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Crombie A (Life Sign) prevailed in his first attempt at the local Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Rene Allard-trained Australian bred pacer made his US debut in June, scoring a victory at Saratoga in the conditional ranks. Following two wins at Yonkers, Crombie A returned to the Spa to compete in Saturday's $18,000 pacing feature and wound up outpacing his rivals in a final half paced in 55.3. Billy Dobson piloted the nine year old pacer to his fourth win in his seven starts here in the States. Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) followed the winner's cover as long as he could before Crombie A cleared the lead and drew away. Panocchio was the runner up in the mile paced in 1:52, a time that matches the fastest of the season thus far at the Spa. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The harness racing record book hasn't been safe recently at Buffalo Raceway and Winkys Pride sure is helping in re-writing it.   For the second time in three weeks, Winkys Pride ($3.90) set a new standard in winning the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 24), going the mile in 1:57.0. The time broke the all-aged mares trotting record and aged (5+) mare mark of 1:57.2 established by her on June 10th.   It was the ninth time in 2015 that a track record has either been tied or broken at the lightning-fast Hamburg half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds.   Driver Drew Monti was all smiles in the winner's circle with Winkys Pride after the victory, saying "Wow, another track record, but it was tougher than I expected."   Being assigned the six-post, Winkys Pride went right to the top and posted splits of 29.0, 58.3 and 1:28.1. But it was the hard-charging Serious George (Shawn Gray) which made Winkys Pride work hard late and hold on for the half length win. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) finished in third.   Owned and trained by Robert Hummel, Winkys Pride (Amigo Hall - Winkys Smile-Yankee Paco) is a 7-year-old mare who now has four victories in 2015, earning $20,394 along the way. She has made $196,317 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, Kisses N Kicks ($7.70) roared down the stretch and nipped the pace-setting Infrontigo Hanover by a nose in 1:56.4.   With Infrontigo Hanover putting up fractions of 28.2, 58.1 and 1:27.4, she looked home free until Kisses N Kicks (David McNeight III) arrived on the scene at the top of the stretch. Using a 28.3 last panel, Kisses N Kicks got up in the shadow of the wire to pin the disappointing setback on Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight). Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by Courtney McNeight and trained by McNeight III, it was the seventh win in 21 starts for the 7-year-old mare. Kisses N Kicks (Life Sign-Kissing Rain) now has bankrolled $37,553 this season and $195,960 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with three victories while David McNeight III and Jim McNeight doubled.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 10-race program scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

One thing is for certain, seven isn't a lucky number for the harness racing gelding Justgottogetthere.   With four starts in his last six outings coming from the seven post, Justgottogethere has come up empty.   But the 6-year-old gelding has been lights out when drawing from the six post inward, going a perfect 4-for-4.   Wednesday night (June 17) was a perfect example of that.   Justgottogetthere took advantage of some much appreciated post relief and went gate-to-wire to claim the featured $9,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway..   Driver Jim McNeight took the pace-setting Justgottogetthere right to the lead from the three hole and posted splits of 28.3, 59.0 and 1:28.1.   In the stretch, however, Justgottogetthere ($3.10) was begging for the finish line as BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was charging fast but finished a disappointing neck behind in 1:57. over the fast track.   Serious George (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Now victorious eight times this season in 15 starts, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC.   He has earned $46,327 in 2015 and $126,938 lifetime.   Kisses N Kicks ($10.40) ground out a first-over trip and pulled away from the field late in the $9,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   A Cameo In Life posted the fractions of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.1 but Kisses N Kicks started the slow and steady grind on the rim just before the opening half.   In the drive to the wire, Kisses N Kicks had little trouble holding off her competition and took a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:57.   Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) finished a non-threatening second while Country Delight (Jack Flanigen rallied for third.   Driven and trained by David McNeight III and owned by Courtney McNeight, Kisses N Kicks Life Sign-Kissing Rain has now won six times in 20 starts this season, putting $41,588 in the bank. It upped the 7-year-old mare's career total to $166,460.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with three victories and Jim McNeight had a driving double.   Racing returns to Buffalo Raceway on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

Summerside, PE - Outside The Wire, withharness racing driver Jason Hughes in the bike, won the opening day harness racing feature in a sparking 1:55 flat Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The Blue Knight used rail control to his advantage by sending the Grinfromeartoear six-year-old pacer to the point and rolled through fractions 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.1 to win by open lengths. Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) was second with J RS Hurricane (Gary Chappell) third. The victory was a driving hat-trick for Hughes who picks up where he left off last year at the top of the leader board. Whatabadgirl (Badlands Hanover) and driver Mike Stevenson opened the 2015 season with a 2:00.4 performance for trainer-owner Kristina McCourt of Summerside. In other action, the 10yo Life Sign gelding Life Savior notched his 52nd lifetime score to start the new campaign at the Prince County Oval. Corey MacPherson did the driving for owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern of Kensington. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

