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March 21, 2018 - 25/1 Vent d’Ouest (9g Kiwi-Ode Perlee) rallied late for harness racing trainer/driver Dominik Cordeau to record a 1.15kr victory in the featured Q+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €45,000, 2550 meters, 16 European starters, distance handicap), this one contested at Beaumont de Lomagne. The winner secured his 13th career win now for €232,240 earned. 7/1 Shark Attack (10g April Perfect-Step By Step) was a game second, racing two and three wide throughout, for owner/trainer/driver Mario J. Vandooyeweerd. 4.9/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third driven by Leo Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Blue Pass and Utile Lebel completed the top five. Last evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes with a 20:00 post time. The Prix Eos (purse €43,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 9/1 odds Deesse Noire (5f Neoh Jiel-Obelie) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for breeder/owner/trainer Bernard Desmontils. 7.6/1 Divine Girl (5f Notre Haufor) held second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Yves Dreux, ahead of 42/1 Dune de l’IUunay (5f Loulou Jet) with Anthony Barrier aboard. The evening’s featured Prix Bernard Simonard (monte, apprentice, purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.1kr quick timed 3.9/1 Benjamin Gede (7f Insert Gede-Niguette Gede) with jockey Louis Jublot in the irons. Alexandre Pillon owns and trains the winner that defeated 1.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (6g Nahar de Beval) with J.Y. Ricart up. J-M Bazire trains this one. Third was 18/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Mormal) for Theo Peltier. Also raced on the Vincennes petite piste was the monte Prix Canopus (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters). 10/1 Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr for Matthieu Abrivard. Julien Dubois owns and trains the winner that was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. 3.2/1 Evidence Fly (4f Rocklyn-Oh Butterfly) was second, she trained by owner Julien Dubois, also the breeder. 7.5/1 Etincello Delo (4f Quaker Jet-Reverie d’Ar) took the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks

Hightstown, NJ --- When Clyde Perfect watched his cousin, trainer Ron Potter, win the Little Brown Jug with Big Bad John in 2011, he decided it was time to get involved in harness racing as a horse owner. Perfect -- who created the Perfect North Slopes ski area in southern Indiana nearly four decades ago and worked previously as a bricklayer, brick contractor, and farmer -- was a mere 78 years young at the time. “I’m just a rookie in the business,” the now 84-year-old Perfect said with a laugh. “When Ron won the Little Brown Jug, I thought, I ought to get one of them and let Ron train it. So that’s what I did.” Perfect, who lives in Indiana, along the Ohio River west of Cincinnati, raced his first horse in 2013 and has enjoyed his share of success over the years, with 80 wins and nearly $1.25 million in purses. Male pacer Ollie Pop won a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship and finished third in the Ohio Sire Stakes final as a 2-year-old in 2014 and filly pacer Pearl Crush won an Ohio Breeders Championship at age 2 in 2017. And then there is Zoe Ellasen, named after two of Perfect’s great-granddaughters. The 4-year-old female pacer has won 13 of 41 races and earned $245,465 heading into Friday’s $25,000 Fillies & Mares Open Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. She is 9-2 on the morning line, with Tyler Smith driving for Perfect and trainer Potter. Perfect purchased Zoe Ellasen for $9,500 under the name Evil Woman at the 2015 Ohio Selected Jug Sale. She is a daughter of Santanna Blue Chip out of Spring Delight, who is a full sister to multiple-stakes-winner Bettor’s Edge. “She was raised by a guy I kind of knew and I didn’t think she was all that expensive, so why not,” Perfect said about buying Zoe Ellasen. “She’s done real well. She’s the best one I’ve had. As long as she keeps doing good we’ll keep going and seeing what she can do. “Maybe someday she will be a nice broodmare for somebody,” he continued, adding with a laugh, “That’s like buying green bananas, those broodmares.” Zoe Ellasen’s career wins include multiple divisions of the Ohio Sire Stakes series. She was third in the championship as a 2-year-old and fourth last season at 3. She finished third in last year’s Circle City, which was won by Agent Q, and she competed in the Jugette, finishing fifth in her elimination and missing a trip to the final by a quarter-length. Several races earlier on the Jugette card, Pearl Crush had won her division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. “That was really great,” Perfect said. “When I’m feeling low, I go back and watch the replay.” Of course, the Jugette is held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, which is also home to the Little Brown Jug. Perfect was no stranger to the Jug prior to Big Bad John’s win in 2011, but Big Bad John’s victory was not surprisingly the most impactful. “A lot of guys race all their lives and never get in that winner’s circle,” Perfect said. “I had family ties to the sport, but just never got involved until then. We had quarter horses when my kids were young. Not racing quarter horses, just pleasure quarter horses. I wish I’d gotten involved a little earlier, but it was tough with getting the ski area going and running that.” Perfect expects to have 10 to 12 horses, mostly Ohio bred, in action this year. “I just enjoy watching the horses race,” he said. “It’s been fun and exciting.