Search Results
1 to 16 of 253
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

Allstar Rating scored the biggest victory of her career, setting the track and stakes record with lifetime mark of 1:49 in capturing the $114,175 Adioo Volo Pace for three-year-old fillies Saturday at the Meadows. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Allstar Rating got away in second place behind the quick leaving Marathon Day (Tyler Smith) to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Gringras then quarter moved to take command. Behind them Southwind Silence had made a break and forced race favorite Gallie Bythe Beach (David Miller) wide. Miller then came on and took the lead with Gallie Bythe Beach over Allstar Rating and the cut the mile to the half in :53.2 and the three-quarters in a blistering 1:20.3. Then on the final turn, Gingras came back with Allstar Rating and blew by Gallie Bythe Beach en route to scoring a four length romp. Also Encouraging (Brett Miller) was able to come on for second place with Marathon Day third. Gallie Bythe Beach faded to fifth place. “Last week I thought she was a winner heading for home,” said Yannick Gingras of Allstar Rating, “then in the last little bit she gave up on me. Ronnie (Burke) trained her himself this week and he said to just put her in play and she would be fine. I saw David (Miller) was coming (Gallie Bythe Beach) and I wanted to cut the mile but he has a great mare so I had no trouble following them. I know how the other horses are so I took my shot and went to the lead on the final turn. I was asking her at the end so I don’t know if she had any more left but she did fine. She is a good mare.” It was a lifetime mark for Allstar Rating and the third win this year for the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark. She is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stables. She paid $9.40 to win. Her time of 1:49 surpassed the track record of 1:49.1 that was set in 2012 by Big McDeal and also rewrote the stakes record of 1:49.3 that was set by Major Look in 2012. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

They’re on their way. The powerful New South Wales harness racing stable of Belinda and Luke McCarthy were to the fore at Menangle on Tuesday, winning three Breeders Crown heats, and the Cobbitty yard is sure to be strongly represented at next month’s semi-finals in Victoria. Ominous Warning captured the first race at Menangle, the American Ideal @ Woodlands Breeders Crown 2YO Colts and Geldings Heat 6, defeating Francisco De Gore by a half-neck in a 1:59.1 mile rate with a last quarter of 26.8 seconds and a last half of 55.1. The son of Four Starzzz Shark found the lead easily early in the 2300m race before churning out comfortable early sectionals. Driver Luke McCarthy got busy on Ominous Warning late in the home straight as Francisco De Gore ascended down the outside, the $1.10 favourite holding on for a narrow win over the fast-finishing $40.10 outsider. Another few strides and the result probably went the other way, so punters won’t be sacking the second horse in a hurry. Lettucerockthem showed in Race 2, the Roll With Joe Breeders Crown 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat 5, that he’s in seriously good form. The son of Art Major scored an easy victory, the final 5.4m winning margin not a true indicator of the dominance with which Lettucerockthem handled Tuesday’s competition. Luke McCarthy kept peeping over his shoulder time and again in the straight aboard Lettucerockthem to see Ideal Legacy’s driver hard at work, while the rest of the field might as well have been in another race. Consequently, Lettucerockthem never had to leave second gear, clocking a mile rate of 1:58.3 and a last quarter of 28.4. Flying filly Bamako Mali then gave the McCarthys a third crown heat win for the day in a blistering 1:57.9 in heat six of the two-year-old fillies’ division. McCarthy took Bamako Mali to the front at the top of lane and she dashed clear before late challengers came from all corners in the last 50m. The race commentator commented “she was no good thing” but as is her style Bamako Mali lifted when challenged and held on by a head over Ameretto with a similar distance to Butterfly Princess in third. “Someone told me it was only 0.7 seconds outside the track record,” McCarthy said (Sheezallattitude holds the two-year-old fillies’ record for the 2300m start with a 1:57.2 set in 2010). “She’s got a great will to win. The other one almost headed her. I’d say it levelled up but she fought back. She’s a great trier.” Bamako Mali has won nine of 13 starts and been placed second or third at the other four. On Ominous Warning McCarthy said the gelding had pulled up “a little bit sick” after his recent Breeders Challenge defeat. “We were disappointed not to win that,” he said. “Luckily we were able to get him right in time for yesterday. “Ominous Warning is pretty good. He was still probably a bit underdone yesterday.” McCarthy said Lettucerockthem was potentially in career-best form. “He’s probably in the best form he’s been in since he was a two-year-old,” he said. “I felt he travelled really good throughout yesterday.” Other Breeders Crown heat winners at Menangle were Saloon Passage for Nathan Hurst in the three-year-old boys’ sixth heat, winning by 10.5m in a rate of 1:55.7, and Ocean Diva for trainer Paul Fitzpatrick and driver Blake Fitzpatrick by a short half-head over Starzzzinthenight in 1:59.5 in the three-year-old fillies’ fifth heat. