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The staff and management at Harnesslink wishes everyone around the world in harness racing a very happy Easter.

Harnesslink is pleased to announce the signing of our newest reporter/editor, Nicholas Barnsdale, a 20-year-old journalism student from Toronto, Ontario. Barnsdale has covered harness racing for more than two years and has appeared in outlets such as the Daily Racing Form, Down the Stretch Newspaper, harnessracing.com, and Post Time with Mike and Mike. He will join Harnesslink full-time, mainly reporting on Standardbred racing in Canada. Barnsdale is enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism program at Humber College in Toronto, and has been involved in the racing industry since childhood. Barnsdale has frequented racetracks from a young age with his father, Garnet, and has become more involved in the sport with age. In 2018, the junior Barnsdale wrote his first published article for Down the Stretch Newspaper. He has since joined the United States Harness Writers Association's Canadian Chapter as a youth member and attended the Clyde Hirt Journalism Workshop. He also wrote press releases for the Woodbine Entertainment Group and the United States Trotting Association. Barnsdale says he is excited to join Harnesslink while continuing his education. "When Mr. [Steve] Wolf offered me a place at Harnesslink, I was really excited," Barnsdale said. "I think it's a great organization, and I'm proud to be doing my internship with them and staying in the racing industry. It was a no-brainer, honestly. I can't wait to get started and do some great work." Harnesslink has brought Barnsdale aboard to have someone dedicated to Canadian coverage in conjunction with the website's new redesign which will debut shortly. He has years of knowledge of racing in the Great White North. "Nicholas, or as we like his nickname, Ace, will be a great new asset to our staff," said Steve Wolf, Director of North American Operations for Harnesslink. "His youthful and enthusiastic approach to harness racing will make for a special addition to Harnesslink. We also have a number of new projects that Ace will be a big help with." Recently, Barnsdale participated in the Leamington Raceway Youth Handicapping Challenge against fellow USHWA Canada youth member Nathan Bain, doing weekly analyses and race selections. Barnsdale lost the contest by a slim margin. He also participated in the Red Shores New Year's Eve Handicapping contest, finishing second there, too. His first assignment will likely be coverage of The Raceway at Western Fair district. It became the first Ontario harness track to announce a reopening after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in the province. Ace will cover most Canadian circuits as they reopen for racing. From Harnesslink Media  

The staff and management of Harnesslink wishes everyone in the United States a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This week, and more specifically today October 10, signals a landmark day for the harness racing team at Harnesslink. It was 18 years ago, on October 10, 2002, that what has grown to become the number one international harness racing online news service started from humble beginnings. Centralising international harness racing news and information in a user-friendly standardbred web experience has been the one goal of Harnesslink from the very beginning. The IT Team works around the clock to develop and maintain all website features while our news team work on a near 24-hour rotating cycle to continue bringing you the latest news worldwide, every hour. The popularity of Harnesslink is a proven testing ground for harness racing affiliates that want that extra scope and bang for their buck. Most importantly, we are completely independent and receive absolutely no funding from any of the main racing bodies around the world, though we are thoroughly appreciative of the great working association we have with them all. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends, but most importantly, keep coming back each and every day as we continue to grow and develop. Harnesslink is the brainchild of international agent, John Curtin (J.C. International), who 20 years ago saw a need for a world-wide harness racing website that put online the latest harness racing news from around the globe. John says, "Our policy is to keep improving every single day - 365 days of the year. We have staff working every day of the year to bring you all the latest harness racing news from every corner of the world. When Harnesslink launched in 2002 there were only four harness racing websites on the internet, so we've been in a unique position to have watched the harness racing community embrace the technological world during this time. One of the latest innovations for Harnesslink is a partnership with Roberts Communications Network, the leading communications services provider to the pari-mutuel industry in North America.  This partnership enables Harnesslink the ability to embed videos of race replays for most North American tracks into articles posted on the website. We are still looking for ways to improve and provide you, our customers, with better coverage throughout the world, we continuously strive to do this! We currently have more than 200,000 photos in our library and over 300,000 articles. We'd like to thank all of you for coming back regularly to read Harnesslink, if you're reading this you're obviously one of our faithful followers and we thank you. Harnesslink Media

The staff and management at Harnesslink wishes everyone a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a safe and healthy new year! 

Harnesslink founder and CEO, John Curtin of New Zealand, has announced that beginning with the Meadowlands $2.8 million harness racing card Saturday, the Harnesslink website stories will now feature key race replays in their stories. “We have come to a financial agreement with Joe Hill of Roberts Communications,” said Curtin. “That allows Harnesslink to post race replays almost instantly once a race is official.” The Harnesslink staff is currently getting permission from racetracks throughout North America to allow the replays to be posted. “We already have ten racetracks in North America that have given Harnesslink permission,” Curtin said. “And we are confident that the majority of tracks will allow us to post their replays within our stories. We will not be posting all of the races at a track, but just the feature races from most racetracks. “Tonight (Saturday) at the Meadowlands,” Curtin said. “We will be showing the replay of each of the eight major stakes races on Harnesslink.com right after each race takes place.” The Meadowlands is featuring the Fall Final Four races for two-year-old’s and the TVG Series Finals for older trotters and pacers. “This is something that our readers have wanted for some time,” Curtin added. “It’s costing an arm and a leg, but will be well worth it as we continue to improve on Harnesslink being the only website in the industry that covers harness racing world-wide.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

