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Brilliant harness racing colt Mitch Maguire is in dazzling form and he looks a certainty in the $50,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Western Gateway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A victory would enable leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond to end the winning sequence of ace trainer Gary Hall sen. who has dominated the group 2 classic in recent years. Making the powerful Bond camp’s challenge for supremacy far easier was the random barrier draw, which saw Mitch Maguire gaining the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2536m event, with his classy stablemate Rock Diamonds drawing favourably at barrier two. The draw did the Hall stable no favours, with El Barcelona drawing out wide at No. 8 on the front line and Herrick Roosevelt even worse off at No. 9. Ryan Warwick, enjoying his best season in the sulky, returns refreshed from a holiday in Bali and he should make every post a winner by setting the pace with the New Zealand-bred Mitch Maguire. Ryan Bell will handle Rock Diamonds, who was most impressive in a WA Derby prelude last Friday night when he started from barrier five and was ninth at the bell before finishing with a powerful burst to be third behind Mitch Maguire, who gave a commanding performance from barrier two in setting the pace and sprinting over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 28.4sec. to defeat Herrick Roosevelt by just under three lengths at a 1.54.9 rate over the 2130m journey. Greg Bond, a part-owner of Mitch Maguire and Rock Diamonds, prepared Ohokas Bondy for his win in the 2011 Western Gateway Pace, after his runner Mister Odds On, the 9/4 favourite, had finished second to Lively Royce in 2008. Hall sen., who trained and drove The Falcon Strike for his Western Gateway win over Knightwatchman in 2001, has trained the past four winners of the classic, scoring with Alta Christiano (2013), Elegant Christian (2014), Beaudiene Boaz (2015) and Chicago Bull (2016). This winning streak followed immediately after the Hall-trained Gracias Para Nada had finished second to Im Victorious in the 2012 Western Gateway.      Mitch Maguire, a winner at two of his seven starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand, has flourished in Western Australia, with his ten starts in the State producing nine wins and a second placing. Rock Diamonds, a Rocknroll Hanover colt, has had 11 starts in WA for eight wins and two placings. Colin Brown, who drove Mitch Maguire last Friday night in the absence of Warwick, was full of praise for the Sportswriter colt, saying: “He did it very easily and was really untapped. About a thousand metres out he started to crank up. He knew it was game on and he just got stronger and stronger.” The inexperienced Herrick Roosevelt will be driven by Gary Hall jun. on Friday night when his elder brother Clint will handle El Barcelona. Herrick Roosevelt reappeared last Friday night after an absence of three months and he performed in fine style, working in the breeze before fighting on grimly to be second to Mitch Maguire. His only previous runs were in December when he was untroubled to win at Bunbury and Gloucester Park. El Barcelona has raced ten times for four wins and five placings. He has not raced since he ran on from the one-out, one-back position to finish second to Im Rockaria at Gloucester Park on January 13. He warmed up for Friday night’s assignment with a strong performance in a 2185m trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he set the pace and won by seven lengths from Beach Goddess, rating 1.58.9. The improving Lord Willoughby will start from barrier two on the back line and trainer Ross Olivieri will be hoping for a victory to provide him with a splendid birthday present the following day. The West Australian-bred Lord Willoughby (by Mach Three) is starting to realise his potential with two wins and a third placing from his past three starts. He had a tough run without cover when a fighting last-start third behind Handsandwheels at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. He finished strongly to win at his two previous outings. Ken Casellas

Handsome eight-year-old Bettors Fire is fit and ready to make a successful return to harness racing by proving the master of his eight rivals in the $23,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He possesses the speed and brilliance to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier in the field of nine in the 2130m event. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper gave him a solid hit-out in a trial at Byford last Sunday week when the gelding ran home strongly to win by a length from Rocknroll Whitby. After slow opening quarters of 32.9sec. and 31.1sec., Bettors Fire was not extended in sprinting over the final sections in 28sec. and 28.1sec. Bettors Fire has had a spell since he was the pre-post favourite for the WA Pacing Cup in mid-January, but had to be withdrawn on the day of the big race when all was not right with the star pacer who has amassed $620,522 from 31 wins and 19 placings from 82 starts. His most recent appearance was in the $300,000m Fremantle Cup on January 6 when he was most impressive in surging home from eleventh at the bell to be fourth behind Chicago Bull, Soho Tribeca and Our Jimmy Johnstone. Harper was thrilled with Bettors Fire’s performance, saying: “The barrier draw (No. 9) told against us. He was about six deep on the home bend and he got home super. I