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Harness racing this week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features five $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 23) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 24) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night (March 17), with five $50,000 divisions. From post position two, season-debuting Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) threw down an early series gauntlet, retaking from Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) en route to a handy 1:53.3 win. Chumlee A chased, beaten 1-3/4 lengths, with pole-sitting Bettor Memories (Kyle Husted) a three-hole third. For Mach It So, an 8-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was a 41st career victory as he nears $2.5 million in career earnings. It was first-up and first home for Always At My Place (George Brennan) in the second division. From post two, he engaged last season's series winner Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) after that one's intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.3. Always At My Place forged by late, beating a pylon-skimming Mister Daytona N (Jordan Stratton) by a head in 1:54. Christen Me N (Tetrick), angling from the pocket as Keystone Velocity tired, was third, beaten a neck. Always At My Place, a 7-year-old Always A Virgin gelding, is co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Polester Dr J Hanover (Brett Miller) took one step forward and the rest of the field deferred. The result (:28.2, :58.1, 1:26.4, 1:55) was nary more than a public workout. Dr J Hanover won by 1-3/4 lengths, with Somewhere In L A (Jason Bartlett) a first-up second and favorite All Bets Off (Yannick Gingras) a loose-pocket third. For second choice Dr J Hanover, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman and trained by Tony Alagna, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. Odds-on Rockin Ron (Gingras) -- from post four -- rebounded from a poor effort in his final pre-series overnight event and went the distance (:27.1 :56.4, 1:24.3, 1:53). Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) chased the winner in a good try, beaten three-quarters of a length. Western Dynasty (Bartlett) sat a three-hole and picked off the rest. For Rockin Ron, a 6-year-old Real Desire gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stables and J&T Silva Stables, it was his first win in three seasonal starts. Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton) seemed to be minding his own affairs in his 2018 purse debut, when things worked out quite well for him. From post three, the 2016 Levy champ worked out a second-over trip behind 1-2 favorite Missile J (Tetrick) and won by a neck in 1:53.3. Long Live Rock (Dube) rallied for third. For fourth choice Bit Of A Legend N, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Vonknoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his 42nd career win (earnings of $1.93 million). Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 32; 2. Jordan Stratton - 25; 3. Jason Bartlett - 22; 4t. George Brennan - 12; 4t. Yannick Gingras - 12. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 22; 2. Peter Tritton - 20; 3. Richard Banca - 17; 4. Jim King Jr. - 12; 5t. Tony Alagna - 10; 5t. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 10; 5t. Ross Croghan - 10; 5t. Scott DiDomenico - 10. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 20: 2. Bamond Racing - 10; 3. Richard Poillucci - 7; 4t. Burke Racing Stable - 5.5; 4t. Weaver Bruscemi - 5.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next three weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 21. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Before the first race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night, the #8 horse, the 13-year-old harness racing gelding Must Be The Bunny must have looked over to his left, saw 40-1 on the tote board (despite being 1-2 in his last two starts at Saratoga), and thought, "This is my kind of spot." Driver Dustin Blumenfeld had to use his horse hard past the quarter for the lead, yielded it to a brusher to sit in the pocket, and when space opened up in the stretch, the veteran knew what to do and came up the inside to outpace the rest of the field. The tote-board-exploding $85.40 win price is old hat to Must Be The Bunny. The last time he won at Pocono was September 25, 2016, and he paid $44.60 that night; a year before that, on May 31, he returned $122.40 for a $2 win ducat to his scattered Pocono backers. In fact, in Must Be The Bunny's 10 wins from 2015 to this early point in 2018, seven times he's paid in double digits, including a $44.80 victory at The Meadowlands on November 21, 2015! Just call him "King Of The Longshots." Top purses of the night came in a pair of $15,000 contests for "nw 4 races," an addition to the Pocono conditioned sheet this season. In the trotting contest, the Lucky Chucky gelding Tour De Lindy was out