Search Results
1 to 16 of 108456
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

Highly respected harness racing trainer David Aiken acknowledges his horse Lennytheshark is facing somewhat of an impossible task on Sunday afternoon when he competes against Beautide in the Gr. 1 Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Lennytheshark was impressive on Saturday night at Melton when winning at his first run back since finishing sixth in the Inter Dominion behind Beautide but Aiken admitted this week it is a different 'kettle of fish'. "It is going to be hard to topple Beautide on what he did at Menangle last start but I'm really happy with Lennytheshark and he's ready to go," Aiken said. "Chris Alford was happy on Saturday night, Lenny never travels on the bit but Chris didn't have to pull the pull downs in the run to the line so we couldn't have asked much more of the horse, he got the job done." Lennytheshark had a week's break after his Inter Dominion performance and when he returned to Aiken's stable he developed a cough. "It had been pretty dry and dusty at my place and Lenny had a cough for about a week which put us behind a little bit, ideally he would have had two trials and one run before the Len Smith Mile and as a result he missed out on one of the two trials but he is where I want him now anyway." "It was just a sprint home on Saturday night and he is a very athletic individual so he will take some from benefit from it for sure." Lennytheshark has been victorious at the highest level at Menangle in the past. The son of Four Starzzz Shark won the New South Wales Derby in 2013 when trained by John Justice. Aiken is unsure of what direction he will take with Lennytheshark after Sunday. "I need to sit down with the owner and discuss what we are going to do with him, he has only had five runs this season and while he has had some injuries in the past, he is really good at the moment." "The options on the table are obviously Queensland for the winter carnival or we get him ready for the Inter Dominion series in Western Australia but we need to get Sunday out of the way first." At Tabcorp Park Menangle ten horses have beaten Beautide home in a race and of Sunday's opposition only Monifieth has achieved the feat but Aiken is hoping Lennytheshark can join the small group. "Beautide is a special horse but we are going to be doing our best this Sunday and hopefully that will be good enough." Greg Hayes

London, April 19, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will have its 2015 Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, May 15th and, for the first time, the prestigious honour will go to a horse rather than a human recipient. The incomparable Camluck, who has long resided at Seelster Farms in nearby Lucan, will be honoured during a ceremony that night in recognition of his remarkable contributions both on the race track and as a sire. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace, Staying Together, Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against just to name a few. However, it was in the breeding shed, where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. From 2332 foals, Camluck produced just shy of 1,600 race winners and he retired recently with overall offspring earnings of $218,771,118. His average earnings per starter was $118,768 and he produced 28 starters who banked more than $1 million and 62 performers who took a record of 1:50 or better. Wall of Fame Night will also feature the kick off race in this year’s Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet with the riders and take part in the different promotions offered that night. The RUS series, sanctioned by the Ontario Racing Commission in 2014, is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity.  Visit www.rusontario.com for more details. There will also be a pair of mini races scheduled that same night – one galloping and one gaited – as part of the fun. The Raceway’s signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 29th. Defending champion State Treasurer has recently qualified and is expected back in search of a first-ever Molson three-peat.  The Molson Pace will once again be contested as an Invitational and more details on potential starters, along with the various promotions being planned, will be announced soon. Greg Blanchard  

Well respected harness racing trainer/driver Peter Greig must have wondered weather all his bad luck had come at once when he had a night at Albion Park on Saturday night that he will never forget.   The Queensland Police raided Albion Park Raceway on Saturday night executing a search warrant for drugs on horse trainers and drivers.   When they came to Peter Greig in the stabling area, he objected to the widespread searching of bags and people and by all accounts was very close to being arrested at one point.   In the end the Police slapped Peter Grieg with an infringement notice for allegedly obstructing a sniffer dog from inspecting a bag.   A spokesman for Queensland police confirmed that no drugs were found during the extensive search and no arrests were made as a result of last nights operation.   Mr Farquharson defended the searches when spoken to last night.   “We have had several incidents in the recent  past where cocaine has been found so we want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” Mr Farquharson said.   If the night had started badly for Peter Grieg, it got worse in race 4, the $50,000 Autumn Staryers Cup where Peter was driving Major Moment for Grant Dixon.   Away well from barrier one on the 20 metres mark, Major Moment was making good progress through the strung out field when Swarovski who had can canned away from barrier one and run up the track a touch, came back down the track and collected Major Moment who was in full flight, tipping Peter Grieg out of the bike in spectacular fashion.   Peter was able to walk to the ambulance but at this time we have no further information as to how Peter is.   We here at Harnesslink wish Peter a speedy recovery safe in the knowledge that he has just used up all his bad luck for this year in one night.   Harnesslink Media 

