Creighton Hanover wore down the pacesetting Schooner to win the featured Winners Over Pace at Truro Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The victory was one of four on the day for driver Paul Langille. Creighton Hanover prevailed in the $1,275 pace by a quarter-length in 1:59.1 over Schooner (Ryan Ellis) while Barefoot Contessa (David Kelly) won a three-way battle for show eight lengths behind. Jonah Moase trains the four-year-old Camluck gelding, who earned his ninth win of the season from 40 starts, for owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, N.S. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway. Repritned with permission by www.standardbredcanada.com
Classic Sakuri paced home for her fourth straight win Friday (November 22) in Northfield Park’s fifth race. The seven year-old is owned by Lora Markley and Kiesha Malloy and trained by Barry Langley. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive. Classic Sakuri started from post two and led at every call, posting fractions of :28.4, :58.3, 1:27.2 and 1:56.1 over a sloppy surface. She maintained a 4-length margin of victory over her closest competitor, Canaco Star (Keith Kash Jr.). Friday’s triumph was the sixth win this year and 22nd career success for Classic Sakuri (Astreos-Spider Cam-Camluck) and increased her lifetime earnings to $114,300. She returned $6.20 to win. Classic Sakuri was one of six winners on the night driven by Josh Sutton. His other driving victories were with Addys Secret ($3.80) in race two, Random Blizzard ($7.80) in race three, Rock’n Roll Queen ($5.60) in race seven, Hally ($2.80) in race eight and Reisin In The Sun ($3.20) in race nine. Thirty-one year old Sutton began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,155 career victories and is approaching $12,400,000 in purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff
The 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale held its first of two sessions on Saturday afternoon at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ont. with Queen Fourteen topping the opening session. Selling as Hip 64, Queen Fourteen was purchased for $130,000 by Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, Ont. Consigned by agent Preferred Equine Inc. for Warrawee Farms, the filly is by Hall of Famers Camluck and Mystic Mystress. She is Mystic Mystress' 14th foal and is a full sister to Mystician ($1,860,422 - 1:49.2), Camystic ($779,728 - 1:49.4) and Lucks Mistress ($616,605 - 1:51.3). O'Sullivan also purchased Warrawee Quick, Hip 115, from the same consignment for $65,000. The Sportswriter-Great Memories filly is a half-sibling to world champion Warrawee Needy ($1,105,669 - 1:46.4) and Big Bay Point ($501,139 - 1:49). Also among the top three highest priced yearlings of the session was Tessa Seelster, Hip 90. Consigned by Seelster Farms Inc., the Shadow Play-Titania Seelster filly was purchased for $77,000 by Ben Baillargeon, agent for Quebec's Richard Berthiaume. She is a half-sibling to Grassroots Championship runner-up Twilight Seelster ($86,438 - 1:56). A total of 111 yearlings were sold for $2,087,000, producing an average price of $18,802. Last year, 119 yearlings passed through the sales ring on opening day, selling for $1,802,500 with an average price of $15,147. The sale will continue at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Pedigrees and videos (where available) for all of the yearlings selling may be viewed here. For complete sale results, click here. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.com
In otherwise an uneventful Saturday night harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev won three races at Woodbine Racetrack. He won two for trainer Jeff Gillis. Three-year-old Somebeachsomewhere colt Cougar Hall in 1:51 and five-year-old Camluck son Mystician in 1:52.2. Videos of all races are attached.
Harrisburg, PA --- It will be a white Christmas for the Sjoberg family. Tristan Sjoberg purchased the white colt named White Bliss for $240,000 on Tuesday on the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. White Bliss was the day’s top-priced yearling. Bjorn “Bernie” Noren signed for White Bliss, who is an early Christmas gift for Sjoberg’s mother, Eva. A son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays, White Bliss is a rare all white Standardbred. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. “(Sjoberg) wanted to buy this horse for his mom,” Noren said. “She has always been looking for a white Standardbred. She went to Russia to buy some white horses, but couldn’t find any really purely white. When this horse came up for sale, he got really excited and his mom got really excited. He wanted to go for it. He bought it for his mom as a Christmas present.” Ake Svanstedt, who is coming to the U.S. after a successful career in Sweden, will train the colt. “He’s going to take him to Florida and train him and race him in the New York Sire Stakes program hopefully,” Noren said. “Then he will go to Sweden and get the chance to breed some trotting mares.” Noren added with a laugh, “He’s not going to get castrated.” The colt was among three horses to sell for at least $200,000 on the second day and a total of 14 sold for at least $100,000. After two days, the average price was $50,486 for 515 horses sold; an increase of 14 percent compared to 2012. Last year, the average was $44,270 for 545 horses sold. On the pacing side, yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere were going for an average of $84,243 – the top mark of the sale. On the trotting side, Credit Winner-sired foals were leading with an average of $83,636. Mohegan Blue Chip