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Columbus, OH --- The United States Trotting Association (USTA) is seeking a full time employee with in-depth knowledge of harness racing to collect and distribute data for the position of Information and Research Associate.    This position, located at the main office in Columbus, Ohio, requires the ability to collect, analyze and disseminate data pertaining to racing and breeding applications.  Data outlets include, but are not limited to, sales catalogs, stallion directories and other periodicals.  The person filling this position will also work with foreign racing jurisdictions to collect and record data.  Additionally, the position involves assisting USTA customers with their Pathway and Online Services accounts.  An undergraduate or associate degree is required as well as experience with computer programs Word, Excel and database software.  Applications for this position close on February 28.  More information on working for the USTA, the full job description and information on how to apply for this position can be found here http://www.ustrotting.com/employment.cfm From the USTA Communications Department

Dave Boughton went to the front with Keystone Orion in Wednesday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 at Flamboro Downs, and the tandem didn’t look back en route to a 1:58.2 score in this week’s trotting feature. Keystone Orion shot to the top from Post 1 and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:28.4. The five-year-old son of Angus Hall-Ozone Hanover then used a :29.3 closing quarter to seal the deal. He won by a length over Long Ago in 1:58.2, with Amigo Loco rounding out the top three in the eight-horse affair. Don Lindsey of Fergus, Ontario owns and trains the OSS graduate, who won for the first time this season and the tenth time in his career. The lion’s share of the purse bumped the square gaiter’s career bankroll to $291,770. The undercard also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 events – one for pacing fillies and mares and another one for trotters. Perfectly Royal turned a two-hole trip into a 1:57.3 tally in the $7,000 Preferred 3 tilt for pacing fillies and mares. J.R. Plante tripped her out behind Macho Chick, who threw down panels of :28, :58 and 1:27.3. Perfectly Royal used a :29.4 final frame to rally to the head decision over Farmers Tuition, with Macho Chick finishing a lapped-on third. Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, Perfectly Royal won for the first time this season for trainer Joe Pereira. The 23-time winner, who is owned by 6824871 Canada Inc of Gatineau, Quebec, pushed her lifetime earnings over $150,000 in the process. Heres The Magic front-stepped to a 1:59.4 score for driver Alfie Carroll in the Preferred 3 for trotters. The Victor Puddy pupil led the field through intervals of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29.3 before using a :30.1 kicker to win by three-quarters of a length over Osprey Vision, with Fiery Manes taking home the show dough. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario owns the five-year-old son of Kadabra-Blackberry Hanover, who returned $8.30 to his backers. It was second win of the season in five tries for the career winner of $280,066. To view results for Wednesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Wednesday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

The betting public leaned heavily on Lady Latte in Tuesday’s $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 class at the Raceway, and the veteran distaffer didn’t disappoint her legion of pari-mutuel supporters. In rein to Jonathan Drury, Lady Latte shot to immediate command from Post 1 and cruised through panels of :29.2, :59.1 and 1:27.4 before using a :29.3 kicker to win by 2-3/4 lengths over pocket-riding Andro Madi in 1:57.2. Ostinato, who pulled off a 23-1 shocker one week earlier, rallied off cover to finish third. Gord McDonnell trains the eight-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended-Miss Jeki for Craig Turner and Mhairi Kersel of Ingersoll, Ontario. It was the mare’s second win of the season from four trips to the track, and it increased her lifetime win total to 33. The OSS graduate has now banked $428,085. Drury also mapped out the winning trip for Black Magic Eyes in the $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3. Just as he did one race earlier with Lady Latte, Drury rolled Black Magic Eyes to the top and she didn’t look back through splits of :29, :59.3 and 1:29.1. Her :30.2 closing quarter was good enough to earn her the 1:59.3 decision by 1-1/2 lengths over St Lads Zena, while 4-5 favourite Mamasaidso was third. Richard Moreau, who sent out a pair of winners on the 12-race card, trains the six-year-old daughter of Village Jolt-Western Concert for Gaston Bibeau, Eric Bibeau and Sylvain Descheneaux of Quebec. It was the mare’s first win of the season and the lion’s share of the purse boosted her overall bankroll to $116,000. To view results for Tuesday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Dr. Frank Reilly, dmv,  has worked on Standardbreds in harness racing for over 25 years. He has worked at Pompano Park, Brandywine Raceway, and various training centers.  He graduated with three degrees from the University of Illinois. For the past twenty years he has been the Senior Doctor for Equine Medicine and Surgery in West Chester, Pennsylvania. During his tenure Dr. Reilly has worked with and helped numerous world champion performers, including the world champion trotter, Enough Talk, who in 2008 became the first trotter in harness racing history to break the 1:50 barrier at a mile. Over the year Dr. Reilly has seen problems with muscle soreness and tying up that are common problems in Standardbreds and that it can be helped with a high dose of Vitamin E.  