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On paper tonights $145,000 Rowe Cup for elite class trotters at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked a one horse race with Stent in outstanding form and a clear favourite. Plenty of pundits were concerned about it being his first standing start for nearly five months and the 3200 metres was another query that was also regularly mentioned in the lead up to the race. As it turned out Stent trotted away brilliantly for Colin De Filippi from the stand to grab an early lead over Alley Way and Matthew Williamson. Mark Jones was away well with the defending champ Master Lavros and worked forward and took over the lead from Stent after 700 metres. There was no loitering in front as Mark Jones looked to take a bit of the speed out those in pursuit of Master Lavros and he kept the tempo up the whole way. Applying even more pressure as they went past the 400 metres mark, it was clear as they turned for home that Master Lavros only had one serious challenger and that was Stent who waited for the passing lane to lodge his challenge. These two knuckled down to fight it out and Stent got in the deciding stride to claim his first of the big 3200 metres cups To Master Lavros's credit it took Stent every inch of the straight at Alexander Park to get his head in front right on the line. Alley Way was 2 3/4 lengths back in third which was a great effort first up in the big time and there was a further four lengths back to One Over Da Moon in fourth. Stent trotted the 3200 metres from a stand in a very quick 4:03.6, a mile rate of 2:02.4 with closing setionals of 57.9 and 28. The time was a new race record, taking one point six seconds off the old record held by I Can Doosit. Colin De Filippi was very emotional on returning to scale, fighting back the tears. " My father won this race forty years ago and it really means so much to me to win this race." " It is a race I have wanted to win for a long time so its very special." " I can't say enough about what a great owner Trevor Casey has been to train for." " Even when things weren't going that well early in Stent's career, Trevor never even once questioned what I was doing" " He deserves all the success he is having," Colin said.  It has been a stellar season for the son of Dream Vacation with tonights win his 13th from just 18 starts this season with earnings of $637,216. Harnesslink Media

Stell R Time (Dream Vacation) prevailed in the harness racing $13,000 Lucky 13’s Mini Overnight Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The fastest of the leg one winners, Stell R Time was the race’s favorite on Friday night and made an early move to the lead for driver Jay Randall. The stretch drive was a near carbon copy of last week as Stell R Time had to hold off a late challenge from Just Vic (Billy Dobson) who once again was the runner up to the Steve LaBelle-trained trotting mare. Hello I’m Johnny (Austin Siegelman), a leg one series winner, earned the show spot. The Lucky 13’s Series Final was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile for condition trotters that are non-winners of $2000 last 5 starts and went in 2:05.3.   Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post.  Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dontch Remember didn't forget. In just her second race of the harness racing season, Dontch Remember found her way back to the winner's circle as she rolled to an easy 2-1/4 length win over Cameron Lucky in the $8,500 pace for the fillies and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (March 11).   Dontch Remember used a perfect drive by Jim Morrill Jr. to register the victory, the 13th of her career.   Sitting third behind the front-stepping Cameron Lucky (Kevin Cummings), Dontch Remember tipped out and started gobble up ground as the field rolled to the three-quarter marker.   In the lane, Dontch Remember ($6.00) left little doubt of who was the best as the 5-year-old mare was in cruise control, using a 29.4 last panel to post a 1:59.0 time over the good track. Cameron Lucky held on for second while You're Too Funny (Jack Flanigen) finished in third.   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the win was the first of the season for Dontch Remember (Western Terror - Dreamsicle), now a winner of $83,619 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,500 trot, Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) relinquished the lead but never gave up in rallying back for a 1-1/2 decision over Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) in 2:01.3.   