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January 19, 2019 - Today’s featured harness racing Gr. II Prix de Pardieu at Vincennes (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters) produced a nose victory for fast closing Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with jockey Matthieu Abrivard up. The now seven time career winner in 21 starts increased her life earnings to 429,090€ for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. The fine mare, off at 5/2 odds, was bred by SARL Haras de Villepelee. The 4.4/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon-Kalankaya) took second with Camille Levesque in the irons for owner/trainer Thomas Levesque. Third was 3.8/1 odds Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point-Ozie de Janeiro) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer/owner Franck Blandin. Race time was 1.12.6kr with a blistering final stretch battle (fractions 1.10.7kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.1kr at the 1000; 1.13.5kr with 500 remaining). The winning Ferreteria was eighth early, slipped inside and then outside to just nip pacesetting Flicka de Blary on the line. Ferreteria The co-featured  Gr. III Quinte+ Prix de Brest (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters 15 starters) went to the 22/1 outside Abydos du Vivier reined by Nicolas Bazire for trainer Jean Michel Bazire, owner Claudine Minier and the breeder was Jean Yves Lecuyer. Race time was 1.13.4kr as the winner record his 15th career win in 63 starts now for 441,280€ earned. 6.1/1 Calin de Morge (g Ozio Royal) took second for Franck Nivard ahead of 2.9/1 Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) and reinsman Eric Raffin. 5.7/1 Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace) and 19/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) completed the top five with the Q+ exact order payoff reaching 3,437.20€ for the 145 winning ticket holders. Abydos du Vivier Nicolas Bazire Reminder that tomorrow is the Gr. I monte Prix de Cornulier where Traders will try for a repeat of his 2018 victory in this classic against rival Bilibili, with the participants listed below. PRIX DE CORNULIER 650 000€ Groupe I - Monté - 2700m - Grande piste Thomas H. Hicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley got the better of arch-rival Muscle Diamond for a second straight week in the harness racing feature and the Meadowlands paid tribute to civil-rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an action-packed Friday night at the mile oval. Trolley was at the top of his game once again, and while seven days prior he had luck on his side in the form of clearance in the stretch after a rail trip, this time around he determinedly earned his way to a third win in the $21,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters in his last four tries. Trolley displayed early speed this time around - a completely different tactic than the week before - before yielding the point grudgingly to even-money favorite Muscle Diamond at the three-eighths. The twosome sped clear of the field at the half in :55.2 as 5-2 third choice Melady's Monet was activated from fifth, but this would be a two-horse battle to the finish. Marcus Miller popped Trolley out of the pocket around the far turn, briefly providing cover for Melady's Monet, and had 1¼ lengths to make up in the final three-sixteenths. He chipped away at Muscle Diamond's advantage through the lane before wearing down that foe in deep stretch on the way to a 1¼-length win in 1:53.1. Melady's Monet finished third. As the 9-5 second choice, Trolley returned $5.60 to his backers for trainer Erv Miller and owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. The 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride has now won 13-of-27 career starts and earned $313,459. Trolley "KING" WINS THE KING: Jim "King" Solomon guided Waltzacrossthewire (1:54 as the 7-5 favorite) to victory in the first race on the card, the Martin Luther King Remembrance Race, which exclusively featured African-American drivers. The event honored the slain civil-rights leader, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929. "Dr. King was always adamant about a better quality of life for black Americans," said Mike Cruse, one of the driving forces behind the event, "and not only black Americans, but a better quality of life for all Americans. He was a powerful guy. We have a lot of admiration for him." Waltzacrossthewire A LITTLE MORE: For all updates concerning if the Big M will race on Saturday given the impending inclement weather, check www.playmeadowlands.com. ... Corey Callahan had a driving triple on the card while Marcus Miller and Anthony Napolitano had two apiece. Jenn Bongiorno had a training double. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five was hit. The lone player holding a ticket with the combination 7-2-6-4-9 in the 14th race walked away with $43,014.58. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $2,741,370. Just For You and Billy Dobson winning race seven Marion Gondolier and Anthony Napolitano winning race nine Derf Hanover and Cory Callahan winning race twelve BIG M SUPER HIGH-FIVE RETURNS 43K One lucky simulcast player wagering into the Oregon hub hit big at the Meadowlands Friday night. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five yielded the required one winning ticket to pay off, and the player holding the 14th-race ticket with the combination 7-2-6-4-9 cashed in for $43,014.58. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing ten-year-old American Girl won for the 54th time in her illustrious career on Friday night (Jan. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. The daughter of Art's Chip is now just one win away from reaching the $1 million earnings plateau. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap, driver Trace Tetrick took no chances in the bulky 10-horse field, heading directly towards the front when the gate swung open. Getting where he wanted to go, though, wasn't as easy as it might have been. Although American Girl had her head in front she wasn't able to clear to the lead until well past the :27.2 first quarter. From there, however, there was little doubt about the outcome until runnerup JB's Shooting Star (Chris Page) rallied furiously through the stretch to make things interesting near the wire, reached in 1:54.2. Cast No Shadow (Josh Sutton) also raced admirably to grab the show money. Three final preliminary legs of the Claim To Fame Series for male $12,500 pacers were also contested. Winners were Rock Of The Ages (John DeLong, 1:52.1, $10.40 to win), RHP (Dan Noble, 1:53.1, $3.60) and Mosee Terror (Noble, 1:54, $3.60). In addition to that trio, finalists for next Friday's $25,000 championship leg are Stonehouse Adam, Max Hanover, Ruthless Call, Key Word, Hezabluechipboy N and Believe In Your Mach. With an extreme winter storm forecast for the weekend in Ohio, Miami Valley horsemen can expect a text alert by 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning in regards to the status of Saturday night's live program. Gregg Keidel  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 18, 2019 - Ella Michelle A (Joe Bongiorno, $7.70) won the draw for the inner half of the gate, then left the other lasses at her mercy Friday night (Jan. 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Ella Michelle A stuffed both Amateur Hour (Brent Holland) and Clear Idea (Matt Kakaley) in behind, while 3-2 favorite Itty Bitty (Jason Bartlett) was forced to retreat after she, too, tried leaving. Meanwhile, Ella Michelle A had an issue (:27.4, :57, 1:25.4, 1:55.1), with Clear Idea faltering after a weak second move. Ella Michelle A had a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by three. Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) offered late lane pace to get second, with a tough-trip Itty Bitty, 53-1 rank outsider Made of Jewels AS (Troy Beyer) and Amateur Hour settling for the minors. For second choice Ella Michelle A, a now-8-year-old Down Under daughter of Cammibest owned and trained by Chris Scicluna, it was a winning seasonal debut. The exacta paid $89.50, the triple returned $324.50 and the superfecta paid $2,896.  YONKERS CANCELS SATURDAY LIVE RACING, EVENING SIMULCASTING Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 19th), due to the impending snow and ice storm. It’s the first cancellation of 2019. Afternoon simulcasting is available until approximately 6 PM. Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday night (Jan. 21st), with the usual first post of 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- January 18, 2019 -- A testament to the harness racing and equine industry industry's viability is that horse racing has survived on its own without state support in New Jersey. Both Pennsylvania and New York supplement the expansion of gaming within their borders to promote their horse racing industry. This has resulted in a boom in both their racing and breeding programs. Due to New Jersey being in direct competition with these two bordering states, it has struggled to keep up the pace. Specifically, New Jersey has been unable to match the millions of dollars both Pennsylvania and New York are able to pump into purse accounts and enhancing breeding programs. A bill introduced in the New Jersey Legislature four months ago would provide a $20 million subsidy to the industry to make it more competitive. But it has been stalled, and if the legislation isn't approved soon, it could be too late. According to the United States Trotting Association, purse awards in New Jersey and surrounding states in 2007 were: New York $97,689,858; Pennsylvania $58,969,119; and New Jersey $68, 843,978. In comparison, by 2013, New Jersey's purse awards dropped by 54 percent while New York and Pennsylvania purse awards increased 23 percent and 83 percent respectively because they had the benefit of state support. As a 2014 Rutgers Equine Science Center report indicated, breeding also has been dramatically affected -- resulting in a decrease of jobs for New Jersey residents. For thoroughbreds the decrease for mares bred was 57 percent, stallions 43 percent and foals 44 percent. The decrease for the standardbred was far more drastic; mares bred down 77 percent, stallions down 64 percent, yearlings in the Sire Stakes program down 54 percent. The horse racing industry in New Jersey has an extensive and rich history. Two New Jersey racetracks that have roots in the mid-19th century are still in operation today. Freehold Raceway was established in 1853, The Monmouth Park racetrack has been a Shore tradition since 1870. Live harness racing began at the Meadowlands in 1976. In 2007, the