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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport. His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing five friends with him to help root Jimmy Freight on. "I'm extremely happy with Jimmy Freight, Sorella added. "He's been tough all year long and I wouldn't trade him for anyone. He's a 1.2-million-dollar earner. He's been hitting the board over 90% of his races, and racing vs the best." Jimmy Freight drew post six for the Prix d'Ete and will, of course, have Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky. He is listed as the second choice in the race at odds of 3-1. The entry of This Is The Plan and Done Well are the 5/2 morning line favorite. "I expect him to be as good as he's always been on a half," Sorella explained. "He's versatile and has raced on every size track and all over NA. He's not afraid of anyone, and neither am I." A six-figure purchase from Iowa as an undefeated Sportswriter colt by Sorella. Jimmy Freight has been a big money maker for Sorella and the Jimmy Freight team. And Jimmy Freight also has a big following on Social Media, thanks to Sorella, with fans cheering him on from around the world. "Our team does a great job, Sorella said. "From his caretaker Lynn Cameron in Canada and Leo Herrera in the States, to his trainers Richard Moreau locally and Andrew Harris out of New Jersey. It also nice to see Louis Roy and Richard Moreau have a real nice animal racing in their home province of Quebec. And for the fans, they will get to see what I think will be a great race." This year Jimmy Freight scored his lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning the $100,000 Gold Cup in a sizzling 1:48.1 over the great McWicked. With great weather predicted for Sunday's Prix d'Ete, the track record at H3R will be in jeopardy. The all-age record of 1:50.3 is co-held by previous Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Jonathan Drury-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 Sunday's race card also features three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus there is a Preferred Pace and Trot on the 12-race program. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watching the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Tim Tetrick is accustomed to having good harness racing seasons, but 2019 is shaping up to be one of his most memorable. Tetrick is the regular driver of harness racing's No. 1-ranked horse, the New Zealand-bred pacing mare Shartin, and earlier this year reached career win 11,000. And last month it was announced that Tetrick is one of four people on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. The results of the voting will be announced later this year. On top of that, Tetrick entered Friday leading the sport in earnings by a wide margin. His $9.12 million in purses were $2.8 million ahead of second-place Jason Bartlett. In addition, Tetrick had won 505 races, second to only Aaron Merriman's 579. Tetrick is on pace for more than 800 wins and more than $14 million in earnings, which are levels only one driver in history has surpassed in the same year. The driver? Tetrick, who accomplished it first in 2007 when he set the record for wins with 1,189 and earnings with $18.3 million. The following year he again surpassed the 800-victory and $14-million plateaus, winning 902 races and $19.7 million. Those earnings remain the sport's record. For his career, Tetrick ranks fourth all time in purses with $211 million and ninth in wins with 11,181. He has been named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on four occasions. Tetrick recently took time to speak with Ken Weingartner, the U.S. Trotting Association's media relations manager, about his career, the Hall of Fame, and Shartin, who has won 17 of her past 18 races and competes in Sunday's $137,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs. The 6-year-old mare has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $742,927. Last year, she became the first pacing mare in history to earn $1 million in a season, reaching $1.05 million thanks to 19 victories in 24 starts. KW: You're having such a great year, on pace for over 800 wins and over $14 million, what have been the keys to success? TT: Just getting the right horses, that's all. Some years you just don't have the power. This year, I've had good stables and good horses to drive. The right horses get between my arch. KW: When you get on a roll, does it feel different? TT: It's definitely a lot easier to get out of bed and go to work when you're winning four, five, six (races), that's for sure. When you have a bad few days or couple of weeks, you start thinking you can't do it anymore, you get down on yourself. I try not to think about it. I enjoy going to work. KW: Is that the key, trying to enjoy it every day? TT: Exactly. If you over-think it, you're going to mess up. You can't over-think it. The things that can bother you, you just can't let them bother you. I tried to learn that a long time ago, but it's hard. You've got to be able to turn the page, no matter what happens. You've just got to forget about it. KW: What have been the highlights for you this year? You're getting to drive Shartin, won your 11,000th race ... TT: All of the above. (And) getting nominated for the Hall of Fame, it's a dream come true. Getting to drive great horses, like Shartin. Getting to compete at a very high level. It's pretty awesome. KW: What does it mean to you to be nominated for the Hall of Fame? TT: I never thought about it when I was younger. Over the last four or five years, I've had such great success and the numbers are good, you kind of start looking ahead. You see some of your peers that you still work with get nominated and it's pretty cool to see them go in and what it means to them. It's a Hall of Fame for a reason. They only take the best of the best. To be even considered, it's a great honor. Hopefully it will come true. KW: Reaching 11,000 wins, do those milestones mean a lot to you? TT: For sure. I know records are meant to be broken, and stuff like that, but that's a lot of wins. Most people don't get 11,000 drives in their careers and I've been able to go to the winner's circle over 11,000 times. My biggest thing, though, is the money. I've gotten to win over $200 million and there are only three guys ahead of me. And I'm only 37. But the wins are awesome. I'm racing against the top 10 guys every day, so to have that many wins is awesome. KW: Do you get extra motivation from that, knowing the competition you're facing? TT: I always want to try to beat the best. Not only are they very good at what they do, they're very safe to drive with, and they're smart. It doesn't make your job easier, but it does make your job easier racing against the best guys in the world. KW: How have you seen yourself grow over the years and what are you most proud of? TT: I still learn things every day. I heard (retired driver) Cat Manzi say one time that he learned a lot from watching the younger guys when they came up. You never stop learning, the way you sit in the bike or the way you handle a horse. I like getting a young horse and being able to come off the track and tell a trainer something that I think can make the horse better. And they come back the next week and tell you, man, that really helped. Equipment changes, or whatever it is. That is a lot of fun to me. KW: It's more than just being on the track with a horse for two minutes. TT: Exactly. I know I'm a catch driver, but I still think of myself as a horseman. I always put the care of the horse first and try to do what's best for the horse and still make them go as fast as I can. And make a lot of money. (Laughs.) KW: I wanted to talk about