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Bob Quigley, a highly respected retired horse racing executive, who was best known for his role as the head of management when the Meadowlands opened, passed away Monday at age 90. He died of natural causes. His death was confirmed by Richard Orbann, who was the general manager at Garden State Park while Quigley was that track’s president. “He was a beloved man,” Orbann said. “I don’t know anybody he didn’t like and anybody that didn’t like him. In our business, where jealously prevails, that’s a remarkable thing.” Orbann said he spoke with Quigley Sunday and he seemed to be in good spirits, but he had a setback Monday and was rushed to Aventura Hospital in Aventura, FL, where he was pronounced dead. “I spoke with him yesterday as I did most days and Bob was Bob,” Orbann said. “To be honest with you, this is a tough one. We spoke almost every day. Bob was good to me.” Quigley was born in Atlantic City and started in racing at Atlantic City Race Course, first working there as a laborer before working his way up the ladder to became the track’s executive vice president and general manager. He was lured to Meadowlands prior to the track’s opening by CEO Sony Werblin and Executive Director Jack Krumpe. He started there in 1975 and was at the helm as the Meadowlands became the premier track in harness racing and an important Thoroughbred track. To read the rest of the story, click here

If grit and bravery play a part in Connor "Rocket" Clarke making a successful career in harness racing, then the teenager is an absolute shoo-in. The 16-year-old from Ballarat has a strong competitive streak on the sporting field, whether at football, basketball, swimming or pony trots - but his biggest test wasn't all that long ago when he beat an unforgiving opponent in cancer. "They were tough times. But everything is good now and I'm in the clear," Conner said. And predictably enough, the quietly-spoken Connor isn't wasting any time in jumping back into harness racing. In what has been a busy 11 days, he made an emotional debut as a reinsman in an event at Horsham and stepped into a new job with the State's leading stable. Driving brown gelding Monsieur Delacour, trained by his father Stephen, the youngster took a trail early in the 3yo Pace, before battling gamely into fourth place (beaten 10m) in a time of 1.58-2. "I was really looking forward to it. The nerves were okay and I didn't get into any strife. My Pa Jim (Clarke) took me," he said. "Dad wasn't able to get off work and watch me, but afterwards he gave me a pat on the back. I've also started working full-time for Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart this week, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it." Connor again took the reins for his father at Terang last Saturday and landed two place-getters. It is incredible to think that in mid-2017, Connor started undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a condition rare in children, in Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. "I'd suffered pain in a knee from fluid for quite a while. The doctors diagnosed it as Osgood-Schlatter disease, which has to do with fast-growing active teens. But now they're unsure if that's what it was," he said. "I had many visits to doctors and hospital, along with medical tests. When the pain went to my hip and back, mum (Belinda) just wanted to get to the bottom of it." Scans taken from Connor at Ballarat Base Hospital showed lesions and spots on his spine and hip. Doctors believed they were likely to be cancer. Connor said he was sent straight to the Royal Children's Hospital where there was "heaps more cancer found in other parts". He said because his cancer was stage four, he had chemotherapy on and off over a period of about six months. "I was lucky to have both mum and dad down there for the first month because I was only 14. Then later on I always had someone with me. If it wasn't my brothers or sister, grandparents or another relative, there would be friends from back home, footballers or someone from trotting calling in," Connor said. Connor said while he missed the last half of his Year 8 studies because of the chemotherapy treatment, he was fortunate there was a classroom at the hospital. "It was only little, but I would go as much as I could. There were a few teachers there and I did science, English and maths. I ended up finishing Year 10 last year at Phoenix College in Ballarat," he said. The Clarke family is known for its kindness and willingness to help others, including providing foster care for a number of years, and the harness racing community rallied to offer support in a time of need. Connor said money raised had helped to pay for fuel for the three hour return trips, as well as medical and accommodation expenses and other ongoing costs. "It was so nice at the time, but it's not really a surprise because it's such a close industry," he said. "Drivers like Chris Alford, Greg Sugars, Gavin Lang, Amanda Turnbull, Grant Dixon, Rob Morris, Todd McCarthy, James Rattray and others all donated their driver's fees toward fund raising, while the Bling It On owners gave a service fee for auction." Ballarat Harness Racing Club also lent a hand with a fundraising race meeting, while staff at McCain Foods, where dad Stephen is employed, raised money for a fortnightly cleaner. Passengers on the "Redwood Rattler", taking fans to the famous Maryborough all-trotting race day, dug deep to donate $500. There was also a GoFundMe which raised over $24,000 and a donation from HRV. Connor's comeback comes as the harness racing community again rallies for one of its own, with a GoFundMe fundraiser to support champion reinsman Gavin Lang, who is also battling with a rare form of Lymphoma. Connor said although he was "a late starter" in the pony trots as an eight or nine-year-old, harness racing was his big ambition. "I had a nice pony in Pride of Petite, but now that I'm out of pony trots, my 12-year-old sister Reagan has taken over there," he said. "I have two brothers in Brodie, 23, and Leyton, 13, but they have no interest in the horses. "But for me, harness racing was always what I wanted. I enjoyed football, but the horses were nearly always on my mind, so I'm just loving it at the moment."