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The Group 3 Glenferrie Farm Melton Trotters Cup was won by Zedalite thanks to a brilliant drive by Rodney Petroff. Settling three back on the pegs from his pole mark, Petroff weaved some magic to get his runner clear in the straight and charge after Kyvalley Blur and Waikare Patricia as both Waikare Aristocrat and Josephine Jones made late runs. The winner was backing up from his Hamilton Trotters Cup mid-weed but again proved too good for his rivals in the step up in grade. He held Waikare Aristocrat by three metres with Josephine Jones less than a metre away in third. The mile rate was 2:00.1 with the last half coming in 59.2secs. The winner has tasted success 20 times from his 64 starts. The Group 2 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Trotting Mares Championship was the final race of the program but it provided an intriguing eye to the future with lightly raced four-year-old mare Maori Time taking the prize. The Chris Lang-trained mare found the front in the early stages and pinched a cheap quarter early in the last mile before running home in 27.8secs. Formerly a Victoria Oaks placegetter, Maori Time roared clear of her rivals with Paris Pepperell the only serious threat. In the end the odds-on favourite won by 2.5 metres with almost 20 metres back to third. The mile was recorded in 1:59.0 with Death Defying running into third. By Blake Redden (Harness Racing Australia)

HAMILTON-trained colt The Fat Man will start from the pole in the third heat of the Nicola Victoria Derby  tomorrow night at Melton’s Tabcorp Park, and driver Matthew Craven is hoping the son of American Ideal can extend his two-win streak. Craven said the up-and-comer from the David Lewis stable had impressed in both his wins this time in, including a last-start triumph at Hamilton on Wednesday from a wide draw. “He won’t have taken any harm from the two runs that’s for sure,” Craven said. “He’s gone well both times. Obviously this is a step up in class but he should get a good run from the draw.” The Fat Man took out the Terang Silver Vase at Melton two starts back by over 9m before Wednesday’s workmanlike performance at his home track. Highly rated Bettors Delight gelding Our Maxim, from the Barry Purdon barn in Auckland, impressive last-start Mt Gambier Derby winner Major Secret from the Emma Stewart team, and outstanding New South Wales Art Major three-year-old Lettucerockthem are The Fat Man’s stiffest competition in the third heat. Lettucerockthem is from the in-form Belinda McCarthy yard, and the Cobbitty stable must be thrilled with their Derby prospects with Bling It On expected to be hot favourite in the first heat from barrier four. The brilliant Breeders Crown champion from last season blitzed his rivals at Cranbourne last time out by 36.7m in 1:57, coming home in 54.4. And giving the McCarthys an even stronger Derby hand will be Allblack Stride in the second heat, who has drawn barrier two. The last-start Cranbourne winner came home in 55.2 in scoring by 16.9m after running third in the Simpson Memorial behind Iam Mr Brightside and Lettucerockthem in the Simpson Memorial at Menangle two runs back. And astute Heywood trainer Kevin Brough will be hoping to produce the knockout blow with Paua Fella in the second heat, the last-start SA Derby winner to be driven by Craven. The first heat of the Derby kicks off a huge Hunter Cup program tomorrow night at 6.05pm By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Terang trainer Marg Lee snared the quinella in the Terang Co-Op Free For All for C9 or better class horses over 2200 metres at the Terang HRC fixture held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday with stable superstars Keayang Steamer and Keayang Cullen. In what was a heady drive by nephew Glen Craven, Keayang Steamer starting from the extreme draw was sent forward early in the race to park outside Keayang Cullen which exploded away from outside the front row with Jason Lee in the sulky. Content to allow “Cullen” to dictate the terms in quarters of 31.1, 29.6, 28.3 and 28 for the last mile, “Steamer” moved on terms with his stablemate on the final bend, before outstaying him to score impressively by 3.1 metres in a rate of 1-56.5. Old timer Melpark Major in search of cracking the one million dollar stake barrier, moved a step closer by finishing third 5.1 metres away. Keayang Steamer was victorious in winning the Horsham Cup on January 5, while Keayang Cullen finished second in the Hamilton Cup on January 12. On what was a “night of nights” for the Craven family, Matt Craven was successful aboard Hamilton trainer David Lewis’ American Ideal/Atomic Fusion colt The Fat Man in the Terang Harness Racing Club Silver Vase for Three year olds 3C0 to 3C2 class over 2240 metres. Having his first outing since last July, The Fat Man raced by David and Terry Lewis led throughout from gate two, running his rivals ragged to score by 9.1 metres in a rate of 1-59.4 over Stormy Lecture and Gotta Go Henry. By Len Baker courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