and Apple Bottom Lindy were tied for the No. 2 seller, both bringing $215,000. Mohegan Blue Chip, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Casino Miss, went to trainer Tony Alagna. Casino Miss finished second in the finals of the Tender Loving Care and Blossom series in 2003 and earned $431,698 lifetime. “I trained the first foal out of the mare, Ryder Blue Chip, and I liked her,” Alagna said. “She was just a nice sire stakes filly, but I liked her a lot. This was the first colt the mare had, the first Somebeachsomewhere, so he kind of fit the profile for what we were looking for. “There’s enough maternal pedigree to be a home run. He was a great individual with a lot of presence. He passed all the tests.” Apple Bottom Lindy, a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy’s Got Back, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom for owner Lennert Agren. Paul Kelley will train the filly. “She’s got size, she’s got great conformation, she’s got a pretty darn good family, and she gets over the ground really good,” Kelley said. “Hopefully those are all the qualities you’re looking for to start out with.” Migrate Blue Chip, a son of stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Gro sold for $180,000 to Synergie Montreal. Gro was second in the 2006 Tender Loving Care Series final and earned $454,135 in her career. He will be trained by Luc Blais. “I liked the animal, the conformation; he’s a nice looking horse,” Blais said. “We went to the farm a week before the sale. When we saw him, we just liked him. I liked what I see and what I feel about the horse. I report that to the owner and the owner looked at the video and made the decision after that. “Rock N Roll Heaven was a great horse and had a great attitude. That’s what I feel about this yearling. I think he’s got a nice attitude. I was impressed.” Following is the list of horses to sell for at least $100,000: Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 305 – White Bliss – Colt – Art Major-Coochie Mama – $240,000 Rare white Standardbred; half-brother to Western Posse (1:50.4s; $155,818) 428 – Mohegan Blue Chip – Colt – Somebeachsomewhere-Casino Miss – $215,000 Half-brother to Ryder Blue Chip (1:50.3; $190,825) 504 – Apple Bottom Lindy – Filly – Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back – $215,000 First foal for Lindy’s Got Back; third dam is world champion Anamosa Hanover 346 – Migrate Blue Chip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Gro – $180,000 First foal for Gro, who had a mark of 1:50.3 and earned $454,135 459 – Severine Hanover – Filly – Donato Hanover-Secret Credit – $175,000 First foal for Secret Credit, who had a mark of 1:59.2h and earned $133,811; half-sister to Berto Primo (1:54.2; $296,298) 390 – Mullet Blue Chip – Colt – American Ideal-Babe Watching – $160,000 Half-brother to Baberhood, who is the dam of New York Sire Stakes champ He’s Watching 480 – Whataworkout – Colt – Muscle Hill-Southwind Sofia – $155,000 First foal for Southwind Sofia, who is half-sister to Southwind Serena (1:55.2; $385,088) and Southwind Spirit (1:54.1; $310,925) 348 – Adama Hanover – Filly – Camluck-Always True – $140,000 Half-brother to Dynamic Youth (1:48.1f; $822,957) 499 – Mentzer Hanover – Colt – Donato Hanover-Mayday Hanover – $120,000 Dam is half-sister to Macaria Hanover (1:55; $292,337) 498 – Magic Marker – Filly – Andover Hall-Susie’s Magic – $110,000 Dam won 2006 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters; mark of 1:52.4 and earned $700,946 276 – Badiou Hanover – Colt – Well Said-Blind Ambition – $105,000 Dam is half-sister to Cheyenne Rei (1:51.1; $729,933) 279 – By Chance Hanover – Colt – Cantab Hall-Box Of Dreams – $105,000 First colt for Box Of Dreams, who had a mark of 1:58.1f and earned $86,100. 386 – Minix Hanover – Colt – Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch – $105,000 First foal for stakes-winner Madam Hooch, who had a mark of Q1:58.3s and earned $181,843. 478 – Sobti Hanover – Filly – Cantab Hall-Sounds Swell – $105,000 Half-sister to Spellbound Hanover (1:54.3; $962,395) and Up Front Ben (1:54f; $381,326); full sister to Symphonic Hanover (1:53.4; $265,116) 412 – Mypaparox Bluechip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Musical Tone – $100,000 Half-brother to Big Al’s Delight (1:52; $385,154) by Ken Weingartner for HRC
I Luv The Nitelife heads into Saturday’s American National 3-year-old filly pace fresh off her stunning victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore distaff pace on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. The venerable daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trounced her competition soundly in 1:50 by nearly four lengths. “She’s been at Odds On Acres since last Wednesday and she’s just jogged lightly all week,” said her trainer Chris Ryder. “She came out of her Breeders Crown win in really fine shape, and just seems to enjoy life.” Harnessed by Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young of Florida, I Luv The Nitelife has been driven by Tim Tetrick in all of her pari-mutuel starts this season. This familiar scenario follows closely on the heels of 2010 champion Put On A Show—who had these same connections and credentials. I Luv The Nitelife—with her Breeders Crown victory—erased her stablemate’s combined record earnings from her freshman and sophomore season($1,893,475), with her $1,907,867 totals. On Monday of this week, the Young’s cleverly challenged the connections of North America’s top male pacer, Captaintreacherous, to a match race on The Meadowlands’ opening night, on Nov. 23 at the East Rutherford, NJ one mile oval. All of the money