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YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 26, 2017- A perfect-trip Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube, $55.50) lit up the harness racing tote board Friday night (May 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away sixth from post position No. 3 in her first try against the big girls, Jewel Lehigh A saw much action unfold in front of her. Apple Bottom Jeans (George Brennan) made the lead from post No .7 before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. She then gave it to an intermission (:56.1) move by Blacknsweet Adda A (Greg Merton), and when that one took over, She'sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing)-back locally after some fine work in the Blue Chip Matchmaker-was left naked, as the empress with no clothes. She'sjustadelight N pressed the issued in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with the heroine of this missive latching on to a perfect tow. After 'Justadelight' wore down Blacknsweet Adda A (that one backpedaling to last), Jewel Lehigh A had dead aim on the new leader and the winner's circle. She went on by a stubborn life-best, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. She'sjustadelight N was a solid second, with Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) third. Apple Bottom Jeans crossed the line fourth, but saw her finish flipped with Dublin Rose (Jason Bartlett) for going inside the cones. For rank outsider Jewel Lehigh A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Cammibest owned by Michael Goldberg and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $709, with the triple returning $2,856. The race also completed an all-Dube Pick 3, which returned $1,017.  Dube won five races during the 11-race program. Saturday night (May 27th), the Raceway presents two of its premier stakes event of the season. $140,770 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies) 6th race -- approx. post 8:50 PM 1-Warrawee Sunshine             Tim Tetrick 2-Caviart Cherie                      Jason Bartlett 3-Caviart Ally                         Andrew McCarthy 4-Agent Q                               Dave Miller 5-Big City Betty                     Jim Marohn Jr. 6-Gotthisone Hanover            George Brennan 7-Tequila Monday                   Brian Sears 8-Ashlee’s Spitfire                  Dan Dube   $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old open) 8th race -- approx. post 9:30 PM 1-Mac’s Jackpot,g                   Jason Bartlett 2-Miso Fast                             Matt Kakaley 3-Downbytheseaside              Dave Miller 4-Rollin’ About,g                    Brent Holland 5-Funknwaffles,g                    Brian Sears 6-Summer Side                       Tim Tetrick 7-Henry the Dragon                Montrell Teague 8-Stealth Bomber                    Brett Miller g-gelding, remainder are colts   There’s also a racing hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). Since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,231.94 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

The Sydney raid for leading harness racing Queensland trainer Grant Dixon is far from over. Fresh off the success on Saturday night which netted a victory in the Gr.2 $52,000 Slingsby Holdings Drivers Invitational with in-form pacer Leos Best, the stable will take aim at a few more targets before returning home. A team of four was sent south earlier this month under the watchful eye of stable foreman Dale Hogan and the results have been more than pleasing. Leos Best headlined the team while Our Overanova, Max Richter and Eleniark have also assisted the team. “The results have been very pleasing, especially with Leo doing such a great job and with a little more luck, maybe the others could’ve picked up a few races too. All credit goes to Dale, he’s been with them the whole time and the results have come his way.” Dixon said. Leos Best has won all three races to date in Sydney highlighted by his all the way success on Saturday night when handled by ace reinsman Mat Rue. North American based Andy McCarthy handled him in his first two victories. But the four-year-old will have another crack at Menangle before returning home to the sunshine state in readiness for the Brisbane winter carnival. Dixon has marked a $30,000 MO/M1 series starting on March 10 for his in-form Cammibest gelding. “It looks a good option for him so he may as well stay down for that before returning home, he’s holding his form so well. He was in great form before he left and he’s continued on with that form in his three starts to date, he obviously loves the big track too. “Dale said he come through the weekend in really good order so that made the decision easier to target that next series. We’re stabled on course this time and obviously their enjoying the change of scenery and environment. “We’ll be looking at number of features during the carnival up here, being a four-year-old gives us plenty of range. He’s a very professional little horse, always has been and he just keeps stepping up to the mark. We were all very excited to see him win on Saturday night; both Andy and Mat did a great job.” Leos Best has won 21 of his 34 starts to date while banking close to $300,000 in prizemoney. He is the fastest son of Cammibest following his 1:50.7 victory two starts ago. Cammibest stands at Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs. Dixon has a pair of runners competing tomorrow at Menangle with Eleniark and Max Richter both starting while he has three runners engaged at Albion Park. Chris Barsby

