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MILTON, July 7, 2018 - Physicallyinclined came from last to first to prevail in a thrilling finish to Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A talented field of six older pacers squared off in the weekly top-class harness racing event. Easy Lover Hanover and driver Trevor Henry wanted control and shot out to the early lead, turning aside a fired up Ellis Park and driver James MacDonald. The opening-quarter was paced in :26, while positions were unchanged to the half in :54.2. The field of six bunched up going to three-quarters, as American Virgin came first up, supplying cover for Traceur Hanover. Physicallyinclined and driver Jonathan Drury dropped back from fourth to sixth on the far turn, but angled out at the third station. Easy Lover Hanover led by three-quarters in 1:22.3 and attempted to create separation on his rivals in the lane. American Virgin, Traceur Hanover and Physicallyinclined were all pacing up a storm on the outside of the leader. 'Easy Lover' couldn't finish the job, hitting a wall late, creating a four-across the track finish. The four-across finish saw Physicallyinclined prevail on the far outside in 1:50.2. Traceur Hanover finished second by a head, while American Virgin and Easy Lover Hanover were beat just half a length, finishing third and fourth, respectively. A six-year-old, Physicallyinclined was stepping up to the Preferred Saturday after a victory on June 30. The Carmen Auciello trainee had finished in the top-two in each of his last three starts coming into Saturday's contest. The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout was purchased in April by Robert Watson, Armando Cappuccitti, Mike Bartram and Auciello Stables. Physicallyinclined improved his 2018 statistics to four wins and $97,920 earned in 18 starts. The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation winner now has career numbers of 13 wins and $389,630 earned. A $2 win ticket on Physicallyinclined returned $24.80. Physicallyinclined  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie    

JULY 5, 2018 - Windsong Ophelia may not be a typical three-year-old trotting filly, but trainer Bud Sinclair is hoping the quirky youngster can earn a share of the $144,350 in purse money up for grabs at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The filly will start from Post 6 in the first of four $14,000-plus Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, and when she trots up behind the gate it will be the last step in a very specific race-day routine. "You've got to do everything the same, every day, or it just mentally doesn't work for her," explains Stratford, Ontario resident Sinclair. "As soon as we get her off the trailer we have to go out and warm her up one trip right away, and that seems to get her to mellow out. If she's got to stand around too long it doesn't work either," he continued. "We're in early so that should help her; we don't have to be there super early, and it's afternoon racing, so I'm hoping that maybe helps her nerves a bit too." Sinclair and his staff spent most of the winter developing the highly specific daily routines that keep Windsong Ophelia in a mindset conducive to racing and to date she has delivered one win, two seconds and two thirds in nine starts, earning owner Jerry VanBoekel of Woodstock, Ontario a total of $11,970. "You've got to get her mentally prepared for everything, and then once you do that, so far things have been working," noted Sinclair. "Hopefully it stays that way." Fergus, Ontario resident Bruce Richardson will steer Cornaro Dasolo daughter Windsong Ophelia from Post 6 in the first race on the Sunday afternoon program, which will be capped off by the $60,900 Kin Pace Final. Coming off an impressive 1:55.3 clocking in her Kin Pace elimination last Sunday, July 1, Write Me A Song is the early favourite to claim the 2018 Kin Pace title. The filly and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, Ontario led from start to finish in their elimination and will line up at Post 4 in Sunday's eleventh race. "She should be tough to beat if all goes well in Clinton. That was pretty impressive last week, I just hope she can do it again," said Jack Darling, who owns and trains the long-legged daughter of Sportswriter. "She gets around the turns pretty good, they're pretty tight for her, but she seemed to handle it okay." If Write Me A Song can deliver a victory, the filly will be joined in the winner's circle by a sizeable fan club. Darling grew up in the Exeter area and his family are planning to be on hand for Sunday's final. "I came from right down the road," said Darling, who now makes his home in Cambridge. "I've got some brothers from Exeter, so they'll be out to Clinton on Sunday." Raced just four times at two due to a season-ending injury, Write Me A Song has rapidly made up for lost time in her sophomore campaign. In nine starts she has posted five wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $80,500. Competing on the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series circuit, she has delivered one second and one third in two starts against the province's