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Columbus, OH --- Richard L. Farrington of Longwood, Florida passed away peacefully on August 20, 2015 at the age of 89. Richard married his soul mate, Dorothy, on April 18, 1953. Richard was a veteran of World War II, and served three years as a mechanic in Japan. In 1955, Dick joined his brother, Bob Farrington, in the family harness racing business. They worked as a team for many years. But in 1973, Dick and Dorothy paired up with Lloyd Arnold and set their sights high for the Grand Circuit. Dick always said his favorite thing was breaking colts and getting them ready for their stake races, and that he did. He did a wonderful job of it bringing along such horses as Warm Breeze, Laag, Iced Tea, Solid Fuel, and Tender Loving Care. Warm Breeze who was not expected to ever race, became the fastest race horse in history in 1977 holding the all-time world record in 1:53.1. In 1979, Tender Loving Care became the fastest female in harness racing history winning in 1:52.4. And Laag, who still holds the world record for a dead heat in 1:51.2 at The Red Mile with Jaguar Spur in 1987. After leaving the business and retiring to Florida, Dick and Dorothy became crossing guards at a local school for 10 years and were food demonstrators at Costco. Dick enjoyed his retirement by meeting new people, keeping up to date with harness racing, and spending time with his family. He always loved telling stories of his time in the army, growing up with his five siblings on a farm, and his racing experiences. Dick was born on June 24, 1926 to Louie and Francis Farrington whom are both deceased. Dick was raised in Richwood, Ohio. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dorothy (Rollins) Farrington. They had two children, Robin Cruise and Richard Farrington; three grandchildren, Richard and Amy Cruise, and Bryce Farrington; sisters, Marilyn (Tom) Pugh and Sue (Floyd) Carpenter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many who thought of him as a second father. He was preceded in death by brothers Rod, Bob, and Brad Farrington. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and Christian Horsemen’s Association. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. USTA Communications Department 

This Week: Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro and She's A Great Lady eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Cane Pace eliminations and Kindergarten leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Saturday (Aug. 23) when Mohawk Racetrack hosts two C$40,000 eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, two C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old pacing colts and a trio of C$35,000 eliminations in the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies. More information on those races can be found by clicking on this link. On Sunday (Aug. 24), Tioga Downs will host a pair of Grand Circuit events, led by the $100,000 eliminations for the Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Tioga will also feature second round action in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Complete entries for the races at Tioga are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Northfield Park and Saratoga Casino and Raceway this past weekend with a pair of lucrative stakes for pacing males. All Bets Off used the passing lane to score in 1:50.3 in the Carl Milstein Memorial. All Bets Off, overlooked by the betting public at odds of 7-1, took advantage of a perfect trip to win the inaugural $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night (Aug. 15) at Northfield Park. Matt Kakaley was in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke as the son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope won for the seventh time in 10 season's starts, while his share of the purse took his 2014 earnings to $511,175. All Bets Off is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell. Kakaley steered All Bets Off ($16.60) into the passing lane and he easily went by the tiring leader, McWicked, to reach the finish line on top by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.3. McWicked and Luck Be Withyou finished in a dead head for second. Stevensville was fourth and Let's Drink On It finished fifth. Dancin Yankee set a world record of 1:48.4 in capturing the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace on Saturday night (Aug. 16) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The time was the fastest ever for an older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, breaking the mark of 1:49 previously shared by Jet Laag and Ponder. It was also the fastest mile ever paced at Saratoga. Dancin Yankee set a world record of 1:48.4 in capturing the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. Dancin Yankee is a 6-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest, owned by Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo. Amber Buter is the trainer and Tyler Buter was in the sulky. The victory was the 15th in 23 season's starts for the bay pacer who lifted his 2014 bankroll to $457,640. Dancin Yankee ($3.90) started from post position three and went right to the front and was never caught through fractions of :25.4, :53.4 and 1:21, before pacing home in :27.4 for the record mile in 1:48.4. Heston Blue Chip (Marcus Miller) sat In The Pocket the entire mile and finished second, 3-1/4 lengths behind the winner. Foiled Again (Matt Kakaley) made a first over bid for the front down the backstretch, but could never catch the leader and ended up third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 686; 2. Tim Tetrick - 512; 3. Ron Pierce - 386.5; 4. David Miller - 307.5; 5. Brian Sears - 245. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,071.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 529; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 189; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 172. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 242.25; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 216; 3. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 132; 5t. Robert Key - 105; 5t. Knutsson Trotting - 105. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs with Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old male trotters and 3-year-old filly trotters, along with the Crawford Farm Trot for older open trotters. Mohawk Racetrack will offer the finals in the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Metro and the She's A Great Lady, along with Champlain Stakes events for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters and Simcoe Stakes events for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and 3-year-old filly pacers. Tioga Downs will contest the final of the Cane Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Shady Daisy for sophomore filly pacers and a leg of the Miss Versatility for trotting mares. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

An entertaining card of racing was staged by the Warragul Harness Racing Club on Monday afternoon.   Alan Ryan was awarded Life Membership of the Warragul club at a special presntation. Alan has been involved with the club for around 40 years - he served 15 years as club Treasurer, and has recently retired after 26 years manning the "main gate" at race meetings. He recalled a period when the club raced at night and had eight gatekeepers on the payroll to cope with admitting big crowds and parking dozens of vehicles.   Local horses had some success on Monday, with veteran Iona trainer Des Kelly back in the winners list when Mor Laag led all the way. The horse had performed well in barrier trials at Logan Park recently for driver Vincent Langdon, and some smart bets were landed at the odds of 12/1.   Trafalgar trotter Slancio came from a handicap mark to win the Alf Martin Memorial Trotters Handicap for driver Glenn Hunter and his trainer father Chris.   Melton horseman Lance Justice was back in Victoria after a quick visit to Sydney over the weekend. He landed a double at Warragul with Lots More Art and V C Devil.   Reinsman Chris Alford drove Gonski to victory for owner John McLeish and Clyde trainer Jayne Davies. With a little more luck, Alford could have had a red letter day, as he also drove four minor placegetters on the seven race card.   Gippsland Harness Training Centre graduate Dani Lewis drove the talented Bangholme filly Kiss Kenny to a comfortable victory in the opening race.   Special guests of the club at the meeting on Monday were the National Servicemen's Association for their annual day at the trots.   Racing returns to Warragul on Monday, August 11. By Kylie Galley