The pacer affectionately known as Dexter, aka Destreos has a new stablemate. Recently entering the harness racing stables of Ken Rattray is the richly talented Pub Blitz. A winner of 25 races and with more than $360,000 in prizemoney, the veteran gelding has found his way to the Jimboomba stables of Rattray and his partner Sally Stingel. Pub Blitz was previously raced by Leigh Wanless. “He’s a great addition to my stables and a great partner for Dex given that Funny Boy is in Sydney with James (Rattray). He hasn’t raced for some time but Leigh has done plenty of foundation work with him and he arrived in good order, we can’t thank Leigh enough.” Rattray said. The Cammibest gelding last raced in South Australia when fifth behind Machtavish at Port Pirie just over twelve months ago. Throughout his career, Pub Blitz has had stints with Leigh and James Wanless, Mark McNee and Paul Fitzpatrick. His biggest victories came via the 2012 Gr.3 $40,000 Kevin Robinson Cup at Menangle and the 2011 Gr.3 $30,000 QBRED Breeders Classic 4yo Final at the Gold Coast. Feature race placings have come via the Queensland Pacing Championship, Inter Dominion heat, Australia Day Cup, Brian Hancock Cup, NSW Winter Cup, Charity Cup Final and the 2yo QBRED Triad and Breeders Classic Finals. He was an unlucky 4th behind Mah Sish in the 2013 Hunter Cup at Melton. Pub Blitz is expected to trial within the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Destreos has his second run back from a layoff on Saturday night at Albion Park in the Mercedes Benz Toowong Open Pace over the 1660m distance. Destreos has drawn gate four. “I was thrilled with his first-up effort; he showed brilliant gate speed to lead and his condition gave out over the concluding stages. He’s trained on really well so we’re hopeful of a good showing. “There looks to be plenty of speed drawn to our inside so that makes it quite tricky, If we had drawn the inside gate I would’ve been much more confident.” Destreos holds the record for most victories at Albion Park; he has won 68 races at the state’s premier harness track. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 January 2017 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 January 2017

Queensland’s biggest harness racing nursery, Burwood Stud, is hoping their good fortune continues this weekend. Owned and operated by the Denning family and situated at Pittsworth on the Darling Downs, the farm covers 1500 acres of basalt and limestone country which provides a perfect grounding for producing elite racehorses. And the proof is there. Last weekend, on the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, the stud experienced a massive result with their 2YOs born-and-raised at BURWOOD STUD won both $100,000 Group One QBred Triad Finals! Not only that, but juveniles born-and-raised at Burwood Stud trifectaed the 2YO Fillies Final:- 1. IM NORMA JEAN (by Modern Art) (Bred-and-owned by Jeff & Leanne Wallace; trained by Peter Greig; driven by Amanda Turnbull) 2. JANUARY (by Cammibest) (Bred by Burwood Stud, owned by Peter Poulsen, trained by Wayne Graham driven by Adam Sanderson) 3. JOSSIE JAMES (by Big Jim) (Bred-and-owned by Trevor & Louise O'Reilly; trained by Wayne Graham, driven by Shane Graham) It wasn’t just the fillies that stood tall because the $100,000 Group One 2YO Colts & Geldings Final saw one of the runners, Lucifers Legend, being bred at BURWOOD STUD, by resident millionaire successful sire CAMMIBEST, while the winner was also born-and-raised at BURWOOD STUD:- 1. CHANGEOVERME (by Changeover) (Bred-and-owned by Chris and Gayle Garrard; trained by Kylie Rasmussen & Darren Weeks; driven by Mathew Neilson) Burwood studmaster Noel Denning is naturally delighted with the results. “We’re very pleased with the results but without the support of our clients who have been with us for so long, these results aren’t possible. It’s been a very good year and that augurs well for the upcoming breeding season, if the owners and breeders are happy, we’re happy.” Denning said. Other big race results for Burwood this season include the fillies feature at Tabcorp Park, Menangle - $322,000 APG 2YO Fillies Final - 1st - PARK LIFE (Group One) Foaled down & reared at BURWOOD STUD plus at Albion Park - $80,000 Albion Park Gold Final - 1st - JOSSIE JAMES (Group Two)      Foaled down & reared at BURWOOD STUD Outstanding three-year-old Leos Best, a winner of the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final and the $20,000 Redcliffe Derby is a son of resident stallion Cammibest. The bayside club will play host to another feature meeting this Friday night and the stud is well represented in the Listed $25,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series 3yo Final including the two favourites in Leos Best and Timmo Time (by Western Edition). These results continue BURWOOD STUD's dominance of young horse racing, and follow in the footsteps of 2YOs bred and foaled at BURWOOD STUD, or by BURWOOD STUD's stallions, in feature races.  Burwood Stud will be standing Cammibest and dual Derby winner Lanercost this coming season. Chris Barsby Fields for Redcliffe, Friday 22 July 2016 Form guide for Redcliffe, Friday 22 July 2016