top fillies. "She's a good-sized filly, but very athletic, likes to do her work," noted Darling. ""She's very fast and she was, she could get a little bit speed crazy, but her last couple starts we've rigged her up a little differently and she's been a lot better." Grassroots regular Askmysecretary won the other Kin Pace elimination on July 1 with a 1:59.1 effort, also going gate-to-wire. The Mach Three daughter and driver Doug McNair of Guelph will start from the trailing Post 8 in Sunday's final for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford and his partners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario. Sunday's program gets under way at 1:30 pm with the Grassroots contests slated as Races 1, 3, 5, and 7 and the Kin Pace going to post in Race 11. Complete entries for the program can be found at http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0708clntnn.dat. In addition to Sunday's contest, Clinton Raceway will also host Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events on August 5 and September 2. A complete schedule is attached below and can also be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#CLNTN. From the Ontario SIre Stakes           -30-       Photo attached: Exeter native Jack Darling owns and trains Write Me A Song, the early favourite in Sunday's $60,900 Kin Pace Final at Clinton Raceway. (New Image Media photo)           Clinton Raceway   Race Date   Post Time   Age/Sex/Gait   Race Type   Event #   Sunday, July 8   1:30 pm   3-year-old Filly Trot   Grassroots Series   2 (of 5)   Sunday, August 5   1:30 pm   3-year-old Colt Pace   Grassroots Series   4 (of 5)   Sunday, September 2   1:30 pm   2-year-old Filly Pace   Grassroots Series   4 (of 5)               OSS Program Information   For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   For background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants, feature stories, and photographs to complement your local coverage contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or news@ontariosiresstakes.com.       OSS Program Administration   Ontario Racing   10 Carlson Court, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M9W 6L2   416-213-1800   www.ontarioracing.com       Follow the OSS on Social Media!   @ONTSSNews https://www.facebook.com/ONTSS/   You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking here.   Upon request, this document will be provided in an accessible format.   Vous pouvez vous désabonner à tout moment en cliquant ici.   Sur demande, ce document sera fournie dans un format accessible.              

Harness racing pacer Rebellious (Jim Meittinis) takes the Tioga Downs Open ($12,000) on Sunday (July 1). Time Out I'm Tired (Mike Merton) went to the front and carried them to the half (:28.2, :57.3). Sir Ziggy's Z Tam would have a slight lead after hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Time Out I'm Tired reclaimed the lead by two lengths at the top of the stretch.   Rebellious ($6.00) was sixth at the top of the stretch but faster than a speeding bullet. he flew by to win in 1:52.2. Time Out I'm Tired settled for second best with Caviart Reagan finishing third.   Rebellious is a 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three. Owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, he won for the eighth time this season. It was career win number 12. After the first day of July, the drivers win title remains wide open. Aaron Byron and Jim Meittinis are tied for first with 29 wins each. Jim Taggart Jr is third with 27 wins just one ahead of Mike Merton's 26 wins. Defending Champion Mike Simons and Andy Santeramo are tied for fifth with 18 wins a piece. Gary Messenger leads all trainers with 21 wins. Defending Champion Mike Deters is second with 17 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 13 trips to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special eight race card on Wednesday (July 4) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

CHESTER PA - The Mach Three mare Maching Me Zilly received some good fortune when two scratches took her from the second-worst post at Harrah's Philadelphia (PP7) to the best (PP5), and then she made the most of the opportunity by posting her second straight harness racing win, this one in 1:54.3 to take the $17,000 featured distaff pace Wednesday afternoon at the riverside oval. Driver Yannick Gingras made two moves to control the throttle with the favored Maching Me Zilly, and then they dug in during the last 5/16 to withstand the first-over bid of second choice Oneida Blue Chip by a length. Trainer Scott Di Domenico trains the winner, who still has a start in this "nw 8 races" class as this is only her seventh lifetime triumph, for owners John McGill, Brian Carsey, and Triple D Stables Inc. The two-year-old trotting filly Sky Is Mine made her pari-mutuel debut a victorious one in 1:58.4 for trainer Noel Daley and All Laid Out Stable Inc. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Raising Roxanna (she a full sister to $595,000 winner Raising Rachel) was put on the lead past the quarter by driver Andrew McCarthy and was in control from there, with the 2-1 second choice reporting home 2½ lengths clear of favored Havree De Grace while coming her own last half in 58. FINISHING LINES - There will be a special live card at Harrah's next Tuesday, the day before the Fourth of July, with a special post of 2:05 p.m. Featured that day will be Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotting fillies - who will be glad not to have the looming shadow of Manchego (who's in the Beal Championship this Saturday at Pocono) lurking about. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Maching Me Zilly and Lifetime Trust slugged it out through the stretch of the $17,000 harness racing pacing feature for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and in the end the first-over Maching Me Zilly found the reserves to keep her rival at bay late in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. A daughter of Mach Three driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Scott Di Domenico, Maching Me Zilly came coverless off the second turn, with Lifetime Trust on her tail, and "Zilly" could not clear pacesetting Jaye's A Lady around the far turn, with Lifetime Trust tipping three-deep past midturn to launch her bid. But that bid would come up a neck short against the game winner, who is owned by John McGill, Brian Carsey, and the Triple D Stables Inc. The two-year-olds made their first pari-mutuel appearance at Harrah's for 2018; winning the contest for baby trotting fillies was Cardinale, a daughter of Cantab Hall - Mississippi Beauty, who made every pole a winning one in 1:59.1 as the chalk. Andy Miller, only nine wins away from 9000 career victories after visiting Victory Lane three times Wednesday, was in the sulky for trainer/wife Julie Miller; the Andy Miller Stable is co-owner with Willow Oak Ranch and O'Donnell Equine. Yannick Gingras also had a triple on the card, while Eric Carlson, Andrew McCarthy, and David Miller steered home a pair of winners. FINISHING LINES - The Great Northeast Open Series will gather together trotters and pacing mares on Sunday at Philly, each group competing for $30,000. The trot, an open event, is topped by a formidable pair of females, Ariana G and Broadway Donna, while the mares pace should see Blue Moon Stride and Agent Q getting their fair share of the betting attention. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - The eight-year-old Mach Three mare Regil Elektra showed the qualities that have enabled her to become a racetrack millionaire, overcoming a 25-day layoff and a first-over trip to take the $14,000 featured pace for mares Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard reserved Regil Elektra in third as former Iowa star Juxta Cowgirl put up fractions of 26, 55.3, and 1:23.1, with the winner getting going in high gear past that last station. In the lane Regil Elektra showed her gameness to wear down Juxta Cowgirl in 1:51.2, finishing a length to the good. Trained by Keith Armer, the winner pushed her lifetime tally to 46 wins and $1,033,503 in earnings, and is owned by the Fred Monteleone Stable LLC. During the card, 2016 Rising Star of the Year Marcus Miller was honored by The Downs for having recently achieved his 3000th lifetime victory in his still-young career. The 29-year-old is currently fifth in the driver win standings at Pocono. Perhaps Marcus's uncle Andy, like his nephew a former Chicagoland driving champion, was taking some notes during the winners circle presentation -- Andy himself is only a dozen wins away from 9000 career triumphs. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY,- Mach it Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) repeated-barely-Friday night (June 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Forwardly-placed from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a defection), Mach it a Par easily worked around Medusa (George Brennan). There were cheapy fractions (:28.4, :58.1) before Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) tried it first-up from fourth. The one never came close in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Mach it a Par owning a length-and-three-quarter lead off the final turn. Medusa edged out and closed resolutely, but missed a nose in 1:53.2. Dude'salady (Brent Holland), just-over-even-money fave Newborn Sassy (Dan Dube) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) came away with the minors. Someone, somewhere jumped over some bridge, as the show prices returned $8.30, $17.20 and $18.80, respectively. For second choice Mach it a Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $100 and the superfecta paid $217. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WILKES-BARRE PA - All the bettors' attention was focused on Rodeo Romeo and Rockeyed Optimist, 1-2 in the Great Northeast Open Series pacing standings and 1-2 at the post draw, but Mach It So, a winner here recently and still let go as the 11-1 third choice, set the pace and held off Rodeo Romeo by a head to win a $30,000 Great Northeast event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. George Napolitano Jr., with five winners on the Pocono card joining the two he had at Philly this afternoon, gunned the Mach Three gelding at the start and easily beat 13 to the eighth to seat everyone behind him, with Rodeo Romeo in the pocket at the 26.1 quarter. Favored Rockeyed Optimist started uncovered nearing the 55.2 half, but Mach It So had had a nice breather in quarter two and restarted the jets, blunting the first-over's bid by reaching the  in 1:22. But Rodeo Romeo was still right there, and pulling out in the stretch he inched ever-closer to the leader. But the winner of $2,593,675 lifetime showed his heart was still in the right place at age 8, holding off the potential pocket rocket by a head for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and Bamond Racing LLC. The $21,500 conditioned co-feature resulted in the fastest mile of the year on a 5/8-mile track (unless it was beaten elsewhere Saturday night), as 2015 freshman champion Boston Red Rocks followed cover behind wicked fractions , then stormed home (last quarter 26.3) to stop the timer in 1:48.2 in turning back Scott Rocks by 1¼ lengths. The son of Rocknroll Hanover, now with a bankroll of $1,370,016, took a career mark with the impressive victory for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer Jake Leamon, and owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. In the $20,000 claiming handicap pace, "George Nap" and trainer Hunter Oakes combined for their second joint win on the night, this with the Art Major gelding Major Trick in a career best 1:49.4. Oakes had had the horse for three straight wins, lost him via claim, took him right back, and immediately started the winner of $330,098 back on the winning track for owner Omar Beiler. This was the last claiming event of the night; in all, 14 horses changed hands via the claim box, totaling $261,750 and bringing Pocono's two-week money exchange amount to $514,250 - just on the two Saturdays. Finally, Walks Of Life remains the winningest horse in North America in 2018 with 13 visits to Victory Lane, and Saturday he was claimed for the 12th straight time, his fourth stay with Team Allard and approaching the local "record" of 13 straight claims put up by R Gauwitz Hanover in 2015. Alas, the hard campaign might be catching up to him, as he set the pace as is customary, but had nothing left in the stretch and finished out of the money - the first time he hasn't been 1-2 since March 10, and the first time he didn't hit the board in 21 starts this year. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 8, 2018-Yonkers Raceway returned from hiatus Friday night (June 8th), with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $10.60) winning the featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from post position No. 6, Mach it a Par watched as Meadows returnee Medusa (Brian Sears) led the early floor show through intervals of :27 and :56.1. Freakonomics (Eric Goodell) took out of fourth, though not advancing all that much in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. Mach it a Par then set sail around that one, getting first 'run' on her rear-end rivals. Meanwhile, Medusa owned a length-and-a-half lead off the final turn before the interlopers arrived. Mach it a Par swallowed up the pace-setter, drawing out to win by a length-and-a-half in a season's-best 1:52.3. A from-last Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) grabbed second as the 6-5 fave, with 33-1 Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) also offering late foot for the bottom of the ticket. A tiring Medusa and Baryna A (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the minors. For third choice Mach it a Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her fifth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.60, the triple returned $367.50 and the superfecta paid $2,686. A reminder that the Raceway is the official 'non-Belmont Park Belmont Stakes' place to watch the festivities, with windows opening Saturday (June 9th) in advance of Belmont's 11:35 AM opener. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freshman Grassroots champion Pretty Handsome picked up where he left off last season, scoring a victory in the three-year-old pacing colt season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, but this time there was nothing controversial about the win. "He got his regular reinsman JD (Jonathan Drury) back on him tonight and picked up where he left off last year. This start we didn't win by default, we won outright," said trainer Andrew McCabe with a chuckle, referring to last September's Grassroots Championship where Pretty Handsome was awarded the win after Phantom Seelster was placed from first to ninth for causing interference in the stretch. In Friday's rematch Drury and Pretty Handsome lined up at Post 7 while Phantom Seelster and driver Sylvain Filion were at Post 4. Big Talking Man roared away from Post 10 to a :26.4 opening quarter so Filion dropped Phantom Seelster into fourth on the rail and Drury tucked Pretty Handsome right behind the favourite in fifth. When Filion and Phantom Seelster made their move into the outer lane before the :55.2 half, Drury tipped Pretty Handsome out in their wake and tagged along through the 1:52.1 three-quarters. Turning for home