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HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Murder He Wrote registered a giant shocker at Buffalo Raceway Friday night as he rallied in deep stretch to pull off the $92.50 upset in the $60,200 first division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Murder He Wrote went the mile in 1:53.4, the fastest time of the season at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   In the second $60,200 division, things were much calmer as Western Conquest (Brent Holland) held off I'm All Heart (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:53.4, the same as the first leg. The track record will remain for the time being of 1:52.3 set by Steelehead Hanover in 2012.   Former Western New York regular Jeff Gregory was extremely pleased in getting Murder He Wrote to the finish line first. "It was a special win tonight because Linda Toscano owns and bred this horse. He is a home bred."   Moliere Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up the grueling fractions of 27.2, 56.0 and 1:24.4. Those times were a perfect recipe for the the closers. Murder He Wrote showed the best kick in the stretch and beat a hard-charging Neat (Holland) by a neck. Moliere Hanover was extremely game and held on for third.   The 2-3-6 trifecta combination returned $3738.50 for a mere buck.   Murder He Wrote (Kenneth J-JK Dancing Queen) is owned by the Camelot Stable. It was his second victory of the season and pushed his earnings to $43,010 and $97,845 lifetime.   In the second division, Western Conquest ($5.90) managed to grab the top just before the quarter marker and re-inherited the lead past the half as the first over Ideal Cowboy made a brief bobble. After that, it was a matter of battling any challengers in the stretch and I'm All Heart (Kakaley) tried but came up a mere neck short.   "They were really smoking into the first turn," Holland said of the start with Western Conquest. "Coming down the stretch, he really hung in there and was really fast and good tonight."   Owned by Tanah Merah Farms and trained by Erv Miller, Western Conquest (American Ideal-Aries Conquest) has now won three times in seven starts in 2014, bankrolling $98,300 and $152,313 in his career.   In the Excelsior A Series worth $12,500 each, Cabbie's Delight (Morrill) took the first leg in 1:55.2 and returned $2.20 while Goldin Parachute (Kakaley) used the passing lane late to post a 1:56.2 win. The victory was worth $13.60 to his backers.   The Excelsior B Series, which had a purse of $6,500 each, saw American Force (Gregory) cover the mile in 1:57.1 and return $10.60 while in the second leg, Mark MacDonald steered Diabando to a $7.30 victory in 1:57.1.   It was home sweet home for Lutetium as he returned to Buffalo Raceway after a two-week journey to Vernon and Tioga Downs and went wire-to-wire again for driver Kevin Cummings. Lutetium went the mile in 1:58 and returned $4.10. He is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with another 13-race card on tap with a 6:40 p.m. post time.   For more information, including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

The Empire Breeders Classic Finals were not the only highlights at Vernon Downs Sunday evening as Fireyourguns shot down the all-age track record with an amazing 1:48 victory for driver Jim Morrill, Jr. The track record of 1:48.3 had been held by He's Gorgeous and was set in 2012. The third race of the night was an Open pace and Fireyourguns (Jim Morrill Jr.) not only set the new record, he topped it by 3/5 of a second, covering the mile in 1:48. It was a dazzling performance by the 8-year-old gelding with fractions of 25.3 for the quarter, 52.4 for the half, and an eye-popping 1:19.3 for three-quarters. Fireyourguns is owned by Terrence McClory of Franklinville, New York and Jennifer and Robert Lowe of Portville, New York. McClory also is the trainer of the new record-setter. There were also three division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts. The first of these was won by Jeneral Patton (Tim Tetrick), who set a track record for 3-year-old colts at Vernon Downs, finishing in a time of 1:49.4. This time eclipsed the old track record of 1:50, set by Fool Me Once. Jeneral Patton is owned by Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, New York and is trained by Linda Toscano. Tetrick and Toscano also teamed up on the winner of the second division of the New York Sire Stakes with El Bloombito, who paced the mile in 1:51. El Bloombito is owned by Stake Your Claim Stable of Seacaucus, New Jersey, Camelot Stable Inc. of Freehold, New Jersey, and Fred Wallace of New York, New York. The third division went to the heavily-favored All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) in 1:50.2. All Bets Off is owned by Burke Racing Stable of Pennsylvania, F. Baldachino of New Jersey, Panhellenic Stable Corporation of New York, and R. Shelswell of Ontario. The trainer is Ron Burke.   Live racing will return to Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 9-race program. Post time on Thursday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