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Auckland trainer Ray Green was the big winner at the Karaka Standardbred Yearling Sales yesterday almost certainly creating his own special piece of history. Because he will be the new trainer of three of the four lots that topped the $200,000 mark at a very satisfying sale for New Zealand Bloodstock’s new Standardbred division. While the sale’s average was almost identical to last year’s huge $46,750 the median increased from $34,000 to $36,250. But the biggest talking point was the sale of four lots for at least $200,000, including a $250,000 sales topper. Four yearlings sold for $200,000 or over, is a first for any standardbred sale in the Southern Hemisphere and three of them will head to Green’s Lincoln Farm property at Pukekohe. “It has been a pretty exciting day, we have almost $1million worth in horses to take home,” said Green. The $250,000 price, a rarity in this part of the world, was paid by Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati for a Captaintreacherous colt out of Hi Ho Silver Lining, sold by Tony and Anne Parker, who raced Auckland Reactor. A seven-race winning mare she has been a good producer without suggesting she would leave one of the most expensive colts in New Zealand harness history. But it was a strong sale for champion US racehorse turned sire Captaintreacherous and many of his stock are vendors dreams as early developers and naturally strong looking. The Rosatis have been using Green as their New Zealand trainer, then often move their horses to Australia when they reach three, with Anthony Butt their new trainer of choice at Menangle where he has just moved into a bigger barn as he expands his training business. But Green’s main owner is John Street, who owns Lincoln Farms and has had enormous success in both codes. Street paid $210,000 for one Bettor’s Delight colt sold by Woodlands then returned less than an hour later to by another son of Bettor’s Delight off Woodlands for $200,000. He was the sales top spender, paying $597,500 for six lots, just ahead of Stonewall Stud who paid $587,500 for 11 lots. “I had been beaten a couple of times in recent years for horses I wanted and ended up being the underbidder on two or three really good ones,” said Street. “So I decided to buy the ones I wanted this year.” While three of the big buys from yesterday will join Green, the other $200,000 baby from yesterday will head to the All Stars Stables, with owner Jean Feiss paying $200,000 for a Bettor’s Delight colt from Christian Cullen mare Georgia Brooke. He was the only lot offered by small-time vendors Georgia Brooke Lodge and they were ecstatic with the price. NZBS director and operations Manager James Jennings was thrilled with the day’s selling. “The average is on par with last year and an increased median shows good depth to the Sale,” said Jennings. “There were pleasing results for a number of vendors, highlighting that the buyers were prepared to pay for quality yearlings. “We are very happy with the momentum of the sale so far and look forward to it carrying through to Christchurch over the next two days.”   Michael Guerin

YOUNG gun Self Assured will have to create history to overcome a horror draw and win Saturday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Chariots Of Fire (1609m) at Menangle. The All Stars’ young star drew the dreaded outside alley (gate 12, will start from 10). No horse has won the Chariots Of Fire from the outside draw at Menangle. And Harness Racing NSW figures show only seven per cent of Menangle winners over the past 12 months (27 of 379 races) have come from the outside and that includes all distances, not just mile racing. Drawing the outside saw Self Assured’s odds soar on the Aussie TAB from $1.75 pre-draw to $2.80. In contrast, the money has poured in for Lochinvar Art, the horse who upstaged Self Assured in track record time in the 4YO Bonanza at Melton last month. Lochinvar Art has drawn gate five, but if the emergencies drawn inside him (Supreme Dominator three and Catch A Moment four) come out, he will start from barrier three. He was $4.50 pre-draw, firmed $3.80 after the draw and has since been backed into $3.20. He looks certain to challenge for favouritism. The other big winners from the draw were Demon Delight (gate one, $5), who was big behind Self Assured at Menangle last Saturday week, and likely early leader Max Delight (two, $5.50). __________________________________________________________________________________ IT’S great Princess Tiffany is headed to Sydney, but a huge task awaits her on Saturday night. Fresh from fibrillating at Addington last week, the megastar mare will start from the second outside draw (gate nine) in the last qualifier for the Ladyship Mile, the $50,000 Group 2 Robin Dundee (1609m). Peter Bagrie’s mare Bettors Heart drew gate seven and Steve Telfer’s Step Up has gate five, while Barry Purdon’s Havtime snared the pole, but will need to improve on her Sibelia Stakes run last week. WA’s best mare Our Alfie Romeo has also come across for the race, but drew the extreme outside. __________________________________________________________________________________ STYLISH Memphis has gate five in the first of the NSW Oaks heats on Saturday night. Her major rivals look to be Victorian trio Amelia Rose (three), Alice Kay (seven) and Its Ebonynivory (nine). Victoria Oaks winner Dr Susan should make light work of wide draw (gate eight) in the second heat with major rival Jenden Stride drawn even worse (10). The third heat should be the most competitive with leading contenders Vincenzina (three), Maajida (six), Our Antonio Rose (eigtht) and Its Beaujolais (nine). __________________________________________________________________________________ THERE is a Miracle Mile berth up for grabs in Friday night’s $100,000 Group 1 Newcastle Mile. It’s a good field, but not as much star factor as expected with most of the biggest names waiting for the qualifying sprints at Menangle on Saturday week. Renowned speedster Majordan looks the leader and one to beat from gate eight, but other key runners include: Let it Ride (one), Hail Christian (two) and The Black Prince (three).   Adam Hamilton

By Garrick Knight    Three women passionate about harness racing came together to produce one of the richest standardbred lots in New Zealand yearling history at Karaka on Monday. Sydney’s Mary Rosati cast the winning bid of $250,000, for Im Cushty, a standout Captaintreacherous colt out of the Badlands Hanover mare, Hi Ho Silver Lining. Rosati and husband, Emilio, had been locked in a fierce bidding war with Melbourne’s Jean Feiss, who suffered a very rare sale-ring defeat. Numerous others were involved in the early bidding, but Feiss and the Rosatis soon emerged, as usual, from the ruck to fight it out. Sitting nervously behind the auctioneers’ dais was co-breeder Anne Parker, who together with husband Tony operates Tardina Stud in Bombay. “I was so nervous at the beginning but just started feeling better and better and better,” Parker told HRNZ moments after the hammer fell. She gave the colt a name derived from Romany Gypsy which basically means ‘I’m excellent’ or ‘I’m good’. “Because I’m a gypsy princess and I knew he was going to do well. “Cushty is very good in gypsy.” Unfortunately for Parker, the name will be removed as the Rosatis rename all their purchases with the ‘Stride’ suffix. Still, nothing was going to wipe the smile of her and husband Tony’s faces after such a delightful result. “It’s taken a bit of work to get to this position, but we really enjoy it. “And if you’re lucky, like we have been, you keep going.” Parker described it as a “mixed sale” for them on the whole with five of their seven lots selling for a gross of $400,000. And they’ll go to good stables, too with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen buying another Captaintreacherous, Tony Herlihy picking up a third one, Ray Green to train Im Cushty and Purdon’s son Michael, who is making waves as a trainer, buying an Andover Hall colt. The Parkers are well past retirement age but still breed from “about 30” mares. “This has been reward for a lot of hard work we’ve put in over many years,” said Tony Parker. This year’s crop had its preparations