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Exciting Victorian pacer Hectorjayjay, an abysmal failure at his harness racing debut, is poised to become one of greatest bargains in recent times by proving the master of his nine rivals in the $1.1 million final of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old is only the second pacer owned by school maths teacher Matt McLellan, who became interested in harness racing seven years ago and did not even go to the Shepparton yearling sales in early 2012 when he relied on a friend to act as his agent, with a budget of just $15,000. “I had never set eyes on any of the yearlings and I got in touch with Cranbourne Harness Racing’s CEO David Scott and asked him to pick out a yearling for me,” the 38-year-old McLellan said. “The first yearling he selected was out of my price range and the second one was a Dream Away colt who cost $10,500.” Now a six-year-old gelding by the name of Hectorjayjay, the brilliant pacer has amassed $672,184 in prizemoney in a glittering career of 36 wins and 20 placings from 69 starts. A win on Friday night will result in his earnings rocketing to $1,277,184. “I named Hectorjayjay after my late grandfather Hector James Johnstone and he was only the second pacer I owned,” said McLellan, who admitted he had a sinking feeling after watching the pacer fail at his debut, finishing a distant last in a two-year-old event at Geelong on March 19, 2013. “I was told ‘you might have a good horse here’ but after he finished a long last I thought that he’s not much good by the looks of it. He was just holding on, but with about 400 or 500m to go he completely lost touch with the rest of the field.” McLellan, the senior mathematics teacher at the prestigious Brighton Grammar School, was heartened when Hectorjayjay showed improvement to finish third at Cranbourne at his second start and the youngster quickly blossomed into a highly-promising pacer.” “He has never looked back since those early days,” said McLellan, who revealed a remarkable side of his unselfish nature when he decided to sell shares in the pacer last February while retaining the majority 67.5 per cent shareholding. Hectorjayjay had earned $243,471 from 23 wins and 17 placings from his first 52 starts at that stage when the gelding’s ownership swelled significantly. “I made this decision to sell some small shares, for two reasons,” McLellan said. “One was because the financial offer was getting too nice to reject and the second reason was that you don’t get the same excitement when you race a horse by yourself. “Financially it was fantastic, but you don’t get the same excitement as a sole owner as you do when you’ve got a few others in the ownership. It was enjoyable when I had the horse by myself, but now it’s more enjoyable sharing with people you like. It was remarkable how much bigger the offers were earlier this year compared with the offers when he was a three-year-old. Selling the shares has enabled me to buy a couple of other horses.” Driving the bid to get shares in Hectorjayjay was Sydneysider Mick Harvey, a keen student of horseflesh who had never met McLellan when he started communicating with him and asking for a share of the pacer. “I saw Hectorjayjay win a group 2 race at Melton and saw that he possessed unbelievable speed,” Harvey said. “After backwards and forwards a few times we came to an agreement and I split my share among the others --- my partner Jane Hughes, Sky Racing’s pacing expert Gareth Hall, a mate of mine from Manly, the Stokie family and Earl Sakareassen, a prominent businessman in Victoria and owner of a big thoroughbred stud farm in central Victoria.” Several members of the Stokie family will return to Australia from a trip to England in time to watch Friday night’s final and Sakareassen will be delighted to watch the big race in which Hectorjayjay is the first pacer in which he has an involvement. Sakareassen has a Norwegian background and Hectorjayjay races in the colours of Norway’s national flag --- red with an indigo blue Scandinavian cross fimbriated in white which extends to the edges of the flag. Hectorjayjay raced in white with a purple star when he was trained by Bill Walker and then his daughter Simone. McLellan had no hesitation in agreeing to the change of colours, saying that the Brighton Grammar School’s colours were red and blue. “Earl is the only one I actually knew before I decided to sell a few shares in Hectorjayjay,” McLellan said. “I had to convince him to get into the standardbred scene and now he’s loving it with his very first pacer.” McLellan’s first harness horse was Marlon, an Our Sir Vancelot gelding who won one minor race from 13 starts in New Zealand (early in 2011) before being bought by the school teacher. The gelding raced in Victoria as Za Marlon, with McLellan explaining he added the prefix because he had a superstition about the letter Z. Za Marlon won at his 17th start (at Cranbourne) for McLellan and driver Simone Walker and was retired after having 41 starts for McLellan for just one win and ten placings for stakes of $10,600. But this lack of success did not deter McLellan, who has struck it rich by his decision to buy a yearling at the 2012 Shepparton sales. But everything that McLellan touches does not automatically turn to gold. He’s had a few ups and downs in the sport. He paid $16,000 to purchase Hectorjayjay’s half-brother Maycasaurus, who has inherited none of Hectorjayjay’s wonderful ability. “I tried to get him to the racetrack, but he was never good enough,” McLellan said. “After three trainers tried him out and said that he had no hope of racing, I’ve put him in a paddock at Earl’s property and just use him as a riding horse. ”Recently we purchased a couple of Christian Cullen youngsters from New Zealand --- and one of them had a heart attack and died when jogging four weeks ago. That’s the racing game; you’ve got to take the good with the bad. It’s a lottery.” McLellan has not seen all of Hectorjayjay’s races. He was in England as coach of Brighton Grammar’s first and second cricket elevens in the middle of 2015 when the gelding was competing in feature events for four-year-olds in Victoria. He was watching on his mobile phone when Hectorjayjay led and was just beaten in the final stride by Messini in the $110,000 group 1 Vicbred Super Series final. He and his new partners will form a highly-excited group at Gloucester Park on Friday night as they cheer on the brilliant Hectorjayjay. “It’s a very open race and there’s lots of variables,” McLellan said. “I’m just proud that my horse has made it to the big dance and whatever happens, happens.” Ken Casellas

