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Pompano Beach, FL...October 17, 2016...On an evening where the track condition at Pompano Park shifted from fast to good to sloppy to good to sloppy during the harness racing program, Kevin Kelly's grand filly, Gold Star Brianna remained perfect for her career--now 12-for-12--highlighting the Sunday 14 race program.   Gold Star Brianna, a sophomore filly by Basil trained by Dan Hennessey, was driven by brother Wally Hennessey and toured the sloppy oval in a lifetime best 1:57.3, scoring by 6 1/4 lengths over Trotting Missmissy (Marc Major) and All Star Fame Sergio Corona with Trottime Fool and I'm For Sale completing the roster in this fifth leg of the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting fillies.   Away carefully in her event, "Brianna" stormed to the front from five lengths back once they straightened away after the :29.1 opener and proceeded to clock panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2, sealing the deal with a :29.1 finale.   The filly now has career bounty of close to $75,000 with about six weeks of the lucrative stakes season ahead.   Said Hennessey after the race, "You know, this is the first time she has faced conditions like this so I thought I'd be careful early and wait 'til we straightened away to send her. She had to have trotted :28 and a piece" (actually :28.2) to make the lead and was a perfect lady all the way. I am proud of the way she performed in those conditions!"   For the second straight week, Gold Star Brianna was 1 to 20 and returned $2.10 to win.   Also on the card was the Sunshine State Stake for three year-old trotting colts and geldings and it was Thundercrest, a son of Crest, who scored in 2:03.4 after very crafty handling by Dustin Ingraham.   Thundercrest pinned a 1 3/4 length defeat on the late charging Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) with Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) next. Last Chance Fame and Rexamillion were four-five in the sextet.   At the outset, Thundercrest was in a brief war with Rexamilion but put the latter in the pocket before putting on the brakes and waltzing over to the opener in :32.2 and half in 1:04.   On the backside, Rexamillion left his cozy pocket but made a miscue three-eighths out and Thundercrest sprinted clear by six with a :29.3 third panel with Fifty Fifty Ninety in pursuit. Thundercrest coasted home from there prompting Dustin Ingraham to say, "I really didn't want to be on the front end but he (Thundercrest) was a bit headstrong leaving and I didn't want to shut him down early. He's still very green--he didn't race as a two year-old--and he's learning but, once I got over to the half in "4," I felt confident that he could go all the way. He not only battled the competition, he handled the elements, which just may have been the biggest competition."   Thundercrest paid $3.00 as the 1 to 2 favorite.   Two other Sunshine State Stakes events were held off the betting card highlighting two year-old trotters with Azzaro and Atlantic Crest reaching the winner's circle.   Azzaro, driven this night by Wally Hennessey for Jay and Kim Sears, led every step of his mile, pinning a half length defeat on I'm Done (Tom Lehmann) by a half length in 2:04--:29 off fractions of :30.3, 1:02.4 and 1:35.   The Proud Bushy colt now has a 5-3-2-0 career scorecard against "arch-rival" I'm Done, whose record is 5-2-3-0.   After the event, Hennessey said, "I guess it's become quite a rivalry between these two and both seem to have equal talent."   The second non-wagering event was contested in a driving rainstorm and, despite the demanding conditions, Sergio Corona's Atlantic Crest was a gate to wire winner in a lifetime best 2:01.1--her victory margin almost 10 lengths over Prairie Pixie (Mike Deters) with Bonnie Blue Banker (Rob Hoffman) third in the trio of juvenile fillies.   The daughter of Crest completed her journey off of fractions of :29.3, 1:00 and 1:30.3 as she notched her second straight win, improving on her previous best winning mile of 2:01.4.   In Pompano Park's Open I Handicap Pace, Sing For Me George picked up his third straight win--this one in 1:52.4--after exploding in the final sixteenth to score by 3 1/4 lengths over All Steinam (John Mac Donald). Winyard Hanover (Brad Kramer) was next after a rugged first over journey where he stuck his head in front at mid-stretch.   Team Captain and Safe Harbor earned the minors in the sextet.   Trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr., Sing For Me George was driven by Kevin Wallis and left with alacrity to take an early lead before yielding to All Steinam prior to the :28 opening panel.   After a :57.1 half, Winyard Hanover went first up on the backside to engage All Steinam in war, reaching the third station in a picked up 1:25, leaving Sing For Me George bottled up in third.   In the lane, Wallis found a seam, swung widest of all and blew by with a :27.3 finale of his own.   Sing For Me George, a seven year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, was winless in 16 starts before coming to Pompano Park but won an Open 3 event--handily--in 1:53.1 and then an Open 2 event in 1:53.2 before stepping up to the top rung of the ladder.   Sing For Me George now has a lifetime bankroll of $396,086.   As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Sing For Me George paid $3.80 to win.   Finally, in the Super Hi-5 finale, one lucky patron had the 7-4-1-8-5 winning combo, which paid $10,286.62 for the 20 cent investment.   Racing continues on Tuesday night with Open trotters in the spotlight.   Post time is set at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park.