compromised by an especially dry summer, so the effort by staff to turn them out as they did was a big effort, Parker reckoned. The Parkers’ results also underlined the rising star that is Captaintreacherous as a sire. He only had four in the sale and they netted $395,000 with a $40,000 minimum. His results in the American sale ring have been excellent and his first crop Down Under has already seen winners in both Australia and New Zealand. “I think we’ll have to speak to David James at Empire and book all our mares in to him for next season,” quipped Anne. Im Cushty was the Rosatis’ only purchase on the day, but it was one of four lots that exceeded $200,000. Jean Feiss purchased Georgias Bettor, a Bettor’s Delight colt offered by Cambridge’s John Taylor, $200,000. And Lincoln Farms’ John Street was active again, spending nearly $600,000 on six lots, including two Bettor’s Delight colts that went for $210,000 and $200,000 each. Stonewall Stud continued on their expansion plans with Steve Stockman, Jill Stockman and trainer Steve Telfer signing for 11 lots at a cost of nearly $600,000 too. Among their buys was Jesse Duke’s full brother for $115,000. Woodlands Stud had a watershed sale once again, selling 36 of 38 lots to accrue the highest aggregate among vendors at $1,648,500. Amongst the trotters, Greg Hope signed for a Muscle Hill brother to Tailored Elegance on behalf of buyer Ian Dobson, who went to $90,000. There were plenty of Australian buyers in action, including Perth’s Albert Walmsley, Greg and Sky Bond and Jim and Wilma Giumelli and Queensland’s Dean Shannon. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    Most in attendance at the Karaka yearling sale on Monday probably didn’t realise that American racing royalty was roaming the grounds among them. Ron Burke, who recently became the first man to train 10,000 winners in North America and is best known as the former trainer of Sweet Lou, is in New Zealand for the best part of three weeks on a working holiday. Burke was a guest of Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety, who trains a handful of Sweet Lou progeny for Burke and the sire’s owner, Larry Karr, including handy three-year-old, Im A Gigolo. Burke went to $35,000 to secure Mitsi Gaynor, a Sweet Lou filly out of a Bettor’s Delight daughter of former Filly of the Year, Copper Beach. He’s also taking a share in Dalgety’s $80,000 colt, Casino Action, a Bettor’s Delight from the family of Christen Me out of the Woodlands Stud draft. “We got that one that my group bought and we’re going to buy in to one of Cran’s, too,” Burke told HRNZ. “We lost out on another Bettor’s Delight and I wish we’d gone to a little bit more but, whatever, it is what it is.” Burke’s operation dwarfs anything that exists down under, its sheer size and scale daunting to even think about. “We have 300 on the books and there’s probably 28 or 29 assistant trainers under me. “But I’m still in charge of everything. “Each barn has a head guy, but I know every day what every single horse is doing. “People think it’s running on auto pilot. No, not the case. “But, you’ve got to love it and I do, and my guys do as well. “Every barn has a guy that could easily do it on their own, I just thank god that they’re with me and we’re doing it together.” With an operation that size, it’s safe to say Burke doesn’t get away all that often. “It’s tough now, even being away for 19 days, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from the stable. “But it’s very nice here; a different atmosphere than the American sales. “A little bit quieter but easier to understand. I liked it. “And you don’t tire out as much as the American sales. They’re a little more high pressure and intense.” Burke will leave his yearling colt with Dalgety at West Melton. “We’re trying to support Sweet Lou here and everything, you know. “Cran we really like and are happy with how everything’s gone that way. “I’d also like to try and buy a couple of racehorses to take home. “A couple of high end horses for Yonkers, The Meadowlands, places like that. “So, hopefully we can get something done.” Buying up-and-going horses from New Zealand is not something Burke has done often. “The thing is, I really wanted to do it myself. “I’m very particular and like my kinds of horses. That’s not necessarily the best horses; they’re just the horses that fit me best.” “I’m a little bit different to everybody else but horses that suit other people don’t suit me and some horses don’t suit other people that do suit me. “I’m just lucky I get supported real well with people behind me like Larry Karr and Mark Weaver “That makes it so much easier. “It’s not hard to be a good trainer when you get a good horse.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Day One of NZB Standardbred’s second ever National Standardbred Yearling Sale kicked off at Karaka on Monday, with record-breaking results rounding out the Auckland Sale.  The Sale broke records today after four Lots sold for in excess of $200,000, with the median increasing on last year’s results closing at $36,250. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings was thrilled with the outcome of the results on Day One held at Karaka. “The average is on par with last year and an increased median shows good depth to the Sale. “There were pleasing results for a number of vendors, highlighting that the buyers were prepared to pay for quality yearlings. “We are very happy with the momentum of the Sale so far and look forward to it carrying through to Christchurch over the next two days,” commented Jennings. The highlight of the session was Lot 122 (Captaintreacherous), a bay colt purchased for $250,000 by Emilio and Mary Rosati from Tardina Stud’s draft. Leading the buying bench at Auckland was Lincoln Farms Bloodstock, securing six yearlings for a total spend of $597,500. Included in John Street's purchasers were two colts, Lots 49 and 63 for $210,000 and $200,000 respectively, both were from the draft of Woodlands Stud. The fourth $200,000 purchase was Lot 113, a brown colt from Georgia Brooke Lodge secured by Jean Feiss.   Second on the leading buyers list was Stonewall Stud, purchasing 11 horses for an aggregate of $587,500. The leading vendor by aggregate were 2019’s title holders Woodlands Stud, selling 34 yearlings of their 36 offered for a total of $1,648,500. Sire power was evident at Karaka today, with demand for Captaintreacherous continuing from 2019 results as leading pacing sire by average (three or more sold) at the close of selling, averaging $96,250 for four horses sold. Second on the leading sires table by average was champion stallion Bettor’s Delight, selling 31 yearlings for an average of $68,226. The Christchurch Sale commences tomorrow with Lot 132 to Lot 179 going under the hammer from 4.00pm. Selling will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, with up-to-the minute coverage streamed live at and on NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page. View the Sale day action here. All horses purchased at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1 million in prizemoney on offer for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. NZB Standardbred 2020 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Auckland Sale   2020 Auckland