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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

R I P Tony Chiaravalle. He owned the 1993 Pace winner Presidential Ball and was the original owner of the third place finisher that year Riyadh. R I P Matts Scooter-1988 Meadowlands Pace winner-sire of Mach Three 2002 Pace winner. Grandsire of Somebeachsomewhere-THE most prohibitive Pace favorite of the 21st century/ R I P Joe Muscara. He owned the 2002 Pace winner Mach Three and his Muscara Trust co-owns elim divisional winner He's Watching, one of the favorites in this Saturday's race.   $776,000 Pace Purse. Not counting the two years with a supplemental entry, (2000 and 2008), this is the first time since 1990 that the purse is at least $100G higher than the previous year: 1989 $852,000 Dexter Nukes 1990 $1,153,500 Beach Towel   Sire Well Said looks to do-with two chances-what has been done SEVEN TIMES in Meadowlands Pace history. Win the Pace with his first crop. (Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis) 1984 Happy Motoring sired On The Road Again 1985 Niatross sired Nihilator 1997 Artsplace sired Dream Away 1998 Life Sign sired Day In A Life 2005 Western Ideal sired Rocknroll Hanover 2008 Art Major sired Art Official 2013 Somebeachsomewhere sired Captaintreacherous   If you're betting either He's Watching or Luck Be Withyou, you have recent history on your side. Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce have won 6 of the last 7 editions of the Meadowlands Pace, THE most dominant TWO-driver run in the races 37 year history. (Of those 6 wins between them, 3 each, 4 of those 6 were NOT favored)   Ron Burke will try and do what has been done THREE TIMES before. Be the Leading trainer at the Meadowlands for the meet AND win the Meadowlands Pace. J K Endofanera 1993 and 1994 Bill Robinson did it with Presidential Ball and Cams Card Shark 1997 Brett Pelling did it with Dream Away 2004 Mark Harder did it with Holborn Hanover, who was 2-22 lifetime coming into the race and lit up the board at 58-1   "MILLER TIME?" Maybe. There are three driving "MIllers" in the race-Dave and Brett and Marcus. That doesn't even count trainer Erv. The first ever TRAINER named Miller to be in the Pace-as well as the first ever drive-BOTH finished 3rd. Del Miller trainer 3rd 1980 Tyler B Jim Miller driver 1979 3rd with Tijuana Taxi   THROWBACK TIME? Some Pace participants in 2014 were prominent at the Meadowlands in the 1980s. Val D'Or Farms (Always B Miki) 3 times made a 1980s Pace final. 4th with Masquerade in 1986, 7th and 11th with Ringaleevio and Paladium Lobell in the 1988 edition Steve Elliott was 10th with Souffle in the 1986 final of the Pace, and was 3rd and then 2nd in the 1988 and 1989 Trainer Standings here Joe Holloway won FOUR races at the Meadowlands in the 1970s-including twice with a pacer named Pentagon as a DRIVER. In the 1980s, Joe became the first ever Meadowlands trainer to win as many as 106 races in a singe meet-1988 Jim Campbell was the 1989 Meadowlands Training Leader. He also started in the Pace with a pair in 1987-3rd with Run The Table and 12th with Dictionary   Peter Blood is one of the owners of Doo Wop Hanover. As a trainer here-he was second in the 1988 Wilson-the LAST one to go for $1 Million-with Nukes Image to Kassa Branca. The following year, he went 1-2 in the Wilson conso.   Pierce Pace Potpourri Ron Pierce drove the shortest priced Pace winner of the new millennium-$2.80 Well Said 2009. Ron Pierce UPENDED the shortest priced Pace STARTER of the new millennium-Somebeachsomewhere-10 cents on the dollar-in 2008 with Art Official. (Art Official-incidentally-sold as a $4,000 WEANLING at a Meadowlands January sale)   NUMBERS 17 of the 37 Pace winners were sired by a horse who himself raced in the Pace final. ONLY ONE-Real Desire is the ONLY horse to win $3 Million-be Horse Of The Year and win the Meadowlands Pace and NOT be in the Hall Of Fame ONLY ONE Pace winner won from the second tier-On The Road Again 1984 Post 12 THREE Homebreds in the Pace final field. The 2013 Hambletonian had three homebreds win all three eliminations and then the final. Creatine, Smilin Eli and Royalty For Life 20-1 or better-Tellitlikeitis will surely be one of the longshots in the 2014 Pace final field. Rarer than rare for the North America Cup FAVORITE-ALSO the Meadowlands Pace elimination FAVORITE, to be an also-ran in the wagering in the Pace final. FIVE catch-drivers have gone into the Hall Of Fame the past TWO decades. Only five.   ANNIVERSARY 23 years to the day of Precious Bunny winning the 1991 Meadowlands Pace. July 12, 1991. That marked the first time in history a horse won TWO million $ races in the same year (Nihilator did it in 1984 and 1985) John Campbell drove him in the North America Cup to victory, but opted off for Artsplace in the Pace final and Jack Moiseyev won with the Cam Fella colt. HOY. It was also the first of four STRAIGHT Pace winners for Cam Fella as a stallion-ironic when you consider that Cam Fella finished his career 57 straight times on the board-the last time he MISSED the board? 