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He has only tasted defeat once in his career and Our Waikiki Beach continued his winning record when crowned New South Wales Horse of the Year at the Arthur J Gallagher Industry Harness Racing Awards night in Sydney on Saturday. The NSW Derby winner had nine starts in the state last season resulting in eight wins which was enough to convince the judges, made up of media, to earn 63 per cent of the votes. Owner Trevor Casey was in shock: “He’s an exciting horse and I look forward to him returning to the track over here (Australia),” Casey said. “It’s fantastic to win this Award, I’ll treasure it for life.” Our Waikiki Beach made a clean sweep of awards also being handed the NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year and NSW Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacer of the Year. Other award winners were: Aquadec NSW Broodmare of the Year – Full Pleasure; Aquadec NSW Sire of the Year – Sportswriter; Bulli HRC NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year – Pegasus Elegance; Cockburn and Co NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year – Shezallapples; Cockburn and Co NSW 2YO Colt and Gelding Pacer of the Year – Astride; Wagga HRC NSW 2YO of the Year – Astride; Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year – Bacardi Hurricane; Alliance Contractors NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year – Our Dream About Me; Albury HRC NSW 3YO Colt and Gelding Pacer of the Year – Our Waikiki Beach; IntelliTek NSW 3YO of the Year - Our Waikiki Beach; Bulli HRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year – On Thunder Road; Club Menangle Aged Mare Pacer of the Year – Arms Of An Angel; Club Menangle Aged Entire and Gelding Pacer of the Year – Have Faith In Me; Club Menangle Aged Horse of the Year – Have Faith In Me. Amanda Rando

Harness Racing SA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015-16 Horse of the Year awards. This year, to acknowledge the efforts of a larger number of 4YO & Older Horses, both the Trotters and Pacers Categories of this age group have been separated into two categories, one for Mares and one for Entires & Geldings.   The Finalists are: 2YO PACER (FILLY)    2YO PACER (COLT/GELDING) Arm A Princess   Aquaflight Ellen Louise   Emain Macha Miss Mappinga   Glenrae Hanover Our Celebrity   Hez a Chance Rocknroll Baby   Stars of Courage Shania Black   Wroxton Steel         3YO PACER (FILLY)   3YO PACER (COLT/GELDING) Badelaide   Doubledipofheaven Dougs Limousine   Futurist Lily Thesinger   Jumping Jolt Perfectly Written   Oceans Predator Queen Of Sharkz   Official Art Rocknroll Magic   Presidentmach     Rocktellz     4YO+ PACER (MARE)   4YO+ PACER (ENTIRE/GELDING) Bianca Tang   Adam Cartwright Canturi Crest   Cheap Tint Kamwood Dawn   Cillas Boy NZ Lis Tureen NZ   Come On Frank Little Foo                                                                     Global View                                                                         Miasblaze    Lost In Bangkok NZ Our Mischievious Miss NZ    Machtavish NZ Reil Quick   Majestic Lustre NZ Ricks Shadow   Mark Dennis NZ Whats Emma Got   Some Kinda Tactics NZ     2YO TROTTER  3YO TROTTER Down Under Rors  Outback Madge Meluna  Top Of The Rock Soh Twisted   Stairwaytothemoon           4YO+ TROTTER (MARE) 4YO+ TROTTER (ENTIRE/GELDING) Aldebaran Daisy Joekenn Bee A Lassie Lysenko NZ Emilys Vacation Ole Sun NZ Hard Done By Pocketfullofcash Im Princess Sophie Rejuvenation Twiggy Argyle Tommy Kay Variable Miss     Panel members will now cast their votes in each category and the winners will be announced at the function. The panel members will also vote for the SA Horse of the Year, which will come from one of the category winners. Horse of the Year Panel for the 2015-2016 season: Jamie Braidwood Michael Bryant Graham Fischer Ben Harding Lincoln Moore Gary Newton Ben Scadden This year will also be the inaugural presentation of the Jim Hurley Award. The Jim Hurley Award recognises a trainer or driver who has performed consistently at a high level throughout the racing season. It also honours a past great of the sport, Jim Hurley. Nominations are open for the SA Broodmare of the Year for season 2015-16. When nominating a broodmare, the performances of her progeny for the 2015-16 racing season is to be considered. The broodmare must be owned by a resident of SA. After nominations are received, the Horse of the Year panel will be asked to vote for their top choice. Nominations for this award can be made with the Racing Office until COB Monday 7th November 16, either by phone on 8285 0731 or 82850732 or by email to dthuen@saharness.org.au After seeking industry feedback, the venue for the Horse of the Year Function will be held off track at the beautiful Grange Golf Club on Sunday 20th November commencing at 12:30pm. Tickets are available from Harness Racing SA, SA BOTRA and Hopkins Saddlery.  All industry participants are invited to attend this fabulous annual event. The criteria for the 2015-2016 SA Horse of The Year Awards can be found on our website. by David Thuen, Racing Operations Manager

If Clyde Francis got a little teary eyed during Sunday night's harness racing Dan Patch Awards banquet, it was understandable. It also was not unexpected. Francis, who celebrated his 59th birthday Saturday, on Sunday watched as Wiggle It Jiggleit was honored as harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year during the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six hotel. Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Francis for owner and longtime friend George Teague Jr., won 22 of 26 races last season and earned $2.18 million in purses. "With him, it doesn't take much for me to get emotional about it," Francis said. "I'll go back and look at races, I'll look at them over and over again, and I get teary eyed. It's just a sentimental thing. "I'm around him every day. He's like a pet. Everybody doesn't get to enjoy a horse like him every day. I'm just lucky enough to be around one like him. I never thought I'd be. Just to be affiliated with a horse like him is great." Wiggle It Jiggleit's Horse of the Year Award topped the night, but there were numerous other horses --- not to mention horsemen and horsewomen --- recognized during the evening's festivities. Other horses honored were trotters Pinkman (Trotter of the Year and best 3-year-old male), Southwind Frank (2-year-old male), Broadway Donna (2-year-old female), Mission Brief (3-year-old female), JL Cruze (older male) and Bee A Magician (older female) and pacers Boston Red Rocks (2-year-old male), Pure Country (2-year-old female), Divine Caroline (3-year-old female), State Treasurer (older male) and Venus Delight (older female). Francis has worked with Teague for nearly two decades. Teague co-owned and trained 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, and while Francis was somewhat involved with Rainbow Blue it was nothing like his connection with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Francis liked Wiggle It Jiggleit from his earliest days and Teague decided it was time for Francis to get more recognition and named him the trainer for the horse. "With Rainbow Blue, I was around for a little bit but not as much hands on as with (Wiggle It Jiggleit)," Francis said. "With him, I was hands on from day one; from the time we started breaking him. Me and Mike (caretaker Mike Taylor) had him on our side of the barn and we were the only ones to fool with him. It's been a fun ride." It's been a ride that has seen Francis become better known throughout the harness racing industry, even though he was previously recognized by many trainers and caretakers in racetrack paddocks on the East Coast through his association with the Teague Stable. "Now, I'm more so known worldwide in the horse industry as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit," Francis said. "That's a great feeling. It's great to go through the paddock and have all eyes on you. "You're not going to find a better person than George. He would do anything for anybody in the world. He doesn't even have to know you for him to help. He just likes to help people. I can't praise him enough." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is getting ready for a return to action this season, also received 2015 Dan Patch honors as Pacer of the Year and best 3-year-old male pacer. His victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and Matron Stakes. He won the Little Brown Jug in a memorable stretch duel with Lost For Words, rallying in deep stretch after racing on the outside for much of the mile to get to the wire first by a nose. "The Jug, I don't know if you'll ever see another horserace like that again," Francis said. "I look at that race as one of the greatest races I've ever seen a horse go. "Even the races he lost, I was never disappointed in him. He's one of those horses that gave you what he's got every time he hit the track. You could never get down on him." Team Teague's celebrating went beyond Wiggle It Jiggleit's Horse of the Year honor. Teague was recognized as the 2015 Owner of the Year, his second such trophy in his career; 25-year-old Montrell Teague, who drove Wiggle It Jiggleit in all his races, was recognized as the Rising Star; and Taylor was honored as Caretaker of the Year. Teague's previous Owner of the Year honor was in 2007. "What a fun year it was to have such a great horse," Teague said, referring to Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Words can't explain it. When you've got the mom and you've got the dad and you wind up with one like this, and you don't expect it, it's definitely an extra bonus." Montrell Teague won 160 races last year and set a career high with $3.71 million in purses. In addition to driving Wiggle It Jiggleit, he piloted Ohio Sire Stakes champion Miss Me Yet and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund winners Apple Bottom Jeans and Remember Me VK. "It's been a very fun ride, and to be honored with such a great award adds to it," he said. "Dad always said greatness comes with opportunity and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to race one of the greatest horses to ever hit the track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has given me and my family enough thrills to last a lifetime." Jimmy Takter received his fifth trophy --- and second in a row --- for Trainer of the Year. Takter trained Dan Patch Award-winners Pinkman and Pure Country and set a record by winning six Breeders Crown races in 2015. Other top horses for Takter last year included Crown champs Wild Honey, All The Time, Always B Miki, Creatine, and The Bank. "It's nice; we had a fantastic year," Takter said. "I had a great group of horses and I have a great group of people that participate with us. It's not just a one-man show." David Miller was recognized as Driver of the Year. He won a record five Breeders Crown races last year and was the regular driver of Dan Patch Award-winners Divine Caroline and Broadway Donna. He also had stakes wins with State Treasurer and Bee A Magician. Miller also was Driver of the Year in 2003. "It means a lot to me," Miller said. "I think my competition is pretty tough, it's a battle every night, so it's an honor to be named Driver of the Year. It's been an incredible ride. I love it so much." Hanover Shoe Farms President and CEO Jim Simpson received the Stanley Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award for his contributions to harness racing. He also saw Hanover Shoe Farms recognized as Breeder of the Year. Hanover-bred horses earned a record $30.16 million in 2015. "I would like to emphasize that political activism is one of my new chores in this industry, and I can't say I like it," Simpson said. "But it must be done. The more active you can be politically, the better." Other honorees included trainer Joann Looney-King, with the Good Guy Award; Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association Executive Director and multiple racetrack announcer Gabe Prewitt, with the Breakthrough Award; and Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Director of Development Joanne Young, with the Unsung Hero Award. For a complete list of winners, visit the U.S. Harness Writers Association website here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Goshen, NY - The Dan Patch Horse of the Year trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are still available, but the deadline for advertising in the souvenir journal is Wed., Feb. 10.   In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Charles Keller III & Bruce Nickells; and Communicators Hall of Fame, David Carr and Jerry Connors.   The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, James Simpson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the USHWA.org website.   Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com   Savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the luxury resort of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. A special rate can be reserved by calling 888-421-1442 BEFORE February 11, and mentioning code: DAN PATCH or by clicking this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/USHWA The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Wednesday, February 10. To advertise in the Souvenir Journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org   Dan Patch Horse Awards – 2015 Champions   E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit Trotter of theYear: Pinkman Pacer of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Southwind Frank 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Broadway Donna 3-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Pinkman 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Mission Brief Trotting Horse: J L Cruze Trotting Mare: Bee A Magician 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Boston Red Rocks 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Pure Country 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Wiggle It Jiggleit 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Divine Caroline Pacing Horse: State Treasurer Pacing Mare: Venus Delight   United States Harness Writers Association – Awards and Honorees United States Harness Writers Association Awards Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Charles Keller III Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Bruce Nickells Communicators Hall of Fame: David Carr Communicators Hall of Fame: Jerry Connors Stan Bergstein–Proximity Award: James W. Simpson Norman Woolworth Owner: George Teague Jr. Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year: Jimmy Takter Driver of the Year: David Miller Breeder of the Year: Hanover Shoe Farms Lew Barasch Breakthrough: Gabe Prewitt Rising Star: Montrell Teague President’s Award: Breana Carsey President’s Award: Michelle & Albert Crawford W. R. Haughton Good Guy: Jo Ann Looney-King USHWAn of the Year: Ellen Taylor Lee Anne Pooler Unsung Hero: Joanne Young January Davies Humanitarian Award: Marvin Chantler Amateur Driver of the Year: Hannah Miller Caretaker of the Year: Mike Taylor Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Margie Seelster Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Mozzi Hanover Hervey Awards - Writing: Feature: Kimberly French; Writing: News & Commentary: Dave Briggs Broadcasting: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Smallsreed Photography Awards - Feature:  Frances Lund; Racing:  Clive Cohen Grand Circuit – Driver: Yannick Gingras; Trainer: Ron Burke; Owner: Burke Racing US Trotting & US Harness Writers Railbird Recognition Awards - Horse Person: Joe Bellino; Racing Moment: Wiggle It Jiggleit’s Jug US Trotting & US Harness Writers Dash Winning Driver: Aaron Merriman Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service to Youth Award: Callie Davies-Gooch   Chris Tully    

DOVER, Del. - The Delaware legislature paid tribute to 2015 standardbred horse of the year Wiggleitjiggleit Tuesday afternoon with ceremonies in the House of Representatives and Senate. Wiggleitjiggleit's owner, George Teague Jr., of Harrington, trainer Clyde Francis of Houston, were joined by the horse's driver, Montrell Teague (Harrington) and groom Mike Taylor (Harrington). The festivities started on a capacity-filled Senate floor where legislators and visitors watched a replay of the 2015 Little Brown Jug from Delaware, Ohio, which is widely recognized as one of the most memorable races of all-time, that resulted in a victory for local star Wiggleitjiggleit. Many of the legislators were awe-stricken by the remarkable race and vocalized their congratulations and pride in having a Delaware horse gain national acclaim and subsequent attention and exposure across North America. A tribute was read and presented by Senators Gary Simpson and Patricia Blevins, noting the many accomplishments of Wiggleitjiggleit, that included 22 victories and more than $2 million earned in a historic season. The Teague crew then immediately went to the House chamber and were introduced by Representative Bobby Outten and Dan Short, who honored the connections of Wiggleitjiggleit. Owner George Teague expressed his gratitude at the podium on the House floor. "This is truly an honor," said Teague, who also trained 2004 horse of the year Rainbow Blue. "We got extremely lucky to have a horse like this and it's been a fun ride. We appreciate the recognition." Teague and crew then visited the Honorable Governor Jack Markell's office and were met with congratulations by the Governor. Wiggleitjiggleit is expected to return to racing in the spring of 2016 and will receive his horse of the year honors at the United States Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch awards banquet on March 6 in Orlando, Fl. Delaware will be well represented as there will be four awards given to residents of The First State. In addition to the horse of the year feat, owner George Teague was voted 2015 owner of the year, driver Montrell Teague was named Rising Star, and Jo Ann Looney-King, of Harrington will receive the William Haughton Memorial Good Guy Award. Matthew Sparacino

New stallions joining the siring ranks in New Zealand always creates a bit of excitement each season and this year is no different with several ' newbies' on offer. One of these is the colonial bred Terror To Love who has created a lot of interest in New Zealand in his first year at stud and somewhat surprisingly also in Australia. The eight year old son of Western Terror won his first race as a two year old at just his fourth start when he took out the Group 3 Sapling Stakes over  two future top liners in Ohoka's Bondy 1:53.6 ($388,148) and Major Mark 1:55.9 ($677,720). At three he came back bigger and better, winning eight of fifteen with many great battles with his arch nemesis, Gold Ace including dead-heating with him in the Group 2 Flying Stakes. Placed in both Derbies and the Harness Jewels, Terror To Love was only just warming to the racing game. From his four year old season through to his retirement, Terror To Love stepped up and dominated the open class pacing ranks in New Zealand. Highlighted of course by his