Combined 2019 Auckland Combined Aggregate $4,348,000 $4,675,000 Average $46,255 $46,750 Median $36,250 $34,000 Clearance 73% 73% Catalogued 131 145 Sold 94 100 Top Price $250,000 Lot 122 (B.C) Captaintreacherous - Hi Ho Silver Lining $190,000 Lot 18 (B.C) Art Major - Goodlookinggirl   Top Lots – Auckland Sale Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 122 B.C Captaintreacherous / Hi Ho Silver Lining Tardina Stud E & M Stride (New South Wales) $250,000 49 B.C Bettor's Delight / Royal Gem Woodlands Stud Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $210,000 63 B.C Bettor's Delight / Splendid Deal Woodlands Stud Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $200,000 113 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Georgia Brooke Georgia Brooke Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $200,000 102 B.C Bettor's Delight / Daisy Dundee Woodlands Stud Stonewall Stud (Auckland) $115,000 124 B.C Bettor's Delight / Holly Madison Breckon Farms Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $110,000 42 B.C Art Major / Spanish Armada Hollis & Robertson Equine Services Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli (Western Australia) $105,000 13 B.C Bettor's Delight / O Baby Breckon Farms PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock (Canterbury) $100,000 32 B.F Bettor's Delight / Precious Rose Old Ridge Services No. 4 Stonewall Stud (Auckland) $95,000 35 BR.F Bettor's Delight / Sossusvlei Breckon Farms Mr M J Anderson (Canterbury) $95,000   Leading Purchaser by Aggregate – Auckland Sale Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) 6 $597,500 $99,583 $210,000 49 Stonewall Stud (Auckland) 11 $587,500 $53,409 $115,000 102 E & M Stride (New South Wales) 1 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 122 Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) 2 $235,000 $117,500 $200,000 113 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock (Canterbury) 4 $227,500 $56,875 $100,000 13 Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli (Western Australia) 3 $210,000 $70,000 $105,000 42 Rogerson Bloodstock (Waikato) 4 $181,000 $45,250 $70,000 95 Mr M J Anderson (Canterbury) 3 $180,000 $60,000 $95,000 35 Diamond Racing (Auckland) 4 $146,000 $36,500 $45,000 62 Dawe Contracting (Canterbury) 3 $125,000 $41,667 $75,000 10   Leading Vendor by Aggregate – Auckland Sale Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Woodlands Stud 34 $1,648,500 $48,485 $210,000 49 Breckon Farms 20 $944,000 $47,200 $110,000 124 Hollis & Robertson Equine Services 11 $498,500 $45,318 $105,000 42 Tardina Stud 5 $400,000 $80,000 $250,000 122 Georgia Brooke Lodge 1 $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 113 Highfields Bloodstock 4 $155,000 $38,750 $45,000 4 Old Ridge Services No. 4 2 $130,000 $65,000 $95,000 32 Leanach Lodge 4 $92,000 $23,000 $40,000 119 Alabar 2 $65,000 $32,500 $45,000 62 Top Notch Lodge 2 $62,000 $31,000 $50,000 67   Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold) – Auckland Sale Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Tardina Stud 5 $80,000 $400,000 $250,000 122 Woodlands Stud 34 $48,485 $1,648,500 $210,000 49 Breckon Farms 20 $47,200 $944,000 $110,000 124 Hollis & Robertson Equine Services 11 $45,318 $498,500 $105,000 42 Highfields Bloodstock 4 $38,750 $155,000 $45,000 4   Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold) – Auckland Sale Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Captaintreacherous 4 $96,250 $385,000 $250,000 122 Bettor's Delight 31 $68,226 $2,115,000 $210,000 49 Muscle Hill (T) 3 $56,667 $170,000 $90,000 89 Art Major 14 $47,321 $662,500 $105,000 42 American Ideal 7 $28,857 $202,000 $45,000 1 Sweet Lou 13 $24,231 $315,000 $52,500 25 Always B Miki* 7 $18,429 $129,000 $40,000 103 He's Watching 3 $13,667 $41,000 $18,000 18 (T) Trotting Sire  * First Season Sire

Exuberant south west Victorian reinsman Jason Lee combined with his mother Marg to snatch the duo’s most coveted trophy at the weekend – a victory in their hometown harness racing pacing cup. Five-year-old stallion Code Bailey gave Jason his first Terang Pacing Cup and he confirmed it was one of his sweetest victories. Marg won it in 2013 with Keayang Cullen, driven by Glen Craven. “It has been at the top of my bucket list for a while,” Jason said. “Even though it may not be the biggest race on the calendar, it’s no secret that I wanted the Terang Cup, then an Inter Dominion and after that any other G1 event,” he said. The brilliant young reinsman blasted Code Bailey (Christian Cullen-Taffeta Bromac (Badlands Hanover) to the head of affairs soon after the mobile barrier despatched the field in the $50,000 feature. Jason was determined to make it a solidly run race, setting a cracking pace and making it awfully hard for those back in the field to make any ground. The mile rate of 1.56-8 over the marathon distance of 2680 metres was super, but the last mile of 1.52-7 was quite sensational. Code Bailey cruised to the line with an 18-metre advantage over recent SA Cup victor Pat Stanley (Kerryn Manning) with a further two metres back to A G’s White Socks (Greg Sugars). “We were travelling pretty good a fair way out. I was really happy coming up the home straight—perhaps it more relief than anything,” Jason said. “There was that expectation that we had our big chance to win our hometown cup. You just don’t always get the opportunity to do that,” he said. “I can tell you that I was very nervous. I’ve probably never been that nervous in the past. But we are just over the moon that we’ve now ticked it off.” Jason said his nan had always told him he would win the Terang Cup one day. “So now she’s right. Even back when I was younger doing the pony trots, I always loved the Terang Cup meeting,” he said. “But sometimes you find these races are harder to win than a feature that you’ve been aiming for. Ever since I got my metro licence, I’ve pretty much taken part in it every year.” Harness racing identity Paul Campbell presenting the Terang Pacing Cup trophy to trainer Marg Lee The Lees are based at Ecklin South (15 minutes from Terang), and Jason said he loved living in such a harness racing stronghold. “The town always puts on a big show, particularly cup night. We are a close-knit harness racing region down here. We’re like a big family,” he said. “Win, lose or draw we’ll always go and shake their hand. “But it’s probably best said that Harness Racing is really like a big family too. You just have to see what’s going on with Gavin (champion driver Gavin Lang who is currently in hospital battling a rare form of blood cancer). “The industry has really got behind him with financial support for the best treatment.” Code Bailey, who was sent out as the $1.80 favorite, gave a carbon copy performance when he won the Garrards Horse and Hound Bendigo Cup on January 3 with a bold front running display. Jammed in between the two Cup victories was a solid fifth in the Ballarat Cup (beaten 7m) and a close-up fourth (4m) in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Jason said that provided Code Bailey pulled up okay, a campaign in Sydney for the coming big races was on the cards. Code Bailey is part-owned by two popular AFL players in Darcy Gardiner of the Brisbane Lions and his former teammate Louie Taylor, who this season lines up with the Sydney Swans. It was a big night for Marg who in addition with taking home the gold cup, also trained two other winners on the program in Keayang Liberty and Keayang Livana. Trainer-driver Chris Svanosio, fresh from an overseas holiday, took the honors in the Terang G3 Trotters Cup. Chris got the money with Magicool (Tennotrump-Free Rider), while close friend Glen Craven was runner-up with stablemate Kyvalley Finn (Skyvalley-Kyvalley Paris).