Exciting pacer Hectorjayjay fared poorly by drawing out wide at barrier No. 8 in the third heat of the Choices Flooring Inter dominion championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but young harness racing reinsman Josh Aiken is likely to steal a march on his rivals by using the six-year-old’s dazzling gate speed and charging to an early lead. Trainer David Aiken, father of Josh, gave a strong clue to the possibility of the Dream Away gelding surging straight to the front when he said: “He can burn out pretty quickly when he wants to and he may be able to cross them.” Hectorjayjay is the form runner of the 30 pacers who will contest the heats of the championship, with his past 15 starts producing 11 wins, three seconds and a fifth placing. He was most impressive at his most recent outing when he was not extended in winning the Markovina Free-For-All at Bendigo last Friday week. He started out wide at barrier six and revealed sizzling pace to charge to the front after 50m. He was untroubled to win from Stunning Grin and Yankee Rockstar, reeling off the final quarters in 27.2sec. and 26.9sec. At his previous outing Hectorjayjay was the lone runner off the back line and he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before running home determinedly, three wide, over the final 800m to finish second to the pacemaker Restrepo in the group 3 Yarra Valley Cup over 2650m. “He ran a sub-53sec. last half and his was a really good performance,” David Aiken said. “If he just gets one little easy section in front he can run a very fast time.” Restrepo, who charged straight to the front from barrier three in that event. A slow early pace and slow opening quarters of the final mile in 32.3sec. and 31.1sec. made life extremely difficult for Hectorjayjay. Restrepo (barrier four) ande can burn out pretty quickly if he wants to. He and Franco Nelson (five) are speedy beginners and there is a strong possibility that Gavin Lang (Restrepo) and Dexter Dunn (Franco Nelson) will fire their horses out of the gate. The John McCarthy-trained Bling It On is favourably drawn at barrier two and the six-year-old will have many admirers, particularly after Luke McCarthy produced a superb drive to bring Bling It On with a sparkling late burst of speed to beat Lennytheshark in the 1720m Smoken Up Sprint at Melton last Saturday week.    Freyberg, trained by Kevin Pizzuto, gave a solid performance when second to Smokey The Bandit over 2300m at Gloucester Park last Friday night. But this week he meets sterner opposition and must overcome a wide draw at No. 7. Simply Susational, to be driven by Ryan Warwick for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is capable of causing an upset. He is the sole backmarker and he could well be able to replicate his powerful finishing burst which gave him victory over Run Oneover and Waylade on November 4. Ken Casellas  

Hectorjayjay has struck first blow in the 2016-17 Trots Country Cups Championship with a barnstorming win in tonight’s harness racing 3SH Swan Hill Pacing Cup. Despite having to overcome gate seven in the $30,000 Group 3, the star six-year-old was sent out $1.40 favourite with punters and made light work of his barrier early when he thundered by Johnny Fox after about 125 metres. Once he grabbed the lead role Hectorjayjay was indomitable. For the remainder of the 2790-metre trip he and reinsman Josh Aiken would ensure things played out on their terms. And when Aiken loosened his grip a half-mile out, Hectorjayjay exploded for a 53.1secs final 800m (third and fourth quarters in 26.8 and 26.3secs). It's also worth noting at the finish Hector still had the plugs in. Guaranteed (Gavin Lang, breeze for the last 1700m and a $3.80 second-favourite), Smudge Bromac (Mark Pitt, one-one and $21.20) and Johnny Fox (Kerryn Manning, leader’s back and $15.20) were left in a race of their own when the winner whooshed off into the distance, Hectorjayjay finishing officially 24.4m clear of runner-up Guaranteed in a mile rate of 1:57.6, with Smudge Bromac third beaten 24.9m and Johnny Fox fourth and 27.6m from the winner. Meanwhile, at Menangle in New South Wales Hectorjayjay’s stablemate, Inter Dominion winning champion Lennytheshark returned to the track with victory in the Garrards Kevin Newman Free for All over a mile in a polished 1:49.9 for reinsman Chris Alford. Both the Aiken top-liners are bound for the almost $2million Inter Dominion series at Gloucester Park in November/December before chasing more feature riches in Victoria and New South Wales early next year. By winning tonight Hectorjayjay (Dream Away-Sheer Finesse) has speared to the early lead on the Trots Country Cups Championship ladder, with the table topper at the end of the 25 Victorian Country Cups to receive a $25,000 bonus. The Trots Country Cups Championship will roll into Maryborough next Sunday for the $30,000 Maryborough Gold Cup. RELATED: DOUBLE FOR MCDERMOTT STABLE AT SWAN HILL Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was the second career win in four starts for the Jim King Jr. trainee. Kirby dominated the DSBF events, winning three of the four, two for owner King and trainer King Jr.. Joel and Dianne Halpern's Westwind Roddylee ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:57.2 for trainer Jason Skinner. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her third win in five career starts. Jo Ann Looney-King's Logan's Girl ($3.40, Kirby) was a 1:56.2 winner to complete a sweep of her eliminations for trainer Jim King Jr. A winner of 3-of-4 starts lifetime, she is sired by Roddy's Bags Again. Virginia Louthan's Spinpressive ($3.40, Corey Callahan) broke her maiden with a 1:57.1 victory in the third division. Trained by her owner, Spinpressive is a daughter of No Spin Zone. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 5, part of a Delaware showcase night which also features three other $100,000 DSBF final events, as well as $20,000 consolations. In the $19,200 overnight feature, the Open Pace, Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing's Dancin Yankee ($6, Russell Foster) scored a 1:51.4 victory for trainer Josh Green. Kirby had four wins on the program, while Corey Callahan had a hat trick. Jon Roberts and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Trainer Mike Hall also won two races. Matthew Sparacino

Lenny or Hector?  Or both? David Aiken certainly is the latter. But the intra-stable battle between Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay should add stacks of spice to the 2016-17 Summer of Glory carnival and Perth Inter Dominion. And harness racing fans will take sides. Both Aiken-trained stars will be headline acts all season long. While reigning Inter Dom champ Lennytheshark deserves top billing for now, Hector fans are undoubtedly growing in bullishness. When Hectorjayjay scorched past Lennytheshark in the Len Smith Mile (1:50.5) during June a rivalry was born. Tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton Hectorjayjay (Dream Away-Sheer Finesse) added the City of Melton Plate to his owners’ trophy cabinet. And he did it with plenty of panache. Reinsman Gavin Lang hit the go button off the arm at the 1720-metre start and Hectorjayjay ripped across the face of the field to find the pegs first. Unlike last start when Hectorjayjay had to arc the field before getting upstaged by an unlikely vanquisher in All Eyes On Us, Lang and Hectorjayjay put the issue beyond doubt early tonight. With Maximan sitting outside him and Five Star Anvil in the trail, Hectorjayjay posted a 6.7secs lead time followed by first and second quarters of 29 and 29.9.  His third quarter was 27.2 and his fourth 26.6 – the 53.8secs final looked half a powerful statement. His 1:51.7 mile rate exquisite. In 2015-16 Hectorjayjay won eight races from 17 starts for $279k. He’s launched 16-17 on the right hoof. Five Star Anvil and Stunning Grin filled the Plate minor placings. Chris Alford took driving honours tonight with three winners, while Gavin Lang picked up a winning double in the gig and Aiken won two races as trainer. Kyvalley Blur (Chocolatier-Duo Val Car) notched a strong win in the City of Melton Scotch Notch Memorial for Brent Lilley and Nathan Jack, scoring by 2.1m over The Boss Man (Ellen Tormey), who looks to have taken the next step, and Maori Time in third for Anthony Butt. In the Battle of the Claimers heats trainers Marnie Bibby, Cheyenne King-Davies and Luke Bryant all tasted success with Ubringthedrinks (Panorama-Sorrento Star) (David Moran), Four Needed (Real Desire-For The Don) (Alex Ashwood) and Kenny Trickem (Stonebridge Regal-Alexina) respectively. Larry Eastman had five-year-old Morton Plains (Bettors Delight-Dont Answer That) back to her best with a 1:56 run in the DNR Logistics Pace to beat Michael Stanley-trained pair Soho Tokyo and Soho Berlin, while Lightning Calder (Ganymede-Miss Calder) prevailed for trainer/driver Craig Demmler in the Aldebaran Park Trot, Upanatom (Christian Cullen-Atom Queen) went 1:53.2 to win the Middy’s Industrial Laverton Pace, and talented five-year-old Mister Wickham (Julius Caesar-Bronte Jones) overcame barrier 11 to win the TAB.com.au Pace for trainer Lee Evison. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Hectorjayjay has won the harness racing Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint tonight at Albion Park in a last-minute run from behind that has to be seen to be believed. The bay gelding spent the vast majority of the race in the back of the field, only making his run for the line at the 400 metre mark sitting five wide. Hectorjayjay is in the midst of brilliant form, beating his stable mate and Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark only recently in the Len Smith Mile, and now running down the brilliant Christen Me to take out tonight’s feature race. Handler and travel companion of Hectorjayjay, Kima Fenning, said she was used to the horse coming from  behind but tonight’s late run had her thinking. “To be honest, I wasn’t too worried at the start of the race because I’ve seen him come from way behind before, but at the 400 mark when he was still second last I thought we were in a bit of trouble,” “I saw when he came out on the top of the straight, I saw him put in that little extra that he does, but then again I saw Christen Me get a run and I thought “Oh, we might be in trouble here”, but he’s just an amazing horse and he never puts in a bad run, he just always does that little bit extra,” said Fenning. Harness racing Operations Manager Brett Rail was impressed with the great run and the flow-on effect it has for harness racing. “It was an outstanding race, and it’s the type of race that brings people back to trotting,” “To see the son of Dream Away come from the tail of the field in a virtually impossible position to beat horses like Christen Me, who’s probably the best in Australasia, it was an outstanding field and an outstanding race.” “I think Hectorjayjay is the next one on the block, he’s ready to take over the mantle and become the best horse in Australasia I’m sure,” Rail