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Team Tritton successful once again. Ex Down Under harness racing driver Lauren Tritton recorded her first race driving win on Friday night at Yonkers Raceway in New York. She did it aboard the consistent Down Under pacer of Flaming Flutter N. The pair were too good in the $17,250 pace, scoring in a time of 1:51.4 around the half mile track (800m). It was Lauren Trittons first race day driving success in North America. The partnership of Lauren and Shane Tritton have had a great start to their North American harness racing career since relocating from Australia just four months ago. As a trainer Shane Tritton has won 12 races in North America with the win taking Flaming Flutter N to over $800,000 in stake earnings.    Team Trittons successes have been highlighted by mare My Ruebe Star N, who was successful again on Thursday night pacing a winning mile of 1:52.2 in a $33,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Yonkers Raceway. It was the daughter of Falcon Seelster’s fifth straight victory from five starts in America and extended her career stake earnings to over $100,000.   Monday 27th July Saratoga Harness NY Le Reveur N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $4,800   Yonkers Raceway NY Kendra N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $16,500 The Moonshadow N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $16,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA General Joy A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,000       Tuesday 28th July Saratoga Harness NY Kiwi Tintin N – Time: 1:56.2 Stake: $3,500 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $8,500 Epaulette A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $5,150   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Border Control A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $6,800 Kerford Road A – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $8,800     Wednesday 29th July Harrahs Philadelphia PA Shes Sporty A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $7,600 Its Mesmerize N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $11,600 English Rose N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $6,800 Queen Lostris N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $10,000   Ocean Downs MD Betacool N – Time: 1:55.0 Stake: $5,700   Saratoga Harness NY Onspeed N – Time: 1:56.0 Stake: $4,250 Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $5,150 Miss Irish Rose A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $8,500 Hereslooknatyou N – Time: 1:57.1, Stake: $4,250   Scioto Downs OH Cyclone Kiwi N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $5,500   Grand River Raceway CA Marty Monkhouser A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $7,000     Thursday 30th July Harrahs Philadelphia PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $8,800 Need Luck N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $8,800   Plainridge Park MA Tisadream A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $12,000   Scioto Downs OH Luttucerockthem A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $7,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Followthewind N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $9,375 My Ruebe Star N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $33,000 Fizzing N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $14,250     Friday 31st July Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $7,000 Harry Hoo N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $7,600   Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Brilliant Strike N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $10,000 Prince Mcardle N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $9,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Vasari N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $9,375 Military Master A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $9,375 Flaming Flutter N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $17,250 Don Domingo N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $14,250   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Seaswift Joy N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $26,000 Tuapeka Jessie N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $17,000     Saturday 1st August Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Majestic Player A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $18,000 Late Night Date A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $12,500   Meadowlands NJ Effronte A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $9,500   Northfield Park OH He Can Fly N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $9,500   Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Hoo Nien A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $10,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Our Zak Whitby A – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $11,200   Hiawatha Horse Park CA Cullen Keefe N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $5,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Mongolian Hero N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $16,000     Sunday 2nd August Harrahs Philadelphia PA Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $8,800   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Golden Quest N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,000 Kendra N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $17,200 Lucky Artist A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $11,200   Click here for previous weeks articles   Carter Dalgety

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on August 3 sustained bouts of heavy rain during the 10-race anniversary card which boasted purses of $669,663 with nine harness racing stake events, featuring the track’s two marquee dashes. But it was a sunny finish for the Guelph, ON father-son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair who clinched their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory.  At 8-5, Bettor Sun was the co-favourite heading into post time for the $200,964 contest for rookie Ontario-sired pacing colts.  Trained by Gregg McNair for breeder/owner Willow Oak Ranch, the Sunshine Beach colt was piloted by Doug McNair, who left from post two and took control of the field by the half-mile marker. The pair finished a length ahead of Avion Seelster (Jody Jamieson) and Cantstoplying (Jonathan Drury). A 35-1 champ in last week’s maiden-breaking effort in his elimination division, Bettor Sun’s 1:54.1 finish in that dash set a Canadian season record for two-year-old pacing colts over a half-mile oval.  He bested his own record with today’s clocking of 1:53.4. “Last week he surprised a lot of people, including myself,” Doug McNair following the final. “He’s the colt I liked the most of dad’s two-year-olds this year.”  “He’s good gaited; he gets around like a hoop around a barrel.” The McNairs previously won the Battle Of Waterloo with Magnum J in 2017, Three Of Clubs in 2013, and Trail Boss in 2008. Bettor Sun’s triumph boosts his bankroll to $116,558 in three career starts. 12th annual Battle Of The Belles Scarlett Hanover and Ed Hensley left from the second tier and carved out a solid pocket trip to take the $128,149 Battle Of The Belles final in a new stakes record of 1:54.3. The mile also set a Canadian season record for rookie pacing fillies over a half-mile track and just missed the divisional track record by one-fifth of a second.  “I followed a good horse and got a great trip,” said Hensley of eventual runner-up, Ring Of Kerry, who led the field to the three-quarter marker. “My mare was getting a little rammy; she wanted out of the there and I was able to get out at the right time.” In last week’s elimination division, Scarlett Hanover wired the field to capture her maiden in 1:55.3. Ashleigh Hensley trains the Bettors Delight daughter, a $45,000 yearling purchase and winner of $101,855 in four career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Jandt Silva Purnel & Libb, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Ring Of Kerry was the runner-up with Sylvain Filion and Cyclone Seelster was close behind in third with Bob McClure. OSS undercard Three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) underpinned the card with two Gold Series divisions and five fields of Grassroots contenders. Last year’s Battle Of The Belles champ, Karma Seelster was an impressive winner in the first Gold Series division which kicked off the matinee program. Piloted by Doug McNair, the Sportswriter filly was 7-1 as she took to the front of the field early in the mile en route to clocking her 1:53 victory (just one-fifth of a second off the track record). Owned by Eileen and Keith Waples and Karen Hauver, the Gregg McNair trainee is a career winner of five races and $354,005. Sound Idea with Bob McClure and Betalady with Jody Jamieson rounded out the top three. Lauras Love took the second Gold Series division in 1:54.2 with a half-length advantage over Rose Run Vantage (Sylvain Filion) who cut out the mile. All Day Sunshine (Louis Philippe Roy) was third.  It was the second consecutive win for Lauras Love, and seventh of the season from 11 starts. John Pentland trains and co-owns the Betterthancheddar filly with Gracie Mae Barr. Her lion’s share of the $105,600 purse brings her career tally to $141,584.  Race favourite Kat captured her first season win in the first of five OSS Grassroots divisions (Race 2) for trainer James Dean. With Jody Jamieson in the bike, the pair took control of the field at the first quarter and staved off outside attackers at the final quarter, with a half-length score in 1:56. The daughter of Hes Watching is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie. Count To Three with Trevor Henry and Docs Harmony (Travis Cullen) were close behind at the wire. Free Flyin Ticket scored her second consecutive OSS Grassroots victory in Race 3. Paul MacDonell steered the Betterthancheddar filly to a three-length win in 1:54.1, elevating her to the top of the OSS division standings. Trainer Anthony Beaton co-owns with David Mercer, Gary Volpe and George Quarterone. The runner-up was High Roller Duke (Colin Kelly), while Tuggingoncredit finished third (Louis Philippe Roy). Bettorthanbobbie added another win to her burgeoning collection, with a half-length score in Race 5. Sylvain Filion steered the bettors’ top choice to her sixth season win in 1:54.4 for trainer Marcel Barrieau and owner Ian Smith. Bettorthanbobbie is a career winner of 11 races and $53,828. Doug McNair managed a wire-to-wire trip with Landry Seelster in Race 6. The race favourite posted her second consecutive OSS victory in 1:55 for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk. Jonathan Drury and Mary Kat finished second, followed by Coqui Coqui with Travis Cullen.   The final Grassroots division was the quickest, claimed by Preeminence, winning by open lengths with Bob McClure in the bike in a new career best of 1:54. Sent off at 9-5, The Sportswriter filly is trained by Marcel Barrieau for Claude Baril, Gilles Caouette and Michael Daneault.  Keystone Kalimba (Jody Jamieson) was second and race favourite Trafalgar (Sylvain Filion) rounded out the top three. The card’s only overnight race was a $15,000 Preferred in Race 4 which was contested under heavy rain. The sloppy track didn’t deter Pretty Handsome from claiming his 27th career win in 1:55. Sent off at 3-1 with Colin Kelly aboard, the five-year-old pacer began his first-over attack in the final quarter and finished a length ahead of Exit Smiling with J. R. Plante and Toot Toot N with Ed Hensley.  Pretty Handsome is trained by Lacey McCabe for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd and is a career winner of $270,975. Total handle for this year’s 10-race Industry Day was $392,062 which was down slightly from the 11-race card handle of $488,696 in 2019. From Grand River Raceway

Western Victorian harness racing trainer Aaron Dunn has to go back a long way to remember a horse in his stable with better prospects than his precocious youngster Bondi Lockdown . The two-year-old made very comfortable work of a 28.5 final quarter (MR 1:57.1) in a super-impressive debut win around the tight Stawell circuit and Dunn couldn't be happier with the colt he bought on a whim at the Fosters Gold yearling sale. "He just went a bit rough on the home turn but otherwise he was perfect. I did have to wake him up in the straight, but once he got down to work, he went really well," Dunn said. "He's pretty exciting. Dad and I think that he's potentially the best-looking horse and the best moving horse we've had on the farm since Dee Dees Dream." Watch the replay click here: And that's no small wrap! Dee Dees Dream (Camtastic-Westburn Tess (Windshield Wiper) won 19 of his first 30 starts, including the Gr 1 VicBred (2yo) Super Series Final, the Vic Golden Nursery Stakes, the Victorian Sires Classic and the Tasmanian Derby, before injury ended his career in 2008 with 38 wins and more than $400,000 in stakes. In the past Dunn and his father Barry have been regular buyers at the yearling sales. Other than Dee Dees Dream, other handy acquisitions have been Speedo George (17 wins) and Nikki Badwagon (11 wins). But Aaron's focus recently has been mostly on breeding at his Horsham property and the Bondi Lockdown buy was the result of his first venture to the yearling sales in 13 years. "When I bought him I really didn't go to the sale looking to buy anything other than a filly, mostly to breed from in future," Dunn said. "I did get a filly and I think she'll be handy, but I also was bidding on a few just because I thought they were good value. "I saw this bloke and he looked great and when you look at the cost of a service fee to Somebeachsomewhere, I just thought he was going too cheap not to have a go at. His half-brother Rocknroll Eyes had won two or three at the time and was looking like a nice horse, and I ended up getting Bondi Lockdown for $20,000." It's not hard to see why he took a second glance at the good-looking colt, though. Bondi Lockdown is out of handy broodmare Without Guile (Art Major-Innocent Eyes (Safely Kept). The mare has previously produced three foals for three winners: Rocknroll Eyes (15 wins); Joeys Hangover (eight wins); and Without Hesitation (four wins). Bondi Lockdown's grand-dam Innocent Eyes won more than $400,000 in her 18 victories. Dunn is keeping his feet on the ground but is hoping that Bondi Lockdown might make 2020 entirely memorable for all the right reasons. "It's pretty obvious why we named him Bondi Lockdown - being by Somebeachsomewhere and this year being what it's been," Dunn said. "We've been very excited with how he's come on since he came back from the breaker Rod Barker but you don't really want to get ahead of yourself, and we really had been hoping to go first up to either