The QBRED Breeders Classic 3yo Finals were full of high excitement and intense drama. Both divisions were held as Gr.2 $50,000 events at Albion Park last night (Friday) over 2138m and quality was strong with a number of chances heavily spruiked for the respective harness racing finals. In the colts and geldings finals, punters found it hard to split Timmo Time, Frankie Rocks, Leos Best and Catcha Lefty. With Timmo Time making an error at the start, Catcha Lefty charged around the field to lead before reaching the 1600m before the Grant Dixon trained duo of Leos Best and Frankie Rocks making early moves. More interference was met at the bell which enabled Leos Best to find the back of Catcha Lefty. In the straight, Leos Best ($5) finished best via the sprintlane to beat the unlucky Timmo Time ($4.10) by a half neck margin with a further neck away to Catcha Lefty ($2.40 fav) in third. The mile rate was 1:57.0. Leos Best was driven by Bart Cockburn and is raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour. The Cammibest – Miss Marleo gelding is a graduate of the Redcliffe Yearling Sale and is now the winner of more than $134,000 in stakes. In the fillies’ final, again, it was a race marred by interference. The Grant Dixon stable was well represented with punters finding it hard to split Cherish The Moment and Get In The Groove. Speedy filly Firebby fired off the gate to lead and ran along at a genuine speed while Cherish The Moment was forced to race without cover. Heading off the back straight, Cherish The Moment gave ground quickly before breaking which caused a massive chain reaction of interference which had a number of fillies in trouble including Reds Jet Star, Covert Beauty and Get In The Groove. At the line, it was Georgia Grace ($20) who made the most of her luck to score by 2.3 metres from Firebby ($26.20) who nosed out Hereiam ($67.50). The winning mile rate was 1:57.4. Georgia Grace is trained by Shawn Grimsey and was handled perfectly by Adam Sanderson. The Rock N Roll Heaven – Grace With Pace filly is raced by Barry Grimsey and his daughter-in-law Michelle Grimsey and was purchased at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Brisbane Sales after being bred by Kevin and Kay Seymour. Georgia Grace has now amassed more than $60,000 in prizemoney. The Listed $25,000 QBRED Breeders Classic 4yo Finals were also staged and the mares final was taken out by Bettor Promise ($3.40) who outstayed Mathilda Diventa ($4.80) while Bettorthanspecial ($2 fav) finished a close-up third. Despite racing without cover, Bettor Promise rated 1:55.8. The Bettor's Delight – As Promises mare has now won the 2yo and 4yo divisions of the Breeders Classic Finals while finishing 6th in the 3yo Final last year. Bettor Promise is trained in partnership by Shannon Price and Scott Miller and provided Bart Cockburn with another triumph on the night. In the Entires and Geldings Final, race favourite Major Coup ($1.20 fav) led throughout to defeat Constantlysideways ($10) by 3m with Drifting Away ($23.90) in third. The winning mile rate was 1:55.9. Major Coup is trained by Wayne Graham and was handled by his reinsman son Shane. The Art Major – Attracts Attention gelding is raced by his breeder, Terry Flynn. Racing Queensland

Progressive Queensland pacer Frankie Rocks is set for another challenge. And it’s a steep one at that. The raw three-year-old harness racing talent took the prized scalp of Catcha Lefty yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park when leading throughout in career best time of 1:53.6 with closing sectionals of 27.8 and 27.9 seconds. Most experts had considered Catcha Lefty to be a standout in the sunshine state following his excellent rookie term last season. Prior to the victory, connections had already nominated him for the Gr.1 $200,000 Victoria Derby series in Melbourne. Heats are scheduled for this weekend at Ballarat. “It’s a very quick turnaround but we’ve always held him in very high regard but he just needed time and maturity. He’s come back in very good order and he keeps improving, this is a quantum class rise but Kevin and Kay (Seymour – owners) are prepared to give him his chance of qualifying for the final.” Trainer/driver Grant Dixon said. The regally bred gelding is unbeaten this season winning all three starts and connections are looking at several features including local and interstate targets. Following his first two victories this term, Dixon took him back to the trials for further education. And the benefit of those extra trials was on display yesterday. “I wanted him back in the draw, which was the main reason for the trials because most of his career has been spent on the outside. I also tinkered with his gear and removed the pacifiers and opened him right up and he reacted well. “He ran the gate very well and showed he’s capable of using his early speed if required and then he settled perfectly and backed right off with an easy second quarter, he never fired up and showed total control with that early burn which was very pleasing. “He’s grown up a lot, he could work the best horses at the stable and beat them but he struggled on race day but that was maturity. He handled Leos Best in trackwork comfortably, the difference was Leos Best is a good racehorse and proved that by winning two features last season but the penny has finally dropped with Frankie now.” Frankie Rocks is scheduled to fly south on Thursday before lining up in the last of three qualifying heats on Saturday night. The big striding gelding has drawn gate six in the 2200m heat. “The draw is not perfect but that’s what we’ve got and hopefully he can qualify, that’s the main priority. The field boasts some excellent talent and it might be a little difficult to assess all the form considering they come from near and far. “This trip may have come up a little soon but he deserves his chance, I didn’t expect him to be running 1:53 at his third run back this season either. The trip away might be another chance for him to mature a little more.” Dual feature race winner Leos Best starts in the second qualifying Derby Heat and has drawn gate four. The Cammibest gelding has returned in good form this season resulting in a first-up victory at Albion Park in 1:56.2 before chasing home exciting pacer Mattgregor into third in a brilliant time of 1:53.4. Leos Best hasn’t started since December 22. “I’m happy for him to make the trip and he should perform well, he enjoyed a great season last term and he’s returned in the same manner. “I just backed off a little bit with him after his last start and he’s in good shape, he’s a good little racehorse that always puts in.” Both three-year-olds are raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour. by Chris Barsby