think that his run was better than that of Chicago Bull.” Harper will have plenty of options when he drives Bettors Fire on Friday night. The versatile gelding has sparkling gate speed and he also possesses a powerful finishing burst. An outstanding pacer, Bettors Fire has an M15 classification and looks a class above his rivals on Friday night. Also, reappearing after a spell is five-year-old Ima Connoisseur, who won six in a row late last year before being unplaced at four starts before trainers Greg and Skye Bond sent him out for a well-deserved spell. Ima Connoisseur, to be driven by Ryan Bell, possesses dazzling gate speed and Bell could well make a bold bid for the early lead from the No. 6 barrier. The Bond camp will also be represented by Condrieu, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the favourable No. 3 barrier. The seven-year-old, placed once from his past 11 starts, is getting close to returning to winning form. He trailed the pacemaker Bettor Offer and was hampered for room in the final stages when an unlucky fourth behind Ohoka Kentucky over 2130m last Friday night. That followed two sound efforts --- when he led and finished third behind Red Salute and Lisharry on March 3 and then finished gamely into fifth place behind Im Full of Excuses in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup. Red Salute (Chris Voak) has returned to his best form in recent weeks for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and the eight-year-old has excellent prospects of finishing in a place behind Bettors Fire. He raced without cover early and then had a good sit, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to be a close second to Ohoka Kentucky last Friday night. At his previous start, two weeks earlier, Red Salute began speedily and enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing fast to win from Lisharry and Condrieu. Olivieri has a second string in Friday night’s event in Tuxedo Tour, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the pole position. Tuxedo Tour, a good frontrunner, has a losing sequence of 12 and has been unplaced at his past nine starts. Byford trainer Peter Anderson will be represented by veterans Bronze Seeker (Gary Hall jun.) and Lisharry (Shannon Suvaljko). Both pacers are capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Ken Casellas

Soho Burning Love became the latest harness racing winner for Auckland Reactor when winning her Bathurst Gold Tiara Silver Consolation last night. Showing a good turn of foot, the two year old filly finished the race off strongly to win by two lengths. On the same program, fellow Auckland Reactor two year old Ezy Ryder ran a nice race to finish second. Soho Burning Love is from the Western Terror mare Soho Bordeaux out of the Perfect Art mare Lombo Portrait. Soho Burning Love was bred by Robert Watson and is owned by him. She is trained by Jane Davies and was driven by Amanda Turnbull. Soho Burning Love Soho Burning Love is the fourth individual winner to date by Auckland Reactor (two girls and two boys), the others are Gotta React (from the Live Or Die mare Gotcha), Ezy Ryder (from the Armbro Operative mare Miss Feelgood) and the Sire Stakes heat winner in New Zealand Miss Ethel Sunshine (from the McArdle mare Miss Sunshine). The Auckland Reactor’s have also been active at trials with impressive performances on both sides of the Tasman this week. At Ashburton on Tuesday the unraced Jazzy Star (from the Village Jasper mare Shikaka) qualified by defeating the highly regarded Cole Porter with a last half of 57.9! This is extremely notable given Cole Porter is this season’s NZ Sapling Stakes winner who paced it's mile in 1:53.9! While back in Australia last night King Hurra (from the Panorama mare Aldebaran) showed great speed to lead and win his first time at any trials at Newcastle. With plenty of other good reports emanating from trainers in both Australia and New Zealand it is a really exciting time for Auckland Reactor. It is easy to see why Auckland Reactor was so well supported in the past stud season, his fourth season at stud traditionally a very hard year to get numbers, having bred 95 mares in New Zealand and 150 in Australia a total of 245. Harnesslink Media

March 22, 2017 - Harness racing trainer Stefan Melander’s Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), off at 1.09/1 odds,  recorded his second straight 2017 victory tonight at Solvalla for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom clocked in 1.12.2kr. The race was the Kentucky Fibbers with 80,000SEK to the winner over the 1640 meter autostart course. Nuncio led throughout during modest fractions (1.14kr at the first 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the first 1000) and held off fast closing 9.67/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) by a short length, the latter reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Melander. Arden Homestead Stable bred Volstead and Russell Williams (new USTA President) bred Nuncio, now with a career slate of 39-12-2 in 53 starts for 27,803,230SEK earned. Nuncio was a perfect 11 for 11 in 2016. 12.9/1 Coldtown (8g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) landed the third spot. Nuncio tonight took the next step toward the 2017 Elitloppet. Thomas H. Hicks