There are only five TAB Carnival Of Cups meetings remaining this season however a number of horses still remain in contention to be crowned the series' leading pacer. With $5,000 on offer to the horse's owners, some trainers will look to compete at the remaining harness racing meetings in a bid to secure vital points. Every winner at a Carnival of Cups meeting receives three points, the runner up gets two points while third picks up one. Hollywood Sign set up a healthy lead after winning races at four meetings and placing third at another for trainer Trevor White but has since been sold and now is prepared by Victorian horseman Brent Lilley. The son of Life Sign has a three point lead over five pacers including Eugowra's Canola Cup winner Holm Three. Snoop Stride will compete at Cootamundra on Sunday afternoon and should the son of Stonebridge Regal win the final event he will join Hollywood Sign on thirteen points. The Turnbull family dominate the trainers and drivers points tables with Steve more than 100 points clear of his nearest rival in the training division while Amanda has a 42 point lead over her father in the leading driver tally.   LEADING HORSE HOLLYWOOD SIGN 13 HOLM THREE 10 MOUSE IN THE HOUSE 10 READ ABOUT LEXY 10 RISEANDRISEAGAIN 10 SNOOP STRIDE 10* DENISES LEGACY 9* MITHRYS MAGIC 9 STRATHLACHLAN ANDY 9* LEXUS ON THE BEACH 8 PEPPERALL 8 SOKYS BIGBULLET 8* STENING 8* *racing at Cootamundra this Sunday       LEADING TRAINER A S TURNBULL 145 S J SNUDDEN 41 S P TRITTON 36 B J HEWITT 33 D M HEWITT 22     LEADING DRIVER A J TURNBULL 85 A S TURNBULL 43 C R BELL 35 D N MORAN 32 B J HEWITT 27   Greg Hayes

The Carnival of Cups rolls into Albury on Saturday night and Junee harness racing trainer Trevor White is hoping Hollywood Sign can continue on his winning way in the feature event – the Albury Cup.  Hollywood Sign has been in career best form since resuming, but White admits the gelding will have to keep on improving given the depth of the race. “I’ve been really happy with the way he has been going, but this is going to be his biggest test because it is open class and is over the 2570 metres,” White said. “I’ve won a couple of Wagga Cups, a Temora Cup and a Leeton Cup, but the Albury Cup is a race I haven’t been able to win. “I have gone close a couple of times, so hopefully that changes on Saturday night.” The son of Life Sign has won at Leeton, Temora, Junee and Canberra this preparation and White believes his last spell has been the key to his improvement. “Hollywood Sign has always had his fair share of ability, but he did have a good spell last time and I think that really strengthened him up,” White said. “If he races well on Saturday night then I will target the Wagga Cup and then he will have to travel back to Sydney and have a crack at the metropolitan races. “He has run a couple of good races at Menangle before, but he has just been pipped a couple of times down that long straight.” White will take several team members to the provincial meeting, including three-year-old filly Official Jasper. “Yeah she will go around in the String Of Pearls,” White said. “She is a nice filly, but I thought she may have finished her race off a bit better last week in a heat of the New South Wales Oaks.” “In saying that, it was her first go at Menangle and also her first go at the 2400 metres, so I’m expecting a better run on Saturday night despite the tough draw.” HRNSW Media