Enjoying the lead through the first half mile of action, Aruba Vacation could just watch as Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took command at the three-quarter pole but had some bad luck with broken equipment, fading to sixth.   Aruba Vacation ($14.80) pounced on the opportunity and won the drive to the line, holding off Justgottogetthere while Diamonds For Life (Cummings) was third.   Owned by the Howard Stables and trained by Guy Howard, it was the first win in six tries in 2015 for Aruba Vacation (Dream Vacation - Dixie Hit). The 8-year-old gelding has now won $5,750 this season and $531,788 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Friday night when a 12-race card will be presented at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Any harness racing breeder will tell you there are no guarantees when it comes to breeding standardbreds regardless of their racing record or pedigree. Plenty of top class well bred mares fail to fire as broodmares for reasons that in the main are a mystery to everybody. Well known breeder Trevor Casey has raced a lot of horses over the years and one of his better racemares from a few years ago was Belle Galleon. The daughter of Sundon was bred by Garry Allen, the HRNZ chairman and raced initially by Trevor Casey and Bruce Negus of Courage Under Fire fame who trained the filly. Bruce sold his share in Belle Galleon to Mike Bowden after the filly had had a handful of starts as a three year old and Trevor and Mike raced the mare for several seasons as she accumulated eleven wins and $116,144 on the track. Trevor remembers her as quite difficult to get organized in the beginning. " She took ages to get the hang of it early on." " We would take her to the trials quite a few times and she would just gallop." " She did eventually come to it and we started her at Oamaru but she ran into a real smart one in Jasmyn's Gift and finished second. " We lined her up the next night at Forbury Park and she won easily," Trevor told Harnesslink today.   At her third lifetime start she ran fifth in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks but was disqualified for an early gallop and in just her fifth lifetime start Belle Galleon ran second in the New Zealand Trotting Derby to Thedonsson after having no luck in the running. Belle Galleon changed camps a couple of times during her career moving between Bruce Negus and Colin De Filippi. After been retired to the broodmare barn, tradegy struck the Belle Galleon camp soon after when part owner Mike Bowden passed away. In his will Mike left his share in Belle Galleon to well known Amberley trainer Kevin Chapman. So Trevor and Kevin take year about breeding from the mare and while she was a very smart mare on the racetrack, Belle Galleon is fast becoming a broodmare gem. Trevor bred the first foal, a colt by Dream Vacation that he named Stent due to having had stents implanted earlier that year. He entrusted him to Colin De Filippi and as they say the rest is history.  A smart two year year old Stent has just got better and better every year to the point where he has just gone through a five start Australian campaign including the Southern Star final unbeaten. His earnings stand at a tick over $950,000 NZ and there appears plenty more in store for the now six year old gelding. Kevin sent Belle Galleon to Majestic Son when his turn came around and the resulting foal was named Belles Son. He has hit a purple patch in the last fortnight winning his last two starts and three lifetime from just ten starts and looks to have a bright future. Trevor then sent the mare to Angus Hall and the resultant filly foal was named Arya. Placed with the All Stars barn, Arya was a star two year last year, only missing a place once from seven starts when she was controversially disqualified in the Harness Jewels. Sent to Australia for the Breeders Crown, she was dominant throughout the series, winning the final effortlessly. Arya was left in Australia with Brent Lilley by Trevor as he also has top class filly Wanna Play with the All Star barn and didn't want the two fillies to clash. This season at three she has carried on her winning way for Brent and on Saturday night took out the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess final on the undercard to the Southern Star. Arya is now the winner of seven of her eight Australian starts and has taken her earnings over the $160,000 mark and she is still only half way through her three year old season. When Kevin's turn to breed a foal came around he sent the mare to Muscles Yankee and bred a colt he named Izmok. Izmok was sold at last