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Harrisburg, PA --- Bodacious sold for $355,000 and was the sales topper during Monday's opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Chris Oakes signed the sales slip for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky. She is a full sister to Beach Body p,2,1:53.1f ($280,609), the runner-up in last month's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Oakes is also the trainer of Beach Body. Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 earlier in the day. The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Below is a list of the $100,000-plus yearlings sold during Monday's session. A full recap will be available shortly. Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 194–Bodacious–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Silky–$355,000 Half-sister to Malicious (1:50.1f; $780,859) and Ms Malicious (1:51.4f; $351,963); full sister to Beach Body (1:53.1f; $280,609) 89–Canepa Hanover–Colt–Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover–$300,000 Half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster (1:51.1; $1.96 million) 202–Honey I’m Home–Colt–Well Said-Sweet Future–$300,000 Half-brother to Bettor Sweet (1:47.2; $2.78 million) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4s; $2.04 million) 155–Way Bay Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel–$270,000 Half-brother to Westwardho Hanover (1:49.1f; $689,408), Woodstock Hanover (1:50.1f; $456,007) and Whackamole Hanover (1:49f; $439,896) 108–Katniss–Filly–Credit Winner–Armbro Deja Vu–$260,000 Full sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2f; $1.13 million) 189–Fire Permit–Colt–Credit Winner-Amber Fire Hanover–$230,000 Dam is a half-sister to Spicy Wings (1:54.3f; $570,720) 164–Paparazzi Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Paula’s Best–$190,000 Half-brother to Pirouette Hanover (1:50.3; $608,759) 172–Lookslikeachpndale–Colt–Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up–$185,000 Stakes-winning dam had a mark of 1:55.4f and earned $439,454 187–Off To Bed–Colt–Credit Winner-Satin Pillows–$185,000 Full brother to To Dream On (1:52.1; $975,395) 162–Peruski Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Paris Hanover–$180,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 144–Hit The Hay–Filly–Kadabra-Bedtime Song–$160,000 Dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess (1:53; $1.64 million) 186–Workout Warrior–Colt–Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall–$160,000 Half-brother to He’s A Demon (1:53.1; $305,370) 82–Its Okay To Stare–Filly–Deweycheatumnhowe-Glide By–$155,000 Dam is a half-sister to Maven (1:51.4h; $1.37 million) and Lanson (1:51.3; $791,586) 106–Lady Winona–Filly–Credit Winner-Ladylind–$155,000 Full sister to Jezzy (1:55; $834,240) 176–Wheels Ah Smokin–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit–$155,000 Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (1:55; $811,226) 222–Bring On The Beach–Colt–Mach Three-Wheres The Beach–$155,000 Full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4; $3.22 million) 61–Dreams Beachboy–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Dream-A-While–$150,000 70–Morning Blue Chip–Colt–Bettor's Delight-BJ’s Sunshine–$150,000 Full-brother to Fashion Delight (1:50.1s; $803,897) 116–Lovely Jan–Filly–Muscle Massive-Lotsa Love–$145,000 Dam is a half-sister to Malabar Man (1:53.1; $2.14 million) 175–Motleyjue Bluechip–Colt–Art Major-Fool That I Am–$145,000 Full brother to Feel Like A Fool (1:49.4; $933,986) and Fool Me Once (1:48.1s; $635,057) 149–Anwar Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Allamerican Nadia–$140,000 Half-brother to Rusty’s All In (1:50f; $481,589) and Apprentice Hanover (1:49.4f; $383,405) 158–Strong Sorceress–Filly–Kadabra-One Tough Lass–$140,000 Dam won 2008 Kentucky Filly Futurity 133–Class Included–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie–$137,000 Full brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill (1:50.1; $3.27 million) 114–Raylan Givens–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-Lisheen–$135,000 Half-brother to Lismara (1:47.3; $2.14 million) 216–Azorean Art–Colt–Art Major-Dancin Barefoot–$135,000 Stakes-winning dam had mark of 1:51.4f and earned $219,147 107–Lilu Hanover–Filly–Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover–$130,000 Full sister to Luckycharm Hanover (1:52.2; $430,056) 151–Ideal Donato–Colt–Donato Hanover-New Ideal–$130,000 Half-brother to Kadealia (1:55.1s; $570,375) 183–Arque Hanover–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover–$130,000 Dam is a half-sister to Appleoosa Hanover (1:52.1s; $468,725) 200–Gold Beach–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Sunone–$130,000 Three-quarter brother to Smashbox (1:51.4s; $426,282) 62–Late Night–Colt–Art Major-Dreamland’s Jo Jo–$125,000 Half-brother to Real Nice (1:51.1h; $1.24 million) 227–Hard Rock Deo–Colt–Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty–$125,000 Full brother to World Of Rocknroll (1:50.3s; $338,561) 14–Raptureblisterburn–Filly–Conway Hall-Lady Marian–$120,000 Half-brother to Possessed Fashion (1:53.4; $314,272) 59–Day Man Hanover–Colt–Credit Winner-Dornello–$120,000 Half-brother to Lauderdale (1:54.1s; $217,535) 79–Sacreligulous–Colt–Credit Winner-Religulous–$120,000 168–Taiya Hanover–Filly–Rock N Roll Heaven–Trim Hanover–$120,000 Half-sister to American Jewel (1:48.2s; $1.84 million) 213–Penji Hanover–Colt–Art Major-Platinum Hanover–$120,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 177–Can’t Wait Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Carolina Angel–$110,000 Dam is a full sister to Knock Three Times (1:51; $645,922) 204–Tady’s Legacy–Colt–Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer–$110,000 Half-brother to Hez Striking (1:52.3s; $1 million) and Tady Strikes Again (1:54f; $585,681) 104–Rocknroll Katie–Filly–Rocknroll Hanover-Kutekatie–$100,000 Dam is a full sister to Kikikatie (1:50.3; $1.26 million) and Just Wait Kate (1:50.4; $387,931) by Ken Weingartner for USTA/HRC