Shartin. Jim (trainer Jim King Jr.) and everybody around the horse say what a great job you've done helping her along, going back to the beginning last year. What has it been like to see her development and how do you view your roll in it? TT: It's awesome to watch her grow and see what she's turned into. From the first time I saw her, I could never dream she could do what she's done. She's exceeded my expectations, for sure. I think Jimmy and (his wife) Jo Ann are giving me too much credit. Good horses make good drivers look better. She's been a work in progress, a little too eager at times, but Jimmy and me work together. It's different when you race than when you train them. I hear all the time, "They didn't do that at home." Well at home you don't have a starting gate and grandstand and people cheering at you. And there are nine other drivers that are trying to beat you. On the racetrack, she's different. She wants to win and she's very eager about it sometimes. They've done a great job keeping her fit. She actually loves traveling, going places; you see her just get her game face on. KW: With a horse that can be a little overanxious, what do you do to try to keep them relaxed and focused? TT: There are different ways. You try to keep her by herself because when she gets around other horses, she wants to go after them almost. When a horse gets close to her, even in the post parade, she thinks it's race time. If you keep her by herself, she takes care of herself after that. She's a beast. KW: That type of desire, is it something you can sense in a horse? TT: In her you can. You can feel it in the lines. When you're coasting on the lead by yourself, she's actually really calm and relaxed. But she'll see other horses coming before I do. She watches. She won't let a horse pass her. She wants to fight. KW: Has she reached her full potential or is there more there? TT: There's more there. I've never hit the bottom yet. The other day, that wasn't all she had, I know that. Hopefully she doesn't ever have to go faster than that. She's a horse that might last three more years if we take care of her and pick our spots. Why show off if you can make a million dollars a year with a horse? As long as we win. It doesn't pay more if you win by four or five lengths. I just let her do what she wants to do and win by the least amount we can. KW: How meaningful was it to reach a million dollars with her? TT: The first (time) was unheard of and she might do it two years in a row. It's just awesome. She's well on her way. She's ahead of her pace from last year and I think she's stronger and more mentally stable than she was at this time last year. She just amazes me every day. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

MILTON, ON - AUG. 16, 2019 - Tall Dark Stranger made his harness racing debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and padded his growing resume with a seemingly effortless three length victory in 1:51.2. Lining up at Post 8 in the second $108,000 Gold Series division, driver Yannick Gingras eased Tall Dark Stranger away from the starting gate and settled in fifth as Bettor At Hightide rolled out to a :26.3 opening quarter. Heavy favourites Gingras and Tall Dark Stranger started their advance up the outer lane heading for the :56 half and at the 1:24 three-quarters they matched strides briefly with Bettor At Hightide before taking command and sailing home to a comfortable victory. Pocket-sitter Sports Obsession finished second and YS Mathis closed well to claim third-place honours. "He's been pretty easy to train and he's always kind of done what he's supposed to do, for the most part, so it makes my job a little bit easier for sure," said trainer Nancy Johansson of the colt, who is now perfect through two qualifiers and three races, with all three races clocked in 1:51.3 or faster. Tall Dark Stranger The son of Bettors Delight and $869,920 winner Precocious Beauty was a $330,000 purchase from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and Friday's win boosted his early career earnings to $68,000 for owners Marvin Katz of Toronto, ON, Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY, Caviart Farms of Vienna, VA and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. Tall Dark Stranger started his career at The Meadowlands, near Johansson's Allentown, NJ base, but he has taken up residence at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch in preparation for the next Gold event and the Sept. 14 Metro Pace eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I have nine horses at Classy Lane, so I have a few up here and some of my staff stays up here with them. And I've been spending essentially Tuesday through Saturday in Canada," said Johansson. "I think we might race him in the Gold on the 31st, we'll race him that Gold and then he'll go to the Metro from there, most likely. Obviously he needs to stay healthy and sound and everything." Gingras, who also calls Allentown, NJ home, has been in the race bike for all of Tall Dark Stranger's appearances and Johansson does not expect the reinsman to miss any of the colt's starts, which she expects will number 12 or 13 by the end of the season. "We got lucky there were no conflicts tonight, so that he was able to come up, but I do really like to keep the same driver on a two-year-old, so that they get comfortable with each other and confidence in each other," said Johansson. "And obviously Yannick is one of the top drivers in our sport, so if he wants to come and drive him, I'm not going to fight him not to do it. "I think it will probably be in his best interest too, to keep showing up," she added with a chuckle. While Tall Dark Stranger has been straightforward to train and a gentleman to work with, that was not the case for the winner of the other Gold Series division. In the weeks after Examiner Hanover arrived at Casie Coleman's winter base in Florida last November the trainer was so unimpressed with the $80,000 yearling she suggested owners Brad Grant of Milton and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON should either send him back to breeder Hanover Shoe Farms or give him to another trainer. The son of Hes Watching was extremely difficult to work with and seemed physically unable to learn his early lessons. "He was so bad that I actually tried to give him back to Hanover Shoe Farms, saying this horse can't even, like I can't do anything with him, he can't function. I even told Brad Grant, 'If they won't take him back just try him with one of your other trainers or something, because I can't figure this horse out'," Coleman recalled. "He ended up having a lot of chiropractic issues basically, so I don't know if something happened on the ship or what, but they got fixed up and then he was training down like a beast. He couldn't have trained any better all winter once we figured that part out." Examiner Hanover continued to train well when Coleman returned to Ontario in the spring and delivered two sharp qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 14 and 22, but things went off the rails for a second time in July 6 Gold Series opener when the gelding's knee boots slid down his legs. "He went the entire mile with two knee boots down, and he got all hot and rattled up because of that," said Cambridge resident Coleman. "He qualified great, I was thrilled with him, then his first few starts weren't so good at all." After a fourth-place result in the second Gold Leg, Examiner Hanover rebounded with an overnight win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 26 and then finished fourth to Tall Dark Stranger in the Dream Maker Series on Aug. 5. In Friday's Gold Series test driver Bob McClure settled Examiner Hanover in fifth through the :28.1 opening quarter and then sent the gelding up the outside heading for the :57 half. The pair was able to follow Wind Blown to the 1:24.4 three-quarters and then sprint home for a neck victory over Rhythm In Motion and Aneto in 1:52.3. Examiner Hanover "He went from a disaster, to awesome, to a little bit of a disaster again, to good again now," said Coleman with a chuckle. "Hopefully he's on the track right now." Complete results from Friday's program are available by clicking on this link. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, Aug. 17. Post time for Saturday's program is 7:10 pm and the colts will compete in Races 3, 5, 7 and 8. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

