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Sell a Bit N and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton was left without adult supervision Friday night, then made 'em, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Sell a Bit N was three-wide early before getting past pole-sitting Lookout Stokk Zone (Tyler Buter) and Know it All (Eric Abbatiello). The leader was able to put up pokey precincts of :28 and :57.1 as McCovey Cove N (George Brennan) tried it first-up from first. Al Raza N (Matt Kakaley), as the 13-10 favorite, was second-over, which did her no favors here. Sell a Bit N maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.4 three-quarters, taking a two-length lead into the lane. She then held off the closest pursuers, beating "Stokk Zone" by a neck in 1:53.3. Third went to Know it All (at nearly 64-1), with a crisp-late Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) and Al Raza N settling for the remainder. For second choice Sell a Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her third win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $154.50, with the triple returning $650. Preakness Day Saturday finds the Raceway in full Pimlico simulcast mode, with selected mutuel windows opening at 10 AM in advance of a 10:30 AM first post. The 12-race, 1ive program begins at the usual 7:10 PM . Frank Drucker

In recent years horses like Mister Zion and On Thunder Road have started their careers as pacers before switching to a lucrative trotting career.  Mister Zion won a Group One event as a pacer and trotter and while Menangle harness racing trainer Shane Tritton has no plans to set Gaius Caesar for feature trotting events at this stage, he is hoping the three time Group One winning pacer can make a successful switch to trotting. Gaius Caesar needs to trial as a trotter on two occasions and the nine-year-old gelding completed the first of those on Tuesday afternoon at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Gaius Caesar won the trial in two minutes and covered his final 400 metres in 27.5 seconds. Tritton is happy with Gaius Caesar’s progress and is hoping the change can rejuvenate the 131-start veteran. “Trotting has always made up a large part of his training programme even when Darren Binskin was training him, so he is a very fluent trotter,” Tritton said. “It has always been in the back of my mind to try something like this with him and recently I wanted to use him as a galloping pacemaker for one of my two year olds and all he wanted to do was trot.  Gaius Caesar ended up trotting the entire session and beat the pacer so it got me thinking seriously about giving it a go.” Gaius Caesar won the Bohemia Crystal FFA, Cordina Sprint and Len Smith Mile in 2013 and defeated some talented pacers including Caribbean Blaster, Mah Sish and Excel Stride. He has won 35 races pacing and has $546,935. “His racing style would be better suited to trotting rather than pacing because he is so dour and just keeps on grinding away so races over further than a mile would be right up his alley. “He is working as well as a trotter I have in stable at the moment called No Potato and he will be racing this Saturday night so if he keeps on trotting and doesn’t want to naturally switch back to a pace I think he’ll make a good go of it.” Tritton confirmed the son Julius Caesar would find himself on a tough mark as a trotter as his pacing wins would be counted towards his trotting assessment. “As I understand it he would be very highly assessed in Australia because his pacing assessment would just switch over to a trotting assessment but he would still be viewed as a trotting maiden in New Zealand which brings up a whole other possibility. “He has been shod differently but I actually think he trots better when shod as a pacer which is strange but I worked him recently and he trotted a mile in two minutes, got home in 58 seconds and wasn’t pushed to do it.  So while he still needs to improve on the clock I am happy with how he is progressing.” Gaius Caesar last raced on December 19th when he finished sixth behind Lettucerockthem at Menangle. Greg Hayes

Fooling no one, Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night. Three compacted, $40,000 legions of harness racing lasses comprised a 'sloppy' third of five preliminary rounds...and if you're name isn't Jordan Stratton, there's really no reason to continue reading. The first event saw 1-2 favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) caught wide early, paying a pretty (:26.4, :55.4) price for the lead. Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick) then moved from fourth, disposing of the leader after the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Regil Elektra owned a three-quarter-length lead into the lane and hung in there gamely, but was mowed down late by a from-last For the Ladies N (Stratton, $40.40) in 1:53.1. The longest shot on the board-from post position No. 5-won by a neck, with Jungle Genie N (Matt Kakaley) third, while Krispy Apple faded to lead among the half-dozen. For the Ladies N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Jereme's Jet owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, is now 1-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $140.50, with the triple returning $884. Friday's second Matchmaker event had owner, trainer and driver double-up with Sell a Bit N ($7.10), who herself made it a series two-fer. Negating her outside six-hole, the second choice worked around Skippin' By (Yannick Gingras), then laid down the law (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25.2, 1:53). Venus Delight (Bartlett), as the 3-5 choice, moved to challenge from third, but never came close. Sell a Bit N won by a length-and-a-quarter, with Venus Delight second and Skippin' By third. Sell a Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar, is now 2-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $12.20, with the triple returning $55. The evening's final series soiree saw Stratton and just-over-even-money Al Raza N ($4.10) complete an evening/series hat trick, respectively. Watching early from post No, 4, series points leader Al Raza N was content to have Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) retake from Request for Parole (Gingras), with early intervals of :27.4 and :57. Anndrovette moved from third down the backside, towing Al Raza N along for the ride in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters. Entering the lane, Yagonnakissmeornot was about to give up the ghost. Al Raza N moved widest and defeated the lass on her back, Mach it a Par (George Brennan), by a half-length in 1:53. Anndrovette held well for third. Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her fourth win in four five starts. The exacta paid $9, with the triple returned $41.60. “(For the Ladies N) was definitely helped by fast fractions and a short field, while the other two (Sell a Bit N and Al Raza N) always race well,” Stratton—now an honorary Kiwi—said. “I’ve been fortunate they haven’t drawn in against one another.” Yet. Friday night's Pick 5 wager, beginning with a carryover of $8,041.75, attracted $24,967 of new investments. After takeout, $26,767 was divvied up to those who had the correct sequence. The "phrase that pays" was 4/7/2/6/4, returning $545.25 for each winning half-a-buck wager. Saturday night's card brings the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four, $50,000 divisions (races 6 through 9) comprise this go-round, with reining Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit debuting in the third event. Frank Drucker

Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night. It was “second verse same as the first,” with three consecutive, $40,000 harness racing divisions comprising the encore round. The evening’s opening event saw Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $5.50) take full advantage of a rare good starting station. In play from post position No. 4, she held sway (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). Pylon-procuring Request for Parole (Yannick Gingras) chased around the oval, ducked inside and missed a neck, while Mach it a Par (George Brennan), last week’s 39-1 upsetter, was third after a hard challenge down the backside.     Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), the wagering favorite by a mere $30, wound up a non-threatening fourth.   For slight second choice Sell a Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her first win in five seasonal starts.  The exacta paid $26.40, with the triple returning $87. Friday’s second Matchmaker event had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $5.70), as the second choice, do it from first-up. Away third from post No. 2, she saw season-debuting Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) and 11-10 choice Skippin’ By (Gingras) take early turns (:27.2, :56.2). When “Yagonna” first moved off the cones nearing the 1:24.3 three-quarters, she didn’t appear all that interested. Skippin’ By owned a length-and-a-half into the lane before Yagonnakissmeornot read the memo. She surged past late, winning by a neck in 1:53.3. Anndrovette, probably a bit short, was a passing-land third, beaten a half-length,   For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her first win in three ’16 starts. The exacta paid $10, with the triple returning $38.60. The night’s final series event was won by an off-the-pace Al Raza N (Stratton, $8.60), who had some numbers to “run at” and did just that. As was the case a week ago, Al Raza N was content to spectate early. She watched as Krispy Apple (Bartlett) and 13-10 choice Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan) were both sent out (:26.4, :55.2).as the rest of the lasses gapped behind them. Secrets Out N (Brian Sears) did close ranks from third and move to challenge, but never came close. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) gapped that one badly in and out of the 1:23.2 three-quarters, which did no favors for the eventual winner. Al Raza N, sitting seventh and racing from third-over, launched her bid before the final turn. She was fifth entering the lane, but just powered by. The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.1, matching her life-best. It was Krispy Apple nosing a tiring Lady Shadow for second, with a from-last Regil Elektra (Tetrick) and Delightful Dragon settling for the remainder. For third choice Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32, the triple returned $89 and the superfecta paid $1,274. Saturday night’s card brings the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five, $50,000 divisions (races 5 and 7 through 10) comprise this go-round.   Frank Drucker

