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The richest horse race in Western Australia and the pinnacle of Australasian harness racing is the $1.1 Million Dollar TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final. Following the three heat nights, the top ten point scorers will square off in the Inter Dominion Grand Final over 2936 metres. Over the years, Gloucester Park, and the Inter Dominion, have seen many champions etch their names in the history book, and on Friday December 9 history will again be made in a race for some serious prize money. The honour roll of past Inter Dominion winners reads like a who's who of racing but perhaps the greatest name of them all and certainly the greatest to have graced the track at Gloucester Park was Im Themightyquinn, winner of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Inter Dominion Championships. Hectorjayjay, Smolda and Run Oneover were all winners on the final round of qualifying heats held last night at Gloucester Park. Check back later today for the points table and final field and an updated press release on the final round of heats. For the full results of the nights racing click on this link. Here are videos of the three heat winners last night. Hectorjayjay - Retravision Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 7 Run Oneover - Westral Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 8 Smolda - Garrards Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 9

East Rutherford, N.J. - Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal looks to return to his winning ways in Saturday (December 3) evening's $17,500 pacing feature at The Meadowlands. The harness racing millionaire squares off against six rivals--including the red-hot Bullet Bob and recent Stateside arrival Uncle Lile A--in the night's second of 13 races. Despite a break at the start of his last race, the 4-year-old American Ideal entire proved strong in victory three back, using a first-over bid and a :26.2 closing quarter to defeat Boston Red Rocks and Quality Closer in 1:49.1, a mile which equaled his lifetime mark. Brett Miller drives the 15-time winner from post three in the field of seven. In the Arsenal's entrymate Dream Out Loud N arrives from Harrah's Philadelphia following a win over similar competition on Sunday. David Miller once again will drive the Darran Cassar trainee from post seven, and the pair have been installed as the 2-1 favored entry on the morning line. Bullet Bob has emerged as a sharp contender in recent weeks, and could serve as a likely pacesetter in the race from post six. The 32-time winner controlled the terms in this same event last week, only to be reeled in by pocket rival Mr Hasani N in the last 40 yards of a 1:50.3 mile. Corey Callahan drives the 4-1 third choice for trainer Mark Harder. Also of note in the field is Noel Daley trainee Uncle Lile A, who recently arrived in the United States after a lengthy campaign in Australia. Fellow Australian Andy McCarthy once again will drive the 8-year-old gelding following a sweep of the "Dash for the G-Notes" series in early November and a hard-closing third-place finish behind Dream Out Loud N in their recent Philadelphia matchup. The Saturday sub-feature is the culmination of the Jersey Strong series for $7,500 claiming pacers, with a full field of ten lining up for the night's 12th event. Esprit de Kayjay A is part of the 2-1 favored entry sent to post by trainer Mike Fiumenero after a second-place finish in his Freehold preliminary and a strong 1:53.4 win in his local preliminary last week. David Miller will drive the 60-time winner. As is standard, a combined $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools await players on the Saturday card, along with a pair of 20¢ Jackpot High Five opportunities. Post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

​Winning moments are priceless in the racing game but harness racing driver Matt Anderson has been given a new context on how precious every minute of life is. Anderson left for Perth on Thursday to represent New Zealand in the Australasian Young Drivers' Championship which begins on Friday night. The 24-year-old will drive with the silver fern on his chest and the thoughts of seven-year-old leukemia sufferer Isaac Southerton​ in his heart. Anderson, who will be joined in the New Zealand team by Robbie Close, Brad Williamson and Kyle Marshall, knows he is in a privileged position to represent his country, so wants to use the opportunity to give something back to those who are not so fortunate. READ MORE: * Spirit Eclipse overcomes odds for win at NZ Cup Day * Three months in Ronald McDonald House for Timaru mum * Ronald McDonald House a home away from home * Record effort to claim classic * Lazarus could be one of the greats after destroying field by 10 lengths He will donate his driving fees from the week long series in Western Australia to Ronald McDonald House South Island - which doesn't receive direct government funding - plus $10 from every driving fee he earns until the end of January. ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Finn Southerton gives Lazarus a brush. One of Anderson's sponsors, McMillan Equine Feeds, will also donate $5 per drive through the same period and Anderson is pestering other drivers to join in. The 24-year-old has no affiliation with Ronald McDonald House but came across it when he did "a bit homework" to find a suitable charity. "I'm really fortunate to have been given this opportunity so it's nice to be able to use it to help others, especially families who are going through a tough time," Anderson said. ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Junior driver Matt Anderson is donating his driving fees from the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship to Ronald McDonald House South Island. A visit from Isaac's family, who are currently staying at Ronald McDonald House, to Anderson's workplace has him even more engaged with the cause. Wellington mother of three Adele Southerton​, who lost her own mother to cancer six years ago, has been staying at Ronald McDonald House since October. They were given the life changing news of Isaac's leukemia at 9pm on October 10 and were told to be ready to fly to Christchurch early the following morning with their bags packed for a minimum of six months. "It's not something you process, there is no time, it just happens," Southerton said. Isaac's younger siblings, Lucy (4) and Finn (2), are also in Christchurch. ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Adele Southerton, with her children Finn and Lucy, visit Matt Anderson to see what he does at All Stars Racing Stables. Southerton said it was obviously an incredibly difficult situation but the support of the staff at Ronald McDonald House and meeting families who are in similar situations was a true blessing. "When you see a family like that face to face and you see what they are going through it changes the way you think. If you put your feet in their shoes and walk their path it's very emotional and sobering," Anderson said. Early next year, Isaac faces a possibly life-saving stem cell transplant in addition to extensive chemotherapy but his chances of survival are only around 50 per cent. "It gets tough at times but you have to keep going," Southerton said. "Isaac handles it all very well." The transplant will mean six to eight weeks in Auckland. "It will be March before we get home," she said. Lucy or Finn could play an important part in saving their brother's life, with the family soon to learn if either of the pair are suitable to be donors for Isaac's transplant. Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Matthew Mark says he has been blown away by the generosity and compassion of Anderson who walked in off the street to introduce himself and get a closer look at what the facility achieves. Courtesy of Mat Kermeen  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed trainer Ms Emma Stewart.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Ms Stewart related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Berisari’ following its 1st placing in Race 12, the ‘Empire Stallions VicBred Super Series (4YO Mares) (2nd Semi Final)’, at Melton on 26 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. The charge under AHRR 190B related to stable inspections conducted by HRV Stewards when investigating the arsenic irregularity on 7 August 2015 and 11 September 2015 where Ms Stewart was found not to maintain a logbook as required by the Rules. During the investigation Ms Stewart explained and provided supporting veterinary records to indicate she did not use any arsenic based products and that the only arsenic on her property was within the treated timber fence posts on her property which Berisari had a significant habit of chewing.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Ms Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Ms Stewart guilty though imposed no penalty against Ms Stewart in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Ms Stewart’s property, Ms Stewart’s guilty plea and prior record in regard to this rule whilst presenting over 3,700 horses to race.  The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v The Queen when taking into account the 1 previous matter on Ms Stewart’s record in 2006.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Berisari’ be disqualified from Race 12 at Melton on 26 June 2015, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Owing to the race being a qualifying race for another race, the RAD Board also ordered that ‘Berisari’ be disqualified from its 5th placing in Race 9 at Melton on 4 July 2015.   Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for the relevant races be returned under AHRR 200. Ms Stewart pleaded guilty to the additional charge under AHRR 190B in that she failed to keep and maintain a log book and was subsequently fined $250.   HRV RAD Board Hearing – Paul Rousch The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer Mr Paul Rousch.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Rousch related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Thelongroadnorth’ following its 1st placing in Race 3, the ‘Des O’Keeffe Farrier Pace’, at Terang on 5 January 2016.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Rousch explained that he did not use any arsenic based products and that the only arsenic on his property was within the treated timber fence posts on his property which Thelongroadnorth had a habit of destroying by chewing.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Rousch pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Rousch guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Rousch in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Rousch’s property, Mr Rousch’s guilty plea and his clear record in regard to this rule.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Thelongroadnorth’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Terang on 5 January 2016, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.   HRV RAD Board Hearing – Shane Hillier The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed NSW trainer Mr Shane Hillier.  