Charlottetown, PE – Life Savior, a veteran pacer owned by Darla MacEachern of Kensington, recorded his 50th lifetime win during the 15 dash program Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Darla’s father, Duane, trains the ten year-old Life Sign campaigner who went into the race with 242 career starts. Driver Corey MacPherson was in the bike for the occasion. The time of the mile was 2:00.4. Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) delivered as the post time favorite taking the program’s top class in 2:01.1 for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford and his trainer Kevin MacLean. Pictonian Storm put in an impressive mile to finish second for Wade Sorrie while the only girl in the field, Veronicavermillion, completed the triactor for driver Brian MacPhee. Cheyenne Ford, owned by James O’Halloran Montague, cut fractions of 29.4, 1:01.3 and 1:32 over a track rated a “good” with a two second variant. Frill Seeker moved his winning streak up to four in a row with a gate to wire score in the trot class. Kenny Arseanult trains and drives for Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario. Arsenault, Campbell and Jason Hughes recorded driving doubles. Wager was $40,087 Racing returns Saturday with post time at 12:30pm. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Record-breaking harness racing trainer Lance Justice will find himself in a strange position at Globe Derby tomorrow night. A multiple premiership winner at the circuit before his move to Victoria, Justice is returning ‘home’ for another crack at the South Australia Cup. The main difference this time is Justice will be driving one of the rank outsiders – Im Barney Rubble. For the better part of the past decade Justice has contested the Group One with the favourite, Smoken Up. Smoken Up registered a record-equalling four victories – 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 – in the Cup, having also finished second behind Mister Zion in 2010 and Caribbean Blaster last season. Making the occasion even more unique for Justice is the fact Smoken Up will lead out the field, with underrated concession driver Shane Turner partnering the champion. “It will be a strange feeling being in the Cup without Trigger,” Justice said. “It’ll be even stranger watching someone take him onto the track before the Cup knowing he won’t be competing. “I was happy Shane could do this as he is a pretty good driver, he just doesn’t get as many opportunities as he deserves.” Originally nominating Im Barney Rubble for the Cup’s consolation – Justice Family Plate – Justice stated he is pleased the son of Life Sign is in the main event. “I actually nominated him looking to run in the Plate, but he got into the Cup instead, which I was originally disappointed with,” Justice explained. “The more I looked at the field the happier I became with the situation. “From barrier four, Barney could make it quite interesting as he is pretty quick and it’s a tight track. He is definitely a chance to earn a cheque.” PAUL COURTS

Former Victorian mare Twentyfivetolife continued her harness racing love affair with Globe Derby last night. Since being sent to leading trainer Les Harding, Twentyfivetolife has won five of her six starts, with her latest the most impressive. Driven by record-breaking reinsman David Harding, Twentyfivetolife began quickly from barrier two, but was unable to cross Mcliskyson, which led from the pole. With Harding controlling the tempo from the breeze, Twentyfivetolife forged he way to the front at the top of the home straight before completing a strong victory from Albert Jaccka and Heza Prince. “I would have preferred to have led, but I wasn’t worried about sitting outside the leader,” David declared. “She felt great throughout and hit the line with plenty up her sleeve.” Covering the last half in 58 seconds, the daughter of Life Sign rated 2:00.1 for the 2230 metres, taking her record to 11 wins and 13 placings from 39 starts. Confident the five-year-old can continue her impressive form, Harding stated Twentyfivetolife will compete in each suitable race as they become available. “She hasn’t stopped improving since she got her,” Harding said. “We’ve got no huge plans for her, just find what we can and see how she goes. “On her form, it’s fair to say she can win a few more yet.” Another to shine since arriving from Victoria is promising pacer Power Of Attorney. From 13 starts for premiership winning trainer Jonathon Kingston-Mayne, the son of Attorney General has registered 10 wins, including last night. Power Of Attorney also has three placings to his credit. Driven by Wayne Hill, Power Of Attorney finished strongly to score by a short half-head from Nothing Else Matters, which was partnered by Hill’s sister, Danni. In a ‘blanket finish’, Turismo was a head away third, with a head to Bretaca fourth. PAUL COURTS