New Zealand’s’ Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA)’ has secured a fresh agreement for Flutter Entertainment’s Australian market subsidiary Sportsbet to launch live streaming races driving fresh audience commitments. The partnerships will see Sportsbet host NZ thoroughbred live streams and harness racing fixtures, with additional coverage of greyhound racing events, which will broadcast wagering properties across Sportsbet. Tabcorp, the long-term broadcast and wagering partner of the New Zealand TAB, will act as the intermediary provider of the content in support of the live pictures partnerships. TAB General Manager for Media and International Andy Kydd said: “The new agreement includes Sportsbet taking a live view of all three New Zealand racing codes, presenting our race in front of a large new crowd on the Australian market that we’ve never been to, while at the same time creating a fresh source of income for the sector. “Sportsbet is Australia’s biggest corporate bookmaker by a stretch and behind Tabcorp’s second-largest provider on the market. “We are very grateful to Tabcorp for providing the vision to their largest competitor in Australia, Sportsbet.” Following an agreement between RIITA and Betfair, another brand owned by Flutter, Betfair will agree to pay TAB product charges in exchange for providing New Zealand racing odds. RITA and NZ Racing management have verified that further partnership is being negotiated with Australian stakeholders as part of broader attempts to revitalise the New Zealand racing scene. Reprinted with permission of Inkedin

Wins have been hard to come by, but that hasn't diminished This Is The Plan's performances in the eyes of his owners. After all, if not for history's co-fastest horse Lather Up and defending Horse of the Year McWicked, the 4-year-old gelding would have plenty more to show for his efforts. This Is The Plan has won one of 12 races this year, with his triumph coming in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 29. Since then, he has been runner-up to Lather Up three times (Graduate championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial) and McWicked once (Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial). Overall, This Is The Plan has six second-place finishes in his past seven starts. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding will try to get back to the winner's circle Sunday (Aug. 18) in the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec. There is no Lather Up, but plenty of competition, including O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight and Confederation Cup champ Done Well. This Is The Plan will start from post four with driver Dan Dube at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. He is 5-2 on the morning line, part of the favored entry with stablemate Done Well. "We can't complain, he's been super," said Mark Weaver, who is a member of This Is The Plan's ownership group. "Ronnie has thought all along he would be a good fit for us just because he is so handy. He's been able to leave (the starting gate) and put himself in a good position. Unfortunately, when Lather Up comes moving to the front there's not much you can do except try to hold on for second. That's what he's been able to do, which is fine." This Is The Plan has won eight of 45 career races and earned $1.19 million. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade last September and paid immediate dividends with wins in the Matron Stakes (in a dead heat) and Progress Pace. He also finished third in the Breeders Crown. This season, he is No. 2 in purses among older male pacers, with $551,618. Only Lather Up is richer, with $677,448. "Nowadays, especially for the 4-year-olds, so much money is on the smaller tracks," said Weaver, who shares ownership of This Is The Plan with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "We try to acquire horses that we think can get around the turns. He can leave and get around smaller tracks so well. That was one of the reasons we were interested in him last year." Done Well joined the Burke stable at the same time as This Is The Plan. He began this season well, with a second in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series and wins in his Confederation Cup elimination and the final. He was found to be sick following a fourth-place finish in the Camluck Classic and has been off the board in his past six starts. During that stretch, he has started from post eight twice, post nine twice and post 11 once. For his career, Done Well has won nine of 32 races and $533,245. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Wingfield Brothers. Done Well will start the Prix d'Ete from post three with driver Bob McClure. "To start the year, Done Well was super and This Is The Plan was drawing bad and having bad racing luck," Weaver said. "Now the last month and a half, it's kind of flip-flopped. (Done Well) has been racing against the best and has gone through a couple little ups and downs. But he's certainly a factor. "We like our horses, we like our posts, we like our drivers, so we'll take our chances from there." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Eric Goodell-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Ballarat-based harness racing young gun James Herbertson wasn't all that fussed about ever wanting to be a driver when he was a youngster. "I can remember always being around horses because my mum and dad (Jody and Ashleigh) had them, but I was never overly interested and certainly didn't have any aspirations of being a reinsman," he said. Fast forward six or seven years and we see the gifted and well-liked junior within striking distance of a remarkable 100 winners for the current season. The 19-year-old is sitting on 95 wins (six of these being metropolitan victories) with 190 placings from 720 drives - close to a 40 percent win-place ratio for the season. His numbers were boosted along by a recent haul of four wins - the first time he has achieved a quartet - at a Bendigo meeting. "I need to do something like that again to get closer to the ton in a hurry!" Herbertson said. The teenager is quite open that had it not been through the encouragement of a number of people, he may have been happy to just help out his father around the stables. "I certainly wouldn't have gone in as hard as I did, anyway, because the spark just wasn't there for me in the early days," Herbertson said. "It was probably Mattie Craven who was a massive influence. Mattie did a lot of driving for dad. He had that swagger about him, and I suppose I always thought I'd like to be a bit like him," he laughed. "Mattie is a lot of fun. Everyone is 'bro' and he's a pretty cool customer, but I learnt heaps by just watching him." Herbertson said he also had support from others, including his parents, grandparents and the other Craven boys. "But I did have a few battles with dad in regards to the pony trots!" Once he progressed to the senior harness racing ranks, the talented youngster became one of an elite group to make