months New Zealand Premier Yearling sale at Christchurch for $90,000, the top price for a trotting yearling at the New Zealand sales this year. Izmok was purchased by Charlie and Kaye Templeton from Invercargill. Trevor sent the mare back to Dream Vacation and has a full brother to Stent on the ground while Kevin has had Belle Galleon served by Muscle Hill. Trevor was at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday and was still bubbling today when speaking to Harnesslink. " It is not very often that you win a Group 1 but to win three Group1s on one night was unreal." " I don't think many mares will have ever left three Group 1 winners on one night apart from maybe Scuse Me." " The funny thing is that the three foals that are old enough to race from Belle Galleon have all won a race for the last two weeks in a row, " Trevor said. There are never any guarantees when breeding from smart racemares but in Belle Galleon, Trevor and Kevin have got that rarest of creatures - a broodmare gem. Harnesslink Media 

Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2015... Remissionofsins, knocking at the door with second place finishes in his last three starts, finally got through to the pearly gates of the Pompano Park  winner's circle on Sunday night, scoring a handy harness racing victory for George Napolitano, Jr. in a lifetime best performance. The seven year-old altered son of Final Cheers stopped the clock in 1:50.4 in the $10,000 pace for $20,000-$25,000 claimers, one tick faster than his former mark set two seasons back. Though starting from the outside post eight in his classy octet, Remission was sent winging as the gate opened, assuming the lead from Premier (Rick Plano) just a step or two prior to the blazing opener of :26.2 and went on to post subsequent panels of :55 and 1:23.1 before setting sail on a :27.3 journey home to hit the wire 2 1/2 lengths to the good of Premier with Fearless Chip (Aaron Byron) third. Zavan and Dont Tell Rusty were next. In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. lamented, "This is a hard hitting racehorse with great gate speed. He showed that from the nine post a couple of starts back and, since this was his first start off of a fresh claim last week, I thought I'd send him, too, since he seems to like to get into the action early. I certainly couldn't afford to spot these good horses eight lengths at the start. I thought the opening quarter might take some sting out of him but he proved he was worth the claim...that's for sure!" In, this, his first start for new owner Susan Oakes and trainer Chris Oakes, Remissionofsins won for the initial time this season with this share of the purse sending his 2015 earnings to $21,660 on the strength of a 1-5-2 scorecard in 10 starts. He's banked $128,796 lifetime. As second choice on the tote-board, Remissionofsins paid $6.20 to win. The co-featured $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers went to Red Hot Yankee, justifying his re-claim one week ago by former owners Melvin Fink and Cliff Grundy. Trained by Paul Holzman and driven this night by George Napolitano, Jr., Red Hot Yankee annihilated his competition with a seasonal best time of 1:51.1, scoring by eight lengths over Electric Albert (Aaron Byron) with Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) third. Major Stone, off the gate at the start, rallied for fourth while Fly'n With Royalty finished fifth in the sextet after making an attempt for the top during the second quarter that proved fatal for his chance to win. Red Hot Yankee, an 11 year-old son of Artsplace, won for the third time in nine starts this semester, pushing his 2015 earnings to $24,756. He's banked $259,014 lifetime. As the 1 to 2 favorite, Red Hot Yankee paid $3.00 to his many faithful. The featured trot on Sunday night--the $7,700 Pop-Up conditioned event--went to C&F Associates Dream Lake, superbly handled by Matt Romano. The seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation was given picture perfect rating through fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:28 before holding his foes at bay with a :28.4 finale to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pocket sitting Speed Hanover (Ed Hensley) in 1:56.4. Bsmaximummoondream (Dave Ingraham) was third while Rose Run Nolan finished fourth. Famous Legs picked up the nickel in the bulky field of 10. Dream Lake won for the third time in nine starts--15th win lifetime--to send his seasonal bounty to $14,200. He's banked $161,371 lifetime. Second choice at 8 to 5 in the win betting, Dream Lake paid $5.40 to win. Pompano Park's