DOVER, Del.--- Gural Hanover came out of third as the nine-horse harness racing field swung for home and hustled home in 1:54.3 to win the $21,000 Open Handicap trot Wednesday, March 22 at Dover Downs. Hollywood Highway notched his third win of the season in the $15,000 secondary feature. Tony Morgan scored his second straight four-win day. Morgan was contend to wait in third as Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) led from the start with Wind Of The North (Sean Bier) second until the final turn when Gural Hanover went into action to quickly take the lead as Sean Bier backed out to give chase in the lane. Gural Hanover and Morgan were best in the stretch for the Crazed-Givemearing gelding won for the first time this year in his second start for trainer Ron Burke and owners Little E &Panhellenic and Burke Racing. It was win number 15 for the six-year-old who now has won $797,074 in his career. Wind Of The North finished second with Il Mago (Jonathan Roberts) third. Tom Dillon's Hollywood Highway scored a wire-to-wire 1:56 success in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) sat outside of the winner from mid-backstretch until the late in the homestretch/ Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) closed strongly to finish third in the photo finish. The victory was the third in five 2017 appearances for the Muscle Massive-LA Freeway gelding who now has won $185,519 lifetime. Owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's Streamsong came on in the stretch to record a 1:56.1 triumph in another $13,500 trot for young horses. United Bi (George Dennis) was placed second with Cindy Lane (Allan Davis) placed third after Marley's Guy (Tetrick), who was second across the wire, was disqualified for interference. For the second consecutive day, Morgan, who drove four trotters to victory, won four races. Art Stafford Jr., Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan had two wins each. LIMELIGHT BEACH IN PREFERRED, EMERITUS MAXIMUS, DELAWARE SPECIAL, THURSDAY HEADLINERS Limelight Beach, last week’s $30,000 Preferred winner and Emeritus Maximus, looking for a fourth straight $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap headline another standout Thursday card at Dover Downs on March 23. First Post is 4:30 p.m. In the Preferred Handicap, Ross Wolfenden get the driving assignment behind Weaver Bruscemi, M1, Wingfield Bros. and Burke Racing’s $1.2-million winner Limelight Beach who again will leave from outside post 7.Mildred Ventriglio’s Major Uptrend and Tony Morgan, led until the final stride and finished second last Thursday with Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway, handled by Corey Callahan was a length back in third. Rockeyed Optimist, owned by Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stable, was the race favorite a week ago with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Gary Ewing excellent New Year’s claim, Star Messenger, and Art Stafford Jr., steps up after a win last time. Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker, with Montrell Teague, should be a major factor, starting from post 1. Bad Gamer, racing for owners Yannick Gingras and trainer Ed Gannon Jr. is alongside.   Nine start in this week’s $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Emeritus Maximus seeks to continue s rags-to-riches story of from claimer to top class winner. Yannick Gingras will drive the winner of seven races and the last three-in-a-row for Don Marine and Brent Hall from outside post 7. Leading the opposition is Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox strong closer who was last week’s event winner. Reg Hazzard, G.F. Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock has been a close second in his last two efforts with Allan Davis. Josh Green’s Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden) stepped up in class last week and was a strong third. The fast Remember Me VK, who fashioned a 1:50 win in January with Montrell Teague has won three of his last seven races for owners Sharon Wyatt, Robin West an Ron Benton. Im Supersonic A, racing for the Bier brothers, Daryl and driver Sean Bier, leaves from the rail.  In $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace action, Rich Standsbury’s All The Cookies (Gingras) a winner of his last two straight; Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain’s Time Out I’m Tired (Morgan) and L&L Stables’ Velocity Stifler (Tetrick), both winners last time out, lead one sections. Owner-trainer Ben Stafford’s Cloud Speed (Vic Kirby) and Robbins Nest Farm’s Gallic Beach (Callahan), also fresh from wins, head a second division. The final section is led by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Big Place (Stafford Jr.) and David Miller’s Fashionbythebeach (Vince Copeland) heading a hard-hitting undercard. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, March 22, 2017 -- Pressured every step, Tricky Nick held firm under fire and captured Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After laboring on the outside to get the lead before the quarter, Tricky Nick faced an immediate challenge from the parked-out Fashion Chocolate. He shrugged that one off but faced a more serious threat from Angels Ransom, who was three wide and gaining into the final turn. Under Jim Pantaleano's urging, Tricky Nick held off Angels Ransom by a head in 1:55, with Cantab Lindy third. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, a 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who extended his career bankroll to $164,754, for Thomas Mattingly. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Ken Wood has seen Soto grow up. And now Wood is watching the harness racing 5-year-old pacer tangle with the big boys. Last week, Soto won his first-round division of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. Soto defeated a field that included defending Levy champion Bit Of A Legend N, 2014 Levy winner P H Supercam, open-stakes-winners Wakizashi Hanover and Somewhere In L A, plus world champion Always At My Place. "It was a privilege to be in the same race with those horses," said Wood, who owns Soto with Bill Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta. "There are a lot of horses better than him, but it's fun to have him be able to race with them. He's not the best horse in the world, but he's decent when he gets it his way a little bit." Wood and his partners bought Soto for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale in 2015. Since the purchase, Soto has won 17 of 50 races and earned $234,045 in purses. For his career, the stallion has won 21 of 75 starts and banked $345,575. Soto won only one of his first six races for his new owners, but eventually worked himself up to the Preferred/Open level of competition at Dover Downs and Yonkers prior to heading to the Levy. "He didn't start off with a boom, but he's gotten a little better all the time," Wood said about Soto, whose family includes Dan Patch Award-winners Sportswriter and Precocious Beauty. "He was a nice purchase for the money we gave for him. "When you're at the sale, you look at all of them. He showed some 26-second last quarters early as a 3-year-old, and if they're doing that well early on, there's speed in there. He had a few little problems, but nothing serious. You know they're supposed to get better as a 4- and 5-year-old. That's what I go by, anyway. "I think somebody else helps me raise my hand once in a while," he added. "We're not geniuses, just lucky." Wood, who also co-owns 2015 Dan Patch Award-winning older male trotter JL Cruze with Dittmar and Iaquinta, uses the profits from his horses to fund his mission to dig wells for safe drinking water in Africa. Since starting his Lifetime Wells project in 2006, his group has put in a total of 1,700 wells in Ghana and Tanzania. "It's going good," Wood said. "We've got one rig drilling every day with the locals. When I go four times a year I drill in Tanzania myself. I spend three months every year over there." It was upon returning from one of his trips that Wood realized Soto had done a lot of growing up following his season as a 3-year-old. "I've never seen a horse grow from (age) 3 to 4, but he's grown six inches taller," Wood said. "He was a little bitty fella. I'd been in Africa for a while and when I came back he grew a lot. He's grown much taller than he was. I've never had that experience before when they grow at that age, but he sure did." Soto returns to the Levy Series this Saturday, where he will compete in the second of four second-round divisions. Soto, trained by Eric Ell and driven by Matt Kakaley, will start from post two. The field also includes Bit Of A Legend N, Rockin Ron, Mach It So, McWicked, Guantanamo Bay, and Blood Brother. The third division features two first-round winners --- Provocativeprincen and Missile J --- while the fourth division includes opening-round winner Long Live Rock. The series has five $50,000 preliminary rounds followed by a $200,000-added final, which is scheduled for April 22. "Post position helps quite a bit at Yonkers, naturally," Wood said, referring to high win percentages for horses with inside starting spots on the half-mile oval. "Luck went our way the first race anyway. We're just hoping he gets checks because we know those other horses are better than he is." If Soto keeps enjoying success, though, Wood might no longer be able to say that. "I hope I have that problem," Wood said, laughing. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Mothers love all their children (in theory), but Tuesday night's happiest harness racing mom had to be Cheyenne Adrienne. Suffice to say no other two- or four-legged mommy had their offspring find Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle not once, but twice. Throw in the fun factoid they're full brothers, and you certainly have some dinner-table conversation. Boogiewoogiebrian (Jordan Stratton, $10) won a blanket photo, first-up by a head in the $14,500, third-race pace (1:55) for a first win of the season. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Rob Harmon. Not to be outdone, big brother (by one year) Yo Cheyenne Rocky (Stratton, $12) won the $14,500 eight race, also first-up (1:55.4), also by a head. It was also 'Rocky's' first win of the season for the Robbie Siegelman- trained, Barry Rubinstein Farms-owned homebred. Cheyenne Adrienne couldn't quite complete the always-tricky maternal hat trick however, as half-brother (and 4-5 favorite) Cheyenne Jeffrey (Jason Bartlett) faded to third in the $16,500, 11th-race finale. 'Jeffrey' is a 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding for Siegelman/Rubenstein. Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del.