Sam Hodgin finds himself in a familiar spot after a recent election of the Saint John Harness Horsemen. Hodgin, a local ferrier and trainer/ driver returns as President for 2015. He has held the post previously. He takes over for Dr. Mitch Downey who now will serve as a director. Mike Downey was voted in as Vice President while Traci Friars will assume the role of secretary. Young Luke Armstrong will serve for the first time in the association as treasurer. His father Rick also was elected as a director as was Wanda Foster. by Scott Waddell, for HRNB
Zip Car and Russian Kisses engaged in a heated stretch duel in the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap Pace on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs, but neither mare could get past the other and they were ultimately inseparable at the wire. Zip Car ($3.20) and driver Billy Davis Jr. retook the lead after the :27.2 opening panel and fronted the field through middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25.2 while Russian Kisses ($2.30) and owner/driver Robert Shepherd followed the cover of Twilight Seelster and then fanned wide down the backstretch to move up alongside Zip Car. The four-year-old mares battled neck and neck for the final quarter of a mile and hit the wire together in a dead-heat for the win in 1:54.4. Twilight Seelster finished nearly five lengths behind in third. Zip Car is owned by trainer Heather Toll and Mark Beaven and recorded her ninth win in 25 starts this year while the Isabelle Darveau-trained Russian Kisses notched her 15th triumph in 36 outings this year. To view the rest of this story click here. MacMillan sweeps co-features at Rideau Rideau Carleton Raceway's leading trainer John MacMillan swept the top two spots in the co-featured $6,500 Winners Over Pace on Sunday night with Web Cam and Anderlecht. Web Cam ($6.60) earned his second consecutive victory in the Winners Over class with Gord Brown in the sulky. The seven-year-old son of Astreos led the field through fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.3 en route to the 1:54.3 triumph with favourite Anderlecht and Rheo Filion edging out pocket-sitter Histoire Eternelle for second-place one and a half lengths behind. Web Cam has won six of his last 11 starts at Rideau for MacMillan and Holland Racing Stable. To view the rest of this story click here. Dreams Matter journeyed first over to prevail in the top pacing class at Truro Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Trainer/driver Danny Romo made his move near the half-mile mark in the $1,275 feature and sent Dreams Matter first over from fourth. Down the stretch, they reeled in the popular pacesetter, Schooner, who had opened up five lengths on top by the third quarter pole. Dreams Matter prevailed by one and a half lengths in 1:59 with Sf Razamatazz coming on for second over Schooner. To view the rest of this story click here.
Charlottetown, PE - Zip The Lip did it again. The trot star, co-owned by trainer Donald Sweet and Orville Willis of O'Leary, notched his 12th win of the season after capturing the trot feature in 2:07.1 over a sloppy track. Brian MacPhee waited patiently before diving into the passing lane with the son of Ken Warkentin to chase down the leaders and post back to back victories. Caliban Hanover was the runner up with the show ticket going to Diamond Mine. Carnivore and Kenny Arsenault claimed the top class in 2:03.4 for Valleygrove Farms, Kensington, The Marvyn Webster trainee came back to on to beat Forever Paradise with the Big Bite third. Track announcer Vance Cameron picked the 1-4-5 triactor in the pre-race interview. Jason Hughes had another big day with four winners. The "Blue Knight" started the afternoon program winning the first three races putting him back in the lead of the Charlottetown driver standings. The Hughes parade began with a catch-driving score aboard New School followed by a gate to wire romp with Virginonthebeach. Jersey Joe, trained by Deanna Clow, New Haven, battled back to catch the field to give the Stratford native the triple. The grand-slam came with C L La Rousse. For All We Know recorded her third win in a row taking the mares open in 2:04.2 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood. Her stable-mate General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) was second while A Fiesty X Ample (Mark Bradley) rallied late for a third place finish. Chappell and Walter Cheverie had driving doubles on the program. Astor pulls off upset in Red Shores Feature Charlottetown, PE - Astor, owned by the Foxyhall stable of Summerside, won the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park in an impressive 1:56.3. Driver Jason Hughes deployed front end tactics with the five-year-old pacer nd posted fractions of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:28.2. Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) was second with Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie) third. The 7-4-1 triactor paid $615.70. Osprey Strike, under the command of Paul Larrabee, and Dunmore Chance, with Jack Panting in the bike, won their trot assignments during the program. The annual Horse Person's Day is Saturday November 29th. Post time is 1pm. The afternoon features a driver's championship, second chance draws and prize giveaways. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