JULY 25, 2016 – Mohawk Racetrack harness racing fans got their first look at Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts on Monday evening and went home impressed with the winners of all three $70,000 Gold Series divisions. Rose Run Speedster led things off with a come-from-behind effort in the first division to garner his second straight Gold Series trophy. In rein to Anthony MacDonald, the fan favourite settled in third from Post 4 and watched while Speedycrest rang up fractions of :28.2, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2. Turning for home a sliver of racetrack opened up in front of Rose Run Speedster and MacDonald wasted no time in taking advantage, firing the colt down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:59. Pocket-sitter Life Well Lived was second while Tycoon Seelster and Amanforallseasons dead-heated for third. “’I’m never really worried when it comes to this colt, where he’s sitting. He’s a really, really fast colt,” said MacDonald from the winner’s circle. “I figured if I get out and I stayed close to them that they weren’t going to be able to out-trot him. He raced really well right through the wire.” The Guelph, ON resident and his wife, trainer Amy MacDonald, along with their partner Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA, purchased Rose Run Speedster from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $14,000. The couple then offered shares of the Windsong Espoir colt for sale through their fractional ownership enterprise, TheStable.ca. Five additional owners bought shares of the colt, creating the Rose Run Speedster Stable. “What this horse has accomplished is unexpected, but the timing couldn’t be better. He has made the unlikely a reality and shown the industry how fractional ownership can, and will, grow our fan base,” said MacDonald. “We only have one Rose Run Speedster, but a barn full of happy owners, and that’s really what it’s all about.” With two Gold Series wins and one overnight victory under his belt, Rose Run Speedster will make his next start in the August 4 Gold event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Fans hoping to see the talented young trotter outside the Ontario Sires Stakes program will have to be patient as he does not have any additional stakes engagements on his schedule this season. “He’s built like a three-year-old and he’s fast. He has all the tools to come back like a beast next year if we put him away happy and healthy,” said MacDonald about the colt’s future prospects. Rose Run Speedster In the second division Manssive and driver Corey Callahan left smartly from Post 5, reaching the quarter in :28.4, and then yielded to fan favourites Mass Production and Rick Zeron. The favorites led the field through a :58.2 half and 1:29.2 three-quarters, but as the colts straightened out for the stretch drive Callahan shifted Manssive into another gear. The Muscle Mass son reeled in Mass Production by one-half length, hitting the wire in a personal best 1:58.4. Dream Massive rounded out the top three. “He’s a really nice colt,” said trainer Howard Okusko Jr. from the winner’s circle. “I mean he’s probably the only one in the race that had an open bridle on tonight. He does everything right, anything you ask him. I think he’ll just keep getting better.” The Vernon, NY resident conditions Manssive for M and L of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. The colt, bred by Cambridge, ON resident Dr. David Goodrow, was a $23,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Sale and now has two wins, one second and earnings of $36,999 on his resume after four starts. The final Gold Series division went to Clarion Hall, who popped out of the pocket from behind Reach The Peak and accelerated down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:58.3. Noble Prize closed hard to be second while pacesetter Reach The Peak held on for third. James MacDonald was a last minute understudy for scheduled driver Jody Jamieson, but the Guelph resident was familiar with the Windsong Espoir colt, having driven him to a third-place result in the July 9 Gold Series opener at Georgian Downs. “Last start, he was a little green. I moved him first up and he kind of was lost and didn’t really know what to do, and today he was a lot better on a helmet. When he caught the helmet in the last turn he kind of swelled up a bit,” said MacDonald. “I didn’t push him too hard because he was a little bumpy, but he seems to have lots of go.” Rene Allard conditions Clarion Hall for his partners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC and Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, ON. The colt, who is a half-brother to $1.5 million winner Cantab Hall, was a $16,000 purchase from the Blooded Horse Sale last fall. In three starts he now has one win and two thirds for earnings of $45,080. Clarion Hall The two-year-old trotting colts make their third Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 4 and then return to Mohawk for their fourth skirmish on August 12. Mohawk Racetrack fans will have an opportunity to catch the freshman trotting colts in Grassroots action this Thursday, July 28. Competing in their third Grassroots Leg, the colts will be featured in Races 3, 6, and 8. Post time for the first race is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

