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It is with great sadness that Kentuckiana Farms announces the passing of one of harness racings greatest Jate Lobell.   The 31-year-old stallion stood at Kentuckiana Farms for 22 years before being retired from active duty in 2009.   Jate Lobell (No Nukes – J.R. Amy, p, 3, 1:51.2M, $2,231,402) impacted the Standardbred breed like few other. At 2, a World Champion, the son of No Nukes  was voted 2-year-old pacing colt of the year, undefeated in 15 starts. At 3, Jate Lobell earned 3-year-old pacing colt of the year honors while winning the Confederation Cup, North America Cup, New Jersey Classic, New Jersey Futurity, American National, and 5 NJSS events.   He retired to stud duty after a remarkable 3-year-old season as the third richest pacer of all time and was syndicated at an incredible $12 Million Dollar Valuation.    It was in the breeding shed where he made a significant and lasting impact as a regular at the top of all stallion categories throughout his stallion career. His offspring earned a remarkable $105,341,187. Jate Lobell’s offspring have averaged over $82,000 per starter, having produced many of greats in recent racing history like Riyadh ($2,763,527), David’s Pass ($1,652,500), Gothic Dream ($1,528,671), Village Jasper ($1,057,595), to name a few.   Not only was Jate Lobell a super-sire, he will long be remembered as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing winners of over $203,978,794  including Mister Big ($4,008,257), My Little Dragon ($2,318,623), Southwind Lynx ($1,763,389), and Sportswriter ($1,566,460), etc.   In 2004 Jate Lobell was nominated to the Living Horse Hall of Fame as a racehorse and stallion.    “Jate Lobell’s legacy will live on for generations. He was simply one of the greatest ever on the track, in the breeding shed and as a broodmare sire. Jate Lobell put Kentuckiana Farms on the map and we will cherish his memory for years to come. It has been an honor to take care of him as a long-time member of our family. He will be missed, “ said Bob Brady for Kentuckiana Farms.   FFI: Bob Brady 502-863-3070   Jate Lobell 2-year-old season highlights 1986 (PART 1)     Jate Lobell 2-year-old season highlights 1986 (Part 2)     Jate Lobell North American Cup 1987 (Part 1)     Jate Lobell North American Cup 1987 (Part 2)     Jate Lobell North American Cup 1987 (Part 3)  

The Art Major pacer JK She’salady is the first filly to be voted Horse of the Year since the award originated in 1947. She is obviously expected to do extraordinary things during her sophomore campaign. While questions about Mission Brief taking on the boys in the Hambletonian are a given, as dominant as JK She’saldy has been, expectations of her being entered in the pacing classics are understandably less common. Still, the winner of all 12 starts, including the Breeders Crown, Three Diamonds, Eternal Camnation and Shes A Great lady, will be expected to crush her peers.   Her world record matching 1:50.1 mile in the latter at Mohawk was very impressive. I Luv The Nitelife’s 1:48.4 5/8 world record taken at Pocono Downs is certainly in her sights, and breaking Shebestingin’s 1:47 mile record, raced at The Red Mile, would constitute a giant step on the road to glory.   Will she make us forget about Put On A Show, See You At Peelers and American Jewel? World record holder; perfect record; Horse of the Year: I guess it’s a done deal.   Not so fast.   Sometimes the slippage on the part of the anointed is subtle, while in other cases it can’t be missed. The 2013 pacing division champs, Precocious Beauty and He’s Watching, serve as examples of the former.   At two Precocious Beauty, a paternal sister to JK She’salady, tied a world record of 1:50.1 in the International Stallion Stakes and won 7 of her 11 starts, with 3 second place finishes. Like JK She’salady, she swept the Canadian stakes—the Eternal Camnation, Shes A Great Lady and Champlain. (The Three Diamonds, which she did not start in, was raced at the Meadowlands).   In 2014 Precocious Beauty still managed to bank $315,000, but she only won four times and the American National and Empire Classic were the best of them.   After an undefeated season in the NYSS at two, with a world record 1:50 mile at Tioga, He’s Watching won the Pace in a world record 1:46.4 and earned $825,000 on 5 wins in 13 starts. But the Empire Classic was his only stakes win in the last five months of the year, and that one is a restricted race. Overall, one would have to label the diminutive American Ideal speedball a disappointment.   