popular Pick-5 wager, conducted on races two through six, went unscathed on Sunday night and a $12,500 guarantee has been put in effect for Monday night's Pick-5 pool. In Pompano Park's finale on Sunday night, four of the leading drivers in all of harness racing--Bruce Ranger, Wally Hennessey, Kevin Wallis and George Napolitano, Jr., coming into the action with a combined lifetime win total of 34,031--finished 1-2-3-4 in the track's Super Hi-5...and nobody could even get past the top three with the 5-7-2-ALL-ALL combo paying over $1,400 for a 20 cent ticket. The Super Hi-5 event now has been left untouched for several programs and that carryover has vaulted to over $24,000 going into Monday night's card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Kiwi superstar Stent will be given a short break upon his return to the Shaky Isles before being aimed at several key targets. Ending his Australian campaign in perfection fashion at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, Stent has been set for the New Zealand Trotting Championship, ANZAC and Rowe Cups. The NZTC is scheduled for March 27, with the latter two Group Ones to be staged on April 17 and 24. Based on his form on the other side of the Tasman, the Colin De Filippi - trained trotter will take a power of beating in any event he contests. Racing in sensational fashion, Stent is unbeaten from five Aussie starts this campaign, including a clean sweep of the prestigious Great Southern Star. After cruising to victory in his heat earlier in the evening, the squaregaiter repeated the dose in the $300,000 Final just moments ago. With De Filippi in the sulky, Stent worked to the lead from barrier two before cruising to a six-and-a-half metre win from Vincennes, with Flying Isa a nose away third. “Once he got to the front he was always going to be hard to run down,” De Filippi said. “We finished second in this race last year and it is good to go one better this time.” Covering the last half in 56.5 seconds, the son of Dream Vacation rated 1:57.1 for the 1720 metres. Owned by Trevor Casey, Stent extended his record to 26 wins and 20 placings from 57 starts. PAUL COURTS

New Zealand harness racing trainer Colin De Filippi is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. Just moments ago, De Filippi captured a heat of the Great Southern Star with in-form trotter, Stent. After easily accounting for a handy field, Stent has been installed the $1.80 favourite for the $300,000 Final scheduled for 10pm Victorian time. De Filippi was in the same position this time last year when Stent annexed his qualifier before finishing behind Keystone Del in the Final. Although beaten by Sheemon in his heat, Keystone Del again shapes as Stent’s main danger. Thrilled with the gelding’s performance, De Filippi is confident Stent can extend his unbeaten Aussie streak to five this campaign. “That was a nice run for him and now he will just relax before we go around again in a few hours,” De Filippi said. “I couldn’t be happier with him at the moment and he will take a lot of beating in the Final.” Covering the last half in 56.8 seconds, the son of Dream Vacation rated 1:58.2 for the 1720 metres, with his time a second slower than Sheemon, highlighting the ease of the win. PAUL COURTS

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, February 22, 2015...Thirtyeightspecial and Jailhouse Jessica were the harness racing stars under the stars at Pompano Park, each taking new lifetime marks in their respective wins on Sunday night.   Thirtyeightspecial, handled by Ed Hensley for Richard and Carol Macomber, took honors in the $13,400 Battleground Late Closing Final by scoring a gate to wire win in a lifetime best 1:55.4 performance.   The 10 year-old son of Dream Vacation led through panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26 before sealing the issue with a :29.4 finale to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pocket sitting Wishin Iwas Fishin and Jason Dillander. Northern Inferno and Kevin Wallis teamed up for third while Go Jesse Go and Overwhat earned the final two awards in the octet.   Thirtyeigthspecial not only won in a career best performance, it also vaulted him over the $200,000 mark in lifetime bounty with the win, his 41st in 229 career trips to the starting gate worth $202,545.   It was also the grand gelding's richest payday during his career and only the second time he has raced for a purse of this magnitude--the other being in Goshen, N.Y. on Independence Day of 2008 when he finished second in a NY Sire Stake with a purse of $14,771.   