1982 Meadowlands Pace elimination!! 7th   Ron Pierce is on top in North America in $$$. 58 Years of age. This stat is especially interesting when you consider that-in 2006-he was and is the ONLY 50 Years Old to EVER lead the way, and now at 58 is threatening to do the same   Golden Receiver's barn change-AFTER winning $2 Million-brings back memories of possibly the two greatest horses to ever undergo a barn change. Seatttle Slew and Artsplace.   WIDE OPEN PACE?-2013 TOLD US EXACTLY THAT Many live candidates to win the 2014 Meadowlands Pace. And why not. In 2013-the LEADING 2 YO colt pacing earner made $390G-Arthur Blue Chip. This marked the first time since 1977 that the leading $$-winning freshman pacing colt did NOT have at least $400G on his card. No No Yankee had $211G in 1977 (Ironically-the FIRST year of the Pace)   Dave Miller-John Campbell Dave Miller-6 days after entering the Hall Of Fame, hopes to do what only John Campbell has done prior. Go into the Hall Of Fame and win either the Hambletonian or the Meadowlands Pace the SAME year. 1990-John Hambo Harmonious. Dave handles Always B Miki   IF Marcus Miller wins the Meadowlands Pace-he WILL become the YOUNGEST driver ever to do so. Tetrick also did it at 25 in 2007 with Southwind Lynx, Marcus a few months younger.   Canadian Influence 5 of the 6 inside posts in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace have Canadian ownership. 6 of the first 12 Meadowlands Pace winners (1977-1986) had Canadian ownership.   "Hall" Pass-OOPS Pace Five of the first 10 winners of the Meadowlands Pace had trainers who were Hall Of Famers. BUT-only ONE of the last 27 training winners of the Meadowlands Pace did it. Ray Remmen 1990 Beach Towel. Jimmy Takter has two shots at ending that 24 year 0-fer.   Coyne-Operated Ron Coyne (National Debt) has been in the Pace before. 1999 with Washington VC. 8th. That colt then sired a $3 Million career earner by the name of Themightyquinn   If either John Campbell or Ron Pierce win the Meadowlands Pace, they will be the oldest to do so. 59 and 58. Cat Manzi at 56 in 2006 with Artistic Fella currently holds than distinction.   Steve Elliott is the ONLY trainer in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace field who has won this race before. And he did it twice. 2006 and 2009. There are only two trainers in Meadowlands Pace history who have won the Pace multiple times and were FAVORED in all of their wins: Elliott, Billy Haughton  Billy Did it with Falcon Almhurst in 1978-9/5 choice over eventual HOY Abercrombie-and with Nihilator at 1-9 in 1985 heading a prohibitive 5 horse entry.   "Starter" Kit NO 2014 Pace finalist has more than 8 starts in 2014. Yet 16 of the first 24 Meadowlands Pace winners had at LEAST NINE starts on the season entering the Pace final.   Jimmy Takter (Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere) will try and do what Brett Pelling did last. Go 1-2 in the Pace. Pelling did it with Rocknroll Hanover in 2005 and Village Jolt second.   He's Watching's June 13 foaling date would be THE latest ever for any Meadowlands Pace winner. (TWO of the more famous JUNE foals of all time used to be stablemates-Art Major and McArdle)   SLOW STARTS? NO PROBLEM IN THE PACE Your year isn't going the greatest going INTO the Meadowlands Pace? This doesn't mean a whole lot-or at least it didn't to these brand names: 2001 Real Desire 1 for 5 going into the Pace 2000 Gallo Blue Chip 5 for 10 entering the Pace 2010 One More Laugh 2 for 6 going into the Pace 1988 Matts Scooter Just 2 for 9 entering the Pace (NOTE-the 2 YO Champion (He's Watching 2-5)-and the 2YO Breeders Crown winner (Luck Be With You 1-5)-are a combined 3/10 entering the 2014 Pace)   The "OUTSIDERS?" The three outside horses in the Pace were all sired by a Pace favorite: Post 8 Sometimes Said (Well Said 2009) Post 9 Always B Miki (Always A Virgin 2007) Post 10 Doo Wop Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover 2005)   Takter's Pace Breakthrough? NO Trainer in the 21st century who's campaigned a Horse Of The Year has made it to the Hall Of Fame. Jimmy Takter is the last trainer to do both-having won the HOY titles in 1997-1998-1999. Bob McIntosh went into the Hall Of Fame in 2002-and a full decade later-won his first MILLION $ race going 1-3 in the 2012 NA Cup. Jimmy Takter is looking for his very first Pace score. Ron Burke just scored his first Million $ win taking the NA Cup with J K Endofanera.   