Port Gawler trainer driver Scott Ewen  took out the BOTRA drivers award as part of the annual BOTRA awards announced at the South Australian Harness Racing Horse of the Year awards held at Globe Derby Park in front of over 130 guests. Ewen had a remarkable season with a small team steering home 69 winners 86 seconds, 68 thirds and 90 fourths. BOTRA provided Ewen with a gear bag in his own colours as the trophy.  A regular vistor to Port Pirie from his base at Port Gawler  which is 43 kilometres north of Adelaide  suited in  the Adelaide Plains on the Gulf of St Vincent, Ewen currently has just nine horses in work  his efforts to finish fifth on both  the state drivers  and also the trainers championship was a great feat. Other BOTRA awards announced on the day  Breeder of the year went to Geoff Easom who  breeds from a band of about 15 mares each season, Owner’s award was taken out by  David Batty of Buckland Park fame who owned the top 2 year old of the season Flagbearer who amongst her six wins in her Juvenile  season included the Southern Cross Series & the BOTRA Golden Nursery. The state’s leading lady trainer Jill Nielson took out the BOTRA trainers award, Nielson trained 54 winners last season  and the Industry award went to the Turner family for their hard work all season whether it be maning gates or help cooking the Sunday morning BBQ’s the Turners are usally first to arrive and last to leave. Story courtesy of  

The Horse of the year awards where conducted by HRSA on Sunday at Globe Derby with a large crowd in attendance. The award winners were "Driver of the Year" David Harding who won the State Title for the ninth time in succussion, Aaron Brown won the Trainers title with 98 wins for the season while Matthew Smith was crowned the young driver of the year. Jill Nielson  won the Lady Trainers award and Danielle Hill the leading lady driver. The ill fated Zanardi took out the prestigious Horse of the Year award. He won 10 races from 15 South Australian starts after transferring to the Les Harding stable from WA. Zanardi tragically lost his life to a complication during an operation. He was by  Courage Under Fire  from the El Patron mare Dorim Hostess who also produced Big Bad Holmes (14 Australian wins) and Le Host winner of 4 races in Oz.  Broodmare of the Year went to Clarenden Diva the dam of Four Stazzz Fella and the excitring American Muscle (winner of the 4 & 5 year old Championship at Melton) and yesterday placed third after a horrid run in the Maryborough Cup. Gary Newton