In our prominant harness racing sire series we have reviewed American Ideal and Art Major so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Bettors Delight. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Cams Card Shark, he is out of the averagely bred Armbro Emerson mare in Classic Wish. But that is the only thing that is average about this mare. Taking a record of 1:52 on her way to earning $436,273 makes good reading but it is her record at stud which places her up with the all time brood mare greats. Apart from Bettors Delight p3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461) she has left Roll With Joe p3,1:48.2 ($1,799,250) now at stud, No Pan Intended p3,1:50.3 ($1,613,180) now sire of over $28,000,000 in stakes, and Classic Rocknroll p3,1:50.1h ($780,210). Her 10 winners to date have produced total stakes of $7,445,000 a massive effort for any brood mare in history. The other feature for Classic Wish is that her progeny at the sales have always sold for big money as the following list shows; 1998 Bettors Delight  by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 59)                      $65,000 1999 No Wishes by No Nukes (Harrisburg lot 186)                                        $100,000 2000 No Pan Intended by Pacific Fella (Tattersalls lot 50)                             $150,000 2001 Western Wish by Western Hanover (Tattersalls lot 40)                           $70,000 2002 Wishforall Fullhouse by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 229)         $310,000 2003 Classic Card Shark by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 119)            $240,000 2005 Classic Star by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 78)                            $130,000 2006 Regal Wish by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 82)                     $70,000 2007 Classic Rock Nroll by Rocknroll Hanover (Winbak Farm lot 60)            $180,000 2008 Roll With Joe by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 81)                 $100,000 2009 Rocknroll Wishes by Rocknroll Hanover (Harrisburg lot 112)                   $40,000 2011 Classics Greatwish by Somebeachsomewhere (Harrisburg lot 131)   $185,000 RACE RECORD - Started just twenty six times for 15 wins and 7 placings for $2,581,461 in stakes, racing just at two and three. Took a mark of 1:51.3s at two which he reduced to 1:49.4 at three. He won the $871,475 Breeders Crown as a  2yr old  and the $1,148,500 North American Cup and $348,867 Little Brown Jug as a 3yr old.  AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Very hard to do it justice really.There are too many crops to review individually but right from his first crop he has stamped himself as one of the all time greats. What has really set him apart from his competition is his ability to sire such great fillies and mares. His very first crop born in 2003 produced his richest performer the sensational mare Darlins Delight p4,1:49.1 ($3,024,304). He had 114 foals born that year,107 have raced for 92 winners and that crop has earned $16,327,315 to date. His second crop once again produced a mare that was his highest stake earner of the year, the champion mare Southwind Tempo 1:48.2 ($2,445,541) and to top that year off he produced another mare that made a million, Symphony In Motion 1:49 ($1,065,949). Besides those two mares he left two other millionaires that year in Kenneth J and Forensic Z Tam. Four millionaires from one crop - That is incredible. That crop has 111 foals for 95 winners of $21,000,000 to date. His third crop in 2005 produced just 87 foals but once again Bettors Delight showed just how good he is by producing the outstanding gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.2 ($2,816,287) his only $1 million plus winner from that crop. The 2006 crop had just the 89 foals for 75 winners of $12,398,000 in stakes with no millionaires to date. Then the 2007 crop produces his next millionaire in Hulas Z Tam 1:52.2h ($1,016,860) racing almost entirely in New York state. One must remember that New York State has the most money for racing any where in North America. Therefore there is a big advantage for stallions standing in New York State. The three stallions that we have profiled to date American Ideal, Art Major and Bettors Delight have all stood at stud in New York State and have completely dominated the breeding Industry in that state. After 10 seasons standing in New York State Bettors Delight was moved to stand in Canada in 2012 before moving again to stand in Pennsylvania in 2013. Never the less we move on to Bettors Delight 2008 crop and you will not believe it he does it again producing two millionaires, his best colt to date in Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and the champion 3yr old filly See You At Peelers who had just the 31 starts for 26 wins and $1,566,900 in stakes. That 2008 crop has 134 foals, 121 have raced for 99 winners for a total stakes of $13,635,886. The 2009 crop has no millionaires as yet but they are only 4yr olds and I am betting that two of them will be millionaires in the not to distant future as both Dynamic Youth 1:48.1 ($847,878) and Bettors Edge 1:49 ($756,301) are both top end racehorses and they finished 1st and 2nd in a feature race just last night at The Meadowlands (4th of January) with Bettors Edge winning this time round. His 2010 crop (3yr olds in 2013) has produced the outstanding Vegas Vacation and yes you guessed it, another millionaire at $1,071,788. The 2011 crop of 2yr olds by Bettors Delight has been by his standing a very average crop with his richest earner Delightful Dragon earning just $227,329 for the year. All in all Bettors Delight has produced millionaires in six of his nine crops to the races so far in a siring career in North America that one could only dream off. He has a stunning