In a post race interview, when told of the new lifetime mark, driver Ed Hensley said, "Man, you could have fooled me. He raced like a three year-old tonight. He was strong gate to wire. He did this all on his own. Ya know Dick (trainer Richard Macomber) is no stranger to training champions. He's been doing it for 50 years. He had this one razor sharp tonight. It's not often you see a 10 year-old taking a new lifetime mark!"   AS the 9 to 5 public choice, Thirtyeightspecial paid $5.60 to his faithful.   Jailhouse Jessica, trained by Dale Gilmour for Karma Racing, wore down a stubborn Mc Tiny's Hope to capture the $12,000 Open Trot for mares on Sunday night.   This five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, driven by Bruce Ranger, was almost six lengths away half way through the mile as Mc Tiny's Hope, handled by Ben McNeil, cut sharp panels of :28; :56.3 and 1:24.4 before Jailhouse Jessica wore her down late to hit the wire in 1:54.2--also a lifetime best performance.   Trot Fudge Sundae finished third for Dave Ingraham while Little Bitty Lies and M T Ur Pockets finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to earn the final awards in the field of eight.   After the event, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I was a bit concerned when Ben's (McNeil) mare got a way from us around the final turn but this mare of Dale's (trainer Gilmour) can rock and roll late and she did it tonight. Her last quarter had to have been :28 and change." (It was :28.4).   A $7,200 claim in mid-January, Jailhouse Jessica earned her second win of the season in five starts and shows 2015 earnings of $12,813 and $72,845 lifetime.   Jailhouse Jessica paid $5.40 as the second choice on the board.   In the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, JJ's Doughnut, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. and off at 1 to 2, made a sharp quarter move to the front and went on to score in 1:51.4--his margin 1 1/2 lengths over the 59 to 1 chance Remissionofsins (Peter Wrenn) with Premier (Rick Plano), off at 22 to 1, third.   Claimed for the fourth time in the past month, this eight year-old son of Yankee Cam raced Sunday night under the Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor. He's now five-for-eight this year with $23,164 in the bank.   Finally, in the $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers, Machinist won in 1:51.4 for Joe Pavia, Jr., scoring in a five horse blanket finish. Red Hot Yankee finished second for George Napolitano, Jr. while Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third. Major Stone and Fearless Chip were next with the first five just 1/2 length apart at the wire.   Machinist, Red Hot Yankee and Fearless Chip were all claimed in the event as claiming has been at a record pace here over the past several weeks.   Machinist, racing for the Just Win Stable this night, earned his initial win of the season in five starts and, as third choice, paid $9.20 to win.   John Berry

New Zealand harness racing trainer Colin De Filippi will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself with top class trotter Stent. Having successfully defended his Australasian Grand Prix title at Melton last night, Stent has been installed the early favourite for next month’s Great Southern Star. De Filippi and Stent were in the same position heading into the prestigious event last year after capturing the Grand Prix. Stent went on to win his heat of the GSS before finishing second behind Keystone Del in the Final. Keystone Del, which first-up for a month last night, once again shapes as the Kiwi’s main danger. Based on his two Aussie performances this campaign, Stent gives every indication he can continue his winning streak on this side of the Tasman. With De Filippi in the sulky, the son of Dream Vacation worked three-wide without cover from the bell before scoring by five-and-a-half metres from Keystone Del, with Realmein a metre-and-a-half away third. Rating 1:59 for the 2240 metres, Stent extended his record to 24 wins and 20 placings from 55 starts. Stent PAUL COURTS