added. The 2016 DPMA Queensland Oaks (2138m) was another high-quality race on the cards tonight, with the gutsy three-year-old filly Nek Time (Gotta Go Cullect) working hard to grab the lead early and take home the win in a blistering time of 2 minutes 34.2 seconds. Brett Rail praised the run and the stunning victory. “The winner Nek Time was an absolutely outstanding run, she did so much work early and through the run,” “It was a super-fast time, and the way that horse just kept going it was just an unforgettable race to watch, hopefully she goes on to the Derby for a Picket Fence next week,” Rail added. The 2016 Garrard’s Gold Coast Derby was the other feature race of the night, and it was always going to be a hard to separate the contenders, all entrants very even on paper. Both the winner Charlaval and runner-up Stanly Ross Robyn did a great job to grab their win and place, Rail full of praise for the quality three-year-olds. “It was an outstanding field of three-year-olds, Charlaval from the draw had a good run and was an outstanding winner,” “There are a number of horses in that race that can easily win the Derby, barrier draws are going to be all important for that one,” said Rail. The ground-breaking Picket Fence promotion offers trainers and owners the chance to win a share of $111,000 in bonuses if their horse can win three races in a row in Queensland including one of four feature races on Blacks A Fake Night. At this time the Bill Cosby-trained Slippery Jade is eligible for the two-year-old filly’s bonus, Chris Petroff’s Maestro Bellini is eligible for the two-year-old colt’s and gelding’s bonus, while the Chmiel-trained Nek Time will be in the running for the bonus in the Derby. Blacks A Fake night will be held next Saturday, July 16.  

There will be a hell of a party up Stawell way on Saturday night if harness racing trainer Owen Martin’s pacer takes line honours in the Harness Breeders Victoria Jane Ellen. Victory in the $30,575 Group 3 mares race would deliver Martin, 63, the trots trainer’s first victory at Group level and in Hellovaway he has a genuine hope. “It would be a dream come true if she won,” Martin said. “I just hope she runs a good race and whatever happens will happen.” A winner in three of her last five starts, Hellovaway has twice tasted success at Tabcorp Park Melton across her 37 starts, most recently in the Gippsland Racing Training Centre Pace on November 20. The six-year-old has raced twice at Group level, running a competitive seventh in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series four-year-old mares final at her fifth career start, and then sixth in the Mark Gurry and Associates Cup at Mildura on April 9. Participation alone is notable, given the mare by Dream Away out of Jilliby Jasmine began in modest terms. “(Me and a mate) went to Mount Gambier to look at another horse and then on the way back went to the Cravens (in Terang), who had her advertised,” Martin said. “She was only a small thing and they couldn’t get her going. We bought her, it wasn’t much money, about $1000.” It wasn’t until deep into age four that she made it to the track.  “She grew, but it was a hell of a lot of trouble to get her to pace around corners,” Martin said. “I gradually got her confidence up and she started to find her feet. “She never showed anything brilliant, I thought she might win one or two races, but once she started racing she just got better. She is headstrong, she did her own thing sometimes and that made her look average. Now she has put it together.” She first stepped on to a race track on May 31 at Ballarat and from barrier four found the front and cleared away to win by 13.7m. “She was a one-paced sort of horse, then we went to Ballarat for her first start and she won in a 1:56.7 mile rate in a C0,” Martin said. “She showed that much speed that night we almost fell over. I think she’s a true racehorse, her work at home is OK without being spectacular, but once she gets to the race track she turns it on.” She is now, at age six, 37 starts in which have produced nine victories and a further nine placings for $57,367 in stakes. That includes three wins amid four placings in her last five starts, and Martin said his stable was in good order owing to more than a drop of rain. “We had it very dry out here for a long time and a lot of the horses get sick of being fed dry hay and having no green grass for them,” Martin said. “I was carrying bore water for them and that was a bit of factor too. “(This year's rain) is one of the best years we’re had for 10 or 12 years. The paddocks are just starting to get a bit wet. It can keep raining as far as I’m concerned.” The grass may only get greener on Saturday night, though Hellovaway will have to see off some nice types to claim the night’s feature, with David Aiken’s Quick Draft and Beach Shack among participants.  “(Hellovaway) will be very competitive in that run,” Martin said. “She has terrific gate speed and I don’t think they will want to hold her out, because she could sit out in the death seat and poor pressure on. “David Aiken got’s two nice types in the race, but I think she will definitely make it a true race.” Michael Howard