and outstanding record that would be hard to duplicate anywhere. US statistics Eligible to race - 973 Winners - 706 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 72% $1,000,000+ 10 Sub 1:50 - 45 Average earnings per starter - $126,831 Average earnings per eligible horse - $107,670 Total earnings to date - $104,762,708 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD -  It started with four small crops via frozen semen which totaled just 30 foals of which 21 were winners including such smart types as Emjayem Grand 1:49.6 ($420,157) Vegas Bound 1:52.5 ($334,589) and Roman Stride 1:53.7 ($261,513). His first crop via fresh semen in the 2007 / 2008 season was his biggest to date in Australia and numbered 117 foals of which 67 have been winners including such top liners as Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($939,208), Beautide 1:50.2 ($803,437), Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Suave Stuey Lombo 1:51.8 ($323,394) and Abettorpunt 1:54.9 ($306,255). His next three crops have produced just 216 live foals (80, 80 and 56) of which 111 have been winners including the outstanding Border Control 1:50.6, (a NZ record) with stakes of $405,558 in Australia and New Zealand combined, Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760), Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($243,188), Waldenburg 1:53.8 ($198,848 and Caesar Augustus 1:54.5 ($166,923). Has not done as well as his North American competitors as a sire of fillies and mares in Australia. Still he has left the brilliant Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Bellas Delight 1:54.8 ($376,035), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760) and Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688) to date. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 363 Winners - 197 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 54% $100,000 plus - 24  $1,000,000, plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $46,097 Average earnings per eligible horse - $33,636 Total earnings to date - $11,846,986 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Bettors Delight started breeding mares in New Zealand via frozen semen in 2003 with several small crops (13, 6, 25 and 7) which totaled just 51 foals. That group produced 24 winners including Highview Tommy ($1,021,904) and Bettors Strike ($890,201). He has four crops in NZ via fresh semen (261, 127, 243 and 117) and has been dominant from day one with his larger crops. His standouts include such horses as Gold Ace ($1,028,621), Bit Of A Legend ($640,178), Five Card Draw ($347,021) and Ohoka Punter ($478,402), Percy The Punter ($241,611), Texican ($282,707) and the unbeaten 3yr old this year in Tiger Tara ($132,200). Like in the US it is as a sire of fillies that he has excelled in NZ. Three champions in Bettor Cover Lover ($1,061,534), Carabella ($693,615) and the sensational Adore Me ($582,976) are all as durable as they are fast.  Other very good fillies are Dancing Diamonds ($343,276), Ardens Darlin ($245,829) and Donegals Delight ($205,428). Foals 3yr old and older - 799 Winners - 391 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 49% $100,000 plus - 29  (+26 in Australia) Total - 55 $1,000,000 plus - 3 Average earnings per starter - $32,214 Average earnings per eligible horse - $19,272 Total earnings to date - $15,398,520 POSITIVES - Has left great fillies and mares especially in the US and New Zealand. His progeny can run at two and carry on as older horses onto the Grand Circuit and are just very good race horses durable and good allrounders. He has a decent record as a percentage sire especially in the US. He is known for his great fertility and is still breeding huge crops even at the age of 16 years old in New Zealand and Australia. Not many stallions can keep producing millionaires year after year but that is what Bettors Delight has done. In 2013 Bettor's Delight was the leading money winning pacing stallion in the NY Sire Stakes program as well as the leading All age money winning stallion in North America. NEGATIVES - With such large numbers on the ground now world wide Bettors Delight has seen a drop off in his yearling sale prices in the US and no doubt the same will happen in Australia and New Zealand as he continues to breed large books of mares. Bettors Delight is just a little fellow and I mean real small in size and he leaves a lot of small foals which has not helped him at the yearling sales. Although he has left great fillies in the US and in New Zealand he has failed to leave any colt that was anywhere near as good as himself with his richest colts Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and Kenneth J 1:49.2 ($1,592,755) only just able to command enough respect to stand at stud anywhere in the world today. Now one must remember that he has ten crops in North America and eight crops in Australia and New Zealand with a staggering 2,135 foals that are now 3yrs old or older with total stake earnings of $132,008,214. With these huge numbers on the ground he has still failed to leave that very special colt, anywhere in the world to date.  OVERVIEW - Just an incredible racehorse sire anywhere he has stood at stud. Unbelievable ability to sire great fillies and mares sets him apart from all his competition. A tremendously fertile stallion and being from such a great brood mare and leaving such great fillies and mares bodes well for his future as a brood mare sire. Has to be a very big question mark over him ever being a sire of sires! With his richest colt to date, Betterthancheddar, standing at Alabar in New Zealand for the first time this 2013/2014 breeding season, one would hope that that he may fill a much needed void for this great son of Cams Card Shark.. OVERALL RATING - 9 / 10  JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