In 2011 Sweet Lou impressed with a 10 win freshman season, capped off with a decisive world record 1:49 mile in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. Unfortunately, his only noteworthy open win the following year came in the Tattersalls Pace. He took an elimination of the North America Cup, another in the Meadowlands Pace and he won a heat of the Jug, but he couldn’t shake his Mr. Elimination moniker.   Lou obviously achieved a measure of redemption in the aged ranks, becoming the first horse to win in under 1:48 four times (in succession), and falling only five votes short of JK She’salady’s winning tally in the Horse of the Year voting.   And one could say the same thing about his predecessor in the “next big thing” ranks, Big Jim. The Western Ideal colt, who set the world record Lou broke when he won the Governor’s Cup in 1:49.1, didn’t win any open stakes during his sophomore season; a Pace elimination was as close as he got. And he was retired early due to injuries to both rear ankles. The debate over who should be driving him ran out of steam in a big hurry.   French Chef (Meadow Skipper) was a great two-year-old, winning 21 of 23 starts and setting world records on half, 5/8 and mile tracks. He only won 3 of 14 starts at three, and retired with a faster mark at two than he had at three. He was a foul-gaited sort and being out of a Nevele Pride mare made him stand out—not necessarily in a good way. Still, he sired Beach Towel, Frugal Gourmet and Amity Chef and was the grandsire of Jenna’s Beach Boy and Miss Easy.   The Abercrombie colt Sportsmaster won more money--$727,000—than Western Hanover at two. He won the Wilson and a split of the International Stallion Stakes, among others. But he only managed to bank $28,000 the following year and was subsequently sold to Walker Studs in Illinois for $200,000, where he was a high volume, successful regional stallion.   Jate Lobell suffered a measured fall from grace at three. He won his division, just as he had done as a freshman, when he triumphed in all 15 starts, leading to a $12 million syndication deal. But there were holes in his game. Call For Rain beat him in the Breeders Crown and the Slutsky Memorial; Frugal Gourmet did the same in the Meadowlands Pace elimination and final as well as the Prix d’Ete; Redskin took him out in the Messenger; Run The Table also beat him a couple of times.   He went on to sire plenty of solid pacers, including Riyadh, but he failed to extend himself. If JK She’salady won her division in 2015 by staying one step ahead of the rest, the way Jate did, she’d be deemed a disappointment.   Truluck, Max Hochberg and Lou Resnick’s fleet Torpid colt, who raced against a stout class back on the late 60s, is another who was ahead of the pack at two, but got caught the following year. He won his freshman division, banking more than $167,000—good money for a two-year-old in those days. And he finished the year with a dramatic win in the $94,000 Roosevelt Futurity, as George Sholty overcame Roland Beaulieu’s artless drive on Columbia George.   The following year the latter was very good; Most Happy Fella became what Dancer referred to at the time as the best pacer he ever had; plus there was a supporting cast of Shreik, Keystone Pat, Adover Rainbow and Ferric Hanover. Truluck was competitive all season and was one of the favorites in the Messenger in November, but he couldn’t win a major stakes race.   Will the cream of the class catch up to JK She’salady in 2015? It’s hard to see that happening. Sassa Hanover, the star of Rocknroll Heaven’s first crop, was very strong in the NYSS, and she did win her split of the International Stallion Stakes in a world record 1:50.1, a tick faster than JK She’salady won hers.   But final impressions stand out and, while Sassa was clearly better than the rest in the Breeders Crown, she was no match for the winner. Then again, one would have been justified in saying the same thing after Sweet Lou gutted the field on his way to a world record mile in his freshman level Breeders Crown start, with A Rocknroll Dance a distant second. We’ll know soon enough.   Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.   He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.   Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2014 -- Trailing by 5 lengths at the three-quarters and with his cover stalling, Adios champion McWicked showed his speed and determination Friday at The Meadows when he roared wide down the lane to score in a harness racing stake-record 1:48.3 in a $199,980 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. Sometimes Said captured the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers known as the Tarport Effrat, giving David Miller a sweep. McWicked saw his five-race winning streak snapped in the Carl Milstein, and it appeared certain that his losing skein would grow when he was third over and treading water. But Somewhere In L A had taken the field through a hot three-quarters in 1:20.4, a wicked pace that gave Miller confidence. "They were going pretty hard there, but I did start getting worried in the last turn when they stalled out," Miller said. "But the leader wasn't getting away, and I was within range enough to catch him. I was happy with him. He got beat on the front last week, so I wanted to change it up. He doesn't have to be on the lead to win." The son of McArdle-Western Sahara had just enough track to down the game Somewhere in L A by a nose, with the pocket-sitting Limelight Beach third. Casie Coleman trains McWicked, who boosted his career bankroll to $957,883, for SSG Stables. The time shattered the previous stake mark of 1:49.2 shared by Big Bad John and Resistance Futile. Coleman previously indicated that McWicked will be pointed to the PASS championship and the Little Brown Jug. With the victory, McWicked became only the third Adios winner to score in the Tarport Effrat, joining Armbro Ranger (1976) and May June Character (2007). Fashion Farms' Sometimes Said entered the Tarport Effrat on a two-race winning streak, and he had little trouble extending that streak, following the first-over cover of Let's Drink On It and prevailing in 1:50. Somesizesomestyle rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Let's Drink On It saved show. "I was impressed with him," said Miller, who was piloting Sometimes Said for the first time. "He raced as good as I expected him to." Jim Campbell conditions Sometimes Said, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, converted claimer Colby Jate shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:50.3 and notch his fourth straight victory. Aaron Merriman drove the 7-year-old Jate Lobell-Cam Press Shania gelding for trainer Mike Watson and owner Friendship Stables. Tony Hall drove four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. Following a brief holiday hiatus, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 12:55 PM. Even Pattak

Paul & Sharon Carmody’s Lochend Stud at Maitland in NSW thought this season was going to be disaster when they found their champion stallion Aces N Sevens dead in his yard a little over a month ago. Little did they know then that this season could well turn into one of the best ever now that they have secured an exciting son of Artsplace – Shoobee’s Place 1.49.1 $787,271, to stand at their pristine Lochend Stud. Paul has always dreamed of being able to offer a quality Artsplace son to breeders in Australia, but could never find the right one. Well now it looks like he may have the perfect offering. In fact Shoobee’s Place is as close to an ideal offering for Australian mares as you could get. Bred on the ultra successful Artsplace – Jate Lobell cross, similar to stallion of the moment, Sportswriter, the ultra impressive Mr Feelgood & Mister Big and also Yankee Cruiser (sire of possibly one of the greatest aged horses we have ever seen in Sweet Lou 1.47 on a 5/8 track). Another stand out in his pedigree is his third dam – the great Blue Horizon, the dam of Panorama. She is also the dam of Smile Upon the dam of Grinfromeartoear, who certainly needs no introduction to Australian breeders, and is also the sire of Mr Feelgood & Mister Big. This fact alone makes him the ultimate choice in particular for Panorama mares and mares by Grinfromeartoear, allowing you to double on this highly productive line. Shoobee’s Place has an impressive & enduring race record, racing and winning every season from two thru to seven. He took a race record of 1.52 as a 2yo with his career best 1.49.1 at 4yo. He was placed 2nd in the Bluegrass stakes as 2YO. He bounced back as a 3YO with a win in the heat & final of the New Jersey Sires stakes. In his career he won the Consolation of the Battle of Brandywine, elimination & final of the Bergstein Pace, consolation of the Levy Memorial. In all he won in under 1.52 on no less than 15 occasions. Shoobee’s Place is an outstanding individual, standing 15.3hh with correct conformation, great looks and a superb temperament. He also had the reputation of a talented and tough raceway performer right throughout his career. Shoobee’s Place is being offered at an introductory fee of $2200 incl GST, with very generous discounts available for multiple mares and Members of Harness Breeders NSW.  For more information or to book your mare in phone Paul Carmody on 0439 607 349 or 02 49 33 6903. Harness Racing New South Wales    

