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Summerside, PE - Outside The Wire, withharness racing driver Jason Hughes in the bike, won the opening day harness racing feature in a sparking 1:55 flat Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The Blue Knight used rail control to his advantage by sending the Grinfromeartoear six-year-old pacer to the point and rolled through fractions 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.1 to win by open lengths. Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) was second with J RS Hurricane (Gary Chappell) third. The victory was a driving hat-trick for Hughes who picks up where he left off last year at the top of the leader board. Whatabadgirl (Badlands Hanover) and driver Mike Stevenson opened the 2015 season with a 2:00.4 performance for trainer-owner Kristina McCourt of Summerside. In other action, the 10yo Life Sign gelding Life Savior notched his 52nd lifetime score to start the new campaign at the Prince County Oval. Corey MacPherson did the driving for owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern of Kensington. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Island harness racing is getting revved up with three race cards this week, including Saturday at 6 pm at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the 2015 season opener at Red Shores Summerside on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. The 11-dash Saturday evening card is headlined by six-horses in the race 10 $2,200 feature pace. Tempo Seelster is the classifiers choice from post 4 for owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip was a winner two weeks ago in this class but fell short last week after leaving from post 7. Carnivore has post 6 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington fresh off his 1:56.4 victory in last Saturday's feature. Top Maritime free-for-aller All Turain has post 5 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. All Turain's impressive 2014 season of 12 wins, $28,347 in purses and a mark of 1:54 is enough to inspire race analyst Les MacIsaac to select him to land in the winner's circle. "This guy was nothing less than dominant last year in some of his races and against some high caliber opposition to boot," MacIsaac said. "Yes, it's his first start off the bench but he wouldn't be out here if he wasn't ready to go. Beware." Other entries include Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault), Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) and My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell). The top trotters on the east coast line up in race 3 for a $1,500 purse with last week's winner, Pleasure Girls, the morning line favorite from post 5 with MacPherson in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. Eat Pray Trot has the rail fresh off an impressive qualifier in Charlottetown trotting his own mile in 2:00.3 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown. The field also includes I Aint No Lady (Mike Stevenson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley). By Nicholas Oakes Red Shores Summerside Sunday A 10-dash program will hit the track Sunday afternoon as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway opens up for the 2015 live racing season. A top notch top class will line up in race 9 with Outside The Wire the morning line favorite from post 1 with Summerside's leading dash winning trainer and driver, Jason Hughes, at the lines. The six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear is trained by Craig Avery for owners Andrew Avery of Freetown and John Brodrick of Alberta. New Brunswick invader American Captain has post 4 in the event for Island native trainer-driver Mike Campbell. Campbell has come to the Summerside Raceway from Fredericton, N.B., for the 2015 season. Other entries are Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie), J Rs Hurricane (Gary Chappell), Darth Bader (Gilles Barrieau), and American Terror (Steven Shepherd). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 10 with Motorino favored from post 7 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant, who co-owns with Eric Johnston of Summerside. The four-year-old son of Brian P was purchased by the connections in last January's mixed sale in New Jersey and has been impressive his first few starts on the Island including a 1:58 victory last week in Charlottetown. Other top entries in the eight horse field include Haunto (Barrieau) and D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). Customers will be greeted to a list of new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-10 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Jared's Picks or live broadcast go to or twitter at leedrake01 or red_shores Lee A. Drake  