A longtime fan favourite on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, 11-year-old gelding Kindly Poet was back in the Saturday night spotlight with a winning effort in an $11,000 conditioned pace. The classy campaigner rallied three-wide from fourth over nearing the third quarter mark and rushed by his rivals with a :28-second final panel for the 1:52.4 triumph over fellow late-closers Topcornerterror and F Twenty Two. Winning Dream had led through fractions of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23.4 over the "good" track before fading to last. To view the rest of this story click here. Astor wires field at Charlottetown Overlooked at the betting windows, last week's runner-up Astor went down the road to win the featured $2,300 Preferred at Charlottetown Driving Park at odds of 12-1 on Saturday afternoon. Trainer/driver Jason Hughes put post seven starter Astor on the front during the opening quarter and never looked back, leading through fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 en route to the 1:56.3 victory. Cheyenne Ford finished one length behind off a pocket trip at long odds of 22-1 while Machinthesand finished third. Favourite All Turain, winner of his last two Preferred events, could not overcome his assigned post eight and finished back in fourth after trying to rally off the cover of Hughes trainee Narragansett, who faded to seventh. To view the rest of this story click here.
November 23, 2014 - As with several Breeders Crown champions this past weekend, Garnet Barnsdale opened up a commanding lead in Legs 50 and 51 of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest thanks to his weekly net profit of $2,446.10. With his tally this week, Barnsdale's overall net profit is $5,007.40, giving him a lead of $3,231.40 over second place Mark McKelvie. With three legs (four races) remaining in this year's contest, it would seemingly take a monster hit by one of his opponents and a collapse on his part for someone to take the lead away from him. While first place appears safe, there is a real battle for second and third place as the finishers in those positions will also have donations made to their rescues of choice. Second place McKelvie has an overall net profit of $1,776, roughly $1,430 ahead of third place Bob Zanakis' $346.95. While not in a cashing position, Brian McEvoy is sitting in fourth place within stalking distance as he is less than $240 behind Zanakis, On Friday night, Derick Giwner came out $883.20 to the plus side thanks to his plays in the Breeders Crown 3yo filly pace as a $72 win ticket earned him a $756 payout. In addition to the win wager, Giwner had a $1 Trifecta partial wheel ticket (total of $42) which paid $505.20. In the same race, Barndsale earned $806.40 thanks to his $1010.40 payoff on a $2 Trifecta key ($168). Saturday evening, was all Barnsdale with a daily profit of $1,659.70, followed by Dennis O'Hara's $605 and Rusty Nash's $440. Barnsdale's profit came primarily thanks to a $1 Trifecta wheel ($72) in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace which returned $1,998. O'Hara managed to hit a $132 Trifecta partial wheel ($390) in the 2yo filly trot which paid $975 while in the Open Mare Pace, Nash's $200 Place wager (part of a Win, Place combo; $400) returned a $840 dividend. The current standings with three legs remaining in the competition are: by Allan Schott, for HANA
Canadians were prominent at the 2014 Breeders Crown championships at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey with two wins, two seconds and three thirds in four Breeders Crown races on Friday. The good Breeders Crown form held on Saturday night as Canadian-connected horses added five wins, two seconds and two thirds for a championship total of seven wins, four seconds and five thirds. Also, John Campbell, originally from Ailsa Craig, Ontario, drove Shelliscape to a win in the Mare Pace (Race 8). Here are the results for the Canadian connected horses from Saturday races: Race 11 - $500,000 Open Trot #4 Maven SECOND - Owner: Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC). #5 Flanagan Memory FOURTH - Trainer: Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). - Owners: Liette Flanagan (Repentigny, QC) and Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). #10 Intimidate SIXTH - Driver: Sylvain Filion (Milton, ON) - Trainer: Luc Blais (Lochaber Ouest, QC) - Owners: Determination (Westmount, QC) and Judith Farrow (Hemmingford, QC). Race 10 - $531,250 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace #3 Mcwicked WON - Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON). #9 