When Georgia Calder first rode Pixie, the horse didn't even know how to step over a pole on the ground. Now the pacer, who was sacked from racing for being too slow and was given to Calder, is hoofing it with some of the best on the South Island show jumping circuit. But Calder, 16, has her sights set on a new goal - competing Pixie against the best showjumping combinations in the country at the prestigious Horse of the Year (HOY) Show in Hastings in March. To help fund her venture, the North Canterbury teen has turned to social media. Last week, the Rangiora High School student set up a Facebook page, A Standardbred's Journey to Horse of the Year. The page already has more than 1000 followers. "I would really love to take her up to HOY but we aren't the richest and it's really expensive, so the only way I could do it would be with sponsorship. So this is my journey of trying to get sponsorship and getting to HOY with my standy (standardbred). "Yes, she sometimes paces and leaps over jumps but she isn't bred for this and she tries her absolute heart out every single time," Calder says on the page. Encouragement, advice and offers are pouring in. Leanne Clarke commented: "Good on ya! Best of luck, I'm a true believer that a horse is a horse, no matter what their breeding is." "Amazing you have shaken up the horse world ... keep on going and don't let any one put you down cause of the breed of your horse," Alaina Lumsden said. Calder, a member of the Belfast Pony Club, was overwhelmed by the support she had received. But it has not always been that way. "It's really exciting. I wasn't expecting it. I was expecting maybe 20 likes," she said. Calder said she had faced a bit of flak for showjumping and eventing a pacer. Some said Pixie was "not worth the time and effort", she said. Calder was determined to prove everyone wrong - and has succeeded. "She [Pixie] has proved every stereotype about standardbreds wrong." Calder has formed a special bond with Pixie, who was likely "destined for the meat works" if Calder had not taken her on as a project. "I ended up loving her too much and couldn't sell her," she said. "She would do anything for me. She gives 110 per cent every time. "She wouldn't even walk over a pole the first day [I rode her] and I look at her now and she makes me so proud." *Attatched is a video of Calder and Pixie in action By Carolne King (Courtesy of © Fairfax NZ News)

Junee horseman Bruce Harpley enjoyed one of his proudest moments in harness racing on Saturday night when Frith was named New South Wales Horse Of The Year. Harpley trained Frith during her three year old season and is looking forward to her returning to work later this year. "I'm expecting Bernie Kelly (owner) to send her back to me this season, I haven't heard anything different, but at the moment she is undergoing an embryo transfer so I'm thinking she will be back in work in late November or early December," Harpley said. "They should know whether the transfer process was successful later in the week but apparently there is enough time to try it again if it fails but the plan is to have her back to the races late March." It isn't the first time the Harpley name has been associated with a NSW Horse Of The Year. "My grandfather trained Welcome Advice and my father drove him and he won the award back in 1972, so to win it 41 years later with Frith is very special to me and means a lot." Frith will return as a C12 mare but is still a Metropolitan maiden. "I'm pretty sure she comes back a C12/M0 so there won't be any easy ones but a trip to New Zealand for the Jewels wouldn't be out of the question. Her season won't be too taxing, the Breeders Challenge and Breeders Crown are targets though." "I hadn't been to a NSW awards night before Saturday but I thought this would be as close as I would ever get to winning an award so I thought I better make the trip to Sydney and I'm glad I did." Harpley is hoping his success proves to the hobbyists in the industry that you can compete with the biggest stables in the state. "It is nice for the country bumpkins to win a big award and it has been a thrill and a half so far, I hope it only gets better." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