CENTRAL VICTORIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUE AT MARYBOROUGH Heats three of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships continued at the Wedderburn HRC fixture held at Maryborough on Monday January 6, with Sapphire Swayze taking the C2 or better class pacers division over 2190 metres and Mallee Trapper the T0 or better class trotters over 2690 metres. Four year old Union Guy/Bold Sapphire gelding Sapphire Swayze was ultra impressive in his victory, returning a mile rate of 2-01.6 for the standing stat event. Trained by Adam Kelly at his new Riddell complex, Sapphire Swayze first up since June with stable reinsman Gavin Lang aboard, stepped cleanly from 10 metres to settle four back along the markers in a strung out field, with pole marker Whata Avenue pouncing straight to the front as the tapes released. Easing away from the inside to park in the open racing for the bell, Sapphire Swayze in a twinkling of an eye exploded to the front in the back straight with the race safely in his keeping. With Lang just sitting there in the straight, Sapphie Swayze coasted to the wire 4.8 metres in advance of Whata Avenue who struck to her task well, with Boyz Torque (three wide last lap) a further 10 metres away in third place after a tardy beginning. Popular Portarlington trainer Gary Bailey a devoted follower of the squaregaiter, received a boost when home bred six year old Wind Cries Maori/Trappers Girl gelding snared the trotters division. Driven by Ararat’s Michael Bellman, Mallee Trapper was quick to begin from a 30 metre handicap, going forward to surprisingly arrest the lead away from the last start Melton winner Invasive at the judge on the first occasion. Rated to perfection, Mallee Trapper defied all challengers to defeat the co 50 metre backmarker Loveyougoodboy (three wide last lap) by 1.1 metres, with Invasive a disappointing third after having every chance along the sprint lane a half head away in third place. The mile rate 2-05.8. Gary has been recuperating from a more than painful knee operation. Semi-Finals will be held at the St Arnaud HRC meeting at Charlton on Wednesday January 15, with the Finals at Maryborough five days later on Monday January 20. One of the highlights of the day was the victory of exciting Blissful Hall/Weona Rena four year old entire Bliss Man in the Wedderburn Motel Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres. Trained in the western part of the state at Hawkesdale (Hamilton District) by Graham Gee for wife Christine, Bliss Man again taking a concession for Terang’s Jason Lee was quickly away from inside the second line to press forward and park outside the pacemaker Aleppo Tiger (gate two). Pouring on the pressure in the last lap, Bliss Man cruised to the front on the final bend to score by 4.9 metres in a rate of 1-55.6 over Our Eastwood Cullen (four wide last lap) from near last, with Aleppo Tiger holding down third 3 metres away. It was Bliss Man’s 9th victory in 15 race appearances, the last six in succession. By Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

