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Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has prepared five of the past 15 winners of the Mount Eden Sprint and he has high hopes that two of his harness racing stable stars will fight out the finish of the Group 2 $50,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre feature event over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be represented by the New Zealand-bred trio of Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Run Oneover and is finding it difficult to separate Chicago Bull and Ohoka Punter as the stable’s best winning chance. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will stick with superstar Chicago Bull and young reinsman Stuart McDonald has been engaged to drive eight-year-old Ohoka Punter, who is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2 on the front line in a top-class field of ten. Ohoka Punter will be having his first start for five months and has not been produced at trials, while five-year-old Chicago Bull will be having his eighth start in his current preparation. Both are leading candidates for the rich TABtouch Inter Dominion championship which will get underway with the first set of qualifying heats on November 24. Asked for his thoughts on the race, Hall Snr said: “I’d say that if Ohoka Punter leads, he should win. I also reckon he’s a definite chance in the Inters. I like the horse a lot. He lacks a little bit of point-to-point speed, but he’s very strong. “Chicago Bull also will perform very well. He’s got a few options as the only runner off the back line.” Hall also has a lot of respect for the Kim Prentice-trained Soho Tribeca, who will start from barrier three. “Chicago Bull has never beaten Soho Tribeca when he (Soho Tribeca) has drawn better --- or vice-versa,” he said. “I don’t think there’s much between them. Soho Tribeca is probably a better stayer, but Chicago Bull’s point-to-point speed is better. “Nathan Turvey will drive Run Oneover and he’ll go back from barrier five. We’re trying to teach him to settle in his races.” Run Oneover also drew barrier five in last year’s Mount Eden Sprint (which was surprisingly run over 2130m). He enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail and ran on to take a very narrow lead 60m from the post before finishing a close second to the pacemaker and 5/4 on favourite Libertybelle Midfrew. McDonald is excited at the prospect of driving Ohoka Punter for the first time in a race. “I’m very much looking forward to the experience,” he said. “He’s a very good horse and I’m thankful for Senior (Hall Snr) for asking the owners to agree to having me drive the horse. I have had plenty of trackwork drives on him and he’s working super.” Ohoka Punter, a striking stallion who will boost his earnings past the $1 million mark if he is successful on Friday night, has been sparingly raced, with his 56 starts producing 25 wins and 23 placings. He has had a spell since finishing a close third behind Heez On Fire and Run Oneover at Gloucester Park on May 19.         An attack of colic, followed by a lung infection, forced Ohoka Punter to miss the Inter Dominion championship series late last year. Soho Tribeca’s has resumed after a short spell in dazzling form and he will have many admirers. At his most recent appearance, last Friday week, he settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh at the bell before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to finish a head second to the frontrunning Shandale over 2130m when the final three quarters whizzed by in 28.5sec., 27.4sec. and 28.7sec. “I think that was the best I’ve had a horse perform for me,” said Prentice. “I was so proud of him. He really surprised me how close he got; he wasn’t entitled to get that close. “This week it will be tough from barrier three. He most likely will be in the breeze outside Ohoka Punter, with Chicago Bull on our back.  If My Hard Copy holds the lead from the inside barrier, I can see myself being three wide for the trip. So, I hope that doesn’t happen. “His main aim is the Inter Dominion and he is still getting worked towards that.” Shandale, trained by Mike Reed and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, will start from the No. 4 barrier and faces a stern test. The five-year-old stallion was outstanding at his latest appearance when he was checked early, took the lead after 400m, set a bold pace and won narrowly from Soho Tribeca, with Chicago Bull in third placed. “Shandale’s previous trainer spoke to Mike Reed and said that he considered that was the horse’s best win,” Suvaljko said. “However, I think Shandale will get better. I reckon he’s still only about 75 per cent and I’m sure he will get fitter and harder. “He has shown his liking for 1730m, having won twice, rating 1.53.8 and 1.53.7, after racing in the breeze,” he said. Shandale also won over 1730m, rating 1.54.7 at his West Australian debut and has yet to be beaten over this distance. “This looks his biggest test so far,” Suvaljko said. “We’ve got a couple of options. We don’t have to go forward; we can just slot in.” Suvaljko has won the Mount Eden Sprint behind the Tony Svilicich-trained Real Life in 2010 and the Reed-trained Libertybelle Midfrew last year. Clint Hall, who drove Run Oneover when second in last year’s event, hopes to go one better this year when he drives dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy from the prized No. 1 barrier. He was in the sulky when My Hard Copy flew home from eighth at the bell to be a neck second to Waylade in the Mount Eden Sprint in November 2015. My Hard Copy has not raced since September 22 when he started from the No. 1 barrier and was in front for the first 400m before handing up the lead to Americanbootscoota in the 2130m Navy Cup. He fought on gamely when third to Chicago Bull and Americanbootscoota. Ken Casellas

Vernon Downs hosted eight Excelsior "A" Finals for a purse of $45,000 each on Wednesday Night (October 18). Harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. would capture the first three races. Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr) would charge late to win the first Excelsior "A" race for freshman pacing fillies. After several lead changes Checkered Past (American Ideal - Character Flaw) would make a third-over move going into the stretch. Owned by All Star Racing Inc. and trained by Peter Foley, she would blow by them all to win in a lifetime best time of 1:53.2. The 2 year-old filly would get get her fourth career victory, paying $11.20 for the win. Act Like A Diva (Marcus Miller) would finish second and Credit List would settle for third. The "A" Final for 2 year-old trotting Colts and Geldings would go to Troller (Jim Morrill Jr.). If Not Why Not (John MacDonald) would lead them through the first half, Troller (Muscle Mass -Pearls Last Chance) would then go first over and take the lead right before three-quarters. Owned and trained by Paul Kelly, the 2 year-old colt would hold off the late drive by second place finisher Yuge (Charlie Norris) for the win. Credit List (Andy Miller) would finish third. Troller ($ 7.20) got career victory number three with a lifetime best of 1:55.2. Rootin Tootin (Jim Morrill Jr.) tough as nails to win the freshman colts and gelding Excelsior "A" Final. Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe - Wild Retreat) would take charge right after the first quarter. Manverick (John MacDonald) would go alongside at the half and the two would battle all the way through the stretch. Rootin Tootin ($ 10.40), who is owned by Stuart and trainer Blake Macintosh, dug down deep and would gut out the win in a lifetime best of 1:51.2. Rockapello (Jason Bartlett) would come on late to finish second with Manverick settling for third best. Pittstop Emerald (Chris Lems) would go gate-to-wire to win freshman fillies trot "A" Final. Pittstop Emerald (RC Royalty - Nowerland Kristen) would fire out of the gate and put up all the fractions :27.4, :58.2, 1:27.1, 1:57.0. Owned and trained by Robert Gale, she would hold off the late charge of Minne Cheatum (Jason Bartlett), who finished second and Miss Muscle (John Stark Jr.) who got third. Pittstop Emerald ($18.20) would win for the fifth time in nine starts with a lifetime best of 1:57.0. Roll With Sparky (John MacDonald) rolls to sophomore pacing fillies Excelsior "A" Final victory. Roll With Sparky (Roll WIth Joe) would take the lead just before the half time mark and never look back to win in 1:51.2. Owned by Paul Tandimayer and trainer Jim Graham, she would pay $3.00 for her 10th win of the year. Robin J (Jason Bartlett) would be second best with Roll Baby Roll (Marcus Miller) settling for third. Golden Kronos (Jason Bartlett) would nip big favorite Big Man Ev (Andy Miller) during "A" Final for trotting 3 year-old colts and geldings. Golden Kronos (Chapter Seven) would take the lead before the first quarter but Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven) would take over before the half and lead all the way to deep stretch. Golden Kronos ($16.60), who is owned by Myron Ekstein with Michael and William Pozefsky while trained by Stanley Zombick Jr., would pop out of the pocket to just nip Big Man Ev (second). Winneress (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third. Golden Kronos would get season and career victory number eight in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Geez Joe (Marcus Miller) captures "A" Final for 3 year-old pacing colts and geldings. Geez Joe (Roll With Joe) would take over just before the half and would win easily over second place finisher Sir Pugsley (Dan Dube) in 1:51.2. Joe Joe Joe (John MacDonald) finished third. Geez Joe ($4.80) who is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, would get eighth win of the season and career. Sophomore trotting fillies "A" Finals went to Prairie Diamonds (John MacDonald). Prairie Diamonds (Diamond Goal) looked like she was shot out of a cannon in the stretch going from fifth to first to win in a lifetime best 1:55.0. Mighty Surf (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second with Chapter Review (Jim DeVaux) finishing third. Prairie Diamonds ($7.90) is owned by Fred Morosini, Laurie Poulin, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters. She picked up her seventh win of the season and eighth win of her career. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (October 19) with an eight race card starting at 6:45. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Bob Key has been a longtime participant in the Breeders Crown and an ardent supporter of the harness racing Grand Circuit. He knows what it takes to win at the sport's top level and appreciates the opportunities for success. "This is what you're shooting for," said the 84-year-old Key, who has won twice in the Breeders Crown series and sends three horses to this year's event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. "The Breeders Crown, look at how great it is to win it. I've been lucky to win (two) of them now. And with all the horses I have, it shows how difficult it is. "You're always looking for that champion. It's one of the great dreams to get one of those good ones." Key won his first Breeders Crown in the inaugural year of the event, 1984, as a member of the ownership group of 2-year-old female pacer Amneris. In 2010, he captured his second Crown with homebred 3-year-old male trotter Break The Bank K. In addition to his two victories, Key has finished second in a Breeders Crown final on seven occasions, including twice with homebred female trotter Win Missy B (in 2011 and 2012). This year, Key sends 2-year-old female trotter Looking For Zelda, 3-year-old female pacer Terrortina, and 4-year-old female trotter Flowers N Songs to the Breeders Crown. All three were bred by Key. Looking For Zelda and Terrortina race in eliminations Friday. All eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested that night, with the eliminations for male trotters and pacers to follow on Saturday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Flowers N Songs will advance directly to the final of the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, the only class in which eliminations were not required. "I'm not going in just to go in it," Key said. "With all these horses, I feel if it goes the right way we do have the possibility of winning. I'm not just going in there hoping I'm getting third or fourth. I'm hoping we can win it. "I'm looking forward to it." Looking For Zelda is a daughter of Key's Breeders Crown-winning Break The Bank K out of the mare My Winning Way K. She has won seven of nine races this year and finished second in the remaining two. She heads to her Breeders Crown elimination off a 1:54 win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 6. "I'm really pleased with Looking For Zelda, no question about it," Key said about the filly, who has earned $221,675 this season while competing primarily on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit. "She's one of the special fillies I've had. I've had some lucky ones and good ones, but right now you can't ask for much more. "There are some very good horses in there. I think we're definitely in it. I think we have a good chance of doing well in it. They're 2-year-olds; you never know what's going to happen. You just hope they're going the right way." Looking For Zelda is 5-1 on the morning line, with Tony Hall driving for trainer Norm Parker. Manchego, undefeated in 10 career races, is the 4-5 favorite. The top five finishers from each of the two eliminations for 2-year-old female trotters advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 27. Basquiat is the 5-2 favorite in the other elim. The 39-year-old Hall, who has won 5,326 races in his career, will be making his Breeders Crown debut. "I know he wants to drive her; it's something special for him," Key said. "He really likes her and he's done a good job with her this year. We're going to stay with him. "I think he's one of the top drivers. The driver is important. They have to have confidence in a horse. He says (Looking For Zelda) is easy to drive and does what he wants. That's all you can ask." Terrortina, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Alladorable, has won three of 24 races this year and earned $121,024. She has hit the board a total of 13 times and picked up checks in several stakes including the Jugette, Courageous Lady and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers got a field of 11. The connections of New York Sire Stakes champion Obvious Blue Chip and Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday accepted byes to the final and the remaining nine fillies will compete in a single elimination. Terrortina is 20-1 on the morning line, with Hall driving for Parker. Blazin Britches is the 3-1 favorite, ahead of Caviart Ally at 7-2, Agent Q at 4-1 and Idyllic Beach at 5-1. The top eight finishers advance to the $500,000 final. "Norm feels good about her and so does Tony Hall," said Key, whose top career wins also include the 1993 Hambletonian with homebred American Winner. "I thought it was worth going in there." Click here for Friday's complete Hoosier Park card. Click here for Saturday's complete Hoosier Park card. Ken Weingartner  

In 1984, the first year of the Breeders Crown, Gaskin was an assistant harness racing trainer for legendary Hall of Fame trainer William R. Haughton. Gaskin was keenly involved with Nihilator, the stable's spectacular juvenile pacing colt who captured the hearts and souls of the Standardbred world with eye-catching victories in the Woodrow Wilson at The Meadowlands and then the Red Mile, where he was the star. "We had pretty much turned him out for the season," said Gaskin remembering that time as if it was yesterday. "Then (owner) Lou Guida called and said that this Breeders Crown was an important race and that we should go there with his horse Nihilator," Gaskin said. This was the first year for the Breeders Crown, contested throughout North America, with tracks hosting separate divisions of age, sex and gait. That call put Nihilator back in serious training and set the stage for an historic moment in harness racing. Nihilator was unbeaten heading into the 1984 juvenile pacing colt Breeders Crown held at The Meadows. There, he met another precocious colt for the first time. Dragons Lair, trained and driven by Jeff Mallett, was stabled at The Meadows and though impressive locally, hadn't shared the national spotlight with Nihilator. The $772,500 Breeder Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace was conducted in