In a shock move three members of South Australian Harness Racing Club have resigned from the board. As of last week brothers Bruce and Murray Evans along with Colin Mathews have decided to stand down. The  board under  new president Richard Miller was only elected earlier this month, Miller replaced Ms Lyn Tester who lost her seat on the board. With the three committee members standing down it only leaves Miller, vice president Geoff Easom and committee members Tony Copeland, Ray Holberton, Malcolm Langford. Mark Dennis walks in twice. Former Victorian pacer Mark Dennis bought up a double over the weekend. He started a $1.50 favourite on Saturday night at Betezy Park Globe Derby. Driven by David Harding and now in the stables of Lance Holberton, Mark Dennis found the front and gave nothing else a chance running his last half mile in 56.8 to win by 11 meters. Holberton then backed the Bettors Delight 5 year old up on Monday and dispite drawing the back line and working to the breeze in the middle stages Harding said go at the 400 meter mark and he raced past a smart mare in Closure to  win untouched by 20 meters. Mark Dennis looks to have bright future in SA. SA Horse of Year awards this Sunday. Just a reminder the SA Horse of the Year  will be announced on Sunday at Globe Derby. With a panel assembled to vote on horse of the year the panel this year is Graham Fischer, Trevor Hubber, form analyst Ben Harding, racecaller Jim Jacques, BOTRA president Ray Holberton, Media personality Tony Lawrence. Dennis Lyle, The Advertiser’s Lincoln Moore, Ben Scadden, Radio personality Ray Fewings and David Thuen.  Panel members will  cast their votes in each category and the winners will be announced at the function. The members will also vote for the SA Horse of the Year, which will come from one of the category winners. The categories are 2 year old pacers & trotters, 3 year olds pacers & trotters and 4 year old and older pacers & trotters plus a claimers category. Tickets are $25 per person and bookings can be made by contacting the club on 08-82852899. Gary Newton  

Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has dominated last Saturday night’s (October 26th, 2013) Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Industry Awards. ‘This is most number of award wins ever claimed by Bankstown Paceway – or, probably, by any other race club ever – in the time since state based awards began being given out,’ Bankstown Paceway president and former HRNSW board member Les Bentley told Harnesslink. ‘It is the dawn of a new golden age of harness racing for Bankstown – with our horses, our drivers and even our club administrators and volunteers lauded as the very best in the whole of New South Wales,’ Mr Bentley added. 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards wins by Bankstown Paceway were: a.. New South Wales Centurion: Bankstown Paceway champion driver Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, was inducted as a New South Wales Centurion for 100 or more race wins in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season; and a.. South Wales Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metropolitan): Bankstown Paceway champion driver Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metropolitan) – beating Alex Alchin, Kylie Barnes and Todd McCarthy (for this award, drivers are selected on a number of criteria including general behaviour, conduct in the Stewards Room, driving record, performance statistics and professionalism); and a.. New South Wales Volunteer Award: Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andrew Ho claimed the New South Wales Volunteer Award (for the second year in a row, an award was made to each nominee); and a.. New South Wales Volunteer Award: Bankstown Paceway committeewoman Megan Lavender claimed the New South Wales Volunteer Award (for the second year in a row, an award was made to each nominee); and a.. New South Wales Volunteer Award: Bankstown Paceway veteran horseman Bert Read of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Volunteer Award (for the second year in a row, an award was made to each nominee); and a.. New South Wales Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Pacer of the Year: Three-year-old bay gelding, Home of the Brave, owned by Bankstown Paceway patrons and honorary life members Colin and Cheryl McDowell of Ellis Street, Condell Park, and trained by their son Dean McDowell, claimed the New South Wales Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Pacer of the Year – defeating champion three-year-old standardbred horses Be Brave, Caesar Augustus, Ee And Em Stride, Sir Eric NZ and Ultimate Art (for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season); and a.. New South Wales Aged Entire or Gelding Pacer of the Year: Six-year-old bay gelding, Gaius Caesar NZ, trained by third generation Bankstown Paceway member Darren Binskin of Ellis Street, Condell Park, and driven by Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Aged Entire or Gelding Pacer of the Year – defeating champion aged standardbred horses Chariot King, Excel Stride, Ideal Scott NZ, Mach Alert NZ, Mach Beauty and even four-time Treuer Memorial winner Washakie NZ (for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season); and a.. New South Wales Aged Horse of the Year: Six-year-old bay gelding, Gaius Caesar NZ, trained by third generation Bankstown Paceway member Darren Binskin of Ellis Street, Condell Park, and driven by Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Aged Horse of the Year – defeating NSW Aged Trotter of the Year, Keystone Del NZ, and NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year, Baby Bling NZ, to receive one of the most coveted accolades in Australian harness racing. The 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards were presented at a gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel last Saturday night (October 26th, 2013).  