AHRR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Hillier related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sir Roy’ following its 1st placing in Race 2, the ‘Shepparton Renault Pace’, at Shepparton on 11 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Hillier explained that the only possible explanation for the analysis results were the fence posts on his property which had been chewed, with Mr Hillier indicating that he used an arsenic based product throughout his career in accordance with his usual practice and understanding of the withholding period for such product called Invigorate which he viewed as being helpful with respect to a horse’s appetite and coat. Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts from Mr Hillier’s NSW property revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Hillier pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Hillier guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Hillier in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Hillier’s property, Mr Hillier’s guilty plea and prior record in regard to this rule whilst presenting over 900 horses to race.  The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v The Queen when taking into account the 1 previous matter on Mr Hillier’s record in 2009.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Sir Roy’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 11 June 2015, under AHRR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for the relevant race be returned under AHRR 200. Harness Racing Victoria

The chance to pit themselves against some of Australia’s best young talents and experience harness racing in another country has some of New Zealand’s youngest driving stars excited about the week ahead. Robbie Close, Matt Anderson, Kyle Marshall and Brad Williamson departed New Zealand yesterday (Thursday) to head to Western Australia to compete in the biannual Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship - charged with the hopes of a country on their young shoulders. The Kiwi quartet, along with six of the best youngsters in Australasia will go head-to-head in a 10 race series over the next week, with the final race of the series held on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Gloucester Park. For Close, the most experience of the four, it’s an exciting prospect. “I can’t wait to get over there and get into it,” he said. “It’s a real honour to represent your country and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity.” Despite losing his junior driver licence at the end of the 2015-2016 season, Close is allowed to compete in the series by virtue of the fact he is the defending champion of the Series and that he still fits into the required age bracket. “I never even really thought about it to be honest so it was pretty overwhelming to get the news.” Close won the Series when it was held in New Zealand two years ago in a brilliant display of driving and he will be looking to repeat the dose in Western Australia. “It’s a very strong crop of drivers, there is some real experience in there. Guys like Jason Lee and Todd McCarthy have driven in some pretty big races so it’s going to be a real test on their home turf. “But any of us four Kiwi guys are capable of giving it a really good shake I reckon, and it’s going to be a great group to be a part of and to spend some time with.” Just one win shy of 150 career wins, Close said he had searched out the advice of some New Zealand drivers who had experienced racing in Western Australia and been busying himself with watching plenty of racing. “I hit up the likes of Dexter Dunn and Gavin Smith about what it’s like and they were great and I’ve tried to watch as many races as I can from over there too.” For Anderson, who is still a relative new face in the driving ranks, the prospect of the experience is leaving him fizzing. “It’s going to be a really good experience to tick up and I’m looking forward to getting over there and doing my best to get some results on the board.” Like Close, Anderson has spent plenty of time pouring over videos and has plans to talk to his boss Mark Purdon, who is currently over there, when he arrives. “Mark and Natalie have three horses over there are the moment so I’ve been watching them race and looking at the racing pattern pretty closely. It’s completely different to the New Zealand style of racing, that’s for sure.” The competition kicks off on Friday night at Gloucester Park with the first heat at 11.15pm (NZT) before competition moves to Bunbury on Saturday for a further two races. There are then further heats at Pinjarra, Northam and Narrogin before it’s the final race of the series on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Gloucester Park on December 9. Matt Markham

DOVER, Del.--- Nike Franco N stepped out of the distaff ranks to beat the top pacers at the track in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Sicily held off the opposition to take the $27,500 Delaware Special on a talent-filled Thursday, Dec.1 harness racing program at Dover Downs. Driver Tim Tetrick sent unbeaten in the U.S. mare Nike Franco N out of fourth along the passing lane to reach to finish line first in a personal best 1:51 to win her third in-a-row since leaving New Zealand. Ideal Cowboy cut out some of the early lead fractions for Vic Kirby and also closed on the inside to just miss victory finishing second. Bettor's Edge came on strongly on the outside for Yannick Gingras for third place. Dancin Yankee (Cory Callahan) led turning for home was in the win photo but had to settle for fourth place. Owner Rich Polluci purchased Nike Franco N after completing her career Down Under and didn't race her until mid-October. In three starts versus female rivals the North American-style bred McArdle-Nearea Franco six-year-old overwhelmed her opponents. Trainer Jim King was forced to move her to the top class event. In intercontinental races, Nike Franco N has now won $135,429 this year and $365,243 in her career. Allan Davis recorded his third win