stunning three NZ Cups, Terror To Love was just a monster in that period, winning just about every race of any note including Auckland and Easter Cups. That earned him the Pacer Of The Year title three times and overall Horse Of The Year twice. The only blip on an otherwise magnificent career was his record at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Terror To Love could just never get to grips with the track surface and in ten starts managed only three placings which did include a second in the $750,000 Miracle Mile to Baby Bling. They did resurface Tabcorp Park Menangle late in Terror To Love's career and he produced an outstanding run for fourth from barrier ten in Christen Me's 1:49.1 Miracle Mile which was a performance more in keeping with his ability. Terror To Love did show Australian fans the real 'Terror' when wearing down the dual Grand Circuit Champion Christen Me in the $100,000 Cranbourne Cup last year. When retired to the stallion barn, Terror To Love had faced the starter 76 times for thirty one wins and twenty three placings for stakes totaling $2,429,618 with a best time of 1:51 Terror To Love is bred to be good with a pedigree chock full of good horses. His sire Western Terror has over $61,000,000 on his card as progeny earnings in North America with 25 in 1:50 and worldwide he has seven millionaires to date. The maternal side of Terror To Love's pedigree has been producing quality horses for nearly eighty years. Established by Roydon Lodge, the first superstar was Parisienne who raced in the Inter-Dominions in the 1930s and appears as the seventh dam of Terror To Love. Mary Wootton, the sixth dam of Terror To Love produced the top race horse and then sire in Scottish Command who won an Auckland Cup. The fifth dam of Terror To Love is Roydon Mary who left Roydon Dream who won the New Zealand broodmare of the year title after producing two outstanding open class sons in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott. Roydon Dream is the fourth dam of Terror To Love so it is not hard to see from that maternal family why Terror To Love was so good. There are not many pedigrees in New Zealand that have two broodmare of the year winners in the first four dams A crowd favourite in New Zealand, Terror To Love was always expected to serve a good sized book in New Zealand and that is how it is panning out. Peter O'Rourke who is managing Terror To Love at stud has been thrilled with the response. " Our aim at the start of the season was to serve 100 mares in New Zealand and we are well on track to do that." " Not only has he got good numbers but I have been very pleased with the quality as well," Peter said. After his issues while racing in Australia, a lot of pundits thought he would struggle to attract any mares from there but Peter has been pleasantly surprised with the result to date. " Well respected horsemen such as Brian Hancock and Luke McCarthy have both booked four mares in which shows the horsemen know how good he was." " All up it looks like we may do twenty five in Australia which is a good start," Peter said. It is a hard row for a colonial stallion to get established these days with the very best of the North American stallions available to breeders down under but Terror To Love has both the breeding and the race record to make his mark in the stallion barn. Terror To Love - 2013 New Zealand Cup Terror To Love - 2012 New Zealand Cup Terror To Love - 2011 New Zealand Cup Harnesslink Media

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has named its 2015 award winners, as voted on by the organization's harness racing members. Atta Boy Dan, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, has been named Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Atta Boy Dan won 10 of 13 starts at The Meadows during the season en route to more than $225,000 in earnings. He paced his best mile in 1:49.1, a track record for aged pacers. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old son of Western Terror.   Trotter of the Year honors went to the horse also named 3YO Colt/Gelding Trotter of the Year, Chef Lee. Owned and trained by Norm Parker, the Cantab Hall gelding was 8-for-12 locally, earning more than $165,000.   Two-year-old honors went to Toddler Tantrum, Danika P, Major Matter and Goodtogo Hanover.   Toddler Tantrum (Western Terror) was named the top freshman pacer of the year, winning four of seven local starts for owners Don Tiger, Birnam Wood Farms and Seth Rosenfeld. Tim Twaddle trains Toddler Tantrum.   Danika P, by Yankee Cruiser, was the 2YO filly pacing champion, winning one of six for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable. Ron Burke trains Danika P, who took a mark of 1:55.4.   Major Matter, a gelding by Explosive Matter, who split time between sire stakes and fair stakes, was named the top freshman male trotter for the season. Owned by trainer Rick Beinhauer along with his wife, Regina, Major Matter was 3-for-5 at The Meadows, taking a mark of 1:57.2.   The top 2YO filly trotter was Goodtogo Hanover, trained by Bill Zendt. A two-time winner at The Meadows during the summer, the Explosive Matter filly is owned by Zendt in partnership with Gary Saul.   Joining Chef Lee as the top sophomores for the year were Royaltyhasarrived, Fashion Rocker, and Manhattan Miss.   Royaltyhasarrived (Western Terror) was named the top pacing colt for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Mike Munn. A five-time local winner during the year, Royaltyhasarrived is trained by Steve Schoeffel.   Fashion Rocker, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, was named 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year, winning four of 10 starts at The Meadows for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Bethann Palone. Ron Burke trains. Acadia Farms, Marty Wollam and George Berlin own Manhattan Miss, the top sophomore trotting filly. Wollam trains the daughter of Broadway Hall, who earned five Meadows wins in 2015. Do Me Honor, by Cheyenne Rei, was named the top older pacing mare, retaining the title she also earned in 2015. Owned and trained by Bill Bercury, the 7-year-old won six races for the season and banked over $116,000 locally.   Dunn Stable's Classicality, a five-year-old by Classic Photo, was the top older trotting male, winning four races and banking more than $110,000 for trainer Lisa Dunn.   The top older trotting mare was Whata Donato, owned by Frank Poerio. Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, was a winner of eight races for trainer Doug Snyder.   The MSOA congratulates all of this year's divisional champions.   Jeff Zidek  