Drury gave Pretty Handsome a clear look at the wire and the gelding powered by Phantom Seelster and on to a 1:52.1 victory. The Downtown Bus and My Teen Idol also reeled in the favourite, finishing second and third. The fair and square win was Pretty Handsome's first this season, coming on the heels of two starts against older horses, one at Woodbine Mohawk Park on May 5 and the other at The Raceway at Western Fair District on May 21. "He just had to get in with his own kind. It's pretty tough when they have success as a two-year-old, they've got to start out pretty tough as a three-year-old," noted McCabe. "That's why he ran to London his last start, just to kind of try and braven him up. (Driver) Nick (Steward) did a good job of that." Guelph-Eramosa resident McCabe trains Pretty Handsome for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, Ontario. Through 10 lifetime starts the son of Mach Three now has five wins and one second for earnings of $66,710. The fastest of the five Grassroots divisions was clocked by Hudson Phil, who romped to a seven length victory in 1:51.3. Montys Play and Shadow Of Lindy took second and third-place honours. Both a Grassroots and a Gold Series winner at two, Friday's victory was Hudson Phil's first of the sophomore campaign. "He was very good. He had to start this year in pretty tough and we tried not to be too hard on him," noted driver James MacDonald. "He drew good today and he performed just how we expected. He powered to the front and won pretty easy. Hopefully he keeps progressing." The win gave Guelph resident MacDonald and trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario three Grassroots wins at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the last two days. The trainer-driver duo also captured a pair of wins with three-year-old pacing fillies Hello Love and Lady Bubbles on Thursday evening. Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec bred and owns Hudson Phil. The son of Shanghai Phil now boasts a record of four wins, two seconds, three thirds and earnings of $181,232 in 14 starts. The last division saw local colt Uptown Funk earn his first lifetime victory, getting a neck in front of pacesetter Sporty Mustang at the wire in 1:55.1. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic engineered the victory for trainer Bill Cass of Milton and his partner John Craig of North York, Ontario. The son of Shadow Play and former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Lucks Mistress made just two starts last season and had one sophomore start - a second at Woodbine Mohawk Park on May 21 - under his belt prior to Friday's victory. "He raced good last week, in his first race of the year, and I thought he had a good shot if the trip went his way, and it did," said Saftic, who also piloted the gelding in his May 14 qualifier at the Campbellville oval. After finishing second three times, third once and fourth twice during his freshman Grassroots campaign, JM Jack Of Hearts finally found the winner's circle in Friday's fourth division. The Shadow Play gelding and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur sailed across the finish line three lengths the best in 1:52.3, besting Gideon Seelster and Taste Of History. Flamborough resident Isabelle Darveau conditions the consistent JM Jack Of Hearts for owner Jason Redmond of Smithville, Ontario. The other Grassroots division saw Yacht Seelster record his second straight victory with a 1:52 effort for driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, trainer Paul Reid and owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario. The Shadow Play son finished one and one-half lengths ahead of Family Sports and Gold Rush. The three-year-old pacing colts will make their second Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 29. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval on Monday, June 4 with the Gold Series season opener for the three-year-old trotting fillies. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm and the trotting fillies will battle for a total of $190,400 in Races 2 and 8. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHESTER, PA - The Mach Three mare Maching Me Zilly traveled her middle half in 56.1, largely raw, to secure the lead, then held off the field to win the $16,000 mares pacing feature on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the time if 1:53.1 missing her lifetime record by a tick. Maching Me Zilly won by 1½ lengths over Zane Hanover, who had had the early lead before surrendering to the winner, then having her stretch comeback compromised by bearing out late. Hot-driving Tim Tetrick and reheating trainer Scott Di Domenico (now with 22% wins since May 16 after opening the meet 3-for-37) were the winning connections behind Maching Me Zilly, who is owned by John Mcgill, Brian Carsey, and the Triple D Stables Inc. An even hotter pairing, driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, nabbed their fourth winner in the first eight races when Taketothesky N rallied off cover to be most photogenic in a three-horse picture while lowering her mark to 1:51.2 in a $14,500 co-featured mares pace. The victorious