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Grove City, Ohio – As a two-year-old, the connections of Ocean Rock knew he was special, but they did not realize how special until his first start as a three-year-old when he rallied down the stretch for his first harness racing win of the year on the way to being named Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Ocean Rock, the son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl hit the board nine times in ten starts, winning six and earning $363,360 for his owner and breeder Sandra Burnett.  Trained by Christi Noble, Ocean Rock won the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stake Final at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio Breeders Crown at Delaware, and the Ohio Fair Finals, earning the Ohio Triple Crown. “He’s kind of cocky, he has a presence about him.  He knows he is a good horse,” said Noble.  “He is very versatile.  He is quick off the gate, but he can also race from behind.” Ocean Rock will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host a special harness racing Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show, on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. This Virtual Awards Show has been made possible in large part by Jason Settlemoir and The Meadowlands, Roberts Communications Network, and the United States Trotting Association (USTA). The Dan Patch Awards Show can be watched live on USHWA's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters), as well as through the Meadowlands simulcast signal, on the track's website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and through the RTN broadcast network. The next day it will also be archived and available on USHWA's website (www.usharnesswriters.com) and Facebook page as well as the USTA's YouTube channel. To be announced on the Virtual Awards Show will be the 12 divisional winners in the racehorse categories, along with Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and the prestigious E.R. Harriman Harness Horse of the Year. Also to be announced are the Norman Woolworth Owner, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, the Trotting and Pacing Broodmares of the Year, and the Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year. A unanimous selection by all the USHWA chapters, Nancy Takter has already been announced as the winner of the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year. Here are the finalists for the human awards and broodmares: Driver: Dexter Dunn, David Miller Owner: Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms, Pinske Stables Breeder: Brittany Farms, Order By Stable, Runthetable Stables Trotting Broodmare: Dunk The Donato, Nantab, Margarita Momma, Steamy Windows Pacing Broodmare: Beachy Girl, Great Memories, JK She'salady, Swinging Beauty   (USHWA)

Pompano Beach, FL...January 12...Rebellious and DG's Caviar were the harness racing stars under the moonlight at Pompano Park on Monday as these two captured their respective Open Handicap events as handle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the third time since the beginning of the new year. Rebellious, the splendid seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, won the major share of the $11,000 purse as he zipped off the wings and carded panels of :27, :55.1 and 1:23 before a :27.3 finale brought him to the wire in 1:50.3. Wally Hennessey was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner. Southwind Amazon (Matt Kakaley) was a fast closing second, a half-length away, while Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was next, four lengths off the winner. Seeing Eye Single and McMach picked up the final awards in the classy septet. In a post race interview, trainer Deters related, "I thought it was a big effort, especially after a week off. He was used a bit in the opener--:27--and came home in :27.3. Wally (Hennessey) gave him a great steer and, when you have a horse as great as Southwind Amazon haunting you all the way around, it makes the accomplishment even more special. For Rebelious, it was his 42nd career win, vaulting his earnings to $329,456. As the 9 to 5 favorite, Rebellious paid $5.60 to win. Rebelious DG's Caviar, who made an early miscue last week after being "jammed up" but still finishing second, was relentless this night in yet another confrontation with arch-rival Muscles For Life, playing a bit of "tag" before taking charge and drawing away late for the 4 1/2 length win in 1:53.1 for trainer-driver Andy Shetler. Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) did finish second with Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) next. Bucketlist Hanover and Everyone's Talkin were next in the field of seven. At the outset, Muscles For Life left with his usual alacrity from his outside post seven and zipped into the early lead with DG's Caviar, post six, away cautiously and charging forward, taking charge at the opener in :27.2 and carding fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 before a :28.3 finale soundly sealed the issue. The altered son of Prime Time Caviar, who set a track record for four year-old trotting geldings (1:53) as the sun set on the old year, got his first win of the new year and now has won five of six since his arrival here at Pompano Park. After the race, Andy Shetler reflected, "He's just a determined bulldog right now--the best he's ever been. I never asked him for anything in the mile, he just did it all on his own. I know these things don't last forever but I am thankful for his success up to this point." Owned by Daniel Graber, DG's Caviar has 15 wins in 40 lifetime starts, good for $126,700. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, DG's Caviar paid $3.80 to his multitude of faithful. DG's Caviar Drivers Wally Hennessey and David Miller, making his first Pompano appearance of the season, each had driving doubles on the program--Hennessey scoring with the aforementioned Rebellious and Make A Statement, while Miller hit the winner's circle with Real Peace and B Like Cruiser. With a pair of $30,000 guaranteed pools on the Pick-4 wager, handled vaulted over the $1 million for the third time in his young year of 2021--the Monday total being $1,157,231. On Tuesday, mares will be in the limelight as Image Of A Dream seeks a repeat win in the $11,000 Open Handicap against Ask Me Ifi Care, Cult Icon, Crisp Mane, Casie's Believer and Another Beach Day. On the wagering side of the ledger, there is a $20,000 guaranteed pool the Tuesday Pick-4 with an industry low 12% takeout. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $87,689.51. Free programs are available on the isle casino racing website. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2021 -- The Meadows has added a $10,000 guarantee for Wednesday's harness racing Pick 5, which begins with race 8 and features a 50-cent minimum wager. The guarantee is offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Wednesday's 13-race card also includes two other carryovers: $3,068.87 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $2,792.64 in the Early Pick 4 (race 4). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