The Annual South Australia Horse of the Year Awards were held at Globe Derby Park last night with the winner of the 4 year old or older pacers category and social media identity  COME ON FRANK taking out the top honour, Horse of the Year. Part owner, Jodie Billinger gave an emotional speech about the importance of Come on Frank in their lives and how he has touched the lives of strangers. MC Gary Newton commented that Come on Frank had brought people back to the races. The Nevada Smoke Award for Special Achievement was presented to long term Port Pirie Harness Racing stalwart, Neville Thomson. Neville has decades of experience in the Port Pirie harness racing industry, originally joining the Committee at 17 years old. For the past 18 years, Neville has teamed with Club President, Mick Darling providing leadership to the successful Club. A humbled winner and truly honoured to receive the special achievement award. Top honours for Broodmare of the Year went to ARATUSA LASS whose progeny include King Crocker and 2015 Interdominion finalist, Major Crocker.   The emotional and reflective part of the evening was the announcement of a new award for 2015/16. The Jim Hurley Medal. A panel of three members vote weekly for the trainer or driver who has performed consistently at a high level throughout the racing season. Guests at the event dinner included Jim’s wife Nancy, his sister Betty, son Robert, grandson Mathew and daughter-in-law Glynis. The room was silent while everyone viewed the Living Legends Youtube video that Jim participated in some years earlier for the City of Salisbury. A true gentleman of the sport now immortalised with this highly sought after award. The Horse of the Year Awards provides an opportunity for all associations to come together. Awards were presented by the South Australian Reinswomen Association (SARA), Square Trotters Association (STA), the SA Pony Trots, BOTRA, the South Australian Harness Racing Club (SAHRC) and Harness Racing SA (HRSA). Congratulations to all the winners. SARA  Metropolitan and State Trainer: Dani Hill Metropolitan and State Driver: Dani Hill Encouragement award: Rebecca Guerds SA PONY TROTS Golden Hands Awards & Retiring Driver: Jacinta Gilbert SQUARE TROTTERS 2 year old Trotter of the Season: Cool Breeze 3 Year Old Trotter of the Season: Bold Law Trotter of the Year: Rejuvenation Driver of the Year: Ryan Hyrhorec Trainer of the Year: David Smith President’s Award: Max Peake BOTRA AWARDS Breeder: Bruce Cameron Owner: Val Bain Driver: Mark Billinger Most Improved Driver: Lisa Ryan Industry Appreciation Award: David Hopkins SAHRC Horse with the most amount of wins at Globe Derby: Purple Royale HRSA SA Young Drivers Series: Josh Holberton SA Leading Young Driver: Michael A Smith SA Leading Metropolitan Driver: David Harding SA Leading State Driver: David Harding SA Leading Metropolitan Trainer: Les Harding SA Leading State Trainer: Ryan Hryhorec SA Leading State Horse: Purple Royale SA 2YO Trotter: Bachi Boy SA 3YO Trotter: Hard Done By SA 4YO & Older Trotter: Rejuvenation SA 2YO Pacer (Filly): Hilltop Sophia SA 2YO Pacer (Colts & Gelding):Rap Artist SA 3YO Pacer (Filly): Lovelist SA 3YO Pacer (Colts & Gelding): Hez the One SA 4YO & Older Pacer: Come on Frank SA Broodmare of the Year:  Aratusa Lass Nevada Smoke Special Industry Achievement Award: Neville Thomson SA Horse of the Year: Come on Frank Office of the Chief Executive Officer, John Lewis  

Beautide, the champion Tasmanian-bred gelding who again dominated on the national scene during the 2014-15 season, was last night named horse of the year for the second year in succession at the annual awards presentation dinner at Wrest Point Hotel Casino on Saturday night. Beautide also was recently named Australian horse of the year for the second season in succession. The star pacer was bred by Barrie Rattray at Longford and is raced by the Rattray Family Trust. The now eight-year-old dominated in Tasmania during his juvenile years before heading to NSW where he is trained by the breeder's son James Rattray who has prepared him to win the past two Inter Dominion Championships. Last season Beautide again won the $750,000 Group 1 Inter Dominion final at Menangle and recorded a spectacular win in the Group 1 $100,000 Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint. He also won an Inter Dominion heat win and was victorious in the Nick Robin FFA and Paul Fitzpatrick FFA at Menangle. Beautide unfortunately has not fully recovered from a leg injury that will prevent him from attempting to win a third successive Inter Dominion in Western Australia in December. Peter Staples  

Dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide was crowned NSW Horse of the Year at the Harness Racing NSW Awards Night tonight in Sydney. The James Rattray trained gelding won his second successive Horse of the Year title joining recent winners Smoken Up and Lombo Pocket Watch as multiple title winners. Beautide raced ten times in the 2014/15 season winning on five occasions and was placed a further three times. The son of Bettor's Delight won twice at Gr.1 level during the season after winning the Inter Dominion in March and the Coca Cola Amatil Sprint in November. Beautide was also placed second in the Miracle Mile and the Len Smith Mile, the two feature sprint races in Australia. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny congratulated Beautide and his connections, singling out James Rattray for special praise. "James has done a tremendous job with Beautide, every sport needs heroes and after winning his second Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle I think Beautide has truly shown his status within the harness racing industry," Mr Dumesny said. "I would like to take this chance to congratulate all of tonight's winners, it has been another great season of racing and these nights are important because while the participants are fierce rivals on the track, it is good to see them enjoying one another's company here at Doltone House." Beautide has been nominated to defend his Inter Dominion title in Western Australia later this year and is expected to return to the trials in the next month. Trainer/driver James Rattray is hoping to give the eight-year old at least one run in NSW before heading to Perth. Other awards winners Arthur J Gallagher NSW Horse of the Year - Beautide Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year - Beautide Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Entire/Gelding of the Year - Beautide Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Mare of the Year - Frith Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Trotter of the Year - Flying Isa IntelliTek NSW 3YO of the Year - Read About Lexy NSW Harness Racing Club NSW 3YO Colt/Gelding of the Year - Kept Under Wraps NSW Owners Association NSW 3YO Filly of the Year - Read About Lexy Bulli Harness Racing Club NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year - Fiery Mountain Girl IntelliTek NSW 2YO of the Year - Our Waikiki Beach NSW Harness Racing Club NSW 2YO Colt/Gelding of the Year - Our Waikiki Beach Albury Harness Racing Club NSW 2YO Filly of the Year - Hot Shot Woman Bulli Harness Racing Club NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year - Parisian Chic Greg Hayes

Following another great harness racing season, Beautide (Bettor's Delight USA – Gorse Bush), was today announced the 2015 Australian Harness Horse of the Year.   This is the second consecutive year he has won this coveted award. Second by just a solitary vote, was star three year old Menin Gate. During the 2014/2015 season the gelding raced 10 times for 5 wins and 3 placings. Group level successes include the Inter Dominion Grand Final and the Coca Cola Amatil Sprint   - amassing $681,375 in stakemoney along the way.   Trained and driven by James Rattray and owned by the Rattray Family Trust, Beautide’s lifetime statistics stand at 74 starts 45 wins 18 placings for $2,020,212. The HRA Australian Horse of the Year Awards are voted upon by over 60 judges including media and administrators spread across the country.  The full list of Australian Horse of the Year winners and their performances across all categories is Lawn Derby Awards - Pacers Vancleve Awards - Trotters For details of previous winners see: Harness Horse of the Year Lawn Derby Awards Vancleve Awards For more information, contact Andrew Kelly on 03 9227 3000.

Only one category tested the judges in the annual harness racing awards on a night where the industry honoured a bunch of super talented horses. Star pacers Dream About Me, The Orange Agent, Adore Me and Have Faith In Me, who were the toast of the 350-strong Christchurch audience on Saturday night, took a clean sweep of the 25 votes cast, with Sky Major inexplicably stealing one vote from Christen Me in the four-year-old and older section. But the votes were well split between three outstanding two-year-old colts and geldings, with the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained Chase The Dream (11 votes), outpointing his stablemates Waikiki Beach (7) and Lazarus (7). Chase The Dream, with Group I wins in the Young Guns Final and Sires' Stakes, obviously had the home plate advantage with the deeds of Waikiki Beach, unbeaten in 10 starts, almost exclusive to Australia. With Group I scalps in the Australian Pacing Gold and NSW Breeders Challenge, Waikiki Beach won four more races than Chase The Dream and banked $324,081 to Chase The Dream's $212,026. It reflected the strength of the crop that Lazarus, with six wins from eight starts and $265,562 in stakes, including the Group I Harness Jewels in 1:52.9, was an also-ran. And it also reflected the dominance of the season for Purdon and Rasmussen that four of the six pacing category winners came from their All Stars Stables. The voting was clearcut in all the trotters' categories, Speeding Spur and Conon Bridge capturing all 25 votes while one vote for Jewels winner Missandei stopped juvenile High Gait from getting a perfect score and one judge gave King Denny the nod over Stent, the winner of seven Group I races and $640,000 in the four-year-old and older section. The only conceivable excuse could be that they didn't turn the page on HRNZ's performance sheets and missed seeing the feats of Sheemon and Stent, although how the person could have forgotten the extraordinary feats of Stent beggars belief. Kincaslough (22) and Sunny Ruby (21) completed the list of trotting winners. Stent was a unanimous choice for trotter of the year while Christen Me (13) triumphed in the pacer of the year, losing six votes to champion mare Adore Me and two to Have Faith In Me. The judges were also split on overall Harness Horse of the Year, Miracle Mile and Victoria Cup winner Christen Me (13) outpointing New Zealand Cup heroine Adore Me (6), Stent (4) and dual Derby winner Have Faith In Me (2). Other awards: Owner: Trevor Casey. Breeder: Charlie Roberts. Broodmare: Scuse Me. Stallion: Bettor's Delight. Trainer: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Driver: Dexter Dunn. Junior driver: Stevie Golding  Cadet: Sean Grayling. Outstanding contribution: John Reedy. Barry Lichter Reproduced by permission of Stuff NZ - Check site here

The result was never in doubt. That was the consensus of the $26,000 Open Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Released as the odds-on favorite at twenty-cents on the dollar, Bee A Magician went straight to the lead off the wings of the gate and that was all she needed to do. While the 2013 Horse of the Year had to sprint to the opening quarter in 27-seconds, that wasn't the case for the middle-half mile of the race, as Bee A Magician was allowed to stroll through a 30.2 second quarter, picking it up a bit through a 28.4 third panel. But, give Bee A Magician a 59.1 middle half-mile and you simply are not going to catch here. The world champion sprinted to the wire with a 26.2 final quarter to score in 1:52.4. DW's NY Yank held second throughout the mile while Appomattox checked in third. Market Share was too far back and couldn't threaten with the slow fractions, but did trot the fastest final quarter in the race, 26-seconds flat. Bee A Magician won for the 38th time in 55 starts with earnings now standing at $3,143,340. The magnificent mare is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee and is trained by Nifty Norman. Her usual partner, Brian Sears, was in the sulky. Bee A Magician New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Driver Yannick Gingras scored two victories, including a stakes record with Southwind