daughter of Gotta Go Colluct beat out first-over Amanderosa by a head, with pacesetter Berazzled just another head behind. Garcia-Herrera, who also owns the winner, needed only 130 minutes from the start of the card Friday to come within one of meet leader Ron Burke, with his 19th conditioning victory coming with the Kiwi import. From the PHHA/Chester Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 27, 2018 - Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $7.60), after paying her way through the just-concluded Blue Chip Matchmaker, rallied from off the pace Friday night (Apr. 27th). winning Yonkers Raceway's $30,000 harness racing filly and mare Preferred Handicap Pace. At the outset, it was Caviart Cherie easily clearing her seven inside rivals. Last week's winner then gave it up to Ellie'sjet N (Jordan Stratton) before a 'good' :26.4 opening quarter-mile. Mach it a Par, meanwhile, left for a seat from post position No. 7. She found one fifth, winding up second-over behind tepid 5-2 choice Lovineveryminute (Brian Sears). Both were out moving prior to a :55.3 intermission, though the first-up number wasn't making many inroads. That forced Mach it a Par wide right at the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Ellie'sjet N owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but her pursuer was about to pay her a visit. Mach it a Par wore down the leader, edging past by three-quarters of length in a season's-best 1:52.4. Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum), Lovineveryminute and Caviart Cherie settled for the minors. For second choice Mach it a Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D’Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her third win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $108.50. The winner is now over $800,000 in career earnings after her 40th victory Earlier in the evening, there was a 'Cherie' union meeting in the paddock, where Caviart Cherie was introduced to Cherie Czerniowski, Empire City's Assistant Director of VGM Operations. The two ladies seemed to get along, with photographic evidence to prove it, Frank Drucker

Harness racing buyers beware, do not be late, it is a 10.30am start for Lot 1 in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on Monday (12th of February) called Can’t Believe Myeyes, a Mach Three colt from the good race winning Falcon Seelster mare Racketeers Girl ($86,545).   Mach Three has left close on $19 million in progeny earnings in New Zealand. In Australia he has about the same amount $19 million earned to date and in North America Mach Thre is the sire of over $120,000,000 in progeny earnings. Total earnings world-wide is just on $160 million, a huge amount.    Mach Three is the sire of champion race horses Somebeachsomewhere ($3,328,755) and Auckland Reactor ($1,837,043) both horses now at stud.   Can’t Believe Myeyes is bred on the Mach Three x Falcon Seelster cross that has left horses like Fly Like An Eagle ($756,178), Venus Serena ($796,397) and Mach Beauty ($460,670).   Can’t Believe Myeyes is a very good looking bay colt, not big but strong and compact. He has very long fetlocks which is an indicator of speed.    The dam of Can’t Believe Myeyes, Racketeers Girl, raced in Australia for Kim Prentice who said that even though Racketeers Girl was a small horse she didn't feel like it while driving her. She was good gaited from the time he broke her in and had a big stride for her size. She was always well mannered and easy to handle. She had good speed for a little horse. Her strength was how genuine she was in races, she use to try her heart out. Racketeers Girl won 8 races.   Mach Three winning the Meadowlands Pace     Auckland Reactor by Mach Three winning The New Zealand Free For All     Somebeachsomewhere by Mach Three winning The North American Cup     Harnesslink Media

With the breeding and looks of a harness racing star, Lot 30 is the early favourite to top Sunday’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. From Group One winning mare English Elegance, the colt is by outstanding stallion Mach Three. Successful in the New Zealand Great Northern Oaks, English Elegance has matched her racing feats in the breeding barn, producing seven winners from eight starters. Her progeny include Elegant Christian and Major Moment, which have both captured Group Two events. As for her latest offering, the colt will enter the ring with a $60,000 reserve – a price co-breeder Greg Mitchell believes will be surpassed. “We had all our yearlings independently valued, with this bloke coming in at over $60,000,” Mitchell explained. “Having an independent value done means the reserve is based on breeding…it takes out my opinion, any sentiment and so on. “He is a lovely colt from a family fantastic and will no doubt draw plenty of attention.” Mitchell’s representatives also include Lots 11, 21, 26, 32 and 41. With a reserve of $40,000, Lot 32 is also expected to attract his share of attention. From Find Fake Cash, the colt is a half-brother to five winners, including Golden Nursery winner, Corporal Luna. The yearling is by premier sire, Art Major. “He is well put together from the best sire the mare has been put to,” Mitchell said. “She has produced well with some lesser sires, with the family being good the whole time. “On the day of the sale I look forward to sitting back, staying out of it, and seeing how they go.” APG Media

