by Williamson-a hog farmer northwest of Toronto-and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her seventh win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.20, the triple returned $170 and the superfecta paid $704. "Honestly, when she first came to me, I didn't think that much of her,' Harris said. "She was handling (Yonkers') lower conditions, but not going that fast. When she moved up from non-winners of four (races) to non-winners of eight, she lost but raced better than she did when she was winning. "That's when I thought she had a future. Tonight was the first time the series Jordan (Stratton) popped her plugs, and I don't know where her bottom is." A $30,000 series consolation was won by a Winners Over MacDonald, $36.60) in 1:55.1. Monday night's Pick 5, which began with a $5,353.51 carryover, attracted $22,248 worth of fresh investors. The winning combination of 4/1/4/5/1 paid $60.87 for every winning half-a-buck-wager. The $61,800 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series goes Tuesday night (March 28th). Frank Drucker

Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2017...Godiva Seelster, cleverly handled by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for the Mares on Wednesday night (March 8), stopping the tele-timer in 1:52.2. The splendid seven year-old daughter of Camluck hit the wire 1¼ lengths to the good of Wild Wanda, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with OK Heavenly and Kevin Wallis teaming up for show honors, just a nose further back. Sweet Bet, tasting the top Open class for the first time, finished fourth, 3¾ lengths away while Misssomebeach Blue earned the final award in the classy sextet. While the victory was not a surprise to the public that sent her to the post as the 3 to 5 favorite, it was a surprise as to the way this splendid seven year-old daughter reached the winner's circle--off the pace. At the outset, Sweet Bet burst off the wings and into the early lead, taking the field to the opener in a stout :27.2 with Goldstar Rockette in the garden spot and Wild Wanda next--but not for long. Macomber sent Wild Wanda winging to the front three-eighths in and took the field to the half in :55.2 with Sweet Bet now enjoying the luxury of the garden journey, Goldstar Rockette next and Godiva Seelster biding her time in fourth. On the backside, Wild Wanda started to feel the heat from Goldstar Rockette setting up Godiva Seelster up with a second over trip following very live cover. Reaching the third station in 1:23.3, Wild Wanda put away the challenger of Goldstar Rockette and that's when Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster on the prowl in search for the lead, which she got at the midway point in the lane, edging clear to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "Every week I have been putting Godiva (Seelster) in the ballgame early and, tonight, I thought I try to get her to relax a bit early and come from off the pace. "I thought they were going pretty good up front and I got perfect cover from John's (MacDonald) mare (Goldstar Rockette) and Godiva was ready to roll when I tipped her for the drive. "It was a good mile for her." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster earned her first win of the season and 40th lifetime. The grand mare has now won $356,070 during her career spanning 115 starts and has missed only one purse check in her last five seasons covering 106 starts. Godiva Seelster paid $3.20 to win. Hennessey also won the $9,000 Open 2 Pace for the ladies by guiding Jets Are On to victory in 1:52, a new lifetime best. This seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, trained by Luanne Case for S & P Racing Stable, pinned the one length defeat on Rock My World (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with Astarisontheway (Rick Plano) third, 2 1/4 lengths back of the winner. Miss Dollar Man, beginning from post nine, found a spot in fourth early and finished there, just a neck back of third. Metro Glide picked up the nickel in the octet. The new lifetime mark was set up by an early battle for supremacy between Single Me and Sue's Night out which resulted in opening panels of :26.3 and :55. At the half way juncture, Jets Are On was sixth but rolling up strongly on the outside, reaching second around the final bend--three quarters in 1:23.3--and then on to victory on the strength of her final quarter in 28.3. Jets Are On won for the third time in 10 starts this semester and now shows 2017 earnings of $20,440. Lifetime, Jets Are On has 26 wins and bounty of $234,619. As the 7 to 2 third choice, Jets Are On rewarded her faithful with a $9.20 mutuel. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 was hit on Wednesday night when Surge Seelster ($10.60) took the finale for Corey Braden with Soaking Up The Sun (16 to 1) second, Hey Grin (44 to 1) third, Hurricane Howard (6 to 5) fourth and Brown Titan (29 to 1) fifth. The lone holder of that 5-9-1-2-10 ticket gets $70,445.36 for that 20 cent winning combination. Racing continues on Saturday night--the final Saturday program of the season--with a pair of carryovers--the first in the Pick-5 ($4,408) and the second in the Pentafecta fourth race ($3,906). Post time for the Saturday card is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