from the race would go to charity,with the winning horse’s charity receiving 60% of the purse. “It’s a great idea the Young’s have come up with, and it’s for charity,” Ryder said. “It’s a great opportunity for both of these outstanding 3-year-olds, and a fantastic promotion for harness racing. It’s a win-win situation overall.” I Luv The Nitelife had a 31-day layoff and a pair of qualifiers between her double-heat Jugette victory at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept.18 and her Breeders Crown victory, and now has had 21 days since that last triumph at Pocono Downs. “She wasn’t eligible to anything at Lexington, and our main goal was to win the Jug and the Breeders Crown,” said Ryder. I Luv The Nitelife posted back-to-back miles of 1:51 and 1:51.2 in the Jugette, setting a world record of 3:42.2 for a combined two heats. “I wasn’t concerned about her racing the two heats; I was confident she could handle that,” Ryder noted. If she wins on Saturday night, I Luv The Nitelife has a chance to become just the fourth 3-year-old pacing filly in harness racing history to be honored with a Horse of the Year trophy, joining Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001) and Fan Hanover (1981). A $60,000 yearling purchase by the Young’s at the 2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, I Luv The Nitelife now has 12 consecutive victories to her credit this year, with one third place finish in 13 trips postward this season. Her lone loss came at The Meadowlands on June 1 in a $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stake. Since then, her career has been a dream-come-true for her connections. “She’s a great horse, and great horses do great things,” said trainer Chris Ryder after her Breeders Crown victory. “Yes, there was a longtime in between races, but we just couldn’t find any suitable ones for her, so we qualified her.” This year I Luv The Nitelife also won the $205,608 Simcoe Stakesat Mohawk in 1:50, the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono in a career best 1:48.4,the $125,000 Miss New Jersey final (in 1:49) and elimination (in 1:50.3), the $184,250 Mistletoe Shallee (in 1:50), the $300,000 Lynch elimination (in1:50.1) and final (in 1:50) at Pocono, and the $384,044 Fan Hanover elim (in1:50.4) and final (in 1:49.1) in early June. No slouch as a freshman, I Luv The Nitelife earned $689,530 from four wins, four seconds and one third in ten 2-year-old starts, and was named Canada’s top freshman pacing filly, honored with that nation’s prestigious O’Brien Award. She’s slated to start in the Nadia Lobell after her start in the American National. Ryder said the star distaff takes all the traveling and racing in stride. “She sleeps a lot and is just kind of a plain-jane filly,” he stressed. “She’s never any trouble; in fact, you’d never know she was in the barn.” I Luv The Nitelife is the second daughter out of the $67,482-winning Camluck mare Lisjune, an 11-race winner who took a mark of1:50.4 at age four. Her granddam is the Abercrombie mare Lisheen p,3,1:52.3 ($518,405), who also produced Lisjune’s half-sister, the worldchampion Lis Mara (by Cambest) p,4,1:47.3 ($2,141,661); Lisagain (by DragonAgain) p, 4, 1:49.1F ($635,218); Lis Deo (by The Panderosa) p,2,1:50.2($353,755); Mr Dennis (by Dragon Again) p,3,1:51.1 ($152,410); Odds On Santi (by Jate Lobell) p,4,1:54.2 ($56,049); and Lislea (by Cam Fella) p,Q1:52.3($28,849), etc. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park
Mariner Seelster went to the front and didn’t look back en route to a popular victory in Sunday’s featured $10,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at Flamboro Downs. With Doug McNair at the lines, Mariner Seelster sprinted to the lead from Post 2 and called the shots through fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before using a :30-second final frame to seal the deal by a neck over Astute in 1:56.2. Mach It Big, who did the first-over work in the back-half of the mile, was a solid third. Barry Treen trains the four-year-old son of Camluck M T Freedom for Len Gamble of Etobicoke and Tammy Lynn Turner of Rockwood, ON. Sent off as the 3-5 favourite, Mariner Seelster won for the third time this season and the sixth time in his career. He’s on the verge of surpassing $100,000 in lifetime earnings. The card also served up a set of $5,000 Preferred 3 affairs for pacers, with Simply Business (1:56) and Im Feelin Good (1:56.3) prevailing in their respective assignments. To view results for Sunday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Sunday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Toronto, November 1 - Round two of the Autumn Series continued Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with five divisions contested. Divisions were held for rookie colts and geldings of both gaits. Aventure will look for the series sweep after an impressive 1:57.3 victory to start the 13-race programme. The trotting son of Muscle Mass sat third in the early going past the opening quarter in :29.2. From there, driver Sylvain Filion pulled on the right line and marched the three-time winner to the front at the half in :59.1. The Bill Budd trainee led his six rivals past three quarters in 1:28.2, before edging away from his rivals in deep stretch to score the victory. Longshot Theresademoninme (Steve Condren) finished second with Kremlin (Riina Rekila) third. Owned by Orville Rursch, Aventure increased his bankroll to $24,250. He paid $7 to win. In the other trotting split, Hitchin A Ride and Jack Moiseyev got under the wire first as the heavy 1/9 favourite. Moiseyev guided the son of Angus Hall into the pocket spot