Frank, in a quartet of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Boston Red Rocks, sent off as the 1-5 favorite, controlled the pace but in the end he had to fight off two challengers and one of them, Ideal Rocky, got by him in the final strides to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts, the second race. Ideal Rocky [$10.20], driven by Corey Callahan and trained by John Butenchoen, brushed three-wide to win by head, handing Boston Red Rocks his first loss in three starts. It was half a length to Winning Linc in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Rocky did not get off to an auspicious start, refusing to put his nose anywhere near the gate. "He decided the last couple of starts when we had the five-hole that he doesn't want to be close to the darn thing [the starting gate car]," said Butenschoen. "I guess we'd better go back to the drawing board to make sure he knows what to do when he's behind the car itself [and not the wings]. But he was able to overcome that. I was tickled. "The owner, Bill Wiswell, we were watching on the backstretch, and we were in an impossible spot here right now off of those soft fractions [27.3 to the quarter and 57.2 to the half]," Butenschoen noted. "If we got a check here, we'll be in good shape. Then he started motoring up around the last turn and mowed them down. That was great." A $47,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase, Ideal Rocky paced a lifetime best of 1:53.1, with a last quarter in 26.2 seconds. He was bred by Fashion Farms LLC. He races for Bill Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Jean Goehien of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. He now has two wins and one third in three starts for earnings of $63,000. Ideal Rocky All The Time, handled by Yannick Gingras, was the best of three Jimmy Takter trainees in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting fillies, the fourth race. All The Time [$3.20] trotted the mile in 1:55.4, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Silent Blessings [by Muscles Yankee]. It was four lengths to Gifted Lady [Muscle Hill] in third. Takter also trains Gifted Lady and Hollywood Hill [Muscle Hill], who finished fifth. "All the credit to Jimmy Takter," said Marvin Katz, the Toronto-based co-owner and co-breeder of All The Time. "He developed this filly and was careful with her through the winter. Of course, she's a homebred. Jimmy Takter trained the mother [Cantab It All] and was kind enough to sell her to myself and to Al [co-owner and breeder Al Libfeld]. We bred her to Muscle Hill, and this is a topflight filly." All The Time has two wins in three career starts and has earned $52,400. All The Time Gingras was back in the winner's circle with Southwind Frank [$9.00] in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race. The son of Muscle Hill, bred by Southwind Farms, trotted the mile in a stakes record 1:53.4, supplanting Hill I Am [Muscle Hill, who set the mark of 1:55.3 in 2013. Southwind Frank controlled the tempo through fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:26.2, covering the final quarter in 27.2 for a length and a half victory. Rallying for second was Bar Hopping [Muscle Hill] with Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill] third by a length and three-quarters. "I wanted to cut the mile; I thought he was the horse to beat," said Gingras. "I just wanted to have a clear path. My horse was a little bit shaky tonight, and I had to wait on him [to settle]. But I knew if I could keep him trotting, there was no one who would get near." Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, won his opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes but broke stride last week. He has banked $60,000 with two wins in three starts for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Southwind Frank In the final division, 3-5 Blue Moon Stride [$3.40] popped out of the pocket at the top of the stretch, claimed the lead in deep stretch and held off Show Time Hill to win the $100,000 New Jersey Stakes for pacing fillies, in the 11th race. Andrew McCarthy guided the Mark Harder trained Blue Moon Stride, who paced the mile in 1:53.1, finishing a neck ahead of Show Time Hill. It was a length and a half back to Sonoma Valley in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. "They're all good in March, April and May but you just really don't know until you start racing them," said Harder. "And she's shown up good now." Blue Moon Stride was bred by Perretti Farms and races for Emilio and Maria Rosati of Condell Park in Australia's New South Wales. She has two wins in three starts for earnings of $68,750. Blue Moon Stride All-sources handle for the Friday card of $2,397,254 yielded a 17-percent gain over this same night last year. Both programs included 13-races. The $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 in the last race went unclaimed and the carryover into Meadowlands Pace night will be $202,817. Post time for Meadowlands Pace night is 7:15 P.M. The 14-race blockbuster card features 8-stakes races, highlighted by the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, slated as race 10. There are also four guaranteed pools on the program including the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 encompassing races 7 through 10. Post time for The Meadowlands Pace is 10:39 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 15, 2015) - Before attention turns to Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace card, harness racing fans would be wise to focus on Friday night's all-star showdown between 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and 2012 Hambletonian champion Market Share. The pair faces off in the $26,000 Open Trot that shares the spotlight with four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals on Friday's thirteen-race card at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician has been better than ever this year. The five-year-old mare is six for seven in 2015 including a dominant win over the boys in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands in May. She has not raced since a four-length win in the Armbro Flight at Mohawk on June 20. She tuned up for her return with 1:52.4 win in a qualifier over Market Share and Mr. Picolit last Saturday. "I am actually a little surprised at how well she has raced this season so far, especially