Last week was decent with four winners in eight races and a few minor exacta payoffs. Looking to do a lot better with my selections tonight. Action this Saturday is from Woodbine, Meadowlands and Yonkers. Good Luck! $34,000 Preferred Pace Woodbine 2nd race – Saturday – I have almost lost count on how many straight wins Apprentice Hanover has now…He is going for his eighth straight win. He barely held on last time in defeating Wazzup Wazzup by a neck. But with a week off he should be fired up and ready for action against another short field. Use Wazzup Wazzup and Lucky Terror in exotic plays. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 2nd race – Saturday – Last week Golden Receiver gave notice that he is ready for another big season at the races in 2014. In his first start back he wired the field in 1:49.2. May have only held on by a neck but that was his first start back. He should be tighter and ready to demolish this field with ease. Use the entry of Easy Again/Annieswesterncard and Dovuto Hanover in exotic plays. $22,000 NW $16,000 Pace Woodbine 4th race – Saturday – This is a very well matched field. I am going with Cool Rock from post four. He is coming off a super strong closing effort last start in winning with ease and seems to be that tough every week. I see him handling hike in class and out kicking these to the wire once again. Use Thorn In Your Side and Classic Gent in exotic plays. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 6th race – Saturday – The class of the field in here should also be the winner. Clear Vision is a career winner of $1.7 million and looked primed to win right out of the box after two decent qualifying wins. Earned nearly $600,000 last year for Burke Stable and has the back class to take this field. Use Dancin Yankee and Domethatagain in exotic plays. $19,000 NW 3 PM Trot Woodbine 8th race – Saturday – Mares taking on male rivals and I think the mares will win. Her Name Is Lola is my choice. She finally draws a good inside post and is coming off a neck triumph in her last outing which was a lifetime mark of 1:56.4. She has a great burst of speed she can use when poised to get to the front and not look back. Use Our Mojo and Moontan in exotic plays. $24,000 W/O $25,000 Pace Yonkers 1 1/16th mile 8th race – Saturday – Going the extra distance has not been a problem for this Tom Fanning trainee. Shark’s Legacy is moving up in class off two sharp scores at 1 1/16th mile. He has shown in the past that he can grind it out if necessary and still remain in the hunt until the finish. Has yet to finish off the board in his last six starts. Use Arachache Hanover and Hello Hot Shot in exotic plays. $20,000 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 11th race – Saturday – With last week’s opening round winners taking the second leg off, the role of favorite in here goes to Dinner At The Met. He was a distant second to National Debt last week but prior to that showed three straight wins as the favorite at the Meadowlands and should be able to regroup and take this field. Use Rock Fame and Grandpa Don in exotic plays.
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a breeding to Guccio as part of our stallion breeding auction. This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to be full and closed very shortly. The world champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4,1:51.1f ($1,021,809) begins stud duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Guccio is a son of Yankee Glide and the $181,000 winner Southern Senorita. He showed talent early as a 2-year-old, taking a mark of 1:55.4 as a freshman and winning the Champlain. He became one of the top contenders of his generation as a 3-year-old and missed winning the $1.5 million Hambletonian by a neck. His 3-year-old record of 1:52.1 was earned via a victory in a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile and then as a 4-year-old in 2013 he trotted to his personal best of 1:51.1f, establishing a world record for 4-year-old trotters. “Guccio is a very classy and beautiful horse and one of my personal favorites,” said Takter. “He is a world champion and a perfect racehorse in every way. It was our plan to race in Europe in 2014 had this opportunity for him to enter the stud not developed. Indiana clearly has one of the most attractive regional programs and we do plan to breed to Guccio as I believe he has every quality to become an outstanding trotting sire.” Income raised by the stallion auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans! For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Four out of seven first pick, six out of seven striking a small dividend in the V75 and also one out of two – with a good pointer to the other, at Vincennes, was a better day for WWTE last week. Chapeau 3.72, Blended Bellouet 7.58, Amaru Boko 3.14, Finish Future 5.79 gave us a small profit ($6.28) on our Swedish picks, while you would have lost $1.20 on the $4 spent in France, since Vision Intense was a raging favourite. There was little joy in a $4.65 return for the V75 investment, so I have decided to go a little wider with my picks in future, in an attempt to snare a longer odds leg. This weekend is the last of the Winter Meeting and March is a traditionally slow month in Europe, with the Scandinavian circuit set to kick off in April. Good luck with this week’s picks. V75-1 Silver division 2140m: Nougat As (5) is a former group II winner who also won his last V75 silver division heat. With Johnny Takter in the bike, a good place