MICHAEL Muscat recently decided that it was the right time in his life to make a change and he now has no regrets that he chose to re-locate from Sydney to Bathurst. “I am really loving it out there in the central west. The people that I have got to know are so friendly and the lifestyle is most definitely more relaxed than in the city,” said Muscat. Since moving west, Muscat has had five winners, his most notable being Jak Magic, which provided him with his first Menangle Country Series Final three weeks ago.   Muscat has no fear in travelling with his team and has already been seen all around the countryside at tracks like Dubbo, Junee, Young and Parkes. “Bathurst is quite central to many tracks which gives me lots of options to race my horses in suitable races and I have enjoyed the trips to places that I had not been to before,” said Muscat.  “Unfortunately, I have been unable to drive the horses myself due to sustaining some injuries in some falls earlier in 2020. “But I have been fortunate to have secured some of the best drivers from the area, who are keen to drive my horses, which is very humbling. “I have not had all that many starters to date, so I am pleased to have already chalked up five winners since moving.  “In fact, I don’t think many of them have missed a cheque either.” Muscat said that eventually he wanted to return to race driving, but is in no rush. “I do miss driving in races but while things are ticking over as well as they currently are, there is no real urgency to get back,” he said. On Wednesday night, Muscat is “at home” with four runners on a solid Bathurst program. “I find it hard to pinpoint a standout from my team tonight as all four appear to be top chances,” he said.  “Jak Magic was so strong in winning at Menangle last start and Lord Heston bolted in on Boxing night.  “Although Dargos Pet was beaten last time out when an odds-on favourite we were happy with his effort while Shes All Smiles is one to follow as she is on the improve and I think she can go very close to winning.”   HRNSW MEDIA

Steve and Amanda Telfer have added some major firepower to their assault on the Northern Oaks just weeks after winning their first Group One. The South Auckland trainers captured the Dunstan Horsefeeds Sires’ 3YO fillies final with Enjoy Me on New Year's Eve and she now has "ownershipmate" Darling Me joining the team. Darling Me was fourth in the final behind Enjoy Me, Bettor Twist and La Rosa. “After the New Years Eve meeting I told Paul and Mary (Kenny, owners) that Enjoy Me needed 10 days in the paddock and they said Darling Me, which they also own, needed a break too,” explains Steve Telfer. “So we offered to spell them here (Stonewall Stud) together and then after a few days they said we might as well hold on to her and bring them up together for the Oaks. “So she is a really nice filly to get and they are both now back in work.” A winner of three from 10, Darling Me was formerly trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and is one of very few horses to have not stayed on with new trainer Hayden Cullen. “Paul and Mary explained to me they still have four or five horses down there with Hayden they just thought this filly would be suited up here, especially with the Oaks here as the next major three-year-old fillies race she was eligible for.” The Oaks is scheduled for March 5. Telfer also has one of the country’s best male three-year-old pacers in B D Joe, who is going through a growing phase. “That was probably why he weakened off a touch and wasn’t finding the line quite as well over the last 50m of his races,” says Telfer. “We know how good he is and have actually sent him to Margaret Park for two to three weeks on the water walker and then we will make a call on the Derby up here but I’d say he will be there.” Telfer and his owners are considering offers for some of their open class regulars so there could be some movement among the older horses in the stable but they have plenty of equine ammo to go on with and he admits he now looks at some of the group one targets for B D Joe and Enjoy Me with renewed confidence. “We have nice horses and of course that coincides with Mark and Natalie taking a break so we have a chance in some races whereas previously often we have gone into group ones hopeful more than anything else.”   by Michael Guerin

Saturday night should be another walk in the park for Lochinvar Art. Australia’s best pacer already looked a class above his Group 2 Shepparton Gold Cup rivals, but drawing the pole cemented it. He’s $1.10 with the Aussie TAB in a seven-horse race where former Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup runner-up Our Uncle Sam (gate five) and talented comeback pacer Malcolms Rhythm (three) look next best. Trainer-driver David Moran said Lochinvar Art was “pretty close to his top” for his first race of 2021. His last run was that stunning 30.5m Group 1 Vicbred final win on New Year’s Eve. “He had a few days off after that last win and I said I’d play it by earn whether he ran this week or waited to Ballarat, but he’s ready to go,” he said. “This will sharpen him up a bit and then he’s got Ballarat next week to top him off for the Hunter Cup (February 6). “He’s had his share of bad draws in big races, so it’s great to have a couple of draws at his past two. Hopefully he keeps getting the good draws, especially come Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile time.” ______________________________________________________________________________________ Rejuvenated trotting star McLovin headlines the feature trot at Shepparton when he backs-up from gate seven in the Group 3 George Gath. He’s one of three Andy and Kate Gath runners, Monaro Maro (three) and Majestic Courtney (five). McLovin is going for four wins on end after his mighty Group 1 Maori Mile victory at Bendigo last Saturday night. His baby half-brother, Havehorsewilltravel, is going for four wins from as many starts for Team Gath in the third race at Shepparton. The Angus Hall gelding found the front and won well in the Cobram Trotters’ Cup last Sunday. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Former classy Kiwi pacer Star Galleria continues his Hunter Cup preparation in the free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday night. Driver Luke McCarthy was delighted with the gelding’s first run for trainer Craig Cross when he won easily, albeit in moderate time, at Menangle two weeks back. Star Galleria will start from the outside gate, but should be further improved and looks a classy above his rivals with Cross’ other big guns not in the race. On the same card, prepost Ladyship Mile favourite Bettor Enforce should be too classy from gate in a small but select Group 3 Ladyship Pace. Classy Queenslander Pelosi is down to start her quest towards the Ladyship Mile and looks the main threat from gate five, while former WA mare Dracarys (two) and the talented Nostra Villa (four) add some class. There will be plenty of interest in the opening race when last-start Breeders Crown 3YO winner Zeuss Bromac returns from a break to build towards the Chariots Of Fire.   by Adam Hamilton

New Zealand harness racing import Let It Ride improved his record since coming to the United States to six-for-six with a 1:52.1 victory from post position eight in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway as the 2021 meet kicked off.   Let It Ride had regular pilot Dexter Dunn at the controls, and Dunn floated away from the outside draw, landing a seat in sixth in the first turn. Meanwhile, Bettor Memories (George Brennan) shot out to the lead from the pole position and cut the opening quarter in 27 seconds. Bettor Memories would continue to show the way to the 56.3 half-mile marker, but Hesa Kingslayer (Jim Marohn Jr.), another New Zealand-bred, went first-over from fifth just prior to that marker, giving Let It Ride cover to track.   Bettor Memories remained in the lead at the 1:24.3 three-quarters and was able to keep Hesa Kingslayer at bay around the far turn as well, but Dunn turned Let It Ride loose three-wide before they entered the stretch, and he would out-finish his competition while not asked by Dunn, winning by a comfortable length. Speed Man, a Kiwi transplant driven by Scott Zeron, slid out off the cones to follow Let It Ride after three-quarters and wound up closing for second at 99-1, while Hesa Kingslayer came in third, giving the race an all-New Zealand trifecta.     An 8-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven and out of the Bettor's Delight mare Love A Gamble, Let It Ride is trained by Nifty Norman for owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. Let It Ride, who was a two-time Group 1 race winner in Australia in 2018, has a record of 24-6-8 from 60 career starts and has now earned $375,959. He paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. The exacta with Speed Man kicked back $61.50, and the trifecta of 8-3-5 was worth $129.50.   On the wagering front, the first edition of the new $1 Pick 6 at Yonkers had a pool of $2,839, and the sequence of 1/1/2/1,2/8/5 returned $355.50. The 50-cent Pick 5 handled $13,964, and the winning combination of 2/1,2/8/5/1 paid $122.00. As a reminder, the takeout on the Pick 4’s, Pick 5’s, and Pick 6’s at Yonkers is now 20 percent.   Racing at Yonkers will resume on Tuesday night with first post at 7:15, and the track will continue on a Monday-Friday schedule throughout 2021.     Yonkers Raceway

With 101 yearlings due to roll through the Oaklands Junction sale ring on Sunday, February 7, the odds of purchasing a potential topliner at the Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sale have never been more in the favour of buyers. The sale catalogue has listed 56 superbly bred colts and 45 fillies for auction, all eligible to contest APG’s Melbourne Gold Bullion Series carrying around $600,000 of local prizemoney. APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, enthused, “the simple fact is that the risk to reward ratio for buyers has never been better with the 56 colts and 45 fillies eligible for APG’s Melbourne $150,000 2YO finals and $100,000 3YO finals, featuring separate divisions for each sex". “The odds of finding a horse capable of filling one of the 40 places in the finals are outstanding, and most buyers would like to think that they can shorten the odds even further based on their own methods of ranking the horses based on pedigree and conformation. “Realistically, I’d expect buyers will be approaching APG’s 2021 Melbourne Sale with an enormous feeling of confidence that they will be coming home with a purchase capable of lining up in at least one of APG’s Group One Melbourne Gold Bullion Finals”. In addition to the $600,000 or so of local APG prizemoney, the majority of the yearlings are also paid up for the rich Breeders Crown, Vicbred and Vicbred Platinum series for two, three and four-year-olds, while 37 are eligible for the Bathurst Gold Crown, five for Tasbred, three for the NSW Breeders Challenge and one for Westbred. And, with the plethora of age classics being conducted around Australia, graduates of the 2021 APG Melbourne sale will have far greater earning potential than ever before. The catalogue lists progeny of past Australian Pacing Gold winners in Self Denial (2003) and Pelicanrama (1999) and close relatives of APG champions such as Follow The Stars (2014), Mindarie Priddy (2013), Lombo Pocket Watch (2006) and Lady Waratah (2005). Graduates of recent Melbourne sales include recent Breeders Crown champions Maajida and Be Happy Mach the Vicbred winner Pacifico Dream, as well as recent Australian Horse of the Year winners in their respective categories, Centenario, Lumineer, Nostra Villa, Shez All Rock and Smolda. To order a sale catalogue or to view the catalogue online simply click on the respective links on the website www.apgold.com.au   Australian Pacing Gold