--- After finishing second by a neck and a head in her previous two starts, Dismissal finally bested Barbara's Shadow to score a 1:52 victory in the $15,000 4 & 5-Year-Old Mares harness racing feature on Tuesday, March 21 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan took control after the opening quarter and was never headed on the way to her fifth victory this year. The four-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty shook off a backstretch challenge from Barefoot Julie (Tim Tetrick) after the three-quarters then pulled away averting any conflict from Barbara's Shadow (Vic Kirby) who was three lengths back in second turning for home. In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) closed fast to miss second by a neck. Dismissal began 2017 running off four consecutive convincing wins before her two close losses. It was her 12th career victory upping her lifetime earnings to $94,890 for owner CTC Stable. Shesagamemajor, owned by Craig Birchard, a U.S. citizen who resides in Germany, made it two win in three starts in a $13,500 Mares pace. Bret Brittingham drove the Art Major-Ru In The Game five-year-old trained by his dad, Don Brittingham, to a lifetime best 1:54.1 decision. Specialcelebration (Callahan) was runner-up. The Big Bankroll (Kirby) was third. Logan's Girl, 2016 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion, prepped for her three-year-old DSBF stakes by overcoming post 9 in the second tier, to notch a 1:53.1 victory in an $11,500 Mares pace with Vic Kirby holding the reins for trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. Aunt Babe (Pat Berry) closed well to finish second. Rocknroll Fan (Vince Copeland) was the show horse. Tony Morgan, the second-leading dash win driver in North America, made the winner's circle four times. Trainer Brian Malone haltered three winners, two for owner Carrie Malone. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis and Bret Brittingham had doubles. Wind Of The North returns to meet Tough Mac, Gural Hanover and Market Share in a nine horse field in the $21,000 Open Handicap Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

The barrier draws for both the Bathurst Gold Tiara and Bathurst Gold Crown Finals have thrown up an extra challenge for harness racing trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton as they strive to become the first trainers to win both Group 1 Finals on the same night. The Tritton stars,  Divine State (Gold Crown) and Mysweetchilliphilly (Gold Tiara) fared poorly at the draw with Divine State now having to come from the outside of the front line in eight and Mysweetchilliphilly drawing gate 10 on the second line. The 31st running of the Group 1 Crown and Tiara finals will take place this Saturday Night (March 25) at the Bathurst Paceway and despite the best trainers from Australasia trying to grab the training double it has never been done. The Trittons’ horses are still hot favourites with the bookmakers and driver of both horses Chris Geary is also hoping to become only the second driver in Gold Crown Carnival history by winning both big finals on the one night.  Ricky Thurlow grabbed the rich double in 1998 with Flubber (Gold Crown) and Terricherry (Gold Tiara). For more information – Danny Dwyer (CEO Bathurst Harness Racing Club) 0417 411 449 Fields for Bathurst, Saturday 25 March 2017 Form guide for Bathurst, Saturday 25 March 2017

As reported on Friday on Fly Like An Eagle’s move to Allwood Stud will mean a wonderful boost for Harness Racing, but in particular the breeding industry in South Australia. A spokesperson for the stud has already given Harness Racing SA a strong indication that Bob & Marilyn Fowler’s outstanding support of  breeding and racing in South Australia will be expanded. While many clubs are finding it difficult to tap into corporate sponsorship, Allwood Stud and the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club have been working together to find new ways of fundraising for much needed capital for future programs and events. In what was a first for South Australia, Port Pirie acquired two mares that are now in foal to Follow The Stars  who is the Australian and New Zealand 2yo of the year and rated one the best youngsters ever bred on our soil. These foals will be sold at the harnessbred yearling sales in future years to raise much needed revenue for the club. SA BOTRA has also benefited significantly from Allwood Stud’s commitment to harness racing in SA. KAIKOURA CUP Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes 2YO EMERALD (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS MOBILE PACE, 1609m ARTICLE BY DEAN BARING, HARNESSSBRED.COM In what could be one of the most significant announcements in the breeding industry in Australian Harness Racing in years, it has been confirmed today to that Bob & Marilyn Fowler, the owners of Allwood Stud, have finally been able to secure the Mach Three son they have been chasing for years. Fly Like An Eagle, winner of $756,178, along with his great sire Mach Three (who just recently passed away) were both under the ownership of the Muscara Group of North America.  The Fowlers have been working diligently at trying to identify a young stallion, with Group 1 success, and the right blood that can add some serious value to our breeding program in this country. With talk of the horse being sent to North America and meaning he would have be lost to us forever, they made a final and successful bid for Fly Like An Eagle. Fly Like An Eagle’s first 2 seasons at stud didn’t yield the number of mares that many good judges had expected. However, the reason for this (which had nothing to do with the stallion himself) has now been put to bed with the Fowlers taking over ownership. Now that this truly striking horse, who will be under the care of his very excited new Australian owners, will finally get his chance to serve north of 100 mares in this coming season. Fly Like An Eagle was an extremely talented young star of the track, he is a four time Group One winner, and defeated the best pacers of his time including Christen Me, Smolda, Sushi Sushi, and Sir Lincoln. He still holds the New Zealand record as the fastest two year old over 1700 metres with a mile rate of 1:55.9 Please don’t forget that sensational win in the 2012 Breeders Crown Final, Harness Jewels and throw in a New Zealand Derby, crowned New Zealand 2yo of the year, as you can see, he is one serious fast, tough horse. The fact he is out of a Falcon Seelster mare (who brings the blood of Overtrick, Adios Butler, Nibble Hanover, Volomite ) will have breeders lining up for a booking with their top mares this year. However, for me the real interest is the strength of these 3 main factors listed below: Fly like An Eagle’s sire and world famous father is Mach Three,  a proven sire of sires and his line is almost the hottest on the planet right now.  