Master harness racing trainer David Aiken pulled off the ultimate big-race success when he trained the quinella in today’s $100,000 TABCORP.COM.AU Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The only problem was it wasn’t quite the way punters expected it to go. Aiken’s up and comer Hectorjayjay ($10.10), finished like a train to swamp odds-on favourite Lennytheshark ($1.40 favourite) by 1.2m, with Ohoka Punter ($7) a fighting third 7.1m further way. The winner rated a slashing 1:50.5, confirming the huge wraps that Aiken had placed on the five-year-old gelding, who is now bound for Queensland and further feature starts. Victoria’s two leading reinsmen Gavin Lang (Hectorjayjay) and Chris Alford (Lennytheshark) cleared away to fight out the finish although the wicked grin on Lang’s face in the last 100m clearly indicated he knew he had the race in his keeping. Close behind the placegetters were outsiders Blazin N Cullen and Alta Jerome, just ahead of the mighty mare Frith, who endured a torrid run and couldn’t match the Grand Circuit stars in the straight. “Gavin really likes this five-year-old gelding by Dream Away,” said Aiken. “He doesn’t say a lot but I just really got the feeling he’s been impressed with his turn of foot.” Lang explained that draws were important and 14 was not ideal against a quality field like that. “As I always say before the race, it’s only a number, we usually have a post mortem after and decide if they’re good bad or otherwise . . . and it turned out perfectly,” said Lang. “That’s one thing about drawing 14, you need those type of quick sectionals early to bring you into the race and that’s how it turned out. “That early burn gives you a chance. Over a mile if they go slowly early then you are left to do your share of work to get into the race and chasing quality horses, well, you just won’t catch them.” Lang said Hectorjayjay always travelled well and his only concern pre-race was that he had been scratched from his last run because he had a minor problem. “But a solidly run race (like today’s) can be their downfall and to the stable’s credit they did a great job and had him in excellent condition,” he said. Home straight: “He’s a good horse and that’s one of the qualities that good horses have - under pressure they really dig in.” “I’m sure these two horses will have some epic battles in the future.” Michael Howard

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. Owner/trainer Charles Perry Jr.'s John's Dream ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won the first division in dominating fashion in 1:55.3. The Dream Away ridgling assumed command early and never relented in his open length win over Double Miles and Cut The Beach. Don Marine's Power To Perform ($5, Tony Morgan) cruised to a front-end win in the second division in 1:55.3. The Artzina colt never had an anxious moment in his two length score over Hail To The Master and All Artist. Trained by Kyle Moore, it was the fourth career win for the winner. The third division was the fastest as Henry Faragalli, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing's Next Success ($3.40, Jim Morand) was triumphant in 1:53.1. Next Success, the 3-to-5 favorite and Dover Downs $100,000 final winner, marched through the mile on the lead the majority of the way and held off JW Renegade to the wire in a tight finish. Casino Bags Anso was third. In the $16,000 overnight feature, the Open Pace, the track record for aged pacing stallions was equaled by David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($4, Ross Wolfenden), as he remained sharp with a 1:50.3 score for trainer Richard Lewis. The 6-year-old Tell All stallion assumed command near the half-mile from Smart Rokker and paced away powerfully in the stretch. Smart Rokker finished second while Papa Ray was third. It was the fifth win of the year for Getitoffyourchest. Getitoffyourchest now shares the record with Dancin Yankee, who set the mark in 2014. Allan Davis, Montrell Teague, Wolfenden and Tony Morgan each had two wins. Matthew Sparacino    

Caution Signs (Dream Away) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jose Godinez-trained pacer powered out to the early lead in the $11,000 1 1/16 mile Winners Over pace at the Spa before yielding for the pocket ride behind rival Pappy's Pal (Jim Devaux). Pappy's Pal held the lead until about ten yards before the finish line when Cautions Signs surged up the passing lane to score in 2:00.2 in the elongated distance feature. Pappy's Pal came up second best while Whogoesfirst (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Caution Signs had late board backing and wound up as the race's 2-5 betting favorite. His win was the second on the card for trainer Jose Godinez and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. who also teamed up for a victory with veteran pacer RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Saturday  night's Mildura Cup winner Hectorjayjay will not be aimed at the Group 1 Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday June 26. Trainer  David Aiken believes it is in the five-year-old gelding's best interest to be kept away from stablemate Lennytheshark this season but expects Hectorjayjay to progress to Harnesss Racings Grand Circuit level next season. The son of Dream Away has won both of his starts since joining the Aiken stable and was dominant in his most recent victory. "Hectorjayjay is a very talented horse and I don't really want to overtax him at this stage of his career so I'm going to look at the 4YO & 5YO Championship at Melton next month before getting him ready for a trip to Perth for the Inter Dominion," Aiken said. "I didn't ask too much of Lennytheshark during his five-year-old season and I think it really helps them develop into better horses at six. I'm pretty keen to keep Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark apart for the time being as well." Hectorjayjay has been driven by Gavin Lang in both of his starts for the Aiken stable. "I think Gavin is going to help make the horse, his patience will teach the horse how to race against the best ones. "He is an exciting prospect and what I was most happy about after Saturday was that Gavin said he handled the tighter track very well and that is important if he does make it to Gloucester Park for the Inter Dominion." Aiken confirmed Lennytheshark is on target to compete in the Len Smith Mile and has been back working in the water-walker. "He's been back at the water-walker for a fortnight so he'll return in pretty good condition. Ideally I'd like him to have two or three runs under his belt before going towards