early to go for an anchor. Selection 5 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: This looks between two products of the giant Boko breeding empire and an up and comer with three wins in a row. So Dennis Boko (1), Dante Boko (5) and Arn Hammering (3), are the ones for this leg. Selection 5-1-3 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: I know this is the gold division, but at this time of the year the real stars are either in France or preparing for spring racing after a winter break. Ludde Kolgjini’s royally bred Raja Mirchi (7) was one of those that was in Vincennes and going for a place in the Prix d’Amerique before going amiss. He is back here and a class above these. Should be anchor number two. Selection 7 V75-4 Larlingslopp 2140m: Britt Palema (2) has had two near misses lately and is perfectly drawn to go one better, while the horse who will vie for the lead from the gate, Rajah Press (1) is my choice as an alternate. Selection 7 (1) V75-5 Diamantestoet 2640m: The mares race is a tough one with Broadways Fines (4), Borga Effekt (6) and Global Navigator (13) and Yoga Brick (11) logical choices. For an outsider, Johnny Takter is on Florette Sund (3), who has a nice draw and has been consistent without a lot of luck and is perhaps due a change of fortune. Selections 4-6-13-11-3 V75-6 Klass I 2640m: Super Photogenic (7) was second last start and is my first pick ahead of the in form Frozen (2) as an alternate. Selection 7 (2) V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: Viking America (5), Checco Boko (4) and Riff Kronos (11) are the logical choices here. Again I am going for a Johnny Takter drive, from a good draw as my outsider in Zanimede (3) Selection 5-4-11-3 240,000e Prix de Selection (G1) 4-6 2750m: This race has been dominated by 4YOs for the past 30 years, but a recent change in handicapping has brought the older horses right back in the mix here. Univers de Pan (16) and Uhlan du Val (15) have both been plying their trade in exalted company and will be primed to take advantage here. Univers de Pan was super in the Prix de France when second to Noras Bean and is my pick here. Selection 16 160,000e Prix de l'Union Europeenne (G2) Euro 5-10 3000m: The Swedes have been on fire this Winter Meeting and there is no reason to think it will change here, with Malin Lofgren’s pride and joy Sanity (9), who is by French supersire Love You, looking up to winning this. One for the longer odds is Franck Leblanc’s Son Alezan (5), who is from a stable which is right on top of its game. Selection 9 120,000e Prix Louis Le Bourg (G2) 4 2850m: This final monte of the Winter Meeting is missing most of the top horses under saddle from this crop. In their absence I’m going for an up and comer with an in form jockey aboard, in Airport (5) and his brilliant hoop Eric Raffin. Selection 5 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Kalmar and Vincennes. Kalmar SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Nougat As (5) Race 6 Dante Boko (5) Race 7 Raja Mirchi (7) Race 8 Britt Palema (2) Race 9 Florette Sund (3) Race 10 Super Photogenic (7) Race 11 Viking America (5) Vincennes R4 Univers de Pan (16) R7 Sanity (9) R8 Airport (5)
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North America's top percentage harness racing driver in 2013 has been named the inaugural winner of the Earl Avery Award. Gilles Barrieau, the perennial New Brunswick driving champion and leading UDRS driver in North America last year with a phenomenal .420 average, edged out Woodstock, N.B. native Ivan Davies in voting for the award by industry leaders in New Brunswick. Janet Stevenson Davis, Dale Spence, Chris Davies and his horse, Dusty Lane Oscar, and Philip 'Bo' Sowers were also nominated. "I'm really honoured to win this award," said Barrieau, who maintains a large stable at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B. "Earl Avery was an outstanding horseman and just to hear that I was nominated had already been a special moment for me. My father [Alfred] actually worked for him when he was racing in the United States so I thought that was interesting connection. "This award is a fitting tribute to Earl Avery himself and a great addition for the harness racing industry in New Brunswick." Earl Avery was a native of Knowlesville, N.B. who later moved to Woodstock to begin a legendary career in the sport back in the early 1920’s. He was the first member of the harness racing fraternity to be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1976; the normal five-year waiting period after retirement being waived for the much-respected Avery. Avery is the only horseman from New Brunswick to ever be elected to Horse Racing Hall of Fames in both Canada and the United States. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1977 and later the same year became the 25th person to be elected to the Living Hall of Fame of the Trotters in Goshen, New York. It was a fitting culmination of a career that saw him win more than 4,000 races and $3.5 million in career earnings and establishing nine world records. During his career, Avery became associated with arguably the greatest pacing horse in the history of harness racing when he convinced owner Norman Woolworth to purchase Meadow Skipper 50 years ago. Meadow Skipper went on to become a world champion race horse for Avery, pacing Lexington, Kentucky’s famed Red Mile in 1:55.1 in October 1963. He later developed into one of the most prolific stallions of the 20th century and his influences on breeding continue to be felt today. “This new award creates an opportunity to bring recognition to outstanding harness racing achievements in New Brunswick while also honouring an industry pioneer,” said Brent Briggs, administrator of the Earl Avery Award. “Besides being an outstanding horseman, Earl Avery was also a great ambassador of the New Brunswick industry for over 50 years. "I think the voting panel made an excellent choice in Gilles Barrieau as he has always been an outstanding representative of New Brunswick harness racing, not just this year but throughout his career. He is widely recognized for his training and driving talents; a complete horseman and gentleman, much like Earl Avery was himself." Barrieau will receive a cheque for $1,000 in the name of a recognized charity that he has chosen and will have an opportunity to present it to that charity on behalf of all horse people in the province during the upcoming horse racing season. The creation of the Earl Avery Award and the prize is a collaboration between Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Horseman’s Associations in Woodstock, Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. Submitted from Earl Avery Awards
Woodbine Racetrack's current leading driver Jody Jamieson was in the hot seat on Saturday night as a guest host of the Woodbine Racing Live broadcast to offer up some insight on his drives for handicappers and discuss his 2013 racing season. During the pre-game show, Jamieson declared his 11th race mount, Carmen Auciello trainee Champagne Phil, as his "most probable winner" on the card and proved to be correct. "I really drove him bad [last week]," explained Jamieson. "He's been at Yonkers and they didn't like the trips he's been getting there. They weren't trying him as much as they wanted him to be tried so I gave him a shot and I actually over-drove him and I'm not planning on doing the same thing tonight. I believe there is some competition in there...but I really like Champagne Phil in there tonight. I think it's his race to win." In the evening's finale, Jamieson sent Champagne Phil first over from fourth down the backstretch and wore down early leader Roethblissberger to win by a head in 1:51.3. Icr Racing's four-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding was backed by the bettors and paid $5.40 to win as the 8-5 favourite. The victory was his first in five starts this year. During the interview, the three-time O'Brien Award winning driver also reflected on his 2013 campaign in which he ranked second nation-wide for earnings ($5,338,101) behind 2013 Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion and third for wins (337). "I had a great year," said Jamieson. "This biggest disappointment for me was I had a lot of seconds in major races and classic races. It took me until the middle of December to win the Cleveland Classic with a great horse, Apprentice Hanover, who you folks are well adhered to right here at Woodbine. He's got seven [wins] in a row now dating back to the Cleveland Classic or the week before. He's just a hell of a horse and he seems to be getting better as we go forward." While the Preferred class in which Apprentice Hanover has been dominating of late was not carded on Saturday, Jamieson catch-drove another "ultra consistent horse" to victory lane in a top conditioned event. "I think he was in over his head last week," Jamieson said of Lucky Terror, who finished sixth in the Preferred on Feb. 15. "He's not an Open horse, but he is, however, a very decent, middle of the road, conditioned horse and this is his class." The $22,000 ninth race was indeed Lucky Terror's class as he closed from second over and edged out a from-last Grin For Money to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. The win was his second in six starts this year and gives him a seasonal bankroll of $27,560. Trained by Shaun McDonald and owned by Glenview Livestock Ltd. and Leonard Christopher, the seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror paid $9.10 to win. In Commando's 1:51.1 score in the 10th race co-feature was the fastest of the night and one of the biggest upsets as he rallied home from third over at odds of 10-1 for driver Chris Christoforou. The class-climbing Camluck gelding paid $22.80 for his second straight win. He prevailed by three-quarters of a length over Joshua My Boy, who closed from the back of the pack to place. Don Lindsey trains and co-owns the winning five-year-old pacer with Paul Kleinpaste, William Alempijevic and Dennis Mavrin. In Commando now has three wins and one second in five seasonal starts to add $31,000 to his career bankroll. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Favourite Who Doesn't converted off a perfect pocket trip to nail last week's Open Pace winner Smooth Criminal at the wire in Saturday's feature race at Northlands Park. Trained and driven by Canada's 2013 Future Star Award winner Travis Cullen, Who Doesn't established a new lifetime mark with his latest victory, clocked in 1:52.1, on a -17 degree afternoon in Edmonton. Who Doesn't followed Smooth Criminal and Bill Tainsh Jr. through fractions of :28, :56.1 and 1:23.3 in the $9,000 Open before kicking home in :28.2 to steal the spotlight. Despite drifting out in the stretch, Who Doesnt prevailed in a photo finish by a head over the pacesetter while Flak Jacket and Jamie Gray finished nearly seven lengths behind in third. Who Doesn't, who now has two wins and two seconds in six seasonal starts, paid $4.70 to win as the 6-5 bettors' choice. Cullen shares ownership of the five-year-old Mach Three gelding with his family -- Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northlands Park. Repritned with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