Thanks to some outstanding decisions made by Queensland breeders back in the season of 2019/20, APG have been able to assemble 52 distinguished Lots for the APG Brisbane Sale happening at Albion Park Paceway on Sunday 31 January 2021. This acclaimed race series not only has $350,000 of local prize money on offer, but in addition an incentive scheme for QBRED-eligible horses sees a first-win bonus set at $12,000 at any age, regardless of how many interstate wins they may have had. A further $7,500 cash bonus is also on offer for their first Queensland win in a subsequent season, meaning the opportunities for investors in harness racing right now have never been better than in QLD. The next four stallions we would like to highlight are Badlands Hanover, Betterthancheddar, Betting Line and Bettors Delight. Badlands Hanover was a standout Grand Circuit performer, setting a world record at two of 1:50 winning the 1998 Breeders Crown Final. With multiple $1,000,000 winners in both the northern and southern hemispheres, this puts him amongst some of the most successful stallions in the sport. Lot 30 - Badlands Hanover - Bute Sister - Artiscape -  Ms Mac N Cheese $815,427: This impressive looking filly has a dam being a sister to Badlands Bute, and a winner of $328,365 which carries the blood that could get the new owner extremely excited by its prospects. Betterthancheddar went to stud as a Bettor’s Delight’s fastest and richest entire and while his multiple world record holder race career ended tragically, it hasn’t stopped him leaving fast horses in both hemispheres. Lot 28 – Betterthancheddar – Bubby Doll – Jet Laag Wisdom tree (Artsplace) $642,215: The APG Brisbane breeder looks to have nailed his choice of broodmare sire here with Jet Laag.  With six of Betterthanchedddar’s best 16 coming from the Adios line (through Abercrombie) broodmares sires, this stylish looking grey has the potential to bring joy to her new connections. At three-years-old, Betting Line won 14 of 15 starts  and with wins in the North American Cup, the Carl Milstein Memorial and the Battle of the Brandywine (where he posted his career best time of 1:47.2f) it helped him to go on to be crowned 2016 Canadian All-age Horse of the Year and North American 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Betting Line’s top four progeny (all have won north of $100,000 as 2YOs) so far have come from Meadow Skipper (through Western Hanover) and Adios (through Abercrombie) which is a point not lost on the canny APG Brisbane breeders, with five of the six lots matched to those successful lines. The sixth was bred on the Direct Scooter line, which most people would understand shows how amazing Bettors Delight has been with Cullen mares. Both Lazarus - the super star winner of $4,125,988 - and Chicago Bull - winner of $2,308,843 - are out of Cullen mares. Three great examples of Betting Lines Lots are: Lot 1 - Betting Line - October Original - Perfect Art - Tall Dark Stranger $1,941,999 (Bettors Delight – Art Major): What a great filly to kick off the sale; fillies have really ran in this family and please don’t forget that the very handy Lovers Delight (by Bettors Delight) winner of $555,473 was out of the same N4 family. This lot is being prepared by the team at Monarch farms and it’s sure to present well. Lot 4 - Betting Line - Ourark - Rocknroll Hanover - Abuckabett Hanover $172,434. This colt is from U306 and it’s done a wonderful job here in Australia. While Betting Line’s highest earner is from a Rocknroll Hanover Broodmare, his father produced Bettors Wish from a mare by Rocknroll Hanover’s sire Western Ideal. Lot 38 - Betting Line - Exclusif - Perfect Art - Tall Dark Stranger $1,941,999 (Bettors Delight – Art Major): What is of particular note here is how good the Bettor’s Delight blood has already worked with this dam who has produced the $455,809 winner Bettor Bet Black. The Vaggs have a reputation of producing big strong yearlings to the sale and this Lot will be no different - a must view colt. Bettor’s Delight is being promoted as harness racing’s relentless juggernaut in the breeding shed, with no stallion having cast a bigger shadow over the breeding scene. Age has not diminished his influence on the racetrack and in the breeding barn as his progeny continue to break records and he is now impacting as a broodmare sire. Lot 25 – Bettors Delight – Wandary Splash – Blissfull Hall – Bettor Than You $543,628: With an incredible five offspring bred on this cross so far with earnings of more than $100,000, from just nine progeny of racing age - this cross has ticked so many boxes.  With the additional bonus of being prepared at Burwood, this QBRED Filly should have a massive day. Please come and celebrate the exciting opportunities now available in Queensland with us and support the efforts of the breeders and consignors in this state.  We invite you to join us at Albion Park on Sunday January 31 from 8am for a complimentary breakfast, followed by free beverages from 11am to 12:05pm. We will have online and telephone bidding options available if you are unable to attend. John Coffey will be inspecting all of the Brisbane yearlings on sales day, and will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the individuals featuring in the sale, or to bid on your behalf.  John can be contacted on 0418 500 211. Please contact Linda Graham on 0428 955 998 via email and she’ll be pleased to assist you with your online registrations, pre- bidding sale approvals or to answer any other questions that you may have on your travel and accommodation needs.   RQ Media