before the opening station in :28.2, before pocket-pulling the three-time winner at the half in :58.2. Moiseyev and Hitchin A Ride continued to lead five rivals past three-quarters in 1:27.4 and never looked back en route to a 1:58.2 victory. Wire Me Cash (Anthony Macdonald) finished second with Yoooukilis (Paul Macdonell) finishing third. Trained by Tom Durand for his wife, June, along with Allan Smith and Catherine and Lynn Baker, Hitchin A Ride increased his rookie earnings to $33,428. He paid $2.30 to win. Major Starlight, driven by Paul Macdonell, pulled off the 7/2 minor upset in the first of three pacing divisions. The son of Major In Art enjoyed a three-hole trip through panels of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:25.2, before MacDonell was able to find racing room late in the mile to win in 1:54.3. Vegas Rich (Sylvain Filion) finished second with even-money favourite Pop Pop Joe (Chris Christoforou) settling for third. Trained and co-owned by Allen Tomlinson along with Thomas Phillips, Major Starlight earned his second career victory. The brown gelding increased his bankroll to $19,155 and paid $9.70 to win. In the next division, Allstar Seelster and Mike Saftic prevailed as the heavy favourite in 1:54.1. The four-time winner was first to the front well before the opening station in :28, before releasing a parked-out Brodys Scrapper (Randy Waples). Saftic and Allstar Seelster quickly regained the lead and marched past the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25.2, before edging away from his rivals in deep stretch to win by one and three quarter lengths. Brodys Scrapper stayed for second over Royal Ashton (James MacDonald). Trained and owned by Jack Darling, Allstar Seelster now has three straight wins and will look for the series sweep next Friday evening at Woodbine. The talented youngster increased his bankroll to $43,443. He paid $3.70 to win. In the final division, heavily-favoured Prince Clyde found the wire first in 1:53 for driver Keith Oliver. The son of Camluck overtook command past the opening station in :27, before allowing Shadios (Billy Davis, Jr.) to command. Prince Clyde sat In The Pocket as Shadios controlled the pace past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Oliver angled Prince Clyde off the pylons before the top of the stretch and the four-time winner cruised to an effortless victory. King Royalty (Randy Waples) came from well off-the-pace to finish second, over Shadios. Trained by Tony Montini for his wife, Albina, and Holland Racing Stable, Prince Clyde increased his bankroll to $38,038. He paid $3.30 to win. All four $25,000E Autumns Stakes finals for two-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Due to the Breeders Cup, tomorrow night's 12-race programme will have a special 7:55 p.m. post time. Videos of all races attached Greg Gangle
Pompano Beach, FL...Oct. 27, 2013...For the second straight week, Hyperion Hanover, deftly handled by Stephane Lareau, wore down favored B N Bad, driven by Bruce Ranger, in the final strides to capture Pompano Park’s $10,000 Winners Over feature pace in 1:51.3. The millionaire ageless wonder, now 10, settled cozily in the garden spot after B N Bad left sharply from his mid-pack (five) post and carded honest fractions of :27, :55 and 1:23.1. Turning for home, Hyperion Hanover left the pocket and, ever so slowly, gnawed into B N Bad’s lead, nailing the win just two strides from the wire for his eighth win of the year in 23 starts. The gelded son of Camluck, owned by the S S G Stables, now boasts 48 lifetime wins and a bankroll of $1,152,121. Hurrikane Scotty J, with Matt Romano in the bike, finished third while No Monkeys Allowed and driver Rick Plano teamed up for fourth. Oh My Joepa (Tom Sells) got the last nickel in the field of six. In the post race interview, driver Stephane Lareau said, “...once again, this horse showed his class and tenacity. It was not easy getting by Bruce’s horse (B N Bad) this time around. He was very game. It wasn’t a question of his horse faltering, it was just the fact that I was lucky enough to get the trip.” As third choice in the wagering, Hyperion paid a very healthy $11.20 to win. For trainer Jim McDonald, who is on the USTA “watch list” closing on the 1,000 mark in both driving and training wins, it was career training victory number 981, a number to which he would add a few races later when Freeneasy Hanover, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in the co-feature pace. The five year-old son of Western Ideal, owned by Twenty Four Carrot Racing along with Ciro Gentile, made a bold quarter move to the top past the :27.2 opener, clocked panels of :56.3 and 1:25 and then held off the furious late surge of Yankees In Six (Stephane Lareau) to win by a head in 1:53.2. The early leader, Excel Nine, handled by Matt Romano, finished third followed by Gold Star Spike and Fine Fine Fine in the field of seven. The win was number five on the year for Freeneasy Hanover in 30 starts--16th lifetime--and pushed his career bounty to $145,315. In the non-wagering $10,000 Sunshine State Stake Final for Florida bred three year-old side-wheelers, 80 year-young trainer Marc Aubin stole the show as Quincy and stablemate Hillybilly finished one-two. Quincy, owned by the Marc Aubin Stable, grabbed the racetrack after three-eighths of a mile, went to the half in :57.1 and blazed home in :56.2 to score a handy two length victory for Bryce Fenn in 1:53.3 for his 12th victory of the year--and a new lifetime mark to go along with it. Hillybilly, driven by Bruce Ranger, was the early leader through the :28.3 opener and sat In The Pocket thereafter before