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Grand River Raceway is inviting harness racing fans to test the mettle of driver James MacDonald. The reigning champ of the Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes during the track's annual Industry Day event, MacDonald seems virtually untouchable. With five consecutive victories in Jamieson's pocket, the track has posted polls on their Facebook and Twitter, gathering consensus for the best tactic to level the playing field for the 2016 edition on Monday, August 1. #1: Shoeing Change: From steel to flip-flops. (James races in flip-flops.) #2: Bridle Change: Open bridle, add Murphy outside. (James wears an eye-patch.) #3: Add Ground: Add starting distance of 25%. (James starts 10 meters back.) "Everyone's got their God-given talent," said MacDonald in a post-race interview in 2015. "Gretzky had hockey. I've got the bounce." The most popular tactic will be instated when the Industry Day Halftime Show kicks off after Race 5. A win in the race will cap off a Grand River Raceway triple crown of sorts for MacDonald. In June, he won the Ontario Regional Driving Championship at the Elora oval. In July, his two-year-old Dachshund, Tank, won the second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races. MacDonald is also driving one of the favourites in the $107,800 Battle Of The Belles on Industry Day. The Guelph, ON reinsman piloted Bid Writer to a three-length win in 1:56.3 in her elimination division on July 25. MacDonald won the 2014 edition of the race with Win The Gold. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 26th annual Industry Day Celebration on August 1. Festivities and the broadcast kick-off at 1 p.m. Complete event details are available at Event hashtag: #industryday26 Kelly Spencer

On Thursday July 27 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in the urine sample taken from MY HARD COPY NZ prior to it running in race 7, the SEW-EURODRIVE MIRACLE MILE (1609 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday February 28, 2016. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. The Inquiry was conducted via teleconference during which time Mr Gary Hall Snr and Mr Clinton Hall presented evidence in relation to MY HARD COPY NZ and husbandry practices.  Mr Clinton Hall confirmed that MY HARD COPY NZ was presented to the HRNSW Retention Facility on Friday February 26, 2016, at which time a blood sample was obtained.  HRNSW Stewards presented evidence confirming that the blood sample had returned a negative result for synephrine. HRNSW Stewards presented a report from The Royal Botanical Gardens, National Herbarium of NSW confirming that an inspection of the HRNSW Retention Facility failed to locate any plants of the species Juncus usitatus (Common Rush) which is known to contain synephrine. HRNSW Stewards also presented an agronomist report confirming that a further inspection of the HRNSW Retention Facility also failed to locate any plants capable of producing synephrine. Mr Gary Hall Snr pleaded guilty to a  charge issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting MY HARD COPY NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance, being synephrine. In respect of that charge, Stewards did not impose a penalty on Mr Gary Hall Snr as they were satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the detection of synephrine had resulted from contamination, with the most likely cause of that contamination being lucerne chaff which was provided to the horse during the time that it was within the HRNSW Retention Facility.   In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: • The report issued by the Royal Botanical Gardens, National Herbarium of NSW; • The Agronomist report issued; • The circumstances of the contamination; • Mr Gary Hall Snr’s licence history.         Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, MY HARD COPY NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Gary Hall Snr was advised of his right to appeal this decision. Reid Sanders   For details on Synephrine click on these links;

Double Exposure was slowed by sickness last year, but not much else has prevented the harness racing 3-year-old filly trotter from making frequent trips to the winner's circle. Last season's Goldsmith Maid winner, Double Exposure is among two horses from the stable of trainer Tony Alagna entered in Saturday's eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Double Exposure will race in the second of the two elims while O'Brien Award-winner Caprice Hill is in the first division. Double Exposure, who didn't make her career debut until Sept. 30 last year, has won six of nine lifetime races and earned $265,511 for owners Brittany Farms and Mel Hartman. She won four of five starts in 2015, culminating with her victory in the Goldsmith Maid last November at the Meadowlands. "She was under the radar last year, but if anybody doesn't know that she exists this year I feel sorry for them," said Myron Bell, racing manager for Brittany Farms. "She's a player. I don't know if she's the best, but she's certainly a competitor." Double Exposure is a daughter of Donato Hanover, the 2007 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year, out of the stakes-winning mare KD Girl. Originally named Princess Egg, she was KD Girl's second foal. "I loved her dam KD Girl," Bell said. "I tried to buy her numerous times. I looked at the first foal of KD Girl, it was a Muscle Hill colt that was a disaster. He was a $5,000 yearling. When we went to see Double Exposure, a beautiful Donato (Hanover) filly, we were prepared to buy her. She only went for $50,000. I would imagine everybody thought the Muscle Hill didn't make it, so they didn't like the mare. They made a huge mistake. She's a very top quality mare." Double Exposure heads to the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations off a win in a consolation division of the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. She also has a win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes this year. "She needed a couple starts," Alagna said. "We had to go to Pennsylvania with her right off the bat and that's not really her cup of tea, the five-eighths-mile racing. But she really was good the other day at Vernon; she did it very handily. "We're looking forward to getting her back on the big track at the Meadowlands. Hopefully she's ready to go. I'm