Roly Wilson’s team might be smaller than most of his bigger-name rivals at the top of the Trots Country Cup Championship, but he’s potentially in the box seat to claim the annual harness racing honour with his super-honest seven-year-old Kotare Roland. The Julius Caesar/Kotare Yalta gelding today added the Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup to his Cobram Pacing Cup trophy won in December, reinsman Neil McCallum with the winning drive on both occasions. The victory moved Kotare Roland to second place, three points behind Yankee Rockstar on the Country Cups Championship. “We’ll probably go to Warragul next week and then I’d like to consider having a look at Mildura,” an elated trainer Roly Wilson said post-race. “It’s always a thrill to win a cup. It’s nice to win any race but to win a cup is always special. “He’s been going well. He should’ve probably finished fourth in the Cranbourne Cup but one fell back in his face.” Along with his Cobram and now Boort silverware, Kotare Roland has placed fifth in both the Cranbourne and Geelong Cups and second in the Gunbower Pacing Cup. In fact, the writing has been on the wall ever since Kotare Roland’s eye-catching fifth behind Hotasel in a Melton free-for-all on November 15 when he motored down the outside in the stretch. Today Kotare Roland sat three-wide for the final lap and a bit, about the last 800m, before overhauling the leaders at the home bend the final time to put the result to bed. His winning mile rate was 2:03.3, just over half-a-second outside Flaming Flutter’s track record, the last 800m covered in splits of 28.6 and 29.7. WATCH KOTARE ROLAND'S TOUGH BOORT PACING CUP WIN Bobby Fabulous (Zac Steenhuis) was driven out hard to finish second, with consistent cups performer Uncle Wingnut third for Michael Bellman. Early leader Just Knew (Greg Sugars) finished fourth and Nimble Jack (Glenn Douglas), who enjoyed a cushy run on the leader’s back, finished fifth. Earlier on the card Henty horseman Grant Forrest guided his smart six-year-old Yankee Spider/Cheldean Maori mare Forestspider to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Boort Trotters Cup. WATCH FORESTSPIDER TAKE OUT THE TROTTERS CUP AT BOORT Trotting away smartly to land the lead fairly quickly from polemarker Robbie Zuve, Forestspider got away cheap early fractions until tackled at the bell by Maorisfavouritesun (Glen Craven), who ran to the top. The pair drew clear of the field, Forestspider peeling to the outside at the home corner and chipping away at the margin until the finish line when she stuck her head in front in timely fashion. “She didn’t trot too good around that final turn so I had to nurse her back a little bit after I pulled the deafeners,” Forrest said. Forestspider’s mile rate was 2:07.4, with Maorisfavouritesun second and Rostevarren third for Ross Graham. A big crowd was on hand throughout the day at Boort, lining the fence for every race in perfect conditions weather wise. The club was celebrating 125 years of continuous racing and was selling a book on the subject, which proved very popular with punters and horsemen alike. Ray Fewings and Allan Hull joined caller Matt Hill on the day to share calling duties, a club initiative which also proved popular. All three callers were full of praise for the day and thanked the club for its hospitality. The Trots Country Cups Carnival continues next weekend with the Renown Silverware Ararat Cup on Saturday night followed by the Easter Sunday Downtowner Warragul Pacing Bowl Cup. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

When Aussie native harness racing trainer Peter Tritton was told last year that a New Zealand-bred pacing mare named Sell A Bit might soon be for sale Down Under, he decided to take a look at several of the horse's races. He then wasted no time in responding. "I rang back my man over there and told him not to let me miss her; as soon as she comes up for sale I want her," Tritton said. "He said, 'I haven't mentioned a price.' I told him, I don't really care. I just liked her from the first day I saw her. "She just looked all class then. She's a big long-going great-gaited mare. And she showed a lot of toughness. That's what I liked about her. Even if she had a hard run she still kept digging at the finish. Those horses are hard to find, and usually when you find them they're not for sale." Tritton bought Sell A Bit for owner Harry Von Knoblauch in early July. After arriving in the U.S., she won seven of 12 races and earned $149,370. She concluded 