South Australian harness racing trainer Glenda Fuller has always maintained the training of star filly Whats Emma Got is a team effort…well, now it will have to be. Fuller broke her right shoulder in an accident at home last week and as such has her arm in a sling for at least eight weeks. So on Friday night when Whats Emma Got raced at Globe Derby Park, it was left to Fuller’s husband Neville and daughter Sharon Newman to have the filly ready to race. Fuller, despite the pain, wasn’t going to miss seeing her stable flasgship, so she was driven up to the track and parked on the hill next to the grandstand. Whats Emma Got, driven by regular reinswoman Danielle Hill, did her part, leading throughout in the Clay and Mineral Sales Pace. A red hot $1.10 favourite, Whats Emma Got scored by six metres from East To West, with Storm Chief a metre away third. “It is so frustrating,” Fuller said. “I can’t do anything for myself. I’m right handed and have real trouble using my left hand, it is not natural. “When I fell, I wasn’t really aware I had done so much damage. I actually kept going and prepared the night feeds, but when I went into the house Neville said I am going to take you to hospital. “Then it was discovered I had broken my shoulder and would need it in a sling for at last six weeks. “Sharon and Neville do a lot of work with the horses, but now they will have to do it all. I will only be able to watch, and maybe do something with my left hand. “Sharon really does most of the work with Emma, as the breeder and owner, she really loves the filly.” Fuller said she was delighted with Whats Emma Got’s latest triumph, which took her record to 18 wins and four placings from 22 starts. “The runner up really kept alongside early to ensure it was not a walk in the park, but Emma responded in grand style over the final stages,” Fuller declared. “It was only her second run this time in and should ensure she is further improved.” The immediate target for the dashing daughter of Grinfromeartoear is the SA BOTRA Three-year-old Fillies heats and Final at Globe Derby Park. Heats are scheduled to be run this week, with the Final on May 29. The Southern Cross series later in the season is also in the sights. HRSA Media

At this time of the year in most harness racing seasons in New Zealand, the quality of the fields at both the races and trials starts to fall away a bit as winter approaches but anyone at todays harness racing trials at Ashburton would have gone home having witnessed any number of smart performances throughout the programme. We thought we would highlight the horses that stood out for us in the clear but chilly conditions. Franco Nattai  -  This injury prone pacer has only raced twice in the last 16 months but reminded everyone today what a talented horse he is. He paced the 2400 metres in 3:00.9, a mile rate of 2:01.2 with very quick closing sectionals of 55.3 and 26.4 and he looked to still have a bit in reserve. If the leg holds up he will win a couple quickly. I Will Rock You  -  This two year old son of Rock N Roll Heaven was very impressive in the hands of stable reinsman, Dexter Dunn. He trailed the leader to the corner before working clear and holding out a late charge from Ears Burning. He paced the mile in a sharp 1:58.8 but was very impressive over the last 800 metres in 56.1 and 400 metres in a flying 26.1. The half brother to the former smart mare Artishake 1:56.2 ($92,785) and one of last season's better two year olds in Say My Name 1:57.9 ($90,098) looks very promising and won't be long adding to the family record. Ears Burning  -  Although beaten into second by I Will Rock You, Ears Burning was more impressive than the winner making solid ground late on a 26.1 quarter. A great looking individual, Ears Burning is just the type to win a couple before the end of the season.The son of Grinfromeartoear is a half brother to handy sorts like Burning 1:55.8 ($54,492), Fuoco 1:59.3 ($68,279) and El Fuego 1:57.8 ($42,265) but looks a better horse than his siblings in our opinion. Anna Kareem  -  Don't let the name fool you as this is a three year old gelding and he looked ready to make up for lost time today. Unraced todate, the son of Art Major from the Ken Barron barn looked an early winner when he came from off the pace to wear down Scotlynn Jack in a slick 3:03.4 for 2400 metres for the maiden pacers. Closing sectionals of 56.8 and 26.6 highlighted his potential. A son of the former smart racemare Anna Livia (9 wins) ($62,831), he looks ready to rumble. My Cash  -  Very big two year old filly by Mach Three that showed a real turn of foot in the two year old fillies heat. Settled off the pace by driver Blair Orange,My Cash swept to the lead half way up the straight and went to the line an easy winner. The overall time of 2:01.6 for the mile wasn't anything special but the manner in which she finished off the heat over the last 400 metres which was cut out off the front in 26.6 impressed us. Harnesslink Media