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

Brittany Stallion Management announced today that World Champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of New York. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster’s trainer and shareholder Blair Burgess said the move is a great fit. “Glidemaster sires outstanding gate speed and half-mile track ability, and his offspring are known for not making breaks over the half,” Burgess said. “His colts and fillies will be terrific candidates to be successful in the New York Sire Stakes.” Glidemaster becomes the ninth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of New York. “We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a ‘Horse of the Year’ and a sire who’s already producing world-class trotters. We’re excited to have him,” said Winbak owner Joe Thomson. Thomson added that Winbak will offer its full support of the stallion in terms of breeding mares to him and promoting him. Glidemaster 2,1:55.3; 3,1:51 earned close to $2-million during his racing career. He was a World Champion and Triple Crown winner who captured the Hambletonian in stakes record time. He was an overwhelming selection as “Horse of the Year” in 2006. Leading his progeny in 2013 earnings is World Champion and two-time Breeders Crown Champion Maven 2,1:56f; 3,1:52.3; 1:51.4h ($1,379,969). Winbak Farm  

The Horsham & District Harness Racing Club recently presented awards for the 2012/13 season at their annual club dinner for sponsors, committee, officials, staff and volunteers.   President Justin Lane congratulated all winners and presented them with certificates and trophies on behalf of the Club's long-time, valued sponsors;   * Betta Electrical Trainer of the Year - Peter Manning - 39 points with 59 starters, 7 wins, 2 seconds & 7 thirds. * West Vic Racepix Driver of the Year - Matt Craven - 76 points with 49 drives, 17 wins, 1 seconds and 6 thirds. * Conways Greg Smith Memorial Concession Driver of the Year - Jayson Finnis - 30 points with 33 drives, 3 wins, 8 seconds and 2 thirds. * Graeme Eeles Saddlery Horsham Horse of the Year - Cheap Tint - won all 3 starts at Horsham during the season for SA owners Malcom & Wendy Walker and trainer Kevin Brough. * Dahlsens Local Trainer Strike Rate - Ken Exell courtesy of his only horse, the consistent trotter Allawart Ugo.    Special guest John Peck, who is currently researching the Club's history, for Horsham's Centenary race meeting in March 2014, captivated guests with an amazing description of  trotting in Horsham and district from the 1880's through to the early 1950's. HRV board member Geoff Kay and AVCHRC President Paul James were also in attendance for the highly enjoyable gathering.   Tony Logan

At a function at Sandaford Winery in the heart of the Swan Valley yesterday, Im Themightyquinn was announced as Western Australia's Harness Horse of the Year for 2012/13. It was the gelding's fourth successive win in the award and capped yet another remarkable season where the son of Washington VC put together 12 wins and three seconds from 17 starts for season's stakes of $982,490. His wins included a third successive Inter Dominion final, the WA Pacing Cup and Auckland Cup and topped off his national awards as Australian Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Grand Circuit Champion. Also presented yesterday were the Age Category Awards for two and three-year-olds. Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year was won by the Westbred daughter of Kenneth J - Im Bella Jay which won the Group One Westbred Classic before finishing third in the Group Three Gold Bracelet Stakes and finished with a season's record of seven starts for three wins and two seconds and stakes of $82,544. The category for Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year was taken out by another Westbred in the Grinfromeartoear gelding Mister Jadore which won the Group One Sales Classic and Group Two Champagne Classic, finished second in the Group One Pearl Classic and third in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes with a season's record of 14 starts for six wins, four seconds and two thirds for stakes of $158,054. The New Zealand bred Bettors Delight filly Bettor Dreams won the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award on the back of a 1:54.6 win at Pinjarra and outstanding seconds to Australian 3yo Filly of the Year Frith in the Group One WA Oaks and to Gota Good Lookadda in the Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic. Her 11 starts for the season yielded four wins, three seconds, one third and stakes of $67,035. Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year honours went to the outstanding New Zealand import Alta Christiano which was unbeaten at his only three Western Australian starts which included wins in the Group One WA Derby and Group Two Western Gateway Stakes and WA stakes of $169,030. Aiden De Campo was presented with the Youth Achievment Award after a breakout season where he drove 100 winners for the first time while Dylan Egert-Green was presented with his trophy for winning the RWWA Rising Stars Series. Gary Hall Junior drove 242 winners for the season to take out the Leading State Driver Title while his father Gary Hall Senior took out the Leading State Trainer Title with 192 winners. Alan Parker  