Ballarat or Terang, being bigger tracks, but the races didn't stand up," he said. "His win at the Ballarat trials a couple of weeks back put a bit of hype around him, so I was just rapt that he did go so well at Stawell. When you have a high expectation you just hope it all pans out!" The win was the high point of a very good day at the office for Dunn. He brought up a double with Vanity Bay (Western Ideal-Forest Bliss (Blissful Hall) and went within a nose of owning (or part-owning), training and driving three winners when narrowly defeated on Keayang Shady (Shadyshark Hanover-Alimar Star (Safely Kept). Dunn said he would wait to see how the youngster developed and how the unpredictable season 2020 season unfolded before making too many plans for Bondi Lockdown - but the sires, VicBred and 2yo features are definitely on the radar. "I've tried to wrap him in cotton wool to a degree up until now, because I've thought he was quite a bit above average for six months or so," Dunn said. "I'm really the only one to drive him. He's good in nature, but I was worried that, being a colt, he might get a bit over the top. "At this stage we know he's got speed, but he will need to get tougher and will still have to take another step to match it with the good ones." Bondi Lockdown's next assignment is on Wednesday night at Terang, where he meets an interesting field on paper - including a Michael Stanley-trained first starter in Hammers Hellpatrol, a full brother to Breeders Crown champion Menin Gate ($574,000).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Only once since 1992 has a trainer won the Hambletonian in consecutive years, but Luc Blais hopes he can accomplish the harness racing feat Saturday. Blais won last year's Hambletonian with Forbidden Trade, who upset favorite Greenshoe to win harness racing's premier event for 3-year-old trotters. This year, he sends Threefiftytwo to the $1 million final at The Meadowlands. Threefiftytwo finished second to Ready For Moni in his Hambletonian elimination this past weekend and is 6-1 on the morning line. Jimmy Takter is the most recent trainer to win the Hambletonian in back-to-back years, with Trixton in 2014 and Pinkman in 2015. "We've got a chance, that's for sure; we're in," Blais said, adding with a laugh, "The first part is to be in. The second part is tougher. Everything needs to be perfect that day. A healthy horse, the best trip, everything needs to be perfect." The Hambletonian is the first jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network will air a delayed one-hour broadcast of the Hambletonian from 6-7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The stakes-filled card at The Meadowlands starts at noon. Threefiftytwo has won five of 13 career races and $167,818. His victories last year included a leg of the Define The World Series and two legs of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold series. He finished fourth in the sire stakes final. This season, Threefiftytwo has a win and a second in four races. His triumph came in a conditioned race at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:52.3. In his start prior to the Hambletonian elim, he went off stride in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold series. The colt is owned by Determination stable, which also owned Forbidden Trade. Threefiftytwo is a son of 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life out of Four Damsals and was trained by Royalty For Life's conditioner George Ducharme before being purchased by Determination following his first start. "He's a nice horse," Blais said. "He was a tricky horse a little bit in the beginning. I think it took us a little time to figure him out. We made a few changes. I think this year he is more mature. I know he made a break the start before (the elimination) but I think he went too fast in the turn. Two weeks ago, he raced super good and the other night he looked good again. He raced very good." For the past seven years, the Hambletonian eliminations and final were raced on the same day. This year, the format returned to contesting eliminations the week prior to the final, which Blais said is a benefit to Threefiftytwo. "He's a different horse than Forbidden Trade," Blais said. "He's more anxious, he's not a cool horse. To have the elimination and then the final the week after is perfect for him. That is better than a doubleheader, that's for sure." Hambletonian elimination winners Ramona Hill, one of two fillies taking on the boys along with Sister Sledge, and Ready For Moni were guaranteed starting spots in posts one through five for the final. Ramona Hill will start from post five and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Ready For Moni will start from post one and is 3-1. Threefiftytwo will start from post six. Scott Zeron drove the colt in his elimination, but also is listed to drive 4-1 Back Of The Neck in the final. "That's a good draw for him," Blais said. "He likes to leave a little bit and that's a good place for him. He will be very focused for that. "It's exciting all the time to race in this kind of race," Blais added. "It is a big race. We enjoyed the moment (last year)." In addition to having Threefiftytwo in the Hambletonian, Blais has long shot Whose Blues in the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters. Whose Blues, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of Bright Baby Blues, finished eighth in an Oaks prep this past weekend at The Meadowlands. Whose Blues won the Pure Ivory Series last year. She has won six of 13 career races and $92,874 for owner Determination. She is 20-1 on the Oaks morning line. "She raced just OK," Blais said. "I'm going to try to work on that." $1 Million Hambletonian PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Ready For Moni-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-3/1 2-Back Of The Neck-Scott Zeron-Ake Svanstedt-4/1 3-Hollywood Story-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-15/1 4-Big Oil-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15/1 5-Ramona Hill-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-5/2 6-Threefiftytwo-Scott Zeron, Luc Blais-6/1 7-Capricornus-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-15/1 8-Rome Pays Off-Mattias Melander-Marcus Melander-15/1 9-Sister Sledge-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-12/1 10-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-Nifty Norman-12/1 $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Crucial-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 2-Next Level Stuff-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-9/2 3-Reba Blue Chip-Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder-20/1 4-May Baby-James Yoder-James Yoder-10/1 5-Tricky Sister-Corey Callahan-Andrew Harris-20/1 6-Whose Blues-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais-20/1 7-Sorella-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 8-Fortune Starlet-No Driver-George Ducharme-15/1 9-Solsbury Hill-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-12/1 10-Ab'sattitudexpress-Tim Tetrick-Lucas Wallin-20/1 11-Panem-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-6/1 12-Hypnotic AM-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-5/2 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, August 8, at the Meadowlands. The $1 million Hambletonian Trot final is the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). USHWA is offering three prizes that will be given away. The prizes for this special contest are CASH Gift Cards! First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a $50 gift card. And, as a special BONUS, if 500 people participate in the contest, www.3PercentDental.com will DOUBLE the cash prizes. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday afternoon, August 6. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Saturday morning to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Horseman and media communicator Rod Allums, Jr. has joined the USHWA/Scott Alberg contest and will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 6:45 pm Saturday at https://www.facebook.com/rod.allums. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prizes winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA    