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Champion New South Wales mare Frith added the Harness Breeders (Vic) Jane Ellen to her list of feature race wins at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. The six-time Group 1 winner found the lead comfortably from the 2240m start before controlling the race to score by 2.6m over runner-up The Good Times, with Broadways Best rocketing home for third. Frith, a Bruce Harpley-trained daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, has now won 26 from 35 race starts. Frith’s winning mile rate was 1:56.7. She finished with a last half-mile of 55.7 after splits of 29.8, 30.2, 27.6 and 28.1. Emma Stewart’s The Good Times was given a cushy run by Gavin Lang on the back of the favourite before using the sprint lane to run second. Chris Alford steered in-form Broadways Best into third, powering down the outside late to edge out Beauty Secret, which ran fourth, while Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling wound up fifth. Frith already boasts Group 1 victories in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. She will be looking to add a second Breeders Crown success to her resume next month after taking out the three-year-old fillies’ title last year. Frith Father-son combination Ross and Greg Sugars won the first three races on Friday night’s program. Illawong Magic kicked off proceedings with a 3.7m win in the Granny Reilly Performance Mix Vicbred Trot. The seven-year-old gelding found the lead early and never looked like losing, pinching a break approaching the home bend before holding off David Van Ryn pair Paris Pepperell and Enjoy A Coldie in the home straight. The Sugars’ team then combined for success with Bettor Rock On in the first heat of the Tabcorp Park Melton Winter Championship. Punters who took the short odds for the son of Bettors Delight were surely sweating with 50m to go, as Bettor Rock On was taking forever to reel in Tandias Bromac. But the $1.10 shot poked his head in front just in time to win by the narrowest of margins. Bettor Rock On posted sectionals of 29.0, 29.9, 28.5 and 28.4, with his mile rate a slick 1:54.9. Mulgrave then made it three from three for Team Sugars, defeating Gotta Go Henry in the Alabar 3YO Pace Final over 2240m. Mulgrave won by 2.8m in a mile rate of 1:58.3. The in-form David Aiken stable absolutely dominated the Granny Reilly Sole Mate Mix Trot over 2240m, Thanesan defeating stable-mate Vics Cheval by 5.1m. Junior driver Josh Aiken, who drove his first Group 1 winner last weekend, steered the winner, while his father David drove the second horse over the line. Amanda Grieve and Chris Alford combined to win the Granny Reilly Perfect Pacer Pace over 2240m with Magical Telf, who scored a half-neck win over Teo Enteo. Long odds-on favourite Almost El Eagle took out heat two of the Winter Championship for Steve Duffy and John Caldow. Ginger Bliss made it a winning double for Josh Aiken with victory in the Granny Reilly Maintain Mix Pace over 1720m, the talented four-year-old clocking 1:55.3 to beat Exciteusinthecity by 1.2m. Ginger Bliss found the lead early and dictated terms before cranking things up in the last half-mile, with third and fourth splits of 27.7 and 27.9 for a 55.6 last half. Exciteusinthecity ran a bottler of a race for Tim McLean, while Washmepockets poked through for third for Haydon Gray. Our Twentyten showed he is right on song for the Trotters Derby with an 8.9m win in the Redwood Day 20 July 3YO Trot, the Brent Lilley-trained son of Muscles Yankee defeating runner-up One Over Da Moon and third placegetter Daenerys Targaryen. The last race on the card, the Book Now For Breeders Crown 2YO Trotters Handicap, saw Greg Sugars snare win number four for the night and gave Lilley a winning double when My Arya got the chocolates. My Arya was the only filly off 10m in the race, the daughter of Angus Hall stepping sweetly early and trotting perfectly throughout to score by 2.3m over debutant Shared Interest (Nathan Jack), who ran a crackerjack race on debut and will be winning soon, while Sheza Amason was about 20m away in third. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

MIGHTY mare Frith has given trainer-driver Bruce Harpley plenty of headaches in the past six months. "If you went and watched her work you’d wonder if she could ever win anything," grinned Harpley after the four-year-old led most of the way to win Sunday’s Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old mares. Plagued with the widest draw at the top of the track, Harpley made his intentions clear from the start, racing wide until he found the front after his biggest danger, Priceless Gem, went straight to the early lead. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark then gave nothing else a chance, rating 1:57.7 for her last mile, with a scintillating last half of 54.6 seconds (splits of 27.2 and 27.4 seconds) to easily account for the fast-finishing Bold Life (Jim Douglass) and the plucky Priceless Gem (Daniel Jack). Frith’s 1:57.7 was a track record, breaking Grin For Miss’s track record of 1:58.5 set on June 14, 2014. Owner Dianne Kelly said it was a huge relief to win as Frith had given them a few concerns in recent weeks. "Breaking a track record is a bonus and there would be no-one on this track today happier than my husband Bernie and Bruce [Harpley]," said Kelly. Harpley said he was just happy to get such a great horse back from the Kellys so he could continue was has been a wonderful association. Frith has now won more than $700,000 with 25 wins from just 34 starts in an amazing career which looks far from over. Frith   By Michael Court (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Given how well Lennytheshark is going, his rivals are probably going to need a bigger boat to stop the David Aiken-trained star's ascent at Melton on Friday night. Lennytheshark is at the top of his game leading into the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final. His trainer is thrilled with the progress of the four-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark, who is about $1.30 to make it six straight Tabcorp Park Melton successes in Race 11 (from gate six). “I’m rapt with how he’s going. He hasn’t put a foot wrong,” Aiken said. Lennytheshark has looked downright lethal this time in, putting his rivals to the sword time and again. His win in the Rising Stars Championship on May 16 was terrific, coming in first by over 10m in 1:55.7. At his