Management at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania has updated their stallion fees for the 2016 breeding season.   A Rocknroll Dance: Originally standing for $6,000 for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and achieving full books both years, A Rocknroll Dance's stud fee is discounted to $5,000 for the 2016 season only. Excellent opportunity to have your own yearling by A Rocknroll Dance the same year his first crop foals hit the tracks as 3 year olds.   Father Patrick: Father Patrick will stand his 2016 season at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania and will be PA Breeders Fund elligible for the first time. The horse Jimmy Takter described as the "best horse I've ever trained," will stand for $20,000.   Sweet Lou: "The Great White Blaze" will return to Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania for his second Northern Hemisphere season and will stand for $7,500 in 2016. A fan favorite for his star power, and a breeder favorite for his fertility, we expect a full book, so please book early! Reservations are already flowing in.   Ponder: Arguably the most underrated Pennsylvania sire, Ponder just got more affordable! Ponder will stand for $3,500 in 2016.   From Diamond Creek Farm    

Not a stranger to multiple wins on a harness racing card Jimmy Morrill Jr. owned the afternoon at Monticello Raceway after posting 4 wins on the card, 3 of which were New York Sire Stakes events. In the first Sire Stakes division of the day, Race 1, worth $29,850, last year's Night of Champions 2 Year Old Colt Pace winner Cartoon Daddy left strong for the lead, he relinquished the front past the ¼ in 28:3 to A Bettor Hat, who took them past the half in 57:2. The eventual winner was sitting 3rd, at the 5/8 marker Jason Bartlett Jr. and Americanprimetime were on the move and charging, a spirited stretch drive ensued as Americanprimetime edged A Bettor Hat in 1:54.2 by a scant neck. The son of American Ideal is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owners Rock & Roll Stables. 2nd Division (Race 5) J Eagle Feather scored a wire to win over the pocket sitting SOTO, giving Morrill his second win of the young afternoon in 1:54:3. The son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Linda Toscano. His win was his 2nd consecutive win in Sire Stake Company. Finishing 3rd was Lone Survivor. Race 8 was the 3rd division, K Ryan Bluechip started from the rail, after an impressive win last week at Pocono Downs in 1:50:3, Kid Rock and National Seelster blasted off the gate, National Seelster wrestled control at the ¼ mile and led the rest of the way, King of Delight driven by Scot Zeron mounted a threat in the paddock turn. K-Rock sat in the Garden spot the entire mile, in perfect striking distance heading in the stretch he dived into the passing lane, but to no avail as he was unable to catch National Seelster who won by a neck in 1:54:4. The son of Bettor's Delight was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Chris Ryder. Race 13, the seven horse field raced in post-position order until just past the half when the outer tier started to unfold, Scott Zeron pulled Artistic Major first over and was at the back of My Spirit Soars (Bettor's Delight) but was never able to make up any ground as Jimmy Morrill Jr. won his 4th race of the afternoon in 1:54:1. After the race in the winner's circle when congratulated on his fourth win of the afternoon, Jimmy said "I should have won the other Sire Stakes event also, I just got beat!"; The most impressive race of the day came in the last race, an Excelsior A division. John Butenschoen's son of Art Major, Gold Coast Muscle went down the road, he put the sleeper move on the field with a pair of middle quarters of 28.0, he took them past the ¾ in 1:24:1 to win easy in the days fastest mile 1:53 by open lengths. Longtime NY owner and patron of the sport Ken Jacobs, has 2 winners on the day. In other action, Division A winners were Major Camby - James Marohn Jr. - 1:56:1, 1:56, American Cross Road - Matt Kakaley - 1:56:1 by 8 lengths, , Nobettorplacetobe John Cummings Jr. 1:54:4. The Excelsior B series winners were Simon Said - Jim Morrill Jr. - Tarport Andy - Jim Devaux - 1:57:2. Monticello Raceway continues to have strong support from the betting public as $761,000 was wagered on the card for a $53,357 average per race. By Shawn F. Wiles

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

South Australia’s BOTRA has set a date for its harness racing Yearling and Mixed Sale. To be staged at Globe Derby, the popular event is scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday, February 11, beginning at 5pm. Yearlings will be paraded from 4.15pm, giving prospective buyers plenty of time to inspect their choices before the sale kicks off. A mixed sale will immediately follow the sale of yearlings. Yearlings nominated for the sale are eligible for a $1000 first win bonus, which runs until the end of their three-year-old season. Entry is $125 per nomination, with noms closing on Friday, November 7. Accommodation for horses which come from interstate, or outer areas, is available on request.  For further information contact SA BOTRA’s Lois Randall on 0402 978 424. PETER WHARTON

A lot of harness racing traditionalists will have been smiling with the announcement earlier this week that the Inter Dominion to be held in Perth in late 2015 will be staged under the old style format of three heats and a final over a two week period. The series will run over three heats in the first week  and then a gap of a week to the final which is  scheluded for December 11th 2015 for the huge stake of A$1,300,000. It is an optimum time of year for harness racing in Perth with just about all their major races for the better class horses held in the December/January window. The change in timing of the series fits in with the other changes to major races in Australia such as the Miracle Mile which has been moved to February. The historic dates have been discarded as the major Australian players have restructured the timing of the major races as we knew them to better suit their needs in 2015. You can't fault the bodies involved trying to find date structures that work better for the industry but there are some potential pitfalls. One thing they havn't taken into account  in all the changes is the dates structure of harness racing in New Zealand. New Zealands premier race every year