With the recent deaths of Somebeachsomewhere and his sire Mach Three there has never been a more important time for a breeder to acquire a filly by these two proven champion stallions. In the years to come a breeder will need to have mares by these harness racing champions to survive long term in the breeding business. In North America Somebeachsomewhere has produced 13 millionaires of which six are fillies or mares. They include the sensational Pure Country Q1:48 ($2,411,276). Over the past three years, no female pacer can match the accomplishments of Pure Country (Western Hanover). In fact, few in the history of harness racing can produce better resumes when it comes to accumulating awards. Pure Country became the first female pacer to receive a Dan Patch Award at ages 2, 3, and 4 when she was named the sport's best older pacing mare in December 2017. Pure Country was a perfect 10-for-10 at age 2 and joined JK She'salady (2014), See You At Peelers (2010) and My Little Dragon (2005) as the only 2-year-old female pacers to win a Dan Patch Award with an undefeated season.  They also incude Somwherovrarainbow (Artiscape) 1:48f ($1,344,856), Idyllic Beach (American Ideal) p2, 1:50.3s ($1,252,272), Call Me Queen Be (Western Terror) 1:49.1f ($1,229,916), Darlinonthebeach (Bettor's Delight) 1:48.1 ($1,077,256) and Sandbetweenurtoes (Artsplace) 1:49.1 ($1,023,582). One of the great things about Somebeachsomewhere is that he has proven that he can cross with just about any other sire line. Somebeachsomewhere himself is by Mach Three (Matt's Scooter) out of a Beach Towel mare. It is this blood that has injected a new hybrid breed throughout the world especially in North America as Somebeachsomewhere is the first Direct Scooter line stallion that Hanover Shoe Farms has stood. The results speak for themselves. Pure Country 2017 Breeders Crown Mare Pace – Pure Country In North America Somebeachsomewhere has total progeny earnings now of an incredible $87,261,677. He will become very soon the quickest stallion ever to produce over $100,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America. His per foal born average earnings is already a staggering $111,445 with his oldest foals just seven years old. That's right every foal born in North America already has average earnings of $111,445 to date. Somebeachsomewhere has progeny earnings of over $8 million in Australia from 174 winners to date including the ill-fated Breeders Crown winning filly Petacular (Western Ideal), 26 starts 19 wins and $454,000 in earnings. In New Zealand he has about 100 foals old enough to race and has already progeny earnings of over $1 million to date including the real promising fillies and mares Bonnie Joan (Live Or Die) 1:52.8 $160,694, Opoutama (Artiscape) $61,210, Shenandoah (Christian Cullen) $50,539 and Somejoy (Bettor's Delight) $45,180. Breckon Farms have four fillies by Somebeachsomewhere in their draft at this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on February the 12th. Lot 51 – Endless Possibility is a filly out of the Bettor's Delight mare Affairs Are Bettor who has two foals to race for two winners to date. Endless Possibility is bred on the same cross as North American mare Darlinonthebeach 1:48.1 ($1,077,256) and the New Zealand mare Somejoy $45,180. This is the family of the top International New Zealand race mare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 now an exceptional and influential broodmare Down Under. Lot 51 – Endless Possibility (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Are Bettor- Bettor's Delight) Lot 51 – Endless Possibility (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Are Bettor - Bettor's Delight) Lot 55 – Giddy Heights is a filly closely related to Lot 51 Endless Possibility above, as she is from the Group 1 place mother of the dam of Endless Possibility. Giddy Heights is a half-sister to four winners including the Group placed (My) Chachingchaching (1.51.6, 15 wins, $175,474) and Smart Fortune 1 start, 1 win, 2yo winner of the first Young Guns Heat. Once again this is the family of the top International New Zealand race mare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 now an exceptional and influential broodmare Down Under. Lot 55 – Giddy Heights (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Of State - Presidential Ball) Lot 55 – Giddy Heights (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Of State - Presidential Ball) Lot 110 – Summer Change is from the super Group 1 winning mare Dancingonmoonlight (1.53.2, 19 wins, $402,832, including the NSW Oaks, Gr.1, Victorian Ladyship Cup, Gr.2, Australasian Breeders Crown 3yo Final, Bathurst Gold Tiara Silver Cons, 2nd Queensland Oaks, Gr.1, 2nd Victorian Queen of the Pacific Mares Championship, Gr.1, 2nd Australian Oaks, Gr.1, 2nd Hydroflow Fillies Final, Gr.1, 2nd Great Northern Oaks, Gr.1, 3rd New Zealand Oaks, Gr.1, 3rd Noel J Taylor Mile, Gr.2, 3rd Spring Cup). Summer