Nichols, NY -- Fresh off a pair of second-place finishes at Pocono, Road Untraveled ($3.20) made a strong early push to the fore and never looked back en route to a 1:50.1 victory in one of two co-featured $8,800 upper-level conditioned harness racing pacing events on Sunday (May 3) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   Driver Mike Simons pushed to the lead with seven-year-old Grinfromeartoear of in the initial stages, but couldn't back down the pace after clearing Hurricane Howard (Jim Marohn, Jr.) in a :26.4 initial quarter due to strong pressure from the first-over American Island (John Cummings, Jr.) through a :54.2 first half. On the backstretch, Road Untraveled turned aside American Island's threat, subsequently sprinting clear of his pocket rival Hurricane Howard to prevail by 3-3/4 lengths in a decisive 1:50.1. Hurricane Howard held second, while Artistic Major (Aaron Byron) was urged to stay even late, holding third off a tracking trip.   Mike Simons's son Shawn handles the training duties of the 16-time winner, while the elder Simons shares ownership of Road Untraveled with Christopher Giaccio.   While Road Untraveled kicked clear after setting the pace, Cobble Beach ($6.00) rallied off cover before a slingshot move to a 5-3/4 length win in the other co-featured event. The five-year-old Artiscape gelding drafted behind the cover of Oh My Joepa (Corey Braden) on the backstretch, pushing to the fore when John Cummings, Jr. moved him three-wide on the far turn. Cobble Beach drew clear at will through the stretch, soundly defeating Oh My Joepa and Dreamlands Art (Simons) in 1:52.3.   James Clouser, Jr. owns and trains the 11-time winner.   Marohn wins five in Tioga return   After Mike Simons won five races on Opening Night, perennial leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. returned to Tioga for the Sunday afternoon card, registering five wins of his own on the 11-race program. In addition to a 1:51.4 win with Prairie Jaguar ($7.00) in a third-level conditioned event, he was victorious aboard Stonebridge Tonic ($5.10, 1:52.1), Affluenza ($4.10, 1:51.4), Terrys Star Dragon ($7.70, 1:53.1), and Brandons Escape ($13.20, 1:53.3). Simons scored a Sunday driving double, as did John Cummings, Jr. and Brandon Simpson.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (May 8) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

Exceptionally-bred filly Makes Every Scents will be out to join an elite harness racing sorority at Bathurst on Saturday night. A member of the powerful Belinda McCarthy stable, Makes Every Scents is poised to become the fifth youngster to complete the Gold Tiara/Bracelet double. The two feature haves been run simultaneously since the Bracelet’s inauguration in 2000. Nemeeshar was the ground breaker in 2003 and ’04 for leading Victorian horsewoman Jayne Davies. Lady Euthenia followed suit the 2009 and ’10 before being joined by Aussie Made Lombo in 2010 and ’11 and Frith in 2012 and ’13. As for Makes Every Scents, she moved closer to becoming a member of the group when she captured her heat yesterday. Driven by McCarthy husband, Luke, Makes Every Scents embarrassed her rivals as she cruised to a 19-metre win from Sally Fletcher, with Catalina Rainbow 10-and-a-half metres away third. “She’s a very nice filly and will be hard to beat in the Final,” McCarthy said. “Hopefully we will have a bit of luck with the draw as well.” Covering the last half in a slick 56.4 seconds, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark rated 1:57.2 for the 2260 metres, with her time the quickest of the four heat winners. McCarthy also secured a heat with classy filly Smooth Showgirl, which worked to the lead before registering a soft win from Lombo Medlyn Miss and Lettucesomewhere. “She is a very capable filly, which is right in the mix,” McCarthy said. “We will just have to wait and see how the draw unfolds.” McCarthy will also contest the Gold Chalice with Show Me The Bling, which won is heat in stylish fashion. After working to the lead with Luke in the cart, the well-bred colt was never fully extended to score from Sonny Studleigh and Lombo Idle Belief. By Grinfromeartoear, Show Me The Bling is from broodmare gem Alldatglittersisgold, dam of Baby Bling and Bling It On. PAUL COURTS

Local harness racing favourite Danni Hill grabbed a slice of harness racing history at Globe Derby last night. Hill guided boom filly Whats Emma Got to an impressive victory in the South Australia Oaks to become just the second reinswoman to capture the Blue Riband. Kath Gath – or Thompson as she was at the time – was the ground breaker by annexing the 2004 edition with Yada Yada Yada. The Oaks has been part of the racing calendar since 1956. As for Hill’s moment in the limelight, it was one of the easiest wins witnessed in the time-honoured event. Beginning quickly to lead from the pole, Whats Emma Got was allowed to stroll along at an even tempo as her main danger, Looks Like Heaven, awaited the sprint lane. Kicking clear at the top of the home straight, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear was untroubled on her way to a three-and-a-half metre win from Looks Like Heaven, with Tauto Jane five metres away third. “From the draw she was always going to be hard to beat, with Looks Like Heaven the biggest threat on our back,” Hill said. “In the end she did it pretty easily and had them all covered a long way out. “She felt good on the line and could have gone a lot quicker if needed.” Trained by Glenda Fuller, the three-year-old rated a snail-like 2:05.9 for the 2230 metres, taking her record to an imposing 16 wins and four placings from 20 starts. Set to enjoy an easy week, Whats Emma Got may be interstate-bound, with connections considering a trip across the border for the Victoria Oaks in April. While that trip is yet to be confirmed, Whats Emma Got will be given the opportunity to defend her Southern Cross title in August. PAUL COURTS