The words echoed around The Parkway Hotel in Dunmanway, Ireland on Friday night last. “We have left the past behind us and look forward to a new era in our sport,” Chairman Con O’Sullivan spoke at the General Meeting of The Irish Trotting and Harness Racing Federation (ITHRF), the governing body of the sport in the Southern Region of Ireland and one of the three clubs that comprise The Irish Harness Racing Club. A feel good factor not seen in many years greeted those words. The region where racing  dates back over 150 years and where the ITHRF represention has suffered in recent years through the recession and a break away by members forming a rival club (which is now defunct). But members of the ITHRF stuck together and saw off all these problems. To quote from a saying “the solution comes from within” set the wheels in motion and the key to the way forward came in the ITHRF securing a lease on The Manch Grass Racing venue described by purists in the sport as the best grass Harness Racing venue bar none in Ireland . The venue will complement the existing grass venues including Drimoleague, Ballabuidhe, Clonakilty and Gloun to mention just a few. In Wales they boast of the green green grass in Tregaron and the superb Aberystwyth track (both grass venues) and not to out done by our Welsh cousins, Manch will hold their measure any day of the week . The venue which last saw racing back in 2007/2008 is owned by the Duggan family and they have agreed to lease the venue to the ITHRF from mid-July. This will allow the owners, who operate the facility as a working farm, to harvest and then turn it into a premier harness racing venue . It is planned to stage 5 top class meetings at the venue and with the quality of the surface the imported French trotters, which are part of the Le Trot series, will have an opportunity to race on the turf and along with the pacers, will see mixed programs of racing. The ITHRF are also looking at purchasing a site to build an all-weather hard track to replace the now defunct Central track in Leap and the plan is to have this facility owned by the members of the club which would be a first in both Ireland and the UK. With Portmarnock in Dublin seeing further development the future looks bright for harness racing fans in Ireland. Back to another old phrase “A rising tide lifts all boats” and it looks as if the tide is set to lift harness racing in Ireland to a new plateau. The ITHRF is looking to the future, “Onwards and upwards” and never forget its “Our Club Our Sport!” By Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night. Last season's defending series champ was this season's only perfect preliminary-round participant in Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Thus, his score is 300, as in 50 points for each of his four series wins and 25 points for each of his four series appearances. As a result of his late-frame heroics in the second of Round 5's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) become harness racing's newest millionaire. Starting from post position No. 5 after getting last week off, P H Supercam settled fourth, in front of longshot National Debt (Eric Carlson). He saw Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who was rebuffed by Clear Vision at the half a week ago, get stung by that one here. It was Clear Vision (George Brennan) forcing "Lucan" into a brisk, :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, 8-5 choice Beach Memories (Dan Dube) move from third, while "Supercam" was content to sit and watch. Lucan Hanover maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Beach Memories was continuing to invade. Meanwhile, P H Supercam, minding his business until now, decided to slip out. He went wide and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover late, winning by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision, with National Debt fourth and Beach Memories fifth. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts (career 45-for-163 with earnings of $1,012,291). The exacta paid $25, with the triple returning $102.50. "He's as good now as he's ever been," Bartlett said. "Tonight, I saw the leaders getting tired and I thought I had a shot to go in the passing lane. In the end, I figured it was safer just to move him outside. "Last season, he had to earn the respect. This season, he has it." Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.40) was both hard-used and solid in the final series prelim event. Seemingly disinterested in leaving until he saw Windsong Song (Brian Sears) with the same idea, "Terry" then whistled around Westchester :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Domethatgain (Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1¾ lengths, with Texican N (Carlson) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 5-for-13 this season (3-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $6.20, with the triple returning $72.50. The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach it So (Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. From post No. 4, Mach it So saw a retaking Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee) lead through soft early intervals of :27.1 and :57.2. However, he couldn't stave off Mach it So, who, moving from fourth, was up, over and gone (1:24.2, 