February 9, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (€54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and Ustie Haufor (7f Niky - Lana du Houlbet) at 8/1. She was timed in 1.12.8kr for the victory ahead of 1.8/1 Urfee du Moochel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou - Olga du Mouchel) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Third went to 13/1 Xea Venus (7f Charmy Skeeter - Xea Lobell), a Robert Bergh trainee driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Replay stretch drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJIJ_hS3toA#t=16. Favorites dominated the top five, resulting in a modest exact order Quinte+ consolation payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2758   Ordre :       900,00€   Désordre :       16,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,30€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   At Le Cepiere, the Prix d’Arbois (€28,000 purse, 2950 meters, 18 European starters) went to Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu), the 3/2 favorite driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr to defeat Utile Lebel (7g Biesolo - Jernasca) with trainer/driver Christophe Feyte aboard with third to Uniflosa Bella (7g Jag de Bellouet - Koctiflosa Gede) and Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. It was reported today (Paris-Turf and Maharajah facebook page) that Sweden’s champion Maharajah has been retired. The 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner last raced in October at Solvalla, finishing third. The 10 year-old son of Viking Kronos, trained by Stefan Hultman, won numerous major events such as the Svenskt Travkriterium at age 3; the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Svenskt Travderby. at age 4; at 6, second in Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France; at 8, winner of Olympiatravet  and the aforementioned 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner at age 9. 2014 Prix d’Amerique replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K20LX-_RGI Thomas H. Hicks

New Zealand trotter Stent won tonight’s Bertocchi Melton Trotters Cup for harness racing trainer Colin De Filippi. The son of Dream Vacation headed off early leader Maori Time with a lap and a half to go and held off the squaregaiter alongthe home stretch to score by six-and-a-half metres in a rate of 1:59.2 for the 2240-metre trip Kyvalley Blur worked home well for third, with My High Expectations battling on gamely for fourth after facing the breeze. Stent is in Australia on the Great Southern Star path and looks to be in prime condition ahead of his main target. Australia's most prestigious trotters' event, the Great Southern Star is scheduled to be run at Melton on March 7. - HRV Media

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2015...Iain'tnomomaluke, driven by Wally Hennessey, bravely fought off the late surge of Barbies Korvette, driven by Ed Hensley, to take top honors in the harness racing $15,000 final of the Interloper Late Closing Trotting Series at Pompano Park on Sunday night. Amen Amen finished third for Peter Wrenn while Wishiniwasfishin was next. Skyway Glider picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Iain'tnomomaluke, a seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation, hot property off claims the last two weeks, gave new owners, Beauty In The Bridle Stable, immediate returns on their investment, holding on for a photo finish victory measuring a neck in 1:56.4 for his second victory of the year in three starts, good for $11,850. He's banked $119,284 lifetime. When the gate opened, Iain'tnomomaluke got into a war with Wishiniwasfishin, which he won, taking command just short of the :27.4 opener. A second quarter breather of :30 seemed to help the cause with no serious threats developing until just past the third station, timed in 1:27.1. In the lane, Barbies Korvette, away seventh early, was on a double-bubble binge and third at the top of the lane and gnawing in on the leader. But "Momaluke" was determined late and held on for the score. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I had driven this horse before for Marc (trainer Aubin) and Irwin (trainer Lubar) and he seemed to like being in the hunt from the get-go, so I sent him and he was good despite the cool temperatures tonight." Trained by Jake "222" Huff, Iain'tnomomaluke was sent off as the 3 to 2 public choice and returned $5.00 to his faithful followers. Once again, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 wager produced multiple winners--each receiving over $303 for a 20 cent investment--sending the carry-over for Monday night's programs close to $70,000. Post time for Monday remains at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 18, 2015...Imahonkyconchman and Iain'tnomomaluke each scored handy victories on Sunday night as Pompano Park presented second round action in the Interloper Late Closing Series for claiming trotters.   