easing out in the lane to out-game Goldstar Thumper (Rick Plano) for the second spot. In other action, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, stuck his long nose in front approaching the wire to score in a lifetime best 1:52.3 over Gentleman Friend (Kyle Bolon) and Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) in a blanket finish. Panocchio is owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison. Finally, the Florida Amateur Driving Club, that have donated over $125,000 to worthy charitable causes since their inception, added to that total on Saturday night with a sizable contribution to the Go For The Greens Foundation, dedicated to helping those that have been touched by breast cancer. The ceremony took place in the Pompano Park winner’s circle after Teddy Bowman teamed up with his own Peaceful Prince to win the F.A.D.C. featured trot in 2:00.3. It was the 27th lifetime win for the nine year-old son of Lindy Lane. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
BATAVIA, N.Y. --- It was a successful debut for Umygeorgia Hanover and North America's leading dash driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at Batavia Downs Wednesday night (Oct. 23) as the pair combined to romp to victory in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. It was the 13th victory of the season for Umygeorgia Hanover ($4.00) who was stepping up in class after coming off a 2-1/2 victory in 1:53 on Oct. 11 at Northfield Park. The 5-year-old mare found her new surroundings to her liking as she rolled to a 3-3/4 length win over Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) and Xenia Hanover (Shawn McDonough) in 1:54.3 over the fast track. There were three lead changes in the race as You're Too Funny, Real Joy and Devin Pulse all showed the way at some point. But before the three-quarter marker, Umygeorgia Hanover took command and never looked back, using a 29.2 final panel to secure the victory. Umygeorgia Hanover (Camluck-Up Front Georgia) is owned by Gregory Gardner and trained by Ronald Best. The win upped her season winnings to $39,767 and $92,164 lifetime. Wrenn, Jr., who entered the night with 572 victories on the season, added to that total as he posted a driving four-bagger. The racing action resumes on Friday night with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The feature on the program will be the $8,500 Open Trot where BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) will open as the 5-2 morning line favorite, scoring from the four post. For additional information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and statistics, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 19, 2013--China Grill (Pat Lachance) justified the endorsement of the electorate Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. Winning the blind draw as the 11-10 favorite, China Grill retook from Eighteen (Jordan Stratton) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :55.3 intermission as Bettor's Reward (Jim Marohn Jr.) moved from fourth. All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland) was on that tow at the 1:23.3 three-quarters, with China Grill widening to 2 3/4 lengths He kept his rivals at bay, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in a life-best 1:51. Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell, five winners on the 12-race card) closed to grab second, with Eighteen, Escape the News (George Brennan) and All Speed Hanover rounding out the payees. For China Grill, a 5-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by his driver for owner Lawrence Litwin, he returned $4.30 for his sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) returned $8.50, with the triple returning $59. Special props to the millionaire Lucky Man, who made his 150th career start his 30th career win. Goodell drove the 8-year-old Camluck gelding ($32.40) in the $19,000, second-race, an off-the-pace win in 2:01.4 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. Saturday was also the Fifth Annual Fall Harvest Festival, highlighting the thriving relationship between agriculture and horse racing throughout New York State. A host of fun, family-friendly events adorned the apron, while the annual Legislators' Challenge featured 10 of the state's elected officials in non-wagering-but ultra-competitive-battle. Assembly Member Andrew Garbarino (R-Suffolk) won the "rookie" division with Cockney Hanover in a first-up 2:11.4. Holland was also there, offering minimal assistance. Assembly Member Keith Wright (D-Harlem) crossed winning a Legislators' Challenge off his bucket list, teaming with Strong Signal (and, to a lesser extent, Bartlett) to win the "veterans" division from the pocket in 2:11.3. Assembly Member Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), a winner a year, joined with Kandi Chip (and Bartlett) to whip a pair of other previous winners--Assembly Member Joe Saladino (R-Massapequa) and Assembly Member Gary Pretlow (D-Mt. Vernon) in a night's-fastest 2:09.4. There was also a Racing Under Saddle exhibition, with John-Michael and Mary Dolce Conti giving nothing else a chance. The pair teamed to win the mile-and-one-sixteenth event by 9¼ lengths in 2:15. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker
Race one saw Sweetie Hearts (Angus Hall-Sweetheart K-Muscles Yankee) win the two-year-old filly trot in 1:57.2. There were two races for two-year-old filly pacers and they were taken out by the David Menary trained Polk Dot Hanover (Western Ideal-Paling Avenue-Precious Bunny) and the Mario Baillargeon driven Brescia Seelster (Camluck-Beryl Seelster-Jate Lobell) Videos of all races are attached.