Grove City, Ohio – Summer Touch made sure there was no doubt who the top 2-Year-Old pacing filly in Ohio was, as she set a harness racing world record and won the Ohio Triple Crown on the way to being named the 2020 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. Summer Touch, the daughter of Well Said out of Real Touch finished second in her first start and then won her next six races for trainer Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $285,550. Summer Touch is an Ohio Triple Crown Winner, winning the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes final, the Ohio Fair Stakes, and the Ohio Breeders Championship.  She set a world record at MGM Northfield Park in the fourth leg of the Ohio Sire Stakes, covering the half mile track in 1:51.4.    “She’s a pleasure to work with,” said driver Chris Page.  “Summer Touch isn’t the biggest filly, but she is very slick gaited and gets over the track easily.”  Summer Touch will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Virgil Morgan, Jr., arguably the greatest trainer in Ohio history, has been elected as the 47th member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the members of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Morgan, 55, was the first conditioner to win 5,000 races and has now won more than 6,700 races and $60 million in earnings. He has career Universal Training Rating of .350 and has won the training title at Eldorado Scioto Downs for an astonishing 26 straight years. He was introduced to the sport of harness racing through his uncle, Emory Lewis, and his father, Virgil Morgan, Sr. He bought his first horse at the age of 17 and later started working for trainer Randy Owens before striking out on his own in the late 1980s. He has trained some tremendous performers including Mister Big, Pet Rock, Allamerican Captor, Action Broadway and this year's Ohio divisional champion's Street Gossip and Action Uncle. He has won six Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies. This award is given annually to the trainer who has earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes. He trained 22 Ohio Sire Stakes champions. Despite his past success, Morgan also has his eye on the future of the sport. His daughter, Kiara, is an aspiring driver and his son, Tre, is an owner. In the spring of 2018, Morgan opened the Winner Circle Training Center, the state's premier harness facility. Morgan will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual banquet on Saturday, January 16. A more formal ceremony will occur during Scioto Downs' 2021 meet.   Jay Wolf

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Josh Sutton reached the coveted 5,000 career victory plateau at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Jan. 11), guiding Wegottatruckyea to the wire first in the very first race. It wasn't long before Sutton commenced his trek for 10,000 wins as he also captured the second race with Astroffical, prompting a daily double that returned $20.60 to Sutton faithful. Sutton was born in Henderson, Kentucky, just a stone's throw from Audubon Raceway, in 1982. He began working for trainer Brian Loney when he was 14, mucking stalls and jogging horses. Hooked for life on harness racing, Sutton quit school at age 15 and hitched a ride to Los Alamitos in California where he found work on the backstretch for the winter meet. When that ended Josh returned to Lexington and he has been a mainstay in Midwest America racing circles ever since. After another year of grooming and jogging horses, Sutton get his qualifying license in 1999 and drove in 18 of those tests. As soon as he turned 18, Sutton was awarded his driver's license and Loney and trainer Clint Binkley gave the young reinsmen his first work. Sutton's career has progressed nicely since those early days. He has raced at Fairmount Park, where he won his first qualifier, Colonial Downs, where he won his first real race, and a plethora of other tracks throughout the Midwest over the past 20 years. He has raced at Maywood, Hawthorne and Balmoral in Chicago, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in Indiana, as well as stints at The Red Mile and Pompano Park. For the past seven years Sutton has been a mainstay on the southern Ohio circuit of Miami Valley, Hollywood Dayton and Scioto Downs. Sutton's mounts have earned almost $36 million and he has notched over 100 victories in 16 of the last 18 years. Josh's best year was 2016 when he triumphed 550 times, earned $5,060,722 and sported a .319 UDRS. One of many highlights of his career was winning four Ohio Sires Stakes championship races on a single night at Northfield Park in that season. Josh Sutton is congratulated on his 5000th career win by Race Secretary Gregg Keidel, his girlfriend Ashley Holliday, longtime friend Brett Schultz and Miami Valley Race Manager Larry Alexander.       Conrad photo When asked to name his favorite horse, Sutton quipped "The last one that I won with! I hate losing even more than I like winning." On his goals moving forward, "10,000! This is what I do and I plan on doing it as long as I'm able." Sutton and his girlfriend, outrider Ashley Holliday, purchased a horse farm several years ago that keeps them busy in their spare time. "I don't have a lot of hobbies, other than rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats in basketball, but there's always something to do at the farm."   Gregg Keidel

Catch up on the week’s harness racing action in our weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton. THE GOOD Major Cam has faced his share of battles throughout his career but on Saturday night he produced one of his finest victories. In a career littered with issues and layoffs, the giant nine-year-old showed he still has the desire and instinct with a breathtaking last-to-first victory in the Remembering Atomic Ark Pace. Settling at the rear of the field as Mattgregor set the tempo in front, a steady early pace over the 2138-metre distance was making it look a difficult assignment for those back in the field. Still at the rear of the pack as the third split was put down in a sizzling 26.8 seconds, driver Kylie Rasmussen made her move. Angling across runners as they turned for home, Major Cam was soon the widest runner and shaken up to give chase, and give chase he did. Charging home down the outside of the track, he picked them up and put them away in the blink of an eye in claiming a two-metre victory. The win was astounding, with horses just not winning in free for all company in that manner. Trained by Darren Weeks, driven by Kylie Rasmussen and owned by her mother Cheryl, the win took Major Cam’s record to 59 starts for 26 wins and 13 minor placings and earnings of $235,000. Starting his career with a Redcliffe victory as a three-year-old in December 2014, Major Cam has been sidelined for periods of nine months or longer on three separate occasions. Following two wins from six starts in his first campaign, he was away from the track for 12 months, returning as a four-year-old with a first-up victory at