Imahonkyconchman, owned and trained by George Napolitano, now a spry 90 years young, got the picture perfect drive from Dan Clements to score a 1:56.4 decision measuring 1 3/4 lengths over Skyway Glider, handled by Norm Dessureault with Nomad, teamed up with Rick Plano, third. The favorite Pilgrims All In finished fourth after cutting all the panels--:28, :57.2 and 1:27.1. What About Brian picked up the final award in the field of seven.   Clements sent Imahonkyconchman, a nine year-old altered son of Conchnito, away alertly when the gate sprang open and neatly settled In The Pocket back of Pilgrims All In until tipping out for the drive home.   "It was a great journey," Clements stated after the race. "He may not be a world champion but he sure gives his all every start. He's been knocking at the door the last three or four starts (actually four) and tonight he just responded perfectly when asked. I'm happy for George--he's quite a guy!"   For Imahonkyconchman, it was his first victory of the new year in three starts--24th lifetime victory--and sent his lifetime earnings edging just shy of $100,000--$99,048 to be exact.   As fifth choice in the win pool, Imahonkyconchman paid $17.40 to win.   Iain'tnomomaluke's victory also measured 1 3/4 lengths with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for 81 year-old trainer Marc Aubin. Owned by Amante Standardbreds, this seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation took command shortly after the start and clocked fractions of :28.3; :58.2 and 1:27 before sprinting home virtually unchallenged in :29.3 to stop the clock in 1:56.3 for his 10th lifetime success in 90 lifetime starts. He's banked $111,784 lifetime.   Amen Amen, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, chased the winner the entire route to finish second while Wishin Iwas Fishin driven by Jason Dillander, rallied for third. Dreamnwillie and Soxy's Kid picked up the other rewards in the septet.   In a post race interview, driver Hennessey said, "last week when I drove him, he didn't seem to like the going. The track was fast tonight and he was very sharp."   As 5 to 2 second choice among the punters, Iain'tnomomaluke paid $7.60 to win.   Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Sunday night--the consolation paying a healthy $823.22 for a 20 cent bet--sending the carryover to Monday night's card close to $50,000, an all-time record for the track.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park            

On Saturday night the circuit’s Invitational returns to Maywood Park for the first time in three weeks while the 2008 Springfield Review stake trot champion competes in Illinois for the first time in six years. Big Boy Lloyd, now just days away from his being a 10-year-old, will go postward in Saturday’s $11,000 “Winner’s Over” Trot for owner Ken Rucker, who is back in town with the season closing of Pocono and Chester in Pennsylvania. Big Boy Lloyd took the Springfield Review under the care of Rucker in 2008 and a few years later was bought by Ken. The Dream Vacation gelding has earned over $600,000 in his career racing out of the Rucker stable and that’s despite missing two full years of racing. “He suffered a leg injury in the summer of 2012,” said his Balmoral Park trainer Catrina Rucker. “We qualified him a year later and while he qualified he good, we didn’t like the way he came out of it and my husband felt that he needed more time off. The horse had been so good for us Ken wanted to give him all time he needed to come back 100 per cent. “The horse didn’t start racing again until the July this past summer, so he was off two full years. He did well in Pennsylvania, making over $47,000 in a half-season of racing and now he’s back home in Illinois with some of our other horses Ken brought back.” Big Boy Lloyd’s best year in purse earnings was in 2009 as a 4-year-old when he banked over $208,000 and was a frequent Open winner on the Pennsylvania circuit. As a 5-year-old he picked-up checks at the Meadowlands in the Su Mac Lad Series and Final against the likes of Lucky Jim (1:50.1, $1.9 million), Arch Madness (1:50.2, $4.2 million) and Enough Talk (1:49.3, $1.8 million), the 1-2-3 finalists finishers. Todd Warren gets the catch-drive behind Big Boy Lloyd in Saturday’s eighth race trot when he opens as the 6-1 fourth choice in the morning line behind the streaking Fox Valley Veto (3-1, John De Long), winner of the last trio of  “Winner’s Over” trot; Justice Jet (7-2, Ryan Anderson) and Master of Excuses (9-1, Mike Oosting). Ants Iner Pants (12-1), Time Outa Jail (10-1), Repeat Your ABC’s (15-1), Salutation Hanover (12-1) and Surclasser (12-1) complete the competitive field. James Behrendt’s Ice Scrapper (p.p. 7, Brian Carpenter), who has finished first or second