The 2015 Albion Park winter carnival came to a dramatic close on Saturday night. On a program that boasted four Group One features with strong prizemoney attached and a majority of leading trainers and drivers from around the southern hemisphere represented, harness racing fans were set for a huge night of entertainment. And they got what they were asking for. Brilliant Victorian three-year-old Menin Gate added to his impressive list of feature race victories this season by winning the $150,000 Queensland Derby when leading throughout defeating a gallant My Kiwi Mate and Queensland Oaks victor Fight For Glory in the 2680m feature. Sent straight to the lead by his reinsman Chris Alford from his ideal draw, the $1.40 favourite scored decisively in a time of 1;57.9. He covered his final mile in splits of 30.5, 30.1, 27.9 & 27.6 seconds. Prepared by Larry Eastman, the big striding gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has now claimed the Victoria, Gold Coast and Queensland Derby’s plus the Vicbred Super Series Final this term. Menin Gate Comeback pacer Philadelphia Man gave his loyal army of supporters plenty to cheer about when he proved too classy for his rivals winning the $125,000 UBET Blacks A Fake. Having only his second run back from a lengthy break, the Emma Stewart prepared Art Major entire worked hard early before finding the lead at the 1800m from local mare Forever Gold. After being perfectly rated by Gavin Lang, the $2.10 favourite scored a convincing victory from a brave Forever Gold while Avonnova fought strongly to hold third placing. The 2680m open-class feature was covered in a mile rate of 1;56.8. The last mile was covered in splits of 31.4, 29.9, 27.6 & 27.7 seconds. Philadelphia Man is now unbeaten in two runs back this campaign while providing Stewart with her biggest victory in the sunshine state. Philadelphia Man Most expected the Victorians to claim the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with the brilliant Heavens Trend, but her erratic behavior cost her victory. Improving local filly Special Moment ($35.10) caused a boilover downing Sweet As Candy and Aussie Vista in a mile rate of 1;58.0. The victory provided another feature race victory for Shannon Price and Scott Miller plus winning reinsman Brad Cowen during this carnival. Passing the 400m marker, Heavens Trend raced to the lead from Get In The Groove but raced greenly before ultimately galloping which left Trista Dixon (Get in The Groove) unseated while Covert Beauty and her driver Mark Dux crashed to the track. All horses and drivers involved in the incident were ok. Special Moment In the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo colts and geldings Final, the fast finishing burst from Leos Best ($8.60) proved too much for his rivals in the 1660m feature event. Leos Best, trained and driven by Grant Dixon, forced clear of an early pocket and relished a strong speed to defeat Roarn and Catcha Lefty in a career best time of 1;54.8. The Cammibest gelding has now claimed two feature events this season after winning the Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Classic last month. And the Gr.2 $50,000 Landfill Logistics 4yo Championship was taken out in brilliant fashion by New South Wales mare Sweet Molly Oshea ($11.80) for trainer Blake Hewitt and winning reinsman Gavin Lang. After racing without cover, the Mach Three mare proved too strong for Alleluia and Bling It On in a race record time of 1;54.7 for the 2138m journey. Club officials were thrilled with the big crowd in attendance to conclude a strong carnival.  