2015 with a five-race win streak, all in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway. The 6-year-old mare makes her 2016 debut in the same class on Friday night as she gets ready for the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers. "Oddly enough, I don't think Yonkers is really her track," Tritton said. "I think she would be better on a big track. But this is where we race and she's adapted to it." Tritton, who turned 65 on Monday, has enjoyed success bringing horses from Down Under to the U.S., with some of his recent imports being Malak Uswaad, Texican, For The Ladies, Mainland Key, and Second Wind. That group has earned $2.13 million in purses since arriving in the States. Last year, Tritton set a career-high with $1.22 million in purses and posted 54 wins, just two shy of his career best. Sell A Bit won nine times Down Under, where she was trained by Brent White. A daughter of stallion Julius Caesar (by In The Pocket) out of the mare Nomorenuki (by Live Or Die), her wins last year included the Southern Belle Speed Series for mares. She finished her career in New Zealand with a sixth-place effort in a Group 1 race. In August, she won her stateside debut in 1:51.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia, beating a field that included stakes-winners Charisma Hanover and Jerseylicious. Her most recent victories have all come in gate-to-wire fashion, but she is no one-trip pony in the eyes of her trainer. "She can leave the gate hard, or sit in and sprint home, or come first over," Tritton said. "I think she's better from behind, but when you're racing (at Yonkers) you're better off near the lead. She can really leave fast if you want to and it gets you out of trouble. She's just a good versatile mare that enjoys racing. She's got no downside to her at all." Sell A Bit raced from off the pace in her first several starts, but readily adjusted to using her early speed. "That's a big part of her game, which I never really knew she had until we left with her a couple times and she got the idea of it," Tritton said. "Even when you leave really hard, she'll come straight back to you straightaway. She's just a great mare. She's got a good head on her shoulders." If all continues to go well, Tritton will send Sell A Bit to the Matchmaker Series and hope for invites to the Van Rose Memorial and Betsy Ross. "I haven't put her in any early closers because the Matchmaker Series goes for six weeks," Tritton said. "If she gets through all them maybe we can look at a few of the early closers for the following year. "She's not fashionably bred, but she gets the job done," he added. "She looks like a stallion; she's big and strong with a big chest. She's the whole package. If she had been really well bred we might not have been able to buy her. It worked out good. She's pretty exciting. We're keeping our fingers crossed." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

Two of harness racing’s most enduring participants combined to provide one of the biggest upsets on the country cups circuit in recent years when Kotare Roland scored a last stride win in last Sunday’s Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Cup. Freelance reinsman Neil McCallum and Yarra Glen horseman Roly Wilson enjoyed a late Christmas present when Kotare Roland prevailed at the massive odds of $119. Kotare Roland settled five horses back along the pegs as favourite punters were put out of play early when the $2.60 favourite Hectorjayjay back pedalled as the tapes were released and was pulled up out of the race shortly after. McCallum eased away from the pegs into the running line in the back straight and Kotare Roland was able to latch on to the back of Barimah in the three-wide train around the home turn. Kotare Roland was the fresh horse on the scene in the home straight and produced the strongest finishing sprint to get up and score by a metre from Barimah with Smudge Bromac two metres away in third place. The win was Kotare Roland’s first in Wilson’s colours since being claimed for $35,000 in November last year. McCallum said his charge was travelling well approaching the home turn. “I hadn’t done a lot of work in the run and he was feeling good so I went up inside one to get the back of Barimah and then it was just a case of could I catch the leaders in the straight,” he said. “It was just a great result for a guy like Roly who has been around for a long time and been a great contributor to the sport through the Yarra Glen club.” McCallum said the seven-year- old gelding bu Julius Caesar had rarely run a bad race in recent months. “He got beaten a head in the Gunbower Cup and while he isn’t quite an A grader he has a nice furlong in him with the right run which he proved today,” he said. by John Dunne