Tasmanian harness racing trainer Rodney Ashwood has taken his time with well-bred gelding Charlie James and it would appear the patience has paid dividends. Charlie James led throughout to score an emphatic win in the Office National Pace at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night. It was more like a stroll in the park for the son of Grinfromeartoear and driver Rohan Hillier had no need to use the ‘persuader’ at any stage. Charlie James is owned by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper, who have enjoyed much success in recent years. They purchased Charlie James from former Tasmanian Darren Jacobson, who was having the hose broken in by Ashwood who mentioned to Cockshutt the then a yearling was for sale. “We paid $8000 for him because he was by a good sire from a mare that was well performed winning about 16 races, but he was such a nice type that we decided to take the punt,” Cockshutt said. “He looked like being real good as an early two-year-old, especially after he won his first race, but then he started to grow and he had to be tipped out. “He had a couple of little issues that had to be ironed out and we eventually got him back to the race. “We were very pleased with this win, and even though it was only a small field of five, he did everything we hoped he would.” “There’s no doubt he has a long way to go before he will be competitive against the real good ones, but we are hoping he has what it takes.” Cockshutt and Cooper have 18 horses on the books, four of which are yearlings domiciled in New Zealand. “Barry and I have invested a fair bit over the years but we’ve had a lot of success, especially with the ones we have bought in New Zealand,” Cockshutt said. Charlie James is named after Cooper’s grandson Charlie James Cooper. “Barry always wanted to name a horse after his grandson and he was waiting for one that he believed would win races and this bloke has so far lived up to expectations,” Cockshutt said. PETER STAPLES

Less than halfway through the harness racing season and Danni Hill has reached the halfway point of her goal for the term. South Australia’s only reinswoman to register a century, Hill is aiming to pass the ton for the first time since her horrific fall in 2010. After being sidelined for two years - during which time she had a daughter, Brooke – Hill was back doing what she does best, driving winners, with one mission in mind…another century. To her dismay, Hill fell agonising close, with 94 wins for the term, followed by 91 last season. Thanks to her treble at Mildura last night, Hill is sitting on 50 wins. “It was certainly worth to the trip to Mildura,” Hill said. “All of the horses went well and to come home with a treble is great. “It’s been a good first half of the season and hopefully it can continue for the second half.” Hill opened her interstate account with Kodiemali, which led throughout to beat Skylarker and Our Leo. The popular driver then completed a running double when classy filly, Whats Emma Got, proved too slick over 2190. Leading from barrier six, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear was untouched on her way to a 16-and-a-half metre win from Sur Le Feu, with Beilharz a metre away third. “She is such a nice filly and did it pretty easily again,” Hill said. “Once she led she was never going to be run down.” Hill’s hat-trick came with True Character, which led throughout to score from Mustang Luke and Boneshaka. Hill went close to a quartet when beaten by a short half-head with Isajet. PAUL COURTS