In addition, he knew that high dose Vitamin E is shown to increase the immunity to dramatically cut down on respiratory infections which are the #1 cause of decreased performance and a big economic drain to owners. Thus came the development of Health-E, as the strongest Vitamin E supplement in the USA. “Horses do not make Vitamin E in their bodies, so they need daily supplementation,”  said Dr. Reilly.  “At 16,000+ IU/oz., only 1 tablespoon of Health-E provides 5800 IU/day for maximum health. You can go to our website at equinemedsurg.com and directly compare Health-E to other Vitamin E products.  We are four times stronger and the best economic choice. “We are the only one tested to show it raises Vitamin E blood levels in horses,” Dr. Reilly explained.  “We have the world record for the highest Vitamin E blood level ever recorded at New Bolton Center’s Veterinary Lab. “Health-E has no fillers, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, Dr. Reilly said. It is the only Vitamin E certified safe for IR, Cushings and PSSM/EPSM horses due to low sugar, starch and fructans. Horses even love the taste. It is great for horses on dirt lots, that are not turned out or have little grass pasture.  It helps neurological horses (epm, edm, motor neuron), muscle sore, tie ups, PSSM/EPSM, liver problems, eye disorders, skin damage and it contains no selenium.” On top of it all, Dr. Reilly oversees the production of every container of Health-E. The cost is $65.95 per 1.32 pound container. This product is also available in Canada directly from Gourmet Animal, Inc., Website: gourmet-animal.com, By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com     

The $147,200 New Zealand 3yo Sire Stakes Fillies Championship Final (Group 1) was conducted at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve, and it was an APG Sales Graduate, Willow, who burst clear of her rivals midway down the home straight, drawing away to win by three and a quarter lengths. Willow, a $47,500 purchase from the 2012 APG Melbourne Sales, stopped the clock in 2:39.1, rating 1:56.3 for the 2200m and taking a full two seconds off the previous race record for the 2200m trip that had been held by Carabella. Owned by the Feiss family of Victoria, and trained by the all-conquering Mark Purdon / Natalie Rasmussen combination, Willow is now a perfect four wins from four starts, with earnings in excess of $100,000. While the immediate racing future of Willow is still to be mapped out, the Bettors Delight daughter of Listen To The Rhythm is almost certain to head to Victoria at some stage later in the season as she chases more Group One glory. The great news for yearling buyers is that they will have the opportunity to purchase a Four Starzzz Shark half-sister to Willow at the 2014 APG Melbourne Sale on Sunday, 2 February. Copies of the 2014 APG Yearling Sales catalogue can be ordered by clicking here, or can be viewed online by clicking here. Photos and links to vendor websites are already beginning to appear online, with more photos and web links being added on a regular basis. Submitted by APG Yearling Sales at http://www.apgold.com.au/apgold/

Nine trotters faced the starting gate in Monday’s featured Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and Amigo Loco was a wire-to-wire winner in the $10,500 tilt. Rob Sparling, Jr. hustled Amigo Loco to the lead from Post 1 and the six-year-old son of Amigo Hall-Fathers Daughters chopped out panels of :30.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.1 en route to a three-length score in 2:00.4. Thundering Ovation tagged along in the two-hole and finished second, while Long Ago rallied from just off the lead to be third. Andy Hardy trains the gelding for owner Tim Varney of London, Ontario, and together they’ve watched the OSS graduate stash away more than $143,000 in career earnings. The victory was his ninth of the season and the 15th of his career. Sparling also guided Rubber Belly to a winning effort in the $6,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3. The four-year-old daughter of L H Stryker-Rubber Head powered off cover in the backstretch and motored to an impressive winin 1:58.2. It was 1-1/4 lengths back to runner-up Cards That Count, with Royal Cover Up nabbing the show dough. Trainer Randy Parish co-owns the mare, who was sent off at odds of 11-1, with James Parish of Elmwood and Brent Parish of Chesley, Ontario. The 12-time winner now boasts an 8-9-1 record from 38 trips to the track this season. She’s stashed away more than $57,000 to date. A set of $6,500 Preferred 3 events were also contested on Monday’s card, with Monster In Law and Zorgwijk Nova taking home top honours in their respective assignments. Monster In Law extended his winning streak to two-in-a-row for trainer Don Beatson thanks to his 1:56.3 tally. Trevor Henry took over the lead with the gelding shortly past the quarter pole and he never looked back en route to the comfortable triumph over Western Captive and Lawmen Reign. Don Beatson, Ken Beatson along with Sandra & Ralph Pitt share ownership on the 33-time winner, who upped his lifetime earnings to $412,976 with the win. Zorgwijk Nova capitalized on some class relief in her trotting affair for the tandem of driver James MacDonald and trainer Ronnie MacLean. MacDonald hustled the three-year-old daughter of Armbro Ricochet-Zorgwijk Amarillis to the lead from Post 7 and she successfully chopped out splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:29.2 en route to the three-length decision in 1:59.4. Thunderaway was next best, with Jetcrest taking home the show dough. Sent off as the 3-2 favourite, Zorgwijk Nova improved this year’s record to 5-for-19 for MacLean and partners Zorgwijk Stables Ltd, Happy Trails Stables and Murray Neilson. Her share of the loot lifted her lifetime cashstash to $176,949. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca. 