not scared of any filly when she's on her game." Double Exposure will start her Hambletonian Oaks elimination from post six with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Her 10-horse division, from which the top five finishers advance to the $500,000 Oaks final on Aug. 6, also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Broadway Donna and Breeders Crown champion All The Time. Caprice Hill, owned by Tom Hill, is in the first Oaks elimination. She will start from post five, with Tetrick also listed to drive. Her division includes Zweig filly champion Flowers N Songs and stakes-winner Womans Will. It will be Caprice Hill's first race at the Meadowlands, although the filly has qualified there three times. Last year, Caprice Hill won seven of 10 races, including the Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes championship. For her career, the daughter of Kadabra-Bramasole has won 10 of 14 starts --- all in Canada --- and never finished worse than third while earning $578,696. "She's been very good up there and we're looking forward to bringing her back down here," Alagna said. "We're looking forward to seeing how she stacks up against the best. She's come back bigger, stronger; a lot more mature. She's been solid. Other than finishing second to Flowers N Songs (in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stakes on May 28), and she scoped terrible that night, she's been very good." Post positions for the $500,000 Oaks final will be drawn and morning lines assigned on Monday (Aug. 1) at the Hambletonian press conference and post positions draw, at 4 p.m. in Victory Sports Bar at The Meadowlands. The draw will be streamed live on the Meadowlands website. Elimination winners draw for inside posts one-five and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. The $300,000 John Cashman Jr. Memorial, $284,000 Cane Pace, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 6. Hambletonian Day post time is noon. Below are the fields for the two Hambletonian Oaks eliminations: Post Position-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Side Bet Hanover - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson - 8/1 2. Unica Steed - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 6/1 3. Black Broadway - Brett Miller - Michael Eaton - 20/1 4. Dream Child - John Campbell - Linda Toscano - 15/1 5. Caprice Hill - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna - 5/2 6. Dancing In Thehall - Andrew McCarthy - Ake Svanstedt - 10/1 7. Womans Will - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 3/1 8. Windowshopper - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 20/1 9. Ginny Weasley - Scott Zeron - Ake Svanstedt - 15/1 10. Flowers N Songs - David Miller - Paul Reid - 4/1   Post Position-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Wildflower - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 20/1 2. Celebrity Eventsy - John Campbell - Staffan Lind - 6/1 3. Spicedbourbongirl - Jeff Gregory - Jeff Gregory - 30/1 4. Synonymous Hanover - Andrew McCarthy - Chris Oakes - 20/1 5. All The Time - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 9/5 6. Double Exposure - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna - 8/1 7. Miss Tezsla - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 8. Broadway Donna - David Miller - Jim Campbell - 8/5 9. Southwind Pearl - Scott Zeron - Jonas Czernyson - 12/1 10. Gracie Hanover - Corey Callahan - Ake Svanstedt - 30/1   Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, NJ - Harness Racing at The Meadowlands is down to the final two weeks of the Championship Meet and the stars are out on Friday.   The cream of the freshman trotting crop thus far is well represented in two $20,000 elimination races each for the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials housing two-year-old colts and fillies respectively. Their collective aim is to make it through to next week's rich finals on Hambletonian Day, August 6.   The undefeated Rubio takes on six rivals in the fourth race. The tractable son of Cantab Hall has had the right answer each week for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras, most recently a 1:56.1 Kindergarten score by a widening three lengths. Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical share ownership of Rubio.   The tenth race division fields eight and boasts several precocious colts yearning to advance to the $295,000 final.   Takter has a powerful presence here as well in the Italian bred son of French super horse Ready Cash known as Victor Gio IT. Blessed with tremendous speed, Victor Gio IT went off-stride in his first foray under the lights and will require careful handling. Fortunately, Yannick Gingras is able to provide that guidance for the ownership group of Christina, Takter, Antonio Somma & Frencesco Ruscigno of Italy and Nicolas Pietro De Mitri of Sweden.   He'll face Ronnie Burke's What The Hill, winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) final in 1:55.2 earlier this month. What The Hill has speed on both ends and may have a seasoning edge on his chief rival. Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva own the imposing son of Muscle Hill.   These Grand Circuit stakes are designed to showcase extreme talent and ideally provide the stage for intriguing match-ups. The fillies for the Doherty split into a pair of eights and if their past performance is any indicator, next week's $305,000 final has the potential to be one of those races we recall fondly.   The amazing Ariana G is clearly the one to beat in the first division, race two. She's been nothing short of spectacular thus far, romping to a 1:53.4 win in the NJSS filly final by a widening seven lengths under wraps for Gingras. She's also a Takter pupil, owned by the breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Those same connections will bring another prodigy to the party in race eight with That's All Moni. Add George Segal's storied Brittany Farms to the registration with Mssr's Katz and Libfeld and you have the group that shelled out $230,000 for this close sibling to the legendary Snow White. She boasts a pair of PA Sires Stakes wins coming in for trainer Takter and the Yannick Gingras may face one of those "difficult" choices a driver must sometimes face if both fillies advance as expected.   Also among the Friday features is a $25,000 Open trot which older stars like Obrigado, JL Cruze and Hannelore Hanover will use as a springboard into supporting Free For All stakes on the Hambletonian card.   For the horseplayer, we offer a free look into the $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 wagers each week.   Come on along and see the best of the best battle for the big money at The Meadowlands. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations    