DOVER DE—Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, have been selected by the Directors of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) during their annual meetings here this weekend to be the ballot candidates for election into the Communicators Hall of Fame this summer. Chapters of USHWA nominate men and women of exceptional communicating abilities to their Board of Directors, and the Directors draw upon information in provided biographies and their own experiences with the nominees to select two outstanding individuals that will go before the general membership of USHWA this summer. Candidates garnering 75% of the yes-no votes submitted are inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame. Marks has been a vital and active part of the racing game for over 50 years, first establishing himself as a handicapper of renown during the Golden Years of the Roosevelt-Yonkers circuit, then contributing a steady stream of informed and reasoned articles to the top trade publications. In 1988 Marks took the job as pedigree analyst and marketing director at the noted Perretti Farms in New Jersey. During a quarter century of work at Perretti’s farm, Marks developed pioneering techniques in presenting stallions on video and assembled eye-catching print and electronic ads that drove home the main assets of the Perretti stock. Bob also named more than 2,000 horses, most of the monikers featuring some offshoot of their sire’s name to not only make the yearlings distinctive, but also to keep the stallions and their achievements in the public eye. Parker spent her formative years in Ohio and then western Pennsylvania as part of an extensive and talented racing family, which today includes her husband Dan Coon, son of Hall of Fame trackman Charlie Coon and himself a noted track worker. Parker started her employment at the Horseman and Fair World, a Lexington KY-based weekly trade magazine, while still attending the University of Kentucky, and her talent saw her rise through the ranks until arriving at the top by being named editor and general manager in 1995. As communications changed and evolved in harness racing, Parker had the Horsemen at the forefront of emerging innovative news dissemination techniques. The Horseman’s website, www.harnessracing.com, started in 1998, and in 2009 the acclaimed weekly originated a “Harness Racing Weekend Preview,” giving an insightful oversight on the upcoming big races. Parker has traveled extensively worldwide covering the races, and in 1992 she won a John Hervey award for harness writing excellence from USHWA. The ballot for the candidacy of Marks and Parker will be distributed during the summer, after this year’s candidates for the Living Hall of Fame are determined during the Fourth of July Weekend in Goshen, the home of harness racing’s Halls of Fame. by Jerry Connors, USHWA National Secretary
There wasn’t a whole lot of pari-mutuel love given to Battle River Storm in Friday evening’s eighth race at Woodbine Racetrack, but that didn’t stop him from engineering the biggest upset on the Friday evening card. In rein to Mike Saftic, the six-year-old son of Freedoms Pass-Presidential Jenna dropped into an early five-hole and sat there through first-half fractions of :27.4 and :57.2. He was backed up to be sixth at the three-quarter pole, but Mike Saftic found him some clearance between rivals in deep stretch and Battle River Storm shot through and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:58. Beeeyouuuuuu was second, with Matts Delivery rounding out the top three finishers. The Rod Boyd pupil, who was sent off at odds of 54-1, returned $111.60 to his backers and added $3,500 his own bank account. Timothy McCoy of Edmonton, Alberta owns the pacer who won for the first time in six starts this season. The victory was one of three on the card for driver Mike Saftic. He and Jody Jamieson led the way with driving triples, while Phil Hudon notched a driving double on the 11-race card. To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Friday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Dover Downs is capital of the sport this Sunday (Feb. 23). The U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Night of Champions comes to Dover Downs for its 67th annual awards-dinner in the Rollins Center. The highlight of the evening will be announcement of the 2013 Horse of the Year. Among champion division winning horses and individuals being honored are three local horsepersons, Corey Callahan receives the "Rising Star Award," Judy Davis -Wilson is USHWAn of the Year while Janet Davis receives the Harness Horse Youth Foundations 'Service to Youth' award for her charitable voluntary work to make the Christmas season a happy time for hundreds of youngster in Delaware. Complete information on the awards-dinner visit the USHWA website: www.ushwa.org. ----------------------------------- For those not at the USHWA 'Night of Champions' at Dover Downs, check the USTA website: ustrotting.com for video streaming of the sports biggest night of the year starting at approximately 6 p.m. ---------------------------------------- Also on Sunday, a Dan Patch dinner auction will take place with items such as: Yannick Gingras colors and helmet, personally autographed; an original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting of Bee A Magician and another acrylic painting of Captaintreacherous; Bill Haught's winning engraved clock trophy training Nihilator in the $2-million Woodrow Wilson Pace.; Now River bracelets, LV Harkness-etched clock; a breeding to Dream Away amony many more items. Those not at the banquet can bid on any or all of the items by calling 954-654-3757 or 732-306-6713 or 732-547-9459 until 7 p.m. ------------------------------------------ Statistics for the early 2014 season show Dover Downs regulars Corey Callahan and Ron Piece off to fast starts. Currently, Callahan leads all drivers in the sport with more than 100 wins. Ron Pierce is now second in the standing some 25 behind. Ross Wolfenden is 11th with 48 wins, ------------------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan is alone at the top of the track leading driver category in quest of a fifth consecutive track title. This meet, Callahan has won 178 races. Ross Wolfenden has moved into second place with 887 wins. Allan Davis is third with 61 winners. Ron Pierce has moved into third with 75 wins and Vic Kirby, fifth, with 74 wins. ------------------------------------ Callahan's second win on Thursday (2/20), came with #8 Chrusher Man in the 5th race. The 8-1 official odds turned out 55-1 and Callahan drove the four-year-old pacer to one of his four wins that night, a lifetime mark of 153. By the way, the horse went off at 55-1 and paid $113.40 for a $2-dollar win ticket ------------------------------------------ Dylan Davis has extended his first place lead in the trainer standings with 50 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 39 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 37 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth, 36 wins and Les Givens, 33, is fifth in the standings. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Last week was pretty poor with just one favorite winning and a minor box exacta. Springtime is just around the corner (we hope) and with that a few new series are getting underway starting this weekend. We have lots of action from Yonkers Friday and Saturday, plus the start of the Gilmour Series at the Meadowlands and Prairie Jaguar going for his 8th straight win at Pompano. Good Luck! $33,000 F&M Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 6th race – FRIDAY – One of the top mares in the country, Economy Terror, gets handicapped with post 8 once again but it did not bother her last week in beating this class with a game effort. Career winner of $1.6 million should be able to make it three straight wins. Use Ramalama and Lorrie Please in exotics. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 8th race – FRIDAY – As the only million dollar career winner in the field, Calchips Brute is overdue for his first trip to the winner’s circle this season. Class of the field will be decent odds and with good cover he may be able to upset this field. I think it will be a dogfight upfront and he can pick up the pieces at the end. Use Zooming and Backstreet Hanover in exotics. $17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 1st race – SATURDAY – New series for three-year-olds looks very interesting. Capital Account looks to be the early favorite in the series. Has two sharp wins and a decent second in three starts this year. Has poor outside but two starts back at the Meadowlands he was able to get in the flow and win with ease. Use Pierce and Superficial in exotics. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 2nd race – SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of the great pacer, Golden Receiver. Career winner of over $2 million always races his heart out and has true grit. It may be his first start back but he has every reason to fire out of the gate and beat this field. Use Easy Again and Road Untraveled in exotics. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 3rd race – SATURDAY – Don’t understand why they keep allowing this horse to race. He is way too good. We’re talking about Prairie Jaguar and he is going for his eighth straight win at Pompano Park. Only allowed to race every other week but he still crushes everyone he faces. Sorry bridgejumpers, they took out place and show wagering on the race. Use Lyons Johnny and Freeneasy Hanover in exotics. .$17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 6th race – SATURDAY – There has been talk and stories that say that National Debt is the real deal and could be a pacing sensation. Still very green with just four lifetime starts but shows very good speed and is unbeaten. We will see tonight how he has adjusted from Alberta, Canada to the Meadowlands. Use Dinner At The Met and Recharge in exotics. $33,000 Open Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race – SATURDAY – Classic match-up of some tough pacers at Yonkers. Can make a case for most anyone winning in here. I am going with Pan From Nantucket. After brief rest he won in this class last out and now draws the rail. Field looks like there will be some fast early fractions which should set him up with another great trip to score from. Use Domethatagain and American Rage in exotics. $24,000 Winners Over $25,000 Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race – SATURDAY – After having rough go in the top pace last week, Atta Boy Dan is dropping back down where he belongs. In this class he had been first or second in his last five starts. Should be able to go right out for the lead and never look back. Use A J Corbelli and Nob Hill High in exotics.