Kevin Seymour has worn many titles during his time in harness racing. The Queensland based leviathan can now add another title. He has earned the nickname of ‘King of the Cliffe” following the victory of Leos Best in last night’s (Friday) Gr.2 $80,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series No.7 Final at the Redcliffe Paceway. Heading into the feature, Seymour has won all but one of the five features staged at the bayside track. Seymour has won the Redcliffe Cup, Derby, Oaks and the Patrons Purse. Now, the crown is complete. Only graduates of the annual yearling sale are eligible to compete in the sales race and Seymour purchased the Cammibest – Miss Marleo gelding on the recommendation of his trainer Grant Dixon. There is a direct connection with this horse and Seymour with Miss Marleo hailing from the Goldrush Girl family, a family that Seymour has enjoyed considerable success with over a long period of time. Leos Best was bred by Martine Dwyer. It is the first time Seymour has bought a yearling from the Redcliffe sale owing to the fact he breeds his own stock at a large level each and every year but the fact that Racing Queensland introduced breeding vouchers to owners who raced QBRED stock meant that he had money to spend via the certificates he had gathered throughout the year. “We paid $13,000 for this horse and it was all through the QBRED vouchers, this was the last sale of the year and we thought it was best to use rather than waste them. He’s turned out to be a very cheap buy, very cheap indeed. I actually bred the mare before selling her so the pedigree is very familiar to me.” Seymour said. Leos Best managed to scrape into the rich final after finishing third in his heat the previous week behind Aussie Vista and Mucho Macho Man. The top two placegetters automatically qualified for the final while the two fastest third placegetters also gained a start from the four heats conducted. As it turned out, Leos Best was the final horse to qualify. Leos Best was one of three horses qualified for the rich final by Grant Dixon and he opted to drive the gelding in preference to heat winner Shezabonnygem and Earl Jujon. Sent off at big odds, Leos Best sat back in the field while several of the fancied runners went to war in the 1780m event. With Dixon biding his time, he unwound a big finishing burst over the concluding stages to surge past a game Mucho Macho Man while Timmo Time finished third. “We got very lucky in many ways with this horse, it’s a good story to tell now but all credit must go to Grant because he selected the horse and he’s done all the preparation work in readiness for this series and now it’s paid off. “Grant was concerned by the draw but luck was clearly on our side and he was the last man standing, it’s a great thrill because it wasn’t expected. I’m sure Grant will look at the Breeders Classic series and the Triad in the coming weeks.” Cammibest, who stands at Burwood Stud at Pittsworth on the Darling Downs for Noel and Christine Denning, has now produced back to back winners of the race after Mathilda Diventa scored last year. Burwood Stud has produced the winner of this event for five straight years. Meanwhile, the Gr.3 $30,000 Comfort Inn and Suites Northgate Redcliffe Derby went the way of local pacer Admiral Bronski and driver Shane Graham after he came through via the passing lane to run down Sydney pacer and race favourite Aztec Bromac with Young American a close-up third. Prepared by Mick Grant at Deception Bay, Admiral Bronski sat in the trail behind Aztec Bromac throughout before sprinting quickly in the home straight while Aztec Bromac looked uncomfortable handling the final bend. The Derby success adds to his Breeders Classic triumph earlier this season. The Art Major – Bronski Gorgeous colt has now won 9 of his 29 starts while amassing more than $125,000 in prizemoney. Admiral Bronski is raced by Adam Nasso. by Chris Barsby

Im Fasterthanyu, who celebrated her 10th birthday this week, has lived up to her name in five of her last eight trips to the post while carrying the banner of Fabiola Quevedo with Edwin Quevedo the conditioner and Luke Plano at the controls. Interestingly, two of the three setbacks for the daughter of Cammibest came in starts where Plano was unable to sit in the sulky behind the veteran mare. She registered her most recent score two weeks ago when being re-united with Luke for the first time since recording a four-race winning streak during the month of November. Leaving from the tough No. 9 slot in that assignment, Im Fasterthanu  was hard used early to the pocket, tracked to the lane then had the right answer when the question was asked and prevailed by three-quarters of a length while lowering her mark to 1:54 4/5 in the process. She was third in last week’s assignment after being hard-used on the front end. “I bought her this fall from Canada because I thought she would fit here,” Edwin related. “She’s every easy to train and most of the time she acts more like she’s 4 or 5 than a mare who is turning 10. She’s feeling very good right now.” The trainer was asked about the success his mare has had when she joins forces with Plano. “He does seem to have the right touch with her. He told me when he drives her, she seems to give her best.” Im Fasterthanu will suit up once again on Friday while doing her work from the cozy rail post in the 11th and final event on the program. It will be interesting to see if she can start off 2015 with a bang. There are four wagers here each night that come with the reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6; the 20-cent Pick 4 and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the nitecap. Cenalta Power has top billing in feature Cenetla Power, an Open winner at the meet for Ryan Grundy, gets some class relief and heads the field for Friday’s main event at Cal Expo. First post for the 11-race card is 6:40 p.m. and the headliner is set as the seventh event on the evening. A reminder that racing is now being conducted under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Cenalta Power is a 6-year-old Alberta-bred son of Brandon’s Cowboy who is owned, trained and driven by Grundy. He has two victories from five appearances since coming down from Canada, including an 11-1 upset in the November 15 Open. The bay gelding sat a tracking trip in that contest, ignited when the question was asked and was up by a half-length. He added a conditioned victory two starts later on December 13, lowering his lifetime mark to 1:52 4/5 with that nose decision. Cenalta Power has returned to the Open ranks for his last two outings, checking in fifth and fourth behind the streaking St Lads Lotto in those appearances. He figures to appreciate getting away from that rival and looms large in his cast as he leaves from the No. 5 slot. Taking him on are Stable Eyes, Country Jewel, Cowboy Cold, Rusty Skipp, Bubs Desire, Always Wanna, Alligator Falls, Allamerican Solo and Phantom Dan. The first two mentioned pacers are entered under filly-mare Open II conditions and were assigned the inside slots. Looking ahead to Saturday’s card, a $10,000 California Sire Stakes headed by King Of The Crop and an Open Pace that brings out the aforementioned St Lads Lotto are the featured attractions.