A colourful night at the Ballarat trots in winter has potentially converted hundreds of people into harness racing industry enthusiasts. Ballarat and District Trotting Club Chief Executive Paul Rowse described the atmosphere at Bray Raceway as “amazing” on Tuesday night as club sponsor PETstock held its annual conference at the race meeting. Hundreds of colourfully dressed PETstock employees were thrilled with the night’s action, the club reporting on-course turnover and bar and restaurant sales through the roof. Rowse said $24,000 was turned over on-course, up from the usual average of about $10,000 at this time of year, while $10,000 went through the bar. “You’d be lucky to two or three grand normally through the bar on a Tuesday night in winter,” Rowse said. The club also served 320 meals. PETstock Managing Director David Young, who with a group of colleagues is part-owner of recent Group 1 winning filly Petacular, spoke of the exhilaration the ownership group is having with the Michael Stanley trained pacer. "It's been absolutely awesome with Petacular," Young said.  "All the work mates involved are really thoroughly enjoying it and I think there's a bit of regret from the ones who didn't initially want to be in it, given how well she's going." Young said PETstock was enjoying its association with the Ballarat club and added Tuesday night was a fantastic way for staff from all over Australia and New Zealand to catch up. "We had a competition throughout the night where we were all divided up into teams and so in each race the teams were cheering for their horse. It was an awesome scene. And it sounds like a lot of the crew didn't mind a punt because the on-course turnover was well up," he said. Rowse said Young was constantly keen to promote ownership and plenty of the PETstock crew on track were eager to either buy a second horse after the Petacular experience or take their first step into racehorse ownership. “The night showed that if you put in that little bit extra effort then people will leave having had a positive experience and hopefully we’ve got 300 converts to our club and the sport,” Rowse said. “What would otherwise have been a cold, quiet night at the trots turned into a fantastic night full of colour and hopefully we’ll all benefit as an industry from it.” Rowse thanked both Shepparton and Terang clubs for agreeing to calendar changes which allowed Ballarat to race on the night of PETstock’s conference. “The moral is if any club has the potential to attract a big audience or put on a special night then work together with other clubs to make it happen. We’d be willing to do the same if clubs approached us. It’s about collaboration for the betterment of the industry. We were very thankful that Shepparton and Terang were good enough to help us out.” The night was also saw the club utilise electronic betting terminals (EBTs) for the first time, Rowse saying he believed the club was the first non-dual-code racing club to utilise them. About $3000 was turned over through the EBTs. Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Blake Redden was also on hand running a punter’s club, which the colourful PETstock crew – each attendee came dressed in bright colours representing their state – lapped up. The club also ran mobile barrier rides between all races giving attendees a close-up view of the action. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Joe Marsh, Jr., one of harness racing's top drivers from the "glory days" of harness racing, passed away peacefully on June 27 after a long illness. He was 82-years-old. Born on June 20, 1934 at Cadiz, Ohio, Joe Marsh, Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father, beginning as a groom in 1952, and entering the driving ranks in 1959, when he batted .316 against all other North American drivers, placing him 12th in the nation. He soon became one of the leading drivers on the continent, competing at Roosevelt, Yonkers, Liberty Bell, Washington Park, Hazel Park, Wolverine, The Meadows, as well as Sportsman's Park, Maywood, Aurora Downs and Hollywood Park. Marsh Jr. and his son Ron Marsh share membership in the "5,000 win club" as the only father-son driving team in harness racing history to achieve that elite status. Joe drove 5,882 winners to the tune of $36,401,271, and also had the longest streak (35 years) of driving at least 100 winners per season, from 1960 through 1994, and from1978-1992 had consecutive one million-dollar plus seasons. Some of his top horses include: Careless Time, Tarport Hap, Sir Dalrae, Follow That Star, Rambling Willie, Jiffy Boy and Pacific Dream. Marsh also held the distinction of being the first American driver to win the World Driving Championship in 1974. He also represented the U.S. in 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1987, and over the years won driving titles in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. In fact, he won nine consecutive driving titles at all Chicago area racetracks from 1971through 1973, and as a result of that was voted 1973 Horsemen of the Year by Harness Horseman International. Besides steering racehorses in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Joe drove in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. From 1972-1973 Joe finished second to Herve Fillion in North American dash wins, and was also voted Chicago Driver of the Year in 1972. Marsh captured numerous stakes races, and trained and/or drove some of the top horses in the country in some of harness racing's major events for five decades. He won seven American National events and finished third in the Little Brown Jug once. Marsh was proceeded in death by his wife Marge, and is survived by his sisters Donna Dusseau and Patricia Snide and four sons: Ronnie, Ed (Maureen), Robert (Niki), & Dan, and a daughter, Susie Litchfield (Jay). He is survived by grandchildren Deadra, Brad, Ryan, Tara, Chris, Frankie, Eric and Adam; and great-grandchildren include Brooke, Brandon, Mackenzie, Eddie, Logan and Cadence.