is the New Zealand Cup meeting in November which is staged  on the second Tuesday of November every year. There is a whole week of elite level thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing based around that week and it is the biggest annual carnival in New Zealand by far. There is absolutely no chance of the date being changed so a clash with the Inter Dominion seems inevitable. The $600,000 difference in prize money would seem to be a pretty significant carrot  for Kiwis on the surface but as any Kiwi trainer who has taken horses to Perth knows its not quite as simple as that. Perth in December can be extremely hot and then some and a lot of Kiwis arriving in Perth take time to acclimatise to the local conditions. Some horses just don't cop it and it can affect a horses performance for the rest of that campaign  With the gap between New Zealand Cup week and the first round of heats being so small, the potential for problems is obvious. Last year Fly Like An Eagle had several runs leading into the New Zealand Cup week, two hard runs during Cup week and then tried to line up straight afterwards in the preludes to the Miracle Mile. The runs so close together flattened Fly Like An Eagle and he was very disappointing the rest of the season. And that is without considering the affect of the heat. Gold Ace went frrom Auckland to Perth and the heat didn't affect him one bit and he won the Golden Nugget. A Bit Of A Legend went for the Golden Nugget as well and raced poorly the whole time he was there due in the words of his caretaker trainer Brent Mangos,to the heat. So some Kiwi horses can handle the heat and some can't.  It is going to be hard enough for a lot of the Kiwis with the heat but the close proximity of the series to New Zealand Cup week makes it just about mission impossible. The West Australians are to be conglatulated for returning the Inter Dominion to its original format and for the huge stake money to be offered. It would be a shame if due to the timing issues involved it becomes light on New Zealand repersentation. Harnesslink Media

The Geauga County Fair is the oldest fair and best kept secret in Burton, Ohio. The fair celebrated its 192nd anniversary in 2014.   The hospitality extended to the horseman and fairgoers is second to none. Although the horses were in short supply, the purses were abundant.   The single day of harness racing action went post ward on Saturday (August 30). Purses were in the excess of $42,000 for the afternoon eight-race program. It was a profitable day for all horsemen.   Another honored tradition at the fair, are the half mile Amish races. The local Amish community bring their horses to compete in the two $300 heats with hopes to return in the $400 final. As always it was a huge success and definitely a fan pleaser.   The fair board wants to say thank you to all horsemen who participated and supported this year's fair and look forward to another great fair in 2015. By Terri Mt.Pleasant    

A night field with the Alpine $3,000 claiming series harness racing action was nothing but eye popping and heart grabbing at Red Shores Charlottetown on Tuesday night. The common phrase of "Boom, just like that!" used by track announcer Vance Cameron when a large first quarter flashes up on the board was used many times Tuesday night. A total of five races on the 12 dash card feature first quarters better than :28. In the evenings feature Race 8, favourite Lyndale Royal seen his win streak stopped by Mcmacverick in line to Kenny Murphy. Lyndale Royal left off the gate from post 3 with Marc Campbell at the helm, after being clearing just before a quarter in :27.3, Campbell continued to roll his charge flipping off a half in :56.2 and three quarters in 1:26.4. Tempo Seelster made a bolt three wide move up the back stretch to clear Lyndale Royal at the head of the stretch before Mcmaverick got up in the final stride to win by a nose for owner - trainer Keith Campbell. The fastest trip of the night came in the evening finale with the 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes guiding Outside The Wire to a five length victory winning in 1:55.1 for owners Andrew Avery and John Brodrick. Onehotvett finished second and Iron Phil was place third after I D K was placed for interference approaching three-quarters. Claiming action was in full flight in the final leg of the Alpine $ 3,000 claiming series. A total of six horses were claimed heading into the two finals Saturday night. Maiden Heaven was the first claim, she prevailed to win for her owners Charles Gaudreaut and Maxim Gaudreault in 1:58. Hello America finished third and was claimed. Whatabadgirl picked up the win in the Race 5 fillies and mares for owner, trainer, driver Gary MacDonald in 1:58.1. The third division went to driver Stephen Quinn and Mcdaisy Cutter in 1:58. On the horses and geldings side of things Cam Cool took Race 9 in 1:56.4 for driver Campbell, he and third place finisher Bakardi Arti were claimed. Godivabeachdiamond played a little hard ball hanging out two other rivals to an opening quarter of :27.4 and hanging on to win in 1:56. He and second place finisher J N J both found new addresses. Bo Ford