Flamboro Downs' first media "Announcer Idol" competition got underway on Sunday with Darrin Laidman, Morning Show Host at FreshFM 95.3, calling the evening's third race. Laidman took the mic from track announcer Gary Guy for the $10,000 Preferred 2 Pace in which Woodbine invaderMachal Jordan and driver Phil Hudon rallied three-wide off cover at the third quarter mark. "Now we've got some action," Laidman announced, calling Machal Jordan's winning move. "Moving out on the side there comes number one, Machal Jordan, out of nowhere! He is just boogieing out there." Machal Jordan drew off "making it easy" for Laidman to determine the winner at the wire. He prevailed by five and a half lengths in 1:57.4 over the snow covered track, which was rated three seconds off. Machal Jordan paid $5 to win as the favourite. The five-year-old Mach Three gelding is owned and trained Ken Switzer of Georgetown, Ont. Waylon Hanover and J.R. Plante finished second off a two-hole trip while pacesetter Winning Dream and Anthony MacDonald rounded out the top three finishers. "I wonder if those horses were sweating as much as me for that two minutes to make sure that I represented this amazing experience here at Flamboro Downs," laughed Laidman after the call. Every Sunday through March 23, a different, local broadcast media personality will step into the announcer's booth and call the evening's third race. At the end of March, fans and patrons will have their say by visiting the Flamboro Downs website to vote for their favourite race call. The winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. Laidman made his announcing debut for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Hamilton/Burlington. CHCH News anchor Nick Dixon is the next Announcer Idol contestant and will take the mic for race three on Sunday, January 12. The evening's second Preferred 2 was captured by another Woodbine invader, My Man Charley ($5.90). Four-time Sunday winner Anthony MacDonald guided the six-year-old son of Mach Three to a 1:57.1 triumph for Flamboro's 2013 leading trainer Victor Puddy. The Preferred 3 winner, Draconian ($17.90), was also driven by MacDonald. The Randy Van Meer trainee prevailed in 1:59 flat. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca 

Harness Racing Trainers please note: Nominations for the Del-Re National Food Group A G Hunter Cup (Group 1) $400,000 on Saturday, 1 February 2014, close at Noon on Friday, 24 January 2014. Connections are reminded that horses must be qualified to race from a standing start by Noon on Sunday, 19 January 2014. Further, a horse must have contested and began safely in a minimum of one standing start race in the 12 months prior.  To assist with this requirement, trainers should be mindful of the following standing start races in the weeks preceding the Del-Re National Food Group A G Hunter Cup (Group 1) on Saturday, 1 February 2014. Hamilton Pacing Cup $25,000 Sunday, 12 January 2014. Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup (Group 2) $50,000 Saturday, 18 January 2014. (winner will be exempt from ballot for the A G Hunter Cup). The Pure Steel $20,000 (at Ballarat) Saturday, 25 January 2014. Ouyen Cup $25,000 Sunday, 26 January 2014. Harness Racing Victoria

Metropolitan harness racing is at Melton on Friday night this week and The Sew-Eurodrive Free For All is the final leg of the Quaddie. Yarra Valley Cup winner Mustang Mach is a scratching but the field boasts some serious horseflesh nevertheless. Congupna hero Bitobliss will take his place in the field as will Sew-Eurodrive Victoria Cup victor and winner of over $930,000 in prizemoney, Caribbean Blaster. An interesting runner is Keayang Cullen, trained by Marg Lee at Terang.  The Christian Cullen gelding boasts an impressive strike rate of 17 wins from 33 starts and his trainer is ‘very happy’ with how he has performed in his two starts back from a spell.  “He just had a few little problems, a few niggles after the Inter Dominion so I decided to give him a good rest,” Lee says.  “There’s a lot of speed off the front row tonight but Keayang Cullen has good gate speed himself. “He’ll just have to follow something through.  Drawing off the front would have been better but you take the draws you are given.”  Keayang Cullen is likely to contest the Bendigo and Hamilton Cups, and connections will make a decision on which races he contests after that.  The Lee family has a little more to worry about right now than fast horses – about an hour before Keayang Cullen’s recent third at Ballarat Lee received the news that son Jack Lee had sustained burns to his legs in a sprint car fire at Avalon raceway.  Lee made a late night dash to his side but Jack is progressing well, and according to Lee will make a full recovery. Perhaps Keayang Cullen can speed that recovery with another good performance this Friday night. by Lucy McCormick