the Len Smith Mile." With ten boxes at the Menangle Training Centre, Aiken is keen to make a success of his new satellite stable but has no plans to relocate back to Sydney in the short-term. "Obviously there are family ties in Sydney, my mother lives over on the Northern Beaches and I've got two sisters over that way as well but at the moment I'm happy with the set-up. I'm still working through how I'm going to staff everything but the beauty of these ten boxes in Sydney is that if there is a race at Menangle that suits I can transport horses between Victoria and NSW. "Before getting the Menangle boxes I would have to speak with a Sydney trainer to see if they had room for me and it is a bit of an ask to be trying to get four or five stables off them. Plus if I want to make that group of four or five into a group of six I can." Aiken has already earmarked a Sydney trip for recent recruit Macha. The gelding was placed second in the WA Derby behind Alta Christiano in 2013 and is set to resume for his new stable. "Macha will be best suited at Menangle and he'll be doing a fair bit of racing in Sydney." Greg Hayes                    

Hectorjayjay gave his connections some carnival delight, saluting in the Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup.The Group 2 harness racing  victory, which captured the bulk of the $60,325 for David Aiken’s newly acquired five-year-old, was born out of an ice cool drive from Gavin Lang to win from local hope Murranji Track, who reaffirmed his status as a four-year-old on the rise. Hectorjayjay’s second victory at Group level was also one of five victories on the night for champion reinsman Lang. VIDEO REPLAY: WATCH HECTORJAYJAY WIN AND ETCH HIS NAME ON THE COVETED CUP The night’s feature largely went to plan. As the Good Form speed map predicted, Anthony Butt shot Stunning Grin to the front and Vince Vallelonga’s five-year-old ran less keenly than Tuesday’s record-breaking heat, controlling the race with a 74.7s lead time, 2.7s slower than in heat one. Murranji Track slotted on his tail from the box seat and held that place through the final bend, with Kerryn Manning driving Ideal Success to the breeze, trailed off the pegs by Itz Dreamin Jonesy and $1.70 favourite Hectorjayjay, who Lang eased into cover from barrier five. There they would remain until the 600m mark when Ideal Success couldn’t match Stunning Grin’s pace from the breeze, slipping back and prompting Lang to peel three-wide and take Hectorjayjay to the front. Amid a 27.9 third quarter, Hectorjayjay passed Stunning Grin on the outside around the bend and was unchallenged in a 28.6 final quarter, with pegs runners Murranji Track and Manuka Man coming off Stunning Grin’s back to run into second and third respectively. The 1:57.7 mile rate was just 0.2 outside the track record Stunning Grin set four days prior. Hectorjayjay, a five-year-old gelding by Dream Away out of Sheer Finesse, now has career stakes of more than $250,000, with a 45 per cent winning strike rate from his 53 starts. The victory headlined an engaging night’s racing that brought to an end an enthralling Mildura Cups carnival and country cups circuit. Earlier in the night, Young Modern met expectations to give Lang the second of five winning drivers of the night in the Group 3 Mark Gurry & Associates Cup. After a luckless third in the heat, Young Modern carried punters favour in the final, starting at $1.70 and running accordingly with a 7m win for trainer Michael Stanley. Having been worked into the breeze from barrier 11 early in the running, despite a hefty workload Young Modern found separation on Matt Craven’s second-placed Emmanuel in the straight. The $20,048 pay day was the biggest of the five-year-old’s career since it saluted in the VHRSC Victoria Sires Classic as a three-year-old roughie in December 2013. Saturday night also featured the Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas and again the punters got it right with $1.50 chance Hickstead, which Good Form’s Jason Bonnington declared a moral in the lead-up, winning by 2.6 for trainer-driver John Justice. There was plenty of pace on early in the 2190m mobile, with Justice taking Hickstead to the lead at the mile mark and then cooling his jets over 31.3 and 30.2 first and second quarters. Justice made a break in the third quarter and while Mister Magic Man battled on gamely to run into third, it was Here He Comes that challenged, looming as Hickstead tired but ultimately having to settle for second, beaten 2.3. Michael Howard 

Hectorjayjay has pulled up a peach and is ready for a repeat dose of harness racing success at Mildura racecourse. A dominant winner of the second Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup heat while on debut for trainer David Aiken, Hectorjayjay will start favourite in Saturday night’s final despite drawing outside Stunning Grin and Ideal Success on the front row. “There were a few good runners in the other heat, so it is going to be a good race,” Aiken told RSN’s Inside Word. “I think my horse will start favourite, but there are a lot of other good horses in the race.” VIDEO: JASON BONNINGTON TAKES A LOOK AT THE MILDURA CUP NIGHT QUADDIE Outside of Hectorjayjay, none are likely to start shorter than Stunning Grin, winner of Tuesday’s first heat after a scorching start that saw Vince Vallelonga’s five-year-old stop the clock at a 1:57.5 mile rate, a track record over 2600m. In the wake of the race Vallelonga told Trots Media he had the Mildura cup in mind for Stunning Grin for some time, and while he “was not super confident we can beat Hectorjayjay”, he “can make it tough for” Aiken’s favourite. Aiken said Hectorjayjay had recovered well from his heat after a light couple of days and benefitting from driver Gavin Lang’s light hands. “Gav (Lang) looked after him good (in the heat), he is renowned for getting horses through heats and finals,” Aiken said. “I