UNBEATEN Tasmanian two-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet stamped himself as a genuine star when he stormed home to win the $17,000 Big Park Stud Sweepstakes final for colts and geldings at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. It was one of the best performances seen on the Hobart circuit and clearly the best of his age group. Jerrys Jet was worse than midfield in the three-wide train in the back straight the last time and he was still near last and five-wide turning for home. The leader Mister Lennox (Gareth Rattray) kicked clear at the top of the straight and looked to have a winning break but Boasson Hagen and Jerrys Jet knuckled down to their task at the business end of the race. Boasson Hagen (Christian Salter) began his move three-wide at the bell and he was responsible for keeping Jerrys Jet in a pocket when the favourite was trying to get into the three-wide line. Boasson Hagen (Art Major-Allsorosie) was first to issue a serious challenge to the leader in the straight and he looked set to win close to home until Jerrys Jet arrived on the scene to snatch victory in the very last stride. Jerrys Jet (Jeremes Jet-Laagirl) is trained by Paul Hill and owned by his breeders Charlie and Connie Beadman. The win kept Jerrys Jet's unbeaten record from four starts intact and both trainer and owners were ecstatic after the race. The gelding scored by a short half-head with Boasson Hagen and New Zealand-bred Mister Lennox (Changeover-Tuapeka Osprey) dead-heating for second but a protest lodged by Salter claiming interference in the home straight was upheld giving Boasson Hagen outright second place. Jerrys Jet will have a couple of days off and is likely to resume racing in a heat of the Dandy Patch sires stakes series in Hobart next month with the final on July 6. Listen to what trainer Paul Hill and owner-breeder Charlie Beadman had to say about Jerrys Jet's Sweepstakes win. By Peter Staples    