Ryal Bush harness racing horseman Shane Walkinshaw would love to turn the page and put the last few months behind him but at the moment he is stuck in limbo as the wheels of justice turn incredibly slowly. Ever since he got a knock on the door from Barry Kitto, the racecourse inspector that the five year old Julius Caesar gelding he trains, Not Bad had returned a very large positive to Cobalt, Shane has been under the spotlight for being the first New Zealand harness racing trainer to be charged with the use of Cobalt. At first Shane thought it must be an error with the testing or the samples but it quickly became apparent to him that the results were correct and worse still they had come from Not Bad. Shane is known for not having a vet to his small team unless it is absolutely essential and for keeping impeccable records and when Barry Kitto inspected the stables he remarked to Shane that it was one of the most compliant stables they had ever inspected. Shane knew he hadn't done anything wrong so he set out to prove to the Racing Integrity Unit that he was innocent of any deliberate administration. It wasn't long before Shane came across the culprit for the massive cobalt highs that his horses were returning. The one additive that Shane regularly gave his horses who were in work was a blood sachet. " I had brought them off Farmlands for years but when I went in in September they were temporarily out of stock but suggested a blood booster they had there would do the same job." "It was the Equin Blood Booster made by McMillians and after talking to them at length, it seemed perfect for what I wanted." " The label said there was a small amount of Cobalt in the product but it was well within the 200 limit and there was no with holding time on its use according to the label." " To make matters worse Not Bad was one of those rare horses that had a high Cobalt reading even when he was out of work." " They tested him and his resting level was 85 which took the RIU back a bit." "I sent away two samples of the product away to be tested to different laboratories and the RIU sent one away to be tested." " One of my samples came back 355 times over the legal limit while the RIU sample was 190 times over the legal Cobalt limit." "Once I had those results, I thought the RIU in conjunction with Harness Racing New Zealand would publicise the fact that the blood booster was potentially a major problem as I was aware that there were other trainers who had brought the product but todate there has been a deathly silence," Shane said. As for any progress on his case, Shane has heard nothing from the RIU about a possible hearing date. " It is just dragging on and on and the longer it does that, the more damage it is doing to my reputation." " I want the facts out there so people can see that see that I didn't give Cobalt to my horses deliberately," Shane said. The delay seems hard to justify at this point with all parties agreed on the facts of the case. The case should be dealt with urgently and it is time for the RIU and the JCA to get on with it. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing driver Robbie Morris will drive Iam Mr Brightside at Tabcorp Park Menangle in the Kevin Newman Cup after the five-year-old gelding drew barrier one.  Morris also had the option to drive Lettucerockthem in the race as they are both trained by his partner Kerryann Turner. Morris decided to drive the son of Julius Caesar while leading freelance driver Josh Willick will be in the sulky behind Lettucerockthem. “Both horses are owned by the same people so that makes the decision a bit easier, Bill and John Green have been long term stable clients and it is good to have two nice horses for them at the same time,” Morris said. “Taking the drive on Iam Mr Brightside seems the right way to go, he is more forward than Lettucerockthem and is likely to land behind the leader while the other one is going to have to come from the tail of the field.” An early return to the sulky for Kerryann Turner after the birth of her son was not discussed. “It is up to Kerryann if and when she wants to make a return to driving in races but she has a lot on her plate at the moment so I don’t think she is in any rush. “We haven’t talked about her making a comeback, Archie isn’t even a month old and there are plenty of races every week that she can drive in once she wants to make a comeback.” Morris and Turner are considering a Victorian campaign for Iam Mr Brightside while Lettucerockthem will concentrate on upcoming features in New South Wales. “We are looking at the Victoria and Hunter Cups with Iam Mr Brightside if his forms warrants it, he has only had one trial from the stand and he began slowly but did everything right. “After that we would look to get him back to Sydney for the Miracle Mile qualifiers while Lettucerockthem will stay in Sydney and just target the qualifiers.” At Sunday’s Ready2Run Sale, Bill and John Green were looking to find their next Iam Mr Brightside and Morris is happy with the purchase they made. “The Greens bought lot three, he is an Art Major that trialled really well last Sunday but he is already in the paddock having a break. “He is super-gaited and paid up for the Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown and Australian Pacing Gold so there are a few options if he measures up to what we think he can be. Greg Hayes