The 2012/13 harness racing season was capped off with the announcement of Majestic Mach as the Queensland Horse of the Year tonight. The Grant Dixon-trained gelding won the award for his stellar three-year-old season winning the Group 1 Queensland Derby, the Group 2 Nursery Pace 3YO colts and geldings Final and QBred Final 3YO colts and geldings as well as three Group 3 events. In the eyes of the industry media and administrator voting panel, the gelding beat other Horse of the Year nominees Forever Gold and Devil Dodger. Majestic Mach’s owners Solid Earth Pty Ltd managed by Kay Seymour accepted the award at the 2013 Queensland Harness Awards Night on Sunday, October 13 at the Tattersall’s Club with a host of industry stakeholders. The star three-year-old also took home the Queensland 3YO Horse of the Year title as well as the QBred Achiever of the Year. The performance of Majestic Mach and stablemates Charming Allie and Joys A Babe ensured that owner and breeder Solid Earth Pty Ltd secured the Queensland Breeder and Owner of the Year titles also. Hosted by Racing Queensland, the night recognised the season’s achievements in the harness racing industry. Grant Dixon was the recipient of the Queensland Trainer of the Year, also taking home the Albion Park, Gold Coast and Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs’ Trainers Premierships. Mathew Neilson was awarded the Queensland Driver of the year, also claiming the Redcliffe Drivers Premiership. The 2013 Queensland Harness Awards winners include: Queensland Horse of the Year – Majestic Mach Sponsored by Sky Racing Queensland Trainer of the Year – Grant Dixon Sponsored by TattsBet Queensland Driver of the Year – Mathew Neilson Sponsored by TattsBet Queensland 4YO & Older Horse of the Year – Forever Gold Queensland 3YO Horse of the Year – Majestic Mach Queensland 2YO Horse of the Year – Hezarealgem Queensland Breeder of the Year – Solid Earth Pty Ltd Queensland Owner of the Year – Solid Earth Pty Ltd QBred Achiever of the Year – Majestic Mach Chairman’s Award – Narissa McMullen Sponsored by Racing Queensland Hall of Fame – Chris Garrard and Wayne Wilson BOTRA Pegasus Award – Warren Cummins BOTRA Junior Driver Encouragement Award – Lauren Jones and Trent Moffatt BOTRA Rising Star Award – Narissa McMullen and Adam Sanderson Trotting Horse of the Year – Mister Malakye Trotting Drivers Premiership – Grant Dixon Trotting Trainers Premiership – Neville Ryan Redcliffe HRC Horse of the Year – In Default Redcliffe HRC Drivers Premiership – Mathew Neilson Redcliffe HRC Trainers Premiership – Grant Dixon Gold Coast HRC Horse of the Year – Jaxon Fella Gold Coast HRC Drivers Premiership – Grant Dixon Gold Coast HRC Trainers Premiership – Grant Dixon Albion Park HRC Horse of the Year – Montana Pablo Albion Park HRC Drivers Premiership – Grant Dixon Albion Park HRC Trainers Premiership – Grant Dixon For the first time in years, Racing Queensland once again inducted two nominees into the Hall of Fame. Both Chris Garrard and Wayne Wilson were inducted for their many years of service to the industry. Chris Garrard Chris Garrard is one of Queensland harness racing’s most prominent personalities. Initially a hobbyist with a trainer-driver licence, ‘CJ,’ as he is commonly referred to, has drastically increased his involvement in the sport over the last three decades and he now wears many hats with pride. His sponsorship contributions through his various businesses have seen him acknowledged as one of the industry’s major benefactors. He is an active owner and breeder, and races a team of pacers under the care of his son Daren Garrard. He has also played a key role in the committees of Albion Park and Redcliffe, where he is the patron. With a family history that goes back generations, Chris Garrard has a deep passion for harness racing. Wayne Wilson Wayne Wilson began broadcasting the trots soon after his arrival in Brisbane in the late sixties and early seventies. He became the voice of Queensland harness racing in 1976 until his retirement at Village Kid’s Inter Dominion in 1986 when he took on the full-time role of the metropolitan gallops caller. The recipient of many media awards and more recently, an induction into the Hall of Fame at the 2013 Queensland Thoroughbred Awards, Wayne modernised the harness broadcast and was one of the leaders in his field. He has given the Queensland harness industry some great promotion over many years through radio and television and still to this day, retains a love and active interest in the harness industry. Elaine Dittman