La Mia Juliette, whose ancestry traces back to Dainty's Daughter, the greatest West Australian-bred pacing mare, gave convincing proof that she is on the doorstep of a wonderful career when trainer Peter Tilbrook drove her to a superb victory in the $100,000 Clipsal WA Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. La Mia Juliette, second fancy at 7/2 behind 10/9 favourite Isabella Jane, started from the outside of the back line (barrier three) and Tilbrook allowed her to relax in eighth position in the early stages while polemarker Maddyann Maree set the pace. Tilbrook sent La Mia Juliette forward, three wide with 900m to travel and he was able to give her a breather down the back straight when he angled her into the one-out, one-back position at the 600m mark before taking off again, three wide, 230m later. La Mia Juliette surged to the front 120m from the post and won by 2m from 8/1 chance Playin With Magic, who was seventh in the one-wide line at the bell and charged home five wide on the track. Choccywoccy (33/1) ran on solidly to be third, with Maddyann Maree wilting to fourth. La Mia Juliette, a fast-finishing heat winner at her only previous start, is already proving to be a good buy. Tilbrook bought the Jet Laag filly for $8000 at the 2013 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale and she now has earned $64,550 for Tilbrook's partner Letitia Barron and his good friend Luke Tabbakh. The win came as a well-deserved compensation for Tilbrook, who outlaid $4500 to buy a Northern Luck colt at the 2011 yearling sale. The colt, who was out of True Royalty, showed considerable promise before he died. True Royalty is the dam of La Mia Juliette and Tilbrook was determined to buy her at the yearling sale. True Royalty, by American stallion Barnett Hanover, was retired after having only two starts as a two-year-old in January 2007 when she finished in eighth and ninth positions. However, her dam Remember Rhoie, who failed to win a race from seven starts, produced six winners, including Lombo Buon Natale (100 starts for 14 wins, 23 placings and $112,061) and Perfect Rhoie (78 starts for 12 wins, 12 placings and $84,284). True Royalty and Perfect Rhoie are direct descendants of Dainty Widow, the mother of Dainty's Daughter, who set a world record for two miles when she won the 1970 WA Pacing Cup. Dainty's Daughter also won the 1971 Fremantle Cup, the Meteor Mile at Gloucester Park in 1969 when her time of 1.58.8 set a world record for a mare on a half-mile track. She also became the first Australian-bred mare to record a sub-2min. time for a mile in Australia. Friday night's triumph by La Mia Juliette gave the 42-year-old Tilbrook his second success in a group 1 event. His previous success was in the $100,000 State Sires Series final for three-year-old fillies when he brought 16/1 chance Beverley Button home with a powerful burst from the rear. La Juliette is the fourth foal, and the first to race, out of True Royalty. She rated 2.0.1 over the 1730m on Friday night and Tilbrook said that she would have a little break before being prepared for the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies on June 27. "We've been going to the sales for quite a few years, trying to find one that would actually make the races," Tilbrook said. "And this one was good enough to give a name to. She sustained a really strong run in the heat from the 600m and she hit the line and went for another 200m at the same speed. So I thought she would be able to make a run in the final from the 900m. "I didn't really want to go that early, but when the one behind me was trying to flush me out I thought I'd let him do that and that might put Isabella Jane in a pocket. And that seemed to work." Isabella Jane, who raced in seventh position after starting out wide from barrier six, was inconvenienced and lost ground at the bell before finishing in ninth place. PERSISTENT THREAT IN LINE FOR RICH PLUMS Classy gelding Persistent Threat remained undefeated when Tom Buchanan drove him confidently to record a stylish victory in the $100,000 Clipsal WA Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave the 23-year-old Buchanan his biggest success in harness racing and Persistent Threat has all the earmarks of becoming the dominant force in rich two-year-old feature events in the coming couple of months. If Persistent Threat pulls up well after his effortless triumph on Friday night he will contest the $50,000 Champagne Classic next Friday night, and all going well he will then run in the $100,000 Pearl Classic (June 13), the $100,000 Westbred Classic (June 27) and the $125,000 Golden Slipper (July 18). Bunbury trainer John Graham has produced Persistent Threat in fine fettle for his first five starts --- for five easy victories and earnings of $77,225. For Graham, Friday night's win gave him his second success in a group 1 Sales Classic. He trained and drove Trunkey Mustang for his victory over Super Embrace and Whitby Nova in the 1994 two-year-old colts and geldings Sales Classic. An excited Buchanan said that it was a thrill to win the classic and declared that it was a privilege to drive a youngster as good as Persistent Threat. "I'm glad to repay John (Graham) for the faith he has had in me," he said. Despite going into Friday night's event with an unbeaten record, Persistent Threat was a 3/1 chance, with Ezygatboy, a heat winner at his debut the previous week, a warm 7/4 favourite from the No. 2 barrier. Obviously many punters considered Persistent Threat a risk from the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line. Polemarker Captain Oats was smartest into stride, while Persistent Threat settled down in ninth position before Buchanan seized the initiative and urged persistent Threat forward with a three-wide burst 1100m from home. Persistent Threat mustered great pace and he burst to the front with a lap to travel. Persistent Threat covered the final quarters in 29.7sec. and 28.8sec. and won by a length and a half from Captain Oats, with more than two lengths to heat winner Blacklist in third place. Persistent Threat rated 1.57.6 which was a race record, bettering the 1.58 rated by Getaway Plan when he won the event in 2012. However, the track record for a two-year-old colt or gelding over 1730m remains at the 1.56.9 recorded by Hugh Victor when he beat Mister Jadore last August. Ezygatboy, who enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail for most of the way, failed to flatter and finished seventh. Persistent Threat is by Advance Attack and is out of the New Zealand-bred Live Or Die mare Well That's Life, who had 69 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $69,158. Well That's Life finished 11th at her only New Zealand start and then won once from four Victorian starts, eight times from 32 starts in South Australia and three times from 32 starts in Western Australia. IT'S A STROLL IN THE PARK FOR HOKONUI BEN New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Hokonui Ben will be a leading contender for feature Cup events on the Western Australian calendar, judged by his effortless victory in the $21,000 Memorial Day Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His much-anticipated clash with returning superstar Im Themightyquinn failed to eventuate when champion was withdrawn, suffering from a bout of colic. This left Hokonui Ben, drawn at the prized No. 1 barrier, a hot favourite at 3/1 on and trainer Aldo Cortopassi gave punters no cause for concern when he got Hokonui Ben away smartly before he dictated terms after a slow lead time of 38.4sec. and a modest first 400m section of the final mile in 30.7sec. Hokonui Ben dashed over the final three quarters in 28.9sec., 27.9sec. another 29.7sec. He rated 12.56.2 over the 1730m and beat Red Salute by just over two lengths after that pacer had trailed him throughout. Lord Lombo fought on to be third after enjoying the one-out, one-back passage. Hokonui Ben has been a wonderfully consistent pacer for Queensland owner Jerome Nieuwenburg, earning $611,799 from 20 wins and 15 placings from 57 starts. Cortopassi was delighted at the gelding's performance, saying: "First-up he was short (of full fitness) and he held on and won, and last week he ran a huge race in the Easter Cup (starting off the 40m mark and finishing fourth). "Once he drew one for tonight's race I was pretty confident. We fired him up in the prelim because we thought that Polak (barrier five) might come out and have a crack at us early. So we didn't want to be caught napping. We wanted to make sure that he was on his toes. "I was actually pretty confident even with the Quinn in the race. I thought this was my chance to beat him, first-up and after a long absence and no trials. We had drawn one and he had drawn seven and he was going to get a long way back. I thought that if we could run a good 1000m to 1200m we would give him a shake. But I'm not complaining that he wasn't there." JUNGLE GENIE BACK TO HER BEST Four-year-old New Zealand-bred mare Jungle Genie bounced back to her best form and ended a losing run of six when she outclassed her rivals in the West Australian Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A 5/1 chance from barrier three on the back line, Jungle Genie was driven confidently by Colin Brown, who was content to allow the mare to relax in eighth position before she unwound a powerful last-lap burst to storm to victory by just over a length from Terra Into The West (5/1). The pacemaker Cielito (15/2) held on to be third, with the even-money favourite Adda Rising Star finishing fourth after racing without cover. Jungle Genie, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has excelled in WA after having managed one third placing from five New Zealand starts. She has had 27 starts for the Bonds for 12 wins and nine placings and she now has earned $67,932. The Bonds also are preparing Jungle Genie's half-sister Jungle Jewel, whose first three WA starts (all in March this year) produced a first-up Gloucester Park third followed by wins at Gloucester Park and Kellerberrin. Jungle Genie had warmed up for Friday night's event in a 21895m race at Pinjarra four days earlier when she was driven by Dylan Egerton-Green and raced four back on the pegs before finishing fast to be a close fourth behind Car Fiftyfour. "I thought that performance was enormous," said Brown. "I drove another horse in the race and I went back and watched the replay and I thought that the mare (Jungle Genie) was the run of the race. "She's just got a bit of that lickety-split back. I was always happy in running tonight and was particularly happy that most of the boys in the one-wide line were under the pump and fortunately they didn't pull out from underneath me. So that made it a lot easier." NO TROUBLE FOR ALTA CHRISTIANO Star four-year-old Alta Christiano was hardly out of second gear as he took full advantage of the coveted No. 1 barrier and strolled to an effortless victory in the $25,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Johnson