Veteran harness racing trainer Julie Johnson achieved a remarkable feat when her pacer Cranbre completed a successful debut at Launceston last night. While there is nothing exceptional about a horse winning at its first start, Cranbre is an eight-year-old! Pleased with the gelding’s initial taste of competition, Johnson - who has been training for more than four decades - believes the victory proves age can be little more than a number on so many levels. “He is a pensioner like his trainer,” Johnson declared. “This win shows there can still be plenty of life in a pensioner. “He doesn’t know how old he is and just went out there and got the job done.” Driven by Todd Rattray, Cranbre began swiftly to lead from barrier three as Blitzthemgamble worked at his wheel. Fending off the challenge on the home turn, Cranbre cruised to a soft three-metre win from Gottalovefridays, with Blitzthemgamble five metres away third. “He went out and had a ball,” Johnson said. “He really enjoyed the competition of racing and did a wonderful job. “I knew his work had been good, so I expected a good run, but there were two or three good types in the race so I wasn’t overly confident.” Covering the last half in 59.4 seconds, Cranbre rated 2:03.3 for the 2200 metres. Despite the late start to his career, Johnson revealed the son of Life Sign hadn’t been held back by any particular issue, just a random string of events. “He had a few injuries and problems early on, but not enough to keep him from racing this long,” Johnson said. “His last owner didn’t have a licence, so he just left the horse in a paddock, where he stayed until I saw him and said I’d take him. “I got him in May and have just given him a long, slow and quiet build up. “He is a lovely old horse which can win a few more before he is done.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing loves to celebrate the achievers of our industry but the reality is most of the horses involved are lucky to even win a race. The economics of racing a horse means if a horse hasn't cleared maidens by start fifteen then a lot of owners will simply look to move on to the next one. Some trainers can afford to race horses for the enjoyment it brings and are not so hung up on the economics involved but even they usually call a halt by the time a horse has had thirty starts. So when My Lifesign lined up in the 4 year and older maiden at Addington last night for start number 40, the pundits were struggling to rationalize the situation. Here was an eight year old still trying to win a maiden race at his fortieth start at the races. Bred, owned and trained by Kevin Williams of Tall Tree Stud, My Lifesign had always shown enough at his previous 39 starts to suggest a win was not far away but had never quite got there. Up until last night My Lifesign had run nine placings in his career so he was putting some money in the till but Kevin's patience is to be admired. Several drivers have been in the bike on raceday but the recent addition of one Dexter Dunn hasn't hurt. Dexter had driven My Lifesign three times before last night for two seconds and a fifth and Dexter is in such a rich vein of form at the moment that the punters made My Lifesign second elect last night. Sent straight to the front by Dexter, My Lifesign set a steady clip in front until the favourite Oasis Dream took over with 1600 meters to go. That was still the order as they turned for home with My Lifesign lodging his challenge up the passing lane. It took the whole length of the straight but in the shadows of the post My Lifesign got his head in front of Oasis Dream for that elusive first win. My Lifesign paced the 2600 meters in a very respectable 3:15.6, a mile rate of 2:01 with closing sectionals of 58 and 28.5. A son of Lifesign from the New York Motoring mare Lavra Rein On 1:59.7, My Lifesign is a half brother to the very speedy Slick Lavra 1:51.6 ($143,026) and Lavros Frost 1:58.7 ($62,892) While it has taken My Lifesign forty starts to crack his maiden win, with Dexter and My Lifesign in career best form, a second win is not out of the question. Harnesslink Media    

Catalogues for the Illawong Reduction Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at Nagambie (Vic.) on Sunday, September 28, are now available. The unreserved sale comprises 52 lots including 18 broodmares, 11 racehorses, eight yearlings, five two-year-olds, six three-year-olds and four stallion services. The yearlings are by well credentialled sires such as Modern Art, Grinfromeartoear, Real Desire, Life Sign, Vintage Master, Major In Art, Shadyshark Hanover and Muscle Mass. The sale commences at 12.30pm with harness, sulkies and a horse float and will followed by the sale of horses at 1pm. For a copy of the catalogue contact sale co-ordinator Peter Dow on phone 0412 195 986 or Graeme Board 0408 636 273 8355 or email graemeboard56@gmail.com Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com Click on the Illawong Reduction Sale link. by Peter Wharton, for Graeme Board & Company

Sept 1, 2014 - Lorne House made an early move with Kendal Gustav and never looked back in the Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace at Dresden Raceway. House rolled the five-year-old Life Sign gelding just past the quarter poll and led every step of the way after that move pushing past the half in 57.1 and three quarters in 1:27 flat with a last quarter of 29.1 to win in 1:56.4. Kendal Gustav is owned by Tomas Broadhurst of London, Shirley Griffin of Thorndale and is trained by Scott McNiven of Putnam. J M Jet Set and Donnie Rankin Jr. closed hard to finish second by a head while Leafs And Wings and Chris Johnston finished third. The Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace wrapped up a very successful season at Dresden Raceway. Robert Sparling Jr took Schrader Hanover to the front and never looked back in the OLG Slots Trot. The seven-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding set fractions of 29.4, 1:00.2, 1:30.3 for a mile time of 1:59.2. Schrader Hanover is owned and trained by Karl McNaughton of Clinton. The handle today was $35,679. TRIPLE DOUBLE...Donnie Rankin Jr., Nick Steward and Lorne House all had driving doubles today...THE KING OF THE RING...Nick Steward claimed the dash crown at Dresden Raceway by picking up his 25th win of the season...JACKPOT!...the largest payout of the day was the 3-2-8 triactor combination in the eighth race that lit up the board at $418.70...GUSTOV GO...KENDAL GUSTOV was the fastest horse of the day winning in 1:56.4. by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway  