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

Award winning equine photographer Barbara Livingston, whose popular books Old Friends and More Old Friends, painted a sentimental portrait of champion racehorses long gone from the spotlight, has completed a third edition of that series. While her first two books focused on Thoroughbred racehorses, the latest, Standardbred Old Friends, focuses on the distinctly American breed that evolved from a horse that carried the family to church, raced at the county fair and now competes world-wide at a trot and pace. The book, at $30, is ready for pre-order now at www.harnessmuseum.com. Standardbred Old Friends portrays 43 horses, from age 19 to 37, most of them multimillionaire world record holders with Hall of Fame membership, but some of more modest distinction, occupied as show horses, in law enforcement or hardworking, blue collar performers. With writer Ellen Harvey telling the rich tales of horses from Sweden to southern California, from Maine to Florida, Livingston has captured images of horses whose achievements are now decades past, but whose memories will last a lifetime. The collaboration, ready for shipment in June, grew from a 2008 Hoof Beats magazine article featuring ten champion Standardbreds over the age of 20. The article, with Livingston's photos and Harvey's stories, won top honors for journalism at the 2009 World Trotting Conference in Norway. In 2012, the two started a trek of nearly 10,000 miles to capture the lives of nearly four dozen horses whose commercial worth is long gone, but who are cherished ever still. The book's 153 photos and 43 stories were gleaned from thousands of photos and 150 interviews. Standardbred Old Friends looks at the lives of 43 horses like North American and European superstar Mack Lobell, now 30, at his home along the shores of Lake Malaren in southern Sweden, 2004 horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark at historic Hanover Shoe Farm in central Pennsylvania and mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie among the live oaks at their home in central Florida. The senior "old friend," 37-year-old Waco Hanover, was depicted against the deep snow of his home in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. An autumn sunset in the tide pools of Maine's Popham Beach State Park was the setting for Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover, a pair with 297 races over 13 years, with 4 foals between them, now in their 20s, but active in the show ring and hunt field. For a video sample of the photos in the book and a look at the making of Standardbred Old Friends, featuring 30-year-old champion Standardbred roadster Autobahn at Cane Run Farm in Kentucky, click here. Cover images are attached; Mack Lobell on the front, Dreamy Starlet and Elizabeth Tewksbury on the back. For more information on Barbara Livingston's work, as well as her earlier books, Saratoga, Four Seasons of Racing and Horses in Living Color, click here. Standardbred Old Friends can be purchased from the Harness Racing Museum or by calling 845-294-6330. To contact Ellen Harvey, email oldfriendsbook@hotmail or call 732-616-6092. The horses included in the book are: Armbro Feather Cam's Card Shark Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover Dust Devil Flat Foot Fluzy Giant Victory Hattie Heatherjeankillean Hi IQ Hot Lead Incredible K Jate Lobell Jo Jo Geronimo/Jupiter Keystone Wallis Lady Ashlee Ann Larks Crown Lilting Laughter Mack Lobell Matt's Scooter Miss Easy Moni Maker Monterey Rebel and Saddle The Wind NL Loren Oriental Express Sir Taurus Stacey's Echo Staying Together Supergrit Tap In Tarport Mark Town Sweetheart Victory Tilly Waco Hanover Western Dreamer White Birch Mares: Three Mile Island, Town Pro, World Order Winky's Gill Winnies Guy/Autobahn by Ellen Harvey