final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His three-length victory over Erskine Range boosted his earnings to $276,164 from ten wins and two placings from just 15 starts, but ace reinsman Gary Hall jun. warned that the New Zealand-bred stallion was a day-by-day proposition. "His leg is very good at the moment, but he did do it (injure it) pretty badly twice, so there is no guarantee that he will stand up," he explained. "We've just got our fingers crossed and will take each race as it comes. If we can get a full campaign out of him and really show people what he can do it would be great. It's the main aim to boost his reputation before he goes to stud. "He obviously needs some good racing under his belt to get to the level required to contest the big carnival races next summer. The ability is there, no question, but just getting the work into him is the key at this stage. "I was really happy with the barrier draw tonight because he's obviously carrying a bit of extra condition and it's nice to get easy wins like that where he's not bustled around off the track. It's good to get wins like that, on the rail and doing it his own way." Alta Christiano started at 10/1 on and never looked in the slightest danger. Erskine Range, second fancy at 13/1 from the inside of the back line, trailed Alta Christiano throughout and battled on gamely. The Black Lord (50/1) came from three back on the pegs to be third. YOUNG'S DARING TACTICS PAY OFF Daring tactics by Pinjarra trainer-reinsman David Young returned handsome dividends when big seven-year-old gelding Boofshalfbrother left his ten rivals floundering in his wake in the 1730m Clipsal Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Young sent Boofshalfbrother straight to the front from barrier two and he gelding set a blistering early pace, sprinting over the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.4sec. and 28.6sec. before he coasted to a two-length win over Sargent Sonny after final quarters in 29.5sec. and 30.3sec. Boofshalfbrother was showing signs of fatigue over the final 300m. But so too were his rivals. He rated a slick 1.56.1 in quite a remarkable performance from a veteran performer who had managed one win from his previous 30 starts. Young certainly enjoyed the moment, jubilantly waving the whip as he crossed the finish line well clear of the struggling opposition. Boofshalfbrother, who had started from 40m in a 2636m stand at Narrogin at his previous outing a fortnight earlier, finished last in that event after covering a lot of extra ground. He was a 10/1 chance on Friday night, with last-start Pinjarra winner Adda Notherzero favourite at 6/4 and Guilty Grin, a winner at his two previous starts (at Pinjarra() second fancy at 9/4. Those two runners started from the two outside positions on the back line. Guilty Grin went forward in the first lap to obtain a good sit, one-out and one-back, and he battled on into fifth place. Adda Notherzero was always well back and finished ninth. Boofshalfbrother's only previous Gloucester Park win was in August 2010. He now has raced 84 times for 13 wins, 19 placings and $63,447. By American stallion Mattuity, he is out of Crouch mare Point Anne, who was unplaced at her four starts on WA country tracks in 2000 before being retired. Point Anne's dam Dirkala produced five winners, including Bremer Bay (71 starts for 17 wins, 11 placings and $52,418) and Trigalow (71 starts for 14 wins, 22 placings and $59,621). Boofshalfbrother is related to dozens of former very smart WA pacers, including Cheeky Arab, Bin Oro, Oro Travis, Arabian Bin, Bin Axworthy, red Axworthy and Vermilion. ACCIDENT AIDS SHANDON VILLAGE An accident soon after the start of the 2536m Sky Racing Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night paved the way for an easy win to 12/1 chance Shandon Village. Ergo, a 16/1 chance, met with severe interference and caused reinsman Ryan Warwick to be dislodged from the sulky 300m after the start. Elusive Courage, the 4/1 second fancy, was setting the pace before relinquishing the lead 600m after the start to 10/9 favourite Notabadexcuse. However, the stewards called off the race after a lap because Ergo was still lying on the track. Ergo was then withdrawn on veterinary advice and the race was re-started a few minutes later. In an almost identical replay of the first start, Elusive Courage worked hard, three wide, to get to the front before Clint Hall sent Notabadexcuse into the lead after 600m. Again, trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi had eased Shandon Village to the rear after starting from the outside of the front line. Meet George Jetson moved into the breeze 1250m from home and got on terms with Notabadfexcuse at the 400m mark. Shandon Village, who had been restrained to the rear at the start, was ninth at the bell before Cortopassi sent him forward, three wide to move to sixth with 450m to travel. Notabadexcuse was under pressure, but still narrowly in front of Meet George Jetson on the home turn when he broke into a gallop and caused interference to Meet George Jetson. Shandon Village charged straight to the front and raced away to win by just over four lengths from Fire of Rock (who ran on from last at the bell), with Roy Bolt in third place. Cortopassi admitted that everything had gone in the favour of Shandon Village. "They burnt hard the first time (before the race was stopped) and they burnt again the second time," he said. "This horse (Shandon Village) has got a brilliant turn of speed and they set it up for him. We just got the benefit of it. "We've been racing him in stands and he'd get away and he would miss. So his form was a bit up and down. So now I'm concentrating on mobiles and I think his form should hold up a bit more." Shandon Village, who is owned by his breeder, Victorian priest Fr Brian Glasheen, came to WA recently with a losing sequence of 20 and won at his WA debut, in a stand at Northam in mid-March this year. The eight-year-old Village Jasper gelding has raced 158 times for 14 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $75,830. He has had six WA starts for two wins and one placing. The stewards found that Callan Suvaljko caused the interference to Ergo by allowing Knight Crusader to shift inwards to the marker pegs when not clear of Ergo. Suvaljko was suspended for 16 days. He was granted a four-day stay of proceedings and travelled to Bunbury on Saturday night where he landed a double with 15/2 chance Cup of Life and Copagrin, an 11/2 chance who finished powerfully to win the Bunbury Tenth Light Horse Troop Cup by two lengths from Artistic Glow, rating 1.55.8 to set a track record over 2100m. JONES KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Queensland teenager Lauren Jones maintained her splendid form in the sulky when she brought 6/1 chance Heavens delight home with a well-timed burst to snatch a last-stride victory in the 1730m Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Jones, a stablehand at the Serpentine training establishment of Gary Hall sen., drove patiently as she trailed the pacemaker and even-money favourite The Oyster Bar until she got into the clear in the home straight and Heavens Delight sprinted fast to beat The Oyster Bar by a half-head at a 1.55.9 rate. Black Pontiac (8/1) worked hard in the breeze and gained a narrow lead in the home straight before finishing a nose away in third place. Heavens Delight, trained by Hall, was having his first start after a four-month absence. A winner of two races from eight starts in New Zealand, Heavens Delight has had 40 starts in WA for 13 wins and nine placings. His stakes stand at $91,516. GIFT HORSE DUNDEE THREE WINS AGAIN New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Dundee Three, a gift horse from Greg and Skye Bond to Serpentine trainer Stephanie Smith, made his record for his new owner two starts for two wins when he scored an impressive victory in the 2503m Clipsal Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Those two wins have been worth $22,440 and the Mach Three gelding has improved his record to 76 starts for 21 wins and 22 placings for stakes of $216,598. Dundee Three, who started off the back mark of 40m with Shardons Rocket, was favourite at 5/2. Frontmarker Bartowski, third fancy at 9/2, set the pace for Chris Voak with 3/1 chance The Pacing Priest working hard in the breeze. Dundee Three raced in 11th position for the first 1200m before moving to sixth at the bell. Morgan Woodley then got him into the one-wide line before taking him three wide again 350m from home. Dundee Three sustained his spirited effort to get to the front on the home turn before dashing away to win by two lengths from Bartowski at a 1.58.9 rate. Franco Jackson, who trailed the pacemaker, was third, with Shardons Rocket in fourth place. "UI was really concerned," Woodley said. "Dundee Three got away fairly well, but it wasn't good enough to even maintain his ground. The front pack was really rolling along and we were chasing the whole way. "I was urging him to make ground all the way and it certainly was concerning what he was going to have left in the tank coming towards the 400m and I just can't say enough for the horse and for Steph's performance. "A lot of lesser horses would have put up the white flag around the 200 to 300m mark. But he just dug deep and kept coming. When Shardons Rocket went around to attempt to get to the breeze it was a concern for me if he was able to get there cheaply. Then I would have had to lead up the three-wide line, and that would have made things difficult. "With Shardons Rocket getting left out three wide it certainly made a huge difference to my horse's chances." DAVIES KEEPS HER PERFECT RECORD Kiara Davies maintained her 100 per cent record behind speedy five-year-old Little Boy Blue when she adopted bold frontrunning tactics to score an easy victory in the 1730m Yes Loans Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was her second drive behind Little Boy Blue, after using similar tactics to win with the New Zealand-bred gelding over 2130m two starts earlier. Little Boy Blue, trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, is flourishing and moves to an M3 classification. He gives every indication of many more victories. Little Boy Blue was a heavily-supported 6/4 favourite and Davies wasted little time in urging Little Boy Blue forward from the No. 4 barrier and into the lead after 220m. A sparkling first quarter in 28.2sec. was followed by a moderate 30.2sec. second split before Little Boy Blue dashed over the final sections in 28.1sec. and 27.9sec. to beat Lisharry by two and a half lengths at a 1.54 rate. Maggies Mystery finished boldly to be third, with El Machine wilting to fourth after working in the breeze. "He was a bit keen early and I was happy to get a second quarter in 30.2sec.," Davies said. Little Boy Blue has raced 60 times for 14 wins, 21 placings and $131,106. by Ken Casellas To unsubscribe, please click here. To forward, please click here.