Columbus, OH --- Bruce A. Weingartner, 73, of East Windsor, N.J., died Dec. 25, 2013 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton. Mr. Weingartner was a serious racing fan and an owner of both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in group partnerships. His son, Ken, is the media relations director for the USTA's Harness Racing Communications. Born in East Orange, he lived most of his life in East Windsor. Mr. Weingartner was a researcher for Law School Admission Counsel, Newtown, Pa., retiring after 10 years of service, and prior to that he worked for about 20 years for AT&T. He was a member of the Hightstown/East Windsor Jaycees, past president, and 1974 Jaycee of the Year. Mr. Weingartner was a regular blood donor for the American Red Cross. He was a member of a barbershop quartet and the Keytones of Elmira, N.Y., and did a weekly TV Show, Club 24. He was an avid NY/SF Giants fan and a partner in Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing ownership groups. A son of the late William and Lydia (Faulhaber) Weingartner, and husband of the late Angela M. (Sirianni) Weingartner, he is survived by his three children, Kenneth P., Laura L. (Mark) Moffa and Brian J. (Rose); and his brother, Bill. Funeral services will be held on Saturday (Dec. 28) at 11 a.m. at Glackin/Saul Funeral Home, 136 Morrison Ave., Hightstown, N.J. Interment will follow at Princeton Memorial Park. Family and friends may call on Saturday (Dec. 28) from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glackin/Saul Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Submitted by USTA Communications Department

On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY   Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY   Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON   Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY   Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Trotters   Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON   Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI   Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON   Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL   Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY   People Awards   O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON   Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON   Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON   Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON   Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON

Monday trotting was held at Hamilton in the South West of the state on Monday December 16 and what a day it was for Ararat based Emma Hamblin who registered her first win as a trainer, when seven year old Keystone Salute/Downsouth Soon gelding Trappers Puzzle greeted the judge in the Bendigo Bank Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2160 metres. Also driven by Emma originally from NSW, Trappers Puzzle started from a daunting 70 metre backmark, but as there were no front markers, actually gave the leaders 60. Naturally settling at the tail of the field with the red-hot favourite Weregonnarock (10 metres) taking over from old timer Master Kiesey shortly after the start, Trappers Puzzle gained a lovely one/one trail in the final circuit when Idle Suntime came away from four back the markers ahead of him. Looming large on straightening, Trappers Puzzle raced clear in the shadows of the post to score by 10.1 metres in advance of Weregonnarock which gave nothing, with Idle Suntime third after making a break in the last lap. In winning, Trappers Puzzle bred and raced by squaregaiting devotee Gary Bailey returned a new track record mile rate of 2-02.3. Hawkesdale trainer Graham Gee's four year old BlissfulHall/Weena Rena entire Bliss Man continued his rapid rise through the classes when successful in the Taylor Motors Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1660 metres. Again taking a concession for Jason Lee, Bliss Man led throughout from the pole to street his rivals by 25.6 metres in a new track record of 1-54.1 over Alta Antonio which raced in the open for the last lap. Mosquito Flyer finished third 5.8 metres away. Bungaree's Julian Jobe combined with Greg Sugars to land the Alexandra House Pace for C1 class over 1660 metres with Cobargo Jack, a six year old gelded son of Village Jasper and Jewell Of Cobargo raced by wife Alison. Beginning swiftly from gate two, Cobargo Jack coasted at the head of affairs to record a comfortable 7.3 metre margin in advance of Ruby Heart which faced the breeze, with Latoya Lass (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.6. Mount Gambier (Glencoe) father and son - Barry & Jayson Finnis snared the Hunt's Auto Spares Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with last start Globe Derby Park winner Paris To Berlin, a beautifully bred four year old gelding by Falcon Seelster from the good producer Roses In Paris a smart racemare herself. Despite racing in the open from gate three outside the heavily backed Jilliby Mac inside him, Paris To Berlin after dropping to trail the leader into the straight, finished strongly to score by 1.4 metres in a rate of 1-59.2 over The Jiggler (one/four - three wide last lap) and Jilliby Mac which got very tired over the concluding stages. The Finnis' were to make it two for the day when four year old Courage Under Fire/Surfing Queen gelding Flaming Hero scored in the Mountain View Stud Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres. Starting from the extreme draw, Flaming Hero possied near last in the running line, with the favourite Beau Ciel beginning fast from gate four to lead. Latching to the back of Tres Hombre ahead of him at the bell for a ride home, Flaming Hero when taken wide on turning, finished all over the top of his rivals to defeat a game Mayorofshinetown to give Mount Gambier the quinella, with Beau Ciel a disappointing third. The mile rate 2-00.4. Blacks A Fake's seven year old half brother The Avoca Flyer (Presidential Ball/Colada Hanover), trained by Peter Manning and taking a lift for Jason Lee, ran his rivals ragged from outside the front row in the Logical Property Services Pace for C1 class over 1660 metres. Always travelling under a tight rein, The Avoca Flyer scored by 1.4metres from the fast finishing Magical Bazz off a three wide trail from mid-field in the last lap. Mister Huxtable although very wide on the home turn, finished third. The mile rate 1-56.2. Jason Lee was to chalk up three for the afternoon after guiding border hopper Dagati Image to victory for Yahi trainer David Phillips in the Choice Hotels Pace Final for R0 class over 1660 metres which qualified in the heats held at Mount Gambier on December 8. Burning away from gate five, Dagati Image a 4-Y-0 gelding by Tinted Cloud from Cassels Atom led throughout to win in a breeze from Just Like Elle which trailed and Wings Of Delight (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-58.5. By Len Baker                                                        