Albion Park. It was to be a successful four-year-old term that returned 7 wins and 3 minors from 12 outings. Included were a pair of Group victories - the Group 2 Four-Year-Old Triad Final and the Group 3 Four-Year-Old Championship. The 4YO Championship victory would be his last in that season, with two more starts before another 11-month stint on the sidelines. Returning as a five-year-old, he showed no effects of the long break when scoring a gritty win first-up from outside the leader to claim his tenth career victory. A further six wins that season were followed with his progression to open company early in the new season as a six-year-old. Major Cam announced himself to the Free For All ranks with a dominant victory at his second start of the 2017/18 season in a field that included battle-hardened open class performers Alleluia and Mach Alert. Apart from a half-head second in the 2017 Redcliffe Patron’s Purse behind Bettorthanspecial, all his racing has been at Albion Park. His latest victory has elevated him into the ’25 Club’ for horses that have achieved 25 victories at The Creek. That victory indicating there is still film left to be added to the Major Cam highlight reel.   THE BAD George Michael is an owner, breeder and trainer that has put huge amounts of money and hard work into the sport of harness racing. With many of the horses owned by Michael bred by his own stallions in recent times, in 2016, he opted to send a mare by the name of Melton Bonny Bye to the court of Hurrikane Kingcole. The resultant foal was a filly, and that filly was then entered in the 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale. Entering the sales ring, the filly could not attract a solitary bid and was knocked down as a buyback to Michael for the paltry figure of $200. Naming his horses with the moniker of Melton as either a suffix or prefix in their name referring to Melton Stud - which is owned and operated by Michael - this filly would race as Melton Insulted. Given the name owing to how George Michael was feeling after his filly could not even secure a solitary bid at that 2019 sale. Fast forward to her two-year-old season and Melton Insulted - now prepared by John McMullen - progressed through to the Redcliffe Sales Series Final following a placing in her heat. There was to be no fairy tale in the $100,000 Group 1 Final, however the filly ended the extended season with 8 minor placings from 16 attempts. Stepping out as a three-year-old on January 7 at Redcliffe in her first start for the new season, Melton Insulted was able to land a maiden-breaking victory. Every cloud has a silver lining and the lining on this occasion was for Michael’s pockets. In claiming victory, the filly also pocketed the $12,000 QBRED first win bonus. Not bad for a horse that no one wanted!   THE MILESTONE Breeding is a character-building part of racing that can test the toughest of people and assess their resilience. Keith Croft has been lucky enough with his mare Versace Woman, on the most part, to experience the highs that breeding brings. On Saturday night at Albion Park, Versace Woman was able to land a metropolitan double when Just Joshin and Jiggle And Jive were both successful. Full siblings by the champion sire Bettors Delight, both pacers are trained out of Redcliffe by Aileen Smith and owned by Croft. Just Joshin was the first and perhaps unexpected of the double when claiming victory in a Qualifying Pace. Securing a perfect trip in behind the leader after starting from barrier one, Lachie Manzelmann was able to steer the six-year-old to victory via the passing lane. Securing a last stride victory by the barest possible margin, the winning rate of 1.55.3 also set a new benchmark for the gelding in landing his ninth career win. Less than 90 minutes later and the winning double for Croft, Smith and Versace Woman was completed when Jiggle And Jive triumphed. Already a Group 1 winner after claiming the 2019 2YO Fillies Triad Final, the four-year-old mare was able to break a winless streak when scoring a narrow victory in a mare’s event. After returning as a three-year-old with three successive victories, Jiggle And Jive just lost her way somewhat and after a steep rise in class that saw her meeting experienced rivals. A string of bad gates did not aid her cause, and after landing gate 1 on Saturday night, driver Shane Graham made the most of the advantage. Leading throughout, the mare was able to hold on for a narrow victory as Tuapeka Light made one last bid to get within a half-head of the winner. With a team of four in work - three of those full siblings out of Versace Woman - it has been a successful fortnight for Smith landing a pair of doubles. Joy To All - the third of the Bettors Delight x Versace Woman in Aileen’s team - was able to break through for her first victory at Redcliffe on December 30. Also successful on that night in completing a double for Smith was Regalia, the four-year-old claiming his second career victory. Owned and bred by Aileen along with her father Cliff Gassman, the gelding is out of the mare Idontneedluck that Smith raced to 12 career wins. Season 2021 has certainly started the best way possible.   THE WILDCARD Daroobalgie is a small hamlet just off the Newel Highway between Forbes and Parkes in the Lachlan Valley of New South Wales. It is also the name given to a handy pacer that raced in the early to mid-2000s for owner/breeder Carol Wood and her husband Bruce, who was also the trainer of the stallion. In an impressive career that netted 21 victories, the highlight was a Group 1 success when claiming the 2001 3YO NSW Sires Stakes. As a four-year-old, he was able to progress through to the 2002 Inter Dominion Final won by Smooth Satin. In a four-start Queensland campaign in 2003 as a five-year-old, he finished unplaced each time, including an eighth in the Winter Cup won by Sokyola and down the line in the Redcliffe Cup. At stud - with limited opportunities - Daroobalgie has been able to sire five winners from 11 starters. Of those five, three have been successful at Redcliffe - Gargarra, Ceear Rail and Aroona. Last Thursday, 15 years to the day since Daroobalgie contested the Shepparton Cup, Aroona claimed his fifth career victory. Trained by Melissa Kendall and driven to victory by her son Zac Chappenden, Kendall has been patient with the now eight-year-old. Repaying that patience has seen the gelding claim five victories and place on a further 22 occasions under her care after taking on Aroona as a 15-start maiden. The win of Aroona provided mother and son team of Melissa and Zac with the first leg of a race-to-race double. Wild About Town was the second leg when the seven-year-old was able to lead all the way in scoring his sixth victory for Kendall. Scoring a double with a pair of pacers that entered her barn as maidens and virtual cast-offs, they have started the latest season in perfect fashion.   