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is underway at Karaka and will showcase the very best harness racing yearlings New Zealand has to offer over four action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling. The Auckland Sale on Monday 17 February will be broadcast live on Freeview Channel 200 and  from 10.45am with a Preview Show hosted by Greg O'Connor.  Live updates here from 10:45am Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the live feed updates  Good start to the sales with Lot 1 Jesse J (American Ideal – Jessies Cullen), Bay Filly going for $45,000 to the bid of Steve Stockman.  Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 1 Jesse J Lot 3 Hoppy's Way (Art Major – Joanne's A Delight)Brown Colt, sold for $65,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia , Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 3 Hoppy's Way   Lot 10 Ebury Delight (Bettor's Delight – Meet Me In Mayfair) Bay Filly sold for $75,000 to Dawe Contracting Ltd – Canterbury, Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors. Lot 10 Ebury Delight    Lot 13 Manchild (Bettor's Delight – O Baby) Bay Colt sold for $100,000 to PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd – Canterbury, Breckon Farms Ltd were the vendors Lot 13 Manchild Lot 25 Sweet Spirit (Sweet Lou – Major Spirit), Bay Filly, Sold for $52,000 to Mr RW Todd – Canterbury, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd were the vendors Lot 25 Sweet Spirit    Lot 32 Precious Belle (Bettor's Delight – Precious Rose), Bay Filly sold for $95,000  Old Ridge Services No. 4 Ltd the vendors Lot 32 Precious Belle   Lot 33 Gossip Girl (Bettor's Delight – Our Melody), Brown Filly  sold for $50,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd Lot 33 Gossip Girl   Lot 35 Cover Girl (Bettor's Delight – Sossusvlei), Brown Filly sold for $95,000,Breckon Farms Ltd the vendor Lot 35 Cover Girl   Lot 42 Maddys Nino (Art Major – Spanish Armada), Bay Colt sold for $105,000 to Mr JR & Mrs W Giumelli – Western Australia,Hollis & Robertson Equine Services the vendors Lot 42 Maddys Nino   Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace (Captaintreacherous – Twilight Beauty), Chestnut Colt sold for $55,000, Tardina Stud Ltd the vendor Lot 44 Splice The Mainbrace   Lot 49 Argyle (Bettor's Delight – Royal Gem), Bay Colt  sold for $210,000, Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd the vendor Lot 49 Argyle   Lot 63 Next To Me (Bettor's Delight- Splendid Deal ) continues the strong run of Woodlands Stud and sells for $200'000. The family is well known with Maixm and Splendour both group 1 performers.   Lot 71 Casino Action (Bettor's Delight- Super Deal) goes to USA interests for $80'000. That's a good indication of the increased market attention that New Zealand breeds are generating across the globe.  Lot 79 Big Boy Louie (Bettor's Delight- Big Lucy) sells for $60'000 to Phil Kennard. Big Lucy being an 8 time winner. It carries on what has been a busy time for the Kennards as purchases.   Lot 89 Instant Classic (Muscle Hill- Classic Armbro) proves just that and brings a $90'000 bid from G Hope. The colt is a brother to Tailored Elegance.  Lot 102  Bo Duke (Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee) sells for $115'000 to Stonewall Stud. The colt is a brother to Jesse Duke and calls upon the Deborah Dundee dam-line.   Lot 112 Whiskey On The Rocks (Art Major-Double Shot) stripped a grand prospect and is hammered down at $65'000. It continues the strong showing by Art Major and is closely followed by Lot 113, Georgias Bettors, a Bettor's Delight colt who threatens to top the action with a bid of $200'000 registered by Jean Feiss who has a strong record for selecting the very best come sales time.  Lot 122  Im Cushty (Captain trecherous- Hi Ho Silver) sets a new high for the sale today with a $250'000 bid from Australian interests. The Captain certainly making an impression at Karaka. That lot is followed by Lot 124 Pasquale (Bettor's Delight - Holly Madison) which makes $110'000 for Breckon Farms.   Lot 122  Im Cushty The last lot of the day is passed in. That's wrap of the day here. Day two sees the action travel down to Christchurch where the trotting bloodlines will be present for sale before pacing blood is offered on Wednesday.    Harnesslink Media

Harness Racing Australia’s “tweaking” of its controversial new National Ratings system will bring some small consolation to industry participants frustrated their views are not being heard. But the sport’s peak body has missed the opportunity make the more significant changes this contentious system so desperately needs to regain the confidence of passionate industry participants. Harness Racing New South Wales chief John Dumesny is so far the only State chief to report back to industry participants on the outcomes of last week’s HRA Executive meeting, and the intense debate at the Ratings Review team meeting that preceded it. It was the job of the Review Team three weeks ago to make recommendations on any changes required, six months after the NR system was rolled out – and the executive, reportedly, duly adopted the review recommendations last week. The decisions of the HRA executive can be read here:  While other State bodies have had little to say to their constituencies about the impact and timing of the amendments, Dumesny was frank in his HRNSW Blog last week. “Is it absolutely what we wanted in NSW?  No, but we got somewhere towards the requests of our participants and that is not always easy as these meetings go.  And I’m talking about a meeting that lasted six hours, of pretty deliberate discussions,” he said. “Some states rely heavily on the data and that is pertinent…but there is another point that always must be respected, and that is your stakeholder satisfaction -- it is a balance,” he said. “We want wagering turnover, we want to provide even racing but without participants we don’t have a sport. Certainly, I played that card within reason at the Ratings Review team meeting.” Industry participants in Victoria, in particular, have been enraged by the lack of consultation by the State body.  Debate on social media about the NR system has been “white hot”, but Harness Racing Victoria has provided no formal process or opportunity for industry to provide feedback to inform its position at the Ratings Review. And while the HR executive might not have been receiving the grass roots input via some State bodies that many industry participants wanted, there were some concessions to appease critics. The major change relates to the iniquitous “points for second place” conditions of the new NR system, and there are some welcome amendments to the NR matrix. Now, for races less than $10,000 the NR point for second place will disappear.  