Mount Gambier conducted their first meeting of the season and while it was a big punting weekend at the Mount with Thoroughbreds & Greyhound meetings during the day the twilight fixture still drew a good crowd to the trots.   President Phil Wood could not have been happier with the result " our gate was good as were takings at canteen and the bar". The committee has worked hard to make the venue more family friendly during the off season and this was well received by patrons.   On the track the action was hot - three of the six winners broke the magical two minute barrier, another two rated just over two minutes while Caleb Lewis was allowed to walk on the Kevin Brough trained Amberlu Lilly.   Driving honours went to David Dury who won with Alta Antonio, the promising Big Gorilla and former Kiwi filly Our Mackalena who was having her first SA start after having trialled impressively winning a trial by 25 metres, the Christian Cullen filly started at the lucrative odds of $5.60.   Caleb Lewis also drove a double, while Rodney Baker won the Boarder Watch Pace heat for his father Jim on board Dee Cees Desire. The final of this race is to be held at Hamilton next Monday.   The Mount Gambier club has negotiated with a Victorian club to run five heats. The final will be run at either Hamilton , Horsham or Terang, Phil Wood said "it gives the opportunity for local trainers to qualify for $5000 finals in Victoria and also encourages Victoria trainers to boarder hop and come to Mount Gambier for the heats" Gary Newton    