to just past the 3/8 to get the lead, but he had plenty of trot late, coming home in 27.4 with the mercury reading at 37o to take a new speed badge of 1:55. Marcus Miller handled sulky duties for trainer Lucas Wallin, who is also co-owner with Steve Organ. The pacing feature winner also put in a personal best mile, with Drinkin Again getting a fine trip and then making the most of it to trip the timer in 1:53.2. Jim Morrill Jr. had the victorious son of Real Artist third on the rail, angled wide before midstretch, and was the strongest horse finishing for trainer/driver Phil Jasper. FINISHING LINES - Because of the impending winter storm, the qualifying races scheduled for Wednesday (which will drawn Tuesday) will now be held on Thursday at 10 a.m., with the horses already drawn in to comprise the morning action. ... Next live action at Pocono is Saturday, with Sunday and Tuesday also live nights as the early schedule expands to three nights of racing, all starting at 7 p.m.   Jerry Connors PHHA / Pocono  

It seems that harness racing at Menangle suddenly has a plethora of future stars with several young drivers poised to dominate the sport for the next few years. And that might start today at Tabcorp Park Menangle with amazing talent expected to dominate this afternoon’s eight-race card. Race one looks the perfect case in point with four of our ‘young guns’ to do battle. Cameron Hart will handle polemarker Aichbechateaunoir for former Victorian trainer Shane Sanderson while Jason Grimson will be aboard outsider Vivian Knox for Troy Williams; the seasoned young ‘veteran’ Chris Geary drives No Transactions for Tim Butt while Codi Rauchenberger will partner Majestic Whiz for Peter Carson. All four drivers have been in good form around the provincials in recent weeks and could easily pull off an upset here. While Geary, Grimson and Hart are in heavy demand in other races, another young reinsman will be hoping to add to what is already becoming an outstanding strike rate when former Queensland reinsman Lachie Manzelmann [pictured] drives Countdown for Leon Jurd in Race Four. Manzelmann took a massive gamble when he left his home state to take up a spot working for the powerful Shane and Lauren Tritton stable at Menangle a few months ago. His gamble has worked a treat as he is working horses, including some of the best in training, most mornings on the best harness track in the Southern Hemisphere and his efforts are now beginning to catch the eye of other trainers. “I’m glad I made the move to Menangle because I had never left home before and it has done me the world of good,” said Manzelmann, who gives Countdown a good show Menangle in Race four today and believes his chances might be further improved if he can hold the lead. “I think that’s when Countdown ran his best races when he was in Queensland,” he said. “But I’ll have a talk to Leon [Jurd] before the race and see what we’ll do.” Manzelmann says he found the pace of the racing in Sydney took a bit of getting used to when he first made the move south. “They go a lot faster down here and there’s no real backing off of the speed,” he said. “But I am loving the challenge and no, I haven’t really felt homesick. “I went back to Queensland for a drive last week and managed to get into a little bit of trouble with the stewards, but it was just a one off and I am happy to stay here.” Manzelmann has one horse in work himself but has been delighted to sit behind horses like Franco Nelson and Reaza Grunter. “I think Reaza Grunter is probably the fastest horse I’ve driven in a race, at this stage,” he said. Michael Court

DOVER, Del.--- Sky Marshal, who upset Super Fly to win last November’s $100,000 two-year-old male trot title, did it again scoring a 1:59.3 surprising in the 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd  leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminary on a rainy and chilly Tuesday (March 20) over an off-track at Dover Downs. In addition to winning the first race on the card, driver Carlo Poliseno won both ends of the daily double steering Cicada’s Song, a former DSBF champion to victory in the second race in 1:57.3. Veteran horseman Poliseno got away third with Sky Marshal as Super Fly ad Art Stafford Jr. cutting out the leading fractions. On the final turn, Poliseno pulled Sky Marshal out and quickly engaged the leader and blew past en route to his first win of the year in two starts. Poliseno and Jane Dunavant own the CR Commando-CR Penny Lane colt who now as won $86,000 for his eight starts. Super Fly finished second with Bother Kenny and Tim Tetrick third. Theresademoninme won the $30,000 Open Handicap trot with a powerful display. Jonathan Roberts, handicapped with outside post 7 in the week’s top trot, moved the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding out of third heading to half- mile and mid-backstretch took the lead from race favorite Melady’s Monet and steadily moved away from the field. Theresademoninme won easily by open lengths in 1:54.2 for trainer Dylan Davis who owns the seven-year-old with Mike Casalino Jr. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) edged Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) for place. Melady’s Monet was fourth. Theresademoninme                  -Foto Won photo Holiday Promise guided by Tony Morgan held off Torkil in 1:56 to win a $16,000 Winners trots. Euro Gap (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo own Holiday Promise, a brown four-year-old daughter of Holiday Road-Promisemespring, one of two winners trained by Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick drove Go Byem to his second straight victory in a $15,000 Winners-Over trot. Blownoutofthewater (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Filled Donut (Stafford Jr.) third. The Go Byem win was the 21st for the Delaware-bred Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go gelding who now has banked $226,284 for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. Tim Tetrick, trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno, trainer Josh Green and owner Jan Dunavant scored doubles on the card. Happy Giggles was place first in the $16,000 Mares pace. Foolish Heart was first but was disqualified was interference at the quarter. George&Tina Dennis own Happy Giggles, a Rock N Roll Heaven-Sweethearts Dance filly. Miss Apples (Ross Wolfenden) was third, placed second with Keystone Izzy (Russell Foster)  fourth, placed third. A field of nine vie in the $31,000 Mares  Open Handicap pace led by Bettorhaveanother, Sweet Bobbie, Divas Image and Nerida Fanco N, topping the Wednesday program which also features two DSBF prelims. Next Thursday (March 29) the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet comes a close with all four  DSBF $100,000 finals, featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions, on the program. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

When it comes to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, Dudesalady is a bit of a young lady. She is one of only two 4-year-olds racing in the six-week harness racing event, but out to prove she can hold her own against some of harness racing's best older female pacers. In last week's opening round of the series at Yonkers Raceway, Dudesalady finished third behind New Zealand-bred Sell A Bit and Medusa. Sell A Bit, an 8-year-old, was the runner-up in the 2016 Matchmaker championship; Medusa, a 7-year-old, was the runner-up in the 2017 final. This week, Dudesalady competes in the fifth of five $40,000 divisions Friday (March 23). She will start from post six with Brent Holland driving for trainer Bruce Saunders. Her race features past Dan Patch Award-winner Lady Shadow, who was a Matchmaker winner last week, as well as Australian-bred defending series champion Mackenzie. "She came first up last week and held in against some tough mares," said Doug Paul of the M And L of Delaware stable, which owns Dudesalady with Victoria Dickinson. "We'll see how she does going forward. She keeps surprising us, so we're not going to stop now." Dudesalady is by Shadow Play out of Accountable and comes from the same family as Dude's The Man, a multiple-stakes-winner (including the 2015 Adios) for M And L of Delaware and Dickinson. Dudesalady was purchased for $40,000 under the name Solemn Oath at the 2015 Forest City Sale in Ontario. For several months, Dudesalady appeared disinterested in following in her family's footsteps. In fact, her connections put her in the 2016 Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, but pulled her out of the auction when Dudesalady began showing improvement. "She's been a nice surprise for us," Paul said. "We were interested in her because of the family. But in May of her 2-year-old year she could barely beat three minutes. She's one of those horses that does just enough. When she hits the racetrack and goes behind the gate, she's all racehorse. She's turned into a good honest racehorse." Dudesalady has won nine of 34 career races and earned $188,038. As a 2-year-old, she won the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series championship. Last season, she was winless in 18 races, but finished second to eventual O'Brien Award-winner Bettor's Up in the Simcoe Stakes and finished third in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. This year, Dudesalady has raced exclusively at Yonkers for trainer Bruce Saunders. She has won four of eight starts and hit the board a total of six times. "She did real good in a lot of races last year, even though she didn't win," Paul said. "She had a lot of unfortunate trips. We knew she could get around a half-mile track. We normally don't keep horses from (age) 3 to 4, but in the long run we were going to probably keep her as a broodmare, so we decided to give her to Bruce and race her at Yonkers to see how she did. She's exceeded our expectations." The Matchmaker and companion George Morton Levy Memorial series, for older male pacers, both feature five preliminary rounds followed by added-money finals April 21. A horse receives 25 points each time she or he races in the preliminary rounds. Points are also awarded based on finish, with 50 points for a win, 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth, and five for fifth. Joining Sell A Bit and Lady Shadow as winners in the Matchmaker's first round were Twinkle and New Zealand-bred Shartin. The second round of the Levy is Saturday at Yonkers. Winners in the opening round were Always At My Place, New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend, Dr J Hanover, Mach It So, and Rockin Ron. For Friday's complete entries at Yonkers, click here. For Saturday's complete entries at Yonkers, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