1:52.4). The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Sears) third. For Mach it So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $113.50. Series standings, through all five preliminary rounds...1-P H Supercam (300 points), 2-Take it Back Terry (275), 3-Beach Memories (230), 4-Mach it So (229), 5-Fat Man's Alley (220), 6-Domethatagain (218), 7t-Lucan Hanover, Polak A and Windsong Jack (212). Note the three-way "dead-heat" for seventh, which has to be broken by lot. Also note that these are not necessarily the finalists. The determination of the field shall be made by the race office based upon series rules regarding multiple horses for owner and/or trainer (if applicable after review) Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series ($529,000) are set for Saturday, Apr. 25--the two richest North American races of the season to date--and are to be drawn Tuesday morning (Apr. 21) Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton, $20.20) in 1:57. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

Pompano Beach, FL...April 18, 2015...In a three way calvary charge to the wire, Duc Dorleans edged out Panocchio and Cruizin K C in a seasonal best 1:50.3 performance for harness racing trainer-driver Donald Dupont at Pompano Park on Saturday night (April 18).   The five year-old altered son of Shanghai Phil, forced to abandon his usual front stepping style, came from sixth halfway through the mile, fanned widest of all turning for home and just did nail the victory in the final stride.   Panocchio's nose was, indeed, a "nose" short this time around with Cruizin K C just a neck off the winner after pushing his nose in front around the final turn at odds of 45 to 1.   Neptune, pacing the fastest final panel in the field, finished fourth, just three parts of a length away, with Steelhead Hanover picking up the nickel in the field of nine.   At the outset, Steelhead Hanover, with Joe Pavia, Jr. driving, left with his usual alacrity to take the field to the opener in:26.3 with Panocchio and Bruce Ranger on the attack and taking over shortly after that initial quarter.   Panocchio took the field halfway home in :54.3 but, on the backside, Mark O'Mara had Cruizin K C cruising in high gear and his individual backside quarter of :26.4 enabled him to stick his nose in front at the third station, timed in 1:22.1.   In the lane, these two dueled ferociously, only to be joined by Duc Dorleans a sixteenth out with the trio hitting the wire together.   In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "With all of the action early on both inside and outside, I didn't think it would be prudent to get in a battle early, so, this time, I took back...not something I really wanted to do.   "I wanted to follow Mark O'Mara (Cruizin K C) when he pulled but his horse can really brush hard and it was hard for me to keep up with him brushing like that. When we turned for home, I just went widest of all and hoped we could get there.   "He is a very game and handy horse and he proved his merit again tonight."   In achieving his sixth win of the year in 12 starts, Duc Dorleans pushed his 2015 bounty to $49,858 and $450,654 lifetime for owners Gestion Levesque 2005 Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans, Inc.   As fourth choice on the tote-board, Duc Dorleans paid $13.00 to win.   Pompano Park also hosted opening round action in the C.K.G. Billings Series, an event held at many North American tracks honoring the memory of Billings, owner of the sport's first 2:00 trotter, Lou Dillon, in 1903.   When the "Official" signs were posted, Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oldford came off with the victories in their respective events.   Pennacchio took the Billings pace with Terrys Star Dragon, wiring his competition with a 1:55.2 performance, the winning margin 3 1/2 lengths over Fox Valley Christo (Anthony Verruso) with Flashy (Hannah Miller) rallying from last turning for home to get third. Master Of Puppets (Steve Oldford) was fourth while Clive Hanover (John Campagnuolo) picked up the final award.   Pennacchio, who had 145 wins going into tonight's action, picked up his fourth lifetime victory back of a "sidewheeler" and first back of a pacer since July of 2012, giving Terrys Star Dragon perfect rating--:28.3, :58.1 and 1:26.1--en route to a 1:55.2 win on behalf of owners Fred Morosini and Mike Deters. It was the pacer's third straight win and 50th triumph lifetime, sending the 10 year-old's career bounty to $479,614.   Pennacchio summed up his win by saying, "It was pretty un-eventful. I did just what this horse likes to do. I followed HIS orders tonight...and it worked out great for both of us. He made ME look good!"   Terrys Star Dragon paid $3.20 to win.   Oldford got his 101st lifetime victory with his own Insider Access, this five year-old getting his initial win of the year, this victory--only his fifth lifetime--in 1:58.3   Northern Inferno (Robert Krivelin) finished second over Victors Cowboy Joe (Dein Spriggs) with Maggies Bed (Peter Gerry) fourth and Super Duke (John Campagnuolo) recovering from an early miscue to finish fifth.   After the event, Oldford said, "It was a dream trip tonight. We got away in good order (third) and then got fortunate to find some room when Dein's (Spriggs) horse (Victors Cowboy Joe) rushed up on the backside. I found some room once he settled in back of the leader and wore 'em down in the lane."   Insider Access paid $9.00 as the third choice and sent his career earnings to $112,616.   In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the 2-4-6-5-8 winning combination paid a $213.84 dividend for the 20 cent investment, sending the carryover to Monday's program close to $145,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