next start in the 4YO and 5YO Championship (Group 2) he romped in again by over 10m, this time humbling a first-rate field including Inky Cullen, Chilli Palmer, Magical Telf and Restrepo in 1:56.5. At his most recent outing on June 18 in the Super Series heat, Lennytheshark beat Ginger Bliss by 1.9m with a further 10m back to top-liner Guaranteed in third. Lennytheshark was initially headed by firebrand beginner Ginger Bliss on that occasion but soon assumed the front, driver Chris Alford then putting his foot on the brake and dictating terms. Easy sectionals of 31.3, 30.7, and 30.2 allowed Lennytheshark to sprint to the line with a final quarter of 26.3, clocking a mile rate of 1:58.4 for the 2240m trip. On Friday night Lennytheshark has avoided a repeat clash with Guaranteed and Ginger Bliss, those two drawing to face each other in the other four-year-olds’ semi-final. Aiken is enjoying the ride with Lennytheshark and hopes the winner of 13 from 28 starts will go on to have a sparkling career at the very top. “The hope is that he’ll be able to go on and be a Grand Circuit performer. He’s just got so much ability. He’s a really genuine racehorse,” Aiken said. Meanwhile, Aiken has several other runners on Friday night hoping to qualify for Vicbred finals. It kicks off with two-year-olds Mammals Spark (Race 3 No.12) and Show Me The Bling (Race 4 No.13). “Mammals Spark is still in a learning process but he’s really improved,” Aiken said. “Show Me The Bling has a stack of ability. He’s probably got as much ability as anyone in the series, he just can be a little bit erratic.” In the three-year-old males’ division Aiken will have two semi-finalists in Bryce Cooper (Race 5 No.1) and Epaulette (Race 5 No.3). “I’m very happy with both of them,” Aiken said. “They’re pretty even.” Earth Angel (Race 6 No.5) will fly the Aiken flag in the four-year-old mares’ semi-final. She will be hoping to turn the tables on Our Femme Fatale, which defeated her narrowly last time out. “Her run in the heat was really good and then we just got beaten last start. And I actually think the inside might not have been that great, so that should be a good guide as to how the series is progressing.” In Race 7 Aiken has Jedi Mind (Race 7 No.5). “I was happy with his first run for us. He’s a nice horse. It’s a tough race but he should go well.” In the three-year-old girls’ division Smiling High (Race 8 No.9) will start from the back row in her bid to upstage power fillies Mindarie Priddy and Bettor Downunder. “A bit like Mammals Spark, she’s on a learning curve,” Aiken said. “But she won’t look out of place.” Wolfpack (Race 9 No. 7) has drawn awfully for Aiken in the 4YO boys’ first semi-final against stars Guaranteed and Ginger Bliss. “It will be tough from out there but he’s going really well.” Aiken has two runners engaged in the three-year-old fillies’ second semi-final – Beach Shack (Race 12 No.11) and Quick Draft (Race 12 No.9). “Quick Draft is our best three-year-old filly. She’s got a stack of ability. And Beach Shack went good in the heat.” Aiken will also have consistent four-year-old Wounded in the same race as Lennytheshark. Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The marbles have fallen the way of David Aiken ahead of Friday night's Group 2 University Foods 4YO and 5YO Championship at Melton's Tabcorp Park. The Avenel trainer has two runners in the event, with Lennytheshark likely to start tote elect for driver Chris Alford after snaring the coveted pole position at this morning's barrier draw. Lennytheshark, a four-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark, has returned to the track in great nick this year, winning his past two starts in impressive style. Last time out at Melton he clocked a mile rate of 1:55.7 and won by over 10m, the triumph coming a week after a first-up 22.1m victory over Sapphire Swayze on May 9. Stable-mate Cold Major will start from barrier three on Friday night with Joshua Aiken in the sulky. The five-year-old Art Major horse was shooting for three wins on the trot last start against a supremely talented field, eventually having to settle for fourth behind Wartime Sweetheart, Five Star Anvil and Smoken Up. Kerryn Manning's in-form gelding Gotta Go Yanky will be looking to register his fourth win on the trot and has drawn barrier two for the Championship. The son of American Ideal was too strong for Highview Conall last time out in 1:55.5. Petstock Ballarat Cup hero Restrepo has drawn four for his resumption to racing, the Emma Stewart-trained talent to be driven by Gavin Lang. Dean Braun will have three runners in the nine-horse field, Inky Cullen (barrier five), Magical Telf (barrier seven) and Chilli Palmer (barrier nine). Daryl Douglas will drive the Allan McDonough-trained last-start Maryborough winner Classy Guy from position six, while the inside-back-row draw has gone to Michael Barby-trained, Daylesford pacer It Is Billy, to be driven by Anne-Maree Conroy. The University Foods 4YO and 5YO Championship will be run at 8.14pm. Two Group 1 races highlight Friday night's card at Melton, with the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic for 2YO trotting fillies and 2YO trotting colts and geldings to be contested. The first race on the mammoth 11-event programme is scheduled for 5.02pm. Fields for Friday night can be found here: http://www.harness.org.au/fields.cfm?mc=MX300514 By CODY WINNELL