THIS WEEK This coming week will again see five race meetings held in Queensland. Albion Park kicks off the week with an eight-race card followed by Redcliffe on Wednesday night with ten races to be decided. Redcliffe on Thursday afternoon will be followed by Albion Park Friday afternoon. The week will be rounded out with something a little different to the normal schedule, with Redcliffe hosting the metropolitan staked meeting. Highlighting the card will be a Trotters Cup race offering total stakes of $22,210, run over the 2613-metre distance with conditions of discretionary handicap. There will also be the final of the Hustler Raptor Series following two heats last Wednesday. For the 47-52 rated performers with a random barrier draw, heat winners were Headwin and Pacific Coin. All participants and stakeholders are requested to keep pace with the latest advice from Racing Queensland to ensure COVID-19 protocols are met.   by Darren Clayton for Racing Queensland

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Ashburton today with a ten race program starting at 1:57pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Ashburton selections 12th January 2021 Best Bet:  R8 Skidaddle  Best Value:  R3 Styx Sweetie   Race 1 He's A Cassanova not far away from the placings last few starts. One of the leading chances in this field… Eilish Hall good at Westport the first day. Can win with a closer run to the leaders and mobile a big help…… Son Of Majestic mobile will help and he has some speed. No surprise to see him in the money at good odds…..Hurricane Hill good at trials and workouts and will start favourite here. Top selection Selections:  Hurricane Hill (8),   Eilish Hall (9),   He's A Cassanova (4)   Son Of Majestic (2)   Race 2 Daggy Lamb going well at workouts and reasonable form. Has to be a big chance here and top selection.……. It's A Laugh building a good formline and looks a good place hope again here. Include…… Aveross Spitfire throws in the odd good race and drawn well. Place chances look best but has claims…… Sportscam has been disappointing but not the worst in a weak field. One for longer odds Selections:  Daggy Lamb (8),  Sportscam (7),   It's A Laugh (9),   Aveross Spitfire (3)   Race 3 Styx Sweetie last run better than it looks on paper. Drawn to get a run through early and can win at good odds….. Dixie Flyer two good thirds a couple of starts ago and mile will suit. Has to be included here….. Seapris good third fresh up on grass and will be improved. Can run top three here….. Play It Now has been disappointing but getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   Styx Sweetie (11),   Dixie Flyer (6),   Seapris (4)    Play It Now  (2)   Race 4 Still Truckin quick beginner who will take some catching if he can land the front from the ace draw. Top selection here….. Classie Washington racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. All Together Now an early gallop cost him last start. Workouts have been ok and can place with manners….. Owes Me Dough looked full of running when qualifying in good time. Tote the guide but has winning claims Selections:   Still Truckin (1),   Classie Washington (7),   All Together Now (9)   Owes Me Dough (8)   Race 5 Sonoma Tyron mobile mile will suit. Looks a good chance if he can stay out of trouble early and opened over the odds….. Spy Da Moment in good form but tricky draw over the mile. Winning claims and will be running on late….. Orlando Magic drawn well and could be fighting out the finish if she can lead early. Risky early but needed..….. Awapuni good at workouts and drawn for a cosy run on the fence. Will need gaps but not the worst Selections:   Sonoma Tyron (11),   Spy Da Moment (14),   Awapuni (10)   Orlando Magic (2)   Race 6 Got You Covered conditions suit and drawn well. Good winning claims and should run top three.…. On The Buzzer best draw and plenty of ability. One for the leading chances and will give a good sight here…… Longview Lady has been racing better fields and she has a big finish when saved for one run at them. Good winning chance..… Southerly Change should be quick off the gate and will get a soft run. Winning claims Selections:  Got You Covered (3),   On The Buzzer (1),   Southerly Change (2),   Longview Lady (5)   Race 7 Just Michael building into some good form at workouts before failing on raceday. Has been freshened and could surprise. Chance at good odds…. Glenthorne back with original trainer and he has some speed. Would be no surprise to see him in the money here if back to his best….. Madame Frost has been fair the last couple but lobs up every now and then at good odds. Could upset in the right mood…. In Chevron We Trust getting better with racing and form is good. Has to be included but tricky draw Selections:   Just Michael (16),  In Chevron We Trust (15),   Glenthorne (7),  Madame Frost (5)   Race 8 Skidaddle good win last start and will be fitter. Loves the track and will be hard to beat if she runs a similar time….. Sudaman good last start and better drawn here. One of the leading chances and can run top three….. Jonique tricky draw but good last start. Should be close to the placings with luck in the running….. Majorca tricky draw but has beaten better fields. Looks to be running for place money only here Selections:   Skidaddle (4),   Sudaman (3),   Majorca (14)  Jonique (8)   Race 9 Girls Let Loose racing well and paying great money. Distance suits and will be hard to beat now she is back in form….. Willangus Lad racing well and good stayer who should appreciate the big track. Can run top three….. Arran Chief getting older but still has a bit of life in the old legs. Could make it interesting if he found the front early ….. Majestic Action good run last start and very speedy. Hard to beat here if close enough on the home turn Selections:  Girls Let Loose (12),   Willangus Lad (14),   Majestic Action (8)    Arran Chief (13)   Race 10 John James Preston drawn for a soft run on the fence but will need luck. Winning claims….. Dallas Grimes running on last start and should get a run forward early. One for longer odds here….. Not Over tricky draw but good win last start. One of the leading chances here and has trialled well on the track….. Chal Be in good form and drawn ok. Quick improver who can win Selections:   Dallas Grimes (6),   Chal Be (5),   Not Over (13)   John James Preston(10)   Harnesslink Media