DAYTON, OHIO - In a joint announcement, both Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC and Hollywood Casino At Dayton Raceway--the two brand new tracks currently under construction in southeast Ohio--have named veteran racing official Gregg Keidel as their new Race Secretary.    Miami Valley will kick off the 2014 season with Opening Night slated for Friday, February 7, the first of 66 nights through Saturday, May 3.   Dayton Raceway will open on Friday, October 3 and race through Saturday, December 27 for a total of 56 programs.    In conjunction with Scioto Downs, which races May through September, the three tracks comprise a year-round racing circuit in central and southern Ohio with attractive slots-infused purses and ample racing opportunity.  Miami Valley's first-ever meet will feature five-nights-a-week racing from Wednesdays through Sundays in February and March.  A sixth night (Tuesdays) will be added during the final few weeks of the meet in April.  The opening purse structure presently contemplated features a minimum $3500 purse with top weekly events offering up to $12,500 pots.    Keidel served for 23 years as the Director of Racing at Northfield Park before accepting the same position at the brand new Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota in 2008, a job he will be able to retain. "I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to my native Ohio and be part of the exciting resurgence of racing in the Buckeye state," Keidel exclaimed.  "The fact that the Running Aces dates fall right between the dates of the two new Ohio tracks was an exceptional bonus!"   Among Keidel's accomplishments are the introduction of marquee events like the Battle of Lake Erie, Cleveland Classic, Courageous Lady, Night of Champions and Scarlet and Gray Stakes.  He also was the first to propose the creation of Ohio Super Night.  A past president of American Harness Racing Secretaries, Inc., Gregg attended his 28th consecutive annual stakes scheduling meetings of that association last week.  A former trainer and driver, Keidel was named national Amateur Driver of the Year in 1999 by the United States Harness Writers Association.    Before entering the harness racing industry, Keidel graduated from Ohio University in 1970 with a degree in journalism; then founded a successful publishing business which grew from one to six weekly community newspapers before being sold in 1980.    "I can't wait to get back to Ohio and get started on the challenge of insuring a smooth opening to this new era of racing at Miami Valley and Dayton Raceways," Keidel said.  "Racing five nights a week in the winter months will obviously require lots of horses.  There will be a preference system in place to assure Ohio-owned horses, Ohio trainers and Ohio-sired horses a weekly start, but there should also be ample opportunity for other reputable stables to come and compete regularly."    Condition sheets will be available on the USTA website at least one month prior to Opening Night.  They will feature a full range of races for condition horses, claiming horses and green horses.  Late closing events will be introduced for the months of March and April, including upgraded James Hackett Memorial events for Ohio-sired three year old pacing colts and fillies.  Miami Valley will host the first legs of the lucrative Ohio Sires Stakes program for 2014 when the state's best three year old pacers and trotters compete May 2 and 3.    Keidel will begin his duties December 26, but will likely be working from a temporary office while the new 156-stall Paddock/Racing Administration building is being completed.  In the interim, interested parties with questions about the racing program at Miami Valley are encouraged to contact Keidel via email at: greggkeidel@yahoo.com.  