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 28, 2016 - Throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, harness racing is held at various distances that can range from sprints of three-quarters of a mile to extra distance races of almost two miles in duration, the same as in Thoroughbred racing. But in North America nearly 99% of all harness racing events are held at just one mile with a few exceptions, and one of those exceptions is taking place at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday. The tenth race for pacers Sunday at 3R will go the extra distance at two miles. And yet this race is only a "prep" for the upcoming August 14 five-mile race called 'Le 5 Milles' at the fair track of St-Aimé des Lacs in Charlevoix, Quebec where the horse will have to do ten laps. This year the Le 5 Milles, one of the oldest stakes races in the sport, will feature its 105th edition. Last year's winner, Sea Donkey and driver Stephane Gendron, ironically, are not in the two-mile race, yet Sea Donkey is racing at 3R Sunday in the 11th race going in a normal one-mile pace. Last year the world record was set at 3R in this two-mile race when Aaron's Mattjesty, driven by Denis St-Pierre, won in 4:03.4. That record is in jeopardy of being rewritten this year. The race favorite Sunday is Strokin, who will start from the second tier in post ten for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Strokin comes into this special race after setting a track record two starts back at Ormstown July 16, winning a 1.5 mile race by three lengths in 3:12.2. The seven-year-old gelding by Whosurboy sports seven wins this season for trainer Yves Tessier, who this year has a very impressive Universal Training Rating (batting average) of .520 at 3R this season. We asked Louis-Philippe Roy about the strategy with Strokin when going into a 2-mile race. "I really don't care about where I am in the race," Roy explained. "I mostly care about how the horse is. I want him to be relaxed. It might be in the pocket as well as upfront, it's not the same with every horse. "Last year when the record for two-miles was set at 3R," Roy said, "We slowed down only for a quarter of a mile from what I remember, and that's why we went that fast." "I really don't know why Strokin did so well last week." Roy said. "The way he raced in the 1.5 mile at Ormstown, it looks like he is good on that kind of extra distance races. Roy has also driven in the Le 5 Milles. "I have driven twice in Le 5 Milles," Roy said. "The first time was with my own horse, Huronexpress and I finished 4th. The second time was last year with Brussebeach, but we didn't go all the distance as I felt he had gave all he had before the end." Does having to start in the race from post ten in the second tier bother Roy? "Post 10 does not worry me on this kind of race." Roy said. Second choice in the race is Hockey Bum from post five for driver Gaetan Lamy. A regular at 3R for many years, the ten-year-old son of Electric Stena won last week on the Quebec Fair Circuit and two starts back was second to Strokin in the 1.5 mile race at Ormstown. A newcomer to Trois-Rivieres is Bazing Brad from post six for driver Stephane Gendron. This five-year-old stallion by Perfect Union is shipping in from Hiawatha Horse Park where had been first, second or third in his last six starts, including a 1:55.3 score. He is also being trained by Yves Tessier. Other contenders in the race include Force Seelster (post seven), Northern Juno (post three) and P L Gyro (post four). Also on the program Sunday are four divisions of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Star reinsman Mark Reed is far from unhappy that stylish four-year-old Kiwi Legend has drawn the inside of the back line in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he gives the gelding a strong winning chance in the Group 3 feature harness racing event. “He has come back really good in this preparation and seems to be improving with every run,” he said. “We’ve got a draw on Friday night that I think could be a good draw; we’ll be behind the leader or three back on the pegs at the worst. “It’s a pretty classy field and there should be plenty of pace on. All we’ll need is a bit of a look at them. I’ll be driving him patiently and he’ll need a bit of luck. I’m sure he will be hard to beat.” Kiwi Legend, trained by Reed’s father Mike, has struck top form. Two starts ago, last Friday week, he began speedily from out wide at barrier eight before working hard outside the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet and then revealing great determination to get up and beat that pacer by a nose after final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.5sec. Then last Friday night the Art Major gelding was restrained to the rear after starting from the No. 9 barrier. He impressed in finishing powerfully from tenth at the bell to be second to the pacemaker Glenferrie Affair over 2130m. Kiwi Legend arrived in Western Australia with a big reputation after winning at his only two starts in New Zealand. He made a great Australian debut, starting at 11/2, leading and winning a prelude of the WA Derby in March 2015, in which 3/1 on favourite Beaudiene Boaz worked hard in the breeze before wilting to finish eighth.  Kiwi Legend rated a smart 1.54.7 over the 2130m journey. “He had a hard run which knocked him around a bit,” Reed said. “He then had a few issues during his second preparation, but this time, touch wood, he’s come back really good. He’s still a bit immature, but he is a class horse and I expect him to go through the classes.