the dream start to his driving career by winning at his first drive. "Yes that was pretty special. It was in March, 2016, at Terang and I scored on Tearitup ($7.10), which was trained by dad," he said. Herbertson has continued to improve over the seasons since. He drove six winners and 12 places (47 drives) in his first year in 2015/16. The following season his tally increased to 48 wins, 69 places (385 drives) and then in 2017/18, he landed 62 wins, 152 places (655 drives). Educated at Ballarat's St Patrick's College, Herbertson is a fourth generation participant in the sport, following in the footsteps of his great grandfather Eric White, great uncle Merv White and his father. Herbertson regards a group one win at Melton as the highlight of his career but admits Lady Luck played a key role. "Stan Cameron, who's a trainer from Invermay (near Ballarat) started using me on his brilliant trotter Savannah Jay Jay when his regular driver Neil McCallum was badly injured in a car accident," Herbertson said. "I've driven him to his past four wins including the $50,000 Schweppes Australasian Trotting Championship at Melton in May this year. That was huge. "Prior to that I was also fortunate to get a drive on Upanatom for David Aiken. That's when I got my first metro victory. "I'm appreciative of the opportunities I get from trainers. I'm really very lucky." Last year the Herbertson family moved farms to Lexton, a small rural township, 45 kms up the Sunraysia Highway from Ballarat. "We're mixing a team of eight to 10 horses with 4500 head of sheep at the moment on 1500 acres. It's been full-on with the lambing, in conditions which haven't been ideal," he said. "Dad is most keen on the sheep. I don't mind fixing the fencing and some tractor work, but my passion is with the horses. "I suppose my goal has always been to drive 100 winners in a season, along with landing a metropolitan winner for dad, but I haven't quite done either, yet. "I really think it's going to be tight, but hopefully I can get to the ton over the next couple of weeks."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

When it comes to Monbet, Greg Hope is sick of talking to the media. For the best part of three years now, he has done his best to answer regular questions about the recovery and progress of the former Horse of the Year that has suffered setback after setback. It got to the stage that he started to think talking to the press when Monbet was nearing a public return was a bad omen. So often after commenting on an impending return to the trials, the horse would go amiss or suffer a setback. But then, when Monbet was struck down again in March – and this time nearly died - after finally making a race track return, Hope started to wonder whether it was just the racing gods at work. So, this week, after both Monbet and stablemate Enghien returned to the trials at Rangiora, he was finally willing to talk to the press about his stable stars. Monbet, the 2016 New Zealand Horse of the Year and two-time Trotter of the Year, has raced just once since winning the Dominion Handicap in November of 2016. After numerous setbacks - too many to list - he returned back in March, finishing mid-pack on a Sunday at Addington. But the stable’s relief was short-lived. “About a week later he developed an infection in his leg that went right through his body,” Hope told HRNZ. “At one stage we were frightened he was going to die. “We ended up running every antibiotic known to man through him and that eventually got on top of it.” So, it was back to square one – again for Hope and wife/training partner Nina. It’s hard to complain when a horse has won you over $770,000 but you get the impression Hope was at the end of his tether. “One day we’ll be able to write a book about him. We’ll call it ‘The Trials and Tribulations of Monbet,” he quipped. “It will be a best-seller.” Enghien, a former two and three-year-old Trotter of the Year, hasn’t been seen since the Harness Jewels at Cambridge in June of last year. He missed his entire five-year-old season. “He had a little strain on a fetlock so we played it safe, really. “Just to make sure it didn’t end up being a problem long term we played it on the side of caution. “He’s good as gold now after a long, slow build. It’s probably been five months since he came back in to work.” Enghien, in the hands of Ben Hope, won the four-horse trial, getting over the top of In Sequence and Hey Yo in the shadows of the post. Monbet sat last, on his stablemates back, and was allowed to run to the line under his own steam for regular driver, Ricky May. Greg Hope, speaking 24 hours after the trial, was suitably pleased with everything. “Ricky jumped off Monbet and said he felt awesome. “They both pulled up well and I gave them a light jog this morning (Thursday). “They’ll trial again next week and then we’ll have a look at a race for them.” That won’t be easy. “They’re so high in the handicaps, we really need a free for all because I don’t want them chasing off long marks. “Enghien is rated 100 and Monbet is a 127.” Hope said he enquired about getting Monbet’s rating reduced given it was approaching three years since his last win, but that fell on deaf ears. Enghien is the more forward of the two, and with a slightly more palatable rating, he might be the first one seen on race night. “Based on what we’ve felt, Enghien is slightly more forward than Monbet, and their heart rates reflect that, too. “There is nothing like a good run or two under the belt and hopefully we can get those runs before the other good ones hit the track.” Don’t for a second think either horse will have lost their edge, either. “I’ve got no doubt they’re both as good as anything running around at present. “I know they’ve had a long time off the scene and are going to need a race or two to see the best, but it’s still there.” As for driving engagements when they inevitably clash, Hope says May will get the pick of the two and son Ben will drive the other. “We are lucky that we own Monbet ourselves and our partner in Enghien, Richard Dellaca, is very relaxed about it, too.”   by Garrick Knight Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The harness racing team of driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Serge Godin's Determination continued their success with a sweep of Thursday's Define The World and Pure Ivory second leg divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old trot series each featured a single $15,000 division. The events took a week hiatus following their first-legs on August 1. Royalty For Life colt Threefiftytwo took a break from Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action to defeat eight colts and geldings in the Define The World. Driven by McClure, Threefiftytwo was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:56.1 (:28.3 final-quarter) to lower his career-mark by two-fifths. The victory was nearly spoiled, as the rookie was inside a pair of pylons in the first-turn, but was not disqualified because no rivals were within a length at the finish line. Jula Uppercut finished 2 ¾ lengths back in second, while Sebastian Ray was third. Threefiftytwo was making his third start for owner Determination and trainer Blais following a private purchase. He now holds a record of two wins in four starts and $100,880 earned. Round one winner Horse Trader did not compete in the second-leg. A $2 win ticket on Threefiftytwo returned $6.90. Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues will have an opportunity to sweep the Pure Ivory following a 1:57 victory over eight-rivals on Thursday. The Blais trainee and driver McClure powered out to the top and were on even-terms with outside rival Panem at the opening-quarter of :28.3. The parked rival cleared and would show the way through middle-half fractions of :59 and 1:29. After following in the two-hole, McClure was able to find room to angle Whose Blues to the far outside for clear racetrack in the final-eighth and the Blais trainee stormed by rivals powerfully to win by a length and a quarter over Panem. Alyvia Deo finished third, while Svf Blushingbride was fourth. A $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Whose Blues is now undefeated in three starts and has banked $22,500 for owner Determination. She paid $2.70 to win. The $50,000 finals of the Define The World and Pure Ivory Series will take place next Thursday (August 22). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