Persistent Threat remained unbeaten when winning the $100,000 WA Sales Classic at Gloucester Park last night. Trained by Bunbury's Josh Graham, the  two-year-old brown gelding is remarkably the only winner to date sired by Advance Attack, who is a full-brother to racing and siring sensation Courage Under Fire. Advance Attack, who was originally trained by Mark Purdon, was a brilliant early two-year-old winning his first eight starts and 10 of 16 in New Zealand. He was then sold to Australia where he won a further 18 races from 73 starts for stakes of $406,094. Persistent Threat, who looks to have inherited all of his family’s early two-year-old ability, showed a dazzling turn of foot when launched to the front by driver Thomas Buchanan with a lap to go before sprinting away to win easily by 4.7 metres over Captain Oaks. He has now all four of his race day appearances and looks set for a big future. La Mia Juliette (Jet Laag), who also remains unbeaten, was successful in the $100,000 fillies final for trainer-driver Peter Tilbrook, while Alta Christiano was also an impressive winner on the card.  

High profile breeder and Studmaster Anne Lamb received a pleasant surprise yesterday after being trackside to watch the horse she bred with her husband Wayne win the first race on the Orange TAB Carnival of Cups program. Clearly chuffed by Aunty Kym's victory, Lamb was then reminded that she had just earned $3,000 cash courtesy of the recently introduced Breeders Challenge Nominators Bonus. "I didn't realise I was entitled to the bonus until after the race so it was a big surprise," said Lamb. "As a breeder the bills add up paying for registrations and futurities so to be entitled to a $3000 bonus really helps. It's a good initiative for breeders." The Breeders Challenge Nominators Bonus, which came into effect for this season's 2yo crop, provides for a $3,000 cash bonus to the nominator/breeder for a horse's first "C" class win of the season. The Nominators Bonus also includes a cash return to the nominator/breeder for Group 1 victories. Aunty Kym also earned her connections a $2,500 Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate in addition to the $5,100 in first prizemoney making her debut victory worth $10,600 in total to all concerned. Not a bad day's work on a balmy afternoon in the Central West. The full terms and conditions for the NSW Breeders Challenge, including the Nominators Bonus, can be found at The feature event on the bumper card - the Banjo Paterson Cup - was taken out by the Jack Butler trained Marty Bee who has proved to be a bargain buy for owner Rod Smith. In winning Marty Bee broke the 2240m track record rating 1:58.4 whilst popular grey mare Laaganoosh broke the 1880m track record when she rated 1:59.1 earlier in the day. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Four year old Live Or Die/Inclination gelding Excuse To Live had everything go right for a change when successful in the $6,000 Community Day Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres at the Stawell HRC meeting conducted on Monday December 30 for those which qualified in the heats held at Terang on Sunday December 22 Trained at Sebastopol (Ballarat) by Colin Holloway and raced by the Holloway family (Colin, wife Heather and son Brett) who drove the horse, Excuse To Live led throughout from the pole to defeat the raging hot favourite Keayang Starzzz from near last by a half neck in 1-57.1, with Dancing Feet running home late from a mile back to finish third. Excuse To Live rarely has any luck in his races and probably should have finished closer in many of them. Popular Sebastian owners Garry and Brenda Jackson finished the year on a high note, when their honest five year old Pegasus Spur/Cassies Miss mare Mosquito Spur landed in the Stawell Windows & Glass Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2175 metres. Trained and driven by Garry, Mosquito Spur began with a wing on every foot from the 10 metre mark to cross Family Decision shortly after the start, with her task being made easier when all of the favoured runners were badly away. Bowling along at her leisure, Mosquito Spur although shortening stride over the concluding stages, scored by 2.5 metres in a mile rate of 2-08.9 over Frances Annie which they away all chance at the start and was meritorious in making up many lengths to get so close at the finish. Rough Voyage (three back the markers) was third. Melton breeder/owner/trainer Charlie DeBono's Safari/Living Angel gelding Another Safari snared the 2nd Heat of the Stawell Veterinary Clinic Platinum Country Series I for Three Year Olds over 1780 metres in a rate of 2-00.5. Driven by Zac Phillips, Another Safari had little difficulty in leading from the pole, just lasting to defeat Always Wantano along the sprint lane after trailing by a half neck, with Notjustanotherlombo (one/one - three wide home turn) third a neck away after racing roughly prior to the post. Another Safari's mother Living Angel a multiple cup winning mare, won the Stawell Pacing Cup in 2001. Peter Manning kept his Stawell record intact by winning the Gold Reef Clothing Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres with in-form Art Major/Ananz filly Znana. With daughter Kerryn in the sulky, Znana led throughout from the pole to defeat her stablemate Additallup which raced outside her by 3.4 metres, with Amberlu Angus (one/one) third. The mile rate an easy 2-04.8. It was Znana's sixth victory. Armstrong trainer Brook Hansen's beautifully bred four year old Blissful Hall/My Cherie gelding Blessed IsThe Boy broke his maiden status at start number 12 when successful in the Carey Covers Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres, returning a mile rate of 2-01.7. Driven by Kerryn Manning, Blessed Is The Boy starting from the extreme draw commenced a forward move from last racing for the bell, being accommodated by the favourite Fearless Courage coming out ahead of him from three back in the running line. Making the final bend very wide, Blessed Is The Boy rattled home at a great rate to blouse the leader Urban Shadow by a half head in a tricky finish, with Onlyeconomyclass third after switching down to the sprint lane from mid-field on turning. Another four year old winner on the day was Jet Laag/Pandoras Reign gelding Pandoras Jet for Marong part-owner/trainer Col Latter in the Stawell farm Supplies Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Driven by Terang based "whiz kid" Jason Lee, Pandoras Jet showed blistering speed out of gate four to cross the pole marker Peters Ace on the first turn, defying all challengers to score in a rate of 2-00.7 from Peters Ace which used the sprint lane to no avail and Sir Dasher Dee which followed the pair. Former HRV Board member Peter Bourke now Chairman of Australian Pacing Gold, enjoyed a day of days at Stawell as apart from breeding the main race winner Excuse To Live, also bred and races Garabaldi Union the victor of the Hygain Feeds Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres. Trained by Peter Manning at Great Western, Garabaldi Union a five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding which has been on fire of late, possied three back in the moving line from gate five, with Secret Ruby leading from the pole being shadowed by Metrofromelle. Easing three wide racing for the bell, Garabaldi Union showed plenty of staying prowess to wear down both Suerte (one/one) which shifted down to the sprint lane on straightening by a head and a game Metrofromelle in a mile rate 1-58.3. This is my final column for HARNESSLINK - thank you for all the support over the years and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014. Len Baker                                      