WASHINGTON, PA, March 20, 2018 — Camera Lady avenged her only defeat this year when she made up 8-1/2 lengths over the back half and nipped Albany Girl — who upset her last week — in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away sixth, Camera Lady followed the live cover of her stablemate, Rosemary Rose, before fanning three wide into the final turn. Under the urging of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., she caught Albany Girl in the shadow of the wire and downed her by a head in a career-best 1:53 in the slop. Graceful Vision closed well for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who won for the sixth time in seven 2018 outings and extended her career bankroll to $168,603, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 10-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a two-day carryover of $4,952.13 in the Pick 5, races 7-11. First post is 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

DOVER, Del. –Ibetyoucanwiggle beat Go Sandy Go at the wire last week and  Pedal Power winner of another prelim come back for the 2nd leg  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events plus a $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace top Wednesday (March 21) racing at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A patient drive by Montrell Teague behind Ibetyoucanwiggle set up a homestretch duel where the George Teague-owned and bred pacer got up in the final strides for victory over Brent Outten and Green Racing’s pace-setter Go Sandy Go steered by Jason Green. These two return in the $20,000 first race in the DSBF 3-Year-old filly pace stake. Brendan Cook’s Studio Session drew the rail for season with Sean Bier, right alongside is Anne McDonald’s Cold N Chilly driven by Vic Kirby The other starters in the1st $20,000 division are  Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner’s Lotsa Luck  handled by Art Stafford Jr. in a six-filly field. Bay Pond Racing’s Peak Of Chic with trainer-driver Jeff Fout and Kissthatonegoodbye, owed and trained by Mike Greene with Corey Callahan in the bike Dave and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick) drew outside post 7 in the other $20,000 section. Bunker Away (Corey Callahan) , owned by Bay Pond Racing, drew post 2. William Moffett’s homebred Lydia (Ross Wolfenden, closed well for second last time.  Frank Johnson’s River Dreams (Mike Cole) is burdened coming from post 8. K.V. Jump’s Diabolical Spin (Russell Foster)) and Bobby Myers’ Gloria Pierre (Jonathan Roberts) and Amanda Wager’s Whistler’s Sister (Allan Davis) complete the eight filly lineup.    Pedal Power           - Foto Won photo The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return next Thursday, meet closing day, March 29 for $100,000 finals. The $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap is the overnight feature. Bettorhaveanother (Morgan), a winner of her last four of five for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, has post 8 in a nine-horse field, with Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled are other winners last start. Front-pacing Nerida Franco N (A. Davis) will be the one to catch acing for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. Breakaway Stable’s Valuable Art (Callahan) will benefit from a better post position. KDK Standardbred’s homebred Apple Bottom Jeans (Kirby) and Terror At Night (Cole) from the second tier for Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing.   A $22,000 sub-feature, two $15,000 and a $14,000 female paces are also on the strong undercard. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday through next Thursday, (March 29), closing day of the 2017-2018 season. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

Bill Feiss is a man of many parts and he may not have been entirely joking when he noted at Addington  on Friday that he might approach wife Jean to add his name in the book to Jesse Duke.  Bill was responding to the habit of the Feiss's to race their horses under separate names even though they are essentially a partnership. The policy may well have cost them Owners of the Year in the past and might again this year. "It is not that big a deal though we were runners up as leading owners at Moonee Valley a few times years ago. We couldn't beat the Knights" Bill said In those days Jean was training the team herself along with son Matthew Last season Jean raced the best two year old filly and the best three year old filly and Vincent was Bill's star. Nobody would quibble with the connections of Lazarus being Owners of the Year but the Feiss partnership has built an astonishing strike rate in a relatively short time.  Jean has added considerably too to Yearling Sales turnover. She has bought  four sale toppers as yearlings just in recent years and the three to race, Vincent, Sicario and Jesse Duke have all made their mark.  Bill is hopeful about the racing future of Vincent after his stem cell operation.  "The op went well and and he has been boxed since. Now he goes into a yard and then into a paddock and he will be exercised every day. Its a long process and hopefully it will work out. The problem is that he is a colt and he is putting weight on. WE have to keep on top of that" Back in Rolleston Vincent will continue light exercise. Like his dad, Roy, Mark is sceptical of the lengthy spell originally prescribed for Vincent "I haven't had much luck bringing horses with suspensory problems back from long spells " Mark said. Most recently he was probably thinking of  the hugely talented Didjamakem Bolt who did everything by the book (including exercise and a long buildup)  but either  failed to  survive the final stages of a race preparation or had a brief racing return before experiencing further problems.  "It's never easy to get them back when they are racing at the highest level" Bill said  "But he is good enough to try and he is a sensible horse which helps" Bill and Jean were at Alexandra Park for the memorable Group One wins with Elle Mac and Jesse Duke last week and  had a tiki tour of the country driving down from Auckland during the week to watch Elle Mac score in the Nevele R heat on Friday. It would be fair to say that Bill, once a rarer visitor on this side of the Tasman where Jean is a devoted follower of her racing team, has become a more regular traveller lately. In the meantime check the ownership of Jesse Duke. Bill's name might work its way into the  book-and he will be even more regular then ! Courtesy of All Stars website

TORONTO, March 19, 2018 - Martin Lachance trainee Wild And Crazy Guy upset six harness racing rivals at odds of 43-1 in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack. The seven-year-old gelding was the longest shot in the field and was winless in his previous seven outings heading into Monday's feature event. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wild And Crazy left strong to get away second behind a fired up B Yoyo, who posted a snappy :26.3 opener. Odds On Amethyst, the 3/2 favourite, was sent first-up from fourth in the second-quarter by trainer/driver Pat Hudon. B Yoyo, who got a breather of :30.3 in the second split, was immediately confronted by Odds On Amethyst after the half. The Hudon trainee stepped around B Yoyo and trotted up a storm on the far turn to reach three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Odds On Amethyst appeared to have victory in sight, but Filion angled Wild And Crazy Guy off the pylons from third and gave him a target. The Lachance trainee tracked down Odds On Amethyst in deep stretch and prevailed by half a length in 1:53.3. Big Rich rallied from sixth at three-quarters to finish third, while Dunbar Hall was fourth. B Yoyo dropped back to finish sixth. Wild And Crazy Guy came into Monday's contest off a third-place finish last week in a $22,000 overnight. The Lachance trainee is now two for nine in 2018. Monday's victory was the first-career Preferred score for Wild And Crazy Guy. The seven-year-old gelding now has 29 career victories and lifetime earnings of $435,554 for owners Y Jean Brunet and Ted Gewertz. A $2 win ticket on Wild And Crazy Guy returned $88.30. Wild And Crazy Guy Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

DOVER, Del.--- Déjà vu Blue and Star Sapphire scored impressive harness racing wins in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminaries on Monday (March 19) at Dover Downs. Déjà vu Blue won the fastest of the prelims scoring one of the fast wins of the DSBF sakes trotting a 1:56.4 wire-to-wire victory, her second straight of her sophomore season. Tim Tetrick was at the controls of the black Anders Bluestone -Classy N Quik filly for trainer Dylan Davis, Howard Taylor Tom Lazzaro and Mike Casalino Jr. On her back was Alpine Chic who sat second the entire route for Allan Davis. Uptown Spunk finished third for Roger Plante. Star Sapphire picked up her first win of the year in her second start in the second $20,000 DSBF prelim. The 2017-2018 freshman champion took the front early and recorded a 1:58 triumph with Russell Foster driving the Tui Stone trainee owned by Serendipity Stable.Vandalous, piloted by Corey Callahan, was next with AB's Royal Punkin the third filly with Pat Berry driving. Cashendash Hanover , who left from the outside and found room sixth, rolled four wide at the top of the stretch for Tim Tetrick and came on to score a 1:51.1 victory in the $15,000 Claiming Pace. The Dylan Davis owned-and- trained veteran won for the third time this year, his 41st bringing his career earnings to $513,519. The second, through fourth finishers in the event, dropped down in claiming price, and were all claimed. Ballinrobe (Vic Kirby) finished second, Mister Virgin (Jonathan Roberts), third and Lew's Maverick (Montrell Teague) fourth. Tony Morgan led all drivers with three wins while owner Hoard Taylor also had a triple. Rivers Tim Tetrick, Russell Foster , Ross Wolfenden, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor had two wins each. Next week, Monday through meet closing day, Thursday (March 29) brings the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet to a close. Highlight of the event, are four DSBF $100,000 finals featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, March 19, 2018 -- The Dark Shadow thwarted Bilbo Hanover twice -- once in the first quarter and again in the last -- en route to victory in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. The Dark Shadow would not release Bilbo Hanover in their duel for the early lead, forcing him to drop in third. The game challenger tried again with a first-over bid, but The Dark Shadow drew off under Dave Palone's urging and downed Bilbo Hanover by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. Dew N Doughnuts was a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains The Dark Shadow, a 4-year-old Shadow Play-Bestofbothworlds gelding who extended his career bankroll to $133,313, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected three wins on the 10-race card while Aaron Merriman and trainer Clay Faurot, Jr. teamed for a pair of victories. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- a $3,144.45 carryover in the day's first superfecta and a $1,583.50 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 6-10). The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DOVER, Del. --- Super Fly, an impressive winner last week in the 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg prelim is the one to beat this week on Tuesday (3/30) in one of the feature events on a strong Dover Downs harness racing card. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Again this week, Super Fly drew post 1 after a wire-to-wire victory with Bosston Cruiser second. Art Stafford Jr. trains and drives Super Fly for Leigh Raymer, Steve Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford. Jonathan Roberts piloted Bosston Cruise for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. Sky Marshal heads the opposition. Owned and trained by Carlo Polis no with partner Jane Donavan, Sky Marshal won last November's DSBF $100,000 final. Bobby Meyer's Brother Kenny will be driven by Tim Ettrick. Josh Green and Seaford Delight Stable's Seafood Suzie Blue with Jason Green; Flywithme driven by trainer Jim King, a part-owner with Elizabeth Harris. Pat Berry guides J Caparotta & P Berry Racing's King's Crown Lite completes the lineup. The top eight finishers after two legs of the DSBF prelim return next Thursday for the $100,000 finals for each of the four sophomore divisions. A powerful field of seven mix it up in the $30,000 Open Handicap trot on the regular card. Mike Casalino's Theresademoninme, a three-time feature race winner in 2018 starts from the outside with Jonathan Roberts driving. The horses finishing second and third last time Joe Jannuzelli and Jeff Ruch's fast Rock Of Cashel and Corey Callahan and Lazurus with Tim Tetrick for owners Dana Parham, CC Racing and Triple D Stables return. Mark Ford's Dynamic Edge and Vic Kirby have a two-race win streak and drew the rail with Bob Shahan and the Parson's I Like My Boss handled by Allan Davis is alongside. Art Stafford Jr. drives Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta, and Minisink Farms' Celebrity Pegasus. The only newcomer is the talented Melady's Monet and Tony Morgan owed by Melady Enterprises, a winner of more than $1.1 million who has been a regular in Yonker's top trot. Next week is the final week for the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season. Closing day is Thursday, March 29. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 13th and 14th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Time is running out for interested parties to register for the purchase of a French trotter with the Standardbred Owners Association of New York in the French American Trotting Club. A total of 24 spots are available and more than half are already filled. Those wishing to participate must submit a $10,000 non-refundable check to the SOA of NY to reserve a space by March 26. The balance of $18,000 will be due by Thursday April 26. If the program is not fully subscribed by March 26, those making an initial deposit will be refunded. The program is first come first served until 24 deposits are received. The SOA of NY with Yonkers Raceway is pleased to announce that a series of races will be written at Yonkers for these 24 French trotters after they arrive in the United States. The races will carry two or three weeks of legs with a minimum of $30,000 purse and a final of $100,000 for the top performers in the legs. The SOA Board of Directors was pleased to work on the details of this unique and innovative project over the course of a year and a half along with the officials from France's Le Trot, said SOA of NY President Joe Faraldo. The project was advanced in order to introduce an innovative program to advance and expand the global market so harness racing can grow and expand while creating some excitement domestically in a new and creative venture, Faraldo added. The SOA of NY is also pleased to announce that Ray Schnittker and Mike Lachance are tentatively scheduled to go over to France and inspect and train the prospective horses that will be acquired. We will be bringing very experienced trainers with us to help in the selection process with all expenses paid by the SOA of NY, Faraldo said. One or two other trainers will also join Ray Schnittker and Mike Lachance and travel across the pond during the racing break at Yonkers. The SOA of NY will also bring a veterinarian to aid in the selection process. If you are interested in participating in this program or for further information, please contact the SOA of NY at 914-968-3599 or via email at All monies paid after the initial deposit will be held in escrow in an interest-bearing account to the credit of the person depositing the funds. Space in the program is limited to the first 24 owners that reserve a slot by making a deposit.  