The Two oldest drivers to hit the board in the Meadowlands Pace? 1978 Joe O'Brien 59-thid with Flight Director 1982 Billy Haughton 58 3rd with McKinzie Almahurst John Campbell is 59 and Ron Pierce 58   Campbell-Meadowlands Pace-Post 10 The man is amazing. Post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace in 2014 with Doo Wop Hanover. His history from post 10 in the Pace is almost beyond belief. ALL of the following are from Post 10-IN The Meadowlands Pace: 1982 Hilarion winner-first ever catch-driver to win a Million $$ race. 1997 At Point Blank second at 14-1 the colt was WINLESS (0-15) on the year!! 1999 The Panderosa got post 10 initially-AND on the redraw-and still dominated with a 26 flat final quarter in 1:49.3-then a record mile in the Pace and thus becoming the first horse ever to win TWO million $$ races BOTH in sub 1:50) 2004 3rd with Metropolitan from post 10 2007 third with Artriverderci from post 10. 5 different trainers from post 10-five times on the board. Consider that in the other 30 times any driver raced in the Pace from post 10-combined-those drivers were 3-30 ON THE BOARD!   OTHER Post 10 notes...... Dave Miller's Pace debut-1995-Cinder Lane Sam came from post 10-5th-flying home in 26.1.....Pat Crowe drove exactly once in the Pace-from post 10-in 1984 12th with a colt by the name of Greener Pastures.....Brett Pelling made his Pace debut in 1993 from post 10 (No check)....Pinocchio raced in the Pace-from post 10 for Neal Shapiro...   15 times in history the Meadowlands Pace winner has been THAT YEAR'S Leading $$ winner among ALL Pacers.(MOST common of any race of the leaders)   Just HOW tough is it to WIN The Meadowlands Pace? This stat might tell it best. The last THREE Triple Crown winners in the sport-NONE of those three finished first OR second in the Meadowlands Pace!! 2003 No Pan Intended 4th 1999 Blissful Hall 7th 1997 Western Dreamer 3rd   Who are the three richest ever horses to have participated in the Meadowlands Pace final and NOT gotten a check? Boulder Creek $3,425,853 8th 2003 Red Bow Tie $2,673,920 9th 1997 Western Hanover $2,541,647 7th 1992   Super Tough Quiz: Can you name the three colts who led all pacers in year end earnings but did NOT compete in the Meadowlands Pace final? 1977 Governor Skipper $522,148 1998 Shady Character $1,070,569 2002 Art Major $1,562,779   Compiled by Bob "Hollywood" Heyden

Longshot players were rejoicing in the 12th race at Northfield Park on Thursday (June 26), when (7) Milliondollarflirt successfully kicked from the back to win at odds of 67-1. Macedonia, Ohio's David Lake owns, trains and drove the six year-old. It was the first win this year in sixteen starts and represents Milliondollarflirt's eighth lifetime score. (7) Milliondollarflirt (67-1) was followed across the wire by (3) Corno CC (5-1) and (6) Cin Cardle (80-1). Milliondollarflirt returned $137.40 to win; the 7-3 Exacta paid $913.60; and the 7-3-6 Trifecta returned a whopping $14,591.00. The party continued in race 15 when (6) Dawn Of New Money barreled up the lane to reach the wire first at odds of 54-1. Jason Merriman drove for owner/trainer Steve Novak of South Lyon, Michigan. Dawn Of New Money paid $111.40 to win and led off the $427.60 Exacta and $2,105.20 Trifecta. Earlier on the night, Up Front Kellie Jo captured the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in the tenth race. She is trained by Ron Steck for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Keith Kash Jr. was aboard for the winning drive. Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor's Delight-Life's Highway-Life Sign) started from post six. Kash fired her off the gate, secured the lead and was never headed. She led her competition through fractions of :27, :56, 1:24.4 and 1:54. She bested her competition by a head. Completing the race were Stacked Deck, Sweetheart Dance, Ruler's Best, The Sweet Dion, African Violet, Sparkling Yankee, Ride A Cowboy and So Long My Love. Thursday's win was the ninth victory this year and 47th career score for Up Front Kellie Jo. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $876,947. She was the race favorite and returned $6.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