on the card piloting Sicily, an Art Major-Capri Hanover four-year-old gelding, to victory in 1:51.3 in the $27,500 Delaware Special edging the fast-finishing veteran Mustang Art (Sean Bier) and front-pacing Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) at the wire. It also was the third win for trainer Wayne Givens and second for owners Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Soto took the early lead and was not caught in a 1:5.1 wire-to-wire triumph with Art Stafford Jr. driving the Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty four-year-old owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta to victory, the second of the day for the driver and trainer, Eric Ell. Arque Hanover (Callahan) was runner-up. Race favorite Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed strongly but had to settle for third. The longest price of the day came when Ross Wolfenden drove Pamela Plante's Suchasensenceofhumor, off at 45-1, to a last step win in the $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace nipping leader Poisonous (Gingras) in a 1:52.2 mile. Acting Out (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. It was win #5 this season for the altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Don't You Smile who has earned $$65,862 in 2016. Overlooked at 14-1, Special T Rocks and Jim Morand scored a 1:51.2 decision in the $15,000 Male pace. Joe Hundertpfund conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special veteran for owner John Cancelliere. A lifetime winner more than $550,000, Special T Rocks won for the seventh time this season raising his bankroll to $70,004. Jet Away (Callahan) was second with Captive Audience (Gingras) third. Allan Davis, Tim Tetrick and trainer Wayne Givens had three wins each. Art Stafford Jr. trainers, Jim King and Eric Ell plus owners Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del. had doubles. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays this meet. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Plan to watch live racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant where reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight.   Marv Bachrad  

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Chairman Dale Monteith today announced the appointment of David Martin as Chief Executive Officer, HRV. Mr Monteith said HRV was fortunate to have secured an experienced CEO with a track record of success in transforming organisations, including the key areas of consultation, engagement, product development and revenue growth. "Following an extensive search I am proud to announce David Martin has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, 9 January, 2017," Mr Monteith said. "In governance terms the most important decision a board can make in its lifetime is the appointment of a CEO with all the necessary skills and expertise. David brings much needed commercial expertise to the role as a long-serving and highly successful CEO, having held leadership positions across a range of areas." Mr Martin said his passion for racing in Victoria stemmed from fond memories of visiting race tracks across the state with his dad, through to 'Dad and Dave' days at the track in the latter stages of his father's life. "I'm really looking forward to revisiting some tracks I haven't seen in a while, and others I've never been to. Most importantly, I look forward to talking with all of our people about the future of our industry," Mr Martin said. "I know there is tremendous pride and passion for harness racing, so I will start by listening and then convert ideas into initiatives and strategies that will enable us to achieve our goals." Having lived and worked in Melbourne as well as the Wimmera, Gippsland, Ovens Murray and Bendigo regions, Mr Martin said he had a strong understanding of communities throughout Victoria. Mr Martin said he was aware of the challenges facing the industry, including declining revenues and other industry KPIs, but added: "These aspects only further energise my desire to bring our industry together behind a common goal." Mr Monteith said HRV Interim CEO Kay Rundle had provided strong leadership and wise counsel to the HRV Board since her appointment in July. "It would be remiss of me if I did not thank and pay due credit to Kay Rundle, who has served as Interim CEO," Mr Monteith said. "Kay has achieved more in her short time than the board could have expected and this work critically will enable our new CEO to hit the ground running with a 2017 agenda that will herald an era of change for the industry." Harness Racing Victoria

December 1, 2016 - 1.2/1 favorite Daida de Vandel (3f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) held off two others to secure victory in the harness racing Gr. III monte Prix Urgent (purse €90,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ch. Germain. 23/1 Dino de Jilme (3g Orsy Dream-Une du Maine) was a close second for P.Y. Verva and 9/1 Dragon d’Avril (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’Avril) landed third for jockey Adrien s’Avril and owner/trainer Sebastian Houyrey. The winner was clocked in 1.16.5kr off even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Paul Buquet (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) for upper class trotters went to 7.7/1` Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Java du Banney) and jockey Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie du Grand Buisson. 2.9/1 Nene’Degli Dei (9g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) from Italy was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard, and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 12/1 Texas de l’Iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliadra de l’Iton) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque, ahead of 4/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. 