same-night heats and was an epic race, with the hype extremely high, especially for a race involving two-year-olds. When Dragon's Lair upset Nihilator, it set off a chain reaction of opinions and decisions that led to Guida's purchase of Dragons Lair. "Yes, it was a great race," said Gaskin recalling the loss, "But Nihilator came back the following year to win the Crown. In 1985, there were no more fireworks on the racetrack between the king and his rivals. Still, the memory of that one race gave the fledgling Breeders Crown the opportunity to give the sport the attention it deserved and give owners, trainers, breeders and drivers a showcase event to determine a champion. In 1984, Gaskin was a key assistant trainer in the impressive Haughton stable. He had begun as a groom for Haughton in 1974 and advanced up the ladder when The Meadowlands opened in 1976; among his charges were top older trotters Cold Comfort and Keystone Pioneer. While 1984 has many memories for Gaskin because of his close connection to Nihilator, he was also at the cutting edge of a dramatic shift in the sport. The use of catch-drivers, independent contractors who stepped into the sulky before a race and stepped off after, with little to no impact on the rest of the horse's training, had become more and more widespread in a sport that originated with trainers driving their own horses. "When Billy (Haughton) called me and told me to put (Hall of Famer Bill) O'Donnell down to drive Nihilator, I was shocked," said Gaskin. The moment resonated in the history of the sport, because, in spite of his age, Haughton was considered a master in the sulky. He was admired by many of the catch drivers amassing the headlines. "Billy said to me that he'd rather put one of those guys down to drive his horse than have one of them beat him," Gaskin said, with a clear understanding of the reason for Haughton's decision. "I can remember Billy Popfinger coming up to me and warning me not to make the change," Gaskin said. Gaskin's admiration for Haughton, who ran the sport's largest and most successful stable before his death in 1986, was immense. "He had an incredible personality. He knew how to talk the right way to everyone. It was amazing that he could be speaking to, say, a George Steinbrenner one minute and then a groom the next and not change at all," said Gaskin. Gaskin stayed on with the Haughton stable after Bill's death, helping son Tommy achieve Breeders Crown championship status with the incomparable mare Peace Corps. "She had a ton of speed, but Tommy and I were actually looking to trade her for a pacer we were interested in while she was training down for her 2-year-old season," said Gaskin. "Peace Corps had incredible speed. In the Merrie Annabelle, she almost went to her knees, but somehow came back trotting to win." Peace Corps captured the Crown as a two and three-year-old with Gaskin and the younger Haughton teaming up. The Haughton stable gave Gaskin a foundation, and his love for the breed became part of the effort in Indiana to bring pari-mutuel racing to the state. He helped lead the drive to passage of enabling legislation in 1993. Soon after came Hoosier Park, site of this year's Breeders Crown championships on October 27-28. "It's really been incredible what has happened in Indiana," said Gaskin, who was appointed by the Governor in August of 1994 to the Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Commission. From the birth of pari-mutuel racing 23 years ago, to hosting the Breeders Crown, appears to be a long journey. Yet, those who know the time it takes to build an effective breeding program are astonished how quickly Indiana has made a remarkable impact on the sport. "When you see horses like Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki and Hannelore Hanover, it says a lot about what we were trying to accomplish as far as breeding development," Gaskin said. Household names in harness racing have emerged from Indiana, testament to hard work and determination to spread the word throughout North America -- not just about the Indiana Sires program -- but that the state can produce Grand Circuit quality horses of the highest level. Noted farms like Hanover Shoe Farms sending quality mares to be bred in Indiana is not something that happened overnight, but also something that wouldn't have happened without the correct structure and foundation of their breeding program. The success of the breeding industry is, of course, what drives the Breeders Crown and 23 years after its opening, Hoosier Park won't just be the location for the grand finales in all of the sport's divisions. While it will bring regional stars from throughout North America to Anderson, Indiana, the state also has home-grown talent to showcase and a history of exceptional state-bred performers as previous Breeders Crown champions. "I think when you look at the quality of mares that we breed in Indiana you see it improving year over year," said Gaskin. Such is the development of a program that has become richer over time and much more competitive on a national scale. Champions have been born in Indiana and will be crowned there in 2017. By Jay Bergman for BREEDERS CROWN

TORONTO, October 18 - Live harness racing returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday, October 17 for the 2017-18 Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. The Fall-Winter meet will feature live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The lone exception is a special matinee card on Boxing Day (December 26) at 1 p.m. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval. The upcoming meet will be the last for harness racing at Woodbine, as Mohawk Racetrack will become the home of year-round Woodbine harness racing beginning in April of 2018. Doug McNair captured the driving title last season at Woodbine and while he carried that momentum over to post leading numbers during the Mohawk meet, the Guelph, Ontario reinsman feels he is a perfect match for racing at Woodbine. "It's good for my style, I like to be aggressive and it's more of a front end track," noted McNair. "They're going such big speed now a days, especially back-halves, you can come a half in :53 and not get a cheque, so you got to be up in the hunt especially going back to Woodbine. "The front end is a real good spot to be and first-over is not that bad either if you have the right horse." As always, Horseplayers can expect competitive racing and strong pool sizes throughout the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. The wagering menu for Woodbine Standardbreds remains the same and continues to feature the popular multi-leg wagers, including the $50,000 guaranteed Pick-5 and $50,000 guaranteed Early Pick-4. The popularity of the Pick-5 wager reached new heights during the recently concluded Mohawk meet. The average Pick-5 pool for the Mohawk meet was $73,437 and horseplayers can expect much of the same this season at Woodbine. Thursday's opening card features 10-races. A free program can be downloaded by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

Harness Racing This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Hoosier Park this Friday (Oct. 20) and Saturday (Oct. 21) for Breeders Crown eliminations in 11 divisions. Eliminations will not be required for the mare trot. The Friday card features a pair of $25,000 eliminations in the mare pace, single $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old filly pace and 3-year-old filly trot, and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old filly pace and 2-year-old filly trot. The Saturday card features a trio of $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old colt trot, two $25,000 eliminations in the Open Trot, Open Pace, and 3-year-old colt pace, three $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt pace, and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt trot. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Twister Bi assumed control from fellow world champion Resolve, then put on a trotting showcase in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The 5-year-old stallion stopped the clock in a world record 2:22.1 at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 14), 5-1/2 lengths in front of the field. Trainer Jerry Riordan said, "I just wanted everyone to see how good he really is." They most certainly did. Defending champion Resolve (Ãke Svanstedt) assumed the lead as the field of 10 very established rivals left the gate with Italian representatives Oasis Bi (Kim Eriksson) and Twister Bi (Christoffer Eriksson) following his lead. Oasis Bi made a menacing move to take command, but it truly was all Twister Bi. Once the stallion was provided his cue, the other nine horses were only trotting for minor awards. As Twister Bi continued to roll home unopposed in any way, 2016 Triple Crown victor Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) advanced to head off Oasis Bi for second as they crossed the wire. A son of the incomparable Varenne, Twister Bi is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and now possesses 21 triumphs in 50 career trips to the post after competing with the best Europe has to offer. He is also the latest millionaire on American soil. 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 through and including the races on Oct. 14. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,334.5; 2. David Miller - 1,139; 3. Tim Tetrick - 938; 4. Scott Zeron - 640; 5. Corey Callahan - 465. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,208.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,092.5; 3. John Butenschoen - 458; 4. Brian Brown - 430; 5. Erv Miller - 364. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 285.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 248.9; 3. Determination - 244; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 230; 5. Ken Jacobs - 182. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at Hoosier Park with Breeders Crown finals in all 12 categories (2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters and older horse and mare pacers and trotters). Hoosier will also host four Pegasus divisions for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. In addition, Vernon Downs will host a leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Xylometazoline was detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040 metres) conducted at Parkes on Sunday 6 August 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Ms Amanda Coffee appeared at the Inquiry and was represented by solicitor Mr Glenn Walters. Ms Coffee provided evidence regarding her training establishment and husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented to the Inquiry by Ms Sharon Coffee and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Ms A. Coffee pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: AHRR 190.  (1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Following an application made on behalf of Ms A. Coffee, the Inquiry was adjourned with respect to the matter of penalty until a date to be fixed. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, WAKE UP QUINN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Michael Prentice - Integrity Manager   (02) 9722 6600 - Grant Adams - Chairman of Stewards (02) 9722 6628 -

The Breeders Crown eliminations for both the female and male pacers and trotters will be held Friday and Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, with harness racing's No. 1-ranked star, Fear The Dragon, leading the way. Eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested Friday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) both nights. A total of 166 horses entered this year's $6 million Breeders Crown. The finals for the female trotters and pacers will be held Friday, Oct. 27, and the finals for the male trotters and pacers are Saturday, Oct. 28, at Hoosier Park. All of the divisions for female trotters and pacers require eliminations with the exception of the $250,000 Mare Trot. That race attracted five horses, which are, in alphabetical order: Caprice Hill, Emoticon Hanover, Flowers N Songs, Pasithea Face S, and Pink Pistol. All five will advance directly to the Oct. 27 final. The draw for the Mare Trot will be held this weekend. Hannelore Hanover, who won last year’s Mare Trot, was entered in this year’s Open Trot against the boys. The $250,000 Mare Pace received 13 entrants, including past Breeders Crown winners Call Me Queen Be, Lady Shadow, and Pure Country. The top five finishers from two eliminations will advance to the final. Lady Shadow won last year’s Mare Pace and Call Me Queen Be was last season’s 3-year-old champion. Pure Country won her Crown in 2015 as a 2-year-old. Shelliscape was the most recent horse to win consecutive Mare Pace titles, in 2013 and 2014. No 3-year-old filly pacing champion has ever returned to capture a Crown at 4. Another returning champion, Ariana G, leads a group of 11 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown event for 3-year-old female trotters. Twelve horses are needed to split a division into two eliminations, so Ariana G and Thats All Moni received byes to the final based on seasonal earnings. The remaining nine horses will compete for eight spots in the final. Ariana G, the No. 2-ranked horse in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, has won 11 of 14 races this season and earned $873,690. She is trained by Jimmy Takter, who has won a record 30 Breeders Crown finals. Takter also trains Thats All Moni, who has won four of 12 races and earned $238,141. The elimination field for the 3-year-old female trotters includes Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction, who defeated Ariana G by a neck in the Oct. 8 race. The three finishers to follow Ice Attraction and Ariana G --- Dream Together, Dream Baby Dream and Sunshine Delight --- also are in the elimination. The $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers also got a field of 11. New York Sire Stakes champion Obvious Blue Chip and Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday received byes to the final after the connections of the group’s top money-earners, Caviart Ally and Agent Q, elected to race in the elimination. Caviart Ally has won six of her last 10 races and finished no worse than second during that span. Her victories include the Jugette and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Agent Q, who lost to Someomensomewhere by a nose in last year’s Breeders Crown, has finished off the board only twice in 23 career races, winning 11. Agent Q has raced only once since Sept. 13, a win on Oct. 12 in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. “This is the way we had it set up,” Agent Q’s trainer Aaron Lambert said. “It was the plan all along to race these three weeks. Plus if you win the elimination you can’t draw outside. We skipped (the Red Mile meet) on purpose to try to get it done out here.” Two eliminations will be held for both the 2-year-old female pacers and 2-year-old female trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals. Stakes-winners Percy Bluechip, Rainbow Room and Youaremycandygirl are among the 16 horses entered in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. That trio has combined to win 16 of 24 races and $1.01 million. In the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, Manchego leads a group of 17. Undefeated in 10 career races, Manchego has earned $563,948 and is ranked No. 3 in the sport’s Top 10 poll. Following are the fields for Friday’s eliminations with named drivers and trainers. $25,000 MARE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Wrangler Magic-Daniel Dube-Erv Miller 2. Pure Country-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 3. Windsun Glory-Trace Tetrick-Ron Burke 4. Darlinonthebeach-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson 5. Lady Shadow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Adams 6. Blue Moon Stride-David Miller-Mark Harder $25,000 MARE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Nike Franco N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 2. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. L A Delight-Corey Callahan-Bob McIntosh 4. Medusa-Tony Hall-Jeff Cullipher 5. Seventimesavirgin-John DeLong-John DeLong 6. Bedroomconfessions-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 7. Call Me Queen Be-Scott Zeron-Ross Croghan $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Caviart Ally-Andy McCarthy-Noel Daley 2. Terrortina-Tony Hall-Norm Parker 3. Agent Q-David Miller-Aaron Lambert 4. Blazin Britches-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown 5. Jaye’s A Lady-Andy Miller-Nancy Johansson 6. Inverse Hanover-Peter Wrenn-R. “Nifty” Norman 7. Idyllic Beach-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 8. Ella Christina-Tim Tetrick-Nick Surick 9. Carol’s Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Come See The Show-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 2. Rock On Ladys-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Trent Stohler 3. Firestorm-Jody Jamieson-James Morrison 4. Percy Bluechip-Trevor Henry-Ian Moore 5. Rainbow Room-David Miller-Joe Holloway 6. Band Stand-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna 7. Majorsspeciallady-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 8. Kissin In The Sand-Tim Tetrick-Nancy Johansson $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Pueblo Blue Chip-Jody Jamieson-David Menary 2. Im With Her-Paul MacDonell-Paul MacDonell 3. Youaremycandygirl-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4. Reign On Me-Yannick Gingras-R. “Nifty” Norman 5. Strong Opinion-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6. Miswave Hanover-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 7. Aims Whisper-Mark MacDonald-Kevin Lare 8. Bye Hanover-Brett Miller-Brian Brown $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2. Overdraft Volo-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3. Checkmate Time-Donald Dupont-Marie Dupont 4. Highland Top Hill-David Miller-Marty Fine 5. Fine Tuned Lady-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 6. Southwind Avanti-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon 7. Dream Baby Dream-Rod Allen-Rod Allen 8. Dream Together-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 9. Sunshine Delight-Brett Miller-Staffan Lind $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Atlanta-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 2. Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer 3. Jordan Blue Chip-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 4. Lima Novelty-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 5. Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. Alloveragain-Tim Tetrick-John Bax 7. Hey Blondie-Andy McCarthy-Chuck Sylvester 8. Basquiat-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Looking For Zelda-Tony Hall-Norm Parker 2. Msnaughtyashill-Sam Widger-Jeff Edwards 3. Courtney Hanover-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Top Expectations-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6. S M S Princess-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 7. Live Laugh Love-David Miller-R. “Nifty” Norman 8. Impinktoo-David Miller/Peter Wrenn-Jim Dailey 9. Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder All of the events for male pacers and trotters require eliminations. There are two eliminations for each the $526,250 Breeders Crown Open Trot, $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals on Oct. 28. There are three eliminations for both the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest seasonal earnings advance to their respective finals. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, both from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, are among the 17 entries for the 3-year-old male pacers. Fear The Dragon is the sport's leading money-winner this year, with $1.26 million, while Downbytheseaside is second, with $1.07 million. For the year, Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 15 races and finished worse than second only once. Downbytheseaside, last year's runner-up to recently retired Huntsville in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers, has won nine of 16 starts this season. The group also includes Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover and New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles, who was supplemented to the event for $62,500. Nineteen horses were entered in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, including Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial champion Devious Man, Goodtimes winner International Moni, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Long Tom. International Moni was a supplemental entry. Hannelore Hanover, who won last year's Mare Trot, was among 13 horses entered in this year's Open Trot against the boys. She will try to become the first female winner of the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The only other mare to win the Open Trot was CR Kay Suzie in 1996. The group also includes Harry Harvey Trot winner Crazy Wow, Yonkers International Trot runner-up Marion Marauder, 2014 Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Pinkman, and supplemental entry Homicide Hunter. Another 2014 Crown winner, McWicked, is among the 12 horses entered in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. The field also features stakes-winners All Bets Off, Check Six, Dealt A Winner, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, and Sintra, who was supplemented to the event. Metro Pace winner Lost In Time is among the 19 participants in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. Lost In Time, the leading money-winning pacer among all 2-year-olds, has won three of five races and finished second in the remaining two while earning $375,555. Stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, the Metro runner-up, also is in the field along with Closing Statement, who won the Elevation Stakes at Hoosier Park, and Ontario Sire Stakes champion Western Passage. The 13 horses in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper, who brings a five-race win streak to his elimination, and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Hat Trick Habit. Following are the fields for Saturday's eliminations with named drivers and trainers. $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 2. Babes Dig Me-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 3. Keystone Tenacious-Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley 4. Courtly Choice-Yannick Gingras-Blake MacIntosh 5. This Is The Plan-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder 6. Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jim Mulinix $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Western Passage-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman 2. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3. Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 4. Whos Better-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 5. Grand Teton-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 6. Shnitzledosomethin-Peter Wrenn-Dylan Davis $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 3 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Rockin Away-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 2. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. Twin B Tuffenuff-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 4. Odds On Lauderdale-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5. Karpathian Kid-David Miller-Erv Miller 6. I'm A Big Deal-David Miller-Chris Ryder 7. Closing Statement-Brian Sears-Joe Holloway $25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. JL Cruze-David Miller-Eric Ell 2. Pinkman-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 3. Crescent Fashion-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream-David Miller-Chris Beaver 6. Mambo Lindy-Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci $25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Lookslikeachpndale-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 2. Hill Of A Colt-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 3. Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4. Crazy Wow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5. Homicide Hunter-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 6. Gural Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood $25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Rock N' Roll World-John DeLong-Jeff Cullipher 2. Missile J-Tim Tetrick-Scott DiDomenico 3. Check Six-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4. Mach It So-David Miller-Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sintra-Jody Jamieson-David Menary 6. McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman $25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Split The House-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 2. Mel Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 3. All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4. Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva 5. Manhattan Beach-Sam Widger-Walter Haynes Jr. 6. Keystone Velocity-Daniel Dube-Erv Miller $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Long Tom-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 2. Rubio-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 3. Dover Dan-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 4. Seven And Seven-David Miller-Tom Durand 5. Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. International Moni-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Giveitgasandgo-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 2. Snowstorm Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. Moonshiner Hanover-David Miller-Chris Beaver 4. New Jersey Viking-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 5. Lindy The Great-Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci 6. King On The Hill-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 3 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2. What The Hill-David Miller-Ron Burke 3. Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon 4. Jake-Danie Dube-Luc Blais 5. Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 6. Devious Man-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 7. Enterprise-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Moosonee-David Miller-Chris Beaver 2. Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-William Crone 3. Crystal Fashion-David Miller-Jim Campbell 4. Samo Different Day-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 5. Hat Trick Habit-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 6. Dawson Springs-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Missle Hill-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna 2. Skyway Torpedo-Peter Wrenn-Alvin Miller 3. Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 4. You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell 6. Wolfgang-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 7. Fourth Dimension-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2. Photobombr Hanover-Tim Tetrick-Tom Fanning 3. Ocean Colony-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 4. Boogie Shuffle-David Miller-Mark Harder 5. Hurricane Beach-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 6. Western Hill-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna 7. Chip Walther-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 8. Downbytheseaside-Brian Sears-Brian Brown $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2. Funknwaffles-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 3. Fear The Dragon-David Miller-Brian Brown 4. Eddard Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 5. Mac's Jackpot-Aaron Merriman-Jim Campbell 6. Rock N Tony-Trace Tetrick-Erv Miller 7. Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 8. Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber 9. Art Scene-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Veteran harness racing horseman, Ken Wood, of Denton, Md., who for more than a decade has been drilling wells for the poor West African nation of Ghana and since expanded to Tanzania, has added pioneering of another humanitarian effort - bringing sight to natives. With his son Ben, Ken Wood operates Lifetime Wells Drilling Company, a highly respected well-drilling company, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, not far from Delaware. Wood is currently on his 46th trip to the West African where he has dug and installed more than1,850 wells for giving drinking water to many thousands of native residents. Before Wood' and his Lifetime Wells Drilling Company arrived, residents had to walk five or six miles to reach often contaminated water. Prior to Woods arrival, about 15% of the country's children died from contaminated drinking water. Ghana has the highest rate of disease caused by contaminated drinking water. Wood's on-going project costs $2,000 a day to keep the wells going. Your Life Calling. Kennith Woods made national television after salving countless lives by drilling fresh water wells in Africa. Add Sight Recently, Wood and a nearby Easton, Md. resident, Kevin White, who founded Global Vision 2020, have teamed to provide 150 special pairs of unique prescription eyeglasses to the needy, on his most recent trip to Ghana. Wood and White, met at an environmental day event showcasing what people are doing to change the world. White's innovative company has created a vision kit, which consists of his USee diagnostic tool, twin progressive lenses in a frame, worn like glasses. The wearer can dial up or down until there is a clear and comfortable image seen on a Snelling Tumbling E Eye Chart. The proper corrective glasses process can be done in less than fifteen minutes. The cost of each pair of glasses is approximately $4 each. Far lower than prescription glass in the U.S.A. "The USee does not diagnose astigmatism or other vision issues, but we estimate 90 percent of vision deficiencies are simple ones and can be resolved by the type of glasses Global Vision 2020 provides, reports White. Presently, the USee system has completed clinical trials for adults at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University Hospital underway for children at the New England College of Optometry. The system is also being provided at other countries in Africa. In addition, Wood has also teamed with Dave Powell, of Media, Pa., another well driller, whose non-profit project Wells For Relief, along with students from Villanova University, centered on Ghana .are using GPS to record Woods Lifetime Drilling Company's locations in Ghana as it moves from village to village. The Beginning Wood's humanitarian effort began In 2006 when Wood sold a used truck-mounted drilling rig to a church group whose mission project was Ghana. Wood then traveled to Ghana to provide training in operating the drilling equipment. Ten years later, in 2016, Wood sent a brand new rig to Africa that can accommodate the country's rocky terrain. The religious Woods with more than 40 year's experience in well drilling felt he could help. That help has continued and heightened. "When I consider that I can bring clean water to someone for the first time, at a cost of about $5 per person, it's a no-brainer as to how I should spend my life. God sent us to these countries," he said. Sixty percent of Wood's humanitarian efforts have been bankrolled by Wood and his Lifetime Well Drilling Company and been aided by a number of Rotary clubs and has been recognized by AARP. "While my bank account may no longer reflect it, I am a rich man for doing this rewarding work," smiles Wood. Wood's humanitarian effort and financial support has been featured on the NBC Today Show with Jane Pauley. He has been honored by the U.S. Harness Writers Association with its "Good Guy" award, Harness Horse International's prestigious Dominic Frinzi Award. Among numerous organizations honoring Wood include a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Well Drillers Association and he was named to Maryland's Senior Citizen Hall of Fame. Lifetime Well Drilling - Wells for Ghana Horses Pay The Bills In addition to his humanitarian efforts and his work schedule, Wood is also a popular and highly respected standardbred horseman who has raced for more than three decades at Middle Atlantic region harness racetracks. He has owned and formerly driven in races at Dover Downs, and at Maryland racetracks including ill-fated Baltimore and Freestate (formerly Laurel Raceway) and at Rosecroft raceways, as well as in New Jersey at the Meadowlands and at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pa. A significant portion of Wood's African work comes from earnings from his racing stable headed by world champion trotter JL Cruze and Delaware trotting stallion Ander Bluestone. Wood has no plans to retire from, either supporting his West African benevolent cause, or from his well drilling occupation, or from racing high quality harness horses. It keeps him young! Click on this link for more detail on Marv Bachrad -------------------------------.