Campbellville, ON --- San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner and Horse of the Year in 2011 in both Canada and the United States, returned to victory lane on Monday evening (Oct. 7) at Mohawk, following an extensive layoff. The 9-year-old trotting son of San Pellegrino, who was sidelined for more than a year with a right-hind ankle injury, captured the $32,980 Preferred Trot in his second start off the shelf in 1:53.1. The 52-time winner led from start to finish for driver Randy Waples through panels of :28, :56.4 and 1:24.4, before dashing away from his rivals in deep stretch to score the victory by one length. Knows Nothing (Jody Jamieson) finished second with Catch The Dream (Sylvain Filion) third. Trained by Rod Hughes for owners Glenn Van Camp and Hughes Stables Inc., San Pail now has $3,102,135 in career earnings. He paid $5.90 to win as the second choice. Videos of all races attached. San Pail's race is race 10. Submitted by WEG

Connections of this year's Grand Circuit and Trotting Masters Champions will be fittingly rewarded with a rich new prize pool following the announcement of a new naming rights partnership with Australian Pacing Gold. Harness Racing Australia Chairman, Mr Geoff Want, announced the new partnership today along with unveiling a new logo for each series."We are extremely pleased to have attracted a long term partner for Australasia's premier race series in Australian Pacing Gold, which for the first time provides due reward and recognition of our Champion performers by awarding them each a $20,000 bonus which can be utilised at any Australian Pacing Gold Sale. "A number of major changes were made to the Grand Circuit last season by creating a stand alone brand for Trotters with the Trotting Masters, introducing a revamped points system to incentivise participation and a revamped criteria for race inclusion as part of the series. In some ways today's announcement and logo unveiling are the final pieces in the puzzle designed to lift the profile and prestige of both the Grand Circuit and Trotting Masters," Want said. Australian Pacing Gold Chairman, Mr Peter Bourke, was equally as thrilled. "Australian Pacing Gold is pleased to partner with the Grand Circuit and Trotting Masters. "Our company has celebrated the fact that many of the stars of the track are graduates of the APG Sales, with many of these yearlings claiming Horse of the Year titles in various categories since our inception in 1989. We look forward to further sales graduates competing in the Grand Circuit, therefore making this partnership the perfect fit. "APG also appreciates those stakeholders who have horses of the trotting gait and this announcement signals our desire to become involved with sales which offer these horses." "We view this partnership is a unique way to not only suitably reward the Champions of our sport, but also provide the connections of those horses with a direct incentive to re-invest in the industry and hopefully claim their next champion," Bourke said. The first race of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit for 2013/14 will be the $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park, Brisbane on 26 October, while the Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masterscommences on 15 November with the $200,000 Hellers Dominion at Addington in Christchurch, New Zealand. For more information, contact Gary Kairn on 03 9227 3000.  