The number of harness racing mares served in Australasia by individual pacing stallions in the 2013/2014 season makes for some very interesting reading. The usual suspects are near the top of the list but it is surprisingly headed by the first season sire Auckland Reactor. While it was always expected that Auckland Reactor would serve a large book in New Zealand and he did with 212 mares, his book of 182 mares in Australia was larger than even his most ardent supporters would have predicted. A very realistic service fee of $3,000 certainly helped and means Auckland Reactor has been given every chance to prove himself at Stud. Shadow Play served a huge book in Australia of 295 with a further 80 in New Zealand. That was off the back of some great results with his two year olds in Canada in 2013 but those breeders will be feeling a bit anxious at the moment as his two year olds in both Australia and New Zealand are yet to make an impact. Bettors Delight continues to serve huge books with 249 in New Zealand and 125 in Australia while Art Major served similar numbers with 266 in Australia and 94 in New Zealand. Rock N Roll Heaven was well received by breeders, especially in Australia where he served 225 with a further 41 in New Zealand. Mach Three was thereabouts again with 160 in New Zealand and 99 in Australia along with American Ideal who covered 141 in New Zealand and 109 in Australia. The champion North American sire Somebeachsomewhere continued to be very well supported (by frozen semen) with 135 in Australia and 88 in New Zealand even though his progeny to date down under have not set the world on fire yet. Betterthancheddar had an excellent first year as he didn't arrive until late October yet still served 102 in Australia and 98 in New Zealand to give him a great start to his career. The surprising stat amongst the other stallions was the numbers served by champion sire Christian Cullen. He served just 83 in New Zealand and 26 in Australia. With horses of the class of Christen Me, Franco Nelson, Locharburn and Libertybelle Midfrew starring on the track one would have thought he could have easily doubled his numbers. Of the remaining New Zealand based stallions, Changeover stood out with 142 in New Zealand and 39 in Australia while newbie stallion Sir Lincoln did very well serving 114 in New Zealand and 23 in Australia to make a total of 137. Australian stallions to serve large books included Artistic Fella with 182 in Australia, Sportswriter with 155 in Australia and 17 in New Zealand, Always a Virgin with 145 in Australia and 10 in New Zealand, Courage Under Fire with 127 in Australia and 19 in New Zealand, Roll With Joe with 124 in Australia and 15 in New Zealand and Western Terror with 125 in Australia. At the other end of the spectrum, Elsu managed just 16 in New Zealand and 20 in Australia which would tend to indicate that he is nearing the end of his commercial career. MOST POPULAR SIRES IN AUSTRALASIA IN 2013/2014 STALLION                         NEW ZEALAND      AUSTRALIA       TOTAL Auckland Reactor                      212                      182                394 Shadow Play                              80                       295                375 Bettors Delight                           249                      125                374 Art Major                                    94                       266                360 Rock N Roll Heaven                    41                       225                266 Mach Three                               160                       99                 259 American Ideal                           141                     109                 250 Somebeachsomewhere                88                     135                 213 Betterthancheddar                      102                      98                 200 Artistic Fella                               -                        182                 182 Changeover                                142                      39                 181 Sportswriter                                 17                     155                172 Always A Virgin                           10                    145                 155 Courage Under Fire                      19                    127                 146 Roll With Joe                               15                    124                 139 Sir Lincoln (Lincoln Royal)            114                     23                 137 Western Terror                            -                        125                125 Grinfromeartoear                          34                     90                 124 Modern Art                                  -                       111                111 Christian Cullen                           83                       26                109 Four Starzzz Shark                      -                        109                109     When assessing the trotting stallion numbers it soon became clear that everyone was chasing Majestic Son. With 161 mares served in New Zealand and 90 in Australia for a total of 251, this son of Angus Hall looks set to dominate the trotting scene in the immediate future with such a massive numerical advantage over all his competition. Harnesslink media  

Outstanding Queensland six year old Famous Forever/Making Gold mare Forever Gold was a brilliant winner of the $25,275 Harness Breeders (Vic) Make Mine Cullen – the first leg of the huge Triple Crown Series for Mares M0 or better held over a three week period at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday, thanks to a brilliant drive by Kylie Rasmussen. Trained by Darren Weeks at Toorbul, Forever Gold starting from gate three on the second line was set alight almost immediately the start was effected in the 1720 metre feature to circle the field and park outside the pacemaker Beauty Secret (gate two) which had crossed the polemarker Baby Bling. Relaxing beautifully in the run, Forever Gold cruised up to Beauty Secret on straightening and quickly put a gap on her rivals. In quarters of 29.4, 29.4, 28.8 and 27.7 for the last 1609 metres after a lead time of 6.9 seconds, Forever Gold scored by 2.6 metres in advance of a very much in-form Gumdrops from five back the markers in a rate of 1-54.3, with Baby Bling using the sprint lane for third ahead of a disappointing Beauty Secret. Darren Weeks was thrilled with the performance in registering his first Victorian winner, while Kylie Rasmussen commented that “she was always confident throughout the race, especially on the final bend”. It was also Kylie’s first success in Victoria. On a