A neat and compact meeting was held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday September 27, featuring the $20,000 Claiming Masters Final and the $16,000 tab.com.au Pace for M2 to M4 class. Smiles of joy turned to disappointment following the victory of six-year-old Aces N Sevens/Alesco gelding Cut For An Ace in the University Foods Claiming Masters Final over 2240 metres. Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs, Cut For An Ace driven by daughter Amy was sent forward from gate five to stroll past Thats Mister Ali inside him shortly after the start and proceeded to run his rivals ragged. Kicking away on straightening, Cut For An Ace (claiming price $25,000) scored by an untouched 12.7 metres in a brilliant mile rate of 1-55.7 over Smudge Bromac from near last and Kotare Roland (one/one) which trailed the heavily supported favourite Catch Your Breath. Cut For An Ace who in winning chalked up his 13th victory in 62 outings, was claimed in the race and will do his future racing in the care of Geoff Webster at Bannockburn in the Geelong area. Hamilton part-owner/trainer David Lewis’ quality six-year-old Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding Abettorpunt resumed from a short break with a brilliant near last to first performance to take out the fast class event over 2240 metres. Driven by Matt Craven, Abettorpunt starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the roughie Pinevale Willpower leading from gate four. Although wide in the final circuit, Abettorpunt raced away on straightening to record a 7-metre victory in advance of Saint Flash and Victors Delight in a mile rate of 1-57.9. It was Abettorpunt’s 19th victory in 45 outings. Bolinda co-trainers Kari and Paul Males brought up another Melton victory with nine-year-old Sundon/Tender Annie gelding Tender Don listed in the racebook as being trained by Kari, taking out the $16,000 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Mobile for TM1 to TM3 class over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.8.. Driven by Greg Sugars, Tender Don (gate five) had little difficulty in crossing Jingling Silver (gate two) shortly after the start, before coasting to the wire 10.4 metres in advance of a game Prettylilangeseyes (one/one – outside winner home turn) after galloping in the score up. Armed Guard finished third. Avenel horseman David Aiken has been having a great run in recent weeks (especially around the provincials) and landed the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for TMO class over 1720 metres at Melton with Kiwi bred mare Brylin Crescent in a slick rate of 1-59.5. Driven by David, Brylin Crescent a seven-year-old daughter of Brylin Boy and Another Starlet led virtually throughout from gate two, easily accounting for Goldstar Invasion (one/one) which raced outside her for the last lap. Just Call Me Earl came from last to finish an eye catching third. Next Friday’s Melton program will feature the $50,000 (Group 2) City Of Melton Plate for four and five-year-olds over 2240 metres and promises to be one of the highlights of the season. Len Baker

Abettorpunt has long promised to rise to the elite level of pacing in Victoria and this preparation might be the one which sees him go straight to the top. The winner of a Victoria Derby heat back in 2011, he was the runner-up in his Breeders Crown final in the same season. Even the last two terms he’s been nothing if not consistent, with a plague of bad luck stopping him from reaching the pinnacle. But trainer Dave Lewis believes that, following two strong placings late last season, he could be ready to show his best. “We aimed for that Breeders Crown Free For All and then we decided to give him a little break and come back for a few of the Country Cups like the Swan Hill and Kilmore Cups in October,” Lewis said. “We are hoping he can go to another level this year and he does seem well at home.” The Kilmore Cup would of course set the son of Bettors Delight on a collision course with one of Victoria’s most exciting horses in Bitobliss, who will be shooting for three Kilmore Cups. But first he will have to contend with the extreme draw at Tabcorp Park Melton Friday night however that wouldn’t have been unexpected given the preferential draw. It’s not a race devoid of class though, with Bellas Delight, Jadahson and dual-Country Cup winner Saint Flash all engaged. “He’s going pretty well, he trialled Sunday at Terang and ripped home in 56. He might need the run but we’d still expect a pretty forward showing,” Lewis said. “He’ll probably be driven quiet this week because he does have high speed but if they dawdle he might pop around. He’s pretty forward so it wouldn’t surprise me if Matthew does decide to go around at some stage. “His last start at Tabcorp Park he got a pretty severe quarter-crack so we put him in the paddock for six months. We could have patched him up and kept going but we decided to start a fresh this season.” Abettorpunt has been marked the $3.50 equal favourite by HRV form assessor Jason Bonnington with Bellas Delight who has the advantage of the inside draw. Lewis also reported that his other stable star Amajorjo is back in work at the Hamilton trainer’s property. by Blake Redden Harness Racing Victoria    