Freehold, NJ --- Yonkers International Trot winner Twister Bi made his one appearance in North America count, parlaying his harness racing victory last Saturday into a spot in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The 5-year-old male trotter received three first-place votes off his world-record performance and landed at No. 10 in the rankings. Otherwise, there was little change in the Top 10 ahead of this weekend’s Breeders Crown eliminations. Fear The Dragon, Ariana G, Manchego, Hannelore Hanover, and Downbytheseaside held their positions in one through five while Resolve remained sixth. Emoticon Hanover moved up one spot from eighth to seventh as recently retired Huntsville dropped a notch. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (19) 3pc 15-12-2-0 $1,264,391 317 1 2 Ariana G (10) 3tf 14-11-2-1 $873,690 303 2 3 Manchego (3) 2tf 10-10-0-0 $563,948 263 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 14-7-5-0 $677,254 242 4 5 Downbytheseaside 3pc 16-9-1-3 $1,072,235 169 5 6 Resolve 6th 11-4-2-1 $485,149 89 6 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 11-4-3-3 $248,166 79 8 8 Huntsville 3pc 14-8-4-1 $1,014,428 73 7 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 13-10-2-0 $290,424 65 9 10 Twister Bi (3) 5th 12-5-2-3 $1,028,768 55 -- Filibuster Hanover (45); Agent Q (26); Marion Marauder (22); Lost In Time, What The Hill (21); Caviart Ally (20); Alarm Detector (19); All Bets Off (14); Nike Franco N (13); Devious Man (11); Crazy Wow (9); Rainbow Room (8); Pure Country (7); Nutcracker Sweet (6); Blue Moon Stride, Youaremycandygirl (4); Barn Bella, Dealt A Winner, Idyllic Beach, On A Sunny Day (3); Funknwaffles, Keystone Velocity (2); Fourth Dimension, R First Class, Rockin Ron, Two AM (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

October 16, 2017 - 8/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-LaLagune), took today’s Q+ Prix des Gobelins (purse €54,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) timed in 1.13.5kr for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Cl. Guedy. 2.4/1 Blue Story (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) took second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 14.5/1 Vivien Pro (8g Neutron du Cebe) for Anthony Barrier. 1.9/1 favorite Boccaccio (6m Carpe Dien) was fourth for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and fifth went to 29.3/1 Archangel AM (7g Going Kronos) for Dominik Locqueneux to complete the Quinte+ top five. Sunday at Trevso Italy was the featured PR Gran Premio Giuseppe Biasuzzi (purse €110,000, 1609 meters autostart) and the impressive gate to wire winner was Dijon(4m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou-Coktail Jet), timed in 1.12.7kr for Romain Derieux. Pocket sitter Ursa Caf (4f Exploit Caf-Crismar-Campo As) held second for Ant. Esposito and Urlo Dei Venti (4m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) held third for Enrico Bellei after taking a strong run at the leader past the 1200 meter mark. Dijon drew clear off the final bend and sustained his trot to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Christen Me ($3.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:51.1 harness racing winner Monday in the $15,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. The 9-year-old Christian Cullen gelding was a decisive wire-to-wire victor over Soto and Major Uptrend. It was the third win of the season and second over the same surface for trainer Jim King Jr. It was Christen Me's 35th career win in his career, where he's won more than $2 million. Despite a fourth place finish Monday, Legacy Racing and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray was presented with the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter Horse of the Meet award. The venerable 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion had seven wins at the meet and banked nearly $60,000 in $18 starts for trainer Wayne Givens. Papa Ray has earned nearly $600,000 in his career. Art Stafford Jr. and Victor Kirby had a driving triple. Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan each had a pair of driving wins. With three nights of racing remaining, Kirby has a one win lead over Allan Davis in the driver standings. Kirby is also one win shy of 4,000 in his career. Christen Me Matthew Sparacino

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 16 - The 54th season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack came to a close Monday evening with a 10-race card taking place. The final night of the meet, which began on April 13, saw driver Doug McNair wrap up the driving title, while Richard Moreau added to his impressive numbers atop the trainer standings. McNair was held off the board Monday, but finished the meet with 155 wins, six ahead of nearest rival Trevor Henry. Meanwhile, Moreau picked up a victory in Monday's opening-race to finish off the season with 78 victories, 38 more than runner-up Carmen Auciello. A resident of Guelph, Ontario, McNair, 27, picks up his second consecutive meet title after leading all drivers during the 2016-17 Woodbine Winter meet. McNair heads to Woodbine looking to finish the season strong in order to capture his first WEG Driving Title. He currently leads Louis Philippe Roy by 19-wins for top driver this year. Moreau, 52, adds the 2017 Mohawk meet to a long list of training titles. The Puslinch, Ontario resident is well on his way to capturing the 2017 WEG Training title, as he heads to Woodbine with a sizeable 53-win lead. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, who connected with McNair and Moreau for many victories this season, led all owners with 30 wins during the Mohawk meet. Determination of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Harness racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet beginning on Thursday (October 19). Live racing will take place every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine with post time set for 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 16, 2017- Yonkers Raceway's Monday night (Oct. 16th) harness racing program saw any number of usual Saturday races 'carried over' in deference to the $3.3 million all-stakes card of this past weekend. Odds-on Always at My place (George Brennan, $3.60) barely lasted, winning the $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 6, he held sway (:27.1, 56.2, 1:23.3, 1:52.2), a desperate nose in front of pocketed Thisjetsabookin' (Jason Bartlett), with Techtor Hanover (Scott Zeron) arriving late in that photo. Theartofconfusion A (Eric Goodell) and Gratian Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the remainder. For repeating 'Always,' a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his ninth win in 23 seasonal starts (career 36-for-100). The exacta paid $23, with the triple returning $138.50. Frank Drucker

On Monday October 16, Monticello Raceway hosted the $400,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations, with eight harness racing divisions each racing for a purse of $50,000 each. When one thinks of Sire Stake events, one thinks of hot balmy days of July and August. Today the conditions were far from the Sire Stake norm, with temps in the mid 50's, with intermittent sun and a persistent raw wind. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The short 5 horse field only offered win and place wagering, Dan Dube and Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe - Michell's Dream) eased their way to the front past the ¼ in 27.4 and stayed there every step of the mile. Michelle's Jazz (Andrew McCarthy) popped out from the garden spot to take a shot at Python Blue Chip at the top of the lane, but Dube hit the wheel disc for extra measure and the filly responded to win by 4 lengths in 1:55.3 for her 2nd win of the year for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Michelle's Jazz was second, followed by Sand Artist (T. Tetrick) 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Aces in Heaven (PP1) protected his position from the rail and left briskly, the post time favorite Courtly Choice (Mark MacDonald) patiently took the lead past the ¼ pole in 27.2 and tripped the following beams in 56.4 1:25.4. and played catch me if you can. Cheese Melt (Dan Dube) didn't see the wood often during his mile, he made a hugh 3 wide move to pass Aces In Heaven in the lane. Courtly Choice scored in 1:56.1, Cheese Melt was 2nd followed by Aces In Heaven 3rd. The son Art Major - Lady Ashlee is trained by Blake Macintosh did not disappoint his faithful, returning $4.40. 3-Year-Old Trotting Colts Zack's Zoomer took the overland route to score in the most impressive effort of the day, as Cresurrey was cutting the fractions (28.4, 58.4 1:27.4) followed by Aces and Eights. Zack's Zoomer was doing his Avis impression and was trying harder. Marcus Miller unleased Zack's Zoomer down the backside in an impressive 3 wide move a the 5/8's pole. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe continued to grind it out to prevail in 1:57.1, LQ 28.3, Cresurrey was 2nd and Aces and Eights (Dan Daley) sat the pocket the entire mile and finished 3rd. 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt The barefooted Cruising In Style (Jason Bartlett), scored a win, but not without some anxious moments. The son of Muscle Mass carved out splits of 30.2, 1:01.4 1:31.4, past the ¾ marker Cruising In Style got rough gaited and was 1 bad step away from jumping off stride, but kept his composure to record the win in 2:01.1 over a hard closing Seven Irons (Tim Tetrick) with Seven Knights (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) Cruising In Style is trained by Andrew Harris for Thestable Cruising Group. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The eight-horse field was reduced to 7 with the scratch of Oooteeny, Eunice (Eric Goodell) from the rail showed the way barely to the ¼ before Sevenbuyeleven took the lead and reeled off fractions of 29, 59.3, 1:30 to scamper away to an easy 4 length victory in 1:59.3 over the pocket sitter Eunice, finishing 3rd was Perfect Summer K (J. Stratton) Sevenbuyeleven by Chapter Seven is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Ken Jacobs and paid a paltry $2.70. 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts Following the successful trend of the day, Octane Bluechip (Dan Dube) from the rail, went down the road for as far and fast as he could go. Dan Dube put the Art Major sleeper hold on the field with a 30 second 2nd quarter and had just enough in the tank to hold off Outrajus Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy) in the fastest mile of the cold afternoon in 1:54.4 and Twin B Cowboy ranged up for 3rd. The 3/5 fav Talent Soup was never a threat and finished last. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Ostrich Blue Chip made short work of the 7-horse filed and was never headed in an easy 6 length win over Busy Doing Nothin (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Flyhawk Charm (J. Bartlett) in 1:58.1. The Chapter Seven lass is owned by the estate of the great patron of the sport Fred Monteleone, who recently passed away. In the winner's circle was his daughter and other family and friends and shared a special moment. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace The lass with the class was World Apart (Art Major), her wins this year include the Simpson Stake and the The Lady Maud. Candlelight Dinner and Jim Morrill cut the mile to the half, 27.2 - 56.0, she was trailed by World Apart to the 5/8 pole. World Apart pulled the pocket to challenge the now tiring Candlelight Dinner and came first over on the outside at the ¾ marker in 1:25.2, once on the lead World Apart hug on in a tight photo. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was bobbing and weaving thru traffic the entire mile was able to get up and finish 2nd, Magic Forces was 3rd for Marcus Miller. Drivers Jason Bartlett and Dan Dube each had a driving double, Art Major and Chapter Seven each recorded two sire wins each. By Shawn Wiles

Adding harness racing clients and adding horses to daily is an unbelievable feeling.  We have simply done what said couldnt be done.  We are now catering to all forms of horse ownership. Yesterday we sold five shares of two yearlings to a couple from Ontario. They both decided that it would be a great anniversary present and have now become harness racings newest owners.    Their social media feeds will have horse racing information, testimonials and pictures for all their other non horse racing friends to see. Extrapolate that outward and you begin to see the sheer scope of what we are doing considering how many new people we have brought into our game already.   35 minutes after meeting Steve and Dawn Fitzsimmons I was biding for a different type of client. This gentleman just wanted the best. A great sire, a great mare and a horse that made you stop and look.    Unfortunately everyone stopped and looked. I can't say we were the under bidder of the $220,000 final price, but we held the $190,000 bid.    To me, when someone thinks enough of our program to entrust us with that amount of confidence, it's a pretty good feeling to say the least.   When looking at the two polar opposite scenarios at the London select sale yesterday, its pretty clear we have built exactly what we said we would two years ago. A place where people would invest in horse racing as much as horse ownership.   The entertainment of it all and the experience along the way making the financial outcome secondary.   Bringing the sport of kings back to where it all started, and what it started for. Excitement, competitiveness, and athleticism.    You may laugh, but think of it for a moment; as horsemen and stables in many jurisdictions are finding it difficult to make their way in this sport around the world, we are growing at incredible rate.   As down sizing is abundant with some really gifted horsemen actually leaving our industry, has swelled to 92 horses with no signs of slowing down as we now house every type of owner.    Our platform is beginning to really take shape.    As we move forward people will see how important fractional ownership is.   Let me give you the Cliff notes version:   The negatives of our industry are abundant.   1) our clientelle is aging.   2) we have an incredibly difficult time attracting younger fans and investors to our sport.   3) our b tracks dont race for enough, so our literal grass roots foudation is eroding in front of our very eyes.   4) we are completely subsidized which means the portion of society that hasnt got very much right since Confederation are now running our industry.   Simply put we have lost our industry. This is how we get it back:   We should have investment from our Government. But not because we desperately need it, but becuase we can offer something they desperately need also. That being the attention of the general public.   By bringing people into our industry from the general public we are exposing all their friends and family to our sport and if treated right, they all become living billboards for horseracing. This creates a rather large forum with the ability to speak to everyday people directly. The key to marrying the gaming crowd, agriculture and the general public at large together was always us, yet we werent equipt to do so.   We are now.   Casinos do not want to give us a dime because they believe its a waste of revenue. From a business standpoint presently they are likely right.   You see they know exactly how much they have to spend in advertising to attract clients. But our clients, the ones looking for a good time. The ones you call the "one percenters", most of them would never dawn the doorway of a casino. So what we have is a unique doorway to an untapped market for our gaming partners.   For instance, raced at the Meadows racetrack and Casino this summer. 14 of our clients ended up on the tarmac of that racetrack and many likely went to the casino.   What would have happened if the management for the Meadows reached out to our client list and said they'd love to see us at tge meadows that day. A ticket to the buffet? A night at the hotel casino? Who knows?   Maybe this spring when our clients want to get away they chose the Meadows again rather than Vegas, or Disneyworld?   When else could Pittsburg ever compete in that way? Now imagine if there 50 or 100 stables working with all tracks and casinos in that manner? What would our grandstands and affiliate casino attendance look like?    That ladies and gentlemen would be our industry working together to maximise its revenue. For the nahsayers who believe we wouldnt see a dime more as horsemen? I would disagree, with honestly no proof. Well...other than a sound business plan and of course the key to all the clients I'm speaking of.   You see we dont have to be friends to be good business partners. We now have something racetracks and affiliate casinos need and cannot attain without us. New clientele, new revenue streams.    I said a flood is coming and it is.   Im not Noah building a boat in the rain, but with fractional ownership horsemen now possess the ability to speak to the general public and deliver and unmatched affordable experience for everyone in society. We have something tangible that gets us our seat back at the table and the key to the future of our industry.   This will be a long process that will take a lot of work. Join the next generation of horse racing.    You already work incredibly hard every day.   Now you just have to work incredibly smart.   Anthony MacDonald

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