New Jersey equine industry was valued at $4 billion and it produced an economic impact of $1.1 billion, comprised of the $278.2 million spent annually for racing-related operations, not including racetracks; $262.4 million spent annually by non-racing operations; $117.8 million spent annually by equine owners without operations; and $502 million spent annually by New Jersey racetracks. The industry employed approximately 13,000 persons and generated $160 million in tax revenue annually. In 2007, there were horses in 7,200 individual facilities on 176,000 acres statewide. In the last seven years, we have lost major standardbred farms. In 2013, Perretti Farms, once the 900-acre home of elite stallions and as many as 400 first-class broodmares, closed and was forced to sell all of their horses. Without the support of the state, the farm could not contend with surrounding states that enjoy state-supplemented purses. In 2015, the 150-plus acre Showplace Farms, a premier training center for more than 35 years and home to more than 400 standardbred racehorses, closed its doors citing "fewer horses racing and the current economic climate in New Jersey." The industry and horse farms not only aid and protect the preservation of open space in New Jersey, they support the entire agribusiness of hay producers, straw producers, grain producers, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, equine dentists and blacksmiths. If the horse racing industry fails, these support businesses stop production and contribution to the New Jersey economy as well. Even with all the decline within the industry in New Jersey, the Meadowlands Racetrack is still considered to be a foremost racetrack. The state stopped investing in horse racing, but the industry kept investing. Operators of the Meadowlands Racetrack opened off-track wagering (OTW) facilities in 2012 at a cost of $17 million and built a new grandstand at a cost of well over $100 million. Operators of Monmouth Park spent $7.5 million on improvements on equipment, operations and opening OTW locations. In 2014, Monmouth Park starting building a 7,500-seat concert hall and restaurant. If racing related-activities continue to leave New Jersey, the state stands to lose its premier agribusiness that generates $780 million in economic impact annually, including jobs, federal, state and local taxes and 57,000 acres of working agricultural landscape and open space. To view the full story. Mark Ford, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2019 -- Southwind Amazon, harness racing's "winningest" horse in 2018 with 22 victories, is streaking again. The 9-year-old Camluck-Artoonist gelding survived a 26.2 opening panel in the slop -- and a hotly contested stretch duel when three rivals were within reach -- to notch his fourth straight victory in Friday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon prevailed in 1:52.3 for Ronnie Wrenn Jr., trainer Paul Holzman and owner Ameer Najor, a head better than the first-over Dapper Dude, with Knocking Around third. It was career win 71 for Southwind Amazon, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $775,547. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners, including a pair for trainer Bill Rhoades, on the 13-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Pantaleano Wins 6, Including Final 5 on Tuesday Card Tuesday's card belonged to Jim Pantaleano, who won six races -- including the final five on the 13-race card. Pantaleano tallied for trainers J.L. Adams, Kris Hite, Paul Kennedy, Christen Pantaleano, Doug Snyder and Dave Zito. Chris Shaw also enjoyed a big day, albeit in a different way. He scored at 59-1 with Jean Rastetter and Ron Harvey's Blue Bell Bonnie, sending the mare over $100,000 in career earnings, and he finished second at 52-1 with Robert Barnard's Filly Forty. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Circle The Page -- dismissed at 24-1 -- made up 7-1/2 lengths for Dan Rawlings and snapped a mini-slump by defeating White Metro by a neck in 1:54. Fox Valley Charm, the 3-5 favorite, saved show. John Sullivan conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Queen Marie, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Michael Marocco. Explosive Leggs Rallies for 3rd Straight Explosive Leggs rallied wide through the final turn, powered past the leaders and collected his third straight victory in Monday's feature, a $15,000 Conditioned Trot. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Carl Cocciolone, who owns with Mark Sosovicka. TSM Photo Bugger finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Parkhill Lancelot third. The winner, a 7-year-old Explosive Matter-American Leggs gelding, extended his career bankroll to $209,727 by scoring in 1:58.3 over a "good" surface. Imasharktoo enlivened Monday's proceedings with a 57-1 upset for Jeremy Indof, trainer John Zawistowski and owners Andrew Chudzik and Diane Chudzik. Wilder fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card. Dirty Secret 8-1 Winner in Top Distaff Pace Dirty Secret stalked 4-5 favorite Barn Bella from the pocket, then edged past her by a head in the lane for David McNeight III to pull off the 8-1 upset in 1:56.2 in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. A rallying Bessie completed the ticket. David McNeight, Jr. trains the 