LEBANON, OH. - A $22,000 Open Trot and the final two championship legs of the popular January "Claim To Fame Series" at Miami Valley Raceway were harness racing highlights of the Tuesday (Jan. 31) matinee. Tag Up And Go (Trace Tetrick) was a repeat winner in the weekly top trot, handily defeating runnerup Final Breath (Dan Noble) and show finisher Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.4. It appeared Tag Up And Go could have scored from second base on a routine fly ball as he pinned a 4-1/4 lengths triumph on the best squaregaiters currently competing in southwest Ohio. Revenue Agent (Greg Grismore) and Insomniac (Brady Galliers) dueled through an initial quarter in :28.2. As soon as they were settled, however, driver Trace Tetrick rushed favored Tag Up And Go directly to the front, reaching the half in :57 and the three quarters in 1:25.4. Sandys Victory (Kyle Ater) offered a mild first-up challenge at the third teletimer station with Final Breath (Dan Noble), making his first 2017 start, right on his bumper. Tetrick never really experienced an anxious moment through the stretch, closing with little urging in :29 flat to secure the victory. Final Breath held for second in a tight photo finish over Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman), who was forwardly placed along the pylons throughout. Brewer Adams trains the winner who is owned by Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark. The 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding's resume now sports 30 wins and $427,775 in earnings. $8000 female claiming pacers chased a $20,000 purse when the top nine earners in two preliminary legs contested their 'Claim To Fame' series final. Grantor Hanover (Dan Noble) parlayed a pocket ride into a mild upset win over favored Turbo Mach (Trace Tetrick), who cut all the fractions. Both mares had been claimed in both preliminary legs, where they tallied a pair of victories apiece. In the showdown, Grantor Hanover sped to the front in :28.3, but promptly yielded to Turbo Mach, who lead the field to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. Feeling no necessity to vacate the pocket until the stretch, Grantor Hanover angled back out and edged past Turbo Mach in deep stretch. Now owned by Angela Ott and trained by Jim Lupton, the 7-year-old Camluck lass has 17 wins to her credit and a bankroll of $195,322. The top nine $12,500 claiming mares contested the $17,900 final for their division with favored Caviart Scarlett (Trace Tetrick) scoring in 1:52.4 over second choice Ginger Tree Alexis (Tyler Smith) and show finisher Cenaltafirecracker (Chris Page). The favored pair raced one-two throughout as the balance of the field gapped behind them. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains and co-owns the winner with Carl Howard; while Adam Short owns and trains both the runnerup and the show finisher. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2016...Godiva Seelster, again superbly handled by Wally Hennessey, pinned a photo finish defeat on arch-rival Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.2. OK Heavenly, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, was third, 2¼ lengths away while Arodasi finished fourth. All Charged Up picked up the nickel in the classy quintet. In an event where, once the early dust settled, positions remained unchanged for the final 7/8s of the mile, it was Godiva Seelster, leaving from post 4, and Safe From Terror, beginning from post 5, in a fierce war early on with Hennessey bursting off of the Hummer's wings and Safe From Terror matching her stride for stride. Realizing that Godiva Seelster was in an unrelenting mood, Safe From Terror backed off in the pocket with OK Heavenly, leaving from the rail, third, Arodasi next and All Charged Up serving as the caboose. With an opening panel of :27.2 and no imminent threat developing, Godiva Seelster lolly-gagged over to the half in :57.2 and then began picking up the pace midway on the backside, reaching the third station in 1:26.2 From there, the race was on! Godiva Seelster was on her way home in a splendid :27 and, while Safe From Terror was gnawing away at Godiva Seelster's, not even her :26.4 finale could push her nose in front. The final margin was a head on the wire as Godiva Seelster won for the 14th time this semester, equaling her total of last year. The grand soon-to-be seven year-old daughter of Camluck, traineed by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, now sports a scorecard of 39-30-18 in 111 career starts, good for $344,025--$124,308 as she wraps up her 2016 season. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "this has become quite a rivalry between two great mares. "Tonight, I drew one slot inside of her and that was the difference. Once we got going, I didn't think it would be prudent to yield because, if Bryce (driver Fenn) got the jump on me with his mare, then I would have had to go a tick faster in the lane and, since these two mares are so close in talent, I just wanted to try and control the situation. The middle half breather helped a lot and I thought we had a :27 closer in the bag--and we did!" With Godiva Seelster as the even money second choice--Safe From Terror was 3 to 5--the win mutual was $4.20. The Open 2 pace for the ladies went to Metro Glide, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, hitting the wire in 1:53.1. This four year-old daughter of Metropolitan finished off her most successful season with her ninth win in 30 starts, sending her seasonal earnings to $45,130. The pacesetting Art Frenzy, driven by Wally Hennessey, was second, two lengths back, after posting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3. Jets Are On (Kevin Wallis) was third while Memumsnotnice and Winbak Heavenly picked up minor awards in the field of nine. Metro Glide, trained by Richard Lareau for the J P Houle Stable, was the 3 to 1 second choice on the board and paid $8.80 to win. Finally, the Open 2 Trot worth $8,500, went to the Florida bred Railee Workable, handled by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.2, just a tick off his lifetime mark achieved just last month. The four year-old son of Basil, trained by Mark Friedman for Andre Bousquet and Equi Herbs, pulled half way through the mile and marched up first over, collaring the leader, Commentary (Aaron Byron), around the final bend and then went on to score a win measuring 3¾ lengths over Uriel (John Mac Donald) with Commentary holding on for third. Swan Handicap finished fourth while Without Me As picked up the final award. The win was the 10th lifetime for Railee Workable in only 31 career starts, pushing his bounty to $96,103. Off at 2 to 1, Railee Workable paid $6,00 to win and closed out the Pick-5 with a 50 cent winning ticket worth $3,596.70. Racing continues on New Year's Eve with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

The final Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel yielded its biggest harness racing upset of the season. Mariner Seelster (Camluck) pulled off the shocker in the $18,000 Saturday night feature by surging up the passing lane to win at odds of 55-1. Mark Ford owns and trains the seven year old pacer who was the clear longshot in the race but prevailed in the end, stopping the timer in 1:53 to register the upset. Invader Lucan Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) cut the mile and held on for second while Texas Terror N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot after a scramble in the stretch. Mariner Seelster, who was driven to victory by Greg Merton, paid $113 to win and led a big exacta and triple that returned $877 and $2,877, respectively. Closing day for the 2016 racing season is Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Racing will resume on Sunday February 19th with matinees scheduled for that day and the following afternoon on President's Day. Mike Sardella

The grand mare Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, led from first long stride to last in scoring a handy victory over a classy quartet of harness racing ladies in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night. The six year-old daughter of Camluck stopped the tele-timer in 1:50.4, equaling her lifetime best record, off of panels of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.1. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, gave futile chase in the lane to finish second, 1¼ lengths away while Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn, finished third. OK Heavenly was fourth in a field shortened to a quartet with the scratch of invader Barynya A. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Godiva Seelster, leaving from post three, seemed to push the wings away with a front stepping blitz that put her in the lead, literally, in the first step with All Charged Up, beginning from the inside, settling in the garden spot with OK Heavenly next and arch-rival Safe From Terror away last and four lengths away from Godiva. With positions unchanged half way through the mile, Godiva Seelster thwarted an thoughts of a potential challenge by brushing a backside quarter in :27.2 while stretching her lead to two lengths over All Charged Up with Safe From Terror trying to mount a challenge but still three lengths away as they turned for home. From there, it was a :27.3 sprint home that sealed the deal-the grand mare's 13th win of the season. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "There's really not too much to be said that hasn't been said already. She's just a remarkable mare, just as nice as she can be in the stable and as professional as she can be on the track. "I took a chance leaving out of there tonight because that's what Godiva wanted to do. "You know, these are top mares here and to get the jump on them was important. That All Charged Up is really sharp now and I was a bit concerned about her. And Bryce's mare (Safe From Terror), who pinned us a couple of times, when she didn't leave with me, I got a nice jump on her. "These mares are all within a second or two of each other and I know how tough it is to close a four or five length gap when were all about the same in talent." Trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster has missed but one single check in her last 100 starts dating back four seasons and now shows lifetime bounty of $335,775 on the strength of a lifetime scorecard of 109-38-29-18. She's banked $116,058 this semester-her most successful thus far in her career. As the slight 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.80 to win. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Southwind Amazon (Camluck) made his local harness racing debut on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel and what an impression he made. The Paul Holzman-trained pacer showed some impressive lines in his races from the last few months but drew the outside post position in his debut in the $16,000 Open Pace. Driver Billy Dobson powered Southwind Amazon out early and didn't stop until he reached the top. After an opening quarter in 27 seconds and a half in 55, the six year old star sped away from his rivals to build an insurmountable lead. Clicking off three quarters in 1:22.3, Southwind Amazon had plenty left in the stretch and stopped the clock in 1:50.4, the fastest time for any horse at the Spa this year. The race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) shook loose late but it was to no avail as he had to settle for second while Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Southwind Amazon returned $7.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $25.20 and $68, respectively. It was the 11th victory in 29 seasonal tries for Southwind Amazon who posted the fastest mile of 2016 at Saratoga in a year that featured defending National Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (he prevailed in 1:51 in July's $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) continued her dominance of the harness racing Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Mark Beckwith picked up the catch drive behind the Dan Hennessey-trained mare who overcame her assigned outside post to make the lead in a 27.1 opening quarter. The 3-5 betting favorite in the $15,000 feature for distaffers, Godiva Seelster got headed turning for home by Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) but dug in in the stretch to turn back that rival before stopping the timer in 1:52.4. Bettorhaveanother was the runner up as she hit the board for the fifth time in her last six tries in the Friday feature while So Nice (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. For Godiva Seelster, it was win number six this year to go with six second place finishes in just fourteen seasonal tries. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

The return of the traditional Thursday night racing at Corbiewood on June 16th played host to the SHRC 3YO Derby which for the first time was split into divisions for colts and fillies, instead of the previous heats and final format. This new format was heralded a success by all concerned. The honours went to the winner and runner up in last year's SHRC 2YO Futurity which had been a combined event for colts and fillies, Jacks Red and Porcelain Seelster. The track also welcomed back last year's SHRC Horse of the Year, Greentree Shorty, who returned with a win in top handicap company. The first event of the night a was maiden and novice combined. The betting favourite, Millie May West (William Greenhorn) led from post position two, dictated the pace and coasted to victory under an armchair drive, giving Greenhorn yet another victory in his quest for the British driver's title. Although the season is still in its infancy, it's