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold an extremely strong hand in Friday night’s race in which they have five of the 12 runners --- Char Do Neigh, Bungalow Bill, Mighty Major, Better Scoot and Our Regal Ideal. Char Do Neigh, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier four on the front line, is unbeaten at his first three starts in Western Australia after arriving from New Zealand where he had 30 starts for five wins and nine placings. Char Do Neigh warmed up for the Higgins Memorial in fine style at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when he settled down in tenth position before dashing forward, three wide in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. He fought on grimly to win the 2130m event from Mister Ardee and Livura, rating 1.56.3. Bungalow Bill (barrier six) and Better Scoot (seven) also are racing in fine form, with Bungalow Bill, a winner at nine of his 18 starts, working hard in the breeze when a head second to Three Bears in a qualifying heat at Pinjarra last Monday week after winning easily at Gloucester Park and Bunbury at his two previous outings. Better Scoot’s past eight starts have produced five wins and three seconds and he has the ability to overcome his wide draw. Gary Hall jun. will drive the Michael Brennan-trained four-year-old Rub Of The Green, who has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. “The aim will be to lead,” said Hall. “I have driven him only once and that was at his latest start in a heat of this race when we had no luck at all and were lucky to scrape into the final by finishing fourth behind Three Bears.” Brennan has a good second-string runner in Im Master Charlie, who will be driven by Chris Voak from the outside of the back line. Im Master Charlie sat behind the pacemaker and stablemate Naughty Maravu and fought on gamely when third to that pacer in the 2503m BOTRA Cup last Friday night.  Ken Casellas

Champion four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz is one of the favourites for the interdominion championship later this year, but his harness racing driver Gary Hall jun. is apprehensive about his prospects in the $23,000 Ron Gallop Memorial Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, citing stablemate Cyamach as a major danger. Beaudiene Boaz made a superb return to racing after a six-month absence when he crushed his rivals in a 1730m sprint last Friday week to improve his record to 22 wins from 30 starts for earnings of $997,784. Hall was full of praise for Beaudiene Boaz’s first-up performance, but he admitted that the horse faced a stern task this week from the outside barrier (No. 9) against stablemate Cyamach (Mach Three), who will be driven by Lauren Jones from the No. 5 barrier. “I don’t think that Beaudiene Boaz is a good thing, second-up and over 2536m,” he said. “Mind you, I was pretty impressed with the way he went first-up. However, the way Cyamach is going, he’s a big danger. His run last week was probably his career best.” At his return to racing last Friday week Beaudiene Boaz raced three wide early before surging to the front with 1000m to travel. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. and won by just under a length from stablemate Run Oneover at a 1.53 rate over 1730m. Cyamach started out wide at barrier eight and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be third. Then last Friday night Cyamach started from the No. 6 barrier and raced in the breeze outside stablemate Run Oneover. He refused to give in and fought on grandly to be second, less than a length behind Run Oneover. “Cyamach is the best horse I’ve driven and he has a heart of gold,” said Jones. Beaudiene Boaz and Cyamach are prepared by Gary Hall sen., who also has My Hard Copy and Waylade engaged in Friday night’s race. He has sound prospects of landing the quartet. Ken Casellas

Roaring To Go (Art Major) set a new track record for harness racing freshman fillies in the New York Sire Stakes at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday night. Drawing the outside post in her $54,500 division of the NYSS, Roaring To Go sat last in the early going as first half fractions of 27.2 and 56.4 were set by dueling rivals. Driver Brett Miller moved the Kevin Lare-trained filly to the outside at the half and got the jump on the race's odds-on favorite World Apart (Art Major). Once Roaring To Go cleared the lead, World Apart's impressive final quarter surge was not enough for her to get to her major danger in a mile paced in 1:54, a new track record for two year old pacing fillies. The Linda Toscano-trained Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) moved her career record to three-for-three with Tim Tetrick in the bike behind a front-running score in her $55,500 division of the NYSS while Artrageous (Art Major) and Jim Morrill Jr. went coast to coast in the other $54,500 division of the freshman filly stakes on the night. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga next Tuesday August 2nd when two year old trotting colts come to town. Live racing continues at the Spa on Thursday night with first post time set for 7:05pm.   Mike Sardella

A Queensland harness racing trainer who allegedly assaulted a steward has successfully appealed to have his licence reinstated. Justin Abbott was in February disqualified for two years by Racing Queensland after an inquiry found him guilty of assaulting stipendiary steward Paul Zimmerman the month before. That decision was quashed and set aside by the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justice David Jackson found the inquiry lacked impartiality because the chief steward, who was chairman of the panel that handed down the decision, failed to disclose conversations he had with Mr Zimmerman before and after the alleged incident. Justice Jackson ordered the allegation against Mr Abbott be referred to a different panel of stewards for a new hearing. Reprinted with permission of the site  

After Hambletonian Week is over, a large number of owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, caretakers, journalists and race fans from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe will all be boarding planes and heading to of all places, IRELAND! They will all be coming to Dublin as part of a new age Mecca of harness racing called the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.   But two very prominent owners and breeders in the industry, Joe Bellino, of Rocknroll Heaven, Pet Rock and Bellino Racing stardom and Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, Pure Country, Creatine and Divine Caroline fame are coming to Dublin for more than just a great vacation.   They are also sponsoring races that weekend at Portmarnock Raceway and are big time excited to feel the passion for harness racing that the Irish and UK horsemen and women have for the sport.   The reason that both of these men are not just coming over on holiday, but sponsoring races, came about because of their Facebook friendship with Derek Delaney, the chairman of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM). Derek, along with his brother James, run Oakwood Stud, a prominent breeding and training facility in Ireland and where they stand the former top racehorse, Foreclosure N.   