7-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $261,280, for Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Hanover Shoe Farms announces that first year trotting stallion International Moni's book is full and closed for the 2019 harness racing breeding season. Hanover and Moni Maker Stable wish to extend their gratitude to all breeders that bought a share in International Moni as well as to those that applied to breed mares to him. The response to International Moni was truly overwhelming and we regret not being able to accommodate everybody that wished to buy a share or breed to him. Gunjan Patel Syndicate Administrator / Social Media Coordinator Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Gary Hall Jnr has produced another masterful display of driving at Gloucester Park tonight, chalking up his eighth win in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) with the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln. Three months ago it looked as if Hall Jnr would struggle to add to his seven Pacing Cup wins when his father’s superstar pacer Chicago Bull injured himself in New Zealand. But on the state’s biggest Harness Racing stage, Hall Jnr showed his class with the horse that filled the breach left by Chicago Bull. There was some doubt as to whether Rocknroll Lincoln would be able to find the lead from barrier two, but that doubt was quickly dispelled within the first 100m of the race, as the five-year-old crossed Maczaffair with ease. Fremantle Cup winner My Field Marshal elected to ease back in the early stages and eventually found himself only slightly better than midfield on the back of Galactic Star. Vampiro was forced to settle outside the leader, which gave Galactic Star, the best chance of Greg and Skye Bond’s six runners, the perfect trail into the race. Despite the high quality of horses behind him, Rocknroll Lincoln fought on strongly to the line and rated 1.56.8 in the 1.3m victory. El Jacko ran on well for second, while Maczaffair held on for third. Hall Jnr said he had some small concerns heading into the race, but was full of praise for Prentice’s training performance. “I was confident and hopeful, but I think I was more hopeful than I was confident,” he said. “The horse was in such good order. “He warmed up really well and he was nice and relaxed. “Hats off to Justin because in his last two starts he hadn’t really got a good crack at them. “For him to turn him out again tonight and lead and run that trip, it was a pretty special effort.” Hall Jnr returned later in the evening to drive a further two winners in You Gotta Have Faith and Caviar Star. You can hear from the beaten drivers from the WA Pacing Cup below. Review all of the action of TABtouch-WA Pacing Cup night here.   Tim Walker

It’s Prentice….again! Outstanding young horseman Justin Prentice has joined his father Kim as a winner of the state’s biggest event following the all the way victory of emerging talent Rocknroll Lincoln in the Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park tonight (Friday). The victory provides back to back triumphs for the Prentice family after Kim steered the Bryan Cousins trained Soho Tribeca to victory last year. Kim has also scored with Im Themightyquinn (2011 - driver) and Baltic Eagle (2003 – trainer/driver). But tonight was all about this young formidable combination. The Prentice prepared stayer was expertly handled by master reinsman Gary Hall Jnr who controlled the speed perfectly behind the five-year-old before holding off the fast finishing El Jacko and Maczaffair to claim the 2936m mobile start feature. For Hall Jnr, 35, the victory now provides him with his 8th Cup winner and he now passes legendary horseman Phil Coulson as the most successful driver in the events history. Amazingly, Hall Jnr has won 8 of the past 18 editions (The Falcon Strike x3, Tealsby Karita, Im Themightyquinn x 2 and Chicago Bull). Starting front gate two, Hall Jnr pounced on the early lead from Maczaffair while My Field Marshal and Galactic Star both took up handy positions in the moving line. The lead time was covered in 97.8 seconds. With positions sorted quickly and Hall Jnr controlling the early speed, the lack of pressure was obvious and the race was unfolding perfectly for the connections of Rocknroll Lincoln. The first half of the final mile was covered in identical splits of 29.4 and 29.4 seconds. Rocknroll Lincoln remained the leader from Vampiro who raced without cover with Maczaffair behind the leader while Galactic Star and My Field Marshal sat close in the moving line. Entering the back straight for the final time, Hall Jnr increased the pressure while Vultan Tin got My Field Marshal moving three wide which in turn flushed Galactic Star from the one out, one back position. And that’s when Hall Jnr really quickened the speed. The third quarter was covered in 27.7 seconds. In the home straight, Rocknroll Lincoln kicked clear before holding the late challengers El Jacko and Maczaffair. At the line, Rocknroll Lincoln ($3.50) scored by 1.3 metres from El Jacko ($8.50) who used inside runs with a similar margin back to Maczaffair ($41) in third. Race favourite My Field Marshal ($2.75) finished fourth. The final quarter was covered in 28.7seconds. The mile rate was 1:56.8 and established a new race record but was outside of the track record of Smolda at 1:55.8. “It’s a massive thrill and it’s great to win for this group of owners who have supported me from the start, it’s quite surreal and I was really nervous before the race but it played out well and it was a great drive from Jnr.” Prentice said. Rocknroll Lincoln has now 14 of his 42 starts and takes his earnings in excess of $464,000. He now joins Tiger Tara (Victoria Cup & Inter Dominion), Thefixer (New Zealand Cup) and Turn It Up (Auckland Cup) as winners on the 2018/19 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit. The remaining legs for the current term include the Hunter Cup (February 2 - Melton), Miracle Mile (March 3 - Menangle) and the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship (Albion Park – July 20).   Chris Barsby