1.9/1 The Tiger (9g Nelson de Vandel-Notre Dame Bourbon) was fifth for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Benjamin Goetz. Time for the winner was 1.14.5kr. Veloce du BanneyThe Prix d’Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) went to 51/1 Douceur de Vivre (3f Rocklyn-Resless) that rallied between rivals to win for breeder/driver Jean-Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 5.4/1 Diamond Crown (3f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) was second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato, owner Lady O’Reilly and breeder Ecurie D. 6.1/1 Doria Desbois (3f In Love With You-Ivaniez) was third Action returns to Vincennes tomorrow with the Gr. III Prix Ourasi for two year olds. Everest Vedaquais is the likely favorite. On Saturday three groupe events highlight the program along with the eighth edition of the Prix des Rencontres Internationale. Sunday’s program include five groupe contests headed by the €150,000 purse Grand National du Trot Finale. Swedishman, Val Royale and Ultimate du Rib are in the Gr. II field that will battle over 2850 meters. Thomas H. Hicks    

Harness racing owner Tom Hill, Lancaster, UK and Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, Ohio are pleased to announce that they have reached and agreement to syndicate and stand Racing Hill (Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals-American Ideal) 2, 1:51.2, 3, 1:48 ($1,727,689.00) at Hickory Lane Farm beginning in 2017. A winner in excess of 1.7 million dollars, Racing Hill retires to stud with the credentials of a true champion. At two, while establishing his 1:51.2 mark on a sloppy track, Racing Hill won such prestigious races as The Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes and an elimination of The Breeder's Crown. This year at three, Racing Hill is currently the second leading money winner of all aged horses ($1,594,366.00) second only to Wiggle It Jiggleit. He also recorded the fastest winning time in the Breeder's Crown history (1:48) for three year old colt pacers at The Meadowlands surpassing the great Somebeachsomewhere's mark of 1:48.1. In addition, Racing Hill has won several of the prestigious three year old stake races. Besides winning the Breeder's Crown, Racing Hill recorded victories in the $500,000 Hempt Final at Pocono, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers, and the $400,000 Adios Pace at The Meadows. He was a fast closing second in a photo finish for win in The Meadowlands Pace and was a strong secong in the 1 million dollar North America Cup. Racing Hill is currently being syndicated by Hickory Lane Farm and will stand for an introductory Service Fee of $6,000.00 (US). Information regarding syndication or purchase of shares or individual bookings may be obtained by contacting Hickory Lane Farm, c/o Ashley Stickel, Office Manager, (419) 422-3004, ashley@hickorylanefarm.com; or, Kevin Greenfield, Syndicate Manager, Hickory Lane Farm, (419) 346-0609, kgreenfield@gkflaw.com. Racing Hill - 50th Delvin Miller Adios 3yo Open Pace Racing Hill  - Breeders Crown 3yo C&G Pace Final

GUELPH, ON - Whatever your budget, there's plenty of opportunity to ensure you have a share of a harness racing yearling under the tree for Christmas morning. That's the message of the season at The Stable.ca, which will host a public Open House & Horse Sale and video broadcast of the event on Saturday, December 10 at Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required and a non-perishable food item for the Guelph Food Bank is appreciated. All ages are welcome. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be available. The Stable.ca, is a racehorse ownership venture launched in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent racehorse driver and a well-known harness racing industry advocate. The MacDonalds built this 'fractional ownership' stable as a bridge - a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. There are currently 62 horses and 153 active racehorse owners in The Stable.ca. During the Open House & Horse Sale event, guests are invited to meet the horses and chat with the MacDonalds, and meet other racehorse owners in The Stable.ca and industry professionals. A video broadcast, featuring a drone camera over the racetrack, kicks off at 10:45 a.m., when 40 yearlings will train on the racetrack in sets of six. Some of North America's top drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while pro TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees and conduct interviews. The broadcast will be streamed via Facebook Live on The Stable.ca Facebook page from10:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Stable.ca is inviting other trainers to participate in the event, at no cost. "It's an opportunity for trainers to showcase a horse or two of their own that they're selling shares of," said Anthony MacDonald. "They'll have a different audience than usual, and the chance to network with people who are looking to get into the game." Interested trainers must contact MacDonald no later than Dec. 7 to participate. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on Dec. 9/16, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House & Horse Sale. Complete event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. Other media about The Stable.ca: The Sun: Feb. 20/16 article and video Prime Time Sports The Fan 590 interview, March 2016 FFI: Anthony MacDonald anthony@thestable.ca (519) 400-4263