LEXINGTON, KY--Chris Ryder harness racing trainee Bettor's Wish--off five days rest--paced a meeting's best at The Red Mile when winning the third of three $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) opening-preliminary divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:47.4 on Thursday, Aug. 15.   Driver Dexter Dunn darted Bettor's Wish to the lead while Captain Trevor floated towards the top nearing a :27 opening quarter and eventually crossed over to control the field into the backside. Dunn soon angled the son of Bettor's Delight from the pocket and retook the lead prior to a :54.2 half. From there Bettor's Wish paced to three-quarters in 1:21.4 and finished the mile under minimal encouragement with a :26 final quarter. Captain Trevor cut into the leader's margin late when finishing second while Backlight rode the pylons for the mile and finished several lengths behind in third.   Co-owned by Ryder with Bella Racing Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners, Bettor's Wish won his seventh race from 10 starts this season and his 12th from 22 overall, surpassing $1.1 million in earnings. The Brittany Farms-bred colt paid $2.10 to win.   Can't Beach That pounced on pacesetter Dancin Lou to take the opening KYSS division in 1:50.   Driver David Miller placed the Brett Pelling-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt in the pocket moving to a :27.1 opening quarter and stayed put at the pylons to a :55.3 half. Doc's Hooligan pulled first over from fifth moving to the far turn and progressed to apply pressure to Dancin Lou passing three-quarters in 1:23.4 but retreated through the stretch. Can't Beach That angled outside of Dancin Lou into the final eighth and powered past to win by three-quarter lengths. Dancin Lou held second from Skip To My Lou, who rode the pylons for third.   Owned by breeder Melvin Segal with partners Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran, Can't Beach That--out of the Kentucky-based broodmare Cannae Cammie--won his fourth race from nine starts this season and his fifth from 18 overall, earning $84,104. David Miller steered the $4.00 winner.   Trainer-driver Dan Noble swooped the field with odds-on favorite Native's Sweetlou to take the middle KYSS split in 1:49.2.   Egomania left for the front while Pyro sat pocket through an early clip of :26.3 and :54.2. Noble had Native's Sweetlou positioned seventh approaching the final turn and tipped the Allamerican Native gelding to race third over, gapping cover, as Western Exposure led the two-wide tier to three-quarters. Western Exposure pressed Egomania through the third station in 1:22 and took a narrow lead through the stretch. Noble fanned to the center of the course with Native's Sweetlou and brushed by tiring horses in progress to a length victory. Pocket-sitter Pyro snuck through a seam inside for second while Western Exposure, rough-gaited at the end, settled for third.   Leased by Chuck Grubbs, Native's Sweetlou won his fourth race from 11 starts this season and his sixth from 22 overall, crossing $100,000 in earnings. The Thomas Cave-bred gelding paid $3.40 to win.   Race-favorite and defending KYSS champ Beautyonthebeach managed slow fractions on the front while battling a far-turn blitz from Blue Ivy to take the sole split of KYSS for three-year-old pacing fillies.   Summer Charm charged for the front from the outside while Margret Hill tucked into the pocket and driver Doug McNair protected position from the pylon post circling the first turn in third. McNair then moved the Somebeachsomewhere filly off the pegs past a :28 first quarter and cleared control entering the backside. Blue Ivy sat fifth and pulled wide to venture uncovered through a :56 half with Alii Nui and Salutation in tow.   Blue Ivy accelerated towards the pacesetter and took a slim lead as the pace quickened towards three-quarters, timed in 1:23.3. Beautyonthebeach drifted from the pylons exiting the turn but quickly angled towards the cones straightening into the stretch. Blue Ivy backed through a wall of horses while Summer Charm attempted to pull pocket but threw several bad steps. Beautyonthebeach faced little challenge in the final strides to win in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 with Ali Nuii rallying from off cover to take second while Salutation paced widest of all to finish third.   A homebred filly out of Precocious Beauty for James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her second race from nine starts this season and her seventh from 22 overall, earning $319,873. Gregg McNair conditions the $2.80 winner.   Kentucky Sires Stakes action resumes Sunday, Aug. 18 at The Red Mile with trotting freshmen contesting in the second preliminary of their events--three divisions for the colts and three for the fillies. The 15-race program starts at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).     By Ray Cotolo for The Red Mile

Trainer Matt Purvis is hoping for more luck in the running for his stable at Addington on Friday night than he has received recently. Purvis combines with reinswoman, Alana Cameron, to start a three-strong team, which is headed by Smarter VC. The 8yr-old goes in to the feature pace after has not being able to show off his best in his last two starts, after running in to traffic problems. An improved draw, after lining up from barrier 8 in his past two starts could help the pacer find more clear room in race 6 at Addington. However, because the pacer will likely be driven for one run from barrier 5, it is far from guaranteed that bad luck will not strike Smarter VC again.   “He has had no real luck since he cracked through in the Timaru Winter Cup,” Purvis said. “It makes it tough that he can’t just swing around wide and go around them.” “But, he is more consistent getting driven [with one run] and he can race week in and week out, so long as he stays being driven that way.” Smarter VC’s last two luckless runs have resulted in fourth placings. Purvis is hopeful that meeting just seven other runners in Friday night’s 1980m event could see the horse face fewer traffic problems than he has recently. “He was desperately unlucky last week and with the small field again he is going to get his chance to get home over the top of them.” Smarter VC’s has not been able to fully cash in in his recent racing, but it is evident that the horse has progressed to peak fitness and is ready to strike after having his first start for Purvis five runs ago. The trainer said he was thankful to the 8yr-old’s previous trainers, Regan Todd and Colin DeFilippi, for being able to take on the talented pacer. “I was really grateful to Regan and Colin that he was able to walk through the stable door.” “He is pretty easy to train – he pretty much lives in the swimming pool and that is pretty much him for the week.” Smarter VC clashes with an even line up of intermediate grade pacers on Friday night. Kiwis Are Flying, Doitson and Hayden’s Meddle look three of his toughest opponents. Bonny’s Gem comes in to race 5 under similar circumstances to Smarter VC. She has not enjoyed much luck in her last two starts after being held up in one run and getting checked in another. And like Smarter VC, the 4yr-old is likely to be driven for one run. “She is pretty much the same [as Smarter VC] a high speed kind of horse,” Purvis said. “So, we have opted drive her with one run while she is still strengthening.” “She didn’t have much luck [last start], copping a check when trying to slot in to the running line last week.” “But, she ran a superb last 800m and I was rapt with that.”      