The York Standardbred sale took place on Saturday 5th October. Fifty lots were due for sale with twenty-four of them yearlings. Mick Welling’s Camden Stud had drawn plenty of attention before the sale. Many of his yearlings were the first British crop from his imported American mares. The one that enticed the crowds was lot 13 Alexander Camden (Cambest/Lola). Lola, an Artsplace mare had already left two full brothers to Alexander Camden in the states, Canyon Wind (1.48.8) and Paragon (1.50.2). His quality breeding attracted a number of buyers. The hammer went down at £38,000 with David Morton the highest bidder. This sales price was a new record for a British Standardbred sale. The previous highest price was £24,000 for Rhyds Five Star (Hasty Hall/Tonda Star) at the Builth sale in 2008. Alexander Camden was only the start of a tremendous sale for Camden Stud. Lot 16 Mickey Camden (Camluck/Electrical Art) sold for £23,000 while lot 22 Tommy Camden (No Pan Intended/House Flight) sold for £26,000. Other high prices were £13,000 for Carmel Camden (No Pan Intended/Pan Culottes) and £10,000 for Eli Camden (Pro Bono Best/Anthology). Camden Stud put fourteen lots up for sale, only two were not sold. Mick Welling’s total earnings for the day reached £130,000. Twenty-five horses were sold in the sale for £139,835, with an average price of £5,593. This was a huge increase on 2012 where twenty-two horses were sold for £44,375 with an average of £2,017. by Kayleigh Evans for Ceredrotian
Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded its highly successful sale on Saturday, with a final tally of 687 horses selling over the five sessions for a gross of $27,382,000, averaging $39,857. The average price was the highest for the sale since 2008 and represented an increase of 12.5 percent over the average price in 2012. On opening night, the Cantab Hall colt Custom Fit sold for $475,000, the highest price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Sale. Saturday’s session trailed in average price the amount on the final day a year ago, as 111 yearlings sold for an average of $11,694, a decline of about seven percent. The sale topper at $50,000 was the Groton Hall colt Cinnabar Hall. Out of Charm’s Chip, he is a half-brother to Chaplain Hall and Chancey Hall, both with career earnings exceeding $250,000. John Como Jr. was the buyer of this Walnut Hall Ltd.-bred yearling. Second on the leaderboard at $40,000 was the Muscle Hill colt Southwind Paco, actually making his second appearance, since he was a resale from the previous night. Dam Southwind Prelude is a full sister to Malabar Maple ($483,107) and a half-sister to three other winners of more than $100,000. Bobby Brower bought this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc as agent for Southwind Farm. The next two highest priced yearlings Saturday were Walnut Hall Ltd-bred pacing colts by the farm’s stallion Third Straight. Teahouse Hall sold for $33,000 to Bruce Riegle. The colt is the first foal of Tearose Hall, a full sister to Pleasure Chest a winner of $601,854, and Mind Boggling, with career earnings of $505,553. Corsica Hall, who sold for $30,000, is a half-brother to four winners of at least $100,000, including Camelot Hall ($856,639) and Castanet Hall. Bill Elliott was the winning bidder. Groton Hall, Third Straight, and Cambest, the sire of the fifth-highest priced yearling for the night, all stand at Walnut Hall Ltd. Savvy buyers were aware of the very limited number of Kentucky-sired yearlings selling at auction that are eligible for the lucrative Kentucky Sires Stakes. Session 5 Group-Number-Sold-Total-price-Average-Price-Top-Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing-Colts-26-$345,000-$13,269-$33,000-$10,000-0 Pacing-Fillies-30-$303,000-$10,100-$29,000-$10,000-0 Trotting-Colts-27-$338,000-$12,519-$50,000-$9,000-0 Trotting-Fillies-28-$312,000-$11,143-$27,000-$10,000-0 Total-111-$1,298,000-$11,694-$50,000-$10,000-0 Complete Sale Group-Number-Sold-Total-price-Average-Price-Top-Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing-Colts-166-$7,103,000-$42,789-$150,000-$30,000-22 Pacing-Fillies-159-$5,479,000-$34,459-$180,000-$25,000-10 Trotting-Colts-171-$8,355,000-$48,860-$475,000-$35,000-18 Trotting-Fillies-191-$6,445,000-$33,743-$260,000-$25,000-8 Total-687-$27,382,000-$39,857.35-$475,000-$30,000-58 YEARLING-SIRE-DAM-Sex-Gait-Price-buyer CINNABAR-HALL-Groton-Hall-Charm's-Chip-C-T-$50,000.00-John-Como,-Jr. SOUTHWIND-PACO-Muscle-Hill-Southwind-Prelude-C-T-$40,000.00-Bobby-Brower TEAHOUSE-HALL-Third-Straight-Tearose-Hall-C-P-$33,000.00-Bruce-Riegle CORSICA-HALL-Third-Straight-Cirque-De-Soleil-C-P-$30,000.00-Bill-Elliott BESTANTATION-Cambest-Magical-Western-C-P-$30,000.00-Td-Trot-Llc-&-Mystical-Marker-Farm-Llc Average By Sire - Pacers Sire-Total-Total-Price-Ave-Price-High-Price American-Ideal-13-$612,000-$47,077-$145,000 Art-Colony-2-$42,000-$21,000-$30,000 Art-Major-28-$1,569,000-$56,036-$125,000 Art-Official-3-$85,000-$28,333-$35,000 Artiscape-2-$30,000-$15,000-$20,000 Artistic-Fella-1-$30,000-$30,000-$30,000 Badlands-Hanover-6-$77,000-$12,833-$20,000 Bettor's-Delight-28-$1,179,000-$42,107-$100,000 Cambest-1-$30,000-$30,000-$30,000 Camluck-1-$25,000-$25,000-$25,000 Cam's-Card-Shark-3-$93,000-$31,000-$38,000 Dragon-Again-10-$459,000-$45,900-$92,000 Four-Starzzz-Shark-5-$70,000-$14,000-$25,000 If-I-Can-Dream-17-$274,000-$16,118-$90,000 Mach-Three-2-$17,000-$8,500-$10,000 Major-In-Art-1-$6,000-$6,000-$6,000 Mcardle-2-$29,000-$14,500-$15,000 Mister-Big-1-$10,000-$10,000-$10,000 Ponder-1-$12,000-$12,000-$12,000 Quik-Pulse-Mindale-3-$20,000-$6,667-$12,000 Real-Artist-2-$39,000-$19,500-$20,000 Real-Desire-3-$57,000-$19,000-$29,000 