It's hard to believe but today (down under, tomorrow in North America) harness racing's www.harnesslink.com celebrates its 17th birthday.  Harnesslink is the brainchild of international horse agent, John Curtin (J.C. International), who 17 years ago saw a need for a world-wide harness racing website that put online the latest harness racing news from around the globe. John says, "Our policy is to keep improving every single day - 365 days of the year. We have staff working every day of the year to bring you all the latest harness racing news from every corner of the world. When Harnesslink launched in 2002 there were only four harness racing websites on the internet, so we've been in a unique position to have watched the harness racing community embrace the technological world during this time. It has been our pleasure to keep harness racing fans around the world informed of what is happening within our sport. We are projected to have over 3 million unique IP users in 2019, which will make Harnesslink the world’s most read harness racing site. "We will also have some blockbuster improvements to our website shortly," Curtin added.  We are still looking for ways to improve and provide you, our customers, with better coverage throughout the world, we continously strive to do this! We currently have more than 170,000 photos in our library and over 250,000 articles. If any of our readers have a worthy news item, please feel free to send it to news@harnesslink.com and we will do our best, as always, to print your article. We'd like to thank all of you for coming back regularly to read Harnesslink, if you're reading this you're obviously one of our faithful followers and we thank you. From the staff at Harnesslink

When we first started the harness racing newsletter feature "Insider Access" we aimed to release new issues every two weeks, however the workload to produce the Stallion reviews, combined with the day to day management of the Harnesslink website has been making this difficult. So henceforth we will release these issues within a longer, more sporadic timeframe. We appreciate your support and continued readership. Starting in this months Insider Access, author Tina Sugarman, whose debut novel, Horse Flesh, has been a number one top selling equine novel on Amazon.com, is going to share special excerpts from her superb novel only to Harnesslink.com followers! Then every week on Harnesslink, racing fans will get to read part of Horse Flesh. The novel is a page-turning thriller based around harness racing in Ontario, Canada. Harnesslink thanks author Tina Sugarman for sharing her great novel with the harness racing world! Also this month we bring you the most prolific analysis of the equal fastest three-year-old on the Planet, world champion racehorse and stallion, He's Watching. We also review the New Zealand Yearling Sales and salute our own operations director Steve Wolf on his Hall of Fame introduction at the Dan Patch Awards! It's FREE to sign up for Insider Access, just fill out the box below. If you are already a member you got our newsletter already!   Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe

We at Harnesslink are happy to announce that today we have rolled out a new mobile website. In the past if you visited Harnesslink.com on a mobile device you could only access a slimmed down set of features and articles. Our new mobile site is now exactly the same as the full desktop Harnesslink experience; only optimised for reading and navigating on mobile and tablet devices. We hope you will check it out and visit often from your phone. If you have any problems or comments, please don't hesitate to email us at sales@harnesslink.com P.S. If you read Harnesslink a lot from your mobile phone, you can add a shortcut to Harnesslink on your home screen. For instructions click here. Enjoy, The Harnesslink Team

The headline above is a question that we here at Harnesslink get asked repeatedly in the weeks leading into the New Zealand and Australian harness racing yearling sales each year and this year has been no different. As we try to explain to people, everyone has a different view on what makes or breaks a pedigree and how their preference can be influenced by their opinion of the stallion and not the maternal family involved. We rarely find ourselves in full agreement with people on this matter which is not surprising when you consider the variety of bloodlines offered at New Zealand sales these days. We are never afraid to state our opinion and looking at this years catalogue we came to a decision pretty quickly and conclusively. Lot 460 at The New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch on behalf of Cavalla Bloodstock a filly named Pearl White has as good a pedigree page as you will find in any sales catalogue worldwide. She is a daughter of the champion sire Artsplace who has lifetime figures as a sire that are just mind blowing. *Total Stakes won worldwide of over $182,000,000 *18 $1,000,000 winners *468 $100,000 winners *48 in 1:50 or better Artsplace is now dominating the broodmare ranks in the same fashion with numbers that are hard to comprehend. *Total stakes worldwide of over $345,000,000 *11 $2,000,000 winners  *42 $1,000,000 winners *849 $100,000 winners *1452 in 1:55 or better Pearl White is a daughter of the very quick Western Hanover mare West End 1:52.4 ($139,346) who was stakes placed at three before being imported downunder by Cavalla Bloodstock. West End made a healthy $85,000 when sold at Harrisburg as a yearling The second dam of Pearl White is the Matt's Scooter mare Grand Lady who also went 1:52.8 on the way to earning $235,571 but it is in the breeding barn that she has established herself as one of the best broodmares anywhere in the world in the last twenty years with a string of outstanding progeny. One of the all time great racemares in Glowing Report 1:49.4 ($2,095,144) was the best of them and being by Artsplace, she is a three quarter sister to Pearl White. Another three of her progeny have broken the 1:50 mark and all of them were involved on the Grand Circuit in North America. *Perfect Union 1:49 ($723,598)  -  By The Panderosa *Urgent Action  1:49.6 ($699,700)  -  By Artsplace *Get It Now 1:49.8 ($406,984)  -  By Western Hanover Another three quarter sister to Pearl White in the Artsplace mare Must See 1:52 ($487,122) is the dam of the brilliant racehorse and now sire, Well Said 1:47.6 ($2,569,342). Yet another daughter in Subtle Charm 1:55.6 has already produced Jazz Band 1:51.4 ($407,084) and Scandalous Hanover 1:49.3 ($363,570) to just keep the roll going. So Pearl White is a three quarter sister to Glowing Report 1:49.4 ($2,095,144) and a three quarter sister to Must See 1:52.4 ($487,122), the dam of Well Said ($2,569, 342) It is a world class pedigree and convinced us very quickly to make Pearl White our selection for the best bred yearling at this years sale. To view the New Zealand Premier Sale catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

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