WAYNESBURG PA - The annual two-day harness racing meet at the Greene County Fair in this southwestern PA town (hometown of Dave Palone) saw two three-year-old trotters run their 2014 fair records to 7 for 8, and a two-year-old trotter make a very promising debut. Fly Past Hanover opened the sophomore action with a 2:07 win, last quarter 30.2, for driver Steve Schoeffel, who had three wins each day to lead the meet, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. The altered son of Cantab Hall is a nose shy of an undefeated fair campaign, as it took Faust edging him by the smallest margin in a Bedford all-age trot record of 2:00.4 to spoil his sheet this summer. Another Cantab Hall offspring, the filly Cantabs Lightning, is also 7 for 8 at the Pennsy twicearounds after a tally in 2:05.3, last quarter 30, winning by 19¾ lengths - imagine what she might have done if she hadn't made a break before the quarter. Wayne Long owns, trains, and drove the impressive miss. Roger Hammer trainees produced the fastest miles of the day on both 3YO day (Friday) and 2YO day (Thursday). The sophomore Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover went the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.4, in winning a Fair Sire Stakes division, with owner Hammer also driving the winner. Hammer didn't have the sulky seat behind Thursday's fastest baby as he was racing at Honesdale, but Steve Schoeffel more than capably deputized, as he and Rustlercafe distanced a Quaker State field in 2:02-29.2. Hammer, as usual, got the big end of the money, as he owns and trains Rustlercafe, now 5 for 6 in Quaker competition. In the 2YO Fair Sire Stakes, three horses posted a 2:06.3 time for speed co-honors, two being the pacing filly Joltstheice and the pacing gelding Jed Kidd Squawking. But the third 2:06.3 baby winner, the one that made the fans sit up and take notice, was a trotter - the Muscle Massive filly Piano Rose, who won effortlessly, and in her career debut to boot. Steve Schoeffel got the call to drive the undefeated neophyte for trainer Fred Grant and owner Ralph Del Priore Jr. The racing at Waynesburg signaled the shift of the PA fair circuit back west for the rest of August, after several weeks of being based in the central and eastern parts of the state. Next stop is at the historic Arden Downs oval at the Washington County Fair, where they'll go to the gate on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. TOP FIVE PA FAIR CIRCUIT DRIVERS AND TRAINERS AFTER THE RACING of AUGUST 8 DRIVERS TRAINERS Chris Shaw 60 Jason Shaw 44 Steve Schoeffel 54 Steve Schoeffel 32 Roger Hammer 25 Roger Hammer 27 (tie) Todd Cummings 15 Bill Daugherty Jr. 15 (tie) Wayne Long Bob Krenitsky Jr. 13 Publicity Office of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

Charlottetown PE- Old Home Week is here and so are the crowds. Fans packed into Red Shores' Charlottetown for the first card of Old Home Week 2014. Teddys Place in line to the recent 1,500 win man Mike Stevenson managed to sneak up in the final strides to nail C L Eighty and Kenny Arsenault at the wire. Teddys place got away in the six hole and followed the cover of second place finisher C L Eighty who cleared fraction setter Deuce Man past the three quarters, flipping off his back at the head of the stretch to win by half-a-length in 1:58.3. Deuce Man laid down fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:29.2. Talk Back rounded out the top three making it an Arsenault trainee one, two, three finish. Thane Arsenault owns Teddys place and also trains along with Talk Back, while Kenny trains C L Eighty. Jason Hughes picked up a driving and training double on the card extending his lead in both categories at Red Shores Charlottetown. He kicked off the first race of Old Home Week with Rocks Confession in 2:03.1 and followed it up with Blue Star Outlaw in 2:00. The Alpine $3, 000 claiming series highlighted the Thursday night card. Lexis Mandy laid parked every step for driver trainer and co-owner Neil Bambrick and Shawn Baglole, winning by a head in 2:00.3. Hello America and Mike Downey picked up the second division of the fillies and mares in 1:58.3 for owner Ellen Stevenson. The third division winner Machintosh was the only mare claimed on the opening night of the two leg series. She was on top at every call, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:58, for owner - trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Steven Shepherd. Veteran pacer Cam Cool found himself back in the winer circle in the first division of horses and gelding, Jamie Copley trains for Ann Copley and Evan Gillis of Inverness. Marc Campbell handling the driving in 1:57. The second division went to another claimed horse, Ebandtheboys in line to Kenny Murphy rolled right down the highway winning in 1:57.3 for owner Clarkie Smith. Racing returns to Red Shores' Charlottetown tomorrow night at 7 p.m. By Bo Ford

August 1-7, 2014; At this point in the season, it's typical for 3-year-old horses at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to be battling against others of their own age in Stallion Series or Sire Stakes action. Yet our two top performers of the week that was at Pocono dared to take on older horses. Not only did they survive, but they thrived. Here are the details of both their exploits and those of the other top performers as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: LUCK BE WITHYOU This 3-year-old colt from the Chris Oakes' barn started the season in Canada but quickly found a home at Pocono with a condition win on June 28 in 1:50:1. He then battled his way to a 7th in finals of the prestigious Meadowlands Pace before returning for an even more impressive victory in a blistering 1:48 on July 19. On Saturday night, Luck Be Withyou faced his sternest test yet by going up against the non-winners of $22,500 in the last five races grouping. Among the competitors he would have to face were Meirs Hanover and Bolt The Duer, a pair of veterans as talented and as tested as there are in the sport. If the relative inexperience of Luck Be Withyou was ever going to be a factor, this was the race. At the top of the stretch, the 3-year-old was staring at the tail of Bolt The Duer, who had set the pace and done so in reasonable fractions. Yet Luck Be With You was ready for the challenge when driver George Napolitano Jr. asked for another gear. He sped by a stunned Bolt The Duer and held off fast-closing E Street Plan for the win in 1:49:2. Even though the time wasn't as flashy as his previous win, this victory was the best evidence yet of this sophomore's incredible talent. Other top pacers this week include: Show Runner (George Napolitano Jr., Lou Pena), a mare whose victory in Friday night's featured condition pace in a career-best 1:50:3 was her second straight win; Gold Deuce (George Napolitano Jr., Lou Pena), who powered to a win over $10,000 claimers on Saturday night in 1:50:4, a career-best and his Third Straight win; and Mach It So (Andrew McCarthy, PJ Fraley), who picked up a win in Saturday night's featured Preferred Handicap pace in 1:48:2, a new career-best and the fastest time posted this week at MSPD. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: REVRAC HARBOUR This award was probably a little overdue for this 3-year-old colt from the barn of trainer Tony Alagna. From June 3 to July 1, he ripped off four consecutive wins at Pocono, topping out with a back-to-back career-best miles of 1:54:1 in wins over the non-winners of four condition. He traveled to the Meadowlands after that and struggled against some of the top trotters in the country in a pair of stakes races. Revrac Harbour returned on Tuesday night to face all older horses in a non-winners of $13,000 in the last five starts condition trot. Back at Pocono again, he found his stride quickly by making a move to the front end early in the race. Yet Picture This, the race favorite, lurked behind him In The Pocket for much of the mile and enjoyed a much better trip. In the stretch, Picture This took to the inside passing lane and briefly seemed like he was about to get past. That's when driver Scott Zeron coaxed just a little extra effort from an already-taxed Revrac Harbour, who dug in and surged back in front in the final strides in 1:55:4 on a sloppy track. That makes it five wins in the last five races he's started at Pocono, with this maybe the gutsiest yet. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Zooming (Tyler Buter, Amber Buter),who shipped in from New York for a condition win on Saturday in 1:51:4, easily the week's fastest trotting time; Waldorf Hall (Corey Callahan, Jim Raymer), who churned through the slop for a condition win on Tuesday in 1:53:4; and Swiss Lightning (Anthony Napolitano, Kevin Lare), who ripped off his fourth straight claiming victory on Wednesday night in 1:54:4, matching his career-best in the process. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: RESCUE PLAN It's not often George Napolitano Jr., the meet's leading driver, pilots a long shot, but this condition pacer was at 42-1 when G-Nap steered him to victory on Tuesday night for a $87.60 win payout on a $2 ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. Who else could it be this other than George Nap, considering that he won seven of the thirteen races on the card on Saturday and nearly pulled off a 20-win week. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: CHRISTIE COLLINS Collins' barn has been steadily gaining momentum in the summer months, and her trainees picked up three more wins this week, including a double on Friday. That will do it for it this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia          

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 30, 2014 - Saturday's Hambletonian Day 15-race card at the Meadowlands is loaded with rich stakes worth nearly $3.6 million in purse money, including the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and its filly companion race, the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. The two stakes for New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers are early in the card - the third race for the Miss New Jersey and the fourth race for the New Jersey Classic - and have the possibility of being two of the most contentious and bettor-friendly events, with no prohibitive favorites. Racing conditions for the two stakes were amended to eliminate eliminations. The finals are limited to the 10 highest lifetime money-winning horses in the entry box. To further sweeten the pot, even those who do not share in the top five purse distribution will not go home empty-handed. The connections of the New Jersey Classic colts finishing sixth through 10 will receive $1,500 each while the connections of the Miss New Jersey fillies will receive $1,000 each. "We are very pleased that we have full and competitive fields for both stakes, in fact, 11 entered in each with 10 going postward," said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey [SBOANJ], which sponsors the two races. "We feel stallions will return to New Jersey once we have casino-infused purses, a likelihood in the next few years, but for now we are trying our best to make it worthwhile for breeders to support our program and owners to buy New Jersey-sired offspring with the opportunity to compete in such events as the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey," Luchento added. Post time on Saturday, August 2, 2014 is 12 noon with gates opening at 10 a.m. Admission is $5. The $1 million Hambletonian [Race 13] and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks [Race 12] and the $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot will be featured on the live television broadcast from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network [for Channel Finder - www.cbssportsnework.com]. The program will be hosted by Gary Seibel, Dave Brower and Justin Horowitz. The fields for the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey with post, horse, sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: Race 4 - $225,000 ANTHONY ABBATIELLO NEW JERSEY CLASSIC 1-Doo Wop Hanover - Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras - Steve Elliott - 9-5 2-Western Vintage - Western Ideal - Brian Sears - Nancy Johansson - 5-2 3-Rockeyed Optimist - Rocknroll Hanover - Matt Kakaley - Steve Elliott - 20-1 4-Buckwacker - Rocknroll Hanover - David Miller - Chris Ryder - 9-2 5-Sweet Rock - Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller - Wayne Given - 20-1 6-Dancin Hill - Rocknroll Hanover - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna - 10-1 7-Rock Out - Rocknroll Hanover - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 15-1 8-Card Shock- Cam's Card Shark - George Brennan - Mark Silva - 20-1 9-Beat The Drum - Tell All - Ron Pierce - Staffan Lind - 6-1 10-Rocknroll Reality - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 12-1   Race 3 - $100,000 THOMAS D'ALTRUI MISS NEW JERSEY 1-Ideal Helen - Western Ideal - Marcus Miller - Erv Miller - 10-1 2-Act Now - Western Ideal - Brian Sears - Nikolas Drennan - 3-1 3-Gettingreadytoroll - Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 2-1 4-My Lady Day - Western Ideal - David Miller - Joe Holloway - 15-1 5-Surfside Sexy - Rocknroll Hanover - Ron Pierce - Ron Burke - 20-1 6-Cut A Deal - Rocknroll Hanover - George Brennan - Nick Surick - 20-1 7-Blixtra - Rocknroll Hanover - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svandstedt - 9-2 8-Highland Rockstar - Rocknroll Hanover - Mike Lachance - Buzzy Sholty - 20-1 9-Rockingcam Park - Rocknroll Hanover - Tim Tetrick - Ron Coyne Jr. - 8-1 10- Kate Can't Wait - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - Ross Croghan - 6-1 By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Racing in NZ directly and indirectly accounts for well over $1.6 billion dollars worth of GDP, employs tens of thousands of people, has the potential to rapidly expand its export earnings and is an integral part of the Kiwi lifestyle. 1. In 2006 NZ First recognised the export potential of the NZ breeding industry and the need for improved international marketing, and achieved a much improved taxation regime through a reduction in totalisator duty and an accelerated write-down regime for bloodstock. 2. The strongly supported decision to permit racehorses sold for export to remain in NZ for up to 24 months without attracting GST was a further fillip to the industry and to the NZ economy. 3. In addition NZ First implemented a policy of internationally competitive stakes for racing codes, and an industry safety plan. These achievements provided the industry with the momentum to bolster its economic contribution, creating more jobs, more exports, and more income for NZ. Sadly much of the impetus to revive the racing industry has been lost under the present Government’s neglect. Also of alarm are recent IRD and Treasury departmental attempts to re-interpret clearly established statutory provisions against the industry’s health and interests. PLANS New Zealand First will: 1. Return a greater proportion of industry taxation to the racing codes.  2. Introduce a new (below Premier Meeting) category of meeting where every race will be for $15,000 minimum, with relativity across the codes. 3. Enhance employment and export opportunities by working with the industry to improve the international status of New Zealand Group 1 races to attract greater international interest. 4. Restore marque racing plans and prize money initiatives in line with NZ First policy implementation 2005 –2008 5. Return NZ racing to what it was good at. Racing needs breeding programmes to re-establish NZ as a first tier country in racing. That means policies assisting importation of quality mares, and properly using the sire cost write down. 6. Urgently review the operations and costs of the NZ Racing Board 7. Continue to support projects and initiatives, e.g. the Racing Safety Development Fund (a contestable fund of $1.5 million per annum, matching dollar for dollar contributions from racing clubs) that enhances safety and improves the quality of facilities in the racing industry, including the safety of riders, handlers, spectators, officials and others involved in racing codes, as well as the health and safety of animals. 8. Direct IRD and Treasury to respect the spirit of the laws passed to assist racing so we do not have specious departmental interpretations of laws that are clear to the industry. 9. Further improve the appeal of the racing industry to a wider audience by encouraging the promotion of “family-friendly” activities in conjunction with race meetings in all codes. 10.  Defend the historic, modest share of the racing industry, to lawful gambling proceeds, against unreasonable attacks. This is a Ten-Point Plan designed to maximise New Zealand's internationally recognised advantage in the development of race horses and to rebuild our country's reputation as a race horse breeding country of most interest to the world. This plan supports the industry's objectives to increase its economic contribution, creating more jobs, more exports and more income for New Zealand.  Judith Hughey Communications Advisor New Zealand First

East Rutherford, NJ - No fewer than seven major Grand Circuit stakes will populate the Saturday night card at The Meadowlands, led by the track's signature race, The Meadowlands Pace.   The all-star lineup begins with a pair of high-stakes preps for trotting's top prizes, the August 2 Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks.   Race four is the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial three-year-old colt trot which will be the stage for last year's top freshman Father Patrick to battle Trixton who has emerged as a worthy adversary this season. It is the first time these two have met, the occasion made even more intriguing by the fact that both are trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.   Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali has Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) listed as a strong morning line favorite at 4/5 from post nine, while Trixton is at 3/1 from post twelve in the second tier with trainer Takter aboard.   