think they went two seconds slower than the first (heat), hopefully that is to our advantage.” A Group 2 Mildura cup, with its $60,325 total purse, would be a significant early return for the Aiken stable, which has only recently taken training duties of the five-year-old by Dream Away out of Sheer Finesse. “Those sort of horses are hard to come by,” Aiken said. “He has had a good career, Simone (Walker) did a great job with him and I hope I can just keep him at that level and have a bit more fun with him. “We are just learning a little about the horse now. We haven’t really got a plan after Mildura, so we just have to see how he recovers from the two runs in the week. Throughout his career he’s always been competitive against the really good ones. It’s a very good acquisition for the stable.” The Aiken stable also has Cold Major in tomorrow night’s final, a family favourite who will again be driven by David’s son Josh. “He’s drawn bad, but ... when they go hard he can compete with the better ones when things go his way,” Aiken said. “He’s got through the heat good too, so hopefully he will be good on Saturday night.” The pacing cup starts at 8.30pm and comes amid a 10-race card, which also includes the Mark Gurry and Associates Cup and the Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Mildura, Saturday 09 April 2016 Form guide for Mildura, Saturday 09 April 2016

John’s Dream, Hail To The Master and Cut The Beach were winner of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg filly pace preliminaries to complete the first of two weeks harness racing competition prior to the $100,000 DSBF finals the last week of the meet at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 31. The 2-year-old DSBF and Virginia champion John’s Dream recorded his sixth lifetime win in nine starts scoring a 1:53.2 success in his 2016 debut as Tim Tetrick guided the triumph in the first of three 1st leg prelims. John’s Dream, a Dream Away-March On ridgling, took the lead early on the way to sixth consecutive win. Chuck Perry Jr. owns and trains the winner of $112,327 in his career. Power To Perform (Tony Morgan) took a shot at the winner heading to the final turn but had to accept second-place. Next Success (Jim Morand) was third. Art Stafford piloted Hail To The Master home in 1:52.3 to win the second $20,000 test; The altered son of Rustler Hanover-Morepowertoya is owned by Dorothy and Chris Conner and won for the sixth time in his career in 10 races and purses of $84,300. All Artist (Jeff Fout) finished second for the fifth time nine starts lifetime. Rusty Carter (Corey Callahan) finished third. Cut The Beach, an Artzina-I Love The Beach gelding, won for the second time this season with George Dennis steering the 1:54.2 victory. Jeff Rubin, Tom Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Joe Thomson own the winner. Casino Bags Anso (Vince Copeland) finished second in front of Double Miles (Morand), third. DSBF 2nd leg events are set for next week, featuring male trotter, Monday, with fillies on Tuesday, filly trotters on Wednesday and male pacers Thursday. The top 8 point-getters in each division return for $100,000 finals the last week of the meet, April 7-14.       On Thursday’s regular program, Travon, bred, owned and trained by Brenda Teague scored his second straight victory in an $11,300 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Montrell Teague was in the bike notching his third win on the card. A son of I’m Gorgeous-Shesaknockout, Travon won in a personal best 1:52.3. The Ohio-bred was followed by Cool Reward (Morgan) and Looms The Danger (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. Leyden, who just missed in his previous two races, final got to the winner’s circle when Ross Wolfenden directed a 1:50.1 lifetime best victory in a $10,500 Male pace for breeder, owner-trainer William Moffett of the Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power gelding. $1-million winner, Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second with Shadow Margeaux (Dennis) third.  Montrell Teague and Art Stafford Jr. led all drivers with three wins each. George Dennis, Ross Wolfenden, Sean Bier and trainer-owner Brenda Teague had doubles. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Jon Kingston-Mayne gave driver Ken Rogers a 10/10 rating after Some Kinda Tactics scored a record-breaking win in the 2016 Moonta Hotel Social Club Kadina Pacing Cup (1609m) at Port Pirie. “I’m a hard marker with drivers of my horses, but no-one could have driven this horse better tonight,” Kingston-Mayne said. Some Kinda Tactics, starting at $3.30 on Ubet, raced away to a nine-metre cup win from Amajorjo ($1.85 fav) with Machtavish ($21) finishing well along the inside to be a neck away third. In winning, Some Kinda Tactics rated 1:53.5 to take 0.4 off the previous best run by Timeless Era in winning the 2014 Kadina Cup. There was an early burn for the lead in the Cup before Amajorjo, from gate four, was able to work to the lead after 200 metres but with a lap to go Rogers, who had settled back in the field from gate eight, quickly worked around to sit outside the lead. Amajorjo and Some Kinda Tactics raced side by side into the back with 29.8 and 29.9 first quarters. Dani Hill, on Amajorjo, tried to drop off her rival coming off the back with a sizzling 26.6 third quarter, and grabbed a lead of several metres before Rogers asked his horse to life in the home straight. The eight year old Dream Away gelding responded and quickly raced to the lead and won comfortably. “He wanted to knock off when he went to the lead so maybe he could have gone even quicker,” Rogers said. “I thought Dani would try and break us with a quick third quarter so rather than try and push my horse out of his rhythm I just kept him together then asked him to go on straightening and he quickly asserted his superiority.” Rogers also proved a good judge as