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Sportswriter mare Kendra N teamed with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton to take advantage of a wild front-end battle in the $17,200 mares harness racing pacing feature on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, closing the best of all to take a new mark of 1:51. Summer Charm was sent to the lead early and hit the quarter in 26; favored Bettor Joy N attempted to quarter-move but was given the cold shoulder by the pacesetter into a strong wind, and with Shecandance N keeping the pocket tight, the raging duel took the front of the field by the half in a punishing :53.2. Dibaba N, who had gapped behind the fast early fireworks, got in gear down the backstretch and swept the embattled front horses going to the 1:21 three-quarters, with Kendra N hot on her tail. Kendra N was left uncovered on the far turn, but she had by far the most energy left late, winning by 4½ lengths over a resurgent Summer Charm, with Dibaba N third. Kendra N is now 5-3-1-1-$35,997 since being imported from New Zealand by trainer Peter Tritton and the Vonknoblauch Stable LLC, and she may be making her way to even higher company soon. If the feature race was hotly-contested early, the $14,000 distaff co-feature pace was a cavalry charge late, with the first seven separated by less than two lengths at the finish. The American Ideal mare Topville Angelina grinded uncovered into a :56.1 last half to emerge most photogenic in 1:53.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.   PHHA / Pocono

Former "Down-under" champion harness racing reinswoman Lauren Tritton couldn't have scripted it any better. Lauren, wife of accomplished trainer Shane, landed her first win in the USA with 11-year-old gelding Flaming Flutter at last Friday's Yonkers Raceway and Empire City Casino at New York. The old timer (by Bettors Delight-Twice As Hot (In The Pocket) showed there's still spirit in those aging legs with a tough victory in a $17,250 event. It was just Lauren's fourth drive in the US after moving from Australia four months ago. "It was pretty exciting. It did give us a real buzz, particularly doing something like this on the other side of the world," Lauren said. "It would certainly be up there with my most memorable achievements-it was a life goal I'd always thought about," she said. "And it's a nice feeling to have the monkey off my back!" Lauren makes no secret that Flaming Flutter, who Team Tritton races on lease from well-known Victorian horseman Geoff Webster, is her stable favorite. "There was some talk of the horse being retired when we decided to try our luck in the US-but Shane talked them around," she said. "He's a lovely old horse and I was just so rapt with his win because he had to do it hard over the last half. And his time of 1.51 for the race was super." Watch the final stages of the race click here:  Shane said he had to convince the other owners not to retire "Flame" and it did take some doing! "I really wanted to bring him with us, but the funny thing is that I haven't sat in the seat behind him since! Lauren adores him and does all the work with him and he's her favorite by a long stretch." Lauren Tritton has a highlight reel as long as your arm as a driver back home in Australia. She's driven over 850 winners, became the youngest woman in Australian history to drive 500 winners, was the first female to win the NSW Metropolitan Driver's Premiership and she is a winner of over one hundred group-listed races. Harness racing is unquestionably a male-dominated sport in the US, and despite Lauren's passion for competing at the top level, she isn't planning on regular engagements outside her Team Tritton appointments. "I know there's quite a few over here who are surprised to see her drive, but I'm just so proud to see her out there competing," Shane said. "There's no way Lauren would ever just want to do the races as a driver - you have to commit totally to it to be successful, and that means 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said. "She thoroughly enjoys occasionally driving some of our team and maybe she will inspire some young girls to give it a go. There seem to be others who drive, but just at fairs and not the top level." The maiden victory in the US by Lauren was part of "a good couple of days" for the team. Stable pin-up girl My Ruebe Star (Falcon Seelster-Zenola Star (New York Motoring) made it five wins from five starts when she claimed the $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers on Thursday. "She's really on fire and we're so pleased because we really had to twist the arm of (NZ-based) owner Mike Siemelink to bring her to the US," Shane said. "Mike sent her over to us from NZ in May last year with the idea to win some races at Menangle and get some quick times to her name and then breed from her. She won six races and was 4th in a Group 3 Final to Bright Energy in 1.50 after storming home from last," he said. "So it was a bit of a radical change of plans, but of all of our horses, 'Ruby' has been the one to acclimatize the quickest. She's in great order; she's dappled up and jumping out of her skin and now we'll look at some of the big mares' races next year with her. "Jordan Stratton has been driving her over here and he's stoked by the way she keeps stepping up. He hasn't had to pushed her right out yet and she's pulled up a treat again." Shane said there was still a learning curve when it came to changes in training methods from the Australian way to the US. "Probably one of the big differences is that we don't work them anywhere near as hard as we did back home. There's been a few other little adjustments along the way, but we'll keep learning and chipping away," he said. "Obviously at some point they'll get on their marks, so we'll just keep making hay while the sun shines." Team Tritton has established an enviable strike-rate since shipping to the States, winning a dozen races from about 40 starters.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