Back in 2011, Derek and James lost their younger brother, Vincent, age 27, after a massive heart attack. Young Vincent was helping run the farm, working with the yearlings and showing great promise in the sport. To honor their late brother, they developed a race in his memory that has grown to become the richest and biggest stakes weekend in all of Ireland and the UK.   To Joe Bellino, his Facebook friendship with Derek Delaney has grown to the point where barely a day goes by that they are not in contact with each other via FB messenger. "I have become great friends with Derek through Facebook." Joe Bellino explained. "We have a lot in common, we both lost our brothers, and I think that has some special meaning to me.   "I am always looking to help (sponsor) groups that help promote harness racing," Joe explained when asked what prompted him to sponsor the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace at Portmarnock Raceway that weekend.   "Derek has a lot of the same love that I do for harness racing," Joe said, "We speak almost every day about racing. I have never met the guy face-to-face, but we are like best friends. It will be so great to finally meet him." "I have never been to Ireland," Joe said. "My mother is from the Dublin area. Maybe I will meet someone who knew her family.   "We are so excited about this trip." Joe explained, "That my wife and I are bringing her mom and most of our team over with us. Maybe eight to ten of us are coming to Ireland.   What does Joe Bellino look forward to most on this trip? "Meeting Derek and his family and then the two race days," Joe said. "I'm ecstatic about all of this. I don't go much to the races here in America. Even for the big races as we feel it is taboo, but I can't wait to come to Portmarnock Raceway for Derek's big weekend."   "I've never been to Ireland and am really excited about going." Adam Bowden said. "My wife Lindsay and I are looking forward to this trip and we are even leaving the kids are home.   "It was Heather Vitale who first came to me to consider sponsoring a race in Ireland at the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend." Adam said. "I wanted to make sure if I was sponsoring a race that I would be to come over and attend. I could not do it last year but made it a priority for this year and it's all come together nicely." Adam and Diamond Creek Farm are the name sponsors of the inaugural filly final of the VDM.   "The story that Heather told us about the VDM weekend was really intriguing," Adam explained, "Then I started reading about it online and then got a hold of Derek. He and others from Ireland and the UK have purchased horses from us over the years and this is a great way to give back and what Derek and his brother James are doing is inspiring in memory of his brother.   "Derek has developed this race and made it really big." Adam said. "They are promoting our sport and Derek has pretty much accomplished all the goals he has put to his committee. Their ability to get this race weekend so popular it is attracting people from all over the world is pretty neat and I wanted to be part of it."   Is there any Irish blood in the Bowden family? "Probably." Adam laughed. "I would have to say yes figuring if you go back far enough we would find some Irish blood.   "Everyone I have ever talked to about this race weekend has said what a wonderful place it is." Adam said, "We're really excited to experience whatever comes our way. Hopefully I will love it so much I will want to come back again next year. It's really shaping up that way." Joining Joe and Adam on this special adventure to Ireland will be Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston and social media extraordinaire Heather Vitale, each of whom, along with this reporter, are making our third straight trip for the VDM.   Newcomers this year include North America's leading driver in 2015, Aaron Merriman, USA's Heather Wilder from the Meadows, Hanover's Murray Brown, Heather Vitale's mom (Joanne Looney-King) and sister Susan and Canada's darling owner, breeder and journalist, Sydney Weaver and her family.   Returning for his second year at the VDM is Dexter Dunn, the reigning world trotting council driving champion along with an entire tour group from down under. Other prominent breeders, owners and horsemen from down under include Alan Galloway, John McDermot, Bill Hutchison, Clive Dalton, Peter Ferguson, Peter Larkin and Steve Phillips.   "It is just so grand that Joe and Adam and everyone is coming to Ireland for the VDM," Derek Delaney said. "My brother James and I and the VDM committee are so thankful to Joe and Adam for their sponsorships and for their friendship. And for sure we will be showing everyone a great time, great racing and hopefully everyone will go home and tell their friends how they must come over to Ireland next year. That's the impression we love to leave with our guests." Just by this VIP guest list alone, Portmarnock Raceway, on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland, is THE place to be the second week of August.   For more information, visit   By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend          

Statistics in the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission annual report for 2015 reflect how integral revenue from slot machines is to purses for Thoroughbred and Harness racing at six racetrack casinos in the state. Total wagering on live races at the six tracks last year amounted to $720,537,799. Purses paid totaled $201,976,424, or 28% of pari-mutuel handle. Purses derived only from handle generally run from 6%-7% on average in the United States, according to Thoroughbred Racing Associations stats. As expected, the percentage of alternative gaming revenue supporting purses was lower for the three Thoroughbred tracks—Parx Racing, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, and Presque Isle Downs & Casino than for the three Standardbred tracks. The Thoroughbred tracks combined for $496,353,661 in pari-mutuel handle in 2015 and Thoroughbred purses paid of $105,408,653, which is 21% of total wagering on live races. Harness racing purses totaled $96,567,771 at Harrah's Philadelphia, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, and Mohegan Sun Pocono. That figure is 43% of total handle of $224,184,138 on live races at the three tracks. A percentage of slots revenue at racetrack casinos and non-track casinos in Pennsylvania goes to the Race Horse Development Fund for purses, breed development, and other programs. On the Thoroughbred side, Parx led the list with total wagering of $254,913,375 and purses paid of $59,905,809 in 2015. The Meadows topped the Standardbred tracks in both categories with total handle of $100,749,974—almost 45% of total harness betting—and $36,214,786 in purses paid last year. The annual report shows that total tax revenue generated by pari-mutuel wagering was $10,026,179 last year. An introduction states that $18 million to $20 million is needed to regulate horse racing in the state each year; legislation signed into law earlier this year calls for a percentage of RHDF revenue to be used to support racing commission operations and programs. Tom LaMarra Reprinted with permission of the site

