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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Dirt Track Momma will look to continue her razor sharp 2015 season but she will face off with the top harness racing mare of 2014 in this week's $2,250 Fillies and Mares Open pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash affair with the top mares lining up in race 11 on the card. Dirt Track Momma has post 7 in the eight-horse field with trainer Marc Campbell in the seat for owner Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. The seven-year-old daughter of E Dees Cam has a first and second place finish from two seasonal starts but will have to bridle-to-bridle with the monster of the 2014 season with For All We Know from post 6 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover had nine wins from 19 Maritime starts in 2014, including a stretch from the end of August where she never finished worse than second in 11 consecutive races. For All We Know makes her first start of the 2015 campaign from post 6, while newcomer Romance In Camelot has post 3 for driver Terry Gallant, trainer Earl Watts and owner Claude Poirier of the Magdalen Islands. The seven-year-old mare took her lifetime mark of 1:52.3 last August at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. Other entries include Cool One (Gordie Hennessey), Alliegetty (Corey MacPherson), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), Rose Valley (Kenny Arsenault) and Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley). The $1,800 back-up pace will take to the track in race 8 with I D K the morning line choice for driver Vincent Poulton, trainer Gary Poulton and owner Gail MacDonald of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of Stand Forever has been solid in 2015 but was the beaten favourite in his last start, leaving some room for Perfect Escape (Hennessey) to keep his two-race win streak alive from post 7. The Jack Keenan - Joseph Dahl owned pace was a winner in 1:57 and change his last two starts. Other top entries include Cheyenne Ford (Arsenault) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The $1,500 Open trot lines up in race 2 with Pleasure Girls (MacPherson) and Frill Seeker (Arsenault) set to go at it again from post 3 and 4, respectively. Frill Seeker was a 2:01 winner last week in this class but Pleasure Girls was victorious the two starts before hand. Other entries include I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Presto Pegasus (Brian Andrew) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). Money Show is the favourite in the $1,350 trot class in race 4 but trainer-driver Andrew will have to overcome the outside post 7 if he is going to land in the winner's circle for co-owners Blake and William Andrew. Next top choices are Howmacs Pride (Arsenault) and JK Queen (Walter Cheverie). By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Dirt Track Momma (E Dee's Cam) used her powerful finishing kick to capture the mares open feature harness racing event Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:58.2. Marc Campbell was in the bike for the exciting stretch drive victory which produced a dead-heat for second between Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) and Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson). Jonah Moase, Cornwall is the winning owner. Long-shot Machinthesand (Mach Three) surprised his competition after making a three-high move on route to the three-quarter pole and march to an impressive score of 1:56.1 in the back-up class for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Mark Bradley and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell and Karen Noonan. Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) and IDK (Vince Poulton), both trained by Gary Poulton, completed the triactor ticket. MacPherson, who had a driving double, equaled that clocking as the fastest mile of the night aboard JRs Hurricane for the Jean Charles Belliveau stable of Scoudouc, NB. In other action, Money Show (Cash Hall) , under the command of Brian Andrew, and Caliban Hanover (Andover Hall) , with Ron Gass in the bike, won their respective trot assignments while Brief Bliss and Stephen Quinn won the Canadian Housing Federation Pace. Perfect Escape (McArdle), owned by Jack Keenan, Stratford and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario, were victorious in the Blaine MacPherson 60th Birthday Pace for trainer Jackie Matheson and driver Ron Matheson. MacPherson, along with family and friends, were trackside for the cooler presentation. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