clear this driver means business. GDs Baby (Gordon Gilvear) came once again from off the pace to finish in the placings for the third time this season, passing Littlemill Alert (Steven Henderson) who finished third. Race 1 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-April May West) - W Greenhorn 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - G Gilvear 3rd Littlemill Alert (Daylon Alert-Forevergreen) - S Henderson 8 Ran Time: 2.08.39 Dist.: 6L & 1 1/2L There was an early speed duel in the second as Sureamhasty (William Greenhorn) and Camden Candyman (Robert Wilson) vied for the lead, which injected pace into the race which carried on throughout. Sureamhasty won the early battle with Camden Candyman slotting in on the rail, however challengers were coming thick and fast with Anniejoan (Brian Gilvear) moving out to challenge, closely followed by Caraghs Hall (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr). At the bell there was all to play for, and Caraghs Hall tipped three wide at the three quarters, showed a good turn of foot to narrowly take the lead as they rounded the final turn. Bayrigg Tonto (Dougie Mckenzie), who had found himself short of racing room, weaved his way into a challenging position up the home straight, but it was Caraghs Hall under a perfect drive who claimed victory in a blanket finish which saw the first seven horses home within a second of each other. Race 2 1st Caraghs Hall (Hasty Hall-Flyers Comet) - H O'Neil Jr Jr 2nd Bayrigg Tonto (Genghis Pan-Daurus Day) - D Mckenzie 3rd Camden Candyman (Yankee Lariat-Tacambro) - R Wilson 8 Ran Time: 2.07.82 Dist.: 3/4L & Nk The third race saw Nevelle Scot (Richard Thomson) show good gate speed to take control of the race; Reverend Run (Keir Cullen) slotted in behind the leader looking to add to last week's first driving victory. These two were left clear due to backfield interference, as Nevelle Scot set good fractions throughout and held off Reverend Run's persistent challenge to win convincingly. Wellfield Alfie, after faltering early, stayed on for third. Race 3 1st Nevelle Scot (Daylon Alert-Mattches N Fire) - R Thomson 2nd Reverend Run (The Preacher Pan-Lyons Flum) - K Cullen 3rd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 8 Ran Time: 2.05.74 Dist.: 1 3/4L & 8L The fourth event was the fillies' division of the SHRC 3YO Derby. After a false start, Gabriella Camden (Hugh Menzies) darted to the lead from the outside gate position with 2YO Futurity runner up Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) in hot pursuit. The leader set blazing fractions throughout, however the grey filly gradually wore her down and took up the running inside the final eighth to come home a worthy winner. Dynamic Ace (William Drysdale), making her racing debut, ran with tremendous credit to hold off Imogen Camden (William Greenhorn) for third. Race 4 1st Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 2nd Gabriella Camden (Pro Bono Best-Seven Seas) - H Menzies 3rd Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Drysdale 6 Ran Time: 2.04.89 Dist.: 1L & 1/2L The next race saw six colts go to post for the second division. Indie Hanover, with Richard Haythornthwaite looking to emulate his brother's success in the previous race, started as the betting favourite. However, it was last year's 2YO Champion Jacks Red (Grant Cullen) who blasted from the gate to take control. Cullen looked confident throughout, dictating the pace at the head of affairs; he was briefly challenged by Mooreside Watson (Richard Thomson) which helped keep the pace strong throughout the race, however once the challenger faded it paved the way for India Hanover to mount his challenge having enjoyed the perfect trip throughout. This was the pivotal point of the race where Jacks Red or Indie Hanover would stamp his authority, and it was Jacks Red who left his mark, coming home a deserving winner. Ayr Trooper (Hugh Menzies) gave trainer Charles Inglis Jr a training 1-2 when grabbing second in deep stretch, and also the first two home for owners David and Wilma Morton. 