Full Noise’s win at the Wyndham Meeting came with a huge sense of relief for Ryal Bush trainer Brent Gray who admitted to getting nervous prior to yesterdays’ race. “I do because I love the horse and he is special. I’m just glad we didn’t do too much damage on the horrible day at Cromwell,” Gray said. The stable was confident of a good showing after Full Noise had shown during the week that he’d taken no harm from his run on a heavy track at Cromwell. “I was away for the weekend and Craig O’Callaghan drove him on Saturday and he was really rapt with him. I took him to Nathan’s (Nathan Williamson) on Tuesday and worked him and Robbie Royale there and he (Full Noise) worked really nice. I just wanted to give him a change of scenery.” After a good beginning driver Brent Barclay settled Full Noise in fourth on the outside. With just over a lap to run Barclay had designs on the lead and moved the Majestic Son three year old forward to take over from Star Dude with 1200 metres to run. With 400 metres to run Full Noise had a four length advantage with second favourite Only One Way the only real challenger. Full Noise proved too strong beating Only One Way by a length and three quarters. All the way down the straight it was noticeable that Barclay was driving Full Noise on one rein. “It looked as though he (Only One Way) was going to get us but as I said he was on one rein. Brent said as soon as our horse saw him coming he got going. We’ve got a big year coming up and we have to time things just right. I just want to get his steering a bit better.” Full Noise beating Only One Way                           - Photo Bruce Stewart. His winning time was 3-05.7 a new track record for three year olds erasing Jaccka Jack’s 2009 record of 3-06.6. Gray was considering starting the three year old in the Hanley Formula Orari Challenge Stakes a 1850 mobile race for three year old trotters at Geraldine on Saturday 2nd February but he’s now not so sure. “I don’t know. We could miss that. I just don’t want to go to the well too much this season. We just need to get things right for up the road (Addington). I want to stick to few stands before he goes to the mobiles like the Hambletonian.” Full Noise is owned by Baynes Racing Limited which is Kenny Baynes and his sister in-law Penny. Winning connections and sponsor Michelle Caig                        - Photo Bruce Stewart    Bruce Stewart

LAUREN Tritton sat behind the fastest three-year-old pacer to ever grace a track in Australasia just recently. And now the top reinswoman is excited to see what Muscle Factory can produce against some of the nation’s best at Ballarat on Saturday night. Muscle Factory set a southern hemisphere record when clocking 1:49.6 in the Simpson Memorial at Menangle a fortnight ago. And on Saturday night south of the border the colt faces his next challenge in a heat of the Victoria Derby. “I’m really excited to see what Muscle can do against the best of them,” said Tritton. “It’s hard not to declare a horse that just won in 1:49. “I’m not worried about the smaller track either as we saw what he did at Albion Park.” However, there is an element Tritton is concerned about. “It is the hardest heat but we’ve drawn accordingly,” said Tritton. “It’s still going to be tough facing the locals on their home turf . . . some of those horses have been raised on that track their whole life so they have that advantage.” Some of those dangers include Lochinvar Art and Australian Pacing Gold winner Centenario. Meanwhile, the $1.65 TAB Fixed Odds favourite is the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained Im Another Masterpiece. Tritton does not have to face the powerful Purdon/Rasmussen combination in her other Victoria Derby heat with Petes Big Jim. The gelding is a $15 chance behind the $2.50 elect Max Delight and the Menangle Park horsewoman is full of praise of her drive’s latest effort at his local track. Petes Big Jim finished fourth to Muscle Factory in the scintillating Simpson Memorial. “He went into that race 50/50 after being sore and tender on his feet and he is only a little horse but has a heart of gold to push through and go as well as he did,” said Tritton. “He went 1:50 himself and I’ll drive him conservative now as he steps up with the big boys.” ‘Team Tritton’ will be represented on home soil at Menangle on Saturday night as well with seven runners nominated. This includes Tritton’s two recent Inter Dominion campaigners My Alpha Rock and Maximan. “Maximan and Alpha are super since the trip to Victoria,” said Tritton. “We private trialled them around Menangle and they worked the mile in 1:51. “It’s not easy for them coming back to racing in that grade but we are happy with how they have come back after their campaign.” Tritton trains her team of horses with her husband Shane Tritton and they have trained 264 winners since starting their partnership in the 2016/17 season.   