Westfield, IN- Martin Scharf will present the 7th annual Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships, named in honor of his great pacer, to Kayla Prentice and Michelle Galligan during the Saturday evening, January 4 race card at the newly built Meadowlands Racetrack. Prentice earned a $15,000 award while Galligan received a $5,000 college stipend. Scharf's Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship educational grants have now exceeded $135,000. For additional information on the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship and other Harness Horse Youth Foundation scholarships, go to www.hhyf.org. Prentice attends Syracuse University, where she studies health and exercise science. She is the daughter Jessica and Howard Okusko Jr. Kayla is an Honors Graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, where she captained the track and cross-country squads. Kayla has a wide-ranging record of community service including work on Relay For Life and volunteering with the K9 of Central New York Rescue. She also has experience working with Standardbreds, often paddocking horses in the family's stable. Galligan is studying equine science at New Jersey's Centenary College. Michelle also has experience riding and she has shadowed equine vets on their rounds and through surgeries. She graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma from Pt. Jervis High School in June and spent her senior year taking several college level courses. She has spent part of the last four years working with the Ford Stable, and through that relationship actually worked hands-on with the great pacer in whose honor the scholarship is named. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this release, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 Submitted by Harness Horse Youth Foundation  

Queenslander Shane Sanderson has added another string to his bow. Sanderson, who several years ago was the recipient of the Queensland Harness Racing Board's Chairman's Scholarship, has since gone on to a fine training career. 'Chief,' as he is known from his rugby league-playing days, prepared My Jellignite for a recent Albion Park win from the back row in the best time of the night, returning as 1:53.8 rate performance - faster even than Vegas Bound in the free-for-all. Sanderson in recent months has been dividing his attentions between his racing squad and a team of young pacers he has prepared for next month's 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. Sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, the trials and subsequent sale of 50 youngsters will be held from 8.30am on Sunday, December 8, with a complimentary breakfast from 7.30am. Sanderson is the only Queensland-based preparer in the catalogue, and proudly points to his draft. "The highlight of my draft is a Real Desire half-brother to three winners of a combined 55 races, and more than $400,000, including Spiritual King (1:54.6) and Star Of Tara (3, 1:58.4)," Sanderson said. "There's a half-brother to Deejayangel, which went 1:58.4 at three, and there's a Shadow Play half-brother to the APG two-year-old heat winner, Jackatac. "I've brought all mine in for a month, then out for a month, then in for a month, so they're well-schooled, and I like an Always A Virgin half-brother to Maywyns Storm (3, 1:56) - he's been here before." The final cog in the five-strong Sanderson wheel is a Changeover colt from the young Safely Kept mare, Cyclone Dora, making him closely-related to Jazzam (1:53.6) and a number of other brilliant winners. Only sales graduates - and there are just 50 of them, so the odds are in your favour if you buy - are eligible to nominate for the rich late season two-year-old Group feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, over 2300 metres, at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, in late August 2014. As well as the sale, those on-course will be treated to an Industry Day of kindred bodies, a Garrards Horse & Hound Trade Display of equine-related goods and services companies, entertainment from local singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and two mini trot races. Pedigrees are available from www.nswhrc.com.au/triallingsale, while catalogues can be sourced from Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or via kausbred@bigpond.net.au  

Harnesslink announced today that Chris Tully, a well-known harness racing insider, has added the role of Social Media Director for Harnesslink.com to his growing list of duties.  Tully, a recent MBA graduate and marketing manager, is well-versed in all aspects of Standardbred harness racing, including sales, breeding, racing and industry promotion. Over the course of his 40 years of involvement in the sport, Tully has been an auction company executive, racetrack manager, amateur driving champion, trainer, owner, pedigree reader, yearling sales ring handler and sales agent. Harnesslink.com’s founder and CEO, John Curtin noted, “We are very excited to have someone as energetic and knowledgeable as Chris Tully to head-up our social media department. Social Media is one of the fastest growing components of our digital platform.  His diverse skill set and vast experience will give Harnesslink a trustworthy content source for our expanding Twitter, Facebook , YouTube and Instagram presence.” Tully began working with horses at his father, Hall of Famer Phil Tully’s breeding farm, Woodstock Stud in Bethel, NY, when he was just eight years old.  He started out painting fences, mowing and weed trimming, during his youth and over time worked his way into the barn, cleaning stalls, feeding broodmares, and ultimately grooming yearlings for the sales. Over his formative years, Chris rubbed horses for George Gilmour at Monticello Raceway and Hall of Famer Jim Doherty at the Meadowlands.  