Change is half-sister to six good winners including the Group 1 winning mare Miss Moonlite (13 wins, $213,165, including the Australasian Breeders Crown 4yo Final) and the Group 3 and Listed race winner and Group 1 placed Moonrock (1.54.6, 12 wins, $181,222). Lot 110 – Summer Change (brown filly Somebeachsomewhere - Dancingonmoonlight - Holmes Hanover) Lot 110 – Summer Change (brown filly Somebeachsomewhere - Dancingonmoonlight - Holmes Hanover) Lot 145 – Power Of Soul is from the unraced Art Major mare Good On Top who is a half-sister to Double Shot ($42,493), Group 3 winner Mark Dennis (40 wins, $283,900)), Group 1 winner Waitfornoone ($201,804), the Group 1, 2 & 3 placed mare Fight Fire With Fire ($151,656), St Barts (15 wins, $162,506), Twice As Hot ($54,735) and Trelise ($19,231). This filly Power Of Soul is closely related to the 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Elle Mac ($265,564), Pacific Warrior ($313,443) and Flaming Flutter ($736,895). Lot 145 – Power Of Soul (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Good On Top - Art Major) Lot 145 – Power Of Soul (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Good On Top - Art Major) To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Generational speed 1:47.4 ---- 1:46.4 The Australasian Classic Yearling Sale Harnesslink Media

There are seventeen Mach Three yearlings in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on February the 12th. Six fillies and eleven colts go under the hammer at this harness racing Auction. Six of those yearlings are out of Group, stake winning or placed mares. Those mares are Racketeers Girl (Lot 1), Angela Jane (Lot 64), Fight Fire With Fire (Lot 131), Ohoka Moon (Lot 155), Samantha Q (Lot 10) and Western Starr (Lot 88). Mach Three needs no introduction, a great race horse and a super sire. He unfortunately died January 20th 2017 at Alabar Farms following a paddock accident. He had just turned 18. The stallion was officially inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. As a 2-year-old Mach Three won the $1.1 million Metro Pace at Woodbine in 1:51.4. The following year, Mach Three won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in a career best 1:49. Mach Three has a career record of 18 wins 4 seconds and 2 thirds in 27 starts and earnings of $2,376,700.  Mach Three winning The Meadowlands Pace Mach Three, a son of Matts Scooter out of the Abercrombie mare All Included, has produced 1,297 offspring in North America to date, with total progeny earnings  of $119 million. Mach Three’s progeny’s average earnings per starter is $119,640. Mach Three has produced 6 millionaires in North America to date. He has produced 354 horses that have earned $100,000 or more and 125 that made $250,000 plus. He has produced 502 horses that have gone 1:55 mile or better, 312 in 1:53 or faster and 37 in 1:50 or faster. Mach Three is the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere ($3.2 million, 1:46.4 world record) and now sensational sire throughout the world. Somebeachsomewhere led all divisions in North America in 2017 on the sire money winnings list, 2,3 and all-age divisions. Down Under, Mach Three has sired the winners of $19 million to date in New Zealand including the champion Auckland Reactor, and in Australia he is the sire of $19 million in progeny earnings as well.  The Group, stake winning or placed mares mentioned above Angela Jane and Fight Fire With Fire are the richest of the six mares that have Mach Three yearlings in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. Both yearlings are from the Breckon Farms draft. Angela Jane has a filly by Mach Three and Fight Fire With Fire has a colt. Angela Jane ($144,835) by Falcon Seelster won the Group 2 Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes among her wins and has produced four winners to date including the very good Steve McQueen ($221,602). Angela Jane winning the Group 2 Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes Lot 64 – Rock Me Baby (bay filly Mach Three / Angela Jane) Lot 64 – Rock Me Baby (bay filly Mach Three / Angela Jane) Fight Fire With Fire has a Mach Three colt in the Sale (Lot 131). She was a very good racemare winning $151,656. She was placed in several Group races including a second in the $138,000 Group 1 New Zealand Sire Stakes Final. Fight Fire With Fire is a half-sister to the dam of 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Elle Mac ($265,564) and is also a half-sister to the dam of Pacific Warrior ($313,443). She is also a half-sister to the dam of Flaming Flutter ($736,895). Fight Fire With Fire in the New Zealand Sire Stakes Final Lot 131 – Saul Good (bay colt Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire) Lot 131 – Saul Good (bay colt Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire) Mach Three stood his entire career at Tara Hills Stud in the northern hemisphere and Alabar in the southern hemisphere. His first foals hit the ground in 2004. He shuttled for 13 years straight. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Generational speed 1:47.4 ---- 1:46.4 Harnesslink Media

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