super night of racing loaded with highlight’s, Victoria’s favourite pacer eleven year old marvel Smoken Up (Tinted Cloud/Carnlough Bay) chalked up his 73rd victory at start number 147 to win the Bold David Free For All over 1720 metres with trainer/driver Lance Justice in the sulky. Sent forward from outside the front line to assume control from Five Star Anvil (gate six), Smoken Up enjoyed an easy passage all through the race and although looking to be in trouble on straightening when both Five Star Anvil which surprisingly moved away from the inside and Chilli Palmer (three wide after a one/one passage from gate four) issued strong challenges, Smoken Up rallied as he usually does to record a fighting half neck victory from Chilli Palmer in a rate of 1-58.3 (last half 55.4 – quarter 26.9), with Five Star Anvil a neck back in third place. Quality four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Botswana entire Lennytheshark now with David Aiken at Avenel, resumed off an eleven month lay-off with an awesome display to land the second heat of the choicehotels.com.au Rising Stars Pace for M0 & M1 class over 2240 metres. Driven by Chris Alford, Lennytheshark raced by Kevin Risely and son Martin, led throught to score by 22.1 metres in a rate of 1-56.5 (last half 55.8 – quarter 28.1) from Sapphire Swayze which faced the breeze from the bell and Astronaut. The first heat saw Melton trainer/driver Alison Chisholm’s six year old Grinfromeartoear/New York On Sunday gelding Asoka outstay his rivals after racing parked from gate six to defeat the long odds-on favourite Flaming Flutter which led from gate two, with the ever reliable Weallwantano third after racing wide in the final circuit. The mile rate 1-57.1.   Bacchus Marsh reinswoman Amy Tubbs experienced a night of “ups and downs”. After guiding Brunelleschi to a brilliant victory in the 2nd Heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trotting Series for TM0 & TM1 class over 2240 metres, she “hit the deck” when tipped from the sulky of Blazeaway Macray in the Make Mine Cullen. Fortunately Amy suffered no injuries. The 1st Heat of the Trotting Series was taken out by seven year old Conch Deville/Smilin Eyes gelding Monsieur Deville for Shepparton’s Geoff (Marto) Martin. The $30,505 Final will be held next Friday By Len Baker (Harness Racing Victoria)

Even now as trainer Linda Toscano thinks about 5-year-old trotter Market Share's path to stardom, she shakes her head in disbelief. "Timmy and I were talking about it the other day," Toscano said, referring to Market Share's regular driver, Tim Tetrick. "Never, never in a million years did we dream that this horse could be this kind of horse. He's just one of those horses that enjoys his work and tries real hard. It's surprising, but that's good." Market Share, a two-time Dan Patch Award-winning division champion, is expected to be among the numerous big names heading to the Meadowlands on Saturday morning for qualifiers. Also in that group should be Jimmy Takter trotting standouts Father Patrick, Nuncio, and Shake It Cerry. As a 2-year-old Market Share won all five of his starts at half-mile-oval Freehold Raceway, but Toscano and principal owner Richard Gutnick were uncertain if he could excel at the big tracks, such as the Meadowlands. All Market Share did at age 3 was win the $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk en route to earnings of $2 million. He was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. Last season, his wins included the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot, TVG Free For All Series Championship and American-National Stakes. He led all older trotters with $1.07 million in purses and received the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. "It's a treat to be able to bring one back like that as a 5-year-old," Toscano said. "Fortunately his owner likes to race. Hopefully he'll come back as good as he was. "By bringing back the older horses, people recognize the names and the horses become the stars again. I think that's what is missing in our industry. I think it's a real good thing." Gutnick, who was harness racing's Owner of the Year in 2012 when he also campaigned Horse of the Year Chapter Seven, shares ownership of Market Share with TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. * * * Jimmy Takter expects to bring more than a dozen horses to Saturday's qualifiers at the Meadowlands, among them some of the biggest names in harness racing: Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry, Nuncio, and Lifetime Pursuit. Father Patrick was last season's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter and Shake It Cerry was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter. Nuncio, who last year raced for trainer Jim Oscarsson but joined the Takter Stable during the winter after Oscarsson returned to his native Sweden, was a stakes winner and four-time runner-up to Father Patrick. Lifetime Pursuit also was a stakes winner. In the Hoof Beats predictive rankings for 3-year-old trotters, based on projected earnings this season, Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry and Nuncio all rated in the top four. Lifetime Pursuit was No. 12. "All of them are coming back awesome," Takter said. "It should be interesting." Another of Takter's standouts, 5-year-old trotter Uncle Peter, debuts Friday night at the Meadowlands. Uncle Peter earned $519,232 last year - second to only Market Share among older trotters - and trotted the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, 1:50.