Like her stablemates, Machs Mareta, has also been unlucky recently. But, her luck has nothing to do with her recent racing. Injury problems have kept her out of action since she ran a decent second behind Mucho Macho Man at Forbury Park in February. Machs Mareta had a workout at Rangiora last week and Purvis believes that and her prior work have her ready for her return at Addington. “She has copped a lot of work and I was wrapt with her trial.” Machs Mareta resumes in rating 48-59 company in race 3.   By Jonny Turner Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Hickfromfrenchlick is scheduled to race in Indiana later this season, which is likely to attract attention there thanks to his Larry Bird-inspired name, but first the colt will try to close out a successful harness racing campaign at home on the New York circuit, beginning with Sunday's $238,200 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. The Ray Schnittker-trained Hickfromfrenchlick is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line in the EBC for 3-year-old male pacers and will start from post one with driver Matt Kakaley. Hickfromfrenchlick won his elimination this past Sunday by a neck over Shake That House, who is the 2-1 favorite in the final. Hickfromfrenchlick has won five of eight races this year and finished no worse than third in any start. Last year, the son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star won four of his first five races, including the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, before finishing off the board in his final two appearances. "He got sore at the end of last year and I don't think we saw the best of him toward the end," co-owner Patrick English said. "Unlike last year, it seems like he's gotten stronger as the year has gone on, so that's been real impressive. "It's been an absolute thrill having him. He's a gamer. It's like an athlete, when they call your number you've got to be ready to go. He's able to do that." English got involved owning racehorses in 2016, when he started the Nolamaura Racing ownership group that includes his father, Kerry, among others. The English family owns a beer distributorship in Goshen, N.Y., and has long been active on the Board of Directors at Historic Track. Prior to owning horses, Patrick English was taught how to drive by Schnittker. English won a matinee race at Historic Track on Father's Day in 2012. It remains the only time he ever drove in a race. "I'm undefeated," English said, laughing. "People don't realize how much Ray does for a lot of people around here in the sport. He brought me into it and taught me everything I know. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't be in the sport. I appreciate everything he does for us." Hickfromfrenchlick was bred by Steve Jones, whose farm is located near Goshen, and purchased for $47,000 at the 2017 Goshen Yearling Sale. The colt's name is based on the nickname of Indiana-born basketball legend Bird, who was known as The Hick from French Lick. A week prior to the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, Hickfromfrenchlick equaled the track record for a 3-year-old pacing colt at Batavia Downs, winning a division of the New York Sire Stakes in 1:51.2. "That was a good mile to watch, not only because he was the winner, but they were racing the whole way," Schnittker said about the race, which saw Hickfromfrenchlick rebuff multiple challenges from Shake That House and then a late charge from Buddy Hill. "They weren't giving any money away that day. "He's come back good this year. He's very versatile, a nice horse to drive. I thought he was a very good horse last year, but I didn't know how sound he would stay. Usually, whatever bites them at 2 comes back and bites them at 3. But I got lucky and he's been very sound this year." Mark MacDonald drove Hickfromfrenchlick for his first six starts this season before being sidelined because of a racing accident. English credited MacDonald with aiding the colt's development. "Matt has done a great job these last couple races, but it was really tough seeing Mark hurt and not able to be on the bike," English said. "I know he's upset about it. When he wasn't traveling he was at the barn with Ray training with Hick. He's also helped out with our two 2-year-olds, Cigars And Port and Splash Brother. He's been a great help." Following the Empire Breeders Classic, Hickfromfrenchlick will compete in the final preliminary round of the New York Sire Stakes on Aug. 29 with an eye toward the series championship on Sept. 14. He then is eligible to the Simpson Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sept. 29 and three races at Harrah's Hoosier Park in Indiana - the Pegasus, Circle City, and Monument Circle. "We're looking forward to that," English said about the horse's trip to Indiana, adding with a laugh, "I've got to think that name is going to bring some popular betting." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Tioga Downs, which hosts several stakes in addition to the EBC. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The post positions were drawn for Sunday's $200,000C sixth revival of the prestigious harness race, the Prix D'Ete Pace, at the Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is only for four-year-old pacers. Jimmy Freight is the richest career earner of the four-year-olds in the Prix d'Ete with $1,248,386C bankrolled and he drew post six. The son of Sportswriter, owned by Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON and trained in Canada by Richard Moreau (Andrew Harris in the USA), has only one win this season, but it was a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 winning a $100,000C Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Cup at Mohawk Park. He has been racing most of the season against the best older horses in the nation, including Lather Up and McWicked. He has four second place finishes. While racing against the best Free-For-All pacers in North America this season, This Is The Plan can boast finishing second to the best of them. He drew post four and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube. In five of his last six starts, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been second in the Sam McKee, The Gerrity, The William Haughton and the Graduate. And the prior start before the Graduate, This Is The Plan won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final, beating McWicked and Western Fame. This has been his lone win this year for trainer Ron Burke, and it was in a lifetime best clocking of 1:48.2 for the career winner of $1,205,410C. This Is The Plan will race as part of an entry from the Ron Burke Stable with the Well Said gelding, Done Well, a $620,391C career winner. Done Well starts from post three for driver Bob McClure and has also been racing in the top class this year. Earlier this season he won the 41st annual Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Also starring in the field is the Astronomical stallion, Casimir Richie P, for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON. Casimir Richie P comes to H3R on a three-race winning streak in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Park. The razor-sharp