Well we picked the first leg and the last leg as single wagers last week at Axevalla, but we would have dropped money – with $7.20 back from a $14 investment. We only got three of the seven legs, so no luck there. But we pick ourselves off the floor, dust ourselves off and try again this week, with the added bonus of a great two races in France on Sunday. Good luck!. V75-1 Silver division 1640m: Looks like a race between By Air (6) and Chapeau (2). From the draw Chapeau looks the one to beat, but By Air is tough and should be your alternate. Selection 6 (2) V75-2 Mares race 2140m: Bjorn Goop’s Blended Bellouet (14) is getting all the early money, and does look a very good chance here, even off the 20m mark. Selection 14 V75-3 Gavle Stora Pris (Gold) 3140m: Amaru Boko (8) streeted them last start in winning his third on the trot. Outside draw should not hinder him. Selection 8 V75-4 V75-Klass II 1640m: Bjorn Goop has another up and coming prospect in Tintin (4) who has won 4 of his 6 starts and can be forgiven his last start failure from the outside barrier. This time he is drawn perfectly to get the lead and stay there. His biggest opposition Highspirit (8) has a poor draw but perhaps should be kept safe as an alternate. Selection 4 (8) V75-5 Mitt Media 2140m: This is a coldblood race and my rule here is to stick to the favourites. There are three that stand out Stamping (11) Hallsta Lotus (14) and Faksen Jr (15). Selection 11-14-15 V75-6 Klass I 2140m: This is always a tricky class with 10 of the horses having won a race in the last two starts, and five having two out of three. Mr Miles (1)Tricky Track (4) Kebnekasje (6), Poisson (8) and Finish Future (10) are my five but in truth it could have been another three just as easily. Selection 1-4-6-8-10 V75-7 Bronze division 2640m: Castor Boko (9) steps up in class after 4 wins in a row but has a tricky draw. Trailing Edge (8), Rooibos (10) and Vacqueras (12) are tough competitors but also don’t have the greatest draws. I think this set up for Verymuchkiss Karsk (2) and I’m going to pick him first and drop Vacqueras. Selection 2-9-8-10 R4 Grand Prix de Paris 4150m: This is effectively the staying championship of the world. Twice around Vincennes, twice up the hill and in around 2min time, it needs stamina above all else. Swedish-bred Yarrah Boko (13) is due a big one, and is as tough as they come, Roxane Griff (15) is a former winner of this in a top form, while Tiego d’Etang (12) was runner up last year and Up And Quick (11) is the rising champion. I think it will be between these in a great field. The class of 2005 have won everything so far, and so I ‘m going for the grand mare Roxane Griff from Up And Quick. R6 Prix Paul Bastard (monte) 2700m: Jean Phillipe Dubois’ Vision Intense (7) is a class above any in her age group. If she doesn’t gallop, which she can do, she wins. TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Gavle. SINGLE WAGERS $2 Gavle, Saturday Race 5 Chapeau (2). Race 6 Blended Bellouet (14) Race 7 Amaru Boko (8) Race 8 Tintin (4) Race 9 Hallsta Lotus (14) Race 10 Finish Future (10) Race 11 Verymuchkiss Karsk (2) Vincennes, Sunday R4 Roxane Griff (15) R5 Vision Intense (7)
National Debt has only four lifetime starts, winning all four easily in Alberta Canada. On Saturday the impressive colt will step up in class and face the best early season three-year-old harness racing colts at the Meadowlands in the William Buddy Gilmour Series. In those four lifetime starts, National Debt owns two track records. National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history in just his second start, defeating a field of older horses in 1:53.3. In his fourth lifetime start National Debt equaled the track record for two-year-old colts at Northlands Park, rolling to victory in 1:55. Kelly Hoerdt trained and drove the colt in all of his four starts. Kelly shares ownership of the talented son of Allamerican Native-Our Inheritance with Blair & Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta. The colt was a $17,000 purchase at last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Kelly was named Co-Trainer of the Year at the recently completed Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Awards. Hoerdt, 47, scored 82 training wins during the 2013 racing season and earned $623,245 in purses, $438,100 at Alberta Downs to make him the season's leader. Also at the awards, National Debt was named Two-Year-Old Colt of the Year. The William Buddy Gilmour Series begins next Saturday at the Meadowlands.The first leg goes for $17,500. The second leg on March 1st goes for $20,000, and the final on March 8th for $75,000. The series is for non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime. "He is a fantastic horse," Hoerdt said. "He is the best horse I ever had. I don't know how he is going to be at the Meadowlands. He has had a couple of good qualifiers. "He was awarded the two-year-old of the year last night," Hoerdt added. "He went 1:53 in just his second lifetime