In addition, horses winning races with lower levels of stake money will be awarded fewer NR points. But Dumesny’s blog comments indicate, despite the compromise, not all States were fully on board to the level of NSW. “This was a concern across Australia that for running second you are actually penalised a point and while some didn’t want to lift the prizemoney level higher than $10,000, everyone was sensible about the end result,” Dumesny said. John Dumesny The Executive also approved a significant and common sense change for two year old racing, in that the system will be modified to reduce the starting point rating from 40 to 35 National Rating Points. However, efforts to get a similar concession for three year olds failed. The impact on three year olds, and the lack of protection they are provided in their juvenile season, has been one of the most hotly-debated issues around the new NR system. But Dumesny indicated the solution required by participants for three year olds was not going to get past all members of the review team. “The easiest outcome from our participants’ point of view for three years olds was to drop down (the three year old ranking) from 50 points to 45 points,” Dumesny said. “I didn’t get much traction on that with the other States – but we came up with a pretty good compromise in my opinion.” The “compromise” solution allows States to “potentially” program races that allow for a five-point concession for three year olds racing against older horses. “It was about the experience and maturity of horses, so when these three year olds do win their three year old races and they have to race against the older horses they will get a five point concession,” Dumesny said. The frustration for many industry participants currently racing three-year olds (already mid-way through their 3YO season), will be in the likely lag time for adoption of the compromise conditions. Dumesny pointed to likely further delays in the rollout, due to the time necessary for modifications to the national industry database. That is, the time it takes for RISE to change the HARVEY System. “It’s a bit of a case of when we can get it into the system – there needs to be changes to the HARVEY system because we really want it to be all automatic.  We don’t want it to be a manual system because errors will occur,” he said. It will then be up to the States (particularly those not necessarily enthusiastic about amendment of the conditions) to enact the new policy. Amendments to programming necessary to accommodate the new three-year-old concessions will also become a State-by-State responsibility.  A separate issue is how effectively the race conditions are amended to provide enough realistic racing opportunities for three year olds. Dumesny said he was “quite prepared” for further feedback on the system from industry participants. Harnesslink Media

An exceptional racing program highlighted Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes celebration of the Middle East featuring Lebanon and Turkey, as described in a section below. The groupe level races began with the Prix du Pontavice de Heussey (monte Gr. III, 90,000€, 2175 meters, European eligibles). 1.4/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) scored timed in for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand. The winner secured his 20th career win in 70 starts now for 788,100€ earned. The 3.9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) was next for trainer Robert Bergh and with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. 26/1 Eros de Chene was third for P.Ph. Ploquin with 10/1 Exotica de Retz home fourth. Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued its policy of affinity events with a novelty, this the Feast at the 100% Oriental Hippodrome. This 2020 edition presented gourmet tables with couscous, tagines, mint tea, Lebanese and Turkish specialties; dance performances; oriental music; and Bedouin village -the world of the Sahara with carpets, lanterns, copper lamps, veils, palm trees. The atmosphere also entertained the little ones with the free activities of Superdimanche (mini commentators, rodeo racing, pony baptisms (from 1pm to 5.30pm), pedal sulkys, stable tours, workshops pedagogical stake). The race named the Prix de Fete 100% Orientale (purse 43,000€) went to 16/1 Egerie Quesnot (6f Sam Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up timed in 1.14.7kr. This was the day’s Quinte+ race and there were 20 exact order winning tickets that each paid 46,384.20€. The Q+ pool reached 4,935,606€ and over 10,644,000€ was wagered in the race (all wagering pools). Egerie Quesnot The Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (Criterium des Jeunes Gr. 1, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) was the racing showcase of this day and victory was earned by 1.1/1 favorite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) as she scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Cyril Lelarge. Havana won for the sixth time in 10 starts now for 253,200€ earned. The 14/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Bazire. 9/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette) was placed third due to a rival miscue dq, with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Luc Roelens. 48/1 Hora Beji and 10/1 Heavens Pride completed the top five. Havana d’Aurcy Replay -   The Prix d’Orthez (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, European four year olds) was the next groupe level event and Italy showed up strongly. Even money favorite Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK) scored in 1.15.6kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Efflebi, his third win in France and his life earnings are now 104,826€.   The 25/1 stablemate Aramis EK (4m Nad Al Sheba) was next for the same owner and trainer and with reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Gamble River, off at 4.3/1 odds, was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Gerard Manzi. Always EK The Prix d’Arras (purse 51,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) saw 1.14.3kr timed and 2.6/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) score gamely for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng. Moni Viking has five wins in 14 outings in France and today lifted his life earnings to 241,041€. 15/1 Dream Cash took second for Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 2.1/1 Desperado (7g Kesaco Phedo) was third, this one also a Bazire trainee, for pilot Alexandre Abrivard, Moni Viking The program completed with the coldbloods competing in the Prix des Trotteurs Sang Froid (purse 18,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory to 10/1 HV Tuuri (10m Turo-HV Kipina) handled by Iikka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Normonen. HV Tuuri LeTrot, PMO., JMB files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