After attending Morrisville College, Tully then worked for his father’s successful auction sales company, Garden State Standardbred performing data entry. Eventually, his pre-internet-era innovations with pedigree production helped elevate him to the position of Sales Manager. He then tried his hand at amateur driving, and soon found himself in the winner’s circle for five legs and the final of the popular CKG Billings Harness Drivers Series that helped him earn the United States Harness Writers Association Amateur Driver of the Year honors in 1993. Currently, Tully is handling the marketing efforts for Winners Circle Blueberries, ensuring that the five million packages sold annually worldwide have a prominent picture of a champion racehorse and a QR code linking back to the firm’s webpage and harness racing industry sites.  In addition, he coordinates the various harness racing promotions that the Bill Augustine supports, such as race sponsorship, HHYF philanthropy, amateur driving, and race program advertising. Tully served for nine years as a director for District 8 (Upstate NY) for the United States Trotting Association, and was also the General Manager of Goshen Historic Track. Tully is currently the national first vice president of the United States Harness Writers Association, and has been the Monticello-Goshen Chapter’s president for the last decade.  In addition, Tully is a popular graphic artist and is responsible for the design and production of the Dan Patch Awards journal, as well as the Hall of Fame Souvenir journal and the Harness Racing Museum gift catalog. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Lindys Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday’s $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts. Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National Three-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park. Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal victory for trainer Frank Antonacci, who conditions the youngster for his family’s Lindy Racing stable of Enfield, CT. “That was my first American National win and very exciting,” said Antonacci. “We love racing in Chicago and I think it’s a great test for a horse to go to different venues, different sized racetracks and do well. It’s a good opportunity for us this late in the year.” A winner of $291,924 in his career, Lindys Tru Grit came out of his American National victory in fine shape, Antonacci acknowledged. “He seemed fine after the win,” Antonacci confirmed. “There’s only six days in between starts and he’s plenty fit, so all week we’ve just concentrated on keeping him happy and jogging.” Lindys Tru Grit made only one start at two, but did take a qualifying mark of 2, Q2:00.1 in Lexington in late fall with his trainer at the lines. “Last year he was always battling bad allergies,” Antonacci explained. “He had terrible skin allergies and then would get sick. He battled back and forth with this problem all year long and it was a real struggle to keep him healthy. When he was feeling okay, he would show quarters in :28, and those sparks of speed were enough for us to keep him over the winter and try him again this year as a three-year-old.” In the end, Antonacci used an aggressive treatment to “de-sensitize him to his allergies.” “Him getting better could just be a natural function of the aging process, too,” Antonacci admitted. “It’s hard to say. But it was really a troublesome issue to deal with.” With his allergy problem behind him now, this year Lindys Tru Grit has secured victories in the $121,737 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk; in the $75,000 Zweig at Vernon; and in a pair of Pennsylvania overnights—one at Pocono Downs and the other at Harrah’s Philadelphia — in addition to his Am-Nat triumph last week. “He’s great gaited, doesn’t wear (trotting) hobbles, and goes with a low head,” Antonacci said. “He’s got a little attitude — but just the kind that you like to see a horse have. He’s a very comfortable horse to be around and to have around in the barn.” Antonacci said he focused on getting Lindys Tru Grit confidence up early in the season, before sending him in against better horses. “For a horse like him that didn’t race at two, I look at the first half of this season like I would a horse’s freshman season,” he stated. “I let him run through the ranks at Pocono and let him progress there. It wasn’t until the third or fourth leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that we started to get serious with him and he started to get confidence under his belt. He was also just a touch below the top horses but now is really coming into himself. He’s pretty fresh, especially for this late in the season. Lindys Tru Grit has drawn post six for the Galt Stake, but Antonacci thinks his versatile sophomore will be able to handle the task over the twice-a-rounder. “He’s got plenty of gate speed or can race off the pace,” Antonacci stressed. “I think whatever David (driver Miller) wants to do with him, he‘ll be able to with him. He can win on the front, be first-over, or race from off the pace. If he’s good, he’ll do it anyway he can.” Antonacci, 30, has conditioned 307 winners to $7,233,078 in earnings, and driven 100 winners to $906,022. His family’s name is synonymous with the trotting gait, as they have owned some of harness racing’s finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including Speedy Crown, Lindys Pride and $5.5 million dollar earner Moni Maker, to name just a few. A Boston College graduate, Antonacci first stepped into the spotlight in 2008 with the world champion Crazed, who earned more than $1 million at age three and won a Hambletonian elimination and finished second in the final. His other noteworthy trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner The Lindy Reserve and world champion filly Highscore Kemp. His father “Sonny” Antonacci established Lindy’s Farm in 1965, and to date the Antonacci family has assembled one of the finest trotting broodmare bands in North America. by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park