EX-PAT Aussie Shane Tritton said Ride High reminds him of the great Christian Cullen and he’s sure he would hold his own anything in the world. Tritton, who is making a real splash in the US after making it home earlier this year, said Ride High’s track record-smashing 1min49sec flat for 1650m at Bendigo last night would equate to at least 1min47sec in the US. “That’s as close to Christian Cullen’s Miracle Mile run I’ve ever seen,” Tritton said. “I have no doubt in my mind the tracks and carts are two seconds quicker over here. One of the best (US) pacers went 1min47.2sec over the mile on a 1000m track the other day (here) and broke the track record. “Ride High would’ve matched that on what I saw tonight and he looks like he isn’t flat out. And he sat outside them. “From what I’ve seen, they need to put a plan in place to get him to The Meadowlands (New Jersey) in the next 12 months. “We might see something the world has never seen before.” Ride High’s 14th win from just 15 starts was his most mind-blowing yet. He drew the back row, came three wide around to sit parked at the 1200m, crushed the leader Sirletic and was nursed to the line for the 100m or so to win by 21.4sec. Watch the race here click here. His 1min49sec mile rate for 1650m (not a mile) was a staggering 2.7sec inside the precious track record. And he appeared to have plenty of petrol left in the tank. Trainer Clayton Tonkin and driver Kima Frenning have been telling us after each win this campaign that Ride High is just warming-up and the best is yet to come. They were right. “There’s been a bit of talk about ‘he hasn’t beaten a lot’ and ‘he still has a lot to prove’ … I think he just did that,” Frenning told Trots Vision after the win. Tonkin added: “We knew he had that in him. For all the great horses we’ve had, this guy is out of the box. Something very special. “If I didn’t have Ride High and know what he was capable of, I didn’t think I’d ever see a horse run that time at Bendigo and be eased down the last bit.” Ride High’s cruised to four wins from as many runs on the comeback trail from a throat operation and now boasts nine wins on end. Tonkin plans to stick his model of racing Ride High every fortnight, meaning his next run will be at Shepparton on August 15. That’s Lochinvar Art’s home track. Lochinvar Art is likely to chase second wins from as many runs back from a spell at Ballarat next Saturday night. Would his trainer-driver David Moran back him up a week later against Ride High at Shepparton? With talk of a match-race subsiding, let’s hope they meet in a race very soon, maybe even Shepparton on August 15. “Peter (Gleeson, Ride High’s owner-breeder) isn’t keen on a match-race, certainly not unless they put up some really serious money, so we’ll just stick to racing him every second week,” Tonkin said. “The problem is I don’t think they’ll run the Victoria Cup on October 10 with the way things are in Victoria, so there’s nothing big to set him for in the next couple of months at least.”   By Adam Hamilton

Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up, took the lead from post seven in the first lap and continued on the lead throughout for an easy 1.11.0kr timed score in today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie  in Belgium (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 10 starters). Face TimeBourbon now has recorded 22 career victories in 26 starts for 1,773,900€ earned. He was off at 1/10 odds. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Scuderia Bivans Srl. The 25/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was a solid second with Christophe Martens teaming this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that Eirik Djuve owns. The 87/1 Viking d’Hermes (11g Sancho Panca-Norina Way) took third for Christophe de Groote, narrowly ahead of fourth finishing 6.9/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) that Hugues Montule piloted for trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle earned 9,500€ today and increased his life earnings to 5,000,467€, just behind the all-time earnings record for a FR trotteur set by Timoko at 5,006,731€. Timoko won 36 times in his racing career while Bold Eagle secured 46 victories in 76 starts. Below is a photo gallery of this action today at Hippodrome de Wallonie. Face Time Bourbon Bold Eagle and Hugues Monthule     It was quite a career for Bold Eagle and today’s salute to his accomplishments also gave thanks to longtime lad Hugues Monthule who teamed the champion.   Hippodrome de Wallonie and LeTrot files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

It is with great sadness that Knutsson Trotting announces that Sebastian K. has passed away from colic. He arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday morning 28th July to stand stud and he had seemingly taken the flight from USA well. The next few days he ate and drank as normal, but on Saturday 1st August he developed colic and whilst every effort was made at the Mickleham Quarantine and Veterinary Centre to save his life the attending physicians were unsuccessful in their endeavours. Given the time elapsed since the flight, it is unlikely the colic was caused by air travel, but the exact cause of the colic will most likely never be known. ‘ Sebastian’ won numerous Group I and Group II races around the world, but he will most probably be best remembered for that ‘command performance’ at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in July 2014 when he shattered the existing all-aged World Record in a blistering 1:49. It is still the fastest mile ever recorded on a 5/8ths track. He was voted Horse of the Year in Sweden in 2012 and won Dan Patch Horse Trotter of the Year in 2014. Sebastian K. was bred and owned throughout his career by Knutsson Trotting, who also bred his dam Gabriella K. Upon retiring from racing in 2015 he stood at Hanover Shoe Farms for 4 years before relocating to Abby Stables in Ohio for the 2020 North American breeding season. From his first North American crop, the filly Next Level Stuff (out of Nantab) 1:53.2F $221,461 will compete in the Hambletonian Oaks from post 2 on the 8th August at The Meadowlands. Needless to say, we will keep all our fingers crossed for her and her connections. Knutsson Trotting Further Information: bernie@knutsson.se 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The field for the 95th edition of the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, an open event for 3-year-olds on the trot, which takes place at The Meadowlands on Saturday, August 8 and has a post time of 4:35 p.m., with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Ready For Moni - Ready Cash - (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter), 3-1 2. Back Of The Neck - Ready Cash - (Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt), 4-1 3. Hollywood Story - Muscle Hill - (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 15-1 4. Big Oil - Father Patrick - (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 15-1 5. Ramona Hill - Muscle Hill - (Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna), 5-2 6. Threefiftytwo - Royalty For Life -  (Scott Zeron, Luc Blais), 6-1 7. Capricornus - Cantab Hall - (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 15-1 8. Rome Pays Off - Muscle Hill - (Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander), 15-1 9. Sister Sledge - Father Patrick - (Brian Sears, Ron Burke), 12-1 10. Amigo Volo - Father Patrick - (Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman), 12-1 he field for the 95th edition of the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on the trot, which takes place Saturday, August 8 and has a post time of 3:30 p.m., with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Crucial - Father Patrick - (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 15-1 2. Next Level Stuff - Sebastian K S - (Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell), 9-2 3. Reba Blue Chip - Chapter Seven - (Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder), 20-1 4. May Baby - Guccio - (James Yoder, James Yoder), 10-1 5. Tricky Sister - Trixton - (Corey Callahan, Andrew Harris), 20-1 6. Whose Blues - Cantab Hall - (Daniel Dube, Luc Blais), 20-1 7. Sorella - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter), 7-2 8. Fortune Starlet - Trixton -  (No Driver, George Ducharme), 15-1 9. Solsbury Hill - Muscle Hill - (Scott Zeron, Rick Zeron), 12-1 10. Ab'sattitudexpress - Trixton - (Tim Tetrick, Lucas Wallin), 20-1 11. Panem - Father Patrick - (Dexter Dunn, Nancy Takter), 6-1 12. Hypnotic AM - Chapter Seven - (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 5-2 NOTE: Panem and Hypnotic AM will start from the second tier. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