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

The trotting meeting held at Mildura on Tuesday October 8 saw plenty of multiple victories with Victoria's leading trainer of last season Shayne Cramp providing three winners on the program, while reinspersons Nathan Jack and Emma Hamblin each recorded duel victories. Cramp's winners on the night were Local Vicka Lombo (Nathan Jack) in the 1st Heat of the Vicbred Platinum Series D for C0 class over 1790 metres, Embraced (Ryan Hryhorec) in the Mildura Show October 17th - 19th 2013 Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres and Attitude Adjuster (Nathan Jack) in the Tankard Dental Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres. Local Vicka Lombo (Blissful Hall/Bubbly Lombo) outstayed his rivals after racing parked to score from Romantic Bliss and Evening Star Lombo in a rate of 1-59.5, as did ex-Kiwi Attitude Adjuster (Julius Caesar/Marion Jones) who was relentless in defeating the leader Bretaca and Cams Art in 1-58.2. Former South Australian Embraced (Art Major/Tuapeka Reign) led throughout from the pole, accounting for Double Header and Pental Cracker in 2-02.3. Perhaps the most significant wins on the night came from concessional reinswoman Emma Hamblin who gained a belated birthday present by guiding the Boris Devcic (Irymple) trained One Dog One Bone (Dawn Ofa New Day/Raging Eagle) gelding to an all of the way victory from gate three to land the Welcome Club 40 Members 2013/2014 Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres to defeat Glasscutters Spirit and Wrinkle Knutt in 2-00.4, then followed up aboard Robinvale trainer Peter (Zeke) Tyrrell's 9-Y-0 Jet Laag/Kellys Darling gelding Rhys Lightning in the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival April 8-12th Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres. Backed as if there was no settling, Rhys Lightning enjoyed a sweet passage from gate three trailing the pacemaker Los Bravos before joining the leader approaching the home turn and racing away to record a 22.7 metre victory over The Joadstar and Glacial in 2-03. Emma celebrated her birthday on September 19.   Len Baker