The 2014 Gloucester Standardbred Western Australian Yearling Sale, scheduled to be held at the Belmont Park Sales Complex on February 23rd features a total of 112 lots. The 112 lots are made up of 59 colts and 53 fillies with each lot being eligible for the 2015 WA Sales Classics. Again there will be separate $100,000 finals for each sex so effectively prospective purchasers will have about a 50/1 chance of winning a $100,000 race. The Gloucester Standardbred Yearling Sale has a proven track record of selling quality winners with some 316 winners having been sold between the 2007 and 2012 sales with there being 77 of those winners each earning in excess of $50,000. Those 319 winners have earned a little more than $8 million to date and that figure will grow substantially in the next couple of years as the graduates of the 2012 Sale are current 3yos. Twenty-three of the 316 winners have already each earned in excess of $100,000 with seven of them reaching that amount as 2yos and four as 3yos. There have already been 15 individual winners come out of the 94 lots sold at the 2012 Sale. The 2013 Western Australian 2yo Colt/Gelding of the season Mister Jadore was a 2012 Gloucester Standardbred Sales Graduate as was the 2013 Group One Pearl Classic winner Swagga. There are half-brothers to both of these outstanding colts in the 2014 Gloucester Standardbred Yearling Sale. Shortly before the Sale there will be a function at which prospective vendors will have the opportunity to win one of four $1,000 vouchers to spend on a yearling purchase at the 2014 Sale. Catalogues for the 2014 sale will be on-line at www.gloucesterstandardbreds.com.au/ by the time this magazine is delivered and the hard copy of the catalogue will be available from January 1st. To make sure your name is on the mailing list for the catalogue contact Dot Parker at Gloucester Standardbreds by emailgloucesterstandardb@bigpond.com  or on  0416 280 392. Alan Parker

The sensational racing career of the 9-year-old pacer Foiled Again has produced so many rich moments, hues, and tones, it seems good to step back a bit and look at how this horse has achieved what he has in his remarkable racing career. As he prepares to contest in this Saturday’s American-National Pace at Balmoral Park, this is one person’s making sense of some of the stupendous achievements of Foiled Again. Should Foiled Again win this Saturday, it would be the sixth major stake that Foiled Again has won twice, matching with his 2011 Am-Nat FFA pace triumph. He had won two straight Indiana/Hoosier Park Pacing Derbies coming into last week, but was second to Pet Rock last Saturday. Foiled Again has also won the following events twice: the Kane (Batavia), the Levy (Yonkers), the Quillen (Harrington), the Molson (London), and the Battle Of Lake Erie (Northfield). And wondrously, he has raced in the last FIVE editions of the last four stakes named above! And yes, for you sharp-eyed, the five tests in the paragraph immediately above all are contested on half-mile tracks, and the lifetime starts leave little doubt that Foiled Again has rolled up a superior record on twice-arounds: HMT      78 starts              42 wins                20 seconds          8 thirds                 $2,555,317 FMT       65                          24                          17                          6                     $1,394,370 SMT       11                          4                            5                            4                     $   941,446 MT         41                          4                            8                            9                     $   824,735                (7                           3                            2                            1                    $   390,515                               at mile tracks outside New Jersey – more on that later.)    To put those stats in further perspective, one needs to look at Foiled Again’s record at the two tracks in the shadow of the Big Apple, Yonkers and Meadowlands. At Yonkers lifetime, Foiled Again has a 39-26-9-3 record for earnings of $1,297,275 (yes, a million-dollar bankroll just at one track!) He has won 2/3rds of his trips behind the gate at Empire City, and he has been in the money in 38 of his 39 starts – the only non-1-2-3 coming … in his last race there, May 25 in an Open, when he was third-over and then had cover three-wide, but couldn’t rally into the race. As noted, Foiled Again has taken part in the last 5 Levy Series, and here in his record in the elims and finals: 27 starts for 18-7-2, and $1,169,150 – just in the Levy Series alone! He won the Final in 2009 and 2010, and has been 3-2-2 in the last three finals. And it is worth noting that in the prelims, he is “only” 8-3-4-1 in March, but incredibly 14-13-1-0 in April prelims (a good addition to your harness trivia horse name list is “Jeremy’s Successor,” the only horse to defeat Foiled Again in 14 April Levy prelims). 18.3 miles away from Yonkers according to Google, but an ocean away in terms of performance for Foiled Again, is The Meadowlands (a mile track). North Jersey fans have seen Foiled Again 34 times live, but the fact is that they have only seen him win ONCE – in the Graduate on May 14, 2011, when he overcame first-over to win in 1:49.3, LQ 28.2. (That race broke a personal 21-race losing streak at Meadowlands for Foiled Again, but since then he has “established” a 12-race skein – which means that 33 out of 34 times he’s raced there, fans have torn up their win tickets on him.) All is not futility in a sentence with “Foiled Again” and “Meadowlands” both in it, though – he has earned $434,220 there, largely on the strength of six seconds and eight thirds. That $434,220 in earnings at The Meadowlands, by the way, ranks it sixth in the generosity to lifetime bankroll department for Foiled Again – a horse who has earned $100,000 at no fewer than 12 different tracks (the other six behind Meadowlands in order: London, Woodbine, Indiana Downs, Northfield, Tioga, and Lexington). Here are the top five, with lifetime record: Yonkers                39 starts              26 wins                9 seconds            3 thirds                 $1,297,275 Pocono                  9                            5                            1                            2                    $   695,886                ($537,500 of that this year in sweeping the Franklins and the Crowns) Mohawk              5                            2                            0                            3                       $   603,296                (his biggest single check, $397,435, came in a Canadian Pacing Derby here) Harrington (!)     