MILTON, ON - August 1, 2020 - Matticulous GB came back strong from a disqualification last week to win Saturday's $36,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Colin Johnson trainee was first to the line for the second-week in a row, this time comitting no interference and taking home the winner's share of the $36,000 purse for owner Brett Thompson. Sylvain Filion fired Matticulous GB out to the early lead and forced Casimir Richie P to take a seat in the two-hole after an opening-quarter of :26. A returning Sintra made a second-quarter brush to the lead from third, leading by the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. In the stretch, a large Matticulous GB came back out and powered by to score the win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:49.1. Always A Hotshot finished second, while Sintra was third and Wheels On Fire fourth. To watch replay click here. A five-year-old gelding, Matticulous GB is now four for 12 this season and has 23 career wins to his name. He paid $10.30 to win. Saturday evening's 11-race card was spoiled by an accident in the fifth-race. The accident saw four-year-old pacer Best In Show made a quick bolt towards the rail at the head of the lane, taking out six-year-old Sports Column and driver James MacDonald. The incident caused a chain reaction with five-year-old Yacht Seelster dumping driver Chris Christoforou and four-year-old Tyga Hanover falling to the track with driver Sylvain Filion remaining in the sulky. MacDonald was examined by paramedics on the track and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Early reports were a possible broken collarbone and concussion. Christoforou left the track under his own power, but did book off his remaining drives. All horses involved in the accident were okay from initial examinations and escaped with only cuts and bruises. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ramona Hill rallied from the back of the pack to defeat Back Of The Neck in the first of Saturday's two $50,000 Hambletonian Stakes eliminations at the Meadowlands and Ready For Moni rolled to victory in the second as the stage was set for next week's $1 million harness racing final. The Hambletonian is harness racing's premier event for 3-year-old trotters. The top-five finishers from each elimination advanced to the Aug. 8 final at the Big M. Joining Ramona Hill and Back Of The Neck in the final from the first elim were, in order of finish, Amigo Volo, Big Oil, and Hollywood Story. Joining Ready For Moni from the second elim were Threefiftytwo, Capricornus, Sister Sledge, and Rome Pays Off. Ramona Hill and Sister Sledge are fillies. This was the first time multiple fillies took on the boys in the Hambletonian since Act Of Grace and Continentalvictory in 1996, and only the second time since 1983. Marcus Melander, the 2019 Trainer of the Year in the U.S., has three of the finalists: Capricornus, Hollywood Story, and Rome Pays Off. Threefiftytwo is trained by Luc Blais, who won last year's Hambletonian with Forbidden Trade. As elimination winners, Ramona Hill and Ready For Moni got to draw for posts in positions one through five. Ready For Moni, who was randomly selected first to draw, got post one and Ramona Hill got post five. Posts two through four went to Back Of The Neck, Hollywood Story, and Big Oil, respectively. Starting outside Ramona Hill in posts six through 10 will be Threefiftytwo, Capricornus, Rome Pays Off, Sister Sledge, and Amigo Volo. In the first elimination, Ramona Hill, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly trotter, was last in the eight-horse field and forced three wide around the final turn before flying home and besting Back Of The Neck by a half-length in 1:51.2. Her last quarter was timed in :25.4.   Andy McCarthy drove Ramona Hill, the 6-5 favorite, for trainer Tony Alagna. Ramona Hill, who captured the Del Miller Memorial on July 18 in 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands, has won two of three starts this season. "She's been great," Alagna said. "She was a very immature 2-year-old and she was still able to get the job done. We were so happy with how she came back (in the winter) in Florida. Her first start, she raced super off the pace and two weeks ago she was sparkling and tonight she's even better." Alagna was patient with Ramona Hill last year, giving the filly a midseason break in a campaign that culminated with a win in the Breeders Crown from post 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I knew what we had, we just had to do the right thing," Alagna said. "We waited on her when she needed it and she paid us back." Ramona Hill is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Lock Down Lindy. She is owned by Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc, and In The Gym Partners. She was bred by Crawford Farms. For her career, she has won eight of 10 races and $556,865. Alagna said the decision to enter Ramona Hill in the Hambletonian rather than the all-fillies Hambletonian Oaks was made last Sunday. "I think as a group we all kind of knew what we were all thinking in the back of our minds, but we all waited to pull the trigger at the same time," Alagna said. "We were all willing to give it a shot. The big decision was the fact they don't go two heats on one day." In the second elimination, Ready For Moni took the lead at the half-mile mark and never looked back on his way to victory by three-quarters of a length over Threefiftytwo in 1:51.3.   Yannick Gingras drove Ready For Moni, the 6-5 favorite, for trainer Nancy Takter. Ready For Moni is 2-for-2 this year, winning a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.4 on July 18 at the Meadowlands in his seasonal debut. "The way the schedule has been this year, it's been a little difficult to find races," Takter said. "We didn't want to have him over-raced going into the Hambletonian, so he had a couple nice qualifiers to kind of let him get into his own and hopefully he'll take this race in the right way and be even sharper for next week. "There are a lot of small parts to the puzzle that need to be put together in the right spot for everything to go perfectly on Hambletonian Day," Takter added. "But with the win here we get post-position relief, so that will be a big help. But there are a lot of things that need to go right." Ready For Moni is a son of French star Ready Cash out of the mare Nothing But Moni. He is owned by John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman, and Bud Hatfield. The colt was bred by Moni Maker Stable. For his career, Ready For Moni has won six of 10 races and $374,020. He joined Takter's stable this year. "Ready For Moni was trained down in Florida with Lindy Farms through his winter training and came to me a few weeks ago, right before he was getting ready to qualify," Takter said. "So, they did all the heavy lifting with him, we've just kind of done the fine-tuning to get him a little bit sharper for the races. They did a great job with him and they get a lot of credit for how the horse is right now." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2020--Catch The Fire hung tough against a host of pursuers Saturday to capture the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows and provide an indelible harness racing career highlight for trainer John Ackley and driver Mike Wilder.   Chief Mate rallied for second at 50-1 while the hard-used No Lou Zing earned show. The winning time over a sloppy surface was 1:49.3.   This 54th edition of the Pace for the Orchids likely was the most unusual thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Usually jam-packed stands seated only a handful of invitees. The apron, usually rocking with fans and live bands, was eerily silent. The presumptive heavy favorite, Papi Rob Hanover, was out of the final with a season-ending injury. As usual, though the horses provided more than enough drama to make up for any missing elements.   After Elver Hanover seized the early lead from post 9, Wilder and Catch The Fire quarter-poled to the point, where they faced a backside challenge from No Lou Zing.   "I was really worried about that horse," Wilder said. "He went a humongous trip in the elimination. He showed he can take a lot of air. I couldn't shake him, and then a whole heard of them came at me. But my horse dug in. He's true grit."   Five horses remained live in deep stretch, but none could reach Catch The Fire, the 9-5 wagering favorite off his elimination win last week. Last year's Kentucky Sires Stake champion, Catch The Fire soared over $400,000 in career earnings.       Charlie Taylor of CT Stables purchased Catch The Fire at Lexington for the bargain-basement price of $15,000. Ackley was so sure that Catch The Fire would go too dearly that he left the auction ring for a sandwich, only to return and find himself the trainer of a son of Captain Treacherous-Dream Outloud. Ackley, who trains a small stable at Ohio's Fayette County Fairgrounds and operated a forklift for 20 years before switching to racing, called the Adios victory the highlight of his career.   "Its a big win, to have a horse that can compete at this level and win," Ackley said. "No way I could have imagined this; it's fantastic."   For Wilder, the triumph was even more emotional. An Ohio native who has been a fixture at The Meadows for many years, Wilder and his family are exceptionally active in many aspects of racing and the community. His wife, Heather, is a popular interviewer on harness shows while serving as president of the United States Harness Writers Association Keystone Chapter. Their teenage daughters, Scarlett and Lauren, also are active in USHWA. Yet even though Wilder has amassed more than 8,300 career wins, he had never finished better than fourth in an Adios final. He choked up as he tried to describe his emotions.   "This means the world to me," Wilder said. "The Good Lord is in control of everything in this world, and I was the lucky man today. It means everything for my kids to see it and for my wife to be here. It's something I'll never forget. It's something that may never happen again, although you wish it would.   "I didn't even think about the empty stands. My family's here. My mother's here from Florida. It means the world to me."   Ackley said Catch The Fire will enjoy a week off while his connections determine his next engagement.   ADIOS NOTES: Trainer Ron Burke had his usual busy Adios Day, starting 26 horses on the 16-race card. They produced five victories for him . . . When Jeff Zidek called Saturday's Adios, he became only the fourth announcer to call the event over its 54 years. The others: Ken Kadar (1967-1973), Charlie Hinkle (1974-1975), Roger Huston (1976-2019).   By Evan Pattak for the MSOA        

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2020 -- Unraced at 2, sophomore harness racing filly pacer Party Girl Hill launched her career this year with four straight victories, including two wins in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. The question: How would she fare when she faced Lyons Sentinel, last year's divisional champion? The answer: Very well, thanks. The two squared off in Saturday's $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows, and the brash contender defeated the champ by 1-1/4 lengths in1:49.4 over a sloppy surface. The event was the subfeature on the Adios Day card highlighted by the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. To be sure, when she left from post 3, Tom Hill's homebred daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap had a distinct edge over Lyons Sentinel, who was stuck with post 8. Yet the champ all but erased that advantage by cutting leisurely fractions of 26.2/56.2. Even winning driver Dexter Dunn wasn't sure Party Girl Hill could overcome that. "I thought after that cheap quarter that it might be a hard task for my filly," Dunn said. "The way she traveled up the back, though, she seemed to have the other one's measure. She kicked away in the straight, doing it pretty easy." Dunn moved Party Girl Hill without cover from fourth, and she wore down Lyons Sentinel after a protracted duel. Pettycoat Business completed the ticket.   Winning trainer Chris Ryder said he isn't terribly surprised by the strong start this year of Party Girl Hill, who lifted her bankroll to $143,610. "I expect her to be improving, and she raced like she is," Ryder said. "You can only train them so much at home, but she always felt as good as a horse can feel." He indicated Party Girl Hill would appear next in another PASS leg. Saturday’s Adios Day card at The Meadows was rich with supporting stakes that included a pair of Grand Circuit events for freshmen and two Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. Here are the highlights: $59,088 Arden Downs — 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Last week, Southwind Gendry scored with a covered trip. In the Gov. David L. Lawrence, as this stake is known, he needed no help, powering to the point at the quarter for Yannick Gingras and winning in a stake record 1:51.2. That knocked a tick from the mark set by Yankee Bounty in 2014. “He’s a little bit behind the rest of our colts, but as he figures it out, he’ll be a good colt,” said Ron Burke, who trains the Always B Miki-Gambler’s Passion gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel& Libby. “We knew watching his first qualifier that he’s something special.” Chase H Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Capt Jack Hanover third. Meanwhile, another Burke youngster, Lou’s Pearlman, continued to look like the real deal, extending his career unbeaten streak to four for Matt Kakaley and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Elizabeth Novak and Howard Taylor. Captain Sleaze was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Great Somewhere earned show. The son of Sweet Lou was so full of himself that Kakaley had him under a snug hold even while sending him on a quarter-pole move to the top. “He has a lot of high speed; he’s impressive,” Kakaley said. “In my mind he’s one of the best 2-year-olds out there. He’s absolutely perfect to drive.” Hellabalou stopped badly last week, and his trainer Eddie Dennis, thinks he knows why. “He struggled getting off the track last week, and the vet thought it was the