start. We have a shortage of horses in Alberta. They mix the classes. He won his maiden in 1:57. He then went in non-winners of two thru four. It is like jumping up three classes. He did not race against two-year-olds in that race, they were all aged horses. The horse he sailed by in twenty six went on to win the Western Canada Pacing Derby. In all his starts he had a plenty of horse left at the end. This is why he is at the Meadowlands. "I haven't seen the two qualifiers but I got feedback from Tim Tetrick," Hoerdt explained. "Tim said the horse has tons of talent, but is very green. Every time he took the horse off the helmet he couldn't wait to get by that horse. That's the sign of a great horse. He goes by them, but doesn't want to open up on them. He liked him. Another good thing is that Tim had his choice to drive two other horses in that race and picked us. I am hoping Tim drives him in the Gilmour. "We have had a problem getting him ready for the series," Hoerdt said. "We gave him time off after his fourth start. I should have trained him down to two minutes in Alberta. With the bad weather we were only able to train him down to 2:03 before I sent him to Ronnie Coyne. The plan was to have one start in him, but Ronnie was getting dumped on with the snow. The Gilmour is just a launching pad. They are not going to get the guts ripped right out of him in his first start. Last year the divisions went in 1:52 and 1:53. He is coming off the qualifier in 1:56. The time doesn't mean as much as the way he did it. I know that sitting behind him, 1:51 or 1:52 is not out of his reach. He may be a little short in his first race. Everybody else is going to be in same boat with the bad weather and cancellations" There are fifty one horses eligible for the William Buddy Gilmour. The notables include Capital Account, Dinner At The Met, Pierce, and Fire In The Belly among others. Capital Account trained by Jimmy Takter won in 1:52.4 by five lengths on February 8th at the Meadowlands. Dinner At The Met trained by Erv Miller won in 154.3 on February 15th at the Meadowlands. Pierce, although he broke stride the other night at the Meadowlands, has a lifetime mark of 1:50.1 at the Red Mile in a qualifying race. Fire In the Belly, trained by Jim King Jr., won easily at Dover Downs in 1:54.2 on February 16th. "We have made a lot of stake payments for him." Hoerdt said. "We jumped in with both feet. He's paid up for the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Breeders Crown, Cane Pace and Messenger. He is out there for sale. We don't have a for sale sign on him. Those payments have to be made if you plan to get any money for the horse. "I sent the horse to Ron Coyne in New Jersey." Hoerdt added. "My partner Blair Corbeil has a horse with Ron already. I met Ron a couple of years ago at Harrisburg. He has a smaller operation with his wife. All the horses get individual attention, as opposed to a big barn. We are on the same page as far as training the horse." "We are waiting to see if he can do it against the competition at the Meadowlands," Coyne stated. "I am pretty confident he can go in 1:51. Can he do it this week, probably not. It would have been nice if we had a start along with the two qualifiers. We have been fighting the weather for a couple of months now. They were fighting the weather up in Alberta when he first started training. We got the two qualifiers in. I was happy with both qualifiers. The first qualifier he was in need of a soft journey. We covered him up and let him sprint the last hundred yards. The other day we raced him a little bit more. We were hoping for a sharper qualifier, around 1:55. The pace up front did not dictate that. He finished it off coming home in twenty seven and change. "Timmy(Tetrick) liked him quite a bit," Coyne said. "He said he has got some talent. Everybody is down on the fence. Can he make the next jump? I expect Tim will drive the horse on Saturday. I don't see any better horses that he could drive. I am hoping he will stick with him. “We wanted to stay away from any 1/2 mile tracks early," Coyne explained. "They have put him in the Bobby Weiss at Pocono next. That will stretch his legs a little more. Hopefully that will set him up for the rest of the season’s stakes races." If all goes well, starting with Saturday's Buddy Gilmour Series, Kelly Hoerdt and his team will have a successful three-year-old stake season with National Debt. They will have defied the odds of racing a horse from Alberta, Canada and being successful in the highly competitive racing of the big tracks in the Northeast. By Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com