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. * * * Market Share and Uncle Peter have both been mentioned as possible invitees for the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden, but trainers Toscano and Takter are taking wait-and-see approaches when it comes to deciding whether they would send the horses. Travel logistics are a concern, as well as wanting to see how the horses race this season. If he goes out Friday and shows me something, I might go to Denmark first and race him two weeks earlier in the Copenhagen Cup," Takter said about Uncle Peter. "We'll see. He's the world record holder on the five-eighths track. He's a good horse." The Copenhagen Cup, traditionally held the second weekend in June, is May 11 this year. The Elitlopp is May 25. * * * Five-year-old male pacer Bolt The Duer qualified for the second time this year on Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, winning in 1:54.1. Regular driver Mark MacDonald was at the lines for trainer Pete Foley. Afterward, MacDonald tweeted, "Bolt The Duer sharp again today; one more fast qualifier next week then the first leg of TVG (Series) at the Meadowlands. Came back great." (You can follow MacDonald at @MarkMacRacing.) Bolt The Duer, who has set multiple world records during his career, has won 19 of 47 lifetime races and $1.72 million for owner All Star Racing. * * * After a year in which he dominated in Pennsylvania, 3-year-old male pacer Allstar Partner is taking his game on the road. The John Butenschoen trainee makes his 2014 debut as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $49,015 Reynolds Memorial at the Meadowlands. Allstar Partner won last season's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers on his way to earning $282,454 for owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. He was victorious in seven of 10 races, including divisions of the Historic-Goshen Cup and Arden Downs, while making all of his starts in Pennsylvania. A son of stallion Four Starzzz Shark out of the mare Faithful Ideal, the horse was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. "I'm happy with him," Butenschoen said. "He had a very uneventful winter. He grew up like you would hope; he's a bigger, stronger version of himself." Allstar Partner, who was driven most often by Corey Callahan, had a six-race win streak stopped by a third-place finish in a division of the Keystone Classic to end 2013. "We scoped him and he had bled, so we've put him on Lasix," Butenschoen said. "That's the only difference this year compared to last year. "We've paid him into quite a few (stakes races) this year. If he's good enough, he'll get a shot. Some of the horses he beat (in Pennsylvania) last year did well in open company." The stakes races to which Allstar Partner is eligible include the Meadowlands Pace, American-National Stakes, Carl Milstein Memorial, Circle City, Matron Stakes, and Monument Circle, plus events in Pennsylvania. Here is the field for Saturday's Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers: 1. Frankandjoanne, 2. Stratos Hanover, 3. Best Said, 4. The Lunch Pail, 5. Air Force Grad, 6. Card Shock, 7. Parnu Hanover, 8. Allstar Partner, 9. Always B Miki. * * * Driver David Miller entered Friday needing 13 wins to reach 11,000 for his career. He ranks No. 8 for most victories in North American harness racing history. Stephane Bouchard entered Friday needing three wins to reach 8,000. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Grand Circuit racing makes its 2014 debut at The Meadowlands with Saturday night's $49,000 W. N. Reynolds Memorial stake for sophomore pacing colts. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship winner Allstar Partner makes his seasonal bow in the race for trainer John Butenschoen and owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. The son of Four Starzzz Shark gelding won seven of ten and over $280,000 in his freshman campaign, primarily in PASS competition and took his 1:51.4 mark at The Meadows. Corey Callahan was aboard for the PA Championship win at Harrah's Philly and made Allstar Partner his choice of four he was listed to drive in the field on Saturday. That left the drive on Always B Miki open for the meet's leading driver Yannick Gingras to pick up for trainer Joe Holloway. Always B Miki was a presence in the Indiana program last season and looked formidable in his first foray as a soph roaring home in 26 seconds flat on the end of a 1:51 mile here but a fortnight ago. He races for the interests of the Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. Callahan will also take part in the $30,000 Final of the "Legends vs Phenoms" drivers' competition. Covering a six week period beginning on March 22, the competition offered a $2,000 top prize to the top point earner for both the "Legends" and "Phenoms" in each of the five legs. The format resulted in a cash bonanza for Meadowlands newcomer Scott Zeron who swept all five preliminary legs on the "Phenom" side and collected a cool $10,000 for his efforts. Saturday's competition includes the aforementioned drivers along with Joe Bongiorno, John Campbell, Vincent Ginsburg, Jimmy Marohn, Jr, Dave Miller, Jim Morrill, Jr, Steve Smith and Mike Wilder. The contest covers five races and offers a top prize of $15,000 to the driver amassing the highest point total with $5,000 to the second place finisher and $3,000 for the show with the other drivers awarded $1,000 for their participation in the event. The Meadowlands races live on Friday and Saturday evening with first post set for 7:15pm. Other pertinent information is available by visiting the track's website. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

R Caan (Four Starzzz Shark) became the seventh different harness race horse to win the Open Pace in seven installments of the regular Saturday feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Heavily backed by the betting public into favorite status, R Caan marched out to an easy lead in the early going and never had an anxious moment en route to his first local Open score. Billy Dobson piloted the five-year-old Rene Allard trainee to his third win in seven seasonal tries. The victory in the $18,190 Saturday Open came in 1:53.1. Village Jackson (Jim Devaux) hit the board for the third atraight time in the local feature as the runner up while Cashendash Hanover (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. The four time defending leading driver at the Spa, Dobson piloted three winners on the Saturday card. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