Her name poses a question – Whats Emma Got – and the answer is simple….plenty of ability. One of the most promising pacers to come from South Australia in recent years, Whats Emma Got has cut a seemingly permanent path to the winners’ circle. Successful at her two starts this season, Whats Emma Got has extended her winning streak to nine for trainer Glenda Fuller. Excited by the filly’s prospects, Fuller has set her sights on several key targets, including the South Australia Oaks. “The Oaks is a race which should be perfect for her,” Fuller said. “She has got very high speed, but she is also versatile. “She can lead, take a sit of do a bit of work.” Having already beaten the ‘boys’ during her last three outings, Fuller is considering a Derby start on January 10 with the daughter of Grinfromeartoear. As a guide on a Derby campaign, Fuller will start Whats Emma Got in the St Leger a week before the classic. “I will put her in the St Leger before the Derby and see how she goes,” Fuller said. “If she races up to expectations, then I will start her in the Derby the following week. “After that she has the Oaks, then I will give her a short let up.” With the three-year-old eligible for the Vicbred Super and Southern Cross series, Fuller will make a decision on the futurities later in the season. The Vicbred Final is scheduled for July 5, with the Southern Cross a month later. “I don’t want to plan too far ahead with her,” Fuller said. “At some stage I do want to take her to Victoria to pick up her bonus, but other than that, I haven’t decided on the Vicbred series.” Bred and owned by Fuller’s daughter, Sharon Newman, Whats Emma Got has attracted some offers, but Fuller made her position clear. “I know never to say never, but no way…she is not for sale,” Fuller declared. “She is the horse we have been looking for. “I had an offer on her unraced half sister by Art Major, but we didn’t sell her. “She’s just turned two and is still a while away from racing.” PAUL COURTS

A week after his older sibling’s national record performance, Mesmeric has taken a step towards his harness racing debut. From former handy mare and now top producer Mersmerizing, Mesmeric is a half-brother to boom New Zealander, Messini. Although bred in Victoria by the Caldow family, Messini was purchased by clients of champion Kiwi horseman, Mark Purdon. Last week Messini captured the Junior Free-For-All on New Zealand Cup day, in a record 1:55.8 for the 2600 metres. Also bred by the Caldows, Mesmeric won his trial over 1690 metres, with record-breaking reinsman John Caldow in the cart. The three-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear is trained by Caldow’s wife, Maree. “He is still a while off racing, but he goes alright,” Caldow said. “I trialled him as a two-year-old, but he was too big, so I gelded him. “Because of his size we’ve taken our time with him. “He’ll have to improve a fair bit to be as good as his half-brother, but the raw ability is there.” With Mersmerizing recently producing a colt by Bettors Delight, the Caldows are planning to send the mare back to Art Major, with the foal to be a sister or brother to Messini. “We’ve also got a colt from her by Courage Under Fire,” Caldow said. “He just turned two and looks quite good. “She’s got a Bettors Delight foal on her now and the plan is to take her back to Art Major.” PAUL COURTS