Apaches Fame, the pacer that many would consider to be the Standardbred that helped elevate the Ontario Sires Stakes program to a world-class producer of harness racing talent, has passed away at the age of 26. Bred by Robert Chapple of Chatham, Ont., the son of Apaches Circle - Dovers Skip turned heads from the moment he stepped onto the racetrack in 1989. In his first pari-mutuel start at Greenwood Raceway, Apaches Fame and trainer-driver Bud Fritz reeled off a win in 1:57.4 in the Kindergarten Series. He moved onto the OSS ranks and dominated his foes there, finishing his rookie season with 10 wins in 14 starts and a mark of 1:54.1 taken at Windsor Raceway. That mile was just one-fifth of a second off the world record at the time. Expectations were high for his three-year-old season as Apaches Fame stepped up to race against North America's best three-year-old pacers in Grand Circuit competition - a rarity for a horse from the OSS program. Against open opposition that year he tied the track record at Greenwood in winning the Burlington Stakes in 1:52.4, and also posted wins in the Motor City Pace, Confederation Cup, Little Brown Jug Preview, as well as and the Provincial Cup and Prix d’Ete eliminations. But his biggest win was a win for the province, if not the country. Facing divisional standout Beach Towel, Apaches Fame made harness racing history by becoming the first Ontario-bred and sired colt to win the prestigious $1 million North America Cup. Busloads of fans from Southwestern Ontario flocked to Greenwood that day to take in the race and witness history, and the winner's circle celebration harkened back to the days of the Cam Fella Express in popularity. Apaches Fame ended his season with 20 wins in 26 starts, which earned him the O'Brien Award as the best three-year-old colt in the country. Returning to the races at age four for Dovers Venture II Stable (Chapple, Dr. Jan Venclik, Ross Cushman, Tom Lightbody and Gary Nolte) Apaches Fame won the Grand Prix Quebec, Blue Bonnets Challenge, Des Smith Memorial and William Haughton Memorial Series at Yonkers before being retired in January 1992 at the age of five. After 67 career starts, Apaches Fame amassed a record of 39-11-9, a mark of 1:51.4 and earnings in excess of $1.76 million. Apaches Fame stood for stallion duty in Ontario and produced the winners of more than $38 million. With 777 foals, 612 made it to the races with 81 per cent of those horses taking race records. Among his most notable performers are the 1998 O'Brien Award winning Horse of the Year Odies Fame, 2000 O'Brien Award winner Legacy Of Fame as well as Twin B Champ, Stonebridge Galaxy and more recently, Twin B Warrior.   In 2000, Apaches Fame was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame for his contributions to Canadian horse racing both as a standout racehorse and sire. In June 2013, Standardbred Canada honoured Apaches Fame with a special video tribute to commemorate his historic North America Cup victory by visiting the stallion at his Chatham, Ont. home, where he resided at the farm owned by breeder Robert Chapple's son Rob and his wife Becky. The Chapples were joined by Venclik and Doug Nash, who helped manage Apaches Fame through his stallion career at Glengate Farms. "Apaches Fame was the horse that legitimized the Ontario Sires Stakes program of being worthy of producing horse that were world class," said Nash. "When he won the North America Cup, it changed things around forever within the industry, where trainers and owners recognized the Ontario-breds as being capable of campaigning on the world stage." Reprinted with permission by

Harness Racing South Australian Horse of the Year Luncheon will be held at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Sunday 3rd November.   The finalist in each category was announced today .   Panel members will cast their votes in each category and the winners will be announced at the function. The members will also vote for the SA Horse of the Year, which will come from one of the category winners.   The 2 year olds are headed by Southern Cross winners Fred’s A Safari  (5 wins from 9 starts) and star filly Flagbearer (who won 5 of her 6 starts in SA & qualified for the Breeders Crown Final in Victoria)  joining them in that category is Doug’s Courage (3 wins -8 starts) ,Limestone Bay (6 wins - 8 starts), Major Cruiser (4 from 17) and That’s Rite (3 from 10 but won the Tatlow Stakes in Melbourne)   The 2 year old trotters division has just two nominations Boundary Row who won 6 from 9 and Majestic Whiz who won only 1 race but was very consistent with 6 placings.   Three year old pacers consists of Victorian trained Getya Wings Out who won the Fillies Southern Cross Final, Glenferrie Rustler who won 9 of his 13 starts, Lord Lincoln 11 wins 14 starts, Nothing In Between 10 from 16 and Quadentate the Andy Gath trained pacer who claimed the Southern Cross Colts & geldings division.   Trotters division for 3yo Hackashaq  3 wins, Just Spur Me On 2 wins, Reinforcement 2 wins and Solar Spirit 4 wins in a even division.   The 4yo and older are headed by cult horse  Come On Frank won 6 races and finished third in SA Cup and the ill-fated Zanardi who won 10 races, others are recently retired star mare Repelem 8 wins, Aitch Cue 3 wins and Country Cups king Shanghai Knight 5 wins and 11 placings from 24 starts.   The open trotters: Long May She Reign, Me An Kel, Rejuvenation, Siegfried and Vee Salute.   And the claimers get a category, Campbell Wallace, Conte Centovalli, Fourmoore, Silver Ranger, Together We Do  and  Washies Chance.   Panel of 11 members will now cast their votes in each category and the winners will be announced at the function. The members will also vote for the SA Horse of the Year, which will come from one of the category winners. Gary Newton

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