The 2015 Meadowlands Harness Racing Spring Mixed Sale took place on Sunday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and the highlight was the sale of Warrawee Needy. Selling as Hip #106,  he was purchased for $260,000 by one of his former owners and trainer in Mark Ford. The six-year-old son of E Dees Cam-Great Memories has 28 wins on his card  with over $1.2 million in lifetime earnings. The world champion is one of the fastest horses in the sport with a record race mile of 1:46.4. He took his record in the 2013 William Haughton Memorial elimination at The Meadowlands. Last year the stallion was bred to a few mares and as a result has five foals on the ground. The very smart three-year-old pacer My Hero Ron who was Hip #41 also made the six figure mark when he went through the ring. He was purchased by Ron Burke, acting as agent with a winning bid of $130,000. A gelding by Well Said he has compiled a career summary of 2-5-3 in 16 starts  to date while banking $73,187. My Hero Ron took his 1:54.4 mark at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as a two-year-old in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series. A total of 101 horses were sold on the day for $2,379,200, producing an average sale price $23,556. To view the complete sale results click here. Harnesslink Media

Louisville, KY --- When it comes to Warrawee Needy, Mark Ford utters a sentence that anyone in this sport knows all too well in describing the stallion’s career. “Welcome to horse racing,” said his conditioner and co-owner. “We were literally drooling we had the first crack at buying him, but there has been the bad luck, the awful draws and the fact we have never been able to get him quite right. I thought we would have a terrific older free-for-all pacer and he can go so fast so quickly, but we just don’t know if he ever will be what he once was.” But the 6-year-old world champion son of E Dee’s Cam and the Apaches Fame mare Great Memories, appears to be regaining the form he flaunted at ages 2, 3 and 4, as he prepares to compete in a $50,000 second leg of the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (March 28). Although that black cloud might still be hovering over him when it comes to where he will leave from, Warrawee Needy enters this race fresh off a 1:52.1 triumph in the first leg of the series last week, but will have to commence his journey from the seven post. His regular pilot, Mark MacDonald, will be holding the lines in what will be the eighth race on the evening card. Although he must contend with Foiled Again and Michael’s Power, Warrawee Needy, who is owned by Ford, his former trainer Carl Jamieson and David Shea, has earned the most money ($77,550) in the field this year and has already paced a 1:51.4h mile in 2015, as has Michael’s Power. Warrawee Needy has already nearly doubled what he earned last year ($41,540) and his record stands at an extremely acceptable 7-4-1-0. Could he quite possibly be back in the form that enabled him to pace a world record 1.46.4 mile as a 4-year-old? “This horse has been through so much and to be honest, he has kept me awake many nights,” Ford said. “He has been so frustrating and I’ve worried about him more than any other horse I have ever had. He has always shown flashes of brilliance and is such a nice horse to be around. He even looks the part of a racehorse, but we just don’t know how long he will stay together without getting sick.” Warrawee Needy has struggled with respiratory issues and allergies throughout his career. It has been difficult for Ford and his team to maintain his condition long enough for him to race consecutive weeks in a row. Toss in the horrible post positions the horse normally is allotted and it doesn’t make for a lucrative purchase for his connections. “I thought we would win the Breeders Crown with him in 2013,” Ford said. “But he stepped on a wheel and broke. It’s just been like that with him ever since. “We took him to Norm Ducharme at Cornell to look at him for throat surgery and he told us the sicknesses would not go away even if he performed the surgery. That is just something that happens with him and has to be managed. His groom takes such good care of him. She has her eye on him 24 hours and provides him with any treatment he needs, whether it be morning or night.” So why was Ford so thrilled to get his hands on this horse? It’s pretty simple. As a 2-year-old, Warrawee Needy earned $536,950 and sported a record of 12-9-1-1 while racing for Carl and Jody Jamieson. He was Canada’s 2-year-old pacing colt of the year. At age 3, he was still an elite horse in his division, but finished last as the second choice behind Sweet Lou after having the eight hole in the North America Cup, then ninth in the Canadian Breeders Classic after leaving from the 10 post position and was sixth as the favorite in his Breeders Crown elimination. Warrawee Needy still managed to amass just under $300,000. As a 4-year-old, Warrawee Needy kicked off his campaign with style against a fantastic group of older pacers. He was second in the Aquarius Series final, captured three straight Preferred contests at Woodbine and then was seventh in a TVG series leg after drawing the sixth spot on the gate. He then bounced back with a very nice second to Sweet Lou in the Meadowlands Maturity after both horses left from the nine and 10 positions. He was sixth in the Roll With Joe after leaving eighth at the gate and finally hit the winner’s circle again at Mohawk in the Mohawk Gold Cup. Once again, Warrawee Needy took the overland route by starting his race from the ninth post position. He then won his eliminations for both the William Haughton Memorial (in 1:46.4, equaling the fastest race mile of all-time) and the U.S. Pacing Championship while finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the finals. After being scratched from the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination, he qualified three times, once for Jamieson and then for Ford before not hitting the board in his Breeders Crown elimination and the final, as well as the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Warrawee Needy ended his season with a third in the American-National, a second in a TVG leg and an eighth in the TVG final after once again drawing the nine hole. “We have taken a lot of criticism for how we have raced this horse,” Ford said. “Especially for some of the spots we put him in like the TVG final last year after dropping him in against non-winners of $5,000 at Pocono, but no one really understands unless they are in that position. He would qualify great then race awful or else draw very badly. “Until this year, he had never raced much on a half because it was always thought he couldn’t get around it, but it had never been tried. That’s when we decided to take him to Yonkers and he seemed to like it. It also helps that he seems to like to race on the front, which helps there and Mark MacDonald gets along with the horse because he can be tough to drive. He’s been a good fit for him.” Obviously Ford has no idea what the season has in store for Warrawee Needy and although he’s realistic about the horse’s health, he still had enough faith to keep him eligible for the top stakes races. “He’s paid into everything,” he said. “We will see how he does and if he stays healthy. When I compare him to Gallo Blue Chip, which he can be, it is so different. This horse has such an amazing turn of foot, where Gallo Blue Chip did not, he just was going along and so much better than the other horses he was racing against. Then he just decided he didn’t want to race anymore and he had enough. “This horse is fast enough, looks the part and I really believed he might be untouchable. Those are just the highs and lows of the game though and that’s what can happen in this industry.