November 30, 2015 - Today’s Quint+ Prix de la Camarque (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 13/1 odds and 1.16kr timed Avrik de Guez (6G Joker de Rozoy-Quoumbaya de Guex), racing barefoot for harness racing driver Gabriel Gelormini and owner/trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 2/1 A Nice Boy (6g Niky-Pretty Perle) took second with David Thomain up and third went to 4/1 Auch (6g Niky-Migraine) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. This day the Prix de Picardie (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.15.8kr timed Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender). Anthony Barrier was the pilot of this 7.3/1 winner that Fabrice Soulot trains for Scuderia Eurocolor SRL. The next two across the line were also Souloy trainees. Second was 4.3/1 Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) for driver Franck Nivard and owner St. Szwarc. 3.6/1 Currency (4f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) was third with J-M Bazire aboard for owner Ecurie Le Tremont. The Prix Jean Maurice Beteua (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 5/2 odds Dunbar (3m Look de Star-Ima du Houx) timed in 1.15.1kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. 1.7/1 Diego du Guelier (3f Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) was second for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer Denise Mottier. 7.8/1 Derby de Sauvigne (3g Othello Bourbon-Sata Josselyn) was third for Michel Lenois. On the evening November 29 program the featured Prix Lachesis (purse €58,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.13.1kr clocked, 5/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 3/1 Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) and third was 3.1 Barbue (5f Hermes du Buisson-Harengere) The comping weekend at Vincennes includes  multiple upper class events, worth watching. Thursday is the Gr. II Pix Paul Buquest and Gr. III Prix Urgent, both for monte trotters. Friday is the Gr. III Prix Ourasi for two year olds. Saturday includes three groupe events and Sunday has four groupe trots including the Masters Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf. Thomas H. Hicks  

DOVER, Del.--- Theresademoninme scored a 1:52.4 lifetime best winning the $20,000 Open Handicap trot Mare giving harness racing trainer Dylan Davis three wins for the day on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts guided the Kadabra-Tortoni five-year-old gelding to his 10th win of the campaign, his second straight Open for Mike Casalino and co-owner Dylan Davis, his second on the card. Theresademoninme pulled away from race favorite Glenferrie Dreamer (Pat Berry) in the stretch for his third win in his last four outings. He has earned $122,861 this year and $237,253 lifetime. Tag Up And Go (Corey Callahan) overtook Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to finish third. Celebrity Pegasus notched a 1:54.3 victory in one of two $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winner-Over trots with Art Stafford in the bike. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms own the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena four-year-old who won for the seventh time this season with $71,605 earnings. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan), and Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The other $15,500 section found Gillie The Kid and Tim Tetrick hold off fast finishing Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) by a nose in 1:55.3 to give trainer Scot Domenico a double. Jovannie Vilanova owns the three-year-old gelding by Northern Kid-Campaign Wife.  Another sophomore Cicada’s Song (Carlo Poliseno) was the show finisher. Yannick Gingras, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins apiece, Corey Callahan and owner Dylan Davis had two wins each.  The week’s top pacers meet on a talented Thursday card led by the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- Thursday is now top pacing day at Dover Downs. The twin harness racing features are the $30,000 Preferred and the $27,500 Delaware Special. Post time for the 15-race program is 4:30 p.m. Nike Franco N, a recent purchase by Rich Pollucci, has been unbeaten in her three starts since arriving from New Zealand. She has overwhelmed the top female pacers winning twice from post 8 including a 1:51.4 victory in her last start. Tim Tetrick will drive the six-year-old, the only distaff in the eight horse field. She will take on several fast veteran pacers in the feature including Bamond and J&T Silva Stables' Ideal Cowboy, a 1:51.1 winner last time. Vic Kirby will be at the controls. Sweet Rock is another contestant coming off a victory. Allan Davis will drive for trainer Wayne Givens and owners R.A. Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing. Three other starters are winners of more than a million dollars; Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing's veteran Dancin Yankee piloted by Corey Callahan, an 8-time winner this season and in-the-money in 20 of 29 against top company/ Bettor's Edge, driven by Yannick Gingras is owned by Weaver Bruscemi Burke Racing an M1 stables, a winner of three of his last five outings and Vegas Vacation with David Miller and owners Tony Beaton and West Wins Stable. Major Uptrend leaves from the rail for Montrell Teague and owner Howard Taylor while Pat Berry drives JCraparotta & Berry Racing's Vapour N from outside post 8. In the $27,500 Delaware Special co-feature, red hot Little Ben (Kirby), a winner of his last three top class successes including a 1:50 conquest, leaves from post 8 for owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King. Making his first local start is Jenny Bier's Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) after a win at Chester in his previous outing. The fast Mustang Art (Sean Bier) just missed last week by a neck for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, Remember Me VK (Teague) also was a strong second a week ago. Sicily (Allan Davis) racing for Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing can not bne ovderflooked. Art and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox, a standout last season, makes only his third start of the meet. The other contenders are Dawn Webb and trainer Bill Bright's Rock N' Roll Jet (Bret Brittigham) from the rail and driver George and Tina Dennis Racing's newcomer Seventh Secret. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday - live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch races and enjoy good food in Dover Downs Winner's Circle Buffet daily. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