Fly Like An Eagle has been gifted with physical attributes very few horse ever get Fly Like An Eagle’s dam line is exceptional, with horses like Changeover, who still has the highest career earnings ($2,426,765 ) of any entire to be born and raced in New Zealand. Plus the mighty Chokin winner of $1,801,684 Fly Like An Eagle, unlike so many Direct Scooter line stallions is blessed with fertility not seen in this line for years Announcements about pricing and shipping will come in time, however, l do expect this son of a gun, to really make his mark this season under the care of Allwood Stud. Dean Baring

LEBANON, OH. - Pine Dream proved last week's upset victory in Miami Valley's Open Trot was no fluke, returning to the winner's circle for the second straight week following the Tuesday (March 21) matinee $22,000 feature. When harness racing driver Trace Tetrick saw his three inside foes behind the Woebkenberg Starting Gate revving up to compete for early supremacy he decided to relegate his charge to fourth along the pylons behind the trio of leavers who raced three abreast until reaching the :27.2 first quarter. It wasn't until past the :56.1 half that Tetrick angled Pine Dream to the outside and took up second-over position through the 1:25.1 third quarter clocking. Swinging three-wide at the head of the stretch, the 5-year-old son of Pinetucky joined Infiniti AS (Chris Page) and He's Got Pizzazz (Josh Sutton) in a heart-pounding eighth of a mile duel to the finish wire. Pine Dream surged in the final strides to gain a slight advantage over his lapped-on adversaries in 1:54.4. Chris McGuire has been training the winner for owner Marvin Raber since the start of the Miami Valley meet in January. Through his first five starts this year he has banked $29,050. Three $8000 divisions of first leg action in the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series also took place on Tuesday. The late-closer was open to male pacers with less than three pari-mutuel wins or under $15,000 lifetime. Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) was a very impressive 1:53.2 winner over Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) and Starry Nite Teen (Josh Sutton). The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has now won five straight races in 2017 after going winless and making just $1440 at ages two and three. Nelson Willis conditions the late bloomer, Hot Rod Dylan, for owner Shirley LeVin. The second split was captured by Camwood (Dan Noble) in 1:54.3, topping We Rob Banks (Trace Tetrick) and Sir Bradford (Greg Grismore). It was the first career victory for the sophomore son of Woodstock, although he did earn $10,333 in three starts as a freshman. Mike Polhamus trains him for his wife Constance and her partner William Parsons. Favored Catfish Dinner (Trace Tetrick) won a tight photo over Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Howards Place (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the final division in 1:55. Pat Melloy Jr. manages the 4-year-old Always A Virgin's career for owner Lisa Gosselin. Gregg Keidel                  

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 24) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 25) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night (March 18), with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a 'sloppy' surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position two, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by 1-1/2 lengths. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. Saturday night's second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth, from post two, he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn't match the winner's tow but finished second, with Mattamerican (Brett Miller) third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh. For Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The evening's third series soiree had Provocativeprincen (Stratton) -- from post two -- prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor's Edge (Miller), then outgamed a pocketed Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2. Mach It So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor's Edge and Texas Terror N (Mark MacDonald) earning the lesser loot. Provocativeprincen, a 7-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, is now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The first round's final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley), pacing from the pocket, was able to get 'first run' against defending series champion Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post three, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3. Bit Of A Legend N, as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere In L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and Always At My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees. For Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Ken Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine '17 starts. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 27; 2. Matt Kakaley - 20; 3. Jordan Stratton - 15; 4. Scott Zeron - 14; 5. Tim Tetrick - 12. Trainers: 1. Richard Banca - 17; 2. Peter Tritton - 15; 3. Scott DiDomenico - 12; 4t. Rene Allard - 10; 4t. Keith Armer - 10; 4t. Eric Ell - 10; 4t. Heidi Gibbs - 10; 4t. Ron Burke - 10. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 15: 2t. Rene Allard - 10; 2t. Fred Monteleone Stable - 10; 4t. Brian Carsey - 5; 4t. Ron Cushing - 5; 4t. Jesmeral Stable - 5; 4t. Legacy Racing of DE - 5; 4t. John McGill - 5; 4t. Kevin Sywyk - 5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next three weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 22. by Paul Ramlow, publicity director, the Grand Circuit

Pompano Beach, FL...March 21, 2017...She's All In, with breeder-owner-trainer in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Trot for Mares on Tuesday night, covering her one mile journey in 1:54.3. The gutsy eight year-old daughter of Revenue S out-dueled Modern Mercury, handled by Peter Wrenn, to score by 1¼ lengths. M T Ur Pockets, driven by Mike Simons and at the back of the pack around the final bend, closed with ferocity to finish third, two lengths away, Serendipity finished fourth after taking command at the opening quarter while Celebrity Artemis picked up the nickel in the classy octet of ladies. At the outset, She's All In (post 3), Bad Angel (post 5) and Serendipitious (post 6) all had their site on the top spot with Bad Angel sprinting to the front around the first turn before yielding to Serendipitious at the :27.1 opening panel. She's All In continued a cozy third at this point as Celebrity Artemis was next with Modern Mercury on the move past the half in :56. On the backside, Serendipitious continued to show the way as Modern Mercury took up the chase to reach second, Bad Angel content to sit tight in third with She's All In wending her way out and sprinting widest of all turning for home. At mid-stretch, Modern Mercury stuck her head in front but She's All was in overdrive and sprinted on by in the final 16th for the victory--her second of the season in 12 starts, sending her seasonal bounty to $16,385. After the race, driver Plano said, Having bred this mare and raised her, she's very special to me and very good to me over the years. "She tries so hard every start and likes to be in the thick of the fight from start to finish. "She's a warrior, no doubt about that." The win was number 30 in a career stretching 208 starts, good for $310,043. Off as the 6th choice in the field at 16 to 1, She's All rewarded her faithful with a $34.00 win mutuel--the largest win payoff in her career, her previous highest win payoff being $28.60 at Hoosier Park on August 28, 2015. Pompano Park's Pick-6, with a record carryover of $16,997 going in, had a final pool total over $52,000 on Tuesday night with the 1-6-3-6-3-6 returning $11,708.05 for the 50 cent ticket. There were four tickets out on the winning combination. Racing continues on Wednesday night with mares in the spotlight in the $10,000 Open Pace. Jets Are On is listed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey. OK Heavenly (7-2), Miss Dollar Man (7-2), Goldstar Rockette (9-2), Gweneeee J (6-1) and Machin Marley (12-1) complete the field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

March 20, 2017 - Saturday (March 18) a superb harness racing card was in display at Kincsem Park led by the Brody Janos Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap). The 1.20.3kr winner over a heavy racecourse was 1.7/1 Sanger Ms (7g Victory Scream-Samba Ms-Armbro Goal), pictured, reined by Mitja Slavic for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Sanger Ms has now won three straight and five of his last six outings. 4.1/1 Breve des Baux (f Querido des Baiux-Milady des Baux-Classic Rodney) was second for Joze Sagaj and trainer Aron Denes. 10.9/1 Bimbo de Chenu (5f Scipion du Goutier-Ouive de Chanu-Casino des Sports) landed third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. On the same program was the Kopparzy DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with the 1.21.6kr timed victory earned by 3.1/1 Titan Ville (5g Noir Desir- 0Izaville-Endless Sands) reined by trainer Imre Fazekas for owner Zsalek Zsolt. Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) took second for Zsolt Vereb and trainer Laszlo Toth. Third was Nemzelesur with Robert Varhidi driving. Fazekas was back with a training and driving victory in the Csapodar DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with 3.8/1 Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal). Arizona d.o.o of Szerbia owns this winner, timed in 1.23.7kr over the off-track. 7.9/1 Tiara Boss (5f Wall Street Banker-Peace Force Pro-Kosar) was second for Zoltan Ozvar, trainer/driver. 