Friday night Red Shores Charlottetown will play host to the second leg PEI Trotting Series sponsored by the PEIHRIA. The 12-dash card gets under way at 7 p.m. Fresh off tying the overall track trotting record last week at Red Shores Summerside in the first leg of the PEI Trotting Series, Frill Seeker will look to bring that form into Race 9. The six-year-old Angus Hall gelding is two for three since arriving on red soil, his only mishap came in his only start at the capital city oval in Charlottetown, where he made a miscue behind the gate and never made it into the race. The post 6 starter is owned by the Ebbsfleet Stables, Kenny Arsenault handles the driving and training duties. Zip The Lip has been installed as morning line choice for owners Orville Willis and Donnie Sweet, Sweet does the training duties on the Ken Warkentin gelding who has finished in the top 3, nine out of 12 starts this season. The ageless wonder Abundaspin has drawn the rail for trainer - driver Harold Shepherd. The 14-year-old has 13 top three finishes this season, including six victories. Diamond Mine, Majian Dillon, Who Took That and Caliban Hanover complete the competition. Race 6 will play host to the other division. Last weeks other winner Pleasure Girls has been saddled with the outside post 7 for veteran trainer - driver Ronnie Gass. Owned by Shelley Gass the daughter of Dr Ronerail returned to the races from the breeding shed earlier this year. The mother of three was a winner in 2:01 in leg one. Newcomer Beer Maggs draws into post 1. The Quebec invader was not entered into the first leg of the trotting series. Charles Gaudreault has taken his stable to Charlottetown for Old Home Week and brought the six-year-old daughter of Have A Beer with him. She comes in off of a third place finish in her last outing, trotting a mile in 1:58.2. Last weeks odds on favourite to upset Frill Seeker, Mopey Corey has drawn post 4 in Race 6. He made his first start on P.E.I. last week and finished second for owner Amanda Riley and trainer Tommy Riley. Corey MacPherson will reunite with his namesake for the second time. Mopey Corey was named by Islander Anthony Macdonald. He named the horse after MacPherson, who was working for MacDonald at the time in Ontario, the horse and drivers had similar characteristics. Saulsbrook Balance, I Aint No Lady, Lyrical Lindy and Saulsbrook Fork round out the field. The Blair Kelly Memorial goes in Race 10 and it could have a very fitting end. J V S Ring is listed as the morning line favourite for owners Joey Gallant and Mike Pollard. The seven-year-old son of Cammibest is trained by Jackie Matheson, Marc Campbell will drive. Kelly had many horses stabled at the Matheson stable over the last number of years. He raised many yearlings under the Rivervue name, including Rivervue Skye, Rivervue Sandy and Rivervue Comet. In the evening feature, Race 12. A pair of win streaks will be laid on the line. Lyndale Royal comes into the event on a three race win-streak including his last victory in the Kelti Burnet memorial, Dale Spence will drive for owner - trainer Jonah Moase. Post 6 starter Leading Camdidate will look to stop Lyndale Royal's streak at three and extend his own to three. He has picked up back-to-back victories for Campbell, this week Mike Stevenson will drive. By Bo Ford

VETERAN Tasmanian harness racing owner-trainer Brian Mackrill wasn't surprised to see well bred pacer Juffs Crossing win the Tasmanian Horse Transport Stakes at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night despite the gelding's long odds ($39.90). Juffs Crossing had ordinary form going into the race but when he landed in the "death" outside of the leader and favourite Precious Dragon after having to work hard three-wide in the early stages. Most punters expected Mackrill's gelded six-year-old to drop off when the pressure was applied turning for home but instead he gave his all and edged out Boltnmach and Precious Dragon in a slog-fest style finish. ``His form hasn't been as bad as it might look on paper,'' Mackrill said. ``He hasn't been scoring up (behind the mobile) in his recent races." ``But tonight he got a good run through early and ended up outside the leader," he said. Juffs Crossing (Cammibest-Power Full Miss) was well driven by John Walters who landed a double when he guided Karalta Dazzler to victory in the following race. Mackrill doesn't have a huge opinion of Juffs Crossing but he does think he is capable of winning a couple more races. ``They ran along a bit tonight which suited him because he's a big one-paced plugger," Mackrill said. ``He's got no sprint but he will keep grinding." ``He can run 30-seconds quarters (400m) and keep running them.'' While failing to score up at the start was a problem, Mackrill also explained that the horse had his share of bad luck in recent races. "When Ricky Duggan drove him here a couple of starts ago, he was held up and never got a crack at them,'' the trainer said. ``We actually fancied him a bit tonight," he said. By Peter Staples

Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn finished the Brisbane harness racing winter carnival the same way he started it. The Gary Hall trained nine-year-old once again captivated a massive crowd at Albion Park with a thrilling come from behind victory in the Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake defeating tough local pacer Avonnova and Mach Beauty. Handled by regular reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, Im Themightyquinn sat mid-field in the moving line before sustaining a long sprint from the 900m marker while Mach Beauty led his stablemate Suave Stuey Lombo. With Mach Beauty charging down the back straight on the final occasion in a 26.5 second split, Im Themightyquinn was left working hard while Avonnova sat patiently in the trail. In the straight, Im Themightyquinn dug deep to fight his way past Avonnova to score by a half neck margin with Mach Beauty a further 3m away in third. The winning milerate was 1;56.1 – just outside of the track record of 1;55.9 held by Mr Feelgood. Winning trainer Gary Hall was overcome with emotion following the gutsy victory. “This is unbelievable; I thought he was all done at the top of the straight after such a strong back straight split but he showed why he is a champion and that was an effort of a champion. I’m so pleased for the horse and I’m thrilled with the way he’s been admired by the Queensland people.” Hall said. Im Themightyquinn won both open class features during the carnival, the Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint in track record time of 1;50.5 plus tonight’s Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake. Im Themightyquinn The Gr.1 $100,000 SKY Racing Queensland Derby was dominated by race favourite and star Sydney colt Bling It On who defeated Alleluia and Yayas Hot Spot. Driven aggressively by Luke McCarthy, Bling It On found the lead at the 2000m point and dictated terms in front thereafter before striding clear to win by 9.5m in a time of 1;57.2 for the 2680m event. The American Ideal colt remains unbeaten in Queensland winning all nine starts to date. Bling It On now heads to Victoria for the Australasian Breeders Crown series next month. Bling It On The Gr.2 $80,000 Kevin & Kay Seymour QBRED Triad 2yo Finals were thrilling contests. Jack Malone scored a nose victory over a gallant A Good Chance with Constantlysideways finishing third after leading. Trained and driven by Peter Greig, Jack Malone rated 1;55.9 for the 1660m event. The Cammibest gelding is raced by Patrice Madden. Jack Malone In the fillies final, the Shannon Price trained stablemates Bettorthanspecial edged out Bettor Promise by a short head margin in a time of 1;58.5. Brad Cowen took the winning drive. Bred and raced by Tony and Katy Price, both fillies are by super sire Bettors Delight. Bettorthanspecial The Gr.3 $45,000 Gurney Group of Companies 4yo Championship was taken out by former Kiwi pacer Five Card Draw who scored via the sprintlane to beat Majestic Major and Chevals Clivesdale in a driving finish. Five Card Draw rated 1;55.8 for the 2138m event. Trained and driven by Darrel Graham, Five Card Draw has now won seven races at Albion Park since being purchased by Dean Shannon earlier this year. Five Card Draw Champion pacer Blacks A Fake was another star attraction trackside tonight parading in front of the massive crowd on a number of occasions which was met by a great response. Harness fans Rob Johnston from Cedar Creek and Alan Lendrum from Toowoomba shared in the experience of a lifetime after being drawn as the lucky winners for the owners of Im Themightyquinn and Bling It On for the night. They took 10% ownership for the night with full owner’s privileges. Well done! by Chris Barsby

The feature two-year-old event at Redcliffe is fast becoming a race of domination. And leading the charge is gifted harness racing horseperson Kylie Rasmussen. Rasmussen steered talented filly Mathilda Diventa to victory in the Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series No.6 Final defeating Rockstar Rikki and Irockymyworld. It was the third time Rasmussen has won the feature event following her success with Cha Ching Chaching and Couldntresist. The victory also provided Club Patron Chris Garrard and his family double celebration, not only is he the major sponsor of the event, he also shares ownership of the winner with his son Daren and friend Steve Hawkins. “This is a great thrill to win this race, both Daren and Steve are very excited and we can’t thank Kylie and Darren (Weeks – trainer) enough. This is a wonderful concept and it continues to evolve each year and I’m proud to be associated with it, credit to Kerry (Ebert – Club President) and his committee.” Garrard said. Two years ago, the Garrard family raced Couldntresist with Kylie Rasmussen. As for the breeders, Burwood Stud, it was their fourth success in the feature with Cha Ching Chaching, Couldntresist, Designer Style and now Mathilda Diventa. Stud principal Noel Denning and his wife Christine were both on hand last night to witness the victory. Mathilda Diventa is a filly by Cammibest out of the Holmes Hanover mare Holme Call and ranks as a younger half-sister to Couldntresist. Burwood Stud also bred the third placegetter Irockmyworld, a younger half-brother to another former winner in Cha Ching Chaching. “To win this race four years in a row is quite amazing, we’re very proud of the fact that we continue to produce quality racehorses who can win major races like this.” Denning said. Mathilda Diventa led throughout in the 1780m event before cruising clear over the concluding stages to win by 10m in a time of 2;00.0 with Rockstar Rikki battling hard after racing without cover while Irockmyworld also fought gamely to hold third. The Darren Weeks trained filly will now start in a heat of the $35,000 QBRED Breeders Classic at Albion Park next Friday night. The $20,000 Comfort Inn & Suites Northgate Redcliffe Derby was dominated by brilliant colt Bling It On. The highly decorated colt eased back to last soon after the start before making a midrace move to find the lead, it quickly became a procession there after. Bling It On defeated Raring To Go and Max Richter by over 21m in a race record time of 1;58.3 for the 2280m event. The American Ideal colt finished off in 28 seconds with winning driver Luke McCarthy barely moving. Trainer Belinda McCarthy is now setting Bling It On for the Gold Coast/Queensland Derby double next month. Bling It On is raced by Harvey Kaplan, the estate of Kaye Kilgour, Sammy Kilgour, Peter & Zilla O’Shea and Alan Fairley. by Chris Barsby Racing Queensland