Pompano Beach, FL...November 19, 2014...Baby Boy Grin, superbly handled by Kevin Wallis, scored his second consecutive victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday night. The nine year-old pacing bred trotter, trained by Norm Dessureault for owners Geoff and Mary Howles, stopped the clock in 1:55.1, pinning a three length defeat on She's All In (Rick Plano) with Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) third. Favored Andover America finished fourth while Gale Warning earned the minors in the sextet. An anticipated speed duel for early supremacy was won by Andover America, who swept up to take command from his outside post as they hit the first turn with She's All In second and Baby Boy Grin forced to tuck in the third spot. Positions remained stagnant through opening panels of :27.3 and :57.3 nut, three-eighths out, Wallis sent Baby Boy Blue out and driving and, though the third quarter was officially clocked in :28.3, "Baby Boy" easily took command at that third station and sprinted clear from there. She's All In closed on the inside to Count Speed showed his best stride on the far outside to finish 2-3 in the mile. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis, said, "this horse does like the front end but, with the others leaving both on the inside and outside, I thought it be prudent to settle in third while I had the opportunity. He responded very well when I asked him midway on the backstretch and he he was strong all the way to the wire." For Baby Boy Blue, it was his 10th win of the year inn 30 starts and sent his seasonal bounty to $77,297. The victory--his 36th lifetime--sent his lifetime bounty just $101 short of the half million dollar mark--$499,899. As second choice on the board at 7 to 5, Baby Bly Blue paid $4.80 to win to his faithful followers. Racing resumes on Saturday night with Panocchio, Duc Dorleans and Prairie Jaguar renewing their rivalry in Hippomania II. Also, the Melvyn Aylor Stakes for Florida breds will be contested in five separate events. Post time for the pari-mutuel program remains at 7:30 p.m. with four of the five Aylor Stakes off the betting card beginning at 6:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Nov. 12, 2014...Baby Boy Grin, the pacing bred "trotting machine," took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night. Completing his jouney in 1:55.2, the nine year-old son of Grinfromeartoear, was driven by Kevin Wallis and pinned a one length defeat on the late charging She's All In, handled by Rick Plano. The early pacesetter, Increditable, with Aaron Byron handling the lines, finished third in a strong effort while Trot Fudge Sundae finished fourth. Gale Warning picked up the final award in the septet after a backside brush that put him at the winner's flank around the final bend. Starting from the outside post seven, Baby Boy Grin chruned up to take the lead right at the opening marker, clocked in :27.3. After reaching the lead, "Baby Boy" put up honest fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before sprinting clear turning for home and then holding off the stout challenge of the classy mare She's All In. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "I was really proud of him tonight. You know he has raced mainly on half mile tracks throughout his career--oh, he's started a few times on larger tracks but not many--and last week was the first time he raced here. I thought I'd send him tonight because he seems to like being on the lead. He fought for the lead tonight and, once he got there, he was grabbing on all the way." For Baby Boy Grin, trained by Norm Dessureault for Geoff and Mary Howles, it was his 35th lifetime success, nine of which are this year. He has now banked $494,899 lifetime--$72,297 this season. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Baby Boy Grin (Grinfromeartoear-Orillia Babe) held off the challengers in the $10,000 Open I Trot feature at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Driver Stephane Bouchard made an aggressive move as the field left the first turn and moved to the backstretch with Baby Boy Grin, taking a lead he would never relinquish.   That isn't to say it was a walk in the park for Baby Boy Grin. Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) had been racing in mid-pack during the early stages of the race and came charging after the leader in the stretch, just missing by a neck. Pollux Blue Chip (Claude Huckabone III) had been caught four-wide coming off the final turn, but still rallied well enough to finish third.   Baby Boy Grin was able to hold off all the closers in a finish that resembled a cavalry charge and prevail in a final time of 1:53.2. He is owned by Geoffrey and Mary Howles of Saratoga Springs, New York. Geoffrey Howles doubles as the trainer.   The complete order of finish was: Baby Boy Grin, Evil Urges, Pollux Blue Chip, A Penny Earned, War Hero, Lucid Thoughts, Cash Poor, and MC Tiny's Hope.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 13-race program. The feature event is a $10,000 Open I Pace, carded as the eighth race. The 2-1 morning-line favorite is JK Panache, whose last victory came the last time he raced at Vernon Downs on August 2nd. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs 

Catalogues for the Illawong Reduction Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at Nagambie (Vic.) on Sunday, September 28, are now available. The unreserved sale comprises 52 lots including 18 broodmares, 11 racehorses, eight yearlings, five two-year-olds, six three-year-olds and four stallion services. The yearlings are by well credentialled sires such as Modern Art, Grinfromeartoear, Real Desire, Life Sign, Vintage Master, Major In Art, Shadyshark Hanover and Muscle Mass. The sale commences at 12.30pm with harness, sulkies and a horse float and will followed by the sale of horses at 1pm. For a copy of the catalogue contact sale co-ordinator Peter Dow on phone 0412 195 986 or Graeme Board 0408 636 273 8355 or email Pedigrees are available on the website Click on the Illawong Reduction Sale link. by Peter Wharton, for Graeme Board & Company

The South Australian Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association (BOTRA) has once again been to the fore in this harness racing season of putting money into the industry via prize money and bonuses.   It is a never ending task of trying to lift the returns to stakeholders in South Australia.   Alabar Bloodstock as they have done numerous times before have offered a service to one of  their stallions to help BOTRA raise the funds they need.   This year the service they have so kindly donated is to their hugely successful sire Grinfromeartoear.   The sire in Australia of 331 winners for stakes of $10,234,223, Grinfromeartoear dominated this years Southern Cross series in South Australia with Whats Emma Got 1:58.8 ($67,717) taking out the 2 year old fillies final and Punch Line 1:54.2 ($59,521) the 3 year old fillies final.   Grinfromeartoear has three millionaires to his credit from his time at stud in the champions Mister Big 1:47.8 ($4,143,492)  Mr Feelgood 1:49 ($3,366,157) and Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,089,831)    Bidding closes at 8.30pm (Adelaide Time ) on Monday 1st September.   To place a bid simply click on the link below   Gary Newton  

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