in his last six starts, is the 5-2 programmed choice in the $15,000 fifth race Invite where he’ll try to avenge a defeat to Artache Hanover, who is 2-for-2 on the local scene since being shipped to town by trainer Jim Eaton. Artache Hanover (pp 6, Sam Widger) will be coupled with Mosse Terror (Mike Oosting). Both seasoned pacers are owned by Robert Silberberg of Farmington Hills, Michigan and are the 7-2 early third choices. Best Man Hanover (pp 4, Todd Warren) is the 3-1 second choice. The first three slots will be manned by Time To Roll (5-1, Dave Magee), Firstclassallthway (8-1, John Delong) and Fort Silky (8-2 Casey Leonard) with posts 1, 2, 3, respectively. The third headliner of the evening is the $11,000 “Winner’s Over” for filly and mare pacers with last week’s beaten favorite Always’s About Katey (pp 1, Todd Warren) the 2-1 first-flash favorite. Early Xmas Gift: The longshot $25.00 winner The Bruzilian Blur (Bobby Smolin) was my top 11th race selection last night at Maywood Park. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

New Zealand harness racing star Stent has received the second invite to the Great Southern Star. The classy squaregaiter earned a berth in the Group One with his victory in today’s New Zealand Trotting Free-for-All at Addington. Australasia’s premier trotters’ event, the Great Southern Star is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton in March. An odds-on favourite this afternoon, the Colin De Filippi-trained and driven Stent scored from front runner Sheemon, with De Filippi admitting he was concerned the son of Dream Vacation wouldn’t catch the leader. “There were a few anxious moments around the bend,” DeFilippi said. “I was wondering if we were going to get a go or not. “It wasn’t until I got off his back that I started to feel a bit more confident. He took 50 yards or so to really get into it.” Stent’s GSS ticket comes just hours after Harness Racing Victoria made public its invite to French stallion, Used To Me. Used To Me has already passed through quarantine in New South Wales and will mix his racing preparation with stud duties. “Increasingly over recent seasons the French market has gained an appetite for Australian Trotting," HRV’s Brant Dunshea said. “Growth in import and export wagering revenues has become an important element of the global wagering environment for all racing jurisdictions. “With the number of Australian races exported for wagering to France to double in 2015, and the arrival of a class performer like Used To Me to contest our biggest races, that interest will only expand further.” PAUL COURTS

Patience is a virtue in harness racing and when you throw a trotter into the mix as well then patience is a mandatory requirement. This time last year Cambridge trainer Sean McCaffrey thought his patience with the Dream Vacation trotter, Awayonvacation was about to be rewarded when the five year old won a couple of races in the manner of a trotter going places. Owned in Christchurch by Rick Cridland, the decision was made to trek to Addington for cup week but it was a trip where nothing went right. "He was badly checked on Cup Day and that kind of wound him up a bit for Show Day and he didn't produce his best" said McCaffrey when discussing the trip this week. Awayonvacation was brought home to Cambridge but didn't race again throughout the rest of the  2013/2014season. "It was just a lot of little niggles that kept cropping up so in the end we tipped him out for a decent spell " said McCaffrey. Resuming ten months after the Show Day run at Auckland last week, Awayonvaction missed away and then was checked at the 700 meters mark so it was hard to get a line on his performance. Tomorrow night he steps out at Cambridge in a 2200 meters mobile and Sean is expecting a big run from the six year old. "I have always had a bit of time for him and still think he could go a fair way through the grades. He stands 17 hands so he was always going to be better with time " said McCaffrey "He is quite ungainly at a slow speed but has a real nice feel to him when he gets a bit of speed up " he said. The dam of Awayonvacation is the Muscles Yankee mare Wheresmemum who was an embryo transfer foal from the smart trotting mare Kristalvagen 1:55.4 ($63,231) before she was exported to North America. At stud in North America Kristalvagen has already left the smart Duke Of Vegas 1:56 ($93,077). Sean has shown a lot of patience with Awayonvacation and should be rewarded over the next few months with performances in line with his ability. Harnesslink Media

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