At a function at Sandaford Winery in the heart of the Swan Valley yesterday, Im Themightyquinn was announced as Western Australia's Harness Horse of the Year for 2012/13. It was the gelding's fourth successive win in the award and capped yet another remarkable season where the son of Washington VC put together 12 wins and three seconds from 17 starts for season's stakes of $982,490. His wins included a third successive Inter Dominion final, the WA Pacing Cup and Auckland Cup and topped off his national awards as Australian Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Grand Circuit Champion. Also presented yesterday were the Age Category Awards for two and three-year-olds. Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year was won by the Westbred daughter of Kenneth J - Im Bella Jay which won the Group One Westbred Classic before finishing third in the Group Three Gold Bracelet Stakes and finished with a season's record of seven starts for three wins and two seconds and stakes of $82,544. The category for Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year was taken out by another Westbred in the Grinfromeartoear gelding Mister Jadore which won the Group One Sales Classic and Group Two Champagne Classic, finished second in the Group One Pearl Classic and third in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes with a season's record of 14 starts for six wins, four seconds and two thirds for stakes of $158,054. The New Zealand bred Bettors Delight filly Bettor Dreams won the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award on the back of a 1:54.6 win at Pinjarra and outstanding seconds to Australian 3yo Filly of the Year Frith in the Group One WA Oaks and to Gota Good Lookadda in the Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic. Her 11 starts for the season yielded four wins, three seconds, one third and stakes of $67,035. Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year honours went to the outstanding New Zealand import Alta Christiano which was unbeaten at his only three Western Australian starts which included wins in the Group One WA Derby and Group Two Western Gateway Stakes and WA stakes of $169,030. Aiden De Campo was presented with the Youth Achievment Award after a breakout season where he drove 100 winners for the first time while Dylan Egert-Green was presented with his trophy for winning the RWWA Rising Stars Series. Gary Hall Junior drove 242 winners for the season to take out the Leading State Driver Title while his father Gary Hall Senior took out the Leading State Trainer Title with 192 winners. Alan Parker  