A former bookkeeper has been charged with embezzlement of $111,943 from the racetrack companies that offered betting on harness racing at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Susan L. Wilson, 48, of Lebanon, was indicted on two counts of grand theft and two counts of unauthorized use of property, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. Wilson is accused of embezzling the money by writing 119 earning checks paid to winners and cashing them, in some cases by forging her husband’s signature, County Prosecutor David Fornshell said. Wilson is accused of embezzling the funds from October 2010 to December 2012, while working for the Lebanon Trotting Club and Miami Valley Trotting Club, according to the indictment. The two companies offered betting on live harness races and simulcasts of other horse races before the move to the Miami Valley Gaming complex south of Lebanon in December. Wilson was identified as the general manager of Lebanon Trotting in a 2012 story on the sale. The theft was discovered in mid-2013 during accounting done in anticipation of the sale of the businesses to Miami Valley Gaming, Fornshell said. Lebanon police presented the case to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this year, Fornshell said. by Lawrence Budd, reprinted with permission by www.daytondailynews.com
Aarons Mattjesty edged past his more popular harness racing stablemate, Peenie, late to steal the spotlight in the featured $6,400 Winners Over Handicap Pace for trainer Yves Tessier on Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Driven by Denis St. Pierre, favourite Peenie was caught three-wide in an early battle for the lead and eventually cleared at the quarter pole. He then turned back first over challenger Dont Rustle Myluck and Sylvain Lacaille, but couldn't fend off his quick-closing barn buddy in the stretch. After trailing the nine-horse field early on, Aarons Mattjesty and Claude Larose moved into the outer flow and rallied home from third over to nab the victory. The winning time was 1:57.4 over the 'good' track, which was rated two seconds off. Aarons Mattjesty, a three-time winner with two seconds in five starts this year, paid $21.50 to win as the 9-1 fifth choice in the field. Peenie finished a neck back with Poppys Bucky Boy and Stephane Pouliot between the stablemates in third. The seven-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, Que. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
"He is the fastest and gutsiest horse I ever sat behind," Sylvain Filion stated. Panther Hanover established himself as one of the fastest pacers in the history of the sport. His career cut short by injury was brilliant. During his short career Panther Hanover won eight of fourteen starts and banked more than $365,000, while taking a mark of 1:47.2 at the Meadowlands. His three-year-old campaign was highlighted by victories in the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned by Jim Carr, Panther Hanover will now stand stud at Win Place and Show Farm in New York State, just one mile from the Canadian/U.S. border. Stud fee for 2014 will be $3,000 with a multiple mare discount available. A two mare discount is available for $3,000 for the first live foal and $1,000 for the second live foal. Foals will be eligible to the lucrative New York State Sire Stakes Program. Sam and Carolyn Trombley own and manage the picturesque Win Place and Show Farm. "We have already has a lot of inquiries about him. He is easy to manage and handle and knows when it is time to perform. His personality and attitude is terrific." Sam Trombley said. James Dean trained Panther Hanover for his racing career. "He was wicked fast and if he had stayed sound there is no telling how fast he would have gone," James Dean said. "He went in 1:47.2 in the New Jersey Classic. It was the fourteenth race of the day. Had he raced earlier in the day he would have gone in 1:46 and change. By the time of our race a wind kicked up pretty good in the backstretch. Earlier in the day there was no wind at all. If he had stayed sound he could have been the fastest horse I ever trained.” Owner Jim Carr is looking at a book of over 75 mares. "He was an awesome looking horse who had the look of a thoroughbred," Carr said. "He had the gift of great gate speed and a tremendous brush. He could sit the pocket if needed. He had a great attitude and was well mannered. For Quebec mares we have a special opportunity. If you bring your mare to the farm nearby (50 miles), and the horse is bred at the farm, you can now race both in the enhanced Quebec Sire Stakes Program and the New York Sire Stakes Program. You can get in on the ground floor of the fifth fastest horse in harness racing history and the fastest son of Rocknroll Hanover. He was bred to be great and his paternal family shows it. Panther Hanover is a half brother to outstanding performers Pan Hanover, Philos Hanover, Platinum Hanover and Passmaster Hanover, who are the winners of over one million dollars in purses. Remember all of his foals are eligible for the rich New York Sire Stakes Program. To contact Sam and Carolyn Trembley call (518) 297-3506. The farm is Win, Place & Show Farm, 474 Hayford Road, Champlain, NY 12919 and their website is http://winplaceandshowfarm.com/arrival. By Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com