The $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial for sophomore trotting fillies also pits last year's finest against emerging talent. Shake It Cerry was clearly the best of a very talented crop last season, easily winning year end awards for the Takter stable and regular driver Ron Pierce. She has transitioned successfully to sophomore status winning four of five starts this season and is the 9/5 choice from post seven.   Her only loss required the world record 1:51.3 effort by Designed To Be at Pocono last month. It was the second time Designed To Be has assaulted the record books, having taken the two-year-old title with her 1:52.2 mile last fall in Lexington. She will have Brian Sears aboard for trainer Julie Miller on Saturday.   The remarkably fast Cooler Schooner is the fastest freshman trotter ever, regardless of sex by virtue of her amazing 1:51.3 win last summer at Pocono. She is sometimes guilty of self-sabotage but can never be dismissed. The Campbell brothers, John and Jim will conspire to manage that wicked speed toward its best use.   The new shooter in this division is Heaven's Door another who demonstrated great talent at two for Ross Croghan but it took until this year for her mind to catch up to her speed. She was sold over the winter and moved into the Ake Svanstedt barn where she has flourished. She won last month's NJSS final in a stakes record 1:52 with great ease and is facing the division's best now for her new connections and adds another element of suspense.   Next up (race six) will be the $212,500 Mistletoe Shalee for sophomore pacing fillies, another contentious contest. Sandbetweenurtoes raced but once at two for Tony Alagna but showed such promise in her first few starts at three that the brothers Remmen, Ray and Larry, bought her for John Grant and she hasn't lost since. She was the winner of last week's elimination in 1:49.1 with Brett Miller aboard and will likely be the post time fave off a 5/2 morning line.   Precocious Beauty was the divisional leader last year for the McNair barn and has yet to find that form thus far at three, though last week's race was encouraging. Takter's Uffizi Hanover won the 2013 Breeders Crown and the Fan Hanover this year for her regular pilot, newly minted Hall of Famer David Miller.   The older dames race on the pace for $178,450 in the cleverly named Golden Girls stake in the seventh race. Joe Holloway has always had a way with the ladies, training several distaff champions over the years and has a formidable pair in this one. Somwherovarainbow has well over a million in career earnings and has been in deadly form for Joe since early spring with six wins from ten starts, among those the Bluechip Matchmaker final. Brian Sears drives.   Her stable mate Shebestingin is the fastest female Standardbred ever, having seared The Red Mile clay in an eye-popping 1:47 flat last fall. She has yet to beat the best of this division since graduating into the open ranks but her speed make her a danger for David Miller.   The race favorite at 2/1 is the iron-tough race mare Androvette. Her story has been told many times but never gets old, particularly for her connections. She vaults over $3million lifetime with a win in this stake for trainer PJ Fraley and her constant racing companion Tim Tetrick.   Just when you think, "Well, this just can't get any better," you come to the meat of the card. Race 8 contains the finest Free For All pacers in the land racing for $463,300 in the WR Haughton Memorial, one of the biggest events of their season. The lifetime earnings for these ten horses are just north of the $20 million mark.   Captaintreacherous is the two time defending Pacer of the Year and a winner of over $3million in his racing career for trainer Tony Alagna. He's developed into a fan favorite with his gritty, never give up style and he'll need every bit of that heart, a large dose of speed and another clever steer from Tetrick on Saturday. He's drawn a favorable post starting just inside the 8/5 favorite, Sweet Lou.   Sweet Lou has flashed brilliance from the start for his connections and still holds the freshman pacing world speed record. Now five year of age, he's in the best form of his career and has been invincible since paired with driver Ron Pierce in May. Together they are five for five, all in 1:48.3 or faster culminating with a world record 1:47 the hard way at Pocono in the Franklin, the fastest mile on a five-eighths track in history.   Sweet Lou is one of a formidable four horse armada sent out in the Haughton by Meadowlands and national leading trainer Ron Burke. The four Burke horses alone have amassed a staggering $12million in career earnings led by the richest pacer in history, ageless wonder Foiled Again at $6.3 million. Foiled will have to overcome the extreme outside post for his regular driver Yannick Gingras in this battle.   The $776,000 Meadowlands Pace is race nine on the star studded extravaganza and has been well covered in many arenas, so for our purposes let's just say it shapes up to be a very exciting and contentious race, as is usually the case in the absence of a clear division leader.   Among the deepest and most contentious divisions this season is the older trotting mares. The returning Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, last year's division leader Maven and pair of four year old mares that have blossomed into trotting divas, Perfect Alliance and Classic Martine will all meet among a field of eight in the $40,000 Miss Versatility in race ten.   It's one for the ages this Saturday night at The Meadowlands with over $2.5 million in purses offered over the 13 race card, including four $100,000 finals for state bred freshmen. Post time is 6:30pm and it's going to be well attended, so if you're thinking of coming out make your reservations now. If not, the Haughton and Pace will be carried live on the CBS Sports Network and the TVG Racing network.   From the Meadowlands Media Relations Office

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