Weanlings by the well credentialled sires Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Tell All and Skyvalley will go up for auction at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. A total of 27 yearlings have been nominated including four by both Major In Art and Santanna Blue Chip and two by Shadow Play and Art Official. The offering includes a half-brother by Grinfromeartoear to the Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton, a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, Shadow Play and Major In Art fillies both closely related to Rocknrolla. There’s yearling colts and fillies from the families of ‘black type’ performers Alta Christiano, Saint Flash, Hilarious Guest, Her Sparky Self, Gotanedge, Six Oclock Rock and Newsbreaker. The sale also features broodmares in-foal to leading sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Roll With Joe, Mister Big and Grinfromeartoear. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email by Peter Wharton

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 – After taking two of three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes this past Saturday, Dr. Ian Moore’s Arthur Blue Chip and Play It Again Sam are on top of their game heading into the Metro Pace eliminations, Saturday at Mohawk. Both freshman pacers are fresh off a 1:52 career best and are sired by Shadow Play, who Moore campaigned to $1,559,822 in earnings from 2007-2009. Arthur Blue Chip, who has banked $174,495 already this season, has a 4-0-1 record from six starts for Shadow One Racing. The $135,000 yearling purchase is a half brother to Kenneth J (1:49.3 - $1,592,755). He will begin from post four in the first of three eliminations for driver Randy Waples. Moore’s other entry, Play It Again Sam, remains undefeated in seven starts this season and was a new addition to his stable within the past few weeks. The youngster was sent to Moore from longtime friend and trainer Wayne Whebby from Nova Scotia. Play It Again Sam has banked $50,827 in his young career for Whebby and R G McGroup Ltd. Waples will also steer Play It Again Sam from post one in the second elim. This morning, WEG’s Communications department spoke with Moore about his Metro Pace elimination starters. To view the interview, click the link below: Greg Gangle

Forty Five Red, the 1:55.4 winner of the $111,250 Sheppard Final, will be among the 25 sophomore colt and gelding pacers that will be featured in the $130,000 NY Sires Stakes at Monticello Raceway on Thursday , August 1. The four stellar NYSS splits, each going for over $32,000, will be accompanied by five $12,700 divisions of freshman pacing colts in the $63,000 Excelsior Series. Although Forty Five Red, a son of If I Can Dream-Sekura Hanover owned by Burke Racing and Our Horse Cents Stable, has already bankrolled over $84,000 in just three starts it'll be no cake-walk for trainer Ron Burke when they face the Linda Toscano-conditioned Murder He Wrote. That roan son of Kenneth J-JK Dancing Queen is undefeated in two lifetime starts and can brag of a 1:53.1 triumph in the Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs on July 19. He's the property of the Camelot Stable. Forty Five Red will leave from the two-hole with Yannick Gingras aboard while Murder He Wrote will start from post position five with Tim Tetrick in the pilot's seat. The two good looking youngsters will square off in the eighth race on the Mighty M card. The racing program will open with arguably the most competitive of the four NYSS events. Ideal Trick, a son of American Ideal-Special Magic from the Tony Alagna -barn already has a 1:53.3 record taken in a qualifier at the Big M on July 13 and will start from the pole with Tim Tetrick aboard. But competition will loom from both Western Conquest and All Bets Off. The former, an Erv Miller-trained son of American Ideal-Aries Conquest, owned by the Tanah Merah Farms sports two wins in three starts, the fastest a 1:55.2 effort at Pocono Downs on June 20 while the latter, a son of Bettors Delight-Armbro Penelope, out of Canada from the Mike Sinclair stable, won his last start in 1:54 at Tioga Downs on July 21. He's owned by Rosemary Sheiswell and 1721009 Ontario, Inc. Western Conquest will leave from the three hole for driver Marcus Miller and Fern Paquet, Jr. will be up behind All Bets Off when they start from post six. In the fifth race, another NYSS pace, Jimmy Morrill, Jr.'s New York Bets, a Bettor's Delight-Absolutely Cam gelding will tangle with Ray Schnittker's I'm All Heart, also an altered son of Bettor's Delight but from Sealed In My Head. New York Bets, owned by the Purple Haze Stable, owns a half-mile track record of 1:56.1taken at Saratoga Raceway on June 28 while I'm All Heart comes in off a 1:54.3 qualifying race victory at the Meadowlands on July 20. He's owned by Schnittker and the Creative racing Stable However the Bob Rice-trained Keystone Honor deserves a look in that contest. The Bettor's Delight-Heavenly Killean ridgling, owned by Mike Horn and Alexander Rice, will be making his first pari-mutuel start after three consecutive qualifying victories at Harrah's Chester the fastest a 1:56 effort on July 23. Tim Tetrick will handle the driving chores from post five. In the fourth and final NYSS event going as race 12 on the card, the Jimmy Takter-trained Thereisapaceforus is the early favorite from post five. Yannick Gingras will drive the son of American Ideal-L'chaim whose owned by Christine Takter and Brixton Medical Ab from post five.. The five Excelsior Series affairs, all interesting and very competitive will go as races four, six, nine, 11 and 13. Post time for the 14 race card will be at 12:50pm. by John Manzi  