Some fun facts: Mile Records – Australasian: http://www.harness.org.au/hra/annual/public/records/ausn_milep.pdf HRA’s Milestones – Pacers http://www.harness.org.au/hra/annual/public/records/mstonesp.pdf   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. HRNSW MEDIA CONTACT: AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Quality mare Pres The Belle returned to winning form when she put away a handy field of trotters in the Brendan Franks Farrier Handicap Trot at Wyndham yesterday. After a good beginning driver Tim Williams settled the five year old back early as Grace O’Malley set the early pace. With just under a lap to run Williams moved the mare forward and with 1100 to run Pres The Belle was in front. War Admiral looked likely on the turn to challenge. However when he broke it was up to Jeddy R Ya Ready to run the mare down but Pres The Belle was too good winning by three quarters of a length. Her time of 3-02.3 was just outside Jess Jaccka’s track record for mares (3-01.9) and the open track record of 3-01.6 held by Pyramid Magic. “I’ve been pretty happy with her for the last couple of weeks. She needed the run at Gore. The way the weather and track was at Cromwell we made the call to pull the pin which I think was a good move. She’s as good as what she’s ever been,” said trainer Darryn Simpson. Pres The Belle and Tim Williams beating Jeddy R Ya Ready           - Photo Bruce Stewart  It was a welcome change of luck for Simpson and the mare’s owners after Pres The Belle performed under par at Addington in November during Cup Week. “She got crook a week out from Cup Day. We did what we could and we thought we had her right but I think it knocked her and in the end we just battling to get her there.” Winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart Simpson admits that he may have to travel a bit to place Pres The Belle now she’s getting up in the grades but her return to form is timely as there’s some good trotting races coming up in the next few months in the south. “You’ve got to do the best for the owners. There are some races for her at Addington and some nice races down here.” Pres The Belle is likely to start in a R50-R130 trot at the Invercargill Cup Meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday 26th January. Yesterday’s win was her seventh for owners Stewart Campbell, Des Minehan, Stewart Heal and Dexter Nind.    Bruce Stewart  

MILTON, January 17, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today revealed its harness racing industry-leading $16 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2019. The 2019 stakes schedule is headlined by the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 and the return of the $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown to Mohawk Park on October 25 and 26. This year's Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest race for Standardbreds, will showcase the continent's finest three-year-old pacers and will be the 13th consecutive edition contested at Mohawk Park. The Pepsi North America Cup undercard will again feature harness racing's best across various divisions. The $425,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares, $260,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares and $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational will make up the stacked Cup undercard on June 15. Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to host the 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, at Mohawk Park. The $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown will feature 12 championship races contested over two-nights. The four Breeders Crown finals for two-year-olds will take place on Friday, October 25 with the eight finals for three-year-olds and up to be held the following evening on Saturday, October 26. Woodbine Entertainment reminds all owners and trainers of the new Standardbred Integrity and Accountability Initiative conditions in effect for the 2019 season. Any owner who participates in a Woodbine Standardbred Stake Race (added money $50,000 or greater) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TCO2 positive test under appeal in any jurisdiction, shall be ineligible to participate as an owner in any Woodbine Standardbred Stakes for 12 months following the trainer's conviction, if such trainer is later found guilt to the Class 1, Class 2 or TCO2 positive test. (The new conditions are only applicable to the a positive test occurring on or after January 1, 2019). New in 2019, Woodbine Entertainment has changed the format of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotters. These events will no longer require eliminations and instead the final will be limited to the ten (10) highest lifetime money earners among the horses entered at draw time. Consolations may be contested depending on the number of horses entered for each event. Following a strong stakes season in 2018, Woodbine Entertainment has kept all stakes in the same position on the calendar for 2019. The $650,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby remain on Labour Day weekend (Saturday, August 