Horses trained in the vicinity of Ararat had a profitable night at the Ararat trot meeting held on Tuesday September 10, winning three of the eight races on the program. Ararat owner/trainer Daryl Crone’s handy 6-Y-0 Jet Laag/Signing Autographs gelding Wicked Subwoofer returned to the winners list, when successful in the Kathy McGrath Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2165 metres in a mile rate of 2-08.8. Driven by Bendigo based Neil McCallum, Wicked Subwoofer was sent forward from the 20 metre mark avoiding a few gallopers to park outside the pacemaker Family Decision. Proving to be the best stayer, Wicked Subwoofer was too strong at the finish for Family Decision, scoring by 3.1 metres, with Drop Us A Line (one/one) third after angling to the back of the leader on the home turn and using the sprint lane to be a metre away. Great Western’s Peter Manning very rarely misses a winner at Ararat and chalked up a double with Elsu/Hanover Chic gelding Eliseos Falcon taking the Joey Collins 3-Y-0 Pace over 1790 metres and 6-Y-0 Rustler Hanover/Cuddle Me Good gelding valentine Rustler the Barry Davidson Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres. Eliseos Falcon (Kerryn Manning) raced in the open for the first lap from outside the front row, before sliding past the well supported leader In The Trenches which appeared to want to turn off and run out in the back straight. Kicking clear on straightening, Eliseos Falcon making his third race appearance, held an 8.4 metre margin to the judge in defeating Casey Isabella which trailed the weakening leader in a rate of 2-01, Catch Me If You can (one/one) finished third. Valentino Rustler (Matt Craven) was also sent forward from gate four to sit outside his stablemate Garabaldi Union and in a punishing finish, was too strong for the 10-Y-0 Vinnies Jet which raced three wide solo for the final circuit, with Garabaldi Union holding down third. The mile rate 2-02.1. Mt Gambier trainer Barry Finnis and reinsman son Jayson snared the Presidents Pace for C2 class over 1790 metres with 5-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Maybe The One gelding Cheesy Grin which at one stage was touted as being the next big thing to came out of Mt Gambier. Gradually working back into form, Cheesy Grin making his 16th race appearance was able to stride to the lead from gate three shortly after the start and proceeded to lead his rivals a merry dance, winning by 1.8 metres in advance of Make A Fuss (one/one – three wide home turn) and Guvs Boy which trailed the winner, using the sprint lane to no avail. The mile rate 2-00.8. Seven year old Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber formerly trained in the area at Armstrong by Brooke Hansen greeted the judge in the Brad Hunt Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2195 metres in a slick rate of 1-59. Now in the care of Tim Bolitho at Anakie in the Geelong district, Arber bred and raced by Sports Bookmaker Philip Nott was restrained from outside the front row by Gavin Lang to settle at the rear of the seven horse field, with Kerryn Manning’s Lucky Dave leading out from the pole before being restrained to allow stablemate Kickittochris to assume control. Held up for one final dash at the leaders, Arber finished hard out wide on turning to register a 1.2 metre victory over Kickittochris which had every chance even though Voce kept him honest. Peaces Of You ran home late from the rear to finish third. Note:   Two winners from Ararat’s programme ARBER (recent track record holder at Geelong) and WICKED SUBWOOFER are from the sisters Any Danger and Signing Autographs out of the grand mare of  Linda Suzanne. She being the dam also of good western district race horses, Off the Old $ 184, 000+ and Doyouwantitagain $109, 000.+. This is the family of Cute Van, sire of Vandeport. Videos of all races are attached Len Baker  

On Friday, August 30 Northfield Park will host four divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 14-race program.  This will be the fourth leg of the Sires Stakes for two year-old fillies.  Freshman filly trotters will start Friday’s stake action in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division.  In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) starts from post five and has been named the 7-5 morning-line favorite.  She is owned by Herres Stables, LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.  Morgan has called upon Chris Page to drive.  This filly has five lifetime starts, winning four times and placing once.  She has a 1:58.4 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs on August 1 and has earned $66,225.  In The Grippers’ rivals consist of Sandys Victory, Majesty Dream, Rose Run Princess and Cookie N Ice Cream.      Race 2 will be the $30,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred pacers.  Trainer Herb Levan will start Lucky L (Memphis Flash-Beach Sandals-Jenna’s Beach Boy) as the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite.  Lucky L starts from post six and faces five rivals.  She has 18 starts, posting six wins and finishing second and third six and four times respectively.  Lucky L has earned $33,899 and paced a 2:02.2 lifetime mark at the Allen County Fair on August 21.  Jack Dailey is scheduled to drive for Woodstock, Ohio owner Melissa Levan.  Shakin Friskie, APP Panda, Fayco Filly, Spiffy Sam, and R Spunky Girl complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes.  Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn-Salient-Ilooklikemymom) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Charles Branthoover of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and trainer Robert Lippiatt.  Maes Perfect Storm has seven previous races, posting two wins and two runner-up performances.  She has earned $37,312 and trotted her 2:01.3 lifetime mark at Raceway Park in her most recent race on August 18.  Driver Dan Noble will start the trotter from the rail in a field that consists of Greased, Emery Jean, Hush Hush Chip, Anniesbluejeanbaby and Not Dunn Dream’n.  Race 5 will host the final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening with the $30,000 second division for two year-old filly pacers.  Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie-Justin Rose Jet-Jet Laag) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owners B. M. Schartz, W. Lee Bean and S. R. Montemarano.  Mark Winters Sr. trains the filly and uses Kyle Ater to drive.  This freshman has raced eight times, posting three wins and three second place finishes.  She has garnered $35,457 and scored her 1:58.2 career best at Raceway Park in her most recent race on August 18.  Rosy Fire starts from post four in a talented field consisting of Friskie Six, Crown Time Keeper, Friskie’s Angel, Ataway Samantha and Lady Julie.   by Ayers Ratliff

Trafalgar horsemen Glenn Hunter produced a driving treble at the Yarra Valley trots meeting on Monday afternoon. The underrated Hunter steered Village Cruiser to win the first race for his father Chris, who trains the two-year-old. Bred and raced by Peter Ransom and Rowan Blackshaw, Village Cruiser came from centre field to score. In the third race, Glenn drove Mor Laag which swept down the outside to gain a narrow victory at its second run back from a spell. Trained at Iona in West Gippsland by Des Kelly, Mor Laag was having its twentieth start on Monday, when winning its first start. The Kelly family has been associated with many good horses over the years, such as Infield, Kelly Boy and Kelly Kid. Glenn's treble was achieved with Sals Mo which ran favourite in the sixth event, leading throughout. He will be in action again locally at the next Warragul meeting this Monday, August 26. Kyle Galley  