43.8/1 odds Kelvin AT (4m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) was third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owner Animal Trade Racing of Szerbia. Other interesting winners on the card were Vital RG (3m SJ’s Photo-Vitesse OR) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. This colt won the Ocean DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters). The Detektor Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1980 meters) went to 2.2/1 Passion  Grif (8g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi timed in 1.22.9kr. Fourbtr Kft and Sandor Hora own the winner that bested Rosamundi and Oklahoma Font. Also, on March 18, was trotting action at Momarken SWE led by the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). The 1.6/1 odds Mosaique Face (8m Classic Photo-Iona LB) scored in 1.11.7kr for driver Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Tommy Nilsson Holding AB product, now with 16 wins in 71 career outings for 13,640,178SEK earned, defeated 7.3/1 BBS Sugarlight (8g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Vidar Hop for trainer Fredrik Solberg. Third was 5.2/1 Aruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ijssel-Speedy Soma) reined by trainer Frode Hamre. On March 19 there was solid action a Wolvega. The Bronze Winter Championship (purse €10,000, 2600 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to the 1/2odds favorite Clovis de Nappes (5g Prince Gede-Oklahoma Jet) for driver Rick Ebbinge and owner K.T.E. Lavigne. The 1.17.7kr timed winner bested 20.5/1 Bad Boy de Chenu with Ruud Pools driving. The Gold Winter Championship (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, nine starters) went to the 1.15.4kr timed and 9/10 odds favorite Too Much Blue (10g Insert Gede-Naama Blue) reined by Cees Kamminga. This Draviet Stabkes owned performer defeated 76/1 Shamfalla driven by Stefan Schoonhoven. On March 20 at Caen was the Prix d’Anguerny (purse €21,000, 2200 meters autostart, 16 starters) and 1.9/1 favorite Boca Ecus (6f Insert Gede-Salsa Jet) scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/breeder/owner/driver Markku Vartiainen. The winner recorded her ninth victory in 21 starts for €81,690 earned. 22/1 Bogota d’Herfraie (6f Rieussec-Ines d’Herfraie) was second. Wednesday March 22 at Solvalla has Nuncio at the start as his comeback path continues toward the 2017 Elitloppet. This day he competes in the Kentucky Fibbers raced over 1640 meters autostart for a purse of 169,000SEK. Coldtown, Volstead and French Laundry also are in this field. Thomas H. Hicks    

Penpal is yet to come up with a statement win so far in her career, but the now 4-year-old pacing mare has done plenty to enhance her bank statements through two seasons of harness racing. A daughter of stallion American Ideal out of the stakes-winning mare Copywriter, Penpal has won four of 28 career races, but earned $288,639 lifetime for owners Patrick Lachance and M&M Harness Racing thanks to picking up checks in 25 of those starts. Penpal, who finished second in two qualifiers this month, is expected to make her seasonal debut later this week at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "She qualified good," said Lachance, who also trains and regularly drives Penpal. "We'll see it how it goes and take it week to week. If she's real good we'll try her in a few stakes and see what happens. She was very good last year and came back bigger and stronger. She seems like she matured quite a bit. I hope to see good things from her this year." Penpal won two of 17 races last year and earned $204,288. She finished second to two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers and second to Blue Moon Stride in the Mistletoe Shalee. Penpal, who possesses a strong finishing kick, was in contention in numerous stakes last season, but ran into a deep group of fillies that included multiple-stakes-winners Pure Country, Blue Moon Stride, Darlinonthebeach, Call Me Queen Be, and L A Delight and Newborn Sassy. "I was happy with her," Lachance said. "She held her own and made some decent money. "Speed is her best tool, but she's tough to manage. She gets really hot and she's not easy to drive. But she's very fast." Penpal is a full sister to Capital Account, a winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and runner-up to Always B Miki in a division of the 2014 Tattersalls Pace. Penpal was purchased for $65,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale and her family also includes past Lachance star Image Of Dawn. "I've been with that family and had luck with it," Lachance said. "Her page caught my eye and when I saw her, I liked her. We took a shot at her. She showed ability right off the bat." With only four wins to her credit, Penpal still fits in conditioned classes, which will enable Lachance to ease the mare into competition this year. Lachance bypassed the ongoing Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers because Penpal is less handy on a half-mile oval. "She's too big and she runs in pretty good," Lachance said. "Maybe in the future sometime, but I certainly didn't want to start her (year) on a half-mile track. "It's a transition year, and that's why I got her ready a little bit earlier. I wanted to give her some overnights and see what she's about. We didn't want to bring her right into that competition. She's only got four lifetime wins, so she fits non-winners of five. That leaves her some nice options." If all goes well this spring, Lachance will send Penpal to chase her first major stakes victory later in the year. Penpal is staked to events including the Graduate Series, Betsy Ross, Golden Girls, and Lady Liberty. "It would have been nice to get a big win last year, but it didn't happen," Lachance said. "I think that she will (go with the best mares this year). She's got some options to do some decent stuff." Ken Weingartner

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