31). The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $380,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotters join the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage on Saturday, September 14. The $850,000 Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, and $550,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will be contested on Saturday, September 21. The $250,000 Milton Stakes for pacing fillies and mares will also take place on this date. Woodbine Mohawk Park will again play host to a leg of the Miss Versatility and Graduate Series in 2019. The Miss Versatility for trotting mares will visit on Monday, May 20, while the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters joins the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for a stakes-filled card on Saturday, June 1. The Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots and Super Finals will be held at Mohawk Park in October. The Grassroots Finals will take place on Saturday, October 5 with the Semi-Finals scheduled for September 27 and 28. The Super Finals will be held on Saturday, October 12. Woodbine will again distribute money to all finishers in major stakes finals during the 2019 season. The winner of the finals will receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those finishing sixth through last will take home 1% of the purse. The horses finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10% of the remaining purse. Nominations for all Woodbine Standardbred Stakes close on Friday, February 15. Conditions and payment details can be bound in the 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet. Woodbine continues to administrate stakes for Ontario Racetracks, including Grand River Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Clinton Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Details of their 2019 stakes can be found in the Stakes Booklet. Stakes payments for all Woodbine administrated events can be made payable to Woodbine Entertainment. Payments can be made through the Race Office, by mail or online. To view the 2019 Woodbine Standardbred Stakes schedule, click here. Mark McKelvie

January 17, 2019 - The Quinte+ event of this day was the Prix de Douvres (purse 45,000€, 2700 meters, 17 starters) at Vincennes with victory to the 2.9/1 second choice Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for harness racing owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The winner was timed in 1.13kr and secured career victory seven in 28 starts now for 160,490€ earned. 7.5/1 Douceur du Chene (6f Quif de Villeneuve) with Jean Robert Declercq up on the Julien LeMer trainee that Claude Guedj owns. 18/1 Diva du Granit (6g Prodigious) was third for pilot Anthony Barrier. The exact order top five was completed by 2.2/1 favorite Dentella Bella and 16/1 Dascalia. The exact order payoff was 6,468.40€ to the 81 winning ticket holders. Darling Berry Today also trotting action was at Cagnes sur Mer with the feature being the Prix Jag de Bellouet (purse 36,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters). The 17/1 outsider American Dollar (9m Rocklyn-Netchka d’Orgeres) scored for owner Ecurie du Vieux Chene, trainer Romuald Maurice and teamster Laurent Guy Richard. Race time was 1.15.7kr by this now 13 time career winner in 98 starts for 276,060 earned. Second was 5.3/1 Brasil de Bailly (8g Baccarat du Pont) and driver Yannick Alain Briand with third to 1.9/1 favorite Beerscott (8m General du Pommeau) handled by Arnaud A. Chavatte. American Dollar On the weekend there are numerous groupe level featured events including Sunday’s 650,000€ Prix de Cornulier. 15 top monte performers will be at the start including Bilibili and Traders. January 20, 2019 C4 - PRIX DE CORNULIER 650 000€ Groupe I - Monté - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale There are four other Gr. II and Gr. III contests on Sunday following two on Saturday. Some of the recent exceptional performers on display in the Sunday races are Fubria, Eclipse Danica, Direct Way and Feeling Cash. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer David Jack confesses that he’s not a real fan of hot, uncomfortable summer weather, but he put that aside to make a successful hit-and-run visit to Mildura this week. “I reckon I changed my mind at least a half dozen times as to whether I was going to be brave enough to make the 500km road trip in the searing heat,” Jack said. The mercury was forecast to reach 45 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, and trainers are permitted to scratch without penalty if the forecast temperature is predicted at 38 degrees or higher. However, the professional harness racing trainer-driver, based at Euroa in Victoria’s cooler north-east region, decided that the feature event was ideal for his pacer Deeceeten. After leaving at 12.30pm to make the six-hour trek north west, Jack was actually still traveling on the road when Mildura reached its maximum temperature for the day at 5pm, a blistering 45.5 degrees (in the old terms 113.9 degrees Fahrenheit). “Fortunately, Deeceeten is an excellent traveller and that’s probably another thing that tipped the scales to do the trip,” Jack said. “We stopped at Swan Hill to give him a drink and check he was okay, and then continued on when we found him to be happy and relaxed. “I reckon we become a bit spoilt with the air conditioners in the car.  