All Speed Hanover 3, 1:49.4 ($819,712), one of Cam's Card Shark's most outstanding juvenile performers and winner of the USA 2YO Breeders Crown in 2009, is to do stud duty at Graham and Janine Taylor's Stonegate Farm at Nathalia, 45 kilometres north of Shepparton, Australia. He is at present doing quarantine in Kentucky and is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-August. His service fee for his first season will be $2,500 including GST with discounts for multiple mares and generous breeding packages. All Speed Hanover was unquestionably one of the best two-year-olds of his crop. From seven starts at that age he posted five wins and a placing, amassing $486,950 in stakes. Undoubtedly the highlight of his freshman campaign was his success in the $700,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, in which he edged out 2YO of the Year Sportswriter after a titanic stretch duel in 1:52. All Speed Hanover also won a $139,800 division of the Bluegrass Stake and a  $119,350 division of the International Stallion Stake, both in 1:50.6 at Lexington's mile track. He took his record of 1:49.4 at three years, winning an elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, while he also captured a heat of the New Jersey Classic before finishing a nose second in the $500,000 Final in 1:49.2. All Speed Hanover added over $160,000 to his bankroll as an aged performer, retiring with $819,712 in career earnings and being race-timed in sub 1:50 on nine occasions. Noel Daley, who trained All Speed Hanover most of his career, said: "At this stage he's the most exciting young pacer I've trained. He had versatility and a great gait. I will certainly be breeding to him 'Down Under'". Meanwhile, Luke McCarthy, who drove on several occasions when based in America, said: "He's the most gifted two-year-old I have driven." An upstanding bay, All Speed Hanover has the breeding background to compliment his obvious racetrack ability. Cam's Card Shark, champion sire in America, where he has sired winners of almost $133 million and has 58 in the 1:50 list, has also made an impact through his sons as sires in Australia and New Zealand. Not only is All Speed Hanover a youthful son of Cam's Card Shark - he was foaled in 2007 - but on his distaff side he can claim equal distinctions. Allamerican Cool (1:54.8), the Stakes-winning dam of All Speed Hanover, has a 100 percent record at stud with nine foals for nine winners including five in 1:55 and three $100,000 winners. They have amassed more than $1.3million in progeny earnings. Furthermore, Allamerican Cool ranks as a half-sister to one of the greatest racemares of all-time in Eternal Camnation 1:49.4, the winner of 47 races, a record $3,748,574 in stakes and a member of the Canadian Hall of Fame. Trilogy Lobell, the third dam of All Speed Hanover, was a half-sister to the Little Brown Jug winner and champion sire Life Sign 1:50.6 ($1.9million) and to the dam of leading sire American Ideal (1:47.8), their dam being Three Diamonds (1:53.2), the USA 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year and a Hall of Fame immortal. All Speed Hanover is a Most Happy Fella line horse - that which produced Bettor's Delight - from one of the top maternal families in the world, and boasts six strong crosses of the blood of Meadow Skipper. He should prove an ideal outcross to mares boasting Abercrombie, Western Hanover and Direct Scooter blood. By Peter Wharton

Sweetheart Dance was successful, despite being parked the entire mile, in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap on Thursday (June 12) in Northfield Park's 10th race. She is trained by Kent Sherman for Pittsburgh, PA owner Keith Kippi. Dan Rawlings was aboard for the winning drive. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somkindasweetypie-Life Sign) started from the outside and was parked every step of the way, through fraction of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.4. Sweetheart Dance struck the lead at the top of the stretch and bested her competition by ¾-length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Ride A Cowboy, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover, Viewish, Stacked Deck, African Violet, So Long My Love and Haley Louise. Thursday's win was the fifth victory this year in 13 starts. It bolstered her career win tally to 17 and her lifetime earnings to $193,491. She returned $20.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice combined with veteran driver Brian Gath for a winning double at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. The first leg of the double came in the opening race with six-year-old Tinted Cloud gelding Discrimination leading from start to finish in the Society Restaurant Pace over 1720m. Discrimination held off David Murphy’s fast finisher Here And Now by 1.7m, with race favourite Highview Conall hitting the line hard in third for Amanda Turnbull. Justice and Gath then combined in Race 5, the Il Gambero Pace over 2240m, with six-year-old Life Sign gelding Im Barney Rubble. Much like Discrimination, Im Barney Rubble ran to the front early and was never headed, gamely holding off Exciteusinthecity and third placegetter Weallwantano in a mile rate of 1:58.9. Meanwhile, talented trotter Blitzthemcalder returned from a spell with a gritty win in the Garrards Trot over 1720m. The four-year-old sat outside the leader throughout before proving too strong for Mister Gunsen and Brief Glance in the run home. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Mythical Hall was a repeat winner of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot in the tenth race on Monday (June 2) at Northfield Park. Andy Rickert trains the six year-old for Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. The 2014 leading driver in North America, Aaron Merriman, was aboard for the winning drive. Mythical Hall (Andover Hall-Myth-Lindy Lane) started from post eight. He fired from that outside post, went right to the front and never looked back. He led his competition through fractional times of :27.4, :56.2, 1:25.3 and 1:55.4. Nearing the wire, Mythical Hall's competition was charging, but he held off his foes by a head at the finish. Completing the race were Heza Rube, Edit, Rush N Supreme, I'll Tell You What, Wind Surfer, Rebel Strike, Rose Run Logan and Arianna Hall. Monday's triumph was the fourth win this year in 13 starts for Mythical Hall. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $366,363. He returned $18.60 to win. In the evening's 11th race, Roadside Delight captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. He is trained by Tyler Nostadt for Pine Grove Stables of Parkman, Ohio. Wyatt Irvine drove the six year-old to victory. Roadside Delight (Bettor's Delight-Road Sign-Life Sign) started from post two. He let his competition set the early :27 and :54.4 fractions before taking the lead in the third quarter. Once clearing to the front, Roadside Delight continued to extend his lead, posting times of 1:23.2 and 1:52.1, besting his competition by 5 ¼-lengths. Completing the race were Mybrothergeorge, Goodnite Goodluck, Eddie Sweat, JS Tango, Irish Elitist, Rockin Finish and Cash'em In. Smarter Yet was scratched. Roadside Delight now has six wins in 14 starts this year, 23 career successes and a bankroll of $309,776. He paid $9.80 to win. The remainder of the card was dominated by Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, who drove seven winners on the Monday program. Sutton's winners included Gale Force Hanover ($2.20) in race one, Jumpin Jack J ($4.40) in race two, Chase The Sun ($3.60) in race four, Dungeon Dragon ($4.00) in race seven, Forever Good ($5.00) in race nine, Fortune's Jenna ($5.80) in race 13 and Cry For Cash ($3.60) in race 14. Sutton, 32, began driving in 1998 and has since garnered 2,471 career victories and is approaching $14,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 215 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, which tops the local driving ranks. Sutton also drives at other racetracks where he has been winning races at an impressive rate as well. In total, Sutton has garnered 275 wins so far in 2014. Those wins rank him as the third winningest driver in north America so far in 2014. Only Aaron Merriman (311) and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (277) have more driving wins this year than Josh Sutton. Ayers Ratliff  

Harness racing longshot players could not have been happier than they were in the 12th race at Northfield Park on Thursday (May 22), when (1) Attackatooforu received a perfect trip and closed up the passing lane to win at odds of 57-1. David Lake drove the pacer for owner/trainer, Jim Kiesel, of Litchfield, Ohio. It was the first win this year in four starts and represents Attackatooforu's ninth lifetime score. (1) Attackatooforu (57-1) was followed across the wire by (4) Southern Susie (7-1) and (6) Minor Wisdom (1-1). Attackatooforu returned $116.80 to win; the 1-4 Exacta paid $1,029.60; and the 1-4-6 Trifecta returned $4,715.20. Earlier on the night, Sweetheart Dance paced to her third consecutive victory, capturing the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in the fifth race. She is trained by Kent Sherman for Pittsburgh, PA owner Keith Pippi. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, was aboard for the winning drive. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somekindasweetiepie-Life Sign) started from post seven. She left hard at the start and was hung three wide through the opening :27.2 quarter. She made the lead in the second turn and never looked back. She continued to post impressive fractions of :56.1, 1:24.3 and 1:53.4. The mile clocking bested her competition by 1 ¼-lengths. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover, Deliciouslynaughty, Bubbler and Tame The Dame. Thursday's win was the fourth victory this year and 16th career score for Sweetheart Dance. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $184,741. She was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Local Woorinen co-trainers Joe Costa and son Vince each provided a winner at the Nyah harness racing meeting held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre last Thursday. Joe landed the open class feature of the evening – the tab.com.au Pace for C6 or better class over 1609 metres with ultra-consistent Life Sign / Edna June five year old gelding Life Of Ted in a slashing mile rate of 1-56.7. Leading out from gate two, Life Of Ted was rated to perfection by Ararat’s Michael Bellman who does the bulk of the stable driving and kicked clear on straightening to score by 1.3 metres in advance of Shayne Cramp’s Washington Heritage (one/one – three wide home turn), with Well Oiled Lombo third after trailing the winner from the pole. Life Of Ted has recorded 10 wins (five this season) from 64 race appearances. Vince Costa’s very much in-form Dream Away / Royal Beach Girl four year old gelding Beachstar brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking the choicehotels.com.au Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2240 metres in a rate of 1-57. Again with Bellman in the sulky, Beachstar was trapped three wide from gate three, before crossing the polemarker Terre T entering the back straight on the first occasion. Given no peace by Shayne Cramp aboard Changing Code which moved from last to join him, the pair went head and head a long way from home, with Cramp trying to outstay the pacemaker. In quarters of 30, 30.1, a sizzling 26.8 and 30.8 for the last mile, Changing Code was the first to crack, allowing Beachstar to race clear on the final bend, with Terry T giving chase. Although out on his feet halfway up the running, Beachstar kept on giving to score by a meritorious three metres over Double Happy (three back the markers) which ran home nicely when finally extricated into the clear, with Terry T a further half metre away in third place.   Budding superstar Vee Rock made it four from four with another outstanding performance to capture the 2nd Heat of the $7,505 Sky Racing Vicbred Platinum Country Series Q for C1 class over 2240 metres. A winner of the first heat held at Mildura the previous Friday, Vee Rock kicked up from the pole, before reinsman Mark Lee elected to hand over the front running to the second elect Illawong Fantasia drawn next to him. Immediately eased away from the inside not wanting to risk a pocket, Vee Rock then challenged for the lead and was allowed to cross and lead all within the space of a lap. Cruising for the remainder of the journey, Vee Rock coasted to the wire 15.3 metres in advance of Philtra Phella off a three wide trail approaching the home turn, with Illawong Fantasia a disappointing third. The mile rate 1-58. Bred by Swan Hill’s Mick Cirillo and Anne-Maree Short, Vee Rock trained at Cardross by Frank Merceica is a four year old gelded son of Universal Rock and Annie Teaghan and will be the logical favourite in the rich $10.275 Final to be held at Mildura next Wednesday. Len Baker Victoria Harness Racing

Harness racing driver Josh Sutton drove another six winners on Thursday (May 15) at Northfield Park. His biggest win of the night was when he captured the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open in race 10 aboard Sweetheart Dance. She is owned by Keith Pippi of Pittsburgh, PA and locally trained by Kent Sherman. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somekindasweetypie-Life Sign) started from post four. She led at every call, posting fractions of :27, :55.1, 1:23.3 and 1:53.2. She was an uncontested 3 ½ lengths in front at the finish. The victory was her second straight success. Completing the race were Riverdancer, Ashtoreth Hanover, Fritzie Chic, Wygant Belle, Blows Me Away, Tame The Dame, Deliciouslynaughty and Cams Van Go. Thursday's win was the third victory this year, and 15 career score for Sweetheart Dance. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $179,241. She was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win. Sutton's other winners on the evening included Serina Request ($7.80) in race three, Ribbons Of Color ($3.00) in race four, Bride In A Box ($6.60) in race five, Sparkling Yankee ($7.00) in race seven and Hello Camie ($4.60) in race 15. Sutton, 32, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,439 career successes and is approaching $13,500,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 198 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, which tops the local driving ranks by 43 wins. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (155), Aaron Merriman (129), Kurt Sugg (61) and David Lake (60) complete the top five. Sutton has spent his nights off driving at Miami Valley and Scioto Downs, where he has also been winning races at an impressive rate. To date, Sutton has garnered a total of 238 wins in 2014. His seasonal win tally ranks him as the third leading driver in North America, completing a Northfield Park Trifecta of drivers. Aaron Merriman (261) and Ronnie Wrenn Jr (244), both Northfield regulars, are the only drivers to post more wins so far this year this year than Josh Sutton.  