Trenton, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ed Hart and owner Jeff Snyder might be best known for their successes with pacers, so seeing them team up with a Grand Circuit trotter might appear to be a little out of character. But Hart says training 2-year-old Another Chapter -- who is racing in the second of two Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations Friday (July 29) at the Meadowlands -- isn’t much different than what he is used to. “I don’t think so,” Hart said, when asked if he changes his approach. “A lot of time you just have to take your time. I guess what I’m saying is for both (pacers and trotters). It’s how they develop as they come along. You just have to take your time with it.” Hart has not seen enough of Another Chapter to draw any firm conclusions on his future. He likes what he has seen so far, as the colt has one third-place finish in three starts -- all on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He heads to his Haughton elimination off a fifth-place finish on July 21 at Vernon Downs, where he came home fastest of all, in :27.4, and was beaten only 1-1/2 lengths. Brett Miller will drive Another Chapter on Friday. He is the 4-1 third choice on the morning line, behind two trotters from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, What The Hill (2-1) and Southwind Cobra (3-1). Another Chapter’s sire is Chapter Seven, the 2012 Horse of the Year. His dam is Southwind Catlin, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion at age 2 in 2004. He is a half-brother to 2013 Breeders Crown winner Spider Blue Chip and the family also includes stakes-winner Flawless Bluestone and Pine Schooner, who is the mother of 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner. He was purchased for $125,000 by Snyder -- perhaps best known as owner of 1994 Horse of the Year Cam’s Card Shark and co-owner of 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover -- and Four Friends Racing Stable at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The owners changed his name from Orthodox Blue Chip to Another Chapter. “I think the owners were interested in the first crop of Chapter Seven, and this is another exciting horse coming in,” Hart said. “He’s a well bred horse. That’s what Jeff Snyder has liked.” Hart was unable to make many comparisons between Another Chapter and his parents, as he did not know Southwind Catlin and only saw Chapter Seven race. “He’s not a real big horse, just a nice, medium size horse,” Hart said. “I don’t think Chapter Seven was very big either.” The trainer did note that Another Chapter does share a major trait with his siblings. “I’ve got a few Chapter Sevens and the one thing I’ve liked is all their attitudes,” he said. “He’s got a lot of try. He’s got a very good attitude, he just tries all the time.” Asked if there is anything about the horse that concerned him, Hart said, “I don’t think so. It’s like all young trotters, he’s still a little bit of a work in progress. There are going to be mistakes and bumps down the road but overall he’s been OK. He seems to be getting better each week.” The trainer noted that in the stable, Another Chapter is quiet for a colt, saying “he’s nippy, but he’s good. He’s a happy horse. He’s sharp; not a salty type of horse.” The horse’s health has been solid so far, as he has yet to take a sick day. Immediately after reporting that, Hart laughed and said, “I probably shouldn’t say that. I better knock on wood.” Because his races have been limited so far, Hart doesn’t have a firm idea of what type of trip he likes. Another Chapter has shown a tendency to be aggressive behind the gate, so they have been taking it easy with him. “For the most part, he’s finished up pretty strong in the mile,” Hart said. “I know it’s a tough task (Friday) coming from the sire stakes, but I do like his chances (to advance). I raced him at Vernon and I think the best part of his mile was toward the wire. He’s finishing up real strong.” Hart, who had the sport’s top 2-year-old male pacer in 2004 in Village Jolt (also owned by Snyder); and harness racing’s top 3-year-old male pacer in 2011 in Roll With Joe, has Another Chapter staked up. “We’ll just see how it develops, see how he finishes out the rest of the sire stakes,” Hart said. “I think he has all the major stakes; the Breeders Crown and what not. So we’ll try and get through this week, finish out the sire stakes and see what happens towards the fall. “He’s one of those colts that just seems to get better every week. That’s what you want. We just have to keep going forward.” by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2016 -- The Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids has provided harness racing fans with five decades of excitement, showcasing champions who have paced into history bearing the blanket of orchids bestowed the winner. Champion No. 50 will be crowned Saturday afternoon when nine top 3-year-olds vie for the orchids in the $400,000 Adios final at The Meadows. Which are the most memorable editions of the Adios? Here's a list, admittedly arbitrary, of the Top 10: ADIOS 1, 1967 - Romulus Hanover This Adios came down to Romulus Hanover and Best Of All. Romulus Hanover almost scratched from the championship because of a calcium deposit on his left front leg. But on this particular day the decision was made to race, and Billy Haughton's colt out-maneuvered Best Of All in 2:00.3 to win the inaugural Adios. ADIOS 5, 1971 - Albatross Albatross toyed with the field in the first division, making his move in the stretch and winning easily in 1:58.3. In the second heat it was all Albatross again, this time in 1:59.3. The combined time was a stake record. Albatross was one of the greatest, and he let it be known during this Adios. He would later become the sport's top pacing sire of all time. ADIOS 6, 1972 - Jay Time/Strike Out Dead Heat Strike Out, driven by Keith Waples, and Jay Time, with Gene Riegle aboard, came up with a big surprise. They