It's not very often that entrants in the Gold Cup and Saucer stick around P.E.I. after the race is over, but when the Founders Cup carrying a purse of $25,000 is only 10 days later, why not stick around. That was the mindset of the connections for the runner-up in the 55th running of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup was only beat a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the final and he will be back Tuesday night looking to get the red soil monkey off of his back. The first ever Founders Cup will go in Race 11 Tuesday night as part of a special National Driving Championship card at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver and NDC participant, Marc Campbell. A win would put 'Wazzup' over the $ 100, 000 mark for earnings in the 2014 season. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson, who is in town for the NDC will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. Mach Wheel was a runner up to Up The Credit in the MacGregor memorial for driver Paul Mackenzie, he has since been purchased by Roy Springett, Robert Sitemen, William Shearer and Donald Smith all of Nova Scotia. Darren Crowe now handles the driving and training duties on the son of Mach Three. He has over $ 243,000 made lifetime and a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. He has drawn the outside Post 7 A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. The coveted rail position goes to All Turain as he returns to the free-for-all ranks of a 1:54.2 qualifier at Red Shores' Summerside. Mike Stevenson will handle the driving duties for trainer Wade Sorrie. A winner in 1:52.2 last year at Charlottetown the five-year-old Tell All gelding is owned by Lee Hicken and Perry Burke. Ultimate Luck has drawn post two for the Ultimate Stable, Terry Gallant will drive for trainer Sifroi Melanson. Astor, the third entrant in the field who raced in the MacGregor Memorial has drawn Post 5 for trainer - driver Jason Hughes, he is owned by the powerful Foxyhall Racing group of Wallace, NS. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

Shepparton, Victoria, Australia --- Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner and Hall of Fame member, died at Morley Park stud near Shepparton, Victoria, Australia on Aug. 14, 2014, at the age of 24. A son of the incomparable Abercrombie and world champion filly Three Diamonds, Life Sign raced only as a 2- and 3-year-old, amassing $1,912,454 from 18 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds in 35 starts. Besides his record-breaking Little Brown Jug success, he won such prestigious classics as the 3-year-old Breeders Crown, Art Rooney Memorial, International Stallion Stake, Burlington Pace, Governor’s Cup, American-National and the Bluegrass Stake. At the stud Life Sign left the winners of more than $113 million in stakes in North America, placing him among the top ten money-winning sires at his gait of all-time. While in Australia his stock has earned $12.4 million and in New Zealand, they amassed almost $2 million. Real Desire 1:48.2 ($3.1 million), the 2002 Horse of the Year; Peruvian Hanover 1:49.4 ($1.8 million); the Meadowlands Pace winner Day In A Life 1:49.4 ($1.8 million); and the 2-year-old pacing colt of the year I Am A Fool 1:51.2 ($1.1 million) were among the seven millionaires sired by Life Sign. He was the broodmare sire of the winners of more than $97 million and eight millionaires including Loyal Opposition 1:48.4 ($2.6 million) and Breeders Crown winner Village Jolt 1:50.4f ($1.6 million). Life Sign was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2013. by Peter Wharton

Harness racing fans have a soft spot for Master Kiesey – and why wouldn’t you? The 13-year-old won his 19th race on Saturday at Maryborough’s non-TAB meeting, defeating Ballan Road by 3.4m in a rate of 2:08.9 over 2190m. Driven by Grant Campbell, Master Kiesey stepped superbly and led from start to finish at start number 310. “He’s been a great horse for us,” trainer Brian Kiesey said. “He’s as sound as a bell and he’s enjoying life and enjoying his races. He still gets around all the yearlings at home and gives them hell,” he quipped. Kiesey said Master Kiesey would race on next season as a 14-year-old. “We don’t knock him about. You never see him get hit with the whip. He eats well and he loves his racing,” he said. Kiesey said his philosophy was to give horses plenty of time to find their feet before taking them to the racetrack. He pointed to a trotter he is working with at the moment who has been in work for three years but is yet to race. “She’s never been to the track. When I first got her she was a lunatic. But now she’s easy to drive and she’s going to be pretty good when we get her to the racetrack.” He also mentioned Apple Beach, which he acquired from the Jayne Davies stable before turning her into a trotter. “I’ve just had to teach her to trot,” he said. “That’s what this season is all about. Next season will be about her winning races. “It took 18 months to get Apple Beach going, but now she’s leading and getting away nicely in races.” Despite her poor strike rate (one win from 50 starts), optimistic Kiesey says punters should keep following the daughter of Life Sign. “She’s the best horse I’ve had in 35 years. Next year it’ll be about her winning races.” By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

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