CAMPBELLVILE, April 18 - The photo finish camera got put to work to decide a highly entertaining second leg of the harness racing Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of 11 four and five-year-old trotters battled it out in the lone $20,000 division and all eyes were on the 2/5 favourite Bourbon Bay. The heavy-favourite came into Saturday's Don Mills second leg off a victory in round one and was undefeated in six starts this season on the WEG circuit. However, that undefeated streak would come to an end Saturday, as Exemplar at odds of 23/1 got up just in time to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire and prevail by the narrowest of margins. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bourbon Bay showed early speed to grab his usual position on the front-end. Down the backstretch, Wild And Crazy Guy, the other first leg winner, came up to engage the favourite and would eventually overtake the lead through a solid opening-half of :55.4. Around the final turn, Exemplar and driver Trevor Henry came off the rail from their position in fourth to make a move on the outside, while Bourbon Bay came out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Bourbon Bay had retaken the lead and tried to take off from his rivals. Exemplar didn't appear to be a big threat towards the leader halfway down the lane, but the 23/1 longshot dug deep and trotted up the middle to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire in 1:53.3. The photo finish camera confirmed that Exemplar had prevailed by a nose to hand Bourbon Bay his first loss on the WEG circuit. Etruscan Hanover finished second, while Sheer Flex was fourth. A five-year-old son of Andover Hall, Exemplar, who finished third in an opening leg division, is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The 1:53.3 victory is a new career-mark for Exemplar and is the ninth win of his career. The gelding now has a 2015 record of three wins from 11 starts and earnings of $34,400. Exemplar's career bankroll now sits at over $121,000. The Moreau trainee returned $48.50 to win. The Don Mills Trotting Series will come to a close next Saturday with the $44,400 final. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, (April 18, 2015) - The Whata Baron series got underway Saturday night at The Meadowlands which featured a collection of thirteen talented harness racing pacers, split into two divisions. The first division for $22,500 was led by Rediscovery, the overwhelming 1/5 favorite in the field of six. As a three year old the son of Tell All, Rediscovery contested the Little Brown Jug and his four year old season began with a solid effort in the Sonsam series and a sharp win in the Sagamore at Yonkers. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Rediscovery was allowed to settle off the pace in the early stages, having only one horse beaten at the opening quarter. But Ideal Cowboy, fresh off the layoff was fired up and reached that quarter in 26-seconds. Sassy Hanover was the first horse to move and he made a sharp brush heading past the three-eighths pole, reaching the half-mile in 54-seconds. But at that point, Rediscovery was breathing down his neck and the favorite took over as the field moved into the far turn. Rediscovery paced the far turn in 26.4, reaching three quarters in an eye-opening 1:20.4 and turned for home with the advantage. Ideal Cowboy, the once leader who was shuffled back to third was guided back out and made his bid for the lead, trying to chase down the favorite. But he appeared to lean in several times and was unable to catch Rediscovery. JK Patriot, who saved ground throughout, shook free in the stretch and rallied well to finish third. For Rediscovery, the 1:49.2 mark was a lifetime best performance. Rediscovery is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver, Bruscemi and Collura. The second division featured Panchester United off his impressive victory one week ago.  He was sent off as the 3/2 favorite in the field of seven and would dictate the terms, leading the field through fractions of 26.4, 54.2 and 1:22.3.  A challenge would come on the far turn as Corey Callahan guided Bettorever from third to the outside and they would draw on even terms at the top of the stretch with Rock Out locked in the pocket behind the leader.  Lord Of Misrule was tracking the cover and loomed into contention as well.  They lined up three across the track nearing the wire, with Rock Out crying out for racing room as the field swarmed in on Panchester United, but his clearance would come too late as Bettorever was able to wear down the favorite and score a gritty win in 1:50.4.  Panchester United was just a nose behind in second while Rock Out was a hard-luck third. Bettorever is owned by Bamond Racing LLC and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr.  The 1:50.4 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the Bettor's Delight four year old gelding. The Spring Preview for pacers also commenced on Saturday night.  The first division for the maiden colts and geldings went to Edward Teach, a Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace-eligible Rocknroll Hanover colt in 1:52.1, giving Yannick Gingras a sweep of the early daily double. Edward teach made a first over bid, gained separation on the field and won convincingly.  Gratian Hanover rallied late to finish second with Devils Cut third.  The second division saw Rock Of The Ages, a Rocknroll Hanover son of the great Galleria, pull off the 9-1 upset with Andy Miller in the bike in 1:51.3.  Bobby The Greek, the prohibitive favorite was trip-compromised, forced three wide and could not catch the winner in the stretch, forced to settled for second with American Messenger third.  