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Millionaire Warrawee Needy and harness racing driver Mark MacDonald, $20.80 finished what he started Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Getting the memo early from post position No. 3, Warrawee Needy worked around Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), then sat sail through early intervals of :27.1 and :56.3. Pancetta (Brian Sears), tepid 2-1 choice from the pole, advanced first-up from fourth He engaged "Needy" toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters, but the leader was up to the assignment. Warrawee Needy opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn, but Pancetta was quite done. His second effort ended up a neck short, as Warrawee Needy prevailed in 1:53. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) closed crisply to grab third-beaten three-quarters of a length-with Sapphire City and Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For fourth choice Warrawee Needy, a 6-year-old son of E Dee's Cam co-owned by (trainer) Mark Ford, Carl Jamieson and David Shea, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $115.50, with the triple returning $594 The Raceway's live season continues Sunday (post time 1 PM, move those clocks up). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM) and next Sunday, March 15 (post time 1:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford was successful at his home track Frank Ryan Raceway Echuca on Tuesday December 3, when more than handy four year old Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn scored in the Christies Welding Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second line, Kamwood Dawn was set alight three wide approaching the bell and with a sharp turn of speed, crossed the pacemaker Billy Branach to lead for the final circuit. Holding a slender margin at the straight entrance, Kamwood Dawn defied all challengers to register a 1.2 metre victory over the heavily supported Final Flutter which moved outside her on the final bend after an easy time, with Billy Branach battling away gamely for third. The mile rate 1-59.4. It was Kamwood Girl's 3rd victory in 28 outings. Kilmore's Bruce Kennedy always sends his horses out looking a picture and four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Krisney mare Krisney Girl rewarded him by taking the Add Print Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-01.4 with Chris Alford in the sulky. Starting from gate two on the second line, Krisney Girl had most of the field ahead of her for the first lap, before gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of the Riverina visitor Donated which was backed for plenty, with the pair joining the pacemaker Direct Art on the home turn. Given full rein on turning, Krisney Girl prevailed by 1.9 metres from Donated and Direct Art which led for the final circuit after racing outside Miss Wong Sue for the first half of the journey. Kyneton part-owner/trainer Tony Trimboli's Earl/Arnees Sensation six year old gelding Arctic Wolf snared his 6th victory in 89 race appearances, when successful in the Wandana Standardbreds Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With regular reinsman Tony Xiriha handling the ribbons, Arctic Wolf from the 10 metre mark was unable to cross Featherfoot Sun shortly after the start, being restrained for a perfect trail. Easing into the open approaching the bell, Xiriha put the foot to the floor to lead for the final circuit and in a punishing finish, just held on from Doctor Sam which failed by a nose and Featherfoot Sun in a mile rate of 2-07.8. Speedy Kilmore mare Modern Mary chalked up her 8th victory when greeting the judge in the $5,500 Echuca Moama Storage Moama Pacing Cup for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres. Trained by Julie Mifsud and driven by sister-in-law Rita Burnett, Modern Mary a five year old daughter of Modern Art and Marys Girl first up since August, began like a rocket from outside the front line to lead running into the first turn and after being rated a treat, held too many guns at the finish for the hot favourite Gangster Boy which trailed, moving outside her on the final bend, with Fergus McCool (threeback the markers) third. The mile rate 1-59.4. Melton trainer "Honest" Robbie O'Connell combined with stable apprentice Zac Phillips to land the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with eight year old E Dees Cam/Universal Alice gelding Juke Kartel. Given a beaut passage three back along the markers from gate two on the second line, Juke Kartel was eased to be one/one approaching the final bend and when taken three wide on turning, ran home strongly to score by 6.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.7 from Brother Rabbit which trailed the weakening leader and third placed Transaction. Juke Kartel was also a winner at the previous Echuca meeting on October 1. Ever reliable nine year old Peace of Art/Bubblegum mare Bubble Art always races well at this time of year, bringing up her 13th victory by taking the Choicehotels.com.au Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1755 metres much to the delight of Wallaloo East (Stawell) trainer/driver Troy Raven and the Raven family. Using a mares concession, Bubble Art starting from the pole was given a sweet trip on the back of the leader and favourite Lookatime Philo next to her, which crossed after racing roughly at the start. Easing wide on straightening, Bubble Art despite shifting out, gained the day by a half neck over Goldiedomic along the sprint lane off her back, with Scottish Glamour (one/one - three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 1-59.9. Marong trainer Trevor Patching has been a regular competitor at Echuca over the years and snared the Bendigo Bank Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with lightly raced 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Westmoor Elegance gelding Sherpa Star in a rate of 2-03.2. Given the run of the race from the pole following Foyer (gate five), Sherpa Star making his 11th race appearance was eased away from the markers by Nathan Jack on the home turn and finished best to gain the day by 2.5 metres in advance of Foyer and Thelove Child (three back the markers). Serpentine trainer Robert Rothacker joined forces with Daryl Douglas to capture the Echuca Cup 21 March Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with five year old Art Major/Rachelanne mare Policious. Having her 9th outing and second for the season, Policious from gate three on the second line settled well back in the field, making ground at the bell trailing the well backed Thankbonnie three wide. Dropping in for a breather in the final circuit as Thankbonnie applied pressure to the pacemaker Pascarma, striding clear approaching the home turn, Policious issued an immediate challenge on turning and raced clear over the concluding stages to score from Pascarma which came again, with Miss Tanami running on late to cut Thankbonnie out of third. The mile rate 2-02.6. Robert gained all the spoils as he is the breeder/owner/trainer. Benalla trainer Jason Ross combined with Nathan Jack aboard 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Flighty Lisa mare The Hen House to land the New Years Night Hot To Trot Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres, leading virtually throughout from gate four in defeating Brown Rice and Katie Lively in a rate of 2-01.7. By Len Baker  