Astor, FL — Here is the 2021 harness racing training roster for the Winter Miles Trotting Center/Burke Training Center in Astor, Fla. First crop sires with horses training in Astor include Devious Man, Downbytheseaside, Fear The Dragon, Fort Knox, Huntsville, Walner and What The Hill. Foiled Again, harness racing’s all-time richest horse with $7.6 million in earnings and officially retired from racing, is again a snowbird wintering in Florida. Robert Anderson Stable 2-year-old Center Attraction p,f, American Ideal—Art Center Herman Brewer Stable 2-year-old Prince Of Sussex t,c, Creatine—Pana Colada 3-year-olds Ifnotmewho t,f, (2,1:58.2f, $71,303) Credit Winner—Pana Colada Ifnotnowwhen t,g, (2,2:01.3f, $20,500) Muscle Massive—Winbak Paige Burke Stable 2-year-olds AB Bright Light t,c, What The Hill—Oaklea Odessa All About The Hunt p,c, Huntsville—All About Kisses Always B Royalty p,f, Always B Miki—Hurricane Schmumma Barry’s Berries p,c, Downbytheseaside—Dingle Bay Be My Baby Now t,f, What The Hill—Baby Bella Big Sachino p,c, Downbytheseaside—Santa Fe Yankee Birthday p,c, Sweet Lou—Breakheart Pass Cape Cod Hanover p,f, Downbytheseaside—Clouding Over Cherish Hanover p,f, Bettor’s Delight—Clef Sign Hanover Coastal p,f, Downbytheseaside—Pink Camo Code Cracker p,c, Sweet Lou—Atsallrite Hanover Collusion Illusion p,f, Sweet Lou—Spoiled Beach Hanover Cowboy Crushn t,f, Chapter Seven—Cowgirl Hall Dock Of The Bay p,c, Downbytheseaside—Pantathion Don’t Cry Joe t,c, Southwind Frank—Sequin Hanover Dragon Lady p,f, Fear The Dragon—Dancin Carroll Eminem Hanover p,c, Downbytheseaside—Eight Mile Hanover Fantasy Life p,f, Downbytheseaside—Tea Time Frank The Elder t,c, Walner—Sianna Hanover Gallie Hanover p,f, Always B Miki—Galliebythebeach Global Pandemic t,c, Cantab Hall—Nicole’s Promise Good Deal p,c, Sweet Lou—Cut A Deal Hoffman Hanover p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Hug A Dragoness I’ll Annie Up t,f, Uncle Peter—Annapolis I’m Just James p,c, Real Desire—I’m All A Roan Irish Potato t,f, Muscle Hill—Buck I St Pat JM’s Final Treasure p,c, Sweet Lou—Worldly Treasure Just Divine p,f, Huntsville—Divine Caroline Kissinyougoodbye p,f, Huntsville—Yagonnakissmeornot Lets Go Hanover t,c, E L Titan—Lady Luck Hanover Life Luvin Yankee p,f, Sweet Lou—Luvthebeachlife Loch’s N Bagels t,f, Southwind Frank—Loch Katrina Loukes Perry p,c, Sweet Lou—Lucy’s Pearl Lous Sassin p,c, Sweet Lou—Sassa Hanover Maddox Hanover p,c, Well Said—Mary Mattgalane McClelland Hanover p,c, Captaintreacherous—Magic Starlight Missalette t,f, Father Patrick—Witty Girl Moni’s Heaven Sent t,c, Muscle Hill—Moni From Heaven Mr Strong t,c, Muscle Hill-Marion Missamerica Muscle Crown t,c, Muscle Hill—Reven Crown Neopolitan t,c, Muscle Hill—Sugar Cone No Foolin p,f, Sweet Lou—Continual Velocity One Of The Guys p,c, Always B Miki—Studio One Outmuscle t,c, Muscle Hill—Fifty Shades Pink Gypsy t,f, Father Patrick—Margarita Momma Raising Hill t,c, What The Hill—Lindys Headnurse Riding High t,f, Walner—Brooklyn Eagle River Ness p,c, Huntsville—Summertime Lea Rose Run Xcell p,f, Racing Hill—Victoria Gallery Rose Run Xplosion p,c, Downbytheseaside—Crying Game Rose Run Xtra t,c, Cash Hall—Anything But Love Seaside Park p,f, Downbytheseaside—Cinamony Sea Silk p,f, Downbytheseaside—Silk Purse Sendingallmylove t,f, Southwind Frank—Superfine Hanover Sip t,c, Bar Hopping—Barbara Brooks Six Foot Please p,c, American Ideal—Upfrontandpersonal Sloopy p,f, Downbytheseaside—Maniana Springbridge Dragn p,c, Fear The Dragon—Stonebridge Damsel Stop And Search t,f, Cantab Hall—Air Quote Hanover Sunseeker Hanover t,f, Southwind Frank—Snowflake Hanover Sweet Hello p,f, Sweet Lou—Well Hello There Sweeties Best Bet p,f, Betting Line—Backstreet Sweetie Sweet Kisses p,f, Sweet Lou—Kiss Me Terminator p,c, Downbytheseaside—Crescent City The Fear Is Real p,c, Fear The Dragon—Nachomama Bluechip The Rundy t,c, E L Titan—Unefoisdansmavie Treacherous Tom p,c, Captaintreacherous—Kate Is Well Said Twin B Beach Club p,f, Downbytheseaside—Smart Card Unhitched t,c, What The Hill—Obsessed Blue Chip Unleash The Titan t,c, E L Titan—Quite Possible Up Blueberry Hill t,c, What The Hill—Fruition Victory Now t,f, What The Hill—Victoriousbroadway Violence t,c, Muscle Hill—Shes Gone Again Wehadababyetzaboy p,c, Sweet Lou—Camille What A Picture t,f, What The Hill—No Pictures Please Yes And Yes p,f, Always B Miki—Yes Deer Youremyobsession p,c, Sweet Lou—Art Obsession Tom & June Durand Stable 2-year-olds Angel’s Express t,g, Archangel—Daylon Mistress Mancini t,g, Cantab Hall—Clarice Marie older horse The First Chapter 6,h,t, (3,1:55.3s, $28,654) Chapter Seven—Aurova Hanover Benny Eggers Stable 2-year-olds Margie Joe p,f, Roll With Joe—Cheyenne Margie Middleman t,c, Devious Man—Vivica Hall 3-year-olds Lotafametoclaim t,f, (2,Q2:02.2s, $8,200) Muscles Yankee—Miss Courtney North Country p,f, (p,2,Q1:57.2s, $8,350) Roll With Joe—Cheyenne Margie Patty Jo M p,f (p,2,2:04.2h, $8,205) Roll With Joe—Winbak Patty Huffman/Carey Stable 2-year-olds Beer Shot t,c, Airman Batten—Brioni Suite C R Socks t,c, Muscle Mass— C R Striker t,f, Tom Ridge— Down It p,c, Downbytheseaside—Vegemite Jonisaidso p,f, Well Said—Society’s Child King Princess p,f, American Ideal—Secrets Out N Knox The Fox p,c, Fort Knox—Game Of Dreamers Loving Julie t,f, Muscle Mass—Celebrity Lovin 3-year-olds Darby Hanover p,f, (p,2,1:52.4f, $110,150) Betting Line—Darena Hanover Kayla’s Playmate t,f, (2,1:57.4f, $20,009) Father Patrick—Lima Playtime Welltheraceison p,f, (p,2,2:01.1h, $14,741) Well Said—Orchid Beach Ray & Sue Vandreason Stable 2-year-old Cayman Jack t,c, Devious Man—Frou Frou 3-year-old Jolies Mekus t,c, ($4,310) Prayer I Am—Jolie Hall by Kendra Casselman

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