Gulgong in central NSW is not a renowned Harness Racing town and Royal Ascot in the UK is a long way from Bathurst Paceway but both these places play an important part into the likely favourite for the 2018 edition of the Bathurst Gold Crown. The two-year-old colt named College Chapel has started three times to date for two impressive wins including a 1.52.6 demolition of his opposition in the Group Three Sapling Stakes at Menangle on 24th February. The story of his Gulgong based owners Gary and Margaret Meredith is an intriguing one and an inspiration for anyone else contemplating an entry into ownership of a Standardbred. Margaret Meredith is a lifelong resident of Gulgong , a 30 minute drive north of Mudgee   -   Gary Meredith grew up in the Campbelltown region  [ near Menangle ]  when it was very much a rural area.   Prior going to secondary school each day Gary and a mate headed to Warwick Farm to muck out boxes for a Thoroughbred trainer. School wasn’t big on Gary’s list of priorities in life , but horses were so for the next few years he enjoyed toiling with both Standardbreds  [ at Frank Willis’s stables  ]  and Thoroughbreds at Kirkham Stud,  a prominent Stud at Wagga and finally accompanied the 1972 Golden Slipper winner  John’s Hope to  Guntawang Stud at Gulgong. Well once settled in Gulgong , love blossomed between Gary and Margaret and in 1979 they bought a supermarket in the town and so horses disappeared from Gary’s life  ……    but not forever. On 24th March 2013 , Gary and Margaret decided to drive up to Bathurst for the annual Graeme Board Bathurst Yearling Sale.    After studying the catalogue , Gary decided they would bid for Lot 63 , a colt by the little known Sire Gold Dust Beach but from a No Nukes mare, who was from an Albatross mare. Whilst waiting for this colt to enter the auction ring , Margaret spotted what she thought was a “ drop dead gorgeous “ looking filly and asked Gary to come and cast his eye over her. “ We’re here to buy a colt  “  replied Gary , but he did agree with his wife’s judgment and so Lot 22 , a Modern Art / Sheb Ace filly, became the property of the Merediths on the fall of the hammer. “ I thought she looked like Marilyn Monroe reincarnated as a horse and so eventually named her Allnight Kiss “ said Gary recently.   “ I’m not sure if my wife was that impressed with the name but once the filly started winning races Margaret agreed it was a good name “. So that day commenced a charmed run for the Gulgong couple.  Gary also purchased his Lot 63 for just $2,000 and named him Allnight Raid. Allnight Kiss and Allnight Raid have won almost $150,000 between them and Allnight Raid is now retired to the Meredith farm on the outskirts of Gulgong. Then in early 2014 Gary and Margaret noticed a beautifully bred mare advertised for Sale on the HRA website Trading Ring.   Her name was Meljoy and she was by the highly successful stallion Village Jasper from an Australian Broodmare of the Year Intrude.   Following a quick trip to Peppertree Farm at Cowra to inspect her, Meljoy was added to the Meredith equine portfolio. A further visit in 2015 to the Annual Bathurst Yearling Sale resulted in Gary and Margaret purchasing Lot 77, an Always A Virgin filly for $14,000. Now named Royal Story, she provided Gary and Margaret and highly respected trainer Bernie Hewitt with their first Group One winner when she was victorious in the Breeders Challenge Final for three Year Old fillies at Menangle in June last year. So back to Meljoy , who was in foal to Roll With Joe when purchased by the Merediths.  She did foal in November 2014 but that foal later died in a stable accident in early 2015   -   an accident that shattered the couple. After Meljoy foaled in late November , Gary decided he wanted to breed her again even though it was getting late into the breeding season and thought that a Direct Scooter sireline Stallion would suit this daughter of Intrude perfectly. Mach Three was the stallion of choice and even though he was advertised as Fully Booked ,  Alabar Bloodstock were able to supply semen and so Meljoy was bred on 19th December 2014. Then on 30th November the following year a smallish but lovely colt foal arrived. “He looked like a good horse right from the beginning and eventually broke in like a really good horse  “ said Gary recently. When questioned about his name of COLLEGE CHAPEL , Gary replied “As mentioned previously I was involved in the Thoroughbred Industry quite heavily when I was younger and still followed the racing in both hemispheres. In the mid 1990’s there was a brilliant sprinter racing in England and Ireland called College Chapel and so I named my Standardbred foal after this European horse.  He was trained by the doyen of trainers, Vincent O’Brien and eventually became a shuttle stallion between Europe and New Zealand “. So now a two year old colt trained by Bernie Hewitt , but named after a high class horse who raced at Royal Ascot , is ready to set the the Bathurst track alight and give his owners a Gold Crown. By the way Bernie, this two year old colt is “ Bred in the Purple “ so your task now is to  “ do a Vincent O’Brien “  and turn the Aussie COLLEGE CHAPEL into a Stallion prospect. Bathurst Media

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