The seemingly impossible occurred at Donaldson Park in Bunbury on Tuesday night when harness racing superstar Lennytheshark was beaten into fourth place in the sixth heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship. It was the first time in 637 days that the reigning interdominion champion had failed to finish in the top three placings. However, trainer David Aiken declared after Lennytheshark’s fourth behind Bling It On, John of Arc and Waylade that he was not concerned at the defeat. “I’m not disappointed and he’ll bounce back at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” Aiken said. And his optimism increased considerably on Wednesday morning when Lennythshark drew the coveted No. 1 barrier in the Westral interdominion qualifying heat No. 8. Lennytheshark started from the inside of the back line in Tuesday night’s 2100m heat. He was favourite at 2/1 on. Ima Connoisseur revealed his customary brilliant early speed and was untroubled to lead from barrier four. John of Arc (9/2) quickly dashed forward to race in the breeze, with Waylade trailing the pacemaker and Bling It On (13/2) enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Chris Alford settled Lennytheshark in eighth position in the one-wide line. Alford sent Lennytheshark forward, three wide, 650m from home and the seven-year-old fought on gamely to finish just over two lengths from the winner after the final two quarters were covered in 27.5sec. and 27.3sec. Aiken said that the race wasn’t run to suit Lennytheshark, who faced a massive task with the final 800m (off the front) whizzing by in 54.8sec. “He has pulled up well and there are no problems,” he said. Lennytheshark’s previous 21 starts had produced 14 wins, six seconds and one third. His previous unplaced effort was his sixth behind Beautide in the final of the interdominion championship at Menangle in March 2015. That sixth was Lennytheshark’s only unplaced effort in his previous 37 starts (24 wins, ten seconds and two thirds) before his comparative failure on Tuesday night. On Friday night Lennytheshark should be capable of holding up from fast beginners Bettors Fire (barrier two) and Franco Nelson (three) and setting the pace in the 2536m heat. Bettors Fire, Franco Nelson and Run Oneover appear Lennytheshark’s main rivals. Bettors Fire, who led from barrier three and won from Smolda and John of Arc in a 2130m heat at Gloucester Park last Friday night, raced in sixth position in the one-wide line when a fighting fifth behind Hectorjayjay over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday night. Smolda, second favourite at 7/4, finished third behind Run Oneover (6/4 favourite) and Freyberg in a 2100m heat on Tuesday night after racing in the breeze for the entire final circuit. Run Oneover, trained by Gary Hall sen., began speedily from the No. 4 barrier and he gave a powerful frontrunning performance to win by 2m from Freyberg (who trailed the leader). After a fast lead time of 34.4sec. and opening sections of 30.3sec. and 29sec. Run Oneover sprinted over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 26.8sec. and his rate of 1.53.8 set a track record for 2100m. “I couldn’t be happier,” said reinsman Clint Hall. “Run Oneover proved on the first night (when second to Hectorjayjay after over-racing in the breeze) that he was up to them and he’s put them away tonight. It was a pretty decent field and he did it in good fashion. “He was good tonight even though we had to open him up early. He came back to me, which was pleasing. I knew that we would cop some pressure from Smolda at some stage, and it all worked out well. I had a plan and that was to keep Smolda, when he came, at my wheel. And Run Oneover was good enough to keep Smolda at my wheel for the rest of the race. “Run Oneover broke 27sec. for the final quarter to show that he has a chance in the final. We’ll need a bit of luck to beat the good ones, but it is not beyond him.” Click on this link for the full fields on Friday night at Gloucester Park Ken Casellas

Rising harness racing star Hectorjayjay possesses dazzling pace, but he is certainly not just a speed machine, according to his driver Josh Aiken. “Going up from the first two rounds of heats over 2130m and 2100m to 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night will not trouble him,” Aiken said. Hectorjayjay, the only unbeaten runner after the two nights of qualifying heats and a warm favourite for the $1.1 million final of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship on Friday week, will start from barrier five in the Retravision interdominion qualifying heat No. 7 on Friday night and his clash with John of Arc promises to be a highlight of the ten-event program. “There’s no doubt that this horse can run a 26sec. flat quarter,” Aiken said. “He’s a pretty quick horse who ran his final quarter in 26.3sec. when he led and won the Swan Hill Cup over 2790m in October. “He has also run some crazy quarters from back in the field and I’m confident that he can sit off any speed and be quick enough to run past some nice horses.” Aiken said he was not concerned that Hectorjayjay (trained by his father David) would have to run in a heat over 2536m and the $1.1 million final on Friday week over 2936m. “We’ve given him two starts over longer trips (in the 2790m Swan Hill Cup and the 2650m Yarra Valley Cup) and he went really well,” Josh Aiken said. “He won very well at Swan Hill and then ran second to Restrepo at Yarra Valley when Restrepo was outstanding on the day. “I don’t think that the longer distances in his next two runs will worry him too much. He’s grown a bit of strength and has now got a bit more bottom. I’m really looking forward to his next two runs; he should be fitter after his two heat wins. I can’t wait. “Now, after his Bunbury win (when he led from barrier two and was not extended in winning from Our Jericho and Ultimate Art), it’s all about recovery and refreshing him. He’ll spend time at the beach and have a light jog the day before his race on Friday.” Favourite at 10/1 on in the fifth qualifying heat at Bunbury on Tuesday night, Hectorjayjay was not troubled to burst straight to the front from barrier two before an easy lead time of 35.4sec. and a slow opening 400m section of the final mile in 31.3sec. He strolled to victory after a slick final 800m in 53.7sec. and crossed the line more than two lengths ahead of Our Jericho, who had trailed him throughout. “It was pretty moderate early and then he copped a bit of pressure (from Ultimate Art) through the middle half and was still able to rattle off a 26.6sec. final quarter which was really pleasing,” Aiken said. “Ultimate Art is a really nice horse and is a big, good-looking horse who is actually quite intimidating. He’s got a lot of presence and so it was quite intimidating to have him up on the outside with two nice horses, Major Crocker and Bettors Fire, on his back. It was all so pleasing to go to the line on the bit and with his plugs in.” John of Arc, trained by Clive Dalton, is one of the big improvers in the series and he will have admirers from the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s seventh heat. The lightly-raced injury-plagued seven-year-old produced a wonderful effort when second to the fast-finishing Bling It On in the sixth heat on Tuesday night. He raced three wide early and then in the breeze before surging past the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur and getting to the front 120m from the finish before he was swamped by Bling It On, who had enjoyed a perfect one-out, one-back trail for Luke McCarthy. This followed John of Arc’s excellent third behind Bettors Fire and Smolda in the second heat last Friday night when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from sixth at the bell. Ken Casellas

Star harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. is looking forward with enthusiasm to driving Beaudiene Boaz in the ninth qualifying heat on Friday night and the $1.1 million final of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park a week later. Beaudiene Boaz, an up-and-coming five-year-old prepared by ace trainer Gary Hall sen., followed his excellent second to Lennytheshark last Friday night with a sound fourth behind Hectorjayjay in the fifth heat in Bunbury on Tuesday night. “I was happy with the way he was travelling, and he wanted to go, in his heat in Bunbury,” Hall jun. said. “He was bolting turning for home and I should’ve come off (the inside) on the bend. But I thought I would stay on the pegs because I thought that Ultimate Art would drop off after doing a bit of work. “We didn’t get clear running until inside the final 100m, and by then it was too late.” Beaudiene Boaz is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven in Friday night’s 2536m heat, in which he will clash with Luke McCarthy’s Bling It On (a brilliant winner in a Bunbury heat), Our Jericho, Smolda, Simply Susational and Ultimate Art. However, he looks set to fight out the finish. The Ross Olivieri-trained Our Jericho is one of the surprise packets of the series and is on track to contest the $1.1 million final on Friday week after his fourth behind Lennyhtheshark and his second to Hectorjayjay on the first two nights of the series. Our Jericho is handily drawn at barrier two and Chris Lewis will have the option of taking a sit behind the polemarker Simply Susational or attempting to get to an early lead and then dictate terms in front. Our Jericho, a former New Zealand performer and a splendid frontrunner, has flourished since arriving in Western Australia where he has had 24 starts for Olivieri for nine wins and seven placings. He sat behind the pacemaker Hectorjayjay and fought on determinedly when second to that pacer on Tuesday night. Simply Susational impresses with his powerful finishing bursts and is not generally recognised as a frontrunner. However, there is certainly some prospect that Ryan Warwick will attempt to use the horse’s good gate speed and set the pace. Simply Susational led from barrier four when a three-length winner from stablemate Ima Tragedy, rating 1.52.6 over 1730m at Gloucester Park last May. He also led and won sprint events at Narrogin and Gloucester Park in November 2014. Bling It On cannot be underestimated. He has sprinted home in dashing style to win from Lennytheshark twice from his past five starts. He began fast from barrier three before obtaining the one-out, one-back sit on his way to his stylish fast-finishing victory over John of Arc on Tuesday night in a heat in which the final quarters were run in 27.5sec. and 27.3sec. Ken Casellas

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