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Veronicavermillion will look to take down six rivals in the race 11 feature Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Veronicavermillion is the morning line favorite from post 4 in the $2,250 fillies and mares open. Brodie MacPhee will drive the eight-year-old daughter of Million Dollar Cam for owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River and trainer Neil Bambrick. She will have to battle a deep group of mares with newcomer Andro Madi drawing the outside post 7 for driver Dale Spence after racing the mares preferred at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is placing his faith in post 2 starter JK Special, who is riding a two-race win streak with Walter Cheverie in the bike. The nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest has been one of the toughest Open mares in Atlantic Canada the past four years. "Those back to back wins should do a lot for her confidence but is she ready to tackle the open mares again?" MacIsaac said. "We'll take a shot that she is because when she's at her best she's as good as any of them." Other entries include Donna Conda (Mike McGuigan), Cool One (Mike Stevenson), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) and Silky Britches (Marc Campbell). The back-up pace goes in race 7 as the Allie Campbell Birthday Pace for a purse of $1,600. The daughter of O'Brien Award winning horseman Marc Campbell, Allie turns five-years-old on Thursday and has a solid chance at seeing her father in the winner's circle celebrations as Campbell sends his own trainee, Eagle Jolt, out as the morning line favorite from post 2. Eagle Jolt was racing in the U.S. for trainer Mark Ford, pacing his last start in 1:53.3 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. His main competition will come from Panda Bear (Stevenson) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes). The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,150 purse. The field of eight includes Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood), Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Glencove Umay (Stevenson).  by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Libertys Best Star notched his fifth straight victory on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack with a tough front-end effort in the evening's seventh race. Sent postward as the 5-2 favourite in the full field of $8,000 claiming pacers, Libertys Best Star ($7.10) front-stepped his way to a 1:54.2 victory with Jonathan Drury in the sulky. The 35-time career winner prevailed by three-quarters of a length over Duke Did It (Chris Christoforou) in 1:54.2 with a from-last First Impression (Sylvain Filion) closing for third-place honours. The six-year-old son of Cammibest is now six-for-seven this year. He was claimed for $5,000 two starts ago on Jan. 26 at Flamboro Downs by Jonah Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. and is trained by Thomas Riley. Drury, who won four times on Friday's 11-race card, also teamed up with Riley to win the third race aboard Mopey Corey. His other winners were Rock N Roll Xample for trainer Shawn Robinson and Laneside Lexus for conditioner Corey Johnson. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by

Pompano Beach, FL...December 7, 2013...Thebestofjoel, handled by owner-trainer Ed Hensley, proved his wire-to-wire debut victory at Pompano Park in his last start was no fluke as the pair teamed up and used similar tactics for a repeat score in the $10,000 Open 1 Pace on Saturday night.   The five year-old son of Cammibest, starting from the outside post in the septet, took the lead just a couple of strides out of the gate and clocked panels of :27.3, :55.1 and 1:23.1 en route to a victory measuring three parts of a length in 1:50.4.   Northern Companion, driven by Rob Hoffman, paced his final half in :55 to finish second while Lyon's Johnny, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, finished third, just a length away. Cruizin K C was fourth while Next Flight In picked up the final award.   In a post race interview, Hensley said, "You know, this horse has good gate speed--he showed that last week--and, when the gate opened, I didn't see that much early speed inside so I gunned him a bit right after the start to, at least, find a spot close up early. Well, he got to the front pretty easily. You know, when a horse shows you he's got 1:50 speed, you get a lot of confidence in him and, after he reached the top pretty easily and in a manageable time, I felt confident that he could do a repeat performance. He's got those :27 and a piece final quarters in him and, when you're on top, the others have to maybe go :26.4 or :27 to catch you. That's not easy when you're playing catch up! So, we were lucky again. And this is a VERY good bunch of Open horses here, so I'm proud of this guy's performance."   For Thebestofjoel, it was his fifth win of the year in 22 starts and sent his seasonal earnings to $62,262. He's banked $211,107 lifetime to go along with a Meadowlands mark of 1:49.4.   John Berry  

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