The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit stakes for 2-year old pacers took center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday night. Three divisions of freshmen filly pacers and three divisions of freshmen colt pacers were the co-featured events on the night's twelve race card. In the first $26,040 division of the night, the filly pacers showed off their stuff and Linda Toscano's JK Molly opened some eyes in her second lifetime start. Getting away in fifth from post position number five, Tetrick settled JK Molly in as Expose (David Miller) cut through fractions of 26.4 and 55. As the field headed down the backside, JK Molly was positioned second over as Dottie Major (Marcus Miller) tried a first over assault through a third quarter in 28 (1:23). Around the final turn Tetrick tipped JK Molly three high off fading cover and the 2-year old daughter of Art Major - Heather's Western responded by pacing away from the field to win by three. The mile of 1:52.2 eclipsed the previous track record that was held by Drop The Ball from 2010 of 1:52.4. Linda Toscano trains JK Molly for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, New York. Other division winners for the pacing fillies were: Anegada - Jim Morrill Jr. (1:55.1) and Ravinia Hanover - Yannick Gingras (1:54). On the colt side of the grand circuit stakes, it was a Linda Toscano sweep as she trained the winners of all of the 2-year old colt pacers, all for different owners. Posting the fastest mile of the hot and humid evening for the colt pacers, was Murder He Wrote, who stayed a perfect two for two in his young career. Tetrick quarter poled to the front by the quarter in 28.3 and then reeled off fractions of 57.4 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home a winner in 1:53.1. Toscano trains the 2-year old son of Kenneth J - Jk Dancing Queen for herself, as owner of the Camelot Stable Inc., of Freehold, NJ. Other division winners included: El Bloombito - Tim Tetrick (1:54) and Winds Of Change - Tim Tetrick (1:53.3). Sophomore trotters take to the track in the Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday night at Tioga. One division of ten colts race for $62,766 in the 8th races where trainer Noel Daley sends out a pair of Crazed prospects tabbed as the morning line choice. Crazy About Pat has matured into a top NYSS performer this season with four wins from eleven outings for just shy of $100,000 in seasonal bankroll for the Patricia Stable. His latest win was in a career best 1:54- in a sires stake at Vernon Downs. His regular pilot Cat Manzi will be in for the drive. Up Front And Crazy, out of Love's Caress, is slightly less accomplished but strung three overnight wins together in Canada for owners Up Front Racing, Tres Amigos Stable and the trainer. The fillies split two ways with a field of eight competing for $35,383 in each. Andie Sophia comes in off of a 1:55.3 win in the Grand Circuit Hudson Filly trot at Yonkers. The ultra-consistent Like A Prayer x Promising Deal lass has won four of nine lifetime starts for over a quarter million dollars in earnings career-wise. Trainer Rob Harmon has managed her beautifully and owns the filly in partnership with Comfortably Numb Stable and and A. Friedland. Manzi picks up the drive on Saturday. Division two features the speedy Classic Martine. This Classic Photo filly from Drinking Days has won six of nine starts this year for $112,083 in earnings and has really been sharp since moving into the Chris Oakes barn in early June, winning a pair of PA stakes in 1:53.1. The Hauser Bros, Susan Oakes and Conrad Zurich share ownership and top Tioga reinsman Jimmy Marohn, Jr has the drive. Post time on Saturday is 6:50pm. Dustin Ross