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Kyle Ater had a hot hand at Miami Valley Raceway on Wednesday night, ignoring frigid temperatures and strong night-long wind gusts to notch four wins for four different trainers on the 11-race program.   The 37-year-old reinsman's opening effort was an indication of what was to come as he guided heavily-favored Lama Blue Chip to an impressive maiden victory in the night's first contest. Owned by L A Express Stable and trained by Ater's father Dan, the three-year-old Art Major colt was making his first local appearance following three uneventful starts at The Meadowlands to begin his career.   Ater returned to the winner's circle following the fourth race when he guided He's The Bomb to a narrow 1:58 victory over Southbound (Shawn Barker II) and Cam's Best Kiss (Jeremy Smith). It was the tenth lifetime victory for the Jate Lobell gelding owned by Watermark Farm LLC and trained by Jeff Smith.   A pair of back-to-back longshot triumphs completed Ater's grand slam in the eighth and ninth races. Mischief Man took advantage of his second tier start to top a full field of $5000 claimers at odds of 8-1. Ater guided the Jody's Cam gelding to his 26th career win with a 1:57.2 clocking to best favored Canaco Run (Chris Page) and I Scoot For Cash (Barker). Victor Gray Sr. and Victor Gray II share ownership of the winner and entrust the training to Tyler Tinch.   A race later, Harvard's Z Tam was dispatched at odds of 9-1, despite Ater's hot hand, and fronted Chip Of Art (Smith) and Panhellenic (Randy Tharps) to the wire in 1:58.l. Harry Groves conditions the 29-time winning son of Electric Yankee for Patrick Groves. Coincidentally the final three wins for Ater all came behind seven-year-old geldings.   Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Despite sub-freezing temperatures Lookinforadventure scorched the new Miami Valley five-eighths mile oval in 1:51.4 on Sunday night to capture the featured $10,000 Open-Preferred pace and lower the track record.   Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. left alertly and opted to sit the pocket throughout most of the record-setting mile. Eventual runnerup I'm Feeling Good (Tony Hall) posted front-end fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before yielding halfway down the stretch to finish 1-1/2 lengths behind. Ardyne Ace (Jim Pantaleano) raced gamely from the outside post position in the field of nine to garner the show dough.   Green Acquisition Corporation owns Lookinforadventure, a six-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the Jate Lobell daughter Student Driver. The winner was recently moved to the Virgil Morgan Jr. stable as he approaches the half-million dollars in career earning plateau.   Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway  

Millionaire pacer Image Of Dawn has been retired and will commence stallion duty for the 2014 breeding season. An $85,000 yearling, Image Of Dawn won 63 races over his career. At two, he was a winner of a Kentucky Sire Stakes division in 1:52.3; at three he took his record of 1:50.4 winning another KYSS event and he and also captured an elimination of the Art Rooney (second in the final) at Yonkers Raceway. As an aged pacer he won the Yonkers open five times, the Dover Downs' Preferred three times as well as an Open at The Meadowlands for ten-year-olds and up. Image Of Dawn won on all track sizes and in 367 lifetime starts finished in the top 42 percent of the time. A son of Life Sign, Image Of Dawn is out of the 100 per cent producing Jate Lobell mare Clear Copy. From nine foals she has nine winners, six of them earning over $100,000 including Have No Secrets p,3,1:51 ($238,641) -- the dam of Tell All p, 3, 1:48.3 -'07 ($1,568,183). Image Of Dawn will stand stud at Jamie MacKinley's Double J Farms in Cornwall, P.E.I. for a fee of $1,000 (live foal) with multiple mare and loyalty discounts available. With earnings in excess of $1.2-million, Image Of Dawn becomes the richest stallion in Atlantic Canada. McKinley would like to thank to Patrick Lachance, Scott Bell, Joe, Linda, Bob Bongiorno and Mike Carrubba for helping bring Image Of Dawn to P.E.I. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Mister Big is now on the board as a sire downunder, courtesy of the Tasmanian bred and raced 2yo filly  Safety Girl. Starting favourite, Safety Girl made her debut a winning one last Friday night at Launceston with a comfortable victory. After settling in behind the leader, Safety Girl popped off into the breeze with 900m to travel. Leveling up at the top of the home straight she kicked clear and hit the line strongly, winning by 3.6 metres. Bred and raced by Mick Maxfield, Safety Girl is the fourth foal and third winner from the Group One placed Safely Kept mare Safety Torado. Being out of a Safely Kept mare, Safety Girl carries a 3 x 3 cross to Jate Lobell and also a 6 x 6 cross to Shifting Sands (a daughter of Golden Miss). Duplicating the Golden Miss family has worked extremely well for Grinfromeartoear, so it interesting to note that Mister Big's first Southern Hemisphere winner contains this same breeding pattern.

Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

Sugar Valley Farm and the Yankee Cruiser syndicate are pleased to announce that Yankee Cruiser will stand at the Delaware, Ohio nursery for the 2014 breeding season. The son of Artiscape out of the Jate Lobell mare A Yankee Classic has sired four sub 1:50 performers and winners of $24.6 million, including Sweet Lou (1:47.4s - $2,054,001) and the 2012 Jugette champion, Darena Hanover (1:50.1f - $650,607). On the racetrack, Yankee Cruiser was a very consistent performer finishing on the board in 26 of 35 career starts, winning $1,150,123. He established his lifetime mark of 1:49.3s in winning the $1 million North American Cup. Yankee Cruiser returns to Ohio after standing the last six seasons at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania. "We are pleased to have Yankee Cruiser back in the Buckeye State," noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. "He was a dominate sire in Ohio in the late 2000s and we expect the same in the future." Yankee Cruiser will stand for a $4,500 fee in 2014. by Jay Wolf for Sugar Valley Farm  

I Luv The Nitelife heads into Saturday’s American National 3-year-old filly pace fresh off her stunning victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore distaff pace on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. The venerable daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trounced her competition soundly in 1:50 by nearly four lengths. “She’s been at Odds On Acres since last Wednesday and she’s just jogged lightly all week,” said her trainer Chris Ryder. “She came out of her Breeders Crown win in really fine shape, and just seems to enjoy life.” Harnessed by Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young of Florida, I Luv The Nitelife has been driven by Tim Tetrick in all of her pari-mutuel starts this season. This familiar scenario follows closely on the heels of 2010 champion Put On A Show—who had these same connections and credentials. I Luv The Nitelife—with her Breeders Crown victory—erased her stablemate’s combined record earnings from her freshman and sophomore season($1,893,475), with her $1,907,867 totals. On Monday of this week, the Young’s cleverly challenged the connections of North America’s top male pacer, Captaintreacherous, to a match race on The Meadowlands’ opening night, on Nov. 23 at the East Rutherford, NJ one mile oval. All of the money from the race would go to charity,with the winning horse’s charity receiving 60% of the purse. “It’s a great idea the Young’s have come up with, and it’s for charity,” Ryder said. “It’s a great opportunity for both of these outstanding 3-year-olds, and a fantastic promotion for harness racing. It’s a win-win situation overall.” I Luv The Nitelife had a 31-day layoff and a pair of qualifiers between her double-heat Jugette victory at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept.18 and her Breeders Crown victory, and now has had 21 days since that last triumph at Pocono Downs. “She wasn’t eligible to anything at Lexington, and our main goal was to win the Jug and the Breeders Crown,” said Ryder. I Luv The Nitelife posted back-to-back miles of 1:51 and 1:51.2 in the Jugette, setting a world record of 3:42.2 for a combined two heats. “I wasn’t concerned about her racing the two heats; I was confident she could handle that,” Ryder noted. If she wins on Saturday night, I Luv The Nitelife has a chance to become just the fourth 3-year-old pacing filly in harness racing history to be honored with a Horse of the Year trophy, joining Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001) and Fan Hanover (1981). A $60,000 yearling purchase by the Young’s at the 2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, I Luv The Nitelife now has 12 consecutive victories to her credit this year, with one third place finish in 13 trips postward this season. Her lone loss came at The Meadowlands on June 1 in a $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stake. Since then, her career has been a dream-come-true for her connections. “She’s a great horse, and great horses do great things,” said trainer Chris Ryder after her Breeders Crown victory. “Yes, there was a longtime in between races, but we just couldn’t find any suitable ones for her, so we qualified her.” This year I Luv The Nitelife also won the $205,608 Simcoe Stakesat Mohawk in 1:50, the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono in a career best 1:48.4,the $125,000 Miss New Jersey final (in 1:49) and elimination (in 1:50.3), the $184,250 Mistletoe Shallee (in 1:50), the $300,000 Lynch elimination (in1:50.1) and final (in 1:50) at Pocono, and the $384,044 Fan Hanover elim (in1:50.4) and final (in 1:49.1) in early June. No slouch as a freshman, I Luv The Nitelife earned $689,530 from four wins, four seconds and one third in ten 2-year-old starts, and was named Canada’s top freshman pacing filly, honored with that nation’s prestigious O’Brien Award. She’s slated to start in the Nadia Lobell after her start in the American National. Ryder said the star distaff takes all the traveling and racing in stride. “She sleeps a lot and is just kind of a plain-jane filly,” he stressed. “She’s never any trouble; in fact, you’d never know she was in the barn.” I Luv The Nitelife is the second daughter out of the $67,482-winning Camluck mare Lisjune, an 11-race winner who took a mark of1:50.4 at age four. Her granddam is the Abercrombie mare Lisheen p,3,1:52.3 ($518,405), who also produced Lisjune’s half-sister, the worldchampion Lis Mara (by Cambest) p,4,1:47.3 ($2,141,661); Lisagain (by DragonAgain) p, 4, 1:49.1F ($635,218); Lis Deo (by The Panderosa) p,2,1:50.2($353,755); Mr Dennis (by Dragon Again) p,3,1:51.1 ($152,410); Odds On Santi (by Jate Lobell) p,4,1:54.2 ($56,049); and Lislea  (by Cam Fella) p,Q1:52.3($28,849), etc. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Jagger Blue Chip paced home for his fourth straight win Monday (October 21) in Northfield Park’s eighth race.  The eight year-old is owned by Amy Loney of Van Lear, Kentucky and is trained by Northfield Park’s leading trainer Harla “Renae” Loney.  Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.          Jagger Blue Chip started from the rail and made every pole a winning one, posting fractions of :27.1, :55.4, 1:24.1 and 1:53.2.  He maintained a 3 ¼-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Moreland Flash (Dan Charlino).           Monday’s triumph was the sixth win this year Jagger Blue Chip (Bettor’s Delight-Felicia Hanover-Jate Lobell) and increased his lifetime win tally to 29.  Jagger Blue Chip’s career earnings now stand at $308,550.  He was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win. Northfield Park Adds $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool To Tuesday’s Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Tuesday’s (October 24) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,804.13. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.      Tuesday’s post time is 6:30 p.m. By Ayers Ratliff

Race one saw Sweetie Hearts (Angus Hall-Sweetheart K-Muscles Yankee) win the two-year-old filly trot in 1:57.2. There were two races for two-year-old filly pacers and they were taken out by the David Menary trained Polk Dot Hanover (Western Ideal-Paling Avenue-Precious Bunny) and the Mario Baillargeon driven Brescia Seelster (Camluck-Beryl Seelster-Jate Lobell) Videos of all races are attached.

We are talking today with Brent McGrath of Nova Scotia, the renowned owner and trainer of the world champion pacer and sire, Somebeachsomewhere. But for this interview the focus was on a very impressive son of SBSW named Melmerby Beach. Named after the famous Pictou county beach, Melmerby Beach shocked the racing world recently by winning his very first pari-mutuel start in 1:52.4 last week at Mohawk Raceway. Conducting the interview for Harnesslink.com is Brian McEvory. HLINK: You’re back at Mohawk with a promising son of SBSW in Melmerby Beach. Tell us a little about this colt and his first impressive race. BM: We raised him in Pennsylvania at Dr Eggloff's farm. I bought his mother at Harrisburg and she ended up having a stifle issue, a broken bone in her stifle, and I bred her as a 3-year-old. I brought him to Nova Scotia and broke him and trained him. I've been very happy with him all along. I qualified him three times in Nova Scotia, last time in 2.01. We thought we had a nice horse. When we got him on the big track he stretched out and we were very happy with him. He had an abscess on his foot which pushed us back a little. We had hoped to get him to the Metro, but the foot abscess set us back a little. We had to wait on him a little. We trained him in 1:58 and 1:57, then he qualified in 1:56, very strong. We were not expecting him to be as impressive as he was the other night. I didn't expect him to do it as easy as he did. He was on cruise control. We are very excited. He came home in 27.2, winning by 7, and seemed to have a lot of horse left and Paul said he was as strong the last quarter as was in the first. HLINK: Is there a reason you brought the colt out so early in the season? BM: We have rough winters, and I didn't have a harness on him till March. He had a little bit of sickness and missed a little bit of time. The abscess foot slowed him down a little. Those are the only reasons. When you don't get started till March you don't have a lot of time. The schedule we put him on seems to work for us” McGrath said HLINK: What do you see in Melmerby Beach that you saw in his daddy SBSW? BM:  They are both exceptionally good gaited horses, and both willing to do what you ask them to do. Beach had very high speed as this colt does to. The question on Melmerby will be can he carry his speed. He certainly is acting like he can carry it a ways. Can he carry far enough to do the damage, and what we would like him to do is hard to predict. We are just going to take our time with him and give him the opportunity. They are both very smart. Most of the “Beaches” are very smart, and the gait is there.” HLINK: Tell us about his dam, DB Blue Chip. BM: I don't have a lot to say about her. I bought her as a yearling. She had that stifle issue. She had a beautiful video on her. I thought she would be a terrific gaited filly. She never got that gait. It was a long time finding the problem. We didn't find out what was the problem was until she got to the farm. Her dam, She's Smashing, is a full sister to Panned Out. Panned Out is one of Hanover’s top brood mares. She is a Jate Lobell