Luck Be Withyou FIFTH - Owner: John Craig (North York, ON). Race 9 - $500,000 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot #5 Il Sogno Dream SEVENTH - Owners: Bill Manes (Rockwood, ON), Dan Manes (Erin, ON), Leonard Christopher (Acton, ON) and Randy Christopher (Rockwood, ON). #6 Father Patrick WON - Co-Owners: John Fielding (Toronto, ON), Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON), Sam Goldband and Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON). #9 Harper Blue Chip FOURTH - Owners: Landmark 6 Racing Stable (Kingston, ON), David McDonald (Cornwall, ON), David Reid (Glenburnie, ON) and George Judson (Athens, ON). #10 E L Titan SECOND - Trainer: Riina Rekila (Campbellville, ON). Race 8 - $281,250 Mare Pace #3 Voelz Hanover NINTH - Trainer: Corey Johnson (Guelph, ON). - Owner: Richard Berthiaume (Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC). #5 Yagonnakissmeornot SIXTH - Co-Owners: Allard Racing Inc (Saint-Esprit, QC) and Yves Sarrazin (La Presentation, QC). Race 7 - $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace #2 Traceur Hanover WON - Trainer: Corey Johnson (Rockwood, ON). - Owner: Richard Berthiaume (Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC). #4 Franzo TENTH - Co-Owner: Lothlorien (Cheltenham, ON). #5 Go Daddy Go FIFTH - Trainer: Bob McIntosh (Windsor, ON). - Owners: Robert McIntosh Stables Inc (Windsor, ON) and Dave Boyle (Bowmanville, ON). #6 Sicily FOURTH - Trainer: Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON) - Co-Owners: Brad Shackman (Calgary, AB) and Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON). #8 Soto NINTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and R A W Equine (Burlington, ON). Race 6 - $400,000 Open Pace #2 Modern Legend FOURTH - Trainer: Dave Drew (St. Catharines, ON). - Owner: Dave Drew Associates Inc (St. Catharines, ON). #3 State Treasurer THIRD - Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore (Guelph, ON). - Owners: Sally MacDonald (Souris, PE) and Paul MacDonald (Regina, SK). #4 Thinking Out Loud WON - Trainer: Bob McIntosh (Windsor, ON). - Co-Owners: Robert McIntosh Stables Inc (Windsor, ON) and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc (Leamington, ON). Race 5 - $500,000 2-year-old Filly Pace #1 Southwind Roulette NINTH - Co-Owner: Brad Grant (Milton, ON). #8 Heavenly Bride EIGHTH -Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON). Race 4 - $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot #1 French Laundry THIRD - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON), Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON) and Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON). #2 Walter White SEVENTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and R A W Equine (Burlington, ON). #5 Pinkman WON - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC). #7 Guess Whos Back TENTH - Trainer: Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON). - Co-Owner: Brad Shackman (Calgary, AB) #8 Uncle Lasse FIFTH - Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, ON). Here are the results for the Canadian connected horses from Friday races: Race 10 - $593,750 3-year-old Filly Pace #1 Major Dancer SECOND - Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON). - Owners: West Wins Stable (Cambridge, ON), Mac Nichol (Burlington, ON) and Adriano Sorella (Milton, ON). #2 Beach Gal THIRD - Trainer: David Menary (Rockton, ON). - Owners: Kenneth Ewen (Georgetown, ON), Hewvilla Farms Inc (Mount Forest, ON), Denis Breton (Welland, ON) and Menary Racing Inc (Rockton, ON). #3 Gettiggreadytoroll NINTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON). #6 Uffizi Hanover SEVENTH - Owners: Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON), Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband (Toronto, ON). #10 Precocious Beauty FIFTH - Driver: Doug McNair (Guelph, ON). - Trainer: Gregg McNair (Guelph, ON). Race 9 - $500,000 3-year-old Filly Trot #3 Shake It Cerry WON - Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, ON). #4 Stuck By Lindy THIRD - Co-Owners: Melvin Hartman (Ottawa, ON) and R A W Equine Inc (Burlington, ON). #5 Cantabs Fortune FIFTH - Driver: Rick Zeron (Oakville, ON). - Trainer: Rick Zeron (Oakville, ON). - Owners: Rick Zeron Stables (Oakville, ON), Paul Marion (Marionville, ON) and Ferme Rico Limitee (Vars, ON). #8 Riveting Rosie SEVENTH - Driver: Paul Macdonell (Guelph, ON). - Trainer John Bax (Cavan Monaghan, ON). - Owners: Parkhill Stud Farm (Peterborough, ON), Don Allensen (Wyoming, ON), Joseph Parkinson and John Hayes (Sharon, ON). Race 8 - $500,000 2-year-old Filly Trot #2 Wild Honey TENTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC). #3 Danielle Hall SECOND - Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, ON). - Trainer: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, ON). - Owners: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, ON) and Thomas Kyron (Toronto, ON). #6 Stubborn Belle FIFTH - Driver: Paul Macdonell - Trainer: John Bax (Cavan Monaghan, ON). - Owners: Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON) and Parkhill Stud Farm (Peterborough, ON). #7 Lilu Hanover EIGHTH - Co-Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON) and Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON). #9 Livininthefastlane THIRD - Owners: Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband (Toronto, ON) and Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON). #10 Smexi FOURTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC) Race 7 - $250,000 Mare Trot #1 Intense America SIXTH - Trainer: Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). - Owner: Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. (Montreal, QC) #3 Bee A Magician WON - Co-Owners: Melvin Hartman (Ottawa, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC). #6 Charmed Life FOURTH - Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, ON). - Trainer: David Menary (Rockton, ON). - Owners: Menary Racing Inc (Rockton, ON), Brad Gray (Dundas, ON) and Michael Guerriero (Puslinch, ON) by John Siscos, for WEG
There were some new sophomores in the winner's circle during the second round of the Autumn Series on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The first of three $15,000 trotting divisions went to 7-1 fourth choice Tequila Haze ($16.40), who converted off a pocket trip to prevail in 1:57.2 by two and a half lengths over first over challenger Oaklea Wyatt (Daniel Potvin), with Theresademoninme (Chris Christoforou) taking third prize ahead of pacesetter Class Me Nice (Sylvain Filion). Sitting behind the Muscle Mass gelding for the first time, Bob McClure drove the winner of five races in 23 starts and $44,142 for trainer Keith Jones and owner Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ont. To view the rest of this story click here. Fraser Downs feature to Call Me Up Driver Brandon Campbell worked out a perfect second over trip aboard Call Me Up in the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Fraser Downs and the six-year-old mare kicked home off cover to prevail over the sloppy track on Friday night as the longest shot on the board. Just One More (Jim Marino) took control of the nine-horse field during a :27-second opener and continued to lead the way around the Surrey oval through a half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. However, Call Me Uprallied home off Prairie Illusion's (Scott Knight) cover in the stretch and defeated that rival by one length in 1:56.2 to post a 19-1 upset. Another 19-1 longshot, Skade (Keith Clark), closed from the back of the pack in the final quarter to edge out Just One More for third. The favoured entrymates, Cheyenne J (Travis Bowman) and Real Pretty (Serge Masse), finished less than two lengths behind in fifth and sixth. To view the rest of this story click here. Travis Cullen trainees win at Northlands Park Travis Cullen trainees Emmasphere and Sing Like An Angel took the top two spots in Northlands Park's $8,800 Fillies & Mares Open featured on Friday night. Leaving from post four with her trainer in the sulky, Emmasphere carved out panels of :28.3, :59.4 and 1:28.2 en route to a 1:58.2 triumph over the "good" racing surface. Sing Like An Angel and Philip Giesbrecht finished over two lengths behind off a three-hole trip, edging out first over American Passion and pocket-sitter Blue Star Beauty in a photo finish for the runner-up honours. To view the rest of the story click here.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best pacers in Island harness racing will tangle Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 1 pm for the 13-dash affair. The bearcats will battle in race 12 on the card for $2,300 with All Turain riding a two-race win streak but being assigned post 8 this week for driver Mike Stevenson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. The son of Tell All boasts an impressive summary of 11 wins from 18 seasonal starts but will again face his two biggest rivals from the Jason Hughes stable. Narragansett has post 6 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., while stablemate Astor has Hughes in the bike from post 7 for owner Foxyhall Racing. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to All Turain but is cautious about his post position. "He controlled his own destiny last week, something he probably won't be able to do today since he draws out here," MacIsaac says of the post 8 All Turain. "He races just as well if not better from out here anyway so it's no big deal. Top billing." Also in the field is Machinthesand (Walter Cheverie), Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell), Shock The Rock (Gordie Hennessey), Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) and Red Magician (Ken Murphy). The afternoon back-up pace lines up in the race 9 Joy Riders Pace for a $1,800 purse. Beckenbauer is the morning line choice for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Robi and