Teenage reinsman Zac Phillips produced without doubt the "drive of the night" at the Echuca meeting on Tuesday October 1, when successful aboard 8-Y-0 E Dees Cam/Universal Alice gelding Juke Kartel in the $5500 Book Christmas Functions Now Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Raced by Judith Ferrie, Duke Kartel now trained in Melton by Robbie O'Connell (Zac's boss) after being in several different camps since he first graced the track, positioned on the back of the pole mark pacemaker and favourite Find Time To Cruise after starting outside the front row, receiving the run of the race. Easing outside the leader on the final bend, Juke Kartel put the race beyond doubt in a couple of bounds as he raced away over the concluding stages to score by 14.1 metres in a rate of 1-59.2 from Find Time To Cruise and Statelyness which recovered after a check at the start when Swift Sita which she was following galloped away. The annual Don Guy Memorial Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres, named after one of the all time great harness racing trainers in the state who's stables were situated on the raceway, went the way of Elmore trainer Matt Higgins' honest 7-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Armatrix mare Nova Arama with Brian Gath in the sulky, returning a mile rate of 2-03.8. Raced by mother Betty Welsh, Nova Arama led throughout from gate two, accounting for Chiquita Bromac which trailed giving Elmore the quinella. Jialiner (one/one) finished third. Rochester's Mark Thompson kept his impeccable record at the track going when 5-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Life Of Perfection gelding Stonethachristian driven by Ararat's Michael Bellman greeted the judge in the Lara Judd Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres.  Starting from gate two, Stonethachristian was unable to cross Attack On Command inside him at the start, but after persisting, strode to the front in the back straight on the first occasion. Appearing to be in trouble on straightening when Life Long Voyage off a three wide trail last lap from mid-field issued a strong challenge, Stonethachristian under desperate driving kept on giving to score by a half head in a rate of 2-02, with Hezupnabout (one/one - three wide last lap) third. Five year old Bettors Delight/Spirited Storm entire Stormed Out taking a concession for Josh Duggan was an impressive winner of the Echuca West Primary School Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres in a rate of 2-00.7.  Trained by Chris Alford at Bolinda, Stormed Out (gate four) spent the entire race parked outside the leader and hot favourite Timeseel from the Mark Thompson camp, before outstaying him to score by 1.3 metres. The Riverina visitor Ultimate Sheldon (one/one) finished third 2.3 metres away. Len Baker