The Spring Preview for the sophomore pacers meeting the non-winners of two condition featured a match-up of Gokudo Hanover vs. Revenge Shark and the race did not disappoint as Gokudo Hanover cut the mile and turned for home with the lead and Revenge Shark made a menacing move on the turn to challenge the leader, but drifted slightly in the stretch and Gokudo Hanover was able to hold on for the win in 1:51.  Colorful Speech earned the show spot. On the filly side, the spotlight was on Gweneeee J, the sister to Heston Blue Chip.  For the second consecutive week, she had to do the work, grinding it out first over, this time chasing her stable-mate Lady Spartacus and for the second week in a row, she could not go by the leader.  Lady Spartacus earned her second victory of the season, holding off the favorite to win in 1:53.4. On the wagering-front, both Jackpot Super Hi-5 pools went unclaimed again, with the fifth race Jackpot climbing to $87,136 and the last race carryover growing to $58,172. Racing resumes on Friday at The Meadowlands, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

The pecking order amongst the three year old harness racing fillies in Victoria has become a lot clearer after Niki No No’s Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks win has again moved the Kari Males-trained filly to the top of her age group charts.   The three-year-old by Sportswriter out of Benelise thundered home along the sprint lane to claim the lion’s share of the $150,505 and the Oaks trophy in the 2240-metre race at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.   Driven by reinsman Greg Sugars, Niki No ($4.40) began fast from barrier two and crossed polemarker Keayang Ebonyrose (Jason Lee, $75.30) but was herself crossed by early race favourite Makes Every Scents (Luke McCarthy, $6), who fired out from gate six.   The $2.60 favourite Delightful Lana moved up to the breeze for Dexter Dunn from gate four before Amanda Turnbull made a move aboard Glenferrie Bronte ($7), working to the chair and giving Delightful Lana cover.   After posting a lead time of 46 seconds, Makes Every Scents paced through her first and second quarters in 31.7 and 30.5secs before the mustard was added 800m out, when Glenferrie Bronte eyeballed the leader and heat winner Sudden Change (Gavin Lang, $16.40) was making her run out three-wide from the back of the field, trailed up by Morton Plains (Chris Alford, $19.70).   The third quarter was covered in 27.5secs, Niki No No enjoying a cold sit on the two pacemakers as the field swung the final bend.   Makes Every Scents carried Niki No No right to the sprint lane and once the Kari Males trained Vicbred 2YO Final winner of last season got the run it was basically game over.   The last quarter was clocked at 28.9secs, Niki No No coming away to win by 2.8 metres in a mile rate of 1:58.3, Makes Every Scents holding on for second and Glenferrie Bronte battling on gamely for third beaten 3.2m.   Morton Plains worked home gamely down the outside to be beaten 4.6m, with Miss Riviera Belle (Lauren Panella, $13.60) also hitting the line hard for fifth beaten 5.3m.   As mentioned Niki No No won the Vicbred Final as a two-year-old, and although she finished fourth in the Breeders Crown Final, it is worth noting she was the first Australian filly home on that occasion behind Kiwis Katy Perry, Joannes A Delight and Cyclone Kate.   Emma Stewart-trained filly Delight Me was unfortunately ruled out of Oaks calculations before the heats, so we’ll never know, but Niki No No’s record in big races is virtually flawless and as such a strong case can quite rightly be argued for why she is the best filly of her age group in Victoria.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria  

Spring arrived at The Meadowlands on Saturday morning and with it came a fair number of stakes types shipping up from the farms to be put through some fast miles and several of past year’s stars getting some work in the qualifying races on a perfect day. Sarcy was second beaten just a head in last year’s $251,100 Kindergarten final and made her sophomore debut a winning one in 1:55.2 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms and John & Jim Fielding share ownership of the Donato Hanover filly. Canepa Hanover, the $300,000 yearling Muscle Hill half-brother to Glidemaster wowed onlookers with a dazzling 1:52.2 tour of the oval with Takter aboard. He led all the way through even fractions with minimal encouragement from the driver. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Brixton Medical own the exciting prospect. It looks like Tom Fanning has selected another nice three year old trotter for owner Joe Smith. After the successes enjoyed with Possessed Fashion and Sumatra the past two years, Fashion Creditor appears poised to carry the torch this year. He rallied from well back to pass the field through a 28.3 final quarter for the 1:56.2 win with Brett Miller in the bike. Meladys Monet bounced back nicely after a severe bout with muscle cramping put him on the Steward’s List last week with a comfortable 1:53.3/27 score for John Campbell. Left in his wake were top performers like Bee A Magician, D’Orsay and Muscle Network who are all working their way back to the wars. Kevon McDermott trains the winner for Melady Enterprises. The 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry made her first appearance of the new season and picked up right where she left off with a workman-like 1:55/ 27.1 win for Takter. She sat a comfortable pocket behind easy fractions and went by willingly when tipped by the driver. Jimmy trains the now four-year-old daughter for owners Solveig’s Racing Partners. Three year old pacers were up next with some sharp lookers about. Gingras and Takter teamed up on Blood Brother, a lightly raced Somebeachsomewhere colt who flew home sub 26 to win in 1:52.2. Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva are the owners. Soto was razor sharp in his first trial closing out a 1:51.1 tour with a 26.1 final quarter, widening for Brett Miller as he pleased. He also hails from the Takter barn where he is trained on behalf of owners Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding. A pair of last year’s freshman filly pace sire stake final winners squared off next with Southwind Roulette (PA) finishing second and Stacia Hanover (NJ) third, both gave good accounts and were in hand. Winning the race was the Rocknroll Hanover filly Happiness in 1:54.1. Gingras drove the winner for Ron Burke. Another good pair of pacing fillies from the Burke barn finished one-two in the next with last year’s American National winner Well Hello There holding Lissan at bay in 1:53.1. The winner is a Well Said that earned over $200,000 at two for Burke Racing, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents and Weaver Bruscemi. Rocknroll Hanover fillies came one-two in the thirteenth race where Wicked Little Minx held The Show Returns at bay in 1:54.1. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ake Svanstedt stable and owner Courant AB. Limelight Beach and Set Me Up (both Burke horses) went to the wire together in 1:52.4/26.3 in the next race with Gingras and Matt Kakaley measuring. The last of the day featured a good group of fresh four-year-old pacing horses in Somewhere In LA, Somessizesomestyle and All Bets Off finished in a line, the mile in 1:52.1 with a 26.2 closing fraction. If that race is any indication the brand new Graduate series for that group is going to be a humdinger. To full results click here.

Tonights harness racing meeting at Menangle was the centre of attention for a lot of harness racing fans in Australia as the two Group 3 $30,000 semi finals of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old colts and geldings were run. The first semi pitched two unbeaten colts in the form of the Sportswriter colt Kingofthestars and the son of Somebeachsomewhere in Our Waikiki Beach against each other and it was a two horse race from the moment the gate folded. Our Waikiki Beach with Mark Purdon in the bike flew the gate from barrier five to grab the early lead with Kingofthestars and Nathan Jack sliding across from barrier eight to settle in the trail. Mark Purdon was able to dictate the tempo in front with Our Waikiki Beach until the 500 metres mark when Nathan angled Kingofthestars out into the running line and attacked Our Waikiki Beach. Just when it looked like Kingofthestars was going to make a race of it, Mark Purdon pushed the go button and Waikiki Beach scooted away from Kingofthestars for an easy victory by eight metres with Herehecomes a further eighteen metres back in third. Our Waikiki Beach paced the mile in 1:56.1 with the last 800 metres in 56.9  and 400 metres in 26.6. It was another super impressive run from Our Waikiki Beach and he looms as one of the two main chances for the final. Our Waikiki Beach The second semi final was billed as a match race between the unbeaten son of Somebeachsomewhere in Goodtime Sammy and the son of Village Jolt in Christmas Jolt who had won five of six this season. Goodtime Sammy and Nathan Jack lead easily from barrier two with Christmas Jolt and Kerryn Manning going forward from barrier six to sit on his wheel. Nathan backed the speed off in the second quarter before applying the blowtorch from the 800 metres with a quarter down the back in 28.3 which had Christmas Jolt struggling on the corner. The talented son of Rocknroll Hanover in Born To Rocknroll with John McCarthy in the bike had been sitting in the trail the whole way and came out as they turned for home to challenge the leader. But try as he might, Born To Rocknroll couldn't take any ground off Goodtime Sammy who went on to win the semi final in a smart 1:54.1. Born To Rocknroll held second with the son of Major In Art in Brallas Pass running on well for third. The closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27 .3 by Goodtime Sammy were impressive and he looked to still have some petrol in the tank at the finish. The final of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old colts and geldings on April 26th looks a two horse race after tonights semi finals. The two sons of Somebeachsomewhere in Our Waikiki Beach and Goodtime Sammy look a class above the rest of the opposition and the outcome may be decided by who draws best in the final. Goodtime Sammy Harnesslink Media      

HAMBURG,N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Drew Monti tied a career-high in his young career for wins on a race program as he posted five to steal the spotlight at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 17). The 20-year-old Monti, who sits in third place in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings, has now 65 wins on the year.   Monti produced victories aboard Ooga Booga ($6.20), Initial Strike ($5.80), PC Troubadour ($4.90), Dalton Hanover ($5.10) and Ramblin Rick ($3.40).   Shawn Gray, who is in second place in the standings, had a driving double. Gray trails leader Kevin Cummings 113-67 in the rankings.   The semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series will be held Saturday night and will go off in the seventh and ninth races. Both divisions have a $7,000 purse with all carrying a claiming tag of $7,000 (mares $8,000). The top four finishers in each leg will return on Saturday, April 25th for the estimated $25,000 finale.   