finished in a dead heat, one of the few in stake racing history and the only one ever in the Adios. Strangely enough, neither won a heat in the event. Strike Out finished second and Jay Time third in their respective elimination heats. ADIOS 8, 1974 - Armbro Omaha Delvin Miller founded the Adios but never won it. He came as close as you could in 1974 but fell short by a whisker. Billy Haughton won another Adios with his horse Armbro Omaha. Delvin's horse, Tarport Low, was less than two inches behind Armbro Omaha at the finish. ADIOS 13, 1979 - Hot Hitter Sonsam was rated just about as unbeatable as any 3-year old-colt when he stopped by The Meadows for this Adios. It rained all day, creating a muddy surface. Hot Hitter and Herve Filion won the first heat in 156.3 while Sonsam and George Sholty were pinned along the rail and couldn't shake free. In the second heat, Sonsam broke stride briefly, tried to make up the ground but couldn't, and Hot Hitter won again. It was a memorable Adios, and Herve Filion standing in the bike in the winners' circle is a moment frozen in Adios history. ADIOS 18, 1984 - Andrel This was the first of the modern-day Adios races contested at night. It rained all evening, but Andrel was not troubled. In the first heat, the colt outdistanced Holmes Hanover in 1:56.4. John Campbell would post a better time in the final, winning in 1:54.2. It's one of eight victories in Adios finals for Campbell, the all-time leader. ADIOS 20, 1986 - Barberry Spur No local colt had ever won the Adios. There was great hope and expectation as Barberry Spur entered this Adios as a favorite. Owned by Roy Davis of Pittsburgh and Barberry Farms of Sewickley, the colt circled the track in 1:53.3 to win the first division of the stake for Dick Stillings. Division two went to Tyler's Mark and John Campbell. Barberry Spur went to the front in the final, a lead that he would not give up. The winners' circle gathering was one of the largest in the history of the track. The final heat time was 1:53.1. ADIOS 33, 1999 - Washington VC What was special about the victory of Washington VC? It was engineered by Dave Palone and remains the only Adios championship for harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver. ADIOS 41, 2007 - May June Character Seventy-one-year-old trainer Mickey Burke had never won a Pace for the Orchids at his home track; when he broke through, he did it in style. Not only did May June Character triumph in 1:51.1 with George Brennan at the helm, but Won The West and Pan Giovanni finished second and third, respectively, giving Burke an Adios sweep. May June Character would be named Pennsylvania Horse of the Year. ADIOS 46, 2012 - Bolt The Duer Bolt The Duer sat in the pocket behind the unprecedented fractions thrown down by A Rocknroll Dream -- three-quarters in 1:19.2 -- then shot the Lightning Lane to score in 1:47.4, fastest mile ever on a five-eighths-mile track. Mark MacDonald drove for trainer Peter Foley. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Two year-olds were on display at Jagersro in the early harness racing program competing in the Avena Service (70,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart). Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) scored in 1.14.1kr at 2/1 odds. Bjorn Goop was the teamster for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Langebro Konsult AB. Roger Malmqvist (trainer/driver) won later in the Certago (70,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) with Farzad Boko (4g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) as 1.9/1 favorite. Drogba Bob (6g Cantab Hall-Keystone Blaze-Angus Hall) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Race time was a quick 1.11.1kr. Untersteiner also won later with Thaiger Exclusive (5g Adrian Chip-Lady Exclusive-Spotlite Lobell defeating the Mr. Pine Chip gelding Gucci Degato. On the Jagersro Tuesday undercard were also some fine events and interesting winners. US import King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) took the Securitas (100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Roger Walmann. SRF Stable owns King City. The 2.6/1 odds performers was timed in 1.10.8kr in defeat of Pepi di Jesolo (7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) with Bjorn Goop driving for Edvin Ceka, the trainer. The Takmontage (100,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) was the late race of the evening and Finland’s Shadow Woodland prevailed for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl clocked in 1.10.4kr (mile rate 1:53.27f) for his third 2016 victory in seven appearances. Italy’s Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) took second for Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, ahead of Exodus Hanover with Kihlstrom the pilot. Other interesting Jagersro victories were earned by 4/5 favorite Sundsvik Mayday (5f Diamond Circle-Heirloom’s Bella-Silver Pine) for Veijo Heiskanen clocked in 1.11.7kr in the Mares Jagersro Center for 70,000SEK to the winner in the mile autostart event. 3/2 odds Sahara One (4m Raja Mirchi-Sahara Shadow-Graduate Student) was also victorious timed in 1.13.1kr in a 2140 meter autostart contest worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Trainer Conrad Lugauer teamed this one. On July 25th the annual Kolgjini Yearling Sale included 99 yearlings (after two scratches) and 66 were sold for a total 26,245,000SEK, an average of 397,652SEK (US$45,969). Five Muscle Hill colts led the way, the only five to yield over 1SEK million. Summary follows along with catalogue link and video links for the top two sellers. These top two are from mares with USA connections, both on the track and in the second case in the breeding shed. 58 Forfantone Am h. Muscle Hill - Tamla Celeber - Cantab Hall 2 700 000 SEK Roger Walman 80 Rudisha h. Muscle Hill - Moonlight Kronos - Viking Kronos 2 400 000 SEK Highlights AB/Whap Trotting AB/Lulzim Kolgjini AB 1 The Real Face h. Muscle Hill - Know It All Face - Viking Kronos 1 600 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB 75 Tiger Face h. Muscle Hill - Top Notch Pellini - Donato Hanover 1 500 000 SEK Leif Bergwall AB 23 Titan Face h. Muscle Hill - Bell Power - Pine Chip 1 400 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB 69 Thatch Her Face s. Joke Face - Iona L.B. - Supergill 900 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB Catalogue Hip 58 Video – Forfantone AM Hip 80 – Rudisha   Thomas H. Hicks  

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