against the males," said the mare's trainer Nifty Norman. "She likes to stay close to home and enjoys getting turned out, especially in this hot weather. We have backed off her work load and don't train her as hard as we used to. She's put on some weight and is ready to get back to work." As dominant as Bee A Magician has been, Market Share is just getting tuned up for a run at the second half of the season. The career earner of $3.68 million has made just three starts this year and none since the May 24 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He was a little sick in the Maxie Lee and his blood just wasn't where we wanted," explained Linda Toscano, who became the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian with Market Share in 2012. "The back end of the season is really where the biggest races are for the older trotters so I decided to just back off on him, get him healthy, and point for the later part of the year." Toscano said Market Share's schedule includes all of the major events for the aged trotters starting with the John Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day and the Crawford Farms Trot at Vernon Downs on August 21. Despite the recent injury to Sebastian K, Toscano is expecting Market Share to have his hands full facing a deep and competitive division of aged trotters. "JL Cruze has been amazing and I truly believe that if Bee A Magician had gone to Europe, she would've won the Elitlopp this year," said Toscano. "It seems like racing older horses is catching on which is good for the sport and good for our industry, but that means the fields are getting tougher for us." Friday's field also includes another millionaire mare, Classic Martine, and European import Mr. Picolit, who makes his second Meadowlands start for Ake Svanstedt. There is a carryover of $197,368 in the final race Jackpot Super High Five. Handicappers also have another opportunity to tackle the newest bet at the Meadowlands. Race five offers a 20-cent Super High 5 wager with an industry low eight-percent takeout. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment      

It is quickly coming around to that point of the New Zealand harness racing season where we start to hand out the gongs for best performed in each age group and gait divisions. Harnesslink thought we would do a review of each of the categories with our view on where the contenders sit. Here is our review of the 4 year old trotting mares division 1) Poppymalda - 2015 Season:  10 starts,    4 wins,    1 seconds,    2 thirds,    Lt $34,613 Lovely Armbro Invasion mare who just seemed to get better as the season went on. Has a few strings to her claim for this division when you look at the stats. She won the most money during the season for a four year old trotting mare  as well as the most races for a four year old trotting mare. She saved her best for last when she was an outstanding third in the Harness Jewels, storming home for third to King Denny after being badly held up on the last corner and was the first mare home in the Group 1 fixture. 2) Majestic Time - 2015 Season:    11 starts,    3 wins,    2 seconds,    2 thirds,    Lt $27,416 High class Majestic Son mare at her best but didn't look at her best at times during the season. Threw the toys out of the cot a couple of times which added to the feeling she wasn't 100% right. Several good runs during the season but not as sharp as she was at three. Her two gallops at the Harness Jewels for no apparent reason typified her season for us. 3) All Royal Gal - 2015 Season:  14 starts,  2 wins,    3 seconds,    1 thirds,    Lt $27,757 Always looked a nice mare in the making and the daughter of Monarchy hit a purple patch of form late in the season where she looked very smart. Had her chance in the Harness Jewels after working to get handy early from the second row but just battled in the straight. Placed behind some smart horses such as Monbet during the season but just not consistent enough. Selection After weighing everything up we went for Poppymalda for the following reasons over Majestic Time. *She won the most money in this division *She won the most races in this division *First mare home in the Harness Jewels from this division. Harnesslink Media 

It is quickly coming around to that point of the New Zealand harness racing season where we start to hand out the gongs for best performed in each age group and gait divisions. Harnesslink thought we would do a review of each of the categories with our view on where the contenders sit. This is a review of the 3 year old trotting colts / geldings division. 1) Speeding Spur - 2015 Season:  11 starts,    9 wins,    1 seconds, 0 thirds,  Lt $211,296 Hard to know where to start with Speeding Spur. Not only was the son of Pegasus Spur a dominant performer all season but it was in a year where there was great depth to the three year old trotting ranks. His two defeats both came at Ashburton but he went super on both occasions and lost nothing in defeat either time. The rest of the season was nine starts for nine wins, both Derbies and the Sires Stakes and several track and New Zealand records in the process. Should be a unanimous choice in this division. 2) Monbet - 2015 Season:    10 starts,    4 wins,    3 seconds,    0 thirds,    Lt $68,114 One of those horses who never seems to get the rub of the green on raceday. Drew poorly and outside of Speeding Spur in most of their clashes but pushed him close a couple of times after doing plenty of work. The son of Love You was never really driven aggressively in his races as he is such a big young immature horse and that should pay off in the long term for the connections. 3) Prince Fearless -  2015 Season: 9 starts,  2 wins,    2 seconds,    2 thirds,   Lt $66,262 Has one string to his bow and that is he did beat Speeding Spur once on his merits which is something no other horse in this division can say. Another very immature looking horse still and did well to be so competitive for suck a gangly looking youngster. The son of Majestic Son has all the attributes of a top horse but just needs to strengthen up and he will more than a match for those above him. Selection With a record of nine wins and a second from eleven starts there can no doubt that Speeding Spur had a huge season and should be a unanimous choice in this division. Harnesslink Media

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