THE 160 kilometre trip from Grenfell to Bathurst is one that harness racing trainer Mark Hewitt has made more times that he could count,  and he finally got a reward for being a supporter of Bathurst Harness Racing Club meetings – a very big reward. Hewitt was the man who sat in the gig behind Makes Every Scents as she held on to win the Gold Tiara Final for two-year-old fillies, a feature race that held Group 1 status and a $50,000 winners’ purse. The trainer had arrived for the 28th edition of the Gold Crown Carnival hopeful of making the final and while Make Every Scents was impressive in winning her heat, others such as Team McCarthy’s Bamako Mali and Paul Fitzpatrick’s Sally Fletcher were more highly fancied to claim the overall spoils. But Bamako Mali was scratched and the Fitzpatrick’s hope had to contend with a tricky barrier six draw as he chased his third Gold Tiara win. Hewitt, who also had My Blackeyed Susan qualify for the final, started to look a better prospect. Sally Fletcher still held $2.50 favouritism, but Make Every Scents started as the $3.70 second elect as Hewitt contested the Gold Tiara Final for just the second time in his career. Whereas Hewitt’s first attempt came up short – Burning Stature nudged out by a nose by Armida in 2007 – this time the Western Districts trainer-driver got the nod. It was also long-time owner John Gibson’s first Gold Tiara success. “I’d like to thank the Gibson family for their support and sending me horses the calibre of Makes Every Scents, it makes it a lot easier to train when they have got that breeding behind them,” Hewitt said. “The Gibsons have shown the foresight to buy Scent herself and breed this filly and I am lucky they kept this one. “To hold and promote this meeting is wonderful. The Gold Crown has been a marvellous idea and they’ve done wonders with it. We all strive to win it, we start when we get them as a yearling and we have one thing in mind and that is to have a win here tonight on Gold Crown night. I was lucky enough to have two in it and to win with one is even better.” Though Hewitt certainly had luck in the 1,730 metre final, much of the win was also due to a smart drive. He took up position outside early leader Karalta Impulse, while behind him Gotta Glow galloped and checked Ashlee Siejka’s Bathurst hopeful Ameretto as well as inconveniencing Sally Fletcher. It saw the favourite lose ground on the leading pack while Make Every Scents looked comfortable sitting just off the pace as Karalta Impulse led them through a 60.4 seconds first half. Hewitt made his move with 300m to run and was able to pull away to a three lengths advantage over nearest rival Mustang Jet on the bend. While Make Every Scents tired a little and the favourite made a late charge, it was to be Hewitt’s night as his filly held on to win by 21⁄4m. Second was Young trainer-driver Glenn Wilmot aboard Mustang Jet ($44.90) with Sally Fletcher running a big race to place third. The win made it three in a row for Hewitt’s Four Starzzz Shark x Scent filly and win number three is one he will remember for a long time to come. Harness Racing New South Wales Makes Every Scents

The first Australian crop of Cam’s Card Shark harness racing stallion Million Dollar Cam have been making quite a big impression in Australia of late and that was highlighted by the two Bathurst Gold Tiara heat winners that the former Little Brown Jug winner sired yesterday. The first of those two winners was the Gareth Rattray trained Karalta Impulse, who made it two wins from four starts when leading all of the way to win the second heat of the series, while Amaretto (Ashlee Siejka) remained unbeaten when winning the sixth heat in emphatic style. Interestingly, both of Million Dollar Cam’s Tiara Gold heat winners are out of mares from the Direct Scooter line. The other Bathurst Tiara Gold heat winners were: Makes Every Scents (Four Starzzz Shark), Looks Look Heaven (Lombo Mandingo), Sally Fletcher (American Ideal), and Bamako Mali (Art Major). Million Dollar Cam, who took a record of 1:50.2 at 3 years and won almost $970,000 in stakes, has a foal crop of only 60 and already 14 have started and three have won and a further six have been placed. With 14 starters from 60 foals, Million Dollar Cam is off to a sensational start, being the leading NSW first-season percentage sire in that category, while he ranks second on a winners-to-foals percentage basis, according to the Harness Racing Australia computer on March 17. In North America, Million Dollar Cam’s stock has earned more than $20-million to date and he has sired seven in the 1:50 list. Million Dollar Cam stands at Yirribee Stud in Wagga. By Mitchell Robertson Makes Every Scents Karalta Impulse   Looks Like Heaven Sally Fletcher Bamako Mali Armaretto

 The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am on Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale comprises 186 lots by 50 different sires including Australia’s champion sire Art Major, leading juvenile sire Courage Under Fire, former USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and premier North American sire Rocknroll Hanover, along with leading first-crop stallions Sportswriter, Shadow Play, Always A Virgin, Changeover and Million Dollar Cam. Other well known stallions include American Ideal, Grinfromeartoear, McArdle, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Artistic Fella, Modern Art, Village Jasper, Tinted Cloud and Aces N Sevens. The catalogue includes yearlings out of Group winners including the Edgar Tatlow winners Katasopos and Lady Titian Lombo, the WA Oaks winner Onassis Legacy and Modern Day (QSBA Breeders Classic). Other Group heat or metropolitan winners include Jillette, Unspoiled, Ezy Lady, Ambre Solaire, Lite Energy, Nietta Lombo, Spirit Of Tara, Madusa Cam, Lombo Silhouette, Lockton Loaded, Love Nest, Touch Of Jerry and Dana Bromac. The majority of the yearlings are eligible for the $1.17-million NSW Breeders Challenge Race series for two, three and four-year-olds of both sexes. They are also eligible for rich futurity series such as the Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton for Bathurst Gold Crown Sale