Casimir Richie P has won four of his last five starts driving him will be Quebec's own Sylvain Filion. He will need to be sharp on Sunday, having drawn the far outside post eight. Another entry, this one from the Chris Oakes Stable, features tough pacers Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. Hitman Hill makes his debut at H3R shipping in on a two-race win streak and has won three of his last four starts. The American Ideal gelding sports six wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:49 at Pocono Downs. He drew post 1 and will be driven by Eric Goodell, who makes his driving debut at H3R. Stablemate Turbo Hill, also sired by American Ideal, has been racing mainly at Yonkers Raceway's half mile over and has amazing 11 wins for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes son. He has been second in three of his last four starts in the 4-year-old Open and has a record this year of 1:49.4. He drew post position 7 for driver Hunter Oaks, who is also making his debut at H3R. The Downtown Bus has five wins this year for trainer Jeff Gillis, who also co-owns the gelded son of Mach Three. He has been first, second and third in his last three starts at Yonkers and has a record of 1:48 this year, making him the fastest competitor in the field. He drew post five. Pretty Handsome ships in from Georgian Downs where the Mach Three gelding has eight wins and has been first or second the last six starts in the Preferred Pace. He will be driven by Trevor Richie for trainer Andrew McCabe. Pretty Handsome drew post two. He has a record this year of 1:51.1 at Georgian Downs and shows he can win from on or off the pace. $200,000 Prix d'Ete 4YO Pace (post postions listed, not head numbers) 1. Hitman Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell 2. Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Ritchie 3. Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure 4.This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube 5. The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - TBA 6. Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy 7. Turbo Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes 8. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion With a forecast of sunny skies and 80 degrees, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 co-held by past Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015), will be in jeopardy with this stellar field. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on the 12-race program Sunday and estimated post time is 4:25 pm. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm Track Notes: Friday's ten-race program at H3R features the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and the second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Top performers include Cesar Duharas (race 2) and Kenogami Coco (race 3). First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The exceptional Jubileumspokalen program at Solvalla offered an undercard with outstanding harness racing  performances.   The Big Noon-Pokalen (three and four year olds, 300,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters voltstart distance handicap, 12 starters) went to 2.44/1 Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) that scored for Bjorn Goop, trainer Frode Hamre and owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D,. bred in Denmark, won for the sixth time in an many starts this year and for the career.   His earnings are now 670,000SEK. Race time was 1.12.2kr. Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) was second driven by Lutfi Kolgjini and third was 20 meter handicapped four year old Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sale del Rio- Varenne). Even’s Cool Boy and Hill Street were fourth and fifth, these also 20 meter penalized four year olds.   The Wallenius Cup (three year olds females, 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) ended in a dead heat for win between 1.26/1 Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy- Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini and 15.76/1 DontLooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) with trainer Jim Oscarsson aboard. Next home was Amelie Grif (3f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.1kr. Earlier in the Hagmans Tak (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters volstart distance handicap, 12 starters) the former top level trotteur Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for new trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Jan Stins of the Netherlands owns the winner that has seven career victories in 55 starts, now for 5,483,012SEK earned. Dreammoko was developed by Timoko’s coach Richard Westerink. Today he overcame a 40 meter handicap to defeat Neon High (4m Mythical Lindy) and the 20 meter handicapped Enjoy Day (5g Coktail Jet).   Dreammoko photos below.       Thomas H. Hicks

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs has an action packed harness racing day set for Sunday with the Grand Circuit stakes Roll With Joe FFA pace, Artiscape FFA pace for mares, Miss Versatility for trotting mares and the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for New York sired 3-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Stakes purses on the day total more than $800,000. The $170,000 Roll With Joe (race 7) features 2018 Horse Of The Year McWicked who when he look down the starting gate from post six will be pleased not to see this season's division leader Lather Up among the competition. McWicked at the ripe old age of eight can still make his own luck, remains a formidable opponent for anyone and will likely be the public's choice here. Brian Sears has the drive for trainer Casie Coleman and owner Ed James as SSG Stables. The $137,000 Artiscape (race 5) saw only four rivals drop in to take on the current "Queen of the Course", Shartin N. While her story may by now be familiar to racing fans, Shartin's ability is clearly extraordinary. She became the fastest female Standardbred ever via her 1:46.4 win at The Meadowlands in the Lady Liberty, the 12th success in 13 tries this season for Shartin N and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The $40,000 third of four Miss Versatility legs (race 4) offers eight solid mare trotters with last week's Joie De Vie stakes winner Custom Cantab right back at Tioga to take on seven worthy rivals. Custom Cantab overcame a bad post, slight interference early on and a first over move into Atlanta to win impressively at long odds last Sunday. She will not offer that type of value this time around as she begins from the rail for Dave Miller and trainer Chris Beaver who owns her in partnership with Don Robinson and RBH Ventures. Zero Tolerance (Dave Miller) is clearly the girl to beat in the $232,700 EBC filly final (race 8). She has ruled the NYSS scene all season and raced competitively in Grand Circuit stakes as well. Joe Holloway trains Zero Tolerance for Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The $238,200 EBC colt final (race 9) could be a showcase for a small town colt with big talent to shine. There may be no defense strong enough to thwart Hickfromfrenchlick who starts from post 1 for Matt Kakaley. Since paired with Kakaley, the "Hick" is shooting 100% from the field while needing no assists or picks as he's taken it right down the floor from the word go each time. The money is on the line here and it's a chance to show just how clutch the Ray Schnittker trained colt is under pressure. Nolamaura Racing, LLC and TC Spatorico share ownership with Schnittker. First post on the Sunday card is 1:00pm. More information may be found on the web. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