On Sunday (August 18) Raceway Park hosted eight divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 12-race program. Freshman Colt and filly trotters and pacers all competed for Ohio Sires Stakes’ third-leg honors.     Filly trotters started the show off right in the opening race of the evening with a track record performance.  Turbochargedroxie (Cayenne Turbo-Raffinee Baby-Lucky Almahurst) broke the track record for two year-old filly trotters when she won by 2 ¼-lengths, stopping the clock at 2:00. The old 2:00.2 record stood for 20 years and was trotted in 1993 by Sayyourprayers and driver Thomas Jackson.  Turbochargedroxie started from post five in the $30,000 first division and was fourth through an opening quarter of :30.  She rushed first-over in the second quarter, took the lead and never looked back.  She posted the final three fractional times of 1:01.4, 1:31.1 and 2:00.  The race was Turbochargedroxie’s fourth lifetime start and second victory.  This race represents a new lifetime mark for the winner and increased her bankroll to $25,492.  Dan Noble piloted the filly for co-owner/trainer David G. Morgan of Zanesville, Ohio and Deborah Rush of Mount Gilead, Ohio.  Finishing behind Turbochargedroxie were Rose Run Princess, Anniesbluejeanbaby, OIM Bad, Emilene’s Future and Mclean.  Iron Princess was scratched. Turbochargedroxie returned $4.00 for the win. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) took the $30,000 first division for two-year old colt Ohio-bred trotters for trainer Krista Williams in the evening’s second race.  Rompaway Galaxy began from post one and was third though a :30 opening quarter.  He moved to the lead after the quarter and never looked back.  He posted times of 1:01.2, 1:31.3 and 2:00.3, easily besting his competition by 6 ¾-lengths.  Mike Micallef drove for owner Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan.  It was the fifth career win for Rompaway Galaxy in six starts and pushed his earnings to $71,550.  Completing the race were Hooray For Willie, Fiftyshades Of Nay, Manstreet Willy, Inquiring Andy and Can’tcutthatchip.  Rompaway Galaxy was heavily favored and paid $2.40 to win. Pacers were scheduled next and Paydaze On The Way was the winner in Race 4, capturing $30,000 first division for freshman filly pacers.  Dan Noble drove the filly for trainer Diana Riegle and owners Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio and Karen Rose of Leesburg, Ohio.  Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) left from post four and never looked back.  She posted fractions of :30, 1:01.3, 1:31 and 1:59.3, winning by one length.  The race was the fifth career start for Paydaze On The Way and was her four victory.  Finishing in succession after the winner were Lady Julie, Crown Time Keeper, APP Panda, Ataway Samantha and Shakin Friskie.  Paydaze On The Way returned $2.20 to win. Pacers were back in action in the fifth race for the $30,000 first division for colt pacers.  Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt’s Scooter) led every step through times of :30.2, :59, 1:27.2 and 1:57.2.  The gelding is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Trainer Doug Hinklin called upon Greg Grismore to drive.  The race was the third win in six starts for Big Bossman, who now has $34,835 in earnings.  Big Bossman was a ½-length winner and was followed home by Dibs, Chance I Might, Led Schneppelin, Upfront Clays Boy and Hawks Cry Hoboken.  Big Bossman paid $7.60 to win. Filly trotters returned for the sixth race.  Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn-Salient-Ilooklikemymom) went gate to wire to win the $30,000 second division. The race was Maes Perfect Storm’s seventh lifetime start and second score, bringing her earnings tally to $37,312.  Dan Noble piloted the filly for Chagrin Falls, Ohio owner Charles Branthoover and trainer Robert Lippiatt.  Noble steered Maes Perfect Storm through fractional times of :30.4, 1:01.3, 131.2 and 2:01.3.  Finishing behind Maes Perfect Storm were In The Grippers, Emery Jean, Greased, Sandy’s Wish, Cookie N Ice Cream, Hush Hush Chip and MJ’s Victory Jody.  Maes Perfect Storm was and upset winner and returned $24.40 for the win. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) took the $30,000 second division for two-year old colt Ohio-bred trotters for trainer Scott Cox in the evening’s seventh race.  Soul Train started from post five and sat fourth through fractional times of :30.4, 1:02.1 and 1:32.4.  He made his move in the fourth quarter and drew off by 2 ¾-lenthgs in 2:03.  Chris Page drove for owners Parent Racing Stables LL of Holland, Ohio, Robert Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and John Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio.  It was the fourth career win in eight starts for Soul Train, who now has earnings of $44,008.  Completing the race were Noah Count, Happy Go Jamie, Happy Dance, Zippy Sam and Bradymeister.  Soul Train was heavily favored and paid $3.00 to win. Pacers were scheduled next and Rosy Fire was victorious in the ninth race, capturing $30,000 second division for freshman filly pacers.  Kyle Ater drove the filly for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owners Bret Schwartz of Washington Court House, Ohio, William Bean of Sabina, Ohio and Stephen Montemarano of Sunbury, Ohio.  Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie-Justin Rose Jet-Jet Laag) appeared to be a victim of soft fractions of :29 and 1:00.1. However, Ater tipped the filly and took the lead approaching the 1:28.4 three-quarters, than maintained a 1 ¼-length win in 1:58.2.  The race was the eighth career start and third win for Rosy Fire, who now has earnings of $35,457.  Finishing in succession after the winner were Lucky L, R Spunky Girl, Friskie Six, Friskie’s Angel, Spiffy Sam and Baby Slider.  Rosy Fire returned $7.80 to win. The final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening was the tenth race, the $30,000 second division for two year-old colt pacers. Rocket Beau started from post seven and led at virtually every call through fractions of :27.3, :57.4, 1:26.4 and 1:56.4, besting his competition by a neck.  Driver Chris Page was victorious with Rocket Beau (Pine Valley-Sunny Sally-Falcon Almahurst) for owners Jennifer and Beau Brown of Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Solon, Ohio owner Richard Lombardo.  Brian Brown is the gelding’s trainer.  Following Rocket Beau were Friskie Adam, Player’s King, UF Fast Feelin, Two Will Forever, Friskie Shadow and Feel Like Autumn.  Rocket Beau returned $6.60 to win.    

Bolt The Duer matched the world record for a pacer on a half mile track on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four year old superstar dazzled the big crowd which was gathered to see one of the richest races in track history. The $275,000 Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace was a Free-For-All dash for the cash and Bolt The Duer (Ponder) surely dashed. The standout pacer, who was piloted by Mark MacDonald, posted incredible fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:21 before stopping the timer in an eye-popping 1:49 flat in the Gerrity Pace. The win time not only shattered the track record but goes down as the fastest in history by a four year old on a half mile track. 1:49 matches the world record for a half mile track, a mark set by Jet Laag in 1999 and ironically matched by Bolt The Duer’s sire Ponder in 2006. Both previous 1:49’s were clocked in Delaware, Ohio, home of the Little Brown Jug. What a night at the track as the fans were out in full force for the Gerrity Pace and the New York Sire Stakes action on a beautiful summer night in Saratoga and were treated to a world record performance. A video is attached. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at the Spa with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella   

On April 9th, 2013 Winbak Farm will be selling broodmares and yearlings at the Chicks Harness Horse Sale in Harrington, Delaware. The harness racing sale starts at 11:30 am and buyers are advised to get there early.

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