1st Jacks Red (Check On Jack-Red Wilma) - G Cullen 2nd Ayr Trooper (Daylon Alert-Ayr Queen) - H Menzies 3rd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 6 Ran Time: 2.05.71 Dist.: 1L & 1L The Tom Menzies Memorial trophy for the fastest division was awarded to Porcelain Seelster and connections, owners Claire and Shane Fletcher, trainer Teresa Haythornthwaite and son James who steered the filly to victory. The final race of the evening was for Scotland's top handicappers and saw Greentree Shorty make his seasonal debut at Corbiewood following his Horse of the Year honours in 2015. He led out of the gate easily in the hands of regular driver William Drysdale, closely followed by American Gigolo (Tony Allan). The first challenge came in the form of Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear); this challenge was persistent and the mare was still there inside the final quarter. This left American Gigolo locked in the pocket; his young driver thought to take advantage of the slice of daylight up the leader's inside however things got rough rounding the final turn as the door closed on him. Greentree Shorty crossed the line in front with American Gigolo and Bayrigg Millionayr finishing fast for second and third respectively. The stewards looked into possible interference and pylon violation regarding the first two horses home but were satisfied for the result to stand. Race 6 1st Greentree Shorty (Wolfdancer Mindale-Laytons Pansy P) - W Drysdale 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - T Allan 3rd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - R Thomson 5 Ran Time: 2.05.85 Dist.: 1L & 1L The next meeting at Corbiewood will be Thursday 23rd June which kick starts the four-day Scottish Festival of Racing with meetings at Corbiewood, Musselburgh (24th /25th) and returning to Corbiewood on Sunday 26th June. By Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink  

Harness racing in the province of New Brunswick will officially kick off on Saturday, June 18th at 12:30 P.M at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway.   Five races will kick-off the 2016 racing season at the port city half-mile oval that will include a $ 1350 featured race as the fifth of the afternoon.   Veteran pacer Magical Alex has drawn the coveted rail position for catch-driver Todd Trites and owner Bob MacNeil of Saint John.   Known for his quick gate speed, Magical Alex will look to put away four other rivals in the finale on Saturday. Last year's Rookie of the at Fredericton Raceway, driver Dr. Mitch Downey will pilot Stare Down for post-two.   Skippy, a son of the great sire Camluck will leave post-three for driver Mark Haig and his connections. Rounding out the top-class is Only The Lonely with Rick Armstrong and Haunto with trainer/ driver Ed Harvey the king of last year's race meet at Fredericton Raceway.   Post time Saturday is slated for 12:30 P.M and many horsemen, including Steve Mason will be headed to Prince Edward Island after the racing with stake stars Jackson K Down and K D Overdrive competing in the Maritime Breeders final at Red Shores.   Also on the grounds of Exhibition Park on Saturday will be the popular Rib Fest with some of the best B.B.Q specialists in all of North America taking part. There will also be live music and other activities available throughout the day.   Scott Waddell    

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) moved her win streak to four on Friday night as she scored a front-running harness racing victory in the $15,000 feature at Saratoga. Wally Hennessey powered the race's 4-5 favorite out to the early lead in the 1 1/16 mile Open Pace for Fillies and Mares and Godiva Seelster would not be denied. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the six year old mare, two at Pompano Park before scoring two straight since after north to Saratoga. Godiva Seelster covered the 1 1/16 miles in 2:00 besting pocket sitter Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) and third place finisher Dilly Dali (Bruce Aldrich Jr). For Godiva Seelster, who paid $3.70 to win, it was victory number 29 in 92 career starts. The exacta in the feature returned $9.70 and the triple came back $33.20. Godiva Seelster is owned by Paul and Patti O'Neil of Saratoga Springs. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) made her harness racing return to the Spa a winning one on Friday night. The Dan Hennessey-trained mare competed at a high level this winter and spring at Pompano Park in Florida and handled the adjustment back to the north with ease as she scored in the $15,000 Open Handicap for Fillies and Mares. Godiva Seelster left quickly and wound up sitting the pocket to the race's favorite in the 1 1/16 mile Friday feature. After three quarters went in a quick 1:25, the leader tired when confronted by longshot My Spring Fling (Jim Devaux). Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey found clearance around the final turn and snuck Godiva Seelster off the pylons and she charged hard to get by My Spring Fling and secure her third victory of the year. My Spring Fling, who was dismissed at odds of 50-1, finished a strong second while Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to earn the show spot. Godiva Seelster, who is owned by Paul and Patti O'neil of Saratoga Springs, stopped the timer in 2:00.2 for the 1 1/16 miles. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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