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 4, 2015 - They can't stop Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $11.80). They can't even hope to contain her. The leading lady continued her distaff derby dominance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a fifth consecutive victory. Ordered outside her seven rivals, Sell a Bit N paid a :27.4, opening-quarter price to get the lead, looping Gallie Bythe Beach (Matt Kakaley). After a soft :57.1 intermission, "Gallie" moved from third, with Al Raza N (Eric Carlson) slightly gapping that one. Sell a Bit N maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:2.52 three-quarters, taking a length lead into the lane before winning by a length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) chased the winner home from a loose picket, with Gallie Bythe Beach, Request for Parole (George Brennan) and Al Raza N rounding out the payees. Secret's Out N (Brian Sears) was a non-factor sixth as the slight 2-1 favorite. For fourth choice Sell a Bit N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her 10th win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $158, with the triple returning $903. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 27, 2015 - Slight harness racing favorite Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $6.30) continued her distaff derby dominance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a fourth consecutive victory. Ordered outside her seven rivals, Sell a Bit N paid a :27.4, opening-quarter price to get around Skippin' By (Brian Sears). That one wanted no part of an early seat behind Stormunn (Brent Holland). From there, no issues for the people's preference, as she completed her rounds (:57.1, 1:25.2, 1:53.2) for a comfy win. After a mild, first-up bid from Carolsideal (Dan Dube), Sell a Bit easily closed the sale. The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over Request for Parole (George Brennan), with Skippin' By, Al Raza N (Eric Carlson) and Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) completing the cashers. For Sell a Bit N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her ninth win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.80, with the triple returning $82 Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 20, 2015 - Sell a Bit N with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton   in the bike continued her roll Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The race took on a different dynamic after Krispy Apple came up ill. That left Sell a Bit N-now from post position No. 7-with an easier path to pursue. She worked around Request for Parole (George Brennan) then completed the course (:27.1, :56.3, 1:25, 1:53.1), disposing of a first-up Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) along the way. Sell a Bit N held sway Request for Parole by a three-quarters of a length, with slight 2-1 choice Al Raza N ( Eric Carlson) showing up late and losing the place photo. Narcian Jewel (Matt Kakaley) and UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) rounded out the payees. For second choice Sell a Bit N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her eighth win (third consecutive) in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23.40, the triple returned $93 and the superfecta paid $644. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 13, 2015-Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $11.60) went the distance and repeated Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Rarin' to go from post position No. 7, Sell a Bit N worked around Medusa (George Brennan) and was then left without much in the way of adult supervision. So, she toyed with her rivals (:28, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:53.2), easily whipping a second-over Al Raza N (Eric Carlson) by three-quarters of a length. Medusa, a first-up Dune in Red (Brian Sears) and Stormunn (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees. As for 3-2 favorite Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley), she wound up seventh, done in by a non-leave from an eight-hole in a paceless race. Stratton won five of the evening’s dozen races.. For third choice Sell a Bit N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her seventh win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $37.20, the triple returned $221.50 and the superfecta paid $2,270. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 6, 2015 - Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $12) dethroned odds-on harness racing favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Put in play early from post position No. 5, Sell a Bit N made the first lead, taking over from pole-assigned rank outsider Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald). Then, it was Krispy Apple's turn, getting by Sell a Bit N before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. The 1-2 choice then rated a seemingly-sedate :56.4 intermission before Cinamony (George Brennan) moved first-up from seventh. That bid, as it was, stalled well before a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Krispy Apple taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. No visible excuse for the lass, who couldn't match strides with a cone-dipping rival late. Sell a Bit N whipped Krispy Apple by half-length in 1:52.3, with Dune in Red, Al Raza N (Eric Carlson) and Skippin' By (Brian Sears) settling for the remainder. For second choice Sell a Bit N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch Racing and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.20, the triple returned $304 and the superfecta paid $3,654. Frank Drucker