Rock-N-Roll-Heaven-28-$1,925,000-$68,750-$150,000 Rocknroll-Hanover-39-$1,606,000-$41,179-$180,000 Shadow-Play-5-$181,000-$36,200-$73,000 Shark-Gesture-5-$55,000-$11,000-$24,000 Somebeachsomewhere-15-$1,251,000-$83,400-$150,000 Sportswriter-19-$559,000-$29,421-$90,000 Tell-All-1-$6,000-$6,000-$6,000 Third-Straight-7-$161,000-$23,000-$33,000 Well-Said-21-$874,000-$41,619-$87,000 Western-Ideal-11-$389,000-$35,364-$105,000 Western-Terror-38-$745,000-$19,605-$100,000 Yankee-Cruiser-1-$65,000-$65,000-$65,000 Average By Sire - Trotters Sire-Total-Total-Price-Ave-Price-High-Price Andover-Hall-30-$1,288,000-$42,933-$150,000 Angus-Hall-5-$103,000-$20,600-$37,000 Broadway-Hall-2-$190,000-$95,000-$170,000 Cantab-Hall-21-$1,804,000-$85,905-$475,000 Cash-Hall-1-$27,000-$27,000-$27,000 Chocolatier-2-$31,000-$15,500-$22,000 Conway-Hall-18-$463,000-$25,722-$70,000 Crazed-12-$97,000-$8,083-$18,000 Credit-Winner-19-$1,668,000-$87,789-$260,000 Deweycheatumnhowe-29-$719,000-$24,793-$85,000 Donato-Hanover-30-$1,303,000-$43,433-$100,000 Explosive-Matter-9-$305,000-$33,889-$77,000 Federal-Flex-1-$10,000-$10,000-$10,000 Glidemaster-12-$235,000-$19,583-$47,000 Groton-Hall-2-$66,000-$33,000-$50,000 Holiday-Road-4-$22,000-$5,500-$9,000 Jailhouse-Jesse-2-$11,000-$5,500-$8,000 Justice-Hall-1-$35,000-$35,000-$35,000 Kadabra-10-$311,000-$31,100-$110,000 Lucky-Chucky-28-$1,490,000-$53,214-$450,000 Muscle-Hill-33-$1,642,000-$49,758-$260,000 Muscle-Mass-7-$173,000-$24,714-$50,000 Muscle-Massive-25-$574,000-$22,960-$60,000 Muscles-Yankee-18-$568,000-$31,556-$140,000 SJ's-Caviar-1-$2,000-$2,000-$2,000 Swan-For-All-3-$39,000-$13,000-$24,000 Yankee-Glide-37-$1,624,000-$43,892-$105,000 by David Carr for www.ustrotting.com
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Randy Waples and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh dominated the freshman trotting divisions on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kicking off the Championship action in the second race, Waples guided McIntosh trainee Pasadena Star to a commanding three and three-quarter length victory over R Choochoo Charlie and Warrawee Promesse. The two-year-old son of top trotting sire Kadabra stopped the clock at 1:58 to record his sixth lifetime victory in eight starts for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “You’re going out there with a horse that you think is very competitive, if not the best one and basically you’re just going to try not to screw things up. That’s what I was looking for, don’t screw it up, and it worked out,” quipped Waples following the victory aboard the fan favourite and division point leader. “Right from the time he went behind the gate as a baby he knew exactly what he was doing,” added the reinsman. “He was a smart horse and he’s always stayed that way. He’s got a little faster, but everything manner-wise is exactly the same.” Three races later Waples was back in the winner’s circle having achieved an identical result with two-year-old trotting filly Chelseas Chance. Once again sent off as the favourite based on a division leading record of four wins and one second in five starts, Waples engineered a come from behind trip for the Kadabra daughter that saw her pull away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Supreme Monarch and Erin Hall rounded out the top three. McIntosh and C S X Stables also bred and own Chelseas Chance, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts. The freshman pacing championships went to a pair of local horses that employed vastly different strategies to achieve their goal. Pacing colt Lucky King and driver James MacDonald of Guelph controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing home one and one-half lengths ahead of VIP Bayama and Shadow Place in 1:52.2. Rockwood resident Andrew McCabe conditions Lucky King for Glenview Livestock of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton, who took temporary leave of a nearby wedding to watch his horse capture a provincial championship. “We came here to see him win, and he did! He didn’t disappoint us,” said Christopher with a laugh. “It was great.” The Camluck colt, a full brother to former Grassroots winner Red Carpet Dude ($160,330), was a $14,000 acquisition out of the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and returned $59,512 to his owners with his fourth win in 10 starts. In the freshman pacing filly Championship Shadows Wonder closed from sixth at the top of the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory over Itsa Surprise Tome and favourite Momara. The Shadow Play daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat stopped the clock in 1:54.2. “She’s been a just a lovely filly to work with, to do anything with, all summer long, she just had some bad luck starting out,” explained Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore. “She got the one win and then just figured, ‘Oh this is what I’ve got to do,’ and away she’s been, so it’s been great.” Moore trains and owns the filly in partnership with R G McGroup of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of Saint Bruno, QC. Three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo wrote his name into the history books by defending the Grassroots title he claimed at two. The No Pan Intended son and driver Brett Miller achieved the rare feat by storming from the back of the pack to the front with a :26.3 final quarter. George Jettison and Sea Harrier also closed well to finish second and third in the 1:51.3 mile. David Menary of Cheltenham conditions Panpero Firpo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Driver Brett Miller scored a second Grassroots Championship with sophomore pacing filly Mattys Big Day, who rolled out of the pocket to best pacesetter Betit To Getit in 1:53. Favourite Western Empress settled for third. Corey Johnson conditions Jeremes Jet daughter Mattys Big Day for Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Reigning Lampman Cup titleholder Sylvain Filion of Milton piloted Legzy to a 1:56.