The Solvalla Racetrack featured the Jubileumspokalen stake (1,000,000SEK to the winner, total purse 1,965,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 12 starters) which saw Who’s Who (5m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) rally from third over to win at 2.06/1 odds with Orjan Kihlstrom the pilot for trainer Pasi Aikio. The winner recorded his fourth win in five outings this year and 15th career victory in 24 starts, now for 6,964,759SEK earned. Who’s Who was bred by Menhammar Stuteri and is owned by the public company Stall Travkompaniets AB. Race time was 1.11.1kr by the first two finishers. Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) was second with trainer Fredrik B. Larsson at the lines. Third was fast finishing, on the pegs, Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer his pilot.   Before a huge enthusiastic crowd this evening at Solvalla was the Gr. I International Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (purse 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 2.12/1 favorite Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede) scored in gate to wire fashion clocked in 1.10.5kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Rene Aebischer trainee that Ecurie Rhythm & Blues owns. Uza took her third 2019 win in 13 starts and her career slate is 31-10-3 in 68 lifetime starts now for 12,802,383SEK earned. Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines-Install) rallied late for second with trainer Junior Guelpa the reinsman. Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay-Suoergill) was third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer J.W. Engwerda. Lopp 11. Starttid 21:27 Jubileumspokalen - Femåringslopp (Gr I int) Mörk anmälan. 5-åriga. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. Vinnaren av Victory Tillys lopp på Solvalla tisdag 6 Augusti 2019 är garanterad en plats i loppet. Stockholms Travsällskap har även möjlighet att dela ut två wildcards i loppet. 2140 m. Autostart. Pris: 1.000.000-500.000-235.000-115.000-60.000-30.000-25.000 (7 priser) Transportbidrag enligt Svensk Travsports regler. Hederspris till segrande hästs ägare, tränare, körsven, uppfödare och hästskötare. Hederstäcke och lagerkrans till segrande häst. Plac Häst Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 9 WHO'S WHO Kihlström Örjan (Aikio Pasi) 9/2140     11,1a 2 6 MILLIONDOLLARRHYME Larsson Fredrik B 6/2140     11,1a 3 1 NORTON COMMANDER* (DE) Lugauer Conrad 1/2140     11,1a 4 11 HEART OF STEEL* (NL) Untersteiner Peter 10/2140     11,3a 5 8 PERFECT SPIRIT (US) Jepson Carl Johan (Redén Daniel) 8/2140     11,4a 6 5 VINCERO' GAR* (IT) Gocciadoro Alessandro 5/2140     11,4a 7 12 EELIS Koivunen Olli (Nurmos Timo) 11/2140     11,7a by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

All-conquering Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ben Yole has kicked off a three-month campaign on the mainland in the best possible way. Three minor placings in the country, then a close-up metropolitan fourth certainly put "the writing on the wall" that the Yole team meant business. So, it was no surprise to see the visitor post a winning double at Cranbourne last Sunday night. "It was the perfect way to get things underway - let's just hope it continues," Yole said. "We have 18 horses that will campaign in Victoria. That leaves about 40 at home," he said. "At this stage the plan is to spend about three months racing over there. Of course, that could blow out - we'll just see how we shape up and take it from there." The Yole stable has been going gangbusters in recent years. This is the fourth consecutive season they have topped the 100 mark with winners. And the 2018-19 season has been a standout, eclipsing the previous Tasmanian record for most wins in a season. They are currently sitting on an amazing 174 victories. Ben Yole                                                             (Courtesy Stacey Lear Photography) Yole said his younger brother Tim and their Tasmanian-based driver Conor Crook would be looking after the campaign horses. "I've been flying over backwards and forwards a few times and I realize that's the way it's going to be. We are based at the Wahring stables of Paul and Rosie Weidenbach. They're fantastic and their place is great," he said. The Cranbourne winners were aptly named in Ready To Fire and Good Feelings....surely presenting omen bets for followers of the Yole team! Five-year-old mare Ready To Fire (Somebeachsomewhere-Fight Fire With Fire (Artiscape USA) took out the SBG Accountants and Business Advisors Pace at the juicy odds of $23 for driver Greg Sugars. The second leg of the double saw young Ballarat concession reinsman Darby McGuigan (who could win on a rocking horse at the moment) get home on Good Feelings (Mr Feelgood-Good Lookin Girl (Perfect Art USA) in the Hygain Pace at $3.70. Yole said that while stable reinsman Conor Crook would be used regularly, he also planned to engage other notable senior drivers when they were available. Conor Crook and Tim Yole with their recent Victorian winners So far, he has enlisted the likes of Sugars, McGuigan, Chris Svanosio, James Herbertson, Kima Frenning and Kevin Weidenbach Jnr. Despite living on the 'Apple Isle' for the past 12 years after shifting from Hamilton in Victoria, Yole has only been a full-time trainer for the past four years. "When we first came across, myself and my brothers Mark and Tim all had full-time work. We used to squeeze our horses in around our jobs. We had probably a dozen horses then, although sometimes it got up to 20," Ben said. "Now it's just all horses and our dad Wayne, who is retired, helps us out on a part-time basis which is great," he said. "We are up and going at 6am and aim to have the team all done by 12 noon. Where we are is similar weather to Hamilton, although it does get awfully wet for maybe three weeks in winter." The logistics of running the massive Yole operation are hard to comprehend. "There are races every week and we usually have big numbers going around," Yole said. "Sometimes it could be 30 or 40 or more at a meeting. We own four trucks which on average carry nine horses each so that's how we get them there. "Each horse has its own gear and individual race day bag but it's a big job cleaning all the harness - and one I tend to avoid if possible!" Somewhere in between all the work, Yole insists he still manages to find family time to relax. His wife Catherine is a schoolteacher, and they have a four-year-old son Hudson and another baby on the way. Yole said as a youngster, the legendary Barker family, Jim and Rod, first got him into horses through the pony trots. "From there I learnt a lot from Kevin Brough and his son Adam, who were very astute trainers," he said. "Looking back, I now realize how professional Adam was in the way he went about things. He certainly taught me the benefits of all the one-percenters. "After all the horses were finished, Adam wasn't. He'd be off rubbing joints or attending to other things that a lot of other trainers mightn't bother with." The Yole training complex is on 50 acres with an 800m fastwork track, swimming pool and plenty of grazing paddocks. "We also have a bush property with several different circuits. This, and going to the beach, which is 15 minutes away, aims to break up the same day-in, day-out training regimes," he said. And while their massive raceday numbers seem positively scary to outsiders, the Yole stable is always on the lookout for more horses from the mainland. "The aim is to keep turning them over and enjoy the sport - and we all certainly love being involved in harness racing and getting winners that's for sure."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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