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - During Shadow Play's exceptional racing career Dr. Ian Moore called the pacer one of the toughest horses he had ever worked with, so when the stallion's first crop of Ontario yearlings went on the auction block last fall the Guelph resident was willing to invest some money. Moore and his partners purchased four Shadow Play offspring and the horseman admits they were outside their comfort zone when it came to Arthur Blue Chip, a $135,000 acquisition at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "Our ownership group had never paid over $50,000 for one until last year," explains Moore. "But Serge (Savard) has three new partners from Quebec in on him - there's six of us - so it's not bad." Moore, St. Bruno, QC resident Savard and Gail and Ron McLellan's R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB campaigned Shadow Play during his $1.5 million career (2007-09) and are part of the Shadow One Stable formed to acquire Arthur Blue Chip. Joining the longtime partners under the Shadow One banner are Rick Andreoli of Lachine, QC, and Jonathan Besner and Diane Deslauriers of Montreal, QC. The group also acquired Shadow Play son High Flier, who is competing on the Grassroots circuit. "It's fun for me, having trained Shadow Play, now getting to train his babies," says Moore. "We've had four since last fall - Arthur looks like the best one - and it's been a lot of fun." Shadow Play's offspring are off to an impressive start, recording nine wins, five seconds and eight thirds in Gold and Grassroots competition and posting earnings of $361,325, putting him at the top of the ranks of Ontario pacing stallions. In the North American rankings Shadow Play sits second, just behind Somebeachsomewhere, a horse he also battled on the racetrack. Arthur Blue Chip has done his share to contribute to his sire's early success, capturing a division of the season opening Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack on June 28 and finishing a boxed-in sixth in a division of the second leg at Mohawk on July 8. Those two efforts earned the youngster third spot in the two-year-old pacing colt standings and on Friday, July 19 he will be back at Mohawk to take on the division's stars in the $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenge. "He's just getting better every day, basically," says Moore of the half-brother to $1.5 million winner Kenneth J. "He trained real good all winter, he's a beautifully gaited colt, but he's kind of on the lazy side. He's always gone wherever we wanted to go with him, but he's never been real flashy about it." Arthur Blue Chip and Milton resident Randy Waples will take on the top colts from Post 1 in Friday's Mid-Summer Challenge, slated as Race 7, and most of his owners will be on hand to see how he measures up against Ontario's best. "Most of the Quebec partners will be here tomorrow (Friday)," notes Moore. "They've never seen the horse before." Moore says Arthur Blue Chip trained well on Tuesday and seems to be over a rash that had been troubling him in recent weeks, so the trainer is hoping for a peak performance from the youngster. The two-year-old pacing colts square off in Race 3 for the $50,000 Mid-Summer Consolation and Race 7 for the $150,000 Challenge, while the two-year-old pacing fillies compete for Consolation honours in Race 2 and the Challenge title in Race 5. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack's first race on Friday evening is 7:25 pm. For complete entries click here. Ontario Sires Stakes  