mare. The family has speed all around and this colt is no exception. He has really quick speed. He loves to come out of a hole. He loves to follow. Some of that family can be a little warm, but he shows no signs of that. HLINK: I see you have Paul Macdonell back driving the horse. Tell us a little about your relationship with Paul. BM: Paul and I go back a long ways. We became friends about 30 years ago when I first went to Ontario. That relationship has always been very strong. I like the way Paul handles young horses. He seems to keep a little in the tank, educates them, and builds up confidence in them. He and I are clearly on the same page Paul looks after this colt when I go home. He jogs him and trains him. I am back home now managing a couple of businesses. It just is a great relationship, Paul’s. Wife Lynn is great friends with my wife, Rhonda. We are a close family of friends and have been for years. HLINK: When will we see the colt race next race next? BM: I would think it would be a week from tomorrow (interview Thursday). Whenever they race the open two-year-olds at Mohawk. He was eligible for the Champlain and it was just too quick and too tough with the education experience he has. HLINK: You were very meticulous in planning out the race schedule for SBSW. What are your plans for the rest of the year for this colt? BM: We plan one or two more races at Mohawk to prep for Lexington. Then we are looking at the two stakes at Lexington, International Stallion Stake, and the Bluegrass. That would be 4 weeks in a row with those two. Then the Breeders Crown, if he is so lucky to get into the final. That would be all for him this year. We kept him eligible for the Matron, but probably won't do that.  I am going to go to Florida with him and his sister, a baby, and another Beach, Adadir Hanover, out of Armbro Romance. He was an extremely big colt (Adadir Hanover) and late. He started showing some growing pains and we just shut it down. I am very patient with young horses. I really love him. He is big strong beautiful gaited horse, smart and happy. I plan on firing him up for an early 3-year-old year. HLINK: Are you planning to race Melmerby Beach in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes next year and what are your other stake plans with him? BM: I plan on staking him in the big ones from what he has shown us. We will be planning on pointing him to the big races, NA Cup and the Meadowlands Pace. That will start the year off and see what happens from there. That's the kinds colt he acts like he is. We will mange him accordingly. That will be the first plan. If he is not a Grand Circuit horse, the PA Sire Stakes is a great program. That is why I left the mare in Pennsylvania. It is a great program and we will be in the Pa Sire Stakes for sure. HLINK: Do you have any plans for buying any horse at the sales or breeding any dams to SBSW? BM: We have a filly to break this year, a full sister to Melmerby Beach, and a full brother the next year. She is back in foal. This year, the three are all I am going to handle in Florida. I am not going to buy. I might next year depending on when he gets his feet under him; I may be able to get away a little bit more. I would like to have four, or maybe five. I'll see how it all shakes out. HLINK: You had quite a following for SBSW from you home track, Truro Racetrack, with many people coming down to see him race and a website for SBSW. Do you see that happening for Melmerby Beach? BM:  That is probably a little bit premature. There is a lot of pressure on Melmerby for who he is and because of his connections. Face it; I wouldn't be getting this call today if it wasn't for the “Beach” connection. I don't want to put too much pressure on him. He is a really really nice colt and we are very happy with him, and if he takes off and does some special things, and the town jumps behind him like he did for his father that’s good. If he does what his father did, or is close, there will be plenty of support here. HLINK: I see you were looking to run your hometown track, Truro Racetrack in Nova Scotia. Can you tell us what is happening with that? BM: I want to be clear on that! I am not looking to run the track at all. They closed the track a month, a month and a half ago. We offered to step up and put some money into it. We wanted to see some financial information before we did that. I was prepared to quarterback a group with a plan that would go to the government looking for support. The exhibition board had an annual meeting for new members added. We got five members on there that we wanted on there. It looks like we got things moving in the right way with support from five new members who are horse people. There will be no closing of the racetrack anytime soon. I am working away in the background with the new members and existing board. I am very confident we have the right board in place that are going to do everything in their power to keep racing going at Truro Raceway Whatever help I get give them, whether that be professional, or financial, or prepared to do both. The first thing is we have to come up with a plan. I think we are on our way. I am very optimistic. By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com  

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