By Jonny Turner    Waikouaiti mare Sheeza Sport helped raise money for ovarian cancer research and earned herself a reprieve from retirement when winning at Oamaru on Saturday. The Amber Hoffman-trained pacer defied her $18 win odds when rattling home from deep on the inner to win race 7 for driver Charlotte Purvis. Purvis was one of four women who combined to win six races wearing teal driving pants as part of Harness Racing New Zealand’s Team Teal Campaign. Sheree Tomlinson led the charge with three wins. Samantha Ottley and Jessica Grant-Young each notched wins to contribute to the ovarian cancer research drive. Each win in the sulky by women drivers results in a donation of $400 to the campaign, which runs until March 15. Hoffman had not given Sheeza Sport a big hope of helping Purvis contribute to Saturday’s $2400 total. "Her work during the week was pretty average and coming into the race and I thought she might be heading towards retirement," Hoffman said. "But she got a soft run and she just kept taking the gaps for Charlotte. "So she won’t be getting retired just yet." Hopes for the 5yr-old, who is raced by the trainer and stable employee Madeline Seuseu-Musgrave, took a 180 degree turn following her win. The victory was penalty-free, which meant Sheeza Sport can still compete against the same kind of horses she beat in her next run. "The way she won, you would think she might be able to pick up another win in her next few starts," Hoffman said. Hoffman won the next event when she produced Kiwi Crusher to win race 8. The 6yr-old was among the winning treble Sheree Tomlinson produced to contribute $1200 to the total. Kiwi Crusher produced a swooping win to make it two victories and second and fifth placings from four starts for her new trainer. Hoffman took the mare on after she was bought by Invercargill owner Art Shirley out of Graeme Anderson’s Westwood Beach stable. "Art is mates with Andrew Suddaby, who works for me," Hoffman said. "He does a lot of the work with her and she seems to have settled into a pretty good routine since she got her." Anderson produced Da Moon’s Mission to run second to Kiwi Crusher. Hoffman’s winners will get the chance to continue their form on the Oamaru grass when her home club, the Waikouaiti Trotting Club, races at the North Otago track on Sunday and Tuesday of next week. Hoffman’s winning double came after she produced Zedaam to run third in the Invercargill Gold Cup at Ascot Park. The 5yr-old ran home strongly from beyond midfield after suffering interference early in the race. Tomlinson combined with her grandfather, Ken Ford, in her two remaining wins on Saturday. The reinswoman drove Uno Mia to win race and Rocknpop to win race 10 in Ford’s colours. Ford and Hoffman joined Weedons trainer Chris McDowell in training a winning double at the Oamaru meeting. McDowell prepared Play Dough to win race 1 and Barkley to win race 2. Both were driven by Leo O’Reilly. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    There was a good old-fashioned upset at Winton on Sunday when Targaryen cut corners to beat out a field of maidens in a slick 1.54.9 mile. His trainer and driver, Kirk Larsen, says the $53.30 price was perhaps a little unjustified for the three-year-old son of Big Jim. “I thought he went pretty good last start and had actually been ok in all three starts this campaign,” he said. “In his first start back he galloped behind the gate and then the next start he got caught behind a stopping horse on the bend. “Then last time he drew six and ended up doing a bit of work going forward to the lead. “He still found the line pretty good I thought, so he’s been racing well without a lot of luck.” Still, being an eight-start maiden drawn the second line against some ‘fresher’ maidens over a mile meant punters deserted him. Larsen was unperturbed though and weaved a path from four back on the markers to get the win off a hot tempo. “When I went for the gap I thought we might have been going to run second to be fair, because he had a bit of work to do. “But he really sprinted when he got some space.” Targaryen was a Karaka weanling sale buy back in 2017 by Larsen, the main reason being he was closely related to our then best racehorse. “He’s from a good family; Lazarus is on the pedigree page, so there’s a fair bit of blood there. “And I’ve always thought a bit of him, so it’s no surprise to see what he did today.” Larsen’s wife Michelle owns Targaryen and that usually means one thing – the horse will be sold if the right offer comes along. “We’ll see what happens, but I guess selling him would be a logical step if we got the right price.” It’s just the fourth winner for Larsen this season – the same as last term – as the Branxholme trainer goes through a period of regeneration. His stable is made up of mostly youngsters, though good things are on the horizon. “We sold quite a few over the last couple of years and that sort of only left us with The White Rabbit, Tolkien, Duke Of Dundee and this fella racing. “So we went to the sales last year and put together the Own The Moment Syndicate, which has given us a lot of new people to the game. “Many first time owners. “At the end of the day, the success of that syndicate will be determined by the horses doing a good job and whether those same owners then come in to another horse after that. “We are trying to get more people involved because the days of siting back and horses coming to you are gone. “You’ve got to get out there and do it yourself.” The syndicate has three horses. Two purchased from last year’s yearling sales that have both trialled, named Mr McLaren (Mach Three) and Oneloveonelife (Somebeachsomewhere), the latter being a son of champion race mare One Dream and currently unbeaten through three trials. A third horse, Major Disruption (Art Major), has been leased from Breckon Farms and she, too, has been to the workouts. Larsen also trains the full brother to star pacer Field Marshal, called Forsure, and has a three-year-old half-sister to Sovereignty called Andover The Keys, both of which have placed on race day from limited starts. “I’ve actually got a couple of nice three-year-old trotters there -  Andover  The Keys and King Of The North, who run fourth at his first start and then won the next one for us. “He’s due back in now and I think could go a fair way.” The Larsens had reason to celebrate last week when their son, Tristan, had his first day of driving as a fully-fledged junior driver. “He’s keen as mustard; he knows the pedigrees better than I do. “He gives us a hand first thing then goes and works for Brett Gray then comes back in the afternoon and works a few of his own. “He had has first day of driving last week and it was a big experience for him. “It’s a step up from four or five-horse heats at the workouts to a proper race, but he did well. “He’s going to make it as a driver, I’m sure.