pre-race he said he thought the track record could be in danger and so it proved. The winner is owned by harness enthusiast Lyn Proud who had a winning double on the night with Wills, which she also owns, scoring earlier in night for trainer Wayne Brodie. Kingston-Mayne said the Mildura Cup in April remained the long term goal for Some Kinda Tactics. “My job is to keep him ticking over until then so I will pick and choose races for him.” After wins in the Whyalla and Kadina Cups, the trainer is tempted to try for a country cups hat-trick with the Port Pirie Cup being run on Saturday, March 19 but the negative is that it is a standing start race with the likelihood the gelding would face a massive handicap. “It would be silly to run if he is handicapped where he couldn’t win so I will weigh up my options.” The win brought up a double for the trainer-driver combination with Maywyn’s Zephyr scoring an all the way win in the opening event, the Rose Shephard Memorial (1609m). Backed from $1.80 into $1.40 favourite, Maywyn’s Zephyr scored by 10 metres from Our Cavort ($18.60) with Kissed Flush ($4.40) three metres away third. Owned by Nick Gerace, Maywyn’s Zephyr is back to his best form after a short spell in New South Wales. The six-year-old took his stakes past $60,000 with his 16th win rating a fast 1:55.4.  by Graham Fischer

DOVER, Del. --- With a good chance of winning half of the $100,000 purse, owner-trainer Chuck Perry saw Tim Tetrick did not have a drive in the final, gave him the drive and Tetrick and his Dream Away-March On In colt did the rest scoring a 1:52.4 victory Thursday in the first of four racing day's $100,000 DSBF Finals for Delaware-sired freshmen pacers and drivers. "I was happy to get the drive and I thought the colt was the best in the race," said Tetrick. Hail To The Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., finished second ending a two-race prelim win streak. Power To Perform was third for Tony Morgan. John's Dream has now won five races in a row of his eight races with two seconds and with the win has banked $102,327 this year. "I was looking for a well-bred broodmare in foal at the Chick's Sale in Harrington," explained Perry. "She was 24-years old and carrying a Dream Away and when she dropped back home, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named for my young son, that's where John's Dream comes from. I knew he was well bred and because of her age, only had to pay $300 to buy her." Carter Racing Stable's namesake Rusty Carter, winner of last month's DSBF $100,000 Final at Harrington, had to settle for a win in the $20,000 DSBF consolation this time. Corey Callahan guided the altered son of Art Director-Rusty's Joy to his third win in seven starts for trainer Doug Lewis. JW Renegade (John MacKinnon) was a fast closing second in front of Double Miles (Vince Copeland), third. Corey Callahan and Tim Tetrick notched four wins during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Kemp had doubles. On Monday twin features: the $100,000 DSBF Male Trot Final and Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. DOVER DOWNS EXTRA                              Everything worked out well for owner-trainer (and usual driver) Chuck Perry in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Pace Final. His colt John’s Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, who did not have a drive in the final, and was winning catch-driver in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track on Thursday (11/19). John’s Dream won his fifth in a row. Including the $44,700 Virginia stakes championship, to up his seasonal bankroll to $102,327. Perry bought March On It, a 24-year-old mare from a Winbak Farm dispersal, at Chick’s Sale in Harrington, for only $300. When John’s Perry was born back home in Virginia, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named him for my young son,” smiled Perry ----------------------------------------------- Cicada’s Song leaves from outside post 8 in Monday’s $100,000 DSBF Filly Trot Final starting a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday DSBF Finals. Epic Smash will be tough from the rail. Miss Baltimore, Chestnut Chic and Triple Bottom Line lead the contenders.  -------------------------------------- Chipoffthewall, who was disqualified for interference in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington last month, is the one to beat in Tuesday’s $100,000 Male Trot Final. Elton J and Popcorn Machine won their prelims. Mondello finished second in both of his prelims.   -------------------------------- The Wednesday DSBF headliner features two-year-old filly pacers winds up the freshman Delaware stakes. Apple Bottom Jeans, who won the $100,000 Harrington Final and both of her Dover Downs prelims carries a three race win streak. Eternal Rings and Rowdy Patti won one prelim each. -------------------------------------- After an overwhelming 1:49.4 victory in his $201,900 Matron Stake, Wiggle It Jiggleit is back for his next to last start of a brilliant three-year-old season. The 2.1-million dollar winner is the one to beat in a $35,000 elimination on Monday a preview for the Nov. 30 $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Nine will start with the ninth-place finisher eliminated from the final.   ------------------------------------------------------------ With four wins Thursday (11/19) Corey Callahan lifts his first-place lead to 33 wins. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third with 18 while Tony Morgan has 13, George Dennis 11 and Vic Kirby 10 winners. ----------------------------- Dylan Davis leads the trainer standings haltering 12 winners. Jim King is second with 10. Kevin Lare has five, and Bobby Clark and Doug Lewis four winners each through the first 12 days of the current meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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