heat,” Dennis said. “Once we got him cooled down, he was much better. He rebounded really good today.” The son of Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip looked quite comfortable on the point, defeating Sweet Angel Boy by a neck in 1:53 for Andrew McCarthy. Mikibytheseaside completed the ticket. Eric Good campaigns Hellabalou. $35,690 Arden Downs — 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Uptown Hanover recovered quickly from a brief break in the final turn and went on to cross the wire first. But she was disqualified and placed back to eighth for interfering while on that break, giving the win in the Mary Lib Miller to Fighting Evil and driver Mike Wilder in 1:53.2. Wicked Ways was third-placed second while Southwind Olenna was promoted to third. “Every once in a while, you get lucky,” said winning trainer Dane Snyder. “She raced very good, but she was lost on the front end. She’d never been there before. She’s not very big, and she has a lot to learn, but she has a big heart.” The daughter of Sweet Lou-Evil Fight races for Danielle Snyder and Jason Ash. $187,182 PA Sires Stake — 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters In the faster $93,591 division of this stake known as the Meadow Bright, the Muscle Hill miss Fifty Cent Piece got to ride a pocket trip, then found clearance up the inside and went on to a 1-3/4-length victory over favored and first-over Shishito in a career best 1:52.2 despite the sloppy surface. Wilder, an hour away from his finest moment in the sport, picked up the catch drive behind the Marcus Melander-trained filly, who had had some rough racing luck in a few recent starts. But the trip worked out fine here for Fifty Cent Piece, a $500,000 yearling who is starting to live up to her pedigree for the S R F Stable. In the PASS division raced over a fast track, Sans Default brought sire Muscle Hill another credit when she also utilized the Lightning Lane for driver Matt Kakaley to stop the clock in 1:54.1. Sans Defaut, whose name translates to “flawless” from the French, lived up to her moniker for the second race in a row, now showing earnings of $180,185 for trainer Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. $80,000 PA Stallion Series — 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Burke started 25 horses in 12 of the races on the card; in the four $20,000 Stallion Series races, he sent out only one. But there’s little question that she was the most impressive one — the Muscle Hill miss Dune Hill, 9-1/2 lengths clear of her field at the end of a mile (while the track was still fast) in 1:52.4, a new stake mark. Dune Hill made a big uncovered move to the lead for driver Yannick Gingras and drew away at will for her third straight win for owner Joseph Di Scala, Jr. Two other stallion series winners clicked as the favorite along with Dune Hill. A popular local winner was the Explosive Matter filly Perth Angel De Vie, who took a new mark of 1:55.3 in off going for driver Bryce Brocklehurst, trainer Harold Brocklehurst and the ownership of Double R Farms LLC, David Obley and Richard Williams, who will see PA Fairs racing start a 2-day stand in their hometown of Clearfield tomorrow. The other stallion series chalk was the Donato Hanover filly Alittlebitofsugar, a 1:55.2 winner in the slop for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Sam Schillaci and owner Peter Barbato. The only non-favorite to visit the winners circle was in the opening race of the day, with the track still fast, when the Father Patrick filly Queso Fresco charged outside on the far turn and finished out taking a new mark of 1:54.3 as the second betting choice. Team Orange Crush — trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy — saw the filly finish second upon acquiring her care in her last start, and she improved on that position by one here for owner Dr. John McKinley. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

Ride High's record-breaking rout of Victorian circuits reached ridiculous new heights at Bendigo tonight with Clayton Tonkin's pacer ripping 2.7 seconds off the track record, winning in an audacious 1:49 mile rate. Built off a 26-second third quarter the five-year-old notched a 14th win in his 15th start and in doing so became only the second horse to win in Victoria in a sub-1:50 mile rate, having been only 0.4 of a second outside lead rival Lochinvar Art's spectacular 4YO Bonanza time. The performance only further whets the appetite of a mooted clash between David Moran's Lochinar Art and Tonkin's Ride High, with the star pacers so far landing blows in successive Saturday nights. For now the spotlight returned to reinswoman Kima Frenning and her pacer affectionately known as 'Chainsaw'. "There's been a bit of talk about how he hasn't beaten a lot and he's got to prove that he's really good and I think he just did that," Frenning told Trots Vision post-race. "Plugs still in and he does it so easy, it's just crazy." An aggressive Josh Aiken drive on Sirletic brought the best out of Ride High, with the former leading from gate four and running 27.6 and 27.8 first and second quarters as the trailing $1.04 favourite advanced from the back row to the running line and then the breeze. The pair then exploded through a 26.1-second third quarter that dropped the remainder of the eight-horse field, with Ride High surging ahead from the running line with an extraordinary burst of pace into the final term and becoming a conclusive 21.4-metre winner come the finishing line. Unchallenged and with plugs still in down the final straight he got home in 27.5 seconds to complete the record mile rate, almost three seconds quicker than the time Aiken set with Leonidas at Bendigo on June 6. "We fired him off the gate all his starts prior to this one and then to be able to come off the back row and relax, be off their backs and then take off and do what he did ..." Frenning said. "I mean, he doesn't spend any more energy than what he has to. I think that makes him a really, really good racehorse. "He never carries on, he never pulls. I drove him in a trial a couple of years ago now and I sat him up, he dropped the bit and as soon as I pulled out he just went. He's got the whole package. I have still never pulled the plugs on him." It's a fourth successive victory for Frenning and Ride High this campaign and another stunning 53.6-second last half, completing an extraordinary sequence of last 800-metre records having previously gone 52.7 seconds (Melton), 53.6 seconds (Melton) and 53.4 seconds (Ballarat). Tonight at Bendigo his 26.1-second third quarter was the quickest ever recorded at the track, toppling Sir Briggen's 26.7-second quarter set in a concession drivers pace, as well as being the quickest ever last half, having been some 1.9 seconds superior to Leonidas' mark. "I"m just so grateful that I get to be the littlest part of this horse's journey and it's super special," Frenning said. And the exciting part is there is no doubt more to come, with King Of Swing and Cash N Flow outstanding in Sydney, Chicago Bull back to his best in Perth, several front line Kiwis returning and a battle with Lochinvar Art looming. "There are more of the better ones coming through - Self Assured raced (Friday) - it's going to be really exciting when they all come together," Frenning said. "I wouldn't swap mine for anyone." CLICK BELOW TO RELIVE RIDE HIGH'S RECORD-BREAKING WIN: HRV - Michael Howard

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