Harness racing buyers at this years All Aged sale in Canterbury held the upper hand right from the opening lot. Most of the broodmares for sale had foals at foot by such well-established sires such as Badlands Hanover and McArdle but most failed to even make four figures. Lockerup, the aged dam of champion trotter Sovereignty $678,321 made $5,000 in foal to Monarchy but most struggled to attract interest. Good examples of that lack of interest would be mares such as: Keepalert - A Life Sign half sister to Mach Alert $394,945 with a Changeover filly at foot made a paltry $400 High Tops Hanover - A mare by Western Hanover from a Big Towner half sister to Holmes Hanover with a filly by Tintin in America at foot fetched just $700 Cullen Katching - A striking young  mare by Christian Cullen from a Western Hanover half sister to seven winners including Pacific Flight 1:51 $562,345 and The Unicorn 1:56.7 $488,524, who was not in foal sold for a touch more at $1100. The weanlings were much more in demand. Top price went to the stunning McArdle colt from the 13 win mare Lady Toddy who is already the dam of four in 1;58. He fetched healthy $15,500 which in the context of the sale was a great result for the vendors, Nevele R Stud. Other weanlings to attract interest included *Changeover / Last Port Of Call  colt--$8100 *Monarchy / Lockerup  colt--$6400 * Vintage Master / Joyful Holmes  colt $6200 *Vintage Master / Supreme Classie  colt $4600 *Dali / Tammy Franco  colt $4500 For full results click here. The North Island leg of the All Aged sale will be held at Karaka on May 30th, The day before the Harness Jewels at Cambridge. Harnesslink media

Talldarknhandsome, the undisputed tallest harness race horse on the grounds, scored his third consecutive victory for the trainer-driver combination of Danny Gilland Jimmy Marohn, Jr. at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (May 8). Marohn guided the altered pacing son of Life Sign to 1:57.3 nose victory over Wizard Of Art and Jimmy Devaux. "Hey a win by a nose is still a win," joked Marohn after the race and then confided honestly, "He wasn't as strong at the finish this week as he was last week but he still got the job done." When the gate sprung Marohn sent his pacer to the lead and they had command on the first turn and they led the field by the quarter in :28.3. After a :59 half, and although Talldarknhandsome was trying to run out on the straightaways, he had enough in the tank to pace two more 29 and a piece final quarters and keep Wizard of Art at bay. "He runs out because his feet are stinging him when he's going fast. He wears flip-flops which help ease the pain a bit," trainer Gill offered, with straight face. The flip flops that Gill was referring to are Talldarknhandsome's front shoes. Gill then lifted his pacer's right front leg to show the bottom of foot with the shoe he referred to as the flip flop. "He runs out because his feet hurt him and this kind of shoeing relieves some of the pain. But with a wet track like today he wasn't grabbing it well because of the full pad over the foot." A closer inspection showed that there was a full-swedge aluminum shoe tacked on the front of the hoof and over a plastic pad that covered the whole foot. "See, he said," as he stretched the pad from the frog area. "It moves up and down some and it helps relieve shock when he going fast and the pad acts as a cushion. That's why we call it a flip flop. " It was the fourth seasonal triumph for Talldarknhandsome who's owned by the Ed Hall brothers, James and Edward from Connecticut. Talldarknhandsome's triumph was perhaps overshadowed by the four driving victories by longtime Mighty M regular, Mike Merton who currently is fifth in races won on the local leaderboard. Merton started the afternoon with a trotting victory in the second race behind Big Z Fortune ($65.50) in 2:03.3 over a then wet racetrack. He won the next race with pacer Savvy Hawk ($21.40) in 2:01.4. Now with a bright sunshine drying out the racetrack Merton then won the seventh race with See You Smile,($7.80) with a wire to wire effort in a time of 1:56.4 and he concluded the afternoon winning the eighth and final race on the card with Check My Pulse ($28.20) in a 1:59.1 clocking. Reached in the paddock after the races Merton was asked if he'll now be known as "Longshot Mike"? He laughed and with his deep baritone drawl said "No... but I had some power and though they went off long (priced) they raced good today. I figured to have a good shot with See You Smile and we went wire to wire. In the other three races I sat back off the quick early fractions and let them do the work up front. Then I came late to pick up all the pieces. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Julians Caesar captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot in the eighth race on Monday, (May 5) Northfield Park. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Julians Ceasar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post four and made every pole a winning one. He posted fractions of :27.3, :57.1, 1:26.1 and 1:55.3, besting his competition by 1 ½-lengths. Completing the race were Kirty Dream, Mythical Hall, Easy Strength, Mary's Darvin, Soulful Delight, and Life Long Hanover. Sand Royal Blu pulled up with broken equipment and did not finish. Monday's triumph was the fifth win this year for Julians Caesar and increased his lifetime win tally to 15 and his earnings to $263,692. He returned $6.00 to win. In the evening's ninth race, Roadside Delight was victorious in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. He is trained by Tyler Nostadt for Pine Grove stables and was driven by Keith Kash Jr. Roadside Delight (Bettor's Delight-Road Sign-Life Sign) started from post four. He let his competition carve the :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.1 solid fractions, before taking the lead in the stretch and winning by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:52.2. Completing the race were JS Tango, Lyons JosephJNR, Western Churchill, Goodnite Goodluck, Mybrothergeorge and PL Dragon. Roadside Delight now has four wins in 10 starts this year, 21 career successes and a bankroll of $294,251. He was the longest shot on the board and paid $61.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

He may not be the biggest Standardbred that ever looked through a bridle but, for sure, Talldarknhandsome is one of the biggest. The 6-year-old altered son of Life Sign, who's every bit of 17 hands, scored his second seasonal triumph at Monticello Raceway when the pacer turned back seven others en route to a 1:57.3 victory. Jimmy Marohn, Jr. was at the controls for trainer Danny Gill and he sent the 'equine giant' to lead from the two-hole and they made every pole a winning one to score an easy three-length triumph over Spectacular Man, driven by Jimmy Devaux. Haroun Hanover was a close third for Jason Ryan. Marohn, who's all of 5feet, 5 inches tall and 135 pounds, was asked how can he see where he's going when he's up behind Talldarknhandsome? "It's not easy. He's a big boy. Sometimes I have to look between his legs," he said with a laugh and then added, "No, not really, but I do have to look from side to side to see where I'm going. He likes to be on the front end and so do I. When we're on the lead there's (sic) no horses in front us to worry about." Talldarknhandsome's victory followed a sixth and seventh place finish in his previous two starts. After the race trainer Danny Gill was asked how come his horse was up the track in his last two starts and went such a good mile today, to which he replied with a laugh; "He's a Life Sign." Asked what he meant by that, Gill responded, "I had a few and found that Life Signs (off-spring) are only good on the front end, and the last two times he raced, Talldarknhandsome started from the outside." A quick check of the official program verified that in Talldarknhandsome last two outings he raced from post positions six and eight, respectively, was never a factor in the race and finished sixth and seventh, well in the rears. Prior to that, Marohn, Jr. put him on the front end he was a three length 1:58 winner. "That's exactly what I mean. If he's not on the lead he wouldn't pass a parked car, and being (on the) inside today Jimmy sent him down the road", Gill said in response to why his horse raced well today. Owned by Ed Hall and James Hall Talldarknhandsome paid just $2.50 for win. That victory was one of four that Jimmy Marohn, Jr. had on the nine-race card. He followed Talldarknhandsome's triumph with a victory behind Arden Homestead's trotter, Drill Sergeant Sam ($43.00) in 2:02.1 and then scored with another Gill-trained, Ed Hall-owned pacer, Community Sprit ($5.10) in 2:00. Marohn capped his day with a 1:57.4 victory with Benny Eggars' promising 4 -year-old, Thisguysarockstar ($23.80). by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

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