9                            6                            3                            0                         $   590,000                (undefeated in 4 Quillen prelims, and 2-1-1-2-2 in his Quillen Finals) Harrah’s               46                          16                          12                          4                       $   459,660                (most starts, 2nd-most wins, home when he blossomed as a 4YO in 2008) One other thing to note in the Meadowlands / Foiled Again story: his known propensity to do better in the spring and fall, and his frequent sagging in midseason. Statistics certainly bear this out: January                4 starts                 2 wins                   1 second              0 thirds February              8                            2                            2                            0 March                  15                          3                            6                            1 April                      23                         14                          3                            1 May                      24                          9                            5                            5 June                      17                          4                            3                            1 July                       22                          3                            4                            7 August                  22                          4                            4                            8 September          17                          11                          4                            2 (100% on board) October               20                          10                          9                            1 (100% on board) November           18                          10                          5                            1 December             5                            2                           1                            0 Things to note from this table: first, to continue the Meadowlands theme, his only win there was in May, and in the sixth, seventh, and eighth month, with M(1)’s concentration of stakes racing, his record there is 15-0-4-6; and after unbelievably never missing the board in September and October careerwise, the two times where he wasn’t a show factor in November were on 11-30-08, where he had to two-move from the outside at Philly and missed a length in fourth, and … his previous start at Balmoral, in the 2012 American-National, where he had to again two-move from an outer slot and never could reach runaway leader (1:19 to the ¾) Foreclosure N. Oh, one other little thing that should be mentioned – with his second-place finish at Hoosier, Foiled Again pushed his lifetime bankroll to $5,705,968. Lord knows there has been enough international controversy about who’s #1 all-time, how to convert U.S. dollars to euros to whatnot, but I’ll jump in anyway: the USTA release proclaiming Ready Cash as the #1 world earner had his bankroll at $5,718,375 on September 7, and since then (on September 18) he won 25,000 euros ($32,703US using the 1-1-13 Euro/US dollar rate), which would put his “up-to-date” earnings at … $5,751,078. So if Foiled Again finishes 1-2 at Balmoral for the $200,000 purse, check out the earnings those spots pay – and be ready for a piece of history. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Three college students with high marks, high hopes and high ideals have been named winners of Harness Tracks of America’s 2013 college scholarships. Each recipient has harness racing family connections and each receives a $5,000 check toward their college education. Each of the winners has worked with harness horses and in harness racing. The 2013 winners are: CHELSEA FAHY, 22, Washington, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Moira Fahy, harness racing owners, trainers and William is also a driver. A graduate of The University of Findlay, Fahy is now in her first year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Fahy is a third-generation horsewoman who, along with her parents, has a successful stable of horses. She was active in the Harness Racing Youth League at the Meadows and worked as a veterinary assistant for Canon Hill Equine Clinic. She credits her positive experiences growing up at the racetrack to her lifelong dream of becoming an equine veterinarian and owning her own practice. AMY NAROTSKY, 20, Willowbrook, Illinois, daughter of Eliot Narotsky, director of racing/racing secretary for Maywood Park and Balmoral Park, and Jean Narotsky, financial manager for Francenter.