After joint consultation Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms and majority owner Jeff Snyder have decided to retire Cam's Card Shark from active stallion duty at Hanover. "The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled" Simpson said. "He has now reached the stage in life where it is both difficult and dangerous for him and those around him to mount the phantom mare or even to be collected using a live mare". Cam's Card Shark is a foal of 1991. As a two year old he was lightly campaigned under the guidance of trainer Micky McGivern. His wins at two included the Lou Babic Memorial and two New Jersey Sires Stakes. At 3, he was transferred to the Bill Robinson Stable. He was voted "Horse of the Year 1994". In addition he garnered both O'Brien and Nova awards for Horse of the Year. His wins at three include the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace, The North America Cup,  the Art Rooney Memorial, the Adios, the Messenger, the New Jersey Classic and the Miller Memorial. He was syndicated at the end of 1994 and retired with two and three year old earnings of $2,498,204.. He entered the stallion ranks at Hanover's New Jersey Farm in 1995. His stallion accomplishments are many and varied He has sired ten millionaires including five who have earned in excess of two million dollars. He is credited with three Little Brown Jug winners and two winners of The Meadowlands Pace.His most renowned performers have been Shark Gesture, Bettors Delight, Four Starzzz Shark, Royalflush Hanover, Holborn Hanover, Roll With Joe, Village Jolt and Million Dollar Cam. Of special note is that his son Bettors Delight is the fifth great stallion from a paternal line that follows from Meadow Skipper, through Most Happy Fella, to Cam Fella, to Cams Card Shark and now Bettors Delight. This is a feat unprecedented in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeding. Its quite possible that the line will be extended through his grandson Betterthancheddar. Snyder said that Cams Card Shark will live out his remaining days "which I hope will be many" at Hanover Shoe Farms. From Hanover Shoe Farms        

DOVER, Del.---- While drivers Corey Callahan and Vic Kirby dominated most of the action winning 10 races between them; Raritan Bay chalked up a 1:52.3 victory in the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Vic Kirby had his biggest day of the meet driving his five winners, Corey Callahan, who leads all drivers in the sport in 2014, also had a five-bagger. After an early speed duel between race favorite Lord Terror (Vic Kirby) and Rojette's Best (Tyler Raymer) which continued until the stretch, Bret Brittingham drove Raritan Bay down the lane to overtake Lord Terror with 22-1 Adams Hanover (Ross Wolfenden) coming on to finish a close-up third. Raritan Bay, now two for four this year, is a family win for the Brittinghams. Son, Bret, co-owned and drove Raritan Bay owned by his mother, Elizabeth, and trained by his dad, Don Brittingham. In a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claimer, Montrell Teague piloted Here Is The Future to victory in 1:53.4. The Four Starzzz Shark-Future Destiny gelding owned by George Teague and K&R Racing, bested Seerightthruhim (Frank Milby) and Cactus Billy (Allan Davis), second and third respectively. Kirby steered both winners of the two $15,000 Male Claiming Allowances sub-features. In one, Ise The By Boy came from off-the-pace in a 1:54.1 triumph. Eric Ell trains the Mach Three-Prince Lee Fiesta gelding for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Lieutenant Steve (Trace Tetrick) closed fast to finish second. Eyes Only For You (Corey Callahan) was third. The other $15,000 claimer was won by Kirby driving owner-trainer Leigh Raymer's Doubletrouble, a Richess Hanover-Fox Valley Monka gelding, home in 1:54 overtaking Roman Conqueror N (Callahan) and front-pacing Four Starz Louie (George Dennis), the leader until the last steps. While Kirby won both sub-feature paces in his five winner performance, Callahan drove both ends of the daily double among his five wins. Nick Callahan had a training double. Traverse Seelster heads Dover Wednesday feature Traverse Seelster, a winner of two $20,000 Open Handicap trots in January, returns to the week’s top trot in the Lincoln’s birthday feature on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Handicapped with starting from the outside in a field of six, Traverse Seelster, with the sports leading driver Corey Callahan, is the official program favorite. The Josh Green trainee takes on Barbara Boese’s sharp Awsome Valley, and driver Tony Morgan, who already has won three-times this meet and Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta Enrico AS, a strong second last Wednesday for Allan Davis. David Miller’s Cash On Delivery makes only his second start of the New Year with driver and Vince Copeland while $1.3-million winner Green Day, appears back in form, with Vic Kirby driving for owner Mary Raymer. Trace Tetrick drives Dawn Gannon, Yannick Gingras and Dom Costanzo’s Jersey Boy from the rail. in one of two $15,000 Winners-Over trots. Tim Tetrick will drive Powerful Charger that he owns with Jim King. Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras’ $1-million winning Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce),Walt Callam’s steady Spunky Jack (Roger Plante), Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum (Daryl Bier). Two winners last time out step up in company, Mike Mammes’ Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) and Crawford Partners’ Flyhawk Jester (Vic Kirby). by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

1 to 16 of 253
1 2 3 4 5 Next »