Mountain View, CA --- The 2013 edition of the TrackMaster Big 5 Harness Handicapping Challenge came to a conclusion this past Saturday, wrapping up a little over a month of entertaining competition. In a newly designed “Big 5” format, contestants put their handicapping skills to the test over five weekly rounds of preliminary action on the five premier tracks racing each Saturday. The top five in each week secured one of the coveted spots in the finals and their shot at $5,000 in cash prizes. Albert Czerniga from Hamilton, Ontario Canada took home first place and the top payout of $2,000 in cash with a final bankroll of $930. He narrowly beat out second place finisher, Wendy James from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who ended up with a $910 bankroll and earned $1,000 for her efforts. Third place finisher went to Bob Malewski of Oak Lawn, Illinois, who picked three winners on the day but fell a little short with only $850 in the bank, though still good enough to “cash” for the $500 third place prize. Randy Rueger of Utica, New York and Ray Garnett of South Paris, Maine rounded out the top five, each winning a one year unlimited subscription to TrackMaster Harness Pro . “Once again, our Harness Handicapping Challenge was a huge success,” said Jim Vanderbosch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TrackMaster. “The players seemed to enjoy the new format, and as one of the few contests dedicated to harness racing, this is something participants look forward to every year. We are already planning our next contest, which will take place in the spring of 2014, with even a few more twists to the format. Stay tuned!” TrackMaster is greatly appreciative of its valued sponsors, TVG and the United Stated Trotting Association, along with all of the participants who played over the course of contest and helped make this year’s contest a success. TrackMaster and its sponsors offer their congratulations to the grand prize winners as well as all those who won weekly prizes. TrackMaster, a wholly owned subsidiary of Equibase Company LLC, provides a full range of handicapping products for the three major racing breeds — Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred. Equibase Company LLC is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database. Additional information about the companies is available at trackmaster.com and equibase.com . TrackMaster   

Those betting on the Horsham meeting on Monday September 16 got their fingers burnt, when Bungaree (Ballarat) based trainer “Ash” Herbertson snared the first two races on the program at juicy odds. Four year old Blissful Hall/Princess Yum Yum mare Gelese brought up two wins in succession by taking the Get Well Gary Scott Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres paying Supertab odds of $11.90. Driven by Terang “young gun” Jason Lee, Gelese was given the run of the race from the pole following the pacemaker Confusion Reigns (gate three), one of two runners from the Kerryn Manning barn, with stablemate Willow Robyn going for a hat-trick as a short priced $1.60 favourite. When Willow Robyn rushed up three wide from last in the final circuit, he appeared to have the race well in his keeping after dashing clear on straightening, with Gelese being extricated into the clear. Finishing full of running, Gelese bloused Willow Robyn in the last bound to score by a nose in 2-00.7, with Armbro Speedster third after racing in the open. Nine year old Ultimate Falcon/Left Tycoon mare Ultimate Tycoon returned to the winners list after an absence of 25 months when greeting the judge in the Westvic Race Pix – Matt Craven Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres, with ironicly Matt Craven in the sulky. A winner of six races in 122 stars prior to the race, Ultimate Tycoon produced a career best performance after being driven forward from gate five to park outside the heavily supported pacemaker Mister Seelster (gate six) which had little difficulty in assuming control shortly after the start. Refusing to give in on straightening, Ultimate Tycoon ($5.10) showed previously unseen strength in proving too strong for Mister Seelster ($2.90), winning by a margin of 4.2 metres in a rate of 2-03.6. Vee Jay Jazz (four back the markers finished third). Terang’s Matt Craven who is driving in rare form at present can do nothing wrong of late and brought up a double when 4-Y-0 Sealed N Delivered/Lady Bullville gelding Ynobe Coby scored a big win in the Betta Electrical Horsham – Peter Manning Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 1-58.6. Trained at Elliminyt (Colac) by Courtney Slater, Ynobe Coby bred and raced by Ebony Slater settled in the moving line closer to last than first after starting from gate two on the second line, with the Mildura visitor Kilbirnie North View leading from the pole. Set alight at the bell to join the leader for the final circuit, Ynobe Coby went into overdrive on turning and raced away to register a 9.5 metre margin over Kilbirnie North View and Artois Stone which trailed the favourite. Jason Lee (cousin of Matt Craven) was also to chalk up a double after winning the Conway Pies – Jayson Finnis Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres aboard the Michelle Manning (Great Western) trained 5-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao after taking a concession. Despite sitting in the open from gate five outside Bohemian Lombo (gate two), Pacquiao outstayed his rivals to win well by 3.9 metres in advance of Garabaldi Union which followed him all of the way, with Rising Power a stablemate of the winner third from near last. The mile rate 2-01.1. Astute Narracoorte (S-A) part-owner/trainer Greg Scholefield has made many successful raids on Victoria in the past and kept his record intact when smart 4-Y-0 gelding Glenferrie Rustler scored in the Grahan Eeles Saddlery – Cheap Tint Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession for Mount Gambier’s Jayson Finnis, Glenferrie Rustler (Lis Mara/Exceptional Lass) led throughout from gate three in defeating a game Valentino Rustler which raced outside him, going down by 1.1 metres in 1-58.9, with Wipethesmile third after trailing the winner. It was Glenferrie Dreamer’s 12th victory in 19 outings, the majority being in restricted company in his home state. Local trainer Ken Exell would have received a tremendous thrill when his bargain priced 8-Y-0 Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz gelding Allawart Ugo scored in the Bunnings Horsham – Ken Exell Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres in a leisurely rate of 2-06.9. With Hamilton reinsman Rod Barker in the sulky, Allawart Ugo stepped cleanly from a 20 metre handicap, avoiding a couple of gallopers in the early stages to lob three back in the moving line with Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher leading. Trailing Ollie Nova ahead of him three wide into the final bend, Allawart Ugo ran home strongly out wide on straightening to gain the day by 2.3 metres from Ollie Nova with the hot favourite Knapdale Girl a disappointing third 2.5 metres away after trailing the pair.  by Len Baker  