Top pacers in harness racing will now meet in final on August 3!

Warrawee Needy ($4.80) tied the all age world record as the fastest Standardbred ever in harness racing Saturday at the Meadowlands, scoring a 1:46.4 victory in winning his $50,000 elimination division for the William H. Haughton Memorial Free-For-All Pace.

East Rutherford, NJ - It's Saturday night in early July and what better place to watch harness racing fireworks than at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Of the 13 races on the program, seven are stakes events highlighted by the Meadowlands Pace and Haughton FFA Pace eliminations plus the second round of the NJ Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies.

Dirt Track Momma will look to deliver off the rail in the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park.

Warrawee Needy and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson won the Mohawk Gold Cup tonight (Saturday 15th June NA Cup night) equalling his previous record of 1:48.3. It was the E Dees Cam's sons 5th win this season.

Dirt Track Momma will look to keep her three race win streak alive as she faces off with the region's top harness racing mares Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The top harness racing pacing mares in Eastern Canada will go bridle to bridle again Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a 7 pm first race post time.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday May 9 - Wedderburn holding the day fixture at Maryborough and Ballarat racing at night.

Harness racing four year old rising star Warrawee Needy won his 17th race from just 34 starts at Woodbine tonight Saturday the 4th of May in 1:48.3 a new lifetime mark and a seasons mark for all comers in North America. It was the first race of the program the $34,000 Preferred Pace. It was the son of E Dees Cam third Preferred win in a row at Woodbine.

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