But horses seem to handle heat and I do think it’s humidity that can knock them about. “After arriving at the Mildura track, we gave him a long soaking under the cold hose and he was fine.” And Deeceeten (Rocknroll Hanover-Lombo Pow Wow (Million To One, USA) didn’t give those who took the short odds one moment of concern with an impressive all-the-way victory in the $10,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinium Country Series H Final. Jack virtually had a stroll in the park, with Deeceeten coasting in 30.6, 31.8, 29.7 and 29.3 over the 1790m journey. The winner was bred by Jack’s step brother Bill H. Thorn and the dam, Lombo Pow Wow, would be remembered by many for her deeds on the racetrack. The mare had 47 starts for 10 wins and 11 placings. David Jack races Deeceeten in partnership with his wife Anne. “I thought we’d placed him well and to come up with the number two saddlecloth helped out heaps,” Jack said. “We did some research and believe that we’ve only ever raced at Mildura on one other occasion —-and it wasn’t memorable as we finished 4th or 5th.” Deeceeten has now had only eight starts, but amazingly they have been in three different States. The gelding began his career in spectacular fashion with consecutive 2yo wins at South Australia’s Globe Derby Park, in Adelaide. “Bill, who bred him, lives over that way so it was fitting for the him to make his debut there,” Jack said. After four starts in 2016, the pacer was tipped out owing to some niggling problems. He came back two years later and was runner-up on two occasions at Leeton, NSW, then saluted at Swan Hill prior to the Mildura victory. Jack said they would have normally travelled home the following day after the races but with high temperatures forecast in the north west, decided it was best to travel in the cool of the night. “He is a very honest horse, but can go better than he shows at the races – hopefully the penny will drop soon,” Jack said. Other long distance travellers to make hot (but successful) trips to the Mildura meeting included Zac Steenhuis, of Portillo (936km round trip) near Ballarat who got a double with Jules Peach and Our Summer Bay; David Smith, of Salisbury, SA (734km trip) who was successful with Glider; and Aaron Bain, of Gawler, SA (690km trip), who got the money with Rocknroll Legend. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Trainer Mike Reed has declared Maczaffair will be doing everything she can to hold the lead in the early stages of tomorrow night’s Group 1 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park. The sole mare in the field had her chances of winning increase following the barrier draw on Tuesday morning, when she drew barrier one, with fancied runners Rocknroll Lincoln and My Field Marshal to her outside. Earlier this week, Gary Hall Jnr, who drives Rocknroll Lincoln tomorrow night, indicated on TABradio he would look to lead from barrier two, but Reed told the same station this morning Maczaffair would look to utilise her advantage from gate one with his son Mark Reed engaged to drive. “I couldn’t be happier with her and she’s ready to rock and roll,” he said. “I will leave it up to Mark, but he said when he worked her ‘she’s the best she’s ever felt’. “The only one we’d be handing up to would be My Field Marshal, but Mark said yesterday ‘why hand up’. “If she gets a lot of pressure from My Field Marshal we may let him go.” Maczaffair drew barrier six in last week’s Fremantle Cup and had little luck in the closing stages, before she eventually finished sixth behind My Field Marshal. The five-year-old will be out to become the first mare since 1972 to take out the state’s most prestigious race. She will also be looking to become just the 20th mare to win the race. Reed said he was confident Maczaffair was back to the form from the start of her preparation that saw her run second to Vampiro in the Mount Eden Sprint. “She ran the quickest half she’s ever run at Gloucester Park yesterday,” he said. “She ran second in the Mount Eden Sprint first-up and it might have just taken the edge off her a bit. “The last couple of weeks we have freshened her up and she’s jumping out of her skin. “12 months ago she ran second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget. “If Ultimate Machete had drawn one, he’d most probably be favourite.” My Field Marshal remains a solid $1.85 favourite for the WA Pacing Cup, while Rocknroll Lincoln ($4.20) and Galactic Star ($4.60) are the only other runners in single figure odds. Reed’s Henley Brook stable also has the in-form Golden State engaged in the second heat of the Nights Of Thunder Series (1730m). Golden State won back-to-back races after his sixth placing in the Golden Nugget last month, before he finished second at his most recent start behind Neighlor last Friday. The smart four-year-old has drawn barrier four tomorrow night and Reed said he expected him to be driven quietly. “I expect Tanaka Eagle will lead and we will be outside him or in the one-one position,” he said. “If you don’t burn him out of the gate, he definitely comes home a lot better.” Each of the three Nights Of Thunder heats have nine runners engaged, with the fastest nine horses across the heats qualifying for next week’s Final. Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.50.   Tim Walker

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