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn has asked the horse racing transition panel to come up with a five-year plan for the industry in its next report, but some of the province's top stallions won't be around to see that, says a Hamilton advocate for local horse owners. Many owners have downsized or move out of the country altogether, said Brian Tropea, general manager of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. "Regardless of what the panel's report comes up with, there's already been a lot of damage to the industry and it'll be interesting to see if people reinvest in the industry or not," he told CBC Hamilton on Wednesday. 'If we lost 9,000 jobs in any other section of the economy, there would be an outrage. But because this is a rural issue, there doesn’t seem to have got the coverage than other industries'—Brian Tropea, general manager of the Ontario Harness Horse Association In a letter sent to the three-person transition panel on Tuesday, Wynn, writing as the minister of agriculture of food, asked the panel to provide a "comprehensive Five Year Plan" for the period of April 2014 to March 2019, including: Distributing the proposed minimum 800 race days for all three categories of racing. Recommending a governance structure for the industry and how Ontario Racing Commission can work with industry associations. Suggesting a specific amount of government investment for the industry. Wynn stressed that she requires "specific recommendations" in the upcoming report. "We are now in the home stretch. I look forward to seeing you at the finish line," Wynn wrote. The racing industry has been in a state of flux since last March, when the province ended its Slots at Racetracks (SARP) program, which saw a percentage of slot revenue used to fund race winnings. Industry in 'significant crisis' Tropea cited a report by the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, which blames the termination of the SARP program for creating "a significant crisis" in the industry. The report suggests more than 3,000 horse owners have left the industry since 2011, representing the loss of $1 billion in investment. Within the same period, 9,000 jobs were also lost. "If we lost 9,000 jobs in any other section of the economy, there would be an outrage," Tropea said. "But because this is a rural issue, there doesn’t seem to have got the coverage than other industries." Tropea said many Ontario horse owners have relocated to the U.S. Others are also no longer bringing horses into the province. "Rather than attracting that foreign investment, we are now taking our money and spending it in the U.S.," he said.  The OHRIA could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. Although Tropea is disappointed about reduced racing opportunities, he said the premier is taking "a completely difference position" than her predecessors. "She wants to see a sustainable industry. Her definition of sustainability and ours might be quite different, but at least she is sitting down working with the industry," he said. The panel’s final report is expected in early October. Reprintd with permission by www.cbc.ca

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