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    Today’s Karaka yearling sale is being keenly anticipated by those connected with rookie sire, Always B Miki. The former champion American racehorse has his first New Zealand crop going through the ring this week and if results from his homeland are taken as a guide, he’s in for a good showing here. “His first crop of yearlings sold for huge money in North America,” said Graeme Henley, head of Alabar Stud, which stands the shuttle stallion. “He was third overall on average behind Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous and I think had at least 11 lots sell for over US$100,000. “Then at the first APG sale in Brisbane, he broke the record there for the highest-priced colt and he sold solidly in Melbourne.” Henley says the biggest sign that buyers and breeders like Always B Miki is that in this most recent breeding season, his third, he defied the usual ‘third year slump’. That is the season where he is yet to have a yearling in the sales, but is no longer the exciting new stallion, so numbers would inevitably take a hit. It’s been that way since Moses wore short pants. “But this year he served his biggest book ever. “It means people are liking what they see and they’ve seen the results in North America.” Henley sees Always B Miki, in time, as the Stud’s replacement flagship stallion for the great Art Major, who is now 21 and starting to struggle a bit with fertility. “He’s just so well lined up to succeed down here and will certainly have his opportunity.” There are 12 of his stock that will go through the Karaka ring today, and the standout on paper is the half-brother to star mare Princess Tiffany, named Miki Diamonds. Nigel Fahy is the new studmaster at Breckon Farms, and he’s handled six of the 12 Always B Miki yearlings for the sale. He says buyers are showing immense interest in all of them. “A lot of people who turned up at the farm, including a few major clients, all said the same thing. “We want to see the Bettor’s Delights, the Art Majors and the Always B Mikis. “That’s what you want – a lot of the good judges, and those that buy at the top end of the market, looking at them.” Fahy says Miki Diamonds has had his fair share of interest and he has no doubts he will sell well. “He’s a big strapping colt and the type of horse the high end buyers will be after. “He is really big though and that may just prevent him from being in the top few lots.” Another sure to get the attention of buyers is Cos I Can, a half-sister to juvenile filly Town Echo, who has turned heads with some scintillating trials performances recently. Connections confirmed over the weekend that a $300,000 offer had been declined for the Matt Anderson-trained filly, so her Always B Miki half-brother will surely generate plenty of interest. The first to go throw the ring will be Thug Rose, a half-sister to Eamon Maguire offered by Henley’s son, Tate. “It’s a bit of a shame she has to go through so early as lot 6, but she’s a really nice filly and I’m sure will sell well,” said Henley. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Standardbred Canada reports that So Much More, sent off as the 7-5 favourite, fired off cover to land first at the finish in the $36,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (Feb. 15). Kendall Seelster led the field to a :27.2 first quarter with Easy Lover Hanover sitting in the pocket. Driver James MacDonald lagged So Much More off the gate and sat seventh around the first turn, but caught cover to race third over into a :56.1 half. Fixed Idea led the overland charge around the final turn, drawing on near-equal terms with Kendall Seelster past three-quarters in 1:23.1 and taking a narrow lead into the stretch. MacDonald angled So Much More off cover and dashed down the centre of the track to the lead in the final stages, winning by a length over pocket-popper Easy Lover Hanover. Fixed Idea settled for third. A four-year-old mare by Big Jim, So Much More won her 22nd race from 40 starts, surpassing $300,000 in earnings. Trainer Don Beatson co-owns the $4.90 winner with Kenneth Beatson and Cole England. Trainer Richard Moreau claimed victory five times during the 11-race card. He began with back-to-back victories midway through the card, with Blu Crew ($6.00) winning in near wire-to-wire fashion and Legion Seelster ($3.30) winning in wire-to-wire fashion. Two races later, Sylph Hanover ($15.50) won in near gate-to-wire style while Wheels On Fire ($5.30) capped Moreau’s evening with a first-over grind to victory. The finale on the program, giving Moreau his fifth win on the night, featured a mandatory payout to the Jackpot Hi-5. Moreau trainee Peace Out Posse ($30.20) ripped off cover to win, with Play Jet Ray finishing second, 66-1 shot Ramblingamblinman closing for third, Foot Soldier finishing fourth and Freddy Bear rounding the ticket. With over $300,000 bet into a $150,000 carryover, the ticket combo of 9-4-2-8-3 returned $41,354.03 on a $.20 ticket. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The first of three groupe level contests this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. III monte Prix Holly du Locton (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, three year old females) and 3.3/1 Harley Rock (3f Bird Parker-Victoire du Biwetz) prevailed in 1.14.9kr for jockey Benjamin Rochard and breeder/owner/trainer Tony LeBeller. She won for third time in four career starts now for 55,350€ earned. The 1.8/1 Happiness Ellis (3f Opus Viervil) was second with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Horee d’Ar (3f Uriel Speed) was third for jockey Damien Bonne and breeder/owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Harley Roc The three year old males contested the Gr. III monte Prix Edouard Marcillac (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters) and the game front striding 3.7/1 Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Beilsa Vedaquaise) held on to score in 1.14.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this J.P. Guay bred youngster that posted his third career win now for 67,680€ earned. The 2.6/1 Heart of Gold (3m Bird Parker-Corsica) was second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Allaire. 17/1 Hugh de Banville (3m Akin di Cap Vert) was a distant third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Franck Anne. Hudson Vedaquais The Gr. III Prix de Nevers (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters) drew a large talented field of older trotteurs with 2.1/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) the winner reined by Franck Niavrd for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto won his third straight and eighth in France now for life earnings of 353,942€. The 28/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev) followed for Charles Cuiller and third home was 5.3/1 Velvet Gio (6g Nad Al Sheba) for Gabriele Gelormini. 25/1 Portland and 9/1 Calina completed the top five. Well regarded Classic Connection was a miscue dq late in the stretch drive. Violetto Jet The Quinte+ race this day was the Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European) and 15/1 Diablo du Noyer (7m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) scored impressively timed in 1.13.5kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. William Bigeon trains the winner for Claude Guedj as he raised his life earnings to 365,050€. The 9/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) rallied for a nose beaten second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 4.1/1 Cyrell d’Atom (8g Otello Pierji) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois beaten less than a half length. The next two on the line were off at 57/1 and 88/1 respectively and that set up a Q+ exact order payoff of 146,477.80€ for four winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,691,474€ and over 8,136,000€ was wagered on the race. Diablo du Noyer LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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