The first division looks on paper to be the toughest with three winners from last week's quarterfinals to square off. Dedalos, who captured the Niatross 'A' Series in early March, is one of those winners after posting a 1:58.1 time. He'll start from the four post with Jim McNeight in the sulky and is listed as the 4-1 third choice.   Jettison is the 5-2 morning line pick after registering a 1:57.2 win. John Cummings Jr. will take the reins and will score from the three hole. Full Circle Spirit also comes in off a quarterfinal victory with a 1:58.2 mile. Drew Monti will get the drive as Full Circle Spirit draws the six post and is listed at 6-1.   Goddess's Justin, who drew the rail, is the second choice at 3-1 for Ron Beback Jr. Goddess's Justin suffered a narrow 3/4-length defeat at the hands of Dedalos last week and hopes to turn the tables thid time around.   In the second division, Nora Lee was the lone winner from last week in the race and is listed the 7-2 selection from the three post. Cummings Jr. will drive Nora Lee who went the mile in 1:58.1 last Saturday.   Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen) is the morning line choice at 3-1. Getting the two post, Secluded Island fizzled out last week in the lane and had to settle for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind Jettison.   Sandwiched in between the Niatross Series races will be the $9,500 conditioned pace where Western Alumni is fresh off a 1:54.0 victory in last week's $10,500 Open. McNeight will guide Western Alumni from the six post as the 2-1 morning line favorite. He'll be battling Mach Stockn Barrel who has the seven post and is victorious in 7-of-11 events on the season.   First post Saturday night for the 12-race program is 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, (April 17, 2015) - Whom Shall I Fear, the full-brother to Father Patrick and a $475,000 yearling, served notice that he is a three year old trotter to watch in 2015 with a compelling harness racing performance in his 2015 debut at The Meadowlands. Released from the gate as the 1/5 prohibitive favorite, Yannick Gingras guided Whom Shall I Fear towards the rear of the field while following what would turn out to be a live outer flow. Danish Durango would establish the early lead through a 28.2 opening quarter, but quickly felt a challenge from Clifton Beach who he released going past the three-eighths marker. But, Whom Shall I Fear was tracking that trotter every step of the early stages and Gingras guided his three year old to the lead past the half-mile in 57.3. From there, the race was over as Whom Shall I Fear created separation on Clifton Beach and all the rest, gliding past three quarters in 1:26.2. The lead would expand from that point with the final margin listed as 10 lengths in the end. The final time was an impressive 1:53.3, including a 27.1 final quarter under no pressure. Starzinner was a distant second with Madman Hall third. Whom Shall I Fear is trained by Jimmy Takter for Whom Shall I Fear Stable. He is eligible to both The Hambletonian and The Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. There is a new kid on the block when it comes to the open trotters at The Meadowlands and his name is Wind Of The North.  The Daryl Bier trainee has gone back to back at the top trotting level after his win Friday night. Surprisingly dismissed at 5-1, Wind Of The North left for position and sat third on the pylons early in the mile as Lindy’s Tru Grit, the overwhelming 1/5 favorite (coupled with Master Of Law) established a rapid 26.2 opening quarter.  The favorite would continue to dictate the tempo through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.3 while turning for home with a diminishing lead.  Appomattox mounted a challenge from out of the pocket while Master Of Law ranged up off a live cover trip.  As Lindy’s Tru Grit tired, Wind Of The North quietly began to rally up the pylons and he powered through the stretch to grab the victory in the final strides in 1:52.  Appomattox finished second with Master Of Law third. Wind Of The North was driven to victory again by Dave Miller for Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck. There was no single winner in the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, that carryover has grown to $83,210.  The last race Jackpot Hi-5 also went unclaimed and that carryover will be $52,142 into the last race on Saturday. The 13-race Saturday program will feature the opening round of the Whata Baron series.  In addition the Spring Preview debuts for the pacing colts and fillies.  Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 17, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fifth and final preliminary round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. One lonesome, $40,000 division attracted six lasses, with odds-on Camille (George Brennan, $3) barely holding sway over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) in 1:53. The former, starting inside her five foes, saw both Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) and Krispy Apple in play early, with Krispy Apple looping Palm Patrol to make the first lead. It was Camille then finding front before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then a :56.4 intermission. For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) tried it from third, engaging the leader in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. However, Camille rejected those advances, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane. She then encountered a passing-lance Krispy Apple, with the second choice missing a scant schnozz. Strings (Eric Carlson) wound up third as the 67-1 rank outsider. For Camille, a 7-year-old daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, is was her third win in eight seasonal starts (2-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $4, with the triple returning $23.80 It should be noted that the first three leading ladies through four Matchmaker rounds-Carolisideal, Venus Delight and Yagonnakissmeornot-all took this week off, their invites to the final solidified. They are to be joined next week by Camille, Monkey on My Wheel, Fancy Desire, Krispy Apple and Strings. The finals of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000) go Saturday night, Apr. 25. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fifth and final prelim round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Dublin, Ireland – Portmarnock Raceway, featuring its richest harness racing stakes season ever, a new covered grandstand, teletimer/photo finish system, and other special improvements, opens its 2015 race meet Saturday, April 18. Ireland’s top harness racing track gets underway with first race post time at 4:00 pm, the facility opens at 1:00 pm with its renovated bar/restaurant. The trotters own the limelight for the opening program with three divisions for all grades. The top class, the A/B French-bred Open has seven starters headed by Recklin Pelerin, Secret de Star and Rocky Atout, the A Class highsteppers, who must start at a handicap of ten yards each. They go against B Class Silvana Bello, Tornao Josslyn, Socrate Du Noyer and Rohen en Thirons. “The track is in super order and we are really looking forward to tomorrow's stepping stone meeting,” said track committeemanr Derek Delaney. “It's a small start to what's to be a massive season for stakes racing In Ireland.” With opening day, the track will debut its renovated bar/restaurant, new covered grandstand, new permanent teletimer/photo finish and children’s playground area. The racetrack has also been redone with the track purchase of a new grader and horsemen have said it has never been in better shape for racing. This season Portmarnock is hosting the first ever Sire Stakes Ireland Series in additional to the prestigious Vincent Delaney Memorial, the richest stakes race in all of Ireland and the UK. Other major stakes include the Oakwood Stud, the Paul Mirtagh Memorial, the Irish American Open, The Painted Mile (for colored horses),  plus the Barney Joyce Memorial and the inaugural Red John Memorial. For the first time Portmarnock is featuring simulcasting in the bar/restaurant of live horse racing and some of the major football (soccer) matches in the UK/Ireland. “With Ireland's first ever Sire Stakes program,” Delaney added, the Vincent Delaney Memorial, Oakwood Stud Open plus other major stakes including the Le Trot Series with 130 races to take place at Portmarnock, our prize money this season will be the richest ever. “We cannot wait to get this bumper season underway,” Delaney said. “We really want to show off our new facility in what is going to be a record attendance and race season in 2015.” Parking is free, children are admitted free and the cost for admission to the races is €10. The new restaurant/bar opens at 1:00 pm and first race post time is 4:00 pm. For more information go to www.portmarnockraceway.ie.   By Steve Wolf

Last nights $100,000 Anzac Trotters Cup at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked to be another easy scalp for Stent after he drew barrier five which gave his trainer/driver Colin De Filippi a lot of options. The distance was right up Stent's alley and the way the draws had played out it was hard to see who would beat him. Master Lavros led easily from barrier four with King Denny and Mark Purdon sliding across from barrier seven to face the breeze and in doing so giving Stent the prized one by one sit. Then Mark Purdon did something that no one expected and attacked Master Lavros for the lead. The two star trotters drew clear by several lengths before Mark Jones on Master Lavros conceded the lead to King Denny. That move changed the whole complexion of the race with Stent now having to sit parked with his arch rival Sheemon hard on his back in the one by one. King Denny applied the pressure a long way from home and was still travelling well as they turned for home. Stent leveled up to King Denny just after straightening for home but Dexter Dunn on Sheemon had stalked him the whole way and flew late to grab Stent right on the post with the winning margin a mere head. Master Lavros finished on well up the passing lane to grab third just in front of the pace making King Denny. Sheemon trotted the 2200 metres in 2:42.4, a mile rate of 1:58.8, with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 28.5. The winning time was a new New Zealand record, taking sixth tenths of a second off the old record held by Royal Aspirations. Dexter Dunn was quick post race to heap praise on the son of Monarchy. " We did get a great trip but he still really dug in up the straight" " I think it was his will to win that got us over the line because it is never easy to run past Stent." " He has gone great all season and won a heat of the Great Southern Star and then had no luck in the final so he deserves a win like this." "The two miles of the Rowe Cup next week won't worry him because he is pretty adaptable so he has to be a big chance," Dexter said. From a Rowe Cup point of view the race last night did throw some light on what should be one of the races of the season. Stent was huge last night in defeat but so were Master Lavros and King Denny. Master Lavros lost a bit of ground around the last bend but found the line really well and the 3200 metres is right up his alley while the run of King Denny to finish so close after doing so much work early was a real sign that he can be a player at this level Harnesslink Media  

1 to 16 of 108456
1 2 3 4 5 Next »