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly Championship. The Amigo Hall miss, sent off as the fans’ top choice, bested Wind Stroll and Moms Apple Pie. Rockwood resident Rob Fellows conditions Legzy for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The three-year-old trotting colt crown was captured in commanding fashion by Crosbys Clam Bake who rocketed down the stretch to an eight and one-quarter length victory over Photo Mass and Super Duke in 1:55.3. Guelph resident Doug McNair engineered the Kadabra gelding’s sixth lifetime win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owner Edward Lohmeyer of Cream Ridge, NJ. “Per’s done a great job getting him where he is now. He just told me, you don’t get paid at the quarter or the half,” said McNair after the race. “I could have got away last, that’s how much the best he was, as long as he stayed trotting. I knew he could win as long as he stayed trotting.” McNair and his peers will be back at Mohawk Racetrack next Saturday night, guiding the best Gold Series horses in the province on the $1,600,000 Super Final program. Videos for all races attached. For complete results Sandra Snyder
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last season Gregg McNair clinched his first Johnston Cup title with three Grassroots Championship victories. This year the Guelph resident could watch Saturday’s festivities from the Mohawk Racetrack grandstand and still take home the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s leading trainer award. After jumping out to an early lead in June McNair has been unstoppable and currently sits 129 points ahead of his nearest rival, Puslinch resident Richard Moreau. The horseman has raced 24 different pacers and nine trotters this season, making winner’s circle appearances in every division except the two-year-old trotting colt. The trainer will only harness entries in two Grassroots Championships this season, but his starters make up almost one-third of the two-year-old pacing filly field and are headlined by division point leader Momara. “She’s had a surprisingly good year,” says McNair of the Lis Mara filly, who will start from Post 7. “She always had a lot of potential, but she wasn’t just the greatest gaited thing all winter, so she’s been a nice surprise.” McNair shares ownership of Momara with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The partners also bred the winner of $65,634, who has not been bested in Grassroots action since the July 2 season opener at Georgian Downs. McNair’s son Doug will steer Momara in Saturday’s $50,000 test, which is slated for Race 8. Momara’s stablemate Can Art finished third in the point standings and will attempt to capture the division title from Post 4. A daughter of Artistic Fella and former McNair trainee Canadette, who won $449,634 in her racing career, Can Art has always ranked near the top of the trainer’s freshman pacing filly group, which also includes the American-bred star Precocious Beauty ($376,062). “She trained down real big last winter,” says the horseman. “She’s a little like her grand dam, Legacy of Fame ($861,061). You get floating along with her and you really don’t realize how fast you’re going.” Chatham resident Rob Chapple bred and owns Can Art, who comes into the Championship off a three and one-quarter length win in the Sept. 11 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway. The final member of McNair’s potent two-year-old pacing filly trio is Regally Ready, who also reeled off a win in the last regular season event, posting a 1:56.4 personal best over the Grand River oval. The Royal Mattjesty daughter, owned by Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA, finished sixth in the point standings and will start from Post 2 on Saturday. “She’s got a lot better that mare. She’s stronger now than she was at the start of the year,” says McNair. “She’s got gate speed and she’ll race from out of it too.” The trainer’s fourth starter is three-year-old pacing colt Southwind Amazon, who gets Post 4 in the tenth race. The Camluck colt found the winner’s circle for the first time this season in the Sept. 8 Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway where he stopped the teletimer at 1:56.4. “I don’t think he got beat in the Grassroots as a two-year-old,” notes McNair. “But we tried to switch him over to the Gold at the end of last year and it ended up he had a cracked P1 bone or something. He had to have surgery on it. “He’s come back, but he’s not as dominant as he was,” the trainer continues. “The rest caught up to him I guess.” After going four-for-four in the Grassroots last season Southwind Amazon posted one win, two seconds and three thirds in six regular season starts, putting him fourth in the sophomore pacing colt point standings. Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI owns the winner of $94,184 and Doug McNair will be in the race bike for Saturday’s test. Mohawk Racetrack raises the curtain on its Saturday, Sept. 21 program at 7:25 pm, and turns the spotlight on the province’s best Grassroots competitors in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. Race 7 features the $284,000 Milton Final for aged pacing mares, highlighted by former Ontario Sires Stakes stars Monkey On My Wheel and Voelz Hanover. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0921mohsn.dat