Kurt Hughes of Stratford. The six-year-old son of The Panderosa was a winner his last start in a flashy 1:56.1 at the Summerside Raceway and has post 2 in the eight horse field. The Jackie Matheson trained duo of Oakrock Almighty (Hennessey) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson) are the next choices. Zip The Lip heads Sunday feature A 14-dash program gets underway at 1 pm Sunday afternoon with the top trotters and top pacing mares on display. The race 4 Open Trot has eight horses competing for the lion's share of the $1,850 purse and Zip The Lip is the heavy favorite but has been saddled with post 8 for the contest. Brian MacPhee will drive the son of Ken Warkentin for co-owner and trainer Don Sweet and co-owner Orville Willis, both of O'Leary. "He lands out here every week but that's the price you pay when you never get beat," MacIsaac said of Zip The Lip. "He started a new streak last time and we'll look for it to continue today." The field also includes Seanchai (Hughes), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Diamond Mine (Mark Bradley), Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy). The $2,250 Mares Open lines up in race 9 with For All We Know leaving from post 7 in the handicapped affair for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. Stayoutofmyaffair is the second choice from post 2 for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Hughes and owner Robi Hughes of Stratford while the mare that refuses to finish out of the top three, General Luckypercy, has post 5 for trainer Matheson, driver Ron Matheson and owners Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown and Jack Brown of Stratford. The field also includes Bunny Mach (Hughes), Yankee No More (Campbell) and A Fiesty X Ample (Bradley). Race 13 has a tough field of overnight pacers with The Big Bite favored in the $2,000 contest for driver Stevenson, trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault of Charlottetown, Donna McIver of York, Ed Blaisdell of Montague and Deborah Wilson of Nova Scotia. Top contenders in the six horse field include Oh To Be Me (Chappell), Forever Paradise (Campbell) and Mcjestic (Cheverie). The CDP driver's race is far from over with Marc Campbell holding a three race lead over Jason Hughes. Campbell, from Winsloe, has 108 Charlottetown wins on the season while Stratford's Hughes has 105 victories in 2014. Counting this weekend's two cards, there are nine programs left in the calendar year. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
A tripped-out Winkys Pride got the upper hand on her male rivals in Thursday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters at Flamboro Downs, and that was music to the ears of the handicappers that backed her at odds of 7-1. Rob Jenkins got away second with Winkys Pride while race favourite Lexis D J led the field through fractions of :28.3, :59.2 and 1:29.2. Jenkins found clearance for his mare in the lane and she responded by storming home in :29.3 to post the two-length decision over Lexis D J in 1:59.1. Taking home third prize was Excellence. To view the rest of this story click here. Harvey Bellwood passes, age 88 Longtime owner Harvey Bellwood of Stayner, Ont. passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the age of 88. Bellwood owned Standardbreds for decades, among those was pacer Bellwood Charms, a winner of 29 lifetime races through the 1970s. Beloved husband of the late Fran. Loving father of Lou Bellwood and his wife Rhonda of Utopia. Dear grandpa of Kade and Jax Bellwood. Also survived by his sister Helen Hanna of Alliston and his brother-in-law Ralph (Norma) Hackett of Stayner and their families. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, November 20 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series. In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the lead by driver Mario Baillargeon and never looked back. Meadowview Vicky posted fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before trotting home in :29.1 to win by a length and a half in 1:57.3. Wings Of Ballykeel finished second after sitting in that position the entire mile, while Oho Diamond took the show spot. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Vicky has now won a division of the first two legs of the Autumn Series and will have a chance at the series sweep next week. Meadowview Vicky has now won six of 13 career starts for over $50,000 in earnings. She is owned by Meadowview Farms Inc. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. Osprey Impact converted off a perfect second over trip from driver Dave Boughton to win the second division. The daughter of Federal Flex was able to pick up the cover of Cs Afternoondelite in the second quarter and followed that filly up to the front. Situated second over and less than two lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Osprey Impact tipped off cover and trotted by to score a 1 Â¾ length victory in a career best 1:58.1. Acapulco Hall, who was third along the rail at the top of the lane, got up for second, while Serendipitous, who got a two-hole trip, finished third. Trained by Mario Macri, Osprey Impact finished third in last week's opening leg. The three-year-old filly has now won four of 13 starts this season and banked over $27,000 for owner Paul Larrabee. Osprey Impact returned $32.70 to win. Mach Some Noise recorded her fourth consecutive victory to take the first division for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Mach Three would take control of the race in the second quarter and leave her rivals behind. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald posted a half of :57 and a three-quarter time of 1:25.2, before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 4 lengths in 1:53.3. Artistic Fusion got up for second, while Thrill Chaser finished third. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise will take her four-race win streak into next week's final with an opportunity to record the series sweep. Owned by O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable, Mach Some Noise has now won four of nine career starts and banked over $37,000. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new lifetime best for the three-year-old filly. A $2 win ticket returned $2.50. In the second division for the pacing fillies, Catlea Seelster never saw the rail, but still got the job done in 1:56.3. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, Catlea Seelster was parked around the first turn in mid-pack. The daughter of Stonebridge Regal would continue her outside journey down the backstretch and was first up at the leader's wheel as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Catlea Seelster showed her grit and wore down Debbies Mach to win by a neck. Performing Art took the show spot. Trained by Anthony Montini, Catalea Seelster entered the second leg of the Autumn Series off a seventh place finish in the opening leg. The round two victory is her second win in 15 starts this season and the third win of her career. Owned by Albina Montini and Teresa Davidson, Catlea Seelster has now banked over $33,000 in her career. She paid $14.90 to win. The top ten money earners to enter the final leg will contest next Friday night's final. Leg two action of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with the second round for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Officials with Lakeland Animal Nutrition have announced that four of its products have been recalled. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently investigating a possible link between the products and the deaths of three horses in south Florida. Lakeland Animal Nutrition announced the recall on the products on October 22. A report on the situation by The Ledger explains that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently investigating to see if there is a link between the death of three horses on a south Florida ranch and feed supplied by the company. Details about the feeds that have been recalled appear below. Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-251) – Manufacture Date: September 8 Signature Equilete Pellet (Lot Number 14-259) – Manufacture Date: September 16 Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-280) – Manufacture Date: October 7 LAN 10 Pellet (Lot Number 14-281) – Manufacture Date: October 8 Lakeland’s release states that if you are in possession of any of the affected products, please return the product(s) to your dealer immediately for a full refund. The specific lot number can be found on the front centre of the feed bag. An article of the situation by The Lexington Herald-Leader has quoted Lakeland general manager Jonathan Lang as saying via release that, "This action was taken as a measure of caution following three horses’ deaths at one Florida farm on October 16 to 20. At this time, the cause of the horses’ deaths has not been determined; autopsy results remain pending." From the The Ledger and The Lexington Herald-Leader
The connections of Shanghai Phil announced on Thursday that the pacing stallion will be standing stud for the 2015 season in Quebec at SOS Stables. The stud fee for Shanghai Phil has been announced at $1,750, with a loyalty discount or multiple mare discount available at $1,500. From the 2013 & 2014 breeding seasons his foals will be eligible in Ontario. Shanghai Phil is the sire of winners of nearly $5 million with average earnings per starter of $49,392. Foals who are by a Quebec sire and a Quebec registered mare earn an impressive 20 per cent breeders award in eligible races (10 per cent more than with a sire from outside Quebec) plus a 35 per cent purse bonus to the owner when competing in Quebec bred series against all Quebec mare foals (versus 0). Mona Pagliericci stated: “Shanghai Phil is a very well mannered stallion, who is well conformed and very fertile; his offspring are also very well known and liked not only by the breeders but also by owners, trainers and drivers as well. Shanghai Phil produces racehorses! SOS Stables welcomes Shanghai Phil back home, and we hope that you will too; call and book your mares. Join us for the 2015 breeding season.” Please contact Mona Pagliericci or Francine Morrisette at 450-248-2209 to book your mare. From the SOS Stable