Victoria’s leading trainer – Mildura’s Shayne Cramp took the honours at the Nyah HRC fixture held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Wednesday July 17, winning three of the eight races on the program, all with Shayne in the sulky. Kenneth J/Tears To Maple gelding Blacker Than Black opened his winning account when having start number four, by taking the Integrated Packaging 2-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres. Spending the last half of the race three back along the markers after the heavily supported Just Knew was sent forward from four back in the moving line to cross the leader Glitzy Girl at the bell, Blacker Than Black was extricated to be four wide on the final bend, finishing strongly to score from Just Knew in a rate of 2-00.5, with Givemeaspell running on late for third. Former South Australian Art Major/Fatalistic filly Spokeswoman was a tough victor of the BR & C Agents Pace for C0 class over 2240 metres. Taken back at the start from inside the second line, Spokeswoman settled four back in the moving line, with the Kerang trained Op Hands Down leading from gate two. Sent forward when the speed slackened to park in the open, Spokeswoman strode clear prior to the home turn and opened up a big margin on her rivals. Although Rogers Passion ran on strongly from a mile back, Spokeswoman had too big a margin to cut down, ambling to the wire 6 metres in advance of her in a rate of 1-57.9, with Stonethachristian (one/one) third. Ex New Zealander Ona Happy Note subject to a stewards inquiry following his first up Australian outing at Mildura a week earlier, was a big winner of the Cydectin Weanerguard 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres. Starting from the extreme draw, Ona Happy Note settled with most of the field ahead of him, before trailing Bretaca three wide in the final circuit with the pole marker Beachstar leading for Woorinen trainer Vince Costa. Although at least five wide on the home turn, Ona Happy Note produced a barnstorming finish down the outside fence to defeat Fakeitgood (one/one) and a death-seating Fineandsunny in a mile rate of 1-58.1. Beachstar galloped under pressure halfway up the running when still in front. Sebastian trainer Ray Sutton combined with son Leigh to land the Virbac Equimac Triple Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with 6-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Lazer Countess entire Innocent Vance. Starting from outside the second line, Innocent Vance possied three back in the moving line following Boom Boom Hall three wide ahead of him running into the final bend. Taken wide on turning, Innocent Vance ($46.10), finished all over the top of his rivals to blouse Boom Boom Hall by a nose, with the hot favourite Mumma Mia Lombo third after leading and copping plenty of pressure throughout. The mile rate 1-58.3. The biggest blowout of the night came in the Don 440 Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres, with the Terry Gange (Mildura) trained 6-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Eastwood Ladyship gelding Eastwood Ember greeting the judge at Supertab odds of $49.60. Restrained from gate five by Echuca concessional reinsman Thomas Gilligan  to settle last on the marker line, Eastwood Ember looked to be in a hopeless position entering the straight as he was still at the tail of the field. Weaving a passage through traffic halfway up the running, Eastwood Ember sprouted wings to record a runaway 1.7 metre victory over Patos Wallet off a three wide trail last lap, with The Numbers Man third after leading. The mile rate 1-59. Team Douglas Glenn & Daryl rarely come home from Swan Hill without a winner and recent stable addition Narkoola was ultra impressive in taking the BR & C Agents Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres in a rate of 1-59.3. Spending most of the race at the rear after starting from the extreme draw with the almost unbackable favourite Aldebaran Macha leading from gate five for Shayne Cramp, Narkoola gained a three wide trail into the race following Jilliby Tarzan in the final circuit. Making the home turn wide, Narkoola a 4-Y-0 daughter of It Is I and Chunky Tanner, ran home stylishly to defeat Blissful Art which trailed the winner home, with Lerrad Maharg (one/two) third. Aldebaran Macha weakened badly after holding a handy margin on turning. Rochester trainer Mark Thompson loves competing at Nyah meetings and ever reliable 4-Y-0 Real Desire/Zora Paree gelding Drunken Desire brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking the Ivomec Pouron Pace for C2 to C5 class over 2240 metres. With stable reins person Ellen Tormey in the sulky, Drunken Desire from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, before following both Little Red Cloud and Talk To The Hand home three wide in the last lap. Finishing hard down the centre of the track, Drunken Desire prevailed by 1.1 metres over Little Red Cloud and Talk To The Hand in a close finish, returning a mile rate of 2-00.1. If there was such a thing as the “Drive Of The Night” award, it would have had to go to young Bendigonian Haydon Gray for his outstanding exhibition aboard the Trevor Monk (Junortoun) trained Red Riverbed in the Integrated Packaging Eze See Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Taking a concession, Red Riverbed from gate two on the second line was eased to settle three back along the markers, then four back when Who Broke Our Halo crossed the leader Van Celot Robyn at the bell. Easing away from the inside in the last lap to be one/one approaching the home turn, Red Riverbed three wide on the final bend finished at a great rate to score by a neck in a rate of 1-58 over Who Broke Our Halo, with Pirates Plunder running on late from last to finish third. Nyah race again at Swan Hill on Thursday September 12. Len Baker  

The 103rd Grand Circuit meeting got underway with heavy humidity and sunny skies and temperatures in the 90's on July 4th with 10 races featuring the 2 and 3-year-old pacers and trotters in the County Fair Division of the NY Sires Stakes.

Sutter Hanover (3, 1:50.8), the first son of former champion harness racing pacer Dragon Again to be imported to Australia, will stand in Tasmania next Spring. Sutter Hanover, a stakes winner at both two and three, will stand at Sue and Hans Streit's Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling, Elderslie, 50 kilometres north of Hobart.

Many of New South Wales’ leading harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be staged by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24.

Many of New South Wales' leading harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be staged by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24.

The presence of a number of new well-performed well-bred American harness racing stallions has added considerable interest to next month's Victorian Premier Harness Yearling Sale.

Forty-three harness racing yearlings have been nominated for the2013 Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale, which will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd in conjunction with Tasracing on Saturday, January 5 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston.

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