- Narotsky is a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying Animal Sciences with plans to attend veterinary school upon graduation. She chose the University of Illinois because of the opportunity to work with Dr. Kevin Kline and the Standardbred breeding program there. Narotksy’s great-grandfather was racing when Maywood Park first opened. After discovering harness racing at Buffalo Raceway while in high school, her father “Doc” went on to become the youngest racing secretary of the time. She has spent her life “hanging around” in the race office with her father and a few years ago was offered the opportunity to work at the Illinois State Fair in the race office and as the ringmaster an experience she likens to a dream come true. She has since moved her way up to being a placing judge and helping in the race office at Maywood and Balmoral. ASHLEY CONGER, 17, Hudson, Ohio, is the daughter of Jeff Conger, a Standardbred owner/trainer, and Linda Conger, a physical therapist. Conger is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, horseman Joe Urban, over 45 years ago. Both her parents received their racing licenses as teenagers and she has followed by acquiring her groom’s license in 2012 at Northfield Park. Conger has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the Standarbred business as well as holding the officer positions within two 4-H clubs; one as presidnt and the other as secretary. With a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8, Conger is studying Pharmacy at The University of Findlay. The winners were selected by HTA’s Scholarship Committee, consisting of 10 HTA directors and racing industry executives from around the country, cochaired by former HTA president Jeffrey Smith and David Snyder of International Sound Corporation. Submitted by Harness Tracks of America

Sacramento, CA --- Fans will be getting some extra insight into the popular Pick-4 at Cal Expo as noted handicapper and author Dave Brower will be lending his expertise beginning Friday night as he puts up sample tickets and interacts with track announcer Gary Seibel on the simulcast. “I’ve been an avid harness racing fan since age 10 and I suppose I’ve worked in just about every aspect of the sport in the 34 years since,” Bower related. A 1991 journalism graduate of St. John's University, Brower has groomed and trained horses, operated the race teletimer, been a public relations intern, morning line oddsmaker and track handicapper for the Meadowlands Racetrack for 16 years from 1996 to 2011. In the realm of television and radio work in racing, Brower served as a featured host and co-host of the nightly "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, Fox Sports New York, and MSG Networks, including in-house duties of analysis and handicapping. He also provided on-site analysis and interviews during TVG's Drive Time with Gary Seibel on race nights for three years. He’s joined Dave Johnson and Bill Finley on their eclipse award-winning program “Down The Stretch” on Sirius/XM satellite radio. “I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting the Hambletonian live broadcast on CBS Sports Network the last two years, where I had the chance to re-unite with Gary Seibel,” Brower noted. Since leaving the Meadowlands in 2011, he has become a social media consultant. In addition to the above work in the sport of horse racing, Brower also wrote “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races,” which was published by Daily Racing Form’s press division in 2009. In the book, he featured an in-depth interview with the sport’s top driver, Brian Sears. He also guided the reader through the excitement at some of harness racing’s major events, like the Hambletonian and Little Brown Jug, while providing useful handicapping hints and angles to help the everyday horseplayer. Submitted by Cal Expo Harness

Team Horner had a profitable Monday at The Raceway at The Western Fair District thanks to an eye-catching triumph with the class jumping Franceschetti in this week’s edition of the $12,000 Preferred Pace. Fresh off a 1:56.2 score in the Preferred-3 class, Franceschetti romped to an easy victory in Monday's follow-up assignment for driver Mike Horner and trainer Mark Horner. The OSS graduate got away third in the early going before marching first over on the way to the half. He took command shortly past the mid-way point and motored to a four-length triumph over Clic K in 1:53. Modern Xhibit was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the four-year-old son of Mach Three-Puttinontheglitz won for the fourth time this year and for the 13th time in his career. The winner of $176,870 is owned by R A W Equine Inc of Burlington and Mark Horner of St. Marys, ON. Bad Boy Hill pushed his winning streak to two-in-a-row, as well, thanks to his 1:55 triumph in the $8,000 Preferred-2. Sent off at odds of 15-1, Nick Steward hustled the three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal-Asleep Onthebeach rolled the field through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting home in a :29-second clip en route to the 1:55 victory. It was 3-1/2 lengths back to runner-up Bestinthebusiness, with Beach Buff taking home the show dough. The gelding went 0-for-9 last season, but he’s put together a 4-for-13 record this year. He’s 2-for-2 since joining forces with Patrick Shepherd, who trains the winner of $95,120 for owner Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. Cimeronken also used a ‘catch me if you can’ approach en route to winning the $8,000 Preferred-2 Handicap for trotters for the team of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Daryl Roberts. The four-year-old son of Ken Warkentin-Ms Biynka sliced out splits of :28, :58.1 and 1:28.3 before using a :29.2 closing quarter to win by a nose over Amigo Loco in 1:58. Thundering Ovation, who was the longest shot on the board at odds of 25-1, was third. Denise Anderson of Mossley, ON bred and owns the gelding who improved this year’s record to 7-1-1 from 18 trips to the track. The nine-time winner has stashed away more than $115,000 in lifetime earnings. The program also featured a set of $5,000 Preferred-3 tilts for pacers, with Judge Jon (1:54.4) and Just Crowned (1:54.2) winning their respective assignments. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at The Western Fair District. (reprinted with persmission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)

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