Regular harness racing driver Robbie Morris believes Iam Mr Brightside is a different horse this year in comparison to the horse that he was twelve months ago. The son of Julius Caesar resumed last weekend at Tabcorp Park Menangle and despite being run down in the shadows of the post, Morris is confident the four year old can return to the winners' list this weekend. "I would say he is 80 kilograms heavier than he was as a three year old, I said to his owners he finished last season as a boy and has come back a man," said Morris. "He has really filled out nicely, he is very strong in the shoulders now but his condition just gave out in the shadows of the post last week, he will have derived a lot from that run and I expect him to be a lot better this Saturday night." Iam Mr Brightside rated 1:51.2 when winning at Menangle in January this year and the plan is to have another run in Sydney after this weekend before heading to Queensland. "He has been bucking around his paddock so he is obviously feeling pretty good within himself, he will race this weekend and then I'd think Kerryann (Turner trainer) would want him to have one more run before he goes north to compete in the Four Year Old Championships. "It is not going to be easy, Bling It On is heading to Queensland too and he is a very good horse but it is going to give our stable a good gauge of how much our horse has improved." Morris is planning on making a hit and run mission to Brisbane on Friday night to drive three year old Aztec Bromac at Albion Park. "Doug Lee is looking after him in Brisbane for Kerryann, at this stage the plan is for me to go up on Friday night and be back in time to drive at Menangle the next day. "After Aztec Bromac's defeat at Redcliffe last week we've made a few changes because he raced erratically, the reports are that he worked well today (Wednesday) and I think he will be much better this time around." The Gold Coast and Queensland Derbies are the main aims for Aztec Bromac while in Brisbane. "I've spoken to the owners and we will look to drive him less aggressively this week, he is much better when he can be driven to have the last shot at his rivals." Greg Hayes

The drop back system could provide one of the keys to success in Boxing Day’s Westport Cup. And while horses who have had 100 plus starts don’t often win races out of turn ever-green pacer Sonnetson might be one to keep an eye on in the West Coast feature. Trained by Margo Nyhan and her partner Pete Davis the son of Julius Caesar isn’t just your turn up and win sort of horse but with his impeccable manners and a handy barrier draw he’s going to be right in the fight from the word go in the $18,000 event. A quick look back through the form line wouldn’t probably suggest a winning performance either, but Davis believed a fourth, two starts back, at Oamaru was a solid pointer towards this. “His run that day was very good,” Davis said. “And when you look at it the field he faced that day is not stronger than what he will line up against on the Coast. “So I would like to think he is going to give himself every chance to be right in the fight. “His work this week has been very good.’’ Sonnetson was sixth in the Westport Cup last year behind the Jimmy Curtin trained and driven Maximan. Sonnetson is one of two runners from Margo’s stable with former Southland pacer Rakabolt also lining up. Plagued with tendon injuries in his career the talented pacer has impressed Davis in workouts and trials and provided he remains 100 per cent in the next 48 hours he believes he too is a great chance. Davis will drive Rakabolt himself while Carl Markham takes the reins on Sonnetson. The pair are just two of a large team of horses that Nyhan and Davis will pack up and head over the Southern Alps with. They have a solid record over there with their horses and were in good form last year at the same meeting. All totalled they will take 12 horses over the hills and include in the fold are some strong winning chances. Sarah Palin will take on a trotting field on day one that includes two very promising horses from the Paul Nairn stable in Habibti Ivy and Le Reveur but her manners should see her right in the fight. The stable also have the representation of Little Bro in the race who will give a good sight fresh up. Other chances include Dag And Washington early on in the day while Lyin Eyes might be a smokey during the middle stages of the meeting. Courtesy of Matt Markham - Harness Racing New Zealand

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