The Ontario Racing Commission on Monday, November 17, 2014 ordered an indefinite full suspension for harness racing trainer Corey Johnson and five of his horses scheduled to race Monday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto were scratched from competing. According to sources, one of Johnson’s horses tested positive for a TCO2 (blood gas or “milk shaking”) level higher than allowed in a horses natural system. It was also reported that this is a second time offence for Johnson. He also had horses scheduled to race at Woodbine this Thursday and they have been scratched from the program. The positive test results could not have come at a worse time as Johnson, 24, of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada, has two horses scheduled to race this weekend at the Meadowlands in the Breeders Crown Championship Finals. Volez Hanover is scheduled to race Friday in the $281,000 Breeders Crown for Older Pacing Mares and Traceur Hanover is in to go on Saturday in the $500,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts. While both Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario and the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey have had reciprocal agreements in the past concerning honoring suspensions of harness racing trainers, drivers and owners, this situation presents a unique scenario. As of press time of this story, the New Jersey Racing Commission has not called for the scratching of the two horses from Corey Johnson’s stable. Scratch time is at 9:00 am Wednesday morning at the Meadowlands. Because the horses were entered for the Breeders Crown races well in advance of the positive test result for Johnson, the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Meadowlands may have no choice but to allow the two horses to compete. That final decision will not be known until 9:00 am Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Corey Johnson has been having his greatest season as a trainer in 2014. The youngster first started officially training horses in 2010 and has amassed 339 wins from his stable and just over $5 million in purses won by his horses. In 2014 alone his horses have already earned over $2 million. According to the United States Trotting Association, Johnson had a post-race positive test back on March 29, 2014 for the presences of Pyrilamine, a Class 3 illegal drug and was given a 15-day suspension and a $500 fine that he has appealed. Attempts to contact Corey Johnson for a statement were unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
CAMPBELLVILLE, November 19 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that due to recent freezing temperatures, qualifiers for this Friday (November 21) at Mohawk Racetrack have been cancelled. Along with the cancellation of qualifiers, there will also be no training at Mohawk for the remainder of the week. The track will re-open for training on Monday morning (November 24) and qualifiers will resume next Friday (November 28). by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Subscribe using the below form and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at www.stallionsphere.com Name Email Subscribe This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Heinz Wewering & Dave Palone; two class acts - When harness driver Dave Palone scored his 16,754th career victory on Friday and surpassed Germany’s Heinz Wewering as the winningest driver in the history of the sport, it also brought to light two great people in our sport. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! - Whomever coined the phrase, “It all comes down to the Breeders Crown” never said it any better. The year-end major stakes weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands and once again many “yearend awards” in North America will be decided by the outcome of these races. AU: Incident at Melton - Harness Racing Victoria stewards have concluded their case into a post-race incident at Melton recently. NZ: Trackside Coverage - One of the real bugbears in watching harness racing in New Zealand is the coverage provided by Trackside. Most of the coverage is world class from pre-race interviews through to having knowledgeable commentators fronting each race meeting. NZ: The "Met Multiplier" - A lot of industry participants are only to keen to criticize the major clubs and their management over how they program and run their meetings but praise is a lot harder to find. Stallion Review – ART OFFICIAL - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Art Official p,1:47m ($2,085,185). Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).
Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications